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June 2017 Programs for the Mercer County Library System

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LaffCon 2: The World's Only Science Fiction Convention Devoted to R. A. LAFFERTY
Saturday, June 10, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
This full-day program will have panel discussions introducing readers to Lafferty's work, a presentation by the artist Anthony Rhodes discussing his Lafferty-inspired art, and discussions of Lafferty's influential novel, Fourth Mansion. Refreshments will be served. Registration suggested. Participants can register online through EventKeeper. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper
 
Princeton Festival Lecture: Leonora, a New Kind of Heroine
Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
The featured opera in 2017 is "Fidelio", originally titled "Leonore". Meet Beethoven's Leonora, a new incarnation of an opera's leading lady. Instead of waiting to be rescued by the hero, Leonora takes charge of her own life and her husband's fate; she rescues him.  As a new version of womanhood Leonora is not alone:  the illustrated talk will introduce her contemporaries in art and literature who are also redesigning their lives. This talk will be presented by Marianne Grey, a Princeton University Art Museum Docent. Registration suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
The Debris They Left Behind
Thursday, June 15, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Perhaps someone in your family shows or gives you something that belonged to someone in your family. Sometimes an object or story stirs your curiosity about that family member and you want to learn more about them or the object. In this program presented by genealogist Catherine (Casey) Zahn you will learn how to enhance or add to your genealogical research through objects made by your ancestors and places/sources where they are held. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
The French in America, from Fighting to Fashion
Thursday, June 22, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Why did the French journey to North America in the 1600s?  What treasures were they looking for, what did they actually find, and why did their efforts to establish a colony end in disaster – and set the stage for the American Revolution?  Join historical novelist Jeff Heller as he uses slides and commentary to present the fascinating story of how fighting, folkways and even fashion influenced the actions taken by the French in their bold quest to claim a continent. Registration suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
The Marconi Revolution
Thursday, June 29, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
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. Registration suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Acupuncture Demo
Thursday, June 8, 7:00 - 8:00 pm 
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
James Slaymaker, licensed acupuncturist, will discuss acupuncture, herbal therapy, and Qigong, and give a demonstration of auricular (ear) acupuncture. 
Registration recommended.
 
Princeton Festival Lecture: Beethoven's Fidelio
Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Timothy P. Urban, PhD, will examine Beethoven's music as it correlates to the drama and intensifies the emotional states of the several main characters in Fidelio, Beethoven's only opera, considered to be the best of the Rescue Operas. 
Registration recommended. 
 
Medicare Information Session
Tuesday, June 20, 7:00 - 8:30 pm 
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) offers free, confidential, and impartial advice on the different parts of Medicare, when and how to enroll, and what programs are offered to help with the costs of Medicare.
Registration recommended.
 
Thursday Evenings at the Movies (ages 18 & up)
Thursday, June 1, 6:00 pm
Fences (2016):  (Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson)
Rated PG-13; 139 minutes
A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950's, while coming to terms with the events of his life.  Based on the play of the same name by August Wilson.
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Free admission. Registration not required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.
 
Thursday Evenings at the Movies (ages 18 & up)
Thursday, June 8, 6:00 pm
Hidden Figures (2016): (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae)
Rated PG; 127 minutes
The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Free admission.  Registration not required.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing library.
 
Thursday Evenings at the Movies (ages 18 & up)
Thursday, June 15, 6:00 pm
The Founder (2016):  (Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch)
Rated PG-13; 115 minutes
The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Free admission. Registration not required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.
 
Thursday Evenings at the Movies (ages 18 & up)
Thursday, June 22, 6:00 pm
Loving (2016): (Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton)
Rated PG-13; 123 minutes
The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court.
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Free admission.  Registration not required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.
 
Finding Your Roots:  A Introduction to Genealogical Research, with Bill Green
Saturday, June 24, 11:30 am
Local genealogist Bill Green will share the wealth of genealogical information he's learned over the past 10 years of research.
Registration required.
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3130
 
Secrets of College Admissions
Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch, Mercer County Library System
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Learn the many things you can do to improve your chances of college admission.  For students in grades 8 – 11 and their parents. Presented by Collegewise's Vince Valenzuela, former Assistant Director of Admissions at Villanova.
Registration required.
 
