List of Events

  

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Babytime
10:00 AM

Stories, songs, and play for ages 6 months - 2 years, with a caregiver.

 

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford    ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Guitar sing-along with Pat McKinley 1-5 years
10:00 AM

For ages 1-5 years, with a caregiver.

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

Action songs encourage audience participation.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

For ages 1-5 years, with a caregiver.

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

Action songs encourage audience participation.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Staff  609-882-9246  
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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CANCELED: Elder Investment Fraud & Preparing for Retirement
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Please note: Due to low enrollment, this program has been canceled. If you are interested in the information packet associated with this program, please contact the Hopewell Branch at hopeprogs@mcl.org or 609.737.2610.

The New Jersey Bureau of Securities presents a lecture about learning to spot fraudulent investment activities and how to prepare for retirement.

Registration requested.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Creation Station and Open Play
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

For all ages.
Our activity room will be open from 10am to 4pm for you to come and make a craft or just play with our puzzles and toys.
This is a walk-in program. 
No registration is required.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Used Book Trade for families through 8pm
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Bring up to 3 used Children’s books to trade for up to 3 used Friends of the Lawrence Library used children’s books.
(3 per day, per child or caregiver)
Paperbacks & hardcovers.
Gift a used book to yourself or to a friend or family member over the holidays!
Wednesday November 21 through 8:00pm & Friday November 23 through 4:00pm.
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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CANCELLED Kids Music Round Demo (Infant - 5 years)
10:30 AM

This class has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Join us for a free demo class! 

Come sing, dance, explore rhythm instruments and have a great time!

LOCATION: West Windsor 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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Yoga for Tots
10:30 AM

  CANCELLED

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 25 spaces available.
 
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Baby & Toddler Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

For ages birth–2.5 years & a caregiver.

Join us for singing & rhyming fun followed by a group board book read-aloud and play time with the library’s toys.

Siblings welcome.

No registration necessary. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Kids Sing & Dance for all ages
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for a morning of songs and lots of moving to the music.  We'll use shakers, bells, ribbon wands, drum sticks  and more to add another dimension to the singing..

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Pat McKinley's Toddler Tunes (recommended ages birth to 5 years)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Pat McKinley's Toddler Tunes:  Sing and dance to classic children's songs played on live guitar!

Parental/caregiver supervision is required.  

Recommended ages birth to 5 years.  No registration required.

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Wiggle, Jingle, Mingle and Giggle
10:35 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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Play dough creations/ lego story time
11:00 AM

For children, ages 2-5, with caregiver in the program.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Open Play and Crafts (recommended ages birth-5 years)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for Open Play Time right after Pat McKinley!  Toys and coloring supplies will be available for the children.

Ages birth - 5 yrs.  No registration required.

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

No registration is needed. 

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Knit & Crochet Circle
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Adult Program

We meet every Friday. Bring yarn, and hook or needles, to start or continue your project. We will have materials on hand for those just starting out.  All adults are welcome, whatever your skill level!  No need to register, just stop in. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: dbeebe@mcl.org

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Gingerbread Trees
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For ages 4 and up.

Come in any time between 2 and 4pm to decorate a "gingerbread" tree. 

Trees will be made from ice cream cones and decorated with icing and candy.

Registration is required and space is limited.  

CONTACT:    609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 20 spaces available.
 
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Movie: Same Kind of Different as Me
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Adult Program

International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to Deborah, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them onh journey of their lives.

Registration begins on November 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 40 spaces available.
 
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Meditation Circle
2:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Engineering Station, K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

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

Clean-up begins at 4:45pm.

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

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Posture & Dance Exercises
3:30 PM

Reference Librarian Ann Kerr will share some simple exercises to improve your posture and increase your flexibility. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Saturday December 15, 2018
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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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

No registration is needed. 

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Teen Take-out Craft: Rustic Holiday Star
9:30 AM

Stop by the circulation desk and pick up a kit to make a rustic holiday star. While supplies last. Ages 10-18.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Read to Sarah the Therapy Dog (grades K-5)
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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.  Please bring a book to read.  

For grades K - 5.  To register:  visit the Children's desk in the library, or  call 609-799-0461 and ask for the children's department.

Space is limited.   Please bring a book to read to Sarah.

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

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

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

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

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

For children ages 2 and up, with a caregiver.

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

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Guided Meditation
10:00 AM

Relax and find your inner calm with our new Sahaja Yoga meditation program! Please wear comfortable clothing. Registration required. Register below or call 609-882-3148.

CONTACT:    609-882-3148   
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

These story times introduce children to the best age-appropriate stories in children’s literature. Action rhymes, songs, and felt board activities are part of the program. The content of each story time centers on a different theme. An age-appropriate craft follows story time. Each program runs about 45 minutes. Each theme is the same all week.

Ages 2-5 with caregiver.  Siblings welcome.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Wii Bowling
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Adult Program

Join us for fun, exercise, and refreshments with bowling using the Nintendo Wii console. All adults are welcome. No experience necessary. Librarian and Wii enthusiast Dennis Beebe will be available to help newcomers. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on November 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-799-0462 for information or to register.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: dbeebe@mcl.org

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 24 spaces available.
 
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Used Book Trade for families through 4:30pm
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Bring up to 3 used Children’s books to trade for up to 3 used Friends of the Lawrence Library used children’s books.
(3 per day, per child or caregiver)
Paperbacks & hardcovers.
Gift a used book to yourself or to a friend or family member over the holidays!
Wednesday November 21 through 8:00pm & Friday November 23 through 4:00pm.
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Family Fun Time
10:30 AM

This is a multi-age program for families with young children.
Join us for stories, music, parachute games and other fun activities!
No registration is required.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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CANCELED: Isha Yoga for Beginners
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

How successful you are in life depends on how well you can use your mind & body. This session offers simple, yet powerful yoga postures to bring stability and balance. Open to all! Bring a yoga mat and/or towel.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Click the Register button, or call the library at (609) 448-1474 for information or to register.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
The registration period has ended.
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
11:00 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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.

