The final five programs for the month of December at the Westfield Memorial Library are diversified and range from live music to yoga to a foreign film to Christmas traditions. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.
On Monday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., the Swedish film “The Square” will be shown. Running 2 ½ hours, the film tells the story of Christian, the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes.
His next show is “The Square,” an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals.
Christian's foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for the exhibit. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.
On Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., local yoga instructor Lorraine Harwelik will present the second class of the “Fundamentals of Yoga.” This yoga is for anyone who desires to build the foundation of a sound and safe yoga practice.
According to Harwelik, regular yoga practice has been scientifically proven to improve the movement of the body and to help the body systems function optimally. Sound yoga fundamentals can lead to a better sense of well-being and help practitioners use the body with greater effectiveness and comfort.
As part of the TGIF! series, which meets on Fridays at 1:30 p.m., the Driftaway Duo will present their holiday show, “Spirit of the Season” on Dec. 14. Acoustic duo Karen and Jeff will deliver classic and contemporary songs such as Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Silver Bells, The Dreidel Song, Merry Christmas, Darling and Mele Kalikimaka. Audience members are welcome to sing along. No need to register for this program; all are welcome
On Monday, Dec. 17 at 7: p.m., vocalist Dr. Diane Cypkin will present the music and tell the story of composer Harry Warren. Unlike any other composer, Warren had nearly two dozen number one hits, including, Forty-Second Street, Chattanooga Choo Choo and The More I See You.
Dr. Cypkin is a Professor in the Media, Communications and Visual Arts Department of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University. She has presented one-woman shows about Molly Picon and the Songs of World War II at the library and throughout the tri-state area.
Her accompanist Lena Panfilova is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory. She has performed as a collaborative pianist with many musicians and has given numerous solo and chamber concerts in Russia, across Europe, and in America.
Christmas Traditions will be the subject of author Kevin Woyce’s talk on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. This speaker and photographer will use original photographs, vintage images, and live music to explore favorite Christmas Traditions, from “The First Christmas” to “A Christmas Carol,” “White Christmas,” and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
He will also explain how historical figures ranging from Saint Nicholas, Martin Luther, and Queen Victoria to Charles Dickens and Thomas Nast helped shape the way we celebrate the Christmas Season.
To register for the programs, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908-789-4090 option 0.
Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The library will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas and close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 31 for New year’s Eve, as well be closed Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.
For more information call 908-789-4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”