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Library to conclude June with appearance of Corky at Summer Reading Challenge kickoff rally; announces July programs, including those at branches
Press Release June 22, 2001

The Newark Public Library will hold the kickoff rally for its "Prudential Foundation Summer Reading Challenge” on Friday, June 29, in Washington Park, beginning10:30am. The event will mark the appearance of Corky, the library’s Kids’ Place website mascot, who will "meet and greet” the children. The rally will feature additional entertainment, a gift and refreshments. For more information about the reading challenge, patrons are invited to visit any of the library’s Children’s Rooms systemwide or access the Kids’ Place website on the library’s home page:

The library has announced its program schedule for July. These free programs will be held at the main library, 5 Washington Street; the branch library programs follow the main library listing. For more information, consult the phone number listed or visit the library’s home page:

TWO EXHIBITIONS--The United States and World War II, an exhibition comprising historic posters, songs and photographs from 1941-1945, selected from the library’s Special Collections. On view on the third-floor gallery, through September 8, during library hours. (Main library summer hours are 9:00am to 5:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 9:00am to 8:30pm on Wednesday; 9:30am to 1:30pm on Saturday.) Architecture Observed, an exhibition featuring monumental and historic books on architecture, plus original prints and posters, and color drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright. On view on the second-floor gallery, through September 8, during library hours. William J. Dane curated both exhibitions. Call (973) 733-7745.

9, 16, 23 and 30--Children’s Black Film Festival will be presented on consecutive Mondays in the fourth-floor Auditorium at 10:30am. The July 9th film, entitled Booker, is intended for all ages. The July 16th film, entitled Brother Future, is intended for ages 5 and up. The July 23rd program features two films, one entitled Abiyoyo, the other Galimoto; both are intended for ages 5 and up. The July 30th film, entitled Clarence and Angel, is intended for ages 8 and up. Call (973) 733-7847.

10, 17, 24 and 31--"Steps to Success” career and job programs, held in the fourth-floor Auditorium, from 2pm to 4pm. July 10--The Basics (assess your skills and identify occupations); July 17--The Resume (develop effective resumes and cover letters); July 24--The Job Search (create an action plan and target prospective employers); July 31--The Interview (learn tips on dress and behavior, as well as answers to tough questions). Call (973) 733-7779.

11, 18 and 25--"Total You Month” program series to be held in Centennial Hall, beginning 6pm. July 11 program will discuss makeup and hair care. The July 18 program will feature a consultant to the stars, discussing lifestyles and today’s clothing styles. The series concludes on July 25 with relaxation methods in a stressful world through aromatherapy. Call (973) 733-7847.

11--Brick City Blues book-signing. Fourth-floor Auditorium, beginning 6pm. Call (973) 733-7847.

12--TheatreWorks presents Aesop's Fables. Jim West, using a combination of puppetry--including large-scale animals, colorful rod puppets, paper and box creatures--and hand shadow artistry, presents famous fables, such as The Lion and the Mouse, The Tortoise and the Hare and The Fox and the Grapes. Program is funded by The Prudential Foundation. Two performances in Centennial Hall: 10:30am and 1:30pm. Call (973) 733-7847 for information. Groups should call (973)-733-7735 to schedule.

Master magician Jim Vagias will perform "Reading is Cool," a fun-filled, audience-participation magic program, at the branch libraries in July. This series was funded by the Newark Public Schools.

13--Clinton, 739 Bergen Street, 10:30am. Call (973) 733-7754.

16--Weequahic, 355 Osborne Terrace, 10:30am. Call (973) 733-7751

17--North End, 722 Summer Avenue, 10:30am. Call (973) 733-7766. 

19--Branch Brook, 235 Clifton Avenue, 10:30am. Call (973) 733-6388.

26--Madison, 790 Clinton Avenue, 10:30am. Call (973) 733-8090.

27--Springfield, 50 Hayes Street, 10:30am. Call (973) 733-7736.

31--Van Buren, 140 Van Buren Street, 10:30am. Call (973) 733-7750.

On August 15, Jim Vagias will present Reading Is Cool at the remaining two branches: First Avenue, 282 First Avenue, (973) 733-8091, at 1:30pm; and Roseville, 99 North 5th Street, (973) 733-7770, at 2:45pm.


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