April Events @ WTPL
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Book Sale Collection
The library will begin collecting books for the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale on April 2, during regular library hours. We accept Adult, Young Adult, and Children's Books (excluding textbooks), DVDs, Books on CD, Music CDs, and all Gaming Systems in GOOD condition. The book sale will be held May 10-12.
Lifetime Learning
Lifetime Learning returns for its spring semester on April 6th with "Giacomo Puccini & The Opera," led by Dr. Robert Butts. Dr. Michael Norris and Dr. Salvatore Prisco both return in May, with "Virtual Metropolitan Art Museum Tours" and "Historical Controversies," respectively. The cost for each series remains $25. Registration forms are available online and at the library.
National Library Week
National Library Week is April 8 - 14. Join us for coffee and cookies on Monday, April 9, in celebration of Patron Appreciation Day.  
Edible Book Contest
The Edible Book Festival is an annual event held in April. To take part, simply pick a favorite book and re-imagine it as a cake or other edible creation (e.g., A Farewell to Arms, right). A prize will be awarded to the entry deemed most creative. Submissions will be judged (and then eaten!) on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. and may be dropped off anytime after 10 a.m. that day. All ages are welcome to take part.
WTPL Seed Library
Did you know that you can borrow much more than just books from the library? For instance, seeds! A variety of heirloom, non-GMO seeds are available for patrons to borrow, grow, and return during our annual Seed Swap. If you've ever thought about starting a vegetable garden, or you're an experienced gardener who would like to connect with others, check out The Seed Library @ WTPL.
Friends of the Library General Membership Meeting
The Friends of the Library is holding their annual General Membership Meeting and election of officers on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. Stop by to learn about the many ways the Friends benefit the library and what they have planned for the current year. Light refreshments will be served.
Art Matters Display
Stop by our meeting room to view the new Art Matters display. Created by local artists, the pieces are inspired by the theme "solitude." Additional pieces, insipired by the theme "springtime," will be on display near the circulation desk. Select works are available for purchase.
Evening Knitting Group
Thursdays, from 7 - 8:45 p.m.

Are you interested in spending some time working on your knitting (or crocheting) projects in the c ompany of others? Open to all, whether you are a beginner or experienced knitter. Bring your own supplies.

WTPL Knits
Tuesday, April 3, from 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Whether you are a beginning or an experienced knitter, come join the fun as we learn together. Please bring your own supplies. We meet the first and third Tuesday of the month in the Meeting Room. 
Spring Cleansing for Body & Mind
Thursday, April 5, from 7 - 8 p.m.
Spring is a time of renewal, and this applies to diet and lifestyle as well. Learn about the foods Mother Nature has provided to help clear out stagnant energy, detoxify the digestive system and burn off excess winter weight. Season appropriate self-care practices further support this transition and will make you ready and eager for a fresh new start. Join Holistic Health Coach Marian Carroll and power-up to spring! Registration is requested.

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Adult Programs (continued)
Lifetime Learning: The Operas of Giacomo Puccini
Friday, April 6, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. (additional meetings: 4/13, 4/20, & 4/27)

Giacomo Puccini's operas are perhaps the most beloved ever composed. While continuing the Italian opera tradition, Puccini created a modern sound that has inspired theater and film composers for over one hundred years. This 4-part series is led by Dr. Robert Butts. The cost for the series is $25. Registration forms are available online and at the library.
Coffee with a Cop
Monday, April 9, from 7 - 8 p.m.

Coffee with a Cop is a national program which brings police officers and the community members they serve together - over coffee - to discuss issues and learn more about each other. Topics for this Coffee with a Cop will range from national events and what the WTPD is doing to prepare for them (active shooter situations), local events (storm response, police issues, traffic issues, etc.) to general questions about the department and the town. Registration is required. To sign up, email Chief Jeff Almer at jalmer@wtpdmorris.org.  
Gardening with Deer
Monday, April 9, from 7 to 8 p.m.

In this lecture, Marc Zukovich will discuss methods of discouraging deer browsing in your garden, and selection of plants that are deer resistant. Slides of plant photos will be shown, and hand-outs will be given. Please bring your questions. Marc Zukovich is the founder and president of Sterling Horticultural Services and teaches classes in horticulture as an adjunct professor at County College of Morris. Registration is requested.

