List of Events

  

Friday April 19, 2019
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Good Friday
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Saturday April 20, 2019
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Drop-in Craft: Beaded Carrot Craft, for ages 2yr+
10:00 AM

For ages 2yrs+, with a caregiver.

Drop-in between 10am and 3pm and create a carrot out of pony beads!  Perfect for the season!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Guided Meditation
10:00 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 50 spaces available.
 
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Snakes and Ladders!
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Families and friends will become part of the game as they try to make it to the end. Watch out for snakes!

The game room will be open from Saturday, April 13 - Monday, April 22.

Please call the library at 609-259-2150 to register.

 

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville 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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Yoga for Everyone!
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

This session offers simple, but powerful yoga postures to bring stability and balance. Open to all, ages 7 & up! Bring a yoga mat and/or towel. Taught by a Isha Foundation instructor.

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

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Little Scientists, for ages 2-5 yrs
11:00 AM

For ages 2-5 years, with a caregiver.

Join us for a new program for toddlers and preschoolers to explore all things science!  Older siblings are welcome!

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:  WIND AND WEATHER!!

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Chess Club (Grades 6-8)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Learn to play chess!

Middle School students familiar with the game are recommended to attend the Saturday classes. 

No registration required. Class is open to the first 20 students.  

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Family Movie, for children of all ages with a caregiver.
1:30 PM

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Join us for the movie:  Wonder (2017).  Rated PG (1 hr 53 minutes).

NEW TIME:  the movie will start promptly at 1:30pm.  Popcorn will be served.  Caregivers must remain in the room for the duration of the movie. 

Coloring pages will be available.

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Intro to Scratch Part 2 (Ages 7 & up)
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Did you participate in "Intro to Scratch Part I" or do you have prior knowledge on scratch basics? Then this course is ideal for you!

The course goes through intermediate block coding and continues to teach students logical  programming constructs they can use outside of block coding. Scratch sccounts on scratch.mit.edu are free!

Students will finish by creating an interactive quiz game. 

No registration required. The twelve available spots are filled on a first come, first serve basis. 

Students must bring their own laptops. A few loner laptops will be available. 

Sunday April 21, 2019
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Easter
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Monday April 22, 2019
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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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Teen and Tween Take-Home Craft: Scratch-Art CD Suncatcher
9:35 AM

For ages 9 and up.

Ask at the reference desk for you craft kit starting Monday, April 1st.

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

Instructions and most supplies are included.

 
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Take Home Craft: Paper Umbrella
9:45 AM

For All Ages!

Instructions are included

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Toddler STEM
10:00 AM

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

Science and math for toddlers!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Snakes and Ladders!
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Families and friends will become part of the game as they try to make it to the end. Watch out for snakes!

The game room will be open from Saturday, April 13 - Monday, April 22.

Please call the library at 609-259-2150 to register.

 

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Happy Two’s Activity Time
10:30 AM

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

Learn songs and rhymes!

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Guided Meditation
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Mira Desai teaches guided meditation series during the winter. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, and if you'd like, bring a towel or yoga mat.

No registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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ABC Toys
11:00 AM

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Craft & Play (All ages)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Baby & Toddler Dance Party, for ages 0-3 years
11:30 AM

Inviting all babies and toddlers to our weekly dance party!  Shake, shimmy, and slide with us as we dance our way through a playlist of fun, up-beat songs.  We'll wave scarves, play instruments, shake shaky eggs, and use other props for even more fun!  For caregivers with a baby, feel free to bring your own baby carrier (wrap, ring sling, pouch sling, meh dai, or buckle/soft structured carrier), and make sure you and baby are comfortable using it before attending.

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

Recommended for ages 4months - 3yrs.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
1:00 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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Earth Day Movie and Craft
2:00 PM

For all ages.

Watch Dr. Seuss's The Lorax and do a related craft. 

93 minutes.  Rated PG.

CONTACT:    609-883-5914  
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Earth Day Recycled Materials Open Craft Time
2:00 PM

Suggested for toddlers to teens and everyone in between. 

Come celebrate Earth Day by making crafts from various types of recycled materials (paper towel tubes, water bottles, scraps of paper, etc.). 

No registration required.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
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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Nonfiction Book Club
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Adult Program  

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans, by Brian Kilmeade.

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Family Movie: The Parent Trap
2:30 PM

The Parent Trap (1998). Rated PG. Runtime: 128 minutes. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Kids Movie Matinee - Mary Poppins Returns (PG)
2:30 PM

Running time is 2 hours 10 minutes.

Online registration begins on April 1. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 21 spaces available.
 
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Mailbox Activity Station, K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

For children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

Drop in any time between 3-5pm, and visit our Mailbox Activity Station!  Write a postcard to your friendly librarian (or anyone you know), then decorate it with markers, rubber stamps, and stickers!  Add a diy stamp and place it in our toy mailbox. “Mail” will be collected at 5pm and displayed in the Children’s Department.  Each week will have a different writing prompt to get you started, but you can write about whatever you'd like.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Maker Monday (Grades 6 & up)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Create a Clothespin Picture Frame!

All materials provided. 

Registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 13 spaces available.
 
