October at the

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 Registration for programs may be done through the library calendar accessible at  www.wopl.org  or by calling the library at 

Storytimes start the week of October 9th! 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 www.wopl.org. 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.

Programs for All Ages

Crochet for a Cause Club
: Fridays, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27, 2:30pm-4pm 
We're continuing our summer's crochet for a cause program. Thanks to our patrons, we were able to donate almost 200 hats to the Saint Barnabas NICU for preemie babies! Our next cause will be crocheting chemo caps for the Valerie Fund in Maplewood NJ this fall. All ages and levels are encouraged to attend. Please bring your own yarn and needle to the program. Knitters are also welcome!

West Orange Fire Department Open House:Saturday Oct. 14, 1
* Come see the raising of a 100 ft. Aerial Ladder
* "Jaws of Life" Rescue Demonstration
* Fire Safety Tips
* Give-a- ways
* Light Refreshments
* CPR Demonstration

Call the West Orange Fire Department at 973-325-4175 or email fireprev@westorange.org with any questions.

Part of Fire Prevention Week:

October Programs for Children

Creature Comfort:  Monday Oct. 2 at 4:30pm
Children practice reading aloud to a trained therapy dog.

Lego Club!:  Tuesday Oct. 3, 4pm-5pm 
Children build with Legos and Crayola Building Blocks. Grades K-5.

Homework Club:  Mondays Oct. 9 - Nov. 13, 4pm-5pm

Check-It-Out-Mate Chess Club:  Thursdays, Oct. 5 & 12, 4pm-5pm 
Children in grades 2-8 learn to play chess with Eric Greenebaum. Novice and advanced players are welcome! (Registration Required)
Rick Riordan Trivia Party: Thursday, Oct. 19, 4pm-5pm
How well do you really know the Percy Jackson universe? What about Magnus Chase? The Kane Chronicles?  Come show off your knowledge against other fans at our trivia event. Best for ages 9-13. Please Register!

Book Bingo:  Monday, Oct. 23, 4pm-5pm
Drop by the Children's Room to play the literary form of bingo. No registration required.

S.T.E.A.M. Club! : Tuesday Oct. 24, 4pm-5pm
Ryan DelGuercio ( Supervisor of Technology and Engineering Department at the West Orange High School) leads children age 8-12 in a hands-on-program on Solar Power.  Please register.

Halloween Themed Programs!!!

Spooky Story Writing WorkshopThursday Oct. 26, 4pm-5pm
Are you the next R.L. Stine or Edgar Allan Poe?  Write and read scary stories at this workshop just in time for Halloween. Program is best for ages 9+. Please register in advance.

Halloween Story Hour
Monday Oct. 30, 4pm-5pm
Come by the Library for a special Monday afternoon story hour for Halloween! Children are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costume. This program is for all ages but may be best for children ages 5+ due to the theme.

Book Clubs!!!

  Speaking of Stories Book Club : Tuesday Oct. 10, 
Boo k Club for 4th and 5th grade students.  October's book is Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier.  Registration required.

  Yakety Yak Book Club:  Tuesday Oct. 17,  4:30pm-5:15pm
Book  club for 2nd and 3rd grade students. October's book is Pumpkin Spice by Jenny Meyerhof f.  Please Register.

October Programs for Teens!
Saturdays, Oct. 14 - Nov. 11, 3pm-4pm
The Michael Aymar Foundation Presents a 4-week 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.

Writing a Killer College Admissions Essay:  Monday, Oct. 16, 7pm-8:30pm
The dreaded college admissions essay: How do you approach it? What should you include? How in the world are you going to make yours stand out over all the rest?  Former outside undergraduate admissions reader and former Lafayette College and NYU writing instructor Alisha Davlin will share tips and tricks on how to structure and execute a successful, memorable college essay during her presentation. Alisha has worked with more than 500 clients and students; she's now bringing her expertise to West Orange Public Library!
Open to Grades 9-12.  Parents are encouraged to attend!

TagTeen Advisory Group:  Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7pm-8:30pm
Join our Teen Advisory Group! Our focus for the next meeting 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+)

Teen Open Mic Night: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 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.)

Teen Game Night: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 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)

Teen Talk: Youth in Solidarity: 
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7pm-8:30pm
Join us for our first Teen Talk, a new monthly club where teens can come together in solidarity. Each month will feature a different topic related to current issues / topics or areas of teen concern.  The library's teen advisory group will be instrumental in launching/running the program. This will be a safe space for teens to share their thoughts and be free to be whoever they are! (Grades 9-12)

Dungeons and Dragons: Weekly on Wednesdays, 4pm-6:30pm 
We're looking for new players! 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 kchurchill@westorangelibrary.org or 973-736-0198 x216.

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

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October Programs for Adults

Adult Book Discussion: The Distant Marvels by Chantel Acevedo 
Monday, Oct. 2, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Librarian, Isabel Castro, will lead a discussion about 'The Distant Marvels' by Chantel Acevedo.  Fun note: Isabel's mother was born in Cuba and is named Iluminada, like the mother in the story!  Coffee, tea and cookies will be served.
USA Learns ESL Program:  Monday, Oct. 2, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Our bilingual librarian will show attendees how to use the USA Learns program. 

One Fine Tapestry: A Carole King Tribute:  Sunday, Oct. 8, 2pm-3pm
Join Gerard & Diane Barros as they salute the legendary songwriter Carole King by covering her greatest solo hits! They'll also perform the classics she wrote for artists such as: the Shirelles, Drifters, Beatles, Chiffons, Everly Brothers, James Taylor and many more!

Art on Film Series:  Woman in Gold:  Sunday, Oct. 22, 2pm-4:30pm
Join us for Part 2 of the Gustav Klimt Mini Course and view a screening of the f ilm Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.  Mirren plays Maria Altman, who sought to regain the world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis. 

Program by Jackie Philbin, Dietitian at ShopRite West Orange:  Wednesday Oct. 25, 1:30pm-2:15pm.
Stay tuned to learn what tasty and healthy-tip program Jackie will be presenting at the Library during October.

Film & Dessert Series, 1st & 3rd Friday of the Month at 2pm!

The Girl on the Train:  Friday, Oct. 6, 2pm-5:00pm
Starring Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson, Rated R.

Collateral Beauty: Friday, Oct. 20, 2pm-5:00pm
Starring Will Smith, Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren, Rated PG-13.

Turning Leads into Clients by Nurturing Prospects:
Thursday, Oct. 5, 7pm-8:30pm

Do's & Don'ts of Networking:  
Thursday, Oct. 19, 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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