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October 3, 2018 - December 31, 2018 | Morristown, NJ | Morristown & Morris Township Library

The Tie that Binds Exhibition

Explore the history of the “ties” – positive and negative - linking African Americans and other races in Morris County and New Jersey through stories, objects, and documents. Learn more about how blacks and whites in the 1700s and 1800s lived, worked, worshipped, and went to school together in Morris County and other places in New Jersey, and consider how these historical interactions impact the present day.

FREE! Open during library hours, check the schedule at www.jfpl.org

Public Scholars Project

November 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM | Millburn, NJ | Millburn Free Public Library

George Washington Remembers New Jersey

Washington was no stranger to New Jersey. From Trenton to Princeton to Morristown to Monmouth to Middlebrook, (and more), the General spent more time here than in any other state. Join General Washington as he reminisces about his brightest and darkest moments during the battles and encampments of the “Cockpit of the Revolution.” In this session, participants will learn more about New Jersey's role in the American Revolution from the perspective of George Washington.

David Emerson
Historical Interpreter and Storyteller

Grantee Events

November 6, 2018 at 4:30 PM | Newark, NJ | Newark Public Library

Teen Spoken Word Poetry Workshop

For ages 12-17. This free spoken word poetry workshop is part of an 8-week series led by author, performer, poet, teacher, and artist, Jasmine Mans. She has successfully competed in HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices and Knicks Poetry Slam competitions. Mans released her first book, Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels in May 2012. That same year, she was chosen by Glamour Magazine as one of their Top 10 Most Influential Women in College. Jasmine is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Newark's own Arts High School.

Workshops take place in the 3rd floor Teen Room.

Public Scholars Project

November 7, 2018 at 2:30 PM | Westfield, NJ | Westfield Senior Citizen Housing One

George Washington Remembers New Jersey

Washington was no stranger to New Jersey. From Trenton to Princeton to Morristown to Monmouth to Middlebrook, (and more), the General spent more time here than in any other state. Join General Washington as he reminisces about his brightest and darkest moments during the battles and encampments of the “Cockpit of the Revolution.” In this session, participants will learn more about New Jersey's role in the American Revolution from the perspective of George Washington.

David Emerson
Historical Interpreter and Storyteller

Grantee Events

November 7, 2018 at 7:00 PM | Blackwood, NJ | Camden County College, Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility

The End of Concensus: the 1986 Presidential Election and the Transformation of American Politics

The tumultuous 1968 presidential election exerted lasting influence on public attitudes toward politics, politicians, and political parties. This lecture will pay particular attention to key controversies of the time, including the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, generational conflicts, and the rising tide of violence.

Featuring Robert Chiles, History Lecturer, University of Maryland.

Grantee Events

November 7, 2018 at 6:00 PM | Newark, NJ | Newark Public Library

Young Adult Spoken Word Poetry Workshop

For ages 18-24. This free spoken word poetry workshop is part of an 8-week series led by author, performer, poet, teacher, and artist, Jasmine Mans. Mans has successfully competed in HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices and Knicks Poetry Slam competitions. She released her first book, Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels in May 2012. That same year, she was chosen by Glamour Magazine as one of their Top 10 Most Influential Women in College. Jasmine is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Newark's own Arts High School.

Workshops take place in the 3rd floor Teen Room.

Grantee Events

November 7, 2018 | Princeton, NJ | Morven Museum and Garden

Lecture: Elias Boudinot IV

Dr. Joe Wroblewski presents an illustrated talk on Elias Boudinot IV, brother of Morven's Annis Boudinot Stockton, bringing to light details of this highly effective founding father's life and work.

Grantee Events

November 8, 2018 at 5:30 PM | Camden, NJ | Rutgers University-Camden, Writers House

Letters Home: Writing Workshop for Veterans with Warrior Writers

As part of the Letters Home project, national nonprofit Warrior Writers facilitates a series of free writing workshop for veterans in 2018-19. An experienced facilitator will guide participants through a series of generative writing prompts that engage veterans’ experiences.

All veterans are invited to sign up whether or not they are affiliated with Rutgers.

Grantee Events

November 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM | Woodbury, NJ | Polsky's Corner

Woodbury LGBTQ Film Festival

The LGBTQ Community spans every race, religion, nationality, sex gender and ability. On November 9th, we celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ community through film.

Woodbury Community Pride's first LGBTQ Film Festival is designed to engage local audiences and facilitate informative community conversations after screening international queer short films to promote understanding and acceptance.

Reception at 7:00 pm. Films begin at 8:00 pm.

Public Scholars Project

November 10, 2018 at 2:00 PM | Point Pleasant Beach, NJ | Ocean County Library, Point Pleasant Borough Branch

Theodore Roosevelt: “American in the Arena”

Bringing his vigorous persona (and his boisterous family) to the White House, “TR” helped catapult the U.S. into a new century. War hero to Nobel Peace Prize winner, naturalist to imperialist, The 26th President promoted progressive reform and stronger government control of business. Believing that the security of the American People would be achieved through leadership on the World Stage, President Roosevelt expanded U.S. influence around the globe.

