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December Programs for the Mercer County Library System

Bilingual (Spanish/English) Story Time

Mondays, December 2, 9, 23 & 30, 10:30 am

Hightstown Memorial Branch

114 Franklin Street

Hightstown, NJ 08520

609-448-1474

Cuentos, juegos, música, y artesanía. Edades 2-5. Stories, games, music & crafts for ages 2-5 in Spanish & English.

No registration necessary and siblings welcome, too.

 

Medicare and You

Monday, December 2, 2:00 - 3:00 pm & 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

Anthony Williams, insurance agent with BGA Insurance Group, will explain how Medicare works, who is eligible, what is covered, and the costs of coinsurance and deductibles. 

Registration begins on November 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

PTSD Support & Meditation

Mondays, December 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

Marvlyn Vincent endured a childhood of abuse. After years of struggling to put her past behind her, Marvlyn finally found a combination of methods to alleviate posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She then started The Harmony Place, a non-profit organization dedicated to offering PTSD healing to others who suffer from the effects of trauma and PTSD. The weekly sessions provide peer support and meditation in a group setting, offering strength, a shoulder, and an ear. Registration begins on November 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

Guided Meditation
Monday, December 2, 9 & 16, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Mira Desai leads our guided meditation series. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, and if you'd like, bring a towel or yoga mat.

 

Review for the Citizenship Exam

Tuesdays, December 3, 10 & 17, 6:00 pm

Hightstown Memorial 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.

Register by telephone or at the library.

 

Fiber Arts Circle
Wednesday, December 4, 11 & 18, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Bring your current needle-craft project and join us for an hour of knitting, crocheting, or needlecraft of your choice!

 

CookTalks: Peppermint Bark

Thursday, December 5, 11:00 am

Lawrence Headquarters Branch 

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8294

Karen Ambrose from Sweet Gourmet will demo Peppermint Bark. Each participant will get a sample to take home. 

Registration required. Call 609-883-8294 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.

 

Music Movie Thursdays

Thursdays, December 5, 12, & 19, 2:30 pm

Twin Rivers Branch

276 Abbington Drive 

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-443-1880

Join us for movies that celebrate some of our favorite music.  December 5:   Yesterday (2019), PG-13, 117 minutes (the Beatles); December 12:  Blinded by the Light (2019), PG-13, 118 minutes (Springsteen); and December 19:  Pavarotti (2019), rated PG-13, 115 minutes.  Registration preferred.  This program was made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.

 

Christmas Traditions
Thursday, December 5, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch

42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road

Robbinsville, NJ 08691

609-259-2150 

Tis the Season for a joyous new historical slideshow by author, photographer, and musician Kevin Woyce. Explore favorite Christmas traditions from the First Christmas to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.   Learn how historical figures like Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens helped shape the way we celebrate the season.

Registration is required.

 

Read to Me: Adult Story Hour 

Thursday, December 5, 7:00 pm

Twin Rivers Branch

276 Abbington Drive 

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-443-1880

Relax and enjoy a story read aloud.  This week's selections are from Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half.  

Registration preferred.

 

Citizenship Exam Study Group

Thursdays, December 5 & 19, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

Are you studying for your US Citizenship exam? Join our free preparation class to study and practice. We will be covering the Civics, Reading, and Writing sections of the exam. Registration not required. 

 

Adult Holiday Craft: Festive Gift Tags

Saturday, December 7, 10:00 am

Lawrence Headquarters Branch 

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8294

Add a personal touch to this year's holiday gifts that will be truly appreciated by those receiving them. 

Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.

 

Yoga for Beginners

Saturday, December 7, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

The Isha Foundation will present an introduction to yoga and its benefits, guided practices with instructions, and a question & answer session. 

Registration is suggested, but not required. 

 

Visit with Santa

Saturday, December 7, 3:00 pm

Hightstown Memorial Branch

114 Franklin Street

Hightstown, NJ 08520

609-448-1474

Listen to Santa tell a story and sing songs. Then get your chance to visit with him and share your Christmas wish list. Make a holiday themed craft while you wait for your turn to visit with Santa.   Suggested for children ages 18 months and older. 

