List of Events

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Thursday February 27, 2020
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Tax Help
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Get your taxes done for free.

AARP representatives will be providing help filing taxes by appointment only.  Appointments will be available on Thursday mornings and are open to taxpayers of all ages.  AARP membership is not required.  You must make an appointment in person at the library or call 609-883-5914.  

CONTACT:    609-883-5914  
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Books & Babies (Ages 6-23 months)
10:00 AM

Join us for a fun, upbeat program of songs, rhymes, finger-plays, board books and activities to promote early literacy in infants and young toddlers. Led by a librarian; caregiver participation is required. Ask staff if you have any questions. Preference will be given to patrons with a valid Mercer County Library System card.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
The registration period has ended.
 
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Toddler Rock (ages 1 to 3 years; adult supervision required)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

Ages 12 months - 3 years. No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Excel 4
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There is 1 space available.
 
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Parachute Play (Ages 1-3)
10:30 AM

Children ages 1-3 and their caregivers will enjoy 30 minutes of rhymes, finger-plays, scarves, shaker eggs, & parachute play with songs and music.

Come ready to jump, sing, and hop!

Siblings welcome too.

No registration necessary. 

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

For children under 5 years old.
The children’s activity room will be open to families. Fun and educational toys are housed in this room for independent play and learning.
Clean up will begin at 11:30.

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
 
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Mother Goose Activity Time
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

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

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for stories, music, and rhymes. 

No registration required.

 
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Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

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

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Canceled - Romp & Stomp
11:00 AM

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

Online registration begins on Feb. 13. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
The registration period has ended.
 
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Movers and Shakers, for ages 2-5yrs
11:00 AM

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

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

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

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

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See Youth Progam Policy.  

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

For children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

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

No registration required.

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

For children in grades 1-3,

Parent must remain in the library.

Please register!

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

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

Grades K - 5. No registration required.

See Youth Program Policy
 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Art Explorers (Ages 6-11)
4:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Explore your artistic and creative side! 

Learn a new artistic technique and create a craft. 

No registration required. 

 
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Learners' Ledge Writing Workshop (Ages 9-12)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

For ages 9-12.

Calling all dreamers, readers, & writers - let's delve into the world of writing and explore the land of language arts!

Learners' Ledge is a Language Arts workshop focused on helping Elementary and Middle School students adjust to higher writing and reading levels based on the New Jersey language arts standards.
 
Taught by a West Windsor-Plainsboro High School teen volunteer.
 
Online registration suggested, but not required.
 
A parent/guardian must remain in the library while child attends the program.
CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Learners' Ledge Writing Workshop (Ages 9-12)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

For ages 9-12.

Calling all dreamers, readers, & writers - let's delve into the world of writing and explore the land of language arts!

Learners' Ledge is a Language Arts workshop focused on helping Elementary and Middle School students adjust to higher writing and reading levels based on the New Jersey language arts standards.
 
Taught by a West Windsor-Plainsboro High School teen volunteer.
 
Online registration suggested, but not required.
 
A parent/guardian must remain in the library while child attends the program.
CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Junior Chess (Ages 7-11)
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

The class will be separated into complete beginners and players who know how to play the game. For the first half of the class, the players will learn depending on what group they are separated into. For the second half of class, participants will work as pairs in their own group. At the end of class, students will be given one puzzle according to their groups to solve at home.

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all classes (2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27). 

Students must bring their own chess board. 

 
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Lego Club
6:30 PM

Build with us and stretch your imagination with Legos! For children ages 5 and up.

Online registration begins on Feb. 13. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
The registration period has ended.
 
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Embroidery Circle: Stitching Clinic
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bring in a piece of fabric, and learn to make basic as well as advanced stitches, including: straight, back, split, stem, chain, blanket, fill, and French knot.

The clinic is designed for beginners who would like to learn basic embroidery stitches or brush up on their stitching.

Please bring light-colored cotton fabric, size 8½ x 11 inches or larger. Feel free to bring your own embroidery hoops, embroidery floss thread, and stitching needles if you have them. Embroidery hoops, 6-strand cotton floss thread, and stitching needles are provided by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.

If you have any questions about Embroidery Circle: Stitching Clinic, please email embroiderycircle@gmail.com, “attention Diane” in the email subject line.

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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Black History Month Presentation: The Life and Legacy of Jack Sherrod
7:00 PM

This presentation by historian Alvin Corbett will honor the Black History Month through the personal story of Jack Sherrod, showcasing his evolution from a slave to a United States Colored Troops soldier during the Civil War, and ultimately, to a free landowner. Registration is suggested.

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Canceled: Bricks 4 Kidz
7:00 PM

Tonight's Bricks 4 Kidz session has been canceled.  Please join us next month on Thursday, March 19th for our next session.

CONTACT:    448-1330  
 
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Resume Review
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adult Program

Reference Librarian Meg Baker will review your printed resume for grammar, layout, and overall presentation. 

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

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
 
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Conversational ESL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
There are 13 spaces available.
 
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Preparación para la Prueba de GED
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Revisión para su Prueba de GED en español.

Registre en persona o por teléfono.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Friday February 28, 2020
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Storytime for ages 2-5
10:00 AM

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
 

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford    ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Toddler Rock (ages 1 to 3 years; adult supervision required)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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CANCELED: Chair Yoga
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Gentle yoga for seniors.

No registration necessary.

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Want to learn about upcoming programs at the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can receive Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Open Lab
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 13 spaces available.
 
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Creation Station and Open Play
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
 
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Concert with Mr. Jim Gavin
10:30 AM

Suggested for ages 5 and under.

"Mr. Jim" Gavin is an upbeat singer/songwriter who wants to make a positive difference in the world through music.

