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Tuesday October 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 Hatha Yoga  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Yoga increases flexibility, muscle strength and tone, improves respiration, energy and vitality, maintains a balanced metabolism and improves cardio and circulatory health. Led by certified yoga instructor Anuradha Puri. Limited space. 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 Chair Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2310   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Gentle chair yoga for seniors.

Registration is not 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
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Create a Red-Hot Resume  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Paul Martinetti. A one-on-one workshop for building a resume and conducting an effective job search. Four 30-minute individual appointments. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Accepting Donations for Robbinsville Branch Fall Book Sale  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Drop off gently-used books or DVDs for sale at the Robbinsville Branch. Computer and academic books not accepted. Sponsored by the Robbinsville Library Advisory Committee.

    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 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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 Dot Marker Time  
   

For children ages 2-10 years, and a caregiver to supervise.
Stop in and use our fun washable paint markers to create a project from scratch either by dotting or drawing freehand.
You can also use an activity sheet and use dotting to practice patterns, counting or to learn about shapes.
You can make up to 3 projects with our supplies.  New worksheets will be rotated in regularly.

Cleanup will be at noon.

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

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

This storytime is cancelled.

Please see the monthly calendar for different times.

Thank you.

 

    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 Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 12:15pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence 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
   12:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 12 noon, there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  Will continue until 6pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:30 PM Movie: The Lego Batman Movie  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

 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.

2017. Animated feature. Rated PG. 104 minutes. No registration
    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   1:00 PM LEGO play  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Play & build with our library LEGOS with friends.

For ages 2-5.

Registration is suggested.

    Location: Twin Rivers 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
   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
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Lego Party  
   

All Ages!  

Come play with legos!  

    Location: Ewing 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 Adult Craft: Hanging Pumpkins  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use craft paper to make decorative hanging pumpkins for a fun fall decoration.

For adults and older teens.

Preregistration is required.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:00 PM Drop-in Book Craft: Go away big green monster!, for all ages  
   

For all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop-in between 6pm and 8pm and join us for a fun craft based on the Ed Emberley book “Go Away Big Green Monster”! 

No registration required! 

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
   6:05 PM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for children, with caregiver supervision. Until 8:30pm.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence 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: Dawn by Octavia Butler  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Lilith Lyapo awoke from a centuries-long sleep to find herself aboard the vast spaceship of the Oankali. Creatures covered in writhing tentacles, the Oankali had saved every surviving human from a dying, ruined Earth. They healed the planet, cured cancer, increased strength, and were now ready to help Lilith lead her people back to Earth--but for a price. Next sci-fi book club title is: Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.  

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 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.

No registration required. Space is limited to 12 students. Please arrive on time. 

    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 October 18, 2017
   9:30 AM Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence 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 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 PowerPoint Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to create presentations, format text and insert images.

Mouse and keyboard skills are essential. 

Advance registration is required. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers 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   
   

Adult Program

Meet up with others who are also interested in local travel and entertainment. Attendees plan and execute the trips.

The group is planning a Chew Philly Experience. This is a walking and food-sampling tour of iconic Philly foods. The Chew Philly Tours appear on the Travel Channel's list of best things to do in the city.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Adult Craft  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for this month's Adult Craft. Materials will be provided.

Registration is required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 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
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Accepting Donations for Robbinsville Branch Fall Book Sale  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Drop off gently-used books or DVDs for sale at the Robbinsville Branch. Computer and academic books not accepted. Sponsored by the Robbinsville Library Advisory Committee.

    Location: Robbinsville 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 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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 Dot Marker Time  
   

For children ages 2-10 years, and a caregiver to supervise.
Stop in and use our fun washable paint markers to create a project from scratch either by dotting or drawing freehand.
You can also use an activity sheet and use dotting to practice patterns, counting or to learn about shapes.
You can make up to 3 projects with our supplies.  New worksheets will be rotated in regularly.

Cleanup will be at noon.

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

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

Little Explorers is a multi-week program with hands-on science activities for children ages 3 to 5, with an adult.

Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

    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
   11:55 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 1pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 12 noon, there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  Will continue until 6pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 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 September 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bollywood Workout  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

This is a fun-filled, intensive dance program for adults. It is a full-body workout designed to increases core strength and stamina. No prior training is required; all you need is a willingness to move and groove to Hindi songs beats. As with any exercise program, check with your healthcare provider before participating.

Babita Negi is a teacher and choreographer of Bollywood dance with more than a decade of experience.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Word  
    Contact: Mary Astarita   609-275-8901   
   

Work with tabs and groups. Learn to quickly navigate through the document. Use tools to cut, copy, and paste; format text; add bullets or numbers; set margins; and insert graphics. Signup is for adults only. Registration begins September 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM Book Club  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Topic TBD.  All are welcome.  

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   2:00 PM Sell Your Stuff Locally  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to sell items on the popular e-commerce website, Craigslist, as well as by using popular apps like Letgo, OfferUp and Close 5. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM 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 Alice Munro and her short stories, “Walter Brothers Cowboy,” “Day of the Butterfly,” and “Boys and Girls.” This month's stories are available in Munro’s published collection, Dance of the Happy Shades and Other Stories.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Word Intermediate  
    Contact: Mary Astarita   609-275-8901   
   

Learn to create resumes, letters, flyers, and newsletters. Insert text boxes, WordArt, and tables into the document. View the finished product in various layouts. Proficiency with basic Word functions is required. Signup is for adults only. Registration begins on Sept. 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 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
   3:00 PM Dot Marker Time  
   

For children ages 2-10 years, and a caregiver to supervise. Cleanup will begin at 6:00pm.
Stop in and use our fun washable paint markers to create a project from scratch either by dotting or drawing freehand.
You can also use an activity sheet and use dotting to practice patterns, counting or to learn about shapes.
You can make up to 3 projects with our supplies.  New worksheets will be rotated in regularly.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 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
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Afternoon Art (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
   4:45 PM What's Up Wednesday  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This is multi-week program for children in Grades 3 to 5 that meets at 4:45 pm on Wednesdays.  Each class will include a craft or special project as participants explore a range of different  topics.   Please be aware that this program will occasionally include food.

Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

    Location: Robbinsville 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
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Fall corn tissue paper craft  
   

No registration required. Drop in when it is convenient.

For children ages 11 and under, with a caregiver to supervise.

Glue colorful fall tissue paper down on paper to create a corn project. Project will take about 10 minutes.

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

    Location: Lawrence 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/or bring any book about Halloween and join in a related activity.

Suggested books are available in the library.  

For ages 7-11.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 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. An extra half hour is available for questions or your own research.

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Midweek Math Tutoring  
    Contact:    609-448-1474   
   

Drop-in math help for students in 1st - 12th grade provided by Peddie School student tutors. 

No registration necessary.

Caregivers must remain in the library while child attends the program.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Midweek Math Tutoring  
    Contact:    609-448-1474   
   

Drop-in math help for students in 1st - 12th grade provided by Peddie School student tutors. 

No registration necessary.

Caregivers must remain in the library while child attends the program.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM A Virtual Stroll Through the Met's Egyptian Art  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Dr. Michael Norris, former museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This introduction to the Egyptian galleries of the famed New York City art museum will guide you from the banks of the Nile to stunning tombs and temples. Discover ancient Egyptian culture and art through sculpture, jewelry, mummies, and actual Egyptian buildings. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM A Virtual Stroll Through the Met's Egyptian Art  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Dr. Michael Norris, former museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This introduction to the Egyptian galleries of the famed New York City art museum will guide you from the banks of the Nile to stunning tombs and temples. Discover ancient Egyptian culture and art through sculpture, jewelry, mummies, and actual Egyptian buildings. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required. 

    Location: Ewing 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 knowledge, ideas and project work, 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. No registration.

    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  -  8:30 PM History Talk: The Delaware & Raritan Canal  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Did you know that for more than 170 years, the Delaware and Raritan Canal has meandered across the narrow waist of New Jersey? Did you know that the D&R was one of our nation’s most successful towpath canals, carrying more tonnage in 1866 than the more famous Erie Canal? Did you know that Johnson & Johnson, Roebling, and Fleischmann’s Distillery all had their start along the D&R? And did you know that the canal provides the people of central New Jersey with both a water supply and a premier recreational facility?

Canal author and historian Linda J. Barth will introduce you to the people, the bridges, the locks, and the aqueducts that made the canal work. This waterway, now the centerpiece of a popular state park, transported men and supplies between New York and Philadelphia during three wars. Inventor John Holland used the canal to deliver his Holland VI submarine to Washington for its Navy trials, and luxury yachts, like J .P. Morgan’s Tarantula, cruised the waterway. Come learn more about this gem of central New Jersey.

Registration requested.

    Location: Hopewell Branch

Thursday October 19, 2017
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    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  -  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 PowerPoint 1  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Create a basic presentation using PowerPoint. Learn to  add new slides, text and images. Strong Word skills required!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  8:00 PM Accepting Donations for Robbinsville Branch Fall Book Sale  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Drop off gently-used books or DVDs for sale at the Robbinsville Branch. Computer and academic books not accepted. Sponsored by the Robbinsville Library Advisory Committee.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 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
   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 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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 Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 12:00 noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence 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 Storytime for ages 2-5: CANCELLED  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

This storytime is cancelled.

Please see the monthly calendar for different times.

Thank you.

    Location: Twin Rivers 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
   11:30 AM Weekly Challenge for Kids  
   

Come in any time or day, all week!

Visit the youth services department most weeks for a simple children’s contest, challenge or drawing. 
Children may enter once weekly, beginning on Thursday afternoons and ending on Wednesday evenings.
Random drawings will take place on most Thursday mornings.  A small prize will be awarded as advertised, or children may be able to choose a prize, depending on weekly themes. Themes and content will vary in appeal and appropriateness by age, but will normally be open to all children up through age 11. 

Specific prizes may match the age appropriateness of the challenge.
Activities on the entry form are intended for a child to complete during their library visit. 

Caregivers may assist younger children, as needed.   

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 12 noon, there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  Will continue until 6pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Play Dough Hour (ages 2-5)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Do you like to mold, sculpt and create with play dough?  Join us at the library to create fun designs and shapes.    

Ages 2 - 5.  No registration required.

See Youth Progam Policy.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:30 PM Children's Author Visit with Shweta Marda for all ages  
   

Read and see how much fun Diwali can be!

Time for the whole family to bond together with selfies, recipes, and fun activities.

Come and listen to Shweta Marda read her new book, Fun-dit, and meet a new friend named Fun-dit.

 

This is a great way to start your Diwali Celebration.

Bollywood dancing and Diwali crafts will follow.

No registration necessary. 

 

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  2:45 PM Bollywood Dance for ages 4-10  
   

Come and learn some Bollywood moves and dances.

No registration required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Word 3  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Work with tables & text boxes; explore WordArt and copy pictures from ClipArt or the Internet.

Take Word 1 & Word 2 first!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence 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 Dot Marker Time  
   

For children ages 2-10 years, and a caregiver to supervise. Cleanup begins at 6:00pm.
Stop in and use our fun washable paint markers to create a project from scratch either by dotting or drawing freehand.
You can also use an activity sheet and use dotting to practice patterns, counting or to learn about shapes.
You can make up to 3 projects with our supplies.  New worksheets will be rotated in regularly.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Diwali Crafts (Ages 4 & up)  
   

Create an assortment of crafts to celebrate Diwali!

Snacks will be provided.

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Diwali Crafts (Ages 4 & up)  
   

Create an assortment of crafts to celebrate Diwali! 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM QI Gong  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

QI Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. In this basic course of six classes taught by instructor Andrzej Leszczynski of Healing Touch Healing Movement, participants will learn and practice exercises helping with back issues. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Tween Knitting (Ages 10-12)  
   

Beginner's welcome! Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own yarn and needles. 

    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
   6:30 PM Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog  
   

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Diya Lamps Collage Card  
   

For children 4 - 11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Come make a fun card using colorful patterned papers to display or to give to a friend or family member to wish them a Happy Diwali ~ the Festival of Lights!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence 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, October 2nd.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM State Health Insurance Assistance Program: Information Session  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

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 suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM State Health Insurance Assistance Program: Information Session  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

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 suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Tech Help  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

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 September 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

Friday October 20, 2017
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence 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 Fiction Writing Workshop: ...He said, She said... Dialogue in Fiction  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us as playwright Joanne Sutera leads the class through lessons and exercises aimed at improving our ability to write dialogue, an essential skill in every writer's toolbox. 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  -  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
   10:00 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 Baby Toy Time  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Socialize and play in our activity room with your baby.

Ages 6 months to 2 years welcome with a caregiver.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:30 AM 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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
   10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Miss Amy Concert for All Ages  
   

Sing and dance along with Miss Amy! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM Dot Marker Time  
   

For children ages 2-10 years, and a caregiver to supervise.
Stop in and use our fun washable paint markers to create a project from scratch either by dotting or drawing freehand.
You can also use an activity sheet and use dotting to practice patterns, counting or to learn about shapes.
You can make up to 3 projects with our supplies.  New worksheets will be rotated in regularly.

