List of Events

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Monday October 26, 2020
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Cardboard Pumpkin Face Craft
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Children, ages 2 to 6 with an adult caregiver, are invited to register to do a Halloween craft at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch*. Use provided materials to paint a pumpkin face on a cardboard rectangle, to take home with you.  Use our ideas for inspiration, or create one of your own. The craft will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Registration required. 

Once you are registered, come to the Lawrence Headquarters Branch anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to create your craft.

No drop-in particpants permitted as space is limited.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Please note the following: 

  • Adults and children over age two must wear masks.
  • Please maintain social distancing of six feet from other patrons/family units during your visit.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building & use the restroom.

*This program will be held, weather permitting.

CONTACT:  Laura Gruninger  609-883-8295  lgruning@mcl.org
The registration period has ended.
 
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Computer Class: Word 4
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

*End times are approximate. Classes may end early or late.*

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

Just want to watch? A recording of the class will be made available to registrants soon after class time. You can always watch and ask questions during the class, then replay the video as many times as you need while you practice what you learned in class. 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
The registration period has ended.
 
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Fall Family Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Stop by the Hightstown Branch for a Fall Family Scavenger Hunt in the park in front of the library. Search for clues and solve riddles to find the hidden treasure! Once you solve the tenth riddle, you will receive a prize bag! One prize bag per child.

Suggested for ages 5-10, but open to all. Parents/guardians are encouraged to play along too!

We will be providing a safe environment by strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines. Please note the following: 

  • Adults and children over age 2 must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building & use the restroom.

This is a drop-in event; no registration required.

CONTACT:  Liz Hughes  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
 
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Tim Hoh Halloween Concert
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Tim Hoh for a special Halloween performance. Don't forget to wear your costume!

Watch this Tim Hoh's Halloween Concert on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:30 a.m.!

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Computer Class: Excel 4
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Learn how to sort and filter your data, then insert pivot tables to create dynamic views of important information. Note: A sample workbook (Excel file) will be emailed to you along with the GoToMeeting link for this class. Proficiency in Excel 1, Excel 2, & Excel 3 recommended!  
 
*End times are approximate. Classes may end early or late.*

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

Just want to watch? A recording of the class will be made available to registrants soon after class time. You can always watch and ask questions during the class, then replay the video as many times as you need while you practice what you learned in class. 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 25 spaces available.
 
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Children's Author Study
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Today Miss Michelle from the Robbinsville Branch will tell us about author/illustrator Nidhi Chanani. During the program Miss Michelle will share a video of Ms. Chanani reading I Will Be Fierce, one of the books that she illustrated.

Check back here to watch the most recent episode of the Children's Author Study series on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Living on the International Space Station
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Share in the adventure of how astronauts live and work in space! Discover how the absence of gravity affects the human body and what we can do about it. See breathtaking pictures of the Earth from this orbiting laboratory. Presented by Paul Cirillo, a volunteer outreach “Ambassador” for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as well as a member of the New Jersey Astronomical Association, which operates the largest public observatory in New Jersey.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library System    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday October 27, 2020
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Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn English & Spanish through interactive children's activities led by MCLS' Youth Services Librarians. Bilingual Storytime includes more than stories. Weekly videos include nursery rhymes, crafts, games, and more! Suggested for children, ages 2 and older.

Aprendan inglés y español a través de actividades interactivas para niños dirigidas por las bibliotecarias de MCLS. La hora de cuentos bilingües incluye más que cuentos. Los videos semenales incluyen rimas, canciones, actividades, juegos y más. Recomendado para niños de 2 años y mayores.

Watch this week's Bilingual Storytime video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:00 a.m.!

Miren el video de La Hora de Cuentos Bilingües de ésta semana en el canal de MCLS en YouTube cuando se estrena a las 10:00 a.m. todos los martes!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Walk-Up Outdoor Costume Selfie Station
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Patrons are invited to stop by the Lawrence Headquarters Branch in their costumes to take selfies in front of our seasonal backdrop, weather permitting. We will be decorating beneath our front right overhang for the day.* Our friendly painted cardboard decorations are aimed at children ages 8 and under but can be enjoyed by all! Drive-up viewing is also encouraged. Pictures in street clothings are fine, too!  This is a drop-in event; no registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Please note the following: 

  • Adults and children over age two must wear masks.
  • Please maintain social distancing of six feet from other patrons/family units during your visit.
  • Youth Services staff will be present to ensure everyone maintains physical distancing.
  • Patrons will be asked to take turns depending on interest. 
  • Restrooms inside the library will not be available to the public. Please plan accordingly.
  • Patrons are asked to remain on the walkway beneath the display. 

*The raised area to be decorated is above the sidewalk, adjacent to our front RIGHT HAND side parking lot.

CONTACT:  Laura Gruninger  609-883-8295  lgruning@mcl.org
 
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Outdoor Greet 'n' Treat
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Stop by the Hopewell Branch to collect a Halloween treat package from Miss Briana and Miss Connie at our outdoor walk-up table. Wear your favorite costume! Hopewell Branch's Greet 'n' Treat will be contactless pickup, with physical distancing, similar to our curbside service.

This is a drop-in event; no registration required.

Please note the following: 

  • Adults and children over the age of two must wear face masks that cover both the nose and mouth.
  • "Costume" masks can be worn over (or under) your cloth mask.
  • Please maintain social distancing of six feet from other patrons/family units during your visit.
  • Restrooms inside the library will not be available to the public. Please plan accordingly.
CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
 
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Drive Through Trick or Treat!
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Come to the Ewing Branch anytime between 3 and 4:30pm for a safe way to trick or treat in your car! Decorate your car, your family in costume, and drive through our parking lot for a safe way to receive trick and treat goodies!

We will be providing a safe environment by strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines. Please note the following:

  • Library staff wearing masks and gloves will direct you through our parking lot.
  • Please stay in your car and have your windows closed for your safety. A Halloween bag filled with candy, a coupon and craft will be placed in your trunk.
  • Registration is required. Please complete one registration for the entire family that will be coming in the same car.

We look forward to seeing you at the Ewing Branch!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

CONTACT:  Susan Seidenberg    sseidenb@mcl.org
 
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Book Discussion: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

All are welcome to discuss Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. 

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Trivia Tuesdays w/ Tom
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us each Tuesday night on Facebook for Trivia Tuesdays. Play along at home and see how you do!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday October 28, 2020
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Computer Class: Family History
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

October is Family History Month!

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

*End times are approximate. Classes may end early or late.*

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

Just want to watch? A recording of the class will be made available to registrants soon after class time. You can always watch and ask questions during the class, then replay the video as many times as you need while you practice what you learned in class.

CONTACT:  Staff    classreg@mcl.org
There are 28 spaces available.
 
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Feature on New Young Adult Fiction
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Check out what is new in our collection! MCLS' Youth Services Librarians share titles we've just gotten in -- available for you to check out.

Watch this week's Feature on New Books video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:30 a.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Fall Family Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Stop by the Hightstown Branch for a Fall Family Scavenger Hunt in the park in front of the library. Search for clues and solve riddles to find the hidden treasure! Once you solve the tenth riddle, you will receive a prize bag! One prize bag per child.

Suggested for ages 5-10, but open to all. Parents/guardians are encouraged to play along too!

We will be providing a safe environment by strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines. Please note the following: 

  • Adults and children over age 2 must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building & use the restroom.

This is a drop-in event; no registration required.

CONTACT:  Liz Hughes  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
 
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Computer Class: Publisher
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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

*End times are approximate. Classes may end early or late.*

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

Just want to watch? A recording of the class will be made available to registrants soon after class time. You can always watch and ask questions during the class, then replay the video as many times as you need while you practice what you learned in class. 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 23 spaces available.
 
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Outdoor Greet 'n' Treat
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Stop by the Hopewell Branch to collect a Halloween treat package from Miss Briana and Miss Connie at our outdoor walk-up table. Wear your favorite costume! Hopewell Branch's Greet 'n' Treat will be contactless pickup, with physical distancing, similar to our curbside service.

