• Our long-planned lecture on Brexit couldn’t be more timely now that Brexit is in the news every single day.  Join us on Tuesday at 1 pm for a thought-provoking discussion of this topic.  • Teens have always enjoyed anything that has to do with food at the library – here’s your chance to make spring cupcakes that taste as delicious as they look.  • For children, we are starting the next session of our ever-popular chess program.  The goal of this program is to spark an interest in chess in young children and stimulate their developing intellect by this game of strategy and vision.


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Storytime is an 8-week, progressive program for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Registration required

24 months and younger – 9:45 am

4 to 6 years – 10:15 am

2 to 3 years – 11 am

Spring Cupcakes for Teens

Monday, April 8 – 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Grades 6 to 12                        Limit:  12 students

Registration required

Design a butterfly cupcake and a spring flower cupcake using frosting, marshmallows, candy, and other yummy decorations!

Chess for Kids

Mondays, April 8 through May 13

Registration required

Players must be able to attend all 6 classes

Group 1 – 4 to 4:45 pm

Players with little or no experience with chess

Suggested ages 6 to 8            Limit:  12 children

Group 2 – 5 to 5:45 pm

Players who can finish a game with checkmate

Suggested ages 8 to 10          Limit:  16 children

Robert Lieberman, a USCF Certified Coach, leads this series of classes.



Registration required

24 months and younger – 10 am

2 to 3 years – 10:30 am

CALL: Brexit – 1 pm

Eugene Lieber, former Associate Professor of History at Essex County College, will present a lecture on the two sides of the Brexit issue in Britain and its ramifications for the nation.  His discussion will focus on an unbiased look at Brexit, one year later: who is for it, and who is against it.  His lecture will also concentrate on the significance of Brexit as part of a growing tide in Europe and how it relates to the United States.

Eugene Lieber is a professor emeritus of history at Essex County College, where he taught for 39 years.  For over two decades he has also lectured to various groups on a wide variety of topics, covering the world and the United States, ancient, modern, and the present. Now retired, he continues a community lecture schedule with a strong following.  This is a free CALL lecture.  Pre-registration requested.


Income Tax Assistance

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is held on Wednesdays, February 6 to April 10 from 10 am to 2 pm.  Appointments for this free service may be made in person or by calling the library at 973-635-0603.  Please bring all your financial records from 2018, copies of your 2017 Federal and State tax returns, photo ID, all printed and blank forms from the Internal Revenue Service, and proof of Social Security Number for all dependents.


Music with Carolyn Dempsey – 10 or 10:45 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers

Move, shake, dance and sing to Carolyn’s guitar music!

English as a Second Language – 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Thursdays, April 4 through May 30 (no class on April 18)

For those wanting to improve their English language skills, we are starting our next cycle of ESL classes.  The program will be conducted by LEARN Associates and volunteer tutors for 8 weeks.  Students will be divided into small groups by skill level.  Books and other learning materials will be provided.  The program is free – all you need is a commitment to learn!  Register online, in person, or call 973-635-0603.

Ⓐ Cinema214: On the Basis of Sex (PG-13, 120 min.) – 7 pm

The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.  Refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library


Mommy & Me Language Class: Mandarin – 10 to 10:45 am

Ages 18 to 36 months, no registration required

These 100% immersion classes in Spanish and Mandarin are led by native-speaking, experienced preschool teachers from HudsonWay Immersion School.  Through stories, songs, movement and games they will introduce you and your child to the fun of learning a second language!  No prior knowledge of either language is required, and children may also be accompanied by a dad, grandparent or other caregiver.

Ⓐ CALL:  Drawing Objects from Nature: Shape vs. Line

Fridays, April 5, 12 & 26; May 3 – 12 to 1 pm

Peggy Dressel, a graduate of Pratt Institute and an instructor at the Ridgewood Art Institute and the Art Center of Northern New Jersey, will offer a four-week class for beginners and intermediate students.  After learning to draw objects that were based on the cone, spear and cylinder, this class will start with drawing more irregularly shaped objects from nature like flowers, fruit or animals.  This is subject matter that lends itself to a more interpretative drawing style.  A different approach will be introduced, focusing on the shape of the object first, then the contour.  Value, light, shading and composition will still be taught. We will also review what we covered last fall.  This class is for new and returning students.  Students will be required to bring a fine art pencil set or a few different soft pencils (such as HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, and 8B); a white drawing paper pad 11” x 14” or larger; and erasers – kneaded or Staedtler Mars (plastic).  The class is limited to 15 students.  Register online, in person, or call 973-635-0603.

Ⓐ Italian Conversation Group – 1 pm

Luciana Santoriello moderates this Italian discussion group with help from other fluent speakers.

Anime Club – 3 to 4:30 pm

Friday, February 8

Grades 6 to 12

Come read, watch, and discuss anything and everything about anime and manga with other fans. 


Drop-In Storytime – 11 am

For children of all ages.  No registration required.