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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

Oceans of Possibilities: A New Summer Reading Challenge
July 1 to August 26, 2022

Join us for this summer's reading program! Log the number of books you read in a packet we'll provide for you to participate. Hand in your reading log by August 26th and enter our Giveaway!

For more details call the Library at 856-845-5593 or contact Reference at mtaylor@westdeptford.lib.nj.us

Summer Reading Flyer

Reading Log Printout

West Deptford Book Festival

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Oceans of Possibilities Movie Matinee
Thursday, August 4, 2022, 2 p.m.

We'll be playing the movie, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, starring Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre.

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

West Deptford Book Festival

Mary Dixon Lebeau: Secret Jersey Shore Presentation and Book Signing
Thursday, August 11, 2022, 3 p.m.

"The Jersey Shore holds secrets you'll never see listed on a travel brochure. Discover all of these and more while you learn their stories in Secret Jersey Shore: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure." Come join the author, Mary Lebeau, as she presents her new book.

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

West Deptford Book Festival

Daisy Century as Harriet Tubman*
Thursday, August 18, 2022, 2 p.m.

Daisy Century will give a presentation, portraying Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman became the most famous "conductor" of the Underground Railroad. During a 10 year span, she led 300 slaves to freedom. During the Civil War, Harriet served as a nurse, scout, and spy for the Union Army. Harriet's Tubman's life was a monument to determination and courage that continues to stand out.

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

West Deptford Book Festival

Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again Oceans of Possibilities Movie Matinee
Monday, August 29, 2022, 2 p.m.

We will be showing Mama Mia!: Here We Go Again, starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfried.

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

West Deptford Book Festival

The Archaeology of the Battle of Red Bank*
Thursday, September 8, 2022, 2 p.m.

Join us for an in-library presentation by Jennifer Janofsky, Ph.D. Dr. Janofsky will discuss recent discoveries at the Red Bank Battlefield Park. She will also discuss the role that African American soldiers played at Fort Mercer. Dr. Janofsky is the curator of Whitall House and the Red Bank Battlefield and project director for the archaeological survey of Red Bank Battlefield.

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

West Deptford Book Festival

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.

Playaways

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)