Fords Branch Computer Upgrade Complete
Easier access to print jobs will be available with a library card. Wireless printing will require an e-mail address.
Fords Branch Library received new public terminals, now with Windows 10, and a self release print station. Tablets for catalogs offer access to library materials, and a screen to try BookMyne, the library app. BookMyne features the Fords Branch catalog and quick access to Middlesex and Union County libraries. With a library card and pin number, patrons can check their records and even pay fines by credit card. The Main Library Children's Department and Fords Branch Library are the first to receive upgrades. Iselin, Henry Inman and the Main Library Reference computers will also be upgraded in the next few weeks.
Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) features books we love...

The Public Broadcasting System (PBS), (Channel 13) wants to find out what America's favorite book of fiction is so it's launching a new television series.

The Great American Read begins with a list of 100 novels and asks people to vote online for the one they love best. The series premiere on May 22 will be followed next fall by an eight-part series that will take viewers across the country to hear their fellow citizens opine on their favorite books.

Thanks to Assistant Director Kathryn Brown for this notice--we'll all be watching!
The Iselin Branch Library will be closed for renovations beginning June 12th, and will open on Tuesday, June 19th, at 12:15 pm with a celebration with Mayor McCormac, Councilman Viru Patel, Library Board of Trustees, and our honored guests--our patrons.

The Grand Reopening will be followed by special programs throughout the day.
News from Friends
Museum Pass of the Week:

Each week, we will offer a description of a museum which the Friends of the Library have selected to offer our patrons as part of their Museum Pass Program .
Pass Information
  • Each pass admits two adults and up to four children under age 18.
A National Historic Landmark, Morven is situated on five pristine acres in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey. This former New Jersey Governor’s Mansion showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Garden State through regular exhibitions, educational programs and special events.

Days and Hours of Operation
Wednesday - Sunday

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tours of the first floor are given on the hour at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. There are no formal tours during Festival of Trees.
Second floor is self-guided.
Museum passes circulate like a book for five days. Check our new catalog for availability of passes.
Broaden your horizon-- take a computer class at Woodbridge Public Library . Classes will be offered on a rotating basis, and include a choice of morning, afternoon or evening for your convenience.
Senior Travel Workshop:
Learn About Road Scholar
Monday, May 14, 2:00 PM 
Join us for a lively discussion of the many programs offered by Road Scholar, a not-for-profit travel organization whose mission is to inspire adults to learn, discover and travel. Newcomers will discover the breadth of learning adventures available in the U.S. and abroad.
Please join Jerold Freier, a Road Scholar participant since 2007, for a discussion about educational travel. Learn about tours, local bus excursions, cruises, travel bargains and discounts and great websites. 
Please come share your own travel knowledge and tips. Our workshop leader (age 73) is a professor at Montclair State, Caldwell and Rutgers Universities. This program is FREE.  Please register here
Movies @ Main
Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
Friday, May 18, 2:00 pm
Main Library Meeting Room

A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.
R | 2h 20min | Crime, Drama, Thriller 

This program is offered with generous support from the Friends of the Library.
Across the country, older Americans – a rapidly growing population – are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they are giving back to make enrich their communities. They’re working and volunteering, mentoring and learning, leading and engaging.  
Please join us for the following FREE programs:
Main Library - Road Scholar Talk. Join a Road Scholar Ambassador for a discussion about senior travel opportunities. 5/14/2018 @ 2:00 PM Ground Floor Meeting Room. No registration.

Main Library - iPad Lunch 'n Learn . Come with questions or bring your device. Student representatives will teach iPad basics as well as help you troubleshoot!  Learn how to better use your device to communicate with others and organize your life! 5/18/2018 @ 1:00 pm. Lunch will be available at 12:30 pm. Third Floor Meeting Room. No registration.
Main Library - Container Gardening with  Master Gardener Nisha Khanna. This presentation will cover the basics of growing plants in containers. 5/22/2018 @ 6:30 PM Ground Floor Meeting Room. No registration.
Volunteer Hours for
Young Adult Book Reviews

You asked, we listened. For those in need of more community service hours, you now have another option! Here’s how it works:

  • You read a book at least 100 pages in length.
  • You fill out the form we provide in the library, which includes information about the book, and a 1.5-page review (I.e., Half of the front and the entire back of the page) of the book. 
  • Turn the form in--we give you one hour of community service for every 100 pages read. So if you read a 374-page book, you get three hours.

That’s it. It’s easy!  
Evening Preschool Storytime
Fords Branch Library Meeting Room
Tuesday, May 15th, 7:00 PM

A Preschool Evening Storytime for children ages 2-5 and an accompanying adult, consisting of stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes , sign language and a craft. No registration is required for Woodbridge Township residents. For further information you can visit the Fords Library at 211 Ford Avenue in Fords in-person, or call 732-726-7071, ext. 7200.
Saturday, May 19, 2:15 PM
Fords Branch Library Meeting Room

A LEGO Club program for children in Grades K-7, and an accompanying adult for children under age 9. No registration is required for Woodbridge Township residents. All LEGO materials will be provided by the library. For further information you can visit the Fords Library in-person, or call 732-726-7071, ext. 7200.
SmART StART: Beginner's Art
Saturday, May 19, 11:00 AM
Iselin Library Meeting Room

Children in grades K-7 will experiment with different art techniques in a special ART program for beginners. Registration is open to Woodbridge Township residents, it's FREE but necessary. Please reserve your seat two weeks prior to the program; by registering, online or by calling the Iselin branch at 732-726-7073 ext. 7220.

Event Type(s): Activity Age: 5- to 13

Special Notice for our Iselin patrons: The Iselin Branch renovation has begun to prepare for a celebration of 50 years of service to the community. Please register for programs whenever possible so the library can contact you if there are any schedule changes due to the renovation.
More programs for lifelong learning
Woodbridge Libraries Are Now Members of
Reciprocal Borrowing Group MURAL
Woodbridge Township library cards are accepted in nearly fifty Middlesex and Union County libraries to borrow materials. Municipal libraries are generally open to public use, but through the  MUtual Reciprocity Among Libraries Agreement (MURAL), a Woodbridge Township Library card will be welcomed for lending and additional services determined by each library.  More details and contact information are available on the WPL home page.
This e-mail newsletter is a service of Woodbridge Public Library.

Monica F. Eppinger
Woodbridge Township, NJ

Happy Mothers' Day!
May 13, 2018