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Monday December 18, 2017
   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 Teen and Tween Take-Home Craft: Pop-up Holiday Card  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For ages 9 and up.
Ask at the reference desk for your craft kit starting Friday, December 1st.
Supplies are limited.  Kits are handed out on a first come, first serve basis.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   9:40 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM The Winter Reading Challenge,  
   

Take the Winter Reading Challenge, for children ages 2-11, starts on Friday, December 1 and ends on Friday, January 19, 2018. You may include books you listen to as well as books you read for school. Adults may read to younger children.

All participants will receive a prize!

Pick up forms at the youth services desk. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.                

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

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

Materials include rotating: magenetic letters, blocks, PreK flash cards, matching activities, felt board, carpet squares, coloring sheets, 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  -  10:25 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 November 22, call 609-275-8901 or stop by the reference desk to make a 20-minute appointment. Let us know which device you’ll bring in and the function(s) you want to learn.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  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
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM PC Advanced  
    Contact: Staff   609-989-6922   classreg@mcl.org
   

Learn more about working with Windows 10. Explore the various features in the Accessories folder. Learn all about the Start Menu, Jump Lists, and more.  Take PC Basics, PC Essentials, and Word 1 first!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Free Gift Wrapping  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   
 
Stop by to wrap your holiday gifts.  
Sponsored by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.
 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:10 AM Christmas and Holiday Station for Children  
   

Join us as we get ready for the holidays! For children of all ages.
Our tables in the youth department will have rotating drop-in activities for children and families. These will be self-directed crafts for you to do on your own. Children will require caregiver supervision. Crafts will not be available to take out. Children should be present in the Library to participate.
Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.  At times some activities will also be available when unscheduled.


No registration is needed.  Activities will repeat and may include the following at any one time:
Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf character.
Reindeer paper & peppermint craft, make colorful construction paper chains, holiday tangrams.
Merry Christmas Mad Libs, Magnet play, Decorate a paper gift bag & gift tag coloring.
Christmas and Nutcracker Scratch & Sketch, Santa stick puppet craft.
Paper candy cane hunt, with mini candy cane prizes.
Hanukkah worksheets, Hanukkah washi tape menorah craft.
Tri-bead candy cane craft, Holiday elf name activity, Felt board Christmas tree.
Red & green I Spy hunt, “Guess how many items in the jar” contest. Small wooden train set for preschoolers.
Worksheets: "My 2017 end of year review," holiday traditions, color by sight word, Santa’s nice list certificate, counting & graphing, picture puzzles, snowman time, find & color, how to draw an elf, wants & needs chart.


Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display.‘Tis the Season to be Reading!
This activity may be canceled when youth staff are absent. Sponsored 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 11:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

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

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

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

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

For ages Birth-5 with a caregiver.

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

Online registration preferred!

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

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

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

No registration is required.

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

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

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM Non-Fiction Book Club  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

The group will be discussing The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson. No registration.

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

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

No registration necessary.

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

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

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

For ages 6-10.

Use paint and recycled craft scraps to create your very own mini wooden elf!

No registration required.

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM LEGO Makerspace  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Create & build with our library LEGOs with friends.

For ages 7-11.

Registration is suggested.

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

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

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM Decorate a Pine Cone Christmas Tree  
   

  All Ages!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Cards and Games (Ages 5 & up)  
   

Put down your electronic devices and have fun playing board games and card games with friends! 

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

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

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

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

Register in person or by phone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Learn & Craft (All Ages)  
   

Learn all about the letter F with fun crafts, games, activities and books!

This is a self directed activity. There will be different stations of activities.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:25 PM Christmas and Holiday Station for Children  
   

Join us as we get ready for the holidays! For children of all ages.
Our tables in the youth department will have rotating drop-in activities for children and families. These will be self-directed crafts for you to do on your own. Children will require caregiver supervision. Crafts will not be available to take out. Children should be present in the Library to participate.
Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.  At times some activities will also be available when unscheduled.


No registration is needed.  Activities will repeat and may include the following at any one time:
Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf character.
Reindeer paper & peppermint craft, make colorful construction paper chains, holiday tangrams.
Merry Christmas Mad Libs, Magnet play, Decorate a paper gift bag & gift tag coloring.
Christmas and Nutcracker Scratch & Sketch, Santa stick puppet craft.
Paper candy cane hunt, with mini candy cane prizes.
Hanukkah worksheets, Hanukkah washi tape menorah craft.
Tri-bead candy cane craft, Holiday elf name activity, Felt board Christmas tree.
Red & green I Spy hunt, “Guess how many items in the jar” contest. Small wooden train set for preschoolers.
Worksheets: "My 2017 end of year review," holiday traditions, color by sight word, Santa’s nice list certificate, counting & graphing, picture puzzles, snowman time, find & color, how to draw an elf, wants & needs chart.


Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display.‘Tis the Season to be Reading!
This activity may be canceled when youth staff are absent. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library
 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Edible Christmas Tree, for ages 2-10yr  
   

For ages 2-10yrs, with a caregiver!

Join us for a fun, edible program that will be sure to put you in a festive mood!  We will decorate Christmas tree ice cream cones with icing and candy.  Use your imagination, then you can eat your creation!

Dress for a mess!

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Monday Night Book Group: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Shares the story of how the author's family moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author,

a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life

and the collective demons of the past.  Join us for our monthly meeting. 

Registration preferred.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Yoga for Active Aging  
    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 November 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

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

Adult Program

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

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

No need to register--just walk in.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Mystery Book Club  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

The group will be discussing Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell. No registration.

    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  -  7:45 PM Tween/Parent Book Club (Grades 3-5)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children in grades 3-5 and their parent(s) are invited to enjoy cookies and conversation while discussing the fantasy novel "Furthermore" by Tahereh Mafi. 

Twelve-year-old Alice Queensmeadow, with the help of her friend Oliver, travels through the dangerous, magical land of Furthermore in order to rescue her missing father and prove her own magical abilities.

New members always welcome!   No registration required.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Tuesday December 19, 2017
   9:40 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:55 AM Christmas and Holiday Station for Children  
   

Join us as we get ready for the holidays! For children of all ages.
Our tables in the youth department will have rotating drop-in activities for children and families. These will be self-directed crafts for you to do on your own. Children will require caregiver supervision. Crafts will not be available to take out. Children should be present in the Library to participate.
Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.  At times some activities will also be available when unscheduled.


No registration is needed.  Activities will repeat and may include the following at any one time:
Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf character.
Reindeer paper & peppermint craft, make colorful construction paper chains, holiday tangrams.
Merry Christmas Mad Libs, Magnet play, Decorate a paper gift bag & gift tag coloring.
Christmas and Nutcracker Scratch & Sketch, Santa stick puppet craft.
Paper candy cane hunt, with mini candy cane prizes.
Hanukkah worksheets, Hanukkah washi tape menorah craft.
Tri-bead candy cane craft, Holiday elf name activity, Felt board Christmas tree.
Red & green I Spy hunt, “Guess how many items in the jar” contest. Small wooden train set for preschoolers.
Worksheets: "My 2017 end of year review," holiday traditions, color by sight word, Santa’s nice list certificate, counting & graphing, picture puzzles, snowman time, find & color, how to draw an elf, wants & needs chart.


Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display.‘Tis the Season to be Reading!
This activity may be canceled when youth staff are absent. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library
 

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

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

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

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

Online registration begins on December 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
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Toddler Storytime & Craft for ages 2 - 4  
   

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

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

Holiday themed stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

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

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

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

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:15 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

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

Materials include rotating: magenetic letters, blocks, PreK flash cards, matching activities, felt board, carpet squares, coloring sheets, 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
   11:15 AM Play Group with Stories  
   

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

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

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

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

Take Word 1 & Word 2 first!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

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

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

Mouse and keyboard skills are essential. 

Advance registration is required. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   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 Elephant & Piggie Book Club  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 4-8 years old.
Each week we will read a different Elephant & Piggie adventure and do a corresponding activity.
No registration is required.

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

Read, learn, and conduct a science experiment!

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   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
   5:30 PM  -  6:15 PM Bollywood Dance for ages 4-10  
   

Come and learn some Bollywood moves and dances.

No registration required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:55 PM Christmas and Holiday Station for Children  
   

Join us as we get ready for the holidays! For children of all ages.
Our tables in the youth department will have rotating drop-in activities for children and families. These will be self-directed crafts for you to do on your own. Children will require caregiver supervision. Crafts will not be available to take out. Children should be present in the Library to participate.
Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.  At times some activities will also be available when unscheduled.


No registration is needed.  Activities will repeat and may include the following at any one time:
Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf character.
Reindeer paper & peppermint craft, make colorful construction paper chains, holiday tangrams.
Merry Christmas Mad Libs, Magnet play, Decorate a paper gift bag & gift tag coloring.
Christmas and Nutcracker Scratch & Sketch, Santa stick puppet craft.
Paper candy cane hunt, with mini candy cane prizes.
Hanukkah worksheets, Hanukkah washi tape menorah craft.
Tri-bead candy cane craft, Holiday elf name activity, Felt board Christmas tree.
Red & green I Spy hunt, “Guess how many items in the jar” contest. Small wooden train set for preschoolers.
Worksheets: "My 2017 end of year review," holiday traditions, color by sight word, Santa’s nice list certificate, counting & graphing, picture puzzles, snowman time, find & color, how to draw an elf, wants & needs chart.


Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display.‘Tis the Season to be Reading!
This activity may be canceled when youth staff are absent. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library
 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:00 PM Frosted Pinecones  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use pinecones glue and glitter to make a trio of eye-catching festive hanging pinecones.  

  Ages 15 and up.

Preregistration is required.

 

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

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

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

No reigstration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:45 PM Alzheimer’s: Legal and Financial Considerations  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

This workshop will provide information on:

·         The importance of advance planning

·         Identifying steps to get legal, financial, and future care plans put in place

·         Hands-on tools for making plans now

Presenter Nicolette Vasco is the program coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Association in the greater New Jersey region. She is a certified nonprofit professional who provides compassion in the advocacy and support of those she serves.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Drop in craft: name snowman  
   

Make a paper snowman with your name on it.

Ages 5 and up with a caregiver

No registration required

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete

Library staff will not be present in room

Clean up will begin at 8:00

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

   6:30 PM  -  7:00 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: FOOD 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  -  7:30 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 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: Nightside the Long Sun, by Gene Wolfe  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Inside the giant spaceship known as the Whorl, the gods speak to their worshipers through a complex system of augury and technology until one man discovers the existence of a new god and unwittingly begins a revolution. Next sci-fi book club title is: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Chess Club (Ages 7-14)  
   

Students will learn new techniques that will prepare them to compete in local tournaments.

You must know the basics of chess.

You must bring your own chess board.

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

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Wednesday December 20, 2017
   9:40 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

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

Materials include rotating: magenetic letters, blocks, PreK flash cards, matching activities, felt board, carpet squares, coloring sheets, 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 Travel & Entertainment Club  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

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

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

Registration is required.

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

Learn about browsers like Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox.  Discover the security & privacy features in Edge. Explore more features in Google! 

Requires some Internet experience!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Free Gift Wrapping  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   
 
Stop by to wrap your holiday gifts.  
Sponsored by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.
 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:05 AM Christmas and Holiday Station for Children  
   

Join us as we get ready for the holidays! For children of all ages.
Our tables in the youth department will have rotating drop-in activities for children and families. These will be self-directed crafts for you to do on your own. Children will require caregiver supervision. Crafts will not be available to take out. Children should be present in the Library to participate.
Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.  At times some activities will also be available when unscheduled.


No registration is needed.  Activities will repeat and may include the following at any one time:
Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf character.
Reindeer paper & peppermint craft, make colorful construction paper chains, holiday tangrams.
Merry Christmas Mad Libs, Magnet play, Decorate a paper gift bag & gift tag coloring.
Christmas and Nutcracker Scratch & Sketch, Santa stick puppet craft.
Paper candy cane hunt, with mini candy cane prizes.
Hanukkah worksheets, Hanukkah washi tape menorah craft.
Tri-bead candy cane craft, Holiday elf name activity, Felt board Christmas tree.
Red & green I Spy hunt, “Guess how many items in the jar” contest. Small wooden train set for preschoolers.
Worksheets: "My 2017 end of year review," holiday traditions, color by sight word, Santa’s nice list certificate, counting & graphing, picture puzzles, snowman time, find & color, how to draw an elf, wants & needs chart.


Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display.‘Tis the Season to be Reading!
This activity may be canceled when youth staff are absent. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library
 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Kids’ Music Round  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

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

Online registration begins on Decemmber 6. 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  -  11:00 AM Morning Story Time with Miss Liz  
    Contact: Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

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

 

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM Toddler Time  
   

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Adult Craft Circle  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us in creating a fun pair of mittens for you or a friend. All supplies provided. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. Limited seating. Please register. 

    Location: Hickory Corner 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  -  3:00 PM The Short of It  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

The short story -- short in length, but full of content! Join our newly formed discussion group, which has a focus on the short story. Each month we'll read and discuss three short stories by the same author. This month's author is Jhumpa Lahiri and her short stories, “A Temporary Matter,” “Mrs. Sen's,” and “This Blessed House.” These stories are available in Lahiri’s published collection, Interpreter of Maladies.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   3:55 PM Loom Club (ages 5-11)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children are invited to join our drop-in loom bracelet club.   We will make loom bracelets, share ideas and try new patterns.  Participants should bring their own loom and rubber bands.  

Ages 5 - 11.  No registration required.

See Youth Progam Policy.  

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

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

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

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM Reading Genius Club  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for our monthly Reading Genius Club (RGC) book group meeting.  Read and/or bring any book about ART and join in related activities.

Suggested books are available in the library.  

For ages 7-11.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:25 PM Christmas and Holiday Station for Children  
   

Join us as we get ready for the holidays! For children of all ages.
Our tables in the youth department will have rotating drop-in activities for children and families. These will be self-directed crafts for you to do on your own. Children will require caregiver supervision. Crafts will not be available to take out. Children should be present in the Library to participate.
Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.  At times some activities will also be available when unscheduled.


No registration is needed.  Activities will repeat and may include the following at any one time:
Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf character.
Reindeer paper & peppermint craft, make colorful construction paper chains, holiday tangrams.
Merry Christmas Mad Libs, Magnet play, Decorate a paper gift bag & gift tag coloring.
Christmas and Nutcracker Scratch & Sketch, Santa stick puppet craft.
Paper candy cane hunt, with mini candy cane prizes.
Hanukkah worksheets, Hanukkah washi tape menorah craft.
Tri-bead candy cane craft, Holiday elf name activity, Felt board Christmas tree.
Red & green I Spy hunt, “Guess how many items in the jar” contest. Small wooden train set for preschoolers.
Worksheets: "My 2017 end of year review," holiday traditions, color by sight word, Santa’s nice list certificate, counting & graphing, picture puzzles, snowman time, find & color, how to draw an elf, wants & needs chart.


Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display.‘Tis the Season to be Reading!
This activity may be canceled when youth staff are absent. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library
 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Book Club! (for ages 5-8)  
   

For ages 5-8.

Join us for 3 evenings of fun solutions to wacky problems as we read the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series!  Each week we’ll read and discuss several chapters, and then do a fun craft!

Online registration is required.

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Popcorn and a Movie - Spider-Man Homecoming (Ages 12-17)  
   

Enjoy Spider-Man Homecoming and free popcorn! Rated PG-13. Runtime: 133 min. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Communicating and Connecting Effectively with Dementia Patients  
   

Presented by Nicolette Vasco of Alzheimer’s Association. Learn how to explain the communication changes that take place throughout the course of Alzheimer’s disease, decode verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, respond in ways that are helpful, and identify strategies to connect and communication at each stage of the disease. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Communicating and Connecting Effectively with Dementia Patients  
   

Presented by Nicolette Vasco of Alzheimer’s Association. Learn how to explain the communication changes that take place throughout the course of Alzheimer’s disease, decode verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, respond in ways that are helpful, and identify strategies to connect and communication at each stage of the disease. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Embroidery Circle  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

The Embroidery Circle is open to all skill levels – including absolute beginners. Bring embroidery projects you are working on to share with others or work in the good company of fellow embroiders. No registration.

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Bollywood Workout  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

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

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Anime Aficionados – Tokyo Godfathers  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for the annual viewing of Tokyo Godfathers, directed by Satoshi Kon and Shôgo Furyha.

Plot Summary: The story takes place on Christmas Eve in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Middle-aged has-been Gin, aging transvestite Hana, and teenage runaway Miyuki are homeless friends who have formed a makeshift family structure bond. That bond is tested when they find an abandoned baby while searching for food in a trash dumpster. They try to care for the infant themselves, and travel throughout the city in search of the baby's parents. (PG-13; 91 minutes)

Please Note: Anime will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch

Thursday December 21, 2017
   9:30 AM Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   9:40 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

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

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Christmas and Holiday Station for Children  
   

Join us as we get ready for the holidays! For children of all ages.
Our tables in the youth department will have rotating drop-in activities for children and families. These will be self-directed crafts for you to do on your own. Children will require caregiver supervision. Crafts will not be available to take out. Children should be present in the Library to participate.
Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.  At times some activities will also be available when unscheduled.


No registration is needed.  Activities will repeat and may include the following at any one time:
Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf character.
Reindeer paper & peppermint craft, make colorful construction paper chains, holiday tangrams.
Merry Christmas Mad Libs, Magnet play, Decorate a paper gift bag & gift tag coloring.
Christmas and Nutcracker Scratch & Sketch, Santa stick puppet craft.
Paper candy cane hunt, with mini candy cane prizes.
Hanukkah worksheets, Hanukkah washi tape menorah craft.
Tri-bead candy cane craft, Holiday elf name activity, Felt board Christmas tree.
Red & green I Spy hunt, “Guess how many items in the jar” contest. Small wooden train set for preschoolers.
Worksheets: "My 2017 end of year review," holiday traditions, color by sight word, Santa’s nice list certificate, counting & graphing, picture puzzles, snowman time, find & color, how to draw an elf, wants & needs chart.


Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display.‘Tis the Season to be Reading!
This activity may be canceled when youth staff are absent. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library
 

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

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

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

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

Proficiency in Excel 1 & Excel 2 required!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Conversational ESL  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

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

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

No registration required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

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

Materials include rotating: magenetic letters, blocks, PreK flash cards, matching activities, felt board, carpet squares, coloring sheets, 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
   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.

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Excel Beginner  
    Contact: Michael Kerr   609-275-8901   
   

We will learn the basics of Excel through making a sample spreadsheet. Formatting, using the autofill feature, using formulas, and making simple charts are covered in this class. If you can bring your own laptop with Excel 2007 or above, you do not need to register for the class. Signup for adults only. Space is limited, so you may register for only one Excel Beginner class per month. Registration period begins November 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor 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  -  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 November 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Free Gift Wrapping  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   
 
Free Gift Wrapping
Stop by to wrap your holiday gifts.  
Sponsored by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.
 

 

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM 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 November 22nd.

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

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

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

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

Grades K - 5. No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:00 PM Holiday Craft: Book Candle Holders  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6923   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to book fold. Beautiful for all occasions. See how easy and quickly you can make stunning candle holders to use with tea lights from up-cycled old books. Use only battery operated flame less tea lights in the paper candle holder. Registration is suggested and is limited to 15 participants.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:00 PM Holiday Craft: Book Candle Holders  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to book fold. Beautiful for all occasions. See how easily and quickly you can make stunning candle holders to use with tea lights from up-cycled old books. Use only battery operated flameless tea lights in the paper candle holder. Registration is required and is limited to 15 participants.  

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:25 PM Christmas and Holiday Station for Children  
   

Join us as we get ready for the holidays! For children of all ages.
Our tables in the youth department will have rotating drop-in activities for children and families. These will be self-directed crafts for you to do on your own. Children will require caregiver supervision. Crafts will not be available to take out. Children should be present in the Library to participate.
Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.  At times some activities will also be available when unscheduled.


No registration is needed.  Activities will repeat and may include the following at any one time:
Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf character.
Reindeer paper & peppermint craft, make colorful construction paper chains, holiday tangrams.
Merry Christmas Mad Libs, Magnet play, Decorate a paper gift bag & gift tag coloring.
Christmas and Nutcracker Scratch & Sketch, Santa stick puppet craft.
Paper candy cane hunt, with mini candy cane prizes.
Hanukkah worksheets, Hanukkah washi tape menorah craft.
Tri-bead candy cane craft, Holiday elf name activity, Felt board Christmas tree.
Red & green I Spy hunt, “Guess how many items in the jar” contest. Small wooden train set for preschoolers.
Worksheets: "My 2017 end of year review," holiday traditions, color by sight word, Santa’s nice list certificate, counting & graphing, picture puzzles, snowman time, find & color, how to draw an elf, wants & needs chart.


Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display.‘Tis the Season to be Reading!
This activity may be canceled when youth staff are absent. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library
 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Bead Bracelets and Paper Chains for Kwanzaa  
   

For children 5 - 11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Enjoy making a beaded bracelet with colorful pony beads on a suede cord! 

Highlighting the colors of Kwanzaa of red, green and black, we’ll make bracelets to take home and paper chains to decorate the library!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

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

This is a hands-on class where students will design and build machines, catapults, pyramids, derby cars, buildings and other constructions out of LEGO® bricks.
While exploring engineering, architecture and physics, students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
This program is for grades K-5.
Registration is required online starting Monday, November 20th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Friday December 22, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Drop in Holiday Crafts  
    Contact:    609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For all ages.  Drop in any time and do winter and holiday-themed crafts.

No registration required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   9:35 AM Teen Take-Out Craft: Nut-ty Snowman!  
   

* Available all month! *

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

The Library will provide supplies and instructions for making a tiny snowman ornament out of metal nuts.  Your job is to take a kit home and have fun putting it together!

For ages 10-18.

Pick up a kit at the Youth Services Desk.

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

Teens must come in person to receive a kit.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

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

Materials include rotating: magenetic letters, blocks, PreK flash cards, matching activities, felt board, carpet squares, coloring sheets, 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 Family Movie: Frozen  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

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

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

For all ages.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   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  -  10:45 AM Preschool Storytime  
   

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

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

Adult must remain in the program.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Free Gift Wrapping  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   
 
Stop by to wrap your holiday gifts.  
Sponsored by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.
 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers 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
   10:05 AM Christmas and Holiday Station for Children  
   

Join us as we get ready for the holidays! For children of all ages.
Our tables in the youth department will have rotating drop-in activities for children and families. These will be self-directed crafts for you to do on your own. Children will require caregiver supervision. Crafts will not be available to take out. Children should be present in the Library to participate.
Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.  At times some activities will also be available when unscheduled.


No registration is needed.  Activities will repeat and may include the following at any one time:
Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf character.
Reindeer paper & peppermint craft, make colorful construction paper chains, holiday tangrams.
Merry Christmas Mad Libs, Magnet play, Decorate a paper gift bag & gift tag coloring.
Christmas and Nutcracker Scratch & Sketch, Santa stick puppet craft.
Paper candy cane hunt, with mini candy cane prizes.
Hanukkah worksheets, Hanukkah washi tape menorah craft.
Tri-bead candy cane craft, Holiday elf name activity, Felt board Christmas tree.
Red & green I Spy hunt, “Guess how many items in the jar” contest. Small wooden train set for preschoolers.
Worksheets: "My 2017 end of year review," holiday traditions, color by sight word, Santa’s nice list certificate, counting & graphing, picture puzzles, snowman time, find & color, how to draw an elf, wants & needs chart.


Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display.‘Tis the Season to be Reading!
This activity may be canceled when youth staff are absent. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library
 

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

For ages 2 months to 5 years.
Kids' Music Round is a singing, laughing, jiggling, clapping, dancing, bouncing, fun-filled, award-winning music and movement experience.
Registration is required online starting Monday, November 20th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Walk-In Craft (All Ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room to create a craft! 

