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Sunday May 27, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Memorial Day Weekend  
   

All branches are closed.


Monday May 28, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Memorial Day Weekend  
   

All branches are closed.


Tuesday May 29, 2018
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

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

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

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM Yoga & Meditation  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

Instructor Mira Desai has 30 years of experience in yoga. Join her for an introduction to basic yoga and meditation. Class is 1½ hours. Bring a yoga mat or large towel. 

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

Adult Program

Have fun practicing your English through informal conversation with other ESL learners and librarian Elka Frankel. Must have basic knowledge of English.

No need to register—just come! 

Join our email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:05 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Read and Play Story Time  
   

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

Stories and crafts!

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games, and crafts for ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.

Today's theme is about weather.

    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 Just Play  
   

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 K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

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

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

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

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

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

Read, learn, and conduct a science experiment!

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

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

Learn Spanish with a native speaker.

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:00 PM Drop-in Book Craft: The Very Lonely Firefly, for all ages  
   

For all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop-in between 6pm and 8pm and join us for a fun craft based on the picture book "The Very Lonely Firefly"!

No registration required! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:00 PM Recycled Paper Butterflies  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use recycled paper to make these colorful and fun butterflies.  

Ages 15 and up. 

Preregistration required.

 

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM 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  -  7:30 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
   6:30 PM Paper Daisy  
   

Welcome summer by making a paper daisy

All ages welcome with a caregiver.

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

 

 

   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   
   

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

    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  -  9:00 PM Learning English with Victor  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

English as a Second Language class. All abilities are welcome.

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Wednesday May 30, 2018
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Baby Time  
   

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

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

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

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

Play rhyming games! 

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

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

Registration is required.

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

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Excel Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

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

Mouse and keyboard skills are essential.  

Preregistration required.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

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

 

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

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

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

Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
   

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   12:00 PM Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 4:00pm.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Movies for Adults -- Me Before You (2016)  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

A young woman acts as a caregiver for a banker who was paralyzed in an accident. Her no-nonsense ways force him to reconnect with life, and the pair eventually develop feelings for each other. (110 minutes, Rated PG-13)

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 8:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Chapters Book Club  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Book discussions and activities for ages 5 to 10.  Topic: TBD.

No registration required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 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
   3:00 PM Active Aging Fitness: 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. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Free Blood Pressure Screenings  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

Stop in for a free blood pressure screening provided by Capital Health.

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

Create your own unique designs using Perler Beads! 

Ages 5 - 11.

Registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM Lego Club  
   

.      Lego Club for School-Age Children,                                              

        

        

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM Story Stretchers  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

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

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

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

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

This class is part of a multi-week session for children in grades 3 to 5. Please be aware that this program will occasionally include food. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Free Medicare Workshop  
   

This free educational seminar will cover:  How to enroll in Medicare; Latest governmental changes to Medicare; Understanding Medicare supplement options; and Working and have Medicare questions?

   6:00 PM CANCELED Popcorn and a Movie - Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Ages 12-17)  
   

Enjoy Star Wars: The Last Jedi and free popcorn!

Rated PG-13. Runtime: 152 minutes. 

Ages 12-17

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Explorations! Drinking Straw Insect Paper Toys  
   

For children 4 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Spring flowers and trees need insects for survival and pollination!  Birds do too, as they are an important and favorite food! 

Come combine science and art to make simple larger-than-life insect toys with paper and neon colored drinking straws!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Movies for Adults -- Me Before You (2016)  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

A young woman acts as a caregiver for a banker who was paralyzed in an accident. Her no-nonsense ways force him to reconnect with life, and the pair eventually develop feelings for each other. (110 minutes, Rated PG-13)

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM Artist Focus: Jean-Michel Basquiat  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Join librarian Andrew for an overview of the artist and painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. We’ll discuss his biography, philosophy and works. You’re welcome to offer your own interpretations! Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM End of Life Planning  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Richard Zimmer of Barlow & Zimmer Funeral home will discuss end of life planning and preparation to ensure that both you and your loved ones are properly cared for according to your wishes. 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  -  8:30 PM CANCELED Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Learn the science behind mindfulness, and develop the five pillars of emotional intelligence. Learn the science behind mindfulness, and develop the five pillars of emotional intelligence. These assets will help you to:

  • Develop self-awareness
  • Improve relationships and collaboration skills
  • Manage workplace stress and difficult conversations
  • Improve work performance and leadership qualities

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.

Join our email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:30 PM Hickory Corner Book Discussion  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

The group will be discussing Someone by Alice McDermott. No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   8:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Evening Guided Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour. Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety.

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Thursday May 31, 2018
   9:30 AM Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

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

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Books & Babies for 6-23 months  
   

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

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

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

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

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

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

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

Registration is required.

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Excel 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
   10:05 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Conversational ESL  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

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.

    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

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

No registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:00.

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   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 Movers and Shakers, for ages 2-5yrs  
   

For children, ages 2-5yrs, with a caregiver.

This program is all about music and movement!  Join us as we play your favorite story-time songs and your toddlers & preschoolers can sing, dance, and move to the music.  Shaky eggs, bells, ribbons, bubbles, and more!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

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

Online registration begins on May 17. 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 Story Time  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games, and crafts for ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.

Today's theme is about weather.

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:30 AM Little Creators,  
   

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         Easy projects to make and take.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:30 AM  -  12:15 PM Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr  
   

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

Join us in the activity room for toys and sensory play!  In addition to the usual fun and educational toys we have during quiet play, children and their families can explore different sensory play stations.  Stimulate your child’s imagination with free play and socialization!

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:30 PM  -  1:00 PM Let's Celebrate National Meditation Day  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

National Mediation Day is celebrated on May 31

Please join us as we celebrate the National Meditation Day to spread peace and love into the world. Let’s use this opportunity and do something special for ourselves and for our world.

We will have guided meditation from 12:30 to 1:00 pm. followed by healthy snacks.

Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety.

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

No registration necessary.

 

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

National Mediation Day is celebrated on May 31

Please join us as we celebrate the National Meditation Day to spread peace and love into the world. Let’s use this opportunity and do something special for ourselves and for our world.

We will have guided meditation from 12:30 to 1:00 pm. followed by healthy snacks.

Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety.

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

No registration necessary.

 

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

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

Ages 2 - 5.  No registration required.

See Youth Progam Policy.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 8:00pm.

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

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

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM  -  5:15 PM Open Play Time  
   

New Program :Open Play Time  Children and their caregivers will be able to play together while visiting the library.  Meet others from the community and play with toys!  Please keep your children safe by ensuring that they are closely supervised at all times.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM #Makerclub For Grades 3-6  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For children in Grades 3-6.

Get creative while learning basic coding and/or problem-solving skills!

Each week features a different activity.

Online registration is required beginning the previous Thursday.

 

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

Learn about a famous artist and their style and create your own masterpiece. 

No registration necessary. 

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

WE WILL RESUME NEXT WEEK!

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

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

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

Grades K - 5. No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM Explorations! Drinking Straw Insect Paper Toys  
   

For children 4 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Spring flowers and trees need insects for survival and pollination!  Birds do too, as they are an important and favorite food! 

Come combine science and art to make simple larger-than-life insect toys with paper and neon colored drinking straws!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

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

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

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM Home Buying Workshop  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Pinky Shah from Fairway Mortgage will discuss what is involved in obtaining a mortgage, Samir Patel will talk about insurance, and Cheryl Poeder of Ashton Realty will present what is currently going on in the real estate market. An attorney will also be present to discuss the legal process. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Internet Security: How to Stay Malware and Virus Free  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Joshua Stone, owner of Digital Doc Princeton, will be giving this informative course on Internet Security. He will educate participants on taking correct precautions to stay malware and virus free and how to protect their important information from phishing. Registration suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Internet Security: How to Stay Malware and Virus Free  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Joshua Stone, owner of Digital Doc Princeton, will be giving this informative course on Internet Security. He will educate participants on taking correct precautions to stay malware and virus free and how to protect their important information from phishing. Registration suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Friday June 1, 2018
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

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

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

containing supplies needed to make a mood door hanger.

While supplies last.

One kit per teen, please.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Sahaja Yoga Mediation  
   

For children ages, 2-6,

An introduction to mediation and energy centers.

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

For ages birth–2.5 years & a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome.

No registration necessary. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Kids Sing & Dance for all ages  
   

Do you like to sing & dance?  Join us on Friday morning to do just that. 

  Hope to see you there.

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

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:00 PM Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 4:00pm.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM Documentary Screening: Last Men in Aleppo (2017, NR)  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad's breathtaking work, a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage, follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization consisting of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes and attacks in the hope of saving lives. Runtime: 104 min.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Alzheimer’s: Effective Communication Strategies  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, including communication. In this seminar, attendees will learn how to:

·         Explain the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease

·         Decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and respond in ways that are helpful to the person

·         Identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease

The seminar will be presented by Nicolette Vasco, program coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Association in Marlton, NJ.

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Alzheimer’s: Effective Communication Strategies  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, including communication. In this seminar, attendees will learn how to:

·         Explain the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease

·         Decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and respond in ways that are helpful to the person

·         Identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease

The seminar will be presented by Nicolette Vasco, program coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Association in Marlton, NJ.

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:30 PM  -  4:00 PM First Friday Film -- Tommy's Honour (2016)  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Biopic of legendary golf champion "Young" Tommy Morris, who won the British Open as a teen in 1868 despite his father's fervent belief that their family was too lower-class to play the sport at a professional level. PG-13, 112 minutes.

No registration necessary.

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    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM Afternoon Movie: Phantom Thread  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

(2018) Starring Daniel Day Lewis. Rated R 170 minutes

 
Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.
No registration.
    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knit & Crochet Circle  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

We meet every Friday. Bring yarn, and hook or needles, to start or continue your project. We will have materials on hand for those just starting out.  All adults 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 May 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    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 & Dance Exercises  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Saturday June 2, 2018
   10:00 AM Drop-in Book Craft: The Very Lonely Firefly, for all ages  
   

For all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop-in between 10am and 3pm and join us for a fun craft based on the picture book "The Very Lonely Firefly"!

No registration required! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Guided Meditation  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

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

   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Heartfulness Meditation  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Radio Control Flyers Show  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

The Washington Crossing Radio Control Flyers Association will have model aircrafts on display throughout the library. Members will be available to answer questions about building and flying model aircrafts, as well as any inquiries about the association in general.

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Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

    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
   11:00 AM Author Spotlight Story-time, for 2-5yrs  
   

For ages 2-5yrs, with a caregiver.

Join us for a special story-time featuring books written by Eric Carle

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:45 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 1:00

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Intro to Programming Using Python for grades 4-8  
   

Kids in elementary and middle school will develop a foundation for programming as they get hand on with Python to learn the basics of programming  and understand the uses of coding.

You must bring your own laptop. 

5-week session: 5/12, 5/19, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16

Space is limited and registration is required.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Princeton Festival Lecture: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

From the haunting, humming chorus to the incomparable “Un Bel Di,” Puccini lavished some of his most sublime music on the tragic betrayal of Madama Butterfly. Come explore how Puccini’s music inexorably builds and heightens the heartrending pathos of Butterfly’s situation, leading to her inevitable suicide. As in “Turandot,” Puccini incorporates elements of traditional Japanese songs into the score as well as snippets of “The Star Spangled Banner” to musically depict the cultural chasm separating the two protagonists.

Timothy P. Urban, PhD, is adjunct associate professor in the Department of Music Composition, History and Theory at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr  
   

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

Join us in the activity room for toys and sensory play!  In addition to the usual fun and educational toys we have during quiet play, children and their families can explore different sensory play stations.  Stimulate your child’s imagination with free play and socialization!

*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  -  4:30 PM Upcycle Crafts for Ages 5-10  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 5-10.

Learn the importance of upcycling through fun crafts & activities led by local Girl Scouts.

Each week features a different project.

Enjoy a snack at the end of each workshop.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Upcycle Crafts for Ages 5-10  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 5-10.

Learn the importance of upcycling through fun crafts & activities led by local Girl Scouts.

Each week features a different project.

