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.
Saturday August 13, 2022
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2:00 PM
Saturday Blockbuster Movie Series

The Batman (2022, PG-13), with Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright. When a sadistic serial killer begins murdering key political figures in Gotham, Batman is forced to investigate the city's hidden corruption and question his family's involvement. Runtime: 176 min.

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

The Batman (2022, PG-13), with Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright. When a sadistic serial killer begins murdering key political figures in Gotham, Batman is forced to investigate the city's hidden corruption and question his family's involvement. Runtime: 176 min.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 25 spaces available.

Monday August 15, 2022
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
(Virtual) Monday Morning Movie Chat

Join us for an informal discussion about interesting movies you have recently seen. We will talk about movies that we enjoyed or not in the last few months and why.

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 an informal discussion about interesting movies you have recently seen. We will talk about movies that we enjoyed or not in the last few months and why.

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 - 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 13-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

CONTACT: 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 13-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Finding Your Calm after the Storm

Join us for an open discussion on dealing with changing emotions when storms blow in. Learn how to become emotionally prepared when weather emergencies happen. Gain stress management techniques and coping skills for your wellness toolkit. Presented by Autumn Kilduff, Crisis Counselor, RWJBH, Institute for Prevention and Recovery, Hope and Healing Ida Program.

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 an open discussion on dealing with changing emotions when storms blow in. Learn how to become emotionally prepared when weather emergencies happen. Gain stress management techniques and coping skills for your wellness toolkit. Presented by Autumn Kilduff, Crisis Counselor, RWJBH, Institute for Prevention and Recovery, Hope and Healing Ida Program.

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 August 16, 2022
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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
There are 7 spaces available.

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

There are 7 spaces available.

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Creative Writing Workshop for Adults

Join us virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

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 virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

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
Tuesday Trivia

Join us on MCLS’ Facebook page for an hour of family-friendly trivia. Questions are geared toward adults, but kids, 10 and over, are welcome to participate, too! Play alone or form a team (of up to five members). Visit MCLS's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mclsnj) at 7pm to participate.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us on MCLS’ Facebook page for an hour of family-friendly trivia. Questions are geared toward adults, but kids, 10 and over, are welcome to participate, too! Play alone or form a team (of up to five members). Visit MCLS's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mclsnj) at 7pm to participate.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

Wednesday August 17, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Venmo, PayPal, Zelle, and Other Payment Sharing Tools

While you probably keep your physical wallet close by, you can send and receive money more easily using digital payment systems like Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay and others. This program will teach you what you need to know about payment apps and how they make sending money easier than ever. Presented by Mike Skara from The Computer Training Service. Mr. Skara has been doing computer instruction and support at libraries, adult schools, homes and businesses since 1997.

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

While you probably keep your physical wallet close by, you can send and receive money more easily using digital payment systems like Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay and others. This program will teach you what you need to know about payment apps and how they make sending money easier than ever. Presented by Mike Skara from The Computer Training Service. Mr. Skara has been doing computer instruction and support at libraries, adult schools, homes and businesses since 1997.

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 August 18, 2022
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Adult Craft: Make a Dotted Mug

Decorate a mug with sharpie and removable stickers to create a unique design. All materials will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

Registration required.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 7 spaces available.

Decorate a mug with sharpie and removable stickers to create a unique design. All materials will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

Registration required.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 7 spaces available.

 
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6:00 PM
Thursday Evening at the Movies

The Courier (2021) With Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan.The true story of a British businessman unwittingly recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. Forming an unlikely partnership with a Soviet officer hoping to prevent a nuclear confrontation, the two men work together to provide the crucial intelligence used to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis. Runtime: 111 min. Rated PG-13

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 50 spaces available.

The Courier (2021) With Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan.The true story of a British businessman unwittingly recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. Forming an unlikely partnership with a Soviet officer hoping to prevent a nuclear confrontation, the two men work together to provide the crucial intelligence used to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis. Runtime: 111 min. Rated PG-13

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 50 spaces available.

Saturday August 20, 2022
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2:00 PM
Saturday Blockbuster Movie Series

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021, PG-13), with Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch. With Spider-Man's identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man. Runtime: 148 minutes.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 48 spaces available.

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021, PG-13), with Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch. With Spider-Man's identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man. Runtime: 148 minutes.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 48 spaces available.

