Saturday, May 1, 2021

WOPL Virtual Programs May 2021

Library News and Events


The Library will be closed

Saturday May 29 through Monday, May 31, 2021.

You can renew materials online at under My Account or return them to the book drops.

Patrons may now request materials system-wide via BCCLS and Inter-Library Loan (ILL). Please note all requests MUST be picked up at your home library per BCCLS. Curbside remains available. 

New library hours and rules have been implemented for COVID-19. 

We are currently only serving West Orange cardholders and West Orange residents. The first hour of each day is designated for seniors (65 and up per CDC guidelines) and the medically vulnerable.

 Covid-19 Hours:

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 10:00-7:00 PM

Walk-in and curbside

(10-11 AM Seniors and medically vulnerable only)


Tuesdays, Fridays, 10:00-5:30 PM

Walk-in and curbside

(10-11 AM Seniors and medically vulnerable only)


Saturdays, 9:00-1:00 PM

Walk-in and curbside

(9-10 AM Seniors and medically vulnerable only)

1:00-5:00 PM

Curbside only


Sundays, 1:00-5:00 PM

Walk-in and curbside

(1-2 PM Seniors and medically vulnerable only)


Please contact us with any questions or concerns at (973)736-0198.


Adult Events

Email for Zoom links and any additional information on events or sign-up through the library calendar when available. CLICK ON TITLES FOR MORE INFORMATION.

ESL with Maryann - Ongoing via Zoom

Mondays, 6:00 PM

Maryann Poris, an experienced, certified instructor of English as a Second Language, will offer an online--Zoom--course in Basic English for non-native speakers who want to develop their spoken and written English skills. Classes will be held online Mondays from 6-7pm. Zoom can be accessed on the computer, laptop, I-Pad, or cell phone from home.

Simplify Weekly Meal Planning with Vanessa Young via Zoom

Thursday, May 6, at 7:00 PM

Are you bored with your meal choices? Would you like to make cooking and meal planning less stressful? In this class you will learn tips, strategies, and recipes for delicious weekly meals. We will cover stretching meals creatively over multiple days, delicious flavor combinations, kitchen organization, and simple strategies that work whether you are cooking for one or a crowd.

What's In Your Hand? Digital Photography Workshop via Zoom 

Saturday, May 15, at 3:00 PM

The mobile phone has become the new “vox populi,” the voice of the people. It is an indispensable tool that we use to document our daily lives and experiences. The objective of the “What’s In Your Hand” workshop is to use the cell phone to create still-life assemblage art with objects that are important to your personal life and history. We will create a “selfie narrative”, by placing flat and three-dimensional objects in your hand, and photographing the composition with your cell phone.

Prior to the workshop participants are asked to create a grab bag of essential biographical elements: library cards, a favorite t-shirt, toys, keys, text, rings, and bracelets. The workshop will experiment with available light, flash, sunlight, and black and white images. We will also explore editing techniques with your phone’s editing system, and share our work virtually during the session.

Mansa K. Mussa has been an arts educator for the past forty-one years. During the quarantine period he has pivoted his teaching practice to include remote workshops for children, teenagers, and adults. 

Hoarding: A Preventative Workshop Live on Zoom

Thursday, May 20, at 2:00 PM

This workshop by the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis (ACAP) discusses how, as we age, we tend to accumulate more and more stuff. It can be hard to get rid of it for a number of reasons. Learn why we tend to hold on to things as well as tips and tools for cutting back.

Career Skills: Happiness via Zoom

Friday, May 20, at 6:00 PM

Feeling positive will mean so much in your job search. Your days will be brighter and your attitude will be positive. In this workshop Joyce Mandel will discuss what happiness is, things you might have to give up to be happy , and a conversation about negative talk, and how this can harm your search. Also happiness is good for your health, and how to stay happy.

Handouts and Zoom link will be sent 1-2 days before the workshop.

Mexican Gothic: a book talk by librarian Jose D. Romero on Zoom

Monday, May 24, at 7:00 PM

Mexican Gothic is a 2020 gothic horror novel by Mexican Canadian author Silvia Moreno-Garcia. It centers on a young woman investigating her cousin's claims that her husband is trying to murder her.

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency via Zoom

Thursday, May 27, at 7:00 PM

Cryptocurrency is digital money, which means it can be stored on your computer or phone and sent person-to-person with no bank or intermediary. Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency. ... Bitcoin is created via a process known as mining. Mining for Bitcoin is the digital equivalent of digging for gold.

Problems Falling Asleep and Staying Asleep on Zoom

Friday, May 28, at 2:00 PM

Sleep plays a crucial role in improving your physical and mental wellbeing. Join Jackie Morgado, Lead Technologist at the Center for Sleep Disorders at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, to learn about sleep disorders, the effect of sleep on your health, and ways to sleep better. 

MARIA MIJARES is a contemporary realist painter working in New Jersey, known for conceptually 'lived-out ' stories relayed in 'psychedelic precision' and public art.

