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 March 3, 2024

A Haunting in Venice (2023, PG-13) with Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Dornan. In post-World War II Venice, Poirot, now retired and living in his own exile, reluctantly attends a seance. But when one of the guests is murdered, it is up to the former detective to once again uncover the killer. Runtime: 103 min.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 17 spaces available.

A Haunting in Venice (2023, PG-13) with Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Dornan. In post-World War II Venice, Poirot, now retired and living in his own exile, reluctantly attends a seance. But when one of the guests is murdered, it is up to the former detective to once again uncover the killer. Runtime: 103 min.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 17 spaces available.

Monday March 4, 2024
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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 long-time 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 long-time 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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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Unsung Heroes: Jewish Women

Many Jewish women have blazed trails for the generations that followed. Explore the contributions of several Jewish women who have worked to better the lives of those around them. Learn about Rose Schneiderman, labor leader, Lillian Wald, public health pioneer and more! Presented by historian and educator, Howard Rosenberg.

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

Many Jewish women have blazed trails for the generations that followed. Explore the contributions of several Jewish women who have worked to better the lives of those around them. Learn about Rose Schneiderman, labor leader, Lillian Wald, public health pioneer and more! Presented by historian and educator, Howard Rosenberg.

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Tuesday March 5, 2024
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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


 

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 20 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 20 spaces available.

Wednesday March 6, 2024
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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
(Virtual) Eating the Rainbow

Happy National Nutrition Month! Join Ricardo Kairios, Family and Community Health Sciences Educator, to hear about the importance of eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables throughout the week. Ricardo will explain what Phytonutrients are and the health benefits we get from different colors in foods, share easy ways to add a mix of colorful foods into your meals, and highlight healthy recipes you can try at home! Ricardo is an Assistant Professor with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County.

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

Happy National Nutrition Month! Join Ricardo Kairios, Family and Community Health Sciences Educator, to hear about the importance of eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables throughout the week. Ricardo will explain what Phytonutrients are and the health benefits we get from different colors in foods, share easy ways to add a mix of colorful foods into your meals, and highlight healthy recipes you can try at home! Ricardo is an Assistant Professor with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County.

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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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
(Virtual) Adults Read YA Lit, Too!

With groundbreaking stories, a unique mix of genres, and an array of distinctive voices, Young Adult books aren't just for teenagers; they are for everyone! This month we'll discuss Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley. Group discussions are led by Bekka from the Hickory Corner branch. Bekka uses her love of YA and experience as a college instructor to make meetings memorable, informative, and fun! Come for every monthly discussion or join the ones that interest you the most.

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

With groundbreaking stories, a unique mix of genres, and an array of distinctive voices, Young Adult books aren't just for teenagers; they are for everyone! This month we'll discuss Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley. Group discussions are led by Bekka from the Hickory Corner branch. Bekka uses her love of YA and experience as a college instructor to make meetings memorable, informative, and fun! Come for every monthly discussion or join the ones that interest you the most.

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


Sunday March 10, 2024

The Marsh King’s Daughter (2023, R) with Daisy Ridley, Ben Mendelsohn, and Karen Dionne. A woman seeks revenge against the man who kidnapped her mother. Runtime: 109 min.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

The Marsh King’s Daughter (2023, R) with Daisy Ridley, Ben Mendelsohn, and Karen Dionne. A woman seeks revenge against the man who kidnapped her mother. Runtime: 109 min.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Monday March 11, 2024
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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 long-time 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 long-time 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


Tuesday March 12, 2024
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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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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Indomitable Women Artists

America in the years 1929-1959 saw the growth of consumerism, a world war, changing roles for women and Abstract Expressionism. New York City became the new “Center of the Art World” replacing Paris. Abstract Expressionist artists that usually come to mind are the male artists Pollock, DeKooning and Rothko. Female artists had to surmount unbelievable odds for their art to be seen in galleries, then museums, and to be accepted by the male dominated world of art. Five women were successful in achieving success and respect, who today are considered models for women artists who still confront odds in the art world. This age-old struggle was also conquered by an 18th century artist Angelica Kauffman, who was one of the founders of the Royal Academy of Art in London. Comparison of the 18th and 20th centuries hurdles brings credence and respect, highlighting the works of Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Grace Hartigan and Kauffman. Presented by Jeanne Johnson, docent at the Princeton University Art Museum as well as Morven Museum and Gardens.

