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Newark Public Library announces winners of "Create Your Own Book" contest and its list of July programs
June 25, 2007
Media only, please contact:
Dennis Papp at (973) 733-7798

The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, announced the winners of its popular Create Your Own Book Contest that was held during National Library Week, as well as announcing its list of July programs that includes the "Book Classic" golf tournament, a Teen Mystery Movies Series, the youth cinema schedule for the 2007 Newark Black Film Festival, and the Prudential Foundation Summer Reading Challenge. Excluding the golf fundraiser—for which there is a fee—all of the July 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.

The Library has begun its summer hours’ schedule. The Main Library is now open from 9:00am to 5:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; from 9:00am to 8:30pm on Wednesday; and from 9:30am to 1:30pm on Saturday. The schedule remains in effect through September 8. The branch library schedule is unchanged: the branches are open from 9:30am to 5:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; from 1:00pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday; and from 9:30am to 1:30pm on Saturday.

On Tuesday, July 24 the Library will hold its annual "Book Classic" golf tournament fundraiser at the prestigious Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey. Reservations are required for this event, which begins with lunch at noon, followed by a 1:30pm tee off. A cocktail reception will be held at 6:30pm. Proceeds from the "Book Classic" will benefit the Library’s 2007 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 Joe Casale at The Newark Public Library at 973-733-7841.

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. Since its inception, participating children have read more than 140,000 books. The theme for this year’s event is Get a Clue @ Your Library. The program will run through August 4. For more information visit

In addition to the 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 Library’s children’s rooms.

The Create Your Own Book Contest encouraged children to create their own books on any topic and a panel of library staff selected the winners.

"Every year, the librarians have a difficult time trying to choose from so many wonderful and creative books," noted Michele Cappetta, youth services coordinator. "This year, it proved an even greater challenge,” she added, “since there were so many truly outstanding books among the 380 entries."

Following is the list of winners that includes the branch library affiliation and the school. The winning books are featured on the Library’s Kids’ Place Web site at

K to 3rd Grade Winners
Dino Boy by Roberto Mejia, Branch Brook branch library, Branch Brook School
My Design Book by Katherine Nichole Lopes, Roseville, Roseville Avenue School
A Day at the Museum by Stephanie Sousa, North End, Dr. William Horton School

K to 3rd Grade Honorable Mentions
Batman Bet Up Ice Man by Oneil Colon, Jr., Branch Brook, Dr. William Horton School
Drips, Drops by Julissa Ajila, First Avenue, Abington Avenue School
My New Pet by Nenseh Koneh, Roseville, Roseville Avenue School
Ariet’s Dolphin by Juanita Benton, Springfield, St. Rose of Lima School

4th to 8th Grade Winners
Watch Robber by Alexander Comacho, Branch Brook, Branch Brook School
My Family by Mason Count, Weequahic, George Washington Carver School
The Hero of the Surviving Village by D’Ondre Robinson, Springfield, Park Avenue School

4th to 8th Grade Honorable Mentions
The Funniest Dragon by Joslyn Lopez, Branch Brook, Branch Brook School
La Historia de Una Perrita Llamada Nena by Sofía Jaramillo, First Avenue, First Avenue School
I Love Newark by Chino Clark, Vailsburg, Alexander Street School
The Ghost House by Marquita Hollis, Weequahic, George Washington Carver School

9th to 12th Grade Participant Awards
Poetry by Stephanie Stephens, Main Library, Alpha & Omega Christian School
Poemz Ryhmez Realistic by Sharon W. Johnson, Roseville, Newark Vocational H.S.
My Music by Christopher Thomas, Vailsburg, West Side H.S.

The Newark Public Library will again be one of the venues for the youth cinema schedule of the Newark Black Film Festival, which is made possible by a grant from Bank of America. Each program begins at 10:30am and ends approximately at 11:30am on four 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 5 to 13. For more information call the Library at 973-733-7797. Following is the schedule.

July 9: The Pied Piper and The Twelve Dancing Princesses
July 16: Float Like a Butterfly, also Mattie, Johnny and Smooth White Stones, and Beatrice’s Goat
July 23: Thomas in Bloom, also African-American Life, and He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
July 30: Sounder ’03

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 a calendar of classes for July, please call 973-733-3603, or visit

Numerous posters from the Special Collections Division of the Library are on view in The Art of the Poster, an exhibition installed on the 2nd- and 3rd-floor galleries through August 4 (selected works will remain on view through August 25 on the 2nd-floor gallery). This brilliant ensemble of posters covers a dozen major visual themes, such as music, sculpture, travel, architecture, Puerto Rico, illustrators, World Wars I and II, and prize-winning posters from Japan. Also included are books relating to the history and development of poster art. As with all exhibitions, this show is free and open to the public during library hours. For more information, call William J. Dane, Keeper of Prints, Posters and Works of Art on Paper, at 973-733-7745.

The Library will be launching the teen film series "You Never Know @ Your Library" with six mystery-themed films. The series begins on July 3rd and continues every Tuesday through August 7th. It will take place in the fourth-floor Auditorium of the Main Library, at 2:30pm; each film lasts approximately 90 minutes. Light refreshments will be served. Teenagers are invited to join the fun. For more information, please call 973-733-7837. Following is the schedule.

July 3: Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker. (Director: Geoffrey Sax. Rated: PG. Featuring Alex Pettyfer and Ewan McGregor.) A 14-year-old spy becomes involved with the Special Operations Division of Britain's secret intelligence service on a mission to save millions of people. Based on the first of the best-selling series of Alex Rider novels by Anthony Horowitz.

July 10: The Pink Panther. (Director: Shawn Levy. Rated: PG. Featuring Steve Martin and Beyonce Knowles.) Who stole the infamous Pink Panther diamond? A detective investigates the murder of a soccer coach and a stolen diamond. Based on the 1964 Peter Sellers film.

July 17: Clue. (Director Jonathan Lynn. Rated: PG. Featuring Tim Curry and Christopher Lloyd.) A comedy about six strangers who are invited to Hill House for dinner and end up cooperating with the staff to solve a murder mystery. Based on the Milton Bradley board game.

July 24: Young Sherlock Holmes. (Director: Barry Levinson. Rated: PG-13. Featuring Nicholas Rowe and Sophie Ward.) A teenage Sherlock Holmes investigates an Egyptian cult planning to murder British businessmen.

July 31: I Spy. (Director: Betty Thomas. Rated: PG-13. Featuring Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson.) A boxer helps a U.S. government agent recover a missing jet. Based on the 1960's television series.

August 7: So I Married an Axe Murderer. (Director: Thomas Schlamme. Rated: PG-13. Featuring Mike Myers and Nancy Travis.) A poet meets a woman named Harriet and suspects her of killing men after she marries them.

The Van Buren branch library, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750, is calling all Harry Potter fans to make their own wizard’s hats on Saturday, July 21, at 11am. In addition to this craft, children will explore the world of Harry Potter. The event marks the release date of the seventh book in the series, and patrons are invited to reserve a reading-copy that day.

The Alzheimer’s Association and the Library are cosponsoring a lecture, entitled "Understanding Memory Loss," that explores the difference between normal age-related memory changes and abnormal changes that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia disorders. The program will also discuss the ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. It will be held at two library locations: the North End branch library, 722 Summer Avenue, on July 14 at 11am; and the Van Buren branch library, 140 Van Buren Street, on July 28 at 11am. Although the program is free, reservations are required. Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 973-586-4300 to make a reservation or to receive more information on this program.


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