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Northern NJ Professionals in Transition

Hilton Branch Events

January 23

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hilton Branch – (Slower) Speed Networking

Join Sara Greenhouse, president,of Generate Buzz, LLC for (Slower) Speed Networking, a structured rotation of one-on-one interactions.

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

 

Baby Lit

Kids Events

January 24

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Main Library * Ages Birth – 2 ½ * Drop In

Tuesdays @ 10:30-11 am, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Create Space – Maplewood Library’s Makerspace is Open!

Create Space

January 24

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

January 24

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. 

Pajama Sing-a-Long Storytime

Events

January 24

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Hilton Branch All Ages Drop In

Come comfy-cozy in your PJ’s, hear stories, and sing songs! The best bedtime treat around!

Coding for Moms (and other grownups)

Hilton Branch Events

January 25

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Hilton Branch – It’s not just for your kids! Here’s your chance to learn about programming in a   relaxed and non-intimidating setting.  See what all the buzz is about: find out how much fun hands-on coding can be.  Open to new and returning participants. Babes in arms ok.  Registration is required. Go to https://codingformomsjan25.eventbrite.com

 

 

Health Insurance: Come In, Get Covered

Events

January 25

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Open enrollment is from Nov. 1, 2016 to Jan. 31, 2017. Trained in-person assisters will help you find a plan to fit your budget—one that covers emergencies, doctor visits, prescriptions, hospitalization and maternity care. Pre-existing   conditions, too.

Main Library, 51 Baker St.

  • November 9: 1-5 pm
  • November 30: 1-5 pm
  • December 21: 1-5 pm
  • January 25: 1-4 pm

Hilton Branch Library, 1688 Springfield Ave.

  • November 14: 10 am-1 pm
  • November 22: 1-5 pm
  • December 6: 1-5 pm
  • January 17: 12-3 pm

Consultations are on a drop-in basis. No registration is required.

What to Bring

  • Social Security Numbers for all household members (or immigration documents)
  • Employer and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage (from pay stubs or W-2 forms)
  • Current health insurance plan information for everyone in the household

Brought to you by the Oranges ACA Navigator Project under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Create Space – Maplewood Library’s Makerspace is Open!

Create Space

January 26

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

January 26

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.

Make Your Own Hot Chocolate

Events

January 27

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Main Library All Ages Drop In

Ever wonder what goes into our favorite winter treat? Find out when you make your very own hot chocolate mix!

 

Friends Bag of Books Sale

Events

January 28

10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Main Library – Friends One Day Bag of Books Sale

Fill a bag (provided by the Friends) with some new-found treasures. Offerings include all categories of fiction and nonfiction, kids & teens, movies and music.

 

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016

Hilton Branch Events

January 28

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Hilton Branch – Saturdays, January 21 & 28, 10-11:30 am. Registration is required. 

This class is for intermediate computer users who are proficient with a mouse and keyboard.  The 2-part workshop will include demonstrations and hands-on exercises. It will cover:

  • Creating workbooks and worksheets
  • Using the menus and toolbars
  • Organizing and manipulating data
  • Formatting, sorting and filtering

Register at https://intro2excel2016.eventbrite.com.

Create Space – Maplewood Library’s Makerspace is Open!

Create Space

January 28

11:30 am - 2:30 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…

Baby Lit

Kids Events

January 31

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Main Library * Ages Birth – 2 ½ * Drop In

Tuesdays @ 10:30-11 am, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Create Space – Maplewood Library’s Makerspace is Open!

Create Space

January 31

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

January 31

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. 

American Classics II

Events

February 2

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Main Library – This month’s selection is Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. As his life winds down, Rev. John Ames relates the story of his own father and grandfather, both preachers but one a pacifist and one a gun-toting abolitionist. Millennia of philosophical musings and a century of American history are refracted through the prism of Robinson’s exquisite and uplifting novel.

