List of Events

  

Friday July 21, 2017
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Big Building Block free play time for 2-9 years
9:35 AM - 3:00 PM

From 9:35am to 3pm, sharp. Ages 2-9 years with a caregiver to supervise. 


Oversized plastic building blocks will be out for kids to play with in cooperation with others who are present.  Children may need to take turns. Please limit your time if others are waiting.   Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. Set includes 384 pieces. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Fiction Writing Workshop: Dialogue Workshop
10:00 AM

Writer & Producer Ken Britschge, co-founder of PCM Theatre in Hamilton, now in its 11th year, and frequent contributor to the Lawrence One-Act Playfests, believes the key to writing good, strong, even entertaining dialogue is well within your grasp, closer than you might believe.  And it needn't be such a secret. Registration suggested. 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Preschool Storytime
10:00 AM

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

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

Adult must remain in the program.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Chair Yoga
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Gentle chair yoga for seniors.

Registration is not required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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PROGRAM FULL: Model Airplane Build
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This session is full.  There will be another session on Friday, July 28th.  Registration begins this Friday, July 21st.

For ages 8 to 13.
Discover the magic of model building by assembling a model airplane kit with Tim Lingle, the Founder and Director of Young Model Builders of America.
Spots are limited for this program but there is a second session available on Friday, July 28th if this is full. You may only register for one session.
Registration is required online starting Friday, July 14th.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Caution: Crafters at Work
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

 Drop in to create construction-themed crafts with the materials provided. For children of all ages, accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
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Creation Station and Open Play
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Drum & Percussion Circle: CANCELED
10:30 AM

Join musician and teacher Reed Thomas to create simple rhythms using hand held drums and various percussion instruments. No experience necessary. Instruments provided. No registration.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Kim Yarson Family Singalong
10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

No registration is required.

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

 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Baby & Toddler Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

For ages birth–2.5 years & a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome.

No registration necessary. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Pat McKinley's Toddler Tunes (recommended ages birth to 5 years)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Pat McKinley's Toddler Tunes:  Sing and dance to classic children's songs played on live guitar! Parental supervision is required.  

Recommended ages birth to 5 years.   No registration required.

 

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Family Movie: Zootopia
11:00 AM

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

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

For all ages.

 

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
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Play dough creations/ lego story time
11:00 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Walk-In Craft (All Ages)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Stop by the Activity Room to create a special craft! 

All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Open Play (ages birth - 5)
11:05 AM - 11:30 AM

After Pat McKinley's Toddler Tunes stay in the activity room and play with old and new friends:  Parental supervision is required.  

Recommended ages birth to 5 years.   No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Sing-A-Long with Pat McKinley,
11:30 AM

For children, ages birth-7 years (with adult),

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Relaxing Art Friday
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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CANCELLED: Facebook Basics
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

This class has been cancelled.

Connect to family and friends using Facebook! Get started by setting up an account with your profile. Learn how to connect with people you know, chose your privacy settings, add photos and more. The class will be taught by reference librarian, Kim Luke, and on classroom computers.

You'll need an email address to open a Facebook account. If you do not have one, feel free to make an appointment with a librarian to help you create one.

Please register. Click the Register button, or call the library at (609) 448-1474 to register. Please call if you need to cancel.

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
There are 13 spaces available.
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Movie: The Great Wall
2:00 PM

2017) (Matt Damon). PG-13; 103 minutes.

 
European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures. No registration.
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Tie-Dye
2:00 PM

For ages 12 and up!  

Please bring an article of clothing that you want to tie-dye!  

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Tie-Dye
2:00 PM

For ages 12 and up!  

Please bring an article of clothing that you want to tie-dye!  

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 24 spaces available.
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Knit & Crochet Circle
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Adult Program

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 23 spaces available.
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Word 2
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 4 spaces available.
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Meditation Circle
2:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Bad Art Contest
3:00 PM

For ages 4-11.

Create your own masterpiece!  

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 22 spaces available.
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Kid Craft (Ages 6-8)
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Cool off at the library with a special craft!

Registration required. Registration begins one week before program. 

*If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will have to forfeit your craft*

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Draw It! Figures in Action for Ages 9-14
3:30 PM

Tweens & Teens ages 9-14 are invited to learn drawing skills from a local teen artist. Participants will learn how to draw realistics figures and superheroes in action poses.

No registration required. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Draw It! Figures in Action for Ages 9-14
3:30 PM

Tweens & Teens ages 9-14 are invited to learn drawing skills from a local teen artist. Participants will learn how to draw realistics figures and superheroes in action poses.

No registration required. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Posture Exercises
3:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Tween Craft (Ages 9-11)
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Cool off at the library with a special craft!

Registration required. Registration begins one week before program. 

*If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will have to forfeit your craft*

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Drum Circle: Summer Series
4:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Saturday July 22, 2017
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Guided Meditation
10:00 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 18 spaces available.
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Shark week drop-in craft, for children of all ages
10:00 AM

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop-in between 10am and 4pm and celebrate Shark Week with a fun craft!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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The Power of Thank You (Ages 6-12)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

What are your favorite things?

 Join with friends to discover the power of thank you.

 Create a greeting card for someone special.

Please register. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are many spaces available.
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Clase de la Computadora
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Clase de correo electrónico y navegación por Internet. Registrarse, por favor.

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Make a Fidget Quilt!
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Be a part of creating a Fidge Quilt!

For this event, please make 6-1/2” squares ahead of time to contribute and/or create fidget quilts.  If possible, please bring a sewing machine and extension cord.

The fidget quilts created at this event will be donated to various local nursing homes and/or the Alzheimer's Foundation.

For more information, please call the Janet Wyckoff at 609-466-2516.

What is a Fidget Quilt?

Sometimes people who have Alzheimer’s Disease or other cognitive issues may have restless hands.  Fidget Quilts are made to address this problem. Small square quilts, about 24” x 24”, are made of 6” squares that incorporate fabrics with texture, fabrics with a large motif, squares embellished with ribbons, lace, tucks, etc., and squares with something to manipulate (zippers, pockets, buttons). 

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Make a Fidget Quilt!
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Be a part of creating a Fidge Quilt!

For this event, please make 6-1/2” squares ahead of time to contribute and/or create fidget quilts.  If possible, please bring a sewing machine and extension cord.

The fidget quilts created at this event will be donated to various local nursing homes and/or the Alzheimer's Foundation.

For more information, please call the Janet Wyckoff at 609-466-2516.

What is a Fidget Quilt?

Sometimes people who have Alzheimer’s Disease or other cognitive issues may have restless hands.  Fidget Quilts are made to address this problem. Small square quilts, about 24” x 24”, are made of 6” squares that incorporate fabrics with texture, fabrics with a large motif, squares embellished with ribbons, lace, tucks, etc., and squares with something to manipulate (zippers, pockets, buttons). 

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Caution: Crafters at Work
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

 Drop in to create construction-themed crafts with the materials provided. For children of all ages, accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
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Children’s Book Author Lyndon Cerejo
10:30 AM

Come meet Children’s Book Author Lyndon Cerejo and Illustrator Ananya Chopra! Lyndon will be discussing his book “Missing Gems of the Taj Majal” which is a time-travel historic fiction book for children ages 5-9.

Online registration begins on July 10. Please register each child separately.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 24 spaces available.
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Family Fun Time
10:30 AM

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

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
11:00 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Quiet play
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Writers' Group
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

 

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
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Public Speaking (Ages 10-13)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

There is FUN in everything we do. The children will be involved in various activities: creative drama, creative storytelling, improv games, voice modulation exercises and persuasive speeches. Our broad aim is to make children comfortable with expressing themselves through their thoughts and emotion. 

Presented by New Jersey Power Speakers: http://www.njpowerspeakers.com/ 

Please register. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are many spaces available.
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Monday July 24, 2017
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
9:50 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Toddler STEM
10:00 AM

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

Science and math for toddlers!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Tech Help
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Adult Program

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

Please note that library staff does not repair devices.

Appointment is required. On or after June 22, call 609-275-8901 or stop by the reference desk to make a 20-minute appointment. Let us know which device you’ll bring in and the function(s) you want to learn.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Open Lab
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
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Storytime for ages 2-5
10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Messy Mondays (ages 2 - 5 years and up)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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
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Preschool Art Class with Mrs. Mehta (Ages 2-6)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

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

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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George the Magician & Bubble Show
11:00 AM

Watch George perform magic and create huge, hard-to-pop bubbles with his special formula!