Monday August 22, 2022
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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 13-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

CONTACT: 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 13-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Tuesday August 23, 2022
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
(Virtual) Sodium in Your Diet

Sodium is an important nutrient that our bodies need to stay healthy. However, there can be too much of a good thing, and too much sodium can contribute to certain health issues. Come to this workshop to learn sodium’s effect on the body, how much sodium we need to stay healthy, and which common foods tend to be high in sodium. Presented by Jennifer Shukaitis, Assistant Professor/Educator, Dept. of Family & Community Health Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

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

Sodium is an important nutrient that our bodies need to stay healthy. However, there can be too much of a good thing, and too much sodium can contribute to certain health issues. Come to this workshop to learn sodium’s effect on the body, how much sodium we need to stay healthy, and which common foods tend to be high in sodium. Presented by Jennifer Shukaitis, Assistant Professor/Educator, Dept. of Family & Community Health Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

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 August 24, 2022

Join us for a game of chess. No experience necessary and all skill levels welcome. A limited number of chess boards will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

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

Join us for a game of chess. No experience necessary and all skill levels welcome. A limited number of chess boards will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 19 spaces available.

Thursday August 25, 2022
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6:00 PM
Thursday Evening at the Movies

Let Him Go (2020, R), with Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Kayli Carter. A retired sheriff and his wife, grieving over the death of their son, set out to find their only grandson. Runtime: 113 min.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 50 spaces available.

Let Him Go (2020, R), with Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Kayli Carter. A retired sheriff and his wife, grieving over the death of their son, set out to find their only grandson. Runtime: 113 min.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 50 spaces available.

Saturday August 27, 2022
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2:00 PM
Saturday Blockbuster Movie Series

The Lost City (2022, PG-13), with Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe. A reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure. Runtime: 112 min.

CONTACT: Ewing Programming Staff  609-882-3130  ewprogs@mcl.org
LOCATION: Ewing Branch
There are 50 spaces available.

The Lost City (2022, PG-13), with Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe. A reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure. Runtime: 112 min.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 50 spaces available.

Monday August 29, 2022
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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 13-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

CONTACT: 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 13-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Tuesday August 30, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Book Discussion

Join us to discuss Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Registration required.

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

Join us to discuss Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Registration required.

CONTACT:
  Ewing Programming Staff
  609.882.3130
   ewprogs@mcl.org

LOCATION: Ewing Branch

There are 19 spaces available.

Saturday September 3, 2022
Sunday September 4, 2022
Monday September 5, 2022
Tuesday September 6, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Creative Writing Workshop for Adults

Join us virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

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 virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

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
Tuesday Trivia

Join us on MCLS’ Facebook page for an hour of family-friendly trivia. Questions are geared toward adults, but kids, 10 and over, are welcome to participate, too! Play alone or form a team (of up to five members). Visit MCLS's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mclsnj) at 7pm to participate.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us on MCLS’ Facebook page for an hour of family-friendly trivia. Questions are geared toward adults, but kids, 10 and over, are welcome to participate, too! Play alone or form a team (of up to five members). Visit MCLS's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mclsnj) at 7pm to participate.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

Monday September 12, 2022
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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 13-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

CONTACT: 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 13-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Tuesday September 13, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Mary Anning on England’s Jurassic Coast

In 1799, Mary Anning was born into a humble family in the medieval port of Lyme Regis on the south shore of England, part of its Jurassic Coast. Little did she know she would go on to develop an unmatched eye for finding the undiscovered creatures embedded in 185 million years of geological history in the notoriously unstable cliffs. Completely self-taught, academia came calling to consult and buy her finds as she continued to make discoveries that changed the scientific world, yet she was unacknowledged and uncredited by the scientific community in her own time. Join Anglophile and former UK resident Claire Evans for a lively talk on “the greatest fossil hunter the world has ever known” and the UNESCO World Heritage site she was lucky enough to call home. 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

In 1799, Mary Anning was born into a humble family in the medieval port of Lyme Regis on the south shore of England, part of its Jurassic Coast. Little did she know she would go on to develop an unmatched eye for finding the undiscovered creatures embedded in 185 million years of geological history in the notoriously unstable cliffs. Completely self-taught, academia came calling to consult and buy her finds as she continued to make discoveries that changed the scientific world, yet she was unacknowledged and uncredited by the scientific community in her own time. Join Anglophile and former UK resident Claire Evans for a lively talk on “the greatest fossil hunter the world has ever known” and the UNESCO World Heritage site she was lucky enough to call home. 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 September 14, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Rediscovering Joseph Bonaparte's Point Breeze Estate in Bordentown

