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Upcoming Events
Title
Date
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Location
Book Examination Center
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time
6:30 PM
Description
LiteracyNJ will offer a Conversation Group in 15 week sessions. ESL Conversation Groups provide a comfortable environment for Intermediate and Advanced English language learners to practice their English. Discussions give the students opportunities to share their experiences and ask questions. Lessons include units on health, finances, and work and focus on new vocabulary, basic grammar, idioms, and other English for everyday life.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is for registrants who signed up at one of the Fall 2017 ESL Conversation Registration Sessions or by contacting Melissa Bernstein of LiteracyNJ, at 732-906-5456 or mbernstein@literacynj.org.
Location
Book Examination Center
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Friday, December 15, 2017
Time
10:00 AM
Description
LiteracyNJ will offer a Beginning ESL Group. Beginning ESL Groups provide a comfortable environment for learners to begin to acquire and develop basic skills such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 

PLEASE NOTE: This program is for registrants who signed up at one of the Fall 2017 ESL Conversation Registration Sessions or by contacting Melissa Bernstein of LiteracyNJ, at 732-906-5456 or mbernstein@literacynj.org.

Location
Book Examination Center
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Monday, December 18, 2017
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
"A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas."
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Henry Inman Library

Title
Date
Monday, December 18, 2017
Time
7:00 PM
Description
The story of the Jersey Devil is one of the most popular myths of New Jersey history. The problem is that everything you think you know about the Jersey Devil is wrong. It is not about a spectral winged horse, demon, but rather the bare-knuckled political and religious upheavals and fights of colonial America. The real story of the Jersey Devil's birth is far more interesting, complex, and important than anyone thinks.  It is a product not of witchcraft, but innuendo, scandal, rumor mongering, and media hype. It illuminates a forgotten part of American history. While a tale of early America it could have been taken from the tabloids and internet gossip of today.

Brian Regal, PhD teaches the history of science, technology, and medicine at Kean University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the more esoteric realms of the past including Searching for Sasquatch: Crackpots, Eggheads and Cryptozoology (2013). He has appeared on radio, television, blogs, and Op Ed pages around the world. His upcoming book is The Secret History of the Jersey Devil from Johns Hopkins University Press.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Time
10:00 AM
Description
LiteracyNJ will offer a Beginning ESL Group. Beginning ESL Groups provide a comfortable environment for learners to begin to acquire and develop basic skills such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 

PLEASE NOTE: This program is for registrants who signed up at one of the Fall 2017 ESL Conversation Registration Sessions or by contacting Melissa Bernstein of LiteracyNJ, at 732-906-5456 or mbernstein@literacynj.org.

Location
Book Examination Center
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Time
6:30 PM
Description
LiteracyNJ will offer a Conversation Group in 15 week sessions. ESL Conversation Groups provide a comfortable environment for Intermediate and Advanced English language learners to practice their English. Discussions give the students opportunities to share their experiences and ask questions. Lessons include units on health, finances, and work and focus on new vocabulary, basic grammar, idioms, and other English for everyday life. 

PLEASE NOTE: This program is for registrants who signed up at one of the Fall 2017 ESL Conversation Registration Sessions or by contacting Melissa Bernstein of LiteracyNJ, at 732-906-5456 or mbernstein@literacynj.org.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Location
Book Examination Center
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Time
6:30 PM
Description

MOVIE NIGHT!

Moana, 2016.  For all ages! This is a FREE program, please come with family and friends and enjoy a FREE movie. However, please come 30 minutes early ensure your comfort and setting up your seats.

Please get cozy & bring a pillow, blanket, and snacks.

Location
Meeting Room
Library
Iselin Library

Title
Date
Friday, December 22, 2017
Time
10:00 AM
Description
LiteracyNJ will offer a Beginning ESL Group. Beginning ESL Groups provide a comfortable environment for learners to begin to acquire and develop basic skills such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 

PLEASE NOTE: This program is for registrants who signed up at one of the Fall 2017 ESL Conversation Registration Sessions or by contacting Melissa Bernstein of LiteracyNJ, at 732-906-5456 or mbernstein@literacynj.org.

Location
Book Examination Center
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Friday, December 22, 2017
Time
2:00 PM
Description
The Vow (2012)

A car accident puts Paige in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo works to win her heart again.
PG-13 | 1h 44min | Drama, Romance | 10 February 2012 
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Location
Book Examination Center
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Time
6:30 PM
Description
LiteracyNJ will offer a Conversation Group in 15 week sessions. ESL Conversation Groups provide a comfortable environment for Intermediate and Advanced English language learners to practice their English. Discussions give the students opportunities to share their experiences and ask questions. Lessons include units on health, finances, and work and focus on new vocabulary, basic grammar, idioms, and other English for everyday life.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is for registrants who signed up at one of the Fall 2017 ESL Conversation Registration Sessions or by contacting Melissa Bernstein of LiteracyNJ, at 732-906-5456 or mbernstein@literacynj.org.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Time
2:30 PM
Description
Crayons, markers and coloring pages galore!  Come color with us!  This program is for children all ages and a caregiver for children under 9-years-old.  Registration is not required for Woodbridge Township residents.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Friday, December 29, 2017
Time
11:00 AM
Description
Come ring in the New Year at the Woodbridge Public Library! This kid-friendly alternative to midnight extravaganzas will have a fun craft, snacks and other activities. A ginger ale toast will finish the party and start the New Year right!
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Friday, December 29, 2017
Time
2:30 PM
Description
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 1982.  No registration required. Free tickets will be given out starting at 2:00 p.m. Bring your own blanket! Bring your own snacks!
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Time
5:00 PM
Description
English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group and beginning instruction will be offered at all Woodbridge Township Libraries from January through May, 2018. Instruction and ESL Conversation Group leaders will be provided in partnership with LiteracyNJ, a statewide literacy services provider.
 
