Maplewood Speaks Out

Wednesday, February 1 – February 28

All Day

Main Library ● All Ages ● Drop In ●

Kids and families are invited to continue the conversation from the Kids Speak Out art display.  Throughout the month, feel free to share your thoughts, feelings, stories, and drawings.  Supplies will be available in the Children’s Room to create something that expresses your feelings about race, equality, and justice.  Your work will be displayed in the Children’s Room.

“You really can change the world if you care enough.” – Marian Wright Edelman

Baby Lit

Tuesday, February 7

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Main Library * Ages Birth – 2 ½ * Drop In

Tuesdays 2/7, 2/14, 2/21 @ 10:30-11 am

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Hilton Drop-In Craft: Gee’s Bend Quilt

Tuesday, February 7

12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hilton Branch ● All Ages ● Drop In

Every Tuesday in February 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28 @ 12-8 pm

Drop in and make a paper quilt square for our Gee’s Bend quilt! The Quilts of Gee’s Bend are quilts created by a group of women who live or have lived in the isolated African-American hamlet of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. They are considered to be one of the most important African-American visual and cultural contributions to the history of art within the United States.

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Create Space – Maplewood Library’s Makerspace is Open!

Tuesday, February 7

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Every Tuesday 5:00-8:00 pm, Thursday 5:00-8:00 pm, and Saturday 10-1 pm. Patrons can use Rhino 3D software to build a model, print an object on our 3D printer or use our new color printer or laminator.  There are also Snap Circuits, Squishy Circuits, littleBits and SparkFun kits for the kids. Raspberry Pi single board computers are also available to learn more about computer science.  More information about the Create Space…

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Digital Device Clinic

Tuesday, February 7

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Get free one-on-one support for using your e-reader, tablet, smartphone, or other electronic device.  The clinics will take place during the Create Space drop-in hours. Open to adults, teens and children. 

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Celebrate Mrs. Edna Lewis, the First Lady of Southern Cooking

Tuesday, February 7

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Join us for a special program with Chef Jesse Jones, as he demonstrates Mrs. Lewis’ famous She-Crab soup and Herb Hoe cakes. A tasting will follow. For all ages.

Lego Club

Friday, February 24

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Main Library * All ages * Drop in

Tinker and build at LEGO club! Supported by ALA’s Junior Maker Grant, we have lots of LEGOs for everyone to build something and display their creations around the library!

 

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Maplewood Library Blood Drive

Saturday, February 25

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Main Library – Give the gift of life. Donated blood is in short supply. You can donate if you weigh at least 110 lbs and are at least 16 (with a parent’s permission). Eat a meal & drink plenty of water beforehand, and bring ID.

Northern NJ Professionals in Transition

Monday, February 27

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hilton BranchYour Mindful Career

Bring purpose and peace to your work life and learn to focus on what’s truly important.  Mindfulness trains your mind so you can be more energetic, creative, and productive. Learn how to slow down, improve the clarity of your thoughts, focus on your strengths and use your emotional intelligence for career well-being. Led by Donna Gerhauser, career and life coach.

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. Subscribe to the group here.

More information about Professionals in Transition

2017 Meeting Dates: January 9 & 23; February 6 & 27; March 13 & 27; April 10 & 24; May 8 & 22; June 5 & 19; July 10 & 24; August 7 & 21; September 11 & 25; October 16 & 30; November 13 & 27; December 11

 

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American Classics II

Thursday, March 2

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Main Library – This month’s selection is Billy Budd by Herman Melville. A dense and poetic account of the human cost of realpolitik, Billy Budd asks how far we should go to protect the status quo. John Claggart, master-at-arms of a British warship, alleges a sailor is talking mutiny. The sailor, Billy, isn’t just innocent of the charge; he’s a true innocent. Yet when confronted by his accuser, Billy reacts impulsively, striking Claggart. The resulting trial shows the horrors that can arise from a civilized society following its own laws.

Convened by Alice Crozier, Professor of English Emerita, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Free and open to the public. Copies of the book are available from BCCLS.

Future readings include:

  • May 4–American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  • June 1–Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

 

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Read Around the World: Japan

Wednesday, March 8

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Main Library – Explore thought-provoking fiction from around the globe. Our Read Around the World book club meets once a month to discuss titles from foreign locales.  All titles are available from Maplewood Library or through the BCCLS consortium.

This month’s title is Death by Water: a Novel by Kenzaburō Ōe. In Death by Water, Ōe’s protagonist (and literary alter ego) returns to his hometown village in search of a red suitcase fabled to hold documents revealing the details of his father’s death during World War II: details that will serve as the foundation for his new, and final, novel.

