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Saturday April 29, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  4:00 PM Robbinsville Branch Spring Book Sale  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Love books? Love a bargain? Come to the Robbinsville Library Advisory Committee’s book sale to pick up some gently-used books of all kinds.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   9:35 AM Take Home Craft, Coffee Filter Flower.  
   

The library will supply materials to make project. 

 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

    Location: Ewing 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  -  12:00 PM Clase de la Computadora en Español  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

Hay que registrarse en persona o por teléfono: (609) 448-1474.

 

    Location: Hightstown 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 Creating a Kindling Box Demo by the A-Team from HV Vineyards  
    Contact: Kristin Rainey   6097372610   krainey@mcl.org
   

Come learn about the innovative projects created by the A-Team, a group of Autistic adults supported by Hopewell Valley Vineyards.  A-Team members will demonstrate how they create a kindling box out of upcycled wood chips provided by local tree service companies.  

 

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

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

For ages 6-12.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers 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
   3:00 PM  -  3:45 PM Drama & Public Speaking (Ages 5-7)  
   

Join us for activities in creative drama, creative storytelling, improv games, voice modulation exercises and persuasive speeches. Our broad aim is to make children comfortable with expressing themselves through their thoughts and emotions. Presented by NJ Power Speakers. http://www.njpowerspeakers.com/

Please register. 

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

Hear Cool Women read their earthy poems in celebration of Earth Day and Poetry Month. Light refreshments will be served.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Sahaja Yoga Meditation  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

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.

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

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:45 PM  -  4:30 PM Drama & Public Speaking (Ages 8-10)  
   

Join us for activities in creative drama, creative storytelling, improv games, voice modulation exercises and persuasive speeches. Our broad aim is to make children comfortable with expressing themselves through their thoughts and emotions. Presented by NJ Power Speakers. http://www.njpowerspeakers.com/

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM 9th Annual One-Act PlayFest  
    Contact: James Damron   609-989-6920   jdamron@mcl.org
   

This annual free festival provides an entertaining evening for the audience and a venue for local playwrights and actors to showcase their talent. Local actors will perform the staged script-in-hand readings of the one-act plays selected for performance at the library. Seating is limited to and registration is required online beginning Monday, April 10, 9:30 am.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:00 PM 9th Annual One-Act PlayFest  
    Contact: James Damron   609-989-6920   jdamron@mcl.org
   

This annual free festival provides an entertaining evening for the audience and a venue for local playwrights and actors to showcase their talent. Local actors will perform the staged script-in-hand readings of the one-act plays selected for performance at the library. Seating is limited to and registration is required online beginning Monday, April 10, 9:30 am.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Sunday April 30, 2017
   12:30 PM Sunday Surprise Craft, for all ages  
   

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

Easy Scratch Art fun!  Using a small wooden tool, reveal a colorful butterfly, dragonfly, fish, flower or leaf!

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 5 to 12.
All levels welcome.  Instruction available for beginners.
Come play against follow chess enthusiasts to sharpen your skills.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM CANCELED!!!  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Heartfulness Meditation Workshop Series

 

Join us for a practical workshop on heartfulness meditation with yogic transmission. The facilitator will teach you simple yet effective guided relaxation and meditation techniques to reduce stress. Learn to calm your mind and improve the quality of your life.

Registration is suggested, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on March 22; call 609-799-0462 with questions or to register.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   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
   2:00 PM Movie: Collateral Beauty  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

Collateral Beauty (2016); (Will Smith). Rated PG-13; 96 minutes

Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty. 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   
   

Jackie (2016, R), with Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard and Greta Gerwig. Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy. Runtime: 100 min.

No admission fee!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)  
   

The goal of the program is to help students understand concepts in chemistry, physics, earth science and biology. Volunteers will also assist students in preparing for science competitions. 

Registration is weekly. 

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:  If your child is disruptive, they will be asked to leave.  Also, if your child  is under 14 years, a parent or guardian must stay in the library during the program. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Drop-in Board Games  
   

For children ages 6-10 (with adult).

Bring your friends and favorite game.

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Harp Concert  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Back by popular demand, students from local music studio Harp4You will perform an open concert. Enjoy a lovely spring afternoon with the beautiful strains of harp music. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is suggested, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on March 22; call 609-799-0462 with questions or to register.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Math Advancement (Grades 5 & up) NEW TIME  
   

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. 

Math Competition Training: MathCounts, AMC 8, AMC 10 and other Math competitions

Registration required weekly

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:  If your child is disruptive, they will be asked to leave.  Also, if your child  is under 14 years, a parent or guardian must stay in the library during the program. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday May 1, 2017
   9:35 AM Take Home Craft:is kites!  
   

The library will supply materials to make project.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   9:35 AM Teen and Tween Take Home Craft: Upcycled CD Suncatchers  
   

For ages 9 and up.
Starting Monday, May 1st ask at the reference desk for your craft kit.  
The number of kits is limited and they are given out on a first come, first serve basis.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   9:35 AM Teen Take Out Craft: Scent Vase Mother's Day Gift  
   

This month, tweens and teens ages 10-18 can pick up supplies needed to make a scent vase gift for Mom. Mother's day is May 14!

While supplies last. One kit per person, please. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   9:35 AM Teen Take-Out Craft: Earring Holders!  
   

* Available all month! *

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

The Library will provide supplies and instructions for creating an earring holder out of popsicle sticks. It can be for you or a Mother's Day gift! Your job is to simply 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 Mothers' Day forever flowers.

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 Gardening Guild  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

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

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

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Toddler STEM  
   

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

Science and math for toddlers!

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

Science and math for toddlers!

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

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

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

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

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

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

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

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

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  -  12:00 PM PowerPoint Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

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

Preregistration required.

 

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

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

Learn songs and rhymes!

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Active Aging Fitness  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609-737-2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

This program is comprised of stretching, balance, posture, flexibility, and strength poses done to music. It also includes some chair yoga.

No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   12:30 PM  -  1:00 PM Lunch Time Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

Join us for some guided mediation during lunch hour. This short mediation will help us regain the peace that we lose through our busy mornings and it will also help us get through the rest of our day smoothly.

Facilitated by staff member, Leena Iyengar, a 9 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration required.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   12:30 PM  -  1:00 PM Lunch Time Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

Join us for some guided mediation during lunch hour. This short mediation will help us regain the peace that we lose through our busy mornings and it will also help us get through the rest of our day smoothly.

Facilitated by staff member, Leena Iyengar, a 9 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration required.

 

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

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

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM PC Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Get familiar with Microsoft Windows 10. Learn important computer terms, and get comfortable with computer use!
Strong mouse skills are essential!

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

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

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

Participants must bring their own laptop to each session. 

Once registered, you will be registered for all 8 sessions: every Monday and Thursday from 4-5pm from May1st to May 25th. 

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

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

 

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

Learn how to knit, or bring a project you are currently working on. 

Materials provided. 

No 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
   5:30 PM Crazy 8’s Math Club  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Math and mischief at your library! Grades K-2. Enjoy hands-on games that get kids fired up about math

Online registration begins on April 17. Please register each child separately.

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

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

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

Laura DeSai teaches this eight-week series of gentle stretch yoga classes. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: April 3, 10, 17, & 24 and May 1, 8, 15, & 22.

Registration is required and begins Tuesday, March 28th.

Participants must register for each individual class.

Please Note: If you have registered for the Tuesday Night Yoga series that occurs during the same weeks as this Yoga for Beginners series (Monday nights), we kindly ask you to refrain from registering for both Monday and Tuesday classes in the same week, thus giving more people the opportunity to try the yoga experience. Thank you

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

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

Must have basic knowledge of English.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Books and Bricks (formerly Preschool Bricks 4 Kidz)  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

This is a hands-on class where children will listen to a story followed by a guided build with LEGO® DUPLO® bricks.
Suggested for ages 2-5.
Registration is required online.

    Location: Hickory Corner 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  -  8:30 PM Hand Embroidery Basics for Beginners  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

This is an introductory hand embroidery class for beginners. Get acquainted with the basic materials and techniques used for hand embroidery, then learn basic embroidery stitches. Your first embroidery project will be a small stitch sampler. Stitches Learned:  Running Stitch, Back Stitch, Chain Stitch, French Knot, Blanket Stitch. No previous experience necessary. All materials provided. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. Please register.

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

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:15 PM  -  8:15 PM Mother Daughter Book Club (Ages 12+)  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Girls ages 12 + and their mothers will discuss this month's book, Baggywrinkles: A Lubber's Guide to Life at Sea by Lucy Bellwood - a graphic autobiography and collection of maritime myths.

Light refreshments will be served.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:15 PM  -  8:15 PM Mother-Daughter Book Club (Ages 12+)  
    Contact: Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Girls ages 12 + and their mothers will discuss this month's book, Baggywrinkles: A Lubber's Guide to Life at Sea by Lucy Bellwood - a graphic autobiography and collection of maritime myths.

Light refreshments will be served.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Tuesday May 2, 2017
   9:50 AM Books & Babies for 6-23 months  
   

Join us for a fun, upbeat program of songs, rhymes, finger-plays, board books and activities to promote early literacy in infants and young toddlers.

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

Online registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

Preference will be given to patrons with a valid Mercer County Library System card.

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

Yoga increases flexibility, muscle strength and tone, improves respiration, energy & vitality, maintains a balanced metabolism and improves cardio and circulatory health.  Please bring a mat or large towel. Led by Anu Puri. Suitable for all levels. Please register.

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

This storytime is part of a five 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 April 18. Please register each child separately.

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

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

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

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

Stories and crafts!

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 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.

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

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

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

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

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

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

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

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

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM  -  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 Wii Sports  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Play Wii Sports.  
Ages 6 to 12.

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM Crazy 8's Math Club for Grades K-5  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For children in grades K-5.
Hands-on math games that get kids excited about math and make learning fun!
Registation is required online each week starting the previous Tuesday.

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Tuesday Night Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Nancy McCormack teaches this eight-week series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, and June 13 & 20.

Registration is required and begins Wednesday, April 19th.

Participants must register for each individual class.

Please Note: If you have registered for the Yoga for Beginners series (Monday evenings) that occurs during the same weeks as this Tuesday Night Yoga series, we kindly ask you to refrain from registering for both Monday and Tuesday classes in the same week, thus giving more people the opportunity to try the yoga experience. Thank you.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:00 PM UpCycling: Hanging Book Mobile  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use an old hard cover book and some recycled pages to make a modern and artistic hanging for your home.  

Space is limited; registration is required.  

 

 

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Word 1  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

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

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   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  -  8:30 PM Care for Family Papers  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Please join us to hear Janet Riemer, retired Preservation Archivist from the Special Collections and University Archives unit of the Rutgers University Library. The program will provide the optimum storage environment for paper documents, illustrate the dangers that might be encountered, and give aids, sources of additional information, and suppliers of archival materials. Sponsored by the Hopewell Valley Historical Society.

Registration is requested.

    Location: Hopewell 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 May 3, 2017
   10:00 AM Baby Time  
   

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

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

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

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

Play rhyming games! 

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

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

Registration is required.

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Blood Pressure Screening and Stroke Awareness Information  
    Contact: Andrea Merrick   609-737-2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

High blood pressure is a common and dangerous condition that increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the United States. As part of National Stroke Awareness Month, Capital Health will offer free blood pressure screenings in the community. Get screened by a registered nurse and receive information on things you can do to help lower your risk for stroke.

About 1 of 3 adults in the United Statesor about 75 million peoplehave high blood pressure. Only about half of these people have it under control, which is why it is important to check your blood pressure on a regular basis.  

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Word 1  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

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

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   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 Friends of the Library. 

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 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.

*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 Toddler Time  
   

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Homeschoolers Study Hall  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Join other homeschoolers to study together and grow at the library.
Bring your student's 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
   2:00 PM Little Explorers  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

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

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Email 1  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Sign up for free email service with Yahoo. Send your first message! (You will need to bring your cellphone to class.)


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM Active Aging Fitness: Spring – Summer Series  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

The health benefits of regular exercise for older adults are both physical and mental. Get moving with certified Senior Fitness Specialist Bob Kirby, and add some life to your years. As with any exercise program, check with your healthcare provider before participating. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   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 Wednesdays  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

In this after-school club children in grades 3-5 will explore a range of topics. Each class will include a craft or special project. Please be aware that this program will occasionally include food. Classes will meet on Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m.

Please call the Robbinsville Branch at 609-259-2150 to register. Classes start April 26 and will run through May 31.

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

Play a variety of games with friends or family.


For all ages.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Pokémon Club (ages 5-11)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Healing Relationships Insight Session  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Our relationships are meant to be a source of joy and comfort, but too often they bring us pain and sorrow. Whether at work or in our personal lives, we encounter adverse relationships. We often have a difficult time dealing with the challenges these relationships bring, which then creates upheaval and tension in the mind. 

In this insight session, let’s understand how some of our beliefs about relationships and patterns of connecting with others, entangle and limit us. Through short activities and discussions we will explore practical solutions to help us maintain a peaceful mind and create healthy relationships. It’s time to heal our relationships!

