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Newark Public Library announces September programs
Press Release August 18, 2006
Media only contact: J. Dennis Papp
(973) 733-7798; dpapp@npl.org

The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, announced its schedule of programs for September, including the opening of its Hispanic Heritage Celebration and the beginning of the 2006-07 program year for the Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society.

Also, the library concludes its summer-hours schedule on Saturday, September 9. Beginning Monday, September 11, the Main Library’s hours will be from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm on Monday, Friday and Saturday; from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm on Tuesday through Thursday. The branch libraries will be open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday; and from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm on Saturday. In case of inclement weather, please call (973) 733-7784 to determine whether the library is open.

All of the library’s September 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/Pages/KidsPlace/calendar.html for children’s programs.

The library’s current exhibitions conclude the first week of September; two new ones begin afterward.

Concluding on September 2 is A Tribute to John Cotton Dana, Commemorating the Sesquicentennial of His Birth: Innovative Director of The Newark Public Library, Civic Leader, Founder of The Newark Museum, Creator of a Better Newark. Concluding on September 8 is Robert Sabuda: Travels in Time and Space, a show that features original artwork by Robert Sabuda that was reproduced to create some of the most popular and stunning pop-up/movable books.

Beginning on September 12 will be Roots of Rhythm: Dance in Latin America, an exhibition that looks at the origins of some of the most popular dances and explores how, in many countries, dance was used as a unifying rallying point. The show, curated by Ina Rimpau, Multicultural Librarian, is part of the library’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration and will be on view on the second-floor gallery of the Main Library through November 11. For more information, call (973) 733-3637.

September is "Library Card Sign-up Month." To celebrate the event, the library is planning numerous outreach activities at schools and at many neighborhood youth, daycare, and senior centers so that anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Newark may sign up for a free Newark Public Library card. It’s the "smartest card," and the library encourages the public to "get it and use it." For more information, call any NPL location or visit www.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 September, please call 973-733-3603, or visit www.npl.org/Pages/Computers/.

The Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society, which is dedicated to discussing books on the African Diaspora, has scheduled a number of events for September. Activities get under way on Saturday the 23rd, when the Society will hold an information/registration period from noon to 1:00 pm in the Main Library’s first-floor James Brown African-American Room. The September 27 event, which begins at 6:30 pm, will be a viewing of The Learning Tree, a motion picture that was written, directed and produced by Gordon Parks. On September 30, at 2:00pm, Dashawn Taylor, author of From Poverty to Power Moves, will hold a book signing and lecture. For more information, patrons may call 973-733-5411 or visit www.npl.org/Pages/ProgramsExhibits/index.html.

The theme for this year’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration is "dance." The exhibition, (detailed above) Roots of Rhythm, begins on September 12. The "opening reception," which inaugurates the festivities, will be held on Thursday, September 14 at 6:00 pm in Centennial Hall. William Sánchez, Emmy-award winning executive producer of “Images/Imágenes,” will be the keynote speaker. He will talk about the origins and hidden symbolism in various Latin American dances and illustrate his talk with live demonstrations. Cultural Explosion, a popular salsa group, will provide musical entertainment. For more information, call 973-733-7772.

The Vailsburg branch library, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7755, has planned "Saturday Fun & Surprises" on September 2, 16, and 30, from 11:00 am to noon. Children may join in on an activity that will be a game or an arts & crafts.

The Springfield branch library, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736, will hold two September events:

  • Thursday, September 14 at 3:30 pm
    An arts & crafts program in which participants will design a notebook and personalize it with a favorite photo or artwork.
  • Thursday, September 21st at 3:30pm
    An arts & crafts program in which participants will decorate a pocket portfolio.

The Branch Brook branch library, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388 or 7760, will hold two September programs:

  • Saturday, September 9, from 10:00 am to noon
    "Celebrate Grandparents’ Day," at which children are invited to create a card for a grandparent or a godparent. In addition, there will be a reception for grandparents in the adult area (upstairs).
  • Thursday, September 28, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
    Celebrate "Hispanic Heritage Month." Join others in the Children’s Room for a folktale and a craft.

The Van Buren branch library, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750, will hold the following September events:

  • Every Tuesday in September, from 10:30am to 11:30am
    The branch welcomes children and their families to a story time.
  • On Friday, September 8, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
    All children are invited to make a greeting card for their grandparents.

 

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