Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry

Take a trip back in time as Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta presents “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry.” Thia lecture will transport the audience back to 59 B.C. when the first newspaper was published in ancient Rome.

Since the history of newspapers is so vast, Maryanne will focus on U.S. newspapers. The audience will learn how the quality of newspaper reporting was perfected after the American Revolution and the Battle of Lexington; the Penny Press; “yellow” journalism, chains and syndicates, and how competition such as radio, television and internet caused a decline in the newspaper industry.

What makes this lecture so much fun is that there is audience interaction. Maryanne will ask listeners to join in and share their experiences with newspapers. For example: “What was your introduction to reading the newspaper?” and “Were you every in the newspaper?”

Location: Kenilworth Public Library – 548 Kenilworth Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ 07033.

Audience: Adults

Special instructions: This Program is FREE

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Visual Arts Workshop: Painting
Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

Visual Arts Workshop: Painting

Join Wilford Charles and Dontae Muse from Above Art Studios and leap into the world of painting during this first Visual Arts Workshop at the New Brunswick Free Public Library.
Drawing, painting, and sketching have been proven to have an immense beneficial effect on the human psyche and body. Painting sparks creativity and engages imagination, which leads to relaxation and control in a chaotic world.
During this workshop you will learn the basics of painting while painting your own small art piece. Everyone will be able to take their art piece home. All material will be provided.
To attend this program, please register at the library’s Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext. 20.
Find details about the library's Visual Arts Contest and Exhibit at www.nbfpl.org/art

Location: New Brunswick Public Library – 60 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

Audience: All Ages

Link to event page: http://www.nbfpl.org/art

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The Fiddle in America: A History and Demonstration
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

The Fiddle in America: A History and Demonstration

How often do you get to hear music and then have a high-energy conversation about its role in historical traditions, its cultural influence, and its style and technique? Until the early twentieth century, the fiddle was the centerpiece of American folk music and folk culture. In this interactive session, Backes explores the origins and history of American fiddle music—covering a range of styles and modes of expression—and raises along the way big questions about musical tradition and music making.

Location: Cranbury Public Library, 23 N Main St., Cranbury, NJ 08512-3257.

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Author Expo
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Author Expo

Join us for this day-long author meet and greet event. Meet local authors and discuss their books.
Registration is not required. You may purchase books directly from the authors and have them autographed and ready for holiday gift-giving. Please bring cash or checks only.

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: All ages

Special instructions: Authors who wish to participate in this event should complete the application located on our website http://www.monroetwplibrary.org or at any service desk within the Library.

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"Imagine the Possibilities: Bullying Stops Today," presentation by retired school principal and guidance counselor Mark Walters
Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

"Imagine the Possibilities: Bullying Stops Today," presentation by retired school principal and guidance counselor Mark Walters

The time-proven strategies offered will give parents and teens ways to deal with the types of bullying situations that are typically seen in most communities. Topics to be covered will include how to recognize if your child is being the target of bullying behaviors, ways to be aware of whether or not your child is engaging in bullying behaviors, techniques your child can use to “handle” a bully, and an understanding of how bullying has reached beyond the schoolyard with the power to intrude on all aspects of society, including the workplace. This program will include audience participation, Q & A, role play and a “hands on” activity referred to as “mirror image reflection.”

Location: Springfield Public Library – 66 Mountain Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081.

Audience: Adults and teens

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Fall Concert Series: Yacouba Sissoko
Sep
22
2:00 PM14:00

Fall Concert Series: Yacouba Sissoko

Master kora player Yacouba Sissoko plays a set of songs that journey from the royal courts of the 13th Century Mande empire to the present soul and rhythm of his newfound home in Harlem. Sissoko will play traditional Malian folk songs and new instrumental compositions from his recently released solo album Siya. Sissoko hails from Mali, a country deeply steeped in music tradition. Sissoko’s approachability, combined with his mastery of the instrument and strong vocals will leave you lifted and inspired.

All concerts are FREE and refreshments are provided for your enjoyment. Free & secure parking available.

Made possible by funds from the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Location: Elizabeth Public Library – Main Branch – 11 South Broad Street Elizabeth, NJ 07202.

