Featured Events

Many of our events are now in-person and 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.  Check the detailed event listings for more information.

November 2022

Tuesday November 29

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Edward Hopper at the Whitney with Sue Altman

This fall (10/19/22–3/5/23), the Whitney Museum of American Art will be showing an important exhibit Edward Hopper’s New York. The city of New York was Edward Hopper’s home for nearly six decades, a period that spans his entire mature career and coincides with a historic time of urban development. Edward Hopper’s New York will take a comprehensive look at Hopper’s life and works through his city pictures.Artist and Art Educator Sue Altman will be discussing his life, his works, and his legacy.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.

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
SAT & ACT Success Cancelled

The Mahwah Public Library is hosting SAT & ACT Success on 11/29 at 7:00 p.m. This comprehensive webinar will answer all of your questions about college entrance exams. Families will learn key differences between the SAT and ACT, the best time to start studying, keys to achieving one’s highest score, and how the SAT/ACT can impact merit aid and scholarship.

Register in advance here:https://bit.ly/mahwah29

December 2022

Friday December 2

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Llama Ornament - Hand Sewing Kit TO GO

Teens in grades 5 and up will learn to make a cute llama ornament! Participants will be notified when they can pick up a special craft kit which has all of the specific project materials. On Friday, December 2 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 December 3

9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Virtual Mock SAT Test

Students in grades 9 – 12 can take the test online with a live proctor through Revolution Prep, and get a baseline score. Prior to the test, Revolution Prep will send an email with details on how to access the testing materials, scoring app, and online testing room. After the test scores are received immediately via the Revolution Prep scoring app and you’re invited to review your student’s scores, for free, with our dedicated Academic Advisor at a time convenient for you. During the session, they will breakdown your child’s score to understand areas of strength and weakness and develop a custom preparation plan.

Registration is required.

To register visit:http://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/137937

Sunday December 4

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
A Christmas Stocking: Three Stories of Christmases Past

Classic holiday stories are brought to life by professional actress Michele LaRue’s expressive retelling. She will tell ‘The Christmas Sing in Our Village’ by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, ‘Their Dear Little Ghost’ by Elia W. Peattie, ‘Gift of the Magi’ by O. Henry,plus…. a surprise from Louisa May Alcott.Her performances savor this literature, written to be read aloud and the prose gives her ample opportunity to enthrall.

Monday December 5

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ceramics Painting for Teens - TO GO

Teens in grades 5 and up can pick up a special kit to paint a festive ceramic piece!

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Creatively Yours Ceramic Tray Craft

The craft workshop series is back in the library with a Ceramic Tray Craft that you can give as a present or keep for yourself. 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 ceramic tray craft. This program is offered both in person and as a take away kit. There will be a $25.00 non-refundable supply fee that must be paid at the time of registration. Registration is at the Check Out Desk. begins Tuesday November 1st. Take Away Kits can be picked up beginning Tuesday December 6th

Tuesday December 6

3:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Cookie Decorating Fun for Teens - To Go

Teens in grades 5 and up can pick up a special kit, andget creative and turn plain cookies into fun, decorative Ugly Sweater cookies!

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Author Talk with Geraldine Brooks

Join us for an exciting virtual chat with the highly-acclaimed and award winning novelist, Geraldine Brooks in conversation about her most recentNew York TimesBestselling novelHorse. Brooks braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.

Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack.

New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance.

Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian, find themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horse–one studying the stallion’s bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success.

Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Telescope Night with Pearl Observatory

Kids, teens, and their parents, can come get a close up view of the many wonders of the universe! *The Rain Date for this event will be – Thursday, 12/8 @ 7:00 PM.

Wednesday December 7

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Battle Chefs - Winter Wonderland Event

Teens will work in teams to create fun, edible, winter landscape!

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
From Saint to Santa with Michael Norris

Through centuries of art, much of it nowin East Coast museums, we’ll explore how a Greek bishop in Roman-era Turkey evolved into one of Christianity’s most beloved saints. Then in American artwork we’ll see Nicholas change again—into Santa Claus.​​ Norris holds a bachelor’s of arts degree in the classics from the University of California at San Diego, and a master’s of arts degree in the classics and a doctoral degree in art history from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He spent 20 years at the Cloisters Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and has lectured all over the world. This program is both in person in the library and live streaming via Zoom. Register is necessary on mahwahlibrary.org events calendar to receive the Zoom Link (Don’t forget to give us your email address).

Thursday December 8

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Unique Creatures

Come and see some scaly, slimy, and furry friends. Maybe even Dexter the Kookaburra will entertain us too!

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Introduction to Python Club

Teens in grades 6 – 8 can join us on Thursdays 11/3 – 1/26/2023 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM tolearn the basics of python programming. Python is a popular programming language used for several tasks such as software and web development. We will cover several beginner-level topics like lists, functions, and while loops. Students will learn to code interactive games with this knowledge, and should bring their own personal laptop. No previous experience is required! *There will be no class on 11/24, 12/1, 12/29, and 1/12/2023.

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Telescope Night - RAIN DATE

*If Necessary – This is the Rain Date for the event on Tuesday, 12/6. Please make sure you have registered for the 12/6 event.

Saturday December 10

9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Virtual Mock ACT Test

Students in grades 9 – 12 can take the test online with a live proctor through Revolution Prep, and get a baseline score. Prior to the test, Revolution Prep will send an email with details on how to access the testing materials, scoring app, and online testing room. After the test scores are received immediately via the Revolution Prep scoring app and you’re invited to review your student’s scores, for free, with our dedicated Academic Advisor at a time convenient for you. During the session, they will breakdown your child’s score to understand areas of strength and weakness and develop a custom preparation plan.

Registration is required.

To register visit:http://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/137937

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Author Talk with Fredrik Backman: Bestselling Author of A Man Called Ove

Join us for an online chat with bestselling author Fredrik Backman as we discuss his outstanding body of work, including his breathtaking new novel,The Winners, the third installment of theBeartownseries.

In the beautifully writtenBeartown—which inspired the HBO series of the same name—a small town obsessed with the local junior hockey team is rocked by a shocking act of violence. As accusations and rumors fly, the town must grapple with its identity as never before.

The series continues and tensions rise when it’s rumored that the Beartown hockey team will be disbanded inUs Against You. The entire future of the team and the town hinges on an upcoming game that could change everything forever.

Finally, the series comes to an evocative conclusion withThe Winners.The Winnersreturn to the close-knit, resilient community of Beartown for a story about first loves, second chances, and last goodbyes. In the two years since the events of Beartown, the residents must face difficult questions and determine just what they are willing to sacrifice for their home.

About the Author: Fredrik Backman is the #1New York Timesbestselling author ofA Man Called Ove,My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry,Britt-Marie Was Here,Beartown,Us Against You, andAnxious People, as well as two novellas and one work of nonfiction. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter @BackmanLand and Instagram @Backmansk.

Sunday December 11

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Let's Celebrate the Season with Song! Jane Stuart & The Kitchen (it's where the music cooks)

“Jane Stuart is as complete a jazz singer as they come” —All About Jazz Dan Bilawsky

Enjoy Music for the Season as Jane Stuart celebrates Christmas, Hannakuh, Kwanza, and the Winter season.Sleigh Bells are Ringing in the Season!

Monday December 12

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Knotted Pillow Craft for Teens

Teens in grades 5 and up will use cool materials to create a cute knotted pillow.

Tuesday December 13

3:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Cupcake Decorating Fun for Teens - TO GO

Teens in grades 5 and up can pick up a special kit, and get creativewhen they turn plain cupcakes into decorative holiday cupcakes!

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