List of Events

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Saturday July 11, 2020
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Music & Movement for Kids: Movers & Shakers and Dance Party
10:30 AM

Movers & Shakers: Join Miss Lauren for moving, shaking, and your favorite songs while you get your wiggles out! Suggested for toddlers and preschoolers.

Watch this week's Music & Movement: Movers & Shakers video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

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Dance Party: Grab a scarf and instrument and get ready to move, jump, and sing with Miss Jen! Suggested for toddlers and preschoolers.

Watch this week's Music & Movement: Dance Party video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: Bel Canto (2018)
8:00 PM

Experience the thrill of watching a movie on a Saturday night at home, but not alone! Borrow the featured title from our Hoopla catalog with your Mercer County Library card and watch it together in the virtual company of your community. Feel free to share your thoughts and impressions in the comments section under the Facebook posting. We would love to hear from you!

Find it on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13223639

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday July 12, 2020
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“Create A…” Challenge
2:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to design a unique craft using common household items? If so, you will love our weekly “Create a...” Challenge!

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday July 13, 2020
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Children's Event: Crazy Hat Day Concert w/ Kim Yarson
10:30 AM

Wear your favorite hat and join Kim Yarson for a special live performance featuring classic sing-alongs and original tunes.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Children's Author Study: Sara Varon
2:30 PM

Today our featured author is Sara Varon! Miss Briana from the Hopewell Branch will tell us about Ms. Varon and her books. At the end, we will see a video from Ms. Varon about designing your own character. Please see the accompanying worksheet you can use to help you design your own character.

Watch this week's Children's Author Study video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Monday Afternoon Trivia w/ Tom
4:00 PM

Join us for a special Monday afternoon of trivia! Meet us on Facebook to test your trivia knowledge. Play along at home and see how you do!

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Walking Audiobook Club
4:30 PM

Join the MCLS' Walking Audiobook Club! Each week let us know what you’ve been listening to while you’re walking or jogging. Visit MCLS' Facebook page at 4:30 p.m. to share your thoughts on the books you’re listening to, how many miles you’ve traveled, or your favorite places to walk.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday July 14, 2020
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Children's Event: Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre -- It's the Wolf!
5:00 PM

Some days are bad; others are big bad and particularly troublesome. On this particular day, you're really in trouble if you happen to be a hungry wolf! And a day like the one Mr. Furr E. Wolf experiences, would make a Bengal Tiger become a vegetarian. Join us as we follow Mr. Wolf through some of his most famous adventures! Suggested for ages 4 and up.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Branch Library

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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MCL Tuesday Book Club
7:00 PM

Join us on Facebook for our monthly virtual book group. You will need to join the group prior to the discussion, as this group is listed as a private group. This month we will discuss the Book of Job from the King James Version Bible. Direct link: https://tinyurl.com/MCLSBoJ

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2276798629026097/?

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday July 15, 2020
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Storytime w/ Miss Andrea
10:00 AM

Join Miss Andrea for stories and songs about ocean animals.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Musicians 'Duet' Better
3:00 PM

Children, ages 6-10, can check out the latest "Musicians 'Duet' Better" video on MCLS' YouTube channel from a local teen Girl Scout Gold Award candidate showing you how to:

  • Explore a variety of musical instruments & singing;
  • Learn a basic understanding of rhythm;
  • Create DIY music-themed crafts;
  • Play music trivia; and
  • Other music related activities!

Check back here at 3:00 p.m. to link to the latest "Musicians 'Duet' Better" video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM

Join us for a Library Drawing Party! Have your friends and family 'meet' you on MCL's facebook page every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, to follow along and try out your artistic talents as Julia teaches you how to draw new images each week. Then, we invite you to share your finished artwork with everyone in the comments section! This event is recommended for all ages.

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday July 16, 2020
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Middle Grade Book Club Discussion: The Creativity Project
10:30 AM

After watching Miss Briana's story prompt video from July 2, imagine your own story. Let your imagination run wild and then join us live to share your creation and hear what others were inspired to create. This is an interactive program so please enable your camera and microphone. Recommended for Grades 3 through 5.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Adult Coloring
11:30 AM

Take some time to relax and get creative! Coloring pages will be avalable on MCLS' Facebook page at 11:30 a.m.  Print out some of these awesome images and use color pencils, markers, or your computer to color them in. There are no rules, so go wild and feel free to color outside of the lines. Feel free to share your finished pieces with us!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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LEGO Challenge
2:30 PM

Every week we will create a new LEGO challenge for you to create! Then we invite you to share a photo of your creation with us on social media.

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Understanding How to Use IRAs in Retirement
6:30 PM

This workshop will be a primer on using IRAs during your retirement. You will learn the difference between a Traditional. a Rollover, and a Roth IRA, and when to utilize each one. You will also learn proper ways to list beneficiaries, how to plan for Required Minimum Distribution, how to make this money last a lifetime, and the new rules in place during this period of economic stress." Presented by William M. Greenfield of Wealth Bridge Advisory Services. LLC. 

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday July 17, 2020
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Fractured Fairy Tales: Little Red Riding Hood
10:30 AM

Imagine a story...with LEGOs! Join Miss Chrissy as she tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood with LEGOs. Miss Chrissy will also share some of her favorite updated versions of Little Red Riding Hood. Take a look at which of these titles we have at the library! Suggested for children, ages 3-8.