This is a drop-in event; no registration required.

Please note the following: 

  • Adults and children over the age of two must wear face masks that cover both the nose and mouth.
  • "Costume" masks can be worn over (or under) your cloth mask.
  • Please maintain social distancing of six feet from other patrons/family units during your visit.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
 
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STEAM Activity
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Each week a new STEAM project and instructions are available for you! MCLS' Youth Services Librarians demonstrate STEAM themed projects you can do at home.

Watch this week's STEAM Activity video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 2:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Current Events Chat
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Stop by the Hickory Corner Branch to discuss the hottest topics in the cool and refreshing outdoor air. Chairs will be provided. A section of the parking lot will be cordoned off for your safety. Dress for the weather!

We will be providing a safe environment by strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines. Please note the following: 

  • Adults must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.

Registration required.

CONTACT:  Mary Astarita  609-448-0957  mastarit@mcl.org
 
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Halloween Play Reading
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join playwright Michael Kerr for a series of Halloween play readings. In each session, participants will read a few short plays with a Halloween theme aimed at teens. Program attendees will have the opportunity to read as characters in the plays. This program is recommended for participants, ages 12-18.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Walk-Up Contactless Outdoor Treat Station
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Stop by the Lawrence Headquarters Branch  to collect a treat package at our outdoor walk-up table staffed by Youth Services staff.  One package can be picked up by a child or teen, or by an adult on behalf of children or teens in their household.   This will be contactless pickup, with physical distancing, similar to our curbside service, and in accordance with CDC guidelines.*  This is a drop-in event; no registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Please note the following: 

  • Adults and children over age two must wear masks.
  • Please maintain social distancing of six feet from other patrons/family units during your visit.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.

*Make trick-or-treating safer:

  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
  • Wash hands before handling treats.
  • Wear a mask.
CONTACT:  Laura Gruninger  609-883-8295  lgruning@mcl.org
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a Library Drawing Party! Have your friends and family 'meet' you on MCL's facebook page every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, to follow along and try out your artistic talents as Julia teaches you how to draw new images each week. Then, we invite you to share your finished artwork with everyone in the comments section! This event is recommended for all ages.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday October 29, 2020
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Babytime w/ Miss Briana
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Get ready for simple stories, songs and fun with MCLS' Youth Services Librarians. Suggested for children up to age 3.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Tricks 'N Sweets
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Join us at the Twin Rivers Branch for a bit of Hallowe'en fun. Come in your favorite costume. Do some tricks to get some treats, plus a Hallowe'en craft pack to take home!

Suggested for kids ages seven-years-old and younger.

We will be providing a safe environment by strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines. Please note the following: 

  • Adults and children over age two must wear cloth masks that cover both nose and mouth are required.
  • "Costume" masks can be worn over (or under) your cloth mask.
  • Please maintain social distancing of six feet from other patrons/family units during your visit.
  • Restrooms inside the library will not be available. Please plan accordingly.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Jeanne Murray  609-443-1880  jmurray@mcl.org
 
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Adult Coloring
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Take some time to relax and get creative! Coloring pages will be avalable on MCLS' Facebook page at 11:30 a.m.  Print out some of these awesome images and use color pencils, markers, or your computer to color them in. There are no rules, so go wild and feel free to color outside of the lines. Feel free to share your finished pieces with us!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Walk-Up Outdoor Costume Selfie Station
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Patrons are invited to stop by the Lawrence Headquarters Branch in their costumes to take selfies in front of our seasonal backdrop, weather permitting. We will be decorating beneath our front right overhang for the day.* Our friendly painted cardboard decorations are aimed at children ages 8 and under but can be enjoyed by all! Drive-up viewing is also encouraged. Pictures in street clothings are fine, too!  This is a drop-in event; no registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Please note the following: 

  • Adults and children over age two must wear masks.
  • Please maintain social distancing of six feet from other patrons/family units during your visit.
  • Youth Services staff will be present to ensure everyone maintains physical distancing.
  • Patrons will be asked to take turns depending on interest. 
  • Restrooms inside the library will not be available to the public. Please plan accordingly
  • Patrons are asked to remain on the walkway beneath the display. 

*The raised area to be decorated is above the sidewalk, adjacent to our front RIGHT HAND side parking lot.

CONTACT:  Laura Gruninger  609-883-8295  lgruning@mcl.org
 
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LEGO Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Every week we will create a new LEGO challenge for you to create! Then we invite you to share a photo of your creation with us on social media.

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Tricks 'N Sweets
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us at the Twin Rivers Branch for a bit of Hallowe'en fun. Come in your favorite costume. Do some tricks to get some treats, plus a Hallowe'en craft pack to take home!

Suggested for kids ages eight- to twelve-years-old.

We will be providing a safe environment by strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines. Please note the following: 

  • Adults and children over age two must wear cloth masks that cover both nose and mouth are required.
  • "Costume" masks can be worn over (or under) your cloth mask.
  • Please maintain social distancing of six feet from other patrons/family units during your visit.
  • Restrooms inside the library will not be available. Please plan accordingly.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Jeanne Murray  609-443-1880  jmurray@mcl.org
 
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Literary Book Club: Educated by Tara Westover
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join Reference Librarian, Nita Mathur from our West Windsor Branch to discuss Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Halloween Beep 'n' Treat
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Come to the Hickory Corner Branch anytime between 4pm and 4:30pm for a safe way to trick or treat in your car! Kids of all ages are welcome to dress in costumes or families can decorate their cars to show their Halloween spirit.

We will be providing a safe environment by strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines. Please note the following:

  • Stay in the car and drive around our side parking lot in a loop, stopping at a few stations to collect treats.
  • Each station will be staffed by a library employee wearing a mask and gloves for your safety.
  • Please bring your own bag or bucket for collecting your treats.
  • Adults and children over age 2 must wear masks.
  • The library will not be open to the public on this day so there will be no access to bathrooms. Please plan accordingly.
  • Registration is required. Please complete one registration for the entire family that will be coming in the same car.

The rain date for this program is Friday, October 30 at 4:00 p.m.

CONTACT:  Andrea Cozzitorto    acozzito@mcl.org
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Friday October 30, 2020
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Adult Take Out Craft: Polka Dot Pumpkin
9:35 AM

Reserve a bag of supplies to make a Polka Dot Pumpkin offered at the Hollowbrook Branch.  A set of craft supplies can be reserved until October 30.  Once reservations are recieved, staff will reach out to make arrangements for you to pick up the bag of supplies, using their curbside service.

Registration is required to reserve a bag of craft supplies.

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford  609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Children's Take Out Craft
9:35 AM

Reserve a bag of supplies for your child to make a Halloween Craft offered at the Hollowbrook Branch.  Crafts can be reserved until October 30.  Once reservations are recieved, staff will reach out to make arrangements for you to pick up the bag of supplies, using their curbside service.

Registration is required to reserve a bag of craft supplies.

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford  609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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Teen/Tween Take Out Craft: Glowing Mummy Jar
9:35 AM

Reserve a bag of supplies to make a Glowing Mummy Jar offered at the Hollowbrook Branch.  A set of craft supplies can be reserved until October 30.  Once reservations are recieved, staff will reach out to make arrangements for you to pick up the bag of supplies, using their curbside service.

Registration is required to reserve a bag of craft supplies.

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford  609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Private Computer Help Sessions
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Can’t figure out how to fix your Word document? Having trouble uploading photos from your phone to your computer? Are you locked out of your email? Our library computer instructors are offering virtual private sessions to help you with questions like these or any other computer- or tech-related matters. After reviewing your tech issues or computer project goals, the instructors will provide you with a 20-minute private session via GoToMeeting.

