Upcoming Kemmerer Library Programs

To register for any program go to hardinglibrary.org

Preschool Programs
Tuesday Morning Toddler Program at 10:15a.m.
Tuesday, March 7th – Ventures in Nature
Tuesday, March 14th – Join Miss Carol for fun songs and dance!
Tuesday, March 21st – Ventures in Nature
Tuesday, March 28th- Join Miss Carol for fun songs and dance!
SATURDAY FUN – Sing and Dance with Miss Carol – Saturday, March 4th at 1:00pm
Join Miss Carol for fun songs and dance! New programming on a Saturday, once per month.
Programs for School Age Children – register at hardinglibrary.org
Fractured Fairytales with Tara Lazar –Wednesday, March 1st at 4:00pm
Join local Author Tara Lazar to learn how to make your own stories using fairytales!
*Registration is required*
This program is for grades K and up.
Storytime Yoga –Friday, March 10th at 4:00pm
Join Miss Pamela from @peaceplay for fun yoga and a story time!
*Registration is required*
Kids Photography Class – Monday, March 13th at 4:00pm
Join Kathy Bross to do a new, fun, hands-on photography activity every month and to learn how to use professional cameras.
*This program is for kids 8 and up*
*Registration is required*

Great Plankton Race! – Thursday, March 16th at 4:00pm
Scientists from Rutgers will be visiting the library! Kids will explore the tiny plants and animals that drift in the ocean and will explore an incredible array of unique adaptations that help they avoid sinking and engage in a fun contest to design the slowest sinking plankton. Everyone will take home their plankton!
*This program is for grades k-4*
*Registration is required*
*Please register each child separately*
Read to a Dog – Wednesday, March 22nd, at 3:45pm
Creature Comfort Pet Therapy will be visiting the library at 3:45pm! Children will have the opportunity to practice their reading-by-reading stories to therapy dogs for 15 minutes.
*Registration is required*
PJ Mask Party! – Thursday, March 23rd at 4:00pm
Join us to watch PJ Mask and make our own masks and crafts!
*Registration is required*
Crafternoon – Friday, March 24th at 3:45pm
Join us for a fun afternoon of crafting!
Paint a Birdhouse! – Wednesday, March 19th at 4:00pm
Come celebrate the start of spring by painting a birdhouse with us!
*Registration is required*
*Please register each child separately*