Registration is required online starting Friday, February 14th.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
 
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Miss Amy Concert (All ages)
10:30 AM

Sing, dance and enjoy the tunes of Miss Amy! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

 
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Quiet play
10:30 AM

For children under 5 years old.
The children’s activity room will be open to families. Fun and educational toys are housed in this room for independent play and learning.
Clean up will begin at 11:30.

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Toddler Tunes
10:30 AM

Come sing and dance with Miss Pat. All ages, accompanied by an adult.

Online registration begins on Feb. 14. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
There are 20 spaces available.
 
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Wiggle, Jingle, Mingle and Giggle
10:30 AM

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

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

 rhymes, clapping songs and musical songs.  

Adult must remain in the program.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Baby & Toddler Time (Birth-2.5 years)
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

For ages birth–2.5 years & a caregiver.

Join us for baby’s first “book club” with fingerplays, nursery rhymes and more to encourage early literacy skills and enhance child/caregiver interactions. Then feel free to stay for playtime with the library’s toys and socialize with other families.

Siblings welcome, too!

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Adult English Conversation Class
11:00 AM

Join Reference Librarian Michelle Rodriguez to practice your English with other ESL learners. Must have basic knowledge of English. Registration required.

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  (609)259-2150  
The registration period has ended.
 
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Play dough creations/ lego story time
11:00 AM

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

 Ages 2-5 (with adult).

 

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

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

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Open Playtime (All ages)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Enjoy games, toys and puzzles with friends!

No registration required. 

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Knit & Crochet Circle
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Adult Program

New year, new projects! We meet every Friday. Bring yarn, and hook or needles, to start or continue your project. All adults are welcome, whatever your skill level!  No need to register, just stop in.  

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

 

CONTACT:  West Windsor Staff  609-799-0462  
 
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Movies
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Adult Program

Maria by Callas (2017). Rated PG; 119 minutes

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

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

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

For children ages 5-10, with adult supervision.

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

No registration required.

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

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Mailbox Station
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Drop in any time between 3-5pm and visit our Mailbox Activity Station!  Practice your writing and send a postcard to your friendly librarians, then decorate it with the materials provided.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Bucket Book Club: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, part 2
4:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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PJ Movie Night: Frozen 2
6:30 PM

Join us for a special Friday night screening of the hit sequel featuring Elsa, Anna and Olaf!

This movie is rated PG and runs for 103 minutes. Light refreshments will be served.

Caregivers must remain with their children for the duration of the movie. 

Kids are welcome to wear their pajamas.

Because this event takes place after hours, you can enter through our community room entrance.  The main building will not be accessible for this event. 

Doors will open at 6:15pm and the movie will begin promptly at 6:30pm

Registration is required starting Friday, February 14th.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
Saturday February 29, 2020
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Drop-in Activity Table through 4:00pm
10:00 AM

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Drop-in Craft: Leaping Frog craft, ages 2yr+
10:00 AM

For ages 2yr+, with a caregiver.

Drop in between 10am and 3pm and celebrate leap year with a leaping frog craft!

No registration necessary!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Guided Meditation
10:00 AM

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Dr. Seuss Creation Station
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Drop in and create a craft with the materials provided.

Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required.

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

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

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
 
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Mr. Dennis’s Seuss Themed Magic Show
10:30 AM

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a magic show!  All ages, with an adult.

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

CONTACT:  Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150  
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Story-time for 2-5 yrs
11:00 AM

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Frozen II Party (Ages 4-12)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Children & tweens ages 4-12 will journey “Into the Unknown” with Anna, Elsa and friends with games, music, and crafts inspired by the Frozen II movie. 

Snacks will be served.

Some activities may be messy - please dress accordingly.

Online registration required begining Saturday, February 15. 

Sponsored by the HIghtstown Library Association.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Kids' Open Craft (recommended ages 3-8 years)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

 

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Junior Coding League (Grades 5-9)
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Use computer programming to make a difference. Learn how to create websites that will solve problems for the WWP community. 

Students must bring their own laptops. 

Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all 5 classes: 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29. 

 
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Quiet play
11:30 AM

For children under 5 years old.
The children’s activity room will be open to families. Fun and educational toys are housed in this room for independent play and learning.
Clean up will begin at 1:00.

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Sahaja Yoga Meditation
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sahaja Yoga is a unique method of spiritual meditation that results in peace and balance. Each workshop includes explanations of methods and techniques, video presentations, and silent meditations. 

Intended for all those who are seeking a deeper meaning to their lives. 

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
There are 29 spaces available.
 
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Black History Month Film Series -- Harriet (2019)
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Harriet Tubman's quest to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. PG-13, 125 minutes.

No registration necessary.

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Want to learn about upcoming programs at the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can receive Hopewell Branch's Adult Programs Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Black History Month Program: Slavery to Now through Music
2:00 PM

This multi-segment program coordinated by The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County will feature African drumming in the native lands form of communication; Spiritual Hymns sung while picking cotton (a skit) with Don Evans Players; church choir music; blues/jazz and rap. Registration is suggested. 

CONTACT:  Lawrence Programs  609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Future Leaders of America (Grades 5-8)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

No registration required. 

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

No registration required. 

For children under 5 years old with a caregiver.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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500 Math Problems & Answers (Grades 5-8)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Are you passionate about solving math problems as they relate to daily applications? This program is geared toward Algebra 1 students, but the first part of the problem series can be solved by students who know arithmetic, fractions, and percentages without using algebra. 

Registration required. Space is limited. 

Students must bring a calculator, paper, and a pencil. 

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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East Windsor Engineering Club
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Suggested for ages 10 to 13.

Members of the Hightstown High School robotics team will introduce curious students to the world of robotics, coding and engineering  through fun activities.

