List of Events

  

Sunday February 18, 2018
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Traveling Lego League
2:30 AM

Traveling Lego League is both fun and educational, while developing team work and social skills. Creativity and problem solving are stimulating in a group setting led by Ms. Judy. Round table discussion about the finished design.  

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Winter Village Scene Craft
12:30 PM

Sunday Surprise Craft!

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

Create a picturesque village scene using cut paper in geometric shapes (and maybe some cotton ball snow!). 

Try your hand at creating this cozy village scene in the middle of winter!

Drop in any time between 12:30 and 4:00pm.  

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Quiet play
1:00 PM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 4:00

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Film Workshop (Ages 12-18)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This workshop will meet from 1-4 pm on Sundays February 4th, 11th and 18th. We will cover how to make and edit a short film, with emphasis on practical skills including scriptwriting, using the camera and sound equipment, and the steps involved in shooting actual film scenes. In the course of this workshop we will make a short film which we will show at a special screening at the library.  Registration is required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all three classes (2/4, 2/11 and 2/18). Those who wish to register should make sure they can attend all three sessions.

Film premiere will be on February 25th at 2 pm. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

The goal of this 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. Please arrive on time. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Black History Month Movies: The Rosa Parks Story (2003)
2:00 PM

The Rosa Parks Story is a 2002 American television movie written by Paris Qualles and directed by Julie Dash. Angela Bassett portrays Rosa Parks, and Cicely Tyson a supporting role as her mother.  No registration.

CONTACT:    609 448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Sunday Afternoon at the Movies for ages 18 and up at 2:00 p.m.
2:00 PM

Battle of the Sexes (PG-13), with Emma Stone, Steve Carell and Andrea Riseborough. The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. Runtime: 121 min.

No admission fee!

CONTACT:    609-882-3148   
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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DIY Crafts,
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

 Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Coding for Kids (Grades 4-5)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

A beginner programming class for children in 4th and 5th grade. Students will be taught Scratch, a basic starter language, essential for learning advanced java and other languages in the future. By the end of 6 weeks, students will have learned all the fundamentals of Scratch, and completed a final game project to showcase their skills.

Registration required. Once registered, you will be registered for all 6 classes (1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/11, 2/18).

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Math Advancement (Grades 5 & up)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Top high school math students from the New Jersey 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. Space is limited to 15 students. Please arrive on time. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Monday February 19, 2018
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President's Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

 
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Teen and Tween Take-Home Craft:Upcycled CD Case Picture Frame
9:35 AM

For ages 9 and up.
Ask at the reference desk for your craft kit starting Tuesday, January 2nd.
Supplies are limited.  Kits are handed out on a first come, first serve basis.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Tuesday February 20, 2018
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Babytime
9:30 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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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
9:50 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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Beginning Yoga
10:00 AM
 

Mira Desai has been teaching yoga for more than 30 years. Join her for a 1 1/2 hour session that includes breathing exercises  and meditation. Please register.

 
CONTACT:    609 448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Storytime
10:00 AM

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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A.M. English Conversation Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Have fun practicing your English through informal conversation with other ESL learners and librarian Elka Frankel. Must have basic knowledge of English.

No need to register—just come! 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Tax Help: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide (by appoinment only)
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Free tax preparation from AARP Tax-Aide at Hopewell Branch of Mercer County Library; call 609.737.2610 for appointments: Tuesdays, 10am-1pm, February 6 to April 17, 2018.

AARP trained tax preparers focus on low and moderate income returns, but we can prepare most personal returns within training guidelines.

We e-file Federal and state returns; also we fill out PTR (“Senior Freeze”) forms.

Registration is required.

Please call 609.737.2610 to make an appointment

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Live Candy Land
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Families will become part of the game board as they try to be the first person to reach the Candy Castle! All ages, with an adult.

Please call the library at 609-259-2150 to register for a time slot.

 

 

 

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Big Building Block Free Playtime
10:05 AM

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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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Story Time for ages 2 - 5
11:00 AM

Presidents Day themed stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

 

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609.443.1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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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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Play Group with Stories
11:15 AM

For children, ages 3-5 with adult in the program.

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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The Lego Ninjago Movie
12:30 PM

Animated feature. Rated PG 90 minutes.

The young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, that are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, is wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, this showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu. No registration.

CONTACT:    609 448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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. No registration required.

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Classic Movie Matinée: Casablanca
2:00 PM

Come for an afternoon matinée and watch this Old Hollywood classic. 

Ages 15 and up. Preregistration is suggested.

This program was made possible by generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Branch.

CONTACT:  Staff:   609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Excel 3
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn to insert charts to highlight your document’s most important information.

Proficiency in Excel 1 & Excel 2 required!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-989-6922  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There is 1 space available.
 
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Movie for Children
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 For ages 4-9

Scholastic Storybook Treasures: Duke Ellington and More Stories to Celebrate Great Figures in African American History. Animation: 90 minutes.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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QI Gong
4:00 PM

QI Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. In this basic course of six classes taught by instructor Andrzej Leszczynski of Healing Touch Healing Movement, participants will learn and practice exercises helping with back issues. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-989-6920  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Elephant & Piggie Book Club
4:30 PM

Suggested for ages 4-8 years old.
Each week we will read a different Elephant & Piggie adventure and do a corresponding activity.
No registration is required.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
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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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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Tuesday Night Yoga
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Nancy McCormack teaches this eight-week series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and a towel. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: January 23 & 30, February 6, 13, 20, & 27, and March 6 & 20.

