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May Programs for the Mercer County Library System

Hightstown Library Association Spring Book Sale
Friday, April 27 - Saturday, May 5
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Come to find literary treasures for sale at a great price! $3 per bag Friday & Saturday, May 4 & 5 ONLY! Purchases support programs and materials for the library.
 
Meditation for Beginners
Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Attain health, clarity, and joy with Isha Kriya, a simple and powerful meditation technique. In this one-hour session, you will learn a simple meditation practice that you can use at home. No previous experience is necessary. Please bring a yoga mat and towel. Presented by the Isha Foundation, an international non-profit which aims to bring well-being to everyone through yoga and meditation. Registration is required.
 
Tai Chi
Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 - 8:00 pm 
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Instructor Gang Huang will demonstrate movements while participants follow along. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.
 
Must Get a Job!
Wednesdays, May 2, 9 & 16, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
For new graduates and those returning to the job market. Join Lisa Hill, a career & job search pro, for this employment hunting seminar series. May 2: resume development, May 9: job search skills and May 16: interview preparation.
 
Blood Pressure Screening/Stroke Awareness
Wednesday, May 2, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Get screened by a registered nurse and learn about what you can do to help lower your risk. Presented by Mary Rosner, RN, MSN, Community Health Educator with Capital Health.  
This is a drop-in program; no registration is necessary. Please call 609-259-2150 with any questions.
 
Adult Craft Workshop: Make a Mother’s Day Card
Wednesday, May 2, 6:00 pm, & Saturday, April 28, 7:00 & 9:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Join Reference Librarian Dana Sessa to create beautiful Mother’s Day greeting cards that will be truly appreciated by those receiving them. Registration is required and limited to 15 participants. Call 609-989-6920 or e-mail lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Bullying Stops—Today!
Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 - 8:00 pm 
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
As a school principal and director of guidance, Mark Walters has regularly spoken out against the evils of bullying —in schools as well as in society in general. His time-proven strategy will give parents and students a way to deal with the bullying epidemic that is pervading our communities.
 
Hand Embroidery for Beginners
Thursday, May 3, 7:00 – 8:30 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.
 
Princeton and the American Revolution
Thursday, May 3, 7:00 - 8:30 pm 
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Learn about Princeton’s history and the remarkable events of the “Ten Crucial Days,” which began on Christmas Day, 1776, and marked the turning point of the Revolutionary War. Hear the story, often spoken in the soldiers’ own words, of the sacrifice, bravery, and perseverance of the Continental soldiers.
 
Investor Protection Program
Monday, May 7, 10:00 am
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
Learn to protect yourself from investment fraud and be a more savvy financial service/product consumer.  Presented by Arlene Ferris-Waks, Director of Investor Outreach with the New Jersey Bureau of Securities and recipient of the NJ Attorney General's award for excellence in public outreach. Registration is suggested but not required at www.mcl.org.  
 
Beaded Wind Chime
Tuesday, May 8, 6:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive,
East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Use beads, thread, and natural twigs to make a pretty hanging wind chime. For ages 15 and up. Registration is required.
 
Uncovering Trenton's Unique Colonial Steelworks:
Archaeological Excavations at Petty’s Run
Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Before the battles for Independence, Trenton saw another revolution: one of the first steelworks in North America.  Large-scale archaeological excavations and historical research have located the remains of the steel furnace and other features at Petty’s Run, next to the New Jersey Statehouse.  Dr. Ian Burrow, who directed the archaeological project, will explain what was found and the important story it tells. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.
 
Understanding Nutrition Fact Food Labels
Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Road
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 is required.
 
Computer Basics class
Wednesday, May 9, 10:00 am 
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
Join us in Hollowbrook Community Center's computer lab to learn basic computer skills.  This class is for beginners to computer use, covering topics such as using a mouse and navigating websites. Registration is suggested, but not required at www.mcl.org.
 
Friends of the Lawrence Library Spring Open House featuring “Over Here, Molly Pitcher”
Thursday, May 10, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
You are cordially invited to join the Friends of the Lawrence Library for their Spring Open House. We will begin with an interpretive storytelling program by Stacy Roth called “Over Here, Molly Pitcher,” in which “Molly” recounts how she became the heroine of the 1778 Battle of Monmoth Courthouse. Refreshments will follow. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
This program has been made possible by the Friends of the Lawrence Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.
 
Same-Day Joint Replacement Surgery
Thursday, May 10, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Learn about minimally invasive approaches to joint replacements, pain control, and rapid recovery; find out if you are a candidate. Presented by Brian Culp, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, and member of the Medical Staff of Penn Medicine Princeton Health. Registration is required.
 
