List of Events

  

Friday December 14, 2018
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Activity table for 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Guitar sing-along with Pat McKinley 1-5 years
10:00 AM

For ages 1-5 years, with a caregiver.

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

Action songs encourage audience participation.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Staff  609-882-9246  
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Guitar sing-along with Pat McKinley 1-5 years
10:00 AM

For ages 1-5 years, with a caregiver.

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

Action songs encourage audience participation.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Staff  609-882-9246  
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Used Book Trade for families through 8pm
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Bring up to 3 used Children’s books to trade for up to 3 used Friends of the Lawrence Library used children’s books.
(3 per day, per child or caregiver)
Paperbacks & hardcovers.
Gift a used book to yourself or to a friend or family member over the holidays!
Wednesday November 21 through 8:00pm & Friday November 23 through 4:00pm.
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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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us as we get ready for the holidays with drop-in stations for children and families. These will be self-directed activities for you to participate in at your own pace.

No registration is needed. 

Activities at our tables will repeat and may include some or all of the following at any one time, as space permits and while supplies last: crafts, worksheets, scavenger hunts, contests, preschool wooden train table , felt board and magnets; Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf decoration.

Caregiver supervision required. Crafts will not be available to take out; Children should be present in the Library to participate.

Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display. ‘Tis the Season to be Reading!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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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Engineering Station, K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

Use the library’s Legos, Tinker Toys, K’Nex, blocks, or household supplies to have some building fun!   Let your child’s imagination and engineering talents take over to construct towers, letters, animals, and more!  Each week will feature different prompt cards to get started, but it’s up to you to engineer a final product. 

Clean-up begins at 4:45pm.

Suitable for children ages 5-10, 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 December 15, 2018
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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Join us as we get ready for the holidays with drop-in stations for children and families. These will be self-directed activities for you to participate in at your own pace.

No registration is needed. 

Activities at our tables will repeat and may include some or all of the following at any one time, as space permits and while supplies last: crafts, worksheets, scavenger hunts, contests, preschool wooden train table , felt board and magnets; Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf decoration.

Caregiver supervision required. Crafts will not be available to take out; Children should be present in the Library to participate.

Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display. ‘Tis the Season to be Reading!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Drop-in Letter A Craft, ages 2+
10:00 AM

For children ages 2 and up, with a caregiver.

Drop in between 10am and 3pm and create an alligator out of the letter A!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Used Book Trade for families through 4:30pm
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Bring up to 3 used Children’s books to trade for up to 3 used Friends of the Lawrence Library used children’s books.
(3 per day, per child or caregiver)
Paperbacks & hardcovers.
Gift a used book to yourself or to a friend or family member over the holidays!
Wednesday November 21 through 8:00pm & Friday November 23 through 4:00pm.
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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Quiet play
11:45 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 1:00

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Edible Christmas Trees, for ages 3+
1:00 PM

For ages 3 and up, with a caregiver!

Join us for a fun, edible program that will be sure to put you in a festive mood!  We will decorate Christmas tree ice cream cones with icing and candy.  Use your imagination, then you can eat your creation!  Dress for a mess!

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Saturday, December 15, 2018 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 December 16, 2018
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Quiet play
1:00 PM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 4:00

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Sunday Surprise Craft! Winter Trees fold-out Scene
1:00 PM

For children 4 -11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Create a fun fold-out 2 dimensional winter snowy scene or holiday card!  Easy & fun!

Fold paper & add green collage trees, etc. Use drawing markers to add a snowman and some skiers!

Enjoy displaying your decorative art!

Drop in anytime between 1pm and 4pm.

Clean up will begin at 4pm.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us as we get ready for the holidays with drop-in stations for children and families. These will be self-directed activities for you to participate in at your own pace.

No registration is needed. 

Activities at our tables will repeat and may include some or all of the following at any one time, as space permits and while supplies last: crafts, worksheets, scavenger hunts, contests, preschool wooden train table , felt board and magnets; Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf decoration.

Caregiver supervision required. Crafts will not be available to take out; Children should be present in the Library to participate.

Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display. ‘Tis the Season to be Reading!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Monday December 17, 2018
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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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Activity table for 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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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Open Lab
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 12 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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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Join us as we get ready for the holidays with drop-in stations for children and families. These will be self-directed activities for you to participate in at your own pace.

No registration is needed. 

