SOMA libraries prove they are essential

SOMA libraries prove they are essential

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On a normal Saturday, the staff at the Maplewood Public Library checks out about 500 items to patrons. But normal Saturdays aren’t normal anymore. The COVID-19 pandemic is still keeping the doors of nonessential businesses and services closed, and that includes public libraries. Maplewood and South Orange, having both […]

SOPL to add two new book groups

SOPL to add two new book groups

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Public Library has announced the creation of two new book groups to complement its Fourth Monday of the Month Evening Book Discussion, which has run successfully for 20 years. Literary Bites: A Culinary Book Group will meet the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the […]

Meet Ray the village lamplighter at SOHPS holiday party

Meet Ray the village lamplighter at SOHPS holiday party

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Historical and Preservation Society will hold its holiday party, open to members and the public, on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. in a South Orange Public Library meeting room, 65 Scotland Road in South Orange. Admission is free. A featured part of the party will be meeting […]

Learn to tell your story through drawing and video

Learn to tell your story through drawing and video

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange Public Library, 65 Scotland Road, will present “Our Stories,” a two-part workshop for all ages, this December. On Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m., attend “Graphics & Words” with Elly Lonon, the local author of “Amongst the Liberal Elite,” a graphic novel satire. On Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 […]

SO Rotary and SOPL collect items for various organizations

SO Rotary and SOPL collect items for various organizations

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Gifting Days are here again! South Orange Rotary and the South Orange Public Library will be working with Wynona’s House, Isaiah House, M.E.N.D. and Diller Teen Fellows to collect items for donation. The collection will run through Dec. 16 and all items can be dropped off at the SOPL, 65 Scotland […]

Showcase for SOMA schools

Showcase for SOMA schools

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Civic Engagement Committee of the South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race will hold a Community Engagement Schools Showcase on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at the South Orange Public Library Library, 65 Scotland Road. The objective of this showcase is to inform and inspire SOMA residents, especially […]

South Orange history on display at Newcomers Day

South Orange history on display at Newcomers Day

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Jackie Herships, Joel Levin and Jason Martinek represented the South Orange Historical and Preservation Society on Sept. 22 at the annual South Orange Newcomers Day. Approximately 100 adults and children were welcomed by village officials and a number of civic organizations at the event held at the South Orange Public Library.

Learn about ‘Great African Civilizations’ this month with NAACP

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — This month, at five local libraries, the Oranges and Maplewood Unit of the NAACP will offer video presentations that accent “Great African Civilizations.” The significant contributions of ancient African civilizations are too often overlooked or attributed to other cultures. These video presentations will provide insight into the creative, innovative, exceptional genius […]

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