Recent archaeological excavations in Bordentown have unearthed the remains of Joseph Bonaparte's palatial estate, Point Breeze. Joseph, the elder brother of Napoleon Bonaparte and former King of Spain and Naples, fled to the United States in 1815. He lived in New Jersey from 1816 until 1839. The excavations have revealed remains of Joseph's first mansion and recovered an intriguing collection of artifacts that provide a unique glimpse of the lifestyles of the rich and famous in 19th century New Jersey. Our speaker Richard Veit, Ph.D., is a Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library, the Hightstown Library Association, the Friends of the Hopewell Library, the Friends of the Lawrence Library and the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Recent archaeological excavations in Bordentown have unearthed the remains of Joseph Bonaparte's palatial estate, Point Breeze. Joseph, the elder brother of Napoleon Bonaparte and former King of Spain and Naples, fled to the United States in 1815. He lived in New Jersey from 1816 until 1839. The excavations have revealed remains of Joseph's first mansion and recovered an intriguing collection of artifacts that provide a unique glimpse of the lifestyles of the rich and famous in 19th century New Jersey. Our speaker Richard Veit, Ph.D., is a Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library, the Hightstown Library Association, the Friends of the Hopewell Library, the Friends of the Lawrence Library and the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Monday September 19, 2022
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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 13-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

CONTACT: 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 13-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Reset Your Sleep Habits

This program is about the importance of sleep and the ways in which we can improve it through new wind down techniques. Presented by Autumn Kilduff, Crisis Counselor, RWJBH, Institute for Prevention and Recovery, Hope and Healing Ida Program.

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

This program is about the importance of sleep and the ways in which we can improve it through new wind down techniques. Presented by Autumn Kilduff, Crisis Counselor, RWJBH, Institute for Prevention and Recovery, Hope and Healing Ida Program.

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 September 20, 2022
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
(Virtual) Heart Health and Knowing Your Risk

Katherine Dombrowski from Penn Medicine Princeton Health, Community Wellness and Engagement, provides a cardiac care overview, including ways to monitor risk factors for men and women, as well as tips for incorporating prevention and nutrition strategies for a healthy heart. This program is provided via Penn Medicine Princeton Health's Community Wellness Outreach.

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

Katherine Dombrowski from Penn Medicine Princeton Health, Community Wellness and Engagement, provides a cardiac care overview, including ways to monitor risk factors for men and women, as well as tips for incorporating prevention and nutrition strategies for a healthy heart. This program is provided via Penn Medicine Princeton Health's Community Wellness Outreach.

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) Creative Writing Workshop for Adults

Join us virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

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 virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

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
MCL Facebook Book Club: The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

Join us on Facebook for our monthly virtual book group. This month we will discuss The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles.

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

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us on Facebook for our monthly virtual book group. This month we will discuss The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles.

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

Wednesday September 21, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Frida Kahlo: Dreams, Demons, and Devotion

Frida Kahlo’s paintings illustrate the anguish and passion of a fascinating, complicated personal and artistic life. The astonishing works of this Mexican and feminist icon will be looked at through the lens of her ethnicity, disabilities, and political activism, especially emphasizing her engagement with the natural world. Presented by Janet Mandel.

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

Frida Kahlo’s paintings illustrate the anguish and passion of a fascinating, complicated personal and artistic life. The astonishing works of this Mexican and feminist icon will be looked at through the lens of her ethnicity, disabilities, and political activism, especially emphasizing her engagement with the natural world. Presented by Janet Mandel.

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 September 22, 2022
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
(Virtual) I'm with the Banned

Banned Books Week is September 18-24! Celebrate your right to read with Lisa and Anna from the Mercer County Library System. Every year, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of The Most Challenged Books. We've chosen John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, a book that has been repeatedly challenged throughout the years. We will discuss the book, reasons for the item being banned or challenged, and the importance of access in upholding intellectual freedom.

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

Banned Books Week is September 18-24! Celebrate your right to read with Lisa and Anna from the Mercer County Library System. Every year, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of The Most Challenged Books. We've chosen John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, a book that has been repeatedly challenged throughout the years. We will discuss the book, reasons for the item being banned or challenged, and the importance of access in upholding intellectual freedom.

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 September 26, 2022
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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 13-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

CONTACT: 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 13-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org


Tuesday September 27, 2022
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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
There are 8 spaces available.

