MCLS Events and Programs

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


Visit your local branch's webpage for more information about ongoing programs and subscribe to their newsletter to receive monthly emails on events.

  
Tuesday April 13, 2021
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Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Let's Talk! Adult ESL Conversation Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Outdoor Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for an outdoor, socially distanced half-hour of stories and movement, plus a take-home craft, at the Twin Rivers Branch. Appropriate for ages 2 – 5, with a caregiver.  We will be meeting at the sidewalk at the far end of the building, near the field.  Caregivers are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Registration is mandatory and limited to 7 families.  Please complete one registration for families attending together (do not register each child individually). Library programs are free and open to all.

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • The library will not be open to the public. There will be no access to bathrooms. Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Youth Services Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Outdoor Storytime
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Children, ages 5 and under, are welcome for a safe, outdoor, socially distanced storytime at the Hickory Corner Branch

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.

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

  • Upon arrival groups/families will be assigned a space to sit for the duration of the program. 
  • Adults and children over age 2 must wear masks during the program.
  • Groups must stay (6 feet) socially distanced from other groups during the activity.
  • The library will not be open to the public. There will be no access to bathrooms.  Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Branch  609-448-1330  
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Outdoor Storytime
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Join us for an outdoor, socially distanced half-hour of stories and movement, plus a take-home craft, at the Twin Rivers Branch. Appropriate for ages 2 – 5, with a caregiver.  We will be meeting at the sidewalk at the far end of the building, near the field.  Caregivers are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Registration is mandatory and limited to 7 families.  Please complete one registration for families attending together (do not register each child individually). Library programs are free and open to all.

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • The library will not be open to the public. There will be no access to bathrooms. Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Youth Services Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Outdoor Crochet & Knit Corner
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

Registration is required prior to the event.

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

  • All participants must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • The library will not be open to the public. There will be no access to bathrooms. Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Adult Programs  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Pokémon Club
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Gotta catch 'em all! All Pokémon fans are invited to join MCLS Youth Services Librarians for crafts, games, cooking and more with a Pokemon twist.

Watch the most recent Pokémon Club video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 3:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Biography Shorts for Kids: Funny Poets
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for more Biography Shorts for Kids. April is National Poetry Month and we will be celebrating by looking at some of our favorite poets. This week we will look at funny poets Jack Prelutsky and Roald Dahl. We will present a brief biography for each poet and then tell you about some materials you can take out from the library to learn more about them and their work!

Watch the most recent episode of the Biography Shorts for Kids series on MCLS' YouTube channel at 4:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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MCL Facebook Book Club: Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us on Facebook for our monthly virtual book group. This month we will discuss Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Citizenship Exam Practice
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Are you working toward U.S. Citizenship? Make an appointment for a practice interview session with an MCLS staff member to go through all three sections of the test: reading, writing and the civics questions. This practice session will give you a good idea of what will happen during the interview and how well prepared you are. 
 
Use our online booking system to sign up for a 25-minute appointment. Appointments are normally scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m., or the fourth Wednesday of the month, 2-3:30 p.m. You will receive an email confirmation with additional instructions once your request is submitted.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library System    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday April 14, 2021
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Computer Class: Google Docs
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

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

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

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

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 25 spaces available.
 
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Feature on New Young Adult Fiction & Non-Fiction
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Songs & Stories in the Sun
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Come enjoy a socially distant, outdoor song & story time program at the Hightstown Branch. Children ages 5 and under will enjoy action rhymes, songs, and a story.

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

  • Upon arrival, your group will be assigned a space for the duration of the program.
  • Adults and children over the age 2 must wear face masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of six feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form for the entire family coming together.

CONTACT:  Hightstown Youth Services Staff  609-448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
There is 1 space available.
 
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Sidewalk Chalk Art
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Create your own chalk art on the library's sidewalk at the West Windsor Branch. Chalk will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own chalk. Each family will be assigned their own, socially distanced, sidewalk square. 

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-0462  
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Take-a-Craft: Mini 3D Paper Umbrella
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

April showers bring May flowers!! Come say hello and pick up a mini 3D paper umbrella kit at our outdoor table. Suggsted for children, ages 5 and older.

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled

No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8295  
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Energy Up~Energy Down: What Do You Need or Want More of -- Time or Energy?
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

What is energy? How do you get more of it and how do you maintain it? Join Romy Toussaint, the "Energy Queen" for a fun interactive workshop where you will explore the idea of "time vs. energy." What are the different types of energies? What do they give you? How do they empower you to do your work in this world? Come learn self awareness and self care tools that will change how you approach your day and keep you present, productive on purpose wherever you are, and give you more POWER. We hope you join us for this fun, interactive get together.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Computer Class: Google Sheets
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Learn the basics of this free spreadsheet program. Enter data, apply formulas, and format your work, resulting in a great-looking spreadsheet!

Note: Internet access and a free Google account are required to use Google Apps.

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

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

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

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 26 spaces available.
 
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STEAM Activity
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

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

One of the Hickory Corner librarians will moderate a thoughtful discussion of current events. All adults are welcome. No preparation is necessary; the librarian will reveal the topic at the top of the discussion. 

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

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

Registration is required prior to the event.

CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Adult Programs  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Math Activity Kit
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Children, ages 5 though 10 are invited to stop by the Hickory Corner Branch to pick up a Math Activity Kit.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Branch.

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

  • There will be a table set up outside for kit pick-up. In case of rain, you can pick up a kit inside at the Youth Services Desk. 
  • Adults and children over the age of 2 must wear masks when approaching the table or entering the library. 
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.

This is a walk-up program; no prior registration is required.

CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Branch  609-448-1330  
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Watch this week's video on our YouTube Channel.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday April 15, 2021
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Babytime w/ Miss Melissa
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Outdoor Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Children ages 2 and up, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join us for a safe, outdoor, and socially distanced storytime at the Robbinsville BranchPlease bring folding chairs or blanket.

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

  • Adults and children over age 2 must wear masks during the program.
  • The library will not be open to the public.
  • There will be no access to bathrooms.  Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Creation Station
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Children, ages 2 and up, are welcome for a safe, outdoor, socially distanced activity at the Hickory Corner Branch

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

  • Upon arrival groups/families will be assigned a creation station and materials to create an art or craft project. 
  • Adults and children over age 2 must wear masks during the program.
  • Groups must stay (6 feet) socially distanced from other groups during the activity.
  • The library will not be open to the public. There will be no access to bathrooms.  Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Branch  609-448-1330  
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Adult Coloring
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Criminal Minds: Killer Handwriting
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Covering some of the most high-profile cases using handwriting specimens of killers to show their behaviors with some stunning outcomes of the situations that may surprise history buffs. This program also highlights the Lindbergh kidnapping, again with some surprising new information that may be of interest to anyone who followed the case or because you are an NJ resident. This program will be presented by handwriting specialist Terry Antoniewicz.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library, Friends of the Hopewell Branch Library, and Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday April 16, 2021
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Private Computer Class Sessions
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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

 

Click on the link below to reserve your 20-minute appointment in Picktime, an online scheduling platform.

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

 

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

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
 
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Storytime w/ Miss Jamie
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Miss Jamie for stories and songs about plants and Earth Day!

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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The Five Wishes: A Discussion of End-of-Life
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Decisions It can be challenging to make sound decisions during difficult times, but understanding the choices that are available can help reduce the stress and anxiety. Learn how hospice and palliative care programs provide help and support, their similarities and differences, and how they can make a positive difference. Liz Cohen, LCSW, Hospice Social Worker with Penn Medicine Hospice Princeton Health, will present this invaluable program, which will include ample time to answer your questions.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Harry Potter Palooza: Herbology Seed Balls
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Calling all Harry Potter fans! Join Miss Jamie as she shows you how to make seed balls, inspired by the Hogwarts class, Herbology! Add flowers to your world, just like magic!

