List of Events

  

Monday July 23, 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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Musical Mondays: Music, Bubble and Comedy Show presented by Turtle Dance Music
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 Mr. Matt from Turtle Dance Music and his "Music, Bubble and Comedy Show: Born to Read."
This is a high-energy performance about why libraries rock! The show engages children of all ages with songs, comedy, bubbles and music technology. Each song is accompanied by hands-on, visual, and sensory experiences designed to help kids learn and have fun at the same time. Kids will dance, sing, and understand why libraries are so important for our future.
Registration is required online starting Monday, July 16th.

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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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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Music Mondays
11:00 AM

Play instruments, learn about rhythm, and sing songs with friends.  

For 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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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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Paper Airplanes
12:00 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.

 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Wooden Train Week!
1:00 PM

For Families and children, All ages

Our ever popular wooden trains will be set up and ready for imaginative play!

No registration required.

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 CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Turtle Dance Music Concert
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

This fun, sensory-friendly show engages children with songs, comedy, robots, bubbles, music technology and original stories about why engineers, architects and designers rock! This show is accessible to kids of all developmental abilities.  

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  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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BINGO
2:00 PM

For ages 5-12.

Play classic BINGO.  Winners will receive small prizes.

No registration is required.

CONTACT:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Movie Matinee:Wonder
2:00 PM

 (Rated: PG; 113 minutes)

This movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.Starring: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Noah Jupe, Daveed Diggs.

 

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Programming with Sphero Balls (Ages 10-12)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Learn how to program Sphero Balls, a robotic ball that you can control its movement! 

Registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Maker Mondays: Sand Art
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

This program is limited to children between ages 7 - 12.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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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
There are 29 spaces available.
 
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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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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
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Read to the Therapy Dog
4:30 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register in person or by phone.

CONTACT:    609-448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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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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Library Coding Class (Grades 4-6)
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Learn Terrapin Logo, Scratch, and Java basics. No experience required. 

Students must bring their own laptop. 

Registration required. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all six classes starting on Monday, July 16th. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Drop-in Musical Craft: Bottle Top Castanets, ages 3+
6:00 PM

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries rock!  Drop-in and create bottle top castanets!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

For ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver.

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

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

This week’s theme is:  THE FIVE SENSES!

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

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

Space is limited. Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend, so that we may allow another child to participate. (609) 989-6921

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 23, 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
 
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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
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
Tuesday July 24, 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 July 9. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 4 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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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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DIY Make Your Own Squishy Soap
1:00 PM

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

Come join us to make your own soap! 

Learn to measure ingredients, adding some color and making this simple soap you can really use!

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 24, 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.  

No registration required.

Grades K - 2

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CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell 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 CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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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 Eastern and Western dance styles.
They will be able to try advanced floor-work and exciting new techniques while experiencing the fun and satisfaction of dancing.
Registration is required online starting the previous Tuesday.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Candy Making (Ages 2 & up)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Make and take home your own candy creation! 

Brought to you by Candy Clouded. 

Registration is not required, but space will be limited to the first 75 children. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Home Depot for Kids
3:00 PM

Have fun building with an expert from Home Depot! Register for either program, or both.

Ages 4 and up.

Register online starting July 9. Please register each child separately.

 

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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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
There are 14 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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Wooden Train Week!
3:30 PM

For Families and children, All ages

Our ever popular wooden trains will be set up and ready for imaginative play!

No registration required.

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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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
There are 24 spaces available.
 
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craft stick harmonica
6:30 PM

Come make a harmonica out of craft sticks.

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.

 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Fire truck visit, for families
6:30 PM

For children all ages.

Join us as we welcome the amazing firefighters from the Slackwood Fire Company!

Come get an up-close look at a fire engine and meet these brave heroes!  Stop inside and have fun at several craft stations.  Refreshments will also be served.

**Note: In case of an emergency, the fire engine and crew may need to cancel or leave abruptly.**

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 24, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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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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Chess Club (Ages 7-14)
7:15 PM - 8:15 PM

This chess club is a session of informative learning about several aspects of chess. This club will be an opportunity for student learners to gain a tactical advantage over their opponents by applying logical strategies. The strategies can be applied in the opening, middle, and end phases of the game. They will also be introduces to traditional weaknesses in pawn positions. After in-depth knowledge of the strategies provided, students would be ready to play in local tournaments. 

