May Events @ WTPL
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Book Sale 
The annual Friends of the Library book sale will run from Thursday, May 11th to Satrurday, May 13th. Items for sale will include fiction and non-fiction books for adults, young adults and children; CDs, both music and spoken word; DVDs; and video games.    
WTPL Friends Concert: "The Joys of Spring and Summer"
The Fieldstone Ensemble - bassoonist Andrew Pecota and flautists Laura Ferraro and Jessica Valiente - will return to the library on Friday, June 2nd, at 11 a.m., to perform music by Bach, Naudot, Quartz, and Vivaldi. Afterwards, a light luncheon will be served. The performance is made possible through a donation by Dorothy and Sal Prisco, and the food is provided by the Friends of the Library.  Registration is required, and priority will be given to WT residents and members of the Friends.
Book Groups  
Evening Book Group 

May 8:
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
9781400063970 - Check Our Catalog 
The history of polygamy in the Mormon Church intertwines the story of Ann Eliza Young, the nineteenth wife of Brigham Young, and a modern mystery in which a polygamous man has been found murdered and one of his wives is accused of the crime.
June 5: 
A Fall of Marigolds  by Susan Meissner
9780451419910 - Check Our Catalog
Two women living 100 years apart experience similar tragic losses of love, Clara's in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, and Taryn's in the collapse of the Twin Towers, are connected through time by a scarf. 
Morning Book Group 

May 9:
My Ántonia by Willa Cather
9780743487696 - Check Our Catalog 
Depicts the pioneering period of European settlement in the American prairie through the stories of Jim Burden and Antonia Shimerda, who is the embodiment of the pioneer spirit.

June 13:
Telex from Cuba  by Rachel Kushner
9781416561033 - Check Our Catalog  
Coming of age in mid-1950s Cuba where the local sugar and nickel production are controlled by American interests, Everly Lederer and KC Stites observe the indulgences and betrayals of the adult world and are swept up by the political underground and the Castro revolt. 
Evening Non-Fiction Book Group

May 24:
Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild 
9781620972250 - Check Our Catalog   
In an effort to understand why low income conservatives seem to hate the idea of liberal government intervention, a sociologist embarks on a journey to Louisiana bayou country, a stronghold of the conservative right. 
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.

Is the United States Headed for a New Cold War With Russia?
Monday, May 1, from 7 - 8:00 p.m.
Both Presidents Bush and Obama attempted to improve or "reset" relations with Russia.  Both failed and over the sixteen year period of their presidencies, relations deteriorated between the two countries.  While early in the administration of President Donald Trump, America's relationship with Russia seems headed for change. But what kind of change and how will future ties impact NATO, the security of the Baltic region, our relations with China, and developments in the Middle East? Will relations between the U.S. and Russia continue to deteriorate or will they improve? Are we headed for a new Cold War? Dr. Douglas Simon is emeritus professor of political science at Drew University.

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Adult Programs (continued)
WTPL Knits
Tuesday, May 2, 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. 
Environmental Film Series: "DamNation"
DamNation (2014) is a powerful film odyssey across America that explores the sea change in national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. The Q&A will be led by Beth Styler-Barry, Executive Director of the Musconetcong Watershed Association. Registration is requested.

Cookbook Club: Brunch
Monday, May 8, from 7 - 8 p.m. [Note Date Change]

In celebration of Mother's Day, join us for a brunch-inspired meeting of our Cookbook Club. Prepare your favorite brunch recipe to share and enjoy with others.

Just 4 Kids
Thursday, May 11, 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 13, from Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Looking for feedback on your latest writing project? Join us for our bi-monthly writers' critique workshop.  
Art Matters
Monday, May 15, 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.

The Life of Alexander Hamilton
Join Nolan Asch for a look at the life of Alexander Hamilton.  Asch is one of only seven official national Alexander Hamilton Advocates designated by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness (AHA) Society.  AHA was one of the historical consultants Lin Manuel Miranda used in creating the 2015 smash musical hit Hamilton.  Asch will discuss Hamilton's life from birth to death and point to crucial US institutions that still exist today that were founded or co-founded by Hamilton. Registration is requested.

WTPL Knits
Tuesday, May 16, 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. 

Gratitude Workshop
Tuesday, May 16, from 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Gratitude helps: naturally elevate mood and fill us with joy and appreciation; attract more good things into our lives; provide a sense of balance and perspective; and shift our energy and bring more of what we want into our lives. 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. Space is limited and registration is required.


Friends of the WTPL Movie: Queen of Katwe
Wednesday, May 17, from 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Snacks are provided courtesy of the WTPL Friends. Registration is requested.

Book Chatter
Thursday, May 18, 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.

