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Newark Public Library announces July programs
June 27, 2008
Media only, please contact:
Dennis Papp at (973) 733-7798

The July schedule of programs for the Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, includes two new exhibitions, the Prudential Foundation Summer Reading Challenge, a book signing, and a Youth Cinema Schedule for the 2008 Black Film Festival. All of the library’s July events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the number listed with the program description, visit for adult programs and for children’s programs, or visit the library on the blog at

Nearly 200 patrons attended the festive rally on June 26 that launched the Prudential Foundation Summer Reading Challenge. The Challenge—this year’s theme for children is Catch the Reading Bug; for teens it is Metamorphosis—encourages participants to put the enjoyment of reading in their summer fun activities. It rewards those who read and report on at least five books with a step-system of prizes. The program concludes on August 2. For more information, stop by any of the library’s Children’s Rooms system wide, or visit or

There are two new exhibitions on view for the summer that are of special interest to children and adults.

The second-floor gallery features Reaching for the Stars: NASA at 50. On view through August 20, this intriguing show covers the past, present and future of space exploration at NASA. It was co-curated by Laura Saurs, of the library, and Kevin Conod, of the Newark Museum. Topics in the fifteen 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 will be installed on the third-floor gallery from July 2 to 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 Helen Frankenthaler, an American artist. For more information call William J. Dane, the curator, at 973-733-7745.

The library will again hold the Kids Unscripted Theater Workshop. Last summer, more than a dozen youngsters, ages 10 to 14, had the opportunity to experience the dramatic arts through the generosity of Carol A. Duncan. Thanks to Ms. Duncan’s continued funding, the program has been expanded to include four branch libraries (North End, Springfield, Van Buren, and Weequahic) and a creative writing component in addition to acting. Class size is limited to 15 students (in grades 5 to 8) per location. If interested, call one of the participating branches—North End: 973-733-7683; Springfield: 973-733-7736; Van Buren: 973-733-7750; Weequahic: 973-733-7751—there may be last-minute availability. The six-week event, which begins July 7, culminates with a grand performance at each of the four branches.

The library will hold a book signing and reading with author Herb Boyd for his latest book, Baldwin’s Harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 9 and be held in Centennial Hall, beginning 6pm. For more information call 973-733-7793.

The 2008 Newark Black Film Festival will again have a youth cinema schedule at the library. These films will be shown at 10:30am in the library’s fourth-floor Auditorium: June 30—A Picture Book of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Honest-to-Goodness Truth; Mrs. Katz and Tush. July 7—Wormhead; Roberto the Insect Architect; Tar Beach. July 14—Rosa; Duck for President; Galimoto. July 21—Honey...Honey...Lion!; Tug of War; Ruth Law Thrills a Nation. July 28—Kirikou and the Sorceress. For more information on the library’s schedule, call 973-733-7797.

The library will hold its annual Book Classic Golf Tournament at the Plainfield Country Club, Edison, N.J., on Tuesday, July 22. The event, which benefits the library’s Annual Fund Campaign, begins with lunch at noon, tee-off at 1:30pm, and a dinner reception at 6:30pm. For more information call Joe Casale at 973-733-7841.

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

The Branch Brook Branch Library, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388, will hold a fun and educational program, entitled Learn About Bugs, on Wednesday, July 23 at 2pm. The program is intended for children, aged 4 and older, at which they will find out about insect senses through crafts and hands-on activities.


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