You must bring your own chess board

No registration required. Space is limited to the first 24 students. Please arrive on time. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Wednesday July 25, 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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clothespin airplane
11:00 AM

Come make an airplane out of craftsticks and a clothespin.

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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clothespin airplane
11:00 AM

Come make an airplane out of craft sticks and a clothespin

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.

 

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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Dance with Jen
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

For children in Grades 3-8

Wednesday, July 11, 18, 25, 12-12:45 p.m.

Learn basic dance steps.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 20 spaces available.
 
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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
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Iron-On Tee Shirt
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For all Ages!

 

Sign-up early, limited to 24 participants! 

Please bring your own tee-shirt!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Model Building (Ages 8-11)
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This class will introduce the students to the basic skills needed to assemble and paint a plastic model kit. Each child will be given their own model kit to build and will encounter a very much "hands on" learning environment

All materials are provided. 

Space is limited and registration is required. 

You may only sign up for one session. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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paper plate emoji
3:00 PM

Come make a paper plate emoji mask.

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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
There is 1 space available.
 
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Wooden Train Week!
4:30 PM

For Families and children, All ages

Our ever popular wooden trains will be set up and ready for imaginative play!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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LEGO Club (Ages 5-11)
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

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

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

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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Family Zumba (ages 6 & up)
5:15 PM - 5:55 PM

Break a sweat during Family Zumba with instructor Donna Balducci!

No registration necessary. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Rock Star Sleepover
6:00 PM

Ever wonder what happens in the library when the doors are locked? Children of all ages are invited to come and create a rock star puppet.  After the program, the rock stars are invited to spend the night at the library. Children may pick up their rock star friends starting at 9:30 am on July 26. Light snacks will be served. For children of all ages.

Online registration is required and begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.                         

 

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 5 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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DIY Make Your Own Squishy Soap
6:30 PM

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

Come join us to make your own soap! 

Learn to measure ingredients, adding some color and making this simple soap you can really use!

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 Wednesday, July 25, 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.  

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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Rock Star Sleepover
7:15 PM

Ever wonder what happens in the library when the doors are locked? Children of all ages are invited to come and create a rock star puppet.  After the program, the rock stars are invited to spend the night at the library. Children may pick up their rock star friends starting at 9:30 am on July 26. Light snacks will be served. For children of all ages.

Online registration is required and begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.                           

 

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 19 spaces available.
Thursday July 26, 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 11:30

*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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*Sounds Like Science* Show for Kids
11:00 AM

For ages 4-11 years, with a caregiver.

With Mad Science of West New Jersey.

This 40-minute show highlights the sense of sound.

Through a combination of demonstrations and audience participation we bring the science of sound to your children.

Among the experiments the students will witness how sound waves travel using both the audience and a Slinky. 

They'll participate in creating a rainstorm complete with rain, thunder and lighting.

And for a finale we'll get to hear the quack of Quacker the Duck, the growl of Terry the Tiger and the roar of Rex the T-Rex.

Registration is required, beginning at 7:00am on the day of the show. Preference may be given to those who have registered with a valid
MCLS library card. Others may be admitted as space permits.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, July 26, 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 July 9. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 10 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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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.

 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Scratch Coding
1:00 PM

Like playing computer games? Learn how to make them yourself!  
This six-week class will teach you to use Scratch, an introductory computer program, to design interactive games.
Open to ages 9 – 12.  Attendance at all 6 weeks is necessary.  
Bringing your own laptop is strongly recommended, but those without one can be accommodated as well. 

Space is limited.  Registration required.

Please call the branch at 609-443-1880 with questions on how to register.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers 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 the previous Thursday. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown 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 Craft
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Make a CD Spinner.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 25 spaces available.
 
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Family Move: Sherlock Gnomes
2:30 PM

Sherlock Gnomes. Rated PG. Runtime: 86 minutes.  Caregivers must remain in the room for the duration of the movie.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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From Opera to ABBA-Music of Sweden (Ages 5-10)
3:00 PM

Explore the history of Sweden’s music & how it relates to culture and every day life. Get your groove on with some of today’s top hits, make your own fiddle craft, and take home a CD of music from the program!

Presented by the American Swedish Historical Museum.

Updated: For ages 5-10.