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

America in the years 1929-1959 saw the growth of consumerism, a world war, changing roles for women and Abstract Expressionism. New York City became the new “Center of the Art World” replacing Paris. Abstract Expressionist artists that usually come to mind are the male artists Pollock, DeKooning and Rothko. Female artists had to surmount unbelievable odds for their art to be seen in galleries, then museums, and to be accepted by the male dominated world of art. Five women were successful in achieving success and respect, who today are considered models for women artists who still confront odds in the art world. This age-old struggle was also conquered by an 18th century artist Angelica Kauffman, who was one of the founders of the Royal Academy of Art in London. Comparison of the 18th and 20th centuries hurdles brings credence and respect, highlighting the works of Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Grace Hartigan and Kauffman. Presented by Jeanne Johnson, docent at the Princeton University Art Museum as well as Morven Museum and Gardens.

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


Saturday March 16, 2024
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2:30 PM
Women’s History Month Film Screening: The Vote Part 1

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote — a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history. Registration required.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote — a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history. Registration required.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Sunday March 17, 2024

Dumb Money (2023, R) with Paul Dano, Pete Davidson, and Vincent D’Onofrio. David vs. Goliath tale about everyday people who flipped the script on Wall Street and got rich by turning GameStop (the video game store) into the world's hottest company. Runtime: 105 min.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 19 spaces available.

Dumb Money (2023, R) with Paul Dano, Pete Davidson, and Vincent D’Onofrio. David vs. Goliath tale about everyday people who flipped the script on Wall Street and got rich by turning GameStop (the video game store) into the world's hottest company. Runtime: 105 min.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 19 spaces available.

Monday March 18, 2024
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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 long-time 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 long-time 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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7:00 PM
Baseball on the Battlefield: Civil War Baseball

Long considered America’s National Pastime, and much more than a typical sporting event, baseball has evolved to become a significant part of the American experience. During the American Civil War, Americans from the home front to the battlefront, Union and Confederate, played this wonderful game while great armies met and fought each other on the battlefield to decide the country’s fate. Join historical reenactor, lecturer and tour guide Michael Jesberger for a discussion on the evolution of the game and how it impacted the soldiers who fought during the American Civil War.

Registration required.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 18 spaces available.

Long considered America’s National Pastime, and much more than a typical sporting event, baseball has evolved to become a significant part of the American experience. During the American Civil War, Americans from the home front to the battlefront, Union and Confederate, played this wonderful game while great armies met and fought each other on the battlefield to decide the country’s fate. Join historical reenactor, lecturer and tour guide Michael Jesberger for a discussion on the evolution of the game and how it impacted the soldiers who fought during the American Civil War.

Registration required.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 18 spaces available.

Tuesday March 19, 2024

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 20 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 20 spaces available.

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) A Few Kind Words

Wellness coach Tracey Gates, author of The Power of A Few Kind Words, will share empowering lessons learned on her transformational journey of writing an unexpected letter of appreciation to a different person every day for one year. This intentional kindness practice provides benefits for the writer as well as the recipient. Participants will hear inspiring stories and be guided in writing their own unexpected letter of appreciation. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

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

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Wellness coach Tracey Gates, author of The Power of A Few Kind Words, will share empowering lessons learned on her transformational journey of writing an unexpected letter of appreciation to a different person every day for one year. This intentional kindness practice provides benefits for the writer as well as the recipient. Participants will hear inspiring stories and be guided in writing their own unexpected letter of appreciation. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Wednesday March 20, 2024
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
(Virtual) Overlooked Ingenuity

Carol Simon Levin tells the stories of women who overcame the combined barriers of gender and race to create inventions that have changed our world. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

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

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Carol Simon Levin tells the stories of women who overcame the combined barriers of gender and race to create inventions that have changed our world. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Thursday March 21, 2024
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Together We Read Discussion: One Summer in Savannah by Terah Shelton Harris

Join us a virtual book discussion for the Together We Read selection, One Summer in Savannah by Terah Shelton Harris. About the book: One Summer in Savannah is a compelling debut that glows with bittersweet heart and touching emotion, deeply interrogating questions of family, redemption, and unconditional love in the sweltering summer heat of Savannah, as two people discover what it means to truly forgive.

