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Saturday October 19, 2019
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Hightstown Library Association Fall Book Sale - Bag Days!
9:35 AM - 5:00 PM

Come find literary treasures, movies & music at great prices! Come early for the best selection! $3 per bag Friday & Saturday, October 18 & 19.

Purchases support programs and materials for the library.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm
10:00 AM

Our activity station will have tables with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children of any age, with adult supervision.

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

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

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

For ages 2+, with a caregiver.

Drop in between 10am and 3pm and turn a letter J into a paper glass of juice!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Guided Meditation
10:00 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Rhymes & Play (ages birth - 5 years)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Age appropriate books, songs, nursery rhymes, puppets, and felt board figures will be introduced.  After 20 minutes of structured group time, there is time for play and for socializing. 

Ages birth - 5 years.  Adult supervision required.  No registration required.

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

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

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  (609)259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Family Fun Time
10:30 AM

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

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Science Saturday
10:30 AM

Examine the different materials and methods birds use to build nests. For children ages 5-8.

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

 

 

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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Yoga for Everyone!
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

 

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CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Halloween Story-time for 2-5 yrs
11:00 AM

Join us for a not-so-scary Halloween story-time and craft for ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Pokémon Club (ages 5-11)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Children ages 5 through 11 are invited to join our new Pokémon club. We will discuss trading cards, books, games, and all things Pokémon. Bring your trading cards, handheld devices and anything else you would like to share and discuss.

No registration required.

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

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 1:00

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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YU-GI-OH Club (ages 7 - 11)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join us at the library for an afternoon of dueling.  Test your deck, and meet new friends. 

Ages 7 - 11.  No registration required.

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Google CS First (Ages 8-11)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Google's CS First is a curriculum that introduces to children the basics of computer science using the visual programming language Scratch under many different themes. We are glad to offer a "game design" themed course for this program.

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all 8 sessions (10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23).

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

For children of all ages, with a caregiver.

Join us for the movie:  Descendants 3 (2019).  Not Rated (120 minutes).

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

Coloring pages will be available.

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Escape the Haunted Library! For families
2:00 PM

For children of all ages and their families.

The lights at the Lawrence Branch are out and the doors are locked – and somehow you are stuck in the children’s activity room!  Hidden in the room are clues to find the key that will get you out of there!  Do you have what it takes?  (Trust us, you don’t want to be stuck in the library all night).  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 20 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together in this Halloween-themed escape room.

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 883-8295.

Please note: this program will be held on Tuesday, October 15th, Saturday, October 19th, Monday, October 21st, and Tuesday, October 29th, at specified times.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Future Leaders of America (Grades 5-8)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Love to talk? Aruge? Interested in developing the most valuable skill of the 21st century? Learn about: public speaking, effective communication, logical arguments, STEM issues, the U.S. government and modern societal issues. 

Please register. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Escape the Haunted Library! For families
2:30 PM

For children of all ages and their families.

The lights at the Lawrence Branch are out and the doors are locked – and somehow you are stuck in the children’s activity room!  Hidden in the room are clues to find the key that will get you out of there!  Do you have what it takes?  (Trust us, you don’t want to be stuck in the library all night).  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 20 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together in this Halloween-themed escape room.

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 883-8295.

Please note: this program will be held on Tuesday, October 15th, Saturday, October 19th, Monday, October 21st, and Tuesday, October 29th, at specified times.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There is 1 space available.
 
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Escape the Haunted Library! For families
3:00 PM

For children of all ages and their families.

The lights at the Lawrence Branch are out and the doors are locked – and somehow you are stuck in the children’s activity room!  Hidden in the room are clues to find the key that will get you out of there!  Do you have what it takes?  (Trust us, you don’t want to be stuck in the library all night).  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 20 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together in this Halloween-themed escape room.

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 883-8295.

Please note: this program will be held on Tuesday, October 15th, Saturday, October 19th, Monday, October 21st, and Tuesday, October 29th, at specified times.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Teaching Little Brains to Read (Grades 2-3)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn strategies to improve reading, vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension. 

Apart from reading, kids will participate in fun activities like crafts, drawing, word search games, etc. 

Registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Escape the Haunted Library! For families
3:30 PM

For children of all ages and their families.

The lights at the Lawrence Branch are out and the doors are locked – and somehow you are stuck in the children’s activity room!  Hidden in the room are clues to find the key that will get you out of there!  Do you have what it takes?  (Trust us, you don’t want to be stuck in the library all night).  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 20 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together in this Halloween-themed escape room.

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 883-8295.

Please note: this program will be held on Tuesday, October 15th, Saturday, October 19th, Monday, October 21st, and Tuesday, October 29th, at specified times.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Escape the Haunted Library! For families
4:00 PM

For children of all ages and their families.

The lights at the Lawrence Branch are out and the doors are locked – and somehow you are stuck in the children’s activity room!  Hidden in the room are clues to find the key that will get you out of there!  Do you have what it takes?  (Trust us, you don’t want to be stuck in the library all night).  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 20 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together in this Halloween-themed escape room.

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 883-8295.

Please note: this program will be held on Tuesday, October 15th, Saturday, October 19th, Monday, October 21st, and Tuesday, October 29th, at specified times.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
Sunday October 20, 2019
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Cardboard Spinning Ghost
1:00 PM

All ages, with a caregiver 

Drop by for a self-directed craft activity while supplies last.  For children of all ages, parents must supervise.

It's almost Halloween!  Make a friendly Halloween spinning ghost to hang up for the holiday!

No registration required.

 

 
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Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm
1:00 PM

Our activity station will have tables with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children of any age, with adult supervision.

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Math Advancement (Grades 5 & up)
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

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

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

No registration required. 

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

Poms (2019, PG-13), with Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver and Celia Weston. POMS is a comedy about a group of women who form a cheerleading squad at their retirement community, proving that you're never too old to 'bring it!”. Runtime: 90 min.

 
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Movie
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Captain Marvel (2019; PG-13; 124 minutes)

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Diwali Storytime and Craft
2:30 PM

Celebrate the Diwali with Ms Chetna.

