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Saturday January 20, 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 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
   10:30 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
   1:00 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

Sunday January 21, 2018
   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

Monday January 22, 2018
   9:30 AM Adult Winter Reading Program  
    Contact: Michael Kerr   609-275-8901   
   

The 2018 Adult Winter Reading Program at the West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library System runs from Tuesday, January 2nd to Monday, February 5th.

You can pick up a reading log at the Reference Desk and select a prize book. Write up to ten titles of the books you have read during the program in the log and return your log to the Reference Desk by Monday, February 5th to another prize book.

For more information call 609-275-8901 or e-mail mkerr@mcl.org.

               

    Location: West Windsor 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  -  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
   10:00 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
   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. Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety.

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM 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
   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 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 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  -  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
   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
   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 yoga mat and a towel. 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 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
   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  -  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
   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
   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
   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
   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  -  8:30 PM Evening Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety. Come join us in the evening for guided meditation. Leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   8:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Excel Advanced  
    Contact: Michael Kerr   609-275-8901   
   

This course builds on Excel Intermediate and deals with some more useful techniques of working with data in Excel, including making data ranges into tables, useful tools in pivot tables, some key tools on the data tab such as goal seek and subtotal. We will also deal with linking data between workbooks and worksheets. Signup for adults only, space is limited, so please sign up for only Excel Advanced class per month. Registration begins December 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Thursday January 25, 2018
   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
   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
   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  -  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
   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
   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 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
   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
   2:00 PM CANCELLED-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 New Year, New You! Insight Session  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Let's begin the New Year with habits that will bring us peace & joy! Too often, without realizing it, we develop unwanted habits on our life journey. In this session we will learn to recognize these habits & understand how & why they are created. Then we'll explore how to transform them with knowledge & practice.

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
   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

Monday January 29, 2018
   9:30 AM Adult Winter Reading Program  
    Contact: Michael Kerr   609-275-8901   
   

The 2018 Adult Winter Reading Program at the West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library System runs from Tuesday, January 2nd to Monday, February 5th.

You can pick up a reading log at the Reference Desk and select a prize book. Write up to ten titles of the books you have read during the program in the log and return your log to the Reference Desk by Monday, February 5th to another prize book.

For more information call 609-275-8901 or e-mail mkerr@mcl.org.

               

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

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   1:00 PM 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 Family Movie  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   
LEGO Ninjago (2017). (Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Justin Theroux). PG; 90 minutes.
High-school students moonlight as ninjas and fight to defend their island of Ninjago.

Popcorn will be served.

Registration is not required.

    Location: Hollowbrook 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
   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 Art of Living Yoga & Meditation  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   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  -  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
   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
   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
   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 yoga mat and a towel. 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
   6:30 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 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  -  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
   1:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Movies for Adults -- The 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 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
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Movies for Adults -- The 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
   7:00 PM Yarnworks  
   

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Understanding Early Stage, Part 2  
    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
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Warming World: The Science of Climate Change  
   

Presented by Sean Sublette, meteorologist from Climate Central, LLC.  The four warmest years in the global record have come in the last four years. While there have been warmer times in earth's distant past, the warming of the past few decades is happening more quickly than at any other time in human civilization. We examine several sources to piece together how we know the burning of fossil fuels is warming our environment. Registration required. Call 882-3148.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:30 PM Hickory Corner Book Discussion  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

The group will be discussing A Trick of Light by Louise Penny. No registration.

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

Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety. Come join us in the evening for guided meditation. Leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Thursday February 1, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Bollywood Workout  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

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

Learn how to improve your English speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and fluency.. Must have some basic knowledge of English. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Gracefully Aging with Exercise  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

As we age, our muscles change in ways that impact our strength and daily functioning. Exercise is a great way to build muscle and maintain an active lifestyle! Learn how to get motivated, and explore exercise options that combine fitness with fun!  Presented by Gia Petisco, NASM, Group Exercise Instructor and Coordinator at the Hamilton Area YMCA.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   6:30 PM Adult Movie: Victoria and Abdul (2017)  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

When Abdul Karim comes from India as a servant to Queen Victoria,

he becomes her friend and confidante. 

Rated PG-13.  Running time:  112 minutes.  Preregistration preferred.  

This program was made possible by generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Branch.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   7:00 PM The Greatest Love Letters from the Last 300 Years  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

From Napoléon’s love letters to Josephine, to Taylor and Burton, love letters reveal tenderness to the fire and ice in relationships.  With a touch of history, some laughter and maybe a tear or two, find out how history was made through the contents of some of the deepest feelings written on paper. This program will be presented by Terry Antoniewicz – an artist, calligrapher, handwriting analyst, trained educator and entrepreneur. Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Common Problems of the Foot and Ankle  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Dr. Jennifer Hasan, DPM, will provide an overview of the treatment options for common orthopedic, dermatologic, vascular, and neurological disorders of the foot and ankle. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Dr. Hasan is board certified in podiatry and foot and ankle surgery; she is the Chief of Podiatry at University Medical Center of Princeton.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Friday February 2, 2018
   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
   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 Afternoon Movie: Stronger (2017)  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

 Inspired by the true story. Jeff Bauman, a working-class Bostonian, was at the 2013 marathon when the bomb blast occurred and he tragically lost both of his legs. After regaining consciousness, Jeff was able to help law enforcement identify one of the bombers, but his own battle had just begun. Jeff's deeply personal journey tests a family's bond and defines a community's pride as he overcomes adversity to become the living embodiment of ''Boston Strong.'' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Rated R. 119 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 January 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 February 3, 2018
   10:00 AM Guided Meditation  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM 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
   2:00 PM The Greatest Love Letters from the Last 300 Years  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

From Napoleon’s letters to Josephine, to the letters of Taylor and Burton, love letters reveal the tenderness in fire-and-ice relationships. Learn how history has been affected through the expression of deep feelings in letters. Expect some history, some laughter, and maybe a tear or two! Presented by Terry Antoniewicz, artist, calligrapher, handwriting analyst, and educator.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch

Sunday February 4, 2018
   2:00 PM Black History Month Movies: The Long Walk Home (1990)  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

The Long Walk Home is a 1990 American starring  historical drama starring Sissy Spacek and Whoopi Goldberg, and directed by Pearce. Set in Alabama it is based on a screenplay about the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-1956) by Cork and a short film by the same name, produced by students at the University of Southern California in 1988. Rated PG. 97 minutes. No registration.

