Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sign up today for: Discovering Genealogy with Maureen Wlodarczyk

If you are interested in exploring your roots and discovering more about the lives of your ancestors, join us for a three-part series on genealogical research:  Who do you think you are?

Join genealogist and author Maureen Wlodarczyk and get an overview of research tools, Heritage Quest online,,, online newspaper archives and doing DNA testing to aid in your search.  Helpful handouts will be provided.

During this hands-on two part class (90-minutes each session), the presenter will take the participants through a real life case-study search for the history of a NJ family using, and  Participants will work directly on computers and will receive a course manual to keep.

Mark your calendar for: The Power of Kindness Book Group

Join facilitators Holly Myers and Karen Reiner for an ongoing discussion of The Power of Kindness:  The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life by Piero Ferrucci.  Memory will be the topic of discussion at this meeting.

When:  Tuesday, May 3 from 1-2:30 p.m.

Where:  Moorestown Library, Meeting Room B

All are welcome!

First Monday films with Irv Slifkin: Sunset Blvd.

 Join film expert and author, Irv Slifkin, for this month's feature:  Sunset Blvd. (1950)

A pitch black comedy from the great Billy Wilder in which he holds a mirror up to his own industry.  What he sees is not pretty:  Norma Desmond (played by silent screen star Gloria Swanson), a once-prominent silent screen star who is hoping to make a comeback with help from a desperate screenwrtier (William Holden).  Filled with cameos and a memorable supporting turn by director Erich von Stroheim as Swanson's ever-obedient servant.

When:  Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m.

Where:  Moorestown Library, Meeting Room A

Free and no registration required!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Be part of an opera round table group at the library!

Opera aficionado Bill Holt will facilitate a discussion of the Metropolitan Opera's upcoming HD simulcast of Strauss' Elektra.  The HD broadcast will play in theaters two days following the round table group's discussion of this opera.

Elektra is the topic of ancient Greek literature from the time of Homer's writing of the Iliad.  The topic of at least two later Greek playwrights, Elektra is a story of murder and revenge in the house of Atreus, King of Mycenae.  Aeschylus presented his three plays on the subject in 458 BCE!  Strauss and his librettist, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, take up the story in this compelling work of 1909.

When:  Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

Where:  Moorestown Library, Meeting Room A

No registration required!  All are welcome!

Nonfiction Book Club!

Join us on Tuesday, April 26 at 2 p.m. to discuss Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Kathryn Boo.

Book club discussions are open and can be attended by anyone who wishes to discuss the book.  Come join us and bring a friend!

Call the Reference Desk at 234-0333 if you would like us to obtain a copy of this title for you.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Mark your calendar for: Symphony in C

Storybook Symphony

When:  Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m.
Join us for a unique presentation blending symphony and story!  A percussion ensemble will demonstrate their instruments' possibilities and perform a variety of music inspired by Eric Carle's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Where:  Moorestown Library, Meeting Room A
For children ages 4+ and their families.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Moorestown Library.

Youth Orchestra Concert

When:  Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m.
Enjoy a very special evening with Symphony in C's Youth Orchestra , featuring talented musicians ages 10-20.  The Youth Orchestra will perform a lovely concert and answer all your questions.  The perfect outing for budding musicians of all ages, and a chance to learn how you can get involved.
Where:  Council Chambers
Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.

Mark your calendar to learn about the creation of the book: "Bella Figlia della Mamma, Mamma's Beautiful Daughter"

Meet local author, Lorraine Haddock and Moorestown artists, Schuyler and Emily McClain, as they share how they worked together to create the book Bella Figlia della Mamma, Mamma's Beautiful Daughter.

The book, bilingual in Italian and English, highlights the bond between mothers and daughters emphasizing the culture and traditions carried from Italy to America by Italian women.  Although written for children, it will be enjoyed by mothers and daughters of any age.  Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase (a perfect Mother's Day gift!)

When:  Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m.

Where:  Moorestown Library, Meeting A

Mark your calendar for the documentary: "The Hunting Ground"

From the Oscar-nominated filmmakers of The Invisible War comes a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses. The award-winning documentary focuses on two University of North Carolina students who, after being raped, led a campaign to file a complaint. Lady Gaga recorded "Til it Happens to You" for this film and performed it, surrounded by survivors at the Academy Awards.
"Any parent sending a child off to college should consider this required viewing."
-- New York Magazine
Join us for a screening of this important documentary.
For more information about the film, see or the film's Facebook page.
Sponsored by the South Jersey chapter of the National Organization of Women

When:  Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m.