Listen stories and decorate Clay Candle Holder and  make paper kandil (lamp) craft

 Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Creative Math Problem Solving (Grades 2-7)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come to sessions where you can learn more about how to tackel difficult math problems with ease! These sessions are run by high school students. They all have experience in math competitions and they cannot wait to teach you how to ace any math problem!

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Monday October 21, 2019
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Make-and-Take Craft: Glowing Eyeball
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Come pick up a make and take craft kit from the library. This month’s kit: a glowing eyeball for Halloween. First come first serve. Through November 1. 

CONTACT:  Katie  (609) 737-2610  Kchase@gmail.com
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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1000 Books Before Kindergarten
9:35 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Teen and Tween Take-home Craft: Glowing Eyeball
9:35 AM

For ages 9 and up. 

Ask at the reference desk for your craft kit starting Tuesday, October 1st.

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

Instructions and most supplies are included.

 

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Children Take Home Craft : make a Halloween decoration.
9:40 AM

Stop by the Youth Service desk in October for a free take-home craft kit.

Kit included supplies and instruction to make a Halloween decoration.  

Kits are available throughout the month. while supplies last

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Teen Take Home Craft : make a scary key ring lanyard.
9:45 AM

Stop by the Youth Service desk for Teen Take Home Craft for October 2019 make a scary key ring lanyard.

Kit included supplies and instruction

Kits are available throughout the month, while supplies last

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Morning Book Club: Convenience Store Woman, by Sayaka Murata
10:00 AM

This is the heartwarming and surprising story of thirty-six-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura who has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in school, but when at the age of eighteen she begins working at a convenience store, she finds peace and purpose in her life – until a similarly alienated but cynical and bitter young man comes to work in the store. Registration is suggested. 

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Toddler STEM
10:00 AM

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

Science and math for toddlers!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Open Lab
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This is an unstructured project-oriented class. Practice what you learned in your classes, improve your typing skills by practicing keyboarding, set up a new email account, or bring a project of your own. An instructor will be available to help you. You must register.

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Accepting Donations for Fall Book Sale
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  (609)259-2150  
 
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Fitness for the Active Aging
10:30 AM

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

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

For children, age 2 years (with adult)

 Learn songs and rhymes!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Sing-Along with Kim Yarson (Ages 0-5)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited to sing along with local musician, Kim Yarson, as she plays original and classic children's songs with her acoustic guitar!

Ideal for children ages 0-5 and their caregiviers. 

Online registration suggested but not required.

Sponsored by Hightstown Library Association.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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ABC drop-in play time for toddlers
11:00 AM

For toddlers and preschoolers 1-5 years old.
This is a drop-in time for children and caregivers to use our ABC learning materials. (This is self-directed activity for you to do on your own; library staff are not presenting it.)
Fun ABC materials included are: puzzles, workbooks, carpet squares, magnets, felt board, phonics sets, blocks, matching toys, beads, flash cards, etc.  They are set up around tables in the rear of the youth department.
Lawrence also maintains several language arts related Playaway Launchpads (learning tablets) for in house use, with a valid MCLS library card.
No registration is needed.
Cleanup takes place about an hour after start time.

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

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

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

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

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

Recommended for ages 6months - 3yrs.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Lunch Time Guided Meditation
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour.

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

Facilitated by library staff member, Leena, a 12-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration necessary.

 

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

Our activity station will have tables with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children of any age, with adult supervision.

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Train Play
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For all ages.

Free play with wooden trains and tracks with a caregiver.

CONTACT:    609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Little Explorers
2:00 PM

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

Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Movie Matinee: Five Feet Apart (2019)
2:00 PM

Stella Grant is every bit a seventeen-year-old. She's attached to her laptop and loves her best friends. But unlike most teenagers, she spends much of her time living in a hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control, all of which is put to the test when she meets an impossibly charming fellow patient named Will Newman. 116 min. PG-13. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Adult English Learners Writing Class
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

No registration necessary.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Senior Book Club -- Before We Were Yours
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

All are welcome to discuss Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.

No registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Family History
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

 

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

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

For children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

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

No registration required.

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

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

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

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Storytime with a Therapy Dog
4:30 PM

Suggested for ages 2 and up.

Join us for a special storytime with one or both of our therapy dogs.

After storytime, children are welcome to pet the dogs, give them treats or read books to them.

No registration required.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Monthly Blood Pressure Checks
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Drop in for a blood pressure check from our local public health nurse.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Kindergarten-6th Grade Tutoring
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

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

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

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

Register in person or by phone.

CONTACT:    609-448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Book Discussion A Small Zombie Problem by K. G. Campbell
4:45 PM

Suggested grades 5-8. All welcome! 

Book Discussion A Small Zombie Problem by K. G. Campbell. [Book 1 in the Zombie Problems Series]  When August DuPont, eleven, leaves his eccentric Aunt Hydrangea's crumbling mansion for the first time ever, he meets family, makes a friend, and attracts a zombie. 

Light Refreshments!

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.   

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Coding for the Web (Ages 10-12)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Want to learn how to code in HTML and CSS? Join us as we use Mozilla Thimble to learn the basics of coding for the web. At the end of this session you will be able to create your own webpage and also start to incorporate CSS into it and will develop your passion for programming. 

Students must bring their own laptop to classes. 

Registration required. Once registered, students will be signed up for all classes (9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4).

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Crazy 8s Math Club
5:30 PM

Math and mischief at your library! Enjoy hands-on games that get kids fired up about math. Grades K-2.

Register online beginning Oct 7. Please register each child separately.

 

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Escape the Haunted Library! For families
6:00 PM

For children of all ages and their families.

The lights at the Lawrence Branch are out and the doors are locked – and somehow you are stuck in the children’s activity room!  Hidden in the room are clues to find the key that will get you out of there!  Do you have what it takes?  (Trust us, you don’t want to be stuck in the library all night).  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 20 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together in this Halloween-themed escape room.

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 883-8295.

Please note: this program will be held on Tuesday, October 15th, Saturday, October 19th, Monday, October 21st, and Tuesday, October 29th, at specified times.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Messy Club (Ages 4 & up)
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Escape the Haunted Library! For families
6:30 PM

For children of all ages and their families.