Adult Programs
Yoga – Yoga with MJ on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:15a.m. $10 suggested donation.
Book Club – Open to all. Please join this fun, interesting group. 1:30 p.m. at the library
Tuesday, March 7th – The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks Dalton
Tuesday, March 21st – Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
The Crown: The Hit Netflix Series & The History Behind It – Thursday, March 2 at 7p.m.
(In person)
Since its premiere in 2016, The Crown has shown us the private lives of Queen Elizabeth II and her royal family, John Kenrick pulls back the curtain on the making of this much-loved – and sometimes controversial – series, which just debuted its fifth season.
Built in Harding featuring Aja Blanco of Surly Girl Soap – Monday, March 6th at 7p.m.
(In person and on zoom)
The featured guest for March’s Built in Harding is Aja Blanco of Surly Girl Soap. Surly Girl Soap is a woman-owned, handcrafted soap and body care company that believes in honest, natural and no bullshit skincare. Intentionality and thoughtfulness resonate throughout each product to nurture your mind, body and spirit. Join us to learn more about the delightful Aja Blanco.
Peggy Guggenheim – Tuesday March 7th at 7p.m. (on zoom)
In honor of Women’s History Month, we will be offering a lecture on The Life and Art Collection of Peggy Guggenheim. In many ways, Guggenheim was pivotal in getting so-called ‘degenerate’ art safely out of Europe on the eve of WWII as well as encouraging European
artists to wait the war out in the United States.” I was a liberated woman long before there was a name for it.” PG
Film Discussion: Alice’s Ordinary People – Wednesday, March 8th at 7p.m. (on zoom)
Alice’s Ordinary People is a documentary about Alice Tregay – a woman who refused to stand still for injustice. Her remarkable story spans the historic period from the marches of Dr. Martin Luther King to the election of Barack Obama, and her contribution to American politics is the thread that connects the two. A unique story in Civil Rights history from a woman’s perspective.
This film is available to watch through the Kanopy streaming service and it is also available to borrow in MAIN on DVD. Patrons are encouraged to watch the film before attending the Zoom program, but the presentation can be enjoyed whether or not you have seen the film.
The program presenter: Craig Dudnick is a 1980 graduate of Northwestern University. In 1982, he received a national award for his camerawork on the syndicated television program, PM Magazine. The following year, he founded Imagine Video Productions®, working for clients from Europe, Japan, and at ABC News.
Author Talk with Jamie Fiore Higgins: Wall Street Survivor, Writer, and Leadership Coach
Thursday, March 9th at 7p.m. (in person)
Jamie Fiore Higgins spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs, one of the most cutthroat organizations in the world, rising through the ranks to achieve the position of Managing Director, a title that only 8% of employees earn, and becoming the highest-ranking woman in her department. But Goldman’s toxic work environment did serious damage to her morale, her health, and even her marriage, until she eventually broke free from that unhealthy system. She will discuss her memoir, Bully Market.
Native Bees and Pollinators – Friday, March 10 at 10:30a.m. (in person)
The Northern New Jersey Unit of The Herb Society of America will be hosting a lecture on Native Bees and Pollinators presented by Liz Johnson. Liz has BS and MS degrees in Ecology from Rutgers University. She has worked for The Nature Conservancy and the American Museum of Natural History. While at the museum, she helped create a program called the “Great Pollinator Project” to raise awareness of native bees. She will speak about pollinators with a special concentration on native bees. Native bees are not your local honeybees (they are imported bees). Native bees are true “wild” bees, and she will focus on their life history and how to encourage them in our gardens and landscapes.
Unique Sights of Japan: Himeji, Kochi, Hiroshima, Kagoshima, Fukuoka and Aomori

Tuesday, March 14th at 7p.m. (on zoom)
On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb hit Hiroshima causing unimaginable death and destruction. The event is remembered with a complex known as Peace Park containing a museum, the remains of a building, sculptures and much more. Japan is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire and has over 100 active volcanoes. Admire one of these volcanoes up close. Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, beautiful gardens and feudal castles are found throughout Japan and we will explore the ones I encountered in these cities. We will also visit an amazing fish market and a float museum. See the unique sites of these Japanese cities with tour guide Sheila Taub.
Doris Freidman and the Beginnings of Public Art in NYC – Thursday, March 16 at 7p.m. (on zoom)
Doris Friedman, with a background of Social Work, is recognized as the founder of the Public Art Fund and Percent for Art. She is celebrated with a special plaza at the SE corner of Central Park which always features contemporary works of art. This talk will take a closer look at the career of this amazing woman and how the Public Art Fund came to be, with earlier beginnings as part of the Parks Department and City Walls. We will explore some of the very first public art projects in NYC, including Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture, and works by Tony Smith, Claes Oldenburg, Jean Dubuffet, Louis Nevelson, Richard Serra, as well as revolutionary works including light and sound, Earthworks and Site-Specific installations.
Antonio Vivaldi – “The Red Priest Revealed” – Wednesday, March 22nd at 7p.m. (on zoom)
A master of the Baroque concerto, Antonio Vivaldi inspired many generations of musicians – none more notable than his contemporary Johann Sebastian Bach. He joined the church at the age of 15 where his bright red hair earned him the nickname, “The Red Priest”. Listen to his life’s story as we learn what made this “Four Seasons” composer so special. Presented by Dan Lupo of A to G Music
General George Meade – Thursday, March 23 at 7p.m. (on zoom)
In early 1863, Congress investigated General George Meade and his leadership during the Gettysburg Campaign. Numerous high ranking officials including Meade’s enemies, Daniel Sickles, Daniel Butterfield, and Abner Doubleday all testified. This program will explore the Committee on the Conduct of War’s investigation into Meade and consider the ways in which these hearings influenced the general’s reputation and standing. Presented by Dr. Jennifer M. Murray, a military historian, with specialization in the American Civil War, in the Department of History at Oklahoma State University. Sponsored by the North Jersey Civil War Round Table