Audience: All Ages

Link to event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/1860798650677988/

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Rosa Parks: First Lady of Civil Rights
Sep
23
3:00 PM15:00

Rosa Parks: First Lady of Civil Rights

On a December day in 1955, this tired seamstress and NAACP secretary refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery Alabama Bus. Rosa Parks’ story will serve to remind all who hear it that we cannot always stand by and observe the status quo. We all bear the responsibility to bring about the changes that will help “We the People…” form that “…more Perfect Union” that is our Nation’s promise.

Location: Middlesex Public Library, 1300 Mountain Ave., Middlesex, NJ 08846-2039.

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Team Trivia
Sep
24
2:00 PM14:00

Team Trivia

Join us for an afternoon of friendly competition. Multiple choice trivia questions will be delivered one at a time. Teams will secretly debate, select and submit their group answer within the time limit. Questions start off easy and become progressively more challenging. Will your team get the most questions right?
Presented by "That Trivia Guy" Roy Cohen. Register a team of 3 to 6 players, or sign up as an individual to be assigned to a team.

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: Adults

Special instructions: Registration Rules
Register a team consisting of no less than 3 and no more than 6 adult players.

Link to event page: http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=9775&EventID=346684&PK

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How to Make the Best Cup of Coffee
Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

How to Make the Best Cup of Coffee

Everyone is familiar with coffee, and yet, very few people know the complex and extraordinary journey coffee beans take to end up in your cup. Join us at the Kenilworth Public Library, where Ana Mallozzi will outline how a coffee cherry becomes one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world! Learn about simple ways you can brew a stellar cup of coffee at home. This presentation will include a small coffee tasting, including decaf coffee. A Q&A will follow. You’ll have more appreciation for you coffee after attending this presentation.

Ana Mallozzi has worked in various areas in the coffee industry for the past 6 years, starting at a local roaster in Rhode Island, then heading to the national brand Stumptown Coffee Roasters. She is currently the Quality and Education Specialist at Royal Coffee NY, a coffee importer in South Plainfield, NJ. She holds many industry certifications, including being a Certified Q Grader, which is similar to a wine sommelier for the coffee industry.

Location: Kenilworth Public Library – 548 Kenilworth Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ 07033.

Audience: Adults

Special instructions: This program is FREE!

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From Volunteer to Career: A Career Connections Workshop
Sep
25
4:00 PM16:00

From Volunteer to Career: A Career Connections Workshop

In this workshop, attendees will learn how to transition their volunteer experiences and positions into potentially landing a job, while also keeping their skills sharp in the process of searching for a job. Learn the benefits of volunteering from the point of view of career advancement. Enjoy a free presentation and gain valuable insight on how to best advance your career through nonprofits.

This workshop is possible thanks to New Jersey Career Connections, brought to you by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Location: New Brunswick Public Library – 60 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

Audience: Adults, Teens

Link to event page: http://www.nbfpl.org/events

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Using Technology to Grow Your Business
Sep
26
11:30 AM11:30

Using Technology to Grow Your Business

David Schuchman of Princeton Technology Advisors will present technology tools and digital marketing strategies to promote your company, products, services and professional brand.
Sponsored by the Jamesburg-Monroe Regional Chamber of Commerce. Registration is required.

Visit https://chamberlunchandlearnSept26.eventbrite.com to register.

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: Adults

Special instructions: Registration is required.
Visit https://chamberlunchandlearnSept26.eventbrite.com to register.

Link to event page: http://chamberlunchandlearnSept26.eventbrite.com

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Yarnies: Library Fiber Nights
Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

Yarnies: Library Fiber Nights

Everyone is welcome to attend our fiber crafts monthly program at the Kenilworth Public Library! Yarnies: Library Fiber Nights will take place in the library on the last Thursday of each month from 6:00 to 7:45pm. You don’t need any crafting experience to enjoy these special evenings of creative exploration. Feel free to bring a project to work on. Watch demonstrations of knitting, crocheting and weaving. Try your hand at spinning on a spinning wheel. Bring a finished item to show others. If you enjoy the fiber arts, or want to learn more about them, this is the event for you.

Location: Kenilworth Public Library – 548 Kenilworth Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ 07033.