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Drop in Holiday Crafts  
    Contact:    609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For all ages.  Drop in any time and do winter and holiday-themed crafts.

No registration required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Mug Cakes (Ages 10 & up)  
   

Create delicious mug cakes with simple ingredients. 

Registration required. 

Recipes ontain eggs. 

You must bring your own mug!

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:30 PM Mini Elves, for ages 6-10  
   

For ages 6-10.

Make a beautiful decoration out of a recycled CD, puffy paint, and your imagination!

No registration required.

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Saturday December 23, 2017
   9:35 AM Take Home Craft  
   

For all ages!

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

The Library will provide supplies and instructions  

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Christmas and Holiday Station for Children  
   

Join us as we get ready for the holidays! For children of all ages.
Our tables in the youth department will have rotating drop-in activities for children and families. These will be self-directed crafts for you to do on your own. Children will require caregiver supervision. Crafts will not be available to take out. Children should be present in the Library to participate.
Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.  At times some activities will also be available when unscheduled.


No registration is needed.  Activities will repeat and may include the following at any one time:
Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf character.
Reindeer paper & peppermint craft, make colorful construction paper chains, holiday tangrams.
Merry Christmas Mad Libs, Magnet play, Decorate a paper gift bag & gift tag coloring.
Christmas and Nutcracker Scratch & Sketch, Santa stick puppet craft.
Paper candy cane hunt, with mini candy cane prizes.
Hanukkah worksheets, Hanukkah washi tape menorah craft.
Tri-bead candy cane craft, Holiday elf name activity, Felt board Christmas tree.
Red & green I Spy hunt, “Guess how many items in the jar” contest. Small wooden train set for preschoolers.
Worksheets: "My 2017 end of year review," holiday traditions, color by sight word, Santa’s nice list certificate, counting & graphing, picture puzzles, snowman time, find & color, how to draw an elf, wants & needs chart.


Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display.‘Tis the Season to be Reading!
This activity may be canceled when youth staff are absent. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library
 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Guided Meditation  
   

Relax and find your inner calm with our Sahaja Yoga meditation program! Please wear comfortable clothing. Registration required. Call 882-3148. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Gift Wrapping @ the Library  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2310   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

The library will provide wrapping paper, ribbons, and tape. Come wrap your holiday gifts in peace and quiet while supplies last!

No registration necessary.

    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 Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:45 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

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 Holiday Film Screening: Holiday Inn (1942)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6923   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire musical set in a country roadhouse in Connecticut, where it is turned into a nightclub 15 times a year. With Irving Berlin songs, including the Oscar-winning "White Christmas." NR. 101 min. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.  

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM Holiday Film Screening: Holiday Inn (1942)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

A Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire musical set in a country roadhouse in Connecticut, where it is turned into a nightclub 15 times a year. With Irving Berlin songs, including the Oscar-winning "White Christmas." NR. 101 min. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Candy Cane Slime  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

All ages are welcome to this slime making program with a seasonal twist.
We will be making red and white slime scented with peppermint.
Registration is required online starting Monday, November 20th.

    Location: Hickory Corner 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
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM International Science Olympiads Club (High School Students)  
   

The International Science Olympiads Club is run by students from West Windsor-Plainsboro High Schools North and South who will help prepare other high school students for biology, chemistry, and physics Olympiad competitions. 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Sunday December 24, 2017
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Christmas Eve  
   

All branches will be closed.


Monday December 25, 2017
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Christmas  
   

All branches are closed.


Tuesday December 26, 2017
   9:40 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:45 AM Jumbo Games through 8pm *drop in*  
   

Drop in through 8pm to play with our Jumbo games.  May include: Jumbo dominoes, Jumbo number fishing game, Jumbo stacking cups, Jumbo Word Scramble and Jumbo Chinese Checkers.

For Kids 11 years and below, with caregiver supervision.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Lego Open Play  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For all ages

Free play with regular Legos and extra LARGE Legos.   Build a fort for a minifigure or one big enough for you to get inside!

No registration required.

 

    Location: Hollowbrook 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 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  -  5:00 PM Create a...  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:15 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

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

Materials include rotating: magenetic letters, blocks, PreK flash cards, matching activities, felt board, carpet squares, coloring sheets, 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
   11:15 AM Play Group with Stories  
   

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

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM Family Movie Matinee: Despicable Me 3  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Rated PG. 
Run time 1 hour and 30 minutes.
A small snack will be served.
Caregivers must remain in the room for the duration of the movie.
No registration required. 

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Kids' movie: Emoji movie  
    Contact:    609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For all ages.  Movie and popcorn.  Emoji movie (2017); rated PG.

No registration required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   2:00 PM New Year's Craft  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Celebrate the coming of the New Year with a New Year's Craft at the library!

Ages 3-17

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   2:30 PM Family Movie: Cars 3  
   

Cars 3. Rated G. Runtime: 109 minutes. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM Kindness Rock Craft,  
   

All Ages!

    Location: Ewing 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
   6:30 PM Drop in craft: letter collage  
   

Make a collage using scrap paper of the first letter of your name

Ages 5 and up with a caregiver

No registration required

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete

Library staff will not be present in room

Clean up will begin at 8:00

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

   6:30 PM Family Craft Night, for children and their families  
   

For children and their families!

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

This month’s project is puffy paint window clings (dress for a mess!)

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

Adult Program

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Chess Club (Ages 7-14)  
   

Students will learn new techniques that will prepare them to compete in local tournaments.

You must know the basics of chess.

You must bring your own chess board.

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

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Wednesday December 27, 2017
   9:40 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:45 AM Jumbo Games through 8pm *drop in*  
   

Drop in through 8pm to play with our Jumbo games.  May include: Jumbo dominoes, Jumbo number fishing game, Jumbo stacking cups, Jumbo Word Scramble and Jumbo Chinese Checkers.

For Kids 11 years and below, with caregiver supervision.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

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

Materials include rotating: magenetic letters, blocks, PreK flash cards, matching activities, felt board, carpet squares, coloring sheets, 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 Cat, Hat, Sat Story Time  
   

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

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

Play rhyming games! 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Lego Challenge  
    Contact:    609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Ages 5 – 12

Pick a challenge card and see if you can build it.   Compete with yourself or challenge a friend.

 

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   10:30 AM Concert with Alex and the Kaleidoscope  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Emmy award-winning children’s entertainer, Alex Mitnick from the musical group Alex and the Kaleidoscope will be here to encourage and inspire kids through the power of songs.
Alex has been captivating kids and adults alike with his fresh approach to music for young audiences for over a decade.
Audiences clap along, sing, and dance, actively participating in the concert.
This show is suggested for all ages.
Registration is required online starting Monday, December 4th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Concert with Alex and the Kaleidoscope  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Emmy award-winning children’s entertainer, Alex Mitnick from the musical group Alex and the Kaleidoscope will be here to encourage and inspire kids through the power of songs.
Alex has been captivating kids and adults alike with his fresh approach to music for young audiences for over a decade.
Audiences clap along, sing, and dance, actively participating in the concert.
This show is suggested for all ages.
Registration is required online starting Monday, December 4th.

    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 The Lizard Guys Show  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Come join The Lizard Guys as they present lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs, & various bugs to the library!

Get introduced to each animal and learn about where they come from, its normal diet, life expectancy, and more!

For all ages.

This program is made possible by the Friends of the Library.

Library programs are free and open to all.

 

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Movies for Adults – The Zookeeper’s Wife  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

A married couple who work as zoo caretakers help save Jews from the Holocaust. (Rated PG-13; 124 minutes)

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM Adult Movie: Lady MacBeth (2016)  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

A young woman in a loveless marriage has an affair with a servant.  Rated R. Running time:  89 minutes.      

Generous support for this program was provided by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

Registration is preferred.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   2:00 PM Kids Movie Matinee - Despicable Me 3 (PG)  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

The continuing the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions!

 

Online registration begins on December 11. Please register each child separately.

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

Join us for Yoga and mindfulness for ages 9 to 18 years old.
Beginners welcome
Mats are provided.
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.
Registration is required online starting Monday, December 4th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Alex & the Kaleidoscope Concert (All ages)  
   

Emmy award-winning children's entertainer, Alex Mitnick from the musical group Alex and the Kaleidoscope will be here to encourage and inspire kids through the power of songs.

Alex has been captivating kids and adults alike with his fresh approach to music for young audiences for over a decade.

Audiences clap along, sing, and dance, actively participating in the concert.

This show is suggested for all ages.

No registration required

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM Bingo  
   

For Children, ages 4-8.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:30 PM  -  4:15 PM Master Artists (Ages 7 & up)  
   

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM 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
   6:15 PM  -  8:30 PM Movies for Adults -- The Zookeeper's Wife  
    Contact: Hopewell Reference   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

A married couple who work as zoo caretakers help save Jews from the Holocaust. (Rated PG-13; 124 minutes)

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM Teen Clay Pot Snowmen, for ages 9-16  
   

For ages 9-16.

Turn a plain terra cotta pot into an adorable snowman using paint and other craft supplies!!

Online registration is required.

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Thursday December 28, 2017
   9:30 AM Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   10:30 AM Conversational ESL  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

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

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

No registration required.

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

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

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

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM New Year's Party for Families  
   

For children 2-10 years,  families welcome.

Come to our New Year's party and help us welcome in the year 2018! 

Activities will include crafts, strolling magic, music, light refreshments and a Countdown celebration at 12 noon.

Registration starts at 7am on the day of the party.  This event will be held in our large meeting rooms and lobby area.

Free, and 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.

   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Kwanzaa Storytime  
   

Special Kwanzaa Presentation by Ms. Rae Reynolds Fussell.

 For children ages 4-10.

Learn about the seven Principles of Kwanzaa in English and Swahili. 

Story and Craft!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM DIY Stress balls  
    Contact:    609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For ages 7 and up.  Make your own stress ball.

Registration is required.  Space is limited.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   2:00 PM Mini Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

An enjoyable program for toddler to teens and all in between.
Come build a mini "gingerbread" house out of graham crackers then decorate with candy and icing!
Registration is required online starting Monday, December 4th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM The Magic of Mike Dziubas  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Be amazed as Mike Dziubas performs his magic show. For children ages 4 and up.

 

Online registration begins on December 11. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:30 PM Family Move: The Emoji Movie  
   

The Emoji Movie. Rated PG. Runtime: 86 minutes. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  3:45 PM Magic Show with Jay the Magician  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for children ages 4-12.

Be amazed and wowed by New Jersey's favorite magician, Jay, during this magical entertainment program! Jay will blend classic tricks, magical illusions, and comedy into one great fun-filled show.

You might even learn some new magic tricks to show you friends after Winter Break!

Online registration required beginning Wednesday, December 13.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM  -  3:45 PM Magic Show with Jay the Magician  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for children ages 4-12.

Be amazed and wowed by New Jersey's favorite magician, Jay, during this magical entertainment program! Jay will blend classic tricks, magical illusions, and comedy into one great fun-filled show.

You might even learn some new magic tricks to show you friends after Winter Break!

Online registration required beginning Wednesday, December 13.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:30 PM Teen Clay Pot Snowmen, for ages 9-16  
   

For ages 9-16.

Turn a plain terra cotta pot into an adorable snowman using paint and other craft supplies!!

Online registration is required.

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Art Explorers (Ages 6-11)  
   

Explore different forms of art and create your own masterpiece! 

