List of Events

  

Wednesday June 20, 2018
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Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr
9:40 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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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
10:00 AM

Alphabet Alley 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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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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Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm
12:00 PM

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 4:00pm.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
2:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Teen Volunteer: Bulletin Board
6:00 PM

Use your imagination and artistic skills to help create a bulletin board for our children’s area. 
Ages 14 - 17.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Family Board Games
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Families with children of all ages are invited to come play board games in the activity room.
No registration required.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Teen Volunteer: SRP Orientation
7:00 PM

Applicants for the summer teen volunteer program must come to one of the two orientations with a parent/guardian to sign up.

 

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 16 spaces available.
Thursday June 21, 2018
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Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party - “Libraries Rock”
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Children ages 2-11 can register for the Summer Reading Program at the Kick-Off Party, and enjoy the strolling magic of Mike Dziubas, crafts, and prizes. Come and join the fun!

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Big Building Block Free Playtime
9:35 AM

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr
9:40 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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Summer Reading Kickoff
10:00 AM

School’s out!  Let’s kick off a great summer of reading with games, refreshments, and summer reading sign-up! 
Ages 4+

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 42 spaces available.
 
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Toddler Rock (ages 1 to 3 years; adult supervision required)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Too old for Baby Time and not quite ready to sit through a Story Time? Join us for singing, dancing, and rhymes. Through structured group activities, we play with musical instruments, puppets, parachutes, and more! There is an emphasis on interaction with the music and the rhymes through singing, actions, and props to build pre-literacy skills. This program runs about 30 minutes. No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
10:05 AM

Alphabet Alley 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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Kids MusicRound Demo Class
10:30 AM

Music and movement classes for babies, toddlers.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:00.

*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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Movers and Shakers, for ages 2-5yrs
11:00 AM

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

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

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

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

Ages 2 - 5.  No registration required.

See Youth Progam Policy.  

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
2:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Open Play Time
3:00 PM

Open Play Time on Thursdays, 3-5:30 p.m. and Fridays, 2-4:30 

 

Guadians or parents  to stay with them during play time.

 

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Kids Can Code
4:30 PM

This program is for kids in grades K-5.
Basic coding activities for budding, young computer scientists.
Registration is required online starting Monday, June 4th..  The same class will be held at 7pm. You may only attend one session.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Tween Knitting (Ages 10-12)
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Beginner's welcome! Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own yarn and needles. 

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

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

Grades K - 5. No registration required.

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Explorations! Flag Garlands
6:30 PM

For children 4 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

School days winding down ~  Time to have fun with art! 

Get creative with these fun flag garlands!  Using a variety of art tools (markers, crayons, paint stix, collage bits & glue sticks, stamps & ink pads) decorate your flags to create a flag garland to display!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Kids Can Code
7:00 PM

This program is for kids in grades K-5.
Basic coding activities for budding, young computer scientists.
Registration is required online starting Monday, June 4th..  The same class will be held at 4:30pm. You may only attend one session.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
Friday June 22, 2018
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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
9:35 AM

Alphabet Alley 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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Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr
9:40 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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Family Movie: A Wrinkle in Time
10:00 AM

A Wrinkle in Time (2018).
Based on the children’s classic. Rated PG.  120 minutes. 
All ages.

This program is made possible by generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

 

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 28 spaces available.
 
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Toddler Rock (ages 1 to 3 years; adult supervision required)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Too old for Baby Time and not quite ready to sit through a Story Time? Join us for singing, dancing, and rhymes. Through structured group activities, we play with musical instruments, puppets, parachutes, and more! There is an emphasis on interaction with the music and the rhymes through singing, actions, and props to build pre-literacy skills. This program runs about 30 minutes. No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Kids' Music Round Demo Class
10:30 AM

Suggested for ages 2 months to 5 years.
Kids' Music Round is an award-winning music and movement experience designed to guide children through the stages of early childhood music development.
Registration is required online starting Friday, June 1st.

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

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Toddler Tunes
10:30 AM

Come sing and dance with Miss Pat.

Online registration begins on June 8. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 27 spaces available.
 
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Wiggle, Jingle, Mingle and Giggle
10:30 AM

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

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

Adult must remain in the program.

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm
12:00 PM

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 4:00pm.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Saturday June 23, 2018
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Drop-in Book Craft: A House for Hermit Crab, for all ages
10:00 AM

For all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop-in between 10am and 3pm and join us for a fun craft based on the picture book "A House for Hermit Crab"!

No registration required! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Storytime with Sarah the Reading Dog * (grades K - 5)
10:00 AM

 

Join us for a special storytime with Sarah the Reading Dog..  We will read stories, sing songs and visit with our special guest. 

Ages 2-5.  Siblings welcome.  Please register.  

See Youth Progam Policy.  

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Wii Sports
10:00 AM

Play Wii Sports at the library with friends.
Ages 7-12.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 29 spaces available.
 
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Pokémon Club (ages 5-11)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell 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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Junior Engineers (Grades 3-6)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Local group Junior STEM will teach you engineering techniques in creating LEGO structures. 

Registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Monday June 25, 2018
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1000 Books Before Kindergarten
9:35 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Big Building Block Free Playtime
9:35 AM

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr
9:40 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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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
10:00 AM

Alphabet Alley 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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Kids' Music Round (Ages 0-4)
10:30 AM

JOIN US FOR A FREE DEMO CLASS!

