Friday, April 29, 2011



May is Get Caught Reading Month. The Library offers you free access to many thousands of books. There's no more cost-effective way to feed your need to read. Borrow an armload of books today so you, too, can get caught reading in May.

While stocking up on books, why not attend a free Library program, too? Read on to find out what's in store this month.

See all the free things you can do at the West Orange Public Library this spring by viewing the calendar on their web site.

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One World, Many Stories: Summer Reading Program for All Ages

The 2011 Library summer reading program—One World, Many Stories— provides fun activities and a reading club for children, teens and adults.  Sign up for the summer reading club online at beginning on May 15.  Once you've signed up, use the Library's web site to keep track of the books you've read, too.  

Children who read at least five books each week between June 27 and August 15 will earn a small prize each week. Adults and teens who read at least one book each week will be entered into a weekly drawing. At the end of the summer, you'll be able to look online and see how much reading you've done. Reading club members who successfully meet the reading goal each week throughout the summer will be invited to a grand finale event at the Library in August.

In addition to the reading club, the Library has also planned plenty of fun (and free!) programs for all ages in July and August. Sign up for the programs through the Library's online calendar at  beginning May 15.  "Book" a trip to the Library this summer.  A library card is your passport to "novel" destinations!

Book Discussion Group
Monday, May 2, at 1:30 PM

The book discussion group for adults will talk about The Help, a novel by Kathryn Stockett. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

The New York Times says, "A magical novel. Heartbreaking and oh so true, the voices of these characters, their lives and struggles will stay with you long after you reluctantly come to the end." Click here to read more about the book.  

Film & Dessert
Friday, May 20, at 2 PM
Enjoy a feature film screening, along with cookies and coffee or tea.

Children's Programs:
Cinco de Mayo Storytime
Thursday, May 5, at 4:30 PM

The Library will celebrate Children's Book Week with a Cinco de Mayo storytime. In addition to hearing some great stories, children will sample Mexican food and play fun games together. This program is open to children of all ages. Advance registration is required.  Sign up online

Children's Book Week takes place annually during the first week of May.Based on the idea that books can change lives, Children's Book Week has been celebrated throughout the nation since 1919.

Free Comic Book Day 
Saturday, May 7 

Time Warp Comics of Cedar Grove has donated a selection of Gold Sponsor comics for us to give away for free! Visit the Children's Department on May 7 and select your favorite comic book to take home and keep, while supplies last!

Pajama Storytime
Wednesday, May 18, at 7 PM

Put on your jammies and bring your favorite stuffed animal to the Library for a storytime featuring our Teen Book Buddies. Our Teen Advisory Group is hosting this family storytime for children of all ages and their families. The half-hour session will feature books, games and light snacks. Sign ups are not required - just drop in!

Drop-In for Stories from Around the World

Throughout the month of May, we'll highlight the diversity of West Orange. Drop by the Library to hear stories read in world languages. Our stories from around the world will get you ready for the big West Orange Diversity Day celebration. 

  • Monday May 16, at 7 PMCreole
  • Tuesday May 17, at 11 AM - Tamil & Hindi
  • Wednesday May 18, at 7 PMSpanish
  • Thursday May 19, at 4:30 PMSwedish
  • Friday May 20, at 11 AM - To Be Announced
  • Saturday May 21, at 11 AM - Arabic

The West Orange Diversity Day celebration will be held at Pleasantdale School, May 22, 2-5 PM. The goal of Diversity Day is to promote the appreciation of cultural and linguistic diversity by fostering inclusivity and cross-cultural understanding. The event is open to all. Click here for more information on WO Diversity Day.

Book Discussion Groups for Children

The Yakety-Yak Book Discussion Group is for children in grades 2-3. The group will discuss Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder on Tuesday, May 17, at 4:30-5:15 PM.  Advance registration is required. Sign up online.

The Speaking of Stories Book Discussion Group is for children in grades 4-5. The group will discuss Bone: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith on Tuesday, May 11, at 4:30 - 5:15 PM.  Advance registration is required. Sign up online.

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