Online registration required beginning Monday, July 9. 

 

 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-488-1484  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
There are 13 spaces available.
 
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Snakes-N-Scales
3:00 PM

Alligators, turtles, snakes, and more.  See and learn about different types of scaly creatures.

When registering online, please register each child or adult separately.  If you need assistance with registration, please call the branch at 609-443-1880.

All ages.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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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
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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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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Wooden Train Week!
5:30 PM

For Families and children, All ages

Our ever popular wooden trains will be set up and ready for imaginative play!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Pokémon Club (ages 5-11)
5:30 PM - 6:30 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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Family Children's Art Festival
6:00 PM

For Families and children, All Ages

Come enjoy an evening of art!  Fun projects for the whole family!  

You can watercolor paint giant Texas snowflakes using water diffusing paper and make a DIY frisbee that really works!

Decorate flag garlands using a variety of art tools (markers, crayons, paint stix, collage bits & glue sticks, stamps & ink pads)! 

Make a cool washi tape bracelet and use rainbow colored tapes for a fun collage activity.

There'll be a huge community banner that everyone can decorate to display.

Come for a fun evening of art 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.

 
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Fossil Dig
6:30 PM

Suggested for ages 5 and up.
Sift through fossil stuff loaded with shark teeth, coral, sea urchin spines, bones and more.
All fossils are up to 20 million years old and you get to keep whatever you find.
Registration is required online starting Thursday, July 19th.

There is a second session of 7:30pm.  ONLY REGISTER FOR ONE SESSION.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Seussology!
7:00 PM

A fun, lively and interactive program run by a very funny and silly cat who causes all types of mischief. It explores the background of Dr. Seuss and his beloved works. You may know Thing 1 and Thing 2, you will now meet Thing 3 and watch him cause all kinds of mayhem. Come join us on this incredible journey. For children ages 6 and up.

Online registration is required and begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.   

                  

 

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 49 spaces available.
 
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Fossil Dig
7:30 PM

Suggested for ages 5 and up.
Sift through fossil stuff loaded with shark teeth, coral, sea urchin spines, bones and more.
All fossils are up to 20 million years old and you get to keep whatever you find.
Registration is required online starting Thursday, July 19th.

There is a another session of 6:30pm.  ONLY REGISTER FOR ONE SESSION.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Friday July 27, 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: Sherlock Gnomes
10:00 AM

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

Rated PG. 96 minutes.

All ages.

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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CANCELLED - Toddler Tunes
10:30 AM

Come sing and dance with Miss Pat.

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

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville 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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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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Sing Along Pete (For All Ages)
10:30 AM

Sing along and dance to your favorite tunes with Sing Along Pete! 

Sponsored by The Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor 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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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
 
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Paper Quilling- you choose
1:00 PM

Come learn the ancient art of paper quilling. 

We will be making an outer space or an under the sea scene

ages 8yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

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

Students of Step into STEM will present their creations! 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Fun with littleBits (Ages 10-12)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Are you interested in electronics and inventing? Learn how to program with littleBits! littleBits are small building blocks that can programmed to create an endless amount of projects. 

Registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Lego Open Play
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For all ages.

Drop in any time between 9 and 12 for free play with an large assortment of LEGOs.

No registration required.

CONTACT:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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spot the difference
3:00 PM

Come pick up a spot the difference game and see how many differnt things you can spot

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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: Slime
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For Children in Grades K-3

July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, July 31

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 24 spaces available.
 
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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 28, 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: Bottle Top Castanets, ages 3+
10:00 AM

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries rock!  Drop-in between 10am and 3pm and create bottle top castanets!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Model Plane Building
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Come and learn the basics of plastic model building.  Each student will have their own model to build, paint, and take home with them.  We will be building the iconic American WW2 fighter plane - the P-51D Mustang!

Ages 8-13 .   

Online registration is required and begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.                         

As a reminder parents must remain in the building for any child under the age of 14.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Eyes of the Wild Animal Show
10:30 AM

Families welcome! “Animals Rock!” This program will feature the many ways in which animals use sound to communicate. We all know birds sing but did you know a wallaby has a special call for its baby, alligators make a boom sound in B Flat, & groundhogs whistle? We will discuss these & other surprising sounds animals use. Animals may include: birds, alligator, snake, wallaby, groundhog, skunk, degu, coati, porcupine. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 61 spaces available.
 