Family music program for children ages infant through four years

Come sing, dance, explore rhythm instruments and have a GREAT TIME!

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Musical Mondays: Concert with Miss Amy
10:30 AM

Today is the first day of the summer reading program and this year's theme is "Libraries Rock!"
Every Monday we will have musical entertainment for young children.
Today we are featuring local favorite Miss Amy!  Come hear her rock our library.
Registration is required online starting Monday, June 18th.

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

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

Join us for open sensory play.  Each week we will have a hands-on activity time to encourage children to play, create, investigate and explore.  Projects may be messy.  Please wear old clothes.  

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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MadScience Digging for Dinos - Ages 3 to 5
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

For children ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver.

Become a paleontologist and learn about when dinosaurs lived, what they ate, and how scientists know they existed. 

Then dig for the "fossil remains" of a mystery dinosaur and cast you own T-Rex tooth!

Online registration required beginning Monday, June 11.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

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

Play instruments, learn about rhythm, and sing songs with friends.
Ages 2-5.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 29 spaces available.
 
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Craft & Play (All ages)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Hologram Projector
12:00 PM

Come make a hologram projector for your smart phone

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete

Clean up will begin 45 min after start time

Ages 6 yrs & up with caregiver are welcome. 

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

 
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Mindful Bookmarks
1:00 PM

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

Enjoy coloring fun bookmarks that are a throw-back to the pop art movement!  

Add a decorative ribbon to hold your place as you enjoy reading this summer!

Drop by, no registration required.  Clean-up will begin 45 mins after starting time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Ewing’s “Be the Star” Photo Shoots
1:30 PM

  Background and special effects.

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Read to Sarah the Reading Dog (grades K-5)
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Sarah is a local therapy dog who loves listening to stories.  Sarah will visit the library with her owner Barbara. Children who would like to practice reading aloud may sign-up for one 15 minute session with Sarah and Barbara.  Children should arrive with a book of their choice to read.  

Grades K - 5. Registration required.  Please call 609-737-2610 to make an appointment.  

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm
2:00 PM

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

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Maker Monday
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Use your maker skills to create a craft.
Ages 5 - 12.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 29 spaces available.
 
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Open Craft: Make Music Bee Buzzer,
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For ages grade 3 and up.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Puzzles & Games (Ages 5-11)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy playing with a variety of puzzles and games every week! 

No registration required. 

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

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 4:00 and 5:30 pm to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels. No registration required.

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Read to the Therapy Dog
4:30 PM

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

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

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Kindergarten-6th Grade Tutoring
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Children in grades K-6 will get homework help and subject review from volunteer mentors.

Children ages 5-7: a caregiver must be in the room during the program.

Children ages 8-13: a caregiver must be in the library during the program.

Register in person or by phone.

CONTACT:    609-448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Sphero Ball/ Little Bits Makerspace
4:40 PM

For children grades 3-7

 learn programming and share your creations with the community.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Drop-in Musical Craft: Bell Shaker Stick Craft, ages 3+
6:00 PM

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries rock!  Drop-in and create a bell shaker stick craft!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Coding for the Web II (Ages 10-12)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Coding for the Web II is an extension of the former Coding for the Web classes. Students can only attend if they have already attened previous, beginner level classes or have experience with coding in HTML. During this four week session, students will continue to practice coding in HTML, but will also tackle more challenging programs and start to incorporate CSS into their web pages.

Registration required. Students must bring their own laptop to classes. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all four classes: 6/4, 6/11, 6/18 & 6/25. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Fairy Tale Science Challenge Part 1, for ages 5+
6:30 PM

For ages 5+, with a caregiver.

Join us for a fun, hands-on challenge where we will use your creativity (and science) to help the characters from some of your favorite fairy tales.

In Part 1, we’ll read The Three Billy Goats Gruff and find a way for the goats to cross the river without having to go over the bridge.  Then we’ll read the story of Rapunzel and help her escape from her tower!

You can register and attend one or both science challenges!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, June 25, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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School-age STEAM
7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Tuesday June 26, 2018
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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
9:35 AM

Alphabet Alley 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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Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr
9:40 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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Big Building Block Free Playtime
10:05 AM

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Babytime
10:30 AM

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

Online registration begins on June 12. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Outdoor Concert with Kurt Gallagher (All ages)
10:30 AM

Enjoy an outdoor concert to kick-off Summer Reading with a performance by Kurt Gallagher! 

Bring blankets, chairs and sunscreen! 

No registration required. 

In the event of rain, concert will take place indoors. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Baby Time (recommended ages birth to 2 years; Adult Supervision Required)
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This program is a great way to introduce your child to library story times and reading. Age appropriate books are shared with the group. Songs, nursery rhymes, puppets, and felt board figures create a rich audio-visual and social experience. After 20 minutes of structured group time, there is time for play and for socializing. No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Seashell Decoupage
1:00 PM

For children 4 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

School’s out and it’s Summer! 

Let’s celebrate by using large decorative shells, colorful tissue paper & ‘below the sea’ paper images along with mod podge and the decoupage technique to produce beautiful natural decorative objects to take home!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Book Buddies Club - (Grades K-2)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Please join us for this new book club.  At each meeting we will read aloud from a book and do fun activiites.  

Please register for this program.