Registration required at www.mcl.org.

 

First Aid for Bleeding Injuries

Monday, December 9, 10:00 - 11:00 am, and 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

Stop the Bleed® is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. The course educates the general public so they can help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Presented by BMS Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. Registration begins on November 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

Open Computer Lab 

Monday, December 9, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914
Come and take advantage of Hollowbrook Community Center's computer lab.  Work on your own with a librarian nearby to help as needed.  

 

Hip & Knee Arthritis
Monday, December 9, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610

Arthritis is the nation's number one cause of disability. Join Brian Culp, MD, board certified in orthopaedic surgery and fellowship trained in hip and knee replacement surgery, for an informative discussion on the treatment and control of hip and knee arthritis, as well as steps you can take to prevent the onset of arthritis and how to manage arthritis with conservative and surgical options. Dr. Culp is a member of the Medical Staff of Princeton Health. 

Registration requested.

 

Better Read Book Club: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, by Helen Simonson

Monday, December 9, 7:00 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914

Join us for the monthly meeting of the "Better Read" book club for adults.  We will be discussing "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson.  Copies of the book will be available at the library. 

Registration is suggested at www.mcl.org.   

 

Active Aging: Fitness with Bob

Tuesdays, December 10 & 17, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

Want to exercise? Come and enjoy a stretching, low-impact, balance-oriented program designed by Certified Fitness instructor Bob Kirby. Bob's program incorporates music, yoga and FUN while focusing on posture, mobility, flexibility, strength and meditation. Please bring a water bottle and let's get MOVING! As with any exercise program, check with your healthcare provider to make sure you are able to participate. 

Registration is suggested, but not required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. 

 

Breathe, Relax, and Let Go: Yoga with Nila

Tuesdays, December 10 & 17, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

Classes are led by a certified yoga instructor and are geared toward beginners, but all adults are welcome regardless of experience. 

Registration is suggested, but not required. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

 

Battle of the Bulge, December 1944: Greatest American Battle
Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch

42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road

Robbinsville, NJ 08691

609-259-2150

Adolf Hitler's final counter surprised the Allies and caused an immediate command crisis.  This presentation will cover how the crisis was overcome, how the offensive was thwarted and why the battle was called by Winston Churchill the "greatest American battle of the war."  Presented by Paul Zigo, Military Historian and Founder of the World War II Era Studies Institute.

Registration is required.

 

Adult Crafts

Wednesday, December 11, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

A winter wonderland! Build a Christmas-themed Mason jar snow globe. All craft materials will be provided. For ages 18 and up. 

Registration is required, space is limited. If a registered participant fails to show up, that space will be filled with walk-ins – so feel free to stop by just before 10:00 am to see if there is room. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

 

Excel Basics

Wednesday, December 11, 2:30 pm

Twin Rivers Branch

276 Abbington Drive 

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-443-1880

Learn how to input data and format spreadsheets for everyday tasks.  Mouse and keyboard skills are essential.  

Registration required. 

 

Estate Planning
Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Today's estate plans must account for a number of factors including societal changes, New Jersey and Federal taxes that affect estates, and the expenses of long-term care. These changes present not only challenges to overcome, but also new opportunities for you and your loved-ones. Please join us for an informational seminar outlining some of the issues and potential ways that an estate plan can evolve to address them. 

Presented by attorneys from Stark & Stark. Registration requested.

 

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

Wednesday, December 11, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

Learn about typical age-related changes versus common signs of Alzheimer's and dementia; how to approach someone about memory concerns; the importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis; available tests and assessments for the diagnostic process; and Alzheimer's Association resources. 

Presented by Nicolette Vasco, program coordinator at Alzheimer's Association. Registration begins on November 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

Afternoon Movie: The Peanut Butter Falcon

Thursday, December 12, 12:30 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019). (Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen). Rated PG-13; 97 minutes. 

