February at the Westfield Memorial Library promises to be full of fancy, fun and fitness. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.
On Tuesday, February 4 between 1:00 and 2:30 p.m., skilled crafter and librarian Marge Barkan will teach an adult craft class on how to make Valentine roses from Hershey’s Kisses. She has taught numerous other craft classes at the library including fabric wreaths and pumpkins, recycled-book “candles” and “floating” teacups.
Due to the hands–on nature of this class, registration is limited to Westfield Resident Cardholders only, until January 28 when MURAL patrons may register, space permitting.
Also on February 4 at 7:00 p.m., librarian Mary Piekarski will lead Trivia Night for Teens and Adults. Players are encouraged to bring teammates, team up with others, or be a one person outfit (16 years and older). There is a maximum of 4 people per team.
The trivia questions are designed to be accessible to a large range of ages and interests, and the winning team will get a prize
Dr. Huang will teach the Ways of Tai Chi on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7:00 p.m., and then have the class try out the various movements. Tai Chi is the Chinese tradition of using martial arts movements as a gentle way to exercise and reduce stress.
Dr. Huang participated in the International Chinese Martial Arts Competition in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. International Kuo Shu Championship in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He has won numerous medals, including nine Gold, two Silver, and one Bronze.
In the past few years, in addition to teaching regular classes at his Bridgewater Seeking Tai Chi Studio, he has been invited to teach Tai Chi at the Huaxia Chinese School at Montgomery and the West Windsor and Morristown Libraries.
Dr. Huang pays special attention to fundamentals and combines both theory and practice in every class. He is passionate about Tai Chi and focuses on promoting its growth in the United States.
The programs are free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders unless otherwise indicated. (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 www.wmlnj.org, 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. The library will be closed Monday, February 17 for Presidents’ Day.
For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, 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.”