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Saturday June 23, 2018
   10:00 AM Drop-in Book Craft: A House for Hermit Crab, for all ages  
   

For all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop-in between 10am and 3pm and join us for a fun craft based on the picture book "A House for Hermit Crab"!

No registration required! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Storytime with Sarah the Reading Dog * (grades K - 5)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

 

Join us for a special storytime with Sarah the Reading Dog..  We will read stories, sing songs and visit with our special guest. 

Ages 2-5.  Siblings welcome.  Please register.  

See Youth Progam Policy.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM Wii Sports  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Play Wii Sports at the library with friends.
Ages 7-12.

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:45 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 1:00

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Junior Engineers (Grades 3-6)  
   

Local group Junior STEM will teach you engineering techniques in creating LEGO structures. 

Registration required. 

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

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Monday June 25, 2018
   9:35 AM 1000 Books Before Kindergarten  
   

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

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

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Kids' Music Round (Ages 0-4)  
   

JOIN US FOR A FREE DEMO CLASS!

Family music program for children ages infant through four years

Come sing, dance, explore rhythm instruments and have a GREAT TIME!

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM Musical Mondays: Concert with Miss Amy  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Today is the first day of the summer reading program and this year's theme is "Libraries Rock!"
Every Monday we will have musical entertainment for young children.
Today we are featuring local favorite Miss Amy!  Come hear her rock our library.
Registration is required online starting Monday, June 18th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM MadScience Digging for Dinos - Ages 3 to 5  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For children ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver.

Become a paleontologist and learn about when dinosaurs lived, what they ate, and how scientists know they existed. 

Then dig for the "fossil remains" of a mystery dinosaur and cast you own T-Rex tooth!

Online registration required beginning Monday, June 11.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

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

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

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

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   12:00 PM Hologram Projector  
   

Come make a hologram projector for your smart phone

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete

Clean up will begin 45 min after start time

Ages 6 yrs & up with caregiver are welcome. 

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

   1:00 PM Mindful Bookmarks  
   

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

Enjoy coloring fun bookmarks that are a throw-back to the pop art movement!  

Add a decorative ribbon to hold your place as you enjoy reading this summer!

Drop by, no registration required.  Clean-up will begin 45 mins after starting time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:30 PM Ewing’s “Be the Star” Photo Shoots  
   

  Background and special effects.

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Read to Sarah the Reading Dog (grades K-5)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Sarah is a local therapy dog who loves listening to stories.  Sarah will visit the library with her owner Barbara. Children who would like to practice reading aloud may sign-up for one 15 minute session with Sarah and Barbara.  Children should arrive with a book of their choice to read.  

Grades K - 5. Registration required.  Please call 609-737-2610 to make an appointment.  

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Open Craft: Make Music Bee Buzzer,  
   

For ages grade 3 and up.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Puzzles & Games (Ages 5-11)  
   

Enjoy playing with a variety of puzzles and games every week! 

No registration required. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register in person or by phone.

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

For children grades 3-7

 learn programming and share your creations with the community.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:00 PM Drop-in Musical Craft: Bell Shaker Stick Craft, ages 3+  
   

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries rock!  Drop-in and create a bell shaker stick craft!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Fairy Tale Science Challenge Part 1, for ages 5+  
   

For ages 5+, with a caregiver.

Join us for a fun, hands-on challenge where we will use your creativity (and science) to help the characters from some of your favorite fairy tales.

In Part 1, we’ll read The Three Billy Goats Gruff and find a way for the goats to cross the river without having to go over the bridge.  Then we’ll read the story of Rapunzel and help her escape from her tower!

You can register and attend one or both science challenges!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Tuesday June 26, 2018
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:05 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

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

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Outdoor Concert with Kurt Gallagher (All ages)  
   

Enjoy an outdoor concert to kick-off Summer Reading with a performance by Kurt Gallagher! 

Bring blankets, chairs and sunscreen! 

No registration required. 

In the event of rain, concert will take place indoors. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM Seashell Decoupage  
   

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

School’s out and it’s Summer! 

Let’s celebrate by using large decorative shells, colorful tissue paper & ‘below the sea’ paper images along with mod podge and the decoupage technique to produce beautiful natural decorative objects to take home!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Book Buddies Club - (Grades K-2)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Please join us for this new book club.  At each meeting we will read aloud from a book and do fun activiites.  

Please register for this program.

Grades K - 2

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Rock Painting #hickorycornerrocks  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Our summer reading theme is "Libraries Rock" so come paint a rock then hide it in town for others to find so they know Hickory Corner Rocks!
All ages are invited to participate in this program.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Sphero robot balls  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For ages 5-12.  Learn very simple coding and make a Sphero SPRK+ robot ball move around the room.

Registration is required and space is limited.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Creative Math Problem Solving (Grades 2-6)  
   

Have fun while you learn new strategies and methods to solve abstract problems!

For students going into 2nd - 6th grades. 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:30 PM Mindful Bookmarks  
   

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

Enjoy coloring fun bookmarks that are a throw-back to the pop art movement!  

Add a decorative ribbon to hold your place as you enjoy reading this summer!

Drop by, no registration required.  Clean-up will begin 45 mins after starting time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:15 PM Eyes of the Wild: Animal Show  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

At this exciting live animal show, you will get to see and learn about the visiting mammals.
All ages are welcome.

This program was provided by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:00 PM Giant Candyland, for families  
   

For families (all ages welcome with caregiver).

Back by popular demand!!

Grab your family & friends and join us for a fun board game – and you are the pieces!  Our meeting rooms will be transformed into a giant, life-sized Candy land board.  Play as a family (groups of 2-5 people) and travel through the board visiting locations from this childhood classic.  Work together until you reach the Candy Castle!  All children will get small treats along the way.

Please come any time between 6pm and 7pm.  Crafts and coloring sheets will be available for those waiting to play.

All ages are welcome – parents must stay and are encouraged to play through with their children.

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:25 PM paper plate emoji  
   

Come make an emoji mask out of a paper plate

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete

Clean up will begin 45 min after start time

All ages with caregiver are welcome. 

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

   6:30 PM Summer Reading Program Kickoff with Dennis Thomas the Magician  
   

For children ages 3 – 11

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

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

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Perler Beads Craft (ages 5-11)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Create your own unique designs using Perler Beads! 

Ages 5 - 11.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM Giant Candyland, for families  
   

For families (all ages welcome with caregiver).

Back by popular demand!!

Grab your family & friends and join us for a fun board game – and you are the pieces!  Our meeting rooms will be transformed into a giant, life-sized Candy land board.  Play as a family (groups of 2-5 people) and travel through the board visiting locations from this childhood classic.  Work together until you reach the Candy Castle!  All children will get small treats along the way.

Please come any time between 7pm and 7:45pm.  Crafts and coloring sheets will be available for those waiting to play.

All ages are welcome – parents must stay and are encouraged to play through with their children.

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Wednesday June 27, 2018
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM paper plate emoji  
   

Come make an emoji mask out of a paper plate

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete

Clean up will begin 45 min after start time

All ages with caregiver are welcome. 

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:30 PM Ewing’s “Be the Star” Photo Shoots  
   

  Background and special effects.

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   2:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Suggested for players ages 5 and up.
Come together with other chess players to play matches against each other.
This program is best for players with prior knowledge of the game.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  2:45 PM STEAM Club (ages 5 - 10)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Create, invent and make!  Each week we will explore a new theme in science, technology, engineering or math by conducting hands-on projects. 

Space is limited.  Ages 5 - 10.  Registration is required.   

See Youth Program Policy

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   3:00 PM LEGO chariot races  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Use LEGOs to design a "chariot" and make it move around the room using a SPRK+ robot ball.  

Registration is required and space is limited.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maker Club Jr. (Ages 5-8)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 5-8 with a caregiver.

Get creative and learn coding basics with various activities designed to promote problem-solving skills.

Online registration required beginning the previous Wednesday. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Pom-Pom Craft  
   

For children in grades K-5

Make creature from Pom Pom.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM  -  4:45 PM BINGO! (Ages 7-11)  
   

Play BINGO! and win prizes!

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM Mindful Bookmarks  
   

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

Enjoy coloring fun bookmarks that are a throw-back to the pop art movement!  

Add a decorative ribbon to hold your place as you enjoy reading this summer!

Drop by, no registration required.  Clean-up will begin 45 mins after starting time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Create a...(Ages 11 and under)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Join us to make a special project each week. 

Ages 11 and under. Adult Supervision is required.  No registration is required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   5:00 PM Wii Sports  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Come and play Wii Sports with friends.  

Ages 7 – 12.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family Board Games  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Families with children of all ages are invited to come play board games in the activity room.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   6:30 PM Seashell Decoupage  
   

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

School’s out and it’s Summer! 

Let’s celebrate by using large decorative shells, colorful tissue paper & ‘below the sea’ paper images along with mod podge and the decoupage technique to produce beautiful natural decorative objects to take home!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Game Night (ages 11 and under)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Board games!  Group games!  Snacks!  Music!  Feel free to bring your favorite board game and a friend!  We'll split into groups based on age.  

Ages 11 and under. Adult Supervision is required.  No registration is required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch

Thursday June 28, 2018
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:05 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:00.

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM Magic Show 2-10 years  
   

For ages 2-10 years, families welcome.

Family magic show with Ken Northridge including humor, audience participation, musical routines and a rabbit!

Registration is required and begins at 7am on the day of the program.  Preference at the door may be given to patrons who register with an MCLS library card. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

 

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

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

Online registration begins on June 14. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:05 AM Movers and Shakers, for ages 2-5yrs  
   

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

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bollywood Fusion Dance for Ages 6+  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 6 and up.

Children will learn classical and Bollywood dance techniques and perform to popular, American songs.

This class is led by Sudipta Ghosh, a local dance instructor with 15 years of classical Indian and Bollywood dance experience.

Online registration required beginning Monday, June 11. 

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

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

Ages 2 - 5.  No registration required.

See Youth Progam Policy.  

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Little Bits coding kits  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Use snap-together circuits and simple coding to see an exciting result.  For ages 8-15.

Registration is required and space is limited.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   2:30 PM Family Move: Paddington 2  
   

Paddington 2. Rated PG. Runtime: 105 minutes. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM Open Play Time  
   

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

 

Guadians or parents  to stay with them during play time.

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM Penguin Pointers with Jenkinson's Aquarium  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for ages 4-12 with a caregiver.

Get up close and personal with African Penguins from Jenkinson's Aquarium in Point Pleasant, NJ. Learn about the lifecycle, care, & geography of these cute, flightless birds.

Online registration reqruied beginning Monday, June 11.

Sponsored by the HIghtstown Library Association. 

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

 

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library

Please register!

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

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

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:00 PM Battle-Bot Build-A-Thon  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

In this 90-minute class, kids will work together to build a robot that can compete in a sumo-style wrestling ring! Ages 6 and up.

Online registration is required and begins on June 22. Please register each child separately.

 

 

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   5:30 PM Mindful Bookmarks  
   

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

Enjoy coloring fun bookmarks that are a throw-back to the pop art movement!  

Add a decorative ribbon to hold your place as you enjoy reading this summer!

Drop by, no registration required.  Clean-up will begin 45 mins after starting time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:00 PM  -  6:30 PM Bollywood Dance (Ages 5-7)  
   

Learn how to Bollywood dance! 

For ages 5 to 7. 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Fairies! Fairies! All Things Fairies!  
   

For Families and children,  All Ages

Enjoy using your imagination?  Do you love fairies and fairy magic?!  Come to a party of All Things Fairies!

Come dressed up as fancifully as you like!  Fairy crowns, fairy wings!  Or just come as yourself!

We'll create fairy gardens, magic fairy bubble wands, jewel encrusted dragon eggs & even some unicorn slime to take home!

Lots of fun activities for the whole family! 

Clean up will begin at 8pm.

Please Register starting at 7am on the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Bollywood Dance (Ages 8-12)  
   

Learn how to Bollywood dance! 

For ages 8 to 12. 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM SRP Kickoff Party with Magician Mike Rose  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

You will witness impossible magic tricks, weird mind reading stunts and off the wall comedy all themed around music and libraries.  Ater the show you can register for the Summer Reading Program and cool off with a delicious treat!  

All ages welcome.  Adult supervision required.  No registration required.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM Battle-Bot Build-A-Thon  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

In this 90-minute class, kids will work together to build a robot that can compete in a sumo-style wrestling ring! Ages 6 and up.

Online registration is required and begins on June 22. Please register each child separately.

 

 

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM Summer Reading Kick-off Event with the Juggling Hoffmans  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Join us for our first big event of the summer reading program!
The Juggling Hoffmans are a dynamic duo who entertain by combining their expert juggling with laugh-out-loud comedy.
Suggested for children ages 3 and up. 
Registration is required online starting Thursday, June 21st.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Friday June 29, 2018
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Kids MusicRound  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come sing and dance with Miss Diane.

Online registration begins on June 15. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

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

Adult must remain in the program.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Kim Yarson Concert (All ages)  
   

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

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

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

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

No registration is required.

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

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM quilling emojis  
   

Come learn the ancient art of paper rolling also know as quilling.  We are making an emoji!!

Project will take about 45 minutes to complete

Ages 8 yrs & up with caregiver are welcome. 

Registration will open 7am day of event

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

   3:00 PM pencil top flowers  
   

Come make a flower to top your pencil

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete

Clean up will begin 45 min after start time

All ages with caregiver are welcome. 

