List of Events

  

Sunday May 19, 2019
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm
12:35 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Leaders of Tomorrow: Leadership and Public Speaking for Youth
1:00 PM

Suggested for students in 5th-8th grade. 

In this program your child will enhance his or her public speaking skills as well as their skills in impromptu speaking.

We will take a look at several well-known speakers and their tactics of public speaking.

Leadership skills and public speaking starts at a young age. If your child wants to make a difference in the world, this program will help them with their preliminary steps.

This program will be led by Drishti Devnani, a junior at West Windsor -Plainsboro High School South, working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. She is a debater, an officer for Model United Nations and serves on her class council. She plans to implement the skills she has gained as a leader throughout her high school career.

No registration required.

 

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Paper Weaving ~ Sunday Surprise Craft!
1:00 PM

Ages 4-11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Use this easy to follow technique to weave colorful paper patterns!

We’ll provide the templates, with x’s marking the spots where you will weave the weft strips of colorful paper over and under the blank squares.

Voila! You’re weaving!

Drop in anytime between 1pm and 4pm.

Clean up will begin at 4pm.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Quiet play
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.

Clean up will begin at 4:00

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Coding for the Web (Ages 10-12)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Want to learn how to code in HTML and CSS? Join us as we use Mozilla Thimble to learn the basics of coding for the web. At the end of this session, you will be able to create your own webpage and also start to incorporate CSS into it and will develop your passion for programming. 

Registration required. Once registered, students will be signed up for all classes (5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16).

Students must bring their own laptop to classes. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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CANCELLED Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Photo Workshop
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Adult Program

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the West Windsor Library’s Annual Amateur Photo Contest, the Library is pleased to present an exciting Photo Workshop conducted by accomplished photographer, Dave Burwell. In this two-hour workshop Dave will share tips and tools to create beautiful photographs. Dave will also answer questions you might have on the art and techniques of digital photography. More information about the artist can be found on https://www.daveburwell.com . Please bring your camera or smartphone with you. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Movie: Boy Erased
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Adult Program                             

 2019; rated R; 115 minutes

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. 

Registration begins on April 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 29 spaces available.
 
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Board Games,
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

For children ages 5-11

 

 

 

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

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

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Intro to Programming in Java (Grades 6-8)
3:30 PM - 4:30 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/Mac or Windows, no Chromebook, and be ready for a challenge. 

Registration required.  Once registered, you will be signed up for all ten classes (3/3, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19). 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Monday May 20, 2019
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1000 Books Before Kindergarten
9:35 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Teen and Tween Take-Home Craft: Paper Clip Daisies
9:35 AM

For ages 9 and up.

Ask at the reference desk for you craft kit starting Wednesday, May 1st.

The number of kits is limted and are given out on a first come, first serve basis.

Instructions and most supplies are included.

 
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Summer Reading Program Volunteers
9:45 AM

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

Wednesday, June 5, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 12, 7 p.m.

 Thursday, June 13, 7 p.m.

 Thursday, June 20, 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 22, 2 p.m.

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Take Home Craft:- Paper Flowers
9:45 AM

For All Ages!

Instructions are included

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Morning Book Club: The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah
10:00 AM

Set in 1974 Alaska, this sweeping tale follows a girl coping with the dangers of domestic violence. Though ill-prepared for the extreme and harsh conditions, 13-year-old Leni and her parents, Ernt and Cora, have to learn how to survive in the unforgiving wild of their new home on the Kenai Peninsula. With the help of the small-knit community of endearing fellow homesteaders, the Allbrights manage to just barely stay afloat. But Ernt, who has never recovered from the trauma of fighting in the Vietnam War, struggles with the isolation and the interminably dark days of winter. Registration is suggested.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
10:00 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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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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Internet 2
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Learn valuable search techniques and get tips on evaluating websites.  Requires some Internet experience!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Happy Two’s Activity
10:30 AM

For children, age 2 years (with adult)

 Learn songs and rhymes!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
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.  

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Sing-Along with Kim Yarson (Ages 0-5)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited to sing along with local musician, Kim Yarson, as she plays original and classic children's songs with her acoustic guitar!

Ideal for children ages 0-5 and their caregiviers. 

Online registration suggested but not required.

Sponsored by Hightstown Library Association.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Sing-Along with Kim Yarson (Ages 0-5)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited to sing along with local musician, Kim Yarson, as she plays original and classic children's songs with her acoustic guitar!

Ideal for children ages 0-5 and their caregiviers. 

Online registration suggested but not required.

Sponsored by Hightstown Library Association.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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ABC Toys
11:00 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Baby & Toddler Dance Party, for ages 0-3 years
11:30 AM

Inviting all babies and toddlers to our weekly dance party!  Shake, shimmy, and slide with us as we dance our way through a playlist of fun, up-beat songs.  We'll wave scarves, play instruments, shake shaky eggs, and use other props for even more fun!  For caregivers with a baby, feel free to bring your own baby carrier (wrap, ring sling, pouch sling, meh dai, or buckle/soft structured carrier), and make sure you and baby are comfortable using it before attending.

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

Recommended for ages 6months - 3yrs.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Lunch Time Guided Meditation
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour.

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

Facilitated by library staff member, Leena, a 11 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration necessary.

 

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
1:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Adult English Learners Writing Class
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.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Nonfiction Book Club
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Adult Program  

Bury My Heat at Wounded Knee, by Dee Alexander Brown.