Presented by staff member Leena Iyengar, a 9 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
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Healing Relationships Insight Session  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Our relationships are meant to be a source of joy and comfort, but too often they bring us pain and sorrow. Whether at work or in our personal lives, we encounter adverse relationships. We often have a difficult time dealing with the challenges these relationships bring, which then creates upheaval and tension in the mind. 

In this insight session, let’s understand how some of our beliefs about relationships and patterns of connecting with others, entangle and limit us. Through short activities and discussions we will explore practical solutions to help us maintain a peaceful mind and create healthy relationships. It’s time to heal our relationships!

Presented by staff member Leena Iyengar, a 9 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
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Midweek Math Tutoring  
    Contact:    609-448-1474   
   

1st-8th grade students can drop in for math help with Peddie student tutors.

Children ages 5-7: a caregiver must be present with the child.

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

 

    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 Lady Liberty: History of the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Kevin Woyce. Learn how Lady Liberty was built and what she symbolizes; discover the many people involved in her creation, including sculptor Frederic Bartholdi, engineer Gustave Eiffel, architect Richard Morris Hunt, and newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer; and hear along brief histories of Ellis Island and Liberty State Park. The slide show includes original photography of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and New York Harbor views, plus vintage images of historic people, places and events. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Lady Liberty: History of the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Kevin Woyce. Learn how Lady Liberty was built and what she symbolizes; discover the many people involved in her creation, including sculptor Frederic Bartholdi, engineer Gustave Eiffel, architect Richard Morris Hunt, and newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer; and hear along brief histories of Ellis Island and Liberty State Park. The slide show includes original photography of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and New York Harbor views, plus vintage images of historic people, places and events. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Women in Islam  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Heba Macksoud of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey will lead a discussion on the many myths and misconceptions concerning the role of Muslim women. She is a digital marketer who has spent over 24 years working at major media companies such as MTV Networks and The Wall Street Journal and at Zaytuna College, America’s first and only Muslim Liberal Arts College. In the past five years, she co-directed ING-NJ, an organization providing cultural literacy about Islam for non-Muslims, and is currently the co-leader for the main chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a Muslim-Jewish organization focused on building strong relationships between Muslim and Jewish women to end anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish sentiment. Please register.

    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  -  8:00 PM Teen Advisory Board (Ages 14-17)  
   

Join West Windsor Library's Teen Advisory Board!

Let your voice be heard! Get more involved with the library and make a difference in your community and earn volunteer hours!

Snacks provided!

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Thursday May 4, 2017
   10:00 AM Concert with Miss Amy  
   


For toddlers and preschoolers, with a caregiver.

Enjoy this musical entertainment concert showcasing Miss Amy’s warm engaging manner and “positively enriching original music.”

Miss Amy is a singer/songwriter, an accredited music educator and a fitness instructor.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.
 

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

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

Registration is required.

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Bollywood Workout  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

This is a fun-filled, intensive dance program for adults. It is designed as a full-body regimen to increase core strength and stamina. No prior training is required. 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.

We ask that you register; however, walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on April 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  -  12:00 PM Excel 1  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Learn the basics of this spreadsheet program. See how easy it is to input and edit data. Make some simple calculations.
Strong mouse skills are essential!

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

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

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

No registration required.

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

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

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner 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 April 20. 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 Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Play Dough Hour (ages 2-5; adult supervision required)  
    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.

No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:30 PM Understanding your Social Security Benefits  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Discover the role Medicare and Social Security benefits will play in your retirement.  To make the presentation more personal and meaningful, it is recommended that you register for mySocialSecurity before attending; please see How to Create an Online Account at www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10540.pdf.
 

 

    Location: Robbinsville 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
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Girls Who Code (Grades 5-7)  
   

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

Participants must bring their own laptop to each session. 

Once registered, you will be registered for all 8 sessions: every Monday and Thursday from 4-5pm from May1st to May 25th. 

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

Create and experiment with making different kinds of slime! 

Please Register. 

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

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

Grades K - 5. No registration required.

 

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

Join local artist, Sweety Mehta, as she teaches art techniques for the budding teen artist!

This week create your own oil pastel materpiece!

Registration required. 

Materials provided. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Foreign and Independent Films at Your Library: The Automatic Hate (US, 2015)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

When Davis Green's alluring young cousin Alexis appears on his doorstep one night, he discovers that a side of his family has been kept secret from him. Against his father's wishes, Davis travels to rural, upstate New York to meet his other cousins. While wrestling with a taboo attraction to one another, he and Alexis attempt to reunite their families, uncovering the reasons behind a long-standing rift and the shocking secret that tore their fathers apart. 97 min. Not rated. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Stretch your imagination and come build with us. For children in grades K and up.

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

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   6:50 PM Everyday English  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog  
   

For children in grades 1-3,

Thursday, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 11 a.m., 7 p.m. -8p.m.

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Back Injuries: Causes & Prevention  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Alka Sishodia, physical therapist at Beyond Limits Therapeutics in Princeton Junction, will talk about:

·         how our busy schedules leave us susceptible to back injury

·         how to reduce the chances of back injury

·         how physical therapy can help to bring the injured back into normal alignment

·         how back pain can be reduced

We ask that you register; however, walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on April 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 Health Talk: Diabetes  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects almost 26 million people in the United States alone. And it is associated with many risk factors which develop into serious, life-threatening complications. Learn how to lower your risk of pre-diabetes & type 2 diabetes, reduce diabetes complications & incorporate low-glycemic level foods into your diet in this talk by local health educator, Lessley Chiriboga.

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

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Health Talk: Diabetes  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects almost 26 million people in the United States alone. And it is associated with many risk factors which develop into serious, life-threatening complications. Learn how to lower your risk of pre-diabetes & type 2 diabetes, reduce diabetes complications & incorporate low-glycemic level foods into your diet in this talk by local health educator, Lessley Chiriboga.

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

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Art Reception : Meet the Artist  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

The Hickory Corner Branch is pleased to announce a dynamic art show called Allegories by local artists Joy Sacalis and Susan Winter. The display will run from May 1 through June 27, 2017 during regular library hours. 

A reception will be held from 7 pm to 9 pm at the library on May 4, 2017 to celebrate the new display. All are welcome to attend and browse the display.

Joy and Susan are storytellers through their art, with very different styles. Susan tells stories through touching reality while Joy tells them through abstraction. Their works produce an interesting contrast. Ms. Sacalis states, “I like to paint intuitively, in an exploration of imaginary worlds and ideas” while Ms. Winter “likes to paint reality with abstract qualities, using the freedom of abstraction to express depth.”

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Friday May 5, 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 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 - Cancelled for today  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2310   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Gentle chair yoga for seniors.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Tech Talk with Andrew  
   

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Internet 1  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Discover what browsers like Microsoft's new browser Edge do. Visit interesting websites and learn to use Search Engines to surf the web.
 

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

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

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

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

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

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

For children ages, 3-6.

An introduction to mediation and energy centers in the body.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Play for Babies & Toddlers  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for ages 3 months - 2 years and a caregiver. 

Babies and toddlers will use their senses of sight, hearing, and touch to discover the world around them with a variety of toys, objects, and songs. 

This is a caregiver-child focused program with guidance from staff.

No registration required.

 

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

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

No registration required.

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 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.

*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 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)  
   

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 Oscar Friday at 1 p.m. for ages 18 and up  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Life, Animated (2016, PG). The inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. Runtime: 89 min. 

No admission fee!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:30 PM  -  4:00 PM First Friday Film -- Suddenly, Last Summer  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

A society matron offers a brain surgeon a grant on the condition that he lobotomize her niece, who witnessed the murder of her cousin, the matron's son, the previous summer and who has been institutionalized ever since. NR, 114 minutes.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM Movie: Fences  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   
2017   PG-13    138 minutes
In 1950s Pittsburgh, a Black garbage collector named Troy Maxson--bitter that baseball's color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues--is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones. Starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. No registration.
    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Open Lab  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

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

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:30 PM 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
   3:30 PM Posture Exercises  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM Cinco de Mayo Party  
   

Songs, dancing and crafts!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

    Location: Ewing Branch

Saturday May 6, 2017
   10:00 AM Guided Meditation  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 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 Critical Thinking Math & Problem Solving Workshop, Eye Level Demo Class (Grades K-5)  
   

Critical Thinking Math enables students to develop depth perception, problem solving, reasoning skills, and covers the following study areas: Patterns and relationships, Geometry, Measurement, Problem Solving, and Reasoning.

Presented by Eye Level

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Energy Medicine: Renewal and Rejuvenation  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   
Jody Levy from Peak Vitality will share self-care techniques, using energy medicine principles to help participants improve their health and well-being.
 
Registration requested.
    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Drop-in Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Racial Literacy Series  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Join us for a Racial Literacy panel discussion. The panel will include Dr. Sumeera Baig (physician and member of the Board of the Medina Community Clinic, which gives free, specialized medical care to the underserved), Dr. Lalaie Ameeriar (Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara), Afsheen Shamsi (Board Member of ACLU-NJ, Director of Communications and Marketing for the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University), and Ziad Ahmed (activist and student). Following the panel discussion, Dr. Ameeriar will give a talk on her book Downwardly Global: Women, Work and Citizenship in the Pakistani Diaspora.

We ask that you register; however, walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins April 22. To register for the program, please call West Windsor Library at 609-799-0462.

If you have any questions about the series, please contact Kani Ilangovan at 609-529-2573.

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Mother's Day Memento  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Join local artist Bill Farrauto and create your own 3D painted Mother's Day plaque for your mom or for yourself! This two-day program involves painting scenes of your choice, complete with pop-out butterflies. Bill will take you step by step through this process, no experience necessary! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Mother's Day Memento  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Join local artist Bill Farrauto and create your own 3D painted Mother's Day plaque for your mom or for yourself! This two-day program involves painting scenes of your choice, complete with pop-out butterflies. Bill will take you step by step through this process, no experience necessary! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Kid Craft (Ages 5-7)  
   

Create a springtime craft!

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Sahaja Yoga Meditation  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

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.

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

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:15 PM  -  3:45 PM Crafty Tweens (Ages 8-11)  
   

Create a springtime craft!

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Sunday May 7, 2017
   12:30 PM Sunday Surprise Craft, for all ages  
   

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

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!  Choose from a variety of coloring tools ~ Cray-pas (oil pastels), markers, Gel markers, neon highlighters and crayons to decorate your own festive Day of the Dead mask!

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:45 PM  -  1:30 PM Intro to Programming Using Raspberry Pi (Grades 4-8)  
   

Kids in elementary and middle school will develop a foundation for programming as they get hands on with Raspberry Pi’s to learn the basics of Scratch and Python programming, while also beginning to understand how computers work. 

Online Registration Required

Once registered, you will be signed up for both classes.

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 5 to 12.
All levels welcome.  Instruction available for beginners.
Come play against follow chess enthusiasts to sharpen your skills.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   1:00 PM Martial Arts for Kids 4-6 years  
   

For ages 4-6 years, with a caregiver.

Kids Martial Arts is an exceptional way for children to develop positive habits like fitness, focus, discipline and respect. Your child will learn about safety and self defense, achieving goals and having fun as they get strong and fit.  

Presenter is Sensi Chad Ruff of USA Karate and Fitness.

Registration is required, beginning 1 week ahead.

Please be on time, or your place may be given to another participant.

Phone us if you need to cancel: (609) 989-6921

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM Martial Arts for Kids 4-6 years  
   

For ages 4-6 years, with a caregiver.

Kids Martial Arts is an exceptional way for children to develop positive habits like fitness, focus, discipline and respect. Your child will learn about safety and self defense, achieving goals and having fun as they get strong and fit.  

Presenter is Sensi Chad Ruff of USA Karate and Fitness.

Registration is required, beginning 1 week ahead.

Please be on time, or your place may be given to another participant.

Phone us if you need to cancel: (609) 989-6921

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Mother's Day Memento  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Join local artist Bill Farrauto and create your own 3D painted Mother's Day plaque for your mom or for yourself! This two-day program involves painting scenes of your choice, complete with pop-out butterflies. Bill will take you step by step through this process, no experience necessary! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Mother's Day Memento  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Join local artist Bill Farrauto and create your own 3D painted Mother's Day plaque for your mom or for yourself! This two-day program involves painting scenes of your choice, complete with pop-out butterflies. Bill will take you step by step through this process, no experience necessary! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:45 PM Martial Arts for Kids 7+ years  
   

For children ages 7 years and up, with a caregiver.

Kids Martial Arts is an exceptional way for children to develop positive habits like fitness, focus, discipline and respect. Your child will learn about safety and self defense, achieving goals and having fun as they get strong and fit.  

Presenter is Sensi Chad Ruff of USA Karate and Fitness.

Registration is required, beginning 1 week ahead.

Please be on time, or your place may be given to another participant.

Phone us if you need to cancel: (609) 989-6921

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:45 PM Martial Arts for Kids 7+ years  
   

For children ages 7 years and up, with a caregiver.

Kids Martial Arts is an exceptional way for children to develop positive habits like fitness, focus, discipline and respect. Your child will learn about safety and self defense, achieving goals and having fun as they get strong and fit.  