No registration required. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM Kwanzaa Celebration  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6923   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for a traditional Kwanzaa celebration that may include a variety of songs, dances, African drumming, storytelling, spoken word, poetry and a film. The Kwanzaa cultural symbols that represent values and concepts of this seven day holiday will be available for viewing.  Kwanzaa derived from the phrase "matunda ya kwanza," means "first fruits" in Ki-Swahili.  The seven principles of Kwanzaa (NguzoSaba in Swahili) reflects cultural values: Umoja - unity, Kujichagulia - self determination,Ujima - collective work and responsibility, Ujamaa - cooperative economics, Nia - purpose, Kuumba - creativity, and Imani - faith.  Light refreshments will be available. This educational program will be facilitated by Zarinah Shakir - Producer/Host, Perspectives of Interfaith television. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:00 PM Kwanzaa Celebration  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for a traditional Kwanzaa celebration that may include a variety of songs, dances, African drumming, storytelling, spoken word, poetry and a film. The Kwanzaa cultural symbols that represent values and concepts of this seven day holiday will be available for viewing. Kwanzaa derived from the phrase "matunda ya kwanza," means "first fruits" in Ki-Swahili. The seven principles of Kwanzaa (NguzoSaba in Swahili) reflects cultural values: Umoja - unity, Kujichagulia - self determination,Ujima - collective work and responsibility, Ujamaa - cooperative economics, Nia - purpose, Kuumba - creativity, and Imani - faith. Light refreshments will be available. This educational program will be facilitated by Zarinah Shakir - Producer/Host, Perspectives of Interfaith television. Registration is suggested.  

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

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM School-age STEAM (moved to Thursday just for this week)  
    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 Thursday, December 21st.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Friday December 29, 2017
   9:40 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley  
   

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

Materials include rotating: magenetic letters, blocks, PreK flash cards, matching activities, felt board, carpet squares, coloring sheets, 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 Family Movie: Despicable Me 3  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Come watch a movie at the library! Today's movie will be Despicable Me 3 rated PG.

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

For all ages.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:00 AM  -  10:45 AM Preschool Storytime  
   

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

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

Adult must remain in the program.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No registration is required.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM New Year Party  
    Contact:    609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For ages 2-7.  Celebrate the New Year a little early.  Hear stories, do crafts and count down to noon!

No registration required.

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

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Walk-In Craft (All Ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room to create a craft! 

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:45 AM Countdown to 2018  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come and create special crafts with the materials provided. Then we’ll count down to 12 p.m. and celebrate with juice and a snack! For children of all ages, accompanied by an adult.

Online registration begins on December 11. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   12:00 PM Countdown to New Year’s Party,  
   

Decorate noise makers and hats! 

Ages 4-11.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:30 PM Family Movie: Disneynature: Born in China  
   

Disneynature's Born in China. Rated G. Runtime: 76 minutes. 

    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
   3:30 PM Recycle Crafts! Bottle Snowmen, for ages 6-10  
   

For ages 6-10.

Make a cute snowman out of an upcycled water bottle!

No registration required.

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Saturday December 30, 2017
   9:35 AM Take Home Craft  
   

For all ages!

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

The Library will provide supplies and instructions  

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Guided Meditation  
   

Relax and find your inner calm with our Sahaja Yoga meditation program! Please wear comfortable clothing. Registration required. Call 882-3148. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM New Year's Eve necklace craft, for kids of all ages  
   

For kids of all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop-in between 10am and 4pm and decorate a New Year's Eve necklace.  Perfect for the little ones to wear for the weekend festivities! 

No registration required! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    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 Story-time for 2-5 yrs  
   

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:45 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

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

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM International Science Olympiads Club (High School Students)  
   

The International Science Olympiads Club is run by students from West Windsor-Plainsboro High Schools North and South who will help prepare other high school students for biology, chemistry, and physics Olympiad competitions. 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Sunday December 31, 2017
   12:55 AM  -  11:55 PM New Year's Eve  
   

All branches will be closed.


Monday January 1, 2018
   12:55 AM  -  11:55 PM New Year's Day  
   

All branches are closed.


Tuesday January 2, 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 Teen and Tween Take-Home Craft: Origami Snowflakes  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For ages 9 and up.
Ask at the reference desk for your craft kit starting Tuesday, January 2nd.
Supplies are limited.  Kits are handed out on a first come, first serve basis.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   9:35 AM Teen Take-Out Craft: Soda Tab Bracelet!  
   

* Available all month! *

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

The Library will provide supplies and instructions for making a bracelet out of soda tabs.  Your job is to take a kit home and have fun putting it together!

For ages 10-18.

Pick up a kit at the Youth Services Desk.

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

Teens must come in person to receive a kit.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:35 AM Tween & Teen Take Out Craft (Ages 10-18)  
   

For tweens & teens ages 10-18.

Pick up the supplies needed to make your own key ring or necklace holder from upcycled materials.

While supplies last. One kit per person.

   9:35 AM Winter Reading Challenge  
   

Take the Winter Reading Challenge, for children ages 2-11, starts on Friday, December 1 and ends on Friday, January 19, 2018. You may include books you listen to as well as books you read for school. Adults may read to younger children.

All participants will receive a prize!

Pick up forms at the youth services desk. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.   

    Location: Ewing 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 chilly upcycled snowman.

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 a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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 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
   10:00 AM Hatha Yoga  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

Stories and crafts!

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

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

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

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

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

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   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 a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  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 Family Movie  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   
A Dog's Purpose (2017). (Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad). PG; 120 minutes.
This dramedy follows a dog as he is reincarnated as different breeds belonging to various owners.  Over the course of multiple lifetimes, the canine's existence intersects with that of a young boy who rescued him in 1962.  

Popcorn will be served.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   4:30 PM Elephant & Piggie Book Club  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 4-8 years old.
Each week we will read a different Elephant & Piggie adventure and do a corresponding activity.
No registration is required.

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

Read, learn, and conduct a science experiment!

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   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 Upcycling: Fringe T-Shirt Tote Bag  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use an old t-shirt to make a fringe tote bag to carry to the market or for everyday use. 

Please bring an old large sized t-shirt to craft with.  

Ages 15 and up.

Preregistration is required.

 

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:15 PM  -  6:45 PM Art Explorers (Ages 6-11)  
   

Explore different forms of art and create your own masterpiece! 

No registration required. Please arrive on time. 

    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 PJ Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Storytime is a half hour program of stories and songs.
For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
You are invited to wear your pajamas.
A craft is included at the end.
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Chess Club (Ages 7-14)  
   

Students will learn new techniques that will prepare them to compete in local tournaments.

You must know the basics of chess.

You must bring your own chess board.

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

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:05 PM Current Events Discussion Club  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Join librarian Matthew Latta for a monthly open and informal discussion of events in the news.  We will consider social, political and cultural issues from around the nation and around the world. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Wednesday January 3, 2018
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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
   10:00 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  -  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 a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  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
   3:00 PM Active Aging Fitness: Winter Series  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

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

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

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

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

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Explorations! Magical Snowflake Watercolor-resist Art  
   

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

Use white oil pastels (cray-pas) to draw a secret snowflake design scene on white watercolor paper. 

Then paint over it with liquid watercolors and, using the watercolor-resist method, see your design emerge!  It’s magic & magical!

Add some glitter to complete your sparkling winter scene!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

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

No registration necessary.

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

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM 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

Thursday January 4, 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 a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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  -  11:00 AM Bollywood Workout  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

This is a fun-filled, intensive dance program for adults. It is a full-body workout, with a Hindi music track, designed to increases 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.

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

    Location: West Windsor 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 Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

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

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

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

No registration required.

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

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

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

No registration required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Conversational ESL  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   11:00 AM 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 Dec. 21. 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
   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 a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  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 Healthy Habits for a Healthy You  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Discover the advantages of taking care of yourself as you age, and learn strategies to age well in the following areas

·         cognitive activity

·         physical health and exercise

·         diet and nutrition

·         social

 

Presented by Nicolette Vasco, Program Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association.

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

    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  -  6:00 PM Young Scientists for ages 6-10  
    Contact: Susan Flacks     sflacks@mcl.org
   

Young Scientists is a weekly program designed for ages 6 to 10, that offers a new science experiment each week. 

Through exciting and fun experiments, students will extend their knowledge and further their curiosity.

  Four programs will take place in January: Jan. 4, 11, 18, and 25

  Weekly registration is required.

 

Space is limited. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM Foreign and Independent Films at Your Library: Soul on a String (China, 2016)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a deer, Taibei, a solitary Tibetan cowboy, embarks on a mission: to bring it back to the holy Mountain of Buddha's Handprint. Pursued by black market traders who seek the priceless artifact for themselves, as well as two brothers seeking vengeance for the long-ago death of their father, Taibei's journey will be a long and difficult one - even before it is thrown off course by strange, mystical events.142 min. Not rated. Tibetan with English subtitles. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Explorations! Magical Snowflake Watercolor-resist Art  
   

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

Use white oil pastels (cray-pas) to draw a secret snowflake design scene on white watercolor paper. 

Then paint over it with liquid watercolors and, using the watercolor-resist method, see your design emerge!  It’s magic & magical!

Add some glitter to complete your sparkling winter scene!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

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

This is a hands-on class where children will listen to a story followed by a guided build with LEGO® DUPLO® bricks.
Suggested for ages 2-5.
Registration is required online starting Thursday, December 14th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Financial Planning for Higher Ed  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Nama Soukouna, financial advisor at Edward Jones, will discuss the features and benefits of 529 higher education savings plans, also known as "qualified tuition plans." Nama will talk about questions to consider as you establish goals for a college savings plan, and how to get started.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Friday January 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 a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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 Preschool Storytime  
   

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

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

Adult must remain in the program.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Dance Party  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

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

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

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 Singalong with Pat McKinley for all ages  
   

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

No registration required.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Walk-In Craft (All Ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room to create a craft! 

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   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 First Friday Film -- Grey Lady (2017)  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

A Boston police officer travels to Nantucket to find the killer of his partner. Once there, he uncovers disturbing family secrets that greatly alter his investigation. 109 mins, Rated R.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th grade drop in activity table through 4:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 4:00pm.

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

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

Adult Program

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:30 PM Posture & 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: Winter Series  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Saturday January 6, 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
   10:00 AM Guided Meditation  
   

Relax and find your inner calm with our Sahaja Yoga meditation program! Please wear comfortable clothing. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Learn Crochet!  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

This introductory class by instructor Anastasia Popova will have you well on your way to creating warm and cozy items for yourself and others. All materials will be supplied.

Ages 14 & up. 

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
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Learn Crochet!  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

This introductory class by instructor Anastasia Popova will have you well on your way to creating warm and cozy items for yourself and others. All materials will be supplied.

Ages 14 & up. 

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
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM SCORE Princeton  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Stop by the library for our monthly small business themed seminar presented by SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Businesses).

Please call the library for this month’s presentation topic at 609-737-2610.

Registration is required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Star Wars Party  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Have fun in a galaxy far, far away! Drop in and enjoy crafts, games, and a snack.  For children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Sunday January 7, 2018
   12:30 PM Tissue Paper Trees Collage  
   

Sunday Surprise Craft!

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

Create an ethereal winter landscape with brightly colored tissue paper trees and decorated with sparkling glitter glue.

Easy and satisfying way to create a beautiful piece of art!

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:45 PM  -  2:45 PM Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)  
   

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

No registration required. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM Movie: The Glass Castle  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

The Glass Castle (2017) Starring Nicole Kidman. Rated PG-13. 127 minutes.

 Chronicles the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family. A remarkable story of unconditional love. A young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father, found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. No registration.

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

The Glass Castle (PG-13), with Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts. A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. Runtime: 127 min.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Sahaja Yoga Meditation  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday January 8, 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
   9:35 AM Registration begins -  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   
  • Little Explorers – children ages 3 to 5, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join us for hands-on science activities. This class will meet on Mondays at 2 p.m. or Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
  • Storytime - children ages 2 to 5 will enjoy stories, songs, and crafts. This half hour program will be held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m., Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., or Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

Please call the Robbinsville Branch at 609-259-2150 to register. Classes begin the week of January 15 and will run through the week of February 19.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   9:35 AM Registration begins for What’s Up Wednesdays  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

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

Please call the Robbinsville Branch at 609-259-2150 to register. Classes begin the week of January 15 and will run through the week of February 19.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   9:35 AM Take Home Craft  
   

For all ages!

Stop by the Library to pick up a free take-home craft a paper snowflakes  

The Library will provide supplies and instructions  

    Location: Ewing Branch
   9:35 AM Teen and Tween Take-Home Craft: Origami Snowflakes  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For ages 9 and up.
Ask at the reference desk for your craft kit starting Tuesday, January 2nd.
Supplies are limited.  Kits are handed out on a first come, first serve basis.