Enjoy a snack at the end of each workshop.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Yoga for Beginners  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn simple and powerful yoga postures to improve stability and balance. Bring a mat or a towel. Instruction by a trained Isha facilitator.

Registration required.

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    Location: Hopewell Branch

Monday June 4, 2018
   7:00 AM  -  9:00 AM Socrates Café  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

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

Registration is required. Registration begins on May 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email:  mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   9:35 AM 1000 Books Before Kindergarten  
   

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

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

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Summer Reading Program Volunteers  
   

Applications are available starting Tuesday, May 1, at the Youth Services Desk for those who are 14 years and up.  No previous library volunteer experience is necessary. A volunteer orientation for all accepted volunteers is required even if you volunteered for the Summer Reading Program before, community service will be given. Volunteers must attend one orientation;

Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m.;

Wednesday, June 13, 7 p.m.;

Thursday, June 14, 8 p.m.;

Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m. and Saturday,

June 23, 2 p.m.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Youth Services Staff at 882-3130.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Toddler STEM  
   

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

Science and math for toddlers!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Brain Games: Keep Your Mind Sharp!  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

This interactive presentation discusses the brain as the “master computer” and the important topic of brain health. There are daily, routine maintenance activities that we should do to help keep this master organ healthy and in good working order, even as we age. Learn about diet, physical exercise, and proper rest for brain health. We will play brain games to stimulate and exercise different areas of the brain and help sharpen memory. A strong brain can help keep memory strong! Michael Salas is an experienced community health representative at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Registration requested.

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    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 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
   10:30 AM Happy Two’s Activity Time  
   

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

Learn songs and rhymes!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM 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  -  11:30 AM Make It! Monday & Open Play (Ages 2-5)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers can drop in during this program to make a craft and play with the library's toys.

All craft supplies are provided.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Craft & Play (All ages)  
   

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

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

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour. Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety.

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Adult English Learners Writing Class  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

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

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Internet 1  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   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
   4:40 PM Sphero Ball/ Little Bits Makerspace  
   

For children grades 3-7

 learn programming and share your creations with the community.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Coding for the Web II (Ages 10-12)  
   

Coding for the Web II is an extension of the former Coding for the Web classes. Students can only attend if they have already attened previous, beginner level classes or have experience with coding in HTML. During this four week session, students will continue to practice coding in HTML, but will also tackle more challenging programs and start to incorporate CSS into their web pages.

Registration required. Students must bring their own laptop to classes. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all four classes: 6/4, 6/11, 6/18 & 6/25. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Walk-In Craft (All Ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room and create a craft! 

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

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!)

This month's project is: painting with different textures!

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.  

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Golden Years Medicare Workshop  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

New to Medicare? Getting ready to retire and not sure which Medigap plan to choose? Need help comparing plans. Golden Years Design Benefits specializes in Medicare solutions, long term care and health insurance. This educational workshop will help you find the best solution to meet your needs. Please register.

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

Adult Program

Join reference librarian Richard Peterson to improve language-speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, and general fluency. The class also focuses on everyday interaction with others and includes discussions of American culture. Must have basic knowledge of English. 

No need to register--just drop in!

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    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
   7:00 PM School-age STEAM  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:30 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. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and begins Monday, April 23, at 9:30 am. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Class dates are: May 7, 14, 21 & June 4, 11, 18. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Tuesday June 5, 2018
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

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

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email:  mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:05 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Read and Play Story Time  
   

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

Stories and crafts!

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games, and crafts for ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.

Today's theme is insects.

    Location: Twin Rivers 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 Just Play  
   

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

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:30 PM Excel Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

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

Mouse and keyboard skills are essential.  

Preregistration required.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers 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   
   

Learn Spanish with a native speaker.

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:00 PM Drop-in Under the sea paint by sticker craft, ages 5+  
   

For ages 5+, with a caregiver.

Create a masterpieces using stickers instead of paint!

No registration required.  While supplies last.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Excel 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
   6:25 PM learn to draw- optical illusion  
   

Learn to draw an optical illusion.  We will be learning how to draw a 3d hole.

Ages 8 & up are welcome. 

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Art Explorers (Ages 6-11)  
   

Draw, paint, and use your imagination to create your very own piece of art! Materials provided. 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Bringing the Hyper Down in Hypertension  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

More than 100 million adults have high blood pressure. Are you one of those people? Join Donna Nelson-Henry, FNP-BC, as she discusses the new guidelines and what it might mean for you. Presented by Penn Medicine Princeton Health.  Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Common Mistakes Families Make as a Loved One Ages  
    Contact: Twin Circulation   609-443-1880   
   

Common mistakes discussed will cover gifting the home to children, hiring undocumented home help,

assuming Medicare will pay for long-term care, and having a joint account with an adult child. 

Using these common mistakes as a springboard for discussion, attendees leave with a better understanding

of how decisions they make now could affect their potential eligibility for Medicaid further down the road. 

Presented by J. Mia Kenton, Esq., of Kenton Law.  Preregistration preferred.

   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 New Estate Planning/Estate Tax Laws  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Join Robert Morris of Stark & Stark for this informative seminar on nursing care planning and estate planning.  Long-term care topics will include qualifying for Medicaid nursing benefits and long-term care insurance.  Mr. Morris will also address estate and gift taxation issues in estate planning and elder law planning. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    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 Effective Doctor Visits  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Presenter Michael Salas, community health representative at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, will walk you through the steps you should take to prepare for doctor visits. Learn how to make the best of the time spent with the doctor, so that the visit flows smoothly and you leave the appointment feeling “heard.” The seminar will also focus on post-visit responsibilities and the “contract” made between patient and practitioner.

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

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

English as a Second Language class. All abilities are welcome.

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Wednesday June 6, 2018
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Baby Time  
   

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

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

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

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

Play rhyming games! 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Heartfulness Meditation  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    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 Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM 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 Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 4:00pm.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 8:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 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
   3:00 PM Active Aging Fitness: 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. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 PM Lego Club  
   

Lego Club for School-Age Children,          

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM Story Stretchers  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

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

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

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:00 PM Teen Volunteer: Bulletin Board  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use your imagination and artistic skills to help create a bulletin board for our children’s area. 
Ages 14 - 17.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:00 PM Yoga  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

No experience necessary! Please bring a towel/yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Classes are limited, register early! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM Teen Volunteer Orientation ages 14-17 years  
   

Registration for this program starts at 7:00am on Monday May 30th and will continue while spaces are available. Space is limited in each session.

This orientation is intended for those students who have visited the Youth Services Department at Lawrence Branch and have signed for a Lawrence Teen Volunteer Application packet. You must be at least 14 years old at the time of volunteering.

***Printed applications will be available on an ongoing basis, but we will only have space for 45 total volunteers, who successfully sign up here for the June 6th, June 13th or June 20th orientation session on the Library’s website. 

Please register for only one orientation.

An adult or caregiver over the age of 18 must attend orientation with you.

If you change your mind and decide not to attend orientation, nor to volunteer, please phone us at (609) 989-6921 so that we can make space for another student.

You are responsible for reading the application packet thoroughly and following the instructions listed within.

If you miss your orientation, we cannot guarantee that space will be available on another date.

Further requirements:

* Be 14-17 years old at the time of volunteering

* Be a Lawrence resident

* Be a Mercer County Library card holder

* Be available for volunteer work during Summer Reading (June 25- August 11, 2018)

* Be able to commit to a total of at least 14 hours of volunteer work, including a potential Saturday shift

* Be flexible to volunteer for morning, afternoon, or evening shifts

 

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

This week's tutoring session is cancelled. Midweek Math Tutoring will return in September.

Drop in math help for students in grades 1-12 with Peddie High School student tutors.

No registration necessary. 

 

    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 Socrates Cafe  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Family Resource Network -- Autism Resources  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

The Autism Diagnosis rate continues to rise in New Jersey. Currently the Autism Diagnosis rate is between 1 and 40-45 with a higher rate for boys: 1 in 28. This number has yet to plateau and is only continuing to rise. Over the coming years, the need and opportunity for services will be significant.

Bret Vaks, Vice President of Behavioral Services with the Family Resource Network, will talk about how to address behavioral concerns while providing safe and appropriate care for loved ones. This session will help participants better understand Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and Intellectual Development Disabilities (IDD) by learning about characteristics & symptoms of each diagnosis. Along with discussing the variety of resources offered by the Family Resource Network, general behavior modification, communication, tools to support individual participation in activities will be discussed as well as how to address sensory difficulties, learning delays, etc.

Registration requested.

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    Location: Hopewell Branch
   8:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Evening Guided Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour. Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety.

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Thursday June 7, 2018
   9:30 AM Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

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

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Preschool 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  -  10:30 AM Bookworms & Wiggle Worms Book Club & Play Group  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Little ones and their caregivers are invited to this monthly book club for adults/play group for children. 

Adults will discuss "Into the Water" by Paula Hawkins while the children play with the library's toys.

No registration required. New members always welcome!

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM Bookworms & Wiggleworms Book Club & Play Group  
    Contact: Liz Hughes   (609) 448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Little ones and their caregivers are invited to this monthly book club for adults/play group for children. 

Adults will discuss "Into the Water" by Paula Hawkins while the children play with the library's toys.

New members always welcome!

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM Bookworms & Wiggleworms Book Club & Play Group  
    Contact: Liz Hughes   (609) 448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Little ones and their caregivers are invited to this monthly book club for adults/play group for children. 

Adults will discuss "Into the Water" by Paula Hawkins while the children play with the library's toys.

New members always welcome!

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Bollywood Workout  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

This is a fun-filled, intensive dance program set to Hindi songs beats. It is a full-body workout for adults designed 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. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor 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
   10:05 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:00.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  10:45 AM Mother Goose Activity Time  
   

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

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

No registration required.

    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 24. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:00 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games, and crafts for ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.

Today's theme is insects.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Scribble Time  
   

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

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:30 AM  -  12:15 PM Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr  
   

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

Join us in the activity room for toys and sensory play!  In addition to the usual fun and educational toys we have during quiet play, children and their families can explore different sensory play stations.  Stimulate your child’s imagination with free play and socialization!

*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
   11:35 AM Little Creators,  
   

Little Creators,ages 0-6 years,

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 
    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:30 PM Afternoon Movie  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   
Dunkirk (2017). (Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, Tom Hardy). Rated PG-13; 105 minutes.
WWII thriller about the evacuation of Dunkirk, France, in which 400,000 Allied troops were rescued following a catastrophic defeat.

Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   1:30 PM An Afternoon at the Movies- The Post  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.  Starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.  Rated PG-13, 1 hour, 56 minutes.

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

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 8:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM 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
   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 Open Play Time  
   

Open Play Time on Thursdays, 3-5:30 p.m. and Fridays, 2-4:30 

 

Guadians or parents  to stay with them during play time.

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog  
   

 

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM #Makerclub For Grades 3-6  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For children in Grades 3-6.

Get creative while learning basic coding skills! Each week features a different activity.

Online registration is required beginning the previous Thursday.

 

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Explorations! Fingerprint Art Glass Magnets  
   

For children 4 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Using this simple technique of fingerprint art with brightly colored, washable, non-toxic ink  pads, we’ll make beautiful original and whimsical art glass magnets! 

Animals, flowers, anything really that inspires, can be made with a simple single colorful fingerprint and thin black markers!  Placed under clear art glass, with a magnet on the back, and you’ve made a decorative, fun and whimsical original piece of art!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Foreign and Independent Films at Your Library: Bad Lucky Goat (Colombia, 2017)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

After accidentally killing a bearded goat with their father's truck, two incompatible teenage siblings embark on a journey of reconciliation. Corn and Rita must find a way to repair the truck in time to pick up the tourists that will be staying at their family's hotel. As they struggle to find the means necessary to conceal the accident, the siblings will visit a butcher, Rastafari drum makers, a pawn shop and even a witch doctor, in a 24-hour adventure around Port Paradise. 76 min. Not rated. Creole with English subtitles. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Improve Your English  
    Contact: Twin Circulation   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

In this group for beginners, we’ll work on our written and spoken English, as well as reading. 

