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Newark Public Library announces July programs
Press Release June 22, 2006
Media only contact: J. Dennis Papp
(973) 733-7798;

The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, announced its schedule of programs for July, including the "Book Classic" golf tournament, the youth cinema for the "32nd Newark Black Film Festival," and two new exhibitions. Excluding the golf fundraiser—for which there is a fee—all of the Library’s July events are free; all are 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.

The library is mounting two new exhibitions that begin in July.

William J. Dane and Bruce E. Ford will curate one show, entitled A Tribute to John Cotton Dana, Commemorating the Sesquicentennial of His Birth: Innovative Director of The Newark Public Library, Civic Leader, Founder of The Newark Museum, Creator of a Better Newark, that focuses on Dana’s multi-faceted contributions to the city of Newark. It will be on view on the 2nd-floor gallery from July 5 through September 2. Included in the exhibit are Dana’s writings, photographs of his life and family, and some of the acquisitions he made for the library and its offshoot, the Newark Museum, which he founded and directed until his death.

August 19 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the man who was the second director of The Newark Public Library, a nationally respected leader in the fields of librarianship and museum studies, and for almost three decades the primary agent for the advancement of education and culture in Newark, NJ.

To say that Mr. Dana had a profound influence on the library profession is an understatement. In many ways he "invented" the way that library services have been delivered throughout the 20th century and into the present; libraries throughout the nation have adopted his "modern" practices. Some of his innovations include open book stacks, library services to children, library advertising and printing, materials for the business sector, and collections in many languages for immigrant populations.

The Library will hold a special program on July 13 that begins at 6:00pm in Centennial Hall. Sponsored by The Newark Public Library and the Newark History Society, the event will feature a panel discussion on "Civic Life in Newark: The Legacy of John Cotton Dana." Distinguished speakers will include the leaders of the three institutions that carry on Dana’s legacy: Wilma J. Grey, Director of The Newark Public Library; Mary Sue Sweeney Price, Director of The Newark Museum; and Dr. Steven J. Diner, Provost of Rutgers-Newark. Ezra Shales, assistant professor at Alfred University and an expert on decorative arts and their impact on the public, also will be part of the panel. A reception and gallery tours follow the program.

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The third-floor exhibition, entitled Robert Sabuda: Travels in Time and Space, is on view from July 3 to September 8. William J. Dane, the library’s Keeper of Prints, Posters and Works of Art on Paper, is curating the show, which is on loan from the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature. It features original artwork by Robert Sabuda that was reproduced to create some of the most popular and stunning pop-up/movable books. The exhibition includes examples of these books, some of which are from the library’s Special Collections.

The exhibitions are free and open to the public during the Library’s summer schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00am to 5:30pm; Wednesday from 9:00am to 8:30pm; and Saturday from 9:30am to 1:30pm. For more information call Mr. Dane at 973-733-7745.

On Tuesday, July 11 the Library will hold its annual "Book Classic" golf tournament fundraiser at the prestigious Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey. (Donald Ross designed the course.) Reservations are required for this event, which begins with lunch at noon, followed by a 1:30pm tee off. A cocktail reception begins at 6:30pm. Proceeds from the "Book Classic" will benefit the Library’s 2006 Annual Fund Campaign—the fund that guarantees access to cultural, educational and informational resources to all who seek them, free of charge. For further details and the fee structure call Sue Mazzeo at The Newark Public Library at 973-424-1832.

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 June, please call 973-733-3603, or visit

The Prudential Foundation has again provided the funding to sponsor the Library’s ever-popular reading and literacy program for Newark’s schoolchildren in grades pre-K through 8: the Prudential Foundation Summer Reading Challenge. The program encourages children to include the adventure of reading in their summer activities. The theme for this year’s event is Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales! The program will run through August 5.

In addition to the Prudential Foundation Summer Reading Challenge, the Library has planned a host of "Summer Fun" programs in all of its children’s rooms: board and computer games, puzzles, movies, arts and crafts, and story time. Activities differ at each branch. For more information and a schedule, visit or stop by any of the children’s rooms.

The Newark Public Library will again be one of the venues for the youth cinema schedule of the 32nd Newark Black Film Festival, which is sponsored by Bank of America. Each program begins at 10:30am and ends approximately at 11:30am on the five Mondays in July. Each event features up to three films in the fourth-floor Auditorium of the Main Library; the films are suitable for ages 4 to 10. For more information call the Library at 973-733-7796. Following is the schedule:

  • July 3, three films: Rubber Soles, in which an 11-year-old, who has moves on the dance floor, but not on the court, gives up his prized soul records when he falls for a neighborhood basketball player. Who Owns the Sun?, in which Joshua, a curious 6-year-old boy from the South learns about prejudice, freedom and self-respect. Happy To Be Nappy & Other Stories of Me, features the voices of Mary J. Blige, Vanessa Williams and others in stories that explore differences in abilities, backgrounds, family structures, faiths, interest and cultures.
  • July 10, three films: Chicken Sunday—after her grandmother dies, a young Ukrainian-American girl becomes attached to her African-American neighbors. The Good Day—an animated tale takes Barney, Betty, Beemer and Bonnie Bevier from their home in the forest and back again. Apt. 3, in which the audience follows the journey of a boy named Sam and his younger brother as they follow the sounds of a harmonica that lead them to a blind man who lives in their building.
  • July 17, two films: Koi and the Kola Nuts, in which Whoopi Goldberg humorously retells this West African folktale about the proud son who sets out to find his rightful place in the world. African-American Heritage—the sights and sounds of West Africa come alive as children explore the history of African-Americans.
  • July 24, three films: Family Stories—listen to heartwarming stories about family life, featuring Picking Peas for a Penny, Dancing With the Indians, Our People, and Annie’s Gifts. Brittany Meets Harriet Tubman—in this magical dream Brittany meets the famous rescuer of slaves along the Underground Railroad. Freedom River, which tells the story of ex-slave John Parker, who risked his freedom and life to help other escaped slaves.
  • July 31: What I Did at School—Little Bill animated stories include Picture Day, Copy Cat, The Snack Helper, and The Stage Trick.


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