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Newark Public Library announces March programs
February 27, 2008
Media only, please contact:
Dennis Papp at (973) 733-7798

The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, announced its schedule of programs for March, including the celebration of Family Week at the Theatre, those for the finale of Black History Month, and special children’s events. All of the library’s March events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the number listed with the program description, or visit www.npl.org for adult programs and kidsplace.npl.org/calendar.html for children’s programs.

The exhibition for Black History Month celebrates black America’s love affair with books; the fact that African Americans, at one point in their history, were not allowed to read, and that African Americans currently maintain a newsworthy and steadily growing amount of reading organizations/book clubs/literary societies in greater Newark, around the country, and abroad. Curated by local author and historian Sandra L. West, Entrusted to Our Keeping: The Legacy of African-American Literary Societies in Newark, the Nation, the World is installed on the second-floor gallery through March 22. Emphasis is given to the Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society—a group founded by Sandra L. West and encouraged by the late James Brown, Newark Public Library Black Studies Librarian—that has been in-residence at the library for more than 20 years.

Entrusted to Our Keeping has been funded in part by a grant from PNC Bank and a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. For more information on this exhibition visit www.npl.org or call 973-733-5411.

In addition to the exhibition, one Black History Month program remains in March. It will be held in the James Brown African-American Room of the Main Library, 5 Washington Street, on Saturday, March 1 at 10:00am. Sheree Renée Thomas, editor of the Dark Matter series, will be the instructor for Writing the Marvelous Real: Magical Realism for 21st Century Voices, an interactive/multimedia speculative fiction-writing workshop. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 973-733-5411.

Family Week at the Theatre, an annual statewide festival that encourages families to attend professional theatre together and enjoy the magic of live productions, will present programs at three branch libraries: Weequahic, Springfield, and North End. All programs are free and open to the public; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the respective branch for more information. For details about other Family Week events throughout the state, visit their website: www.familyweek.com/2008/.

On Monday, March 10 at 3:30pm, the East Lynne Theater Company will present Victorian Magic at the Weequahic Branch Library, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7751. Actor/magician Robert Aberdeen regales the audience with his turn-of-the-century sleight-of-hand. Magic and the magic of theatre combine to keep the audience mesmerized. The performance is suitable for all audiences.

On Wednesday, March 12 at 3:30pm, Youth Stages presents Oz at the North End Branch Library, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7683. By Patrick Shanahan and special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Company, this adaptation is set in 1899 as L. Frank Baum puts the finishing touches on his new manuscript, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. As he tells his new story to Dot, a 10-year-old girl, he uses furniture, houseplants, fireplace tools, and various other items in the room to build the Tinman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. The children in the audience learn the meaning of friendship as they become the cyclone and the flying monkeys. The performance is suitable for all audiences.

On Saturday, March 15 at 11:00am, Youth Stages presents The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at the Springfield Branch Library, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736. From the story by C.S. Lewis, dramatized by le Clanche du Rand, and by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Company, in this unique adaptation of the classic tale, all of the roles are played by two performers—with some audience participation. The event is suitable for all audiences.

Join Dawn Marie Daniels and Candace Sandy, co-authors of the Souls Of My Sisters series, and Newark residents Pam Malveaus and Darnelle McCullough for an evening of stories and conversation at the book signing of Souls Of My Sisters—Black Women Break Their Silence, Tell Their Stories and Heal Their Spirit. For more information on this program call 973-424-1831; to RSVP, email rsvp@npl.org or call 973-733-7793.

Following is the March list of Programs at the Branches, an initiative funded by the Newark Public Schools.

Wednesday, March 12, 4:00pm, Branch Brook Branch Library, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388. Storybook Puppet Theatre presents Mikaylee and the Huge, Gigantic, Enormous Boulder. The King has had it with his entire people thinking only of themselves, but what can he do? His clever daughter devises a plan that involves a bag of gold, a deep hole, and one huge, gigantic, enormous boulder in the middle of the road. Join us on this magical journey to find out how the king solves his problem.

Wednesday, March 12, 4:00pm, Weequahic Branch Library, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7752. Join The Lizard Guys for an exciting glimpse into the fabulous world of exotic animals, such as lizards, turtles, frogs, and a huge guest for the finale. You will learn many different facts about these animals, such as where they live and what they eat.