Cleanup will be at noon.

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

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

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

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

Adult Program

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 September 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  -  3:30 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 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 Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 3pm there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  May continue until 5pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:30 PM Candy Corn Photo Frame, for ages 6-10  
   

For ages 6-10 years. Until 4:3pm.

Make a candy corn-shaped picture frame!  Perfect for showing off a pic of your Halloween costume.

No registration is needed.

Supplies are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. If supplies run out, another craft will be provided.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:30 PM Posture & Dance 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
   4:30 PM Drum Circle: Fall - Winter 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 October 21, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  4:00 PM Robbinsville Branch Fall Book Sale  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come to the Robbinsville Library Advisory Committee’s book sale to pick up some gently-used books and DVDs of all kinds for adults and children.

    Location: Robbinsville 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 Wii Sports  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Play Wii Sports at the library.

For ages 7-11.

Registration is suggested.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Word 3  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Work with tables & text boxes; explore WordArt and copy pictures from ClipArt or the Internet.

Take Word 1 & Word 2 first!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence 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 note: This yoga class will be presented in bilingually, in Spanish & English.

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
   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 Quiet play  
   

No registration required. Ends at 1:00pm

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
   12:00 PM Art Straw drop-in craft for kids  
   

No registration required. Drop in when it is convenient. Ends at 3:00pm

For children 4-10 years, with a caregiver to supervise.

Use craft materials to create a creative project out of paper straws, to take home with you. Be creative!

 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
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Anime Aficionados -- Tokyo ESP  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   603-737-2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us and watch the first three episodes of the action, comedy, Sci-Fi series Tokyo ESP.

No registration necessary.

Plot Summary:: Rinka is a financially struggling high school girl living with her single father in Tokyo. One day, while going home from school, she sees a penguin flying in the sky towards the Tokyo Sky Tree. She chases after it only to find fish swimming in the air! One of the fish goes through Rinka and causes her to pass out. She wakes up to find that she has developed the ability to slip through solid objects.

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
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 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
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Public Speaking Workshop (Grades 3-5)  
   

EMPOWER your child with CONFIDENCE through public speaking!

Public speaking is an indispensable life skill that is equally important as academics and extra curricular activities. Join us for a workshop where we explore the nuances of public speaking through various age appropriate fun activities. 

Please register. 

For more information, please visit: 

http://www.njpowerspeakers.com/

https://m.facebook.com/njpowerspeakers/

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Sunday October 22, 2017
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)  
   

The goal of this program is to help middle and upper elementary school students understand concepts in chemistry, physics, earth science, and biology. Volunteers will also assist students in preparing for science competitions including the Science Bowl and Science Olympiad. General questions will be addressed and topics of interest will be discussed where they require more clarity. 

No registration required. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM  -  1:45 PM Spooky Halloween Lanterns  
   

1:00pm  Sunday Surprise Craft!

For children 4 - 11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

We’re making our own DIY Halloween lanterns!  Trace a pattern or draw one from your own imagination on parchment paper, wrapped around a spooky tea light, as we make our own swinging lanterns.

Display your lantern in a window or dark room at night for some eerie fun!

*Please note that this program starts at 1pm and Registration is required for this program. 

Please Register online beginning at 7am on the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Advice for Your Devices (Ages 5 & up)  
   

The Geek Desk volunteers are here to help you. Bring your own device to us with questions about your devices so we can help you make the most out of today's technology. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM Movie: My Cousin Rachel  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

The movie is based on the 1951 novel by Daphne Du Maurier and tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian

 
2017. Starring Rachel Weisz. Rated PG-13. 106 minutes. No registration.
    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Sunday Afternoon at the Movies for ages 18 and up at 2:00 p.m.  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Beatriz at Dinner (2017, R), with Salma Hayek, John Lithgow and Connie Britton. A holistic medicine practitioner attends a wealthy client's dinner party after her car breaks down. Runtime: 82 min.

No admission fee!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:15 PM Math Advancement (Grades 5 & up)  
   

Top high school math students from the New Jersey area will help you improve your mathematical thinking with creative ways of learning math! During these sessions we will be going over advanced topics not generally covered in the school math curriculum. 

No registration required. Space is limited to 15 students. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:45 PM  -  5:00 PM Social Justice Series (Middle School Students)  
   

Students will be given publication, public speaking, teaching, and leadership opportunities. 

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday October 23, 2017
   9:35 AM 1000 Books Before Kindergarten  
   

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Read a book to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. You may repeat books as often as you like.  You can reach 365 books in a year if you read every night;  730 books in two years; and 1,095 books in three years. Prizes given out for every 100 books read and recorded in the log. Got questions?  See the youth services librarians.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:35 AM Teen and Tween Take-Home Craft: Glowing Eyeballs  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Turn a tea light and a ping pong ball into a craft so fun it's scary!
For ages 9 and up.
Ask at the reference desk for your craft kit starting Monday, October 2nd.
Supplies are limited.  Kits are handed out on a first come, first serve basis.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   9:40 AM Take Home Craft  
   

For all ages!

Stop by the Library to pick up a free take-home craft a scarecrow.

The Library will provide supplies and instructions for making a! 

    Location: Ewing 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 Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 11am.

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

    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   
   

Adult Program

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 September 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
   10:30 AM 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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 & Mrs. Poonam (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 Mrs. 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
   11:00 AM Paper pumpkin stick craft  
   

No registration required. Cleanup will be at noon.

For children ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver to supervise.

Use a pumpkin bulletin board piece, craft stick and other craft materials to create your project.  Craft will take about 10 minutes.

Materials have been purchased 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 necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM Little Explorers  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Little Explorers is a multi-week program with hands-on science activities for children ages 3 to 5, with an adult.

Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:00 PM Non-Fiction Book Club  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

The group will be discussing To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey. New members welcome. No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Adult English Learners Writing Class  
    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. An extra half hour is available for questions or your own research.

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 3pm there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  May continue until 5pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM Kid craft  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

A unique craft for middle graders each month.

Make whirly-gigs to play with!

For ages 7-11.

Registration is suggested.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Paint a Mini Loot Bag, for ages 6-10  
   

For ages 6-10 years.

Paint a small bag, and show off your style!  Decorate it to match your Halloween costume, and use it to carry your Halloween loot.

No registration is needed.

Supplies are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. If supplies run out, another craft will be provided.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence 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
   5:00 PM Pumpkin Patch  
   

For all ages!

Pick your own!

Pre-Register is required by Friday October 20th, in order to ensure enough pumpkins for all!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   5:30 PM Crazy 8s Math Club K-3  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Math and mischief at your library! Enjoy hands-on games that get kids fired up about math! For children in grades grades K-3.

Online registration begins on September 18. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Medicare Workshop  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn about changes to Medicate in 2017; the five biggest mistakes made by Medicare beneficiaries; original Medicare vs Medicare Advantage Plans; Medicare supplement policies and prescription programs. Presented by Senior Advisor. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Open Play & Craft (All ages with an adult)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room to play with toys, games and create a craft! 

No registration required. Adult must be present at all times. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Family Craft Night, for children and their families  
   

For children and their families!

The whole family is invited to this craft night!  Each family member will have a hand in creating a seasonal craft that can be displayed in your home.

This month’s project is Dia de los muertos sugar skull garland!

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Only children need to be registered.

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)  
   

Halloween Storytime - Feel free to wear a costume to storytime for some fun tricks or treats!

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
   7:00 PM Danger in Ancient Rome: Tween-Parent Book Club  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For children in Grades 3-5 and their parents.

We will enjoy snacks and discuss this month's book, Danger in Ancient Rome (part of the Ranger in Time series) by Kate Messner.

The mysterious box that Ranger the golden retriever found in the garden transports him back to first century Rome, where he must rescue Marcus, a young servant boy, and Quintus, a volunteer gladiator, from the brutal world of the Colosseum.

New members always welcome!

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM School-age STEAM  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

An interactive, hands-on science program focusing on different aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math tailored for school-age children.
For grades K-5.
Registration is required online starting the previous Monday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Introduction to Medicare  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join Cathy Forbes from Family Guidance Center 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 funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

Registration is required

    Location: Hopewell 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, October 2, at 9:30 a.m. Participants 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 October 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 Hatha Yoga  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Yoga increases flexibility, muscle strength and tone, improves respiration, energy and vitality, maintains a balanced metabolism and improves cardio and circulatory health. Led by certified yoga instructor Anuradha Puri. Limited space. 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  -  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 October 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 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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 Dot Marker Time  
   

For children ages 2-10 years, and a caregiver to supervise.
Stop in and use our fun washable paint markers to create a project from scratch either by dotting or drawing freehand.
You can also use an activity sheet and use dotting to practice patterns, counting or to learn about shapes.
You can make up to 3 projects with our supplies.  New worksheets will be rotated in regularly.

Cleanup will be at noon.

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

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

This storytime is cancelled.

Please see the monthly calendar for different times.

Thank you.

 

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

Halloween Baby Time - Feel free to wear a costume to Baby Time this week for some fun tricks or treats!

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 Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 12:15pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence 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
   12:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 12 noon, there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  Will continue until 6pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

Halloween Storytime - Feel free to wear a costume to storytime this week for some fun tricks or treats!

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
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Excel Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to input data and format spreadsheets for everyday tasks.

Mouse and keyboard skills are essential. 

Advance registration is required. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   4:00 PM Pumpkin Decorating  
   

  The library will provide decorations.

Register is required!

 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 Make Pumpkin Spice Play-dough  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 3 to 8 years.
Learn to make homemade pumpkin spice scented play-dough from scratch using simple ingredients.
Use clay tools, extruders and cookie cutters to make your own creations.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner 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
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Lego Party  
   

All Ages!  

Come play with legos!  

    Location: Ewing 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 Adult Craft: Paper Bag Fall Trees  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use a paper lunch bag and scraps of tissue paper and fabric to make an interesting 3-D fall tree sculpture.  

For adults and older teens.

Preregistration 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  -  8:00 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
   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
   6:05 PM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for children, with caregiver supervision. Until 8:30pm.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Little Scientists, for ages 2-7 yrs  
   

NEW DAY AND TIME!!!

For ages 2-7 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: ICKY, SLIMY HALLOWEEN 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
   7:00 PM No Brick Walls: Just the Right Key  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

So often, genealogy researchers are convinced they’ve hit a brick wall when they only need to find the right key. Learn how to break through those walls with tools such as timelines, and by using different perspectives to look at your research. Presented by local genealogist Cathy Zahn

    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  -  8:00 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.

No registration required. Space is limited to 12 students. Please arrive on time. 

    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 October 25, 2017
   9:30 AM Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   9:30 AM Twin Rivers Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: circulation   609-448-1880   
   

Twin Rivers Fall Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Presale for Friends Members only:  October 25:  9:30-11 am (join at the door)

Regular Sale Begins:  October 25 (11 am) - October 28 (during library hours)

All funds raised will support library programs and materials for the Twin Rivers Branch.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence 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 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  -  11:30 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 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 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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)  
   

Halloween Storytime - Feel free to wear a costume to storytime for some fun tricks or treats!  

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 Dot Marker Time  
   

For children ages 2-10 years, and a caregiver to supervise.
Stop in and use our fun washable paint markers to create a project from scratch either by dotting or drawing freehand.
You can also use an activity sheet and use dotting to practice patterns, counting or to learn about shapes.
You can make up to 3 projects with our supplies.  New worksheets will be rotated in regularly.

Cleanup will be at noon.

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

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

Little Explorers is a multi-week program with hands-on science activities for children ages 3 to 5, with an adult.

Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

    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
   11:55 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 1pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 12 noon, there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  Will continue until 6pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM Homeschool Study Hall  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Join other homeschoolers to study together and grow at the library.
Bring your students' homework and enjoy working on it in a group.
This is a great time to do research and get help from other homeschooling families.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   1:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Movies for Adults -- La La Land  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

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. (Rated PG-13; 128 minutes)

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM Crafts for Adults  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

Create a fun craft using pine cones. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 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
   3:00 PM Active Aging Fitness: Fall-Winter 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. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 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
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Master Artists (Ages 7 & up)  
   

Learn about a famous artist and create your own masterpiece in the style of that artist!

No registration required. Please arrive on time. There will be 18 spaces available. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Halloween Fun at the Library (ages 2-11; adult supervision required)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Wear your costume and trick-or-treat at the library!  Listen to stories and make a creepy craft!

Ages 2 - 11.  Siblings welcome!  Adult supervision required.

Online registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:45 PM What's Up Wednesday  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This is multi-week program for children in Grades 3 to 5 that meets at 4:45 pm on Wednesdays.  Each class will include a craft or special project as participants explore a range of different  topics.   Please be aware that this program will occasionally include food.

Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   5:00 PM Teen/tween craft  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Sock mittens! Learn how to upcycle a pair of socks into a pair of cozy mittens.

Bring your own socks.