Check back here at 10:30 a.m. to link to this week's Fractured Fairy Tale episode on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Middle Grade Book Club: The Creativity Project
12:00 PM

We're challenging you to imagine a story! Miss Chrissy will share a story prompt and response from the book, The Creativity Project, and challenge you to create your own story based on a prompt. Then join Miss Chrissy for a live program on July 30 at 10:30 a.m. (registration required) to share a story, picture, drawing, poem, comic, or even a song that you created based on the prompt. Recommended for Grades 3 through 5.

Check back here at 12:00 p.m. to link to this session's prompt for the Middle Grade Book Club on MCLS' YouTube channel.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Children's Event: “Once Upon a Magic Show”
1:30 PM

Magician Mike Rose presents a magic show that is not like other magic shows. Mike’s new show, “Once Upon a Magic Show” is created specifically for libraries and is designed to perfectly complement the 2020 Summer Reading theme “Imagine Your Story.” The online performance is made up of seven separate episodes so be sure to check back for each installment! The seven performances consist of impossible magic tricks and off the wall comedy all themed around fairy tales.

Watch this week's "Once Upon a Magic Show" video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hopewell Branch Library.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Virtual Recipe Swap
3:00 PM

Each week on MCLS' Facebook page at 3:00 p.m., Megan, from the Twin Rivers Branch, shares a recipe to get the conversation going.  We look forward to hearing any suggestions or ideas you may have about this week's recipe.  Of course, we'd love for you to share your own recipes, too!  Join us today to see what's cooking in the kitchen!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Saturday July 18, 2020
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Music & Movement for Kids: Romp & Stomp
10:30 AM

Music and movement with Miss Michelle; grab your scarves and join the fun! Suggested for toddlers and preschoolers.

Watch this week's Music & Movement video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: Like Water for Chocolate (1993)
8:00 PM

Experience the thrill of watching a movie on a Saturday night at home, but not alone! Borrow the featured title from our Hoopla catalog with your Mercer County Library card and watch it together in the virtual company of your community. Feel free to share your thoughts and impressions in the comments section under the Facebook posting. We would love to hear from you!

Find it on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12183232

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday July 19, 2020
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“Create A…” Challenge
2:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to design a unique craft using common household items? If so, you will love our weekly “Create a...” Challenge!

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday July 20, 2020
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Children's Author Study: Dan Gutman
2:30 PM

Author Dan Gutman is here!! Miss Jackie from the Lawrence Branch will introduce him and tell you about his books - many of which you may have read! Then Mr. Gutman will read a part of a chapter from one of his Weird School series books!

Check back here at 2:30 p.m. to link to this week's Children's Author Study video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Walking Audiobook Club
4:30 PM

Join the MCLS' Walking Audiobook Club! Each week let us know what you’ve been listening to while you’re walking or jogging. Visit MCLS' Facebook page at 4:30 p.m. to share your thoughts on the books you’re listening to, how many miles you’ve traveled, or your favorite places to walk.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday July 21, 2020
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Musicians 'Duet' Better
12:30 PM

Do you like music and/or singing? Do you play an instrument or want to learn? Children, ages 6-10, can join this live-stream, interactive program led by a teen Girl Scout Gold Award candidate to:

  • Explore a variety of musical instruments & singing;
  • Learn a basic understanding of rhythm;
  • Create DIY music-themed crafts;
  • Play music trivia; and
  • Other music related activities!

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Children's Event: The Dennis Thomas Magic Show
2:00 PM

Get ready to be amazed! Join us virtually for a live performance of humor and magic with The Dennis Thomas Magic Show.

Suggested ages: 3 and up.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Trivia Tuesdays w/ Tom
7:00 PM

Join us each Tuesday night on Facebook for Trivia Tuesdays. Play along at home and see how you do!

Please note: The second Tuesday will be a Monday afternoon event to accommodate the Tuesday Night Book Club.

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday July 22, 2020
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Storytime w/ Miss Christine
10:00 AM

Join Miss Christine for stories and songs about bugs.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Declutter Your Home -- Stress Free!
3:00 PM - 4:00 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 the process. We will create an action plan, which involves talking about common clutter misconceptions, making decisions, staying motivated, investing time in this process, getting family and kids involved, and getting to the finish line a winner!

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM

Join us for a Library Drawing Party! Have your friends and family 'meet' you on MCL's facebook page every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, to follow along and try out your artistic talents as Julia teaches you how to draw new images each week. Then, we invite you to share your finished artwork with everyone in the comments section! This event is recommended for all ages.

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday July 23, 2020
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Children's Event: Unique Creatures
10:30 AM

Join us for this live animal show with Unique Creatures. You will get to see interesting animals from all over the world in this 30-minute show geared toward children but of interest to all ages.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hopewell Branch Library

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Adult Coloring
11:30 AM

Take some time to relax and get creative! Coloring pages will be avalable on MCLS' Facebook page at 11:30 a.m.  Print out some of these awesome images and use color pencils, markers, or your computer to color them in. There are no rules, so go wild and feel free to color outside of the lines. Feel free to share your finished pieces with us!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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LEGO Challenge
2:30 PM

Every week we will create a new LEGO challenge for you to create! Then we invite you to share a photo of your creation with us on social media.

