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Mercer County Library System Adult Virtual and In-Person Events for December

MCLS' library branches are open to the public with a hybrid service model and limited occupancy, services, and hours of operation. We will continue to offer virtual programming, as well as some in-person indoor and outdoor events (at a limited capacity) at our branches.

Please refer to MCLS' online event calendar for our recurring programs for all ages, ranging from storytimes to book clubs, from craft times to knitting groups and from clubs for kids to adult discussion groups!  Patrons may check the MCLS' website for COVID-19 guidelines in place for indoor and outdoor events.  
 

Julia Cuddahy

Reference Librarian

Lawrence Headquarters Branch 

of the Mercer County Library System

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

(609) 883-8292

 

CALENDAR LISTINGS:

 

Virtual Adult Programs for December 2021

 

A Civil War Christmas

Thursday, December 2, 7:00 pm

This presentation, accompanied by a slideshow, discusses the experiences of the Civil War soldier during the Christmas seasons of 1861 - 1865. Away from home, soldiers celebrated the season in different ways together in camp on the march and on the battlefield. The program will also discuss how Christmas was celebrated in the Civil War period on the home-front and the many differences in relation to how the holiday is celebrated today. Come join historical reenactor, lecturer and tour guide Michael Jesberger for a discussion on one of our favorite holidays and traditions. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Branch, Friends of the West Windsor Branch, Friends of the Hopewell Branch, Friends of the Hickory Corner Branch, and the Hightstown Library Association. Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive link to program.

 

Mindfulness and Holiday Stress        

Tuesday, December 7, 3:00 pm 

Daily stressors can become cumulative and reduce our quality of life. For many people, the holidays can be a time of additional stress compounded by relationships, monetary concerns and social obligations. Practicing mindfulness- experiencing the present moment without judgment – can help you manage stress and improve your quality of life. Join Carolyn Schindewolf, Health Educator with Penn Medicine Princeton Health Community Wellness, for a discussion and practice on using mindfulness to stop brain chatter and habitual reactions, improve mood and energy, increase focus and mental clarity, and deepen your enjoyment and appreciation of life. Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive link to program.

 

Side Effects of Cancer Therapies

Wednesday, December 8, 6:30 pm

Drs. Maqsood Amjad and Philip A. Pancari, from Astera Cancer Care, address the toxicities and side effects of cancer therapies, including chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, immunotherapy, target treatments, and oral cancer drugs. Participants will learn what to look for with these therapies and how to lessen these toxicities. Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive link to program.

 

Quilting Through the Centuries: Women's Life and History in America

Thursday, December 9, 6:00 pm

Quilting is one of the oldest forms of women's crafting. Discover how the history of quilting in the United States mirrors the history of women from colonial times to today. Learn about Liberty Hall's women and view some of Liberty Hall's oldest quilts. This program will be presented by Hannah Gaston, a Coordinator of School Programs at Kean University's Liberty Hall Museum. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive link to program.

 

Christmas and the Winter Solstice

Monday, December 13, 7:00 pm

Since prehistory, the winter solstice has been seen as a significant time of year in many cultures and has been marked by festivals and rituals. The pagan Scandinavian and Germanic people of northern Europe celebrated a twelve-day "midwinter" (winter solstice) holiday called Yule (also called Jul, Julblot, jólablót, midvinterblot, julofferfest). Join Jeff Kampf from Lifelong Cognition, as he enthusiastically teaches attendees about the evolution of Christmas and winter holiday traditions through history, music, and travel. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Hopewell Library, Friends of the West Windsor Library, the Hightstown Library Association, and Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive link to program.

 

Easy Home Ideas, DIY, and More for 2022

Thursday, December 16, 7:00 pm

No need to get overwhelmed when you start thinking about home projects for 2022! Olga. St. Pierre will share tips on home renovation projects, quick decluttering and organization tactics, as well as Do-It-Yourself ideas for you to delve into for the coming year! Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive link to program.

 

In-Person Adult Programs for December 2021

 

Indoor Library Drawing Party

Wednesday, December 1, 8, 15, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

Adults are welcome for a safe, physically distant Library Drawing Party at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch. Try out your artistic talents and learn to draw new images each week. Upon arrival attendees will be assigned a space to sit for the duration of the program. Sanitized clipboards, paper and colored pencils will be provided for the duration of the program. Please do not share materials between groups.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials, including clipboards. 

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Wednesday Film Festival

Wednesdays, December 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

It's a big month so we have a big star! Take a break from the December madness and spend some time with Arnold Schwarzenegger, our featured actor this month.  

Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

 

Indoor Poetry Circle: Jorge Luis Borges (1899 – 1986)

Wednesday, December 1, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

Jorge Luis Borges (1899 – 1986), is one of the most important writers of the 20th Century, a major Latin American poet and librarian who once wrote, "I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." Argentine by birth, but nurtured on universal literature, in return, Borges has effectively influenced the destiny of literature. Thought of himself primarily as a poet. Borges cultivated three genres: the essay, the poem, and the short story. His essays are like poems in their almost musical development of themes; his poems make us think, as though they were essays; his short stories are poetic and magical. In creating the most original writing of his time, Borges taught us that creation is recreation, that we are all one contradictory mind, connected amongst each other through time, space and poetry.

