Featured Events

The Library has returned to in-person programs.

Many of the Library’s programs and events returned to in-person! Check the detailed event listings for more information.

Many of our events require registration.  Registration opens for Mahwah cardholders four weeks before the date of the event.Those without a Mahwah Library card are welcome to register two weeks before the event.

July 2022

Friday July 1

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Whale Shark Pencil Case Hand Sewing Kit - TO GO

Teens in grades 5 and up will make a cute Whale Shark Pencil Case by hand! Participants will be notified when they can pick up a special craft kit which has all of the specific project materials. On Friday, July 1 they will then receive the link to a step-by-step instructional video, as well as a PDF instructional booklet, and will have the chance to follow along at their leisure!

Sunday July 3

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Richard Reiter Swing Band

The Richard Reiter Swing Band, New Jersey’s most popular swing combo, performs exciting standards from the swing era, highlighting America’s greatest composers, including Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, and Ellington. The group features Reiter on saxophone, clarinet and flute, plus vocalist Tricia Slafta, accompanied by keyboard, bass and drums. Repertoire includes: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Sing Sing Sing, and many jump swing tunes (early Rock ‘n Roll) including Jump Jive n’ Wail, Kansas City and Choo Choo Ch’Boogie. Richard Reiter, an Emmy Award winning composer, has performed as guest jazz saxophone soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, featured artist on PBS television, on-stage clarinet soloist in Bob Fosse’s Broadway musical Dancin’, and backup for such notables as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis and Nancy Wilson. Of Reiter’s group, Gil Perlroth wrote in the Westport (Connecticut) News: Focused around Richard Reiter’s soaring sax and Tricia Slafta’s beautiful voice, the Richard Reiter Swing Band has a great feel for this music…the audience cheered and gave them a standing ovation.

Monday July 4

All Day
Library Closed - Independence Day

The Library is closed for Independence Day – enjoy the holiday!

Wednesday July 6

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Founding Father: Thomas Jefferson with Tom DeStefano

Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, was United States Minister to France, and the first Secretary of State under President George Washington. Elected the third President of the United States after a bitterly-fought campaign he organized the Louisiana Purchase and commissioned Lewis and Clark to explore the western territories. Join Tom DeStefano, teacher of History at Bergen Community College, as he explores this complex founding father.This program is both in person in the library and live streaming via Zoom. Registration is necessary on mahwahlibrary.org events calendar (Don’t forget to give us your email address). Registration will close 24 hours before the event. We will send everyone the Zoom meeting number, password, and URL meeting link at that time. You can join us in person or on Zoom.

7:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Learn How to Storyboard a Professional Movie!

Teens in grades 5 – 9 can join us on Wednesdays 6/29 & 7/6 from 7:15 to 8:00 PM to learn how to storyboard Hollywood-level movies and express yourself through the diverse art of filmmaking! Taught by an award-winning student filmmaker, The Lighthouse Initiative Filmmaking Program covers all aspects of storyboarding your very own film. We’ll learn about the materials used for storyboarding, different techniques, and how it is used to make your film come together!

Thursday July 7

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Watercolor of a Sea Turtle - TO GO

The colors of the deep sea will all be brought out in this watercolor painting that you’ll create. Participants will pick up a kit in advance, and the instructional video will be sent on 7/7.

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Family Bingo Fun!

Families are welcome to join Denise & Rola, as we play several rounds of ocean themed bingo! There will be a lot of fun, and cool prizes too!

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Henna Artist: Author Talk with Alka Joshi

Join us for an evening with New York Times Best Selling author and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Alka Joshi as she discusses her bestselling books, The Henna Artist and The Secret Keeper of Jaipur.

Alka Joshi was born in India and immigrated to the US when she was nine years old, and published her debut novel, The Henna Artist, at the age of 62. The Henna Artist transports readers back to 1950s India and follows Lakshmi Shastri, a skilled henna artist, and herbalist. While working for Jaipur’s elite, Lakshmi hides an abusive marriage she ran away from 13 years ago. Unfortunately, her husband finds her and appears with a sister Lakshmi knew nothing about. Lakshmi’s well-thought-out future is severely disrupted.

In this interview, Alka will share her inspirations for her work, how her mother’s life story has influenced her writing, and what it’s been like working on creating a Netflix series based on her books, and will answer questions from the audience.

Sunday July 10

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Songs of the Summer: Remembering the 50s - 80s

The We3 Band brings the Songs of the Summer…remembering those great songs that were hits during the summer from the 50s – 80s. Great ready to smile, tap your feet, and sing along…and have a great afternoon.

Monday July 11

10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Explore Science: Blubber Blubber! - TO GO

Teens in grades 5 and up, will use a variety of supplies and techniques to replicate the function of blubber for various animals. The challenge will be to test to see how long and effective a student’s blubber suit can allow them to withstand ice water! The instructional video will be emailed to all participants.