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday July 24, 2020
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Fractured Fairy Tales: Cinderella
10:30 AM

Today Miss Briana will retell the original story of Cinderella and introduce a variety of fractured fairy tales related to the story. At the end you can follow along as she shows you how to make a fairy wand. Suggested for children, Pre-K through Grade 2.

Check back here at 10:30 a.m. to link to this week's Fractured Fairy Tale episode on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Children's Event: Eggs Arrive for Hatching Program!
11:30 AM

The chicks are coming! The chicks are coming! Hickory Corner's eggs have arrived and are ready to be incubated. Join Miss Chrissy to learn about the incubation process and when the baby chicks will be hatching.

Check back here at 11:30 am to link to the most chick's incubation video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Children's Event: “Once Upon a Magic Show”
1:30 PM

Magician Mike Rose presents a magic show that is not like other magic shows. Mike’s new show, “Once Upon a Magic Show” is created specifically for libraries and is designed to perfectly complement the 2020 Summer Reading theme “Imagine Your Story.” The online performance is made up of seven separate episodes so be sure to check back for each installment! The seven performances consist of impossible magic tricks and off the wall comedy all themed around fairy tales.

Watch this week's "Once Upon a Magic Show" video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hopewell Branch Library.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Virtual Recipe Swap
3:00 PM

Each week on MCLS' Facebook page at 3:00 p.m., Megan, from the Twin Rivers Branch, shares a recipe to get the conversation going.  We look forward to hearing any suggestions or ideas you may have about this week's recipe.  Of course, we'd love for you to share your own recipes, too!  Join us today to see what's cooking in the kitchen!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Saturday July 25, 2020
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Music & Movement for Kids: Story Stretchers
10:30 AM

Join Miss Chrissy as she reads Eric Carle’s Ten Little Rubber Ducks then retell the story with fun yoga poses. Grab your rubber ducky or other bathtub toy for a breathing exercise at the end. Suggested for children, ages 3-8.

Check back here at 10:30 a.m. to link to this week's Music & Movement video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: Ladies in Lavender (2005)
8:00 PM

Experience the thrill of watching a movie on a Saturday night at home, but not alone! Borrow the featured title from our Hoopla catalog with your Mercer County Library card and watch it together in the virtual company of your community. Feel free to share your thoughts and impressions in the comments section under the Facebook posting. We would love to hear from you!

Find it on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11890730

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday July 26, 2020
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“Create A…” Challenge
2:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to design a unique craft using common household items? If so, you will love our weekly “Create a...” Challenge!

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday July 27, 2020
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Children's Author Study: Drew Daywalt
2:30 PM

Enter the world of Drew Daywalt books with Miss Susan from the Ewing Branch. Hear a lively book talk about his different book series.

Check back here at 2:30 p.m. to link to this week's Children's Author Study video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Walking Audiobook Club
4:30 PM

Join the MCLS' Walking Audiobook Club! Each week let us know what you’ve been listening to while you’re walking or jogging. Visit MCLS' Facebook page at 4:30 p.m. to share your thoughts on the books you’re listening to, how many miles you’ve traveled, or your favorite places to walk.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Children's Event: PJ Storytime w/ Yosi
6:30 PM

Getting ready for bed in our PJs was never so much FUN! Award-winning children's recording artist and entertainer, Yosi, rocks the house with dancing, singing and a cozy bedtime story! 

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday July 28, 2020
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Trivia Tuesdays w/ Tom
7:00 PM

Join us each Tuesday night on Facebook for Trivia Tuesdays. Play along at home and see how you do!

Please note: The second Tuesday will be a Monday afternoon event to accommodate the Tuesday Night Book Club.

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday July 29, 2020
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Storytime w/ Miss Connie
10:00 AM

Join Miss Connie today as we head to the farm! We will read stories and sing songs about all our favorite farm animals. 

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Musicians 'Duet' Better
3:00 PM

Children, ages 6-10, can check out the latest "Musicians 'Duet' Better" video on MCLS' YouTube channel from a local teen Girl Scout Gold Award candidate showing you how to:

  • Explore a variety of musical instruments & singing;
  • Learn a basic understanding of rhythm;
  • Create DIY music-themed crafts;
  • Play music trivia; and
  • Other music related activities!

Check back here at 3:00 p.m. to link to the latest "Musicians 'Duet' Better" video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM

Join us for a Library Drawing Party! Have your friends and family 'meet' you on MCL's facebook page every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, to follow along and try out your artistic talents as Julia teaches you how to draw new images each week. Then, we invite you to share your finished artwork with everyone in the comments section! This event is recommended for all ages.

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday July 30, 2020
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Middle Grade Book Club Discussion: The Creativity Project
10:30 AM

After watching Miss Chrissy's story prompt video from July 17, imagine your own story. Let your imagination run wild and then join us live to share your creation and hear what others were inspired to create. This is an interactive program so please enable your camera and microphone. Recommended for Grades 3 through 5.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Adult Coloring
11:30 AM

Take some time to relax and get creative! Coloring pages will be avalable on MCLS' Facebook page at 11:30 a.m.  Print out some of these awesome images and use color pencils, markers, or your computer to color them in. There are no rules, so go wild and feel free to color outside of the lines. Feel free to share your finished pieces with us!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Tween/Teen Paper Craft with Miss Poonam
1:00 PM

Join local art instructor, Miss Poonam, for a livestream program and learn how to make tissue paper flower blossoms with supplies you have around your home!  Make a new wall hanging for your room or give it as a gift! 

