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      What an amazing time we had at our Sunday Funday Pride celebration … so amazing, in fact, that Ms. Maryellen and Mr. Zach forgot to take pictures. 😅 Thanks to all our friends for such a fun morning. ☺️

 #denville #denvillenj #denvillelibrary #adventurebeginsatyourlibrary #getyourcrafton
      Up, Up and Away!! Join us for TWO special Summer Reading kick-off events on Wednesday, June 26th! 

Morning Kick-Off: https://zurl.co/aKrX 
Afternoon Open House: https://zurl.co/Qzdi

Registration is not required- see you there!!
      Summer Reading Adventures at Montville Public Library 2024!
      We're kicking off our Summer Kickoff at Lake Hiawatha TODAY at 3:00 PM with Thillai Fine Arts, but that's not all we have planned. Check out all of the events we have planned over the summer, including our 2nd Annual HiawathaCon, Chalk the Walk, our Creative Writing Anthology, and much more! 

See all of the Parsippany CATS events on our website calendar: https://parsippanylibrary.org/events/all-events/

#summer #summeractivities #parlibcats #lakehiawathanj #parsippanynj #ilovenjlibraries
      Teens enjoyed making Strawberry Shortcake! #njlibraries #morriscountynj #montvillemomsnj
      🧘‍♀️🎨 Find your moment of zen with our new Zentangle Club! 🎨🧘‍♂️

Starting June 26th, join us every Wednesday at 3:00 PM for a relaxing and creative experience. This program is open to adults and teens entering 9th grade and above.

Come and join us at the Wharton Public Library to find your inner artist and connect with others!

Register now at whartonlibrary.org or give us a call at 973-361-1333!

#ZentangleClub #CreativeExpression #RelaxAndUnwind #WhartonLibrary #FindYourZen
      Proud to be at the Morris County Pride Fest this past eeek with @mainlibnj @randolphlibrary @edge_nj @morriscountypride #pride #pridemonth #pride🌈 #pride2024 #mainlibraryalliance #publiclibrary #publiclibraries #librarising #libraries #library
      Thank you @Creature Comfort Pet Therapy  for visiting with us on Tuesday! 

Willow, a white husky, was excited to return to our Library and was glad we held the event indoors!

And this was George's first visit to our Library- he is 2 years old and is a combination Bernese mountain dog/St. Bernard.  He was an instant favorite of everyone who met him!
      Adult Summer Reading is here!  Earn a raffle ticket for a local gift card drawing for every 2 books you read, up to 6.  Six books puts you in the running for the adult grand prize, a $100 gift card to @barthsmarket 

Print an Adult Summer Reading log at https://bit.ly/nplibraryadultSR or pick one up at the front desk (closed Sundays in summer).
      🎨✨ Join us for an inspiring Art Talk with our featured artist, Jennifer Marchese! ✨🎨

Explore the captivating paintings in our upstairs gallery and gain insight into Jennifer’s artistic journey and creative process. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with the talent behind the artwork!

📅 Date: Tuesday, June 25th
🕕 Time: 6:00 PM
📍 Location: Wharton Public Library

Jennifer’s stunning work will be on display through July 30th.

Be sure to register for the Art Talk online at www.whartonlibrary.com or call us at 973-361-1333.

See you there! 🎨✨

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#featuredartists #featuredartist #localartists #localartist #NJartshow #njartist #njarts #morriscountynj #libraryprograms #njlibraries #whartonnj #whartonpubliclibrary
      Known as the Celts and Gauls by the Greeks and Romans, respectively, they inhabited an enormous geographic area and were a collection of tens of thousands of small tribes. Who were the Celts? And how did they contribute to our own culture? Learn the answers and more in this interesting and informative lecture by Professor Alexander Clemente.