For ages 12-17.

Registration is suggested.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Fall corn tissue paper craft  
   

No registration required. Drop in when it is convenient.

For children ages 11 and under, with a caregiver to supervise.

Glue colorful fall tissue paper down on paper to create a corn project. Project will take about 10 minutes.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:15 PM  -  8:30 PM Movies for Adults -- La La Land  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

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. (Rated PG-13; 128 minutes)

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Midweek Math Tutoring  
    Contact:    609-448-1474   
   

Drop-in math help for students in 1st - 12th grade provided by Peddie School student tutors. 

No registration necessary.

Caregivers must remain in the library while child attends the program.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM Inside the Real World of Ghost Hunting  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Pat Kibby, co-founder of Paranormal Consulting & Investigations of New Jersey (PCINJ A behind-the-scenes look at paranormal investigations, parapsychology theory, recordings of Electronic Voice Phenomena and other example case studies. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Inside the Real World of Ghost Hunting  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Pat Kibby, co-founder of Paranormal Consulting & Investigations of New Jersey (PCINJ A behind-the-scenes look at paranormal investigations, parapsychology theory, recordings of Electronic Voice Phenomena and other example case studies. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Tell Us Your Ghost Story  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Have you ever experienced an inexplicable phenomenon? Have you ever seen or heard or seen a ghost or spirit? Come and share your paranormal experience with others. Registration required.  

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Wearable Glow-in-the-Dark Spider Webs, for ages 9-16  
   

For ages 9-16.

Need a spooky Halloween accessory or a way to stand out on a dark Halloween night?  Make a spider web out of glow-in-the-dark paint, and wear it around your neck or pinned onto your clothes!

Online registration is required.

Registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:30 PM Hickory Corner Book Discussion  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

The group will be discussing The Orchard by Theresa Weir. No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Thursday October 26, 2017
   9:30 AM Twin Rivers Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: circulation   609-448-1880   
   

Twin Rivers Fall Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Presale for Friends Members only:  October 25:  9:30-11 am (join at the door)

Regular Sale Begins:  October 25 (11 am) - October 28 (during library hours)

All funds raised will support library programs and materials for the Twin Rivers Branch.

 

   9:30 AM Twin Rivers Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: circulation   609-448-1880   
   

Twin Rivers Fall Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Presale for Friends Members only:  October 25:  9:30-11 am (join at the door)

Regular Sale Begins:  October 25 (11 am) - October 28 (during library hours)

All funds raised will support library programs and materials for the Twin Rivers Branch.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:35 AM Teen Take-Out Craft: Candy-Throwing Catapult  
   

* Available all month! *

Stop by the Library any time in October, and pick up a free take-home craft kit.

The Library will provide supplies and instructions for making a candy-launching catapult!  Your job is to take a kit home and have fun putting it together!

For ages 10-18.

Pick up a kit at the Youth Services Desk.

Kits are available throughout the month during regular library hours, while supplies last.

Teens must come in person to receive a kit.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    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 Halloween parade  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Wear your costume!  Halloween stories, songs and crafts, followed by trick-or-treating in the Hollowbrook Community Center.

For all ages, with a caregiver.

Registration is required.  Space is limited.    

    Location: Hollowbrook 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 PowerPoint 2  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

(Continuation of PowerPoint 1 class) Add pizzazz to the presentation you created in PowerPoint 1,with animations, music and much more.  PowerPoint 1 is required to take this class.  Strong Word skills required!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 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
   10:30 AM Halloween Parade and Party  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 18 months to 5 years.
Dress the kids up in their Halloween costumes and bring them in for a trick or treat parade through the library.
Afterwards we will read Halloween stories, sing songs, play games, make a craft and have light refreshments.
Registration is required online starting Monday, October 2nd.

    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 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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 Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins 12:00 noon. 

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

    Location: Lawrence 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 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 October 12. 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)  
   

Halloween Storytime - Feel free to wear a costume to storytime this week for some fun tricks or treats!

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
   11:30 AM Weekly Challenge for Kids  
   

Come in any time or day, all week!

Visit the youth services department most weeks for a simple children’s contest, challenge or drawing. 
Children may enter once weekly, beginning on Thursday afternoons and ending on Wednesday evenings.
Random drawings will take place on most Thursday mornings.  A small prize will be awarded as advertised, or children may be able to choose a prize, depending on weekly themes. Themes and content will vary in appeal and appropriateness by age, but will normally be open to all children up through age 11. 

Specific prizes may match the age appropriateness of the challenge.
Activities on the entry form are intended for a child to complete during their library visit. 

Caregivers may assist younger children, as needed.   

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 12 noon, there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  Will continue until 6pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Play Dough Hour (ages 2-5)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Do you like to mold, sculpt and create with play dough?  Join us at the library to create fun designs and shapes.    

Ages 2 - 5.  No registration required.

See Youth Progam Policy.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:30 PM An Afternoon at the Movies- Going in Style  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.  Starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin. Rated PG-13; 96 minutes, 2017.

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

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 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
   2:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Build with us and stretch your imagination with Legos! For children ages 5 and up.

Online registration begins on October 12. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:30 PM Social Security Benefits Seminar  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by David Vinokurov, Social Security Administration District Manager 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. Registration required. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:30 PM Social Security Benefits Seminar  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by David Vinokurov, Social Security Administration District Manager 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. Registration required. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM Dot Marker Time  
   

For children ages 2-10 years, and a caregiver to supervise. Cleanup begins at 6:00pm.
Stop in and use our fun washable paint markers to create a project from scratch either by dotting or drawing freehand.
You can also use an activity sheet and use dotting to practice patterns, counting or to learn about shapes.
You can make up to 3 projects with our supplies.  New worksheets will be rotated in regularly.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM QI Gong  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

QI Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. In this basic course of six classes taught by instructor Andrzej Leszczynski of Healing Touch Healing Movement, participants will learn and practice exercises helping with back issues. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 PM Decorate a cupcake  
   

 The library will supply the cupcakes, icing and sprinkles.

Drinks will be served!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM Halloween Bingo  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 4 to 8 years.
Come play a game of bingo with a Halloween theme.
All participants will receive a small prize.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Tween Knitting (Ages 10-12)  
   

Beginner's welcome! Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own yarn and needles. 

    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
   6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Teen Cooking Class (Ages 12-17)  
   

Learn and create easy no-bake recipes. 

Registration required. All materials provided. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog  
   

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:15 PM Spooky Stories to Tell in the Dark!  
   

For children 6 - 11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Do you have fond memories of spooky stories told around a crackling campfire?  Come join us Thursday night at 6:30pm for the reading aloud of some Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark followed by a DIY Halloween pop-up card craft.

No registration required.

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 (this is not a formal course). Librarian Andrew will be there to guide you and provide information. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Mayhem on the Mountain: the Sourlands, Hopewell, and the Lindbergh Kidnapping  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Less than a year after the Lindberghs moved to the Sourland Mountains, their toddler was kidnapped in one of the most notorious cases in New Jersey history. Learn the details of these events from the time the family moved to New Jersey to the day the child’s remains were found.  Presented by Jim Davidson, local historian, Lindbergh expert, and co-author of New Jersey’s Lindbergh Kidnapping and Trial (2012).   

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM Rhythm N’ Sound: Musical Review - 40's to 80's  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Rhythm N’ Sound is a trio of musicians whose program will cover a varied genre of Classic Oldies, Rock n' Roll, Classic Rock, Motown, Disco, and Classical songs from the great American song book. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library celebrating their 25th anniversary. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Rhythm N’ Sound: Musical Review - 40's to 80's  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Rhythm N’ Sound is a trio of musicians whose program will cover a varied genre of Classic Oldies, Rock n' Roll, Classic Rock, Motown, Disco, and Classical songs from the great American song book. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library celebrating their 25th anniversary. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Friday October 27, 2017
   9:30 AM Twin Rivers Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: circulation   609-448-1880   
   

Twin Rivers Fall Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Presale for Friends Members only:  October 25:  9:30-11 am (join at the door)

Regular Sale Begins:  October 25 (11 am) - October 28 (during library hours)

All funds raised will support library programs and materials for the Twin Rivers Branch.

 

   9:30 AM Twin Rivers Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: circulation   609-448-1880   
   

Twin Rivers Fall Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Presale for Friends Members only:  October 25:  9:30-11 am (join at the door)

Regular Sale Begins:  October 25 (11 am) - October 28 (during library hours)

All funds raised will support library programs and materials for the Twin Rivers Branch.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence 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 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  -  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  -  11:00 AM Chair Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2310   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Gentle chair yoga for seniors.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 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
   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 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   10:30 AM Toddler Tunes  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Sing along with Miss Pat! All ages, with an adult.

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

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

Little ones can wear their Halloween cosutmes to today's program!

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  -  11:30 AM Friday Morning Bookies: A Bend in the River, by V. S. Naipaul  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

First published in 1979, A Bend in the River is a novel of the politics and society of postcolonial Africa.

Salim, a young Indian man, moves to a town on a bend in the river of a recently independent nation. As Salim strives to establish his business, he comes to be closely involved with the fluid and dangerous politics of the newly created state, the remnants of the old regime clashing inevitably with the new.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM Dot Marker Time  
   

For children ages 2-10 years, and a caregiver to supervise.
Stop in and use our fun washable paint markers to create a project from scratch either by dotting or drawing freehand.
You can also use an activity sheet and use dotting to practice patterns, counting or to learn about shapes.
You can make up to 3 projects with our supplies.  New worksheets will be rotated in regularly.

Cleanup will be at noon.

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

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

Halloween Storytime - Feel free to wear a costume to storytime this week for some fun tricks or treats!

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  -  2:30 PM Relaxing Art Friday -- Canceled  
    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.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM Movie: The Picture of Dorian Gray  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

 Years change, handsome Dorian Gray does not. He remains youthful-looking, but a portrait of him tells another story. It changes with the years, revealing the horrific effects of Gray's life of debauchery and evil

1945. Starring Angela Lansbury. Rated NR. 110 minutes
    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 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
   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 Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 3pm there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  May continue until 5pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:30 PM Posture & Dance 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
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Giant Clothespin Craft, for ages 6-10  
   

For ages 6-10 years.

Decorate a GIANT clothespin!  Use it as a fun way to hold notes or pictures.

No registration is needed.

Supplies are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. If supplies run out, another craft will be provided.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   8:00 PM Halloween Play - The Secrets of Mercy (Ages 10 and up)  
   

The Mercer County Library System, West Windsor Branch will be presenting "The Secrets of Mercy," a new Halloween-themed musical play by Michael Kerr, with music by Laura Liao and Nikita Jain. Performers range in age from 12 years to adult and are mostly from the Mercer County area. Performances will be on Friday, Oct. 27th at 8 PM; Saturday, Oct. 28th at 3 PM and 8 PM; and Sunday, Oct. 29th at 3 PM. The play is sponsored  by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. All performances will take place at the Mercer County Library, West Windsor Branch, 333 N. Post Rd., Princeton Junction. Admission is free. Doors open 20 minutes before show time. This play is appropriate for ages 10 and above. For more information call director Michael Kerr at (609) 275-8901 or email: mkerr@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Saturday October 28, 2017
   9:30 AM Twin Rivers Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: circulation   609-448-1880   
   

Twin Rivers Fall Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Presale for Friends Members only:  October 25:  9:30-11 am (join at the door)

Regular Sale Begins:  October 25 (11 am) - October 28 (during library hours)

All funds raised will support library programs and materials for the Twin Rivers Branch.

 

   9:30 AM Twin Rivers Friends of the Library Book Sale  
    Contact: circulation   609-448-1880   
   

Twin Rivers Fall Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Presale for Friends Members only:  October 25:  9:30-11 am (join at the door)

Regular Sale Begins:  October 25 (11 am) - October 28 (during library hours)

All funds raised will support library programs and materials for the Twin Rivers Branch.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:00 AM Drop-in Book Craft: Go away big green monster!, for all ages  
   

For all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop-in between 10am and 4pm and join us for a fun craft based on the Ed Emberley book “Go Away Big Green Monster”! 

No registration required! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

Halloween Storytime - Feel free to wear a costume to storytime for some fun tricks or treats.

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  -  3:00 PM Halloween Creation Station  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Drop in and create a spooky craft with the provided materials.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Crafted... the Halloween Edition!  
    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... the Halloween Edition!

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 October 14. 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
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM From Anger to Wisdom Insight Session  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Anger is an expression of inner pain; an indication that all is not well in our inner world. It is one of the most powerful and destructive emotions.  How can we change the anger within and use our energy in more positive ways? What do we do to go beyond the anger and step on to a pathway of peace?

In this insight session, explore how our thoughts and beliefs create the anger we hold within. Learn to change our thinking patterns and to turn our thoughts in the direction of peace in our hearts.

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.

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
   11:00 AM Halloween Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

Join us for a spooky time!!  Halloween books, songs, and a craft for ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

Children may wear their costumes!

