CRANFORD, NJ - Two exciting programs about Hollywood are on tap at the Westfield Memorial Library during June and July. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

“Hollywood in the White House” will be presented on Wednesday, June 20 at 7:00 pm by film historian, author and speaker Max Alvarez. If you love VEEP, House of Cards, West Wing, The American President and Seven Days in May, this high octane journey through 84 years of Hollywood films and TV shows about U.S. presidents is a must-see.

Alvarez has been examining film and society through a microscope for decades. His cinema talks are rich in historical and cultural information and bolstered with humor and witty anecdotes about motion pictures and their colorful creators.

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On Monday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Paul Christiansen of Seton Hall University will answer the question of why movies almost always have music.

He will discuss how music interacts with images, dialogue and sound effects to create meaning in a film scene.

Dr. Christiansen, Associate Professor of Musicology at Seton Hall University, recently gave a popular lecture at the library on how music has been used in political advertising throughout the age of television to make candidates more noble and opponents more ominous, to glorify and to detract.

The programs are open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to the 48 libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Visit and click on the “About Us” tab to see if your library participates.) 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 until June 17. Starting June 24, the library will be closed on Sunday for the summer.

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.”