MCLS Events and Programs

This page is updated frequently and new events may be added daily.


Parents are responsible for the conduct of minor children, under 18 years of age, in the library or on library grounds, regardless of whether they are in the company of their child or not. See our Parental/Guardian Supervisory Responsibilities Policy for more information.
Tuesday May 17, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
RESCHEDULED for 6/23: (Virtual) What the World Needs Now: More Empathy

This program has been rescheduled. Please register to receive the link to join on Mercer County Library System on Thursday, June 23 at 7:00pm.

Lynne Azarchi, Executive Director of Kidsbridge Youth Center, will lead this webinar designed for Parents, Caregivers, and Educators about how to nurture empathy in children. She will be joined by Danielle Yansick, Kidsbridge Education Director, who will show how empathy and mental health are related. She will share ways for both children and adults to better regulate their emotions and find joy through the use of calming techniques, simple movements, and ideas for self-care. Lynne Azarchi is the recent author of The Empathy Advantage -- a useful guide for instilling kindness and respect.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org
The registration period has ended.

This program has been rescheduled. Please register to receive the link to join on Mercer County Library System on Thursday, June 23 at 7:00pm.

Lynne Azarchi, Executive Director of Kidsbridge Youth Center, will lead this webinar designed for Parents, Caregivers, and Educators about how to nurture empathy in children. She will be joined by Danielle Yansick, Kidsbridge Education Director, who will show how empathy and mental health are related. She will share ways for both children and adults to better regulate their emotions and find joy through the use of calming techniques, simple movements, and ideas for self-care. Lynne Azarchi is the recent author of The Empathy Advantage -- a useful guide for instilling kindness and respect.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

The registration period has ended.

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday Trivia

Join us on MCLS’ Facebook page for an hour of family-friendly trivia. Questions are geared toward adults, but kids, 10 and over, are welcome to participate, too! Play alone or form a team (of up to five members). Visit MCLS's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mclsnj) at 7pm to participate.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us on MCLS’ Facebook page for an hour of family-friendly trivia. Questions are geared toward adults, but kids, 10 and over, are welcome to participate, too! Play alone or form a team (of up to five members). Visit MCLS's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mclsnj) at 7pm to participate.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

Wednesday May 18, 2022
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Outdoor Drawing Party

Adults are welcome for a safe, physically distant Library Drawing Party. Try out your artistic talents and learn to draw new images each week. Upon arrival attendees will be assigned a space to sit for the duration of the program. Sanitized clipboards, paper and colored pencils will be provided for the duration of the program. Please do not share materials between groups. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials, including clipboards.

Registration is required prior to the event.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 2 spaces available.

Adults are welcome for a safe, physically distant Library Drawing Party. Try out your artistic talents and learn to draw new images each week. Upon arrival attendees will be assigned a space to sit for the duration of the program. Sanitized clipboards, paper and colored pencils will be provided for the duration of the program. Please do not share materials between groups. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials, including clipboards.

Registration is required prior to the event.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 2 spaces available.

 
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7:00 PM
Discussing Film: Star Wars Movies

There has been 45 years since the release of "Star Wars: A New Hope" (1977), succeeded by series and episodes spanning through the last couple of decades. Star Wars buffs can join librarian Jamie Anderson for an informal discussion on the series and their favorites characters. On the next day, Thursday, May 19, at 5:30 pm, a screening of "Star Wars: A New Hope" (1977) will be held. 

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

There has been 45 years since the release of "Star Wars: A New Hope" (1977), succeeded by series and episodes spanning through the last couple of decades. Star Wars buffs can join librarian Jamie Anderson for an informal discussion on the series and their favorites characters. On the next day, Thursday, May 19, at 5:30 pm, a screening of "Star Wars: A New Hope" (1977) will be held. 

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Thursday May 19, 2022
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10:00 AM
Cook Talks: The Tavola Smart Oven

The computerized Tavola Smart Oven, steams, bakes, and broils food in automated cycles. Cooks can achieve exceptional results that normally come from using several methods. “For example, the three-step process of steaming, baking and broiling will ensure a chicken breast is juicy and tender on the inside with a golden brown exterior” (Tavola). Each Tavola meal comes with a recipe card and a barcode to scan that automatically tells the oven when to switch between different modes. Join Donna Wolfe as she demonstrates this newest advancement in convenience cooking.

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 14 spaces available.

The computerized Tavola Smart Oven, steams, bakes, and broils food in automated cycles. Cooks can achieve exceptional results that normally come from using several methods. “For example, the three-step process of steaming, baking and broiling will ensure a chicken breast is juicy and tender on the inside with a golden brown exterior” (Tavola). Each Tavola meal comes with a recipe card and a barcode to scan that automatically tells the oven when to switch between different modes. Join Donna Wolfe as she demonstrates this newest advancement in convenience cooking.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 14 spaces available.

 
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5:30 PM
Film Screening: Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

There has been 45 years since the release of this indisputable classic - a George Lucas' Oscar-winning space fantasy about a young man who joins a rebel alliance working to overthrow an evil empire that's taking over the galaxy. Star Wars buffs can join librarian Jamie Anderson on the evening before (Wednesday, May 18, at 7:00 pm) for an informal discussion on the series and their favorite characters. PG.121 min. 

Registration is required. 

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-882-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 18 spaces available.

