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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.

Mondays, 6:00 PM via Zoom
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.

Feng Shui, The Bagua Series with Milly Reed
Tuesdays, 10:00 AM Starting November 10, 2020 via Zoom
In this nine week series, Milly Reed will present a different Bagua Zone each week including how these zones influence all aspects of life.

Tuesday, November 10 - Self:The area where this zone falls in your home will be identified. Explanations of its influence on career, your ease of life, and your life’s journey. Also, the participants will determine, via an exercise, whether they are an East or West person. This has implications in terms of individual comfort and your personal Feng Shui.

Tuesday, November 17 - Wisdom: The area where this zone falls in your home will be identified. Definitions of Intuition, Meditation, Knowledge and Contemplation will be provided and explanations of the influence this area in your home has on this specific zone in your life.

Tuesday, November 24 - Community: The area where this zone falls in your home will be identified. A new definition of “family” will be provided and the discussion will include how family, elders, ancestors influence our lives. In addition, a discussion of how this area deals also includes “New Beginnings” and “Community Health”. The participants will also acquire an understanding of how what you have in this zone in your home affects your life. Question/Answer period.

Wednesdays, 7:00 PM via Zoom
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.

Tuesday, November 10 at 12:00 PM
Were you surprised by unexpected co-pays at the doctor this year? Are you confused by your Medicare options for 2021? Are you on the plan that is best for you? To get the answers to these questions and more, join us for a presentation on Medicare. Learn to understand the different parts of Medicare, and how to get the best value for your money. This session is helpful for those already enrolled in Medicare as well as those new to Medicare.

Thursday, November 12 at 6:00 PM via Zoom
Explore the culture of the Lenape Indians of New Jersey with an emphasis placed on the importance of the natural world in their daily existence. Tour a model wigwam decorated as if it’s still lived in.

Friday, November 20 at 1:00 PM via Zoom
Join Mr. Mitchell for this fascinating discussion about the right and wrong way to handle your business dealings. REGISTER:

Monday, November 23 at 3:00 PM via Zoom
Julia de Burgos García was a Puerto Rican poet. As an advocate of Puerto Rican independence, she served as Secretary General of the Daughters of Freedom, the women's branch of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party.

Youth Events
Email with questions, to register, and for Zoom login information or sign up through the library calendar when available.

Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 PM
Location: Library Lawn and Lower Level
Celebrate the season outdoors at the Library with live music and outdoor activities including:
- hands-free group games (Simple Simon, Red Light/Green Light, Playground Olympics)
- an obstacle course
- chalk challenge
- a take home craft
and.... Lots of HAY BALES to climb.

Thursdays, 11:00 AM
November 5 and 19 via Facebook Live
November 12 and 26 via Zoom
Join us on ZOOM or Facebook for picture book read alouds, interactive fingerplays and a lot of silliness. Aimed at the six and under crowd. New content each week. 

Tuesday, November 17 at 4:00 PM via Zoom
Check-out a copy of Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen? by Sherri L. Smith, pictures by Jake Murray
Each participant will receive a packet containing:
1. craft activity (most supplies included)
2. list of questions to consider while reading the book.
3. invitation to Zoom meeting
email: to register and reserve a packet.  

Wednesday, November 18 at 4:00 PM via Zoom
Do you miss LEGO club? STEM at the Library? Are you ready for a challenge? What will we build? Participants will attend the virtual program via Zoom and receive the "secret" assignment. Please prepare your building supplies in advance. Any materials may be used. Some examples include:  
LEGO, Blocks, Paper/Cardboard, Straws, Aluminum foil, Tinkertoy, K'NEX....For registration and/or questions please email:

Tuesday, November 24 at 4:30 PM via Zoom
Join us for a book discussion of Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet open to anyone in grades 4 - 6! Pick up your books and a book club packet at the library. Email for information to join.

Teen Events

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

Wednesday, November 4 at 7:00 PM via Zoom
Earn community service hours from home by logging in to our virtual Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting - new members welcome! We'll talk about ideas to help think of cool programs to help the library and community. Let your voice be heard and help your local library!

Thursday, November 5 at 3:00 PM via Zoom
Join your friends and create together in real time!

Thursday, November 5 via Zoom
Be on a virtual game show! Log in and test your knowledge- how would your friends, family members, or game show hosts answer different questions? Bring your friends and family members!

Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 PM
Calling all singers, poets, authors, and performers in grades 5 - 12! Express yourself at the library's first ever outdoor open mic event. Email to RSVP.

Wednesdays, November 11 and 18
Sign up for a virtual college essay review appointment through Zoom. Be ready to share a Google Doc draft of your college application essay for professional review by Sue Kamens. Registration is required email or call 973-736-0198 ex. 216.

Weekly Teen Programs

Fridays, November 6, 13, 20, and 27

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!
***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***

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