Audience: All Ages

Special instructions: This program is FREE!

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Visual Arts Workshop: Mixed Media
Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30

Visual Arts Workshop: Mixed Media

This second Visual Arts Workshop at the New Brunswick Free Public Library covers the basics of mixed media. Learn from Artist Cristina Hoyos about the technique of bringing together a multitude (“mix”) of different elements (“media”) in a variety of different ways, creating a unique “Dreamscape” using your imagination and your emotions, letting them be the central energy of your Art piece!
All materials will be provided. At the end of the workshop you will be able to take your art work home.
To attend this program, please register at the library’s Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext. 20.
Find details about the library's Visual Arts Contest and Exhibit at www.nbfpl.org/art

Location: New Brunswick Public Library – 60 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

Audience: All Ages

Special instructions:

Link to event page: http://www.nbfpl.org/art

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Free Guided Meditation
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Free Guided Meditation

Join us at the library for a peaceful hour of guided meditation on our brand new meditation cushions and yoga mats! Tea provided.

4th Floor Auditorium. Free & secure parking available.

Location: Elizabeth Public Library – Main Branch – 11 South Broad Street Elizabeth, NJ 07202.

Audience: Adults

Link to event page: http://elizpl.org/adultservices.html

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Princeton Symphony Orchestra Performance
Oct
1
1:00 PM13:00

Princeton Symphony Orchestra Performance

The first in a new series of Chamber Music Concerts. Violin and cello duo perform. Daniel Rowland on violin and Maya Bogdanović on cello. Presented by the Cultural Arts Commission. Registration is not required.

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: All ages

Special instructions: Registration is not required.

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Planning Your Great Escape: Retirement Planning
Oct
1
6:30 PM18:30

Planning Your Great Escape: Retirement Planning

Planning Your Great Escape: Retirement Planning presented by AXA Advisors. Learn about the differences between different retirement vehicles (IRAs, Roth IRAs, Pensions, 401ks, etc.) and the tax ramifications of each. Gives a picture of what your income may be in the future (post-retirement) and how you can position your assets now to obtain their ideal retirement goals.

Location: Kenilworth Public Library – 548 Kenilworth Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ 07033.

Audience: Adults, Seniors

Special instructions: This program is FREE!

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Be An Informed Voter: New Jersey State Government & Politics
Oct
2
6:00 PM18:00

Be An Informed Voter: New Jersey State Government & Politics

Part one of the Civics Education Series in Memory of Joan Leon. Presented by Ingrid Reed, Retired Director of the New Jersey Project at Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics. Voter registration table open immediately following the program. To register to vote, please bring a valid driver’s license or non-driver’s license identification card issued by Motor Vehicle. Light refreshments provided. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library. Special thanks to the Monroe League of Women Voters.
Registration is not required.

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: All ages

Special instructions: Registration is not required.

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Emily Dickinson Lecture
Oct
4
2:00 PM14:00

Emily Dickinson Lecture

Irene Curran, literary lecturer and former Monroe Township teacher, speak about Emily Dickinson, the Belle of Amherst, her life and her poetry. Several examples of her poetry will be recited and read!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: All ages

Special instructions: Register at the Welcome Desk.

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Hudson Shakespeare Company Performance
Oct
6
2:00 PM14:00

Hudson Shakespeare Company Performance

Free live performance of "The Spanish Tragedy,” presented by the Hudson Shakespeare Company. The Spanish Tragedy, or Hieronimo is Mad Again, is an Elizabethan tragedy written by Thomas Kyd between 1582 and 1592.
Registration is not required.

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: All ages

Special instructions: Registration is not required.

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Boheme Opera NJ Series
Oct
10
1:00 PM13:00

Boheme Opera NJ Series

“Leonard Bernstein at 100” Presented by the Cultural Arts Commission. This celebration of centennial anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth will feature selections from “On the Town,” “Wonderful Town,” “Candidate,” “West Side Story,” and others. Songs featured are “New York, New York,” “Christopher Street,” “Glitter and Be Gay,” “Tonight,” “Maria,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere,” plus others.

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: All ages

Special instructions: Registration is not required.