Students should have some knowledge of English. Preregistration preferred.

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

The Post (2017, PG-13), with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Sarah Paulson. A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. Runtime: 116 min.

No admission fee! Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Books & Bricks  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 2 to 5 years old.
A story followed by a build with DUPLO bricks.
Registration is required online Monday, May 21st.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Common Problems of the Foot and Ankle  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   (609)259-2150   
   

Learn about treatment options for common orthopaedic, dermatologic, vascular, and neurological disorders of the foot and ankle. Ample time will be allowed for questions and answers. Presented by Jennifer Hasan, DPM, board certified in podiatry and foot and ankle surgery, and Chief of Podiatry at Penn Medicine Princeton Health.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM Conversational ESL  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Join ESL instructor Arthur Spero to learn how to improve your English language speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and fluency. Must have some basic knowledge of English. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Résumé Review  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

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

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email:  mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM College Funding  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

In this comprehensive seminar, Kevin Simme will walk you through the admissions and financial aid processes. Parents of college-bound high school students will learn why picking the right college matters, how to receive all the money you are entitled to, and how to avoid the most common and costly mistakes most families make!

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Friday June 8, 2018
   9:30 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, and play for ages 6 months - 2 years, with a caregiver.

 

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence 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 Yoga for Tots  
   

Please being a towel and a water bottle. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Card Making Workshop  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn the basics of greeting card making. Using rubber stamped images and interesting folding and layering techniques, you can create one-of-a-kind cards for any occasion. Create unique cards for Father's Day, graduations, or birthdays!  Presented by Alicia Vincelette, card maker for 22 years.  All supplies will be provided.

Registration required.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

    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 Dance Party  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

Come sing and dance with Miss Amy.

Online registration begins on May 25. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Wiggle, Jingle, Mingle and Giggle  
   

For children, ages 1-5 (with adult).

The focus of this program is designed to get children and their caregivers a chance to sing and shout, move and dance to  rhymes, clapping songs and musical songs.  

Adult must remain in the program.

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

For ages birth–2.5 years & a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome.

No registration necessary. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   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  -  11:30 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
   12:00 PM Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 4:00pm.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

Take a cool break at the library on a peaceful Friday afternoon – bring some knitting, coloring, quilting, or other relaxing craft, and share the company of other fellow craft enthusiasts. Feel free to bring a bag lunch or snack.

No registration necessary.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM Family movie  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Jumanji (2017). 119 minutes; Rated PG-13.

Four teenagers are sucked into a  jungle-themed video game.

Popcorn will be served. 

No registration required.

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

Adult Program

We meet every Friday. Bring yarn, and hook or needles, to start or continue your project. We will have materials on hand for those just starting out.  All adults 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 May 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:30 PM Downloading Ebooks  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to download free library books to your tablet or smartphone. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Saturday June 9, 2018
   10:00 AM Drop-in Paint by Sticker and Scratch Art, for children of all ages  
   

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop-in between 10am and 12pm and create a paint by sticker masterpiece or scratch art!

No registration required.  While supplies last.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Guided Meditation  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM SCORE Princeton -- Branding and Marketing for Small Business  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

About 60% of people prefer to buy new products from brands familiar to them. Is branding only important to large business? Is branding the responsibility of the Marketing Department? What are the key characteristics that affect a brand? This workshop will answer these and many other questions and explain why small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs need to work on their brand from day one. You will learn how to develop your value proposition and see how it influences pricing and marketing. You will learn how to assess the market and be given steps for creating a marketing strategy, a marketing plan, and designing marketing campaigns

Registration required.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  6:00 PM LAFFCON 3: THE WORLD’S ONLY SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION DEVOTED TO R. A. LAFFERTY  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Come join us for the world’s only annual Science Fiction Convention devoted to the work of the renowned author R.A. Lafferty. We will have panels on two of Lafferty’s novels: Not to Mention Camels and Past Master, as well as a panel on Lafferty’s publishing history, both past and present. We will have an art show and free refreshments. Don’t miss it!

Registration is suggested. 

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   11:00 AM Internet Security  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Josh Stone of Digital Doc Princeton will show you how to browse the Internet safely, and how to stay virus and malware free on all your devices. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   11:00 AM Little Scientists, for ages 2-7 yrs  
   

For ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver.

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

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

This week’s theme is: BUGS AND BUTTERFLIES!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Intro to Programming Using Python for grades 4-8  
   

Kids in elementary and middle school will develop a foundation for programming as they get hand on with Python to learn the basics of programming  and understand the uses of coding.

You must bring your own laptop. 

5-week session: 5/12, 5/19, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16

Space is limited and registration is required.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM Make Jell-O Slime  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

All ages are welcome to join us in making slime with Jell-O mix!
Registration is required online starting Monday, May 21st.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Learn to Knit (Ages 12-18)  
   

Learn how to knit!

Materials provided. 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr  
   

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

Join us in the activity room for toys and sensory play!  In addition to the usual fun and educational toys we have during quiet play, children and their families can explore different sensory play stations.  Stimulate your child’s imagination with free play and socialization!

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

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

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

June 9 session will feature a presentation about self-publishing by local author Scott Marshall. 

Bring five pages of a work-in-progress to discuss.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Upcycle Crafts for Ages 5-10  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 5-10.

Learn the importance of upcycling through fun crafts & activities led by local Girl Scouts.

Each week features a different project.

Enjoy a snack at the end of each workshop.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Monday June 11, 2018
   9:35 AM 1000 Books Before Kindergarten  
   

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

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

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Summer Reading Program Volunteers  
   

Applications are available starting Tuesday, May 1, at the Youth Services Desk for those who are 14 years and up.  No previous library volunteer experience is necessary. A volunteer orientation for all accepted volunteers is required even if you volunteered for the Summer Reading Program before, community service will be given. Volunteers must attend one orientation;

Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m.;

Wednesday, June 13, 7 p.m.;

Thursday, June 14, 8 p.m.;

Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m. and Saturday,

June 23, 2 p.m.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Youth Services Staff at 882-3130.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Toddler STEM  
   

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

Science and math for toddlers!

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

Adult Program

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

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email:  mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 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
   10:30 AM Happy Two’s Activity Time  
   

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

Learn songs and rhymes!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No registration is required.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Make It! Monday & Open Play (Ages 2-5)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers can drop in during this program to make a craft and play with the library's toys.

All craft supplies are provided.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM Music Mondays  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Play instruments, learn about rhythm, and sing songs with friends.
Ages 2-5.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Craft & Play (All ages)  
   

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:30 AM Computer Basics: Open Lab  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

If you want to learn how to operate a computer or use certain programs, come to our open computer lab for a stress-free experience. You’ll be able to work on a computer at your own pace and ask any questions you may have (this is not a formal course). Librarian Andrew will be there to guide you and provide information. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:30 AM Computer Basics: Open Lab  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

If you want to learn how to operate a computer or use certain programs, come to our open computer lab for a stress-free experience. You’ll be able to work on a computer at your own pace and ask any questions you may have (this is not a formal course). Librarian Andrew will be there to guide you and provide information. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

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

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour. Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety.

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Movie Matinee: Marshall (2017)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

In 1940 Connecticut, Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, defends a black chauffeur accused of rape. 118 min. PG-13. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Adult English Learners Writing Class  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

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

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Senior Book Club  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

All are welcome to discuss this month's title, The Pine Barrens, by John McPhee.

No registration necessary.

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

Use your maker skills to create a craft.
Ages 5 - 12.

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

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

Caregivers must remain with children in the room while they read.

    Location: Hickory Corner 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
   4:40 PM Sphero Ball/ Little Bits Makerspace  
   

For children grades 3-7

 learn programming and share your creations with the community.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Coding for the Web II (Ages 10-12)  
   

Coding for the Web II is an extension of the former Coding for the Web classes. Students can only attend if they have already attened previous, beginner level classes or have experience with coding in HTML. During this four week session, students will continue to practice coding in HTML, but will also tackle more challenging programs and start to incorporate CSS into their web pages.

Registration required. Students must bring their own laptop to classes. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all four classes: 6/4, 6/11, 6/18 & 6/25. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Walk-In Craft (All Ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room and create a craft! 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Drop-in “I love you to pieces” craft, for children of all ages  
   

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop-in and create a special craft out of puzzle pieces!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

Adult Program

Come and enjoy the benefits of yoga and low-impact exercises with Bob Kirby, of Bob's Fun Fitness LLC, an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified Group Fitness instructor. Bob’s program incorporates music while focusing on balance, posture, mobility, strength, and relaxation. Please come in comfortable clothes with a mat or large towel. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email:  mastarit@mcl.org

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

Adult Program

Join reference librarian Richard Peterson to improve language-speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, and general fluency. The class also focuses on everyday interaction with others and includes discussions of American culture. Must have basic knowledge of English. 

No need to register--just drop in!

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email:  mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Adult craft - Telephone wire jewelry  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Upcycle old telephone wire into a bracelet or other piece of jewelry.  All materials will be provided.

Registration is suggested.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   7:00 PM American Sign Language Introductory Workshop  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Suzan Colon from the Katzenbach School for the Deaf. An introduction to American Sign Language (ASL), it is the first language of many deaf North Americans and one of the most commonly used languages in the United States. Participants will learn basic vocabulary, history and Deaf culture and to be able to communicate clearly with ASL signers. It also design to effectively teach you ASL at your own pace from anywhere using your computer, tablet or smartphone. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM American Sign Language Introductory Workshop  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Suzan Colon from the Katzenbach School for the Deaf. An introduction to American Sign Language (ASL), it is the first language of many deaf North Americans and one of the most commonly used languages in the United States. Participants will learn basic vocabulary, history and Deaf culture and to be able to communicate clearly with ASL signers. It also design to effectively teach you ASL at your own pace from anywhere using your computer, tablet or smartphone. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Aromatherapy & Essential Oils  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Aromatherapy can be described as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote a health of body, mind and spirit. Essential oils have been found to provide both psychological and physical benefits when used correctly and safety. Presented by certified aroma therapist, Robin Kessler. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. Please register.

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

Try out your acting chops (or indulge your secret passion) playing one of the great characters from dramatic literature or contemporary comedy—without the threat of performing in front of a live audience! We will “cast” and read a play aloud, around a table, as actors and production teams typically do at the first rehearsal of a play. Registration suggested.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Craft Circle for knitters, crocheters, embroiderers, quilters +  
    Contact: Kim Luke   (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Crafters of all skill levels are invited to join our crafting group!

Bring your knitting, crochet, embroidery, quilting, paper or other project and work on it with other crafters.

Drop in anytime during this monthly meeting to work on a project, share what you’ve made & chat over light refreshments.

Teens welcome!

    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. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and begins Monday, April 23, at 9:30 am. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Class dates are: May 7, 14, 21 & June 4, 11, 18. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Tuesday June 12, 2018
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

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

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email:  mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:05 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 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 29. Please register each child separately.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Read and Play Story Time  
   

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

Stories and crafts!

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM Literature Lovers' Book Discussion: My Brilliant Friend  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

The book discussion has been moved to Tuesday, June 19 at 11:00 am.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers 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 Just Play  
   

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

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Job and Career Accelerator and Learning Express Library  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Job and Career Accelerator & Learning Express Library:  Learn how to use a library database to develop a professional résumé and cover letter.  Obtain important information on different occupations.  Learn how to get job listings from over 5 million job postings.

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Foreign Film: The Mermaid  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Mandarin; 2016; rated R; 94 minutes

Xuan’s real estate project involved reclamation of the sea, threatening the livelihood of the residents who relied on the sea to make a living. Bearing family secrets, Shan was dispatched to stop Xuan. During their encounters, they fall in love with each other. Even though Xuan stopped the reclamation plan out of his love for Shan, Shan got injured in an accident and vanished into the sea. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

West Windsor Library invites patrons to request movie titles for the branch’s Foreign Film program. If there is a movie that a group of 3 or more people would like to view, we will do our best to screen it (subject to the terms of our movie license agreement). Please stop at the reference desk, or call 609-275-8901 with your requests, or any questions that you may have.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM Coding Club  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us in learning about different coding aspects and have fun with some hands-on experience!
Ages 7-12.

