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

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Do you need a library card?

Our registration form is available to print of it using a device. You may then attach it to an email for our Circulation Supervisor and send it that way. Look for a call or email regarding your Library Card number.

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Jameson R. Sweet Ph.D. presents: "Indigenous New Jersey: The Dispossession of Lenape Land."
Thursday, June 6, 2024, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Jameson "Jimmy" Sweet, (Lakota and Dakota) is an Assistant Professor in American Studies at Rutgers University. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota. His current book project, "'Mixed-Blood' Moments: Race, Law, and Mixed-Ancestry Dakota Indians in the Nineteenth Century Midwest" excavates the legal and racial complexities of Indigenous people of mixed heritage in the U.S. Call to register at 856-845-5593.

”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”

Jamison R. Sweet Ph.D.

Second Friday Film Screening The Color Purple: The Musical
Friday, June 14, 2024 1:00 p.m.

Join us while we screen June's Second Friday Film, The Color Purple:  The Musical. The 2023 film is based on Alice Walker's novel The Color Purple which you may borrow in print or download from your library. Call to register at 856-845-5593.

The Color Purple The Musical film

Drawing Class For All Ages with Patti
Fridays, June 14 - August 16, 2024, 3:00 p.m.

Many thanks to Patti, WDFPL p/t Information, Publicity and Circulation Library Assistant, for sharing her artistic talents and teaching ability with our community for the betterment of all. Call to register at 856-845-5593. Btw you may have had a chance to view Patti's unique friends of the Library commissioned murals in the Library's Children's Area.

Drawing Class for All Ages with Patti

Genealogy Questions and Answers
Monday, June 17, 2024 6:00 p.m.

Celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month! Join James Gross, WDFPL cataloger and librarian to explore online resources and learn some new genealogy research tips. Advance your family tree. Questions welcomed. WE will search online resources including Ancestry database (in-library use only), learn of free online webinars. A handout will be made available to attendees. James is a staff volunteer at the local LDS Family History Center. (*open with limited hours.) Please call to register at 856-845-5593.

Genealogy Questions and Answers with James Gross

Shades of Harmony
Thursday, June 20, 2024 6:30 p.m.

Join us when Shades of Harmony, a member of Sweet Adelines International, sings many kinds of songs in four part a capella harmony primarily in the barbershop style. Come let the singers entertain you! Call the Library to register: 856-845-5593.

Shades of Harmony

Summer Reading for Adults
Friday, June 21, 2024 10:00 a.m.

Let your summer reading adventure begin on Friday, June 21, 2024! Armchair Travel can be lots of fun! Stop in the Library to pick up your summer reading suggestion packet and BINGO card! Alternately, you could print your own BINGO card we linked here (Flyer, Bingo Card). Call the Library to learn more: 856-845-5593.

summer reading 2024

LEGO Day at your library
Saturday, June 22, 2024 1030 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Join us when you may build LEGO creations at your LIbrary. Please feel free to stop by the library and check it out on Saturday, June 22, 2024 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi with Instructor Kathy Brown returns to WDFPL
Monday September 30, 2024 1:30 p.m.

This class is appropriate for beginners, as well as for those with tai chi experience who want to learn. The course will be taught following the methods of Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health program.  Join Kathy and the rest of us in person at the Library.

To learn more or register, call the library at 856-845-5593

Tai Chi with Ralph Quinn

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

Rutgers Cooperative Extension Online Events -https://njaes.rutgers.edu/online-event-series/#fchs

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)