Ages 3-8.  Caregiver supervision required.  No registration required.

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Warp Speed Math the Mindboggling Way for ages 8-12
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Learn to perform the four basic operations of sum, subtract, multiply and divide in under 5 seconds for each! Properties of the numeral system that you ingrain are magical miracles.  Likewise you can zip through Geo, Trigno, roots, powers, logs, exponents, and any and all such math in a zippy.

Space is limited.  Online registration is required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Quiet play
11:45 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 1:00

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

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

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

For ages 3 and up, with a caregiver!

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Junior Globetrotters (Ages 5-9)
1:00 PM

Explore the world through fun stories and crafts in this exciting program led by a local Girl Scout.

Children ages 5-9 will learn about different countries through folktales and traditional stories, craft projects, music, and fun activities.

Snacks and supplies will be provided.

No registration required. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Junior Globetrotters (Ages 5-9)
1:00 PM

Explore the world through fun stories and crafts in this exciting program led by a local Girl Scout.

Children ages 5-9 will learn about different countries through folktales and traditional stories, craft projects, music, and fun activities.

Snacks and supplies will be provided.

No registration required. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Project Code (Ages 8-12)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Learn the fundamental concepts of programming by making fun apps, games, animations and more using MIT Scratch. 

Registration required. 

Once registered, you will be signed up for all 12 classes (9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15).

Please bring your own laptop. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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3D Printing classes for ages 7 & up
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The West Windsor Branch will offer 6 classes in 3D printing. 

Space is very limited and we are allowing each child to sign up for only one class.  This will allow the most children to benefit from the class

The classes wil be held on the following dates:  10/6, 10/20. 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, and 12/15.  Please sign up for only one class.  We appreciate your cooperation.

Registration for each class will begin one week before the class starts, at 9:30 am.

PLEASE NOTE;  EACH CHILD MUST BRING THEIR OWN LAPTOP IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE!

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Yarnworks
2:00 PM

Presented by Lee Pellegrino. Join fellow knitters and crocheters and tackle a new project or work on one you’ve already started.

CONTACT:    609-882-3148   
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Intro to Programming Using Python (Grades 4-8)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Kids in elementary and middle school will develop a foundation for programming as they get hands on with Raspberry Pi's to learn the basics of Scratch and Python programming, while also beginning to understand how computers work. 

Registration required.

Once registered, you will be signed up for all three classes: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Gift Wrapping @ Your Library
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The library will provide wrapping paper, ribbons, and tape. Come wrap your holiday gifts in peace and quiet while supplies last!

No registration necessary.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell 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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Youth Math League (Grades 2-6)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Free math tutoring provided by advanced high school math students. 

No registration required. Space is limited to the first 24 students. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Sunday December 16, 2018
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Quiet play
1:00 PM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 4:00

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

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

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

For children 4 -11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

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

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

Enjoy displaying your decorative art!

Drop in anytime between 1pm and 4pm.

Clean up will begin at 4pm.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Child ID Cards
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Adult Program

In only three to five minutes, a child ID card is printed for each parent or guardian. Child ID cards feature a child’s photo, fingerprints, contact information, and other pertinent data needed by the police in case of an emergency. Please note that children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No child’s information or pictures are electronically retained; all data are automatically erased after the child ID is printed. 

Registration begins on November 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 25 spaces available.
 
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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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

No registration is needed. 

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

The goal of the Science Enrichment Program is to help middle and upper elementary school students understand concepts in chemistry, physics, earth science and biology. Volunteers will also assist students in preparing for science competitions including the Science Bowl and Science Olympiad. General questions will be addressed and topics of interest will be discussed where they require more clarity. 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Sunday Afternoon at the Movies for ages 18 and up
2:00 PM

Blackklansman (2018, R), with John David Washington, Adam Driver and Laura Harrier. Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white surrogate, who eventually becomes head of the local branch. Runtime: 135 min. No Admission Fee!

CONTACT:    609-882-3148   
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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CANCELLED - Guitar Concert by Nolan Willence
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

CANCELLED

Adult Program

Join us for the relaxing and exciting sounds of classical and flamenco guitar played by Nolan Willence. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: dbeebe@mcl.org

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Creative Math Problem Solving (Grades 2-6)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Teen Relaxation Workshop Series (Ages 12-18)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for a practical workshop series on Heartfulness Relaxation. Youth will experience a simple yet effective guided relaxation technique to reduce stress, and share fun activities to understand the balance of the heart. 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Monday December 17, 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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1000 Books Before Kindergarten, for ages 5 and under
9:35 AM

For ages 5 years and under, with a caregiver.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a self-paced program that encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she starts school. 

Sound overwhelming?  We promise, it’s easier than you think!  1 book every day = 365 books in a year!  3 books every day = 1095 books in a year!

This program will run all year long so go at your own pace!  At every 100-book milestone, stop at the Youth Services Desk at the Lawrence Branch (whenever Youth Service Librarians are present) to receive a prize and your next tally sheet!

Come to the Youth Services Desk and sign up today!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Activity table for 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Teen and Tween Take-Home Craft: Crystal Snowflakes
9:35 AM

For ages 9 and up.

Ask at the reference desk for you craft kit starting December 1st.

The number of kits is limted and are given out on a first come, first serve basis.

Instructions and most supplies are included.