Suggested for tweens & teens, ages 9-14.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

Please Note: You'll need the following supplies for today's craft: 1) Tissue paper (pink, red, green) or facial tissue or construction paper;  2) Glue or glue gun with glue stick; 3) Scissors; 4) Yarn or thick thread or burlap thread; 5) Watercolor, acrylic, or pastel paints and a paint brush if you're using white tissues;  6) Twigs; 7) Stapler; and 8) Pencils with erasers

Sponsored by Hightstown Library Association.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
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LEGO Challenge
2:30 PM

Every week we will create a new LEGO challenge for you to create! Then we invite you to share a photo of your creation with us on social media.

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday July 31, 2020
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Fractured Fairy Tales: Gingerbread Man
10:30 AM

Join us as we retell the original story of some of your favorite fairy tales and learn about fractured fairy tales that give these old tales a new spin. After the story, you will find out about more activities you can do at home. Suggested for children, Pre-K through Grade 2.

Check back here at 10:30 a.m. to link to this week's Fractured Fairy Tale episode on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Middle Grade Book Club: The Creativity Project
12:00 PM

We're challenging you to imagine a story! Miss Christine will share a story prompt and response from the book, The Creativity Project, and challenge you to create your own story based on a prompt. Then join Miss Christine for a live program on August 13 at 10:30 a.m. (registration required) to share a story, picture, drawing, poem, comic, or even a song that you created based on the prompt. Recommended for Grades 3 through 5.

Check back here at 12:00 p.m. to link to this session's prompt for the Middle Grade Book Club on MCLS' YouTube channel.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Children's Event: “Once Upon a Magic Show”
1:30 PM

Magician Mike Rose presents a magic show that is not like other magic shows. Mike’s new show, “Once Upon a Magic Show” is created specifically for libraries and is designed to perfectly complement the 2020 Summer Reading theme “Imagine Your Story.” The online performance is made up of seven separate episodes so be sure to check back for each installment! The seven performances consist of impossible magic tricks and off the wall comedy all themed around fairy tales.

Watch this week's "Once Upon a Magic Show" video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hopewell Branch Library.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Virtual Recipe Swap
3:00 PM

Each week on MCLS' Facebook page at 3:00 p.m., Megan, from the Twin Rivers Branch, shares a recipe to get the conversation going.  We look forward to hearing any suggestions or ideas you may have about this week's recipe.  Of course, we'd love for you to share your own recipes, too!  Join us today to see what's cooking in the kitchen!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Saturday August 1, 2020
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Music & Movement for Kids: Toddler Rock
10:30 AM

Join Miss Briana for singing, dancing and rhymes with shakers and scarves. Suggested for toddlers and preschoolers.

Check back here at 10:30 a.m. to link to this week's Music & Movement video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: I Am Not Your Negro (2017)
8:00 PM

Experience the thrill of watching a movie on a Saturday night at home, but not alone! Borrow the featured title from our Hoopla catalog with your Mercer County Library card and watch it together in the virtual company of your community. Feel free to share your thoughts and impressions in the comments section under the Facebook posting. We would love to hear from you!

Find I Am Not Your Negro on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11910375

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday August 2, 2020
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“Create A…” Challenge
2:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to design a unique craft using common household items? If so, you will love our weekly “Create a...” Challenge!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday August 3, 2020
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Children's Author Study: Ame Dyckman
2:30 PM

Our featured author today is local children's author, Ame Dyckman. Miss Andrea from Hickory Corner will tell us about Ms. Dyckman and her many books. Then we will hear some stories read by the author!

Check back here at 2:30 p.m. to link to this week's Children's Author Study video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Walking Audiobook Club
4:30 PM

Join the MCLS' Walking Audiobook Club! Each week let us know what you’ve been listening to while you’re walking or jogging. Visit MCLS' Facebook page at 4:30 p.m. to share your thoughts on the books you’re listening to, how many miles you’ve traveled, or your favorite places to walk.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday August 4, 2020
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Musicians 'Duet' Better
12:30 PM

Do you like music and/or singing? Do you play an instrument or want to learn? Children, ages 6-10, can join this live-stream, interactive program led by a teen Girl Scout Gold Award candidate to:

  • Explore a variety of musical instruments & singing;
  • Learn a basic understanding of rhythm;
  • Create DIY music-themed crafts;
  • Play music trivia; and
  • Other music related activities!

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Non-Fiction Book Club w/ Mary -- Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui
2:30 PM

Join us the first Tuesday of each month to discuss a non-fiction book. This month we will discuss Why We Swim, by Bonnie Tsui

eBook available in hoopla; audiobook available in hoopla

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Trivia Tuesdays w/ Tom
7:00 PM

Join us each Tuesday night on Facebook for Trivia Tuesdays. Play along at home and see how you do!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday August 5, 2020
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Storytime w/ Miss Chrissy
10:00 AM

Join Miss Chrissy for stories and songs about aninals hatching!

Check back here at 10:00 a.m. to link to this week's Storytime video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Tween Craft: Collage It!
1:00 PM

Follow along with local art instructor, Mrs. Mehta, to create a unique paper collage from upcycled materials (magazines, construction paper, tissue paper, etc.) as a background for a silhouette drawing or photo! Then...frame it, display it, enjoy it! Recommended for tweens and teens, ages 9-14. 

