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Mercer County Library February Programs

February Programs for the Mercer County Library System
 

Craft Time: Decorative Frames

Saturday, February 1, 10:00 am

Lawrence Headquarters Branch 

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8294

Create and design one-of-a-kind picture frames.  Can make a great Valentines keepsake! 

Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.

 

Review for the Citizenship Exam

Tuesdays, February 4, 11, 18 & 25, 6:00 pm

Hightstown Memorial 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.

Register by telephone or at the library.

 

Breathe, Relax, and Let Go: Yoga with Nila

Tuesdays, February 4 & 11, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

Classes are led by a certified yoga instructor and are geared toward beginners, but all adults are welcome regardless of experience. 

Registration is suggested, but not required. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

 

Wednesday Matinée

Wednesday, February 5, 2:00 pm

Twin Rivers Branch

276 Abbington Drive 

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-443-1880

The Goldfinch (2019). Rated R; 149 minutes

Young Theo inadvertently steals a noteworthy piece of art in the aftermath of an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that kills his mother. He later crosses paths with the unruly Boris, and the pair finds their lives linked to the painting.  Based on the bestselling novel of the same name. 

Registration preferred. 

 

Current Events Chat

Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

One of the Hickory Corner librarians will moderate a thoughtful discussion of current events by patrons. All adults are welcome. No preparation is necessary. 

Registration begins on January 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

Wealth Management for Same-Sex Couples
Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
At this seminar we will discuss: Familiarizing yourself with the legal challenges that may affect you, planning for the retirement you want, taking advantage of tax-efficient investing, and protecting your legacy. Presented by Timothy Rossi, Financial Advisor from Merrill Lynch. 

Registration requested.

 

Natural Techniques to De-Stress, Re-Balance, and Re-Energize
Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch

42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road

Robbinsville, NJ 08691

609-259-2150 

Join Siobhan Hutchinson from Next Step Strategies, LLC and learn practical applications for daily living based on traditional Chinese and Energy Medicine. 

Registration is required.

 

Open Computer Lab

Thursday, February 6, 10:00 am; & Thursday, February 20, 2:30 pm

Twin Rivers Branch

276 Abbington Drive 

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-443-1880

Need to create a spreadsheet in Excel or a presentation in PowerPoint? Want to format your résumé in Word or create a new email address? Stop by our open computer lab. Our librarian will be available to offer assistance.

 

Heart Health
Thursday, February 6, 1:30 pm
Robbinsville Branch                                                                                                                            

42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road                                  

Robbinsville, NJ 08691                                                                                                                                                           

609-259-2150                                                                                                                                                                           

February is American Heart Month. Come learn about cardiovascular health and quality of life through prevention and detection, early identification of risk factors for heart attack, and more. 

Presented by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ.                                                                                                             

Registration is required.

 

Learners' Ledge Writing Workshop

Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20 & 27, 5:00 pm

Hightstown Memorial Branch

114 Franklin Street

Hightstown, NJ 08520

609-448-1474

Delve into the world of writing and explore the land of language arts in this workshop designed to work on students' reading & writing levels based on the NJ curriculum. Taught by a West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North student.

Registration suggested at www.mcl.org

 

Knit & Crochet Circle

Fridays, February 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

Bring yarn, and hook or needles, to start or continue your project. All adults are welcome, whatever your skill level!  

No registration necessary.

 

RideProvide 101
Friday, February 7, 11:00 am
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Road
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Presented by Carol Staats, program manager of Greater Mercer RideProvide. Greater Mercer RideProvide is a community-based, nonprofit transportation service for seniors 65 and over and visually impaired adults residing in Mercer County, Plainsboro, and the southern portion of Montgomery, New Jersey. RideProvide helps members maintain their independence and reduces isolation by providing a safe, reliable transportation option. Attend this information session to learn what the program has to offer and how you can take advantage of the benefits.

Registration required. Call 609-882-3148.

 

Alcohol & Drug Use Prevention
Monday, February 10, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Road
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Presented by Darlene Andes (Mercer County Division of Public Health). This program will provide information and education on the risks associated with excessive alcohol use, including binge drinking and education on drug addiction, particularly opioid addiction, and opioid overdose prevention. The 2018 Mercer County Community Health Assessment (CHA) carried out by the Greater Mercer Public Health Partnership (GMPHP) noted alcoholism as an area for concern in Mercer County. In New Jersey, drug overdose deaths increased 29.3% from 2016-2017.