Registration begins on April 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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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, improve your typing skills by practicing keyboarding, set up a new email account, or bring a project of your own. An instructor will be available to help you. You must register.

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Mailbox Activity Station, K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

For children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

Drop in any time between 3-5pm, and visit our Mailbox Activity Station!  Write a postcard to your friendly librarian (or anyone you know), then decorate it with markers, rubber stamps, and stickers!  Add a diy stamp and place it in our toy mailbox. “Mail” will be collected at 5pm and displayed in the Children’s Department.  Each week will have a different writing prompt to get you started, but you can write about whatever you'd like.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence 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.

Ages 3 - 8 with a caregiver.  No registration required.

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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ArtsForm
4:30 PM

ArtsForm will be offering a free hour-long acting class to children in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. Come and enjoy improv games, acting activities, and a lot of fun. The classes will be led by ArtsForm’s Acting Teacher, Tim Moran.

Online registration begins on May 6. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 17 spaces available.
 
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Read to the Therapy Dog
4:30 PM

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

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

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner 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.

CONTACT:    609-448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Book Club:Merci Suarez Changes Gears” by Meg Medina
4:40 PM

For children in grades 3 and up

"Merci Suarez Changes Gears” by Meg Medina will be discussed.

Light Refreshments! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Book Club:Merci Suarez Changes Gears” by Meg Medina
4:40 PM

For children in grades 3 and up

<p>. “Merci Suarez Changes Gears” by Meg Medina will be discussed.<p> Light Refreshments!  <p>Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 20 spaces available.
 
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Messy Club (Ages 4 & up)
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Do you like getting messy? Join the messy club! Each week we will create messy crafts and have fun with messy experiments!

No registration required. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Art Adventures, for ages 2yr+ with a caregiver
6:30 PM

For ages 2yrs and up, with a caregiver.

Art Adventures is back!  Join us for a fun monthly program for toddlers, preschoolers (and older!).  Each month, children will get to explore their creativity with a hands-on, open-ended art project using a variety of paints, markers, crayons, glue, and more!  No two masterpieces will look the same and children may work at their own pace (projects make take 10 – 30 minutes depending on the child).

May's Project is: Paper plate peacock!

Let your child’s imagination soar (and most importantly, have fun!)

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Art Adventures, for ages 2yr+ with a caregiver
6:30 PM

For ages 2yrs and up, with a caregiver.

Art Adventures is back!  Join us for a fun monthly program for toddlers, preschoolers (and older!).  Each month, children will get to explore their creativity with a hands-on, open-ended art project using a variety of paints, markers, crayons, glue, and more!  No two masterpieces will look the same and children may work at their own pace (projects make take 10 – 30 minutes depending on the child).

June's project is:  watercolor marker painting!

Let your child’s imagination soar (and most importantly, have fun!)

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Book Group: The Honest Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves
6:30 PM

The Honest Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves by Dan Ariely
This groundbreaking look at the way we behave examines the contradictory

forces that drive us to cheat and keep us honest.

Join us as we explore a nonfiction title each month.  

All are welcome. 

CONTACT:  Staff:   609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Hitchcock Film Series
6:30 PM

The Trouble with Harry (1955, PG, 99 min.), with John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine and Edmund Gwenn. The trouble with Harry is that he's dead, and everyone seems to have a different idea of what should be done with his body.

LOCATION: Ewing 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. Theme is the same as Storytime.

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Better Read Book Club
7:00 PM

Join us for the "Better Read" book club for adults at the Hollowbrook Library  

This month we are reading "My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante.  Copies of the book are available in the library.

Refreshments will be served.

For ages 15 and up.

Registration is suggested but not required.

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford  609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 25 spaces available.
 
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Kids' Public Speaking (Ages 8-12)
7:00 PM

Children ages 8-12 will learn the fundamentals of public speaking through fun activities led by teen volunteer instructor, Palak Mehta.

No registration required.

Parent/guardian must remain in the library will child attends the program. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Kids' Public Speaking (Ages 8-12)
7:00 PM

Children ages 8-12 will learn the fundamentals of public speaking through fun activities led by teen volunteer instructor, Palak Mehta.

No registration required.

Parent/guardian must remain in the library will child attends the program. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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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.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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School-age STEAM
7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Chess Club (Ages 8 & up)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn to play chess!

Students with no experience are recommended to attend the Monday classes. 

No registration required. Class is open to the first 20 students.  

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Mystery Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program  

IQ, by Joe Ide.

Registration begins on April 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Guided Meditation
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mira Desai teaches guided meditation series during the winter. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, and if you'd like, bring a towel or yoga mat.

No registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell 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, April 22, at 9:30 am. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Class dates are: May 6, 13, 20 & June 3, 10, 17. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 18 spaces available.
Tuesday May 21, 2019
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
10:00 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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A Day in the Life of a State Trooper
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us as we learn about the general mission of the NJ State Police, as well as how the variety of services and resources they provide contribute to New Jersey residents' safety and protection. Presented by Trooper Charles Marchan of the New Jersey State Police's Public Information Bureau.

Registration requested.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Morning 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. No need to register—just come! Must have basic knowledge of English.

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
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 May 7. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
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.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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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Little STEAMers for ages 2-4
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Little STEAMers is a program based on the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) approach to learning. We'll look at simple concepts in science and nature with stories and an activity. 

