Library News and Events
Congress is in session through the first week of August 2020.
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The library is excited to announce that we are open to the public.
Patrons may now request materials system-wide via BCCLS. 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

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

Wednesday, August 5 at 3:00 PM via Zoom
email for more information, subject heading: Jackie
A forecast of world events and trends we can expect during the remainder of 2020 and in 2021.

Father Miguel Hernandez
A bilingual discussion and reflection on the poem "Enigmas" from Pedro Nedura
Monday, August 11 at 3:00 PM via Zoom
email for more information, subject heading:Enigma
A discussion on the poem Enigmas. The poem speaks of beautiful enigmas, "jeweled boxes" of life, but the poet is also speaking of his own enigma--how he can grasp and describe these things and make others feel (the job of the artist), although he does not have the capability to fully interpret them, either. He sleeps, he dreams, but he "walks around as you do," and awakes after casting this net, having caught only "a fish trapped inside the wind.

Wednesday, August 12 at 12:00 PM via Zoom
email for more information, subject heading: Laughter
Eva Silver, Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis Academy (ACAP) will be leading this informative and uplifting ZOOM program about the positive benefits of laughter. In this program will cover how laughter affects the brain and your overall mood, as well as giving you helpful tips on how to incorporate laughter into your overall health routine.

Maria Clara Rojas
tu eres perfecto tal como eres: el arte de ser tu mismo
Jueves 13 de agosto a las 4:00 PM via Zoom - This program will be presented in Spanish.
e-mail por mas informacion, el sujeto: Perfecto
Entrenadora y escritora Colombiana nacida en Popayán y criada junto al mar en la ciudad de Barranquilla. Tú eres perfecto tal como eres es un recorrido minucioso, profundo, específico y detallado por la compleja y, aparentemente, insondable condición humana. Partiendo de la realidad del mundo actual, la jornada empieza llevando al lector a develar cada fascinante aspecto de lo que conlleva la vida en este plano, desde la desconocida complejidad de qué es y por qué existe el ego, pasando por la siempre escurridiza felicidad y la conexión espiritual, hasta conducirle a la auto aceptación, apreciación y toma de consciencia y responsabilidad por su propia vida.

Virtual Gallery Tour & Artist Talk
On Friday, August 14 at 7pm via Zoom
We invite you for a "Virtual Gallery Tour & Artist Talk," by members of the ANTI-NUKE POWER GROUP.
Meet New York based Japanese artists who challenge the "peaceful use of nuclear energy." Discussing their visual works, talks will include historical and personal perceptions about nuclear power.
Please join the artists from New York and Japan in real time via the Zoom link:

For inquiries regarding the exhibition, please contact the curator Keiko Koshimitsu:

Abbi Waxman
Virtual Author Visit and Discussion: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Wednesday, August 26 at 7:00 PM via Zoom
email : for login information, subject heading: Nina
Join author Abbi Waxman and West Orange Public Library's librarian Brian for a virtual conversation of the humorous novel The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. Waxman is the author of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill , I Was Told It Would Get Easier , Other People's Houses , and the Garden of Small Beginnings .

Mondays, August 31 - October 19 at 7:00 PM (excluding Labor Day and Yom Kippur)
email for more information or call 973-736-0196, subject heading: Decisions
Jane Gaertner, formerly with the Foreign Policy Association, will be moderating this 6 week discussion on important geopolitical issues facing the U.S. today. Some of the topic that will be discussed are Climate Change and the Global Order, China’s Road into Latin America, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking among others.


It's not too late to track your summer reading! Sign up, earn badges, explore games, and more at or download the ReadSquared app. West Orange children and teens have logged over 9,500 minutes so far this summer! Keep reading and logging your minutes read (through August 31st).
Take and Make! A Craft
Stop by the library and pick up a craft bag to take home (while supplies last). Look for a new craft every Monday in August!

Readers UNITE!
Hey West Orange book lovers! Join young readers (and librarians) from Caldwell, West Caldwell and Ridgefield for an interactive book club. New members welcomed.

email: for login information (Grades 1-3)

email: for login information (Grades 4-6)

AppMakers: All About Me! (grades 6 - 8) 
Wednesdays and Thursdays, August 19, 20, 26 & 27 at 4:00 PM via Zoom
(Each class will last 45 minutes.)
email to register and for more information
Let your child share their creativity with the world when they create & code their own profile smartphone apps. With projects for kids of all skill levels, your child will discover how to use MIT App Inventor to design, program & deploy their own personal profile apps that showcase themselves and their interests. (participants will need their own Android tablet, PC or Chromebook) S pace is limited and registration required for this free program.
Program presented by :

Monday, August 24 at 4:30 PM via Zoom
email for login information
Pick up experiment supplies at the library. Log in to talk about science and do an experiment together in real time!

Sing and Play 
Thursday, August 27 at 11:00 AM (rain date September 3rd)
email to register and for more information.
Join us for our first on-site, outdoor activity! This interactive musical program for young children and their families will meet on the library's front lawn. Space is limited, please register.

Ongoing Youth Events
First two (2) weeks of August
Mondays (8/3 and 8/10)
Super Science
4:30 PM on Facebook Live
Demos of interactive science experiments you can try at home!
Tuesdays (8/4 and 8/11)
Picture Book Read-Aloud
11:00 AM via Facebook Live
Listen to new picture books read by Miss Olga and keep a lookout for some surprise guests! (children of all ages)
Thursdays (8/6 and 8/13)
Books & Babies
11:00 AM via Zoom.
email for link. Video participation is not required. Come and watch!
Babies can look at other babies while adults follow-the-leader and guide participants in lap jogs, rhymes, and listening to short board/picture books. (Ages 0-2)

Saturday (8/7)
PJ Story Time
8:30AM via Facebook Live
Stay in bed (or not), bring a cuddly and listen to stories.
(ages 3-6)
The Library and Recreation Department are partnering to bring you an outdoor reading experience at Ridgeway Park. Visit the park for the summer's final StoryWalk® of Cuckoo by Lois Ehlert on display August 3 through August 21, 2020. Cuckoo is a Mexican folktale and will be presented in
both English and Spanish.
Teen Events

Wednesday, August 5 at 7:00 PM via Zoom
email for more information
Earn community service hours from home by logging in to our virtual Teen Advisory Group Meeting- new members welcome. We'll talk about ideas to help think of cool ideas to help the library and community. Let your voice be heard and help your local library!

Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00 PM via Zoom
email for more information
Let your talents shine at our virtual summer open mic night! All ages are welcome, this is your summer venue for bands, singers, writers, and supporters to gather virtually and support each other.

Wednesday, August 19 at 7:00 PM via Zoom
email for more information
Log in to chat about what you are reading this summer. What books did you love, hate, or say meh about? Get recommendations from fellow readers.

Wednesday, August 26 at 7:00 PM via Zoom
email for more information
Are you a Hamil-fan? Log in to sing your favorite songs, test your friends with Hamilton trivia, and talk about all things Hamilton.

Monday, August 31 at 7:00 PM via Zoom
email for information
What are your hopes and goals for the upcoming school year? Log in to create vision boards together using materials from home, or pick up our materials at the library.

Ongoing Teen Events

Thursdays at 7:00 PM
Join your friends and create together in real time! Email for more information and link to join.

Dungeons and Dragons: a teen club
Fridays at 3:15 PM
7th- 12th graders can join- beginners welcome. Email for more information and for the details on the Dungeons and Dragons online server.
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