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
George Washington and Morristown, NJ… Perfect Together with Joel Farkas

It’s a beautiful day! Let’s take a walk. Let’s take a ride. Let’s “virtually” explore the Revolutionary War, Morristown, NJ, and the George Washington connection. You’ve always meant to visit Morristown well now you can virtually and then in person. This program is both in person in the library and live streaming via Zoom. Register is necessary on mahwahlibrary.org events calendar (Don’t forget to give us your email address). Registration will close at 3PM on the day of the event. We will send everyone the Zoom meeting number, password, and URL meeting link at that time. You can join us in person or on Zoom.

Wednesday July 13

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Drawing With Kerri: A Relaxing Hippo

You will learn to draw a cute Relaxing Hippo during this fun tutorial.

7:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Learn How to Film a Professional Movie!

Teens in grades 5 – 9 can join us on Wednesdays 7/13 & 7/20 from 7:15 to 8:00 PM to learn how to film Hollywood-level movies and express yourself through the diverse art of filmmaking! Taught by an award-winning student filmmaker, The Lighthouse Initiative Filmmaking Program covers all aspects of filming your very own professional short movie. We’ll learn about film composition, how to frame a scene, how to use different video settings on a camera, and more!

Thursday July 14

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity - Author Talk with David Allen

Join us as we sit down in conversation with New York Times Best Selling author David Allen, one of the world’s most influential thinkers on personal productivity. David’s thirty-five years of experience as a management consultant and executive coach has earned him worldwide and Forbes’ recognition as one of the top five executive coaches in the U.S. His New York Times bestselling book, “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity,” has sold millions of copies and has been published in thirty languages, and the “GTD” methodology it describes has become a global phenomenon, being taught by training companies in more than ninety countries.

David Allen’s GTD Methodology has shown millions how to transform a fast-paced, overwhelming, overcommitted life into one that is balanced, integrated, relaxed, and has more successful outcomes. GTD’s broad appeal is based on the fact that it applies from the boardroom to the living room to the classroom. It is hailed as “life-changing” by students, busy parents, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives.

Friday July 15

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Laser Tag Teen Event

Teens in grades 5 and up can register for this fun Laser Tag event. Game Coaches from Game Rider NJ will offer the perfect combination of excitement, competition and ridiculous fun! Our doors will open starting at 6:00 PM, and guests will have until 6:30 PM to arrive. Light refreshments (juice, cookies, and chips) will be served.

On the night of the event, a parent or guardian MUST walk their teen to the front lower level door and sign a permission form (if they haven’t done so in advance) in order for their teen to be allowed to participate.

*A copy of the permission form can be viewed/printedby clicking under Attachments.

Sunday July 17

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Ragtime with VFS Jazz

Celebrate the ragtime era with the Florian Schantz Jazz Combo. This lively and entertaining program covers ragtime music from the late 1890’s up through WWI era, mixed with some other popular music of turn of the century period. The Florian Schantz Jazz Combo specializes in thematic historical musical programs with informational narrative and will talk about the music, composers, musicians, instruments and techniques of the Ragtime era. The Florian Schantz Jazz Combo was formed in 2012 by thennine-year-old Florian Schantz. Now 19 years old, Florian and his band have delighted audiences in hundreds of venues across NJ, NY, CT, PA and Germany.

Monday July 18

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cross Stitch Fun for Teens - To Go

Teens in grades 5 and up can pick up a special kit to create a cutecross stitch, penguin project!

Wednesday July 20

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Jersey Shore with Mario Medici

The Jersey Shore has a great deal more to offer than soft sand, sun, and surf. Take the “plunge” and travel along with Mario Medici from Sandy Hook to Cape May and you’ll discover an array of fascinating towns and history to go with them. Lighthouses, beaches, forts, historic buildings, shipwrecks, among the discoveries, so be sure to bring your note pads, as you may wish to write down some interesting factoids. This Jersey Shore presentation is “Shore to Please.”This program is both in person in the library and live streaming via Zoom. Register is necessary on mahwahlibrary.org events calendar (Don’t forget to give us your email address). Registration will close at 3PM on the day of the event. We will send everyone the Zoom meeting number, password, and URL meeting link at that time. You can join us in person or on Zoom. We look forward to seeing people in person also.

7:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Learn How to Film a Professional Movie!

Teens in grades 5 – 9 can join us on Wednesdays 7/13 & 7/20 from 7:15 to 8:00 PM to learn how to film Hollywood-level movies and express yourself through the diverse art of filmmaking! Taught by an award-winning student filmmaker, The Lighthouse Initiative Filmmaking Program covers all aspects of filming your very own professional short movie. We’ll learn about film composition, how to frame a scene, how to use different video settings on a camera, and more!

Thursday July 21

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
STEM Squid Dissection Workshop

Teens in grades 5 and up will discover how unique squid and octopuses are! They’ll discuss the fascinating characteristics of these strange animals and finish by dissecting a squid. This is as “hands-on” as it gets!

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