Grades K - 2

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CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm
2:00 PM

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

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Rock Painting #hickorycornerrocks
2:00 PM

Our summer reading theme is "Libraries Rock" so come paint a rock then hide it in town for others to find so they know Hickory Corner Rocks!
All ages are invited to participate in this program.
No registration required.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Sphero robot balls
2:00 PM

For ages 5-12.  Learn very simple coding and make a Sphero SPRK+ robot ball move around the room.

Registration is required and space is limited.

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford  609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Creative Math Problem Solving (Grades 2-6)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

For students going into 2nd - 6th grades. 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Mindful Bookmarks
3:30 PM

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

Enjoy coloring fun bookmarks that are a throw-back to the pop art movement!  

Add a decorative ribbon to hold your place as you enjoy reading this summer!

Drop by, no registration required.  Clean-up will begin 45 mins after starting time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 4:00 and 5:30 pm to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels. No registration required.

Please note that the Monday and Tuesday crafts will be the same.  

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Eyes of the Wild: Animal Show
4:15 PM

At this exciting live animal show, you will get to see and learn about the visiting mammals.
All ages are welcome.

This program was provided by the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

 

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Giant Candyland, for families
6:00 PM

For families (all ages welcome with caregiver).

Back by popular demand!!

Grab your family & friends and join us for a fun board game – and you are the pieces!  Our meeting rooms will be transformed into a giant, life-sized Candy land board.  Play as a family (groups of 2-5 people) and travel through the board visiting locations from this childhood classic.  Work together until you reach the Candy Castle!  All children will get small treats along the way.

Please come any time between 6pm and 7pm.  Crafts and coloring sheets will be available for those waiting to play.

All ages are welcome – parents must stay and are encouraged to play through with their children.

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Only children need to be registered.

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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paper plate emoji
6:25 PM

Come make an emoji mask out of a paper plate

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete

Clean up will begin 45 min after start time

All ages with caregiver are welcome. 

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

 
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Summer Reading Program Kickoff with Dennis Thomas the Magician
6:30 PM

For children ages 3 – 11

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 68 spaces available.
 
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Art Explorers (Ages 6-11)
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Draw, paint, and use your imagination to create your very own piece of art! Materials provided. 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Perler Beads Craft (ages 5-11)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Create your own unique designs using Perler Beads! 

Ages 5 - 11.

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Giant Candyland, for families
7:00 PM

For families (all ages welcome with caregiver).

Back by popular demand!!

Grab your family & friends and join us for a fun board game – and you are the pieces!  Our meeting rooms will be transformed into a giant, life-sized Candy land board.  Play as a family (groups of 2-5 people) and travel through the board visiting locations from this childhood classic.  Work together until you reach the Candy Castle!  All children will get small treats along the way.

Please come any time between 7pm and 7:45pm.  Crafts and coloring sheets will be available for those waiting to play.

All ages are welcome – parents must stay and are encouraged to play through with their children.

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Only children need to be registered.

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
Wednesday June 27, 2018
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Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr
9:40 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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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
10:00 AM

Alphabet Alley 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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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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paper plate emoji
11:00 AM

Come make an emoji mask out of a paper plate

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete

Clean up will begin 45 min after start time

All ages with caregiver are welcome. 

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

 
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Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm
12:00 PM

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 4:00pm.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Ewing’s “Be the Star” Photo Shoots
1:30 PM

  Background and special effects.

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
2:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Chapters Book Club
2:00 PM

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

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford  609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Chess Club
2:00 PM

Suggested for players ages 5 and up.
Come together with other chess players to play matches against each other.
This program is best for players with prior knowledge of the game.
No registration required.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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STEAM Club (ages 5 - 10)
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Create, invent and make!  Each week we will explore a new theme in science, technology, engineering or math by conducting hands-on projects. 

Space is limited.  Ages 5 - 10.  Registration is required.   

See Youth Program Policy

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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LEGO chariot races
3:00 PM

Use LEGOs to design a "chariot" and make it move around the room using a SPRK+ robot ball.  

Registration is required and space is limited.

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford  609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Maker Club Jr. (Ages 5-8)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For ages 5-8 with a caregiver.

Get creative and learn coding basics with various activities designed to promote problem-solving skills.

Online registration required beginning the previous Wednesday. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Pom-Pom Craft
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For children in grades K-5

Make creature from Pom Pom.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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BINGO! (Ages 7-11)
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Play BINGO! and win prizes!

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Mindful Bookmarks
4:30 PM

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

Enjoy coloring fun bookmarks that are a throw-back to the pop art movement!  

Add a decorative ribbon to hold your place as you enjoy reading this summer!

Drop by, no registration required.  Clean-up will begin 45 mins after starting time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Create a...(Ages 11 and under)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Join us to make a special project each week. 

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Wii Sports
5:00 PM

Come and play Wii Sports with friends.  

Ages 7 – 12.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Family Board Games
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Families with children of all ages are invited to come play board games in the activity room.
No registration required.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Seashell Decoupage
6:30 PM

For children 4 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

School’s out and it’s Summer! 

Let’s celebrate by using large decorative shells, colorful tissue paper & ‘below the sea’ paper images along with mod podge and the decoupage technique to produce beautiful natural decorative objects to take home!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Family Game Night (ages 11 and under)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Board games!  Group games!  Snacks!  Music!  Feel free to bring your favorite board game and a friend!  We'll split into groups based on age.  Join us to make a special project each week. 