Saturday, June 29th, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Registration is required, so please sign up at:  wtpl.libcal.com/event/12486400

#wtplibrary  #wtmorris  #longvalleynj  #longvalleynjcommunity
      Planning a vacation this summer and don't want to pack physical books? Your Bernardsville Library has the answer!  You can download e-books,  audiobooks, and more from anywhere with your Bernardsville Library card!  Check out our FREE e-resources that we have available at: https://bernardsvillelibrary.org/subject/ebooks-audiobooks/

Choose from Libby, Hoopla, The Palace Project & Tumblebooks- something for all ages! Please call the circulation desk at 908-766-0118 during regular hours if you need your Library card number and/or password.
      Parsippany Oral Histories Project: The Parsippany Library launched a partnership with coLAB Arts to produce oral histories and photo essays documenting the local and immigrant experiences of our Asian community. With the support of a Morris County Heritage Commission re-grant award, oral histories, and photos were created and will be displayed at a public exhibition hosted by the library. The library will host a reception for this project on Wednesday, July 10th from 7-8 pm.

Our photographer for this project is Shravya Kag. Shravya is a queer, brown, photo and video documentarian based in Brooklyn, New York. Born and raised in Vijayawada, India, she moved to Brooklyn in 2015 and received a Master’s in Photography from the School of Visual Arts. Captivated by oral histories and how they can shape a culture, her work is an exploration of home, identity, and personal space largely focusing on the intimate and interpersonal stories of people of color and of queer people. Shravya’s work has been internationally commended and exhibited at various locations such as Somerset House London, Photoville, and Art Space NYC and featured in publications like Vogue India and NY Times.

All oral histories will be annotated by coLAB Arts’ research team with support from Professor Karen Pechilis, Professor of Religious Studies and NEH Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Drew University. Annotation research is intended to provide historical and social context for the oral history collection through sourcing policy, legislation, and journalism. The finished project will serve as an open-source archive for researchers, policymakers, and storytellers who wish to have a stronger understanding of Parsippany’s immigrant experience.
This project is meant to directly benefit the community reflected in its stories, to provide an increased sense of place and identity, and to facilitate conversations around what makes Parsippany a resilient and safe space for immigrants to create a home.

Please view the photos here: https://shravyakag.pixieset.com/parsippanyoralhistories/

@shravyakag @colabarts @morriscountynj 
#parlib #parsippanylibrary #parsippany #parsippanynj #oralhistory
      Download these free apps to enjoy books, magazines, movies & TV wherever you go this summer!  Use your NP Library card to log in/ create a login.

▪️Kanopy for movies & kids TV
▪️Libby by Overdrive for magazines, audiobooks & ebooks
▪️LibraryPass for comics & graphic novels
▪️Palace Project for audiobooks & ebooks
▪️Tumblebooks for animated storybooks with audio

More free library apps await at https://www.newprovidencelibrary.org/research/quick-links/library-apps
      The Friends of the Library @chathamfriends are holding a ONE-DAY book collection event on Saturday, June 29 from 10 am to 3 pm!

Clean out your closets and drop off your gently used Books, Games, and Puzzles in the rear hallway of Library of the Chathams. Volunteers will be available to help with drop offs.

Stay tuned for future sale dates!
Want early access to sales? Become a member of the Friends of the Library today!! Find out how at friendsofthechathamlibrary.org
      🌞📖This Summer, Join Ms. Martha for Bilingual Storytime! We'll read some stories, and play games and other activities in Spanish and English!🌞📖

✨Mondays, on June 24th, July 8th, and July 22nd @ 4:30 PM✨
      New Providence has the nicest library patrons ❤️ One homebound patron, who is working her way through Deborah Crombie's mystery series, tucks a thank you note into the library books she returns.  Thank you to our delivery volunteers Debbie, Mireille, Ranjini, and Therese for getting books to residents who can't come to the library.
      📚❤️ Calling all library lovers! Join us for the next Friends of the Library meeting! ❤️📚

Our Friends group is planning an exciting new fundraiser, and we need enthusiastic volunteers to help bring it to life. This is a fantastic opportunity to support your local library and get involved in your community.

✨Monday, June 25th @ 5:00 PM✨

The Friends of the Library meet every month on the 4th Tuesday. Don’t miss out on this chance to make a difference and have some fun along the way!

We hope to see you there!
      Tweens and Teens! Join us for an afternoon of games. Open to ages 9 and up. Please register online. Starts at 2pm. 

