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Newark Arena Model Tour
October 26 – December 6, 2005

Retired Devils' defenseman Ken Daneyko with a young fan,
Corky, and the NJ Devils mascot.

The three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils and the City of Newark invite the residents of Newark to come, see and share in the New Jersey Devils/Newark Arena Model Tour. There will be six stops at various branch locations of the Newark Public Library. Each of Newark’s five wards is represented on the tour.

The dates and locations are:

  • Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Main Library, 5 Washington Street
    (973) 733-7797
  • Nov. 2 – Nov. 7: Van Buren branch, 140 Van Buren Street
    (973) 733-7750
  • Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Weequahic branch, 355 Osborne Terrace
    (973) 733-7751
  • Nov. 16 – Nov.22: Vailsburg branch, 75 Alexander Street
    (973) 733-7755
  • Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Springfield branch, 50 Hayes Street
    (973) 733-7736
  • Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: North End branch, 722 Summer Avenue
    (973) 733-7683

Three students enjoying the hockey program.

The arena model will be on view Mondays through Saturdays (except for holidays on November 8, November 11, and November 24, when the libraries are closed). In addition, on Wednesdays at each stop representatives from the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Newark and the Newark All Stars will be on hand from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to discuss their organizations.

The NJ Devils' mascot, Corky, and the kids
enjoy the fun at the Main Library.

The October 26 unveiling at the Newark Public Main Library was attended by students from the Greater Newark Academy (Ms. Grace Lobato's fifth and sixth graders), and the Burnett Street School (Mrs. Williams-Platt's and Mrs. Jones' fifth graders).

Devils' Owner Jeff Vanderbeek with a young hockey fan.

In addition to demonstrating the New Jersey Devils' support of the Newark community and its children through education, sport and the arts, the tour in the Newark Public Library branches will offer information for children 10-12 years old, grades 4-6, by having a hockey seminar entitled “Hockey Basics: What’s It All About.” The seminar will introduce children to hockey in an easy, fun and hands-on way by having a “Show and Tell” with hockey equipment and gear, and conclude with a “question and answer” segment.

Ken Daneyko talks to the kids.

New hocky books will be purchased for each of the Children's Rooms thanks to a generous donation from the New Jersey Devils to the library’s collection development fund.

A group of young readers.

The Newark Public Library is inviting all children in grades 1 through 8 who live or attend school in Newark to create their own hockey story, real or imagined. Using the theme “Newark, Hockey and Me,” the story should be 200 words or less, and can be a play, a poem, a story, or a diary. It may also be a story in pictures or photographs promoting the relationship among the New Jersey Devils, the City of Newark and the community. Children may participate according to their grade level: grades 1 to 3, 4 to 6, 7 and 8.

Prizes will be awarded to the top winner in each grade category. All stories must be written by the child on the official “Hockey Story” booklet and submitted to any one of the Newark Public Library’s Children’s Rooms by Wednesday, December 14, 2005. Complete guidelines are available in each Children’s Room.

From left to right: Mayor Sharpe James, Newark Council Member Hector Corchado, Newark Business Administrator Richard Monteilh, Library Director Wilma Grey, Devils' Owner Michael Gilfillan, Devils' Owner Jeff Vanderbeek, former Devils' defenseman Ken Daneyko, and Library Assistant Director for Special Collections Charles Cummings

For more information on the “Newark Arena Model Tour,” call any of the Newark Public Library participating locations on the tour.

Display model of the new arena.


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