New Friends of the Oakland Public Library Recent Events

The New Friends of the Oakland Public Library has been raising funds to support the programs you and your family enjoy at our library. We are pleased to share this list of recent events. All of these fundraisers allow the New Friends to not only continue programs that are already established but also add programs and purchases as the need arises. Please see our New Friends of the Oakland Public Library page for more information on our mission. If you are kind enough to donate, please visit our Donation page where you can contribute through PayPal. Additional options for making a tax-deductible contribution are also available.


2019 Events:



NFOPL Monthly Magic Book Sale
Books Half Price
Saturday, May 11 through Sunday May 19



(Pictured left to right are: Ron Levy, Laura Hamilton, Lanny Paykin, and Anthony Cecere)


2018 Events:


sonoaurostrioSONO AUROS
Sunday, April 15th from 4:00-5:00 PM
Location: Presbyterian Church of New Jersey


Sam Magill, Cello
Melanie Genin, Harp
Lucian Rinando, Flute

Sono Auros will be performing works by Debussy, Jolivet, Dupin, and Rachmaninoff.

Melanie Genin “The young and sensational French harpist Mélanie Genin gives an authentic interpretation of Danse sacrée et Danse profane by DEBUSSY.” Brownpaper, Brooklyn

Sam Magill - "Magill's husky, dark timbre matches the Cello Sonata's yearning intensity to perfection." The Strad

Lucian Renando -"brilliant display of control... a virtuoso performance that elicited an outpouring of applause…”. Atlantic Highlands

(photo Sono Auros left to right) Lucian Renando, Melanie Genin, Sam Magill


 Sganga Concert Flyer



Please register by phone 201-337-3742 or online by Clicking Here.


 2017 Events:


americanbrassquintetAmerican Brass Quintet
Sunday, April 23rd at 4:00 PM
Presbyterian Church of New Jersey
222 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, NJ

The New Friends of the Oakland Library Sunday Afternoon Concert Series presents American Brass Quintet with Kevin Cobb and Louis Hanzlik on trumpet, Erik Reed on horn, Michael Powell on trombone and John D. Rojak on bass trombone.  The concert is free and donations are gladly accepted.  The doors will open at 3:45.  First come, first seated.  No registration required.  The NFOPL is a 501(c)3 organization.

Hailed by Newsweek as "the high priests of brass," the American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our  time, celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world. As 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America's highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field, ABQ's rich history includes performances in Asia, Australia, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Canada and the United States; a discography of nearly 60 recordings; and the premieres of over 150 contemporary brass works. 

Committed to the development of brass chamber music through higher education, the American Brass Quintet has served as Ensemble-in-Residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and the Aspen Music Festival since 1970.  The New York Times recently wrote that "among North American brass ensembles none is more venerable than the American Brass Quintet," and American Record Guide has lauded the ABQ "of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished." Through its acclaimed performances, diverse programming, commissioning, extensive discography and educational mission, the American Brass Quintet has created a legacy unparalleled not only in the brass community, but in the chamber music field at large. 



KaylaNFOPL Favorite Foreign Films
2nd Monday of every month at NOON
Monday, April 17th at 12:00 PM

Please bring a bag lunch and the New Friends of the Oakland Public Library will provide dessert.  The movie for April 17th is Kayla






Opera Matinee
Sunday, March 19 at 4:00 PM
Presbyterian Church of New Jersey
222 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, NJ

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(Left to Right: Korliss Uecker Arias, Richard Bernstein and Elizabeth Martyn)

The New Friends of the Oakland Library Sunday Afternoon Concert Series presents Opera Matinee with Metropolitan Opera Bass Richard Bernstein and Soprano Korliss Uecker Arias and duets from the operatic canon will be preformed.    Elizabeth Martyn joins them at the grand piano. The venue is wheelchair accessible and this concert is free.  No registration required. 