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Kid Craft (Ages 6-8)  
   

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Little Scientist Make Slime  
   

For children in grades K-5

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:45 PM  -  4:15 PM Tween Craft (Ages 9-11)  
   

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Saturday June 30, 2018
   10:00 AM Drop-in Musical Craft: Bell Shaker Stick Craft, ages 3+  
   

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries rock!  Drop-in between 10am and 3pm and create a bell shaker stick craft!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Fair and Petting Zoo (All Ages)  
   

Join us for the West Windsor Branch's annual Family Fair & Petting Zoo! 

Enjoy games, crafts, and a special visit from What Knott Farm, The Twirling Arcade & more!

Musical performance by local band, Delta Noir. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

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

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Author Visit from children's author Barbara DiLorenzo  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for ages 4-8 with a caregiver.

Please note the time of this program has now changed to 11:30 am. 

Join local children's author/illustrator, Barbara DiLorenzo, as she reads her latest picture book: "Quincy: The Chameleon Who Couldn't Blend In."

Then paint your own watercolor artwork!

Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author!

Online registration required beginning Monday, June 11.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:45 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 1:00

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:30 PM Saturday Movie and a Craft, for children with a caregiver.  
   

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Is it too hot outside?  Cool off and join us for movie and a craft!

This week’s movie:  CARS 3 (2017).  Rated: G (1 hr 42min).

Craft supplies will be out at 1:30pm and the movie will start promptly at 1:45pm.  Popcorn will be served.  Caregivers must remain in the room for the duration of the movie.

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Poetry Rocks! (Ages 8-11)  
   

Learn how to create a Haiku poem and enter your poem into our Poetry Contest for a chance to win a prize! 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday July 2, 2018
   9:35 AM 1000 Books Before Kindergarten  
   

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

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

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Train Play  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Free play with wooden trains and tracks.

For all ages with a caregiver.
 

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   10:30 AM Musical Mondays: Concert with Kim Yarson  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

This year's summer reading program theme is "Libraries Rock!"
Every Monday we will have musical entertainment for young children.
Today we are featuring local favorite Kim Yarson!  Come hear her rock our library.
Registration is required online starting Monday, June 25th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All craft supplies are provided.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM Magic with John Carlson for Kids  
   

For ages 4-11 years, with a caregiver. Siblings and families are welcome.

Show includes magic, ventriloquism, comedy and even a rabbit!

Online registration is required and begins at 7:00am on the day of the show.

Preference may be give to patrons with a valid MCLS library card. On the day of the show, patrons who have not registered may be admitted if space permits. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   12:00 PM K-cup Planter  
   

Come decorate a K-cup then plant seeds in it to watch it grow.

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete.

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

Clean up will begin 45 minutes after start time.

No registration required. 

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

 

   1:00 PM Invitation to Create! Self-Portraits  
   

For children 4-9 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Invitation to Create! 

Come and enjoy this open-ended process art activity to have fun and to develop creative thinking skills! 

It's the "A" in S.T.E.A.M. that engages and encourages individual expression, as we draw and use watercolors to paint our self-portraits!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Movies for Children: Despicable Me 3  
   

For ages 8 and up with adult.

(Rated: PG; 89 minutes)

 The villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who's grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the 80s, proves to be Gru's most formidable nemesis to date. Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove. 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM Open Craft:  
   

 

  • Monday, July 2, 3 p.m. Make a Music Kazoo. All ages!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Monday, July 9, 3 p.m. Make Music Harmonicas. All Ages! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Monday, July 16, 3 p.m. Make Music Wind Flutes.  All Ages! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Monday, July 23, 3 p.m. Make Music Rubber Band Guitars.  All Ages! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM Zumba for Kids presented by Penn Medicine Princeton Health  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For ages 6 and up.
A fitness instructor from Penn Medicine Princeton Health will lead a Zumba class tailored for kids.
Children should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers.  Please bring a water bottle.
Registration is required online starting Monday, June 25th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Puzzles & Games (Ages 5-11)  
   

Enjoy playing with a variety of puzzles and games every week! 

No registration required. 

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

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

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:00 PM BINGO  
   

For children ages 4-10,

Monday, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 4 p.m.

Small prizes!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

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

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

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

Register in person or by phone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Coding for the Web (Ages 10-12)  
   

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

Once registered, you will be signed up for all five classes: 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM Drop-in Musical Craft: Cardboard Guitar Craft, ages 3+  
   

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries rock!  Drop-in and create a cardboard guitar craft!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:00 PM  -  6:40 PM Bollywood Dance (Ages 5-12)  
   

Learn how to Bollywood Dance!

Ages 5-12

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Family Craft “FAMILY” Canvas, for families  
   

For families (caregivers must stay and are encouraged to participate).

Bring the whole family this evening to create a one-of-a-kind work of art!  Everyone will get to add their own fingerprints to this design! 

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Please only register ONE family member (families will work together on a single project).  Supplies are very limited.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM #MakersClub For Ages 9-14  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Learn problem-solving skills and get creative in this program that features different activites from origami to slime to computer coding!

Ages 9-14

Online registration is required beginning the previous Monday.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Tuesday July 3, 2018
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:05 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM Art Like the Masters! Monet's Garden Pond  
   

For children 5-11yrs, youngest with a caregiver

The beloved artist Claude Monet is considered to be the founder and father of French Impressionism.

He is known for his beautiful paintings of the natural world and, as an avid gardener, he experimented with color in his own beautiful gardens at Giverny.

We'll create our own renditions of Monet's famous Water Lily Pond!

Using large cardboard rounds and a new medium - tempura paint stix (non-messy & quick drying) - along with colorful cut tissue paper, we'll create this iconic pond and beautiful water lilly flowers.

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Book Buddies Club - (Grades K-2)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Please join us for this new book club.  At each meeting we will read aloud from a book and do fun activiites.  

Please register for this program.

Grades K - 2

.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Frozen Sing-Along Movie  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

All ages are invited to join us as we sing along to the hit Disney movie Frozen.
We will be serving a frosty treat to all those who attend.
Caregivers must remain present for the duration of the movie.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM STEM activity  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Boat building

Use a variety of upcycled materials to design and boat and see if it floats.  

For ages 5-12.

Registration not required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   2:20 PM Ewing’s “Be the Star” Photo Shoots  
   

  Background and special effects.

 

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM Little Bits  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Join us in learning to code with Little Bits. ages 8 and up

Register online starting June 22. Please register each child separately.

 

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Creative Math Problem Solving (Grades 2-6)  
   

Have fun while you learn new strategies and methods to solve abstract problems!

For students going into 2nd - 6th grades. 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:30 PM Animal Paint-by-Sticker Art  
   

For children 4 yrs+, youngest with a caregiver.

Stop by and enjoy creating vibrant animal picutres using polygon shaped stickers!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM Ewing Scientists  
   

For grades K-3

  • Tuesday, July 3, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Fun will black light.  
  • Tuesday, July 10, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3. POP: Rock Candy Experiments.  
  • Tuesday, July 17, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3. Make Mini Rubber Balloon Cart. 
  • Tuesday, July 24, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Make a Glass Xylophone.  
  • Tuesday, July 31, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Make Rocket Balloons.

 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   5:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Walk-in Patriotic Craft  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

All ages are invited to come to the activity room to make a craft to help celebrate the 4th of July.
Come any time during the three hour window that the room is open.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   6:30 PM Paper Airplanes  
   

Come make a paper airplane to take home.

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete.

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

Clean up will begin 45 minutes after start time.

No registration required. 

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

 

   6:30 PM Shrinky Dink Charm Bracelet, for ages 5+  
   

For ages 5 years old and up, with a caregiver.

Create your very own bracelets using charms you’ll make out of Shrinky Dinks!  Use a template or make up your own designs.

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Perler Beads Craft (ages 5-11)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Create your own unique designs using Perler Beads! 

Ages 5 - 11.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch

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

All branches are closed.


Thursday July 5, 2018
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:05 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM Indoor “Snowball” Fight, for ages 2-7 years  
   

For ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver.

Snow in July???  Join us for some “snowy” fun indoors, without the cold!  Decorate a cardboard shield and get ready to test your aim during our “snowball” fight! 

Light refreshments will be served.

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

Online registration begins on June 22. Please register each child separately.

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

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:30 PM Choose Your Own Adventure book club  
   

Come join the Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club

We will read a different book every week.

As we go through the book our main characters will have many choices to make  Everyone gets a vote on which adventure we choose. 

ages 6yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bollywood Fusion Dance for Ages 6+  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 6 and up.

Children will learn classical and Bollywood dance techniques and perform to popular, American songs.

This class is led by Sudipta Ghosh, a local dance instructor with 15 years of classical Indian and Bollywood dance experience.

Online registration required beginning the previous Thursday. 

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

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

Ages 2 - 5.  No registration required.

See Youth Progam Policy.  

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:20 PM Ewing’s “Be the Star” Photo Shoots  
   

  Background and special effects.

 

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:30 PM Family Move: Early Man  
   

Early Man. Rated PG. Runtime: 89 minutes. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM Family craft  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Bird Kites

Decorate a bird-shaped kite and watch it fly.

For all ages.

No registration required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   3:00 PM Magic of the Circus  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Suggested for ages 3+ with a caregiver.

Learn about circus life and animals through fun and amazing magic tricks performed by local magician, Dennis Thomas.

Online registration required beginning Monday, June 18.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Sphero Ball/ Little Bits Makerspace  
   

 

For children grades 3-7 learn programming and share your creations with the community.

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

 

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

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

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

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

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

Grades K - 5. No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   5:30 PM Animal Paint-by-Sticker Art  
   

For children 4 yrs+, youngest with a caregiver.

Stop by and enjoy creating vibrant animal picutres using polygon shaped stickers!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Art Like the Masters! Monet's Garden Pond  
   

For children 5-11yrs, youngest with a caregiver

The beloved artist Claude Monet is considered to be the founder and father of French Impressionism.

He is known for his beautiful paintings of the natural world and, as an avid gardener, he experimented with color in his own beautiful gardens at Giverny.

We'll create our own renditions of Monet's famous Water Lily Pond!

Using large cardboard rounds and a new medium - tempura paint stix (non-messy & quick drying) - along with colorful cut tissue paper, we'll create this iconic pond and beautiful water lilly flowers.

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
   7:00 PM Books & Bricks  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 2 to 5 years old.
A story followed by a build with DUPLO bricks.
Registration is required online Thursday, June 28th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Friday July 6, 2018
   9:30 AM Family move  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Coco

Rated PG, 109 mins.

For all ages.

Popcorn will be served.

No registration required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Family Movie: Peter Rabbit  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Watch a movie with the family. Bring a bagged lunch or snack to enjoy with the movie.

Rated PG. 100 minutes.

All ages.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Sahaja Yoga Mediation  
   

 

For children ages, 2-6,

An introduction to mediation and energy centers.

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

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

No registration required.

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

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

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

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM Paper Quilling- Under the sea  
   

Come learn the ancient art of paper quilling. 

We will be making an Under the Sea scene

ages 8yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

   2:00 PM Lego Play  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Get creative and play with our LEGOS. 

Ages 2 – 6.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM Hologram Projector  
   

Come make a hologram projector to use with your smart phone

Project will take 15 minutes to complete

ages 6yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Kid Craft (Ages 6-8)  
   

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Little Scientist: Slime  
   

For Children in Grades K-3

July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, July 31

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:45 PM  -  4:15 PM Tween Craft (Ages 9-11)  
   

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Saturday July 7, 2018
   9:35 AM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm  
   

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Drop-in Musical Craft: Cardboard Guitar Craft, ages 3+  
   

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries rock!  Drop-in between 10am and 3pm and create a cardboard guitar craft!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Poetry Rocks! (Ages 8-11)  
   

Learn how to create an Acrostic poem and enter your poem into our Poetry Contest for a chance to win a prize! 

No registration required. 

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:45 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 1:00

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM STEAM Open House Workshop (Ages 5-12)  
   

Build, Code, Play! Join us for a hands-on open house workshop with EV3 Mindstorms and Nano Bots Robotics. 

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:30 PM Saturday Movie and a Craft, for children with a caregiver.  
   

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Is it too hot outside?  Cool off and join us for movie and a craft!

This week’s movie:  The EMOJI Movie (2017).  Rated: PG (86 minutes).

Craft supplies will be out at 1:30pm and the movie will start promptly at 1:45pm.  Popcorn will be served.  Caregivers must remain in the room for the duration of the movie.

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Slime Time: Make Patriotic Slime  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

All ages are welcome to join us in making red, white and blue patriotic slime.
Registration is required online starting Saturday, June 30th.

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

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Monday July 9, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Friendship bracelets  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For ages 7-18.

Drop in any time between 9 and 12 to make some string friendship bracelets.  All materials and instructions will be provided.

No registration required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   9:35 AM 1000 Books Before Kindergarten  
   

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

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

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Musical Mondays: Concert with Tot Tunes+  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

This year's summer reading program theme is "Libraries Rock!"
Every Monday we will have musical entertainment for young children.
Today we are featuring the unique sound of Tot Tunes+.
Come hear them rock the library with drums, saxaphone, trumpet and more!
Registration is required online starting Monday, July 2nd.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No registration is required.

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

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

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

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

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

All craft supplies are provided.