Presenter is Sensi Chad Ruff of USA Karate and Fitness.

Registration is required, beginning 1 week ahead.

Please be on time, or your place may be given to another participant.

Phone us if you need to cancel: (609) 989-6921

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Deepwater Horizon  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

Deepwater Horizon (2016): (Mark Wahlberg)

PG-13, 107 minutes. For the one hundred and twenty-six people aboard the DeepwaterHorizon offshore oil rig, April 20, 2010, began like any normal day. Before day's end, the world would bear witness to one of the greatest man-made disasters in U.S. history. It reveals the brave acts of the men and women who rose to the challenge and risked everything to lead others to safety. No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)  
   

The goal of the program is to help students understand concepts in chemistry, physics, earth science and biology. Volunteers will also assist students in preparing for science competitions. 

Registration is weekly. 

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:  If your child is disruptive, they will be asked to leave.  Also, if your child  is under 14 years, a parent or guardian must stay in the library during the program. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Sunday Afternoon at the Movies for ages 18 and up at 2 p.m.  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Lion (2016, PG-13), with Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara. A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Runtime: 118 min.

No admission fee!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM Teen Book Vases, for ages 10-16  
   

For ages 10-16.

Repurpose an old book by turning it into a unique vase!

Online registration is required.

Registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am. The program will be held twice this month; please pick only one session to attend.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Science Fun  
   

For children ages 5-10 (with adult). 

Hands on science experiments. 

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Math Advancement (Grades 5 & up) NEW TIME  
   

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. 

Math Competition Training: MathCounts, AMC 8, AMC 10 and other Math competitions

Registration required weekly

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:  If your child is disruptive, they will be asked to leave.  Also, if your child  is under 14 years, a parent or guardian must stay in the library during the program. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday May 8, 2017
   9:35 AM Coupon Swap  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

Bring coupons to share and take what you need! Coupons available in the library all day.

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

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   9:35 AM Take Home Craft:is kites!  
   

The library will supply materials to make project.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   9:35 AM Teen and Tween Take Home Craft: Upcycled CD Suncatchers  
   

For ages 9 and up.
Starting Monday, May 1st ask at the reference desk for your craft kit.  
The number of kits is limited and they are given out on a first come, first serve basis.

    Location: Hickory Corner 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 Toddler STEM  
   

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

Science and math for toddlers!

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

Science and math for toddlers!

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

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

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

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

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

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 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 Family Singalong  
   

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

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

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

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

No registration is required.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association

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

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

Learn songs and rhymes!

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Active Aging Fitness  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609-737-2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

This program is comprised of stretching, balance, posture, flexibility, and strength poses done to music. It also includes some chair yoga. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   12:30 PM  -  1:00 PM Lunch Time Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

Join us for some guided mediation during lunch hour. This short mediation will help us regain the peace that we lose through our busy mornings and it will also help us get through the rest of our day smoothly.

Facilitated by staff member, Leena Iyengar, a 9 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration required.

 

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

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

Registration is required.

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

Adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a black garbage collector in 1950s Pittsburgh named Troy Maxson. Bitter about his lot in life, Maxson frequently takes out his frustrations on his loved ones. 133 min. PG-13. Registration is suggested. 

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

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM 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
   4:00 PM Teen/tween craft  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

For ages 10-17.

Registration is suggested.

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

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

Participants must bring their own laptop to each session. 

Once registered, you will be registered for all 8 sessions: every Monday and Thursday from 4-5pm from May1st to May 25th. 

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

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

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Zumba for Kids ages 6 & Up  
   

A fitness instructor from Princeton Healthcare will lead a Zumba class tailored for children 6 & Up.

Children should wear comfortable clothing, and it’s suggested that they bring water.

Registration is required and begins April 24.

    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
   5:30 PM Crazy 8’s Math Club  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Math and mischief at your library! Grades K-2. Enjoy hands-on games that get kids fired up about math

Online registration begins on April 24. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   6:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Walk-In Craft & Play (All ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room anytime between 6 and 9pm to create a craft or play with toys, games and puzzles. 

All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

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

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

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

Laura DeSai teaches this eight-week series of gentle stretch yoga classes. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: April 3, 10, 17, & 24 and May 1, 8, 15, & 22.

Registration is required and begins Tuesday, March 28th.

Participants must register for each individual class.

Please Note: If you have registered for the Tuesday Night Yoga series that occurs during the same weeks as this Yoga for Beginners series (Monday nights), we kindly ask you to refrain from registering for both Monday and Tuesday classes in the same week, thus giving more people the opportunity to try the yoga experience. Thank you

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Yoga with Bob  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Enjoy the benefits of yoga and low-impact exercises with Bob Kirby, ACE-certified Group Fitness instructor. Bob incorporates music while focusing on balance, posture, mobility, and strength. Come in comfortable clothes with a mat or large towel and a water bottle.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

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

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

Must have basic knowledge of English.

    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 Start Your Own Small Business!  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Have you ever wanted to start a small business? It's not as hard as you think! Join guest speaker Patrick Hall in his business workshop and learn where to go and what to do when you're beginning your small business journey. Registration required

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Start Your Own Small Business!  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Have you ever wanted to start a small business? It's not as hard as you think! Join guest speaker Patrick Hall in his business workshop and learn where to go and what to do when you're beginning your small business journey. Registration required

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 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, April 17th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Hand Embroidery Pattern Design Basics for Beginners  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to follow hand embroidery kit template instructions, then explore ideas for creating your own unique embroidery designs. A variety of methods for transferring your design onto fabric will be discussed. Must have taken the “Hand Embroidery Basics for Beginners” class or have some prior embroidery experience to take this class. All materials provided. Please register. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.

    Location: Hickory Corner 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, April 24, at 9:30 a.m. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Class dates are: May 8, 15 & 22, and June 5, 12 & 19. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Tuesday May 9, 2017
   9:50 AM Books & Babies for 6-23 months  
   

Join us for a fun, upbeat program of songs, rhymes, finger-plays, board books and activities to promote early literacy in infants and young toddlers.

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

Online registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

Preference will be given to patrons with a valid Mercer County Library System card.

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

This storytime is part of a five 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 Understanding COPD and Asthma  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Lessley Chiriboga, MD will talk about symptoms, treatment and prevention. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner 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 April 25. Please register each child separately.

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

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

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

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

Stories and crafts!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM 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  -  11:30 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.

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

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

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

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

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

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

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

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

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM HV Adult Toastmasters  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. The Toastmasters Education Program is based on a proven curriculum that enables you to develop your communication and leadership skills one step at a time. The program is built on four guiding principles that have been in place since Toastmasters was founded in 1924:
  • Experiential Learning–we learn by doing; by giving speeches and fulfilling leadership roles, we practice and improve
  • Self-paced Program–we learn best at our own pace and comfort level
  • Peer Feedback–through honest and supportive peer evaluation, we grow and improve
  • Mentoring–experienced members encourage, guide and support us in our goals and help us to achieve more than we thought possible
    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM  -  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
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Foreign Film: The Widow of Saint-Pierre  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Rated R; French; 113 minutes

Based on a true story about revenge, fear, and redemption. In 19th century Saint-Pierre, a convict sentenced to death strives to better himself in the eyes of the police chief's beautiful wife and the townspeople. Because Saint-Pierre does not have a guillotine or executioner, one of each has to be sent for from France.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library

We ask that you register; however, walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on April  22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

 

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM Crazy 8's Math Club for Grades K-5  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For children in grades K-5.
Hands-on math games that get kids excited about math and make learning fun!
Registation is required online each week starting the previous Tuesday.

    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  -  5:30 PM Read to Rocco the Therapy Dog  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Rocco is a local reading therapy dog who loves listening to stories. Children in grades K-5 may sign up for one 15 minute session with Rocco and his owner Alan. Please arrive a few minutes before your assigned time and have a book picked out to read aloud to Rocco. To register call the library at 609-259-2150.

    Location: Robbinsville 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
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Tuesday Night Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Nancy McCormack teaches this eight-week series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, and June 13 & 20.

Registration is required and begins Wednesday, April 19th.

Participants must register for each individual class.

Please Note: If you have registered for the Yoga for Beginners series (Monday evenings) that occurs during the same weeks as this Tuesday Night Yoga series, we kindly ask you to refrain from registering for both Monday and Tuesday classes in the same week, thus giving more people the opportunity to try the yoga experience. Thank you.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:00 PM Let's Make Paper Hyacinth Flowers  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to make a bouquet of paper hyacinth flowers.    

Space is limited; registration is required.

 

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Word 2  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Learn to work with Tabs and the Office Ribbon. Explore the many extra features that can help you create a professional-looking document.
Take Word 1 first!

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

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

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

We ask that you register, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on April 22; click the Register button, or call 609-799-0462 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  -  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 May 10, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Pelvic Dysfunction  
    Contact: Kristin Rainey   609.737.2610   krainey@mcl.org
   

Becky Keller, a pelvic wellness rehab coordinator and physical therapist at the Center for Pelvic Wellness at University Medical Center Princeton will do a presentation on Pelvic Dysfunction, covering urinary incontinence, organ prolapse and BPH (Benign Protastatic Hyperplasia for the men).

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   9:30 AM  -  9:00 PM Friends of the Twin Rivers Library Book and Plant Sale  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Wednesday - Saturday, 5/10 – 5/13, during library hours
Visit the Friends’ Spring Book and Plant Sale.  Help us raise money to support the Twin Rivers Library!  Choose from new condition and gently used books and media at great prices.  Purchase a “plant voucher” for flats or hanging baskets to be redeemed at Comiskey’s Greenhouses.  New Friends members always welcome.

 

 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers 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 five 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 Stroller Strides  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Stroller Strides is a total-body fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller, and the environment. It is a great workout no matter what your fitness level. Throughout the workout, there will be songs and activities designed to entertain and engage babies, while moms are led through a series of exercises specific to their roles as moms.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Drop-in Blood Pressure Screening  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

As part of National Stroke Awareness Month, Capital Health will offer free blood pressure screening. Drop by the library and get screened by a registered nurse and receive information on things you can do to help lower your risk for stroke.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Stroke Awareness Screening  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

As part of National Stroke Awareness Month, Mary Rosner of Capital Health will offer free blood pressure screening with stroke awareness information. Early intervention can help prevent strokes. Get screened and receive information on how to lower your stroke risk. No registration necessary. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Stroke Awareness Screening  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

As part of National Stroke Awareness Month, Mary Rosner of Capital Health will offer free blood pressure screening with stroke awareness information. Early intervention can help prevent strokes. Get screened and receive information on how to lower your stroke risk. No registration necessary. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Word 2  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Learn to work with Tabs and the Office Ribbon. Explore the many extra features that can help you create a professional-looking document.
Take Word 1 first!

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Mandarin Chinese story-time for toddlers and preschoolers  
   

For ages 1.5 through 5 years, with a caregiver.

Presented by Ying Hua International school, English-Chinese Immersion School of Princeton.

Join us for a fun learning experience with Chinese stories, songs, and crafts.

No prior knowledge necessary. In the children's activity room.

Registration is suggested. Space will be limited to 20. Those who have not registered may be admitted at the door, as space permits.

Free!

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Mandarin Chinese story-time for toddlers and preschoolers  
   

For ages 1.5 through 5 years, with a caregiver.

Presented by Ying Hua International school, English-Chinese Immersion School of Princeton.

Join us for a fun learning experience with Chinese stories, songs, and crafts.

No prior knowledge necessary. In the children's activity room.

Registration is suggested. Space will be limited to 20. Those who have not registered may be admitted at the door, as space permits.

Free!

    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 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  -  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 April 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 functions is required. Registration begins on April 22nd.

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

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

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:00 PM Story-time for 4-6 yrs with Ms. Christine  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-443-1880   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Author-focused stories and activities with Ms. Christine.
For Preschoolers, Kindergarteners and 1st-graders with a caregiver.
No registration required.

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

Create documents that emphasize design, such as calendars, flyers, greeting cards, resumes, and advertisements. Work with pages, text, text boxes, and images. This class is appropriate for Publisher beginners and intermediate users who are comfortable using a mouse or keyboard. Registration begins on April 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:15 PM  -  4:45 PM Globetrotters for ages 6-10  
   

Explore different countries around the world!

Each session we will read about a specific country and do a craft. 

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:45 PM What's Up Wednesdays  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

In this after-school club children in grades 3-5 will explore a range of topics. Each class will include a craft or special project. Please be aware that this program will occasionally include food. Classes will meet on Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m.

Please call the Robbinsville Branch at 609-259-2150 to register. Classes start April 26 and will run through May 31.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Yu-Gi-Oh! Club (ages 7-11)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Prepare to duel with fellow Yu-Gi Oh! enthusiasts.  We'll provide the snacks, but be sure to bring your own cards.  

Ages 7-11. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Blood Pressure Screening/Stroke Awareness  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

High blood pressure is a common and dangerous condition that can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Get screened by a registered nurse and learn about what you can do to help lower your risk.

This is a drop-in program; no registration is necessary.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   5:30 PM Teen Book Vases, for ages 10-16  
   

For ages 10-16.