Activities at our tables will repeat and may include some or all of the following at any one time, as space permits and while supplies last: crafts, worksheets, scavenger hunts, contests, preschool wooden train table , felt board and magnets; Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf decoration.

Caregiver supervision required. Crafts will not be available to take out; Children should be present in the Library to participate.

Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display. ‘Tis the Season to be Reading!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Babywearing Dance Party for ages 4-23 months
11:30 AM

Babies love to dance!  Babywearing caregivers are invited to shake, shimmy, and slide with us as we dance our way through our playlist of fun, up-beat songs.  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.  While having a baby carrier is recommended, it isn’t required to participate.

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

Recommended for ages 4-23 months.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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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 12 spaces available.
 
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Mailbox Mondays Activity Station, K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

Drop in any time between 3-5pm, and visit our Mailbox Activity Station! 

Use the weekly writing prompt to write a postcard for a librarian.  Add some color with markers, rubber stamps, and stickers, then put a stamp on it and place it in our “mailbox.” “Mail” will be collected at 5pm and displayed in the Children’s Department.  

Suitable for children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Alphabet Story-time, for 2-6yrs
6:30 PM

Join us on a journey through the alphabet!  Each story-time will include books, songs, and a craft featuring a different letter.  For ages 2-6yrs, with a caregiver.

This week we are learning about the LETTER G.

Stay after for toys and pre K play! 

No registration required.

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!!!  Children 2-6 yrs old are welcome to play, learn, and socialize with friends.

No registration necessary!

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Tuesday December 18, 2018
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Activity table for 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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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Used Book Trade for families through 8pm
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Bring up to 3 used Children’s books to trade for up to 3 used Friends of the Lawrence Library used children’s books.
(3 per day, per child or caregiver)
Paperbacks & hardcovers.
Gift a used book to yourself or to a friend or family member over the holidays!
Wednesday November 21 through 8:00pm & Friday November 23 through 4:00pm.
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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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Join us as we get ready for the holidays with drop-in stations for children and families. These will be self-directed activities for you to participate in at your own pace.

No registration is needed. 

Activities at our tables will repeat and may include some or all of the following at any one time, as space permits and while supplies last: crafts, worksheets, scavenger hunts, contests, preschool wooden train table , felt board and magnets; Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf decoration.

Caregiver supervision required. Crafts will not be available to take out; Children should be present in the Library to participate.

Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display. ‘Tis the Season to be Reading!

Sponsored 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 13 spaces available.
 
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Christmas Flower Weaving
6:25 PM

Come weave a Christmas flower on a paper plate.

Ages 7+ with caregiver

No registration required

Clean up will begin 45 minutes after start time

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

 
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Little Scientists, for ages 2-7 yrs
6:30 PM

For ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver.

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

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

This week’s theme is:  SPACE!!

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 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Science Fiction Book Club: The Big Book of Science Fiction, edited by Ann Vandermeer and Jeff Vander
7:00 PM

Spanning galaxies and millennia, this must-read anthology showcases classic contributions from H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Octavia E. Butler, and Kurt Vonnegut, alongside a century of the eccentrics, rebels, and visionaries who have inspired generations of readers. Next sci-fi book title is: Gibola Burns by James S.A. Corey. Registration is suggested.  

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Wednesday December 19, 2018
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Activity table for 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Used Book Trade for families through 8pm
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Bring up to 3 used Children’s books to trade for up to 3 used Friends of the Lawrence Library used children’s books.
(3 per day, per child or caregiver)
Paperbacks & hardcovers.
Gift a used book to yourself or to a friend or family member over the holidays!
Wednesday November 21 through 8:00pm & Friday November 23 through 4:00pm.
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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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Join us as we get ready for the holidays with drop-in stations for children and families. These will be self-directed activities for you to participate in at your own pace.

No registration is needed. 

Activities at our tables will repeat and may include some or all of the following at any one time, as space permits and while supplies last: crafts, worksheets, scavenger hunts, contests, preschool wooden train table , felt board and magnets; Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf decoration.

Caregiver supervision required. Crafts will not be available to take out; Children should be present in the Library to participate.

Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display. ‘Tis the Season to be Reading!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

Drop in any time between 2-5pm, and visit our Mailbox Activity Station! 

