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Monday June 26, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  9:00 PM Summer Reading Starts  
   

Register today for our summer reading programs, Build A Better World.

There are separate programs for children, teens and adults.  All feature fun activities, reading logas, and prizes.  

Look for more information on our website or at your local branch.

   10:00 AM CANCELED - Gardening Guild  
   

Come and meet others with a passion for gardening and share advice and stories! Relate your experiences, ask questions, give and get advice on matters related to gardens and lawns, annuals and perennials, trees and vegetables, pruning and fertilizing, and any other topic that interests you! Registration required.

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Toddler STEM  
   

For ages 1-3, with adult in the program.

Science and math for toddlers!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Library Resources via Your iPad  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Access free magazines, movies, music, and books directly on your iPad through the Mercer County Library System. Bring your iPad, charged and ready to go. The class will include how to access magazines using Flipster; movies and music using hoopla, and eBooks using Overdrive.

Please remember to bring your MCLS card and any relevant passwords.

Registration required; space is limited.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Library Resources via Your iPad  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Access free magazines, movies, music, and books directly on your iPad through the Mercer County Library System. Bring your iPad, charged and ready to go. The class will include how to access magazines using Flipster; movies and music using hoopla, and eBooks using Overdrive.

Please remember to bring your MCLS card and any relevant passwords.

Registration required; space is limited.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

A rollicking, rhyming time for you and your baby.
Ages 6 months to 2 years welcome with a caregiver.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:30 AM Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Storytime is a half hour program of stories and songs.
For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
A craft is included at the end.
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Messy Mondays (ages 2 - 5 years and up)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Join us for open sensory play.  Each week we will have a hands-on activity time to encourage children to play, create, investigate and explore.  Projects may be messy.  Please wear old clothes.  

Ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.  No registration required.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Kids Music Round Demo (Infant - 5 years)  
   

Join us for a free demo class! Family music program for children!

Come sing, dance, play, and have a great time! 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Bob The Builder & Friends With Storyteller Mr. Malcolm  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for ages 3-6 with a caregiver.

Kick off the 2017 Summer Reading Program "Build a Better World" with interactive storyteller, Mr. Malcolm (actor Chuck Bennett), bringing to life children's stories including "Bob the Builder."

Online registration required beginning Monday, June 5.

Sponsored by Hightstown Library Association.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Bob The Builder & Friends With Storyteller Mr. Malcolm  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for ages 3-6 with a caregiver.

Kick off the 2017 Summer Reading Program "Build a Better World" with interactive storyteller, Mr. Malcolm (actor Chuck Bennett), bringing to life children's stories including "Bob the Builder."

Online registration required beginning Monday, June 5.

Sponsored by Hightstown Library Association.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM Happy Two’s Activity Time  
   

 

For children, age 2 years, with adult in the program.

Learn songs and rhymes!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:30 PM 3-D Butterfly Necklaces  
   

For children 5 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Start off your summer with fun jewelry making!

We'll provide everything you need (felt, stickers, charms, ribbons, etc) to make your own sparkly 3-D butterfly necklace!

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:30 PM  -  1:00 PM Lunch Time Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour. Help yourself regain the peace lost through our busy mornings and smoothly get through the rest of your day.

Facilitated by library staff member, Leena, a 10 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration required.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM Children’s Movie Matinee, Moana  
   

PG: 107 minutes.

Starring: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk.  A mythic adventure set around 2,000 years ago across a series of islands in the South Pacific. The film follows the journey of a spirited teenager named Moana as she meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together they traverse the open ocean, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM Maker Mondays for Teens and Tweens: Altered Book Art  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For ages 9 and up.
Each Monday during the summer reading program we will have a different maker program.
This Monday we will be taking old books and turing them into art.
Registration is required online starting the previous Monday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Non-Fiction Book Club  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Brand new book group will be discussing Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania  by Erik Larson. No registration required. Please join us. 

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Cards & Games  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

This program was created for people of all playing levels—yes, even beginners! Play hearts, spades, gin, Sequence, or Scrabble. Let us know if you have other favorites. All are welcome. Snacks are provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on May 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM English as a Second Language Writing  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Improve your writing skills for school and work with this drop-in service. Taught by an experienced volunteer from Literacy NJ (formerly Literacy Volunteers).

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Intro to Programming in Java (Ages 12-14)  
   

Kids will learn the fundamentals of computer science and will be introduced to Java syntax. Through this course, the concepts of object-oriented programming as well as decision structures will be explored. Kids must bring their own laptop, and be ready for a challenge.

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all classes as they build up from what was taught previously.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maker Monday (Ages 12-17)  
   

Learn and create fun DIY projects! 

Please register. All materials are provided. 

June 26th – Perler Beads

July 3rd – Bad Art Contest

July 10th – Mug Cakes

July 17th – Tie Dye Socks

July 24th – Gelli Printing

July 31st – Paper Circuits

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM Teen/tween craft  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Come paint sea shells for the start of summer!

For ages 10-17.

Registration is suggested.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Girls Who Code (Grades 5-7)  
   

This program will teach young girls how to use computer science to solve problems relevant to the community. Learn the basics of computer programming such as loops, variables, conditionals, and function. 

Participants must bring their own laptop to each session. 

Once registered, you will be registered for all 8 sessions: every Monday and Thursday from 4-5pm from June 5th to June 29th. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 4:00 and 5:30 pm to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels. No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM Read to Bessie the Therapy Dog  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Bessie is a certified therapy dog and a great listener.
Come practice reading with her!
Suggested for emerging readers ages 5 and up.
No registration required.

Caregivers must remain with children in the room while they are reading to Bessie.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM BINGO! (Ages 8-12)  
   

Play BINGO with friends and win prizes!

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM LEGO Club (Ages 5-7)  
   

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Kindergarten-6th Grade Tutoring  
    Contact:    609-448-1474   
   

Children in grades K-6 will get homework help and subject review from volunteer mentors.

Children ages 5-7: a caregiver must be in the room during the program.

Children ages 8-13: a caregiver must be in the library during the program.

Register in person or by phone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:30 PM Family paint by sticker craft, for ages 5yrs and up  
   

For ages 5 years and up, with a caregiver.

Just like paint by number but with stickers!  Choose an image and work on it with your family or create a solo masterpiece.  Fun for kids and adults!

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program. 

Space is limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend, so that we may allow another child to participate. (609) 989-6921

Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Globetrotters (Ages 6 & up)  
   

Pack your bags and get your passport ready as we travel to different countries!

Explore a new country each session through stories and a craft. 

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:15 PM PJ Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

Wear your PJ’s & bring your favorite stuffed animal to the library! We will read stories and sing songs. Age appropriate craft will follow. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Adult Book Discussion  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Eva's Eye by Karin Fossum.

Registration preferred; however, walk-ins are welcome.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Monday Night Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Eliza Hammer teaches this eight-week series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: June 5, 12, 19, & 26 and July 3, 10, 17, & 24.

Registration for each individual class is required.

Registration for all eight classes opens on Tuesday, May 30th.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM Bricks 4 Kidz  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

This is a hands-on class where students will design and build machines, catapults, pyramids, derby cars, buildings and other constructions out of LEGO® bricks.
While exploring engineering, architecture and physics, students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
This program is for grades K-5.
Registration is required online starting Monday, June 19th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Injury & Fall Prevention in Older Adults  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Licensed physical therapist Gauri Sabnis of Synergex Physical Therapy will talk about how to prevent injuries while carrying out everyday activities like lifting, gardening, exercising. A 45 minute presentation will be followed by 15 minutes of exercises. Please register. 

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM On the Stage  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Read and enact a part in the plays we previously read around a table at "Off the Page" Get direction from Marty Kushner, Equity member, director and actor. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM School-age storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children entering first grade and up. Please call to register.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM  -  7:45 PM Magic Show with Brian Richards  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for children ages 4-10

Start the 2017 Summer Reading Program off right with comedy and magic presented by Brian Richards. Brian will perform feats of magic and juggling right before your eyes. Audience participation is always welcome!

Online registration is required and begins on Monday, June 5.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM  -  7:45 PM Magic Show with Brian Richards  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for children ages 4-10

Start the 2017 Summer Reading Program off right with comedy and magic presented by Brian Richards. Brian will perform feats of magic and juggling right before your eyes. Audience participation is always welcome!

Online registration is required and begins on Monday, June 5.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Evening Book Group: Cranford, by Elizabeth Gaskell  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Cranford depicts the lives and preoccupations of the inhabitants of a small village: their petty snobberies, appetite for gossip, and loyal support for each other in times of need. This is a community that runs on cooperation and gossip, at the very heart of which are the daughters of the former rector: Miss Deborah Jenkyns, and her sister, Miss Matty. Domestic peace is constantly threatened in the form of financial disaster, imagined burglaries, tragic accidents, the reappearance of long-lost relatives, and Lady Glenmire, who shocks everyone by marrying the doctor. When men do appear, such as “modern” Captain Brown, or Matty’s suitor from the past, they bring disruption and excitement to the everyday life of Cranford.

We ask that you register; however, walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on May 22; call 609-799-0462 with questions or to register.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Tuesday June 27, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  9:00 PM Summer Reading Starts  
   

Register today for our summer reading programs, Build A Better World.

There are separate programs for children, teens and adults.  All feature fun activities, reading logas, and prizes.  

Look for more information on our website or at your local branch.

   10:00 AM Hatha Yoga  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Yoga increases flexibility, muscle strength and tone,improves respiration, energy & vitality, maintains a  balanced metabolism and improves cardio and
circulatory health. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:00 AM Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Turtle Dance Music  
    Contact: Briana Cahill     
   

Turtle Dance Music presents the Music, Bubble and Comedy Show: Build a Better World.  This fun sensory-friendly show engages children with songs, comedy, robots, bubbles, music technology and original stories about why engineers, architects and designers rock!  This show is accessible to kids of all developmental abilities.  

All ages welcome.  Adult supervision is required.  No registration required.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM A.M. English Conversation Group  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Have fun practicing your English through informal conversation with other ESL learners and librarian Elka Frankel. No need to register—just come! Must have basic knowledge of English.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  10:30 AM An Introduction to MCL's Virtual Branch  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn about our collection of digital movies, music, magazines, books and much more.

See what eLibraryNJ, hoopla, Flipster, and Freegal Music and Movies can offer you –

24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Advance registration is required. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:30 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Enjoy songs and rhymes with Miss Cathy. For children ages 6 months - 24 months.

Online registration begins on June 13. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Little Learners: STEAM program for Pre-K  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Little Learners is an interactive program for preschoolers (ages 3-5) that focuses on concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).
Registration is required online starting the previous Tuesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Read and Play Story Time  
   

For children, ages 2-5 with adult in the program.

Stories and crafts!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Morning Story Time with Miss Liz  
    Contact: Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy themed stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Outdoor Concert with Silly Joe (All ages)  
   

Grab your sunscreen and join us as we kick off the library's Summer Reading Program with an outdoor concert by Silly Joe! 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Baby Time (recommended ages birth to 2 years; Adult Supervision Required)  
   

This program is a great way to introduce your child to library story times and reading. Age appropriate books are shared with the group. Songs, nursery rhymes, puppets, and felt board figures create a rich audio-visual and social experience. After 20 minutes of structured group time, there is time for play and for socializing. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Create a...  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:15 AM Play Group with Stories  
   

For children, ages 3-5 with adult in the program.

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM HV Adult Toastmasters -- CANCELED  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. The Toastmasters Education Program is based on a proven curriculum that enables you to develop your communication and leadership skills one step at a time. The program is built on four guiding principles that have been in place since Toastmasters was founded in 1924:
  • Experiential Learning–we learn by doing; by giving speeches and fulfilling leadership roles, we practice and improve
  • Self-paced Program–we learn best at our own pace and comfort level
  • Peer Feedback–through honest and supportive peer evaluation, we grow and improve
  • Mentoring–experienced members encourage, guide and support us in our goals and help us to achieve more than we thought possible
    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM Being safe around animals and responsible pet ownership 5-8yr  
   

For ages 5-8 years, with a caregiver.

Presented by Christine Buck, Animal control officer from Lawrence Township.

Talk will cover animal safety and keeping pets safe during an emergency. With a short DVD and an activity.

Her dog may be present at this program.

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.

In the children's activity room, space is limited to 25. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  1:45 PM Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

These story times introduce children to the best age-appropriate stories in children’s literature. Action rhymes, songs, and felt board activities are part of the program. The content of each story time centers on a different theme. An age-appropriate craft follows story time. Each program runs about 45 minutes. Each theme is the same all week. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 5 and up.
All levels welcome.  A teen volunteer will be available for instructional assistance.
Come play against fellow chess enthusiasts to sharpen your skills.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Family Science Fun  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Families can participate in a variety of science experiments, puzzles, and STEM building challenges.  

For ages 6-12.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Nails by Adrian  
   

For ages 9 and up.  

Have your nails done by a professional!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Nails by Adrian  
   

For ages 9 and up.  

Have your nails done by a professional!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Bollywood Dance Class (Ages 4-7)  
   

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 4:00 and 5:30 pm to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels. No registration required.

Please note that the Monday and Tuesday crafts will be the same.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Bollywood Dance Class (Ages 8-12)  
   

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Science Storytime (Ages 4-6)  
   

Read, learn, and conduct a science experiment!

Children aged 6 and under must have a parent or guardian stay with them during the class.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Beginning Spanish Language Class  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:00 PM Magazine Strip Paper Art  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use strips of old magazine pages to make a decorative piece of paper art to hang on your wall. 

Preregistration is required.

 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:00 PM Picture Book Putt-Putt Mini Golf, for families  
   

For families (all ages welcome with caregiver).

Can you get a hole in one?  Grab your family & friends and join us as we “putt” our way through some of our favorite books!

Our meeting rooms will be transformed into a mini-golf course with 5 storybook themed holes.

Please come any time between 6pm and 7pm.  Crafts and coloring sheets will be available for those waiting to play.

All ages are welcome – parents must stay and are encouraged to play through with their children.

If you have your own golf club/putter at home, bring it!  A limited number of toy golf clubs will be available to use

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Only children need to be registered.  Please register for only one time slot.

Space is limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend, so that we may allow another child to participate. (609) 989-6921

Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Citizenship Test Review  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

If you are interested in becoming a US citizen, we can help! Join our free preparation class to study & practice for your citizenship exam.

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Excel 3  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Learn to insert charts to highlight your document’s most important information.

Proficiency in Excel 1 & Excel 2 required!

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Writers Support Group  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

All are welcome to attend and enjoy the challenges of becoming better writers, defeating writer's block and perfecting the craft.

No reigstration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Free Immigration Legal Clinic  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

Register in person or by phone for a free 15 minute consultation with an immigration lawyer.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Harry Potter Club (ages 5-12)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Do you love all things Harry Potter?  Join us each week to discuss the books, make crafts, play games, learn trivia and do other fun activities inspired by the series.  

Ages 5 - 12.  No registration required.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Yoga with Nila  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Classes are led by a certified yoga instructor and are geared toward beginners, but all are welcome regardless of experience. Please come in comfortable clothes with a mat or large towel. Class size is limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

We ask that you register, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on May 22; click the Register button, or call 609-799-0462 for information or to register.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Booktalking: Adult Book Discussion Group  
   

The Widow by Fiona Barton.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Picture Book Putt-Putt Mini Golf, for families  
   

For families (all ages welcome with caregiver).

Can you get a hole in one?  Grab your family & friends and join us as we “putt” our way through some of our favorite books!

Our meeting rooms will be transformed into a mini-golf course with 5 storybook themed holes.

Please come any time between 7pm and 7:30pm.  Crafts and coloring sheets will be available for those waiting to play.

All ages are welcome – parents must stay and are encouraged to play through with their children.

If you have your own golf club/putter at home, bring it!  A limited number of toy golf clubs will be available to use

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Only children need to be registered.  Please register for only one time slot.

Space is limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend, so that we may allow another child to participate. (609) 989-6921

Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Summer Reading Kick-off with Magic Show and Giant Bubbles by George the Magician  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 3 and up.
Join us for an awesome show that will help get the summer reading program off to a fun start!
There will be magic, giant bubbles and balloon tricks.
Registration is required online starting Tuesday, June 20th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Summer Reading Kick-off with Magic Show and Giant Bubbles by George the Magician  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 3 and up.
Join us for an awesome show that will help get the summer reading program off to a fun start!
There will be magic, giant bubbles and balloon tricks.
Registration is required online starting Tuesday, June 20th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Learning English with Victor  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

English as a Second Language class.

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Wednesday June 28, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  9:00 PM Summer Reading Starts  
   

Register today for our summer reading programs, Build A Better World.

There are separate programs for children, teens and adults.  All feature fun activities, reading logas, and prizes.  

Look for more information on our website or at your local branch.

   9:35 AM  -  8:00 PM Craft, 3D Liquid Playmat and Quiet Play Activity Tables for Kids  
   

For kids of all ages with a caregiver to supervise.

Self-directed craft and play activities will be set up in the back of the youth department.  Stop in and see us!

Make a watermelon paper plate craft!

Other activities:  Small wooden train track set for younger children,

Art3D tile playmat will be out. Kids can stand and jump on this to change the colors on the 6 modular liquid filled tiles.

Jumbo color dominos game, 3 Billy Goats Gruff problem solving kit, magnet play and acrylic specimens of insects, shells and plants to hold and view.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Baby Time  
   

For birth to 18 months. (We have a new Toddler Time program for ages 18 to 36 months at 11:00am)
Baby Time is 30 minutes of songs, fingerplays and activities including scarves, shakers and board books.
Registration is required online each week starting the previous Wednesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:00 AM Cat, Hat, Sat Story Time  
   

 

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

For children, ages 3-4, with adult in the program.

Play rhyming games! 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Word 4  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Create a letterhead and a document template.  Use Mail Merge to create labels and form letters. Proficiency in Word 1, Word 2, and Word 3 needed!  

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Morning Story Time with Miss Liz  
    Contact: Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy themed stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Toddler Storytime & Craft for ages 2 - 4  
   

Please join us for stories and a craft geared toward Toddlers!

Siblings are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY TODDLER CLASSES ARE IDENTICAL.

No registration is required.

Children aged 6 and under will need a parent or guardian to stay with them during the class.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

These story times introduce children to the best age-appropriate stories in children’s literature. Action rhymes, songs, and felt board activities are part of the program. The content of each story time centers on a different theme. An age-appropriate craft follows story time. Each program runs about 45 minutes. Each theme is the same all week. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM Little Explorers  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This hands-on science program is part of a multi-week session for children ages 3 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
   

For 18 to 36 months.
Toddler Time is 30 minutes of songs, fingerplays and activities including scarves, shakers and board books.
This class is designed to transition toddlers from Baby Time to Storytime.
Registration is required online each week starting the previous Wednesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Movies for Adults -- Florence Foster Jenkins  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

An heiress longs to become an opera star in 1940s New York, despite a horrible singing voice. With the help of her husband and a talented musician, she finds a strange kind of success as a performer and recording artist. PG-13, 110 minutes.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM Adult Paper Crafting Party  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for a paper crafting workshop and create two birthday cards and a bookmark. All supplies provided. Just bring your imagination! Ages 14 to adult. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Hightstown Reaching Heights - Writing Group for Ages 10-12  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children and tweens ages 10-12 are invited to this fun and educational creative writing program led by a local Girl Scout working towards her Gold Award. 

No registration required. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM Hightstown Reaching Heights - Writing Group for Ages 10-12  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children and tweens ages 10-12 are invited to this fun and educational creative writing program led by a local Girl Scout working towards her Gold Award. 

No registration required. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM  -  2:45 PM STEAM Club (ages 6 - 10)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Create, invent and make!  Each week we will explore a new theme in science, technology, engineering or math by conducting hands-on projects.  

Space is limited.  Ages 6 - 10.  Registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM PowerPoint 2  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Add pizzazz to your presentation with animations, music and much more.
Take PowerPoint 1 first! Strong Word skills required!

 

 

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Open Craft: Racing Car Kit  
   

For ages 5-8

Build your Lego Car with Lego Block Kit.

Please Registered!

Space is limited for 45 Kids

 
    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Open Craft: Racing Car Kit  
   

For ages 5-8

Build your Lego Car with Lego Block Kit.

Please Registered!

Space is limited for 45 Kids

 
    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:30 PM Despicable Me Party! (All ages)  
   

Get ready for the release of Despicable Me 3 by celebrating all things minions and supervillains.

Enjoy crafts, games and treats! 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM Bollywood Dance for Kids  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 5 and up.
On Wednesdays during the summer reading program.
Kids will learn the art of Bollywood Dance.
Registration is required online starting the previous Wednesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   4:15 PM Eyes of the Wild: Animal Show  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Build a better world naturally! Come meet rescused animals and learn about their habitats.

This program was made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

For all ages.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM American Girl Tea Party (ages 4-11)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

The tea party will include games, crafts, and refreshments.  Feel free to dress up and bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal.  

Ages 4 - 11.  Adult supervision required.  Registration required.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:00 PM Mehndi Tattoos  
   

For ages 12 and up.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:00 PM Mehndi Tattoos  
   

For ages 12 and up.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Movies for Adults -- Florence Foster Jenkins  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

An heiress longs to become an opera star in 1940s New York, despite a horrible singing voice. With the help of her husband and a talented musician, she finds a strange kind of success as a performer and recording artist. PG-13, 110 minutes.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM African-American Literature Club  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Join the African American Literature Reading Circle to discuss and celebrate popular books written by African Americans. At the June meeting, we will be discussing Sula by Toni Morrison. Refreshments served. Registration suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Crafted!: A Family Program  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   
Calling all Chopped fans who also like to craft!  Do you think you have what it takes to design a crafty creation using a pantry of materials and one secret ingredient?  Then you will love CRAFTED!
 
This family program invites you to collaborate with your teammates to come up with a craft that satisfies a special mission.  And while we may not have Ted Allen, our staff will interview participants about their work and then put the finished products on display in the library.
 