Repurpose an old book by turning it into a unique vase!

Online registration is required.

Registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am. The program will be held twice this month; please pick only one session to attend.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Job Readiness Workshop for Immigrants -- Canceled  
    Contact: Hope Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join a this monthly support group led by Nora Siklosi, Communication Specialist and Certified Career Coach. Topics will include: smart networking for new Americans, the benefits of volunteering, improving English skills, online learning opportunities, rebuilding your career or finding a new one, and making your own "Possibility Map.”

Registration is requested.

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

1st-8th grade students can drop in for math help with Peddie student tutors.

Children ages 5-7: a caregiver must be present with the child.

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

 

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

This fun-filled, intensive dance program for adults facilitated by instructor Babita Negri is designed to address each body part while increasing core strength and stamina. No prior experience is required. As with any exercise program, check with your healthcare provider before participating. Registration suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Elder Law & Estate Planning  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Are you concerned with the rising cost of long-term care? Do you worry whether an assisted living facility or nursing home will force you to sell your home or lose your nest egg? Victor J. Medina, author and host of the Make It Last WCTC radio show, will discuss the legal planning strategies for estate planning and the protection of assets. All attendees will receive a free copy of his latest book, Make It Last: How to Get, and Keep, Your Legal Ducks in a Row.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Thursday May 11, 2017
   9:35 AM Teen Take Out Craft: Scent Vase Mother's Day Gift  
   

This month, tweens and teens ages 10-18 can pick up supplies needed to make a scent vase gift for Mom. Mother's day is May 14!

While supplies last. One kit per person, please. 

    Location: Hightstown 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 Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

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

Registration is required.

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Excel 2  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Do different calculations, freeze panes, insert comment boxes and practice formatting.
Take Excel 1 first!

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

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

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

No registration required.

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

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

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

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 April 27. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:00 AM Scribble Time  
   

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

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Little Scientists, for ages 2-5 yrs  
   

For ages 2-5 years, with a caregiver.

Join us for a new program for toddlers and preschoolers to explore all things science!

Each session we will examine a different aspect of science through books and hands-on experiments for your little scientist to investigate, play and have fun!

This week’s theme is: Gardening Science!

Please dress in old clothes or wear a smock. Some experiments may get messy!

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Please register each child separately.

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Thursday Movie Matinee: The Girl on the Train  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Rated R; 112 minutes

Rachel is unemployed and devastated by a recent divorce. She fills her time with drinking, riding the commuter train, and fantasizing about a seemingly perfect couple the train passes by every day. Then one morning, Rachel sees something shocking that unravels her and entangles her in an unfolding mystery.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

We ask that you register; however, walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on April 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 Play Dough Hour (ages 2-5; adult supervision required)  
    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.

No registration required.

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

This movie portrays First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s fight through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy after his assassination.
Starring Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard  Rated R; 100 minutes (2016).

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

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:00 PM Create a Modern and Winning Resume  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Librarian Jennifer Worringer will discuss tools to create a fresh-looking résumé. Job seekers of all levels are welcome. Please register.

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

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

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Friends of the Lawrence Library Open House  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   
The open house will feature “A History and Demonstration of Fiddle and Tradition in America,” refreshments and a scholarship awards ceremony. Historian and working musician Matthew Backes will discuss the origins, styles, and interrelated histories of a range of  fiddle traditions with demonstrations of technique and repertoire. The Friends of Lawrence Library will also present the 2017 Joan Goodman Scholarship award to two local high school students.
 
    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Friends of the Lawrence Library Open House  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   
The open house will feature “A History and Demonstration of Fiddle and Tradition in America,” refreshments and a scholarship awards ceremony. Historian and working musician Matthew Backes will discuss the origins, styles, and interrelated histories of a range of  fiddle traditions with demonstrations of technique and repertoire. The Friends of Lawrence Library will also present the 2017 Joan Goodman Scholarship award to two local high school students.
 
    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Girls Who Code (Grades 5-7)  
   

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

Participants must bring their own laptop to each session. 

Once registered, you will be registered for all 8 sessions: every Monday and Thursday from 4-5pm from May1st to May 25th. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM Mother’s Day Craft  
   

All Ages!

Make a gift for your mom, grandmother, aunt or that special person in your life!  

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Origami Club (Ages 8-11)  
   

Learn new origami creations!

No registration required.

    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
   7:00 PM Poetry Circle: Anna Akhmatova (1889 – 1996)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Regarded as one of the greatest Russian poets of the twentieth centuary, who also became a legend as a poet and symbol of artistic integrity, Akhmatova modeled its principles of writing with precision, clarity, simplicity, and disciplined form. Her strong and clear leading female voice struck a new chord in Russian poetry. Her work was condemned and censored by Stalinist authorities and she is notable for choosing not to emigrate, and remaining in Russia, acting as witness to the events around her. Her perennial themes include meditations on time and memory, and the difficulties of living and writing in the shadow of totalitarianism. Registration suggested. 

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

For children in grades 1-3,

Thursday, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 11 a.m., 7 p.m. -8p.m.

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM The Debris They Left Behind  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Very often, a physical object or a story told about a late relative triggers an interest in finding out more about your family’s history. Come and learn how to enhance or add to your genealogical research through the objects made or used by your ancestors and the places or sources where the “debris” was found.  Presented by local genealogist Cathy Zahn

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Introduction to Islam  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Dr. Mateen Khan from the Islamic Center of Mercer County (ICMC) will present an introduction to basic Muslim beliefs and practices, with the goal of deepening our shared understanding of the religion. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer period.  

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Friday May 12, 2017
   9:30 AM Yoga for Tots  
   

 

Bring a towel and a water bottle.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Guitar sing-along with Pat McKinley 1-5 years  
    Contact: Lawrence Staff   609-882-9246   
   

For ages 1-5 years, with a caregiver.

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

Action songs encourage audience participation.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Preschool Storytime  
   

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

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

.  Adult must remain in the program.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  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 Reference   609.737.2310   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Gentle chair yoga for seniors.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Resume Review  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Let us help you turn your resume into one that will get noticed! Content, grammar, and layout will be reviewed by staff wordsmith Lisa Shrager. Appointments are limited to 20 minutes. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Internet 2  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Learn valuable search techniques and get tips on evaluating websites.  

Requires some Internet experience!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

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

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

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

Come sing and dance with Miss Amy. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Online registration begins on April 28. 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  -  11:15 AM Jumpin' Jamie Concert (All Ages)  
   

Get ready to sing, dance and play with Jumpin' Jamie! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 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.

*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  -  12:00 PM Toy time  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Socialize and play in our activity room.

Ages 6 months - 2 years.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Relaxing Art Friday  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join this friendly group at the library for Relaxing Art Fridays.  New members are welcome for some chit chat and to do some coloring or to learn about creating an art journal.   Some supplies will be provided, or you can bring your own - also, feel free to bring a snack or bag lunch.

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on April 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
   3:30 PM Posture Exercises  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:00 PM Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale Preview Night  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Friday, May 12, 6:00–8:30 pm Preview Night

Saturday, May 13, 9:30 am–4:30 pm through Sunday, May 21, 2017

Thousands of used, gently-read books will be available at the Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale. A special preview night will be held Friday, January 29. The library will be closed for normal operations during the preview event but you will have the first chance to get some amazing deals. Admission to the Preview Night is free for members of the Friends of the Lawrence Library, $5 for the general public, and $20 for booksellers. This event is the only time booksellers will be permitted to use scanning devices.  

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Saturday May 13, 2017
   9:30 AM Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Friday, May 12, 6:00–8:30 pm Preview Night

Saturday, May 13, 9:30 am–4:30 pm through Sunday, May 21, 2017

Thousands of used, gently-read books will be available at the Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale. A special preview night will be held Friday, January 29. The library will be closed for normal operations during the preview event but you will have the first chance to get some amazing deals. Admission to the Preview Night is free for members of the Friends of the Lawrence Library, $5 for the general public, and $20 for booksellers. This event is the only time booksellers will be permitted to use scanning devices.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:30 AM Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Friday, May 12, 6:00–8:30 pm Preview Night

Saturday, May 13, 9:30 am–4:30 pm through Sunday, May 21, 2017

Thousands of used, gently-read books will be available at the Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale. A special preview night will be held Friday, January 29. The library will be closed for normal operations during the preview event but you will have the first chance to get some amazing deals. Admission to the Preview Night is free for members of the Friends of the Lawrence Library, $5 for the general public, and $20 for booksellers. This event is the only time booksellers will be permitted to use scanning devices.

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

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

No registration necessary.  Adult supervision required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Fostering a Child Through the NJ Foster Care System  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Sylvia K. Siler, MSW, a Resource Family Recruiter from the Department of Children and Families, Mercer North Local Office, will provide an informational presentation about fostering a child through the NJ Foster Care System.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM STEM on Saturdays: Science Session (Grades K-5)  
   

Become a scientist on Saturdays! Learn new concepts and conduct an experiment. 

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM A Card for Mom  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Drop in and create a Mothers Day card with the provided materials!

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   11:00 AM Family Science  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

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

For ages 6-12.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Organize Your Life  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Gayle Gunn will be share her insight and philosophy on what it means to create order and establish balance in your life. Attend this open-forum workshop and take a closer look at this alternate perspective to living an organized life and gaining peace of mind in your home, office, or self. Take a deeper dive into the areas of life to consider when looking to create order and establish balance in one’s life. 

Gayle inspires, motivates, and empowers others to simplify the areas of their life that cause disorganization and stress.

We ask that you register; however, walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on April 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

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

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

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

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM History Rewind for grades 1,2 and 3  
   

For children in first, second and third grade. Caregivers are to remain for the entire program.

Presented by honors students from Lawrence High School, with a supervising adult.

Come and experience the Boston Tea Party through scavenger hunts, crafts, games and a historical reenactment.

Registration is required, beginning one week ahead of the event on May 6.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM STEM on Saturdays: Engineering Session (Grades K-5)  
   

Become a scientist on Saturdays! Learn new engineering concepts with hands on activities. 

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor 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 Sahaja Yoga Meditation  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

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.

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

 

    Location: West Windsor 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 April 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Sunday May 14, 2017
   12:30 PM Sunday Surprise Craft, for all ages  
   

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

Happy Mother's Day!

Stop by and make a pretty, colorful collage heart card for a favorite mom, aunt, grandmother, friend or neighbor letting them know you "Love them to pieces!"

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:45 PM  -  1:45 PM Creative Writing Workshop, CREATE YOUR OWN WORLD, for grades K-5  
   

Hone your creative writing skills by enrolling in the CREATE YOUR OWN WORLD WORKSHOP.

 The objective of this class is to use a higher order of thinking to synthesize creative stories about the child's own world.

The workshop will cover:  brainstorming; drafting a story; revising; proof-reading; structure; vocabulary, and presentation.

 Online registration is required.  

Presented by EYE LEVEL WEST WINDSOR.

http://www.eyelevelwestwindsor.com 

     Creative Writing Workshop: CREATE YOU OWN WORLD, for Grades K-5  
   

The CREATE YOUR OWN WORLD Creative Writing Workshop will help children synthesize stories about their world.

It will include:  brainstorming; drafting a story; revising; proof-reading; structure; vocabulary; presentation, and more.

For Grades K - 5

Registration is required.

   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
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)  
   

The goal of the program is to help students understand concepts in chemistry, physics, earth science and biology. Volunteers will also assist students in preparing for science competitions. 

Registration is weekly. 

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:  If your child is disruptive, they will be asked to leave.  Also, if your child  is under 14 years, a parent or guardian must stay in the library during the program. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Math Advancement (Grades 5 & up) NEW TIME  
   

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. 

Math Competition Training: MathCounts, AMC 8, AMC 10 and other Math competitions

Registration required weekly

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:  If your child is disruptive, they will be asked to leave.  Also, if your child  is under 14 years, a parent or guardian must stay in the library during the program. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday May 15, 2017
   9:35 AM Take Home Craft:is kites!  
   

The library will supply materials to make project.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   9:35 AM Teen and Tween Take Home Craft: Upcycled CD Suncatchers  
   

For ages 9 and up.
Starting Monday, May 1st ask at the reference desk for your craft kit.  
The number of kits is limited and they are given out on a first come, first serve basis.

    Location: Hickory Corner 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 Mothers' Day forever flowers.

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 Morning Book Club: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

In this historical novel, Tom Sherbourne is a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a tiny island a half day’s boat journey from the coast of Western Australia. When a baby washes up in a rowboat, he and his young wife Isabel decide to raise the child as their own. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them. 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!

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

Science and math for toddlers!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Sing Along with Kim Yarson (Ages 0-5 yrs)  
    Contact: Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages Birth-5 with a caregiver.

Join us for local musician, Kim Yarson’s, high-energy guitar music as she plays classic and original songs for young children.

Online registration preferred!

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

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

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

Learn songs and rhymes!

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Active Aging Fitness  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609-737-2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

This program is comprised of stretching, balance, posture, flexibility, and strength poses done to music. It also includes some chair yoga.