    Location: Twin Rivers 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   
   

Learn Spanish with a native speaker.

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:00 PM Craft: Glass Nugget Votive  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use glass nuggets and a recycled glass container to make a pretty votive candle holder. 

Ages 15 and up. 

Preregistration required.

 

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Monthly Blood Pressure Checks  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

Drop in for a blood pressure check from our local public health nurse.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 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
   6:25 PM Drop-in Kite Crafts, for children of all ages  
   

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop-in and make a Japanese carp kite and a bird kite.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Hologram Projector  
   

Come make a hologram projector for your smart phone

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete

Clean up will begin 45 min after start time

Ages 6 yrs & up with caregiver are welcome. 

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM CANCELED: Yoga with Nila  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

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

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    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 Young Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club,  
   

 “Lie Tree” by Frances Hardinge will be discussed.

Teens and adults are welcome! 

Light Refreshments! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Investing in Real Estate  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

When you look at the net worth of most wealthy people, you will find that real estate comprises a large amount of their wealth. Why do wealthy invest in real estate? Our mission at this workshop is to show you that you don’t have to have a lot of money or be wealthy to invest in real estate and build your wealth and legacy.

In this workshop you will learn about:

  • Different investment strategies.
  • Where to get started.
  • Building your Team Network.
  • How to use your retirement accounts to acquire real estate.
  • Real life examples of investors making money.
  • Where to get the money/funding to finance the purchases

Registration requested.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

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

English as a Second Language class. All abilities are welcome.

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Wednesday June 13, 2018
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Baby Time  
   

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

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

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

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

Play rhyming games! 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM 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 Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 4:00pm.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Brown Bag Book Club  
    Contact: Kim Luke   609-448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Meeting on a Wednesday now!

We're reading some non-fiction for a change and discussing, "Elizabeth and Hazel" by David Margolick.

Bring your lunch and join us in lively conversation. Beverages & a light dessert will be provided.

No registration necessary.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Brown Bag Book Club  
    Contact: Kim Luke   609-448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Meeting on a Wednesday now!

We're reading some non-fiction for a change and discussing, "Elizabeth and Hazel" by David Margolick.

Bring your lunch and join us in lively conversation. Beverages & a light dessert will be provided.

No registration necessary.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

    Location: Hightstown 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 May 22nd.

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 8:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Afternoon Movie: Downsizing  
    Contact: Twin:   609-448-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

 

A man agrees to be shrunk down to miniature size and living in a miniature community. 

Rated R.  135 minutes. 

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

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   2:00 PM Chapters Book Club  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Book discussions and activities for ages 5 to 10.  Topic: TBD.

No registration required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   2:00 PM Paper Crafts with Lonie  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Create a beautiful birthday card and envelope. Limited seating. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM The Short of It -- Ernest Hemingway  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

The short story -- short in length, but full of content! Join our newly formed discussion group, which has a focus on the short story. Each month we'll read and discuss three short stories by the same author. This month's author is Ernest Hemingway and his short stories, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” “Hills Like White Elephants,” and “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place.”

No registration necessary.

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 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
   4:30 PM Lego Club  
   

Lego Club for School-Age Children,          

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM Story Stretchers  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

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

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

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:00 PM Teen Volunteer: Bulletin Board  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use your imagination and artistic skills to help create a bulletin board for our children’s area. 
Ages 14 - 17.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family Board Games  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Families with children of all ages are invited to come play board games in the activity room.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   6:30 PM Financial Fitness Seminar: Identity Theft  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Jaime Gangone from the Credit Union of New Jersey. Learn valuable tips about how to protect your Social Security number from fraud, become familiar with the warning signs, become skilled at spotting phony phishing attacks, learn how to shop safely online, and know what to do if you’re a victim of fraud. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM Financial Fitness Seminar: Identity Theft  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Jaime Gangone from the Credit Union of New Jersey. Learn valuable tips about how to protect your Social Security number from fraud, become familiar with the warning signs, become skilled at spotting phony phishing attacks, learn how to shop safely online, and know what to do if you’re a victim of fraud. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM Teen Volunteer Orientation ages 14-17 years  
   

Registration for this program starts at 7:00am on Monday May 30th and will continue while spaces are available. Space is limited in each session.

This orientation is intended for those students who have visited the Youth Services Department at Lawrence Branch and have signed for a Lawrence Teen Volunteer Application packet. You must be at least 14 years old at the time of volunteering.

***Printed applications will be available on an ongoing basis, but we will only have space for 45 total volunteers, who successfully sign up here for the June 6th, June 13th or June 20th orientation session on the Library’s website. 

Please register for only one orientation.

An adult or caregiver over the age of 18 must attend orientation with you.

If you change your mind and decide not to attend orientation, nor to volunteer, please phone us at (609) 989-6921 so that we can make space for another student.

You are responsible for reading the application packet thoroughly and following the instructions listed within.

If you miss your orientation, we cannot guarantee that space will be available on another date.

Further requirements:

* Be 14-17 years old at the time of volunteering

* Be a Lawrence resident

* Be a Mercer County Library card holder

* Be available for volunteer work during Summer Reading (June 25- August 11, 2018)

* Be able to commit to a total of at least 14 hours of volunteer work, including a potential Saturday shift

* Be flexible to volunteer for morning, afternoon, or evening shifts

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM 19th Century New Jersey Photographers: Mercer County  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Of the approximately 3,000 different photographers who were active in New Jersey before 1900, more than 250 lived or worked in Mercer County, most of them in Trenton. In a slide lecture Gary D. Saretzky, an archivist and photographer, will profile these pioneers. The lecture is a joint initiative of The Lawrence Historical Society and The Friends of the Lawrence Library.

This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). Any views, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH. Also made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission and the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Registration suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM 19th Century New Jersey Photographers: Mercer County  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Of the approximately 3,000 different photographers who were active in New Jersey before 1900, more than 250 lived or worked in Mercer County, most of them in Trenton. In a slide lecture Gary D. Saretzky, an archivist and photographer, will profile these pioneers. The lecture is a joint initiative of The Lawrence Historical Society and The Friends of the Lawrence Library.

This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). Any views, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH. Also made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission and the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Registration suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Eating Healthy on a Budget  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Learn some tips on how to buy fruits and vegetables at low cost, plan meals that won’t break your budget, and save money on the food you buy to eat at home. Presented by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

   7:00 PM Teen Volunteer: SRP Orientation  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Applicants for the summer teen volunteer program must come to one of the two orientations with a parent/guardian to sign up.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   8:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Evening Guided Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour. Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety.

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Thursday June 14, 2018
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Books & Babies for 6-23 months  
   

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

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

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

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  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. Call 882-3148.

    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
   10:05 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:00.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  10:45 AM Mother Goose Activity Time  
   

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

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

No registration required.

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

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

No registration required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Brain Games  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Presented by Horizon BCBS, this interactive presentation discusses our brain as the "master computer" and the  important topic of brain health. There are routine maintenance activities we can do that help to keep this master organ healthy and in best working order, even as we age.  There will also be games and exercises played that stimulate and exercise different areas of our brain to help increase memory. 

Registration is suggested but not required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   11:00 AM CookTalks: Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Crème Brûlée  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Donna Wolfe will teach the group about the “incredible, edible egg” and uses for Brûléeing.

Class limited to 25. Registration required.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM Movers and Shakers, for ages 2-5yrs  
   

For children, ages 2-5yrs, with a caregiver.

This program is all about music and movement!  Join us as we play your favorite story-time songs and your toddlers & preschoolers can sing, dance, and move to the music.  Shaky eggs, bells, ribbons, bubbles, and more!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

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

Online registration begins on May 31. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:00 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games, and crafts for ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.

Today's theme is Father's Day.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM The Aging Eye  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Joan Miccuci, COMT of Matossian Eye Associates presents a comprehensive overview of the conditions that can affect a person’s vision throughout the natural aging process (cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration).  Joan will discuss prevention and treatment of these conditions with a brief overview of each, followed by a Q & A. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM The Aging Eye  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Joan Miccuci, COMT of Matossian Eye Associates presents a comprehensive overview of the conditions that can affect a person’s vision throughout the natural aging process (cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration).  Joan will discuss prevention and treatment of these conditions with a brief overview of each, followed by a Q & A. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Scribble Time  
   

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

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Thursday Movie Matinee: Wonder  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

2017; rated PG; 113 minutes

Based on the New York Times bestseller, this film tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

West Windsor Library invites patrons to request movie titles for the branch’s Thursday Movie Matinee. If there is a movie that a group of 3 or more people would like to view, we will do our best to screen it (subject to the terms of our movie license agreement). Please stop at the reference desk, or call 609-275-8901 with your requests, or any questions that you may have.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email:  mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Thursday Movie Matinee: Wonder  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

2017; rated PG; 113 minutes

Based on the New York Times bestseller, this film tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

West Windsor Library invites patrons to request movie titles for the branch’s Thursday Movie Matinee. If there is a movie that a group of 3 or more people would like to view, we will do our best to screen it (subject to the terms of our movie license agreement). Please stop at the reference desk, or call 609-275-8901 with your requests, or any questions that you may have.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email:  mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:30 AM  -  12:15 PM Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr  
   

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

Join us in the activity room for toys and sensory play!  In addition to the usual fun and educational toys we have during quiet play, children and their families can explore different sensory play stations.  Stimulate your child’s imagination with free play and socialization!

*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
   11:35 AM Little Creators,  
   

Little Creators,ages 0-6 years,

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 
    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 8:00pm.

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

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

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Birdfeeder craft  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Make a birdfeeder with wire and cheerios.  For all ages.

Registration is suggested but not required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   3:00 PM Open Play Time  
   

Open Play Time on Thursdays, 3-5:30 p.m. and Fridays, 2-4:30 

 

Guadians or parents  to stay with them during play time.

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:50 PM Flag Day Storytime  
   

For School-Age Children

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.   

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM Coding Club  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us in learning about different coding aspects and have fun with some hands-on experience!
Ages 7-12.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog  
   

 

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM #Makerclub For Grades 3-6  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For children in Grades 3-6.

Get creative while learning basic coding skills! Each week features a different activity.

Online registration is required beginning the previous Thursday.

 

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM  -  6:30 PM Bollywood Dance (Ages 5-7)  
   

Learn how to Bollywood dance! 

For ages 5 to 7. 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Explorations! Dad “Libs” Card for Father’s Day  
   

For children 4 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

A fun way for your child to say ‘I love you’ to their favorite guy in their life! 

This Father’s Day gift is sure to produce a smile, if not outright laughter!  Loosely modeled on "fill-in-the blank" Mad Libs, we’ll fill in the card with some endearing dad info and a portrait that is sure to surprise and please! 

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Improve Your English  
    Contact: Twin Circulation   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

In this group for beginners, we’ll work on our written and spoken English, as well as reading. 

Students should have some knowledge of English. Preregistration preferred.

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

Phantom Thread (2017, R), with Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis and Lesley Manville. Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover. Runtime: 130 min.

No admission fee! Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Bollywood Dance (Ages 8-12)  
   

Learn how to Bollywood dance! 

For ages 8 to 12. 

No registration required. 

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

This is a hands-on class where students will design and build machines, catapults, pyramids, derby cars, buildings and other constructions out of LEGO® bricks.
While exploring engineering, architecture and physics, students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
This program is for grades K-5.
Registration is required online starting Monday, May 21st.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Conversational ESL  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Join ESL instructor Arthur Spero to learn how to improve your English language speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and fluency. Must have some basic knowledge of English. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Poetry Circle: Poetry Reading & Open Mic  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Enjoy readings by local poets from our regular discussion group. After the readings, there will be an open mic for anyone interested in sharing their original or favorite poems.

Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM African-American Author Spotlight: Walter Mosely  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for our newly formed group, which celebrates the contemporary African-American author. This month we'll discuss Walter Mosely and his Easy Rawlins Series (e.g., Devil in a Blue Dress, A Red Death, etc.).

Registration requested.

