October Events @ WTPL
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Little Free Library
The WTPL Little Free Library is now open! Located in front of The Coffee Potter, this structure operates on a "take a book, return a book" philosophy and contains works for all ages. Thanks to everyone who helped make the library: Mike Trezza & sons, construction; Ken Moll, roofing; Susan Jones, paint/decoration; and Alan Jones, post. Thanks also to the Friends of the Library, who sponsored the project. The library is dedicated to Sheila Abrams (1938-2017), longtime president of the Friends and lover of books.
National Coffee With a Cop Day
Wednesday, October 4th is National Coffee with a Cop Day. In the morning, a number of officers from the Washington Township Police Department will be stationed around town at various locations - including the library, Dunkin' Donuts, and The Coffee Potter - to answer your questions. Stop by for coffee and a conversation.
Lifetime Learning 
Lifetime Learning contiunes in October. Joe Geddes will lead "The Musical on Film." Lectures will be held Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. starting October 12, with films screened at 6:30 p.m. the Monday prior to each lecture. Dr. Robert Butts will return for "Leonard Bernstein and American Music," which will be held Fridays at 10:30 a.m. beginning October 13. Lifetime Learning is underwritten by the Friends of the Library. The cost of each 4-part series is $25. Registration forms are available online and at the library.
Calling All Local Writers
Join us Saturday, October 14th for our second annual Indie Author Day. This event is designed to bring local writing communities together in their libraries across the country to participate in author panels, book signings, and more. Local authors intersted in participating should call the library at 908-876-3596 or email william.haggis@wtpl.org.
Friends of the Library Week
National Friends of Libraries Week is October 15 - 21. The Friends of WTPL will have a table in the library lobby on Monday, October 16 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Stop by to learn about everything they help support - including our museum passes, Lifetime Learning series, monthly movie, annual concert & luncheon, and Little Free Library - and the ways you can get involved.
New Art Matters Display
Stop by our meeting room to view the new Art Matters display. Created by local Washington Township artists, the pieces include photographs and paintings inspired by the theme "kaleidoscope." Select works are available for purchase. The display will remain up through November.
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.

Making Sense of Fake News
Monday, October 2, from 7 - 8 p.m.

Daily Record/USA Today Network reporter William Westhoven will address the growing topic of "fake news."  He will present an overview of what actually defines fake news; the history of fake news; how the Internet has blurred the lines between traditional journalism, prime-time punditry and outright propaganda; and how to separate fact from fiction by identifying common components of each. This program - which has also been offered at libraries in Parsippany, Bernardsville and Denville - will be presented in a strictly apolitical environment and will include polite (apolitical) discussion. Registration is requested.

WTPL Knits
Tuesday, October 3, 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. 
Ghosts I've Come to Know
Tuesday, October 3, from 7 - 8 p.m.

Did you ever wonder what's on the other side? As a well-respected investigator of ghosts and hauntings for forty years and an author on the topic, Gordon Ward has developed a distinctive approach and body of evidence to support the belief in the survival of the human consciousness after death. This program includes new photos, audio recordings, developing theories, and information collected from his favorite, historic, investigation sites. This presentation will leave you with a fresh perspective on what happens us all after the transition we call death. This program is co-sponsored by the Washington Township Historical Society. Registration is requested.

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Adult Programs (continued)
Domestic Violence Information Session
Wednesday, October 4, from 7 - 8 p.m.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Jessica S. Swenson, Esq. will be conducting a presentation on domestic violence during which she will discuss the following: what constitutes domestic violence; who is entitled to protection under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act; what protection is provided under a restraining order; what to do if you are a victim of domestic violence; the difference between a temporary and permanent restraining order; and what is required to obtain a permanent restraining order. Patrons are encouraged to ask questions and will have the opportunity to speak with Ms. Swenson individually after the presentation. Ms. Swenson's firm, Cipriano Law Offices, will also offer a free 30 minute consultation to any attendees of the presentation. Jessica S. Swenson, Esq. is a seasoned family law practitioner with 10 years of experience in all areas of matrimonial and family law. Please note: registration is requested, but you are free to register anonymously. Simply enter a made-up name (e.g. "Jane/John Doe") and the library's phone number (908-876-3596).

Writers' Critique Workshop
Saturday, October 7, from Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Looking for feedback on your latest writing project? Join us for our twice-monthly writers' critique workshop.  
The Road to College: A College Planning Seminar
Tuesday, October 10, from 7 - 8 p.m.

Planning for college is like planning a trip - you need to determine where you are going and how to get there. College Concierge, LLC and Homework Helpers of Long Valley is pleased to present a free one hour presentation for all high school students and their parents that will cover steps you can take during each year of high school that will help you find and get into the college that is right for you. Topics will include a discussion of curriculum planning, extracurricular activities, volunteer opportunities, AP vs IB, SAT and ACT prep, and more. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is requested.

Ask a Doula
Wednesday, October 11, from 7 - 8 p.m.