The lights at the Lawrence Branch are out and the doors are locked – and somehow you are stuck in the children’s activity room!  Hidden in the room are clues to find the key that will get you out of there!  Do you have what it takes?  (Trust us, you don’t want to be stuck in the library all night).  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 20 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together in this Halloween-themed escape room.

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 883-8295.

Please note: this program will be held on Tuesday, October 15th, Saturday, October 19th, Monday, October 21st, and Tuesday, October 29th, at specified times.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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PJ Storytime (ages 2-5 years; siblings welcome)
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM

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

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Kids' Math, Money & Monopoly (Ages 8-12)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Please note: This program was previously titled "Tween Financial Literacy & Math Skills"

Children and tweens ages 8-12 will practice math skills and learn about money & financial concepts while playing board games like "Monopoly" and "Allowance."

Led by Girl Scout Gold Award candidate, Tanya.

Online registration suggested, but walk-ins welcome too.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Adult craft - Pumpkin decorating
7:00 PM

Decorate a real pumpkin using a variety of craft materials.

All materials will be provided.

For ages 13 and up.

Registration is required and space is limited.

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford  609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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Escape the Haunted Library! For families
7:00 PM

For children of all ages and their families.

The lights at the Lawrence Branch are out and the doors are locked – and somehow you are stuck in the children’s activity room!  Hidden in the room are clues to find the key that will get you out of there!  Do you have what it takes?  (Trust us, you don’t want to be stuck in the library all night).  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 20 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together in this Halloween-themed escape room.

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 883-8295.

Please note: this program will be held on Tuesday, October 15th, Saturday, October 19th, Monday, October 21st, and Tuesday, October 29th, at specified times.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Meditation in the 21st Century: Why Meditation Matters Even More
7:00 PM

Presented by Jim Rose. Although people have been practicing meditation for centuries, there has been a surge in its popularity due to the discovery of new benefits. There has never been a better time to learn a simple technique that can help you in all aspects of your life. Jim Rose is a long-time meditator and has been speaking on the topic for more than 30 years. Registration required. Call 609-882-3148.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 38 spaces available.
 
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School-age STEAM
7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Yarnworks
7:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Pumpkin-Carving Demo
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program                                              

The “King of Carving” will carve a face into a Halloween pumpkin. Will it be a scary face? A goofy one? Come and find out! All ages are welcome.

Glen Dalessandro, professional carver and painter, will also display his award-winning collection of painted gourds.

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 28 spaces available.
 
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Guided Meditation w/ Mira
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

No registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Escape the Haunted Library! For families
7:30 PM

For children of all ages and their families.

The lights at the Lawrence Branch are out and the doors are locked – and somehow you are stuck in the children’s activity room!  Hidden in the room are clues to find the key that will get you out of there!  Do you have what it takes?  (Trust us, you don’t want to be stuck in the library all night).  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 20 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together in this Halloween-themed escape room.

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 883-8295.

Please note: this program will be held on Tuesday, October 15th, Saturday, October 19th, Monday, October 21st, and Tuesday, October 29th, at specified times.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Yoga
7:30 PM

Sunita Yadav teaches this series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and begins Monday, September 23, at 9:30 am. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Class dates are: October 7, 21, 28 & November 4, 18, 25. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 17 spaces available.
 
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Escape the Haunted Library! For families
8:00 PM

For children of all ages and their families.

The lights at the Lawrence Branch are out and the doors are locked – and somehow you are stuck in the children’s activity room!  Hidden in the room are clues to find the key that will get you out of there!  Do you have what it takes?  (Trust us, you don’t want to be stuck in the library all night).  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 20 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together in this Halloween-themed escape room.

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 883-8295.

Please note: this program will be held on Tuesday, October 15th, Saturday, October 19th, Monday, October 21st, and Tuesday, October 29th, at specified times.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Tuesday October 22, 2019
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Storytime
10:00 AM

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

Children may wear their Halloween costumes. Please note this program will include a snack.


Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
10:00 AM

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

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

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

Adult Program

Do you want to make better use of your digital device? Maybe you’d like to manage your photos or download an e-book. Reference librarian Meg Baker will give you one-on-one help with your gadget. When you call to make the appointment, let us know the make and version of your device, and the function you want to learn. 

Please note: library staff do not repair devices.

Registration is required. Call the reference desk at 609-275-8901 to register for a 20-minute appointment.

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Knit & Crochet Corner
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Adult Program                                              

We meet weekly all year. Work on your project while chatting with others. All adults—beginners as well as experienced crocheters and knitters—are welcome! Instruction available for beginning crocheters.

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Morning English Conversation Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Adult Program

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

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

 

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

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

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  (609)259-2150  
 
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Little Learners: STEAM program for Pre-K
10:30 AM

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

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Read and Play Story Time
10:30 AM

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

Stories and crafts!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Little STEAMers for ages 2-4
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Explore the world with us! 

No registration required. 

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

CONTACT:  Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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ABC drop-in play time for toddlers
11:00 AM

For toddlers and preschoolers 1-5 years old.
This is a drop-in time for children and caregivers to use our ABC learning materials. (This is self-directed activity for you to do on your own; library staff are not presenting it.)
Fun ABC materials included are: puzzles, workbooks, carpet squares, magnets, felt board, phonics sets, blocks, matching toys, beads, flash cards, etc.  They are set up around tables in the rear of the youth department.
Lawrence also maintains several language arts related Playaway Launchpads (learning tablets) for in house use, with a valid MCLS library card.
No registration is needed.
Cleanup takes place about an hour after start time.

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

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Play Group with Stories
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

For children, ages 3-5 (with adult)

Open play with a variety of educational toys. 

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

 help children learn important literacy skills.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
1:00 PM

Our activity station will have tables with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children of any age, with adult supervision.

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

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

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

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

Ages 2-5 with a caregiver.  Siblings Welcome.  No Registration Required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Pumpkin Patch and Pumpkin Decorating
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Pick your pumpkin and decorate your pumpkin in the library.

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 72 spaces available.
 
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Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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

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

 

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

Children of all ages are invited to join us for a craft and snacks to celebrate the upcoming Diwali holiday.