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

Our morning activity station will have a table with a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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 The Winter Reading Challenge,  
   

Take the Winter Reading Challenge, for children ages 2-11, starts on Friday, December 1 and ends on Friday, January 19, 2018. You may include books you listen to as well as books you read for school. Adults may read to younger children.

All participants will receive a prize!

Pick up forms at the youth services desk. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.                

    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
   10:30 AM Fitness for the Active Aging  
   

Presented by Bob Kirby. Enjoy the benefits of stretching and low-impact exercises while learning how staying fit can improve balance, posture, flexibility, endurance and more. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM 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  -  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  -  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 Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

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

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th grade drop in activity table through 5:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  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: Wonder Woman (2017)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

An Amazon princess leaves her island home and journeys to the outside world, which is being consumed by a massive war. With the help of an American pilot, she works to put an end to the conflict.141 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
   4:30 PM Read to Bessie the Therapy Dog  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register in person or by phone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:00 PM Sci-Fi Movie Night: They Live (1988)  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

When two men put on special sunglasses they see subliminal messages and the aliens that have taken over the earth.  Rated R; 97 minutes.  

Generous support for this program was provided by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

Registration is preferred.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Learn & Craft (All Ages)  
   

Learn all about the letter G with fun crafts, games, activities and books!

This is a self directed activity. There will be different stations of activities.

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

    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 walk in.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Adult craft - Quilling  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Turn colorful paper strips onto works of art by twirling and shaping them.  All materials will be provided.

Registration is suggested, but not required. 

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   7:00 PM Art of Living Yoga & Meditation  
    Contact:    6094480957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Discover how to relax and recharge your mind and unlock your full potential through gentle stretches, breathing and guided meditation.  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  
   

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  
    Contact: Kim Luke   (609) 448-1474   kluke@mcl.org
   

Crafters of all skill levels are invited to join the library’s new crafting group! Bring your knitting, crochet, embroidery, quilting, paper or other project and work on it with other crafters. Drop in anytime during this monthly meeting to work on a project, share what you’ve made & chat over light refreshments.

For adults & teens ages 14 & up.

 

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

Adult Program

Monday, January 8, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

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 encouraged, though walk-ins are welcome.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Tuesday January 9, 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
   9:35 AM Winter Reading Challenge  
   

Take the Winter Reading Challenge, for children ages 2-11, starts on Friday, December 1 and ends on Friday, January 19, 2018. You may include books you listen to as well as books you read for school. Adults may read to younger children.

All participants will receive a prize!

Pick up forms at the youth services desk. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.   

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

Our morning activity station will have a table with a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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 Hatha Yoga  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:00 AM Kids Music Round free demo class  
   

Recommended for ages 6 months through 5 years, with a caregiver.

A music and movement class for infants, toddlers and preschoolers that includes activities designed to promote musical learning across ages.

Activities include playing rhythm instruments, having fun with finger plays, and singing and dancing to music of different meters and tonalities.

Registration is required, beginning at 7:00am on the day of the program. 

    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! 

    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 December 26. Please register each child separately.

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

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

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

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

Stories and crafts!

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

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

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

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

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

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   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 a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  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  -  5:00 PM Foreign Film: 3 Idiotas  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Spanish; rated PG-13; 2017; 106 minutes

A college roommate has disappeared without a trace on graduation day, and a group of friends embark on a fun adventure to find their friend. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

We ask that you register; however, walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on December 22. Click the Register button, or call 609-700-0462 for information or to register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM Elephant & Piggie Book Club  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 4-8 years old.
Each week we will read a different Elephant & Piggie adventure and do a corresponding activity.
No registration is required.

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

Read, learn, and conduct a science experiment!

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   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
   5:30 PM  -  6:15 PM Bollywood Dance for ages 4-10  
   

Come and learn some Bollywood moves and dances.

No registration required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM Plastic Bottle Butterflies  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use recycled plastic bottles and nail polish to make these pretty plastic butterfly decorations.   

Ages 15 and up.

Preregistration is required.

 

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

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

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

There will also be health information & activities for children.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:15 PM  -  6:45 PM Art Explorers (Ages 6-11)  
   

Explore different forms of art and create your own masterpiece! 

No registration required. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Geeks & Gadgets  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Members of the Mercer County Library System’s IT department will answer your questions about PCs and tablets, or library services such as eBooks, audio books, or the catalog. Bring in your electronic devices for troubleshooting, and get consumer tips if you’re considering purchasing a new computer or device.  If you have the manual for your device, please bring that too!

Registration is not required, but for best service, we suggest you email your questions to support@mcl.org at least a few days before the event.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM PJ Storytime for ages 2-5  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Storytime is a half hour program of stories and songs.
For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
You are invited to wear your pajamas.
A craft is included at the end.
No registration is required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Young Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club  
   

“A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeline L’Engle will be discussed.

Teens and adults are welcome!

Light Refreshments!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Bollywood Workout  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

This is a fun-filled, intensive dance program for adults. It is a full-body workout, with a Hindi music track, designed to increases 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.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Chess Club (Ages 7-14)  
   

Students will learn new techniques that will prepare them to compete in local tournaments.

You must know the basics of chess.

You must bring your own chess board.

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

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Wednesday January 10, 2018
   2:35 AM Tween & Teen Take Out Craft (Ages 10-18)  
   

For tweens & teens ages 10-18.

Pick up the supplies needed to make your own key ring/necklace holder from upcycled materials.

While supplies last. One kit per person.

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

Our morning activity station will have a table with a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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
   10:00 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 Pete the Cat Party  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Join us for crafts, games, and a snack. For children ages 2 and up, accompanied by an adult.

Online registration begins on December 27. Please register each child separately.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   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 a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  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 Snowflakes Craft  
   

For ages 2-5.

Make play snow and glittered painted snowflakes. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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

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

Mouse and keyboard skills are essential. 

Advance registration is required. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   4:30 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
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Coding for the Web (Ages 9-12)  
   

Want to learn how to code in HTML and CSS? Join us as we use Mozilla Thimble to learn the basics of coding for the web. At the end of this four week session, kids will be able to create their own webpage and will develop their passion for programming. 

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all four class: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24 and 1/31. 

Students must bring their own laptop. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Explorations! Tissue Paper Trees Collage  
   

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

Create an ethereal winter landscape with brightly colored tissue paper trees and decorated with sparkling glitter glue.

Easy and satisfying way to create a beautiful piece of art!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

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

No registration necessary.

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

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM Retrain Your Brain for Success: The Power of Positive Thinking  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Stop listening to the negative tape running in the back of your head. Venture out of your comfort zone. Learn how to change your old behaviors and thoughts; substitute positive for negative and feel empowered! Presented by Diane Lang, MA, Author, Counseling Educator, and Life Coach.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM Womanspace Informational Session  
   

Join Susan Adams of Womanspace for an informational session, and learn how Womanspace has helped their clients deal with many issues by hearing their stories. Discover the services Womanspace offers, such as shelter, counseling, transitional housing, legal clinics, and domestic violence and sexual assault hotlines. The floor will be open to questions. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch

Thursday January 11, 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 a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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 Create a Red-Hot Resume  
   

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

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

Caregivers and young children can join us for our "Book Worms & Wiggle Worms" program!

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

Adults will discuss this month's book Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History's Most Iconic Extinct Creatures by Ben Mezrich. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

No registration required.

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

Caregivers and young children can join us for our "Book Worms & Wiggle Worms" program!

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

Adults will discuss this month's book Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History's Most Iconic Extinct Creatures by Ben Mezrich. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

No registration required.

    Location: Hightstown 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   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

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

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

No registration required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM Cook Talks: Food, Mood, Behavior and Performance  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

In a one-hour workshop, patrons will gain a basic personal understanding of how what they eat affects their mood, energy level, focus and performance. Participants will come away with a practical understanding of experiments they can do at home to determine which foods give them the most mental and physical energy and which foods lead to fuzzy thinking, poor memory and ultimately cognitive losses. Registration is suggested. 

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

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

Online registration begins on December 28. 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
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Thursday Movie Matinee: La La Land  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Rated PG-13; 2016; 128 minutes

A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. This original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing dreams.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

We ask that you register; however, walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on December 22. Click the Register button, or call 609-700-0462 for information or to register. 

    Location: West Windsor 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 December 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:30 PM An Afternoon at the Movies-Wonder Woman  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

An Amazon princess leaves her island home and journeys to the outside world, which is being consumed by a massive war. With the help of an American pilot, she works to put an end to the conflict.  Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright. Rated PG-13; 2 hours, 21 minutes, 2017. 

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 a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  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 December 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor 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 December 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM Winter Bingo  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 4 to 8 years.
Come play a game of bingo with winter themed pictures and words.
All participants will receive a small prize.
No registration required.

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Young Scientists for ages 6-10  
    Contact: Susan Flacks     sflacks@mcl.org
   

Young Scientists is a weekly program designed for ages 6 to 10, that offers a new science experiment each week. 

Through exciting and fun experiments, students will extend their knowledge and further their curiosity.

  Four programs will take place in January: Jan. 4, 11, 18, and 25

  Weekly registration is required.

  Registration for the January 11th program begins on January 4, 9:30 am.

Space is limited. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Adult Movie: The Glass Castle (2017)  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

A woman reflects on her family’s past as she pursues a life that is different from her upbringing. 

Rated PG-13. Running time:  127 minutes. 

Generous support for this program was provided by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

Registration is preferred.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:30 PM Explorations! Tissue Paper Trees Collage  
   

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

Create an ethereal winter landscape with brightly colored tissue paper trees and decorated with sparkling glitter glue.

Easy and satisfying way to create a beautiful piece of art!

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 December 28. Please register each child separately.

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

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Clear the Clutter – Organize Your Stuff!  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Are you overwhelmed by all your stuff? Professional organizer John Odalen will provide easy tips on getting – and staying! – organized, how to motivate yourself to get started, and how to maximize your space.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM Poetry Circle: Rita Dove  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Rita Dove (1952-), poet, essayist, playwright and novelist, was the first African American to serve as Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress, 1993-95).  She had previously received the Pultizer Prize for Poetry in 1987 for her most famous work "Thomas and Beulah" a semi-autographical look at the lives of her grandparents.  Dove is known for the eloquence of her language and for portraying portions of the black experience in America. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM African-American Author Spotlight: Edward Kelsey Moore  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for our newly formed group, which celebrates the African-American author. This month we'll discuss contemporary African-American author, Edward Kelsey Moore's The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat.

Registration is requested.

    Location: Hopewell 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 December 22, call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 to make an appointment.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 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.

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

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:30 PM Friends of the Library Meeting  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Friends’ monthly meeting.  New members welcome.  

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch

Friday January 12, 2018
   9:30 AM Yoga for Tots  
   

Bring a towel and a water bottle.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing 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 a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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 Preschool Storytime  
   

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

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

Adult must remain in the program.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM Resume Review  
   

Let us help you turn your resume into one that will get noticed! Content, grammar, and layout will be reviewed by staff wordsmith Lisa Shrager. Appointments are limited to 20 minutes. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  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 Green Golly & her Golden Flute for ages 4 & up  
    Contact: Susan Flacks   609-799-0462   sflacks@mcl.org
   

This Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winning introduction to classical music, presented by author performers Keith Torgan and Barbara Siesel, uses musical storytelling and comedy to inspire imagination and to develop appreciation of classical music.

Green Golly and her golden flute is the story of a maiden named Green Golly who is locked away in a tower by a witch.  Without much to do, she spends her time learning how to play classical music on a golden flute. 

Juilliard trained flutist and educator Barbara Siesel is Green Golly and award winning actor-storyteller-songwriter Keith Torgan is everyone else!

This program meets Common Core learning standards in language arts, literacy in history and social studies, and is available in the new illustrated book, Green Golly and her Golden Flute, from Eifrig Publishing.

For ages 4 & up, but everyone is welcome.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library

 

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

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

Online registration begins on December 29. Please register each child separately.

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

For ages birth–2.5 years & a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome.

