Thankful for our Friends!
Friends of the Library are greatly appreciated for the work they do to support library initiatives and programs. For as little as a few hours a month you can make a difference!! Click HERE for more information about the Friends of Woodbridge Township Libraries.
Hours of Operation
The Woodbridge Public Library will maintain special hours of operation at this time during the continuing public health emergency. Please stay safe & well.
Election 2020!
VOTE!
Ways to Vote:
Vote By Mail

​Return your ballot through the United State Postal Service (must be postmarked by November 3, 2020)​
Submit your ballot in one of the Middlesex County Board of Elections’ drop boxes before 8pm on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (locations below)
Drop it off directly to the Board of Elections’ Office in East Brunswick before 8pm on Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Submit your completed and sealed ballot at your assigned polling location in-person on Election Day, November 3, 2020.

Go To The Polls

If you do not receive a Vote By Mail ballot or wish to vote in-person, you can vote by paper provisional ballot only at your assigned polling place. Paper provisional ballots are the same as the ballot you received in the mail. A limited number of machines will be available only for voters with a disability. Accommodations will be made for voters with a disability at their polling location. If you are a disabled voter and need access to an ADA accessible ballot marking device to vote on November 3, please call the Middlesex County Board of Elections at 732-745-3471.

For more info please see the Middlesex County Board of Elections Vote 2020.

WPL Resource of the Week:
LearningExpress Library
LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more.
Children's Grab & Go Crafts!
All children's Grab & Go kits are distributed on a on a first come first serve basis, while supplies last. And as always, one kit per child please.
Educational and Engaging Adult Programming
We've got a lot of great virtual programs coming up this month! Attend a library program from home. Click on the flyers or links below to register to receive the Zoom link to participate. Click HERE to see our calendar of events. Registration is required for adult programs.
On Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 PM, the Woodbridge Main Library will welcome back Michael Salum of Medicare Planning Services. This free workshop is open to all but requires registration. Please register here. This workshop will be held on Zoom.
Author and investigator L'Aura Hladik Hoffman updates us on some of her favorite paranormal sites contained in her books. Ghosthunting New Jersey (2008) and Ghosthunting New York City (2010). Hear what experiences have been had at these famously haunted locales! You will get the news and stories not contained in the books.  Please register here.
Bring Your Own Book!
Join us for a new, different kind of book club. Instead of reading one specific book - join us for an informal chat about the movies, books or tv shows you have seen or watched (binged watched) recently that you loved.

Registration is required. This program is open to adults age 18+. Please register here.
Consumer Fraud
Join us for a special online Consumer Fraud program on Wednesday, November 4 @ 6:30 PM. This program will be presented by Melanie Hazim, Director of Community Outreach - NJ Division of Consumer Affairs using Zoom.

This program is free and open to all. Registration is required. Please register here.
Win with our Great Teen Read!
Register now for The Great Teen Read & Teen Book Boxes! Sign up, log your books, enter to win a monthly prize basket! (And maybe surprise prizes and challenges along the way..?)

Sign up for the Great Teen Read and unlock access to BOOK BOXES! These work like a subscription blind box, but with books!

Annual Friends Book Sale
The Friends of the Library Book Sale has been rescheduled for April 2021.

Kindly store books that you intend to donate to WPL until further notice. A generous year of donations has our dedicated Friends at capacity. Thanks to all for your consideration.
News from Friends
Click HERE for information about the benefits of becoming a Friend of Woodbridge Public Library.
More opportunities for lifelong learning & recreation!
Leaf bags!
Woodbridge Garden Club News
When you are in the area, please visit the Garden for the Blind and Handicapped next to the Iselin Branch Library any time of the year. The garden is maintained by the Woodbridge Garden Club (WGC).

The WGC hosts programs at the Iselin Branch Library that they often invite the public to attend.

More information about the WGC is available on their Facebook page.
Click on the Avenel Arts Center (APAC) logo for future performing arts events! Follow the Avenel Arts Center on Facebook for Facebook Live events such as Live from the APAC (Wednesdays at 3 pm) by clicking HERE!
Middlesex County Cultural Arts & History offer a virtual outdoor art tour! Click HERE for a sample of county talent on a large scale.
Woodbridge Libraries are 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.

Click HERE for a list of local library websites and closings.
Dear Library Friends and Patrons,

WPL welcomes you to visit our Main, Fords, Henry Inman and Iselin locations. Please click HERE for hours by location. At this time the library remains on summer hours. We will alert everyone in this eNews of a change in hours. Guidelines for your visit are on our home page, HERE.
 
The library staff has planned virtual programs for your reading enjoyment and enrichment. We encourage you to continue to monitor Woodbridge Township Health Department news via the Mayor's Code Red announcements and CDC updates to guide your use of library resources and programs.

Here are some updates about new and continuing services:
 
  • Due dates that occurred during the closing for COVID-19 with the exception of Wi-Fi hot-spots have had due dates were extended until the Summer Loan period ends, September 11. Fines will accrue after this date.
  • WPL does not charge late fees for overdue materials while the libraries are closed.
  • Book drops are open 24/7 in the Fords, Henry Inman and Iselin Branch libraries should you wish to make sure the books are returned without entering. We are checking books after a 7 day quarantine, but no fees are charged for the 7 day hold period.
  • Librarians continue to staff a Chat Information service from 10 am - 8 pm, Monday through Thursday and 10 am - 6 pm on Fridays.
  • Library staff members are monitoring the Ask-A-Librarian e-mail service to update library cards and are happy to assist with digital resources.
  • Library staff members are creating and sharing informational and educational social media posts. If you don't follow us yet, this would be a great time to like us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
 
Please do not hesitate to click HERE to fill out a survey to let us know if we have been able to provide you with library services while the buildings were closed.
 
On behalf of the Woodbridge Public Library Board and Library Staff, I wish you health and safety, and welcome you to visit the Woodbridge Libraries.
 
Stay well,
 
Monica Eppinger
This e-mail newsletter is a service of Woodbridge Public Library.

Monica F. Eppinger 
Woodbridge, NJ
732-634-4450 x-7099


October 18, 2020