This February, the Westfield Memorial Library has a wide variety of programs for all kinds of interests: meditation, downloading skills and folk music. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.
On Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., “Downloading to Your iPhone or iPad” will be presented by a librarian. In this small class of six, participants will learn how to download e-books, e-audiobooks and other formats from the library's digital collection to their devices.
The digital collection includes RB Digital (e-books, e-audiobooks and magazines), Freading (e-books), EBSCO (e-books), ELibraryNJ (Overdrive-- ebooks, audiobooks), and Hoopla (ebooks, e-audiobooks, music and movies). Participants must register for this class and bring their own devices, device passwords and library card number.
Later on February 11 at 7:00 p.m., the workshop, “Meditation: A Tool for Stress Reduction and a Healthier Lifestyle” will be presented by longtime meditator Umesh Bhatia. “Meditation can bring about a sense of calm and balance that benefits both your physical and emotional being,” said Bhatia. Participants will have a chance to learn about and practice meditation.
Folk singer Spook Handy presents, “Songs of The Folk Revival—Then and Now!” on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m.
Many people remember the days of the iconic Peter, Paul and Mary; Bob Dylan; and Pete Seeger and the songs of their generation. Handy writes music imbued with the same spirit as these singers who strove to make the world a better place.
His originals have charted as high as No. 2 on the International Folk Radio Charts. He performed alongside Pete Seeger at festivals and concerts more than 50 times over ten years, learning firsthand many of Pete’s songs and the stories behind them.
Handy is now traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada with his “Remembering Pete Seeger” World Tour, keeping alive Pete’s tradition. He was named Best Folk Artist by Upstage Magazine, Gannett New Jersey, The Courier News, The Home News and About.com.
The programs are free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders unless otherwise indicated. (MURAL cardholders belong to the 40+ libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check the library’s website to see if your library participates.) To register, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908-789-4090 option 0.