 
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Winter Reading Program, “Warm Up with a Good Book: Read.”
9:40 AM

Children ages 5-12 are welcome to pick up a marshmallow reading challenge sheet at the children’s desk beginning Monday, December 3, 2018 through Thursday, January 31, 2019.  Adults may read to younger children. You may include books you listen to as well as books you read for school.  All participants will receive a special prize!

<p>Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
10:00 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Toddler STEM
10:00 AM

For ages 1-3, with adult in the program.

Science and math for toddlers!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Tech Help
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Adult Program

Make a 20-minute appointment with reference librarian Meg Baker to get one-on-one help with your gadget.  When you call to make the appointment, let us know the make and version of your device and the function you want to learn.  Please note that library staff do not repair devices.  Appointment is required, inquire at the Reference Desk, 609-275-8901.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: dbeebe@mcl.org

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Open Lab
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Gift Wrapping @ Your Library
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The library will provide wrapping paper, ribbons, and tape. Come wrap your holiday gifts in peace and quiet while supplies last!

No registration necessary.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Open Computer Lab
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Come and take advantage of Hollowbrook Community Center's re-opened computer lab.  Work on your own with a librarian nearby to help as needed.

No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford  609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Happy Two’s Activity Time
10:30 AM

For children, age 2 years, with adult in the program.

Learn songs and rhymes!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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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Storytime for ages 2-5
10:30 AM

Storytime is a half hour program of stories and songs.
For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
A craft is included at the end.
No registration is required.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Books & Babies for ages birth to 2 years
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A program of songs, rhymes, movement and simple stories designed to introduce under twos and infants to the library.

This program is one on one with your child. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

No registration required.

LOCATION: West Windsor 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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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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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
There are 28 spaces available.
 
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ABC Toys
11:00 AM

ABC Play is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. These rotating materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers.

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

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

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

No registration is needed. 

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

Babies love to dance!  Babywearing caregivers are invited to shake, shimmy, and slide with us as we dance our way through our playlist of fun, up-beat songs.  Bring your own baby carrier (wrap, ring sling, pouch sling, meh dai, or buckle/soft structured carrier), and make sure you and baby are comfortable using it before attending.  While having a baby carrier is recommended, it isn’t required to participate.

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

Recommended for ages 4-23 months.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Microsoft Word Basics
11:30 AM

Join Librarian Andrew for a tutorial on the basics of Microsoft Word. You’ll learn how to navigate through its essential features. This course is for absolute beginners and those in need of a refresher. No need to feel overwhelmed, we will tackle these features at a comfortable pace. Registration required. Register below or call 882-3148.

CONTACT:    609-882-3148   
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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Microsoft Word Basics
11:30 AM

Join Librarian Andrew for a tutorial on the basics of Microsoft Word. You’ll learn how to navigate through its essential features. This course is for absolute beginners and those in need of a refresher. No need to feel overwhelmed, we will tackle these features at a comfortable pace. Registration required. Register below or call 882-3148.

CONTACT:    609-882-3148   
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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Lunch Time Guided Meditation
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour.

Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety.

Facilitated by library staff member, Leena, a 11 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration necessary.

 

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Adult English Learners Writing Class
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Improve your writing skills for school and work with this drop-in service. Taught by an experienced volunteer from Literacy NJ (formerly Literacy Volunteers).

No registration necessary.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Nonfiction Book Club
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Adult Program

You choose: The Rights of Man, by Thomas Paine; or Democracy in America, by Alexis De Tocqueville. If you’re so inclined, read both! We will compare and contrast the books.

Registration begins on November 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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PC Advanced
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn more about working with Windows 10. Explore the various features in the Accessories folder. Learn all about the Start Menu, Jump Lists, and more.  Take PC Basics, PC Essentials, and Word 1 first!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Mailbox Mondays Activity Station, K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

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

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

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

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Middle School Hangout
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us after school and take a moment to relax. We'll have board games and snacks as well as art supplies that you can use on a library project or your own creation. Grab a friend and stop by!

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609.737.2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell 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. .

Ages 3-8 with a caregiver.  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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Book Club
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

For children in grades 3 and up

<p> “The Worst Class Trip Ever” by Dave Barry will be discussed.<p> Light Refreshments! <p>Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 13 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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Maker Monday (Ages 10-17)
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

Create a DIY Snow Globe! All materials provided. 

Registration required. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Crazy 8s Math Club
5:30 PM

Math and mischief at your library! Enjoy hands-on games that get kids fired up about math!

Grades K-3.

Online registration begins on December 3. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Messy Club (Ages 5 & up)
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Do you like getting messy? Join the messy club! Each week we will create messy crafts and have fun with messy experiments!

No registration required. Space is limited to first 24 children. 

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

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

This week we are learning about the LETTER G.

Stay after for toys and pre K play! 

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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PJ Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM

Wear your PJ’s & bring your favorite stuffed animal to the library! We will read stories and sing songs. Age appropriate craft will follow. Theme is the same as Storytime.

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Fitness with Bob
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Adult Program

Enjoy the benefits of yoga and low-impact exercises with Bob Kirby, certified group fitness instructor. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on November 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-799-0462 for information or to register.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: dbeebe@mcl.org

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 17 spaces available.
 
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Pre-K Play, for ages 2-6 yr
7:00 PM

Join us in the activity room for toys and more!  In addition to the usual fun and educational toys we have during quiet play, special “kindergarten readiness” stations will be set up so children and their families can work together on important skills to get them ready for kindergarten!  Examples include cutting, counting, letter recognition, shapes and color identification, and more!

This play session is fun for all children!!!  Children 2-6 yrs old are welcome to play, learn, and socialize with friends.