Use the weekly writing prompt to write a postcard for a librarian.  Add some color with markers, rubber stamps, and stickers, then put a stamp on it and place it in our “mailbox.” “Mail” will be collected at 5pm and displayed in the Children’s Department.  

Suitable for children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Explorations! Vintage Embossed Ornaments
6:30 PM

For children 4-11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Do you love handmade ornaments? We’ll make homemade ornaments with a vintage look! 

Using foil & seasonal natural cut-outs, with a black paint patina technique, we’ll create hanging ornaments reminiscent of vintage tin ornaments!

Using seasonal natural cut-outs, press along the foil to reveal the shape below! Then paint with black paint & quickly wipe away to create a patina!

These embossed ornaments are very attractive and make a fun sensory activity! 

You’re ready to hang your vintage tin ornament!

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 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 December 20, 2018
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Activity table for 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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, December 20, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Used Book Trade for families through 8pm
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Bring up to 3 used Children’s books to trade for up to 3 used Friends of the Lawrence Library used children’s books.
(3 per day, per child or caregiver)
Paperbacks & hardcovers.
Gift a used book to yourself or to a friend or family member over the holidays!
Wednesday November 21 through 8:00pm & Friday November 23 through 4:00pm.
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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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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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Join us as we get ready for the holidays with drop-in stations for children and families. These will be self-directed activities for you to participate in at your own pace.

No registration is needed. 

Activities at our tables will repeat and may include some or all of the following at any one time, as space permits and while supplies last: crafts, worksheets, scavenger hunts, contests, preschool wooden train table , felt board and magnets; Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf decoration.

Caregiver supervision required. Crafts will not be available to take out; Children should be present in the Library to participate.

Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display. ‘Tis the Season to be Reading!

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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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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Mystery Craft!, K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

Drop in any time between 3-5pm, and make a mystery craft! 

Each week we’ll pull something fun out of our craft closet… but you won’t know what it will be until you arrive!  Materials will vary by craft but may include: craft sticks, paper, paint, dot markers, pom-poms, stickers, tempura sticks, pipe cleaners, beads, googly eyes, glitter glue, and more. 

Suitable for children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Explorations! Vintage Embossed Ornaments
6:30 PM

For children 4-11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Do you love handmade ornaments? We’ll make homemade ornaments with a vintage look! 

Using foil & seasonal natural cut-outs, with a black paint patina technique, we’ll create hanging ornaments reminiscent of vintage tin ornaments!

Using seasonal natural cut-outs, press along the foil to reveal the shape below! Then paint with black paint & quickly wipe away to create a patina!

These embossed ornaments are very attractive and make a fun sensory activity! 

You’re ready to hang your vintage tin ornament!

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Latin-American Guitar Masterpieces
7:00 PM

This evening of virtuoso guitar works will be centered around showpieces by the guitar’s greatest composers from Argentina, Cuba and Mexico. Performed by Classical Guitarist and Lawrenceville resident Dr. Stanley W. Alexandrowicz. Registration suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Latin-American Guitar Masterpieces
7:00 PM

This evening of virtuoso guitar works will be centered around showpieces by the guitar’s greatest composers from Argentina, Cuba and Mexico. Performed by Classical Guitarist and Lawrenceville resident Dr. Stanley W. Alexandrowicz. Registration suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Friday December 21, 2018
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Activity table for 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Fiction Writers’ Workshop: Open Mic
10:00 AM

All year, we have been working on our writing. Now is your time to shine. If you love to write and want to share your work, Open Mic is for you. Work should be prose pieces or poetry that can be read in twelve minutes or less. 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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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us as we get ready for the holidays with drop-in stations for children and families. These will be self-directed activities for you to participate in at your own pace.

No registration is needed. 

Activities at our tables will repeat and may include some or all of the following at any one time, as space permits and while supplies last: crafts, worksheets, scavenger hunts, contests, preschool wooden train table , felt board and magnets; Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf decoration.

Caregiver supervision required. Crafts will not be available to take out; Children should be present in the Library to participate.

Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display. ‘Tis the Season to be Reading!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Engineering Station, K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

Use the library’s Legos, Tinker Toys, K’Nex, blocks, or household supplies to have some building fun!   Let your child’s imagination and engineering talents take over to construct towers, letters, animals, and more!  Each week will feature different prompt cards to get started, but it’s up to you to engineer a final product. 

Clean-up begins at 4:45pm.