Registration is required starting Tuesday, October 8th.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Science Storytime (Ages 4-6)
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Read, learn, and conduct a science experiment!

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

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

Learn Spanish with a native speaker.

Please register in person or by telephone.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Drop in Scratch Art Masks
6:00 PM

Come drop-in and create an animal mask out of scratch art paper.

For ages 5 & up with a caregiver.

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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ABC Chess (Grades 1-5)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Chess class for intermediate/advanced beginners. Boards and pieces provided. 

Come and enjoy the fun of chess taught by Sarah Yan (Champion of 2017 NJ Open U1600) and assisted by Erick Yan (Champion of 2016 Manhattan Open Mixed Doubles Team). 

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all five classes (10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29)

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Project Science (Ages 7-11)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Project Science is a science club devised for young children to enhance their ability to make observations and ask questions about the world around them - and figure out how to answer those questions. Through a series of fun home experiments and interactive simulations, your child will cultivate curiosity and problem solving skills!

Registration required weekly. 

There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Excel 4
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

 

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Writers Support Group
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

No registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Puffy Paint Sugar Skull Rocks, ages 3+
6:30 PM

For ages 3+, with a caregiver.

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos and create sugar skull rocks!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Incredible Math
6:45 PM - 7:30 PM

This free math tutoring program is for students who would like to improve their math skills or become accelerated in math.  Students are welcome to bring in their own math questions.  There will also be appropriate math worksheets and activities to help students keep up their math skills and learn new knowledge at a higher level.

For grades K – 7.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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PJ Storytime for ages 2-5
7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Intro to Programming in Java (Grades 6-8)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Online registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all ten classes: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/12, 11/19. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Learning English with Victor
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Wednesday October 23, 2019
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Book Sale - Friends of the Twin Rivers Library
9:30 AM - 9:00 PM

Please support the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library as they raise funds to support the Twin Rivers Library’s programming and collections.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Baby Time
10:00 AM

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

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Babytime
10:00 AM

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

 

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford    ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Cat, Hat, Sat Story Time
10:00 AM

Cat, Hat, Sat rhyming words activity time.

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

Play rhyming games! 

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Storytime
10:00 AM

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

Children may wear their Halloween costumes. Please note this program will include a snack.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
10:00 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Word 3
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Take Word 1 & Word 2 first!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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Accepting Donations for Fall Book Sale
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  (609)259-2150  
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Siblings are welcome!

No registration is required.

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Current State of Cybercrime
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Presentation provides an overview of the different types of profit-motivated cybercrimes targeting consumers. Tactics and trends in cybercrime, including, but not limited to, ransomware, business email compromise, data theft, skimming devices, point-of-sale malware, malicious advertising, and other extortion tactics will be covered. A Q&A session with attendees will conclude the presentation.

Presented by the New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell.

Registration requested.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Little Explorers
11:00 AM

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

Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Toddler Time
11:00 AM

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

LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
1:00 PM

Our activity station will have tables with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children of any age, with adult supervision.

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Mailbox Activity Station, K-5th Gr.
2:00 PM

For children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

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

No registration required.

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

Adult Program                                              

Enjoy the company of other crafters while making a tasseled bookmark for yourself and for a friend.

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Gardening Book Club
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us in reading and discussing works of fiction or non-fiction having to do with gardening, plants, nature, or the land. All are welcome to discuss this month's title, The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean.

No registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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PowerPoint 1
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

(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 required!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Current Events Chat
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Adult Program

One of the Hickory Corner librarians will moderate a thoughtful discussion of current events by patrons. All adults are welcome. No preparation is necessary.

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Teen Drop-In
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Each Wednesday after school, we'll have snacks and a different activity in the Teen area. Games, puzzles, and crafts will be featured. 

CONTACT:  Katie Chase  609 737 2610  kchase@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Afternoon Lego Play
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wednesdays, October 2, 16, 23, 30, 3-5 p.m. and Thursday, October, 3, 10, 24, 31, 3-5 p.m.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Story Stretchers
4:30 PM

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

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

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

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

Play and explore your creativity with LEGO's!

Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Halloween Fun! Please register (ages 2-11)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Wear your costume and trick-or-treat at the library!  Listen to some fun stories and make a creepy craft! 

Ages 2 - 11.  Siblings Welcome!  Online registration required.  

 

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

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

Please call 609-259-2150 to register.

 

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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DIY Fantasy Magic Wands
6:30 PM

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

Create your own fantastical wand with natural materials.  Use your imagination with sticks, yarn and feathers, etc. to create your own unique magic wand!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Midweek Math Tutoring
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Peddie School Math Club members will be available for tutoring in math at all levels to students in grades 1 through 12.

No registration required.

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

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

CONTACT:    609-448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Midweek Math Tutoring
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Peddie School Math Club members will be available for tutoring in math at all levels to students in grades 1 through 12.

No registration required.

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

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

CONTACT:    609-448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Room At The Table
7:00 PM

Mystery! Romance! Drama! Members of the local published authors’ group Room at the Table will perform their work in a free event at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library, Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. Registration is suggested.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Evening Craft
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program                                              

Enjoy the company of other crafters while making a tasseled bookmark for yourself and for a friend.

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 16 spaces available.
 
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Fiber Arts Circle
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

No registration necessary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facilitated by library staff member, Leena, a 12-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration necessary.

 

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Thursday October 24, 2019
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Storytime for ages 2-5
9:30 AM

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford    ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Books & Babies for 6-23 months
10:00 AM

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

Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required.

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

Recommended for 6-23 months.

Ask staff if you have any questions.

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Storytime
10:00 AM

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

Children may wear their Halloween costumes. Please note this program will include a snack.

Registration is required.

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

Too old for Baby Time and not quite ready to sit through a Story Time? Join us for singing, dancing, and rhymes. Through structured group activities, we play with musical instruments, puppets, parachutes, and more! There is an emphasis on interaction with the music and the rhymes through singing, actions, and props to build pre-literacy skills. This program runs about 30 minutes.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Excel 3
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Learn to insert charts to highlight your document’s most important information. Proficiency in Excel 1 & Excel 2 required!    

