February Events @ WTPL
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Valentine Tree   
February is Love Your Library Month. Show your support with the help of the annual WTPL Friends' Valentine Tree. Paper hearts with wish list titles will be placed on the tree. Simply pick a heart and bring it to the circulation desk with the suggested donation. When the book or film arrives you will be notified and can be the first to borrow it. WTPL will also recognize your generous gift with a book plate.
Blind Date with a Book 
To celebrate Valentine's Day, go on a blind date with a book. Choose from our selection of wrapped books to borrow. It will be a mystery until you get home! This is a great chance for you to try reading something you might not normally pick for yourself. Fill out the review form when you finish the book, and we'll post your review on our Book Review Blog. (If you don't like the book, no problem-the book won't mind if you don't see it again.)
Lifetime Learning  
Spring Lifetime Learning returns in March. The first series will be Dr. Robert Butts offering "From Russia with Music." This will be followed in April by Dr. Salvatore Prisco's "Parental Conflict and Creative Illness - The Historical Record," and Dr. Jessica Brent's "Four Shakespeare Plays and How They Have Been Adapted." The cost for each series remains $25. Registration forms are available at the library.
Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Group  
The library is forming a foreign policy discussion group that will meet monthly to discuss critical global issues facing America today. To take part, participants will need to purchase the Great Decisions 2017 Briefing Book, which the library will be offering at a discounted rate of $20. Cash or check should be dropped off at the library no later than Friday, February 17. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 14 at 7 PM.  
Book Groups  
Evening Book Group 

February 6:
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
9780670026616 - Check Our Catalog 
Unwillingly rendered an object of obsession by the Kommandant occupying her small French town in World War I, Sophie risks everything to reunite with her husband a century before a widowed Liv tests her resolve to claim ownership of Sophie's portrait.
March 6:
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
9780062065247 - Check Our Catalog 
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.
Morning Book Group 

February 14:
The Island by Victoria Hislop
9780061340321 - Check Our Catalog 
On the brink of a life-changing decision, Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother Sofia's past on the Greek island of Crete before moving to London, and when Alexis decides to visit Crete, Sofia gives her daughter a letter to take to an old friend, promising that through her she will learn the truth.   
March 14:
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
0393322572 - Check Our Catalog 
Landmark, groundbreaking, classic-these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since.
Evening Non-Fiction Book Group

February 22:
The Sixth Extinction
by Elizabeth Kolbert
9780805092998 - Check Our Catalog   
Provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human. 
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, February 4, from Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Looking for feedback on your latest writing project? Join us for our monthly writers' critique workshop.  
WTPL Knits
Tuesday, February 7, 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. 
Cookbook Club: Chocolate Cake Contest
Wednesday, February 8, from 7 - 8:00 p.m.

Join us for our second annual chocolate cake contest. The cake recipe must feature chocolate or cocoa as a main ingredient, and cannot contain ready-mixes of any kind, including frostings. All entries will be judged on the basis of appearance, texture and flavor. The winner will receive a gift certificate to Enchanted Chocolate. Registration requested.
Just 4 Kids
Thursday, February 9, 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, February 9, from 2 - 3:30 p.m.

At this month's meeting, Don Borcherding will talk about sharing and preserving your genealogy research. He has used traditional pedigree charts, family history fan charts, books, and his favorite -- family history videos. He will share several videos and the methods he used to fill in the blanks in his family's story. At the end he will demonstrate these techniques such as FamilySearch/Catalog and walking around your ancestral home using Google Maps. 

All are invited, no matter whether they are new to genealogical research or have been researching for years.  You do not need to be a member to attend a meeting.  

Book Marketing Workshop
Saturday, February 11, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Have you written a book and need help marketing it?  Join us for the first meeting of our new book marketing workshop.

Art Matters
Monday, February 13, 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.

Friends of the WTPL Movie: Sully
Wednesday, February 15, from 7 - 9:00 p.m.

On Thursday, January 15th, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain, Chesley Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. Registration requested.

Writers' Critique Workshop
Saturday, February 18, from Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Looking for feedback on your latest writing project? Join us for our monthly writers' critique workshop.  
Winter Fitness
Saturday, February 18, from 1 - 2 p.m.
Too cold to exercise outside? Try a class in Chinese Fitness led by Acupuncturist Virginia Mills. Class includes self-massage to warm the muscles, gentle stretches to loosen up, and easy Tai Chi movements to energize. Participants should wear loose clothing. Registration required.

WTPL Knits
Tuesday, February 21, 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. 

Marion Oxenhorn: America's Funniest Grandma
Wednesday, February 22, from 7 - 8 p.m. 

Who is the the LaffLady, America's Funniest Grandma? Marion Oxenhorn is a grandmother from Morris Plains who decided several years ago to change careers... and her life. The winner of the Gilda's Club Laugh-Off comedy contest, she pursued her dream of becoming a stand-up comedian after she watched stand-up comics and thought to herself, "I could do that." Marion blends topical humor with wry observations about domestic life. Marion holds her 55 year marriage responsible for fueling much of her material as well as her "unconventional" kids and the aging process. She has appeared at such well-known metro-area venues as Stand Up New York, The New York Improv, Caroline's, and Bananas Comedy Club in Hasbrouck Heights. Registration is requested. Priority to WT residents. 
The Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda and ISIS: A Century of Political Islam
Thursday, February 23, from 7 - 8 p.m.
As radicalized political Islam continues to lead a campaign against American and European interests in the world, it is more important than ever to historically contextualize the movement. Islam is not an inherently violent religion, nor has there always been a strong radical strain within the religion. This program will describe the main theological and political motivations of particular individuals and groups in order to historicize the current ISIS threat. Dr. Noah Haiduc-Dale is Assistant Professor of History at Centenary University. Registration is requested.

Lunch 'n' Learn: "10 Tips to Growing Old Gracefully"
Monday, February 27, from Noon - 2 p.m.
Join Doreen Hall and Anne Bangs from TLC Senior Relocation as they present some great tips on how to grow old gracefully. This program is sponsored by the Senior Resource Center. The cost is $2, and lunch is included. Registration is required.

Coffee with a Cop
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 limited to the first ten who sign up. Those who sign up after the meeting is full will be placed on the list for the next meeting. Please register through Chief Jeff Almer at jalmer@wtpdmorris.org. Meetings will take place every other month. Additional meetings are currently scheduled for 4/25/17 and 6/27/17.

Seed Swap
Come out of hibernation to enjoy a warm drink and some snacks while swapping seeds with fellow gardeners. You could score some seeds to grow those tomatoes or green beans your neighbor was raving about last year, and check out the growing stash offered by the Seed Library itself.
Bring your favorite seed catalogs and any leftover or saved seeds you're willing to share. No gardening experience necessary! If all you've got is a keen interest, that's just as valuable. The Seed Library @ WTPL is just as much about growing our community as it is about growing vegetables .

A Look Ahead to March... 
A Life of My Own: Meeting Eleanor Roosevelt
In celebration of Women's History Month, join us as actress Linda Kenyon presents a one woman show on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration is requested.

LinkedIn: Creating a Profile That Works
Bring your laptop and roll up your sleeves... join certified career coach Carol Camerino for a hands-on workshop where you will learn and apply best practices for a LinkedIn profile that works! Registration requested.

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