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Future dates and readings for Read Around the World Book Club:

  • December 14–Jamaica–Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy
  • January 11–Colombia–The sound of things falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
  • February 8–Saudi Arabia–Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
  • March 8–Japan–Death by water: a novel by Oe Kenzaburo
  • April 5–Hungary–The door by Elizabeth Szabo
  • May 10–Ethiopia–Cutting for stone by Abraham Verghese
  • June 14–Barbados–The star side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yarn & Fiber Arts Group

Saturday, March 11

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Main Library – A gathering for people who knit, crochet, quilt, sew, embroider or do other creative things with yarn or fabric. Enjoy a relaxing morning working on your projects and get feedback and advice from fellow crafters. Bring your own supplies. All skill levels are welcome! Facilitated by Maplewood resident Amy Zorn. Drop in.

Northern NJ Professionals in Transition

Monday, March 13

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hilton BranchNetwork 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. Subscribe to the group here.

More information about Professionals in Transition

2017 Meeting Dates: January 9 & 23; February 6 & 27; March 13 & 27; April 10 & 24; May 8 & 22; June 5 & 19; July 10 & 24; August 7 & 21; September 11 & 25; October 16 & 30; November 13 & 27; December 11

 

Your Library – Your Voice

Tuesday, March 14

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The public is invited to a community forum with architects Sage and Coombe, who have been contracted to create a conceptual design for the Maplewood Main Library at 51 Baker Street. The library is seeking input from all Maplewood residents to help create a library that will meet the needs of the community for years to come. 

This community forum is free and open to the public. Registration is requested but not required. Register at https://yourlibraryyourvoice.eventbrite.com/ Community members who cannot attend are welcome to contribute their ideas and comments by emailing library@maplewoodlibrary.org.

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Hilton Free Adult Health Screening

Wednesday, March 15

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Blood pressure and carotid bruit screening,  medication, weight & health counseling. Open to Maplewood residents 18 and older. Staffed by Maplewood Health Dept. nurses. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 973-762-8120 ext. 4300. Drop-ins are welcome.

 

 

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Ideas Festival 2017: Khalil Muhammad and Angie Thomas

Saturday, March 18

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

At the Woodland: Khalil Gibran Muhammad in conversation with Angie Thomas. Muhammad is Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Thomas is the author of the powerful and gripping new novel The Hate U Give, which has already been optioned for a major motion picture.  See our Ideas Festival Schedule

Khalil Muhammad

Angie Thomas

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Ideas Festival 2017: Frank Rimalovski

Monday, March 20

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Main Library – Frank Rimalovski, Executive Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute. Rimalovski leads an initiative to spur and support entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, and directs a seed-stage venture fund formed to invest exclusively in startups. His talk will focus on how ideas are developed and the process of seeing them through to fruition. See our Ideas Festival Schedule

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Ideas Festival 2017: Joel de la Fuente

Thursday, March 23

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Main Library – Maplewood actor Joel de la Fuente has worked across the globe on stage and screen. Most recently he can be seen in The Man in the High Castle and Hemlock Grove.  See our Ideas Festival Schedule

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Ideas Festival 2017: Art & Music Reception

Saturday, March 25

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Main Library – Ideas Festival artist Samar Hussaini is an Arab American fine artist and graphic designer. She seeks to visualize the layered challenges and enriching distinction of being a Palestinian-American while striving to create thought-provoking ideas of dialogue and hope. Live music will be provided by Columbia High School’s a cappella group Unaccompanied Minors.

Samar Hussaini

Unaccompanied Minors

Northern NJ Professionals in Transition

Monday, March 27

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hilton Branch – How Your Search Effects Your Spouse and Other Close Relationships

John West Hadley will explain the emotional impact of the search on those close to you. He will offer suggestions on how to involve them in your search, and also seek ideas and suggestions from the attendees.

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. Subscribe to the group here.

More information about Professionals in Transition

2017 Meeting Dates: January 9 & 23; February 6 & 27; March 13 & 27; April 10 & 24; May 8 & 22; June 5 & 19; July 10 & 24; August 7 & 21; September 11 & 25; October 16 & 30; November 13 & 27; December 11

 

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Ideas Festival 2017: Jennifer Sage & Peter Coombe

Wednesday, March 29

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Main Library –  Architects Jennifer Sage and Peter Coombe, award-winning principals of Sage & Coombe Architects, will discuss the big thinking and practical details of what makes a 21st Century Library.  See our Ideas Festival Schedule

Jennifer Sage

Peter Coombe

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Ideas Festival 2017: Ilyse Hogue

Thursday, March 30

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Main Library – Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, is an expert in organizing and mobilizing grassroots support around social-justice issues, including human rights, media reform and representation, and reproductive freedom.  See our Ideas Festival Schedule

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Pamela Erens

Ideas Festival 2017: Maplewood Literary Award

Saturday, April 1

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Main Library –  The Maplewood Ideas Festival concludes with the presentation of the 4th Annual Maplewood Literary Award to Pamela Erens, author of Eleven Hours, The Virgins and The Understory. Ms. Erens will be interviewed by library director Sarah Lester. A book signing will follow.  See our Ideas Festival Schedule

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Read Around the World: Hungary

Wednesday, April 5

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Main Library – Explore thought-provoking fiction from around the globe. Our Read Around the World book club meets once a month to discuss titles from foreign locales.  All titles are available from Maplewood Library or through the BCCLS consortium.

