Summer Reading Challenge continues through Saturday, August 5. Stop by any Library location for more information about participating!
Summer Hours began on Monday, June 19, 2017. Click on Hours in the top menu bar for details.
There will be a delayed opening on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at all Library locations.
Main Library will open at 12:30 pm. Branch libraries will open at 1:00 pm.

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Newark Black Film Festival Youth Cinema: “Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness” and more… @ Centennial Hall, Main Library
Jul 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Sule and the Case of the Tiny Sparks

A young girl who wants to learn the meaning of a proverb, seeks guidance from the proverb detective named Sule. This film inspires audiences with the engaging message that even small actions can yield big results. 11 min.

Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness

The film focuses on the adventures of neighborhood kids of different racial cultures known as “The Boo Crew” with D-Roc, often helping each other out of situations and learning moral lessons. 45 min.

The Honest-to-Goodness Truth

Young Libby tries not to lie – she’s been taught that it’s good to be honest. But sometimes the truth can be hard to take, and soon finds herself in trouble with her friends. 14 min.

Please note, these films will also be shown on Wednesday, July 26, at 1:00 pm, at the Newark Museum.

Video Game Design Club @ Technology Training Center, Third Floor, Main Library
Jul 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Learn how to create your own playable video games using Gamestar Mechanic, Unity, and Scratch!
We’ll publish our finished games online for others to play.
One game designer will receive a grand prize at the end of the summer!

Mondays, starting June 12, 2017, to July 31, 2017

Registration Required.
Must be 12 – 18 to participate.
Go to to register.

This program series is funded in part by a generous grant from the Victoria Foundation.




Summer Reading Program: Games @ Van Buren Branch Library @ Van Buren Branch Library
Jul 25 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Free Computer Assistance for Job Seekers @ Technology Training Center, Main Library
Jul 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Drop in for guidance in developing your computer skills for career success.
Recommended tutorials are listed at
Please see a librarian for more information.

Drop-in Tuesdays for assistance with:

-Resume Preparation
-Job Searches
-Job Applications
-and more

Please note change in ending time to 3:30 pm.

Please note that, when others are waiting, your session may be limited to 20 minutes.
For more information call, 973-733-3603 or click here.

Drop-In Crafternoons @ 3rd Floor Teen Room, Main Library
Jul 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Teens, ages 12-18, come get crafty with us!
We’ll have a new project each week. All supplies will be provided.

This program series is funded in part by a generous grant from the Victoria Foundation.



Secrets to College Admissions: East Ward @ Van Buren Branch Library
Jul 25 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Discover what you wish they had told you about college!

Increase your knowledge about college!  Learn about applying to college, financing college, and much more!

Attend one of these workshops and get the information you need to succeed!

Presentation by Pillar College

Sponsored by

  • City of Newark
  • The Newark Public Library
  • Newark City of Learning Collaborative
  • Rutgers University-Newark
  • Berkeley College
  • Bloomfield College
  • Essex County College
  • Felician University
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Pillar College
  • Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences

For more information about series, click here

Click here to download flyer

Summer Reading Program: Story & Craft @ Van Buren Branch Library @ Van Buren Branch Library
Jul 25 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Story & Craft

Read a book and complete a fun craft.

All ages

Teen Advisory Board Meeting @ First Floor Cafe, Main Library
Jul 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Brainstorm, plan, and lead teen programs and events.

Suggest new books, manga, and comics for our teen collection

Earn one hour of community service or more for every meeting you attend

Free Snacks!

– Be a student in grades 7-12
– Be available to attend one meeting per month
– Complete and submit the application form

Want more information or have questions?

Contact Maisie Card, Teen Services Librarian
by calling 973-733-7822 or emailing her at

Newark After Dark (Club Scene from the ’50s through the ’70s) @ Main Library, 2nd Floor Centennial Hall
Jul 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


Reception: 6 – 6:30 pm

Panel Discussion: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Panelists: Barbara Thompson, who worked for Tiny Prince for many years; Sharpe James, former Mayor; Leo Johnson, longtime Newark-based jazz saxophonist; and Tiny Prince family

Live Music during the reception will be provided by Leo Johnson and renowned bassist Lisle Atkinson.

The Library would like to extend its appreciation to Guy Sterling for organizing and moderating this event.


Exhibit on view in the 2nd floor gallery:
Scene in Newark: The Ting Prince Collection

Courtyard Market @ Main Library Courtyard
Jul 26 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Take a break and stop by the Courtyard Market!  Now with great lunch options!

We’re expecting terrific vendors for a great mid-week break to enjoy delicious food and fun shopping.  Come check out a variety of food, handmade arts and crafts, vintage clothing, unique jewelry, natural soaps and body lotions, and more….

Special thanks to our Courtyard partner, LezEat Newark Food Tours

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