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August Programs for the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System

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Current Events Discussion Club
Tuesday, August 1, 7:00 pm
Join librarian Matthew Latta for a monthly open and informal discussion of events in the news.  We will consider social, political and cultural issues from around the nation and around the world. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email
Active Aging Fitness: Spring-Summer Series
Wednesday, August 2 & 30, 3:00 pm
The health benefits of regular exercise for older adults are both physical and mental. Get moving with certified Senior Fitness Specialist Bob Kirby, and add some life to your years. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or e-mail
Foreign and Independent Films at Your Library
Thursday, August 3, 6:30 pm
The Ardennes (Belgium, 2015)
A home invasion by two brothers goes hopelessly wrong, and one of them goes to prison. Four years later, his brother tries to help him get his life back on track. Flemish & French with English subtitles. 93 min. Not rated, contains adult themes and graphic content.
Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email
Meditation Circle
Friday, August 4-25, 2:30–3:30 pm
Slow down and join Reference Librarian Ann Kerr and reduce stress using meditation. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email Ann Kerr at
Posture Exercises
Friday, August 4-25, 3:30–4:30 pm
Reference Librarian Ann Kerr will share some simple exercises to improve your posture and increase your flexibility. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email Ann Kerr at
Drum Circle: Summer Series
Friday, August 4, 4:30 pm
Join us for this drum circle. Bring your own drum or use one of ours. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email
Saturday Morning Wii Bowling
Saturday, August 5 & 19, 10:00 am – noon
Wii is a fun and easy way to get some light exercise and socialize with friends. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email
Hidden Treasures of the Lawrence Library Walking Tour
Saturday, August 5, 2:00 pm
Come join us for an in-depth tour that explores the library’s fantastic resources. We will reveal curiosities found in the collection both on the shelves and virtually, while getting some exercise! Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email
August 7-21, 7:30 pm
Sunita Yadav teaches this series of yoga classes. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Water is provided. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and began Monday, July 3, at 9:30 a.m. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Go to, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper.
CookTalks: Louisiana Table
Thursday, August 10, 11:00 am
Learn about the melding of Creole and Italian cuisine, prompted by the heavy immigration of Italians to Louisiana. You will see prepared classics such as Shrimp Creole and Olive Salad. You will learn how to create a Muffaletta sandwich. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email
The Sixties: Bob Dylan Revisited
Thursday, August 10, 7:00 pm
This lecture presented by Rock historian Vincent Bruno will travel on the road with Bob Dylan as he navigates through the turbulent decade of 1960’s. From his childhood in Minnesota, to folk troubadour of Greenwich Village, to his ground breaking trilogy (“Bringing It All Back Home” “Highway 61 Revisited”, and “Blonde on Blonde”) to becoming the rock/poet enigma of his time. His extraordinary artistic achievements as a songwriter, poet and cultural icon of the 20th century will be discussed. Registration is suggested.  Call 609-989-6920 or email
Off the Page
Monday, August 14 & 28, 7:00 pm
Try out your acting chops (or indulge your secret passion) playing one of the great characters from dramatic literature or contemporary comedy—without the threat of performing in front of a live audience! We will “cast” and read a play aloud, around a table, as actors and production teams typically do at the first rehearsal of a play. Registration suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email
Science Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, August 15, 7:00 pm
Stone by Adam Roberts
Sprung from a prison in the center of a star, the universe's last criminal is employed to kill the population of a planet. It is a crime that will tear apart an interstellar utopia. Keeping ahead of detection and preparing the crime, the killer voyages to numerous worlds and hones the instincts required for murder. And wonders who is behind the contract. Next sci-fi book club title is: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.  Call 609-989-6920 or email
Fiction Writing Workshop: Opening Lines Challenge
Friday, August 18, 10:00 am – noon
Reference Librarian Donna Wolfe will lead the group in an Opening Lines Challenge. Each contestant will draw a first line and then create a piece of Flash Fiction from it. The winner will receive a copy of Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss. Come to participate or observe.
Registration suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email
Movie Matinee
Monday, August 21, 2:00 pm
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
A conscientious objector serves in WWII as a medic, but refuses to take a life or even carry a gun. He is eventually awarded the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of 75 soldiers on the battlefields of Okinawa. 138 min. R-rated. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email
African-American Literature Club
Wednesday, August 23, 6:30 pm
Join the African American Literature Reading Circle to discuss and celebrate popular books written by African Americans. At the August meeting, we will be discussing The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Refreshments served. Registration suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email
Adult Craft Workshop: Crafted Book Art Vase
Thursday, August 24, 6:00 pm
Give an old book a second life. Make a book for storing water-less flora like dried grasses and flowers. Materials will be provided. Registration is suggested and is limited to 12 participants. Call 609-989-6920 or email
Vassil Bebelekov (1960-2016): A Bulgarian Bagpipe (Gaida) Virtuoso
Thursday, August 31, 6:30 pm
Join members of the Princeton Friday Night and Tuesday Night Folk Dance Groups, and the Highland Park Folkdance Circle in this evening dedicated to the memory of Vassil Bebelekov - a virtuoso Bulgarian bagpipe (gaida) player and teacher who suddenly passed away in July 2016. A documentary about him produced by Bill Selden, a member of the groups, will be screened, and the evening will proceed with listening and dancing to recorded traditional Bulgarian music performed by Vassil Bebelekov. To learn more about him and his music, go to . Registration suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email
Internet 1
Thursday, August 3, 10:00 am - noon
Discover what browsers like Internet Explorer do. Visit interesting websites and learn to use Search Engines to surf the web. Registration suggested. Participants can register online at
Internet 2
Thursday, August 10, 10:00 am - noon
Learn valuable search techniques and get tips on evaluating websites. Requires some Internet experience! Registration suggested. Participants can register online at

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