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Newark Public Library announces May programs
April 23, 2008
Media only, please contact:
Dennis Papp at (973) 733-7798

The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, announced its schedule of programs for May, including a major exhibition on Newark Airport’s 80th birthday, and its celebration of “Children’s Day/Book Day.” All of the library’s May 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 library has wrapped its annual commemoration of El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) in fun: fun stories, crafts, snacks and performances that are designed to promote reading and literacy for children. The celebration, scheduled for Saturday, May 3, is based on a traditional Mexican holiday celebrating the young child. This year the festivities will be held at two locations: a morning celebration at 10am at the North End Branch Library, 722 Summer Avenue, followed by a similar celebration at 2pm at the Main Library. Each exciting event features arts and crafts for youngsters, a Spanish-language book vendor, refreshments and a performance by Taky Llaqta, a children’s Peruvian folk ensemble. The group takes the stage at 11:30am at the North End Branch Library, followed by bilingual storytime at 12:30pm. The celebration moves to the main library at 2pm, with Taky Llaqta performing at 3:30pm and bilingual storytime at 4:30pm. For more information about the program, please call Ina Rimpau at 973-733-7797.

On view on the second- and third-floor galleries of the Main Library through June 14 is a landmark exhibition, curated by the library’s James Lewis, entitled EWR Turns 80: A History of Newark Liberty International Airport. It charts the history of Newark’s airport and the development of commercial aviation in New Jersey. From the beginning, Newark Metropolitan Airport, as it was first known, celebrated a myriad of firsts: It was the first commercial airport in the metropolitan area, boasted the first paved runway, the first weather tower, the first airport restaurant and the first illuminated runways for nighttime flights. Richard Koles, a professional photographer formerly with the Daily Journal in Elizabeth, has also lent his expertise in the development of the show. The exhibition was made possible by a grant from the Port Authority of NY and NJ. For more information on this show call James Lewis at 973-733-7756.

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

Saturday, May 10, 11am, Madison Branch Library, 790 Clinton Avenue, 973-733-8090. Join storyteller April Armstrong as she combines a whimsical blend of songs and stories from around the world.

Saturday, May 10, 11am, North End Branch Library, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7683. A Day of Comedy and Magic with Mark Wurst features the talented magician in a performance of magic and joke-telling. Learn some tricks of you own.

Saturday, May 10, 11am, Springfield Branch Library, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736. 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, May 14, 4pm, Branch Brook Branch Library, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388. Moogie's Balloon Theatre. Join Moogie as she tells her version of traditional tales. Children will act out the story using costumes Moogie creates out of balloons.

Wednesday, May 14, 4pm, Roseville Branch Library, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770. 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, May 14, 3:30pm, Weequahic Branch Library, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7751. 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, May 28, 4pm, Clinton Branch Library, 739 Bergen Street, 973-733-7754. Insectropolis. Join us as we explore the world of bugs and insects. Our insect scientist from Insectropolis will bring a variety of live bugs and pinned specimens to help you learn all about bugs. Children will even be able to touch some bugs!

Wednesday, May 28, 4pm, First Avenue Branch Library, 282 First Avenue, 973-733-8091. Moogie's Balloon Theatre. Join Moogie as she tells her version of traditional tales. Children will act out the story using costumes Moogie creates out of balloons.

Wednesday, May 28, 4pm, Vailsburg Branch Library, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7755. 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, May 28, 4pm, Van Buren Branch Library, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750. 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.

On Wednesday the 7th, at 6:30pm, in the main library’s James Brown African-American Room, the Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society, which is dedicated to discussing books on the African Diaspora, will hold a discussion of And I haven’t Had a Bad Day Since: From the Streets of Harlem to the Halls of Congress, written by Charles B. Rangel with Leon Wynter. For more information on the Society and its programs call 973-733-5411.

On Saturday the 17th, at 10:30am, 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 The Day It Snowed Tortillas. This is a delightful Mexican folktale in which a poor woodcutter and his wife have the chance of a lifetime—to become rich. All they have to do is keep a secret as his clever wife cooks up a plan, and all she needs are a few tortillas...a lot of tortillas...an unbelievable number of tortillas! Performed by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre. For further information on this event call 973-733-7797.

