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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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
Monday May 20, 2019
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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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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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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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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 & 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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     
Thursday May 23, 2019
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Wednesday May 29, 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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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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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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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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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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'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     
Thursday May 30, 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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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
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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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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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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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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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
11:00 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Family Movie, for children of all ages with a caregiver.
1:30 PM

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Join us for the movie:  A Dog's Way Home (2019).  Rated PG (137 minutes).

NEW TIME:  the movie will start promptly at 1:30pm.  Popcorn will be served.  Caregivers must remain in the room for the duration of the movie. 

Coloring pages will be available.

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr
2:00 PM - 4:00 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
Sunday June 2, 2019
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'This is My House' Drawing Prompt ~ Sunday Surprise Craft!
1:00 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!

Drop in anytime between 1pm and 4pm.

Clean up will begin at 4pm.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Monday June 3, 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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Mouse Basics
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 
CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Open Lab
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This is an unstructured project-oriented class. Practice what you learned in your classes, 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
 
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Alphabet Story-time, for 2-5yrs
6:30 PM

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

Join us on a journey through the alphabet!  Each story-time will include books, songs, and a craft featuring a different letter.

 This week we are learning about the LETTER L.

 Stay after for toys and pre K play!

 No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Friends of the Lawrence Library Meeting
7:00 PM
CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Pre-K Play, for ages 2-6 yr
7:00 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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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 15 spaces available.
Tuesday June 4, 2019
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PC Basics
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Monthly “Minute-to-win-it” Challenge, for ages 3+
6:00 PM

For ages 3 years old and up, with a caregiver.

Drop in between 6pm and 8pm and join us for a fun night of games!  Kids and their parents are invited to participate in several summer-themed 60 second timed challenges.  Try each station once or more and compare your score to your family!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Current Events Discussion Club
7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Wednesday June 5, 2019
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Active Aging Fitness: Summer Series
3:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-9294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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World's Greatest Dad Coupons!
6:30 PM

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

For our dear dads ~ parenting well can often seem a thankless task…Shower dad with attention and some love with these fun coupons for Father’s Day!

He’s sure to appreciate it! 

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Knitting Circle
7:00 PM

Knitters who already know the basics are invited to drop in to socialize with other knitters and work on a project of their choice. Experienced knitter Helene Plank will be available to assist individuals. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Thursday June 6, 2019
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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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Crochet Corner
3:00 PM

Needle crafters who already know the basic crochet stitches are invited to drop in to socialize and work on a project of their choice. Experienced needle crafter Margaret Woo will be available to assist individuals. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Foreign and Independent Films at Your Library: The Charmer (Denmark, Sweden, 2017)
6:30 PM

The Charmer is an intense psychological drama about Esmail, a young Iranian man who is desperately looking to meet women who can secure his stay in Denmark. As time is running out he falls in love and his past catches up with him. 102 min. Not rated. Danish and Persian with English subtitles. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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World's Greatest Dad Coupons!
6:30 PM

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

For our dear dads ~ parenting well can often seem a thankless task…Shower dad with attention and some love with these fun coupons for Father’s Day!

He’s sure to appreciate it! 

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Friday June 7, 2019
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Meditation Circle
2:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
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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Drum Circle: Summer Series
4:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Saturday June 8, 2019
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Wii Sports for Adults: Bowling
9:30 AM

Come join us for an exciting video gaming session of Wii Sports using the Nintendo Wii video game console. Led by librarian Jamie Anderson, this month's program will feature Wii Bowling. Adults of all ages are welcome. No prior video gaming experience is necessary. Registration is suggested.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Drop-in Craft: Surprise Craft, for all ages
10:00 AM

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

It's a surprise!  Drop-in between 10am and 3pm and see what fun craft we have out today!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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LaffCon 4
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Come join us for the 4th annual Science Fiction Convention devoted to the work of the renowned author R.A. Lafferty. We will have panels on Lafferty’s novel The Reefs of Earth. The Gene Wolfe Podcast will perform a live show at the Con, and there will be lectures on Lafferty's work.  In addition, we will offer an art show and free refreshments. Please register online on EventKeeper starting Wednesday, May 1st, 9:30 am.  

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are many spaces available.
 
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Little Scientists, for ages 2-5 yrs
11:00 AM

For ages 2-5 years, with a caregiver.

Join us for a new program for toddlers and preschoolers to explore all things science!  Older siblings are welcome!

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

This week’s theme is:  PLANT SCIENCE (take 2)!!

Please dress in old clothes or wear a smock. Some experiments may get messy!

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Please register each child separately.

