Newark Public Library announces May programs, including special Mother’s Day events and a book signing by C. David Williams
The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, announced a schedule of programs for May, including several in celebration of Mother’s Day and a book signing by C. David Williams. 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 the library’s home page at www.npl.org for adult programs and www.npl.org/KidsPlace/calendar.html for children’s programs.
On Wednesday, May 17, C. David Williams will hold a book signing for his thriller/mystery, entitled The Adversary. This fictional novel takes its tone from the Book of Revelations. Williams is the Dean of the Cathedral of Trinity and Saint Philip’s in Newark. He holds a BA in History from Empire College (SUNY), an MBA and a DMN in Pastoral Care from Graduate Theological Foundation of South Bend, Indiana. The program begins at 6:00pm in the Main Library’s Centennial Hall. For more information call 973-424-1831.
Two exhibitions that opened in mid-April continue on view at the Main Library. William J. Dane, the library’s Keeper of Prints, Posters and Works of Art on Paper, curated both shows.
The exhibit on the second-floor gallery, entitled Shopping Bags: Infinite Design Solutions for an Everyday Product, is on view through June 17. It displays over 100 shopping bags that cover such specialized topics as music, food and drink, books, museums and seasons. The library’s collection of over 1,000 bags has been actively assembled over the past 25 years—going back to the demand for bags in the 1970s. This is the seventh such exhibit in response to the fascination of a growing consumer marketplace for these portable and popular art forms.
The third-floor exhibition, entitled A Salute to Two Great 20th Century Artists: Picasso and Lichtenstein, is on view through June 14. Carefully selected, the exhibit includes original prints, historic posters, notable art books, biographic materials and portrait photographs of two visual artists whose works dominate the international art world in contemporary times.
The exhibitions are free and open to the public during library hours: Monday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00am to 5:30pm; Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00am to 8:30pm. For more information call Mr. Dane at 973-733-7745.
The Springfield branch, 50 Hayes Street, continues its SAT Prep Program on most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Each free session comprises Preparation for SAT Tests, Financial Aid Workshops, College Essay Writing, and Scholarship Searches. Assistance will be given in completing SAT, college, and scholarship applications. Classes will be offered on Wednesdays from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, and on Saturdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm. The Community Foundation of New Jersey provided the funding for this program. For more information, please call the Springfield branch library at 973-733-7736, or Lyndon Brown, the instructor, at 973-623-8699.
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, Publisher, Email, Internet, PowerPoint, Creating a Résumé). For more information on the calendar of classes for May, please call 973-733-3603.
Each Wednesday evening, from 6:00 to 8:00, is "Chess Night" at the Madison branch, 790 Clinton Avenue, 973-733-8090. Patrons—third-graders to adults—are invited to "play it, learn it, teach it."
On Saturday, May 13, the final program in this year’s "Hooray for Children" series features Bob Conrad in Dragons, Dreams & Magic. Join the master magician in a journey to a time long ago—a time of knights and dragons, wizards and magic. Meet Merlin the Magical Mouse, Nogard the Dragon, and see a member of the audience become a wizard and perform magic. Program begins at 2:00pm in the Main Library’s Fourth Floor Auditorium. Call 973-733-5642 for information.
The Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society, which is dedicated to discussing books on the African Diaspora, will hold a discussion of Clarence E. Gaines’ They Call Me Big House on Wednesday, May 3. The program begins at 6:30pm in the Main Library’s James Brown African-American Room. For information call 973-733-5411.
The Branch Brook branch, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388, will hold four programs:
The Madison branch library, 790 Clinton Avenue, 973-733-8090, will hold a story hour for toddlers to kindergarteners on Tuesday, May 23. Storyteller Larry Goods will present the program, which begins at 10am.
The Main Library Children’s Room will hold several programs during the month. For more information call 973-733-7797.
The North End branch, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7683, will present three programs:
The Springfield branch, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736, will hold two arts and crafts events:
The Vailsburg branch, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7755, will hold two programs during May:
The Van Buren branch, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750, will hold two programs:
During May there will be several "Saturday Programs at the Branches" events, a series that is funded by a grant from the Newark Public Schools.
May 13, 11:00am, Roseville Branch, 99 5th Street, 973-733-7770
May 13, 11:00am, Weequahic Branch, 350 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7752
May 27, 10:30am, Branch Brook Branch, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388
May 27, at Noon, North End Branch, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7683
May 27, 11:00am, Van Buren Branch, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750
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