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Newark Public Library announces November programs
Press Release October 23, 2006
Media only, please contact:
J. Dennis Papp – 973-733-7798;

The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, announced its schedule of programs for November, including its 2006 Booked for the Evening gala, and a community open house to welcome residents back to the rejuvenated First Avenue branch library, which has reopened after having been closed for repairs.

All of the Library’s 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 the Library’s home page at for adult programs and for children’s programs.

The Newark Public Library will pay tribute to Charles F. Cummings, the late Newark City Historian and assistant director of the Library’s Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, and to Dr. Olga J. Wagenheim, Professor Emerita in History at Rutgers University, Newark Campus, at its Booked for the Evening 2006 gala dinner. Independence Community Foundation also will receive special recognition for its foundation support. Ralph A. LaRossa, President and CEO of PSE&G, is dinner chairman. The event, which will be held on Thursday, November 9, at Nanina’s In The Park, Belleville, will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner and the awards program. Tickets range from $250 for individual guests to $20,000 for a gold table sponsor. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call CDK Events Management at 973-921-2880.

"The revitalized First Avenue branch is a facility of which the community may be proud," noted library director Wilma J. Grey. "We are so pleased to have been able to reopen the facility in time for the beginning of the school year." The timely reopening affords students to take part in "Club Success," a long-standing library program (funded by the Newark Public Schools) that provides after-school homework assistance. Nicole Dilkes is the Club Success teacher for the First Avenue Branch. The branch serves six schools and thousands of residents.

To celebrate this reopening, the Library is holding a Community Open House at the facility, which is located at 282 First Avenue, on Thursday, November 16, from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.

"Technology has an important place at First Avenue," noted branch manager Juanita Egoavil. "There are 11 state-of-the-art public-access computers." The computers provide Internet, word processing, and access to magazine and encyclopedia article databases for research.

The revitalized branch is brighter, more welcoming, has all-new tables and chairs, shelving, and expanded collections. Approximately 90% of the books are brand new, including an increased number of Spanish-language books. Many of the former reference materials are now available to be checked out by patrons.

"We are excited to welcome the community back to a friendly and comfortable environment,” added Egoavil.

In addition to Juanita Egoavil, the current First Avenue branch staff includes library assistant Julissa Ovalle.

For more information on the services and collections of the First Avenue branch library, patrons are invited to stop by or they may call (973) 733-8091.

A book-signing reception that celebrates the release of Remembering Newark’s Greeks: An American Odyssey, a book by Angelique Lampros that documents the history of Newark’s Greek immigrant experience in the early twentieth century, will be held at Snuffy’s Pantagis Renaissance, Scotch Plains, N.J., on Thursday, November 30, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Proceeds from the sales of the book will go toward the Library’s Hellenic Heritage Fund. For additional information on the event or to R.S.V.P. (by November 17), call the Library at 973-424-1832.

The three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils have invited the residents of Newark to come, see and share in the New Jersey Devils/Newark Arena Model Tour that continues through mid-December at various branch locations of The Newark Public Library. The hockey arena model will be on view during library hours. The dates (exclusive of November 7, 11, and 23, when the Library is closed for the respective holiday) and locations are:

  • November 1-7 at Weequahic branch, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7751
  • November 8-14 at Vailsburg branch, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7755
  • November 15-21 at Roseville branch, 99 Fifth Street, 973-733-7770
  • November 22-28 at North End branch, 722 Summer Avenue, 973-733-7683
  • November 29-December 5 at Branch Brook branch, 235 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-7760
  • December 6-12 at Van Buren branch, 140 Van Buren Street, 973-733-7750

In addition to demonstrating the New Jersey Devils’ support of the Newark community and its children—through education, sport and the arts—on Wednesday of each stop, the tour in the library facilities will offer information for children 10-12 years old, grades 4-6, by having a hockey seminar entitled "Hockey Basics: What’s It All About." The seminar will introduce children to hockey in an easy, fun and hands-on way by having a "Show and Tell" with hockey equipment and gear and conclude with a "question and answer" segment.

Also, 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 any community branch of The Newark Public Library.

Running through January 6, 2007, there is 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, on display on the third-floor gallery of the Main Library. It features original prints, autographs, historic posters and maps from the Special Collections Division of the Library. Also included are 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 the curator of 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 November, 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 one event for November: On Wednesday, the 1st, there will be a discussion of Sister Souljah’s The Coldest Winter Ever. The program will be held in the Main Library’s James Brown African-American Room beginning at 6:30pm. For more information on either the 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, will have a "Caribbean Carnival Celebration" on Saturday, November 4. Join TAINO as they present a lively performance that is part of the Library’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration. The program begins promptly at 2:00pm in the Main Library’s Centennial Hall. For more information, visit the Web site at

The Library’s programming for its Hispanic Heritage Celebration concludes on Saturday, November 18 with a Mexican dance program, entitled ¡México Vive!, beginning 2:00pm in Centennial Hall. The Calpulli Mexican Dance Company will present selections from its vibrant repertoire with the renowned musical group, Bamba NY. The performance-based event features interactive elements with the audience, as well as brief explanations about the history and symbolism of the dances and songs presented. For more information on the program call 973-733-7772.

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

  • Wednesday, November 15, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm: A Thanksgiving arts & crafts program at which patrons will make a pinecone turkey
  • Friday, November 10, at 11:00am: A "Mom and Baby Group" program at which moms and babies (birth to 2 years old) are invited to meet and interact
  • Monday, November 13, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm: Health educator Alminda D’Agostino will present a nutrition workshop.

The Clinton branch library, 739 Bergen Street, 973-733-7754, is celebrating Homenaje a Puerto Rico — Puerto Rican Recognition Day on Monday, November 6, at 3:30pm. The events include making collages of things that relate to the Puerto Rican heritage, a demonstration of Puerto Rican dance styles, and recognizing famous Puerto Ricans and their accomplishments.

The Madison branch library, 790 Clinton Avenue, 973-733-8090, invites children in grades K to 12 to bring in a photo and create a special keepsake or ornament in a Thanksgiving & Holiday craft program on Wednesday, November 15 at 3:00pm.

The Springfield branch library, 50 Hayes Street, 973-733-7736, has resumed its "SAT Prep" program, funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of New Jersey, on most Wednesdays and Saturdays. In addition, the branch will hold an arts & crafts class on Thursday, November 16 at 3:30pm—the project is a turkey wreath for Thanksgiving.

The Vailsburg branch library, 75 Alexander Street, 973-733-7755, has planned a Thanksgiving story time and craft for toddlers and preschoolers on Friday, November 17, from 11:00am to noon. Daycare groups should notify the branch by November 15 if they wish to attend.

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

  • On all Mondays, from 10:00am to 11:00am, children and their families are invited to a story time
  • On the November 9, 17 and 30, from 10:00am to 11:00am, those with little or no computer experience are invited to a computer mouse clinic.

The Weequahic branch library, 355 Osborne Terrace, 973-733-7751, will hold a Thanksgiving arts & crafts program for children on Wednesday the 15th, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.


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