A young man with Down syndrome teams up with a scruffy outlaw to travel across the Southeast, encountering colorful characters along the way. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Adult Craft: Paper-Strip Snowman

Thursday, December 12, 6:00 pm

Twin Rivers Branch

276 Abbington Drive 

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-443-1880

Use paper, glue, and ribbon to make this cool 3-D snowman craft.  Ages 15 and up. 

Registration required.

 

The Latest in Laser Vision Correction Surgery and Eye Health
Thursday, December 12, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch

42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road

Robbinsville, NJ 08691

609-259-2150

Colleen Coleman, MD, board certified in ophthalmology and a member of the Medical Staff at Penn Medicine Princeton Health, will discuss all aspects of corrective eye surgery and answer your questions about Lasik and Cataract surgery. Prevention methods including general eye health will also be discussed.

Registration is required.

 

Substance Abuse Info for Parents

Monday, December 16, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

The 15 Minute Child Break presentation is a multimedia program that informs, encourages, and empowers parents, grandparents, educators, coaches, and other adult caregivers about how to communicate effectively with children about the misuse and abuse of alcohol, vaping and e-cigarettes, marijuana, and opioids and prescription medication. 

Presented by Bill Lillis of Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey. Registration begins on November 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

Adult Craft: Gift Bags

Monday, December 16, 7:00 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914
Use a variety of materials to decorate gift bags for the holidays or any occasion.   All materials will be provided.

Registration is required at www.mcl.org and space is limited.

 

Candy Winter Wonderland

Monday, December 16, 7:00 pm and Wednesday, December 18, 2:00 pm

Hightstown Memorial Branch

114 Franklin Street

Hightstown, NJ 08520

609-448-1474

Create a tasty winter scene with ice cream cones for trees and various candies & frostings for winter landscapes. Please register for only one session. Ages 1-18:  Monday, Dec. 16 at 7:00 pm. Ages 1-5:  Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 2:00 pm. 

Registration required at www.mcl.org.

 

Funding Your Child's (or Grandchild's) College Education
Tuesday, December 17, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
For both parents and grandparents who want to fund their children's or grandchildren's education, come hear how to develop an education funding strategy by learning about the available options. Attendees will find there are tax-advantaged education planning vehicles available that offer benefits beyond paying tuition for primary, secondary and higher education, and other school-related expenses. 

Presented by Timothy Rossi, Financial Advisor from Merrill Lynch. Registration requested.

 

Ray Valentino Sings from "America's Song Book"

Wednesday, December 18, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

Local crooner Ray Valentino will entertain us with songs that have stood the test of time, such as "Night and Day," "I've Got You Under My Skin," and "Pennies from Heaven." With a nod to the season, he'll also sing "White Christmas" and "The Christmas song." All are welcome! Sponsored by The Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. Registration begins on November 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

A Colonial Christmas – Winter with Washington's Army

Thursday, December 19, 7:30 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch 

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8294

Local historian and historical re-enactor Mike Jesberger will discuss the military movements of the Continental Army led by George Washington in the Pennsylvania / New Jersey area in the winter of 1776 during the American Revolution, and also how Christmas was celebrated in the colonial period versus the many differences of how the holiday is celebrated today. 

Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.

 

Rhythm N' Sound: A Holiday and Pop Music Concert – 40's to the 80's 

Saturday, December 21, 2:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch 

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8294

Rhythm N' Sound is a New Jersey band and the program will cover a varied genre of Classic Oldies, Rock n' Roll, Classic Rock, Motown, Disco, and Classical songs from the great American song book, including some holiday songs. 

Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.

 

Gingerbread Trees

Monday, December 23, 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914
 For ages 3 and up.  Come and decorate a "gingerbread" tree using an ice cream cone, icing and candy.  

Registration is required and space is limited.  Please sign up for either the 2:00 pm session OR the 3:30 pm session.   

 

Monday Night Book Group:  The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert

Monday, December 30, 6:30 pm

Twin Rivers Branch

276 Abbington Drive, 

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-443-1880

Over the last half-billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, in which the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.  