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Outdoor Take-a-Craft: Straw Airplane
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

It’s fly time!  Stop by the Lawrence HQ Branch any time between 3-4pm, and get a kit to make an airplane made out of paper and drinking straws!  Youth staff will be present outdoors to demo the craft and provide instructions and supplies. For kids of all ages.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8292  
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Outdoor Craft: Tissue Paper Painting
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Create a tissue paper painting outside the West Windsor Branch library. Upon arrival, each group will be assigned their own stations with all materials included to make the craft. Suggested for children, ages 5 and older. 

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration required. Please register each child who will be doing a craft. 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-0462  
There are 7 spaces available.
Saturday April 17, 2021
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Sensory Earth Day Craft
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Children of all abilities are invited to the Hightstown Branch to create an Earth Day craft using a variety of textured materials. Each child will receive their own craft kit. Families are asked to bring a towel or blanket to sit on in Hightstown Memorial Park. Suggested for ages 3 and up.

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

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

Registration prior to the event is required. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Hightstown Memorial Library Branch  609-448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2017)
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2017) -- This film celebrates Dr. Maya Angelou by weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America's most defining moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X to her inaugural speech for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon.

Find Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11884312

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday April 18, 2021
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“Create a...” Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday April 19, 2021
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Storytime (for ages 2-5 years)
10:00 AM

Join Miss Molly for storytime and acraft, for ages 2-5 years, with an adult to supervise.  Pleasse bring your own seating.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form for the entire family coming together.

 
 
CONTACT:  Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8295  
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Monday Morning Book Club: Need to Know by Karen Cleveland
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This month's title is Need to Know by Karen Cleveland.

Summary: Vivian Miller is a dedicated CIA counterintelligence analyst assigned to uncover the leaders of Russian sleeper cells in the United States. On track for a much-needed promotion, she's developed a system for identifying Russian agents, seemingly normal people living in plain sight. After accessing the computer of a potential Russian operative, Vivian stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents within America's borders. A few clicks later, everything that matters to her--her job, her husband, even her four children--are threatened. Vivian has vowed to defend her country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. But now she's facing impossible choices. Torn between loyalty and betrayal, allegiance and treason, love and suspicion, who can she trust? -- Provided by Publisher

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

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

Work with tables & text boxes; explore WordArt and insert pictures from the Internet.

Take Word 1 & Word 2 first!

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

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

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

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 26 spaces available.
 
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Outdoor Preschool Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn songs and rhymes!  Stories and take-home craft!  Suggested for children, ages 2-5 years.  

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required for this event.

CONTACT:  Ewing Youth Services Staff  609-882-3130  
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 19 spaces available.
 
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Outdoor Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us at the West Windsor Branch for an outdoors, socially distanced, storytime for ages 2-5! We will be reading pictures books and singing and dancing along to music. Children will recieve a take-home craft after storytime. 

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-0462  
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Computer Class: Excel 3
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Learn how to consolidate multiple data ranges into one worksheet, then insert charts to highlight your worksheet’s most important information. Proficiency in Excel 1 & Excel 2 recommended!    

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

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

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

 

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

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

Watch the most recent episode of the Children's Author Study series on MCLS' YouTube channel at 2:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Outdoor STEM Program
4:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Science experiments and math problems that challenge your thinking! Suggetsed for children, ages 6-10 years,

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required for this event.

CONTACT:  Ewing Youth Services Staff  609-882-3130  
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Monday Meditation
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Relax, refocus, and rejuvenate. Take a moment to regain the peace lost during our busy days. Facilitated by Hightstown Branch staff member, Leena, who is a 12-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Monday Night Book Group: Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

All are welcome to read and discuss this  month's Monday Night Book Group book, Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday April 20, 2021
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Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Diana
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Let's Talk! Adult ESL Conversation Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Outdoor Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for an outdoor, socially distanced half-hour of stories and movement, plus a take-home craft, at the Twin Rivers Branch. Appropriate for ages 2 – 5, with a caregiver.  We will be meeting at the sidewalk at the far end of the building, near the field.  Caregivers are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Registration is mandatory and limited to 7 families.  Please complete one registration for families attending together (do not register each child individually). Library programs are free and open to all.

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • The library will not be open to the public. There will be no access to bathrooms. Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Youth Services Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Outdoor Storytime
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Children, ages 5 and under, are welcome for a safe, outdoor, socially distanced storytime at the Hickory Corner Branch

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.

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

  • Upon arrival groups/families will be assigned a space to sit for the duration of the program. 
  • Adults and children over age 2 must wear masks during the program.
  • Groups must stay (6 feet) socially distanced from other groups during the activity.
  • The library will not be open to the public. There will be no access to bathrooms.  Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Branch  609-448-1330  
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Outdoor Storytime
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Join us for an outdoor, socially distanced half-hour of stories and movement, plus a take-home craft, at the Twin Rivers Branch. Appropriate for ages 2 – 5, with a caregiver.  We will be meeting at the sidewalk at the far end of the building, near the field.  Caregivers are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Registration is mandatory and limited to 7 families.  Please complete one registration for families attending together (do not register each child individually). Library programs are free and open to all.

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • The library will not be open to the public. There will be no access to bathrooms. Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Youth Services Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Outdoor Crochet & Knit Corner
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

Registration is required prior to the event.

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

  • All participants must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • The library will not be open to the public. There will be no access to bathrooms. Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Adult Programs  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Biography Shorts for Kids: Mary Ann Hoberman
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for more Biography Shorts for Kids. April is National Poetry Month and we will be celebrating by looking at some of our favorite poets. This week we will look at children's book author and poet Mary Ann Hoberman. We will present a brief biography of her life and then tell you about some materials you can take out from the library to learn more about her work!

Watch the most recent episode of the Biography Shorts for Kids series on MCLS' YouTube channel at 4:30 p.m.!

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday April 21, 2021
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Computer Class: Write Your Resume with Google Docs
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Learn the fundamentals of a strong resume, then begin building your own using Google Docs, a word processing program that’s free and easy to use! 

Note: Internet access and a free Google account are required to use Google Apps.

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 25 spaces available.
 
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Feature on New Juvenile Fiction
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Songs & Stories in the Sun
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Come enjoy a socially distant, outdoor song & story time program at the Hightstown Branch. Children ages 5 and under will enjoy action rhymes, songs, and a story.

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

  • Upon arrival, your group will be assigned a space for the duration of the program.
  • Adults and children over the age 2 must wear face masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of six feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form for the entire family coming together.

CONTACT:  Hightstown Youth Services Staff  609-448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Sidewalk Chalk Art
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Create your own chalk art on the library's sidewalk at the West Windsor Branch. Chalk will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own chalk. Each family will be assigned their own, socially distanced, sidewalk square. 

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-0462  
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Gardening Book Group: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
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 book, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold.

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

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

Learn the fundamentals of a strong cover letter, then begin building your own using Google Docs, a word processing program that’s free and easy to use! 

Note: Internet access and a free Google account are required to use Google Apps.

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 28 spaces available.
 
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STEAM Activity
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

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

One of the Hickory Corner librarians will moderate a thoughtful discussion of current events. All adults are welcome. No preparation is necessary; the librarian will reveal the topic at the top of the discussion. 

Registration is required prior to the event.

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

  • All participants must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Adult Programs  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Math Activity Kit
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Children, ages 5 though 10 are invited to stop by the Hickory Corner Branch to pick up a Math  Activity Kit.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Branch.