Check back here on Wednesday, August 5 at 1:00 p.m. to link to the video's premiere on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM

Join us for a Library Drawing Party! Have your friends and family 'meet' you on MCL's facebook page every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, to follow along and try out your artistic talents as Julia teaches you how to draw new images each week. Then, we invite you to share your finished artwork with everyone in the comments section! This event is recommended for all ages.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Virtual Short Story Discussion w/ Anna
8:00 PM

The short story -- short in length, but full of content! Join our discussion group, which focuses on a different short story the first Wednesday of every month. This month's story is "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut.

eBook availble in hoopla.

Direct link to story: https://tinyurl.com/MCLSShort18

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday August 6, 2020
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Adult Coloring
11:30 AM

Take some time to relax and get creative! Coloring pages will be avalable on MCLS' Facebook page at 11:30 a.m.  Print out some of these awesome images and use color pencils, markers, or your computer to color them in. There are no rules, so go wild and feel free to color outside of the lines. Feel free to share your finished pieces with us!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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LEGO Challenge
2:30 PM

Every week we will create a new LEGO challenge for you to create! Then we invite you to share a photo of your creation with us on social media.

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Holistic Approach to Anxiety
7:00 PM

Many people may be experiencing anxiety, especially during these trying times. Join Perry Herman, MD, FAAP, board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation from Penn Medicine Princeton Health, for this informative session discussing holistic ways that can help manage your anxiety.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday August 7, 2020
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Fractured Fairy Tales: Sleeping Beauty
10:30 AM

Miss Connie will retell Sleeping Beauty and review books and fractured fairy tales related to the original story. At the end we will make a related craft. Suggested ages: Pre-K through Grade 2

Check back here at 10:30 a.m. to link to this week's Fractured Fairy Tale episode on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Children's Event: “Once Upon a Magic Show”
1:30 PM

Magician Mike Rose presents a magic show that is not like other magic shows. Mike’s new show, “Once Upon a Magic Show” is created specifically for libraries and is designed to perfectly complement the 2020 Summer Reading theme “Imagine Your Story.” The online performance is made up of seven separate episodes so be sure to check back for each installment! The seven performances consist of impossible magic tricks and off the wall comedy all themed around fairy tales.

Watch this week's "Once Upon a Magic Show" video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hopewell Branch Library.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Virtual Recipe Swap
3:00 PM

Each week on MCLS' Facebook page at 3:00 p.m., Megan, from the Twin Rivers Branch, shares a recipe to get the conversation going.  We look forward to hearing any suggestions or ideas you may have about this week's recipe.  Of course, we'd love for you to share your own recipes, too!  Join us today to see what's cooking in the kitchen!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Saturday August 8, 2020
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Music & Movement for Kids: Movers and Shakers
10:30 AM

Join Miss Lauren for moving, shaking, and your favorite songs while you get your wiggles out! Suggested for toddlers and preschoolers.

Check back here at 10:30 a.m. to link to this week's Music & Movement video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: The Joy Luck Club (1993)
8:00 PM

Experience the thrill of watching a movie on a Saturday night at home, but not alone! Borrow the featured title from our Hoopla catalog with your Mercer County Library card and watch it together in the virtual company of your community. Feel free to share your thoughts and impressions in the comments section under the Facebook posting. We would love to hear from you!

Find The Joy Luck Club on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11296627

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday August 9, 2020
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“Create A…” Challenge
2:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to design a unique craft using common household items? If so, you will love our weekly “Create a...” Challenge!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday August 10, 2020
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Children's Author Study: Annie Barrows
2:30 PM

Today our featured author is Annie Barrows! Miss Briana from the Hopewell Branch will tell us about Ms. Barrows and her many books. Then we will listen to Ms. Barrows read from Ivy and Bean!

Check back here at 2:30 pm to link to the most recent Children's Author Spotlight episode on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Walking Audiobook Club
4:30 PM

Join the MCLS' Walking Audiobook Club! Each week let us know what you’ve been listening to while you’re walking or jogging. Visit MCLS' Facebook page at 4:30 p.m. to share your thoughts on the books you’re listening to, how many miles you’ve traveled, or your favorite places to walk.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday August 11, 2020
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Crochet, Knit & Chat
2:30 PM

Join the conversation while starting a new project or continuing your work in progress. Discuss past projects, and share tips and ideas. All hook and needle crafters are welcome!

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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MCL Tuesday Book Club: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
7:00 PM

Join us on Facebook for our monthly virtual book group. You will need to join the group prior to the discussion, as this group is listed as a private group. This month we will discuss The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.  eBook is available via hoopla with your Mercer County Library System card. 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday August 12, 2020
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Storytime w/ Miss Michelle
10:00 AM

Join Miss Michelle for stories and songs about camping.  

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Musicians 'Duet' Better
3:00 PM

Children, ages 6-10, can check out the latest "Musicians 'Duet' Better" video on MCLS' YouTube channel from a local teen Girl Scout Gold Award candidate showing you how to:

  • Explore a variety of musical instruments & singing;
  • Learn a basic understanding of rhythm;
  • Create DIY music-themed crafts;
  • Play music trivia; and
  • Other music related activities!