All eight classes open for registration on Wednesday, January 17th. Registration is required for each class in the eight-week series.

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Citizenship Test Review
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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Writers Support Group
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

All are welcome to attend and enjoy the challenges of becoming better writers, defeating writer’s block and perfecting the craft.

No registration necessary.

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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3d snowman
6:30 PM

Come make a 3D snowman

Project will take about 15 minutes to complete.

 All ages with caregiver welcome.

Clean up will begin 45 minutes after start time.

 No registration required. 

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

 
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Little Scientists, for ages 2-7 yrs
6:30 PM - 7:30 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: ALL ABOUT ME!

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, February 20, 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 are welcome regardless of experience. Please come in comfortable clothes with a mat or large towel. Class size is limited. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on January 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register. Please call if you must cancel.

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-275-8901  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 20 spaces available.
 
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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 Coming of the Quantum Cats, by Frederick Pohl
7:00 PM

A breakthrough in quantum physics has shattered the boundaries between alternate worlds. History is in chaos as billions of possible futures collide. As a conquering army mounts an invasion of neighboring realities, a handful of men and women from a dozen different timelines risk their lives to safeguard an infinity of worlds. Next sci-fi book club title is: Abbadon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-989-6920  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Black Families in Pleasant Valley
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Beginning in the mid-1700s Pleasant Valley in northwestern Hopewell Township has been the home to rural farm families. A variety of ethnic groups have provided families and individuals who have been farm owners or renters, agricultural laborers and domestic help, and skilled service providers. One such group has been the Black men and women who contributed to the agricultural history of Pleasant Valley and, thereby, Hopewell Township. Larry Kidder, renowned local historian, will address the experiences of Black Americans from the time of slavery into the 20th century, and how their story contributes to a fuller understanding of changes in our society as addition to the changes in New Jersey agriculture. Co-sponsored with the Hopewell Valley Historical Society.

Registration requested.

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Chess Club (Ages 7-14)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Students will learn new techniques that will prepare them to compete in local tournaments.

You must know the basics of chess.

You must bring your own chess board.

No registration required. Space is limited to 12 students. Please arrive on time. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Learning English with Victor
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
Wednesday February 21, 2018
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Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr
9:40 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
9:50 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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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
10:00 AM

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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
 
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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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Storytime
10:00 AM

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Adult Craft -- Valentine's Day Dish
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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PowerPoint
10:30 AM

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

transitions and more. Mouse and keyboard skills are essential.

Registration is required.

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There is 1 space 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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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. No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Little Explorers
11:00 AM

Little Explorers is a multi-week program with hands-on science activities for children ages 3 to 5, with an adult.

Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville 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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Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm
12:00 PM

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Active Aging Fitness
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

This program is comprised of stretching, balance, posture, flexibility, and strength poses done to music. It also includes some chair yoga.

No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609-737-2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Excel Advanced
12:00 PM - 1:00 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 only, space is limited, so please sign up for only Excel Advanced class per month. Registration begins January 22nd.

CONTACT:  Michael Kerr  609-275-8901  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Homeschool Study Hall
1:00 PM

Join other homeschoolers to study together and grow at the library.
Bring your students' homework and enjoy working on it in a group.
This is a great time to do research and get help from other homeschooling families.
No registration required.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Kids Yoga (ages 3-5)
1:00 PM

Join Sue Tobert for this new class which will include fun yoga poses, a story and a group activity.  No previous experience is required.  Children should bring a yoga mat or beach towel.  

Ages 3 - 5.  Space is limited.  Please register. 

See Youth Progam Policy.  

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Word for Beginners
1:00 PM

Prepare a basic Word document. Save, format (bullets, font styles, etc...) and edit. Please register.

CONTACT:    609 448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Word
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Work with tabs and groups. Learn to quickly navigate through the document. Use tools to cut, copy, and paste; format text; add bullets or numbers; set margins; and insert graphics. Space is limited. Signup for adults only. Registration begins January 22nd.

CONTACT:  Mary Astarita  609-275-8901  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
2:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Adult Craft Circle
2:00 PM

Join us in creating a fun craft. All supplies provided. Please register.

CONTACT:    609 448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Black History Month Film Festival: Get On Up (2014)
2:00 PM

A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the

most influential musicians in history.  

Rated PG-13. Running time:  139 minutes. Pre-registration is preferred.

This program was made possible by generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Branch.

CONTACT:  Staff:   609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Chapters Book Club
2:00 PM

Book discussions and activities for ages 5 to 10.  Topic: Read any book by Roald Dahl.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford  609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Word Intermediate
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Learn to create resumes, letters, flyers, and newsletters. Insert text boxes, WordArt, and tables into the document. View the finished product in various layouts. Proficiency with basic Word functions is required, Signup for adults only. Space is limited. Registration begins January 22nd.

CONTACT:  Mary Astarita  609-275-8901  
LOCATION: West Windsor 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  609-989-6922  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Holi
3:00 PM

Celebrate India’s most colorful holiday with a story, crafts, and treats!  Ages 4 and up.


Online registration begins on February 7. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 25 spaces available.
 
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Book Buddies Club-Mr. Putter and Tabby (Grades K-2)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Please join us for this three-part book club.  Each week we will read from a new book in a series and do fun activities.