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 Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 2 - 6 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 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
   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
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Make Your Own Holiday Card  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Paint one-of-a-kind holiday cards for friends and family with instruction from local artist Bill Farrauto. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Make Your Own Holiday Card  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Paint one-of-a-kind holiday cards for friends and family with instruction from local artist Bill Farrauto. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM A Taste of Autumn: Apple Pie and the Perfect Pie Crust  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

In this class you will learn how to take apples from a local orchard and create a warming sweet and tart Apple Pie Filing that you can enjoy all year with step-by-step “hands on” instructions using a Boiling Water Bath Canning procedure. Class includes also includes learning how to make the perfect pie crust, recipes, tips on food safety, a jar to take home, and an apple pie slice to enjoy. Presented by Mariam Bolum of Farm to Jars.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Estate Planning  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Naeem Akhtar, Esq. will provide a description of the fundamentals of preparing wills, healthcare directives, and powers of attorneys.  A description of the of the probate process will also be presented.

Registration is requested.

    Location: Hopewell 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 Halloween Play - The Secrets of Mercy (Ages 10 and up)  
   

The Mercer County Library System, West Windsor Branch will be presenting "The Secrets of Mercy," a new Halloween-themed musical play by Michael Kerr, with music by Laura Liao and Nikita Jain. Performers range in age from 12 years to adult and are mostly from the Mercer County area. Performances will be on Friday, Oct. 27th at 8 PM; Saturday, Oct. 28th at 3 PM and 8 PM; and Sunday, Oct. 29th at 3 PM. The play is sponsored  by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. All performances will take place at the Mercer County Library, West Windsor Branch, 333 N. Post Rd., Princeton Junction. Admission is free. Doors open 20 minutes before show time. This play is appropriate for ages 10 and above. For more information call director Michael Kerr at (609) 275-8901 or email: mkerr@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   8:00 PM Halloween Play - The Secrets of Mercy (Ages 10 and up)  
   

The Mercer County Library System, West Windsor Branch will be presenting "The Secrets of Mercy," a new Halloween-themed musical play by Michael Kerr, with music by Laura Liao and Nikita Jain. Performers range in age from 12 years to adult and are mostly from the Mercer County area. Performances will be on Friday, Oct. 27th at 8 PM; Saturday, Oct. 28th at 3 PM and 8 PM; and Sunday, Oct. 29th at 3 PM. The play is sponsored  by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. All performances will take place at the Mercer County Library, West Windsor Branch, 333 N. Post Rd., Princeton Junction. Admission is free. Doors open 20 minutes before show time. This play is appropriate for ages 10 and above. For more information call director Michael Kerr at (609) 275-8901 or email: mkerr@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Sunday October 29, 2017
   12:30 PM Fun Halloween Bookmarks  
   

Sunday Surprise Craft!

For children 3 - 11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Create a fun Halloween bookmark!  Easy & fun craft using orange and black foam and holiday stickers.

Drop in any time between 12:30 and 4:00pm.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)  
   

The goal of this program is to help middle and upper elementary school students understand concepts in chemistry, physics, earth science, and biology. Volunteers will also assist students in preparing for science competitions including the Science Bowl and Science Olympiad. General questions will be addressed and topics of interest will be discussed where they require more clarity. 

No registration required. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   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.

Clean-up to begin at 4:00

*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
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Make Your Own Holiday Card  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Paint one-of-a-kind holiday cards for friends and family with instruction from local artist Bill Farrauto. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Make Your Own Holiday Card  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Paint one-of-a-kind holiday cards for friends and family with instruction from local artist Bill Farrauto. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Advice for Your Devices (Ages 5 & up)  
   

The Geek Desk volunteers are here to help you. Bring your own device to us with questions about your devices so we can help you make the most out of today's technology. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM Sunday Afternoon at the Movies for ages 18 and up at 2:00 p.m.  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

The Big Sick (2017, R), with Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan and Holly Hunter. Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings. Runtime: 120 min.

No admission fee!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM What Lies Beneath  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   
When Claire Spencer begins seeing ghostly images and hearing mysterious voices in her home, her husband Norman suspects it is just her imagination, until the images turn real. Together they uncover the truth.
 2002 . Starring Michele Pfeiffer. Rated PG-13. 130 minutes. No registration.
    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   3:00 PM Halloween Play - The Secrets of Mercy (Ages 10 and up)  
   

The Mercer County Library System, West Windsor Branch will be presenting "The Secrets of Mercy," a new Halloween-themed musical play by Michael Kerr, with music by Laura Liao and Nikita Jain. Performers range in age from 12 years to adult and are mostly from the Mercer County area. Performances will be on Friday, Oct. 27th at 8 PM; Saturday, Oct. 28th at 3 PM and 8 PM; and Sunday, Oct. 29th at 3 PM. The play is sponsored  by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. All performances will take place at the Mercer County Library, West Windsor Branch, 333 N. Post Rd., Princeton Junction. Admission is free. Doors open 20 minutes before show time. This play is appropriate for ages 10 and above. For more information call director Michael Kerr at (609) 275-8901 or email: mkerr@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:15 PM Math Advancement (Grades 5 & up)  
   

Top high school math students from the New Jersey area will help you improve your mathematical thinking with creative ways of learning math! During these sessions we will be going over advanced topics not generally covered in the school math curriculum. 

No registration required. Space is limited to 15 students. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday October 30, 2017
   9:35 AM 1000 Books Before Kindergarten  
   

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Read a book to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. You may repeat books as often as you like.  You can reach 365 books in a year if you read every night;  730 books in two years; and 1,095 books in three years. Prizes given out for every 100 books read and recorded in the log. Got questions?  See the youth services librarians.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:35 AM Registration Begins for What's Up Wednesday  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

What’s Up Wednesdays - is multi-week program for children in Grades 3 to 5 that meets at 4:45 pm on Wednesdays. Each class will include a craft or special project as participants explore a range of different  topics. Please be aware that this program will occasionally include food.  This session will start on November 8.

Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   9:35 AM Registration Begins for:  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   
  • LITTLE EXPLORERS - a program of hands-on science activities for children ages 3 to 5, with an adult, on Mondays at 2 pm or Wednesdays at 11 am.
  • STORYTIME - a half-hour program for children ages 2 - 5, with an adult, on Tuesdays at 10 am, Wednesdays at 10 am, or Thursdays at 10 am.

The new session begins the week of October 23. Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   9:40 AM Take Home Craft  
   

For all ages!

Stop by the Library to pick up a free take-home craft a scarecrow.

The Library will provide supplies and instructions for making a! 

    Location: Ewing 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 Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 11am.

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

    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  -  12:00 PM Train time  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Free play with wooden trains and tracks.

For all ages with a caregiver.
 

    Location: Hollowbrook 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.

Halloween themed!

Ages 6 months to 2 years welcome with a caregiver.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:30 AM Halloween Concert with Guitar Bob and Halloween Parade  
   

Wear your Halloween costume and join Guitar Bob for a special Halloween concert followed by our annual Halloween Parade and Trick or Treating! 

All ages welcome. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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  -  11:00 AM Preschool Art Class with Mrs. Mehta & Mrs. Poonam (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 Mrs. 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
   11:00 AM Paper pumpkin stick craft  
   

No registration required. Cleanup will be at noon.

For children ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver to supervise.

Use a pumpkin bulletin board piece, craft stick and other craft materials to create your project.  Craft will take about 10 minutes.

Materials have been purchased 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 necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Adult English Learners Writing Class  
    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 Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 3pm there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  May continue until 5pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:30 PM Halloween Party  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Wear your costume and join us for crafts, games, and treats! Ages 4 & up.

Online registration begins on October 16. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Decorate a Diary, for ages 6-10  
   

For ages 6-10 years.

Personalize a diary or journal with duct tape and other craft supplies.  Use it to list what you’re thankful for (Thanksgiving), to start your Christmas list, or for anything else you can think of!

No registration is needed.

Supplies are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. If supplies run out, another craft will be provided.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence 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  -  5:15 PM Walk-in Craft  
   

 

For school-age children. 

Make a craft with the material provided !

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Maker Monday (Ages 12-17)  
   

Paint a glow-in-the-dark pumpkin!

Materials provided.

Registration required. 

    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  -  6:30 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. 

No registration required. Please arrive on time.

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

Halloween Storytime - Feel free to wear a costume storytime for some fun tricks or treats.

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 Halloween Perler Bead Art, for ages 5-12 yrs  
   

For ages 5-12 years, with a caregiver.

Join us and create your own Emoji perler bead keychain.  Design your own or use the patterns provided.

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  -  7:30 PM Monday Night Book Group: Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Monday Night Book Group: Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King 

Discuss the book and share your thoughts. Contact the branch to get a copy. 

 

Registration preferred.

  

 

 

 

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

Adult Program

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

The class also focuses on everyday interaction with others and includes discussions of American culture. Must have basic knowledge of English. 

No need to register--just walk in.

    Location: West Windsor 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 STEAM  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

An interactive, hands-on science program focusing on different aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math tailored for school-age children.
For grades K-5.
Registration is required online starting the previous Monday.

    Location: Hickory Corner 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  -  8:30 PM Sahaja Yoga Meditation  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Sahaja Yoga is a unique method of meditation based on an experience called self-realization (Kundalini awakening). This type of meditation is practiced in over 90 countries. Experience the peace and joy you can derive from this state of self-realization, and feel its benefits in your life.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Evening Book Group: Siddartha, by Hermann Hesse  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

This allegorical novel, set in sixth-century India around the time of the Buddha, follows a young man on his search for enlightenment.

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

    Location: West Windsor 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, October 2, at 9:30 a.m. Participants 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 October 31, 2017
   10:00 AM Halloween Parade  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Celebrate Halloween at the library!

Come in costume to participate in a parade, trick or treating, Halloween stories, and a Halloween craft.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:00 AM Hatha Yoga  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Yoga increases flexibility, muscle strength and tone, improves respiration, energy and vitality, maintains a balanced metabolism and improves cardio and circulatory health. Led by certified yoga instructor Anuradha Puri. Limited space. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:00 AM Preschool Halloween Costume Parade  
   

For ages 5 and under.

Wear your costume, and parade through the Library for Halloween treats!  Music with Miss Amy and spooky crafts (and fun fall ones, too!) to follow. Refreshments will be served.

Online registration is required.

Registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence 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 October 17. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Halloween 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 Halloween Story Time with Miss Liz  
    Contact: Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children can wear their Halloween costumes today for a Halloween themed story time ending with trick or treating at the library!

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  -  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
   12:00 PM Halloween Parade  
   

 Dress in costume and collect candy and treats from the staff!                                          

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 12 noon, there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  Will continue until 6pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence 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
   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
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Lego Party  
   

All Ages!  

Come play with legos!  

    Location: Ewing 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  -  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 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
   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
   7:00 PM Booktalking: Adult Book Discussion Group  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 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.

No registration required. Space is limited to 12 students. Please arrive on time. 

    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 November 1, 2017
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:35 AM Teen and Tween Take-Home Craft: DIY Smartphone Speakers  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

All you need are plastic cups and a toilet paper tube and you can make your own smartphone speakers!
For ages 9 and up.
Ask at the reference desk for your craft kit starting Wednesday, November 1st.
Supplies are limited.  Kits are handed out on a first come, first serve basis.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   9:35 AM Teen Take-Out Craft: CD Mosaic Photo Frame!  
   

* Available all month! *

Stop by the Library any time in November, and pick up a free take-home craft kit.

The Library will provide supplies and instructions for making a mosaic frame from a recycled CD!  Your job is to take a kit home and have fun putting it together!

For ages 10-18.

Pick up a kit at the Youth Services Desk.

Kits are available throughout the month during regular library hours, while supplies last.

Teens must come in person to receive a kit.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence 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 seasonal Yarn Pumpkin Garland.

While supplies last.

One kit per teen, please.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   9:40 AM Community Kindness Jar: Share Compliments!  
   

Available all month.  For all ages.

Take or leave a compliment from our Community Kindness Jar!  To celebrate World Kindness Day on November 13, we will have a jar where you can leave a compliment on a popsicle stick for someone else to take AND/OR you can take a compliment for yourself.

The Jar will be in the Children’s area all during November.  Stop by, and spread kindness!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence 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 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  -  11:00 AM Bollywood Workout  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

This is a fun-filled, intensive dance program for adults. It is a full-body workout designed to increases core strength and stamina. No prior training is required; all you need is a willingness to move and groove to Hindi songs beats. As with any exercise program, check with your healthcare provider before participating.

Babita Negi is a teacher and choreographer of Bollywood dance with more than a decade of experience.

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

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

Adult Program

Meet up with others who are also interested in local travel and entertainment. Attendees plan and execute the trips.

The group is planning a Chew Philly Experience. This is a walking and food-sampling tour of iconic Philly foods. The Chew Philly Tours appear on the Travel Channel's list of best things to do in the city.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

    Location: West Windsor 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 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

Children can wear their Halloween costumes today for a Halloween themed story time ending with trick or treating at the library!