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Earth Day: Protect Our Species Diorama
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

  All Ages!

The library will supply all materials!  Each diorama will be displayed from April 22- April 29 in the library.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 4:00 and 5:30 pm to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels.

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

 

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

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

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

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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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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Sit & Scoot 2-5yr
6:00 PM

Independent (on-your-own) play time for children to encourage balance, agility and fun. Staff will put basic items out, and other materials can be arranged by you. We ask that you tidy items up when finished.

Area for play is in the rear of the youth department.

Available for you to play with: 8 flat scooter boards, color cones, plastic balance beams, kid-sized traffic safety signs, color cushions, small ride-on vehicles, stacking cups, shape and color activity mats and decorative rugs.  

Roll and swivel on the flat scooters or practice with the rugs and other props to: jump, turn, count, or move in patterns to recognize colors and shapes.   

Caregivers must supervise for safety; cleanup will begin about an hour after set up.

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Messy Club (Ages 4 & up)
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Art Adventures, for ages 2yr+ with a caregiver
6:30 PM

For ages 2yrs and up, with a caregiver.

Art Adventures is back!  Join us for a fun monthly program for toddlers, preschoolers (and older!).  Each month, children will get to explore their creativity with a hands-on, open-ended art project using a variety of paints, markers, crayons, glue, and more!  No two masterpieces will look the same and children may work at their own pace (projects make take 10 – 30 minutes depending on the child).

March’s project is: Cut-apart Art!

Let your child’s imagination soar (and most importantly, have fun!)

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Book Group: Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca
6:30 PM

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes tells the true story of Grace Humiston, the lawyer, detective, and first female

US district attorney who turned her back on New York society life to become one of the

nation's greatest crime fighters during an era when women were still not allowed to vote.

All are welcome.

CONTACT:  Staff:   609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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PJ Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM

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

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Evening English Conversation Group
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program

Join reference librarian Richard Peterson to improve language-speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, and general fluency. Must have basic knowledge of English. 

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Kids' Public Speaking (Ages 8-12)
7:00 PM

Children ages 8-12 will learn the fundamentals of public speaking through fun activities led by teen volunteer instructor, Palak Mehta.

No registration required.

Parent/guardian must remain in the library will child attends the program. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Let's Plant!
7:00 PM

Celebrate Earth Day by dropping into the library to plant a flower seed in a biodegradable pot.  

Take your pot home and get ready to sprout a beautiful flower to plant in your garden or pot.  

Open to everyone while supplies last.

CONTACT:  Staff:   609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers 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  609-883-8294  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
 
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Chess Club (Grades 6-8)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn to play chess!

Middle School students with no experience are recommended to attend the Monday classes. 

No registration required. Class is open to the first 20 students.  

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Mindfulness Workshop
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn mindfulness through a series of lectures, guided mindfulness practices, reflections, and group discussions. Each class is comprised a 1-hour learning session followed by an optional 30-minute practice session and group discussion.

Registration requested.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
Tuesday April 23, 2019
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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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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
10:00 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Resume Review
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Adult Program    

Librarian Meg Baker will review your printed resume for grammar, layout, and overall presentation, 20 minutes. Appointment is required. Call the Reference Desk at 609-275-8901 on or after March 22.

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

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff    609-799-0462   
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Morning English Conversation Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Adult Program

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

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor 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 April 9. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Dennis Thomas Magic Show (Ages 3 & up)
10:30 AM

Enjoy a special magical performace by magician Dennis Thomas! 

No registration required. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor 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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Story Time
10:30 AM

A half-hour of stories, songs, and movement, followed by a craft activity.  Ages 2 – 5, with a caregiver.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 19 spaces available.
 
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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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ABC Toys
11:00 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Play Group with Stories
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

For children, ages 3-5 (with adult)<p>

Open play with a variety of educational toys. 

<p>Storytime includes plenty of finger plays, songs and other participatory activities that

 help children learn important literacy skills.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
1:00 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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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.

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Spring Bingo
2:00 PM

Play a fun game of bingo with a spring theme.
Suggested for ages 4-8. 
All participants receive a small prize.
No registration required.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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SPRK+ Robot Balls
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

For ages 4 and up.

Use simple coding to make a Sphero SPRK+ robot ball move around the room.

Registration is required and space is limited.

CONTACT:    609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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Teen Craft - Avengers Bottle Cap Magnets (Grades 6 & up)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Create bottle cap magnets for your locker of your favorite Avengers! 

Registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 19 spaces available.
 
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Family Movie: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
2:30 PM

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Rated PG. Runtime: 99 minutes. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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SPRK+ Robot Balls
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For ages 4 and up.

Use simple coding to make a Sphero SPRK+ robot ball move around the room.

Registration is required and space is limited.

CONTACT:    609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 4:00 and 5:30 pm to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels.

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

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Little Bits Animation
4:30 PM

For children in grades 2nd-5th. Experience with laptops and typing is helpful. 

Learn coding to make animation on an LED matrix using Little Bits coding blocks. 

This is a 4 week session that builds on what you learned the previous week. You must commit to all 4 weeks.

Online registration is required starting Tuesday, March 19th.*

*The same class is being offered on Wednesdays at 7pm.  Please choose either Tuesdays at 4:30pm or Wednesdays at 7pm.