No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   12:30 PM  -  1:00 PM Lunch Time Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

Join us for some guided mediation during lunch hour. This short mediation will help us regain the peace that we lose through our busy mornings and it will also help us get through the rest of our day smoothly.

Facilitated by staff member, Leena Iyengar, a 9 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration required.

 

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

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

Registration is required.

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

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

Participants must bring their own laptop to each session. 

Once registered, you will be registered for all 8 sessions: every Monday and Thursday from 4-5pm from May1st to May 25th. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Learn how to knit, or bring a project you are currently working on. 

Materials provided. 

No 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
   5:30 PM Crazy 8’s Math Club  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Math and mischief at your library! Grades K-2. Enjoy hands-on games that get kids fired up about math

Online registration begins on May 1. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   6:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Walk-In Craft & Play (All ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room anytime between 6 and 9pm to create a craft or play with toys, games and puzzles. 

All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Art Adventures, for ages 2-7 yrs  
   

For ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver.

Join us for a new monthly program for toddlers, preschoolers, and older!

Each month, children will get to explore their creativity with a hands-on, open-ended art project using a variety of paints, markers, crayons, glue, and more!

No two masterpieces will look the same and children may work at their own pace (projects make take 10 – 30 minutes depending on the child).

Let your child’s imagination soar (and most importantly, have fun!)

Please dress in old clothes or wear a smock.  Some projects may get messy!

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

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

Laura DeSai teaches this eight-week series of gentle stretch yoga classes. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: April 3, 10, 17, & 24 and May 1, 8, 15, & 22.

Registration is required and begins Tuesday, March 28th.

Participants must register for each individual class.

Please Note: If you have registered for the Tuesday Night Yoga series that occurs during the same weeks as this Yoga for Beginners series (Monday nights), we kindly ask you to refrain from registering for both Monday and Tuesday classes in the same week, thus giving more people the opportunity to try the yoga experience. Thank you

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Yoga with Bob  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Enjoy the benefits of yoga and low-impact exercises with Bob Kirby, ACE-certified Group Fitness instructor. Bob incorporates music while focusing on balance, posture, mobility, and strength. Come in comfortable clothes with a mat or large towel and a water bottle.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

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

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

Must have basic knowledge of English.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Mystery Book Club  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

The group will be discussing Live by Night by Dennis Lehane. New members welcome. No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM School-age Science  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

An interactive, hands-on science program tailored for school-age children.
For grades K-5.
Registration is required online starting Monday, April 24th.

    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
   7:30 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, April 24, at 9:30 a.m. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Class dates are: May 8, 15 & 22, and June 5, 12 & 19. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Tuesday May 16, 2017
   9:50 AM Books & Babies for 6-23 months  
   

Join us for a fun, upbeat program of songs, rhymes, finger-plays, board books and activities to promote early literacy in infants and young toddlers.

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

Online registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

Preference will be given to patrons with a valid Mercer County Library System card.

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

This storytime is part of a five 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  -  11:15 AM Hatha Yoga  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   
 

Yoga increases flexibility, muscle strength and tone, improves respiration, energy & vitality, maintains a balanced metabolism and improves cardio and circulatory health.  Please bring a mat or large towel. Led by Anu Puri. Suitable for all levels. Please register.

 
    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM A.M. English Conversation Group Will Not Meet Today  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
    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
   10:30 AM Little Learners: STEAM program for Pre-K  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

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

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

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

Stories and crafts!

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 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.

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

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

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

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

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

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

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

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

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

 

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM  -  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
   4:00 PM Wii Sports  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Play Wii Sports.  
Ages 6 to 12.

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM Crazy 8's Math Club for Grades K-5  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For children in grades K-5.
Hands-on math games that get kids excited about math and make learning fun!
Registation is required online each week starting the previous Tuesday.

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Tuesday Night Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Nancy McCormack teaches this eight-week series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, and June 13 & 20.

Registration is required and begins Wednesday, April 19th.

Participants must register for each individual class.

Please Note: If you have registered for the Yoga for Beginners series (Monday evenings) that occurs during the same weeks as this Tuesday Night Yoga series, we kindly ask you to refrain from registering for both Monday and Tuesday classes in the same week, thus giving more people the opportunity to try the yoga experience. Thank you.

    Location: Hopewell 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 April 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM The Beatles: From Liverpool to Abbey Road  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

This lecture will follow in the footsteps of The Beatles as they embark on their historic journey, starting from their early days in Liverpool and Hamburg, into the excitement of Beatlemania, through their groundbreaking studio albums (Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), to their remarkable final recording at Abbey Road.

Presenter Vincent Bruno is a Beatles scholar and 1960s rock historian who recently retired from teaching in the City University of New York. He has lectured extensively on The Beatles and The Sixties, including stand-alone lectures as well as full courses.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Guided Meditation and Gentle Stretching  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

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

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

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

will take place on the floor.  

Preregistration required; space is limited.  

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   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: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

This Science Fiction novel is a grim but beautifully written tale of Bangkok struggling for survival in a post-oil era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation. Next sci-fi book club title is: House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Excel Intermediate  
    Contact: Michael Kerr   609-275-8901   
   

We learn how to change chart colors and backgrounds. We will also learn how to download Excel compatible spreadsheets from the Internet, filter spreadsheets, add conditional formatting to spreadsheets, and create a pivot table. Online registration required unless you can bring your own laptop with Excel 2007 or above. Signup for adults only. Space is limited, so you may sign up for only one Excel Intermediate class per month. Registration period begins April 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 April 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Wednesday May 17, 2017
   10:00 AM Baby Time  
   

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

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

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

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

Play rhyming games! 

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

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

Registration is required.

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

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

Supplies will be provided for the this moht's craft. Class size is limited.  Registration is required.

    Location: Hopewell 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 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 Friends of the Library. 

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 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.

*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 Toddler Time  
   

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Homeschoolers Study Hall  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Join other homeschoolers to study together and grow at the library.
Bring your student's 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
   2:00 PM Little Explorers  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

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

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Email 2  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Learn to attach a résumé or a picture file.   Please take Email 1 first. Remember to bring your email  address & password

!Sign up for free email service with Yahoo. Send your first message!

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence 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
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM 8 and up Create! (recommended ages 8 - 13 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children (ages 8 - 13) may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 4:30 and 5:30 pm to construct a craft.   Projects are more complicated and may take the whole time to complete.  A staff member will be present to aid with the craft.  This month we will make a spring craft project.

Registration required.

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

In this after-school club children in grades 3-5 will explore a range of topics. Each class will include a craft or special project. Please be aware that this program will occasionally include food. Classes will meet on Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m.

Please call the Robbinsville Branch at 609-259-2150 to register. Classes start April 26 and will run through May 31.

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

Play a variety of games with friends or family.


For all ages.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:30 PM Financial Fitness Seminar: Power Over Debt  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Yassar Abdalla from Credit Union of New Jersey. Financial stress can be overwhelming. This seminar covers advantages and disadvantages of credit, warning signs you have too much debt, and how to improve your credit report and score. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM Financial Fitness Seminar: Power Over Debt  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Yassar Abdalla from Credit Union of New Jersey. Financial stress can be overwhelming. This seminar covers advantages and disadvantages of credit, warning signs you have too much debt, and how to improve your credit report and score. Registration required.

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

1st-8th grade students can drop in for math help with Peddie student tutors.

Children ages 5-7: a caregiver must be present with the child.

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

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Blood Pressure Screening & Stroke Information  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

High blood pressure is a common and dangerous condition that increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the United States. As part of National Stroke Awareness Month, Capital Health will offer free blood pressure screenings in the community. Get screened by a registered nurse and receive information on things you can do to help lower your risk for stroke.

About 1 of 3 adults in the United States—or about 75 million people—have high blood pressure. Only about half of these people have it under control, which is why it is important to check your blood pressure on a regular basis.  A registered nurse from Capital Health will conduct screenings.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on April 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 Benefits of Believing in Reincarnation  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Arvind D. Shah of the Ratna Global Foundation will talk about the many benefits of a belief in reincarnation including improving creativity, maintaining calm, solving phobias such as a fear of heights and promoting a joyful death. Please register. 

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Teen Advisory Board (Ages 14-17)  
   

Join West Windsor Library's Teen Advisory Board!

Let your voice be heard! Get more involved with the library and make a difference in your community and earn volunteer hours!

Snacks provided!

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Anime Aficionados  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us as we watch the first three episodes of this winter's political drama, ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.,

No registration necessary.

Plot Summary: The kingdom of Dowa, which is subdivided into 13 states, is celebrating its monarch's 99th birthday. These 13 states have many agencies that are controlled by the giant organization known as ACCA. Within ACCA, Jean Otus is the second-in-command of the inspection agency. His agency has ten people placed in each of the 13 states, with a central office in the capital city. They keep track of all the activities of ACCA across the kingdom, and keep data on each state's ACCA office flowing toward the central office. Jean also often has business trips from the capital to the other districts to check on the situation and personnel there.

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

Thursday May 18, 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 Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

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

Registration is required.

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

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

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

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

Proficiency in Excel 1 & Excel 2 required!

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Baby Chick Birthday Party  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 18 months to 5 years.
Join us for a special program to celebrate the hatching of our baby chicks.
We will read stories about chicks, sing songs, make a craft and have a chick-themed treat!
Registration is required online starting Monday, April 24th.

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

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

No registration required.

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

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

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

No registration required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM 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 May 4. 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 Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Art Adventures, for ages 2-7 yrs  
   

For ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver.

Join us for a new monthly program for toddlers, preschoolers, and older!

Each month, children will get to explore their creativity with a hands-on, open-ended art project using a variety of paints, markers, crayons, glue, and more!

No two masterpieces will look the same and children may work at their own pace (projects make take 10 – 30 minutes depending on the child).

Let your child’s imagination soar (and most importantly, have fun!)

Please dress in old clothes or wear a smock.  Some projects may get messy!

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   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 April 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Play Dough Hour (ages 2-5; adult supervision required)  
    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.

No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell 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 April 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 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
   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  -  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 April 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM Reading Genius Club  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for our monthly Reading Genius Club (RGC) book group meeting.  Read and bring any Valentine's Day book and join in a related activity. Suggested books are available in the library.  

For ages 7-11.

 

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

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

Participants must bring their own laptop to each session. 

Once registered, you will be registered for all 8 sessions: every Monday and Thursday from 4-5pm from May1st to May 25th. 

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

Create and experiment with making different kinds of slime! 

Please Register. 

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

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

Grades K - 5. No registration required.

 

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

Join local artist, Sweety Mehta, as she teaches art techniques for the budding teen artist!

This week create Warli art!

Registration required. 

Materials provided. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM History of the Hindenburg  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Learn about the history of the doomed airship and of what is now Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst. A DVD presentation, authentic Hindenburg artifacts, and a Q and A session will all be included.  Presented by Carl Jablonski, President, Navy Lakehurst Historical Society.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog  
   

For children in grades 1-3,

Thursday, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 11 a.m., 7 p.m. -8p.m.

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM The Garden State: Where Ideas Grow  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

M&M’s, solar panels, transistors, flexible film and Graham crackers are but a few of the useful and unique creations from the minds of Garden State residents. Not to mention the 1,093 patents issued to Thomas Alva Edison. Learn about the many inventions and innovations made in New Jersey from lecturer Linda J. Barth – an author, retired teacher and local historian. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM The Garden State: Where Ideas Grow  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

M&M’s, solar panels, transistors, flexible film and Graham crackers are but a few of the useful and unique creations from the minds of Garden State residents. Not to mention the 1,093 patents issued to Thomas Alva Edison. Learn about the many inventions and innovations made in New Jersey from lecturer Linda J. Barth – an author, retired teacher and local historian. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.

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

Do you want to make better use of your digital device? Maybe you’d like to open a Facebook account or download an e-book. How about capturing a screen shot or attaching a photo to a text message? Make a 20-minute appointment with reference librarian Mary Astarita to get one-on-one help with your gadget.

Please note that library staff does not repair devices.

Appointment is required. On or after April 22, call 609-275-8901 or stop by the reference desk to make a 20-minute appointment. Let us know which device you’ll bring in and the function(s) you want to learn.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM The Marconi Revolution  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

With the proliferation of cell phones, we wonder at the marvels of modern technology. Sure, the handsets are high-tech, but wireless communications started way back in the 1800s. Pioneers we learned about from our high school physics classes—such as Ampere, Henry, Faraday, Hertz, and Tesla—all worked with radio waves. Yet one name stands out above all the rest: Marconi.

Whereas many of the early pioneers were primarily scientists, Marconi was also a businessman. He developed the equipment he needed and took his efforts out of the laboratory—and proved the commercial value of wireless technology in New Jersey!

Marconi’s journey through the early years of wireless communications involved fascinating topics, including Morse Code, The America’s Cup, and Italian earthquake, a British mail ship, an even the search for gold treasure that continues today.

Michael Hyduk will describe the series of events that set the stage for the communications technology we enjoy today.

We ask that you register; however, walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on April 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Friday May 19, 2017
   10:00 AM Fiction Writing Workshop  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us as IT expert and published author Dawn Cohen leads the class through writing exercises from renowned writers. Registration suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Preschool Storytime  
   

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

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

.  Adult must remain in the program.