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 Chalk pastel turkey coloring craft 2-7 years  
   

No registration required. Cleanup will be at noon.

For children ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver to supervise.

Use our art chalk pastel set on a turkey coloring page. Craft will take about 10 minutes. This is a messy craft!

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

    Location: Lawrence 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
   11:05 AM Sesame Street Day is November 10th  
   

Sesame Street Day is November 10th. 

Make a set of Sesame Street craft stick paper puppets.  (Project will take about 10 minutes) 

Take an activity page or check out a book or DVD from our Sesame Street display.

Drop in anytime,  through November 15th.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:55 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 1pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 12 noon, there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  Will continue until 6pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month. Usually it will repeat two days in a row.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM Active Aging Fitness: Fall-Winter 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. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 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
   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
   5:00 PM Dot Marker Time until 8pm  
   

For children ages 2-10 years, and a caregiver to supervise. Cleanup will begin at 8:00pm.
Stop in and use our fun washable paint markers to create a project from scratch either by dotting or drawing freehand.
You can also use an activity sheet and use dotting to practice patterns, counting or to learn about shapes.
You can make up to 3 projects with our supplies.  New worksheets will be rotated in regularly.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Princess in Black Book Club! (for ages 5-8)  
   

For ages 5-8.

Join us for 4 evenings of princess/ninja excitement as we read the Princess in Black series by Shannon and Dean Hale!  Each week we’ll read and discuss one book, and do a fun craft!

This week’s book: The Princess in Black

This week’s craft: Masks

Online registration is required.

Registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Midweek Math Tutoring  
    Contact:    609-448-1474   
   

Drop-in math help for students in 1st - 12th grade provided by Peddie School student tutors. 

No registration necessary.

Caregivers must remain in the library while child attends the program.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM Fugitive Slave Escape on the Louisiana-Texas Border 1804-1806  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Mekala Audain, Ph.D. candidate at TCNJ. This talk will focus on the experiences of fugitive slaves from Natchitoches, Louisiana to Nacogdoches Spanish Texas in the early nineteenth century. In the aftermath of the Louisiana Purchase (1803), increased workloads, closer scrutiny of slaves, and the passage of new laws that reshaped Louisiana slavery prompted many enslaved Louisianans to escape on what scholar Mekala Audain calls the Southern Underground Railroad to Spanish Texas. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Fugitive Slave Escape on the Louisiana-Texas Border 1804-1806  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Mekala Audain, Ph.D. candidate at TCNJ. This talk will focus on the experiences of fugitive slaves from Natchitoches, Louisiana to Nacogdoches Spanish Texas in the early nineteenth century. In the aftermath of the Louisiana Purchase (1803), increased workloads, closer scrutiny of slaves, and the passage of new laws that reshaped Louisiana slavery prompted many enslaved Louisianans to escape on what scholar Mekala Audain calls the Southern Underground Railroad to Spanish Texas. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing 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 Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s: The Basics  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come learn about the symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.  Learn how Alzheimer’s affects the brain, its causes and risk factors, the benefits of early detection, and how to address an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch

Thursday November 2, 2017
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    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  -  10:30 AM Book Worms & Wiggle Worms  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Caregivers and young children can join us for the first ever "Book Worms & Wiggle Worms" program!

It's a book club for adults and play time for little ones in Hightstown Library's Community Room.

Adults will discuss books they've read and pick a title to read for the next meeting while little ones play with the library's toys.

Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM Book Worms & Wiggle Worms  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Caregivers and young children can join us for the first ever "Book Worms & Wiggle Worms" program!

It's a book club for adults and play time for little ones in Hightstown Library's Community Room.

Adults will discuss books they've read and pick a title to read for the next meeting while little ones play with the library's toys.

Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM Book Worms & Wiggle Worms  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Caregivers and young children can join us for the first ever "Book Worms & Wiggle Worms" program!

It's a book club for adults and play time for little ones in Hightstown Library's Community Room.

Adults will discuss books they've read and pick a title to read for the next meeting while little ones play with the library's toys.

Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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  -  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
   11:00 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 12:00 noon.

Materials have been purchased 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 October 19. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 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
   12:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 12 noon, there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  Will continue until 6pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month. Usually it will repeat two days in a row.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Be Prepared with the Red Cross  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

A representative from the North Jersey American Red Cross will be here to raise awarenses and knowledge about personal preparedness when faced with natural disasters and emergencies at home or work.  This program will provide checklists and examples to help you become Red Cross Ready!

This program is part of the American Red Cross region's commitment to develop communites' resiliency by being Red Cross Ready for emergencies and disasters.

Registration is not required, but is suggested.

    Location: Hollowbrook 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 Dot Marker Time until 6pm  
   

For children ages 2-10 years, and a caregiver to supervise. Cleanup will begin at 6:00pm.
Stop in and use our fun washable paint markers to create a project from scratch either by dotting or drawing freehand.
You can also use an activity sheet and use dotting to practice patterns, counting or to learn about shapes.
You can make up to 3 projects with our supplies.  New worksheets will be rotated in regularly.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM QI Gong  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

QI Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. In this basic course of six classes taught by instructor Andrzej Leszczynski of Healing Touch Healing Movement, participants will learn and practice exercises helping with back issues. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Tween Knitting (Ages 10-12)  
   

Beginner's welcome! Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own yarn and needles. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Come Write In: A NaNoWriMo Event  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Hopewell Township Branch is participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a project aimed at encouraging would-be novelists to finish their first drafts. The Branch is hosting a series of writer drop-ins on Thursdays in November from 6:30-8:30pm.

Each Thursday, writers are encouraged to visit the drop-in space to work on their drafts in a supportive environment.

Coffee and sustenance provided!

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM Explorations! Simple Printmaking  
   

For children 4 - 11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Have fun with relief printing!  Create your own design on a foam tray printing plate.  Then using roller and tempura paint, transfer your creation to paper, pulling off as many prints as you like! 

An easy and fun way to learn about relief printing!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Foreign and Independent Films at Your Library: After the Storm (Japan, 2016)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa). 114 min. Not rated. Japanese with English subtitles. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 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 Books and Bricks  
    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 Monday, October 16th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Nutrition to Manage Prediabetes and Diabetes  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Sandra Byer-Lubin, MS, RD, CDE, will teach you how to control diabetes and to reduce your risk for developing diabetes and prediabetes through nutrition. Sandra is a diabetes clinician and certified diabetes educator with the University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) Diabetes Management Program. 

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on October 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  -  8:00 PM Résumé Review  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

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 October 22, call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 to make an appointment.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Friday November 3, 2017
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence 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 Fiction Writing Workshop: Part I  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Lauren B. Davis: Writing from the Senses and Creating Believable Fiction

Our job as writers is to create emotion in our readers. We aren’t trying to reveal what our characters are feeling, but rather to make our readers feel right along with them, and to believe in the characters and their world. This workshop explains what concrete, significant details are, and how to use them to make your reader feel as though they’re dreaming with eyes wide open. Lauren will use a combination of lecture and writing exercises, so be sure to bring pen and paper.  The lessons will be reviewed and implemented during the second part of the workshop on November 17, without Lauren being present. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  10:45 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  -  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:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Children of all ages and their caregivers 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 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   10:30 AM Sahaja Yoga Meditation for Children  
   

For children ages, 2-6.

An introduction to mediation and energy centers in the body.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM Sing Along with Miss Amy  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Sing along with Miss Amy! All ages, with an adult.

Online registration begins on October 20. Please register each child separately.

    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 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
   11:00 AM Chalk pastel turkey coloring craft 2-7 years  
   

No registration required. Cleanup will be at noon.

For children ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver to supervise.

Use our art chalk pastel set on a turkey coloring page. Craft will take about 10 minutes. This is a messy craft!

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

    Location: Lawrence 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  -  2:00 PM Walk-In Craft (All Ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room to create a craft! 

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM Foreign Film Presentation: Shun Li and the Poet  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

With Tao Zhao, Rade Serbedzija and Marco Paolini. A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon. Runtime: 98 min.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:30 PM  -  4:00 PM First Friday Film – American Pastoral  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

A Jewish-American businessman watches his life unravel after his daughter commits a terrorist act in protest of the Vietnam War. (Rated R; 108 minutes)

No registration necessary. 

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

Adult Program

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 October 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

    Location: West Windsor 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 Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 3pm there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  May continue until 5pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month.  Usually it will repeat two days in a row.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:30 PM Posture & Dance 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
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Straw Hat Turkeys, for ages 6-10  
   

For ages 6-10 years.

Make a festive turkey out of a tiny straw hat!

No registration is needed.

Supplies are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. If supplies run out, another craft will be provided.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 PM Drum Circle: Fall - Winter 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 November 4, 2017
   10:00 AM 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 One-on-one Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator Assistance  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Saturday, November 4, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm

Thursday, November 16, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Schedule a one-on-one appointment to enroll or update your Affordable Care Act benefits for the year 2018. Provided by Family Resource Network. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Drum Circle  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

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.

This is an adult program; children are welcome to accompany their parents.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on October 22. Click the Register button, or call 609-799-0462 for information or to register.

    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
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Princeton and the American Revolution  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn about local history and the remarkable events of the "Ten Crucial Days," which took place in our own back yard, from Christmas 1776 to January 3, 1777, and marked the turning point of the Revolutionary War. Presented by Barry Singer, a Princeton area resident for more than 25 years. In addition to teaching a five session course, “Princeton and the American Revolution” at Rutgers Continuing Ed. (OLLI), Barry has volunteered with the Historical Society of Princeton for the past ten years.

Registration requested.

    Location: Hopewell 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
   1:55 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
   2:00 PM Film Screening: The Time of Their Lives (1946)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

The Prydonians of Princeton, a local science fiction social group, will be hosting a showing of the fantasy film “The Time of Their Lives” an Abbott and Costello farce about a Revolutionary War ghost at large in 1946. With Marjorie Reynolds, John Shelton, Binnie Barnes. Directed by Charles Barton. 82 min. Not rated. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Irving Berlin, an American Institution  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come follow the journey of Irving Berlin from Russian immigrant to great American songwriter. Berlin wrote an estimated 1,500 songs during his career, including classics like Alexander’s Ragtime Band, God Bless America, and White Christmas.  Presented by Marty Schneit, historian, lecturer, and native New Yorker.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Kid Craft (Ages 5-7)  
   

Create a fun and unique craft! 

No registration required. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Poetry Reading  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Betty Bonham Lies and Lois Marie Harrod join young poets from local schools in reading their poetry. An author of three volumes of poetry and four other books, Lies is the senior poetry editor of US 1 Worksheets, as well as a Geraldine R. Dodge poet. Harrod, also a Dodge poet, has published 16 poetry collections and teaches part-time at The College of New Jersey.

Registration is requested.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   3:45 PM  -  4:15 PM Crafty Tweens (Ages 8-11)  
   

Create a fun and unique craft!

No registration required. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Sunday November 5, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 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
   1:45 PM  -  2:45 PM Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)  
   

The goal of this program is to help middle and upper elementary school students understand concepts in chemistry, physics, earth science, and biology. Volunteers will also assist students in preparing for science competitions including the Science Bowl and Science Olympiad. General questions will be addressed and topics of interest will be discussed where they require more clarity. 

No registration required. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM Sunday Afternoon at the Movies for ages 18 and up at 2:00 p.m.  
   

Baby Driver (2017, R), with Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal and Jon Hamm. After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. Runtime: 112 min. 

No admission fee!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Math Advancement (Grades 5 & up)  
   

Top high school math students from the New Jersey area will help you improve your mathematical thinking with creative ways of learning math! During these sessions we will be going over advanced topics not generally covered in the school math curriculum. 

No registration required. Space is limited to 15 students. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday November 6, 2017
   9:35 AM 1000 Books Before Kindergarten  
   

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Read a book to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. You may repeat books as often as you like.  You can reach 365 books in a year if you read every night;  730 books in two years; and 1,095 books in three years. Prizes given out for every 100 books read and recorded in the log. Got questions?  See the youth services librarians.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:35 AM Teen and Tween Take-Home Craft: DIY Smartphone Speakers  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

All you need are plastic cups and a toilet paper tube and you can make your own smartphone speakers!
For ages 9 and up.
Ask at the reference desk for your craft kit starting Wednesday, November 1st.
Supplies are limited.  Kits are handed out on a first come, first serve basis.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   9:40 AM Book Monopoly (aka Bookopoly)!  
   

Available all month.  For all ages.

In honor of National Monopoly Day on November 19, come play the library’s version of Monopoly: Bookopoly!  Instead of streets and utilities, land on Young Adult book titles in different genres.

The game will be out in the Young Adult area all during November.  Bring a friend, and stop in to play!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Take Home Craft  
   

For all ages!

Stop by the Library to pick up a free take-home craft a cornucopia decoration.

The Library will provide supplies and instructions for making a! 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 11am.