Saturday, March 15, 11:00am, Clinton Branch Library, 739 Bergen Street, 973-733-7754. Ann Coppola and Kate Pak present The Cat in the Hat. Join Ann Coppola and Kate Pak as they present a special program of The Cat in the Hat. These two actors will send you on a journey of fun and silliness in the style of the famous cat. It will be a fun-sprinkled experience for all children, with jokes, stories, and lots of fun adventures.

Saturday, March 15, 11:00am, Madison Branch Library, 790 Clinton Avenue, 973-733-8090. Piccirillo Scientelling presents Pirates, the Curse of the Mutating Hand. Experience the story of Hendricks the Hand, the most feared pirate of the seven seas, and his cursed mutating hand. Andrew Piccirillo uses the science of exploding bottles and mysterious liquids to tell this story.

Saturday, March 15, 11:00am, North End Branch Library, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7683. Storybook Puppet Theatre presents Daniel and The Wild Man. After stumbling into an enchanted river our young hero discovers that even a simple gardener’s boy can become a knight in shining armor. Everyone is scared of the Wild Man, but Daniel finds that his friendship makes all his wishes come true. Join us in the magical tale of friendship and enchantment.

Saturday, March 15, 11:00am, Roseville Branch Library, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770. Join The Lizard Guys for an exciting glimpse into the fabulous world of exotic animals, such as lizards, turtles, frogs, and a huge guest for the finale. You will learn many different facts about these animals, such as where they live and what they eat.

Saturday, March 22, 11:00am, First Avenue Branch Library, 282 First Avenue, 973-733-8091. Piccirillo Scientelling presents Pirates, the Curse of the Mutating Hand. Experience the story of Hendricks the Hand, the most feared pirate of the seven seas, and his cursed mutating hand. Andrew Piccirillo uses the science of exploding bottles and mysterious liquids to tell this story.

Wednesday, March 26, 4:00pm, Vailsburg Branch Library, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7755. Storybook Puppet Theatre presents Daniel and The Wild Man. After stumbling into an enchanted river our young hero discovers that even a simple gardener’s boy can become a knight in shining armor. Everyone is scared of the Wild Man, but Daniel finds that his friendship makes all his wishes come true. Join us in the magical tale of friendship and enchantment.

Saturday, March 29, 11:00am, Van Buren Branch Library, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750. Ann Coppola and Kate Pak present The Cat in the Hat. Join Ann Coppola and Kate Pak as they present a special program of The Cat in the Hat. These two actors will send you on a journey of fun and silliness in the style of the famous cat. It will be a fun-sprinkled experience for all children, with jokes, stories, and lots of fun adventures.

On Saturday, March 15, in the Main Library’s Centennial Hall, the Hooray for Children program series, which stages live performances by puppeteers, storytellers, magicians and theater groups, will present Lamoon’s Funny Tales & Fairy Tunes, Featuring Flute Sweets & Tickletoons. Keith Torgan of Tugboat Music creates and performs original fairytales and recreates classic ones. For further information call 973-733-7797, or visit kidsplace.npl.org/calendar.html.

On Wednesday, March 5, the Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society, which is dedicated to discussing books on the African Diaspora, will celebrate Women’s History Month with a discussion of Victoria Rowell’s The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir. For more information on the Society and its programs call 973-733-5411.

William J. Dane, the library’s keeper of works of art on paper, is the curator of the Eighth Super Cool Exhibition of Shopping Bags: Infinite Commercial Art Designs Adorning a Practical Function. This eye-appealing exhibition on a topic of wide public interest is installed on the main library’s third-floor gallery through March 16. It features a varied selection of colorful merchandising examples, from miniature bags to master-sized bags, many of which have been gifts from world travelers. For more information on this fascinating show call Mr. Dane at 973-733-7745.

On Saturday, March 29, the Deaf Awareness Club of Newark will hold a general meeting in the Special Services Room, located on the third-floor of the Main Library, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Membership to the DAC is free and open to the public—whether an individual is hearing-impaired or not. For more information call 973-733-5412, or email lgreggs@npl.org or mgeorge@npl.org or ajanifer@npl.org.