No registration necessary. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Green Golly & Her Golden Flute for ages 4 & up  
    Contact: Susan Flacks   609-799-0462   sflacks@mcl.org
   

This Parents' Choice Gold Award Winning introduction to classical music, presented by author performers Keith Torgan and Barbara Siesel, uses musical storytelling and comedy to inspire imagination and appreciation of classical music.

  Green Golly and her Golden Flute tells the story of a maiden named Green Golly who is locked away in a tower by a witch.  With nothing much to do, she spends her time learning how to play classical music on a golden flute.  And then her adventure begins...

  No registration 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
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Walk-In Craft (All Ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room to create a craft! 

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   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 Creative Aging: A Workshop in Renewal through Creativity  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

What is the most elemental piece of the human experience? What keeps us moving forward? What makes waking up in the morning worthwhile? The ability to renew, to see things newly. One of the simplest, most profound ways to renew life is via creativity.

The Creative Aging workshop has participants look at the stories that are central to their life experience and turn them into song. Through guided imagination exercises, exploration of the senses, free writing, and group collaboration, we rediscover our creative urge and blossom again.

Not only does this highly interactive experience assist participants in accessing their creativity, it also empowers them in other areas of their lives, leading them to greater awareness and satisfaction.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th grade drop in activity table through 4:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 4:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Movie: My Cousin Rachel  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

My Cousin Rachel (2017) Starring Rachel Weisz. Rated PG-13. 106 minutes.

 Based on the 1951 novel by Daphne Du Maurier and tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. No registration.

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

Adult Program

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:30 PM Posture & 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 January 13, 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  -  4:45 PM Book Sale  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Stop by the library for our annual library book sale, sponsored by the Friends of Hopewell Branch Library. Peruse our selection of children’s and adult books, music CDs, and DVDs and find some fun finds or bring home some old favorites. All items are $1 or less. Book sale is open during library hours.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM Guided Meditation  
   

Relax and find your inner calm with our Sahaja Yoga meditation program! Please wear comfortable clothing. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

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

The practice SAT will be administered and scored by The Princeton Review. 

Registration is required. Registration will begin on January 6th. 

Please bring your own pencil, calculator and snack. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Game Day  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Bring your friends and come play a variety of children’s board games. Please note this is a drop in program; registration is not required.
Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

 

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Make a Salt Dough Snowman  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

All ages are invited us in making snowmen out of salf dough.
Registration is required online starting Saturday, December 23rd.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Yarnworks  
   

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

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

Please bring 5 pages of a work in progress to discuss.

 

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Sunday January 14, 2018
   12:30 PM Peace Wreath  
   

Sunday Surprise Craft!

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

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with his message of peace and love.

Create a beautiful wreath using your own handprints! 

Using cut paper silhouettes of your traced hand, construct a paper wreath decorated with a raffia bow. 

A personal art expression of peace and friendship for your home.

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:45 PM  -  2:45 PM Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)  
   

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

No registration required. Please arrive on time. 

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

Stronger (R), with Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany and Miranda Richardson. Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Runtime: 119 min.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM Yoga for Pre-teens and Teens  
   

Please bring a water bottle and a towel.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM La Convivencia presents The Human Library (All ages)  
   

La Convivencia brings diverse people together to bridge their differences through mutual respect, community service, civic engagement, and community dialogue. With the rise in antisemitism, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and other forms of bigotry nationwide, La Convivencia’s work is more important now than ever before!

The Human Library, which will meet monthly will initiate a community dialogue to allow participants of other cultures, faiths, and ethnicities to interact. The Human Library is an event where real people are on loan to readers. For our first event, please consider being a “book” and share 1-2 stories about your life/perspective/culture/religion that others might not know about you. You can also be a reader, and have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about your “book.” By sharing our opinions in these conversations, not only will we challenge the stereotypes, prejudice, and hate, we will also try to break them.

In addition, we will be organizing interactive workshops and presentations to engage participants of all ages in proactive activities. Let’s come together to share our thoughts and discuss ways we can act within our communities. 

All are welcome. No registration required.

www.laconvivencia.org 

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

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM  -  4:45 PM West Windsor Plainsboro Social Justice Alliance (Middle School Students)  
   

Please join us to discuss social justice topics, plan future service events, and make a positive contribution to our community. Past events have included holding a chocolate themed fundraiser for Send Hunger Packing - WWP and visiting an animal shelter, as well as inviting social justice speakers to present topics at the library.

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday January 15, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Martin Luther King Day  
   

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

   9:35 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
   9:35 AM Take Home Craft  
   

For all ages!

Stop by the Library to pick up a free take-home craft a paper snowflakes  

The Library will provide supplies and instructions  

    Location: Ewing Branch
   9:35 AM Teen and Tween Take-Home Craft: Origami Snowflakes  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For ages 9 and up.
Ask at the reference desk for your craft kit starting Tuesday, January 2nd.
Supplies are limited.  Kits are handed out on a first come, first serve basis.

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

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

containing supplies needed to make a chilly upcycled snowman.

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 a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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
   10:00 AM Toddler STEM  
   

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

Science and math for toddlers!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM Fitness for the Active Aging  
   

Presented by Bob Kirby. Enjoy the benefits of stretching and low-impact exercises while learning how staying fit can improve balance, posture, flexibility, endurance and more. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Happy Two’s Activity Time  
   

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

Learn songs and rhymes!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  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 4:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 4:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Martin Luther King, Jr. Special Crafts  
   

For all ages.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM Movie: Selma  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we will be screening the movie Selma about Dr. King's historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people. The march was part of a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1964. Starring David Oyelowo. Rated PG-13. No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Tuesday January 16, 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 Winter Reading Challenge  
   

Take the Winter Reading Challenge, for children ages 2-11, starts on Friday, December 1 and ends on Friday, January 19, 2018. You may include books you listen to as well as books you read for school. Adults may read to younger children.

All participants will receive a prize!

Pick up forms at the youth services desk. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.   

    Location: Ewing Branch
   9:35 AM  -  8:45 PM Book Sale  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Stop by the library for our annual library book sale, sponsored by the Friends of Hopewell Branch Library. Peruse our selection of children’s and adult books, music CDs, and DVDs and find some fun finds or bring home some old favorites. All items are $1 or less. Book sale is open during library hours.

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

Our morning activity station will have a table with a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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 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
   10:00 AM Hatha Yoga  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

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

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

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

Registration is required.

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

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

No need to register—just come! 

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM 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  -  5:00 PM Create a...  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

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

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

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:30 PM Movie: Despicable Me 3  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

Animated feature

Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. 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 a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  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
   4:30 PM Elephant & Piggie Book Club  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 4-8 years old.
Each week we will read a different Elephant & Piggie adventure and do a corresponding activity.
No registration is required.

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

Read, learn, and conduct a science experiment!

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   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 Adult Craft: Let it Snowman  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use paper to make a festive 3-D Snowman to hang on your wall. 

Ages 15 and up.

Preregistration is required.

 

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:15 PM  -  6:45 PM Art Explorers (Ages 6-11)  
   

Explore different forms of art and create your own masterpiece! 

No registration required. Please arrive on time. 

    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 Science Fiction Book Club: The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun; with death; and with betrayal. Next sci-fi book club title is: The Coming of the Quantum Cats by Frederick Pohl. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.  

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Chess Club (Ages 7-14)  
   

Students will learn new techniques that will prepare them to compete in local tournaments.

You must know the basics of chess.

You must bring your own chess board.

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

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Wednesday January 17, 2018
   9:35 AM  -  8:45 PM Book Sale  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Stop by the library for our annual library book sale, sponsored by the Friends of Hopewell Branch Library. Peruse our selection of children’s and adult books, music CDs, and DVDs and find some fun finds or bring home some old favorites. All items are $1 or less. Book sale is open during library hours.

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

Our morning activity station will have a table with a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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
   10:00 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 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. 

Advance registration is required. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers 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 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 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 December 22nd.

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

Resize and reposition text boxes, adjust columns in tables, draw objects, and insert symbols. Learn how to create a polished Word document. Proficiency with Word Intermediate functions is required. Online registration required unless you can bring your own laptop with Word 2007 or above. Signup for adults only. Space is limited. Registration period begins December 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 a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  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 Movie: The Beguiled (2017)  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

In this psychological drama, an injured soldier is taken in by the women at a Southern boarding school. 

Rated R. Running time:  94 minutes

Generous support for this program was provided by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

Registration is preferred.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   2:00 PM Read Your Labels  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

A dietitian from Atrium Health & Senior Living of Princeton will explain how to decipher nutrition labels on canned and frozen food products.  Please register.

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

Create documents with an emphasis on design, such as calendars, flyers, greeting cards, resumes, and advertisements. Word with pages, text, text boxes, and pictures. This class is for Publisher beginners and intermediate users who are comfortable using a mouse and keyboard. Online registration required unless you can bring your own laptop with Publisher 2007 or above. Signup for adults only. Space is limited. Registration period begins December 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor 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 clas 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
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Coding for the Web (Ages 9-12)  
   

Want to learn how to code in HTML and CSS? Join us as we use Mozilla Thimble to learn the basics of coding for the web. At the end of this four week session, kids will be able to create their own webpage and will develop their passion for programming. 

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all four class: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24 and 1/31. 

Students must bring their own laptop. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Explorations! Peace Wreath  
   

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

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with his message of peace and love.

Create a beautiful wreath using your own handprints! 

Using cut paper silhouettes of your traced hand, construct a paper wreath decorated with a raffia bow. 

A personal art expression of peace and friendship for your home.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

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

No registration necessary.

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

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM Embroidery Circle  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

The Embroidery Circle is open to all skill levels – including absolute beginners. Bring embroidery projects you are working on to share with others or work in the good company of fellow embroiders. No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Application Myths Dispelled: The Ins and Outs of Applying to College  
   

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 clarify the mysteries of the College Application Process.

Registration required. Registration begins December 17th. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Thursday January 18, 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
   9:35 AM  -  8:45 PM Book Sale  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Stop by the library for our annual library book sale, sponsored by the Friends of Hopewell Branch Library. Peruse our selection of children’s and adult books, music CDs, and DVDs and find some fun finds or bring home some old favorites. All items are $1 or less. Book sale is open during library hours.

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

Our morning activity station will have a table with a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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 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 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   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

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

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

No registration required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM 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 January 4. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Scribble Time  
   
For children ages 12 months to 36 months with caregiver in the program.

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:30 PM Afternoon Movie  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   
Zookeeper's Wife (2017). (Jessica Chastain, Daniel Bruhl, Johan Heldenbergh). PG-13; 124 minutes.
A married couple who work as zoo caretakers help save Jews from the Holocaust.  

Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is not required.

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

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

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   1:50 PM Movie: Dunkirk  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

A World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold. Starring Fionn Whitehead. Rated PG-13 106 minutes. No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner 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 a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  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 Library Apps  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to use library apps for downloading ebooks, audiobooks, comics, music and magazines to your tablet, laptop or smartphone.  Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:30 PM  -  3:00 PM Snow Slime (Ages 6 & up)  
   

Make your own snow slime! 

No registration required. First come, first serve while supplies last. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Young Scientists for ages 6-10  
    Contact: Susan Flacks     sflacks@mcl.org
   

Young Scientists is a weekly program designed for ages 6 to 10, that offers a new science experiment each week. 

Through exciting and fun experiments, students will extend their knowledge and further their curiosity.

  Four programs will take place in January: Jan. 4, 11, 18, and 25

  Weekly registration is required.

  Registration for the January 18th program begins on January 11, 9:30 am.

Space is limited. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM Martin Luther King Day Film Screening: Selma (2015)  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Civil-rights activists march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery to secure voting rights for black Americans in this docudrama which focuses on the actions of Martin Luther King Jr. 127 min. PG-13. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.  

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Explorations! Winter Birch Trees Watercolor-Resist Art  
   

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

Create a beautiful winter landscape with this easy watercolor-resist technique.  

We'll use removable washi tape to fashion tree trunks and branches, then paint a blue watercolor wash overall. 
 
