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

The Greatest Love Letters from the Last 300 Years
Thursday, February 1, 7:00 pm
From Napoléon’s love letters to Josephine, to Taylor and Burton, love letters reveal tenderness to the fire and ice in relationships.  With a touch of history, some laughter and maybe a tear or two, find out how history was made through the contents of some of the deepest feelings written on paper. This program will be presented by Terry Antoniewicz – an artist, calligrapher, handwriting analyst, trained educator and entrepreneur. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Meditation Circle
Friday, February 2, 9 & 23, 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, February 2, 9 & 23, 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, February 2 & 16, 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, February 5, 7:00 pm
 
Yoga
February 5, 12, 26 & March 5, 12, 19, 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, January 22, at 9:30 am. Participants must register online for each individual class date. Go to mcl.org, click on the PROGRAM tab at the top of the page to access EventKeeper.
 
Current Events Discussion Club
Tuesday, February 6, 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.
 
QI Gong
Tuesday, February 6-27 and March 6 & 13, 4-5 pm
QI Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. In this basic course of six classes taught by instructor Andrzej Leszczynski of Healing Touch Healing Movement, participants will learn and practice exercises helping with back issues. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Active Aging Fitness: Winter Series
Wednesday, February 7 & 28, 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.
 
Poetry Circle: Bob Dylan
Thursday, February 8, 7:00 pm
A musician whose lyrics have been described as poetry that fed on the blues, gospel, and traditional American folk songs, first to give vitality to songs of political and social protest and then to inject intellectual depth and complexity into Rock; a rebel who has resisted every critic or partisan who has tried to box him in; a restless imagination that through fifty-five years has never settled into a predictable pattern, Bob Dylan has always been controversial, but he remains a volcanic creative force that erupts into brilliant music at unpredictable intervals. And now he is our latest American Nobel prize winner in literature. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
CookTalks
Thursday, February 8, 11:00 am
Join Librarian and Competition Cook Donna Wolfe as she rocks out with the best foodie sites on the web. This dynamic presentation allows for crowd participation. Registration suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Movie Matinee
Monday, February 12 2:00 pm
The Glass Castle (2017)
A woman reflects on her unconventional upbringing at the hands of her artsy, nonconformist parents. Now married to a man who works in finance in New York, she faces criticism from her parents that she's betrayed their values.127 min. PG-13. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Off the Page
Monday, February 12 & 26, 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.
 
The Logistics of the Underground Railroad
Thursday, February 15, 7:00 pm
Logistics, a term used in private industry, the military and government, can be defined as the movement of personnel, resources and supplies.  In The Logistics of the Underground Railroad, Historian, Al Corbett uses his systems engineering background to discuss and explore the Underground Railroad as a complex, secret network of underestimated people and resources that aided in the liberation, emancipation and education of thousands of slaves.  Registration is suggested.  Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Fiction Writing Workshop: Finding Your Creative Muse 
Friday, February 16, 10:00 am – noon
Judy Salcewicz will teach us tricks accomplished writers use to keep their writing fresh. This workshop will include some creativity exercises and sharing. Registration suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Science Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 pm
The Coming of the Quantum Cats by Frederick Pohl
A breakthrough in quantum physics has shattered the boundaries between alternate worlds. History is in chaos as billions of possible futures collide. As a conquering army mounts an invasion of neighboring realities, a handful of men and women from a dozen different timelines risk their lives to safeguard an infinity of worlds. Next sci-fi book club title is: Abbadon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.  Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Melting in the Pot
Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 pm
Raj Vora, author of the “Melting in the Pot” blog, will lead a discussion group along with Reference Librarian Julia Cuddahy to share relevant tips, strategies and information to help immigrants adjust more easily to life in the United States. Registration suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Black Lives Matter: The John Woolman Effect
Thursday, February 22, 7:00 pm
John Woolman, an abolitionist and a Quaker preacher, was born in 1720 and his family’s estate was located between Burlington City and Mount Holly. In this presentation Al Corbett, a researcher and history buff, particularly in the areas of African-American and 20th-century African history, will discuss how Woolman’s essay “Some Considerations on the Keeping of Negros” and his road from New Jersey to North Carolina helped create the moral environment to abolish slavery. Registration suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Morning Book Club
Monday, February 26, 10:00 am
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
The true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Computer Classes:
 
PC Basics
Saturday, February 17, 10:00 am -noon
Get familiar with Microsoft Windows 10. Learn important computer terms, and get comfortable with computer use! 
 
PC Essentials 
Saturday, February 17, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Work with the Windows 10 environment. Use the many features of the Start Menu and Desktop.  Rename, move and delete files and folders using Windows 10.

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