Online registration begins on June 23. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM Getting into the Right Mindset for Exercise  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Master personal trainer & health coach Ajani Malik will demonstrate how to correctly set your fitness goals.  Learn how to create easy strategies and objectives to reach your goals. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Yarnworks  
   

Presented by Lee Pellegrino. Join fellow knitters and crocheters and tackle a new project or work on one you’ve already started.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM STEM Challenge (Ages 12-17)  
   

Participate in various STEM related challenges using an assortment of materials. 

This week, create your own catapult out of everyday materials and compete in a catapult battle! 

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Rules for Success in the Garden  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Mercer County Master Gardener, Nora Sirbaugh, after many years’ experience, will share her tips on successful landscaping and gardening.

Registration suggested. Click the Register button, or call the library for information or to register. Please call if you need to cancel.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Rules for Success in the Garden  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Mercer County Master Gardener, Nora Sirbaugh, after many years’ experience, will share her tips on successful landscaping and gardening.

Registration suggested. Click the Register button, or call the library for information or to register. Please call if you need to cancel.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Thursday June 29, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  9:00 PM Summer Reading Starts  
   

Register today for our summer reading programs, Build A Better World.

There are separate programs for children, teens and adults.  All feature fun activities, reading logas, and prizes.  

Look for more information on our website or at your local branch.

   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

Story-time and craft for ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

Registration is not required but we ask you to limit attendance to one story-time per week and respect age guidelines.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Hightstown Reaching Heights - Writing Group for Ages 7-9  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children ages 7-9 are invited to this fun and educational creative writing program led by a local Girl Scout working towards her Gold Award. 

No registration required. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:00 AM Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM Toddler Rock (ages 1 to 3 years; adult supervision required)  
   

Too old for Baby Time and not quite ready to sit through a Story Time? Join us for singing, dancing, and rhymes. Through structured group activities, we play with musical instruments, puppets, parachutes, and more! There is an emphasis on interaction with the music and the rhymes through singing, actions, and props to build pre-literacy skills. This program runs about 30 minutes. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Open Lab  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

This is an unstructured project oriented class. Practice what you learned in your classes. An instructor will be available to help you. You must register.

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Concert with Miss Amy  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 12 months and up.
Join us for a lively musical adventure with local favorite Miss Amy.
Registration is required online starting Thursday, June 22nd.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  10:50 AM Mother Goose Activity Time  
   

Mother Goose Activity Time (recommended birth-18 months; siblings welcome)with adult in the program

No registration required.

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Picture Books & Craft for ages 3 & up  
   

Join us for stories, fingerplays, clothesline rhymes, and music, followed by a craft

No registration required.

Children aged 6 and under must have a parent or guardian stay with them during the class.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Conversational ESL  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Join librarian Mary Elizabeth Allen to learn how to improve your English language speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and fluency. Must have some basic knowledge of English. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   11:00 AM Cuentos en español/ Bilingual Story Time  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Stories, games, songs, dance, and music in English and Spanish.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM Romp & Stomp  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come and enjoy a music and movement program for children ages 2-5

Online registration begins on June 15. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:00 AM Scribble Time  
   

 

For children ages 12 months to 36 months with caregiver in the program.

Children will enjoy using crayons, paint, and glue to hang on the refrigerator at home.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:45 AM Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

These story times introduce children to the best age-appropriate stories in children’s literature. Action rhymes, songs, and felt board activities are part of the program. The content of each story time centers on a different theme. An age-appropriate craft follows story time. Each program runs about 45 minutes. Each theme is the same all week. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:55 AM Imagination Stations: Post Office, for ages 2-5yrs  
   

For ages 2-6 years old, with a caregiver.

Join us for a fun new program featuring one of your child’s favorite activities - PLAY!!!

We will start with a book or two, then children will get to explore and play at several different stations, while interacting and socializing with other children their age.

This session children will get to be mail carriers for the day and explore the post office!  Activities include writing a letter, sorting and delivering mail, as well as a craft.

Kids can move at their own pace and revisit their favorite stations!

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program. 

Space is limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend, so that we may allow another child to participate. (609) 989-6921

Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:00 PM Ken the Magician Comedy Magic Show 4-11 years  
   

For ages 4-11 years with a caregiver.

Family magic show including humor, audience participation, musical routines and a rabbit!

Registration is required beginning at 7am on the day of the show. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Teen and Tween Yoga  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Join us for Yoga and mindfulness for ages 9 to 18 years old every Thursday during the summer reading program.
Beginners welcome
Mats are provided.
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.
Registration is required online starting the previous Thursday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Afternoon Adventures (grades K - 2)  
   

Join our weekly book club!  Each week we'll read books by a new author and then do some related activities.  

Grades K - 2.  No registration required.  

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Excel 4  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Learn how to insert pivot tables to create dynamic views of important information. 

Proficiency in Excel 1, Excel 2. and Excel 3 required!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:30 PM Family Movie: Disney's Moana  
   

Family Movie: Disney's Moana. Rated: PG. Runtime: 113 minutes. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM Mad Science Workshop for Ages 3-5  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children ages 3-5 will enjoy this hands-on workshop presented by MadScience where we explore shapes and structures. Children will make 2-D pictures, 3-D structures, & take home their own cornstarch noodle structures.

Online registration required beginning Monday, June 12. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM Mad Science Workshop for Ages 3-5  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children ages 3-5 will enjoy this hands-on workshop presented by MadScience where we explore shapes and structures. Children will make 2-D pictures, 3-D structures, & take home their own cornstarch noodle structures.

Online registration required beginning Monday, June 12. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Family Science Fun  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Families can participate in a variety of science experiments, puzzles, and STEM building challenges.  

For ages 6-12.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Intro to Programming in Java (Ages 12-14)  
   

Kids will learn the fundamentals of computer science and will be introduced to Java syntax. Through this course, the concepts of object-oriented programming as well as decision structures will be explored. Kids must bring their own laptop, and be ready for a challenge.

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all classes as they build up from what was taught previously.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM Tinker Time  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 4 and up.
Unstructured play time with building toys such as Legos and Fiddlestix.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Girls Who Code (Grades 5-7)  
   

This program will teach young girls how to use computer science to solve problems relevant to the community. Learn the basics of computer programming such as loops, variables, conditionals, and function. 

Participants must bring their own laptop to each session. 

Once registered, you will be registered for all 8 sessions: every Monday and Thursday from 4-5pm from June 5th to June 29th. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Slime Time (Ages 8-11)  
   

Create and experiment with making different kinds of slime! 

Please Register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Lego Club (grades K-5)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Do you like to build and create with Lego bricks? Join us at the library to create fun designs and shapes. 

Grades K - 5. No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   5:00 PM  -  6:30 PM Battle-Bot Build-A-Thon  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Work together to build a battling robot! Ages 6 and up.

Online registration begins on June 23. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   6:00 PM Silly Joe Sings  
   

For children ages 2-6, with their caregivers.  

Funny, literate, and energetic, Silly Joe creates a lyrical world in which children are the heroes and everyone stars in the show.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:00 PM Silly Joe Sings  
   

For children ages 2-6, with their caregivers.  

Funny, literate, and energetic, Silly Joe creates a lyrical world in which children are the heroes and everyone stars in the show.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM Thursday Evening at the Movies for ages 18 and up at 6:30 p.m.  
   

Patriots Day (2016, PG-13), with Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan and J.K. Simmons. The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible. Runtime: 133 min.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Diabetes & Nutrition  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Princeton Healthcare nutritionist Sand Byer-Lubin will lead this informative discussion on managing your diet for prediabetics and diabetics. Please register. 

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Smoke Free World for Kids 7-10 years  
   

For ages 7-10 years, with a caregiver. In the activity room. 

Instructed by high school students in Camp Fire NJ’s Teens on Fire Program, with adult supervision.

The children attending will learn the health risk and dangers of smoking and second hand smoke through a story called the “Uninvited Guest: Becky and Friends Make their World Smoke-Free.” Each student will be given a copy of the booklet to keep.

After the story the students will be given a handout where they will have the opportunity to make a poster stating “I am Making My World Smoke Free.” Students will be asked to think about what that statement means to them and add pictures, drawings or other words that they think are important.

Registration is required, beginning at 7:00am on the day of the program. Space is limited to 15 participants.  Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Story Stretchers  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Story Stretchers is a half hour program that combines stories with yoga and movement exercises.
Suggested for ages 3-8.
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM The Marconi Revolution  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Born in Bologna, Italy, in 1874, Guglielmo Marconi was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and inventor credited with the groundbreaking work necessary for all future radio technology. Through his experiments in wireless telegraphy, Marconi developed the first effective system of radio communication. Marconi was a businessman as well as an inventor. He utilized his knowledge of business to make wireless technology a commercial success in New Jersey. Local historian Michael Hyduk will talk about Marconi and his impact. Registration suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM The Marconi Revolution  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Born in Bologna, Italy, in 1874, Guglielmo Marconi was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and inventor credited with the groundbreaking work necessary for all future radio technology. Through his experiments in wireless telegraphy, Marconi developed the first effective system of radio communication. Marconi was a businessman as well as an inventor. He utilized his knowledge of business to make wireless technology a commercial success in New Jersey. Local historian Michael Hyduk will talk about Marconi and his impact. Registration suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog  
   

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Battle-Bot Build-A-Thon  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Work together to build a battling robot! Ages 6 and up.

Online registration begins on June 23. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:05 PM  -  8:00 PM Everyday English  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to improve your English language speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and fluency. Taught by ESL instructor Stephanie Owens. Must have some basic knowledge of English. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Guided Meditation  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Sahaja Yoga Meditation is good for heart, mind, body and soul. It's all about energy — Inner Energy — and everyone has it. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is a simple technique that lets you tap into that energy and harness its power to become better balanced and better connected to yourself — emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It's easy. Anyone can do it. Class dates are: June 22 & 29 and July 6 & 13.

Registration required; space is limited.

Please register for each individual session in this four-week series.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Guided Meditation  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Sahaja Yoga Meditation is good for heart, mind, body and soul. It's all about energy — Inner Energy — and everyone has it. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is a simple technique that lets you tap into that energy and harness its power to become better balanced and better connected to yourself — emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It's easy. Anyone can do it. Class dates are: June 22 & 29 and July 6 & 13.

Registration required; space is limited.

Please register for each individual session in this four-week series.

    Location: Hopewell Branch

Friday June 30, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  9:00 PM Summer Reading Starts  
   

Register today for our summer reading programs, Build A Better World.

There are separate programs for children, teens and adults.  All feature fun activities, reading logas, and prizes.  

Look for more information on our website or at your local branch.

   9:35 AM  -  3:00 PM Craft, 3D Liquid Playmat and Quiet Play Activity Tables for Kids  
   

For kids of all ages with a caregiver to supervise.

Self-directed craft and play activities will be set up in the back of the youth department.  Stop in and see us!

Make a watermelon paper plate craft!

Other activities:  Small wooden train track set for younger children,

Art3D tile playmat will be out. Kids can stand and jump on this to change the colors on the 6 modular liquid filled tiles.

Jumbo color dominos game, 3 Billy Goats Gruff problem solving kit, magnet play and acrylic specimens of insects, shells and plants to hold and view.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Mini Petting Zoo  
   

For all Ages!

 Miniature goats, giant rabbit, bunnies, tortoise, hedgehog, rooster, giant cockroaches, lizard, chinchilla, chicks, ducks, potbelly pig, and turkey. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Mini Petting Zoo  
   

For all Ages!

 Miniature goats, giant rabbit, bunnies, tortoise, hedgehog, rooster, giant cockroaches, lizard, chinchilla, chicks, ducks, potbelly pig, and turkey. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Chair Yoga -- Canceled  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2310   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Gentle chair yoga for seniors.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Publisher  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Newsletters, posters and brochures are a snap with Publisher. Work with text and images.
Strong Word skills required!

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Touch a Truck  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

 

Come see vehicles from the Robbinsville Police, Fire, and Public Works departments! All ages, with an adult.

 

Registration is not required. This program may be rescheduled due to inclement weather; check our website the day of the event!

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Creation Station and Open Play  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

For all ages.
Our activity room will be open from 10am to 4pm for you to come and make a craft or just play with our puzzles and toys.
This is a walk-in program. 
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Kids' Music Round Free Demo Class  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 2 months to 5 years.
Kids' Music Round is a singing, laughing, giggling, clapping, dancing, fun-filled, award-winning music and movement experience.
It is designed to guide children through the stages of early childhood music development.
Registration is required online starting Friday, June 23rd.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Baby & Toddler Time  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages birth–2.5 years & a caregiver.

Join us for singing & rhyming fun followed by a group board book read-aloud and play time with the library’s toys.

Siblings welcome.

No registration necessary. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Kim Yarson Family Singalong  
   

Kim returns to sing some of the most loved children's songs, like The ABC Song, Wheels on the Bus, If You're Happy and You Know it, and a couple of originals she wrote for her own sons.

Not only will you sit down but she will have you up and doing the hokey pokey and shaking eggs in her energetic style of entertaining the little ones.

Be prepared to join in with your child and have some fun. There are stickers for everyone at the end of the show.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

No registration is required.

Children aged 6 and under must have a parent or guardian stay with them during the class.

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM STEAM Club Jr. (ages 2 - 5 years and up)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children will explore a topic and have hands-on opportunities to learn, explore, and invent through play-to-learn stations related to the week's theme.  Dress to mess. Space is limited.  

Ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.  Registration required.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM Family Movie: Moana  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Come watch a movie at the library! Today's movie will be Moana rated PG.

This program was made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

For all ages.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM Play dough creations/ lego story time  
   

 

For children, ages 2-5, with caregiver in the program.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Walk-In Craft (All Ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room to create a special craft! 

All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Fun and Games (ages 11 and under; adult supervision required)  
   

Make a craft and/or play a game at the library!  Bring your friends!  Ages 11 and under.

No registration necessary.  Adult supervision required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM Movie: La La Land  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

 A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. This original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing dreams. Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Rated PG-13. 128 minutes.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Library Language Databases  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Have fun learning a new language with these easy-to-use online language-learning systems. Mango Languages teaches conversation skills for 6 different languages including English as a Second Language for speakers of Spanish and Chinese, while Pronunciator offers reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in a choice of 75 different languages. Rosetta Stone teaches you listening and speaking skills  in over 20 languages.  Requires some Internet experience.


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:30 PM Meditation Circle  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Slow down and join Reference Librarian Ann Kerr and reduce stress using meditation. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM Special Storytime: Three Little Pigs  
   

 For children ages 2-5

 Flannel board story and crafts!

 Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM Special Storytime: Three Little Pigs  
   

 For children ages 2-5

. Flannel board story and crafts!

 Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Kid Craft (Ages 6-8)  
   

Cool off at the library with a special craft!

Registration required. Registration begins one week before program. 

*If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will have to forfeit your craft*

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:30 PM Posture Exercises  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Reference Librarian Ann Kerr will share some simple exercises to improve your posture and increase your flexibility. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:45 PM  -  4:15 PM Tween Craft (Ages 9-11)  
   

Cool off at the library with a special craft!

Registration required. Registration begins one week before program. 

*If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will have to forfeit your craft*

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Saturday July 1, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  9:00 PM Summer Reading Starts  
   

Register today for our summer reading programs, Build A Better World.

There are separate programs for children, teens and adults.  All feature fun activities, reading logas, and prizes.  

Look for more information on our website or at your local branch.

   9:35 AM  -  8:50 PM Teen Take-out Craft  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Tweens and teens ages 10-18 can pick up this month's Teen Take Out craft kit

containing supplies needed to make a sparkly lantern.

While supplies last.

One kit per teen, please.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:00 AM Create a red, white and blue star necklace, for children of all ages  
   

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop-in between 10am and 4pm and create a red, white, and blue star necklace!  Perfect for July 4th!

No registration required.

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Saturday Morning Wii Bowling  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Wii is a fun and easy way to get some light exercise and socialize with friends. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  10:45 AM Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

These story times introduce children to the best age-appropriate stories in children’s literature. Action rhymes, songs, and felt board activities are part of the program. The content of each story time centers on a different theme. An age-appropriate craft follows story time. Each program runs about 45 minutes. Each theme is the same all week. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Wii Sports  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Play Wii Sports.  
Ages 6 to 12.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:30 AM Family Fun Time  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

This is a multi-age program for families with young children.
Join us for stories, music, parachute games and other fun activities!
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   11:00 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

Story-time and craft for ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

Registration is not required but we ask you to limit attendance to one story-time per week and respect age guidelines.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Drop-in Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 11:00 am and 12:00 noon to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:45 AM  -  1:00 PM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

The children’s activity room will be open to families. Fun and educational toys are housed in this room for independent play and learning.

*Although partially separated, this room is not soundproof and ongoing noise can be heard in the library where other visitors and staff are present. We ask caregivers to stay aware and monitor their noise and activity levels.

 Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Hidden Treasures of the Lawrence Library Walking Tour  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Come join us for an in-depth tour that explores the library’s fantastic resources. We will reveal curiosities found in the collection both on the shelves and virtually, while getting some exercise! Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Monday July 3, 2017
   10:00 AM Toddler STEM  
   

For ages 1-3, with adult in the program.

Science and math for toddlers!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM Baby Toy Time  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

A rollicking, rhyming time for you and your baby.
Ages 6 months to 2 years welcome with a caregiver.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:30 AM Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Storytime is a half hour program of stories and songs.
For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
A craft is included at the end.
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Books & Babies for ages birth to 2 years  
   

A program of songs, rhymes, movement and simple stories designed to introduce under twos and infants to the library.

This program is one on one with your child. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

No registration required.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Preschool Art Class with Mrs. Mehta (Ages 2-6)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children ages 2-6 will complete different arts and crafts projects with local art instructors, Mrs. Mehta and Miss Poonam.

Please note: This program will often use a variety of markers and paints - please wear messy play clothes. 

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM Happy Two’s Activity Time  
   

For children, age 2 years, with adult in the program.

Learn songs and rhymes!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:30 PM  -  1:00 PM Lunch Time Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour. Help yourself regain the peace lost through our busy mornings and smoothly get through the rest of your day.

Facilitated by library staff member, Leena, a 10 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration required.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   1:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Movies on Monday -- The Monuments Men  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609-737-2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

An unlikely World War II platoon has been tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. With the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could they possibly succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time, they would risk their lives to protect mankind's greatest achievements.

Rated PG-13; 118 minutes

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM Children’s Movie Matinee, Sing  
   

PG: 108 minutes. Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly.

A koala impresario stages a grand singing competition for the world's animals in order to save his elegant theater and bring it back to its former glory.  

Light Refreshments!

 Sponsored by the friends of the Library.                                                                                     

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM Maker Mondays for Teens and Tweens: Computer Building  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For ages 9 and up.
Each Monday during the summer reading program we will have a different maker program.
This Monday we will be taking apart old computers to see how they work then putting them back together.
Registration is required online starting the previous Monday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM English as a Second Language Writing  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Improve your writing skills for school and work with this drop-in service. Taught by an experienced volunteer from Literacy NJ (formerly Literacy Volunteers).

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Intro to Programming in Java (Ages 12-14)  
   

Kids will learn the fundamentals of computer science and will be introduced to Java syntax. Through this course, the concepts of object-oriented programming as well as decision structures will be explored. Kids must bring their own laptop, and be ready for a challenge.

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all classes as they build up from what was taught previously.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maker Monday (Ages 12-17)  
   

Learn and create fun DIY projects! 

Please register. All materials are provided. 

June 26th – Perler Beads

July 3rd – Bad Art Contest

July 10th – Mug Cakes

July 17th – Tie Dye Socks

July 24th – Gelli Printing

July 31st – Paper Circuits

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 4:00 and 5:30 pm to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels. No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club (Ages 5-11)  
   

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Kindergarten-6th Grade Tutoring  
    Contact:    609-448-1474   
   

Children in grades K-6 will get homework help and subject review from volunteer mentors.

Children ages 5-7: a caregiver must be in the room during the program.

Children ages 8-13: a caregiver must be in the library during the program.

Register in person or by phone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:30 PM Community Game Night  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Roll some dice, make new friends, and beat the summer heat at Twin Rivers’ new Community Game Night.
July 3 – Jamaica; July 17 – Forbidden Island; July 24 - Pandemic.  

Please contact the branch for more details.  For tweens, teens, and adults.

Registration preferred. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Alphabet Time (Ages 3 & up)  
   

Explore a new letter each week! 

Listen to stories and do a craft based on a letter of the alphabet. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:15 PM PJ Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

Wear your PJ’s & bring your favorite stuffed animal to the library! We will read stories and sing songs. Age appropriate craft will follow. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Monday Night Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Eliza Hammer teaches this eight-week series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: June 5, 12, 19, & 26 and July 3, 10, 17, & 24.

Registration for each individual class is required.

Registration for all eight classes opens on Tuesday, May 30th.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM P.M. English Conversation Group  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Join reference librarian Richard Peterson to improve language-speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, and general fluency.

Must have basic knowledge of English.

No need to register--just walk in.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM School-age storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children entering first grade and up. Please call to register.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Socrates Café  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Socrates Café is a gathering where participants pose questions, listen to others, raise challenges, and consider alternative answers. Background in philosophy is not required; no preparation is necessary.

Registration is suggested, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on June 22. Call 609-799-0462.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Tuesday July 4, 2017
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Fourth of July  
    All branches are closed.

Wednesday July 5, 2017
   10:00 AM Baby Time  
   

For birth to 18 months. (We have a new Toddler Time program for ages 18 to 36 months at 11:00am)
Baby Time is 30 minutes of songs, fingerplays and activities including scarves, shakers and board books.
Registration is required online each week starting the previous Wednesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:00 AM Cat, Hat, Sat Story Time  
   

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

For children, ages 3-4, with adult in the program.