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

    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 Résumé Review  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

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 October 22, call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 to make an appointment.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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 & Mrs. Poonam (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 Mrs. 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
   10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Happy Two’s Activity Time  
   

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

Learn songs and rhymes!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM Chalk pastel turkey coloring craft 2-7 years  
   

No registration required. Cleanup will be at noon.

For children ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver to supervise.

Use our art chalk pastel set on a turkey coloring page. Craft will take about 10 minutes. This is a messy craft!

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Medicare Workshop  
   

Join Lauren Orlosky and Justin Lubenow from Senior Advisors and find out what has  changed in 2017, the five biggest mistakes made by Medicare beneficiaries, the difference between the original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage plans, how Medicare supplement policies and prescription programs work and how Medicare might change in the future. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Medicare Workshop  
   

Join Lauren Orlosky and Justin Lubenow from Senior Advisors and find out what has  changed in 2017, the five biggest mistakes made by Medicare beneficiaries, the difference between the original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage plans, how Medicare supplement policies and prescription programs work and how Medicare might change in the future. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    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 necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM Little Explorers  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Little Explorers is a multi-week program with hands-on science activities for children ages 3 to 5, with an adult.

Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:00 PM Movie Matinee: Patriots Day (2016)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

A police officer helps pursue the terrorists responsible for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Under the direction of BPD commissioner Ed Davis and an FBI Special Agent, the manhunt extends into the suburb of Watertown.130 min. R-rated. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Adult English Learners Writing Class  
    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 Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 3pm there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  May continue until 5pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month.  Usually it will repeat two days in a row.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM Recycle Crafts! CD Spinners, for ages 6-10  
   

For ages 6-10.

Make a top toy out of a recycled CD!

No registration required.

Registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Walk-in Craft  
   

For school-age children. 

Make a craft with the material provided !

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing 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  -  8:00 PM Open Play & Craft (All ages with an adult)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room to play with toys, games and create a craft! 

No registration required. Adult must be present at all times. 

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

Eliza Hammer teaches this four-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: November 6, 13, 20 & 27.

Registration for each individual class is required.

Registration opens for all classes on Monday, October 30th

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM Friends of the Lawrence Library Meeting  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM School-age STEAM  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

An interactive, hands-on science program focusing on different aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math tailored for school-age children.
For grades K-5.
Registration is required online starting the previous Monday.

    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  -  9:00 PM Socrates Café  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

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 October 22. Call 609-799-0462.

    Location: West Windsor 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, October 2, at 9:30 a.m. Participants 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 November 7, 2017
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Election Day  
    The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.
   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 Create a Red-Hot Resume  
   

Presented by Paul Martinetti. A one-on-one workshop for building a resume and conducting an effective job search. Four 30-minute individual appointments. Registration required. Call 882-3148

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Election Day Storytime  
   

All Ages! 

Mock voting! Stories, crafts, and light refreshments.

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    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
   10:30 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 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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  -  11:10 AM Read and Play Story Time  
   

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

Stories and crafts!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:15 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 12:15pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence 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 drop in acorn craft  
   

No registration required. Drop in when it is convenient.

For children 4-10 years, with a caregiver to supervise.

Use craft materials to create a mosaic acorn craft to take home with you. Be creative!

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 12 noon, there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  Will continue until 4:30pm. 

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month. Usually it will repeat two days in a row.

No registration required.

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.
Beginners welcome
Mats are provided.
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.
Registration is required online starting Monday, October 16th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:30 PM  -  3:15 PM Jewelry Craft  
   

For Preteens ages 9-14

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Lego Play  
   

All Ages!  Come play with legos! 

    Location: Ewing Branch

Wednesday November 8, 2017
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence 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 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
   10:30 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 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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 Chalk pastel turkey coloring craft 2-7 years  
   

No registration required. Cleanup will be at noon.

For children ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver to supervise.

Use our art chalk pastel set on a turkey coloring page. Craft will take about 10 minutes. This is a messy craft!

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

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

Little Explorers is a multi-week program with hands-on science activities for children ages 3 to 5, with an adult.

Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

    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
   11:55 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 1pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 12 noon, there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  Will continue until 6pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month. Usually it will repeat two days in a row.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM Homeschool Study Hall  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Join other homeschoolers to study together and grow at the library.
Bring your students' homework and enjoy working on it in a group.
This is a great time to do research and get help from other homeschooling families.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   4:30 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
   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
   4:45 PM What's Up Wednesday  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

This is multi-week program for children in Grades 3 to 5 that meets at 4:45 pm on Wednesdays.  Each class will include a craft or special project as participants explore a range of different  topics.   Please be aware that this program will occasionally include food.

Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   5:00 PM Dot Marker Time until 8pm  
   

For children ages 2-10 years, and a caregiver to supervise. Cleanup will begin at 8:00pm.
Stop in and use our fun washable paint markers to create a project from scratch either by dotting or drawing freehand.
You can also use an activity sheet and use dotting to practice patterns, counting or to learn about shapes.
You can make up to 3 projects with our supplies.  New worksheets will be rotated in regularly.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Princess in Black Book Club! (for ages 5-8)  
   

For ages 5-8.

Join us for 4 evenings of princess/ninja excitement as we read the Princess in Black series by Shannon and Dean Hale!  Each week we’ll read and discuss one book, and do a fun craft!

This week’s book: The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party

This week’s craft: Glitter-Stone Rings

Online registration is required.

Registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Financial Fitness Seminar: Psychology of Spending  
   

Presented by Roy Angus from the Credit Union of New Jersey. What we buy is not based solely on personal preference. By understanding factors that can influence spending decisions, such as advertising, the desire to keep up with the Joneses, and conflating money and love, participants become more informed consumers. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM Financial Fitness Seminar: Psychology of Spending  
   

Presented by Roy Angus from the Credit Union of New Jersey. What we buy is not based solely on personal preference. By understanding factors that can influence spending decisions, such as advertising, the desire to keep up with the Joneses, and conflating money and love, participants become more informed consumers. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Midweek Math Tutoring  
    Contact:    609-448-1474   
   

Drop-in math help for students in 1st - 12th grade provided by Peddie School student tutors. 

No registration necessary.

Caregivers must remain in the library while child attends the program.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM Achieving the Dream of Home Ownership  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

This workshop will explore some of the key reasons why people hesitate to begin the process of purchasing a home. Through education, the workshop will give prospective home buyers the confidence to get started. Common misconceptions about obtaining a mortgage will be reviewed as well as an overview of the timeline for purchasing a home from contract to closing. Presented by Alterra Home Loans. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Tapping: Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

EFT is at the forefront of the emerging energy psychology field. It’s a relatively new approach that combines acupuncture with modern psychology—without the needles! By gentle tapping on acupressure points while tuning into whatever problem you want to work on, the distress subsides and you’re left with a new sense of emotional freedom. It’s that easy.

The introductory lecture includes the history and science of this technique, fascinating stories, and a chance to try it out yourself. Carol Bemmels learned EFT 18 years ago, and it completely changed the way she helps people. As a masters-level counselor, she’s worked in many settings: a shelter for battered women, hospitals, schools, and community agencies. She’s lectured and trained people internationally in peace and peer counseling techniques. She currently has a private practice in Hopewell, NJ.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Thursday November 9, 2017
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    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  -  11:30 AM PowerPoint Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to create presentations, format text and insert images.

Mouse and keyboard skills are essential. 

Advance registration is required. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:30 AM 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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  -  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
   11:00 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 12:00 noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM CookTalks: Planning the Thanksgiving Feast  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Chef Anita Constantine who gave us “How to Be a Guest at Your Own Party” returns to help us plan our Thanksgiving feast. She will discuss turkey prep, brining, cooking and teach us to make some easy contemporary side dishes. Registration is suggested.

    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 October 26. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 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
   11:05 AM Jumbo Color Dominos for Kids  
   

Domino Day is November 11th. We are celebrating today, November 9th.

Play with our color dominos in the youth department, until 8:00pm. For kids, with a caregiver.

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 12 noon, there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  Will continue until 6pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month. Usually it will repeat two days in a row.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM Dot Marker Time until 6pm  
   

For children ages 2-10 years, and a caregiver to supervise. Cleanup will begin at 6:00pm.
Stop in and use our fun washable paint markers to create a project from scratch either by dotting or drawing freehand.
You can also use an activity sheet and use dotting to practice patterns, counting or to learn about shapes.
You can make up to 3 projects with our supplies.  New worksheets will be rotated in regularly.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM Magic Show  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 3 and up.
Join us for a fun-filled magical adventure with Mr. Dennis the magician.
He will be doing his "Reading is Fun" magic show for us.
This is a great way to entertian the kids on their day off from school!
Registration is required online starting Monday, October 16th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   3:00 PM Stuffed Animal Workshop (Ages 4-8)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 4 - 8.

Children ages 4-8 are invited to make their own stuffed story buddy at the library. Choose from a black cat, tabby cat, or orange bear. Then bring your animal to life with stuffing, a name, and an outfit!

We will end our workshop by enjoying a fall-themed story together.

Online registration required beginning October 26

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   4:00 PM Teen Pinterest & Facebook Magnets, for ages 9-16  
   

For ages 9-16.

Make a real-life Pinterest pin and a real-life Facebook “Like” button… as magnets!  Use them to add fun to your refrigerator and to draw attention to your photos and lists.

Online registration is required.

Registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM QI Gong  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

QI Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. In this basic course of six classes taught by instructor Andrzej Leszczynski of Healing Touch Healing Movement, participants will learn and practice exercises helping with back issues. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Tween Knitting (Ages 10-12)  
   

Beginner's welcome! Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own yarn and needles. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:30 PM TED Talk Viewing and Discussion  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Talks are short video lectures given by experts in their fields. Join us in our monthly viewing related to a thought-provoking topic. After the lecture there will be a guided discussion among the group. Attendees are not required to participate and are welcome to stay and listen to the thoughts of others. This month's talk is Amy Cuddy: Your body language may shape who you are.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Come Write In: A NaNoWriMo Event  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Hopewell Township Branch is participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a project aimed at encouraging would-be novelists to finish their first drafts. The Branch is hosting a series of writer drop-ins on Thursdays in November from 6:30-8:30pm.

Each Thursday, writers are encouraged to visit the drop-in space to work on their drafts in a supportive environment.

Coffee and sustenance provided!

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM Explorations! Painting with Oil Pastels  
   

For children 4 - 11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Did you know a drawing with oil cray-pas can be turned into a painting with this oil pastel art technique? 

We’ll create our own drawings and patterns with brightly colored oil pastels and then magically transform our drawings into “paintings” using Q-tips dipped in ordinary vegetable oil! 

Who knew this technique could be so much fun and create such beautiful works of art!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Movie: The Wedding Plan (2nd Showing)  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

A young Israeli woman decides she wants to get married and has faith that nothing can stop her.  

Rated PG (2016).  Running time:  110 minutes.  

Generous support for this program was provided by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

Registration is preferred.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:30 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 Emotional Freedom Techniques 'EFT' Tapping  
   

Join Carol Bemmels for a presentation and demonstration of EFT (“tapping”), the fastest growing, most popular stress release tool in the emerging field of Energy Psychology. It involves tuning into a distressing thought/feeling while tapping on head and upper body acupuncture meridian points.  It was made available on the internet in the late nineties and by now, millions of people around the world are using it in their personal and professional lives.  It’s simple, safe, and fast. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Poetry Circle: Charles Baudelaire  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

The French poet Charles Baudelaire established for himself a unique place in literature, with poems that demonstrate brilliant skill with poetic forms, and express the new realities of life in Paris, which underwent a stunning transformation during his lifetime. His works represent to many readers the beginning of modern poetry, and indeed, he is credited with coining the term modernité (modernity). He used traditional forms in new ways, and also developed the use of prose poems. He showed that a poet chooses his own style, and can feel free to disregard all rules of poetry if he chooses. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM African-American Author Spotlight: Kimberla Lawson Roby  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for our newly formed group, which celebrates the African-American author. This month we'll discuss contemporary African-American author, Kimberla Lawson Roby. Roby is best known for her Reverend Curtis Black series. Roby has been recognized for her work numerous times over, including the 2013 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction, as well as the 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 the Author of the Year – Female award presented by the African-American Literary Award Show in New York.

Registration is requested.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Personal Growth, Part 1 of 2  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Does life seem to get in the way of your dreams, goals, or aspirations? If so, you are not alone. With our busy and complex lifestyles, most of us never achieve our basic desires in life, such as sticking with a healthy lifestyle, getting a degree, or starting a business.

In this first part of a two-part series of workshops, learn from certified executive coach and speaker Kalpana Patel some simple yet essential practices to keep striving for excellence and achieving your goals--no matter what life stage you are in. Start making your New Year's resolutions a reality!

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Friday November 10, 2017
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Veterans Day Observed  
   

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

   9:35 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  -  10:45 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  -  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 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   11:00 AM Chalk pastel turkey coloring craft 2-7 years  
   

No registration required. Cleanup will be at noon.

For children ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver to supervise.

Use our art chalk pastel set on a turkey coloring page. Craft will take about 10 minutes. This is a messy craft!

