Friday, December 30, 2011



West Orange Public Library                 
46 Mt. Pleasant Ave.                                       
West Orange, NJ 07052                                  
Hours: M, W, Th 9-9, Sat 9-5; Tu, Fri 9-5:30,

Sun 1-5

snowJJanuary Programs for Adults  

Resume Writing Workshop
WHEN: Thursday, January 5, at 7 PM

Pick up some valuable resume writing tips from career expert Norma Tassy in our free workshop. Participants will learn how to create a clear, concise and well-organized resume that will attract potential employers.

Norma Tassy has more than a decade of experience in recruiting, human resources and outplacement. She is the founder of Workplace Solutions, Inc., a full-service career counseling and coaching practice. Sign up online or by calling 973.736.0198.

Book Discussion Group
Monday, January 9, at 1:30 PM

This month, Librarian Catherine LaBelle leads the group's discussion of Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles—and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined. Please join us for an interesting discussion.

Civil War General George B. McClellan's Life in West Orange           
Thursday, January 19, 7 PM

McClellan's lasting West Orange legacy is the St. Cloud Presbyterian Church which he helped found in 1877. McClellan opposed Abraham Lincoln in the presidential election of 1864. He also served as New Jersey Governor from 1878 until 1881.  Learn all about General McClellan's years in West Orange - from his arrival here in 1863 to his death in 1885.

This free lecture is presented by Joe Fagan who writes a weekly history column for the West Orange Chronicle. This program is the first in the West Orange Sesquicentennial Lecture Series. The series will take place monthly through July as part of the celebration of the Township's 150th birthday. Advance registration is recommended. Register online or at 973.736.0198.

Computer Workshops for Beginners
No experience necessary! Call the Library to sign up.

Computer Basics: Tuesday, January 10 at 10 AM. Learn the basics of using a computer. Find out how to use a mouse and how to save documents to a USB drive.

Internet Basics: Tuesday, January 17 at 10 AM. Learn how to surf the web, visit web sites, and conduct a basic topic search.

E-Mail Basics: Tuesday, January 24 at 10 AM. Learn how to set up an email account and how to send and read email.

Sensational Senior Socials
WHEN: Fridays at 2 PM

Stop by the Library every Friday afternoon at 2 PM to converse and have fun with other senior citizens.  We'll feature different activities each week.
Friday, January 6: Fun with board games
Friday, January 13: Learn how to play Wii bowling and golf
Friday, January 20: Enjoy a film and dessert (Rear Window starring Grace Kelly)
Friday, January 27: Reminisce in our lively conversation group

Sneak Peek at February:
The Library is hosting a very special Black History Month event on Thursday, February 2 at 7 PM. Join us for a free live performance by Tony nominee, Frankie Faison (Fences, Gods & Generals, The Wire, Silence of the Lambs). Faison will perform a scene from Luna Stage's new play Reparations. Discussion with playwright Gino DiIorio about this timely and vital work follows the performance. The discussion will be moderated by Luna's artistic director, Jane Mandel. Send this event to your calendar by clicking here.

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Teen Programs

Raise Your Voice Theater Project
Mondays 5:30-7 PM, beginning January 30 

Calling all teen and 'tween writers, rappers, musicians, actors, singers, poets, artists and dancers to take part in a unique creative project!   

Participants will create and act out a short performance piece using improvisation, writing, music and theater techniques. Experience working on a creative team with other teens. This project is made possible by a partnership between the Luna Stage Theatre Company and the WO Library's Teen Advisory Council.

The project workshops begin on January 30. Participants will meet for five consecutive Mondays and then perform their creation at the WO Library on Wednesday, March 7. Call the Youth Services Department at 973.736.0198 for more information or to sign up.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Wednesday, January 4, at 7:30 PM

Join TAG and help plan library events for teens! If you are in grades 6-12 and would like to join our Teen Advisory Group, click here.

Teen Game Night
Monday, January 9, at 7 - 8:30 PM

For grades 6-12. Stop by the Library for some gaming fun. Play a board game or play against other West Orange teens on the big screen wii! You can also bring your own DS. Sign up is recommended; sign up here.

Read 'n Chat Book Discussion Group
For grades 6-8
Wednesday, January 11 at 7:30 PM

This month, the group discusses Esperanza Rising by Pam Mundoz Ryan. Click here to sign up.

Craft Night
Monday, January 16 at 7:30 PM

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day by making a friendship bracelet to promote peace. For grades 6-12. This free program was planned by the Teen Advisory Group. Click here to sign up.   

Talk It Up! Book Discussion Group
For grades 9-12
Wednesday, January 25, at 7:30 PM

This month, the group discusses Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. Advance registration is required. Sign up online or at the Library.

Programs for Children 

New! Homework Club
Every Monday and Wednesday, 4-5p PM

Our brand new Homework Club is for West Orange kids in kindergarten to 5th grade. Librarians and volunteers will be on hand to assist with homework and reading skills. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children. This new program begins on January 9. Advance registration is required. Register online or by calling the Library.

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Tacky the Penguin & Other Frosty Tales
January 18 at 7 PM

Master storyteller LuAnn Adams performs a rollicking collection of multi-cultural winter tales to warm the hearts of children and their families. Ms. Adams incorporates puppets, musical instruments, and lots of audience participation to bring her stories to life. This free 45-minute program is appropriate for ages 5 and up. Tacky the Penguin is the first in this year's Winter Tales Series sponsored by the Estelle Citrin Family Fund. Advance registration is recommended.

Sign up Now for Winter Storytimes!
WHEN: Programs begin January 9 

Library storytimes feature stories, songs, puppets and rhymes to help develop children's language and listening skills. "Babies and Books" is for children under age 2, "Pajama Storytime" is for birth to 3½, "Terrific Toddlers" is for ages 2-3 ½, and "Preschool Page Turners" is for ages 3 ½ to 5. "Eager Readers" for ages 5-9, includes games and crafts along with more complex stories. Advance registration is required. Click the calendar link at to see the schedule.  Reserve your child's spot by signing up online or by calling 973.736.0198.

Speaking of Stories Book Discussion
WHEN: Tuesday, January 10, at 4:30 - 5:15 PM

Monthly book discussion group for children in grades 4 and 5. This month the group will discuss Mudshark by Gary Paulsen. Click here to sign up.  

Yakety-Yak Book Discussion
Tuesday, January 17, at 4:30 - 5:15 PM

Monthly book discussion group for children in grades 2 and 3. This month the group will discuss Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? by Yona Zeldis McDonough. Click here to sign up.   

Down Time with Disney 
Saturday, January 21, at 2 PM

Bring the whole family to the Library and enjoy a Disney film together. The screening will take place in the Library's meeting room. Advance registration is not required—just drop in!

Pajama Storytime
Wednesday January 25, 6:30 PM

Bundle up in your warm pajamas and head to the Library for our free 30-minute storytime. Suitable for infants to age 3 ½. Advance registration is required. Sign up online.