 

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

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   12:00 PM Tic Tac Toe bags  
   

Come decorate a tic tac toe bag.  Everyone will receive crystals to play the game.

Project will take 15 minutes to complete

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

   1:00 PM Invitation to Create! Paper Bag Collage Painting  
   

For children 4-9 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Invitation to Create! 

Using a variety of art media - including watercolor paints, collage materials, tissue paper & glue, etc. and a simple upcycled handled paper bag, enjoy freely expressing your artistry in this open-ended process art program.  

Come prepared to get messy!  Wear old clothes!  (We'll also have disposable smocks on hand!)

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Step into STEM (Ages 5-8)  
   

Learn about a new STEM topic each day and do an activity! 

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Friendship bracelets  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For ages 7-18.

Drop in any time between 9 and 12 to make some string friendship bracelets.  All materials and instructions will be provided.

No registration required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Read to Sarah the Reading Dog (grades K-5)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Sarah is a local therapy dog who loves listening to stories.  Sarah will visit the library with her owner Barbara. Children who would like to practice reading aloud may sign-up for one 15 minute session with Sarah and Barbara.  Children should arrive with a book of their choice to read.  

Grades K - 5. Registration required.  Please call 609-737-2610 to make an appointment.  

 

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Movie Matine :Coco  
   

 (Rated: PG; 105 minutes) Coco

 Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.  Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maker Mondays: Chalk Art  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use your maker skills to create a craft - Chalk Art.

Ages 7 - 12. 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM Open Craft:  
   

 

  • Monday, July 2, 3 p.m. Make a Music Kazoo. All ages!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Monday, July 9, 3 p.m. Make Music Harmonicas. All Ages! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Monday, July 16, 3 p.m. Make Music Wind Flutes.  All Ages! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Monday, July 23, 3 p.m. Make Music Rubber Band Guitars.  All Ages! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Puzzles & Games (Ages 5-11)  
   

Enjoy playing with a variety of puzzles and games every week! 

No registration required. 

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

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

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:00 PM BINGO  
   

For children ages 4-10,

Monday, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 4 p.m.

Small prizes!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register in person or by phone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   5:30 PM Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families  
   

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Coding for the Web (Ages 10-12)  
   

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

Once registered, you will be signed up for all five classes: 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families  
   

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:00 PM  -  6:40 PM Bollywood Dance (Ages 5-12)  
   

Learn how to Bollywood Dance!

Ages 5-12

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Playtime with a Twist!  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Drop in for tons of fun! There will be music and hoop dance instruction with Color Me Hoopy. The Twirling Arcade will teach Baton Twirling and Plate Spinning.  Enjoy Paper Kite Decorating and Flying, Bubbles and more! Registration is not required. In case of inclement weather this event may be rescheduled; please check our website on the day of the program for more information.  Registration is not required.

 

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   6:05 PM Drop-in Pet Rock Craft, ages 3+  
   

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries "rock"!  Drop-in and create your own pet rock!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:20 PM Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families  
   

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:40 PM Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families  
   

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families  
   

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:20 PM Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families  
   

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:40 PM Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families  
   

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   8:00 PM Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families  
   

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   8:20 PM Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families  
   

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Tuesday July 10, 2018
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:05 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

Online registration begins on June 22. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM Fingerprint Art Glass Magnets  
   

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

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

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

Registration required and begins at 7am on the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Book Buddies Club - (Grades K-2)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Please join us for this new book club.  At each meeting we will read aloud from a book and do fun activiites.  

Please register for this program.

Grades K - 2

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    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Step into STEM (Ages 5-8)  
   

Learn about a new STEM topic each day and do an activity! 

Please register. 

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Bollywood/Hip Hop Dance Workshop  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 7 to 13.
In this workshop participants will learn unique choreography which incorporates Eastern and Western dance styles.
They will be able to try advanced floor-work and exciting new techniques while experiencing the fun and satisfaction of dancing.
Registration is required online starting the previous Tuesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   3:00 PM  -  3:45 PM Drawing with Amaris  
   

For children in grades K-3

Tuesday, 9, 16, 23, 30, 3-3:45 p.m.

Learn Basic Drawing.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Creative Math Problem Solving (Grades 2-6)  
   

Have fun while you learn new strategies and methods to solve abstract problems!

For students going into 2nd - 6th grades. 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:30 PM Eyes of the Wild animal show  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For all ages.

Meet and learn about a variety of live animals.

Registration is required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   3:30 PM Modern Mini Paper Flower Garden  
   

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

Drop by and create a whimsical summer garden out of brightly colored paper!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM Ewing Scientists  
   

For grades K-3

  • Tuesday, July 3, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Fun will black light.  
  • Tuesday, July 10, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3. POP: Rock Candy Experiments.  
  • Tuesday, July 17, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3. Make Mini Rubber Balloon Cart. 
  • Tuesday, July 24, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Make a Glass Xylophone.  
  • Tuesday, July 31, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Make Rocket Balloons.
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    Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:00 PM Drop-in Sunglasses Sun Catcher craft, ages 3+  
   

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Drop in between 6pm and 8pm and create a sunglasses-shaped sun catcher.  Perfect for your windows on a sunny day!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM coffee filter flower  
   

Come make a beautifil flower out of coffee filters

Project will take 15 minutes to complete

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

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

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

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Dance Party  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Put on your dancing shoes, bring your family, and join us for a fun interactive program featuring music, movement, and more!  

All ages welcome.  Adult supervision required.  No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM Eyes of the Wild Animals Rock Show  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 3 and up.
This program will feature the many ways in which animals use sound to communicate.
We all know birds sings but did you know a wallaby has a special call for its baby, alligators make a boom sound in B flat and groundhogs whistle?
We will discuss these and other surprising sound animals use.
Some of the possible animals for this show include: birds, alligator, snake, wallaby, groundhog, skunk, degu, coati or porcupine.
Registration is required online starting Tuesday, July 3rd.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM The Lizard Guys for Kids  
   
 
For ages 5 and up. Siblings welcome with a caregiver.

Silly Billy will be your likely presenter. The Lizard Guys provide live animal presentations with lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs & various bugs.

The audience is introduced to each animal one at a time by one of The Lizard Guys.  They  explain where the animal comes from, its normal diet, its life expectancy and answer any other questions thrown their way.

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

Preference may be given to those who have registered with a valid MCLS library card. Others may be admitted as space permits.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:15 PM  -  8:15 PM Chess Club (Ages 7-14)  
   

This chess club is a session of informative learning about several aspects of chess. This club will be an opportunity for student learners to gain a tactical advantage over their opponents by applying logical strategies. The strategies can be applied in the opening, middle, and end phases of the game. They will also be introduces to traditional weaknesses in pawn positions. After in-depth knowledge of the strategies provided, students would be ready to play in local tournaments. 

You must bring your own chess board

No registration required. Space is limited to the first 24 students. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Wednesday July 11, 2018
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM optical illusion drawing  
   

Come leasr to draw an optical illusion.  We will be drawing a 3D hand

Project will take 15 minutes to complete

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

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

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:00 PM  -  12:45 PM Dance with Jen  
   

For children in Grades 3-8

Wednesday, July 11, 18, 25, 12-12:45 p.m.

Learn basic dance steps.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Step into STEM (Ages 5-8)  
   

Learn about a new STEM topic each day and do an activity! 

Please register. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   2:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Suggested for players ages 5 and up.
Come together with other chess players to play matches against each other.
This program is best for players with prior knowledge of the game.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  2:45 PM STEAM Club (ages 5 - 10)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Create, invent and make!  Each week we will explore a new theme in science, technology, engineering or math by conducting hands-on projects. 

Space is limited.  Ages 5 - 10.  Registration is required.   

See Youth Program Policy

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Starlab Portable Planetarium (Ages 5-7)  
   

Explore the solar system inside the library! 

Traveling education company, Pearl Observatory will be at the libray with their portable planetarium. 

Parents must stay in the library, but cannot accompany children inside the planetarium. Exceptions can be made.

*Once the program has started, you will not be able to enter the planetarium. Please arrive on time* 

Sponsored by The Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maker Club Jr. (Ages 5-8)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 5-8 with a caregiver.

Get creative and learn coding basics with various activities designed to promote problem-solving skills.

Online registration required beginning the previous Wednesday. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Papier Mache Bowl  
   

For children in Grades 4- 8,

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Starlab Portable Planetarium (Ages 8-11)  
   

Explore the solar system inside the library! 

Traveling education company, Pearl Observatory will be at the libray with their portable planetarium. 

Parents must stay in the library, but cannot accompany children inside the planetarium. Exceptions can be made.

*Once the program has started, you will not be able to enter the planetarium. Please arrive on time* 

Sponsored by The Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM Modern Mini Paper Flower Garden  
   

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

Drop by and create a whimsical summer garden out of brightly colored paper!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM LEGO Club (Ages 5-11)  
   

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Create a...(Ages 11 and under)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Join us to make a special project each week. 

Ages 11 and under. Adult Supervision is required.  No registration is required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:10 PM Family Zumba (ages 6 & up)  
   

Break a sweat during Family Zumba with instructor Donna Balducci!

No registration necessary. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family Board Games  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Families with children of all ages are invited to come play board games in the activity room.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   6:30 PM Library Rocks! Scavenger Hunt  
   

For Families and children 7-11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Our popular Summer Reading Program Scavenger Hunt returns with all new clues!  

Do you like a challenge?!  Join us for a scavenger hunt and put your detective reasoning skills to the test!  

Bring your library card with you and plan to work in pairs as you investigate and hopefully solve our Library Rocks! Mystery. 

Children may need parent’s help ~ Fun for the whole family!

Please Register starting at 7am on the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Game Night (ages 11 and under)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Board games!  Group games!  Snacks!  Music!  Feel free to bring your favorite board game and a friend!  We'll split into groups based on age.  

Ages 11 and under. Adult Supervision is required.  No registration is required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch

Thursday July 12, 2018
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

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

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

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

This month's title, "Anything is Possible" by Elizabeth Strout

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

Adults will discuss this month's book while the children play with the library's toys.

No registration required. New members always welcome!

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:05 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM Movers and Shakers, for ages 2-5yrs  
   

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

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

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

Online registration begins on June 22. Please register each child separately.

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

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:30 PM Choose Your Own Adventure book club  
   

Come join the Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club

We will read a different book every week.

As we go through the book our main characters will have many choices to make  Everyone gets a vote on which adventure we choose. 

ages 6yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bollywood Fusion Dance for Ages 6+  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 6 and up.

Children will learn classical and Bollywood dance techniques and perform to popular, American songs.

This class is led by Sudipta Ghosh, a local dance instructor with 15 years of classical Indian and Bollywood dance experience.

Online registration required beginning the previous Thursday. 

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

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

Ages 2 - 5.  No registration required.

See Youth Progam Policy.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Step into STEM (Ages 5-8)  
   

Learn about a new STEM topic each day and do an activity! 

Please register. 

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:30 PM Family Movie: Peter Rabbit (2018)  
   

Peter Rabbit (2018). Rated PG. Runtime: 100 minutes. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

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

Online registration begins on June 22. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   3:00 PM MadScience Workshop: Slime Time (ages 6-10)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 6-10.

Giant molecule chains called polymers are vital to modern civilization. In this program, we will explore, create and play with the most entertaining and useful molecule known to science, and discover its many shapes and forms. Children even make their own slime that they get to take home and keep!

Online registration required beginning Monday, June 25. 

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Cupcake Decorations  
   

For all Ages! 

Must Register!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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

 

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

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

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

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

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

Grades K - 5. No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   5:30 PM Modern Mini Paper Flower Garden  
   

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

Drop by and create a whimsical summer garden out of brightly colored paper!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Pokémon Club (ages 5-11)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:30 PM Library Rocks! Scavenger Hunt  
   

For Families and children 7-11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Our popular Summer Reading Program Scavenger Hunt returns with all new clues!  

Do you like a challenge?!  Join us for a scavenger hunt and put your detective reasoning skills to the test!  

Bring your library card with you and plan to work in pairs as you investigate and hopefully solve our Library Rocks! Mystery. 

Children may need parent’s help ~ Fun for the whole family!

Please Register starting at 7am on the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
   7:00 PM “Animals Rock” with Eyes of the Wild  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

We all know birds sing but did you know a wallaby has a special call for its baby, alligators make a boom sound in B Flat, and groundhogs whistle? We will discuss these and other surprising sounds animals use. Please note this presentation will include live animals. For children ages 6 and up.

Online registration is required and begins on June 22. Please register each child separately.

 

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Friday July 13, 2018
   9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Lego Open Play  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For all ages.

Drop in any time between 9 and 12 for free play with an large assortment of LEGOs.

No registration required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Family Movie: Moana  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Watch a movie with the family. Bring a bagged lunch or snack to enjoy with the movie.

Rated PG. 113 minutes.

All ages.

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

For ages 1-5 years, with a caregiver.

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

Action songs encourage audience participation.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Grins & Grins Comedy and Juggling Show (Ages 3 & up)  
   

The Grins & Grins Comedy Show is a fast-paced variety show that incorporates magic, ventriloquism, whip-cracking, "daring" feats of balance, circus skills and more to create a family-friendly show that is WAAAY more than just another juggling act!

No registration required. 

Sponsored by The Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM Wiggle, Jingle, Mingle and Giggle with Ms. Amy  
   

For children, ages birth-7 (with adult).

 Sing and move and dance.

Adult must remain in the program.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Tot Tunes +  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come sing and dance with Tot Tunes +. For children of all ages, accompanied by an adult.

