MCLS Events and Programs

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


Parents are responsible for the conduct of minor children, under 18 years of age, in the library or on library grounds, regardless of whether they are in the company of their child or not. See our Parental/Guardian Supervisory Responsibilities Policy for more information.
Sunday May 19, 2024
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1:30 PM
Needle Felted Wall Hangings

Use the needle felting technique to create a beautiful wall hanging out of wool. Recommended for children ages 7+, with a caregiver to supervise. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form for the entire family/group coming together. If you register and realize you cannot make it, please phone so someone else can have your slot.

CONTACT: Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8295  lawysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 10 spaces available.

Use the needle felting technique to create a beautiful wall hanging out of wool. Recommended for children ages 7+, with a caregiver to supervise. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form for the entire family/group coming together. If you register and realize you cannot make it, please phone so someone else can have your slot.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Youth Services Staff
  609.883.8295
   lawysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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2:00 PM
Sunday Movie Series: Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians (2018, PG-13) with Constance Woo, Henry Golding, and Michelle Yeoh. This contemporary romantic comedy based on a global bestseller follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family. Runtime: 120 min.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 24 spaces available.

Crazy Rich Asians (2018, PG-13) with Constance Woo, Henry Golding, and Michelle Yeoh. This contemporary romantic comedy based on a global bestseller follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family. Runtime: 120 min.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 24 spaces available.

 
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Matinee Movie

Running on Empty (1988); rated PG-13; 116 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.

Please register.

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Programming Staff  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 20 spaces available.

Running on Empty (1988); rated PG-13; 116 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.

Please register.

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Programming Staff
  609.448.0957
   hcprogs@mcl.org


There are 20 spaces available.

Monday May 20, 2024
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10:00 AM
Bilingual (Spanish/English) Bingo for Preschoolers

Children ages 2-5 will learn Spanish and English vocabulary from Miss Diana (a native Spanish speaker) while playing the game of Bingo end enjoying songs and rhymes!

Online registration required.

CONTACT: Miss Diana  609-448-1474  highysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
There are 8 spaces available.

Children ages 2-5 will learn Spanish and English vocabulary from Miss Diana (a native Spanish speaker) while playing the game of Bingo end enjoying songs and rhymes!

Online registration required.

CONTACT:
  Miss Diana
  609.448.1474
   highysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch

There are 8 spaces available.

 

Join Miss Molly for music & movement, a story, and a craft! For children ages 2-5, with an adult to supervise. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form per child. If you register and cannot make it, please phone so someone else can have your slot.

CONTACT: Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8295  lawysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, May 20, 2024 at 7:00 AM     

Join Miss Molly for music & movement, a story, and a craft! For children ages 2-5, with an adult to supervise. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form per child. If you register and cannot make it, please phone so someone else can have your slot.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Youth Services Staff
  609.883.8295
   lawysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

Registration will begin on Monday, May 20, 2024 at 7:00 AM     

 

Children ages 6 months - 24 months, accompanied by an adult are invited to come and enjoy songs and rhymes with Miss Cathy. 

Registration is required prior to the event. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Robbinsville Programming Staff  609-259-2150  robprogs@mcl.org
There are 7 spaces available.

Children ages 6 months - 24 months, accompanied by an adult are invited to come and enjoy songs and rhymes with Miss Cathy. 

Registration is required prior to the event. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Robbinsville Programming Staff
  609.259.2150
   robprogs@mcl.org


There are 7 spaces available.

 
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10:15 AM - 10:25 AM
Little Scientist STEM Program

Learn by doing fun experiments! Children ages 5 and under with adult. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 10 spaces available.

Learn by doing fun experiments! Children ages 5 and under with adult. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Baby Storytime

Baby Storytime is a thirty-minute program with a mix of classic nursery rhymes, lap bounces, reading, singing, and movement. For ages 0-24 months with a caregiver.

Registration not required. Walk-ins are welcome as long as space is available. We recommend that you arrive 5 minutes before the program starts. We may not be able to accommodate late arrivals. Strollers must be parked outside of the event room to ensure space and safety. We appreciate your cooperation so we may offer a smoother flow of activities to the entire group. 

CONTACT: West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-7311  westprogs@mcl.org

Baby Storytime is a thirty-minute program with a mix of classic nursery rhymes, lap bounces, reading, singing, and movement. For ages 0-24 months with a caregiver.

Registration not required. Walk-ins are welcome as long as space is available. We recommend that you arrive 5 minutes before the program starts. We may not be able to accommodate late arrivals. Strollers must be parked outside of the event room to ensure space and safety. We appreciate your cooperation so we may offer a smoother flow of activities to the entire group. 

CONTACT:
  West Windsor Youth Services Staff
  609.799.7311
   westprogs@mcl.org


 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Messy Monday

Children ages 2 to 5 are welcome for an engaging and messy freestyle painting program that will explore different styles of process art. Please dress for a mess!  

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Programming Staff  609-448-1330  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 8 spaces available.

Children ages 2 to 5 are welcome for an engaging and messy freestyle painting program that will explore different styles of process art. Please dress for a mess!  

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Programming Staff
  609.448.1330
   hcprogs@mcl.org


There are 8 spaces available.

 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Painting Station

Painting station for children, ages 5 and under with adult.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 14 spaces available.

Painting station for children, ages 5 and under with adult.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 14 spaces available.

 

Children ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join us for storytime. We will share books, action rhymes, and songs. We will focus on the same theme all week. Children will receive a take-home craft after storytime. 

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

CONTACT: Hopewell Youth Services Staff  609-737-2610  hopeysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch

Children ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join us for storytime. We will share books, action rhymes, and songs. We will focus on the same theme all week. Children will receive a take-home craft after storytime. 

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

CONTACT:
  Hopewell Youth Services Staff
  609.737.2610
   hopeysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch


 

Introduce your little ones to a variety of craft supplies, from glue to scissors to paint!  Each week we will hands-on explore different mediums, tools, and skills.  We typically work on 4-5 crafts/activities, and the class lasts approximately 40 minutes. Suggested for children ages 2-5, with an adult to supervise. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form per child. If you register and cannot make it, please phone so someone else can have your slot.

CONTACT: Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8295  lawysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, May 20, 2024 at 7:00 AM     

Introduce your little ones to a variety of craft supplies, from glue to scissors to paint!  Each week we will hands-on explore different mediums, tools, and skills.  We typically work on 4-5 crafts/activities, and the class lasts approximately 40 minutes. Suggested for children ages 2-5, with an adult to supervise. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form per child. If you register and cannot make it, please phone so someone else can have your slot.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Youth Services Staff
  609.883.8295
   lawysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

Registration will begin on Monday, May 20, 2024 at 7:00 AM     

 
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Little Explorers

A program with hands on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities for children ages 3-5, with an adult.

Registration is required prior to the event. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Robbinsville Programming Staff  609-259-2150  robprogs@mcl.org
There are 10 spaces available.

A program with hands on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities for children ages 3-5, with an adult.

Registration is required prior to the event. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Robbinsville Programming Staff
  609.259.2150
   robprogs@mcl.org


There are 10 spaces available.

 
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sensory Storytime

Do you have a preschool child that can't sit still, can't focus or stay quiet during regular storytimes, then come join us for Sensory Storytime. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 10 spaces available.

Do you have a preschool child that can't sit still, can't focus or stay quiet during regular storytimes, then come join us for Sensory Storytime. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Homeschool Teens: Discover America

Homeschooled teens will learn about our nation's history and culture through great works of American art. Each month we will look at a different period in American History through art and literature. For ages 12 - 16. 

Registration is required prior to the event. 

CONTACT: Hopewell Youth Services Staff  609-737-2610  hopeysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch

Homeschooled teens will learn about our nation's history and culture through great works of American art. Each month we will look at a different period in American History through art and literature. For ages 12 - 16. 

