February Events @ WTPL
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Love Your Library Month
February is Love Your Library Month. Show your support with the help of the annual WTPL Friends' Valentine Tree. Paper hearts with wishlist titles will be placed on the tree. Simply pick a heart and bring it to the circulation desk with the suggested donation ($15 for books; $20 for DVDs). 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. From February 10th through the 17th, 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 out for yourself. Pick up a review form at the front desk along with a sweet treat. When you finish the book, hand in your review form. We will post the reviews with the book. (If you don't like the book, no problem-the book won't mind if you don't see it again.)
Local Artist Exhibit
Throughout February, the library will display works by Paul Hamilton, a professional photojournalist based in Long Valley. "Black Lives Matter" is a collection of photographs and commentary which put the controversial political movement in context for Black History Month.
New 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 "3." Select works are available for purchase. The display will remain up through March.
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.
Programs
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 3, from Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Looking for feedback on your latest writing project? Join us for our twice-monthly writers' critique workshop.  
WTPL Knits
Tuesday, February 6, 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. 
Great Decisions
Wednesday, February 7, from 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Great Decisions is the library's monthly foreign policy discussion group. For information about joining, contact Will at william.haggis@wtpl.org or 908-876-356.
Just 4 Kids
Thursday, February 8, from 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. 

Please note later start time for this month's meeting. 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 8 , from 2 - 3:30 p.m.

This month Susan Clark will talk about her years-long search for information about her great-grandfather. Her presentation will examine the steps she took to find primary sources that would support what little she knew of his early life from her grandmother and from a picture. Her search has recently taken a positive turn, showing that time, patience, and perseverance are often essential in genealogical research. 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.
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The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln
Monday, February 12, from 7 - 8 p.m.
  
Discover the personal side of Abraham Lincoln in this one-man show with Bob Gleason. The program covers Lincoln's formative years, his courtship and marriage, the beginnings and development of his abolitionist view point, and his first - though not very successful - trip to Congress. Discussion points also include the causes of the Civil War, major events and turning points within the war, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Gettysburg Address. Registration is required and W.T. residents have priority. This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.
 
Interviewing: Tips for Success
Tuesday, February 13, from 7 - 8 p.m.
  
Interviews are high-stakes situations, to be sure. There are key preparation steps, though, that can not only decrease stress, but also skyrocket your ability to impress, wow, and improve the chances of getting a call back or a job offer! Join resume writer and career coach Carol Camerino to learn insider tips for rocking job interviews, including how to answer the ubiquitous 'tell me about yourself' question, create compelling stories that showcase your accomplishments and experience, handle challenging questions, and develop insightful questions to pose at the end of an interview. Registration is required.
 
 
Book Chatter
Thursday, February 15, 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!

Recipe for Romance 
Thursday, February 15, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Food and love are intertwined in beautiful and surprising ways. Join Vanessa Young, founder of Thirsty Radish, to learn about historic aphrodisiacs, food myths and facts, and inspiration for intimate gatherings as we explore the art and science of romantic meals. Attendees are encouraged to prepare their own chocolate-themed recipes to share and enjoy after the talk. Registration is requested.

Writers' Critique Workshop
Saturday, February 17, from Noon - 2 p.m.

Looking for feedback on your latest writing project? Join us for our twice-monthly writers' critique workshop.  
WTPL Knits
Tuesday, February 20, 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: Loving
Wednesday, February 21, from 6:30 - 8:45 p.m.

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. Snacks will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Registration is requested.

African Clay Mask Workshop
Thursday, February 22, from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
  
Join actress, educator, and artist Ivy O'Mere for an inspiring and educational African clay mask-making workshop. Registration is required and W.T. residents have priority.
 
 
Rhonda Denet: From Jazz to Soul 
Friday, February 23, from 2 - 3 p.m.
  
Songs from the 30s thru the 70s - Singer Rhonda Denet leads a musical journey from the era when the "First Lady Of Song," Ella Fitzgerald graced the stage to when the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin ruled the airways. In addition to Ella and Aretha, this showcase pays tribute to Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Etta James, Martha & The Vandellas, Mary Wells, and Gladys Knight. Registration is required and W.T. residents have priority.
 
 
Art Matters
Monday, February 26, from 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Please note earlier start time for this month's meeting. Come join fellow fine artists to meet and discuss all things artistic. New members are always welcome.

Lunch 'n' Learn: Mental Health
Monday, February 26, from Noon - 2 p.m.
  
Join Cindy Fleischer, from the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, as she reviews mental health in our community, and discusses the many services provided by MHAEM and shares information on where to find other community services. This program is sponsored by the Senior Resource Center. The cost is $2, and lunch is included. Registration is required.
 
 
Rosa Parks: First Lady of Civil Rights
Monday, February 26, from 7 - 8 p.m.
  
Alexandra Ford brings Rosa Parks to life in this one-woman show. On a December day in 1955, a tired seamstress and NAACP secretary refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery Alabama Bus. Rosa Parks' story will serve to remind all who hear it that we cannot always stand by and observe the status quo. We all bear the responsibility to bring about the changes that will help "We the People..." form that "...more Perfect Union" that is our Nation's promise. Registration is required and priority will be given to W.T. residents. This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.
 
 
13th
Tuesday, February 27, from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  
In this thought-provoking documentary directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma), scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. Registration is requested.
 
 
A Look Ahead to March... 
NJ Makers Day
Saturday, March 10
  
Join us for NJ Makers Day, a statewide celebration of maker culture that emphasizes the importance - and fun - of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). We have a host of events planned for the whole family, including: A Sphero robot demonstration, art projects, pottery making, felting, Legos, seed planting, food crafts, music making, and more!
 
 
Seed Swap
Tuesday, March 13, from 7 - 8:45 p.m.
  
Come out of hibernation to enjoy a warm drink and some snacks while swapping seeds with fellow gardeners. You can score 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 at WTPL is as much about growing our community as it is about growing vegetables.

 
 
Book Groups  
Evening Book Group 
February 5:
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past.

 

One Hundred Names for Love by Diane Ackerman  
Ackerman chronicles her novelist husband Paul West's heroic battle to reclaim words and mobility and her tailoring of West's speech therapy to match his spectacular vocabulary and unique intelligence.

March 5:
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
When her husband is elected president of the United States, Alice Blackwell finds her new life as first lady increasingly tumultuous as she reflects on the privileges and difficulties of her position as her private beliefs conflict with her public responsibilities.

Morning Book Group 
February 13:
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
An African-American family is united in love and pride as they struggle to overcome poverty and harsh living conditions, in the award-winning 1959 play about an embattled Chicago family

March 13:
The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
An eccentric American inventor moves his family to the jungles of Central America in hopes of finding a better life.

Non-Fiction Book Group
February 28:
The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
Documents the true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers and resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who in the aftermath of Germany's invasion of Poland saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish citizens by smuggling them into empty cages and their home villa.

March 28:
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
An intriguing study of the rise of civilization argues that human development is not based on race or ethnic differences but rather is linked to biological diversity, discussing the evolution of agriculture, technology, writing, political systems, and religious belief.

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