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March Programs for the Mercer County Library System

Paint-a-Canvas for Adults
Saturday, March 2, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Together we’ll be instructed step-by-step to create our own paintings in acrylics on canvas. Everyone’s painting will be based on a similar design, but all will be unique. Open to any skill level. All supplies provided.
 
The Sixties: The Motown Story
Saturday, March 2, 2:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Come learn why Motown has been known as the greatest pop music hit factory in recording history. Presenter Vinnie Bruno, Sixties Rock Historian, will discuss how the Motown sound was created and how it became a worldwide phenomenon.
Registration is required.
 
Open Computer Lab
Monday, March 4, 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.  
 
Guided Meditation
Mondays, March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 12:30 - 1:00 pm; &
Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 8:00 - 8:30 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Drop in for guided meditation and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Regain the peace lost through our busy days. Facilitated by library staff member Leena, an 11 year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.
 
Adult English Learners Writing Class
Mondays, March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 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).
 
The Empire Strikes Back! The Philadelphia Campaign of 1777
Monday, March 4, 7:00 pm 
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Learn how Washington’s army was overwhelmed in a series of battles and skirmishes, including Brandywine Creek and Germantown, leading to the evacuation of the Continental Congress, the British capture of Philadelphia, and ultimately driving the Continental Army into the hills for a bitter winter encampment at Valley Forge. Presented by Roger S. Williams, a public historian, a member of the Society of Military History, the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic and the Organization of American History.
Registration is required. Call 609-882-3148.
 
Tax Assistance
Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
A volunteer from AARP Tax-Aide will assist you in completing your tax return. There is no salary cap to qualify for this assistance. Please visit or call the reference desk (609-448-0957) to make an appointment; once you make your appointment, be sure to visit the reference desk to pick up an intake form (which must be completed before the appointment) and a list of items you must bring to the appointment.

Tax Help: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide (by appointment only)
Tuesdays, March 5 through April 9, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Free tax preparation from AARP Tax-Aide. AARP trained tax preparers focus on low and moderate income returns, but can prepare most personal returns within training guidelines. Tax preparers can e-file Federal and state returns, as well as PTR (“Senior Freeze”) forms. Registration is required. Please call 609.737.2610 to make an appointment.
 
Beginning Spanish Class
Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Learn Spanish with a native speaker.
 
Review for the Citizenship Exam
Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Hightstown 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.
 
Adult Craft: St. Patrick’s Day Book-Page Bunting
Tuesday, March 5, 6:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive
East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Use recycled book pages to make a hanging bunting decorated with shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day. For ages 15 & up.
Registration is required.
 
Health Screenings
Wednesday, March 6, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Maintaining proper accountability of your health statistics is not an easy task. The blue to you program has developed a screening program that is free of charge and offers a variety of screenings to provide baseline comparison for you. Available Tests: Cholesterol and Glucose. Walk-ins welcome!

 
The Working Women of World War II: Rosie and Beyond
Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Join storyteller Madge Powis as she tells the story of women’s occupations during World War II, including her Aunt Helen’s experience as a welder. Hear tales of the challenges faced by women in the military as well as on the home front. Madge Powis is a member of the Garden State Storytellers, Torch Clubs International and volunteers at Urban Promise in Trenton.
Registration is required. Call 609-882-3148.
 
Author Event: Angela P. Dodson on her book “Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box”
Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-883-8294
Angela P. Dodson is an independent and former New York Times senior editor, writer and consultant. She has taught workshops on writing and editing for many organizations including the National Black Writers Conference, the National Association of Black Journalists, the American Press Institute, the American Society of Newspaper Editors and various colleges. She has also been an adjunct instructor in media studies at Mercer County Community College. Her book, published in 2017, is about the woman’s suffrage movement in the United States and women’s political gains up to the present. This program is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lawrence Township and the Friends of the Lawrence Library.
Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or e-mail lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Ann Morrow Lindbergh
Thursday, March 7, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
It’s Women’s History Month! Join this captivating talk about the Lindbergh legacy and this area’s rich history.  This presentation will discuss Ann Morrow Lindbergh’s privileged upbringing in New Jersey through her life in the spotlight, her troubled marriage, and more.  Presented by Jim Davidson, East Amwell Historian.
Registration is required.
 
Understanding and Managing Your Medication
Friday, March 8, 11:30 am
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
This educational presentation has been created and supplied to you courtesy of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.  The information is general in nature and is intended to provide you with increased understanding of the medication management and how you can best help your family live healthy lives.
Registration is requested.
 
Fred Astaire
Saturday, March 9, 2:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Fred Astaire was chosen unanimously by the most elite dancers and choreographers as America’s finest dancer. Join presenter Marty Schneit as he discusses the legendary Astaire’s life and work!
Registration is required.
 
Preservation New Jersey and the 1867 Sanctuary in Ewing
Monday, March 11, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Representatives from Preservation New Jersey (“PNJ”), and its 1867 Sanctuary, Helen Kull & Dale Perry will be on hand to briefly explain everything you’ve ever wondered about the venue and the organization. We’ll discuss the annual 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in NJ list and consider specific Ewing sites that have been named to that list, and have benefited from that listing. Finally, we will explore PNJ’s first and only bricks-and-mortar historic holding in its 40-year history: the landmark 1867 Sanctuary, right here in Ewing.
Registration is required.  Call 609-882-3148.
 
