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January Programs for the Mercer County Library System

Hopewell Branch Library Book Sale
Saturday, January 13 – Saturday, January 20, during library hours
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Stop by the library for our annual library book sale, sponsored by the Friends of Hopewell Branch Library.  Peruse our selection of children’s and adult books and find some fun finds, or bring home some old favorites.  Book sale is open during library hours. Proceeds go toward funding programs at the Hopewell Branch Library.
 
Women in Islam
Monday, January 22, 7:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Heba Macksoud, board member of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey will lead a discussion on the many myths and misconceptions concerning the role of Muslim women. She is a digital marketer who has spent over 24 years working at major media companies such as MTV Networks, The Wall Street Journal, and Good Housekeeping magazine. In the past five years, she managed social media for the only Muslim College in the United States, co-directed her own non-profit organization providing cultural literacy about Islam for non-Muslims, and is on the Board of Directors for the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a Muslim-Jewish organization focused on building strong relationships between Muslim and Jewish women to end anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish sentiment. Registration suggested.
 
Guided Meditation
Friday, January 26, 1:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Guided Meditation
Mira Desai teaches this five-week guided meditation series. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Class dates are: January 26, February 2, 9, 16 & 23. No registration necessary.
 
Learn to Crochet
Saturday, January 27, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
This introductory class will get you well on your way to making warm & cozy things for you and your loved ones. For adults & teens, ages 14 & older. All materials will be provided. Registration is required.
 
Anime Aficionados
Saturday, January 27, 3:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Join us as we watch the first three episodes of this fall’s action-adventure, Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World – The Animated Series. Plot Summary: A tale of one girl and her bike and the road ahead. Kino wanders around the world on the back of Hermes, her unusual, anthropomorphic motorcycle, only staying in each country for three days. During their adventures, they find happiness, sadness, pain, decadence, violence, beauty, and wisdom. (Source: My Anime List) Please Note: Anime will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Films are for an adult and older teen audience and June include adult (rating of 17+) content. No registration necessary.
 
Retrain Your Brain for Success: The Power of Positive Thinking
Wednesday, January 10, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Learn how to change your old behaviors and thoughts; substitute positive for negative and feel empowered! Presented by Diane Lang, MA, Author, Counseling Educator, and Life Coach
Registration required.
 
Clear the Clutter – Organize Your Stuff!
Thursday, January 11, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Are you overwhelmed by all your stuff? Professional organizer John Odalen will provide easy tips on getting – and staying! – organized, how to motivate yourself to get started, and how to maximize your space.
Registration required.
 
Bring Balance to Your Budget
Thursday, January 18, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Develop a budget, identify your financial goals, and learn how to balance saving, spending, and borrowing.  Presented by Ty Robinson, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones.
Registration required.
 
Admission 201: Highly Selective College Admission
Tuesday, January 23, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
If you are (or your child is) an Honors Student in 11th grade, come find out how you can improve your chances of admission to the college of your choice. Presented by Vince Valenzuela of Collegewise, former Assistant Director of Admissions at Villanova.
Registration required.
 
Mindfulness to Reduce Stress
Wednesday, January 24, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Learn how mindfulness can stop brain chatter, improve mood and energy, increase mental clarity, deepen enjoyment, and reduce stress.  Presented by Carolyn Schindewolf, BS, IBCLC, HBCE, Health Educator at Princeton HealthCare System. 
Registration required.
 
Stage Your House to Sell!
Saturday, January 27, 2:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Join us for a presentation on how to stage or just spruce up your home with ideas on color choices, furniture, and accessories, as well as tips on decluttering, organizing, depersonalizing and updating every room in your house -- on a budget.  Presented by Suzanne Garfield, Real Estate Agent for Gloria Nilson in Robbinsville, Certified Interior Designer. 
Registration required.
 
Princeton and the American Revolution
Tuesday, January 30, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Learn about the remarkable events of the “Ten Crucial Days” from Christmas 1776 to January 3rd, 1777, and hear the story of how the Continental soldiers’ sacrifice, bravery, and perseverance led to victory and freedom.   Presented by Barry Singer, lecturer, author, and expert on Princeton history, through the Historical Society of Princeton. 
Registration required.
 
Martin Luther King Day Film Screening: Selma (2015)
Thursday, January 18, 6:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Civil-rights activists march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery to secure voting rights for black Americans in this docudrama which focuses on the actions of Martin Luther King Jr. 127 min. PG-13. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.  Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Self Defense for Older Adults
Saturday, January 20, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
This class, taught by Black Belt Instructor Walter Miller, is designed for older adults who wish to learn techniques for personal self-defense against all assaults. The class will begin with a warm-up, joint & balance exercises. The techniques do not require strength. They are based on leverage and balance. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Chronic Eye Disorders
Thursday, January 25, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Chronic eye disorders affect the quality of life of millions of Americans every year. Come to this informative session given by Colleen Coleman, MD, board certified in Opthalmology and a member of the Medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System, as she discusses the latest advances in eye care that can help treat eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, advanced age-related macular degeneration, and dry eye, as well as ways to prevent these common conditions. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale
Friday, January 26, 6:00 – 8:30 pm Preview Night
Saturday, January 27 - Sunday, February 4
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
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, January 26. 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 609-989-6920 for more information.
 
Womanspace Informational Session, with Susan Adams
Wednesday, January 10, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Learn how Womanspace has helped their clients deal with many issues by hearing their stories.  Discover the services that Womanspace offers, such as shelter, counseling, transitional housing, legal clinics, and domestic violence and sexual assault hotlines.
Registration is required.
 
