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Newark Public Library celebrates June with a multitude of free programs, including an appearance of the Harry Potter Knight Bus
Press Release May 23, 2007
Media only, please contact:
J. Dennis Papp at (973) 733-7798

The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, will offer a number of free programs during the month of June, including the opening of a new exhibition, the kickoff of the Prudential Foundation Summer Reading Challenge, the appearance of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Knight Bus that is making a cross-country tour, and events from the Saturday Programs @ the Branches initiative that is funded by the Newark Public Schools. 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 kidsplace.npl.org/calendar.html for children’s programs.

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/.

Numerous posters from the Special Collections Division of the Library will be on view in The Art of the Poster, an exhibition to be installed on the 2nd- and 3rd-floor galleries from June 4 to August 4 (selected works will remain on view through August 25 on the 2nd-floor gallery). This brilliant ensemble of posters covers a dozen major visual themes, such as music, sculpture, travel, architecture, Puerto Rico, illustrators, World Wars I and II, and prize-winning posters from Japan. Also included are books relating to the history and development of poster art. As with all exhibitions, this show is free and open to the public during library hours. For more information, call William J. Dane, Keeper of Prints, Posters and Works of Art on Paper, at 973-733-7745.

Following is the listing of the Library’s other June programs.

June 2, 11:00 am
First Avenue Branch, 282 First Avenue, 973-733-8091
Goowin's Balloowins
Come join Allynn Gooen as he uses balloons to tell amazing stories. He will use the art of balloon making to make you the characters and creatures of his stories! Presented by Encore Performing Arts

June 2, 1pm to 4pm
Main Library Children’s Room, 5 Washington Street, 973-733-7797
Storytime
Students from the Maria L. Varisco-Rogers Charter School will hold a special storytime for children aged 4 to 11.

June 4, 4pm
Main Library Children’s Room, 5 Washington Street, 973-733-7797
Make Dad’s Special Day Even More Special
Show your dad—or grandpa, uncle—how much you love him by making a special Father’s Day card.

June 4 to 7, 3:30pm
Branch Brook Branch, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388
Being Smart & Safe!
Children will learn about safety by taking part in special games and puzzles.

June 6, 3pm to 4pm
Branch Brook Branch, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388
Learn How to Stay Safe
Members of the Newark Fire Department will discuss with the children some important methods of staying safe. The program includes a short film presentation.

June 9, 3pm to 6pm
Main Library, 5 Washington Street, 973-733-7731
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Knight Bus Tour
The Knight Bus, based on the unique triple-decker bus described in the Harry Potter books, will make a stop at the Newark Public Library—the only New Jersey stop on its cross-country tour. Approximately 225 pre-selected children will have the opportunity to board the bus and share on video their feelings about the Harry Potter books. (NOTE: May 24 was the deadline for entering this random drawing.)

June 9, 11:00 am
Vailsburg Branch, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7749
Goowin's Balloowins
Come join Allyn Gooen as he uses balloon to tell amazing stories. He will use the art of balloon making to make you the characters and creatures in his stories. Presented by Encore Performing Arts.

June 9, 11:00 am
North End Branch, 722 Summer Avenue 973-733-7683
Musical Legends presents The Rainbow Crow
Join us for an enchanting combination of music, dance and storytelling. We will explore Native American sign language, song and dance as we learn the legend of The Rainbow Crow. This story will tell us how fire was brought down to Mother Earth and how it changed the world.

June 9, 11:00 am
Roseville Branch, 99 Fifth Street 973-733-7770
Fun on A String Puppets and Marionettes
Join Miss Penny as she uses puppets and marionettes to make you laugh. There will be many surprises and lots of fun as we meet some of her friends, including Twinkles, and Octavius the Octopus!

June 11, 11am
Weequahic Branch, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7751
Gospel Day with Newark's Senior Citizens
Celebrate Gospel Music Month with a special musical performance by Dr. Albert Lewis and the World Gospel Association.

June 11 and 12, 10:30am
Branch Brook Branch, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388
Storytime
A children’s librarian will read stories about fathers.

June 13, 4pm
Branch Brook Branch, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388
Celebrate Dads!
Children are invited to make a special card for fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles and big brothers.