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, Blogging, Internet, Creating a Résumé). For more information on the calendar of classes for the month, please call 973-733-3603, or visit the library's Web site.

The library is offering American Sign Language (ASL) Classes for beginners—Levels I & II—on Saturdays, through June 7. The classes will be held from 10:30am to noon in the main library’s James Brown African-American Room. For more information, please call 973-733-5411, or email lgreggs@npl.org or mgeorge@npl.org, or visit the library's Web site.

The library is holding Beginner and Intermediate Level ESOL Classes (English for Speakers of Other Languages) on Wednesdays and Saturdays (also Tuesdays and Fridays at the Van Buren Branch Library), through June 28, at the main library and four branch libraries: Branch Brook, First Avenue, North End, and Van Buren. Children 7 years and older may visit the Children’s Room while their parents attend these ESOL classes. For more information call 973-733-5412, 973-733-5411, or 973-733-7772, or visit the library's Web site.

The Branch Brook Branch Library, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388, will have a storytime about mothers on Monday the 5th and Tuesday the 6th, both starting at 10:30am. The branch invites children on Wednesday the 7th at 4pm to make a special greeting card in celebration of Mother’s Day. At 3:30pm on Tuesday the 20th and Wednesday the 21st, the branch invites children to learn the meaning behind Memorial Day with a variety of puzzles, quizzes and coloring pages on the holiday.

The Clinton Branch Library, 739 Bergen Street, 973-733-7757, will present several programs in May. On Wednesday the 7th at 4pm, children can make flowers and cards for Mother’s Day. On Wednesday the 14th at 4pm, children are invited to make a display honoring those who are serving or have served in the military; they may also pay tribute to Memorial Day through a poem or a drawing. On Wednesday the 21st at 4pm, children can make thank you cards for those serving/having served in the military. Celebrate “Spring Fun” with an arts & crafts on Wednesday the 28th at 4pm. The Teen Book Club will meet on Wednesday the 28th at 4pm to discuss L. Divine’s Drama High: The Fight (a story about race relations at a predominately white high school). The (adult) Book Club will meet at 2pm on Wednesday the 14th to discuss Valerie Wilson Wesley’s Of Blood and Sorrow, a story about Tamara Hayle, private investigator, who confronts the one case she never saw coming.

On Wednesday the 7th at 3:30pm, the Main Library Children’s Room, 973-733-7797, invites children to make a colorful flower pop-up card for Mother’s Day. On Wednesday the 21st at 2pm, children are invited to learn about careers in the construction field and the scientific concepts involved in creating large structures, and they will be invited to build a model bridge.

The North End Branch Library, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7683, invites children in grades 2 to 6 to make beaded key rings (using PONY beads) and cards on Wednesday the 7th at 3:30pm in celebration of Mother’s Day. There will be an interactive storytime on Wednesday the 14th at 3:30pm for those in grades K to 4 in celebration of National Book Week.

The Roseville Branch Library, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770, invites children and teens to learn about Cinco de Mayo through games, music and dance at 3:30pm on Monday the 5th. Children and teens are invited to create a scented gift on Thursday the 8th at 3:30pm in celebration of Mother’s Day. The same audience is invited to write a poem (on Friday the 9th at 3:30pm) and a “loving-heart” card (on Saturday the 10th at 9:30am) for Mother’s Day.

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 Van Buren Branch Library, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750, will hold a storytime for children aged 2 to 5 on Monday the 5th, 12th and 19th at 4pm. There will be a chess tournament for those aged 10 to 12 on Friday the 2nd at 4pm. On Thursday the 24th at 4:00pm, children aged 2 to 5 will do finger plays, sing, make a simple craft and be read to. For those aged 5 to 12, there will be an arts & crafts on Thursday the 22nd at 4pm at which children will make their own scenic painting using pastel paints.

The Weequahic Branch Library, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7751, invites all ages to make a card or a wearable accessory on Wednesday the 7th at 3:30pm to celebrate Mother’s Day. On Wednesday the 21st at 3:30pm and on Saturday the 24th at 11am, all ages are invited to bring in old photos to make a colorful Memorial Day mobile to honor our fallen heroes.

 

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