No registration required.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1330  
 
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Teen Advisory Board
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Want to get involved at the library? Join other teens to come up with ideas for programs you would like to participate in.  Ages 12 – 17.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
Sunday March 1, 2020
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PS Tutoring
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Free tutoring for students in grades K-12. All core subjects covered including math, English, science, history, business, and Spanish. Tutors will cater to any child who needs assistance on any subject. PS Tutoring is a non-profit, community based organized made up of Honors and AP students from Hightstown High School.

Registration online is highly recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
 
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PS Tutoring
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Free tutoring for students in grades K-12. All core subjects covered including math, English, science, history, business, and Spanish. Tutors will cater to any child who needs assistance on any subject. PS Tutoring is a non-profit, community based organized made up of Honors and AP students from Hightstown High School.

Registration online is highly recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
 
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Family Games & Puzzles (All Ages)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

A new program on Sundays! Come by on Sunday afternoons for Award-winning children’s games & puzzles set up for Family Fun!
Geometry, math, numbers & sets, strategy, logic, memory, geography, puzzles, and more!
A variety of games will be set up each week. Educational! And just plain fun for the whole family!
Clean-up will begin starting at 3:45pm.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.
No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Science Enrichment Program (Grades 5-8)
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

The goal of the Science Enrichment Program is to help middle and upper elementary school students understand concepts in chemistry, physics, earth science and biology.
Volunteers will also assist student sin preparing for science competitions including the Science Bowl and Science Olympiad.
General questions will be addressed and topics of interest will be discussed where they require more clarity.
No registration required. 

 
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Sunday Afternoon at the Movies for ages 18 and up
2:00 PM

Parasite (2019, R), with Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee and Yeo-jeong Jo.
Summary: All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and get entangled in an unexpected incident.
Runtime: 122 min.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Marshmallow & Toothpick Geometry (Ages 4-11)
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Geometry is fun with toothpicks and marshmallows! There will be both beginner shapes in 2 dimensions and more advanced 3-dimensional challenges! Build a star, a hexagon, a rhombus! Not challenged enough? Try building a 3-dimensional pentagonal pyramid or octahedron!! Easy to follow cards with pictures will be provided to guide you!
Parents may want to be a part of the challenge, especially with younger children.
Clean-up will begin starting at 2:45pm.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.
Registration not required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Movies
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Vault (2019). Rated R; 99 minutes

CONTACT:    609-448-0957   
There are 29 spaces available.
 
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Creative Math Problem Solving (Grades 2-7)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come to sessions where you can learn more about how to tackel difficult math problems with ease! These sessions are run by high school students. They all have experience in math competitions and they cannot wait to teach you how to ace any math problem!
No registration required.

Monday March 2, 2020
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Teen Take Out Craft
9:35 AM

Pick up this month's kit to make a Truffula tree in honor of Dr. Suess's birthday.

CONTACT:    609-443-1880  
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Teen Take-Out Craft: Finger Twister (Ages 10-18)
9:35 AM

*Available all month!*
Stop by the Library any time in March, and pick up a free take-home craft kit. The Library will provide supplies and instructions for making Finger Twister!  Your job is to take a kit home and have fun putting it together.  Better yet, unlike a library book, this is yours to keep! Pick up a kit at the Youth Services Desk.
Kits are available throughout the month during regular library hours, while supplies last. Teens must come in person to receive a kit.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Children Take Home Craft: a Paper Flower
9:40 AM

Stop by the Youth Service desk any time for a free take-home craft kit.
Kit included supplies and instruction.
Kits are available throughout the month during regular library hours, while supplies last

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Teen Take Home Craft: a Paper Garland
9:40 AM

Stop by the Youth Service desk any time for a free take-home craft kit.
Kit included supplies and instruction.
Kits are available throughout the month during regular library hours, while supplies last

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Story-time/Quiet Play (Ages 2-5)
10:00 AM

Story-time for a half hour, with a craft. Followed by quiet play time in our activity room. Final cleanup to begin about an hour after start time at the discretion of library staff.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Dr. Seuss Storytime (Ages 3+)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Celebrate all things Dr. Seuss on Read Across America day! Hear Dr. Seuss stories and songs then visit stations with craft and simple stem activites.
Registration required.

CONTACT:    609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 24 spaces available.
 
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Mouse Basics
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Learn to click, highlight text, scroll, cut & paste and click & drag. These skills are essential to all subsequent classes.
Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Bilingual (Spanish/English) Story Time
10:30 AM

Cuentos en Español e Inglés, juegos, música, y artesanía.
Stories, games, music & crafts in Spanish & English.
Siblings welcome, too.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Storytime for ages 2-5
10:30 AM

Storytime is a half hour program of themed stories and songs with shakers, scraves, parachute play and more! A craft is included at the end.
No registration required.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
 
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Toddler STEM (Ages 1-3)
10:30 AM

NEW TIME! Science and math for toddlers.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Kim Yarson Concert for Babies (Ages 0-3)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Sing along to classic children's songs and some original tunes sung by local musician Kim Yarson! Bring your energy and rhythm for a rockin' good time!
Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

 
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Messy Mondays (Ages 2-5)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Happy Two’s Activity (Age 2)
11:00 AM

NEW TIME! Learn songs and rhymes.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Open Playtime (All Ages)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Enjoy games, toys and puzzles with friends! No registration required.

 
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Baby & Toddler Dance Party (Ages 0-3)
11:30 AM

Inviting all babies and toddlers to our weekly dance party! Shake, shimmy, and slide with us as we dance our way through a playlist of fun, up-beat songs.
We'll wave scarves, play instruments, shake shaky eggs, and use other props for even more fun! For caregivers with a baby, feel free to bring your own baby carrier (wrap, ring sling, pouch sling, meh dai, or buckle/soft structured carrier), and make sure you and baby are comfortable using it before attending.
Online registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Documentaries @ Your Library -- They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

They Shall Not Grow Old (2018). Rated R, 99 minutes.