Where:  Moorestown Library, Meeting Rooms A & B

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

National Library Week Celebration: Happy Birthday Beverly Cleary!

Join us for a celebration of libraries that also honors favorite librarian and author, Beverly Cleary.  Bring the whole family for balloon animals, indoor bounce houses, face painting and cupcakes to honor Mrs. Cleary's 100th birthday.

When:  Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Where:  Moorestown Library, Meeting Rooms A & B

All ages, no registration required!

Sponsored by The Friends of Moorestown Library.

Sign up today for: Dances by Diane - Learn Swing!

Dances by Diane is back for a five-class progressive series to teach SWING!  No partner, experience or coordination is needed!  Diane Alcavage is an Arthur Murray trained dance instructor with over 20 years experience in American Style Ballroom and Latin dances.  She specializes in teaching social dancing for beginners.

When:  Fridays from 1-2 p.m.:  April 1, 15, 22, 29 and May 6

Where:  Moorestown Library Meeting Rooms A & B

THIS SERIES IS FREE but registration is required!

Register now!

Join us for: A Round Table Discussion of the Opera: Roberto Devereux

Our round table discussion, led by facilitator Bill Holt, will take place two days before the HD broadcast of The Metropolitan Opera's debut performance of  Roberto Devereux at area theaters.

Roberto Devereux is the last of three Donizetti operas based on the lives of English Tudor queens to be presented by the MET.  It concerns the late in life relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex.  In real life, while she favored him, he was much younger and the queen was beset by cares that probably precluded any serious romantic attachment, however, the opera presents a romanticized version of their relationship that leads to a love triangle, fiery emotions (with Bel Canto music to match) and Devereux's demise.

We will explore Donizetti's life, the opera's plot, the times during the Tudor period in England and listen to singers past and present who have played these roles, including the great Beverly Sills, who is still the truly iconic interpreter for American audiences.

When:  Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m.

Where:  Moorestown Library, Meeting Room A

Free and no registration required!

Mark your calendar for: Cook the Book! Sauces!

Every other month we try new recipes from our library cookbooks and bring the results to share.  In April, we (library staff) will make the pasta and invite you to make and bring the sauce.  We'll also provide the coffee, tea, plates and cutlery.

Stop by the Reference Desk and browse the cookbooks we have selected.  Choose a recipe and we will photocopy it for you.  Make it at home and bring it to the library and we will all share the food we have made as well as all the recipes and our thoughts about them.

Brand new and experienced cooks are welcome.

When:  Thursday, April 14 at 1 p.m.

Where:  Meeting Room A

Sign up today for: Tips from the Master Gardeners: Historically Informed Garden Design

Join Master Gardener, Marilyn Fishman, to learn about garden history and how to match the style of your garden to the style of your home.

When:  Wednesday, April 13 at 1 p.m.

Where:  Meeting Room A

Register now!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Sign up today for: SalPal on Life After Chip: the $187 million bet on Howie Roseman

Join us as Moorestonian and National ESPN Correspondent, Sal Paolantonio, shares his thoughts and welcomes your questions on the recent developments in the Eagles organization.

When:  Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m.

Where:  Moorestown Library

Register now!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Be part of an opera round table group at Moorestown Library!

Opera aficionado Bill Holt will facilitate discussions of the Metropolitan Opera's upcoming HD simulcasts.

Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m.:  Donizetti's Roberto Devereux

Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m.:  Strauss' Elektra

All are welcome!  No registration is required!

Where:   Meeting Room A

Sign up today for: Iran Loves Jazz!

Photos and first hand experiences of 2015 Iran from a local jazz musician who was part of the first jazz group to perform in Iran since the Iranian Cultural Revolution of 1979.

When:  Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m.

Where:  Meeting Rooms A & B

Register now!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Mark your calendar for: Science Saturday! The Franklin Institute presents: Astronomy

What does light have to do with the study of space?  Everything!  Examine the behavior of light to find out how we learn about objects that are too far away to visit.  Then, see what light can show us about the sun, moon, planets, and stars. It will be out-of-this-world science as we explore astronomy!  Developed with support from NASA.  Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.

When:  Saturday, April 9 at 10 a.m.

Where:  Meeting Rooms A & B

No registration required!