Radio Control Flyers Show
Saturday, June 3, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville, Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
The Washington Crossing Radio Control Flyers Association will have model aircrafts on display throughout the library. Members will be available to answer questions about building and flying model aircrafts, as well as any inquiries about the association in general.
 
Sourland Mountain Spirits Presentation
Thursday, June 8, 7:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville, Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Come hear Raymond Disch, founder and CEO of Sourland Mountain Spirits, speak about New Jersey's first farm distillery since prohibition – located right here in Hopewell!
 
Author Visit – Remember the Ladies by Angela P. Dodson
Saturday, June 10, 11:00 am
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville, Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Stop by the library to hear author Angela Dodson present on her book Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box.  2017 begins the centennial celebrations of women first winning the right to vote, culminating in national suffrage three years later. This book documents the milestones in that hard won struggle and reflects on women's impact on politics since.  Registration is suggested - online or call 609-737-2610.
 
Meet the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space
Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville, Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Come learn about the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space,  a nonprofit land trust that is dedicated to preserving Hopewell Valley's character though open space and farmland preservation, and natural resource protection.
 
Anime Aficionados
Wednesday, June 21, 7:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville, Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Join us as we watch the first three episodes of this winter's military drama, Saga of Tanya the Evil. No registration necessary.
Plot Summary: The story of this anime revolves around a Japanese office worker reborn as a vicious young girl with a western appearance who fights on the front lines in a brutal war. (Source: Anime Now!)
Please Note: Anime will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Films are for an adult and older teen audience and June include adult (rating of 17+) content.
 
UpCycling at the Library –Bottle Cap Wind Chime
Tuesday, June 6, 6:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive,
East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Use recycled bottle caps to make a quirky and fun hanging wind chime.  Preregistration is required.
 
Fall and Injury Prevention
Thursday, June 22, 2:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive,
East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
As we age, we need to take care of our bodies, and prevent injuries before they happen.  Join us to learn about fall prevention, plus injury prevention during everyday activities like fitness activities, gardening, lifting, childcare, etc., from a licensed physical therapist.  Preregistration required.
 
Hillbilly Elegy:  Adult Book Discussion
Monday, June 26, 6:30 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive,
East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Join us for our monthly meeting. Discuss Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, and share your thoughts. It's best to preregister; however, walk-ins are welcome.
 
Magazine Strip Paper Art
Tuesday, June 27, 6:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive,
East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Use strips of old magazine pages to make a striking piece of art to hang on your wall.  Preregistration is required. 
 
Effective Communication Strategies for Dealing with People with Alzheimer's
Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Caregivers will learn how to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and respond in ways that are appropriate. Learn to identify strategies to connect and communicate at every stage of the disease. Presented by the Alzheimer's Association.
 
Mystery Book Club
Monday, June 19, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
The group will be discussing The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo. No registration.
 
Non-fiction Book Club
Monday, June 26, 2:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Brand new book group will be discussing Farewell Kabul: from Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World by Christina Lamb. No registration required.
 
Paper Crafting Party
Wednesday, June 28, 2:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Join us for a paper crafting workshop and create two birthday cards and a bookmark. All supplies provided. Just bring your imagination! Ages 14 to adult. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.
 
Hickory Corner Book Discussion
Wednesday, June 28, 7:30 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
The group will be discussing Homegoing by Yao Gyasi.
 
Know the 10 Signs of Memory Loss
Thursday, June 1, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Early Detection Matters! Learn the facts about Alzheimer's disease and dementia, how to get a diagnosis and plan for the future. Workshop presented by the Alzheimer's Association.
 
Hightstown Library Association Spring Book Sale
Friday, June 2 - Saturday, June 10
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Come to find literary treasures for sale at a great price! $3 per bag Friday & Saturday, June 9 & 10 ONLY! Purchases support programs and materials for the library.
 
Review for the Citizenship Exam
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
If you are interested in becoming a citizen, we can help! Join our free preparation class to study and practice for your citizenship exam.
 
Finding the Right Mindset for Exercise
Thursday, June 22, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Learn how to correctly set your fitness goals, why most people fail, and how to create easy strategies and objectives to reach your goals. Presented by Ajani Malik, owner of Snap Fitness.
 
Rules for Successful Gardening
Wednesday, June 28, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Mercer County Master Gardener, Nora Sirbaugh, after many years' experience, will share her tips on successful landscaping and gardening.
 
 




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