Library News and Events

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)

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

Sundays
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 ref@westorangelibrary.org 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.

Sunday, February 7 at 3:00 PM
Join us for a free, fun, virtual store tour and learn how to stretch your food budget by: Spending less time grocery shopping. Planning easy and delicious meals while saving money.
Saturday, February 13 at 3:00 PM
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a landmark piece of federal legislation that prohibited racial discrimination in voting. In effect it placed the right to vote in the hands of every American, regardless of race. Signed into law at the height of the Civil Rights Movement by President Lyndon B. Johnson, it enforced the voting rights already guaranteed by the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. This Healing Hand Collage Workshop, led by arts educator Mansa K. Mussa, will utilize graphics, images of historical African-Americans, text, and photographic portraits to create a personal narrative between workshop participants and the historical context of the Voting Rights Act. We will attempt to answer the question: What's In Your Hand. Now that we all have the right to vote in hand, how can we use that power to create an impact in the community and in the world.

Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 PM
Women voted in Revolutionary America, over a hundred years before the United States Constitution guaranteed that right to women nationally. The 1776 New Jersey State Constitution referred to voters as "they," and statutes passed in 1790 and 1797 defined voters as “he or she." This opened the electorate to free property owners, black and white, male and female, in New Jersey. This lasted until 1807, when a new state law said only white men could vote. What can this story of changing laws about who could vote from the earliest days of American democracy teach us about what it means to vote and what it takes to preserve and expand that right? Learn the little-known history of the nation’s first women voters and get a virtual peek at artifacts that tell their stories. This experience includes a Q&A session.
Tuesday, February 23 at 12:00 PM
Taking care of your heart can be complex. Understanding your condition and medications are very important to cardiovascular health. Come join us as Claudia Irmiere, RN, APN-C, a cardiac clinical nurse specialist from The Heart Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center details the ins and outs of cardiac medications and complementary approaches to practice with certain medicines. Learn about different complementary herbal and over-the-counter supplements that will complement your heart. This can help you advocate for yourself and debunk the misinformation out there on herbal and over-the-counter medicines.

Saturday, February 27 at 3:00 PM
Librarian Jose Romero will give a book talk on Black and Brown: African Americans and the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920 by author Gerald Horne. The discussion will include coverage of the relationship between African Americans and Mexicans during the Mexican Revolution in 1910-1920.
Youth Events
Email youth@westorangelibrary.org with questions, to register, and for Zoom log in or sign up through the library calendar when available.

Super Science! - ongoing (All ages)
Mondays at 4:30 PM via Facebook Live
Demos of interactive science experiments you can try at home! Catch the event live on the West Orange Public Library's Facebook page or watch it any time afterwards.

Study Buddies - ongoing (Grades K-6)
Wednesdays at 4:00-6:00 PM via Zoom
Need help building your reading or math skills? Children in grades K - 6 can sign up to meet with a student from West Orange High School's National Honors Society to practice and go over questions. Virtual appointments happen using Zoom's Breakout room function. Sign up for a study buddy appointment here: https://forms.gle/vaCim9KvDujNxSew5/
Thursdays at 11:00 AM via YouTube
Join West Orange resident and former Liberty Middle School orchestra conductor, Mr. Rimelis ("Uncle Dave") for 30 minutes of life skill lessons, movement and meet musical instruments including: Bobby Banjo, Mandy Mandolin, Ulani the Ukelele, and Victor Violin. No registration required.
Monday, February 8 at 6:00 PM via Zoom
This imaginary journey to the Black museum will fill your heart with music and stories about the contributions of our great African ancestors. Animated clips and live call and response make this black history lesson an unforgettable experience!
Virtual Talent and Music Jam (Open to anyone in grades 5 - 12)
Sunday at February 14 at 1:00 PM
Log in to collaborate, perform, and chat with other young people! It's cold outside so this is YOUR virtual space to share your talent (music, writing, art and beyond) and express yourself at this relaxed jam. You'll have the chance to perform, talk about the creative process, and team up for a group production.

Yakety Yak Book Club (Grades 1-3)
February 16 at 4:00 PM via Zoom
Each participant will receive a packet containing:
1.) a 'gently' used paperback book to keep, 2.) craft activity (most supplies
included), 3.) invitation to Zoom meeting

Wednesday, February 17 at 4:00 PM via Zoom
We are building together with LEGO. When you register you will receive instructions in an email. Shhhh! Do not share your secret instructions with anyone (except an adult or sibling).

Speaking of Stories (Grades 4-6)
Tuesday, February 23 at 4:30 PM via Zoom
Unite with other readers in grades 4 - 6 for an interactive book discussion!
Check out this month's book at the library for in person or curbside checkout.
New members welcome, tell your friends!
ages 9-12
Email youth@westorangelibrary.org for Zoom log in and more information.


Saturdays, February 6,13, 20, and 27 at 2:00 PM via Zoom

Virtual Talent and Music Jam (Open to anyone in grades 5 - 12.)
Sunday, February 14 at 1:00 PM
Log in to collaborate, perform, and chat with other young people! It's cold outside so this is YOUR virtual space to share your talent (music, writing, art and beyond) and express yourself at this relaxed jam. You'll have the chance to perform, talk about the creative process, and team up for a group production.
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, February 3 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, February 10 and February 24 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.

Virtual Talent and Music Jam (Open to anyone in grades 5 - 12.)
Sunday, February 14 at 1:00 PM
Log in to collaborate, perform, and chat with other young people! It's cold outside so this is YOUR virtual space to share your talent (music, writing, art and beyond) and express yourself at this relaxed jam. You'll have the chance to perform, talk about the creative process, and team up for a group production.

Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 PM via Zoom
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, February 5, 12, 19, and 26
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!
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