Active Aging Fitness with Bob
Tuesdays, March 12 & 19, 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. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.
 
Getting Out of Debt Faster
Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive
East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Is your debt out of control? Is there too much month at the end of the money? Let us show you how a debt-stacking program can help you get your bills under control, paid off quicker, and save you money on interest you wouldn’t have thought possible. With the interest saved you can finally start to save for your future.  Presented by Gwen Mertens, independent consultant, Primerica Workshops. 
Registration is required.
 
Adult Craft
Wednesday, March 13, 10:00 – 11:00 am
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Be ready for Spring showers or sunshine -- paint an umbrella / parasol with your own design! This one could be messy - think about bringing an apron. All materials will be provided. For ages 18 & 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 am to see if there is room. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.
 
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. Join us to learn about 10 common warning signs what to watch for in yourself and others.
Registration is requested.
 
The Flyboys of Princeton
Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-883-8294
Join historian and photographer Erik L. Burro in this presentation on the role of the Princeton University military flying school during World War I, supplemented with information on the Doughboys memorial exhibit featured in the library during the month of March. This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library and the Lawrence Historical Society.
Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Connecting our Communities: Communicating across Cultures
Wednesday, March 13, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Many of us are looking for a kind and respectful way to communicate with people of different backgrounds and cultures. Come and practice some easy ways to talk with others about their culture in a way that leaves you both glad you did! The seminar will be presented by Cassandra Lajeskie, MBA, who has studied communication and relationships through Pathways Institute, Golden Mastermind Seminars, and Landmark Worldwide.
 
Nutrition During Pregnancy
Thursday, March 14, 7:00 - 8:00 pm 
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Proper nutrition during pregnancy can help you maintain a steady, healthy weight gain and help your baby get the proper nourishment for a good start to life. Join Beth Young, MS, RDN, CSOWM, to learn how nutrition is involved in a healthy pregnancy and what you can do to safeguard yourself and your baby during this time.
 
Friday Morning Bookies: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Friday, March 15, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
The story begins in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets, the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow--and as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge--Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other.
 
Making the Most of Medicare in Mercer County
Saturday, March 16, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Mercer County SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) Coordinator Cathy Forbes will present an overview of Medicare, and list its benefits and costs. 
 
Classical Indian Dance Presentation
Saturday, March 16, 2:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-883-8294
Students from The Shishya School of Performing Arts, Lawrenceville, will perform classical Indian dances. The School is a local performing arts school specializing in educating children and adults in Indian classical arts, especially dance.
Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Adult Craft: Plastic Bottle Spiral Mobiles
Monday, March 18, 7:00 pm
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Ewing, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
Create colorful spiral mobiles using upcycled plastic water bottles. All materials will be provided. Registration is suggested at www.mcl.org.
 
Classic Movie Matinée: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Tuesday, March 19, 2:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive
East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
In World War I, battle-hungry young German soldiers become disillusioned with combat, which has turned into a hellish fight for survival.  A Best Picture winner, based on Erich Maria Remarque’s novel.  NR, 140 minutes. For ages 15 & up. Registration preferred.  This program was made possible by the generous support from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.
 
Computer Class: Google Docs
Wednesday, March 20, 10:00 am
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Ewing, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
Learn the basics of using Google Docs, a web-based alternative to Microsoft Word. 
Registration is required at www.mcl.org
 
Estate Planning Basics
Wednesday, March 20, 12:00 – 1:00 pm & 7:00 – 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Learn why you need an estate plan, strategies to plan for incapacity including special health care directives, key tax basics, and more. Presented by Lynda Dillman, FIC, MSM, of Thrivent Financial. 
 
Top 10 Home Renovation Tips & 2019 Trends
Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Learn about renovation projects that will bring you the most return on your investment, inexpensive tips and tricks that will make you plan more staycations, best places to shop for amazing home-decorating items, and 2019 trends in paints, kitchens, and baths.
 
End of Life Planning
Thursday, March 21, 10:00 am 
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Ewing, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
Franklin Rainear from the Franklin H. Rainear Jr. Funeral Home in Ewing will discuss end of life planning and preparation, providing advice on how to simplify the funeral planning process. 
Registration is suggested at www.mcl.org.
 
Family & Community Health Talk: Are You Sitting Too Much? 
Thursday, March 21, 11:00 am 
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Sitting Too Much? Most adults in America are sitting about eight hours each day. Sitting too much is related to serious health problems. Join Michelle Brill, Family & Community Health Sciences Educator from Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County to learn what you can do to change this routine.
Registration is required. Call 609-882-3148.
 
Women’s History Month Presentation: Women, Feminism and Islam
Thursday, March 21, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-883-8294
Rutgers University scholar Sylvia Chan-Malik will present this session where the common notion of the oppression of Islamic women and the movement of Islamic feminism, as well as a general discussion of gender and women’s rights, will help participants further their understanding of Islam and feminism. This program is sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Monday Night Book Group
Monday, March 25, 6:30 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive
East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Please call the branch for more information about this month’s book. New members always welcome.
 
Child Fevers
Monday, March 25, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Join Julianne Prasto, MD, pediatrician with CHOP Newborn and Pediatric Care at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, will discuss treatment options and when to call the doctor. Dr. Prasto is a member of the Medical Staff of Princeton Health.
 