Suitable for children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Saturday December 22, 2018
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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Join us as we get ready for the holidays with drop-in stations for children and families. These will be self-directed activities for you to participate in at your own pace.

No registration is needed. 

Activities at our tables will repeat and may include some or all of the following at any one time, as space permits and while supplies last: crafts, worksheets, scavenger hunts, contests, preschool wooden train table , felt board and magnets; Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf decoration.

Caregiver supervision required. Crafts will not be available to take out; Children should be present in the Library to participate.

Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display. ‘Tis the Season to be Reading!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Drop-in craft: Gingerbread Village Cardboard Collage, for children of all ages
10:00 AM

Drop-in between 10am and 3pm and create a beautiful village of gingerbread houses made from cardboard!

No registration required.

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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Quiet play
11:45 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 1:00

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

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

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

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Join us for movie and a craft!

This week’s movies:  The Polar Express (2004).  Rated: G (100 minutes).

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

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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 December 23, 2018
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Quiet play
1:00 PM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 4:00

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Sunday Surprise Craft! Color-your-own Gingerbread House box w/candy!
1:00 PM

For children 4 yrs +, youngest with a caregiver

Color your own decorative Gingerbread House box. Cut out, fold and glue!  We’ll fill it with candy to take home!

Drop in anytime between 1pm and 4pm.

Clean up will begin at 4pm.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us as we get ready for the holidays with drop-in stations for children and families. These will be self-directed activities for you to participate in at your own pace.

No registration is needed. 

Activities at our tables will repeat and may include some or all of the following at any one time, as space permits and while supplies last: crafts, worksheets, scavenger hunts, contests, preschool wooden train table , felt board and magnets; Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf decoration.

Caregiver supervision required. Crafts will not be available to take out; Children should be present in the Library to participate.

Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display. ‘Tis the Season to be Reading!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Monday December 24, 2018
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Christmas Eve
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches will close at 3:00pm.

 
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Activity table for 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Drop-in Book Craft: The Mitten, for ages 2+
10:00 AM

For ages 2 years old and up, with a caregiver.

Drop-in between 10am and 12pm and create a craft based on the picture book, “The Mitten”, by Jan Brett.

No registration required.

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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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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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Join us as we get ready for the holidays with drop-in stations for children and families. These will be self-directed activities for you to participate in at your own pace.

No registration is needed. 

Activities at our tables will repeat and may include some or all of the following at any one time, as space permits and while supplies last: crafts, worksheets, scavenger hunts, contests, preschool wooden train table , felt board and magnets; Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf decoration.

Caregiver supervision required. Crafts will not be available to take out; Children should be present in the Library to participate.

Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display. ‘Tis the Season to be Reading!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Join us as we get ready for the holidays with drop-in stations for children and families. These will be self-directed activities for you to participate in at your own pace.

No registration is needed. 

Activities at our tables will repeat and may include some or all of the following at any one time, as space permits and while supplies last: crafts, worksheets, scavenger hunts, contests, preschool wooden train table , felt board and magnets; Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf decoration.

Caregiver supervision required. Crafts will not be available to take out; Children should be present in the Library to participate.

Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display. ‘Tis the Season to be Reading!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Babywearing Dance Party for ages 4-23 months
11:30 AM

Babies love to dance!  Babywearing caregivers are invited to shake, shimmy, and slide with us as we dance our way through our playlist of fun, up-beat songs.  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.  While having a baby carrier is recommended, it isn’t required to participate.

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

Recommended for ages 4-23 months.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, December 24, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
Tuesday December 25, 2018
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Christmas
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Wednesday December 26, 2018
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Activity table for 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

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

Drop in any time between 2-5pm, and visit our Mailbox Activity Station! 

Use the weekly writing prompt to write a postcard for a librarian.  Add some color with markers, rubber stamps, and stickers, then put a stamp on it and place it in our “mailbox.” “Mail” will be collected at 5pm and displayed in the Children’s Department.  

Suitable for children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Explorations! Monoprinting!
6:30 PM

For children 4-11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Monoprinting is a fun and easy printmaking method!  

Each child will have their own acrylic “printing plate”. Use a brayer to coat your plate with colorful paint, then draw a quick original design with a q-tip! 

Pull your original image onto paper to make your own prints!

Make several designs to take home!

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
Thursday December 27, 2018
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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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Activity table for 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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, December 27, 2018 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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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Join us as we get ready for the holidays with drop-in stations for children and families. These will be self-directed activities for you to participate in at your own pace.