Explore the world with us! 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor 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.

CONTACT:  Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

A half-hour of stories, songs, and movement, followed by a craft activity.  Ages 2 – 5, with a caregiver. 

CONTACT:  Twin River Staff  609 443 1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 20 spaces available.
 
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ABC Toys
11:00 AM

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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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Play Group with Stories
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

For children, ages 3-5 (with adult)

Open play with a variety of educational toys. 

Storytime includes plenty of finger plays, songs and other participatory activities that help children learn important literacy skills.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
1:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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.

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Active Aging: Fitness with Bob
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Adult Program

Want to exercise? Come and enjoy a stretching, low-impact, balance-oriented program designed by Certified Fitness instructor Bob Kirby. Bob's program incorporates music, yoga and FUN while focusing on posture, mobility, flexibility, strength and meditation. Please bring a water bottle and let's get MOVING! As with any exercise program, check with your healthcare provider to make sure you are able to participate. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 13 spaces available.
 
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Yoga for Beginners
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Adult Program  

This workshop offers simple yoga postures to bring stability and balance to the system. The class also includes invigorating physical postures, breathing methods, and meditation. It does not require any fitness level or previous yoga experience. Yoga can help to:

  • Enhance focus, memory, and productivity
  • Relieve chronic ailments and improve overall health
  • Enhance team work and communication
  • Relieve back-pain, stress, anxiety, and tension
  • Impart a lasting sense of joy, peace, and fulfillment

Participants will take home a yoga practice to experience the benefits of yoga on a daily basis. You will also gain access to ongoing, free online support. This workshop is presented by the Isha Foundation, an international non-profit, non-religious, public service organization, founded by Sadhguru, a leading authority on yoga and meditation.

Registration begins on April 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 16 spaces available.
 
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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.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 2 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.

Ages 3 - 8 with a caregiver.  No registration required.

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Blood Pressure Screening & Stroke Information
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Adult Program  

High blood pressure is a common and dangerous condition that increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in the United States. Be proactive and take advantage of this free screening. 

A registered nurse from Capital Health will conduct the screenings and provide valuable information.

First come, first served.

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Kids Can Code
4:30 PM

This program is for kids in grades K-5.

Basic coding activities for budding, young computer scientists.

Registration is required starting Tuesday, May 7th. (The Tuesday and Thursday classed are the same. Please pick one when you register.)

 

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner 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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Beginning Spanish Language Class
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Learn Spanish with a native speaker.

Please register in person or by telephone.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Pre-K Play, for ages 2-6 yr
6:00 PM

Join us in the activity room for toys and more!  In addition to the usual fun and educational toys we have during quiet play, special “kindergarten readiness” stations will be set up so children and their families can work together on important skills to get them ready for kindergarten!  Examples include cutting, counting, letter recognition, shapes and color identification, and more!

 This play session is fun for all children!!!  Ages 2-6 yrs old are welcome to play, learn, and socialize with friends.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Citizenship Test Prep
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.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Citizenship Test Prep
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.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Math Advancement (Grades 5 & up)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Top high school math students from the area will help you improve your mathematical thinking with creative ways of learning math!

During these sessions we will be going over advanced topics not generally covered in the school math curriculum. 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Drop-in Flower Craft
6:30 PM

Come and make a beautiful flower out of cardstock.   

For all ages with a caregiver.

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

 
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Declutter Your Home Stress Free
7:00 PM

One of the biggest challenges for many homeowners is going through their “stuff” at home,

deciding what to do with everything, and having the motivation to get through this very dreaded process.

In this workshop we will create an action plan and talk about common clutter misconceptions,

making decisions, motivation, investing time in this process, getting family and kids involved,

and getting to the finish line a winner.  Presented by Olga St. Pierre of Keller Williams Real Estate. 

Preregistration required.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers 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.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Learning English with Victor
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Wednesday May 22, 2019
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1000 Books Before Kindergarten, for ages 5 and under
9:35 AM

For ages 5 years and under, with a caregiver.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a self-paced program that encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she starts school. 

Sound overwhelming?  We promise, it’s easier than you think!  1 book every day = 365 books in a year!  3 books every day = 1095 books in a year!

This program will run all year long so go at your own pace!  At every 100-book milestone, stop at the Youth Services Desk at the Lawrence Branch (whenever Youth Service Librarians are present) to receive a prize and your next tally sheet!

Come to the Youth Services Desk and sign up today!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Baby Time
10:00 AM

For birth to 18 months. (We have a 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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Babytime
10:00 AM

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

 

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford    ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook 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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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
10:00 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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Blood Pressure Screening and Stroke Awareness
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

As part of National Stroke Awareness Month, Capital Health will offer free blood pressure screenings in the community. Get screened by a registered nurse and receive information on things you can do to help lower your risk for stroke.

No registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Andrea Merrick  609-737-2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Excel 2
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do different calculations, freeze panes, insert comment boxes and practice formatting.
Take Excel 1 first!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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.

CONTACT:  Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
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!

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.

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

LOCATION: Hopewell 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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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
1:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Mailbox Activity Station, K-5th Gr.
2:00 PM

For children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

Drop in any time between 2-5pm, and visit our Mailbox Activity Station!  Write a postcard to your friendly librarian (or anyone you know), then decorate it with markers, rubber stamps, and stickers!  Add a diy stamp and place it in our toy mailbox. “Mail” will be collected at 5pm and displayed in the Children’s Department.  Each week will have a different writing prompt to get you started, but you can write about whatever you'd like.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Craft Circle
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Adult Program  

Make a small bunch of spring flowers to decorate your home. We’ll use brightly colored papers so you can choose what you like. Supplies are provided by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.