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

Victoria & Abdul (PG-13), with Judi Dench, Ali Fazal and Tim Pigott-Smith. Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. Runtime: 111 min.

No admission fee!

    Location: Ewing Branch

Monday February 5, 2018
   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. Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety.

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM  -  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
   7:00 PM Friends of the Lawrence Library Meeting  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Socrates Café  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

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

Registration is encouraged, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on January 22.

 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:30 PM Yoga  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Sunita Yadav teaches this series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Water is provided. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and begins Monday, January 22, at 9:30 am. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper. Class dates are: February 5, 12, 26 & March 5, 12, 19.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Tuesday February 6, 2018
   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
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Tax Help: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide (by appoinment only)  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Free tax preparation from AARP Tax-Aide at Hopewell Branch of Mercer County Library; call 609.737.2610 for appointments: Tuesdays, 10am-1pm, February 6 to April 17, 2018.

AARP trained tax preparers focus on low and moderate income returns, but we can prepare most personal returns within training guidelines.

We e-file Federal and state returns; also we fill out PTR (“Senior Freeze”) forms.

Registration is required.

Please call 609.737.2610 to make an appointment

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM Special Screening: I Am Not Your Negro  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

With Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin and Harry Belafonte. Master documentary filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material. A journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. Runtime: 93 min.

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   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 yoga mat and a towel. 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 Pop-Up Paper Heart Card Envelope  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use paper and ribbon to make a pop up heart shaped gift card envelope

perfect for Valentine’s Day.  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
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Geeks & Gadgets  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

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: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM Current Events Discussion Club  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

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

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

Adult Program

In this informative seminar, Lynda K Dillman, FIC, MSM, financial associate at Thrivent Financial will discuss:

·         How to put together a retirement road map

·         Factors that influence when you should retire and how long your retirement could last

·         How to "crunch the numbers" by estimating your retirement expenses and retirement income, while factoring in inflation and taxes

·         How to use tax-advantaged savings vehicles such as IRAs and 401(k)s 

Lynda will distribute free workbooks created just for this presentation. The workbook contains key information, worksheets, and questions to help you remember important points from the seminar.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on January 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  -  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 February 7, 2018
   2:00 PM Black History Month Film Festival: Glory (1989)  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Following the Battle of Antietam, Col. Robert Gould Shaw is offered command

of the United States' first all-African-American regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

Rated R. Running time:  122 minutes. Pre-registration is preferred.

This program was made possible by generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Branch.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   2:00 PM Paper Crafts with Lonie  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us in creating a valentine greeting card. All supplies provided. Ages 18 and up. 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
   7:00 PM Patriotism and Propaganda: A History of Military Recruiting Posters  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Michael Jesberger presents a fascinating program about recruiting posters used during the American Revolution, the American Civil War, World War I, and World War II. These colorful, ubiquitous ads were used to persuade Americans to enlist in the armed forces, buy war bonds and use caution when talking about troop movements. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required. 

    Location: Ewing 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.  No registration necessary.

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

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Understanding Early Stage, Part 3  
    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 January 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 Mindful Eating  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Joseph Wieliczko, PhD will talk about our relationship with food and how mindful eating techniques can help resolve food and eating related difficulties without dieting or feeling deprived.

Registration is requested.

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

Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety. Come join us in the evening for guided meditation. Leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Thursday February 8, 2018
   10:30 AM Conversational ESL  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to improve your English speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and fluency.. Must have some basic knowledge of English. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   11:00 AM CookTalks  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Thursday Movie Matinee: Fences  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Rated PG-13; 2016; 138 minutes

In 1950s Pittsburgh, a Black garbage collector named Troy Maxson—bitter that baseball’s color barrier was broken only after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues—is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM Brown Bag Book Club  
    Contact:    609-448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us for a lunch time book discussion group!

Bring your lunch. Beverages & a light dessert will be provided.

This month’s book title is Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:30 PM An Afternoon at the Movies-The Big Sick  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

A Pakistani-American man falls for white grad student, and hides their romance from his family. However, their relationship gets more serious when she develops a mysterious illness, which in turn forces him to bond with her parents.  Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano. Rated R; 119 minutes, 2017.

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

    Location: Robbinsville 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 January 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:30 PM Word Basics  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn the basics of creating and formatting documents in Word.

Mouse and keyboard skills are essential.

Registration is required.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM 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 January 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Family Food Traditions  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Our food traditions enhance family bonding, promote well-being, and celebrate our culture. Learn how to identify and foster meaningful traditions for your family, your friends, and yourself; discover how to document food memories, preserve recipes, create new traditions, and infuse joy and meaning into family meals. Presented by Vanessa Young, poet, wife, mother, former arts director, and instructor.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM Home Organizing Made Simple  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Learn simple solutions to organizing your home and your life. Bobbie Burkhart, Professional Home Organizer will share how de-cluttering and organizing your space can help you get more done in less time and lead to a less stressful life! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Poetry Circle: Bob Dylan  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

A musician whose lyrics have been described as poetry that fed on the blues, gospel, and traditional American folk songs, first to give vitality to songs of political and social protest and then to inject intellectual depth and complexity into Rock; a rebel who has resisted every critic or partisan who has tried to box him in; a restless imagination that through fifty-five years has never settled into a predictable pattern, Bob Dylan has always been controversial, but he remains a volcanic creative force that erupts into brilliant music at unpredictable intervals. And now he is our latest American Nobel prize winner in literature. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM African American History in the Sourlands  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn about decades of local African American history. Presented by Beverly Mills, John and Elaine Buck. The three presenters serve on the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, as well as the Stoutburg Cemetery Association, John Buck as president for both organizations.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Your Rights in the Workplace  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Most employees are unaware of the many recently added job protections available under New Jersey and federal law. Labor and employment lawyer Mitchell Schley will discuss, among other topics:

