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Newark Public Library offers a variety of programs in November
October 24, 2007
Media only, please contact:
J. Dennis Papp at (973) 733-7798

The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, announced its schedule of programs for November, highlighted by its 2007 Booked for the Evening gala, a major three-month print exhibition, and the ever-popular Design a Bookmark contest. All of the November events are free (except for the "gala") and open to the public. For more information, call the number listed with the program description, or visit for adult programs and for children’s programs.

The New Jersey Devils’ Jeffrey Vanderbeek and Michael Gilfillan will serve as dinner chairs for the Library’s 4th annual gala dinner Booked for the Evening. This signature fundraising event takes place on Thursday, November 8 (cocktails at 6:00pm and dinner at 7:00pm) at Nanina’s in the Park, Belleville. Stephen Adubato, Jr., news commentator and television host, and Marion O’Neill, manager for corporate contributions at PSE&G, will serve as event committee co-chairs.

In addition to raising funds for vital programs and services, the fundraiser provides the Library an opportunity to recognize those who have made a positive impact upon the lives of the Newark community. This year’s honorees are Cogswell Realty Group, for its contributions to the City of Newark; Robert and Patricia Curvin, for their community leadership; William J. Dane, for his 60-year distinguished tenure at the Library; and Joseph Yeadon, for his dedicated service on the Library’s board of trustees.

For further information on purchasing tickets or sponsorships, please call CDK Events Management at 973-921-2880.

Hundreds of the Newark Public Library’s most important and interesting prints, both contemporary and traditional, will be on display, many for the first time, in The World in Prints: An International Survey of Graphic Arts, Contemporary and Historic. The exhibition is to be installed the Main Library’s public galleries from November 14, 2007 through January 12, 2008.

"This is a gala celebration where we acknowledge the diversity and scope of our collection of fine prints," said Library Director Wilma J. Grey.

William J. Dane, the Library’s keeper of works of art on paper and curator of this show, added, "We are showing a chronological sampling of prints from the late 16th century to the 21st century. Some of the prints are literally fresh off the press."

The opening reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in Centennial Hall of the Main Library.

The World in Prints: An International Survey of Graphic Arts, Contemporary and Historic is funded, in part, by a grant from the International Fine Print Dealers Association.

(A companion exhibit, with works on loan from the Newark Public Library, opens on November 8 in the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers-Newark. The library exhibit embraces the progression of printmaking, while the Robeson Galleries selection covers 20th century prints, emphasizing works by contemporary artists.)

Speaking of Prints, a free public program with presentations and gallery tours, will be held at the Newark Public Library on Monday, December 3 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Hilda Werschkul, PhD, art historian and adjunct professor at Montclair State University, will join William J. Dane and Jorge Daniel Veneciano, director of the Robeson Galleries, to discuss the contemporary print world.

The Library will celebrate National Children’s Book Week (November 12-18) by encouraging children to design their own bookmarks. The theme this year is Rise Up Reading! For the bookmarks, children should design the front only, and may use crayons or markers. All bookmarks must be submitted to a Newark Public Library Children’s Room by Monday, November 19. Even though the program is open to children in grades K through eight, high school students may join in the fun and participate. For more information stop by or call any Children’s Room system wide or visit

The Library concludes its Hispanic Heritage celebration on November 3 when Ecuador Expocultura 2007: New Jersey, an exhibition that showcases the cultural traditions and American experiences of the Ecuadorian community, closes. For more information call 973-733-7772.

On November 3, the Hooray for Children program series, which presents live performances by puppeteers, storytellers, magicians and theater groups, will feature Lou Del Bianco in Monsters I Have Known. Through story and song, Del Bianco introduces children to the silliest, most lovable monsters ever in this show filled with life, laughs, and audience participation. It begins promptly at 10:30 am in the Main Library’s Centennial Hall.

The Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society, which hosts book discussions on the African Diaspora, will contemplate Not Easily Broken: A Novel by T.D. Jakes. The event begins at 6:30 pm in the Main Library’s James Brown African-American Room. For more information, please call 973-733-5411.

On November 27 at 6:00 pm, there will be a showing of and a discussion with the filmmakers of A Ripple in the Water; Healing Through Art. The event, to be held in Centennial Hall and the Fourth Floor Auditorium, is cosponsored with the Friends of the Newark Public Library. Shot on location throughout South Africa, this hour-long documentary focuses on the inspiring work of artist/activist Kim Berman. She mobilizes people to use papermaking, printmaking, and embroidery to address HIV/AIDS, poverty alleviation, and the empowerment of women and children across South Africa. To R.S.V.P., please call 973-733-7793.

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 November, please call 973-733-3603.

The Branch Brook branch library, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388, will hold three programs in November: on November 1 and 2, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, celebrate the Asian Indian festival of Diwali by making a rangoli design wall hanging (to welcome visitors); on November 14, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, there will be a Thanksgiving craft to make a potato turkey; and on November 19 and 26 at 10:30 am, share stories about families.

The Main Library Children’s Room, 5 Washington Street, 973-733-7797, will hold three programs: on November 14, from 10:00 to 11:00 am, preschoolers are invited to listen to stories about Thanksgiving and learn about the holiday (daycare groups must call ahead by November 7); on November 16 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, children through grade 8 are invited to show their creativity by making a Thanksgiving craft or greeting card; and on November 24, from 11:00 am to noon, preschoolers are invited to learn about the snowy season with winter stories and a craft.

On November 14, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, the Roseville branch library, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770, invites children and youth to color three leaves and explain on them what they are thankful for and place each leaf on a poster-board tree.

The Springfield branch library, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736, continues its free SAT prep classes on Wednesdays from 5pm to 7pm and on Saturdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, through May 8, 2008. The Charles E. Thenen Foundation provided funding for these classes.

The Vailsburg branch library, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7755, will hold three November programs: on each Tuesday, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, children will learn math and strategy by playing board and card games; on each Wednesday, there will be an Anime Night from 5:30 to 7:00 pm that features the films of Hayao Miyazaki; and on each Friday, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, children are invited to stories, arts and crafts, and games of a seasonal nature.

The Van Buren branch, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750, will present several November programs: on November 19 at 4:00 pm, for children aged 2 to 5, there will be finger plays and a storytime; a Thanksgiving Rap is scheduled for November 21, at 4:00 pm, when children aged 8 to 12 will write poetry that will be turned into a rap song and performed; and on November 22, at 4:00 pm, children, aged 5 to 12, will make their own Tom the Turkey and write why they are thankful.

The Weequahic branch library, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7751, invites children in grades K to 8 to meet a Major League Soccer player from the New York Red Bulls from 3:30 to 5:00 pm on November 7. Learn about soccer and what it takes to be a top athlete.


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