Summary: On the centenary of the end of the First World War, Academy Award® winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) presents an extraordinary new work showing the Great War as you've never seen it.

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Want to learn about upcoming programs at the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can receive Hopewell Branch's Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

CONTACT:    609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Little Explorers (Ages 3-5)
2:00 PM

Little Explorers is a multi-week program with hands-on science activities for children.
Please call to register.

CONTACT:    609-259-2150  
 
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Adult English Learners Writing Class
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

Keep your beverage hot and your hand cool with a cozy mug warmer.
Register online or call for assistance.

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
There are 13 spaces available.
 
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Oobleck (Ages 5+)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Hear "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" by Dr. Seuss and then make your own oobleck slime to bring home.
Registration is required.

CONTACT:    609-883-5914  ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Social Bridge
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

All experience levels invited. Come socialize while playing bridge!
Co-Coordinated with the Hopewell Valley Senior Center.

CONTACT:    609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Dr. Seuss Drop-in Craft (Ages 3-8)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Make a craft with the materials provided to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Kids' Open Craft (Ages 3-8)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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

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

Children will get homework help and subject review from volunteer mentors.
Register in person or by phone.

CONTACT:    609-448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Crazy 8s Math Club (Grades K-2)
5:30 PM

Math and mischief at your library! Enjoy hands-on games that get kids fired up about math.
Registration is required. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:    609-259-2150  
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Messy Club (Ages 4+)
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Do you like getting messy? Join the messy club! Each week we will create messy crafts and have fun with messy experiments!
No registration required. Space is limited to first 24 children.

 
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PTSD Support & Meditation
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Marvlyn Vincent endured a childhood of abuse. After years of struggling to put her past behind her, Marvlyn finally found a combination of methods to alleviate posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She then started The Harmony Place, a non-profit organization dedicated to offering PTSD healing to others who suffer from the effects of trauma and PTSD. The weekly sessions provide peer support and meditation in a group setting, offering strength, a shoulder, and an ear.
Register online or call for assistance.

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
There are 29 spaces available.
 
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Alphabet Story-time/Pre-K Play (Ages 2-5)
6:30 PM

Join us on a journey through the alphabet!  Each story-time will include books, songs, and a craft featuring a different letter. This week we are learning about the LETTER S. Stay after for toys and pre K play!  In addition to the usual fun and educational toys we have during quiet play, special “kindergarten readiness” stations will be set up so children and their families can work together on important skills to get them ready for kindergarten!  Examples include cutting, counting, letter recognition, shapes and color identification, and more!
No registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Evening Craft
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Keep your beverage hot and your hand cool with a cozy mug warmer.
Register online or call for assistance.

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Evening English Conversation Group
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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

CONTACT:    609-799-0462  
 
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Guided Meditation w/ Mira
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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

CONTACT:    609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Friends of the Lawrence Library Meeting
7:00 PM
CONTACT:    609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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School-age STEAM (Grades K-5)
7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
 
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Yarnworks
7:00 PM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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ABC Chess (Grades 2+)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Chess class for advanced beginners. Students must know the basics of chess.
Taught by Sarah Yan (Champion of 2017 NJ Open U1600) with Erick Yan (Champion of 2016 Manhattan Open Mixed Doubles Team). Boards and pieces provided.
Registration required. Once registered, you will be signed up for all classes (3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30)

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Yoga
7:30 PM

Sunita Yadav teaches this series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class dates are: February 24, March 2, March 8, March 16, March 23 and March 30.
Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required. Participants must register online for each individual class date.

CONTACT:    609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 17 spaces available.
Tuesday March 3, 2020
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Tax Help: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide (by appointment only)
9:35 AM - 1:30 PM

Free tax preparation from AARP Tax-Aide. AARP trained tax preparers focus on low and moderate income returns, but can prepare most personal returns within training guidelines. Tax preparers can e-file Federal and state returns, as well as PTR (“Senior Freeze”) forms.
Registration is required. Please call to make an appointment.

CONTACT:    609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Storytime (Ages 2-5)
10:00 AM

This storytime is part of a multi-week session.
Registration is required. Please call to register.

 
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Story-time/Quiet Play (Ages 2-5)
10:00 AM

Story-time for a half hour, with a craft. Followed by quiet play time in our activity room. Final cleanup to begin about an hour after start time at the discretion of library staff.
No registration is required.

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

Reference Librarian Meg Baker will review your printed resume for grammar, layout, and overall presentation.
Registration is required. Call the Reference Desk to register for a 20 minute appointment.

CONTACT:    609-275-8901  
 
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Game On! Board Gaming for Adults
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join our new club for board and card game enthusiasts. Bring your own games or use one of ours! Drop-ins welcome.

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

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

CONTACT:    609-799-0462  
 
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Tax Assistance (By Appointment Only)
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

A volunteer from AARP Tax-Aide will assist you in completing your tax return. There is no salary cap to qualify for this assistance. Visit or call the reference desk to make an appointment. Then pick up an intake sheet to complete before your appointment. Please bring a copy of last year’s tax return and the completed intake sheet to your appointment.

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
 
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Babytime (6-24 months)
10:30 AM

Enjoy songs and rhymes with Miss Cathy.
Please register online each child separately.

CONTACT:    609-259-2150  
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Little Learners: STEAM program for Pre-K (Ages 3-5)
10:30 AM

Little Learners is an interactive program that focuses on concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).
Registration is required online each week starting on the previous Tuesday.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
 
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Little STEAMers (Ages 2-4)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Little STEAMers is a program based on the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) approach to learning. We'll look at simple concepts in science and nature with stories and an activity. Explore the world with us!
No registration required.