·         Sexual harassment

·         Unfair treatment on the job

·         Wrongful discharge

·         Discrimination

·         Employment contracts and performance reviews

·         Wages, salary, hours, overtime and compensation

·         Disability leave, pregnancy leave and health insurance

·         Severance pay and unemployment benefits

·         Non-competition agreements

Mitchell Schley has been practicing law for over 25 years. He has prosecuted cases on behalf of employees with the National Labor Relations Board and has represented Fortune 500 corporations; he now represents hourly, salaried, professional, and managerial employees regarding employment matters.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Friday February 9, 2018
   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  -  11:20 AM Resume Review  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   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  -  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 January 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 Winter Safety for Seniors  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

A representative from Atrium Health & Senior Living will talk about how seniors can stay safe during the winter months. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner 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 February 10, 2018
   10:00 AM Guided Meditation  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Internet Security  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@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.

Registration requested.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Chinese New Year Open House  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Celebrate the Year of the Dog! Experience Chinese games and traditions, and sample some authentic Chinese food.

This is a drop-in program; no registration is necessary! Please call the library at 609-259-2150 with any questions. 

    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  -  4:30 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 January 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Sunday February 11, 2018
   2:00 PM Black History Month Program; African American Literature Read-in  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us in reading a passage from your favorite African American author in celebration of Black History Month. There will also be a guest speaker from Mercer County Community College. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. Registration recommended.

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

The Color Purple (PG-13), with Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades. Runtime: 154 min.

No admission fee!

    Location: Ewing Branch

Monday February 12, 2018
   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 January 22, call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 to make an appointment.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:30 AM MCL's Virtual Library  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Join us for an overview on how you can use and access these major apps (Hoopla, Flipster, Freegal and ELibraryNJ) to download books, movies, TV shows and music. It costs nothing to use these services. It’s all part of the benefits of being a Mercer County Library patron! They can be used on your PCs, tablets, and smartphones. Registration required.

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

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

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

No registration necessary.

 

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

A woman reflects on her unconventional upbringing at the hands of her artsy, nonconformist parents. Now married to a man who works in finance in New York, she faces criticism from her parents that she's betrayed their values.127 min. PG-13. Registration is suggested. 

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

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

No registration necessary.

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

All are welcome to discuss this month's title, Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, by Nathaniel Philbrick.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:00 PM Sci-Fi Movie Night: Repo Man (1984)  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

After being fired from his job, Los Angeles slacker and punk rocker

Otto (Emilio Estevez) lands a gig working for an eccentric repossession

agent named Bud (Harry Dean Stanton).

Rated R. Running time: 95 minutes.  Preregistration is preferred.

This program was made possible by generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Branch.

 

    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 January 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 Art of Living Yoga & Meditation  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   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  -  8:30 PM Craft Circle  
    Contact: Kim Luke   (609) 448-1474   kluke@mcl.org
   

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

For adults & teens ages 14 & up.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:30 PM Yoga  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Sunita Yadav teaches this series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Water is provided. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and begins Monday, January 22, at 9:30 am. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper. Class dates are: February 5, 12, 26 & March 5, 12, 19.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Tuesday February 13, 2018
   6:00 AM  -  7:00 AM 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
   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
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Tax Help: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide (by appoinment only)  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Free tax preparation from AARP Tax-Aide at Hopewell Branch of Mercer County Library; call 609.737.2610 for appointments: Tuesdays, 10am-1pm, February 6 to April 17, 2018.

AARP trained tax preparers focus on low and moderate income returns, but we can prepare most personal returns within training guidelines.

We e-file Federal and state returns; also we fill out PTR (“Senior Freeze”) forms.

Registration is required.

Please call 609.737.2610 to make an appointment

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Intro to Excel  
    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.

Registration is required.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Foreign Film: Golden Door (Nuovomondo)  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

Italian; PG-13; 2007; 118 minutes

 A Sicilian farmer falls in love with a worldly British woman while both are attempting to emigrate to America. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   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 yoga mat and a towel. 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
   7:00 PM Antiques Appraisals  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Have your “treasures” evaluated! Bring in up to two items only – coins, jewelry, toys, etc. - and an experienced appraiser will examine them and discuss them with the class.  Presented by Tom Petrino of Time Traveler Antiques and Appraisals, acting appraiser for the New Jersey State Treasury

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

Adult Program

Dancing is an expression of art, as well as being a great way to get and stay healthy and happy. Choreographer Pooja Bindal will lead you in dancing to Bollywood tunes. Pooja has choreographed and performed at Naach Revolution, India Fair, Discover India, WWP’s Got Talent, HindiUSA and others.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on January 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  -  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 February 14, 2018
   11:00 AM Black History Month Film Festival: Selma (2014)  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights

via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.  

Rated PG-13. Running time:  128 minutes. Pre-registration is preferred.

This program was made possible by generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Branch.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM The Short of It: Guy de Maupassant  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

The short story -- short in length, but full of content! Join our newly formed discussion group, which has a focus on the short story. Each month we'll read and discuss three short stories by the same author. This month's author is Guy de Maupassant and his short stories, “The Necklace,” “A Parisian Affair,” and “The Jewels.”

Copies of the this month's short stories are available at the Reference/Informaion Desk.

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell 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 January 22nd.