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
Thursday June 28, 2018
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Big Building Block Free Playtime
9:35 AM

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr
9:40 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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Toddler Rock (ages 1 to 3 years; adult supervision required)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Too old for Baby Time and not quite ready to sit through a Story Time? Join us for singing, dancing, and rhymes. Through structured group activities, we play with musical instruments, puppets, parachutes, and more! There is an emphasis on interaction with the music and the rhymes through singing, actions, and props to build pre-literacy skills. This program runs about 30 minutes. No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
10:05 AM

Alphabet Alley 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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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 11:00.

*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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Magic Show 2-10 years
11:00 AM

For ages 2-10 years, families welcome.

Family magic show with Ken Northridge including humor, audience participation, musical routines and a rabbit!

Registration is required and begins at 7am on the day of the program.  Preference at the door may be given to patrons who register with an MCLS library card. Those who have not registered may be admitted as space permits.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Romp & Stomp
11:00 AM

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

Online registration begins on June 14. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Movers and Shakers, for ages 2-5yrs
11:05 AM

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

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Bollywood Fusion Dance for Ages 6+
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

For ages 6 and up.

Children will learn classical and Bollywood dance techniques and perform to popular, American songs.

This class is led by Sudipta Ghosh, a local dance instructor with 15 years of classical Indian and Bollywood dance experience.

Online registration required beginning Monday, June 11. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Play Dough Hour (ages 2-5)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

Ages 2 - 5.  No registration required.

See Youth Progam Policy.  

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
2:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Little Bits coding kits
2:00 PM

Use snap-together circuits and simple coding to see an exciting result.  For ages 8-15.

Registration is required and space is limited.

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford  609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Family Move: Paddington 2
2:30 PM

Paddington 2. Rated PG. Runtime: 105 minutes. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Open Play Time
3:00 PM

Open Play Time on Thursdays, 3-5:30 p.m. and Fridays, 2-4:30 

 

Guadians or parents  to stay with them during play time.

 

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Penguin Pointers with Jenkinson's Aquarium
3:00 PM

Suggested for ages 4-12 with a caregiver.

Get up close and personal with African Penguins from Jenkinson's Aquarium in Point Pleasant, NJ. Learn about the lifecycle, care, & geography of these cute, flightless birds.

Online registration reqruied beginning Monday, June 11.

Sponsored by the HIghtstown Library Association. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library

Please register!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Tween Knitting (Ages 10-12)
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Beginner's welcome! Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own yarn and needles. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Battle-Bot Build-A-Thon
5:00 PM

In this 90-minute class, kids will work together to build a robot that can compete in a sumo-style wrestling ring! Ages 6 and up.

Online registration is required and begins on June 22. Please register each child separately.

 

 

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
Registration will begin on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 12:00 AM     
 
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Mindful Bookmarks
5:30 PM

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

Enjoy coloring fun bookmarks that are a throw-back to the pop art movement!  

Add a decorative ribbon to hold your place as you enjoy reading this summer!

Drop by, no registration required.  Clean-up will begin 45 mins after starting time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Bollywood Dance (Ages 5-7)
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Learn how to Bollywood dance! 

For ages 5 to 7. 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Fairies! Fairies! All Things Fairies!
6:30 PM

For Families and children,  All Ages

Enjoy using your imagination?  Do you love fairies and fairy magic?!  Come to a party of All Things Fairies!

Come dressed up as fancifully as you like!  Fairy crowns, fairy wings!  Or just come as yourself!

We'll create fairy gardens, magic fairy bubble wands, jewel encrusted dragon eggs & even some unicorn slime to take home!

Lots of fun activities for the whole family! 

Clean up will begin at 8pm.

Please Register starting at 7am on the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
Registration will begin on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Bollywood Dance (Ages 8-12)
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Learn how to Bollywood dance! 

For ages 8 to 12. 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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SRP Kickoff Party with Magician Mike Rose
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

You will witness impossible magic tricks, weird mind reading stunts and off the wall comedy all themed around music and libraries.  Ater the show you can register for the Summer Reading Program and cool off with a delicious treat!  

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Battle-Bot Build-A-Thon
7:00 PM

In this 90-minute class, kids will work together to build a robot that can compete in a sumo-style wrestling ring! Ages 6 and up.

Online registration is required and begins on June 22. Please register each child separately.

 

 

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
Registration will begin on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 12:00 AM     
 
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Summer Reading Kick-off Event with the Juggling Hoffmans
7:00 PM

Join us for our first big event of the summer reading program!
The Juggling Hoffmans are a dynamic duo who entertain by combining their expert juggling with laugh-out-loud comedy.
Suggested for children ages 3 and up. 
Registration is required online starting Thursday, June 21st.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
Friday June 29, 2018
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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
9:35 AM

Alphabet Alley 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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Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr
9:40 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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Toddler Rock (ages 1 to 3 years; adult supervision required)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Too old for Baby Time and not quite ready to sit through a Story Time? Join us for singing, dancing, and rhymes. Through structured group activities, we play with musical instruments, puppets, parachutes, and more! There is an emphasis on interaction with the music and the rhymes through singing, actions, and props to build pre-literacy skills. This program runs about 30 minutes. No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Dance Party
10:30 AM

Children of all ages and their caregivers too are invited to come dance with Miss Andrea to some of her favorite songs that are guaranteed to get you up and moving!
No registration required.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Kids MusicRound
10:30 AM

Come sing and dance with Miss Diane.