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

There are 8 spaces available.

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday Trivia

Join us on MCLS’ Facebook page for an hour of family-friendly trivia. Questions are geared toward adults, but kids, 10 and over, are welcome to participate, too! Play alone or form a team (of up to five members). Visit MCLS's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mclsnj) at 7pm to participate.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us on MCLS’ Facebook page for an hour of family-friendly trivia. Questions are geared toward adults, but kids, 10 and over, are welcome to participate, too! Play alone or form a team (of up to five members). Visit MCLS's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mclsnj) at 7pm to participate.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

Wednesday September 28, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) The Scientific Search for UFOs/UAPs

Kathleen B. Covalt, Ed.D., discusses The Galileo Project for the Systematic Scientific Search for Evidence of Extraterrestrial Technological Artifacts, recently announced by Harvard University Professor Avi Loeb. The project will use specially adapted telescopes to look in our atmosphere for evidence of UFOs/ UAP, as well as to investigate further out into space for objects that may be technological artifacts from extraterrestrial civilizations similar to the first time observed interstellar object, 'Oumuamua. Participants will also explore some other scientific coalitions that are investigating UFOs/ UAPs traveling through our skies and underwater.

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

Kathleen B. Covalt, Ed.D., discusses The Galileo Project for the Systematic Scientific Search for Evidence of Extraterrestrial Technological Artifacts, recently announced by Harvard University Professor Avi Loeb. The project will use specially adapted telescopes to look in our atmosphere for evidence of UFOs/ UAP, as well as to investigate further out into space for objects that may be technological artifacts from extraterrestrial civilizations similar to the first time observed interstellar object, 'Oumuamua. Participants will also explore some other scientific coalitions that are investigating UFOs/ UAPs traveling through our skies and underwater.

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 October 3, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Breast Health 101

The Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) is proud to present their "Breast Health 101" educational workshop as part of their outreach program. Michele Schwartz, the Program and Outreach Coordinator for the BCRC, will provide an interactive talk and slideshow presentation exploring breast health, breast cancer, early detection, available treatments, prevention strategies and the programs and services that our BCRC can offer to those in need. Questions from the audience are welcome. The BCRC is a program of YWCA Princeton, a local nonprofit celebrating 100 years of service.

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

The Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) is proud to present their "Breast Health 101" educational workshop as part of their outreach program. Michele Schwartz, the Program and Outreach Coordinator for the BCRC, will provide an interactive talk and slideshow presentation exploring breast health, breast cancer, early detection, available treatments, prevention strategies and the programs and services that our BCRC can offer to those in need. Questions from the audience are welcome. The BCRC is a program of YWCA Princeton, a local nonprofit celebrating 100 years of service.

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 October 4, 2022
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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
There are 8 spaces available.

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

There are 8 spaces available.

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Creative Writing Workshop for Adults

Join us virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

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 virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

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
Tuesday Trivia

Join us on MCLS’ Facebook page for an hour of family-friendly trivia. Questions are geared toward adults, but kids, 10 and over, are welcome to participate, too! Play alone or form a team (of up to five members). Visit MCLS's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mclsnj) at 7pm to participate.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us on MCLS’ Facebook page for an hour of family-friendly trivia. Questions are geared toward adults, but kids, 10 and over, are welcome to participate, too! Play alone or form a team (of up to five members). Visit MCLS's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mclsnj) at 7pm to participate.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

Monday October 10, 2022
Tuesday October 11, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MCL Facebook Book Club: The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble

Join us on Facebook for our monthly virtual book group. This month we will disccuss The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble.

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

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us on Facebook for our monthly virtual book group. This month we will disccuss The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble.

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

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

Wednesday October 12, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) The Queer Housewives and Husbands of New Jersey

We often assume that before marriage equality, we had only “traditional” marriage. But changes to marriage progressed more strangely than we might expect, especially in New Jersey. This program will use court cases to rethink LGBTQ+ rights, marriage, and the law. Cases involving a judge refusing to grant a divorce for a woman after her husband was incarcerated for sodomy, alimony for a transwoman, and custody issues for LGBTQ+ parents will all be explored. Through these court cases, participants can consider how our state was sometimes a haven for LGBTQ+ people in the past, at other times deeply oppressive, and nearly always representative of the forces against which LGBTQ+ people have had to fight.