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Intro to Mindfulness  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Why is everyone talking about mindfulness? In this 8-week course, you will learn the basics of mindfulness through a series of lecture, guided mindfulness practices, reflections, and group discussions. Whether you are new to mindfulness or very skilled at it, you can benefit from this class. This course will teach mindfulness topics such as:

  • What mindfulness is
  • Mindfulness of breathing, body, thoughts, and emotions
  • Cultivating self-awareness, loving kindness, and compassion skills
  • Managing stress and controlling negative impulses and thoughts
  • How mindfulness can contribute to a greater sense of well-being
  • The science behind mindfulness
  • How you can improve emotional intelligence through mindfulness
  • How mindfulness can boost your workplace performance
  • How mindfulness can improve relationships

Each class includes a 1-hour learning session followed by an optional 30-minute practice session and group discussions.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on January 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  -  8:30 PM Evening Meditation  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   hiprogs@mcl.org
   

Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety. Come join us in the evening for guided meditation. Leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   8:00 PM  -  9:00 PM 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 January 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Thursday February 15, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Create a Red-Hot Resume  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

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

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

Learn how to improve your English speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and fluency.. Must have some basic knowledge of English. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM End of Life Planning and Preparation with Barlow & Zimmer Funeral Home  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   
Richard J. Zimmer of Barlow & Zimmer Funeral Home will discuss
end-of-life planning and preparation to ensure both you and your loved ones
are properly cared for when the time comes.  Preregistration is suggested.
 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   2:00 PM Preparing Heart- Healthy Foods  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

The first step to healthy eating is knowing what to put on the menu. Heart-healthy cooking will be the focus of this demonstration.  Learn to identify recipes and make dishes that are delicious, nutritious and easy to prepare.  Presented by Princeton HealthCare System.  

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   6:30 PM Home Buying Workshop  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM The Logistics of the Underground Railroad  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Logistics, a term used in private industry, the military and government, can be defined as the movement of personnel, resources and supplies.  In The Logistics of the Underground Railroad, Historian, Al Corbett uses his systems engineering (SE) background to discuss and explore the Underground Railroad as a complex, secret network of underestimated people and resources that aided in the liberation, emancipation and education of thousands of slaves.  Registration is suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM African-American Author Spotlight: Alyssa Cole  
    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, Alyssa Cole's An Extraordinary Union and A Hope Divided.

Registration is requested.

    Location: Hopewell 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.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Friday February 16, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  2:30 PM Free Tax Help  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   
Families with household income under $65,000 are eligible for
free tax preparation from the United Way of Mercer County. 
Advance appointment is mandatory.  Please call 609-443-1880 for appointment.
 

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:00 AM Fiction Writing Workshop: Finding Your Creative Muse  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Judy Salcewicz will teach us tricks accomplished writers use to keep their writing fresh. This workshop will include some creativity exercises and sharing. Registration suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence 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
   10:30 AM Drum Circle  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

Join musician and teacher Jaclyn DiLouie of Mercer ARC to create simple rhythms using hand held drums and various percussion instruments. No experience required! Drums and instruments provided or feel free to bring your own. No registration necessary.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Friday Morning Bookies: How It All Began, by Penelope Lively  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

The mugging of a retired schoolteacher on a London street has unexpected repercussions for her friends and neighbors when it inadvertently reveals an illicit love affair, leads to a business partnership, and helps an immigrant to reinvent his life. 

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

    Location: West Windsor 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 Black History Month Movies: Gifted Hands (2009)  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

Follows the life of Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, who overcame problems in school and obstacles in life to become a world-renowned neurosurgeon. His lifelong journey led him to become director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, a bestselling author,  a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and current Secretary of HUD.Starring Cuba Gooding Jr. Not rated. 100 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 January 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 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 February 17, 2018
   10:00 AM Guided Meditation  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM 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 January 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

    Location: West Windsor 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
   2:00 PM Yarnworks  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Anime Aficionados – Chaos; Child  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Join us as we watch the first three episodes of this winter’s Sci-Fi, Mystery, Chaos;Child.

Plot Summary: Shibuya, 2015. In a city recovering from the "Shibuya Earthquake" which devastated it six years ago, Takuru Miyashiro, a student at the newly built private high school "Hekiho Academy" investigates a series of serial killings known as "The Return of the New Generation Madness" as part of his work for the school's newspaper club... (Source: Cruncyroll)

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 February 18, 2018
   2:00 PM Black History Month Movies: The Rosa Parks Story (2003)  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

The Rosa Parks Story is a 2002 American television movie written by Paris Qualles and directed by Julie Dash. Angela Bassett portrays Rosa Parks, and Cicely Tyson a supporting role as her mother.  No registration.

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

Battle of the Sexes (PG-13), with Emma Stone, Steve Carell and Andrea Riseborough. The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. Runtime: 121 min.

No admission fee!

    Location: Ewing Branch

Monday February 19, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM President's Day  
   

All branches are closed.


Tuesday February 20, 2018
   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
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Tax Help: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide (by appoinment only)  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Free tax preparation from AARP Tax-Aide at Hopewell Branch of Mercer County Library; call 609.737.2610 for appointments: Tuesdays, 10am-1pm, February 6 to April 17, 2018.

AARP trained tax preparers focus on low and moderate income returns, but we can prepare most personal returns within training guidelines.

We e-file Federal and state returns; also we fill out PTR (“Senior Freeze”) forms.

Registration is required.

Please call 609.737.2610 to make an appointment

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   12:30 PM The Lego Ninjago Movie  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

Animated feature. Rated PG 90 minutes.

The young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, that are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, is wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, this showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu. No registration.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Classic Movie Matinée: Casablanca  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Come for an afternoon matinée and watch this Old Hollywood classic. 

Ages 15 and up. Preregistration is suggested.

This program was made possible by generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Branch.

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   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 yoga mat and a towel. 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
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Yoga with Nila  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Science Fiction Book Club: The Coming of the Quantum Cats, by Frederick Pohl  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

A breakthrough in quantum physics has shattered the boundaries between alternate worlds. History is in chaos as billions of possible futures collide. As a conquering army mounts an invasion of neighboring realities, a handful of men and women from a dozen different timelines risk their lives to safeguard an infinity of worlds. Next sci-fi book club title is: Abbadon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Black Families in Pleasant Valley  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Beginning in the mid-1700s Pleasant Valley in northwestern Hopewell Township has been the home to rural farm families. A variety of ethnic groups have provided families and individuals who have been farm owners or renters, agricultural laborers and domestic help, and skilled service providers. One such group has been the Black men and women who contributed to the agricultural history of Pleasant Valley and, thereby, Hopewell Township. Larry Kidder, renowned local historian, will address the experiences of Black Americans from the time of slavery into the 20th century, and how their story contributes to a fuller understanding of changes in our society as addition to the changes in New Jersey agriculture. Co-sponsored with the Hopewell Valley Historical Society.