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Film Screening: "Almost Christmas" (2016)

Thursday, December 2, 6:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

This hilarious and heartwarming comedy tells the story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one holiday gift: to spend five days under the same roof and get along. Rated PG-13 (may contain content and language not appropriate for minors). 112 min. 

Registration is required.

 

Indoor ESL Conversation

Thursdays, December 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 7:00–8:00 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

Improve your English speaking skills by chatting in casual conversation. Chip McAuley, TESOL-certified Hickory Corner Branch librarian, will lead the sessions, intended for intermediate-level speakers (those comfortable speaking English in most situations and looking for practice to increase confidence). 

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Winter Cardmaking Class 

Friday, December 3, 10:30 am

Ewing Branch

61 Scotch Road
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148

Join us for a winter cardmaking class! Use rubber stamped images and interesting folding and layering techniques to create a one-of-a kind greeting card that can be used for the holidays or for whatever occasion you'd like. Presented by Alicia Vincelette of Inked Edge Paper Art. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

Registration is required prior to the event. Call 609-882-3148 or e-mail ewprogs@mcl.org.

 

Indoor Knitting, Crochet, Et cetera!

Fridays, December 3, 10, & 17, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

Winter is here! It's the perfect time be working with wool. Bring your current project – whatever it is – and join us for a relaxing afternoon of needlecrafts and chat.

Registration is required, space is limited.

 

Indoor Movies

Fridays, December 3, 10, & 17, 2:00–4:00 pm

Sundays, December 5, 12, & 19, 2:00–4:00 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

Join us for blockbuster movies, documentaries, and more.

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Drum Circle

Friday, December 3 & 17, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

Join our in-person drum circle led by popular long time facilitator Ange Drummers of all levels of experience are invited to participate. Bring your own drums or use sanitized ones provided by the library. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Friends of the Ewing Library Holiday Open House

Sunday, December 5, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ewing Branch

61 Scotch Road
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148

Holiday books and other seasonal items for sale in the lobby area! Boutique will be up until the 18th.

Registration is required prior to the event. Call 609-882-3148 or e-mail ewprogs@mcl.org.

 

Indoor Memory Screenings

Monday, December 6, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hopewell Branch

245 Pennington-Titusville Road

Pennington, NJ 08534

609-737-2610

Penn Medicine/Princeton Health is offering memory screenings at the Hopewell Branch. Take this opportunity to get a memory screening, consisting of a series of questions and/or tasks designed to test memory, language skills, thinking ability, and other intellectual functions. The 15-minute screenings and review of the results are both confidential. Note: A memory screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a qualified physician or other healthcare professional.

Registration required.  Please call 609.737.2610 to make a 20-minute appointment.

 

Indoor Guided Meditation for Beginners

Mondays, December 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2:30–3:00 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

Librarian Shilpa Shanbhag will guide you in basic practice for seated meditation. Known as Shamata (calm-abiding) meditation, we will use our breath as the support of our practice.  

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Morning English Conversation Group

Tuesdays, December 7 & 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

Have fun practicing your English through informal conversation with other ESL learners and Reference Librarian Elka Frankel. Must have basic knowledge of English. 

Registration is required, space is limited. 

 

Indoor Program: From Pearl Harbor to Christmas During the War Years 

Tuesday, December 7, 7:00 pm

Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Road
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148

Presented by Madge Powis, Garden State Storytellers. December 7, 1941, marks the fateful day the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the unsuspecting base on the island of Oahu. The shocking offensive left 2,403 dead and more than 1,000 wounded. Hear the moving, personal stories behind these facts, and also learn how Christmas was celebrated after the United States joined World War 2. On display will be Ms. Powis's extensive collection of World War 2 memorabilia.

Registration is required prior to the event. Call 609-882-3148 or e-mail ewprogs@mcl.org.

 

Indoor Crafts for Grown-ups

Wednesday, December 8, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

We like books, both to read and to make into other things! This month we will be folding books into winter trees. 

Registration is required, and space is limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

 

The Short of It: Ring Lardner (Indoors)

Wednesday, December 8, 2:00 pm

Hopewell Branch

245 Pennington-Titusville Road

Pennington, NJ 08534

609-737-2610

The short story -- short in length, but full of content! Join our discussion group, which focuses on the short story. This month we'll read Ring Lardner's stories, "Haircut," "Alibi Ike," and "Horseshoes."

Registration is required. 

 

Indoor Sports Book Club 

Thursday, December 9, 7:00 pm

Hopewell Branch

245 Pennington Titusville Rd

Pennington, NJ 08534

609-737-2610

Join us for our book club with a sports twist!  Each month we'll discuss a book revolving around a sport, an athlete, a team, or a league. If the book is related to sports, it's fair game!  This month's book is The Legends Club by John Feinstein.