All are welcome.

December Programs for the Mercer County Library System

A comprehensive listing of all December programs within the Mercer County Library System.

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December Programs for the Mercer County Library System

Adult Crafting
Tuesdays, December 5, 12 & 19, 6:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Craft programs for ages 15 and up.  December 5:  Pinecone Elves; December 12: Reindeer Jars; December 19:  Frosted Pinecones.  Preregistration is required.
 
Adult Movie:  An Inconvenient Sequel:  Truth to Power
Thursday, December 7, 6:30 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Sequel to the environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth.  Running time: 100 minutes. Rated PG.  Preregistration is preferred.
 
Excel Basics
Wednesday, December 13, 10:00 am
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Learn how to input data and format spreadsheets for everyday tasks. Mouse and keyboard skills are essential.  Registration is required.
 
Monday Night Book Group:  Hillbilly Elegy
Monday, December 18, 6:30 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Shares the story of how the author's family moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.  Join us for our monthly meeting. Pre-registration preferred.
 
Paper Crafting Party
Thursday, December 7, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Lonie Leong of Paper Creations will assist you in designing a birthday card. Just bring your imagination—we will provide all supplies. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. Registration recommended.
 
College Admission: Breaking the Barriers
Monday, December 11, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Mark Walters, president of IvySmartAmerica, will share his 30+ years of experience. From transcript to profile to essay, Mark will demonstrate how to stand out from the crowd, and how to take control of the process. Registration recommended.
 
Achieve the Dream of Homeownership
Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Loan officers from Alterra Home Loans will discuss common misconceptions about obtaining a mortgage, and review some of the do’s and don’ts in moving forward in the home buying process. Registration recommended.
 
Résumé Writing & Job Search
Thursday, December 14, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Kampala Patel will teach you the important aspects of writing an effective résumé. She will then discuss the necessary steps in getting the job you desire, such as networking and the job interview. Registration recommended.
 
Alzheimer’s: Legal and Financial Considerations
Tuesday, December 19, 6:00 - 8:45 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
This workshop will provide information on: the importance of advance planning; identifying steps to get legal, financial, and future care plans put in place; and hands-on tools for making plans now. Registration recommended.
 
Seeds to Sew: Conscious Buying Impacts Lives
Saturday, December 2, 10:00 am
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Ellyn Ito, Founder and Executive Director of local nonprofit – a member of the Fair Trade Federation – Seeds to Sew International, will discuss the impact that Seeds to Sew programs have in rural Kenya and how they affect communities here in America. Learn how the programs involve our local communities, encourage local prosperity, challenge the norm, encourage upcycling, and inspire conscious buying. Registration is requested.
 
Poetry Workshop
Saturday, December 2, 1:30 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Judy Michaels leads a poetry workshop for young adult poets. Judy Michaels, former poet in residence at Princeton Day School, is a poet for the Dodge Foundation. She has 3 poetry collections (Reviewing the Skull, The Forest of Wild Hands, and most recently the chapbook Ghost Notes) and 3 books on teaching writing. She gives talks on ovarian cancer to medical schools for Survivors Teaching Students. Registration is requested.
 
Poetry Reading
Saturday, December 2, 3:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Young poets share their poetry along with members from The Cool Women Poets, including Judy Michaels, a Dodge Foundation poet and former poet in residence at Princeton Day School. Registration is requested.
 
Oscar’s Longevity Stick
Tuesday, December 5, 10:30 am & Friday, December 15, 10:30 am
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
The “Longevity Stick” regimen incorporates a series of 12 movements designed to improve balance, flexibility, strength, mental focus, breathing capacity and vitality. William Traubel will give a hands-on workshop, showing the mechanics and method behind the Longevity Stick. Sticks will be provided. Class is limited to 12 participants. Registration for each individual class is required.
 