Registration requested.

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Wednesday February 21, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Adult Craft -- Valentine's Day Dish  
    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
   10:30 AM PowerPoint  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

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

transitions and more. Mouse and keyboard skills are essential.

Registration is required.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers 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
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Excel Advanced  
    Contact: Michael Kerr   609-275-8901   
   

This course builds on Excel Intermediate and deals with some more useful techniques of working with data in Excel, including making data ranges into tables, useful tools in pivot tables, some key tools on the data tab such as goal seek and subtotal. We will also deal with linking data between workbooks and worksheets. Signup for adults only, space is limited, so please sign up for only Excel Advanced class per month. Registration begins January 22nd.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM Word for Beginners  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Prepare a basic Word document. Save, format (bullets, font styles, etc...) and edit. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Word  
    Contact: Mary Astarita   609-275-8901   
   

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

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

Join us in creating a fun craft. All supplies provided. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Black History Month Film Festival: Get On Up (2014)  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the

most influential musicians in history.  

Rated PG-13. Running time:  139 minutes. Pre-registration is preferred.

This program was made possible by generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Branch.

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Dealing with Difficult People  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Would your life be better if the difficult people you know or work with would just go away? While this seminar will NOT make that happen, it will offer you some strategies that can improve your relationship with them. Presented by Edie Glover, MSW, LSW. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. Please register.

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

Raj Vora, author of the “Melting in the Pot” blog, will lead a discussion group along with Reference Librarian Julia Cuddahy to share relevant tips, strategies and information to help immigrants adjust more easily to life in the United States. Registration suggested.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM The Life and Writing of James Baldwin  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

The influence of writer and social critic James Baldwin reached far and wide. In this unique exploration of Baldwin’s groundbreaking literary and social justice work, actor/comic Grant Cooper and scholar Dr. Lindsey Swindall engage participants in an interactive dialogue that unravels the truths of racism in this country and examines other themes in Baldwin’s writings. This program is a Public Scholar Project program funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.

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

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Intro to Mindfulness  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Why is everyone talking about mindfulness? In this 8-week course, you will learn the basics of mindfulness through a series of lecture, guided mindfulness practices, reflections, and group discussions. Whether you are new to mindfulness or very skilled at it, you can benefit from this class. This course will teach mindfulness topics such as:

  • What mindfulness is
  • Mindfulness of breathing, body, thoughts, and emotions
  • Cultivating self-awareness, loving kindness, and compassion skills
  • Managing stress and controlling negative impulses and thoughts
  • How mindfulness can contribute to a greater sense of well-being
  • The science behind mindfulness
  • How you can improve emotional intelligence through mindfulness
  • How mindfulness can boost your workplace performance
  • How mindfulness can improve relationships

Each class includes a 1-hour learning session followed by an optional 30-minute practice session and group discussions.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:05 PM  -  8:30 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 necessary.

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

Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety. Come join us in the evening for guided meditation. Leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch

Thursday February 22, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  3:00 PM VITA Super Tax Day  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1474   
   

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people with lower incomes, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Beginning January 22, schedule an appointment in person or by phone.

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

Learn how to improve your English speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and fluency.. Must have some basic knowledge of English. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   1:30 PM An Afternoon at the Movies-The Glass Castle  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

A woman reflects on her unconventional upbringing at the hands of her artsy, nonconformist parents. Now married to a man who works in finance in New York, she faces criticism from her parents that she's betrayed their values.  Starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.  Rated PG-13; 127 minutes, 2017.

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

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:30 PM Word Intermediate  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn to work with several important ribbons (menus) including margins, inserting pictures and page breaks. Please register. 

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   3:00 PM Medicare Workshop  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

New to Medicare or wondering what’s new with Medicare in 2018? Come to learn about the different parts of Medicare, what you need to do when and how to get the most out of your Medicare. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) offers free, local information on how to navigate Medicare and the programs to help with the costs.  Please register. 

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   6:30 PM Adult Movie: Dunkirk (2017)  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

World War II film about the rescue of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France. 

Rated PG-13.  Running time:  120 minutes.  Preregistration preferred.  

This program was made possible by generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Branch.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   7:00 PM Alzheimer's Association Seminar  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

For centuries, we've know that the health of the brain and the body are connected.  But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age.  Join Nicolette Vasco from the Alzheimer’s Association to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Registration required. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM Black Lives Matter: The John Woolman Effect  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

John Woolman, an abolitionist and a Quaker preacher, was born in 1720 and his family’s estate was located between Burlington City and Mount Holly. In this presentation Al Corbett, a researcher and history buff, particularly in the areas of African-American and 20th-century African history, will discuss how Woolman’s essay “Some Considerations on the Keeping of Negros” and his road from New Jersey to North Carolina helped create the moral environment to abolish slavery. Registration suggested. 

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

Adult Program

Do you want to make better use of your digital device? Maybe you’d like to open a Facebook account or download an e-book. How about capturing a screen shot or attaching a photo to a text message? Make a 20-minute appointment with reference librarian Mary Astarita to get one-on-one help with your gadget.

Please note that library staff does not repair devices.

Appointment is required. On or after January 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 Internet Security  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Joshua Stone, owner of Princeton Tiger Tech, will teach you how to browse the Internet safely while taking the necessary precautions to stay virus- and malware-free on all your devices. 

