November Events @ WTPL
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Bestsellers Club
Did you know the library has a Bestsellers Club?  It's easy to join.  All you need to do is pick up to 10 best-selling fiction authors from a list of more than 170 and submit your form to us. We place a hold for you on every new book published by the authors you pick, and we rotate the members when we place holds so that everyone has a chance at being first to get a popular book. The Best Sellers Club form is available online and at the circulation desk.
Antiques Road Show: What Are Your Treasures Worth?
Wednesday, November 1, from 6 - 9 p.m.
In this session, professional appraiser Michael Ivankovich will introduce you to the concept of "value"...and reveal what your antiques, collectibles, and personal treasures are really worth today. Each attendee is invited to bring in one item for Mike to appraise. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration is required and Washington Township residents and members of the Friends have priority.
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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.

Writers' Critique Workshop
Saturday, November 4, from Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Looking for feedback on your latest writing project? Join us for our twice-monthly writers' critique workshop.  
What Chemicals Are Lurking in Your Grocery Cart?
Monday, November 6, from 7 - 8 p.m.
Reading food labels in the grocery store is not usually one of our favorite pastimes. We assume there is little difference between the various brands on the shelves, so we simply select the item that has the price and 'look' that appeals to us. But closer inspection of the ingredient labels will reveal that there are actually substantial differences between brands of the same product, and you will find extremely poor options (lots of preservatives, artificial colors and other chemicals) right next to much healthier choices. Join certified holistic health and lifestyle counselor Marian Carroll for a workshop that will start you on your way of effective label reading, so you can ensure that you buy the products that best serve you and your family's health.
WTPL Knits
Tuesday, November 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: Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Wednesday, November 8, from 7 - 8 p.m.

Prepare your favorite Thanksgiving side dish to share and enjoy with others. New members are always welcome to attend. Registration is requested.

Just 4 Kids
Thursday, November 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, November 9 , from 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Tom Ankner, Librarian at the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center at the Newark Public Library, will introduce us to the many genealogical reference materials held at the center.  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.     
U.S. Concerns Along the Pacific Rim
Thursday, November 9, from 7 - 8 p.m.
After World War II the United States became a major power along the Pacific Rim, establishing a robust naval force in the region, basing significant military forces in the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and Australia, providing a nuclear shield for Japan and South Korea, and insuring right of passage through the critical shipping lanes of Southeast Asia. Today, America's regional power is being challenged on a number of fronts. China's economic juggernaut and its military intrusion into the South China Sea are of great concern and North Korea's nuclear weapons program has engendered considerable anxiety in all of East Asia as well as the United States. Not only do these concerns stand on their own, they are all interrelated. This presentation will seek to explain America's economic and security concerns and put them into some perspective. Dr. Douglas Simon is emeritus professor of political science at Drew University where he specialized in international affairs, U.S. foreign policy, international organization, and national security. Registration is requested.
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Adult Programs (continued)
Genealogy Workshop
Saturday, November 11, from Noon - 3 p.m.
Tuesday, November 14, from 6 - 8:45 p.m.

Ready to shake some branches on your family tree to see what falls out? Due to popular demand, we are repeating the "Getting Started in Genealogy" workshop. With the help of experienced researchers from Family Roots and Shoots, you can learn about taking that first step on the road to finding your family history. During the workshop, you'll learn about US Census and vital records using the library edition. Follow along with the presenter and then get hands-on research experience with one-on-one assistance from a FR&S member. Have some names, dates and places ready to work on. You never know what you might find! We'll make the overwhelming manageable and fun, and help you gain a better understanding of genealogy methods and strategies. Registration is required. This program will be offered on two separate dates. Please register for only one.

Soul Search and Soul Scent Book Signing and Search Dog Demonstration
Saturday, November 11, from 1 - 2 p.m.
Join us for a book signing and search dog demonstration by local author Reyna Favis. Soul Search and Soul Scent are modern tales of the psychopomp, a mythical creature responsible for escorting the dead to the afterlife. The story was inspired by a "what if?" moment when the author, a K9 handler for search and rescue, was called out to find a despondent. Because search dogs play a huge role in finding both the living and the dead, the author wondered, what if a search dog could also be a therapy dog for the dead? What if a search dog was also a psychopomp, leading tormented souls who are trapped in this world to the afterlife?
The search dog demo will feature K9 Zackie-O, a Plott Hound mix who works as a trailing dog for the Search and Rescue Teams of Warren County. Prior to the demo, Reyna will give a short talk on how search dogs find missing people, describe the different types of search dogs, how they are trained and provide information on scent theory and what that means in practical terms during real searches.
Soul Search and Soul Scent are rapidly accruing 5 star ratings on Amazon and are demonstrating a powerful crossover appeal, engaging dog lovers, fans of the supernatural and readers who enjoy history. Copies of the books will be available to purchase for $15. Reyna Favis holds a Ph.D. in biology and brings a scientist's critical eye to the unseen world, imposing logical consistency and mechanistic detail to the unexplained. Registration is requested.
NaNoWriMo Write-Ins
Saturday, November 11, from 2 - 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 25, from 2 - 5 p.m.