Anime Aficionados – Tokyo Godfathers
Wednesday, December 20, 7:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Join us for the annual viewing of Tokyo Godfathers, directed by Satoshi Kon and Shôgo Furyha. Plot Summary: The story takes place on Christmas Eve in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Middle-aged has-been Gin, aging transvestite Hana, and teenage runaway Miyuki are homeless friends who have formed a makeshift family structure bond. That bond is tested when they find an abandoned baby while searching for food in a trash dumpster. They try to care for the infant themselves, and travel throughout the city in search of the baby's parents. Please Note: Anime will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Films are for an adult and older teen audience and may include adult (rating of 17+) content No registration necessary.
 
Holiday Craft: Book Candle Holders
Thursday, December 21, 6:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
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
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
A Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire musical set in a country roadhouse in Connecticut, where it 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, 6:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
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.
 
Understanding Your Social Security Benefits
Wednesday, December 6, 3:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
As you approach retirement, it is more important than ever to understand the role that Social Security benefits can and should play in your retirement plans. This informative seminar, led by guest speaker David Vinokurov, Social Security Administration District  Manager, will show you how and when to apply for Medicare, Social Security and other topics. Call 609-448-0957 to register.
 
Socrates Café (No registration)
Wednesday, December 6, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Socrates Café is a gathering where participants pose questions, listen to others, raise challenges and consider alternative answers. Background in philosophy not required; no preparation necessary.
 
Sending Your Child to College
Monday, December 11, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
This workshop will help you define a college saving goal that’s right for you; determine today’s cost and payment options, and navigate the complex financial aid landscape. Presented by Brian Reiss, CFP®, CMFC® of Three Bridges Wealth Advisors-Ameriprise Financial. Call 609-448-0957 to register.
 
Retiring on Your Own Terms
Thursday, December 14, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
This workshop will help you make your retirement dreams/goals a reality. Learn about important dates and deadlines with your retirement plans; how to prioritize your retirement saving and spending plans; identify risks and create a meaningful legacy. Presented by Brian Reiss, CFP®, CMFC® of Three Bridges Wealth Advisors-Ameriprise Financial.  Call 609 448-0957 to register.
 
10 Crucial Days: Princeton and the American Revolution, presented by Barry Singer (Princeton Historical Society)
Sunday, December 3, 1:30 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Starting with a quick summary of the events leading up to the Revolutionary War, some of the major initial battles, and the Retreat across New Jersey, this presentation will feature the extraordinary events of the ten crucial days of the War, starting with Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware and culminating in the Battle of Princeton on January 3rd, 1777.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library. Registration required.
 
Documentary Screening:  An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power 
Friday, December 8, 1:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. No registration required.
 
Holiday Harp Performance, presented by Liudmila Ivanova
Sunday, December 10, 2:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Join us for a special afternoon of holiday music performed by the former principal harpist with the St. Petersburg Opera Theatre and the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia.  Ms. Ivanova, who holds a Master’s degree in Harp from the St. Petersburg Conservatory, has performed in more than 4,000 concerts and possess over 20 years of experience as a harpist. Registration required. 
 
Communicating and Connecting Effectively with Dementia Patients, presented by Nicolette Vasco (Alzheimer’s Association)
Wednesday, December 20, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Learn how to explain the communication changes that take place throughout the course of Alzheimer’s disease, decode verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, respond in ways that are helpful, and identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. Registration required.
 
Kwanzaa Presentation, presented by Rae Reynolds Fussell
Thursday, December 28, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa in English and Swahili! For children ages 4-10. Registration required.
 
Afternoon Movie
Thursday, December 14, 12:30 pm
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
Christmas in Connecticut (1945). (Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet). NR; 105 minutes.
A housekeeping-magazine columnist, as part of a promotional stunt, welcomes a returning war hero into her country estate, the only problem is she's a klutz in the kitchen.  Refreshments will be served. 
 
Open Computer Lab
Mondays, December 4 & 18, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
Come and take advantage of Hollowbrook Community Center's re-opened computer lab.  Work on your own with a librarian nearby to help as needed.  
 
