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      Curl up with cocoa and a blanket  and get cozy with a classic.  Get some great options from our latest display at the Denville Public Library!
      December Teen Take Out Box Sign-up is now open! 

Boxes will be available for pickup on Thursday, December 21 at 3PM.
      Christmas Tree book Folding Craft from adults on Tuesday, December 12 at 1 pm! 

Sign up here:
      Sign up now to take a FREE practice SAT at the library this Saturday, December 9 at 10am!

Email to register.
      We're two weeks away from our final Reading Party of the year! Stop by the Lake Hiawatha Branch anytime between 4:00 - 5:30 PM on Monday, December 18th for reading, snacks, and goodies! 

#reading #readingisfun #party #kidsactivities #winter #librarylove #librarylife #librariestransform #ilovenjlibraries #parsippanynj #lakehiawathanj
      Happy National Cookie Day- the gingerbread has arrived! 😍 Join Kate, our Assistant Director of Public Services (and one of our Gingerbread Competition judges), as she collects her feedback on this year’s entries. Want to join the fun (or just get a good whiff of some delicious-smelling works of art)? Come get a closer look at the Gallery at HQ and vote for your favorite to win the People’s Choice award!
      Tweens and Teens! Join us for a night of crafting Gingerbread House Ornaments! Open to ages 9 and up.

 Please register online at
      Join us at the Main Library tomorrow at 6:30pm to meet Hopscotch the Bunny and Bear the Guinea Pig!  No registration required.
      Please welcome Kristina to the Information Services department as our new Outreach Librarian! She has worked in various libraries in New Jersey for the past five years and is currently working on her MLIS degree. In her free time she enjoys playing with her two orange tabbies, bird watching, dancing, and reading mythological fantasy. Stop by the information services desk or contact her with any outreach ideas. #parsippanynj #parsippanylibrary #ParLib #lakehiawathalibrary #parlib #newstaff
      Holiday Lights Art with Chalk Pastels
Monday, December 18 at 6:30 pm
Ages 9 and up
Please register in advance.
      The New Providence Memorial Library will be joining the Main Library Alliance membership effective December 7, 2023! In order to integrate their library, Parsippany Library as well as all of Main Library Alliance will be offline from Monday, December 4 through Wednesday, December 6th (with the system being back up on Thursday, December 7th). We apologize for the inconvenience! #parlib #parsippanynj #ParLib #parsippanylibrary #lakehiawathalibrary #mainlibraryalliance
      For a complete listing of December Teen Programs, please visit:
      Library Museum Tour 
Recommended for ages 9-99
December 11 at 6:30 pm
December 12 at 1 pm
      Please take note: There will be service disruptions on Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday of this coming week. See below for what you will and will not be able to do.
      Art Journaling Workshop with Michele Fawcett
Learn about art journaling and receive supplies to get started on your own art journal.
Friday, December 15 at 11 am
      Join us at the Parsippany Public Library every Thursday for Qi Gong. Classes are $5 A SESSION. No equipment required.

Questions? Call us at 973-887-5150 x204.
      Come to the Hackettstown Free Public Library and get into the holiday spirit with music! Pamela Whitman will be on hand to delight you with her flute performances of traditional holiday favorites, world music, and classical gems. Meditative flutes, ethnic flutes with special effects, and joyous flute choirs capture the spirit of the holidays. Let your ears be instruments of peace.

Please register online at:
      Our friends at the New Providence Memorial Library will be joining our consortium (the Main Library Alliance) next week. Beginning Monday, 12/4 and lasting through Wednesday, 12/6, as these new records are integrated into our library system, some services will be unavailable. Please have your library card OR a screenshot of your digital barcode from the MAIN app when you come to check out materials. More info below. Thank you!


Online resources (like Libby + Hoopla)
In-library computers, wi-fi, and printers
Checking out materials with your library card
Searching the library catalog (although item status may be incorrect)
Visiting our website and registering for programs

Not Available:

Checking your library account online
Placing a hold
Renewing items
Opening up a new library card
Self-checkout machine
Using the MAIN app on your phone*

*If you use your digital barcode in the MAIN app, please take a screenshot of your barcode now.
      Play Doh Fun at the Main Library Tuesday, December 5th at 10 am.  Recommended for children ages 3-5.  No registration required.
      If you’re looking for custom jewelry, notable knick-knacks, and other unique holiday gifts, look no further than the library on 12/9. Wyrd Lily will be here for the day selling all sorts of goodies for your loved ones this holiday season. Come by and make a quality purchase that you know your special someone will love!

A portion of all sales go to benefit the Hackettstown Free Public Library.
      Come and visit the Friends of the Parsippany Library's Coffee Table Books and Holiday Items sale in the Living Room and Little Nook of the Main Library from December 2 through December 23. #ParLib #parsippanylibrary #parsippanynj #parlib #holiday #parsippanymoms #friends
      Take your books, audiobooks and magazines on the go with the Libby app. Available for free to  all Main library partons.

#DiscoveryStartsHere #BorrowDontBuy #MainLibraryAlliance #PoweredbyMain
      Please note the following service limitations as NPML joins the MAIN Library Alliance.  We are looking forward to offering the MAIN Library app and the option to easily request delivery of items from other libraries, starting next week.

Fri. Dec. 1: Open 1-5 PM, catalog down
Sat. Dec. 2: Closed, website down, catalog down
Sun. Dec. 3: Closed, website down, catalog down
Mon. Dec. 4: Open 1-8:30 PM
Dec. 4-6: Check out only; no check ins; library cards required to check out
Dec. 8: All items returned Dec 1-7 will be checked in as "on time"
      Due to library system maintenance, on Mon, Dec 4th - Wed. Dec 6th, you will need your library card to check out all items. 

