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

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Tai Chi
January 11 - March 15, 2021, Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Ralph Quinn returns to teach Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Life program. Ralph will teach the 10-week course on Zoom. For more information call the Library at 856-845-5593

West Deptford Book Festival

Online Genealogy Research
February 25, 2021, Thursday 4:00 p.m.

Join us for an online interactive genalogy chat. Chat with fellow genealogists as we talk about your family tree research. Staff librarian, James Gross, will host an online Zoom genealogy meeting. Select free online genealogy resources will be provided. To register, call the Library at 856-845-5593.

West Deptford Book Festival

History of New Jersey Wetlands*
Thursday, December 3, 2020, 5 p.m.

Ever wondered how wetlands evolve and how they end up where they are in N.J.? Professor Chirenje will provide discussion on the natural and human-induced events that have shaped the distribution and form of wetlands in N.J. with a focus on South Jersey.

West Deptford Book Festival

The Landscape History of South Jersey Rivers*
Thursday, September 24, 2020

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. He is a consulting hydrologist with professional experience in aquifers, rivers, and wetlands.

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Salt Marsh Conservation and Restoration Activities*
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Join us for a virtual lecture as Dr. Thomas Belton PhD. will present a scholarly lecture on local salt marsh and restoration activities. Dr. Belton is a research associate in Scientific Writing and a lecturer at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

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History of Duck Decoy Carving in Cape May County*
November 5, 2020

J.P. Hand, Master Decoy Carver, waterfowl guide and historian, accompanied by Jim Talone, provides a documentary on waterfowling. A pre-recorded discussion based on the topic of waterfowling as well as duck decoys will follow.

Salt Marsh Stories, History and Ecology Behind Stone Harbor, N.J.*
November 5, 2020

Jim Talone, accompanied by J.P. Hand, provides a pre-recorded discussion on the salt marsh behind Stone Harbor, N.J. The discussion will be based on Jim Talone's documentary, Salt Marsh Stories.

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Soggy Ground: Valuing Wetlands of Old Gloucester, N.J.*
Monday, November 23, 2020, 5 p.m.

Join us for a pre-recorded lecture and discussion by Professor Mark Demitroff on valuing wetlands of old Gloucester N.J. He is a professor at Stockton University and is extensively published on the subjects of Permafrost and Geodiversity.

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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.

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


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)