Cookbook Club: Edible Book Contest
Wednesday, April 11, from 7 to 8 p.m.

For its April meeting, the Cookbook Club will celebrate the Edible Book Festival, an annual international event held in April. To take part, simply pick a favorite book and re-imagine it as a cake or other edible creation (e.g., A Farewell to Arms, right). A prize will be awarded to the entry deemed most creative.

Just 4 Kids
Thursday, April 12, from 10 a.m. - Noon 

Are you a writer of works for younger audiences? Join us for our monthly workshop for children's book authors.

Family Roots & Shoots
Thursday, April 12, from 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a presentation on the genealogical and historical resources held at the Easton Area Public Library of Easton, PA. Although located across the bridge in Pennsylvania, the Easton Area Public Library has significant information on the families and places of western New Jersey, as well as those of eastern Pennsylvania. The speakers will be Jennifer Long, Library Director, and Sharon Gothard, Marx [Genealogy] Room librarian, who also plan a 'show and tell' with documents related to families whose names have been submitted by FR&S members. Anyone with an interest in genealogy - from experienced researchers to the novice - is invited to join this genealogy interest group. You do not need to be a member to attend a program.
Salt of the Earth Author Talk and Book Signing
Thursday, April 12, from 7 - 8 p.m.
A first generation descendant of Holocaust survivors, in 2016 Janet Pfeffer Vignola embarked on a sixteen-day, four-country journey to follow the path her parents, Hans and Esther Pfeffer, took to escape from Hitler's Germany to England, from which they eventually emigrated to the United States. This trip was the culmination of three years of researching and writing their story, which Janet has published in Salt of the Earth: An Intergenerational Journey of a Family's Life, Heartbreak and Triumph Before, During, and After the Holocaust. Janet, who is currently an adjunct professor at William Paterson University, will speak about her family's story and her experiences on the trip. Copies of her book will be on sale afterwards for $12, with all proceeds being donated to refugee organizations. Registration is requested.
Writers' Critique Workshop
Saturday, April 14, from Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Looking for feedback on your latest writing project? Join us for our twice-monthly writers' critique workshop.  
Art Matters
Monday, April 16, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Come join fellow fine artists to meet and discuss all things artistic. New members are always welcome.

Paper Clips
Monday, April 16, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Struggling to grasp the concept of 6 million Holocaust victims, the students at Whitwell Middle School in rural Tennessee decide to collect 6 million paper clips to better understand the extent of this crime against humanity. Because Norwegians invented the paper clip and used it as a symbol of solidarity against the Nazis, students started collecting them to help visualize such vast numbers of victims. As word spread online and in the media, paper clips poured in from around the world, 11 million of which are enshrined in an authentic German railcar standing in the schoolyard. This screening is offered in partnership with the Evening Membership Department of the Long Valley Woman's Club. Registration is requested.
WTPL Knits
Tuesday, April 17, from 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Whether you are a beginning or an experienced knitter, come join the fun as we learn together. Please bring your own supplies. We meet the first and third Tuesday of the month in the Meeting Room. 
Friends of the Library Movie: The Shape of Water
Wednesday, April 18, from 6:30 - 8:45 p.m.

An otherworldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment. Snacks will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Registration is requested.

Book Chatter
Thursday, April 19, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Come and join fellow book lovers!  Get free advance reading copies of a soon-to-be-published book to read and review. The best part? The books are yours to keep!