Registration is preferred.

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

For all ages.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
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George the Magician & Bubble Show
11:00 AM

Watch George perform magic and create huge, hard-to-pop bubbles with his special formula!

Registration is preferred.

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

For all ages.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 40 spaces available.
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Happy Two’s Activity Time
11:00 AM

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

Learn songs and rhymes!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Design a Stained Glass Vase with Wildflowers
12:30 PM

For children 5 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Design your own stained glass vase with an easy technique using cut tissue paper and mod podge.

Then arrange a bouquet of local wildflowers to fill your work of art!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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Lunch Time Meditation
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

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

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

No registration required.

 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Movies on Monday -- Collateral Beauty
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

Rated PG-13; 96 minutes

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Children’s Movie Matinee, Arctic Adventure: On Frozen Pond
2:00 PM

PG: 88 minutes.

Starring: Anthony Padilla, Ian Andrew Hecox, Ambyr Childers, Jon Lovitz, Jay Sheldon.  For centuries, the Crystal Frog has protected the Frog Kingdom with its magic. When One-Eye plots to steal the artifact and rule the land, the Frog King asks Freddy and the Frog Princess to undertake a bold journey through forest, desert, river rapids, and icy caverns. But as the protectors arrive, it becomes clear that One-Eye may have led them into a trap.

Light Refreshments!

 Sponsored by the friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Maker Mondays for Teens and Tweens: Tie-dye
2:00 PM

For ages 9 and up.
Each Monday during the summer reading program we will have a different maker program.
This Monday we will be tie-dyeing. 
BRING A PRE-WASHED WHITE OR LIGHT COLORED T-SHIRT OR PILLOWCASE.
Registration is required online starting the previous Monday.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Cards & Games
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Adult Program

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 9 spaces available.
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English as a Second Language Writing
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

No registration necessary.

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Family History
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Find out how to research your family tree using online research databases such as AncestryLibrary and others.

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 13 spaces available.
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Slime Party!!! Ages 6-12
3:00 PM

For children ages 6-12.

Design your own slime!

Shiny slime!

Crunchy slime!

Unicorn Slime!

Monster Slime!

Your imagination will decide.

Online registration required beginning Monday, July 17.

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Slime Party!!! Ages 6-12
3:00 PM

For children ages 6-12.

Design your own slime!

Shiny slime!

Crunchy slime!

Unicorn Slime!

Monster Slime!

Your imagination will decide.

Online registration required beginning Monday, July 17.

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Intro to Programming in Java (Ages 12-14)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kids will learn the fundamentals of computer science and will be introduced to Java syntax. Through this course, the concepts of object-oriented programming as well as decision structures will be explored. Kids must bring their own laptop, and be ready for a challenge.

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all classes as they build up from what was taught previously.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Maker Monday (Ages 12-17)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn and create fun DIY projects! 

Please register. All materials are provided. 

June 26th – Perler Beads

July 3rd – Bad Art Contest

July 10th – Mug Cakes

July 17th – Tie Dye Socks

July 24th – Gelli Printing

July 31st – Paper Circuits

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Open Craft: Piggy Bank
3:30 PM

For ages 4-10.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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
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Read to Bessie the Therapy Dog
4:30 PM

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

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

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

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Cancelled: Kindergarten-6th Grade Tutoring
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

This week's tutoring has been cancelled.

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
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Community Game Night
6:30 PM

Roll some dice, make new friends, and beat the summer heat at Twin Rivers’ new Community Game Night.
July 3 – Jamaica; July 17 – Forbidden Island; July 24 - Pandemic.  

Please contact the branch for more details.  For tweens, teens, and adults.

Registration preferred. 

 

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 20 spaces available.
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Globetrotters (Ages 6 & up)
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Pack your bags and get your passport ready as we travel to different countries!

Explore a new country each session through stories and a craft. 

Registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 7 spaces available.
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PJ Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Monday Night Yoga
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Eliza Hammer teaches this eight-week series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: June 5, 12, 19, & 26 and July 3, 10, 17, & 24.

Registration for each individual class is required.

Registration for all eight classes opens on Tuesday, May 30th.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
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P.M. English Conversation Group
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program

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

Must have basic knowledge of English.

No need to register--just walk in.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Bricks 4 Kidz
7:00 PM

This is a hands-on class where students will design and build machines, catapults, pyramids, derby cars, buildings and other constructions out of LEGO® bricks.
While exploring engineering, architecture and physics, students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
This program is for grades K-5.
Registration is required online starting Monday, June 19th.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Estate Planning
7:00 PM

This informational seminar will cover New Jersey inheritance and estate taxes, New Jersey probate procedures, and a discussion on how the basic estate planning documents work. Robert Morris with Stark & Stark will present. Please register. 

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 23 spaces available.
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I Survived Science Challenge Part 2, for ages 7-10 yrs old
7:00 PM

For ages 7-10 yrs old, with a caregiver.

Are you a fan of the I Survived book series?  Join us for a fun, hands-on science program based on some of your favorite I Survived books.

I Survived Science Challenge Part 2 will focus on Hurricane Katrina and the Destruction of Pompeii.  We will see if your building can endure hurricane force winds and build an erupting volcano!  (Dress for a mess!)

You can register and attend one or both science challenges!

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
Registration will begin on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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Off the Page
7:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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School-age storytime
7:00 PM

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children entering first grade and up. Please call to register.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
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Tween-Parent Book Club
7:00 PM

For children entering Grades 3-5 and their parents.

We will enjoy snacks as we discuss this month's book, "Family Game Night & Other Catastrophes," by Mary Lambert. 

New members welcome!

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Yoga
7:30 PM

Sunita Yadav teaches this series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Water is provided. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and begins Monday, July 3, at 9:30 a.m. Class dates are: July 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14, 21Participants must register online for each individual class date. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 16 spaces available.
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Tuesday July 25, 2017
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Books & Babies for 6-23 months
9:50 AM

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

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

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

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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Storytime
10:00 AM

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

Registration is required.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
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Canceled: A.M. English Conversation Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Adult Program

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

No need to register—just come!

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Babytime
10:30 AM

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

Online registration begins on July 10. Please register each child separately.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 9 spaces available.
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Little Learners: STEAM program for Pre-K
10:30 AM

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

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

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

Stories and crafts!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
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Morning Story Time with Miss Liz
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Storytime for ages 2-5
11:00 AM

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 29 spaces available.
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Baby Time (recommended ages birth to 2 years; Adult Supervision Required)
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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
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Create a...
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

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

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

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Sun Safety Talk for ages 5-9yr.
1:00 PM

For ages 5-9 years, with a caregiver. In the children's activity room.

Presented by Kathy Korwin, Lawrence Township Public Health Nurse.

Program will promote sun safety by teaching children and their caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure to ultraviolet radiation and stay "sun safe" every day.  Includes material created by the EPA and the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Online registration with a valid MCLS library card is required, beginning at 7:00am on the day of the program. Those who have not registered may be admittted as space permits.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Afternoon Movie: Twentieth Century Women
2:00 PM

Twentieth Century Women (2016): (Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning).  Rated R.  119 minutes.  

Annette Bening stars as the divorced mom of the 15 year old son she’s raising in 1979 Santa Barbara.  

Registration preferred.  

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

 

 

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 18 spaces available.
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Build a Better World with the Swedish History Museum
2:00 PM

For ages 6-11.

Children are invited to learn about alternative energy and see how they can make the world a better place. Children will build a model of an energy-efficient home and learn how Sweden is building a better world.

Online registration required beginning July 10.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Build a Better World with the Swedish History Museum
2:00 PM

For ages 6-11.

Children are invited to learn about alternative energy and see how they can make the world a better place. Children will build a model of an energy-efficient home and learn how Sweden is building a better world.

Online registration required beginning July 10.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Chess Club
2:00 PM

Suggested for ages 5 and up.
All levels welcome.  A teen volunteer will be available for instructional assistance.
Come play against fellow chess enthusiasts to sharpen your skills.
No registration required.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Candy Making Demonstration for all ages
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Join us when Candy Clouded presents a candy-making demonstration.

 Each participant will make a candy kabob to take home.

Registration for this program begins Tuesday, July 18.  

 

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
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PC Advanced
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 9 spaces available.
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Home Depot
2:30 PM

Have fun building with an expert from Home Depot! Ages 4 and up.

