Tuesday, January 03, 2017

January Programs and Events

Happy New Year from the Newark Public Library! In 2017, we'll be here to meet all your New Year's resolution needs, whether its to read more, to learn how to use the latest gadgets and technology, or even just to find a comfortable place to spend those long winter afternoons. Relax and sip a hot cup of coffee, courtesy of Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters, while you browse our selection of dvds, music cds, and magazines, or check out one of the amazing programs that we offer.

Adult Programs:

Mah Jongg - Tuesdays at 5 P.M.
Join us for our weekly Mah Jongg night! Everyone is welcome, whether they've played this ancient Chinese tile game before, or are a complete beginner.
Adult Reading and Book Discussion Series - January 4th at 6:30 P.M.
In the penultimate session of Joe O'Toole's discussion series, we will use John Logan's Never the Sinner to discuss the topics of good and evil, and what determines whether a person is one or the other. 

Cards in the Library - Thursdays at 4 P.M.
Our ongoing cards series continues into the new year, with each week of the month focusing on a different game. The first Thursday will be Euchre, the second will be Cribbage, the third will be Hearts, and the last will be Dealer's Choice.
Volunteer Reader Training - January 11th at 1 P.M.
If you've ever been interested in volunteering to help promote literacy in children, here's your chance! Newark Public Library is offering a training which will teach you tips and tricks for reading to children, and give you information about volunteer opportunities within the community.
Board Meeting - January 12th at 6:30 P.M.
The monthly meeting of the Newark Public Library Board of Directors is open to the public. Stop by if you are interested in the running of the library.
Friends of Newark Public Library Book Review Luncheon - January 13th at 12 P.M.
For this month's luncheon, we will be hosting Barb Klein, a local author, life coach, and teacher, as she shares her book, 111 Invitations. Please remember to register for the luncheon, as space is limited!

Painting Party with Steve Duprey - January 28th at 2:30 P.M.
Local artist Steve Duprey will be hosting a class on acrylic painting techniques, geared towards the beginner. Attend, and you'll learn how to create your very own landscape painting. The class is $35, and space is limited - make sure to register online or over the phone.

Child and Teen Programs:

Preschool Storytime - Tuesdays at 10 A.M.
Each Tuesday, Miss Krystina hosts an hour of storytime, which can include dancing, singing, crafts, and of course stories. Bring your preschool age child to shake their sillies out with new friends!
LEGO Night - January 4th at 6 P.M.
Stretch your creativity with our large collection of LEGO blocks, and build a creation that we will display in the library!
Morning Craft - Thursdays at 10 A.M.
Every Thursday, join us for a simple and fun morning craft!
Storytelling with Scratch: Google CS First Computer Coding Course - Thursdays at 4 P.M.
In this exciting eight-week course, kids in fifth grade and up will get a crash course in the basics of coding. This program has very limited space, so make sure that you register, and that you plan to attend all of the sessions. 
Teen Movie - Teens Pick! - January 9th at 6 P.M.
Choose from one of three movies to watch! Make sure you sign up for the event, so that we know who's coming.
Minecraft Club - January 11th at 6 P.M.
Whether you like building giant structures or exploring mods, you can be sure to find some Minecraft fun at the library! You can use or computers or bring your own, but you must have a Minecraft account to play.
Family Movie: The Secret Life of Pets - January 23rd at 6 P.M.
For the family movie this month, we will be screening The Secret Life of Pets, the story of a dog named Max whose world is turned upside down when his owner brings home Duke, a stray whom he instantly dislikes.

Pokemon Club - January 25th at 6 P.M.
Bring your Pokemon cards to the library to battle and trade with friends!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

New Program Opportunity

            The Newark Public Library is hosting an eight-week program designed to teach kids in grades 5-8 the basics of coding. 

            Every Thursday from January 5th through February 23rd, a small group will meet at 4pm to learn how to design their own stories, create and share animations, and learn how technology is used in the film and media industries. The CS First Storytelling club is a social event, and no previous computer or coding experience is necessary – any child within the age limits is encouraged to join. Newark Public Library’s Youth Services Librarian, Krystina Dippel, says “I am excited to bring this excellent opportunity for kids to learn coding to the library”.

            Due to the immersive and one-on-one nature of the program, space is extremely limited. There will only be 10 spaces available in the program, and we ask that everyone who sign up commit to attending all 8 sessions. If the program fills up, we will have a wait list, and, depending on interest, we may host another session of the program in the future.

            In order to register for the program, please call the library at 331-4370, or sign up online at www.newarklibrary.org. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT Media Lab. It is available for free at scratch.mit.edu.

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.