Online registration is required and begins on June 22. Please register each child separately.                                                           

 

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

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM Paper Quilling- Outerspace  
   

Come learn the ancient art of paper quilling. 

We will be making an outer space scene

ages 8yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

   1:00 PM Star Lab with the Pearl Observatory  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Learn about the stars, planets, and constellations in the night sky inside a portable planetarium.  

Ages 4 – 12.

Space is limited.  Please register online at www.mcl.org.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Step into STEM (Ages 5-8)  
   

Learn about a new STEM topic each day and do an activity! 

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Lego Open Play  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For all ages.

Drop in any time between 9 and 12 for free play with an large assortment of LEGOs.

No registration required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   3:00 PM optical illusion drawing  
   

Come leasr to draw an optical illusion.  We will be drawing a hole in the paper.

Project will take 15 minutes to complete

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Kid Craft (Ages 6-8)  
   

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Little Scientist: Slime  
   

For Children in Grades K-3

July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, July 31

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:45 PM  -  4:15 PM Tween Craft (Ages 9-11)  
   

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Saturday July 14, 2018
   9:35 AM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm  
   

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Drop-in Pet Rock Craft, ages 3+  
   

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries "rock"!  Drop-in between 10 am and 3pm and create your own pet rock!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Vehicle Day (All ages)  
   

Join us in the library parking lot to get an up-close look at fire trucks, police vehicles, and emergency response vehicles! 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM What Knott Farm Traveling Petting Zoo  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come see and pet a variety of animals. Please note this program includes live animals. In case of inclement weather, 2 indoor shows will be presented. Space will be limited and attendees will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. For children of all ages, accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required.                                                

 

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

For ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver.

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

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

This week’s theme is:  OCEAN SCIENCE!

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

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

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Poetry Rocks! (Ages 8-11)  
   

Learn how to create Shape poems and enter your poem into our Poetry Contest for a chance to win a prize! 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM STEAM Works Studio Open House Robotics Workshop  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Join us for this hands on open house workshop event presented by STEAM Works Studio in Monroe. Build...Play...Code

1-1:45pm for ages 5-8 (Robotics)
1:45-2:15 for ages 8-12 (EV3 Mindstorms/Robotics)

Registration is required online starting Saturday, July 7th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   1:30 PM Saturday Movie and a Craft, for children with a caregiver.  
   

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Is it too hot outside?  Cool off and join us for movie and a craft!

This week’s movie:  The LEGO Ninjago movie (2017).  Rated: PG (90 minutes).

Craft supplies will be out at 1:30pm and the movie will start promptly at 1:45pm.  Popcorn will be served.  Caregivers must remain in the room for the duration of the movie.

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Model Building (Ages 8-11)  
   

This class will introduce the students to the basic skills needed to assemble and paint a plastic model kit. Each child will be given their own model kit to build and will encounter a very  much "hands on" learning environment.

All materials are provided.

Space is limited and registration is required. 

You may only sign up for one session. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday July 16, 2018
   9:35 AM 1000 Books Before Kindergarten  
   

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

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

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Train Play  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Free play with wooden trains and tracks.

For all ages with a caregiver.
 

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   10:30 AM Musical Mondays: Concert with Alex and the Kaleidoscope  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

This year's summer reading program theme is "Libraries Rock!"
Every Monday we will have musical entertainment for young children.
Today we are featuring Alex Mitnick from the bad Alex and the Kaleidoscope.
Come hear him rock out the library with his awesome original songs that get the whole audience involved in the show.
Registration is required online starting Monday, July 9th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Sing-Along with Kim Yarson  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Please note the different date for this month.

Young children (suggested for ages birth through 5) and their caregivers will enjoy high energy music from local musician, Kim Yarson. She will delight children with classic and original tunes and loves to take requests!

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

Online registration suggested.

 

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

Play instruments, learn about rhythm, and sing songs with friends.  

For ages 2 – 6.

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

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   12:00 PM Tic Tac Toe bags  
   

Come decorate a tic tac toe bag.  Everyone will receive crystals to play the game.

Project will take 15 minutes to complete

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

   1:00 PM Pop-up Book Browse  
   

For Families and children, All ages.

Did you know we've dozens of fantastical pop-up books that use the most creative paper engineering!?! 

Meant for browsing at the library, many of our favorites will be available for you to explore! 

Come by and be prepared to be awed!

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Step into STEM (Ages 5-8)  
   

Learn about a new STEM topic each day and do an activity! 

Please register. 

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Movie Matinee:The Emoji Movie  
   

 (Rated: PG; 86 minutes)

 In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, who is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become normal, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 and Jailbreak. Together, these unlikely heroes embark on an epic app-venture through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the code that will fix Gene! Starring: T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Patrick Stewart, Christina Aguilera, Sofia Vergara, Rachael Ray, Sean Hayes, Jake T. Austin.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maker Mondays: Tie Dye  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use your maker skills to create a craft.

Tie Dye. (Please bring a cotton shirt to dye.)

Ages 7 - 12. 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM Open Craft:  
   

 

  • Monday, July 2, 3 p.m. Make a Music Kazoo. All ages!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Monday, July 9, 3 p.m. Make Music Harmonicas. All Ages! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Monday, July 16, 3 p.m. Make Music Wind Flutes.  All Ages! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Monday, July 23, 3 p.m. Make Music Rubber Band Guitars.  All Ages! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Puzzles & Games (Ages 5-11)  
   

Enjoy playing with a variety of puzzles and games every week! 

No registration required. 

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

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

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:00 PM BINGO  
   

For children ages 4-10,

Monday, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 4 p.m.

Small prizes!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

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

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

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

Register in person or by phone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   5:30 PM Alex & the Kaleidoscope Concert (All ages)  
   

Alex & the Kaleidoscope will bring you interactive music that encourages and inspires kids to celebrate and learn through the power of songs, fun facts and adventures to interesting places around the world. 

No registration required. 

Sponsored by The Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Coding for the Web (Ages 10-12)  
   

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

Once registered, you will be signed up for all five classes: 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Library Coding Class (Grades 4-6)  
   

Learn Terrapin Logo, Scratch, and Java basics. No experience required. 

Students must bring their own laptop. 

Registration required. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all six classes starting on Monday, July 16th. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM Drop-in Musical Craft: Paper Plate Tambourine Craft, ages 3+  
   

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries rock!  Drop-in and create a paper plate tambourine!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Pilkey Party, for children age 5 and up  
   

For children ages 5 and up, with a caregiver.

Are you a fan of Dogman and Captain Underpants?  Join us for a fun party featuring your favorite Dav Pilkey book characters! 

We will have crafts, games, cupcakes and more!

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Tuesday July 17, 2018
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:05 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

Online registration begins on June 22. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM Fantastical Animals Paint-by-Sticker Art Program  
   

For children 5-11yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Designed for children ages 5+, Paint-by-Sticker Art uses low-poly art (a computer style that renders 3-D images out of polygon shapes) and removable color stickers so that kids can create vibrant pictures with stickers!

Enjoy the fun and challenge of creating beautiful and complex fantastical animal pictures in this program where math and art meet!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Book Buddies Club - (Grades K-2)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Please join us for this new book club.  At each meeting we will read aloud from a book and do fun activiites.  

Please register for this program.

Grades K - 2

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    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Step into STEM (Ages 5-8)  
   

Learn about a new STEM topic each day and do an activity! 

Please register. 

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Bollywood/Hip Hop Dance Workshop  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 7 to 13.
In this workshop participants will learn unique choreography which incorporates Eastern and Western dance styles.
They will be able to try advanced floor-work and exciting new techniques while experiencing the fun and satisfaction of dancing.
Registration is required online starting the previous Tuesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM STEM activity  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Toothpick towers

Use toothpicks and other materials to build a tower.   How high can you go? 

For ages 5-12.

Registration not required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   3:00 PM Home Depot for Kids  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Have fun building with an expert from Home Depot! Register for either program, or both.

Ages 4 and up.

Register online starting June 22. Please register each child separately.

 

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   3:00 PM  -  3:45 PM Drawing with Amaris  
   

For children in grades K-3

Tuesday, 9, 16, 23, 30, 3-3:45 p.m.

Learn Basic Drawing.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Creative Math Problem Solving (Grades 2-6)  
   

Have fun while you learn new strategies and methods to solve abstract problems!

For students going into 2nd - 6th grades. 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:30 PM Pop-up Book Browse  
   

For Families and children, All ages.

Did you know we've dozens of fantastical pop-up books that use the most creative paper engineering!?! 

Meant for browsing at the library, many of our favorites will be available for you to explore! 

Come by and be prepared to be awed!

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM Kids Can Code  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

This program is for kids in grades K-5.
Basic coding activities for budding, young computer scientists.
Registration is required online starting Tuesday, July 10th. 
The same class will be held at 7pm on July 19th. You may only attend one session.

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM Ewing Scientists  
   

For grades K-3

  • Tuesday, July 3, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Fun will black light.  
  • Tuesday, July 10, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3. POP: Rock Candy Experiments.  
  • Tuesday, July 17, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3. Make Mini Rubber Balloon Cart. 
  • Tuesday, July 24, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Make a Glass Xylophone.  
  • Tuesday, July 31, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Make Rocket Balloons.

 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:00 PM Library Mini Golf, for families  
   

For families (all ages welcome with caregiver).

Can you get a hole in one?  Grab your family & friends and join us as we “putt” our way through some of our favorite books!  Our meeting rooms will be transformed into a mini-golf course with 5 storybook themed holes.

Please come any time between 6pm and 7pm.  Crafts and coloring sheets will be available for those waiting to play.  All ages are welcome – parents must stay and are encouraged to play through with their children.

If you have your own golf club/putter at home, bring it!  A limited number of toy golf clubs will be available to use.

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM craft stick harmonica  
   

Come make a harmonica out of craft sticks.

Project will take 15 minutes to complete

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Perler Beads Craft (ages 5-11)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Create your own unique designs using Perler Beads! 

Ages 5 - 11.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM Library Mini Golf, for families  
   

For families (all ages welcome with caregiver).

Can you get a hole in one?  Grab your family & friends and join us as we “putt” our way through some of our favorite books!  Our meeting rooms will be transformed into a mini-golf course with 5 storybook themed holes.

Please come any time between 7pm and 7:45pm.  Crafts and coloring sheets will be available for those waiting to play.  All ages are welcome – parents must stay and are encouraged to play through with their children.

If you have your own golf club/putter at home, bring it!  A limited number of toy golf clubs will be available to use.

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:15 PM  -  8:15 PM Chess Club (Ages 7-14)  
   

This chess club is a session of informative learning about several aspects of chess. This club will be an opportunity for student learners to gain a tactical advantage over their opponents by applying logical strategies. The strategies can be applied in the opening, middle, and end phases of the game. They will also be introduces to traditional weaknesses in pawn positions. After in-depth knowledge of the strategies provided, students would be ready to play in local tournaments. 

You must bring your own chess board

No registration required. Space is limited to the first 24 students. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Wednesday July 18, 2018
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Lego Challenge  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For ages 6-12.

Choose a challenge card and try to make what you picked using a large selection of LEGOs.  Come any time between 10 and 12.

No registration required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM optical illusion drawing  
   

Come leasr to draw an optical illusion.  We will be drawing a spiral staircase.

Project will take 15 minutes to complete

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

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

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:00 PM  -  12:45 PM Dance with Jen  
   

For children in Grades 3-8

Wednesday, July 11, 18, 25, 12-12:45 p.m.

Learn basic dance steps.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Step into STEM (Ages 5-8)  
   

Learn about a new STEM topic each day and do an activity! 

Please register. 

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Suggested for players ages 5 and up.
Come together with other chess players to play matches against each other.
This program is best for players with prior knowledge of the game.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM Peas & Carrots Music Show  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Listen to and learn about a variety of instruments at this musical show for toddlers.  

Ages 2 – 6.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   2:00 PM Tie dye  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For ages 6-12.

Bring your own t-shirt (or other cotton item) to dye.  

Registration is required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   2:00 PM  -  2:45 PM STEAM Club (ages 5 - 10)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Create, invent and make!  Each week we will explore a new theme in science, technology, engineering or math by conducting hands-on projects. 

Space is limited.  Ages 5 - 10.  Registration is required.   

See Youth Program Policy

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maker Club Jr. (Ages 5-8)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 5-8 with a caregiver.

Get creative and learn coding basics with various activities designed to promote problem-solving skills.

Online registration required beginning the previous Wednesday. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Perler Beads Craft  
   

For children in grades K-6.

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM Pop-up Book Browse  
   

For Families and children, All ages.

Did you know we've dozens of fantastical pop-up books that use the most creative paper engineering!?! 

Meant for browsing at the library, many of our favorites will be available for you to explore! 

Come by and be prepared to be awed!

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM LEGO Club (Ages 5-11)  
   

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Create a...(Ages 11 and under)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Join us to make a special project each week. 

Ages 11 and under. Adult Supervision is required.  No registration is required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   5:15 PM  -  5:55 PM Family Zumba (ages 6 & up)  
   

Break a sweat during Family Zumba with instructor Donna Balducci!

No registration necessary. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:30 PM 'Coco' Family Party, Crafts & Movie  
   

For Families and children,  All Ages

Come join us as we celebrate “Coco”! ~ Winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Movie!

We’ll have refreshments, fun crafts and then the movie!  