Check back here at 3:00 p.m. to link to that latest "Musicians 'Duet' Better" video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Top 10 Cost Effective Home Renovation Projects
3:00 PM

Many of us dream of doing the upgrades featured on HGTV and TLC.  Most often, however, the idea of costly renovation expenses scares many people away. The truth is, you CAN have an HGTV perfect home! In this online workshop, we go over the tips and tricks that you can use to immediately implement amazing changes, as well as the top 2020 home renovation trends on a budget.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM

Join us for a Library Drawing Party! Have your friends and family 'meet' you on MCL's facebook page every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, to follow along and try out your artistic talents as Julia teaches you how to draw new images each week. Then, we invite you to share your finished artwork with everyone in the comments section! This event is recommended for all ages.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday August 13, 2020
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Middle Grade Book Club Discussion: The Creativity Project
10:30 AM

After watching Miss Christine's story prompt video from July 31, imagine your own story. Let your imagination run wild and then join us live to share your creation and hear what others were inspired to create. This is an interactive program so please enable your camera and microphone. Recommended for Grades 3 through 5.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Adult Coloring
11:30 AM

Take some time to relax and get creative! Coloring pages will be avalable on MCLS' Facebook page at 11:30 a.m.  Print out some of these awesome images and use color pencils, markers, or your computer to color them in. There are no rules, so go wild and feel free to color outside of the lines. Feel free to share your finished pieces with us!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Baby Chicks: Egg Hatching
11:30 AM

Chick it out! Meet the newly hatched baby chicks and learn about how they'll be cared for. After meeting the chicks, reach out to @mclsnj on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and be sure to join Miss Chrissy and Miss Andrea when they announce the chicks' names at the baby chick birthday party on Tuesday, August 18th.

Check back here at 11:30 a.m. to link to the Chick's Egg Hatching video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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LEGO Challenge
2:30 PM

Every week we will create a new LEGO challenge for you to create! Then we invite you to share a photo of your creation with us on social media.

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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TED Talks Discussion w/ Jennifer
7:00 PM

We invite you to join us on MCLS' Facebook page for a discussion of a TED Talk with Jennifer from our administration department. For those who are new to them, TED Talks are short, powerful, and engaging talks that span a variety of subjects. “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”, “The Power of Introverts”, and “The Danger of a Single Story” are just a few of the impactful talks that TED offers. At 7:00 pm, we will post the link to a TED Talk video and start the discussion on Facebook. Please join us for this month's TED Talk -- "The Happy Secret to Better Work".

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday August 14, 2020
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Fractured Fairy Tales: Little Red Hen
10:30 AM

Today Miss Andrea is going to tell the story of Little Red Hen using a magnet board. She wants you to follow along at home! After the story, she is going to share some other versions of the story that you can find in the library's catalog and some fun activities that you can do. Suggested for children, Pre-K through Grade 2.

Check back here at 10:30 a.m. to link to this week's Fractured Fairy Tale episode on MCLS' YouTube channel!

Please see the accompanying document for additional books and activities based on Little Red Hen

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Middle Grade Book Club: The Creativity Project
12:00 PM

We're challenging you to imagine a story! Miss Briana will share a story prompt and response from the book, The Creativity Project, and challenge you to create your own story based on a prompt. Then join Miss Briana for a live program on August 27 at 10:30 a.m. (registration required) to share a story, picture, drawing, poem, comic, or even a song that you created based on the prompt. Recommended for Grades 3 through 5.

Check back here at 12:00 p.m. to link to this session's prompt for the Middle Grade Book Club on MCLS' YouTube channel.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Virtual Recipe Swap
3:00 PM

Each week on MCLS' Facebook page at 3:00 p.m., Megan, from the Twin Rivers Branch, shares a recipe to get the conversation going.  We look forward to hearing any suggestions or ideas you may have about this week's recipe.  Of course, we'd love for you to share your own recipes, too!  Join us today to see what's cooking in the kitchen!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Saturday August 15, 2020
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Music & Movement for Kids: Romp & Stomp
10:30 AM

Music and movement with Miss Michelle; grab your shaker eggs and join the fun! Suggested for toddlers and preschoolers.

Check back here at 10:30 a.m. to link to this week's Music & Movement video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: Angela's Ashes (1999)
8:00 PM

Experience the thrill of watching a movie on a Saturday night at home, but not alone! Borrow the featured title from our Hoopla catalog with your Mercer County Library card and watch it together in the virtual company of your community. Feel free to share your thoughts and impressions in the comments section under the Facebook posting. We would love to hear from you!

Find Angela's Ashes on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/10951834

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday August 16, 2020
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“Create A…” Challenge
2:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to design a unique craft using common household items? If so, you will love our weekly “Create a...” Challenge!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday August 17, 2020
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Children's Author Study: Margery Cuyler
2:30 PM

Let's meet author Margery Cuyler! Miss Jackie from the Lawrence Branch will introduce Ms.Cuyler and tell about some of the books she's has written. Then Ms. Cuyler will read to us the story of Bonaparte Falls Apart!

