On Saturday, February 9th, Mayor McCormac and the Main Library welcomed Congressman Frank Pallone and his super staff for the inaugural meeting of the Congressional Youth Advisory Council. Information about application to serve a term on the Youth Advisory Council, which runs from January to August annualy, is generally available for a December application deadline.
The Main Library is host to a display of the Art of Derek Jay Dent this month, JAZZRALA, featuring an experience of the evolution of the blues, soul and jazz.
Staff Recommendations for February:
This and That
On Monday, February 11, at 7 PM, Woodbridge Main Library will host a Meet the Author with  Thais Sherell.   Learn more about Thais by clicking  HERE .
Copies of her book will be available for FREE at the event. This program is free and open to all!
Filling Our Hearts...
...With Love Through Meditation
Thursday, February 14 @ 7:00 PM
Woodbridge Main Library - Ground Floor Meeting Room

Join long time meditator and retired Executive VP, Jim Rose, as he offers this special engaging workshop on how to use the meditation practice to transform the heart. He will explore how to incorporate more love and peace in your life which can have a profound transformation on your overall well-being.
This session will be devoted to integrating these practices into your daily life. Participants will learn to let go of anger, fear and worry in order to create more harmonious relationships, better work and home environments and experience a deep sense of personal peace and love. There will even be two short meditation sittings!
Click HERE to tell us what computer classes you would like the library to offer.

Computer skills classes will begin again in March.
How to Cook Your Life (2007)
Friday, February 15, 2:00 PM

A Zen priest in San Francisco and cookbook author use Zen Buddhism and cooking to relate to everyday life.

PG-13 | 1h 34min | Documentary 

This program is offered with generous support of the Friends of the Library.
Puzzling Mornings Drop-In
Thursday, February 7 and 21 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Woodbridge Main Library - 2nd Floor Meeting Room

Looking to exercise your mind in the mornings? Adults are invited to grab a puzzle during our new weekly drop-in! 
Jigsaw puzzles, word searches, cross words , sudoku, and coloring pages will be available for anyone who stops in the 2nd floor Periodicals Room. 
This event is free and open to all! 

Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 PM
Henry Inman Branch 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.
News from Friends
The Woodbridge Downtown Merchants Association is offering a coupon book to local charities for a suggested donation of $5. Visit the libraries to support the Friends of the Libraries and pick up a booklet full of savings.

Coupons are valid until December of 2019.

Thank you for your support of the Friends and merchants in Downtown Woodbridge.
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.
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--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! 
The WPL Children's Department has issued the 2nd Annual Winter Family Reading Challenge! The purpose of this program is to provide a fun and easy way to encourage the habit of reading. Reading as a family is a great way of spending quality time together. Your family can share stories of all kinds--mystery, fantasy (Harry Potter anyone?) and so much more! You can use books to craft together, cook together, learn together, be together. Also, it not just books, check out Hoopla and eLibraryNJ for digital books, audio books and more!

Take the challenge--see how many activities your family can complete and color in those boxes. Create activities and memories of your own.

Join us this winter and warm up with family reading time.

The Winter Famiy Festival at Woodbridge Main Library will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 1-3 PM. All ages are welcome.
Many of our programs do not require registration, but kindly click on the flyers and links to register for programs on-line or call the library locations to ensure that space is available.
More Opportunities for Lifelong Learning
Make your opinion count...
Middlesex County has asked for help with a new master plan, Destination 2040 . Visit the Main Library Circulation Desk to fill out a card.

Woodbridge Town Hall, 1 Main Street, Woodbridge, is also a collection point for opinion cards.
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

February 10, 2019