Registration begins on April 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 4 spaces available.
 
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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.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Wednesday Film Festival: Lost in Translation
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Adult Program    

2001, rated R, 102 minutes.

A middle-aged actor and the wife of a photographer meet while on business in Tokyo. They strike up an unusual friendship in the hotel bar that helps them both overcome boredom and loneliness. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

All are welcome, registration not required.

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

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Story Stretchers
4:30 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.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Story Stretchers
4:30 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.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Create a...(Ages 11 and under)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Join us to make a special project each week. This week - create a windsock.

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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What's Up Wednesday
5:45 PM

This multi-week after-school program for children in Grades 3 to 5 meets at 5:45 pm on Wednesdays.  Each class will include a craft or special project as participants learn about a range of different topics. Please be aware that this program will occasionally include food.   Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Bollywood Dance (Ages 5-12)
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Learn how to Bollywood dance!

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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DIY Patriotic Necklaces
6:30 PM

For children 3-10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver. 

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer!  Come string a patriotic necklace!

Design your necklace with your own pattern using red, white and blue pony beads and red & white striped paper straw pieces. 

Easy and each one different!

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Midweek Math Tutoring
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Get a handle on math homework!

Drop in math help for 1st -12th grade students with Peddie School Math Club student tutors.

No registration necessary.

CONTACT:  Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Stitchathon: Extra Help
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Adult Program                                              

 
This program is an extension of Embroidery Circle: Stitchathon. We will review and practice the following hand embroidery stitches: straight stitch, back stitch, split stitch, stem stitch and chain stitch.
 
Please bring the following materials with you:
  • 8½  x 11-inch piece of white, cotton fabric
  • 6-inch embroidery hoop
  • embroidery needle 
  • 6-strand, cotton embroidery floss 

For additional information, please visit: https://embroiderycircle.wixsite.com/stitchathon/extra-help-sessions

Feel free to bring along any of your Embroidery Circle: Stitchathon embroidery kit(s) with you.

This is a drop-in program; call 609-448-0957 with any questions.

 

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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D Day June 6, 1944: Why did it succeed?
7:00 PM

Operation Overlord was the largest seaborne assault ever conducted. This presentation will review the details of this crucial invasion and the critical role played by the 29th US Infantry Division across Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. Presented by Paul Zigo, Military Historian and Founder of the World War II Era Studies Institute.

 

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  (609)259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 22 spaces available.
 
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Yarnworks
7:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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CANCELED: Fiber Arts Circle
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bring your current needle-craft project and join us for an hour of knitting, crocheting, or need-craft of your choice!

No registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Tween Knitting (Ages 10 & up)
7:00 PM - 8:00 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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Evening Guided Meditation
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us for some guided mediation at the end of your day.

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

Facilitated by library staff member, Leena, a 11 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration necessary.

 

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Thursday May 23, 2019
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Storytime for ages 2-5
9:30 AM

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford    ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Books & Babies for 6-23 months
10:00 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 Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Toddler Rock (ages 1 to 3 years; adult supervision required)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Too old for Baby Time and not quite ready to sit through a Story Time? Join us for singing, dancing, and rhymes. Through structured group activities, we play with musical instruments, puppets, parachutes, and more! There is an emphasis on interaction with the music and the rhymes through singing, actions, and props to build pre-literacy skills. This program runs about 30 minutes.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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PowerPoint 2
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(This is the second part of a two-part class.) Add pizzazz to the presentation you created in PowerPoint 1, with animations, music, and much more.  Take PowerPoint 1 first.   Strong Word skills required!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Parachute Play (Ages 1-3)
10:30 AM

Children ages 1-3 and their caregivers will enjoy 30 minutes of  parachute play with songs and music.

Come ready to jump, sing, and hop!

Siblings welcome too.

No registration necessary. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Parachute Play (Ages 1-3)
10:30 AM

Children ages 1-3 and their caregivers will enjoy 30 minutes of  parachute play with songs and music.

Come ready to jump, sing, and hop!

Siblings welcome too.

No registration necessary. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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PowerPoint Basics
10:30 AM

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

Mouse and keyboard skills are essential.  

Preregistration required.

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Mother Goose Activity Time
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

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

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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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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Story time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

A half-hour of stories, songs, and movement, followed by a craft activity.  Ages 2 – 5, with a caregiver. 

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 19 spaces available.
 
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ABC Toys
11:00 AM

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Movers and Shakers, for ages 2-5yrs
11:00 AM

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

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Scribble Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 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 (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)
11:00 AM - 11:45 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.

Ages 2-5 with caregiver.  Siblings welcome.  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.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
1:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Play Dough Hour (ages 2-5)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

Ages 2 - 5.  Caregiver supervision required.  No registration required.

See Youth Progam Policy.  

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Get Caught Reading
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 Seniors and young patrons (ages 5-15) read to one another, particularly a mystery picture book or a poem.<p>  Light Refreshments!  <p>Sponsored by the Friends of the Library!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Language Learning Databases
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Have fun learning a new language with these easy-to-use online language-learning systems. Mango Languages teaches conversation skills for 6 different languages including English as a Second Language for speakers of Spanish and Chinese, while Pronunciator offers reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in a choice of 75 different languages. Rosetta Stone teaches you listening and speaking skills in over 20 languages.  Requires some Internet experience.