Art for Healing
Thursday, May 10, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Creating art promotes mental and emotional well-being, and can improve your physical health as well. Learn how creative expression can start you on a path toward wellness. Presented by a board-certified art therapist. 
 
Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale
Friday, May 11, 6:00 – 8:30 pm (Preview Night)
Saturday, May 12, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm through Sunday, May 20
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, May 11. 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.
 
Sci-Fi Movie: I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)
Monday, May 14, 6:00 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive,
East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Aliens arrive on Earth to possess the bodies of humans. One of their first victims is a young man, whose new wife soon realizes something is wrong with him. Not Rated.  88 minutes. This program was made possible by generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Branch.
 
Power for the People: The Birth of Democracy
Monday, May 14, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Dr. Dobrinka Chiekova, adjunct professor of history at The College of New Jersey, will discuss the special social and political conditions in ancient Athens which set the stage for democracy. She will discuss whether or not democracy was really inevitable; why ordinary citizens embraced and protected it; and how our understanding of democracy today resembles and differs from that of the Athenian citizen 2,500 years ago. Registration is required.
 
Craft Circle
Monday, May 14, 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!
 
The Legend of the Jersey Devil
Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
This presentation will cover the reporting on the accounts of the Jersey Devil. Dr. Angus Kress Gillespie is a professor of American Studies at Rutgers University. The author of several books and numerous articles, Dr. Gillespie has a keen interest in the folklore of the Pine Barrens. This program is a Public Scholar Project program funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration is required.
 
Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Behavior often takes the place of language in persons with dementia. Learn new ways to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and intervene in more positive ways to common challenges. Presented by the Great New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s AssociationRegistration is requested.
 
Brain Games: Keep Your Mind Sharp!
Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Learn about the brain as the “master computer” and the importance of brain health. Play brain games to strengthen the brain and sharpen the memory. Michael Salas is an experienced community health representative at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield.  
  
Landlord/ Tenant Laws in New Jersey
Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
A free informational seminar provided by the Mercer County Superior Court “Courts & You” program. Learn about your rights as a tenant or landlord. Please register. Call 609-448-0957 or email hcprogs@mcl.org.
 
Blood Pressure Screening & Stroke Info
Wednesday, May 16, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
High blood pressure is a common and dangerous condition that increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in the United States. A registered nurse will conduct the screenings.
 
Bone Density Screening (in parking lot)
Thursday, May 17, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to lose density, weaken, and become prone to fracture. This quick, noninvasive screening offers a peripheral measure of the ankle bone to determine whether you are at risk.
 
Afternoon Movie
Thursday, May 17, 12:30 pm
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
The Maltese Falcon (1941). (Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre). NR; 101 minutes.
A San Francisco private detective is enlisted to track down a stolen artifact, a priceless, jewel-laden statuette of a black bird. A Best Picture nominee that features an Oscar-nominated screenplay. Light refreshments will be served. 
 
Senior Moving Workshop
Thursday, May 17, 2:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Downsizing and moving is stressful at any age. This informative workshop by Keller Williams Real Estate will talk about the current real estate market; selling your home for top dollar, downsizing to a house, condo or retirement community; decluttering; and adding value to your home. Call 609 448-0957 or email hcprogs@mcl.org
 
Common Hip Problems
Thursday, May 17, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Hip problems can make even the simple, everyday tasks seem challenging. Join Brian Culp, MD, specializing in orthopedic surgery, as he discusses common hip problems, including arthritis, and details a range of joint replacement options. Dr. Culp is a member of the Medical Staff of Penn Medicine Princeton Health. Call 609 448-0957 or email hcprogs@mcl.org.
 
Dance/Movement Therapy for Anxiety and Depression
Thursday, May 17, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Dance/movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual, for the purpose of improving health and well-being. Join Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, Eri Millrod, as she introduces this newer therapy and discusses how it can benefit those with depression and/or anxiety. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Yoga for Beginners
Saturday, May 19, 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. Instruction by a trained Isha facilitator.
 
Downsizing Strategies for Seniors
Monday, May 21, 6:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
The idea of downsizing and moving can feel extremely overwhelming.  Moving is stressful at any age. It is one of the top most stressful life events for anyone. Our informative workshop will cover all of these topics and will provide concrete, actionable information that will help you feel in control and less stressed.Registration is requested.
 
Monday Night Book Group: Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock by David Margolick
Monday, May 21, 6:30 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive,
East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
The names Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan Massery may not be well known, but the image of them from September 1957 surely is: a black high school girl, dressed in white, walking stoically in front of Little Rock Central High School, and a white girl standing directly behind her, face twisted in hate, screaming racial epithets. Join us for our monthly meeting. Registration is preferred.
 