This month’s title is The Door by Magda Szabo. The Door is an unsettling exploration of the relationship between two very different women; the public-spirited writer Magda and her housekeeper, Emerence, an illiterate peasant. They share a kind of love—at least until Magda’s long-sought success as a writer leads to a devastating revelation.

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Future dates and readings for Read Around the World Book Club:

  • December 14–Jamaica–Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy
  • January 11–Colombia–The sound of things falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
  • February 8–Saudi Arabia–Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
  • March 8–Japan–Death by water: a novel by Oe Kenzaburo
  • April 5–Hungary–The door by Elizabeth Szabo
  • May 10–Ethiopia–Cutting for stone by Abraham Verghese
  • June 14–Barbados–The star side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Library closed for Good Friday

Friday, April 14

All Day

Library closed for Good Friday

Library closed for Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 16

All Day

The Library is closed for Easter Sunday

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Free Adult Health Screening

Wednesday, April 19

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Main Library – Blood pressure and carotid bruit screening,  medication, weight & health counseling. Open to Maplewood residents 18 and older. Staffed by Maplewood Health Dept. nurses. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 973-762-8120 ext. 4300. Drop-ins are welcome.

 

 

Friends Book Sale

Friends Spring Book Sale April 22 and 23

Saturday, April 22

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held on Saturday, April 22 10:00 am -5:00 pm and Sunday, April 23 11:00 am-5:00 pm.  Sunday enter via the ramp at the rear of the building.

Sunday is Bag Day.  Buy a bag (provided by the Friends) and fill it up. 

Friends  will accept book donations starting Saturday, February 28.  Bring donations downstairs and enter through the basement door (behind the flagpole). No encyclopedias, magazines or mildewed books please!

The weekly schedule to drop off your donations will be:

  • Mondays:  10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Wednesdays:  7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays:  2-4 p.m.
  • Saturdays:  10 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.  

If these times do not work for you, please speak with a Library staff member.

The Friends of the Library sponsor library programs and improvements, and fund the purchase of special Library materials and equipment. www.maplewoodlibrary.org/friends/

Friends Book Sale

Friends Spring Book Sale April 22 and 23

Sunday, April 23

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held on Saturday, April 22 10:00 am -5:00 pm and Sunday, April 23 11:00 am-5:00 pm.  Sunday enter via the ramp at the rear of the building.

Sunday is Bag Day.  Buy a bag (provided by the Friends) and fill it up. 

Friends  will accept book donations starting Saturday, February 28.  Bring donations downstairs and enter through the basement door (behind the flagpole). No encyclopedias, magazines or mildewed books please!

The weekly schedule to drop off your donations will be:

  • Mondays:  10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Wednesdays:  7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays:  2-4 p.m.
  • Saturdays:  10 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.  

If these times do not work for you, please speak with a Library staff member.

The Friends of the Library sponsor library programs and improvements, and fund the purchase of special Library materials and equipment. www.maplewoodlibrary.org/friends/

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American Classics II

Thursday, May 4

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Main Library – This month’s title is American Pastoral by Phillip Roth. Philip Roth gives us an elegy for all the twentieth century’s promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss. Seymour Levov – a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, comes of age in thriving, triumphant post-war America. When his adored daughter becomes a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism, he is wrenched out of his idyllic existence into the indigenous American berserk. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters, this is considered Roth’s masterpiece.

Convened by Alice Crozier, Professor of English Emerita, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Free and open to the public. Copies of the book are available from BCCLS.

Next month’s reading is:

  • June 1–Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

 

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Hilton Free Adult Health Screening

Wednesday, May 10

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Blood pressure and carotid bruit screening,  medication, weight & health counseling. Open to Maplewood residents 18 and older. Staffed by Maplewood Health Dept. nurses. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 973-762-8120 ext. 4300. Drop-ins are welcome.

 

 

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Read Around the World: Ethiopia

Wednesday, May 10

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Main Library – Explore thought-provoking fiction from around the globe. Our Read Around the World book club meets once a month to discuss titles from foreign locales.  All titles are available from Maplewood Library or through the BCCLS consortium.

This month’s title is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.

