Monday, November 28, 2016

December Programs and Events

With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas and New Year's fast approaching, Newark Public Library would like to remind everyone that it is available for a variety of needs. Whether you want to use our computers to search for that perfect gift for someone, check out one of our many cookbooks to cook a delicious dinner, or just relax away from holiday stress with a good book or one of our many programs, the library has something for you! Our December 2016 programs and events are as follows:

Adult Programs:

Cards in the Library - Thursdays at 4 P.M.
Since there are five Thursdays in December this year, we will run through the full list of card games. The first Thursday of the month is is Euchre, the second is Cribbage, the third is Hearts, the fourth is Dealer's choice, and the fifth is Bunco.
Mah Jongg - Tuesdays at 5 P.M.
Come and play Mah Jongg, a relaxing Chinese tile game, at the library. All are welcome, whether they have played before or not.
Resume Help - Wednesdays at 1 P.M. and 4 P.M.
If you're looking to build a resume, whether you're just starting or looking to have an existing document strengthened, Newark Public Library is here to help! Either call ahead to schedule an appointment, or just stop by.
Adult Reading and Book Discussion Series - December 7th at 6:30 P.M.
This six month long book discussion series, facilitated by Joe O'Toole, focuses on the themes of good and evil within several plays. This month, we will be discussing John Logan's Never the Sinner.

Board Meeting - December 8th at 6:30 P.M.
The monthly meeting of the library's Board of Trustees is open to the public.
Friends of Newark Public Library Book Review Luncheon - December 9th at 12 P.M.
Each month, the Friends of the Newark Public Library host a speaker to review a book they've read over lunch. This month's speaker will be Fred Hicks, reviewing American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin and Day of Rage by Bryan Burrough. The cost for the Luncheon will be $5, and seats are very limited, so make sure you register!
Gadget Guide - December 12th at 6 P.M.
If you have a gadget or piece of technology that is giving you trouble, bring it in to the library! Our resident technical expert, Graham, will take a look at it for you.
Board Game Night - December 19th at 4 P.M.
The library has a large collection of board games, both classic and new. Come by for a relaxing afternoon of board games with friends.
Newark Adult Writers' Group - December 23rd at 4 P.M.
If you write and would like to meet and discuss the craft with other like-minded adults, join our writers' group, which meets once a month. No matter your genre, education, experience, or publishing history, you will be sure to find the group helpful.

Child and Teen Programs:

Morning Craft - Thursdays at 10 A.M.
Every Thursday morning, come in to learn how to make a fun and simple craft.
Preschool Storytime - Tuesdays at 10 A.M.
Join Miss Krystina every Tuesday morning for a kid-friendly hour of stories, crafts, singing, and dancing!
LEGO Night - December 7th at 6 P.M.
Come stretch your imagination with the library's large collection of LEGOs!
21st Century Students Choose - December 9th at 3 P.M.
Students from the Students Choose program, through Newark Central School district, will come to the library to participate in a variety of programs and projects.
Teen Movie - Teens Pick! - December 12th at 6 P.M.
For this month's Teen Movie, we will have three different movies to choose from. Make sure you sign up for the event, so that we know how many to expect!
Minecraft Club - December 14th at 6 P.M.
Use the library computers to play Minecraft with your friends. We have access to several Minecraft accounts, and using them is completely free!
Family Movie: The Jungle Book (2016) - December 19th at 6 P.M.
We will be showing the live action version of The Jungle Book, starring Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, and Idris Elba. This visually stunning film will be a treat for both adults and children.

Pokemon Club - December 28th at 6 P.M.
Bring Pokemon cards to battle and trade with your friends, or come in to discuss the new games, Pokemon Sun and Moon!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Holiday Closing Schedule

On Wednesday, November 23rd, the library will close for the Thanksgiving holiday at 1 P.M. It will reopen the following Monday, November 28th, at the usual time of 9:30 A.M.

For the Christmas holiday, we will be closed on both Saturday, December 24th and Monday, December 26th. The following week, we will also be closed on Saturday, December 31st, as well as Monday, January 2nd, for New Years.

We will also be closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day, and on Monday, February 20th in observance of President's Day.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

December 2016 Director's Message

You Can Host a Program, Too

            Do you think the Newark Public Library should host more programming?  Great!  So do we.  And you can help us accomplish that goal.  Here’s how:
Do you have a skill or interest that you want to share?  Host a program or workshop.  We have a great modern programming room that can fit up to 80 and has a large screen TV, audio, and computer inputs for computer based presentations.  We even have a 3D printer!  Maybe you don’t have a skill but just think everyone should see a certain movie.  Host a movie night at the library!  We have volunteer run programs already thriving at our library like the “Beyond the Book Covers” book discussion group (see the upcoming events in the newsletter for more details).  Start a writing, knitting, or other group and use our facilities.  Our librarians on staff can help coordinate with you.  Programs located at the library must be free and open to the public, so only volunteers who are looking for ways to give back to their community need inquire. 
If all the people reading this article volunteered to host a program, we likely could provide our community years of free education and entertainment.  

