March will begin at the Westfield Memorial Library with programs on politics, Indian cooking and music. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

On Monday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m., John Celock, president of Celock Media Group and launch editor of Westfield Patch, will present, “Why do young people run for office?”

More young people are seeking elective office, with those 35 and under taking office as mayors, state legislators and members of Congress across the country. Last year saw the election of the youngest woman to be elected to Congress in American history, along with a rise in young candidates – and now officeholders - around the country.

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More millennials are getting involved in politics, helping to change the course of American politics. What propels young people to run for office? What challenges do they face? How does their age impact how they view public policy?

Also author of The Next Generation: Young Elected Officials and their Impact on American Politics, Celock willl explore these questions. He interviewed over 90 current and former young elected officials nationwide for the book, the first comprehensive look at why young people run for office.

As state politics reporter for The Huffington Post, he broke political news across the country and impacted state level legislation in Kansas and Alabama. He regularly speaks to groups nationwide about politics, young elected officials and communications.

Celock is a board member of the Columbia University Club of New York and the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium. His journalism work has been honored by CapitolBeat: National Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Niagara University and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

On Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m., Charu Gupta will present Indian Cooking with the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot, which is an electric pressure cooker, is particularly well suited to many Indian dishes.

Gupta will make Chole Curry, a chickpea curry dish, while demonstrating how the electric pressure cooker can cut down the cook time of this and other dishes.

She looks forward to sharing this delicious, healthier, yet quicker way of cooking. This program is a demonstration, rather than a hands-on activity. However, attendees will be able to taste the finished product and will receive a printed copy of the recipe so they can add the dish to their repertoire.

On Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m., Hit the Roof Band will return to the library. With a taste of some of the twentieth century's most important musical movements, Hit the Roof Band reinvigorates old songs with a new twist.

The duet of keyboardist and drummer will start off with a bit of ragtime-stride, and then move into the era of swing and boogie-woogie. Next they’ll embark on a journey of rock n ' roll frenzy, all the while explaining the history and icons behind the movement.

Hit the Roof will continue the performance in the style of the blues and New Orleans piano, both which have roots steeped in boogie-woogie, gospel, classical, and funk.

The programs are free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to the 40+ libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check the library’s website to see if your library participates.) To register, visit the library’s website at, 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 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at, 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.”