A frequent presence onstage at the Metropolitan Opera, Korliss Uecker has performed in over 150 performances including Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro, Korliss Uecker (broadcast on national radio), Marzelline in Fidelio, Oscar in A Masked Ball, Valencienne in The Merry Widow. She sang Giannetta in a telecast of The Elixer of Love with Lucianno Pavarotti and Frasquita in Carmen with Placido Domingo. Other credits performances in Strasbourg, France, Opera de Monte Carlo, The Wesford Festival, Sante Fe Opera, the Spoleto Festival and the Ravinia Festival, and the Library of Congress. Korliss has recorded for Deutsche Grammophone, London Decca, Arabesque Records and New World Recordings (Songs of Victor Herbert, released 2013). She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Juilliard and a Bachelor of Science from the Univ. of North Dakota. Ms. Uecker was a Registered Nurse previous to her singing career.

A Metropolitan Opera company member since his debut in 1995, acclaimed bass Richard Bernstein has appeared with Richard Bernstein the MET in 374 performances and over 110 international live broadcasts to date. He has also sung leading roles with companies around the country and around the world. This coming season marks his 22nd consecutive with the MET, as he sings in Jenufa, Manon Lescaut, Salome, and Eugene Onegin, while also covering roles in Tristan und Isolde (new production), Guillaume Tell (new production), Carmen, Idomeneo, and the rarely-performed Cyrano. Mr. Bernstein has collaborated with a host of major American symphony orchestras ranging from the New York Philharmonic to the Chicago Symphony to the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has been a guest at many prestigious festivals, including the Lincoln Center, Spoleto, Ravinia, and Tanglewood Music Festivals. Mr. Bernstein also regularly judges regional and district auditions for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Elizabeth Martyn, will be accompanying Ms. Uecker and Mr. Bernstein on the Grand Piano. Ms. Martyn has performed extensively in the South, appearing as soloist on numerous occasions with the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Shreveport Symphony. Locally, she has performed with the Ridgewood Symphony and the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, as well as collaborating with many area musicians, including members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Ms. Martyn has appeared frequently on the Patron Series of the West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, as both soloist and collaborative pianist. She performs frequently with various chamber groups, including the Tononi Trio, the Ramapo Valley Chamber Ensemble, and the New Horizon Chamber Players. Ms. Martyn is committed to music education, and maintains a busy private studio in Glen Rock, NJ.


mrspalfreyNFOPL Favorite Foreign Films
2nd Monday of every month at NOON
Monday, March 13th at 12:00 PM

Please bring a bag lunch and the New Friends of the Oakland Public Library will provide dessert.  The movie for March 13th is Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont.  Directed by Dan Ireland, Featuring: Joan Plowright, Rupert Friend, Zoë Tapper Millicent Martin, and Anna Massey. 

All but abandoned by her family in a London retirement hotel, an elderly woman strikes up a curious friendship with a young writer. "This unabashedly sentimental film is a juicy morsel for the great British actress, Dame Joan Plowright" NYTimes AARP Movies for Grownups 2006 -Best Actress Joan Plowright Newport Beach Film Festival 2006 Audience Award - Best Film Dan Ireland Palm Springs International Film Festival 2006 Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature Dan Ireland


kerryEnchanting Ireland
Presented by Dr. James Kane
Monday, March 6th at 6:30 PM

A rare emerald, the Irish call their home "Forty Shades of Green", and this fast-paced one-hour lecture, slides, and CD music will take a visit to that lovely land 'beyond the Irish Sea'. Learn about Dublin and her one thousand year old history; in many ways still a 19th century city. You'll also visit Galway, Cork, Belfast, and the splendid small-walled city of Derry.

Dr. Kane is a former teacher, prep school headmaster, principal and, for 25 years, a superintendent of schools. He presently is a professor of history at William Paterson University.  Dr. Kane holds the rank of Captain, USMCR and served as a Marine infantry officer in the famed First Marine Brigade, Fleet Marine Force in the Pacific.  He was awarded the Diplomat in Education by the NJ Association of School Administrators.

This program was made possible by the generous support of the NFOPL.

NFOPL Sunday Afternoon Concert Series

Sunday, February 19th at 4:00 PM
Presbyterian Church of New Jersey
222 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, NJ

(Pictured left to right: Daryl Goldberg, Lanny Paykin, Samuel Magill, and E. Zoe Hassmann.)