Alison Lefkovitz is an associate professor in the Federated History Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University-Newark. She is the chair of the NJIT Federated History department and the director of the NJIT Law, Technology & Culture program. Her book, Strange Bedfellows: Marriage in the Age of Women’s Liberation, came out with University of Pennsylvania Press in 2018. Her work also appears in the Law & History Review, the Journal of the History of Sexuality, the Newark Star-Ledger, and the Washington Post.

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

We often assume that before marriage equality, we had only “traditional” marriage. But changes to marriage progressed more strangely than we might expect, especially in New Jersey. This program will use court cases to rethink LGBTQ+ rights, marriage, and the law. Cases involving a judge refusing to grant a divorce for a woman after her husband was incarcerated for sodomy, alimony for a transwoman, and custody issues for LGBTQ+ parents will all be explored. Through these court cases, participants can consider how our state was sometimes a haven for LGBTQ+ people in the past, at other times deeply oppressive, and nearly always representative of the forces against which LGBTQ+ people have had to fight.

Alison Lefkovitz is an associate professor in the Federated History Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University-Newark. She is the chair of the NJIT Federated History department and the director of the NJIT Law, Technology & Culture program. Her book, Strange Bedfellows: Marriage in the Age of Women’s Liberation, came out with University of Pennsylvania Press in 2018. Her work also appears in the Law & History Review, the Journal of the History of Sexuality, the Newark Star-Ledger, and the Washington Post.

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 October 18, 2022
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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
There are 8 spaces available.

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

There are 8 spaces available.

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) Creative Writing Workshop for Adults

Join us virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

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 virtually for an opportunity to share original creative writing of all kinds in a supportive, group environment. Facilitated by Chip McAuley, poet and Hickory Corner librarian, this ongoing workshop is for everyone who enjoys working with words. We will share work, discuss writing techniques, give supportive feedback, read aloud and more in this all-in-one creativity hub.

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
Tuesday Trivia

Join us on MCLS’ Facebook page for an hour of family-friendly trivia. Questions are geared toward adults, but kids, 10 and over, are welcome to participate, too! Play alone or form a team (of up to five members). Visit MCLS's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mclsnj) at 7pm to participate.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

Join us on MCLS’ Facebook page for an hour of family-friendly trivia. Questions are geared toward adults, but kids, 10 and over, are welcome to participate, too! Play alone or form a team (of up to five members). Visit MCLS's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mclsnj) at 7pm to participate.

CONTACT:
  MCLS Staff
  
   hopeprogs@mcl.org

Wednesday October 19, 2022
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
(Virtual) Artemis: Our Return to the Moon

With Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. We will collaborate with commercial and international partners and establish the first long-term presence on the Moon. Then, we will use what we learn on and around the Moon to take the next giant leap: sending the first astronauts to Mars. Presented by Patricia Moore, Strategic Communications Specialist - NASA's Exploration System Development Mission Directorate.

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 Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. We will collaborate with commercial and international partners and establish the first long-term presence on the Moon. Then, we will use what we learn on and around the Moon to take the next giant leap: sending the first astronauts to Mars. Presented by Patricia Moore, Strategic Communications Specialist - NASA's Exploration System Development Mission Directorate.

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) 'Stranger Stop and Cast an Eye': An Introduction to New Jersey’s Historic Burial Grounds

Far from being scary, spooky places, New Jersey’s historic burial grounds are treasure troves of information for historians, genealogists, archaeologists, and art historians. This richly illustrated presentation by Rich Veit examines New Jersey historic cemeteries from High Point to Cape May. It provides a chronological overview of New Jersey’s historic burial places from the colonial period to the present. Exceptional examples of colonial, Victorian, and modern memorials are all presented and discussed. Audiences leave with a new appreciation for grave markers and burial places as important sources of information about local history. Presented by Richard Veit, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University.

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

Far from being scary, spooky places, New Jersey’s historic burial grounds are treasure troves of information for historians, genealogists, archaeologists, and art historians. This richly illustrated presentation by Rich Veit examines New Jersey historic cemeteries from High Point to Cape May. It provides a chronological overview of New Jersey’s historic burial places from the colonial period to the present. Exceptional examples of colonial, Victorian, and modern memorials are all presented and discussed. Audiences leave with a new appreciation for grave markers and burial places as important sources of information about local history. Presented by Richard Veit, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University.

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 October 20, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) What is the Meaning of Free Speech?

