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Lego Club

Events

March 24

3:30 pm - 4:00 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!

 

Create Space – Maplewood Library’s Makerspace is Open!

Create Space

March 25

10:00 am - 1:00 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…

Ideas Festival 2017: NJ Makers Day

Events

March 25

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Join kids, teens, and families across the state as we host a day of making! In Maplewood, you will find: Battling Robots, 3D Crater Creator, Kaleidoscopes, Kinetic Sand Projects, Apple Product Museum, Balloon Lunar Vehicles, and 3D ‘Enable Hand’ Demo. Part of the Maplewood Ideas Festival. See our Ideas Festival Schedule

Ideas Festival logo 2017

Ideas Festival 2017: Art & Music Reception

Events

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

Hilton Branch Events

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

 

Coding for Moms (and Other Grownups)

Events

March 27

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Hilton Branch * Drop In

It’s not just for your kids! See what all the buzz is about: find out how much fun hands-on coding can be. Here’s your chance to learn about programming in a relaxed and non-intimidating setting.

Open to new and returning participants. Babes in arms ok.

Hilton Preschool Storytime

Events

March 28

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Hilton Branch * Ages 2 ½ – 5 * Drop In * All children must be accompanied by an adult

Tuesdays @ 4-4:30pm: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28

Ideas Festival 2017: Holly McGhee

Events

March 28

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Main Library * Drop In

Join local author Holly McGhee as we celebrate her debut middle-grade novel, Matylda, Bright & Tender, about two best friends, Sussy & Guy, and their Leopard Gecko, Matylda. Holly will tell us why she chose to write the story she was most scared to write. Part of the Maplewood Ideas Festival.

 See our Ideas Festival Schedule

 

Ideas Festival logo 2017

Create Space – Maplewood Library’s Makerspace is Open!

Create Space

March 28

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…

Digital Device Clinic

Create Space Recurring Events

March 28

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. 

Hilton Math Tutoring

Events

March 28

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hilton Branch * Drop In * Grades K – 7

Have questions about your math homework? Come work with Danielle Perrotta, who has years of experience working with the school district’s math system. She specializes in working with students in grades K-7. 

Hilton Baby Lit

Events

March 29

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Hilton Branch * Ages birth – 2 ½  * Drop In * All children must be accompanied by an adult

Wednesdays @ 11-11:30 am: 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29

Ideas Festival 2017: Jennifer Sage & Peter Coombe

Events

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

Create Space – Maplewood Library’s Makerspace is Open!

Create Space

March 30

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…

Maker Meetup

Create Space Recurring Events

March 30

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Create Space – Join the Maker Movement!  Help with one of our projects, or bring your own ideas. Maplewood Library’s Create Space at Hilton Branch offers a variety of high-tech equipment and software for a multitude of creative applications. The Create Space is outfitted with a Maker Gear 3D printer, a laminator and a color printer, as well as 12 Dell laptops loaded with Rhino 3D CAD and other productivity software.  There are also project kits for experimenting with electronics, circuits and programming.

Ideas Festival 2017: Ilyse Hogue

Events

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

Ideas Festival logo 2017

Ideas Festival 2017: Maplewood Literary Award

Events

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

Ideas Festival logo 2017

Your Library – Your Voice

Events

April 3

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.

Hilton Job Search Support and Strategies Workshop

Hilton Branch Events

April 4

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Looking for a job? Need help searching for jobs, creating materials to market yourself, or preparing for interviews? Whether you are just starting or need some support in the middle of your search, we can help. We offer assistance with:

  • Preparing for your job search
  • Resume design and editing
  • Online application support and guidance
  • Interviewing practice
  • Self-promotion tools and resources, including flyers and  social media posting

Drop in. No registration needed. Additional dates will be announced.

Read Around the World: Hungary

Events

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern NJ Professionals in Transition

Hilton Branch Events

April 10

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

 

Library closed for Good Friday

Events

April 14

All Day

Library closed for Good Friday

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2016

Hilton Branch Events

April 15

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

For intermediate computer users who are competent using a mouse and keyboard. Registration is required. Register at https://introtowordapril.eventbrite.com/ This 2-part workshop will teach you how to create, edit and save documents in the latest version of Word. You’ll learn how to use menus and toolbars and work with templates and photos. Participants must attend both sessions. Word 2016 is installed on all Maplewood Library public computers. If you have an older version at home, the basics you’ll learn will still be useful.

 

Library closed for Easter Sunday

Hilton Branch Events

April 16

All Day

The Library is closed for Easter Sunday

Essex County Big Read: Make a Family Garland

Hilton Branch Kids Events

April 17

All Day

Hilton Branch * Drop in to Hilton Branch April 17-20 and make a unique paper or yarn-wrapped garland to represent your family.

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Essex County Big Read: Make a Family Garland

Hilton Branch Kids Events

April 18

All Day

Hilton Branch * Drop in to Hilton Branch April 17-20 and make a unique paper or yarn-wrapped garland to represent your family.

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Hilton Computer Explorations

Hilton Branch Events

April 18

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Computer beginners and intermediate users can get help with:

  • Using a mouse
  • Creating basic documents
  • Managing an email account
  • Searching the Internet
  • Viewing photos online

The instructor will help with your specific needs. No registration needed.

Hilton Job Search Support and Strategies Workshop

Hilton Branch Events

April 18

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Looking for a job? Need help searching for jobs, creating materials to market yourself, or preparing for interviews? Whether you are just starting or need some support in the middle of your search, we can help. We offer assistance with:

  • Preparing for your job search
  • Resume design and editing
  • Online application support and guidance
  • Interviewing practice
  • Self-promotion tools and resources, including flyers and  social media posting

Drop in. No registration needed. Additional dates will be announced.

Essex County Big Read: Make a Family Garland

Hilton Branch Kids Events

April 19

All Day

Hilton Branch * Drop in to Hilton Branch April 17-20 and make a unique paper or yarn-wrapped garland to represent your family.

Families-Families-Families