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Accepting Donations for Fall Book Sale
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  (609)259-2150  
 
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Parachute Play (Ages 1-3)
10:30 AM

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

Come ready to jump, sing, and hop!

Siblings welcome too.

No registration necessary. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

No registration required.

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

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

No registration required.

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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ABC drop-in play time for toddlers
11:00 AM

For toddlers and preschoolers 1-5 years old.
This is a drop-in time for children and caregivers to use our ABC learning materials. (This is self-directed activity for you to do on your own; library staff are not presenting it.)
Fun ABC materials included are: puzzles, workbooks, carpet squares, magnets, felt board, phonics sets, blocks, matching toys, beads, flash cards, etc.  They are set up around tables in the rear of the youth department.
Lawrence also maintains several language arts related Playaway Launchpads (learning tablets) for in house use, with a valid MCLS library card.
No registration is needed.
Cleanup takes place about an hour after start time.

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

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

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Scribble Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
1:00 PM

Our activity station will have tables with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children of any age, with adult supervision.

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Play Dough Hour (ages 2-5)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

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

See Youth Progam Policy.  

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Mystery Craft! for K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

For children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

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

No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Afternoon Lego Play
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wednesdays, October 2, 16, 23, 30, 3-5 p.m. and Thursday, October, 3, 10, 24, 31, 3-5 p.m.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Read to Breezy, the Therapy Dog
4:30 PM

 

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

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

Do you like to build and create with Lego bricks? Join us at the library to build vehicles, buildings and more! 

Grades K - 5. No registration required.

See Youth Program Policy
 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Students Against Human Trafficking (Grades 8-12)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join a team committed to aiding in the effort against human trafficking through awareness projects and fundraisers. 

Please register. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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DIY Fantasy Magic Wands
6:30 PM

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

Create your own fantastical wand with natural materials.  Use your imagination with sticks, yarn and feathers, etc. to create your own unique magic wand!

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Embroidery Circle: Stitchathon
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Adult Program                                              

Join us for a series of hand-embroidery workshops designed for beginners and those who want to brush up on their embroidery skills. Some materials are provided by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library; to see a description of the materials you must bring, visit https://embroiderycircle.wixsite.com/stitchathon/materials-list

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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A Feast of Popular Opera Arias and Musicals
7:00 PM

Praised for "her bright, incisive voice" in the New York Times, Soprano Sungji Kim will perform popular opera arias and musicals by Rossini, Puccini, Gershwin, and other composers. She will be accompanied by Mr. Joseph Krupa. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Make a Haunted Gingerbread House
7:00 PM

All ages are welcome to come decorate a mini graham cracker "gingerbread" house for Halloween.

Registration is required starting Thursday, October 10th.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Citizenship Exam Study Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program

Are you studying for your US Citizenship exam? Join our free preparation class to study and practice. We will be covering the Civics, Reading, and Writing sections of the exam. No need to register, just stop in. 

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Seniors: Preparing for a Move
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sixty years and better represents a whole new set of priorities, choices and challenges to consider. Your children have left the nest and now have children of their own, your home starts to feel oversized and daily maintenance of your home becomes daunting and challenging. Your daily routine becomes more difficult and you sometimes find yourself feeling lonely and isolated.

The idea of downsizing and moving can feel extremely overwhelming. Moving is stressful at any age. It is one of the top most stressful life events for anyone. Where to start? What am I going to do with all my possessions? Who will handle the actual move? Where would I go? I don’t want to bother my children. Who can help me with the planning and the process?

Our informative workshop will cover all of these topics and will provide concrete, actionable information that will help you feel in control and less stressed. Learn about:

  • Downsizing to a house/condo/retirement community.
  • De-cluttering.
  • Planning and managing your overall move.
  • Navigating the current real estate market.
  • Adding value to your home.
  • Identifying repairs make the most impact.
  • Selling your home for top dollar.
  • Finding someone to help you with your move from start to finish.

Q & A session to follow.

Registration requested.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Conversational ESL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

ADULT PROGRAM

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

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

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

Revisión para su Prueba de GED en español.

Registre en persona o por teléfono.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Friday October 25, 2019
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1000 Books Before Kindergarten, for ages 5 and under
9:35 AM

For ages 5 years and under, with a caregiver.

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

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

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

Come to the Youth Services Desk and sign up today!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Toddler Rock (ages 1 to 3 years; adult supervision required)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Too old for Baby Time and not quite ready to sit through a Story Time? Join us for singing, dancing, and rhymes. Through structured group activities, we play with musical instruments, puppets, parachutes, and more! There is an emphasis on interaction with the music and the rhymes through singing, actions, and props to build pre-literacy skills. This program runs about 30 minutes.

No registration required.

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

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

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Concert with Tim Hoh's Music for Kids
10:30 AM

Suggested for ages 5 and under.

"Mr. Tim" is a long-time musician and father of two young children who likes to bring his punk-rock style to his kids' music shows.

Join us for a rockin' good time!

Registration is required starting Friday, October 11th.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Miss Amy Concert (All Ages)
10:30 AM

Sing, dance and enjoy the tunes of Miss Amy! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Wiggle, Jingle, Mingle and Giggle
10:30 AM

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

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

 rhymes, clapping songs and musical songs.  

Adult must remain in the program.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Halloween Baby & Toddler Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Wear your Halloween costumes and enjoy Halloween themed rhymes and songs.

For ages birth–2.5 years & a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome.

No registration necessary. 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Play dough creations/ lego story time
11:00 AM

Play dough creations/ Lego based on story time theme for children

 Ages 2-5 (with adult).

 

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

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

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

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

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Horror Film Double Feature
12:30 PM

12:30 PM: Hide and Seek (2005, R), with Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen. As a widower tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife's suicide, his daughter finds solace, at first, in her imaginary friend. Runtime: 101 min.

2:30 PM: Scream (1996, R), with Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette. A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game. For adults aged 18 and up.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm
1:00 PM

Our activity station will have tables with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children of any age, with adult supervision.

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Family movie
2:00 PM

For all ages.

Hocus Pocus

1993, 95 minutes, rated PG.

Popcorn will be served

Registration is not required.

