Fords Branch Library is refreshed and ready!
Click on the bench above for a quick virtual tour of what's new at the Henry Inman Branch.
Enter the Iselin Summer Reading Program weekly raffle and add to the Family Tree!
Dear Library Friends and Patrons,

WPL welcome you to visit our Main, Fords, Henry Inman and Iselin locations. Please click HERE for July and August hours by location. Guidelines for your visit are on our home page, HERE .
 
The library staff has planned virtual programs for summer reading enjoyment and enrichment. We encourage you to continue to monitor Woodbridge Township Health Department news via the Mayor's Code Red announcements as we do and CDC updates to guide your use of library resources and programs.

Here are some updates about new and continuing services:
 
  • All due dates that occurred during the closing for COVID-19 with the exception of Wi-Fi hot-spots have had due dates extended until the Summer Loan period ends, September 11.
  • WPL does not charge late fees for overdue materials while the libraries are closed.
  • Book drops are open 24/7 in the Fords, Henry Inman and Iselin Branch libraries should you wish to make sure the books are returned without entering. We are checking books after a 72 hour quarantine, but no fees are charged for the 72 hour hold period.
  • Librarians continue to staff a Chat Information service from 10 am - 8 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Library staff members are monitoring the Ask-A-Librarian e-mail service to update library cards and are happy to assist with digital resources.
  • Library staff members are creating and sharing informational and educational social media posts. If you don't follow us yet, this would be a great time to like us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
 
Please do not hesitate to click HERE to fill out a survey to let us know if we have been able to provide you with library services while the buildings have been closed.
 
On behalf of the Woodbridge Public Library Board and Library Staff, I wish you health and safety, and welcome you to visit the Woodbridge Libraries.
 
Stay well,
 
Monica Eppinger
Try Library Aware...
Click on the Imagine Your Story image for a fresh list of stories for all ages!

Library Aware is a service to help you informed about what's new--in publishing and in the library. Click HERE for more information about the Library Aware service.
Virtual Programs...everyone is Zooming it!
Share an hour of entertainment and fun, with professional storyteller and author  Judy England-McCarthy on Wednesday, July 29 at 7 PM ! During this online zoom event you will learn some ways on how to better your own personal stories with family and friends. This evening program breaks down the basic elements of telling a good story, the history of storytelling, and shares some enjoyable tales with its listeners-- all in the comfort of your own home! This is a summer event not to miss! 
 
This program is free and open to all. Registration is required. Please register  HERE .
Interested in tracing your New Jersey Family History? Not sure where to start? On Wednesday, August 5 @ 7 PM Regina Fitzpatrick,  Genealogy Librarian  at the New Jersey State Library, will review genealogy basics and strategies for collecting information before visiting a repository. We will also discuss great resources to discover your ancestors at the New Jersey State Library and other repositories.

Registration is required. Please register  HERE .

The NJ State Library resource page to get started can be accessed HERE .
NEW! Virtual Book Club
Monday, August 10, 2020 @ 7 PM
Online - Zoom

Instead of reading one specific book - join us for an informal chat about the movies, books or TV shows you have seen or watched recently that you loved. Or, tell us what and why you strongly disliked something. This is a great way to connect with other readers and get new book recommendations! For adults age 18+.
Registration is required. Please register for August 10, 2020 meeting  HERE .

For questions about registration to this program or other issues please email  wplref@woodbridgelibrary.org  or call 732-634-4450. 
Let the Summer Reading Challenges Begin!
The Children's Department has launched all new summer reading programs! Click the link above for a calendar of special events you can participate in from anywhere!
Watch for info about our Grab and Go Summer Activities and Crafts for all ages like Henry Inman's!
Teen Reading Challenge
"Be counted in the Best Town Around!" Click HERE for information about the WPL Census Support Center, for the importance of a complete count , data security , and how you can avoid scams in a Census year .
Annual Friends Book Sale Is Rescheduled
The Friends of the Library Book Sale will be rescheduled for September 25-27--with an opportunity to join the Friends and early entrance to Book Sale on September 24th.

Kindly store books that you intend to donate to WPL until after the fall. A generous year of donations has our dedicated Friends at capacity. Thanks to all for your consideration.
News from Friends
Click HERE for information about the benefits of becoming a Friend of Woodbridge Public Library.
More opportunies for lifelong learning
Woodbridge Township is hosting all concerts on the grounds of Woodbridge High School. Call the concert hotline for daily updates at 732-602-6045. Woodbridge Township offers a variety of cultural arts experiences and educational programs in addition to support for library opportunities.
Woodbridge Garden Club News
For a beautiful summer garden walk, visit the Garden for the Blind and Handicapped next to the Iselin Branch Library any time of the year. The garden is maintained by the Woodbridge Garden Club (WGC).

The WGC hosts programs at the Iselin Branch Library that they often invite the public to attend.

More information about the WGC is available on their Facebook page.
Click on the Avenel Arts Center (APAC) logo for future performing arts events! Follow the Avenel Arts Center on Facebook for Facebook Live events such as Live from the APAC (Wednesdays at 3 pm) by clicking HERE!
Middlesex County Cultural Arts & History offer a virtual outdoor art tour! Click HERE for a sample of county talent on a large scale.
Woodbridge Libraries are members of
reciprocal borrowing group MURAL
Woodbridge Township library cards are accepted in nearly fifty Middlesex and Union County libraries to borrow materials. Municipal libraries are generally open to public use, but through the  MUtual Reciprocity Among Libraries Agreement (MURAL), a Woodbridge Township Library card will be welcomed for lending and additional services determined by each library.  More details and contact information are available on the WPL home page.

Click HERE for a list of local library websites and closings.
This e-mail newsletter is a service of Woodbridge Public Library.

Monica F. Eppinger 
Woodbridge, NJ
732-634-4450 x-7099


July 27, 2020