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By mark-slade March 2, 2015

Ideas Festival 2015 & Other March Events


Maplewood Memorial Library is pleased to announce the lineup for our 2nd Annual Maplewood Ideas Festival, featuring authors, architects, innovators, artists and visionaries.
*Some programs require registration.

As inspiration for the below, check out this video:

Here are the 2015 events!

Mikel Frank and Gerard Amsellem, the Visual Passion Duo, will exhibit their work from March 2 through April 4. An Art & Music Reception will kick off the Festival on Saturday, March 14 at 2 pm. Live painting demo!

The music of Django Reihnardt will be performed by Martin Leys and Friends. Artists’ talk at 2:30.

Richard T. Morris, author of the award-winning children’s book This is a Moose, and resident of Maplewood will lead families in Word Games With Moose! on Monday, March 16 at 7 pm at Main Library. The Moose from the award winning book This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom Lichtenheld will be here LIVE with author Richard T. Morris to have fun with words, read a few books, and have a laugh out loud good time with language. For children ages 3 ½ – 9 and their parents.

Explore the World of Edible Colors with Children’s Book author and illustrator, Maplewoodian Jennifer Vogel Bass on Wednesday, March 18 at 4 pm
at Main Library. Come play with your food! A delightful discovery of the many shades of fruits and vegetables. An interactive event for kids ages 3 ½ – 6. Older children welcome, too.

A launch party for our new Create Space will be held at the Hilton Branch Library on Saturday, March 21 from 10 am to 1 pm. Participants will be able to create and print a custom Duplo using Rhino 3D CAD and work on Raspberry Pi, Snap Circuit and craft projects. This program is in conjunction with NJ Makers Day, a day dedicated to celebrating and sharing Maker Culture.

* A highlight of the Festival will be world-renowned architects Richard Meier and Peter Eisenman, in conversation at Columbia High School on Monday, March 23 at 7 pm. Meier’s achievements include the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. Among many worldwide projects, Eisenman designed the University of Phoenix Stadium, which hosted this year’s Super Bowl, and the Berlin Holocaust Memorial. Both are graduates of Columbia High School. * Registration is required. Register at

Marc H. Morial is President and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization. He was Mayor of New Orleans from 1994-2002 and currently resides in Maplewood. His talk, 20th Century Lessons for 21st Century America, will be held at Main Library on Wednesday, March 25 at 7 pm.

Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, Emmy-nominated, award winning, husband-and-wife filmmakers, will screen their new film, Love and Arguments, on Thursday, March 26 at 7 pm at Main Library. Love and Arguments is a film festival of fiction shorts; urban love stories that tackle truth, commitment, stereotypes, and morality, including some contemporary interpretations of stories by Jane Austen, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. See a trailer for the film here.

*Internationally acclaimed author and Columbia High School graduate Paul Auster will receive the Maplewood Literary Award on Saturday, March 28 at 2 pm.
The event is free, but tickets are required. Register at

Broadway and Hollywood Costume Designer Ann Roth will be the featured guest on Monday, March 30 at 7 pm. Roth won an Academy Award for The English Patient and a Tony Award for The Nance.

All programs are free and open to the public.
The Ideas Festival is made possible thanks to The Friends of the Maplewood Library, The Maplewood Library Foundation, The Maplewood Woman’s Club and The Essex County Arts Council.

Our march title is The Book of Illusions, by Paul Auster
recipient of the 2015 Maplewood Literary Award.

“…one bizarre event ricocheting neatly and unexpectedly into the next… creating a narrative that continually manages to elude our expectations.”
-New York Times
Thursday, March 5
7:00 pm at Main Library

Copies of the book are available through the BCCLS system
The Thursday Night Book Club will not meet in April.

Knitting teacher Yasmin Esmek will get beginners started on the basics, and help intermediate and advanced knitters meet new challenges. Bring your own yarn and needles, or a project in progress.

Registration is required. Go to
Saturday, March 7
10-12 at Main Library

To register for additional dates:


These classes are for people with little or no computer experience. Learn how to use a mouse, go on the Internet, and more.
No registration is needed.

Tuesday, March 10 1:00 pm at Hilton Branch
Additional dates:
April 7, May 12, June 9


Join us for our monthly discussion of recent food-themed writing, with refreshments provided by local eateries.
The March title is
The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine
byAlina Bronsky

“Bronsky lands another hit with this hilarious, disturbing, and always irreverent blitz.” – Publishers Weekly

Wednesday, March 11
7:00 pm at Main Library
Refreshments will be provided by Cactus Charlie
The title for our April meeting is Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehra


Screenings by Township Nurses
For residents of Maplewood. Free blood pressure and carotid bruit screening and medication, weight & health counseling are offered.
Drop in, or call, call 973- 762-8120 ext. 4300 for an appointment .
Wednesday, March 11
10:30-12 at Main Library
Overlook Van Cholesterol Screening
This test includes LDL, HDL, and Total Cholesterol/ HDL ratio. A simple fingerstick method is used, and fasting is not required. There is a $10 fee.
Educational materials and individual counseling will also be provided.
Free Blood Pressure Screening also available.
For an appointment, call 1-800-247-9580. Drop-ins are also welcome.
Thursday, March 19 12-2 pm in front of Hilton Branch

The group will meet on Mondays, March 9 and 23.
Meetings are at 10 am at Main Library
Get more information about Professionals in Transition here
Join the online Discussion Forum/Information Archive here.

