Discover your world, near and far, at the township library

West Milford. During September, go moon-gazing at the library, dance to the sounds from the 50s, 60s and 70s, and shop for that gently used book you’ve been meaning to read.

| 11 Aug 2021 | 07:33

The following is a summary of the upcoming programs and events at the West Milford Township Library during September:

Sept. 4: Zentangle® is back

West Milford Township Library welcomes back artist Mimi Topping for a second relaxing, creative virtual Zentangle® program for teens and adults on Saturday, Sept. 4, from 2 to 3 p.m.

A Zentangle® with Mimi workshop provides participants an opportunity to learn how to create beautiful works of art by drawing structured patterns. It’s a fun, easy-to-learn and relaxing meditative style of drawing that helps increase focus and decrease stress. Anyone can do it.

Mimi Topping is an artist, certified art teacher and certified Zentangle® teacher who has a passion for sharing the Zentangle® method and its amazing benefits to students of all ages.

This virtual program is free and all materials will be provided. You will be notified by email when your Zentangle® packet is ready and you will receive a Zoom link to participate the day before the program. Registration is required, and attendance is limited to 20. Please register at or send an email to

Sept. 13: The Kootz are back

The Friends of West Milford Township Library are pleased to welcome back The Kootz for a fall concert. Join us under the tent behind the “old library” at 1490 Union Valley Road on Monday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.

For nearly two decades, The Kootz has delighted audiences all over New Jersey with a repertoire of classic rock, pop and blues tunes from the late 1950s through the 1970s. Their members hail from Essex, Bergen, Morris, Union, Passaic, Sussex, Monmouth and Ocean counties, who were all drawn together over their love of playing rock and roll. With a core group of 15 musicians, and 7–10 guest artists, the band is able to do 280 shows annually.

No registration is required for this free event. Please carpool, as parking is limited. For more information, call 973-728-2820 or email

Sept. 15 Night sky event at the library

The library welcomes Morris Museum Astronomical Society (MMAS) Coordinator Joe Molnar with his telescope to share spectacular views of September’s First Quarter Moon. Join us on the library front lawn on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for this special sky-watching program. Depending on sky conditions, we might see Jupiter and other planets.

Bring your mobile phone and be one of the first to try out the museum’s new device that enables your phone to snap an impressively detailed photo of the moon. Appropriate for ages 10 and older.

MMAS was formed over 30 years ago to provide a resource for those in the Northern New Jersey area who have an interest in astronomy. For more information, visit or find them on Facebook:

The program is free and registration is required. Maximum registration is limited to 25. To register, please visit or call 973-728-2822.

Sept. 16: Drop by the Chess Grotto

Attention Chess enthusiasts: West Milford Township Library invites you to drop by on Thursday, Sept. 16, between 3 and 5 p.m. and/or Thursday, Oct. 14, between 3 and 5 p.m. for some casual play.

Get pointers from local chess aficionado Peter Giunta. We’ve created our own cozy Chess Grotto, with two tables set up in a sunny alcove, each with a regulation Archer Chess set.

No registration required; just bring your love of the game.

Questions? Email or call 973-728-2822.

Sept. 24, 25 and 26: Friends of the Library annual book sale

The Friends of the West Milford Township Library cordially invite you to browse and buy books, CDs, DVDs and more at their Annual Book Sale. This year’s book sale is scheduled to take place at the Wallisch Homestead at 65 Lincoln Ave., on Friday, Sept. 24, and Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Shopping is easy, with books arranged by categories including novels, romance, children’s and young adults, cookbooks, history and biography, non-fiction, coffee table beauties, and others in hardcover and paperback format. All sales benefit the library.

The Friends will be accepting book donations on the following dates: Thursday, Sept. 2, and Friday, Sept. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 9, and Friday, Sept. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Thursday, Sept. 16, and Friday, Sept. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Books in good to excellent condition (please no textbooks or encyclopedias) may be donated and dropped off at the West Milford Presbyterian Church garage at 1452 Union Valley Road.