This month we will discuss and read three different series by Cynthia Rylant: Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby and Gooseberry Park.

Please register for this program.

Grades K - 2

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CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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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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What’s Up Wednesdays
4:45 PM

This class is part of a multi-week session for children in grades 3 to 5. Please be aware that this program will occasionally include food. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Teen Volunteer Project
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Earn volunteer hours by creating our next children’s bulletin board.  Come on all three nights, or only on the nights that fit your schedule. 

Preregistration preferred

At the end of the project teens will receive an official record of their accumulated volunteer hours.

 

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 29 spaces available.
 
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Explorations! Raised Salt Painting
6:30 PM

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

Come experiment with salt painting! 

We’ll squeeze a glue design on paper and sprinkle to cover with salt, shaking off excess.

Now the fun begins! Touch the salt-covered glue lines with vivid liquid watercolor paints and watch the paint magically travel along your design! 

Is it science or is it art?  You decide!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Midweek Math Tutoring
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Drop-in math help for students in 1st - 12th grade provided by Peddie School student tutors. 

No registration necessary.

Caregivers must remain in the library while child attends the program.

CONTACT:    609-448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Dealing with Difficult People
7:00 PM

Would your life be better if the difficult people you know or work with would just go away? While this seminar will NOT make that happen, it will offer you some strategies that can improve your relationship with them. Presented by Edie Glover, MSW, LSW. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. Please register.

CONTACT:    609 448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 25 spaces available.
 
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Melting in the Pot
7:00 PM

Raj Vora, author of the “Melting in the Pot” blog, will lead a discussion group to share relevant tips, strategies and information to help immigrants adjust more easily to life in the United States. Registration suggested.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-989-6920  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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The Life and Writing of James Baldwin
7:00 PM

The influence of writer and social critic James Baldwin reached far and wide. In this unique exploration of Baldwin’s groundbreaking literary and social justice work, actor/comic Grant Cooper and scholar Dr. Lindsey Swindall engage participants in an interactive dialogue that unravels the truths of racism in this country and examines other themes in Baldwin’s writings. This program is a Public Scholar Project program funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.

CONTACT:    609-882-3148   
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 45 spaces available.
 
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The Life and Writing of James Baldwin
7:00 PM

The influence of writer and social critic James Baldwin reached far and wide. In this unique exploration of Baldwin’s groundbreaking literary and social justice work, actor/comic Grant Cooper and scholar Dr. Lindsey Swindall engage participants in an interactive dialogue that unravels the truths of racism in this country and examines other themes in Baldwin’s writings. This program is a Public Scholar Project program funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.

CONTACT:    609-882-3148   
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 45 spaces available.
 
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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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Intro to Mindfulness
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Adult Program

Why is everyone talking about mindfulness? In this 8-week course, you will learn the basics of mindfulness through a series of lecture, guided mindfulness practices, reflections, and group discussions. Whether you are new to mindfulness or very skilled at it, you can benefit from this class. This course will teach mindfulness topics such as:

  • What mindfulness is
  • Mindfulness of breathing, body, thoughts, and emotions
  • Cultivating self-awareness, loving kindness, and compassion skills
  • Managing stress and controlling negative impulses and thoughts
  • How mindfulness can contribute to a greater sense of well-being
  • The science behind mindfulness
  • How you can improve emotional intelligence through mindfulness
  • How mindfulness can boost your workplace performance
  • How mindfulness can improve relationships

Each class includes a 1-hour learning session followed by an optional 30-minute practice session and group discussions.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on January 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-275-8901  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Embroidery Circle
7:05 PM - 8:30 PM

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 embroiders. No registration necessary.

CONTACT:    609 448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Evening Meditation
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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. Come join us in the evening for guided meditation. Leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Facilitated by library staff member, Leena, a 10 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
Thursday February 22, 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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VITA Super Tax Day
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people with lower incomes, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Beginning January 22, schedule an appointment in person or by phone.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Big Building Block Free Playtime
9:35 AM

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Books & Babies for 6-23 months
9:50 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, February 22, 2018 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Storytime
10:00 AM

This storytime is part of a multi-week session for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by an adult. Please call to register.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Toddler Rock (ages 1 to 3 years; adult supervision required)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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PowerPoint 2
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Add pizzazz to the presentation you created in PowerPoint 1 with animations, music and much more.  PowerPoint 1 is required to take this class.  A continuation of PowerPoint 1! Strong Word skills required!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-989-6922  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
10:05 AM

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Conversational ESL
10:30 AM

Learn how to improve your English speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and fluency.. Must have some basic knowledge of English. Please register.

CONTACT:    609 448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 15 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 11:00.

*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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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 - 10:50 AM

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

No registration required.

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

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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Bilingual Story Time/Cuentos en español
11:00 AM

Cuentos, juegos, música y artesanías.

Stories, games, songs, dance, and music in English and Spanish.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609.443.1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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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!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Romp & Stomp
11:00 AM

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

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

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Scribble Time
11:00 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. No registration required.

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

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Word Beginner
1:00 PM
CONTACT:    609 448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Play Dough Hour (ages 2-5)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

Ages 2 - 5.  No registration required.

See Youth Progam Policy.  