Click on the link below to select your 20-minute appointment in Picktime, an online scheduling platform. Select "Computer Classes" from the list of locations. You will receive an email confirmation once your request is submitted.

https://www.picktime.com/36e7a7ce-38bc-4baa-98c0-11b12c4f9abd

***You may sign up for only ONE session for the month. If spaces are available, registrants may be offered additional sessions.***

Registrants are encouraged to verify their computer’s compatibility with GoToMeeting. Visit https://support.goto.com/meeting/system-check to perform a fast system check.

CONTACT:  Staff    classreg@mcl.org
 
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Fall Family Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Stop by the Hightstown Branch for a Fall Family Scavenger Hunt in the park in front of the library. Search for clues and solve riddles to find the hidden treasure! Once you solve the tenth riddle, you will receive a prize bag! One prize bag per child.

Suggested for ages 5-10, but open to all. Parents/guardians are encouraged to play along too!

We will be providing a safe environment by strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines. Please note the following: 

  • Adults and children over age 2 must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building & use the restroom.

This is a drop-in event; no registration required.

CONTACT:  Liz Hughes  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
 
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Storytime w/ Miss Michelle
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Miss Michelle for stories and songs about Halloween.  

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Walk-Up Contactless Outdoor Treat Station
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Stop by the Lawrence Headquarters Branch  to collect a treat package at our outdoor walk-up table staffed by Youth Services staff.  One package can be picked up by a child or teen, or by an adult on behalf of children or teens in their household.   This will be contactless pickup, with physical distancing, similar to our curbside service, and in accordance with CDC guidelines.*  This is a drop-in event; no registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Please note the following: 

  • Adults and children over age two must wear masks.
  • Please maintain social distancing of six feet from other patrons/family units during your visit.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.

*Make trick-or-treating safer:

  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
  • Wash hands before handling treats.
  • Wear a mask.
CONTACT:  Laura Gruninger  609-883-8295  lgruning@mcl.org
 
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Virtual Recipe Swap
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Each week on MCLS' Facebook page at 3:00 p.m., Megan, from the Twin Rivers Branch, shares a recipe to get the conversation going.  We look forward to hearing any suggestions or ideas you may have about this week's recipe.  Of course, we'd love for you to share your own recipes, too!  Join us today to see what's cooking in the kitchen!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Bucket List Book Club: Home and Lila by Marilynne Robinson
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

This month's titles is Home and Lila both by Marilynne Robinson.

Summary of Home: The second novel in the Gilead Trilogy tells the story of Jack, the prodigal hell-raising son of Reverend Broughton, home after 20 years to make peace with his father. "Rich and resonant...Giliad and Home fit with and around each other perfectly...both are books of such beauty and power." Emily Barton, Los Angeles Times

Summary of Lila (third book in the Gilead Triology): After a life on the run, Lila steps inside the small-town Iowa church of reverend John Ames for shelter from the rain and finds herself a new life. "Georgeous writing, an absolutely beautiful book." David Ulin, Los Angeles Times

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Saturday October 31, 2020
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Miss Kim's Live Halloween Costume Concert
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Children, ages 0-8, & caregivers can come dressed in their Halloween best while enjoying Halloween themed songs, classic children's tunes, and some Miss Kim originals during this interactive, live-stream Halloween concert with local musician and children's recording artist Kim Yarson!

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Music & Movement for Kids
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Music & Movement programs are guaranteed to get you up and moving along with MCLS' Youth Services Librarians! Suggested for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary age children.

Check back here to watch the most recent episode of the Music & Movement series on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Fall Family Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Stop by the Hightstown Branch for a Fall Family Scavenger Hunt in the park in front of the library. Search for clues and solve riddles to find the hidden treasure! Once you solve the tenth riddle, you will receive a prize bag! One prize bag per child.

Suggested for ages 5-10, but open to all. Parents/guardians are encouraged to play along too!

We will be providing a safe environment by strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines. Please note the following: 

  • Adults and children over age 2 must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building & use the restroom.

This is a drop-in event; no registration required.

CONTACT:  Liz Hughes  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
 
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: Frankenstein (1973)
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Experience the thrill of watching a movie on a Saturday night at home, but not alone! Borrow the featured title from our Hoopla catalog with your Mercer County Library card and watch it together in the virtual company of your community. Feel free to share your thoughts and impressions in the comments section under the Facebook posting. We would love to hear from you!

Find Frankenstein on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/10966670

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday November 1, 2020
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“Create A…” Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to design a unique craft using common household items? If so, you will love our weekly “Create a...” Challenge!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday November 2, 2020
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Computer Class: Word 1
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Create a Word document. Type, format, and edit, then preview and learn to print a simple document.
Strong mouse skills are essential!

*End times are approximate. Classes may end early or late.*

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

Just want to watch? A recording of the class will be made available to registrants soon after class time. You can always watch and ask questions during the class, then replay the video as many times as you need while you practice what you learned in class. 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Computer Class: Excel 1
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Learn the basics of this spreadsheet program. See how easy it is to input and edit data. Make some simple calculations.
Strong mouse skills are essential!

*End times are approximate. Classes may end early or late.*

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

Just want to watch? A recording of the class will be made available to registrants soon after class time. You can always watch and ask questions during the class, then replay the video as many times as you need while you practice what you learned in class. 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 29 spaces available.
 
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Children's Author Study
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Miss Susan from the Ewing Branch will introduce picture book author Dianne White. Watch videos provided by Ms. White for our library! Ms. White will read Green on Green and then show us how to make a craft inspired by her picture book.

Check back here to watch the most recent episode of the Children's Author Study series on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Pajama Storytime
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

MCLS' Youth Services Librarians share bedtime stories and soothing songs for children, ages 2-5.

Watch the most recent Pajama Storytime video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 6:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Update on COVID-19 Protection
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has affected millions of individuals worldwide. Join Craig Gronczewski, MD, MBA, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, for a discussion on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, who is most as risk, and how it can be prevented and treated.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday November 3, 2020
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Election Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All  branches will be closed.

Wednesday November 4, 2020
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Computer Class: Google Docs
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Type, format, and edit a simple document using this free word processing program. Note: Internet access and a free Gmail account are required to use Google Apps.

*End times are approximate. Classes may end early or late.*

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

Just want to watch? A recording of the class will be made available to registrants soon after class time. You can always watch and ask questions during the class, then replay the video as many times as you need while you practice what you learned in class. 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Feature on New Juvenile Graphic Novels
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Check out what is new in our collection! MCLS' Youth Services Librarians share titles we've just gotten in -- available for you to check out.

Watch this week's Feature on New Books video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:30 a.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Computer Class: Google Sheets
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Learn the basics of this free spreadsheet program. Enter data, apply formulas, and format your work, resulting in a great-looking spreadsheet!
Note: Internet access and a free Gmail account are required to use Google Apps.
 
*End times are approximate. Classes may end early or late.*

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

Just want to watch? A recording of the class will be made available to registrants soon after class time. You can always watch and ask questions during the class, then replay the video as many times as you need while you practice what you learned in class. 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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STEAM Activity
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Each week a new STEAM project and instructions are available for you! MCLS' Youth Services Librarians demonstrate STEAM themed projects you can do at home.

Watch this week's STEAM Activity video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 2:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Non-Fiction Book Club -- Lost Feast by Lenore Newman
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Join us this month to discuss a non-fiction book. This month we will discuss Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food by Lenore Newman.

eBook is available in hoopla; the audiobook is available in hoopla.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a Library Drawing Party! Have your friends and family 'meet' you on MCL's facebook page every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, to follow along and try out your artistic talents as Julia teaches you how to draw new images each week. Then, we invite you to share your finished artwork with everyone in the comments section! This event is recommended for all ages.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Short Story Discussion: 'The Embassy of Cambodia' by Zadie Smith
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The short story -- short in length, but full of content! Join our discussion group, which focuses on a different short story the first Wednesday of every month. This month's story is "The Embassy of Cambodia" by Zadie Smith.