For a limited time, from February 21 through March 6, using the MCLS Overdrive collection via your Libby app or visiting eLibraryNJ (https://elibrarynj.overdrive.com/), MCLS library card holders can immediately check out and download the ebook or the digital audiobook of One Summer in Savannah for their normal loan period. A limited number of print copies are also available. Together We Read is a program facilitated by OverDrive (Libby) that connects readers with the same book at the same time without any wait lists or holds.

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

Join us a virtual book discussion for the Together We Read selection, One Summer in Savannah by Terah Shelton Harris. About the book: One Summer in Savannah is a compelling debut that glows with bittersweet heart and touching emotion, deeply interrogating questions of family, redemption, and unconditional love in the sweltering summer heat of Savannah, as two people discover what it means to truly forgive.

For a limited time, from February 21 through March 6, using the MCLS Overdrive collection via your Libby app or visiting eLibraryNJ (https://elibrarynj.overdrive.com/), MCLS library card holders can immediately check out and download the ebook or the digital audiobook of One Summer in Savannah for their normal loan period. A limited number of print copies are also available. Together We Read is a program facilitated by OverDrive (Libby) that connects readers with the same book at the same time without any wait lists or holds.

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Friday March 22, 2024
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2:00 PM
Communication & Dementia

Caregivers will learn how to communicate with their loved one through different stages of dementia. Facilitated by Steven Guarino, Senior Well-Being Specialist for Oaks Integrated Care. Funded through the Older American Act and Mercer County Office on Aging/ADRC.

Registration required.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

Caregivers will learn how to communicate with their loved one through different stages of dementia. Facilitated by Steven Guarino, Senior Well-Being Specialist for Oaks Integrated Care. Funded through the Older American Act and Mercer County Office on Aging/ADRC.

Registration required.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Saturday March 23, 2024
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2:30 PM
Women’s History Month Film Screening: The Vote Part 2

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote — a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.

Registration required.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote — a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.

Registration required.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Sunday March 24, 2024

The Creator (2023, PG-13) with John David Washington, Madeleine Yuna Voyles, and Gemma Chan. Against the backdrop of a war between humans and robots with artificial intelligence, a former soldier finds the secret weapon, a robot in the form of a young child. Runtime:133 min.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

The Creator (2023, PG-13) with John David Washington, Madeleine Yuna Voyles, and Gemma Chan. Against the backdrop of a war between humans and robots with artificial intelligence, a former soldier finds the secret weapon, a robot in the form of a young child. Runtime:133 min.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Monday March 25, 2024
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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 long-time 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 long-time 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


Tuesday March 26, 2024

Join us to discuss The Measure by Nikki Erlick.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

Join us to discuss The Measure by Nikki Erlick.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Wednesday March 27, 2024
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
(Virtual) The Lindbergh Nanny: Author Talk with Mariah Fredericks

Mariah Fredericks discusses her novel, The Lindbergh Nanny and the extensive research she did to write about the 1932 kidnapping of 20-month-old Charles Lindbergh Jr. The talk will be accompanied by a slide show of key people and moments in the case. It also will touch on the ethics of writing about true crime, the challenges of depicting historical figures, and parallels to today's media coverage of sensational cases.

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

Mariah Fredericks discusses her novel, The Lindbergh Nanny and the extensive research she did to write about the 1932 kidnapping of 20-month-old Charles Lindbergh Jr. The talk will be accompanied by a slide show of key people and moments in the case. It also will touch on the ethics of writing about true crime, the challenges of depicting historical figures, and parallels to today's media coverage of sensational cases.

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 March 28, 2024
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7:00 PM
Non-Fiction Book Group: The Great Stewardess Rebellion

Join us to discuss The Great Stewardess Rebellion by Nell McShane Wulfhart.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

Join us to discuss The Great Stewardess Rebellion by Nell McShane Wulfhart.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Friday March 29, 2024
Sunday March 31, 2024
 

The Holdovers (2023, R) with Paul Giamatti, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Dominic Sessa. A cranky history teacher at a remote prep school is forced to remain on campus over the holidays with a troubled student who has no place to go and a grieving cook. Runtime: 133 min.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

The Holdovers (2023, R) with Paul Giamatti, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Dominic Sessa. A cranky history teacher at a remote prep school is forced to remain on campus over the holidays with a troubled student who has no place to go and a grieving cook. Runtime: 133 min.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Monday April 1, 2024
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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


Tuesday April 2, 2024
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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


Wednesday April 3, 2024
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
(Virtual) Benefits of Adding Plant-based Proteins to Your Plate!

