Congratulations to our volunteers!
On Sunday, October 20th, library volunteers were recognized by the Mayor and Council at a Township wide Celebration. Click on the images below for a quick view of the presentations.
Councilman Cory Spillar presented a Woodbridge Township Volunteer Recognition award to LiteracyNJ Volunteer Betty Schwartz for her work with one of her students, who has become a citizen, and her Wednesday night Conversation Group. Betty's group is one of four ESL conversation groups in the libraries, and her work as a literacy volunteer is exemplary. Click the video below with Councilman Spillar to hear Betty's accomplishments. Betty is pictured below with Mayor McCormac.
Representing the Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) which for the past five years has provided a book club with Woodbridge Public Library to serve adults with developmental disabilities. Library Associate Najea Grimes leads the weekly program, and her description states it well. Volunteers in the group that was recognized this year are Jean Retkwa, Rose Johnson, Theresa Borg and Christine Kelly. Thanks to Chris and Rose, who represented the NCBC.
Congratulations to Diya Vaid and Deborah Castro, our summer reading volunteers who were also honored at Mayor McCormick's Volunteer Appreciation Awards ceremony! We thank you for all your hard work.

Look for more of your friends and neighbors who received volunteer recognitions by clicking HERE .
News from Friends
Important Notice about Our Museum Passes:

Gary Garrido Schneider, Executive Director of Grounds for Sculpture, notified the Friends of the Library that museum passes for Grounds for Sculpture will no longer be offering the Library Pass Program effectively immediately.

The Friends purchased two passes for the Library. One expired on October 31, 2019, so the Library will only have one pass available for circulation until May when the second pass expires.
Visit the Main Library for your next culture pass, courtesy of the Friends of the Library--there are many more to visit. Most Museum Passes circulate like a book for five days. Check our online catalog for availability of passes.
Click HERE for information about the benefits of becoming a Friend of Woodbridge Public Library.
Click HERE for to view and sign up for WPL programs.
We had some very creative ladies paint pumpkins at our monthly Adult Craft Night at the Fords Branch. Join us November 14th for DIY Stove-top Potpourri! Registration opens 11/1 - register online by clicking HERE or call 732-726-7071.
The Main Library offers more variety than ever in Computer Classes on the Third Floor BEC. Click HERE to view the list and register for upcoming classes.
The Ghost Writer (2010)
Friday, November 1, 2:00 PM
Main Library Meeting Room

A ghost writer, hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.

PG-13 | 2h 8min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller 

This program is provided with the support of Friends of Woodbridge Township Libraries.
Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 PM
Main Library Meeting Room

Join  Central Jersey SCORE  mentors at this free seminar to learn a 15-minute strategy to grow your business--a step-by-step guide to turn solid thinking into action and action into goal achievement! Presented by Patricia Lucas Schnarre. This program is free but registration is required: Click HERE to register today.
Wills, Estate Planning & Probate
Monday, November 18, 7:00 PM
Main Library Meeting Room

Please join guest speaker  Kenneth Vercammen , Managing Attorney from Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, as he presents "Wills, Estate Planning & Probate" at the Woodbridge Main Library on November 18 at 7pm!
Attendees will receive complimentary brochures. This event is free and open to all. Veterans are encouraged to attend for Veterans’ month. Registration is required. Please register  HERE .
This seminar will focus on the following:

  • NJ Estate Tax eliminated in 2018
  • The 2019 changes in Federal Estate and Gift Tax
  • Power of Attorneys recommendations 
  • Living Will & Advance Directive    
  • Administering the Estate/ Probate/Surrogate
  • Avoiding unnecessary expenses and saving your family money
Volunteer opportunities...Play Station Tuesdays...Discussion Fridays......and more is happening in the libraries for teens. Click HERE for a Teen Services activities.

Click HERE for a list of teen staff-recommended sites to search for your next great read.
Alternate Fridays, 3:45-4:45pm
Main Library BEC
Grades 8-12

Have something you want to talk about? An issue you want to see different sides of? Need advice about something? Itching to share your new favorite conspiracy theory? Just want to vent? Here's a supportive, safe, non-judgment space for you to do all of the above, and more.

Registration is not required.
Volunteer Hours for
Young Adult Book Reviews

You asked, we listened. For those in need of more community service hours, you now have another option! Here’s how it works:

  • You read a book at least 100 pages in length.
  • You fill out the form we provide in the library, which includes information about the book, and a 1.5-page review (I.e., Half of the front and the entire back of the page) of the book. 
  • Turn the form in--with a week for us to process your entry--we can we give you one hour of community service for every 100 pages read. So if you read a 374-page book, you get three hours.

That’s it. It’s easy! 
Programs offered by the Children's Department are intended for children in grades K - 7 with an accompanying adult for children under 9 years.
Many of our programs do not require registration, but kindly click on calendar links or the flyers posted to the eNews to register as needed.
More opportunies for lifelong learning
Woodbridge Township offers a variety of cultural arts experiences and educational programs in addition to library opportunities. Sign up for weekly Township e-News by clicking HERE .
Woodbridge Libraries Are Now Members of
Reciprocal Borrowing Group MURAL
Woodbridge Township library cards are accepted in nearly fifty Middlesex and Union County libraries to borrow materials. Municipal libraries are generally open to public use, but through the  MUtual Reciprocity Among Libraries Agreement (MURAL), a Woodbridge Township Library card will be welcomed for lending and additional services determined by each library.  More details and contact information are available on the WPL home page.
This e-mail newsletter is a service of Woodbridge Public Library.

Monica F. Eppinger 
Director a
Woodbridge, NJ
732-634-4450 x7099

October 27, 2019