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Genealogy Club Guest lecture “Relatively Speaking: How to Be the Best Ancestor”
Oct
10
1:30 PM13:30

Genealogy Club Guest lecture “Relatively Speaking: How to Be the Best Ancestor”

Guest lecture “Relatively Speaking: How to Be the Best Ancestor” presented by Donna Atkins, “The Life Story Lady.” Donna presents a brand new program in her Life Story series with this one-hour interactive lecture. She will discuss the reasons why it is important to document your life story and give tips on how to begin. Beginner and experienced genealogists are welcome.

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: Adults

Special instructions: Registration is not required.

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Midterm Elections 2018: What You Need to Know
Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Midterm Elections 2018: What You Need to Know

Part two of the Civics Education Series in Memory of Joan Leon. Learn who is on the ballot and what public questions Monroe residents will vote upon this election season. Find out how to register and locate your polling place. Presented by Andrea Pellezzi, President and & Marsha Rosenbaum, Chair, Voter Services Committee of the Monroe League of Women Voters. Voter registration table open immediately following the program. To register to vote, please bring a valid driver’s license or non-driver’s license identification card issued by Motor Vehicle. Light refreshments provided. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library.

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: All ages

Special instructions: Registration is not required.

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Non-Fiction Book Discussion
Oct
15
2:00 PM14:00

Non-Fiction Book Discussion

Irene Goldberg leads a discussion about What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner. If you want to read more about this topic, you may be interested in Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics by Charles Krauthammer, as well.
Register and reserve a copy at the Welcome Desk.

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: Adults

Special instructions: Register and reserve a copy at the Welcome Desk.

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Page Turners
Oct
18
11:00 AM11:00

Page Turners

Looking for something to read or add to your reading list? This new, ongoing event takes place on the third Thursday of every month. Library staff will present and recommend a variety of new titles pertaining to a different topic each month, both new and old titles. This month’s topic is War Stories. Light refreshments provided.

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: Adults

Special instructions: Register at the Welcome Desk.

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Adult Craft Night - Create Your Own Unique Handpainted Vase
Jan
3
6:30 PM18:30

Adult Craft Night - Create Your Own Unique Handpainted Vase

Start the New Year by joining us for our Adult Craft Class on January 3, 2019. January's craft will feature creating your own unique painted vase using alcohol based inks.
There is a $5.00 no-refundable materials fee for this class. Register in person at the Spotswood Library.
For more information on this program, please call the Spotswood Public Library at 732-251-1515.
The Spotswood Public Library's Adult Craft class are held monthly on the first Thursday of the month. Please visit www.spotslibrary,org for information on future adult craft classes.

Location: Spotswood Public Library – 548 Main Street, Spotswood, NJ 08884.

Audience: adults and seniors

Special instructions:

Link to event page: http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=8409&EventID=349633&PK

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"Jerusalem: Holy – and Wholly Complex - City "
Sep
16
2:00 PM14:00

"Jerusalem: Holy – and Wholly Complex - City "

Why can Jerusalem be thought of as a city of both joy and sorrow? And what does it mean to be at the intersection of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world, influenced heavily by the convergence of differing religious views, is a truly unique city that allows a look at the past and the present simultaneously. In this session, participants will explore the rich and complex history and how thousands of years have shaped how we see, understand, and experience Jerusalem today.

Location: South Brunswick Public Library, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction, NJ, 08852-3005.

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NJ Originals Author Linda Barth
Sep
16
2:00 PM14:00

NJ Originals Author Linda Barth

Author Linda J. Barth visits the Library to discuss her book, New Jersey Originals: Technological Marvels, Odd Inventions, Trailblazing Characters and More. She will speak about New Jersey’s interesting characters, innovators and inventors. Barth, a retired teacher, has enjoyed a second career as a writer specializing in New Jersey history, and has published eight books about the Garden State.

Location: Old Bridge Public Library – One Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge NJ, 08857.

Audience: Teens, adults

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The Beatles: The Beaginnings
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

The Beatles: The Beaginnings

Scotch Plains resident and Liverpool native Paul Groom will present this program on the Fab Four’s early years, before they became world-famous, and their rise from obscurity to international stardom from his unique perspective. The program will include song clips from The Quarrymen, the rock ‘n’ roll group formed by John Lennon, which eventually evolved into the Beatles. In addition, Groom will explore the group’s family trees and social statuses

Location: Old Bridge Public Library – One Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge NJ, 08857.

