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Art, Book Clubs and Hot Jazz Offered at Hasbrouck Heights Library in September

Back to school means back to the Hasbrouck Heights Library offering a full calendar of events from children to adults. Credits: Hasbrouck Heights Free Public Library
The popular Lego Club returns to the Hasbrouck Heights Library. Credits: Hasbrouck Heights Free Public Library

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Back to school, back to fall, back to brown and orange and pumpkin spiced everything. Hasbrouck Heights Free Public Lirbary programs are open to all library patrons, regardless if they are town residents unless otherwise specified. It is located at 320 Boulevard.


Live Hot Jazz Music

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Dr. Dubious and the Agnostics, a seven-piece band that plays New Orleans and Chicago hot jazz, will play a concert at the Senior Center Saturday, Sept. 23 from 2 to 3 p.m. Hot jazz, otherwise known as Dixieland or traditional jazz, is jazz that originated from New Orleans in the 1920s and 30s and includes elements of swing. The group features female and male vocals with a lineup of clarinet, cornet, trombone, bass sax or tuba, piano, banjo and drums.

This concert is the third in a series of musical special events to be held throughout the year and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. It is part of the centennial celebration. Check the Library for more information and dates for future performances. This is an all ages performance. The Senior Center entrance is located on Central Avenue off Boulevard.

To register, call 201-288-0488 or log on to and go to calendar.


Fall Story Time – Start your mornings with stories! Hasbrouck Heights residents can register starting Friday, Sept. 1. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 19 and will run for eight weeks.

  • Tiny Tots is for ages birth to 2 ½ and their caregiver. Tuesdays 10:30-11:15 a.m. and Thursdays 10:30-11:15 a.m.
  • Preschool is for children ages 3 ½ to 6. Tuesdays, 1:15-2 p.m.
  • Book Buddies is for children ages: 2 ½ to 6. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Hello Fall! Craft & Story Time – Celebrate Fall Friday, Sept. 22 at 3:30 p.m. for children in grades K-3.  Children will read some great books and making a craft to take home.

Book Bingo – Join in on a game of Book Bingo and win prizes! We will be meeting on Thursday, Sept. 28 starting at 3:30 p.m. for ages 5-12.

Lego Club – Join the Hasbrouck Heights Lego Club!  Show off your architectural talents and come create with us. Legos will be provided. Tuesday, Sept. 5 & 19 starting at 3:30 p.m. for ages 5-12.

Little Artist – For students in grades 2-5, come learn about an artist or type of art and recreate a famous work or make your own masterpiece at the Hasbrouck Heights Library. No experience is necessary.  There are no mistakes in art!  Join us Thursday, Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m.

Book Clubs for Kids – Join one of two book clubs for kids. Books for both groups will be available for pick up starting Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. For more details, please stop by the Children’s Desk.  

  • Best Books is for students in grades 2-3, and meets on the first Friday of each month.
  • Critics’ Choice is for students in grades 4-6, and meets on the third Friday of each month.  

Registration is required for all programs. Please call or visit us online at For more information, contact Kate Senedzuk at 201-288-0485 or stop by the children’s desk.


Teen Readers’ Club –  Teens meet on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss a book, eat snacks and play games. Copies of each month’s book will be available for checkout at the front desk. The first fall Teen Readers’ Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Teen Advisory Board – Make your voice heard! Meetings are on the third Thursday of each month. Teens can participate in community service projects, learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities, have a say in teen programming at the library, and make suggestions for books to add to the library’s YA collection. The first fall Teen Advisory Board meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Programs are for teens in grades 6 through 12. Registration is required; call 201-288-0488 or log on to and go to calendar. Contact Tyne Runfeldt at 01-288-6653 or for more information.


Keep This Toss That – Need to get organized but you are not sure where to begin? Join bestselling author and organizing humorist Jamie Novak when she presents a humorous take on home organizing advice Monday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. Part of our “Mondays @ the Library” series, the event both gives practical advice and spoofs it, and is meant for those who struggle with stuff and would like some simple solutions.

Novak is a five-time bestselling author and sought-after speaker, best known for her humorous take on the clutter we keep. You may recognize Novak from her appearance on HGTV, QVC or Better TV. Her tips have appeared in multiple national magazines and she travels nationally presenting her trademark organizing programs to standing-room-only crowds.
For more information about this event and to register, call 201-288-0488 or log on to and go to calendar.

Tai Chi – Paul Barcia, a tai chi practitioner for 20 years, will be leading this class on the third Monday of every month in the Library’s conference room from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The next session is Sept. 18. These workshops are free and people of all ages are encouraged to attend.  Registration is not required.

Crafts-to-Share Club — The Crafts-to-Share club knits and makes homemade items that they donate to local community organizations like Hackensack University Medical Center and Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund. The library will accept donations of yarn on behalf of the crafts-to-share club. The club is open to everyone and meets the first Tuesday evening of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and the third Wednesday afternoon of every month from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The next meetings will be Sept. 5 and Sept. 20. Registration is not required.

Adult Book Club –. Join for an insightful conversation (with refreshments) on Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. This groundbreaking story shows what happened to one poor black women’s cells and the scientific breakthroughs it started, all while leaving her family unknown and struggling. Named one of the Best Books of the Year in 2010 by more than 60 critics, and made into an HBO film starring Oprah Winfrey earlier this year. 

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