Art Talk: Edvard Munch, 9/29/23 @ 7 pm

Edvard Munch: So Much More than The Scream
Friday, September 29, 2023, 7:00-8:15 pm via Zoom
Presenter: Janet Mandel, Arts Educator


Edvard Munch, famous for four versions of The Scream, was a prolific Norwegian painter and printmaker. This talk will look at his fascinating and unconventional life— he was damaged by alcoholism, hallucinations, social isolation, and paranoia— as well as his psychologically evocative paintings. His need to explore situations brimming with emotional content and expressive energy characterizes all of his astonishing work.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Pennington Public Library and the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.

About Our Presenter: Janet Mandel taught in New Jersey’s public schools for 32 years, the last eighteen of which were at Columbia High School in Maplewood, where she taught English, art history, and World Languages and Cultures. Now retired, Janet presents illustrated talks on a variety of art history topics at adult schools, libraries, museums, senior centers, community centers, and similar venues.


Fall Greeting Card Making Workshop, 10/8/23 @ 3 pm

Sunday, October 8, 2023, 3:00 – 4:00 pm @ Pennington Public Library
Presenter: Alicia Vincelette, Inked Edge Paper Art
Participation Fee: $5

Registration Opens September 1:

Learn the art of greeting card making using rubber stamped images, and interesting folding and layering techniques to create one-of-a-kind cards. This is a hands-on class where you’ll use various tools to create cards that can be used for whatever occasion you’d like. No experience is needed.

About the Instructor
Alicia Vincelette has been an avid cardmaker for 28 years with a passion for teaching others to create cards using a variety of mediums.  In her Inked Edge Paper Art classes she has taught all levels of card making from beginner to advanced for over 24 years. Teaching the different techniques for card making has brought her joy as she transforms paper into an art form.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Pennington Library

Organize Like An Archivist, 10/11/23 @ 7 pm

Organize Like An Archivist: Taming Genealogy Records and Research
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 @ 7 pm via Zoom
Presenter: Nancy Loe, Sassy Jane Genealogy


This presentation helps you put your family history research in order. Can’t find the records you know you have? Lost in a sea of digital files and paper? Let an archivist be your guide. Learn effective strategies to organize your research and link digital and paper records, using the same principles as professional archivists. No need for color codes, numbering systems, or complicated schemes with this archives-based system. And when your records are organized, you can spend more time on the things that matter: finding more ancestors.

Presentation Highlights

  • Six-folder master genealogy filing
  • Developing consistent file names for scans and downloads
  • Retrieving records on demand
  • Using consistent data entry in family trees
  • Linking digital and paper records

About the Presenter:

Archivist, librarian, and genealogist Nancy Loe has been helping researchers with their family trees since 1977. She specializes in US and European family history research, presenting at webinars and conferences in the US, Canada, and Australia. Nancy’s genealogy e-books and free monthly newsletter are available at Nancy works on her own tree in the US, Prussia, Scotland, Austria, Romania, Norway, and Sweden. So far, she has visited seven of the eight villages of her great-grandparents in Europe.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Pennington Library

In Conversation with Author Laura Spence-Ash – Recording Available

Local Author Laura Spence-Ash discusses her novel Beyond That, The Sea with the Pennington Public Library.

In Conversation with Author Laura Spence-Ash
Wednesday, August 30, 2023 @ 7 pm via Zoom

As German bombs fall over London in 1940, working-class parents Millie and Reginald Thompson make an impossible choice: they decide to send their eleven-year-old daughter, Beatrix, to America, where they hope she’ll stay safe. As Bea comes into herself and relaxes into summers on the coast in Maine, the girl she had been begins to fade away, until, abruptly, she is called home to London when the war ends. As we follow Bea over time, navigating between her two worlds, Beyond That, the Sea emerges as a beautifully written, absorbing novel, full of grace and heartache, forgiveness and understanding, loss and love.

Laura Spence-Ash’s debut novel, Beyond That, the Sea, was published by Celadon Books on March 21, 2023. The novel received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, was named a GMA Buzz Pick, and is an Indie Next pick for April 2023. Her short fiction has appeared in One Story, New England Review, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. Her critical essays and book reviews appear regularly in the Ploughshares blog. She received her MFA in fiction from Rutgers–Newark, and she lives in Hopewell, New Jersey.

Author Image Credit: Beowulf Sheehan

In Conversation with Authors Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck, 10/24/23 @ 7 PM

In Conversation with Authors Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck
Tuesday, October 24, 2023 @ 7 pm via Zoom


Local Authors Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck discuss their book African Americans of Central New Jersey: A History of Harmony and Hostility with the Pennington Public Library.

Through grit and determination, the founding Black families of Sourland Mountain and surrounding Central New Jersey put down roots, built homes, established churches, and navigated their lives in an unforgiving world. Tracing lineages to the colonial era, many of the families have origins obscured through time and distorted by race. Through extensive research and interviews authors Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills reveal stories of the families who shaped the region for generations.

About the Authors:
Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck are the founders of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and authors of If These Stones Could Talk. They proudly received the Kirkus Book Review in October 2018 and in 2019 the New Jersey Author’s Award Non-Fiction Popular Works Category. In 2020, they partnered with the Museum of the American Revolution for an exhibition titled When Women Lost the Vote. In 2021, they received the Doris C. Carpenter Award on behalf of Preservation New Jersey for their work on the March of America’s Diverse Army through New Jersey and the Solomon Northup Family Award for uplifting the memory of enslaved people. In June 2022, they appeared in the New Jersey PBS Special titled The Price of Silence, The Forgotten Story of New Jersey’s Enslaved People, produced by Truehart Productions.

Creating a Backyard Victory Garden – Recording Coming Soon!

Presenter: Anthony Bracco, Bracco Farms
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 @ 7 pm via Zoom

Recording Coming Soon!

Anthony Bracco, owner of Bracco Farms, presents this talk on the Victory Garden model which was so successful during both world wars. Learn about the history of Victory Gardens and hear about the experiences of those who found joy, satisfaction, and security in growing their own food.

This presentation will also provide information to help you start your own Victory Garden, including: siting the garden, preparing the soil, sourcing seeds safely, fertilizing and watering, using the right tools, and extending the season to enjoy your garden longer.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Pennington Public Library.

 About our presenter: Anthony Bracco owns and operates Bracco Farms, a small family farm in the black dirt region of Pine Island, NY. He uses sustainable farming techniques to grow clean, pure produce that is a favorite among chefs. During the coronavirus pandemic, Anthony also began teaching others about self sufficiency via gardening as issues of food safety, food security and supply chain became an important priority for the general public. Anthony lives with his family in Cedar Grove, NJ