No registration necessary!

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

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

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

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Gingerbread Houses (Ages 2-18)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Children, tweens, and teens are invited to make their own one of a kind gingerbread houses at the library using graham crackers, frosting, and assorted candies.

Bring your creativity and appetite!

Online registration required beginning Monday, December 10.

Sponsored by Hightstown Library Association.

 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Gingerbread Houses (Ages 2-18)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Children, tweens, and teens are invited to make their own one of a kind gingerbread houses at the library using graham crackers, frosting, and assorted candies.

Bring your creativity and appetite!

Online registration required beginning Monday, December 10.

Sponsored by Hightstown Library Association.

 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Up-Cycling Crafts (Ages 5 & up)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

If you want to help save the environment and have fun at the same time, this class is for you! In this class we will up-cycle everyday materials and make something fun out of them. 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Tuesday December 18, 2018
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Storytime for ages 2-5
9:30 AM

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford    ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Activity table for 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
10:00 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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A.M. English Conversation Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Adult Program

Have fun practicing your English through informal conversation with other ESL learners and librarian Elka Frankel. No need to register—just come! Must have basic knowledge of English.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: dbeebe@mcl.org

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Used Book Trade for families through 8pm
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Bring up to 3 used Children’s books to trade for up to 3 used Friends of the Lawrence Library used children’s books.
(3 per day, per child or caregiver)
Paperbacks & hardcovers.
Gift a used book to yourself or to a friend or family member over the holidays!
Wednesday November 21 through 8:00pm & Friday November 23 through 4:00pm.
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Babytime
10:30 AM

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

Online registration begins on December 4. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Little Learners: STEAM program for Pre-K
10:30 AM

Little Learners is an interactive program for preschoolers (ages 3-5) that focuses on concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).
Registration is required online starting the previous Tuesday.

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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Read and Play Story Time
10:30 AM

For children, ages 2-5 with adult in the program.

Stories and crafts!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Morning Story Time with Miss Liz
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy themed stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

CONTACT:  Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Toddler Storytime & Craft for ages 2 - 4
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Please join us for stories and a craft geared toward Toddlers!

Siblings are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY TODDLER CLASSES ARE IDENTICAL.

No registration is required.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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ABC Toys
11:00 AM

ABC Play is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. These rotating materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers.

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Baby 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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Create a ...
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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

No registration is needed. 

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Just Play!
11:15 AM

For children, ages 3-5 (with adult).

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Classic Movie Matinée: 12 Angry Men (1957)
2:00 PM

A juror tries to persuade eleven other jurors to rethink their verdict in a murder trial in this Best Picture nominee. Not rated. 95 minutes.  Ages 15 and up. 

This program was made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.   Preregistration preferred.

CONTACT:  Staff:   609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Word 3
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Work with tables & text boxes; explore WordArt and copy pictures from ClipArt or the Internet.

Take Word 1 & Word 2 first!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 13 spaces available.
 
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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.

Ages 3 - 8 with a care giver.  No registration required.

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Kids Can Code
4:30 PM

This program is for kids in grades K-5.
Registration is required online starting Tuesday, December 4th.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Science Storytime (Ages 4-6
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Read, learn, and conduct a science experiment!

Children aged 6 and under must have a parent or guardian stay with them during the class.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Holidays and Lights,
4:45 PM

 Stories and Crafts about Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. <p> Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 29 spaces available.
 
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Holidays and Lights,
4:45 PM

 Stories and Crafts about Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Beginning Spanish Language Class
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Learn Spanish with a native speaker.

Please register in person or by telephone.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Bollywood Dance (Ages 5-12)
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Learn to dance Bollywood style. Parents are welcome to learn along with their children.

No registration necessary.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Citizenship Test Prep
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

If you are interested in becoming a US citizen, we can help! Join our free preparation class to study & practice for your citizenship exam.

Please register in person or by telephone.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Math Advancement (Grades 5 & up)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Top high school math students from the area will help you improve your mathematical thinking with creative ways of learning math!

During these sessions we will be going over advanced topics not generally covered in the school math curriculum. 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Christmas Flower Weaving
6:25 PM

Come weave a Christmas flower on a paper plate.

Ages 7+ with caregiver

No registration required

Clean up will begin 45 minutes after start time

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

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

For ages 2-7 years, with a caregiver.

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

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

This week’s theme is:  SPACE!!

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Free Immigration Legal Clinic
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Register in person or by phone for a free 15 minute consultation with an immigration lawyer.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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PJ Storytime for ages 2-5
7:00 PM

Storytime is a half hour program of stories and songs.
For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
You are invited to wear your pajamas.
A craft is included at the end.
No registration is required.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Science Fiction Book Club: The Big Book of Science Fiction, edited by Ann Vandermeer and Jeff Vander
7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Learning English
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

English as a Second Language class. All abilities are welcome.

Please register in person or by telephone.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown 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 December 19, 2018
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Activity table for 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Baby Time
10:00 AM

For birth to 18 months. (We have a new Toddler Time program for ages 18 to 36 months at 11:00am)
Baby Time is 30 minutes of songs, fingerplays and activities including scarves, shakers and board books.
Registration is required online each week starting the previous Wednesday.

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 21 spaces available.
 
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Cat, Hat, Sat Story Time
10:00 AM

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

For children, ages 3-4, with adult in the program.

Play rhyming games! 

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Adult Craft -- Holiday Snow Globe
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for this month’s Adult Craft. Materials will be provided.