There has been 45 years since the release of this indisputable classic - a George Lucas' Oscar-winning space fantasy about a young man who joins a rebel alliance working to overthrow an evil empire that's taking over the galaxy. Star Wars buffs can join librarian Jamie Anderson on the evening before (Wednesday, May 18, at 7:00 pm) for an informal discussion on the series and their favorite characters. PG.121 min. 

Registration is required. 

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.882.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 18 spaces available.

Friday May 20, 2022

Join our in-person drum circle led by popular long time facilitator Ange Chianese. Drummers of all levels of experience are invited to participate. Bring your own drum(s), bells, percussions or use one of ours.

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

Join our in-person drum circle led by popular long time facilitator Ange Chianese. Drummers of all levels of experience are invited to participate. Bring your own drum(s), bells, percussions or use one of ours.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Tuesday May 24, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Hava Nagila: How a Song Defines a People

The song "Hava Nagila" is instantly recognizable; musical shorthand for anything Jewish, a happy party tune that you dance to at weddings, bar mitzvahs and even at Major League Baseball games. It carries with it an entire constellation of history, values and hopes for the future. In its own believe-it-or-not way, "Hava Nagila" encapsulates the Jewish journey over the past 150 years. It also reveals the power of one song to express and sustain identity, to transmit lessons across generations and to bridge cultural divides and connect us all on a universal level. Includes performances by many artists. Presented by lecturer, historian, and composer, Jeff Kampf of Life Long Cognition. 

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

The song "Hava Nagila" is instantly recognizable; musical shorthand for anything Jewish, a happy party tune that you dance to at weddings, bar mitzvahs and even at Major League Baseball games. It carries with it an entire constellation of history, values and hopes for the future. In its own believe-it-or-not way, "Hava Nagila" encapsulates the Jewish journey over the past 150 years. It also reveals the power of one song to express and sustain identity, to transmit lessons across generations and to bridge cultural divides and connect us all on a universal level. Includes performances by many artists. Presented by lecturer, historian, and composer, Jeff Kampf of Life Long Cognition. 

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Thursday May 26, 2022
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6:00 PM
Operatic Explorations: The Princeton Festival

Get an insider's glimpse of the 2022 Princeton Festival! Festival Director, Gregory J. Geehern, shares the stories, the music, the costumes, and the histories of the composers and compositions of this year's productions taking place at the Princeton Symphony Orchestra event. He will focus on the operas Scalia/Ginsburg (Derrick Wang) and Albert Herring (Benjamin Britten), as well as the ballet chante, Seven Deadly Sins (Kurt Weill). 

Registration is required. 

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-882-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 17 spaces available.

Get an insider's glimpse of the 2022 Princeton Festival! Festival Director, Gregory J. Geehern, shares the stories, the music, the costumes, and the histories of the composers and compositions of this year's productions taking place at the Princeton Symphony Orchestra event. He will focus on the operas Scalia/Ginsburg (Derrick Wang) and Albert Herring (Benjamin Britten), as well as the ballet chante, Seven Deadly Sins (Kurt Weill). 

Registration is required. 

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.882.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 17 spaces available.

Friday May 27, 2022
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2:00 PM
Documentary Series: Final Account (2020)

A filmmaker interviews three hundred wartime veterans from Germany and Austria about their experience of the Nazi regime, notably the Hitler Youth Movement. With some as witnesses and others as perpetrators, this documentary adds more layers to the largest genocide in history - the Holocaust. PG-13. 110 min.

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-882-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 18 spaces available.

A filmmaker interviews three hundred wartime veterans from Germany and Austria about their experience of the Nazi regime, notably the Hitler Youth Movement. With some as witnesses and others as perpetrators, this documentary adds more layers to the largest genocide in history - the Holocaust. PG-13. 110 min.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.882.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 18 spaces available.

Saturday May 28, 2022
Sunday May 29, 2022
Monday May 30, 2022
Tuesday May 31, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Creative Writing Workshop for Adults

Join us virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Wednesday June 1, 2022
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Outdoor Drawing Party

Adults are welcome for a safe, physically distant Library Drawing Party. Try out your artistic talents and learn to draw new images each week. Upon arrival attendees will be assigned a space to sit for the duration of the program. Sanitized clipboards, paper and colored pencils will be provided for the duration of the program. Please do not share materials between groups. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials, including clipboards.

Registration is required prior to the event.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 9:00 AM     

Adults are welcome for a safe, physically distant Library Drawing Party. Try out your artistic talents and learn to draw new images each week. Upon arrival attendees will be assigned a space to sit for the duration of the program. Sanitized clipboards, paper and colored pencils will be provided for the duration of the program. Please do not share materials between groups. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials, including clipboards.