Better Read Book Club
Monday, March 25, 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.  Please check our online calendar at the end of February for the title of the book we'll be discussing. 
Registration is suggested at www.mcl.org
 
Introduction to Mindfulness
Mondays, March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 7:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Learn mindfulness through a series of lectures, guided mindfulness practices, reflections, and group discussions. Each class comprises a 1-hour learning session followed by an optional 30-minute practice session and group discussion.
Registration is requested.
 
Adult Craft:  Scrapbook-Paper Hanging Easter Egg
Tuesday, March 26, 6:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive
East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Use scrapbook paper to make a cute hanging Easter egg decoration. For ages 15 & up.  Registration is required.
 
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease
Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Presented by Nicolette Vasco from the Alzheimer’s Association. Attendees will learn the difference between typical age-related changes and common signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia. This program will offer tips for how to approach someone about memory concerns and will explain the importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis. Learn about possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process and how to find helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources.
Registration is required. Call 609-882-3148.
 
Delaware River Bridges in Mercer County: A History
Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-883-8294
Joe Donnelly, a Deputy Executive Director of Communications at the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission will talk about the history of our county’s Delaware River bridges in this lecture illustrated with historic photographs, news items, documents, and maps.
Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.

March Programs for the Mercer County Library System

Book Worms & Wiggle Worms
Thursday, March 1, 10:00 – 10:30 pm
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 “Visible City” by Tova Mirvis. Light refreshments provided.
 
Read Across America: Dr. Seuss storytime
Friday, March 2, 10:00 am
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
For ages 3-8. Celebrate Read Across America with us!  Hear Dr. Seuss stories, sing songs and do Seuss-themed crafts.  Registration is suggested, but not required at www.mcl.org.
 
Hand Embroidery for Beginners
Saturday, March 3, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Adults & teens ages 14 & up! Get acquainted with the basic materials and techniques then dive into learning a variety of basic stitches. Your first embroidery project will be a small stitch sampler. All materials will be supplied.
 
New York City During World War 2
Saturday, March 3, 2:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Learn how the city and its inhabitants coped during wartime, and about the German American Bund, the troop ships Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, the Manhattan Project, the Brooklyn Army Terminal, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Stage Door Canteen, and more. Presented by Marty Schneit, New York City tour guide, lecturer, and native New Yorker. Registration required.
 
The World of St. Patrick 
Monday, March 5, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Presented by Dr. Michael Norris, former educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through art and archaeology, you'll meet the historical Saint Patrick and the Ireland he knew. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required. Call 882-3148.
 
The Five Wishes: A Discussion of End-of-Life Decisions
Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 – 8:00 pm 
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Learn how hospice and palliative care programs provide help and support.
 
Review for the Citizenship Exam
Tuesday, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Hightstown 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.
 
Innovations that Changed the World: An Introduction to the David Sarnoff Collection
Wednesday, March 7, 7:00 p.m.
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Presented by Florencia Pierri, assistant curator of the Sarnoff Collection at The College of New Jersey. Long before the rise of Silicon Valley, New Jersey scientists and engineers formed the core of the nation's electronics industry. This talk will explore the evolution of some of the fascinating technologies developed in the Garden State, and the role played by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in their production and promotion. Registration required.
 
Understanding Nutrition Fact Food Labels
Wednesday, March 7, 7:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Food coach Verna Dentino will teach you how to decipher nutrition food labels on products at the grocery store so that you can be an informed buyer. Bring a pen and a calculator. Registration required.
 
Julia Child Says . . . Bon Appetit!
Wednesday, March 7, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Julia Child was an American cook, author, and TV personality who introduced French cuisine to America. While her public persona is familiar to all of us, this one-woman play is a love story that focuses on her private side, and her relationship with her husband, Paul. Presented by Linda Kenyon, actor and professional narrator. Registration required.
 
Brown Bag Book Club
Thursday, March 8, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Join us for a lunch time book discussion group! Call the library for this month’s title. Bring your lunch. Beverages & a light dessert will be provided.
 
Divorce Workshop
Thursday, March 8, 6:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Join Kathleen Wood, Esq. of Altman, Legband & Mayrides and Noël Capuano, CPA/CFF,CVA of Friedman, LLP for an interactive discussion about the emotional, legal and financial issues of divorce. Member of the Second Saturday® Network. Registration required. Call 882-3148.
 
Keep This, Toss That
Thursday, March 8, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Are you dreading spring cleaning?  Jamie Novak, best-selling author of Keep This Toss That, will present an informative and humorous program to show you how to clean out your closets, organize your space, make your piles of paper disappear, and stay motivated! Registration required.
 
Drawing from Your Imagination
Thursdays, March 8, 15 & 22, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Three part series of lessons. Learn to draw your own picture using felt-tip pens with the guidance of local artist Marge Rosen. All materials provided.
 
Free Tax Help
Friday, March 9, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive,
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-443-1880
Get your tax return done for free with trained volunteers from the United Way of Mercer County.  This program is for households with income under $65,000. Appointment is required—please call 609-443-1880. 
 
Laugh Yoga
Friday, March 9, 3:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Laugh yoga has many health benefits. The yoga breathing, in combination with laughter exercises, brings more oxygen to the body and makes you feel energetic and stay healthy. Presented by Atrium Health and Senior Living. 
 
VITA Super Tax Day
Saturday, March 10 & Thursday, March 22, 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.
 