It all starts at 5:30pm with refreshments and fun “Coco” themed crafts!

Movie begins promptly at 6:30pm.  Enjoy this wonderful movie with the whole family! 

Caregivers must remain present in the room for the duration of the movie.

Please Register starting at 7am on the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family Board Games  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Families with children of all ages are invited to come play board games in the activity room.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Game Night (ages 11 and under)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Board games!  Group games!  Snacks!  Music!  Feel free to bring your favorite board game and a friend!  We'll split into groups based on age.  

Ages 11 and under. Adult Supervision is required.  No registration is required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM Magician Mr. D  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Be amazed by the magic of Mr. D! For children ages 6 and up.

Online registration is required and begins on June 22. Please register each child separately.                                  

 

    Location: Robbinsville Branch

Thursday July 19, 2018
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Drop-in Musical Craft: Paper Plate Tambourine Craft, ages 3+  
   

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries rock!  Drop-in and create a paper plate tambourine!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:05 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Kim Yarson Concert  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For all ages.

Live music with children's musician Kim Yarson.

Registration is required.

 

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM Juggling Hoffmans for Families  
   
For children 2-11 years, families welcome.

You'll be amazed by the tricks and amused by the antics in a smile-a-long, laugh-a-long interactive good time for all ages.

It's a kid's show the adults will love, too!

Registration is required and begins at 7:00am on the day of the show.


Preference may be given to those who have registered with a valid MCLS library card. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

Online registration begins on June 22. Please register each child separately.

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

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:30 PM Choose Your Own Adventure book club  
   

Come join the Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club

We will read a different book every week.

As we go through the book our main characters will have many choices to make  Everyone gets a vote on which adventure we choose. 

ages 6yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

   1:00 PM Scratch Coding  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Like playing computer games? Learn how to make them yourself!  
This six-week class will teach you to use Scratch, an introductory computer program, to design interactive games.
Open to ages 9 – 12.  Attendance at all 6 weeks is necessary.  
Bringing your own laptop is strongly recommended, but those without one can be accommodated as well. 

Space is limited.  Registration required.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bollywood Fusion Dance for Ages 6+  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 6 and up.

Children will learn classical and Bollywood dance techniques and perform to popular, American songs.

This class is led by Sudipta Ghosh, a local dance instructor with 15 years of classical Indian and Bollywood dance experience.

Online registration required beginning the previous Thursday. 

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

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

Ages 2 - 5.  No registration required.

See Youth Progam Policy.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Step into STEM (Ages 5-8)  
   

Learn about a new STEM topic each day and do an activity! 

Please register. 

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:30 PM Family Movie: A Wrinkle in Time  
   

A Wrinkle in Time. Rated PG. Runtime: 109 minutes. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM Eyes of the Wild Mammal Show  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Learn about various mammals from around the world in this fun and educational animal program presented by Eyes of the Wild.

You may even get a chance to pet an animal or two!

This is a "family program" suggested for ages 4-12 with a caregiver.

Online registration is required beginning Monday, July 2.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM Family craft  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Pencil Holders

Upcycle toilet paper tubes into a personalized pencil holder.

For all ages.

No registration required.

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

 

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

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

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

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

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

Grades K - 5. No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   5:30 PM Pop-up Book Browse  
   

For Families and children, All ages.

Did you know we've dozens of fantastical pop-up books that use the most creative paper engineering!?! 

Meant for browsing at the library, many of our favorites will be available for you to explore! 

Come by and be prepared to be awed!

 

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Fantastical Animals Paint-by-Sticker Art Program  
   

For children 5-11yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Designed for children ages 5+, Paint-by-Sticker Art uses low-poly art (a computer style that renders 3-D images out of polygon shapes) and removable color stickers so that kids can create vibrant pictures with stickers!

Enjoy the fun and challenge of creating beautiful and complex fantastical animal pictures in this program where math and art meet!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
   7:00 PM Kids Can Code  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

This program is for kids in grades K-5.
Basic coding activities for budding, young computer scientists.
Registration is required online starting Thursday, July 12th. 
The same class will be held at 4pm on Tuesday, July 17th. You may only attend one session.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Outdoor Family Concert with Mr. Ray (Rain or Shine)  
   

Enjoy a special outdoor concert with Mr. Ray!

In the event of rain, the concert will be held indoors. 

Sponsored by The Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Friday July 20, 2018
   9:30 AM Family move  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Paddington 2

Rated PG, 105 mins.

For all ages.

Popcorn will be served.

No registration required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Family Movie: Sing  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Watch a movie with the family. Bring a bagged lunch or snack to enjoy with the movie.

Rated PG. 108 minutes.

All ages.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Touch A Truck  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come and see vehicles from the Robbinsville Police, Fire, and Public Works Departments! For children of all ages, with an adult. In case of inclement weather this event may be rescheduled; please check our website for more information.  Registration is not required.                          

 

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

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

Adult must remain in the program.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Kim Yarson Concert (All ages)  
   

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

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

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

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

No registration is required.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Pat McKinley's Toddler Tunes (recommended ages birth to 5 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Pat McKinley's Toddler Tunes:  Sing and dance to classic children's songs played on live guitar! Parental/caregiver supervision is required.  

Recommended ages birth to 5 years.   No registration required.

 

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

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM make a paper fortune tellers  
   

Come make a paper fortune teller. 

Project will take 15 minutes to complete

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Step into STEM (Ages 5-8)  
   

Learn about a new STEM topic each day and do an activity! 

Please register. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM Lego Play  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Get creative and play with our LEGOS.

Ages 2 - 6.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Kid Craft (Ages 6-8)  
   

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Little Scientist: Slime  
   

For Children in Grades K-3

July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, July 31

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:45 PM  -  4:15 PM Tween Craft (Ages 9-11)  
   

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM paper plate emoji  
   

Come make a paper plate emoji mask.

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 


Saturday July 21, 2018
   9:35 AM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm  
   

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Drop-in Sunglasses Sun Catcher craft, ages 3+  
   

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Drop in between 10am and 3pm and create a sunglasses-shaped sun catcher.  Perfect for your windows on a sunny day!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Model Building (Ages 8-11)  
   

This class will introduce the students to the basic skills needed to assemble and paint a plastic model kit. Each child will be given their own model kit to build and will encounter a very  much "hands on" learning environment.

All materials are provided. 

Space is limited and registration is required. 

You may only sign up for one session. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Crafts Rock!  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Drop in to create rock-themed crafts with the materials provided. For children of all ages, accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required.                         

 

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:45 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 1:00

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:30 PM Saturday Movie and a Craft, for children with a caregiver.  
   

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Is it too hot outside?  Cool off and join us for movie and a craft!

This week’s movie:  The Secret Life of Pets (2016).  Rated: PG (90 minutes).

Craft supplies will be out at 1:30pm and the movie will start promptly at 1:45pm.  Popcorn will be served.  Caregivers must remain in the room for the duration of the movie.

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Model Airplane Build  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For ages 8 to 13.
Discover the magic of model building by assembling a model airplane kit. (Kits are provided.)
Spots are very limited for this program.
Registration is required online starting Saturday, July 14th.

There is a second session on Saturday, July 28th, but YOU MAY ONLY REGISTER FOR ONE.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Poetry Rocks! (Ages 8-11)  
   

Learn how to create Rhyming Free Verse poems and enter your poem into our Poetry Contest for a chance to win a prize! 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday July 23, 2018
   9:35 AM 1000 Books Before Kindergarten  
   

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

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

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Musical Mondays: Music, Bubble and Comedy Show presented by Turtle Dance Music  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

This year's summer reading program theme is "Libraries Rock!"
Every Monday we will have musical entertainment for young children.
Today we are featuring Mr. Matt from Turtle Dance Music and his "Music, Bubble and Comedy Show: Born to Read."
This is a high-energy performance about why libraries rock! The show engages children of all ages with songs, comedy, bubbles and music technology. Each song is accompanied by hands-on, visual, and sensory experiences designed to help kids learn and have fun at the same time. Kids will dance, sing, and understand why libraries are so important for our future.
Registration is required online starting Monday, July 16th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All craft supplies are provided.

 

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

Play instruments, learn about rhythm, and sing songs with friends.  

For ages 2 – 6.

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

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   12:00 PM Paper Airplanes  
   

Come make a paper airplane to take home.

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete.

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

Clean up will begin 45 minutes after start time.

No registration required. 

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

 

   1:00 PM Wooden Train Week!  
   

For Families and children, All ages

Our ever popular wooden trains will be set up and ready for imaginative play!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Step into STEM (Ages 5-8)  
   

Learn about a new STEM topic each day and do an activity! 

Please register. 

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM BINGO  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For ages 5-12.

Play classic BINGO.  Winners will receive small prizes.

No registration is required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   2:00 PM Movie Matinee:Wonder  
   

 (Rated: PG; 113 minutes)

This movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.Starring: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Noah Jupe, Daveed Diggs.

 

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Programming with Sphero Balls (Ages 10-12)  
   

Learn how to program Sphero Balls, a robotic ball that you can control its movement! 

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maker Mondays: Sand Art  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use your maker skills to create a craft - Sand Art.

Ages 7 - 12.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   3:00 PM Open Craft:  
   

 

  • Monday, July 2, 3 p.m. Make a Music Kazoo. All ages!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Monday, July 9, 3 p.m. Make Music Harmonicas. All Ages! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Monday, July 16, 3 p.m. Make Music Wind Flutes.  All Ages! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Monday, July 23, 3 p.m. Make Music Rubber Band Guitars.  All Ages! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Puzzles & Games (Ages 5-11)  
   

Enjoy playing with a variety of puzzles and games every week! 

No registration required. 

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

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

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:00 PM BINGO  
   

For children ages 4-10,

Monday, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 4 p.m.

Small prizes!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register in person or by phone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Coding for the Web (Ages 10-12)  
   

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

Once registered, you will be signed up for all five classes: 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Library Coding Class (Grades 4-6)  
   

Learn Terrapin Logo, Scratch, and Java basics. No experience required. 

Students must bring their own laptop. 

Registration required. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all six classes starting on Monday, July 16th. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM Drop-in Musical Craft: Bottle Top Castanets, ages 3+  
   

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries rock!  Drop-in and create bottle top castanets!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:00 PM  -  6:40 PM Bollywood Dance (Ages 5-12)  
   

Learn how to Bollywood Dance!

Ages 5-12

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM Little Scientists, for ages 2-7 yrs  
   

For ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver.

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

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

This week’s theme is:  THE FIVE SENSES!

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM #MakersClub For Ages 9-14  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Learn problem-solving skills and get creative in this program that features different activites from origami to slime to computer coding!

Ages 9-14

Online registration is required beginning the previous Monday.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Tuesday July 24, 2018
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:05 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

Online registration begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Book Buddies Club - (Grades K-2)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Please join us for this new book club.  At each meeting we will read aloud from a book and do fun activiites.  

Please register for this program.

Grades K - 2

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    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Step into STEM (Ages 5-8)  
   

Learn about a new STEM topic each day and do an activity! 

Please register. 

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Bollywood/Hip Hop Dance Workshop  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 7 to 13.
In this workshop participants will learn unique choreography which incorporates Eastern and Western dance styles.
They will be able to try advanced floor-work and exciting new techniques while experiencing the fun and satisfaction of dancing.
Registration is required online starting the previous Tuesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Candy Making (Ages 2 & up)  
   

Make and take home your own candy creation! 

Brought to you by Candy Clouded. 

Registration is not required, but space will be limited to the first 75 children. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM Home Depot for Kids  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Have fun building with an expert from Home Depot! Register for either program, or both.

Ages 4 and up.

Register online starting July 9. Please register each child separately.

 

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   3:00 PM  -  3:45 PM Drawing with Amaris  
   

For children in grades K-3

Tuesday, 9, 16, 23, 30, 3-3:45 p.m.

Learn Basic Drawing.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Creative Math Problem Solving (Grades 2-6)  
   

Have fun while you learn new strategies and methods to solve abstract problems!

For students going into 2nd - 6th grades. 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:30 PM Wooden Train Week!  
   

For Families and children, All ages

Our ever popular wooden trains will be set up and ready for imaginative play!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM Ewing Scientists  
   

For grades K-3

  • Tuesday, July 3, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Fun will black light.  
  • Tuesday, July 10, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3. POP: Rock Candy Experiments.  
  • Tuesday, July 17, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3. Make Mini Rubber Balloon Cart. 
  • Tuesday, July 24, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Make a Glass Xylophone.  
  • Tuesday, July 31, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Make Rocket Balloons.
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    Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   6:30 PM craft stick harmonica  
   

Come make a harmonica out of craft sticks.

Project will take 15 minutes to complete

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

   6:30 PM Fire truck visit, for families  
   

For children all ages.

Join us as we welcome the amazing firefighters from the Slackwood Fire Company!

Come get an up-close look at a fire engine and meet these brave heroes!  Stop inside and have fun at several craft stations.  Refreshments will also be served.

**Note: In case of an emergency, the fire engine and crew may need to cancel or leave abruptly.**

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

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

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Perler Beads Craft (ages 5-11)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Create your own unique designs using Perler Beads! 

Ages 5 - 11.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:15 PM  -  8:15 PM Chess Club (Ages 7-14)  
   

This chess club is a session of informative learning about several aspects of chess. This club will be an opportunity for student learners to gain a tactical advantage over their opponents by applying logical strategies. The strategies can be applied in the opening, middle, and end phases of the game. They will also be introduces to traditional weaknesses in pawn positions. After in-depth knowledge of the strategies provided, students would be ready to play in local tournaments. 