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Mystery Craft! for K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

For children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

Drop in any time between 3-5pm, and make a mystery craft!  Each week we’ll pull together a fun project from our closet of craft supplies … but it'll be a surprise until you arrive!  Materials may include: craft sticks, paper, paint, dot markers, pom-poms, stickers, tempura sticks, pipe cleaners, beads, googly eyes, glitter glue, and more. 

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Lego Club (grades K-5)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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

Grades K - 5. No registration required.

See Youth Program Policy
 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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DIY Patriotic Necklaces
6:30 PM

For children 3-10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver. 

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer!  Come string a patriotic necklace!

Design your necklace with your own pattern using red, white and blue pony beads and red & white striped paper straw pieces. 

Easy and each one different!

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Lego Club
6:30 PM

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

Online registration begins on May 9. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 13 spaces available.
 
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Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog
6:30 PM

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Drawing Caricatures
7:00 PM

This workshop facilitated by artist Marty Mayo is for anyone who may be interested in the art of drawing faces. Marty has been drawing people ever since he could hold a pencil. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Parsons School Of Design and has been drawing professionally for more than 30 years. His drawings have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. Paper and pencils for the attendants will be provided. Registration is required and limited to 30 people. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Drawing Caricatures
7:00 PM

This workshop facilitated by artist Marty Mayo is for anyone who may be interested in the art of drawing faces. Marty has been drawing people ever since he could hold a pencil. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Parsons School Of Design and has been drawing professionally for more than 30 years. His drawings have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. Paper and pencils for the attendants will be provided. Registration is required and limited to 30 people. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Kids Can Code
7:00 PM

This program is for kids in grades K-5.

Basic coding activities for budding, young computer scientists.

Registration is required starting Tuesday, May 7th. (The Tuesday and Thursday classed are the same. Please pick one when you register.)

 

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Citizenship Exam Study Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program

Are you studying for your US Citizenship exam? Join our free preparation class to study and practice. We will be covering the Civics, Reading, and Writing sections of the exam. Registration is required, space is limited. If a registered participant fails to show up, that space will be filled with walk-ins -- so feel free to stop by just before 7 pm to see if there is room.

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

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Conversational ESL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Adult Program  

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

Registration begins on April 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Preparación para la Prueba de GED
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Revisión para su Prueba de GED.

Registre en persona o por teléfono.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Friday May 24, 2019
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Meditation Circle

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Toddler Rock (ages 1 to 3 years; adult supervision required)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Too old for Baby Time and not quite ready to sit through a Story Time? Join us for singing, dancing, and rhymes. Through structured group activities, we play with musical instruments, puppets, parachutes, and more! There is an emphasis on interaction with the music and the rhymes through singing, actions, and props to build pre-literacy skills. This program runs about 30 minutes.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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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.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Miss Amy Concert (All Ages)
10:30 AM

Sing, dance and enjoy the tunes of Miss Amy! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Toddler Tunes
10:30 AM

Come sing and dance with Miss Pat.

All ages, accompanied by an adult.

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

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 29 spaces available.
 
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Wiggle, Jingle, Mingle and Giggle
10:30 AM

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

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

 rhymes, clapping songs and musical songs.  

Adult must remain in the program.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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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. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Play dough creations/ lego story time
11:00 AM

Play dough creations/ Lego based on story time theme for children

 Ages 2-5 (with adult).

 

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

Ages 2-5 with caregiver.  Siblings welcome.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Craft & Play (All ages)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Tim Hoh’s Music For Kids
11:30 AM

Tim Hoh will sing and play guitar to children ages 0-6 years,

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm
1:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Recycled Arts & Crafts
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us for our monthly program where recycled goods become arts and crafts. Let your creative juices flow while doing something to save the planet. Supplies will be provided.

Space is limited; registration required.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Knit & Crochet Circle
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Adult Program

We meet every Friday. Bring yarn, and hook or needles, to start or continue your project. We will have materials on hand for those just starting out.  All adults are welcome, whatever your skill level!  No need to register, just stop in.  

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Movie: The Color Purple
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Adult Program                             

1985; rated PG-13; 152 minutes

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. 

Registration begins on April 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 29 spaces available.
 
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Art Station, K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

For children ages 4-10, with adult supervision.

Drop in between 3-4:45 to make a quick - yet relaxing - art project!  Projects will vary weekly, but you can expect anything from dot paint markers (a favorite!) to zen doodles.  Clean-up finishes by 4:45pm.  Suitable for children ages 4-10, with adult supervision.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Posture & Dance Exercises
3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Saturday May 25, 2019
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Memorial Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

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

All branches are closed.

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

All branches are closed.

Tuesday May 28, 2019
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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.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
10:00 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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Tech Help
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Adult Program    

Make a 20-minute appointment with reference librarian Meg Baker to get one-on-one help with your gadget. Please note: library staff do not repair devices. Appointment is required. Call the Reference Desk at 609-275-8901 on or after April 22.

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

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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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.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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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Little STEAMers for ages 2-4
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Little STEAMers is a program based on the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) approach to learning. We'll look at simple concepts in science and nature with stories and an activity. 