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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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STEAM Workshop: Let's Make a Volcano for ages 6-11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What is a Volcano?

Where can you find volcanos?

Why do volcanos erupt ferociously?

Make and take home a volcano that can spew lava again and again. Weather permitting we may go outside.

Space is limited. 

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
The registration period has ended.
 
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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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Eyes of the Wild Presents: Mammal Mania (Ages 2 & up)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Mammals from around the world will be featured in this program. Behaviors, habitats, adaptations, survival strategies and relationships with humans will be introduced. This program focuses on behavior and adaptation using the life stories of each unique animal, their often humorous personality, fun facts, anecdotes and animal eye-views as instruction. 

The main animals presented in this show include the Wallaby, Rabbit, Guinea Pig, and the Patagonian Cavy. 

No registration required. 

Sponsored by The Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor 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:  Despicable Me 3 (2017).  Rated: PG (90 minutes).

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

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Model Build
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

THIS PROGRAM IS FULL.

For ages 8 to 13.
Discover the magic of model building by assembling a model kit. (Kits are provided.)
Spots are very limited for this program.
Registration is required online starting Saturday, July 21st.

 

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
Monday July 30, 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 mr. RAY
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 mr. RAY. Come hear him rock out the library.
Registration is required online starting Monday, July 23rd.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 23, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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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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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Concert for Kids with Jumpin' Jamie
11:00 AM

For ages 2-8 years, with a caregiver.

Jumpin' Jamie does interactive live music shows featuring original kindie rock.

Join us today for “Fauxchella" a rock and roll festival puppet review!

Registration is required, beginning at 7:00am on the day of the show. Preference may be given to those who have registered with a valid
MCLS library card.

Others may be admitted as space permits.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Music Mondays
11:00 AM

Play instruments, learn about rhythm, and sing songs with friends.

Ages 2 - 6.

 

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 28 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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paper robot
12:00 PM

Come make a paper robot out of cardstock.

ages 5yr+ with caregiver

No registration required. 

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

 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Invitation to Create! Cotton Swab Mini Watercolor Paintings Garland
1:00 PM

For children 4-9 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Invitation to Create! 

Come play with liquid watercolor painting and learn about color families!

Experiment with colors on mini watercolor papers, and then string your mini paintings into a colorful garland to take home.

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.

 
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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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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Movie Matinee:Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle
2:00 PM

 (Rated: PG; 119 minutes)

Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose.   Starring: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas.         

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Maker Mondays: DIY Ice Cream
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Use your maker skills to create a craft - DIY Ice Cream.

This program is limited to children ages 7 - 12.

 

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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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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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
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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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
 
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Library Coding Class (Grades 4-6)
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Learn Terrapin Logo, Scratch, and Java basics. No experience required. 

Students must bring their own laptop. 

Registration required. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all six classes starting on Monday, July 16th. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Drop-in Musical Craft: Washi Tape Rain Sticks, ages 3+
6:00 PM

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Libraries rock!  Drop-in and create a washi tape rain stick!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Fairy Tale Science Challenge Part 2, 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 2, we’ll read The Three Little Pigs and build a house that the big bad wolf can't blow down.  Then we’ll read Goldilocks and the Three Bears and help create the perfect bed for Goldilocks.

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, July 30, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Harry Potter Birthday Party (Ages 11+)
7:00 PM

Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday with trivia games, crafts, and potion slime.

Feel free to come dressed as your favorite character!

Light refreshments will be served.

For ages 11-18

Online registration required beginning Monday, July 16. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-488-1484  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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School-age STEAM
7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 23, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
Tuesday July 31, 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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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 July 9. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 14 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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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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Mini Mouse Art House
1:00 PM

For children 5-11yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Create your very own miniature "mouse" house with art! 

Using your imagination create a cozy house of your own design - it doesn't have to be a house for a mouse! It can be a mini house for anything you want!

Use drawing, painting, sculpture & collage techniques to get creative making windows, doors, curtains, wall paper, paintings, mirrors, furniture, rugs, pets, etc.! 

We'll provide the small cardboard house, walls, mini 3-D pieces of foam and wood, clay, fabric, felt, decorative papers, oil pastels, markers, liquid watercolors, etc. and let your imagination go!  A fun project with a mini-house to take home!