Audience: Teens, adults

Special instructions:

Link to event page: http://www.oldbridgelibrary.org/event/beatles-beaginnings/

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2nd International Arts Open House
Sep
15
1:00 PM13:00

2nd International Arts Open House

Come enjoy the 2nd annual International Arts Open House at Kennedy Library, Saturday, September 15, 1:00-3:00 PM. Cultural music and dances, crafts, a beautiful diversity story in ASL signs and 2D & 3D art will all be part of the celebration. Share the beauty of your culture with your neighbors!  Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to this free event!

Location: Piscataway Library, Kennedy Branch – 500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854.

Audience: All Ages

Special instructions: Program will be interpreted by a certified ASL interpreter.

Link to event page: http://main.piscatawaylibrary.org/event/diversity-event/

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We the People…wait, which people?
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

We the People…wait, which people?

We’ve all heard those first three words of the preamble of the Constitution. But what does that mean? And can “We the people” mean different things at different times to different people? This complex topic can best be explored through historical moments and events. From sharecropping to immigration, participants can consider the concept of the changing meaning of citizenship and have an engaging and important dialogue about immigration today and the impact of the policies that affect us all.

Location: Piscataway Public Library, 500 Hoes Ln., Piscataway, NJ, 08854-5040.

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Diabetes Self Management Program (DSMP)
Sep
13
10:00 AM10:00

Diabetes Self Management Program (DSMP)

This FREE Workshop series is being held by the Regional Chronic Disease Coalition of Middlesex and Union Counties on 6 consecutive Thursdays on September 13, 20, 27 and October 4, 11 & 18 from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm.

Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) workshops include six different sessions, each covering a new topic. Sign up and remember to mark your calendars, so you are able to attend all six sessions. We regret that there can be no new attendees after Workshop #2.

Seating is very limited. If you may not be able to make all 6 workshops, please consider not signing up and leave the class sessions open for someone who can attend. Thank you.

Feel free to email us at NOBRLibrarian@gmail.com if you have any questions or have not received your confirmation email. Thank you.

Location: North Brunswick Public Library – 880 Hermann Road, North Brunswick, NJ 08902.

Audience: Adults & Seniors

Special instructions: Register online: https://goo.gl/forms/h6xcTA0M8nZxynbQ2

Link to event page: https://northbrunswicklibrary.org/upcoming-events-for-adults/

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Library Book Discussion Group
Sep
11
6:30 PM18:30

Library Book Discussion Group

The Book Discussion Group meets periodically to discuss popular and classic fiction and nonfiction. Join us for some pleasant conversation and share your thoughts about our latest selection! The group will be discussing "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman.

Location: Kenilworth Public Library – 548 Kenilworth Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ 07033.

Audience: Adults

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Yarnies: Library Fiber Nights
Aug
30
6:00 PM18:00

Yarnies: Library Fiber Nights

By popular demand: everyone is welcome to attend our fiber crafts monthly program at the Kenilworth Public Library! Yarnies: Library Fiber Nights will take place in the library on the last Thursday of each month from 6:00 to 7:45pm. You don’t need any crafting experience to enjoy these special evenings of creative exploration. Feel free to bring a project to work on. Watch demonstrations of knitting, crocheting and weaving. Try your hand at spinning on a spinning wheel. Bring a finished item to show others. If you enjoy the fiber arts, or want to learn more about them, this is the event for you.

Location: Kenilworth Public Library – 548 Kenilworth Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ 07033.

Audience: All Ages

Special instructions: This program is FREE!

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Creative Writing
Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

Creative Writing

Come and explore the creative writing process with Elinor Mattern. Elinor teaches creative writing in a variety of venues since recently retiring from community college English teaching. She received her MFA in Poetry Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and her poems and non-fiction have appeared in Washington Square and The Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications.

The program is open to all students in grades 6 through 12. If you have any questions, or want to know more about the program, please email mwhittington@lmxac.org.