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

Gentle chair yoga for seniors.

Registration is not required.

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

Learn about browsers like Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox.  Discover the security & privacy features in Edge. Explore more features in Google! 

Requires some Internet experience!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Drum Circle  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

Join musician and teacher Reed Thomas to create simple rhythms using hand held drums and various percussion instruments. No experience required.  No registration. 

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Open Play for Babies & Toddlers  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For children birth - 2.5 years and a caregiver.

Children and their caregivers can play with the library's toys and socialize with one another in this relaxed program in the Community Room. 

No registration required. 

    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  
   

Join Miss Amy for movin and groovin concert fun for all ages.  

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 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.

*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 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
   1:00 PM Oscar Friday at 1 p.m. for ages 18 and up  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Allied (2016, R), with Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard and Jared Harris. In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war. Runtime: 124 min.

No admission fee!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM Movie: Allied  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

Rated R   124 minutes Starring Brad Pitt

The story of intelligence officer Max Vatan, who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war. No registration.

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

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

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Saturday May 20, 2017
   10:00 AM Dragons love tacos drop-in craft, for all ages  
   

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop in between 10am and 4pm and celebrate the release of the book Dragons love tacos 2: the sequel with a fun craft!

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 Sahaja Yoga meditation program! Please wear comfortable clothing. Registration required.

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

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

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

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

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Résumé Review  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Need someone to look over your résumé and give you tips for improvement?  

Call the branch at 609-443-1880 to make an appointment for a 30-minute one-on-one session.

Preregistration required.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM STEM on Saturdays: Science Session (Grades K-5)  
   

Become a scientist on Saturdays! Learn new concepts and conduct an experiment. 

Registration required.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Flutter by, Butterfly: A Family Program  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Enjoy stories about butterflies and make a butterfly craft to bring home! Ages 3 - 10, with an adult.

Online registration begins on May 6. Please register each child separately.

 


 

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Yoga for Beginners  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

Learn simple & powerful yoga postures to improve stability and balance. No physical agility or prior yoga experience needed. Bring a mat or large towel. Instructor, Aruna, is a trained Isha facilitator.

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

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM 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
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Waterscapes - a hands-on art making workshop presented by PAFA  
   

Join Dressler Smith from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for Waterscapes, a hands-on workshop that is part of the museum’s Observe and Create Traveling Workshop Series.  Participants will use historic waterscape paintings from PAFA's permanent collection and their lush depictions of oceans, rivers and waterways as points of departure to create their own original waterscapes and will learn the techniques of applying acrylic paint to an unusual canvas – sea shells. All materials provided.  Registration is required.

    Location: Hopewell 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 Mouse Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

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

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM STEM on Saturdays: Engineering Session (Grades K-5)  
   

Become a scientist on Saturdays! Learn new engineering concepts with hands on activities. 

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Sunday May 21, 2017
     Sunday Afternoon at the Movies for ages 18 and up at 2 p.m.  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

La La Land (2016, PG-13), with Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie De Witt. A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. Runtime: 128 min.

No admission fee!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:45 PM  -  1:30 PM Intro to Programming Using Raspberry Pi (Grades 4-8)  
   

Kids in elementary and middle school will develop a foundation for programming as they get hands on with Raspberry Pi’s to learn the basics of Scratch and Python programming, while also beginning to understand how computers work. 

Online Registration Required

Once registered, you will be signed up for both classes.

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 5 to 12.
All levels welcome.  Instruction available for beginners.
Come play against follow chess enthusiasts to sharpen your skills.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Movie: Arrival  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   
   

Arrival (2017): (Amy Adams) PG-13, 116 minutes. When mysterious spacecraft touch down around the world, a team ,including linguist Louise Banks, is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers, and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)  
   

The goal of the program is to help students understand concepts in chemistry, physics, earth science and biology. Volunteers will also assist students in preparing for science competitions. 

Registration is weekly. 

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:  If your child is disruptive, they will be asked to leave.  Also, if your child  is under 14 years, a parent or guardian must stay in the library during the program. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Science Fun  
   

For children ages 5-10 (with adult). 

Hands on science experiments. 

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Math Advancement (Grades 5 & up) NEW TIME  
   

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. 

Math Competition Training: MathCounts, AMC 8, AMC 10 and other Math competitions

Registration required weekly

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:  If your child is disruptive, they will be asked to leave.  Also, if your child  is under 14 years, a parent or guardian must stay in the library during the program. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday May 22, 2017
   9:35 AM Take Home Craft:is kites!  
   

The library will supply materials to make project.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   9:35 AM Teen and Tween Take Home Craft: Upcycled CD Suncatchers  
   

For ages 9 and up.
Starting Monday, May 1st ask at the reference desk for your craft kit.  
The number of kits is limited and they are given out on a first come, first serve basis.

    Location: Hickory Corner 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 Gardening Guild  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

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

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

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Toddler STEM  
   

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

Science and math for toddlers!

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

Science and math for toddlers!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Tech Help  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Do you want to make better use of your digital device? Maybe you’d like to open a Facebook account or download an e-book. How about capturing a screen shot or attaching a photo to a text message? Make a 20-minute appointment with reference librarian Mary Astarita to get one-on-one help with your gadget.

Please note that library staff does not repair devices.

Appointment is required. On or after April 22, call 609-275-8901 or stop by the reference desk to make a 20-minute appointment. Let us know which device you’ll bring in and the function(s) you want to learn.

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

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

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association

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

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

Learn songs and rhymes!

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Active Aging Fitness  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609-737-2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

This program is comprised of stretching, balance, posture, flexibility, and strength poses done to music. It also includes some chair yoga.

No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   12:30 PM  -  1:00 PM Lunch Time Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

Join us for some guided mediation during lunch hour. This short mediation will help us regain the peace that we lose through our busy mornings and it will also help us get through the rest of our day smoothly.

Facilitated by staff member, Leena Iyengar, a 9 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration required.

 

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

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

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on April 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 Senior Book Club  
    Contact: Anna Van Scoyoc   609.737.2610   avanscoy@mcl.org
   

All are welcome to discuss this month's title, The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood.

No registration necessary.

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

Learn more about working with Windows 10. Explore the various features in the Accessories folder. Learn all about the Start Menu, Jump Lists, and more.  Take PC Basics, PC Essentials, and Word 1 first!

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

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

For ages 10-17.

Registration is suggested.

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

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

Participants must bring their own laptop to each session. 

Once registered, you will be registered for all 8 sessions: every Monday and Thursday from 4-5pm from May1st to May 25th. 

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

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

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Maker Monday (Ages 12-17)  
   

Create your own Squishy Stress Balls

Registration required. Registration begins May 15th . 

    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
   5:30 PM Crazy 8’s Math Club  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Math and mischief at your library! Grades K-2. Enjoy hands-on games that get kids fired up about math

Online registration begins on May 8. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   6:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Walk-In Craft & Play (All ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room anytime between 6 and 9pm to create a craft or play with toys, games and puzzles. 

All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

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

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

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

Headhunters by Jo Nesbø

 

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

Laura DeSai teaches this eight-week series of gentle stretch yoga classes. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: April 3, 10, 17, & 24 and May 1, 8, 15, & 22.

Registration is required and begins Tuesday, March 28th.

Participants must register for each individual class.

Please Note: If you have registered for the Tuesday Night Yoga series that occurs during the same weeks as this Yoga for Beginners series (Monday nights), we kindly ask you to refrain from registering for both Monday and Tuesday classes in the same week, thus giving more people the opportunity to try the yoga experience. Thank you

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

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

Must have basic knowledge of English.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Dragons love tacos drop-in craft, for all ages  
   

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop in between 10am and 4pm and celebrate the release of the book Dragons love tacos 2: the sequel with a fun craft!

No registration required.

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, May 1st.

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Young Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club  
   

 “The Forgetting” by Sharon Cameron will be discussed.

Teens and adults are welcome!

Light Refreshments!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  7:45 PM Tween-Parent Book Club (Grades 3-5)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children in Grades 3-5 and their parents are invited to our monthly book club for snacks and fun conversation. 

This month's title is "The Thirteen Story Treehouse" by Andy Griffiths.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Evening Book Group: All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood—every house, every manhole—so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

In another world in Germany, orphans Werner and Jutta grow up enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

We ask that you register; however, walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on April 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, April 24, at 9:30 a.m. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Class dates are: May 8, 15 & 22, and June 5, 12 & 19. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Tuesday May 23, 2017
   9:50 AM Books & Babies for 6-23 months  
   

Join us for a fun, upbeat program of songs, rhymes, finger-plays, board books and activities to promote early literacy in infants and young toddlers.

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

Online registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

Preference will be given to patrons with a valid Mercer County Library System card.

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

Yoga increases flexibility, muscle strength and tone, improves respiration, energy & vitality, maintains a balanced metabolism and improves cardio and circulatory health.  Please bring a mat or large towel. Led by Anu Puri. Suitable for all levels. Please register.

 
    Location: Hickory Corner 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 May 9. Please register each child separately.

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

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

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

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

Stories and crafts!

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 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.

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

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

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

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

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

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

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

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

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM HV Adult Toastmasters  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. The Toastmasters Education Program is based on a proven curriculum that enables you to develop your communication and leadership skills one step at a time. The program is built on four guiding principles that have been in place since Toastmasters was founded in 1924:
  • Experiential Learning–we learn by doing; by giving speeches and fulfilling leadership roles, we practice and improve
  • Self-paced Program–we learn best at our own pace and comfort level
  • Peer Feedback–through honest and supportive peer evaluation, we grow and improve
  • Mentoring–experienced members encourage, guide and support us in our goals and help us to achieve more than we thought possible
    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM  -  1:45 PM Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)  
   

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Excel Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

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

Preregistration required—space is limited.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM New to Medicare?  
    Contact:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Looking for answers to common questions about Medicare, including coverage, enrollment, eligibility, and claims?  The State Health Insurance Assistance Program, or SHIP, is a free and impartial health benefits counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers funded through state and federal monies. This talk will break down Medicare into its different parts so you can understand and decide what coverage you need, when and how to get it, as well as offering an opportunity to arrange individual follow up if you still have questions. Please register. 

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   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 Crazy 8's Math Club for Grades K-5  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For children in grades K-5.
Hands-on math games that get kids excited about math and make learning fun!
Registation is required online each week starting the previous Tuesday.

    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  -  5:30 PM Read to Rocco the Therapy Dog  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Rocco is a local reading therapy dog who loves listening to stories. Children in grades K-5 may sign up for one 15 minute session with Rocco and his owner Alan. Please arrive a few minutes before your assigned time and have a book picked out to read aloud to Rocco. To register call the library at 609-259-2150.

    Location: Robbinsville 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
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Tuesday Night Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Nancy McCormack teaches this eight-week series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, and June 13 & 20.

Registration is required and begins Wednesday, April 19th.

Participants must register for each individual class.

Please Note: If you have registered for the Yoga for Beginners series (Monday evenings) that occurs during the same weeks as this Tuesday Night Yoga series, we kindly ask you to refrain from registering for both Monday and Tuesday classes in the same week, thus giving more people the opportunity to try the yoga experience. Thank you.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:00 PM UpCycling: T-Shirt Flutter Vest  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use an old t-shirt to make a fashionable and fun flutter vest for your spring wardrobe.

Please bring an old t-shirt to craft with.

Space is limited; registration is required.  

 

 

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

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

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

No reigstration required.

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

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

We ask that you register, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on April 22; click the Register button, or call 609-799-0462 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  -  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 May 24, 2017
   10:00 AM Baby Time  
   

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

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

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

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

Play rhyming games! 

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

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM 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 Friends of the Library. 

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 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.

*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 Toddler Time  
   

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Story-time for 4-6 yrs with Ms. Christine  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-443-1880   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Author-focused stories and activities with Ms. Christine.
For Preschoolers, Kindergarteners and 1st-graders with a caregiver.
No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell 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
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Blood Pressure Screening and Stroke Information  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

May is the National Stroke Awareness Month! In regard to it, members of the Capital Health medical staff will conduct free blood pressure screening and provide stroke information. No registration is required.  

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Blood Pressure Screening and Stroke Information  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

May is the National Stroke Awareness Month! In regard to it, members of the Capital Health medical staff will conduct free blood pressure screening and provide stroke information. No registration is required.  

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:15 PM  -  4:45 PM Globetrotters for ages 6-10  
   

Explore different countries around the world!

Each session we will read about a specific country and do a craft. 

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:45 PM What's Up Wednesdays  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

In this after-school club children in grades 3-5 will explore a range of topics. Each class will include a craft or special project. Please be aware that this program will occasionally include food. Classes will meet on Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m.

Please call the Robbinsville Branch at 609-259-2150 to register. Classes start April 26 and will run through May 31.

    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
   6:00 PM Mehndi Tattoos  
   

For Teens

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:00 PM Yoga  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Bob Kirby. No experience necessary! Please bring a towel/yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Classes are limited, so register early! Sponsored by the Friends of the library. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM African-American Literature Club  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Join the African American Literature Reading Circle to discuss and celebrate popular books written by African Americans. At the May meeting, we will be discussing Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin. Refreshments served. Registration suggested. 

