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Newark Public Library announces August programs
July 22, 2008
Media only, please contact:
Dennis Papp at (973) 733-7798

The August schedule of programs for the Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, includes a variety of events, all of which are free and open to the public. For more information, patrons should call the number listed with the program description. Some additional details may be available at for adult programs and for children’s programs, or by visiting the library’s blog at

The library’s Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society will hold three August programs at the Main Library. On August 6 at 6:30pm, Mansa K. Mussa will be the guest lecturer in Centennial Hall in a program entitled Paris and Other Places. There will be a book signing and lecture with Carole Darden, author of Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine: Recipes and Reminiscences of a Family, on August 13; it will be held in Centennial Hall, beginning at 6:30pm. There will be A Writer’s Forum on Saturday August 23, from 11am to 1pm. For more information, please call 973-733-5411.

Children's author Daniel Kirk is bringing his world in which "dogs rule and cats have power” to each of the library’s 11 locations. The author-illustrator of more than 30 books will share his poems, stories and songs with children and their families at each branch and will lead the children in a drawing game that will help them create a character of their own. For more information about the scheduled visits, please call the community branches.

Kirk's series of programs starts Tuesday, August 12 with stops at the Madison Branch Library, 790 Clinton Avenue, 973-733-8090, at 11am, and the Springfield Branch Library, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736, at 2pm. On Wednesday, August 13, Kirk visits the First Avenue Branch Library, 282 First Avenue, 973-733-8091, at 2pm, and the North End Branch Library, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7683, at 4pm.

On Thursday, August 14, the author will stop at the Main Library, 5 Washington Street, 973-733-7797, at 11am, and at the Branch Brook Branch Library, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388, at 2pm. Kirk visits the Roseville Branch Library, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770, at 11am, and the Vailsburg Branch Library, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7749, at 2pm on Friday, August 15. There are two programs on Monday, August 18: one at the Van Buren Branch Library, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750, at 11am, the other at the Clinton Branch Library, 739 Bergen Street, 973-733-7754, at 2pm. His final program will be Wednesday, August 20 at the Weequahic Branch Library, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7752, at 2pm.

The First Avenue Branch Library, 282 First Avenue, 973-733-8091, will host its first Wii tournament for kids in grades 3 to 8. Registration is required at the branch, and each session will be limited to 30 participants. Players may bring their own remote control if they have their personal Mii to use during the tournament. The Wii sessions will be bowling, on July 30; Mario cart, on August 6; and team bowling (with 2 to 4 players on a team), on August 13. Each program consists of tournament rules and instructions, from 5pm to 5:30pm, and tournament play, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

The Main Library Children’s Room, 5 Washington Street, 973-733-7797, will celebrate the start of the 2008 Olympic Games with a special program to be held on Friday, August 8. The event, which is suitable for those aged 4 to 12, will include making a sporty craft and testing your knowledge of Olympic history. It begins at 2pm.

The Van Buren Branch Library, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750, will hold Anime Movie Night on the four Wednesdays in the month, each beginning at 4:30pm. The films are Naruto: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (August 6), Yu Yu Hakusho: The Poltergeist Report (August 13), Inu-Yasha: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass (August 20), and Princess Monoke (August 27). All films are suitable for both teens and children.

The two summer exhibitions installed currently at the Main Library will conclude near the end of August.

The second-floor gallery features Reaching for the Stars: NASA at 50. On view through August 30, this intriguing show covers the past, present, and future of space exploration at NASA. It was co-curated by Laura Saurs, of the Newark Public library, and Kevin Conod, of the Newark Museum. Topics in the 15 display cases include the founding of NASA, science fiction vs. science fact, comets, asteroids, meteorites (with an actual meteorite from the Newark Museum), New Jersey astronauts, the moon landing, the space shuttle and space stations, the Hubble space telescope, spacecraft models, everyday products based on NASA technology, and great observatories. For more information call Ms. Saurs at 973-733-7812.

Over 50 Years of Major Art History is installed on the third-floor gallery through August 23. Gathered are several hundred items—rare posters, unique announcements, plus published brochures and pamphlets of particular interest to those concerned with the study of art history. Emphasis will be given to American and European artists from 1950 to today. Some of the artists selected for the show include Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Franz Kline, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollack, Andrew Wyeth, New Jersey’s own Ben Shahn, and publications and posters devoted to American artist Helen Frankenthaler. For more information call William J. Dane, the curator, at 973-733-7745.

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, Blogging, Internet, Creating a Résumé). For more information on the calendar of classes for the month, please call 973-733-3603, or visit


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