Play rhyming games! 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Travel & Entertainment Club  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Meet up with others who are also interested in local travel and entertainment. Use this planning meeting to brainstorm about day trips as well as weekend getaways. Perhaps you’ll start with a local play at Kelsey or McCarter Theater. As the better weather rolls in, take in a Broadway play and dine at the Playwright Celtic Pub. Attendees plan and execute the trips. The sky’s the limit! Bring along a hot beverage and enjoy a Liverpool tart or fig Newton at the planning meeting.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is suggested, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on June 22. Call 609-799-0462.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Paint a shell  
   

For children 5 -11 yrs, with a caregiver.

Come paint a shell.  Make either a fish or a turtle.

Craft takes 15 minutes to complete.  No admittance after 12:45

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Morning Story Time with Miss Liz  
    Contact: Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy themed stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Toddler Storytime & Craft for ages 2 - 4  
   

Please join us for stories and a craft geared toward Toddlers!

Siblings are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY TODDLER CLASSES ARE IDENTICAL.

No registration is required.

Children aged 6 and under will need a parent or guardian to stay with them during the class.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

These story times introduce children to the best age-appropriate stories in children’s literature. Action rhymes, songs, and felt board activities are part of the program. The content of each story time centers on a different theme. An age-appropriate craft follows story time. Each program runs about 45 minutes. Each theme is the same all week. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM Little Explorers  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This hands-on science program is part of a multi-week session for children ages 3 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
   

For 18 to 36 months.
Toddler Time is 30 minutes of songs, fingerplays and activities including scarves, shakers and board books.
This class is designed to transition toddlers from Baby Time to Storytime.
Registration is required online each week starting the previous Wednesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Hightstown Reaching Heights - Writing Group for Ages 10-12  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children and tweens ages 10-12 are invited to this fun and educational creative writing program led by a local Girl Scout working towards her Gold Award. 

No registration required. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM  -  2:45 PM STEAM Club (ages 6 - 10)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Create, invent and make!  Each week we will explore a new theme in science, technology, engineering or math by conducting hands-on projects.  

Space is limited.  Ages 6 - 10.  Registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Open Craft Paper Town  
   

 All Ages!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM Bollywood Dance for Kids  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 5 and up.
On Wednesdays during the summer reading program.
Kids will learn the art of Bollywood Dance.
Registration is required online starting the previous Wednesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Origami Hour (ages 5-11)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Create origami crafts ever Wednesday this July.  Learn the art of paper folding and take home all your creations.  All materials provided!

Ages 5 - 11.  No registration required. See Youth Progam Policy.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM I Am BeauTEAful Collage Portraits & Tea Party (Ages 6-12)  
   

Create a picture collage and discover why you are beautiful and the importance of self love. Fresh brewed tea will be served in china teacups along with cookies. 

Presented by Taking Tea in Style. www.takingteainstyle.com

Registration required

STUDENTS MUST BRING PICTURES OF THEMSELVES TO PUT ON THEIR COLLAGE.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:00 PM Game Night  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Play a variety of games with friends or family.


For all ages.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Fort Night (ages ages)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Families are invited to join us at the library for an evening of stories, snacks, games and for building.  Feel free to bring your own blankets and pillows!  All ages welcome.  

All Ages.  Adult supervision required.  Registration required.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Inner Peace, Inner Power Insight Session  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

To survive and thrive in this turbulent world we need peace and power, not just the peace that is the absence of a few worries, but real inner peace and power that comes from deep inner contentment and makes one steadfast in the face of challenge.

Let’s explore together some obstacles that we face in our everyday life, which cause us to lose our peace, and some remedies to overcome them.

Facilitated by library staff member Leena, a 10 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

Please register. Click the Register button, or call the library for information or to register. Please call if you need to cancel.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Inner Peace, Inner Power Insight Session  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

To survive and thrive in this turbulent world we need peace and power, not just the peace that is the absence of a few worries, but real inner peace and power that comes from deep inner contentment and makes one steadfast in the face of challenge.

Let’s explore together some obstacles that we face in our everyday life, which cause us to lose our peace, and some remedies to overcome them.

Facilitated by library staff member Leena, a 10 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

Please register. Click the Register button, or call the library for information or to register. Please call if you need to cancel.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM Knitting Circle  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Knitters who already know the basics are invited to drop in to socialize with other knitters and work on a project of their choice. Experienced knitter Helene Plank will be available to assist individuals. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Never Stop Learning: Finding Free College Courses Online  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Many colleges such as Harvard and MIT now offer select courses online for free. Join us as we explore the best websites for continuing your education and keeping your mind sharp. These courses can be taken for fun or for something you can put on your resume. Certain classes may be taken on your own time while others may be taken over the course of several weeks. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Yarnworks  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Lee Pellegrino. Join fellow knitters and crocheters and tackle a new project or work on one you’ve already started.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Teens Make a Difference: Volunteer Workshops  
   

Volunteer Organization: Cards for Hospitalized Kids

Create colorful and uplifiting cards for children in hospitals across the country. 

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Alzheimer's: The Basics  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

This workshop will provide information and education on:

·         The facts and myths regarding aging, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia

·         The common risk factors and causes

·         The stages of the disease and current treatments

Registration is suggested, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on June 22. Call 609-799-0462.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Thursday July 6, 2017
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

Story-time and craft for ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

Registration is not required but we ask you to limit attendance to one story-time per week and respect age guidelines.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Hightstown Reaching Heights - Writing Group for Ages 7-9  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children ages 7-9 are invited to this fun and educational creative writing program led by a local Girl Scout working towards her Gold Award. 

No registration required. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:00 AM Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM Toddler Rock (ages 1 to 3 years; adult supervision required)  
   

Too old for Baby Time and not quite ready to sit through a Story Time? Join us for singing, dancing, and rhymes. Through structured group activities, we play with musical instruments, puppets, parachutes, and more! There is an emphasis on interaction with the music and the rhymes through singing, actions, and props to build pre-literacy skills. This program runs about 30 minutes. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Mouse Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Learn to click, highlight text, scroll, cut & paste and click & drag. These skills are essential to all subsequent classes.

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Mother Goose Activity Time  
   

 

Mother Goose Activity Time (recommended birth-18 months; siblings welcome)with adult in the program

No registration required.

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Storytime is a half hour program of stories and songs.
For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
A craft is included at the end.
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Picture Books & Craft for ages 3 & up  
   

Join us for stories, fingerplays, clothesline rhymes, and music, followed by a craft

No registration required.

Children aged 6 and under must have a parent or guardian stay with them during the class.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM Cuentos en español/ Bilingual Story Time  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

STEM stories are focused on fun topics like science and math!

Cuentos (STEM) son sobre ciencia y numeros.

Stories, games, songs, dance, and music in English and Spanish.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM Great Reptiles Show 5-11yr  
   

For ages 5-11 years, with a caregiver.

Presenter will talk about how reptiles live in the wild, their habitats, how they find food and avoid becoming food, and their relationships with humans both in the wild and in captivity. Several reptiles will be shown.

Presented by Snakes-n-scales.

Online registration is required, with a valid MCLS library card,  beginning at 7:00am on the day of the show. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM Romp & Stomp  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come and enjoy a music and movement program for children ages 2-5

Online registration begins on June 23. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:00 AM Scribble Time  
   

For children ages 12 months to 36 months with caregiver in the program.

Children will enjoy using crayons, paint, and glue to hang on the refrigerator at home.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:45 AM Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

These story times introduce children to the best age-appropriate stories in children’s literature. Action rhymes, songs, and felt board activities are part of the program. The content of each story time centers on a different theme. An age-appropriate craft follows story time. Each program runs about 45 minutes. Each theme is the same all week. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM Zumba for ages 6-11yr  
   

For ages 6-11 years, with a caregiver.

Kids, Get yourselves moving and dancing to upbeat music at our fun kids Zumba class, led by an exercise instructor from Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center.
Children should dress in comfortable clothes and sneakers.

Online registration with a valid MCLS library card is required, beginning at 7:00am on the day of the program. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:30 PM An Afternoon at the Movies- Manchester by the Sea  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.  Winner of 2 Oscars-Best Actor and Original Screenplay.  Starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams.
Rated R; Running time is 2 hours and 17 minutes.


Register online or by calling the Robbinsville Branch at 259-2150. Please register each person separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:00 PM Guided Meditation and Gentle Stretching  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Participate in a half-hour guided meditation session to relieve daily stress and anxiety,

followed by gentle stretching to help relieve your body’s tension. 

Please bring an exercise/yoga mat or a large towel as portions of the program

will take place on the floor.  

Preregistration required; space is limited.  

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   2:00 PM Teen and Tween Yoga  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Join us for Yoga and mindfulness for ages 9 to 18 years old every Thursday during the summer reading program.
Beginners welcome
Mats are provided.
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.
Registration is required online starting the previous Thursday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Afternoon Adventures (grades K - 2)  
   

Join our weekly book club!  Each week we'll read books by a new author and then do some related activities.  

Grades K - 2.  No registration required.  

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:30 PM Family Movie: Sing  
   

Family Movie: Sing. Rated: PG. Runtime: 108 minutes. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM Crochet Corner  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Needle crafters who already know the basic crochet stitches are invited to drop in to socialize and work on a project of their choice. Experienced needle crafter Margaret Woo will be available to assist individuals. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM Emoji Faces and Tee-shirt Transfers  
   

Please bring a washed tee-shirt and the Library will iron on the summer reading theme, “Build a Better World.”

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM Mad Science Workshop for Ages 6-10  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Chidren ages 6-10 can discover the strengths of triangles, cylinders and arches. We will learn how combinations of these shapes make for sturdy homes and skyscrapers! Come ready to build your own super structures as well as an earthquake-proof building!

Online registration required beginning June 26. 

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Family Science Fun  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Families can participate in a variety of science experiments, puzzles, and STEM building challenges.  

For ages 6-12.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Intro to Programming in Java (Ages 12-14)  
   

Kids will learn the fundamentals of computer science and will be introduced to Java syntax. Through this course, the concepts of object-oriented programming as well as decision structures will be explored. Kids must bring their own laptop, and be ready for a challenge.

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all classes as they build up from what was taught previously.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM No-Sew T-Shirt Bags, for ages 9-13 years  
   

For young adults ages 9-13 years.

In honor of this year's Summer Reading theme, "Build a Better World"...

Build a better… tote bag!  Make a handy tote bag out of a t-shirt—without lifting a needle!  Though not required, participants are encouraged to bring an old t-shirt and sharp scissors.

Online registration is required. Registration opens the morning of the program at 7a.m.  Preference at the door will be given to patrons who have registered with a valid MCLS library card. Please register each child separately.  Space is limited.  Your spot may be given to another if you are late.  Younger/older siblings will not be permitted except as observers with parent supervision.  Please phone us at 989-6921 if you will not be able to attend.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog  
   

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM Tinker Time  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 4 and up.
Unstructured play time with building toys such as Legos and Fiddlestix.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Slime Time (Ages 8-11)  
   

Create and experiment with making different kinds of slime! 

Please Register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Lego Club (grades K-5)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Do you like to build and create with Lego bricks? Join us at the library to create fun designs and shapes. 

Grades K - 5. No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:15 PM Teen Art Class (Ages 12-17)  
   

Join local artist, Mrs. Mehta and Poonam Sing, as they teach art techniques for the budding teen artist!

Registration required. 

Materials provided. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Thursday Evening at the Movies for ages 18 and up at 6:30 p.m.  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Miss Sloane (2016, R), with Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. But when taking on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds winning may come at too high a price. Runtime: 132 min.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Making a Scene: Teen Acting Workshop (Ages 12-18)  
   

Learn how to: 

- Develop a character on the fly

- Analyze a scene

- Have fun improvising scenes 

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Build a Better World ~ Scavenger Hunt  
   

For children 5 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Do you enjoy a challenge?!  Join us for this year's Summer Reading Program Scavenger Hunt and put your detective reasoning skills to the test with all new clues! 

Bring your library card with you and plan to work in small groups as you investigate and hopefully solve our newest mystery!  Prizes!

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Everyday English  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to improve your English language speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and fluency. Taught by ESL instructor Stephanie Owens. Must have some basic knowledge of English. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Fascination: Helena’s Story (2016)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

This documentary film features the life of Helena Weinbrauch – a Holocaust survivor who reinvented herself as a ballroom dancer at the age of 88. Currently, Helena Weinbrauch lives in New York City and is 93 years old. Film creator Karen Goldfarb will be available to introduce the film and to facilitate a discussion after the screening. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Fascination: Helena’s Story (2016)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

This documentary film features the life of Helena Weinbrauch – a Holocaust survivor who reinvented herself as a ballroom dancer at the age of 88. Currently, Helena Weinbrauch lives in New York City and is 93 years old. Film creator Karen Goldfarb will be available to introduce the film and to facilitate a discussion after the screening. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM The Twirling Arcade  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 3 and up.

Sue and Debbie, "The Twirling Granny Sisters", offer a Twirling Arcade of engaging movement and therapeutic play activities using handmade hula hoops, twirling sticks, scarves and paper kites to joyfully toss, juggle, dance with and fly to the rhythm of music. They offer basic instructions and information resources for using hula hoops and twirling sticks along with lots of encouragement.

Registration is required online starting Thursday, June 29th.
    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Résumé Review  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

A good résumé is key to landing that all-important first interview. Librarian Mary Astarita will review your printed résumé for grammar, layout, and overall presentation.

Appointment is required. On or after June 22, call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 to make an appointment.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Guided Meditation  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Sahaja Yoga Meditation is good for heart, mind, body and soul. It's all about energy — Inner Energy — and everyone has it. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is a simple technique that lets you tap into that energy and harness its power to become better balanced and better connected to yourself — emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It's easy. Anyone can do it. Class dates are: June 22 & 29 and July 6 & 13.

Registration required; space is limited.

Please register for each individual session in this four-week series.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Guided Meditation  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Sahaja Yoga Meditation is good for heart, mind, body and soul. It's all about energy — Inner Energy — and everyone has it. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is a simple technique that lets you tap into that energy and harness its power to become better balanced and better connected to yourself — emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It's easy. Anyone can do it. Class dates are: June 22 & 29 and July 6 & 13.

Registration required; space is limited.

Please register for each individual session in this four-week series.

    Location: Hopewell Branch

Friday July 7, 2017
   10:00 AM Preschool Storytime  
   

For children ages 4-5.(with parent or caregiver).

The focus is to encourage reading readiness in preparation for kindergarten.

Adult must remain in the program.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Chair Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2310   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Gentle chair yoga for seniors.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Tech Talk with Andrew  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Bring in your smartphones, tablets, laptops and any questions you have for our resident techie, Librarian Andrew. By appointment only. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Keyboarding Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Learn the basics of typing on a computer keyboard and how to place your hands on the keys. Find out how to increase your speed and accuracy with practice.

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Mini Makers  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Create a button, a sticker, and other projects with the materials provided. For children of all ages, accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.    

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Creation Station and Open Play  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

For all ages.
Our activity room will be open from 10am to 4pm for you to come and make a craft or just play with our puzzles and toys.
This is a walk-in program. 
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Dance Party  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Children of all ages and their parents too are invited to come dance with Miss Andrea to some of her favorite songs that are guaranteed to get you up and moving! 
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Sahaja Yoga Meditation for Children  
   

For children ages, 3-6.

An introduction to mediation and energy centers in the body.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Baby & Toddler Time  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages birth–2.5 years & a caregiver.

Join us for singing & rhyming fun followed by a group board book read-aloud and play time with the library’s toys.

Siblings welcome.

No registration necessary. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Singalong with Pat McKinley for all ages  
   

Pat invites children to sing favorite and familiar songs, while she sings and plays the guitar.

No registration required.

Children aged 6 and under will need a parent or guardian to stay with them during the class.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM STEAM Club Jr. (ages 2 - 5 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children will explore a topic and have hands-on opportunities to learn, explore, and invent through play-to-learn stations related to the week's theme.  Dress to mess. Space is limited.  

Ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.  Registration required.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM Family Movie: The Secret Life of Pets  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Come watch a movie at the library! Today's movie will be The Secret Life of Pets rated PG.

This program was made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

For all ages.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM Play dough creations/ lego story time  
   

For children, ages 2-5, with caregiver in the program

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Walk-In Craft (All Ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room to create a special craft! 

All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM Foreign Film: The Salesman (2016, PG-13)  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

With Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini and Babak Karimi. While both participating in a production of "Death of a Salesman," a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections. Winner of this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (Iran). Runtime: 124 min.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Fun and Games (ages 11 and under; adult supervision required)  
   

Make a craft and/or play a game at the library!  Bring your friends!  Ages 11 and under.

No registration necessary.  Adult supervision required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM Movie: A United Kingdom  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

 (2016)  Starring Daniel Oyelowo. Rated R; 111 minutes.

Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s. When they decided to marry, just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa, it caused an international uproar. However, their passionate romance triumphed over every obstacle and changed the course of African history. No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knit & Crochet Circle  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Bring yarn, and hook or needles, to start or continue your project. We will have needles on hand for those just starting out. Come in with your hot beverage and enjoy cookies on us as we socialize while knitting or crocheting.  All are welcome, whatever your skill level!

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on June 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Word 1  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Create a Word document. Learn to format and edit, type, preview and learn to print a simple document.
Strong mouse skills are essential!

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:30 PM Meditation Circle  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Slow down and join Reference Librarian Ann Kerr and reduce stress using meditation. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM Color a Flower Pot,  
   

 All Ages! 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Kid Craft (Ages 6-8)  
   

Cool off at the library with a special craft!

Registration required. Registration begins one week before program. 

*If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will have to forfeit your craft*

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:30 PM Draw It! Figures in Action for Ages 9-14  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Tweens & Teens ages 9-14 are invited to learn drawing skills from a local teen artist. Participants will learn how to draw realistics figures and superheroes in action poses.

No registration required. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:30 PM Draw It! Figures in Action for Ages 9-14  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Tweens & Teens ages 9-14 are invited to learn drawing skills from a local teen artist. Participants will learn how to draw realistics figures and superheroes in action poses.

No registration required. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:30 PM Posture Exercises  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Reference Librarian Ann Kerr will share some simple exercises to improve your posture and increase your flexibility. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:45 PM  -  4:15 PM Tween Craft (Ages 9-11)  
   

Cool off at the library with a special craft!

Registration required. Registration begins one week before program. 

*If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will have to forfeit your craft*

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM Drum Circle: Summer Series  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for this drum circle. Bring your own drum or use one of ours. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Saturday July 8, 2017
   10:00 AM Guided Meditation  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Guided Meditation. Relax and find your inner calm with our new Sahaja Yoga meditation program! Please wear comfortable clothing. Registration required. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  10:45 AM Rhymes & Play (ages birth - 5 years; adult supervision required)  
   

Age appropriate books, songs, nursery rhymes, puppets and felt board figures will be introduced.  After 20 minutes of structured group time, there is time for play and for socializing.  

No registration necessary.  Adult supervision required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Clase de la Computadora  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Clase de correo electrónico y navegación por Internet. Registrarse, por favor.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Fair and Petting Zoo (All Ages)  
   

Join us for our annual Family Fair and Petting Zoo! 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Fair and Petting Zoo (All Ages)  
   

Join us for our annual Family Fair and Petting Zoo! 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM The Princeton Review Practice SAT  
   

Take a practice SAT test administered by The Princeton Review. 

Test starts at 10 am. Please arrive early and bring a snack. 

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM Family Fun Time  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

This is a multi-age program for families with young children.
Join us for stories, music, parachute games and other fun activities!
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   11:00 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

Story-time and craft for ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

Registration is not required but we ask you to limit attendance to one story-time per week and respect age guidelines.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Pokémon Club (ages 5-11)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children ages 5 through 11 are invited to join our new Pokémon club. We will discuss trading cards, books, games, and all things Pokémon. Bring your trading cards, handheld devices and anything else you would like to share and discuss. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:45 AM  -  1:00 PM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

The children’s activity room will be open to families. Fun and educational toys are housed in this room for independent play and learning.

*Although partially separated, this room is not soundproof and ongoing noise can be heard in the library where other visitors and staff are present. We ask caregivers to stay aware and monitor their noise and activity levels.

 Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Writers' Group  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Bring 5 pages of a work in progress to discuss with other writers. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Word  
    Contact: Richard Peterson   609-275-8901   
   

A tour through the Microsoft Word toolbars. We will learn how to change font styles, bullet or number paragraphs, set margins, insert graphics, and more. Registration required unless you can bring your own laptop with Word 2007 or above. Space is limited. Registration period begins June 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday July 10, 2017
   9:35 AM Coupon Swap  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Drop in anytime during the day to bring coupons to share and take what you need!

Coupons will also be available all month under our magazine collection!

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:00 AM Gardening Guild  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Come and meet others with a passion for gardening and share advice and stories! Relate your experiences, ask questions, give and get advice on matters related to gardens and lawns, annuals and perennials, trees and vegetables, pruning and fertilizing, and any other topic that interests you! Registration required. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Toddler STEM  
   

For ages 1-3, with adult in the program.

Science and math for toddlers!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Résumé Review  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

A good résumé is key to landing that all-important first interview. Librarian Mary Astarita will review your printed résumé for grammar, layout, and overall presentation.

Appointment is required. On or after June 22, call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 to make an appointment.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM Baby Time  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

A rollicking, rhyming time for you and your baby.
Ages 6 months to 2 years welcome with a caregiver.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:30 AM Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Storytime is a half hour program of stories and songs.
For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
A craft is included at the end.
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Kim Yarson Concert for Babies  
   

Kim returns to sing some of the most loved children's songs, like The ABC Song, Wheels on the Bus, If You're Happy and You Know it, and a couple of originals she wrote for her own sons.

Not only will you sit down but she will have you up and doing the hokey pokey and shaking eggs in her energetic style of entertaining the little ones.

Be prepared to join in with your child and have some fun. There are stickers for everyone at the end of the show.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

No registration is required.

Children aged 6 and under must have a parent or guardian stay with them during the class.

