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Friends Book Sale

Events

April 25

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Main Library – The Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held on Saturday, April 25, 10:00 am -5:00 pm and Sunday, April 26, 11:00 am-5:00 pm.  Sunday is Bag-of-Books Day!  Enter via the ramp off the parking lot.

The Friends will be accepting donations from March 7 to April 18.  You may bring books and movies to the Main Library during the following days and times:

  • Mondays: 10 am to Noon
  • Wednesdays: 7:30-8:30 pm
  • Thursdays: 2 -4 pm
  • Saturdays: 10 am to Noon and 2-4 pm

There will be thousands of books to choose from, for adults, tweens and children. All genres and topics, fiction and non-fiction, movies and music too!

Friends Book Sale

Events

April 26

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Main Library – The Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held on Saturday, April 25, 10:00 am -5:00 pm and Sunday, April 26, 11:00 am-5:00 pm.  Sunday is Bag-of-Books Day!  Enter via the ramp off the parking lot.

The Friends will be accepting donations from March 7 to April 18.  You may bring books and movies to the Main Library during the following days and times:

  • Mondays: 10 am to Noon
  • Wednesdays: 7:30-8:30 pm
  • Thursdays: 2 -4 pm
  • Saturdays: 10 am to Noon and 2-4 pm

There will be thousands of books to choose from, for adults, tweens and children. All genres and topics, fiction and non-fiction, movies and music too!

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Create Space

April 27

12:00 am

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Northern NJ Professionals in Transition

Events

April 27

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Main Library – Tony Calabrese will facilitate a discussion on Building a Strategy for Your Job Search.  We often get so focused on the tools of a job search, (resume’, Linked In, cover letters), that we often lose sight of the overall process. Tony will share guidelines and approaches for strategizing and moving forward in your search.

Network with other professionals who are currently unemployed or looking for new career opportunities. Meetings alternate between guest speakers and career workshops. Programs are free and open to the public.

For more info about Professionals in Transition, go to: http://216.246.77.209/~shining/NNJ_PIT/

2015 dates: January 12, January 26, February 9, February 23, March 9, March 23, April 13, April 27, May 4, May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, August, 10, August 24, September 14, September 28, October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16, November 30, December 14

Hilton Preschool Storytime

Hilton Branch Kids Events

April 27

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Hilton Branch * Ages 2 1/2-5 * No registration required

All children must be accompanied by an adult

Movie Monday

Teen Events

April 27

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Main LibraryChilax, watch a movie and have a snack. We’ll be watching an animated comedy adventure!

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting: In the Wine Zone

Events

April 27

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Main Library – Wine consultant, educator and connoisseur Hank Zona, a longtime Maplewood resident, will be guest speaker at the Friends of the Maplewood Library annual meeting on Monday, April 27, at 7:30 pm.

When Hank Zona talks about wine, his passion and profession, the discussion often ranges across a wide range of topics.  Well-versed in the lore and legend of oenophilia, he is also a wonderful storyteller and likes to relate wine to other interests including food (especially pairings), history and tradition, and even Dr. Seuss and Girl Scout cookies.  He is also happy to offer recommendations on costs, choices, etc.

His wine events business includes his local weekly TV program on SOMAtv, and his popular blog, “The Grapes Unwrapped,” all of which he describes as “a free-flowing conversation on all things related to wine.”

The evening promises to be both fun and informative!!!  The meeting is free and open to the public.  Refreshments (alas! not including wine!) will be served.

Photo courtesy of Joy Yagid.

Baby Lit

Kids Recurring Events

April 28

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Main Library * Ages birth – 2 1/2 * No registration required

All children must be accompanied by an adult

Environmental Film Festival

Events

April 28

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Main Library – Environmental Film Festival  Tuesdays in April join us for award winning Environmental Films including Chasing Ice, Elemental, Trashed, and Vanishing of the Bees.  All films are screened at 3:30 pm and at 7:00 pm in Memorial Hall.

Tuesday April 7 — Chasing Ice – Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey.

Tuesday April 14 — Elemental  Revered by the New York Times as “A Last Stand for Nature Against Mighty Odds.” Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our me.

Tuesday April 21 – Vanishing of the Bees  Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capitol Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.
Tuesday April 28 — Trashed  In Trashed, Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope.
Funding for this screening was provided by the New Jersey Clean Communities Fund.