Monday, October 24, 2016

November Programs and Events

It seems like just yesterday that the library was the place to go to beat the heat, but as we move into November, it is now the place to go to get out of the cold! Cuddle up in one of our comfy armchairs with a cup of delicious coffee from Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters and a good book, or else use our computers for your work or gaming needs. While you're here, be sure to check out one of the many programs we offer:

Adult Programs

Mah Jongg - Tuesdays at 5 P.M.
Join us every week to play a relaxing game of Mah Jongg! Both newbies and seasoned players are welcome.
Resume Help - Wednesdays at 1 P.M. and 4 P.M.
Need to punch up your existing resume or create a new one from scratch? Library staff will be here to walk you through the process and answer any questions you might have.
Morning Craft - Thursdays at 10 A.M.
Every Thursday morning, we have a different relaxing craft to make!
Cards in the Library - Thursdays at 4 P.M.
We host four sessions of different classic card games each month. The first Thursday will be Euchre, the second Cribbage, the third Hearts, and the fourth is the dealer's choice.
Adult Craft Class - November 7th at 6 P.M.
With both Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, Becky Sloane is here to help you with decorations and gifts! This month's crafts will be pine cone elves and vintage style lace-painted ornaments. Make sure you sign up for the class, as space is limited; there will also be a supply fee of $7.
Adult Reading and Book Discussion Series - November 9th at 6:30 P.M.
This month's play for discussion in this series will be John Pielmeier's Agnes of God. Join Joe O'Toole for a thought-provoking discussion of  the themes of goodness and evil within the play.
Board Meeting - November 10th at 6:30 P.M.
The Newark Public Library Board of Trustees meets once a month to discuss the running of the library. These meetings are open to the public, so if you are interested in what goes on behind the scenes, or if you have any ideas for the library, feel free to stop by!
Friends of the Newark Public Library Book Review Luncheon - November 18th at 12 P.M.
Each month, the Friends of the Newark Public Library host a luncheon, where they invite a speaker to discuss a book they've read over a delicious lunch. This is a very popular event with limited seating, so make sure you register! Note that the date has been changed, due to the Veteran's Day holiday on the 11th.
Adult Writer's Group - November 25th at 4 P.M.
Whether you are a published writer or have never shown your work to another person, there is a place for you in our writing group! join to exchange ideas, critiques, and motivation.
Gadget Guide - November 14th and November 28th at 6 P.M.
Our resident tech expert, Graham, is here to help you out with any device that is giving you trouble.
Medicare 101 - November 18th at 4 P.M.
Medicare can be tricky to navigate, but you don't have to do it alone. Drop by the library, where we will have medicare specialists that will be able to walk you through the process and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Board Game Night - November 21st at 4 P.M.
We have a variety of board games available - everything from Scrabble to Yahtzee! Join us once a month for some unplugged fun.
Beyond the Covers: Book Discussion - November 21st at 6:30 P.M.
For the November meeting of our book club, we will be discussing The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende. Books will be available at the main desk for club members.
DIY Holiday Gifts: Sugar Scrubs - November 30th at 6 P.M.
For those who are looking for a simple yet personal gift, come to this class to learn  how to make three different kinds of sugar scrub.

Child and Teen Programs

Preschool Storytime - Tuesdays at 10 A.M.
Every Tuesday, all children are welcome to join us for reading, dancing, singing, crafts, and other fun!
LEGO Night - November 2nd at 6 P.M.
With the amount of LEGOs we have to play with in the library, the only limit to what you can build is your own imagination!
Teen Movie: Teens Pick! - November 7th at 6 P.M.
For November's Teen movie, we are allowing you to choose what to watch! As always, make sure you sign up for the event.
Minecraft Club - November 9th at 6 P.M.
Minecraft is one of the most popular games in the world, and it contains almost limitless possibilities. Join us to check out this great game, and play with friends.
Family Movie: The Angry Birds Movie - November 14th at 6 P.M.
Bring the whole family to the library for a screening of the Angry Birds movie, based on the popular video game.
After School Tech Project: Take Apart a Computer! - November 16th at 3 P.M.
Have you ever wanted to learn what makes a computer work? We'll be cracking open some old computers in order to check out what's inside.

November 2016 Director's Message

Access Your Genealogy and Learn a New Language at NPL

          As a member of the Newark Public Library and Pioneer Library System,, you can now research your family history and learn over 60 languages through and Mango Languages.
            For over a year now,, the Newark Public Library and the Pioneer Library System has provided access to  Ancestry is a premier website for genealogy research, with billions of genealogy records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.  Access to Ancestry is location based—users must be in the library to access it.  When in the library, use your computer or a library computer and visit to discover your unique family history.  Library staff can help get you started. 
            Mango Languages (access their website here: is a fun and ingenious language learning website.  With lessons for over 60 languages, including English as a Second Language, Mango is an invaluable resource for anyone desiring to hone their language skills.  It has videos, grammar guides, activities and more.   Unlike Ancestry, you can access Mango Languages from home!  Just use the link provided above.  

            NPL Seeks Treasurer

            On a completely separate note: the Newark Public Library Board of Trustees is currently searching for a new Treasurer.  The Treasurer is required to attend board meetings, which occur on the second Thursday of every month at 6:30pm, and Finance Committee meetings. They would also work with the board, Executive Director, and Account Clerk to oversee the library’s finances. It is a voluntary, non-voting position on the library’s Board of Trustees. It is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in giving back to their community. If you are interested, know someone who is interested, or would like more information, please contact me at or by calling 315-331-4370.