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Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
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    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Book Talk: Still Life, by Louise Penny  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program   New program! We meet monthly on the second Thursday of the month. 

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s just a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache knows something isn’t quite right and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless hunter.

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email:  mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Friday June 15, 2018
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

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

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

containing supplies needed to make a mood door hanger.

While supplies last.

One kit per teen, please.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Drum & Percussion Circle  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

Join musician and teacher Jaclyn DiLouie of Mercer ARC to create simple rhythms using hand held drums and various percussion instruments. No experience required! Drums and instruments provided or feel free to bring your own. No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Wiggle, Jingle, Mingle and Giggle  
   

For children, ages 1-5 (with adult).

The focus of this program is designed to get children and their caregivers a chance to sing and shout, move and dance to  rhymes, clapping songs and musical songs.  

Adult must remain in the program.

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

For ages birth–2.5 years & a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome.

No registration necessary. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM 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  -  11:30 AM Friday Morning Bookies: A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. The relationship will shake a local residents’ association to its very foundations.

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM Lego Play  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Get creative and play with our LEGOs. 
Ages 2 - 5.

    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
   11:30 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
   12:00 PM Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 4:00pm.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Afternoon Movie: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2018) Starring Frances McDormand. Rated R. 115 minutes

 
After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon, an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated. No registration.
    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Knit & Crochet Circle  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

We meet every Friday. Bring yarn, and hook or needles, to start or continue your project. We will have materials on hand for those just starting out.  All adults 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 May 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    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 & Dance Exercises  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Saturday June 16, 2018
   10:00 AM Drop-in “I love you to pieces” craft, for children of all ages  
   

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop-in betweeen 10am and 3pm and create a special craft out of puzzle pieces!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Guided Meditation  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Wii Bowling  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program    NEW PROGRAM!!!

Join us for fun, exercise, and refreshments with bowling using the Nintendo Wii console. All adults are welcome. No previous experience necessary. Librarian and Wii enthusiast Dennis Beebe will be available to help newcomers. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor 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 Family Fun Time  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Yoga for Beginners  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn simple and powerful yoga postures to improvestability and balance. No physical agility or prior yoga experience needed. Bring a mat or large towel. English instruction by a trained Isha facilitator.

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

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM Author Spotlight Story-time, for 2-5yrs  
   

For ages 2-5yrs, with a caregiver.

Join us for a special story-time featuring books written by Jan Thomas

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Setting Yourself Up for College Admissions Success: A Planner for Rising 9th & 10th Graders  
   

Please join Brooke Stengel Fitzgerald, a well-respected college counselor with an extensive career in the field of college admissions and college counseling (as well as a Grover Middle School parent), for a presentation that will give you tips on how to navigate High School in preparation for the College Admissions Process. 

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:45 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 1:00

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Intro to Programming Using Python for grades 4-8  
   

Kids in elementary and middle school will develop a foundation for programming as they get hand on with Python to learn the basics of programming  and understand the uses of coding.

You must bring your own laptop. 

5-week session: 5/12, 5/19, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16

Space is limited and registration is required.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr  
   

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

Join us in the activity room for toys and sensory play!  In addition to the usual fun and educational toys we have during quiet play, children and their families can explore different sensory play stations.  Stimulate your child’s imagination with free play and socialization!

*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  -  4:00 PM Word 2  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Meditation for Beginners  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn a simple yet powerful 15 minute practice that creates enhanced clarity, improved health and a state of peacefulness. This practice is offered by Isha Foundation, a non-profit, non-denominational, public service organization dedicated to cultivating human potential.

Registration required.

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    Location: Hopewell Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Upcycle Crafts for Ages 5-10  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 5-10.

Learn the importance of upcycling through fun crafts & activities led by local Girl Scouts.

Each week features a different project.

Enjoy a snack at the end of each workshop.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown 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 May 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday June 18, 2018
   9:35 AM 1000 Books Before Kindergarten  
   

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

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

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Summer Reading Program Volunteers  
   

Applications are available starting Tuesday, May 1, at the Youth Services Desk for those who are 14 years and up.  No previous library volunteer experience is necessary. A volunteer orientation for all accepted volunteers is required even if you volunteered for the Summer Reading Program before, community service will be given. Volunteers must attend one orientation;

Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m.;

Wednesday, June 13, 7 p.m.;

Thursday, June 14, 8 p.m.;

Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m. and Saturday,

June 23, 2 p.m.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Youth Services Staff at 882-3130.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Morning Book Club: Code Girls, by Liza Mundy  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history. Now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Toddler STEM  
   

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

Science and math for toddlers!

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

Learn more about working with Windows 10. Explore the various features in the Accessories folder. Learn all about the Start Menu, Jump Lists, and more.  Take PC Basics, PC Essentials, and Word 1 first!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Happy Two’s Activity Time  
   

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

Learn songs and rhymes!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Sing-Along with Kim Yarson  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Please note the different date for this month.

Young children (suggested for ages birth through 5) and their caregivers will enjoy high energy music from local musician, Kim Yarson. She will delight children with classic and original tunes and loves to take requests!

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

Online registration suggested.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM Music Mondays  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Play instruments, learn about rhythm, and sing songs with friends.
Ages 2-5.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:30 AM MCL's Virtual Library  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Join us for an overview on how you can use and access these major apps (Hoopla, Flipster, Freegal and ELibraryNJ) to download books, movies, TV shows and music. It costs nothing to use these services. It’s all part of the benefits of being a Mercer County Library patron! They can be used on your PCs, tablets, and smartphones. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:30 AM MCL's Virtual Library  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Join us for an overview on how you can use and access these major apps (Hoopla, Flipster, Freegal and ELibraryNJ) to download books, movies, TV shows and music. It costs nothing to use these services. It’s all part of the benefits of being a Mercer County Library patron! They can be used on your PCs, tablets, and smartphones. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

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

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour. Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety.

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Adult English Learners Writing Class  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

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

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Investment Protection  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Learn to protect yourself from investment fraud. Arelene Ferris-Waks, a representative of the New Jersey Bureau of Securities, will teach you steps to take to determine how to invest your money safely.

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

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

Learn valuable search techniques and get tips on evaluating websites.  

Requires some Internet experience!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM Reading Genius Book Club  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us in discussing themed books you’ve read this month. Reading recommendations are at the library. 
Theme is summer/summer vacation. 
Ages 7 - 12.

    Location: Twin Rivers 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
   4:40 PM Sphero Ball/ Little Bits Makerspace  
   

For children grades 3-7

 learn programming and share your creations with the community.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Coding for the Web II (Ages 10-12)  
   

Coding for the Web II is an extension of the former Coding for the Web classes. Students can only attend if they have already attened previous, beginner level classes or have experience with coding in HTML. During this four week session, students will continue to practice coding in HTML, but will also tackle more challenging programs and start to incorporate CSS into their web pages.

Registration required. Students must bring their own laptop to classes. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all four classes: 6/4, 6/11, 6/18 & 6/25. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Drop-in Book Craft: A House for Hermit Crab, for all ages  
   

For all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop-in between 6:30pm and 8pm and join us for a fun craft based on the picture book "A House for Hermit Crab"!

No registration required! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

Adult Program

Join reference librarian Richard Peterson to improve language-speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, and general fluency. The class also focuses on everyday interaction with others and includes discussions of American culture. Must have basic knowledge of English. 

No need to register--just drop in!

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email:  mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Reading Nutrition Food Labels  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Food coach Verna Dentino will teach you how to decipher nutrition food labels on products at the grocery store so that you can be an informed buyer.  Bring a pen and a calculator. Please register.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Retirement Basics  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

In this informative seminar, Lynda K Dillman, FIC, MSM, financial associate at Thrivent Financial, will discuss:

·         How to put together a retirement road map

·         Factors that influence when you should retire and how long your retirement could last

·         How to "crunch the numbers" by estimating your retirement expenses and retirement income, while factoring in inflation and taxes

·         How to use tax-advantaged savings vehicles such as IRAs and 401(k)s

 

Lynda will distribute free workbooks created just for this presentation. The workbook contains key information, worksheets, and questions to help you remember important points from the seminar.

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Setting Yourself Up for College Admissions Success: A Planner for Rising 9th & 10th Graders  
   

Please join Brooke Stengel Fitzgerald, a well-respected college counselor with an extensive career in the field of college admissions and college counseling (as well as a Grover Middle School parent), for a presentation that will give you tips on how to navigate High School in preparation for the College Admissions Process. 

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:05 PM  -  8:00 PM Mystery Book Club  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

The group will be discussing The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle. No registration.

    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. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and begins Monday, April 23, at 9:30 am. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Class dates are: May 7, 14, 21 & June 4, 11, 18. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Tuesday June 19, 2018
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

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

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email:  mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:05 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

Online registration begins on June 5. Please register each child separately.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Read and Play Story Time  
   

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

Stories and crafts!

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM Literature Lovers' Book Discussion: My Brilliant Friend  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

The story of two women growing up outside Naples, their friendship, and their nation. 

Preregistration preferred.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM Story Time  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games, and crafts for ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.

Today's theme is summer.

    Location: Twin Rivers 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 Just Play  
   

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

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:30 PM Movie: Jumanji : Welcome to the Jungle  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2018) Starring Dwayne Johnson. Rated PG-13. 112 minutes. 

 Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence 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
   4:30 PM Summer Bingo  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

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

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

Learn Spanish with a native speaker.

Please register in person or by telephone.

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:25 PM coffee filter flower  
   

Come and learn how to make a beautiful flower out of coffee filters

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete

Clean up will begin 45 min after start time

All ages with caregiver are welcome. 

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

   6:30 PM Little Scientists, for ages 2-7 yrs  
   

For ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver.

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

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

This week’s theme is: SPY 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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Summer Volunteer Orientation  
   

*For Teen Summer Volunteers ONLY* 

Please register only if you have received a confirmation email of acceptance. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Fall Prevention  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

One of the greatest risks within the senior population, both physically and financially, relates to a fall event.  This workshop provides an understanding of the implications of and associated risks for falls in the older adult population.  Includes tips on how to create and implement a fall prevention program and demonstrates exercises that promote strength, endurance, balance and flexibility, all necessary to promote safety in the older adult population. Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner 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: In the Garden of Iden, by Kage Baker  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

In the 24th century, the Company preserves works of art and extinct forms of life for profit. It recruits orphans from the past, renders them all but immortal, and trains them to serve the Company, Dr. Zeus. One of these is Mendoza the botanist. She is sent to Elizabethan England to collect samples from the garden of Sir Walter Iden. But while there, she meets Nicholas Harpole, with whom she falls in love. Next sci-fi book title is Transformation by James Gunn . Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.  

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM The Healthy Heart  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

T. John Mercuro, M.D., F.A.C.C. will address heart attack symptoms, myths about preserving heart health, and choices you can make to keep your own heart healthy.  The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.  Dr. Mercuro earned his medical degree from Rutgers University, U.M.D.M.J. He completed a fellowship in cardiology at University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Presbyterian Philadelphia Heart Institute. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at U.M.D.N.J. Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, as well as an Adjunct Professor, Cardiology Section at Temple University Medical School, Philadelphia, PA.

Registration requested.

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Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

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

English as a Second Language class. All abilities are welcome.

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Wednesday June 20, 2018
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Baby Time  
   

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

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

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

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

Play rhyming games! 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Adult Craft -- Patriotic Door Hanging  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

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

Registration required.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

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

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   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 Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 4:00pm.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 8:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Adult Craft Circle  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us in the Kindness Rocks project by painting a happy picture or saying on a smooth rock. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 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
   4:30 PM Lego Club  
   

Lego Club for School-Age Children,          

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM Story Stretchers  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   5:00 PM Teen Volunteer: Bulletin Board  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use your imagination and artistic skills to help create a bulletin board for our children’s area. 
Ages 14 - 17.

    Location: Twin Rivers 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 May 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family Board Games  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Families with children of all ages are invited to come play board games in the activity room.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   6:30 PM Teen Volunteer Orientation ages 14-17 years  
   

Registration for this program starts at 7:00am on Monday May 30th and will continue while spaces are available. Space is limited in each session.