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

  • There will be a table set up outside for kit pick-up. In case of rain, you can pick up a kit inside at the Youth Services Desk. 
  • Adults and children over the age of 2 must wear masks when approaching the table or entering the library. 
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.

This is a walk-up program; no prior registration is required.

CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Branch  609-448-1330  
 
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Game Night
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

Join us outdoors for a fun evening of creative-thinking party games.

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

  • All participants must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building & use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Adult Programs  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Watch this week's video on our YouTube Channel.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday April 22, 2021
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Babytime w/ Miss Chetna
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Little Explorers
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Children ages 3 and up, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join us for a safe, outdoor and socially distanced Earth Day Program at the Robbinsville Branch. We will learn about different types of trees and do a socially distanced activity! Please bring folding chairs or blanket and crayons.

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

  • Adults and children over age 2 must wear masks during the program.
  • The library will not be open to the public.
  • There will be no access to bathrooms.  Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Creation Station
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Children, ages 2 and up, are welcome for a safe, outdoor, socially distanced activity at the Hickory Corner Branch

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

  • Upon arrival groups/families will be assigned a creation station and materials to create an art or craft project. 
  • Adults and children over age 2 must wear masks during the program.
  • Groups must stay (6 feet) socially distanced from other groups during the activity.
  • The library will not be open to the public. There will be no access to bathrooms.  Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Branch  609-448-1330  
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Adult Coloring
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Earth Day Seed Bombs
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Children, ages 4-12, with a caregiver are welcome to make and take home seed bombs for Earth Day during this outdoor, socially distanced activity at the Hollowbrook Branch.

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

  • We will be meeting next to the pool in the picnic table area.
  • Please bring a blanket or a folding chair in case all tables are full.
  • Adults and children over age 2 must wear masks during the program.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Hollowbrook Branch  609-883-5914  
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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LEGO® Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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An Overview of ABA Therapy for Children with Autism
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Rebecca Zegas, M.A., BCBA, provides an information session on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Join us for an overview of ABA, as well as the opportunity to get answers to questions about ABA therapy and the process of behavior change. Ms. Zegas received her Masters Degree in Special Education from Rider University and completed her ABA coursework at Penn State World Campus. Her diverse and extensive experience includes providing early intervention services, teaching in the classroom, and consulting for school districts. She is the founder of Limitless Behavioral Services and Consulting.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday April 23, 2021
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Outdoor Storytime
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Children, ages 2-6, with a caregiver are welcome for an outdoor, socially distanced storytime at the Hollowbrook Branch.

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

  • We will be meeting next to the pool in the picnic table area.
  • Please bring a blanket or a folding chair in case tables are full.
  • Adults and children over age 2 must wear masks during the program.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Hollowbrook Branch  609-883-5914  
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 4 spaces available.
 
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Private Computer Class Sessions
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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

 

Click on the link below to reserve your 20-minute appointment in Picktime, an online scheduling platform.

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

 

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

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
 
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Storytime w/ Miss Lauren
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Miss Lauren for stories and songs about pets!

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Outdoor Dance Party
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Children are invited to join us for an Outdoor Dance party at the Hickory Corner Branch!

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

  • Upon arrival, your group will be assigned your own personal dance space. 
  • Groups must remain socially distanced from each other for the duration of the program.
  • Please bring your own shakers and instruments.
  • Adults and children over the age of 2 must wear masks when approaching the table or entering the library. 
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.

Registration is required prior to this event. Please complete one registration for the entire family/group attending together.

CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Branch  609-448-1330  
 
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What's Cooking @ MCLS
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Join MCLS Staff as they share recipes from books in our collection or a tried and true favorite!

Watch this week's What's Cooking @ MCLS video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 12:00 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Lockdown Living
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

How has lockdown affected your life? Are you doing online shopping or curbside pickup? Are you guiding children through the online school experience? Maybe you're telecommuting or meeting with friends and family via Zoom. Join us for a thoughtful discussion of managing pandemic restrictions. Maybe you can pick up some tips for making life a bit easier.

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

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

Registration is required prior to the event.

CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Adult Programs  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Outdoor Craft: Beaded Butterflies
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Create a beaded butterfly outside the West Windsor Branch library. Suggested for chlidren, ages 5 and older. 

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration required. Please register each child who will be doing a craft. 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-0462  
There are 8 spaces available.
Saturday April 24, 2021
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Music & Movement for Kids
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Watch the most recent episode of the Music & Movement series on MCLS' YouTube channel at 10:30 a.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: Young Goethe in Love (2011)
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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

Young Goethe in Love (2011) -- Germany 1772 - the young and tumultuous Johann Goethe aspires to be a poet, but after failing his law exams, he is sent by his father to a sleepy provincial court to mend his ways. Unsure of his talent and eager to prove himself, Goethe soon wins the praise and friendship of his superior Kestner. But then Lotte enters his life and nothing is the same as before.

Find Young Goethe in Love on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/10979712

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday April 25, 2021
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“Create a...” Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday April 26, 2021
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Computer Class: Word 4
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 26 spaces available.
 
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Outdoor Preschool Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn songs and rhymes!  Stories and take-home craft! Suggested for children, ages 2-5 years.  

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required for this event.

CONTACT:  Ewing Youth Services Staff  609-882-3130  
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 20 spaces available.
 
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Outdoor Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us at the West Windsor Branch for an outdoors, socially distanced, storytime for ages 2-5! We will be reading pictures books and singing and dancing along to music. Children will recieve a take-home craft after storytime. 

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-0462  
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Computer Class: Excel 4
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Learn how to sort and filter your data, then insert pivot tables to create dynamic views of important information. Proficiency in Excel 1, Excel 2, & Excel 3 recommended!

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

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

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

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

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

Watch the most recent episode of the Children's Author Study series on MCLS' YouTube channel at 2:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Conversation Café
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at MCLS' virtual Conversation Café to discuss a thought provoking topic. At the beginning of each Conversation Café, a question will be posted on our Facebook page. Once the question is posted, feel free to join in on the conversation and let us know what you think. An MCLS librarian will be online from 3:30-4:30pm for each Café to facilitate and participate in the chat.

Please remember Conversation Café is hosted on MCLS' public Facebook page. We kindly ask participants to share responses in a polite and respectful manner.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Outdoor STEM Program
4:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Science experiments and math problems that challenge your thinking! Suggetsed for children, ages 6-10 years.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled

Registration for this event is required.

CONTACT:  Ewing Youth Services Staff  609-882-3130  
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Monday Meditation
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Relax, refocus, and rejuvenate. Take a moment to regain the peace lost during our busy days. Facilitated by Hightstown Branch staff member, Leena, who is a 12-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday April 27, 2021
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Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Let's Talk! Adult ESL Conversation Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Outdoor Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for an outdoor, socially distanced half-hour of stories and movement, plus a take-home craft, at the Twin Rivers Branch. Appropriate for ages 2 – 5, with a caregiver.  We will be meeting at the sidewalk at the far end of the building, near the field.  Caregivers are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Registration is mandatory and limited to 7 families.  Please complete one registration for families attending together (do not register each child individually). Library programs are free and open to all.

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • The library will not be open to the public. There will be no access to bathrooms. Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Youth Services Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Outdoor Storytime
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Children, ages 5 and under, are welcome for a safe, outdoor, socially distanced storytime at the Hickory Corner Branch

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.

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

  • Upon arrival groups/families will be assigned a space to sit for the duration of the program. 
  • Adults and children over age 2 must wear masks during the program.
  • Groups must stay (6 feet) socially distanced from other groups during the activity.
  • The library will not be open to the public. There will be no access to bathrooms.  Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Branch  609-448-1330  
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Outdoor Storytime
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Join us for an outdoor, socially distanced half-hour of stories and movement, plus a take-home craft, at the Twin Rivers Branch. Appropriate for ages 2 – 5, with a caregiver.  We will be meeting at the sidewalk at the far end of the building, near the field.  Caregivers are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Registration is mandatory and limited to 7 families.  Please complete one registration for families attending together (do not register each child individually). Library programs are free and open to all.

