Newark Public Library

Library Updates

Food for Fines is back!

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From November 1st until November 18th if you bring in any of the items listed below, we’ll take a $1.00 off your fines!

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Silent Auction Oct. 16 thru Nov. 13

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How our silent auction works:

• Items are on display and up for bid.
• To insure confidentiality, please ask for a bid number from the staff. This means you won’t put your name and phone number on the bid sheet, just your bid number.
• There is a minimum bid for each item and a bid increment amount.
• You place a bid on the sheet for any item you would like to “win”, writing your bid number and the dollar amount you would like to bid for the item.
• When you bid you are making a commitment to donate that amount of money to the library for the item. *Please do not bid unless, at the end of the auction, you intend to pay the amount you bid.*
• You must either make the minimum bid if no one else has, or make a higher bid than the last bidder. The higher the bid must be within the approved increments. For example, if someone bid $10 on an item and the minimum increment is $1, then you must now bid at least $11 if you want a chance to be the high bidder and “win” the item. You cannot bid $10.50.
• The auction will run for one month, from October 16 through November 13, 2019. You may bid as often or on as many items as you would like.
• Bidding will close at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 13. High bidders will be notified that evening or the next day.
• Payment is expected within the week. High bidders/winners may come in to pay and pick up their items any time during library hours in the week following the closing of the auction.
♦ Every item was donated by members of the community. ♦
Thank you for your support and GOOD LUCK!

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Check Out Mason Street

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It’s finally here and ready to go! Be sure to check out Mason Street our new online magazine that features work from people in our community. If after viewing all the amazing work you feel inspired, then be sure to submit something for the next edition!

Visit the website here:

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The Great Give Back

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Libraries across New York will be participating in The Great Give Back (GGB) on October 19th. The mission of The GGB is to provide patrons of public libraries a chance to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences.

How can you help? The library will be collecting donations of menstrual supplies for “period packs” to be distributed to those in need. Your donation would be greatly appreciated and volunteers are needed to put the packs together on Saturday, October 19.

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Documentary Film Series

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According to Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove, The library is an arena of possibility, opening both a window into the soul and a door onto the world.  The same can certainly be said about great documentary films.

This fall, expand your horizons by exploring a series of enlightening and thought-provoking documentary films.

All film screenings are free, and popcorn and beverages will be served.  Please register through the library’s online calendar or by stopping into the library or calling to sign up.

October 3:  Faces Places “89-year old Agnés Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year old French photographer & muralist, JR, teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda &JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed, and shared. Together they travel around villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories, and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts, and trains revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. Faces Places documents these heart-warming encounters, as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way.” (

October 19:  I Am Not Your Negro “Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives & assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X & Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin & Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.” (

October 29: NOVA: Kilauea: Hawaii on Fire “Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted in 2018, sending rivers of lava through communities and into the sea. Join scientists and local residents as they investigate this frightening spike in volcanic activity that turned an island paradise into an inferno.” (

November 7: Last Men in Aleppo “Academy Awards nominee for Best Documentary Feature and winner of the Grand Jury documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad’s breathtaking work, a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization consisting of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes and attacks in the hope of saving lives. Incorporating moments of both heart-pounding suspense and improbable beauty, the documentary draws us into the lives of three of its founders Khaled, Subhi, and Mahmoud as they grapple with the chaos around them and struggle with an ever-present dilemma: do they flee or stay and fight for their country?” (

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Silent Book Club

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Unlike a traditional book club with assigned books, then the scramble to read them and the pressure to have something smart to say, the Silent Book Club is all about adults enjoying books, friends, and a beverage of your choice–without any homework. There will be a 1/2 hour to chat (or not), then a quiet hour to read, followed by a 1/2 hour to chat (or not). BYO Book & a Beverage of your choice. Meet in the front upstairs of the library.

Simple. Sweet. Reading.

*Takes place on the 1st Tuesday of each month

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The Library’s New Literary Journal

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Check out the library’s new literary journal!

Welcome to Mason Street, the new literary magazine hosted by the Newark Public Library, located in Newark, NY.

We’ll showcase both established and emerging authors. We’ll also feature authors and artists on our blog page, and offer a link to young authors (ages 12-17.)

Have you got a fantastic photograph? Artwork? A video of a spoken word performance? Maybe a short story or poem?

Email us your fabulous work at  Deadline is August 15th at midnight.

Want to see our literary magazine? Click here

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One-On-One Computer Classes

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Did you know that the library offers individual computer instruction? Monday mornings and by appointment, you can sit down with our instructor and get help with your online job application, setting up and using an email account, signing up for Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family, or anything else you might need help with. Call the library to sign up.

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Announcing Emergency Closings for Weather

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At times, the library has to close due to weather and unsafe travel conditions. We would much rather know people are safe at home instead of trying to get to the library to return their books or movies that are due that day.

Closure of Newark Central School District schools does not automatically mean that the library will also be closed.

When the library closes for any emergency reason, including weather, the closing will be listed on FOX Rochester, 13 WHAM ABC, as well as on the library’s Facebook and website pages, when possible. Unfortunately, we are unable to access the phone system from home and therefore cannot have a “closed for weather” message as a greeting when you call the library. Instead, the phone will ring and ring without being answered.

Thank you

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