Online registration begins on July 10. Please register each child separately.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
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Family Science Fun
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

For ages 6-12.

 

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
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Science for Kids,
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 Ages 6-10! 

Fun experiments!

 Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 22 spaces available.
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Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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

Read, learn, and conduct a science experiment!

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Canceled: Beginning Spanish Language Class
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

No class this week.

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Teen Cooking Class
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

Learn and create easy no-bake recipes. 

This week we will be making an Oreo Chocolate Tart.

Registration required. All materials provided. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Fairy Lights Jar
6:00 PM

Create your own glowing fairy lights jar.  

Registration is required.  

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

 

 

 

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
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Canceled: Citizenship Test Review
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

No class this week.

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Writers Support Group
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

No reigstration required.

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

Draw, paint, and use your imagination to create your very own piece of art! Materials provided. No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Free Immigration Legal Clinic
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Register in person or by phone for a free 15 minute consultation with an immigration lawyer.

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Harry Potter Club (ages 5-12)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Do you love all things Harry Potter?  Join us each week to discuss the books, make crafts, play games, learn trivia and do other fun activities inspired by the series.  

Ages 5 - 12.  No registration required.  

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Princess in Black party, for ages 4-8 yrs old, with a caregiver
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

For ages 4-8 yrs old, with a caregiver.

Attention all princes and princesses!

Come dressed in your fanciest party clothes and join for a lovely party all about your favorite monster-fighting princess, Princess Magnolia!

We will have crafts, games, cupcakes and juice!

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

Space is very 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
Registration will begin on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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Yoga with Nila
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 13 spaces available.
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Booktalking: Adult Book Discussion Group
7:00 PM

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Mad Science presents: Spin, Pop, Boom!
7:00 PM

Suggested for ages 3 and up.
The Mad Scientist will use simple but exciting science experiments and demonstrations to involve the audience in the discovery process of science.
Included will be such experiments as the "Famous, Flaming Didgeridoo" and the "Fantastic Flying Foam Factory".
There will also be some audience participation.
Registration is required online starting Tuesday, July 18th.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Chess Club (Ages 7-14)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

You must know the basics of chess.

You must bring your own chess board.

Classes on July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8, and 15. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Canceled: Learning English with Victor
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

No class this week.

English as a Second Language class.

Please register in person or by telephone.

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Wednesday July 26, 2017
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Baby Time
10:00 AM

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

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

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

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

Play rhyming games! 

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Storytime
10:00 AM

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

Registration is required.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
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Internet 3
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Requires some Internet experience!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 11 spaces available.
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Craft stick picture frame
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

For children 5 -11 yrs, with a caregiver.

Come create a picture frame using craft sticks

Craft takes 15 minutes to complete.  No admittance after 12:45

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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Fitness for the Active Aging
10:30 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 16 spaces available.
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Morning Story Time with Miss Liz
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Little Explorers
11:00 AM

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

Registration is required.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
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Toddler Time
11:00 AM

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

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Kid Smart Self Defense
11:30 AM

Suggested for ages 3 and up.  Younger participants may need parental assistance.
Master Christopher Brooks from CMB Karate will teach about strange danger and some basic self-defense moves.
Registration is required online starting Wednesday, July 19th.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Movies for Adults -- Hacksaw Ridge
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

A conscientious objector serves in WWII as a medic, but refuses to take a life or even carry a gun. He is eventually awarded the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of 75 soldiers on the battlefields of Okinawa. Rated R, 138 minutes.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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STEAM Club (ages 6 - 10)
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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 6 - 10.  Registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Active Aging Fitness: Spring – Summer Series
3:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Hightstown Reaching Heights - Writing Group for Ages 10-12
3:00 PM

New Time: This program will begin at 3:00 pm. 

Children and tweens ages 10-12 will write and illustrate their own stories during this program led by a local Girl Scout volunteer. Each week will feature different activities.

Please note: snacks will be served at this program

No registration required. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Hightstown Reaching Heights - Writing Group for Ages 10-12
3:00 PM

New Time: This program will begin at 3:00 pm. 

Children and tweens ages 10-12 will write and illustrate their own stories during this program led by a local Girl Scout volunteer. Each week will feature different activities.

Please note: snacks will be served at this program

No registration required. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Word Basics
3:00 PM

Learn the basics of creating and formatting documents in Word.

Mouse and keyboard skills are essential.  

Registration is required. 

 

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 3 spaces available.
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Mug Cooking for Teens
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For Teens, Wednesday,

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 13 spaces available.
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Bollywood Dance for Kids
4:00 PM

Suggested for ages 5 and up.
On Wednesdays during the summer reading program.
Kids will learn the art of Bollywood Dance.
Registration is required online starting the previous Wednesday.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 20 spaces available.
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Origami Hour (ages 5-11)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Create origami crafts ever Wednesday this July.  Learn the art of paper folding and take home all your creations.  All materials provided!

Ages 5 - 11.  No registration required. See Youth Progam Policy.  

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Teen/tween craft
5:00 PM

Tie-dye your shirt! Please bring a cotton shirt to tie-dye & wear old clothes to dye in.

Registration is preferred.

For ages 10-17.

Registration is suggested.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 22 spaces available.
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Pokémon Club (ages 5-11)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Mehndi Tattoos for Teens
6:00 PM

 Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 20 spaces available.
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Robot Sleepover
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Ever wonder what happens in the library when the doors are locked? Children of all ages are invited to come and create a robot puppet.  After the program, the robots are invited to spend the night at the library. Children may pick up their robot friends starting at 9:30 am on July 27. Light snacks will be served. For children of all ages.

Online registration is required and will begin on July 10. Please register each child separately.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 5 spaces available.
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Movies for Adults -- Hacksaw Ridge
6:15 PM - 8:30 PM

A conscientious objector serves in WWII as a medic, but refuses to take a life or even carry a gun. He is eventually awarded the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of 75 soldiers on the battlefields of Okinawa. Rated R, 138 minutes.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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African-American Literature Club
6:30 PM

Join the African American Literature Reading Circle to discuss and celebrate popular books written by African Americans. At the July meeting, we will be discussing Salvage the Bones by Jasmin Ward. Refreshments served. Registration suggested.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Healthy Pet, Healthy You
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn how to protect yourself and your furry family members from diseases transferred from pets and 1st aid tips to help your sick pet until the veterinarian sees them. Presented by Dr. Beshoy Rafla from Cranbury Animal Hospital.

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

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
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Healthy Pet, Healthy You
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn how to protect yourself and your furry family members from diseases transferred from pets and 1st aid tips to help your sick pet until the veterinarian sees them. Presented by Dr. Beshoy Rafla from Cranbury Animal Hospital.

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

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Halloween Play Auditions (Ages 12-17)
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Youth Services Department of the West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library System will be holding open auditions for teens ages 12-17, as well as some adult roles, for our upcoming Halloween musical play, “The Secrets of Mercy.” The auditions will take place on Saturdays July 29th and August 5th from 2:30-4:30 pm, and Wednesdays July 26th and August 2nd from 6:30-8:30 pm. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. For singing roles there will be a a selection of well-known songs. Scripts will be available for inspection at the reference desk, or can be sent by e-mail.

Auditions will take place at the West Windsor Branch, 333 North Post Rd., Princeton Junction. Rehearsals will begin in early September. The performances will take place on October 27th to 29th. We also welcome help with makeup, costumes, choreography, and set construction. Please call director Michael Kerr at (609) 275-8901 or e-mail mkerr@mcl.org with any questions.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Build a Better World ~ Scavenger Hunt
7:00 PM

For children 5 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Do you enjoy a challenge?!  Join us for this year's Summer Reading Program Scavenger Hunt and put your detective reasoning skills to the test with all new clues! 

Bring your library card with you and plan to work in small groups as you investigate and hopefully solve our newest mystery!  Prizes!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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Computer Basics: Open Lab
7:00 PM

If you want to learn how to operate a computer or use certain programs, come to our open computer lab for a stress-free experience. You’ll be able to work on a computer at your own pace and ask any questions you may have. Librarian Andrew will be there to guide you and provide information. Registration required. 

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 2 spaces available.
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State Health Insurance Assistance Program: Information Session
7:00 PM

Join Cathy Forbes and learn about the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), a free statewide health benefits counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers. The SHIP program is administered by the New Jersey Department of Human Services with financial assistance through a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living. Registration required.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 50 spaces available.
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State Health Insurance Assistance Program: Information Session
7:00 PM

Join Cathy Forbes and learn about the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), a free statewide health benefits counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers. The SHIP program is administered by the New Jersey Department of Human Services with financial assistance through a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living. Registration required.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 50 spaces available.
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Teen Karaoke Night (Ages 12-17)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Enjoying singing along to your favorite tunes! 