Registration is required prior to the event. 

CONTACT:
  Hopewell Youth Services Staff
  609.737.2610
   hopeysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch


 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Adult Craft: Squeegee Art

Looking for a fun and easy craft to do? Squeegee Art is a unique form of abstract art that results in bold, interesting, and colorful works of art! All it requires is paint, paper, and a straightedge tool. A librarian will demonstrate a few different ideas, though you’re free to create your own designs.

Registration required.

CONTACT: Twin Rivers Adult Services Staff   609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

Looking for a fun and easy craft to do? Squeegee Art is a unique form of abstract art that results in bold, interesting, and colorful works of art! All it requires is paint, paper, and a straightedge tool. A librarian will demonstrate a few different ideas, though you’re free to create your own designs.

Registration required.

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

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

 
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Arm in Arm Mobile Food Pantry

Are you experiencing food insecurity? Arm in Arm's mobile food pantry will be at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch on Monday afternoons from 2-4pm.  

No pre-registration is required.  Arm in Arm staff will register participants upon arrival. 

For more information about the food pantry, visit arminarm.org.  

CONTACT: Lawrence Adult Services Staff  609-882-9246
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

Are you experiencing food insecurity? Arm in Arm's mobile food pantry will be at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch on Monday afternoons from 2-4pm.  

No pre-registration is required.  Arm in Arm staff will register participants upon arrival. 

For more information about the food pantry, visit arminarm.org.  

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Adult Services Staff
  609.882.9246
  

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

 
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tranquility Coloring

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Hollowbrook Library will offer a space for teenagers to relax, recharge, and reflect. Teens can relax to meditation music and color while enjoying snacks and refreshments. For ages 14 and up.

CONTACT: Hollowbrook Staff  609-883-5914  holprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Hollowbrook Library will offer a space for teenagers to relax, recharge, and reflect. Teens can relax to meditation music and color while enjoying snacks and refreshments. For ages 14 and up.

CONTACT:
  Hollowbrook Staff
  609.883.5914
   holprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch

 
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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
ESL Conversation

Improve your English speaking skills by chatting in casual conversation. The sessions are intended for intermediate-level speakers (those comfortable speaking English in most situations and looking for practice to increase confidence). 

Please register. 

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Programming Staff  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 8 spaces available.

Improve your English speaking skills by chatting in casual conversation. The sessions are intended for intermediate-level speakers (those comfortable speaking English in most situations and looking for practice to increase confidence). 

Please register. 

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Programming Staff
  609.448.0957
   hcprogs@mcl.org


There are 8 spaces available.

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Pride Club Meet-up

A meet-up for LGBTQ+ tweens and teens. Allies welcome too! For kids up to 14. This is a drop-in event. No registration required.

CONTACT: Hopewell Youth Services Staff  609-737-2610  hopeysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch

A meet-up for LGBTQ+ tweens and teens. Allies welcome too! For kids up to 14. This is a drop-in event. No registration required.

CONTACT:
  Hopewell Youth Services Staff
  609.737.2610
   hopeysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch

 
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3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Messy Crafts

Join us for messy crafts, with different projects each week. Please dress down for messy play. Suggested for children ages 5 and under with an adult. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 10 spaces available.

Join us for messy crafts, with different projects each week. Please dress down for messy play. Suggested for children ages 5 and under with an adult. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 10 spaces available.

 

Nothing feeds the soul like singing in community! We will lead patrons of all ages and abilities—from babies to retirees—in singing simple rounds together in harmony. Shakers and scarves will be provided for those too young to sing. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Branch.

No registration necessary.

CONTACT: Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8295  lawysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

Nothing feeds the soul like singing in community! We will lead patrons of all ages and abilities—from babies to retirees—in singing simple rounds together in harmony. Shakers and scarves will be provided for those too young to sing. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Branch.

No registration necessary.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Youth Services Staff
  609.883.8295
   lawysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

 

Nothing feeds the soul like singing in community! We will lead patrons of all ages and abilities—from babies to retirees—in singing simple rounds together in harmony. Shakers and scarves will be provided for those too young to sing. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Branch.

No registration necessary.

CONTACT: Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8295  lawysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

Nothing feeds the soul like singing in community! We will lead patrons of all ages and abilities—from babies to retirees—in singing simple rounds together in harmony. Shakers and scarves will be provided for those too young to sing. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Branch.

No registration necessary.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Youth Services Staff
  609.883.8295
   lawysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

 
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4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
(Virtual) Guided Meditation

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

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

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

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

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Crafternoon: Paper Lei

Join us to make a Paper Lei in honor of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Suggested for children ages 3 - 8 with adult supervision. 

This is a drop-in event. 

CONTACT: Hopewell Youth Services Staff  609-737-2610  hopeysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch

Join us to make a Paper Lei in honor of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Suggested for children ages 3 - 8 with adult supervision. 

This is a drop-in event. 

CONTACT:
  Hopewell Youth Services Staff
  609.737.2610
   hopeysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch

 
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
School-age STEAM: Robot Programming

Children aged 5 to 10 (grades K-5) are welcome for a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) program about robot programming.  We will discuss the basics of how robots are programmed, and then kids will design a maze and show a path that they could program a robot to travel.  Lastly, Ms. Bekka will display how robot programming works with our mTiny panda robot.  

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another.

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Programming Staff  609-448-1330  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 12 spaces available.

Children aged 5 to 10 (grades K-5) are welcome for a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) program about robot programming.  We will discuss the basics of how robots are programmed, and then kids will design a maze and show a path that they could program a robot to travel.  Lastly, Ms. Bekka will display how robot programming works with our mTiny panda robot.  

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another.

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Programming Staff
  609.448.1330
   hcprogs@mcl.org


There are 12 spaces available.

 

Children in grades 1 through 8 will receive homework help and concept review from volunteer high school students. Children should bring their homework to the class. 

Online registration required each week. A parent/guardian must remain in the library while the child attends this program.

CONTACT: Miss Liz  609-448-1474  highysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

Children in grades 1 through 8 will receive homework help and concept review from volunteer high school students. Children should bring their homework to the class. 

Online registration required each week. A parent/guardian must remain in the library while the child attends this program.

CONTACT:
  Miss Liz
  609.448.1474
   highysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

 

Are you a big Jeopardy fan? Do you want to show off your trivia knowledge? Join us for a friendly, group-style game of Jeopardy! This program is intended for adults only.

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Twin Rivers Adult Services Staff   609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 12 spaces available.

Are you a big Jeopardy fan? Do you want to show off your trivia knowledge? Join us for a friendly, group-style game of Jeopardy! This program is intended for adults only.

Registration is required.

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

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch

There are 12 spaces available.

 
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6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Cookies and Comics

Join us for a new book club featuring graphic novels!!  We will do a craft, chat about our books, and, of course, eat cookies!  This month we will be discussing the books of Raina Telgemeier.  Please read any of her books before coming to the book club.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form per child. If unable to attend, please call or e-mail to cancel. 

CONTACT: Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8295  lawysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, May 20, 2024 at 7:00 AM     

Join us for a new book club featuring graphic novels!!  We will do a craft, chat about our books, and, of course, eat cookies!  This month we will be discussing the books of Raina Telgemeier.  Please read any of her books before coming to the book club.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form per child. If unable to attend, please call or e-mail to cancel. 

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Youth Services Staff
  609.883.8295
   lawysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

Registration will begin on Monday, May 20, 2024 at 7:00 AM     

 

Messy Club is for children who like to have fun creating but don’t want to color within the lines! Each session you will explore a new medium of messiness. This program is for children ages 6-11.

Registration is required for this event. Walk-ins are welcome as long as space and supplies are available. We recommend that you arrive 5 minutes before the program starts. If you have not arrived by the start of the program, we may give your spot to someone who is waiting. We may not be able to accommodate late arrivals. We appreciate your cooperation so we may offer a smoother flow of activities to the entire group. 