Family Roots & Shoots
Thursday, May 18, from 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Our speaker for May will be Bette Epstein, head of Reference Services at the New Jersey State Archives.  Her presentation will be on "Post 1850 Records at the New Jersey State Archives."  This will cover State vital records, wills, naturalizations, Civil War to WW I military records, newspapers, and census records, among other topics.  All are invited, no matter whether they are new to genealogical research or have been researching for years.
Iowa Class Battleships
Thursday, May 18, from 7 - 8 p.m.

Learn about the United States Navy's Iowa Class Battleships, their history and inner workings, from a US Navy veteran. Keith Nitka has been a tour guide on the Battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62) for several years and served aboard the Battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64) during Desert Shield / Desert Storm. This lecture & PowerPoint presentation lasts approximately 45 minutes and will end with a Q&A session. Registration is requested.

Weight Loss According to Chinese Medicine
Saturday, May 20, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Join Virginia Mills for a look at weight loss techniques according to Chinese medicine. Recent Western recommendations will also be covered. Directions for making your own probiotics, nutritional guidelines, and exercises will be included. Participants should wear loose clothing. Registration is requested. For additional information, call 908-852-2260. 

Lunch 'n' Learn: Fraud Protection
Monday, May 22, from Noon - 2 p.m. 
Join Det. John Wurtemburg, of the Washington Township Police, as he discusses ways to recognize some of the most common fraud, including charity scams, door to door solicitations, lottery scams and much more. In addition, he will discuss ways to make your homes safe and secure and how to report incidents at that occur. Presentation will end with a short question and answer segment. This program is sponsored by the Senior Resource Center. The cost is $2, and lunch is included.  Registration is required. 

Adult Pottery Workshop
Thursday, May 25, from 7 - 9 p.m.

Come and explore the world of clay!  Create a functional vessel using basic hand building techniques.  A variety of colored glazes will be available for decorating.  Remember to bring your creativity with you. Registration is required and priority will be given to Washington Township residents.  

Writers' Critique Workshop
Saturday, May 27, from Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Looking for feedback on your latest writing project? Join us for our bi-monthly writers' critique workshop.  
Introduction to Composting
Tuesday, May 30, from 7 - 8 p.m.

Learn all about how to harvest "black gold" from your grass clippings, fall leaves and kitchen scraps.  This talk will be of interest to the novice as well as the experienced gardener.  Focus will be on the basics, from how to build a compost bin and what not to compost, to the secrets of how to compost quickly and effortlessly.  There will be ample time for questions to be answered, and informational hand-outs will be given. Registration requested.

The "Fourth Branch" of Government: The Role of the Media in Shaping our Political Discourse
Wednesday, May 31, from 7 - 8 p.m.
Join us as we consider the role of the media in shaping our political discourse. What are the challenges and opportunities in the digital age? What can be done, if anything, to stem the tide on the downward trend in public confidence in our "fourth branch" of government? And, how do we reconcile the need for facts in our democracy with an increased willingness to see even those as openly contested? Although answers to these questions transcend simple responses, we will do our best to at least make sense of what's at stake in the new media landscape together. Dr. Krista Jenkins is Professor of Political Science & Executive Director of PublicMind at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Registration is requested.

Family Program: Beekeeping & Pollinator Gardens
Wednesday, May 31, from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
The Morris & Somerset County Chapter of the NJ Beekeepers Association will present a family program on beekeeping and pollinator gardens for ages 8 and up. Registration is requested. 

A Look Ahead to June... 
Saturday, June 1, from 7 - 8 p.m.
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a combination of two Japanese words: "rei," which stands for "universal life energy," and "ki," which stands for "life force." Reiki addresses physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances. Gina Tupaczewski is a Reiki Master-Teacher who has been working with the healing system since 2005.  She will offer a meditation and discuss how reiki can benefit not only people but also their pets. Registration is requested.

Environmental Film Series: Sourlands
Wednesday, June 7, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

A provocative tale of ecology, energy, and agriculture. In the Sourlands of New Jersey, a rampaging deer herd, invasive plants, and wholesale habitat destruction threaten the local ecosystem. Farmers in the surrounding valley battle against high land prices, high property taxes, and increasingly erratic weather patterns. A group of engineers searches for new ways to save energy and stop global warming. The environmental challenges facing this community look a lot like the challenges facing ecosystems, farmers and energy visionaries everywhere. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Caroline Katmann, Executive Director of the Sourland Conservancy. Registration is requested.


Meditation for Mind, Body, and Spirit
Thursday, June 15, from 7 - 8 p.m.

Doctors, health practitioners, universities, and even insurance companies are now recognizing the practice of meditation as a means of creating a more positive, healthy lifestyle. It is an invaluable tool helping people reduce stress, gain a deeper sense of fulfillment in life, as well as foster greater physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.  Longtime meditator Jim Rose will offer a practical technique for meditation that can positively impact your life. Through first hand demonstrations of this simple yet highly effective method, you will discover the key to deeper concentration, relaxation, and profound personal growth.


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