Snacks and small prizes will be provided. 

Please register. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are many spaces available.
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Robot Sleepover
7:15 PM - 8:00 PM

Ever wonder what happens in the library when the doors are locked? Children of all ages are invited to come and create a robot puppet.  After the program, the robots are invited to spend the night at the library. Children may pick up their robot friends starting at 9:30 am on July 27. Light snacks will be served. For children of all ages.

Online registration is required and will begin on July 10. Please register each child separately.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 11 spaces available.
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Hickory Corner Book Discussion
7:30 PM

The group will be discussing Ways to Disappear by Ida Novey. No registration.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
9:50 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Hightstown Reaching Heights - Writing Group for Ages 7-9
10:00 AM

Children ages 7-9 will become authors and illustrators in this creative writing program! Each child will write and illustrate his/her own story throughout the program led by a volunteer Girl Scout. 

Each week will feature different activities.

Please note: Snacks will be served at this program.

No registration required. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Storytime
10:00 AM

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

Registration is required.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
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Excel 3
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Proficiency in Excel 1 & Excel 2 required!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There is 1 space available.
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Concert with Tot Tunes+
10:30 AM

Suggested for ages 12 months and up.
A unique mix of delightful sounds and lyrics to educate, entertain and engage kids and adults alike. 
TotTunes+ combines the talent and experience of two public school music educators skilled at captivating audiences.
Registration is required online starting Thursday, July 20th.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Mother Goose Activity Time
10:30 AM

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

No registration required.

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

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

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

No registration required.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Conversational ESL
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
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Romp & Stomp
11:00 AM

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

Online registration begins on July 10. Please register each child separately.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
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Scribble Time
11:00 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Storytime for ages 2-5
11:00 AM

Stories, games, songs, dance, and music.

For ages 2-5

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
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Little Scientists, for ages 2-5 yrs
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

For ages 2-5 years, with a caregiver.

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

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

This week’s theme is: 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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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Mammal Show with Eyes of the Wild ages 4-11yr.
12:00 PM

For ages 4-11 years with a caregiver.

Some animals that might be included in this program are: The groundhog, degu, alligator, corn snake, ferret, chinchilla, coatimundi and dove.

Join Eyes of the Wild and their amazing rescued animals for a discussion about a future that can and should include the beautiful creatures and habitats we share this world with.

The program will teach about issues mankind must overcome to provide that future, ways in which animals help build a better world and success stories of how we are working toward a future that can include every living thing.

Online registration with a valid MCLS library card is required, beginning at 7:00am on the day of the show.  Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 7:43 AM     
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Build a Better World Art Contest
2:00 PM

For children, tweens, & teens of all ages!

Mrs. Mehta & Mrs. Poonam will help participants create a work of art inspired by this year’s summer reading theme “Build a Better World.”

All craft materials will be provided by the library.

Art work will then be entered into the Hightstown Memorial Library Art Contest & winners will be announced at the End of Summer Reading Party on Thursday, August 3.

No registration required.

 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Build a Better World Art Contest
2:00 PM

For children, tweens, & teens of all ages!

Mrs. Mehta & Mrs. Poonam will help participants create a work of art inspired by this year’s summer reading theme “Build a Better World.”

All craft materials will be provided by the library.

Art work will then be entered into the Hightstown Memorial Library Art Contest & winners will be announced at the End of Summer Reading Party on Thursday, August 3.

No registration required.

 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Teen and Tween Yoga
2:00 PM

Join us for Yoga and mindfulness for ages 9 to 18 years old every Thursday during the summer reading program.
Beginners welcome
Mats are provided.
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.
Registration is required online starting the previous Thursday.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Afternoon Adventures (grades K - 2)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join our weekly book club!  Each week we'll read books by a new author and then do some related activities.  

Grades K - 2.  No registration required.  

 

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Family Movie: Monster Trucks
2:30 PM

Family Movie: Monster Trucks. Rated: PG. Runtime: 104 minutes. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Pool Noodle Craft
3:00 PM

  For ages 5-11.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 47 spaces available.
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Shine Arts for Ages 8-14
3:00 PM

Children & teens ages 8-14 can create masterpieces of art and original projects with local art instructors, Mrs. Mehta & Mrs. Poonam.

Each week will feature a different project or activity.

Online registration is required beginning July 17. 

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Shine Arts for Ages 8-14
3:00 PM

Children & teens ages 8-14 can create masterpieces of art and original projects with local art instructors, Mrs. Mehta & Mrs. Poonam.

Each week will feature a different project or activity.

Online registration is required beginning July 17. 

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Family Science Fun
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

For ages 6-12.

 

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
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Intro to Programming in Java (Ages 12-14)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kids will learn the fundamentals of computer science and will be introduced to Java syntax. Through this course, the concepts of object-oriented programming as well as decision structures will be explored. Kids must bring their own laptop, and be ready for a challenge.

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all classes as they build up from what was taught previously.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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DIY Swirly Marbleized Boxes, for ages 9-13 years
4:00 PM

For young adults ages 9-13 years.

In honor of this year's Summer Reading theme, "Build a Better World"...

Build a better… decorative box!  Use nail polish to create a unique marbleized design on a wooden pencil holder or keepsake box. 

Online registration is required. Registration opens the morning of the program at 7a.m.  Preference at the door will be given to patrons who have registered with a valid MCLS library card. Please register each child separately.  Space is limited.  Your spot may be given to another if you are late.  Younger/older siblings will not be permitted except as observers with parent supervision.  Please phone us at 989-6921 if you will not be able to attend.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog
4:00 PM

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 3 spaces available.
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Tinker Time
4:00 PM

Suggested for ages 4 and up.
Unstructured play time with building toys such as Legos and Fiddlestix.
No registration required.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Slime Time (Ages 8-11)
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Create and experiment with making different kinds of slime! 

Please Register. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
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Bricks 4 Kidz
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Bricks 4 Kidz: This is a hands-on class where students will build a project out of LEGO bricks using one of a kind model plans designed by Bricks 4 Kidz.  

For children entering grades 3, 4 and 5.  Space is limited. Registration is required.  Caretakers are required to stay in the library during the program.   

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Movie: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
5:00 PM

A group bands together to steal the plans to the “Death Star,” rising up against the growing authoritarian regime.

 Rated PG-13.  Running time:  133 minutes.  

Registration preferred.  

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

 

 

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 20 spaces available.
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Teen Art Class (Ages 12-17)
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

Join local artist, Mrs. Mehta and Poonam Sing, as they teach art techniques for the budding teen artist!

Registration required. 

Materials provided. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 13 spaces available.
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Blockbuster Encore: La La Land (2016)
6:00 PM

Winner of 6 Academy Awards® including Best Director for writer/director Damien Chazelle, and winner of a record-breaking 7 Golden Globe® Awards. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams — and finding each other — in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love. 128 min. PG-13. Registration is suggested. 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Thursday Evening at the Movies for ages 18 and up at 6:30 p.m.
6:30 PM

Passengers (2016, PG-13), with Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt and Michael Sheen. A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early. Runtime: 116 min.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Yikes! What's Happening to my Body? A Puberty Talk for BOYS
6:30 PM

Designed for boys between the ages of 9 and 12 years, this program will address the physical, intellectual  and emotional changes your child will experience as he enters his teenage years.

Bring your child and join us for an informative and relaxed look at growing up, led by Lisa Mathiasen, RN, a Health Educator with Princeton Healthcare System.

Online registration with a valid MCLS Library card is required, beginning at 7:00am on the day of the program. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.   Register only the child, but an adult caregiver should accompany him.

In rooms 1&2.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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CANCELLED Kids in the Kitchen (Ages 7-11)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

 

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  WE ARE SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.

Kids will learn about the importance of healthy eating and learn to make nutritious recipes. 

Registration required. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all 6 classes, every Thursday from July 20th to August 24th. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Everyday English
7:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
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Story Stretchers
7:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Teen Night - Hard-WEAR
7:00 PM

Turn washers into keychains, pendants and bracelets! Ages 11 and up.  Register online starting July 10.

