Featured Events

The Library has returned to online events for the remainder of January.

The Library strives to provide a healthy environment for all visitors and event attendees.  In response to surge in COVID cases throughout the region, notably the omicron variant, we have transitioned all programs back to online.  We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to returning to in-person programs as soon as circumstances allow.

January 2022

Sunday January 23

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Madison String Quartet Cancelled

Praised for its energetic performances and inventive programming, the Madison String Quartet “has carved a niche out for themselves by exploring Hispanic literature from both sides of the Atlantic”. (Paul Somers, Classical New Jersey) The Quartet is involved in blurring the line between performer and audience, creating a comfortable performance atmosphere for masterworks from past and present. The Quartet recently released a second CD recording, focusing on the works of New Jersey composer David Rimelis. Its 2004 recording, Life is a Dream, was received with rave reviews, and displays the eclectic programming that has become its hallmark. It includes the world premiere of pieces by award-winning composer Miguel del Aguila, as well as quartets by Silvestre Revueltas and Peter Schickele. In addition to championing Latin works, the Quartet has also collaborated with many composers in its home state of New Jersey, including Dale Trumbore, Paul Moravec, and Charles Griffin.

Tuesday January 25

3:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Winter Starry Night LED

Out of an abundance of caution, The Mahwah Public Library’s programming will be virtual or grab and go for the month of January.

This craft is now to go!

We’ll create a beautiful winter rendition of the famous Van Gogh painting and add a surprise light-up element in the stars! Circuitry and art come together for this multifaceted project.

Wednesday January 26

3:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Ceramics for Teens - TO GO

Teens in grades 5 and up can take home a ceramics painting kit! The kits will have all the materials needed. Then, just paint the piece at home and return it no later than Wednesday, February 2 so the piece can be “fired.” Registration is required.*Participants can only be registered for one “Teen Ceramics” event, and NOT both.

3:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Ceramics for Teens - TO GO

Teens in grades 5 and up can take home a ceramics painting kit! The kits will have all the materials needed. Then, just paint the piece at home and return it no later than Wednesday, February 2 so the piece can be “fired.” Registration is required.*Participants can only be registered for one “Teen Ceramics” event, and NOT both.

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Glass Fusion with Sorin Lungu Cancelled

The “in person” craft workshop series continues with a Glass Fusion craft. The instructor is Sorin Lungu from Creatively Yours a ceramic painting and glass fusion studio in Ridgewood and Tenafly. All attendees at the hour and a half workshop will get hands on experience and create their own glass 6 inch trivit or sushi dish. This workshop is open to all adults. Space is limited to 25 participants. There will be a $24.00 non refundable supply fee that must be paid at the time of registration.

Thursday January 27

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
The Lighthouse Initiative Filmmaking Program for Teens

Teens in grades 5 and up can join us to learn how to create 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 film production from handling a professional film camera to shooting on a green screen, editing video in specialized software, and more! Classes run every Thursday for 8 weeks and will build upon the previous week’s instruction.

The classes will be held on Zoom, and the Zoom info. will be emailed to everyone before the first class.

Sunday January 30

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

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 January 31

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Kurt Gallagher Online

Move and groove with Kurt Gallagher! Kurt will be performing virtually; this concert of great for children of all ages.

February 2022

Tuesday February 1

3:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Bird Feeder Craft - TO GO

Teens in grades 5 and up can pick up a special kit to make a nice bird feeder for the birds to enjoy!

Wednesday February 2

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Mahwah Health Series: Latest Breakthrough and Research on Epilepsy

Speaker: John Nasr, M.D. Neurologist

If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with Epilepsy, join us in learning about the latest scientific breakthrough and research on Epilepsy. The most current treatment and management guidelines will be discussed.

Registration is by calling 1-800-VALLEY 1 (1-800-825-5391) or online by going tohttps://www.valleyhealth.com/eventsIf after you register, you need to cancel please email us at CommunityHealth @ValleyHealth.com.In light of current circumstances, The Valley Hospital will use Zoom to hold this seminar virtually. You will receive a reminder e-mail the day before the event with the link to join the virtual meeting as well as step-by-step instructions on how to join.