She has exhibited internationally in museum, university, corporate, and alternative galleries. A retrospective exhibition at the MORRIS MUSEUM (2013) entitled "IMMORTAL STRUCTURES: Here and There After" was followed by a solo exhibit,"Two Ships Esperando" at Galeria Siboney in Santander, Spain.

Mijares studied at New England School of Art (Boston, MA) painting at Art Students League in Woodstock, NY, and earned a BA in Fine Art from Rutgers University.

She was awarded fellowships from Puffin Foundation, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Inc. and two from New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Mijares' 4 large-scale porcelain enamel on steel murals, "Between Manhattan and Meadowlands" are installed at Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System's Bergenline Avenue Station in Union City, NJ. Currently she is creating two paintings for a public art installation at NJ Transit Market Street Bus Station's (Paterson) and a porcelain enamel on steel, four-sided Wayfinder for the City of Worcester, MA entitled "DINERS: Then & Now."

Her work is in the collections of Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo de Santander, Spain, Newark Museum, Montclair Museum, Jersey City Museum, Morris Museum, Noyes Museum, Zimmerli Museum, NJ State Museum, the estate of John Cardinal O'Connor, New Brunswick City Hall.

She has lectured at museums, schools, hospitals, and caregiver support groups, and was an E.B. Osborn Fellow at the Purnell School, Gladstone, NJ, 2015 & 2021. 

Youth Events


Email with questions, to register, and for Zoom log in or sign up through the library calendar when available.

Ongoing Events!

Outdoor Super Science!

Mondays at 4:30 PM

Join us on the lawn outside the library for socially distanced science experiments, learning, and fun! Individual sets of materials will be provided, Grades K - 6 welcome.

Rain location: beneath the library near the book drops.

Study Buddies (Grades K-6)

Wednesdays at 4:00-6:00 PM via Zoom

Need help building your reading or math skills? Children in grades K - 8 can sign up to meet with a student from West Orange High School's National Honors Society to practice and go over questions. Virtual appointments happen using Zoom's Breakout room function. Sign up for a study buddy appointment here:

It's Story Time via FaceBook Live (ages 2-5)

Thursdays at 11:00 AM

Listen to books and participate in activities that encourage preschool readiness (language development, fine motor skills, social skills, self-control).


Yakety Yak Book Club (Grades 1-3)

Tuesday, May 18, at 4:30 PM

Sam Wu Is Not Afraid Of Ghosts by Katie and Kevin Tsang.

Escaped pet snakes? Ghost hunting? Cats with attitude? Sam Wu is not afraid. Are you? Multiple copies of the book will be available for check out at the Youth Services desk.

Secret Building Challenge via Zoom

Wednesday, May 19, at 4:00 PM

Meet on zoom to showcase your build(s) of the month and discuss engineering principals. New content each month. MAY : SURPRISE! SPECIAL GUEST!

Speaking of Stories

Tuesday, May 25, at 4:30 PM

Unite with other readers in grades 4 - 6 for an interactive book discussion! Check out this month's book at the library for in person or curbside checkout. New members welcome, tell your friends!


Tween Scene

ages 9-12

Email for Zoom log-in and more information.




Teen Events


Email for ZOOM log in and additional information on events or sign up through the library calendar when available.

Virtual Teen Advisory Group

Wednesday, May 5, at 7:00 PM via Zoom

Join us on Zoom to discuss ways to help the library and the community- bring your friends! 9th - 12th graders are welcome to log on to have fun, and share ideas. Participants earn volunteer hours for attending. New members welcome!

Virtual Drawing and Comic Book Club

Wednesday, May 12 and 26, at 7:00 PM via Zoom

Join your friends and create together in real time! Email for more information and link to join. Open to 5th - 12th graders living in West Orange.

Outdoor Teen Talent Showcase (Open to anyone in grades 5 - 12.)

Sunday, May 16, at 2:00 PM

Calling all singers, poets, authors, and performers in grades 5 - 12! Express yourself at the library's spring outdoor open mic event. Email to RSVP. Rain location: beneath the library near the book drops.



Teen Science Virtual Hangout

Wednesday, May 19, at 7:00 PM

Are you in grades 5 - 12? Do you like animals? Explosions? Nature? Experiments? Ignite your interest in Science and join for an informal virtual chat about your favorite elements of science- we'll do an interactive demo of an experiment you can try at home. Open to anyone in grades 5 - 12 who lives in West Orange.


Weekly Teen Programs


Virtual Dungeons and Dragons

Fridays, May 7, 14, 21, and 28, 3:15-5:15 PM

Dungeons and Dragons group for 7th through 12th graders meets online using the Discord website. Beginners welcome! Please email for more information. Epic quests await teens who join our D&D club at the library! D&D features role playing, storytelling, on-the-spot strategic thinking, math skills, problem solving, and teamwork all rolled into one!



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