Please register online at: https://hackettstownlibrary.org/event/teen-game-day/2024-06-28/
      Happy 🥵 Friday! It’s 😎 at the 📚! @muleyaadya @avantikalak589 @yukiwassnatched #parlib #parsippany #parsippanynj #parsippanylibrary #happyfriday
      Come join us at the library to make a super awesome craft! This week you can color your own canvas bag, which you can use to carry all of the heavy books to and from the library this summer!

Crafting starts at 9am and goes until supplies last! June 28th! 

This is part of our Summer Reading Drop-In Craft series.
      The Adult Take & Make Mystery Seed Kits are ready for pick up for those lucky folks who registered! Just pop by the circulation desk and give your name to our staff to pick up yours.

Did you miss out on this Adult Take & Make? Well, the next one is ready for registration! Our next Adult Take & Make is a Watercolor Kit, with a palette of brushes and a small pad. To register, visit our website and look for the Pick Up day event on July 12th.

#summerreading #wtplibrary #wtplseeds #wtplseedlibrary #adultcrafting #adulttakeandmake
      Sign Up for the Summer Reading Program on Saturday, June 22 and receive an Adventure Begins at Your Library coloring poster.
      Happy First Day of Summer from the HCLS! We hope to be seeing a lot of you in the coming months- whether you come for our Summer Concert Series, stop in for a movie showing, attend one of our Makerspace workshops, or just stop by to beat the heat (we have free wifi available for anyone who stops in, public access computers, printing, scanning & faxing services, and so much more!) or pick up a book or 2! And remember... nothing says “summer” like stopping by the library before a beach trip! See you soon.

#summer #firstdayofsummer #library #staycool #njlibrary #hunterdoncounty #hunterdoncountynj #flemingtonnj #clintonnj #ringoesnj #loveflemington #hunterdonhappening #libraryfunny #librarylife #librarylovers #coolingcenter #bookstagram #libraryreels #librarytok #librarymeme #summerreads #beachread
      Hermie thinks this Take Home Craft is perfect for the hot weather we've been having, and he couldn't help but stop by the kitchen for an ice cream treat of his own! Get ready for Independence Day by making your own patriotic ice cream cone. Take Home Crafts are located above the Children's Room Book Drop, while supplies last. ❤️🤍💙🍦 #takehomecraft #librariesofinstagram #njlibraries #chathamborough #chathamtownship #chathamhermie #hermiethehermitcrab #chathamnj #patriotic #icecream #redwhiteblue #independenceday #4thofjuly
      School's out and summer's officially here! Join us at the Lake Hiawatha Branch on Monday, 6/24 @ 3:00 PM for our kickoff! We have so many fun things planned, including a showcase and demonstrations by Thillai Fine Arts. We cannot wait! See you there! 

#summerreading #summerkickoff #parlibcats #parlib #lakehiawathanj #parsippanynj #ilovenjlibraries
      Summer's here and WTPL can help you take your favorite reads on vacation without weighing down your luggage! We have a variety of apps such as Libby, hoopla and kanopy, you can download to access audiobooks, ebooks, comics, magazines, movies & MORE!  You can listen in the car during a family road trip or on a plane.  There's something for everyone, young and old alike, and best of all, these apps are all FREE with your library card!

Go to wtpl.org for more information or stop by anytime and we can help you set up the apps on any of your devices.  Have a great summer and safe travels!

#wtplibrary  #wtmorris  #longvalleynj  #longvalleynjcommunity
      No one, least of all the incoming President, could foresee what the future portended as he took the oath of office in March, 1861. In fact, he would be the only President (with the exception of FDR’s 3rd term) to begin and end his tenure with the imminence if not actuality of military conflict. In the space of four years, he evolved into a military realist  with the ability to implement harsh military policies that insured the successful outcome of what had become the bloodiest war in American History.  This transformation is the subject of the second lecture.

This program is presented as a public service by the North Jersey Civil War Round Table and is part of a two-part series: The Abraham Lincoln Lecture Series.

Connect Via Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/2p8hn5pp

Dial in access: 929-205-6099

Meeting ID: 851 7137 4532 / Passcode: 406402
      🤩 Registration for our first week of summer events for kids and teens opened at noon today ... and some events are already half full! Reptiles, narwhals, science, nature, Pride, music, and lots of fun? We've got you covered! Come join us!