Online registration begins on June 15. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 27 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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Wiggle, Jingle, Mingle and Giggle
10:30 AM

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

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

Adult must remain in the program.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Kim Yarson Concert (All ages)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

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

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

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

No registration is required.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm
12:00 PM

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 4:00pm.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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quilling emojis
1:00 PM

Come learn the ancient art of paper rolling also know as quilling.  We are making an emoji!!

Project will take about 45 minutes to complete

Ages 8 yrs & up with caregiver are welcome. 

Registration will open 7am day of event

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

Registration will begin on Friday, June 29, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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pencil top flowers
3:00 PM

Come make a flower to top your pencil

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete

Clean up will begin 45 min after start time

All ages with caregiver are welcome. 

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Little Scientist Make Slime
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For children in grades K-5

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Saturday June 30, 2018
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Drop-in Musical Craft: Bell Shaker Stick Craft, ages 3+
10:00 AM

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries rock!  Drop-in between 10am and 3pm and create a bell shaker stick craft!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Family Fair and Petting Zoo (All Ages)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for the West Windsor Branch's annual Family Fair & Petting Zoo! 

Enjoy games, crafts, and a special visit from What Knott Farm, The Twirling Arcade & more!

Musical performance by local band, Delta Noir. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 11:00 am and 12:00 noon to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels. No registration required.

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Author Visit from children's author Barbara DiLorenzo
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Suggested for ages 4-8 with a caregiver.

Please note the time of this program has now changed to 11:30 am. 

Join local children's author/illustrator, Barbara DiLorenzo, as she reads her latest picture book: "Quincy: The Chameleon Who Couldn't Blend In."

Then paint your own watercolor artwork!

Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author!

Online registration required beginning Monday, June 11.

 

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

Is it too hot outside?  Cool off and join us for movie and a craft!

This week’s movie:  CARS 3 (2017).  Rated: G (1 hr 42min).

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
 
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Poetry Rocks! (Ages 8-11)
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Learn how to create a Haiku poem and enter your poem into our Poetry Contest for a chance to win a prize! 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Monday July 2, 2018
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1000 Books Before Kindergarten
9:35 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Big Building Block Free Playtime
9:35 AM

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr
9:40 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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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
10:00 AM

Alphabet Alley 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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Train Play
10:00 AM

Free play with wooden trains and tracks.

For all ages with a caregiver.
 

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford    ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Musical Mondays: Concert with Kim Yarson
10:30 AM

This year's summer reading program theme is "Libraries Rock!"
Every Monday we will have musical entertainment for young children.
Today we are featuring local favorite Kim Yarson!  Come hear her rock our library.
Registration is required online starting Monday, June 25th.

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

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Make It! Monday & Open Play (Ages 2-5)
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers can drop in during this program to make a craft and play with the library's toys.

All craft supplies are provided.

 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Magic with John Carlson for Kids
11:00 AM

For ages 4-11 years, with a caregiver. Siblings and families are welcome.

Show includes magic, ventriloquism, comedy and even a rabbit!

Online registration is required and begins at 7:00am on the day of the show.

Preference may be give to patrons with a valid MCLS library card. On the day of the show, patrons who have not registered may be admitted if space permits. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Craft & Play (All ages)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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K-cup Planter
12:00 PM

Come decorate a K-cup then plant seeds in it to watch it grow.

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete.

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

Clean up will begin 45 minutes after start time.

No registration required. 

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

 

 
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Invitation to Create! Self-Portraits
1:00 PM

For children 4-9 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Invitation to Create! 

Come and enjoy this open-ended process art activity to have fun and to develop creative thinking skills! 

It's the "A" in S.T.E.A.M. that engages and encourages individual expression, as we draw and use watercolors to paint our self-portraits!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
Registration will begin on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm
2:00 PM

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

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Movies for Children: Despicable Me 3
2:00 PM

For ages 8 and up with adult.

(Rated: PG; 89 minutes)

 The villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who's grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the 80s, proves to be Gru's most formidable nemesis to date. Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove. 

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Open Craft:
3:00 PM

 

  • Monday, July 2, 3 p.m. Make a Music Kazoo. All ages!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Monday, July 9, 3 p.m. Make Music Harmonicas. All Ages! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Monday, July 16, 3 p.m. Make Music Wind Flutes.  All Ages! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Monday, July 23, 3 p.m. Make Music Rubber Band Guitars.  All Ages! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Zumba for Kids presented by Penn Medicine Princeton Health
4:00 PM

For ages 6 and up.
A fitness instructor from Penn Medicine Princeton Health will lead a Zumba class tailored for kids.
Children should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers.  Please bring a water bottle.
Registration is required online starting Monday, June 25th.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Puzzles & Games (Ages 5-11)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy playing with a variety of puzzles and games every week! 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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BINGO
4:00 PM

For children ages 4-10,

Monday, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 4 p.m.

Small prizes!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

Children in grades K-6 will get homework help and subject review from volunteer mentors.

Children ages 5-7: a caregiver must be in the room during the program.

Children ages 8-13: a caregiver must be in the library during the program.

Register in person or by phone.