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 31, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Happy Birthday Harry Potter (Ages 7-10)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday with trivia games, crafts, and potion slime.

Feel free to come dressed as your favorite character!

Light refreshments will be served.

For ages 7-10

Online registration required beginning Monday, July 16. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-488-1484  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Pearl Observatory - Little Al Dinosaur Show (ages 3 and up)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Be a paleontologist for a day.  Touch a real dinosaur egg, teeth and bones.  Help rebuild the "Little Al" the allosaurus and more. 

Ages 3 to adult.  Adult supervision required.  No registration required.  

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  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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Bollywood/Hip Hop Dance Workshop
2:00 PM

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

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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STEM activity
2:00 PM

Marble mazes

Use straws and a shoebox lid to desing your own marble maze.  

For ages 5-12.

Registration not required.

CONTACT:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Lego Club
3:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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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
There are 14 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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Drinking Straw Insect Paper Toys
3:30 PM

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

Spring flowers and trees need insects for survival and pollination!  Birds do too, as they are an important and favorite food! 

Come combine science and art to make simple larger-than-life insect toys with paper and neon colored drinking straws!

No registration required.

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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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
There are 29 spaces available.
 
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The Lizard Guys (Ages 5 & up)
4:30 PM

The Lizard Guys are back again to bring their favorite reptile friends! Learn about these cold blooded animals and get to see them up close!

No registration required. 

Sponsored by The Friends of the West Windsor Library 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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“Minute-to-win-it” Family Game Night, for families
6:30 PM

For children and their families.

Join us for a fun night of games!  Families will work together and participate in 60 second timed challenges!

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 Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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make a paper fortune tellers
6:30 PM

Come make a paper fortune teller. 

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.

 

LOCATION: Lawrence 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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The Lizard Guys
7:00 PM

Suggested for ages 3 and up.
Always a favorite, The Lizard Guys are back again this summer to teach you about reptiles and amphibians.
The presenter will show several animals and share many fun facts about them in a kid-friendly presentation.
Registration is required online starting Tuesday, July 24th.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Chess Club (Ages 7-14)
7:15 PM - 8:15 PM

This chess club is a session of informative learning about several aspects of chess. This club will be an opportunity for student learners to gain a tactical advantage over their opponents by applying logical strategies. The strategies can be applied in the opening, middle, and end phases of the game. They will also be introduces to traditional weaknesses in pawn positions. After in-depth knowledge of the strategies provided, students would be ready to play in local tournaments. 

You must bring your own chess board

No registration required. Space is limited to the first 24 students. Please arrive on time. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Wednesday August 1, 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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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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Dance with Jen
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

For children in Grades 3-8

Wednesday, August 1,8 12-12:45 p.m.

Learn basic dance steps.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 20 spaces available.
 
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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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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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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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 12:00 AM     
 
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LEGO Club (Ages 5-11)
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Family Zumba (ages 6 & up)
5:15 PM - 5:55 PM

Break a sweat during Family Zumba with instructor Donna Balducci!

No registration necessary. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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“A Wrinkle in Time”
6:00 PM

For Families and children 7 yrs+

The classic children’s science fiction fantasy book by Madeleine L’Engle is now a stunning movie!

Released in 2018 and directed by Ava DuVernay, it stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling as three mysterious beings sent to help Meg, her brother and her friend find her scientist father who has mysteriously disappeared.

Rated PG (Parental Guidance Suggested. Some material may not be suitable for young children.). Running time 1hr 45 mins.

Caregivers must remain present in the room for the duration of the movie

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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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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Lee’s Circus Extravaganza
7:00 PM

Join us for a kaleidoscope of juggling, plate spinning, unicycling, audience interaction and magic. For children ages 6 and up.

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

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 7 spaces available.
Thursday August 2, 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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YO YO Play Date (Ages 0-7)
10:00 AM

Jump around, pop bubbles, and play tons of fun fitness games & read/play the book MOVE! 

Sponsored by The Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Bookworms & Wiggle Worms Book Club & Play Group
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Little ones and their caregivers are invited to this monthly book club for adults/play group for children. 

Adults will discuss A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev while the children play with the library's toys.

New members always welcome!