CONTACT:    609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Recycled Arts & Crafts
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us for our program where recycled goods become arts and crafts. Let your creative juices flow while doing something to save the planet. Supplies will be provided.

Registration required.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Knit & Crochet Circle
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Adult Program

Winter is coming! Break out the wool! We meet every Friday. Bring yarn, and hook or needles, to start or continue your project. All adults are welcome, whatever your skill level!  No need to register, just stop in.  

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

 

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

Pet Sematary (2019; R; 133 minutes)

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

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

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

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

For children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

Drop in between 3-4:45 to make a quick - yet relaxing - art project!  Projects will vary weekly, but you can expect anything from dot paint markers (a favorite!) to zen doodles.  Clean-up finishes by 4:45pm.  Suitable for children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

No registration required.

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

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Bucket Book Club: The Master and Margarita, Part 1, by Mikhail Bulgakov
4:30 PM

The world literary tradition is thousands of years old, extraordinary diverse, and energized by creative genius. Novels, short stories, essays, and poetry written prior to the Twenty-First century provide a rich soil worth exploring. The intent is to focus on works recognized to have a lasting impact on generations of readers and writers. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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West Windsor Library Annual Halloween Playfest
8:00 PM

The Mercer County Library System, West Windsor Branch will be presenting two new Halloween-themed short plays written by Michael Kerr: "The Horror at Camp Happy Swamp" and a short musical play, "Bad Riddance," with music by Laura Liao. Performances will be on Friday, Oct. 25th at 8 PM; Saturday, Oct. 26th at 3 PM and 8 PM; and Sunday, Oct. 27th at 3 PM.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. All performances will take place at the Mercer County Library, West Windsor Branch, 333 N. Post Rd., Princeton Junction.

Admission is free.

Doors open 20 minutes before show time. Appropriate for ages 10 and above. For more information call director Michael Kerr at (609) 275-8901 or email: mkerr@mcl.org

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Saturday October 26, 2019
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Fall Book Sale
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Come to the Robbinsville Library Advisory Committee’s book sale to pick up some gently- used books, DVDs, and music CDs of all kinds. 

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  (609)259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
 
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Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm
10:00 AM

Our activity station will have tables with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children of any age, with adult supervision.

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Drop-in Craft: Haunted House, ages 2+
10:00 AM

For ages 2+, with a caregiver.

Drop in between 10am and 3pm and make a paper haunted house!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Guided Meditation
10:00 AM

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Family Fun Time
10:30 AM

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

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

How successful you are in life simply depends on how well you can use your mind and body. These sessions offer simple, but powerful yoga postures to bring stability and balance. No prior experience with yoga is necessary. Anyone ages 7+ can attend.

Benefits:

  • Can improve memory, concentration, and mental clarity
  • Can relieve stress and anxiety
  • Strengthens the spine

Provided by the Isha Foundation.

No registration is required.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Spooky Halloween Science, for ages 2yrs and up
11:00 AM

For ages 2 years and up, with a caregiver.

Drop-in to our spooky lab and become a mad scientist!  Come any time between 11am and 1pm and go through the stations featuring hands-on spooky Halloween science experiments!  Fun for kids of all ages!

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Toastmasters Club
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

ADULT PROGRAM

Toastmasters Club provides a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. Members meet to deliver and evaluate prepared and impromptu speeches in an effort to improve as speakers and as leaders. In its 94-year history, Toastmasters has had 4 million members. Some speeches will be delivered in English, some in Tamil. All are welcome.

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 19 spaces available.
 
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Google CS First (Ages 8-11)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Google's CS First is a curriculum that introduces to children the basics of computer science using the visual programming language Scratch under many different themes. We are glad to offer a "game design" themed course for this program.

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all 8 sessions (10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23).

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Future Leaders of America (Grades 5-8)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Love to talk? Aruge? Interested in developing the most valuable skill of the 21st century? Learn about: public speaking, effective communication, logical arguments, STEM issues, the U.S. government and modern societal issues. 

Please register. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Registration will begin on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Paint-a-Canvas
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Together we’ll be instructed step-by-step to create our own paintings in acrylics on canvas. Everyone’s painting will be based on a similar design, but all will be unique. All supplies provided.

Taught by art instructor Sweety Mehta.
Open to adults & teens age 14 & up at any skill level!

Registration required. Click the Register button, or call the library at (609) 448-1474 for information or to register.

Get an early peek at the Hightstown Memorial Branch's adult programs. Sign up online to have our monthly e-newsletter sent directly to your e-mail inbox.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
There are 4 spaces available.
 
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Sensory Play Time, for ages 1-5 yr
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Writers' Group
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Saturday Slime Time: Pumpkin Slime
2:30 PM

All ages are welcome to join us in making pumpkin slime just in time for Halloween!

Registration is required online starting Saturday, October 12th.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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West Windsor Library Annual Halloween Playfest
3:00 PM

The Mercer County Library System, West Windsor Branch will be presenting two new Halloween-themed short plays written by Michael Kerr: "The Horror at Camp Happy Swamp" and a short musical play, "Bad Riddance," with music by Laura Liao. Performances will be on Friday, Oct. 25th at 8 PM; Saturday, Oct. 26th at 3 PM and 8 PM; and Sunday, Oct. 27th at 3 PM.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. All performances will take place at the Mercer County Library, West Windsor Branch, 333 N. Post Rd., Princeton Junction.

Admission is free.

Doors open 20 minutes before show time. Appropriate for ages 10 and above. For more information call director Michael Kerr at (609) 275-8901 or email: mkerr@mcl.org

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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West Windsor Library Annual Halloween Playfest
8:00 PM

The Mercer County Library System, West Windsor Branch will be presenting two new Halloween-themed short plays written by Michael Kerr: "The Horror at Camp Happy Swamp" and a short musical play, "Bad Riddance," with music by Laura Liao. Performances will be on Friday, Oct. 25th at 8 PM; Saturday, Oct. 26th at 3 PM and 8 PM; and Sunday, Oct. 27th at 3 PM.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. All performances will take place at the Mercer County Library, West Windsor Branch, 333 N. Post Rd., Princeton Junction.