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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An Afternoon at the Movies-The Glass Castle
1:30 PM

A woman reflects on her unconventional upbringing at the hands of her artsy, nonconformist parents. Now married to a man who works in finance in New York, she faces criticism from her parents that she's betrayed their values.  Starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.  Rated PG-13; 127 minutes, 2017.

Register online or by calling the Robbinsville Branch at 259-2150. Please register each person separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 24 spaces available.
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
2:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Open Lab
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-989-6922  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Word Intermediate
2:30 PM

Learn to work with several important ribbons (menus) including margins, inserting pictures and page breaks. Please register. 

CONTACT:    609 448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Medicare Workshop
3:00 PM

New to Medicare or wondering what’s new with Medicare in 2018? Come to learn about the different parts of Medicare, what you need to do when and how to get the most out of your Medicare. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) offers free, local information on how to navigate Medicare and the programs to help with the costs.  Please register. 

CONTACT:    609 448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Tween Knitting (Ages 10-12)
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

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

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

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

Grades K - 5. No registration required.

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Pokémon Club (ages 5-11)
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Adult Movie: Dunkirk (2017)
6:30 PM

World War II film about the rescue of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France. 

Rated PG-13.  Running time:  120 minutes.  Preregistration preferred.  

This program was made possible by generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Branch.

CONTACT:  Staff:   609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Explorations! Raised Salt Painting
6:30 PM

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

Come experiment with salt painting! 

We’ll squeeze a glue design on paper and sprinkle to cover with salt, shaking off excess.

Now the fun begins! Touch the salt-covered glue lines with vivid liquid watercolor paints and watch the paint magically travel along your design! 

Is it science or is it art?  You decide!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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 February 8. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Alzheimer's Association Seminar
7:00 PM

For centuries, we've know that the health of the brain and the body are connected.  But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age.  Join Nicolette Vasco from the Alzheimer’s Association to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Registration required. 

CONTACT:    609-882-3148   
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 47 spaces available.
 
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Alzheimer's Association Seminar
7:00 PM

For centuries, we've know that the health of the brain and the body are connected.  But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age.  Join Nicolette Vasco from the Alzheimer’s Association to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Registration required. 

CONTACT:    609-882-3148   
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 47 spaces available.
 
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Black Lives Matter: The John Woolman Effect
7:00 PM

John Woolman, an abolitionist and a Quaker preacher, was born in 1720 and his family’s estate was located between Burlington City and Mount Holly. In this presentation Al Corbett, a researcher and history buff, particularly in the areas of African-American and 20th-century African history, will discuss how Woolman’s essay “Some Considerations on the Keeping of Negros” and his road from New Jersey to North Carolina helped create the moral environment to abolish slavery. Registration suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-989-6920  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Black Lives Matter: The John Woolman Effect
7:00 PM

John Woolman, an abolitionist and a Quaker preacher, was born in 1720 and his family’s estate was located between Burlington City and Mount Holly. In this presentation Al Corbett, a researcher and history buff, particularly in the areas of African-American and 20th-century African history, will discuss how Woolman’s essay “Some Considerations on the Keeping of Negros” and his road from New Jersey to North Carolina helped create the moral environment to abolish slavery. Registration suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-989-6920  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Kids Can Code
7:00 PM

This program is for kids in grades K-5.
Basic coding activities for budding, young computer scientists.
Registration is required online starting Thursday, February 1st.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Tech Help
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program

Do you want to make better use of your digital device? Maybe you’d like to open a Facebook account or download an e-book. How about capturing a screen shot or attaching a photo to a text message? Make a 20-minute appointment with reference librarian Mary Astarita to get one-on-one help with your gadget.

Please note that library staff does not repair devices.

Appointment is required. On or after January 22, call 609-275-8901 or stop by the reference desk to make a 20-minute appointment. Let us know which device you’ll bring in and the function(s) you want to learn.

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Internet Security
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program

Joshua Stone, owner of Princeton Tiger Tech, will teach you how to browse the Internet safely while taking the necessary precautions to stay virus- and malware-free on all your devices. 

PrincetonTigerTech.webs.com 

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on January 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-275-8901  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 21 spaces available.
Friday February 23, 2018
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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
9:50 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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Preschool Storytime
10:00 AM

For children ages 4-5.(with parent or caregiver).

The focus is to encourage reading readiness in preparation for kindergarten.

Adult must remain in the program.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Chair Yoga
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Gentle yoga for seniors.

No registration necessary.

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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Pop-up Storytime w/Costen Children's Library
10:30 AM

Dr. Dana and Ms. Katie, from the Cotsen Children's Library in Princeton, bring a special pop-up storytime to the library.  Start with a picture book and end with a highly creative hands-on project to take home.  Packed with art and activity, get ready for some serious storytime fun.  

Ages 2 - 5.  Please register. 

This program will be photographed and posted on the Cotsen Children's Library blog, Pop Goes the Page.

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Toddler Tunes
10:30 AM

Sing along with Miss Pat! All ages, with an adult.

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

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 23 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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Music and Movement with Miss Susan for ages 2 & up
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

NEW PROGRAM FOR 2018

Do your toddlers like to sing and dance?

We’ll sing old favorites and learn new ones.  We'll dance to our heart's content.

No registration is required.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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LEGO Play
11:00 AM

 

Play with LEGOS at the library.

For ages 2 - 5.

Registration is suggested.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609.443.1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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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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Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm
12:00 PM

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Guided Meditation
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Mira Desai teaches this five-week guided meditation series. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, and if you'd like, bring a towel or yoga mat.