Join certified doula Steffi Gutierrez for an evening designed to educate you and help you become more knowledgeable about your pregnancy, your delivery and your baby.  Steffi is a certified doula through Childbirth International and has attended over 60 births, globally. She also has her Masters in Global Maternal Health and has worked extensively in the birth field throughout Africa.  Registration is requested.  

Cookbook Club: Apples
Wednesday, October 11, from 7 - 8 p.m.

Prepare your favorite apple-based recipe to share and enjoy with others. New members are always welcome to attend. Registration is requested.

Just 4 Kids
Thursday, October 12, 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, October 12 , from 2 - 3:30 p.m.

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.
Lifetime Learning: "The Musical on Film" 
Thursday, October 12, from 7 - 8 p.m. (add'l lectures: 10/19, 10/26 & 11/2)

The musical genre is arguably the purest expression of cinema. During musicals the walls of reality are often breached and the audience is forced to contend with and bask in the realm of dreams and fantasy. Join Joe Geddes as he investigate the various ways that directors, choreographers, musicians, composers, and performers surprise and delight us through their specific manipulations on film. The films discussed will be: 42nd Street; Singin' in the Rain; Cabaret; and La La Land. Screenings of each film will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the Monday prior to that lecture. The cost of this 4-part course if $25. Sign-up forms are available online and at the library.
Lifetime Learning: "Leonard Bernstein & American Music" 
Friday, October 13, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. (add'l lectures: 10/20, 11/3 & 11/10)

Join Dr. Robert Butts for a look at the legacy of Leonard Bernstein. Bernstein's brilliance enabled him to make his mark in many areas of music. He was a major composer or concert and theater music. He was a major conductor of all forms of music. He was a lecturer and educator, using the medium of radio and especially television to bring the music to people. His recordings remain inspirational to all who listen to or perform music. His compositions such remain standard works of orchestras and theaters throughout the world. The cost of this 4-part course if $25. Sign-up forms are available online and at the library.  
Indie Author Day 
Saturday, October 14, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Join us for our second annual Indie Author Day. This event is designed to bring local writing communities together in their libraries across the country. Events will include author panels, Q&A's, and book signings with local children's, young adult, and adult authors, as well as presentations on independent book publishing and marketing.

Art Matters
Monday, October 16, 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.

WTPL Knits
Tuesday, October 17, 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: Paris Can Wait
Wednesday, October 18, from 7 - 8:45 p.m.

Anne is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successful, driven but inattentive movie producer, she unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband. What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom and romance, reawakening Anne's senses and giving her a new lust for life. Starring Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin, and Arnaud Viard. Snacks will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Registration is requested.

Book Chatter
Thursday, October 19, 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.

Genealogy Open House
Friday, October 20, from 1- 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 21, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

In celebration of National Family History Month, WTPL's Family Roots & Shoots Club will sponsor two free Genealogy Open Houses for the public. Seasoned amateur genealogists will be available to help you begin to research your family. Learn how to read a census record, see what can be found in an obituary, find good clues on a birth certificate, and discover the many, many sources available to you in searching for your roots. To prepare for your visit, pick a particular person in your family about whom you want to know more and bring any information you have about them with you to the Open House. A Family Roots & Shoots researcher will show you what the next step is on the journey to finding out more about that person and filling in that empty family tree branch. Refreshments will be served. No registration is required. For more information, call Susan Clark at 908-876-3596 x14.

Writers' Critique Workshop
Saturday, October 21, from Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Looking for feedback on your latest writing project? Join us for our twice-monthly writers' critique workshop.  
Lunch 'n' Learn: "Hear Better, Live Better"
Monday, October 23, from Noon - 2 p.m.
Affecting millions of lives in the U.S, hearing loss can have debilitating effects on the quality of life. Join Jo Perry, of Total Hearing Car, to learn the signs of hearing loss and the value of a hearing evaluation. This seminar details the importance of preserving and promoting the benefits of better hearing. This program is sponsored by the Senior Resource Center. The cost is $2, and lunch is included. Registration is required.
Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Tuesday, October 24, from 7 - 8 p.m.
The American Historical Theatre presents an all new adaptation of this classic horror story by Washington Irving. The interactive one-man interpretation of the story of the headless horseman draws the audience into the schoolmaster's world in sleepy Tarry Town. The program, followed by discussion about this 19th century author who also wrote "Rip Van Winkle," ends with a dramatic reading of the story's postscript. Registration is requested. This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A Look Ahead to November... 
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.
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.

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.
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.
Genealogy Workshop
Saturday, November 11, from Noon - 3 p.m.
Monday, 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 ancestry.com 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.
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.
Book Groups  
Evening Book Group 
October 2:
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Close to aging out of the foster care system, Molly Ayer takes a position helping an elderly woman named Vivian and discovers that they are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past.

November 6:
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.

Morning Book Group 
October 10:
Some Luck b y Jane Smiley
An epic novel that spans thirty years in the lives of a farm family in Iowa, telling a parallel story of the changes taking place in America from 1920 through the early 1950s

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.

Evening Non-Fiction Book Group

October 25 
The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives by Jesse Eisinger
From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jesse Eisinger, a blistering account of corporate greed and impunity, and the reckless, often anemic response from the Department of Justice.

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