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Messy Mondays (ages 2 - 5 years and up)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Join us for open sensory play.  Each week we will have a hands-on activity time to encourage children to play, create, investigate and explore.  Projects may be messy.  Please wear old clothes.  

Ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.  No registration required.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Preschool Art Class with Mrs. Mehta (Ages 2-6)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children ages 2-6 will complete different arts and crafts projects with local art instructors, Mrs. Mehta and Miss Poonam.

Please note: This program will often use a variety of markers and paints - please wear messy play clothes. 

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM Happy Two’s Activity Time  
   

For children, age 2 years, with adult in the program.

Learn songs and rhymes!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:30 PM Build a Wood Sculpture & Paint it!  
   

For children 5 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Build! Design! Create! Use your imagination with wood in a variety of shapes & sizes to build your creation!  

Then use oil pastels and liquid watercolors to add the finishing touches to your masterpiece!

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Bricks4Kidz Workshop for Grades K-2  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children entering Grades K-2 are invited to learn the basics of robotics and engineering while building with Lego bricks in this guided program. 

Online registration required beginning July 3. 

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM Children’s Movie Matinee, Adventure Club  
   

Rated: NR: 88 minutes.

Starring: Billy Zane, Kim Coates, Gabrielle Miller, Robin Dunne, Jakob Davies, Lorne Cardinal, Ryland Alexander. With the discovery of an ancient puzzle box, a boy, with the help of his friends, begins an adventure to find his fortune.

 Light Refreshments!  

Sponsored by the friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM Maker Mondays for Teens and Tweens: Build a Mini Graham Cracker Beach House  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For ages 9 and up.
Each Monday during the summer reading program we will have a different maker program.
This Monday we will be making mini beach houses out of graham crakers then decorating them with icing and various edible goodies!
Registration is required online starting the previous Monday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Movie Matinee: La La Land (2016)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Winner of 6 Academy Awards® including Best Director for writer/director Damien Chazelle, and winner of a record-breaking 7 Golden Globe® Awards. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams — and finding each other — in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love. 128 min. PG-13. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Cards & Games  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

This program was created for people of all playing levels—yes, even beginners! Play hearts, spades, gin, Sequence, or Scrabble. Let us know if you have other favorites. All are welcome. Snacks are provided.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on June 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM English as a Second Language Writing  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Improve your writing skills for school and work with this drop-in service. Taught by an experienced volunteer from Literacy NJ (formerly Literacy Volunteers).

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Senior Book Club  
    Contact: Diane Miller   609.737.2610   dmiller@mcl.org
   

All are welcome to discuss this month's title, A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Intro to Programming in Java (Ages 12-14)  
   

Kids will learn the fundamentals of computer science and will be introduced to Java syntax. Through this course, the concepts of object-oriented programming as well as decision structures will be explored. Kids must bring their own laptop, and be ready for a challenge.

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all classes as they build up from what was taught previously.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maker Monday (Ages 12-17)  
   

Learn and create fun DIY projects! 

Please register. All materials are provided. 

June 26th – Perler Beads

July 3rd – Bad Art Contest

July 10th – Mug Cakes

July 17th – Tie Dye Socks

July 24th – Gelli Printing

July 31st – Paper Circuits

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:30 PM Build a Robot with Recycle Material,  
   

All Ages! 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM Teen/tween craft  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Come make safety pin bracelets & key chains!

For ages 10-17.

Registration is suggested.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 4:00 and 5:30 pm to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels. No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM Read to Bessie the Therapy Dog  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Bessie is a certified therapy dog and a great listener.
Come practice reading with her!
Suggested for emerging readers ages 5 and up.
No registration required.

Caregivers must remain with children in the room while they are reading to Bessie.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club (Ages 5-11)  
   

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Kindergarten-6th Grade Tutoring  
    Contact:    609-448-1474   
   

Children in grades K-6 will get homework help and subject review from volunteer mentors.

Children ages 5-7: a caregiver must be in the room during the program.

Children ages 8-13: a caregiver must be in the library during the program.

Register in person or by phone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:00 PM Animation Monday: Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox (2013)  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Animation Monday: Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox (2013)

The Flash gets a chance to go back in time and right a violent, decades-past crime against his mother.

Rated Pg-13; 81 minutes.

We ask that you register; however, walk-ins are welcome.

Generous support for this program was provided by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Globetrotters (Ages 6 & up)  
   

Pack your bags and get your passport ready as we travel to different countries!

Explore a new country each session through stories and a craft. 

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:15 PM PJ Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

Wear your PJ’s & bring your favorite stuffed animal to the library! We will read stories and sing songs. Age appropriate craft will follow. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Monday Night Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Eliza Hammer teaches this eight-week series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: June 5, 12, 19, & 26 and July 3, 10, 17, & 24.

Registration for each individual class is required.

Registration for all eight classes opens on Tuesday, May 30th.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM P.M. English Conversation Group  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Join reference librarian Richard Peterson to improve language-speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, and general fluency.

Must have basic knowledge of English.

No need to register--just walk in.

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Books and Bricks (formerly Preschool Bricks 4 Kidz)  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

This is a hands-on class where children will listen to a story followed by a guided build with LEGO® DUPLO® bricks.
Suggested for ages 2-5.
Registration is required online starting July 3rd..

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Ed Goldberg & the Odessa Klezmer Band  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Klezmer music originated in the 'shtetl' (villages) and the ghettos of Eastern Europe, where itinerant Jewish troubadours, known as 'klezmorim', performed at joyful events ('simkhes'), particularly weddings, since the early middle ages. Join us for an evening of exciting, foot-stomping, hand-clapping Eastern European Klezmer music. Instruments will include an accordion and sax/clarinet. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. Please register. 

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Ed Goldberg & the Odessa Klezmer Band  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Klezmer music originated in the 'shtetl' (villages) and the ghettos of Eastern Europe, where itinerant Jewish troubadours, known as 'klezmorim', performed at joyful events ('simkhes'), particularly weddings, since the early middle ages. Join us for an evening of exciting, foot-stomping, hand-clapping Eastern European Klezmer music. Instruments will include an accordion and sax/clarinet. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. Please register. 

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM I Survived Science Challenge Part 1, for ages 7-10 yrs old  
   

For ages 7-10 yrs old, with a caregiver.

Are you a fan of the I Survived book series?  Join us for a fun, hands-on science program based on some of your favorite I Survived books.

I Survived Science Challenge Part 1 will focus on the San Francisco Earthquake and the sinking of the Titanic.  We will try to construct a structure that can withstand the shaking ground and build a boat that won’t sink.

You can register and attend one or both science challenges!

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program. 

Space is limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend, so that we may allow another child to participate. (609) 989-6921

Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Lizard Guys: Reptile Show  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for ages 4 - 16.

Meet reptiles up close and personal in this fun and educational program presented by the Lizard Guys. You will meet a variety of reptiles like snakes, tortoises, lizards, and frogs. You might even get the chance to pet some!

Online registration required beginning Monday, July 3.

Sponsored by Hightstown Library Association.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM Off the Page  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Try out your acting chops (or indulge your secret passion) playing one of the great characters from dramatic literature or contemporary comedy—without the threat of performing in front of a live audience! We will “cast” and read a play aloud, around a table, as actors and production teams typically do at the first rehearsal of a play. Registration suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM School-age storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children entering first grade and up. Please call to register.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM Yarnworks  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Lee Pellegrino. Join fellow knitters and crocheters and tackle a new project or work on one you’ve already started.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Makeup for Special Occasions  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

The area that draws the most attention to your face is your eyes. Eye makeup can be used to create effortless or dramatic looks. It has the power to add sophistication and glamour to your look just by combining and layering colors. Want to learn how to create an eye look for special occasions? Gina Mastro will demonstrate with a simple nude eye look and transform it into an evening glam look.

This is an interactive workshop, so bring your favorite eye makeup, makeup brushes, and a small mirror.

We ask that you register; however, walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on June 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Tuesday July 11, 2017
   1:00 AM Clean Air Out There for 5-7 years  
   

For ages 5-7 years, with a caregiver.  In the Children's Activity room.

Presented by: Ian Henderson, GMTMA Sustainable Transportation Coordinator, and Lexi Reynolds, GMTMA.
Students are challenged to take a closer look into the air around them. Through a transportation lens, students are presented  ways to improve air health and move more sustainably.

With active participation, the students will  to see first-hand how they can reduce traffic congestion  and make our air cleaner!

Online registration with a valid MCLS library card is required, beginning at 7:00am, beginning three days before the program. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Books & Babies for 6-23 months  
   

Join us for a fun, upbeat program of songs, rhymes, finger-plays, board books and activities to promote early literacy in infants and young toddlers.

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

Online registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

Preference will be given to patrons with a valid Mercer County Library System card.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM A.M. English Conversation Group  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Have fun practicing your English through informal conversation with other ESL learners and librarian Elka Frankel. No need to register—just come! Must have basic knowledge of English.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Social Security: Understanding Your Benefits  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

As you approach retirement, it is more important than ever to understand the role that Social Security benefits can and should play in your overall retirement plan. Learn about your Social Security benefits, Medicare and how to manage your mySocialSecurity account. Join guest speaker David Vinokurov, Social Security Administration District Manager for this informative Seminar.

IMPORTANT: Before the seminar, go to https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/ to open a My Social Security account. Then print a copy of your information and bring it with you to the seminar.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Social Security: Understanding Your Benefits  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

As you approach retirement, it is more important than ever to understand the role that Social Security benefits can and should play in your overall retirement plan. Learn about your Social Security benefits, Medicare and how to manage your mySocialSecurity account. Join guest speaker David Vinokurov, Social Security Administration District Manager for this informative Seminar.

IMPORTANT: Before the seminar, go to https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/ to open a My Social Security account. Then print a copy of your information and bring it with you to the seminar.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Enjoy songs and rhymes with Miss Cathy. For children ages 6 months - 24 months.

Online registration begins on June 23. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Little Learners: STEAM program for Pre-K  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Little Learners is an interactive program for preschoolers (ages 3-5) that focuses on concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).
Registration is required online starting the previous Tuesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Read and Play Story Time  
   

For children, ages 2-5 with adult in the program.

Stories and crafts!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Morning Story Time with Miss Liz  
    Contact: Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy themed stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Toddler Storytime & Craft for ages 2 - 4  
   

Please join us for stories and a craft geared toward Toddlers!

Siblings are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY TODDLER CLASSES ARE IDENTICAL.

No registration is required.

Children aged 6 and under will need a parent or guardian to stay with them during the class.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Baby Time (recommended ages birth to 2 years; Adult Supervision Required)  
   

This program is a great way to introduce your child to library story times and reading. Age appropriate books are shared with the group. Songs, nursery rhymes, puppets, and felt board figures create a rich audio-visual and social experience. After 20 minutes of structured group time, there is time for play and for socializing. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Create a...  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:15 AM Play Group with Stories  
   

For children, ages 3-5 with adult in the program.

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM George, the Magician  
   

For ages 3-12.

Interactive and funny magic show! At the end of the show watch the great gigantic bubbles!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Excel Beginner  
    Contact: Michael Kerr   609-275-8901   
   

We will learn the basics of Excel through making a sample spreadsheet. Formatting, using the autofill feature, using formulas, and making simple charts are covered in this class. If you can bring your own laptop with Excel 2007 or above, you do not need to register for the class. Signup for adults only. Space is limited, so you may register for only one Excel Beginner class per month. Registration period begins June 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 5 and up.
All levels welcome.  A teen volunteer will be available for instructional assistance.
Come play against fellow chess enthusiasts to sharpen your skills.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Introduction to Medicare  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Looking for answers to common questions about Medicare, including coverage, enrollment, eligibility, and claims?  The State Health Insurance Assistance Program, or SHIP, is a free and impartial health benefits counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers funded through state and federal monies. This talk will break down Medicare into its different parts so you can understand and decide what coverage you need, when and how to get it, as well as offering an opportunity to arrange individual follow up if you still have questions.  Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Master Gardeners Story & Scavenger Hunt  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 6-10.

The Master Gardeners of Mercer County will read "Planting Trees in Kenya" and lead a garden scavenger hunt.

Online registration required beginning June 26. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM Wills, Power of Attorney, and Estate Planning  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

No matter the size of your estate, it’s always important to plan for the future.  A power of attorney can help you make sure that

important things are taken care of when you are unable to do them yourself, such as paying the rent or mortgage. 

A will gives you the power to choose your beneficiaries and to prevent arguments, but not everyone needs a will. 

Come and learn about powers of attorney, wills, and NJ estate and inheritance tax basics. 

Presented by Sara Walsh, Senior Staff Attorney at Central Jersey Legal Services.  Q & A will follow the presentation. 

Advance registration is preferred.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Excel Intermediate  
    Contact: Michael Kerr   609-275-8901   
   

We learn how to change chart colors and backgrounds. We will also learn how to download Excel compatible spreadsheets from the Internet, filter spreadsheets, add conditional formatting to spreadsheets, and create a pivot table. Online registration required unless you can bring your own laptop with Excel 2007 or above. Signup for adults only. Space is limited, so you may sign up for only one Excel Intermediate class per month. Registration period begins June 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM PC Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Get familiar with Microsoft Windows 10. Learn important computer terms, and get comfortable with computer use!
Strong mouse skills are essential!

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Open Craft Brown Bag  
   

 For ages 4-10.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Family Science Fun  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Families can participate in a variety of science experiments, puzzles, and STEM building challenges.  

For ages 6-12.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Powerpoint  
    Contact: Michael Kerr   609-275-8901   
   

This class deals with the basics of making presentations using Powerpoint, including making basic slides and putting them together to make a slideshow, plus adding animations, clipart, and transitions between slides. Online registration required unless you can bring your own laptop with Powerpoint 2007 or above. Signup for adults only. Space is limited. Registration period begins June 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Bollywood Dance Class (Ages 4-7)  
   

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 4:00 and 5:30 pm to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels. No registration required.

Please note that the Monday and Tuesday crafts will be the same.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Bollywood Dance Class (Ages 8-12)  
   

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Science Storytime (Ages 4-6)  
   

Read, learn, and conduct a science experiment!

Children aged 6 and under must have a parent or guardian stay with them during the class.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Beginning Spanish Language Class  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:15 PM Teen Cooking Class  
   

Learn and create easy no-bake recipes. 

Registration required. All materials provided. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM Yoga  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Bob Kirby. No experience necessary! Please bring a towel/yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Classes are limited, register early! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Citizenship Test Review  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

If you are interested in becoming a US citizen, we can help! Join our free preparation class to study & practice for your citizenship exam.

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:30 PM Fire truck visit, for families  
   

For children all ages.

Join us as we welcome the amazing firefighters from the Slackwood Fire Company!

Come get an up-close look at a fire engine and meet these brave heroes!

Stop inside and have fun at several craft stations.  Refreshments will also be served.

**Note: In case of an emergency, the fire engine and crew may need to cancel or leave abruptly.**

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program

Preference at the door may be given to those who have registered with a valid MCLS library card. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits. 

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Art Explorers (Ages 6-11)  
   

Draw, paint, and use your imagination to create your very own piece of art! Materials provided. No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Harry Potter Club (ages 5-12)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Do you love all things Harry Potter?  Join us each week to discuss the books, make crafts, play games, learn trivia and do other fun activities inspired by the series.  

Ages 5 - 12.  No registration required.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Yoga with Nila  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Classes are led by a certified yoga instructor and are geared toward beginners, but all are welcome regardless of experience. Please come in comfortable clothes with a mat or large towel. Class size is limited.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

We ask that you register, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on June 22; click the Register button, or call 609-799-0462 for information or to register.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Current Events Discussion Club  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Join librarian Matthew Latta for a monthly open and informal discussion of events in the news.  We will consider social, political and cultural issues from around the nation and around the world. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Mr. Malcolm presents The Magic Tree House  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Storyteller Mr. Malcolm will bring The Magic Tree House to life right before your eyes. Come join the fun! For children ages 6 and up. Online registration begins on June 23.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM PJ Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Storytime is a half hour program of stories and songs.
For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
You are invited to wear your pajamas.
A craft is included at the end.
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Young Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club  
   

“Last Book in the Universe”by W.R. Philbrick will be discussed.  

Teens and adults are welcome!

Light Refreshments!  

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Chess Club (Ages 7-14)  
   

Students will learn new techniques that will prepare them to compete in local tournaments.

You must know the basics of chess.

You must bring your own chess board.

 

Registration is weekly.

Classes on July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8, and 15. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Learning English with Victor  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

English as a Second Language class.

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Wednesday July 12, 2017
   10:00 AM Baby Time  
   

For birth to 18 months. (We have a new Toddler Time program for ages 18 to 36 months at 11:00am)
Baby Time is 30 minutes of songs, fingerplays and activities including scarves, shakers and board books.
Registration is required online each week starting the previous Wednesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:00 AM Cat, Hat, Sat Story Time  
   

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

For children, ages 3-4, with adult in the program.

Play rhyming games! 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Internet 1  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Discover what browsers like Microsoft's new browser Edge do. Visit interesting websites and learn to use Search Engines to surf the web.
 

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Fitness for the Active Aging  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Bob Kirby. Enjoy the benefits of stretching and low-impact exercises while learning how staying fit can improve balance, posture, flexibility, endurance and more. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Morning Story Time with Miss Liz  
    Contact: Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy themed stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Toddler Storytime & Craft for ages 2 - 4  
   

Please join us for stories and a craft geared toward Toddlers!

Siblings are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY TODDLER CLASSES ARE IDENTICAL.

No registration is required.

Children aged 6 and under will need a parent or guardian to stay with them during the class.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

These story times introduce children to the best age-appropriate stories in children’s literature. Action rhymes, songs, and felt board activities are part of the program. The content of each story time centers on a different theme. An age-appropriate craft follows story time. Each program runs about 45 minutes. Each theme is the same all week. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM Little Explorers  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This hands-on science program is part of a multi-week session for children ages 3 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
   

For 18 to 36 months.
Toddler Time is 30 minutes of songs, fingerplays and activities including scarves, shakers and board books.
This class is designed to transition toddlers from Baby Time to Storytime.
Registration is required online each week starting the previous Wednesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   12:00 PM Magic Show with Bob LLoyd 4-11yr  
   

For ages 4-11 years, with a caregiver.

A fast-paced show including a combination of magic, juggling and mime.

Online registration with a valid MCLS library card is required, beginning at 7:00am on the day of the show. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

Sponosored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:00 PM Magic Show with Bob LLoyd 4-11yr  
   

For ages 4-11 years, with a caregiver.

A fast-paced show including a combination of magic, juggling and mime.

Online registration with a valid MCLS library card is required, beginning at 7:00am on the day of the show. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

Sponosored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bricks 4 Kidz (Grades K-2)  
   

Bricks 4 Kidz provides an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun using LEGO Bricks. The activities are designed to trigger young children's lively imaginations and build their self-confidence.

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM Crafts & Games for Adults  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for card games, Scrabble, Checkers and other traditional board games or make a stained glass vase. Ages 14 to adult. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. Please register for the craft.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Hightstown Reaching Heights - Writing Group for Ages 10-12  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children and tweens ages 10-12 are invited to this fun and educational creative writing program led by a local Girl Scout working towards her Gold Award. 

No registration required. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:15 PM  -  3:15 PM Bricks 4 Kidz (Grades 3-5)  
   

Bricks 4 Kidz provides an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun using LEGO Bricks. The activities are designed to trigger young children's lively imaginations and build their self-confidence. 

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM Active Aging Fitness: Spring – Summer Series  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

The health benefits of regular exercise for older adults are both physical and mental. Get moving with certified Senior Fitness Specialist Bob Kirby, and add some life to your years. As with any exercise program, check with your healthcare provider before participating. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Mug Cooking for Teens  
   

For Teens, Wednesday,

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Mug Cooking for Teens  
   

For Teens, Wednesday,

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM Bollywood Dance for Kids  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 5 and up.
On Wednesdays during the summer reading program.
Kids will learn the art of Bollywood Dance.
Registration is required online starting the previous Wednesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Origami Hour (ages 5-11)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Create origami crafts ever Wednesday this July.  Learn the art of paper folding and take home all your creations.  All materials provided!

Ages 5 - 11.  No registration required. See Youth Progam Policy.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Master Artists (Ages 7 & up)  
   

Learn about a new artist and create your own masterpiece based on that artist's work!

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:00 PM Teen Movie: Fantastic Beasts..  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Come watch a movie at the library! Today's movie will be Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them rated PG-13.

This program was made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

For ages 13+

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Pokémon Club (ages 5-11)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children ages 5 through 11 are invited to join our Pokémon club. We will discuss trading cards, books, games, and all things Pokémon. Bring your trading cards, handheld devices and anything else you would like to share and discuss. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:00 PM Bollywood Dance  
   

  Ages 12 and up!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:00 PM Bollywood Dance  
   

  Ages 12 and up!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Teen Volunteer Party  
   

A party for this year's Lawrence Teen Summer Reading Volunteers!  Please RSVP to Miss Jen.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Teen Night - Fancy Footwear  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

You bring the footwear - we bring the bling! Ages 11 and up. Register online starting June 23.

Please register each teen separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM The Marconi Revolution  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by local historian Michael Hyduk. Learn the fascinating story of Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and inventor credited with the groundbreaking work necessary for all future radio technology. Through his efforts in wireless telegraphy, Marconi developed the first effective system of wireless communication in 1902.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM The Marconi Revolution  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by local historian Michael Hyduk. Learn the fascinating story of Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and inventor credited with the groundbreaking work necessary for all future radio technology. Through his efforts in wireless telegraphy, Marconi developed the first effective system of wireless communication in 1902.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Treating Varicose Veins  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Varicose veins and spider veins can cause pain and discomfort, and may lead to serious health problems if left untreated.  In fact, you may be at higher risk for other circulatory problems if you have varicose veins. Kenneth A. Goldman, MD, FACS, board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery and a member of the Medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System, will discuss the latest minimally invasive and noninvasive treatment options and provide an overview of the Center for Surgical Care at the University Medical Center of Princeton. Please register. 