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

1st-8th grade students can drop in for math help with Peddie student tutors.

Children ages 5-7: a caregiver must be present with the child.

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

 

    Location: Hightstown 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  -  8:00 PM Bollywood Workout  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

This is a fun-filled, intensive dance program for adults. It is designed as a full-body regimen to increase core strength and stamina. No prior training is required. 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.

We ask that you register; however, walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on April 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Thursday May 25, 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  -  10:30 AM Toddler Rock (ages 1 to 3 years; adult supervision required)  
   

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Excel 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
   10:30 AM Mother Goose Activity Time  
   

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

No registration required.

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

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

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

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

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM Scribble Time  
   

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

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Little Scientists, for ages 2-5 yrs  
   

For ages 2-5 years, with a caregiver.

Join us for a new program for toddlers and preschoolers to explore all things science!

Each session we will examine a different aspect of science through books and hands-on experiments for your little scientist to investigate, play and have fun!

This week’s theme is: Eco Science!

Please dress in old clothes or wear a smock. Some experiments may get messy!

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Please register each child separately.

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Play Dough Hour (ages 2-5; adult supervision required)  
    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.

No registration required.

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

In this film a working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life. 
Starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. Rated PG-13; 139 minutes (2016). 

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

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

 

 

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM Ramadan Storytime  
   

  Stories and crafts.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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

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

Participants must bring their own laptop to each session. 

Once registered, you will be registered for all 8 sessions: every Monday and Thursday from 4-5pm from May1st to May 25th. 

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

Learn new origami creations!

No registration required.

    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  -  7:30 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Stretch your imagination and come build with us. For children in grades K and up.

Online registration begins on May 11. Please register each child separately.

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

Through playing exciting and fun acting games,
you will learn how to:

  • Develop a character on the fly,
  • Analyze a scene, and
  • Have fun improvising scenes

Registration required. Registration begins May 12th. 

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Introduction to Japanese Flute - Shakuhachi  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Shakuhachi is considered one of the most difficult instruments in the world. This presentation by local teacher, musician and flute maker Glenn Shouyuu Swann will be part performance of representative pieces, part lecture on Shakuhachi history and its cultural importance. Interested audience members would be able to try playing the instrument. Registration suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Introduction to Japanese Flute - Shakuhachi  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Shakuhachi is considered one of the most difficult instruments in the world. This presentation by local teacher, musician and flute maker Glenn Shouyuu Swann will be part performance of representative pieces, part lecture on Shakuhachi history and its cultural importance. Interested audience members would be able to try playing the instrument. Registration suggested. 

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

For children in grades 1-3,

Thursday, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 11 a.m., 7 p.m. -8p.m.

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Beginning Your Family Research  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Genealogy instruction for those wanting to begin the journey with Cathy Zahn about how to research your family history using census, military and other available records.

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

Friday May 26, 2017
   10:00 AM Preschool Storytime  
   

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

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

.  Adult must remain in the program.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  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 Reference   609.737.2310   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Gentle chair yoga for seniors.

Registration is not required.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Toddler Tunes  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come sing and dance with Miss Pat. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Online registration begins on May 12. 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  -  11:30 AM Friday Morning Bookies: Moon Tiger, by Penelope Lively  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Claudia, a best-selling writer, recalls her life of adventure as a newspaper correspondent, novelist, lover, and mother, while the people close to her file past her hospital bed.

We ask that you register; however, walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on April 22. Click the Register button, or call 609-700-0462 for information or to register.

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 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.

*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  -  12:00 PM Toy time  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Socialize and play in our activity room.

Ages 6 months - 2 years.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM Oscar Friday at 1 p.m. for ages 18 and up  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Silence (2016, R), with Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson. In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Runtime: 161 min.

No admission fee!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Relaxing Art Friday  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join this friendly group at the library for Relaxing Art Fridays.  New members are welcome for some chit chat and to do some coloring or to learn about creating an art journal.   Some supplies will be provided, or you can bring your own - also, feel free to bring a snack or bag lunch.

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on April 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
   3:30 PM Posture Exercises  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Saturday May 27, 2017
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Memorial Day Weekend  
   

All branches are closed.


Sunday May 28, 2017
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Memorial Day Weekend  
    All branches are closed.

Monday May 29, 2017
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Memorial Day Weekend  
    All branches are closed.
   9:35 AM Teen Take-Out Craft: Earring Holders!  
   

* Available all month! *

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

The Library will provide supplies and instructions for creating an earring holder out of popsicle sticks. It can be for you or a Mother's Day gift! Your job is to simply 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

Tuesday May 30, 2017
   9:50 AM Books & Babies for 6-23 months  
   

Join us for a fun, upbeat program of songs, rhymes, finger-plays, board books and activities to promote early literacy in infants and young toddlers.

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

Online registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

Preference will be given to patrons with a valid Mercer County Library System card.

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

Yoga increases flexibility, muscle strength and tone, improves respiration, energy & vitality, maintains a balanced metabolism and improves cardio and circulatory health.  Please bring a mat or large towel. Led by Anu Puri. Suitable for all levels. Please register.

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

This storytime is part of a five 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 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
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 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.

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

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

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

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

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

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

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

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

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM  -  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 Crazy 8's Math Club for Grades K-5  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For children in grades K-5.
Hands-on math games that get kids excited about math and make learning fun!
Registation is required online each week starting the previous Tuesday.

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Tuesday Night Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Nancy McCormack teaches this eight-week series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, and June 13 & 20.

Registration is required and begins Wednesday, April 19th.

Participants must register for each individual class.

Please Note: If you have registered for the Yoga for Beginners series (Monday evenings) that occurs during the same weeks as this Tuesday Night Yoga series, we kindly ask you to refrain from registering for both Monday and Tuesday classes in the same week, thus giving more people the opportunity to try the yoga experience. Thank you.

    Location: Hopewell 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 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
   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   
   

Commonwealth by Anne Patchett.

    Location: Ewing 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 Heartfulness Meditation Workshop Series  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Join us for a practical workshop on heartfulness meditation with yogic transmission. The facilitator will teach you simple yet effective guided relaxation and meditation techniques to reduce stress. Learn to calm your mind and improve the quality of your life.

Registration is suggested, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on April 22.

    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 May 31, 2017
   7:00 AM  -  8:30 AM Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's: The Basics  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Nicolette Vasco from the Alzheimer's Association. Attendees will learn the symptoms, causes, risk factors and the effects that Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia have on the brain. Find out the benefits of early detection and how to address a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing 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 five 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 Friends of the Library. 

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 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.

*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  -  12:00 PM Microsoft Word Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn the basics of creating and formatting documents in Word. 

Preregistration required—space is limited.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
   

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   1:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Movies for Adults -- Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

A squad of U.S. soldiers participate in a military celebration during a Thanksgiving football game. R, 110 minutes.

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

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

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Library Catalog & Website  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Become a savvy library patron!  Find anything in our catalog: book, DVD, CD, or electronic materials. Learn how to access your library account.  Find out how to place an interlibrary loan, have materials shipped from another branch, and suggest an item for purchase.

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM Active Aging Fitness: Spring – Summer Series  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

The health benefits of regular exercise for older adults are both physical and mental. Get moving with certified Senior Fitness Specialist Bob Kirby, and add some life to your years. As with any exercise program, check with your healthcare provider before participating. Registration is suggested. 

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

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

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

1st-8th grade students can drop in for math help with Peddie student tutors.

Children ages 5-7: a caregiver must be present with the child.

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

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Movies for Adults -- Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
    A squad of U.S. soldiers participate in a military celebration during a Thanksgiving football game. R, 110 minutes.
    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM Bollywood Workout  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

This fun-filled, intensive dance program for adults facilitated by instructor Babita Negri is designed to address each body part while increasing core strength and stamina. No prior experience is required. As with any exercise program, check with your healthcare provider before participating. Registration suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Teen Volunteer Orientation  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Teen Volunteers and a Parent/Guardian must attend one of the two orientations provided.

Twin Rivers Teen Volunteers only.

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

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Everything You Need to Know About the PSAT, NEW SAT, ACT and the Entire College Application Process  
   

This informative session for all high school students and parents will cover: 

  • Early steps of college preparation
  • PSAT, SAT, and ACT test preparation
  • How to effectively choose your colleges 
  • Strategies to best increase your chances of acceptance
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Open-ended Q&A session

Presented by Susan Alaimo, the founder and director of SAT Smart. 

www.SATsmart.com

Please Register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Heartfulness Meditation Workshop Series  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Join us for a practical workshop on heartfulness meditation with yogic transmission. The facilitator will teach you simple yet effective guided relaxation and meditation techniques to reduce stress. Learn to calm your mind and improve the quality of your life.

Registration is suggested, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on April 22.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's: The Basics  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Nicolette Vasco from the Alzheimer's Association. Attendees will learn the symptoms, causes, risk factors and the effects that Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia have on the brain. Find out the benefits of early detection and how to address a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:30 PM Hickory Corner Book Discussion  
   

The group will be discussing Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. No registration. New members welcome. No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Thursday June 1, 2017
   9:35 AM Teen Take-Out Craft: Father's Day Gift 'Coupons'  
   

* Available all month! *

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

The Library will provide supplies and instructions for creating a gift booklet of coupons for Dad for Father's Day!  Use the suggested ideas - one lawn mowing, get-out-of-broccoli-eating card, etc. - and/or create some of your own.  Your job is to take a kit home and have fun putting it together (and honor the coupons, too :-D)!

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
   10:00 AM Concert with Miss Amy  
   


For toddlers and preschoolers, with a caregiver.

Enjoy this musical entertainment concert showcasing Miss Amy’s warm engaging manner and “positively enriching original music.”

Miss Amy is a singer/songwriter, an accredited music educator and a fitness instructor.

No registration required.

Sponsored 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
   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
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Slime Time (Ages 8-11)  
   

Create and experiment with making different kinds of slime! 

Please Register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Foreign and Independent Films at Your Library: Mad Tiger (U.S. & Japan, 2015)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Two best friends spent the last fifteen years touring the country in their performance art punk band. When one of them decides to quit, they both face deeper challenges than expected. 82 min. Not rated. English language. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Friday June 2, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Chair Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2310   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Gentle chair yoga for seniors.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Sensory Play for Babies & Toddlers  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for ages 3 months - 2 years and a caregiver. 

Babies and toddlers will use their senses of sight, hearing, and touch to discover the world around them with a variety of toys, objects, and songs. 

This is a caregiver-child focused program with guidance from staff.

No registration required.

 

    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
   1:30 PM  -  4:00 PM First Friday Film -- Loving  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   
Interracial couple fight Virginia's miscegenation laws, and their case reaches the Supreme Court. PG-13, 123 minutes.
    Location: Hopewell 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
   3:30 PM Posture Exercises  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Saturday June 3, 2017
   10:00 AM Saturday Morning Wii Bowling  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

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

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

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Monday June 5, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Books & Babies for ages birth to 2 years  
   

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

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

No registration required.

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   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  -  9:00 PM Walk-In Craft & Play (All ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room anytime between 6 and 9pm to create a craft or play with toys, games and puzzles. 

All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Friends of the Lawrence Library Meeting  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:15 PM  -  8:15 PM Mother-Daughter Book Club (Ages 12+)  
    Contact: Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Girls ages 12 + and their mothers will discuss this month's book and enjoy snacks.

Please call the library for this month's title. 

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:30 PM Yoga  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Sunita Yadav teaches this series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Water is provided. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and begins Monday, April 24, at 9:30 a.m. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Class dates are: May 8, 15 & 22, and June 5, 12 & 19. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Tuesday June 6, 2017
   9:50 AM Books & Babies for 6-23 months  
   

Join us for a fun, upbeat program of songs, rhymes, finger-plays, board books and activities to promote early literacy in infants and young toddlers.

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

Online registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

Preference will be given to patrons with a valid Mercer County Library System card.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 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  -  11:30 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.

*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
   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
   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

Wednesday June 7, 2017
   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  -  11:30 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.

*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
   3:00 PM Active Aging Fitness: Spring – Summer Series  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

The health benefits of regular exercise for older adults are both physical and mental. Get moving with certified Senior Fitness Specialist Bob Kirby, and add some life to your years. As with any exercise program, check with your healthcare provider before participating. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   5:30 PM Slime Time!, for ages 9-13  
   

For ages 9-13.

Make and take two types of slime: traditional and puffy.  Compare the ingredients and the end results and vote for your favorite type!

Online registration is required.

Registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am. The program will be held twice this month; please pick only one session to attend.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence 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 Teen Volunteer Orientation  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Teen Volunteers and a Parent/Guardian must attend one of the two orientations provided.

Twin Rivers Teen Volunteers only.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch

Thursday June 8, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Picture Books & Craft for ages 3 & up  
   

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

No registration required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM CookTalks: Bowls of Plenty  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Join Chef Anita Constantine and learn how to use quinoa, spelt and other specialty grains. Registration suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM Slime Time!, for ages 9-13  
   

For ages 9-13.

Make and take two types of slime: traditional and puffy.  Compare the ingredients and the end results and vote for your favorite type!