**We will be repeating the same lessons that we did in October and January.**

 

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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Citizenship Test Prep
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

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

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

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

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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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.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Drop-in Craft: Paper Bug Rings, for all ages
6:30 PM

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop-in and create bug rings out of paper!  Ladybug, bee, or butterfly - pick your favorite or make all 3!

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Drop-in Paper Bead Necklace
6:30 PM

Come drop-in and make a paper bead necklace out of an old map.

For all ages with a caregiver.

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

 
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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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Planning for Retirement
7:00 PM

A presentation for older adults that focuses on ways that investors can prepare for retirement. 

Included are considerations for retirement, and ways to invest more safely.

The program will include a slide presentation, handouts, and a 15-minute question-and-answer period. 

Presented by Arlene Ferris-Waks, Director, Complaints and Investor Outreach, New Jersey Bureau of Securities. 

Preregistration required.

CONTACT:  Staff:   609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers 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 April 24, 2019
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Baby Time
10:00 AM

For birth to 18 months. (We have a 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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Babytime
10:00 AM

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

 

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford    ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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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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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
10:00 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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!

No registration is required.

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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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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Sit & Scoot 2-5yr
11:00 AM

Independent (on-your-own) play time for children to encourage balance, agility and fun. Staff will put basic items out, and other materials can be arranged by you. We ask that you tidy items up when finished.

Area for play is in the rear of the youth department.

Available for you to play with: 8 flat scooter boards, color cones, plastic balance beams, kid-sized traffic safety signs, color cushions, small ride-on vehicles, stacking cups, shape and color activity mats and decorative rugs.  

Roll and swivel on the flat scooters or practice with the rugs and other props to: jump, turn, count, or move in patterns to recognize colors and shapes.   

Caregivers must supervise for safety; cleanup will begin about an hour after set up.

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

LOCATION: Lawrence 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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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
1:00 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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Movies for Adults – Measure of a Man (2018)
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Bullied on his summer vacation, a teen turns to his rich, obscure employer for life guidance (PG-13, 100 minutes).

No registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Magnet Mania
2:00 PM

Suggested for ages 5 and up. 

Come discover the wonders of magnetism by building with jumbo magnet tiles, playing with magnetic slime and more! 

No registration required.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Mailbox Activity Station, K-5th Gr.
2:00 PM

For children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

Drop in any time between 2-5pm, and visit our Mailbox Activity Station!  Write a postcard to your friendly librarian (or anyone you know), then decorate it with markers, rubber stamps, and stickers!  Add a diy stamp and place it in our toy mailbox. “Mail” will be collected at 5pm and displayed in the Children’s Department.  Each week will have a different writing prompt to get you started, but you can write about whatever you'd like.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Craft Circle
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Adult Program  

Make a lovely fabric wreath to welcome spring! Bring a few plastic flowers or fruit, and Jennifer will bring embellishments, too. Supplies are provided by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Little Bits coding kits
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

For ages 7 and up.

Learn coding with fun, magnetic, connectable electronic circuits.

Registration is required and space is limited.

 

CONTACT:    609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Family Movie: Ralph Breaks the Internet
2:30 PM

Ralph Breaks the Internet. Rated PG. Runtime: 112 minutes. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Edutopia Electricity Lab (Ages 6-12)
3:00 PM

Children and tweens ages 6-12 are invited to learn about electricity & electrical currents as they create their own circuits in this science lab workshop by Edutopia.

Children can register for one or both sessions. - Please register for each session separately.

Parents/guardians must remain in library while children attend program.

Online registration required beginning April 8.

Sponsored by Hightstown Library Association.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Edutopia Electricity Lab (Ages 6-12)
3:00 PM

Children and tweens ages 6-12 are invited to learn about electricity & electrical currents as they create their own circuits in this science lab workshop by Edutopia.

Children can register for one or both sessions. - Please register for each session separately.

Parents/guardians must remain in library while children attend program.

Online registration required beginning April 8.

Sponsored by Hightstown Library Association.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Little Bits coding kits
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For ages 7 and up.

Learn coding with fun, magnetic, connectable electronic circuits.

Registration is required and space is limited.

 

CONTACT:    609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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Poetry Program
4:30 PM

April is National Poetry Month.  Thursday, April 4, 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 11, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, 17, 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 24, 4:30 p.m.

All Ages!

Share your poem written in the library or at home and read it aloud in the children’s activity room.

  All participants will receive a small journal! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Story Stretchers
4:30 PM

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

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

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

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

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

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

Join us to make a special project each week. This week - create with .... Perler Beads!

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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What's Up Wednesday
5:45 PM

This multi-week after-school program for children in Grades 3 to 5 meets at 5:45 pm on Wednesdays.  Each class will include a craft or special project as participants learn about a range of different topics. Please be aware that this program will occasionally include food.   Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Let’s Sew! Scrappy Art Pin
6:30 PM

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

In this Sewing 101 program learn how to use basic sewing tools and techniques to make your own original pin to decorate your fleece hat, jacket, a sweater or backpack!

Choose colors of felt or fleece, cut out with templates, and sew on a button to hold the layers together.  Add a closing pin on the back and Voila! Your own designed, decorative scrappy art pin! 

