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Underground Railroad Survivors' Stories To Be Dramatized at The Library

Underground Railroad Survivors' Stories To Be Dramatized at The Library
The 19th century legend of the Freedom Quilt and the Underground Railroad that brought African-Americans to free states in the North will be dramatized in period costume at the East Brunswick Public Library on Monday, February 11, 7-9 p.m.

Families of all ages are invited to this free presentation in commemoration of Black History Month.

Stories handed down from family to family relate how a form of hidden communication helped to guide escaping slaves.  It was said that the quilts, which could be laid out to air without arousing suspicion, contained patterns that were code for when and how to prepare for the arduous—and dangerous—journey northward.  

Trish Chambers, dressed in Civil War-era clothing, tells the story of the Underground Railroad, presents a facsimile of the legendary Freedom Quilt, and explores how African-American traditions gave rise to the concept of the story cloth.  Ms. Chambers is the author of Civil War Women and Their Roles and Legacies and was a consultant on Gods and Generals, a film set during the War Between the States.

For more information, please call 732-390-6767.

 

“India Week” Celebration at The Library

“India Week” Celebration at The Library
The anniversary of India’s Republic Day, January 26, is being commemorated at the East Brunswick Public Library in a weeklong celebration, January 20-26, with arts, crafts, dance, film, a lecture, and a musical grand finale.

Authentic appetizers and desserts will be offered every day.  India Week is sponsored by the India Association of Garden State.  All events are free, and everyone is invited.

The schedule, subject to change, is as follows:

Sunday, January 20
Proclamation of India Week from the Office of the Mayor
5-7 p.m. Inauguration by Jagdish Vasudev, founder of the New Americans Program.  Dance performances: classical and Bollywood dances.  Musical recital on Tabla.

Monday, January 21
3-4 p.m. Arts and Crafts: Rangoli demonstration, Henna (Mehndi), and greeting cards.
4-5 p.m. Presentation by Abhishek Seth, East Brunswick High School senior, on his book Save My World.

Tuesday, January 22
1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Film: Gandhi, directed by Richard Attenborough, English, 188 minutes, rated PG.  The biography of Mahatma Gandhi won eight Oscars.

Wednesday, January 23
7:30-9 p.m. Women’s Traditional Arts demonstrations: Indian food, Henna (Mehndi), mirror work embroidery, Saree (sari) draping.

Thursday, January 24
12-5 p.m. Artists’ Day:  artwork by Hiraben Beltangdi, Ashwini Suroor, and Pratima Agate.

Friday, January 25
7-8:30 p.m. Dance Performances: classical, regional, and Bollywood dances; Ras-Garba demonstration, and audience participation.

Saturday, January 26
6 p.m. Seema Singh tells the story of Indian Republic Day
7-8:30 p.m. INDIAN REPUBLIC DAY Musical Concert by Suranjan Bhanja and Sapna Dutt.

Although the Indian Independence Act of 1947 provided for India as a separate dominion as of August of that year, the country officially became a sovereign republic on January 26, 1950, when its constitution came into force.  In India January 26 is a national holiday, with businesses and schools closed.

Call the Information desk, 732-390-6767, for updates.  For more information about India Week, please contact (Mrs.) Sushma Patel, 732-238-8277.

Printable version of the India Week flyer (Adobe Reader required)

 

The East Brunswick Library Will Be Conducting a Telephone Survey to Plan Our Future

Give us your honest opinion about the Library – we want to know! How are we doing? What can we do better?

As part of our new strategic plan initiative, The East Brunswick Library has contracted with Zogby International to conduct a telephone survey aimed at random East Brunswick residents. If your household should receive a call, please be rest assured that this is a legitimate survey and your opinion is very important to us and to the future planning of The Library’s programs and services.

If you are called, please consider taking a few minutes from your busy schedule to answer some brief questions from our survey. The results from the telephone survey will be added to the results of the focus groups conducted last fall to guide the Library’s Board of Trustees in planning the goals and objectives of The Library for the next three years.
 
For more information, please call 732-390-6767 or go to The Library’s website at http://www.ebpl.org.

The East Brunswick Library Will Be Conducting a Telephone Survey to Plan Our Future

Give us your honest opinion about the Library – we want to know! How are we doing? What can we do better?

As part of our new strategic plan initiative, The East Brunswick Library has contracted with Zogby International to conduct a telephone survey aimed at random East Brunswick residents. If your household should receive a call, please be rest assured that this is a legitimate survey and your opinion is very important to us and to the future planning of The Library’s programs and services.

If you are called, please consider taking a few minutes from your busy schedule to answer some brief questions from our survey. The results from the telephone survey will be added to the results of the focus groups conducted last fall to guide the Library’s Board of Trustees in planning the goals and objectives of The Library for the next three years.
 
For more information, please call 732-390-6767 or go to The Library’s website at http://www.ebpl.org.


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