In-person registration is required, and will be held from 5:00 - 8:30 pm, Wednesday, January 3rd, for a fifteen week series of Conversation Group classes that will be held at the Iselin Branch Library and the Main Library. Also available to English language learners in each location will be Beginning ESL group instruction, one-on-on Beginning ESL instruction,  a drop in class for digital ESL instruction, a ESL Book Club, and a ESL Reading Group.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Friday, January 05, 2018
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Mr Holmes (2015) 

An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes deals with early dementia, as he tries to remember his final case, and a mysterious woman, whose memory haunts him. He also befriends a fan, the young son of his housekeeper, who wants him to work again.

PG | 1h 44min | Drama, Mystery | 24 July 2015 

Location
Meeting Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Time
7:00 PM
Description
If you're looking for a new job in 2018, opportunities abound, but you need a plan. In this workshop, we will review the latest job search strategies, including social media, networking, resume dos and don't and interview skills. Prepare to land your dream job in this ever-changing job market. Get ready for a fun and engaging workshop. This workshop is free but registration is required.  If possible please bring a laptop or tablet with you and an electronic version of your resume. 

Successful Job Search Strategies for 2018 will be presented by Julissa Germosen of Germosen Education Advisors.  
Location
Book Examination Center
Library
Main Library

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Important Messages
Welcome to the Summer Reading Clubs of the Woodbridge Public Library System!

All Woodbridge Library cardholders age 18 and over are invited to participate in the library’s adult summer reading club, Build a Better World!, from June 19 through August 11! Don't have a library card? Visit your nearest WPL branch and get one today!

Although the theme focuses on creating a better world through art, science, literature, you are free to read or to listen to any book or audiobook you like, write reviews, enter to win weekly prizes (plus a Grand Prize!) and meet your fellow readers at a series of programs at the Main Library. Please note if you are counting children's books that they must be 250 pages or over.


HOW TO SUBMIT BOOKS AND REVIEWS


Reviews
Review
A post-war suspense novel about starting over. I read this in one sitting. Shreve, as always, paints a picture of the setting in such a way that you felt every raindrop, saw the stormy sea and heard the gorgeous piano music...   Woodbridge Public Library Catalog
Title
The Stars are Fire
Author
Anita Shreve
Rating
Review
This book with stay with me for the rest of my life. Following four college friends throughout middle age, the reader gets swept into the lives of Malcolm, J.B., Wilhem and tragic Jude. While not for the faint of heart, I highly recommend this book!   Woodbridge Public Library Catalog
Title
A Little Life
Author
Hanya Yanagihara
Rating
Review
This was really refreshing to read, especially during times like this when our world seems to be at constant war. If everyone pulls together and sticks together, we can make this world a better place and bring peace to our planet.   Woodbridge Public Library Catalog
Title
Chicken Soup for the Soul Stories for a better world
Author
Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Candice C Carter, Susanna Palomares, Linda K Williams, Bradley L Winch
Rating
Review
This is one of the most poignant, brutal and honest books that I have ever read. I read it during my commute to work and it will forever be known as the book that made me cry on the train.

It centers around Starr Carter, a 16 year old African American high schooler who sees her best friend get killed. It's incredibly relevant for today's readers and should be required reading. It also brings us issues about class, race and stereotypes that we as a society need to be talking about.  Woodbridge Public Library Catalog
Title
The Hate U Give
Author
Angie Thomas
Rating
Review
A comedic look at an American girl in Paris seeking life, adventure and love; this book, written 60 years ago, is still topical -- and funny.  Woodbridge Public Library Catalog
Title
The Dud Avocado
Author
Elaine Dundy
Rating
Review
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. Although Elin Hilderbrand is one of the author's I regularly read, sometimes she can be a little long winded. However, that was not the case for this book. Even though it was well over400 pages, I found it to be entertaining and moved along quite well.   Woodbridge Public Library Catalog
Title
The Identicals
Author
Elin Hilderbrand
Rating
Review
This has to be one of the best books that I have ever read. I never knew how competitive Olympic rowing was in the 1930s. LOVED IT!!!  Woodbridge Public Library Catalog
Title
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Author
Daniel James Brown
Rating
Review
This book gave me a new perspective on faith and religion. Everything happens for a reason, whether good or bad. It's all part of his plan for us. God is always there watching over us and listening to us. When things seem impossible, keep listening to God and let him direct you in the right direction. Things will improve.   Woodbridge Public Library Catalog
Title
God has a plan for your life
Author
Charles F Stanley
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