Spanning April to June, the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) will offer a program series that promotes lifelong learning while also creating meaningful interactions and connections for adult patrons. The series will consist of historic lectures, live reenactments, and more.
“SCLSNJ is looking forward to the third annual edition of our popular series, Coffee Time Talks,” said Marcela Dunham, system program coordinator. “This year we are focusing on history with an emphasis on World War II, travel, art, and the always popular historic reenactors. The Warren Twp. branch will welcome actor Neil Hartley as President Woodrow Wilson. The Manville branch will discover the intricacies of Tiffany lamps with actress Leanna Renee Hieber who will be portraying Clara Driscoll, a designer of those beautiful artifacts and the manager of the Women’s Glass Cutting Tiffany Studios in the late 1800s.”
All programs run from 11 a.m. – noon. Attendees are encouraged to stay through 1 p.m. to converse with fellow patrons and enjoy some light refreshments.
Meet President Woodrow Wilson
Actor Neill Hartley portrays president Woodrow Wilson in this performance set in the turbulent days leading up to World War I. Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/1308111.
- April 26, at the Warren Twp. branch, located at 42 Mountain Boulevard in Warren Twp.
World War II Turning Points
Paul Zigo, director of the World War II Era Studies Institute, will review five critical turning point battles and their outcomes. Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/1744084.
- April 30, at the Hillsborough branch, located at 379 South Branch Road in Hillsborough.
Adventures Under the Northern Lights
Astronomer Dr. William Gutsch will explain what causes the Northern Lights and where and when to best see them. Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/1296860.
- May 2, at the Warren Twp. branch, located at 42 Mountain Boulevard in Warren Twp.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Painting the Joys of Life
Art lecturer Janet Mandel will explore the works of Renoir, which depict Parisian streets and outdoor scenes. Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/1307658.
- May 6, at the Bridgewater branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater.
“Empty Mansions” – Huguette Clark: The Spending of a Great American Fortune
Author Bill Dedman talks about the mystery of wealth and loss of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/1307282.
- May 16, at the Warren Twp. branch, located at 42 Mountain Boulevard in Warren Twp.
Oral Histories of American Veterans
Kate Rizzi from Rutgers’ Oral History Archives will share excerpts from oral histories of men and women who served in conflicts abroad and on the home front during the 20th and 21st centuries. Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/1296416.
- May 21, at the Hillsborough branch, located at 379 South Branch Road in Hillsborough.
Operation Paperclip: Germany’s Secret Wartime Technologies
Bruce Tucker from Rutgers’ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will discuss why some of Germany’s leading scientists were smuggled into the U.S. after World War II. Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/1305973.
- May 23, at the Manville branch, located at 100 South 10th Avenue in Manville.
Palisades Amusement Park
Vince Gargiulo, author of the book “Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories,” will bring back cherished memories of the iconic New Jersey amusement park. Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/1307576.
- May 31, at the Bridgewater branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater.
Medicinal Plants of the Civil War
Learn how important plants were in every aspect of the Civil War, on battlefields, and on home fronts with horticultural historian Lesley Parness. Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/1305862.
- June 3, at the Mary Jacobs branch, located at 64 Washington Street in Rocky Hill.
By the Light of Tiffany: A Meeting with Clara Driscoll
Actress Leanna Renee Hieber channels artist Clara Driscoll, designer of iconic Tiffany lamps and the manager of the Women’s Glass Cutting Department of Tiffany Studios, in the late 1800s. Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/1306397.
- June 13, at the Manville branch, located at 100 South 10th Avenue in Manville.
Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights
Historian Marty Schneit explores the history of the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights, site of one of the greatest battles of the American Revolution and the first commuter suburb in the U.S. Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/1307887.
- June 14, at the Bridgewater branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater.
Registration is required for all programs. Learn more at SCLSNJ.org.