Registration required.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Used Book Trade for families through 8pm
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Bring up to 3 used Children’s books to trade for up to 3 used Friends of the Lawrence Library used children’s books.
(3 per day, per child or caregiver)
Paperbacks & hardcovers.
Gift a used book to yourself or to a friend or family member over the holidays!
Wednesday November 21 through 8:00pm & Friday November 23 through 4:00pm.
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Kids’ Music Round
10:30 AM

Come sing and dance with Miss Dianne. This music program is for children ages 6 months and up, accompanied by an adult.

Online registration begins on December 5. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 25 spaces available.
 
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PowerPoint Basics
10:30 AM

Learn how to create basic presentations, format text and insert images.

Mouse and keyboard skills are essential.  

Preregistration required.

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers 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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Morning Story Time with Miss Liz
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy themed stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

CONTACT:  Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Toddler Storytime & Craft for ages 2 - 4
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Please join us for stories and a craft geared toward Toddlers!

Siblings are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY TODDLER CLASSES ARE IDENTICAL.

No registration is required.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

 

These story times introduce children to the best age-appropriate stories in children’s literature. Action rhymes, songs, and felt board activities are part of the program. The content of each story time centers on a different theme. An age-appropriate craft follows story time. Each program runs about 45 minutes. Each theme is the same all week.

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Toddler Time
11:00 AM

For 18 to 36 months.
Toddler Time is 30 minutes of songs, fingerplays and activities including scarves, shakers and board books.
This class is designed to transition toddlers from Baby Time to Storytime.
Registration is required online each week starting the previous Wednesday.

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

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

No registration is needed. 

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Powerpoint
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

This class deals with the basics of making presentations using Powerpoint, including making basic slides and putting them together to make a slideshow, plus adding animations, clipart, and transitions between slides. Online registration required unless you can bring your own laptop with Powerpoint 2007 or above. Signup for adults 18 and over only. Space is limited. Registration period begins November 22nd.

CONTACT:  Michael Kerr  609-275-8901  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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Word Beginner
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Work with tabs, groups, and the Microsoft Office ribbon. Use the tools within groups to cut, copy, and paste, format text, add bullets or numbers, set margins, and insert graphics. Learn to quickly navigate through a document. Registration begins November 22nd.

CONTACT:  Meg Baker  609-275-8901  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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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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Mailbox Activity Station, K-5th Gr.
2:00 PM

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

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

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

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Gardening Book Club -- The Food Explorer
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us in reading and discussing works of fiction or non-fiction having to do with gardening, plants, nature, or the land. All are welcome to discuss this month's title, The Food Explorer, by Daniel Stone. Green thumb not required.

No registration necessary.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.32610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Word Intermediate
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Explore commands that enable you to create resumes, letters, flyers and newsletters. Learn to incorporate text boxes, WordArt, and tables into the document. View the finished product in various layouts. Proficiency with basic Word functions is required. Registration begins November 22nd.

CONTACT:  Meg Baker  609-275-8901  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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Gift Wrapping Time
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Bring your gifts to wrap, enjoy cookies and warm beverages.

Wrap your gifts and make your own special gift tags!

It’ll be a nice way to relax while getting a holiday task done! We will provide the wrapping paper, supplies & refreshments!

No registration necessary.

 

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Gift Wrapping Time
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Bring your gifts to wrap, enjoy cookies and warm beverages.

Wrap your gifts and make your own special gift tags!

It’ll be a nice way to relax while getting a holiday task done! We will provide the wrapping paper, supplies & refreshments!

No registration necessary.

 

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Story Stretchers
4:30 PM

Story Stretchers is a half hour program that combines stories with yoga and movement exercises.
Suggested for ages 3-8.
No registration is required.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Story Stretchers
4:30 PM

Story Stretchers is a half hour program that combines stories with yoga and movement exercises.
Suggested for ages 3-8.
No registration is required.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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LEGO Club (Ages 5-11)
4:30 PM - 5:00 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 .....Gift.

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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Sparks Learning Studio STEM Workshop
6:00 PM

For childen in grades kindergarten through 5th.

Create hands-on projects aimed at enhancing creativity, innovation and build problem solving skills.

Class size is limited.

Registration is required online starting Wednesday, December 5th.

There is another session being offered on Wednesday, December 12th. You may only register for one session.

This is the same class that was offered in November.  If you came to one of those classes, please do not register.

 

 

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Yoga
6:00 PM

Presented by Bob Kirby. No experience necessary! Please bring a towel/yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Classes are limited, register early! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required. Register below or call 609-882-3148.

CONTACT:    609-882-3148   
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Project Science (Ages 7-11)
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Project Sceince 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 curisotiy and problem solving skills!

Registration required weekly. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Excel Beginner
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

We will learn the basics of Excel through making a sample spreadsheet. Formatting, using the autofill feature, using formulas, and making simple charts are covered in this class. If you can bring your own laptop with Excel 2007 or above, you do not need to register for the class. Signup for adults 18 and up only. Space is limited, so you may register for only one Excel Beginner class per month. Registration period begins November 22nd.

CONTACT:  Michael Kerr  609-275-8901  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Evening Movie: Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
6:30 PM

A woman travels to meet her boyfriend’s wealthy, prominent family in Singapore, and learns that his mother

wants to break up the relationship. 

Rated PG-13.  120 minutes.  Preregistration preferred. 

This program was made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library. 

CONTACT:  Staff:   609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Explorations! Vintage Embossed Ornaments
6:30 PM

For children 4-11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

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

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

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

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

You’re ready to hang your vintage tin ornament!

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Yoga with Nila
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Adult Program

Classes are led by a certified yoga instructor and are geared toward beginners, but all adults are welcome regardless of experience. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on November 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-799-0462 for information or to register.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: dbeebe@mcl.org

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 17 spaces available.
 