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM In Our Own Voice  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness. Amanda Buchner will share her powerful personal story in this 60-minute presentation. You'll gain a critical perspective of what people with mental illness are like. Amanda will demonstrate that it's possible—and common—to live well with mental illness.

After the presentation, the presenter will answer questions to help you gain a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispel stereotypes and misconceptions. Every person with a mental illness can hope for a bright future. 

We ask that you register; however, walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on June 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM On a Roll: Sushi Making  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn the basics of rolling sushi with expert tips by instructor, Sofia Milner. On hands practice on making sushi, including California Roll. Samples available to taste.

Registration required. Click the Register button, or call the library for information or to register. Please call if you need to cancel.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Thursday July 13, 2017
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

Story-time and craft for ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

Registration is not required but we ask you to limit attendance to one story-time per week and respect age guidelines.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Hightstown Reaching Heights - Writing Group for Ages 7-9  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children ages 7-9 are invited to this fun and educational creative writing program led by a local Girl Scout working towards her Gold Award. 

No registration required. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:00 AM Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM Toddler Rock (ages 1 to 3 years; adult supervision required)  
   

Too old for Baby Time and not quite ready to sit through a Story Time? Join us for singing, dancing, and rhymes. Through structured group activities, we play with musical instruments, puppets, parachutes, and more! There is an emphasis on interaction with the music and the rhymes through singing, actions, and props to build pre-literacy skills. This program runs about 30 minutes. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Excel 1  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Learn the basics of this spreadsheet program. See how easy it is to input and edit data. Make some simple calculations.
Strong mouse skills are essential!

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Little Al Dinosaur  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 3 and up.
Be a paleontologist for the day!
Touch a real dinosaur egg, teeth and bones.
Help rebuild Little Al the Allosaurus.
Registration is required online starting Thursday, July 6th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Mother Goose Activity Time  
   

Mother Goose Activity Time (recommended birth-18 months; siblings welcome)with adult in the program

No registration required.

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Picture Books & Craft for ages 3 & up  
   

Join us for stories, fingerplays, clothesline rhymes, and music, followed by a craft

No registration required.

Children aged 6 and under must have a parent or guardian stay with them during the class.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM CookTalks: Tasting Healthy Snacks  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Come join us to taste some of the highest-rated over-the-counter healthiest new snacks you can buy to improve your diet and that of your family, as well. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM Cuentos en español/ Bilingual Story Time  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Stories, games, songs, dance, and music in English and Spanish.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM Romp & Stomp  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come and enjoy a music and movement program for children ages 2-5

Online registration begins on June 23. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:00 AM Scribble Time  
   

For children ages 12 months to 36 months with caregiver in the program.

Children will enjoy using crayons, paint, and glue to hang on the refrigerator at home.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Little Scientists, for ages 2-5 yrs  
   

For ages 2-5 years, with a caregiver.

Join us for a new program for toddlers and preschoolers to explore all things science!

Each session we will examine a different aspect of science through books and hands-on experiments for your little scientist to investigate, play and have fun!

This week’s theme is: Color Science!

Please dress in old clothes or wear a smock. Some experiments may get messy!

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Please register each child separately.

Space is limited. Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend, so that we may allow another child to participate. (609) 989-6921

Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:45 AM Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

These story times introduce children to the best age-appropriate stories in children’s literature. Action rhymes, songs, and felt board activities are part of the program. The content of each story time centers on a different theme. An age-appropriate craft follows story time. Each program runs about 45 minutes. Each theme is the same all week. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM ScienceTellers  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Come listen to a story about 2 brave villagers and an evil ice sorceress! Learn about dry ice through interactive experiements.

Registration is preferred.

This program was made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

For all ages.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   2:00 PM Teen and Tween Yoga  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Join us for Yoga and mindfulness for ages 9 to 18 years old every Thursday during the summer reading program.
Beginners welcome
Mats are provided.
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.
Registration is required online starting the previous Thursday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Open Lab  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

This is an unstructured project oriented class. Practice what you learned in your classes. An instructor will be available to help you. You must register.

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:30 PM Family Movie: Storks  
   

Family Movie: Storks. Rated: PG. Runtime: 89 minutes. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM Cupcake Decoration,  
   

  All Ages!  

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM Cupcake Decoration,  
   

  All Ages!  

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM Shine Arts for Ages 8-14  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children & teens ages 8-14 can create masterpieces of art and original projects with local art instructors, Mrs. Mehta & Mrs. Poonam.

Each week will feature a different project or activity.

Online registration is required beginning July 3. 

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Family Science Fun  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Families can participate in a variety of science experiments, puzzles, and STEM building challenges.  

For ages 6-12.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Intro to Programming in Java (Ages 12-14)  
   

Kids will learn the fundamentals of computer science and will be introduced to Java syntax. Through this course, the concepts of object-oriented programming as well as decision structures will be explored. Kids must bring their own laptop, and be ready for a challenge.

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all classes as they build up from what was taught previously.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM Popsicle Stick Ferris Wheels, for ages 9-13 years  
   

For young adults ages 9-13 years.

In honor of this year's Summer Reading theme, "Build a Better World"...

Build a better… Ferris Wheel!  Use some engineering skills and your imagination to create a model Ferris Wheel out of popsicle sticks!

Online registration is required. Registration opens the morning of the program at 7a.m.  Preference at the door will be given to patrons who have registered with a valid MCLS library card. Please register each child separately.  Space is limited.  Your spot may be given to another if you are late.  Younger/older siblings will not be permitted except as observers with parent supervision.  Please phone us at 989-6921 if you will not be able to attend.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog  
   

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM Tinker Time  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 4 and up.
Unstructured play time with building toys such as Legos and Fiddlestix.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Slime Time (Ages 8-11)  
   

Create and experiment with making different kinds of slime! 

Please Register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Lego Club (grades K-5)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Do you like to build and create with Lego bricks? Join us at the library to create fun designs and shapes. 

Grades K - 5. No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:15 PM Teen Art Class (Ages 12-17)  
   

Join local artist, Mrs. Mehta and Poonam Sing, as they teach art techniques for the budding teen artist!

Registration required. 

Materials provided. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Needlework with Assia Abtouche  
   

 Ages 11 and up!

Learn to sew and learn different stitches!  

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Needlework with Assia Abtouche  
   

 Ages 11 and up!

Learn to sew and learn different stitches!  

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM Foreign and Independent Films at Your Library: Neither Heaven Nor Earth (France, 2015)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

French Army Captain Antares Bonassieu and his squad are assigned to monitor a remote valley of Wakhan, Afghanistan on the border of Pakistan. Negotiating control of the region between local shepherds and possible Taliban sympathizers grows more and more tenuous for them as men from all sides start mysteriously disappearing. Unable to explain this eerie phenomenon, the soldiers find themselves embroiled in an existential nightmare, desperate for their own safety. 104 min. Not rated. French with English subtitles. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Thursday Evening at the Movies for ages 18 and up at 6:30 p.m.  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

The Last Word (2017, R), with Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried and AnnJewel Lee Dixon. Harriet is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth resulting in a life-altering friendship. Runtime: 108 min.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM Thursday Night Movie: A Monster Calls  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

A Monster Calls (2016).  Rated PG-13.  Running time:  108 minutes.  A boy copes with his mother’s illness through

his unique relationship with a tree monster.  Based on the book by Patrick Ness. 

Registration preferred.

Generous support for this program was provided by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   7:00 PM Healthy Food Choices for 5-8yr.  
   

For ages 5-8 years, with a caregiver. In the children's activity room.

Presented by Lawrence Township Public Health Nurse Kathy Korwin.

Includes resources from the USDA. Chef Combo (puppet) from the National Dairy Council will introduce seasonal fruits and vegetables available at local farmer's markets to show how a variety of foods keep us healthy.  Participants will learn how all food and beverage choices matter! Fruits vegetables, grains, protein and dairy.

Online registration with a valid MCLS library card is required, beginnning at 7:00am on the day of the program. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Mindful Eating  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Joseph Wieliczko, PhD will talk about our relationship with food and how mindful eating techniques can help resolve food and eating related difficulties without dieting or feeling deprived. Please register. 

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM One Man Circus  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Kevin Carr is a talented performer who juggles on a unicycle, performs magical illusions and charms all with his wit. For children ages 6 and up.

Online registration begins on June 23.                       

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM Story Stretchers  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Story Stretchers is a half hour program that combines stories with yoga and movement exercises.
Suggested for ages 3-8.
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Hallowed Ground: Putting the U.S. Civil War Dead to Rest  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Over 750,000 men died in the American Civil War, but the tragedy was magnified by disrespectful burial practices in which large numbers of bodies were dumped, unidentified, into trenches. Enemy soldiers were frequently not buried at all and left to rot where they fell.

This program covers this issue and shows how after the war, federal and state governments sought to rectify the matter.

The presentation contains graphic images and is not suitable for young children.

Registration is suggested, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on June 22. Call 609-799-0462.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:05 PM  -  8:00 PM Everyday English  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to improve your English language speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and fluency. Taught by ESL instructor Stephanie Owens. Must have some basic knowledge of English.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Guided Meditation  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Sahaja Yoga Meditation is good for heart, mind, body and soul. It's all about energy — Inner Energy — and everyone has it. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is a simple technique that lets you tap into that energy and harness its power to become better balanced and better connected to yourself — emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It's easy. Anyone can do it. Class dates are: June 22 & 29 and July 6 & 13.

Registration required; space is limited.

Please register for each individual session in this four-week series.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Guided Meditation  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Sahaja Yoga Meditation is good for heart, mind, body and soul. It's all about energy — Inner Energy — and everyone has it. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is a simple technique that lets you tap into that energy and harness its power to become better balanced and better connected to yourself — emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It's easy. Anyone can do it. Class dates are: June 22 & 29 and July 6 & 13.

Registration required; space is limited.

Please register for each individual session in this four-week series.

    Location: Hopewell Branch

Friday July 14, 2017
   9:30 AM Yoga for Tots  
   

 Bring a towel and a water bottle.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Guitar sing-along with Pat McKinley 1-5 years  
    Contact: Lawrence Staff   609-882-9246   
   

For ages 1-5 years, with a caregiver.

Pat invites children to sing favorite and familiar songs, while she sings and plays the guitar.

Action songs encourage audience participation.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Preschool Storytime  
   

For children ages 4-5.(with parent or caregiver).

The focus is to encourage reading readiness in preparation for kindergarten.

Adult must remain in the program.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Resume Review  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Let us help you turn your resume into one that will get noticed! Content, grammar, and layout will be reviewed by staff wordsmith Lisa Shrager. Appointments are limited to 20 minutes. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Chair Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2310   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Gentle chair yoga for seniors.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Creation Station and Open Play  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

For all ages.
Our activity room will be open from 10am to 4pm for you to come and make a craft or just play with our puzzles and toys.
This is a walk-in program. 
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Sing Along Pete (For All Ages)  
   

Sing along Sing Along Pete! Enjoy classic and original tunes!

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM Tot Tunes +  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come sing and dance with Tot Tunes +. For children up to age 9, accompanied by an adult. Online registration begins on June 23.                                                            

              

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Baby & Toddler Time  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages birth–2.5 years & a caregiver.

Join us for singing & rhyming fun followed by a group board book read-aloud and play time with the library’s toys.

Siblings welcome.

No registration necessary. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM STEAM Club Jr. (ages 2 - 5 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children will explore a topic and have hands-on opportunities to learn, explore, and invent through play-to-learn stations related to the week's theme.  Dress to mess. Space is limited.  

Ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.  Registration required.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM Family Movie: Finding Dory  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Come watch a movie at the library! Today's movie will be Finding Dory rated PG.

This program was made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

For all ages.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM Play dough creations/ lego story time  
   

For children, ages 2-5, with caregiver in the program

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Walk-In Craft (All Ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room to create a special craft! 

All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Relaxing Art Friday  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join this friendly group at the library for Relaxing Art Fridays.  New members are welcome for some chit chat and to do some coloring or to learn about creating an art journal.   Some supplies will be provided, or you can bring your own - also, feel free to bring a snack or bag lunch.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Fun and Games (ages 11 and under; adult supervision required)  
   

Make a craft and/or play a game at the library!  Bring your friends!  Ages 11 and under.

No registration necessary.  Adult supervision required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM Movie: A Dog's Purpose  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

(2017) Starring Dennis Quaid. PG; 120 minutes

 
It shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. No registration.
    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:30 PM Meditation Circle  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Slow down and join Reference Librarian Ann Kerr and reduce stress using meditation. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM Melted Crayon Art  
   

For ages 11 and up!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM Melted Crayon Art  
   

For ages 11 and up!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Kid Craft (Ages 6-8)  
   

Cool off at the library with a special craft!

Registration required. Registration begins one week before program. 

*If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will have to forfeit your craft*

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:30 PM Draw It! Figures in Action for Ages 9-14  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Tweens & Teens ages 9-14 are invited to learn drawing skills from a local teen artist. Participants will learn how to draw realistics figures and superheroes in action poses.

No registration required. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:30 PM Draw It! Figures in Action for Ages 9-14  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Tweens & Teens ages 9-14 are invited to learn drawing skills from a local teen artist. Participants will learn how to draw realistics figures and superheroes in action poses.

No registration required. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:30 PM Posture Exercises  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Reference Librarian Ann Kerr will share some simple exercises to improve your posture and increase your flexibility. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:45 PM  -  4:15 PM Tween Craft (Ages 9-11)  
   

Cool off at the library with a special craft!

Registration required. Registration begins one week before program. 

*If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will have to forfeit your craft*

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Saturday July 15, 2017
   9:35 AM  -  8:50 PM Teen Take-out Craft  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Tweens and teens ages 10-18 can pick up this month's Teen Take Out craft kit

containing supplies needed to make a sparkly lantern.

While supplies last.

One kit per teen, please.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:00 AM Guided Meditation  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Relax and find your inner calm with our new Sahaja Yoga meditation program! Please wear comfortable clothing. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Saturday Morning Wii Bowling  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Wii is a fun and easy way to get some light exercise and socialize with friends. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Drum Circle  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Drum Circle is back!!!

Treat yourself to a fun-filled hour of hand drumming. We will explore rhythms from Africa and beyond using djembes, congas, bongos, bells, blocks, and various shakers. Beginners are welcome. Bring a hand drum or percussion if you can; there will be a limited number of drums to loan out.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on June 22. Click the Register button, or call 609-799-0462 for information or to register.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Vehicle Day (All ages)  
   

Stop by the library to get an up-close look at local police cars, firetrucks and ambulances!

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM What Knott Farm Traveling Petting Zoo  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come see and pet a variety of animals. Please note this program includes live animals. For children of all ages, accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required. 

In case of inclement weather, 2 indoor shows will be presented. Space will be limited and attendees will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

              

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Family Fun Time  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

This is a multi-age program for families with young children.
Join us for stories, music, parachute games and other fun activities!
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Yoga for Beginners  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn simple & powerful yoga postures to improve stability and balance. No physical agility or prior yoga experience needed. Bring a mat or large towel. Instructor, Aruna, is a trained Isha facilitator.

Please register. Click the Register button, or call the library for information or to register. Please call if you need to cancel.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM Ice cream story-time, for age 2 to 5 years  
   

For children ages 2 to 5 years, with a caregiver.

Join Miss. Lauren for stories and songs featuring our favorite dessert – ice cream!

Story-time will be followed by a craft and (of course, ice cream!)

Weather permitting, our story-time will be held outside.

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.

Space is limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend, so that we may allow another child to participate. (609) 989-6921

Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:45 AM  -  1:00 PM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

The children’s activity room will be open to families. Fun and educational toys are housed in this room for independent play and learning.

*Although partially separated, this room is not soundproof and ongoing noise can be heard in the library where other visitors and staff are present. We ask caregivers to stay aware and monitor their noise and activity levels.

 Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Yarnworks  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Lee Pellegrino. Join fellow knitters and crocheters and tackle a new project or work on one you’ve already started.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM  -  3:45 PM Drama & Public Speaking (Ages 5-7)  
   

There is FUN in everything we do. The children will be involved in various activities: creative drama, creative storytelling, improv games, voice modulation exercises and persuasive speeches. Our broad aim is to make children comfortable with expressing themselves through their thoughts and emotion. 

Presented by New Jersey Power Speakers: http://www.njpowerspeakers.com/ 

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:45 PM  -  4:30 PM Drama & Public Speaking (Ages 8-10)  
   

There is FUN in everything we do. The children will be involved in various activities: creative drama, creative storytelling, improv games, voice modulation exercises and persuasive speeches. Our broad aim is to make children comfortable with expressing themselves through their thoughts and emotion. 

Presented by New Jersey Power Speakers: http://www.njpowerspeakers.com/ 

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday July 17, 2017
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

Story-time and craft for ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

Registration is not required but we ask you to limit attendance to one story-time per week and respect age guidelines.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Morning Book Club - The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters, by Laura Thompson  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Born into country-house privilege in the early years of the 20th century, they became prominent as “bright young things” in the high society of interwar London. Then, as the shadows crept over 1930s Europe, the stark?and very public?differences in their outlooks came to symbolize the political polarities of a dangerous decade. The intertwined stories of their stylish and scandalous lives are recounted in masterly fashion in this biography by Laura Thompson. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Toddler STEM  
   

For ages 1-3, with adult in the program.

Science and math for toddlers!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM The Short of It  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

The short story -- short in length, but full of content! Join our newly formed discussion group, which has a focus on the short story. Each month we'll read and discuss three short stories by the same author. This month's author is Guy de Maupassant, and his short stories, "The Necklace", "My Uncle Jules", and "The Wreck".

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM The Short of It  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

The short story -- short in length, but full of content! Join our newly formed discussion group, which has a focus on the short story. Each month we'll read and discuss three short stories by the same author. This month's author is Guy de Maupassant, and his short stories, "The Necklace", "My Uncle Jules", and "The Wreck".

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 AM Concert with Jumpin' Jamie  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 12 months to 5 years.
Jumpin' Jamie will perform an energetic concert of children's music including his own songs and classic favorites!
Registration is required online starting Monday, July 10th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Books & Babies for ages birth to 2 years  
   

A program of songs, rhymes, movement and simple stories designed to introduce under twos and infants to the library.

This program is one on one with your child. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

No registration required.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Messy Mondays (ages 2 - 5 years and up)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Join us for open sensory play.  Each week we will have a hands-on activity time to encourage children to play, create, investigate and explore.  Projects may be messy.  Please wear old clothes.  

Ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.  No registration required.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Sing Along with Kim Yarson (Ages 0-5 yrs)  
    Contact: Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages Birth-5 with a caregiver.

Join us for local musician, Kim Yarson’s, high-energy guitar music as she plays classic and original songs for young children.

Online registration preferred!

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM Happy Two’s Activity Time  
   

For children, age 2 years, with adult in the program.

Learn songs and rhymes!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:00 PM Science show Marvels of Motion for ages 5-11yr.  
   

For ages 5-11 years with a caregiver.

Come one, come all...to the Mad Science Physics Olympics! This interactive event is about the fundamentals of moving science and  contains all sorts of surprises including dancing, chemically assisted football tossing, and  amazing “space-age” rocket packs.

Children will have a chance to compete in wacky events, while the mad scientist prepares to unveil a top-secret motion machine.  Presented by Mad Science.

Online registration with a valid MCLS library card is required, beginning at 7:00am on the day of the show. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:30 PM  -  1:00 PM Lunch Time Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour. Help yourself regain the peace lost through our busy mornings and smoothly get through the rest of your day.

Facilitated by library staff member, Leena, a 10 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration required.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM Children’s Movie Matinee, Lego Batman Movie  
   

PG: 104 minutes.

Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakis, Mariah Carey, Billy Dee Williams.  In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble, LEGO Batman, stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from the Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others, and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Light Refreshments!  

Sponsored by the friends of the Library.                         

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM Maker Mondays for Teens and Tweens: Slime  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For ages 9 and up.
Each Monday during the summer reading program we will have a different maker program.
This Monday we will be making various kinds of slime.  We do not use Borax in our recipe.
Registration is required online starting the previous Monday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM English as a Second Language Writing  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Improve your writing skills for school and work with this drop-in service. Taught by an experienced volunteer from Literacy NJ (formerly Literacy Volunteers).

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM Open Craft: Small Book  
   

For ages 4-10.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM Open Craft: Small Book  
   

For ages 4-10.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Intro to Programming in Java (Ages 12-14)  
   

Kids will learn the fundamentals of computer science and will be introduced to Java syntax. Through this course, the concepts of object-oriented programming as well as decision structures will be explored. Kids must bring their own laptop, and be ready for a challenge.

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all classes as they build up from what was taught previously.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maker Monday (Ages 12-17)  
   

Learn and create fun DIY projects! 

Please register. All materials are provided. 

June 26th – Perler Beads

July 3rd – Bad Art Contest

July 10th – Mug Cakes

July 17th – Tie Dye Socks

July 24th – Gelli Printing

July 31st – Paper Circuits

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 4:00 and 5:30 pm to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels. No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM BINGO! (Ages 8-12)  
   

Play BINGO with friends and win prizes!

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM LEGO Club (Ages 5-7)  
   

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Kindergarten-6th Grade Tutoring  
    Contact:    609-448-1474   
   

Children in grades K-6 will get homework help and subject review from volunteer mentors.

Children ages 5-7: a caregiver must be in the room during the program.

Children ages 8-13: a caregiver must be in the library during the program.

Register in person or by phone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:30 PM Community Game Night  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Roll some dice, make new friends, and beat the summer heat at Twin Rivers’ new Community Game Night.
July 3 – Jamaica; July 17 – Forbidden Island; July 24 - Pandemic.  

Please contact the branch for more details.  For tweens, teens, and adults.