Space is limited. Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend, so that we may allow another child to participate. (609) 883-8295.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr
2:00 PM - 4:00 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
Sunday June 9, 2019
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Rolled Paper Snail
1:00 PM

Sunday Surprise Craft!

Ages 4-11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

We’ll give you the snail, you decorate and roll it up!

The design for the paper snail is quite simple - it’s made from a long strip of paper with a snail’s ‘head’ at one end.

Decorate your snail with colorful markers, then place it face down and roll it up to make a spiral snail shell.  

A whimsical and fun snail pal!

Drop in anytime between 1pm and 4pm.

Clean up will begin at 4pm.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Teen Volunteer Orientation Session
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

This orientation is intended for those students who have visited the Youth Services Department at Lawrence Branch and have signed for a Lawrence Teen Volunteer Application packet.** You must be at least 14 years old at the time of volunteering. Space is limited in each session.

Please register for only one orientation.  Bring your application with you.

An adult or caregiver over the age of 18 must attend orientation with you.

If you change your mind and decide not to attend orientation, nor to volunteer, please phone us at (609) 883-8295 so that we can make space for another student.

You are responsible for reading the application packet thoroughly and following the instructions listed within.

If you miss your orientation, we cannot guarantee that space will be available on another date.

Further requirements:

  • Be 14-17 years old at the time of volunteering
  • Be a Lawrence resident
  • Be a Mercer County Library card holder
  • Be available for volunteer work during Summer Reading (June 24- August 10, 2019)
  • Be able to commit to a total of at least 14 hours of volunteer work, including a potential Saturday shift
  • Be flexible to volunteer for morning, afternoon, or evening shifts

**Printed applications will be available on an ongoing basis, but we will only have space for 45 total volunteers, who successfully sign up here for the June 9th, June 12th, June 16th, or June 19th orientation session on the Library’s website. 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 3 spaces available.
Monday June 10, 2019
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Movie Matinee: A Star is Born (2018)
2:00 PM

Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer, until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent. This is the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. 135 min. R-rated. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence 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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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 17 spaces available.
Tuesday June 11, 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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PC Essentials
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Work with the Windows 10 environment. Use the many features of the Start Menu. Rename, move and delete files and folders using Windows 10.
Take PC Basics 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
 
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Pre-K Play, for ages 2-6 yr
7:00 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
Wednesday June 12, 2019
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Sing-A-Long with Pat McKinley
10:00 AM

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Excel 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Learn the basics of this spreadsheet program. See how easy it is to input and edit data. Make some simple calculations.
Strong mouse skills are essential! 

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Open Lab
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This is an unstructured project-oriented class. Practice what you learned in your classes, 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
 
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Teen Volunteer Orientation Session
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This orientation is intended for those students who have visited the Youth Services Department at Lawrence Branch and have signed for a Lawrence Teen Volunteer Application packet.** You must be at least 14 years old at the time of volunteering. Space is limited in each session.

Please register for only one orientation.  Bring your application with you.

An adult or caregiver over the age of 18 must attend orientation with you.

If you change your mind and decide not to attend orientation, nor to volunteer, please phone us at (609) 883-8295 so that we can make space for another student.

You are responsible for reading the application packet thoroughly and following the instructions listed within.

If you miss your orientation, we cannot guarantee that space will be available on another date.

Further requirements:

  • Be 14-17 years old at the time of volunteering
  • Be a Lawrence resident
  • Be a Mercer County Library card holder
  • Be available for volunteer work during Summer Reading (June 24- August 10, 2019)
  • Be able to commit to a total of at least 14 hours of volunteer work, including a potential Saturday shift
  • Be flexible to volunteer for morning, afternoon, or evening shifts

**Printed applications will be available on an ongoing basis, but we will only have space for 45 total volunteers, who successfully sign up here for the June 9th, June 12th, June 16th, or June 19th orientation session on the Library’s website. 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 13 spaces available.
Thursday June 13, 2019
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Internet 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Learn to work with Microsoft’s browser Edge. Visit interesting websites and learn to use Search Engines to surf the web.

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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CookTalks: Sheet Pan Suppers
11:00 AM

Sheet pan suppers are simple hands-off meals prepared with just a sheet pan and your oven. Cooks can roast Arctic char with asparagus, pistachio gremolata and pops of flavor from lemon slices, sweet red onion and cherry tomatoes, all cooked on a sheet pan in under 30 minutes. Registration suggested.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence 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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Word 1
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Create a Word document. Type, format, and edit, then preview and learn to print a simple document.
Strong mouse skills are essential!


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Rolled Paper Snail
6:30 PM

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

We’ll give you the snail, you decorate and roll it up!