No registration is needed. 

Activities at our tables will repeat and may include some or all of the following at any one time, as space permits and while supplies last: crafts, worksheets, scavenger hunts, contests, preschool wooden train table , felt board and magnets; Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf decoration.

Caregiver supervision required. Crafts will not be available to take out; Children should be present in the Library to participate.

Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display. ‘Tis the Season to be Reading!

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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Mystery Craft!, K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

Drop in any time between 3-5pm, and make a mystery craft! 

Each week we’ll pull something fun out of our craft closet… but you won’t know what it will be until you arrive!  Materials will vary by craft but may include: craft sticks, paper, paint, dot markers, pom-poms, stickers, tempura sticks, pipe cleaners, beads, googly eyes, glitter glue, and more. 

Suitable for children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Explorations! Monoprinting!
6:30 PM

For children 4-11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Monoprinting is a fun and easy printmaking method!  

Each child will have their own acrylic “printing plate”. Use a brayer to coat your plate with colorful paint, then draw a quick original design with a q-tip! 

Pull your original image onto paper to make your own prints!

Make several designs to take home!

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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The Dark Days of the American Revolution
7:00 PM

Samuel Davis, a first-person interpreter of George Washington, will discuss the period of time from the Battle of the York all the way to the Battle of Princeton. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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The Dark Days of the American Revolution
7:00 PM

Samuel Davis, a first-person interpreter of George Washington, will discuss the period of time from the Battle of the York all the way to the Battle of Princeton. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Friday December 28, 2018
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Activity table for 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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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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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Engineering Station, K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

Use the library’s Legos, Tinker Toys, K’Nex, blocks, or household supplies to have some building fun!   Let your child’s imagination and engineering talents take over to construct towers, letters, animals, and more!  Each week will feature different prompt cards to get started, but it’s up to you to engineer a final product. 

Clean-up begins at 4:45pm.

Suitable for children ages 5-10, 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 December 29, 2018
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Drop-in Surprise Crafts, 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 craft we have for you today!  

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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Quiet play
11:45 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 1:00

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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 December 30, 2018
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Quiet play
1:00 PM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 4:00

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Sunday Surprise Craft! New Year’s Crowns
1:00 PM

For children 2 -8 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Color this simple decorative crown, cut bands and paste, and proudly wear to celebrate bringing in the New Year ~ 2019!!

Drop in anytime between 1pm and 4pm.

Clean up will begin at 4pm.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us as we get ready for the holidays with drop-in stations for children and families. These will be self-directed activities for you to participate in at your own pace.

No registration is needed. 

Activities at our tables will repeat and may include some or all of the following at any one time, as space permits and while supplies last: crafts, worksheets, scavenger hunts, contests, preschool wooden train table , felt board and magnets; Take your own photo in front of our inflatable Buddy the Elf decoration.

Caregiver supervision required. Crafts will not be available to take out; Children should be present in the Library to participate.

Books for Kids:  We are collecting unwrapped NEW or LIKE NEW books for children in community agencies, in partnership with NJLA. Bring one to donate! Take a blank sign-up sheet for this year’s Winter Reading program. Don’t forget to check out a holiday book from our display. ‘Tis the Season to be Reading!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Monday December 31, 2018
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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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Disco Dance Party for Families to celebrate New Year's Eve
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Celebrate the arrival of 2019 with us!

For families; appropriate for kids ages 2-11 years. Children should have a caregiver present at the event at all times.

Snacks, crafts and a countdown at 12:00 noon!

Wear your dancing shoes, and 70s and 80s clothing if you wish!

DJ Ruben Castillo will lead the 70s and 80s dancing.  He often performs as Elvis, but instead will serve as our DJ for this program; He works at Boogie Nights, in Atlantic City.

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Please register each child separately.