Registration is required prior to the event.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 9:00 AM     

 
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Current Events Discussion Club

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

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

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

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Thursday June 2, 2022
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
(Virtual) Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips from the Latest Research

For centuries, we've known that the health of the brain and body are connected. Now science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices. Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and how to incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Presented by Robin Kohn of the The Alzheimer’s Association® Greater New Jersey Chapter.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

For centuries, we've known that the health of the brain and body are connected. Now science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices. Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and how to incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Presented by Robin Kohn of the The Alzheimer’s Association® Greater New Jersey Chapter.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


 
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
(Virtual) Gender Diversity and Pronouns

Increasingly, people are mentioning their preferred pronouns in their email signatures and when they introduce themselves. Learn more about this practice at a virtual event entitled Gender Diversity and Pronouns. Speaker Alex Brandell will provide an introductory presentation on gender diversity, the importance of pronouns, and issues facing the transgender community in this virtual event. Alex Brandell, OTD (they/them/theirs) is an occupational therapist and transgender health educator. They completed their occupational therapy doctorate at Boston University, with a special focus on transgender health. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Ewing Library, Friends of the Hickory Corner Library, Friends of the Lawrence Library, and Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Increasingly, people are mentioning their preferred pronouns in their email signatures and when they introduce themselves. Learn more about this practice at a virtual event entitled Gender Diversity and Pronouns. Speaker Alex Brandell will provide an introductory presentation on gender diversity, the importance of pronouns, and issues facing the transgender community in this virtual event. Alex Brandell, OTD (they/them/theirs) is an occupational therapist and transgender health educator. They completed their occupational therapy doctorate at Boston University, with a special focus on transgender health. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Ewing Library, Friends of the Hickory Corner Library, Friends of the Lawrence Library, and Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Friday June 3, 2022
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Outdoor Drum Circle

Join our in-person drum circle led by popular long time facilitator Ange Chianese. Drummers of all levels of experience are invited to participate. Bring your own drum(s), bells, percussions or use one of ours. 

Registration is required prior to the event. 

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

Join our in-person drum circle led by popular long time facilitator Ange Chianese. Drummers of all levels of experience are invited to participate. Bring your own drum(s), bells, percussions or use one of ours. 

Registration is required prior to the event. 

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Monday June 6, 2022
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4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
(Virtual) Monday Meditation

Relax, refocus, and rejuvenate. Take a moment to regain the peace lost during our busy days. Facilitated by Hightstown Branch staff member, Leena, who is a 13-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Relax, refocus, and rejuvenate. Take a moment to regain the peace lost during our busy days. Facilitated by Hightstown Branch staff member, Leena, who is a 13-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


 
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6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
(Virtual) Be SMART: Discussing Safe Gun Storage

As parents and guardians, we’re responsible for keeping our children safe. The Be SMART program teaches five simple steps we can all take to keep our families safe by keeping firearms responsibly stored, including strategies to initiate conversations with family and friends about responsible firearms storage.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

As parents and guardians, we’re responsible for keeping our children safe. The Be SMART program teaches five simple steps we can all take to keep our families safe by keeping firearms responsibly stored, including strategies to initiate conversations with family and friends about responsible firearms storage.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Tuesday June 7, 2022
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
(Virtual) English (ESL) Conversation Group

If you already know some English and want to improve your speaking and comprehension skills, please join librarian, Elka Frankel, for some practice sharing your thoughts and ideas with others in the group. We will discuss a topic together with relevant vocabulary, grammar and idioms.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org
There are 9 spaces available.

If you already know some English and want to improve your speaking and comprehension skills, please join librarian, Elka Frankel, for some practice sharing your thoughts and ideas with others in the group. We will discuss a topic together with relevant vocabulary, grammar and idioms.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

There are 9 spaces available.

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) The Life and Work of Georgia O’Keeffe, “Mother of American Modernism”

Join us as Jeanne Johnson, famed for her hour-long-in-depth studies of artists, guides us through the life and work of Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), “Mother of American Modernism”. O’Keeffe is mostly known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, however, throughout her long career she painted a range of subjects—from New York skyscrapers to desert scenes, cow skulls, and adobe architecture. O’Keeffe’s work was highly skilled and so precise it oscillated between realism and abstraction. Viewing a retrospective of her work, you will learn facts and people associated with Georgia that you may not know, people who inspired her, some who hurt her, some that she hurt.

Jeanne Johnson's interest in art and music have taken her to more than 87 countries in pursuit of her passions.  Since retiring from a successful career as a classically trained musician, she has become an active volunteer currently serving on the Princeton University Art Museum Docent Assoc. Board, and as president of Newcomers and Friends @ YWCA Princeton.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us as Jeanne Johnson, famed for her hour-long-in-depth studies of artists, guides us through the life and work of Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), “Mother of American Modernism”. O’Keeffe is mostly known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, however, throughout her long career she painted a range of subjects—from New York skyscrapers to desert scenes, cow skulls, and adobe architecture. O’Keeffe’s work was highly skilled and so precise it oscillated between realism and abstraction. Viewing a retrospective of her work, you will learn facts and people associated with Georgia that you may not know, people who inspired her, some who hurt her, some that she hurt.

Jeanne Johnson's interest in art and music have taken her to more than 87 countries in pursuit of her passions.  Since retiring from a successful career as a classically trained musician, she has become an active volunteer currently serving on the Princeton University Art Museum Docent Assoc. Board, and as president of Newcomers and Friends @ YWCA Princeton.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday Trivia

Join us on MCLS’ Facebook page for an hour of family-friendly trivia. Questions are geared toward adults, but kids, 10 and over, are welcome to participate, too! Play alone or form a team (of up to five members). Visit MCLS's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mclsnj) at 7pm to participate.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us on MCLS’ Facebook page for an hour of family-friendly trivia. Questions are geared toward adults, but kids, 10 and over, are welcome to participate, too! Play alone or form a team (of up to five members). Visit MCLS's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mclsnj) at 7pm to participate.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

Wednesday June 8, 2022
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3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Book Launch Party: Architect of Courage, by Victoria Weisfeld

Award-winning short story writer Vicki Weisfeld’s new murder mystery, set in 2011, tells the story of successful Manhattan architect Archer Landis, whose orderly life is upended by the murder of his lover Julia. When the police link her to the Arab-American community, their reflexive conclusion is “terrorist.” Landis disagrees, absolutely, and sets out to prove them wrong. Julia’s death is the first in a series of mysterious attacks on everyone and everything Landis most cares about. To emerge from these tragedies, he must confront prejudice, self-doubt, the limits of loyalty, and a need for redemption that transcends revenge. He must have the courage to change.