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM Family Movie: The Emoji Movie  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Rated PG. 
Run time 1 hour and 26 minutes.
A small snack will be served.
Caregivers must remain in the room for the duration of the movie.
No registration required. 

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   11:00 AM Play dough creations/ lego story time  
   

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:30 AM Special Storytime-Veterans Day,  
   

 Craft and Light Refreshments! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM Children’s Movie Matinee:Emoji  
   

Rated: PG, Runtime: 86 minutes. 

Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to  become a normal emoji. Starring: T.J. Miller, James Corder, and Anna Faris.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.   

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 3pm there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  May continue until 5pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month.  Usually it will repeat two days in a row.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Pilgrim Treat Boxes, for ages 6-10  
   

For ages 6-10 years.

Make a little box that looks like a pilgrim, then fill it with some treats!

No registration is needed.

Supplies are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. If supplies run out, another craft will be provided.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Saturday November 11, 2017
   10:00 AM 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  -  12:00 PM Princeton SCORE: Small Business Financials  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Presented by SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Businesses)

Registration is required.

    Location: Hopewell 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 Introduction to Public Speaking and Leadership (All Ages)  
   

Join Sushana Chaudhary for an educational hands-on workshop on public speaking and leadership. Learn and practice the art of communication and leadership through impromptu speaking, use of body language and peer feedback. 

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM Veteran’s Day Film Screening: Hacksaw Ridge (2016)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@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. 138 min. R-rated. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Estate Planning for Peace of Mind  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Naeem Akhtar, Esq., will conduct a seminar describing the estate-planning process. Topics include explaining fundamental estate planning techniques, such as the probate process, and documents, such as:

  • Wills and trusts
  • Durable power of attorney
  • Healthcare directives

Naeem is an estate-planning attorney proficient in preparing simple as well as complex estate plans. He earned his law degree (J.D.) from Widener University Delaware School of Law, masters of law degree (LL.M.) from Temple University Beasley School of Law, and master of business administration degree (M.B.A.) from Syracuse University Whitman School of Management.

Join Naeem for this very informative session!

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM origami turkey bookmark  
   

No registration required. Drop in when it is convenient.

For children 7+ years.

Learn the ancient art of paper folding.

Use craft materials to create an origami turkey bookmark.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 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
   3:30 PM Author Visit from children's author Barbara DiLorenzo  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for children in Grades K-2.

Miss Barbara is back at Hightstown Library!

Local children's author & illustrator, Barbara DiLorenzo, will share her first book Renato and the Lion about a boy living n Italy during World War II and the magical lion he meets.

Learn about the book making process while painting your own watercolor work of art!

Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Online registration required beginning October 27. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:30 PM Author Visit from children's author Barbara DiLorenzo  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for children in Grades K-2.

Miss Barbara is back at Hightstown Library!

Local children's author & illustrator, Barbara DiLorenzo, will share her first book Renato and the Lion about a boy living n Italy during World War II and the magical lion he meets.

Learn about the book making process while painting your own watercolor work of art!

Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Online registration required beginning October 27. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Sunday November 12, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 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
   1:45 PM  -  2:45 PM Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)  
   

The goal of this program is to help middle and upper elementary school students understand concepts in chemistry, physics, earth science, and biology. Volunteers will also assist students in preparing for science competitions including the Science Bowl and Science Olympiad. General questions will be addressed and topics of interest will be discussed where they require more clarity. 

No registration required. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM Sunday Afternoon at the Movies for ages 18 and up at 2:00 p.m.  
   

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016, PG-13), with Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata. A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. Runtime: 101 min.

No admission fee!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Sahaja Yoga Meditation  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Sahaja Yoga is a unique method of meditation based on an experience called self-realization (Kundalini awakening). This type of meditation is practiced in over 90 countries. Experience the peace and joy you can derive from this state of self-realization, and feel its benefits in your life.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Math Advancement (Grades 5 & up)  
   

Top high school math students from the New Jersey area will help you improve your mathematical thinking with creative ways of learning math! During these sessions we will be going over advanced topics not generally covered in the school math curriculum. 

No registration required. Space is limited to 15 students. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday November 13, 2017
   9:35 AM 1000 Books Before Kindergarten  
   

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Read a book to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. You may repeat books as often as you like.  You can reach 365 books in a year if you read every night;  730 books in two years; and 1,095 books in three years. Prizes given out for every 100 books read and recorded in the log. Got questions?  See the youth services librarians.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   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
   9:35 AM Teen and Tween Take-Home Craft: DIY Smartphone Speakers  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

All you need are plastic cups and a toilet paper tube and you can make your own smartphone speakers!
For ages 9 and up.
Ask at the reference desk for your craft kit starting Wednesday, November 1st.
Supplies are limited.  Kits are handed out on a first come, first serve basis.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   9:40 AM Take Home Craft  
   

For all ages!

Stop by the Library to pick up a free take-home craft a cornucopia decoration.

The Library will provide supplies and instructions for making a! 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 11am.

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

    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
   10:30 AM 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Preschool Art Class with Mrs. Mehta & Mrs. Poonam (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 Mrs. 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
   10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Happy Two’s Activity Time  
   

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

Learn songs and rhymes!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM Chalk pastel turkey coloring craft 2-7 years  
   

No registration required. Cleanup will be at noon.

For children ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver to supervise.

Use our art chalk pastel set on a turkey coloring page. Craft will take about 10 minutes. This is a messy craft!

Materials have been purchased 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 necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Adult English Learners Writing Class  
    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: Anna Van Scoyoc   609.737.2610   avanscoy@mcl.org
   

All are welcome to discuss this month's title, Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   3:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 3pm there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  May continue until 5pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month.  Usually it will repeat two days in a row.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM Recycle Crafts! CD Turkeys, for ages 6-10  
   

For ages 6-10.

Make a turkey out of a recycled CD!  Get ready for Thanksgiving!

No registration required.

Registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence 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 Walk-in Craft  
   

For school-age children. 

Make a craft with the material provided !

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing 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: Metropolis  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Duke Red is a powerful leader with plans to unveil a highly advanced robot named Tima. 

Tima is beginning a friendship with the nephew of a Japanese detective.

But when Duke Red separates the two innocents, Tima's life--and the fate of the universe--is dangerously at stake. 

Rated PG-13; 108 minutes. 

Generous support for this program was provided by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library

Registration preferred. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:00 PM  -  6:30 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. 

No registration required. Please arrive on time. 

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

Eliza Hammer teaches this four-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: November 6, 13, 20 & 27.

Registration for each individual class is required.

Registration opens for all classes on Monday, October 30th

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Yoga with Bob  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Come and enjoy the benefits of yoga and low-impact exercises with Bob Kirby, of Bob's Fun Fitness LLC, an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified Group Fitness instructor. Bob’s program incorporates music while focusing on balance, posture, mobility, strength, and relaxation.

Please come in comfortable clothes with a mat or large towel. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on October 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 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 STEAM  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

An interactive, hands-on science program focusing on different aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math tailored for school-age children.
For grades K-5.
Registration is required online starting the previous Monday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Craft Circle  
    Contact: Kim Luke   (609) 448-1474   kluke@mcl.org
   

Crafters of all skill levels are invited to join the library’s new crafting group! Bring your knitting, crochet, embroidery, quilting, paper or other project and work on it with other crafters. Drop in anytime during this monthly meeting to work on a project, share what you’ve made & chat over light refreshments.

For adults & teens ages 14 & up.

 

    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, October 2, at 9:30 a.m. Participants 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 November 14, 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  -  11:00 AM Alzheimer’s Awareness Month – Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Attendees will learn:

  • The 10 warning signs of Alzherimer's disease;
  • How to become prepared if warning signs occur;
  • Why early detection is important;
  • The risk factors for dementia and Alzheimer's; and 
  • How a healthy lifestyle and brain health are related.

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 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 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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  -  11:10 AM Read and Play Story Time  
   

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

Stories and crafts!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:15 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 12:15pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence 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
   12:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 12 noon, there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  Will continue until 6pm or so. 

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month. Usually it will repeat two days in a row.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM The Alzheimer's Association Presents Healthy Habits for a Healthy You  
   

As we age, many of us worry about our health and have concerns about conditions like Alzheimer's.

Learn the reasons it is important to take care of yourself as you age.  Learn strategies for aging well in the following areas:  physical health and exercise, cognitive function, diet and nutrition, and socializing.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Foreign Film: Life Is Beautiful  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Italian; rated PG-13; 1997; 116 minutes

A charming but bumbling waiter who’s gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor has won the heart of the woman he loves and has created a beautiful life for his young family. Then that life is threatened by World War II.

We ask that you register; however, walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on October 22. Click the Register button, or call 609-700-0462 for information or to register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM Elephant & Piggie Book Club  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 4-8 years old.
Each week we will read a different Elephant & Piggie adventure and do a corresponding activity.
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner 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
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Lego Play  
   

All Ages!  

Come play with legos! 

    Location: Ewing 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 Scrapbook Turkeys  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use scrapbooking supplies to make a cute hanging turkey. 

Ages 15 and up.  

Preregistration 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
   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 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,  
   

. “Drowned” by Nichola Reilly will be discussed. 

Teens and adults are welcome!

Light Refreshments! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 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.

No registration required. Space is limited to 12 students. Please arrive on time. 

    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 November 15, 2017
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence 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 seasonal Yarn Pumpkin Garland.

While supplies last.

One kit per teen, please.

    Location: Twin Rivers 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 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  -  11:00 AM Travel & Entertainment Club  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Meet up with others who are also interested in local travel and entertainment. Attendees plan and execute the trips.

The group is planning a Chew Philly Experience. This is a walking and food-sampling tour of iconic Philly foods. The Chew Philly Tours appear on the Travel Channel's list of best things to do in the city.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Excel Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to input data and format spreadsheets for everyday tasks.

Mouse and keyboard skills are essential. 

Advance registration is required. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Adult Craft – Harvest Themed Coasters  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for this month’s Adult Craft. Materials will be provided.

Registration is required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 AM 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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 Thanksgiving hands card 2-10 years  
   

No registration required. Cleanup will be at noon.

For children ages 2-10 years, with a caregiver to supervise.

Project is a stand-up turkey and hand shaped card to assemble and decorate with craft materials. Craft will take about 10 minutes.

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

    Location: Lawrence 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
   11:55 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 1pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 12 noon, there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  Will continue until 6pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month. Usually it will repeat two days in a row.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 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 October 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor 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 funcitions is required. Registration begins October 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor 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.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM 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 Raymond Carver and his short stories, “A Small, Good Thing,” “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” and “Cathedral.” These stories are available in Carver’s published collection, Where I’m Calling From.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 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
   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
   5:00 PM Dot Marker Time until 8pm  
   

For children ages 2-10 years, and a caregiver to supervise. Cleanup will begin at 8:00pm.
Stop in and use our fun washable paint markers to create a project from scratch either by dotting or drawing freehand.
You can also use an activity sheet and use dotting to practice patterns, counting or to learn about shapes.
You can make up to 3 projects with our supplies.  New worksheets will be rotated in regularly.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Save a Life: Opioid Overdose Prevention  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Education will be provided on how to administer Narcan® (naloxone) to reverse a heroin/opioid overdose.  Training is open to anyone who is at risk of an opioid overdose or their family and friends. Free Narcan® Nasal Spray kits for the first 30 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Professional and community partners are welcome to attend.  Co-sponsored with the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM Princess in Black Book Club! (for ages 5-8)  
   

For ages 5-8.

Join us for 4 evenings of princess/ninja excitement as we read the Princess in Black series by Shannon and Dean Hale!  Each week we’ll read and discuss one book, and do a fun craft!

This week’s book: The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde

This week’s craft: Monster Bunnies

Online registration is required.

Registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Midweek Math Tutoring  
    Contact:    609-448-1474   
   

Drop-in math help for students in 1st - 12th grade provided by Peddie School student tutors. 

No registration necessary.

Caregivers must remain in the library while child attends the program.

    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 Windows 10: Your Questions Answered  
   

Windows 10 is the latest operating system released by Microsoft. It provides a new interface and features designed to simplify your connected experience. If you have any questions or if you’d just like to learn more about this software, sign up for a session today. There are no wrong questions! Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch

Thursday November 16, 2017
   7:00 AM  -  8:30 AM Personal Growth, Part 2 of 2  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Does life seem to get in the way of your dreams, goals, or aspirations? If so, you are not alone. With our busy and complex lifestyles, most of us never achieve our basic desires in life, such as sticking with a healthy lifestyle, getting a degree, or starting a business.

In this second part of a two-part series of workshops, learn from certified executive coach and speaker Kalpana Patel some simple yet essential practices to keep striving for excellence and achieving your goals--no matter what life stage you are in. Start making your New Year's resolutions a reality!