Check back here at 2:30 pm to link to the most recent Children's Author Spotlight episode on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Walking Audiobook Club
4:30 PM

Join the MCLS' Walking Audiobook Club! Each week let us know what you’ve been listening to while you’re walking or jogging. Visit MCLS' Facebook page at 4:30 p.m. to share your thoughts on the books you’re listening to, how many miles you’ve traveled, or your favorite places to walk.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday August 18, 2020
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Children's Event: Annual Chick Hatching
10:30 AM

Join us for our baby chicks' "birthday party!" Get an up close and personal virtual view of our fuzzy new friends. We will give them their names, read a chick story, sing "I Know a Chicken" and walk you through making a chick craft. This program is suitable for all-ages of animal lovers.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Musicians 'Duet' Better
12:30 PM

Do you like music and/or singing? Do you play an instrument or want to learn? Children, ages 6-10, can join this live-stream, interactive program led by a teen Girl Scout Gold Award candidate to:

  • Explore a variety of musical instruments & singing;
  • Learn a basic understanding of rhythm;
  • Create DIY music-themed crafts;
  • Play music trivia; and
  • Other music related activities!

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Trivia Tuesdays w/ Tom
7:00 PM

Join us each Tuesday night on Facebook for Trivia Tuesdays. Play along at home and see how you do!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday August 19, 2020
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Storytime w/ Miss Jen
10:00 AM

Join Miss Jen for stories and songs about cowboys and cowgirls.

Check back here at 10:00 am to link to this week's Storytime on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Gardening Book Group: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
2:00 PM

Join us in reading and discussing works of fiction or non-fiction having to do with gardening, plants, nature, or the land. All are welcome to discuss this month's title, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Musicians 'Duet' Better
3:00 PM

Children, ages 6-10, can check out the latest "Musicians 'Duet' Better" video on MCLS' YouTube channel from a local teen Girl Scout Gold Award candidate showing you how to:

  • Explore a variety of musical instruments & singing;
  • Learn a basic understanding of rhythm;
  • Create DIY music-themed crafts;
  • Play music trivia; and
  • Other music related activities!

Check back here at 3:00 p.m. to link to the latest "Musicians 'Duet' Better" video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM

Join us for a Library Drawing Party! Have your friends and family 'meet' you on MCL's facebook page every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, to follow along and try out your artistic talents as Julia teaches you how to draw new images each week. Then, we invite you to share your finished artwork with everyone in the comments section! This event is recommended for all ages.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday August 20, 2020
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Adult Coloring
11:30 AM

Take some time to relax and get creative! Coloring pages will be avalable on MCLS' Facebook page at 11:30 a.m.  Print out some of these awesome images and use color pencils, markers, or your computer to color them in. There are no rules, so go wild and feel free to color outside of the lines. Feel free to share your finished pieces with us!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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LEGO Challenge
2:30 PM

Every week we will create a new LEGO challenge for you to create! Then we invite you to share a photo of your creation with us on social media.

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday August 21, 2020
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Fractured Fairy Tales: Three Little Pigs
10:30 AM

Ms. Chetna will read the Usborne Pop-Up book, The Three Little Pigs and The Three Little Superpigs by Claire Evans. Following the story, we'll make a Three Little Pigs story bracelet and do STEM Activity of testing three houses made of straw, twigs and bricks. Suggested for children, Pre-K through Grade 2.

Check back here at 10:30 a.m. to link to this week's Fractured Fairy Tale episode on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Virtual Recipe Swap
3:00 PM

Each week on MCLS' Facebook page at 3:00 p.m., Megan, from the Twin Rivers Branch, shares a recipe to get the conversation going.  We look forward to hearing any suggestions or ideas you may have about this week's recipe.  Of course, we'd love for you to share your own recipes, too!  Join us today to see what's cooking in the kitchen!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Saturday August 22, 2020
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Music & Movement for Kids: Dance Party
10:30 AM

Get your shaker and scarf ready to dance along with Miss Andrea as she plays music that will get you up and moving! Suggested for toddlers and preschoolers.

Check back here at 10:30 a.m. to link to this week's Music & Movement video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: West Side Story (1961)
8:00 PM

Experience the thrill of watching a movie on a Saturday night at home, but not alone! Borrow the featured title from our Hoopla catalog with your Mercer County Library card and watch it together in the virtual company of your community. Feel free to share your thoughts and impressions in the comments section under the Facebook posting. We would love to hear from you!

Find West Side Story on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12840673

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday August 23, 2020
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“Create A…” Challenge
2:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to design a unique craft using common household items? If so, you will love our weekly “Create a...” Challenge!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday August 24, 2020
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Last Day of Summer Reading Program
9:35 AM - 9:00 PM

Today is the last day of the 2020 Summer Reading Program, Imagine Your Story.  Don't forget to stop in with your reading logs and make sure to check out our end of program events.

 
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Children's Author Study: Tara Lazar
2:30 PM

Today our featured author is New Jersey resident Tara Lazar. Miss Connie from the Hopewell Branch will tell you about her and her books. At the end we have two special videos about her book The Monstore!

Check back here at 2:30 pm to link to the most recent Children's Author Spotlight episode on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Walking Audiobook Club
4:30 PM

Join the MCLS' Walking Audiobook Club! Each week let us know what you’ve been listening to while you’re walking or jogging. Visit MCLS' Facebook page at 4:30 p.m. to share your thoughts on the books you’re listening to, how many miles you’ve traveled, or your favorite places to walk.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday August 25, 2020
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Trivia Tuesdays w/ Tom
7:00 PM

Join us each Tuesday night on Facebook for Trivia Tuesdays. Play along at home and see how you do!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday August 26, 2020
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Storytime w/ Miss Briana
10:00 AM

Join Miss Briana for stories and songs about  the zoo.  