You must bring your own chess board

No registration required. Space is limited to the first 24 students. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Wednesday July 25, 2018
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM clothespin airplane  
   

Come make an airplane out of craft sticks and a clothespin

Project will take 15 minutes to complete

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

   11:00 AM clothespin airplane  
   

Come make an airplane out of craftsticks and a clothespin.

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

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

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:00 PM  -  12:45 PM Dance with Jen  
   

For children in Grades 3-8

Wednesday, July 11, 18, 25, 12-12:45 p.m.

Learn basic dance steps.

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

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   2:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Suggested for players ages 5 and up.
Come together with other chess players to play matches against each other.
This program is best for players with prior knowledge of the game.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  2:45 PM STEAM Club (ages 5 - 10)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Create, invent and make!  Each week we will explore a new theme in science, technology, engineering or math by conducting hands-on projects. 

Space is limited.  Ages 5 - 10.  Registration is required.   

See Youth Program Policy

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Iron-On Tee Shirt  
   

For all Ages!

Sign-up early, limited to 24 participants! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Model Building (Ages 8-11)  
   

This class will introduce the students to the basic skills needed to assemble and paint a plastic model kit. Each child will be given their own model kit to build and will encounter a very much "hands on" learning environment

All materials are provided. 

Space is limited and registration is required. 

You may only sign up for one session. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM paper plate emoji  
   

Come make a paper plate emoji mask.

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maker Club Jr. (Ages 5-8)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 5-8 with a caregiver.

Get creative and learn coding basics with various activities designed to promote problem-solving skills.

Online registration required beginning the previous Wednesday. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   4:30 PM Wooden Train Week!  
   

For Families and children, All ages

Our ever popular wooden trains will be set up and ready for imaginative play!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM LEGO Club (Ages 5-11)  
   

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Create a...(Ages 11 and under)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Join us to make a special project each week. 

Ages 11 and under. Adult Supervision is required.  No registration is required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   5:15 PM  -  5:55 PM Family Zumba (ages 6 & up)  
   

Break a sweat during Family Zumba with instructor Donna Balducci!

No registration necessary. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM Rock Star Sleepover  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Ever wonder what happens in the library when the doors are locked? Children of all ages are invited to come and create a rock star puppet.  After the program, the rock stars are invited to spend the night at the library. Children may pick up their rock star friends starting at 9:30 am on July 26. Light snacks will be served. For children of all ages.

Online registration is required and begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.                         

 

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family Board Games  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Families with children of all ages are invited to come play board games in the activity room.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Game Night (ages 11 and under)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Board games!  Group games!  Snacks!  Music!  Feel free to bring your favorite board game and a friend!  We'll split into groups based on age.  

Ages 11 and under. Adult Supervision is required.  No registration is required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:15 PM Rock Star Sleepover  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Ever wonder what happens in the library when the doors are locked? Children of all ages are invited to come and create a rock star puppet.  After the program, the rock stars are invited to spend the night at the library. Children may pick up their rock star friends starting at 9:30 am on July 26. Light snacks will be served. For children of all ages.

Online registration is required and begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.                           

 

    Location: Robbinsville Branch

Thursday July 26, 2018
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:05 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM *Sounds Like Science* Show for Kids  
   

For ages 4-11 years, with a caregiver.

With Mad Science of West New Jersey.

This 40-minute show highlights the sense of sound.

Through a combination of demonstrations and audience participation we bring the science of sound to your children.

Among the experiments the students will witness how sound waves travel using both the audience and a Slinky. 

They'll participate in creating a rainstorm complete with rain, thunder and lighting.

And for a finale we'll get to hear the quack of Quacker the Duck, the growl of Terry the Tiger and the roar of Rex the T-Rex.

Registration is required, beginning at 7:00am on the day of the show. Preference may be given to those who have registered with a valid
MCLS library card. Others may be admitted as space permits.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

Online registration begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Kids' Open Play & Craft (recommended ages birth - 5 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Join us for Open Play Time right after Pat McKinley!  Toys and coloring supplies will be available for the children.  

Ages birth to 5 years. No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:05 AM Movers and Shakers, for ages 2-5yrs  
   

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

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   12:30 PM Choose Your Own Adventure book club  
   

Come join the Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club

We will read a different book every week.

As we go through the book our main characters will have many choices to make  Everyone gets a vote on which adventure we choose. 

ages 6yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

   1:00 PM Scratch Coding  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Like playing computer games? Learn how to make them yourself!  
This six-week class will teach you to use Scratch, an introductory computer program, to design interactive games.
Open to ages 9 – 12.  Attendance at all 6 weeks is necessary.  
Bringing your own laptop is strongly recommended, but those without one can be accommodated as well. 

Space is limited.  Registration required.

Please call the branch at 609-443-1880 with questions on how to register.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bollywood Fusion Dance for Ages 6+  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 6 and up.

Children will learn classical and Bollywood dance techniques and perform to popular, American songs.

This class is led by Sudipta Ghosh, a local dance instructor with 15 years of classical Indian and Bollywood dance experience.

Online registration required beginning the previous Thursday. 

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

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

Ages 2 - 5.  No registration required.

See Youth Progam Policy.  

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Open Craft  
   

Make a CD Spinner.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:30 PM Family Move: Sherlock Gnomes  
   

Sherlock Gnomes. Rated PG. Runtime: 86 minutes. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM From Opera to ABBA-Music in Sweden  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-488-1484   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Explore the history of Sweden’s music & how it relates to culture from the American Swedish History Museum. Get your groove on with some of today’s top hits.

For ages 6-10.

Online registration required beginning Monday, July 9. 

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   3:00 PM Snakes-N-Scales  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Alligators, turtles, snakes, and more.  See and learn about different types of scaly creatures.

All ages.

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

 

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

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

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

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

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

Grades K - 5. No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   5:30 PM Wooden Train Week!  
   

For Families and children, All ages

Our ever popular wooden trains will be set up and ready for imaginative play!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Pokémon Club (ages 5-11)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   6:00 PM Family Children's Art Festival  
   

For Families and children, All Ages

Come enjoy an evening of art!  Fun projects for the whole family!  

You can watercolor paint giant Texas snowflakes using water diffusing paper and make a DIY frisbee that really works!

Decorate flag garlands using a variety of art tools (markers, crayons, paint stix, collage bits & glue sticks, stamps & ink pads)! 

Make a cool washi tape bracelet and use rainbow colored tapes for a fun collage activity.

There'll be a huge community banner that everyone can decorate to display.

Come for a fun evening of art for the whole family!

Clean up will begin at 8pm.

Please Register starting at 7am on the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
   6:30 PM Fossil Dig  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 5 and up.
Sift through fossil stuff loaded with shark teeth, coral, sea urchin spines, bones and more.
All fossils are up to 20 million years old and you get to keep whatever you find.
Registration is required online starting Thursday, July 19th.

There is a second session of 7:30pm.  ONLY REGISTER FOR ONE SESSION.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Seussology!  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

A fun, lively and interactive program run by a very funny and silly cat who causes all types of mischief. It explores the background of Dr. Seuss and his beloved works. You may know Thing 1 and Thing 2, you will now meet Thing 3 and watch him cause all kinds of mayhem. Come join us on this incredible journey. For children ages 6 and up.

Online registration is required and begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.   

                  

 

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:30 PM Fossil Dig  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 5 and up.
Sift through fossil stuff loaded with shark teeth, coral, sea urchin spines, bones and more.
All fossils are up to 20 million years old and you get to keep whatever you find.
Registration is required online starting Thursday, July 19th.

There is a another session of 6:30pm.  ONLY REGISTER FOR ONE SESSION.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Friday July 27, 2018
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Family Movie: Sherlock Gnomes  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Watch a movie with the family. Bring a bagged lunch or snack to enjoy with the movie.

Rated PG. 96 minutes.

All ages.

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

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

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 AM CANCELLED - Toddler Tunes  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come sing and dance with Miss Pat.

Online registration begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.

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

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

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*Although partially separated, this room is not soundproof and ongoing noise can be heard in the library where other visitors and staff are present. We ask caregivers to stay aware and monitor their noise and activity levels.

 Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Sing Along Pete (For All Ages)  
   

Sing along and dance to your favorite tunes with Sing Along Pete! 

Sponsored by The Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:30 AM Wiggle, Jingle, Mingle and Giggle  
   

For children, ages 1-5 (with adult).

The focus of this program is designed to get children and their caregivers a chance to sing and shout, move and dance to  rhymes, clapping songs and musical songs.  

Adult must remain in the program.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:30 AM Tim Hoh’s Music For Kids  
   

Tim Hoh will sing and play guitar to children ages 0-6 years,

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   12:00 PM Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 4:00pm.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM Paper Quilling- you choose  
   

Come learn the ancient art of paper quilling. 

We will be making an outer space or an under the sea scene

ages 8yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 

   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Step into STEM Fair (Ages 5-8)  
   

Students of Step into STEM will present their creations! 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Fun with littleBits (Ages 10-12)  
   

Are you interested in electronics and inventing? Learn how to program with littleBits! littleBits are small building blocks that can programmed to create an endless amount of projects. 

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Lego Open Play  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For all ages.

Drop in any time between 9 and 12 for free play with an large assortment of LEGOs.

No registration required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   3:00 PM spot the difference  
   

Come pick up a spot the difference game and see how many differnt things you can spot

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 

   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Kid Craft (Ages 6-8)  
   

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Little Scientist: Slime  
   

For Children in Grades K-3

July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, July 31

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:45 PM  -  4:15 PM Tween Craft (Ages 9-11)  
   

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Saturday July 28, 2018
   9:35 AM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm  
   

Our Saturday activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 4:00pm.

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Drop-in Musical Craft: Bottle Top Castanets, ages 3+  
   

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries rock!  Drop-in between 10am and 3pm and create bottle top castanets!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Model Plane Building  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come and learn the basics of plastic model building.  Each student will have their own model to build, paint, and take home with them.  We will be building the iconic American WW2 fighter plane - the P-51D Mustang!

Ages 8-13 .   

Online registration is required and begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.                         

As a reminder parents must remain in the building for any child under the age of 14.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Eyes of the Wild Animal Show  
   

Families welcome! “Animals Rock!” This program will feature the many ways in which animals use sound to communicate. We all know birds sing but did you know a wallaby has a special call for its baby, alligators make a boom sound in B Flat, & groundhogs whistle? We will discuss these & other surprising sounds animals use. Animals may include: birds, alligator, snake, wallaby, groundhog, skunk, degu, coati, porcupine. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 11:00 am and 12:00 noon to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels. No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM STEAM Workshop: Let's Make a Volcano for ages 6-11  
   

What is a Volcano?

Where can you find volcanos?

Why do volcanos erupt ferociously?

Make and take home a volcano that can spew lava again and again. Weather permitting we may go outside.

Space is limited. 

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   11:45 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

The children’s activity room will be open to families. Fun and educational toys are housed in this room for independent play and learning.

Clean up will begin at 1:00

*Although partially separated, this room is not soundproof and ongoing noise can be heard in the library where other visitors and staff are present. We ask caregivers to stay aware and monitor their noise and activity levels.

 Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Eyes of the Wild Presents: Mammal Mania (Ages 2 & up)  
   

Mammals from around the world will be featured in this program. Behaviors, habitats, adaptations, survival strategies and relationships with humans will be introduced. This program focuses on behavior and adaptation using the life stories of each unique animal, their often humorous personality, fun facts, anecdotes and animal eye-views as instruction. 

The main animals presented in this show include the Wallaby, Rabbit, Guinea Pig, and the Patagonian Cavy. 

No registration required. 

Sponsored by The Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:30 PM Saturday Movie and a Craft, for children with a caregiver.  
   

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Is it too hot outside?  Cool off and join us for movie and a craft!

This week’s movie:  Despicable Me 3 (2017).  Rated: PG (90 minutes).

Craft supplies will be out at 1:30pm and the movie will start promptly at 1:45pm.  Popcorn will be served.  Caregivers must remain in the room for the duration of the movie.

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr  
   

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

Join us in the activity room for toys and sensory play!  In addition to the usual fun and educational toys we have during quiet play, children and their families can explore different sensory play stations.  Stimulate your child’s imagination with free play and socialization!

*Although partially separated, this room is not soundproof and ongoing noise can be heard in the library where other visitors and staff are present. We ask caregivers to stay aware and monitor their noise and activity levels.

 Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Model Airplane Build  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

For ages 8 to 13.
Discover the magic of model building by assembling a model airplane kit. (Kits are provided.)
Spots are very limited for this program.
Registration is required online starting Saturday, July 21st.

There is a another session on Saturday, July 21st, but YOU MAY ONLY REGISTER FOR ONE.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Monday July 30, 2018
   9:35 AM 1000 Books Before Kindergarten  
   

Read a book to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. You may repeat books as often as you like.  You can reach 365 books in a year if you read every night; 730 books in two years; and 1,095 books in three years. Prizes given out for every 100 books read and recorded in the log.  Got questions?  See the youth services librarians.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   9:35 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   9:40 AM Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr  
   

Our morning activity station will have a table with games, toys or other activities for preschoolers to participate in, with caregiver supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about noon.

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. These rotating materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers.