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • The library will not be open to the public. There will be no access to bathrooms. Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Twin Rivers Youth Services Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Outdoor Crochet & Knit Corner
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

Registration is required prior to the event.

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

  • All participants must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • The library will not be open to the public. There will be no access to bathrooms. Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Adult Programs  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Pokemon Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Biography Shorts for Kids: Jacqueline Woodson
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for more Biography Shorts for Kids. April is National Poetry Month and we will be celebrating by looking at some of our favorite poets. This week we will look at children's book author and poet Jacqueline Woodson. We will present a brief biography of her life and then tell you about some materials you can take out from the library to learn more about her work!

Watch the most recent episode of the Biography Shorts for Kids series on MCLS' YouTube channel at 4:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Tuesday Night Book Discussion: White Ivy by Susie Yang
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

All are welcome to discuss this month's title, White Ivy, by Susie Yang. 

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday April 28, 2021
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Computer Class: PowerPoint 1
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

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

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

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

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 26 spaces available.
 
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Feature on New Juvenile Graphic Novels
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Songs & Stories in the Sun
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Come enjoy a socially distant, outdoor song & story time program at the Hightstown Branch. Children ages 5 and under will enjoy action rhymes, songs, and a story.

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

  • Upon arrival, your group will be assigned a space for the duration of the program.
  • Adults and children over the age 2 must wear face masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of six feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form for the entire family coming together.

CONTACT:  Hightstown Youth Services Staff  609-448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Sidewalk Chalk Art
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Create your own chalk art on the library's sidewalk at the West Windsor Branch. Chalk will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own chalk. Each family will be assigned their own, socially distanced, sidewalk square. 

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-0462  
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Citizenship Exam Practice
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Are you working toward U.S. Citizenship? Make an appointment for a practice interview session with an MCLS staff member to go through all three sections of the test: reading, writing and the civics questions. This practice session will give you a good idea of what will happen during the interview and how well prepared you are. 
 
Use our online booking system to sign up for a 25-minute appointment. Appointments are normally scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m., or the fourth Wednesday of the month, 2-3:30 p.m. You will receive an email confirmation with additional instructions once your request is submitted.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library System    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Computer Class: PowerPoint 2
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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

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

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

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

 

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 27 spaces available.
 
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STEAM Activity
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Literary Book Club: The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join Reference Librarian, Nita Mathur from our West Windsor Branch to discuss, The Island of Sea Women, by Lisa See.

A new novel from New York Times bestselling author, Lisa See, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.

“Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on a Korean island, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.” - provided by publisher

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Math Activity Kit
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Children, ages 5 though 10 are invited to stop by the Hickory Corner Branch to pick up a Math  Activity Kit.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Branch.

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

  • There will be a table set up outside for kit pick-up. In case of rain, you can pick up a kit inside at the Youth Services Desk. 
  • Adults and children over the age of 2 must wear masks when approaching the table or entering the library. 
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.

This is a walk-up program; no prior registration is required.

CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Branch  609-448-1330  
 
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Outdoor Flip Book Craft
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Color a flip book showing the life cycle of a monarch butterfly!  Then flip through the pages and watch the metamorphosis.  For kids of all ages.  Youth staff will be present outdoors to demo the craft and provide instructions and supplies.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
CONTACT:  Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8295  
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Outdoor Flip Book Craft
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Color a flip book showing the life cycle of a monarch butterfly!  Then flip through the pages and watch the metamorphosis.  For kids of all ages.  Youth staff will be present outdoors to demo the craft and provide instructions and supplies.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
CONTACT:  Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8295  
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Navigating Resources for Children & Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Family Resource Network is proud to present our representatives from Autism Family Services of New Jersey, Caregivers of New Jersey, and Programs & Services to discuss the available care our organization can provide for your child or adolescent with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Family Services of New Jersey will be providing information on available Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Individual Support Services (ISS) services for Mercer county. Caregivers of New Jersey was formed in response to the growing number of caregivers within the state and provide a central point of contact on caregiving issues. They are also a leader in providing support coordination services and work with individuals to help develop person-centered life plans. Programs & Services will present community-based programs available for your child. Please join us for this informative session followed by a Q&A.

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday April 29, 2021
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Babytime w/ Miss Jen
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Outdoor Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Children ages 2 and up, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join us for a safe, outdoor, and socially distanced storytime at the Robbinsville BranchPlease bring folding chairs or blanket.

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

  • Adults and children over age 2 must wear masks during the program.
  • The library will not be open to the public.
  • There will be no access to bathrooms.  Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Creation Station
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Children, ages 2 and up, are welcome for a safe, outdoor, socially distanced activity at the Hickory Corner Branch

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

  • Upon arrival groups/families will be assigned a creation station and materials to create an art or craft project. 
  • Adults and children over age 2 must wear masks during the program.
  • Groups must stay (6 feet) socially distanced from other groups during the activity.
  • The library will not be open to the public. There will be no access to bathrooms.  Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Branch  609-448-1330  
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Adult Coloring
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Virtual Tour of Historic Princeton
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

From Princeton's humble beginnings as a stage coach stop and tavern halfway between New York City and Philadelphia, it has grown to become a center for learning and culture. George Washington walked its streets and three other United States Presidents James Madison, Woodrow Wilson and Grover Cleveland, lived in Princeton. Thomas Mann, T.S. Eliot and F. Scott Fitzgerald all wrote in Princeton. Actor Paul Robeson spent his childhood here; his father, William Drew Robeson, was pastor of the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church. World-renowned scientists Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer made the town their home. It served as the home of the first Continental Congress and as the capitol in 1783. In this virtual tour, you will get a bird's eye view of many of the historic buildings and important sights adorning the town and campus. Presented by Eve Mandel, Director of Programs and Visitor Services at the Historical Society of Princeton. Please join us for the tour.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Branch.

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Wills, Probate & Estate Planning 2021 Update
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Wills & Estate Administration Estate administration can be very complex.  Having some information before you begin can help you through the process. Kenneth Vercammen, Esq. will cover topics such as, handling probate during COVID, getting your Estate Planning documents done when you can't go into a law office, and avoiding unnecessary expenses and saving your family money. Mr. Vercammen is the author of three books published by the American Bar Association.  He was named the NJ State Bar Municipal Court Attorney of the Year and, he is the past president of the Middlesex County Municipal Prosecutors Association.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday April 30, 2021
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Computer Class: Publisher
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 28 spaces available.
 
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Storytime w/ Miss Briana
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Miss Briana for stories and songs.  

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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MCLS Teen Advisory Board
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for our first Mercer County Library System Teen Advisory Board meeting. All teens are welcome to join! At this meeting we'll play a few games, get to know each other and talk about what you'll get to do as a TAB member, like helping run library programs, earning community service hours, seeing new books before they're published, and getting the opportunity to use your creativity and grow your leadership skills.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Outdoor Craft: Flower Pot Painting
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Paint your own flower pot outside the West Windsor Branch library. Upon arrival, each group will be assigned their own stations with all materials included to make the craft. Suggested for children, ages 5 and older. 

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration required. Please register each child who will be doing a craft. 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-0462  
There are 6 spaces available.
Saturday May 1, 2021
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Online Picture Book Arts & Crafts Club
9:35 AM - 10:00 AM

Join Miss Elena to read a bug-themed story and do a related craft together! Craft supply kits are available at West Windsor's Youth Services Desk. Kits will be available until May 31. Suggested for children, ages 4-8.