The Basics for Boomers & Caregivers in Need of Guidance
It’s easy to become confused by Medicare’s many parts and plans, and to keep up with the yearly changes. This seminar will cover everything you need to know, in easy-to-understand terms. You will learn:
• What Medicare covers
• When to apply, even if you’re still working, even if you’re not eligible for Social Security.
• The difference between Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Medigap
Free and open to the public.
Presenter Neil Berger has 35+ years experience in the Human Resources profession, including benefits and compensation administration. He developed this seminar for individuals who had incorrect or non-existent information about their benefits.
Thursday, March 12 (rescheduled from February)
7:00 pm at Main Library


The Friends of the Maplewood Library will be accepting donations from March 7 to April 18. You may bring books and movies to the Main Library during the following days and times. No encyclopedia, magazines or mildewed books please!
• Mondays: 10 am to Noon
• Wednesdays: 7:30-8:30 pm
• Thursdays: 2 -4 pm
• Saturdays: 10 am to Noon and 2-4 pm
The Book Sale will be held on April 25 and 26.

Main Library Monday March 2 3:30 pm
Join in the Read Across America celebration and read a picture book to kids ages 4 to 9. Each teen will read one or two picture books to the group. Please arrive at 3:30 pm to choose a book and allow time for practice. The storytime will begin at 4:00 pm. Sign up to be a reader at:


Water Challenge
Main Library
Tuesday March 10 3:30 pm
The enclosed world contains only a single water source. With few resources for food available, participants must set up a farming operation and feed themselves. To do so they must creatively transport, conserve, and build around the limited supply. Space is limited please register at:

Main Library Thurs. March 12 4:00 pm
Sgt Sally and Officer Wright of the Youth Aid Bureau will explain the do’s and don’ts of texting and social media such as SnapChat and Instagram. Learn the hazards of over sharing information, the consequences of bullying and how to keep your phone and online identity safe. Pizza will be served.

Main Library Tues. March 17 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Flash fiction is very very short stories. You choose from the stories provided, read it aloud and then we’ll talk about it. Refreshments will be served.

Main Library Tues. March 24 3:30 pm
Who’s got game? xBox and Wii gaming systems as well as board games will be available! Just dance, FIFA and more!

Main Library Wed. March 25 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Learn the basics of this free online 3D modeling software and build a model for entry into the BuildTak 3D Design Challenge. Email address needed to register on TinkerCad website.

BowWow Book Buddies
Tues. 3/17 6-7:00 pm – Hilton Branch
Come to Hilton Branch and read to a dog… they LOVE stories! Sign up for a specific time, or just drop in.

Saturday Storytime
All ages * Drop in
Sat. 3/14 @ 10:30 am – Main Library
Enjoy live music, stories and movement, featuring Marilyn Lehren and Wilma Van De Pol on guitar, with other musical guests. We especially welcome children with special needs. A wonderful way for the family to spend a Saturday morning!

Women’s History Month Project
All ages * Drop in * Main Library
March is Women’s History Month, and to celebrate there will be a drop in craft throughout the month where you can color in your own paper dolls of famous women. Stop by the Children’s Room to participate!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
All ages * Drop In
Mon. 3/2 @ 4:00 pm – Main Library
Oh the places you’ll go on March 2nd! Come join us in the Children’s Room to hear teens read stories written and inspired by the amazing Dr. Seuss to kids of all ages. You can even take a picture to send Dr. Seuss your best birthday wishes!

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Party
Ages 5-10 years * Drop In
Tues. 3/3 @ 6:30-7:30 pm – Hilton Branch
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with some of his stories and a craft. Program provided by the Girl Scouts.

Building STEAM with DIA
Ages 5-12 * Drop in Thurs. 3/26 @ 5:00 pm Hilton Branch
A book club with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math!). We will read a book about a real-live person, do an experiment and have some snacks! Everyone will go home with a book! This program is available thanks to the ALA grant, Building STEAM with DIA.

Family Science
All ages * Drop in Mon. 3/9@ 7:00 pm – Main Library
Does your family like to tinker and experiment? Then come to the Main Library for some family fun with science! March is Women’s History Month, and we’ll be celebrating the lives of famous female pilots Amelia Earhart and Bessie Coleman by designing, making, and testing our own paper airplanes. Please visit our calendar of events on to register!