How to Find a Great Job
Monday, May 21, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Career and job search pro Lisa Hill has more than 25 years of experience in the recruiting business, helping people find jobs and finding candidates for companies. Learn about creating a resume, job search methods, finding the right career/job for you; how to market yourself; how to search for jobs on the Internet and much more. Call 609 448-0957 or email hcprogs@mcl.org.
 
Crafts for adults: Paper flower bouquets
Monday, May 21, 7:00 pm
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
Make a bouquet of beautiful paper flowers. Registration is recommended at www.mcl.org.
 
Is it Real or is it Fake? A Discussion about News
Tuesday, May 22, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Presented by Donna Shaw, professor and chair of Journalism and Professional Writing at The College of New Jersey. Defining "fake news" used to be easy: It consisted of lies told on purpose. U.S. politicians, and some unscrupulous news outlets, have been engaging in this practice for centuries. Today, though, it's more complicated, and more divisive. So how can we spot fake news -- and how can we keep from accidentally spreading it ourselves? Registration is required.
 
Geeks and Gadgets
Wednesday, May 23, 2:00 pm
Hollowbrook Branch
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Trenton, NJ 08638
609-883-5914
Not sure about all your cell phone features?  Haven't figured out that new e-reader?  Staff from Mercer County Library's IT department will help you resolve problems with any electronic devices – computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets, etc. Try to bring any documentation for your device. Registration is suggested, but not required at www.mcl.org.
 
Patriotic Medley Concert
Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Join us for a salute to our armed forces performed by Ambiance the Duo on bass and clarinet. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration is required.
 
New Jersey Marijuana Legalization: Challenges and Opportunities
Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Nick Scalera of NJ Cannabis Consulting, will discuss the US legal recreational marijuana market and describe the legalization process currently underway in New Jersey. This informational seminar will identify potential opportunities for various types of organizations and provide interested parties with a set of immediate action items. Mr. Scalera has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of business management and marketing and is not an advocate for the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey. Call 609 448-0957 or email hcprogs@mcl.org.
 
The Birth of Democracy
Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Democracy was invented more than 2500 years ago in Ancient Greece. We are still building it. Dr. Dobrinka Chiekova, History department, The College of New Jersey, will discuss the special social and political conditions in Ancient Athens, which allowed the invention of democracy. We will ask whether or not democracy was really inevitable. We will consider why the ordinary citizens embraced and protected it. We will conclude by discussing how our understanding of democracy today resembles and differs from the understanding of the Athenian citizen, 2500 years ago. Registration is requested.
 
Adult Movie:  Phantom Thread (2017)
Thursday, May 24, 6:30 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive,
East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
The strange tale of a dress designer who falls for a mysterious woman. Rated R. Run time: 130 minutes. Registration is preferred.  This program was made possible with generous funding from the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library.
 
Everyone Aches: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Wednesday, May 24, 7:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Discover the steps you can take to prevent the onset of arthritis, how you can manage the disease and the treatment options that are available with Gina C. Del Giudice, MD, and Michael J. Froncek, MD, both board certified in rheumatology and internal medicine and members of the Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. Registration requested.
 
The Barbarian World: Prehistoric Society in Northern and Western Europe
Thursday, May 24, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Before the Greeks and Romans, central and northern Europe were home to pre-literate peoples who developed remarkable societies that left no written records. Join Peter Bogucki, an associate dean for undergraduate affairs of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Princeton University, for this lecture that will be illustrated with images of important sites and finds, along with maps and timelines, to tell the story of ancient Europe known from archaeology. Peter Bogucki is also an archaeologist who received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His most recent book “The Barbarians” received the 2018 Book Award from the Society for American Archaeology in the Popular category. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
End of Life Planning
Wednesday, May 30, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Richard Zimmer of Barlow & Zimmer Funeral home will discuss end of life planning and preparation to ensure that both you and your loved ones are properly cared for according to your wishes. Call 609 448-0957 or email hcprogs@mcl.org.
 
Excel Basics
Wednesday, May 30, 10:30 am
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive,
East Windsor, NJ
609-443-1880
Learn how to input data and format spreadsheets for everyday tasks. Mouse and keyboard skills are essential. Registration is required.
 
Internet Security: How to Stay Malware and Virus Free
Thursday, May 31, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Joshua Stone, owner of Digital Doc Princeton, will be giving this informative course on Internet Security. He will educate participants on taking correct precautions to stay malware and virus free and how to protect their important information from phishing. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or emaillawprogs@mcl.org.

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