Library News and Events
The Library will be closed Friday, April 2 and Sunday April 4, 2021.
You can renew materials online at under My Account or return them to the book drops.

Patrons may now request materials system-wide via BCCLS and Inter-Library Loan (ILL). Please note all requests MUST be picked up at your home library per BCCLS. Curbside remains available. New library hours and rules have been implemented for COVID-19. We are currently only serving West Orange cardholders and West Orange residents. The first hour of each day is designated for seniors (65 and up per CDC guidelines) and the medically vulnerable.

Covid-19 Hours:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
10:00-7:00 PM
Walk-in and curbside
(10-11 AM Seniors and medically vulnerable only)

Tuesdays, Fridays
10:00-5:30 PM
Walk-in and curbside
(10-11 AM Seniors and medically vulnerable only)

9:00-1:00 PM
Walk-in and curbside
(9-10 AM Seniors and medically vulnerable only)
1:00-5:00 PM
Curbside only

1:00-5:00 PM
Walk-in and curbside
(1-2 PM Seniors and medically vulnerable only)

Please contact us with any questions or concerns at (973)736-0198.
Adult Events

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

ESL with Maryann - Ongoing via Zoom
Mondays, 6:00 PM
Maryann Poris, an experienced, certified instructor of English as a Second Language, will offer an online--Zoom--course in Basic English for non-native speakers who want to develop their spoken and written English skills. Classes will be held online Mondays from 6-7pm. Zoom can be accessed on the computer, laptop, I-Pad, or cell phone from home.

Wednesdays, 7:00 PM
Spanish I is designed as an introductory course for absolute beginners, and as such, will establish a strong foundation and promote future success in Spanish learning for years of study to come.

Thursday, April 1 at 7:00 PM
Mr. Greller has worked in the public and private sector as a planner for over 30 years. While working for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, as assistant to the commissioner his main duty was the development of the first design, build, and operation of the Hudson-Bergen light rail system. He will discuss the tremendous opportunities afforded to him by working on this project that today serves a good number of passages daily on this rail.
Thursday, April 8 at 7:00 PM
The focus of this program will be Early American wives and mothers, such as Anne Bradstreet, Sarah Kemble Knight, Phillis Wheatley, Abigail Adams, and Abigail Franks. In many ways, their lives were not so different from those of women today, but they also had to deal with different limitations and challenges.

Mary Balkun is a Professor of English at Seton Hall University and a resident of West Orange, NJ. A scholar of early American literature, she is the author of The American Counterfeit: Authenticity and Identity in American Literature and Culture (U of Alabama P, 2006), co-editor of Global and Transformative Digital Humanities: Projects, Case Studies, and Challenges (Routledge, 2020), co-editor of Women of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire (Palgrave, 2016), and the associate editor of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry (2015 and 2005). She publishes widely on early America, educational technology, and curricular change. She is currently at work on two book projects: New World Upside Down: The Early American Grotesque and The Wiley Companion to American Poetry.

Sunday, April 11 at 3:00 PM
The Just Say Yes program offers a series of thirteen workshops that provide practical nutrition information in a way that is fun and easy to understand. Each workshop has a nutrition talk, physical activity, and a recipe discussion/demonstration.

Tuesday, April 13 at 6:30 PM
Undocumented students add richness and value to the community. We understand that there are particular challenges for undocumented students as they navigate policies, processes, and academic requirements of university study, and we are here to help.
Developing programming, faculty/staff training, spaces for youth leadership and organizing, and legal and academic supports for immigrant students, particularly undocumented and DACA students and families, Jennifer Ayala is the Director of The Center for Undocumented Students (TCUS), Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City, New Jersey.

Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 PM
Investigate the benefits of recycling through a hands-on demonstrations that explore recycled materials in our lives, and daily green choices that reduce our waste. You will also investigate the paper making process by trying it for themselves.

Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 PM
In the time of pandemic, many of us have missed participating in or watching organized sports, so let’s take a look at how different sports have been portrayed in art throughout the ages. Looking at the history of sport through the lens of the artist’s imagination can teach us lessons about social changes as well as about the nature of sport itself. This talk will visually illustrate the excitement, drama, and sense of connection to other human beings that sports gives us. You will see some astonishing images by many of your favorite artists! (This program will not be recorded.)
Sunday, April 25 at 3:00 PM
Librarian Jose D Romero will discuss Dominica by Angie Cruz. Ana Canción is 15 when her parents marry her off to 32-year-old Juan Ruiz as part of a business arrangement, and she leaves her family farm in the Dominican Republic to move to New York City.
Youth Events
Email with questions, to register, and for Zoom log in or sign up through the library calendar when available.

It's Story Time via FaceBook Live (ages 2-5)
Thursdays at 11:00 AM
Listen to books and participate in activities that encourage preschool readiness (language development, fine motor skills, social skills, self-control).

Tuesday, April 13 at 4:00 PM
The Great Pet Escape by Victoria Jamieson. Classroom pets including GW (short for George Washington), Barry and Biter have a wild night in the halls of Daisy P. Flugelhorn Elementary.

Join us on the lawn outside the library for socially distanced science experiments, learning, and fun! Individual sets of materials will be provided, Grades K - 6 welcome.
Rain location: beneath the library near the book drops.

Wednesday, April 21 at 4:00 PM
Special Guest! Join West Orange mom Jessica DiCicco and learn how levers and pulleys are used to lift HEAVY things.

Tuesday, April 27 at 4:30 PM
This month you get to talk about a book of your choice! Tell other readers what you liked about the book, and get ideas about what to read next!
ages 9-12
Email for Zoom log in and more information.

Saturdays, April 3 and 10 at 2:00 PM via Zoom

Saturday, April 17 at 2:00 PM
Become a music producer in a day and learn to build your own beats using the free Soundtrap program! Open to West Orange Residents in grades 4 - 9. Registration required, email with any questions.

Saturday, April 24 at 2:00 PM
Join us for an event for children to learn how to stay safe. Safe Saturdays are educational programs using music and acting, designed for younger children and their families to convey how to stay safe in an age appropriate way. Safe Saturdays uses the multilingual book SAFE, which is also a coloring book and contains a CD. Each child will receive a book for FREE, which can be picked up at the library. Presented by the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
Teen Events

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

Wednesday, April 7 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!

Tuesday, April 6 at 4:00 PM
April is Financial Literacy Month! Learn the financial literacy skills that are important to know before the end of high school.

Presented by Alexandra Petrullo, Seton Hall J. D. Candidate '21, U.S. Air Force JAG Corps Accession. Recommended for grades 8 - 12.

Wednesday, April 14 and 28 at 7:00 PM via Zoom
Join your friends and create together in real time! Email 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.)
Sunday, April 18 at 2:00 PM
Calling all singers, poets, authors, and performers in grades 5 - 12! Express yourself at the library's spring outdoor open mic event. Email to RSVP.
Rain location: beneath the library near the book drops.

Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00 PM
Are you in grades 5 - 12? Do you like animals? Explosions? Nature? Experiments? Ignite your interest in Science and join for an informal virtual chat about your favorite elements of science- we'll do an interactive demo of an experiment you can try at home. Open to anyone in grades 5 - 12 who lives in West Orange.
Weekly Teen Programs

Fridays, March April 9, 16, 23, and 30
3:15-5:15 PM
Dungeons and Dragons group for 7th through 12th graders meets online using the Discord website. Beginners welcome! Please email 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!
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