CONTACT:    609-448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Coding for the Web (Ages 10-12)
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Want to learn how to code in HTML and CSS? Join us as we use Mozilla Thimble to learn the basics of coding for the web. At the end of this five week session, kids will be able to create their own webpage and will develop their passion for programming. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all five classes: 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, June 25, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Drop-in Musical Craft: Cardboard Guitar Craft, ages 3+
6:00 PM

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries rock!  Drop-in and create a cardboard guitar craft!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Bollywood Dance (Ages 5-12)
6:00 PM - 6:40 PM

Learn how to Bollywood Dance!

Ages 5-12

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Family Craft “FAMILY” Canvas, for families
6:30 PM

For families (caregivers must stay and are encouraged to participate).

Bring the whole family this evening to create a one-of-a-kind work of art!  Everyone will get to add their own fingerprints to this design! 

Registration is required starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Please only register ONE family member (families will work together on a single project).  Supplies are very limited.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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#MakersClub For Ages 9-14
7:00 PM

Learn problem-solving skills and get creative in this program that features different activites from origami to slime to computer coding!

Ages 9-14

Online registration is required beginning the previous Monday.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 12:00 AM     
 
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School-age STEAM
7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Tuesday July 3, 2018
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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
9:35 AM

Alphabet Alley 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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Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr
9:40 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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Big Building Block Free Playtime
10:05 AM

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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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Art Like the Masters! Monet's Garden Pond
1:00 PM

For children 5-11yrs, youngest with a caregiver

The beloved artist Claude Monet is considered to be the founder and father of French Impressionism.

He is known for his beautiful paintings of the natural world and, as an avid gardener, he experimented with color in his own beautiful gardens at Giverny.

We'll create our own renditions of Monet's famous Water Lily Pond!

Using large cardboard rounds and a new medium - tempura paint stix (non-messy & quick drying) - along with colorful cut tissue paper, we'll create this iconic pond and beautiful water lilly flowers.

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
Registration will begin on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm
2:00 PM

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

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Frozen Sing-Along Movie
2:00 PM

All ages are invited to join us as we sing along to the hit Disney movie Frozen.
We will be serving a frosty treat to all those who attend.
Caregivers must remain present for the duration of the movie.
No registration required.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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STEM activity
2:00 PM

Boat building

Use a variety of upcycled materials to design and boat and see if it floats.  

For ages 5-12.

Registration not required.

CONTACT:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Ewing’s “Be the Star” Photo Shoots
2:20 PM

  Background and special effects.

 

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

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

For students going into 2nd - 6th grades. 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Animal Paint-by-Sticker Art
3:30 PM

For children 4 yrs+, youngest with a caregiver.

Stop by and enjoy creating vibrant animal picutres using polygon shaped stickers!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Ewing Scientists
4:30 PM

For grades K-3

  • Tuesday, July 3, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Fun will black light.  
  • Tuesday, July 10, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3. POP: Rock Candy Experiments.  
  • Tuesday, July 17, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3. Make Mini Rubber Balloon Cart. 
  • Tuesday, July 24, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Make a Glass Xylophone.  
  • Tuesday, July 31, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Make Rocket Balloons.

 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Walk-in Patriotic Craft
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

All ages are invited to come to the activity room to make a craft to help celebrate the 4th of July.
Come any time during the three hour window that the room is open.
No registration required.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Paper Airplanes
6:30 PM

Come make a paper airplane to take home.

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete.

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

Clean up will begin 45 minutes after start time.

No registration required. 

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

 

 
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Shrinky Dink Charm Bracelet, for ages 5+
6:30 PM

For ages 5 years old and up, with a caregiver.

Create your very own bracelets using charms you’ll make out of Shrinky Dinks!  Use a template or make up your own designs.

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
Wednesday July 4, 2018
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Fourth of July
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Thursday July 5, 2018
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Big Building Block Free Playtime
9:35 AM

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr
9:40 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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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
10:05 AM

Alphabet Alley 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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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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Indoor “Snowball” Fight, for ages 2-7 years
11:00 AM

For ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver.

Snow in July???  Join us for some “snowy” fun indoors, without the cold!  Decorate a cardboard shield and get ready to test your aim during our “snowball” fight! 

Light refreshments will be served.

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Romp & Stomp
11:00 AM

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

Online registration begins on June 22. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
Registration will begin on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 12:00 AM     
 
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Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Choose Your Own Adventure book club
12:30 PM

Come join the Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club

We will read a different book every week.

As we go through the book our main characters will have many choices to make  Everyone gets a vote on which adventure we choose. 

ages 6yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

 
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Bollywood Fusion Dance for Ages 6+
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

For ages 6 and up.

Children will learn classical and Bollywood dance techniques and perform to popular, American songs.

This class is led by Sudipta Ghosh, a local dance instructor with 15 years of classical Indian and Bollywood dance experience.

Online registration required beginning the previous Thursday. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 12:00 AM     
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
2:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Ewing’s “Be the Star” Photo Shoots
2:20 PM

  Background and special effects.

 

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Family Move: Early Man
2:30 PM

Early Man. Rated PG. Runtime: 89 minutes. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Family craft
3:00 PM

Bird Kites

Decorate a bird-shaped kite and watch it fly.

For all ages.

No registration required.

CONTACT:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Magic of the Circus
3:00 PM

Suggested for ages 3+ with a caregiver.

Learn about circus life and animals through fun and amazing magic tricks performed by local magician, Dennis Thomas.