Easy tools such as large eye needles, needle threaders, round head pins and colorful craft thread make the work easy!  

An easy sewing project for boys and girls ages 5-11.

*You must Register for this Program* Registration will begin at 7am the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

Get a handle on math homework!

Drop in math help for 1st -12th grade students with Peddie School Math Club student tutors.

No registration necessary.

CONTACT:  Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Midweek Math Tutoring
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Get a handle on math homework!

Drop in math help for 1st -12th grade students with Peddie School Math Club student tutors.

No registration necessary.

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

- Have fun improvising scenes

Space is limited. Online registration required. Call the Reference Desk @ 609-275-8901 if you have questions or need help registering.   

 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Movies for Adults – Measure of a Man (2018)
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bullied on his summer vacation, a teen turns to his rich, obscure employer for life guidance (PG-13, 100 minutes).

No registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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College Admissions 201 (Grades 8-11 and their parents)
7:00 PM

Discover Collegewise strategies to make you a stronger applicant and help you avoid the most common mistakes.

No matter where you want to go to college there are always things you can do to improve your chances of admission. Grades, test scores, activities, essays and interviews–we’ll cover all the elements at this seminar. What is “demonstrated interest?” We’ll also briefly discuss the College Admission scandal that came to our attention in March.

Vincent H. Valenzuela, former assistant director of admissions at Villanova University and current director of college counseling at CW- Princeton LLC, will host the presentation. Vince is a proud 1990 graduate of West Windsor- Plainsboro HS (South).

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 23 spaces available.
 
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Dementia Conversations
7:00 PM

Presented by Nicolette Vasco, Alzheimer’s Association. This workshop offers tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members, who have Alzheimer’s or dementia, about topics like going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving and making legal & financial plans. Registration required. Call 609-882-3148

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 48 spaces available.
 
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Little Bits Animation
7:00 PM

For children in grades 2nd-5th. Experience with laptops and typing is helpful. 

Learn coding to make animation on an LED matrix using Little Bits coding blocks. 

This is a 4 week session that builds on what you learned the previous week. You must commit to all 4 weeks.

Online registration is required starting Tuesday, March 19th.*

*The same class is being offered on Tuesdays at 4:30pm.  Please choose either Tuesdays at 4:30pm or Wednesdays at 7pm.

**We will be repeating the same lessons that we did in October and January.**

 

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Knitting Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

No registration necessary.

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

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

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Hickory Corner Book Discussion
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Adult Program  

A Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kline

Imagines the life story of Christina Olson, the subject of Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Christina’s World,” describing the simple life she led on a remote Maine farm, her complicated relationship with her family, and the illness that incapacitated her.

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Evening Guided Meditation
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

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

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

No registration necessary.

 

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Thursday April 25, 2019
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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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1000 Books Before Kindergarten, for ages 5 and under
9:35 AM

For ages 5 years and under, with a caregiver.

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

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

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

Come to the Youth Services Desk and sign up today!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

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

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Quilting Group
10:00 AM

The Quilting Group is open to all skill levels. Bring quilting projects you are working on to share with others or work in the good company of fellow quilters.

No registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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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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Parachute Play (Ages 1-3)
10:30 AM

Children ages 1-3 and their caregivers will enjoy 30 minutes of  parachute play with songs and music.

Come ready to jump, sing, and hop!

Siblings welcome too.

No registration necessary. 

LOCATION: Hightstown 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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Story Time
10:30 AM

A half-hour of stories, songs, and movement, followed by a craft activity.  Ages 2 – 5, with a caregiver.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 19 spaces available.
 
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Storytime for ages 2-5
10:30 AM

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

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

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

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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ABC Toys
11:00 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Romp & Stomp
11:00 AM

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

Online registration begins on April 11. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Picture Books & Craft for ages 3 & up
11:00 AM - 11:30 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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Scribble Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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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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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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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
1:00 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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Play Dough Hour (ages 2-5)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

Ages 2 - 5.  Caregiver supervision required.  No registration required.

See Youth Progam Policy.  

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Cup Stacking Challenge
2:00 PM

Suggested for ages 5 and up.

Whether you are trying to stack for speed, for height or just for fun, come join us! 

No registration required.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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SPRK+ Robot Balls
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

For ages 4 and up.

Use simple coding to make a Sphero SPRK+ robot ball move around the room.

Registration is required and space is limited.

CONTACT:    609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Teen Craft - Hand-Sewn Bookmark (Grades 6 & up)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Learn how to sew your own bookmark! 

No experience necessary. 

Registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Resources for Readers - Beyond the Catalog
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Learn about great library databases designed for readers, such as NoveList.

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Family Movie: Smallfoot
2:30 PM

Smallfoot. Rated PG. Runtime: 96 minutes. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Little Ninjas with USA Karate & Fitness of Hamilton 
2:30 PM

Learn the principles of Karate with fun & fitness. Presented by USA Karate & Fitness of Hamilton 

For ages 4-11, with an adult.

Online registration begins on April 11. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 16 spaces available.
 
