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Lunar New Year Craft: Dragon Puppet

Events

February 21

All Day

Main Library ● All ages ● Drop In

Drop in to the Children’s Room any time Thursday, Feb 21 or Friday Feb 22 to celebrate the Lunar New Year with us!

 

Free Tax Preparation

Hilton Branch Events

February 21

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sponsored by AARP Foundation & IRS. Mondays & Wednesdays, by appointment only February 5 – April 18, 2018 from 10 am – 2 pm at the Hilton Branch, 1688 Springfield Ave.

To make an appointment, call Mickey at 973-372-2077. No calls after 9 pm. Please do not call the library.

Have all documents before calling.  If a joint return is to be prepared, BOTH taxpayers should be present.

Documents to bring:

  • Government issued photo ID
  • Social security cards for yourself and all dependents
  • Copies of your 2016 federal & state tax returns
  • W2 from each employer
  • 1099 forms, Social Security, interest, dividends, pension, sale of assets, Railroad Retirement benefits
  • Unemployment compensation statements
  • Proof of any that apply: Mortgage interest, property tax, medical/dental expenses, receipts for contributions to charity, records of tax refunds, dependent care provider info, receipts, cancelled checks or 1098 forms related to continuing education, lottery winnings form
  • BRING A BLANK CHECK for routing information if you want to have your refund directly deposited

AARP Foundation, in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, provides FREE tax assistance, especially to low- and moderate-income residents, with special attention to those age 60 and above. Trained volunteers will prepare federal and state income tax returns. Returns will be e-filed using IRS software at no cost to the taxpayer.

Hilton Baby Lit

Events

February 21

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Hilton Branch ● Ages birth – 2 ½ ● Drop in

Wednesdays @ 11:00 – 11:30 am

February 7, 14, and 21

How to Help your Child Succeed on the SAT/ACT

Teen Events

February 21

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Main Library – Tutor, CHS educator and author Mark Richman gives us the ins and outs of the SAT & ACT exams and the best ways to prepare for the big test!

Lunar New Year Craft: Dragon Puppet

Events

February 22

All Day

Main Library ● All ages ● Drop In

Drop in to the Children’s Room any time Thursday, Feb 21 or Friday Feb 22 to celebrate the Lunar New Year with us!

 

Coding for Moms (and Other Grownups)

Events

February 22

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Main Library – 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 and find out how much fun hands-on coding can be. 

Instructor Adriana Compagnoni is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Open to new and returning participants. Babes in arms ok. No registration needed.

Preschool Storytime

Events

February 22

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Main Library ● Ages 2 ½ – 5 ● Drop in

Thursdays @ 11:00 – 11:30 am

February 8, 15, 22 

 

Overlook Van Screenings

Hilton Branch Events

February 22

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Find out if you are at risk for a variety of conditions with these FREE screenings. Educational materials and individual counseling is also provided. Blood Pressure and Blood Glucose screening and Heart Health materials will be offered.  Drop in. No appointment needed.

Teen STEAM

Teen Events

February 22

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Main Library – Pick up a hammer and nail and get creative! Maplewoodshop is brought to the Main Library

Community Blood Drive

Events

February 22

4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Main Library – Did you know that 80% of the population 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. Each donor will receive a free cholesterol and glucose screening. (16-year olds can donate with a parental consent form and proof of age.). Please bring a signed photo ID, and remember to eat beforehand!  Please make an appointment at  (201) 251-3703  or https://donor.cbsblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/47639 Drop-ins are also welcome.

Co-sponsored by the Maplewood Township Health Department

 

Hilton Tinker Thursday

Create Space

February 22

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hilton Branch * Ages 6 – 11 * Drop In

Tinker Thursday is now a monthly event! Drop in to learn new maker skills and create something cool.

Create Space – Maplewood Library’s Makerspace is Open!

Create Space Recurring Events

February 22

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Every Tuesday and Thursday 5:00-8:00 pm and Saturday 10-1. 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…

Build a Computer

Create Space Recurring Events

February 22

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Every other Thursday beginning January 25th    6:30 – 8:00 pm   

By disassembling and then rebuilding old computers you’ll learn about the different hardware components that make up a personal computer. You’ll also learn how to install RAM, hard drives, network cards, etc. Further along in the program we’ll be installing and configuring Ubuntu Linux, creating a Linux media server and building a Linux file server.  For teens and adults. Drop in.

Romance Lovers Book Club

Hilton Branch Events

February 22

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Hilton Branch – The February title is An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole.

As the Civil War rages between the states, a courageous pair of spies plunge fearlessly into a maelstrom of ignorance, deceit, and danger, combining their unique skills to alter the course of history and break the chains of the past.

 

LEGO Club

Events

February 23

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Main Library * All Ages * Drop In

We have lots of LEGOs for everyone to build and display their creations at the library!

Create Space – Maplewood Library’s Makerspace is Open!

Create Space

February 24

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…

Special Black History Month Screening: Egypt Uncovered

Events

February 24

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Main Library –  Recent technological advances illuminates one of history’s most fascinating African cultures. Egypt Uncovered reveals newly discovered monuments to fallen kings and structures connected to the great pyramids, providing information about one of Africa’s greatest civilizations and documenting the black-African foundation of this civilization. The film shows how Egypt provided some of the earliest developments of writing, agriculture, urbanization, organized religion and centralized government.  An informative discussion will be held following the screening.

Presented by Maplewood Library and NAACP Oranges and Maplewood Unit

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Hilton Saturday Morning Cartoons

Events

February 24

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Hilton Branch ● Ages 8-12 ● Drop in 

Come learn how to make your own animations in our Create Space! Space is limited, so come on time!