Into the West: The Irish Come To New Jersey
Monday, March 12, 7:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Dr. Thomas Callahan, Jr., Professor of History emeritus at Rider University in Lawrenceville, will discuss his findings about Irish emigration to New Jersey, which he discovered while researching his own Irish ancestry. Dr. Callahan authored I’m Sending a Shamrock to Remind You of Home: Roscommon Families and the Irish Diaspora 1860-1950 (Dublin: Glasnevin, 2013), and his research interests center on late-19th and early-20th century Ireland and Irish emigration to the United States. Registration requested.
 
Understanding Your Social Security Benefits
Tuesday, March 13, 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 will show you how and when to apply for Medicare, Social Security and other topics.
 
Foreign Film: Dreams
Tuesday, March 13, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Dreams (2013): (Japanese). Rated R; 131 minutes
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Unfolding in a series of mythic vignettes, this late work by Akira Kurosawa brings eight of the beloved director’s own nighttime visions, informed by tales from Japanese folklore, to cinematic life. — Provided by the publisher. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.
 
Upcycling at the Library: Scrap Fabric Rag Doll
Tuesday, March 13, 6:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive,
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-443-1880
Use left-over scraps of fabric to make a cute little rag doll for a little someone in your life. Ages 15 and up. Registration required.
 
Home Composting 
Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Join Rutgers Landscape & Nursery for a home composting program.  Learn what composting is, the science behind it, how to start a pile, and a recipe for composting.  Come and discover the importance of this sustainable and environmentally meaningful step you can take in your own home! Registration required. Call 882-3148.
 
Celtic Music w/ Ian Gallagher
Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Get in the spirit for St. Patrick’s Day as Ian Gallagher returns with more of his spritely Celtic music. No registration necessary.
 
Adult Movie:  Marshall
Wednesday, March 14, 2:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive,
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-443-1880
Biopic of Thurgood Marshall. Rated PG-13; 118 minutes.  Preregistration preferred. This program was made possible by generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Branch.
 
Women’s History Month Program: Eleanor Roosevelt
Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Eleanor Roosevelt was an inspiration to people all over the world. Actor and narrator Linda Kenyon is back with her one woman show about this historic figure. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.
 
Afternoon Movie
Thursday, March 15, 12:30 pm
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
Victoria & Abdul (2017). (Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard). PG-13; 112 minutes
Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. Refreshments will be served. 
 
The Beatles: From Liverpool to Abbey Road
Thursday, March 15, 6:30 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
This lecture presented by Rock Historian Vincent Bruno will follow in the steps of The Beatles as they embark on their historic journey starting with their early days as a cover band in Liverpool and Hamburg, progressing to the excitement of Beatlemania, and ending with their remarkable recordings at Abbey Road Studios. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Crafts for adults: Spring button art
Monday, March 19, 7:00 pm
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
Use buttons to make a spring tree or other picture. Registration is recommended at www.mcl.org.
 
Reducing Anxiety through Meditation 
Monday, March 19, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Presented by Jim Rose. Life in today’s world is stressful.  People are anxious about their health, their finances, their relationships, their safety and their work. By sitting in meditation, we can calm the body and the mind.  Through meditation we can cope with the stresses of life. This lecture includes a short meditation sitting. Registration required. Call 882-3148.
 
Financial Planning for Higher Ed
Monday, March 19, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Nama Soukouna, financial advisor at Edward Jones, will discuss the benefits of 529 higher education savings plans.
 
Women of Peace and Preparedness: The Use of Motherhood and Maternalism in
World War I
Thursday, March 22, 6:30 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Lisa Mastrangelo, Professor of English at Centenary University, will look at how the idea of Maternalism was used to restrict women from being actively involved in World War I. 
Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Animal Rescue: Do the Right Thing
Thursday, March 22, 7:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Thinking of adopting or fostering a dog from an animal shelter or rescue organization?  Have you already opened your home and heart to a rescued dog-if so, thank you as there are so many who wait!  This session will share information, dispel myths and provide helpful connections to start or sustain you on your journey with a great friend.  Pam Morgan, a certified Tellington Touch Practitioner for companion animals, has over 25 years of experience in dog rescue.  Pam is the Executive Director for the Mercer County non-profit organization, Doing Right By Rescues, which provides free customized tutoring to support those on both sides of the leash!
No registration necessary.
 
12 Theories of Who Kidnapped the Lindbergh Baby
Thursday, March 22, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Bruno Hauptmann was convicted and executed for the murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr; but did he do it? As more sources have become available, some serious questions have come up. Was Hauptmann part of a gang? Was Lindbergh himself involved? Did Al Capone engineer the crime? Presented by Jim Davidson, historian, researcher, and Lindbergh expert. Registration required.
 
Open Computer Lab
Monday, March 26, 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.  
 
Breast Cancer Information Session
Monday, March 26, 6:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
YWCA Princeton Breast Cancer Resource Center offers an informal presentation and Q&A on how to reduce your risk of breast cancer. Registration requested.
 
Monday Night Book Group
Monday, March 26, 6:30 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive,
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-443-1880
Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi
For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Azar Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. Join us for our monthly meeting to discuss this fascinating book. Registration preferred.
 
The Sinking of the Titanic
Monday, March 26, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
There are many questions surrounding the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Why was the ship speeding through an ice field? Why did the “unsinkable” ship sink in only 2.5 hours? Why didn’t a nearby ship respond to their distress call?  Whey were so many life boats launched at less than capacity? Join maritime historian Michael A. Hyduk who will address these and many other questions based on his research and analysis and describe a stunning conclusion! Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. 
 
Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease:  The Basics
Wednesday, March 28, 2:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive,
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-443-1880
The Alzheimer’s Association presents this workshop covering the facts and myths regarding aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia; the common risk factors and causes; the stages of the disease; and current treatments. Preregistration required.
 
Egg Hunt for Kids
Thursday, March 29, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
For ages 3-12. Come in any time between 1:00 to 5:00 pm to hunt for plastic eggs filled with surprises and do an spring-themed craft.  Registration is required at ww.mcl.org.
 
Required Minimum Distribution
Thursday, March 29, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Timely for the tax season, Tracey Lacatos, a Financial Advisor at David Lerner Associates, will talk about what is a required minimum distribution, why is it necessary to take it at 70 ½, why it goes up each year, how to plan for it and if it is possible to convert the IRA to a Roth. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Women’s Movement: Current Trend & Its Roots
Thursday, March 29, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Colleen Murphy, local journalist and graduate of TCNJ’s WILL (Women in Learning & Leadership) program, will discuss the current women’s movement and its roots. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.
 
The French in America, from Fighting to Fashion
Saturday, March 31, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Join historical novelist Jeff Heller as he tells the fascinating story of how fighting, folkways, and even fashion influenced the actions taken by the French in their bold quest to claim a continent.

March Programs for the Mercer County Library System

 
Effective Communication with People with Alzheimer's Disease
Wednesday, March 8, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Find out how to decode the verbal and behavioral messages your loved one is delivering and how to respond in a helpful manner. You will also learn about how communication changes through the course of the disease. Presented by Nicolette Vasco, Program Coordinator, Alzheimer's Association
Registration required.
 
The Irish in the American Civil War
Saturday, March 11, 2:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Discover the stories of these brave sons of Erin.  Presented by Michael Jesberger, Historical Reenactor, Lecturer, and Tour Guide
Registration required.
 
Ziegfeld Girls
Saturday, March 18, 2:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
From 1907 to 1931, Florenz Ziegfeld's famous "Ziegfeld Girls" became an American institution.  Learn about these symbols of the modern, independent woman and hear about individuals such as Irving Berlin, Fanny Brice, Ruth Etting, and others. Presented by New York lecturer, historian, and licensed New York City tour guide, Marty Schneit.
Registration required.
 
Keep This, Toss That
Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Jamie Novak, best-selling author of Keep This, Toss That, will present an informative and humorous program to show you how to clean out your closets, organize your space, make your piles of paper disappear, and stay motivated!
Registration required.
 
The Irish in the Civil War
Wednesday, March 1, 7:30 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Michael Jesberger will discuss the Irish presence in the American Civil War, many of whom fought in the Union Army and fought with the Confederacy. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.
Registration required.
 
Anne and Charles Lindbergh- Couple for an Age (Part 1)
Wednesday, March 15, 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 Anne Morrow and Charles Lindbergh:  their marriage, 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. 
 
Conquer the Clutter
Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
John Odalen (Organize and Maintain) will give tips on saving time and money by cleaning up the clutter and organizing your home/office/business.  Discover new ways of looking at your stuff, assess the real value, and decide what you really need to keep.
Registration required.
 
Anne and Charles Lindbergh-Couple for an Age (Part 2)
Thursday, March 30, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Local East Amwell historian and author Jim Davidson continues his discussion on the lives of Anne and Charles Lindbergh:  baby kidnapping, the ransom payment, discovery of the body, arrest of Bruno Hauptmann, and the subsequent Trial of the Century, flowed by an in-depth discussion of the couple's post-trial lives. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.
Registration required.
 
Rhythm N' Sound: "Musical Review - 40's to 80's"
Saturday, March 11, 2:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Rhythm N' Sound is a trio of musicians whose 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. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
Registration suggested.
 
Emerald Ash Borer: Treatment Options for Homeowners
Thursday, March 16, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
The dreaded emerald ash borer is in our community and thousands of ash trees are now under threat. What can you do?  Pam Zipse, Outreach Coordinator of the Rutgers Urban Forestry Program of the NJ Agricultural Experiment Station and Nicholas Polanin, Agricultural Agent for Somerset County, will walk you through your options, including a mechanism for evaluating the costs of treatment versus removal. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
Registration suggested.
 
Pinelands: New Jersey's Suburban Wilderness
Thursday, March 23, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Join photographer Albert Horner in this presentation on the beauty of the Pinelands National Reserve. Copies of his book "Pinelands: New Jersey's Suburban Wilderness" will be available through the Friends of the Lawrence Library for sale and signing. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
Registration suggested.
 
Author Talk: David Price
Thursday, March 30, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Lawrenceville resident and Historical Interpreter at Pennsylvania's Washington Crossing Historic Park David Price will present his book "RESCUING THE REVOLUTION: Unsung Patriot Heroes and the Ten Crucial Days of America's War for Independence." Copies of his book will be available through the Friends of the Lawrence Library for sale and signing. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
Registration suggested.
 
Learning Express and Job and Career Accelerator  
Thursday, March 16, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Come to the library computer lab and learn about Job and Career Accelerator which will help you develop a professional resume, create a cover letter, and explore employment options and opportunities.  Learning Express Library is a powerhouse of instructional material for elementary school through graduate school, entrance exams, and career assessments.  Learning Express Library offers classes on a wide range of computer topics and can help prepare you for your next job.  Sign up for the class at www.mcl.org.
Registration required, walk-ins welcome.
 
