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

Meditation Circle
Friday, December 1 – 15, & 29, 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 lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Posture & Dance Exercises
Friday, December 1 - 15, & 29, 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 lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Drum Circle: Winter Series
Friday, December 1, 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 lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Friends of the Lawrence Library Meeting
Monday, December 4, 7:00 pm
 
Current Events Discussion Club
Tuesday, December 5, 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 lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Active Aging Fitness: Winter Series
Wednesday, December 6, 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 lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Knitting Circle
Wednesday, December 6 & 20, 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 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Crochet Corner
Thursday, December 7 & 21, 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 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Foreign and Independent Films at Your Library
1944 (Estonia, 2015)
Thursday, December 7, 6:30 pm
Estonia's official Oscar submission for the year 2016, “1944” centers on the bloodiest battle on World War II's Eastern Front. Estonian soldiers find themselves torn between two mighty powers with some heading towards the Red Army and others finding themselves pledging allegiance to the Waffen SS. 100 min. Not rated. Estonia, Russian and German with English subtitles. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Movie Matinee
Monday, December 11, 2:00 pm
The Big Sick (2017)
A Pakistani-American man falls for a white grad student, and hides their romance from his family. However, their relationship gets more serious when she develops a mysterious illness, which in turn forces him to bond with her parents.119 min. R-rated. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Off the Page
Monday, December 11, 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 lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Poetry Circle: John Ashbery
Thursday, December 14, 7:00 pm
John Ashbery (1927-2017) was recognized as one of the most important and influential poets of the contemporary American literature. He won nearly every major American award for poetry. In 2011, he was given a National Humanities Medal and credited with changing “how we read poetry.” Ashbery’s phrases always feel newly minted; his poems emphasize verbal surprise and delight, not the ways that linguistic patterns restrict us. He is an enigmatic genius of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Fiction Writing Workshop: Open Mic
Friday, December 15, 10:00 am – noon
We’ve been writing all year. Now it is time to share. We have room for 8 readers. Please keep the selections to under 12 minutes, so there will be time for questions. Registration suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Science Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, December 19, 7:00 pm
Nightside the Long Sun by Gene Wolfe
Inside the giant spaceship known as the Whorl, the gods speak to their worshipers through a complex system of augury and technology until one man discovers the existence of a new god and unwittingly begins a revolution. Next sci-fi book club title is: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.  Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Holiday Craft: Book Candle Holders
Thursday, December 21, 6:00 pm
Learn how to book fold. Beautiful for all occasions. See how easily and quickly you can make stunning candle holders to use with tea lights from up-cycled old books. Use only battery operated flameless tea lights in the paper candle holder. Registration is suggested and is limited to 15 participants.  Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Holiday Film Screening: Holiday Inn (1942)
Saturday, December 23, 1:00 pm
A Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire musical set in a country roadhouse in Connecticut, which is turned into a nightclub 15 times a year. With Irving Berlin songs, including the Oscar-winning "White Christmas." NR. 101 min. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.  Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Kwanzaa Celebration
Thursday, December 28, 6 pm
Join us for a traditional Kwanzaa celebration that may include a variety of songs, dances, African drumming, storytelling, spoken word, poetry and a film. The Kwanzaa cultural symbols that represent values and concepts of this seven day holiday will be available for viewing. Kwanzaa derived from the phrase "matunda ya kwanza," means "first fruits" in Ki-Swahili. The seven principles of Kwanzaa (NguzoSaba in Swahili) reflects cultural values: Umoja - unity, Kujichagulia - self determination, Ujima - collective work and responsibility, Ujamaa - cooperative economics, Nia - purpose, Kuumba - creativity, and Imani - faith. Light refreshments will be available. This educational program will be facilitated by Zarinah Shakir - Producer/Host, Perspectives of Interfaith television. Registration is suggested.  Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Computer Programs:
Internet 1
Wednesday, December 6, 10:00 am-noon
Discover what browsers like Microsoft Edge can do. Visit interesting websites and learn to use Search Engines to surf the web.
 
Internet 2
Wednesday, December 13, 10:00 am -noon
Learn valuable search techniques and get tips on evaluating websites.

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