CONTACT: West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-7311  westprogs@mcl.org
Registration will begin on Monday, May 20, 2024 at 9:00 AM     

Messy Club is for children who like to have fun creating but don’t want to color within the lines! Each session you will explore a new medium of messiness. This program is for children ages 6-11.

Registration is required for this event. Walk-ins are welcome as long as space and supplies are available. We recommend that you arrive 5 minutes before the program starts. If you have not arrived by the start of the program, we may give your spot to someone who is waiting. We may not be able to accommodate late arrivals. We appreciate your cooperation so we may offer a smoother flow of activities to the entire group. 

CONTACT:
  West Windsor Youth Services Staff
  609.799.7311
   westprogs@mcl.org


Registration will begin on Monday, May 20, 2024 at 9:00 AM     

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Kids Can Paint Like. . . Marc Chagall

The Kids Can Paint Like. . . Program introduces older kids, tweens, and teens (ages 8+) to a noteworthy artist and then instructs the youth on how to create an art piece inspired by the artist.  We encourage a special adult to accompany the youth in their life to this program, ie. mother and son, father and daughter, aunt and niece, etc., so that both generations can create their own artwork together.  In this program, we will be learning about Marc Chagall, an early modernist painter, in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, and making our own artwork inspired by one of his pieces.  

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Programming Staff  609-448-1330  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 12 spaces available.

The Kids Can Paint Like. . . Program introduces older kids, tweens, and teens (ages 8+) to a noteworthy artist and then instructs the youth on how to create an art piece inspired by the artist.  We encourage a special adult to accompany the youth in their life to this program, ie. mother and son, father and daughter, aunt and niece, etc., so that both generations can create their own artwork together.  In this program, we will be learning about Marc Chagall, an early modernist painter, in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, and making our own artwork inspired by one of his pieces.  

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Programming Staff
  609.448.1330
   hcprogs@mcl.org


There are 12 spaces available.

Tuesday May 21, 2024

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. Recommended for ages 6-24 months. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is suggested prior to the event. Please complete one registration form per child. If unable to attend, please call to cancel.

CONTACT: Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8295  lawysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 7:00 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. Recommended for ages 6-24 months. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is suggested prior to the event. Please complete one registration form per child. If unable to attend, please call to cancel.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Youth Services Staff
  609.883.8295
   lawysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

Registration will begin on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 7:00 AM     

 
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Eat the Alphabet

Come and learn a different letter of the alphabet with food stories and crafts. This week is the letter "O." For children, ages 2 and up, accompanied by an adult. No real food to eat will be provided.

Registration is required prior to the event. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Robbinsville Programming Staff  609-259-2150  robprogs@mcl.org
There are 6 spaces available.

Come and learn a different letter of the alphabet with food stories and crafts. This week is the letter "O." For children, ages 2 and up, accompanied by an adult. No real food to eat will be provided.

Registration is required prior to the event. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Robbinsville Programming Staff
  609.259.2150
   robprogs@mcl.org


There are 6 spaces available.

 
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10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Word: Pictures, Tables, and Text Boxes

Build a flyer by inserting and formatting pictures, text boxes, and a table.

Take Word Essentials first.

Classes are intended for adult learners, registration is required prior to class. Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT: Technology Instructors  609-882-4050  techclass@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 6 spaces available.

Build a flyer by inserting and formatting pictures, text boxes, and a table.

Take Word Essentials first.

Classes are intended for adult learners, registration is required prior to class. Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:
  Technology Instructors
  609.882.4050
   techclass@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 6 spaces available.

 
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
(Virtual) ESL Conversation Group for Adults

If you already know some English and want to improve your speaking and comprehension skills, please join librarian Elka Frankel for some practice sharing your thoughts and ideas about all kinds of things with others in the group. We'll also cover vocabulary, idioms and grammar relevant to our discussions. Bring your questions too!

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

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

If you already know some English and want to improve your speaking and comprehension skills, please join librarian Elka Frankel for some practice sharing your thoughts and ideas about all kinds of things with others in the group. We'll also cover vocabulary, idioms and grammar relevant to our discussions. Bring your questions too!

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


 
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10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Cribbage & Coffee

Join us at the Hopewell Branch for Cribbage & Coffee! Boards, pegs, cards -- and light refreshments -- will be provided.

CONTACT: Hopewell Adult Services Staff  609-737-2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch

Join us at the Hopewell Branch for Cribbage & Coffee! Boards, pegs, cards -- and light refreshments -- will be provided.

CONTACT:
  Hopewell Adult Services Staff
  609.737.2610
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch

 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
ABCs Toddler Storytime

Letter of the day is C. We will find the items that begin with it around the room.Songs, rhymes, stories. Suggested for children, ages 5 and under with adults.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 15 spaces available.

Letter of the day is C. We will find the items that begin with it around the room.Songs, rhymes, stories. Suggested for children, ages 5 and under with adults.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 15 spaces available.

 

Children ages 2 to 5 are welcome for a storytime with books, songs and a craft activity.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Programming Staff  609-448-1330  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 6 spaces available.

Children ages 2 to 5 are welcome for a storytime with books, songs and a craft activity.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Programming Staff
  609.448.1330
   hcprogs@mcl.org


There are 6 spaces available.

 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Toddler Rock

Too old for Baby Time and not quite ready to sit through a Story Time? Join us for singing, dancing, and rhymes. There is an emphasis on interaction with the music and the rhymes through singing, actions, and props to build pre-literacy skills. This program is for children ages 5 and under who are accompanied by an adult. 

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

CONTACT: Hopewell Youth Services Staff  609-737-2610  hopeysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch

Too old for Baby Time and not quite ready to sit through a Story Time? Join us for singing, dancing, and rhymes. There is an emphasis on interaction with the music and the rhymes through singing, actions, and props to build pre-literacy skills. This program is for children ages 5 and under who are accompanied by an adult. 

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

CONTACT:
  Hopewell Youth Services Staff
  609.737.2610
   hopeysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch


 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Scrabble for Adults

Drop in for a friendly round of the classic game.

Please register.

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Programming Staff  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 10 spaces available.

Drop in for a friendly round of the classic game.

Please register.

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Programming Staff
  609.448.0957
   hcprogs@mcl.org


There are 10 spaces available.

 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Toddler Storytime

Join us for stories, rhymes, and a themed craft! For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

Registration not required. Walk-ins are welcome as long as space is available. We recommend that you arrive 5 minutes before the program starts. We may not be able to accommodate late arrivals. Strollers must be parked outside of the event room to ensure space and safety. We appreciate your cooperation so we may offer a smoother flow of activities to the entire group. 

CONTACT: West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-7311  westprogs@mcl.org

Join us for stories, rhymes, and a themed craft! For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

Registration not required. Walk-ins are welcome as long as space is available. We recommend that you arrive 5 minutes before the program starts. We may not be able to accommodate late arrivals. Strollers must be parked outside of the event room to ensure space and safety. We appreciate your cooperation so we may offer a smoother flow of activities to the entire group. 

CONTACT:
  West Windsor Youth Services Staff
  609.799.7311
   westprogs@mcl.org


 
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Parachute Play

Children, ages 2 and up, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join us for an interactive and play-filled program featuring songs, rhymes and activities with the library's parachute!

Registration is required prior to the event. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Robbinsville Programming Staff  609-259-2150  robprogs@mcl.org
There are 10 spaces available.

Children, ages 2 and up, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join us for an interactive and play-filled program featuring songs, rhymes and activities with the library's parachute!

Registration is required prior to the event. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Robbinsville Programming Staff
  609.259.2150
   robprogs@mcl.org


There are 10 spaces available.