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Knitting Circle
7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Yarnworks
7:00 PM

Presented by Lee Pellegrino. Join fellow knitters and crocheters and tackle a new project or work on one you’ve already started.

CONTACT:    609-882-3148   
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Conversational ESLEmbroidery Circle
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program

The Embroidery Circle is open to all skill levels–including absolute beginners. Bring embroidery projects you are working on to share with others, or work in the good company of fellow embroiderers.

Registration begins on November 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Excel Intermediate
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

We learn how to change chart colors and backgrounds. We will also learn how to download Excel compatible spreadsheets from the Internet, filter spreadsheets, add conditional formatting to spreadsheets, and create a pivot table. Online registration required unless you can bring your own laptop with Excel 2007 or above. Signup for adults over 18 only. Space is limited, so you may sign up for only one Excel Intermediate class per month. Registration period begins November 22nd.

CONTACT:  Michael Kerr  609-275-8901  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Knitting Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bring your current needle-craft project and join us for an hour of knitting (or crocheting...or need-craft of your choice!).

No registration necessary.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Tween Knitting (Ages 10 & up)
7:00 PM - 8:00 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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Up-Cycling Crafts (Ages 5 & up)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

If you want to help save the environment and have fun at the same time, this class is for you! In this class we will up-cycle everyday materials and make something fun out of them. 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Evening Guided Meditation
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us for some guided mediation at the end of your day.

Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety.

Facilitated by library staff member, Leena, a 11 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration necessary.

 

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Excel Advanced
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This course builds on Excel Intermediate and deals with some more useful techniques of working with data in Excel, including making data ranges into tables, useful tools in pivot tables, some key tools on the data tab such as goal seek and subtotal. We will also deal with linking data between workbooks and worksheets. Signup for adults 18 and over only. Space is limited. Registration begins November 22nd.

CONTACT:  Michael Kerr  609-275-8901  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There is 1 space available.
Thursday December 20, 2018
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Activity table for 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Books & Babies for 6-23 months
10:00 AM

Join us for a fun, upbeat program of songs, rhymes, finger-plays, board books and activities to promote early literacy in infants and young toddlers.

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

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

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

Preference will be given to patrons with a valid Mercer County Library System card.

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

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Storytime for ages 2-5
10:30 AM

Storytime is a half hour program of stories and songs.
For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
A craft is included at the end.
No registration is required.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Mother Goose Activity Time
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Mother Goose Activity Time (recommended birth-18 months; siblings welcome)with adult in the program

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Picture Books & Craft for ages 3 & up
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for stories, fingerplays, clothesline rhymes, and music, followed by a craft

No registration required.

Children aged 6 and under must have a parent or guardian stay with them during the class.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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ABC Toys
11:00 AM

ABC Play is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. These rotating materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers.

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Movers and Shakers, for ages 2-5yrs
11:00 AM

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

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Story Time
11:00 AM

Stories, songs, games, and crafts for ages 2 - 6 with a caregiver.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Scribble Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

For children ages 12 months to 36 months with caregiver in the program.

Children will enjoy using crayons, paint, and glue to hang on the refrigerator at home.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

These story times introduce children to the best age-appropriate stories in children’s literature. Action rhymes, songs, and felt board activities are part of the program. The content of each story time centers on a different theme. An age-appropriate craft follows story time. Each program runs about 45 minutes. Each theme is the same all week.

Ages 2-5 with caregiver.  Siblings welcome.  No registration required.

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

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

No registration is needed. 

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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.  Caregiver supervision required.  No registration required.

See Youth Progam Policy.  

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Excel Basics
2:30 PM

Learn how to input data and format spreadsheets for everyday tasks.

Mouse and keyboard skills are essential.  

Preregistration required.

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Crochet Corner
3:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Mystery Craft!, K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

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

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

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

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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.

See Youth Program Policy
 

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

For children 4-11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

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

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

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

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

You’re ready to hang your vintage tin ornament!

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Lego Club
6:30 PM

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

Online registration begins on December 6. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog
6:30 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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Kids Can Code
7:00 PM

This program is for kids in grades K-5.
Registration is required online starting Thursday, December 6th.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Latin-American Guitar Masterpieces
7:00 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Hula Hoop Lesson
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program

Agnes Carbone, certified hula hoop instructor, will teach you how to “hoop.”  Hooping is a low-impact cardio exercise that can help you burn calories, and tone and strengthen your entire body. Agnes promises that everyone will leave with a smile! Wear a cotton (non-silky) shirt and bring a bottle of water.

Registration begins on November 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Up-Cycling Crafts (Ages 5 & up)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

If you want to help save the environment and have fun at the same time, this class is for you! In this class we will up-cycle everyday materials and make something fun out of them. 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Conversational ESL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Adult Program

Join ESL instructor Arthur Spero to learn how to improve your English language speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and fluency. Must have basic knowledge of English.

Registration begins on November 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 19 spaces available.
Friday December 21, 2018
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Activity table for 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Babytime
10:00 AM

Stories, songs, and play for ages 6 months - 2 years, with a caregiver.

 

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford    ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Fiction Writers’ Workshop: Open Mic
10:00 AM

All year, we have been working on our writing. Now is your time to shine. If you love to write and want to share your work, Open Mic is for you. Work should be prose pieces or poetry that can be read in twelve minutes or less. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
10:00 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Creation Station and Open Play
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

For all ages.
Our activity room will be open from 10am to 4pm for you to come and make a craft or just play with our puzzles and toys.
This is a walk-in program. 
No registration is required.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Kids' Music Round Free Demo Class
10:30 AM

For ages 2 months to 5 years.

