It was super to see so many of our patrons at the Chamber Street Fair on Saturday, and to meet so many new ones. Jackie offered glitter art for children, and JM, Dominique, April, Lisa (and Anna, not pictured) gave out library information. If we missed you this year we hope to see you next!
On Saturday, May 18, Fords Branch Library was host to a Crescent Hearts toiletries drive assembly. Twenty volunteers came together to pack Wellness kits. More than 200 street kits (travel size items) and 70 shelter kits (full-size items) were asembled. Two hundred snack packs and made PBJ sandwiches were also prepared for street distribution. Motivational notes which we placed in the street kits, which were distributed with the kits in Newark on Saturday afternoon.

Thanks to all of our patrons who helped the Crescent Hearts Foundation make a difference!
Business Tuesdays:
Establishing Brand Authority

Tuesday, May 21, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Fords Branch Library Meeting Room
Business owners often face with a dilemma when it gets to branding. Which brand should they promote? Their personal brand or that of their business? While the reputation of a business is important, people do business with people whom they know, like and trust. As the saying goes, “People bet on the jockey, not the horse.” 

The leading tool and platform to create and sustain a personal brand is LinkedIn. In this session we will see how LinkedIn helps to create a brand and authority. 

This session would be a LinkedIn 101 as well as a refresher before you get round to spring cleaning your LinkedIn presence. And, as they, a reference for the rest of us. Register by clicking HERE .
A 350th Celebration @ Merrill Park on June 1
Look for us at the Woodbridge Township 350th Anniversary Celebration and Festival in Merrill Park to celebrate with friends and family at a photo booth, library prize wheel and more! Two of our staff members will play on a newly formed Woodbridge Old Tyme Baseball team against the Neshanock Baseball Club of Flemington --and yes--the Recreation Department has promised us that there is a 1864 rule book. Join us to cheer them on!

Branch Libraries will be closed to staff the event on June 1st--the Main Library will be open.
Save the Date:

Announcing the annual Summer Reading Program theme, A Universe of Stories. This summer WPL will host a visit with a star! Click on our flyer below to register or call 732-634-4450.
Thanks to the Friends of the Library, who make author visit book signings possible.
Click HERE for a list of activities this month to celebrate Older Americans Month.
This and That: Staff picks for the month
Books about grumpy individuals whose compassion and tenderness are displayed after their grumpiness is challenged by perfect strangers who make them think twice about their belief in people can be described as Grumplit. Click HERE for our staff list of the month!
News from Friends
Visit the Main Library for your next culture pass, courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Most Museum Passes circulate like a book for five days. Check our new catalog for availability of passes.
Click HERE for information about the benefits of becoming a Friend of Woodbridge Public Library.
The Main Library offers Computer Classes in the Third Floor BEC. Click HERE to view the list and register for upcoming classes.
The Big Wedding (2013)
Friday, May 17, 2:00 PM

A long-divorced couple fakes being married as their family unites for a wedding.

Director: Justin Zackham
Stars: Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl 

This program is offered with generous support from the Friends of Woodbridge Library.
Monday, June 17, 7:00 PM
Main Library Meeting Room

Join us for a community discussion of new ideas in Technology, Entertainment and Design as we continue our series of four library programs, TEDxWoodbridgePublicLibrary. If you are new to TED Talks or a seasoned TED Talk enthusiast, this program is for you.

The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will engage local voices and TED Talk videos on the topic of Personal Growth.

Registration is not required. This program is free and open to the public.
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! 
Many of our programs do not require registration, but kindly click on the flyers and links to register for programs on-line. You are also welcome to call the library locations to ensure that space is available.
Maker Mondays @ Iselin Branch Library
Monday, May 13, 4:00 PM
Iselin Branch Library Meeting Room

This program emphasizes creativity and scientific principles involved in the making of different kinds of projects. Come make things with us!

This program is open to Woodbridge township residents and registration is required.
Event Type(s): Activity
Age Group(s): All Children

Click HERE for more information--and to register!
More Opportunities for Lifelong Learning
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
Woodbridge Township, NJ

May 12, 2019