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    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
   10:30 AM 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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  -  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
   11:00 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 12:00 noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 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  -  1:00 PM Thursday Movie Matinee: American Pastoral  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Rated R; 2016; 108 minutes

Seymour '”Swede” Levov, a once-legendary high school athlete, is a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. When Swede and Dawn’s daughter disappears after being accused of a violent crime, Swede’s perfect life is broken forever and he is left to make sense of the chaos.

We ask that you register; however, walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on October 22. Click the Register button, or call 609-700-0462 for information or to register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   12:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 12 noon, there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  Will continue until 6pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month. Usually it will repeat two days in a row.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM New program: Brown Bag Book Club  
    Contact:    609-448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us as we begin a lunch time book discussion group!

In this first get-together we will discuss books we've read and pick a title to read for the next meeting.

Bring your lunch. Beverages & a light dessert will be provided.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

    Location: Hightstown 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 October 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor 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 October 22nd.

    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 Dot Marker Time until 6pm  
   

For children ages 2-10 years, and a caregiver to supervise. Cleanup will begin at 6:00pm.
Stop in and use our fun washable paint markers to create a project from scratch either by dotting or drawing freehand.
You can also use an activity sheet and use dotting to practice patterns, counting or to learn about shapes.
You can make up to 3 projects with our supplies.  New worksheets will be rotated in regularly.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 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 October 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Tween Knitting (Ages 10-12)  
   

Beginner's welcome! Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own yarn and needles. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Come Write In: A NaNoWriMo Event  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Hopewell Township Branch is participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a project aimed at encouraging would-be novelists to finish their first drafts. The Branch is hosting a series of writer drop-ins on Thursdays in November from 6:30-8:30pm.

Each Thursday, writers are encouraged to visit the drop-in space to work on their drafts in a supportive environment.

Coffee and sustenance provided!

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:30 PM One-on-one Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator Assistance  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Saturday, November 4, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm

Thursday, November 16, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Schedule a one-on-one appointment to enroll or update your Affordable Care Act benefits for the year 2018. Provided by Family Resource Network. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Explorations! Mod Podge Thanksgiving Vase & Tissue Paper Flowers  
   

For children 5 - 11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

The mod podge collage technique is back by popular demand!

We’ll decorate tall bottles with mod podge & colorful tissue paper collage, and then fill with tissue paper flowers for a festive decoration for our Thanksgiving holiday tables!

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and opens at 7am.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 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 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, October 30th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Tech Help  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

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 October 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

Friday November 17, 2017
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Fiction Writing Workshop: Part II  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

In the second part of Writing from the Senses and Creating Believable Fiction, we will work on reviewing and implementing the ideas through practical exercises and discussion. Librarian Donna Wolfe will facilitate the workshop. Registration suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Resume Review  
   

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. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  10:45 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  -  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 Miss Amy Concert for All Ages  
   

Sing and dance along to the tunes of Miss Amy! 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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
   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 Thanksgiving hands card 2-10 years  
   

No registration required. Cleanup will be at noon.

For children ages 2-10 years, with a caregiver to supervise.

Project is a stand-up turkey and hand shaped card to assemble and decorate with craft materials. Craft will take about 10 minutes.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Walk-In Craft (All Ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room to create a craft! 

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor 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  -  2:00 PM Bollywood Workout  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

This is a fun-filled, intensive dance program for adults. It is a full-body workout designed to increases core strength and stamina. No prior training is required; all you need is a willingness to move and groove to Hindi songs beats. As with any exercise program, check with your healthcare provider before participating.

Babita Negi is a teacher and choreographer of Bollywood dance with more than a decade of experience.

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

    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.

No registration necessary.

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

Adult Program

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 October 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 Your Balance & Fall Prevention  
    Contact:    609-448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn to improve your balance and what you can do to prevent falls.

Please wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothes for the exercise component.

Class will be taught by Carolyn Schindewolf, Health Educator with Princeton HealthCare Community Education & Outreach.

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
   2:30 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 Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 3pm there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  May continue until 5pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month.  Usually it will repeat two days in a row.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:30 PM Posture & Dance 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
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Turkey Craft, for ages 6-10  
   

For ages 6-10 years.

Make a turkey craft for Thanksgiving!

No registration is needed.

Supplies are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. If supplies run out, another craft will be provided.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 PM Drum Circle: Fall - Winter 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 November 18, 2017
   10:00 AM 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  -  11:00 AM Drum Circle  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

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.

This is an adult program; children are welcome to accompany their parents.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on October 22. Click the Register button, or call 609-799-0462 for information or to register.

    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
   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 note: This yoga class will be presented in bilingually, in Spanish & English.

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
   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  -  4:30 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 October 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Sunday November 19, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 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
   1:45 PM  -  2:45 PM Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)  
   

The goal of this program is to help middle and upper elementary school students understand concepts in chemistry, physics, earth science, and biology. Volunteers will also assist students in preparing for science competitions including the Science Bowl and Science Olympiad. General questions will be addressed and topics of interest will be discussed where they require more clarity. 

No registration required. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM Sunday Afternoon at the Movies for ages 18 and up at 2:00 p.m.  
   

The Beguiled (2017, R), with Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls' school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal. Runtime: 93 min.

No admission fee!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Sahaja Yoga Meditation  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Sahaja Yoga is a unique method of meditation based on an experience called self-realization (Kundalini awakening). This type of meditation is practiced in over 90 countries. Experience the peace and joy you can derive from this state of self-realization, and feel its benefits in your life.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Math Advancement (Grades 5 & up)  
   

Top high school math students from the New Jersey area will help you improve your mathematical thinking with creative ways of learning math! During these sessions we will be going over advanced topics not generally covered in the school math curriculum. 

No registration required. Space is limited to 15 students. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday November 20, 2017
   9:35 AM 1000 Books Before Kindergarten  
   

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Read a book to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. You may repeat books as often as you like.  You can reach 365 books in a year if you read every night;  730 books in two years; and 1,095 books in three years. Prizes given out for every 100 books read and recorded in the log. Got questions?  See the youth services librarians.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:35 AM Teen and Tween Take-Home Craft: DIY Smartphone Speakers  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

All you need are plastic cups and a toilet paper tube and you can make your own smartphone speakers!
For ages 9 and up.
Ask at the reference desk for your craft kit starting Wednesday, November 1st.
Supplies are limited.  Kits are handed out on a first come, first serve basis.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   9:40 AM Take Home Craft  
   

For all ages!

Stop by the Library to pick up a free take-home craft a cornucopia decoration.

The Library will provide supplies and instructions for making a! 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 11am.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Morning Book Club  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J. D. Vance

The decline of white working-class Americans, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. 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 Tech Help  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

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 October 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
   10:30 AM 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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 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
   10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Happy Two’s Activity Time  
   

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

Learn songs and rhymes!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM Thanksgiving hands card 2-10 years  
   

No registration required. Cleanup will be at noon.

For children ages 2-10 years, with a caregiver to supervise.

Project is a stand-up turkey and hand shaped card to assemble and decorate with craft materials. Craft will take about 10 minutes.

Materials have been purchased 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 necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Adult English Learners Writing Class  
    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 Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 3pm there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  May continue until 5pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month.  Usually it will repeat two days in a row.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM Recycle Crafts! Painted CDs, for ages 6-10  
   

For ages 6-10.

Make a beautiful decoration out of a recycled CD, puffy paint, and your imagination!

No registration required.

Registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 PM Thanksgiving Bingo  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 4 to 8 years.
Come play a game of bingo with a Thanksgiving theme.
All participants will receive a small prize.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Walk-in Craft  
   

For school-age children. 

Make a craft with the material provided !

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing 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  -  8:00 PM Open Play & Craft (All ages with an adult)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room to play with toys, games and create a craft! 

No registration required. Adult must be present at all times. 

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

Eliza Hammer teaches this four-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: November 6, 13, 20 & 27.

Registration for each individual class is required.

Registration opens for all classes on Monday, October 30th

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM Mindful Eating  
   

R. Raymond Hadley in association with Array Of Life will offer a presentation to the community about the benefits of eating healthy and of mindful eating during the holiday season. Mindful eating is being aware of your eating habits, eating cues and sensations. When you begin to learn the benefits of mindful eating, you will understand the reason to savor your food will all of your senses and how to become more aware when you’ve had enough. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM School-age STEAM  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

An interactive, hands-on science program focusing on different aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math tailored for school-age children.
For grades K-5.
Registration is required online starting the previous Monday.

    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   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Over 750,000 men died in the American Civil War. The tragedy was magnified by disrespectful burial practices whereby large numbers of bodies were dumped, unidentified, into trenches. Enemy soldiers were frequently not buried at all and were left to rot where they fell.

This program covers this issue and shows how after the war, Federal and state governments, including women, sought to rectify the matter.

This is a graphic program and is not suitable for young children.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on October 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 A History of Hightstown  
    Contact:    609-448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Local historian Cappy Stults will talk about the early history of Hightstown.

Come learn about your community and how it came to be what it is today.

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
   7:30 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, October 2, at 9:30 a.m. Participants 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 November 21, 2017
     Science Fiction Book Club  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg

This 1970 science fiction story is a tale of the quest for transcendence (a frequent Silverberg theme) set on another planet, and includes references to Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad's classic tale of colonialism. Its title references Ecclesiates 3:21 in the Bible.

Next sci-fi book club title is: Nightside the Long Sun by Gene Wolfe. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence 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  -  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 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 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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  -  11:10 AM Read and Play Story Time  
   

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

Stories and crafts!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM Thanksgiving hands card 2-10 years  
   

No registration required. Cleanup will be at noon.

For children ages 2-10 years, with a caregiver to supervise.

Project is a stand-up turkey and hand shaped card to assemble and decorate with craft materials. Craft will take about 10 minutes.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:15 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. The materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers. 

It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins at 12:15pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence 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
   12:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 12 noon, there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  Will continue until 6pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month. Usually it will repeat two days in a row.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 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
   4:30 PM Elephant & Piggie Book Club  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 4-8 years old.
Each week we will read a different Elephant & Piggie adventure and do a corresponding activity.
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner 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
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Lego Play  
   

All Ages!  

Come play with legos! 

    Location: Ewing 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 Bollywood Dance for ages 4-10  
   

Come and learn some Bollywood moves and dances.

No registration required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM Felt and Pinecone Owls  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use pinecones and felt to make an adorable little owl to sit on your shelf. 

Ages 15 and up. 

Preregistration 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 October 22nd.

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

Adult Program

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.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on October 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 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  -  8:00 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.

No registration required. Space is limited to 12 students. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor 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 October 22nd.

    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 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 October 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Wednesday November 22, 2017
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 11am.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence 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 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
   10:30 AM 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.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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
   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 Thanksgiving hands card 2-10 years  
   

No registration required. Cleanup will be at noon.

For children ages 2-10 years, with a caregiver to supervise.

Project is a stand-up turkey and hand shaped card to assemble and decorate with craft materials. Craft will take about 10 minutes.

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

    Location: Lawrence 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 Surprise Activity! For school aged kids  
   

Beginnning at 12 noon, there will be a short self-directed surprise activity available, for children of various ages.  Will continue until 6pm or later, depending on the activity, supplies and staffing.

For school-aged children, with an adult to supervise. 

Daily surprise activities as scheduled will vary in duration, and substance, and may consist of any type of the following components:

Craft, contest, quiz, activity station, game, challenge, book fun, scavenger hunt, puzzle, library skill, participatory display or other activity.

Topics may be seasonal or based on calendar events, and may repeat throughout the week or month. Usually it will repeat two days in a row.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 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
   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
   5:00 PM Dot Marker Time until 8pm  
   

For children ages 2-10 years, and a caregiver to supervise. Cleanup will begin at 8:00pm.
Stop in and use our fun washable paint markers to create a project from scratch either by dotting or drawing freehand.
You can also use an activity sheet and use dotting to practice patterns, counting or to learn about shapes.
You can make up to 3 projects with our supplies.  New worksheets will be rotated in regularly.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Princess in Black Book Club! (for ages 5-8)  
   

For ages 5-8.

Join us for 4 evenings of princess/ninja excitement as we read the Princess in Black series by Shannon and Dean Hale!  Each week we’ll read and discuss one book, and do a fun craft!

This week’s book: The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation

This week’s craft: Monsters and Bell Monster Alarms

Online registration is required.

Registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Computer Basics: Open Lab  
   

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 (this is not a formal course). Librarian Andrew will be there to guide you and provide information. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Anime Aficionados -- Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us and watch the first three episodes of the action, mecha, Sci-Fi series Code Geass: Lelouch of the RebellionPlot Summary: The year is 2017 of the Imperial calendar and parts of the world are uner the control of the Holy Britannian Empire. Lelouch Lamperouge, an exiled Britannian prince, encounters a strange girl known as C.C., who gifts him with a great and terrible power. The Geass. With this powerful ability, Lelouch can get anyone to do as he wills. But the power of Geass: is it a blessing…or a curse?

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

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch

Thursday November 23, 2017
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Thanksgiving Day  
    All branches are closed.

Friday November 24, 2017
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Day After Thanksgiving  
    The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

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