Celebrate National Library Week!

"Libraries are places where communities connect - to things like broadband, computers, programs and classes, books, movies, video games, and more. But most importantly, libraries connect us to each other."   --Molly Shannon Happy National Library Week!

Archiving Good Ol’ Haskell: An Open House with University of Michigan Graduate Students

Dear neighbors, In the fall of 2021, I was able to answer a reference question from someone who’d grown up in Wanaque in the 1950s. This person wanted to know the name of the store where everyone had to purchase their gym class uniforms. That’s not the kind of information you can find in a reference book, but luckily I remembered we have a very active local history Facebook group in town, Good Ol’ Haskell. I searched the group and quickly found the name of the store (The Clover Shop). That experience got me thinking about the value of this Facebook group and how it could contribute to the local history knowledge in our community. So, in January 2022, Wanaque Public Library began a long-distance collaboration with two graduate students who were enrolled in an Archival Practices class at the University of Michigan School of Information. The students, Rachael and Alex, worked with me and with the Good Ol’ Haskell group to collect and index posts (and comments on posts) that relate to the collective memory of our community. Now that they have completed their Archival Practices class and finished their work, I’ve asked Rachael and Alex to join us for a virtual “Open House” this Wednesday evening (April 20th) from 7 to 7:30 pm. They’ll tell us a bit about their project, the topics they chose to index, and some of the interesting tidbits they learned about our community.  This open house is an opportunity for everyone to meet each other and talk about our shared interest in Wanaque and Haskell history, and how Facebook groups like Good Ol’ Haskell can be important contributors to local history knowledge, just as important as our local history archival collections. I think that Alex and Rachel will agree with me when I say that this Facebook group shows that history is a living thing, not just something we read about in textbooks. Social media groups such as this one can encourage communication and community engagement and allow people to express their personal thoughts and engage in conversation about historic events. Here’s the information to join the Zoom Open House on Wednesday, April 20th at 7 pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86122128627  (meeting ID: 861 2212 8627). I hope to “see” you on Wednesday night at 7, but if you can’t attend, I’ll record the event and can provide a recording so you can view it at Read more

Healthier Plate, Healthier Planet

You're invited to a special Lunch & Learn in honor of Earth Day! Join Lori Novak-Carafello and Alexis Santana from the Passaic County Department of Health for this free program that explains how environmental health is related to nutrition and planet sustainability. Learn some tips and tricks for living more sustainably. Bring your questions! Register in advance for this meeting and we’ll send you a reminder email before the workshop! https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYof-6vrDIsHNN5704e__VMcXb0__efCwwi  

Get the Lead Out! Lunch and Learn CANCELLED

Unfortunately, this program has been cancelled due to low registrations. If you are interested in learning more about protecting yourself and your family from overexposure to lead, please email Mary at wanaquelibrary@gmail.com and we will forward your information to Lori Novak-Carafello at the Passaic County Board of Health, and she will contact you!   Please join Lori Novak-Carafello and Alexis Santana from the Passaic County Board of Health for this free virtual "lunch and learn" presentation. Learn about how to protect yourself and your family from overexposure to lead - not just in paint chips but in everyday products you might be surprised to learn about. The program is free. Register here, and we'll send you a reminder email before the workshop!  

Paying for College Without Going Broke

Wanaque Public Library, a member of the PALS Plus Library Consortium, presents Paying for College Without Going Broke. This workshop for college-bound teens and their parents gives an introduction to the complex world of need-based and merit based financial aid. Parents and students will learn strategies for lowering their EFC (Expected Family Contribution), the new FAFSA rules, and tips for optimizing college admissions and scholarships. Register for this free program at https://bit.ly/palsplus11

Town-Wide Yard Sale Saturday May 14 and Sunday May 15, 9 am to 5 pm

Community-wide yard sale coming up in Haskell and Wanaque the weekend of May 14th and 15th!   Although printed maps will not be available, Wanaque Library is compiling a Google map of participating addresses, which is located here: https://wanaquelibrary.tiny.us/ynf3e57h   If you're planning to participate in the sale and want to be on the digital map, email us at wanaquelibrary@gmail.com with your address and town. If you wish, you can also include a sentence or two about what you're selling. Please send us your information by Thursday, May 12th at 5 pm and we will add your address to the map.   Happy bargain hunting! Mary Martin, Library Director

Passaic County Book Festival at Weasel Brook Park in Clifton

On June 4th, you're invited to join the fun at Weasel Brook Park in Clifton from 11 am to 4 pm, for a fun day featuring local authors, scholars, and poets across every genre. There will be games, activities for all ages, and author presentations all throughout the day. The Passaic County Book Festival aims to promote and bring awareness to the arts and community through exchanging ideas, encouragement of continued research and creative expression, and the promotion of local libraries. PALS Plus, our library consortium, is delighted to co-sponsor this event along with the Passaic County Department of Cultural & Historical Affairs.