Special Events at the Library

Fall Lecture Series - in the auditorium at 2:00 pm

September 11Brooklyn Dodgers with Bud Livingston, retired teacher and author.

Come join us to hear about one of baseball’s most famous and most frustrating teams ever. In the late 1930s they slowly went from a downtrodden loser to win the pennant in 1941 and then to proceed to their annual defeat in the World Series at the hands of the Yankees, something that would last for 14 years.

September 18Food and Mood with Deanna Schweighardt, Registered Dietitian from Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

We will be discussing how changing what you put on your plate can change your mood, outlook, and emotional health.

September 25Rosie the Riveter Unmasked with Dr. James Kimble from the Seton Hall University College of Communications and the Arts.

A great deal of widely accepted knowledge about World War II’s Rosie the Riveter is actually based on exaggerated or misunderstood legends.  Drawing on a number of recent research projects, Dr. Kimble explores the numerous myths that have developed around the famous “We Can Do It!” poster, and relates his quest to find the elusive woman behind the timeless image.

October 9Outsmart the Scammers with Ozzie Niazi, a financial advisor with Edward Jones.

Incidents of fraud are on the rise and scammers’ tactics are becoming more complex. This presentation will help provide you the information you need to Outsmart the Scammers. We’ll discuss how to spot certain red flags that may indicate a fraudulent encounter, resources you can turn to in the event you or loved one is targeted, and steps you can take now to help protect yourself and your loved ones.

October 16The Reality and Illusion of Jane Austen’s England with Karen Gevirtz from Seton Hall University’s Department of English.

Henry Nobley/Fitzwilliam Darcy tells Jane Hayes/Elizabeth Bennet in the film Austenland (2013) that history is a “simpler world where love is straightforward and lasting.” That’s certainly the world of Jane Austen’s characters as we know it from popular media. This talk uncovers some of the rich, neglected aspects of Austen’s world, and explores what’s lost and gained when we use Austen and her novels to make the past into “Austenland.”

October 23Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven with David Emma, retired Union High School English teacher.

Mr. Emma will recite Edgar Allan Poe's most famous poem, "The Raven," from memory, followed by a discussion of the theme, structure, and various poetic elements of the poem. A major source of information will be NYU English Professor Kenneth Silverman's excellent Poe biography entitled Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance. The presentation will conclude with, believe it or not, something to leave the audience laughing!


Cultural Fridays - in the auditorium at 2:00 pm

September 15Sinatra and Doo-Wop with A Touch of Class

This exciting retro musical performance takes places that Brooklyn Paramount. It’s the Twilight Zone! The year is 1946, and the audience is waiting for Frank Sinatra to take the stage. But the stage will go back and forth from Sinatra in 1946 to the Alan Freed Show in 1956, with a new music he calls “Rock n Roll.” Songs like “In the Still of the Night,” “Teenager in Love,” “Earth Angel,” will be performed, along with Sinatra classics.

October 13Chinese Tea Tasting with Marjorie Wang

Join local tea expert Marjorie Wang for a three-tea Chinese tea tasting, where will be tasting White Peony white tea, Hou Kui green tea, and cliff tea, a roasted wulong. We will be covering an introduction to Chinese tea, how to taste and brew Chinese tea, and the importance of traditional handmaking and historical terroir.

November 10Tenali Raman with the Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Program

Tenali Raman is a special theatrical performance of Indian folk tales, brought to us by the Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center. Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center is dedicated to celebrating diversity through arts education, dramatic performances, and creation of new works.

December 8Female Spies of World War II with The Ladies of History

Join us for thrilling tales of female spies during World War II. Spymaster Vera Atkins will deliver up secrets of women you never knew were spies.


Additional Programs

Susanna and Annemarie Collins
Saturday, September 16
2:30 pm | Auditorium
These piano prodigies will take the stage at the Millburn Library for a one-time performance. Annamarie Collins, age 15, and Susanna Collins, 13, are pianists from Philadelphia, PA. Both girls have played duets and solo pieces in recitals and performances in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Tennessee. Recently, they were selected by Golden Key to perform in a concert in Carnegie Hall in New York, and later to play in concerts in Mozarthaus and famous Ehrbar Hall, where Johannes Brahms, and Gustav Mahler performed, in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria.

 

Genealogy 101 with Jake Garfinkle
Tuesday, September 19
7:30 pm | Auditorium
Have you ever wondered where you came from? Who your ancestors were and what they were like? Have you started to research your past but not quite sure what to do? If you are lucky, perhaps you already have some of your family history from your parents or grandparents. Local teen genealogist Jake Garfinkle will be presenting ways to kickstart your genealogy search.

 

 

Ongoing Programs at the Library

Film Festival: movies on occasional Fridays at 2pm.

Great Courses: most Wednesdays from 11:30am-2pm.