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April Programs for the Mercer County Library System

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Barging Ahead: Channeling Songs of the Delaware & Raritan Canal
Sunday, April 9, 2:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
The Lawrence Historical Society and The Friends of the Lawrence Library are co-sponsoring a concert by Westminster Choir College students, who will be performing songs related to the Canal and the time period of its heyday. Refreshments will be served. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
New Jersey Publishers Who Make a Difference
Thursday, April 13, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
This panel discussion with NJ editors and event coordinators will be of special interest to poets and writers who seek publishing opportunities and venues. Come meet Diane Lockward of Terrapin Books; Mike Northen of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability and Poetry; Denise La Neve and Paul Nash – hosts of the popular North Jersey Literary Reading Series in Teaneck, NJ, who recently published Meta-Land: poets of the Palisades II. There will be 20-25 minutes allotted time per panelist and their contributors, followed by a question & answer session. The event will be moderated by Therese Halscheid – author of Frozen Latitudes and other poetry collections. A book purchase and signing is possible through the Friends of the Lawrence Library. Registration is suggested. All are welcome. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org. 
 
Classical Indian Dance Demonstration
Thursday, April 20, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Students from The Shishya School of Performing Arts, Lawrenceville, will perform classical Indian dances. The School is a local performing arts school specializing in educating children and adults in Indian classical arts, especially dance. Registration is suggested. Email lawprogs@mcl.org or call 609-989-6920.
 
Trashed Art Reception
Saturday, April 22, 2:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
A reception will be held to honor the winners and the participants of the eighth annual Trashed Art Contest. The public is welcome to attend, and refreshments will be served. Registration suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
9th Annual One-Act PlayFest
Saturday, April 29, 7:00 & 9:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
This annual free festival provides an entertaining evening for the audience and a venue for local playwrights and actors to showcase their talent. Local actors will perform the staged script-in-hand readings of the one-act plays selected for performance at the library. Seating is limited and registration is required online beginning Monday, April 10, 9:30 am.
 
The Marconi Revolution
Wednesday, April 12, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Born in Bologna, Italy, in 1874,Guglielmo Marconi was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and inventor credited with the groundbreaking work necessary for all future radio technology. Through his experiments in wireless telegraphy, Marconi developed the first effective system of radio communication. Marconi was a businessman as well as an inventor. He utilized his knowledge of business to make wireless technology a commercial success in New Jersey. Local historian Michael Hyduk will talk about Marconi and his impact.
 
Have You Had the Conversation?
Friday, April 28, 2:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
It is critical to make your wishes known to others through advance care planning. The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute is sponsoring a community film screening and discussion of The Bucket List starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, to highlight the importance of discussing your end of life wishes with family, friends and your doctors.  
 
Anyone Can Garden
Thursday, April 6, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch, Mercer County Library System
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Come and discover why gardening is for everyone!  Learn about specialized products, ergonomic tools, ways to make yard work easier, and how to garden using containers and hanging baskets.  Presented by Barbara J. Bromley, Mercer County Horticulturist.   
Registration required
 
"An Afternoon at the Movies": Queen of Katwe
Thursday, April 6, 1:30 pm
Robbinsville Branch, Mercer County Library System
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
This 2016 biopic of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona traces her journey from the Kampala slum of Katwe, to the upper echelons of the chess world after she develops an interest in the game at a youth-outreach program. (Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo, and Madina Nalwanga). Rated PG; 124 minutes.
Registration required.
 
"An Afternoon at the Movies": Arrival
Thursday, April 20, 1:30 pm
Robbinsville Branch, Mercer County Library System
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
The 2016 science-fiction suspense film about Earth's response to a possible alien invasion. A linguist and a theoretical physicist must find a way to communicate with the mysterious visitors in order to determine whether they pose a threat to humanity.  (Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker).  Rated PG-13; 116 minutes.
Registration required.
 
Book Sale
Saturday, April 29, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch, Mercer County Library System
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Come to the Robbinsville Library Advisory Committee's book sale to pick up some gently-used books of all kinds. If you have books or DVDs to donate for the sale, you can drop them off at the library on Saturday, April 22, or Monday, April 24 through Thursday, April 27.  Please call 609-259-2150 with any questions.
 
Oscar Fridays Film Series: The Lobster
Friday, April 7, 1:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
(2015): (Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden). Rated R; 119 minutes
In a dystopian near future, single people unable to find a romantic partner in 45 days are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
Free admission. Registration not required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.
 
Oscar Fridays Film Series: Elle
Friday, April 21, 1:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
(2016): (Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny). Rated R; 130 minutes
A successful business woman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.
Free admission.  Registration not required.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing library.
 
Oscar Fridays Film Series: Moonlight
Friday, April 28, 1:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
(2016): (Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Shariff Earp). Rated R; 111 minutes
A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young black man growing up in a rough neighborhood in Miami.
Free admission.  Registration not required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.
 
