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Events for Wednesday October 26, 2016

Fall Craft Story Time

Fall Craft Story Time

Wednesday October 26, 2016
10:00 AM
Come listen to some stories and make a craft to take home. For ages 2-5. We will meet weekly through November 23rd. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library.

Stop Motion Animation Workshop

Stop Motion Animation Workshop

Wednesday October 26, 2016
4:30 PM
This workshop, presented by Tracy Fox, will introduce students to the basics of stop motion animation. Using an app on your smart device, we will create a short animation over the four weeks. Each child should have an ipod, iphone, ipod or a Samsung device that can download the app called stop motion. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED at 973-538-6161. For grades 4 to 6.

Anniversary Program

Post Downton Support Group - Arsenic and Victorian Women: a Deadly Combination! 100 Years of Victorian Women Who Love Poison

Wednesday October 26, 2016
7:00 PM
The library's POST Downton Support Group will host William Paterson University Professor, George Robb, who will speak on various Victorian women who became infamous for poisoning people (often their husbands!) in the nineteenth century.

Ad for arsenic lotionVictorian England was awash in arsenic. It was a common ingredient in many household items and could be purchased over the counter at any drugstore as an insecticide or rat poison. This common white powder was also used to kill people. Hundreds of criminal trials involved accusations of poisoning, and the most scandalous cases were those where women poisoned their husbands. These cases were especially shocking to contemporaries as they symbolized a perversion of women’s caregiving roles as the providers of food and medicine. Poison trials were avidly covered by the press, and the courtroom dramas made the private world of the Victorian home shockingly public.

What are Downton fans to do now that Carson has retired, Edith is married and Thomas is no longer a villain? What do we do now that the series is over? Why not explore other areas of British culture with the Library’s new POST-Downton Abbey Support Group!


George Robb is a professor of British, Irish and Modern European history at William Paterson University.  He received his B.A. from the University of Texas and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He teaches courses in British and Irish history and the history of crime. Professor Robb has published numerous articles on British social and cultural history, and he is the author of the books: White-Collar Crime in Modern England (1992) and British Culture and the First World War (2002).

Refreshments will be served and period costume is always welcome, but not required. 

Photo of Centennial LogoHas it really been 100 Years?

In 1916, the cornerstone of a new Library building was laid along Miller Road and South Street, overseen by local philanthropist Grinnell Willis after a disastrous fire that burned the Library & Lyceum just blocks away.  Thus, we are spending a year celebrating our building’s 100th anniversary!  Although library service in Morris Township and Morristown actually started right after the Revolutionary War (and continued with the Library and Lyceum throughout the 19th Century), our current “old wing” of the library dates to its grand opening in October of 1917.  Join us as we host a whole year of programs––sponsored generously by the Friends of the Library––that are tied into our anniversary and celebrate all sort of things that are 100 years old!

Image Credit: "Highclere Castle, 2007 by JB + UK_Planet"

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