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

Active Aging Fitness: Spring Series

Wednesday, May 1 & 29, 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 609-883-8294 or e-mail

Knitting Circle

Wednesday, May 1 & 15, 7:00–8:30 pm

Knitters who already know the basics are invited to drop in to socialize with other knitters and work on a project of their choice. Experienced knitter Helene Plank will be available to assist individuals. Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email


Crochet Corner

Thursday, May 2 & 16, 3:00–5:00 pm

Needle crafters who already know the basic crochet stitches are invited to drop in to socialize and work on a project of their choice. Experienced needle crafter Margaret Woo will be available to assist individuals. Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email


Blood Pressure Screening and Stroke Information 
Thursday, May 2, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

May is the National Stroke Awareness Month. In regard to it, members of the Capital Health medical staff will conduct free blood pressure screening and staff a stroke information table. No registration is required.  Call 609-883-8294 or email for questions. 


Foreign and Independent Films at Your Library

Thursday, May 2, 6:00 pm

The Third Murder (Japan, 2018)

Leading attorney Shigemori takes on the defence of murder-robbery suspect Misumi who served jail time for another murder 30 years ago. Shigemori's chances of winning the case seem low - his client freely admits his guilt, despite facing the death penalty if he is convicted. As he digs deeper into the case, as he hears the testimonies of the victim's family and Misumi himself, the once confident Shigemori begins to doubt whether his client is the murderer after all. 124 min. Japanese with English subtitles. Not rated. Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email   .


Meditation Circle 

Friday, May 3 - 31, 2:30 pm

Slow down. Join Reference Librarian Ann Kerr and reduce stress using meditation. Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email Ann Kerr at


Posture & Dance Exercises

Friday, May 3 - 31, 3:30 pm

Reference Librarian Ann Kerr will share some simple exercises to improve your posture and increase your flexibility. Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email Ann Kerr at


Drum Circle: Spring-Summer Series

Friday, May 3 & 17, 4:30 pm

Join us for this drum circle. Bring your own drum or use one of ours. Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email  .


Film Screening: War of the Worlds (1953)

Saturday, May 4, 2:00 pm

The Prydonians of Pryncetona local science fiction social group, will be hosting a showing of the fantasy film "War of the Worlds." A small town in California is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion. 85 minutes; Rated G. Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email


Friends of the Lawrence Library Meeting

Monday, May 6, 7:00 pm



May 6, 13, 20 & June 3, 10, 17, 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 begins Monday, April 22, at 9:30 am. 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.


Current Events Discussion Club

Tuesday, May 7, 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 609-883-8294 or email


Friends of the Lawrence Library Open House
Thursday, May 9, 2:00-4:00 pm 

The Friends of the Lawrence Library will host an open house that includes a program by Honorable Nelson Johnson, J.S.C.(Ret.) who will discuss his books including Boardwalk Empire which inspired the hit HBO series and his time on the bench in New Jersey. Signed copies of his book will be raffled off. Light refreshments to follow. For more information about the library's programs call 609-883-8294, e-mail or visit


Poetry Circle: French Poetry and Gastronomy 
Thursday, May 9, 7:00 pm

Poetry and gastronomy are very closely related in many ways: both call for beauty, have certain rules, written and unwritten, and offer a memorable experience both for an individual, and for a group of people who find pleasure in the conviviality of a shared meal, or of a poetry reading. Poets of every language have picked up on this relationship, finding inspiration for their literary works in the sensory act of tasting food and drink.  Much like the theme of love, food and drink call to mind the most vivid and intense events in a person's life. Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email


Women's Discussion Group

Friday, May 10, 4:30 pm

Join a conversation group for women led by reference librarians Ann Kerr, Shilpa Shanbhag and blogger Raj Vora to discuss topics of interest such as friendship, relationships, parenting, health, 

careers and spirituality. Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email


Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale

Friday, May 10, 6:00–8:30 pm Preview Night

Saturday, May 11, 9:30 am –4:30 pm through Sunday, May 19, 2019

Thousands of used, gently-read books will be available at the Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale. A special preview night will be held Friday, May 10. The library will be closed for normal operations during the preview event but you will have the first chance to get some amazing deals. Admission to the Preview Night is free for members of the Friends of the Lawrence Library, $5 for the general public, and $20 for booksellers. This event is the only time booksellers will be permitted to use scanning devices.  Call 609-883-8294 for more information.


