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Library's celebration of "National Library Week" highlights April programs
Press Release 3/24/99

While libraries across the country are observing National Library Week from April 11 through April 17, The Newark Public Library will be dedicating the entire month of April to the yearly event by featuring its expanded access to technology via numerous programs. Taking a "page" from this year's theme, Read! Learn! Connect! @ the Library, the library is showcasing its two new technological marvels: the brand-new Victoria Technology Center, and the newly renovated Main Library Children's Room.

The new technology center, which received major funding from the Victoria Foundation and MCI WorldCom, features two dozen computer stations: half dedicated to the Internet; half to word processing and other software applications. In addition, MCI WorldCom provided major funding for the five Newark Public Library Hub Sites, one in each of the City's five wards, which will supply computer equipment and instruction aimed at students in grades 6 through 12.

The children's room, reopening after renovation and technological rejuvenation thanks to funding from the City of Newark, has twelve computers with Internet access and educational programs. The technology will be used to teach preschoolers computer literacy and to assist preteens with research for their homework assignments. The new room is touted in the forefront of technology for children's rooms in libraries across the country.

Both new rooms will have April 14 grand openings at 10am.
Following are the special "National Library Week" technology programs.

Connect @ the Library; Saturday, April 10, from 10am to Noon, for grades 6-8; Saturday, April 17, from 10am to Noon, for grades 9-12. This program features a hands-on introduction to computer basics and beyond. Students will learn the parts of the computer; use of the mouse; keyboard tips and tricks; basic word processing skills; and will sample some cool sites on the Internet.

Explore the Internet; Wednesday, April 14, from 6 to 8pm, for grades 9-12; Saturday, April 24, from 10am to Noon, for grades 6-8. This program informs students that there is more to the Internet than YahooŽ. They will learn to use the Netscape Navigator browser; go to sites when they know the URL; find cool sites with search engines and subject guides; find what they need for school assignments; have fun playing on-line games; and have free time to use the computer.

Getting Started With Word Processing; Thursday, April 15, from 6 to 8pm, for grades 9 to 12. Students will learn how to use Microsoft Word 7.0 to create and save their work; add page numbers, footnotes and pictures; change type, style, margins and borders; check their word choices, grammar and spelling; use Help screens.

To register for any of these special free classes, students should call the Public Technology Center at (973) 733-3603.

In addition to the above, the library will be holding other programs during April. Unless noted otherwise, they will be held at the main library, 5 Washington Street.

The branch library programs will feature Ms. Turtle in "Live Turtle Shows," which consist of touch and feel time, question and answer time, turtle hats and turtle poems. The branch programs from April 10 through 17 are in celebration of National Library Week; those from April 21 through April 28 are celebrating National Earth Day.

In addition, the Clinton, Weequahic and Van Buren branches are holding "Design a Bookmark" contests during National Library Week.

April 3 Clinton branch; Mrs. Viola H. Sanders presents "Keeping Black Culture Alive" through an exhibition and entertaining stories; 11am.

April 6 Writer's Workshop; Auditorium, 6pm.

April 7 Friends Annual Book Sale; pre-sale for members only; Centennial Hall, 5:30-8pm.

F.E.W. Harper Literary Society program: Let the Poets Speak; African-American Room; 6:30pm

April 8, 9, & 10 Friends Annual Book Sale; Centennial Hall, 11am-8pm on the 8th; 9:30am-4pm on the 9th & 10th.

April 10 Weequahic branch; "Live Turtle Show," 11am.

April 13 Weequahic branch presents "Connecting With Poetry" by Amina Baraka; 3:30pm.

April 14 Inauguration and Grand Openings of the Victoria Technology Center and the Main Library Children's Room; inauguration festivities to be held in the third-floor Jenkinson Room, 10am.

Clinton branch; "Live Turtle Show," 3:30pm.

April 17 Hooray for Children program: the Peppermint Playhouse Puppeteers present "Don't Waste A Minute"; Auditorium, 2pm.

Sensations Magazine Poetry Series; Centennial Hall, 11am.
Van Buren branch; "Live Turtle Show," 11am.

April 20 Writer's Workshop; Auditorium, 6pm.

April 21 North End branch; "Live Turtle Show," 3:30pm.

April 24 Latin American Poetry Society; Auditorium, 1:30pm.

Roseville branch; "Live Turtle Show," 11am.

April 28 Madison branch; "Live Turtle Show," 3:30pm.

For more information about the programs, services and collections at the branch libraries, stop by or call the number listed for the respective branch:
Branch Brook, 235 Clifton Ave., 733-6388; Clinton, 739 Bergen St., 733-7754; First Avenue, 282 First Ave., 733-8091; Madison, 791 Clinton Ave., 733-8090; North End, 722 Summer Ave., 733-7766; Roseville, 99 Fifth St., 733-7770; Springfield, 50 Hayes St., 733-7736; Vailsburg, 75 Alexander St., 733-7749; Van Buren, 140 Van Buren St., 733-3897; Weequahic, .355 Osborne Terrace, 733-7751.

To hear a listing of the current week's main library programs, call the Program Hotline recording at 733-5643; for a monthly listing of programs, check the Library's home page ( by clicking-on "Programs & Exhibits," then selecting "Bulletin Board."


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