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Three Programs to Welcome February at Westfield Memorial Library


Three exciting programs for adults are on tap at the Westfield Memorial Library in early February. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

On Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m., Microsoft Excel Basics will be taught by Karen Camden, a frequent instructor and presenter at the library. In this two-hour class for advanced level computer users, she will cover the EXCEL screen, the quick access toolbar, advanced ribbons and steps for creating a spread sheet.

Camden is a frequent speaker at the library who gives computer classes and workshops on organizing, repurposing, kitchen gardens and sewing. She is the President of Camden Associates, a consulting firm that provides services in Communications and People Skills, Organizational Assessments and Clutter Control.

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On Thursday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m., mixed-media artist Joy Ann Cabanos will present a workshop on origami, the art of Japanese paper folding. She will teach participants how to make basic origami folds and how to make a flower or heart model to take home for Valentine’s Day.

Cabanos is a mixed media artist, poet and arts educator who teaches painting and origami in various county and after-school programs, as well as in private workshops. She is passionate about sharing the Arts and helping others tap into their own creativities. Her paintings have been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.

Also on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. will be the Raconteur Radio presentation of “Gaslight.” In this old fashioned radio-style theatrical event, something is driving Paula Alquist mad. No one has lit any other lamps, and yet the light dims, then brightens.

And what about the footsteps coming from the sealed attic? Or is it the house, where her aunt, a famous concert singer, was murdered ten years before? Or is it her new husband, an older man she met in Italy, who convinces her to return to the murder scene and make it their home?

Raconteur Radio productions are staged around and amplified by an art deco amplifier and feature theatrical lighting, period costumes, vintage commercials, Golden Age radio equipment, and extensive sound effects. The Star-Ledger calls Raconteur Radio “One of the seven best things to do in New Jersey” and The New York Times declares it “Family friendly guerilla theater.”

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 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information or to sign up for the programs, call 908.789.4090 or visit the library’s website at and then click on “Calendar.



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