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“Literary Landmark” designation and Hispanic Heritage Month celebration highlight Newark Public Library’s October program schedule

Press Release October 6, 2002

A number of programs in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, along with a daylong list of celebratory events in honor of The Newark Public Library’s designation as a “New Jersey Literary Landmark,” highlight the October schedule at the library. For additional information on the programs, which are free and open to the public, patrons may call Heidi Cramer (“Literary Landmark” events only) at (973) 733-7837, or Herb Williams (Hispanic Heritage Month programs) at (973) 733-3610, or they may visit the library’s website at
A festive ceremony and reception will be held on October 2 at 10am in Centennial Hall (second floor), marking the “literary landmark designation.” At that time, Renee B. Swartz, Chair of the New Jersey Center for the Book, will present a plaque. Other distinguished persons to be present that day are Dina Matos McGreevey, New Jersey’s First Lady; Dr. Clement Alexander Price, Newark Public Library Trustee and Master of Ceremonies for the day; Dr. John Y. Cole, Director, The Center for the Book, Library of Congress; Norma Blake, New Jersey State Librarian; and Amiri Baraka, Poet Laureate of New Jersey. After the ceremony, a number of authors will give readings of their works and hold book signings. (Books will be available for purchase.) Among the authors scheduled to appear are Anthony Bruno, Donald Crews, John T. Cunningham, Dr. E. Alma Flagg, Jackie Hardrick, Amy Hill Hearth, Michael Immerso, Richard Koles, Barbara Kukla, Benilde Little, Linda Ripa, Jean-Rae Turner, Valerie Wilson Wesley, and Sharon Dennis Wyeth.

The Newark Public Library’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month continues with five programs in October. In addition, there is a special exhibition of Latino graphic art in partnership with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Additional October programs include a meeting of the F.E.W. Harper Literary Society, a Hooray for Children program, and an exhibition on Greek culture.  Following is the complete October schedule.

UMDNJ and The Newark Public Library Celebrate Latino Graphic Art
, Gallery at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Medical Science Building, B-Level Grand Foyer, 185 South Orange Avenue, Newark. Through October 31. Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Remembering Newark’s Greeks: An American Odyssey, 2nd & 3rd floor galleries of the Main Library, October 21 through December 31,2002. Library hours. 

Wednesday, October 2
Literary Landmark Designation: Opening Ceremony at 10am; Author readings and book signings from 11am to 1:30pm; an “Afternoon of Storytelling” with Julie Pasqual from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in the main library’s Centennial Hall, and an encore presentation at the Weequahic branch library at 5:30pm; an “Evening With Joyce Carol Oates,” at 7pm; rounding-out the day’s events is an all-day mini-exhibit/photo display of Newark authors, which will be on view in selected areas of the main library. 

Thursday, October 3 6pm
Book Signing/Lecture â Author Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco presents his book Latinos Remaking America. Latinos take an important step toward carving out a field for empirical and theoretical specification. This book breaks new ground as it presents this group’s multiple experiences. Centennial Hall.

Saturday, October 5 2pm
One Woman Show â Nude In New York – Jonisha Rios received rave reviews in New York for this show that has a message for everyone. Join Jonisha on a journey that will make you laugh, cry and maybe even inspire you to let your light shine. Centennial Hall.

Tuesday, October 8 6pm
Dance Program â Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Company is one of the leading Spanish dance companies in the United States. In its work the company combines the diverse cultures that inhabited Spain for centuries and influenced flamenco: Spanish, Judaic, Arabic, and Gypsy. The Company uses flamenco to tell “dance stories,” which deal with universal themes. Join them as they present a workshop featuring a special performance presentation. Centennial Hall.

Wednesday, October 9 6:30pm
F.E.W. Harper Literary Society program entitled “The Pact,” presented by Drs. Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt, and George Jenkins, with Lisa Frazier Page. African-American Room. 

Thursday, October 10, 2002 10am
Teen Read Newark â Author Victor Rodriguez will present an open discussion with teens and young adults on his book Eldorado in East Harlem, a novel focusing on Rene, all of seventeen and streetwise, who is about to give up on the American Dream. Petty crimes, running drugs and ghetto adventures bring him and his gang closer to an illusory Eldorado. Centennial Hall.

Saturday, October 12, 2002 2pm
Music Program â Latin Pulse Productions presents noted Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca in a festival and history of Hispanic music. Latin Jazz, Salsa, Merengue, Bomba y Plena and much more will come to life with local musicians. Bring your dancing shoes and have a great time. Centennial Hall.

Saturday, October 26 2pm
Hooray for Children program series presents “Eerie Tales with Mary Rachel Platt.” People in all parts of the world are fascinated with the supernatural and Halloween! Join international storyteller Mary Rachel Platt for an afternoon of thrills and chills as she weaves a web of spine-tingling tales from many cultures and mysterious lands filled with ghosts, shape shifters and other worldly creatures. Auditorium.


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