Saturday, May 30, 2020



Library News and Events

Dear West Orange Public Library Family,

It is almost June and we are still in a virtual world. As you may have heard the Governor is allowing curbside services for non-essential businesses. Unfortunately, that does not include libraries. We are looking forward to reopening in a limited capacity during Phase 2 of Governor Murphy’s plan which can be found here.

Our librarians, nonetheless, are working on an exciting series of programs and experiences for our Summer Reading Program-themed “Imagine Your Story,” including StoryWalks® in collaboration with the West Orange Recreation Department, and working with teachers from the West Orange School District. The librarians of West Orange Public Library are doing a great job preparing for summer reading to keep your mind engaged during this trying time. Please see below and stay tuned!


David Cubie, West Orange Public Library Director

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Fitness with Lisy Espindola LCSW

Monday, June 1, at 5:45 PM via Zoom

email: for login information, subject: Fitness

Fitness for the community: bilingual class including cardio, strength, coordination, balance, flexibility and stretching. This class is a whole body workout to keep you strong and healthy. Class is for any age and any level of fitness. For this class you will need a mat and a pair of weights.

Virtual Author Visit with Barbara Linn Probst

Tuesday, June 2, at 7:00 PM via Zoom

email: for login information, subject: Probst

Probst will be discussing her debut book QUEEN OF THE OWLS (2020). It's the powerful story of a woman’s search for wholeness, framed around the art and life of iconic American painter Georgia O’Keeffe. Recipient of numerous accolades and endorsements, QUEEN OF THE OWLS was selected as one of the 20 most anticipated books of 2020 by Working Mother and one of the best Spring fiction books by Parade Magazine. It won the Bronze Medal for popular fiction from the Independent Publishers Association and was short-listed for the $2500 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize.

Maintaining Good Mental Health in 2020

Thursday, June 4, at 1:00 PM via Zoom

email: for login information, subject: Main St.

Main Street Counseling is offering this open session to talk about the stresses and hardships that you might have encountered or discovered during this time of uncertainty. Trained professionals will be available to listen and offer advice on during this difficult time.

Yoga—Lisy Espindola LCSW 

Saturday, June 6, at 8:45 PM

email: for login information, subject: Yoga

Yoga for the community: bilingual yoga flow for beginners and intermediate students of all ages. We’ll work on the breath or pranayama and the different poses or asanas. Modifications will be given when needed. This class will be relaxing and restorative, but we’ll still work hard trying to obtain correct form and alignment in the different poses. This is an excellent class for anyone that would like to start or advance in their practice. For this class you will need a mat, one strap and two blocks (blocks can be replaced by books or pillows and straps by belts or scarfs).

Cope Center: Mindfulness Parenting

Sunday, June 7, at 1:30 PM via Zoom for login information, subject: Cope 

We believe that mindfulness is key to successful parenting. With the pandemic, I believe it is essential to survival! We are all feeling so many things right now—anxiety, grief, anger, fear, boredom—that it is easy to be overwhelmed. In order to manage, the first thing we need to do is to be mindful of what we are feeling so that we can act appropriately. Learning to be mindful as parents, and practicing mindful parenting, is only part of the equation. We also have to be able to teach our children how to be mindful, since this will help them deal with all of the changes that have occurred in their lives as well. Giving them (and us) space in which to process the grief, anger and fear we are all feeling will go a long way toward helping us all get through this time.

Virtual Author Visit with Eileen Sanchez

Tuesday, June 9, at 7:00 PM via Zoom

email: for login information, subject: Sanchez

Sanchez is a retired teacher with 40 years of experience in public education. She will be discussing her debut book FREEDOM LESSONS (2019). She draws on her own remarkable experience as a young, white teacher in the Jim Crow South during desegregation, to write her immersive work of fiction inspired by those events. The result is an unusually authentic exploration of a snapshot in history through the eyes of characters that are relatable and unmistakably human—living lives and navigating relationships against the backdrop of extreme societal upheaval. According to Kirkus Reviews - "An intermittently potent illustration of the formidable obstacles to equality that remained―and persist―post-Brown v. Board of Education.”