 
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Quiet Storytime

Join Miss Christine for a quieter storytime. Intended for children who may be overwhelmed by the noise and crowds of a typical storytime, this will feature  mellow stories, soothing music and a sensory craft or activity. For ages 2 and up, with an adult to supervise. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

​Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form per child. If unable to attend, please call or e-mail to cancel. 

CONTACT: Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8295  lawysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 7:00 AM     

Join Miss Christine for a quieter storytime. Intended for children who may be overwhelmed by the noise and crowds of a typical storytime, this will feature  mellow stories, soothing music and a sensory craft or activity. For ages 2 and up, with an adult to supervise. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

​Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form per child. If unable to attend, please call or e-mail to cancel. 

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Youth Services Staff
  609.883.8295
   lawysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

Registration will begin on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 7:00 AM     

 
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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Toddlers Create!

Join us for creative crafts with different projects each week. Suggested for children, ages 5 and under with an adult. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 15 spaces available.

Join us for creative crafts with different projects each week. Suggested for children, ages 5 and under with an adult. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 15 spaces available.

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Playdate Pals

Join us for Playdate Pals, where kids can explore and learn together each week. There will be a rotation of toys and games each week to encourage children to play together and socialize.

Registration is not required. For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

CONTACT: West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-7311  westprogs@mcl.org

Join us for Playdate Pals, where kids can explore and learn together each week. There will be a rotation of toys and games each week to encourage children to play together and socialize.

Registration is not required. For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

CONTACT:
  West Windsor Youth Services Staff
  609.799.7311
   westprogs@mcl.org


 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Adult Craft: Memorial Day Painted Stars

Paint wooden stars to make festive Memorial Day decorations.    

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Twin Rivers Adult Services Staff   609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 4 spaces available.

Paint wooden stars to make festive Memorial Day decorations.    

Registration is required.

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

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch

There are 4 spaces available.

 

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

Registration is preferred.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 25 spaces available.

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

Registration is preferred.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 25 spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Crafternoon: Paper Lei

Join us to make a Paper Lei in honor of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Suggested for children ages 3 - 8 with adult supervision. 

This is a drop-in event. 

CONTACT: Hopewell Youth Services Staff  609-737-2610  hopeysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch

Join us to make a Paper Lei in honor of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Suggested for children ages 3 - 8 with adult supervision. 

This is a drop-in event. 

CONTACT:
  Hopewell Youth Services Staff
  609.737.2610
   hopeysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Special Jewish Storytime

Join Miss Sue and learn about famous Jewish people, traditions, and foods.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 10 spaces available.

Join Miss Sue and learn about famous Jewish people, traditions, and foods.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Read to the Therapy Dog

Children ages 5 to 10 (grades K-5th) who need extra practice reading aloud are welcome to come read to our therapy dog. Each reader will have a 15 minute session. 

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Programming Staff  609-448-1330  hcprogs@mcl.org
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

Children ages 5 to 10 (grades K-5th) who need extra practice reading aloud are welcome to come read to our therapy dog. Each reader will have a 15 minute session. 

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Programming Staff
  609.448.1330
   hcprogs@mcl.org


REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

 
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4:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Read to the Therapy Dog

Children ages 5 to 10 (grades K-5th) who need extra practice reading aloud are welcome to come read to our therapy dog. Each reader will have a 15 minute session. 

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Programming Staff  609-448-1330  hcprogs@mcl.org
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

Children ages 5 to 10 (grades K-5th) who need extra practice reading aloud are welcome to come read to our therapy dog. Each reader will have a 15 minute session. 

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Programming Staff
  609.448.1330
   hcprogs@mcl.org


REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

 
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5:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Read to the Therapy Dog

Children ages 5 to 10 (grades K-5th) who need extra practice reading aloud are welcome to come read to our therapy dog. Each reader will have a 15 minute session. 

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Programming Staff  609-448-1330  hcprogs@mcl.org
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

Children ages 5 to 10 (grades K-5th) who need extra practice reading aloud are welcome to come read to our therapy dog. Each reader will have a 15 minute session. 

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Programming Staff
  609.448.1330
   hcprogs@mcl.org


REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

 
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5:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Learning English

This is a entry-level ESL is taught by experienced staff member Victor Fernandez.

Registration is required before the event. Please call the branch. If you register and realize you cannot make it, please contact us so someone else can have your spot. 

CONTACT: Hightstown Programming Staff  609-448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch

This is a entry-level ESL is taught by experienced staff member Victor Fernandez.

Registration is required before the event. Please call the branch. If you register and realize you cannot make it, please contact us so someone else can have your spot. 

CONTACT:
  Hightstown Programming Staff
  609.448.1474
   hiprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch

 
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5:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Read to the Therapy Dog

Children ages 5 to 10 (grades K-5th) who need extra practice reading aloud are welcome to come read to our therapy dog. Each reader will have a 15 minute session. 

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Programming Staff  609-448-1330  hcprogs@mcl.org
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

Children ages 5 to 10 (grades K-5th) who need extra practice reading aloud are welcome to come read to our therapy dog. Each reader will have a 15 minute session. 

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Programming Staff
  609.448.1330
   hcprogs@mcl.org


REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

 
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5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Crochet Club

Want to learn how to crochet? Join our crochet club, learn the basics, and get hands-on help with your current projects! Beginners are always welcome. 

Registration encouraged. Walk-ins welcome as long as supplies last. For ages 5-16. This program occurs every first and third Tuesday evening of the month unless specified otherwise.

CONTACT: West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-7311  westprogs@mcl.org
There are 6 spaces available.

Want to learn how to crochet? Join our crochet club, learn the basics, and get hands-on help with your current projects! Beginners are always welcome. 

Registration encouraged. Walk-ins welcome as long as supplies last. For ages 5-16. This program occurs every first and third Tuesday evening of the month unless specified otherwise.

CONTACT:
  West Windsor Youth Services Staff
  609.799.7311
   westprogs@mcl.org


There are 6 spaces available.

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Public Speaking Solutions

Learn public speaking skills taught by fellow teen volunteers from High School North! Ages 12-18.

Registration is required.

CONTACT: West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-7311  westprogs@mcl.org
There are 14 spaces available.

Learn public speaking skills taught by fellow teen volunteers from High School North! Ages 12-18.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:
  West Windsor Youth Services Staff
  609.799.7311
   westprogs@mcl.org


There are 14 spaces available.

 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Voting in Mercer County, New Jersey

With a Presidential Election Year underway, this presentation will explain the three ways to vote in New Jersey, as well as the safeguards that are in place through our voting systems here in Mercer County. The presenters, Mercer County Election Officials: County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello, Superintendent of Elections, Walker M. Worthy, Jr. and Board of Elections, Chair Jill Moyer, will review our voter registration process as well as the dates and locations for early voting and how to vote by mail.  They will explain how these options will make it more convenient for voters to cast a vote and why it is safe to do so. Furthermore, the officials will demonstrate how to use the new Dominion touch screen voting machines and scanners that Mercer County now uses in all towns on Election Day.

Advanced registration is appreciated. 

CONTACT: Lawrence Adult Services Staff  609-883-8292  lawprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 94 spaces available.

With a Presidential Election Year underway, this presentation will explain the three ways to vote in New Jersey, as well as the safeguards that are in place through our voting systems here in Mercer County. The presenters, Mercer County Election Officials: County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello, Superintendent of Elections, Walker M. Worthy, Jr. and Board of Elections, Chair Jill Moyer, will review our voter registration process as well as the dates and locations for early voting and how to vote by mail.  They will explain how these options will make it more convenient for voters to cast a vote and why it is safe to do so. Furthermore, the officials will demonstrate how to use the new Dominion touch screen voting machines and scanners that Mercer County now uses in all towns on Election Day.

Advanced registration is appreciated. 

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Adult Services Staff
  609.883.8292
   lawprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 94 spaces available.