Islam: Perspectives and Understanding from Within the Religion
Monday, March 6, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Dr. Sheikh Mateen Khan from the Islamic Center of Mercer County (ICMC) will present an introduction to basic Muslim beliefs and practices with the goal of deepening our shared understanding of the religion. Followed by a question and answer period.
 
Utilizing Social Media in Your Genealogical Research
Sunday, March 12, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Many people are turning to different forms of Social Media to discover genealogical clues. Come and learn how to use blogs, videos, and other types of social media to make new connections in your genealogical research. Presented by Cathy Zahn of the Central Jersey Genealogical Society. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.
 
Jewish New York
Wednesday, March 29, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
New York tour director Marty Schneit details how Jewish America started in New York.   Marty will talk about the Brownsville Girls, Shearith Israel, Temple Emanuel, Jews of Brighton Beach, the Andrew Freedman House, Eldridge Street Synagogue, Rebbe Schneerson, Washington Heights (Frankfurt on the Hudson), Zabars, the egg cream and Henny Youngman. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.
 
For Adults and Families: Saint Patrick's Day Shamrock Banner
Tuesday, March 14, 6:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Make a St. Patrick's Day banner out of old book pages as a festive March decoration for your home. 
Registration required.
 
Guided Meditation and Gentle Stretching
Tuesday, March 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.
 
PowerPoint Basics
Wednesday, March 22, 10:30 am
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Learn how to create basic presentations, format text, and insert images. 
Registration required.
 
Résumé Review
Saturday, March 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.
 
Adult Craft:  Popsicle Stick Plant Hanger
Tuesday, March 28, 6:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Use popsicle sticks and twine to make a creative hanging holder for a potted plant, just in time for spring. 
Registration required.
 
Celtic Music with Ian Gallagher
Saturday, March 4, 1:30 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
Get in the spirit for St. Patrick's Day as Ian Gallagher returns with more of his spritely Celtic music.
 
Life Coaching Workshop for Immigrants
Wednesday, March 8, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
Join this monthly support group led by Nora Siklosi, Communication Specialist and Certified Career Coach. Topics will include: smart networking for new Americans, the benefits of volunteering, improving English skills, online learning opportunities, rebuilding your career or finding a new one, and making your own "Possibility Map."
Registration suggested.
 
Getting Your Bicycle Ready for the Season
Saturday, March 11, 10:00 am
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
Mike Gray of Sourland Cycles in Hopewell Borough will share hints and tips on getting your bike ready for the warm weather.  Mike will do a live presentation on demo bikes and be available to answer questions. 
Registration suggested.
 
Agents of Change: Famous Women New Jersey Women
Wednesday, March 22, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
Down the alphabet, from Dr. Virginia Apgar, inventor of the Apgar score, to legendary Revolutionary War heroine Temperance Wick, New Jersey women have been integral to American history. While the lives and contributions of these pioneers don't fit a specific category, what they do have in common is both their energy and the sense of purpose they brought to their lives. In this lecture, New Jersey photojournalist Jim DelGiudice will examine the stories of these passionate individuals as well as the social context of the times they lived in.
Registration suggested.
 
Board Games & Cocoa
Saturday, March 25, 2:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
Stop by the Hopewell Branch Library with some friends and join our newly forming Board Gaming Group!  Come in out of the chilly weather and learn a new game, meet some new friends, and sip on some cozy cocoa. The library has some of the basics, but we encourage you to bring some of your favorite games!  This project is aimed towards adults and youth old enough to run their own games.
 
Understanding & Responding to Dementia Related Behavior
Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Behavior often takes the place of language in persons with dementia. Learn new ways to decode behavioral messages, identify behavior triggers & intervene in positive ways to challenges. Workshop presented by the Alzheimer's Association.
 
Lunch Time Meditation
Mondays, March 6, 13 & 20, 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.
 
Yoga for Beginners
Saturday, March 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. Aruna, is a trained Isha facilitator.
 
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
Wednesday, March 15, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Learn about EFT ("tapping"), a fast growing, popular stress release tool in the emerging field of Energy Psychology. It involves tuning into a distressing thought/feeling while tapping on head and upper body acupuncture meridian points.  It was made available on the internet in the late nineties and by now, millions of people around the world are using it in their personal and professional lives.  It's simple, safe, and fast.  
 
Free Immigration Legal Clinic
Tuesday, March 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.
Registration required.
 
Heartfulness Meditation Workshop Series
Thursdays, March 2 & 9, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 29, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Attend a practical workshop on heartfulness meditation with yogic transmission. The facilitator will guide you in meditation techniques to reduce stress. Learn to calm your mind and improve the quality of your life.
Registration suggested, walk-ins welcome.
 
Residential Home Buying and Selling: Session #2
The Home-Buying Process
Wednesday, March 8, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Lisa Weil, sales associate at the Princeton location of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, will give a detailed review of the home-buying process. A real estate attorney will participate as a guest speaker.
Registration suggested, walk-ins welcome.
 
Sahaja Yoga Meditation
Sunday, March 12, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Experience the peace and joy you can derive from Kundalini awakening, and feel its benefits in your life. Note that this is a meditation workshop; exercise clothing is not necessary.
Registration suggested, walk-ins welcome.
 
