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February Programs for the Mercer County Library System

 
New Year, New You: Simple Tips to Create Healthy Habits
Wednesday, February 1, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Make 2017 the year you find and maintain your ideal weight, have more energy, and feel amazing! Presented by Michelle Obermeier of Real Moms, Real Health
Registration required.
 
Non-Pharmacological Osteoarthritis Pain Relief
Monday, February 6, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Do nutritional supplements, magnets, home laser treatments and other non-drug treatments really help to reduce arthritis pain? Find out what the medical research shows with Brian Culp, MD, board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery. Presented by Princeton HealthCare System Community Education & Outreach.
Registration required.
 
Trackside Along the Camden & Amboy Railroad
Wednesday, February 8, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Learn about the Camden & Amboy's development and significance and the John Bull's construction and operation, and hear eyewitness accounts of early train travel in New Jersey. Presented by rail historian John Kilbride.
Registration required.
 
Marketing Your Value: Tips on Finding a Job
Thursday, February 9, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Learn how to market your value! Gain practical knowledge you can apply immediately as you determine your next career step. Presented by Dr. Michael Edmondson, Director, Center for Continuing Studies at Mercer County Community College. 
Registration required.
 
Presidential Scandals of the 20th Century
Thursday, February 16, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Learn about eight American Presidents whose terms included corruption, lies, abuse of power, infidelities, and other scandalous behaviors. Presented by Walter Choroszewski, author and lecturer. 
Registration required.
 
Basic Photo Editing with Pixlr
Monday, February 6, 10:30 am
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Learn to make simple edits to your pictures. 
Registration required.
 
UpCycling – Sweater Mittens
Tuesday, February 14, 6:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Make a pair of comfy mittens.  Please bring an old sweater to craft with.    For adults. 
Registration required.
 
Guided Meditation and Gentle Stretching
Tuesday, February 21, 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.   For adults. 
Registration required.
 
Résumé Review
Saturday, February 25, 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. 
Registration required.
 
Lunch Time Meditation
Monday, February 6, 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Join us for some guided mediation during your lunch hour. This short mediation will help us regain the peace that we lose through our busy mornings and it will also help us get smoothly through the rest of our day. Presented by library staff member Leena, a 9 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation, delivers youth and adult programs on values and facilitates workshops on topics such as Harmony in Relationships, Stress Free Living & more.
No registration required.
 
Yoga for Beginners
Saturday, February 18, 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. Instructor. Anu, is a trained Isha facilitator.
 
VITA Super Tax Day
Monday, February 27, 9:30–3:30 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Schedule an appointment in person or by phone.
Registration required.
 
Free Immigration Legal Clinic
Tuesday, February 28, 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.
 
Black History Month Program: Lifting Every Voice
Sunday, February 19, 2:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
The Don Evans Players, a volunteer, community theater group named for the late Trenton off-Broadway playwright, will perform a short skit entitled Lifting Every Voice. The skit is an interpretation of the Black national anthem through sound, poetry and improvisation directed by Todd Evans. Refreshments.
 
CookTalks: Tricks of the Chocolatier
Thursday, February 9, 11:00 am
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Learn how to temper chocolate for a glossy finish, how to coat fruit with chocolate, how to decorate with chocolate leaves and ribbons. Enjoy a chocolate tasting.
Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
Registration suggested.
 
Documentary Screening: Prince Among Slaves (2008)
Thursday, February 16, 6:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
This documentary recounts the true story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South. After 40 years of enslavement, he finally regained his freedom, became a national celebrity, and dined in the White House. An incredible story about a man who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom. 58 min. Not rated. Refreshments served. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
Registration suggested.
 
African-American Literature Reading Circle
Wednesday, February 22, 6:30 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Join the African American Literature Reading Circle to discuss and celebrate popular books written by African Americans. At the first meeting, participants will review the book selections for future months, including Black Boy: A record of childhood and youth by Richard Wright, The Street by Ann Petry, Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin, Sula by Toni Morrison, Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.  Refreshments served. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
Registration suggested.
 
Technology and Personal Information Security
Thursday, February 23, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
This 45-60 minute class offered by Greg Duncan of TeachTech, LLC will cover topics such as: General Security Practices For Safe Computing, Common Ways Hackers Are Successful, How To Protect Your Device, Online Interactions From Unauthorized Usage, Best (and Worst) Practices of Password Creation. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
Registration suggested.
 
African-American History Celebration
Saturday, February 25, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Join us to celebrate the history, culture and heritage with Brazilian Dance, African Drumming and the "Lifting Every Voice" skit performance by the Don Evans Players.
This event is co-sponsored by The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County and the Friends of the Lawrence Library. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
Registration suggested.
 