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:00 AM Train Play  
    Contact: Christine Crawford     ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Free play with wooden trains and tracks.

For all ages with a caregiver.
 

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   10:30 AM Musical Mondays: Concert with mr. RAY  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

This year's summer reading program theme is "Libraries Rock!"
Every Monday we will have musical entertainment for young children.
Today we are featuring mr. RAY. Come hear him rock out the library.
Registration is required online starting Monday, July 23rd.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

The children’s activity room will be open to families. Fun and educational toys are housed in this room for independent play and learning.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*Although partially separated, this room is not soundproof and ongoing noise can be heard in the library where other visitors and staff are present. We ask caregivers to stay aware and monitor their noise and activity levels.

 Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Messy Mondays (ages 2 - 5 years and up)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Join us for open sensory play.  Each week we will have a hands-on activity time to encourage children to play, create, investigate and explore.  Projects may be messy.  Please wear old clothes.  

Ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.  No registration required.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Make It! Monday & Open Play (Ages 2-5)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers can drop in during this program to make a craft and play with the library's toys.

All craft supplies are provided.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM Concert for Kids with Jumpin' Jamie  
   

For ages 2-8 years, with a caregiver.

Jumpin' Jamie does interactive live music shows featuring original kindie rock.

Join us today for “Fauxchella" a rock and roll festival puppet review!

Registration is required, beginning at 7:00am on the day of the show. Preference may be given to those who have registered with a valid
MCLS library card.

Others may be admitted as space permits.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM Music Mondays  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Play instruments, learn about rhythm, and sing songs with friends.

Ages 2 - 6.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Craft & Play (All ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room to create a craft and play with toys!

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   12:00 PM paper robot  
   

Come make a paper robot out of cardstock.

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 

   1:00 PM Invitation to Create! Cotton Swab Mini Watercolor Paintings Garland  
   

For children 4-9 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Invitation to Create! 

Come play with liquid watercolor painting and learn about color families!

Experiment with colors on mini watercolor papers, and then string your mini paintings into a colorful garland to take home.

Come prepared to get messy!  Wear old clothes!  (We'll also have disposable smocks on hand!)

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Read to Sarah the Reading Dog (grades K-5)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Sarah is a local therapy dog who loves listening to stories.  Sarah will visit the library with her owner Barbara. Children who would like to practice reading aloud may sign-up for one 15 minute session with Sarah and Barbara.  Children should arrive with a book of their choice to read.  

Grades K - 5. Registration required.  Please call 609-737-2610 to make an appointment.  

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Movie Matinee:Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle  
   

 (Rated: PG; 119 minutes)

Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose.   Starring: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas.         

    Location: Ewing Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maker Mondays: DIY Ice Cream  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use your maker skills to create a craft - DIY Ice Cream.

Ages 7 - 12.

 

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Puzzles & Games (Ages 5-11)  
   

Enjoy playing with a variety of puzzles and games every week! 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 4:00 and 5:30 pm to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels. No registration required.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:00 PM BINGO  
   

For children ages 4-10,

Monday, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 4 p.m.

Small prizes!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Kindergarten-6th Grade Tutoring  
    Contact:    609-448-1474   
   

Children in grades K-6 will get homework help and subject review from volunteer mentors.

Children ages 5-7: a caregiver must be in the room during the program.

Children ages 8-13: a caregiver must be in the library during the program.

Register in person or by phone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM Coding for the Web (Ages 10-12)  
   

Want to learn how to code in HTML and CSS? Join us as we use Mozilla Thimble to learn the basics of coding for the web. At the end of this five week session, kids will be able to create their own webpage and will develop their passion for programming. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all five classes: 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Library Coding Class (Grades 4-6)  
   

Learn Terrapin Logo, Scratch, and Java basics. No experience required. 

Students must bring their own laptop. 

Registration required. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all six classes starting on Monday, July 16th. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM Drop-in Musical Craft: Washi Tape Rain Sticks, ages 3+  
   

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries rock!  Drop-in and create a washi tape rain stick!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM Fairy Tale Science Challenge Part 2, for ages 5+  
   

For ages 5+, with a caregiver.

Join us for a fun, hands-on challenge where we will use your creativity (and science) to help the characters from some of your favorite fairy tales.

In Part 2, we’ll read The Three Little Pigs and build a house that the big bad wolf can't blow down.  Then we’ll read Goldilocks and the Three Bears and help create the perfect bed for Goldilocks.

You can register and attend one or both science challenges!

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.  

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Harry Potter Birthday Party (Ages 11+)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-488-1484   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday with trivia games, crafts, and potion slime.

Feel free to come dressed as your favorite character!

Light refreshments will be served.

For ages 11-18

Online registration required beginning Monday, July 16. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   7:00 PM School-age STEAM  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

An interactive, hands-on science program focusing on different aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math tailored for school-age children.
For grades K-5.
Registration is required online starting the previous Monday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Tuesday July 31, 2018
   9:35 AM Alphabet Alley 2-5yr  
   

Alphabet Alley is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. These rotating materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers.

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:05 AM Big Building Block Free Playtime  
   

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   10:30 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Enjoy songs and rhymes with Miss Cathy. For children ages 6 months - 24 months.

Online registration begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Quiet play  
   

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

The children’s activity room will be open to families. Fun and educational toys are housed in this room for independent play and learning.

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*Although partially separated, this room is not soundproof and ongoing noise can be heard in the library where other visitors and staff are present. We ask caregivers to stay aware and monitor their noise and activity levels.

 Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Baby Time (recommended ages birth to 2 years; Adult Supervision Required)  
   

This program is a great way to introduce your child to library story times and reading. Age appropriate books are shared with the group. Songs, nursery rhymes, puppets, and felt board figures create a rich audio-visual and social experience. After 20 minutes of structured group time, there is time for play and for socializing. No registration required.

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   1:00 PM Mini Mouse Art House  
   

For children 5-11yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Create your very own miniature "mouse" house with art! 

Using your imagination create a cozy house of your own design - it doesn't have to be a house for a mouse! It can be a mini house for anything you want!

Use drawing, painting, sculpture & collage techniques to get creative making windows, doors, curtains, wall paper, paintings, mirrors, furniture, rugs, pets, etc.! 

We'll provide the small cardboard house, walls, mini 3-D pieces of foam and wood, clay, fabric, felt, decorative papers, oil pastels, markers, liquid watercolors, etc. and let your imagination go!  A fun project with a mini-house to take home!

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Happy Birthday Harry Potter (Ages 7-10)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-488-1484   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday with trivia games, crafts, and potion slime.

Feel free to come dressed as your favorite character!

Light refreshments will be served.

For ages 7-10

Online registration required beginning Monday, July 16. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm  
   

Our afternoon activity station will have a table out in the open with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children ages 5-10 years, with adult supervision.

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM Bollywood/Hip Hop Dance Workshop  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 7 to 13.
In this workshop participants will learn unique choreography which incorporates Eastern and Western dance styles.
They will be able to try advanced floor-work and exciting new techniques while experiencing the fun and satisfaction of dancing.
Registration is required online starting the previous Tuesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM STEM activity  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Marble mazes

Use straws and a shoebox lid to desing your own marble maze.  

For ages 5-12.

Registration not required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   3:00 PM Lego Club  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Build with us and stretch your imagination with Legos! For children ages 5 and up.

Online registration begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   3:00 PM  -  3:45 PM Drawing with Amaris  
   

For children in grades K-3

Tuesday, 9, 16, 23, 30, 3-3:45 p.m.

Learn Basic Drawing.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Creative Math Problem Solving (Grades 2-6)  
   

Have fun while you learn new strategies and methods to solve abstract problems!

For students going into 2nd - 6th grades. 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:30 PM Drinking Straw Insect Paper Toys  
   

For children 4 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Spring flowers and trees need insects for survival and pollination!  Birds do too, as they are an important and favorite food! 

Come combine science and art to make simple larger-than-life insect toys with paper and neon colored drinking straws!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 4:00 and 5:30 pm to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels. No registration required.

Please note that the Monday and Tuesday crafts will be the same.  

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   4:30 PM Ewing Scientists  
   

For grades K-3

  • Tuesday, July 3, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Fun will black light.  
  • Tuesday, July 10, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3. POP: Rock Candy Experiments.  
  • Tuesday, July 17, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3. Make Mini Rubber Balloon Cart. 
  • Tuesday, July 24, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Make a Glass Xylophone.  
  • Tuesday, July 31, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Make Rocket Balloons.

     Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    Location: Ewing Branch
   4:30 PM The Lizard Guys (Ages 5 & up)  
   

The Lizard Guys are back again to bring their favorite reptile friends! Learn about these cold blooded animals and get to see them up close!

No registration required. 

Sponsored by The Friends of the West Windsor Library 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM “Minute-to-win-it” Family Game Night, for families  
   

For children and their families.

Join us for a fun night of games!  Families will work together and participate in 60 second timed challenges!

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program. 

Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM make a paper fortune tellers  
   

Come make a paper fortune teller. 

Project will take 15 minutes to complete

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 

   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Perler Beads Craft (ages 5-11)  
    Contact: Briana Cahill   609-737-2610   bcahill@mcl.org
   

Create your own unique designs using Perler Beads! 

Ages 5 - 11.

 

    Location: Hopewell Branch
   7:00 PM The Lizard Guys  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 3 and up.
Always a favorite, The Lizard Guys are back again this summer to teach you about reptiles and amphibians.
The presenter will show several animals and share many fun facts about them in a kid-friendly presentation.
Registration is required online starting Tuesday, July 24th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:15 PM  -  8:15 PM Chess Club (Ages 7-14)  
   

This chess club is a session of informative learning about several aspects of chess. This club will be an opportunity for student learners to gain a tactical advantage over their opponents by applying logical strategies. The strategies can be applied in the opening, middle, and end phases of the game. They will also be introduces to traditional weaknesses in pawn positions. After in-depth knowledge of the strategies provided, students would be ready to play in local tournaments. 

You must bring your own chess board

No registration required. Space is limited to the first 24 students. Please arrive on time. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Wednesday August 1, 2018
   2:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Suggested for players ages 5 and up.
Come together with other chess players to play matches against each other.
This program is best for players with prior knowledge of the game.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maker Club Jr. (Ages 5-8)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 5-8 with a caregiver.

Get creative and learn coding basics with various activities designed to promote problem-solving skills.

Online registration required beginning the previous Wednesday. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM LEGO Club (Ages 5-11)  
   

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:15 PM  -  5:55 PM Family Zumba (ages 6 & up)  
   

Break a sweat during Family Zumba with instructor Donna Balducci!

No registration necessary. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family Board Games  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Families with children of all ages are invited to come play board games in the activity room.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   7:00 PM Lee’s Circus Extravaganza  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Join us for a kaleidoscope of juggling, plate spinning, unicycling, audience interaction and magic. For children ages 6 and up.

Online registration begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch

Thursday August 2, 2018
   10:00 AM YO YO Play Date (Ages 0-7)  
   

Jump around, pop bubbles, and play tons of fun fitness games & read/play the book MOVE! 

Sponsored by The Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM Bookworms & Wiggle Worms Book Club & Play Group  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Little ones and their caregivers are invited to this monthly book club for adults/play group for children. 

Adults will discuss this month's book while the children play with the library's toys.

Please call the library for this month's title. 

No registration required. New members always welcome!

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM Movers and Shakers, for ages 2-5yrs  
   

For children, ages 2-5yrs, with a caregiver.

This program is all about music and movement!  Join us as we play your favorite story-time songs and your toddlers & preschoolers can sing, dance, and move to the music.  Shaky eggs, bells, ribbons, bubbles, and more!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   11:00 AM Romp & Stomp  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come and enjoy a music and movement program for children ages 2-5

Online registration begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   1:00 PM Scratch Coding  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Like playing computer games? Learn how to make them yourself!  
This six-week class will teach you to use Scratch, an introductory computer program, to design interactive games.
Open to ages 9 – 12.  Attendance at all 6 weeks is necessary.  
Bringing your own laptop is strongly recommended, but those without one can be accommodated as well. 

Space is limited.  Registration required.

Please call the branch at 609-443-1880 with questions on how to register.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bollywood Fusion Dance for Ages 6+  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 6 and up.

Children will learn classical and Bollywood dance techniques and perform to popular, American songs.

This class is led by Sudipta Ghosh, a local dance instructor with 15 years of classical Indian and Bollywood dance experience.

Online registration required beginning the previous Thursday. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:30 PM Family Movie: Mary Poppins  
   

Mary Poppins. Rated G. Runtime: 140 minutes. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM Family craft  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Paper plate fans

Escape the heat by decorating a paper plate fan.

For all ages.

No registration required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Tween Knitting (Ages 10-12)  
   

Beginner's welcome! Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own yarn and needles. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Science (Ages 7-11)  
   

Project Science is a science club devised for young children to enhance their ability to make observations and ask questions about the world around them - and figure out how to answer those questions. Through a series of fun home experiments and interactive simulations, your child will cultivate curiosity and problem solving skills. 

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM Books & Bricks  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 2 to 5 years old.
A story followed by a build with DUPLO bricks.
Registration is required online Thursday, July 26th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Friday August 3, 2018
   9:30 AM Family move  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Peter Rabbit

Rated PG, 100 mins.

For all ages.

Popcorn will be served.

No registration required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   10:00 AM Family Movie: Frozen Sing-Along  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Watch a movie with the family. Bring a bagged lunch or snack to enjoy with the movie.

