MCLS Events and Programs

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Wednesday April 21, 2021
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10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Computer Class: Write Your Resume with Google Docs

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT: Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 25 spaces available.

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:
  Staff
  609.883.8292
   classreg@mcl.org

There are 25 spaces available.

 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Feature on New Juvenile Fiction

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

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

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

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

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Songs & Stories in the Sun

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

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

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

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

CONTACT: Hightstown Youth Services Staff  609-448-1474
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:
  Hightstown Youth Services Staff
  609.448.1474
  

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sidewalk Chalk Art

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

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

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

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

CONTACT: West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-0462
There are 9 spaces available.

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:
  West Windsor Youth Services Staff
  609.799.0462
  


There are 9 spaces available.

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Earth Day Planting

Let's come together to celebrate Earth Day at the Twin Rivers Branch! Plant a beautiful flower in a biodegradable pot to bring home, while supplies last. Library programs are free and open to all.

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

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

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

CONTACT: Twin Rivers Youth Services Staff  609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch

Let's come together to celebrate Earth Day at the Twin Rivers Branch! Plant a beautiful flower in a biodegradable pot to bring home, while supplies last. Library programs are free and open to all.

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

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

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

CONTACT:
  Twin Rivers Youth Services Staff
  609.443.1880
   twinprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch

 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Gardening Book Group: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

Join us in reading and discussing works of fiction or non-fiction having to do with gardening, plants, nature, or the land. All are welcome to discuss this month's book, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold.

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

CONTACT: Mercer County Library Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us in reading and discussing works of fiction or non-fiction having to do with gardening, plants, nature, or the land. All are welcome to discuss this month's book, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold.

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

CONTACT:
  Mercer County Library Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


 
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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Computer Class: Write Your Cover Letter with Google Docs

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT: Staff  609-883-8292  classreg@mcl.org
There are 28 spaces available.

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:
  Staff
  609.883.8292
   classreg@mcl.org

There are 28 spaces available.

 
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2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Canceled - STEAM Activity

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

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

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

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

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

 
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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Outdoor Current Events Chat

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

Registration is required prior to the event.

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

  • All participants must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
CONTACT: Hickory Corner Adult Programs  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 8 spaces available.

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

Registration is required prior to the event.

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

  • All participants must wear masks during the program.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other patrons during the program.
  • Restrooms inside the library will be available as the capacity limit allows. If the building's capacity is reached, patrons will need to wait to enter the building to use the restroom.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Adult Programs
  609.448.0957
   hcprogs@mcl.org


There are 8 spaces available.

 
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3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Math Activity Kit

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Branch.

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

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

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

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Branch  609-448-1330

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Branch.

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

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

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

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Branch
  609.448.1330
  


 

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

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

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

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Adult Programs  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
The registration period has ended.

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

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

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

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Adult Programs
  609.448.0957
   hcprogs@mcl.org


The registration period has ended.

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Library Drawing Party w/ Julia

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

Watch this week's video on our YouTube Channel.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

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

Watch this week's video on our YouTube Channel.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

Thursday April 22, 2021
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Babytime w/ Miss Chetna

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

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

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

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

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Little Explorers

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

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

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

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

CONTACT: Robbinsville Branch  609-259-2150
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:
  Robbinsville Branch
  609.259.2150
  


REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Creation Station

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

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

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

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

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Branch  609-448-1330
There are 6 spaces available.

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Branch
  609.448.1330
  


There are 6 spaces available.

 
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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Adult Coloring

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

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

 
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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Earth Day Seed Bombs

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

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

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

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

CONTACT: Hollowbrook Branch  609-883-5914
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 5 spaces available.

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:
  Hollowbrook Branch
  609.883.5914
  

LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch

There are 5 spaces available.

 
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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
LEGO® Challenge

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

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
An Overview of ABA Therapy for Children with Autism

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

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

CONTACT: Mercer County Library Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

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

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

CONTACT:
  Mercer County Library Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Friday April 23, 2021
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Outdoor Storytime

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

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

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

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

CONTACT: Hollowbrook Branch  609-883-5914
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 3 spaces available.

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:
  Hollowbrook Branch
  609.883.5914
  

LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch

There are 3 spaces available.


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