The design for the paper snail is quite simple - it’s made from a long strip of paper with a snail’s ‘head’ at one end.

Decorate your snail with colorful markers, then place it face down and roll it up to make a spiral snail shell.  

A whimsical and fun snail pal!

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Poetry Circle: Poetry Reading & Open Mic
7:00 PM

Enjoy readings by local poets from our regular discussion group. After the readings, there will be an open mic for anyone interested in sharing their original or favorite poems. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Friday June 14, 2019
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Women’s Discussion Group
4:30 PM

Join a conversation group for women led by reference librarians Ann Kerr, Shilpa Shanbhag and blogger Raj Vora to discuss topics of interest such as friendship, relationships, parenting, health, careers and spirituality. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Saturday June 15, 2019
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Drop-in Letter G Craft, ages 2+
10:00 AM

For children ages 2 and up, with a caregiver.

Drop in between 10am and 4pm and create a gumball machine out of the letter G!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Family Movie, for children of all ages with a caregiver.
1:30 PM

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Join us for the movie:  Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019).  Rated PG (1 hr 29 minutes).

NEW TIME:  the movie will start promptly at 1:30pm.  Popcorn will be served.  Caregivers must remain in the room for the duration of the movie. 

Coloring pages will be available.

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr
2:00 PM - 4:00 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
Sunday June 16, 2019
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World's Greatest Dad Coupons!
1:00 PM

Sunday Surprise Craft!

Ages 4-11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

For our dear dads ~ parenting well can often seem a thankless task…Shower dad with attention and some love with these fun coupons for Father’s Day!

He’s sure to appreciate it!

Drop in anytime between 1pm and 4pm.

Clean up will begin at 4pm.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Teen Volunteer Orientation Session
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

This orientation is intended for those students who have visited the Youth Services Department at Lawrence Branch and have signed for a Lawrence Teen Volunteer Application packet.** You must be at least 14 years old at the time of volunteering. Space is limited in each session.

Please register for only one orientation.  Bring your application with you.

An adult or caregiver over the age of 18 must attend orientation with you.

If you change your mind and decide not to attend orientation, nor to volunteer, please phone us at (609) 883-8295 so that we can make space for another student.

You are responsible for reading the application packet thoroughly and following the instructions listed within.

If you miss your orientation, we cannot guarantee that space will be available on another date.

Further requirements:

  • Be 14-17 years old at the time of volunteering
  • Be a Lawrence resident
  • Be a Mercer County Library card holder
  • Be available for volunteer work during Summer Reading (June 24- August 10, 2019)
  • Be able to commit to a total of at least 14 hours of volunteer work, including a potential Saturday shift
  • Be flexible to volunteer for morning, afternoon, or evening shifts

**Printed applications will be available on an ongoing basis, but we will only have space for 45 total volunteers, who successfully sign up here for the June 9th, June 12th, June 16th, or June 19th orientation session on the Library’s website. 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
Monday June 17, 2019
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Morning Book Club: The Maze at Wildermere, by Gregory Blake Smith
10:00 AM

In his emotionally expansive new novel Smith spins out five narratives set in Newport, R.I., from its beginnings as a British colony to its later incarnation as the playground of the very rich. Taken individually, each story is dramatic and captivating, but as the author makes ever-increasing connections among the stories and shuffles them all into one unbroken narrative, the novel becomes a moving meditation on love, race, class, and self-fulfillment in America across the centuries. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Health Resources
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Discover how to use library databases and online resources to research diseases, conditions, procedures, and drugs and find other health and wellness information.

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Maker Monday: Motorized Merry-Go-Round, for ages 5+
6:30 PM

For ages 5 and up, with a caregiver.

Time to create!  Join us for Maker Monday and use your creativity for this hands-on project!

This month’s maker project is:  Motorized Merry-Go-Round!

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Please register each child separately.

Space is limited. Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend, so that we may allow another child to participate. (609) 883-8295.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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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 19 spaces available.
Tuesday June 18, 2019
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Pre-K Play, for ages 2-6 yr
7:00 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
Wednesday June 19, 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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Fiction Writing Workshop: Short Story Reading & Open Mic
10:00 AM

Enjoy readings of original work from the Fiction Writers’ Workshop members. After the readings, there will be an open mic for anyone interested in sharing an original or favorite piece 5-10 minutes long. We will discuss the differences between reading a piece and performing it. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Teen Volunteer Orientation Session
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This orientation is intended for those students who have visited the Youth Services Department at Lawrence Branch and have signed for a Lawrence Teen Volunteer Application packet.** You must be at least 14 years old at the time of volunteering. Space is limited in each session.

Please register for only one orientation.  Bring your application with you.

