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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.

May Programs for the Mercer County Library System

Friends of the Lawrence Library Book Sale
Friday, May 12, 6:00 – 8:30 pm (*Preview Night*)
Saturday, May 13 through Sunday, May 21, during operating hours
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.
*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.
 
The Garden State: Where Ideas Grow
Thursday, May 18, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
M&M's, solar panels, transistors, flexible film and Graham crackers are but a few of the useful and unique creations from the minds of Garden State residents. Not to mention the 1,093 patents issued to Thomas Alva Edison. Learn about the many inventions and innovations made in New Jersey from lecturer Linda J. Barth – an author, retired teacher and local historian. Refreshments served. Registration is suggested.  Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Blood Pressure Screening and Stroke Information
Wednesday, May 24, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
May is the National Stroke Awareness Month! In regard to it, members of the Capital Health medical staff will conduct free blood pressure screening and provide stroke information. No registration is required.  Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org for questions. 
 
Introduction to Japanese Flute - Shakuhachi 
Thursday, May 25, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Shakuhachi is considered one of the most difficult instruments in the world. This presentation by local teacher, musician and flute maker Glenn Shouyuu Swann will be part performance of representative pieces, part lecture on Shakuhachi history and its cultural importance. Interested audience members would be able to try playing the instrument. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.
 
Library Catalog & Website
Wednesday, May 31, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-989-6922
Become a savvy library patron!  Find anything in our catalog: book, DVD, CD, or electronic materials. Learn how to access your library account.  Find out how to place an interlibrary loan, have materials shipped from another branch, and suggest an item for purchase. Register online at www.mcl.org or go to the Reference Desk to register in person.  
 
Back Injuries: Causes & Prevention
Thursday, May 4, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Alka Sishodia, physical therapist at Beyond Limits Therapeutics in Princeton Junction, will talk about how to reduce the chances of back injury, and how physical therapy can help to bring the injured back into normal alignment, and pain reduction. Registration is suggested, although walk-ins are welcome.
 
Racial Literacy Series
Saturday, May 6, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
The panel will include Dr. Sumeera Baig (physician and member of the Board of the Medina Community Clinic), Dr. Lalaie Ameeriar (Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara), Afsheen Shamsi (Board Member of ACLU-NJ, Director of Communications and Marketing for the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University), and Ziad Ahmed (activist and student). Registration is suggested, although walk-ins are welcome.
 
Elder Law & Estate Planning
Wednesday, May 10, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Victor J. Medina, host of Make It Last WCTC radio show, will discuss the legal strategies for estate planning and the protection of assets. All attendees will receive a free copy of his latest book, Make It Last: How to Get, and Keep, Your Legal Ducks in a Row. Registration is suggested, although walk-ins are welcome.
  
Introduction to Islam
Thursday, May 11, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Dr. 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. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer period. Registration is suggested, although walk-ins are welcome.
 
The Marconi Revolution
Thursday, May 18, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
609-799-0462
Marconi stands out above other radio pioneers as one who also developed the equipment he needed and took his efforts out of the laboratory—and proved the commercial value of wireless technology in New Jersey! Registration is suggested, although walk-ins are welcome.
 
Blood Pressure Screening/Stroke Awareness
Wednesday, May 10, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch, Mercer County Library System
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
High blood pressure is a common and dangerous condition that can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, which is why it's so important to check your blood pressure regularly. Get screened by a registered nurse and learn about what you can do to help lower your risk. This is a drop-in program; no registration is necessary.
 
"An Afternoon at the Movies": Jackie
Thursday, May 11, 1:30 pm
Robbinsville Branch, Mercer County Library System
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
This 2016 movie portrays First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's fight through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy after his assassination. (Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard). Rated PG-13; 100 minutes. Registration required.
 
"An Afternoon at the Movies": Fences
Thursday, May 25, 1:30 pm
Robbinsville Branch, Mercer County Library System
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
In this 2016 film a working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life. (Denzel Washington, Viola Davis). Rated PG-13; 139 minutes. Registration required.
 
The Debris They Left Behind
Thursday, May 11, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch, Mercer County Library System
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Very often, a physical object or a story told about a late relative triggers an interest in finding out more about your family's history. Come and learn how to enhance or add to your genealogical research through the objects made or used by your ancestors and the places or sources where the "debris" was found.  Presented by local genealogist Cathy Zahn. Registration required.
 
History of the Hindenburg
Thursday, May 18, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch, Mercer County Library System
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-2150
Eighty years ago, 36 people died when the German zeppelin Hindenburg caught fire while attempting to dock at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station. Learn about the history of the doomed airship and of what is now Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst. A DVD presentation, authentic Hindenburg artifacts, and a Q and A session will all be included.   Presented by Carl Jablonski, President, Navy Lakehurst Historical Society. Registration required.
 