 
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Morning Story Time with Miss Liz (Ages 2-6)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy themed stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.
Siblings welcome.
No registration necessary.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Dr. Seuss Story Time (Ages 2-5)
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

A half-hour of stories, songs, and movement, followed by a craft activity.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Baby Time (Ages 0-2)
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Just Play! (Ages 3-5)
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Open play with a variety of educational toys.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Big Building Block Play-Time (Ages 2-11)
12:00 PM

Play on your own with our big building blocks: red, blue, yellow and green!  Drop in to play any time between the hours of 12-4pm.
You may need to share with other children. Adults must supervise.  All creations must be dismantled by the end of play time.  Clean-up will begin around 3:45pm.
No registration required.
Purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Storytime (Ages 2-5)
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Knit & Crochet Corner
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Foreign Film: The Celebration
2:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Danish; Rated R; 106 minutes. Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen.
The family and friends of prominent Danish patriarch Helge Klingenfeldt gather at his country estate to celebrate his sixtieth birthday. Two months prior to this event, Helge's daughter committed suicide. Her twin brother, Christian, makes a birthday toast that brings a barrage of family secrets out into the open. Registration not required, all are welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

CONTACT:    609-799-0462  
 
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PC Basics
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Get familiar with Microsoft Windows 10. Learn important computer terms, and get comfortable with computer use!
Strong mouse skills are essential!

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Kids' Open Craft (Ages 3-8)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Kids' Open Craft (Ages 3-8)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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School-age Seuss (Grades K-5)
4:30 PM

In honor of Read Across America, participate in fun Dr. Seuss themed activities for the school-age crowd.
Registration is required.

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

Read, learn, and conduct a science experiment!

 
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Beginning Spanish Language Class
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Learn Spanish with a native speaker.
Please register in person or by telephone.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Drop-in Craft: Tissue Paper Bracelet (Ages 2+)
6:00 PM

Drop in between 6pm and 8pm and create a bracelet out of tissue paper flowers.
No registration necessary!
Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Citizenship Test Prep
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Excel 1
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Pre-K Play (Ages 2-6)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us in the activity room for toys and more!  In addition to the usual fun and educational toys we have during quiet play, special “kindergarten readiness” stations will be set up so children and their families can work together on important skills to get them ready for kindergarten!  Examples include cutting, counting, letter recognition, shapes and color identification, and more!
This play session is fun for all children!!!  Ages 2-6 yrs old are welcome to play, learn, and socialize with friends.
No registration required.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Breathe, Relax, and Let Go: Yoga with Nila
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Classes are led by a certified yoga instructor and are geared toward beginners, but all adults are welcome regardless of experience. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.
Registration is suggested, but not required. Click the Register button, or call the reference desk at  for information or to register.

CONTACT:    609-275-8901  
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Incredible Math
6:45 PM - 7:30 PM

Kids in grade K – 7 are invited to join our Peddie tutors for math fun. Get your questions answered or work on exciting math problems.
Registration preferred.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Current Events Discussion Club
7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:    609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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PJ Storytime (Ages 2-5)
7:00 PM

PJ Storytime is a half hour program of themed stories and songs with shakers, scarves, parachute play and more! Children are invited to wear pajamas for an easy transition to bedtime when you get home. A craft is included at the end.
No registration is required.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
 
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Math Advanced Problem Solving (Grades 6-9)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In this problem solving program, we will go over the basic techniques that mathematicians use to solve difficult math problems. We will be going over a range of topics, such as algebra, geometry, combinatorics, and number theory. This program caters to middle schoolers who have a passion for math and wish to enrich their problem solving capability.
No registration required.

 
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Learning English with Victor
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

English as a Second Language class. All abilities are welcome.
Please register in person or by telephone.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Wednesday March 4, 2020
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Tax Help
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Volunteers from AARP will be available to help with your taxes. Please bring last year’s completed forms.  If you are covered by health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, you must bring a completed Form 1095-A.
Appointments are required; to register please call.

CONTACT:    609-259-2150  
 
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Baby Time (0-18 months)
10:00 AM

Baby Time is 30 minutes of songs, fingerplays and activities including scarves, shakers and board books.
Registration is required online each week starting on the previous Wednesday.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
 
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Storytime
10:00 AM

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

CONTACT:    609-259-2150  
 
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Story-time/Quiet Play (Ages 2-5)
10:00 AM

Story-time for a half hour, with a craft.
Followed by quiet play time in our activity room.
Final cleanup to begin about an hour after start time at the discretion of library staff.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Internet 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Learn to work with Microsoft’s browser Edge. Visit interesting websites and learn to use Search Engines to surf the web.
Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Sit & Scoot vehicle time for toddlers
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Independent scooter and ride-on vehicle play time for children. Not led by a staff member.
Around the department we’ll have our scooter boards, kid-sized traffic safety signs, color bumper cushions, shape and color activity mats and decorative rugs to encourage motor development, balance, agility and fun!
Roll and swivel on the scooters or practice with the rugs and other props to: jump, turn, count, or move in patterns to recognize colors and shapes.
Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Cat, Hat, Sat Story Time (Ages 3-4)
10:30 AM

NEW TIME! Play rhyming games.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Morning Story Time with Miss Liz (Ages 2-6)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy themed stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.
Siblings welcome.
No registration necessary.

CONTACT:  Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Toddler Time (Ages 2-4)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Please join us for stories and a craft geared toward toddlers!
Siblings are welcome!
No registration is required.

 
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Storytime (Ages 2-5)
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Little Explorers
11:00 AM

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

CONTACT:    609-259-2150  
 
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Toddler Time (18-36 months)
11:00 AM

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

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
 
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Wednesday Film Festival: Downton Abbey
2:00 PM - 4:15 PM

2019: Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery. Rated PG; 122 minutes. It’s 1927 and the King and Queen come to visit the Crawley estate. But as the Royal staff descend on Downton, an assassin also arrives... Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.
Registration not required, all are welcome.

