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April Events @ New Providence Memorial Library

April Events @ NPML

The Thursday Evening Book Club meets this month on 4/5 at 7:30PM.  They are reading The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim, a story that takes place in early-twentieth-century Korea.  It tells the story of a privileged young woman and about a country torn between ancient customs and modern possibilities, a family ultimately united by love, and a woman who never gives up her search for freedom. All are welcome.  Copies of the book are available at the front desk.

The Knitting Club meets three times this month on Mondays 4/2, 4/16 and 4/30 at 7PM.  Bring a project you are working on or get instruction on a knitting or crocheting project you would like to start.

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The Baseball Club holds its regular monthly meeting on Monday, 4/9 at 7PM.  Anybody with an interest in baseball is welcome to come and talk about your favorite team, players or just listen.

April marks the quarterly meeting of the Non-Fiction Book Group on 4/10 at 7:30PM to discuss Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan.  This memoir is about much more than surfing.  Finnegan shows us through the story of his life how surfing is a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime and a way of life.  Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right here at the Jersey shore.  All are welcome.  Copies of the book are available at the front desk.

Could you use some strategies for bringing peace to your life?  Could you use some tips on getting a better night’s sleep?  Join us on 4/12 at 7PM for Coping with Stress & Anxiety from Dr. Valerie Spangenberg, formerly on staff at Morristown Memorial now resident of Lantern Hill.

The Thursday Morning Book Group meets on Thursday, 4/19 at 10AM to discuss Claire of the Sea Light by Edwige Danticat.  A little girl from the Haitian seaside community of Ville Rose suddenly disappears.  As the people search for her, painful secrets, haunting memories, and startling truths are unearthed and the author weaves a tapestry that explores the mysterious bonds we share with the natural world and with one another. All are welcome.  Copies of the book are available at the front desk.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with by listening to some wonderful local poets read from their work on 4/22 2PM.  Award-winning poet Deborah Gerrish and several other poets will share their poems and then offer an open mic for the public to share their work.  Come to participate or just listen.

Outsmart the Scammers on 4/26 at 7PM will clue us in to the current schemes used to defraud people out of their savings.  Kevin Mack of Edward Jones will tell us what to avoid and how to combat theft.

Did you lose any trees in the recent storm?  Then you’ll want to mark your calendar for the annual free tree giveaway on 4/28 from 10AM to 2PM and organized by the NP Sustainability Committee and held in the library parking lot.  Get there early for the best selection.

Finally, come out and celebrate Spring with another wonderful Sunday Concert.  The Concord Singers, a women’s choral group from Summit, will be here at 3PM on 4/29 to perform a program entitled Song of the Universal, a work by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo set to poetry by Walt Whitman.

As always, there is a full schedule of movies available.  This month, featured movies are Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Murder on the Orient Express, Wonder Wheel, Where Do We Go Now and La Cage Aux Folles.  See the library calendar on our website for full dates, times and descriptions.

For the younger set, there are baby lapsits on Wednesdays.  Bigger kids, i.e. 4, 5, 6 have a special story time on Tuesdays at 2 and Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10.  Every Thursday at 2 there’s a drop-in craft, too.  And don’t forget about our after school clubs: Snap Circuits, Jr. meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 3:30PM and LEGO meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 3:30PM in the Coddington Room.    

A full calendar of events including regular meetings of morning and evening book clubs, the Knitting Club, the Baseball Club, movies and kids’ events is available at  Like us on Facebook at for updates.  All events are FREE and open to the public.

New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence  908-665-0311

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