Please register each teen separately.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 7 spaces available.
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The House on Main Street
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Jim Merritt, resident on North Main Street in Pennington since 1975, recently produced a history of his Pennington house, built ca. 1878. His talk will focus on his research, which included title searches in the Mercer County Clerk’s Office, finding and interviewing past residents of the house or their descendants, and searching online sources, particularly Ancestry.com. From start to finish the project took about three months and resulted in a 32-page booklet of text, maps, and photos. Merritt is a retired editor and writer who worked at Princeton University for 24 years, the last 10 as editor of its alumni magazine.

Co-coordinated with the Hopewell Valley Historical Society

Registration suggested

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Big Building Block free play time for 2-9 years
9:35 AM - 3:00 PM

From 9:35am to 3pm, sharp. Ages 2-9 years with a caregiver to supervise. 


Oversized plastic building blocks will be out for kids to play with in cooperation with others who are present.  Children may need to take turns. Please limit your time if others are waiting.   Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. Set includes 384 pieces. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Preschool Storytime
10:00 AM

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

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

Adult must remain in the program.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Chair Yoga
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Gentle chair yoga for seniors.

Registration is not required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Model Airplane Build
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

For ages 8 to 13.
Discover the magic of model building by assembling a model airplane kit with Tim Lingle, the Founder and Director of Young Model Builders of America.
Spots are limited for this program. 

If you attended the session Friday, July 21st, you may not attend this session as well.
Registration is required online starting Friday, July 21st.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Registration will begin on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Creation Station and Open Play
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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John Carlson Magic Show (Ages 3 & up)
10:30 AM

Join magician John Carlson for a special magic show featuring ventriloquism and a live bunny!

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Toddler Tunes
10:30 AM

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

Online registration begins on July 10. Please register each child separately.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 25 spaces available.
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Baby & Toddler Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

For ages birth–2.5 years & a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome.

No registration necessary. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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STEAM Club Jr. (ages 2 - 5 years)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Children will explore a topic and have hands-on opportunities to learn, explore, and invent through play-to-learn stations related to the week's theme.  Dress to mess. Space is limited.  

Ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.  Registration required.  

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Friday Morning Bookies: The Light between Oceans, by M. L. Stedman
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Adult Program

After the horror of World War I, Tom Sherbourne welcomes his new job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, an isolated island with no residents aside from him and his wife Isabel. But times on the island are tough for Isabel as she suffers multiple miscarriages and a stillbirth in just four years’ time. When a boat with a dead man and a young baby washes ashore, Isabel convinces Tom to let her keep the baby as their own, but the consequences to her actions may be dire.

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

 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 25 spaces available.
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Family Movie: Brave
11:00 AM

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

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

For all ages.

 

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 29 spaces available.
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Play dough creations/ lego story time
11:00 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Special Screening: Life (2017, R)
1:00 PM

With Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds. A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth. Runtime: 104 min.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Relaxing Art Friday
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Fun and Games (ages 11 and under; adult supervision required)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Make a craft and/or play a game at the library!  Bring your friends!  Ages 11 and under.

No registration necessary.  Adult supervision required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Movie:Before I Fall
2:00 PM

(2017) (Zoey Deutch). PG-13; 98 minutes

 
 After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. And as she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, before she runs out of time for good. No registration. 
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Word 3
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

Take Word 1 & Word 2 first!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 6 spaces available.
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Duct Tape Craft
3:00 PM

 For ages 10-17.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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

Cool off at the library with a special craft!

Registration required. Registration begins one week before program. 

*If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will have to forfeit your craft*

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Draw It! Figures in Action for Ages 9-14
3:30 PM

Tweens & Teens ages 9-14 are invited to learn drawing skills from a local teen artist. Participants will learn how to draw realistics figures and superheroes in action poses.

No registration required. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Draw It! Figures in Action for Ages 9-14
3:30 PM

Tweens & Teens ages 9-14 are invited to learn drawing skills from a local teen artist. Participants will learn how to draw realistics figures and superheroes in action poses.

No registration required. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Tween Craft (Ages 9-11)
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Cool off at the library with a special craft!

Registration required. Registration begins one week before program. 

*If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will have to forfeit your craft*

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Saturday July 29, 2017
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Guided Meditation
10:00 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 19 spaces available.
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Rhymes & Play (ages birth - 5 years; adult supervision required)
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

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

No registration necessary.  Adult supervision required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Drum Circle
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Adult Program

Drum Circle is back!!!

Treat yourself to a fun-filled hour of hand drumming. We will explore rhythms from Africa and beyond using djembes, congas, bongos, bells, blocks, and various shakers. Beginners are welcome. Bring a hand drum or percussion if you can; there will be a limited number of drums to loan out.

This is an adult program; children are welcome to accompany their parents.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 35 spaces available.
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Wii Sports
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Play Wii Sports.  
Ages 6 to 12.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 13 spaces available.
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Clase de la Computadora
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Clase de correo electrónico y navegación por Internet. Registrarse, por favor.

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Family Fun Time
10:30 AM

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

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Pajama story-time, for ages 2 to 5 years old
11:00 AM

For children ages 2 to 5 years, with a caregiver.

Wear your pajamas for this special story-time!  Join us for fun stories and songs.

Story-time will be followed by a craft.

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
Registration will begin on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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Pokémon Club (ages 5-11)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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
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Drama Fun with Odd Act Theatre Group for ages 6-11
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join Odd Act Theater Group for this fun with drama Class for ages 6-11

Students will play fun Theater games, do improv and act in short scenes There will be a short performance for friends and family at the end of the class .

Registration is required.

 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Quiet play
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Halloween Play Auditions (Ages 12-17)
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The Youth Services Department of the West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library System will be holding open auditions for teens ages 12-17, as well as some adult roles, for our upcoming Halloween musical play, “The Secrets of Mercy.” The auditions will take place on Saturdays July 29th and August 5th from 2:30-4:30 pm, and Wednesdays July 26th and August 2nd from 6:30-8:30 pm. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. For singing roles there will be a a selection of well-known songs. Scripts will be available for inspection at the reference desk, or can be sent by e-mail.

Auditions will take place at the West Windsor Branch, 333 North Post Rd., Princeton Junction. Rehearsals will begin in early September. The performances will take place on October 27th to 29th. We also welcome help with makeup, costumes, choreography, and set construction. Please call director Michael Kerr at (609) 275-8901 or e-mail mkerr@mcl.org with any questions.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Anime Aficionados -- RESCHEDULED
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us as we watch the first three episodes of the mecha, adventure series, Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 No registration necessary.

Plot Summary: Tokyo’s workforce is riddled with robots that tend to go on destructive killing sprees. Four young women gear up in cybernetic suits to battle an evil corporation’s bionic pawns while its grip on the city threatens to strangle humanity. In order to shut down an android uprising, these heavy metal heroines flirt with a critical meltdown in an adrenaline-fueled death match between woman and machine! (Source: Anime News Network)

Please Note: Anime will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Films are for an adult and older teen audience and may include adult (rating of 17+) content.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
9:50 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Gardening Guild
10:00 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 50 spaces available.
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Toddler STEM
10:00 AM

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

Science and math for toddlers!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Presley & Melody's Interactive Musical (For all ages with adult supervision)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Presley and Melody Interactive Musical: Build a Better World!  This lively musical production will inspire everyone to be a winner and read!  Children become stars on stage as they engage with a wide assortment of props.  Get set for a captiviating concert experience.  

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

 

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Baby Toy Time
10:30 AM

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

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
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Sing Along Pete (For All Ages)
10:30 AM

Sing along Sing Along Pete! Enjoy classic and original tunes!

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Storytime for ages 2-5
10:30 AM

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

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Preschool Art Class with Mrs. Mehta (Ages 2-6)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

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

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association

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

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

Learn songs and rhymes!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Paint a Decorative Mandala
12:30 PM

For children 5 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Design & paint your own mandala! 

With the rich tradition of mandalas as inspiration, we will design our own mandalas with black ink & then paint them with brightly colored watercolors or colorful markers.

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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Lunch Time Meditation
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

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

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

No registration required.

 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Movies on Monday -- The Blind Side
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Michael Oher is a homeless African-American teenager who is from a broken home. Mike is taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher's presence in the Touhys' lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Living in his new environment, Mike faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome - as both a football player and student. Mike works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.

Rated PG-13; 128 minutes.

No registration necessary.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Children’s Movie Matinee, BFG
2:00 PM

PG: 117 minutes.

Starring: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Adam Godley, Michael Adamt,  It tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG, while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part.