The New Friends of the Oakland Library Sunday Afternoon concert series resumes with CelloMania! on Sunday, February 19 at 4:00 PM. Four brilliant cellists led by Oakland resident Lanny Paykin bring to life old and new favorites for cello ensemble.

Collectively, these cellists have performed with American Ballet Theater, The New York Pops, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City Opera, American Composer's Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Westchester Philharmonic, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Opera, New York Symphonic Ensemble, Pittsburgh Symphony, Houston Symphony and the Huston Ballet Orchestra.

They have played in various Broadway shows such as The Lion King, Cabaret, Show Boat, The King and I, Elf, Candide, and Promises, Promises.

Performances include Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion, the New York Chamber Music Festival, Lake Tahoe Summerfest, the Castleton Festival; and shows with Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenowith, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Chris Botti, Pink Martini, Andrea Bocelli, Itzhak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, Joshua Bell and Emmanuel Ax.

The Sunday Afternoon Concert Series is made possible by the generous support of the New Friends of the Oakland Public Library. The concerts are free, donations are gladly accepted and the venue is wheelchair accessible. The NFOPL is a 501(c) 3 organization.

blissNFOPL Winter Foreign Films
Monday, January 9 at 12:00 PM

Please bring a bag lunch and the New Friends of the Oakland Public Library will provide dessert.  The movie for January 9 is Bliss.  Directed by Abdullah Oguz and Featuring: Ozgu Namal and Murat Han.

Please register in person, by phone at 201-337-3742 or online by Clicking Here. 






2016 Events:



Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM at the Presbyterian Church of NJ
The Great American Songbook Meets Cabaret!

Tammy Hensrud, mezzo-soprano with Richard Pearson Thomas, piano  

"As the Mother Abbess, Tammy Hensrud lends her powerful voice to the inspirational "Climb Every Mountain," and provides a sense of spiritual grounding that enables her to counsel Maria so wisely.  Along with a trio of nuns, she moves the charming "(How Do You Solve a Problem Like) Maria" into a spirited and affenctionate debate."


friendsbooksaleNew Friends of the Oakland Public Library
7th Annual Book Sale
Friday, October 28th from 5:00-9:00 PM
Saturday, October 29th from 9:30 AM- 5:00 PM
Sunday, October 30th from 1:00-5:00 PM

Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children's books, DVD's, CD's, Puzzles.... Something for everyone, and priced to sell.  The NFOPL is a 501(c)3 organization.

Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 4:00 PM at the Presbyterian Church of NJ
Ramapo Valley Chamber Ensemble:  Laura Hamilton, violin  Shelley Holland-Moritz, viola  Lanny Paykin, cello  Eliazbeth Martyn, piano. 

Our resident ensemble will kick off the season with a winning program of Mozart, Beethoven, and Copland, including Aaron Copland's Violin Sonata, which was composed in Oakland, NJ in 1943.


drawingroomRaffle for Summer Art Classes/Camp for Children or Adults

Win a set of Art Classes to the Drawing Room Fine Art and Sculpture Studio located in Midland Park.  The $215 Gift Certificate is good towards one week of Children's half-day Summer Camp 9:30-11:30 AM or 1:00-3:00 PM or it can be used towards 5 Wednesday Night Adult Art Classes.  All classes must be used between June 27 and Sept 2.  Raffle Tickets are $5.00 per ticket and can be purchased at the Oakland Public Library Circulation Desk until closing on June 25.  All proceeds from this raffle will go towards the NFOPL a 501(c)3 organization.


heiswatchingyouThe Nazi Spy from Glen Rock
He's Watching YOU!
Thursday, June 23rd at 6:30 PM
Presented by James Calaski in the Lower Gallery

Join James Calaski as he explains what, where, when and why in 1942 the FBI investigated Carl Schiphorst, resident of Glen Rock NJ, and the leader of the Bergen County Unit of German American Bund.  Schiphorst was suspected of being a Nazi Spy. This program is made possible by the generous support of the New Friends of the Oakland Public Library.