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM

Join us for a Library Drawing Party! Have your friends and family 'meet' you on MCL's facebook page every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, to follow along and try out your artistic talents as Julia teaches you how to draw new images each week. Then, we invite you to share your finished artwork with everyone in the comments section! This event is recommended for all ages.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday August 27, 2020
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Middle Grade Book Club Discussion: The Creativity Project
10:30 AM

After watching Miss Briana's story prompt video from August 14, imagine your own story. Let your imagination run wild and then join us live to share your creation and hear what others were inspired to create. This is an interactive program so please enable your camera and microphone. Recommended for Grades 3 through 5.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Adult Coloring
11:30 AM

Take some time to relax and get creative! Coloring pages will be avalable on MCLS' Facebook page at 11:30 a.m.  Print out some of these awesome images and use color pencils, markers, or your computer to color them in. There are no rules, so go wild and feel free to color outside of the lines. Feel free to share your finished pieces with us!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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LEGO Challenge
2:30 PM

Every week we will create a new LEGO challenge for you to create! Then we invite you to share a photo of your creation with us on social media.

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday August 28, 2020
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Fractured Fairy Tales: Jack and the Beanstalk
10:30 AM

Join Miss Chrissy as she tells the story of Jack and the Beanstalk using LEGOs. After the story, Miss Chrissy will show you how to grow your own beanstalk from a lima bean. Suggested for children, ages 3-8.

Check back here at 10:30 a.m. to link to this week's Fractured Fairy Tale episode on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Virtual Recipe Swap
3:00 PM

Each week on MCLS' Facebook page at 3:00 p.m., Megan, from the Twin Rivers Branch, shares a recipe to get the conversation going.  We look forward to hearing any suggestions or ideas you may have about this week's recipe.  Of course, we'd love for you to share your own recipes, too!  Join us today to see what's cooking in the kitchen!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Saturday August 29, 2020
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Music & Movement for Kids: Dance Party
10:30 AM

Grab a scarf and instrument and get ready to move, jump, and sing with Miss Jen! Suggested for toddlers and preschoolers.

Check back here at 10:30 a.m. to link to this week's Music & Movement video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: Shakespeare in Love (1999)
8:00 PM

Experience the thrill of watching a movie on a Saturday night at home, but not alone! Borrow the featured title from our Hoopla catalog with your Mercer County Library card and watch it together in the virtual company of your community. Feel free to share your thoughts and impressions in the comments section under the Facebook posting. We would love to hear from you!

Find Shakespeare in Love on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12202960

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday August 30, 2020
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“Create A…” Challenge
2:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to design a unique craft using common household items? If so, you will love our weekly “Create a...” Challenge!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday August 31, 2020
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Walking Audiobook Club
4:30 PM

Join the MCLS' Walking Audiobook Club! Each week let us know what you’ve been listening to while you’re walking or jogging. Visit MCLS' Facebook page at 4:30 p.m. to share your thoughts on the books you’re listening to, how many miles you’ve traveled, or your favorite places to walk.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday September 4, 2020
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Fractured Fairy Tales: Goldilocks
10:30 AM

Today Miss Briana will tell the story of Golidlocks and the Three Bears. After the story, she will introduce a variety of fractured fairy tales related to the story and share some fun activites that you can do at home. Suggested ages: Pre-K through Grade 2

Check back here at 10:30 a.m. to link to this week's Fractured Fairy Tale episode on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Saturday September 5, 2020
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Labor Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Sunday September 6, 2020
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Labor Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Monday September 7, 2020
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Labor Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Monday October 12, 2020
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Columbus Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Tuesday November 3, 2020
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Election Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

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

Wednesday November 11, 2020
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Veterans Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

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

Wednesday November 25, 2020
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Thanksgiving Eve
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches will close at 5:00pm.

Thursday November 26, 2020
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Thanksgiving Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Friday November 27, 2020
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Day After Thanksgiving
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

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

Thursday December 24, 2020
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Christmas Eve
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches will close at 3:00pm.

Friday December 25, 2020
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Christmas
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Thursday December 31, 2020
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New Year's Eve
12:55 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches will close at 3:00pm.

Friday January 1, 2021
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New Year's Day
12:55 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Monday January 18, 2021
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Martin Luther King Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

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

Monday February 15, 2021
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President's Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Friday April 2, 2021
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Good Friday
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Sunday April 4, 2021
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Easter
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Saturday May 29, 2021
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Memorial Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Sunday May 30, 2021
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Memorial Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Monday May 31, 2021
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Memorial Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Sunday July 4, 2021
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Fourth of July
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Monday July 5, 2021
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Fourth of July Observed
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Saturday September 4, 2021
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Labor Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Sunday September 5, 2021
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Labor Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Monday October 11, 2021
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Columbus Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Tuesday November 2, 2021
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Election Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

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

Thursday November 11, 2021
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Veterans Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

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

Wednesday November 24, 2021
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Thanksgiving Eve
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches will close at 5:00pm.

Thursday November 25, 2021
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Thanksgiving Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Friday November 26, 2021
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Day After Thanksgiving
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

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

Friday December 24, 2021
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Christmas Observed
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches will be closed.

Saturday December 25, 2021
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Christmas
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Friday December 31, 2021
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New Year's Observed
12:55 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches will be closed.


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