Vinnie Bruno presents The Seventies: The Making of Stevie Wonder – Tuesday, March 28th at 7 (on zoom)
We will survey five Stevie Wonder albums as recorded during his classic period starting in 1972 until 1976. From “Music of the Mind” to “Songs in The Key of Life,” we will explore the fusion of innovative recording techniques and the weaving of lyrically full artistic statements of social, political, and romantic themes into his work. Stevie Wonder is the only artist in Grammy history to win 15 awards in a decade – the 70s. He was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
Cooking Club, Wednesday, March 29th at 11a.m. (in person)
Welcome to the Cooking Club; a new initiative in 2023! Each meeting will have a theme and we will share our favorite cookbooks, recipes or family stories about that theme. In honor of the approaching spring, the March theme will be vegetables. We will meet the last Wednesday of each month in the Adult Reading Room at 11a.m.
From Day to Day: The Secret Concentration Camp Diary of Odd Nansen – Wednesday, March 29th at 7p.m. (in person)
From Day to Day is a World War II concentration camp diary—one of only a handful ever translated into English—secretly written by Odd Nansen, a Norwegian political prisoner. Arrested in January 1942, Nansen, son of polar explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen (Nobel Peace Prize 1922) was held captive for the duration of the war in various Nazi camps in Norway and Germany. The book had been out of print for nearly 60 years when Timothy Boyce stumbled across it. Fascinated by the heroic story and saddened that such a magnificent book was so scarce and nearly forgotten, Boyce set out to get the book back in print. From Day to Day may be purchased at www.timboyce.com for $39.95. All royalties from the sale of this book are given to the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., and the Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Oslo, Norway.
Frida Kahlo: Dreams, Demons, and Devotion – Thursday, March 30th at 7p.m. (on zoom)
Frida Kahlo’s paintings illustrate the anguish and passion of a fascinating, complicated personal and artistic life. The astonishing works of this Mexican and feminist icon will be looked at through the lens of her ethnicity, disabilities, and political activism, especially emphasizing her engagement with the natural world. Presented by Janet Mandel

Virtual Author Visits
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein – Monday, March 13th at 1p.m. (on zoom)
What’s the most effective path to success in any domain? It’s not what you think. You’re invited to find out during a conversation with New York Times bestselling author David Epstein as he chats about his most recent book, Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.
Southern Inspired: More Than 100 Delicious Dishes from My American Table to Yours by Chef Jernard A. Wells – Tuesday, March 21st at 4p.m. (on zoom)
A talk that will leave you starving for more! Join us as we chat with celebrity chef Jernard Wells about his newest cookbook Southern Inspired: More Than 100 Delicious Dishes from My American Table to Yours. Southern Inspired is full of delicious and inventive recipes that remix the traditional flavors and classic dishes of Southern food and celebrate African American culinary contributions to tables worldwide.
Code Name Sapphire by Pam Jenoff – Tuesday, March 28th at 7p.m. (on zoom)
Join us for an exciting trip through time as we chat with New York Times bestselling historical fiction author Pam Jenoff about her newest book, Code Name Sapphire! Inspired by incredible true stories of courage and sacrifice, Code Name Sapphire follows Hannah Martel as she races to rescue her cousin’s family from a train bound for Auschwitz in this riveting tale of bravery and resistance.

Writers’ Critique Group launching at Kemmerer Library
Are you working on writing your own novel, children’s book, magazine article, film or comic script? Would you like to get together with other experienced or aspiring writers for support and feedback? Writing does not have to be a lonely endeavor. Kemmerer Library will be hosting a writers’ critique group once a month in the evenings starting in March. Any writer, no matter how experienced, 16 years old or older, is welcome to attend. If interested, please contact margie.ticknor@harding.mainlib.org

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