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Programs for All Ages

Join us at the library and paint a rock for #WORocks! We'll supply the paint and brushes, you bring the rock. All Ages.  Registration Requested.

Crochet Club: Fridays, August 11 and August 25 from 2pm-4pm 
The club's main focus will be on crocheting hats and blankets for newborns to be collected and donated at the end of August to RWJ Barnabas NICU.  All ages and all skill levels welcome!
Summer Storytimes continue through August 13th.  

Registration appreciated, walk-ins welcome!  

Reading Buddies: Children practice reading with teen volunteers.             Mondays at 3pm.

Toddler Storytime: Ages 2-3 1/2 :  Tuesdays at 10:30am

Preschool Storytime: Ages 3 1/2 - 5: Tuesdays at 11:30am

Baby Storytime: Infants to age 2 :  Thursdays at 10:30am

Bilingual Storytime / Hora de Cuentos Bilingue: Stories in English and Spanish. All Ages :  Fridays at 11am

Saturday Morning Stories: Volunteers read stories to kids in our Children's Room. Saturdays at 11am

Poolside Storytimes: Stories at the Ginny Duenkel Pool!  Thursdays at 2:30pm (A pool membership is required to attend this off-site storytime.)

August Programs for Children

Check-It-Out-Mate Chess Club:  Thursdays, 4pm-5pm, through August 24
Children in grades 2-8 learn to play chess with Eric Greenebaum. Novice and advanced players are welcome! (Registration Required)
Turtle Dance Music presents, bubbles, comedy and music technology and original stories about why engineers, architects and designers rock! The show is crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the Autism Spectrum. Kids of all ages.

C hildr en 's book author Mike Malbrough reads his new 
book  Marigold Bakes a Cake and then leads kids in a craft.  Event includes a book signing. Best for Pre-K and up.

Chess championship tournament: Tuesday, August 15 from 6:30-8:30 pm.
West Orange at Livingston Library! 5th Annual Chess Tournament. Registration required to compete. Grades 3 rd to 5 th

Music Together presents a program for young children and their caregivers.  Sing, play and listen in this group activity. 

August Programs for Teens!
Fan Fiction Club: Tuesdays through August 15, 4pm-5pm
Do you love Harry Potter? Can you not get enough of Percy Jackson? Join other fans as you create and share stories based on the characters and worlds you know so well! Snacks provided at each club meeting.                                 (Best for Middle Grade / Middle School Ages)

TeensSpeak!: Saturday August 5th and 12th, 10:30am-11:30am
The Michael Aymar Foundation, who ran the Raise the Grade series this past winter, is back with a summer series focused on public speaking.                   Grades 5-8.  Please Register.

Teen Karaoke Night!: Wednesday, August 2nd at 7pm
Sing, laugh, and have a blast at our teen night! Register in advance to request a specific song to sing. Walk-ins will be able to choose a song from a pre-made playlist. Not much for singing in front of people? Come by to support your friends! Rather read a poem or play an instrument? We can do that too! Snacks and refreshments provided. Grades 6-12.

Illustration Workshop: Wednesday, August 9th at 7pm
Dream of drawing your own comics or manga one day? Get inspired by illustrator and West Orange's own Paul Walcott! Paul will share his story, offer a drawing demo, and then guide artists in an illustration exercise. Great for Anime Fans! Grades 6-12.

Volunteer Opportunities
We always need extra help in the summer! Here are some of our Summer Teen Volunteer Opportunities. To learn more, CLICK HERE , call 973-736-0198 x216 or visit the Children's Room and ask to speak with either Kris or Faith.

Storytime Volunteer! Do you like reading stories to children? Then sign up to be a storytime volunteer this summer!  Program runs Saturdays at 11am through August 19. (Ages 16+)

Library Assistant and Program Helper:  Help us in the Children's Room and/or assist in summer programs.  Flexible schedules available. (Ages 16+)

Review New YA books!  Are you in grades 6-12? Do you love to read YA books? Do you want to share your opinion about what you read? Then become a book reviewer for the library! Your reviews will be posted on our website and on our Tumblr account. How cool is that? To get involved contact Kris, the teen librarian, at or 973-736-0198 x216.

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August Programs for Adults

The Civil Rights Movement presented by Medici Lectures and Tours: Thursday, August 3 at 7pm
The civil rights movement was a struggle by African Americans in the mid-1950s to late 1960s to achieve civil rights equal to those of whites, including equal opportunity in employment, housing, and education, as well as the right to vote, the right of equal access to public facilities, and the right to be free of racial discrimination. This movement sought to restore to African Americans the rights of citizenship guaranteed by the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, which had been eroded by segregationist Jim Crow Laws in the South. Mario Medici will present the events in an interesting and factual manner that will hold your interest for the fastest 60-75 minutes.

Film & Dessert: Friday, August 4 at 2pm
Watch a screening of the movie "Chef" starring Jon Favreau and Sophia Vergara. (Rated R)

Book Discussion: Monday, August 7 at 1:30pm
August's book selection: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Building History in Your Own Backyard with Joe Fagan:                           Thursday, August 10 at 7pm
Marking the 100th anniversary of the United States entering into World War I, local historian Joe Fagan will share the story of a West Orange World War I veteran. Mr. Fagan will bring an original World War I uniform and other artifacts to make history come alive.

Street Photography with Heidi Sussman: Saturday, August 12, 12pm-2pm
Photographer Heidi Sussman will show you how to improve your photographs with some basic techniques. No need to bring an expensive camera-your smart phone is the perfect tool for effective street photography. This workshop will include a short photo shoot around the area of the library so you will have the opportunity to take photographs that can be submitted to the West Orange Arts Council Community Coloring Book. 

Biz 2.0 Workshop: Thursday, August 17 at 7pm
How to bring in sales people and other employees and give them the best chance to succeed. 

Film & Dessert: Friday, August 18 at 2pm
Watch "Southside with You" s tarring Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers.         (Rated PG-13)  
 A Note from the Friends of the Library

Greetings from the Friends of the West Orange Public Library.

We've scheduled the second annual book sale in the fall, so please mark your calendars. The sale is  Saturday, September 30, and  Sunday, October 1. As with last year, Friends get a sneak preview and "first dibs" at a reception  Thursday, September 28. Details will come soon. The venue is the newly renovated library basement - looking quite different from last year, with more open space. This is a major fundraiser - while opening up the basement further for use for meetings, events and classes.

Stay tuned for details about our next monthly meeting. We have a variety of opportunities to contribute to fund-raising efforts, book sale pre-event preparation and day-of staffing, and other ways to help the Friends help the library. We need your help and welcome your ideas. Please contact Marge Mingin at for more information.

Not a Friends member yet? It's easy to join the Friends or make a donation. Go to and click on the purple Friends box at the top of the page. You can join online or offline.

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