Watch this month's Picture Book Arts & Crafts Club video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT:  West Windsor Youth Services  609-275-8901  
 
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Family Nature Scavenger Hunt
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for a nature scavenger hunt around the library! Win prizes and get a take-home craft once your scavenger hunt is complete. Each family will be given a time slot spaced 10 minutes apart between 2-4 pm to ensure social distancing. Please contact Lisa Kerr at 609-799-0462 or westys@mcl.org to register.

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration required.  Please contact Lisa Kerr at 609-799-0462 or westys@mcl.org to register.

CONTACT:  West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-0462  
 
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: My Dad is Baryshnikov (2011)
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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

My Dad is Baryshnikov (2011) -- Moscow, 1986, the time of Perestroika. Borya, the clumsiest pupil at the Bolshoi Ballet School, is convinced that he is the son of Mikhail Baryshnikov after watching a videotape recording of the great artist. Will Borya fulfill his dream to have his name written out on the facade of the legendary Bolshoi Theatre?

Find My Dad is Baryshnikov on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12140969

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday May 2, 2021
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“Create a...” Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday May 3, 2021
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Asian Folktales
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

In Honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Miss Chetna and Miss Susan will read and dramatize several selections of Asian folktales from the book, Asian Children's Favorite Stories: A Treasury of Folktales from China, Japan, Korea, India, The Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia retold by David Conger, Marian Davies, Toth & Kay Lyons. This program is for all ages!

Watch the Asian Folktales video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 9:30 a.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Monday Meditation
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Relax, refocus, and rejuvenate. Take a moment to regain the peace lost during our busy days. Facilitated by Hightstown Branch staff member, Leena, who is a 12-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Hallowed Ground: Putting the Civil War Dead to Rest
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

750,000 men died in the American Civil War but the tragedy was magnified by disrespectful burial practices where large numbers of bodies were deposited, unidentified, into trenches. Enemy soldiers were frequently not buried at all. This program covers these issues and reports how after the war, Federal and state governments, including large numbers of women, sought to rectify the matter by re-burying them in special cemeteries. This program also covers the issue of statues and monuments.

Civil War expert Martin Mosho, who has studied the Civil War for over 50 years and toured many of the most famous battlefields. He is a member of a prominent Civil War society and a retired instructor of Mercer County Community College.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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TrashedArt 2021 Virtual Contest Reception
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Mercer County Library System will be announcing the winners for their 2nd Annual TrashedArt Virtual Contest at the Virtual TrashedArt Reception. Certificates will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in both the student and adult categories. After a decade of TrashedArt Contests held at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch, we were very happy to be able to continue the program remotely this year. The annual TrashedArt Contest encourages artists to upcycle materials destined for the landfill into art. The contest was open to students in grades 7-12 and adults living or working in Mercer County. For more information, please visit the Mercer County Library System's website at https://mcl.org/trashedart.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday May 4, 2021
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Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Let's Talk! Adult ESL Conversation Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Crochet, Knit & Chat
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Author Talk w/ Charles Fergus
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Charles Fergus will discuss his Gideon Stoltz historical mystery series, set in the rough-and-tumble Pennsylvania backcountry in the 1830s. He will also read from Nighthawk's Wing, the latest in the series, as well as talk about nature writing, and the differences between writing fiction and nonfiction. Nighthawk's Wing and other titles by Charles Fergus are available with your MCLS' library card on hoopla.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday May 5, 2021
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Songs & Stories in the Sun
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Come enjoy a socially distant, outdoor song & story time program at the Hightstown Branch. Children ages 5 and under will enjoy action rhymes, songs, and a story.

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

  • Upon arrival, your group will be assigned a space for the duration of the program.
  • Adults and children over the age 2 must wear face masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of six feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form for the entire family coming together.

CONTACT:  Hightstown Youth Services Staff  609-448-1474  
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Current Events Chat
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

One of our librarians will moderate a thoughtful discussion of current events. All adults are welcome. No preparation is necessary; the librarian will reveal the topic at the top of the discussion. Feel free to bring along a cup of coffee or tea!

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Outdoor Library Drawing Party
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Adults are welcome for a safe, outdoor, socially distanced Library Drawing Party at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch, in front of the library's lower-level doorTry out your artistic talents and learn to draw new images each week.  Upon arrival attendees will be assigned a space to sit for the duration of the program. Sanitized clipboards, paper and colored pencils will be provided for the duration of the program. Please do not share materials between groups. 

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event and limited to six people.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Three Formidable Women Artists from the Distant Past
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us as Jeanne Johnson, famed for her hour-long-in-depth studies of artists, guides us through the lives and works of Artemisia Gentileschi, Lavinia Fontana and Sofonisba Anguisola. During the 15th and 16th centuries, success followed talented women artists who challenged gender roles and conventions. Now, 400+ years later, these incredible women are receiving global recognition. Artemisia Gentileschi, Lavinia Fontana and Sofonisba Anguisola have all been showcased with international exhibits beginning in 2019. Artemisia, who is described by the BBC as “the Beyonce of art history”, is the first woman in the 196-year history of London’s National Gallery to have a major solo exhibit, with works from museums and private collections across Europe and the United States. She was one of the first women to achieve international recognition during her lifetime. Lavinia and Sofonisba, both extremely successful during their lifetimes, their reputations having languished after their deaths, have been honored with exhibits in Ireland and Spain. 

Johnson's interest in art and music have taken her to more than 87 countries in pursuit of her passions. Since retiring from a successful career as a classically trained musician, she has become an active volunteer on several boards and will serve as the next President of the Princeton YWCA Newcomers & Friends. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday May 6, 2021
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Babytime w/ Miss Briana
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Tween Game Hour
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join Miss Jamie on GoToMeeting for some virtual board and card games. This session, we'll be playing "The Game of Unspeakable Fun!", Taboo!

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Coping With Allergies and Asthma
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

If you suffer from chronic nasal stuffiness; headaches; coughs; or other sinus, allergy or asthma symptoms, join us for this informative program and learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of common allergy disorders. This session will be presented by Neeti Gupta, MD, board certified in allergy and immunology, and a member of the Medical Staff of Penn Medicine Princeton Health.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday May 7, 2021
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Storytime w/ Miss Christine
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Miss Christine for stories and songs.  

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Outdoor Drum Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join our in-person drum circle led by popular long time facilitator Ange Chianese in a relaxed outdoor setting next to the library's building, in front of the library’s lower-level door. Drummers of all levels of experience are invited to participate. Bring your own drum(s), bells, percussions, or use some of ours in compliance with the CDC safety guidelines related to hard surfaces. Bringing your own folding chair is encouraged. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

We will be providing a safe environment by strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines. Please note the following:
  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required. Call 609-883-8292 or e-mail lawprogs@mcl.org to register. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Saturday May 8, 2021
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Music & Movement for Kids
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Watch the most recent episode of the Music & Movement series on MCLS' YouTube channel at 10:30 a.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: The Second Mother (2015)
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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

The Second Mother (2015) -- A long-time housekeeper for a wealthy São Paulo family, Val is committed to loyalty and respect. But her values and the dynamic of the whole household are challenged when her sharp-minded and progressive daughter comes to visit. A warmhearted story of class- and mother-daughter relationships.

Find The Second Mother on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12194326

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday May 9, 2021
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“Create a...” Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday May 10, 2021
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Transcontinental Railroad
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Local historian John Kilbride will discuss the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Upon the driving of the golden spike at Promontory Point (UT) on May 10, 1869, the telegraph message “Done” was sent out, signaling the completion of our nation’s first transcontinental railroad. In the evenet of inclement weather, the program will take place on Friday, May 14 at 2:30 p.m.