The Oakland Public Library Presents...
There's No Business, Like Show Business!
with Producer, Director & Creative Director Tony Salerno
Monday, May 23rd at 6:30 PM

An insider's view of the entertainment business from the 1960s to present day. Peek backstage and share production and celebrity anecdotes that illustrate the highs and lows of what it took to make some of your favorite show business moments a reality. Learn what a producer is and what they actually do, how producers facilitate the creative process from concept through execution, how and if the profession has changed over time.

juliachildThe Oakland Public Library Presents...
Julia Says: "Bon Appetit!"

Tuesday, May 17th at 7:00 PM

A one woman show featuring Linda Kenyon as Julia Child, written by Clay Tuenis.  Julia Child was an American cook, author and TV personality who introduced French cuisine and cooking techniques to America. This program is free.  Limited seating.  Registration is required.  Funded by the New Friends of the Oakland Library.





creativitycocktailsNew Friends of the Oakland Public Library presents:
Oakland Library Fundraiser 
The Brick House (Wine Room)
Thursday, May 19th from 6:30 - 9:00 PM
$80 per person

Join the New Friends of the Oakland Public Library for a night of Creativity & Cocktails for a Cause.  Register online at via calendar of events or pick up a registration form at the library.  Forms can be mailed to library or dropped off  - Attn: Nicole Reedy.  For more information call the library at 201-337-3742.



The New Friends of the Oakland Public Library Presents...
The Tononi Trio
Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
Sunday, April 24th at 4:00 PM
Presbyterian Church of New Jersey
222 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, NJ

The Tononi Trio returns to the Sunday Afternoon Concert Series stage with a selection of works by Haydn, Schumann and Piazzolla.  Oakland's own Laura Hamilton,violin, is the Acting Co-Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera and has served as Concertmaster with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Sydney. Lanny Paykin, who is married to Ms. Hamilton hails from the Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, and the Westchester Philharmonic and appears regularly with the NYC Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera.  Elizabeth Martyn, piano, completes the Tononi Trio. Ms. Martyn has performed extensively in the south soloing with the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Shreveport Symphony, and as appeared frequently on the Patron Series of the West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, with her husband Tim.

The concert is free and the venue is wheelchair accessible. 

Location: Presbyterian Church of New Jersey, 222 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, NJ. 

NFOPL is a 501 (c)3 organization.

artexhibitsaleThe New Friends of the Oakland Public Library Proudly Presents...
The Annual Art Exhibit & Sale

Saturday, April 16th from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, April 17th from 12:00 to 4:00 PM

Over 45 artists will be displaying their work at the Oakland Public Library.  There will be music and refreshments.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale, showcasing local artists, will benefit cultural programs for our community at the Oakland Public Library.




New Friends of the Oakland Public Library
Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
Ramapo Valley Chamber Ensemble
Sunday, March 20th at 4:00 PM

An afternoon of Beethoven, Bruch, Mozart and Villa-Lobos.  Katherine Fink on flute, Susan Heerema on Violin, Elizabeth Martyn on piano, Lanny Paykin on Cello, Francesca Martin Silos on Viola and Murray B. Colosimo on Clarinet.   Location: Presbyterian Church of New Jersey, 222 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, NJ.  NFOPL is a 501 (c)3 organization.

This concert is free and made possible by the generous support of the New Friends of the Oakland Public Library.

minigolfNew Friends of the Oakland Public Library presents:
Mini-Golf at the Library 
Friday, March 18th from 5:00- 8:30 PM
Saturday, March 19th from 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tickets: $5.00 per Game

 A family friendly event for all ages!  Children 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult.  The New Friends of the Oakland Library will bring a 18 hole mini-golf course into the library that will wind it's way through the stacks, down the stairs and around the book shelves.  Tickets are $5.00 a game, and can be purchased at the Circulation Desk.  Hot dogs and beverages will be available for purchase at the '19th' hole, along with Raffle Baskets and a 50/50.  Last tee times are 8:30 PM on Friday and 4:30 PM on Saturday.

NFOPL is a 501 (c)3 organization.

