As the weather is getting cooler and local places of interest are less crowded, the fall is the perfect time to visit New York City and its surrounding areas.

Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s Warren Township Library branch, located at 42 Mountain Boulevard in Warren Township, is offering two programs to help you plan day trips to the city.

On Saturday, September 19 at 2 pm, Dr. Edith Wallace, botanist, gardener and photographer, will give a virtual tour of about forty gardens in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania that will convince you to find the time to visit each of one of those gardens yourself. Dr. Wallace, an engaging and lively speaker, has been involved with many local gardening groups and visits at least 30 gardens every year.

On Thursday, October 15 at 7 pm, artist Wes Sherman will present a program about the Chelsea art district and the fall art world in New York City. Wes Sherman is an adjunct professor of studio arts and the chair of exhibitions at The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, New Jersey. He will speak about the area of West Chelsea between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues and 14th and 33rd Streets, known as the Chelsea Arts District. This area filled with its factories and warehouses has been converted into art spaces, and in 2005, the High Line was developed and now you can take a beautiful walk over the hundreds of art galleries and the center of contemporary art.  
These programs are free and open to the public, but registration is required due to limited seating.  To register online please go to SCLSNJ.org, click on Events/Programs and go to Warren to access the library’s calendar of events.  For additional information or assistance with registration, call 908-754-5554.