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Edutopia Electricity Lab (Ages 6-12)
3:00 PM

Children and tweens ages 6-12 are invited to learn about electricity & electrical currents as they create their own circuits in this science lab workshop by Edutopia.

Children can register for one or both sessions. - Please register for each session separately.

Parents/guardians must remain in library while children attend program.

Online registration required beginning April 8.

Sponsored by Hightstown Library Association.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Edutopia Electricity Lab (Ages 6-12)
3:00 PM

Children and tweens ages 6-12 are invited to learn about electricity & electrical currents as they create their own circuits in this science lab workshop by Edutopia.

Children can register for one or both sessions. - Please register for each session separately.

Parents/guardians must remain in library while children attend program.

Online registration required beginning April 8.

Sponsored by Hightstown Library Association.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Mystery Craft! for K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

For children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

Drop in any time between 3-5pm, and make a mystery craft!  Each week we’ll pull together a fun project from our closet of craft supplies … but it'll be a surprise until you arrive!  Materials may include: craft sticks, paper, paint, dot markers, pom-poms, stickers, tempura sticks, pipe cleaners, beads, googly eyes, glitter glue, and more. 

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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SPRK+ Robot Balls
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For ages 4 and up.

Use simple coding to make a Sphero SPRK+ robot ball move around the room.

Registration is required and space is limited.

CONTACT:    609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Master Artists (Ages 7 & up)
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Learn about a famous artist and create a masterpiece of your own! 

No registration required. 

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.

See Youth Program Policy
 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Family Zumba for ages 6 & up
6:00 PM - 6:40 PM

Experience Zumba Fitness with Donna Balducci.

  No registration necessary.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Intro to Scratch Part 2 (Ages 7 & up)
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Did you participate in "Intro to Scratch Part I" or do you have prior knowledge on scratch basics? Then this course is ideal for you!

The course goes through intermediate block coding and continues to teach students logical  programming constructs they can use outside of block coding. Scratch sccounts on scratch.mit.edu are free!

Students will finish by creating an interactive quiz game. 

No registration required. The twelve available spots are filled on a first come, first serve basis. 

Students must bring their own laptops. A few loner laptops will be available. 

 
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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 April 11. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Let’s Sew! Scrappy Art Pin
6:30 PM

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

In this Sewing 101 program learn how to use basic sewing tools and techniques to make your own original pin to decorate your fleece hat, jacket, a sweater or backpack!

Choose colors of felt or fleece, cut out with templates, and sew on a button to hold the layers together.  Add a closing pin on the back and Voila! Your own designed, decorative scrappy art pin! 

Easy tools such as large eye needles, needle threaders, round head pins and colorful craft thread make the work easy!  

An easy sewing project for boys and girls ages 5-11.

*You must Register for this Program* Registration will begin at 7am the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog
6:30 PM

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Bricks 4 Kidz
7:00 PM

This is a hands-on class where students will design and build machines, catapults, pyramids, derby cars, buildings and other constructions out of LEGO® bricks.
While exploring engineering, architecture and physics, students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
This program is for grades K-5.
Registration is required online starting Thursday, April 11th.

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

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Citizenship Exam Study Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program

Are you studying for your US Citizenship exam? Join our free Citizenship preparation class to study and practice. We will be covering the Civics, Reading, and Writing sections of the exam. Registration is required, space is limited. If a registered participant fails to show up, that space will be filled with walk-ins -- so feel free to stop by just before 7 pm to see if there is room.

Registration begins on March 22. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 for information or to register.

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Yoga Nidra
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program

Yoga nidra is Sanskrit name for the centuries-old tradition of yogic sleep that balances the nervous system, boosting immunity, and healing body, mind, and spirit. Class includes mantra chanting to focus the mind, breathing exercises, and deep relaxation to relieve fatigue and pain. Please come comfortably dressed with extra layers and your own yoga mat or any other optional props such as pillows, blankets, etc. that will keep you comfortable.

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

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 25 spaces available.
 
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Conversational ESL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Adult Program  

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

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Preparación para la Prueba de GED
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Revisión para su Prueba de GED.

Registre en persona o por teléfono.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Friday April 26, 2019
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Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog
10:00 AM

For all ages.

Hear a Clifford story, do some dog-themed crafts and meet Clifford, the Big Red Dog in person!

Don't forget your camera!

Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford  609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 18 spaces available.
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
10:00 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Toddler 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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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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Miss Amy Concert (All Ages)
10:30 AM

Sing, dance and enjoy the tunes of Miss Amy! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Toddler Tunes
10:30 AM

Come sing and dance with Miss Pat.

All ages, accompanied by an adult.

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

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

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

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

 rhymes, clapping songs and musical songs.  

Adult must remain in the program.

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Count Your Coins: Math & Money (Grades K-2)
1:00 PM

Children in Grades K-2 will learn about money and use math skills in fun activities presented by Garden State Community Bank.

Online registration required beginning April 8, 2019.

Parent/guardian must remain in library while child is in program.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Count Your Coins: Math & Money (Grades K-2)
1:00 PM

Children in Grades K-2 will learn about money and use math skills in fun activities presented by Garden State Community Bank.

Online registration required beginning April 8, 2019.

Parent/guardian must remain in library while child is in program.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm
1:00 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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Books + Science
2:00 PM

Hear stories and do related activities. Read all about plants and do related projects.  