A big THANK YOU to the following sponsors of the 18 holes: Laser Dentistry; Ivy Rehab; Chiropractic Family & Sports Injury Center; LInda Schwager, Attorney; Pet Supplies Plus; Oakland Pizza and Restaurant; Oakland Hardware; Gittleman, Muhlstock & Chewcaskie, LLP; APL Masonry; Cleary, Giacobe, Alfieri, and Jacobs, LLC; Café L'Amore; Dr. Anita Skolnick, DDS; Oakland Diner, Frank's Pizza and Italian Restaurant; Columbia Bank in Oakland; Shoprite of Oakland; Oakland Drugs; and 'Chopper' Russo ReMax.



New Friends of the Oakland Public Library
Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
Internationally Acclaimed Pianist Songyuan Tang
Sunday, February 21st at 4:00 PM

Location: Presbyterian Church of New Jersey, 222 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, NJ. 

An afternoon of Beethoven and Rachmanioff. 

Songyuan Tang was born in Shenyang, China. He started playing piano at age five, and began attending the Shenyang Conservatory of Music at the age of 13. He performed his debut recital with Shenyang Symphony Orchestra, in Shenyang, at age fourteen.
He has won numerous national competitions including 2nd Prize in the Xinghai National Piano competition and
3rd prize in Gulangyu National piano competition. In 2006, he won the 1st prize and the "Audience Favorite" prize in the Eastman International Piano Competition and full scholarship from Eastman school of music. In the same year, He received the YAMAHA Asia music scholarship.           
In 2015, Mr. Tang received 1st prize in the Maria Garcia international piano competition. He has played in master classes for renowned musicians such as Martin Canin, Thomas Schumacher, Nelita True, Lang Lang, Victor Rosenbaum, and Alexander Kobrin.
He completed her Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance, studying with Professor Min Kim at New Jersey City University with full scholarship. Currently , Songyuan is pursuing his Master of Music with Professor Douglas Humpherys at Eastman school of music, where he holds an accompanying assistantship.


2015 Events:

New Friends of the Oakland Public Library
Sunday Afternoon Concert Series Presents
Jazz, Samba, Bossa Nova & Beyond - with the Jazz Trio TRES

Sunday, November 15th at 4:00 PM
Presbyterian Church of New Jersey
222 Ramapo Valley Road Oakland, NJ


Featuring Oakland's own Mark Sganga, the International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion on guitar & vocals;  Kerry Linder on vocals & percussion, and Carl Schickler on bass, trombone,& vocals. TRES will perform a special family friendly concert of  Brazilian Jazz.

The Presbyterian Church of NJ is located at 222 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, NJ.  The concert is free, donations are gladly accepted and the performance space is wheelchair accessible.  The New Friends of the Oakland Public Library is a 501(c)3 organization. 

Book Sale in October
Friday evening, October 30th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm Saturday, October 31st from 9:30am to 4:30pm Sunday, November 1st from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Presented by the New Friends of the Oakland Public Library

book sale

New Friends of the Oakland Public Library present the Sunday Afternoon Concert Series  Spotlight on Richard Bernstein Metropolitan Opera Soloist, Bergen County Neighbor and the Ramapo Valley Chamber Ensemble: Laura Hamilton, Jeehae Lee, Francesca Martin Silos, Elizabeth Martyn & Lanny Paykin Sunday, October 25th at 4:00 PM at the Presbyterian Church of New Jersey

Beginning with Mozart's Madamina, il catalogo e quest from Don Giovanni and ending with Leigh's The Impossible Dream (The Quest) from Man of La Mancha, this concert will include the works of Beethoven, Verdi, Puccini, and Schumann.  Mr. Berstein will be joined by Elizabeth Martyn, Piano; Laura Hamilton and Jeehae Lee, Violins; Francesca Martin Silos, Viola; and Lanny Paykin, Cello.

The Presbyterian Church is located on 222 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, NJ.  The concert is free, donations are glady accepted and the performance space is wheelchair accessible. 

The New Friends of the Oakland Public Library is a 501(c)3 organization.