Peyton Dixon
First Person Interpreter

Grantee Events

November 12, 2018 at 4:00 PM | Elizabeth, NJ | Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown

Cuban Voices

This 90-minute workshop shares the remarkable story of the Cuban-American immigrants who settled in Elizabeth in the 1960s and 1970s, in the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution, and transformed the life of the city and New Jersey. The program includes an interactive oral history presentation and discussion. Please RSVP to Elliot Dee at elliot@acadenj.org by November 9.

Grantee Events

November 12, 2018 at 6:30 PM | Cherry Hill, NJ | Cherry Hill Public Library

Veterans Panel Discussion

Celebrate Veteran's Day by joining veterans of the Vietnam and Gulf Wars to discuss their wartime and return home experiences.

Public Scholars Project

November 13, 2018 at 10:30 AM | Bergenfield, NJ | Bergenfield Free Public Library

The World Changed, so Did the Music

Did Prohibition change the music of the 1920s? And did the Cold War impact the music of the 1950s? Yes, music - concert and popular - music was influenced by the technological and political changes. From the late 1800s to today, the times have shaped what and how American hear and experience opera, concert works, musicals, jazz, country and folk music, and rock and roll. In this session, participants can tune into a discussion about the sounds, aesthetics, and auras of each decade in the modern era.

Robert W. Butts, Ph.D.
Conductor & Educator

Grantee Events

November 13, 2018 at 4:30 PM | Newark, NJ | Newark Public Library

Teen Spoken Word Poetry Workshop

For ages 12-17. This free spoken word poetry workshop is part of an 8-week series led by author, performer, poet, teacher, and artist, Jasmine Mans. She has successfully competed in HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices and Knicks Poetry Slam competitions. Mans released her first book, Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels in May 2012. That same year, she was chosen by Glamour Magazine as one of their Top 10 Most Influential Women in College. Jasmine is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Newark's own Arts High School.

Workshops take place in the 3rd floor Teen Room.

Grantee Events

November 14, 2018 at 6:00 PM | Camden, NJ | Digital Studies Center, Rutgers University-Camden

Letters Home: Lecture and Discussion with Andrew Carroll

Andrew Carroll, director of the Center for American War Letters, will present a talk that examines both the history and enduring significance of war letters, followed by a discussion with multiple generations of veterans and their family members. All are welcome at this free event.

Andrew Carroll is the editor of several New York Times bestsellers, including War Letters and Behind the Lines. He also edited Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families, which inspired the Emmy award-winning film “Operation Homecoming.” Andrew is the director of the Center for American War Letters (www.warletters.us) at Chapman University. The Center’s mission is to seek out and preserve war-related correspondence by troops, veterans, and their loved ones from every conflict in U.S. history.

Public Scholars Project

November 14, 2018 at 2:30 PM | West Orange, NJ | Daughters of Israel

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: Preservation and Grace, and American Legacy

She was a Kennedy. She was an Onassis. She did not define herself by her husbands. Realizing that future generations would need the insights of the past for guidance, her preservation efforts galvanized the rest of the country to protect its historic monuments. Aided by her public profile, her work helped bring about the Historic Preservation Act of 1966: the most far-reaching preservation legislation ever enacted in the United States.

Jill Lawrence
First Person Interpreter

Grantee Events

November 14, 2018 at 6:00 PM | Newark, NJ | Newark Public Library

Young Adult Spoken Word Poetry Workshop

For ages 18-24. This free spoken word poetry workshop is part of an 8-week series led by author, performer, poet, teacher, and artist, Jasmine Mans. Mans has successfully competed in HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices and Knicks Poetry Slam competitions. She released her first book, Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels in May 2012. That same year, she was chosen by Glamour Magazine as one of their Top 10 Most Influential Women in College. Jasmine is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Newark's own Arts High School.

Workshops take place in the 3rd floor Teen Room.

Public Scholars Project

November 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM | Tuckerton, NJ | Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen's Museum

Revolutionary Tea: An 18th Century Tea Experience

Why was tea so important in the lives of 18th-century people that fashion-conscious families posed for portraits with their tea sets? Did Great Britain lose her American Colonies over “the cup that cheers?” Through a discussion and demonstration lead by a costumed scholar, participants can find out more about tea lore, history, songs, and poetry in this unique session.

Stacy Roth
Historical Interpreter and Educator

Grantee Events

November 20, 2018 at 4:30 PM | Newark, NJ | Newark Public Library

Teen Spoken Word Poetry Workshop

For ages 12-17. This free spoken word poetry workshop is part of an 8-week series led by author, performer, poet, teacher, and artist, Jasmine Mans. She has successfully competed in HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices and Knicks Poetry Slam competitions. Mans released her first book, Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels in May 2012. That same year, she was chosen by Glamour Magazine as one of their Top 10 Most Influential Women in College. Jasmine is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Newark's own Arts High School.