 
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6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Watercolor Painting: Jellyfish

Bring your creativity and have fun exploring with watercolor paints! Today we will be creating a jellyfish!  For children ages 5yr+ with a caregiver. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form per child. If unable to attend, please call to cancel. 

CONTACT: Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8295  lawysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 7:00 AM     

Bring your creativity and have fun exploring with watercolor paints! Today we will be creating a jellyfish!  For children ages 5yr+ with a caregiver. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form per child. If unable to attend, please call to cancel. 

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Youth Services Staff
  609.883.8295
   lawysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

Registration will begin on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 7:00 AM     

 
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Chess for Adults

Drop in for a friendly game of chess.

Please register.

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Programming Staff  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 7 spaces available.

Drop in for a friendly game of chess.

Please register.

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Programming Staff
  609.448.0957
   hcprogs@mcl.org


There are 7 spaces available.

Wednesday May 22, 2024

For ages 3 and under. Get moving and grooving while practicing early literacy skills. This 30 minute program will focus on songs, rhymes, music, and a shared story! We will use shaker eggs, scarves, and more. Each child will receive a craft kit to take home.

No registration required.

CONTACT: Miss Liz  609-448-1474  highysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch

For ages 3 and under. Get moving and grooving while practicing early literacy skills. This 30 minute program will focus on songs, rhymes, music, and a shared story! We will use shaker eggs, scarves, and more. Each child will receive a craft kit to take home.

No registration required.

CONTACT:
  Miss Liz
  609.448.1474
   highysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Baby Storytime

Children, ages birth to 2 1/2 years old, are welcome for stories, songs and play.

Registration required. 

CONTACT: Hollowbrook Staff  609-883-5914  Holprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch
There are 10 spaces available.

Children, ages birth to 2 1/2 years old, are welcome for stories, songs and play.

Registration required. 

CONTACT:
  Hollowbrook Staff
  609.883.5914
   Holprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch

There are 10 spaces available.

 

Join Miss Pam for indoor storytime and a craft. Ages 2-5 with caregiver. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

No registration required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8295  lawysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

Join Miss Pam for indoor storytime and a craft. Ages 2-5 with caregiver. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

No registration required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Youth Services Staff
  609.883.8295
   lawysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Take the Library With You

If you're traveling this summer, take us with you! With your e-reader, tablet, or smart phone, you can access MCLS' large collection of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers, and streaming video. Stop by any time during this session for one-on-one help getting started. You'll walk away with an ebook or audiobook on your device, along with instructions for accessing our digital collections from anywhere. 

CONTACT: West Windsor Programming Staff  609-275-8901  westprogs@mcl.org
There are 22 spaces available.

If you're traveling this summer, take us with you! With your e-reader, tablet, or smart phone, you can access MCLS' large collection of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers, and streaming video. Stop by any time during this session for one-on-one help getting started. You'll walk away with an ebook or audiobook on your device, along with instructions for accessing our digital collections from anywhere. 

CONTACT:
  West Windsor Programming Staff
  609.275.8901
   westprogs@mcl.org


There are 22 spaces available.

 
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10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Little Libros - English/Spanish Storytime

Little Libros is a thirty-minute program filled with reading bilingual books, singing songs in English and Spanish, and more! Miss Cheryl welcomes all children to this storytime, and you do not need to know how to speak Spanish in order to enjoy this storytime.

Registration is not required prior to the event. For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

CONTACT: West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-7311  westprogs@mcl.org

Little Libros is a thirty-minute program filled with reading bilingual books, singing songs in English and Spanish, and more! Miss Cheryl welcomes all children to this storytime, and you do not need to know how to speak Spanish in order to enjoy this storytime.

Registration is not required prior to the event. For ages 2-5 with a caregiver.

CONTACT:
  West Windsor Youth Services Staff
  609.799.7311
   westprogs@mcl.org


 

Introduce your child to library story times. Age-appropriate books, songs, nursery rhymes, shakers, and ribbon sticks are shared with the group, with 20 – 30 minutes of structured group time. Ages 0 – 3 years, with a caregiver.

CONTACT: Twin Rivers Programming Staff  609-443-1880  Twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 15 spaces available.

Introduce your child to library story times. Age-appropriate books, songs, nursery rhymes, shakers, and ribbon sticks are shared with the group, with 20 – 30 minutes of structured group time. Ages 0 – 3 years, with a caregiver.

CONTACT:
  Twin Rivers Programming Staff
  609.443.1880
   Twinprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch

There are 15 spaces available.

 

This program is a great way to introduce your child to library story times and reading. Age appropriate books, songs, nursery rhymes, puppets and felt board figures are shared with the group. After 20 minutes of structured group time, there is time for play and for socializing. Suggested for children ages birth - 36 months. 

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

CONTACT: Hopewell Youth Services Staff  609-737-2610  hopeysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch

This program is a great way to introduce your child to library story times and reading. Age appropriate books, songs, nursery rhymes, puppets and felt board figures are shared with the group. After 20 minutes of structured group time, there is time for play and for socializing. Suggested for children ages birth - 36 months. 

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

CONTACT:
  Hopewell Youth Services Staff
  609.737.2610
   hopeysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch


 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Discovery Time

Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 are invited to a program focusing on the various elements of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). 

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Programming Staff  609-448-1330  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 15 spaces available.

Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 are invited to a program focusing on the various elements of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). 

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Programming Staff
  609.448.1330
   hcprogs@mcl.org


There are 15 spaces available.

 
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11:00 AM - 11:25 AM
Music and Movement

Join Miss Susan for music and movement action rhymes! Children 5 and under with adults.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 15 spaces available.

Join Miss Susan for music and movement action rhymes! Children 5 and under with adults.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 15 spaces available.

 

Children ages 6 months - 24 months, accompanied by an adult are invited to come and enjoy songs and rhymes with Miss Cathy. 

Registration is required prior to the event. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Robbinsville Programming Staff  609-259-2150  robprogs@mcl.org
There are 5 spaces available.

Children ages 6 months - 24 months, accompanied by an adult are invited to come and enjoy songs and rhymes with Miss Cathy. 

Registration is required prior to the event. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Robbinsville Programming Staff
  609.259.2150
   robprogs@mcl.org


There are 5 spaces available.

 

Join us for a creation station with different projects each week.  Suggested for children ages 5 and under with adult. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 15 spaces available.

Join us for a creation station with different projects each week.  Suggested for children ages 5 and under with adult. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 15 spaces available.

 
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Knitting and Crochet Club

Are you passionate about crafting with yarn and creating cozy, handmade masterpieces? Look no further! Our Knitting and Crochet Club is the perfect place for beginners and experienced crafters alike to come together and share their love for all thing’s yarn art. For ages 16 and up.

CONTACT: Hollowbrook Staff  609-883-5914  holprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch

Are you passionate about crafting with yarn and creating cozy, handmade masterpieces? Look no further! Our Knitting and Crochet Club is the perfect place for beginners and experienced crafters alike to come together and share their love for all thing’s yarn art. For ages 16 and up.

CONTACT:
  Hollowbrook Staff
  609.883.5914
   holprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hollowbrook Branch

 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Crafty Adults: Yarn-Wrapped Decorative Vases

This month we’ll be using cotton yarn in seasonal pastel colors to wrap and decorate vases. Open to any skill level.  Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

​Registration is required before the event. If you register and realize you cannot make it, please contact us so someone else can have your spot. 

CONTACT: Hightstown Programming Staff  609-448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
There is 1 space available.

This month we’ll be using cotton yarn in seasonal pastel colors to wrap and decorate vases. Open to any skill level.  Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association. 

​Registration is required before the event. If you register and realize you cannot make it, please contact us so someone else can have your spot. 

CONTACT:
  Hightstown Programming Staff
  609.448.1474
   hiprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch

There is 1 space available.