Kids' Music Round is a singing, laughing, giggling, jiggling, clapping, dancing, bouncing, fun-filled, award-winning music and movement experience.

Join us for this free demo class!

Registration is required online starting Friday, December 7th.

CONTACT:    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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Friday Morning Bookies: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Adult Program

The classic novel follows Stephen Dedalus from his days as a student at the Clongowes Wood School, to the deep religious conflict he experiences at a day school in Dublin, to his college years during which he challenges the conventions of his upbringing.

Registration begins on November 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-799-0462 for information or to register.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: dbeebe@mcl.org

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 25 spaces available.
 
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Wiggle, Jingle, Mingle and Giggle
10:35 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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Play dough creations/ lego story time
11:00 AM

For children, ages 2-5, with caregiver in the program.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

These story times introduce children to the best age-appropriate stories in children’s literature. Action rhymes, songs, and felt board activities are part of the program. The content of each story time centers on a different theme. An age-appropriate craft follows story time. Each program runs about 45 minutes. Each theme is the same all week.

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

No registration is needed. 

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Sing-A-Long with Pat McKinley
11:30 AM

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)
1:30 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.

Ages 3 - 8 with a caregiver.  No registration required.

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Books + Science
2:00 PM

Hear stories and do related activities. Read all about snow and do some snow and ice themed science projects.  

For ages 4-8.  Siblings welcome.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:    609-883-5914  
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Family Movie: Happy Feet
2:00 PM

Deep in Antarctica where each penguin needs a heart song to attract a soul mate,

a penguin named Mumble is born who cannot sing.

In fact, he is the worst singer in the world.  But it turns out that he is a brilliant tap dancer! 

Rated PG.  109 minutes. 

This program was made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Mini Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses
2:00 PM

Suggested for toddlers to teens.

Everyone in the family can enjoy decorating a mini graham cracker "gingerbread" house with candies and icing!

Registration is required online starting Friday, December 7th.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Mug Cakes (Grades 6 & up)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Create delicious mug cakes right in the microwave! Ingredients provided. 

Please register. Please bring your own mug (or two!) 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Paper Crafts with Kelly *NEW*
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us for our new monthly program, highlighting the amazing versatility of using paper to create beautiful crafts. Supplies will be provided.

Registration required; limited seating.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Knit & Crochet Circle
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Adult Program

We meet every Friday. Bring yarn, and hook or needles, to start or continue your project. We will have materials on hand for those just starting out.  All adults are welcome, whatever your skill level!  No need to register, just stop in. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Join the West Windsor Branch email list to receive advance notice of adult programs. Email: dbeebe@mcl.org

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Engineering Station, K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

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

Clean-up begins at 4:45pm.

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

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Magic Show with Matt Schick (Ages 3 & up)
3:30 PM

Enjoy a special magical performance with Magician Matt Schick! 

No registration required. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Saturday December 22, 2018
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Gift Wrapping @ Your Library

The library will provide wrapping paper, ribbons, and tape. Come wrap your holiday gifts in peace and quiet while supplies last!

No registration necessary.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737  
 
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Christmas & Holiday Station for children
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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

No registration is needed. 

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Guided Meditation
10:00 AM

Relax and find your inner calm with our new Sahaja Yoga meditation program! Please wear comfortable clothing. Registration required. Register below or call 609-882-3148.

CONTACT:    609-882-3148   
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Gift Wrapping @ Your Library
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The library will provide wrapping paper, ribbons, and tape. Come wrap your holiday gifts in peace and quiet while supplies last!

No registration necessary.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Family Fun Time
10:30 AM

This is a multi-age program for families with young children.
Join us for stories, music, parachute games and other fun activities!
No registration is required.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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New Time: Junior Globetrotters (Ages 5-9)
11:00 AM

This program is now at 11:00 am.

Explore the world through fun stories and crafts in this exciting program led by a local Girl Scout.

Children ages 5-9 will learn about different countries through folktales and traditional stories, craft projects, music, and fun activities.

Snacks and supplies will be provided.

No registration required. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
11:00 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Quiet play
11:45 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 1:00

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

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

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

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Join us for movie and a craft!

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

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

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Learn to Knit (Ages 12 & up)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Learn the art of knitting!

Materials provided. 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor 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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Writers' Group
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Bring five pages of a work-in-progress to discuss with other writers.

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
Sunday December 23, 2018
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Quiet play
1:00 PM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 4:00

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

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

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

For children 4 yrs +, youngest with a caregiver

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

Drop in anytime between 1pm and 4pm.

Clean up will begin at 4pm.

No registration required.

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

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

No registration is needed. 

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Sunday Afternoon at the Movies for ages 18 and up
2:00 PM

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, PG), with James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. Runtime: 130 min. No Admission Fee!

CONTACT:    609-882-3148   
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Movie: Uncle Drew
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Adult Program

After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival. Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend--Uncle Drew--and convinces him to return to the court one more time. (2018; rated PG-13; 103 minutes)

Registration begins on November 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 40 spaces available.
Monday December 24, 2018
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Christmas Eve
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches will close at 3:00pm.

 
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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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Activity table for 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Teen and Tween Take-Home Craft: Crystal Snowflakes
9:35 AM

For ages 9 and up.

Ask at the reference desk for you craft kit starting December 1st.

The number of kits is limted and are given out on a first come, first serve basis.

Instructions and most supplies are included.

 
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Winter Reading Program, “Warm Up with a Good Book: Read.”
9:40 AM

Children ages 5-12 are welcome to pick up a marshmallow reading challenge sheet at the children’s desk beginning Monday, December 3, 2018 through Thursday, January 31, 2019.  Adults may read to younger children. You may include books you listen to as well as books you read for school.  All participants will receive a special prize!