We will not be able to look up your card information or place holds during this time. 

Some catalog/digital services may be unavailable during this time as well.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.
      'Tis the season for a holiday read...we have a BIG selection on our latest display at the Denville Public Library!
      If you want to shift careers or feel like you need more training to be competitive in your current field, you may want to explore the many publicly funded career training options. Through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and other education grants, many people can access training for in-demand occupations. In this presentation, we’ll explore what the training options are, the funding sources, ways to access funding, eligibility requirements, and much more. What better way to prove your skills to an employer than to show recent training or certification?

Paul Cecala is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator, work search author, and founder of Cecala Career Consultants. Since 1999 he has assisted over 3000 job seekers ranging from C-Suite executives to college students. Paul specializes in creating job search project plans and is recognized for his empathetic listening skills. Paul currently facilitates job seeker networking groups for 4 different organizations. He has helmed the adult professional education programs for 2 colleges and a NJ Dept. of Labor One-Stop Career Center. Paul has his BS in Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. He has published a book and numerous articles on career coaching in a variety of publications.

his program is on ZOOM and is presented by the NJ State Library. Please register here:
      Disguise your cutout gingerbread person and help them do their best NOT to get eaten on Christmas Eve!  Dress your cookie as your favorite book character by using any craft materials provided.  Children should be ages 5 & up.  No registration required. 
Wednesday, December 5th at 7 pm.  MAIN Library.
      For a complete listing of December Teen Programs, please visit:
      Please note our adjusted hours as the library migrates its data to the MAIN Library Alliance's computer system. We are looking forward to offering you:
-An expanded collection
-Shorter wait times on your holds
-Access to the latest technology
-Additional subscriptions, databases and learning platforms
      Registration for Origami with Mrs. Kwan at the Lake Hiawatha Branch is now open! Spots are limited. Register here:

#parlibcats #origami #kidsprograms #artsandcrafts #librarylove #librarylife #librariestransform #ilovenjlibraries #parsippanynj #lakehiawathanj
      After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, everyday life changed drastically; when the United States entered the War in Europe it changed even further. This presentation is focused on the effects of the war on daily life in New York City during and after the war. Dr. Lubrecht will present an overview of his early years in a German American Jewish neighborhood named “Frankfurt on the Hudson” in Inwood and Washington Heights on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

This program is presented in-person and on ZOOM.

Register for in-person online at: 

ZOOM link:

Meeting ID: 878 4069 9203
Passcode: 416668
      We’re looking festive! 🎄

#denville #denvillenj #denvillelibrary #itsbeginningtolookalotlikechristmas
      Having trouble with “traditional” story times? Do you want your child to experience a more hands-on approach to storytelling? Come join us for a fun sensory play story time. Favorite toys and/or fidgets are encouraged!

Please sign up each child individually, space is limited. 

December 7th @4pm~

December 21st @4pm~
      Thank you to our presenter and the staff for a fruitful morning of staff development! #parsippanylibrary #parsippanynj #parlib #ParLib #lakehiawathalibrary #staffdevelopment
      Looking to learn some new board games but don’t know where to start? Interested in meeting tabletop gaming fans like yourself?

This event is for you!

Each session a volunteer from Cyclone Tabletop Gaming will bring one of their favorite board games or a new board game that they would like to play or experiment with. Attendees are invited to learn and play along! It will be a fun way to find a new game you like and make some new friends! Just remember to be respectful to each other and have fun.

This program is for tweens, teens, and young adults. Please register online at:
      Mango Languages is a personalized and adaptive platform for all Main member library patrons. Access Mango Languages online on any device through your local library. 

#DiscoveryStartsHere #BorrowDontBuy #MainLibraryAlliance #PoweredbyMain
      Get into the holiday spirit by stopping by the library and browsing the many handcrafted items, home-baked goods, and table of gently-used items. Buy a gift for someone and help out your library at the same time. Win-win! You can even enter to win a door prize!

All proceeds benefit the Hackettstown Free Public Library.
      🎶 Can you hear me now? Get ready to become the sound engineer for a new and upcoming artist, YOU! Figure out how sound works through a series of hands-on experiments. Build instruments and amphitheaters to amplify your music. Head to the recording studio to combine your knowledge and creativity to put on the best show ever! 🎶

Join us in the Community Room on Saturday, December 9th at 11:00AM.  Open to children in grades 3rd-5th and registration is required:
      What’s New this Wednesday?⁣
 Holiday book bundles! Have readers on your gift list? These curated selections from the AfterWords book store make great gifts. Each bundle is only $5 and comes pre-wrapped with a bow and literary pin. Available to purchase by the front desk, while supplies last.⁣
#newprovidencenj #librariesofinstagram
      Do you make the same cookies each year for the holidays? Are you bored with eating the same confections?

Why not trade some of your time-tested baked goods with someone else’s at the Hackettstown Free Public Library’s holiday cookie exchange?

Just bring a few dozen cookies to trade with other attendees and mix up this year’s menu a bit. Hot chocolate will be served, along with some of the swapped cookies. It’ll be a fun time for all!

Please note if any cookies contain nuts to avoid allergy issues. Please register online at:
      It’s the most delicious time of the year! 🤩  Come decorate your own  houses made from graham crackers with all sorts of yummy goodies! 🍭🍡🍬

✨Monday, Dec 4th! ✨ 

✨Please pick one of the following times: 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, or 7:00 PM. Each time slot is limited to 20 people.  You MUST pre-register to attend this program.

✨To register please visit our website, or call us at 973-361-1333. 

#gingerbreaddecor #gingerbreadhouse #gingerbread #gingerbreadhouses #childrensprograms #familyfun #libraryprograms #njlibrariesbuildcommunities #whartonpubliclibrary #whartonnj