 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
JAHM Storytime

Celebrate Jewish American History Month! Join Miss Christine for a storytime featuring Jewish American authors, with a related craft. For ages 3 and up, with an adult to supervise. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

​Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form per child. If unable to attend, please call or e-mail to cancel. 

CONTACT: Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8295  lawysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 7:00 AM     

Celebrate Jewish American History Month! Join Miss Christine for a storytime featuring Jewish American authors, with a related craft. For ages 3 and up, with an adult to supervise. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

​Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form per child. If unable to attend, please call or e-mail to cancel. 

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Youth Services Staff
  609.883.8295
   lawysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 7:00 AM     

 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wayback Wednesday

Wayback Wednesday is both a reading group and a storytelling group where attendees will discuss short works that tackle life’s big moments with humor. Attendees are also encouraged to practice the art of storytelling by sharing their own stories that relate to the monthly theme. This month’s theme is “A Time I Learned a Lesson.” One of the short stories we’ll discuss is “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” by David Sedaris. Please contact the Reference Librarian if you need to reserve a copy.

Registration required.

CONTACT: Twin Rivers Adult Services Staff   609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 10 spaces available.

Wayback Wednesday is both a reading group and a storytelling group where attendees will discuss short works that tackle life’s big moments with humor. Attendees are also encouraged to practice the art of storytelling by sharing their own stories that relate to the monthly theme. This month’s theme is “A Time I Learned a Lesson.” One of the short stories we’ll discuss is “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” by David Sedaris. Please contact the Reference Librarian if you need to reserve a copy.

Registration required.

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

LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday Film Festival - Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) starring Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens, Rutger Hauer, Luke Perry, David Arquette, Michelle Abrams, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and Hilary Swank. Rated PG-13, 86 minutes. A popular California high school girl is selected by a mysterious old man to kill the vampires that are terrorizing Los Angeles. Although it could put a serious crimp in her shopping, Buffy takes on the ghouls with the help of a handsome drifter, and incurs the wrath of the chief vampire! Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

CONTACT: West Windsor Programming Staff  609-275-8901  westprogs@mcl.org

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) starring Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens, Rutger Hauer, Luke Perry, David Arquette, Michelle Abrams, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and Hilary Swank. Rated PG-13, 86 minutes. A popular California high school girl is selected by a mysterious old man to kill the vampires that are terrorizing Los Angeles. Although it could put a serious crimp in her shopping, Buffy takes on the ghouls with the help of a handsome drifter, and incurs the wrath of the chief vampire! Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

CONTACT:
  West Windsor Programming Staff
  609.275.8901
   westprogs@mcl.org


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

Hickory Corner librarian Mary Astarita will moderate a weekly discussion of current events. All adults are welcome.

We will follow an open format, where the librarian offers headlines for discussion. On select dates, we will follow an open format for the first half of the session and a structured format for the second half, in order to give considered, focused attention to a Special Topic. The Special Topic will be shared in advance, so that attendees will have time to prepare a concise, written response to be read aloud. The author of the response will have up to two minutes to read their response. After all written responses have been presented, we will thoughtfully discuss the presentations.

If you are interested in presenting a prepared response, call the reference desk at 609-448-0957 to find out the date of the Special Topic sessions.

Please register.

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Programming Staff  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 10 spaces available.

Hickory Corner librarian Mary Astarita will moderate a weekly discussion of current events. All adults are welcome.

We will follow an open format, where the librarian offers headlines for discussion. On select dates, we will follow an open format for the first half of the session and a structured format for the second half, in order to give considered, focused attention to a Special Topic. The Special Topic will be shared in advance, so that attendees will have time to prepare a concise, written response to be read aloud. The author of the response will have up to two minutes to read their response. After all written responses have been presented, we will thoughtfully discuss the presentations.

If you are interested in presenting a prepared response, call the reference desk at 609-448-0957 to find out the date of the Special Topic sessions.

Please register.

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Programming Staff
  609.448.0957
   hcprogs@mcl.org


There are 10 spaces available.

 
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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Knit & Stitch Club

Do you like to knit and/or crochet? Or do you want to learn? Join us while we talk patterns and projects and share tips and tricks! Bring your current project and materials, or if you are new to knitting/crocheting, your materials and a willingness to learn!  Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experts.

Registration is required for the event.

CONTACT: Robbinsville Programming Staff  609-259-2150  robprogs@mcl.org
There are 20 spaces available.

Do you like to knit and/or crochet? Or do you want to learn? Join us while we talk patterns and projects and share tips and tricks! Bring your current project and materials, or if you are new to knitting/crocheting, your materials and a willingness to learn!  Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experts.

Registration is required for the event.

CONTACT:
  Robbinsville Programming Staff
  609.259.2150
   robprogs@mcl.org


There are 20 spaces available.

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Teen Art Journaling

Inspiration ahead! Create an art journal, or work in your own. We'll look at new techniques and prompts each week. Materials will be supplied. This is a drop-in program: come as you are!

CONTACT: Hopewell Youth Services Staff  609-737-2610  hopeysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch

Inspiration ahead! Create an art journal, or work in your own. We'll look at new techniques and prompts each week. Materials will be supplied. This is a drop-in program: come as you are!

CONTACT:
  Hopewell Youth Services Staff
  609.737.2610
   hopeysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Citizenship Exam Preparation

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

​Registration is required before the event. Please call the branch. If you register and realize you cannot make it, please contact us so someone else can have your spot. 

CONTACT: Hightstown Programming Staff  609-448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch

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

​Registration is required before the event. Please call the branch. If you register and realize you cannot make it, please contact us so someone else can have your spot. 

CONTACT:
  Hightstown Programming Staff
  609.448.1474
   hiprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch

 

Children, ages 5-10 (grades K-5th), are welcome to come learn how to play chess and play against others. No prior chess experience required.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Programming Staff  609-448-1330  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 16 spaces available.

Children, ages 5-10 (grades K-5th), are welcome to come learn how to play chess and play against others. No prior chess experience required.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Programming Staff
  609.448.1330
   hcprogs@mcl.org


There are 16 spaces available.

 

Children ages 5 and up, accompanied by an adult, are invited to learn how to play chess and play games against others. All levels of experience are welcome.

Registration is required prior to the event. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Robbinsville Programming Staff  609-259-2150  robprogs@mcl.org
There are 12 spaces available.

Children ages 5 and up, accompanied by an adult, are invited to learn how to play chess and play games against others. All levels of experience are welcome.

Registration is required prior to the event. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Robbinsville Programming Staff
  609.259.2150
   robprogs@mcl.org


There are 12 spaces available.

 

Children ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join us for storytime. We will share books, action rhymes, and songs. We will focus on the same theme all week. Children will receive a take-home craft after storytime. 

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

CONTACT: Hopewell Youth Services Staff  609-737-2610  hopeysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch

Children ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join us for storytime. We will share books, action rhymes, and songs. We will focus on the same theme all week. Children will receive a take-home craft after storytime. 

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

CONTACT:
  Hopewell Youth Services Staff
  609.737.2610
   hopeysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch


 

Children, ages 5-10, accompanied by an adult, are invited for a program focusing on the various elements of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).

Registration is required prior to the event. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Robbinsville Programming Staff  609-259-2150  robprogs@mcl.org
There are 10 spaces available.

Children, ages 5-10, accompanied by an adult, are invited for a program focusing on the various elements of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).

Registration is required prior to the event. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Robbinsville Programming Staff
  609.259.2150
   robprogs@mcl.org


There are 10 spaces available.

 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Developing Cognitive Skills in Children

We are excited to announce a two-part workshop focused on nurturing early cognitive skills in children. As parents and caregivers, we understand the importance of providing our children with a strong foundation for their intellectual growth and development. This workshop series aims to equip families with practical strategies and insights to foster cognitive development in young children. We are honored to announce that Christine D'Alessandro, Head of the Lower School at Stuart Country Day School, will be sharing her expertise and valuable insights during these sessions.

