WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Public Library hosted its second “Superhero Crafts” event for children at the West Orange Farmer’s Market on July 10. Each Friday, at 3:00 p.m., the library will host its annual Farmer’s Market crafts event, with the last one falling on August 7.

The Downtown West Orange Alliance’s Annual Farmer’s Market returned to town on June 26, bringing both vendors from the past and new ones. The market, which is being held in the same location as last year—the Quigley Municipal parking lot that is located on the corner of Mississippi and Harrison Avenues, is open every Friday from noon to 6:00 p.m. through Oct. 30, rain or shine. Parking is free.

On Friday, about a dozen local elementary-aged artists attended the crafts event with parents and friends, who joined their neighbors in scouting the wares at the market. The children were presented with several paper cut-outs in the shapes of people, along with a wide variety of colored markers, crayons, strings, and stickers to add onto their own homemade superheroes.

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The weekly crafts events, which are free of charge to the public, are part of the library’s summer reading program entitled, “Every Hero Has a Story.” The reading program began on June 23, with a kick off disco dance party at the library as a way of providing a “reading incentive to motive the kids during the summer,” according to Head of the Youth Services Department at the library Faith Boyle.

“This year’s ‘Every Hero Has a Story’ program is seven weeks long, and part of the plan to incentivize independent reading is to reward the participants with stickers, a prize, and a superhero string doll for completing four hours of reading in a week,” said Boyle.

According to the library’s website, “Kids who read four hours or more a week, win a weekly prize and get to participate in action-packed events to bring out their ‘inner hero’ including fairytale champions, heroes of the wild with Turtleback Zoo, and an end-of-summer concert by hometown hero Mr. Ray.

The free summer reading program is available to all town residents in grades Pre-K through 12. Boyle recommended attending “The Ugly Duckling” event “with Puppet Tree” on Wednesday, July 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the West Orange Public Library (see flyer in photo gallery above).

“The ugly duckling had to be the hero of his own strength,” said Boyle, who also said that this message embodies one of the many ideas that the summer reading program hopes its participants come away with this year. 

Click HERE for a listing of all summer library programs.

Click HERE for a link to Library Calender.

All photos taken by Daniel J. Campbell.