Library News and Events
The Library will be closed Labor Day Weekend
(Saturday, August 31 - Monday, September 2)
How can it possibly be August already? Where did the summer go? Oh right, it was all those days of hiding inside or in the water because of 90 degree weather with 90 percent humidity. Whew! Thank goodness summer's almost over.

This summer's been a blast at the library so far and it's not slowing down. The Youth Services Department will continue story times throughout the month of August, including Pool Side Story Time and Saturday Story Times. A program about craters, and how they are created, will help jump start kids for school. Kids will also get to participate in a new Craft Club on Thursday afternoons. Check out the library calendar for more fun youth programs.

Teens have a fantastic lineup of programs this month. In addition to the monthly T.A.G. meeting, the library will also host a sewing program (registration is required), a comic book convention, the monthly game night, and a back-2-school vision boards event during which teens can map out their paths to success for the new school year. Though Chess Club is going to be taking a break in August, don't forget to attend the Chess Championship Annual Game with Livingston. This year the event will be held in Livingston on August 8.

While lots of people try to sneak in an end of summer trip, the Adult Services Department is hosting a couple of programs you won't want to miss. This month's book discussion covers  The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country, a memoir, by Helen Russell. Summer programming will end with the ever popular Mr. Joe Fagan, the town historian, who will give a presentation The Township of West Orange Then and Now on Thursday, August 15.

Last month the library hosted several youth services programs, including A Universe of Music, Science Story Tellers, weekly story times, and a local author visit. Teens had an open mic night, spelling bee, gaming tournament, and Harry Potter celebration. Adults had several programs covering topics from astrology to gravity and planetary motion to clearing clutter and finally last, but definitely not least, two programs done in conjunction with the Town Health Department on healthy aging. So ultimately, the new air conditioning unit, was not the brightest star of July...but it may have been Sirius. Have a great remainder of the summer!

Did you know?
The expression "the dog days of summer" is in reference to Sirius, the hunter Orion's dog. According to ancient Greeks tracked the hottest point of the year to that when the star Sirius was at its brightest. Traditionally "the dog days of summer" are July 3-August 11 in the United States.

Database of the Month:
Planning a trip abroad? Want to brush up on your high school Spanish or learn some quick phrases to help you get by? Give Rosetta Stone a try.

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A Note from the Friends of the West Orange Public Library:
Our Fall Book Sale is October 4th through October 6th, 2019. Friday, October 4th, is reserved for Friends members only. Not only do Friends members get first selection at the sale, but they are invited to an evening reception, featuring light fare and prizes. To get exclusive access, please renew your Friends membership or join the Friends. For more information, including payment options, visit us online:

We are starting to collect books for the sale. We accept books, DVDs, CDs, and even activity books, like coloring books. Please make sure they are in Like New condition. We especially need children and young adult books! Any questions about donations can be emailed to
Upcoming Events for Adults
T he Year of Living Danishly:
Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Place
 by Helen Russell
Monday, August 5 | 1:30-2:30 PM
No meeting the month of September.
Book discussions will resume in October, check back for a new list of titles

Thursday, August 15 | 7:00-8:30 PM
West Orange Township Historian Joseph Fagan presents a multimedia program exploring West Orange through a series of then and now photos. The photos will feature all sections of town as seen through the lens of a camera a century ago with current day photos showing today's location.
A View From Above
Photographs on display August 1- August 31, 2019

What do we visualize when thinking about space? Little green martians, the planets circling the sun? Do we truly appreciate the magnitude and beauty of what surrounds our world, while not being of it?
Friday, August 2 | 2:00-5:00 PM
Rated PG
Starring:Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Levi Miller, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-raw, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Pena, Bellamy Young, David Oyelowo

Friday, August 16 | 2:00-5:00 PM
Rated PG-13
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peñ
Upcoming Events for Children
Monday, August 5  |  4:30-5:15 PM

Monday, August 5 | 7:00-8:00 PM | 
Grades Pre-k -3

Sing and Play
Wednesday, August 7 | 10:30-11:00 AM | 
ages 1-5

Music Together
Friday, August 9

Thursday, August 8 | 6:30-8:30 PM | Grades 3-5

Monday, August 12 | 2:00-3:00 PM | Grades K-5

Monday, August 19 | 6:30-7:30 PM | all ages welcome
Clubs! Clubs! Clubs!

Lego Club   | Tuesday, August 6 | 4:00-5:00 PM | Grades K-5

Craft Club   | Thursdays | 4:00-5:00 PM
| Grades K-5
Story Times (end August 24)

Reading Buddies | 3:00-4:00 PM | k+ |no registration needed

Terrific Toddlers | 10:00-10:30 AM | ~2-3
Preschool Story Time  | 11:30-12:00 PM | 3.5 -5

Cuentos en espanol | 4:00-4:30 PM | all ages

Babies and Books | 10:30-11:00 AM |
Pool Story Time | 2:30-3:00 PM

Story Time | 10-10:30 AM | k+
Speaking of Stories and Yakety Yak Book Clubs are on summer break.
Upcoming Events for Teens
Saturdays: August 3, 10, 17, and 24

Thursday, August 1
700-8:30 PM
Wednesday, August 7
6:30-8:30 PM (Registration Required)
Thursday, August 8 |
6:30-8:30 PM
Grades 5-8
Wednesday, August 14
7:00-8:30 PM
Wednesday, August 21
6:30-8:30 PM
Wednesday, August 28
6:30-7:30 PM
Fridays at 3:15-5:15 PM
August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
Teen Volunteer Opportunities

To become a teen volunteer,  CLICK HERE  to access the volunteer application. To learn more, call 973-736-0198 x216 or visit the Children's Room and ask to speak with either Jane or Faith. Join the Teen Advisory Group !  
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