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Registration required for all events unless otherwise noted.

Programs for Children

Let It Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement (families)
Rosa Parks, Dr. King, the Freedom Riders and more come to life in this powerful production that celebrates the American Civil Rights Movement. Featuring the songs of the Civil Rights era. This program is designed for grades 3 and up but all are welcome. Presented by Bright Star Children’s Theatre.

January 26, 11 a.m. – noon
SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch, located at 6 Rockview Avenue in North Plainfield

January 26, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch, located at 379 South Branch Road in Hillsborough

African Folktales (preK – grade 5)
Join a variety of characters in stories from the folktale traditions from across Africa. African music helps to set the stage for these stories including Anansi, porquoi tales, and trickster tales. Presented by Bright Star Children’s Theatre.

February 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater. No registration.

February 7, 4-5 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Warren Twp. Library branch, located at 42 Mountain Boulevard in Warren Twp.

Folklore Around the World: African Folktales (grade 1+)
February 20, 3:30-4 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch, located at 402 East High Street in Bound Brook
Explore different cultures through traditional stories passed down from generation to generation. Presented by Children’s Librarian, Margaret Draghi. No registration.

Celebrating Black History Month (grades 2-8)
February 1-28
SCLSNJ’s Somerville Library branch, located at 35 West End Avenue in Somerville
Test your knowledge of famous African-Americans and their contribution to the USA and the world. Enter a matching contest to win a book from the prize bookshelf. One entry per child.

Programs for Teens & Adults

Concert: From Jazz To Soul, From Ella To Aretha (all ages)
January 26, 2-4 p.m.
SCLSNJ’S Manville Library Branch, located at 100 South 10th Avenue in Manville
A musical journey from the 1930’s when the “First Lady Of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald graced the stage, all the way through to the 1970’s when the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin ruled the airways.

The Underground Railroad In Paterson, New Jersey: a Lecture With Evelyn Hershey of the American Labor Museum (teens and adults)
February 2, 11 a.m. – noon
SCLSNJ’S Manville Library Branch, located at 100 South 10th Avenue in Manville
Step back in time for a presentation on two heroic men who used their business to assist those escaping from slavery in the 1850’s.

Hail to the Queen: a Tribute to Aretha Franklin (adults)
February 2, 2-3 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch, located at 402 East High Street in Bound Brook
Back by popular demand, Rhonda Denet and the Silver Fox Trio will delight us with songs from the 1960s through the 80s — celebrating the music of Aretha Franklin.

Thelonious Monk Straight, No Chaser: Jazz Documentary
February 9, 1-3 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Somerville Library branch, located at 35 West End Avenue in Somerville
This documentary will cover the life and artistry of modern jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk.

Slavery and the Quaker Abolition Movement in New Jersey (adults)
February 20, 7-8 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater
Historian Rick Geffken will give an overview of the history and legacy of New Jersey’s two hundred year history of human bondage. New Jersey, sadly, was the last Northern state to outlaw slavery.

A Modern Approach to Southern Cuisine by Chef Jesse Jones: Building Flavors of Love (adults)
February 23, 11 a.m. – noon
SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch, located at 6 Rockview Avenue in North Plainfield
Learn and taste a new approach to southern cuisine with New Jersey Chef Jesse Jones.

Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble (all ages)
February 23, 2-3:30 p.m.
Somerset County Vo-Tech Auditorium, located at 14 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater
Celebrate the beauty of African culture with a spirited performance featuring dance, drumming, traditional songs, stilt walking and dancing, and much more.

West Africa on the East Coast (adults)
February 23, 3-4 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater
Explore the cultural tapestry of West Africa through centuries of art from within the borders of its eighteen present-day countries. Presented by Mike Norris, Ph.D.

A Place For All People (all ages)
Commemorative Exhibit In Honor Of Black History Month
February 4-28
SCLSNJ’S Manville Library Branch, located at 100 South 10th Avenue in Manville
This exhibit highlights a selection of the artifacts that are on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. This colorful and informative exhibit, displayed for the month of February, is available to the public during regular Library hours.

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