The Fourth Annual Art Exhibit & Sale
Saturday, April 25th from 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, April 26th from 12:00pm-4:00pm

art sale

Blossoms and blooms, mountains and seas, carousels and pets, dawns and sunsets, palm trees and bluebirds bedecked the Library's story tower, front lobby and lower gallery thanks to the New Friends' Annual Art Show and Sale. Kicking off the exhibit on Friday evening was the Artists Reception. Artists, their invited guests, and active members of the New Friends attended the reception, complete with music, florals, hors d'oeuvres, and - of course - works of art.

Featuring local artists such as Jane Getty, Gerry and Artie Bird, Roberta Oliver, and specialty artist Gail Lino (naming only a few), the show displayed watercolors, acrylics, miniatures, botanicals, photographs, drawings, and - new to this exhibit - some bas-reliefs.

Ronnie Levine, chairperson of the show, noted that, "The 4th Annual New Friends of the Oakland Public Library Art Show was, once again, a 'community happening.' Over 250 people came to view art of all types, priced at all levels. The Show served as an outstanding cultural outreach program for the Library, as well as a successful fundraiser. Our thanks go to all who participated - the artists, the New Friends volunteers, and, of course, viewers and patrons!"

If you missed this show, please attend next year. Nary a person leaves disappointed! If you'd like to help the New Friends raise funds for the library, you can make a tax-deductible donation, attend our functions, or even join our group. Annual membership forms are available at the circulation desk and online at

Diane Macaluso
New Friends of the Oakland Lbrary

The Ramapo Valley Chamber Players
The Music of Haydn, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Finney
with Five Fabulous Musicians
Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 4:00pm
Presbyterian Church of New Jersey
222 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, NJ

ramapo valley chamber players

Laura Hamilton, violinist, Susan Heerema, violinist, Carla Auld, flutist, Elizabeth Martyn, pianist and Lanny Paykin, cellist, make up the Ramapo Valley Chamber Players who performed at the final 2014/2015 NFOL Sunday Concert on April 19th. Nick Cerratto, who has been the Artistic Director of the NFOL Sunday Afternoon Concert Series will be turning over the baton to Laura Hamilton, who will now serve as Artistic Director. A big THANK YOU to Nick Cerratto for bringing superb musicians to the Oakland Library community! The New Friends of the Oakland Library is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

 ~ Bach, Debussy, and More ~
A Concert for Harp, Flute and Viola
Sunday, March 22nd at 4:00 pm
Presbyterian Church of New Jersey
222 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, New Jersey

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A classical concert to greet the Spring featuring Laura Sherman, currently the harpist in the Broadway production of Wicked. Ms. Sherman has toured extensively in the U.S. and abroad with Barbara Streisand, The Philharmonica Hungarica and the NYC Opera. She has performed with the NYC Ballet, American Symphony Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy and the New World Symphony.

Joining her in this concert is David Wechsler, the flutist in many Broadway musicals including: Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Aida, Les Miserables, La Boheme and The Lion King.

Denise Cridge, violist, who has performed for many years with the New York City Opera National Company, The Opera Ensemble of NY, Berkshire Opera, Village LIght Opera and toured with the National Company of Broadway's Kiss of the Spiderwoman rounds out this trio.

February 22, 2015
The New Jersey Symphony Woodwind Quintet


Once again we will hear fabulous sounds from The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, but this time from their Woodwind Quintet. Musicians will be performing selections from Peter and the Wolf, a classical piece that will delight both youngsters and adults. This performance is for everyone, but it is especially perfect as an introduction to classical music for elementary and middle school children and families. It is part of our Sunday afternoon concert series and will begin at 4:00 p.m. at
The Presbyterian Church of New Jersey, 222 Ramapo Valley Road. Donations are very much appreciated.

Friday, January 16th from 6:30-8:00 pm

Games Night!!

game night

Bring your own board game!! The New Friends of the Oakland Public Library invite you to bring yourself, your family, your neighbor, your buddy and a board game for an evening of fun!