PrincetonTigerTech.webs.com 

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Friday February 23, 2018
   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
   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 Afternoon Movie: The Mountain Between US (2017)  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

Oscar Winner Kate Winslet and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba star in this suspense drama about two strangers who become stranded on a remote, snow covered mountain following a plane crash. Forced to trust each other to survive the extreme elements, they begin a perilous journey through hundreds of miles of wilderness. Rated PG-13.  112 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 January 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 February 24, 2018
   10:00 AM Guided Meditation  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   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 Isha Yoga & Meditation  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

The Isha Foundation, an international non- profit organization founded by Sadhguru, is offering this Yoga and Meditation workshop. Learn physical postures, breathing methods and meditation techniques to improve your overall wellbeing. No previous knowledge of yoga required. Please register.

    Location: Hickory Corner 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

Sunday February 25, 2018
   2:00 PM Black Hickory Month Movie: Hidden Figures (2016)  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   
   

 As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.  Starring Octavia Spencer and Taraji Henson. Rated PG. 127 minutes. No registration.

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

The Mountain Between Us (PG-13), with Idris Elba, Kate Winslet and Beau Bridges. Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness. Runtime: 112 min.

No admission fee!

    Location: Ewing Branch

Monday February 26, 2018
   10:00 AM Morning Book Club  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

"Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race" by Margot Lee Shetterly

The true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Registration is suggested. 

    Location: Lawrence 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 January 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
   11:30 AM Computer Basics: Open Lab  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

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

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

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

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

No registration necessary.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM Non-Fiction Book Club  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

The group will be discussing American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin. No registration necessary.

    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
   6:30 PM Monday Night Book Group: Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Follow Chef Gabrielle Hamilton's extraordinary journey through the places she has inhabited over the years: the rural kitchen of her childhood, the kitchens of France, Greece, and Turkey, and the kitchen of her beloved Italian mother-in-law. 

Preregistration is preferred.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   7:00 PM Mystery Book Club  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

The group will be discussing Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein. No registration necessary.

    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 Yarnworks  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

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

    Location: Ewing Branch
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Evening Book Group: The Great Bridge, by David McCullough  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
   

Adult Program

First published in 1972, The Great Bridge is the classic account of one of the greatest engineering feats of all time—the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Registration required.  Registration begins on January 22; call 609-799-0462 with questions or to register.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:30 PM Yoga  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Sunita Yadav teaches this series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Water is provided. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and begins Monday, January 22, at 9:30 am. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper. Class dates are: February 5, 12, 26 & March 5, 12, 19.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Tuesday February 27, 2018
   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
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Tax Help: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide (by appoinment only)  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Free tax preparation from AARP Tax-Aide at Hopewell Branch of Mercer County Library; call 609.737.2610 for appointments: Tuesdays, 10am-1pm, February 6 to April 17, 2018.

AARP trained tax preparers focus on low and moderate income returns, but we can prepare most personal returns within training guidelines.

We e-file Federal and state returns; also we fill out PTR (“Senior Freeze”) forms.

Registration is required.

Please call 609.737.2610 to make an appointment

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   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 yoga mat and a towel. 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 Upcycling at the Library: Infinity T-Shirt Scarf  
    Contact: Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use an old t-shirt to make an infinity scarf. 

Please bring an old 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
   6:00 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
   7:00 PM Booktalking: Adult Book Discussion Group  
    Contact:    609-882-3148   
   

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout.

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

Adult Program

Dancing is an expression of art, as well as being a great way to get and stay healthy and happy. Choreographer Pooja Bindal will lead you in dancing to Bollywood tunes. Pooja has choreographed and performed at Naach Revolution, India Fair, Discover India, WWP’s Got Talent, HindiUSA and others.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on January 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  -  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 February 28, 2018
   11:00 AM Black History Month Film Festival: Loving (2016)  
    Contact: Staff:    609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage

in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision. 

Rated PG-13. Running time:  123 minutes. Pre-registration is preferred.

This program was made possible by generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Branch.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   1:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Movies for Adults -- Dean  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Dean is an illustrator whose unwillingness to deal with the recent death of his mother means escaping his hometown of New York for an interview with an ad agency in Los Angeles. His retired engineer dad Robert takes a more regimented approach to grief, including putting the family home up for sale. Both father and son set out on their own paths to find a new normal as unexpected circumstances and potential new love interests threaten to thwart all plans. (94 minutes, Rated PG-13.)

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM Novelist Plus: What do I Read Next?  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn how to use this library database for book recommendations and reading lists. 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
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Movies for Adults -- Dean  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Dean is an illustrator whose unwillingness to deal with the recent death of his mother means escaping his hometown of New York for an interview with an ad agency in Los Angeles. His retired engineer dad Robert takes a more regimented approach to grief, including putting the family home up for sale. Both father and son set out on their own paths to find a new normal as unexpected circumstances and potential new love interests threaten to thwart all plans. (94 minutes, Rated PG-13.)

No registration necessary.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Intro to Mindfulness  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Why is everyone talking about mindfulness? In this 8-week course, you will learn the basics of mindfulness through a series of lecture, guided mindfulness practices, reflections, and group discussions. Whether you are new to mindfulness or very skilled at it, you can benefit from this class. This course will teach mindfulness topics such as:

  • What mindfulness is
  • Mindfulness of breathing, body, thoughts, and emotions
  • Cultivating self-awareness, loving kindness, and compassion skills
  • Managing stress and controlling negative impulses and thoughts
  • How mindfulness can contribute to a greater sense of well-being
  • The science behind mindfulness
  • How you can improve emotional intelligence through mindfulness
  • How mindfulness can boost your workplace performance
  • How mindfulness can improve relationships

Each class includes a 1-hour learning session followed by an optional 30-minute practice session and group discussions.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on January 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 Hickory Corner Book Discussion  
    Contact:    609 448-0957   hcprogs@mcl.org
   

The group will be discussing The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies. No registration necessary.

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

Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety. Come join us in the evening for guided meditation. Leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

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

Saturday March 3, 2018
   2:00 PM New York City During World War 2  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Learn how the city and its inhabitants coped during wartime, and about the German American Bund, the troop ships Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, the Manhattan Project, the Brooklyn Army Terminal, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Stage Door Canteen, and more.  Presented by Marty Schneit, New York City tour guide, lecturer, and native New Yorker. 