Hilton 3D CAD Workshop Trial Class

Hilton Branch Events

April 28

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hilton Branch – The last class of the current 8 week workshop will be open to all those who want to get a taste of the 3D CAD software training and see the 3D printer in action! The workshops give participants the opportunity to learn the basics of Rhino 3D, which is a user-friendly industrial strength 3D CAD program. This is a great opportunity to see if the workshops are for you! Open to adults and high school and middle school students. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Environmental Film Festival

Events

April 28

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Main Library – Environmental Film Festival  Tuesdays in April join us for award winning Environmental Films including Chasing Ice, Elemental, Trashed, and Vanishing of the Bees.  All films are screened at 3:30 pm and at 7:00 pm in Memorial Hall.

Tuesday April 7 — Chasing Ice – Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey.

Tuesday April 14 — Elemental  Revered by the New York Times as “A Last Stand for Nature Against Mighty Odds.” Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our me.

Tuesday April 21 – Vanishing of the Bees  Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capitol Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.
Tuesday April 28 — Trashed  In Trashed, Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope.
Funding for this screening was provided by the New Jersey Clean Communities Fund.

Hilton Pajama Storytime

Hilton Branch Kids Events

April 28

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Hilton Branch * All ages * Drop in

All children must be accompanied by an adult

Hilton Baby Lit

Hilton Branch Kids Events

April 29

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Hilton Branch * Ages birth – 2 1/2 * No registration required

All children must be accompanied by an adult

Behind the Scenes of Alvin Ailey’s Timeless Classic, ‘Revelations’

Events

April 29

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Main Library – Representing Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which performs at NJPAC from May 8-10, Nasha Thomas Schmitt and Renee Robinson will discuss the powerful storytelling and soul-stirring movement and music of this modern dance masterpiece. Free and open to the public.  RSVP : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qeip21Ur3bafSCHxdKaOXwJH8JvH9A7YdIEXTdZfgE4/viewform?c=0&w=1

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is known for a vibrant fusion of modern dance, ballet and more. This year, the company returns with programs that include some of its newest works as well as company classics like Revelations, Alvin Ailey’s undisputed masterpiece, inspired by blues, spirituals and gospel.  “Phenomenal. Go see Ailey. It’s change-your-life good.” (NBC’s Today)

View clips of the Ailey troupe in performance:

 Suspended Women-HD.mp4

 ODETTA Excerpt-SD.mp4

 Hofesh Shechter’s UPRISING-HD.mp4

Food for Thought Book Club

Events

April 29

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Main Library – Join us for our monthly discussion of recent food-themed writing, with refreshments provided by local eateries.  Our title for April is Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehra.

“Beautiful strangers bring exotic recipes to town in Mehran’s foodie-lit debut.…fans of cooking-overcomes-cultural-differences stories will savor the tale, not to mention the 13 recipes. “  –Publisher’s Weekly.  Refreshments will be provided by Coda.

 

 

 

Preschool Storytime

Kids Recurring Events

April 30

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Main Library * Ages 2 1/2 – 5 * No registration required

All children must be accompanied by an adult

Hilton Building STEAM with DIA

Events

April 30

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hilton Branch * Ages 5-12 * Drop in

Come to book club to see where “math meets art”.  We’ll read a book, do an art project and have snacks.  Everyone goes home with the book! This program is available thanks to the ALA grant, Building STEAM with DIA.

SAT or ACT

Teen Events

April 30

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Main Library – David Twersky, an Independent Education Consultant and the founder of College Link Consulting, will lead a discussion to help prepare both students and parents for the college application experience. Most colleges use the SAT or ACT scores to help decide whether to admit students or not. Neither test is harder than the other – but each test benefits a different type of student. Learn the differences between the two tests and discover which test might be best for you!

Community Blood Drive

Events

May 2

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Main Library – Did you know less than 5% of the population donates blood yet 80% will need it at some time in their lives? Or that every 2.5 seconds someone needs blood? It could be a friend, a family member, or maybe even you. Drop in to donate if you weigh more than 110 lb. Each donor will receive a free cholesterol and glucose screening. (16-year olds can donate with a parental consent form and proof of age. Donors over age 75 must present signed document from their doctor stating they can give blood. Please bring a signed photo ID, and remember to eat beforehand!

Northern NJ Professionals in Transition

Events

May 4

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Main Library - Uncovering the Hidden Job Market

Up to 70% of job openings are not published on job posting boards. Employers prefer to use non-published ways to find professional talents. David Schuchman, professional and active leader in the job seeker support community will share techniques for overcoming this challenge and finding more professional opportunities.