An adult or caregiver over the age of 18 must attend orientation with you.

If you change your mind and decide not to attend orientation, nor to volunteer, please phone us at (609) 883-8295 so that we can make space for another student.

You are responsible for reading the application packet thoroughly and following the instructions listed within.

If you miss your orientation, we cannot guarantee that space will be available on another date.

Further requirements:

  • Be 14-17 years old at the time of volunteering
  • Be a Lawrence resident
  • Be a Mercer County Library card holder
  • Be available for volunteer work during Summer Reading (June 24- August 10, 2019)
  • Be able to commit to a total of at least 14 hours of volunteer work, including a potential Saturday shift
  • Be flexible to volunteer for morning, afternoon, or evening shifts

**Printed applications will be available on an ongoing basis, but we will only have space for 45 total volunteers, who successfully sign up here for the June 9th, June 12th, June 16th, or June 19th orientation session on the Library’s website. 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Cardboard Rainbow Collage
6:30 PM

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

A fun process art activity ~ with colorful collage!

Glue colorful papers, tissue papers, buttons, pom poms, etc. onto a cardboard template to create a colorful rainbow effect. 

Each work of art an original!

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Knitting Circle
7:00 PM

Knitters who already know the basics are invited to drop in to socialize with other knitters and work on a project of their choice. Experienced knitter Helene Plank will be available to assist individuals. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Thursday June 20, 2019
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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
 
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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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Word 2
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Crochet Corner
3:00 PM

Needle crafters who already know the basic crochet stitches are invited to drop in to socialize and work on a project of their choice. Experienced needle crafter Margaret Woo will be available to assist individuals. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Cardboard Rainbow Collage
6:30 PM

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

A fun process art activity ~ with colorful collage!

Glue colorful papers, tissue papers, buttons, pom poms, etc. onto a cardboard template to create a colorful rainbow effect. 

Each work of art an original!

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Princeton Festival Lecture: Ping Pong Diplomacy
7:00 PM

Was it a ping pong ball that led President Nixon to China? Princeton University Art Museum Docent, Marianne Grey, will review and illustrate events which led to Nixon’s unprecedented 1972 trip. She will introduce the nearly one billion Chinese living under Mao’s authority: What was their life like? What were they doing? Reading? Creating? What did they know about the rest of the world? What did they learn from President Nixon’s visit? Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Friday June 21, 2019
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Open Lab
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This is an unstructured project-oriented class. Practice what you learned in your classes, 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
 
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Meditation Circle
2:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
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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Drum Circle: Summer Series
4:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Saturday June 22, 2019
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Drop-in Craft: Paper Cardinal Craft, for ages 2yr+
10:00 AM

For ages 2yrs and up, with a caregiver.

Let's celebrate our Lawrence High grads!  Make a paper cardinal craft!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Little Scientists, for ages 2-5 yrs
11:00 AM

For ages 2-5 years, with a caregiver.

Join us for a new program for toddlers and preschoolers to explore all things science!  Older siblings are welcome!

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

This week’s theme is:  BUGS AND BUTTERFLIES!!

Please dress in old clothes or wear a smock. Some experiments may get messy!

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Please register each child separately.

Space is limited. Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend, so that we may allow another child to participate. (609) 883-8295.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr
2:00 PM - 4:00 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
Monday June 24, 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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Art Around the World Part 1, for children of all ages
6:00 PM

For all ages, with a caregiver.

Grab your passport and take an artistic trip around the world!  Drop by the activity room any time between 6pm and 8pm and “travel” to 4 stations featuring a craft from a different place!

Create beautiful artwork and learn about a new culture!

Part 1 will explore: Africa, China, Australia, and Italy!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Drop-in Space Craft: Paper Rocket Name Craft, ages 2+
6:00 PM

For ages 2+, with a caregiver.

Create a paper rocket out of your name!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence 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
Tuesday June 25, 2019
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Colorful Paper Twirlers
1:00 PM

All ages, with a caregiver 

Drop by for a self-directed craft activity while supplies last.  For children of all ages, parents must supervise.

Make a colorful paper twirler!  Decorate with colorful tempura paint stix and cut out a swirling twirler out of paper that can be hung at home to magically move in the breeze!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
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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
 
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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
 
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Paint the Moon, for ages 11+ years
4:00 PM

For young adults ages 11 years and older

Be an artist!  Paint the moon on a real canvas using acrylic paint.  Add your favorite moon quote for inspiration!

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

Please register each child separately.  Space is limited.  Your spot may be given to another if you are late.  Younger/older siblings will not be permitted except as observers with parent supervision.  Please phone us at 883-8295 if you will not be able to attend.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Family Magic Show 2-11 years with Ken the Magician
7:00 PM

Family magic show including humor, audience participation, musical routines and a rabbit! Ken the Magician!