Registration preferred. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Alphabet Time (Ages 3 & up)  
   

Explore a new letter each week! 

Listen to stories and do a craft based on a letter of the alphabet. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Art Adventures, for ages 2-7 yrs  
   

For ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver.

Join us for a new monthly program for toddlers, preschoolers, and older!

Each month, children will get to explore their creativity with a hands-on, open-ended art project using a variety of paints, markers, crayons, glue, and more!

No two masterpieces will look the same and children may work at their own pace (projects make take 10 – 30 minutes depending on the child).

Let your child’s imagination soar (and most importantly, have fun!)

Please dress in old clothes or wear a smock.  Some projects may get messy!

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program. 

Space is limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend, so that we may allow another child to participate. (609) 989-6921

Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:15 PM PJ Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

Wear your PJ’s & bring your favorite stuffed animal to the library! We will read stories and sing songs. Age appropriate craft will follow. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Monday Night Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Eliza Hammer teaches this eight-week series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: June 5, 12, 19, & 26 and July 3, 10, 17, & 24.

Registration for each individual class is required.

Registration for all eight classes opens on Tuesday, May 30th.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Yoga with Bob  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Enjoy the benefits of yoga and low-impact exercises with Bob Kirby, ACE-certified Group Fitness instructor. Bob incorporates music while focusing on balance, posture, mobility, and strength. Come in comfortable clothes with a mat or large towel and a water bottle.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on June 22. Click the Register button, or call 609-799-0462 for information or to register.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM P.M. English Conversation Group  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Join reference librarian Richard Peterson to improve language-speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, and general fluency.

Must have basic knowledge of English.

No need to register--just walk in.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Eyes of the Wild: Mammal Show  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for ages 4-16.

Meet some wild guests at the Eyes of the Wild Mammal Show! Mammals from different habitats will be the stars of this show as we learn how to make the world a better place for them and ourselves. 

Learn about different mammals and event pet some of them!

Online registration required beginning Monday, July 10.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

 

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM Mouthwatering Smoothies  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Randi Haas and Karen Gardiner. If your blender is collecting dust on a shelf, or you’re new to smoothies and juices and don’t know where to start, this program is for you. Adding “healthy” smoothies to your diet can actually decrease a sweet tooth, help to drop those extra pounds, assist with blood sugar control, and help eliminate that 3:00 slump! Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Mouthwatering Smoothies  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Randi Haas and Karen Gardiner. If your blender is collecting dust on a shelf, or you’re new to smoothies and juices and don’t know where to start, this program is for you. Adding “healthy” smoothies to your diet can actually decrease a sweet tooth, help to drop those extra pounds, assist with blood sugar control, and help eliminate that 3:00 slump! Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Mystery Book Club  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

The group will be discussing The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo. New members welcome. No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM School-age Science  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

An interactive, hands-on science program tailored for school-age children.
For grades K-5.
Registration is required online starting Monday, July 10th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM School-age storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children entering first grade and up. Please call to register.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:30 PM Yoga  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Sunita Yadav teaches this series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Water is provided. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and begins Monday, July 3, at 9:30 a.m. Class dates are: July 17, 24, 31 and Augist 7, 14, 21Participants must register online for each individual class date. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Tuesday July 18, 2017
   9:50 AM Books & Babies for 6-23 months  
   

Join us for a fun, upbeat program of songs, rhymes, finger-plays, board books and activities to promote early literacy in infants and young toddlers.

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

Online registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

Preference will be given to patrons with a valid Mercer County Library System card.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM A.M. English Conversation Group  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Have fun practicing your English through informal conversation with other ESL learners and librarian Elka Frankel. No need to register—just come! Must have basic knowledge of English.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Enjoy songs and rhymes with Miss Cathy. For children ages 6 months - 24 months.

Online registration begins on July 10. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Little Learners: STEAM program for Pre-K  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Little Learners is an interactive program for preschoolers (ages 3-5) that focuses on concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).
Registration is required online starting the previous Tuesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Read and Play Story Time  
   

For children, ages 2-5 with adult in the program.

Stories and crafts!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Morning Story Time with Miss Liz  
    Contact: Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy themed stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Toddler Storytime & Craft for ages 2 - 4  
   

Please join us for stories and a craft geared toward Toddlers!

Siblings are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY TODDLER CLASSES ARE IDENTICAL.

No registration is required.

Children aged 6 and under will need a parent or guardian to stay with them during the class.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Baby Time (recommended ages birth to 2 years; Adult Supervision Required)  
   

This program is a great way to introduce your child to library story times and reading. Age appropriate books are shared with the group. Songs, nursery rhymes, puppets, and felt board figures create a rich audio-visual and social experience. After 20 minutes of structured group time, there is time for play and for socializing. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Create a...  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:15 AM Play Group with Stories  
   

For children, ages 3-5 with adult in the program.

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM People-Powered Green Machines 8-11yr.  
   

For ages 8-11 years, with a caregiver. In the activity room.

Presented by: Ian Henderson, GMTMA Sustainable Transportation Coordinator, and Lexi Reynolds, GMTMA.

Students are challenged to take a  closer look into the air around them and choose greener modes of travel.

Through a transportation lens, students are presented alternative forms of energy, ways to improve air health and move more sustainably around their neighborhoods.

Online registration is required, beginning at 7:00am,  three days before the program. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  1:45 PM Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

These story times introduce children to the best age-appropriate stories in children’s literature. Action rhymes, songs, and felt board activities are part of the program. The content of each story time centers on a different theme. An age-appropriate craft follows story time. Each program runs about 45 minutes. Each theme is the same all week. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 5 and up.
All levels welcome.  A teen volunteer will be available for instructional assistance.
Come play against fellow chess enthusiasts to sharpen your skills.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Tots Tunes Music Show  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Come listen, learn, and play a variety of musical instruments at this musical show for toddlers!

Registration is preferred.

This program was made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

For ages 2-6.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Candy Making Demo for all ages  
   

Candy Clouded presents a candy-making demonstration for the whole family.

Make a candy kabob to take home and enjoy..

Register beginning Tuesday, July 18.  

www.candyclouded.com

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM PC Essentials  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Work with the Windows 10 environment. Use the many features of the Start Menu. Rename, move and delete files and folders using Windows 10.
Take PC Basics and Word 1 first!

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Family Science Fun  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Families can participate in a variety of science experiments, puzzles, and STEM building challenges.  

For ages 6-12.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Science for Kids,  
   

 Ages 6-10! 

Fun experiments!

 Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Science for Kids,  
   

 Ages 6-10! 

Fun experiments!

 Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 4:00 and 5:30 pm to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels. No registration required.

Please note that the Monday and Tuesday crafts will be the same.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Science Storytime (Ages 4-6)  
   

Read, learn, and conduct a science experiment!

Children aged 6 and under must have a parent or guardian stay with them during the class.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Beginning Spanish Language Class  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:15 PM Teen Cooking Class  
   

Learn and create easy no-bake recipes. 

Registration required. All materials provided. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM Wish Bracelets  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   
Using twine and colorful beads make a “wish bracelet” for yourself or to share with a friend. 
When the bracelet falls off naturally your wish will come true. 
Registration is required.

 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Citizenship Test Review  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

If you are interested in becoming a US citizen, we can help! Join our free preparation class to study & practice for your citizenship exam.

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Excel Beginner  
    Contact: Michael Kerr   609-275-8901   
   

We will learn the basics of Excel through making a sample spreadsheet. Formatting, using the autofill feature, using formulas, and making simple charts are covered in this class. If you can bring your own laptop with Excel 2007 or above, you do not need to register for the class. Signup for adults only. Space is limited, so you may register for only one Excel Beginner class per month. Registration period begins June 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Giant Candyland, for families  
   

For families (all ages welcome with caregiver).

Back by popular demand!!

Grab your family & friends and join us for a fun board game – and you are the pieces! 

Our meeting rooms will be transformed into a giant, life-sized Candy land board. 

Play as a family (groups of 2-5 people) and travel through the board visiting locations from this childhood classic.  Work together until you reach the Candy Castle! 

All children will get small treats along the way.

Please come any time between 6pm and 7pm.  Crafts and coloring sheets will be available for those waiting to play.

All ages are welcome – parents must stay and are encouraged to play through with their children.

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Only children need to be registered. Please register for one time slot.

Space is limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend, so that we may allow another child to participate. (609) 989-6921

Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits. 

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Art Explorers (Ages 6-11)  
   

Draw, paint, and use your imagination to create your very own piece of art! Materials provided. No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Harry Potter Club (ages 5-12)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Do you love all things Harry Potter?  Join us each week to discuss the books, make crafts, play games, learn trivia and do other fun activities inspired by the series.  

Ages 5 - 12.  No registration required.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM PJ Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Storytime is a half hour program of stories and songs.
For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
You are invited to wear your pajamas.
A craft is included at the end.
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Science Fiction Book Club: Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Kivrin, a history student at Oxford in 2048, travels back in time to a 14th-century English village, and arrives mistakenly on the eve of the onset of the Black Plague. Her dealings with a family of "contemps" in 1348 and with her historian cohorts lead to complications as the book unfolds into a surprisingly dark, deep conclusion. Next sci-fi book club title is: Stone by Adam Roberts. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.  

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  7:45 PM Giant Candyland, for families  
   

For families (all ages welcome with caregiver).

Back by popular demand!!

Grab your family & friends and join us for a fun board game – and you are the pieces! 

Our meeting rooms will be transformed into a giant, life-sized Candy land board. 

Play as a family (groups of 2-5 people) and travel through the board visiting locations from this childhood classic.  Work together until you reach the Candy Castle! 

All children will get small treats along the way.

Please come any time between 6pm and 7pm.  Crafts and coloring sheets will be available for those waiting to play.

All ages are welcome – parents must stay and are encouraged to play through with their children.

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Only children need to be registered. Please register for one time slot.

Space is limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend, so that we may allow another child to participate. (609) 989-6921

Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Excel Intermediate  
    Contact: Michael Kerr   609-275-8901   
   

We learn how to change chart colors and backgrounds. We will also learn how to download Excel compatible spreadsheets from the Internet, filter spreadsheets, add conditional formatting to spreadsheets, and create a pivot table. Online registration required unless you can bring your own laptop with Excel 2007 or above. Signup for adults only. Space is limited, so you may sign up for only one Excel Intermediate class per month. Registration period begins June 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Anime Aficionados -- Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us as we watch the first three episodes of the mecha, adventure series, Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 No registration necessary.

Plot Summary: Tokyo’s workforce is riddled with robots that tend to go on destructive killing sprees. Four young women gear up in cybernetic suits to battle an evil corporation’s bionic pawns while its grip on the city threatens to strangle humanity. In order to shut down an android uprising, these heavy metal heroines flirt with a critical meltdown in an adrenaline-fueled death match between woman and machine! (Source: Anime News Network)

Please Note: Anime will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Films are for an adult and older teen audience and may include adult (rating of 17+) content.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Chess Club (Ages 7-14)  
   

Students will learn new techniques that will prepare them to compete in local tournaments.

 

You must know the basics of chess.

You must bring your own chess board.

Registration is weekly. 

Classes on July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8, and 15. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Learning English with Victor  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

English as a Second Language class.

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   8:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Powerpoint  
    Contact: Michael Kerr   609-275-8901   
   

This class deals with the basics of making presentations using Powerpoint, including making basic slides and putting them together to make a slideshow, plus adding animations, clipart, and transitions between slides. Online registration required unless you can bring your own laptop with Powerpoint 2007 or above. Signup for adults only. Space is limited. Registration period begins June 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Wednesday July 19, 2017
   10:00 AM Baby Time  
   

For birth to 18 months. (We have a new Toddler Time program for ages 18 to 36 months at 11:00am)
Baby Time is 30 minutes of songs, fingerplays and activities including scarves, shakers and board books.
Registration is required online each week starting the previous Wednesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:00 AM Cat, Hat, Sat Story Time  
   

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

For children, ages 3-4, with adult in the program.

Play rhyming games! 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Travel & Entertainment Club  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Meet up with others who are also interested in local travel and entertainment. Use this planning meeting to brainstorm about day trips as well as weekend getaways. Perhaps you’ll start with a local play at Kelsey or McCarter Theater. As the better weather rolls in, take in a Broadway play and dine at the Playwright Celtic Pub. Attendees plan and execute the trips. The sky’s the limit! Bring along a hot beverage and enjoy a Liverpool tart or fig Newton at the planning meeting.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is suggested, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on June 22. Call 609-799-0462.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Internet 2  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Learn valuable search techniques and get tips on evaluating websites.  

Requires some Internet experience!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Dreamcatcher  
   

For children 5 -11 yrs, with a caregiver.

Come create a dreamcatcher.

Craft takes 15 minutes to complete.  No admittance after 12:45

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

   10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Dreamcatcher  
   

For children 5 -11 yrs, with a caregiver.

Come create a dreamcatcher.

Craft takes 15 minutes to complete.  No admittance after 12:45

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

   10:30 AM Excel Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to input data and format spreadsheets for everyday tasks such as budgets,

invoices, and contact lists. Mouse and keyboard skills are essential. 

Advance registration is required. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:30 AM Fitness for the Active Aging  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Bob Kirby. Enjoy the benefits of stretching and low-impact exercises while learning how staying fit can improve balance, posture, flexibility, endurance and more. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Morning Story Time with Miss Liz  
    Contact: Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy themed stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Toddler Storytime & Craft for ages 2 - 4  
   

Please join us for stories and a craft geared toward Toddlers!

Siblings are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY TODDLER CLASSES ARE IDENTICAL.

No registration is required.

Children aged 6 and under will need a parent or guardian to stay with them during the class.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

These story times introduce children to the best age-appropriate stories in children’s literature. Action rhymes, songs, and felt board activities are part of the program. The content of each story time centers on a different theme. An age-appropriate craft follows story time. Each program runs about 45 minutes. Each theme is the same all week. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM Little Explorers  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This hands-on science program is part of a multi-week session for children ages 3 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
   

For 18 to 36 months.
Toddler Time is 30 minutes of songs, fingerplays and activities including scarves, shakers and board books.
This class is designed to transition toddlers from Baby Time to Storytime.
Registration is required online each week starting the previous Wednesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   11:30 AM Intro to Tae Kwan Do  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 3 and up.  Younger participants may need parental assistance.
Master Christopher Brooks from CMB Karate will teach a free introductory class in the art of Tae Kwan Do.
Registration is required online starting Wednesday, July 12th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Excel Advanced  
    Contact: Michael Kerr   609-275-8901   
   

This course builds on Excel Intermediate and deals with some more useful techniques of working with data in Excel, including making data ranges into tables, useful tools in pivot tables, some key tools on the data tab such as goal seek and subtotal. We will also deal with linking data between workbooks and worksheets. Signup for adults only, space is limited, so please sign up for only Excel Advanced class per month. Registration begins June 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM Sciencetellers  
   

For children in grades K-5.

 Throughout the story, volunteers from the audience will help explore the incredible science behind clouds, flash paper, air pressure, inertia, explosions and more.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM Sciencetellers  
   

For children in grades K-5.

 Throughout the story, volunteers from the audience will help explore the incredible science behind clouds, flash paper, air pressure, inertia, explosions and more.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Word Advanced  
    Contact: Mary Astarita   609-275-8901   
   

Resize and reposition text boxes, adjust columns in tables, draw objects, and insert symbols. Learn how to create a polished Word document. Proficiency with Word Intermediate functions is required. Classes are for adults only. Space is limited. Registration begins June 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM Hightstown Reaching Heights - Writing Group for Ages 10-12  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children and tweens ages 10-12 are invited to this fun and educational creative writing program led by a local Girl Scout working towards her Gold Award. 

No registration required. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Publisher  
    Contact: Mary Astarita   609-275-8901   
   

Create documents with an emphasis on design, such as calendars, flyers, greeting cards, resumes, and advertisements. Work with pages, text, text boxes, and pictures. This class is for Publisher beginners and intermediate users who are comfortable using a mouse and keyboard. Classes are for adults only. Space is limited. Registration begins June 22nd. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Open Lab  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

This is an unstructured project oriented class. Practice what you learned in your classes. An instructor will be available to help you. You must register.

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Open Craft: Minecraft Bookmarks  
   

 For ages 4-10.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Open Craft: Minecraft Bookmarks  
   

 For ages 4-10.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM Bollywood Dance for Kids  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 5 and up.
On Wednesdays during the summer reading program.
Kids will learn the art of Bollywood Dance.
Registration is required online starting the previous Wednesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Origami Hour (ages 5-11)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Create origami crafts ever Wednesday this July.  Learn the art of paper folding and take home all your creations.  All materials provided!

Ages 5 - 11.  No registration required. See Youth Progam Policy.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Master Artists (Ages 7 & up)  
   

Learn about a new artist and create your own masterpiece based on that artist's work!

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:00 PM Game Night  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Play a variety of games with friends or family.


For all ages.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:00 PM Bollywood Dance  
   

  Ages 12 and up!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:00 PM Reading Genius Club  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for our monthly Reading Genius Club (RGC) book group meeting.  Read and bring any building book and join in a related activity.

Suggested books are available in the library.  

For ages 7-11.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Face Painting & Henna, for ages 9-13 years  
   

For young adults ages 9-13 years.

In honor of this year's Summer Reading theme, "Build a Better World"...

Build a better... face!  Have your face painted by professional Jazzy Jen.  While you wait your turn, try your hand at creating a henna design.

Online registration is required. Registration opens the morning of the program at 7a.m. 

Space is limited.  Preference at the door will be given to patrons who have registered with a valid MCLS library card.  Please register each child separately.  Your spot may be given to another if you are late.  Younger/older siblings will not be permitted except as observers with parent supervision.  Please phone us at 989-6921 if you will not be able to attend.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Playtime with a Twist!  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Drop in for interactive movement and empowering play activities for a summer reading celebration. Enjoy Hoop Dance instruction and practice with Color Me Hoopy. Learn Baton Twirling and Plate Spinning with The Twirling Arcade. Engage in Paper Kite Decorating and Flying. All ages, with an adult.

Registration is not required. This program may be rescheduled due to inclement weather; check our website the day of the event!

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Glow Party (ages 11 and under)  
   

We'll turn out the lights for a glowing good time with games, activities, crafts and fun!  

All ages welcome.  Adult supervision required.  Registration required.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM Embroidery Circle  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Whether you are looking to create your first stitch or expand your skills, learn new methods and techniques, or share embroidery art and craft ideas, the Embroidery Circle is open to all skill levels – including absolute beginners. Bring embroidery projects you are working on to share with others or work in the good company of fellow embroiders.  

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Knitting Circle  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Knitters who already know the basics are invited to drop in to socialize with other knitters and work on a project of their choice. Experienced knitter Helene Plank will be available to assist individuals. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Teens Make a Difference: Volunteer Workshops  
   

Volunteer Organization: EASEL Animal Rescue League

Create treats and toys for cats and dogs living at the EASEL Animal Shelter in Ewing. 

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Thursday July 20, 2017
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

Story-time and craft for ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

Registration is not required but we ask you to limit attendance to one story-time per week and respect age guidelines.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Hightstown Reaching Heights - Writing Group for Ages 7-9  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children ages 7-9 are invited to this fun and educational creative writing program led by a local Girl Scout working towards her Gold Award. 

No registration required. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:00 AM Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM Toddler Rock (ages 1 to 3 years; adult supervision required)  
   

Too old for Baby Time and not quite ready to sit through a Story Time? Join us for singing, dancing, and rhymes. Through structured group activities, we play with musical instruments, puppets, parachutes, and more! There is an emphasis on interaction with the music and the rhymes through singing, actions, and props to build pre-literacy skills. This program runs about 30 minutes. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Excel 2  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Do different calculations, freeze panes, insert comment boxes and practice formatting.
Take Excel 1 first!

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Mother Goose Activity Time  
   

Mother Goose Activity Time (recommended birth-18 months; siblings welcome)with adult in the program

No registration required.

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM PowerPoint Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn the basics of creating presentations, formatting text and inserting images.

Mouse and keyboard skills are essential. 

Advance registration is required. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:30 AM Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Storytime is a half hour program of stories and songs.
For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
A craft is included at the end.
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Picture Books & Craft for ages 3 & up  
   

Join us for stories, fingerplays, clothesline rhymes, and music, followed by a craft

No registration required.

Children aged 6 and under must have a parent or guardian stay with them during the class.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Conversational ESL  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Join Librarian Mary Elizabeth Allen to learn how to improve your English language speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and fluency. Must have some basic knowledge of English. Please register. 

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   11:00 AM Cuentos en español/ Bilingual Story Time  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

STEM stories are focused on fun topics like science and math!

Cuentos (STEM) son sobre ciencia y numeros.

Stories, games, songs, dance, and music in English and Spanish.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM Scribble Time  
   

For children ages 12 months to 36 months with caregiver in the program.

Children will enjoy using crayons, paint, and glue to hang on the refrigerator at home.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Art Adventures, for ages 2-7 yrs  
   

For ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver.

Join us for a new monthly program for toddlers, preschoolers, and older!

Each month, children will get to explore their creativity with a hands-on, open-ended art project using a variety of paints, markers, crayons, glue, and more!

No two masterpieces will look the same and children may work at their own pace (projects make take 10 – 30 minutes depending on the child).

Let your child’s imagination soar (and most importantly, have fun!)

Please dress in old clothes or wear a smock.  Some projects may get messy!

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program. 

Space is limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend, so that we may allow another child to participate. (609) 989-6921

Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:45 AM Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

These story times introduce children to the best age-appropriate stories in children’s literature. Action rhymes, songs, and felt board activities are part of the program. The content of each story time centers on a different theme. An age-appropriate craft follows story time. Each program runs about 45 minutes. Each theme is the same all week. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   12:30 PM Lawrence Author Visit for Kids!~Rashad Malik Davis  
   

For ages 2-10 years, with a caregiver. 

Rashad will share his book  Carefree, Like Me! Chapter 1: Root the Brave  and talk about his art and drawing techniques.