Admission is free.

Doors open 20 minutes before show time. Appropriate for ages 10 and above. For more information call director Michael Kerr at (609) 275-8901 or email: mkerr@mcl.org

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Sunday October 27, 2019
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Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm
1:00 PM

Our activity station will have tables with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children of any age, with adult supervision.

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Flying Bat Straw Rockets
1:00 PM

All ages, with a caregiver 

Drop by for a self-directed craft activity while supplies last.  For children of all ages, parents must supervise.

Make a bat rocket using aeordynamics to make it fly!

No registration required.

 

 
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Quiet play
1:00 PM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 4:00

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Math Advancement (Grades 5 & up)
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

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

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

No registration required. 

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

Shattered (2007, R), with Pierce Brosnan, Maria Bello and Gerard Butler. A perfect family's dynamic is ruined by a kidnapper's brutally efficient plot. Runtime: 95 min.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Movie
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Hocus Pocus (1993; PG; 95 minutes)

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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West Windsor Library Annual Halloween Playfest
3:00 PM

The Mercer County Library System, West Windsor Branch will be presenting two new Halloween-themed short plays written by Michael Kerr: "The Horror at Camp Happy Swamp" and a short musical play, "Bad Riddance," with music by Laura Liao. Performances will be on Friday, Oct. 25th at 8 PM; Saturday, Oct. 26th at 3 PM and 8 PM; and Sunday, Oct. 27th at 3 PM.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. All performances will take place at the Mercer County Library, West Windsor Branch, 333 N. Post Rd., Princeton Junction.

Admission is free.

Doors open 20 minutes before show time. Appropriate for ages 10 and above. For more information call director Michael Kerr at (609) 275-8901 or email: mkerr@mcl.org

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Creative Math Problem Solving (Grades 2-7)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come to sessions where you can learn more about how to tackel difficult math problems with ease! These sessions are run by high school students. They all have experience in math competitions and they cannot wait to teach you how to ace any math problem!

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Diwali Crafts (All ages)
4:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Create a craft in celebration of Diwali! 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
Monday October 28, 2019
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1000 Books Before Kindergarten
9:35 AM

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

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

For ages 5 years and under, with a caregiver.

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

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

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

Come to the Youth Services Desk and sign up today!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Children Take Home Craft : make a Halloween decoration.
9:40 AM

Stop by the Youth Service desk in October for a free take-home craft kit.

Kit included supplies and instruction to make a Halloween decoration.  

Kits are available throughout the month, while supplies last

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Teen Take Home Craft : make a scary key ring lanyard.
9:45 AM

Stop by the Youth Service desk for Teen Take Home Craft for October 2019 make a scary key ring lanyard.

Kit included supplies and instruction

Kits are available throughout the month, while supplies last

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Toddler STEM
10:00 AM

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

Science and math for toddlers!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Active Aging Fitness
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

No registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Bilingual (Spanish/English) Story Time
10:30 AM

Cuentos, juegos, música, y artesanía. Edades 2-5.

Stories, games, music & crafts for ages 2-5 in Spanish & English.

No registration required. Siblings welcome, too.

 

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Happy Two’s Activity
10:30 AM

For children, age 2 years (with adult)

 Learn songs and rhymes!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No registration required.

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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ABC drop-in play time for toddlers
11:00 AM

For toddlers and preschoolers 1-5 years old.
This is a drop-in time for children and caregivers to use our ABC learning materials. (This is self-directed activity for you to do on your own; library staff are not presenting it.)
Fun ABC materials included are: puzzles, workbooks, carpet squares, magnets, felt board, phonics sets, blocks, matching toys, beads, flash cards, etc.  They are set up around tables in the rear of the youth department.
Lawrence also maintains several language arts related Playaway Launchpads (learning tablets) for in house use, with a valid MCLS library card.
No registration is needed.
Cleanup takes place about an hour after start time.

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

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

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

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

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

Recommended for ages 6months - 3yrs.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Lunch Time Guided Meditation
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour.

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

Facilitated by library staff member, Leena, a 12-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

No registration necessary.

 

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

Our activity station will have tables with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children of any age, with adult supervision.

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Train Play
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For all ages.

Free play with wooden trains and tracks with a caregiver.

CONTACT:    609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Adult English Learners Writing Class
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

No registration necessary.

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

ADULT PROGRAM

Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery, by Scott Kelly

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Mailbox Activity Station, K-5th Gr.
3:00 PM

For children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

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

No registration required.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Register in person or by phone.

CONTACT:    609-448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Coding for the Web (Ages 10-12)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Want to learn how to code in HTML and CSS? Join us as we use Mozilla Thimble to learn the basics of coding for the web. At the end of this session you will be able to create your own webpage and also start to incorporate CSS into it and will develop your passion for programming. 

Students must bring their own laptop to classes. 

Registration required. Once registered, students will be signed up for all classes (9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4).

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Crazy 8s Math Club
5:30 PM

Math and mischief at your library! Enjoy hands-on games that get kids fired up about math. Grades K-2.

Register online beginning Oct 14. Please register each child separately.

 

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

Join us for a special messy club where we will do a messy craft in celebration of Diwali!

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

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

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Maker Monday: Halloween Shrinky Dinks, for ages 5+
6:30 PM

For ages 5 and up, with a caregiver.

Time to create!  Join us for Maker Monday and use your creativity for this hands-on project!

This month’s maker project is: Halloween Shrinky Dinks!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

Wear your costume to any Halloween Program and trick-or-treat at the library! 

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

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Kids' Math, Money & Monopoly (Ages 8-12)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Please note: This program was previously titled "Tween Financial Literacy & Math Skills"

Children and tweens ages 8-12 will practice math skills and learn about money & financial concepts while playing board games like "Monopoly" and "Allowance."

Led by Girl Scout Gold Award candidate, Tanya.

Online registration suggested, but walk-ins welcome too.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Monday Night Book Group: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, by Caitlin Doughty

Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty—a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre—took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work.  Join us for a night of idea sharing and discussion as we explore a nonfiction title each month.

All are welcome. 

