May Events @ WTPL
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Book Sale
The annual Friends of the Library book sale will be held May 10th - 12th. Friends members are entitled to attend a special preview of the sale on Wednesday, May 9th from 5 - 9 p.m. Details about becoming a member of the Friends are available here. The library will continue to collect materials for the sale through Wednesday, May 9th. 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 Friends are also looking for volunteers to help set-up and work the sale. Volunteer forms are available online and at the library. 
Lifetime Learning
Lifetime Learning continues in May. Dr. Michael Norris will lead "Virtual Metropolitan Art Museum Tours" on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., beginning May 3rd. Dr. Salvatore Prisco will lead "Historical Controversies" on Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m., beginning May 4th. The cost for each series remains $25. Registration forms are available online and at the library.
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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, May 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. 
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, led by Dr. Salvatore Prisco, 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. The cost for this 4-part series is $25. Registration forms are available online and at the library.


Cookbook Club: Candy
Wednesday, May 7, from 7 to 8 p.m.

For this month's meeting of the Cookbook Club, attendees are encouraged to make candy or a recipe that includes candy. New members are always welcome. Registration is requested. Please note that this month's meeting will be held on a Monday.

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Adult Programs (continued)
Gratitude Workshop
Tuesday, May 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

This workshop is designed to help you develop gratitude in creative and meaningful ways, learn how gratitude can help with depression and anxiety, discover ways that you can incorporate gratitude into everyday living, and find gratitude regardless of what is going on in your life or the world. Dr. Peggy DeLong, Psy.D., is a clinical and forensic psychologist in Long Valley. Please note: this program is currently filled, but we are accepting names for a waiting list.

Just 4 Kids
Thursday, May 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.

Writers' Critique Workshop
Saturday, May 12, from Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Looking for feedback on your latest writing project? Join us for our twice-monthly writers' critique workshop.  
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.
WTPL Knits
Tuesday, May 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. 
Friends of the Library Movie: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Wednesday, May 16, from 6:30 - 8:45 p.m.

A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit. Snacks will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Registration is requested.

Book Chatter
Thursday, May 17, 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!

Family Roots & Shoots
Thursday, May 17, from 2 - 3:30 p.m.

This month, join us for a genealogy roundtable. 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.
Art Matters
Monday, May 21, from 10 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: Senior Dental Health
Monday, May 21, from Noon - 2 p.m.
Please join Dr. Golis for a very important discussion on how to keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime and learn all the current trends in tooth replacement. This program is sponsored by the Senior Resource Center. The cost is $2, and lunch is included. Registration is required.   

Writers' Critique Workshop
Saturday, May 26, from Noon - 2 p.m.

Looking for feedback on your latest writing project? Join us for our twice-monthly writers' critique workshop.  
Creating a Cottage Style Garden
Wednesday, May 30, from 7 - 8 p.m.
Do you dream of a lush, colorful informal garden filled with old-fashioned flowers? Then Cottage Gardening is for you! The charm of a cottage style garden is characterized by the profusion of plants, color, fragrance and a little bit of whimsy. Essential elements and simple steps to achieve the look of a cottage garden will be presented. This program, led by Diane Lattanzio, is offered through the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Morris County. Registration is requested.
A Look Ahead to June... 
Winston Churchill
Monday, June 4, from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Monday, June 11, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. 
Nolan Asch, who has previously presented on Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, and the U.S. Constitution, returns for a two-part lecture on the life of Winston Churchill. The first part, "Early Life and Career," will focus on the early years of the politician, statesman and public servant who was born to a life of privilege. The second part, "World War II and the Later Years," will be held the following week and will discuss Churchill's role as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during and after World War II. Registration requested.
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Social Security and Your Retirement
Tuesday, June 5, from 7 - 8 :30 p.m.
Drea Coladarci, of VALIC Financial Advisors, will offer an educational workshop on Social Security and your retirement. This seminar discusses the role of Social Security in retirement planning, ways to maximize benefits and the importance of leveraging other sources for retirement income to supplement Social Security benefits. You will learn about the cost of retirement, Social Security benefits, and bridging a possible income gap. Registration is requested.
Essential Oils
Thursday, June 7, 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!
Container Gardening
Tuesday, June 12, from 7 - 8 p.m.
If you have a small yard, a small budget or just limited time to garden, try container gardening. Spend as much time, energy, money and space as desired to create something magical: a beautiful flowering plant offering scent and beauty, or an edible plant suited to your palate. You will learn how to assemble an impressive spectacle with many containers, or just one container to place in your window, on your deck or porch that would offer captivating joy to your senses. Start your exploration today. This program, led by Wing-Yee Pavlosky, is offered through the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Morris County. Registration is requested.
Book Groups  
Evening Book Group 
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.

June 4:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Follows young Francie Nolan, who is armed with her idealism and determination, as she struggles to escape from the poverty of life in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s.

Morning Book Group 
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.

June 12:
This Boy's Life  by Tobias Wolff
The author chronicles the tumultuous events of his early life, discussing his parents' divorce, the nomadic wanderings with his mother that followed, and the strange and eventful process of growing up.

Non-Fiction Book Group
May 23:
Behind the Beautiful Forevers  by Katherine Boo
Profiles everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother, and a young scrap metal thief, illuminating how their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religious, caste, and economic tensions.
June 27:
The Undoing Project  by Michael Lewis
Examines the history of behavioral economics, discussing the theory of Israeli psychologists who wrote the original studies undoing assumptions about the decision-making process and the influence it has had on evidence-based regulation.
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