Light Refreshments!

Sponsored by the friends of the Library. 

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Maker Mondays for Teens and Tweens: Build Your Own Pizza and Ice Cream Sundaes
2:00 PM

For ages 9 and up.
Each Monday during the summer reading program we will have a different maker program.
This Monday we will be wrapping our Maker Mondays by making our own english muffin pizzas and building our own ice cream sundaes.
Registration is required online starting the previous Monday.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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English as a Second Language Writing
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

No registration necessary.

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Maker Monday (Ages 12-17)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn and create fun DIY projects! 

Please register. All materials are provided. 

June 26th – Perler Beads

July 3rd – Bad Art Contest

July 10th – Mug Cakes

July 17th – Tie Dye Socks

July 24th – Gelli Printing

July 31st – Paper Circuits

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Open Craft: Paper Town
3:30 PM

For ages 4-11.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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
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LEGO Club (Ages 5-11)
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Kindergarten-6th Grade Tutoring
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

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
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Alphabet Time (Ages 3 & up)
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Explore a new letter each week! 

Listen to stories and do a craft based on a letter of the alphabet. 

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

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Monday Night Book Group: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

London, January 1946, emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. She finds it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb. As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.  

by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

 

Join us for our monthly meeting. Discuss the book and share your thoughts.  

Registration preferred.

 

 

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
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Yoga with Bob
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Adult Program

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 19 spaces available.
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Beginning Cross-stitch, for ages 7-10yrs
7:00 PM

For ages 7-10 yrs old.

Learn how to cross-stitch!  We will go over the basics and you’ll begin a simple, fun project.

No prior experience is necessary!

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
Registration will begin on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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Make a Lego Fidget Spinner
7:00 PM

Build your own fidget spinner that you can take home out of Lego parts.
For ages 5 and up.
Registration is required online starting Monday, July 24th.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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School-age storytime
7:00 PM

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children entering first grade and up. Please call to register.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
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Evening Book Group: Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Adult Program

Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening--until a band of gun-wielding terrorists breaks in through the air-conditioning vents and takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different countries and continents become compatriots. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion and cannot be stopped.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
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Yoga
7:30 PM

Sunita Yadav teaches this series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Water is provided. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and begins Monday, July 3, at 9:30 a.m. Class dates are: July 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14, 21Participants must register online for each individual class date. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 17 spaces available.
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Teen Take-out Craft
9:35 AM - 8:50 PM

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

containing supplies needed to make a fun Labor Day flag.

While supplies last.

One kit per teen, please.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
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Books & Babies for 6-23 months
9:50 AM

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

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

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

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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Storytime
10:00 AM

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

Registration is required.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
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A.M. English Conversation Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Babytime
10:30 AM

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

Online registration begins on July 10. Please register each child separately.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
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Little Learners: STEAM program for Pre-K
10:30 AM

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

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

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

Stories and crafts!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Morning Story Time with Miss Liz
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Storytime for ages 2-5
11:00 AM

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
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Create a...
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

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

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

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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SAT Practice Test presented by Princeton Review
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Princeton Review will offer a free SAT Practice Test for students who will be juniors or seniors in September.
Please bring several No. 2 pencils, a calculator, a small snack and water.
Arrive 15 minutes early because the test starts promptly at 12pm.
Registration is required online starting Monday, July 17th.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Design a Stained Glass Vase with Wildflowers
12:30 PM

For children 5 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Design your own stained glass vase with an easy technique using cut tissue paper and mod podge.

Then arrange a bouquet of local wildflowers to fill your work of art!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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Chess Club
2:00 PM

Suggested for ages 5 and up.
All levels welcome.  A teen volunteer will be available for instructional assistance.
Come play against fellow chess enthusiasts to sharpen your skills.
No registration required.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Family Science Fun
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

For ages 6-12.

 

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
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Science for Kids,
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 Ages 6-10! 

Fun experiments!

 Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Social Justice Series (High School Students)
4:30 PM

Students will be given publication, public speaking, teaching and leadership opportunites. 

Teacher and Facilitator: Ms. Beth Pandolpho, a West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North Language Arts Teacher

Please register. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are many spaces available.
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Science Storytime (Ages 4-6)
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Read, learn, and conduct a science experiment!

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Beginning Spanish Language Class
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Please register in person or by telephone.

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Summer Butterflies
6:00 PM

Make a glittery butterfly out of clothespins and coffee filters to hang as a decoration for summer. 

Registration is required.

 

 

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 6 spaces available.
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Citizenship Test Review
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Paper Circuit Science crafts, for ages 7-10yrs
6:30 PM

For children ages 7 to 10 years.

Create a paper circuit greeting card that lights up an LED light!  Art + Science = FUN!

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
Registration will begin on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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Art Explorers (Ages 6-11)
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Draw, paint, and use your imagination to create your very own piece of art! Materials provided. No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Yoga with Nila
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Common Application Workshop (For Rising Seniors Only)
7:00 PM

Get started on your Common Application with former college admission officer, Vince Valenzuela!

There are nearly 900 institutions that are supported by the Common Application. In the one hour workshop, you will complete the answers to the nearly 50 questions including: Profile, Family, Education, Testing, and Activities. Add up to (5) schools and answer their institution-specific questions. See if there are additional essays and short essays required by each of your five schools.

Please bring: a sheet of paper, an activities’ resume, parents’ info (college, work, etc.), testing (ACT, SAT) and your senior schedule. This workshop is meant for rising seniors ONLY. Students who have already started the Common Application should NOT attend this workshop. Space is extremely limited. Signups are on a first come, first served basis.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Current Events Discussion Club
7:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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PJ Storytime for ages 2-5
7:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Chess Club (Ages 7-14)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

 

You must know the basics of chess.

You must bring your own chess board.

Registration is weekly.

Classes on July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8, and 15. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Learning English with Victor
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

English as a Second Language class.

Please register in person or by telephone.

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Wednesday August 2, 2017
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Baby Time
10:00 AM

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

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

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

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

Play rhyming games! 

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Storytime
10:00 AM

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

Registration is required.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
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Mouse Basics
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Morning Story Time with Miss Liz
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

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

No registration is required.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Juggling Hoffmans Show 3-11 yr
11:00 AM

For ages 3-11 years, with a caregiver. 

The Juggling Hoffmans have been dazzling  audiences for over a decade.

Attention-grabbing tricks and silly stunts, as well as the use of audience volunteers will keep even  the most fidgety amused.

Registration is required, beginning at 7:00am on the day of the show. Those who have not registered may be permitted, as space permits. 

This program is Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library and is being held in celebration of the Friends of the Library's 25th year anniversary. 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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Little Explorers
11:00 AM

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

Registration is required.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
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Toddler Time
11:00 AM

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

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Paper Crafting Party for Adults
2:00 PM

Join Lonie Leong of Paper Creations to create a greeting card and matching gift tag of your choice. All supplies provided. Please register. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 13 spaces available.
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Summer Reading Party with The Juggling Hoffman's (Ages 3 and up)
2:00 PM

Enjoy a fun and entertaining performance by The Juggling Hoffmans! 

Tickets are required. Tickets will be given out the day of the program. Tickets will only be given out to those who have participated in the Summer Reading Program. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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PC Basics
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Active Aging Fitness: Spring – Summer Series
3:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Hightstown Reaching Heights - Writing Group for Ages 10-12
3:00 PM

Children and tweens ages 10-12 will write and illustrate their own stories during this program led by a local Girl Scout volunteer. Each week will feature different activities.

Please note: snacks will be served at this program

No registration required. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Hightstown Reaching Heights - Writing Group for Ages 10-12
3:00 PM

Children and tweens ages 10-12 will write and illustrate their own stories during this program led by a local Girl Scout volunteer. Each week will feature different activities.

Please note: snacks will be served at this program

No registration required. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Mug Cooking for Teens
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For Teens, Wednesday,

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Bollywood Dance for Kids
4:00 PM

Suggested for ages 5 and up.
On Wednesdays during the summer reading program.
Kids will learn the art of Bollywood Dance.
Registration is required online starting the previous Wednesday.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Common Application Workshop (For Rising Seniors Only)
4:00 PM

Get started on your Common Application with former college admission officer, Vince Valenzuela!

There are nearly 900 institutions that are supported by the Common Application. In the one hour workshop, you will complete the answers to the nearly 50 questions including: Profile, Family, Education, Testing, and Activities. Add up to (5) schools and answer their institution-specific questions. See if there are additional essays and short essays required by each of your five schools.

