19th Century New York

19th Century New York:
The Famine Irish, Horatio Alger & Ragged Dick
Tuesday March 16th, 7:00 pm

Join us via Zoom for a virtual visit to 19th century New York. New York City of the 1850s was a time when the Irish fleeing the famine in their home country arrived in great numbers only to settle in ethnic ghettos. With no skills or education and of Catholic faith in a Protestant culture, they faced discrimination for the available factory jobs. Many children became homeless and worked as shoeshine boys. Horatio Alger wrote novels about these boys and their rise from humble backgrounds. We will read excerpts from Alger’s most famous novel, Ragged Dick, and learn about the Gilded Age, the Newsboys Lodging House, Barnum’s Museum among other subjects.

Presenter Rick Feingold teaches American Business History at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in history from Rutgers University.


This program is sponsored by Verona Public Library in collaboration with Fairfield Public Library, Ringwood Public Library and Wanaque Public Library.

Gentle Exercise on Zoom

Chair Yoga
Tai Chi

Chair Yoga
Wednesdays:  Feb. 24; March 10 & 24
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:  March 3, 17 & 31
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.


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!

Virtual Author Talk
Finding Kate: The Unlikely journey of 20th Century Healthcare Advocate Kate Macy Ladd
Wednesday, March 3, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

In recognition of Women’s History Month, the New Jersey State Library will host a virtual author talk with Meryl Carmel about her book, Finding Kate: The Unlikely Journey of 20th Century Healthcare Advocate Kate Macy Ladd.  

Standard Oil Heiress Kate Macy Ladd of Natirar seems, as was tradition, to have been one of those women of the Gilded Age who lived behind closed curtains, staying well out of the public view. Taking a deeper look at her life, however, reveals a woman who was fiercely committed to the welfare of ordinary people and who ultimately became an important medical philanthropist. Through an illustrated presentation featuring Macy and Ladd family photographs, author Meryl Carmel will explore the unknown story of Kate Macy Ladd of Natirar.  



“Picturing” Your Genealogical Research:
Finding, Procuring, and Preserving Images

Monday, March 8, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Do you realize that you have a UNIQUE archive in your house right now? Your family photos! Your genealogical research can come alive with images, but finding, scanning, and preserving them can be a daunting prospect.  Learn how to scan images like a pro, some dos and don’ts of photograph retouching, basic concepts to organize your images, and try some tools to help you identify the people pictured. It’s an exciting, ever-evolving world—and one that can bring your family research to life.  Presented by Michelle D. Novak, a brand designer, photographer, and Masters of Information candidate at Rutgers University. 


Stress Management 101
Tuesday, March 16,  12:00 – 1:00 pm

Stress is unavoidable but how we respond to it and manage it can result in “ease” or “dis-ease.” Please join us as Dr. Rajiv Vyas from the Behavior Health Specialists at Capital Health will review how the body and mind reacts to stress and strategies to reduce its impact upon our physical and emotional health. He will also discuss the benefits of meditation and engage in a guided meditation exercise.

Dr. Rajiv Vyas is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. He has extensive clinical experience treating individuals with a wide range of behavioral health conditions in outpatient, intensive outpatient, and inpatient settings. Dr. Vyas has been a champion for the use of medication assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders and has passionately advocated for its utilization with local and state organizations.


Take & Make Craft for Adults

Meet on the Library’s YouTube channel each month for a fun, seasonal craft!  Those who register will receive a bag of supplies needed to assemble the project.  We will contact you to arrange a pickup time.  

Open to Verona Public Library card holders only.  Space is limited. 

If supplies run out, you can still follow along on our YouTube channel.  Please contact us to request a supply list for this and past craft projects:  info@veronalibrary.org


Meditation & Relaxation

Meditation & Relaxation

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