Library News and Events
The Library will be closed Saturday, September 5 - Monday, September 7
for the holiday weekend.

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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.

Email for Zoom links and any additional information on events.

Wednesdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
7:00 PM-8:00 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.

Saturday, September 12
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
New Jersey has always been a primary destination for immigrants. In this lecture Jim will focus on New Jersey’s social history by examining historical people, places and events by county. A richer understanding of the past will offer a new perspective to today’s issues.

Mondays, September 14, 21, and 28
6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Maryann is an experienced, certified instructor of English as a Second Language. This course is offered online, via Zoom, in basic English for non-native speakers who want to develop their spoken and written English skills. Classes will be held online Mondays from 6-7 PM beginning September 14, 2020.

Zoom can be accessed on the computer, laptop, iPad, or cell phone from home. Contact West Orange librarian Jose Romero at 973-736-0196 to register and for more information.

Monday, September 21
3:00 PM-3:00 PM
Ernesto Cardenal was a prominent intellectual voice of the Nicaraguan revolution and an ardent proponent of liberation theology, a Christian movement that borrowed from Marxism in its commitment to social justice and empowering the poor.

Tuesday, September 22
3:00-4:00 PM
Ms. Reed presents an overview of Feng Shui and popular tools used to determine areas of need. Reed will discuss in detail the value of these important models.

Wednesday, September 23
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Are you considering entrepreneurship as a career option in 2020, but want a proven business model to get to your goals while mitigating the risk and don’t know where or how to get started? Then join us and FranNet, North America’s most respected franchise consulting company for this informative discussion.

Wednesday, September 23
5:30 PM-7:00 PM
The West Hill Project will be performing the best of the Great American Songbook. The Great American Songbook is comprised of the most important influential American popular songs and jazz standards. Published in the 1920s to the 1950s for Broadway theatre, musical theatre, and Hollywood musical films. Songs by the Gershwin Brothers, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and many more.

Thursday, September 24
12:00-1:00 PM
Dayana presents methods for work environments to create more agile, healthier atmospheres; including how to strategically manage resources and processes for greater impact.

Thursday, September 24
3:00-4:00 PM
Do you know how to successfully create your resume in order to let hiring managers know immediately you are a good fit? Joan Sternberg is here to help! Ms. Sternberg has spent the majority of her career in the corporate world. For almost a decade she has been teaching business courses at Rutgers University. She will show you how to increase your vocabulary by learning to incorporate power verbs into effective bullet points. This workshop will cover the basics of writing a strong resume. The class will detail how to maximize your opportunities to find a job. Formatting a resume and examples of strong and weak bullet points will be shared.

Thursday, September 24
7:00-8:00 PM
Ms. Nugent will be talking about her debut novel Brunch and Other Obligations which is described by Booklist Reviews as “Poignant, funny, and smart, Brunch and Other Obligations is a must-have for contemporary women’s fiction shelves. Readers will want to watch for what Nugent does next.”

Sábado, Septiembre 26
7:00-8:00 PM
En el este de Los Angeles, una joven de 18 años lucha entre sus ambiciones de ir a la Universidad y los deseos de su madre dominante de casarse, tener hijos y supervisor la pequeña y destartalada fábrica textile familiar.
Sábado, Septiembre 26, 2020
8:00-9:00 PM


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).
Email with questions, to register, and for Zoom login information.

Yakety Yak Book Club via Zoom (Open to grades 2-3)
Tuesday, September 22
4:00-4:45 PM
Join our online book club! Each participant registered will receive a packet containing: 1. A ‘gently’ used book to keep, 2. Craft activity (most supplies included), 3. A list of questions to consider while reading the book, 4. An invitation link to the Zoom meeting.

Wednesday, September 23
11:00-12:00 PM
Ready to start a reading program before kindergarten? Join us for a brief introduction, short story break, celebrate current participants and welcome new ones! The concept is simple: read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before kindergarten. If you read just one (1) book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year, 730 books in two (2) years, and 1,095 books in three (3) years!

Tuesday, September 29
11:00-11:45 AM
Nancy of Sing & Play returns to the library for another outdoor singalong with colorful instruments, props, bubbles and story time. (ages 1-5)

Tuesday, September 29
4:30-5:30 PM
Join our online book club! Each participant registered will receive a packet containing: 1. A ‘gently’ used book to keep, 2. At-home activity (most supplies included), 3. An invitation link to the Zoom meeting.

Wednesday, September 30
4:00-5:00 PM
Are YOU ready for a challenge? What will YOU build? Participants will attend a program via Zoom and receive a “secret” assignment. Please prepare your building supplies in advance as this is a timed event. Any materials may be used. Some examples include: LEGO, Blocks, Paper/Cardboard, Straws, Aluminum foil, Tinkertoy, K’Nex, etc. This program is recommended for children in grades 4, 5, and 6 who miss the library’s LEGO and STEAM Clubs.

Ongoing Story Times
(Beginning Tuesday, September 15)

11:00-11:30 AM
A twist on traditional toddler story time. Join us on the front lawn and listen to books, songs and participate in activities that encourage preschool readiness (i.e. language development, fine motor skills, social skill, self-control). Registration required, space limited to 20 (1 adult, 1 toddler – siblings may attend with family members).
2:00-2:45 PM
Can you retell a story? Picture books will be shared via Zoom. Audience participation will be encouraged by leading questions and book related activities.


Books & Babies via ZOOM (suggested for newborns to 2 years of age)
11:00-11:20 AM
Let’s Meet in Zoom! Rhymes, Lap Jogs and Short Books. Join us for 20 minutes of activities and short stories. Watch and participate.
Teen Events

Email for ZOOM login links and any additional information on events.

Tuesday, September 1
7:00-8:00 PM
Earn community service hours from home by logging in to our virtual Teen Advisory Group Meeting – new members welcome! We’ll talk about ideas for cool ways to help the library and community. Let your voice be heard and help your local library!

Wednesday, September 2
7:00-8:00 PM
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.

Tuesday, September 8
7:00-8:00 PM
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.

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

Comic Book and Drawing Club (no meeting Thursday, September 17)
Thursdays, September 3, 10, and Wednesday, September 23
7:00-8:00 PM
Join your friends and create together in real time!


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 roleplaying, storytelling, on-the-spot strategic thinking, math skills, problem solving, and teamwork all rolled into one!
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