For ages 4-8.  Siblings welcome.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:    609-883-5914  
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 25 spaces available.
 
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Recycled Arts & Crafts
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join Kelly and Katie for our new monthly program where recycled goods become arts and crafts. Let your creative juices flow while doing something to save the planet. Supplies will be provided.  For ages middle school and up.

Registration required.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Recycled Arts & Crafts
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join Kelly and Katie for our new monthly program where recycled goods become arts and crafts. Let your creative juices flow while doing something to save the planet. Supplies will be provided.  For ages middle school and up.

Registration required.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Knit & Crochet Circle
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Adult Program

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

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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More Online Resources
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Learn how to access the free electronic resources available through our library. Find out where to go for help with research, homework, genealogy, test prep, and more!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Family Movie: Moana Singalong
2:30 PM

Singalong to Moana! Rated PG. Runtime: 113 minutes. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Meditation Circle
2:30 PM

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

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

For children ages 4-10, with adult supervision.

Drop in between 3-4:45 to make a quick - yet relaxing - art project!  Projects will vary weekly, but you can expect anything from dot paint markers (a favorite!) to zen doodles.  Clean-up finishes by 4:45pm.  Suitable for children ages 4-10, with adult supervision.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Teen Cooking - Pizza in a Mug (Grades 6 & up)
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Learn how to create a delicious pizza in a mug! 

Must bring your own mug. 

Registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 11 spaces available.
Saturday April 27, 2019
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm
9:35 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Drop-in Craft: Cow Paper Weaving Craft, for all ages
10:00 AM

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Drop-in between 10am and 3pm and use paper weaving to create a cow craft.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Guided Meditation
10:00 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 50 spaces available.
 
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Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Accepting Donations for Robbinsville Branch Spring Book Sale
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Drop off gently-used books or DVDs for sale at the Robbinsville Branch. Computer and academic books not accepted. Sponsored by the Robbinsville Library Advisory Committee.

LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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FHCL Book Sale
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Friends of the Hickory Corner Library are having a book sale beginning Saturday, April 27. Browse through thousands of fiction and nonfiction books for children, young adults, and adults, as well as DVDs, CDs, and Audiobooks. 

Adult

  • Hardcovers: $1.50
  • Paperbacks: 50¢ - $1.00


Young Adult & Children

  • Hardcovers: 2/$1.00
  • Paperbacks: 3/$1.00

Proceeds are used to purchase new materials for the library and provide special programs for adults and children, including the Summer Reading Program. 

Questions? email us at friendshclibrary@gmail.com

 

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner 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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Blackout Poetry
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Celebrate National Poetry Month with us! Bring out your inner poet using a page from a book and sharpies. All supplies provided.

Registration requested.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Saturday Learning English
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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

No registration necessary.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 11:00 am and 12:00 noon to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels.

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

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Quiet play
11:45 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 1:00

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Need Help with Basic Computer Skills?
2:00 PM

Whether you are an absolute beginner or just need to develop a little confidence, you can learn the tools that will help you use your computer or laptop more efficiently. The members of the Robbinsville High School's Project SOL will be here for one-on-one hour-long training.

Register online at www.mcl.org or call (609)259-2150 for an appointment.

 

 

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 4 spaces available.
 
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Saturday Slime Time: Cloud Slime
2:00 PM

All ages are welcome to join us in making this fluffly slime perfect for a spring day!

Registration is required online starting Saturday, April 13th.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Writers' Group
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Intro to Scratch (Ages 7-13)
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Children ages 7-13 will learn the basics of computer coding using Scratch - a children's coding program developed by M.I.T.

This program is led by a Girl Scout teen volunteer. No previous coding experience required. 

Snacks will be provided during the program.

Parents/guardians must remain in the library while children attend the program. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Word
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

A tour through the Microsoft Word toolbars. We will learn how to change font styles, bullet or number paragraphs, set margins, insert graphics, and more. Registration required unless you can bring your own laptop with Word 2007 or above. Space is limited. Signup for adults over 18 only. Registration period begins March 22nd.

CONTACT:  Richard Peterson  609-275-8901  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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11th Annual One-Act PlayFest
6:30 PM

This annual free festival provides an entertaining evening for the audience and a venue for local playwrights and actors to showcase their talent. Local actors will perform the staged script-in-hand readings of the one-act plays selected for performance at the library. Seating is limited and registration is required online beginning Monday, April 8, 9:30 am. 

CONTACT:  James Damron  609-883-8291  jdamron@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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11th Annual One-Act PlayFest
8:30 PM

This annual free festival provides an entertaining evening for the audience and a venue for local playwrights and actors to showcase their talent. Local actors will perform the staged script-in-hand readings of the one-act plays selected for performance at the library. Seating is limited and registration is required online beginning Monday, April 8, 9:30 am. 

CONTACT:  James Damron  609-883-8291  jdamron@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 45 spaces available.
Sunday April 28, 2019
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm
12:35 PM

Our Sunday 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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Family Jigsaw Puzzles Fun ~ Sunday Surprise Craft!
1:00 PM

Ages 4-11 yrs, youngest with a caregiver

Come by and work on one of our kid-friendly puzzles!  A fun activity to work on with your child, grandchild or friend.

