Monday, September 4, 2017

September at the West Orange Public Library

We'll be open Sundays 1pm-5pm starting September 17!

WHERE: West Orange Public Library, 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave., West Orange


September is Library Card sign-up month!! Encourage that friend or family member who still doesn't have a library card to get one this month! CLICK HERE to learn what you need to bring with you to get a West Orange Public Library card.


Friends of the West Orange Public Library 2nd Annual Fall Book Sale

* Saturday, Sept. 23 10am-4pm

* Sunday, Sept. 24 10am-3pm

* 10,000 Books plus CDs and DVDS

* Chance to win prizes such as a Fitbit     and movie tickets

Friends members are invited to a special wine and cheese reception on Friday Sept. 22 from 6pm-7:30pm.

Hernan Romero Flamenco Trio LIVE at West Orange Public Library

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 25 , 7:15pm-9:00pm (doors at 7pm)

Attend a FREE performance by 2-time Grammy nominee and top 10 billboard artist Hernan Romero! 

This event is made possible with support from the Essex County Arts Grant and Benji's Taqueria.

*The library will close at 5:30pm and reopen at 7pm for the event.


Join the Kids Fun Run, part of the 27th annual Mayor's 5K Run/Walk in the fight against ovarian cancer.

WHEN: Line up 9:20 AM (Town Hall, Main Street); walk/run begins 9:30 AM

All ages are welcome—even kids in strollers. No pets please

Click on the title of the category you are interested in to learn more about related programming and other opportunities.

Programs for All Ages

Crochet Club: Fridays, Sept. 8 and Sept. 22 from 2:30pm-4pm 

Due to the popularity of our summer Crochet for a Cause program, we're continuing a crochet club into the fall!  All ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend, especially children and teens! Learn a new craft or help others enjoy a hobby you've been doing for years. Bring the whole family! Please B.Y.O.N (bring your own needles). 

September Programs for Children


Hispanic Heritage Month Children's Program: Monday Sept. 25, 4pm-5pm

Stop by the library before the flag raising ceremony at Town Hall for Hispanic Heritage Month and join Jesse Rivera on a musical trip to Spanish speaking countries through stories and songs.


Kids who come to our September meetings will be able to pick up the October book and meet other book club members. Plus there will be snacks and fun activities! Registration Required.


Lego Club!Thursday Sept. 5, 4pm-5pm. 

Children build with Legos and Crayola Building Blocks. Grades K-5.

Check-It-Out-Mate Chess ClubThursdays, Sept. 7 - Oct. 12, 4pm-5pm. 

Children in grades 2-8 learn to play chess with Eric Greenebaum. Novice and advanced players are welcome! (Registration Required)

Creature ComfortMonday Sept. 11 at 4pm.

Children practice reading aloud to a trained therapy dog.

Paint a Pet Rock!:  Monday Sept. 18, 4pm-5pm.

Come to the library to decorate, paint, and take home your very own pet rock!  Ages 5 and up. Registration appreciated.

S.T.E.A.M. Club!: Tuesday Sept. 26, 4pm-5pm.

Children age 8-12 engage in hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and/or math related activities!

Please register.

Child Development Workshop: Friday, Sept. 29, 10:30am-11:30am.

Presented by Family Link, this workshop will address questions such as: What is child development? How is my child developing? When do I need early intervention? Where do I go for more information? Please register.

September Programs for Teens!

Teen Advisory Group:  Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7pm-8:30pm

Attend the first Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meeting of 2017-2018! We'll welcome back old members, greet new ones, and chat about what lies ahead. TAG members are more than library volunteers. They are passionate about and dedicated to making sure the library is meeting the needs and wants of teens in the community. TAG members are highly reliable and committed to being actively involved with the library. (Age 16+)

NEW! Teen Open Mic Night: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7pm-8:30pm

Are you a storyteller, stand-up comic, actor/actress, singer, musician, poet or another creative type? Do you want a place to practice your craft in front of a friendly audience? Do you like to attend creative get-togethers? Then come to our first monthly teen open mic night at the library! Plus we'll have refreshments! (Grades 6-12)

Teen Game Night: Wednesday, September 20, 7pm-8:30pm

Back for another year! Hangout and play a tabletop game, bring your DS or compete against other teens on the big screen Wii-U! (Grades 6-12)

NEW! Teen Talk: Youth in Solidarity: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7pm-8:30pm

Join us for our first Teen Talk, a new monthly club where teens can come together in solidarity. Each month will feature a different topic related to current issues / topics or areas of teen concern. The library's teen advisory group will be instrumental in launching/running the program. This will be a safe space for teens to share their thoughts and be free to be whoever they are!

Dungeons and Dragons: Wednesdays Sept. 13, 20 and 27, 4pm-6:30pm 

Epic quests await teens who join our ongoing Dungeons and Dragons (DnD) club at the library! DnD features roleplaying, storytelling, on-the-spot strategic thinking, math skills, problem solving, and team work all rolled into one! Weekly on Wednesdays 4p-6:30pm. (Teens 13+) (Registration required. Space limited.)

Volunteer Opportunities

To become a teen volunteer, CLICK HERE to access the volunteer application. To learn more, call 973-736-0198 x216 or visit the Children's Room and ask to speak with either Kris or Faith.

Children's Room and Teen Zone Helper: Help us keep things organized in the Children's Room and Teen Zone area. Flexible schedules available. (Ages 16+)

Review New YA books! Are you in grades 6-12? Do you love to read YA books? Do you want to share your opinion about what you read? Then become a book reviewer for the library! Your reviews will be posted on our website and on our Tumblr account, plus you'll earn volunteer hours! How cool is that? To get involved contact Kris, the teen librarian, at or 973-736-0198 x216.

Become a Teen Advisory Group Member!  See above for more information

September Programs for Adults

The Arab Americans: Film and Discussion: Monday, Sept. 18, 6:30pm-8:30pm 

Filmmaker Abe Kasbo will present his film, The Arab Americans. The film covers almost 200 years of contributions to the United States by Middle East, North Africa and Arabian Peninsula immigrants. A discussion will follow with Mr. Kasbo and Seton Hall professor Phil Kayal, PhD.

Mason Jar Salads: Thursday, Sept. 21, 1:30pm-2:30pm
ShopRite of West Orange dietitian Jackie Philbin will show you how to create healthy, on-the-go meals.

Hernan Romero Flamenco TrioMonday, Sept. 25 at 7:15pm
Free performance by Grammy nominated musician Hernan Romero!

ESL Classes: Saturdays, Sept. 16, 22, 29 at 1pm
Free ESL classes for adults looking to improve their English language skills.

Poetry Workshop: Saturday, Sept. 9, 9:30am-11:30am
Share your poems or start a new one!  Bring 10 copies of a work in progress to a casual round-table critique led by poet Peggy Vassallo.  Plus bring paper and pencil to work on the beginning of your next poem.

Film & Dessert Series, 1st & 3rd Friday of the Month at 2pm!

September 1:

Going in Style
starring Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman (Rated PG-13)

September 15:

starring Chris Evans and McKenna Grace (Rated PG-13)