Please bring: a sheet of paper, an activities’ resume, parents’ info (college, work, etc.), testing (ACT, SAT) and your senior schedule. This workshop is meant for rising seniors ONLY. Students who have already started the Common Application should NOT attend this workshop. Space is extremely limited. Signups are on a first come, first served basis.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Social Justice Series (Middle School Students)
4:30 PM

Students will be given publication, public speaking, teaching, and leadership opportunities. 

Teachers and Facilitators: Ayesha Hamilton, West Windsor Councilwoman (8/2), Kani Ilangovan, MD (8/9 and 8/16), Beth Brasor, PHS History Teacher (8/23)

Please register. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are many spaces available.
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Game Night
5:00 PM

Play a variety of games with friends or family.


For all ages.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
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Philosophy of Karma Insight Session
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

What goes around comes around…Life is made up of action and reaction – nothing less. One of the most essential laws of the universe is the Law of Karma; for every action, there is a reaction of the same proportion as the original action.

Our universe is a hall of mirrors, each moment a reflection of an earlier scene or interaction. Which means, of course, that each moment is a unique opportunity to avoid doing anything that will bring us future pain and, instead, sow a seed that will bring us the sweetest of fruits. Our consciousness behind every action is creating our life and this understanding becomes an incentive to create pure and positive karma. You can draw the line of your destiny with the pen of your elevated actions.

Please join us as we explore the philosophy of karma.

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

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

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Philosophy of Karma Insight Session
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

What goes around comes around…Life is made up of action and reaction – nothing less. One of the most essential laws of the universe is the Law of Karma; for every action, there is a reaction of the same proportion as the original action.

Our universe is a hall of mirrors, each moment a reflection of an earlier scene or interaction. Which means, of course, that each moment is a unique opportunity to avoid doing anything that will bring us future pain and, instead, sow a seed that will bring us the sweetest of fruits. Our consciousness behind every action is creating our life and this understanding becomes an incentive to create pure and positive karma. You can draw the line of your destiny with the pen of your elevated actions.

Please join us as we explore the philosophy of karma.

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

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

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Halloween Play Auditions (Ages 12-17)
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Youth Services Department of the West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library System will be holding open auditions for teens ages 12-17, as well as some adult roles, for our upcoming Halloween musical play, “The Secrets of Mercy.” The auditions will take place on Saturdays July 29th and August 5th from 2:30-4:30 pm, and Wednesdays July 26th and August 2nd from 6:30-8:30 pm. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. For singing roles there will be a a selection of well-known songs. Scripts will be available for inspection at the reference desk, or can be sent by e-mail.

Auditions will take place at the West Windsor Branch, 333 North Post Rd., Princeton Junction. Rehearsals will begin in early September. The performances will take place on October 27th to 29th. We also welcome help with makeup, costumes, choreography, and set construction. Please call director Michael Kerr at (609) 275-8901 or e-mail mkerr@mcl.org with any questions.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Magician George Piegaro
7:00 PM

Be amazed by the magic of George Piegaro! For children ages 6 and up.

Online registration begins on July 10.   Please register each child separately.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 39 spaces available.
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Stress Relief with Acupuncture
7:00 PM

James Slaymaker, licensed acupuncturist, will discuss and provide a demo of auricular (ear) acupuncture, a treatment that has been utilized internationally as a relaxation protocol, stress reduction technique, addictions recovery tool, and in disaster relief efforts to provide balance and emotional well-being to people of all walks of life. Incorporating the 5 Element Theory of Oriental Medicine, up to 5 Acupuncture needles are inserted into one or both ears, and retained for 30 to 40 minutes. Registration required.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 46 spaces available.
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Stress Relief with Acupuncture
7:00 PM

James Slaymaker, licensed acupuncturist, will discuss and provide a demo of auricular (ear) acupuncture, a treatment that has been utilized internationally as a relaxation protocol, stress reduction technique, addictions recovery tool, and in disaster relief efforts to provide balance and emotional well-being to people of all walks of life. Incorporating the 5 Element Theory of Oriental Medicine, up to 5 Acupuncture needles are inserted into one or both ears, and retained for 30 to 40 minutes. Registration required.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 46 spaces available.
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Teens Make a Difference: Volunteer Workshops
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Volunteer Organization: Project Linus

Make no-sew blankets that will be donated to children in need. 

Please register. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are many spaces available.
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Anime Aficionados
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us and watch the first three episodes of the magical military, adventure series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, No registration necessary.

Plot Summary: Disregard for alchemy’s laws ripped half of Ed Elric’s limbs from his body and left Al’s soul clinging to a suit of armor. To restore what was lost, the brothers seek the Philosopher’s Stone. Enemies and allies – the corrupt military, the Homunculi, and foreign alchemists – will alter the Elric’s course, but their purpose will remain unchanged and their bond unbreakable (Source: Crunchyroll) 

Please Note: Anime will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Films are for an adult and older teen audience and may include adult (rating of 17+) content.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Thursday August 3, 2017
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Hightstown Reaching Heights - Writing Group for Ages 7-9
10:00 AM

Children ages 7-9 will become authors and illustrators in this creative writing program! Each child will write and illustrate his/her own story throughout the program led by a volunteer Girl Scout. 

Each week will feature different activities.

Please note: Snacks will be served at this program.

No registration required. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Storytime
10:00 AM

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

Registration is required.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
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Summer Reading Field Day
10:00 AM

Celebrate the end of summer reading at our field day with fun games and activities! Summer Reading participants will receive their certificates of achievement!

For ages 4+.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
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Internet 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Conversational ESL
10:30 AM

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

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
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Mother Goose Activity Time
10:30 AM

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

No registration required.

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Storytime for ages 2-5
10:30 AM

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

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

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

No registration required.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Imagination Stations: Doctor’s office, for ages 2-5yrs
11:00 AM

For ages 2-6 years old, with a caregiver.

Join us for a fun new program featuring one of your child’s favorite activities - PLAY!!!

We will start with a book or two, then children will get to explore and play at several different stations, while interacting and socializing with other children their age.

In this session children will get to be doctors for the day!  Kids can move at their own pace and revisit their favorite stations!

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
Registration will begin on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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Scribble Time
11:00 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Foreign Film: On Guard (Le Bossu) (1997, NR)
2:00 PM

With Daniel Auteuil, Fabrice Luchini and Vincent Perez. Join us for the 20th anniversary of one of the best swashbuckler films in recent times. Le Bossu is a BAFTA nominated film. It takes the cavalier Lagardr?e sixteen years to avenge his friend the Duke of Nevers, who was assassinated by the infamous Gonzag, who would later become the king of Paris finance in the sumptuous days of the Regency.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Teen and Tween Yoga
2:00 PM

Join us for Yoga and mindfulness for ages 9 to 18 years old every Thursday during the summer reading program.
Beginners welcome
Mats are provided.
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.
Registration is required online starting the previous Thursday.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Open Lab
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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End of Summer Reading Program Party
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For children & teens of all ages.

Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program by making slime & crafts with Mrs. Mehta & Mrs. Poonam,  learning hula hoop tricks from Twirling Arcade, and enjoying Rita's water ice. 

Drop in any time between 2 to 4 pm to enjoy the activities. 

Online registration required beginning July 24.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 12:00 AM     
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End of Summer Reading Program Party
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For children & teens of all ages.

Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program by making slime & crafts with Mrs. Mehta & Mrs. Poonam,  learning hula hoop tricks from Twirling Arcade, and enjoying Rita's water ice. 

Drop in any time between 2 to 4 pm to enjoy the activities. 

Online registration required beginning July 24.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 12:00 AM     
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Tinker Time
4:00 PM

Suggested for ages 4 and up.
Unstructured play time with building toys such as Legos and Fiddlestix.
No registration required.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Social Justice Series (For Families)
4:30 PM

Social Justice Education film screenings and conversations for families. 

Please register. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are many spaces available.
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Tween End of Summer Reading Party (Ages 9-11)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with games, treats, crafts and prizes! 

Tickets are required. Tickets will be given out the day of the program. Tickets will only be given out to those who have participated in the Summer Reading Program. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Foreign and Independent Films at Your Library: The Ardennes (Belgium, 2015)
6:30 PM

A home invasion by two brothers goes hopelessly wrong, and one of them goes to prison. Four years later, his brother tries to help him get his life back on track. Flemish & French with English subtitles. 93 min. Not rated, contains adult themes and graphic content. Registration is suggested. 