Open Mic Night
Tuesday, January 23, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
We welcome all poets, musicians and performers to an open mic night!  Bring something to share, or just come to watch.  Performances must be kept under 5 minutes.
Registration is required.
 
How Well Did You Sleep Last Night?
Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
More than 100 million Americans have difficulty falling or staying asleep.  Join Tara Scoles (University Medical Center of Princeton) for an eye-opening discussion on sleep disorders, and whether a sleep study could help diagnose your condition.
Registration is required.
 
Common Problems of the Foot & Ankle
Tuesday, January 30, 12:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Join us for an informative session presented by Jennifer Hasan (Chief of Podiatry at the University Medical Center of Princeton).  This lecture will provide an overview of the treatment options from common orthopaedic, dermatologic, vascular, and neurological disorders of the foot and ankle.
Registration is required. 
 
Warming World:  The Science of Climate Change
Wednesday, January 31, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Sean Sublette, meteorologist from Climate Central, LLC will examine several sources to piece together how we know that the burning of fossil fuels is warming our environment.
Registration is required.
 
Read Your Labels!
Wednesday, January 17, 2:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
A dietitian from Atrium Health & Senior Living of Princeton will explain how to decipher nutrition labels on canned and frozen food products. Call 609 448-0957 or email hcprogs@mcl.org to register.
 
Common Problems of the Hip & Knee
Thursday, January 18, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Knee and hip problems can make even simple, everyday tasks seem challenging. Join Brian M. Culp, MD, specializing in orthopedic surgery and a member of the Medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System, to learn more about the common causes of hip and knee pain and their treatment options; including non-surgical options for osteoarthritis and the advancement in joint replacement. Call 609 448-0957 or email hcprogs@mcl.org to register.
 
Martin Luther King Day Presentation
Monday, January 15, 2:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
In honor of MLK day, we will have a special screening of the movie, Selma, starting David Oyelowo. The film documents the historic voting rights march in 1964 from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama that was led by Dr. King. Rated PG-13. No registration.
 
Afternoon Movie: The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)
Thursday, January 18, 12:30 pm
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
A married couple who work as zoo caretakers help save Jews from the Holocaust.  Refreshments will be served. PG-13; 124 minutes.
 
Open Computer Lab
Monday, January 22, 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: Quilling
Monday, January 8, 7:00 pm
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
Roll and shape strips of colored paper to create a 3-D picture.  Registration is suggested.
 
Family craft: origami
Friday, January 12, 10:00 am
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
For ages 6 and up.  Learn how to fold origami.  Fun for kids and adults.  
 
Snow Science
Wednesday, January 31, 3:00 pm
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
Winter-themed science projects for ages 6-13.  Registration is required, space is limited.
 
Adult Crafting
Tuesdays, January 2, 9, 16 & 23, 6:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Craft programs for ages 15 and up.  January 2:  Upcycled Fringe T-Shirt Tote Bag (bring an old tee to craft with); January 9: Plastic Bottle Butterflies; January 16:  Let It Snowman; January 23:  Giant Snowflake.  Preregistration is required.
 
Sci-Fi Movie:  They Live (1988)
Monday, January 8, 6:30 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
When two men put on special sunglasses they see subliminal messages and the aliens that have taken over the earth.  Rated R; 97 minutes.
 
Excel Basics
Wednesday, January 10, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
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.
 
Adult Movie:  The Beguiled
Wednesday, January 17, 2:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
In this psychological drama, an injured soldier is taken in by the women at a Southern boarding school.  Rated R; 94 minutes. Preregistration preferred.
 
Healthy Habits for a Healthy You
Monday, January 4, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Learn strategies to age well and improve cognitive activity, physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, and social interaction.
Registration recommended.
 
Creative Aging: A Workshop in Renewal through Creativity
Friday, January 12, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
As a participant, you will look at the stories that are central to your life experience and turn them into song. Tap into your creativity in this highly interactive experience.
Registration recommended.
 
Personal Growth
Thursday, January 18, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Learn simple yet essential practices to strive for excellence and achieve your goals. Kalpana Patel is a certified executive leadership and personal development speaker, trainer, and coach.
Registration recommended.
 
Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Understanding Early Stage
Wednesday, January 24 & 31, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Nicolette Vasco of Alzheimer’s Association will discuss early symptoms, resource planning, and the components of a care team.
Registration recommended.
 
Constipation: How Physical Therapy Can Help
Thursday, January 25, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Learn some simple and practical ways to manage and improve constipation symptoms.
Registration recommended.
 
Lunch Time Meditation
Mondays, January 8, 22 & 29, 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.
 
Craft Circle
Monday, January 8, 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!
 
Book Worms & Wiggle Worms
Thursday, January 11, 10:00 - 10:30 am
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
For young children & their caregivers. Children will play with the library’s toys while caregivers discuss “Woolly” by Ben Mezrich.  Light refreshments provided.
 
Learn Crochet!
Saturday, January 13, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Adults & teens ages 14 & up! This introductory class by instructor Anastasia Popova will have you well on your way to creating warm and cozy items for yourself and others. All materials will be supplied.
 
Kids’ Public Speaking
Monday, January 22 & Saturday, January 27, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Tweens ages 8-12 will learn and practice the fundamentals of public speaking and debate through fun activities led by teen volunteer, Palak Mehta. Children can attend both sessions.
 

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