Books will be available for sell and signing through the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

Award-winning short story writer Vicki Weisfeld’s new murder mystery, set in 2011, tells the story of successful Manhattan architect Archer Landis, whose orderly life is upended by the murder of his lover Julia. When the police link her to the Arab-American community, their reflexive conclusion is “terrorist.” Landis disagrees, absolutely, and sets out to prove them wrong. Julia’s death is the first in a series of mysterious attacks on everyone and everything Landis most cares about. To emerge from these tragedies, he must confront prejudice, self-doubt, the limits of loyalty, and a need for redemption that transcends revenge. He must have the courage to change.

Books will be available for sell and signing through the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Thursday June 9, 2022
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10:00 AM
Fiction Writing Workshop: Sharing Your Words

Would it surprise you to learn that "The New York Times" would publish a story but not pay you a dime, while a weekly magazine would pay $800 for the same story? Judy Salcewicz, a local author who has had stories published in four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and numerous other publications, will present a workshop entitled “Sharing Your Words.”  She will share her stories, writing experience, and the logistics of writing and submitting your stories. Participants will get lots of ideas for their own submissions. 
Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

Would it surprise you to learn that "The New York Times" would publish a story but not pay you a dime, while a weekly magazine would pay $800 for the same story? Judy Salcewicz, a local author who has had stories published in four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and numerous other publications, will present a workshop entitled “Sharing Your Words.”  She will share her stories, writing experience, and the logistics of writing and submitting your stories. Participants will get lots of ideas for their own submissions. 
Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

 
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Poetry Circle: English-Language Haiku

In the United States, haiku is commonly used to introduce school children to poetry — but haiku is so much more than a learning tool or a pop-culture poetic form. With roots in the rich literary traditions of Japan, English-language haiku (ELH) is a genre of poetry that invites readers to pause for a contemplative moment of “nowness” amidst the ceaseless activity of our hectic world. This month’s Poetry Circle traces the evolution of ELH from the Imagist movement of the early 20th century to today, where it flourishes in print and online. Bill Waters, a member of the Poetry Circle, will lead this presentation.

Registration is required prior to the event. 

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292   lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 19 spaces available.

In the United States, haiku is commonly used to introduce school children to poetry — but haiku is so much more than a learning tool or a pop-culture poetic form. With roots in the rich literary traditions of Japan, English-language haiku (ELH) is a genre of poetry that invites readers to pause for a contemplative moment of “nowness” amidst the ceaseless activity of our hectic world. This month’s Poetry Circle traces the evolution of ELH from the Imagist movement of the early 20th century to today, where it flourishes in print and online. Bill Waters, a member of the Poetry Circle, will lead this presentation.

Registration is required prior to the event. 

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292 
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 19 spaces available.

Monday June 13, 2022
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4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
(Virtual) Monday Meditation

Relax, refocus, and rejuvenate. Take a moment to regain the peace lost during our busy days. Facilitated by Hightstown Branch staff member, Leena, who is a 13-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Relax, refocus, and rejuvenate. Take a moment to regain the peace lost during our busy days. Facilitated by Hightstown Branch staff member, Leena, who is a 13-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Stories of Slavery in New Jersey

June 19th, also known as Juneteenth, is the oldest known holiday that commemorates the end of slavery. It marks the date in 1865 when the last group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned that they were free under the Emancipation Proclamation. As a federal holiday, it is a time to time to reflect on the past and look to the future. Author Rick Geffken reveals stories from New Jersey’s history of slavery. Many may be surprised that New Jersey, in 1866, was the last northern state to abolish slavery. Dutch and English settlers brought the first enslaved people to New Jersey in the seventeenth century. By the time of the Revolutionary War, slavery was an established practice on labor-intensive farms throughout what became known as the Garden State.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

June 19th, also known as Juneteenth, is the oldest known holiday that commemorates the end of slavery. It marks the date in 1865 when the last group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned that they were free under the Emancipation Proclamation. As a federal holiday, it is a time to time to reflect on the past and look to the future. Author Rick Geffken reveals stories from New Jersey’s history of slavery. Many may be surprised that New Jersey, in 1866, was the last northern state to abolish slavery. Dutch and English settlers brought the first enslaved people to New Jersey in the seventeenth century. By the time of the Revolutionary War, slavery was an established practice on labor-intensive farms throughout what became known as the Garden State.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Tuesday June 14, 2022
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
(Virtual) English (ESL) Conversation Group

If you already know some English and want to improve your speaking and comprehension skills, please join librarian, Elka Frankel, for some practice sharing your thoughts and ideas with others in the group. We will discuss a topic together with relevant vocabulary, grammar and idioms.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

If you already know some English and want to improve your speaking and comprehension skills, please join librarian, Elka Frankel, for some practice sharing your thoughts and ideas with others in the group. We will discuss a topic together with relevant vocabulary, grammar and idioms.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) American Carousels

Perdita Buchan will speak about the history and artistry of American carousels. As the author of The Carousel Carver, Buchan has deep knowledge about the golden age of carousel carving in the early 20th Century, and of the immigrants who brought their skills to the craft while carving out new lives for themselves in Philadelphia and the old Jersey Shore.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Perdita Buchan will speak about the history and artistry of American carousels. As the author of The Carousel Carver, Buchan has deep knowledge about the golden age of carousel carving in the early 20th Century, and of the immigrants who brought their skills to the craft while carving out new lives for themselves in Philadelphia and the old Jersey Shore.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MCL Facebook Book Club: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Join us on Facebook for our monthly virtual book group. This month we will discuss The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner.