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Movers and Shakers, for ages 2-5yrs
11:00 AM

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

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Romp & Stomp
11:00 AM

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

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

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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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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Scratch Coding
1:00 PM

Like playing computer games? Learn how to make them yourself!  
This six-week class will teach you to use Scratch, an introductory computer program, to design interactive games.
Open to ages 9 – 12.  Attendance at all 6 weeks is necessary.  
Bringing your own laptop is strongly recommended, but those without one can be accommodated as well. 

Space is limited.  Registration required.

Please call the branch at 609-443-1880 with questions on how to register.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers 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 the previous Thursday. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 12:00 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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Family Movie: Mary Poppins
2:30 PM

Mary Poppins. Rated G. Runtime: 140 minutes.  Caregivers must remain in the room for the duration of the movie.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Family craft
3:00 PM

Paper plate fans

Escape the heat by decorating a paper plate fan.

For all ages.

No registration required.

CONTACT:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Open Craft: Lanyard Animal
3:00 PM

 Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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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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Pom-Pom Backpack Zipper Pull
6:30 PM

For children 7 - 11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver.

Make yourself a fun backpack zipper pull using our new crafting tool: Pom Pom Makers! 

Use yarn and colorful wooden beads attached to a carabiner (to clip on) to make yourself the perfect accessory for your backpack!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Project Science (Ages 7-11)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Project Science is a science club devised for young children to enhance their ability to make observations and ask questions about the world around them - and figure out how to answer those questions. Through a series of fun home experiments and interactive simulations, your child will cultivate curiosity and problem solving skills. 

Registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 9:30 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, July 26th.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
Friday August 3, 2018
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Carnival
1:30 AM - 3:30 AM

For children ages 2-11. 

Sand art, games, face painting and light refreshments. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Family movie
9:30 AM

Peter Rabbit

Rated PG, 100 mins.

For all ages.

Popcorn will be served.

No registration required.

CONTACT:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook 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: Frozen Sing-Along
10:00 AM

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

Rated PG. 108 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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American Girl Tea Party
10:30 AM

Children ages 5 and up are invited to join us for crafts, food, and special games. Moms and special dolls are invited also!

Online registration is required begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 9 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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Kids Sing & Dance
10:30 AM

Sing and dance along to your favorite toddler tunes! 

For all ages. 

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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Dennis the Magician
1:00 PM

Experience amazing magical tricks with Dennis the Magician.

When registering online, please register each child or adult separately.  If you need assistance with registration, please call the branch at 609-443-1880.

All ages.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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American Girl Tea Party
2:00 PM

Children ages 5 and up are invited to join us for crafts, food, and special games. Moms and special dolls are invited also!

Online registration is required begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm
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 4:00pm.

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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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Unique Creatures Animal Show
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Suggested for ages 4-12 with a caregiver.

Learn about exotic and interesting animals in this educational and fun program about the creatures who share our world.

Online registration required beginning Monday, July 23. 

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 23, 2018 at 12:00 AM     
 
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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 August 4, 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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Model Building (Ages 8-11)
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This class will introduce the students to the basic skills needed to assemble and paint a plastic model kit. Each child will be given their own model kit to build and will encounter a very  much "hands on" learning environment.

All materials are provided. 

Space is limited and registration is required. 

You may only sign up for one session. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Harry Potter's Birthday Celebration, for families
12:00 PM

Happy Birthday, Harry!!  Join us for a birthday celebration for our favorite wizard!!

Get sorted into your Hogwarts house, design a wand, play a game of miniature Quidditch and much more!!!

Enjoy cake and other refreshments from the Leaky Cauldron.

Wizards may come in costume (or disguise yourself as a muggle).

Join us for an afternoon of magical fun!!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Model Plane Building
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Come and learn the basics of plastic model building.  Each student will have their own model to build, paint, and take home with them.  We will be building the iconic American WW2 fighter plane - the P-51D Mustang!

Ages 8-13 .   

Online registration is required and begins on July 9. Please register each child separately.                         

As a reminder parents must remain in the building for any child under the age of 14.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Slime Time: Make Ice Cream Slime
2:00 PM

All ages are welcome to join us in making ice cream slime.
Registration is required online starting Saturday, July 28th.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Registration will begin on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Monday August 6, 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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BINGO
10:00 AM

For ages 5-12.

Play classic BINGO.  Winners will receive small prizes.

No registration is required.

