HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Children and parents rocked the night away at the 12th annual Hasbrouck Heights Library’s Summer Bash on Friday night. The overarching summer theme of “Libraries Rock” was highlighted at the library’s premiere summer event which featured music, crafts, makeup and a movie celebrating rock and roll.

According to Mimi Hui, Library Director, 350 people attended this year’s event. On hand to greet children and parents were the Library’s staff and Trustees as well as student volunteers. The Library's Trustees include Marlene Verrastro, Board President, John Baratta, Councilwoman Josephine Ciocia, former Mayor Rose Heck, Pat Link, Linda Mansfield, Liz Nuzzo, Michael Sickels, and Mimi Hui.  In addition, Lincoln School media specialist Cindy Capozzi and Councilman Chris Hillmann were in attendance.

The first featured performer of the evening was Jester Jim, with his beatbox, juggling and comedy show. He called up children to participate in the program and also included a few parents.

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Afterwards children walked the red carpet for some rock star mini makeovers from the professionals at Parisian Beauty Academy. They could choose from make-up, hair, tattoos, face paint and sparkles, then they could stop at the media wall to pose for pictures.

A featured performance by the School of Rock of Saddle Brook carried on the rock and roll theme with songs like “Day Tripper” by the Beatles, “Satisfaction” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” from the Rolling Stones, and “Blackbird” from Paul McCartney.

For some game-time entertainment, there was a Music Trivia contest. Contestants had to guess the song from just a few measures of the music.

For something totally different, there were two presentations of the Amazing World of Reptiles, by Mr Bill and Becky from Snakes-n-Scales. In the two capacity sessions, children learned about the four different types of reptiles, snakes, alligators/crocodiles, lizards, and turtles. Mr. Bill introduced the audience to his 25-year old American alligator Blue, 25-pound snapping turtle named Sticks, an Asian water monitor that was found in a ditch at Teterboro Airport, and his 13-foot Burmese python named Gobblin. There was time for questions and answers, but no touching.

There was plenty of food and drink for attendees. Including hot dogs, nachos and cheese, pasta salad and cold beverages. There was a popcorn bar with various add-in, and Koffeewagon Roasters served hot coffee.

A late night movie showing of “Ready Player One” aired at 11 p.m.

The annual Summer Bash Music School of Rock was made possible through support and funding from the Friends of the Library, the Hasbrouck Heights Chamber of Commerce, the  Costa Family and additional community-minded businesses.


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