The Age of Consequences
Saturday, April 21, from 2 - 3:30 p.m.
The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, The Age of Consequences investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. The film's unnerving assessment is by no means reason for fatalism - but instead a call to action to rethink how we use and produce energy. Registration is requested.
Lunch 'n' Learn: Maintaining Cognitive Skills as We Age
Monday, April 23, from Noon - 2 p.m.
Many people know that it's important to maintain a level of physical fitness as we age in order to prevent broken bones and other injuries. But did you know that it's just as important to maintain your cognitive fitness? Donna Altman, speech-language pathologist, will discuss the definition of cognition, how we use different aspects of cognition throughout our daily activities, and what we can do to keep our minds sharp and help facilitate a brain-healthy future. This program is sponsored by the Senior Resource Center. The cost is $2, and lunch is included. Registration is required.
Gardening with Essential Oils
Wednesday, April 25, from 7 - 8 p.m.
Join local residents Bonnie Markham and Carley DeSimone to learn how to use essential oils to transform your garden. Carley is an avid organic gardener, and her family has enjoyed many seasons of beautiful (and delicious!) produce. She's eager to help others experience the same success in the healthiest, chemical-free way possible. Bonnie, a certified essential oils coach, will briefly walk you through the basics of essential oils. The main topics to be covered are: essential oils basics (history, importance of quality, safety, uses); broad-spectrum gardening spray; specifics on bugs that are biggest pests in the garden, and oils to fight them; strategies to promote pollination (bees and hummingbirds); plant fungus and how to battle it; and gardening "don'ts" with essential oils. Registration is requested.
Writers' Critique Workshop
Saturday, April 28, from Noon - 2 p.m.

Looking for feedback on your latest writing project? Join us for our twice-monthly writers' critique workshop.  
All the Presidents' Gardens
Monday, April 30, from 7 - 8 p.m.
Join author and gardener Marta McDowell for an entertaining romp through our nation's garden history as seen through the changing grounds at the White House, starring the presidents, first ladies, and their gardeners. Copies of Marta's book All the Presidents' Gardens will be available for sale afterwards for $25. Registration is requested.
A Look Ahead to May... 
Lifetime Learning: Virtual Stroll through the Met
Thursday May 3, from 7 - 8 p.m. (additional meetings: 5/17, 5/24, & 5/31)

Join Dr. Michael Norris, former museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for a virtual stroll through some of the Met's most famous collections: Egyptian art, Ancient Greek art, the Medieval masterpieces of the Cloisters, and paintings of the Dutch Golden Age. The cost for this 4-part series is $25. Registration forms are available online and at the library.


Lifetime Learning: Historical Controversies
Friday, May 4, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. (additional meetings: 5/18, 5/25, & 6/1)

American history is filled with conflicting interpretations, controversial evidence, and changing historical perspectives over time. In this series, we will examine four historical controversies: a) the true significance of the voyages of Columbus; b) FDR's military intelligence prior to the Pearl Harbor attack; c) the debate between socialism and capitalism in late 19th century America; d) Nixon's initiative to bring communist China into the family of nations in the 1970s. This 4-part series is led by Dr. Salvatore Prisco. The cost is $25. Registration forms are available online and at the library.


Miss Representation
Monday, May 14, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Miss Representation draws back a curtain to reveal a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see - how mainstream media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls makes it difficult for women to feel powerful and achieve leadership positions. Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists, and academics, like Katie Couric, Rosario Dawson, Gloria Steinem, Margaret Cho, Condoleezza Rice, Rachel Maddow, and Nancy Pelosi, build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken, but armed with a new perspective. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration is requested.
Book Groups  
Evening Book Group 
April 2:
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
Marked for greatness after being struck by lightning in infancy, Mary Anning discovers a fossilized skeleton near her 19th century home that triggers attacks on her character and upheavals throughout the religious, scientific, and academic communities

May 7:
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
The lives of three women converge at the Ravensbrèuck concentration camp as one resolves to help from her post at the French consulate, one becomes a courier in the Polish resistance, and one takes a German government medical position.

Morning Book Group 
April 10:
Let the Great World Spin  by Colum McCann
In a tale set in Manhattan of 1974, a radical young Irish monk struggles with personal demons while making his home among Bronx prostitutes, a group of mothers is separated by personal differences in spite of shared grief over their lost Vietnam soldier sons, and a young grandmother attempts to prove her worth by soliciting men at the side of her teenage daughter.

May 8:
The Sound and the Fury  by William Faulkner
The Sound and the Fury is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character's voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner's masterpiece and one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

Non-Fiction Book Group
April 25:
Killers of the Flower Moon  by David Grann
Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
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