Details at the link in our bio (IG) or by clicking below:

https://www.denvillelibrary.org/children/childrens-take-makes-and-events

#denville #denvillenj #denvillelibrary #summerreading #adventurebeginsatyourlibrary #njlibraries #getyourcrafton
      🌞🚶‍♀️ Celebrate the first day of summer with our new Evening Walking Club! 🚶‍♂️🌞

Starting TODAY, June 20th, we will meet every Thursday at 6:00 PM.

Join us for an evening walk and connect with people who share your interests! We will gather at the Wharton Public Library beforehand.

Let's enjoy the summer evenings together! 🌳🌷👟

#EveningWalks #WalkingClub #SummerFun #Community #WhartonPublicLibrary #njlibraries #whartonnj #firstdayofsummer
      Chillin 😎 at the Reading 📖 Party 🎉. Our Reading Parties will break for the summer and resume in September. But, beat the heat, read at the library 📚 anytime we’re open! #parlib #parsippanylibrary #parsippany #parsippanynj #parsippanymoms #librarising #library #libraries #librarylife
      School's out! What's at the top of your "To Do" list for Summer? 

These 3 brothers grabbed their Library cards and headed straight to the Bernardsville Library to sign up for Summer Reading!! 📚😎 You should too!
      Come to the Denville Public Library for inpiration on cooking with local summer produce.  Check out our display of cookbooks for fresh ideas!
And be sure to visit the Denville farmer's market on Sundays from 8:30-1 for fresh ingredients!
#cookbooks #librarydisplays #denvillelibrary #denvillefarmersmarket
      Friday: closed for Juneteenth
Saturday: open 10-5
Sunday: closed Sundays in summer
      Head over to Lulu’s Book Nook in the Shoppes at Luce’s to meet the owner, Alyssia, and see the inner workings of a thrift book store. Chat with fellow bibliophiles as you peruse the shelves and acquaint yourself with one of Hackettstown’s favorite haunts.

Each attendee will receive an Everitt House 1875 Palmer refreshment and one complimentary book!

This is an all-ages event!

This event will take place at Lulu’s Book Nook, 159 Main St., Hackettstown. There is no need to come to the library first.

Space is limited so please register each attendee separately. Please register online at: https://hackettstownlibrary.org/event/lulus-book-nook-meet-greet/
      Beat the sweltering heat by hosting your own movie marathon... and WTPL can help! Grab some popcorn and check out hoopla's June Movies of the Month collection. hoopla offers instant access to millions of audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and more, all FREE with your library card! Borrow, stream, and download content on iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and
more.

For more info go to wtpl.org or stop in if you need help with hoopla.

hoopladigital.com/collection/56797

#wtplibrary #wtmorris #longvalleynj #longvalleynjcommunity
      Tweens and Teens! Join us for a movie and some popcorn. Open to ages 9 and up. Please register on our website and check out what movie we well be watching! 

Please register online at: https://hackettstownlibrary.org/event/teen-movie-day/
      Summer Reading started this week and you may have noticed some new decorations. Dragons have taken over the library to go along with our theme of Adventure Begins at Your Library!⁣
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How many dragons have you spotted?⁣
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All ages can participate in our Summer Reading program, stop by the library to pick up your reading log!⁣
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#newprovidencenj⁣
#librariesofinstagram⁣
#whatsnewnpml
      A Friendly Reminder! The Bernardsville Library will be CLOSED on Sundays during the Summer from Sunday, June 23rd – Sunday, September 2nd.
      Explore the history and legacy of Juneteenth with audiobooks, eBooks, comics, music, and video on @hooplaDigital. From the roots of slavery to the Civil Rights movement, learn about the pivotal moments that shaped the Black experience in America. Free with your Denville Library card. Click on https://www.hoopladigital.com/collection/13138
      The Parsippany Library will be closed for Juneteenth! #parsipannylibrary #ParLib #parsippany #parsippanynewjersey #parsippanylife #parsippanytroyhillsnj #librarylife #mainlibraryalliance #Juneteenth #libraries #publiclibrary #publiclibraries