Please Note: If you haven't already, please submit a request to join the group prior to the discussion.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us on Facebook for our monthly virtual book group. This month we will discuss The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner.

Please Note: If you haven't already, please submit a request to join the group prior to the discussion.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

Wednesday June 15, 2022
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Outdoor Drawing Party

Adults are welcome for a safe, physically distant Library Drawing Party. Try out your artistic talents and learn to draw new images each week. Upon arrival attendees will be assigned a space to sit for the duration of the program. Sanitized clipboards, paper and colored pencils will be provided for the duration of the program. Please do not share materials between groups. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials, including clipboards.

Registration is required prior to the event.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 9:00 AM     

Adults are welcome for a safe, physically distant Library Drawing Party. Try out your artistic talents and learn to draw new images each week. Upon arrival attendees will be assigned a space to sit for the duration of the program. Sanitized clipboards, paper and colored pencils will be provided for the duration of the program. Please do not share materials between groups. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials, including clipboards.

Registration is required prior to the event.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

Registration will begin on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 9:00 AM     

 
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
(Virtual) Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Informational Meeting

Calling all rising ninth graders! Join us for an informational meeting about the MCLS Teen Advisory Board! Hear from current members! Find out how you can enhance your leadership skills, earn community service hours, help run library programs, and write book reviews. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Calling all rising ninth graders! Join us for an informational meeting about the MCLS Teen Advisory Board! Hear from current members! Find out how you can enhance your leadership skills, earn community service hours, help run library programs, and write book reviews. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


 
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7:00 PM
Discussing Film: Steven Spielberg

Discuss the iconic filmography of director, producer and screenwriter, Steven Spielberg, with Librarian Jamie Anderson. A short overview on the topic with a handout will precede the discussion. Join us on the evening after that – Thursday, June 16, at 5:30 pm – to commemorate Juneteenth with a screening of Spielberg’s classic “Amistad” (1997).

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

Discuss the iconic filmography of director, producer and screenwriter, Steven Spielberg, with Librarian Jamie Anderson. A short overview on the topic with a handout will precede the discussion. Join us on the evening after that – Thursday, June 16, at 5:30 pm – to commemorate Juneteenth with a screening of Spielberg’s classic “Amistad” (1997).

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Thursday June 16, 2022
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10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Cook Talks: Irresistible Shrimp

Steamed shrimp are one of the easiest and most treasured appetizers on the plate. Learn how to prep and cook shrimp 3 ways: peel-n'-eat shrimp with cocktail sauce, shrimp scampi and butterflied fried shrimp. 

Registration is required. 

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

Steamed shrimp are one of the easiest and most treasured appetizers on the plate. Learn how to prep and cook shrimp 3 ways: peel-n'-eat shrimp with cocktail sauce, shrimp scampi and butterflied fried shrimp. 

Registration is required. 

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

 
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5:30 PM
Juneteenth Film Screening: Amistad (1997)

In this Steven Spielberg classic, slaves start a shipboard rebellion against their captors while en route to America in 1839. The revolt causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. R-rated. 152 min.
On the evening before – Wednesday, June 15, at 7:00 pm - you can join an informal conversation with Librarian Jamie Anderson on this and other Steven Spielberg movies.
Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

In this Steven Spielberg classic, slaves start a shipboard rebellion against their captors while en route to America in 1839. The revolt causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. R-rated. 152 min.
On the evening before – Wednesday, June 15, at 7:00 pm - you can join an informal conversation with Librarian Jamie Anderson on this and other Steven Spielberg movies.
Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Friday June 17, 2022
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Outdoor Drum Circle

Join our in-person drum circle led by popular long time facilitator Ange Chianese. Drummers of all levels of experience are invited to participate. Bring your own drum(s), bells, percussions or use one of ours. 

Registration is required prior to the event. 

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

Join our in-person drum circle led by popular long time facilitator Ange Chianese. Drummers of all levels of experience are invited to participate. Bring your own drum(s), bells, percussions or use one of ours. 

Registration is required prior to the event. 

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Monday June 20, 2022
Tuesday June 21, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Creative Writing Workshop for Adults

Join us virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday Trivia

Join us on MCLS’ Facebook page for an hour of family-friendly trivia. Questions are geared toward adults, but kids, 10 and over, are welcome to participate, too! Play alone or form a team (of up to five members). Visit MCLS's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mclsnj) at 7pm to participate.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us on MCLS’ Facebook page for an hour of family-friendly trivia. Questions are geared toward adults, but kids, 10 and over, are welcome to participate, too! Play alone or form a team (of up to five members). Visit MCLS's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mclsnj) at 7pm to participate.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

Wednesday June 22, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) What's in Your Grocery Cart

What are the good fats? What is a slow carb? Why is it important to “eat the rainbow” and have fewer ingredients listed on a nutrition label? Come away from this webinar with a new perspective on what you’re putting in your grocery cart and ultimately, what you’re putting in your body. Learn to make informed choices that will support your journey towards better health. Presented by Tammy Sands, Eating for Your Health (by Suppers).