John is the moderator of the Camden & Amboy Railroad Historians, and Railroads of Trenton Facebook groups; he advises local historians on the C&A Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad in New Jersey.

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building’s capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will take place on Friday, May 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Registration is required prior to the event.

CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Adult Programs  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Conversation Café
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at MCLS' virtual Conversation Café to discuss a thought provoking topic. At the beginning of each Conversation Café, a question will be posted on our Facebook page. Once the question is posted, feel free to join in on the conversation and let us know what you think. An MCLS librarian will be online from 3:30-4:30pm for each Café to facilitate and participate in the chat.

Please remember Conversation Café is hosted on MCLS' public Facebook page. We kindly ask participants to share responses in a polite and respectful manner.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Monday Meditation
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Relax, refocus, and rejuvenate. Take a moment to regain the peace lost during our busy days. Facilitated by Hightstown Branch staff member, Leena, who is a 12-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Ten Ways to Declutter Your Mind and Free Up Mental Space
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Feeling frazzled? With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, please join author and de-cluttering humorist Jamie Novak when she shares her tips to declutter your mind so you can stop feeling so overwhelmed, get more done, and gain more clarity. During this virtual program Jamie will guide you through written exercises. You'll log off the workshop with useful tips you can use to go from flustered to in control.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Robbinsville Library.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday May 11, 2021
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Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Let's Talk! Adult ESL Conversation Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Outdoor Crochet & Knit Corner
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

Registration is required prior to the event.

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

  • All participants must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • The library will not be open to the public. There will be no access to bathrooms. Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Adult Programs  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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MCL Facebook Book Club: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us on Facebook for our monthly virtual book group. This month we will discuss Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Citizenship Exam Practice
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Are you working toward U.S. Citizenship? Make an appointment for a practice interview session with an MCLS staff member to go through all three sections of the test: reading, writing and the civics questions. This practice session will give you a good idea of what will happen during the interview and how well prepared you are. 
 
Use our online booking system to sign up for a 25-minute appointment. Appointments are normally scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m., or the fourth Wednesday of the month, 2-3:30 p.m. You will receive an email confirmation with additional instructions once your request is submitted.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library System    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday May 12, 2021
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Songs & Stories in the Sun
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Come enjoy a socially distant, outdoor song & story time program at the Hightstown Branch. Children ages 5 and under will enjoy action rhymes, songs, and a story.

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

  • Upon arrival, your group will be assigned a space for the duration of the program.
  • Adults and children over the age 2 must wear face masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of six feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form for the entire family coming together.

CONTACT:  Hightstown Youth Services Staff  609-448-1474  
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Outdoor Current Events Chat
2:30 PM - 2:30 PM

One of the Hickory Corner librarians will moderate a thoughtful discussion of current events. All adults are welcome. No preparation is necessary; the librarian will reveal the topic at the top of the discussion. 

Registration is required prior to the event.

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

  • All participants must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Adult Programs  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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STEAM Activity
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Outdoor Library Drawing Party
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Adults are welcome for a safe, outdoor, socially distanced Library Drawing Party at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch, in front of the library's lower-level doorTry out your artistic talents and learn to draw new images each week.  Upon arrival attendees will be assigned a space to sit for the duration of the program. Sanitized clipboards, paper and colored pencils will be provided for the duration of the program. Please do not share materials between groups. 

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event and limited to six people.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:00 AM     
 
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The Short of It: Dorothy Parker
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The short story -- short in length, but full of content! Join our discussion group, which focuses on the short story. Each month we'll read and discuss three short stories by the same author. This month's author is Dorothy Parker and her short stories, "The Little Hours” “But the One on the Right,” and “A Telephone Call.”  Please feel free to bring your own blanket or folding chair; we will be sitting outside on the grass between the library and high school's turf field.

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

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

Registration is required prior to the event.

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

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

We will discuss the first two poems in T. S. Eliot's "Four Quartets", his set of four linked poems.  In "Burnt Norton" and "East Coker" Eliot lays out spiritual and philosophical themes concerning time and memory and man's relationship with the divine.  Combining the personal with the universal, these poems are among the masterpieces of 20th century poetry. Bringing your own folding chair is encouraged.

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required. Call 609-883-8292 or e-mail lawprogs@mcl.org to register. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Thursday May 13, 2021
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Adult Coloring
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Writers' Group: Getting to Know Each Other as Writers
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Our monthly writers' group invites writers of all genres and forms to join a creative community. The group alternates between discussion-based informative sessions and generative writing sessions, and is lead by librarian and fiction writer, Corina Bardoff. Rather than a workshop focused on critique, the group aims to be an inspiring and affirming support for writers at any stage of their writing life.

This month: Today's session will be spent discussing our writing: our projects, our goals, our favorite books, and what we might want to change about our writing life. Everyone will also have a (short) chance to read from their work.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
There are 18 spaces available.
 
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LEGO® Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Spotted Lanternfly: Investigating the Invader
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join Mercer County Park Commission’s Senior Land Steward, Jillian Stark, to investigate the spotted lanternfly's emergence and impact. Learn what is being done to research and mitigate the damage done by this pest, and what you can do in your own backyard to defend against it. This program is suitable for adults and children 10 years and older.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday May 14, 2021
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Storytime w/ Miss Michelle
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Miss Michelle for stories and songs!

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

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

Watch Miss Briana's video when it goes live at 3:30 p.m. to learn about this month's author, Erin Entrada Kelly, and her books she's written. Recommended for Grades 3 through 5.

Watch this month's Middle Grade Book Club video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 3:30 p.m.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Saturday May 15, 2021
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Outdoor Bilingual Bingo (Ages 3 and Up)
3:00 PM

Play the classic game of Bingo with a bilingual twist! Children ages 3 and up will learn Spanish vocabulary as they play Bingo in front of the Hightstown Branch. Parents/guardians are encouraged to play along, too. Children will win a small prize. Please bring a blanket or beach towel to sit on.

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

  • All participants (ages 2 and older) must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for the entire family attending together.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: The Lost Husband (2020)
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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

The Lost Husband (2020) -- Based on the novel by bestselling author Katherine Center, the story centers on a woman (Libby) attempting to put her life back together after the death of her husband, as she moves with her children into her Aunt's goat farm in Central Texas to discovers connecting details of her past and engage in a life-changing relationship with the ranch's resident cowboy (O'Connor). A compelling story of surviving and comfort.

Find The Lost Husband on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13934062

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday May 16, 2021
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“Create a...” Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday May 17, 2021
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Monday Morning Book Club: Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This month's title is Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe.

Summary: Look Homeward, Angel is an elaborate and moving coming-of-age story about Eugene Gant, a restless and energetic character whose passion to experience life takes him from his small, rural hometown in North Carolina to Harvard University and the city of Boston. The novel's pattern is artfully simple -- a small town, a large family, high school and college -- yet the characters are monumental in their graphic individualityand personality. Through his rich, ornate prose, Wolfe evokes the extraordinarily vivid family of the Gants, and with equal detail, the remarkable peculiarities of small-town life and the pain and upheaval of a boy who must leave both. A classic work of American literature, Look Homeward, Angel is a passionate, stirring, and unforgettable novel.

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

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

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

Watch the most recent episode of the Children's Author Study series on MCLS' YouTube channel at 2:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Monday Meditation
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Relax, refocus, and rejuvenate. Take a moment to regain the peace lost during our busy days. Facilitated by Hightstown Branch staff member, Leena, who is a 12-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Monday Night Book Group: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

All are welcome to read and discuss this  month's Monday Night Book Group book, The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday May 18, 2021
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Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Let's Talk! Adult ESL Conversation Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Outdoor Crochet & Knit Corner
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

Registration is required prior to the event.

