UNION, NJ – There’s something for every adult in April at the Union Public Library, at both the Main Library and the Vauxhall Branch.  All programs are free and open to the public.  

Monday, April 1, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., Vauxhall Branch Library

  • Small Business Owners: Selling to the Federal Government
    • Presented by Small Business Association (SBA) NJ District Office. 
    • Topics include: what the government buys, counseling and training, setting asides, registration and certifications processes, marketing, finding and subcontracting business opportunities, and resources partners and services.
    • Registration required. Call (908)851-5451 to reserve a seat.

Tuesday, April 2, 2:00 p.m., Main Branch

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Tuesdays@2 Movies      

  • Call 908-851-5450 for movie title. Held in the main branch Activities Room.

Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Main Branch

Money Smart Week: An Investment in Knowledge Pays the Best Interest

  • Presented by the NJ Bureau of Securities. 
    • Money Smart Week is designed to help consumers from all demographics and income levels better manage their personal finances. This program will help you protect yourself from investment fraud and what to do if a problem occurs.
    • Held in the Main Branch Activities Room.

Wednesday, April 3, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m., Main Branch

Gentle Chair Exercise for Adults

  • All levels welcome. Instructor Natalia Belyakova is a former professional dancer and has performed all over the world. She teaches dance to both children and adults.
    • Held in the Main Branch Activities Room.

Thursday, April 4, 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Vauxhall Branch Library

Perfect Your Elevator Pitch and Public Speaking

  • Presented by Women's Center for Entrepreneurship.  This class is great for business owners, executives or employees really at any level. Anyone who has to speak in front of people would benefit.
    • Registration required. Call (908)851-5451 to reserve your seat.  

Saturday, April 6, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Main Branch

Celebrate Spring: The Jersey Tomato

  • Everyone loves the Jersey tomato! 
    • Discover where the tomato originated and why it became one of New Jersey’s favorite crops. Did you know that New Jersey was known for its tomato packing industry, or that tomatoes were considered poisonous at one time and it was a New Jersey resident who decided to prove everyone wrong?
    • Learn these things and more in this fascinating lecture by historian and food specialist Judith Krall-Russo!
    • Held in Main Branch Activities Room.

Monday, April 8, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Vauxhall Branch Library

Grant Writing Workshop

  • Presented by Joanne Oppelt, MHA, GPC. 
    • Do you want to tap into grant funding? Do you have responsibility to increase donations through foundation, corporate or government funders? Do you want to increase your acceptance rate? By the end of this session you will understand various funder motivations; relate to funders in language they understand; discover new prospects; build successful relationships; write proposal narratives; present effective budgets; work with organizational and program staff; and position you and your agency for success.
    • This workshop is for grant writers and other development professionals; foundation, corporate and government relationship professionals; and anyone wanting to raise more revenue through proposals.
    • Registration required. Call (908)851-5451 to reserve your seat.  

Thursday, April 11, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Main Branch

Writer’s Support Group

  • Are you looking for feedback on the book you’re working on, trying to overcome writer’s block, or determine your personal writing style?  Come join this group of writers whose mission is to encourage, support and promote authorship.
    • Held in Main Branch Activities Room.

Tuesday, April 9, 2:00 p.m., Main Branch

Tuesdays@2 Movies      

  • Call 908-851-5450 for movie title. Held in the main branch Activities Room.

Saturday, April 13, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Main Branch

American Creed: Community Film Screening and Discussion

  • Join us for a conversation about American identity with a special screening of American Creed.
    • This documentary is designed to engage Americans in reflection and dialogue about their own part in the American story and in acting to shape that story for the better. After the screening, tell us your story in a lively discussion for adults and writing exercise for teens. Registration required; please contact the Adult Services department at the main library to sign up.
    • Moderated by John Dacquino, (UPL Head of Adult Services), Bridget Lepore & Voices of Kean (Kean University), and Kean University Writing Project.
    • Held in Main Branch Activities Room.

Tuesday, April 16, 2:00 p.m., Main Branch

Tuesdays@2 Movies      

  • Call 908-851-5450 for movie title. Held in the main branch Activities Room.

Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Main Branch

Leave ‘em in Stitches

  • Calling all beginning, intermediate, and advanced stitchers. Bring your own project(s) and get ready to knit and/or crochet!

Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Main Branch

Movie Night: Meet the Filmmaker: Jonathan Weisbrod

  • An evening of movies and discussion, sponsored by the Friends of the Union Public Library and BCB Bank. Local writer/producer Jonathan Weisbrod will screen his film “Bear With Us”, a comedy of errors that takes a close look at just how far we’ll go to preserve our relationships. 
    • The film will be followed by a Q&A with film producer Jonathan Weisbrod, at Dava Latin Fusion restaurant, 1020 Stuyvesant Ave in Union Center. Registration for the event is required by April 9, 2019 and will be limited to 50 people, 21 and older. Please call 908-851-5450 x2 to sign up.
    • Held in the Main Branch Activities Room.