Lastly, we'll remove the tape, add some finishing touches, and voila!  Enjoy the beautiful winter scene you've created!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

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

This is a hands-on class where students will design and build machines, catapults, pyramids, derby cars, buildings and other constructions out of LEGO® bricks.
While exploring engineering, architecture and physics, students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
This program is for grades K-5.
Registration is required online starting Thursday, December 28th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Bring Balance to your Budget  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Develop a budget, identify your financial goals, and learn how to balance saving, spending, and borrowing.  Presented by Ty Robinson, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM Common Problems of the Hip & Knee  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Knee and hip problems can make even simple, everyday tasks seem challenging. Join Brian M. Culp, MD, specializing in orthopedic surgery and a member of the Medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System, to learn more about the common causes of hip and knee pain and their treatment options; including non-surgical options for osteoarthritis and the advancement in joint replacement. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM How to Use a PC  
   

Don’t be afraid of your PC anymore! Librarian Andrew will provide an overview of how to use and navigate a PC using the Windows 10 Operating System. We will start with the very basics and will move to the most common features that are available on a PC. This class will be slow-paced, and you are welcome to ask as many questions as possible. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Personal Growth  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Is the hustle and bustle of everyday life preventing you from achieving your goals and aspirations? Kalpana Patel will teach you some simple yet essential practices to help you strive for excellence and achieve your goals—no matter what life stage you are in. Start making your New Year’s resolutions a reality!

Kalpana Patel is a certified executive leadership and personal development speaker, trainer, and coach. She is a seasoned professional with 40 years of experience as a business entrepreneur and corporate leader.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Friday January 19, 2018
   9:35 AM  -  4:45 PM Book Sale  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Stop by the library for our annual library book sale, sponsored by the Friends of Hopewell Branch Library. Peruse our selection of children’s and adult books, music CDs, and DVDs and find some fun finds or bring home some old favorites. All items are $1 or less. Book sale is open during library hours.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM Fiction Writing Workshop  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Preschool Storytime  
   

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

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

Adult must remain in the program.

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

For children from birth through 2.5 years and their caregivers.

Play with the library's toys in the Community Room and socialize with other little ones and caregivers.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Friday Morning Bookies: A Fall of Marigolds, by Susan Meissner  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

September 1911, Ellis Island, New York Harbor. Nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries ... and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her? 

September 2011, Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers ... the same day a stranger reached out and saved her.

Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?

—Provided by publisher

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

    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
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Walk-In Craft (All Ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room to create a craft! 

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:30 AM Sing-A-Long with Pat McKinley  
   

For children, ages birth-7 years (with adult),

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

Adult Program

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

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

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

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

Create paper snow globes! 

No registration. Craft will be available while supplies last. 

    Location: West Windsor 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 Crafty Tweens (Ages 9-11)  
   

Create paper snow globes!

No registration required. Crafts available while supplies last. 

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Saturday January 20, 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  -  4:45 PM Book Sale  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Stop by the library for our annual library book sale, sponsored by the Friends of Hopewell Branch Library. Peruse our selection of children’s and adult books, music CDs, and DVDs and find some fun finds or bring home some old favorites. All items are $1 or less. Book sale is open during library hours.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM Tai Chi for Fall Prevention  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Do you know the factors that might place you at risk for falling? Discover how Tai Chi can minimize that risk, and how to integrate its movements into everyday life. See a demonstration of Tai Chi and learn a breathing technique for relaxation. Presented by Peter Musgrove, certified by the Tai Chi For Health Institute. 

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Winter Creation Station  
    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
   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  -  12:00 PM Application Myths Dispelled: The Ins and Outs of Applying to College  
   

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 clarify the mysteries of the College Application Process.

Registration required. Registration begins December 17th. 

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

Create puffy paint snowmen! 

No registration. Crafts available while supplies last. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:45 PM  -  4:15 PM Crafty Tweens (Ages 9-11)  
   

Create puffy paint snow men! 

No registration required. Crafts available while supplies last. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Sunday January 21, 2018
   12:30 PM Winter Cottage with cotton snow  
   

Sunday Surprise Craft!

For children 3 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Color a cozy winter cottage scene with crayons or colored markers and then decorate with cotton ball snow! 

Perfect to hang on your frig to celebrate all the good things about winter! 

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:45 PM  -  2:45 PM Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)  
   

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

No registration required. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Sahaja Yoga Meditation  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:30 PM Traveling Lego League,  
   

Traveling Lego League is both fun and educational, while developing team work and social skills. Creativity and problem solving are stimulating in a group setting led by Ms. Judy. Round table discussion about the finished design.  

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

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday January 22, 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
   9:35 AM Take Home Craft  
   

For all ages!

Stop by the Library to pick up a free take-home craft a paper snowflakes  

The Library will provide supplies and instructions  

    Location: Ewing Branch
   9:35 AM Teen and Tween Take-Home Craft: Origami Snowflakes  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For ages 9 and up.
Ask at the reference desk for your craft kit starting Tuesday, January 2nd.
Supplies are limited.  Kits are handed out on a first come, first serve basis.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   9:35 AM Teen Take-Out Craft: Soda Tab Bracelet!  
   

* Available all month! *

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

The Library will provide supplies and instructions for making a bracelet out of soda tabs.  Your job is to take a kit home and have fun putting it together!

For ages 10-18.

Pick up a kit at the Youth Services Desk.

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

Teens must come in person to receive a kit.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

Our morning activity station will have a table with a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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
   10:00 AM Morning Book Club: The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant, until something goes terribly wrong. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Toddler STEM  
   

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

Science and math for toddlers!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM 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 December 22, call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 to make an appointment.

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

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

For ages Birth-5 with a caregiver.

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

Online registration preferred

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM  -  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 Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

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

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th grade drop in activity table through 5:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  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 Little Explorers  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

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

Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:00 PM Non-Fiction Book Club  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

The group will be discussing When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. New members welcome. No registration.

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

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

No registration necessary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register in person or by phone.

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

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

Online registration begins on January 8. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Learn & Craft (All Ages)  
   

Learn all about the letter H with fun crafts, games, activities and books!

This is a self directed activity. There will be different stations of activities.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Internet Security  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   
Joshua Stone from Digital Doc Princeton will discuss how to protect all your devices from malware and viruses,
and provide tips on how to browse the internet safely. 
Preregistration required.
 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers 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 December 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

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

Adult Program

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

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

No need to register--just walk in.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Kids' Public Speaking (Ages 8-12)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children and tweens  ages 8-12 will learn and practice the fundamentals of public speaking and debate through fun activities in this program led by a teen volunteer.

Participants can attend both this session and the one on Saturday, January 27 at 10:30 am if they choose.

Caregivers must remain in the library while children are in the program.

No registration required.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM Kids' Public Speaking (Ages 8-12)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children and tweens  ages 8-12 will learn and practice the fundamentals of public speaking and debate through fun activities in this program led by a teen volunteer.

Participants can attend both this session and the one on Saturday, January 27 at 10:30 am if they choose.

Caregivers must remain in the library while children are in the program.

No registration required.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM Mystery Book Club  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

The group will be discussing Let You Go by Clare MacKintosh. New members welcome.  No registration.

    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  -  8:30 PM Women in Islam  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Heba Macksoud, board member of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey will lead a discussion on the many myths and misconceptions concerning the role of Muslim women. She is a digital marketer who has spent over 24 years working at major media companies such as MTV Networks, The Wall Street Journal, and Good Housekeeping magazine. In the past five years, she managed social media for the only Muslim College in the United States, co-directed her own non-profit organization providing cultural literacy about Islam for non-Muslims, and is on the Board of Directors for the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a Muslim-Jewish organization focused on building strong relationships between Muslim and Jewish women to end anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish sentiment.

Registration suggested.

    Location: Hopewell Branch

Tuesday January 23, 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
   9:35 AM Winter Reading Challenge  
   

Take the Winter Reading Challenge, for children ages 2-11, starts on Friday, December 1 and ends on Friday, January 19, 2018. You may include books you listen to as well as books you read for school. Adults may read to younger children.

All participants will receive a prize!

Pick up forms at the youth services desk. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.   

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

Our morning activity station will have a table with a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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 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
   10:00 AM Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

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

Registration is required.

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

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

No need to register—just come! 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

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

Online registration begins on January 9. Please register each child separately.

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

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

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

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

Stories and crafts!

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

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

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

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

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

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   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 a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  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
   4:30 PM Elephant & Piggie Book Club  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 4-8 years old.
Each week we will read a different Elephant & Piggie adventure and do a corresponding activity.
No registration is required.

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

Read, learn, and conduct a science experiment!

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

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

Nancy McCormack teaches this eight-week series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: January 23 & 30, February 6, 13, 20, & 27, and March 6 & 20.

All eight classes open for registration on Wednesday, January 17th. Registration is required for each class in the eight-week series.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:15 PM Bollywood Dance for ages 4-10  
   

Come and learn some Bollywood moves and dances.

No registration required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM Adult Craft: Giant Snowflake  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use paper to make a giant 3-D snowflake.  

Ages 15 and up.

Preregistration is required.

 

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:00 PM  -  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.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:15 PM  -  6:45 PM Art Explorers (Ages 6-11)  
   

Explore different forms of art and create your own masterpiece! 

No registration required. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Admission 201: Highly Selective College Admission  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

If you are (or your child is) an Honors Student in 11th grade, come find out how you can improve your chances of admission to the college of your choice. Presented by Vince Valenzuela of Collegewise, former Assistant Director of Admissions at Villanova.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM Open Mic Night  
   

We welcome all poets, musicians, and performers to an open mic night. Bring something to share or just come to watch. Performances must be kept under 5 minutes. 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 Chess Club (Ages 7-14)  
   

Students will learn new techniques that will prepare them to compete in local tournaments.

You must know the basics of chess.

You must bring your own chess board.

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

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Wednesday January 24, 2018
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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
   10:00 AM Baby Time  
   

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

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

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

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

Play rhyming games! 

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

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

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM  -  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 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 Active Aging Fitness  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609-737-2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

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

No registration is required.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   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 a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  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 The Short of It  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

The short story -- short in length, but full of content! Join our newly formed discussion group, which has a focus on the short story. Each month we'll read and discuss three short stories by the same author. This month's author is P. G. Wodehouse and his short stories, “Jeeves Takes Charge,” “The Crime Wave at Blandings,” and “Honeysuckle Cottage.”

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM PowerPoint Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

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

Mouse and keyboard skills are essential. 

Advance registration is required. 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   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 clas 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
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Coding for the Web (Ages 9-12)  
   

Want to learn how to code in HTML and CSS? Join us as we use Mozilla Thimble to learn the basics of coding for the web. At the end of this four week session, kids will be able to create their own webpage and will develop their passion for programming. 

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all four class: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24 and 1/31. 

Students must bring their own laptop. 

    Location: West Windsor 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 December 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Explorations! Winter Birch Trees Watercolor-Resist Art  
   

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

Create a beautiful winter landscape with this easy watercolor-resist technique.  

We'll use removable washi tape to fashion tree trunks and branches, then paint a blue watercolor wash overall. 
 
Lastly, we'll remove the tape, add some finishing touches, and voila!  Enjoy the beautiful winter scene you've created!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

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

No registration necessary.

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

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM Computer Basics: Open Lab  
   

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Mindfulness to Reduce Stress  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Mindfulness, or experiencing the present moment without judgement, can improve your quality of life. Learn how mindfulness can stop brain chatter, improve mood and energy, increase mental clarity, deepen enjoyment, and reduce stress.  Presented by Carolyn Schindewolf, Health Educator at Princeton HealthCare System. 

    Location: Robbinsville 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 December 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Understanding Early Stage, Part 1  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Wednesdays, January 24, January 31, and February 7, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

In this three-part series, attendees will learn:

·         The symptoms of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease

·         Resource planning for early-stage disease

·         The components of a care team and how to successfully work with each component during the early stage of the disease

Come to whichever presentations you can. The series will be presented by Nicolette Vasco, program coordinator, Alzheimer's Association, Marlton, NJ.