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

  • All participants must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • The library will not be open to the public. There will be no access to bathrooms. Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Adult Programs  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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STEAM Workshop for Educators
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn how to make science, technology, engineering, art, and math a regular part of your early childhood classroom. Promote exploration and discovery with hands-on seasonal activities that encourage children's natural curiosity. Also learn how to best pair books with STEAM activities that celebrate spring and summer. Open to anyone interested in encouraging information literacy skills and a lifetime love of learning. Educators will receive certificates for professional development hours. Chrissy Holcombe holds a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Information degree from Rutgers University. She has over 20 years experience working in the field and has been leading STEAM programs for preschoolers and elementary school age children for the past 6 years. She has taught teacher workshops for the New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children.

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday May 19, 2021
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Feature on New Easy Reader Fiction & Non-Fiction
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Songs & Stories in the Sun
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Come enjoy a socially distant, outdoor song & story time program at the Hightstown Branch. Children ages 5 and under will enjoy action rhymes, songs, and a story.

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

  • Upon arrival, your group will be assigned a space for the duration of the program.
  • Adults and children over the age 2 must wear face masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of six feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form for the entire family coming together.

CONTACT:  Hightstown Youth Services Staff  609-448-1474  
There are 4 spaces available.
 
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Outdoor Current Events Chat
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

One of the Hickory Corner librarians will moderate a thoughtful discussion of current events. All adults are welcome. No preparation is necessary; the librarian will reveal the topic at the top of the discussion. 

Registration is required prior to the event.

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

  • All participants must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Adult Programs  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Outdoor Library Drawing Party
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Adults are welcome for a safe, outdoor, socially distanced Library Drawing Party at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch, in front of the library's lower-level doorTry out your artistic talents and learn to draw new images each week.  Upon arrival attendees will be assigned a space to sit for the duration of the program. Sanitized clipboards, paper and colored pencils will be provided for the duration of the program. Please do not share materials between groups. 

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event and limited to six people.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 9:00 AM     
 
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History of the Bottling Industry of Central NJ -- 1840 through Prohibition
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Jerry Pevahouse will talk about the local bottling and brewing business. This includes the history of local immigration and the contributions of early German and Irish immigrants, then later Italian, Eastern European and Jewish immigrants. Many became prominent local businessmen. Jerry will also discuss the bottling business which evolved over a hundred-year period from a low tech to a high tech industry.

Artist, photographer, and collector, Jerry Pevahouse ran a computer consulting company, Cranbury Micro Support, Inc. of Cranbury, New Jersey from 1990 until 2018. Jerry was a Museum curator for the Cranbury Historical Society, and researched Cranbury’s Civil War history which is now part of the New Jersey State Archives reference collection. He is a long-time collector of antique bottles, and has comprehensively researched the history of the bottling industry of Trenton, New Jersey.

This program is co-sponsored with the Hopewell Valley Historical Society and The Hopewell Museum.

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday May 20, 2021
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Adult Coloring
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Exploring by Bicycle: Great Family-Friendly Rides on Central Jersey Trails
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have you rediscovered your bike during the pandemic? Join co-hosts, Silvia Ascarelli, cyclist and author of the blog, Exploring by Bicycle, and Michael Gray, owner of Hopewell's Sourland Cycles, for an informative event to help get you and your family out and about on bicycling adventures. Ascarelli highlights her favorite traffic-free trails suitable for all ages and offers tips on how to find more great bike riding. Gray, owner of Hopewell's Sourland Cycles, is also available to answer your bike-related questions.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday May 21, 2021
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Storytime w/ Miss Elena
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Miss Elena for stories and songs!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Outdoor Drum Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join our in-person drum circle led by popular long time facilitator Ange Chianese in a relaxed outdoor setting next to the library's building, in front of the library’s lower-level door. Drummers of all levels of experience are invited to participate. Bring your own drum(s), bells, percussions, or use some of ours in compliance with the CDC safety guidelines related to hard surfaces. Bringing your own folding chair is encouraged. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

We will be providing a safe environment by strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines. Please note the following:
  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required. Call 609-883-8292 or e-mail lawprogs@mcl.org to register. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Saturday May 22, 2021
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: As It is in Heaven (2004)
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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

As It is in Heaven (2004) -- Daniel, a successful international conductor, returns to his childhood village in Sweden. Soon thereafter, the local church choir seeks him out to solicit his advice. He can't refuse, and nothing in the village is the same again. As the amateur choir develops and grows, he is drawn to the people of his old hometown, makes friends and finds love.

Find As It is in Heaven on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11045795

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday May 23, 2021
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“Create a...” Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday May 24, 2021
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Conversation Café
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at MCLS' virtual Conversation Café to discuss a thought provoking topic. At the beginning of each Conversation Café, a question will be posted on our Facebook page. Once the question is posted, feel free to join in on the conversation and let us know what you think. An MCLS librarian will be online from 3:30-4:30pm for each Café to facilitate and participate in the chat.

Please remember Conversation Café is hosted on MCLS' public Facebook page. We kindly ask participants to share responses in a polite and respectful manner.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Monday Meditation
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Relax, refocus, and rejuvenate. Take a moment to regain the peace lost during our busy days. Facilitated by Hightstown Branch staff member, Leena, who is a 12-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday May 25, 2021
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Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Let's Talk! Adult ESL Conversation Group
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Outdoor Crochet & Knit Corner
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

Registration is required prior to the event.

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

  • All participants must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • The library will not be open to the public. There will be no access to bathrooms. Please plan accordingly.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Adult Programs  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Pokemon Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday May 26, 2021
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Songs & Stories in the Sun
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Come enjoy a socially distant, outdoor song & story time program at the Hightstown Branch. Children ages 5 and under will enjoy action rhymes, songs, and a story.

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

  • Upon arrival, your group will be assigned a space for the duration of the program.
  • Adults and children over the age 2 must wear face masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of six feet from other patrons/family units during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form for the entire family coming together.

CONTACT:  Hightstown Youth Services Staff  609-448-1474  
There are 4 spaces available.
 
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Citizenship Exam Practice
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Are you working toward U.S. Citizenship? Make an appointment for a practice interview session with an MCLS staff member to go through all three sections of the test: reading, writing and the civics questions. This practice session will give you a good idea of what will happen during the interview and how well prepared you are. 
 
Use our online booking system to sign up for a 25-minute appointment. Appointments are normally scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m., or the fourth Wednesday of the month, 2-3:30 p.m. You will receive an email confirmation with additional instructions once your request is submitted.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library System    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Outdoor Current Events Chat
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

One of the Hickory Corner librarians will moderate a thoughtful discussion of current events. All adults are welcome. No preparation is necessary; the librarian will reveal the topic at the top of the discussion. 

Registration is required prior to the event.

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

  • All participants must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
 
CONTACT:  Hickory Corner Adult Programs  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Outdoor Library Drawing Party
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Adults are welcome for a safe, outdoor, socially distanced Library Drawing Party at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch, in front of the library's lower-level doorTry out your artistic talents and learn to draw new images each week.  Upon arrival attendees will be assigned a space to sit for the duration of the program. Sanitized clipboards, paper and colored pencils will be provided for the duration of the program. Please do not share materials between groups. 

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

  • Attendees must wear masks during the program.
  • Please remain socially distanced from other patrons/groups during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the building's capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.

Registration is required prior to the event and limited to six people.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Sports Book Club: The Cactus League
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Each month we'll discuss a book revolving around a sport, an athlete, a team, or a league. If the book is related to sports, it's fair game! Please feel free to bring your own blanket or folding chair; we will be sitting outside on the grass between the library and the high school's turf field.