Cleanup will begin at 12:30pm, sharp.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, December 31, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
Tuesday January 1, 2019
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New Year's Day
12:55 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Wednesday January 2, 2019
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Active Aging Fitness: Winter 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
Thursday January 3, 2019
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Foreign and Independent Films at Your Library: Hotel Salvation (India, 2016)
6:30 PM

Rajiv, an overworked businessman, agrees to honor the final wish of his father, Daya, by accompanying him to the holy city of Varanasi. There, they check in to the Hotel Salvation, where residents are given just two weeks to live out their final days or return home. While Daya revels in the simple pleasures of this timeless place, Rajiv finds himself burdened by the many obligations he left behind. Eventually though, both father and son learn to appreciate each other and the world around them with newfound meaning. Not rated. 100 min. Hindi with English subtitles. Registration is suggested.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Friday January 4, 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: Winter 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
Monday January 7, 2019
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Mouse Basics
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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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
Tuesday January 8, 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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Current Events Discussion Club
7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Wednesday January 9, 2019
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Guitar sing-along with Pat McKinley 1-5 years
10:00 AM

For ages 1-5 years, with a caregiver.

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

Action songs encourage audience participation.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Staff  609-882-9246  
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Open Lab
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Internet 1
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
Thursday January 10, 2019
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CookTalks: Mocktails
11:00 AM

mocktail is a cocktail-style beverage made without alcoholic ingredients. Join us to learn how to prepare some of the most popular new favorites. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Poetry Circle: William Wordsworth
7:00 PM

William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) was a major English Romantic poet who became Britain's poet laureate from 1843 until his death. His most famous work, The Prelude, is considered by many to be the crowning achievement of English romanticism. In it Wordsworth writes on the need for “common speech” within poems and argues against the hierarchy of the period which valued epic poetry above the lyric. The poem, revised numerous times and published posthumously, chronicles the spiritual life of the poet and marks the birth of a new genre of poetry. Registration is suggested.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Friday January 11, 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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Word 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Meditation Circle
2:30 PM

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

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
Saturday January 12, 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
Monday January 14, 2019
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Movie Matinee: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
2:00 PM

Five years after the events of "Mamma Mia!" (2008), Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother's past. The musical score played during the film is mostly comprised of songs featured in the first film and unused ABBA songs. 114 min. PG-13. 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
Tuesday January 15, 2019
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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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Science Fiction Book Club: Cibola Burns, by James S.A. Corey
7:00 PM

The gates have opened the way to thousands of habitable planets, and the land rush has begun. Settlers stream out from humanity's home planets in a vast, poorly controlled flood, landing on a new world. Among them, the Rocinante, haunted by the vast, posthuman network of the protomolecule as they investigate what destroyed the great intergalactic society that built the gates and the protomolecule. But Holden and his crew must also contend with the growing tensions between the settlers and the company which owns the official claim to the planet. Both sides will stop at nothing to defend what's theirs, but soon a terrible disease strikes and only Holden - with help from the ghostly Detective Miller - can find the cure. Registration is suggested.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Wednesday January 16, 2019
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Fiction Writers’ Workshop: How to Plot Your Story
10:00 AM

Maria Imbalzano, whose writing process starts with an in-depth outline or blueprint of the entire book, will make those of you who are linear thinkers ecstatic and those of you who are pantsers willing to try it another way. Registration is suggested

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Keyboarding Basics
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Learn the basics of typing on a computer keyboard and how to place your hands on the keys. Find out how to increase your speed and accuracy with practice.


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Internet 2
2:00 PM - 4:00 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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
Thursday January 17, 2019
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Open Lab
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Saving On Your Taxes
6:30 PM

James P. Byrne, a Divisional Vice President with AXA Advisors, will host a program focusing on the recent tax reform changes, Social Security Planning, Retirement Income planning and other financial topics. Get a better understanding of the tax code changes and how they will affect your income and lifestyle. J.P. Byrne has over 10 years’ experience in the financial industry serving his clients both personally and at the corporate level. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Saving On Your Taxes
6:30 PM

James P. Byrne, a Divisional Vice President with AXA Advisors, will host a program focusing on the recent tax reform changes, Social Security Planning, Retirement Income planning and other financial topics. Get a better understanding of the tax code changes and how they will affect your income and lifestyle. J.P. Byrne has over 10 years’ experience in the financial industry serving his clients both personally and at the corporate level. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Friday January 18, 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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Word 2
10:00 AM - 12:00 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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Meditation Circle
2:30 PM

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

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: Winter 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
 
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Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale: Preview Night
6:00 PM

Thousands of used, gently-read books will be available at the Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale. A special preview night will be held Friday, January 18. The library will be closed for normal operations during the preview event but you will have the first chance to get some amazing deals. Admission to the Preview Night is free for members of the Friends of the Lawrence Library, $5 for the general public, and $20 for booksellers. This event is the only time booksellers will be permitted to use scanning devices.  