Location: Metuchen Public Library – 480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen, NJ 08840

Audience: Teens - grades 6 through 12

Special instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call the library at (732) 632-8526.

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Introduction to Yoga Series
Aug
28
10:30 AM10:30

Introduction to Yoga Series

Introduction to Yoga Series
Tuesdays, August 14, 21 & 28 at 10:30am

We are offering a series of introductory yoga
classes. Using a chair for seated and balancing
poses, this series is perfect for those who have not moved their bodies for a while or have
limited mobility. Ages 18 and over.
Register at the Welcome Desk.

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: Ages 18 and over.

Special instructions: Register at the Welcome Desk.

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Author Talk: A Mouse Divided: How Ub Iwerks Became Forgotten and Walt Disney Became Uncle Walt, by Jeff Ryan
Aug
27
5:00 PM17:00

Author Talk: A Mouse Divided: How Ub Iwerks Became Forgotten and Walt Disney Became Uncle Walt, by Jeff Ryan

Author Jeff Ryan delves into the little known story behind the creation of Mickey Mouse, the subsequent falling out between the two co-creators, and what happened in the aftermath that turned one man into a legend and the other into an obscure footnote. This program will appeal both to Disney fans and anyone who enjoys a good page turner.

Location: Springfield Public Library – 66 Mountain Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081.

Audience: Older Kids, Teens, Adults, Seniors

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Maya Vadell - Harpist
Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

Maya Vadell - Harpist

Come hear local musician Maya Vadell play a mix of classical and modern pieces on the harp. She will also demonstrate how the harp is played and will give audience members an opportunity to try out the instrument.
The concert is free to all.

Location: Metuchen Public Library – 480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen, NJ 08840

Audience: All Ages

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Community Blood Drive Sponsored By the Kenilworth Public Library
Aug
23
2:00 PM14:00

Community Blood Drive Sponsored By the Kenilworth Public Library

Share a little, save a lot. One blood donation can save up to three lives. The Kenilworth Public Library will be sponsoring a community blood drive Thursday, August 23, 2018 – 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. One complimentary ShopRite gift card will be given to each blood donor! To make an appointment, please call 201 251-3703 or go online at www.communitybloodservices.org.

Location: Kenilworth Public Library – 548 Kenilworth Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ 07033.

Audience: Adults

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The World Changed, so Did the Music
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

The World Changed, so Did the Music

Did Prohibition change the music of the 1920s? And did the Cold War impact the music of the 1950s? Yes, music – concert and popular – music was influenced by the technological and political changes. From the late 1800s to today, the times have shaped what and how American hear and experience opera, concert works, musicals, jazz, country and folk music, and rock and roll. In this session, participants can tune into a discussion about the sounds, aesthetics, and auras of each decade in the modern era.

Location: Edison Township Free Public Library, North Branch, 777 Grove Ave., Edison, NJ 08820-2770.

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Introduction to Yoga Series
Aug
21
10:30 AM10:30

Introduction to Yoga Series

Introduction to Yoga Series
Tuesdays, August 14, 21 & 28 at 10:30am

We are offering a series of introductory yoga
classes. Using a chair for seated and balancing
poses, this series is perfect for those who have not moved their bodies for a while or have
limited mobility. Ages 18 and over.
Register at the Welcome Desk.

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: Ages 18 and over.

Special instructions: Register at the Welcome Desk.

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Non-Fiction Book Discussion
Aug
20
2:00 PM14:00

Non-Fiction Book Discussion

Non-Fiction Book Discussion
Monday, August 20 at 2:00pm

Join a discussion moderated by Irene Goldberg about "Happiness Is a Choice You Make" by John Leland. If you would like to read more about the science of positive psychology, you may be interested in reading "Flourish" by Martin E.P. Seligman.

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: Adults

Special instructions: Register and reserve a copy at the Welcome Desk.

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InQuire Science: Earthworks!
Aug
19
2:30 PM14:30

InQuire Science: Earthworks!

Take a voyage to the center of the Earth!

Join representatives from MadScience of West New Jersey and investigate the powerful process that shapes our planet and forms remarkable rocks, magnificent minerals, and glittering gems. You will also make your very own Ultraviolet Detectors which you get to take home! Registration is required.

