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Native American Heritage Month Programs
Saturday, November 18th

Presented by Chris Savio

Presented by
 Traditional Earth Skills
12:00pm-1 2:45pm

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 Registration for programs may be done through the library calendar accessible at  or by calling the library at 
November Programs for Children

Creature Comfort:  Monday, Nov. 6, 4:30pm
Children practice reading aloud to a trained therapy dog.

Tuesday Nov. 7, 4pm-5pm 
Children build with Legos and Crayola Building Blocks. Grades K-5.

Mondays Oct. 9 - Nov. 13, 4pm-5pm. Grades K-5.
Our Bilingual Librarian, Isabel, will be in Children's Room on Monday afternoons this fall to help children in grades K-5 with their homework. 

Book Bingo   
Monday, Nov. 27, 6:30pm. All ages.
Stop by and play the literature version of Bingo! No registration required.

Tuesday Nov. 28, 4pm-5pm
WOHS teacher Deb Coen will lead a program on Snap Circuits!  Please register.

Book Clubs!!!
Tuesday, Nov. 14,  4:30pm-5:15pm
 Boo k Club for 4th and 5th grade students.  November's book is       Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  Registration required.

Tuesday, Nov. 21,  4:30pm-5:15pm
Book  club for 2nd and 3rd grade students. November's book is Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo .  Please register.

Programs for All Ages

Fridays, Nov. 10 and Nov. 24, 2:30pm-4pm 
Join our Crochet for a Cause Club. We'll be crocheting (and knitting) hats for the Saint Barnabas NICU again, which will be collected and donated on a quarterly basis. Have another cause you want to make items for or just want to practice your craft - then come join the club! All ages and levels are encouraged to attend. We have some yarn but please bring your own needle to the program. 

 International Games Day at Your Library
S at ur day, Nov. 18, 1pm-4pm 
Drop by the Library to play a tabletop game with your friends and family! Open to all ages. No registration required.

Storytimes at the Library are designed to introduce your children to the world of books. Choose the day and time that best fits your busy schedule, then call 973-736-0198 and press option 6 for the Youth Services Department or register online at Our storytimes are for West Orange residents only; registration is required.

Infants up to 24 months
Thursdays at 10:30 am
October 12 - November 16

Stories, songs, and rhymes introduce babies and their caregivers to language skills. Program lasts 20 minutes.

Ages 2 - 3 1/2
Tuesdays at 10:30am, Thursdays at 11:30am
October 10 - November 16

Puppets, stories, songs, and fingerplays entertain toddlers and their caregivers.This program lasts 30 minutes.

Ages 3 1/2 - 5
Tuesdays at 11:30am
October 10 - November 14
Stories, songs and games provide interactive fun for preschoolers. Parents must remain in the Library during this storytime. Program lasts 30 minutes.

November Programs for Teens!
Do you know a teen who is a budding writer? Then make sure they know about our writing workshops this November with YA author Jennifer Walkup. These workshops are aimed at grades 6-12. 

Saturday, Nov. 11, 1pm-3pm
Amanda Aymar treats parents to a Mindful Workshop  focusing on strategy and methods to keep  emotionally and physically healthy  raising independent and strong teens. Parents and teens encouraged to attend together. Please register.

Saturday, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11, 3pm-4pm
The Michael Aymar Foundation Presents a series designed to provide a forum for Middle School students to identify their obstacles and understand how much control they have over their own study environment and habits to become independent learners. Please register.
Sundays, Nov
. 12-Jan. 21, 1pm-3pm, 
No meetings 12/24 & 12/31
G irls w ho C ode is back at the West Orange Public Library!  Open to Girls in Grades 6-1 0.  The club meets in the Library's computer lab. Due to space, registratio n is o pen to West Orange residents only.  Advance registration is required,  as is a valid West Orange Library card.  To learn more about Girls Who Code visit:
Please register with your email as this will be the way we contact you regarding club notices/updates.