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale: Preview Night
6:00 PM

Thousands of used, gently-read books will be available at the Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale. A special preview night will be held Friday, January 18. The library will be closed for normal operations during the preview event but you will have the first chance to get some amazing deals. Admission to the Preview Night is free for members of the Friends of the Lawrence Library, $5 for the general public, and $20 for booksellers. This event is the only time booksellers will be permitted to use scanning devices.  

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Saturday January 19, 2019
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Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Thousands of used, gently-read books will be available at the Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale. A special preview night will be held Friday, January 18. The library will be closed for normal operations during the preview event but you will have the first chance to get some amazing deals. Admission to the Preview Night is free for members of the Friends of the Lawrence Library, $5 for the general public, and $20 for booksellers. This event is the only time booksellers will be permitted to use scanning devices.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Thousands of used, gently-read books will be available at the Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale. A special preview night will be held Friday, January 18. The library will be closed for normal operations during the preview event but you will have the first chance to get some amazing deals. Admission to the Preview Night is free for members of the Friends of the Lawrence Library, $5 for the general public, and $20 for booksellers. This event is the only time booksellers will be permitted to use scanning devices.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Monday January 21, 2019
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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.

Tuesday January 22, 2019
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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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
Wednesday January 23, 2019
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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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Internet 3
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Explorations! Fingerprint Dove of Peace & Heart
6:30 PM

For children 4-11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

We'll celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with an art project poster that we complete together. 

Dr. King preached about love and peace. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." MLK, Jr.

We'll celebrate his vision by creating a group artistic poster, each of us contributing our fingerprints to make an image whole.

Come join us for this celebration of peace, love and unity!

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Thursday January 24, 2019
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Explorations! Fingerprint Dove of Peace & Heart
6:30 PM

For children 4-11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

We'll celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with an art project poster that we complete together. 

Dr. King preached about love and peace. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." MLK, Jr.

We'll celebrate his vision by creating a group artistic poster, each of us contributing our fingerprints to make an image whole.

Come join us for this celebration of peace, love and unity!

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Abraham Lincoln Visits Philadelphia
7:30 PM

Lincoln first saw Independence Hall during his 1848 visit to Philadelphia. He visited Philadelphia four times and was moved spiritually and emotionally by each visit. Join historical lecturer and tour guide Michael Jesberger for a lecture on the president’s time in Philadelphia. Registration is suggested.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Abraham Lincoln Visits Philadelphia
7:30 PM

Lincoln first saw Independence Hall during his 1848 visit to Philadelphia. He visited Philadelphia four times and was moved spiritually and emotionally by each visit. Join historical lecturer and tour guide Michael Jesberger for a lecture on the president’s time in Philadelphia. Registration is suggested.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Friday January 25, 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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Word 3
10:00 AM - 12:00 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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Meditation Circle
2:30 PM

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

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: To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Wolf
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
Monday January 28, 2019
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Morning Book Club: Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan
10:00 AM

The story opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression and follows twelve year old Ann who would later start working at the Brooklyn Naval Yard and become the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that would help America win the war. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Library Language Databases
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Open Lab
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Off the Page
7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Tuesday January 29, 2019
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Family History
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Find out how to research your family tree using online research databases such as the Library Edition of Ancestry.com and others.

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
Wednesday January 30, 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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Publisher
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Newsletters, posters and brochures are a snap with Publisher.  Work with text and images.  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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Active Aging Fitness: Winter 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
Thursday January 31, 2019
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From a House of Chaos to a Home of Serenity
7:00 PM

Join Andrea Wait, an organizing expert with more than eight years of experience and clients in both New York and California, to receive practical tips and hear daily stories on how to declutter your life and home and achieve greater freedom and better clarity in a consumption-heavy society. Registration is suggested.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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From a House of Chaos to a Home of Serenity
7:00 PM

Join Andrea Wait, an organizing expert with more than eight years of experience and clients in both New York and California, to receive practical tips and hear daily stories on how to declutter your life and home and achieve greater freedom and better clarity in a consumption-heavy society. Registration is suggested.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Monday February 18, 2019
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President's Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Friday April 19, 2019
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Good Friday
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Sunday April 21, 2019
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Easter
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

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.

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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