Free Tax Preparation

Hilton Branch Events

February 26

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sponsored by AARP Foundation & IRS. Mondays & Wednesdays, by appointment only February 5 – April 18, 2018 from 10 am – 2 pm at the Hilton Branch, 1688 Springfield Ave.

To make an appointment, call Mickey at 973-372-2077. No calls after 9 pm. Please do not call the library.

Have all documents before calling.  If a joint return is to be prepared, BOTH taxpayers should be present.

Documents to bring:

  • Government issued photo ID
  • Social security cards for yourself and all dependents
  • Copies of your 2016 federal & state tax returns
  • W2 from each employer
  • 1099 forms, Social Security, interest, dividends, pension, sale of assets, Railroad Retirement benefits
  • Unemployment compensation statements
  • Proof of any that apply: Mortgage interest, property tax, medical/dental expenses, receipts for contributions to charity, records of tax refunds, dependent care provider info, receipts, cancelled checks or 1098 forms related to continuing education, lottery winnings form
  • BRING A BLANK CHECK for routing information if you want to have your refund directly deposited

AARP Foundation, in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, provides FREE tax assistance, especially to low- and moderate-income residents, with special attention to those age 60 and above. Trained volunteers will prepare federal and state income tax returns. Returns will be e-filed using IRS software at no cost to the taxpayer.

Northern NJ Professionals in Transition

Hilton Branch Events

February 26

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Developing Your LinkedIn Profile so Recruiters Can Find You

Your LinkedIn profile is often the first link that shows up in a Google search. A professionally written LinkedIn profile serves as your branding statement and introduction to the professional world. It’s the social network where professionals converge.

  • What should a LinkedIn profile consist of and how does it differ from my resume?
  • Do photos and professional headlines really matter?
  • What is the difference between an endorsement and a recommendation?
  • Do I really need 500+ connections?
  • What should my career summary say?

Note: Attendees are encouraged (but not required) to bring portable devices to this workshop.

Speaker Lauren Markon, MS Counseling, has been working as a Career Counselor, Resume Writer and LinkedIn Profile Developer for the past 12 years, for a business that she established called Career Connections NJ.

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

2018 Meeting Dates: January 8 & 22; February 5 & 26; March 12 & 26; April 9 & 23; May 7 & 21; June 4 & 18; July 9 & 23; August 6 & 27; September 17; October 1, 15 & 29; November 12 & 26; December 10

 

Teen Zone Trivia

Teen Events

February 26

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Mondays, February 5, 12, & 26 3:30-4:30 pm at Main Library

Guess (or research) the answer, win some candy! This month all trivia will be related to Black History Month

 

Telling the Story of Harlan Joseph: a Special Black History Month Talk

Events

February 26

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Main Library – In the days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., violence erupted across the US. The details of how those nights of violence played out in Trenton—the lootings, fires and arrests—are the subject of Purcell Carson’s forthcoming documentary, which focuses on the story of one African-American teenager, Harlan Joseph, who was accidentally shot and killed by a Trenton police officer. This talk offers a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the documentary film – a film that traces the details of Joseph’s life and death – and an opportunity to discuss the way the past still resonates today.

Purcell Carson is a documentary filmmaker and lecturer in Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. As an editor, she’s served as a lead creative partner on award-winning, social issue documentaries, receiving numerous honors, including a 2009 Oscar. For the past four years, Carson’s Princeton seminar, “Documentary Film and the City” has used film to explore urban issues in Trenton.

This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

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Hilton Preschool Storytime

Events

February 27

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Hilton Branch * Ages 2 1/2 – 5 * Drop In

Tuesdays @ 4:00 – 4:30 pm

February 6, 20 and 27

*Join us Tuesday, February 13th at 4:30 pm for Edutainment, a special program presented by Katherine Hilaire for Black History Month 

 

Create Space – Maplewood Library’s Makerspace is Open!

Create Space

February 27

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Every Tuesday and Thursday 5:00-8:00 pm and Saturday 10-1. 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

February 27

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 Read to Rover

Events

February 27

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hilton Branch ● All ages ● Drop in 

Come read to a dog! Local therapy dogs make great listeners. Sit down with one and read him or her the book of your choice.

Free Tax Preparation

Hilton Branch Events

February 28

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sponsored by AARP Foundation & IRS. Mondays & Wednesdays, by appointment only February 5 – April 18, 2018 from 10 am – 2 pm at the Hilton Branch, 1688 Springfield Ave.

To make an appointment, call Mickey at 973-372-2077. No calls after 9 pm. Please do not call the library.

Have all documents before calling.  If a joint return is to be prepared, BOTH taxpayers should be present.

Documents to bring:

  • Government issued photo ID
  • Social security cards for yourself and all dependents
  • Copies of your 2016 federal & state tax returns
  • W2 from each employer
  • 1099 forms, Social Security, interest, dividends, pension, sale of assets, Railroad Retirement benefits
  • Unemployment compensation statements
  • Proof of any that apply: Mortgage interest, property tax, medical/dental expenses, receipts for contributions to charity, records of tax refunds, dependent care provider info, receipts, cancelled checks or 1098 forms related to continuing education, lottery winnings form
  • BRING A BLANK CHECK for routing information if you want to have your refund directly deposited

AARP Foundation, in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, provides FREE tax assistance, especially to low- and moderate-income residents, with special attention to those age 60 and above. Trained volunteers will prepare federal and state income tax returns. Returns will be e-filed using IRS software at no cost to the taxpayer.

Minute to Win It

Teen Events

February 28

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Main Library – Complete our crazy challenge in under a minute, and win a prize!

Create Space – Maplewood Library’s Makerspace is Open!

Create Space Recurring Events

March 1

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Every Tuesday and Thursday 5:00-8:00 pm and Saturday 10-1. 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…