In honor of Earth Month, join Ricardo Kairios, Family and Community Health Sciences Educator, along with his dietetic intern to learn the health benefits of consuming plant-based proteins. During the session, you will receive an overview of the different types of plant-based foods that are considered to be good sources of proteins, tips for including these items in your weekly menu, and healthy recipes using these foods that you can easily make at home. Ricardo is an Assistant Professor with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County.

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

In honor of Earth Month, join Ricardo Kairios, Family and Community Health Sciences Educator, along with his dietetic intern to learn the health benefits of consuming plant-based proteins. During the session, you will receive an overview of the different types of plant-based foods that are considered to be good sources of proteins, tips for including these items in your weekly menu, and healthy recipes using these foods that you can easily make at home. Ricardo is an Assistant Professor with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County.

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 April 4, 2024
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Creature of the Night: The Bats of New Jersey

Bats often get a bad reputation of being spooky or even fearsome, but they are actually some of the most beneficial animals to people, and right now, bats need our help! Join Conserve Wildlife Foundation biologist Leah Wells in a presentation to learn about these amazing night flying creatures in your area, and what you can do to keep them around! Sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.

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

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Bats often get a bad reputation of being spooky or even fearsome, but they are actually some of the most beneficial animals to people, and right now, bats need our help! Join Conserve Wildlife Foundation biologist Leah Wells in a presentation to learn about these amazing night flying creatures in your area, and what you can do to keep them around! Sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Monday April 8, 2024
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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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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Arab American Heritage: History & Culture

National Arab American Heritage Month is recognized during the month of April to celebrate the history, heritage, and contributions of the diverse population of Arab Americans. Mr. David Serio, Curator of Education at the Arab American National Museum, takes us on a journey to celebrate diverse cultures, overcome stereotypes, and empower ourselves.

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

National Arab American Heritage Month is recognized during the month of April to celebrate the history, heritage, and contributions of the diverse population of Arab Americans. Mr. David Serio, Curator of Education at the Arab American National Museum, takes us on a journey to celebrate diverse cultures, overcome stereotypes, and empower ourselves.

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Tuesday April 9, 2024
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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


Monday April 15, 2024
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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


Tuesday April 16, 2024
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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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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) AT&T’s Pole Farm and the Transformation of Mercer Meadows

In 1928 AT&T purchased more than 800 acres of productive farmland in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships to build what became the world’s largest radiotelephone shortwave transmitting station. At its peak in the early 1960s it was a high-tech wonder, delivering millions of phone calls across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. Changing technology made shortwave radio obsolete and the site was closed in 1975, reverting once again to farmland. The Pole Farm is now a cornerstone of Mercer Meadows, providing passive recreation for thousands while retaining traces of its high-tech past. Presented by Dennis P. Waters, Mercer County Library Commissioner and former Lawrence Township Historian.

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

In 1928 AT&T purchased more than 800 acres of productive farmland in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships to build what became the world’s largest radiotelephone shortwave transmitting station. At its peak in the early 1960s it was a high-tech wonder, delivering millions of phone calls across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. Changing technology made shortwave radio obsolete and the site was closed in 1975, reverting once again to farmland. The Pole Farm is now a cornerstone of Mercer Meadows, providing passive recreation for thousands while retaining traces of its high-tech past. Presented by Dennis P. Waters, Mercer County Library Commissioner and former Lawrence Township Historian.

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


Monday April 22, 2024
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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


Wednesday April 24, 2024
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Debunking the Disguises: Understanding AI

In the age of misinformation, critically analyzing information from generative AIs is crucial for adolescents to successfully navigate the virtual world. This workshop is aimed at equipping parents and educators with essential tools to foster skills that empower them to be mindful users of technology. Presented by Aish Saminathan, the New Jersey ambassador for the News Literacy Project.  She is a former journalist turned Montessori teacher at Princeton Montessori School. She teaches math, science for upper elementary and critical media literacy for middle school students.

