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Newark Public Library celebrates May with a host of free programs
Press Release April 25, 2007
Media only, please contact:
Dennis Papp at (973) 733-7798; dpapp@npl.org

The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, will offer a number of free programs during the month of May, including an author visit at four library locations and events from the "Saturday Programs @ the Branches" initiative. For more information, call the number listed with the program description, or visit the Library’s home page at www.npl.org for adult programs and www.npl.org/Pages/KidsPlace/calendar.html for children’s programs.

Following is the schedule of events from the "Saturday Programs @ the Branches" series of entertaining and educational children’s programs funded by the Newark Public Schools.

May 5, 11:00 am, Weequahic Branch, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7752, Fun on a String Puppets and Marionettes. Join Miss Penny as she uses puppets and marionettes—including Twinkles and Octavius the Octopus—to make the audience laugh.

May 12, 11:00 am, Clinton Branch, 739 Bergen Street, 973-733-7754, Dr. Electro's Science Party. Join Dr. Electro in becoming a junior scientist. Help him perform experiments that will make products you can touch and feel, even an experiment to make slime.

May 12, 11:00 am, North End Branch, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7683, TAINO, The Rain Forest. Take a trip to the rain forest and become a part of it through music, special songs, and exotic instruments.

May 12, 11:00 am, Springfield Branch, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736, Lou Del Bianco presents Around the World. Join Lou Del Bianco as he combines storytelling, and music to tell stories of different cultures from around the world. The audience can become a part of the show and act out the stories.

May 12, 11:00 am, Vailsburg Branch, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7749, Musical Legends presents The Fire Children. Discover the story of the Fire Children as Lauren Hooker of Musical Legends brings to life this exciting, musical rendition of an African creation myth, celebrating the earth and its people. The audience will join in through movement, games, songs and African dance.

May 19, 11:00 am, First Avenue Branch, 282 First Avenue, 973-733-8091, Musical Legends presents The Fire Children. Discover the story of the Fire Children as Lauren Hooker of Musical Legends brings to life this exciting, musical rendition of an African creation myth, celebrating the earth and its people. The audience will join in through movement, games, songs and African dance.

May 26, 11:00 am, Roseville Branch, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770, Dr. Electro's Science Party. Join Dr. Electro in becoming a junior scientist. Help him perform experiments that will make products you can touch and feel, even an experiment to make slime.

Anne Ginkel will discuss her children’s book, I’ve Got an Elephant, at the Main Library and three branches: April 30 at 1:30 pm, First Avenue Branch, 282 First Avenue, 973-733-8091; May 1 at 1:00 pm, Branch Brook Branch, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388; May 2 at 4:00 pm, Main Library Children’s Room, 5 Washington Street, 973-733-7797; May 3 at 10:00 am, North End Branch, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7766.

The Library’s New Jersey Hispanic Research & Information Center will hold its annual María DeCastro Blake Awards Dinner and Silent Auction on Friday, May 4, in The Crystal Room of the Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark. The reception and silent auction begin at 6:30 pm. This year’s honorees are Raúl Dávila, actor and community activist (awarded posthumously), Maria "Charo" Juega, immigrant rights advocate, and Eliu Rivera, executive director, Puerto Rican Association for Community Organization (PACO). The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Hilda Hidalgo, Professor Emerita in Public Administration, Rutgers University-Newark Campus. For more information and to order tickets, call the Library at 973-733-3637.

On Tuesday, May 22, from noon to 2:00 pm, the Library will host John T. Cunningham in an author lecture and book signing of This Was New Jersey: As Seen by Photographer Harry C. Dorer. Mr. Cunningham is hailed by the New Jersey Historical Commission as the state’s "most popular historian." Mr. Dorer "roamed" New Jersey from 1920 to 1954 with his Speed Graphic camera, capturing for a weekly newspaper the images of what is now a vanished landscape. Copies of the book will be available for purchase; proceeds will benefit the Library’s Robert Treat Endowment. Please R.S.V.P. to 973-733-7793 by May 16.

The Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society, which discusses books on the African Diaspora, will hold its May program on Wednesday, the 2nd, at 6:30 pm, in the James Brown African-American Room of the Main Library. Topic of the event will be a discussion of Walter Mosley’s novel, 47. For more information on the Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society or this program, patrons may call the Library at 973-733-5411.

On May 5 at 2:00 pm, the Hooray for Children program series presents Snow White and the Eight Dwarfs. Enjoy a truly unique performance by madcap balloon artist Allynn Gooen, as he fills the stage with extraordinary balloon creations while leading children from the audience in the story of Snow While and the Eight Dwarfs. The program will be held in the Main Library’s Auditorium.

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 May, please call 973-733-3603, or visit www.npl.org/Pages/Computers/.

The Newark Public Library will conclude the current exhibition, entitled The Irish in Newark and New Jersey, on May 19. This landmark cultural exhibition, which is on view on the 2nd- and 3rd-floor galleries of the Main Library, features the people, places and experiences of Irish life in New Jersey. The exhibition was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about the exhibition, which is free and open to the public during library hours, call the Library at 973-733-7776.

The following are additional programs to be held at various branches.

Madison branch, 790 Clinton Avenue, 973-733-8090, will hold a Mother’s Day Craft from Tuesday, May 8 through Thursday, May 10. Children will create a card or craft, using sparkles, mirrors, hearts and colors.

The Adult Room of the Branch Brook branch, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-7760, will sponsor a Mother’s Day Health Fair on Friday, May 11, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Alminda D’Agostino will discuss health and nutrition at 3:00 pm. Healthful snacks will be served.

The Children’s Room of the Branch Brook branch, 973-733-6388, will hold several programs during the month:

  • May 4, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm—celebrate Cinco De Mayo by making a fun craft.
  • May 7, 11:00 am—mothers and babies (birth to 2 years) are invited to meet and interact at this Mommy-Baby Group.
  • May 8, 10:30 am—a storytime that features stories about mothers.
  • May 9, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm—Plant a flower for mom.
  • May 23 and 24, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm—make a Lincoln penny pendant at this Memorial Day Arts & Crafts.

The Main Library Children’s Room, 5 Washington Street, 973-733-7797, will have a "Mother’s Day Card" craft during the week of May 7 through May 11, at 3:00 pm on all five days.

The Roseville Branch, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770, will hold two programs:

  • May 10 and 11, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, and on May 12 from 11:00 am to noon, children and teens are invited to create soothing bath salts in celebration of Mother’s Day.
  • May 16 at 5:30 pm, family and friends are invited to watch The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith. The movie will begin at 6:00 pm sharp.

 

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