This orientation is intended for those students who have visited the Youth Services Department at Lawrence Branch and have signed for a Lawrence Teen Volunteer Application packet. You must be at least 14 years old at the time of volunteering.

***Printed applications will be available on an ongoing basis, but we will only have space for 45 total volunteers, who successfully sign up here for the June 6th, June 13th or June 20th orientation session on the Library’s website. 

Please register for only one orientation.

An adult or caregiver over the age of 18 must attend orientation with you.

If you change your mind and decide not to attend orientation, nor to volunteer, please phone us at (609) 989-6921 so that we can make space for another student.

You are responsible for reading the application packet thoroughly and following the instructions listed within.

If you miss your orientation, we cannot guarantee that space will be available on another date.

Further requirements:

* Be 14-17 years old at the time of volunteering

* Be a Lawrence resident

* Be a Mercer County Library card holder

* Be available for volunteer work during Summer Reading (June 25- August 11, 2018)

* Be able to commit to a total of at least 14 hours of volunteer work, including a potential Saturday shift

* Be flexible to volunteer for morning, afternoon, or evening shifts

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Embroidery Circle  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

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 is necessary.

    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 Teen Volunteer: SRP Orientation  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Applicants for the summer teen volunteer program must come to one of the two orientations with a parent/guardian to sign up.

 

    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 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 May 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   8:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Evening Guided Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour. Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety.

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   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 May 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Thursday June 21, 2018
   9:30 AM Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   9:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party - “Libraries Rock”  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Children ages 2-11 can register for the Summer Reading Program at the Kick-Off Party, and enjoy the strolling magic of Mike Dziubas, crafts, and prizes. Come and join the fun!

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

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Books & Babies for 6-23 months  
   

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

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

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

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Summer Reading Kickoff  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

School’s out!  Let’s kick off a great summer of reading with games, refreshments, and summer reading sign-up! 
Ages 4+

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

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

Take Word 1 & Word 2 first!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:05 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Kids MusicRound Demo Class  
   

Music and movement classes for babies, toddlers.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:00.

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

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

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

Learn the basics of creating and formatting documents in Word.

Mouse and keyboard skills are essential.  

Preregistration required.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM Movers and Shakers, for ages 2-5yrs  
   

For children, ages 2-5yrs, with a caregiver.

This program is all about music and movement!  Join us as we play your favorite story-time songs and your toddlers & preschoolers can sing, dance, and move to the music.  Shaky eggs, bells, ribbons, bubbles, and more!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Scribble Time  
   

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

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:30 AM  -  12:15 PM Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr  
   

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

Join us in the activity room for toys and sensory play!  In addition to the usual fun and educational toys we have during quiet play, children and their families can explore different sensory play stations.  Stimulate your child’s imagination with free play and socialization!

*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
   11:35 AM Little Creators,  
   

Little Creators,ages 0-6 years,

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 
    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Excel Beginner  
    Contact: Michael Kerr   609-275-8901   
   

We will learn the basics of Excel through making a sample spreadsheet. Formatting, using the autofill feature, using formulas, and making simple charts are covered in this class. If you can bring your own laptop with Excel 2007 or above, you do not need to register for the class. Signup for adults only. Space is limited, so you may register for only one Excel Beginner class per month. Registration period begins May 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 8:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence 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 May 22nd.

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

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   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 Open Play Time  
   

Open Play Time on Thursdays, 3-5:30 p.m. and Fridays, 2-4:30 

 

Guadians or parents  to stay with them during play time.

 

    Location: Ewing 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 May 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog  
   

 

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM Kids Can Code  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

This program is for kids in grades K-5.
Basic coding activities for budding, young computer scientists.
Registration is required online starting Monday, June 4th..  The same class will be held at 7pm. You may only attend one session.

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Explorations! Flag Garlands  
   

For children 4 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

School days winding down ~  Time to have fun with art! 

Get creative with these fun flag garlands!  Using a variety of art tools (markers, crayons, paint stix, collage bits & glue sticks, stamps & ink pads) decorate your flags to create a flag garland to display!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Improve Your English  
    Contact: Twin Circulation   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

In this group for beginners, we’ll work on our written and spoken English, as well as reading. 

Students should have some knowledge of English. Preregistration preferred.

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

All the Money in the World (2017, R), with Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer and Mark Wahlberg. The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom. Runtime: 132 min.

No admission fee! Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Conversational ESL  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Join ESL instructor Arthur Spero to learn how to improve your English language speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and fluency. Must have some basic knowledge of English. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Kids Can Code  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

This program is for kids in grades K-5.
Basic coding activities for budding, young computer scientists.
Registration is required online starting Monday, June 4th..  The same class will be held at 4:30pm. You may only attend one session.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM The Sinking of the Titanic  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

At 11:40 pm ship’s time, April 14, 1912, the White Star liner Titanic hit an iceberg south of Newfoundland. Only 712 passengers and crew survived, mostly women and children. Inquiries were held, but many questions still remained. Michael A. Hyduk, an amateur historian and PADI Scuba instructor, will address these and other questions in his presentation and describe a stunning conclusion. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM The Sinking of the Titanic  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

At 11:40 pm ship’s time, April 14, 1912, the White Star liner Titanic hit an iceberg south of Newfoundland. Only 712 passengers and crew survived, mostly women and children. Inquiries were held, but many questions still remained. Michael A. Hyduk, an amateur historian and PADI Scuba instructor, will address these and other questions in his presentation and describe a stunning conclusion. Registration is suggested. 

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

Adult Program

Do you want to make better use of your digital device? Maybe you’d like to open a Facebook account or download an e-book. How about capturing a screen shot or attaching a photo to a text message? Make a 20-minute appointment with reference librarian Mary Astarita to get one-on-one help with your gadget.

Please note that library staff does not repair devices.

Appointment is required. On or after May 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.

Join our email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Friday June 22, 2018
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Family Movie: A Wrinkle in Time  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

A Wrinkle in Time (2018).
Based on the children’s classic. Rated PG.  120 minutes. 
All ages.

This program is made possible by generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:00 AM Fiction Writing Workshop: Website Design  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Join Donna Wolfe for a continuation of the discussion with Simone Metz in which we explore what we plan to get out of our author’s website. Registration suggested. 

    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 Excel for Beginners  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Type information into a spreadsheet to organize it. Add and resize columns and rows to improve readability. Merge and center to place the title over your data. Review basic ribbons and different ways to save the file. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Kids' Music Round Demo Class  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 2 months to 5 years.
Kids' Music Round is an award-winning music and movement experience designed to guide children through the stages of early childhood music development.
Registration is required online starting Friday, June 1st.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

Come sing and dance with Miss Pat.

Online registration begins on June 8. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Wiggle, Jingle, Mingle and Giggle  
   

For children, ages 1-5 (with adult).

The focus of this program is designed to get children and their caregivers a chance to sing and shout, move and dance to  rhymes, clapping songs and musical songs.  

Adult must remain in the program.

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

For ages birth–2.5 years & a caregiver.

Play with the library's toys and socialize with other little ones!

Siblings welcome.

No registration necessary. 

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

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:30 AM Tim Hoh’s Music For Kids  
   

Tim Hoh will sing and play guitar to children ages 0-6 years,

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:00 PM Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 4:00pm.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

Take a cool break at the library on a peaceful Friday afternoon – bring some knitting, coloring, quilting, or other relaxing craft, and share the company of other fellow craft enthusiasts. Feel free to bring a bag lunch or snack.

No registration necessary.

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

Adult Program

We meet every Friday. Bring yarn, and hook or needles, to start or continue your project. We will have materials on hand for those just starting out.  All adults 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 May 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:30 PM Excel Intermediate  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Perform simple calculations and practice formatting. Save time with the fill handle- it’s easy! Copy data to a new sheet and figure out how sales can be improved using our realistic spreadsheet. Please register.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Saturday June 23, 2018
   10:00 AM Drop-in Book Craft: A House for Hermit Crab, for all ages  
   

For all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop-in between 10am and 3pm and join us for a fun craft based on the picture book "A House for Hermit Crab"!

No registration required! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Guided Meditation  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

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

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

Play Wii Sports at the library with friends.
Ages 7-12.

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

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

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

For ages 2-5yrs, with a caregiver.

Join us for a special story-time featuring books written by Kevin Henkes

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:45 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 1:00

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Junior Engineers (Grades 3-6)  
   

Local group Junior STEM will teach you engineering techniques in creating LEGO structures. 

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Intro to Programming in Java (Grades 6-8)  
   

Students will learn the fundamentals of computer science and will be introduced to Java syntax. Through this course, the concepts of object-oriented programming as well as design structures will be explored. Students must bring their own laptop (Mac or Windows, no Chromebook), and be ready for a challenge! 

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all ten classes as they build up from what was taught previously. Classes will be held on the following dates: 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Summer Volunteer Orientation  
   

*For Teen Summer Volunteers ONLY* 

Please register only if you have received a confirmation email of acceptance. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr  
   

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

Join us in the activity room for toys and sensory play!  In addition to the usual fun and educational toys we have during quiet play, children and their families can explore different sensory play stations.  Stimulate your child’s imagination with free play and socialization!

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

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

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

Bring five pages of a work-in-progress to discuss.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Summer Volunteer Orientation  
   

*For Teen Summer Volunteers ONLY* 

Please register only if you have received a confirmation email of acceptance. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Spirituality Insight Session  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

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

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Anime Aficionados – Darling in the FRANXX  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us as we watch the first three episodes of this year’s mecha, sci-fi anime, Darling in the FranXX.

Plot Summary: In the distant future, humanity has been driven to near-extinction by giant beasts known as Klaxosaurs, forcing the surviving humans to take refuge in massive fortress cities called Plantations. Children raised here are trained to pilot giant mechas known as FranXX—the only weapons known to be effective against the Klaxosaurs—in boy-girl pairs. Bred for the sole purpose of piloting these machines, these children know nothing of the outside world and are only able to prove their existence by defending their race. (Source: My Anime List)

Please Note: Anime will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Films are for an adult and older teen audience and June include adult (rating of 17+) content.

No registration necessary.

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    Location: Hopewell Branch

Monday June 25, 2018
   7:00 AM  -  9:00 AM Evening Book Group: Fall of Giants, by Ken Follett  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

This saga follows the fates of five interrelated families—American , German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they move through the dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage.

Registration is required. Registration begins on May 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs:  mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   9:35 AM 1000 Books Before Kindergarten  
   

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

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

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Summer Reading Program Volunteers  
   

Applications are available starting Tuesday, May 1, at the Youth Services Desk for those who are 14 years and up.  No previous library volunteer experience is necessary. A volunteer orientation for all accepted volunteers is required even if you volunteered for the Summer Reading Program before, community service will be given. Volunteers must attend one orientation;

Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m.;

Wednesday, June 13, 7 p.m.;

Thursday, June 14, 8 p.m.;

Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m. and Saturday,

June 23, 2 p.m.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Youth Services Staff at 882-3130.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Toddler STEM  
   

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

Science and math for toddlers!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Tech Help  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Do you want to make better use of your digital device? Maybe you’d like to open a Facebook account or download an e-book. How about capturing a screen shot or attaching a photo to a text message? Make a 20-minute appointment with reference librarian Mary Astarita to get one-on-one help with your gadget.

Please note that library staff does not repair devices.

Appointment is required. On or after May 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.

Join our email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Super Foods and Cancer Prevention  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

A registered dietitian with University Medical Center at Princeton’s Nutrition Program will discuss foods that help promote optimal health by lowering the risk for chronic diseases and cancer.

Registration requested.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Open Computer Lab  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Come and take advantage of Hollowbrook Community Center's re-opened computer lab.  Work on your own with a librarian nearby to help as needed.

No registration is required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   10:30 AM Concert with Miss Amy  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Today is the first day of the summer reading program and this year's theme is "Libraries Rock!"
Come out and hear Miss Amy rock our library.
Suggested for children 5 and under.
Registration is required online starting Friday, June 18th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Happy Two’s Activity Time  
   

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

Learn songs and rhymes!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM Kids' Music Round (Ages 0-4)  
   

JOIN US FOR A FREE DEMO CLASS!