A Note from our Girls Who Code Instructor, Shaista Malik:
" Hello everyone!  I'm Shaista Mallik, and looking very forward to working with both parents and girls as part of the Girls Who Code team. I went to college at The Ohio State University, graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 2015. I currently work for a industrial automation company, Emerson Electric. We use engineering, science, coding and other creative / technical skills on a daily basis to make products and solutions for our customers, in multiple industries. What inspires me at work is what inspired me to be involved with Girls Who Code: the world is changing every day and there is an undeniable quest to create a diverse, multi-faceted work force - and that means getting more girls to get excited about STEM careers, so they grow up to get a seat at the table. But one step at a time! I'm excited to guide our West Orange group of girls, and also learn along the way. "

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7pm-8:30pm
Join our Teen Advisory Group! We meet the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm. Our focus for the next few meetings will be on planning for our first Teen Talk: Youth in Solidarity Program at the library.  TAG members are more than library volunteers. They are passionate about and dedicated to making sure the library is meeting the needs and wants of teens in the community. TAG members are highly reliable and committed to being actively involved with the library. (Age 16+) (Upcoming meetings: December 6 and January 3)

Teen Open Mic Night   
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7pm-8:30pm
Show off your talent at the library using our brand new PA system! Are y ou a storyteller, stand-up comic, actor/actress, singer, musi cian, poet or a nother creative type? Do you w ant a place to p ractice your art form in front of a  fri endly audience? Do you like to attend creative get-togethers? Then come to our monthly teen open mic night at the library. Plus we'll have refreshments! (Grades 6-12) (We have a piano but please bring any other instrument you may wish to use such as a guitar.)

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7pm-8:30pm
Back for another year! Hangout and play a tabletop game, bring your DS or compete against other teens on the big screen Wii-U. ( Grades 6-12)

Weekly on Wednesdays, 4pm-6:30pm, No meeting 11/22
Epic quests await teens who join our ongoing Dungeons and Dragons (DnD) club at the library! DnD features roleplaying, storytelling, on-the-spot strategic thinking, math skills, problem solving, and team work all rolled into one!  Weekly on Wednesdays  4p-6:30pm. (Teens 14+) ( Registration required. Space limited.)

Volunteer Opportunities

To become a teen volunteer, CLICK HERE to access the volunteer application. To learn more, call 973-736-0198 x216 or visit the Children's Room and ask to speak with either Kris or Faith.

Children's Room and Teen Zone Helper: Help us keep things organized in the Children's Room and Teen Zone area. 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, plus you'll earn volunteer hours! How cool is that? To get involved contact Kris, the teen librarian, at or 973-736-0198 x216.

Become a Teen Advisory Group Member!   See above  for more information

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November Programs for Adults
Adult Book Discussion: The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Monday, Nov. 6, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Mary-Jean, Head of Reference Services , will lead a discussion about The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix.    Coffee, tea and cookies will be served.

Tech Help
Thursdays, 2pm-4pm
Need help with your iPad, Android, or just want to get comfortable with a computer? S am will be available to help you with your tech questions. Bring your device or use our PCs.
Thursdays, 4pm-5pm
Come Write In! and work on your writing. The world needs your novel!

Poetry Workshop with Peggy Vassallo
Saturday, Nov. 11, 9:30am-11:30am

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Saturday, Nov. 18, 11am
New Jersey author Christopher Savio will discuss the indigenous peoples of New Jersey, and more specifically, Essex County. Savio is the author of  Native American History & Culture and  Abraham Lincoln & Sand Creek: Abraham Lincoln's Involvement & Native American Policies, among several other books.  Savio teaches Native American history and culture in Glen Ridge, NJ and is the recipient of three National Endowment for the Humanities scholarships to study Native American History. He holds a BA and an MA with honors, both in American History.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 12pm
An overview of traditional native wilderness skills. Topics include a timeline of North America, food gathering and hunting developments, transportation, shelter variations and native flute music. All ages welcome. 
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2pm-4:30pm                                              
Gerard Amsellem will speak about the artist Jackson Pollock.  
A showing of the film 'Pollock' will follow. 

Film & Dessert Series, 1st & 3rd Friday of the Month at 2pm!
Some Like It Hot:  Friday, Nov. 3, 2pm
Starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemon, Not Rated.
How to be a Latin Lover: Friday, Nov. 17, 2pm
Starring:  Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raphael Alejandro, Raquel Welch, Linda Lavin , Rated PG-13.
QuickBooks: A Tale of Two Companies
Thursday, Nov. 2, 7pm-8:30pm
A Note from the Friends of the West Orange Public Library

The Friends of the West Orange Public Library would like to thank everyone for coming out to our 2nd Annual Fall Book Sale.  
Our goals this year are to provide monetary funds to:
1) Ensure that our library continues to provide rich, diverse, and essential programming for all residents.
 2) Support improvements and upgrades to our library that provide comfort and increased functionality.

To learn more about The Friends, as well as how to join or renew your membership, please visit us online here: 

As advocacy on behalf of the West Orange Public Library is also an important part of our mission, we would like to invite you to learn more about the NJ Library Construction Bond Act . This referendum will be on the ballot this November.

Thank you for your continued support of the Friends and our wonderful library!
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