Online registration required beginning Monday, June 18.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Sphero Ball/ Little Bits Makerspace
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

For children grades 3-7 learn programming and share your creations with the community.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Tween Knitting (Ages 10-12)
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Beginner's welcome! Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own yarn and needles. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Animal Paint-by-Sticker Art
5:30 PM

For children 4 yrs+, youngest with a caregiver.

Stop by and enjoy creating vibrant animal picutres using polygon shaped stickers!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Art Like the Masters! Monet's Garden Pond
6:30 PM

For children 5-11yrs, youngest with a caregiver

The beloved artist Claude Monet is considered to be the founder and father of French Impressionism.

He is known for his beautiful paintings of the natural world and, as an avid gardener, he experimented with color in his own beautiful gardens at Giverny.

We'll create our own renditions of Monet's famous Water Lily Pond!

Using large cardboard rounds and a new medium - tempura paint stix (non-messy & quick drying) - along with colorful cut tissue paper, we'll create this iconic pond and beautiful water lilly flowers.

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
Registration will begin on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Books & Bricks
7:00 PM

Suggested for ages 2 to 5 years old.
A story followed by a build with DUPLO bricks.
Registration is required online Thursday, June 28th.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Friday July 6, 2018
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Family move
9:30 AM

Coco

Rated PG, 109 mins.

For all ages.

Popcorn will be served.

No registration required.

CONTACT:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
9:35 AM

Alphabet Alley 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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Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr
9:40 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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Family Movie: Peter Rabbit
10:00 AM

Watch a movie with the family. Bring a bagged lunch or snack to enjoy with the movie.

Rated PG. 100 minutes.

All ages.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Dance Party
10:30 AM

Children of all ages and their caregivers too are invited to come dance with Miss Andrea to some of her favorite songs that are guaranteed to get you up and moving!
No registration required.

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

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Sahaja Yoga Mediation
10:30 AM

 

For children ages, 2-6,

An introduction to mediation and energy centers.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Singalong with Pat McKinley for all ages
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

No registration required.

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

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm
12:00 PM

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin at 4:00pm.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Paper Quilling- Under the sea
1:00 PM

Come learn the ancient art of paper quilling. 

We will be making an Under the Sea scene

ages 8yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

 
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Lego Play
2:00 PM

Get creative and play with our LEGOS. 

Ages 2 – 6.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 29 spaces available.
 
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Hologram Projector
3:00 PM

Come make a hologram projector to use with your smart phone

Project will take 15 minutes to complete

ages 6yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

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

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

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

Create a different craft each week!

No registration necessary. 

Please arrive on time. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Saturday July 7, 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 Musical Craft: Cardboard Guitar Craft, ages 3+
10:00 AM

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries rock!  Drop-in between 10am and 3pm and create a cardboard guitar craft!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Poetry Rocks! (Ages 8-11)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn how to create an Acrostic poem and enter your poem into our Poetry Contest for a chance to win a prize! 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor 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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STEAM Open House Workshop (Ages 5-12)
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Build, Code, Play! Join us for a hands-on open house workshop with EV3 Mindstorms and Nano Bots Robotics. 

Please register. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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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.

Is it too hot outside?  Cool off and join us for movie and a craft!

This week’s movie:  The EMOJI Movie (2017).  Rated: PG (86 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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Slime Time: Make Patriotic Slime
2:00 PM

All ages are welcome to join us in making red, white and blue patriotic slime.
Registration is required online starting Saturday, June 30th.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner 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
Monday July 9, 2018
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Friendship bracelets
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

For ages 7-18.

Drop in any time between 9 and 12 to make some string friendship bracelets.  All materials and instructions will be provided.

No registration required.

CONTACT:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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1000 Books Before Kindergarten
9:35 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Big Building Block Free Playtime
9:35 AM

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr
9:40 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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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
10:00 AM

Alphabet Alley 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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Musical Mondays: Concert with Tot Tunes+
10:30 AM

This year's summer reading program theme is "Libraries Rock!"
Every Monday we will have musical entertainment for young children.
Today we are featuring the unique sound of Tot Tunes+.
Come hear them rock the library with drums, saxaphone, trumpet and more!
Registration is required online starting Monday, July 2nd.

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

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Kim Yarson Concert for Babies
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

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

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

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

No registration is required.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Make It! Monday & Open Play (Ages 2-5)
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers can drop in during this program to make a craft and play with the library's toys.

All craft supplies are provided.

 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Craft & Play (All ages)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Tic Tac Toe bags
12:00 PM

Come decorate a tic tac toe bag.  Everyone will receive crystals to play the game.

Project will take 15 minutes to complete

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

 
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Invitation to Create! Paper Bag Collage Painting
1:00 PM

For children 4-9 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Invitation to Create! 

Using a variety of art media - including watercolor paints, collage materials, tissue paper & glue, etc. and a simple upcycled handled paper bag, enjoy freely expressing your artistry in this open-ended process art program.  

Come prepared to get messy!  Wear old clothes!  (We'll also have disposable smocks on hand!)

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
 
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Step into STEM (Ages 5-8)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Learn about a new STEM topic each day and do an activity! 

Please register. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Friendship bracelets
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

For ages 7-18.

Drop in any time between 9 and 12 to make some string friendship bracelets.  All materials and instructions will be provided.

No registration required.

