Coloring the day away at the SOPL

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Audrey and Raine Marvell and librarian Beth Halliday display “South Orange Public Library: The Coloring Book,” which contains a drawing by each; the book is available at the library. Photo Courtesy of Melissa Kopecky

Essex County libraries receive grant to hold NEA Big Read

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Essex County Library Directors has received a grant of $15,000 to host the NEA Big Read in Essex County. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Big Read broadens one’s understanding of our world, local communities, and one’s self through the joy of sharing a good book. […]

Beth El preschoolers look to the past and future with the SOPL

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Students from the Thelma K. Reisman Preschool of Congregation Beth El personally delivered a donation of $150 to Beth Halliday of South Orange Public Library in honor of the library’s 150th birthday. On Sunday, May 15, at 1 p.m. the library will officially open the in-house timeline, which places the library’s […]

Trustees celebrate South Orange library, legacy

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Public Library board of trustees held a staff appreciation party on April 27 at Toro Loco and a good time was had by all. The current board members also recognized and thanked two former board members, Karen Hartshorn-Hilton and Tom Vilardi, for their past service as president and […]

Broadway comes to South Orange thanks to library’s Kalb

Broadway comes to South Orange thanks to library’s Kalb

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Local residents were treated to a Sunday matinee on Broadway without even leaving New Jersey when “The Beautiful Broadway Ladies of South Orange” performed at the South Orange Public Library, with a special appearance by pianist Adam Zerihoun, on Sunday, April 17, as part of the library’s 20th annual Springtime Concert. […]

Service Above Self in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Recipients of South Orange Rotary’s Service Above Self awards also recently received legislative resolutions recognizing their impact on the community. From left are Melissa Kopecky, South Orange Public Library director; Carol Barry Austin and Phylis Peterman of the South Orange Civic Organization; Assemblywoman Mila Jasey; former village President Alex Torpey, and […]

Makers mania at the SOPL

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Village residents are getting creative this March as the South Orange Public Library embraces Makers Month. At Makers Mayhem, participants are given the opportunity to launch paper airplanes across the library. The CHS Robotics Club brings a robot to launch their paper airplanes. The Columbia High School Robotics Club gives continuous […]

Send SOHPS your essay for chance at winning scholarship

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Historical and Preservation Society is offering a $1,000 scholarship in a competition open to all high school juniors and seniors living in South Orange and Maplewood who will be entering an accredited institution of higher education upon graduation from high school. To win the prize, students must submit […]

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