Free computer classes—in English and Spanish—are being held in the Technology Training Center, which is located on the third floor of the Main Library. Class size is limited to ten participants. Some classes are designed for first-time computer users (Mouse Clinic, Typing), while others are for those with more computer literacy (Word Processing, Email, Internet, Creating a Résumé). For more information on the calendar of classes for the month, please call 973-733-3603, or visit www.npl.org/Pages/Computers/.

The Branch Brook Branch Library, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388, will feature Newark’s Shirley Stewart, author of Changes, when she discusses her modern urban fiction and answers questions on Wednesday, March 5 at 5:00pm. Three children’s programs are also planned: on Wednesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 13, at 3:30pm, learn more about famous women with a word search challenge; on Wednesday, March 19 at 4pm, join in on an Easter arts & crafts to make a cute bunny plate; and on Tuesday, March 25 and Friday, March 28, at 10:30am, there will be a Spring storytime.

The Clinton Branch Library, 739 Bergen Street, 973-733-7754, will inaugurate an adult book club on Wednesday, March 5 at 1:00pm, with a discussion of Cheryl Robinson’s Sweet Georgia Brown. A teen book club will be held on Wednesday, March 26 at 4:00pm, with a discussion of Sharon M. Draper’s Romiette and Julio. And on all Fridays in March, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, teens will play various board games and puzzles: scrabble, sudoku, bingo, chess, among others.

The First Avenue Branch Library, 282 First Avenue, 973-733-8091, will hold a Leprechaun Magnet foam craft group project on Wednesday, March 12 at 4:00pm. Bring your friends and celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

The Main Library Children’s Room, 5 Washington Street, 973-733-7797, will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday on Saturday, March 1, from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Children of all ages may take part in a day of Dr. Seuss coloring, drawing, games and videos; toddlers and preschoolers may take part in a storytime from 11:00am to noon. On Monday, March 10, from 11:00am to noon, toddlers and preschoolers are invited to celebrate Women’s History Month with a special story program that features books by famous women authors.

The Roseville Branch Library, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770, celebrates Women’s History Month with three programs. During the week of March 3 to 7, children and teens may join in on the pen pal writing-box program. (The information stays within the Roseville Branch Library.) On Wednesday, March 12 at 3:30pm children may play Women’s Jeopardy—join a team and show what you know about famous women. On Wednesday, March 19th at 3:30pm, children and teens may create their own Easter basket and select books to read from a special display.

The Springfield Branch Library, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736, continues its free SAT Prep Classes on Wednesdays from 5pm to 7pm and on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm, through May 8, 2008. The Charles E. Thenen Foundation provided funding for these classes.

The Vailsburg Branch Library, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7755, will hold Anime Night on the four Wednesdays in the month, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, that features samples from a variety of popular animated series and features. The program is ideal for those in grades 3 to 7. On the four Tuesdays in March, there will be strategy board and card games from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. And on the Fridays during the month, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm, children may end their week with stories, arts and crafts, and games of a seasonal nature.

The Van Buren Branch Library, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750, will feature the paintings of Brazilian artist and Ironbound resident Marcos Antonio Mendonca during March and April in the branch’s Teen Center. On Wednesday, March 26 at 6:00pm, the annotator and translator into English of The Saga of Mestre Bimba will discuss the famous Brazilian Capoeira master’s philosophy and demonstrate the martial art/game/dance with the assistance of accomplished students from an area Capoeira school. On the Mondays in March, at 4:00pm, there will be a storytime for children aged 5 to 12. On Thursday, March 13th, at 4:00pm, there will be an arts & crafts program at which children 5 to 12 will make an art collage of their favorite animal.

The Weequahic Branch Library, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7751, will celebrate the 104th birthday of Dr. Seuss on Monday, March 3 at 3:30pm. On Monday, March 17 at 3:30pm, those 6 to 14 will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with stories and activities on Irish culture.

The library will provide a venue for free 2007 seniors tax return service by representatives from the AARP. The public should call the AARP to make an appointment—not the library. For more information and to make an appointment call 973-761-6431. Representatives from the AARP will be at the library from 10:00am to 4:00pm on all Thursdays through April 10.

 

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