June 14, 3pm
Branch Brook Branch, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388
Celebrate Flag Day!
Children will learn about our star-spangled banner in this fun and educational program.

June 14, 4:00 pm
Main Library-Children's Room, 5 Washington Street, 973-733-7797
Father’s Day Craft
Make dad's special day even more special! Show your dad how much you love him be making him your own special Father's Day card! Make a card for Grandpa, too! Craft materials will be provided.

June 14 and 15, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Roseville Branch, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770
Happy Father’s Day!
Children and teens are invited to write a poem or create a card in celebration of Father’s Day.

June 16, 11:00 am
Branch Brook Branch, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388
Ann Coppola and Kate Pak present The Cat in the Hat
Join Ann Coppola and Kate Pak as they present a special program of The Cat in the Hat. These two actors will send you on a journey of fun and silliness in the style of the famous cat. It will be a fun-sprinkled experience for all children, with jokes, stories, and lots of fun adventures.

June 16, 10:30am
North End Branch, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7766
Coffee For Dad, Cookies For Me
Celebrate Father's Day with a Special Breakfast Story Hour. Join in the stories, games and breakfast treats.

June 16, 10am to noon
Branch Brook Branch, Adult Room, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-7760
Father's Day Reception
Learn about Father's Day through books and Web sites. Refreshments will be served.

June 20, 6pm
Weequahic Branch, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7751
Spotlight on Newark's Youth Choirs
This musical performance, presented by Minister Andre Witcher and Friends, plus guest youth choirs and soloists celebrates Newark’s youth.

June 23, 10:30am
Weequahic Branch, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7752
The Lizard Guys
Join The Lizard Guys for an exciting glimpse into the fabulous world of exotic animals, such as lizards, turtles, frogs, and a huge guest for the finale. You will learn many different facts about these animals, such as where they live and what they eat.

June 23, noon
Madison Branch, 790 Clinton Avenue, 973-733-8090
The Lizard Guys
Join The Lizard Guys for an exciting glimpse into the fabulous world of exotic animals, such as lizards, turtles, frogs, and a huge guest for the finale. You will learn many different facts about these animals, such as where they live and what they eat.

June 23, 11:00 am
Springfield Branch, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736
Crabgrass Puppet Theatre presents The Last Dragon on Earth
Join the master puppeteers of the Crabgrass Puppet Theatre as they perform a magical story of princes, princesses and of course dragons. Join us on a journey to a wonderful storyland of castles caves and dragons. Presented by Encore Performing Arts

June 23, 2007 11:00 am
Clinton Branch, 739 Bergen Street 973-733-7754
Fun on a String Puppets and Marionettes
Join Miss Penny as she uses puppets and marionettes to make you laugh. There will be many surprises and lots of fun as we meet some of her friends, including Twinkles, and Octavius the Octopus!

June 26, 10am
Main Library, Centennial Hall, 5 Washington Street, 973-733-5642
The Prudential Foundation Summer Reading Challenge Kick Off Rally
The ever-popular Challenge begins with a fun-filled rally that features entertainment, refreshments, and a special gift. The program encourages children to make reading one of their summer fun activities. It rewards children with a step-system of prizes for the number of books read, and all children who read and report on at least 5 books receive a prize. The program runs through August 4.

June 26, 6pm
Main Library, Auditorium, 5 Washington Street, 973-424-1831
Book Signing with Kenneth P. Freeman
Mr. Freeman is the author of Rose Tainted Justice; Privileges, Power and Internal Affairs. The book is one man's story of speaking out and looking corruption dead in the eye despite the inevitable revenge and destruction of his career. It documents the disturbing and unrelenting retaliation awaiting whistle-blowers and how a political machine blatantly influences the actions of a judicial system. Freeman describes a terrifying journey into government gone wrong.

June 27, 6:30pm
Main Library, Centennial Hall, 5 Washington Street, 973-733-5411
Frances E.W. Harper Society Program
The Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society, which discusses books on the African Diaspora, will host a special June event. The guest lecturer is Dr. Akil Kokayi Khalfani who will speak on "The Hidden Debate and the State of People of African Descent in America." Dr. Khalfani is the Director of the Africana Institute at Essex County College and the author of the bestseller, The Hidden Debate: The Truth Revealed About the Battle Over Affirmative Action in South Africa and the United States.

 

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