For more info about Professionals in Transition, go to: http://216.246.77.209/~shining/NNJ_PIT/

2015 dates: January 12, January 26, February 9, February 23, March 9, March 23, April 13, April 27, May 4, May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, August, 10, August 24, September 14, September 28, October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16, November 30, December 14

Thursday Night Book Club

Events

May 7

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Main Library – Our May title is Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  “A powerful, tender story of race and identity.”

One of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year, and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Open to all.  Discussion facilitated by Library Director Sarah Lester.  Copies of the book are available through the BCCLS system.  

 

Author Talk and Reading with Terry Golway

Events

May 11

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Main Library – Terry Golway’s latest book is Machine Machine Made Made:Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics

Terry Golway is the director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics, and Policy. He is a former member of the New York Times editorial board and former city editor of the New York Observer. He holds a Ph.D. in US History from Rutgers University. He and his wife, Eileen Duggan, have lived in Maplewood since 1992. Mr. Golway’s passion for his topic and his refreshing style make the past come alive for even the most reluctant readers of history.

Hilton Computers for Beginners

Hilton Branch Events

May 12

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Yes, you can learn how to use a computer!  You’ll learn the basics of computer use, and how to go on the Internet.  The teacher will help you with your specific needs.  Drop in: no registration needed!  Tuesdays January 6, February 10, March 10, April 7, May 12, June 9  1:00-2:00 p.m.

Hilton Free Adult Health Screening

Hilton Branch Events

May 13

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Main Library – Free medication, weight & health counseling, blood pressure screening, carotid bruit screening. Free and open to adults 18 and over. Staffed by Maplewood Health Dept. Nurses. For an appointment, call the Maplewood Health Dept at (973) 762-8120 ext. 4300. Drop-ins are also welcome.

2015 dates

Main Library 10:30 am – 12:00 noon – Wednesday February 11; Tuesday April 14; Wednesday June 10; Wednesday August 12; Wednesday October 14; Wednesday December 9

Hilton Branch 3:30 – 5:00 pm – Wednesday January 14; Wednesday March 11; Wednesday May 13; Wednesday July 15; Wednesday September 16; Wednesday November 18

 

Food for Thought Book Club

Events

May 13

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Main Library – Join us for our monthly discussion of recent food-themed writing, with refreshments provided by local eateries.  Our title for May is Bread and Butter by Michelle Wildgen.  Kitchen Confidential meets Three Junes in this mouthwatering novel about three brothers who run competing restaurants, and the culinary snobbery, staff stealing, and secret affairs that unfold in the back of the house.

 

 

 

 

Saturday Knitting

Events

May 16

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Main Library – Knitting teacher Yasmin Esmek will get beginners started on the basics, and help intermediate and advanced students meet new challenges.   Bring your own yarn and needles, or a project in progress. Registration is required. Register here.

To register for additional dates:

knittingjune6.eventbrite.com

 

 

Art & Music Reception

Events

May 16

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Main Library – Our May exhibit is 11 X 14” works by South Orange Maplewood Studio Tour artists. See the best of the tour, all in one place! A reception with live music will feature Elvie & the Boys. Based in Essex County, they are an acoustic folk rock band. They play both older and modern tunes focusing on classy guitar work and tight 3 part harmony. Saturday, May 16, 2:00 pm at Main Library, Artists’ talk at 2:30.

Northern NJ Professionals in Transition

Events

May 18

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Main Library – Network with other professionals who are currently unemployed or looking for new career opportunities. Meetings alternate between guest speakers and career workshops. Programs are free and open to the public.

For more info about Professionals in Transition, go to: http://216.246.77.209/~shining/NNJ_PIT/

2015 dates: January 12, January 26, February 9, February 23, March 9, March 23, April 13, April 27, May 4, May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, August, 10, August 24, September 14, September 28, October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16, November 30, December 14

What Do I Want to Do When I Grow Up?

Teen Events

May 18

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Hilton Branch Tues. April 7, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Main Library Mon. May 18, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Learn more about yourself and get some ideas about what occupations, careers, and college majors will fit your interests and your career personality.   Participate in a fun and revealing activity in which you can develop greater self-awareness and learn about jobs and work environments that they may be a good fit for you and help lead you to a rewarding career in the future. This workshop will be led by Career & College Counselor Lisa Mark, M.A.