Estate Planning Basics
Thursday, March 16, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Lynda K. Dillman, FIC, MSM, financial associate at Thrivent Financial, will teach you: why you need an estate plan; strategies to plan for incapacity, including special healthcare directives; fundamental information about wills, trusts, and life insurance; and key tax basics, including an overview of the federal gift tax, estate tax, and generation-skipping transfer tax. You'll also receive a free workbook created for this presentation.
Registration suggested, walk-ins welcome.
 
American Heart Association Adult/Child Family and Friends CPR 
Thursday, March 30, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Learn to perform CPR on adults or children (1 year or older) and how to help an adult or child who is choking. The class is designed for members of the general community who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card.
Registration suggested, walk-ins welcome.
 

March Programs for the Mercer County Library System

 
Effective Communication with People with Alzheimer's Disease
Wednesday, March 8, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Find out how to decode the verbal and behavioral messages your loved one is delivering and how to respond in a helpful manner. You will also learn about how communication changes through the course of the disease. Presented by Nicolette Vasco, Program Coordinator, Alzheimer's Association
Registration required.
 
The Irish in the American Civil War
Saturday, March 11, 2:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Discover the stories of these brave sons of Erin.  Presented by Michael Jesberger, Historical Reenactor, Lecturer, and Tour Guide
Registration required.
 
Ziegfeld Girls
Saturday, March 18, 2:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
From 1907 to 1931, Florenz Ziegfeld's famous "Ziegfeld Girls" became an American institution.  Learn about these symbols of the modern, independent woman and hear about individuals such as Irving Berlin, Fanny Brice, Ruth Etting, and others. Presented by New York lecturer, historian, and licensed New York City tour guide, Marty Schneit.
Registration required.
 
Keep This, Toss That
Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Jamie Novak, best-selling author of Keep This, Toss That, will present an informative and humorous program to show you how to clean out your closets, organize your space, make your piles of paper disappear, and stay motivated!
Registration required.
 
The Irish in the Civil War
Wednesday, March 1, 7:30 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Michael Jesberger will discuss the Irish presence in the American Civil War, many of whom fought in the Union Army and fought with the Confederacy. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.
Registration required.
 
Anne and Charles Lindbergh- Couple for an Age (Part 1)
Wednesday, March 15, 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 Anne Morrow and Charles Lindbergh:  their marriage, 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. 
 
Conquer the Clutter
Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
John Odalen (Organize and Maintain) will give tips on saving time and money by cleaning up the clutter and organizing your home/office/business.  Discover new ways of looking at your stuff, assess the real value, and decide what you really need to keep.
Registration required.
 
Anne and Charles Lindbergh-Couple for an Age (Part 2)
Thursday, March 30, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Local East Amwell historian and author Jim Davidson continues his discussion on the lives of Anne and Charles Lindbergh:  baby kidnapping, the ransom payment, discovery of the body, arrest of Bruno Hauptmann, and the subsequent Trial of the Century, flowed by an in-depth discussion of the couple's post-trial lives. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.
Registration required.
 
Rhythm N' Sound: "Musical Review - 40's to 80's"
Saturday, March 11, 2:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Rhythm N' Sound is a trio of musicians whose 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. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
Registration suggested.
 
Emerald Ash Borer: Treatment Options for Homeowners
Thursday, March 16, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
The dreaded emerald ash borer is in our community and thousands of ash trees are now under threat. What can you do?  Pam Zipse, Outreach Coordinator of the Rutgers Urban Forestry Program of the NJ Agricultural Experiment Station and Nicholas Polanin, Agricultural Agent for Somerset County, will walk you through your options, including a mechanism for evaluating the costs of treatment versus removal. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
Registration suggested.
 
Pinelands: New Jersey's Suburban Wilderness
Thursday, March 23, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Join photographer Albert Horner in this presentation on the beauty of the Pinelands National Reserve. Copies of his book "Pinelands: New Jersey's Suburban Wilderness" will be available through the Friends of the Lawrence Library for sale and signing. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
Registration suggested.
 
Author Talk: David Price
Thursday, March 30, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Lawrenceville resident and Historical Interpreter at Pennsylvania's Washington Crossing Historic Park David Price will present his book "RESCUING THE REVOLUTION: Unsung Patriot Heroes and the Ten Crucial Days of America's War for Independence." Copies of his book will be available through the Friends of the Lawrence Library for sale and signing. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
Registration suggested.
 
Learning Express and Job and Career Accelerator  
Thursday, March 16, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Come to the library computer lab and learn about Job and Career Accelerator which will help you develop a professional resume, create a cover letter, and explore employment options and opportunities.  Learning Express Library is a powerhouse of instructional material for elementary school through graduate school, entrance exams, and career assessments.  Learning Express Library offers classes on a wide range of computer topics and can help prepare you for your next job.  Sign up for the class at www.mcl.org.
Registration required, walk-ins welcome.
 
Islam: Perspectives and Understanding from Within the Religion
Monday, March 6, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Dr. Sheikh Mateen Khan from the Islamic Center of Mercer County (ICMC) will present an introduction to basic Muslim beliefs and practices with the goal of deepening our shared understanding of the religion. Followed by a question and answer period.
 
Utilizing Social Media in Your Genealogical Research
Sunday, March 12, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Many people are turning to different forms of Social Media to discover genealogical clues. Come and learn how to use blogs, videos, and other types of social media to make new connections in your genealogical research. Presented by Cathy Zahn of the Central Jersey Genealogical Society. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.
 