Direct link to story's full text at https://tinyurl.com/MCLSShort22.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday November 5, 2020
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Babytime w/ Miss Cathy
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Get ready for simple stories, songs and fun with MCLS' Youth Services Librarians. Suggested for children up to age 3.

Watch this week's Babytime video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:00 a.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Adult Coloring
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Take some time to relax and get creative! Coloring pages will be avalable on MCLS' Facebook page at 11:30 a.m.  Print out some of these awesome images and use color pencils, markers, or your computer to color them in. There are no rules, so go wild and feel free to color outside of the lines. Feel free to share your finished pieces with us!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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LEGO Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Every week we will create a new LEGO challenge for you to create! Then we invite you to share a photo of your creation with us on social media.

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Poetry Circle: 'Great Poems for Times of Turmoil'
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

All are welcome to attend the Lawrence Poetry Circle to examine and discuss great poems by W. H. Auden, Rainer Maria Rilke, Rudyard Kipling, Derek Walcott, William Butler Yeats, Lucille Clifton, Naomi Shihab Nye, etc. The selected poems may sprout from difficult circumstances, but thrive to reach toward solace in times of turmoil. Sharon, a librarian from the Lawrence Branch, will lead the discussion. 

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

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday November 6, 2020
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Private Computer Help Sessions
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Can’t figure out how to fix your Word document? Having trouble uploading photos from your phone to your computer? Are you locked out of your email? Our library computer instructors are offering virtual private sessions to help you with questions like these or any other computer- or tech-related matters. After reviewing your tech issues or computer project goals, the instructors will provide you with a 20-minute private session via GoToMeeting.

Click on the link below to select your 20-minute appointment in Picktime, an online scheduling platform. (Note: Session times are listed in half-hour increments.) You will receive an email confirmation once your request is submitted.

https://www.picktime.com/5d90972f-e840-4e35-935a-7dae155e294b

***You may sign up for only ONE session for the month. If spaces are available, registrants may be offered additional sessions.***

Registrants are encouraged to verify their computer’s compatibility with GoToMeeting. Visit https://support.goto.com/meeting/system-check to perform a fast system check.

CONTACT:  Staff    classreg@mcl.org
 
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Storytime w/ Miss Melissa
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Miss Melissa for stories and songs about bears!

Tune in at 10:30 a.m. to see this week's Storytime on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Harry Potter Palooza
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Calling all Harry Potter fans! MCLS Youth Services Librarians put a Harry Potter twist on trivia, crafts, and more. Check out this week's video to see what Harry Potter themed activity awaits!

Watch this week's Harry Potter Palooza video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 1:00 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Virtual Recipe Swap
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Each week on MCLS' Facebook page at 3:00 p.m., Megan, from the Twin Rivers Branch, shares a recipe to get the conversation going.  We look forward to hearing any suggestions or ideas you may have about this week's recipe.  Of course, we'd love for you to share your own recipes, too!  Join us today to see what's cooking in the kitchen!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Middle Grade Book Club
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Please join our Middle Grade Book Club as we read and discuss many exciting and interesting books. Watch Miss Briana's video when it goes live at 3:00 p.m. to learn about the author and books to be discussed this month. Then join Miss Briana for a live program on Thursday, November 19 at 3:00 p.m. (registration required) to discuss this author's work and do a related activity. Recommended for Grades 3 through 5.

Watch this session's prompt for the Middle Grade Book Club on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 3:00 p.m.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Saturday November 7, 2020
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Music & Movement for Kids
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Music & Movement programs are guaranteed to get you up and moving along with MCLS' Youth Services Librarians! Suggested for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary age children.

Check back here to watch the most recent episode of the Music & Movement series on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Storytime w/ Belle & Gaston
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Stop by the Hightstown Branch for stories outdoors with Belle & Gaston from Beauty & The Beast.

Suggested for ages 3-8.

We will be providing a safe environment by strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines. Please note the following: 

  • Adults and children over age 2 must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • You may bring a blanket to sit on in your family's designated area.
  • Patrons will not be able to pose with characters for photos.

Registration required. Please complete one registration for the entire family that will be sitting together.

Rain date is Saturday, November 14 at 3:00 p.m.

CONTACT:  Liz Hughes  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
 
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: RBG (2018)
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Experience the thrill of watching a movie on a Saturday night at home, but not alone! Borrow the featured title from our Hoopla catalog with your Mercer County Library card and watch it together in the virtual company of your community. Feel free to share your thoughts and impressions in the comments section under the Facebook posting. We would love to hear from you!

Find RBG on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12209296

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday November 8, 2020
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“Create A…” Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to design a unique craft using common household items? If so, you will love our weekly “Create a...” Challenge!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday November 9, 2020
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Computer Class: Word 2
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Learn to work with Tabs and the Office Ribbon. Explore the many extra features that can help you create a professional-looking document. Take Word 1 first!

*End times are approximate. Classes may end early or late.*

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

Just want to watch? A recording of the class will be made available to registrants soon after class time. You can always watch and ask questions during the class, then replay the video as many times as you need while you practice what you learned in class. 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Computer Class: Excel 2
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Do different calculations, freeze panes, insert comment boxes and practice formatting.

*End times are approximate. Classes may end early or late.*

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

Just want to watch? A recording of the class will be made available to registrants soon after class time. You can always watch and ask questions during the class, then replay the video as many times as you need while you practice what you learned in class. 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 29 spaces available.
 
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Children's Author Study
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us as we learn about a new children's author each week. You will learn facts about the author and take a fast look at books and series the author has written. In addition there may also be a related craft or activity.

Check back here to watch the most recent episode of the Children's Author Study series on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday November 10, 2020
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Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn English & Spanish through interactive children's activities led by MCLS' Youth Services Librarians. Bilingual Storytime includes more than stories. Weekly videos include nursery rhymes, crafts, games, and more! Suggested for children, ages 2 and older.

Aprendan inglés y español a través de actividades interactivas para niños dirigidas por las bibliotecarias de MCLS. La hora de cuentos bilingües incluye más que cuentos. Los videos semenales incluyen rimas, canciones, actividades, juegos y más. Recomendado para niños de 2 años y mayores.

Watch this week's Bilingual Storytime video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:00 a.m.!

Miren el video de La Hora de Cuentos Bilingües de ésta semana en el canal de MCLS en YouTube cuando se estrena a las 10:00 a.m. todos los martes!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Crochet, Knit & Chat
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Join the conversation while starting a new project or continuing your work in progress. Discuss past projects, and share tips and ideas. All hook and needle crafters are welcome!

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

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Pokemon Club
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Gotta catch 'em all! All Pokemon fans are invited to join MCLS Youth Services Librarians for crafts, games, cooking and more with a Pokemon twist. Check out this week's video to see what Pokemon themed activity awaits!

Watch the most recent Pokemon Club video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 3:00 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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MCL Tuesday Book Club: Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us on Facebook for our monthly virtual book group. This month we will discuss Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday November 11, 2020
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Veterans Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches will be closed.

Thursday November 12, 2020
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Babytime w/ Miss Andrea
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Get ready for simple stories, songs and fun with MCLS' Youth Services Librarians. Suggested for children up to age 3.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Adult Coloring
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Take some time to relax and get creative! Coloring pages will be avalable on MCLS' Facebook page at 11:30 a.m.  Print out some of these awesome images and use color pencils, markers, or your computer to color them in. There are no rules, so go wild and feel free to color outside of the lines. Feel free to share your finished pieces with us!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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LEGO Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Every week we will create a new LEGO challenge for you to create! Then we invite you to share a photo of your creation with us on social media.

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Kahoot! Trivia
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Play along with others during our monthly Kahoot! Trivia gathering. Test your knowledge about books and more! Suggested for ages 8-13.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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TED Talks Discussion w/ Jennifer
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

We invite you to join us on MCLS' Facebook page for a discussion of a TED Talk with Jennifer from our administration department. At 7:00 pm, we will post the link to a TED Talk video and start the discussion on Facebook. For those who are new to them, TED Talks are short, powerful, and engaging talks that span a variety of subjects. “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”, “The Power of Introverts”, and “The Danger of a Single Story” are just a few of the impactful talks that TED offers.