CONTACT:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm
2:00 PM

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

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Movie Matine :Coco
2:00 PM

 (Rated: PG; 105 minutes) Coco

 Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.  Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Maker Mondays: Chalk Art
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Use your maker skills to create a craft - Chalk Art.

Ages 7 - 12. 

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 28 spaces available.
 
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Open Craft:
3:00 PM

 

  • Monday, July 2, 3 p.m. Make a Music Kazoo. All ages!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Monday, July 9, 3 p.m. Make Music Harmonicas. All Ages! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Monday, July 16, 3 p.m. Make Music Wind Flutes.  All Ages! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
  • Monday, July 23, 3 p.m. Make Music Rubber Band Guitars.  All Ages! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Puzzles & Games (Ages 5-11)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy playing with a variety of puzzles and games every week! 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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BINGO
4:00 PM

For children ages 4-10,

Monday, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 4 p.m.

Small prizes!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Read to the Therapy Dog
4:30 PM

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

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

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Kindergarten-6th Grade Tutoring
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Children in grades K-6 will get homework help and subject review from volunteer mentors.

Children ages 5-7: a caregiver must be in the room during the program.

Children ages 8-13: a caregiver must be in the library during the program.

Register in person or by phone.

CONTACT:    609-448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families
5:30 PM

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Coding for the Web (Ages 10-12)
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Want to learn how to code in HTML and CSS? Join us as we use Mozilla Thimble to learn the basics of coding for the web. At the end of this five week session, kids will be able to create their own webpage and will develop their passion for programming. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all five classes: 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families
6:00 PM

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Bollywood Dance (Ages 5-12)
6:00 PM - 6:40 PM

Learn how to Bollywood Dance!

Ages 5-12

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Playtime with a Twist!
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Drop in for tons of fun! There will be music and hoop dance instruction with Color Me Hoopy. The Twirling Arcade will teach Baton Twirling and Plate Spinning.  Enjoy Paper Kite Decorating and Flying, Bubbles and more! Registration is not required. In case of inclement weather this event may be rescheduled; please check our website on the day of the program for more information.  Registration is not required.

 

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Drop-in Pet Rock Craft, ages 3+
6:05 PM

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries "rock"!  Drop-in and create your own pet rock!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families
6:20 PM

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families
6:40 PM

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families
7:00 PM

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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School-age STEAM
7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families
7:20 PM

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families
7:40 PM

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families
8:00 PM

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Escape the Library! Mini Escape Room for families
8:20 PM

For children of all ages and their families

The Pigeon (remember him?) has hidden something very important at the library – NEW LIBRARY CARDS!  Do you have what it takes for find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 peoples) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 15 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together to get out!

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 989-6921.

Please note: this program will be held on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, August 7th.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
Tuesday July 10, 2018
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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
9:35 AM

Alphabet Alley 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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Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr
9:40 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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Big Building Block Free Playtime
10:05 AM

Big building block free playtime for preschoolers, with caregiver supervision. Cleanup will begin about an hour after start time.

Oversized plastic building blocks will be out in the department for kids to play with, in cooperation with others who are persent. Children may need to take turns. Projects will be taken apart in order for the next interested child to play and create. We have 384 pieces.

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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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Fingerprint Art Glass Magnets
1:00 PM

For children 4 - 10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Using this simple technique of fingerprint art with brightly colored, washable, non-toxic ink  pads, we’ll make beautiful original and whimsical art glass magnets! 

Animals, flowers, anything really that inspires, can be made with a simple single colorful fingerprint and thin black markers!  Placed under clear art glass, with a magnet on the back, and you’ve made a decorative, fun and whimsical original piece of art!

Registration required and begins at 7am on the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Step into STEM (Ages 5-8)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Learn about a new STEM topic each day and do an activity! 

Please register. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm
2:00 PM

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

Registration is not required, drop in at your convenience.  Cleanup will finish by about 5:00pm.

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Bollywood/Hip Hop Dance Workshop
2:00 PM

Suggested for ages 7 to 13.
In this workshop participants will learn unique choreography which incorporates Easter and Western dance styles.
They will be able to try advanced floor-work and exciting new techniques while experiencing the fun and satifaction of dancing.
Registration is required online starting the previous Tuesday.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Drawing with Amaris
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

For children in grades K-3

Tuesday, 9, 16, 23, 30, 3-3:45 p.m.

Learn Basic Drawing.

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

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

For students going into 2nd - 6th grades. 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Eyes of the Wild animal show
3:30 PM

For all ages.

Meet and learn about a variety of live animals.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 37 spaces available.
 
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Modern Mini Paper Flower Garden
3:30 PM

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

Drop by and create a whimsical summer garden out of brightly colored paper!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Ewing Scientists
4:30 PM

For grades K-3

  • Tuesday, July 3, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Fun will black light.  
  • Tuesday, July 10, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3. POP: Rock Candy Experiments.  
  • Tuesday, July 17, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3. Make Mini Rubber Balloon Cart. 
  • Tuesday, July 24, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Make a Glass Xylophone.  
  • Tuesday, July 31, 4-4:30 p.m., for children in grades K-3.  Make Rocket Balloons.
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    Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Drop-in Sunglasses Sun Catcher craft, ages 3+
6:00 PM

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Drop in between 6pm and 8pm and create a sunglasses-shaped sun catcher.  Perfect for your windows on a sunny day!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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coffee filter flower
6:30 PM

Come make a beautifil flower out of coffee filters

Project will take 15 minutes to complete

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

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