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

    Location: West Windsor 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 December 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Thursday January 25, 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 a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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 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 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   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

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

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

No registration required.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM 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 January 11. 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
   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 a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  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
   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  -  6:00 PM Young Scientists for ages 6-10  
    Contact: Susan Flacks     sflacks@mcl.org
   

Young Scientists is a weekly program designed for ages 6 to 10, that offers a new science experiment each week. 

Through exciting and fun experiments, students will extend their knowledge and further their curiosity.

  Four programs will take place in January: Jan. 4, 11, 18, and 25

  Weekly registration is required.

  Registration for the January 25th program begins on January 18, 9:30 am.

Space is limited. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Adult Movie: The Big Sick (2017)  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

When a young man’s girlfriend falls mysteriously ill, he must deal with her family. 

Rated R. Running time:  119 minutes.  

Generous support for this program was provided by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

Registration is preferred.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:30 PM Explorations! Pop-up Book Art 2018 Calendar  
   

For children 5 - 11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Construct a fantastical calendar for 2018 in 3-D using the pop-up book technique!

Both attractive and useful & you’ve made it yourself!  Use all year round!

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 January 11. Please register each child separately.

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

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Chronic Eye Disorders  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Chronic eye disorders affect the quality of life of millions of Americans every year. Come to this informative session given by Colleen Coleman, MD, board certified in Opthalmology and a member of the Medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System, as she discusses the latest advances in eye care that can help treat eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, advanced age-related macular degeneration, and dry eye, as well as ways to prevent these common conditions. Registration suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM How Did You Sleep Last Night?  
   

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, more than 100 million Americans have difficulty falling or staying asleep, which can negatively affect health and mood. Join Tara Scoles, a registered polysomnographic technologist with University Medical Center of Princeton, for an eye-opening discussion on sleep disorders and whether a sleep study could help diagnose your condition. Registration required. Call 882-3148. 

    Location: Ewing 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 Thursday, January 4th.

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

Adult Program

Do you want to make better use of your digital device? Maybe you’d like to open a Facebook account or download an e-book. How about capturing a screen shot or attaching a photo to a text message? Make a 20-minute appointment with reference librarian Mary Astarita to get one-on-one help with your gadget.

Please note that library staff does not repair devices.

Appointment is required. On or after December 22, call 609-275-8901 or stop by the reference desk to make a 20-minute appointment. Let us know which device you’ll bring in and the function(s) you want to learn.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Constipation: How Physical Therapy Can Help  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Occasional constipation is very common. Chronic constipation, on the other hand, can interfere with the ability to complete daily tasks. Join Becky Keller, PT, MSPT, PRPC, and Katrina Heath, PT, DPT, with the Center for Pelvic Wellness at the University Medical Center of Princeton, and learn some simple and practical ways to manage and improve constipation symptoms.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Friday January 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 a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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 Preschool Storytime  
   

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

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

Adult must remain in the program.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Chair Yoga  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Gentle yoga for seniors.

No registration necessary.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Toddler Tunes  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

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

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

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

For ages birth–2.5 years & a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome.

No registration necessary. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
     Music and Movement with Miss Susan for all ages  
    Contact: Susan Flacks   609-799-0462   sflacks@mcl.org
   

NEW PROGRAM FOR 2018

Do you like music?

Come and join me for some sing-along songs with movements to match.

We’ll sing old favorites and learn new ones.  We’ll dance, shake shakers, play instruments and wave scarves. We might learn to do the hula, or even dance a cha cha.

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
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Walk-In Craft (All Ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room to create a craft! 

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   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 Special Screening: Home Again (PG-13)  
   

With Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen and Candice Bergen. Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her. Runtime: 97 min.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Guided Meditation  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Mira Desai teaches this five-week guided meditation series. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, and if you'd like, bring a towel or yoga mat.

Class dates are: January 26, February 2, 9, 16 & 23.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th grade drop in activity table through 4:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 4:00pm.

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Movie: Victoria & Abdul  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul. Starring Judi Dench. Rated PG-13. 111 minutes. No registration.

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

Adult Program

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:30 PM Posture & 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
   6:00 PM Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale Preview Night  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Friday, January 26, 6:00–8:30 pm Preview Night

Saturday, January 27, 9:30 am–4:30 pm through Sunday, February 4, 2018

Thousands of used, gently-read books will be available at the Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale. A special preview night will be held Friday, January 26. The library will be closed for normal operations during the preview event but you will have the first chance to get some amazing deals. Admission to the Preview Night is free for members of the Friends of the Lawrence Library, $5 for the general public, and $20 for booksellers. This event is the only time booksellers will be permitted to use scanning devices.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Saturday January 27, 2018
   9:30 AM Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Friday, January 26, 6:00–8:30 pm Preview Night

Saturday, January 27, 9:30 am–4:30 pm through Sunday, February 4, 2018

Thousands of used, gently-read books will be available at the Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale. A special preview night will be held Friday, September 22. The library will be closed for normal operations during the preview event but you will have the first chance to get some amazing deals. Admission to the Preview Night is free for members of the Friends of the Lawrence Library, $5 for the general public, and $20 for booksellers. This event is the only time booksellers will be permitted to use scanning devices. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:35 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
   10:00 AM Guided Meditation  
   

Relax and find your inner calm with our Sahaja Yoga meditation program! Please wear comfortable clothing. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Introduction to Crocheting  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

This introductory class will get you well on your way to making warm & cozy things for you and your loved ones. For adults & teens, ages 14 & older. All materials will be provided.

Registration is required.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Kids' Public Speaking (Ages 8-12)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children and tweens  ages 8-12 will learn and practice the fundamentals of public speaking and debate through fun activities in this program led by a teen volunteer.

Participants can attend both this session and the one on Monday, January 22 at 7 pm if they choose.

Caregivers must remain in the library while children are in the program.

No registration required.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   10:30 AM Kids' Public Speaking (Ages 8-12)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children and tweens  ages 8-12 will learn and practice the fundamentals of public speaking and debate through fun activities in this program led by a teen volunteer.

Participants can attend both this session and the one on Monday, January 22 at 7 pm if they choose.

Caregivers must remain in the library while children are in the program.

No registration required.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM Stage your House to Sell!  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Get your house ready to sell, and spruce up for springtime (even if you’re not selling)! Join us for a presentation on how to stage or just spruce up your home with ideas on color choices, furniture, and accessories, as well as tips on decluttering, organizing, depersonalizing and updating every room in your house -- on a budget.  Presented by Suzanne Garfield, Real Estate Agent for Gloria Nilson in Robbinsville, Certified Interior Designer. 

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

Please bring 5 pages of a work in progress to discuss.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers 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.

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
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Anime Aficionados – Kino's Journey - The Beautiful World - The Animated Series  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us as we watch the first three episodes of this past fall’s action-adventure, Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World – The Animated Series

Plot Summary: A tale of one girl and her bike and the road ahead. Kino wanders around the world on the back of Hermes, her unusual, anthropomorphic motorcycle, only staying in each country for three days. During their adventures, they find happiness, sadness, pain, decadence, violence, beauty, and wisdom. (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.

    Location: Hopewell Branch

Sunday January 28, 2018
   12:30 PM Ice Cream Skiers  
   

Sunday Surprise Craft!

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

Make fun and whimsical winter skiers! 

Cut out and color characters and then mount them onto popsicle stick skis with wooden skewer ski poles!

A fun craft to take paper cut outs and turn them into 3-D “action” figures ready for the slopes!

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:45 PM  -  2:45 PM Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)  
   

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

No registration required. Please arrive on time. 

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

Dunkirk (PG-13), with Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan and Mark Rylance. Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. Runtime: 106 min.

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

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday January 29, 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
   9:35 AM Take Home Craft  
   

For all ages!

Stop by the Library to pick up a free take-home craft a paper snowflakes  

The Library will provide supplies and instructions  

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

Our morning activity station will have a table with a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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
   10:00 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 December 22, call 609-275-8901 or stop by the reference desk to make a 20-minute appointment. Let us know which device you’ll bring in and the function(s) you want to learn.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM Fitness for the Active Aging  
   

Presented by Bob Kirby. Enjoy the benefits of stretching and low-impact exercises while learning how staying fit can improve balance, posture, flexibility, endurance and more. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM 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  -  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 Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

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

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   1:00 PM Excel for Beginners  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to type information into a spreadsheet to organize it; add and resize columns and rows to improve readability and merge and center to place the title over your data. Review use of basic ribbons and different ways to save a file. Please register.

    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 a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  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 Little Explorers  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

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

Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:00 PM  -  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
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Excel Intermediate  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to type information into a spreadsheet to organize it; add and resize columns and rows to improve readability and merge and center to place the title over your data. Review use of basic ribbons and different ways to save a file. Please register.

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

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

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

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Learn & Craft (All Ages)  
   

Learn all about the letter I with fun crafts, games, activities and books!

This is a self directed activity. There will be different stations of activities.

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

    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 walk in.

    Location: West Windsor 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  -  7:45 PM Tween/Parent Book Club (Grades 3-5)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children in grades 3-5 and their parent(s) are invited to enjoy cookies and conversation while discussing this month's book.

Please call the library for the title. 

New members always welcome!   No registration required.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Evening Book Group: The Storied Life of A. J. Fickry, by Gabrielle Zevin  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

When bookstore owner A. J. Fikry is robbed of his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, he begins isolating himself from his friends, family, and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.  

Registration required.  Registration begins on December 22; call 609-799-0462 with questions or to register.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Tuesday January 30, 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 Winter Reading Challenge  
   

Take the Winter Reading Challenge, for children ages 2-11, starts on Friday, December 1 and ends on Friday, January 19, 2018. You may include books you listen to as well as books you read for school. Adults may read to younger children.

All participants will receive a prize!

Pick up forms at the youth services desk. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.   

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

Our morning activity station will have a table with a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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 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
   10:00 AM Storytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

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

Registration is required.

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

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

No need to register—just come!

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stories and crafts!

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

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

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

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

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

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:00 PM Common Problems of the Foot & Ankle  
   

Join us for an informative session presented by Jennifer Hasan, DPM, board certified in podiatry and foot and ankle surgery and Chief of Podiatry at University Medical Center of Princeton. This lecture will provide an overview of the treatment options for common orthopaedic, dermatologic, vascular and neurological disorders of the foot and ankle. Ample time will be allowed for your questions and answers. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    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 a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  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
   4:30 PM Elephant & Piggie Book Club  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 4-8 years old.
Each week we will read a different Elephant & Piggie adventure and do a corresponding activity.
No registration is required.

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

Read, learn, and conduct a science experiment!

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

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

Nancy McCormack teaches this eight-week series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: January 23 & 30, February 6, 13, 20, & 27, and March 6 & 20.

All eight classes open for registration on Wednesday, January 17th. Registration is required for each class in the eight-week series.

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   6:15 PM  -  6:45 PM Art Explorers (Ages 6-11)  
   

Explore different forms of art and create your own masterpiece! 

No registration required. Please arrive on time. 

    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
   7:00 PM Booktalking: Adult Book Discussion Group  
   

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

    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 Princeton and the American Revolution  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

The turning point of the Revolutionary War took place in our own back yard. Learn about the remarkable events of the “Ten Crucial Days” from Christmas 1776 to January 3rd, 1777, and hear the story of how the Continental soldiers’ bravery and perseverance led to victory and freedom.   Presented by Barry Singer, lecturer, author, and expert on Princeton history, through the Historical Society of Princeton. 

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Chess Club (Ages 7-14)  
   

Students will learn new techniques that will prepare them to compete in local tournaments.

You must know the basics of chess.

You must bring your own chess board.

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

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Wednesday January 31, 2018
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with a rotating craft, worksheets or other fun manipulatives 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
   10:00 AM Baby Time  
   

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

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

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

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

Play rhyming games! 

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

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

Registration is required.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM  -  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 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 -- Beguiled (2017)  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

A soldier seeks refuge at an all-female boarding school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the ladies compete for his affections while tending to his injuries. 94 minutes, Rated R.

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 a rotating craft or other self-directed activity.  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:    609 448-1330   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us in creating a fun craft for yourself or a friend. All supplies provided. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   3:00 PM Active Aging Fitness: Winter Series  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch

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