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This summer, don’t let the kids have all the fun.  Adults are invited to read for fun and prizes too!  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!

Just Mercy

Join us for an in-person discussion of the book 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 also been quoted in notable news outlets such as North Jersey, The San Francisco Chronicle, Newsweek, and other outlets. Copies of the book are available at the Library’s main desk.

Spark Joy

View the Program:  July 13 – 15th
Live Q & A:  July 14th
7:00 pm

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Are you ready to Spark Joy in your home, office, & life?

Join us online for an inspiring, educational, and entertaining presentation that will teach you the guiding principles needed to tidy once and for all. Dive into the heart of the KonMari Method® and learn what it means to truly live a life that Sparks Joy!  Presented by Shannon Huneycutt of Spark Joy Charlotte.

This event is both pre-recorded and live. 
Go online any time between July 13 (starting at 6:00 am) through the morning of July 15 (ending at 6:00 am).  View the webinar, then join us live on Zoom for a question and answer session on Wednesday, July 14 at 7:00 pm.

There will be a live Q&A, as well as a special giveaway!

This is a shared PALS Plus program.  Please register to receive a link to the webinar and the live question & answer session.

Beverly Friend

The Native People, Animals and Forests of New Jersey
Tuesday, July 20th – 6:30 pm


The Library is pleased to welcome Beverly A. Friend as she presents the family-friendly program “The Native People, Animals and Forests of New Jersey.” on Tuesday, July 20 at 6:30 pm. The Lenni Lenape are a Native American tribe that occupied New Jersey, southeastern New York, eastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware at the time of European exploration and colonization.

Historian Beverly A. Friend will explore the Lenape using a variety of authentic artifacts, crafts and clothing to explain their daily lives, beliefs, history and creative expression. She will also explain the special relationships between the people, the animals and the forest preceding contact with Europeans.

Beverly A. Friend is of Cherokee heritage and has spent the last twenty-five years studying and lecturing on Native American Indian culture, history and folklore.  Please join us on the front lawn of the Library for this special Summer Reading program for adults, teens and kids.  Bring a blanket or camp chair to sit on.  Rain date:  July 22, 2021.

Paint the Town

Tails & Tales:  Let’s Paint the Town!
A Window Painting Event for All Ages
Saturday, August 7th

The community is invited to paint designated storefront windows with this year’s Summer Reading theme:  “Tails and Tales.”   Your window design should be inspired by animals (tails) or great stories (tales) and should have a family-friendly theme. We need your artistic talent!  All ages are welcome, and families are encouraged to participate.

Please submit your design for approval.  Send a photo along with your name, phone number and email address to the Verona Public Library by July 31, 2021:

Space is limited. Entries will be accepted in the order received. Painting will take place Saturday August 7, 2021 (rain date: Sunday, August 8). Location and time will be assigned. Paint will be provided.  Further instructions & details to follow!

Crafts for Adults
Tuesdays, July 13, 27  
Wednesday, August 11th

11:00 am

Now meeting in person!  Join us this summer for fun, relaxing crafts.  Supplies will be provided.  

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


Chair Yoga

Taijiquan & Qigong
Alternating Wednesdays:
  July 7 & 21, Aug. 4th
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.


Chair Yoga
Alternating Wednesdays:
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.
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!

The History of Craft Beer with John Holl
July 13, 12:00 pm


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


Resume Tips and Tricks

July 27, 12:00 pm


Introduction to Medicare

August 10 @ 12:00 pm