September Events @ WTPL
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Closed Labor Day Weekend 
In honor of Labor Day, the library will be closed Saturday, September 2nd through Monday, September 4th. We will reopen at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5th.
Lifetime Learning 
The fall Lifetime Learning semester kicks off September 8th with "Globalization, Migration and the Refugee Crises," led by Dr. Jonathan Golden, of Drew University. In October, Joe Geddes and Dr. Robert Butts return for "The Musical on Film" and "Leonard Bernstein," respectively. Lifetime Learning is underwritten by the Friends of the Library. The cost of each 4-part series remains $25. Registration forms are available online and at the library.
Tai Chi for Arthritis with Qigong 
A few spots are still open in the 12-week Tai Chi for Arthritis with Qigong series led by Stan Cohen. Classes will meet Mondays from 2-3 p.m. starting September 11th. The cost for the series is $40. Sign-up forms are available online and at the library.
Digital Preservation Event
On Saturday, September 16th, from Noon to 2 p.m., the library is pleased to sponsor a digital preservation fundraising event to help patrons maintain personal memories stored on outdated media. Patrons are encouraged to bring their personal collections, such as print photographs, slides and audio-visual material including VHS videos, 8mm, and 16mm film to the event. Digital Memory Media advisors will be on hand to counsel patrons on the best way to digitally preserve their collections. Once scanned and digitized, patrons will be notified of a date and time to retrieve their material at the library. 20% of proceeds will be donated to the library. A price list is available online.
The Garden Club of Long Valley Flower Show
Come and enjoy floral designs by the Garden Club of Long Valley. Designs will be on display Friday, September 22 from 1 - 5 p.m. and Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Various categories are included, from recycled/reusable materials to "bee conscious" friendly. The event is free and open to the public.
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 "people." Select works are available for purchase. The display will remain up through the end of September.
National Coffee With a Cop Day
Wednesday, October 4th is National Coffee with a Cop Day. 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 - from approximately 8 - 11 a.m. to answer your questions.
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
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, September 5, 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: Inhabit
Wednesday, September 6, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Inhabit explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called 'Permaculture,' which uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Wanda Knapik, Environmental Studies professor at Seton Hall University.  Registration is requested.
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Adult Programs (continued)
Lifetime Learning: "Globalization, Migration and the Refugee Crises" 
Friday, September 8, from 11 a.m. - Noon (Add'l lectures: 9/15, 9/29, and 10/6)

There is greater social upheaval and forced human migration today than at any time since the mid-twentieth century. In this course, we will examine the historical circumstances that have contributed to political and social unrest in places like Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, and Afghanistan. We will learn about the ethno-religious and political conflicts that are driving upheaval. We will also explore perceptions of and responses to these crises in nations of Europe and North America. Dr. Jonathan Golden is Director, Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Comparative Religion, Drew University. The cost of this 4-part series is $25. Sign-up forms are available online and at the library.
Writers' Critique Workshop
Saturday, September 9, from Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Looking for feedback on your latest writing project? Join us for our twice-monthly writers' critique workshop.  
A Night Out with Joyce & Ruby 
Tuesday, September 12, from 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Join local small business owners Joyce and Ruby for a fun night out. Ruby Gonzalez is a health and wellness coach and will educate participants on the importance of preventive health. She will provide specific strategies and encourage a comprehensive approach to wellness that includes improving the quality of your physical health, mind, and spirit. Party planner Joyce Lahmidi, of Elarah Parties, will offer a short party experience and lead participants through a fun art project. Registration is requested.

Cookbook Club: Tomatoes
Wednesday, September 13, from 7 - 8 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate all things tomatoes. Make your favorite homemade tomato sauce or other tomatoes-based recipe. Vegan recipes are particularly encouraged. New members are always welcome to attend. Registration is requested.

Just 4 Kids
Thursday, September 14, 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, September 14, from 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Steve Ward will present "Exploring Your Family Military Genealogy Online," providing 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. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting.
Art Matters
Monday, September 18, 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, September 19, 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: Going in Style
Wednesday, September 20, from 7 - 9 p.m.

Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals (Morgan Freeman, Michael Cain and Alan Arkin)risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. Snacks are provided courtesy of the WTPL Friends. Registration is requested.

Book Chatter
Thursday, September 21, 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 Workshop
Saturday, September 23, from Noon - 3 p.m.
Monday, September 25, 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. Please note that this program will be offered on two separate dates: Saturday the 23rd and Monday the 25th. Registration is required; please register for only one session.

Writers' Critique Workshop
Saturday, September 23, 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: "Beyond the Bone - Vitamin D as a Therapeutic Force"
Monday, September 25, from Noon - 2 p.m.
We all know our bodies create Vitamin D from exposure to sunlight and it is good for bones. But there is new learning about this important vitamin's role in health. Join registered pharmacist Catherine Segal to gain an appreciation of the role Vitamin D can play in your health. This program is sponsored by the Senior Resource Center. The cost is $2, and lunch is included. Registration is required. 
Fall Planting & Winter Bed Preparations
Tuesday, September 26, from 7 - 8 p.m.
Some of the best vegetables come from fall's cool nights and warm days. In this class, Grow It Green Morristown's Shaun Ananko will teach you how to turn your summer garden bed into a colorful fall garden and prepare your bed for the winter months. Registration is requested.
A Look Ahead to October... 
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.

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.

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).

The Blue Hills Beacons of the Revolutionary War
Thursday, October 5, from 7 - 8 p.m.

Join Forrest "Woody" Burgener, Long Valley resident and member of the Washington Township Historical Society, for a talk on "The Blue Hills Beacons" of New Jersey. The "Beacon" hills of New York and New Jersey were used to alert American troops and militia to movements by the British troops into and around the state. Gen. Washington had ordered General Alexander (Lord Stirling) of Basking Ridge to construct the Beacons on the Hudson Highlands along the Hudson river and then down along the Watchung Mountains of New Jersey to the Jersey shore. The story of the construction, placement and use of the "Hills" is fascinating and the search for the exact locations make this a great night of historic tales. Registration is requested.

Coffee with a Cop
Monday, October 9, 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 meet officers of the Washington Township Police Department.  Registration is limited to the first ten who sign up. Those who register after the limit is reached will be signed up for the next meeting. Please register through Chief Jeff Almer at  

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.  

Book Groups  
Evening Book Group 
September 11:
The Nightingale b y Kristin Hannah
Reunited when the elder's husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways. Discussion guide available online. By the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Firefly Lane.

October 2:
Title TBA

Morning Book Group 
September 12:
Dead Wake b y Erik Larson
The #1 New York Times best-selling author of In the Garden of Beasts presents a 100th-anniversary chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania that discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as President Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.

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

Evening Non-Fiction Book Group

September 27 
All the Shah's Men by Stephen Kinzer  
Traces the events leading to the 1953 coup in Iran, noting the reasons behind the U.S.'s covert operations under the joint authority of Eisenhower and Churchill, the orchestrations of prime minister Mossadegh and CIA officer Kermit Roosevelt, and the coup's ongoing consequences.

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