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

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Escape the Ordinary Summer Reading
Adult Summer Reading is Back!

Click the Escape the Ordinary graphic above to reveal a summer reading form.

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

Tuesday Tea with a Twist Adult Summer Reading Book Talk
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 11:00 a.m.

Stop by the library to share favorite summer titles and find recomendations to fill your fall season. Summer reading forms may be submitted online or in person through Monday, August 31, 2015 to be included in the WDFPL Escape the Ordinary adult reading giveaway drawing.

Summer Reading Book Talk

We Write. Join us!
Thursday, September 10, 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
History's Alive! Thomas Edison with Patrick Garner*
Thursday, September 10, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Edison delivers an informal, fun-filled lecture about his life, his inventions and what those inventions taught him. Help recreate Edison's most famous experiments and discover the value of problem-solving with this Broadway theatre veteran.
Patrick Garner as Thomas Edison
Watch Your Business Grow with Government Contracts
Tuesday, September 15, 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
Art and Medicine with Nancy Masters*
Thursday, September 17, 2015 6:30 p.m.
"It should be fun." - Nancy Masters

Nancy Masters, D.M.H. creates and interactive dialogue relating to the humanties and medicine. Uncover the positive connection between art and medicine. Join us as we look at the use of medical art from the Egyptians to the Internet, and discuss its historical significance in the development of medicine. Nancy was awarded the Governor's Teacher Educator Award, Teacher of the Year, 1989. She paticipated in Molecular Biology Summer Workshops for Teachers, Princeton University and was awarded Medical Humanties Prize: Drew University, May, 2013 for Outstanding Dissertation in Medical Humanities.
Art and Medicine
Writing to Heal with Nancy Masters*
Thursday, September 24, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Writing to Heal, an interactive workshop, will present examples of writers who have used poetry and prose to express their reactions to illness or death, and found personal healing through the writing process. Participants will be given guidelines for starting their own personal healing journals.
Writing to Heal
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

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.


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.

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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)