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It’s not just for kids–adults are invited to join the Summer Reading Club too!  Read and attend programs for fun and prizes.  Either sign up for READSquared (get the app!) to keep track of your reading and activities, or if you prefer, try our Library Bingo on paper, which you can download here (different rules will apply).  

On READSquared, each book of 300+ pages that you read (or listen to) will count as 200 points.  Each program you attend earns 250 points.  Those who achieve 1,000 points will be entered in a raffle to win a Kindle Fire.  Other great prizes include gift certificates to local businesses.  

Use our Summer Reading theme of “Tails and Tales” to inspire your reading choices.  Find suggested reading lists in READSquared, or explore on your own (or ask our staff!).  Happy Reading!  Learn more here.

Just Mercy

“An unforgettable true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to end mass incarceration in America — from one of the most inspiring lawyers of our time.”

Join us for an in-person discussion of Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson. The discussion will be led by Verona resident and Montclair State University Professor Monica Taylor and Associate Professor of Justice Studies Dr. Jason Williams.
 
Monica Taylor is the Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and a feminist professor and social justice advocate in the Department of Educational Foundations. She also is Academic Co-Editor of The Educational Forum. She writes about feminist pedagogy, self-study, LGBTQ+ inclusive practices, teaching for social justice, and teacher leadership.
 
Aside from doing research for the academic audience, Dr. Williams is also involved in many public research and information forums, such as The Hampton Institution where he serves as chair of the criminal justice department. He has also published pieces at Uprooting Criminology and Truthout. He has been quoted in notable news outlets such as North Jersey, The San Francisco Chronicle, Newsweek, and other outlets.
 
Books provided by the Verona Education Association. Pick up your free copy at our Circulation Desk.

Gentle Exercise on Zoom

Chair Yoga
Qigong

Chair Yoga
Wednesdays:  June 30, July 14 & 28
2:00 pm

Certified Yoga instructor Danielle Massa will guide students in a wellness routine to achieve balance of mind and body.  Chair yoga is a gentle approach for people of all abilities to increase flexibility, strength and relaxation.  Have a sturdy chair ready!  Please register to receive a Zoom code.
 

Taijiquan & Qigong
Wednesdays:  July 7 & 21, Aug. 4
2:00 pm

Instructor Gary McCabe leads an introduction to Taijiquan & Qigong. These mind-body exercises integrate meditative awareness and the physics of effortless movement. This program will meet on Zoom on alternating Wednesdays.  Please register to receive the Zoom code.

Register

Friends of the Library
NJ State Library

Live webinars!  The Verona Public Library and the New Jersey State Library offer a variety of free programs for all interests.  Registration is simple:  just enter your name and email address.   Space may be limited, so sign in early the day of the program to guarantee a space.

The State Library’s webinars are often archived on their YouTube channel.  View their calendar for more upcoming events.  It’s a great time to learn something new!

Take the Wheel and Get the Best Car Deal
Wednesday, July 14 – 12:00 pm 

The car-buying experience can be very stressful, especially as salespeople try to pressure you into buying a car immediately or perhaps a car that you do not like.  Learning the in-and-outs of negotiating and buying a car takes time and practice, time that many of us don’t have to spend.  It can also be difficult determining how a person can afford when considering whether buying a new or used car or perhaps leasing a car.  Fear not, as the Credit Union of New Jersey will help educate you and guide you in purchasing the right car for you.  They will cover the following topics:
  • Determine how much car you can afford
  • Deal with Dealers
  • Negotiate the best car price
  • Benefit from buying used
  • Decipher financing options and warranties
  • Find help if you have warranty problems

Register

Crafts for Adults

Now meeting in-person again!  Join us for a fun and relaxing craft.  Supplies will be provided, but space is limited!  Register early.  Open to Verona Public Library card holders only. 

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Meditation & Relaxation

Certified Reiki Practitioner Anne Shields leads sessions of relaxation and meditation.  Offered virtually on YouTube.