Online registration is required.

Registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am. The program will be held twice this month; please pick only one session to attend.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

Create and experiment with making different kinds of slime! 

Please Register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Poetry Circle: Poetry Reading & Open Mic  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
    Location: Lawrence Branch

Friday June 9, 2017
   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  -  11:00 AM Chair Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2310   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Gentle chair yoga for seniors.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 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  -  11:30 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.

*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  -  2:30 PM Relaxing Art Friday  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join this friendly group at the library for Relaxing Art Fridays.  New members are welcome for some chit chat and to do some coloring or to learn about creating an art journal.   Some supplies will be provided, or you can bring your own - also, feel free to bring a snack or bag lunch.

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Saturday June 10, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM LAFFCON 2: THE WORLD’S ONLY SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION DEVOTED TO R. A. LAFFERTY  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

On Saturday, June 10th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System will be hosting the world’s only science fiction convention devoted to the work of legendary author R. A. Lafferty. The library will have panel discussions introducing readers to Lafferty’s work, a presentation by the artist Anthony Rhodes discussing his Lafferty-inspired art, and discussions of Lafferty’s influential novel, Fourth Mansion.

The convention will be held at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System, located at 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. Refreshments will be served. Online registeration through EventKeeper suggested. Registration will begin at 9:30 am on April 1, 2017.

    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

Monday June 12, 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
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Kim Yarson Family Singalong  
   

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

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

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

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

No registration is required.

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

 

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association

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

Biopic of pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger depicts his emergency landing on the Hudson River in January 2009. In the aftermath of this unprecedented feat, he must endure the weight of sudden fame and second-guessing by investigators. 96 min. PG-13. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence 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  -  9:00 PM Walk-In Craft & Play (All ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room anytime between 6 and 9pm to create a craft or play with toys, games and puzzles. 

All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    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
   7:30 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, April 24, at 9:30 a.m. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Class dates are: May 8, 15 & 22, and June 5, 12 & 19. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Tuesday June 13, 2017
   9:50 AM Books & Babies for 6-23 months  
   

Join us for a fun, upbeat program of songs, rhymes, finger-plays, board books and activities to promote early literacy in infants and young toddlers.

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

Online registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

Preference will be given to patrons with a valid Mercer County Library System card.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 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  -  11:30 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.

*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
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Science Storytime (Ages 4-6)  
   

Read, learn, and conduct a science experiment!

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Tuesday Night Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Nancy McCormack teaches this eight-week series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, and June 13 & 20.

Registration is required and begins Wednesday, April 19th.

Participants must register for each individual class.

Please Note: If you have registered for the Monday Night Yoga series that occurs during the same weeks as this Tuesday Night Yoga series, we kindly ask you to refrain from registering for both Monday and Tuesday classes in the same week, thus giving more people the opportunity to try the yoga experience. Thank you.

    Location: Hopewell Branch

Wednesday June 14, 2017
   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  -  11:30 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.

*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
   7:00 PM Princeton Festival Lecture: Leonora, a New Kind of Heroine  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

The featured opera in 2017 is “Fidelio”, originally titled “Leonore”. Meet Beethoven's Leonora, a new incarnation of an opera's leading lady. Instead of waiting to be rescued by the hero, Leonora takes charge of her own life and her husband's fate; she rescues him.  As a new version of womanhood Leonora is not alone:  the illustrated talk will introduce her contemporaries in art and literature who are also redesigning their lives. This talk will be presented by Marianne Grey, a Princeton University Art Museum Docent. Registration suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Secrets of College Admissions  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Learn the many things you can do to improve your chances of college admission.  For students in grades 8 – 11 and their parents. Presented by Collegewise’s Vince Valenzuela, former Assistant Director of Admissions at Villanova.  

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM Teen Volunteer Orientation, for approved applicants only  
   

Register for this program only if you were accepted as a Lawrence Teen Summer Reading Volunteer for 2017.  (Applications due no later than June 1st.  See the Youth Services Desk for more info.)

At this orientation you will gain a brief overview of your summer duties, and you will also choose your volunteer schedule.

(An adult caregiver or parent must initial to give permission for the schedule the student has chosen.)

Please sign up for only one orientation session.

Teens must be at least 14 years old at the time of volunteering.

If you need to cancel, please phone us at the Youth Reference Desk at (609) 989-6921.  Spaces are limited at each volunteer session.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Thursday June 15, 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
   10:30 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
   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
   4:00 PM Teen Volunteer Orientation, for approved applicants only  
   

Register for this program only if you were accepted as a Lawrence Teen Summer Reading Volunteer for 2017.  (Applications due no later than June 1st.  See the Youth Services Desk for more info.)

At this orientation you will gain a brief overview of your summer duties, and you will also choose your volunteer schedule.

(An adult caregiver or parent must initial to give permission for the schedule the student has chosen.)

Please sign up for only one orientation session.

Teens must be at least 14 years old at the time of volunteering.

If you need to cancel, please phone us at the Youth Reference Desk at (609) 989-6921.  Spaces are limited at each volunteer session.

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

Create and experiment with making different kinds of slime! 

Please Register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Teen Volunteer Orientation, for approved applicants only  
   

Register for this program only if you were accepted as a Lawrence Teen Summer Reading Volunteer for 2017.  (Applications due no later than June 1st.  See the Youth Services Desk for more info.)

At this orientation you will gain a brief overview of your summer duties, and you will also choose your volunteer schedule.

(An adult caregiver or parent must initial to give permission for the schedule the student has chosen.)

Please sign up for only one orientation session.

Teens must be at least 14 years old at the time of volunteering.

If you need to cancel, please phone us at the Youth Reference Desk at (609) 989-6921.  Spaces are limited at each volunteer session.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM The Debris They Left Behind  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Perhaps someone in your family shows or gives you something that belonged to someone in your family. Sometimes an object or story stirs your curiosity about that family member and you want to learn more about them or the object. In this program presented by genealogist Catherine (Casey) Zahn you will learn how to enhance or add to your genealogical research through objects made by your ancestors and places/sources where they are held. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Friday June 16, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Chair Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2310   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Gentle chair yoga for seniors.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 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  -  11:15 AM Miss Amy Concert for All Ages  
   

Join Miss Amy for movin and groovin concert fun for all ages.  

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 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.

*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  -  2:30 PM Relaxing Art Friday  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join this friendly group at the library for Relaxing Art Fridays.  New members are welcome for some chit chat and to do some coloring or to learn about creating an art journal.   Some supplies will be provided, or you can bring your own - also, feel free to bring a snack or bag lunch.

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Saturday June 17, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Car Seat Safety Check  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Is your child’s car seat installed safely? Many are not! You can have a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician check your car seat. Come if you have an infant or child using a car seat, or even if you’re expecting a baby within the next month.

Please call 609-259-2150 to register for a half-hour slot (last appointment for the day is at noon). Registration is limited; please call early!

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   9:35 AM Teen Take-Out Craft: Father's Day Gift 'Coupons'  
   

* Available all month! *

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

The Library will provide supplies and instructions for creating a gift booklet of coupons for Dad for Father's Day!  Use the suggested ideas - one lawn mowing, get-out-of-broccoli-eating card, etc. - and/or create some of your own.  Your job is to take a kit home and have fun putting it together (and honor the coupons, too :-D)!

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   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

Monday June 19, 2017
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Morning Book Club: Persuasion, by Jane Austen  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen's last completed novel. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence 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
   4:00 PM Teen Volunteer Orientation, for approved applicants only  
   

Register for this program only if you were accepted as a Lawrence Teen Summer Reading Volunteer for 2017.  (Applications due no later than June 1st.  See the Youth Services Desk for more info.)

At this orientation you will gain a brief overview of your summer duties, and you will also choose your volunteer schedule.

(An adult caregiver or parent must initial to give permission for the schedule the student has chosen.)

Please sign up for only one orientation session.

Teens must be at least 14 years old at the time of volunteering.

If you need to cancel, please phone us at the Youth Reference Desk at (609) 989-6921.  Spaces are limited at each volunteer session.

    Location: Lawrence 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
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Tween-Parent Book Club (Grades 3-5)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children in Grades 3-5 and their parents are invited to our monthly book club for snacks and fun conversation. 

Please call the library at 609-448-1474 for this month's title.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:30 PM Yoga  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Sunita Yadav teaches this series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Water is provided. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and begins Monday, April 24, at 9:30 a.m. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Class dates are: May 8, 15 & 22, and June 5, 12 & 19. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Tuesday June 20, 2017
   9:50 AM Books & Babies for 6-23 months  
   

Join us for a fun, upbeat program of songs, rhymes, finger-plays, board books and activities to promote early literacy in infants and young toddlers.

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

Online registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

Preference will be given to patrons with a valid Mercer County Library System card.

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM 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
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Tuesday Night Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Nancy McCormack teaches this eight-week series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, and June 13 & 20.

Registration is required and begins Wednesday, April 19th.

Participants must register for each individual class.

Please Note: If you have registered for the Monday Night Yoga series that occurs during the same weeks as this Tuesday Night Yoga series, we kindly ask you to refrain from registering for both Monday and Tuesday classes in the same week, thus giving more people the opportunity to try the yoga experience. Thank you.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM Science Fiction Book Club: The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between what was once called Mexico and the United States. Next sci-fi book club title is: Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.  

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Wednesday June 21, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Adult Craft -- Postcard Wallets  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Bring a postcard, used or new, to craft a pocket-sized wallet.

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM 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
   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 Teen Volunteer Orientation, for approved applicants only  
   

Register for this program only if you were accepted as a Lawrence Teen Summer Reading Volunteer for 2017.  (Applications due no later than June 1st.  See the Youth Services Desk for more info.)

At this orientation you will gain a brief overview of your summer duties, and you will also choose your volunteer schedule.

(An adult caregiver or parent must initial to give permission for the schedule the student has chosen.)

Please sign up for only one orientation session.

Teens must be at least 14 years old at the time of volunteering.

If you need to cancel, please phone us at the Youth Reference Desk at (609) 989-6921.  Spaces are limited at each volunteer session.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Thursday June 22, 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
   7:00 PM The French in America, from Fighting to Fashion  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Why did the French journey to North America in the 1600s?  What treasures were they looking for, what did they actually find, and why did their efforts to establish a colony end in disaster – and set the stage for the American Revolution?  Join historical novelist Jeff Heller as he uses slides and commentary to present the fascinating story of how fighting, folkways and even fashion influenced the actions taken by the French in their bold quest to claim a continent. Registration suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Friday June 23, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Chair Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2310   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Gentle chair yoga for seniors.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 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  -  11:15 AM Sing Along Pete (For All Ages)  
   

Sing along Sing Along Pete! Enjoy classic and original tunes!

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 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.

*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  -  2:30 PM Relaxing Art Friday  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join this friendly group at the library for Relaxing Art Fridays.  New members are welcome for some chit chat and to do some coloring or to learn about creating an art journal.   Some supplies will be provided, or you can bring your own - also, feel free to bring a snack or bag lunch.

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Saturday June 24, 2017
   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

Monday June 26, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Bob The Builder & Friends With Storyteller Mr. Malcolm  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for ages 3-6 with a caregiver.

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

Online registration required beginning Monday, June 5.

Sponsored by Hightstown Library Association.

 

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

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

Start off your summer with fun jewelry making!

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   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  -  9:00 PM Walk-In Craft & Play (All ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room anytime between 6 and 9pm to create a craft or play with toys, games and puzzles. 

All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  7:45 PM Summer Reading Program Kick Off Magic Show  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for children ages 4-10

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

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

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Tuesday June 27, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Morning Story Time with Miss Liz  
    Contact: Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM Being safe around animals and responsible pet ownership 5-8yr  
   

For ages 5-8 years, with a caregiver.

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

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

Her dog may be present at this program.

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   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

Wednesday June 28, 2017
   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
   1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Movies for Adults -- Florence Foster Jenkins  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

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

No registration necessary.

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

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

No registration necessary.

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Thursday June 29, 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
   10:30 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
   12:00 PM Ken the Magician Comedy Magic Show 4-11 years  
   

For ages 4-11 years with a caregiver.

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM STEAM Challenge (Ages 7-10)  
   

Each week tackle a different STEAM-related challenge. 

June 29th - Engineering Challenge

July 6th - Strawbees

July 13th - Marble Rollercoasters

July 20th - DIY Kinetic Sand

July 27th - Salt Paintings 

Registration required. Registration is weekly. 

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Friday June 30, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Chair Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2310   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Gentle chair yoga for seniors.

Registration is not required.

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

For ages birth–2.5 years & a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome.

No registration necessary. 

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

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

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

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

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

No registration is required.

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

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   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  -  3:30 PM Kid Craft (Ages 6-8)  
   

Cool off at the library with a special craft!

Registration required. Registration begins one week before program. 

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

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

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

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

Cool off at the library with a special craft!

Registration required. Registration begins one week before program. 

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday July 3, 2017
   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
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Club (Ages 5-11)  
   

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Walk-In Craft & Play (All ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room anytime between 6 and 9pm to create a craft or play with toys, games and puzzles. 

All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

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

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