Thursday February 3

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Acrylic Valentine's Owl Painting Workshop - To Go

Love is in the air this February as we paint a simple owl and turn it into a fantastic work of Valentines art! Teens in grades 5 and up can pick up a special materials kit in advance, and the instructional video will be emailed to them on Thursday, 2/3.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
The Lighthouse Initiative Filmmaking Program for Teens

Teens in grades 5 and up can join us to learn how to create 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 film production from handling a professional film camera to shooting on a green screen, editing video in specialized software, and more! Classes run every Thursday for 8 weeks and will build upon the previous week’s instruction.

The classes will be held on Zoom, and the Zoom info. will be emailed to everyone before the first class.

Friday February 4

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Waterless Cactus Garden Hand Sewing Kit - TO GO

Teens in grades 5 and up will learn to stitch a cute little cactus! Participants will be notified when they can pick up a special craft kit which has all of the specific project materials. On Friday, February 4 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!

Saturday February 5

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Paterson – The Silk City with Mario Medici

George Washington, Lafayette, and Alexander Hamilton picnicked by the Great Falls during the Revolutionary War in 1778. After the war, Hamilton helped found Paterson as a manufacturing city, inspired by the power of the Great Falls. Later Colt would manufacture firearms, Rogers would build locomotives, and Curtis Wright produced airplane engines used in World War II. Labor unions would strike for improved working conditions in the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913. Prepare for a visit to America’s newest National Park located at Paterson’s Great Falls. 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.

Sunday February 6

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Music on a Sunday Afternoon with Adelphi Chamber Ensemble

Performing:

Brahms: Quartet for Strings No.3

Laura Hamilton, Sylvia Rubin (violin); Francy Silos (viola), Lanny Paykin (cello)

Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings

Charles Yassky( Clarinet); Sylvia Rubin, Claire Kapilow (violin); Francy Silos (viola), Lanny Paykin (cello)

The Adelphi Chamber Orchestra is the oldest chamber orchestra in Bergen County and Northern New Jersey. It has lived up to its statement of purpose “to foster good music” from its first concert performed for the public on May 23, 1953. Members of the orchestra have formed an ensemble to perform chamber pieces for the public.

Tuesday February 8

3:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Valentine's Cookie Kits for Teens - TO GO

Teens in grades 5 and up can get creative when they take home a special kit to turn a plain cookie into a Valentine’s cookie! Registration is required.

Wednesday February 9

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Drawing With Kerri: Humpback Whale with Hearts

Teens in grades 5 and up will learn to draw a cute Humpback Whale with Hearts during this fun tutorial. All supplies will be provided.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
How to Successfully Navigate College Admissions in 2022

This Zoom presentation will help families understand how COVID-19 has changed the college admissions landscape and how it affects Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen. We will discuss the importance of researching and visiting colleges to find schools that can be a good fit for your child, a timeline and other actions steps that can be taken to make this spring productive regarding the college admissions process. We’ll examine the holistic admissions review process, what admissions officers consider important when they review applicants, and how students can position themselves to develop a compelling narrative to increase their chances for admission. We will also discuss the importance of community service, how it can provide an opportunity for personal growth and an opportunity to showcase a student’s character.

The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants the day before the Zoom meeting.

Thursday February 10

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
The Lighthouse Initiative Filmmaking Program for Teens

Teens in grades 5 and up can join us to learn how to create 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 film production from handling a professional film camera to shooting on a green screen, editing video in specialized software, and more! Classes run every Thursday for 8 weeks and will build upon the previous week’s instruction.

The classes will be held on Zoom, and the Zoom info. will be emailed to everyone before the first class.

Friday February 11

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Mini Tile Magnet Craft

Teens in grades 5 and up can come and make a cute magnet for their refrigerator!

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