Class dates are: January 26, February 2, 9, 16 & 23.

No registration necessary.

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm
2:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Afternoon Movie: The Mountain Between US (2017)
2:00 PM

Oscar Winner Kate Winslet and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba star in this suspense drama about two strangers who become stranded on a remote, snow covered mountain following a plane crash. Forced to trust each other to survive the extreme elements, they begin a perilous journey through hundreds of miles of wilderness. Rated PG-13.  112 minutes. No registration.

CONTACT:    609 448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Knit & Crochet Circle
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Adult Program

This club meets every Friday. Bring yarn, and hook or needles, to start or continue your project. We will have needles on hand for those just starting out. Come in with your hot beverage and enjoy cookies on us as we socialize while knitting or crocheting. All are welcome, whatever your skill level!

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on January 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-275-8901  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 25 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  609-989-6920  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Posture & Dance Exercises
3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-989-6920  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Saturday February 24, 2018
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Family Movie: My Little Pony: The Movie
10:00 AM

Come watch a movie at the library! 

Rated: PG  Running Time: 99 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
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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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.

CONTACT:    609-882-3148   
LOCATION: Ewing 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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Family Fun: Book Bingo!
10:30 AM

Come listen to stories and play bingo with Miss Rebecca!


Online registration begins on February 10. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Kids' Public Speaking (Ages 8-12)
10:30 AM

Children and tweens  ages 8-12 will learn and practice the fundamentals of public speaking and debate through fun activities in this program led by a teen volunteer.

Participants can attend all sessions for the month if they choose.

Caregivers must remain in the library while children are in the program.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Kids' Public Speaking (Ages 8-12)
10:30 AM

Children and tweens  ages 8-12 will learn and practice the fundamentals of public speaking and debate through fun activities in this program led by a teen volunteer.

Participants can attend all sessions for the month if they choose.

Caregivers must remain in the library while children are in the program.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Winter Olympic Fun
2:00 PM

All ages are welcome to join us for an Olympic-themed craft and snack.
It's sure to be gold medal fun!
Registration is required online starting Monday, February 5th.

 

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 19 spaces available.
 
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Writers' Group
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Please bring 5 pages of a work in progress to discuss.

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Isha Yoga & Meditation
3:00 PM

The Isha Foundation, an international non- profit organization founded by Sadhguru, is offering this Yoga and Meditation workshop. Learn physical postures, breathing methods and meditation techniques to improve your overall wellbeing. No previous knowledge of yoga required. Please register.

CONTACT:    609 448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Rise In Love Insight Session
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

When we think of love we mostly think of receiving it from outside. Let’s try to shift our focus from receiving to giving and see how our life changes for the better. Many times we put conditions on our love. Other times we give our love in measures. We give more to some and less to others. Of course we have our reasons for behaving in such a manner but is it really for the best? Join us as we explore together what love really is and how to create loving relationships with everyone at home, work or anywhere else.

Facilitated by library staff member Leena, a 10 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.

Registration suggested. Click the Register button, or call the library for information or to register. Please call if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
The registration period has ended.
 
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International Science Olympiads Club (High School Students)
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The International Science Olympiads Club is run by students from West Windsor-Plainsboro High Schools North and South who will help prepare other high school students for biology, chemistry, and physics Olympiad competitions.

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Sunday February 25, 2018
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Snowman Garland
12:30 PM

Sunday Surprise Craft!

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

Cut, color & enjoy these happy mix & match snowmen strung together with colorful satin ribbon. 

Makes a fun winter decoration swag to hang up at home!

Drop in any time between 12:30 and 4:00pm.  

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Quiet play
1:00 PM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 4:00

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

The goal of this 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. Please arrive on time. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Black Hickory Month Movie: Hidden Figures (2016)
2:00 PM

 As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.  Starring Octavia Spencer and Taraji Henson. Rated PG. 127 minutes. No registration.

CONTACT:    609 448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Sunday Afternoon at the Movies for ages 18 and up at 2:00 p.m.
2:00 PM

The Mountain Between Us (PG-13), with Idris Elba, Kate Winslet and Beau Bridges. Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness. Runtime: 112 min.

No admission fee!

CONTACT:    609-882-3148   
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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DIY Crafts,
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

 Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Math Advancement (Grades 5 & up)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Top high school math students from the New Jersey 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. Space is limited to 15 students. Please arrive on time. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Intro to Programming in Java (Grades 6-8)
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Students will learn the fundamentals of computer science and will be introduced to Java syntax. Through this course, the concepts of object-oriented programming as well as decisin structures will be explored. Students must bring their own laptop (Mac or Windows, no Chromebook), and be ready for a challenge! 

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all ten classes as they build up from what was taught previously. Classes will be held on the following dates: 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 5/6, and 5/13. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
Monday February 26, 2018
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1000 Books Before Kindergarten
9:35 AM

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Registration begins for:
9:35 AM
  • Little Explorers – children ages 3 to 5, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join us for hands-on science activities. This class will meet on Mondays at 2 p.m. or Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
  • Storytime - children, ages 2 to 5 accompanied by an adult, will enjoy stories, songs, and crafts. This half hour program will be held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m., Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., or Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

Please call the Robbinsville Branch at 609-259-2150 to register. Classes begin the week of March 5 and will run through the week of April 9.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Registration for What’s Up Wednesdays begins
9:35 AM

In this after-school club children in grades 3-5 will explore a range of topics. Each class will include a craft or special project. Please be aware that this program will occasionally include food. Classes will meet on Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m.