Workshops take place in the 3rd floor Teen Room.

Grantee Events

November 21, 2018 at 6:00 PM | Newark, NJ | Newark Public Library

Young Adult Spoken Word Poetry Workshop

For ages 18-24. This free spoken word poetry workshop is part of an 8-week series led by author, performer, poet, teacher, and artist, Jasmine Mans. Mans has successfully competed in HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices and Knicks Poetry Slam competitions. She released her first book, Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels in May 2012. That same year, she was chosen by Glamour Magazine as one of their Top 10 Most Influential Women in College. Jasmine is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Newark's own Arts High School.

Workshops take place in the 3rd floor Teen Room.

Public Scholars Project

November 27, 2018 at 6:00 PM | Haledon, NJ | Haledon Senior Center

Springsteen and his Layered Lyrics

Bruce Springsteen expects attentiveness of his listeners. How do we know this? Over the past 50 years, Springsteen has written songs and created music that have been experienced by countless fans. But many don’t know the extent to which his work has been influenced by the American folk tradition. Through experimental reinterpretation and the creation of new traditions, The Boss has worked within known folk traditions, but at the same time, created new sounds and messages. In this session, participants can learn about some of the works that have influenced one of Jersey’s most celebrated musical artists.

Prudence Jones, Ph.D.
Professor at Montclair University

Public Scholars Project

November 27, 2018 at 7:30 PM | Scotch Plains, NJ | Scotch Hills Country Club

Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire

For decades, countless American women fought for the right to vote. But many others—like the costumed fictional Anti-Suffragist portrayed in this program—fought against it. Written by pro-Suffragist Marie Jenney Howe in 1912, this witty, insightful satire sheds light on some of the apparently absurd arguments offered by those opposed to the Suffragist movement. Anti arguments like “If given the ballot, would she destroy civilization by voting with—or by voting against !—her own husband ?” will be explored, while insight about the sociological, historical, and political context informs the arguments against Suffrage.

Michèle LaRue
First Person Interpreter

Grantee Events

November 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM | Morristown, NJ | Morristown & Morris Township Library

A Time for Burning film screening

A Time for Burning (1967) is a documentary centered around a reverand's idea to have the families of his all-white church in Omaha, NE, have dinner in the homes of families of Hope Lutheran Church, a black congregation a little more than a mile away. Dr. Lillie Edwards (Drew University) will engage the audience in drawing parallels between what happened in Omaha in the film and Morris County history and current events.

The film screening will take place in the lower level meeting room.

Grantee Events

November 27, 2018 at 4:30 PM | Newark, NJ | Newark Public Library

Teen Spoken Word Poetry Workshop

For ages 12-17. This free spoken word poetry workshop is part of an 8-week series led by author, performer, poet, teacher, and artist, Jasmine Mans. She has successfully competed in HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices and Knicks Poetry Slam competitions. Mans released her first book, Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels in May 2012. That same year, she was chosen by Glamour Magazine as one of their Top 10 Most Influential Women in College. Jasmine is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Newark's own Arts High School.

Workshops take place in the 3rd floor Teen Room.

Public Scholars Project

November 28, 2018 at 6:30 PM | Scotch Plains, NJ | Scotch Plains Public Library

How We See Ourselves in What We Read

Do children, maybe your children or your students, see themselves in the books they’re reading? What do you see in those books? What they’re reading may be representative, but then again, it may not be. It’s important to identify the harmful representations overall and ensure exposure to diversity for growth and development. Reading plays such a huge role in developing critical thinking skills and empathy. In this session, a guided discussion will explore aspects of social justice and representation through a look at a variety of carefully chosen texts.

Laura Nicosia, Ph.D.
Associate Professor at Montclair State University

Grantee Events

November 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM | Newark, NJ | Newark Public Library

Young Adult Spoken Word Poetry Workshop

For ages 18-24. This free spoken word poetry workshop is part of an 8-week series led by author, performer, poet, teacher, and artist, Jasmine Mans. Mans has successfully competed in HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices and Knicks Poetry Slam competitions. She released her first book, Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels in May 2012. That same year, she was chosen by Glamour Magazine as one of their Top 10 Most Influential Women in College. Jasmine is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Newark's own Arts High School.

Workshops take place in the 3rd floor Teen Room.

Public Scholars Project

November 29, 2018 at 12:30 PM | Piscataway, NJ | Piscataway Township Senior Center

The New Jersey Cranberry

Bounce berry, bitter berry, marsh apple – did you know that these are all names for the cranberry? One of the few fruits indigenous to North America, the cranberry has been an important crop for our state since the 19th century. But these tart berries were essential even before then, as the Native Americans were using cranberries as food, medicine, and dyes long before the white man arrived. Between the Jersey cranberry cultivation and culinary contributions, the history of the cranberry in the Garden State has a bite that’s worth exploring.

Judith Krall-Russo
Tea & Food Scholar