November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Writers are encouraged to complete a 50,000 work manuscript in 30 days. Writers who have accepted the challenge and are looking for a quiet place to write their novel are welcome at the library anytime, including the two group "write-ins" scheduled for Saturday, November 11th and 25th. Registration requested.

Monday, November 13, from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Join Garden Club of Long Valley members to create a special project for your Fall decor.  You may bring your own leaves or use the materials provided. Registration is required and WT residents have priority.
The Drafting of the U.S. Constitution
Tuesday, November 14, from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Why did 55 prominent men from 12 of the 13 former colonies meet in Philadelphia in May 1787? Why did it take 4 months to reach any sort of consensus on the "Philadelphia Toilet Paper," as it was called by some? What were some of the many proposals, both those finally accepted and some rejected? Join Nolan Asch, who has previously presented at the library on Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin, for a look at the history of the drafting of the United States Constitution. Registration is requested.
Friends of the WTPL Movie: Churchill
Wednesday, November 15, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

A ticking-clock thriller following Winston Churchill in the 24 hours before D-Day. Snacks will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Registration is requested.

Book Chatter
Thursday, November 16, 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.

Writers' Critique Workshop
Saturday, November 18, 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, November 20, 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.

Exploring Your Family Military Genealogy Online
Monday, November 20, from 7- 8 p.m.

Steve Ward returns for an evening presentation of "Exploring Your Family Military Genealogy Online." He will outline a simple approach toward finding military records, including what Fold3 has to offer.  All are invited, no matter whether they are new to genealogical research or have been researching for years.  Registration is requested.

WTPL Knits
Tuesday, November 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. 
Lunch 'n' Learn: "Medicare"
Monday, November 27, from Noon - 2 p.m.
Medicare is not a one size fit all program.  There are over 1,000 Medicare plan combinations available in our area!  How do you determine which option is right for you, particularly when each plan only marketing their benefits and not their drawbacks? Whether you are new to Medicare or have been on Medicare for many years, this seminar -- led by  Andrew Vasta, of NJ Medicare Brokers LLC -- will help you understand how to find the coverage that is well suited for your medical needs, medications, and budget.  Prepare yourself for Medicare Open Enrollment (beginning October 15th thru December 7th) by attending this valuable presentation. Topics to be covered include:
  • The difference between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans.  The cost of Medicare Part A, B, C, and D. 
  • How to compare prescription drug plans from your medication list.
  • How to determine if you qualify for prescription assistance programs.
  • A discussion about potential future changes to Medicare. 
The program is sponsored by the Senior Resource Center. The cost is $2, which includes lunch. Registration is required.
Tuesday, November 28, from 7 - 8 p.m.

This seminar, presented by Al Newell and associates, will discuss how parents of college-bound high school juniors and seniors can receive $2,500 to $25,000 per year that most don't even know about. The seminar will cover the following topics: why some middle-class and upper-middle-class parents pay close to nothing for their children's college education; how to double or triple eligibility for financial aid; how to pick the college that will give the most free money, with fewer loans; how to get the maximum amount of money from each school; little-known ways to position one's assets, maximizing the aid one would get; and finally, how to fill out complicated application forms accurately to avoid costly mistakes. Also, find out why 90% of these forms are filled out wrong.  Open to parents of high school juniors and seniors. Registration is requested.
Guided Meditation 
Thursday, November 30, from 7 - 8 p.m.
Join Geneviève McDermott, teacher at the the School of Royal Yoga in Chester, for a guided meditation program. Geneviève will build on the lessons she presented at the library back in August, including simple stretches, breathing and relaxation techniques, and meditation and visualization techniques. No prior experience is necessary. Registration is requested.
A Look Ahead to December... 
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 such 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.
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   
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.
Book Groups  
Evening Book Group 
November 6:
A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman
A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.

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 
November 14:
The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright
Under threat of eviction, Sang Ly and her husband, Ki Lim, who struggle to survive by picking through garbage in Cambodia's largest municipal dump, embark on a desperate journey to save their ailing son from a life of ignorance and poverty.

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.

Evening Non-Fiction Book Group

November 29 [Note Date Change] 
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
Brown's meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century.

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