Please call the Robbinsville Branch at 609-259-2150 to register. Classes begin the week of March 5 and will run through the week of April 9.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr
9:40 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
9:50 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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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
10:00 AM

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Morning Book Club
10:00 AM

"Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race" by Margot Lee Shetterly

The true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-989-6920  lawprogs@mcl.org
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

Do you want to make better use of your digital device? Maybe you’d like to open a Facebook account or download an e-book. How about capturing a screen shot or attaching a photo to a text message? Make a 20-minute appointment with reference librarian Mary Astarita to get one-on-one help with your gadget.

Please note that library staff does not repair devices.

Appointment is required. On or after January 22, call 609-275-8901 or stop by the reference desk to make a 20-minute appointment. Let us know which device you’ll bring in and the function(s) you want to learn.

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor 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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Music Together Sing-along Storybook Hour
10:30 AM

Join our friends from Music Together for a Sing-along Storybook Hour.  Sarah Orfe, Director of the Music Together Princeton Lab School, will be bringing storybooks to life through song and movement.  She'll help us "sing" through beautifully illustrated picture books based on songs from Music Together's award-winning Family Favorites CDs, as well as other familiar books and traditional tunes you may already know.  Join us and support pre-literacy learning, music development, and imaginative play, while spending quality family-time together! 

Ages birth - 5 years. 

Please register.

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell 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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Happy Two’s Activity Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Learn songs and rhymes!

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

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

All craft supplies are provided.

 

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

Socialize and play in our activity room with your baby.
 

Ages 6 months to 2 years welcome with a caregiver.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609.443.1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Craft & Play (All ages)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Computer Basics: Open Lab
11:30 AM

If you want to learn how to operate a computer or use certain programs, come to our open computer lab for a stress-free experience. You’ll be able to work on a computer at your own pace and ask any questions you may have (this is not a formal course). Librarian Andrew will be there to guide you and provide information. Registration required.

CONTACT:    609-882-3148   
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 4 spaces available.
 
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Lunch Time 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 10 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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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 5:00pm
2:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Non-Fiction Book Club
2:00 PM

The group will be discussing American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin. No registration necessary.

CONTACT:    609 448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hickory Corner 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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Intro to Social Media
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-989-6922  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There is 1 space 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. No registration required.

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Kindergarten-6th Grade Tutoring
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

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

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

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

Register in person or by phone.

CONTACT:    609-448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Crazy 8s Math Club K-3
5:30 PM

Math and mischief at your library! Enjoy hands-on games that get kids fired up about math! For children in grades K-3.

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

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Learn & Craft (All Ages)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn all about the alphabet with fun crafts, games, activities and books!

This is a self directed activity. There will be different stations of activities.

No registration required. Adult must be present at all times. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Monday Night Book Group: Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
6:30 PM

Follow Chef Gabrielle Hamilton's extraordinary journey through the places she has inhabited over the years: the rural kitchen of her childhood, the kitchens of France, Greece, and Turkey, and the kitchen of her beloved Italian mother-in-law. 

Preregistration is preferred.

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 19 spaces available.
 
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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. No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Kids' Public Speaking (Ages 8-12)
7:00 PM

Children and tweens  ages 8-12 will learn and practice the fundamentals of public speaking and debate through fun activities in this program led by a teen volunteer.

Participants can attend all sessions for the month if they choose.

Caregivers must remain in the library while children are in the program.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Mystery Book Club
7:00 PM

The group will be discussing Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein. No registration necessary.

CONTACT:    609 448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Off the Page
7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-989-6920  lawprogs@mcl.org
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
Registration will begin on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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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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Evening Book Group: The Great Bridge, by David McCullough
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Adult Program

First published in 1972, The Great Bridge is the classic account of one of the greatest engineering feats of all time—the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Registration required.  Registration begins on January 22; call 609-799-0462 with questions or to register.

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 24 spaces available.
 
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Yoga
7:30 PM

Sunita Yadav teaches this series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Water is provided. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and begins Monday, January 22, at 9:30 am. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper. Class dates are: February 5, 12, 26 & March 5, 12, 19.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-989-6920  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 18 spaces available.
Tuesday February 27, 2018
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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
9:35 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
9:50 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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Beginning Yoga
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 

Mira Desai has been teaching yoga for more than 30 years. Join her for a 1 1/2 hour session that includes breathing exercises  and meditation. Please register.

 
CONTACT:    609 448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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A.M. English Conversation Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Have fun practicing your English through informal conversation with other ESL learners and librarian Elka Frankel. Must have basic knowledge of English.

No need to register—just come! 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Tax Help: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide (by appoinment only)
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Free tax preparation from AARP Tax-Aide at Hopewell Branch of Mercer County Library; call 609.737.2610 for appointments: Tuesdays, 10am-1pm, February 6 to April 17, 2018.

AARP trained tax preparers focus on low and moderate income returns, but we can prepare most personal returns within training guidelines.

We e-file Federal and state returns; also we fill out PTR (“Senior Freeze”) forms.

Registration is required.