Women in Islam
Wednesday, May 3, 7:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Heba Macksoud 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 and The Wall Street Journal and at Zaytuna College, America's first and only Muslim Liberal Arts College. In the past five years, she co-directed ING-NJ, an organization providing cultural literacy about Islam for non-Muslims, and is currently the co-leader for the main chapter of 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.
 
Benefits of Believing in Reincarnation
Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Arvind D. Shah of the Ratna Global Foundation will talk about the many benefits of a belief in reincarnation including improving creativity, maintaining calm, solving phobias such as a fear of heights and promoting a joyful death.
 
Art Exhibit & Reception
May 1 through June 27
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
Joy Sacalis and Susan Winter will display their exciting and colorful art May 1 through June 27 during usual library hours. A reception will be held to celebrate the new show on Thursday, May 4 from 7 - 9 pm. All are welcome.
 
Hand Embroidery Basics for Beginners
Monday, May 1, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
This is an introductory hand embroidery class for beginners. Get acquainted with the basic materials and techniques used for hand embroidery, then learn basic embroidery stitches. Your first embroidery project will be a small stitch sampler. Stitches Learned:  Running Stitch, Back Stitch, Chain Stitch, French Knot, Blanket Stitch. No previous experience necessary. All materials provided. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library.
 
Oscar Fridays Film Series: Life, Animated
Friday, May 5, 1:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
(2016): Rated PG; 92 minutes
The inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. Free admission. Registration not required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.
 
Oscar Fridays Film Series: Allied
Friday, May 19, 1:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
(2016): (Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris). Rated R; 124 minutes
In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Free admission.  Registration not required.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing library.
 
Oscar Fridays Film Series: Silence
May 26, 1:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
(2016): (Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield) Rated R; 161 minutes
In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.
Free admission.  Registration not required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.
 
Lady Liberty: History of the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, with Kevin Woyce
Wednesday, May 3, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3130
Learn how Lady Liberty was built and what she symbolizes; discover the many people involved in her creation, and hear brief histories of Ellis Island and Liberty State Park.  The presentation includes original photography of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and New York Harbor, and vintage images of historic people, places, and events. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.
 
Sunday Afternoon at the Movies: La La Land  
Sunday, May 7, 2:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3130
(2016): (Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Rosemarie DeWitt). Rated PG-13; 128 minutes
A jazz pianist falls for an inspiring actress in Los Angeles.
Free admission for ages 18 and up. Registration not required.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.
 
Sunday Afternoon at the Movies: Lion
Sunday, May 21, 2:00 pm
Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3130
(2016): (Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara). Rated PG-13; 118 minutes
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia.  Twenty-five years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Free admission for ages 18 and up. Registration not required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.
 
Blood Pressure Screening and Stroke Awareness Information
Wednesday, May 3, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville, Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
As part of National Stroke Awareness Month, Capital Health will offer free blood pressure screenings in the community. Get screened by a registered nurse and receive information on things you can do to help lower your risk for stroke.
 
Energy Medicine: Renewal and Rejuvenation
Saturday, May 6, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville, Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Jody Levy from Peak Vitality will share self-care techniques, using energy medicine principles to help participants improve their health and well-being.
 
Job Readiness Workshop for Immigrants 
Wednesday, May 10, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville, Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Join this monthly support group led by Nora Siklosi, Communication Specialist and Certified Career Coach. Topics 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 is requested.
 
Anime Aficionados – "ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept."     
Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville, Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Join us as we watch the first three episodes of this political drama. No registration necessary.
Please Note: Anime will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Films are for an adult and older teen audience and may include adult (rating of 17+) content.
 
Waterscapes - a hands-on art making workshop presented by PAFA
Saturday, May 20, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington-Titusville, Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Join Dressler Smith from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for Waterscapes, a hands-on workshop that is part of the museum's Observe and Create Traveling Workshop Series.  Participants will use historic waterscape paintings from PAFA's permanent collection and their lush depictions of oceans, rivers and waterways as points of departure to create their own original waterscapes and will learn the techniques of applying acrylic paint to an unusual canvas – sea shells. All materials provided.  Registration is required.
 
Lunch Time Meditation
Mondays, May 1, 8, 15 and 22, 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.
 
Health Talk: Diabetes
Thursday, May 4, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that affects almost 26 million people in the United States alone. And it is associated with many risk factors which develop into serious, life-threatening complications. Learn how to lower your risk of pre-diabetes & type 2 diabetes, reduce diabetes complications & incorporate low-glycemic level foods into your diet in this talk by local health educator, Lessley Chiriboga.
 
Yoga for Beginners
Saturday, May 20, 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.
 
Beginning Your Family Research
Thursday, May 25, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Hightstown Branch
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-1474
Genealogy instruction for those wanting to begin the journey with Cathy Zahn about how to research your family history using census, military and other available records.
 
Free Immigration Legal Clinic
Tuesday, May 30, 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.
 

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