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:

  • March 2–Billy Budd by Herman Melville
  • May 4–American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  • June 1–Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

 

Children/Tween/Young Adult Bag of Books Sale

Events

February 4

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Main Library – Friends One Day Bag of Books Sale

Fill a bag (provided by the Friends) with some new-found treasures, specially for Kids and Teens.

 

Kids Speak Out

Events

February 4

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Main Library ● All Ages Drop In

Join us as we celebrate the work of students in our local elementary schools as they speak out about Black History Month. Refreshments will be served as students show off their artwork and read their poetry.

Post-Election Parenting

Events

February 4

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

*This program is for adults; there will be an accompanying activity for kids!

The presidential election has left many children with questions about racism, sexism, and basic civility. How do we address our children’s fears and concerns? How do we raise them to be thoughtful, kind, and wise adults? There are three basic tools at our disposal: dialogue, education, and books. Please join us for a panel discussion with Monique Bostic, Annemarie Maini and Doreen Oliver, moderated by Joy Peskin, Maplewood parent and children’s books editor, about ways to talk with children of all ages about important issues. 

More Information About Our Panel:

Monique Bostic, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has been dedicated to improving the lives of children and families by promoting social and emotional wellness for more than twenty years through her public service  and private practice. Monique is currently a school counselor at a public school in New York City and has a private practice in New Jersey. Monique lives in Maplewood with her husband and two teenage sons.

 
Annemarie Maini is the director and owner of South Orange Country Day School.  We have built a school community reflects our South Orange Maplewood community, and respect for and inclusion of all people is not only a priority but practiced everyday.  We also practice how to self advocate and to make all friends feel included.
 
Doreen Oliver is a writer, producer, performer, and mother of two young boys, one of whom has autism. Her pieces on autism, race and the chaos and contradictions of motherhood have appeared in print in The New York Times and The Washington Post Sunday Magazine, and on stage at New York’s Symphony Space and the Yale Repertory Theatre. Her one-woman show, Everyone is Fine Until It’s Not, premiered in August to sold-out crowds at the New York International Fringe Festival. For more information, follow her on Twitter @doreenoliver or go to www.doreenoliver.com.
 
Joy Peskin is the editorial director of Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, where she edits books for children and teenagers. She is a published essayist and performer whose work has been presented at SOPAC in the 2016 Listen to Your Mother show and at Dixon Place in New York City. Joy has volunteered with youth for twenty years as a mentor and teacher. She created a therapeutic writing program which she has taught to homeless youth, teenage girls in the juvenile justice system, and incarcerated women. Joy lives with her husband and six-year-old son in Maplewood. 

 

Northern NJ Professionals in Transition

Hilton Branch Events

February 6

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hilton Branch – 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

 

New Jersey Division of Taxation Small Business Workshop

Events

February 13

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Main Library – A free workshop on how small businesses can meet state requirements. It will cover:

The Registration Process
New or potential business owners will learn the definitions of different business structures and how to properly register a small business with the State of New Jersey.

Reporting Income
Business income is reported to the State of New Jersey. This program will explain the flow of income and how it is reported from the business to the individual.

Employer Responsibilities
Small businesses may be required to collect and remit certain New Jersey business taxes. If your business is going to have employees, you have tax obligations to the State. This seminar gives an overview of filing responsibilities and how to withhold tax for New Jersey employees.

Sales and Use Tax
This seminar gives a general understanding of New Jersey Sales and Use Tax laws and filing requirements and exemption certificates.

Registration is requested. Register at https://njsmallbustax.eventbrite.com

Free Adult Health Screening

Events

February 15

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.

 

 

Both libraries closed for Presidents’ Day

Events

February 20

All Day

Both libraries closed today for Presidents’ Day.

Northern NJ Professionals in Transition

Hilton Branch Events

February 27

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hilton Branch – 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

 

American Classics II

Events

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

 

Read Around the World: Japan

Events

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.

death-by-water

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hilton Free Adult Health Screening

Hilton Branch Events

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.

 

 

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.

the-door-szabo

 

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