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Off the Page
7:00 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Mystery Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

ADULT PROGRAM

Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delilah Owens

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Guided Meditation w/ Mira
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

No registration necessary.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Yoga
7:30 PM

Sunita Yadav teaches this series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and begins Monday, September 23, at 9:30 am. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Class dates are: October 7, 21, 28 & November 4, 18, 25. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 20 spaces available.
Tuesday October 29, 2019
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
10:00 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Knit & Crochet Corner
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Adult Program                                              

We meet weekly all year. Work on your project while chatting with others. All adults—beginners as well as experienced crocheters and knitters—are welcome! Instruction available for beginning crocheters.

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Morning English Conversation Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Adult Program

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

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Babytime
10:30 AM

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

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

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Little Learners: STEAM program for Pre-K
10:30 AM

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

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

No registration required.

For children under 5 years old.  .

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

Clean up will begin at 11:30

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Read and Play Story Time
10:30 AM

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

Stories and crafts!

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

Wear your Halloween costumes, enjoy Halloween themed stories and a craft, and practice trick-or-treating in the library!

For ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

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

Siblings welcome. No registration necessary.

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

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

Explore the world with us! 

No registration required. 

LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
 
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Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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ABC drop-in play time for toddlers
11:00 AM

For toddlers and preschoolers 1-5 years old.
This is a drop-in time for children and caregivers to use our ABC learning materials. (This is self-directed activity for you to do on your own; library staff are not presenting it.)
Fun ABC materials included are: puzzles, workbooks, carpet squares, magnets, felt board, phonics sets, blocks, matching toys, beads, flash cards, etc.  They are set up around tables in the rear of the youth department.
Lawrence also maintains several language arts related Playaway Launchpads (learning tablets) for in house use, with a valid MCLS library card.
No registration is needed.
Cleanup takes place about an hour after start time.

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

Wear your costume to any Halloween Program and trick-or-treat at the library!

This program is a great way to introduce your child to library story times and reading. Age appropriate books are shared with the group. Songs, nursery rhymes, puppets, and felt board figures create a rich audio-visual and social experience. After 20 minutes of structured group time, there is time for play and for socializing.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Play Group with Stories
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

For children, ages 3-5 (with adult)

Open play with a variety of educational toys. 

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

 help children learn important literacy skills.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Drop-in Activity Table through 8:00pm
1:00 PM

Our activity station will have tables with games, educational toys, workbooks or other self-directed activities. At times there may be a craft!  Suitable for children of any age, with adult supervision.

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

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

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

Wear your costume to any Halloween Program and trick-or-treat at the library! 

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

Ages 2-5 with a caregiver.  Siblings Welcome.  No Registration Required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Active Aging: Fitness with Bob
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Adult Program

Want to exercise? Come and enjoy a stretching, low-impact, balance-oriented program designed by Certified Fitness instructor Bob Kirby. Bob's program incorporates music, yoga and FUN while focusing on posture, mobility, flexibility, strength and meditation. Please bring a water bottle and let's get MOVING! As with any exercise program, check with your healthcare provider to make sure you are able to participate. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
LOCATION: West Windsor Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Open Lab
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This is an unstructured project-oriented class. Practice what you learned in your classes, improve your typing skills by practicing keyboarding, set up a new email account, or bring a project of your own. An instructor will be available to help you. You must register.

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Celebrate Diwali
3:00 PM

Children ages 4 and up are invited to join us for a story, crafts, and treats!

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

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
LOCATION: Robbinsville Branch
There are 26 spaces available.
 
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Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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

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

 

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

Play a fun game of bingo with a Halloween theme!

Suggested for ages 4 to 8 years old.

All participants will receive a small prize.

No registration required.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
LOCATION: Hickory Corner Branch
 
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Diwali Crafts (All ages)
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Create a craft in celebration of Diwali! 

No registration required. 

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

Learn Spanish with a native speaker.

Please register in person or by telephone.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Tuesday Night Yoga
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Nancy McCormack teaches this eight-week series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Class is limited to 15 participants. Class dates are: September 17, October 1, 8, 15 & 29, November 12 & 19, and December 3.

All eight classes open for registration on Thursday, September 5 at 9:30 am.

Registration is required for each class in the eight-week series.

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

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Drop in Mummy Paper Plate Craft
6:00 PM

Come drop-in and create a scary paper plate mummy.

For ages 3 & up with a caregiver.

No registration required

Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Escape the Haunted Library! For families
6:00 PM

For children of all ages and their families.

The lights at the Lawrence Branch are out and the doors are locked – and somehow you are stuck in the children’s activity room!  Hidden in the room are clues to find the key that will get you out of there!  Do you have what it takes?  (Trust us, you don’t want to be stuck in the library all night).  Bring your family (in teams of 2-6 people) and work together to see if you can solve the puzzles in 20 minutes!!  Children of all ages are invited and everyone will have to work together in this Halloween-themed escape room.

Please don’t be late or you will miss your chance! 

Registration is required, starting at 7am on the day of the program.  Each family should sign up for one time slot.  Space is extremely limited.  Please phone the Youth Desk if you register and are not able to attend. (609) 883-8295.

Please note: this program will be held on Tuesday, October 15th, Saturday, October 19th, Monday, October 21st, and Tuesday, October 29th, at specified times.  Please only sign up for one date/time.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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ABC Chess (Grades 1-5)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Chess class for intermediate/advanced beginners. Boards and pieces provided. 

Come and enjoy the fun of chess taught by Sarah Yan (Champion of 2017 NJ Open U1600) and assisted by Erick Yan (Champion of 2016 Manhattan Open Mixed Doubles Team). 

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all five classes (10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29)

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

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

Please register in person or by telephone.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Project Science (Ages 7-11)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Project Science is a science club devised for young children to enhance their ability to make observations and ask questions about the world around them - and figure out how to answer those questions. Through a series of fun home experiments and interactive simulations, your child will cultivate curiosity and problem solving skills!

Registration required weekly. 

Registration will begin on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 9:30 AM     
 
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Open Lab
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

This is an unstructured project-oriented class. Practice what you learned in your classes, improve your typing skills by practicing keyboarding, set up a new email account, or bring a project of your own. An instructor will be available to help you. You must register.

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 16 spaces available.