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Newark Public Library announces programs for December
November 26, 2007
Media only, please contact:
J. Dennis Papp at (973) 733-7798

The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, announced its schedule of programs for December, highlighted by a major three-month print exhibition, and the Programs at the Branches initiative funded by the Newark Public Schools. All of the December 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.

Hundreds of The Newark Public Library’s most important and interesting prints, are on display, many for the first time, in The World in Prints: An International Survey of Graphic Arts, Contemporary and Historic. The exhibition is installed the Main Library’s public galleries through January 12, 2008.

Speaking of Prints, a free public program with presentations and gallery tours, will be held at The Newark Public Library on Monday, December 3, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Hilda Werschkul, PhD, art historian and adjunct professor at Montclair State University, will join William J. Dane and Jorge Daniel Veneciano, director of the Robeson Galleries, to discuss the contemporary print world.

The World in Prints: An International Survey of Graphic Arts, Contemporary and Historic is funded, in part, by a grant from the International Fine Print Dealers Association.

A companion exhibit, with works on loan from The Newark Public Library, opens on November 8 in the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers-Newark. The library exhibit embraces the progression of printmaking, while the Robeson Galleries selection covers 20th century prints, emphasizing works by contemporary artists.

On Saturday, December 1, the Hooray for Children program series, which presents live performances by puppeteers, storytellers, magicians, and theater groups, will feature Happy Holidays Around the World with Beth and Scott Bierko. This is an ideal program to warm up the winter season, while celebrating the historical and cultural differences that define us. It begins promptly at 10:30 am in the Main Library’s Centennial Hall. For more information call 973-733-7797.

The Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society, which hosts book discussions on the African Diaspora, will discuss A Hand To Guide Me, which was written by Denzel Washington with Daniel Paisner. The event begins at 6:30 pm in the Main Library’s James Brown African-American Room. For more information call 973-733-5411, or visit the Harper Society online at www.npl.org/Pages/ProgramsExhibits/fewh.html.

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 December, please call 973-733-3603.

Following is the list of Programs at the Branches for December.

Wednesday, December 12, 4:00 pm, Clinton Branch Library, 739 Bergen Street, 973-733-7754: Happy Holidays Around the World With Beth and Scott. Celebrate the holiday season with Beth and Scott Bierko as they sing songs and tell stories of holiday traditions around the world. This joyous program is the perfect way to put a spark in the winter season and celebrate family, tradition, love, and respect for all.

Wednesday, December 12, 3:30 pm, Roseville Branch Library, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770: Bob Conrad's Holiday Show. Come celebrate the winter holidays with Bob Conrad. His holiday show is a magical mix of puppets, music and magic tricks.

Friday, December 14, 3:30 pm, Springfield Branch Library, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736: Mad Science presents Winter Holidays. Enjoy a mixture of science and magic as snowmen begin to defrost, cards disappear and reappear wrapped as presents, and the Mad Scientist from Mad Science Rocks helps us discover a special North Pole rock.

Saturday, December 15, 11:00 am, First Avenue Branch Library, 282 First Avenue, 973-733-8091: Happy Holidays Around the World With Beth and Scott. Celebrate the holiday season with Beth and Scott Bierko as they sing songs and tell stories of holiday traditions around the world. This joyous program is the perfect way to put a spark in the winter season and celebrate family, tradition, love, and respect for all.

Saturday, December 15, 11:00 am, Madison Branch Library, 790 Clinton Avenue, 973-733-8090: Craig Babcock presents Silent Nights. Celebrate the generous and joyous spirit of the winter season with Craig Babcock as he examines the universal themes that relate to all holidays, including gift-giving, snow, and arctic animals, in this fun-filled mime performance, full of audience participation. Presented by Encore Performing Arts Inc.

Tuesday, December 18, 4:00 pm, Branch Brook Branch Library, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388: Bob Conrad's Holiday Show. Celebrate the winter holidays with Bob Conrad. His holiday show is a magical mix of puppets, music, and magic tricks.

Wednesday, December 19, 5:00 pm, Van Buren Branch Library, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750: Rick Adam's Holiday Parade. Join in the celebration as Rick Adam presents a one-man winter treat filled with original seasonal songs of sleds and snow, juggling, magic, comedy, and music. Presented by Encore Performing Arts, Inc.

Wednesday, December 19, 4:00 pm, North End Branch Library, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7683: Holiday Glassmaking Workshop. Join one of the glassmakers from Glassroots, and learn how to create a piece of holiday glass art.

Saturday, December 22, 11:00 am, Vailsburg Branch Library, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7755: Mad Science presents Winter Holidays. Enjoy a mixture of science and magic as snowmen begin to defrost, cards disappear and reappear wrapped as presents, and the Mad Scientist from Mad Science Rocks helps us discover a special North Pole rock.

Saturday, December 22, 11:00 am, Weequahic Branch Library, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7752: Happy Holidays Around the World With Beth and Scott. Celebrate the holiday season with Beth and Scott Bierko as they sing songs and tell stories of holiday traditions around the world. This joyous program is the perfect way to put a spark in the winter season and celebrate family, tradition, love, and respect for all.

Following are additional children’s programs at varied locations.

The Branch Brook Branch Library, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388, will celebrate the season with three programs. Learn about three winter holidays—Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa—with word games and puzzles; from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 12, Thursday, Dec. 13, and Friday, Dec. 14. Share holiday stories at 10:30 am on Friday, Dec. 14, and Monday, Dec. 17. Make a festive holiday ornament on Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

The Main Library Children’s Room, 5 Washington Street, 973-733-7797, will hold two December programs. On Friday, Dec. 14, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, children of all ages are invited to make holiday cards and bookmarks. On Monday, Dec. 10, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, and from 11:00 am to noon, toddlers and preschoolers may join us for a Christmas storytime. Daycare groups are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis, so please notify the branch in advance if you wish to attend.

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, the Roseville Branch Library, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770, invites children to create ornaments, and bring small or large (empty) boxes to wrap as gifts to help decorate the Christmas tree and the branch. There will be special holiday movies shown from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Friday, Dec. 14 (An All Dogs Christmas Carol), on Wednesday, Dec. 19 (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), and on Friday, Dec. 21 (Mickey’s Magical Christmas).

The Springfield Branch Library, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736, continues its free SAT Prep Classes on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and on Saturdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, through May 8, 2008. The Charles E. Thenen Foundation provided funding for these classes.

Play bingo at the Van Buren Branch Library, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750, on Friday, Dec. 14 at 4:00 pm.

The Weequahic Branch Library, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7751, will hold Film Fridays on December 7, 14, 21 and 28, for grades 1 to 8, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. On Wednesday, Dec. 12, children in grades 1 to 8 are invited to paint a sun-catcher to brighten the season. The branch has also planned the following adult programs: High Blood Pressure, Know the Facts, plus free blood pressure screening on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 11:00 am (sponsored by Saint Barnabas Health Care System); Catch a Matinee is a program for seniors and adults to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 11:00 am (It’s A Wonderful Life), and on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 11:00 am (Bojangles).

 

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