WCPL News & Events
August 2020
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The West Caldwell Public Library
re-opened on Monday, July 6 with limited hours and restrictions.

Any BCCLS Library cardholder may browse and borrow materials. We are also now able to borrow materials from other libraries within the BCCLS system. No more than 20 patrons are permitted in the Library at one time and all patrons must wear a mask. Library use is limited to 30 minutes.

We are no longer participating in the Essex County Reciprocal Borrowing Program (ReBL), so non-BCCLS patrons can no longer borrow materials from us. They can, however, borrow from Libraries that participate in ReBL. If you work or own property in West Caldwell, you are still eligible to borrow from our Library.

We will continue to offer our concierge pickup service in the Library's lobby.
Library Hours: Mon. - Fri. 10-4 and Sat. 9-12
Experience Amazing Adventures with Animal Myths, Rain Forest Animals and a Tale-a-Thon
"Animal Myths"
a virtual Family Program on Zoom
Thursday, August 6 at 2:00 pm
Children in grades 1-5 and their parents or guardians will enjoy discovering some myths and misconceptions about some exotic animals from Turtle Back Zoo. Meet some live animals such as a Gibbon and a Komodo Dragon and learn some myths about these exotic animals. Registration is required. To sign-up for this Zoom program, please email Ethan Galvin at ethan.galvin@westcaldwell.bccls.org and he will share the Zoom login with you.
Answer some Trivia questions about the animals, and win a prize!
Virtual "Peaceful Poetry Reading Series"
Thursday, August 6 @ 6:00 pm
Relax with virtual Poetry Readings from accomplished Essex County poets on Thursdays at 6:00 pm. Poets will share 15-minute weekly readings of their favorite poems that are intended to offer tranquility and peace of mind. The fourteenth poetry reading, on August 6, will feature author, poet and retired Montclair State University professor Vincenzo Bollettino (pictured) of West Caldwell, who will read some of his new poems about nature and childhood memories growing up in Italy. In 2014, he published the novel The Train Station. The poetry readings can be seen on our Facebook page or on YouTube.
"Tale-a-Thon: A Writing Contest for Adults"
Thursday, August 27 @ 7:00 pm

The summer Storytellers Festival concludes with "Tale-a-Thon: A Writing Contest for Adults." Do you have a flair for writing? If so, then write a compelling short story and enter it in the contest for a chance to win a prize and have a public reading. Residents of West Essex are eligible to enter and the short stories can be fiction, a memoir, science fiction, etc., but they must be a maximum of five single-spaced typed pages. A panel of Judges will select three winners who will receive prizes as well as a public reading. Submit your short stories by Thursday, August 13 to ethan.galvin@westcaldwell.bccls.org. The public readings must be videotaped and will air on Facebook and YouTube on Thursday, August 27 at 7:00 pm.
ESL Classes Available Online
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 10:00 am
This popular class is structured for individuals needing help with beginner and conversational English. Running successfully for over 18 years, the program is being conducted online using Zoom Video Conferencing, an easy to use program allowing multiple participants to share live audio & video. Join the class by contacting Kathy Marinaccio at kathy.marinaccio@westcaldwell. bccls.org
Miss Michelle's Musical Story Times on ZOOM
Wednesdays at 4:00 pm and Saturdays at 10:30 am
Children of all ages can join Miss Michelle for her fun Story Times featuring stories and songs with craft & activity ideas!

To register and receive the ZOOM login info., email michelle.petrasek@westcaldwell. bccls.org
Rain Forest Friends!
a Virtual Education Program
Wednesday, August 12 @ 11 am
Children ages 3-6 will enjoy learning about some Rain Forest Animals from Bergen County Zoo. Some of the animals may include a toucan (pictured), parrots, a sloth and a lemur. Registration is required for this virtual program. Email amy.moran@westcaldwell.bccls.org and she will share the Webex link with you.
Virtual Crochet Club on ZOOM
Thursday, August 6 @ 3:00 pm
Tweens in grades 4-12 are invited to join our Virtual Crochet Club and learn basic crochet stitches and patterns. You will also learn about the tools, techniques & materials needed to crochet. To sign-up, email Richelle DeFrank at richelle.defrank@westcaldwell.bccls.org

Storytime To Go!
For West Caldwell Cardholders ONLY
Contact us by email anytime between August 10 and August 28 to reserve a Storytime To Go that will contain 3 books checked out to you, a craft to go, and a list of related songs and rhymes.

A Storytime To Go can be reserved by sending an email to wcaljuv@westcaldwell.bccls.org. Specify in your email the theme you would like: animals, transportation or dinosaurs.
Crafts To Go!
For West Caldwell Cardholders ONLY Fun and simple Crafts To Go will be placed in a basket at the front door of the Library each Monday and Wednesday from August 10 through August 26. They will be available while supplies last.
August is "American Adventures Month." Enjoy the American outdoors by Rock Climbing, Whitewater Rafting, Hiking, Kayaking, Canoeing, Camping, etc.