During these sessions, Christine D'Alessandro will delve into key aspects of cognitive development in children and provide practical tips for parents and caregivers to support their child's learning journey. Topics will include the importance of play, language development, problem-solving skills, and more. This workshop series is designed to be interactive and informative, offering attendees the opportunity to engage in discussions, ask questions, and connect with other families in the community. We believe that investing in early cognitive development lays the groundwork for a lifetime of learning and success.

Session I: Wednesday, May 22 2024, 6:00-7:30pm

Session II: Wednesday, June 5 2024, 6:00-7:30pm

Registration is required. Light refreshments will be provided. All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend.

CONTACT: West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-7311  westprogs@mcl.org
There are 29 spaces available.

We are excited to announce a two-part workshop focused on nurturing early cognitive skills in children. As parents and caregivers, we understand the importance of providing our children with a strong foundation for their intellectual growth and development. This workshop series aims to equip families with practical strategies and insights to foster cognitive development in young children. We are honored to announce that Christine D'Alessandro, Head of the Lower School at Stuart Country Day School, will be sharing her expertise and valuable insights during these sessions.

During these sessions, Christine D'Alessandro will delve into key aspects of cognitive development in children and provide practical tips for parents and caregivers to support their child's learning journey. Topics will include the importance of play, language development, problem-solving skills, and more. This workshop series is designed to be interactive and informative, offering attendees the opportunity to engage in discussions, ask questions, and connect with other families in the community. We believe that investing in early cognitive development lays the groundwork for a lifetime of learning and success.

Session I: Wednesday, May 22 2024, 6:00-7:30pm

Session II: Wednesday, June 5 2024, 6:00-7:30pm

Registration is required. Light refreshments will be provided. All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend.

CONTACT:
  West Windsor Youth Services Staff
  609.799.7311
   westprogs@mcl.org


There are 29 spaces available.

 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Excel: Pivot Tables

Learn how to sort and filter your data, then insert a pivot table to create dynamic views of important information.

Take Excel Essentials first.

Classes are intended for adult learners, registration is required prior to class. Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT: Technology Instructors  609-882-4050
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 7 spaces available.

Learn how to sort and filter your data, then insert a pivot table to create dynamic views of important information.

Take Excel Essentials first.

Classes are intended for adult learners, registration is required prior to class. Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:
  Technology Instructors
  609.882.4050
  

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 7 spaces available.

 
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6:30 PM
Paint Stick American Flags

Paint and assemble paint sticks to make an American flag. Proudly display it for Memorial Day weekend! Suggested for children ages 6-11 years, with a caregiver to supervise. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form per child. If unable to attend, please call to cancel

CONTACT: Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8295  lawysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 7:00 AM     

Paint and assemble paint sticks to make an American flag. Proudly display it for Memorial Day weekend! Suggested for children ages 6-11 years, with a caregiver to supervise. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration form per child. If unable to attend, please call to cancel

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Youth Services Staff
  609.883.8295
   lawysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 7:00 AM     

 
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6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Evening Storytime

Children ages 2 to 5 are welcome for a storytime with books, songs and a craft activity.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Programming Staff  609-448-1330  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 15 spaces available.

Children ages 2 to 5 are welcome for a storytime with books, songs and a craft activity.

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Programming Staff
  609.448.1330
   hcprogs@mcl.org


There are 15 spaces available.

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) The Wandering Jews of New Jersey

Travel back in time and visit the first Jewish settlements in the urban centers of Newark, Paterson, Passaic, New Brunswick, Jersey City, and Trenton. See the old Bamberger’s Department Store, Beth Israel Hospital, and the old Newark synagogues — B’nai Jeshurun, B’nai Abraham, and Oheb Shalom. Visit the waterfalls of Paterson and its Jewish-owned silk factories, and explore the Jewish farming communities of Alliance, Vineland, and Woodbine - the first all-Jewish town in the world — everyone who ran the town, including the mayor, the police and fire chiefs, and members of the town council, was Jewish and spoke Yiddish. You will also get to visit the old vacation spots of Lakewood and Atlantic City. Presented by Oscar Israelowitz, a licensed NYC tour guide, author and experienced lecturer.

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

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Travel back in time and visit the first Jewish settlements in the urban centers of Newark, Paterson, Passaic, New Brunswick, Jersey City, and Trenton. See the old Bamberger’s Department Store, Beth Israel Hospital, and the old Newark synagogues — B’nai Jeshurun, B’nai Abraham, and Oheb Shalom. Visit the waterfalls of Paterson and its Jewish-owned silk factories, and explore the Jewish farming communities of Alliance, Vineland, and Woodbine - the first all-Jewish town in the world — everyone who ran the town, including the mayor, the police and fire chiefs, and members of the town council, was Jewish and spoke Yiddish. You will also get to visit the old vacation spots of Lakewood and Atlantic City. Presented by Oscar Israelowitz, a licensed NYC tour guide, author and experienced lecturer.

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Thursday May 23, 2024
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10:00 AM
Shape A Story: Play-Doh Story Time

Children ages 2-5 will listen to a story, enjoy songs and make Play-Doh creations in this 30 minute program. Dress for a mess!

Online registration required.

CONTACT: Miss Liz  609-448-1474  highysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
There are 5 spaces available.

Children ages 2-5 will listen to a story, enjoy songs and make Play-Doh creations in this 30 minute program. Dress for a mess!

Online registration required.

CONTACT:
  Miss Liz
  609.448.1474
   highysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch

There are 5 spaces available.

 

Join Miss Jen for storytime and a craft! For children ages 2-5, with an adult to supervise. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

No registration required.

CONTACT: Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8295  lawysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

Join Miss Jen for storytime and a craft! For children ages 2-5, with an adult to supervise. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

No registration required.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Youth Services Staff
  609.883.8295
   lawysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Little STEAMers I

Little STEAMers is a program that focuses on the five areas of STEAM; science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, all geared toward toddlers. Each week, toddlers will build, experiment, investigate, and have fun while exploring a new topic. For ages 2-4 with a caregiver.

​Registration is required prior to the event. Please note which Little STEAMers session you are signing up for as there is a 10:00 AM session and a repeat session at 11:00 AM. Please sign up for only one session. We recommend that you arrive 5 minutes before the program starts. If you have not arrived by the start of the program, we may give your spot to someone who is waiting. We may not be able to accommodate late arrivals. Strollers must be parked outside of the event room to ensure space and safety. We appreciate your cooperation so we may offer a smoother flow of activities to the entire group.

CONTACT: West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-7311  westprogs@mcl.org
There are 6 spaces available.

Little STEAMers is a program that focuses on the five areas of STEAM; science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, all geared toward toddlers. Each week, toddlers will build, experiment, investigate, and have fun while exploring a new topic. For ages 2-4 with a caregiver.

​Registration is required prior to the event. Please note which Little STEAMers session you are signing up for as there is a 10:00 AM session and a repeat session at 11:00 AM. Please sign up for only one session. We recommend that you arrive 5 minutes before the program starts. If you have not arrived by the start of the program, we may give your spot to someone who is waiting. We may not be able to accommodate late arrivals. Strollers must be parked outside of the event room to ensure space and safety. We appreciate your cooperation so we may offer a smoother flow of activities to the entire group.

CONTACT:
  West Windsor Youth Services Staff
  609.799.7311
   westprogs@mcl.org


There are 6 spaces available.

 

Children, ages 2 and up, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join us for storytime, songs, and a craft. 

Registration is required prior to the event. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Robbinsville Programming Staff  609-259-2150  robprogs@mcl.org
There are 9 spaces available.

Children, ages 2 and up, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join us for storytime, songs, and a craft. 