Registration required. Call 609-882-3148.

 

Better Read Book Club

Monday, February 10, 7:00 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914
Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens

Join us for the monthly meeting of the "Better Read" book club for adults.  We will be discussing "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens. Copies of the book will be available at the library. Registration is suggested at www.mcl.org.   

 

Active Aging: Fitness with Bob

Tuesdays, February 11 & 18, 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. 

Registration is suggested, but not required.

 

Adult Crafts

Wednesday, February 12, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

Triskele Paper Globes: Want to take a flat sheet of paper and make it into a globe? No magic - just folding & glue! All materials will be provided. For ages 18 and 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.

 

Online Dating Workshop
Wednesday, February 12, 10:30 am
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Look for love at your Library! Interested in Online Dating, but not sure where to start? This class will introduce an array of online dating sites and apps, provide tips for creating an attractive profile, and discuss online and offline safety. Participants will have the opportunity to take and upload profile pictures!

Registration requested.

 

Computer Class: Google Docs

Wednesday, February 12, 2:00 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914
Learn to use Google Docs, an online alternative to Microsoft Word, while working in Hollowbrook Community Center's computer lab with an instructor.

Registration is suggested at www.mcl.org.

 

Résumé Review

Wednesday, February 12, 3:30 pm; & Saturday, February 15, 10:30 am

Twin Rivers Branch

276 Abbington Drive 

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-443-1880

Our librarian will review your résumé for content, grammar, and presentation. Bring a printed copy of your résumé. 

Registration required.

 

Investing Basics

Wednesday, February 12, 7:00­ - 8:00 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

Sheldon Boyarski, vice president and senior portfolio advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, will discuss selecting and managing investments.

Registration begins on January 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

Afternoon Movie: Harriet

Thursday, February 13, 12:30 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914              
Harriet (2019): (Leslie Odom, Jr., Cynthia Erivo). Rated PG-13; 125 minutes 

The incredible true story of Harriet Tubman, and her quest to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad.  Light refreshments will be served.

 

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Thursday, February 13, 7:00­ - 8:00 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

Learn how to make this time-honored treat, and taste a delicious sample. Presented by Karen Ambrose, pastry chef and owner of Sweet Gourmet, a made-to-order bakery in Princeton.

Registration begins on January 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

Trivia Night

Thursday, February 13, 7:00 pm

Twin Rivers Branch

276 Abbington Drive 

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-443-1880

Come to the library for a fun night of trivia.   Play in teams or individually.   Winners walk out with trivia night bragging rights! 

Registration preferred; walk-ins welcome.

 

Valentine's Day Storytime

Friday, February 14, 10:00 am

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914

Celebrate love!  Join us in a special Valentine's Day storytime for ages 2-6 with stories, songs and crafts. No registration is required.

 

Valentine's Day Movie Screening: Philadelphia Story (NR, 1940)
Friday, February 14, 1:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Road
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Philadelphia Story (1940): (Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn). Not Rated; 112 minutes

A sophisticated romantic comedy about a rich, spoiled socialite who learns some things about who she is and what she really wants on the eve of her second marriage. 

 

Yoga for Everyone!

Saturday, February 15, 10:30 am

Hightstown Memorial Branch

114 Franklin Street

Hightstown, NJ 08520

609-448-1474

This session offers simple, but powerful yoga postures to bring stability and balance. Open to anyone ages 7 & up! Bring a yoga mat and/or towel. Taught by an Isha Foundation instructor.

Registration suggested at www.mcl.org

 

Trivia Night
Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
Join us for an evening of family-friendly trivia. Questions are geared toward adults, but kids 10 and over are welcome to participate, too! Play alone or form a team (of up to 5 adult members). Please include team name and number of member when registering via email at tgardner@mcl.org. 

 

Skin Radiance & Skin Care

Wednesday, February 19, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

Join John E. Vine, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, for this informative session on skin care. Learn about sun protection, moisturizers, treatment of skin problems, and prevention of skin cancer. 

Registration begins January 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

Medicare & You

Wednesday, February 19, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

Anthony Williams, insurance agent with BGA Insurance Group, will explain how Medicare works, who is eligible, what is covered, and the costs of coinsurance and deductibles. 

