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Newark Public Library announces October programs
September 26, 2008
Media only, please contact:
Dennis Papp at (973) 733-7798

Highlighting the final full week of September in all of the Children’s Rooms of the Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, was a raffle open to children in grades K to 8 at which they received one ticket for each book that they checked out about dinosaurs or the prehistoric era. On October 1 there will be a drawing from those entries at which three winners will receive a family four-pack of tickets to see Walking With Dinosaurs—The Live Experience! at the IZOD Center on October 8. (This is the theatrical presentation based on the award-winning BBC television series.)

All of the library’s October programs are free and open to the public. For more information, patrons should call the number listed with the program description. Some additional details may be available at for adult programs and at for children’s programs, or by visiting the library’s blog at

Saturday, October 25th will be the first program for the new season of Hooray for Children, the series that is fun for the entire family. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with Felix Pitre and his Stories & Songs of Latin America. Pitre shares many of the Hispanic traditions that were passed down to him from his own family, bringing to life the culture of Latin America with puppetry, stories, songs, instruments and dance. The event, which will be held in Centennial Hall and begins promptly at 2pm, is performed in English interwoven with Spanish words and phrases. It is presented by Theatreworks USA. For more information call 973-733-7797.

The October program for the Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society, which is dedicated to discussing books on the African Diaspora, will be on Wednesday, October 1st. It will take place in the Main Library’s James Brown African-American Room, beginning at 6:30pm. The book under discussion is The Bond by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt, in which three young men learn to forgive and reconnect with their fathers. For more information call 973-733-5411.

A new exhibition, entitled More Than Words: Artists’ Books and Book Art From the Special Collections of the Newark Public Library, will be installed on the third-floor gallery from October 7 through January 4. It traces the trajectory of artists’ book and book-art movements from their origins among European avant-garde factions in the early 20th century to the continued celebration today of the book as a medium for artistic experimentation and innovation.

The show supports the concept of "the book as art." It includes books that are "bound" in tin cans, papier-mâché rabbits, and functioning ukuleles. Other examples have text printed on sandpaper, metal, or plastic, or are simply photocopied and stapled.

Themed programs and events for all ages will be presented during the run of the exhibition, including a Family Book Arts Day on December 13, curator-led tours of the show, and a November 12 screening of Proceed and Be Bold, a documentary about the life and work of Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., a contemporary book artist and letterpress printer known internationally for his focus on themes of African and African-American heritage.

More Than Words is curated by Jared Ash, librarian, Special Collections Division, and organized in conjunction with RESISTANCE!, the Fourteenth Annual New Jersey Book Arts Exhibition and Symposium, to be held at the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University in Newark on November 7.

For more information about the exhibition or related events, please call Jared Ash at 973-733-7745, or email him at

There is a special fourth-floor display on the Pulaski Skyway through December. Entitled Pulaski Skyway - New Jersey Treasure, the past and present of this remarkable structure is detailed in four exhibition cases. Covered are the construction, history, awards won, and special features of the cantilevered bridge, which opened in 1932, that spans the Passaic and Hackensack Rivers, connecting Newark and Jersey City. The exhibition was co-curated by reference librarian Deirdre Schmidel, of the library’s Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, and by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Division of Project Development & Bureau of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Solutions. For more information call Ms. Schmidel at 973-733-7775.

There will be a book signing and reading in Centennial Hall with Anasa Maat on Tuesday, October 7th, beginning at 6pm. She will read excerpts from her new book, Kill Or Be Killed. Please RSVP by calling 973-733-7793, or by emailing (please put "Anasa Maat" in the subject line).

The library continues its Hispanic Heritage celebration with five programs in October. For more information about the celebration call 973-733-7772.

Saturday, October 4th, 2pm, Auditorium: Panel Discussion & Film Screening, Emerging Latino Filmmakers. Five Latino and Latina filmmakers, currently producing features and documentaries in the United States, share how their projects were inspired, created and developed. Selections from the panelists’ films will be screened. Includes a question and answer session. Panelists: Sonia González-Martínez, Betty García, Edwin Pagán, Adel Morales and Francisco Bello. Moderator: Louis E. Perego Moreno, president, SKYLINE FEATURES.

Sunday, October 5th, from 10am to 4pm, the library takes part in the City of Newark’s Latino Family Festival, held on Bloomfield Avenue. The library presents bomba y plena - percussion-driven, African-rooted traditional music and dance forms of Puerto Rico. The featured group is Segunda Quimbamba.

