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

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This September marks the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign-up Month—a time when the American Library Association (ALA) joins public libraries nationwide to highlight the value of a library card.  Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. Libraries work to remind parents and youth that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Throughout the school year, public librarians and library staff will assist parents and caregivers with saving hundreds of dollars on educational resources and services for students. From free access to STEAM programs/activities, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help, technology workshops to the expertise of librarians, a library card is one of the most cost effective back to school supplies available. How much money can you save?  Visit our Library Value Calculator to total your saving.

Library Card Sign Up Month 2017
Basic Crochet
Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

Want to learn how to crochet so you can start that new project? Stop by WDFPL with your crochet hook and yarn, or use WDFPL's materials, to join the revival of interest in handcrafts and DIY though crochet.


Join the Coloring Craze at WDFPL
Friday mornings September 2017 10:00 a.m.
Friday afternoons September 2017 2:00 p.m. (added at patron request)

Coloring is proven to relax and soothe the mind. Bring your own books, pencils, and crayons or use the Library's materials.
Summer Coloring

Tai Chi with Ralph Quinn is back!
Monday, September 18 through December 11, 2017 1:30 p.m.

In weekly one-hour lessons, Ralph Quinn returns to teach Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Arthritis, a series of slow, gentle movements that have been specifically recognized by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) as being safe, effective, and enjoyable for improving one's balance, bone density, and general health

Tai Chi with Ralph Quinn

Medicare with Bill Tucker
Thursday, September 21, 2017 7:00 p.m.

Questions about Medicare?  Join us at the West Deptford Library for an informative evening with Bill Tucker.  Bill will gladly answer any question that you may have regarding Medicare.


Medicare with Bill Tucker
Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn with Professor Jean Soderlund*
Thursday, October 5, 2017 7:00 p.m.

"A commonly held idea is that Quaker settlers led by William Penn established Delaware Valley society's emphases on freedom, tolerance, and peaceful conflict. In Lenape Country, however, Jean R. Soderlund demonstrates that these Delaware Valley hallmarks originated with the Lenape Indians and were the bases of Lenape economic and political dominance through successive waves of European colonization in the region. . . . Lenape Country is meticulously researched and cautiously analyzed, qualities that strengthen Soderlund's assertions for the primacy of Lenape influence in the formation of Delaware Valley identity. It is a much needed study of this pivotal time in American history and a valuable contribution to Native American and colonial-era scholarship."—American Studies Join us and learn more about Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn with Professor Jean Soderlund*
Jean Soderlund
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ESL (English as a second language) Resume and Job Workshop
Curriculum Vitae de ESL y taller de empleo
Saturday, October 7, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Literacy NJ hosts ESL Resume and Job Workshop on the first Saturday of the month in the Library through December 2017.

English as a Second language group
The Unexpected Book Club
Second Monday of the month October 9, 2017 11:00 a.m.

The Unexpected Book Club meets on second Monday of the month at 11:00 a.m. The group's October selection is Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout. Book Club reading, discussion and socializing can be a lot of fun. Sometimes it can be tricky to find a book that no one has read yet and everyone will enjoy.  Rita Oberto uncovers new books each month which may not be on your “to read” list.
Book Club

We Are Still Here!* Mark Gould, Tribal Chairman/Principal Chief and Reverend John Norwood present We Are Still Here! The Tribal Saga of New Jersey's Nanticoke and Lenape Indians.
Thursday, October 12, 2017 1:30 p.m. Indian Time

Mark Gould, Tribal Chairman/Principal Chief and Reverend John Norwood present We Are Still Here! The Tribal Saga of New Jersey's Nanticoke and Lenape Indians. Mark Gould, Tribal Chairman/Principal Chief's mother collaborated on an insightful oral history entitled "Strong Medicine" Speaks, A Native American Elder has Her Say, well worth reading for more information on tribal life in Southern New Jersey.

Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Badge logo 2017

Financial Workshops with Bob Stahler, CFP College – Getting from There to Here
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 7:00 p.m. Stocks, the Nuts and Bolts

Bob Stahler is back with exciting tips for getting the most for your money while negotiating the path to financial prosperity and personal satisfaction.

College Financing with Bob Stahler
Roar: Empowering Words for Life with Lenore Uddy-Back Forston
Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:30 p.m.

Lenore returns to share a motivating message.
Lenore Uddy-Back Forston
Corn – Simply A-Maize-ing with Judith Krall-Russo*
Thursday, October 26, 2017 1:30 p.m.

Judith Krall-Russo uncovers the history & folklore of corn from ancient times to today's NJ farmers.
Judith Krall-Russo

*Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of the State, and the Cultural and Heritage Commission at Rowan College at Gloucester County.

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


Things Will Get Better!
New Jersey Librarians Help NJ Residents Through Tough Economic Times

Use these cool tools to find answers and reduce stress in your life. As always, it is our pleasure to serve you online and in person.

Get Economic Help from NJ librarians.

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)