Please join us to discuss this month's TED Talk -- "Between Music and Medicine".

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday November 13, 2020
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Private Computer Help Sessions
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Can’t figure out how to fix your Word document? Having trouble uploading photos from your phone to your computer? Are you locked out of your email? Our library computer instructors are offering virtual private sessions to help you with questions like these or any other computer- or tech-related matters. After reviewing your tech issues or computer project goals, the instructors will provide you with a 20-minute private session via GoToMeeting.

Click on the link below to select your 20-minute appointment in Picktime, an online scheduling platform. (Note: Session times are listed in half-hour increments.) You will receive an email confirmation once your request is submitted.

https://www.picktime.com/5d90972f-e840-4e35-935a-7dae155e294b

***You may sign up for only ONE session for the month. If spaces are available, registrants may be offered additional sessions.***

Registrants are encouraged to verify their computer’s compatibility with GoToMeeting. Visit https://support.goto.com/meeting/system-check to perform a fast system check.

CONTACT:  Staff    classreg@mcl.org
 
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Storytime w/ Miss Briana
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Miss Briana for stories and songs about leaves.  

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Crochet, Knit & Chat
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Join the conversation while starting a new project or continuing your work in progress. Discuss past projects, and share tips and ideas. All hook and needle crafters are welcome!

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

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Virtual Recipe Swap
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Each week on MCLS' Facebook page at 3:00 p.m., Megan, from the Twin Rivers Branch, shares a recipe to get the conversation going.  We look forward to hearing any suggestions or ideas you may have about this week's recipe.  Of course, we'd love for you to share your own recipes, too!  Join us today to see what's cooking in the kitchen!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Saturday November 14, 2020
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Music & Movement for Kids
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Music & Movement programs are guaranteed to get you up and moving along with MCLS' Youth Services Librarians! Suggested for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary age children.

Check back here to watch the most recent episode of the Music & Movement series on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: Life Is Beautiful (1999)
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Experience the thrill of watching a movie on a Saturday night at home, but not alone! Borrow the featured title from our Hoopla catalog with your Mercer County Library card and watch it together in the virtual company of your community. Feel free to share your thoughts and impressions in the comments section under the Facebook posting. We would love to hear from you!

Find Life Is Beautiful on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12183281

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday November 15, 2020
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“Create A…” Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to design a unique craft using common household items? If so, you will love our weekly “Create a...” Challenge!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday November 16, 2020
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Monday Morning Book Club: Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This month's title is Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout.

Summary: In 13 interconnected stories, the author brings back Olive Kitteridge, her cranky, truth-telling heroine and a cast of characters from Crosby, Maine, who deal with a rapidly changing world of social problems and economic loss. "We see Olive acquiring a view of herself and coming to recognize as valuable the other people who grant that vision. In the process, she shares in the alchemy that she continues to perform for us and elicits our unexpected, abiding love." ~ The Boston Globe

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Computer Class: Word 3
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

*End times are approximate. Classes may end early or late.*

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

Just want to watch? A recording of the class will be made available to registrants soon after class time. You can always watch and ask questions during the class, then replay the video as many times as you need while you practice what you learned in class. 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Computer Class: Excel 3
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Learn how to consolidate multiple data ranges into one worksheet, then insert charts to highlight your worksheet's most important information. Note: A sample workbook (Excel file) will be emailed to you along with the GoToMeeting link for this class. Proficiency in Excel 1 recommended! 

*End times are approximate. Classes may end early or late.*

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

Just want to watch? A recording of the class will be made available to registrants soon after class time. You can always watch and ask questions during the class, then replay the video as many times as you need while you practice what you learned in class. 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Children's Author Study
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us as we learn about a new children's author each week. You will learn facts about the author and take a fast look at books and series the author has written. In addition there may also be a related craft or activity.

Check back here to watch the most recent episode of the Children's Author Study series on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Pajama Storytime
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

MCLS' Youth Services Librarians share bedtime stories and soothing songs for children, ages 2-5.

Watch the most recent Pajama Storytime video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 6:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Monday Night Book Group: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

All are welcome to read and discuss A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce.

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

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday November 17, 2020
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Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn English & Spanish through interactive children's activities led by MCLS' Youth Services Librarians. Bilingual Storytime includes more than stories. Weekly videos include nursery rhymes, crafts, games, and more! Suggested for children, ages 2 and older.

Aprendan inglés y español a través de actividades interactivas para niños dirigidas por las bibliotecarias de MCLS. La hora de cuentos bilingües incluye más que cuentos. Los videos semenales incluyen rimas, canciones, actividades, juegos y más. Recomendado para niños de 2 años y mayores.

Watch this week's Bilingual Storytime video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:00 a.m.!

Miren el video de La Hora de Cuentos Bilingües de ésta semana en el canal de MCLS en YouTube cuando se estrena a las 10:00 a.m. todos los martes!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Medicare Information Session
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Cathy Forbes of New Jersey State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) covers Medicare basics including eligibility, enrolling, Medicare Parts A, B, C, Medicare prescription drug coverage and costs.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Pokemon Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Children are invited to join our Pokemon Club! We will discuss trading cards, books, games and more. Bring your trading cards, handheld devices and anything else you would like to share and discuss. Suggested for children, ages 5-11 (with a caretaker).

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Trivia Tuesdays w/ Tom
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us on Facebook for Trivia Tuesdays. Play along at home and see how you do!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday November 18, 2020
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Computer Class: Write Your Resume with Google Docs
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Learn the fundamentals of a strong resume, then begin building your own using Google Docs, a word processing program that’s free and easy to use! You must have a Gmail account (free) in order to access Google Docs

*End times are approximate. Classes may end early or late.*

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

Just want to watch? A recording of the class will be made available to registrants soon after class time. You can always watch and ask questions during the class, then replay the video as many times as you need while you practice what you learned in class.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Feature on New Books for Children
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Check out what is new in our collection! MCLS' Youth Services Librarians share titles we've just gotten in -- available for you to check out.

Watch this week's Feature on New Books video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:30 a.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Sports Book Group: The Legends Club
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us for our book club with a sports twist! Each meeting we'll discuss a book revolving around a sport, an athlete, a team, or a league. If the book is related to sports, it's fair game! This session's book is The Legends Club by John Feinsten.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Computer Class: Write Your Cover Letter with Google Docs
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Learn the fundamentals of a strong cover letter, then begin building your own using Google Docs, a word processing program that’s free and easy to use! You must have a Gmail account (free) in order to access Google Docs

*End times are approximate. Classes may end early or late.*

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

Just want to watch? A recording of the class will be made available to registrants soon after class time. You can always watch and ask questions during the class, then replay the video as many times as you need while you practice what you learned in class.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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STEAM Activity
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Each week a new STEAM project and instructions are available for you! MCLS' Youth Services Librarians demonstrate STEAM themed projects you can do at home.

Watch this week's STEAM Activity video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 2:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a Library Drawing Party! Have your friends and family 'meet' you on MCL's facebook page every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, to follow along and try out your artistic talents as Julia teaches you how to draw new images each week. Then, we invite you to share your finished artwork with everyone in the comments section! This event is recommended for all ages.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday November 19, 2020
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Babytime w/ Miss Christine
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Get ready for simple stories, songs and fun with MCLS' Youth Services Librarians. Suggested for children up to age 3.

Watch this week's Babytime video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:00 a.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Adult Coloring
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Take some time to relax and get creative! Coloring pages will be avalable on MCLS' Facebook page at 11:30 a.m.  Print out some of these awesome images and use color pencils, markers, or your computer to color them in. There are no rules, so go wild and feel free to color outside of the lines. Feel free to share your finished pieces with us!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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LEGO Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Every week we will create a new LEGO challenge for you to create! Then we invite you to share a photo of your creation with us on social media.