Explore the world with us! 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor 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.

CONTACT:  Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

A half-hour of stories, songs, and movement, followed by a craft activity.  Ages 2 – 5, with a caregiver. 

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609 443 1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 20 spaces available.
 
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ABC Toys
11:00 AM

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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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Play Group with Stories
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

For children, ages 3-5 (with adult)

 

Open play with a variety of educational toys. 

 

Storytime includes plenty of finger plays, songs and other participatory activities that

 help children learn important literacy skills.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
1:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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.

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

LOCATION: Hopewell 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.

Ages 3 - 8 with a caregiver.  No registration required.

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Young Authors
4:30 PM

Suggested for children in grades 1st-5th.

Calling all young writers.

We will write stories using the illustrations in wordless picture books as inspiration. 

No registration required.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner 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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Beginning Spanish Language Class
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Learn Spanish with a native speaker.

Please register in person or by telephone.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Adult Craft: Seashell, Stone and Gem Initial Canvas
6:00 PM

Use seashells, river stones, and sequin gems to make a canvas with your initial on it. 

Ages 15 and up.  Preregistration required.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Pre-K Play, for ages 2-6 yr
6:00 PM

Join us in the activity room for toys and more!  In addition to the usual fun and educational toys we have during quiet play, special “kindergarten readiness” stations will be set up so children and their families can work together on important skills to get them ready for kindergarten!  Examples include cutting, counting, letter recognition, shapes and color identification, and more!

 This play session is fun for all children!!!  Ages 2-6 yrs old are welcome to play, learn, and socialize with friends.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Citizenship Test Prep
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.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Math Advancement (Grades 5 & up)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Top high school math students from the area will help you improve your mathematical thinking with creative ways of learning math!

During these sessions we will be going over advanced topics not generally covered in the school math curriculum. 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor 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 registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Drop-in Hungry Caterpillar Chain Craft
6:30 PM

Come drop-in and make a Very Hungry Caterpillar chain craft

For all ages with a caregiver.

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

 
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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.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Stitchathon: Extra Help
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Adult Program                                              

 
This program is an extension of Embroidery Circle: Stitchathon. We will review and practice the following hand embroidery stitches: straight stitch, back stitch, split stitch, stem stitch and chain stitch.
 
Please bring the following materials with you:
  • 8½  x 11-inch piece of white, cotton fabric
  • 6-inch embroidery hoop
  • embroidery needle 
  • 6-strand, cotton embroidery floss 

For additional information, please visit: https://embroiderycircle.wixsite.com/stitchathon/extra-help-sessions

Feel free to bring along any of your Embroidery Circle: Stitchathon embroidery kit(s) with you.

This is a drop-in program; call 609-448-0957 with any questions.

 

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Booktalking: Adult Book Discussion Group
7:00 PM

Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen.

LOCATION: Ewing 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.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Learning English with Victor
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Science Fiction Book Club: The Reefs of Earth by R. A. Lafferty
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Adult Program

The Dulanty family can pass for human, but they're actually alien Pucas, stranded on the remote backwater planet Earth in the tiny (and corrupt) Appalachian town of Lost Haven. The six Dulanty children (seven, if you count the disembodied Bad John) get tired of being spurned, scorned, and scapegoated by the townsfolk, and hit upon the obvious solution: they'll murder every human in the world, using hatchets, rifles, and the otherworldly killing verses known as Bagarthach, and transform the planet into a paradise for the Dulantys alone. Fortunately for the human race, the Dulanty children aren't very adept at murder, but their attempts at wholesale homicide make for a read that's alternately harrowing, hilarious, and heartwarming. Registration not required, all are welcome. 

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Wednesday May 29, 2019
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Baby Time
10:00 AM

For birth to 18 months. (We have a 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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 9:30 AM     
 
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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.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
10:00 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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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
10:00 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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Acupuncture Treatment for Back Pain
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn about using acupuncture treatment for lower back pain. Presented by Dr. Patricia Graham, a board-certified physiatrist with accreditation in acupuncture.

Registration requested.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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.

CONTACT:  Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
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!

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.

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Little Explorers
11:00 AM

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

Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 9:30 AM     
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
1:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Zentangle
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Adult Program                                              

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Materials are provided by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.

Registration begins on April 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 18 spaces available.
 
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Movies for Adults – Tag (2018)
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Childhood classmates attempt to catch their friend before he retires from their epic game of tag, which they've been playing for 30 years (R, 100 minutes).

No registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Chapters Book Club
2:00 PM

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

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford  609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Mailbox Activity Station, K-5th Gr.
2:00 PM

For children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

Drop in any time between 2-5pm, and visit our Mailbox Activity Station!  Write a postcard to your friendly librarian (or anyone you know), then decorate it with markers, rubber stamps, and stickers!  Add a diy stamp and place it in our toy mailbox. “Mail” will be collected at 5pm and displayed in the Children’s Department.  Each week will have a different writing prompt to get you started, but you can write about whatever you'd like.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Wednesday Film Festival: Million Dollar Baby
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Adult Program    

2004, rated PG-13, 133 minutes.

Frankie is a former boxing manager, who initially refuses to train Maggie due to her gender and age. With her talent and his coaching the spirited young fighter rises through the ranks of women's boxing, the pair form a touching bond in the process. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

All are welcome, registration not required.