Drop in anytime between 1pm and 4pm.

Clean up will begin at 4pm.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Leaders of Tomorrow: Leadership and Public Speaking for Youth
1:00 PM

Suggested for students in 5th-8th grade. 

In this program your child will enhance his or her public speaking skills as well as their skills in impromptu speaking.

We will take a look at several well-known speakers and their tactics of public speaking.

Leadership skills and public speaking starts at a young age. If your child wants to make a difference in the world, this program will help them with their preliminary steps.

This program will be led by Drishti Devnani, a junior at West Windsor -Plainsboro High School South, working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. She is a debater, an officer for Model United Nations and serves on her class council. She plans to implement the skills she has gained as a leader throughout her high school career.

No registration required.

 

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner 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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FHCL Book Sale
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Friends of the Hickory Corner Library are having a book sale beginning Saturday, April 27. Browse through thousands of fiction and nonfiction books for children, young adults, and adults, as well as DVDs, CDs, and Audiobooks. 

Adult

  • Hardcovers: $1.50
  • Paperbacks: 50¢ - $1.00


Young Adult & Children

  • Hardcovers: 2/$1.00
  • Paperbacks: 3/$1.00

Proceeds are used to purchase new materials for the library and provide special programs for adults and children, including the Summer Reading Program. 

Questions? email us at friendshclibrary@gmail.com

 

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Making a Scene: Teen Acting Workshop (Ages 12-18)
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

- Develop a character on the fly

- Analyze a scene

- Have fun improvising scenes

Space is limited. Online registration required. Call the Reference Desk @ 609-275-8901 if you have questions or need help registering.   

 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Sunday Afternoon at the Movies for ages 18 and up at 2:00 p.m.
2:00 PM

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018, PG-13), with Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton and Gwilym Lee. The story of the legendary rock music band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985). Runtime: 134 min.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Sunday’s Open Craft Table: DIY Spring Crafts
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sunday, April 7, 2-4 p.m.; Sunday, April 14, 2-4 p.m.; and Sunday, April 28, 2-4 p.m.  

 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

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

No registration required. 

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

Kids 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 decision structures will be explored. Kids 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 (3/3, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19). 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Monday April 29, 2019
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1000 Books Before Kindergarten
9:35 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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1000 Books Before Kindergarten, for ages 5 and under
9:35 AM

For ages 5 years and under, with a caregiver.

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

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

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

Come to the Youth Services Desk and sign up today!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Take Home Craft: Paper Umbrella
9:45 AM

For All Ages!

Instructions are included

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Toddler STEM
10:00 AM

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

Science and math for toddlers!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Family History
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Find out how to research your family tree using online research databases such as the Library Edition of Ancestry.com and others.

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Accepting Donations for Robbinsville Branch Spring Book Sale
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Drop off gently-used books or DVDs for sale at the Robbinsville Branch. Computer and academic books not accepted. Sponsored by the Robbinsville Library Advisory Committee.

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

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

Learn songs and rhymes!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Kickoff (Ages 0-5)
10:30 AM

Join us as we kick off 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! Learn more about the program and sign your child up to participate! Prizes will be given out for every 100 books read. 

We will also have a mini reading marathon! Hear some of your favorite stories read aloud by our librarians. 

No registration required.

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Fitness for the Active Aging
10:30 AM

Presented by Bob Kirby. Enjoy the benefits of stretching and low-impact exercises while learning how staying fit can improve balance, posture, flexibility, endurance and more. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required. Call 609-882-3148.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Messy Mondays (ages 2 - 5 years and up)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Guided Meditation
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Mira Desai teaches guided meditation series during the winter. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, and if you'd like, bring a towel or yoga mat.

No registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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ABC Toys
11:00 AM

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Craft & Play (All ages)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Baby & Toddler Dance Party, for ages 0-3 years
11:30 AM

Inviting all babies and toddlers to our weekly dance party!  Shake, shimmy, and slide with us as we dance our way through a playlist of fun, up-beat songs.  We'll wave scarves, play instruments, shake shaky eggs, and use other props for even more fun!  For caregivers with a baby, feel free to bring your own baby carrier (wrap, ring sling, pouch sling, meh dai, or buckle/soft structured carrier), and make sure you and baby are comfortable using it before attending.

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

Recommended for ages 4months - 3yrs.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Lunch Time Guided Meditation
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour.

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

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

No registration necessary.

 

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
1:00 PM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Little Explorers
2:00 PM

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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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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Word 3
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

Take Word 1 & Word 2 first!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Mailbox Activity Station, K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

For children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

Drop in any time between 3-5pm, and visit our Mailbox Activity Station!  Write a postcard to your friendly librarian (or anyone you know), then decorate it with markers, rubber stamps, and stickers!  Add a diy stamp and place it in our toy mailbox. “Mail” will be collected at 5pm and displayed in the Children’s Department.  Each week will have a different writing prompt to get you started, but you can write about whatever you'd like.

No registration required.

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.

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

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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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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Book Club: “The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown
4:40 PM

For children in grades 3 and up

 “The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown will be discussed.