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Conversation Café

Thursday, December 9, 6:30 pm

Twin Rivers Branch

276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ

609-443-1880

Join us at the library to discuss a thought-provoking topic.  This month, our conversation starter will be, "Who had the biggest impact on the person you have become?" 

Registration is required, and we will observe social distancing.

 

Indoor DIY: Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Saturday, December 11, 10:00 am

Hopewell Branch

245 Pennington-Titusville Road

Pennington, NJ 08534

609-737-2610
Make a festive sugar scrub, ideal for cold winter months, good for exfoliating and moisturizing -- a gift for yourself or someone else!
Registration is required, and space is limited. 

 

Indoor Adult Craft: Make a Winter Snow Globe

Monday, December 13, 2:30 pm

Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Road
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148

Join us to make your own winter or holiday themed snow globe. Give it as a gift or keep it for yourself! All materials will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

Registration is required. Call 609-882-3148 or e-mail ewprogs@mcl.org.

 

Indoor Film Screening: "New Year's Eve" (2011)

Thursday, December 16, 6:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

Get into the festive New Year's Eve spirit with this all-star cast including Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl and Sarah Jessica Parker! This comedy-drama follows a variety of couples and singles as they roam the streets of New York City on New Year's Eve. PG-13. 118 min. 

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Adult Craft:  Sparkling Pinecones

Thursday, December 16, 6:30 pm

Twin Rivers Branch

276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ

609-443-1880

We'll make a seasonally appropriate centerpiece decoration for your holiday décor.  

Registration is required, and we will observe social distancing.

 

Indoor Wrap and Yap
Friday, December 17, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or

Tuesday, December 21, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914
Enjoy the company of fellow wrappers as you wrap your holiday gifts.  Wrapping paper, tape, bows and a limited number of gift bags will be available for your use, or you can bring your own.  Suggested for participants, ages 16 and up.
Registration is required.
 

Indoor Friday Morning Bookies

Friday, December 17, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr. "From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of perhaps the most bestselling and beloved literary fiction of our time comes a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring novel about children on the cusp of adulthood in a broken world, who find resilience, hope, and story."

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Nonfiction Book Club

Friday, December 17, 2:30–3:30 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

Cosy: The British Art of Comfort, by Laura Weir.

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Adult Craft: Foam Tree Craft
Monday, December 20, 7:00 pm
Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914
Use a variety of materials to make a winter or Christmas themed tree with a foam base.  All materials and instructions will be provided.  Suggested for participants, ages 16 and up.
Registration is required.

 

Indoor Trivia Night

Tuesday, December 21, 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 team members when registering via hopeprogs@mcl.org.

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Foreign Authors, Foreign Lands Book Club

Thursday, December 23, 2:30–3:30 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

The Perfect Nanny, by Leila Slimani.

Registration is required.

 

In-Person Youth Programs for December 2021

 

Outdoor Visit with Santa (kids of all ages & caregiver)

Saturday, December 4, 3:00 pm

Hightstown Memorial Branch

114 Franklin St.

Hightstown, NJ 08520

609-448-1474

Enjoy a physically distant visit with Santa and then play our Christmas-themed "I Spy" game. Each child will get a craft kit to take home. In case of inclement weather, this program will be moved inside and library guests ages 2+ are required to wear masks in the library.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

Registration is required at www.mcl.org

 

Indoor Paper Bag Gingerbread House

Thursday, December 9 & 16, 10:30 am (Ages 5 & under)

Wednesday, December 15, 4:15 pm (Ages 5-8)

Hightstown Memorial Branch

114 Franklin St.

Hightstown, NJ 08520

609-448-1474

Make a gingerbread house from a paper bag and other festive craft decorations.

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

Registration is required at www.mcl.org.

 

Indoor Santa Visits the Ewing Branch Library

Saturday, December 11, 11:00 am -12:00 pm

Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Road
Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148

Santa will read a story and then children will have an opportunity to take a photo with Santa and get candy canes! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Registration is required. Call 609-882-3148 or e-mail ewprogs@mcl.org.

 

Indoor "Gingerbread" Trees
Tuesday, December 14, 10:00 am or 2:00 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914
For ages 3 and up.  Decorate upside-down ice cream cones with icing and candies as a Holiday treat.    
Registration is required.

 

Indoor Snowflake Ornaments
Wednesday, December 22, 2:00 pm or 3:00 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914
For ages 2 and up.  Make a snowflake ornament featuring your original artwork.  
Registration is required.

 

Indoor Tween/teen 3-D Snowflake Craft (Ages 10-14)

Wednesday, December 29, 11:00 am

Hightstown Memorial Branch

114 Franklin St.

Hightstown, NJ 08520

609-448-1474

Create your own unique three dimensional (3D) snowflake from paper and upcycled materials.. 

Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

Registration is required at www.mcl.org

 

Indoor mTiny Robots
Wednesday, December 29, 2:00 pm or

Thursday, December 30, 3:00 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914
For ages 4 and up.  Come play with our early education robots.  Use simple coding, logic and problem solving skills to play interactive games with adorable robots.
Registration is required.

 

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