Crafts for adults: Gift bags
Monday, December 11, 7:00 pm
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
Design and decorate gift bags to make your holiday gifts one-of-a-kind.  Registration is suggested.
 
Lego Challenge 
Friday, December 8, 2:00 - 4:00 pm & Wednesday, December 27, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
For ages 5-12.  Challenge yourself!  Pick a card and use our Legos to try to build your challenge. No registration required. Check our online calendar for more Lego programming during the month of December.
 
Countdown to Noon
Friday, December 29, 11:00 am
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
For ages 2-7.  Celebrate the New Year early with stories and crafts and a countdown to noon at the library.  Registration is suggested.
 
Lunch Time Meditation
Mondays, December 4, 11 & 18, 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Join us for guided mediation during your lunch hour. Help yourself regain the peace lost through busy mornings and smoothly get through the rest of the day. Facilitated by library staff member Leena, a 10 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.
 
Adult English Learners Writing Class
Mondays, December 4, 11 & 18, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Improve your writing skills for school and work with this drop-in service. Taught by an experienced volunteer from Literacy NJ (formerly Literacy Volunteers).
 
Cookie Decoration
Monday, December 4, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Learn how to dress up your cookies with easy, festive, decorative touches with culinary instructor, Sofia Milner. After her demonstrations everyone will have the opportunity decorate the cookies provided.
 
Craft Circle
Monday, December 11, 7:00–8:30 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Crafters of all skill levels are invited to join the library’s new crafting group. Bring your knitting, crochet, embroidery, quilting, paper or other project and work on it with other crafters. Drop in anytime during this monthly meeting to work on a project, share what you’ve made & chat over light refreshments. Teens welcome!
 
Yoga for Beginners
Saturday, December 16, 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. Bilingual (Spanish & English) instruction by a trained Isha facilitator.

December Programs for the Mercer County Library System

Make It Last: How to Get and Keep Your Legal Ducks in a Row
Monday, December 5, 2:00 pm      
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
New Jersey Care Association will present a free seminar by local author and estate planning attorney Victor J. Medina who will teach you how to protect your retirement income, your home, savings and other assets; the truth about trusts as well as wills and power of attorney.  Light refreshments.
 
Hickory Corner Book Discussion
Wednesday, December 7, 7:30 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
The group will be discussing Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard. No registration necessary.
 
Stuffed Up and Can't Breathe?
Thursday, December 8, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
If you suffer from congestion, a stuffy nose, sinus or allergy issues, nasal blockage or post nasal drip, join us for this informative lecture presented by Michael Lupa, MD, board certified otolaryngologist and rhinologist, and a member of the Medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System. Learn about common sinus problems, including nasal blockage, nasal polyps and sinus infections, as well as treatment options.
 
Classic Hollywood Romance: On Screen and Off
Friday, December 9, 2:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Historian Walter Choroszewski takes us back to the roots of American cinema and its New Jersey connections. From the silent screen era through the Golden Age, Walter reviews some of the best romantic movies ever made—sharing stories about the on-screen celebrity couples and their off-screen love lives. He will also showcase Hollywood's longest lasting marriages and contrast them with the shortest and most unusual romances as well.  Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.
 
Mystery Book Club
Monday, December 19, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
The group will be discussing Where are the Children by Mary Higgins Clark. No registration necessary and new members are always welcome!
 
NaNoWriMo "Thank God It's Over" Party
Sunday, December 11, 1:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
We didn't say it would be easy, we said it would be worth it. You did the hard work, now reap the rewards. Let's come together to celebrate those who wrote 50,000+ words in November. Refreshments will be served. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Holiday Concert: Winter Wonderland
Monday, December 12, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
It's the most wonderful time of the year – time again to be dazzled and delighted with first rate musical merriment as Dave DeLuca performs the very best holiday favorites such as Let It Snow, Baby It's Cold Outside, I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, Jingle Bells and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, as well as novelty songs like I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas, and more. Registration is suggested.  Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Jane Austen's Birthday Celebration: Jane Austen Jeopardy!
Thursday, December 15, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Are you one of the people who wishes Jane Austen had written just one more novel? Have you read Pride and Prejudice more than four times? Then this party is for you. Join us for Jane Austen Jeopardy! Prizes will be given and refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library and the Central New Jersey Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org
 