CONTACT:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Musical Mondays: Concert with Jumpin' Jamie
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 Jumpin' Jamie. Come hear him rock out the library.
Registration is required online starting Monday, July 30th.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner 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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New Date: Sing-Along with Kim Yarson
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

For ages 0-5 with a caregiver.

Sing along to classic children's songs and some original tunes sung by local musician Kim Yarson! Bring your energy and rhythm for a rockin' good time!

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

Online registration suggested. 

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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Invitation to Create! Build Art City!
1:00 PM

For children 4-10 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Invitation to Create! 

Come participate in this exciting group project to Build Art City!

We’ll be using recycled materials: cardboard tubes, wood blocks & wood shapes, and all manner of art materials including liquid watercolors to design and construct our tabletop free-form cityscape!

Wear old clothes (we will have disposable apron smocks on hand) and bring your imagination and building skills to help us construct a fun, amazing and beautiful original work of art!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
LOCATION: Lawrence 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 for Children, Lego Ninjago Movie,
2:00 PM

 Rated: PG; 101 minutes,

 The young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, that are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, is wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, this showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Maker Mondays: Bookmarks
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Use your maker skills to create a craft.

Bookmarks

This program is limited to children ages 7 - 12.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 18 spaces available.
 
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Open Craft: Rainstick
3:00 PM

For all ages!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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BINGO
4:00 PM

For children ages 4-10,

Small prizes!

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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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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Library Coding Class (Grades 4-6)
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Learn Terrapin Logo, Scratch, and Java basics. No experience required. 

Students must bring their own laptop. 

Registration required. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all six classes starting on Monday, July 16th. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Drop-in Butterfly Ornament Craft, ages 3+
6:00 PM

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Drop-in between 6pm and 8pm and create a beautiful butterfly ornament!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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School-age STEAM
7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Tuesday August 7, 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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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 July 9. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Collage Animal Marionettes
1:00 PM

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

We’ll construct our own working animal marionettes!

Using easy recycled materials! Cardboard tubes, tissue paper, glue, wide pop sticks & kitchen twine, and colorful pony beads.

You’ll have hours of fun playing with your own homemade working marionette!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

 
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, August 7, 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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Bollywood/Hip Hop Dance Workshop
2:00 PM

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

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Sphero robot balls
2:00 PM - 4:00 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 7 spaces available.
 
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Drawing with Amaris
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

For children in grades K-3

 

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 20 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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Creative Coloring & Dot-to-Dot’s
3:30 PM

For Families and children 4 yrs+

Drop by and enjoy some creative coloring and unusual dot-to-dots!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Ewing Scientists
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

For children in grades K-3. 

Ice-cream in a Bag.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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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 to find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) 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 Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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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 to find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) 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 Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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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 to find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) 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 Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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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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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 to find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) 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 Tuesday, August 7, 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 to find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) 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 Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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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 to find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) 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 Tuesday, August 7, 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 to find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) 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 Tuesday, August 7, 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 to find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) 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 Tuesday, August 7, 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 to find and free them?  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) 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 Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
Wednesday August 8, 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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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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Dance with Jen
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

For children in Grades 3-8

Wednesday, August 1,8 12-12:45 p.m.

Learn basic dance steps.

LOCATION: Ewing 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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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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End of Summer Reading Party (All Ages)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Stop in the library during our End of Summer Reading Party to celebrate all the reading you've done this summer.

Enjoy crafts with Mrs. Mehta & Miss Poonam, music, hula hoops, and bubbles with the Twirling Arcade, face painting by Sweet Cheeks, and a sweet treat to eat!

For all participants of the Summer Reading Program and their caregivers.

Online registration required beginning Monday, July 30. 

 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 12:00 AM     
 
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Balloon animals
3:00 PM

For ages 7-16.

Learn how to make simple balloon animals.

Registration is required.

 

CONTACT:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Open Craft: Pencil Holder from Craft Sticks
3:30 PM

For all Ages! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Creative Coloring & Dot-to-Dot’s
4:30 PM

For Families and children 4 yrs+

Drop by and enjoy some creative coloring and unusual dot-to-dots!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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LEGO Club (Ages 5-11)
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Family Zumba (ages 6 & up)
5:15 PM - 5:55 PM

Break a sweat during Family Zumba with instructor Donna Balducci!

No registration necessary. 

LOCATION: West Windsor 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