CONTACT:    609-799-0462  
 
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Current Events Chat
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:    609-448-0957  
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Active Aging Fitness: Winter Series
3:00 PM

The health benefits of regular exercise for older adults are both physical and mental. Get moving with certified Senior Fitness Specialist Bob Kirby, and add some life to your years.
Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and began Tuesday, February 25, at 9:30 am. Participants must register in person at circulation or over the phone for each individual class date.

CONTACT:    609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Inspirational Bookmarks (All Ages)
4:30 PM

Drop by for a self-directed craft activity while supplies last.
Color some op art inspirational bookmarks!
Clean-up will begin at 8pm.
No registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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LEGO Club (Ages 5-11)
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Play and explore your creativity! Please arrive early. Space is limited to 20 kids. 

 
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Create With Perler Beads (Ages 5-11)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Join us to create a special project each week. The project of the week ...Perler Beads.

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Movie: The Lorax
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

A young boy hears of a cantankerous yet endearing creature known as the Lorax while seeking out a rare tree.  Rated PG.  93 minutes.  All ages welcome.
This programs was made possible by generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Life-size Snakes and Ladders
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come play a life-size game of Snakes and Ladders! Families and friends will become part of the game as they try to be the first person to make it to the end (watch out for the snakes!).
Please call the library for registration details.

CONTACT:    609-259-2150  
 
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Leap into Science – Wind Workshop
5:30 PM

Leap into Science is a nationwide program from the Franklin Institute Science Museum that integrates open-ended science activities with children's books for families to learn together. Join us for this family program and explore wind! For children ages 3-10, with an adult.
Registration is required. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:    609-259-2150  
There are 13 spaces available.
 
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Bollywood Dance (Ages 5-12)
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Learn how to Bollywood dance! Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

 
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Shamrock Painting (Ages 4-11)
6:30 PM

Explore symmetry as we paint festive shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day!  We’ll be using tempera paint, so dress appropriately.
Online registration is required. Registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Leap into Science – Wind Workshop
7:00 PM

Leap into Science is a nationwide program from the Franklin Institute Science Museum that integrates open-ended science activities with children's books for families to learn together. Join us for this family program and explore wind! For children ages 3-10, with an adult.
Registration is required. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:    609-259-2150  
There are 19 spaces available.
 
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Chit, Chat & Knit! (Ages 8+)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bring a project you're working on and knit with friends!
Beginner's welcome! No prior experience required. Materials provided.
No registration necessary.

 
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Do I Still Need My Gynecologist?
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

While you may be beyond your childbearing years, your gynecological health is still important. Join Neha Deshpande, MD, member of the Medical Staff of Penn Medicine Princeton Health, for this informative session focusing on your post-menopausal healthcare needs, from doctor visits to pelvic exams. Registration requested.

CONTACT:    609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Fiber Art Circle
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

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Want to learn about upcoming programs at the Hopewell Branch?
Each month you can receive Hopewell Branch's Newsletter in your inbox.
Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to subscribe!

CONTACT:  Hopewell Programs  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Friends of the Library Meeting
7:30 PM

New members welcome.

CONTACT:    609-443-1880  
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Evening Guided Meditation
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us for some guided mediation at the end of your day.
Meditation connects us with our original self that is pure, peaceful, and powerful. Develop clarity to make the right decisions, help control anger and reduce stress and anxiety.
Facilitated by library staff member, Leena, a 12-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, & more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Thursday March 5, 2020
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Tax Help
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Get your taxes done for free.
AARP representatives will be providing help filing taxes by appointment only. Appointments will be available on Thursday mornings and are open to taxpayers of all ages. AARP membership is not required. You must make an appointment in person at the library or by phone.

CONTACT:    609-883-5914  
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Books & Babies/Quiet Play (6-23 months)
10:00 AM

Join us for a fun, upbeat program of songs, rhymes, finger-plays, board books and activities to promote early literacy in infants and young toddlers! Led by a librarian.
Followed by Quiet Play time in our Activity Room.  Final cleanup to begin about 10:55am.
Online registration opens the morning of the program at 7:00am.
Ask staff if you have any questions. Preference will be given to patrons with a valid Mercer County Library System card.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Storytime
10:00 AM

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

CONTACT:    609-259-2150  
 
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Toddler Rock (Ages 1-3)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Celebrate Seuss (18 months to 5 years)
10:30 AM

Come celebrate the belated birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss. There will be Dr. Seuss stories, silly songs, special snacks and a fun craft!
Registration is required online.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
 
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Parachute Play (Ages 1-3)
10:30 AM

Enjoy 30 minutes of rhymes, finger-plays, scarves, shaker eggs, & parachute play with songs and music. Come ready to jump, sing, and hop!
Siblings welcome too.

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Mother Goose Activity Time (0-18 months)
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays!

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for stories, music, and rhymes.
No registration required.

 
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Dr. Seuss Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

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

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Open House: Mercer Rug Hookers
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Come and visit the Mercer Rug Hookers during an Open House! Completed rugs will be on display. You will have the opportunity to learn about the art of traditional rug hooking, and you will have the opportunity to pull a few loops on your own!

CONTACT:    609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Movers and Shakers (Ages 2-5)
11:00 AM

This program is all about music and movement! Join us as we play your favorite story-time songs and your toddlers & preschoolers can sing, dance, and move to the music. Shaky eggs, bells, ribbons, bubbles, and more!
No registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Romp & Stomp
11:00 AM

Come and enjoy a music and movement program for children ages 2-5.
Registration is required. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:    609-259-2150  
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Scribble Time (Ages 1-3)
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Storytime (Ages 2-5)
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

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

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

Drop in and create a project with the materials provided.
Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.
Registration is not required.