Family music program for children ages infant through four years

Come sing, dance, explore rhythm instruments and have a GREAT TIME!

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM MadScience Digging for Dinos - Ages 3 to 5  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For children ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver.

Become a paleontologist and learn about when dinosaurs lived, what they ate, and how scientists know they existed. 

Then dig for the "fossil remains" of a mystery dinosaur and cast you own T-Rex tooth!

Online registration required beginning Monday, June 11.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM Music Mondays  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Play instruments, learn about rhythm, and sing songs with friends.
Ages 2-5.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Craft & Play (All ages)  
   

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:30 AM Beyond Facebook: Discovering Social Media Sites  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

The world is more connected than ever! Facebook is only the tip of the social media iceberg. Join us for an overview of some popular social media websites you may not have heard of. These websites will allow you to keep yourself informed of the latest news and keep yourself connected to like-minded people. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:30 AM Beyond Facebook: Discovering Social Media Sites  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

The world is more connected than ever! Facebook is only the tip of the social media iceberg. Join us for an overview of some popular social media websites you may not have heard of. These websites will allow you to keep yourself informed of the latest news and keep yourself connected to like-minded people. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:00 PM Hologram Projector  
   

Come make a hologram projector for your smart phone

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete

Clean up will begin 45 min after start time

Ages 6 yrs & up with caregiver are welcome. 

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour. Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety.

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   1:00 PM Mindful Bookmarks  
   

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

Enjoy coloring fun bookmarks that are a throw-back to the pop art movement!  

Add a decorative ribbon to hold your place as you enjoy reading this summer!

Drop by, no registration required.  Clean-up will begin 45 mins after starting time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:30 PM Ewing’s “Be the Star” Photo Shoots  
   

  Background and special effects.

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Maker Monday for Teen and Tween Yoga: Upcycled Floppy Disk Pencil Holder  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For ages 9 and up.
Each Monday during the summer reading program (June 25th - August 11th) we will have a different maker program.
Registration is required online starting the previous Monday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Non-Fiction Book Club  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

The group will be discussing Between the World and Me by Ta-nehisi Coates. No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Adult English Learners Writing Class  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

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

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Internet 3  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Learn about browsers like Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox.  Discover the security & privacy features in Edge. Explore more features in Google! 

Requires some Internet experience!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maker Monday  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use your maker skills to create a craft.
Ages 5 - 12.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Open Craft: Make Music Bee Buzzer,  
   

For ages grade 3 and up.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Maker Monday (Ages 10-17)  
   

Learn how to create a DIY T-Shirt Tote Bag. 

No registration required. 

You must bring your own t-shirt!

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Puzzles & Games (Ages 5-11)  
   

Enjoy playing with a variety of puzzles and games every week! 

No registration required. 

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

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

Caregivers must remain with children in the room while they read.

    Location: Hickory Corner 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
   4:40 PM Sphero Ball/ Little Bits Makerspace  
   

For children grades 3-7

 learn programming and share your creations with the community.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:00 PM Drop-in Musical Craft: Bell Shaker Stick Craft, ages 3+  
   

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries rock!  Drop-in and create a bell shaker stick craft!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Coding for the Web II (Ages 10-12)  
   

Coding for the Web II is an extension of the former Coding for the Web classes. Students can only attend if they have already attened previous, beginner level classes or have experience with coding in HTML. During this four week session, students will continue to practice coding in HTML, but will also tackle more challenging programs and start to incorporate CSS into their web pages.

Registration required. Students must bring their own laptop to classes. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all four classes: 6/4, 6/11, 6/18 & 6/25. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Walk-In Craft (All Ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room and create a craft! 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Fairy Tale Science Challenge Part 1, for ages 5+  
   

For ages 5+, with a caregiver.

Join us for a fun, hands-on challenge where we will use your creativity (and science) to help the characters from some of your favorite fairy tales.

In Part 1, we’ll read The Three Billy Goats Gruff and find a way for the goats to cross the river without having to go over the bridge.  Then we’ll read the story of Rapunzel and help her escape from her tower!

You can register and attend one or both science challenges!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Monday Night Book Group: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession:

how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.

Join us for our monthly meeting.

Pre-registration preferred. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:30 PM School-age Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

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

Registration is required.

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

Adult Program

Join reference librarian Richard Peterson to improve language-speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, and general fluency. The class also focuses on everyday interaction with others and includes discussions of American culture. Must have basic knowledge of English. 

No need to register--just drop in!

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email:  mastarit@mcl.org

    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 ReMARKable Mind Reading For Ages 11 +  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 11 and up. 

Join mentalist Mark Zacharia here in his one-man program, "reMARKable". This show will get you to ask what is within your control and what has already been predetermined.

Come prepared to be amazed and amused.  

Online registration required beginning Monday, June 11.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM The History of New York City's Skyscrapers  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Kevin Woyce, author, photographer, and lecturer specializing in regional American history. Using original photographs and historic images, he will tell the story of New York’s greatest skyscrapers, from the 1890 New York World building to the Woolworth, Chrysler, and Empire State buildings. He will explain how and why they were built, and introduce the architects and businessmen whose visions shaped the world-famous skyline. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM The History of New York City's Skyscrapers  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Presented by Kevin Woyce, author, photographer, and lecturer specializing in regional American history. Using original photographs and historic images, he will tell the story of New York’s greatest skyscrapers, from the 1890 New York World building to the Woolworth, Chrysler, and Empire State buildings. He will explain how and why they were built, and introduce the architects and businessmen whose visions shaped the world-famous skyline. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch

Tuesday June 26, 2018
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

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

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

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:05 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

Online registration begins on June 12. 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 Outdoor Concert with Kurt Gallagher (All ages)  
   

Enjoy an outdoor concert to kick-off Summer Reading with a performance by Kurt Gallagher! 

Bring blankets, chairs and sunscreen! 

No registration required. 

In the event of rain, concert will take place indoors. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM 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
   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 Just Play  
   

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

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM Seashell Decoupage  
   

For children 4 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

School’s out and it’s Summer! 

Let’s celebrate by using large decorative shells, colorful tissue paper & ‘below the sea’ paper images along with mod podge and the decoupage technique to produce beautiful natural decorative objects to take home!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Rock Painting #hickorycornerrocks  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Our summer reading theme is "Libraries Rock" so come paint a rock then hide it in town for others to find so they know Hickory Corner Rocks!
All ages are invited to participate in this program.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Sphero robot balls  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For ages 5-12.  Learn very simple coding and make a Sphero SPRK+ robot ball move around the room.

Registration is required and space is limited.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Health Resources  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Discover how to use library databases and online resources to research diseases, conditions, procedures,  and drugs and find other health and wellness information.

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Creative Math Problem Solving (Grades 2-6)  
   

Have fun while you learn new strategies and methods to solve abstract problems!

For students going into 2nd - 6th grades. 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:30 PM Mindful Bookmarks  
   

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

Enjoy coloring fun bookmarks that are a throw-back to the pop art movement!  

Add a decorative ribbon to hold your place as you enjoy reading this summer!

Drop by, no registration required.  Clean-up will begin 45 mins after starting time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

We’ll start the first week of Summer Reading with this exciting  live animal show! 
All ages are welcome.

This program was provided by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers 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   
   

Learn Spanish with a native speaker.

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:00 PM Giant Candyland, for families  
   

For families (all ages welcome with caregiver).

Back by popular demand!!

Grab your family & friends and join us for a fun board game – and you are the pieces!  Our meeting rooms will be transformed into a giant, life-sized Candy land board.  Play as a family (groups of 2-5 people) and travel through the board visiting locations from this childhood classic.  Work together until you reach the Candy Castle!  All children will get small treats along the way.

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

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

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

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

Proficiency in Excel 1 & Excel 2 required!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Writers Support Group  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   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 registration necessary.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:25 PM paper plate emoji  
   

Come make an emoji mask out of a paper plate

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete

Clean up will begin 45 min after start time

All ages with caregiver are welcome. 

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

   6:30 PM Summer Reading Program Kickoff with Dennis Thomas the Magician  
   

For children ages 3 – 11

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Art Explorers (Ages 6-11)  
   

Draw, paint, and use your imagination to create your very own piece of art! Materials provided. 

No registration required. 

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

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

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

Adult Program

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

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

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Booktalking: Adult Book Discussion Group  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Giant Candyland, for families  
   

For families (all ages welcome with caregiver).

Back by popular demand!!

Grab your family & friends and join us for a fun board game – and you are the pieces!  Our meeting rooms will be transformed into a giant, life-sized Candy land board.  Play as a family (groups of 2-5 people) and travel through the board visiting locations from this childhood classic.  Work together until you reach the Candy Castle!  All children will get small treats along the way.

Please come any time between 7pm and 7:45pm.  Crafts and coloring sheets will be available for those waiting to play.

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM 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. All abilities are welcome.

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Wednesday June 27, 2018
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Baby Time  
   

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:00 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, and play for ages 6 months - 2 years, with a caregiver.

 

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

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

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

Play rhyming games! 

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

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

Registration is required.

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

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM PowerPoint Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

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

Mouse and keyboard skills are essential.  

Preregistration required.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

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

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

Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:00 AM paper plate emoji  
   

Come make an emoji mask out of a paper plate

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete

Clean up will begin 45 min after start time

All ages with caregiver are welcome. 

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

   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 Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 4:00pm.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:30 PM Ewing’s “Be the Star” Photo Shoots  
   

  Background and special effects.

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Movies for Adults -- The Big Sick (2017)  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Pakistani-American man falls for white grad student, and hides their romance from his family. However, their relationship gets more serious when she develops a mysterious illness, which in turn forces him to bond with her parents. R, 119 minutes.

No registration necessary.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 8:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Chapters Book Club  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Book discussions and activities for ages 5 to 10.  Topic: TBD.

No registration required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   2:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Suggested for players ages 5 and up.
Come together with other chess players to play matches against each other.
This program is best for players with prior knowledge of the game.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Classic Movie Matinée: The Searchers (1956)  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

When Comanches kidnap his two nieces, a rootless, bigoted, Confederate veteran goes after them, accompanied by a young ranch hand, on a perilous quest that lasts five years. 

Rated NR.  Runtime 119 minutes. 

Ages 15 and up. 

This program was made possible by generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.  Preregistration preferred.

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

Learn how to insert pivot tables to create dynamic views of important information.  Proficiency in Excel 1, Excel 2. and Excel 3 required!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM LEGO chariot races  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Use LEGOs to design a "chariot" and make it move around the room using a SPRK+ robot ball.  

Registration is required and space is limited.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maker Club Jr. (Ages 5-8)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 5-8 with a caregiver.

Get creative and learn coding basics with various activities designed to promote problem-solving skills.

Online registration required beginning the previous Wednesday. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Pom-Pom Craft  
   

For children in grades K-5

Make creature from Pom Pom.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM  -  4:45 PM BINGO! (Ages 7-11)  
   

Play BINGO! and win prizes!

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM Lego Club  
   

Lego Club for School-Age Children,          

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM Mindful Bookmarks  
   

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

Enjoy coloring fun bookmarks that are a throw-back to the pop art movement!  

Add a decorative ribbon to hold your place as you enjoy reading this summer!

Drop by, no registration required.  Clean-up will begin 45 mins after starting time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 PM Story Stretchers  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family Board Games  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Families with children of all ages are invited to come play board games in the activity room.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   6:30 PM Seashell Decoupage  
   

For children 4 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

School’s out and it’s Summer! 

Let’s celebrate by using large decorative shells, colorful tissue paper & ‘below the sea’ paper images along with mod podge and the decoupage technique to produce beautiful natural decorative objects to take home!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence 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 
  • Have fun improvising scenes 

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Movies for Adults -- The Big Sick (2017)  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Pakistani-American man falls for white grad student, and hides their romance from his family. However, their relationship gets more serious when she develops a mysterious illness, which in turn forces him to bond with her parents. Rateed R, 119 minutes.

No registration necessary.

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    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:30 PM Hickory Corner Book Discussion  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

The group will be discussing Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg.  No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   8:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Evening Guided Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour. Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety.