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Thursday Evening at the Movies for ages 18 and up at 6:30 p.m.
6:30 PM

The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017, PG-13), with Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh and Daniel Brühl. The Zookeeper's Wife, based on the book by Diane Ackerman, tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion. Runtime: 127 min.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Design Symmetry Pattern Art with Neon Foam Shapes!
7:00 PM

For children 6 - 11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Radial symmetry is a fancy name for the symmetrical pattern of a stained glass window or a kaleidoscope.

Using these classic patterns as inspiration, design your own symmetrical pattern on a black background using brightly colored neon foam shapes in a whole variety of shapes and sizes.

You are sure to create your own beautiful radial symmetry work of art!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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End of Summer Reading Party with The Juggling Hoffmans
7:00 PM

Suggested for ages 3 and up.
Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with a fun-filled performance by The Juggling Hoffmans.
This dynamic duo entertains the audience with a combination of juggling tricks and laugh-out-loud humor.
There will be a special treat following the performance.
Registration is required online starting Thursday, July 27th.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Everyday English
7:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
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Teen Night - DIY Beach Painting
7:00 PM

Come paint beach related scenes on a variety of materials! Ages 11 and up. Register online starting July 10.

Please register each teen separately.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
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Bollywood Workout
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program

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

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Résumé Review
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program

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

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Friday August 4, 2017
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Preschool Storytime
10:00 AM

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

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

Adult must remain in the program.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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End of SRP Party w/Balloon Artist (All ages - with caregivers)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Celebrate the end of our Summer Reading Program with a party!  We will have a balloon artist, games and a snack to celebrate our summer of reading!

All ages welcome.  Adult supervision required.  

 

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Creation Station and Open Play
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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American Girl Tea Party
10:30 AM

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 begins on July 10.  Please register each child separately.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 5 spaces available.
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Concert with mr. RAY
10:30 AM

Suggested for ages 12 months and up.
We will wrap up our Summer Reading Program concert series with a performance by mr. RAY!
He will play a mix of his catchy orginal songs including ROY G BIV and classic songs that kids love!
Registration is required online starting Thursday, July 27th.

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

For children ages, 3-6.

An introduction to mediation and energy centers in the body.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Baby & Toddler Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

For ages birth–2.5 years & a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome.

No registration necessary. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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End of Summer Reading Party for Babies with Pat McKinley for all ages
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Enjoy a short craft at the end of the concert. 

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
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Family Movie: The Lego Movie
11:00 AM

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

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

For all ages.

 

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

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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American Girl Tea Party
2:00 PM

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 begins on July 10.  Please register each child separately.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 3 spaces available.
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Movie: The Whole Truth
2:00 PM

Defense attorney Richard Ramsay takes on a personal case when he swears to his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter that he will keep her son Mike out of prison. Charged with murdering his father, Mike initially confesses to the crime. But as the trial proceeds, chilling evidence about the kind of man that Boone Lassiter really was comes to light. While Ramsay uses the evidence to get his client acquitted, his new colleague Janelle tries to dig deeper. Stars Keanu Reeves and Renee Zellweger. 

Rated R. 93 minutes. No registration.
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Knit & Crochet Circle
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Adult Program

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Meditation Circle
2:30 PM

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

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

Cool off at the library with a special craft!

Registration required. Registration begins one week before program. 

*If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will have to forfeit your craft*

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Posture Exercises
3:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Tween Craft (Ages 9-11)
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Cool off at the library with a special craft!

Registration required. Registration begins one week before program. 

*If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will have to forfeit your craft*

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Drum Circle: Summer Series
4:30 PM

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Saturday August 5, 2017
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Guided Meditation
10:00 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 20 spaces available.
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Saturday Morning Wii Bowling
10:00 AM

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Drum Circle
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Adult Program

Drum Circle is back!!!

Treat yourself to a fun-filled hour of hand drumming. We will explore rhythms from Africa and beyond using djembes, congas, bongos, bells, blocks, and various shakers. Beginners are welcome. Bring a hand drum or percussion if you can; there will be a limited number of drums to loan out.

This is an adult program; children are welcome to accompany their parents, but they may not come without a parent.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Learn Crochet!
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This introductory class by instructor Anastasia Popova will get you well on your way to making warm & cozy things for you and others. All materials will be provided.

Open to adults and teens ages 14 & up!

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

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
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Family Fun Time
10:30 AM

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

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Star Wars Party, for children and their families
1:00 PM

For children and their families.

Calling all potential Jedi Masters!  Join us for a fun party featuring our favorite galaxy far, far away!

Come dressed in your favorite Star Wars costume or shirt.  Pick up your training card and participate in our Jedi training stations including…

-Design your lightsaber

-Train your brain

-Test your agility

-I spy with my Jedi eye scavenger hunt

-And more!

Complete all the challenges and receive a certificate and prize!  Visit the Cantina for cake and refreshments.

May the force be with you!

Registration is required starting at 7am on August 1st and will end on August 5th at 10am.  All children must be registered, separately, in order to ensure enough supplies.  Please make sure children's names are spelling correctly in the registration form.  Please e-mail Miss. Lauren with any questions at lmangene@mcl.org.

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
Registration will begin on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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Hidden Treasures of the Lawrence Library Walking Tour
2:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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LEGO Club (Ages 5-11)
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Halloween Play Auditions (Ages 12-17)
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The Youth Services Department of the West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library System will be holding open auditions for teens ages 12-17, as well as some adult roles, for our upcoming Halloween musical play, “The Secrets of Mercy.” The auditions will take place on Saturdays July 29th and August 5th from 2:30-4:30 pm, and Wednesdays July 26th and August 2nd from 6:30-8:30 pm. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. For singing roles there will be a a selection of well-known songs. Scripts will be available for inspection at the reference desk, or can be sent by e-mail.

Auditions will take place at the West Windsor Branch, 333 North Post Rd., Princeton Junction. Rehearsals will begin in early September. The performances will take place on October 27th to 29th. We also welcome help with makeup, costumes, choreography, and set construction. Please call director Michael Kerr at (609) 275-8901 or e-mail mkerr@mcl.org with any questions.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Monday August 7, 2017
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
9:50 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
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Toddler STEM
10:00 AM

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

Science and math for toddlers!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Résumé Review
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Adult Program

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

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Storytime for ages 2-5
10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

No registration is required.

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

 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Happy Two’s Activity Time
11:00 AM

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

Learn songs and rhymes!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
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Movies on Monday - Live by Night
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

It's the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition hasn't stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough nerve, and Joe Coughlin, the son of the Boston Police superintendent, long ago turned his back on his strict upbringing for the spoils of being an outlaw. But even among criminals there are rules, and Joe breaks a big one: crossing a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll.

Rated R; 129 minutes

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Cards & Games
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Adult Program

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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English as a Second Language Writing
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

No registration necessary.

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
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Word 1
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

 

 


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM     
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Read to Bessie the Therapy Dog
4:30 PM

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

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

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Tween Knitting (Ages 9-11)
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
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Kindergarten-6th Grade Tutoring
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

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
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Excel Basics
6:00 PM

Learn how to input data and format spreadsheets for everyday tasks such as budgets,

invoices, and contact lists. Mouse and keyboard skills are essential. 

Advance registration is required. 

 

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 2 spaces available.
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Reiki Guided Meditation
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a combination of two Japanese words: "rei" ("universal life energy”) and "ki" ("life force"). Reiki addresses physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances. Mary Ryan, who will be leading the program, is a Reiki Master. Registration is required.

Participants must register for each individual class.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
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Macaroni Mosaics, for ages 3-7yrs
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

For ages 3-7 years, with a caregiver.

Drop in anytime between 6:30pm and 8pm and create art with colorful pasta!  Make a symmetrical mandala or make a random creation!

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
Registration will begin on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7:00 AM     
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Books and Bricks (formerly Preschool Bricks 4 Kidz)
7:00 PM

This is a hands-on class where children will listen to a story followed by a guided build with LEGO® DUPLO® bricks.
Suggested for ages 2-5.
Registration is required online starting Monday, July 31st.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
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Heartfulness Meditation
7:00 PM

Practical sessions on Heartfulness Meditation with Yogic Transmission. Experience simple yet effective guided relaxation and meditation techniques. Reduce stress, calm your mind and improve the quality of your life. First of three workshops. 

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 19 spaces available.
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