CONTACT:    609-259-2150  
 
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Sensory Play Time (Ages 1-5)
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Join us in the activity room for toys and sensory play! In addition to the usual fun and educational toys we have during quiet play, children and their families can explore different sensory play stations. Stimulate your child’s imagination with free play and socialization.
No registration required.
Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

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

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Word 1
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Crochet & Knitting Circle
3:00 PM

Needle crafters who already know the basics are invited to drop in to socialize and work on a project of their choice.
Registration suggested.

CONTACT:    609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Oobleck Slime
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

It’s green, it’s slimy, and it will stick to everything!  Make your own slime inspired by Dr. Seuss’ Bartholomew and the Oobleck. Ages 6-11. Registration required.

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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Lego Club (Grades K-5)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Magic Tree House Book Club (Ages 6-10)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

We love Jack & Annie! Each week we'll do a reading from the featured book, collect a stamp for our passport, and do crafts and activities based on each book's theme!
At this session we'll explore Dinosaurs Before Dark, make an M medallion, do a dinosaur craft, and create our own magic tree house with LEGOS!
No registration required.

CONTACT:  Elena Maddox  609-799-0462  emaddox@mcl.org
 
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Purim Storytime
4:45 PM

Celebrate Purim with a fun craft, story, and snack. All ages, accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor.
Registration is required. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:    609-259-2150  
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Learners' Ledge Writing Workshop (Ages 9-12)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Calling all dreamers, readers, & writers - let's delve into the world of writing and explore the land of language arts!
Learners' Ledge is a Language Arts workshop focused on helping Elementary and Middle School students adjust to higher writing and reading levels based on the New Jersey language arts standards.
Taught by a West Windsor-Plainsboro High School teen volunteer.
Online registration suggested, but not required.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Learners' Ledge Writing Workshop (Ages 9-12)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Calling all dreamers, readers, & writers - let's delve into the world of writing and explore the land of language arts!
Learners' Ledge is a Language Arts workshop focused on helping Elementary and Middle School students adjust to higher writing and reading levels based on the New Jersey language arts standards.
Taught by a West Windsor-Plainsboro High School teen volunteer.
Online registration suggested, but not required.

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Foreign and Independent Films at Your Library: Twin Flower (Italy, 2019)
6:30 PM

In a South of Italy full of beauty and hidden dangers, two adolescents, abused and damaged by life, escape together towards a new start. 96 min. Italian and French with English subtitles.
Registration suggested.

CONTACT:    609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Let's Sew! A Felt Coin Pouch (Ages 5-11)
6:30 PM

In this Sewing 101 program learn how to use basic sewing tools and techniques to design and sew your own original felt coin pouch. First choose your felt color and design the size and shape of your coin pouch. Then sew using the beginner's running stitch ~ or one of the stitches we've learned ~ the whip stitch or the blanket stitch. Sew a decorative button closure and Voila! You've designed your very own coin (or phone or library card) carrying pouch! Easy tools such as large eye needles, needle threaders, round head pins and colorful craft thread make the work easy!  An easy sewing project for boys and girls.

Registration required. Registration will begin at 7am the day of the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Books & Bricks (Ages 2-5)
7:00 PM

Come hear a story followed by a guided, themed build with DUPLO bricks.
Registration is required online.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
 
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Conversation Café
7:00 PM

Come to the library for friendly conversation and light refreshments.  This month’s topic: Does technology simplify your life or make it more complicated?  Ages 18 and up.  Preregistration preferred.  

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
 
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The Greatest Ever: Babe Didrikson Zaharias’ Story
7:00 PM

March is Women’s History Month! Watch Linda Kenyon, actor and professional narrator, embody the voice and gestures of Babe Didrikson Zaharias. This play illuminates how Babe revolutionized women competing in sports.

CONTACT:    (609)259-2150  
There are 25 spaces available.
 
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Citizenship Exam Study Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

CONTACT:    609-799-0462  
 
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Yoga Nidra
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

“Happiness” is March’s theme, in following with the 20th being the International Day of Happiness! Class includes mantra chanting to focus the mind, breathing exercises, and deep relaxation to relieve fatigue and pain. Please come comfortably dressed with extra layers and your own yoga mat or any other optional props such as pillows, blankets, etc. that will keep you comfortable.

Registration is suggested, but not required. Click the Register button or call the Reference Desk.

CONTACT:    609-275-8901  
There are 23 spaces available.
 
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Conversational ESL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

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

Revisión para su Prueba de GED en español.
Registre en persona o por teléfono.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
Friday March 6, 2020
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Storytime (Ages 2-5)
10:00 AM

Stories, songs, games & crafts!

CONTACT:  Christine Crawford    ccrawfor@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
 
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Toddler Rock (ages 1 to 3 years; adult supervision required)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Too old for Baby Time and not quite ready to sit through a Story Time? Join us for singing, dancing, and rhymes. Through structured group activities, we play with musical instruments, puppets, parachutes, and more! There is an emphasis on interaction with the music and the rhymes through singing, actions, and props to build pre-literacy skills. This program runs about 30 minutes.
No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Chair Yoga
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Gentle yoga for seniors.

CONTACT:    609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Open Lab
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:  Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Creation Station and Open Play (All Ages)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Our activity room will be open from 10am to 4pm for you to make a craft or just play with our games, blocks and toys.
No registration is required.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
 
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Sahaja Mediation for Young Children
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn the basic meditation and yoga with your child.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Sing Along with Mr. Tim
10:30 AM

Come sing and dance with Mr. Tim. All ages, accompanied by an adult.
Registration is required. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:    609-259-2150  
There are 24 spaces available.
 
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Wiggle, Jingle, Mingle and Giggle (Ages 1-5)
10:30 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Sing Along with Pat McKinley (All Ages)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Pat invites children to sing favorite and familiar songs, while she sings and plays the guitar.
No registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

 
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Baby & Toddler Time (Ages 0-2.5)
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Join us for baby’s first “book club” with fingerplays, nursery rhymes and more to encourage early literacy skills and enhance child/caregiver interactions.Then feel free to stay for playtime with the library’s toys and socialize with other families.
Siblings welcome, too!