Jewish New York
Wednesday, March 29, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
New York tour director Marty Schneit details how Jewish America started in New York.   Marty will talk about the Brownsville Girls, Shearith Israel, Temple Emanuel, Jews of Brighton Beach, the Andrew Freedman House, Eldridge Street Synagogue, Rebbe Schneerson, Washington Heights (Frankfurt on the Hudson), Zabars, the egg cream and Henny Youngman. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.
 
For Adults and Families: Saint Patrick's Day Shamrock Banner
Tuesday, March 14, 6:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Make a St. Patrick's Day banner out of old book pages as a festive March decoration for your home. 
Registration required.
 
Guided Meditation and Gentle Stretching
Tuesday, March 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.
 
PowerPoint Basics
Wednesday, March 22, 10:30 am
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Learn how to create basic presentations, format text, and insert images. 
Registration required.
 
Résumé Review
Saturday, March 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.
 
Adult Craft:  Popsicle Stick Plant Hanger
Tuesday, March 28, 6:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Use popsicle sticks and twine to make a creative hanging holder for a potted plant, just in time for spring. 
Registration required.
 
Celtic Music with Ian Gallagher
Saturday, March 4, 1:30 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
Get in the spirit for St. Patrick's Day as Ian Gallagher returns with more of his spritely Celtic music.
 
Life Coaching Workshop for Immigrants
Wednesday, March 8, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
Join this monthly support group led by Nora Siklosi, Communication Specialist and Certified Career Coach. Topics will include: smart networking for new Americans, the benefits of volunteering, improving English skills, online learning opportunities, rebuilding your career or finding a new one, and making your own "Possibility Map."
Registration suggested.
 
Getting Your Bicycle Ready for the Season
Saturday, March 11, 10:00 am
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
Mike Gray of Sourland Cycles in Hopewell Borough will share hints and tips on getting your bike ready for the warm weather.  Mike will do a live presentation on demo bikes and be available to answer questions. 
Registration suggested.
 
Agents of Change: Famous Women New Jersey Women
Wednesday, March 22, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
Down the alphabet, from Dr. Virginia Apgar, inventor of the Apgar score, to legendary Revolutionary War heroine Temperance Wick, New Jersey women have been integral to American history. While the lives and contributions of these pioneers don't fit a specific category, what they do have in common is both their energy and the sense of purpose they brought to their lives. In this lecture, New Jersey photojournalist Jim DelGiudice will examine the stories of these passionate individuals as well as the social context of the times they lived in.
Registration suggested.
 
Board Games & Cocoa
Saturday, March 25, 2:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08520
609-737-2610
Stop by the Hopewell Branch Library with some friends and join our newly forming Board Gaming Group!  Come in out of the chilly weather and learn a new game, meet some new friends, and sip on some cozy cocoa. The library has some of the basics, but we encourage you to bring some of your favorite games!  This project is aimed towards adults and youth old enough to run their own games.
 
Understanding & Responding to Dementia Related Behavior
Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Behavior often takes the place of language in persons with dementia. Learn new ways to decode behavioral messages, identify behavior triggers & intervene in positive ways to challenges. Workshop presented by the Alzheimer's Association.
 
Lunch Time Meditation
Mondays, March 6, 13 & 20, 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.
 
Yoga for Beginners
Saturday, March 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. Aruna, is a trained Isha facilitator.
 
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
Wednesday, March 15, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Learn about EFT ("tapping"), a fast growing, popular stress release tool in the emerging field of Energy Psychology. It involves tuning into a distressing thought/feeling while tapping on head and upper body acupuncture meridian points.  It was made available on the internet in the late nineties and by now, millions of people around the world are using it in their personal and professional lives.  It's simple, safe, and fast.  
 
Free Immigration Legal Clinic
Tuesday, March 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.
Registration required.
 
Heartfulness Meditation Workshop Series
Thursdays, March 2 & 9, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 29, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Attend a practical workshop on heartfulness meditation with yogic transmission. The facilitator will guide you in meditation techniques to reduce stress. Learn to calm your mind and improve the quality of your life.
Registration suggested, walk-ins welcome.
 
Residential Home Buying and Selling: Session #2
The Home-Buying Process
Wednesday, March 8, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Lisa Weil, sales associate at the Princeton location of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, will give a detailed review of the home-buying process. A real estate attorney will participate as a guest speaker.
Registration suggested, walk-ins welcome.
 
Sahaja Yoga Meditation
Sunday, March 12, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Experience the peace and joy you can derive from Kundalini awakening, and feel its benefits in your life. Note that this is a meditation workshop; exercise clothing is not necessary.
Registration suggested, walk-ins welcome.
 
Estate Planning Basics
Thursday, March 16, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Lynda K. Dillman, FIC, MSM, financial associate at Thrivent Financial, will teach you: why you need an estate plan; strategies to plan for incapacity, including special healthcare directives; fundamental information about wills, trusts, and life insurance; and key tax basics, including an overview of the federal gift tax, estate tax, and generation-skipping transfer tax. You'll also receive a free workbook created for this presentation.
Registration suggested, walk-ins welcome.
 
American Heart Association Adult/Child Family and Friends CPR 
Thursday, March 30, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Learn to perform CPR on adults or children (1 year or older) and how to help an adult or child who is choking. The class is designed for members of the general community who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card.
Registration suggested, walk-ins welcome.
 

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