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom—and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.” The United States provides protections for free speech. Not only is actual speech protected, but so too is “expressive behavior” such as spending money on elections, burning a flag, and even nude dancing. Yet it has not always been this way. A fluid concept until the early twentieth century, it’s only been since the time of World War I that the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause was reviewed in depth by American courts. Through an exploration of case law, participants will consider how the US Supreme Court has defined and redefined what free speech means, whether in wartime or peacetime and in many controversial contexts. This program will be presented by Ian Drake, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science and Jurisprudence, Montclair State University.

This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.

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

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom—and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.” The United States provides protections for free speech. Not only is actual speech protected, but so too is “expressive behavior” such as spending money on elections, burning a flag, and even nude dancing. Yet it has not always been this way. A fluid concept until the early twentieth century, it’s only been since the time of World War I that the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause was reviewed in depth by American courts. Through an exploration of case law, participants will consider how the US Supreme Court has defined and redefined what free speech means, whether in wartime or peacetime and in many controversial contexts. This program will be presented by Ian Drake, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science and Jurisprudence, Montclair State University.

This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.

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 October 24, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Virtual) How to Become Your Own Power Plant

Solar is one of our major renewable energy sources. It is versatile, clean and you can build a small power plant on your roof! With the current state and federal incentives, “Going Solar” is cost effective; but it can be complicated. In this class we will cover: how solar works, permits, how to connect to the grid and remain with your electric utility company, how to estimate system size, energy needs, cost and simple payback, how to apply for state and federal incentives, and how to find qualified contractors. We will also discuss various options for solar storage and how to link your solar to other clean energy options to help reach 100% clean energy.  Presented by Michael Winka, executive director of Sustainable Lawrence.

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

Solar is one of our major renewable energy sources. It is versatile, clean and you can build a small power plant on your roof! With the current state and federal incentives, “Going Solar” is cost effective; but it can be complicated. In this class we will cover: how solar works, permits, how to connect to the grid and remain with your electric utility company, how to estimate system size, energy needs, cost and simple payback, how to apply for state and federal incentives, and how to find qualified contractors. We will also discuss various options for solar storage and how to link your solar to other clean energy options to help reach 100% clean energy.  Presented by Michael Winka, executive director of Sustainable Lawrence.

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 October 25, 2022
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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
There are 8 spaces available.

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

There are 8 spaces available.

 
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
(Virtual) The Name Was Changed to Protect the Innocent: How Maidenhead became Lawrence in 1816

Join us to learn the interesting stories behind the change: How did we get “Maidenhead” to begin with? Why, after 125 years as Maidenhead, was changing the name so urgent? Who supported the change – and who was against it? Why Lawrence? And how did it all come down? 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

Join us to learn the interesting stories behind the change: How did we get “Maidenhead” to begin with? Why, after 125 years as Maidenhead, was changing the name so urgent? Who supported the change – and who was against it? Why Lawrence? And how did it all come down? 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


Tuesday November 8, 2022
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Election Day

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

Friday November 11, 2022
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Veterans Day

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

Wednesday November 23, 2022
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Thanksgiving Eve

All branches will close at 5:00pm.

Thursday November 24, 2022
Friday November 25, 2022
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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 for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

Saturday December 24, 2022
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Christmas Eve

All branches will close at 3:00pm.

Sunday December 25, 2022
Monday December 26, 2022
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Christmas Observed

All branches will be closed.

Saturday December 31, 2022
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
New Year's Eve

All branches will close at 3:00pm.

Sunday January 1, 2023
Monday January 2, 2023
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
New Year's Day Observed

All branches are closed.

Monday January 16, 2023
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

Monday February 20, 2023
Friday April 7, 2023
Sunday April 9, 2023
Saturday May 27, 2023
Sunday May 28, 2023
Monday May 29, 2023
Monday June 19, 2023
Tuesday July 4, 2023
Saturday September 2, 2023
Sunday September 3, 2023
Monday September 4, 2023
Monday October 9, 2023
Tuesday November 7, 2023
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Election Day

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

Friday November 10, 2023
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Veterans Day Observed

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

Wednesday November 22, 2023
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Thanksgiving Eve

All branches will close at 5:00pm.

Thursday November 23, 2023
Friday November 24, 2023
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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 for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

The Ewing, Hickory Corner, Lawrence and West Windsor branches will be open for holiday hours, 9:30-5:00pm. All other branches will be closed.

Sunday December 24, 2023
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12:05 AM - 11:55 PM
Christmas Eve

All branches will be closed.

Monday December 25, 2023
Sunday December 31, 2023

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