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West Deptford Free Public Library
420 Crown Point Road, Thorofare, NJ 08086  (856) 845-5593

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Join us in celebrating 50 years of library service! 1965 - 2015

Thanks to everyone who joined us on Saturday, January 17, 2015 to kick-off 50 years of WDFPL service.

February - Fine Free February
March - West Deptford Historical Association display
April - Bookmark Design Contest Library Anniversary
May - West Deptford High School Marching Band Performance
July - Summer Reading and July 11, 2015 The Princess Tea
August - Summer Reading and August 21, 2015 Lego Day
September 12, 2015 - West Deptford Family Fun Day
October 8, 2015 - Gloucester County Historical Society presents A Peek into Gloucester County
November 22, 2015 - WDFPL Anniversary Festival and Brian Betz and Denis DiBlasio jazz concert

One of the greatest gifts my brother and I received from my mother was her love of literature and language. With their boundless energy, libraries open the door to these worlds and so many others. I urge young and old alike to embrace all that libraries have to offer. ~ Caroline Kennedy.

Cheers to the next 50 years
Introductory Tai Chi with Ralph Quinn
Mondays, September 21 through December 7, 2015 1:30 p.m.

If you are looking for a way to reduce stress and increase balance consider tai chi. Originally an ancient Chinese tradition developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for a variety of health conditions, balance and body strenghthening. We will be doing Dr. Paul Lam's "Tai Chi for Health" also known as "Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention" forms.
Tai Chi

We Write. Join us!
Thursday, October 8, 2015 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Please feel free to keep writing over the summer months. WDFPL's writing group is expanding autumn meeting times to include day and evening hours. Writing in a fun, light-hearted environment continues on the second Thursday morning and the fourth Thursday evening. Join us in celebrating the gift of writing by presenting your own literary works! Explore unlimited writing themes and prompt possibilities at your library. Gatherings are hosted twice monthly by Rita Oberto and designed to provide sharing, inspiration, information and encouragement.

Creative expressions

Gloucester County Historical Society presents A Peek into Gloucester County
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pat Hensinger and Eileen Shanahan take us back in time to explore the history of Gloucester County using artifacts from the museum and library of the Gloucester County Historical Society, starting with dinosaur fossils from the cretaceous era and ending with the latest in technology being used in the 1940's.

The presentation discusses the first inhabitants of a much larger Gloucester County, examines the Betsy Ross marriage certificate and explains how and why Gloucetser County was an integral part of our nation's fight for independence. Other areas of interest include the connection between the expression "Don't give up the ship." and our museum in Woodbury, the importance of sand and firewood to the economy of our county and the role that G.G. Green played while becoming the county's first multi-millionaire. Celebrate 50 Years of Library Service with this special WDFPL anniversary program partnership.

Watch Your Business Grow with Government Contracts
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Learn how to sell your product to Federal, State, County, and Casino through this free introduction session with Jan Mirijanian.
How to Sell Your Business Grow
New Jersey's Agricultural Inventions with Judith Krall-Russo*
Thursday, October 29, 2015 1:30 p.m.

New Jersey is known for developing the cultivated blueberry from the wild swamp huckleberry, perfecting wet harvesting for cranberries, and patening the famous Deatsplow. Learn about other agricultural inventions, innovations, and discoveries made the Garden State.*
Deats plow
Calligraphy with Maureen Peters
Thursday, November 5, 2015 6:30 p.m.

Bring your pens and materials along and we will build on past classes to create a seasonal holiday greeting card project for your enjoyment. Visit Maureen at Letterworks Studio.
Cheers to 50 Years Gala 1965 - 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening of light refreshments and live entertainment to celebrate West Deptford Free Public Library's 50 Years of Library Service. Enjoy wines from Cedarvale Winery, Magic by International Brotherhood of Magicians and music by Brava! Strings. Tickets available at the Library through November 13, 2015. Formal/Semi-formal attire is suggested.
Fifty Years of Library Service West Deptford Free Public Library
Jazz with Brian Betz and Denis DiBlasio
Sunday, November 22, 2015 2:00 p.m.

Rowan University's supreme combo plays WDFPL celebrating 50 Years of Library Service. . Baritone saxophonist and flutiest Denis DiBlasio joins Brian Betz, jazz guitarist and composer, for a cool afternoon of Jazz during the LIbrary's Anniversary Festival.
Denis DiBlasio and Brian Betz
History's Alive! Thomas Edison*
Thursday, December 10, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Calling curious inventors of all ages, help recreate Edison's most famous innovative experiments and discover the value of diligence and problem-solving with Patrick Garner.
Patrick Garner as Thomas Edison

Please call the library at 856-845-5593  to register for these free programs. 
 Refreshments and door prizes!

*These programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities or the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of the State, and the Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission at Rowan College, Gloucester County.


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Have You Tried Playaways?
Reading on the Go @ WDFPL

Are you always on the go and searching for listening pleasure? Check out Playaways. They are simple to use and can be renewed just like a book!


Many of the programs are video taped (with appropriate permission of the presenter) and converted into a DVD for placement in our collection.   A short introduction to the presentation is created to introduce the topic and presenter. Here are a few of the introductions (in low resolution format) of a few of our more popular programs.  (Windows Media Player 9 or higher is required.)

Battleship New Jersey  /  The Inside Track on NASCAR  /  Faux Finishing  /  Model Railroading

Survival Story by Manny Lindenbaum
This is the entire 1 hour presentation, ~ 108MB (not recommended for low-speed connections)