    Location: Robbinsville Branch

Monday March 5, 2018
   7:30 PM Yoga  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Sunita Yadav teaches this series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Water is provided. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and begins Monday, January 22, at 9:30 am. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper. Class dates are: February 5, 12, 26 & March 5, 12, 19.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Tuesday March 6, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Tax Help: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide (by appoinment only)  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Free tax preparation from AARP Tax-Aide at Hopewell Branch of Mercer County Library; call 609.737.2610 for appointments: Tuesdays, 10am-1pm, February 6 to April 17, 2018.

AARP trained tax preparers focus on low and moderate income returns, but we can prepare most personal returns within training guidelines.

We e-file Federal and state returns; also we fill out PTR (“Senior Freeze”) forms.

Registration is required.

Please call 609.737.2610 to make an appointment

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   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 yoga mat and a towel. 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

Wednesday March 7, 2018
   7:00 PM Julia Child Says . . . Bon Appetit!  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Julia Child was an American cook, author, and TV personality who introduced French cuisine to America. While her public persona is familiar to all of us, this one-woman play is a love story that focuses on her private side, and her relationship with her husband, Paul. Presented by Linda Kenyon, actor and professional narrator.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Intro to Mindfulness  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Why is everyone talking about mindfulness? In this 8-week course, you will learn the basics of mindfulness through a series of lecture, guided mindfulness practices, reflections, and group discussions. Whether you are new to mindfulness or very skilled at it, you can benefit from this class. This course will teach mindfulness topics such as:

  • What mindfulness is
  • Mindfulness of breathing, body, thoughts, and emotions
  • Cultivating self-awareness, loving kindness, and compassion skills
  • Managing stress and controlling negative impulses and thoughts
  • How mindfulness can contribute to a greater sense of well-being
  • The science behind mindfulness
  • How you can improve emotional intelligence through mindfulness
  • How mindfulness can boost your workplace performance
  • How mindfulness can improve relationships

Each class includes a 1-hour learning session followed by an optional 30-minute practice session and group discussions.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Thursday March 8, 2018
   1:30 PM An Afternoon at the Movies-Dunkirk  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

WWII thriller about the evacuation of Dunkirk, France, in which 400,000 Allied troops were rescued following a catastrophic defeat.  Starring Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, and Aneurin Bonnard.  Rated PG-13; 105 minutes, 2017.

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

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM Keep This, Toss That  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Are you dreading spring cleaning?  Jamie Novak, best-selling author of Keep This Toss That, will present an informative and humorous program to show you how to clean out your closets, organize your space, make your piles of paper disappear, and stay motivated!

    Location: Robbinsville Branch

Monday March 12, 2018
   7:30 PM Yoga  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Sunita Yadav teaches this series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Water is provided. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and begins Monday, January 22, at 9:30 am. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper. Class dates are: February 5, 12, 26 & March 5, 12, 19.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Tuesday March 13, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Tax Help: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide (by appoinment only)  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Free tax preparation from AARP Tax-Aide at Hopewell Branch of Mercer County Library; call 609.737.2610 for appointments: Tuesdays, 10am-1pm, February 6 to April 17, 2018.

AARP trained tax preparers focus on low and moderate income returns, but we can prepare most personal returns within training guidelines.

We e-file Federal and state returns; also we fill out PTR (“Senior Freeze”) forms.

Registration is required.

Please call 609.737.2610 to make an appointment

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM What Are Your Symptoms Trying to Tell You? Decoding the Language of the Body  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come learn how to understand what your body is telling you through your emotional and physical symptoms, and how to tap into your own energy reserves to return to a state of harmony and balance.  Presented by Jody Levy, transformative coach and advanced Reiki III Practitioner.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch

Wednesday March 14, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Intro to Mindfulness  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Why is everyone talking about mindfulness? In this 8-week course, you will learn the basics of mindfulness through a series of lecture, guided mindfulness practices, reflections, and group discussions. Whether you are new to mindfulness or very skilled at it, you can benefit from this class. This course will teach mindfulness topics such as:

  • What mindfulness is
  • Mindfulness of breathing, body, thoughts, and emotions
  • Cultivating self-awareness, loving kindness, and compassion skills
  • Managing stress and controlling negative impulses and thoughts
  • How mindfulness can contribute to a greater sense of well-being
  • The science behind mindfulness
  • How you can improve emotional intelligence through mindfulness
  • How mindfulness can boost your workplace performance
  • How mindfulness can improve relationships

Each class includes a 1-hour learning session followed by an optional 30-minute practice session and group discussions.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday March 19, 2018
   7:30 PM Yoga  
    Contact: Lawrence Programs   609-989-6920   lawprogs@mcl.org
   

Sunita Yadav teaches this series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Water is provided. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and begins Monday, January 22, at 9:30 am. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper. Class dates are: February 5, 12, 26 & March 5, 12, 19.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Tuesday March 20, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Tax Help: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide (by appoinment only)  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Free tax preparation from AARP Tax-Aide at Hopewell Branch of Mercer County Library; call 609.737.2610 for appointments: Tuesdays, 10am-1pm, February 6 to April 17, 2018.

AARP trained tax preparers focus on low and moderate income returns, but we can prepare most personal returns within training guidelines.

We e-file Federal and state returns; also we fill out PTR (“Senior Freeze”) forms.

Registration is required.

Please call 609.737.2610 to make an appointment

    Location: Hopewell 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 yoga mat and a towel. 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

Wednesday March 21, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Intro to Mindfulness  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Why is everyone talking about mindfulness? In this 8-week course, you will learn the basics of mindfulness through a series of lecture, guided mindfulness practices, reflections, and group discussions. Whether you are new to mindfulness or very skilled at it, you can benefit from this class. This course will teach mindfulness topics such as:

  • What mindfulness is
  • Mindfulness of breathing, body, thoughts, and emotions
  • Cultivating self-awareness, loving kindness, and compassion skills
  • Managing stress and controlling negative impulses and thoughts
  • How mindfulness can contribute to a greater sense of well-being
  • The science behind mindfulness
  • How you can improve emotional intelligence through mindfulness
  • How mindfulness can boost your workplace performance
  • How mindfulness can improve relationships

Each class includes a 1-hour learning session followed by an optional 30-minute practice session and group discussions.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Thursday March 22, 2018
   1:30 PM An Afternoon at the Movies-Victoria and Abdul  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Queen Victoria strikes up an an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.  Starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, and Eddie Izzard. Rated PG-13; 112 minutes, 2017.