Rated PG. 108 minutes.

All ages.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:30 AM American Girl Tea Party  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Children ages 5 and up are invited to join us for crafts, food, and special games. Moms and special dolls are invited also!

Online registration is required begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   10:30 AM Dance Party  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Children of all ages and their caregivers too are invited to come dance with Miss Andrea to some of her favorite songs that are guaranteed to get you up and moving!
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Kids Sing & Dance  
   

Sing and dance along to your favorite toddler tunes! 

For all ages. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   1:00 PM Dennis the Magician  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Experience amazing magical tricks with Dennis the Magician.

All ages.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   2:00 PM American Girl Tea Party  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Children ages 5 and up are invited to join us for crafts, food, and special games. Moms and special dolls are invited also!

Online registration is required begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Kid Craft (Ages 6-8)  
   

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:45 PM  -  4:15 PM Tween Craft (Ages 9-11)  
   

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Saturday August 4, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Model Building (Ages 8-11)  
   

This class will introduce the students to the basic skills needed to assemble and paint a plastic model kit. Each child will be given their own model kit to build and will encounter a very  much "hands on" learning environment.

All materials are provided. 

Space is limited and registration is required. 

You may only sign up for one session. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM Slime Time: Make Ice Cream Slime  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

All ages are welcome to join us in making ice cream slime.
Registration is required online starting Saturday, July 28th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Poetry Rocks! (Ages 8-11)  
   

Learn how to create Limerick poems and enter your poem into our Poetry Contest for a chance to win a prize! 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday August 6, 2018
   10:00 AM BINGO  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For ages 5-12.

Play classic BINGO.  Winners will receive small prizes.

No registration is required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   10:30 AM Musical Mondays: Concert with Jumpin' Jamie  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

This year's summer reading program theme is "Libraries Rock!"
Every Monday we will have musical entertainment for young children.
Today we are featuring Jumpin' Jamie. Come hear him rock out the library.
Registration is required online starting Monday, July 30th.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Make It! Monday & Open Play (Ages 2-5)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers can drop in during this program to make a craft and play with the library's toys.

All craft supplies are provided.

 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Craft & Play (All ages)  
   

Stop by the Activity Room to create a craft and play with toys!

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maker Mondays: Bookmarks  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Use your maker skills to create a craft.

Bookmarks

Ages 7 - 12.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Puzzles & Games (Ages 5-11)  
   

Enjoy playing with a variety of puzzles and games every week! 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:30 PM  -  6:00 PM Kindergarten-6th Grade Tutoring  
    Contact:    609-448-1474   
   

Children in grades K-6 will get homework help and subject review from volunteer mentors.

Children ages 5-7: a caregiver must be in the room during the program.

Children ages 8-13: a caregiver must be in the library during the program.

Register in person or by phone.

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Library Coding Class (Grades 4-6)  
   

Learn Terrapin Logo, Scratch, and Java basics. No experience required. 

Students must bring their own laptop. 

Registration required. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all six classes starting on Monday, July 16th. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM School-age STEAM  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

An interactive, hands-on science program focusing on different aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math tailored for school-age children.
For grades K-5.
Registration is required online starting the previous Monday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Tuesday August 7, 2018
   10:30 AM Babytime  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Enjoy songs and rhymes with Miss Cathy. For children ages 6 months - 24 months.

Online registration begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   2:00 PM Bollywood/Hip Hop Dance Workshop  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 7 to 13.
In this workshop participants will learn unique choreography which incorporates Eastern and Western dance styles.
They will be able to try advanced floor-work and exciting new techniques while experiencing the fun and satisfaction of dancing.
Registration is required online starting the previous Tuesday.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Sphero robot balls  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For ages 5-12.  Learn very simple coding and make a Sphero SPRK+ robot ball move around the room.

Registration is required and space is limited.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Creative Math Problem Solving (Grades 2-6)  
   

Have fun while you learn new strategies and methods to solve abstract problems!

For students going into 2nd - 6th grades. 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:30 PM Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families  
   

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:00 PM Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families  
   

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:20 PM Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families  
   

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Art Explorers (Ages 6-11)  
   

Draw, paint, and use your imagination to create your very own piece of art! Materials provided. 

No registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:40 PM Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families  
   

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:00 PM Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families  
   

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:20 PM Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families  
   

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   7:40 PM Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families  
   

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   8:00 PM Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families  
   

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   8:20 PM Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families  
   

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Wednesday August 8, 2018
   2:00 PM Chapters Book Club  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Book discussions and activities for ages 5 to 10.  Topic: TBD.

No registration required.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   2:00 PM Chess Club  
    Contact:    609-448-1330   
   

Suggested for players ages 5 and up.
Come together with other chess players to play matches against each other.
This program is best for players with prior knowledge of the game.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   3:00 PM Balloon animals  
    Contact:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

For ages 7-16.

Learn how to make simple balloon animals.

Registration is required.

 

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maker Club Jr. (Ages 5-8)  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 5-8 with a caregiver.

Get creative and learn coding basics with various activities designed to promote problem-solving skills.

Online registration required beginning the previous Wednesday. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM LEGO Club (Ages 5-11)  
   

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   5:15 PM  -  5:55 PM Family Zumba (ages 6 & up)  
   

Break a sweat during Family Zumba with instructor Donna Balducci!

No registration necessary. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Family Board Games  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Families with children of all ages are invited to come play board games in the activity room.
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Thursday August 9, 2018
   11:00 AM Romp & Stomp  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Come and enjoy a music and movement program for children ages 2-5

Online registration begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   1:00 PM Scratch Coding  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Like playing computer games? Learn how to make them yourself!  
This six-week class will teach you to use Scratch, an introductory computer program, to design interactive games.
Open to ages 9 – 12.  Attendance at all 6 weeks is necessary.  
Bringing your own laptop is strongly recommended, but those without one can be accommodated as well. 

Space is limited.  Registration required.

Please call the branch at 609-443-1880 with questions on how to register.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bollywood Fusion Dance for Ages 6+  
    Contact: Miss Liz   609-448-1474   ehughes@mcl.org
   

For ages 6 and up.

Children will learn classical and Bollywood dance techniques and perform to popular, American songs.

This class is led by Sudipta Ghosh, a local dance instructor with 15 years of classical Indian and Bollywood dance experience.

Online registration required beginning the previous Thursday. 

    Location: Hightstown Branch
   2:00 PM Little Bits coding kits  
    Contact: Christine Crawford   609-883-5914   ccrawfor@mcl.org
   

Use snap-together circuits and simple coding to see an exciting result.  For ages 8-15.

Registration is required and space is limited.

    Location: Hollowbrook Branch
   2:30 PM Family Movie: Sing  
   

Sing. Rated PG. Runtime: 108 minutes. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Tween Summer Reading Party (Ages 9-11)  
   

Join us to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with games, prizes and ice cream! 

No registration required. You must be registered in the Summer Reading Program to attend. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   6:00 PM “Fossil Dig” with Pearl Observatory  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Dig for fossils with John Miller of the Pearl Observatory. Participants will be able to keep any fossils that they find. For children ages 6 and up.

Online registration is required begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Science (Ages 7-11)  
   

Project Science is a science club devised for young children to enhance their ability to make observations and ask questions about the world around them - and figure out how to answer those questions. Through a series of fun home experiments and interactive simulations, your child will cultivate curiosity and problem solving skills. 

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   7:00 PM “Fossil Dig” with Pearl Observatory  
    Contact: Robbinsville Branch   609-259-2150   
   

Dig for fossils with John Miller of the Pearl Observatory. Participants will be able to keep any fossils that they find. For children ages 6 and up.

Online registration is required begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.

    Location: Robbinsville Branch
   7:00 PM End of Summer Reading Event with George the Magician and his Giant Bubbles  
    Contact:    448-1330   
   

Suggested for ages 3 and up.
George will wrap up our summer reading program with a fun-filled night of magic followed by a giant bubble demonstration (weather permitting).
A small treat will also be served.
Registration is required online starting Thursday, August 2nd.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch

Friday August 10, 2018
   10:00 AM Summer Reading Closing Day  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Celebrate the end of summer reading at our field day with fun games and activities.

Get your Summer Reading certificate of achievement. 

Ages 4 and up.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   10:30 AM Dance Party  
    Contact:    (609) 448-1330   
   

Children of all ages and their caregivers too are invited to come dance with Miss Andrea to some of her favorite songs that are guaranteed to get you up and moving!
No registration required.

    Location: Hickory Corner Branch
   10:30 AM Magic Show with Magic Mike (ages 4 & up)  
   

Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with a special magic show performance from Magic Mike!

No registration required. 

Sponsored by The Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Kid Craft (Ages 6-8)  
   

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch
   3:45 PM  -  4:15 PM Tween Craft (Ages 9-11)  
   

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Saturday August 11, 2018
   1:30 PM Saturday Movie and a Craft, for children with a caregiver.  
   

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Is it too hot outside?  Cool off and join us for movie and a craft!

This week’s movie:  Moana (2016).  Rated: PG (113 minutes).

Craft supplies will be out at 1:30pm and the movie will start promptly at 1:45pm.  Popcorn will be served.  Caregivers must remain in the room for the duration of the movie.

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Model Building Show and Tell  
   

Students who have participated in the Model Building classes will share their creations!

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Monday August 13, 2018
   5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Library Coding Class (Grades 4-6)  
   

Learn Terrapin Logo, Scratch, and Java basics. No experience required. 

Students must bring their own laptop. 

Registration required. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all six classes starting on Monday, July 16th. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Thursday August 16, 2018
   11:00 AM Movers and Shakers, for ages 2-5yrs  
   

For children, ages 2-5yrs, with a caregiver.

This program is all about music and movement!  Join us as we play your favorite story-time songs and your toddlers & preschoolers can sing, dance, and move to the music.  Shaky eggs, bells, ribbons, bubbles, and more!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM Scratch Coding  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Like playing computer games? Learn how to make them yourself!  
This six-week class will teach you to use Scratch, an introductory computer program, to design interactive games.
Open to ages 9 – 12.  Attendance at all 6 weeks is necessary.  
Bringing your own laptop is strongly recommended, but those without one can be accommodated as well. 

Space is limited.  Registration required.

Please call the branch at 609-443-1880 with questions on how to register.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Science (Ages 7-11)  
   

Project Science is a science club devised for young children to enhance their ability to make observations and ask questions about the world around them - and figure out how to answer those questions. Through a series of fun home experiments and interactive simulations, your child will cultivate curiosity and problem solving skills. 

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Saturday August 18, 2018
   1:30 PM Saturday Movie and a Craft, for children with a caregiver.  
   

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Is it too hot outside?  Cool off and join us for movie and a craft!

This week’s movie:  The LEGO Batman Movie (2017).  Rated: PG (104 minutes).

Craft supplies will be out at 1:30pm and the movie will start promptly at 1:45pm.  Popcorn will be served.  Caregivers must remain in the room for the duration of the movie.

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Monday August 20, 2018
   5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Library Coding Class (Grades 4-6)  
   

Learn Terrapin Logo, Scratch, and Java basics. No experience required. 

Students must bring their own laptop. 

Registration required. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all six classes starting on Monday, July 16th. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Thursday August 23, 2018
   11:00 AM Movers and Shakers, for ages 2-5yrs  
   

For children, ages 2-5yrs, with a caregiver.

This program is all about music and movement!  Join us as we play your favorite story-time songs and your toddlers & preschoolers can sing, dance, and move to the music.  Shaky eggs, bells, ribbons, bubbles, and more!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   1:00 PM Scratch Coding  
    Contact: Twin Rivers Staff   609-443-1880   twinprogs@mcl.org
   

Like playing computer games? Learn how to make them yourself!  
This six-week class will teach you to use Scratch, an introductory computer program, to design interactive games.
Open to ages 9 – 12.  Attendance at all 6 weeks is necessary.  
Bringing your own laptop is strongly recommended, but those without one can be accommodated as well. 

Space is limited.  Registration required.

Please call the branch at 609-443-1880 with questions on how to register.

    Location: Twin Rivers Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Science (Ages 7-11)  
   

Project Science is a science club devised for young children to enhance their ability to make observations and ask questions about the world around them - and figure out how to answer those questions. Through a series of fun home experiments and interactive simulations, your child will cultivate curiosity and problem solving skills. 

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

Saturday August 25, 2018
   1:30 PM Saturday Movie and a Craft, for children with a caregiver.  
   

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Is it too hot outside?  Cool off and join us for movie and a craft!

This week’s movie:  Coco (2017).  Rated: PG (109 minutes).

Craft supplies will be out at 1:30pm and the movie will start promptly at 1:45pm.  Popcorn will be served.  Caregivers must remain in the room for the duration of the movie.

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch

Thursday August 30, 2018
   11:00 AM Movers and Shakers, for ages 2-5yrs  
   

For children, ages 2-5yrs, with a caregiver.

This program is all about music and movement!  Join us as we play your favorite story-time songs and your toddlers & preschoolers can sing, dance, and move to the music.  Shaky eggs, bells, ribbons, bubbles, and more!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

    Location: Lawrence Branch
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Project Science (Ages 7-11)  
   

Project Science is a science club devised for young children to enhance their ability to make observations and ask questions about the world around them - and figure out how to answer those questions. Through a series of fun home experiments and interactive simulations, your child will cultivate curiosity and problem solving skills. 

Registration required. 

    Location: West Windsor Branch

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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