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Programs prevail in May at the library
Press Release April 29, 2002

The Newark Public Library will present a number of programs during May, several of which will be held at various branch libraries. All programs are free and open to the public.

Highlighting the month’s calendar is a series of four-part children’s (ages six through fourteen) poetry workshops at six branch locations. The Turrell Fund provided funding for this program. Professional poets Lauren Spencer and John Chorazy will lead youngsters in these hands-on programs, where students will discover the elements of poetry—such as rhyme and rhythm—stretch their imagination using their senses, and write their own poetry. The last workshop in the four-part series at each location will be a party and a poetry reading, featuring the young poets as they read their creations and receive a bound anthology of their work. Class size at each location is limited to twenty students, so youngsters are urged to register early by calling one of the participating branches.

In addition to the programs, two exhibitions at the main library have been extended "because of patron demand" through the beginning of June 2002:
People and Portraits in Prints and Posters(second-floor gallery)
Where, When and Who Took That Photograph? (third-floor gallery)
William J. Dane, the library’s keeper of prints and posters, curated both exhibitions. For answers to general questions and additional information on the exhibitions (only), patrons may call Mr. Dane at (973) 733-7745.

Following is a listing of the library’s May programs, followed by the "poetry workshops" at the branches. For additional information on the programs (not the exhibitions) patrons may call Herb Williams at (973) 733-3610, or they may visit the library’s website at www.npl.org.

1 Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society will hold a discussion of Alice Randall’s book, The Wind Done Gone. James Brown African-American Room, 6:30pm.

2 Cartoonist Across America program. Phil Yeh presents a valuable and enriching program to Newark school children on the subject of art. Weequahic branch library, 355 Osborne Terrace, 10:30am to 1:30pm. For more information, please call (973) 733-7751.

4 Make a great gift at this Mother’s Day Arts and Crafts program at the Van Buren branch library, 140 Van Buren Street, 11am to 2pm. For more information, please call (973) 733-7750.

4 The African Globe Studios presents Legendary Women & Music, a live performance of acting and singing. Centennial Hall, 2pm.

6 & 9 A discussion and showing of the video Legacy, the story of Nickcole, a girl who shows a determination and commitment to success. Auditorium, 10am.

8 Little/Big Readers Book Discussion Group. Community youth meet to discuss selected books and to develop their creative writing skills. Weequahic branch, 355 Osborne Terrace, 4pm to 6pm. For more information, please call (973) 733-7751.

9 The library’s New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center holds its inaugural María DeCastro Blake Community Service Award when it honors three Latino women for their generous volunteer work and distinguished community service. Honorees are Angie Armand, Director of the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development, in the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs; Ida L. Castro, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Personnel; and Lizette Delgado, New Jersey Assistant Secretary of State. Centennial Hall, 6pm.

10 Make a great gift at this Mother’s Day Arts and Crafts program at the Weequahic branch library, 355 Osborne Terrace, 3:15pm to 4pm. For more information, please call (973) 733-7751.

18 Hooray for Children program series presents The Happy Times Children’s Theatre in Rumpelstiltskin. Auditorium, 2pm.

20 & 21 A presentation of Amazing Grace Following are the branch library poetry workshops for youngsters. Patrons are invited to call one of the participating branches for additional information on this program series and to register. Unless noted otherwise, the workshops begin at 3:30pm.

  • Branch Brook, 235 Clifton Avenue, (973) 733- 6388; workshops on May 8, 15, 22 (class on 22nd is a 2pm start), and June 5.
  • Clinton, 739 Bergen Street, (973) 733-7754; May 30, June 6, 13, and 20.
  • North End, 722 Summer Avenue, (973) 733-7766; May 9, 16, 23, and June 6.
  • Springfield, 50 Hayes Street, (973) 733-7736; May 2, 9, 16, and 23.
  • Van Buren, 140 Van Buren Street, (973) 733-7750; May 7, 14, 21 (class on 21st is a 2pm start), and 28.
  • Weequahic, 355 Osborne Terrace, (973) 733-7751; June 3, 11, 17, and 24.

 

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