2014 Events:

holiday sing a longThe Holiday Sing-Along was a breath of fresh air in December. Both adults and children enjoyed the time together simply relaxing, singing, and enjoying the good spirit of the holidays - with no pressure! Everyone go to satisfy their vocal chords by enjoying hot (okay, warm) cocoa, mini marshmallows, and cookies.

schola cantorum on hudsonSchola Cantorum on Hudson was the first chorus on our Sunday afternoon concert series, and what a delight it was! The thirty-two mixed voices brought tears of simple joy to audience members, and they had our feet tapping by concert’s end. Because the director, Ms. Deborah King, positioned her singers around the sanctuary of The Presbyterian Church on Ramapo Valley Road, the voices circulated the space and embraced the audience with sight and sound on November 23, 2014.

debbie and friendsWhat a joy it was for Oakland’s young ones to hear Debbie and Friends on Saturday, November 22, and the Senior Center was the perfect venue! Girls and boys were on the dance floor wiggling, dancing, and rocking to the music and cartoons. Their voices got to growl like a giant, huff and puff like a wolf, and sing favorite songs. It was a fabulous morning and afternoon for children, parents, and grandparents!

njsoOn Sunday, October 19, 2014, the NJSO Brass Quintet performed for our Sunday afternoon concert series. Talk about fabulous! The audience not only heard music from around the world, but they also heard the history of the pieces that were played.

book saleOctober 2014 BOOK SALE. If you have it, they will come. The New Friends of the Oakland Public Library had its annual book sale, and the people came! Thousands of books were sold, and many smiling faces went home with treasures in hand. If you missed this year, look for it next year!


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September 2014 - Those who attended our Dinner and Creativity night at The Brick House had a fabulous time. Everyone's acrylic painting had its own interpretation of a fall scene, yet they were all magnificent! The Drawing Room Art Studio teachers conducted the evening's events and led the group to new artistic heights. The budding artists brought home their paintings, a paint brush, and many smiles! Nouveau artists enjoying wine and dinner while painting (pictured on right).

songyuan tangIn March, Songyuan Tang enthralled the audience with classical pieces by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven and Stravinsky. Held at the Senior Center this time, the event was like having a concert in one's living room; everyone had an up close and personal experience with the musical artist. Mr. Tang is presently a junior studying concert piano at New Jersey City University. We expect to see him on stage professionally very soon!

mark sgangaThe 2009 winner of The International Finger Style Guitar Championship, Mark Sganga has enthralled audiences from Stockholm to Kuala Lumpur. Mr. Sganga and His Band charmed us with his finger style guitar in February. Weaving a rich tapestry of beautiful melody, dynamic rhythm, and imaginative improvisation, Mark fused influences from South America and around the world, creating an entrancing travelogue. The audience simply fell in love with Mark as an instrumentalist and a singer/songwriter.

march art exhibitBoth Spring and Art were in the air this past March! Several local artists displayed a variety of watercolor, oil, acrylic, photography, or pencil works. The attending public thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit, purchases were made, and the evening reception was informative and simply delightful!



2013 Events:


levine gardensThe September Garden Party raised just over $3000. It was a fabulous outdoor event, providing attendees with appetizing foods, live music, and the opportunity to walk through acres of intriguing gardens with exquisite views of the Ramapo Mountains and surrounding area.

sunday concert seriesOur Sunday Concert Series began with “A Chamber Music Sampler” on October 20th, followed by “Marimba! Marimba!” in November. Each concert was attended by well over 100 adults and held at the Korean Presbyterian Church. Thanks to the continuing generosity of individuals, the series will move forward with programs in February, March and April at the acoustically-friendly church.


book saleOur Fourth Annual Used Book Sale was held at the library the weekend of November 1st– 3rd. Thanks to the hard work of our members and librarians, and the support from the community, we raised over $3000 that weekend. We are grateful to Barnes and Noble for donating two flats of used books. Any unsold books were boxed and sold en masse to a used book company who then uses their resources to resell the books. The New Friends receives a commission on any books sold. All unsold books are donated to Third-World countries, at no expense to the New Friends or the Oakland Library.

childrens concertNew to the New Friends’ concerts was the Children’s Concert on Saturday, February 8th. Featuring Suzi Shelton and Her Band (who had prior appearances at the White House and Lincoln Center), Oakland children from ages 2 – 9 were mesmerized during two separate concerts. Parents enjoyed the show, too!

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