Saturday, October 18th, Auditorium, Cuban Films/Screening and Commentary. At 1pm will be Fresa y ChocolateStrawberry and Chocolate, 1993 - 104 minutes. A chance encounter over ice cream between a middle-aged gay man and a young, fervent believer in contemporary Cuban Marxism sets the stage for a funny but serious film about difference and acceptance. Fresa y Chocolate swept all the top awards at the 1993 New Latin American Film Festival in Havana, won critical and popular acclaim at festivals from Berlin to Telluride, and was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1995. In Spanish with English subtitles. At 3:30pm, Memorias del subdesarolloMemories of Underdevelopment, 1968 - 97 minutes. Based on the novel of the same name by Edmundo Desnoes, this film chronicles the life of a middle-class intellectual caught in the midst of the rapidly changing social reality of revolutionary Cuba. Sergio is a landlord and writer who remained behind when his wife, family and friends, whom he ridicules, leave for Miami. But he is unable to commit himself to the revolution and remains a skeptical observer. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Saturday, October 25th, Auditorium, Spanish Films/Screening & Commentary. At 1pm will be VolverComing Back, 2007 - 121 minutes. Apparitions are made flesh and blood in Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film, a dynamic blend of hilarity and drama. Irene returns from the afterlife to reconcile with her estranged daughter Raimunda. But by the time Irene shows up in the trunk of her other daughter's car, Raimunda, who lives in Madrid with her teenaged daughter Paula and her perennially drunk husband Paco, has bigger things to worry about. In Spanish with English subtitles. At 3:30pm, El espíritu de la colmenaThe Spirit of the beehive, 1973 - 95 minutes. In a small Castilian village in the early 1940s, as echoes of the Spanish Civil War can still be heard throughout the countryside, six-year-old Ana is introduced to an alternate world of myth and imagination when she attends a town-hall showing of Frankenstein, an experience that forever alters young Ana's perception of the world around her. In Spanish with English subtitles.

The accompanying Hispanic Heritage exhibition, entitled Reel Diversity: Film in the Hispanic World, is on view in the second-floor gallery through December 20. It explores film as both an agent and a reflection of change in the Hispanic world. While economics has been, arguably, the predominant factor shaping film in North America, the same cannot be said for Latin America and Spain. Most Latino countries are developing countries, and film—as an agent of social cohesion and often an educational tool—takes on an importance and significance no longer seen in North America. The Western world experienced a cultural awakening in the 1960s; in Latin America, the decade saw the birth or revitalization of several national cinemas. Films by Latino filmmakers represent themes related to national identity while addressing transnational concerns. The exhibit will focus on five national cinemas: Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and Puerto Rico, and will also include a special section on the role and impact of Telenovelas (soap operas) in Latin America and around the world. The exhibition was curated by Ina Rimpau in collaboration with Ingrid Betancourt and Juan E. Cintrón.

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.

The Branch Brook Branch Library, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-6388, will celebrate Hispanic Heritage month on Wednesday, October 8th at 4:30pm with a viewing of Mad, Hot Ballroom, a documentary about middle schoolers in New York City competing in ballroom dancing. On Wednesday, October 22nd at 4:30pm, the children’s librarian will read "spooky stories." Children may bring a scary story to share at this program that is intended for children aged 5 and above. On Wednesday the 29th at 4:30pm, join others in celebrating Halloween by making a "treat cup" with yarn and felt.

The Clinton Branch Library, 739 Bergen Street, 973-733-7754, will have "autumn fun" with a themed craft on Friday, October 3rd at 3:30pm. Join the Children’s Room staff for a spooky hour of stories and crafts—and Halloween treats—on Friday, October 31st at 3:30pm. From Monday, October 27th through Friday, October 31st, during library hours, there will be a candy corn-counting contest for 1st- through 8th-graders at which the winner will receive a paperback of his/her choosing.

The Main Library Children’s Room, 5 Washington Street, 973-733-7797, will celebrate the anniversary of the formation of the United Nations on Friday, October 24th at 3:30pm. Learn about the diversity of the world’s children and different cultures. Celebrate Halloween by making "scary" treats and reading spooky stories that are sure to frighten and delight those aged 4 to 12 at this program on Thursday, October 30th at 3:30pm.

The Springfield Branch Library, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736, will hold a "Cruise With Columbus" on Wednesday, October 8th at 3:45pm, at which children will make boats from paper plates, popsicle sticks and construction paper. On Friday, October 17th at 3:45pm, children will create and design their own Halloween masks using paper plates.

The Van Buren Branch Library, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750, will present Misako Rocks, author and illustrator of popular manga, graphic novels that feature high school heroines, discussing her upcoming book, Detective Jermain, the manga business, the process of publishing, and how she entered the field. A drawing workshop will follow, then a slide show illustrating Japanese culture, and a book signing. On Monday, October 6th at 4pm, there will be a 1920s Murder Mystery at which young adults aged 10 to 18 will be encouraged to dress in the fashion of the '20s to solve the mystery. On Thursday, October 30th at 4pm, children are invited to make a haunted house with popsicle sticks and washable paints.


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