Library News and Events
Beginning Monday, June 14, 2021
the library will resume its normal business hours:

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
10:00-9:00 PM
Tuesdays, Fridays
10:00-5:30 PM
Saturdays
9:00-5:00 PM

Masks and social distancing are still required.

Senior hour and curbside pick up will no longer be offered.

Materials may be returned to inside the library.

Summer hours resume, the Library will be closed Sundays through September 12, 2021.

Please contact the library with any questions, 973.736.0198.


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Adult Events

Email ref@westorangelibrary.org for Zoom links and any additional information on events or sign-up through the library calendar when available.

Thursday, June 3 at 7:00 PM via Zoom

Diners are where communities across the Garden State go to celebrate milestones, form lifetime bonds and take comfort in food. Daily life at the counter or in the booth inspires sentimental recollections that reflect the state's spirit and history. Late-night eats fueled Wildwood's wild rock-and-roll days. An entrepreneur traveled eight thousand miles from India and opened a diner in Shamong. From an impromptu midnight wedding in an Elizabeth lunch wagon to a Vietnam veteran sustained by a heartfelt note from a beloved Mount Holly waitress, these are true tales from the soul of New Jersey. 
 
Michael C. Gabriele is a lifelong New Jersey resident and a graduate of Montclair State University. He is the author of The Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey, and has worked as a journalist for over 35 years. He is a member of the executive board of the Nutley Historical Society and is on the advisory board of the Clifton Arts Center.
Wednesday, June 9 at 6:00 PM

On June 10th (weather permitting) early risers in the tri-state area will be treated to an 80% solar eclipse which will transform the sun into a fiery scimitar (curved saber)!
 
Join acclaimed broadcast meteorologist, Jo Rao, to learn about eclipses and look at future celestial events. Free eclipse viewing glasses available, email ref@westorangelibrary.org for more information.

Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 PM via Zoom

This class will cover how to get started using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, including wallets, addresses, exchanges, and methods of obtaining cryptocurrency. The class is designed for beginners

Lindsley Medlin is an international executive with more than 30 years of experience building and running businesses. During his career, Mr. Medlin built companies in six countries. He was part of a management team that organically grew a business from $20 million to $1.5 billion in nine years, which went public and spun off a separate public subsidiary. He has significant expatriate experience living abroad for several years in Europe, Asia, Canada and Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and an MBA in Marketing, both from Rutgers University, as well as a Graduate Marketing Certificate from the SMU Cox School of Business in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, he is a Certified Blockchain Professional™ and is the Founder of the NJ Blockchain Center. Mr. Medlin is a published author, speaker, and consultant.

Friday, June 11 at 3:00 PM via ZOOM

Ella Events will be presenting Jerry Lewis the "King of Comedy" via zoom. This presentation will discuss Jerry Lewis's funniest moments in television and film.

Thursday, June 17 at 7:00 PM via ZOOM 

Within the past decade, New Jersey has experienced its wettest and warmest years in over a century of observations. Extreme events of late, including Sandy, Irene, and a number of hot summers, suggest that something is happening to NJ’s climate regime. Natural variations alone cannot account for these NJ (and global) anomalies. Human influences on climate are significant, prompting discussion as to how society might mitigate or develop greater resiliency to increasing climate change. This presentation will explore the physical dimensions of the issue, both short and long term. Information will also be provided on how interested individuals can contribute to the monitoring of weather/climate conditions in the local region by participating in the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network and how they may follow current weather conditions via the Rutgers New Jersey Weather Network.

Dr. David A. Robinson is a Distinguished Professor of Geography at Rutgers University and NJ’s State Climatologist. He is a frequent speaker on issues pertaining to New Jersey’s weather and climate. He is a contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the US National Climate Assessment. Dave is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and a recipient of the American Association of Geographers’ Lifetime Achievement award.
Monday, June 21 at 3:00 PM via Zoom

Antonio Machado ranks among Spain’s greatest 20th-century poets. He was born in 1875 in Palacio de las Duenas on his family’s country estate. When he was still a child, Machado moved with his family to Madrid, where his father had obtained a professorship. After Machado’s father died suddenly in 1893, the family fell from financial security. Machado and his brother Manuel turned to writing and acting and circulated among fellow bohemians, including poets Rubén Darío and Juan Ramón Jiménez. In 1899 the brothers traveled to Paris and found work as translators at Garnier publishers. While in Paris Machado met the Irish writer Oscar Wilde. His poetry is still widely read and celebrated today.