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Middle Grade Book Club Discussion
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Please join our Middle Grade Book Club as we read and discuss many exciting and interesting books. After watching Miss Briana's video from Friday, November 6,  please join our live Middle Grade Book Club discussion. We will discuss the author and related books, as well as an activity. This is an interactive program, so please enable your camera and microphone. Recommended for Grades 3 through 5. Registration required.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday November 20, 2020
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Private Computer Help Sessions
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Can’t figure out how to fix your Word document? Having trouble uploading photos from your phone to your computer? Are you locked out of your email? Our library computer instructors are offering virtual private sessions to help you with questions like these or any other computer- or tech-related matters. After reviewing your tech issues or computer project goals, the instructors will provide you with a 20-minute private session via GoToMeeting.

Click on the link below to select your 20-minute appointment in Picktime, an online scheduling platform. (Note: Session times are listed in half-hour increments.) You will receive an email confirmation once your request is submitted.

https://www.picktime.com/5d90972f-e840-4e35-935a-7dae155e294b

***You may sign up for only ONE session for the month. If spaces are available, registrants may be offered additional sessions.***

Registrants are encouraged to verify their computer’s compatibility with GoToMeeting. Visit https://support.goto.com/meeting/system-check to perform a fast system check.

CONTACT:  Staff    classreg@mcl.org
 
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Storytime w/ Miss Susan
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Miss Susan for stories and songs about Thanksgiving!

Tune in at 10:30 a.m. to see this week's Storytime on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Harry Potter Palooza
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Calling all Harry Potter fans! MCLS Youth Services Librarians put a Harry Potter twist on trivia, crafts, and more. Check out this week's video to see what Harry Potter themed activity awaits!

Watch this week's Harry Potter Palooza video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 1:00 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Bucket List Book Club: The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

This month's titles is The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy.

Summary: An aristocrat named Pozdnyshev tells a stranger on a train the story of his unhappy marriage and the tragedy that occurred when he suspected his wife was unfaithful. A classic novella.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Saturday November 21, 2020
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Music & Movement for Kids
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Music & Movement programs are guaranteed to get you up and moving along with MCLS' Youth Services Librarians! Suggested for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary age children.

Check back here to watch the most recent episode of the Music & Movement series on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: Me and Orson Welles (2009)
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Experience the thrill of watching a movie on a Saturday night at home, but not alone! Borrow the featured title from our Hoopla catalog with your Mercer County Library card and watch it together in the virtual company of your community. Feel free to share your thoughts and impressions in the comments section under the Facebook posting. We would love to hear from you!

Find Me and Orson Welles on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13529024

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday November 22, 2020
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“Create A…” Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to design a unique craft using common household items? If so, you will love our weekly “Create a...” Challenge!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday November 23, 2020
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Computer Class: Word 4
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

*End times are approximate. Classes may end early or late.*

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

Just want to watch? A recording of the class will be made available to registrants soon after class time. You can always watch and ask questions during the class, then replay the video as many times as you need while you practice what you learned in class. 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 29 spaces available.
 
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Computer Class: Excel 4
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Learn how to sort and filter your data, then insert pivot tables to create dynamic views of important information. Note: A sample workbook (Excel file) will be emailed to you along with the GoToMeeting link for this class. Proficiency in Excel 1, Excel 2, & Excel 3 recommended!  
 
*End times are approximate. Classes may end early or late.*

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

Just want to watch? A recording of the class will be made available to registrants soon after class time. You can always watch and ask questions during the class, then replay the video as many times as you need while you practice what you learned in class. 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Children's Author Study
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us as we learn about a new children's author each week. You will learn facts about the author and take a fast look at books and series the author has written. In addition there may also be a related craft or activity.

Check back here to watch the most recent episode of the Children's Author Study series on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday November 24, 2020
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Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn English & Spanish through interactive children's activities led by MCLS' Youth Services Librarians. Bilingual Storytime includes more than stories. Weekly videos include nursery rhymes, crafts, games, and more! Suggested for children, ages 2 and older.

Aprendan inglés y español a través de actividades interactivas para niños dirigidas por las bibliotecarias de MCLS. La hora de cuentos bilingües incluye más que cuentos. Los videos semenales incluyen rimas, canciones, actividades, juegos y más. Recomendado para niños de 2 años y mayores.

Watch this week's Bilingual Storytime video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:00 a.m.!

Miren el video de La Hora de Cuentos Bilingües de ésta semana en el canal de MCLS en YouTube cuando se estrena a las 10:00 a.m. todos los martes!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Book Discussion: Playing Nice by J. P. Delaney
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

All are welcome to discuss Playing Nice by J. P. Delaney. 

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday November 25, 2020
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Computer Class: PowerPoint 1
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

(This is the first part of a two-part class.)  Create a basic presentation using PowerPoint. Learn to add new slides, text, and images. Strong Word skills recommended!

*End times are approximate. Classes may end early or late.*

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

Just want to watch? A recording of the class will be made available to registrants soon after class time. You can always watch and ask questions during the class, then replay the video as many times as you need while you practice what you learned in class. 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Feature on New Easy & Juvenile Non-Fiction
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Check out what is new in our collection! MCLS' Youth Services Librarians share titles we've just gotten in -- available for you to check out.

Watch this week's Feature on New Books video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:30 a.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Computer Class: PowerPoint 2
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

(This is the second part of a two-part class.) Add pizzazz to the presentation you created in PowerPoint 1, with animations, music, and much more.  Take PowerPoint 1 first.   Strong Word skills recommended!

*End times are approximate. Classes may end early or late.*

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

Just want to watch? A recording of the class will be made available to registrants soon after class time. You can always watch and ask questions during the class, then replay the video as many times as you need while you practice what you learned in class. 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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STEAM Activity
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Each week a new STEAM project and instructions are available for you! MCLS' Youth Services Librarians demonstrate STEAM themed projects you can do at home.

Watch this week's STEAM Activity video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 2:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday November 26, 2020
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Thanksgiving Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

 
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Adult Coloring
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Take some time to relax and get creative! Coloring pages will be avalable on MCLS' Facebook page at 11:30 a.m.  Print out some of these awesome images and use color pencils, markers, or your computer to color them in. There are no rules, so go wild and feel free to color outside of the lines. Feel free to share your finished pieces with us!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday November 27, 2020
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Day After Thanksgiving
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches will be closed.

Saturday November 28, 2020
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: Becoming Astrid (2018)
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Experience the thrill of watching a movie on a Saturday night at home, but not alone! Borrow the featured title from our Hoopla catalog with your Mercer County Library card and watch it together in the virtual company of your community. Feel free to share your thoughts and impressions in the comments section under the Facebook posting. We would love to hear from you!

Find Becoming Astrid on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13194920

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday November 29, 2020
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“Create A…” Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to design a unique craft using common household items? If so, you will love our weekly “Create a...” Challenge!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday November 30, 2020
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Children's Author Study
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us as we learn about a new children's author each week. You will learn facts about the author and take a fast look at books and series the author has written. In addition there may also be a related craft or activity.

Check back here to watch the most recent episode of the Children's Author Study series on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday December 1, 2020
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Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn English & Spanish through interactive children's activities led by MCLS' Youth Services Librarians. Bilingual Storytime includes more than stories. Weekly videos include nursery rhymes, crafts, games, and more! Suggested for children, ages 2 and older.

Aprendan inglés y español a través de actividades interactivas para niños dirigidas por las bibliotecarias de MCLS. La hora de cuentos bilingües incluye más que cuentos. Los videos semenales incluyen rimas, canciones, actividades, juegos y más. Recomendado para niños de 2 años y mayores.

Watch this week's Bilingual Storytime video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:00 a.m.!

