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

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Past Virtual Events Sponsored by GCCHC

Tai Chi
Mondays, September 12 - November 28, 2022, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Ralph Quinn will be offering a 12-week series on Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention, based on Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health program. This program will be suitable for beginning and continuing students. Classes will be in-person and online via Zoom. For a glimpse at the Sun style Tai Chi set, see https://taichiforhealthinstitute.org/programs/tai-chi-for-fall-prevention/

To learn more, call the Library at 856-845-5593

West Deptford Book Festival

First Friday Film
Friday, November 4, 2022 11:00 a.m.

Come join us for a viewing of Mrs. Harris goes to Paris, starring Leslie Manville.

To register, call the library at 856-845-5593

Denis DiBlasio

Kim Hanley Portraying: Elizabeth Stanton*
Thursday, November 10, 2022, 2 p.m.

Join us for a library presentation by re-enactor Kim Hanley, who will portray Elizabeth Stanton. From an early age, Elizabeth Stanton realized that men held unfair advantages in just about every facet of life, such as education, occupation, legislation, property ownership, even in clothing style, and she was determined that she would embrace and speak out for reform.

To register, call the library at 856-845-5593


Game Day
Saturday, November 12, 2022 10:30 a.m.

  • Card Games
  • Word Games
  • Video Games
  • Board Games

All Ages Are Welcome!


An Evening Of Jazz With Brian Betz And Denis DeBlasio
Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

Brian Betz, jazz guitarist, composer and educator at Rowan University and Paulsboro Public Schools, joins Denis DiBlasio, saxophonist, flautist, composer, arranger and Full Professor and Director of the Jazz Performance and Composition Programs at Rowan University, to take center stage at the West Deptford Free Public Library.

To register, call the library at 856-845-5593

Brian Betz

Denis DiBlasio

No Stress Chess
Thursday, December 1 and 15, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a night of No Stress Chess. You are welcomed to bring your own board and pieces. No stress or classic, it's your move!

To register, call the library at 856-845-5593


First Friday Film
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 11 a.m.

We will be showing the movie Top Gun: Maverick starring Tom Cruise and Jon Hamm.

To register, call the library at 856-845-5593


Scrabble Night
Monday, December 5 and 19, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.

Come enjoy a game of Monday night scrabble. Fun for all ages. Masks are optional.

To register, call the library at 856-845-5593


Cookies and Cookbooks
Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 11 a.m.

Come for a delicious morning of cookies and cookbooks. Bring your favorite cookbook and
special cookies for a fun time.

To register, call the library at 856-845-5593


The History of Turtles in Salt Marshes with Jessica DeGraff-Amber PhD.*
Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 1 p.m.

Join us for a virtual lecture. Learn about the history of terrapin conservation and the value of both the diamond back terrapin and the salt marshes in New Jersey.

To learn more, call the Library at 856-845-5593

West Deptford Book Festival

Clam-Diggers Trade: NJ Pine Barrens Employments In Support Of Sea-Coast Activities*
September 30, 2021, Thursday 1 p.m.

Join us virtually for a lecture given by Adjunct Professor Mark Demitroff, Stockton University, on The Clamdiggers Trade: NJ Pine Barrens Employments in Support of Sea-Coast Activities. Learn about how the N.J. Coastal Zone economy had Pine Barren "sweetwater" roots. Video will be posted here on scheduled date.

Professor Demitroff is a professor at Stockton University.

West Deptford Book Festival

The Drowning of Money Island: A Forgotten Community's Fight Against The Rising Seas Threatening Coastal America*
Thursday, October 14, 2021, 1 p.m.

Join us for a virtual lecture by journalist, Andrew Lewis, MFA, Columbia University, as he gives us a fascinating talk on how rising seas are threatening coastal towns. Video will be posted here on scheduled date.

To learn more, call the Library at 856-845-5593

West Deptford Book Festival

The Variety of Wetlands in Southern New Jersey*
Thursday, November 18, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a virtual lecture: hosted by Claude Epstein, Ph.D. Dr. Epstein is a Professor Emeritus from Stockton University. He is the founder of its Environmental Studies Program as well as being one of its founding faculty.

To learn more, call the Library at 856-845-5593

West Deptford Book Festival

*"This program is made possible in part by funding from The Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission at Rowan College at Gloucester County, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of the State."


Online Events For You

The Center for Book Arts is offering on-line classes – www.centerforbookarts.org
Fender Guitars is offering free on-line guitar lessons starting now and for the next three months  - www.fender.com
The Alice Paul Institute has an elementary school curriculum and worksheets. There is also information and photos concerning the Suffragette Movement – www.alicepaul.org
The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas every evening, check it out – www.metopera.org
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is touring parts of the museum – www.metmuseum.org
The Museum of Modern Art is offering free on-line courses – www.moma.org
You can view some of the gardens and take free on-course at www.Longwoodgardens.org

Scratch For All - a programming language at MIT – https://scratch.mit.edu/
The Library of Congress provides a playlist of music and concerts on Youtube that is periodically updated.

The Chamber Music Society provides livestreams on scheduled days.

Virtual ART Studio livestreams beginning on Friday, June 12.

The Anne Frank House is providing a virtual tour of where Anne Frank and her family hid during World War II.

Cape May County Park and Zoo is providing Virtual Zoo School. Take a look at their daily tours of different parts of the zoo.


Have You Tried E-books on Overdrive?
Reading on the Go @ WDFPL

Do you like reading from a tablet? Check out our Overdrive E-books page for more information.


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)