Location: Old Bridge Public Library – One Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge NJ, 08857.

Audience: Ages 5-12

Link to event page: https://www.oldbridgelibrary.org/event/inquire-science-lizard-guys-2-2/

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The Turtlesingers!
Aug
18
2:00 PM14:00

The Turtlesingers!

Come meet Rocky, Gracie, Spike and Bart with this Libraries Rock! special event featuring live turtle encounters.
Sing songs, dance & maybe even feed some of the turtles!


This program is funded by the ACUA Atlantic County NJ Clean Communities program.

Location: Metuchen Public Library – 480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen, NJ 08840

Audience: All Ages

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The Turtlesingers
Aug
16
2:00 PM14:00

The Turtlesingers

Read a book like Rocky the box turtle! Libraries Rock with Rocky and his other turtle friends this summer at the Turtlesinger show!
Turtlesinger, Inc. educates and entertains the public about turtles with original songs and live turtles

Location: Metuchen Public Library – 480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen, NJ 08840

Audience: Kids and Teens

Special instructions: This event is open to all and space is limited. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

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Page Turners
Aug
16
11:00 AM11:00

Page Turners

Looking for something to read or add to your reading list? Library staff will present and recommend a variety of new titles pertaining to a different topic each month, both new and old titles. "People in Antiquity" is the theme this month. Light refreshments provided.

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: Adults

Special instructions: Register at the Welcome Desk.

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Metuchen Public Library Welcomes Author J. A. White
Aug
15
2:00 PM14:00

Metuchen Public Library Welcomes Author J. A. White

J. A. White is the author of The Thickety: A Path Begins. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, three sons, and a hamster named Ophelia that doesn't like him very much. When he's not making up stories, he teaches a bunch of kids how to make up stories (along with math and science and other important stuff). He wishes dragons were real because it would be a much cooler way to get to work.

Come meet J. A. White and hear more about the Thickety series!

Location: Metuchen Public Library – 480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen, NJ 08840

Audience: Teens

Special instructions: The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so plan on arriving about 15 minutes early.

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Jumpstart Your Genealogy Journey: How Items in Your House Might Provide Clues to Your Past
Aug
15
1:30 PM13:30

Jumpstart Your Genealogy Journey: How Items in Your House Might Provide Clues to Your Past

Jumpstart Your Genealogy Journey: How Items in Your House Might Provide Clues to Your Past Guest Lecture Presented By:Stephen Cohen & Caryn Alter Co-authors of What's in a Name? A Young Person's Jewish Genealogy Workbook will discuss how to begin uncovering your family history, and how to get younger generations
involved. Beginner & Experienced Genealogists Welcome!

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: Adults

Special instructions: No Registration Required.

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Introduction to Yoga Series
Aug
14
10:30 AM10:30

Introduction to Yoga Series

Introduction to Yoga Series
Tuesdays, August 14, 21 & 28 at 10:30am

We are offering a series of introductory yoga
classes. Using a chair for seated and balancing
poses, this series is perfect for those who have not moved their bodies for a while or have
limited mobility. Ages 18 and over.
Register at the Welcome Desk.

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: Ages 18 and over.

Special instructions: Register at the Welcome Desk.

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Documentary Film: Bag It
Aug
10
1:30 PM13:30

Documentary Film: Bag It

Presented jointly by the library, the Springfield Township Environmental Commission, Springfield Green Team and Springfield Department of Public Works, this film focuses on the way that plastic bags have a harmful effect on the environment and what can be done to eliminate this problem.

Location: Springfield Public Library – 66 Mountain Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081.

Audience: Adults, Teens, older kids

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The Magic of Recycling
Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

The Magic of Recycling

Join us for a fun filled magical adventure as we laugh our way to learning while we are amazed by the magic. While enjoying the adventure of laughter and learning, find out what we must do to keep our community clean and live a lifestyle of sustainability.

Location: Metuchen Public Library – 480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen, NJ 08840

Audience: kids, teens

Special instructions: No registration is required but space is limited, so plan on arriving at least 15 minutes prior to event start.

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What is Jazz and Why Does It Matter?
Aug
9
6:30 PM18:30

What is Jazz and Why Does It Matter?

