August Events @ WTPL

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Library Survey 
The library is currently working on a three-year strategic plan and we invite you to be part of the process. Click here to complete a short survey. Your feedback will help us improve the library's services.
(Please note that only one survey can be submitted per IP address. Additional household members who would like to fill out the survey can do so in-person at the library.)
Tai Chi for Arthritis with Qigong 
Registration is now open for a 12-week Tai Chi for Arthritis with Qigong series led by Stan Cohen. Classes will meet Mondays from 2-3 p.m. starting September 11th. The cost for the series is $40. Sign-up forms are available here. 
Lifetime Learning 
The fall Lifetime Learning semester kicks off September 8th with "Globalization, Migration and the Refugee Crises," with Dr. Jonathan Golden, Director, Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Comparative Religion, Drew University. In October, Joe Geddes and Dr. Robert Butts return for "The Musical on Film" and "Leonard Bernstein," respectively. The cost of each 4-part series remains $25. Registration forms will be available in mid-August. 
Family Roots & Shoots Not Meeting
The group is taking August off.  See you at our September meeting!
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, August 1, 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. 
Adult Chocolate Festival 
Tuesday, August 1, from 6 - 7 p.m.

Join us for our first-ever chocolate festival for adults! There will be games, trivia, taste-testing, and the chance to create your own chocolaty treats. Registration is required and priority will be given to WT residents.  

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Environmental Film Series: Before the Flood 
Wednesday, August 2, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions individuals and society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on this planet. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Anthony J. Broccoli, Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University and Co-Director of Rutgers Climate Institute. Registration is requested.


Introduction to Meditation 
Join Geneviève McDermott, meditation teacher at the The School of Royal Yoga in Chester, for an introduction to meditation. Learn s imple stretches, breathing and relaxation techniques, and m editation and v isualization techniques.  Registration is requested.

Writers' Critique Workshop
Saturday, August 5, from Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Looking for feedback on your latest writing project? Join us for our twice-monthly writers' critique workshop.  
Philosophy and Bob Dylan
Join Dr. Lisa O'Neill Sanders for an exploration of the philosophical aspects of Bob Dylan's art.  Sanders is professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Saint Peter's University in Jersey City. She has published numerous articles on Dylan, presented papers on him at many academic conferences and has been teaching a course "Philosophy and Bob Dylan" since 2008. Registration is requested. 

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Adult Programs (continued)
Just 4 Kids
Thursday, August 10, 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.  
Essential Oils: Wellness with Young Living 
Thursday, August 10, from 7 - 8 p.m.

Join Young Living Independent Distributors Julie, Nicole, and Meg to learn more about the fun you can have integrating holistic approaches through the use of pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils for wellness- mind, body, health, beauty, and cleaning for the individual and family/children, too! They will have many easy resources and will be providing information for use of essential oils- ideas, recipes and more to begin or continue toward a chemical-free life!

WTPL Knits
Tuesday, August 15, 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. 
The Wonders of Costa Rica 
Tuesday, August 15, from 7 - 8 p.m.

An eco-tourist's dream, Costa Rica has become synonymous with all an unspoiled tropical paradise can be. Blessed with beaches and biodiversity, this is a verdant land of misty volcanoes, roaring rivers, and lush jungles teeming with exotic fauna. Throw in the friendly, educated Ticos (as Costa Ricans are known) and you can see why down here they call it Pura Vida - "pure life." Join Elsa Todd, of Skyland World Travel, for an armchair tour of Costa Rica.  Topics covered will include: coffee plantations and processes; Arenal volcano; hot springs; adventure sports; eco-tourism, and more. Registration is requested. 

Friends of the WTPL Movie: A Dog's Purpose
Wednesday, August 16, from 6:30 - 8:45 p.m.

The soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. Snacks are provided courtesy of the WTPL Friends. Registration is requested.

Ask a Doula
Thursday, August 17, from 7 - 8 p.m.

Join certified doula Steffi Gutierrez for an evening designed to educate you and help you become more knowledgeable about your pregnancy, your delivery and your baby.  Steffi is a certified doula through Childbirth International and has attended over 60 births, globally. She also has her Masters in Global Maternal Health and has worked extensively in the birth field throughout Africa.  Registration is requested.  

Writers' Critique Workshop
Saturday, August 19, 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, August 21, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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

Solar Eclipse Stream and Viewing Party
Monday, August 21, from 1 - 4 p.m.

The library will stream NASA's live broadcast of the solar eclipse from 1 - 4 p.m. The library also has a limited number of glasses that can be used on-site to safely view the partial eclipse that will be visible here in New Jersey. Maximum occlusion (around 75%) will occur at approximately 2:45 p.m. 

Book Chatter
Thursday, August 24, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Come and join fellow book lovers! Get a free advance reading copy (ARC) of a soon-to-be-published book to read, review and trade, and learn about great resources the library has for readers. Registration is requested.

The Greatest Ever: Babe Didrikson Zaharias' Story
Thursday, August 24, from 7 - 8 p.m.
Join actress Linda Kenyon ("Julia Child" and "Eleanor Roosevelt") for a one-woman show on the life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Born Mildred Ella Didrikson in Texas 1911, Babe became America's greatest female athlete. She combined raw talent, hard work, and an unquenchable thirst for winning in a world in which women were not allowed or encouraged to be athletic, competitive, ambitious or to sweat. For us today, it is no "big deal" to have women competing in sports. Not many years ago, this was a revolutionary idea - and Babe led the revolution. In 1953, Babe was diagnosed with cancer. Until she died several years later, she publicized her condition, served as a spokesperson for The American Cancer Society, and raised millions for cancer research while competing as a golfer. Here again she was revolutionary, because cancer was "just not talked about" in the America of the 1950's. Registration is requested.
Lunch 'n' Learn: "Put Your Best Foot Forward"
Monday, August 28, from Noon - 2 p.m.
Join Dr. Barry Mullen and Dr. Stephen Guiliana as they present an overview of common foot ailments, effective preventive foot care tips and the latest advancements in podiatry. With a question and answer segment at end of presentation. This program is sponsored by the Senior Resource Center. The cost is $2, and lunch is included.  Registration is required. 
A Look Ahead to September... 
Environmental Film Series: Inhabit
Wednesday, September 6, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Inhabit explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called 'Permaculture,' which uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Wanda Knapik, Environmental Studies professor at Seton Hall University.  Registration is requested.
Book Groups  
Evening Book Group 
The Evening Book Group will not meet in August.
September 11:
The Nightingale b y Kristin Hannah
Reunited when the elder's husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways. Discussion guide available online. By the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Firefly Lane.

Morning Book Group 

August 8:
Extraordinary, Ordinary People by Condoleezza Rice
This is the story of Condoleezza Rice--her early years growing up in the hostile environment of Brimingham, Alabama; her rising in the ranks at Stanford University to become the university's second-in-command and an expert in Soviet and Eastern European Affairs; and finally, in 2000, her appointment as the first black woman ever to serve as Secretary of State.
September 12:
Dead Wake b y Erik Larson
The #1 New York Times best-selling author of In the Garden of Beasts presents a 100th-anniversary chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania that discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as President Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.

Evening Non-Fiction Book Group

August 23: 
The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker  
A controversial history of violence argues that today's world is the most peaceful time in human existence, drawing on psychological insights into intrinsic values that are causing people to condemn violence as an acceptable measure. 

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