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Thursday June 28, 2018
   9:30 AM Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

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

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Books & Babies for 6-23 months  
   

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

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

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

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

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

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

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

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Quilting Group  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

The Quilting Group is open to all skill levels. Bring quilting projects you are working on to share with others or work in the good company of fellow quilters.

No registration necessary.

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    Location: Hopewell 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
   10:05 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:00.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  10:45 AM Mother Goose Activity Time  
   

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

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

No registration required.

    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 Cuentos en espanol/Story Time  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Cuentos, juegos, música y artesanías. 
Stories, songs, games , and crafts for ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM Magic Show 2-10 years  
   

For ages 2-10 years, families welcome.

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

Registration is required and begins at 7am on the day of the program.  Preference at the door may be given to patrons who register with an MCLS library card. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

 

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

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

Online registration begins on June 14. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Scribble Time  
   

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

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:05 AM Movers and Shakers, for ages 2-5yrs  
   

For children, ages 2-5yrs, with a caregiver.

This program is all about music and movement!  Join us as we play your favorite story-time songs and your toddlers & preschoolers can sing, dance, and move to the music.  Shaky eggs, bells, ribbons, bubbles, and more!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:30 AM  -  12:15 PM Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr  
   

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

Join us in the activity room for toys and sensory play!  In addition to the usual fun and educational toys we have during quiet play, children and their families can explore different sensory play stations.  Stimulate your child’s imagination with free play and socialization!

*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
   11:35 AM Little Creators,  
   

Little Creators,ages 0-6 years,

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 
    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bollywood Fusion Dance for Ages 6+  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 6 and up.

Children will learn classical and Bollywood dance techniques and perform to popular, American songs.

This class is led by Sudipta Ghosh, a local dance instructor with 15 years of classical Indian and Bollywood dance experience.

Online registration required beginning Monday, June 11. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 8:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Little Bits coding kits  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Use snap-together circuits and simple coding to see an exciting result.  For ages 8-15.

Registration is required and space is limited.

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

Yoga and mindfulness for ages 9 and up.
Held every Thursday during the summer reading program (June 25th - August 11th).
Beginners welcome. Mats provided.  Bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes.
Registration is required online starting the previous Thursday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:30 PM Family Move: Paddington 2  
   

Paddington 2. Rated PG. Runtime: 105 minutes. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM Open Play Time  
   

Open Play Time on Thursdays, 3-5:30 p.m. and Fridays, 2-4:30 

 

Guadians or parents  to stay with them during play time.

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM Penguin Pointers with Jenkinson's Aquarium  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for ages 4-12 with a caregiver.

Get up close and personal with African Penguins from Jenkinson's Aquarium in Point Pleasant, NJ. Learn about the lifecycle, care, & geography of these cute, flightless birds.

Online registration reqruied beginning Monday, June 11.

Sponsored by the HIghtstown Library Association. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog  
   

 

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library

Please register!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM  -  4:45 PM Master Artists (Ages 7 & up)  
   

Learn about a famous artist and their style and create your own masterpiece. 

No registration necessary. 

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:30 PM Mindful Bookmarks  
   

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

Enjoy coloring fun bookmarks that are a throw-back to the pop art movement!  

Add a decorative ribbon to hold your place as you enjoy reading this summer!

Drop by, no registration required.  Clean-up will begin 45 mins after starting time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:00 PM  -  6:30 PM Bollywood Dance (Ages 5-7)  
   

Learn how to Bollywood dance! 

For ages 5 to 7. 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Improve Your English  
    Contact: Twin Circulation   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

In this group for beginners, we’ll work on our written and spoken English, as well as reading. 

Students should have some knowledge of English. Preregistration preferred.

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

The Greatest Showman (2017, PG), with Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron. Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Runtime: 105 min.

No admission fee!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Bollywood Dance (Ages 8-12)  
   

Learn how to Bollywood dance! 

For ages 8 to 12. 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Conversational ESL  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Join ESL instructor Arthur Spero to learn how to improve your English language speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and fluency. Must have some basic knowledge of English. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Madama Butterfly Goes to Paris; Isabella Gardner goes to Japan  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Madama Butterfy is the featured opera in the 2018 edition of the Princeton Festival.

In the five short decades between Admiral Perry's arrival in Yokohama Harbor and Madame Butterfly's first appearance as a character in an American short story, a great wave of enthusiasm for all things Japanese swept the world:  art, fashion, home decor and collecting were all captivated by 'Japonism'.  Marianne Grey, a Docent at the Princeton University Art Museum, will take us traveling with Mark Twain, Henry Adams, Isabella Stewart Gardener, John LaFarge and Lafcadio Hearn as they explore Japan.  We will also eavesdrop on what Japanese visitors to America have to say about their adventures in the New World. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Madama Butterfly Goes to Paris; Isabella Gardner goes to Japan  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Madama Butterfy is the featured opera in the 2018 edition of the Princeton Festival.

In the five short decades between Admiral Perry's arrival in Yokohama Harbor and Madame Butterfly's first appearance as a character in an American short story, a great wave of enthusiasm for all things Japanese swept the world:  art, fashion, home decor and collecting were all captivated by 'Japonism'.  Marianne Grey, a Docent at the Princeton University Art Museum, will take us traveling with Mark Twain, Henry Adams, Isabella Stewart Gardener, John LaFarge and Lafcadio Hearn as they explore Japan.  We will also eavesdrop on what Japanese visitors to America have to say about their adventures in the New World. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Summer Reading Kick-off Event with the Juggling Hoffmans  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Join us for our first big event of the summer reading program!
The Juggling Hoffmans are a dynamic duo who entertain by combining their expert juggling with laugh-out-loud comedy.
Suggested for children ages 3 and up. 
Registration is required online starting Thursday, June 21st.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Tai Chi  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Tai Chi is a gentle, low-impact exercise that provides huge health benefits to people of all ages and all physical capabilities.  Instructor Gang Huang, PhD (chemistry) will share with the audience some general knowledge about Tai Chi and will offer participants ample opportunities to follow along with him as he demonstrates movements. Dr. Huang has learned and practiced Tai Chi for many years under the guidance of Grand Masters Yang Jun, Chen Zhenglei, and Chen Yu in China and has been teaching Tai Chi since 2015. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

Join our email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Friday June 29, 2018
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Dance Party  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Kids MusicRound  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come sing and dance with Miss Diane.

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

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Wiggle, Jingle, Mingle and Giggle  
   

For children, ages 1-5 (with adult).

The focus of this program is designed to get children and their caregivers a chance to sing and shout, move and dance to  rhymes, clapping songs and musical songs.  

Adult must remain in the program.

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

For ages birth–2.5 years & a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome.

No registration necessary. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Kim Yarson Concert (All ages)  
   

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

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

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

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

No registration is required.

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

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:00 PM Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 4:00pm.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM quilling emojis  
   

Come learn the ancient art of paper rolling also know as quilling.  We are making an emoji!!

Project will take about 45 minutes to complete

Ages 8 yrs & up with caregiver are welcome. 

Registration will open 7am day of event

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

   1:00 PM Special Screening: Black Panther (2018, PG-13)  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

With Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o. T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T'Challa's father's mistake. For adults 18 years and up. Runtime: 134 min.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM Afternoon Movie: Murder on the Orient Express  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

Murder on the Orient Express (2018) Starring Kenneth Branagh. PG-13. 114 minutes.

From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, "Murder on the Orient Express" tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone's a suspect. No registration.

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

Adult Program

We meet every Friday. Bring yarn, and hook or needles, to start or continue your project. We will have materials on hand for those just starting out.  All adults 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 May 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: mastarit@mcl.org

    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 pencil top flowers  
   

Come make a flower to top your pencil

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete

Clean up will begin 45 min after start time

All ages with caregiver are welcome. 

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Little Scientist Make Slime  
   

For children in grades K-5

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

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

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

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Saturday June 30, 2018
   10:00 AM Drop-in Musical Craft: Bell Shaker Stick Craft, ages 3+  
   

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries rock!  Drop-in between 10am and 3pm and create a bell shaker stick craft!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Guided Meditation  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

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

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

Join us for the West Windsor Branch's annual Family Fair & Petting Zoo! 

Enjoy games, crafts, and a special visit from What Knott Farm, The Twirling Arcade & more!

Musical performance by local band, Delta Noir. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

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

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

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

For ages 2-5yrs, with a caregiver.

Join us for a special story-time featuring books written by Lauren Thompson

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:45 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 1:00

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Author Visit from children's author Barbara DiLorenzo  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for ages 5-8 with a caregiver.

Join local children's author/illustrator, Barbara DiLorenzo, as she reads her latest picture book: "Quincy The CHameleon Who Couldn't Blend In."

Then paint your own watercolor artwork!

Online registration required beginning Monday, June 11.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   1:30 PM Saturday Movie and a Craft, for children with a caregiver.  
   

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Is it too hot outside?  Cool off and join us for movie and a craft!

This week’s movie:  CARS 3 (2017).  Rated: G (1 hr 42min).

Craft supplies will be out at 1:30pm and the movie will start promptly at 1:45pm.  Popcorn will be served.  Caregivers must remain in the room for the duration of the movie.

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Intro to Programming in Java (Grades 6-8)  
   

Students will learn the fundamentals of computer science and will be introduced to Java syntax. Through this course, the concepts of object-oriented programming as well as decisin structures will be explored. Students must bring their own laptop (Mac or Windows, no Chromebook), and be ready for a challenge! 

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all ten classes as they build up from what was taught previously. Classes will be held on the following dates: 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25.

    Location: West Windsor 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  -  4:00 PM Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr  
   

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

Join us in the activity room for toys and sensory play!  In addition to the usual fun and educational toys we have during quiet play, children and their families can explore different sensory play stations.  Stimulate your child’s imagination with free play and socialization!

*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 Isha Yoga & Meditation  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

The Isha Foundation, an international non- profit organization founded by Sadhguru, is offering this Yoga and Meditation workshop. Learn physical postures, breathing methods and meditation techniques to improve your overall wellbeing. No previous knowledge of yoga required. Limited space.Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Monday July 2, 2018
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence 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  -  11:30 AM Make It! Monday & Open Play (Ages 2-5)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers can drop in during this program to make a craft and play with the library's toys.

All craft supplies are provided.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM Magic with John Carlson for Kids  
   

For ages 4-11 years, with a caregiver. Siblings and families are welcome.

Show includes magic, ventriloquism, comedy and even a rabbit!

Online registration is required and begins at 7:00am on the day of the show.

Preference may be give to patrons with a valid MCLS library card. On the day of the show, patrons who have not registered may be admitted if space permits. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Craft & Play (All ages)  
   

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Maker Monday (Ages 10-17)  
   

Learn how to create a mandala using a recycled CD!

Please register. Materials provided. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Puzzles & Games (Ages 5-11)  
   

Enjoy playing with a variety of puzzles and games every week! 

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
   6:30 PM School-age Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

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

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM #MakersClub For Ages 9-14  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Learn problem-solving skills and get creative in this program that features different activites from origami to slime to computer coding!

Ages 9-14

Online registration is required beginning the previous Monday.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM #MakersClub For Ages 9-14  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Learn problem-solving skills and get creative in this program that features different activites from origami to slime to computer coding!

Ages 9-14

Online registration is required beginning the previous Monday.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Tuesday July 3, 2018
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:50 AM Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

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

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

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:05 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 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 Mr. Malcolm's Story Time  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Join our long-time favorite and wacky storyteller, Mr. Malcolm, as he brings classic stories to life with props, audience volunteers, and maybe even a song or two!

Suggested for ages 3 and up with a caregiver. 

Mr. Malcolm has a long history with the theatre and is currently the director of a children's acting camp in South Jersey. 

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

    Location: Hightstown 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
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Creative Math Problem Solving (Grades 2-6)  
   

Have fun while you learn new strategies and methods to solve abstract problems!

For students going into 2nd - 6th grades. 

No registration required. 

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

Read, learn, and conduct a science experiment!

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Wednesday July 4, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Fourth of July  
   

All branches are closed.


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