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

In the age of misinformation, critically analyzing information from generative AIs is crucial for adolescents to successfully navigate the virtual world. This workshop is aimed at equipping parents and educators with essential tools to foster skills that empower them to be mindful users of technology. Presented by Aish Saminathan, the New Jersey ambassador for the News Literacy Project.  She is a former journalist turned Montessori teacher at Princeton Montessori School. She teaches math, science for upper elementary and critical media literacy for middle school students.

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 April 25, 2024
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
(Virtual) Tea: Drink to Your Health!

Join us for a Functional Foods for Life program focused on the most popular drink in the world, tea! A functional food is one that has a "potentially beneficial effect on health when consumed on a regular basis and at certain levels.” Research on tea from the Camellia sinensis plant has included the study of a variety of polyphenol compounds including epigallocatechin 3- gallate (EGCG), theaflavins and thearubigins as well as other compounds found in tea. Population studies have indicated possible protective effects from tea consumption in specific chronic diseases. Join us to learn about the history, culture and these potential health benefits of tea. Presented by Sherri Cirignano, MS, RDN, LDN, FCHS Educator and Associate Professor, Warren County, NJ.

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

Join us for a Functional Foods for Life program focused on the most popular drink in the world, tea! A functional food is one that has a "potentially beneficial effect on health when consumed on a regular basis and at certain levels.” Research on tea from the Camellia sinensis plant has included the study of a variety of polyphenol compounds including epigallocatechin 3- gallate (EGCG), theaflavins and thearubigins as well as other compounds found in tea. Population studies have indicated possible protective effects from tea consumption in specific chronic diseases. Join us to learn about the history, culture and these potential health benefits of tea. Presented by Sherri Cirignano, MS, RDN, LDN, FCHS Educator and Associate Professor, Warren County, NJ.

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


Monday April 29, 2024
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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


Tuesday April 30, 2024
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) A Poetry Happening: Mercer Poets Read

Join us for a celebration of National Poetry Month. Chip McAuley, poet and librarian, will host an evening of poetry, with local poets reading their own work or a favorite published poem. Poets should email a poem, citing the author, to hopeprogs@mcl.org by Friday, April 26.

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

Join us for a celebration of National Poetry Month. Chip McAuley, poet and librarian, will host an evening of poetry, with local poets reading their own work or a favorite published poem. Poets should email a poem, citing the author, to hopeprogs@mcl.org by Friday, April 26.

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


Monday May 13, 2024
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) The Story of Shofuso

Shofuso is a 17th century-style Japanese house with associated residential gardens that reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia. Designed by architect Junzo Yoshimura, Shofuso was built in Japan in 1953 using traditional techniques and materials. It was shipped to New York and exhibited in the courtyard of the Museum of Modern Art in New York before moving to its current location in 1958. Join us for a historical tour of Shofuso, presented by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia.

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

Shofuso is a 17th century-style Japanese house with associated residential gardens that reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia. Designed by architect Junzo Yoshimura, Shofuso was built in Japan in 1953 using traditional techniques and materials. It was shipped to New York and exhibited in the courtyard of the Museum of Modern Art in New York before moving to its current location in 1958. Join us for a historical tour of Shofuso, presented by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia.

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Wednesday May 22, 2024
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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


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Tuesday November 5, 2024
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Election Day

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence, and West Windsor branches will be open 9:30am to 5:00pm.  All other branches are closed.

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence, and West Windsor branches will be open 9:30am to 5:00pm.  All other branches are closed.

Monday November 11, 2024
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Veterans Day

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence, and West Windsor branches will be open 9:30am to 5:00pm.  All other branches are closed.

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence, and West Windsor branches will be open 9:30am to 5:00pm.  All other branches are closed.

Wednesday November 27, 2024
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Thanksgiving Eve

All branches will close at 3:00pm

Thursday November 28, 2024
Friday November 29, 2024
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Day After Thanksgiving

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence, and West Windsor branches will be open 9:30am to 5:00pm.  All other branches are closed.

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence, and West Windsor branches will be open 9:30am to 5:00pm.  All other branches are closed.

Tuesday December 24, 2024
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Christmas Eve

All branches will close at 3:00pm

Wednesday December 25, 2024
Tuesday December 31, 2024
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
New Year's Eve

All branches will close at 3:00pm

Wednesday January 1, 2025

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