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Newark Public Library announces September programs
August 27, 2008
Media only, please contact:
Dennis Papp at (973) 733-7798

Highlighting the September schedule of programs for the Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, is an opening reception on Thursday, September 18 for its Hispanic Heritage celebration. All 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 on the library’s blog at

The Frances E.W. Harper Literary Society, which is dedicated to discussing books on the African Diaspora, will hold an informal registration and information session on Saturday, September 20, from 11am to noon in the Main Library’s James Brown African-American Room. The Society’s first program is scheduled for Wednesday, September 24 at 6:30pm. For more information call 973-733-5411.

The library concludes its summer operating schedule on Saturday, September 6. Beginning Monday, September 8, the Main Library’s schedule will be 9am to 5:30pm on Monday, Friday and Saturday; 9am to 8:30pm on Tuesday through Thursday. The branch libraries will be open from 9:30am to 5:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; from 1pm to 8pm on Wednesday; and from 9:30am to 1:30pm on Saturday.

The library inaugurates its Hispanic Heritage celebration with an opening reception in Centennial Hall on Thursday, September 18, beginning at 6pm. Carlos Gutiérrez, co-founder and director of Cinema Tropical, a non-profit organization dedicated to the distribution, programming and promotion of Latin American cinema in the United States, will be the featured speaker. The celebration is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. For more information about the celebration call 973-733-7772.

The accompanying exhibition, entitled Reel Diversity: Film in the Hispanic World, is on view on the 2nd-floor gallery from September 15 to 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.

Following are the September programs for the celebration.

September 18 – Thursday, Centennial Hall, 6 pm; Opening Reception—Carlos Gutiérrez, co-founder and director of Cinema Tropical, a non-profit organization dedicated to the distribution, programming and promotion of Latin American cinema in the U.S., will be the featured speaker.

September 16 — Tuesday, Centennial Hall, 5 pm; Youth Event: 21 Days of Clemente Essay Contest—Finalists from three Newark middle schools participating in the 21 Days of Clemente Essay Contest come together at the Newark Public Library for the final stage of the competition. Contest winners will receive scholarship awards. The program will include music and dance performances. This event is presented in partnership with the Newark Public Schools and the Puerto Rican Statewide Parade of NJ, and is part of a national campaign to permanently retire Roberto Clemente’s jersey number 21, in honor of the player’s achievements on and off the field.

September 20—Saturday, Auditorium; Mexican Films / Screening & Commentary—Como agua para chocolate –1:00 pm; Like Water for Chocolate, 1992. 105 min. Based on the novel by Laura Esquivel. Romantic fantasy set in the early 20th century about a young couple who are forbidden to marry. The young man marries his love’s sister, who expresses her passion for him through her cooking. In Spanish with English subtitles. Angelitos negros, 3:30 pm, Little Black Angels. 1948. 100 min—This film is one of the gems of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema. Ana Luisa and José Carlos, both white, give birth to a black child. Ana Luisa rejects the little girl who ends up suffering the injustice and pain of racism. But Ana Luisa doesn't know that her own maid who is also black hides a secret that will change her life. One of Pedro Infante’s best-known films. In Spanish.

September 27—Saturday, Auditorium; Puerto Rican Films/Screening & Commentary—La gran fiesta—1:00 pm, The Grand Ball, 1987, 101 min. La Gran Fiesta was the first feature-length film to be produced by the Puerto Rican film industry. In 1942, Casino de Puerto Rico, a lavish San Juan nightspot, is about to be turned over to the US Army as a recreational center. To celebrate their last night as a "civilian" nighterie, the staff members of the Casino stage one final all-stops-out Grand Ball. Everyone is invited, even those "undesirables" who would normally be shut out of the black-tie establishment. In Spanish with some English dialogue. La guagua aérea –3:30 pm, (The Flying Bus) A Flight of Hope, 1995. 80 min.--Based on the short story "La guagua aérea" by Luis Rafael Sánchez. A comedy depicting a group of Puerto Rican immigrants taking the notorious midnight flight from San Juan to New York City in 1960. In Spanish with some English dialogue.

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 Van Buren Branch Library, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750, will hold several September programs: On September 18 at 4pm, it will “Welcome in the Fall” with an arts and crafts program, making colored fall leaves; for ages 5-12. On September 25 at 4pm, toddlers with participate in finger plays, sing songs, and make a simple craft. On the four Mondays in September at 4pm, stories will be read from pictures books and fairytales. On the four Tuesdays at 4pm, it will be game time: chess, bingo, Harry Potter Board Game, Dora the Explorer, Chutes and Ladders, Chinese checkers, checkers, Outburst.

The Clinton Branch Library, 739 Bergen Street, 973-733-7754, invites preschoolers to get into the school spirit with a storytime featuring stories about school. Daycare groups are welcome, but please call at least a day in advance. On the 19th, from 3:30 to 4:30pm students in grades K to 8 are invited to play bingo.


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