December Events @ WTPL
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Giving Tree
Warm up the holidays of a neighbor-in-need by donating warm socks, hats, mittens, slippers and gloves for both adults and children. Dry goods and non-perishable food items are also welcome. On Dec. 11, these donated items will be delivered to the local Food Pantry.  Thanks to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this program!
Request for Yearbooks
The library is building a collection of West Morris Central yearbooks and is currently accepting donations of books from most years. If you have any we can add to our collection, please let us know!
New Art Matters Display
Stop by our meeting room to view the new Art Matters display. Created by local Washington Township artists, the pieces are inspired by the theme "white." Select works are available for purchase. The display will remain up through January.
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.

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

Looking for feedback on your latest writing project? Join us for our twice-monthly writers' critique workshop.  
Essential Oils 
Monday, December 4, from 7 - 8 p.m.
In a world where so much of what we ingest is chemically produced (from medicines, to food, to household cleaners) and where there are so many environmental risks to our health and well-being, finding high-quality, effective, and natural products is simply life-changing. Join local residents Bonnie Markham - a certified Essential Oils Coach accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners - and Carley DeSimone to learn how essential oils can improve your wellness, both physical and emotional. Registration is requested.
WTPL Knits
Tuesday, December 5, 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. 
Coffee with a Cop 
Tuesday, December 12, 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. Come and meet the officers of the Washington Township Police Department. Registration is required. To sign up, email Chief Jeff Almer at   
Cookbook Club: Cookie Decoration
Wednesday, December 13, from 7 - 9 p.m.

Local resident and professional cake and cookie decorator Jennifer Wallace will be offering a demonstration exploring the joys of decorating with royal icing, using multiple techniques including wet on wet, stencils, and sugaring. Participants will go home with a box of cookies they've made. Attendees are also asked to bring a dozen of their own homemade cookies to share with others. Space is limited and registration is required.  Priority will be given to town residents.


Just 4 Kids
Thursday, December 14, 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, December 14 , from 2 - 3:30 p.m.

In place of the usual monthly meeting, Family Roots & Shoots will be holding our Annual Holiday Party! We ask that each person bring a holiday treat that is representative of their ancestors' ethnic group or that is traditionally served by their family to share with the group. WTPL will provide coffee, tea, and soft drinks. This is a great chance to get to know your fellow researchers while 'breaking bread' with them. As always, all are invited, no matter whether they are new to genealogical research or have been researching for years.  
A Christmas Carol: A Staged Radio Play
Friday, December 15, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Presented by Raconteur Radio, and adapted from Charles Dickens' classic holiday ghost story, this staged radio drama includes period costumes, theatrical lighting, a fog machine, vintage commercials, Victorian carols, a live musical interlude, Golden Age radio equipment, and extensive sound effects. Afterwards, a light lunch will be served. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration is required, and priority will be given to WT residents and members of the Friends.
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Adult Programs (continued)
Writers' Critique Workshop
Saturday, December 16, 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, December 18, 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.

WTPL Knits
Tuesday, December 19, 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 WTPL Movie: The Glass Castle
Wednesday, December 20, from 6:30 - 8:45 p.m.

Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family. A remarkable story of unconditional love. A young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father, found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. Snacks will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Registration is requested.

Book Chatter
Thursday, December 21, 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.

Adult Felting Workshop
Thursday, December 21, from 6 - 9 p.m.
Join Kerstin Katko, aka Ducky of Ducky's Sheep Shack, for a seasonal felting project of winter snowmen. Registration is required and priority will be given to WT residents.
Morris County Sheriff's HOPE ONE
Thursday, December 28, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
HOPE ONE, a mobile recovery access vehicle, travels twice a week to locations throughout Morris County, bringing services to those affected by the opioid epidemic. A Sheriff's officer, licensed clinician, and a certified peer recovery specialist - who understand the needs of those suffering with addiction - staff the vehicle. They are able to provide clients immediate access to services and treatment facilities, putting them on the road to recovery and wellness. They will also be providing  free Narcan training and free Narcan kits.
A Look Ahead to January... 
The Real Estate Market in Long Valley
Monday, January 8, from 7 - 8 p.m.
Join us for an informational session on the local trends in today's real estate market. Learn how to prepare your home and give yourself an advantage over other sellers. Are you considering refinancing? Come and see your available options. This event is hosted by Kathy Reidinger, Realtor with RE/MAX Heritage Properties, Avyril Brady, On The Mark Home Staging Consultants and Steve Veno, Loan Officer with Kearny Bank. Registration is requested.
Tuesday, January 9, from 7 - 8 p.m.
Join Health & Wellness Coach Marian Carroll for an inter-active workshop on healthy weight loss. If your New Year's resolution is to strive for optimum weight and health in 2018, than this is the workshop for you! Please bring along all your questions and thoughts regarding diet (and dieting), for a great evening of learning and exchanging ideas. Registration is requested.

Friday, January 12, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
What do you want to make happen for yourself in 2018? Giving this some thought and then creating a Vision or Possibilities Collage is a great kick start to the next 12 months. Carol Camerino, a local resume writer and career coach, will walk you through the steps as you create your very own board that you'll take home with you. This is a fun and powerful workshop. Space is limited and registration is required. 
Book Groups  
Evening Book Group 
December 4:
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
A novel of love, family, and justice follows Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in a Manhattan law firm, as she searches for the "perfect plaintiff" to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.

Morning Book Group 
December 12:
The Short Novels of John Steinbeck by John Steinbeck
Collects six short novels from one of the most influential authors of the twentieth century: Tortilla Flat, The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, The Moon is Down, Cannery Row, The Pearl.

January 9:
The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi
The inspirational story of the iconic September 11 hero traces his faith-based life outlook, his decision to walk away from more lucrative career interests to volunteer as a FDNY firefighter and the accounts of survivors who revealed how he sacrificed his life to save people trapped in the South Tower.

Evening Non-Fiction Book Group

December 27:
The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Aleksievich
The Nobel Prize-winning author of Voices from Chernobyl offers a collection of deeply personal stories that share the World War II perspectives of women from the front lines, at home and in occupied territories.
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