Music with Wilma & the Wingers
All ages * Drop In Fri. 3/6 @ 11:00 am – Main Library
Dance, sing, and get your body moving with some
upbeat songs. Live music performed by Wilma Van De Pol and friends.

Itty Bitty Wouldn’t Budge
All ages * Drop in Tues. 3/10 @ 4:00 pm – Main Library
Hear local author Victoria Martin read her new Children’s book, Itty Bitty Wouldn’t Budge, about a Newfoundland dog right here in Maplewood. There may even be a real Newfoundland for kids to see for themselves!

Lego Club
All ages * Drop in
Wed. 3/11 @ 4:00 pm – Main Library
Tinker and build at LEGO club! Supported by ALA’s Junior Maker Grant, we have lots of LEGOs for everyone to build something and display their creations around the library

All ages * Drop In
Thu. 3/19 @ 4:00 pm – Hilton Branch
You can play if you know your numbers!

See the Ideas Festival section for more info!
Word Games with Moose!
Ages 3-9 * Drop in Mon. 3/16 @ 7:00 pm – Main Library
Explore the World of Edible Colors
Ages 3 ½-6 * Drop in Wed. 3/18 @ 4:00 pm – Main Library
Create Space Launch Party/NJ Makers Day
All ages * Drop In Sat. 3/21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Hilton Branch

Storytime Programs
No registration required – All children must be accompanied by an adult

Baby Lit (Ages birth- 2 1/2)
Wednesdays @ 11-11:20 am
3/18, 3/25, 4/1
Preschool Storytime (Ages 2 1/2-5)
Mondays @ 11-11:30 am
3/16, 3/23, 3/30
Pajama Storytime (Ages 2-10)
Tuesday, 3/31 @7:00-7:30 pm

No registration required – All children must be accompanied by an adult
Baby Lit (Ages birth-2 1/2)
Tuesdays @ 10:30-11
3/3, 3/10, 3/17
Preschool Storytime (Ages 2 1/2-5)
Thursdays @11:00-11:30
3/5, 3/12, 3/19

A picturesque town in Essex County, Maplewood is located on the East Branch of the Rahway River. Originally consisting of farms, mills and orchards, Maplewood is now a great mix of residential and commercial areas, culminating in the jewel of a downtown village and coming together to create a charming, tight-knit and diversified community. Maplewood has predominantly Colonial and Tudor style homes with sprawling porches and ample greenery, but you can also find some Victorians and a range of more modern style construction on its beautiful tree lined streets.
Maplewood is a diverse town with 6 elementary schools and prominent municipal building designed by famous architects, Guilbert and Betelle. In the center of town, famed landscape architects, the Olmstead Brothers, created the breathtaking Memorial Park; not to be overlooked is Ricalton Square, nestled between the train station and the downtown shopping; this area is frequently used for events including a Halloween Parade with hayrides and petting zoos, as well as featuring replica homes during the Winter Holiday Season. The town offers many activities to its residents from camps in the summer, arts and crafts classes, a public pool (with 4 pools ranging from a “baby” pool to toddler pool to large lap pool and a diving tank) and a farmers market when in season. There is even an annual musicalpalooza–Maplewoodstock—featuring a variety of bands and musical styles, showcasing local and national bands with booths for local businesses to set up.
The Village, also known as Maplewood Center, is a quaint, downtown shopping district with everything from restaurants with foods from all over the world, bakeries, dance studios, gyms, bookstores, a movie theater and bookstores. With its large variety of cuisines to choose from, Maplewood recently started a yearly town-wide Restaurant Week with over 30 eateries participating.
Easily accessible by its throughways and the New Jersey Transit, it’s no surprise Maplewood has been ranked several times as one of the most desirable places to live in America by a number of surveys.

Mark Slade
Keller Williams
Good Homes

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As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent (ABR), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying process. From start to finish, I listen to your needs and desires in what you would like and take the information you give me to find you home. My GO-TO team can provide you the best in Real Estate advice with regard to attorney choices, Home Inspectors and Mortgage Loan Officers

As your Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills/Essex/Union County New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the Maplewood and South Orange area Real Estate Market. You can expect personalized service that includes a detailed consultation on how to best position your Mid-Town Direct home to be competitive in today’s market with training to provide my clients with an in-depth Advanced Comparative Market analysis, and advice on staging. As my office’s technology officer as well as both a Zillow Platinum Premier and Trulia Premier agent, I use the latest and most up-to-date marketing methods to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Being your New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor ® not only involves just finding the home or selling the home, but being your guide, negotiator, advisor and advocate and making sure that your needs and goals are met. Being your New Jersey Essex/Union County area Realtor® (with a little bit of Morris County thrown in for good measure) is one of my truest passions, and “Helping You Find Your Dream Home” is my number one priority.

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