Kwanzaa Celebration
Wednesday, December 28, 6:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Join us for a traditional Kwanzaa celebration that may include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling and poetry reading. "Kwanzaa", derived from the phrase "matunda ya kwanza", means "first fruits" in Swahili. The seven principles of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba in Swahili) reflect the values of African culture: Umoja - unity, Kujichagulia - self determination, Ujima - collective work and responsibility, Ujamaa - cooperative economics, Nia - purpose,  Kuumba - creativity, and Imani - faith. The seven basic symbols that represent values and concepts of African culture will be available for viewing and light refreshments will be served.This educational program will be facilitated by Lawrenceville resident Zarinah Shakir  -  a producer, filmmaker and Sole Proprietor of Z Productions. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Sahaja Yoga Meditation
Tuesdays, December 6, 13, 20, & 27, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Sahaja yoga meditation is based on "Kundalini awakening," which is practiced in over 90 countries. Experience the peace and joy you can derive from this state of self-realization, and feel its benefits in your life. This session is part of a 7-week series.
 
Heartfulness Meditation Workshop Series
Thursday, December 8, Monday, December 19, and Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Join us for a practical workshop on heartfulness meditation with yogic transmission. The facilitator will teach you simple yet effective guided relaxation and meditation techniques to reduce stress. Learn to calm your mind and improve the quality of your life.
 
Stress Management & Breathing Techniques
Saturday, December 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
This guided meditation workshop will explore the elegant mind–breath–body connection and methods to consciously use breath to realize your full potential, manage your emotions, and live a happier life. Sponsored by the Art of Living Foundation.
 
Bookkeeping for Small Business: QuickBooks in the Cloud
Saturday, December 10, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Workshop participants are encouraged to bring a fully charged laptop and download QuickBooks Online via a free 30-day trial from www.intuit.com to get hands-on experience during class. We will use the Essentials version in class.
 
P.M. English Conversation Group
Monday, December 12 & 19, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Join reference librarian Richard Peterson to improve language-speaking skills, pronunciation, vocabulary, and general fluency. Must have basic knowledge of English.
 
UpCycling at the Library – Wine Bottle Sweater Cozy
Tuesday, December, 7:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Use an old sweater to make an interesting and fun wine bottle cozy, perfect for the upcoming gift giving season.  Please bring an old sweater with you to craft with.  Some hand sewing will be required.  Space is limited; registration is required.
 
Board Game Bonanza
Saturday, December 10, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Challenge each other in head-to-head matches of strategy and chance, featuring the games Fightopia, Queensland, Buttonmen and Go.  For ages 15 and up.  Preregistration preferred.
 
Résumé Review
Saturday, December 17, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Need someone to look over your résumé and give you tips for improvement?  Call the branch at 609-443-1880 to make an appointment for a 30-minute one-on-one review.  Preregistration required.
 
Guided Meditation and Gentle Stretching
Tuesday, December 20, 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.
 
From Saint to Santa
Sunday, December 11, 2:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Former museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Dr. Michael Norris will explore how a Turkish bishop evolved into one of Christianity's most beloved saints.
Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.
 
Yoga
Monday, December 12, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
No experience necessary! Participants should bring a towel/yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing.
Registration required.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing library.
 
December 26, 1776:  The Battle of Trenton, presented by Mike Jesberger
Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Go back in time to the bitter winter of 1776, when Washington's army encamped in Bucks County, crossed the Delaware and defeated the unsuspecting Hessians at Trenton.  This fascinating presentation also features reproduction uniforms, maps and equipment of Continental and Hessian soldiers.
Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.
 