Registration is required prior to the event. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Robbinsville Programming Staff
  609.259.2150
   robprogs@mcl.org


There are 9 spaces available.

 
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10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
PowerPoint

Create an engaging presentation. Learn how to add slides, enter text, apply transitions and animations, and more!

Strong Word skills are essential!

Classes are intended for adult learners, registration is required prior to class. Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT: Technology Instructors  609-882-4050  techclass@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch
There are 3 spaces available.

Create an engaging presentation. Learn how to add slides, enter text, apply transitions and animations, and more!

Strong Word skills are essential!

Classes are intended for adult learners, registration is required prior to class. Please call or email us if you need to cancel.

CONTACT:
  Technology Instructors
  609.882.4050
   techclass@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

There are 3 spaces available.

 

Join Miss Chetna for rhymes, fingerplays, and songs! Children ages birth to 18 months with adults.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 15 spaces available.

Join Miss Chetna for rhymes, fingerplays, and songs! Children ages birth to 18 months with adults.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 15 spaces available.

 

Children, under age 2, are welcome for a program including music and fingerplays specifically designed for babies and young toddlers. 

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another.

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Programming Staff  609-448-1330  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 13 spaces available.

Children, under age 2, are welcome for a program including music and fingerplays specifically designed for babies and young toddlers. 

Registration is required prior to the event. Please complete one registration for each participant. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another.

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Programming Staff
  609.448.1330
   hcprogs@mcl.org


There are 13 spaces available.

 

Join us for stories, action rhymes and songs. Children will receive an age appropriate take home craft. Storytimes run about 30 minutes and focus on the same theme all week.  Ages 2 - 5 with adult supervision. Siblings welcome. 

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

CONTACT: Hopewell Youth Services Staff  609-737-2610  hopeysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch

Join us for stories, action rhymes and songs. Children will receive an age appropriate take home craft. Storytimes run about 30 minutes and focus on the same theme all week.  Ages 2 - 5 with adult supervision. Siblings welcome. 

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

CONTACT:
  Hopewell Youth Services Staff
  609.737.2610
   hopeysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch


 
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Little STEAMers II

Little STEAMers is a program that focuses on the five areas of STEAM; science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, all geared toward toddlers. Each week, toddlers will build, experiment, investigate, and have fun while exploring a new topic. For ages 2-4 with a caregiver.

​Registration is required prior to the event. Please note which Little STEAMers session you are signing up for as there is a 10:00 AM session and a repeat session at 11:00 AM. Please sign up for only one session. We recommend that you arrive 5 minutes before the program starts. If you have not arrived by the start of the program, we may give your spot to someone who is waiting. We may not be able to accommodate late arrivals. Strollers must be parked outside of the event room to ensure space and safety. We appreciate your cooperation so we may offer a smoother flow of activities to the entire group.

CONTACT: West Windsor Youth Services Staff  609-799-7311  westprogs@mcl.org
There are 9 spaces available.

Little STEAMers is a program that focuses on the five areas of STEAM; science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, all geared toward toddlers. Each week, toddlers will build, experiment, investigate, and have fun while exploring a new topic. For ages 2-4 with a caregiver.

​Registration is required prior to the event. Please note which Little STEAMers session you are signing up for as there is a 10:00 AM session and a repeat session at 11:00 AM. Please sign up for only one session. We recommend that you arrive 5 minutes before the program starts. If you have not arrived by the start of the program, we may give your spot to someone who is waiting. We may not be able to accommodate late arrivals. Strollers must be parked outside of the event room to ensure space and safety. We appreciate your cooperation so we may offer a smoother flow of activities to the entire group.

CONTACT:
  West Windsor Youth Services Staff
  609.799.7311
   westprogs@mcl.org


There are 9 spaces available.

 
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Playdough Creations

Playdough creations based on a storytime theme. Children ages 5 and under with adults.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 15 spaces available.

Playdough creations based on a storytime theme. Children ages 5 and under with adults.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 15 spaces available.

 
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Romp and Stomp

Children, ages 2 and up, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join us for a music and movement program. 

Registration is required prior to the event. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT: Robbinsville Programming Staff  609-259-2150  robprogs@mcl.org
There are 12 spaces available.

Children, ages 2 and up, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join us for a music and movement program. 

Registration is required prior to the event. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible to allow a space to open up for another. 

CONTACT:
  Robbinsville Programming Staff
  609.259.2150
   robprogs@mcl.org


There are 12 spaces available.

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Basic Skills Craft for Adults

With assistance, make a craft for yourself or a friend. Led by librarian Shilpa Shanbhag. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.

Please register.

CONTACT: Hickory Corner Programming Staff  609-448-0957  hcprogs@mcl.org
There are 14 spaces available.

With assistance, make a craft for yourself or a friend. Led by librarian Shilpa Shanbhag. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.

Please register.

CONTACT:
  Hickory Corner Programming Staff
  609.448.0957
   hcprogs@mcl.org


There are 14 spaces available.

 
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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Guided Meditation

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

Registration is required before the event. If you register and realize you cannot make it, please contact us so someone else can have your spot. 

CONTACT: Hightstown Programming Staff  609-448-1474  hiprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hightstown Branch
There are 10 spaces available.

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

Registration is required before the event. If you register and realize you cannot make it, please contact us so someone else can have your spot. 

CONTACT:
  Hightstown Programming Staff
  609.448.1474
   hiprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hightstown Branch

There are 10 spaces available.

 

Do you like to mold, sculpt and create with Play dough? Join us at the library to create fun designs and shapes. Adult supervision is required. Ages 2 - 5.

No registration required. 

CONTACT: Hopewell Youth Services Staff  609-737-2610  hopeysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Hopewell Branch

Do you like to mold, sculpt and create with Play dough? Join us at the library to create fun designs and shapes. Adult supervision is required. Ages 2 - 5.

No registration required. 

CONTACT:
  Hopewell Youth Services Staff
  609.737.2610
   hopeysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Hopewell Branch

 
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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Upcycle Challenge: Vehicles

Pick from a variety of recycled materials (cardboard, fabric, plastic, paper, etc.) to complete the challenge of the month. For all ages, with an adult to supervise. The theme for May and June is vehicles. Come just once to create a single vehicle, or return again and again to create a whole fleet for adventures by land, sea, and air! Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Branch.

This is a drop-in program. There's no need to register, and you can stop by any time from 1-5 to participate.

CONTACT: Lawrence Youth Services Staff  609-883-8295  lawysprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

Pick from a variety of recycled materials (cardboard, fabric, plastic, paper, etc.) to complete the challenge of the month. For all ages, with an adult to supervise. The theme for May and June is vehicles. Come just once to create a single vehicle, or return again and again to create a whole fleet for adventures by land, sea, and air! Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Branch.

This is a drop-in program. There's no need to register, and you can stop by any time from 1-5 to participate.

CONTACT:
  Lawrence Youth Services Staff
  609.883.8295
   lawysprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Lawrence Branch

 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Adult Fiction Book Club

We’ll read The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak. "Two teenagers, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot, meet at a taverna on the island they both call home. In the taverna, hidden beneath garlands of garlic, chili peppers and creeping honeysuckle, Kostas and Defne grow in their forbidden love for each other. A fig tree stretches through a cavity in the roof, and this tree bears witness to their hushed, happy meetings and eventually, to their silent, surreptitious departures. Years later a Ficus carica grows in the back garden of a house in London where Ada Kazantzakis lives. This tree is her only connection to an island she has never visited -- her only connection to her family's troubled history and her complex identity as she seeks to untangle years of secrets to find her place in the world. A moving, beautifully written, and delicately constructed story of love, division, transcendence, history, and eco-consciousness.” 

Registration is required.

CONTACT: Twin Rivers Adult Services Staff   609-443-1880  twinprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Twin Rivers Branch
There are 28 spaces available.