Please call 609.737.2610 to make an appointment

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Big Building Block Free Playtime
10:05 AM

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Babytime
10:30 AM

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

Online registration begins on February 13. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 12 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
Registration will begin on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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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Story Time for ages 2 - 5
11:00 AM

Pizza themed stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

 

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Staff  609.443.1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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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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Play Group with Stories
11:15 AM

For children, ages 3-5 with adult in the program.

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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. No registration required.

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Excel 4
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn how to insert pivot tables to create dynamic views of important information.  Proficiency in Excel 1, Excel 2. and Excel 3 required!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-989-6922  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 4 spaces available.
 
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QI Gong
4:00 PM

QI Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. In this basic course of six classes taught by instructor Andrzej Leszczynski of Healing Touch Healing Movement, participants will learn and practice exercises helping with back issues. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-989-6920  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Elephant & Piggie Book Club
4:30 PM

Suggested for ages 4-8 years old.
Each week we will read a different Elephant & Piggie adventure and do a corresponding activity.
No registration is required.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
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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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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Tuesday Night Yoga -- CANCELED
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Nancy McCormack teaches this eight-week series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and a towel. Class is limited to 15 participants. (Please Note: This class will be made up on Tuesday, March 27th.)

All eight classes open for registration on Wednesday, January 17th. Registration is required for each class in the eight-week series.

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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CANCELLED Bollywood Dance for ages 4-10
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

 

tHIS PROGRAM IS CANCELLED.

Come and learn some Bollywood moves and dances.

No registration required.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Minecraft Pixel Art, for all ages
6:00 PM

For all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop in between 6pm and 8pm and create your own pixel art craft out of paper and glue.  Make yours into a Minecraft character or use your imagination to create your own!

No registration required! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Upcycling at the Library: Infinity T-Shirt Scarf
6:00 PM

Use an old t-shirt to make an infinity scarf. 

Please bring an old t-shirt to craft with. 

Ages 15 and up.  Preregistration is required.

 

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Citizenship Test Review
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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Internet 3
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Requires some Internet experience!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-989-6922  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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3d snowflake
6:30 PM

Come make a 3D snowflake

Project will take about 30 minutes to complete.

Ages 8 and up with caregiver welcome.

Clean up will begin 45 minutes after start time.

 No registration required. 

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

 
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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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Booktalking: Adult Book Discussion Group
7:00 PM

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout.

CONTACT:    609-882-3148   
LOCATION: Ewing 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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CANCELED Bollywood Dance
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program

Dancing is an expression of art, as well as being a great way to get and stay healthy and happy. Choreographer Pooja Bindal will lead you in dancing to Bollywood tunes. Pooja has choreographed and performed at Naach Revolution, India Fair, Discover India, WWP’s Got Talent, HindiUSA and others.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on January 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-275-8901  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Chess Club (Ages 7-14)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Students will learn new techniques that will prepare them to compete in local tournaments.

You must know the basics of chess.

You must bring your own chess board.

No registration required. Space is limited to 12 students. Please arrive on time. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Learning English with Victor
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
Wednesday February 28, 2018
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Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr
9:40 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
9:50 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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Alphabet Alley 2-5yr
10:00 AM

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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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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Publisher
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Newsletters, posters and brochures are a snap with Publisher.  Work with text and images.  Strong Word skills required!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-989-6922  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 10 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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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. No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Black History Month Film Festival: Loving (2016)
11:00 AM

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage

in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision. 

Rated PG-13. Running time:  123 minutes. Pre-registration is preferred.

This program was made possible by generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Branch.

CONTACT:  Staff:   609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Big Building Block Free Playtime to 4pm
12:00 PM

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Kids Yoga (ages 3-5)
1:00 PM

Join Sue Tobert for this new class which will include fun yoga poses, a story and a group activity.  No previous experience is required.  Children should bring a yoga mat or beach towel.  

Ages 3 - 5.  Space is limited.  Please register. 

See Youth Progam Policy.  

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Movies for Adults -- Dean
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Dean is an illustrator whose unwillingness to deal with the recent death of his mother means escaping his hometown of New York for an interview with an ad agency in Los Angeles. His retired engineer dad Robert takes a more regimented approach to grief, including putting the family home up for sale. Both father and son set out on their own paths to find a new normal as unexpected circumstances and potential new love interests threaten to thwart all plans. (94 minutes, Rated PG-13.)

No registration necessary.

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
2:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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American Girl Tea Party,
2:00 PM

For children ages 6 years to 10 years old.

Bring your favorite doll or stuff animal. 

Light refreshments will be served. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 25 spaces available.
 
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Novelist Plus: What do I Read Next?
2:00 PM

Learn how to use this library database for book recommendations and reading lists. Please register.

CONTACT:    609 448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Word 4
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Create a letterhead and a document template.  Use Mail Merge to create labels and form letters. Proficiency in Word 1, Word 2, and Word 3 needed!  


Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-989-6922  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 13 spaces available.
 
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Active Aging Fitness: Winter Series
3:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-989-6920  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Family Movie
3:00 PM
Despicable Me 3 (2017). (Steve Carrell, Kristen Wigg, Trey Parker). PG; 90 minutes.
Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.

Popcorn will be served.

Registration is not required.

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford    ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Book Buddies Club-Gooseberry Park (Grades K-2)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Please join us for this three-part book club.  Each week we will read from a new book in a series and do fun activities.

This month we will discuss and read three different series by Cynthia Rylant: Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby and Gooseberry Park.