<p>Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

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

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
10:00 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Toddler STEM
10:00 AM

For ages 1-3, with adult in the program.

Science and math for toddlers!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Happy Two’s Activity Time
10:30 AM

For children, age 2 years, with adult in the program.

Learn songs and rhymes!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

*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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Twas the Night Before Christmas Storytime
10:30 AM

Join us for a special Christmas Eve storytime!
Suggested for ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Younger siblings welcome.
We will be making "reindeer food" to sprinkle on your front lawn.
No registration is required.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Books & Babies for ages birth to 2 years
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A program of songs, rhymes, movement and simple stories designed to introduce under twos and infants to the library.

This program is one on one with your child. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

No registration required.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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ABC Toys
11:00 AM

ABC Play is an unstructured play and learn period that has letter-learning toys to promote early literacy. These rotating materials will be out in the youth department near the Library's Picture Books and Early Readers.

We have: magnetic letters, block sets, flash cards and phonics sets, snap and learn letter sets, felt board alphabets, carpet squares, chalk boards and beading letters.
It is for caregivers and children ages 1-5.

Registration is not required, drop in any time during the hour.  Cleanup begins an hour after start time.

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

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

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

No registration is needed. 

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

No registration is needed. 

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

Babies love to dance!  Babywearing caregivers are invited to shake, shimmy, and slide with us as we dance our way through our playlist of fun, up-beat songs.  Bring your own baby carrier (wrap, ring sling, pouch sling, meh dai, or buckle/soft structured carrier), and make sure you and baby are comfortable using it before attending.  While having a baby carrier is recommended, it isn’t required to participate.

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

Recommended for ages 4-23 months.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, December 24, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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American Girl Tea Party
12:00 PM

For ages 5 and up. <p>Bring your favorite doll or stuff animal! <p> Light Refreshments! <p>Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 34 spaces available.
 
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CANCELED: Lunch Time Guided Meditation
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour.

Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety.

Facilitated by library staff member, Leena, a 11 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration necessary.

 

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Woodwork Crafts
2:00 PM

For ages 5 and up. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 35 spaces available.
Tuesday December 25, 2018
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Christmas
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Cat, Hat, Sat Story Time
10:00 AM

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

For children, ages 3-4, with adult in the program.

Play rhyming games! 

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Sphero robot balls
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

For ages 4-12.

Use simple coding to make a Sphero SPRK+ robot ball move around the room.  Come any time between 10am and 12pm.  

Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford  609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Morning Story Time with Miss Liz
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy themed stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

CONTACT:  Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Toddler Storytime & Craft for ages 2 - 4
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Please join us for stories and a craft geared toward Toddlers!

Siblings are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY TODDLER CLASSES ARE IDENTICAL.

No registration is required.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Winter Bingo
11:00 AM

Let’s have fun playing a themed game of winter bingo. 

Ages 6 – 12.

 

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Movies for Adults -- New Year's Eve (2011)
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Robert De Niro stars in this comedy-drama following various couples and singles as they roam NYC on New Year’s Eve. PG-13, 117 minutes.

No registration necessary.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Family movie
2:00 PM

Christopher Robin

Rated PG, 120 mins.

For all ages.

Popcorn will be served.

No registration required.

CONTACT:      ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Mailbox Activity Station, K-5th Gr.
2:00 PM

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

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

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

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Science 4 Fun (Ages 7-12)
2:00 PM

It's back!!!! Did your child enjoy attending the "Science 4 Fun" workshops in the summer and/or fall? Our instructor is back for a few more sessions!

Children and tweens ages 7-12 will learn scientific concepts and vocabulary through hands-on science experiments led by a local teen Girl Scout instructor.

All supplies will be provided.

Online registration required.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Family Movie: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
2:30 PM

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Rated PG. Runtime: 84 minutes. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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LEGO Club (Ages 5-11)
4:30 PM - 5:00 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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Project Science (Ages 7-11)
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Project Sceince 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 curisotiy and problem solving skills!

Registration required weekly. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Explorations! Monoprinting!
6:30 PM

For children 4-11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Monoprinting is a fun and easy printmaking method!  

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

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

Make several designs to take home!

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Movies for Adults -- New Year's Eve (2011)
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Robert De Niro stars in this comedy-drama following various couples and singles as they roam NYC on New Year’s Eve. PG-13, 117 minutes.

No registration necessary.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Knitting Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bring your current needle-craft project and join us for an hour of knitting (or crocheting...or need-craft of your choice!).

No registration necessary.

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Want to know which programs are coming to the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Evening Guided Meditation
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us for some guided mediation at the end of your day.

Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety.

Facilitated by library staff member, Leena, a 11 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration necessary.

 

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Winter Sing-along with Kim Yarson
10:30 PM

Suggested for families with children of all ages

Join us for a winter sing-along with local musician Kim Yarson.

Registration is required online starting Wednesday, December 12th.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Thursday December 27, 2018
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Life Sized Games
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

For all ages.

Drop in any time during the day to play large versions of Candy Land, Boggle, Tic Tac Toe and more.  

No registration required. 

CONTACT:    609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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1000 Books Before Kindergarten, for ages 5 and under
9:35 AM

For ages 5 years and under, with a caregiver.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a self-paced program that encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she starts school. 

Sound overwhelming?  We promise, it’s easier than you think!  1 book every day = 365 books in a year!  3 books every day = 1095 books in a year!

This program will run all year long so go at your own pace!  At every 100-book milestone, stop at the Youth Services Desk at the Lawrence Branch (whenever Youth Service Librarians are present) to receive a prize and your next tally sheet!

Come to the Youth Services Desk and sign up today!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.