Wednesday, July 7, 2010

West Orange Public Library Programs for week of July 12

Public libraries are great places for FREE art and science programs and performances for the entire family! Check out the West Orange Public Library Summer Programs for the week of July 12.

For Adults
Standing Waves with Marafanyi
Join Lara Gonzalez and Yael Shacham of Marafanyi for an interactive musical program at the Library. The program will focus on West African drum, dance, and song with an emphasis on coastal communities of West Africa. Thursday, July 15, at 7:00 PM.

Ms. Gonzalez and Ms. Shacham frequently travel to Guinea, West Africa. As co-founders of Marafanyi Drum, Dance and Song, Ms. Gonzalez and Ms. Shacham have been teaching and performing for over 10 years. Ms. Gonzalez is a resident teaching artist for NJPAC. Ms. Shacham is a certified Music Together teacher. Together they use music as a means for increasing developmental skills. Marafanyi has performed with Grammy award winner, Angélique Kidjo from Benin at SOPAC and Congolese guitarist Dominic Kanza and his African Rhythm Machine.

Register online at You may also stop by or call the Library at 973.736.0198. Registration recommended.

Film and Dessert
Take a break from the summer heat! The Library will show a feature film on Friday, July 16, at 2 PM. Cookies and light refreshments are provided, so drop in!

For Teens and ‘Tweens
Teen Sound Waves
Flood your ears with music that you create! Write, rehearse, and record an original song with the help of local musician Kathy Moser in this free workshop at the Library. The musical creation will be posted online for all participants to enjoy and share. Kathy Moser is a songwriter, performer, teacher and social artist who has performed and toured nationally. Monday, July 12, at 4:00 PM or Monday, July 12, at 6:30 PM.

Register online at You may also stop by or call the Library at 973.736.0198. Registration required.

For Kids
Fluid Motion
Jen Slaw’s juggling performance combines fluid motion, grace, humor and skill. Kids will be mesmerized as she dances to the beat of hip-hop music while juggling!

Jen was the 2002 International Jugglers' Association's Three Ball Champion. She has performed throughout the world. She recently collaborated with Cirque du Soleil and the Ringling Brothers Circus.

The library brings Jen to town on Wednesday, July 14. Catch her performance at 4:00 PM or 6:00 PM.

Register for this program at You may also stop by or call the Library at 973.736.0196. Registration required.