On Saturday, Sept., 24 at 2 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will host “Special Education Law: What Ever Parent Needs to Know” presented by Westfielder Greer Gurland. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Understanding the laws for special-needs children, and navigating the school system can be very challenging for parents. In this informative program, lawyer and advocate Greer Gurland will help parents understand their rights, explain available resources, and provide the tools they need.

Greer has a degree in English from Harvard College and a law degree from Harvard Law School. She started practicing corporate law and litigation in Manhattan before turning her interests to advocating for children with special needs.

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She has worked diligently for over a decade to forge relationships between New Jersey school district members and parents, gives presentations to parents at Children's Specialized Hospital and for Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, and has facilitated support groups for caregivers for children with autism. Greer is the mother of five special-needs children.

The program is free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check our website to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, resuming September 18. The library will be closed on Friday, September 16 for a Staff Education Day.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”