Miren el video de La Hora de Cuentos Bilingües de ésta semana en el canal de MCLS en YouTube cuando se estrena a las 10:00 a.m. todos los martes!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Trivia Tuesdays w/ Tom
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us on Facebook for Trivia Tuesdays. Play along at home and see how you do!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday December 2, 2020
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Feature on New Books
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Check out what is new in our collection! MCLS' Youth Services Librarians share titles we've just gotten in -- available for you to check out.

Watch this week's Feature on New Books video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:30 a.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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STEAM Activity
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Each week a new STEAM project and instructions are available for you! MCLS' Youth Services Librarians demonstrate STEAM themed projects you can do at home.

Watch this week's STEAM Activity video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 2:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a Library Drawing Party! Have your friends and family 'meet' you on MCL's facebook page every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, to follow along and try out your artistic talents as Julia teaches you how to draw new images each week. Then, we invite you to share your finished artwork with everyone in the comments section! This event is recommended for all ages.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Short Story Discussion: 'A Burglar's Christmas' by Willa Cather
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The short story -- short in length, but full of content! Join our discussion group, which focuses on a different short story the first Wednesday of every month. This month's story is "A Burglar's Wife" by Willa Cather.

eBook and audiobook available in hoopla.

Direct link to story's full text at https://tinyurl.com/MCLSShort23.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday December 3, 2020
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Babytime w/ Miss Elena
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Get ready for simple stories, songs and fun with MCLS' Youth Services Librarians. Suggested for children up to age 3.

Watch this week's Babytime video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:00 a.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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LEGO Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Every week we will create a new LEGO challenge for you to create! Then we invite you to share a photo of your creation with us on social media.

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday December 4, 2020
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Storytime w/ Miss Christine
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Miss Christine for stories and songs about snow.  

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Harry Potter Palooza
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Calling all Harry Potter fans! MCLS Youth Services Librarians put a Harry Potter twist on trivia, crafts, and more. Check out this week's video to see what Harry Potter themed activity awaits!

Watch this week's Harry Potter Palooza video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 1:00 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Middle Grade Book Club
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Please join our Middle Grade Book Club as we read and discuss many exciting and interesting books. Watch Miss Susan's video when it goes live at 3:00 p.m. to learn about the author and books to be discussed this month. Then join Miss Susan for a live program on Thursday, December 17 at 3:00 p.m. (registration required) to discuss this author's work and do a related activity. Recommended for Grades 3 through 5.

Watch this session's prompt for the Middle Grade Book Club on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 3:00 p.m.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Saturday December 5, 2020
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Music & Movement for Kids
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Music & Movement programs are guaranteed to get you up and moving along with MCLS' Youth Services Librarians! Suggested for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary age children.

Check back here to watch the most recent episode of the Music & Movement series on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday December 6, 2020
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“Create A…” Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to design a unique craft using common household items? If so, you will love our weekly “Create a...” Challenge!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday December 7, 2020
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Children's Author Study
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us as we learn about a new children's author each week. You will learn facts about the author and take a fast look at books and series the author has written. In addition there may also be a related craft or activity.

Check back here to watch the most recent episode of the Children's Author Study series on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Pajama Storytime
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

MCLS' Youth Services Librarians share bedtime stories and soothing songs for children, ages 2-5.

Watch the most recent Pajama Storytime video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 6:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday December 8, 2020
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Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn English & Spanish through interactive children's activities led by MCLS' Youth Services Librarians. Bilingual Storytime includes more than stories. Weekly videos include nursery rhymes, crafts, games, and more! Suggested for children, ages 2 and older.

Aprendan inglés y español a través de actividades interactivas para niños dirigidas por las bibliotecarias de MCLS. La hora de cuentos bilingües incluye más que cuentos. Los videos semenales incluyen rimas, canciones, actividades, juegos y más. Recomendado para niños de 2 años y mayores.

Watch this week's Bilingual Storytime video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:00 a.m.!

Miren el video de La Hora de Cuentos Bilingües de ésta semana en el canal de MCLS en YouTube cuando se estrena a las 10:00 a.m. todos los martes!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Crochet, Knit & Chat
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Join the conversation while starting a new project or continuing your work in progress. Discuss past projects, and share tips and ideas. All hook and needle crafters are welcome!

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

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Pokemon Club
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Gotta catch 'em all! All Pokemon fans are invited to join MCLS Youth Services Librarians for crafts, games, cooking and more with a Pokemon twist. Check out this week's video to see what Pokemon themed activity awaits!

Watch the most recent Pokemon Club video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 3:00 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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MCL Tuesday Book Club: Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us on Facebook for our monthly virtual book group. This month we will discuss Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday December 9, 2020
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Feature on New Books
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Check out what is new in our collection! MCLS' Youth Services Librarians share titles we've just gotten in -- available for you to check out.

Watch this week's Feature on New Books video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:30 a.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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STEAM Activity
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Each week a new STEAM project and instructions are available for you! MCLS' Youth Services Librarians demonstrate STEAM themed projects you can do at home.

Watch this week's STEAM Activity video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 2:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a Library Drawing Party! Have your friends and family 'meet' you on MCL's facebook page every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, to follow along and try out your artistic talents as Julia teaches you how to draw new images each week. Then, we invite you to share your finished artwork with everyone in the comments section! This event is recommended for all ages.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday December 10, 2020
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Babytime w/ Miss Briana
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Get ready for simple stories, songs and fun with MCLS' Youth Services Librarians. Suggested for children up to age 3.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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LEGO Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Every week we will create a new LEGO challenge for you to create! Then we invite you to share a photo of your creation with us on social media.

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Kahoot! Trivia
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Play along with others during our monthly Kahoot! Trivia gathering. Test your knowledge about books and more! Suggested for ages 8-13.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Poetry Circle: Louise Glück
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

All are welcome to join our program focused on American poet Louise Glück (rhymes with click) who won this year’s Nobel prize in literature "for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal." To celebrate this great news, Lawrence Poetry Circle will have a reading and discussion on Louise Glück’s poetry. Sharon, a librarian for the Lawrence Branch, will lead the discussion.

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

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday December 11, 2020
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Storytime w/ Miss Chetna
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Miss Chetna for stories and songs about gingerbreadmen!

Tune in at 10:30 a.m. to see this week's Storytime on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Saturday December 12, 2020
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Music & Movement for Kids
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Music & Movement programs are guaranteed to get you up and moving along with MCLS' Youth Services Librarians! Suggested for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary age children.

Check back here to watch the most recent episode of the Music & Movement series on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday December 13, 2020
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“Create A…” Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to design a unique craft using common household items? If so, you will love our weekly “Create a...” Challenge!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday December 14, 2020
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Holiday Sing-A-Long w/ Pat McKinley
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join us online for a sing-along of songs, including celebrations of Hanukkah, Christmas, as well as winter themed tunes.

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Children's Author Study
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us as we learn about a new children's author each week. You will learn facts about the author and take a fast look at books and series the author has written. In addition there may also be a related craft or activity.

Check back here to watch the most recent episode of the Children's Author Study series on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday December 15, 2020
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Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn English & Spanish through interactive children's activities led by MCLS' Youth Services Librarians. Bilingual Storytime includes more than stories. Weekly videos include nursery rhymes, crafts, games, and more! Suggested for children, ages 2 and older.

Aprendan inglés y español a través de actividades interactivas para niños dirigidas por las bibliotecarias de MCLS. La hora de cuentos bilingües incluye más que cuentos. Los videos semenales incluyen rimas, canciones, actividades, juegos y más. Recomendado para niños de 2 años y mayores.

Watch this week's Bilingual Storytime video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:00 a.m.!

Miren el video de La Hora de Cuentos Bilingües de ésta semana en el canal de MCLS en YouTube cuando se estrena a las 10:00 a.m. todos los martes!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Pokemon Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Children are invited to join our Pokemon Club! We will discuss trading cards, books, games and more. Bring your trading cards, handheld devices and anything else you would like to share and discuss. Suggested for children, ages 5-11 (with a caretaker).