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

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Active Aging Fitness: Spring 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. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Story Stretchers
4:30 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.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Story Stretchers
4:30 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.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Create a...(Ages 11 and under)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Join us to make a special project each week. This week - create with Perler Beads!

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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What's Up Wednesday
5:45 PM

This multi-week after-school program for children in Grades 3 to 5 meets at 5:45 pm on Wednesdays.  Each class will include a craft or special project as participants learn about a range of different topics. Please be aware that this program will occasionally include food.   Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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'This is My House' Drawing Prompt
6:30 PM

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

We’ll give you a simple paper house template, you’ll use your creativity to create your ideal house scene!  

First, cut doors and windows to open. Now, what will your house look like?  Who will live in it?  What color will you paint it?

We’ll use thin black markers to draw in the details and then paint it using colorful liquid watercolors and q-tips to give your house a finished look!

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Movies for Adults – Tag (2018)
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Childhood classmates attempt to catch their friend before he retires from their epic game of tag, which they've been playing for 30 years (R, 100 minutes).

No registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Yarnworks
7:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Fiber Arts Circle
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bring your current needle-craft project and join us for an hour of knitting, crocheting, or need-craft of your choice!

No registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Tween Knitting (Ages 10 & up)
7:00 PM - 8:00 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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Hickory Corner Book Discussion
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Adult Program  

Warlight, by Micheal Ondaatje.

Registration begins on April 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Evening Guided Meditation
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us for some guided mediation at the end of your day.

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

Facilitated by library staff member, Leena, a 11 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration necessary.

 

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Thursday May 30, 2019
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Storytime for ages 2-5
9:30 AM

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford    ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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1000 Books Before Kindergarten, for ages 5 and under
9:35 AM

For ages 5 years and under, with a caregiver.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a self-paced program that encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she starts school. 

Sound overwhelming?  We promise, it’s easier than you think!  1 book every day = 365 books in a year!  3 books every day = 1095 books in a year!

This program will run all year long so go at your own pace!  At every 100-book milestone, stop at the Youth Services Desk at the Lawrence Branch (whenever Youth Service Librarians are present) to receive a prize and your next tally sheet!

Come to the Youth Services Desk and sign up today!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Books & Babies for 6-23 months
10:00 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 Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Quilting Group
10:00 AM

The Quilting Group is open to all skill levels. Bring quilting projects you are working on to share with others or work in the good company of fellow quilters.

No registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell 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.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Toddler Rock (ages 1 to 3 years; adult supervision required)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Too old for Baby Time and not quite ready to sit through a Story Time? Join us for singing, dancing, and rhymes. Through structured group activities, we play with musical instruments, puppets, parachutes, and more! There is an emphasis on interaction with the music and the rhymes through singing, actions, and props to build pre-literacy skills. This program runs about 30 minutes.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Baby Chick Birthday Party
10:30 AM

Suggested for ages 18 months to 5 years with a caregiver.

Join us for a special program to celebrate the hatching of our baby chicks.   

We will read stories about chicks, sing songs, make a craft and have a small snack. 

Children will be allowed to touch or hold the chicks.

Registration is required online starting Thursday, May 16th.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Parachute Play (Ages 1-3)
10:30 AM

Children ages 1-3 and their caregivers will enjoy 30 minutes of  parachute play with songs and music.

Come ready to jump, sing, and hop!

Siblings welcome too.

No registration necessary. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Mother Goose Activity Time
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

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

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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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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Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

A half-hour of stories, songs, and movement, followed by a craft activity.  Ages 2 – 5, with a caregiver. 

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609 443 1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 20 spaces available.
 
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ABC Toys
11:00 AM

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Movers and Shakers, for ages 2-5yrs
11:00 AM

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

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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 May 16. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Scribble Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 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 (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)
11:00 AM - 11:45 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.

Ages 2-5 with caregiver.  Siblings welcome.  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.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
1:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Play Dough Hour (ages 2-5)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

Ages 2 - 5.  Caregiver supervision required.  No registration required.

See Youth Progam Policy.  

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Get Caught Reading
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 Seniors and young patrons (ages 5-15) read to one another, particularly a mystery picture book or a poem.<p>  Light Refreshments!  <p>Sponsored by the Friends of the Library!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Mystery Craft! for K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

For children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

Drop in any time between 3-5pm, and make a mystery craft!  Each week we’ll pull together a fun project from our closet of craft supplies … but it'll be a surprise until you arrive!  Materials may include: craft sticks, paper, paint, dot markers, pom-poms, stickers, tempura sticks, pipe cleaners, beads, googly eyes, glitter glue, and more. 

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Lego Club (grades K-5)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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

Grades K - 5. No registration required.

See Youth Program Policy
 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog
6:30 PM

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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'This is My House' Drawing Prompt
6:30 PM

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

We’ll give you a simple paper house template, you’ll use your creativity to create your ideal house scene!  

First, cut doors and windows to open. Now, what will your house look like?  Who will live in it?  What color will you paint it?

We’ll use thin black markers to draw in the details and then paint it using colorful liquid watercolors and q-tips to give your house a finished look!

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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College Essay Workshop
7:00 PM

Learn the importance of the personal statements and supplements in college admissions. Nancy Exume is the founder of Strategic College Essays, LLC, based in Princeton, New Jersey. Nancy has coached high school students to write their personal statements and supplemental essays for their college applications. Nancy will discuss the importance of these essays in the college admissions process and offer some tips for crafting a successful essay. This is a great opportunity for high school juniors and their parents to learn about this very important aspect of college applications!