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

What are the good fats? What is a slow carb? Why is it important to “eat the rainbow” and have fewer ingredients listed on a nutrition label? Come away from this webinar with a new perspective on what you’re putting in your grocery cart and ultimately, what you’re putting in your body. Learn to make informed choices that will support your journey towards better health. Presented by Tammy Sands, Eating for Your Health (by Suppers).

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Thursday June 23, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) What the World Needs Now: More Empathy

Lynne Azarchi, Executive Director of Kidsbridge Youth Center, will lead this webinar designed for Parents, Caregivers, and Educators about how to nurture empathy in children. She will be joined by Danielle Yansick, Kidsbridge Education Director, who will show how empathy and mental health are related. She will share ways for both children and adults to better regulate their emotions and find joy through the use of calming techniques, simple movements, and ideas for self-care. Lynne Azarchi is the recent author of The Empathy Advantage -- a useful guide for instilling kindness and respect.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Lynne Azarchi, Executive Director of Kidsbridge Youth Center, will lead this webinar designed for Parents, Caregivers, and Educators about how to nurture empathy in children. She will be joined by Danielle Yansick, Kidsbridge Education Director, who will show how empathy and mental health are related. She will share ways for both children and adults to better regulate their emotions and find joy through the use of calming techniques, simple movements, and ideas for self-care. Lynne Azarchi is the recent author of The Empathy Advantage -- a useful guide for instilling kindness and respect.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Friday June 24, 2022
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2:00 PM
Documentary Series: They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

Academy Award® winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) presents an extraordinary work showing the First World War as you've never seen it. Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage that's more than 100 years old, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there. R-rated. 99 min.

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

Academy Award® winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) presents an extraordinary work showing the First World War as you've never seen it. Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage that's more than 100 years old, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there. R-rated. 99 min.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Monday June 27, 2022
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10:00 AM
Morning Book Club: Becoming, by Michelle Obama

In Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama shares her views on how all young people can help themselves as well as help others, no matter their status in life. She asks readers to realize that no one is perfect, and that the process of becoming is what matters, as finding yourself is ever evolving. 

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

In Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama shares her views on how all young people can help themselves as well as help others, no matter their status in life. She asks readers to realize that no one is perfect, and that the process of becoming is what matters, as finding yourself is ever evolving. 

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
(Virtual) Monday Meditation

Relax, refocus, and rejuvenate. Take a moment to regain the peace lost during our busy days. Facilitated by Hightstown Branch staff member, Leena, who is a 13-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Relax, refocus, and rejuvenate. Take a moment to regain the peace lost during our busy days. Facilitated by Hightstown Branch staff member, Leena, who is a 13-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Tuesday June 28, 2022
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
(Virtual) Discover Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park, located in southern Florida, spans over 173,000 acres. What makes this park amazingly unique? It is comprised of 95% water, making it a watery wonderland. Take the opportunity to virtually travel to Biscayne National Park and learn about its four ecosystems: the mangrove forest, Biscayne Bay, Florida Keys and coral reef.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Biscayne National Park, located in southern Florida, spans over 173,000 acres. What makes this park amazingly unique? It is comprised of 95% water, making it a watery wonderland. Take the opportunity to virtually travel to Biscayne National Park and learn about its four ecosystems: the mangrove forest, Biscayne Bay, Florida Keys and coral reef.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Creative Writing Workshop for Adults

Join us virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Friday July 1, 2022

Join our in-person drum circle led by popular long time facilitator Ange Chianese. Drummers of all levels of experience are invited to participate. Bring your own drum(s), bells, percussions or use one of ours.

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

Join our in-person drum circle led by popular long time facilitator Ange Chianese. Drummers of all levels of experience are invited to participate. Bring your own drum(s), bells, percussions or use one of ours.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Monday July 4, 2022
Tuesday July 5, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Creative Writing Workshop for Adults

Join us virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Wednesday July 6, 2022
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Outdoor Drawing Party

Adults are welcome for a safe, physically distant Library Drawing Party. Try out your artistic talents and learn to draw new images each week. Upon arrival attendees will be assigned a space to sit for the duration of the program. Sanitized clipboards, paper and colored pencils will be provided for the duration of the program. Please do not share materials between groups. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials, including clipboards.

Registration is required prior to the event.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 9:00 AM     

Adults are welcome for a safe, physically distant Library Drawing Party. Try out your artistic talents and learn to draw new images each week. Upon arrival attendees will be assigned a space to sit for the duration of the program. Sanitized clipboards, paper and colored pencils will be provided for the duration of the program. Please do not share materials between groups. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials, including clipboards.

Registration is required prior to the event.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

Registration will begin on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 9:00 AM     

 
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Current Events Discussion Club

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

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

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

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Thursday July 7, 2022
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5:30 PM
Film Screening: Dog (2022)

In this road-trip comedy, two hard-charging former Army Rangers paired against their will — Briggs (Channing Tatum) and a Belgian Malinois named Lulu — race down the Pacific Coast in hopes of making it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time. PG-13. 101 min.