Virtual Author Visit with Deborah Burns

Tuesday, June 16, at 7:00 PM via Zoom

email: for login information, subject: Burns

Burns will be discussing her SATURDAY'S CHILD (2019), a memoir about growing up with an unconventional mother. Hailed as a must-read for every daughter who’s ever wondered where her mother ends and she begins, and by Kirkus Reviews as “Devilishly sharp … a masterful balance of psychological excavation and sumptuous description,” this award-winning debut has been recommended by The Hollywood Reporter to be a movie or series.

The Origins of Baseball: Inventing the National Pastime by Sam Bernstein

Wednesday, June 17, at 2:00 PM via Zoom

email: for login information, subject: Baseball 

This presentation will explore the ways that baseball evolved from bat and ball games in the 19th Century to the game we play today. How baseball became the “National Pastime” and how the myth of Abner Doubleday as the “inventor” of baseball persisted into the mid-20th Century will be part of the discussion.

Virtual Author Visit with Lucy Tan

Tuesday, June 23, at 7:00 PM via Zoom

email: for login information, subject: Tan

Tan will be discussing her debut novel WHAT WE WERE PROMISED. This book is our originally scheduled book discussion club choice for the month of June. From a silk-producing village in rural China, up the corporate ladder in suburban America, and back again to the post-Maoist nouveaux riches of modern Shanghai, What We Were Promised explores the question of what we owe to our country, our families, and ourselves. According to Library Journa, "A novel of class, culture, and expectations; readers who enjoyed works like Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians will likely find Tan's surprising and down-to-earth tale an entertaining read."


Did you know? Summer Reading has gone "virtual." Sign up to track books you've read, earn badges, explore games, and more at or download the Readsquared App. Summer reading continues in July with special guests including a magician, performance from "Turtle Dance Music," wacky science demonstrations, and surprise visitors.

Comic Book and Drawing Club

Wednesday, June 10, at 7:00 PM

email for login information

Join your friends and create together in real-time.

Special Edition Book Club: Speaking of Stories & Yakety Yak Joint Zoom-in

Tuesday, June 16, at 4:30 PM

email: for login information

Ukrainian Canadian children's writer Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, writes about war from a children's perspective (Stolen Girl, Enough, Don't Tell the Nazis and soon to be released in the United States, Trapped in Hitler's Web). She will join us to talk about her books and answer questions. Please note, you are welcomed to attend the event even if you are not a member of our book clubs. (grades 2 - 6).

Speaking of Stories and Yakety Yak will continue to meet on Zoom in July and August.


Monday, June 22, at 6:00 PM

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School is over, Summer is here! Welcome back Jester Jim as he juggles for West Orange.

Ongoing Youth Events

Super Science

Mondays, 4:30 PM, on Facebook Live

Demos of interactive science experiments you can try at home!

Picture Book Read-Aloud

Tuesdays/Thursdays, 11:00 AM, via Facebook Live

Listen to new picture books read by Miss Olga twice a week and keep a lookout for some surprise guests! (children of all ages)

PJ Story Time

Saturdays, 8:30AM, via Facebook Live

Stay in bed (or not), bring a cuddly and listen to stories.

Teen Events

Teen Advisory Group

Wednesday, June 3, at 7:00 PM

email: for login information

Earn community service hours from home by logging in to our virtual Teen Advisory Group Meeting. We'll talk about ideas to help think of cool things the library can offer this summer. Let your voice be heard and help your local library!

Open Mic Night

Wednesday, June 17 at 7:00 PM

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Let your talents shine! Express yourself through spoken word, singing, poetry, and more—invite your friends!

Teen Gameshow

Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 PM

email: for login information

Teen Gameshow! How well do you know your friends? Log in and team up. Can you guess how they will answer different hilarious questions? Can they guess for you?

Ongoing Teen Event

Dungeons and Dragons: a teen club

Fridays at 3:15 PM

7th- 12th graders can join- beginners welcome. Email for more information and for the details on the Dungeons and Dragons online server.

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