Please register for this program.

Grades K - 2

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

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

Slime is all the rage ~ so why not add some fantasy to it?! 

Glowing silver and blue, we’ll mix and concoct our own “Frozen” sparkling silly putty and have some to take home!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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CANCELLED: Midweek Math Tutoring
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This week's tutoring has been cancelled.

Drop-in math help for students in 1st - 12th grade provided by Peddie School student tutors. 

No registration necessary.

Caregivers must remain in the library while child attends the program.

CONTACT:    609-448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Making a Scene: Teen Acting Workshop (Ages 12-18)
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Through playing exciting and fun acting games, you will learn how to:

  • Develop a character on the fly,
  • Analyze a scene, and
  • Have fun improvising scenes

Space is limited. Online registration is required.

Call the Reference Desk @ 609.275.8901 if you have questions or need help registering

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 13 spaces available.
 
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Movies for Adults -- Dean
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Dean is an illustrator whose unwillingness to deal with the recent death of his mother means escaping his hometown of New York for an interview with an ad agency in Los Angeles. His retired engineer dad Robert takes a more regimented approach to grief, including putting the family home up for sale. Both father and son set out on their own paths to find a new normal as unexpected circumstances and potential new love interests threaten to thwart all plans. (94 minutes, Rated PG-13.)

No registration necessary.

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn: Success Workshop (Grades 9-12)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have you ever lost at something that you wanted to win? Felt embarrassed when you were wrong? Wished you could have a major “do-over”?

Have you ever felt like you weren’t allowed to fail? Like your parents and teachers expected you to meet extremely high standards no matter what—even if it didn’t seem possible?

And what happens when you do mess up? Do you feel hopeless, like you can never recover from the mistake?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then this highly interactive  workshop is for you.  If you’re like most people, you’ve suffered some loss in your life. Are you ready to learn from it?

This workshop will help you look at how you can turn losses into opportunities, and how you can see failures from a different perspective. These concepts can help you now and will continue to do so as you grow into young adults and adults.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 24 spaces available.
 
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Intro to Mindfulness
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Adult Program

Why is everyone talking about mindfulness? In this 8-week course, you will learn the basics of mindfulness through a series of lecture, guided mindfulness practices, reflections, and group discussions. Whether you are new to mindfulness or very skilled at it, you can benefit from this class. This course will teach mindfulness topics such as:

  • What mindfulness is
  • Mindfulness of breathing, body, thoughts, and emotions
  • Cultivating self-awareness, loving kindness, and compassion skills
  • Managing stress and controlling negative impulses and thoughts
  • How mindfulness can contribute to a greater sense of well-being
  • The science behind mindfulness
  • How you can improve emotional intelligence through mindfulness
  • How mindfulness can boost your workplace performance
  • How mindfulness can improve relationships

Each class includes a 1-hour learning session followed by an optional 30-minute practice session and group discussions.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on January 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-275-8901  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 28 spaces available.
 
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Hickory Corner Book Discussion
7:30 PM

The group will be discussing The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies. No registration necessary.

CONTACT:    609 448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Evening Meditation
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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. Come join us in the evening for guided meditation. Leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Facilitated by library staff member, Leena, a 10 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
Thursday March 1, 2018
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Big Building Block Free Playtime
9:35 AM

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

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

No registration is needed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Libary.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Teen and Tween Take-Home Craft: Glass Pendant Keychain
9:35 AM

For ages 9 and up.
Ask at the reference desk for your craft kit starting Thursday, March 1st.
Supplies are limited.  Kits are handed out on a first come, first serve basis.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Teen Take-out Craft
9:35 AM - 8:50 PM

Tweens and teens ages 10-18 can pick up this month's Teen Take Out craft kit

containing supplies needed to make a Spring sock bunny.

While supplies last.

One kit per teen, please.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Activity table drop-in for 2-5yr
9:40 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Preschool concert with Miss Amy
10:00 AM

For toddlers and preschoolers, with a caregiver.

Enjoy this musical entertainment concert showcasing Miss Amy’s warm engaging manner and “positively enriching original music.”

Miss Amy is a singer/songwriter, an accredited music educator and a fitness instructor.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.
 

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Book Worms & Wiggle Worms
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Caregivers and young children can join us for a book club for adults and play time for little ones in Hightstown Library's Community Room.

Adults will discuss this month's book Visible City by Tova Mirvis.

While spying on her neighbors with her son's toy binoculars, Nina becomes entranced with the subjects of her secret vigils until she encounters them in the real world and must decide whether to let them into her life or not.

No registration required.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Book Worms & Wiggle Worms Book Club
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Caregivers and young children can join us for a book club for adults and play time for little ones in Hightstown Library's Community Room.

Adults will discuss this month's book Visible City by Tova Mirvis.

While spying on her neighbors with her son's toy binoculars, Nina becomes entranced with the subjects of her secret vigils until she encounters them in the real world and must decide whether to let them into her life or not.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Bollywood Workout
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Adult Program

This is a fun-filled, intensive dance program for adults. It is a full-body workout designed to increase core strength and stamina. No prior training is required; all you need is a willingness to move to Hindi songs beats. As with any exercise program, check with your healthcare provider before participating.

Babita Negi is a teacher and choreographer of Bollywood dance with more than a decade of experience.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome. Registration begins on February 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff