WEST ORANGE, NJ — As residents await May’s flowers after April’s recent showers, the adult services department of the West Orange Public Library (WOPL) invites the community to participate in the upcoming events that are in full bloom.

Selections include a Conversation of your Life (COYL) about “end of life issues” with local social worker and therapist Ruth Rothbart-Mayer. The conversation will take place in the library meeting room Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Sunday, May 19, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., local author Donna Baier Stein will discuss her latest book “Scenes from the Heartland,” which imagines the lives of Midwesterners based on the lithographs of 20th century American painter Thomas Hart Benton. Although the lithographs are images of America’s past, Baier Stein’s writing shows that the issues that faced Americans during the 1930’s and 40’s are still part of America’s present.

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For parents who want to learn how to cope with their child’s behavior when it comes to their use of electronic devices, Montclair’s C.O.P.E. center—a non-profit agency that provides “affordable and accessible behavioral healthcare,” while also focusing on Counseling, Outreach, Prevention and Education—will be hosting two workshops at the WOPL.

The first event on May 5, which was entitled “Taming Technology,” taught parents and caregivers about the impact of electronics on a child’s development and how to maintain a balanced and healthy relationship with those devices.

The second workshop, entitled “Launching Teens,” will focus on the parent/child dynamic as teenagers successfully transition into adulthood. This event, which targets the parents of teens and older children, will be held on Thursday, May 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

In collaboration with the Youth Services Department at WOPL, the Adult Services Department will also present “Afro-Cuban Percussion and the Rhythms of Cuba,” a family program featuring Glenn Weber and the Students of the New Jersey School of Percussion. Guests of all ages will be introduced to various instruments while also being treated to a performance on Saturday, May 11 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the meeting room.

In addition to these events, adults will also have several events dedicated to the celebration of Haitian heritage, poetry and music during the month of May.

Selections include a musical performance by The Hans and Friends Band on Saturday, May 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., during which the band will be performing “several different Haitian musical genres,” according to the WOPL.

Haitian poet Dieury Dumas will present his latest works of poetry on Sunday, May 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Following Baier Stein’s event on Sunday, May 19, Haitian artist Hans Lundy will host a reception in the library meeting room from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for an art show that is currently running through May 31.

Lundy, who was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and currently resides in East Orange, enjoys painting pieces that have a ‘provocative,’ ‘political,’ ‘philosophical,’ or ‘psychological’ meaning behind them, according to his website. He does this by focusing on creating “innovative and ‘cutting-edge’ imagery” through a post-modern style called “Metaphorical Realism.”

All events are free and open to the public. Click HERE for more information on these and other programs at the WOPL.

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