Light Refreshments! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Crazy 8s Math Club
5:30 PM

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

Grades K-2.

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

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Messy Club (Ages 4 & up)
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Family Tinker Lab, for families
6:30 PM

For children and their families.

Drop-in any time between 6:30pm and 7:30pm and join us for a fun night for the whole family!  Explore fun, new STEM gadgets where everyone will get a chance to play!

This month we will have:

For younger children:  Sensory rice bin, Magformers magnetic toys, Light table

For older children:  Sphero SPRK+ robot balls, Snap Circuits,

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Evening English Conversation Group
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program

Join reference librarian Richard Peterson to improve language-speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, and general fluency. Must have basic knowledge of English. 

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Better Read Book Club
7:00 PM

Join us for the "Better Read" book club for adults at the Hollowbrook Library  

This month we are reading "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith.  Copies of the book are available in the library.

Refreshments will be served.

For ages 15 and up.

Registration is suggested but not required.

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford  609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 25 spaces available.
 
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Kids' Public Speaking (Ages 8-12)
7:00 PM

Children ages 8-12 will learn the fundamentals of public speaking through fun activities led by teen volunteer instructor, Palak Mehta.

No registration required.

Parent/guardian must remain in the library will child attends the program. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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School-age STEAM
7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:    448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Chess Club (Grades 6-8)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn to play chess!

Middle School students with no experience are recommended to attend the Monday classes. 

No registration required. Class is open to the first 20 students.  

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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The Lost Cause: How the South Saw the U.S. Civil War
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program  

The Lost Cause was a movement created by the South to justify their guilt in starting the war. It was built on dishonest and badly distorted historical claims. Several generations of Southerners were raised to believe it. It even attained a status of believability in the North.

The Lost Cause creates a romanticized, mythical view of the old South that never existed. The result was a racist, frequently violent culture that lasted until modern times. Northern media, including the movie and TV industries, contributed to this illusion.

Presented by local historian Martin Mosho.

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 24 spaces available.
 
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Mindfulness Workshop
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn mindfulness through a series of lectures, guided mindfulness practices, reflections, and group discussions. Each class is comprised a 1-hour learning session followed by an optional 30-minute practice session and group discussion.

Registration requested.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
Tuesday April 30, 2019
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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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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
10:00 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Morning English Conversation Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Adult Program

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

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Accepting Donations for Robbinsville Branch Spring Book Sale
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Drop off gently-used books or DVDs for sale at the Robbinsville Branch. Computer and academic books not accepted. Sponsored by the Robbinsville Library Advisory Committee.

LOCATION: Robbinsville 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
Registration will begin on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 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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Story Time
10:30 AM

A half-hour of stories, songs, and movement, followed by a craft activity.  Ages 2 – 5, with a caregiver.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 19 spaces available.
 
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Little STEAMers for ages 2-4
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Little STEAMers is a program based on the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) approach to learning. We'll look at simple concepts in science and nature with stories and an activity. 

Explore the world with us! 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor 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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ABC Toys
11:00 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Play Group with Stories
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

For children, ages 3-5 (with adult)<p>

Open play with a variety of educational toys. 

<p>Storytime includes plenty of finger plays, songs and other participatory activities that

 help children learn important literacy skills.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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K-5th Grade Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
1:00 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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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.

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

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

Do different calculations, freeze panes, insert comment boxes and practice formatting.
Take Excel 1 first!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Mental Health, Hope, & Healing: A Personal Journey
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Adult Program  

Statistics tell us that 1 in 5 Americans have a diagnosable mental health condition; still more experience mental health challenges. What do we need to know in order to better understand the issues and find support for ourselves and/or family members, friends, neighbors, and colleagues? Join Janet Haag, Executive Director of NAMI Mercer, and Emma Preslar, graduate student, NAMI Mercer intern, and courageous young woman with a compelling story to share, to learn more.

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 28 spaces available.
 
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Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Children may stop at the children’s activity room at any point between 4:00 and 5:30 pm to construct the craft of the week. A staff member will be present to aid with the craft. The projects can usually be easily adapted to meet a variety of age and skill levels.

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

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Young Authors
4:30 PM

Suggested for children in grades 1st-5th.

Calling all young writers.

We will write stories using the illustrations in wordless picture books as inspiration. 

No registration 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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Citizenship Test Prep
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

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

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

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

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Drop-in Selfie Prop
6:30 PM

Come drop-in and make a selfie prop to use while taking selfies with your friends.

For all ages with a caregiver.

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

 
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Family Tinker Lab, for families
6:30 PM

For children and their families.

Drop-in any time between 6:30pm and 7:30pm and join us for a fun night for the whole family!  Explore fun, new STEM gadgets where everyone will get a chance to play!

This month we will have:

For younger children:  Sensory rice bin, Magformers magnetic toys, Light table

For older children:  Sphero SPRK+ robot balls, Snap Circuits,

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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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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Yoga with Nila
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Adult Program

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

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

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 24 spaces available.
 
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Facilitator Training: Alzheimer's Support Group
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter, is looking for Support Group Facilitators. The goal of the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Groups is to provide emotional, social and/or educational support to group members.

Registration requested.

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Each month you can recieve Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
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