Celebrating 150 years of library service in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange Public Library will celebrate 150 years of history and service with a Birthday Bash on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. as part of Stay & Play weekend. Live music, dancing, tours of the historic Connett Building for adults, and children’s activities make this an event for […]

Playin’ Around South Orange returns!

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Playin’ Around South Orange kicks off for the fourth year in a row on Saturday, Aug. 27, at noon, bringing live music and art in the form of hand-painted pianos and outdoor performances to seven separate South Orange locations. The SOPAC-presented project runs from Aug. 27 through Sept. 25 with Wednesday-night […]

CASA to hold education session in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — CASA for Children of Essex County will host an information session at the South Orange Public Library, 65 Scotland Road, on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m. for citizens interested in learning more about advocating for children in foster care. CASA volunteer advocates are appointed by the Family Court to gather […]

Viola, Olivia and Malvolio all at the SOPL

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange Public Library, with the support of Global SOMA, hosted its annual summer production by The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Next Stage Ensemble. Pictured, the cast of this year’s touring production of “Twelfth Night” takes a bow to enthusiastic audience applause. Photo Courtesy of Melissa Kopecky

Towns’ libraries receive grants to promote literacy, ESL

Towns’ libraries receive grants to promote literacy, ESL

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Memorial Library and the South Orange Public Library each received $2,500 in grants from the New Jersey State Library to expand their adult literacy collections. Both libraries became eligible for the awards last year after sending representatives to the NJSL’s first Literacy Boot Camp, a four-part seminar […]

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. […]