CONTACT:  Miss Liz  609-448-1474  ehughes@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
 
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Play dough creations/ lego story time (Ages 2-5)
11:00 AM

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

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Story-time (Ages 2-5)
11:00 AM

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

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Storytime (Ages 2-5)
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

These story times introduce children to the best age-appropriate stories in children’s literature. Action rhymes, songs, and felt board activities are part of the program. The content of each story time centers on a different theme. An age-appropriate craft follows story time. Each program runs about 45 minutes. Each theme is the same all week.
Siblings welcome. No registration required.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Open Playtime (All Ages)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Enjoy games, toys and puzzles with friends!
No registration required.

 
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Big Building Block Play-Time (Ages 2-11)
12:00 PM

Play on your own with our big building blocks: red, blue, yellow and green!  Drop in to play any time between the hours of 12-4pm.
You may need to share with other children. Adults must supervise. All creations must be dismantled by the end of play time. Clean-up will begin around 3:45pm.
No registration required.
Purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Drop-in Pot Of Gold Rainbow (Ages 5+)
1:00 PM

Drop in and make your pot of gold with a rainbow coming out of it.
Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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First Friday Film -- Judy (2019)
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Judy (2019): (Renée Zellweger, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell) Rated PG-13, 118 minutes. Summary: Set in late 1968 and early 1969, Judy portrays Judy Garland hustling in Swinging London after successfully securing an engagement in Talk of the Town. Behind the scenes, her tumultuous life continues on, battling with her manager and her ex-husband.

CONTACT:    609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Knit & Crochet Circle
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Bring yarn, and hook or needles, to start or continue your project. All adults are welcome, whatever your skill level!  No need to register, just stop in.

CONTACT:    609-799-0462  
 
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Movies
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Command (2018). Rated PG-13; 118 minutes

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

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

CONTACT:    609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Posture & Dance Exercises
3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:    609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Dr. Seuss Special Storytime (Ages 3-10)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with stories and games.
Enjoy cupcakes!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Dr. Seuss Special Storytime (Ages 3-10)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with stories and games.
Enjoy cupcakes!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LOCATION: Ewing Branch
 
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Drum Circle: Winter Series
4:30 PM

Join us for this drum circle. Bring your own drum or use one of ours.
Registration is suggested.

CONTACT:    609-883-8294  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Saturday March 7, 2020
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Drop-in Craft: Surprise Craft (Ages 2+)
10:00 AM

It's a surprise!  Drop in between 10am and 3pm and see what fun craft we have for you!
No registration necessary!
Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Guided Meditation
10:00 AM

Relax and find your inner calm with our Sahaja Yoga meditation program! Please wear comfortable clothing.
Registration required online or by phone.

CONTACT:    609-882-3148  
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 50 spaces available.
 
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Storytime with Sarah (Ages 2-5)
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Join us for a special storytime with Sarah the Reading Dog.  We will read stories, sing songs and visit with our special guest.  Children who would like to read to Sarah may do so at the end of storytime.
Siblings welcome.

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Paint-a-Canvas (Ages 14+)
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

Sponsored by Hightstown Library Association.

Registration required. Register online or by phone.

CONTACT:    (609) 448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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SCORE Princeton: Branding & Marketing for Small Business
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

About 60% of people prefer to buy new products from brands familiar to them. This workshop will explain why small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs need to work on their brand from day one. You will learn market assessment and be given steps for creating a marketing strategy, plan and campaigns. Registration requested.

CONTACT:    609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Holi Creation Station
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Drop in and create colorful crafts with the materials provided. Children of all ages accompanied by an adult.
Registration is not required.

CONTACT:    609-259-2150  
 
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Family Fun Time
10:30 AM

This is a multi-age program for families with young children. Family Fun Time is a half hour program including stories, music, parachute games and other fun activities with a craft at the end.
No registration is required.

CONTACT:    609-448-1330  
 
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Science Saturday
10:30 AM

Come explore the world of science. For children ages 5-8.
Registration is required. Please register each child separately.

CONTACT:    609-259-2150  
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Yoga for Beginners
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The Isha Foundation will present an introduction to yoga and its benefits, guided practices with instructions, and a question & answer session.
Registration is suggested, but not required. Click the Register button or call the Reference Desk. 

CONTACT:    609-275-8901  
There are 24 spaces available.
 
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Story-time/Quiet Play (Ages 2-5)
11:00 AM

Story-time for a half hour, with a craft. Followed by quiet play time in our activity room. Final cleanup to begin about an hour after start time at the discretion of library staff.
Please limit attendance to one story-time per week and respect age guidelines.

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

Join our new Pokémon club. We will discuss trading cards, books, games, and all things Pokémon. Bring your trading cards, handheld devices and anything else you would like to share and discuss.

CONTACT:  Briana Cahill  609-737-2610  bcahill@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Sahaja Yoga Meditation
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sahaja Yoga is a unique method of spiritual meditation that results in peace and balance. Each workshop includes explanations of methods and techniques, video presentations, and silent meditations. Intended for all those who are seeking a deeper meaning to their lives.
Register online or call for assistance.

CONTACT:     609-448-0957  
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Family Movie (All Ages): Frozen II
1:30 PM

Join us for the movie:  Frozen II (2019).  Rated PG (103 minutes).
NEW TIME:  the movie will start promptly at 1:30pm.  Popcorn will be served.  Caregivers must remain in the room for the duration of the movie.
No registration necessary!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
 
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Women's History Month Film Series -- Evita (1996)
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Madonna as popular Argentine first lady Eva Peron. Rated PG, 134 miuntes.

CONTACT:    609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch
 
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Yarnworks
2:00 PM

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

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