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

In this road-trip comedy, two hard-charging former Army Rangers paired against their will — Briggs (Channing Tatum) and a Belgian Malinois named Lulu — race down the Pacific Coast in hopes of making it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time. PG-13. 101 min.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Tuesday July 12, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MCL Facebook Book Club: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Join us on Facebook for our monthly virtual book group. This month we will discuss The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.

Please Note: If you haven't already, please submit a request to join the group prior to the discussion.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us on Facebook for our monthly virtual book group. This month we will discuss The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.

Please Note: If you haven't already, please submit a request to join the group prior to the discussion.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

Wednesday July 13, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) The Arctic Meltdown: Why It Matters to All of Us

The Arctic seems very far away, but the momentous changes occurring there affect us all. Global warming, sea-level rise, tropical storms, and extreme weather events are all connected to the rapidly melting and warming Arctic. Join Dr. Jennifer Francis of Woodwell Climate Research Center as she discusses recent research in this topic.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

The Arctic seems very far away, but the momentous changes occurring there affect us all. Global warming, sea-level rise, tropical storms, and extreme weather events are all connected to the rapidly melting and warming Arctic. Join Dr. Jennifer Francis of Woodwell Climate Research Center as she discusses recent research in this topic.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Thursday July 14, 2022
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Poetry Circle: Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane (1871 – 1900), was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Crane briefly attended Pennington Seminary, a boarding school in Pennington. Prolific throughout his short life, Crane is recognized primarily for his classic novel "The Red Badge of Courage". He also published two poetry collections , "The Black Riders and Other Lines" and "War is Kind". At the time of his death, Crane was considered an important figure in American literature. His writing had an influence on 20th-century writers such as Ernest Hemingway, and is thought to have inspired the Modernists and the Imagists. Andrew Punk, a librarian at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch, will lead this presentation.

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

Stephen Crane (1871 – 1900), was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Crane briefly attended Pennington Seminary, a boarding school in Pennington. Prolific throughout his short life, Crane is recognized primarily for his classic novel "The Red Badge of Courage". He also published two poetry collections , "The Black Riders and Other Lines" and "War is Kind". At the time of his death, Crane was considered an important figure in American literature. His writing had an influence on 20th-century writers such as Ernest Hemingway, and is thought to have inspired the Modernists and the Imagists. Andrew Punk, a librarian at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch, will lead this presentation.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Friday July 15, 2022

Join our in-person drum circle led by popular long time facilitator Ange Chianese. Drummers of all levels of experience are invited to participate. Bring your own drum(s), bells, percussions or use one of ours.

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

Join our in-person drum circle led by popular long time facilitator Ange Chianese. Drummers of all levels of experience are invited to participate. Bring your own drum(s), bells, percussions or use one of ours.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Monday July 18, 2022
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10:00 AM
Morning Book Club: Book of Lost Names, by Kristen Harmel

The Book of Lost Names, by Kristin Harmel. Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph in a magazine lying open nearby. She freezes; it's an image of a book she hasn't seen in sixty-five years--a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names. The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War II--an experience Eva remembers well--and the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago. 

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

The Book of Lost Names, by Kristin Harmel. Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph in a magazine lying open nearby. She freezes; it's an image of a book she hasn't seen in sixty-five years--a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names. The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War II--an experience Eva remembers well--and the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago. 

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Tuesday July 19, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Creative Writing Workshop for Adults

Join us virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Wednesday July 20, 2022
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Outdoor Drawing Party

Adults are welcome for a safe, physically distant Library Drawing Party. Try out your artistic talents and learn to draw new images each week. Upon arrival attendees will be assigned a space to sit for the duration of the program. Sanitized clipboards, paper and colored pencils will be provided for the duration of the program. Please do not share materials between groups. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials, including clipboards.

Registration is required prior to the event.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 9:00 AM     

Adults are welcome for a safe, physically distant Library Drawing Party. Try out your artistic talents and learn to draw new images each week. Upon arrival attendees will be assigned a space to sit for the duration of the program. Sanitized clipboards, paper and colored pencils will be provided for the duration of the program. Please do not share materials between groups. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials, including clipboards.

Registration is required prior to the event.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

Registration will begin on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 9:00 AM     

 
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7:00 PM
Discussing Film: Comic Book & Superhero Movies

Discuss the latest and greatest comic book and superhero movies with Librarian Jamie Anderson. A short overview on the topic with a handout will precede the discussion. 

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

Discuss the latest and greatest comic book and superhero movies with Librarian Jamie Anderson. A short overview on the topic with a handout will precede the discussion. 

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Thursday July 21, 2022
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10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Cook Talks: Crème Brûlée Workshop

Sirio Maccioni and his wife Egidiana are known for inventing the Crème Brûlée recipe made famous at Le Cirque restaurant in Manhattan. Come learn the secrets to making the perfect Crème Brûlée and try your hand with the blowtorch used to brûlée the sugar on top into a caramel crust.
Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

Sirio Maccioni and his wife Egidiana are known for inventing the Crème Brûlée recipe made famous at Le Cirque restaurant in Manhattan. Come learn the secrets to making the perfect Crème Brûlée and try your hand with the blowtorch used to brûlée the sugar on top into a caramel crust.
Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

 
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5:30 PM
Film Screening: Licorice Pizza (2021)

In the early 1970s, teen actor Gary Valentine navigates the successes and pitfalls of burgeoning fame while traversing the tricky terrain of first love with the charming Alana as the noteworthy Licorice Pizza record store chain begins to take root in California's San Fernando Valley. R-rated. 133 min.