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Future dates and readings for Read Around the World Book Club:

  • December 14–Jamaica–Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy
  • January 11–Colombia–The sound of things falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
  • February 8–Saudi Arabia–Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
  • March 8–Japan–Death by water: a novel by Oe Kenzaburo
  • April 5–Hungary–The door by Elizabeth Szabo
  • May 10–Ethiopia–Cutting for stone by Abraham Verghese
  • June 14–Barbados–The star side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Libraries Closed for Memorial Day

Monday, May 29

All Day

Libraries Closed for Memorial Day

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American Classics II

Thursday, June 1

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Main Library – This month’s title is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959.  A suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

Convened by Alice Crozier, Professor of English Emerita, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Free and open to the public. Copies of the book are available from BCCLS.

 

 

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Free Adult Health Screening

Wednesday, June 14

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Main Library – Blood pressure and carotid bruit screening,  medication, weight & health counseling. Open to Maplewood residents 18 and older. Staffed by Maplewood Health Dept. nurses. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 973-762-8120 ext. 4300. Drop-ins are welcome.

 

 

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Read Around the World: Barbados

Wednesday, June 14

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Main Library – Explore thought-provoking fiction from around the globe. Our Read Around the World book club meets once a month to discuss titles from foreign locales.  All titles are available from Maplewood Library or through the BCCLS consortium.

This month’s book is The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson. This tautly paced coming-of-age novel of community, betrayal, and love centers on two sisters, exiled from Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados after their mother can no longer care for them. Dionne spends the summer in search of love, and wanting to go home, while Phaedra investigates their mother’s mysterious life.

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Future dates and readings for Read Around the World Book Club:

  • December 14–Jamaica–Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy
  • January 11–Colombia–The sound of things falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
  • February 8–Saudi Arabia–Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
  • March 8–Japan–Death by water: a novel by Oe Kenzaburo
  • April 5–Hungary–The door by Elizabeth Szabo
  • May 10–Ethiopia–Cutting for stone by Abraham Verghese
  • June 14–Barbados–The star side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Libraries closed for Independence Day

Tuesday, July 4

All Day

Both libraries are closed for Independence Day

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Hilton Free Adult Health Screening

Wednesday, July 12

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Blood pressure and carotid bruit screening,  medication, weight & health counseling. Open to Maplewood residents 18 and older. Staffed by Maplewood Health Dept. nurses. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 973-762-8120 ext. 4300. Drop-ins are welcome.

 

 

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Free Adult Health Screening

Wednesday, August 16

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Main Library – Blood pressure and carotid bruit screening,  medication, weight & health counseling. Open to Maplewood residents 18 and older. Staffed by Maplewood Health Dept. nurses. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 973-762-8120 ext. 4300. Drop-ins are welcome.

 

 

Labor Day

Libraries closed for Labor Day

Monday, September 4

All Day

Both libraries closed for Labor Day

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Hilton Free Adult Health Screening

Wednesday, September 13

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Blood pressure and carotid bruit screening,  medication, weight & health counseling. Open to Maplewood residents 18 and older. Staffed by Maplewood Health Dept. nurses. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 973-762-8120 ext. 4300. Drop-ins are welcome.

 

 

Columbus day

Libraries closed for Columbus Day

Monday, October 9

All Day

Both libraries are closed for Columbus Day.

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Free Adult Health Screening

Wednesday, October 11

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Main Library – Blood pressure and carotid bruit screening,  medication, weight & health counseling. Open to Maplewood residents 18 and older. Staffed by Maplewood Health Dept. nurses. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 973-762-8120 ext. 4300. Drop-ins are welcome.

 

 

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Closed for Veteran’s Day

Saturday, November 11

All Day

Both libraries are closed for Veteran’s Day

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Hilton Free Adult Health Screening

Wednesday, November 15

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Blood pressure and carotid bruit screening,  medication, weight & health counseling. Open to Maplewood residents 18 and older. Staffed by Maplewood Health Dept. nurses. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 973-762-8120 ext. 4300. Drop-ins are welcome.

 

 

Day before Thanksgiving-Both libraries close at 1:00

Wednesday, November 22

1:00 pm

Day before Thanksgiving-Both libraries close at 1:00

Libraries closed for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 23

All Day

Both libraries are closed for Thanksgiving.

Libraries closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Friday, November 24

All Day

Both libraries are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Free Adult Health Screening

Wednesday, December 13

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Main Library – Blood pressure and carotid bruit screening,  medication, weight & health counseling. Open to Maplewood residents 18 and older. Staffed by Maplewood Health Dept. nurses. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 973-762-8120 ext. 4300. Drop-ins are welcome.

 

 

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Library Closed for Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 24

1:00 pm

The Library is closed for Christmas Eve.

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Both Libraries Closed for Christmas

Monday, December 25

All Day

Both libraries closed for Christmas.

New Year's

New Year’s Eve

Sunday, December 31

All Day

The Library is closed for New Year’s Eve