Registration is required and will begin at 7:00am on the day of the program. 

Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Wednesday June 26, 2019
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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
 
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Intro. to Social Media
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Learn about great social media programs like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

 

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Active Aging Fitness: Summer Series
3:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-9294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Alien Playground, for ages 5-11 years
6:30 PM

For ages 5-11 years, youngest with a caregiver

Playgrounds on Mars?  What would one look like?  Join us to build your own model-sized alien playground! Use cardboard, straws, pom-poms, and other upcycled and craft materials.

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

Please register each child separately.  Space is limited.  Your spot may be given to another if you are late.  Younger/older siblings will not be permitted except as observers with parent supervision.  Please phone us at 883-8295 if you will not be able to attend.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Thursday June 27, 2019
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Outdoor Fun, ages 2+
9:40 AM

For ages 2+, with a caregiver.

Stop by on your way in (or out!) of the library and have some fun outside!  Chalk, bubbles, music, and more!  Each week we will feature a new activity.

This week’s activity is: Watercolor Painting!

Clean up will begin at 10:45am.  This program is weather permitting!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Puppet Show for all ages
11:00 AM

Featuring over a dozen marionettes, hand and rod puppets, our play treats the audience to some of the greatest animal characters of all time. The Bremantown Musicians, Br’er Rabbit, Jumping Mouse and many others will convene on stage to celebrate the fun and importance of reading.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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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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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.

Please call (609-883-8292) or email us (www.mcl.org) if you need to cancel.

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Let’s Sew! So Soft Pillow
6:30 PM

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

In this Sewing 101 program learn how to use basic sewing tools and techniques to make your own so soft pillow!

An easy beginner's sewing project!  Learn how to do the running stitch and the whipstitch, sew around the edges & then stuff!

Easy tools such as large eye needles, needle threaders, round head pins and colorful craft thread make the work easy!  

An easy sewing project for boys and girls ages 5-10yrs.

*You must Register for this Program* Registration will begin at 7am the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Author Event: Veteran Charles Hunt
7:00 PM

In his book “Through the Water and the Fire: A Swift Boat Sailors Story”, veteran and lifelong Titusville resident Charles Hunt shares his experience of being a young man who joined the Navy in 1969 to avoid close up combat in Vietnam but ended up being a floating target deep in the most remote areas of the Mekong Delta and Ca Mau Peninsula. The story continues with his readjustment to civilian life, his emotional reactions to the trial of Lt. Calley of the Mi Lai massacre, his participation in the relocation of Vietnamese refugees, his involvement in the 2004 Presidential election, as well as the effects of his exposure to Agent Orange. Copies of the book will be available for sale by the Friends of the Library and signing after the PowerPoint presentation. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Friday June 28, 2019
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Meditation Circle
2:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
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: Middlemarch, Part 1, by George Eliot
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 29, 2019
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Drop-in Space Craft: Paper Rocket Name Craft, ages 2+
10:00 AM

For ages 2+, with a caregiver.

Drop in between 10am and 3pm and create a paper rocket out of your name!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Family Movie, for children of all ages with a caregiver.
1:30 PM

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Join us for the movie:  The LEGO Movie 2 (2019).  Rated PG (1 hr 47 minutes).

NEW TIME:  the movie will start promptly at 1:30pm.  Popcorn will be served.  Caregivers must remain in the room for the duration of the movie. 

Coloring pages will be available.

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr
2:00 PM - 4:00 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
Thursday July 4, 2019
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Fourth of July
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

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

All branches are closed.

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

All branches are closed.

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

All branches are closed.

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

All branches are closed.

Tuesday November 5, 2019
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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.

Monday November 11, 2019
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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 27, 2019
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Thanksgiving Eve
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches will close at 5:00pm.

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

All branches are closed.

Friday November 29, 2019
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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.

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

All branches will close at 3:00pm.

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

All branches are closed.

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

All branches will close at 3:00pm.

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

All branches are closed.

 
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New Year's Day
12:55 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Monday January 20, 2020
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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 17, 2020
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President's Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Friday April 10, 2020
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Good Friday
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Sunday April 12, 2020
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Easter
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Saturday May 23, 2020
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Memorial Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Sunday May 24, 2020
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Memorial Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Monday May 25, 2020
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Memorial Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Friday July 3, 2020
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Fourth of July Observed
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Saturday July 4, 2020
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Fourth of July
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

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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Weather Closure
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

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

 
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New Year's Eve
12:55 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches will close at 3:00pm.


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