Make Your Own Earrings
Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Learn how to make your own custom pair of pierced hook, beaded, dangling earrings, using a variety of shapes, colors and styles of beads. These earrings make a great gift (or keep them for yourself)!  Presented by Suzanne Garfield of Beaded Bling by Suzanne. Registration required.
 
How Did You Sleep Last Night?
Thursday, December 8, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Are you one of the more than 100 million Americans who have trouble falling or staying asleep? Lack of sleep may have negative effects on your health and mood.  Come learn about sleep disorders and whether a sleep study can help diagnose your condition.  Presented by Tara Scoles, Registered Polysomnographic Technologist with University Medical Center of Princeton.
Registration required.
 
An Afternoon at the Movies
Thursday, December 15, 1:30 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Hello, My Name is Doris (2015): (Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Tyne Daly). Rated R; 95 minutes.
A self-help seminar inspires a sixty-something woman to romantically pursue her younger
co-worker. Registration required.
 
Yoga at the Library
Mondays, December 5, 12, & 19, 6:30 pm
Tuesdays, December 6, 13, 20, & 27, 5:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ, 08534
609-737-2610
Stretch your body and relax your mind with Yoga at the Library.  Please bring a towel or yoga mat. Class space is limited and registration is required, so please call the library at 609-737-2610 or register online at www.mcl.org.
 
Small Business Financials – a SCORE Small Business Seminar
Saturday, December 10, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ, 08534
609-737-2610
Stop by the library for our monthly small business themed seminar presented by SCORE (Counselors to America's Small Businesses).  Please call the library for this month's presentation topic at 609-737-2610.
 
Expand Your Horizons with Youth For Understanding
Saturday, December 10, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ, 08534
609-737-2610
Come learn about Youth For Understanding (YFU), a nonprofit educational organization, offering study abroad programs to 50+ countries, as well as opportunities for volunteers and families to mentor and host high school exchange students coming to our community. Registration suggested.
 
Holiday Sing-Along for Families with "Flowers and the Youth Ensemble"
Saturday, December 17, 1:30 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ, 08534
609-737-2610
Come hear a few holiday tunes by student violinists "Flowers and the Youth Ensemble," followed by a family Holiday Sing-Along.  If you have special holiday favorites, please bring in the sheet music or the song on CD or MP3 and we can sing along!
 
Anime Aficionados
Wednesday, December 21, 7pm – 8:30pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ, 08534
609-737-2610
Join us as we watch Tokyo Godfathers, directed by Satoshi Kon and Shôgo Furuya
Plot Summary: The story takes place on Christmas Eve in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Middle-aged has-been Gin, aging transvestite. Hana, and teenage runaway, Miyuki are homeless friends who have formed a makeshift family structure bond. That bond is tested when they find an abandoned baby while searching for food in a trash dumpster. They try to care for the infant themselves, and travel throughout the city in search of the baby's parents. 
Please note: Anime will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Films are for an adult and older teen audience and may include adult (rating of 17+) content.
 
One-on-one Affordable Care Annual Enrollment Assistance
Thursday, December 1, 4:00–8:30 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Schedule a one-on-one appointment to enroll or update your ACA benefits. Provided by Family Resource Network.
Contact the library in person or by phone to schedule an appointment.
 
Cocoa & Cards with Miss Barbara
Monday, December 5, 6:30–7:00 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
For all ages! Join Miss Barbara as we create beautiful seasonal greeting cards. A program for you and your children.
 
Gift of Giving Insight Session
Wednesday, December 7, 6:30–7:30 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Presented by library staff member Leena Iyengar, a 9 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation. Rajyoga meditation is taught by Brahmakumaris, a world spiritual organization. Leena delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living, Many faces of Ego, Art of Forgiveness and many more. She conducts classes at different Brahmakumaris locations including Piscataway New Jersey and at Peace Village Retreat Center in New York.
 
Coupon Swap
Monday, December 12, 9:30 am–9:00 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Drop in anytime during the day to bring coupons to share and take what you need!
 
Free Immigration Legal Clinic
Tuesday, December 20, 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.
 
 

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