Thursday, June 24 at 7:00 PM via Zoom

As this presentation will discuss, retrogrades happen as Earth is passing or being passed by other planets. Like the apparent movement of the sun through the zodiac, a planet seemingly moving backward is an illusion, as planets always revolve around the sun in the same direction. The appearance of retrograde motion occurs because of the relative difference in speed. It's something like when you're sitting at a stop light and the car next to you takes off unexpectedly—you may find yourself stomping down on the brakes because of a temporary feeling of moving backward
 
Jackie Slevin began her studies of astrology at age nine after finding her mother’s astrology texts from the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London on the living room coffee table. She is the Dean of this online Astrology school, The University of Geocosmic Studies, and past NCGR Co-Director of Education. A full time astrologer, teacher and writer, she has lectured internationally, including UAC 1995 and 2002. She is currently VP of NNJ NCGR. Her articles have appeared in the Llewelyn Sun Sign and Moon Sign books, the Astrology and Medicine Newsletter, Realta, the Journal of the Federation of Australian Astrologers and the Journal of the Astrological Association of Great Britain.

Friday, June 25 at 3:00 PM - Outside of the Library

Roaring 20’s/ Traditional/ Dixieland/ Hot Jazz Program.
Long before jazz was cool, it was hot! The Dixieland jazz program is the most requested program we perform. It is a balance of live music and educational content, which discusses the music, the composers and the instruments/ equipment, techniques and musicians from the early Jazz area. This is generally a very upbeat program focusing on early jazz and ragtime with some ballads and blues. This can be presented either as a mixed era Dixieland program or specific to time periods (such as Roaring 20’s)
Typical Songs: That’s A-Plenty, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Ain’t She Sweet, Charleston
This outside event is occurring in the BOOK DROP parking lot.
Youth Events
Email youth@westorangelibrary.org with questions, to register, and for Zoom log in or sign up through the library calendar when available.

Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program
Join us at the West Orange Public Library for exciting events, challenges, crafts, and a reading game this summer starting June 22nd with the Family Kickoff!
Teen Events

Email teens@westorangelibrary.org for ZOOM log in and additional information on events or sign up through the library calendar when available.

Wednesday, June 2 at 7:00 PM via Zoom
Join us on Zoom to discuss ways to help the library and the community- bring your friends! 9th - 12th graders are welcome to log on to have fun, and share ideas. Participants earn volunteer hours for attending. New members welcome!

Wednesday, June 9 at 6:00 PM
On June 10th (weather permitting) early risers in the tri-state area will be treated to an 80% solar eclipse which will transform the sun into a fiery scimitar (curved saber)!
 
Join acclaimed broadcast meteorologist, Jo Rao, to learn about eclipses and look at future celestial events. Free eclipse viewing glasses available, email ref@westorangelibrary.org for more information.

Wednesday, June 16 at 7:00 PM via Zoom
Join your friends and create together in real time! Email teens@westorangelibrary.org for more information and link to join. Open to 5th - 12th graders living in West Orange.

Outdoor Teen Talent Showcase (Open to anyone in grades 5 - 12.)
Wednesday, June 30 at 5:00 PM
Calling all singers, poets, authors, and performers in grades 5 - 12! Express yourself at the library's spring outdoor open mic event. Email teens@westorangelibrary.org to RSVP. Rain location: beneath the library near the book drops.
Wednesday, June 30 at 7:30 PM via Zoom
Thinking about college applications? College Essay Coach Sue Kamens presents an interactive, virtual workshop to discuss how to get from first draft to final product of your college application personal essay. Email teens@westorangelibrary.org for login information. 
Weekly Teen Programs

Fridays, June 4, 11. 18, and 25
3:15-5:15 PM
Dungeons and Dragons group for 7th through 12th graders meets online using the Discord website. Beginners welcome! Please email teens@westorangelibrary.org for more information. Epic quests await teens who join our D&D club at the library! D&D features role playing, storytelling, on-the-spot strategic thinking, math skills, problem solving, and teamwork all rolled into one!
***If you need to apply for a card, have lost your card, or work in West Orange, click here to apply online. This form will give you immediate access to eBCCLS. For additional online resources email woracirc@bccls.org.***

 
Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Library. It's a great way to make a positive impact in your community. Contributions are used for Library programs and services. To make a donation click here or visit paypal.com.
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