Residential Home Buying and Selling: Session #1
Preparing Your Home for Sale
Wednesday, February 8, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
In Session #1 of 3, you will get an overview of preparing your home for sale, having it "marketed" to the broadest audience, and getting it sold. This workshop will feature a residential property stager as guest speaker. Sessions #2, The Home-Buying Process, is scheduled for Wed., March 8, 7 - 8:30 pm. Session #3, Residential Contract of Sale, is scheduled for Wed., April 12, 7- 8:30 pm.
Registration is suggested, though walk-ins are welcome.
 
Racial Literacy: Session #1
Race Unplugged: Moving Beyond Sound Bites of Pundits, Politicians, and Pop Culture
Thursday, February 9, 6:30 - 8:30 pm 
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
In this racial literacy panel discussion, excerpts from The Classroom Index, a racial literacy workbook created by Princeton High School students Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi, will be used. Panelists will include professionals from Princeton University, Georgian Court University, and the Princeton area. Excerpts from a talk given by Princeton University Professor Ruha Benjamin, will be screened: "Race Unplugged: Moving Beyond Sound Bites of Pundits, Politicians, and Pop Culture"; and "Reading Reality: Racial Literacy for the 21st Century." The entire series is online at: https://niotprinceton.org/racial-literacy/
Sessions #2 and #3 will take place on February 16 & February 23.
Registration is suggested, though walk-ins are welcome.
 
College Admissions: An Insider's View
Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Don Betterton, former Princeton University admission committee member and currently an independent college counselor, will discuss: the rigor of courses vs. good grades in high school; the importance of SAT and ACT test, as well as preparation and scheduling; how admission committees evaluate applicants; things to keep in mind when writing the college essay. Registration is suggested, though walk-ins are welcome.
 
Posture for a Pain Free Back
Saturday, February 11, 11:00 am
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
Gokhale Method Teacher, Roberta Cooks, MD, offers a free posture workshop, including techniques to reduce back pain, neck pain, and other muscle or joint pain. Dr. Cooks' hands-on workshop offers techniques to help prevent muscle and joint degeneration and injury, increase your energy, stamina, and flexibility, and reduce stress and improve your appearance. Registration required.
 
Lunar New Year Concert
Saturday, February 11, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
Come and Enjoy a Lunar New Year Concert at the Hopewell Branch Library! There will be Music, Calligraphy, Songs, Art and More -- Featuring the Flowers and the Youth Ensemble, Pennington Chinese Instrument Ensemble, Zizhu Ensemble, Old Pals Ensemble and a Lunar New Year Art Show. Celebrate the New Year together! Fun for all ages.
No registration required.
 
Habits and Happiness: How to become Happier and Improve your Wellbeing by Changing Your Habits
Saturday, February 18, 1:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
Meet bestselling author Braco Pobric and learn how to change your habits and improve your happiness.  A Q&A session and book signing will take place after this free workshop.  
Registration required.
 
Anime Aficionados
Wednesday, February 15, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
Join us as we watch Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, directed by Shinichiro Watanabe.
A terrorist bomb destroyed a tanker truck on Highway One on Mars, killing hundreds. The rewards for the bomber's capture is massive and the crew of the Bebop would love to get their hands on it.
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.
 
Martin Luther King Jr:  A Man of Conscience, presented by the American Historical Theatre
Wednesday, February 1, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Actor Keith Henley will portray Martin Luther King Jr. as pastor, activist, and humanitarian. 
Sponsored by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Friends of the Ewing Library.
Registration required. Call 609-882-3148 for information or to register.
 
Guided Meditation, with Jim Rose
Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18 & 25, 10:00 am
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Relax, and find your inner calm with our new meditation program!  Participants should wear comfortable clothing.
Registration required. Call 609-882-3148 for information or to register.
 
Anne and Charles Lindbergh: Couple for an Age (Part 1)
Wednesday, February 8, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Local East Amwell historian and author Jim Davidson will chronicle the early lives of both Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow:  their marriage and early flights together, and the planning and construction of their Sourland Mountains home from which their first born was kidnapped, setting off the greatest manhunt in history.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.
Registration required. Call 609-882-3148 for information or to register.
 
Anne and Charles Lindbergh: Couple for an Age (Part 2)
Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Local East Amwell historian and author Jim Davidson concludes his talk on the lives of Anne and Charles Lindbergh, while traversing the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the ransom payment, the discovery of the body, the arrest of Bruno Hauptmann and the subsequent Trial of the Century, followed by an in-depth discussion of the couple's post-trial lives.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.
Registration required. Call 609-882-3148 for information or to register.
 
Mercer Magic:  Roeblings, Kusers, the Mercer Automobile Company, with author/historian Clifford W. Zink
Wednesday, February 22, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Hear the fascinating story of Trenton's entrepreneurship, innovation and national achievement in the exciting first decades of the 20th century, when the new technology of automobiles was sweeping the country. Sponsored by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Friends of the Ewing Library.
Registration required. Call 609-882-3148 for information or to register.
 
 

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