Please register. Call 609-882-3130 or register online

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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College Essay Workshop
7:00 PM

Learn the importance of the personal statements and supplements in college admissions. Nancy Exume is the founder of Strategic College Essays, LLC, based in Princeton, New Jersey. Nancy has coached high school students to write their personal statements and supplemental essays for their college applications. Nancy will discuss the importance of these essays in the college admissions process and offer some tips for crafting a successful essay. This is a great opportunity for high school juniors and their parents to learn about this very important aspect of college applications!

Please register. Call 609-882-3130 or register online

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 17 spaces available.
 
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Meet Music Legend Bobby Rydell
7:00 PM

Bobby Rydell is the very definition of talent. His career has encompassed six decades and counting. Bobby first found success as a teen idol, selling over 25 million records. He went on to star on television, stage, and film and is now the author of a best-selling autobiography, “BOBBY RYDELL: TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS – A Tale of Second Chances”. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Meet Music Legend Bobby Rydell
7:00 PM

Bobby Rydell is the very definition of talent. His career has encompassed six decades and counting. Bobby first found success as a teen idol, selling over 25 million records. He went on to star on television, stage, and film and is now the author of a best-selling autobiography, “BOBBY RYDELL: TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS – A Tale of Second Chances”. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Pics with Chicks
7:00 PM

Stop by and visit our newly hatched baby chicks. 

You can hold them and take a picture at our “selfie station.” 

No registration required.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Yoga Nidra
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program

Yoga nidra is Sanskrit name for the centuries-old tradition of yogic sleep that balances the nervous system, boosting immunity, and healing body, mind, and spirit. Class includes mantra chanting to focus the mind, breathing exercises, and deep relaxation to relieve fatigue and pain. Please come comfortably dressed with extra layers and your own yoga mat or any other optional props such as pillows, blankets, etc. that will keep you comfortable.

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

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 21 spaces available.
 
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Conversational ESL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Adult Program  

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

Registration begins on April 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Preparación para la Prueba de GED
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Revisión para su Prueba de GED.

Registre en persona o por teléfono.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Friday May 31, 2019
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Meditation Circle

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
10:00 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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Toddler Rock (ages 1 to 3 years; adult supervision required)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Too old for Baby Time and not quite ready to sit through a Story Time? Join us for singing, dancing, and rhymes. Through structured group activities, we play with musical instruments, puppets, parachutes, and more! There is an emphasis on interaction with the music and the rhymes through singing, actions, and props to build pre-literacy skills. This program runs about 30 minutes.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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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.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

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

 rhymes, clapping songs and musical songs.  

Adult must remain in the program.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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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. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Play dough creations/ lego story time
11:00 AM

Play dough creations/ Lego based on story time theme for children

 Ages 2-5 (with adult).

 

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

Ages 2-5 with caregiver.  Siblings welcome.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Craft & Play (All ages)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Documentary Screening: Free Solo (PG-13)
1:00 PM

With Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell and Jimmy Chin. Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan. Winner of the 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Runtime: 100 min.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm
1:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Knit & Crochet Circle
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Adult Program

We meet every Friday. Bring yarn, and hook or needles, to start or continue your project. We will have materials on hand for those just starting out.  All adults are welcome, whatever your skill level!  No need to register, just stop in.  

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Movie: Morning Glory
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Adult Program                             

1933; not rated; 74 minutes

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. 

Registration begins on April 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 29 spaces available.
 
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Art Station, K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

For children ages 4-10, with adult supervision.

Drop in between 3-4:45 to make a quick - yet relaxing - art project!  Projects will vary weekly, but you can expect anything from dot paint markers (a favorite!) to zen doodles.  Clean-up finishes by 4:45pm.  Suitable for children ages 4-10, with adult supervision.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Posture & Dance Exercises
3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Bucket Book Club: The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing
4:30 PM

The world literary tradition is thousands of years old, extraordinary diverse, and energized by creative genius. Novels, short stories, essays, and poetry written prior to the Twenty-First century provide a rich soil worth exploring. For the first year the books discussed will be limited to books published since 1900 – originally published in English and translations from elsewhere in the world. The intent is to focus on works recognized to have a lasting impact on generations of readers and writers. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Saturday June 1, 2019
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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. Call 609-882-3148.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 50 spaces available.
 
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Medicare Forum
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Adult Program  

Medicare is complicated, and seniors approaching age 65 must make timely decisions regarding enrolling in the Medicare program. There may be a lifetime penalty for seniors who miss the enrollment deadline. Devin Rubin, licensed health insurance agent, will discuss how Medicare works and explain your options. Devin is the owner of Golden Years Design Benefits, a Medigap and Medicare insurance agency.

Registration begins on May 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Open House: Radio Control Flyers Show
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Creation Station
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Drop in and make something special with the provided materials.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville 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.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Speak Up, Speak Out, Speak Loud!
10:30 AM

Calling 4th and 5th graders with an interest in developing their communication skills! Join Girl Scout Gold Award Candidate Kareena Patangya for debates, discussions, speeches, presentations, and much more. Come and discover the benefits of mastering the art of public speaking!

Participants must attend both the June 1st and 8th classes. Registering for one event will automatically register you for the second class as well.

Online registration begins on May 18. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Saturday Learning English
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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

No registration necessary.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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