Monday, February 28, 2011


Read Across America
Wednesday, March 2, at 4 PM

Drop in to the Children's Room to hear fun Dr. Seuss stories! Children will receive a free incentive while supplies last. 

Read Across America is an annual event sponsored by the National Education Association. Its purpose is to focus attention on the importance of reading. The day is celebrated annually on March 2, which was Dr. Seuss' birthday. The beloved children's author epitomized a love of learning and is the inspiration for this national celebration.  Click here to see all of the Dr. Seuss books you can borrow from the West Orange Library.

Our Daughters, the Soldiers
Thursday, March 3, at 7 PM

The Library commemorates Women's History Month with a program highlighting the unique roles and experiences of women in the military.  The program will focus primarily on World War II and the present.

Dr. Helen G. Brudner from the School of Political and International Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University presents this interesting lecture. This program is made possible by a partnership with the NJ Horizon Speaker's Bureau.

Music is Magic:  A Series for Special Needs Children

Music educator Ann Wild presents a musical program that provides an accepting and stimulating environment for special needs children and their families. Her repetoire includes guitar, song, movement, shaky eggs, scarves, and drums.  

Parents or caregivers must attend this program with their children. Advance registration is required; space is limited. Sign up online at . Fridays at 4:30: March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, and April 1. Funding for this series is provided by a donation.

Spring has Sprung! 
Monday, March 21, at 6:30 PM

You won't want to miss Nora Maher and Erin Lee Kelly's Storytime Stage in their production of "Spring has Sprung!"  

The performance will take children on an imaginary journey where they'll run through spring rain, splash in puddles, watch a garden grow and visit cuddly baby animals.  This free program is designed for children age 3 and up. Advance registration is required. Sign up online at

Drop-In Storytimes
Saturdays in March at 11 AM

Kids! The Grandpals are back!  Drop in to the Children's Room on Saturdays during March at 11am and our fabulous senior volunteers will read to you. Appropriate for all ages. Sign-ups are not required—just drop in!

Drop-In Family Storytime
Wednesday, March 16, at 7 PM

Venture out from your winter hibernation...bring the whole family to the Library and enjoy a family storytime. Appropriate for all ages. Sign-ups are not required—just drop in! 

Millennium: The Story
Friday, March 25, at 2 PM

The Library hosts a free screening of Millennium: the Story, a documentary film by Laurence Lowenthal. The film focuses on the author of this phenomenal series and the story of the books' success.  Larsson was a worldwide phenomenon who died at the age of 50 before his first novel was even published.

The Millennium trilogy by Swedish author Stieg Larsson is THE literary phenomenon of the last decade, with 15 million books sold worldwide, 25 translations in over 40 countries and a movie that is blasting box-office records worldwide.

Spring Storytimes for Children
Beginning on March 21

Think spring!  Our six-week spring storytime series begins on March 21. Storytimes feature books, songs, puppets and rhymes to help develop children's language and listening skills in a fun atmosphere. "Babies and Books" is for children under age 2, "Terrific Toddlers" is for ages 2 to 3 1/2, and "Preschool Page Turners" is for ages 3 1/2 to 5. "Eager Readers" for ages 5 - 9 includes games and crafts along with more complex stories. Registration is required. Sign up online for the sessions you'd like to attend.    

Children's Book Discussion Groups:

  • Yakety-Yak for Grades 2-3 will discuss No Girls Allowed (Dogs OK) by Trudi Strain Trueit. Advance registration is required. Tuesday, March 15, 4:30-5:15 PM.
  • Speaking of Stories for Grades 4-5 will discuss Book of Time by Guillaume Prévost.  Advance registration is required. Tuesday, March 8, 4:30-5:15 PM.

teen logoTeen Events at the Library

Advance registration is required for all teen events. Sign up online!

Film Screening
Join the Read 'n Chat Book Discussion Group (Grades 6-8) for a screening of the film version of our March book selection, A Wrinkle in Time. Wednesday, March 9, 6:30-8:30 PM.

Scratch Sesh'
Create games and stories in groups using the software "Scratch."  All creations will be posted on our website and teens can vote for their favorite creation. Members of the winning design team will receive Best Buy gift certificates! Funding provided by an NPP Grant. Thursday, March 10, 7-8:30 PM.

Monday nights are Teen Nights at the Library! We've planned lots of fun activities for students in grades 6-12...everything from movies to Wii. All Teen Night programs take place from 7-8:30 PM.     

March 14 - Teen Game Night    

March 29 - Candy Olympics (Planned by TAG and funded by an NPP Grant.)

Teen Advisory Group (TAG): Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30-8:15 PM. Join TAG and help plan library events for teens! If you would like to joing TAG, click here

for an application form.

Talk It Up! Book Discussion (grades 9-12):
Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30-8:15 PM. Join in the discussion of the book Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn.

Coming in April...
Open Poetry Reading

Thursday, April 7, at 7 PM

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the West Orange Library with local West Orange poets. Discover the talented poets who are right here in town. Poets include Peggy Vassallo, Frank Niccoletti, Marilyn Mohr, Mary Ann Seibert, and Karen Hubbard.  Bring your own poem for an open reading to follow.  Bilingual readers are welcome.


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