What happens when  two best friends, Amir and Neena get bored? They travel to another dimension of course! Will they be able  to help King root conquer his fears, or will they be stuck in a new world forever?  Get ready for the start of an adventure that you’ll never forget!      

Author/illustrator Rashad Malik Davis can most often be found sketching, writing, or engaging in excited dialogue about the magic and beauty—both seen and unseen—of our diverse world.  This is his first picture book. Rashad resides in New Jersey with a family and wide array of pencils, pens and unfishished how-to books. 

Registration is required and will begin at 7:00am, three days before the program. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

This book is owned by Lawrence Headquarters.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Teen and Tween Yoga  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Join us for Yoga and mindfulness for ages 9 to 18 years old every Thursday during the summer reading program.
Beginners welcome
Mats are provided.
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.
Registration is required online starting the previous Thursday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Afternoon Adventures (grades K - 2)  
   

Join our weekly book club!  Each week we'll read books by a new author and then do some related activities.  

Grades K - 2.  No registration required.  

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:30 PM Family Movie: LEGO Batman Movie  
   

Family Movie: LEGO Batman Movie. Rated: PG. Runtime: 104 minutes. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Stretch your imagination and come build with us. For children in ages 5 and up.

Online registration begins on July 10. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:30 PM Pinterest for Beginners  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Ever wish you had a way to keep track of all those great ideas you come across on the Internet? Pinterest is the world’s catalog of ideas. Learn how to use it to find and save recipes, DIY projects, style inspiration, travel destinations and more. Please register. 

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   3:00 PM Crochet Corner  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Needle crafters who already know the basic crochet stitches are invited to drop in to socialize and work on a project of their choice. Experienced needle crafter Margaret Woo will be available to assist individuals. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM Shine Arts for Ages 8-14  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children & teens ages 8-14 can create masterpieces of art and original projects with local art instructors, Mrs. Mehta & Mrs. Poonam.

Each week will feature a different project or activity.

Online registration is required beginning July 10. 

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM Shine Arts for Ages 8-14  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children & teens ages 8-14 can create masterpieces of art and original projects with local art instructors, Mrs. Mehta & Mrs. Poonam.

Each week will feature a different project or activity.

Online registration is required beginning July 10. 

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Family Science Fun  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Families can participate in a variety of science experiments, puzzles, and STEM building challenges.  

For ages 6-12.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Intro to Programming in Java (Ages 12-14)  
   

Kids will learn the fundamentals of computer science and will be introduced to Java syntax. Through this course, the concepts of object-oriented programming as well as decision structures will be explored. Kids must bring their own laptop, and be ready for a challenge.

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all classes as they build up from what was taught previously.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM Cupcake “Cheeseburgers,” for ages 9-13 years  
   

For young adults ages 9-13 years.

In honor of this year's Summer Reading theme, "Build a Better World"...

Build a better … cheeseburger!  (This one is made out of sweets!)  We will be assembling our little treats out of pre-made cupcakes, brownies, frosting, coconut, and sprinkles.  Yum!!      

Online registration is required. Registration opens the morning of the program at 7a.m.  Preference at the door will be given to patrons who have registered with a valid MCLS library card. Please register each child separately.  Space is limited.  Your spot may be given to another if you are late.  Younger/older siblings will not be permitted except as observers with parent supervision.  Please phone us at 989-6921 if you will not be able to attend.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog  
   

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM Reading Genius Club: DATE MOVED  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Reading Genius Club has been moved to Wednesday, July 19th at 6:00 pm!

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   4:00 PM Teen Craft – “Tying Game” Tee  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

We’ll cut and tie a tee to make a fun fashion item that's great for summer weather. 

For ages 12 – 18.  

Preregistration required.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   4:00 PM Tinker Time  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 4 and up.
Unstructured play time with building toys such as Legos and Fiddlestix.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   4:05 PM  -  5:00 PM Lego Party  
   

For ages 3-10.

All lego activities and food!  

Sponsored by the Friends of the library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Slime Time (Ages 8-11)  
   

Create and experiment with making different kinds of slime! 

Please Register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Lego Club (grades K-5)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Do you like to build and create with Lego bricks? Join us at the library to create fun designs and shapes. 

Grades K - 5. No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:15 PM Teen Art Class (Ages 12-17)  
   

Join local artist, Mrs. Mehta and Poonam Sing, as they teach art techniques for the budding teen artist!

Registration required. 

Materials provided. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM Conversation of Your Life: Planning for End of Life  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for a film screening of The Bucket List starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman followed by a discussion with facilitators Deborah Levine, Director of Community Health at The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, and Patricia Hall – Operational Manager of the Trenton Free Public Library. This event will highlight the importance of discussing your end of life wishes with family, friends and your doctors, and is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute and the Friends of the Lawrence Library.  Registration is suggested.  

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:00 PM Conversation of Your Life: Planning for End of Life  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for a film screening of The Bucket List starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman followed by a discussion with facilitators Deborah Levine, Director of Community Health at The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, and Patricia Hall – Operational Manager of the Trenton Free Public Library. This event will highlight the importance of discussing your end of life wishes with family, friends and your doctors, and is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute and the Friends of the Lawrence Library.  Registration is suggested.  

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Thursday Evening at the Movies for ages 18 and up at 6:30 p.m.  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Gold (2016, R), with Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramírez and Bryce Dallas Howard. Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. Runtime: 120 min.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM Yikes! What's Happening to my Body? A Puberty Talk for GIRLS  
   

Designed for girls between the ages of 9 and 12 years, this program will address the physical, intellectual  and emotional changes your child will experience as she enters her teenage years.

Bring your child and join us for an informative and relaxed look at growing up, led by Lisa Mathiasen, RN, a Health Educator with Princeton Healthcare System.

Online registration with a valid MCLS Library card is required, beginning at 7:00am on the day of the program. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.  

Register only the child, but an adult caregiver should accompany her.

In rooms 1&2.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Kids in the Kitchen (Ages 7-11)  
   

Kids will learn about the importance of healthy eating and learn to make nutritious recipes. 

Registration required. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all 6 classes, every Thursday from July 20th to August 24th. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM A Better World Naturally with Eyes of the Wild  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Join Eyes of The Wild and their amazing rescued animals for a discussion about a future that can and should include the beautiful creatures and habitats we share this world with. Learn about issues mankind must overcome to provide that future, ways in which animals help build a better world and success stories of how we are working toward a future that can include every living thing! Please note this presentation will include live animals. For children ages 6 and up.

Online registration begins on July 10. Please register each child separately.                                    

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM Everyday English  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to improve your English language speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and fluency. Taught by ESL instructor Stephanie Owens. Must have some basic knowledge of English

Please register. Meets every Thursday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM The Lizard Guys  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 3 and up.
Always a favorite, The Lizard Guys are back again this summer to teach you about reptiles and amphibians.
The presenter will show several animals and share many fun facts about them in a kid-friendly presentation.

Registration is required online starting Thursday, July 13th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Tech Help  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Do you want to make better use of your digital device? Maybe you’d like to open a Facebook account or download an e-book. How about capturing a screen shot or attaching a photo to a text message? Make a 20-minute appointment with reference librarian Mary Astarita to get one-on-one help with your gadget.

Please note that library staff does not repair devices.

Appointment is required. On or after June 22, call 609-275-8901 or stop by the reference desk to make a 20-minute appointment. Let us know which device you’ll bring in and the function(s) you want to learn.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Alzheimer's: Legal & Financial Considerations  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

This workshop will provide information and education on:

·         The facts and myths regarding aging, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia

·         The common risk factors and causes

·         The stags of the disease and current treatments

Registration is suggested, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on June 22. Call 609-799-0462.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Friday July 21, 2017
   9:35 AM  -  3:00 PM Big Building Block free play time for 2-9 years  
   

From 9:35am to 3pm, sharp. Ages 2-9 years with a caregiver to supervise. 


Oversized plastic building blocks will be out for kids to play with in cooperation with others who are present.  Children may need to take turns. Please limit your time if others are waiting.   Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. Set includes 384 pieces. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Fiction Writing Workshop: Dialogue Workshop  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Writer & Producer Ken Britschge, co-founder of PCM Theatre in Hamilton, now in its 11th year, and frequent contributor to the Lawrence One-Act Playfests, believes the key to writing good, strong, even entertaining dialogue is well within your grasp, closer than you might believe.  And it needn't be such a secret. Registration suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Preschool Storytime  
   

For children ages 4-5.(with parent or caregiver).

The focus is to encourage reading readiness in preparation for kindergarten.

Adult must remain in the program.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Chair Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2310   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Gentle chair yoga for seniors.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Model Airplane Build  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For ages 8 to 13.
Discover the magic of model building by assembling a model airplane kit with Tim Lingle, the Founder and Director of Young Model Builders of America.
Spots are limited for this program but there is a second session available on Friday, July 28th if this is full. You may only register for one session.
Registration is required online starting Friday, July 14th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Caution: Crafters at Work  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

 Drop in to create construction-themed crafts with the materials provided. For children of all ages, accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Creation Station and Open Play  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

For all ages.
Our activity room will be open from 10am to 4pm for you to come and make a craft or just play with our puzzles and toys.
This is a walk-in program. 
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Drum & Percussion Circle  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

Join musician and teacher Reed Thomas to create simple rhythms using hand held drums and various percussion instruments. No experience necessary. Instruments provided. No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Kim Yarson Family Singalong  
   

Kim returns to sing some of the most loved children's songs, like The ABC Song, Wheels on the Bus, If You're Happy and You Know it, and a couple of originals she wrote for her own sons.

Not only will you sit down but she will have you up and doing the hokey pokey and shaking eggs in her energetic style of entertaining the little ones.

Be prepared to join in with your child and have some fun. There are stickers for everyone at the end of the show.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

No registration is required.

Children aged 6 and under must have a parent or guardian stay with them during the class.

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Baby & Toddler Time  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages birth–2.5 years & a caregiver.

Join us for singing & rhyming fun followed by a group board book read-aloud and play time with the library’s toys.

Siblings welcome.

No registration necessary. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Pat McKinley's Toddler Tunes (recommended ages birth to 5 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Pat McKinley's Toddler Tunes:  Sing and dance to classic children's songs played on live guitar! Parental supervision is required.  

Recommended ages birth to 5 years.   No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM Family Movie: Zootopia  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Come watch a movie at the library! Today's movie will be Zootopia rated PG.

This program was made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

For all ages.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM Play dough creations/ lego story time  
   

For children, ages 2-5, with caregiver in the program

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Walk-In Craft (All Ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room to create a special craft! 

All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:05 AM  -  11:30 AM Open Play (ages birth - 5)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

After Pat McKinley's Toddler Tunes stay in the activity room and play with old and new friends:  Parental supervision is required.  

Recommended ages birth to 5 years.   No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:30 AM Sing-A-Long with Pat McKinley,  
   

For children, ages birth-7 years (with adult),

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Relaxing Art Friday  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join this friendly group at the library for Relaxing Art Fridays.  New members are welcome for some chit chat and to do some coloring or to learn about creating an art journal.   Some supplies will be provided, or you can bring your own - also, feel free to bring a snack or bag lunch.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Facebook Basics  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Connect to family and friends using Facebook! Get started by setting up an account with your profile. Learn how to connect with people you know, chose your privacy settings, add photos and more. The class will be taught by reference librarian, Kim Luke, and on classroom computers.

Please register. Click the Register button, or call the library for information or to register. Please call if you need to cancel.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM Movie: The Great Wall  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

2017) (Matt Damon). PG-13; 103 minutes.

 
European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures. No registration.
    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Tie-Dye  
   

For ages 12 and up!  

Please bring an article of clothing that you want to tie-dye!  

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knit & Crochet Circle  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Bring yarn, and hook or needles, to start or continue your project. We will have needles on hand for those just starting out. Come in with your hot beverage and enjoy cookies on us as we socialize while knitting or crocheting. All are welcome, whatever your skill level!

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on June 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Word 2  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Learn to work with Tabs and the Office Ribbon. Explore the many extra features that can help you create a professional-looking document.
Take Word 1 first!

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:30 PM Meditation Circle  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Slow down and join Reference Librarian Ann Kerr and reduce stress using meditation. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM Bad Art Contest  
   

For ages 4-11.

Create your own masterpiece!  

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Kid Craft (Ages 6-8)  
   

Cool off at the library with a special craft!

Registration required. Registration begins one week before program. 

*If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will have to forfeit your craft*

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:30 PM Draw It! Figures in Action for Ages 9-14  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Tweens & Teens ages 9-14 are invited to learn drawing skills from a local teen artist. Participants will learn how to draw realistics figures and superheroes in action poses.

No registration required. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:30 PM Draw It! Figures in Action for Ages 9-14  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Tweens & Teens ages 9-14 are invited to learn drawing skills from a local teen artist. Participants will learn how to draw realistics figures and superheroes in action poses.

No registration required. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:30 PM Posture Exercises  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Reference Librarian Ann Kerr will share some simple exercises to improve your posture and increase your flexibility. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:45 PM  -  4:15 PM Tween Craft (Ages 9-11)  
   

Cool off at the library with a special craft!

Registration required. Registration begins one week before program. 

*If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will have to forfeit your craft*

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM Drum Circle: Summer Series  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for this drum circle. Bring your own drum or use one of ours. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Saturday July 22, 2017
   10:00 AM Guided Meditation  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Relax and find your inner calm with our new Sahaja Yoga meditation program! Please wear comfortable clothing. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Shark week drop-in craft, for children of all ages  
   

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop-in between 10am and 4pm and celebrate Shark Week with a fun craft!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM The Power of Thank You (Ages 6-12)  
   

What are your favorite things?

 Join with friends to discover the power of thank you.

 Create a greeting card for someone special.

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Clase de la Computadora  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Clase de correo electrónico y navegación por Internet. Registrarse, por favor.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Make a Fidget Quilt!  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Be a part of creating a Fidge Quilt!

For this event, please make 6-1/2” squares ahead of time to contribute and/or create fidget quilts.  If possible, please bring a sewing machine and extension cord.

The fidget quilts created at this event will be donated to various local nursing homes and/or the Alzheimer's Foundation.

For more information, please call the Janet Wyckoff at 609-466-2516.

What is a Fidget Quilt?

Sometimes people who have Alzheimer’s Disease or other cognitive issues may have restless hands.  Fidget Quilts are made to address this problem. Small square quilts, about 24” x 24”, are made of 6” squares that incorporate fabrics with texture, fabrics with a large motif, squares embellished with ribbons, lace, tucks, etc., and squares with something to manipulate (zippers, pockets, buttons). 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Make a Fidget Quilt!  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Be a part of creating a Fidge Quilt!

For this event, please make 6-1/2” squares ahead of time to contribute and/or create fidget quilts.  If possible, please bring a sewing machine and extension cord.

The fidget quilts created at this event will be donated to various local nursing homes and/or the Alzheimer's Foundation.

For more information, please call the Janet Wyckoff at 609-466-2516.

What is a Fidget Quilt?

Sometimes people who have Alzheimer’s Disease or other cognitive issues may have restless hands.  Fidget Quilts are made to address this problem. Small square quilts, about 24” x 24”, are made of 6” squares that incorporate fabrics with texture, fabrics with a large motif, squares embellished with ribbons, lace, tucks, etc., and squares with something to manipulate (zippers, pockets, buttons). 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Caution: Crafters at Work  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

 Drop in to create construction-themed crafts with the materials provided. For children of all ages, accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Children’s Book Author Lyndon Cerejo  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come meet Children’s Book Author Lyndon Cerejo and Illustrator Ananya Chopra! Lyndon will be discussing his book “Missing Gems of the Taj Majal” which is a time-travel historic fiction book for children ages 5-9.

Online registration begins on July 10. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Family Fun Time  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

This is a multi-age program for families with young children.
Join us for stories, music, parachute games and other fun activities!
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   11:00 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

Story-time and craft for ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

Registration is not required but we ask you to limit attendance to one story-time per week and respect age guidelines.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:45 AM  -  1:00 PM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

The children’s activity room will be open to families. Fun and educational toys are housed in this room for independent play and learning.

*Although partially separated, this room is not soundproof and ongoing noise can be heard in the library where other visitors and staff are present. We ask caregivers to stay aware and monitor their noise and activity levels.

 Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Writers' Group  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Bring 5 pages of a work in progress to discuss with other writers. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Drama & Public Speaking (Ages 10-13)  
   

There is FUN in everything we do. The children will be involved in various activities: creative drama, creative storytelling, improv games, voice modulation exercises and persuasive speeches. Our broad aim is to make children comfortable with expressing themselves through their thoughts and emotion. 

Presented by New Jersey Power Speakers: http://www.njpowerspeakers.com/ 

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday July 24, 2017
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

Story-time and craft for ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

Registration is not required but we ask you to limit attendance to one story-time per week and respect age guidelines.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Toddler STEM  
   

For ages 1-3, with adult in the program.

Science and math for toddlers!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Tech Help  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Do you want to make better use of your digital device? Maybe you’d like to open a Facebook account or download an e-book. How about capturing a screen shot or attaching a photo to a text message? Make a 20-minute appointment with reference librarian Mary Astarita to get one-on-one help with your gadget.

Please note that library staff does not repair devices.

Appointment is required. On or after June 22, call 609-275-8901 or stop by the reference desk to make a 20-minute appointment. Let us know which device you’ll bring in and the function(s) you want to learn.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Open Lab  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

This is an unstructured project oriented class. Practice what you learned in your classes. An instructor will be available to help you. You must register.

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Storytime is a half hour program of stories and songs.
For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
A craft is included at the end.
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Books & Babies for ages birth to 2 years  
   

A program of songs, rhymes, movement and simple stories designed to introduce under twos and infants to the library.

This program is one on one with your child. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

No registration required.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Messy Mondays (ages 2 - 5 years and up)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Join us for open sensory play.  Each week we will have a hands-on activity time to encourage children to play, create, investigate and explore.  Projects may be messy.  Please wear old clothes.  

Ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.  No registration required.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Preschool Art Class with Mrs. Mehta (Ages 2-6)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children ages 2-6 will complete different arts and crafts projects with local art instructors, Mrs. Mehta and Miss Poonam.

Please note: This program will often use a variety of markers and paints - please wear messy play clothes. 

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM George the Magician & Bubble Show  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Watch George perform magic and create huge, hard-to-pop bubbles with his special formula!

Registration is preferred.

This program was made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

For all ages.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM Happy Two’s Activity Time  
   

For children, age 2 years, with adult in the program.

Learn songs and rhymes!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:30 PM Design a Stained Glass Vase with Wildflowers  
   

For children 5 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Design your own stained glass vase with an easy technique using cut tissue paper and mod podge.

Then arrange a bouquet of local wildflowers to fill your work of art!

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:30 PM  -  1:00 PM Lunch Time Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour. Help yourself regain the peace lost through our busy mornings and smoothly get through the rest of your day.

Facilitated by library staff member, Leena, a 10 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration required.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Movies on Monday -- Collateral Beauty  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609-737-2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

Rated PG-13; 96 minutes

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM Children’s Movie Matinee, Arctic Adventure: On Frozen Pond  
   

PG: 88 minutes.

Starring: Anthony Padilla, Ian Andrew Hecox, Ambyr Childers, Jon Lovitz, Jay Sheldon.  For centuries, the Crystal Frog has protected the Frog Kingdom with its magic. When One-Eye plots to steal the artifact and rule the land, the Frog King asks Freddy and the Frog Princess to undertake a bold journey through forest, desert, river rapids, and icy caverns. But as the protectors arrive, it becomes clear that One-Eye may have led them into a trap.

Light Refreshments!

 Sponsored by the friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM Maker Mondays for Teens and Tweens: Tie-dye  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For ages 9 and up.
Each Monday during the summer reading program we will have a different maker program.
This Monday we will be tie-dyeing. 
BRING A PRE-WASHED WHITE OR LIGHT COLORED T-SHIRT OR PILLOWCASE.
Registration is required online starting the previous Monday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Cards & Games  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

This program was created for people of all playing levels—yes, even beginners! Play hearts, spades, gin, Sequence, or Scrabble. Let us know if you have other favorites. All are welcome. Snacks are provided.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on June 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM English as a Second Language Writing  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Improve your writing skills for school and work with this drop-in service. Taught by an experienced volunteer from Literacy NJ (formerly Literacy Volunteers).

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Family History  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Find out how to research your family tree using online research databases such as AncestryLibrary and others.

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Intro to Programming in Java (Ages 12-14)  
   

Kids will learn the fundamentals of computer science and will be introduced to Java syntax. Through this course, the concepts of object-oriented programming as well as decision structures will be explored. Kids must bring their own laptop, and be ready for a challenge.

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all classes as they build up from what was taught previously.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maker Monday (Ages 12-17)  
   

Learn and create fun DIY projects! 

Please register. All materials are provided. 

June 26th – Perler Beads

July 3rd – Bad Art Contest

July 10th – Mug Cakes

July 17th – Tie Dye Socks

July 24th – Gelli Printing

July 31st – Paper Circuits

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:30 PM Open Craft: Piggy Bank  
   

For ages 4-10.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 4:00 and 5:30 pm to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels. No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM Read to Bessie the Therapy Dog  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Bessie is a certified therapy dog and a great listener.
Come practice reading with her!
Suggested for emerging readers ages 5 and up.
No registration required.

Caregivers must remain with children in the room while they are reading to Bessie.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club (Ages 5-11)  
   

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Community Game Night  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Roll some dice, make new friends, and beat the summer heat at Twin Rivers’ new Community Game Night.
July 3 – Jamaica; July 17 – Forbidden Island; July 24 - Pandemic.  

Please contact the branch for more details.  For tweens, teens, and adults.

Registration preferred. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Globetrotters (Ages 6 & up)  
   

Pack your bags and get your passport ready as we travel to different countries!

Explore a new country each session through stories and a craft. 

