Monday, May 6, 2013
Are you an artist, or do you know one, who'd like to exhibit? The Springfield Free Public Library is looking for submissions.
The Donald B. Palmer Museum of the Springfield Free Public Library is currently accepting applications for artists who wish to exhibit their work in the fall of 2013 through 2014. Applicants are asked to submit a current resume, 10 slides, prints, a CD ROM or computer files representative of the work and a stamped self-addressed envelope that will accommodate submitted samples no later than June 1, 2013. Due to increased use of the space for programming, no sculpture will be exhibited in the future unless the pieces can be hung on the wall or displayed on wall-mounted shelves. Limited pedestal space is also available. The Museum Committee will review applications in June. The 36x50 foot Palmer Museum was opened at its current site in 1975…
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
David Lubar and Wendy Mass will speak at the South Orange library on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m.
Acclaimed authors for young readers, David Lubar and Wendy Mass, will discuss their books and their love of reading on Sunday, Feb. 10th, at 2 p.m. at the South Orange Public Library. The event will be open to the entire family and will be sponsored by the Friends of the South Orange Public Library and Sparkhouse. David Lubar is an author of numerous books for teens. He is also an electronic game programmer, who programmed Super Breakout for the Nintendo Game Boy, and Frogger for both the SNES and Game Boy. As a game designer, he designed the game Frogger2: Swampy’s Revenge for the Nintendo Game Boy Color. His works include the novel, ” Dunk”, a favorite check out at the library. It is about a young man at the Jersey shore, where …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
It may be nearing the home stretch of summer, but there is still lots of be fun to be had at the programs being offered by the Maplewood Public Library.
The staff says there is never a dull moment this summer at the Maplewood Memorial Library. “Kids are here all day long and love participating in the reading incentive program,” said Children’s Librarian, Elizabeth Hoens. The program gives children the opportunity to compete for prizes based on the amount of hours they read. Prizes include Frisbees, slime (which is a favorite among the kids), and much more. Children also participate in arts and crafts, these include “cloud mobiles” which are an ongoing craft project for the kids this summer which are decorated all along the children’s section. “There are about 300 cloud mobiles,” said Hoens, “They all look so beautiful.” Events and activities for August include an opportunity to …
Monday, July 2, 2012
From dinosaurs to mess-making to story time, there will be no shortage of things to do at your local library this summer.
Both the South Orange and Maplewood Public Libraries are doing their best to keep you and your kids busy this summer with a variety of education clubs and events – even dinosaurs. Sign-ups for the Summer Reading Programs at the Maplewood Libraries are going on now. Both the Main Library and the Hilton Branch are offering prizes for reading or attending summer programs. Sign-ups for the South Orange Library have begun, and readers can join at any time. According to Halliday, 1,000 kids signed up last summer and together they read 9,550 books. “The goal this summer is to reach 10,000,” said Halliday. “We have so many things going on [this summer],” she said, that it is difficult to pick just one thing she is most excited about. Among the …
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Book collection donated in memory of David Coble.
The David Coble Collection of Fierce Creatures opened Saturday with a special presentation and reception at the Maplewood Memorial Library. The book collection was made possible by a generous donation in memory of David Coble (5/16/99- 6/29/05), who "loved all things fierce," according to his family. Currently, the collection, which will be shared between the main and Hilton branches, has 100 books. “This collection is for kids of all ages, but especially for kids ages three to eight,” said Jane Folger, Youth Services Coordinator at the library. “Three thousand dollars was raised and the collection will have a total of 200 books.” Folger and Nina Kitabaya designed a special book plate for the books. The library was a favorite place for …
Monday, May 2, 2011
Donors donned fancy chapeaux to support the library.
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Monday, May 2, 2011
Blame it on the royal wedding. The subject of hats, a long forgotten part of the wardrobe, has popped back into the spotlight. Princess Beatrice's topper aside, when was the last time anyone gave a thought to a hat, other than for protection from the elements? Marcia Leonard had that same thought. Leonard, a former library board member, started ruminating about hats but not in a literal sense. Mused Leonard, "How many 'hats' does a woman wear?" Mother? Companion? Teacher? Helper? Worker? All of these and more. “My mother said if you want something done, ask a busy woman to do it. The idea was that women wear many hats, often unsung, and this would be a great opportunity to celebrate all that women do and to support the library,” said …
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Hitting the sack between the stacks.
It was a wacky idea. But Sue Goodman liked it. “I was sitting in the dentist office, looking at the family magazines,” says Goodman, “and read about it and I liked it. I thought it was a really cool idea.” The article which Goodman, Maplewood South Orange Girl Scout Service Unit Co-manager, saw in the dentist office had a list of suggestions for fun kid stuff to do. One of those things was a library sleepover. Goodman thought making it a fundraiser for the library would be even greater. “The librarians asked why we'd want to sleepover in the library.” Goodman said, speaking to a crowd of 71 girl scouts and 13 adults gathered to sleep over on Friday night. Her words were met with a huge cheer. After safety instructions and directions on …
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Both branches are open for business.
Today, both branches of the Maplewood library will be open. This marks the first time since Aug. 16 that both branches will be open at the same time. For the last three weeks, one or both of the libraries was closed for furloughs brought on by budget concerns. The furlough period included a week where both branches were closed at the same time. This year was the first time the library took furlough time in its history. For more background on the furloughs, click here. Update: the library has posted an explanation of the furloughs on their Web site.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
A group for homeschooling families, which includes a Maplewood mom, convenes monthly at the library.
While the reasons that parents homeschool their children often encompass religion and nutrition, Karen Mitchell simply thought she could do a better job of teaching. "I think the biggest difference is I don't have to be re-teaching the manners and beliefs of our household," said Mitchell, an East Orange resident who coordinates a group of homeschooling families that meets monthly at the South Orange Public Library. A former New York City math teacher in the public school system, she's been homeschooling her daughter Mayeesa, 14, and son Shawn, 13, for the past seven years, and she intends to teach her 3-year-old twins when they get old enough. For Mitchell, the last straw came when her daughter was in third grade and had three hours of …
Monday, August 17, 2009
The two branches of the library have staggered closing times, with one week where both branches are not open.
The good news is that you can keep books and movies out from the library longer than usual. The bad news is that you’re going to have to stay out of the library for longer than usual, too. On Monday, Aug. 17, the main branch of the library shuts its doors. That first week, library patrons can still take out books and movies, enjoy air conditioning and quiet at the Hilton library. The following week, both branches will be closed. The main branch reopens on Monday, Sept. 1, and the Hilton Branch reopens on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The libraries are going on furloughs due to budget cuts. It is one of a number of measures the library has undertaken to deal with a shrunken budget, including laying off employees earlier this year. With the furloughs, …