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

In the early 1970s, teen actor Gary Valentine navigates the successes and pitfalls of burgeoning fame while traversing the tricky terrain of first love with the charming Alana as the noteworthy Licorice Pizza record store chain begins to take root in California's San Fernando Valley. R-rated. 133 min.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

 
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
(Virtual) The Mystery of the Coral Reefs

Learn about the Coral Reefs from the Aquarium Divers for Coral Society, which works with other foundations to save the ocean. Michael Anderson, ADFC's Founder and certified coral restoration diver, will share an overview of coral and coral reefs, the vital role they play in protecting the coastal areas and the ocean's ecosystem, as well as ADFC's mission and how people can get involved. 

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Learn about the Coral Reefs from the Aquarium Divers for Coral Society, which works with other foundations to save the ocean. Michael Anderson, ADFC's Founder and certified coral restoration diver, will share an overview of coral and coral reefs, the vital role they play in protecting the coastal areas and the ocean's ecosystem, as well as ADFC's mission and how people can get involved. 

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Thursday July 28, 2022
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7:00 PM
The Wreck and Recovery of the Pirate Ship – WHYDAH

This is the exciting true story of the saga, the 1717 wreck, and eventual the 1984 discovery of the Whydah - the only pirate ship ever found and the incredible mysteries she shared and continues to reveal. Join historical re-enactor, lecturer and tour guide- Michael Jesberger, for a discussion on very real pirates and their treasure! Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

This is the exciting true story of the saga, the 1717 wreck, and eventual the 1984 discovery of the Whydah - the only pirate ship ever found and the incredible mysteries she shared and continues to reveal. Join historical re-enactor, lecturer and tour guide- Michael Jesberger, for a discussion on very real pirates and their treasure! Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Friday July 29, 2022
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2:00 PM
Documentary Series: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

This documentary paints a portrait of the philosophy and work of cardigan-wearing children's entertainer Fred Rogers, star of the popular show “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.” Mister Rogers creatively communicated themes of empathy and acceptance using a colorful cast of puppets and friends for more than 30 years. Along with archival footage, Rogers' contemporaries and castmates reflect on his legacy. PG-13. 94 min.
Registration is required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Programming Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

This documentary paints a portrait of the philosophy and work of cardigan-wearing children's entertainer Fred Rogers, star of the popular show “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.” Mister Rogers creatively communicated themes of empathy and acceptance using a colorful cast of puppets and friends for more than 30 years. Along with archival footage, Rogers' contemporaries and castmates reflect on his legacy. PG-13. 94 min.
Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Programming Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
(Virtual) Shark Attack!

Didn't get your fill of sharks during Shark Week? Few do! Are sharks really ferocious eating machines the seem to be in movies? Learn the truth about these special fish. The truth is often more fascinating than fiction. Presented by the Center of Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Didn't get your fill of sharks during Shark Week? Few do! Are sharks really ferocious eating machines the seem to be in movies? Learn the truth about these special fish. The truth is often more fascinating than fiction. Presented by the Center of Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Thursday August 4, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Wreckers: The Land Pirates of Barnegat

Was the 1834 newspaper story alleging that two-thirds of residents around Barnegat were criminals causing shipwrecks, murdering crews, and plundering cargo true? Learn the facts about the so-called pirates and four shipwrecks along Ocean County’s shores in the 19th century!! Presented by John R. Barrows, Editor of Monmouth Timeline, Inc.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Was the 1834 newspaper story alleging that two-thirds of residents around Barnegat were criminals causing shipwrecks, murdering crews, and plundering cargo true? Learn the facts about the so-called pirates and four shipwrecks along Ocean County’s shores in the 19th century!! Presented by John R. Barrows, Editor of Monmouth Timeline, Inc.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Saturday September 3, 2022
Sunday September 4, 2022
Monday September 5, 2022
Monday October 10, 2022
Tuesday November 8, 2022
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Election Day

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

Friday November 11, 2022
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Veterans Day

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

Wednesday November 23, 2022
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Thanksgiving Eve

All branches will close at 5:00pm.

Thursday November 24, 2022
Friday November 25, 2022
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Day After Thanksgiving

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

Saturday December 24, 2022
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Christmas Eve

All branches will close at 3:00pm.

Sunday December 25, 2022
Monday December 26, 2022
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Christmas Observed

All branches will be closed.

Saturday December 31, 2022
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
New Year's Eve

All branches will close at 3:00pm.

Sunday January 1, 2023
Monday January 2, 2023
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
New Year's Day Observed

All branches are closed.

Monday January 16, 2023
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

Monday February 20, 2023
Friday April 7, 2023
Sunday April 9, 2023
Saturday May 27, 2023
Sunday May 28, 2023
Monday May 29, 2023
Monday June 19, 2023
Tuesday July 4, 2023
Saturday September 2, 2023
Sunday September 3, 2023
Monday September 4, 2023
Monday October 9, 2023
Tuesday November 7, 2023
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Election Day

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

Friday November 10, 2023
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Veterans Day Observed

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

Wednesday November 22, 2023
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Thanksgiving Eve

All branches will close at 5:00pm.

Thursday November 23, 2023
Friday November 24, 2023
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Day After Thanksgiving

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

Sunday December 24, 2023
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Christmas Eve

All branches will be closed.

Monday December 25, 2023
Sunday December 31, 2023

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