Registration begins on January 22. Register online at www.mcl.org (Adult Programs), or call 609-448-0957 for assistance.

 

Princeton: Then and Now
Wednesday, February 19, 7:00 pm
Robbinsville Branch

42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road

Robbinsville, NJ 08691

609-259-2150                                                                                                                                                                           

Tour the town of Princeton from the comfort of your seat, compare images of the past and present, and see what has changed over the years and what has stayed the same.  Presented by Eve Mandel, Historical Society of Princeton.

Registration is required.

 

Crafty Adults: Duct Tape & Fabric Tote Bags

Thursday, February 20, 2:00 pm

Hightstown Memorial Branch

114 Franklin Street

Hightstown, NJ 08520

609-448-1474

Make a unique duct-tape and fabric tote with no sewing - no kidding! With a few simple supplies (that we provide), a little time, and no prior experience, you can make your own custom tote bag.

Registration required at www.mcl.org

 

Declutter Your Home Stress Free! 
Thursday, February 20, 7:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Road
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Presented by Olga St. Pierre, Keller Williams Real Estate. One of the biggest challenges for many homeowners is going through their "stuff" at home, and deciding what to do with everything, and having the motivation to get through this very dreaded process. We will create an action plan and talk about common clutter misconceptions, making decisions, motivation, investing time in this process, getting family and kids involved and getting to the finish line a winner!

Registration required. Call 609-882-3148.

 

Using Online Polish Archives for Genealogical Research

Thursday, February 20, 7:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch 

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8294

Amateur genealogist Elana Broch will share the experience she gained while researching  

the story of  her grandfather, Saul Lichtman, who died in 1941. Her genealogical quest took her to the IAJGS conference in Poland and a visit to the Jewish Historical Society in Warsaw may have provided the missing link to the wealth of information available via Jewish Records 

Indexing-Poland. 

Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or e-mail lawprogs@mcl.org

 

Documentary Screening: Pavarotti
Friday, February 21, 1:00 pm
Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Road
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148
Pavarotti (2019).Rated PG-13; 114 minutes

A look at the life and work of opera legend, Luciano Pavarotti.

 

The Truth about Human Trafficking
Saturday, February 22, 10:30 am
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
New Jersey is a hub of human trafficking because it's easily accessible via Interstate 95, and is also susceptible because of hosting a major tourist destination, Atlantic City, as well as its proximity to New York City and Philadelphia. This program will bring community awareness of the types of trafficking, how we can recognize the signs of a victim, how we can talk to our children about this issue and most importantly what to do if you suspect a person is a victim. Presented by the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking. 

Registration requested.

 

Code It! With mTiny Robots

Saturday, February 22, 3:30 pm

Hightstown Memorial Branch

114 Franklin Street

Hightstown, NJ 08520

609-448-1474

For children in Grades 1-3. Learn coding basics and fundamentals with the mTiny Robot—an interactive Panda-like robot just for kids.

Registration required at www.mcl.org

 

Adult Craft: Wood slice owls

Monday, February 24, 7:00 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914
Make a round wood slice into an adorable owl you can hang anywhere.  All materials will be provided.

Registration is required at www.mcl.org and space is limited.

 

Writers Support Group
Tuesday, February 25, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Hopewell Branch
245 Pennington Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
609-737-2610
All are welcome to attend and enjoy the challenges of becoming better writers, defeating writer's block and perfecting the craft. 

No registration necessary.

 

Science Fiction Book Club: The Three-Body Problem

Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu. Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. 

No registration necessary.

 

Black History Month Presentation: The Life and Legacy of Jack Sherrod

Thursday, February 27, 7:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch 

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8294

This presentation by historian Alvin Corbett will honor the Black History Month through the personal story of Jack Sherrod, showcasing his evolution from a slave to a United States Colored Troops soldier during the Civil War, and ultimately, to a free landowner. 

Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.

 

Black History Month Program: Slavery to Now through Music

Saturday, February 29, 2:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch 

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8294

This multi-segment program coordinated by The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County will feature African drumming in the native lands form of communication; Spiritual Hymns while picking cotton (a skit) with Don Evans Players; church choir music; blues/jazz and rap. 

Registration is suggested. Call 609-883-8294 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.

 

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