This month's book is The Cactus League by Emily Nemens.

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

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

Registration is required prior to the event.

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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Library Drawing Party w/ Julia
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Living & Laughing by the Chopsticks-Fork Principle
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Rooted in the telling of one family's life, The Chopsticks-Fork Principle: A Memoir and Manual by Cathy Bao Bean is a story for all families. Bean attempts to satisfy disparate cultural norms; she provides us with a unique window into the experience of a bicultural family. From a place of delight and humor, the Chopsticks-Fork Principle encourages people to relate, understand, and laugh about how we are all at least bicultural in a way that shatters stereotypes yet explains generalizations.

Cathy Bao Bean is daughter, mother, wife, author, immigrant, and public scholar. An alumna an former board member of Claremont Graduate University School Arts and Humanities, she is a teacher/learner who has presented her ideas to audiences at over 450 universities, libraries, prisons, and professional associates in the U.S. and China. She is the also the Chair of Society of Values in Higher Education and the Foundation/Director of the SVHE Workshop for College Teachers in China.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library, Friends of the Ewing Library, Hightstown Library Association, and Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday May 27, 2021
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Babytime w/ Miss Jen
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Gerrymandering & Redistricting in NJ
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The 2020 Census began the process of redistricting, in which states redraw their congressional and legislative districts to reflect population changes. This process, which occurs every ten years, will take on greater visibility than perhaps ever before due to the increased attention to gerrymandering, the practice of drawing maps that favor one political party over another. In class, we will learn the basics of redistricting and the criteria for producing fair districts that reflect a state's demographic and political makeup. All are welcome. No prior knowledge of redistricting or politics is necessary. Presented by Brad Van Arnum, who has a passion for redistricting.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday May 28, 2021
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Storytime w/ Miss Christine
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Miss Christine for stories and songs.  

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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What's Cooking @ MCLS
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Join MCLS Staff as they share recipes from books in our collection or a tried and true favorite!

Watch this week's What's Cooking @ MCLS video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 12:00 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Saturday May 29, 2021
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Memorial Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

 
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Saturday Night @ the Movies: Memorial Day (2012)
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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

Memorial Day (2012) -- Memorial Day, 1993. When 13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers the World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather, Bud, he wants to know more about it. Although Bud is reluctant to talk about the war, he finds himself striking a deal with his grandson: Kyle can pick any three souvenirs, and Bud will tell him the stories behind each one. Memorial Day not only takes us on a journey into Bud's complicated wartime past, but also into Kyle's wartime future. As the two men share parallel experiences in combat, they come to realize how that magical day on the porch shaped both of their lives.

Find Memorial Day on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13408318

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Sunday May 30, 2021
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Memorial Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

 
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“Create a...” Challenge
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday May 31, 2021
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Memorial Day Weekend
12:05 AM - 11:55 PM

All branches are closed.

Thursday June 3, 2021
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Poetry Circle: Occasional Poetry
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Many people were inspired by Amanda Gorman's poetry reciting at President Joe Biden's Inauguration. When a poem is read in front of a worldwide audience through television and the internet, it is a high-profile example of a 21st-century "occasional poem". When it gives hope to all, unites people from left and right, and has the power to heal different kinds of wounds, it is truly as what the great German poet Goethe declared - "Occasional Poetry is the highest kind." Many great occasional poems commemorate events, mark history and celebrate life. Come and join our MCLS poetry circle discussion to learn more occasional poems from Walt Whitman, Maya Angelou, Seamus Heaney, Carol Ann Duffy, W. H. Auden, Carl Sandberg, Stanley Kunitz, and Bob Dylan. Sharon, a librarian for the Lawrence Branch, will lead the discussion.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday June 4, 2021
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Storytime w/ Miss Connie
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Miss Connie for stories and songs.  

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday June 8, 2021
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Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

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

Gotta catch 'em all! All Pokémon fans are invited to join MCLS Youth Services Librarians for crafts, games, cooking and more with a Pokemon twist.

Watch the most recent Pokémon Club video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 3:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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MCL Facebook Book Club: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us on Facebook for our monthly virtual book group. This month we will discuss The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel.

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday June 9, 2021
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STEAM Activity
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday June 10, 2021
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Babytime w/ Miss Cathy
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Writers' Group: Curing Writer's Block
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Our monthly writers' group invites writers of all genres and forms to join a creative community. The group alternates between discussion-based informative sessions and generative writing sessions, and is lead by librarian and fiction writer, Corina Bardoff. Rather than a workshop focused on critique, the group aims to be an inspiring and affirming support for writers at any stage of their writing life.

This month: In this generative salon, we will experiment with prompts and exercises to push ourselves away from blocks (is this good enough? will it be published? why isn't this easier?) into pursuing curiosity, playfulness, and problem-solving.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
There are 25 spaces available.
Friday June 11, 2021
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Storytime w/ Miss Briana
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Miss Briana for stories and songs.  

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

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

Watch Miss Briana's video when it goes live at 3:30 p.m. to learn about this month's author and the books s/he's written and/or illustrated. Recommended for Grades 3 through 5.

Watch this month's Middle Grade Book Club video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 3:30 p.m.

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Saturday June 12, 2021
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Music & Movement for Kids
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Watch the most recent episode of the Music & Movement series on MCLS' YouTube channel at 10:30 a.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday June 14, 2021
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Managing Outpatient Knee and Hip Replacement
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Arthritis can be a pain in the "butt"...literally! Learn how innovative strategies are being employed to enable patients who undergo hip and knee replacement surgery to go home the very same day as their surgery. Please join Brian M. Culp, MD, specializing in orthopaedic surgery, and a member of the Medical Staff of Penn Medicine Princeton Health (part of the Jim Craige Center for joint replacement), where he discusses some of the novel aspects of hip and knee replacement that can let a patient avoid an overnight stay.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday June 16, 2021
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Feature on New Picture Books
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday June 17, 2021
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Healthy Skin and Sun Safety
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join Alexa Hetzel, M.S, PA-C, for this informative session on skin cancer and skin care. Learn about what effects the sun has on the skin, sun protection and other tips for healthy skin.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday June 18, 2021
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Storytime w/ Miss Lauren
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Miss Lauren for stories and songs!

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Monday June 21, 2021
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Children's Author Study
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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

Watch the most recent episode of the Children's Author Study series on MCLS' YouTube channel at 2:30 p.m.!

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

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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Monday Night Book Group: 1984 by George Orwell
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

All are welcome to read and discuss this  month's Monday Night Book Group book, 1984, by George Orwell.

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

CONTACT:  Mercer County Library Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Tuesday June 22, 2021
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Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

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

Gotta catch 'em all! All Pokémon fans are invited to join MCLS Youth Services Librarians for crafts, games, cooking and more with a Pokemon twist.

Watch the most recent Pokémon Club video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 3:30 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Thursday June 24, 2021
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Babytime w/ Miss Elena
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Friday June 25, 2021
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Storytime w/ Miss Michelle
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Miss Michelle for stories and songs!

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

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
 
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What's Cooking @ MCLS
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Join MCLS Staff as they share recipes from books in our collection or a tried and true favorite!

Watch this week's What's Cooking @ MCLS video on MCLS' YouTube channel when it goes live at 12:00 p.m.!

CONTACT:  MCLS Staff    hopeprogs@mcl.org
Wednesday June 30, 2021
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Knitting for Tweens
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Sharpen your needles for some relaxing summer knitting! If you already know how to knit or are just learning, this is the place to hang out and increase your skills. You can work on your ow