Branford Marsalis once said, “What is jazz? It, It’s almost like asking, What is French? Jazz is a musical language. It’s a musical dialect that actually embodies the spirit of America.” Sometimes called “America’s Classical Music,” the tradition and history of the genre embodies the essence of freedom and democracy. From its origins within the slaves songs, to the advent of the blues, Dixieland, Swing, Bebop, and other styles, jazz exhibits how each individual (through his/her independence) must function within the framework of a group to better serve the entire community. In this session, through music and discussion, participants will explore jazz and why it matters.

Location: Sayreville Free Public Library, 1050 Washington Rd., Parlin, NJ 08859-1061.

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Managing Your Job Search Campaign
Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Managing Your Job Search Campaign

Managing Your Job Search Campaign
Wednesday, August 8 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Gary Lande will present how to conduct a job search and propose effective and efficient ways to get interviews.
Register at the Welcome Desk.

Location: Monroe Township Library – 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831.

Audience: Adults

Special instructions: Register at the Welcome Desk.

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Summer Concert
Aug
4
2:00 PM14:00

Summer Concert

Come to the New Brunswick Free Public Library for a free concert provided by SpeakMusic Conservatory in Highland Park. Two senior pianists will perform a selection of classical music and anime piano arrangements.

Irene Westfall started playing piano at age 6 under the direction of Aaron Weiman. Over the past eleven years, she has studied classical, ragtime, jazz, and salsa piano under the direction of Enriqueta Somarriba, Aaron Weiman, and Roger Noguerol. She has also received instruction from Berklee School of Music and Peabody Conservatory faculty at summer programs. The salsa band La Flama, led by Roger Noguerol, recorded their album La Llavó in 2016. Irene has performed in Carnegie Hall and Baruch Performing Arts Center, and ranked silver and double bronze in Golden Key Music Festival. On June 13, Irene hosted her senior recital where she played a varied repertoire, including composers like Debussy, Bach, and Schubert. Headed to Wesleyan University in the fall, Irene plans to continue playing piano while branching into new genres.

Yulin Ni first started playing the piano when she was 7. Since then, she's been enamored by the beautiful tone and versatility of the instrument, and, along with her brother, discovered the world of anime piano music from an early age. In her free time, Yulin scours the internet for sheet music of anime soundtracks arranged for piano - recently, she's also started experimenting with making her own arrangements. Someday, she'd like to join the ranks of all the talented anime pianists on YouTube and upload her own piano covers online. She is currently building up her classical repertoire, with the hopes that the skills learned from doing so will aid her in her future musical endeavors.

All are welcome to come enjoy the music provided by these two young talents!

Location: New Brunswick Public Library – 60 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

Audience: All ages

Link to event page: http://www.nbfpl.org/adult-summer-reading

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Seeing Eye Puppies are coming and It's Puppy Love!
Jul
26
6:30 PM18:30

Seeing Eye Puppies are coming and It's Puppy Love!

Join the Puppy Pals of Middlesex County and their puppies
for a fun and informative evening. Learn about The Seeing
Eye, the World's Oldest Guide Dog School in the USA; their famous Puppy Raising program; and the training involved
for a puppy to become a Seeing Eye Dog. A meet and
greet session will conclude the presentation. Registration is required.

Location: Spotswood Public Library – 548 Main Street, Spotswood, NJ 08884.

Audience: All Ages

Special instructions: Registration is required. Please register online, in person, or by calling the Library at (732) 251-1515

Link to event page: http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=8409&EventID=345229&PK=

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Springsteen and his Layered Lyrics
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

Springsteen and his Layered Lyrics

Bruce Springsteen expects attentiveness of his listeners. How do we know this? Over the past 50 years, Springsteen has written songs and created music that have been experienced by countless fans. But many don’t know the extent to which his work has been influenced by the American folk tradition. Through experimental reinterpretation and the creation of new traditions, The Boss has worked within known folk traditions, but at the same time, created new sounds and messages. In this session, participants can learn about some of the works that have influenced one of Jersey’s most celebrated musical artists.

Location: Edison Township Free Public Library, 340 Plainfield Ave., Edison, NJ 08817-3147.

 

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