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Newark Public Library announces December programs
Press Release November 28, 2006
Media only, please contact:
J. Dennis Papp
(973) 733-7798;

The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, announced its schedule of programs for December. All of the events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the number listed with the program description, or visit the library’s home page at for adult programs and for children’s programs.

Two exhibitions are on view at the Main Library.

Running through January 6, 2007, is A Gala Graphic Arts Celebration of the March of General George Washington and the American Revolutionary Army in Newark in November of 1776, on display on the third-floor gallery. It features original prints, autographs, historic posters and maps from the Special Collections Division of the Library. Also included are prints and other works of art on paper on the City of Newark and the Garden State, spanning numerous generations from 1776 through 2006. William J. Dane, the Library’s Keeper of Prints, Posters, and Works of Art on Paper, is the curator of the exhibition. For further information, please call Mr. Dane at 973-733-7745.

The second-floor-gallery show, entitled A Window to Your Government: An Exhibition Celebrating the Centennial of the Federal Documents Depository, marks the 100th anniversary of the Federal Depository at The Newark Public Library. Curated by Laura Saurs, Regional Depository Librarian, the show is on view through January 13, 2007. It features numerous cases and wall displays devoted to such major topics as "America the Beautiful," "Space Exploration," "Invention & Innovation," "Land, Water, Flora & Fauna," and "Famous Names." Some of the items on view depict the planets and space travel, breathtaking views of America’s natural wonders, and unique inventions. Dry-sounding documents, such as "Report on the Construction of a Military Road," contain such rare gems as the 1863 view of the Coeur d’Alene Mission.

The Library’s federal documents holdings exceed 2,000,000 items in various formats: books, magazines, microforms, CDs, maps and posters. The collection contains primary sources on United States history and government: Presidential documents, Congressional publications on major historical events—such as the sinking of the Titanic and the Kennedy and King assassinations—and on current "hot topics," such as homelessness and steroid use in sports. The collection also includes census statistics from 1790 to the present, as well as historic and current information on the military and on Native Americans.

For more information on the exhibition and the Library’s government documents holdings, call Ms. Saurs at 973-733-7812.

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, or visit

The Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society, which is dedicated to discussing books on the African Diaspora, has scheduled an event for Wednesday, December 13, 2006: a discussion of J. California Cooper’s Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns, which will be held in the Main Library’s James Brown African-American Room beginning at 6:30pm. For more information on either the program or the Society itself, patrons may call 973-733-5411 or visit

Hooray for Children, which presents quality live performances by puppeteers, storytellers, magicians and theater groups, will host "Mr. Punch's Christmas Carol" on Saturday, December 2. Beautifully crafted puppets tell Dickens' holiday classic tale of the man who hated Christmas, starring Mr. Punch as Scrooge. This free program, presented by Encore Performing Arts, Inc., begins promptly at 2:00pm. For more information, visit

The Friends of the Newark Public Library will hold their "Annual Meeting and Mini Book Sale" on Wednesday, December 13 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in Centennial Hall. The Friends request patrons bring new or gently used children’s books to support their collection of materials for the Immunization/Project Vaccinate—Newark Department of Health and Human Services. Those who will attend may RSVP to

On Wednesday, December 6, Amiri Baraka will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Tales of the Out & the Gone, which is comprised of short fiction that spans the early 1970s to the present. The program begins at 6:00pm and will be held in Centennial Hall.

The three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils and the Library invite the residents of Newark to come, see and share in the New Jersey Devils/Newark Arena Model Tour that concludes in mid-December at two remaining branch library locations. The hockey arena model will be on view during library hours from:

  • November 29-December 5 at Branch Brook branch, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-7760
  • December 6-12 at Van Buren branch, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750

In addition to demonstrating the New Jersey Devils’ support of the Newark community and its children—through education, sport and the arts—on Wednesday of each stop, the tour in the library facilities 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.

Also, children who live or go to school in Newark in grades 1 through 8 are invited to create their own hockey story as part of a program cosponsored by the New Jersey Devils and the Library. The hockey story, to be entitled Newark, Hockey and Me!, can be a play, a poem, a story, a diary or a wordless story of pictures or photographs that promotes the relationship among the New Jersey Devils, the Newark community, and the children themselves. It must be written on an official "Hockey Story" booklet and returned to The Newark Public Library by Saturday, December 9, 2006. For an official entry booklet and complete rules, visit any community branch of The Newark Public Library.

The Branch Brook branch library, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388, will hold several December programs:

  • Monday, December 4, at 11:00am: A "Mom and Baby Group" program at which moms and babies (birth to 2 years old) are invited to meet and interact.
  • Friday, December 15 and Monday, December 18, both at 10:30am, there will be a storytime that features holiday stories.
  • Wednesday, December 20, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm: A holiday arts and crafts program at which children will make a decorative ornament.

The North End branch library, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7683, is celebrating the holiday season with a number of December programs:

  • Holiday movies will be shown on the following Fridays at 3:30pm: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, on December 1; The Christmas Story, on December 8; and The Santa Clause, on December 15.
  • A storytime will be held on three Saturdays—December 2, 9, and 16—at 11:00am.
  • Wednesday, December 6 at 3:30pm: This arts and crafts program will enable children to make a holiday decoration to take home with them or to hang on the library’s tree.
  • Wednesday, December 13 at 3:30pm: visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves.
  • Wednesday, December 20 at 3:30pm: children will make holiday cards for their families and friends in this arts and crafts program.

The Roseville branch library, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770, will hold several programs:

  • Friday, December 1, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm: children and teenagers are invited to decorate the branch’s tree with ornaments and wrap empty boxes (bring a "small" box) for under the tree.
  • Children and teenagers are invited to tell what Christmas means to them from 3:30pm to 5:00pm on December 4 to 8.
  • During the period December 11 to 15, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm, children and teenagers will create a "card" (poem, uplifting words) for children with cancer.
  • Children of all ages are invited to place their names in a raffle box from December 18 to 21, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Then on December 21, names will be selected to receive a holiday gift.

The Springfield branch library, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736, has resumed its "SAT Prep" program, funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of New Jersey, on most Wednesdays and Saturdays. In addition, the branch will hold two arts and crafts programs at 3:30pm: on Thursday, December 14, children will make a snowman; on Tuesday, December 19, they will make a tree ornament from pine cones.

The Vailsburg branch library, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7755, has planned two Christmas storytimes for toddlers and preschoolers on Friday, December 15, the first from 9:45am to 10:45am, and the next from 11:00am to noon. Daycare groups should notify the branch by December 12 if they wish to attend. A tree decoration event will take place on Friday, December 15, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.

The Van Buren branch library, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750, will hold three events:

  • On Monday, December 4 and 11, from 10:00am to 11:00am, children and their families are invited to a storytime.
  • On Wednesday, December 6 and 13, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, children are invited for a fun hour of games, cards and puzzles.
  • A Christmas craft—"Make an Ornament for the Family Tree"—will be held on Monday, December 18 from 10:00am to 11:30am, on Wednesday, December 20 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, and on Friday, December 22 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.


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