ADULT DEPARTMENT

 

Please contact reference@fairlawn.bccls.org or 201-796-3400, ext. 2 with any reference questions or questions about programs. 

SPECIAL EVENTS

FRAGMENTS OF MY PARENT'S LIFE

Thursday, October 13
7pm

“Whoever saves the life of a person, saves humanity”

The Righteous Among the Nations, honored by Yad Vashem, are non-Jews who took great risks to save Jews during the Holocaust. Rescue took many forms and the Righteous came from different nations, religions and walks of life. What they had in common was that they protected their Jewish neighbors at a time when hostility and indifference prevailed.

Physician Dr. Bijlmer Hendricus is one of the Righteous. Dr. Hendricus provided forged documents to Jews in Amsterdam to save them from being deported to concentration camps. Presenter, Han Broekman, will share the story of his mother who was one of the saved. 

 

Han Broekman was born and raised in the Netherlands. He has a PhD in biochemistry and was an Associate Research Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College for 34 years. Dr. Broekman is a longtime resident of Fair Lawn.

CLIMATE AND WEATHER

Tuesday, October 18
7pm

Within the past decade, NJ has experienced its wettest and warmest years in over a century of observations.  Extreme weather/climate events suggest that something is happening to NJ’s climate regime. Natural variations alone cannot account for these NJ (and global) anomalies. Human influences on climate are significant, prompting discussion as to how society might mitigate or develop greater resiliency to increasing climate change. This
presentation will explore the physical dimensions of the issue, both short and long term. Special emphasis will be on flooding issues, both from water flowing downstream
associated with heavy rainfall and upstream resulting from coastal storm surges.     

Dr. David Robinson is a Distinguished Professor of Geography at Rutgers University and for the past 30 years has been New Jersey’s State Climatologist.

Registration required. This program will be in-person and on Zoom. 

BACKYARD GARDENS AND NATIVE POLLINATORS

Thursday, October 20
7pm

This program will be livestreamed on Zoom and the presenter will be in the Library. Registration required.

 

Sponsored by the Green Team

JACK THE RIPPER

Thursday, October 27
7pm

WARNING: This lecture is not for children. There are lurid photos of the victims and a discussion of the psycho-sexual aspects of serial murder.

The identity of Jack the Ripper is by far the most beguiling aspect of the murders.  But within this mystery are countless other mysteries.  Was he a doctor?  Why did he keep some of the victim’s organs?  Are the famous Ripper letters authentic or a hoax?  How was he able to commit the murders without being caught?  Did he have an accomplice?  Why did he stop killing?

Dr. Mark R. Vogel is a clinical psychologist with 35 years’ experience, including working in the New Jersey prison system. A Jack the Ripper researcher, he was a guest speaker at the Jack the Ripper Conference in London in 2018, has surveyed the murder sites, and reviewed original police files.

Registration required. This program will be in-person and on Zoom.

GLITZY PUMPKIN DECORATING

Thursday, October 27
7pm

Join Emiliana and have fun decorating pumpkins for the holidays!  We are going to glam up our little pumpkins! Please bring your own real or fake medium to small pumpkins to decorate.  If you have a glue gun please bring it with you.  The library will have all other supplies to decorate with.  

 

Registration required. This will be an in-person program. Must be a Fair Lawn resident and 18 yrs and older.

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ONGOING PROGRAMS

WRITERS' CIRCLE

Mondays 
7pm

Our Adult Writers' Circle has not let the pandemic stop us, as we continue to meet. In fact, we are meeting more often than ever, once a week at the moment, Mondays at 7:00 pm. No experience is necessary and the group meets on Zoom. Please email Justin to sign up. 

KNITTING CLUB

Mondays
2pm

Join Carolina in the Reference Room for a fun hour of knitting, stories, tips and showing off your latest project. All levels welcome. If you would like to attend via zoom, please sign up on our calendar to receive the link

CHESS CLUB

1st Monday of the Month
Next Meeting: October 3
1pm

Join other Chess enthusiasts for this drop-in chess club on Level B to the left of the globe. 

ADULT BOARD GAME CLUB

Wednesdays
7pm

Looking to play some games online with staff and patrons? Our Adult Board Game Club is now virtual and meets weekly on Wednesdays at 7pm. If you are an adult and are interested in playing, email Justin and he'll tell you more and send you an invitation to our meetings. We have played some party games, and even enjoyed a space-themed RPG.

OPEN STUDIO

Thursdays
7pm

Emiliana will continue to lead the group on Zoom.  Enjoy drawing a still life or (clothed) model. No drawing or artistic experience is necessary, and new members of all ages are always welcome. You will need a drawing pencil, pad of drawing paper, and eraser or any medium you feel comfortable with. Email Em if you would like to join the group and she will send you a Zoom link the day of the program.

UKRAINIAN SOCIAL GROUP

3rd Thursday of the Month
Next Meeting: October 20
11am

Meet with other Ukrainians in a relaxed and informal setting.

Зустрітися з іншими українцями в невимушеній та неформальній обстановці. Реєстрація не потрібна.