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:15 PM PJ Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

Wear your PJ’s & bring your favorite stuffed animal to the library! We will read stories and sing songs. Age appropriate craft will follow. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Monday Night Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Eliza Hammer teaches this eight-week series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: June 5, 12, 19, & 26 and July 3, 10, 17, & 24.

Registration for each individual class is required.

Registration for all eight classes opens on Tuesday, May 30th.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM P.M. English Conversation Group  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Join reference librarian Richard Peterson to improve language-speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, and general fluency.

Must have basic knowledge of English.

No need to register--just walk in.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Bricks 4 Kidz  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

This is a hands-on class where students will design and build machines, catapults, pyramids, derby cars, buildings and other constructions out of LEGO® bricks.
While exploring engineering, architecture and physics, students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
This program is for grades K-5.
Registration is required online starting Monday, June 19th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Estate Planning  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

This informational seminar will cover New Jersey inheritance and estate taxes, New Jersey probate procedures, and a discussion on how the basic estate planning documents work. Robert Morris with Stark & Stark will present. Please register. 

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM I Survived Science Challenge Part 2, for ages 7-10 yrs old  
   

For ages 7-10 yrs old, with a caregiver.

Are you a fan of the I Survived book series?  Join us for a fun, hands-on science program based on some of your favorite I Survived books.

I Survived Science Challenge Part 2 will focus on Hurricane Katrina and the Destruction of Pompeii.  We will see if your building can endure hurricane force winds and build an erupting volcano!

You can register and attend one or both science challenges!

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program. 

Space is limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend, so that we may allow another child to participate. (609) 989-6921

Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits. 

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Off the Page  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Try out your acting chops (or indulge your secret passion) playing one of the great characters from dramatic literature or contemporary comedy—without the threat of performing in front of a live audience! We will “cast” and read a play aloud, around a table, as actors and production teams typically do at the first rehearsal of a play. Registration suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM School-age storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children entering first grade and up. Please call to register.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM Tween-Parent Book Club  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For children entering Grades 3-5 and their parents.

We will enjoy snacks as we discuss this month's book, "Family Game Night & Other Catastrophes," by Mary Lambert. 

New members welcome!

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:30 PM Yoga  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Sunita Yadav teaches this series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Water is provided. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and begins Monday, July 3, at 9:30 a.m. Class dates are: July 17, 24, 31 and Augist 7, 14, 21Participants must register online for each individual class date. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Tuesday July 25, 2017
   9:50 AM Books & Babies for 6-23 months  
   

Join us for a fun, upbeat program of songs, rhymes, finger-plays, board books and activities to promote early literacy in infants and young toddlers.

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

Online registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

Preference will be given to patrons with a valid Mercer County Library System card.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM A.M. English Conversation Group  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Have fun practicing your English through informal conversation with other ESL learners and librarian Elka Frankel. Must have basic knowledge of English.

No need to register—just come!

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Enjoy songs and rhymes with Miss Cathy. For children ages 6 months - 24 months.

Online registration begins on July 10. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Little Learners: STEAM program for Pre-K  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Little Learners is an interactive program for preschoolers (ages 3-5) that focuses on concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).
Registration is required online starting the previous Tuesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Read and Play Story Time  
   

For children, ages 2-5 with adult in the program.

Stories and crafts!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Morning Story Time with Miss Liz  
    Contact: Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy themed stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Toddler Storytime & Craft for ages 2 - 4  
   

Please join us for stories and a craft geared toward Toddlers!

Siblings are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY TODDLER CLASSES ARE IDENTICAL.

No registration is required.

Children aged 6 and under will need a parent or guardian to stay with them during the class.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Baby Time (recommended ages birth to 2 years; Adult Supervision Required)  
   

This program is a great way to introduce your child to library story times and reading. Age appropriate books are shared with the group. Songs, nursery rhymes, puppets, and felt board figures create a rich audio-visual and social experience. After 20 minutes of structured group time, there is time for play and for socializing. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Create a...  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:15 AM Play Group with Stories  
   

For children, ages 3-5 with adult in the program.

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM Sun Safety Talk for ages 5-9yr.  
   

For ages 5-9 years, with a caregiver. In the children's activity room.

Presented by Kathy Korwin, Lawrence Township Public Health Nurse.

Program will promote sun safety by teaching children and their caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure to ultraviolet radiation and stay "sun safe" every day.  Includes material created by the EPA and the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Online registration with a valid MCLS library card is required, beginning at 7:00am on the day of the program. Those who have not registered may be admittted as space permits.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  1:45 PM Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

These story times introduce children to the best age-appropriate stories in children’s literature. Action rhymes, songs, and felt board activities are part of the program. The content of each story time centers on a different theme. An age-appropriate craft follows story time. Each program runs about 45 minutes. Each theme is the same all week. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM Afternoon Movie: Twentieth Century Women  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Twentieth Century Women (2016): (Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning).  Rated R.  119 minutes.  

Annette Bening stars as the divorced mom of the 15 year old son she’s raising in 1979 Santa Barbara.  

Registration preferred.  

Generous support for this program was provided by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   2:00 PM Build a Better World with the Swedish History Museum  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 6-11.

Children are invited to learn about alternative energy and see how they can make the world a better place. Children will build a model of an energy-efficient home and learn how Sweden is building a better world.

Online registration required beginning July 17.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 5 and up.
All levels welcome.  A teen volunteer will be available for instructional assistance.
Come play against fellow chess enthusiasts to sharpen your skills.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM PC Advanced  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Learn more about working with Windows 10. Explore the various features in the Accessories folder. Learn all about the Start Menu, Jump Lists, and more.  Take PC Basics, PC Essentials, and Word 1 first!

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Family Science Fun  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Families can participate in a variety of science experiments, puzzles, and STEM building challenges.  

For ages 6-12.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Science for Kids,  
   

 Ages 6-10! 

Fun experiments!

 Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 4:00 and 5:30 pm to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels. No registration required.

Please note that the Monday and Tuesday crafts will be the same.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Science Storytime (Ages 4-6)  
   

Read, learn, and conduct a science experiment!

Children aged 6 and under must have a parent or guardian stay with them during the class.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Canceled: Beginning Spanish Language Class  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

No class this week.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:15 PM Teen Cooking Class  
   

Learn and create easy no-bake recipes. 

Registration required. All materials provided. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM Fairy Lights Jar  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Create your own glowing fairy lights jar.  

Registration is required.  

Generous support for this program was provided by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

 

 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Canceled: Citizenship Test Review  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

No class this week.

If you are interested in becoming a US citizen, we can help! Join our free preparation class to study & practice for your citizenship exam.

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Writers Support Group  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

All are welcome to attend and enjoy the challenges of becoming better writers, defeating writer's block and perfecting the craft.

No reigstration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Art Explorers (Ages 6-11)  
   

Draw, paint, and use your imagination to create your very own piece of art! Materials provided. No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Free Immigration Legal Clinic  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

Register in person or by phone for a free 15 minute consultation with an immigration lawyer.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Harry Potter Club (ages 5-12)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Do you love all things Harry Potter?  Join us each week to discuss the books, make crafts, play games, learn trivia and do other fun activities inspired by the series.  

Ages 5 - 12.  No registration required.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Princess in Black party, for ages 4-8 yrs old, with a caregiver  
   

For ages 4-8 yrs old, with a caregiver.

Attention all princes and princesses!

Come dressed in your fanciest party clothes and join for a lovely party all about your favorite monster-fighting princess, Princess Magnolia!

We will have crafts, games, cupcakes and juice!

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program. 

Space is very limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend, so that we may allow another child to participate. (609) 989-6921

Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits. 

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Yoga with Nila  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Classes are led by a certified yoga instructor and are geared toward beginners, but all are welcome regardless of experience. Please come in comfortable clothes with a mat or large towel. Class size is limited.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

We ask that you register, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on June 22; click the Register button, or call 609-799-0462 for information or to register.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Booktalking: Adult Book Discussion Group  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Mad Science presents: Spin, Pop, Boom!  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 3 and up.
The Mad Scientist will use simple but exciting science experiments and demonstrations to involve the audience in the discovery process of science.
Included will be such experiments as the "Famous, Flaming Didgeridoo" and the "Fantastic Flying Foam Factory".
There will also be some audience participation.
Registration is required online starting Tuesday, July 18th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Chess Club (Ages 7-14)  
   

Students will learn new techniques that will prepare them to compete in local tournaments.

You must know the basics of chess.

You must bring your own chess board.

Classes on July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8, and 15. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Canceled: Learning English with Victor  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

No class this week.

English as a Second Language class.

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Wednesday July 26, 2017
   10:00 AM Baby Time  
   

For birth to 18 months. (We have a new Toddler Time program for ages 18 to 36 months at 11:00am)
Baby Time is 30 minutes of songs, fingerplays and activities including scarves, shakers and board books.
Registration is required online each week starting the previous Wednesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:00 AM Cat, Hat, Sat Story Time  
   

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

For children, ages 3-4, with adult in the program.

Play rhyming games! 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Internet 3  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Learn about browsers like Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox.  Discover the security & privacy features in Edge. Explore more features in Google! 

Requires some Internet experience!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Craft stick picture frame  
   

For children 5 -11 yrs, with a caregiver.

Come create a picture frame using craft sticks

Craft takes 15 minutes to complete.  No admittance after 12:45

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

   10:30 AM Fitness for the Active Aging  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Bob Kirby. Enjoy the benefits of stretching and low-impact exercises while learning how staying fit can improve balance, posture, flexibility, endurance and more. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Morning Story Time with Miss Liz  
    Contact: Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy themed stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Toddler Storytime & Craft for ages 2 - 4  
   

Please join us for stories and a craft geared toward Toddlers!

Siblings are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY TODDLER CLASSES ARE IDENTICAL.

No registration is required.

Children aged 6 and under will need a parent or guardian to stay with them during the class.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

These story times introduce children to the best age-appropriate stories in children’s literature. Action rhymes, songs, and felt board activities are part of the program. The content of each story time centers on a different theme. An age-appropriate craft follows story time. Each program runs about 45 minutes. Each theme is the same all week. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM Little Explorers  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This hands-on science program is part of a multi-week session for children ages 3 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
   

For 18 to 36 months.
Toddler Time is 30 minutes of songs, fingerplays and activities including scarves, shakers and board books.
This class is designed to transition toddlers from Baby Time to Storytime.
Registration is required online each week starting the previous Wednesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   11:30 AM Kid Smart Self Defense  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 3 and up.  Younger participants may need parental assistance.
Master Christopher Brooks from CMB Karate will teach about strange danger and some basic self-defense moves.
Registration is required online starting Wednesday, July 19th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   1:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Movies for Adults -- Hacksaw Ridge  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

A conscientious objector serves in WWII as a medic, but refuses to take a life or even carry a gun. He is eventually awarded the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of 75 soldiers on the battlefields of Okinawa. Rated R, 138 minutes.

No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM Hightstown Reaching Heights - Writing Group for Ages 10-12  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children and tweens ages 10-12 are invited to this fun and educational creative writing program led by a local Girl Scout working towards her Gold Award. 

No registration required. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM  -  2:45 PM STEAM Club (ages 6 - 10)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Create, invent and make!  Each week we will explore a new theme in science, technology, engineering or math by conducting hands-on projects.  

Space is limited.  Ages 6 - 10.  Registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   3:00 PM Active Aging Fitness: Spring – Summer Series  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

The health benefits of regular exercise for older adults are both physical and mental. Get moving with certified Senior Fitness Specialist Bob Kirby, and add some life to your years. As with any exercise program, check with your healthcare provider before participating. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM Word Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn the basics of creating and formatting documents in Word.

Mouse and keyboard skills are essential.  

Registration is required. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Mug Cooking for Teens  
   

For Teens, Wednesday,

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM Bollywood Dance for Kids  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 5 and up.
On Wednesdays during the summer reading program.
Kids will learn the art of Bollywood Dance.
Registration is required online starting the previous Wednesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Origami Hour (ages 5-11)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Create origami crafts ever Wednesday this July.  Learn the art of paper folding and take home all your creations.  All materials provided!

Ages 5 - 11.  No registration required. See Youth Progam Policy.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   5:00 PM Teen/tween craft  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Tie-dye your shirt! Please bring a cotton shirt to tie-dye & wear old clothes to dye in.

Registration is preferred.

For ages 10-17.

Registration is suggested.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Pokémon Club (ages 5-11)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children ages 5 through 11 are invited to join our Pokémon club. We will discuss trading cards, books, games, and all things Pokémon. Bring your trading cards, handheld devices and anything else you would like to share and discuss. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:00 PM Mehndi Tattoos for Teens  
   

 Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Robot Sleepover  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Ever wonder what happens in the library when the doors are locked? Children of all ages are invited to come and create a robot puppet.  After the program, the robots are invited to spend the night at the library. Children may pick up their robot friends starting at 9:30 am on July 27. Light snacks will be served. For children of all ages.

Online registration is required and will begin on July 10. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   6:15 PM  -  8:30 PM Movies for Adults -- Hacksaw Ridge  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

A conscientious objector serves in WWII as a medic, but refuses to take a life or even carry a gun. He is eventually awarded the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of 75 soldiers on the battlefields of Okinawa. Rated R, 138 minutes.

No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM African-American Literature Club  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Join the African American Literature Reading Circle to discuss and celebrate popular books written by African Americans. At the July meeting, we will be discussing Salvage the Bones by Jasmin Ward. Refreshments served. Registration suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Healthy Pet, Healthy You  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to protect yourself and your furry family members from diseases transferred from pets and 1st aid tips to help your sick pet until the veterinarian sees them. Presented by Dr. Beshoy Rafla from Cranbury Animal Hospital.

Please register. Click the Register button, or call the library for information or to register. Please call if you need to cancel.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM Build a Better World ~ Scavenger Hunt  
   

For children 5 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Do you enjoy a challenge?!  Join us for this year's Summer Reading Program Scavenger Hunt and put your detective reasoning skills to the test with all new clues! 

Bring your library card with you and plan to work in small groups as you investigate and hopefully solve our newest mystery!  Prizes!

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Computer Basics: Open Lab  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

If you want to learn how to operate a computer or use certain programs, come to our open computer lab for a stress-free experience. You’ll be able to work on a computer at your own pace and ask any questions you may have. Librarian Andrew will be there to guide you and provide information. Registration required. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM State Health Insurance Assistance Program: Information Session  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Join Cathy Forbes and learn about the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), a free statewide health benefits counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers. The SHIP program is administered by the New Jersey Department of Human Services with financial assistance through a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM State Health Insurance Assistance Program: Information Session  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Join Cathy Forbes and learn about the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), a free statewide health benefits counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers. The SHIP program is administered by the New Jersey Department of Human Services with financial assistance through a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Teen Karaoke Night (Ages 12-17)  
   

Enjoying singing along to your favorite tunes! 

Snacks and small prizes will be provided. 

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:15 PM  -  8:00 PM Robot Sleepover  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Ever wonder what happens in the library when the doors are locked? Children of all ages are invited to come and create a robot puppet.  After the program, the robots are invited to spend the night at the library. Children may pick up their robot friends starting at 9:30 am on July 27. Light snacks will be served. For children of all ages.

Online registration is required and will begin on July 10. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:30 PM Hickory Corner Book Discussion  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

The group will be discussing Ways to Disappear by Ida Novey. No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Thursday July 27, 2017
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

Story-time and craft for ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

Registration is not required but we ask you to limit attendance to one story-time per week and respect age guidelines.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Hightstown Reaching Heights - Writing Group for Ages 7-9  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children ages 7-9 are invited to this fun and educational creative writing program led by a local Girl Scout working towards her Gold Award. 

No registration required. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:00 AM Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Excel 3  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Learn to insert charts to highlight your document’s most important information.

Proficiency in Excel 1 & Excel 2 required!

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Concert with Tot Tunes+  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 12 months and up.
A unique mix of delightful sounds and lyrics to educate, entertain and engage kids and adults alike. 
TotTunes+ combines the talent and experience of two public school music educators skilled at captivating audiences.
Registration is required online starting Thursday, July 20th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Mother Goose Activity Time  
   

Mother Goose Activity Time (recommended birth-18 months; siblings welcome)with adult in the program

No registration required.

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Picture Books & Craft for ages 3 & up  
   

Join us for stories, fingerplays, clothesline rhymes, and music, followed by a craft

No registration required.

Children aged 6 and under must have a parent or guardian stay with them during the class.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Conversational ESL  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Join Librarian Mary Elizabeth Allen to learn how to improve your English language speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and fluency. Must have some basic knowledge of English. Please register. 

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   11:00 AM Cuentos en español/ Bilingual Story Time  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Stories, games, songs, dance, and music in English and Spanish.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM Scribble Time  
   

For children ages 12 months to 36 months with caregiver in the program.

Children will enjoy using crayons, paint, and glue to hang on the refrigerator at home.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Little Scientists, for ages 2-5 yrs  
   

For ages 2-5 years, with a caregiver.

Join us for a new program for toddlers and preschoolers to explore all things science!

Each session we will examine a different aspect of science through books and hands-on experiments for your little scientist to investigate, play and have fun!

This week’s theme is: Ocean Science.

Please dress in old clothes or wear a smock. Some experiments may get messy!

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Please register each child separately.

Space is limited. Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend, so that we may allow another child to participate. (609) 989-6921

Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:00 PM Mammal Show with Eyes of the Wild ages 4-11yr.  
   

For ages 4-11 years with a caregiver.

Some animals that might be included in this program are: The groundhot, degu, alligator, corn snake, ferret, chinchilla, coatimundi and dove.

Join Eyes of the Wild and their amazing rescued animals for a discussion about a future that can and should include the beautiful creatures and habitats we share this world with.

The program will teach about issues mankind must overcome to provide that future, ways in which animals help build a better world and success stories of how we are working toward a future that can include every living thing.

Online registration with a valid MCLS library card is required, beginning at 7:00am on the day of the show.  Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Teen and Tween Yoga  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Join us for Yoga and mindfulness for ages 9 to 18 years old every Thursday during the summer reading program.
Beginners welcome
Mats are provided.
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.
Registration is required online starting the previous Thursday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Afternoon Adventures (grades K - 2)  
   

Join our weekly book club!  Each week we'll read books by a new author and then do some related activities.  

Grades K - 2.  No registration required.  

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:30 PM Family Movie: Monster Trucks  
   

Family Movie: Monster Trucks. Rated: PG. Runtime: 104 minutes. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM Pool Noodle Craft  
   

  For ages 5-11.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM Shine Arts for Ages 8-14  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children & teens ages 8-14 can create masterpieces of art and original projects with local art instructors, Mrs. Mehta & Mrs. Poonam.

Each week will feature a different project or activity.

Online registration is required beginning July 17. 

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM Shine Arts for Ages 8-14  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children & teens ages 8-14 can create masterpieces of art and original projects with local art instructors, Mrs. Mehta & Mrs. Poonam.

Each week will feature a different project or activity.

Online registration is required beginning July 17. 

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Family Science Fun  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Families can participate in a variety of science experiments, puzzles, and STEM building challenges.  

For ages 6-12.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Intro to Programming in Java (Ages 12-14)  
   

Kids will learn the fundamentals of computer science and will be introduced to Java syntax. Through this course, the concepts of object-oriented programming as well as decision structures will be explored. Kids must bring their own laptop, and be ready for a challenge.

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all classes as they build up from what was taught previously.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM DIY Swirly Marbleized Boxes, for ages 9-13 years  
   

For young adults ages 9-13 years.

In honor of this year's Summer Reading theme, "Build a Better World"...

Build a better… decorative box!  Use nail polish to create a unique marbleized design on a wooden pencil holder or keepsake box. 

Online registration is required. Registration opens the morning of the program at 7a.m.  Preference at the door will be given to patrons who have registered with a valid MCLS library card. Please register each child separately.  Space is limited.  Your spot may be given to another if you are late.  Younger/older siblings will not be permitted except as observers with parent supervision.  Please phone us at 989-6921 if you will not be able to attend.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog  
   

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM Tinker Time  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 4 and up.
Unstructured play time with building toys such as Legos and Fiddlestix.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Slime Time (Ages 8-11)  
   

Create and experiment with making different kinds of slime! 

Please Register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:00 PM Movie: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

A group bands together to steal the plans to the “Death Star,” rising up against the growing authoritarian regime.

 Rated PG-13.  Running time:  133 minutes.  

Registration preferred.  

Generous support for this program was provided by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:15 PM Teen Art Class (Ages 12-17)  
   

Join local artist, Mrs. Mehta and Poonam Sing, as they teach art techniques for the budding teen artist!

Registration required. 

Materials provided. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM Blockbuster Encore: La La Land (2016)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Winner of 6 Academy Awards® including Best Director for writer/director Damien Chazelle, and winner of a record-breaking 7 Golden Globe® Awards. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams — and finding each other — in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love. 128 min. PG-13. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Thursday Evening at the Movies for ages 18 and up at 6:30 p.m.  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Passengers (2016, PG-13), with Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt and Michael Sheen. A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early. Runtime: 116 min.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM Yikes! What's Happening to my Body? A Puberty Talk for BOYS  
   

Designed for boys between the ages of 9 and 12 years, this program will address the physical, intellectual  and emotional changes your child will experience as he enters his teenage years.

Bring your child and join us for an informative and relaxed look at growing up, led by Lisa Mathiasen, RN, a Health Educator with Princeton Healthcare System.

Online registration with a valid MCLS Library card is required, beginning at 7:00am on the day of the program. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.   Register only the child, but an adult caregiver should accompany him.

In rooms 1&2.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Kids in the Kitchen (Ages 7-11)  
   

Kids will learn about the importance of healthy eating and learn to make nutritious recipes. 

Registration required. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all 6 classes, every Thursday from July 20th to August 24th. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Everyday English  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to improve your English language speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and fluency. Taught by ESL instructor Stephanie Owens. Must have some basic knowledge of English.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

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