Racial Literacy Series
Sunday, April 2, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
The panel will include Tennille Haynes (Director, Princeton U. Fields Center), Joyce Trotman-Jordan (retired WW-P School counselor), Amman Seehra, Esq (founder of One Project), and Nav the Poet. Access the series at: https://niotprinceton.org/racial-literacy/
Registration is requested, though walk-ins are welcome.
 
Infant CPR
Thursday, April 6, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Learn to perform CPR or save an infant (≤ 1 year) who is choking. This course is designed for family members, friends, and members of the general community who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card. 
Registration is requested, though walk-ins are welcome.
 
Memory & the Brain
Sunday, April 9, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
We take memory for granted, but our ability to remember is amazing! Dr. Ken Norman, principal investigator at Princeton Computation Memory Lab, will discuss how memory works, why we forget, and how we can improve memory performance.
Registration is requested, though walk-ins are welcome.
  
Injury Prevention in Young Athletes
Thursday, April 20, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Gauri Sabnis, PT, MS, OCS, cert MDT, of Synergex Physical Therapy, will discuss injury prevention and describe several exercises to help reduce the incidence of injury in children (especially those in elementary and middle school).
Registration is requested, though walk-ins are welcome.
 
Author Talk: The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care
Tuesday, April 18, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Angelo E. Volandes, MD, is a physician, writer, and patients' rights advocate. He is the author of The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care. Dr. Volandes will talk about his book and patient empowerment. Light refreshments will be served.
Registration is requested, though walk-ins are welcome.
 
Intro to Twitter
Thursday, April 6, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Learn what Twitter is and how you can use it to share your thoughts with the world – 140 characters at a time! Keep up with friends, favorite businesses, celebrities, and even politicians through social media.
 
Nail Polish Mug Art
Tuesday, April 11, 6:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Make a personalized marbled mug with nail polish.  Space is limited; registration is required.
 
Guided Meditation and Gentle Stretching
Tuesday, April 18, 7:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Participate in a half-hour guided meditation session to relieve daily stress and anxiety, followed by gentle stretching to help relieve your body's tension.  Please bring an exercise/yoga mat or a large towel as portions of the program will take place on the floor.   Space is limited; registration is required. 
 
An Introduction to MCL's Virtual Branch
Thursday, April 20, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Learn how to access our collection of digital movies, music, magazines, books, and more with eLibraryNJ, hoopla, Flipster, and Freegal.
 
Lunch Time Meditation
Mondays, 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour. This short mediation will help us regain the peace that we lose through our busy mornings and it will also help us get smoothly through the rest of our day. Presented by library staff member Leena, a 9 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.
 
Yoga for Beginners
Saturday, April 15, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Learn simple and powerful yoga postures to improve stability and balance. No physical agility or prior yoga experience needed. Bring a mat or large towel. Instructor Aruna, is a trained Isha facilitator.
 
Free Immigration Legal Clinic
Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Register in person or by phone for a free 15 minute consultation with an immigration lawyer.
 
CPR Class – Adult/Child
Saturday, April 1, 10:00 am
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
Free American Heart Association CPR participation class (not for certification).  This class provides information on cardiac disease, stroke and teaches basic CPR and Heimlich maneuver.  The community is the first link in the chain of survival.  They are the first to witness an incident and activate the EMS.  This course teaches them what to do in the first few critical moments until someone arrives.  Please register through www.mcl.org or by calling 609-737-2610.
 
CPR Class – Infant
Saturday, April 1, 11:00 am
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
Free American Heart Association CPR participation class (not for certification).  This class provides information on cardiac disease, stroke and teaches basic CPR and Heimlich maneuver.  The community is the first link in the chain of survival.  They are the first to witness an incident and activate the EMS.  This course teaches them what to do in the first few critical moments until someone arrives.  Please register through www.mcl.org or by calling 609-737-2610.
 
Presentation: Sexual Violence: It's Not About Sex – Learn Why
Thursday, April 13, 6:30 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
This presentation will focus on what sexual assault is, the dynamics and effects of sexual violence, and the importance of consent.  In addition, we will examine the unspoken messages sent to those who have been sexually assaulted and how to stop blaming the victim and look to the perpetrator for accountability.  The talk with be given by Donna Zytko, a counselor and advocate at Womanspace, Inc. in Lawrenceville.
 
Autism Awareness Presentation
Saturday, April 15, 1:30 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
Shannon Schafer from Schafer Sports Center will share her experiences working with Autistic children at their newly expanded sports activity complex.
 
Autism Basics: Diagnosis, Interventions and Resources
Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
This information session provides an overview of the signs of autism, diagnostic evaluations, clinical assessments and interventions for the management of symptoms, community resources and accessibility. Presented by Sarah Rudolph, a Neurosciences Nurse Practitioner Fellow, and Victoria Pena-Cardinali, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, both from Capital Institute for Neurosciences. Registration requested.
 
Cool Women Poetry Reading
Saturday, April 29, 3:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
Hear Cool Women read their earthy poems in celebration of Earth Day and Poetry Month.
 
 




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