Wednesday, April 17, 10:15 – 11:15 – Main Branch

Gentle Chair Exercise for Adults

  • All levels welcome. Instructor Natalia Belyakova is a former professional dancer and has performed all over the world. She teaches dance to both children and adults.
    • Held in the Main Branch Activities Room.

Thursday, April 18, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Main Branch

Off the Shelf Book Discussion Group

  • Title: “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan. New members always welcome. Books available at the Reference Desk.
    • Held in the Main Branch Activities Room.

Monday, April 22, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Vauxhall Branch Library

Hilton Readers Book Discussion Group

  • Title: "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman. New members always welcome. Books available at Vauxhall Circulation. Bring your dinner, dessert will be provided.

Monday, April 22, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Main Branch

Earth Day: “Earthforms” Talk

  • Fall in love with the natural beauty of the earth. Local author Joel Simpson will speak about his recently published book "Earthforms," and the geological photography featured within it.
    • Held in the Main Branch Activities Room.

Thursday, April 25, 2:00 p.m., Main Branch

International Film

  • Call 908-851-5450 for movie title. MN Activities Room
    • Held in the Main Branch Activities Room.

Thursday, April 25, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Main Branch

American Creed: Immigrant State: Jersey’s Influential Gate

  • New Jersey has a big story about immigration, packed into a small state! Through the examination of film clips, texts, and media coverage, participants will have a candid discussion about issues that are being examined and debated nationally and in local communities. Come learn how our past shapes our collective future.
  • This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Presented by Dr. Carlos Ulises Decena (Associate Professor and Chair, Latino and Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University). 
  • Registration required; please contact the Adult Services department at the main library to sign up.
    • Held in the Main Branch Activities Room.

Saturday, April 27, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Vauxhall Branch Library

Connect, Explore, Discover

  • Discover our free digital resources for downloading e-books, audiobooks, music, and more. Please bring your mobile device and Union Library card.

Saturday, April 27, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Main Branch

American Creed: Community Diversity Potluck Celebration

  • Meet your friends and neighbors over shared food and celebrate the diversity of our wonderful town! Participants are encouraged to bring a dish representing their cultural background. Plates, napkins, and utensils will be provided.
  • Bring food, fun, and a willingness to engage in informal conversation about cultural experiences and shared American values.
  • Facilitated by John Daquino (UPL Head of Adult Services), Bridget Lepore & Voices of Kean (Kean University).
  • Registration is required. Please contact the Adult Services department at the main library to sign up at 908-851-5450.
    • Held in the Main Branch Activities Room.

Monday, April 29, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Main Branch

Connect, Explore & Discover

  • Discover our free digital resources for downloading e-books, audiobooks, music, and more. Please bring your mobile device and Union Library card.
    • Held in the Main Branch Activities Room.

Monday, April 29, 6:30 p.m., Vauxhall Branch Library

Dinner and a Movie

  • Bring your dinner and we will supply the popcorn.
  • Call 908-851-5451 for movie title.

Tuesday, April 30, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Main Branch

Mobile Aging Kiosk

  • Union County’s mobile Aging Service Kiosk (ASK) provides residents’ families and caregivers, with a convenient, friendly way to find out about services for the aging.
  •  ASK is staffed by professionals with the Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection of the Union County Department of Human Services.

Tuesday, April 30, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Vauxhall Branch Library

Jersey Job Club: Acing the Job Interview Part 2

  • Presented by Deb Warner, UPL Career Coach
  • Learn to master the job interview in this two-part series. Part 2 provides an in-depth review of typical interview questions and answers, including the use of SOARS and other formats to develop your own answers to these questions.

Ongoing Programs

Weekly – Tuesday, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Vauxhall Branch Library

Tai Chi - Free Exercise Program for Mature Adults

  • A graceful exercise program designed to decrease stress and anxiety while increasing flexibility and balance. Participants should wear comfortable attire. Call 908-851-5451 to register.

Wednesday, April 3 and 17, 10;15 – 11:15 a.m., Main Branch

Gentle Chair Exercise for Adults

  • All levels welcome. Instructor Natalia Belyakova is a former professional dancer and has performed all over the world. She teaches dance to both children and adults.
    • Held in the Main Branch Activities Room.

Every Thursday in April, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Main Branch

Meditation

  • No experience necessary, no reservation required.
    • Held in the Main Branch Activities Room.

The Union Public Library is located at 1980 Morris Avenue.  The Vauxhall Branch is located at 123 Hilton Avenue in Vauxhall.