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Newark Public Library announces October programs
Press Release September 25, 2006
Media only, please contact:
J. Dennis Papp
(973) 733-7798;

The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, announced its schedule of programs for October, including the opening of a new exhibition that celebrates the march in Newark in 1776 of George Washington and the Revolutionary Army, and a hockey-awareness essay contest for children that is being cosponsored with the three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils.

All of the library’s October events are free (except for the Friends’ program on October 18) 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.

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 the Main Library or any community branch of The Newark Public Library.

"A model of the new Newark arena for the New Jersey Devils will be on view at several of our branch libraries," noted Michele Cappetta, the library’s Youth Services Coordinator. "Exact dates and locations will be announced shortly."

Beginning Tuesday, October 10, and running through January 6, 2007, there will be an exhibition, entitled A Gala Graphic Arts Celebration of the March of General George Washington and the American Revolutionary Army in Newark in November of 1776, that will be on display in the third-floor gallery of the Main Library. It will feature original prints, autographs, historic posters and maps from the Special Collections Division of the Library. Also included will be 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 curating the exhibition. For further information, call Mr. Dane at 973-733-7745.

The Library’s second-floor-gallery exhibition, entitled Roots of Rhythm: Dance in Latin America, looks at the origins of some of the most popular dances and explores how, in many countries, dance was used as a unifying rallying point. The show, curated by Ina Rimpau, Multicultural Librarian, is part of the Library’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration. It is on view through November 11. For more information, call Ms. Rimpau at (973) 733-3637.

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 October, 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 two events for October. On Wednesday, October 4, there will be a discussion of A Hungry Heart: A Memoir by Gordon Parks. The event will be held in the Main Library’s James Brown African-American Room beginning at 6:30pm. The Society will host a book signing and lecture on Wednesday, October 25, beginning at 6:30pm. The guest author is Dr. Anasa Maat, a former educator in Newark, and she will discuss and sign her book, ‘Til Death Do Us Part. Her previous novel was A Little Bit of Honey. This program will be held in the Main Library’s Centennial Hall. For more information on either 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, begins its 35th year of programming for the entire family on Saturday, October 21. Craig Babcock and Richard Stillman, of Encore Performing Arts, Inc., present The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the classic tale of mystery and adventure. The program begins promptly at 2:00pm in the Main Library’s Centennial Hall. For more information, visit the Web site,

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Library are cosponsoring a program, entitled "The Many Moods of Beethoven," on Tuesday, October 10, that begins at 6:00pm in the Main Library’s Centennial Hall. The program guides the audience through the early, middle, and late works of Beethoven, surveying the emotions he expresses in several of his greatest string quartets. It demonstrates how he constructed some of his themes and emphasizes Beethoven’s determination to create his art in the midst of personal suffering. It includes movements from the string quartets Op. 18 No. 1, Op. 59 No. 1, Op. 95, and Op. 135, as well as excerpts from his symphonic works. For more information call Anthony Clark, Coordinator of Library Programs, at 973-424-1831.

There will be two programs in October that are part of the Library’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Both will be held in Centennial Hall and begin at 2:00pm. The first will be held on Saturday, October 14 and is entitled "Tango in the Afternoon." The passion of the Argentine tango returns to the Library when TEATRO Sí, the premier Hispanic theater arts company in New Jersey, brings a very special music and dance performance presented by professional tango dancers Carolina Jaurena and Carlos Acuña, along with their special guest musicians and singer. Carolina and Carlos are the 2006 tango dance couple winners on the popular program "Sábado Gigante" on the Univision television network. The second program, to be held on Saturday, October 28, is entitled "Fiesta Andina: Indigenous Music and Dance From the Andes." Two groups, Taky Llaqta and Sumac Punchau, come together to present a dazzling performance of traditional music and dance of the Andes Mountains of Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, using traditional instruments and featuring authentic, colorful Inca attire. For information on either program, call 973-733-7772.

The Friends of the Newark Public Library will sponsor its 2006 John Cotton Dana Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, October 18, beginning at 6:00pm in the Main Library’s Centennial Hall. The presenter will be John T. Cunningham, noted historian and author of dozens of books, articles and reviews on and about New Jersey. This prestigious award is bestowed on Newarkers who have distinguished themselves in the state or the nation. It is named for John Cotton Dana, nationally recognized leader in library science and community affairs, who was The Newark Public Library’s director from 1901 until his death in 1929. Mr. Cunningham’s lecture is entitled "Charles F. Cummings and John Cotton Dana: Proud to be Newarkers." According to Rebecca Doggett, Lecture Chairperson, the Friends are dedicating the proceeds of this event to the Library’s Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center. To learn more about a ticket to this event ($5 for seniors/students, $25 for all others), or for further information, please email the Friends at, or visit their Web site at To R.S.V.P, call 973-733-7793.

The Branch Brook branch library, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388 or 7760, will hold several October programs:

  • Wednesday, October 4, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm: "Open House to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month." Visit the library to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with light refreshments and a piñata.
  • Monday, October 16 and Friday, October 20, at 3:30pm: Join in on an autumn storytime of stories and poems.
  • Wednesday, October 25, at 4:30pm: Join in on a Halloween craft by making cute and creepy spiders.
  • Tuesday, October 31, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm: Visit the branch in your costume for "trick-or-treating."

The Madison branch library, 790 Clinton Avenue, 973-733-8090, invites children in grades 3 to 8 to create their own decorative picture frame or mirror with craft materials on Wednesday, October 15, from 2:30pm to 5:00pm. Interested students must sign up at the branch by October 11.

The North End branch library, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7766, presents a Hispanic Heritage month program on "Salsa Traditions," including a salsa demonstration and a free lesson for dancers of all ages.

The Springfield branch library, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736, will hold two October events:

  • Thursday, October 5 at 3:30pm: An arts & crafts program in which participants will make a ship for Columbus Day.
  • Thursday, October 26 at 3:30pm: An arts & crafts program in which participants will make a spider hat for Halloween.

The Vailsburg branch library, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7755, has planned "Saturday Fun & Surprises" on October 14 and 28, from 11:00am to noon. Children may join in on a "surprise" activity that will be a game or arts & crafts.

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

  • On all Wednesdays, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, children are invited to play a favorite game or puzzle.
  • On Friday, October 27, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, all children are invited to make a Halloween mask.
  • On Tuesday, October 31, from 9:30am to 5:30pm, patrons are invited to stop by the branch in costume for "trick-or-treating."


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