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 […]

Lonon to discuss her graphic novel at SOPL

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Local author Elly Lonon will appear at the South Orange Public Library, 65 Scotland Road, on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss her graphic novel “Amongst the Liberal Elite: The Road Trip Exploring Societal Inequities Solidified by Trump (RESIST).” Lonon will discuss the process of creating her satirical graphic […]

Bobaloo returns to SOPL

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Welcome in any season and in a tradition going back more than 15 years, singer and storyteller Bobaloo made an annual visit to South Orange Public Library recently, delighting audiences, irrespective of age. Photos Courtesy of Melissa Kopecky

SO police sergeant speaks at library

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange Police Sergeant Adrian Acevedo spoke at South Orange Public Library’s Thursday lecture series, eliciting interest and follow-up questions on a range of topics from the audience.

Holiday boutique returns to SOPL

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Friends of the South Orange Public Library will hold its annual holiday boutique on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the library, 65 Scotland Road. On entering the main reading room you will see an array of fascinating crafts from jewelry to accessories to plants, artfully nestled among […]

Lehren earns Eagle Scout rank for project benefiting SOPL

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Stephen Lehren, a senior at Columbia High School, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America’s highest recognition, during a Court of Honor ceremony on Sept. 22 at South Orange Public Library. For his Eagle Scout project, Lehren, a member of local Troop 60, created “Heroes of South […]

A wild night at the SOPL

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Monday Family Nights at South Orange Public Library, sponsored by Friends of SOPL, featured tech and talent and a visit from the Center for Aquatic Sciences. Everyone had a chance to get up close to a horseshoe crab and to meet Mortimer, a rescued screech owl. Photos Courtesy of Melissa Kopecky

VolunTEENs learn from motivational speaker

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange Public Library’s VolunTEEN program kicked off with motivational speaker and Columbia High School graduate Coobee Darcelin, third row, far left. The VolunTEENS are running their summer food drive through Aug. 31 to benefit local food pantries through Meeting Emergency Needs with Dignity. Non-perishable low-salt food can be dropped at […]

Teens learn from local chef at SOPL

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange’s own chef Jesse Jones, author of the cookbook memoir “Pow! My Life in Feasts,” was a featured guest at a recent South Orange Public Library Teen XChange workshop. Jones shared cooking tips with library VolunTEENs and led the creation of tasty, and quickly disappearing, spring rolls. Photos Courtesy of […]