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Trivia Tuesdays w/ Tom
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us on Facebook for Trivia Tuesdays. Play along at home and see how you do!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday December 16, 2020
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Feature on New Books
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Check out what is new in our collection! MCLS' Youth Services Librarians share titles we've just gotten in -- available for you to check out.

Watch this week's Feature on New Books video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:30 a.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Gardening Book Group: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us in reading and discussing works of fiction or non-fiction having to do with gardening, plants, nature, or the land. All are welcome to discuss Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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STEAM Activity
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Each week a new STEAM project and instructions are available for you! MCLS' Youth Services Librarians demonstrate STEAM themed projects you can do at home.

Watch this week's STEAM Activity video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 2:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a Library Drawing Party! Have your friends and family 'meet' you on MCL's facebook page every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, to follow along and try out your artistic talents as Julia teaches you how to draw new images each week. Then, we invite you to share your finished artwork with everyone in the comments section! This event is recommended for all ages.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday December 17, 2020
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Babytime w/ Miss Andrea
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Get ready for simple stories, songs and fun with MCLS' Youth Services Librarians. Suggested for children up to age 3.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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LEGO Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Every week we will create a new LEGO challenge for you to create! Then we invite you to share a photo of your creation with us on social media.

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Middle Grade Book Club Discussion
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Please join our Middle Grade Book Club as we read and discuss many exciting and interesting books. After watching Miss Susan's video from Friday, December 4,  please join our live Middle Grade Book Club discussion. We will discuss the author and related books, as well as an activity. This is an interactive program, so please enable your camera and microphone. Recommended for Grades 3 through 5. Registration required.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday December 18, 2020
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Storytime w/ Miss Elena
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Miss Chetna for stories and songs about cookies!

Tune in at 10:30 a.m. to see this week's Storytime on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Harry Potter Palooza
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Calling all Harry Potter fans! MCLS Youth Services Librarians put a Harry Potter twist on trivia, crafts, and more. Check out this week's video to see what Harry Potter themed activity awaits!

Watch this week's Harry Potter Palooza video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 1:00 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Crochet, Knit & Chat
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Join the conversation while starting a new project or continuing your work in progress. Discuss past projects, and share tips and ideas. All hook and needle crafters are welcome!

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

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Saturday December 19, 2020
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Music & Movement for Kids
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Music & Movement programs are guaranteed to get you up and moving along with MCLS' Youth Services Librarians! Suggested for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary age children.

Check back here to watch the most recent episode of the Music & Movement series on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday December 20, 2020
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“Create A…” Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to design a unique craft using common household items? If so, you will love our weekly “Create a...” Challenge!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday December 21, 2020
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Children's Author Study
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us as we learn about a new children's author each week. You will learn facts about the author and take a fast look at books and series the author has written. In addition there may also be a related craft or activity.

Check back here to watch the most recent episode of the Children's Author Study series on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Pajama Storytime
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

MCLS' Youth Services Librarians share bedtime stories and soothing songs for children, ages 2-5.

Watch the most recent Pajama Storytime video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 6:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday December 22, 2020
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Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn English & Spanish through interactive children's activities led by MCLS' Youth Services Librarians. Bilingual Storytime includes more than stories. Weekly videos include nursery rhymes, crafts, games, and more! Suggested for children, ages 2 and older.

Aprendan inglés y español a través de actividades interactivas para niños dirigidas por las bibliotecarias de MCLS. La hora de cuentos bilingües incluye más que cuentos. Los videos semenales incluyen rimas, canciones, actividades, juegos y más. Recomendado para niños de 2 años y mayores.

Watch this week's Bilingual Storytime video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:00 a.m.!

Miren el video de La Hora de Cuentos Bilingües de ésta semana en el canal de MCLS en YouTube cuando se estrena a las 10:00 a.m. todos los martes!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday December 23, 2020
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Feature on New Books
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Check out what is new in our collection! MCLS' Youth Services Librarians share titles we've just gotten in -- available for you to check out.

Watch this week's Feature on New Books video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:30 a.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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STEAM Activity
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Each week a new STEAM project and instructions are available for you! MCLS' Youth Services Librarians demonstrate STEAM themed projects you can do at home.

Watch this week's STEAM Activity video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 2:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a Library Drawing Party! Have your friends and family 'meet' you on MCL's facebook page every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, to follow along and try out your artistic talents as Julia teaches you how to draw new images each week. Then, we invite you to share your finished artwork with everyone in the comments section! This event is recommended for all ages.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday December 24, 2020
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Christmas Eve
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches will close at 3:00pm.

 
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LEGO Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Every week we will create a new LEGO challenge for you to create! Then we invite you to share a photo of your creation with us on social media.

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday December 25, 2020
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Christmas
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Sunday December 27, 2020
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“Create A…” Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to design a unique craft using common household items? If so, you will love our weekly “Create a...” Challenge!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday December 28, 2020
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Children's Author Study
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us as we learn about a new children's author each week. You will learn facts about the author and take a fast look at books and series the author has written. In addition there may also be a related craft or activity.

Check back here to watch the most recent episode of the Children's Author Study series on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday December 29, 2020
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Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn English & Spanish through interactive children's activities led by MCLS' Youth Services Librarians. Bilingual Storytime includes more than stories. Weekly videos include nursery rhymes, crafts, games, and more! Suggested for children, ages 2 and older.

Aprendan inglés y español a través de actividades interactivas para niños dirigidas por las bibliotecarias de MCLS. La hora de cuentos bilingües incluye más que cuentos. Los videos semenales incluyen rimas, canciones, actividades, juegos y más. Recomendado para niños de 2 años y mayores.

Watch this week's Bilingual Storytime video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:00 a.m.!

Miren el video de La Hora de Cuentos Bilingües de ésta semana en el canal de MCLS en YouTube cuando se estrena a las 10:00 a.m. todos los martes!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday December 30, 2020
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Feature on New Books
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Check out what is new in our collection! MCLS' Youth Services Librarians share titles we've just gotten in -- available for you to check out.

Watch this week's Feature on New Books video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 10:30 a.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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STEAM Activity
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Each week a new STEAM project and instructions are available for you! MCLS' Youth Services Librarians demonstrate STEAM themed projects you can do at home.

Watch this week's STEAM Activity video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 2:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a Library Drawing Party! Have your friends and family 'meet' you on MCL's facebook page every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, to follow along and try out your artistic talents as Julia teaches you how to draw new images each week. Then, we invite you to share your finished artwork with everyone in the comments section! This event is recommended for all ages.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday December 31, 2020
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New Year's Eve
12:55 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches will close at 3:00pm.

 
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LEGO Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Every week we will create a new LEGO challenge for you to create! Then we invite you to share a photo of your creation with us on social media.

 

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday January 1, 2021
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New Year's Day
12:55 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Monday January 18, 2021
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Martin Luther King Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

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

Monday February 15, 2021
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President's Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Friday April 2, 2021
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Good Friday
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Sunday April 4, 2021
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Easter
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Saturday May 29, 2021
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Memorial Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Sunday May 30, 2021
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Memorial Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Monday May 31, 2021
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Memorial Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Sunday July 4, 2021
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Fourth of July
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Monday July 5, 2021
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Fourth of July Observed
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Saturday September 4, 2021
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Labor Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Sunday September 5, 2021
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Labor Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Monday October 11, 2021
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Columbus Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Tuesday November 2, 2021
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Election Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

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

Thursday November 11, 2021
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Veterans Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

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

Wednesday November 24, 2021
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Thanksgiving Eve
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches will close at 5:00pm.

Thursday November 25, 2021
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Thanksgiving Day
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Friday November 26, 2021
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Day After Thanksgiving
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

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

Friday December 24, 2021
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Christmas Observed
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches will be closed.

Saturday December 25, 2021
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Christmas
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Friday December 31, 2021
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New Year's Observed
12:55 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches will be closed.


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