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

    Location: Robbinsville Branch

Tuesday March 27, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Tax Help: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide (by appoinment only)  
    Contact: Hopewell Programs   609.737.2610   hopeprogs@mcl.org
   

Free tax preparation from AARP Tax-Aide at Hopewell Branch of Mercer County Library; call 609.737.2610 for appointments: Tuesdays, 10am-1pm, February 6 to April 17, 2018.

AARP trained tax preparers focus on low and moderate income returns, but we can prepare most personal returns within training guidelines.

We e-file Federal and state returns; also we fill out PTR (“Senior Freeze”) forms.

Registration is required.

Please call 609.737.2610 to make an appointment

    Location: Hopewell Branch

Wednesday March 28, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Intro to Mindfulness  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Why is everyone talking about mindfulness? In this 8-week course, you will learn the basics of mindfulness through a series of lecture, guided mindfulness practices, reflections, and group discussions. Whether you are new to mindfulness or very skilled at it, you can benefit from this class. This course will teach mindfulness topics such as:

  • What mindfulness is
  • Mindfulness of breathing, body, thoughts, and emotions
  • Cultivating self-awareness, loving kindness, and compassion skills
  • Managing stress and controlling negative impulses and thoughts
  • How mindfulness can contribute to a greater sense of well-being
  • The science behind mindfulness
  • How you can improve emotional intelligence through mindfulness
  • How mindfulness can boost your workplace performance
  • How mindfulness can improve relationships

Each class includes a 1-hour learning session followed by an optional 30-minute practice session and group discussions.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Friday March 30, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Good Friday  
   

All branches are closed.


Saturday March 31, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Intro to Mindfulness  
    Contact: West Windsor Staff   609-275-8901   
   

Adult Program

Why is everyone talking about mindfulness? In this 8-week course, you will learn the basics of mindfulness through a series of lecture, guided mindfulness practices, reflections, and group discussions. Whether you are new to mindfulness or very skilled at it, you can benefit from this class. This course will teach mindfulness topics such as:

  • What mindfulness is
  • Mindfulness of breathing, body, thoughts, and emotions
  • Cultivating self-awareness, loving kindness, and compassion skills
  • Managing stress and controlling negative impulses and thoughts
  • How mindfulness can contribute to a greater sense of well-being
  • The science behind mindfulness
  • How you can improve emotional intelligence through mindfulness
  • How mindfulness can boost your workplace performance
  • How mindfulness can improve relationships

Each class includes a 1-hour learning session followed by an optional 30-minute practice session and group discussions.

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Sunday April 1, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Easter  
   

All branches are closed.


Saturday May 26, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Memorial Day Weekend  
   

All branches are closed.


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

All branches are closed.


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

All branches are closed.


Wednesday July 4, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Fourth of July  
   

All branches are closed.


Saturday September 1, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Labor Day Weekend  
   

All branches are closed.


Sunday September 2, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Labor Day Weekend  
   

All branches are closed.


Monday September 3, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Labor Day Weekend  
   

All branches are closed.


Monday October 8, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Columbus Day  
   

All branches are closed.


Tuesday November 6, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Election Day  
   

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.


Monday November 12, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Veterans Day Observed  
   

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.


Thursday November 22, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Thanksgiving Day  
   

All branches are closed.


Friday November 23, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Day After Thanksgiving  
   

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.


Monday December 24, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Christmas Eve  
   

All branches will close at 3:00pm.


Tuesday December 25, 2018
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Christmas  
   

All branches are closed.


Monday December 31, 2018
   12:55 AM  -  11:55 PM New Year's Eve  
   

All branches will close at 3:00pm.


Tuesday January 1, 2019
   12:55 AM  -  11:55 PM New Year's Day  
   

All branches are closed.


Monday January 21, 2019
   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.


Monday February 18, 2019
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM President's Day  
   

All branches are closed.


Friday April 19, 2019
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Good Friday  
   

All branches are closed.


Sunday April 21, 2019
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Easter  
   

All branches are closed.


Saturday May 25, 2019
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Memorial Day Weekend  
   

All branches are closed.


Sunday May 26, 2019
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Memorial Day Weekend  
   

All branches are closed.


Monday May 27, 2019
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Memorial Day Weekend  
   

All branches are closed.


Thursday July 4, 2019
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Fourth of July  
   

All branches are closed.


Saturday August 31, 2019
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Labor Day Weekend  
   

All branches are closed.


Sunday September 1, 2019
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Labor Day Weekend  
   

All branches are closed.


Monday September 2, 2019
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Labor Day Weekend  
   

All branches are closed.


Monday October 14, 2019
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Columbus Day  
   

All branches are closed.


Tuesday November 5, 2019
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Election Day  
   

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.


Monday November 11, 2019
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Veterans 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.


Thursday November 28, 2019
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Thanksgiving Day  
   

All branches are closed.


Friday November 29, 2019
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Day After Thanksgiving  
   

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.


Tuesday December 24, 2019
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Christmas Eve  
   

All branches will close at 3:00pm.


Wednesday December 25, 2019
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Christmas  
   

All branches are closed.


Tuesday December 31, 2019
   12:55 AM  -  11:55 PM New Year's Eve  
   

All branches will close at 3:00pm.


Wednesday January 1, 2020
   12:55 AM  -  11:55 PM New Year's Day  
   

All branches are closed.


Thursday December 31, 2020
   12:05 AM  -  11:55 PM Weather Closure  
   

Due to the inclement weather, all branches of the Mercer County Library System are closing at 4:00pm today and all events are cancelled, please check our website and/or catalog for updates regarding due dates and other important announcements.


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