Wii Sports for Adults: Bowling 
Saturday, May 11, 9:30 am

Come join us for an exciting video gaming session of Wii Sports using the Nintendo Wii video game console. Led by librarian Jamie Anderson, this month's program will feature Wii Bowling. Adults of all ages are welcome. No prior video gaming experience is necessary. Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email


Movie Matinee

Monday, May 13, 2:00 pm

Green Book (2018)

When Tony Lip, a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on a book to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger, as well as unexpected humanity and humor, they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. 130 min. PG-13. Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email


Off the Page

Monday, May 13 & 20, 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 609-883-8294 or email


Fiction Writing Workshop: Hester Young (setting the mood)

Wednesday, May 15, 10:00 am – noon

Hester Young, author of the Gates of EvangelineThe Shimmering Road and The Burning Island will teach about using setting to create mood in fiction. Registration suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email


American Sign Language Introductory Workshop

Thursday, May 16, 7:00 pm

Presented by Suzan Colon from the Katzenbach School for the Deaf. An introduction to American Sign Language (ASL), it is the first language of many deaf North Americans and one of the most commonly used languages in the United States. Participants will learn basic vocabulary, history and Deaf culture and to be able to communicate clearly with ASL signers. It also design to effectively teach you ASL at your own pace from anywhere using your computer, tablet or smartphone. Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email


Craft Time: Owl Necklaces

Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am

Join Reference Librarian Dana Sessa to create beautiful owl necklaces through the process of quilling. Strips of paper are rolled, shaped and glued together to create unique owl designs.  Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or e-mail

Morning Book Club 
Monday, May 20, 10:00 am
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Set in 1974 Alaska, this sweeping tale follows a girl coping with the dangers of domestic violence. Though ill-prepared for the extreme and harsh conditions, 13-year-old Leni and her parents, Ernt and Cora, have to learn how to survive in the unforgiving wild of their new home on the Kenai Peninsula. With the help of the small-knit community of endearing fellow homesteaders, the Allbrights manage to just barely stay afloat. But Ernt, who has never recovered from the trauma of fighting in the Vietnam War, struggles with the isolation and the interminably dark days of winter. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email


Drawing Caricatures 
Thursday, May 23, 7:00 pm

This workshop facilitated by artist Marty Mayo is for anyone who may be interested in the art of drawing faces. Marty has been drawing people ever since he could hold a pencil. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Parsons School Of Design and has been drawing professionally for more than 30 years. His drawings have been published in The New York TimesThe Washington Post and The Boston Globe. Paper and pencils for the attendants will be provided. Registration is required and limited to 30 people. Call 609-883-8294 or email


Meet Music Legend Bobby Rydell

Thursday, May 30, 7:00 pm

Bobby Rydell is the very definition of talent. His career has encompassed six decades and counting. Bobby first found success as a teen idol, selling over 25 million records. He went on to star on television, stage, and film and is now the author of a best-selling autobiography, "BOBBY RYDELL: TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS – A Tale of Second Chances". Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Registration is required. Call 609-883-8294 or email


Bucket Book Club

Friday, May 31, 4:30 pm

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

The world literary tradition is thousands of years old, extraordinary diverse, and energized by creative genius. Novels, short stories, essays, and poetry written prior to the Twenty-First century provide a rich soil worth exploring. For the first year the books discussed will be limited to books published since 1900 – originally published in English and translations from elsewhere in the world. The intent is to focus on works recognized to have a lasting impact on generations of readers and writers. Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email

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