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Mercer County Library System October 2020 Virtual Events List for Adults

Adult Coloring 

Thursdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

Take some time to relax and get creative! Coloring pages will be available on MCLS' Facebook page at 11:30 a.m.  Print out some awesome images and use color pencils, markers, or your computer to color them in. There are no rules, so go wild and feel free to color outside of the lines. We'd also love for you to share your finished pieces with us in the comments section!

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org 

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/ 

 

Princeton's Gargoyles and Grotesques 

Monday, October 5, 7:00 PM 

Princeton University's gargoyles can be found perched on Gothic arches and towers. Most are not true downspouts, but decorative designs ranging from historic, to symbolic, to just plain fun. In this virtual tour, you'll get a bird's eye view of many of the stone creatures adorning the campus. Presented by Eve Mandel, Director of Programs and Visitor Services at the Historical Society of Princeton.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: Mercer County Library System  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org 

 

Non-Fiction Book Club -- The Five by Hallie Rubenhold 

Tuesday, October 6, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 

Join us the first Tuesday of each month to discuss a non-fiction book. This month we will discuss The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold.

The eBook and audiobook are available in hoopla.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org 

 

Trivia Tuesdays w/ Tom 

Tuesdays, October 6, 20 & 27, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

Join us each Tuesday night on Facebook for Trivia Tuesdays. Play along at home and see how you do!

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org 

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/ 

 

Library Drawing Party w/ Julia 

Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21 & 28, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

Join us for a Library Drawing Party! Have your friends and family 'meet' you on MCL's Facebook page every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, to follow along and try out your artistic talents as Julia teaches you how to draw new images each week. Then, we invite you to share your finished artwork with everyone in the comments section! This event is recommended for all ages.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org 

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/ 

 

Short Story Discussion: 'The Cask of Amontillado' by Edgar Allan Poe 

Wednesday, October 7, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

The short story -- short in length, but full of content! Join our discussion group, which focuses on a different short story the first Wednesday of every month. This month's story is "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe.

The eBook and audiobook are available in hoopla.

Direct link to story's full text at https://tinyurl.com/MCLSShort20.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org 

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/ 

 

TED Talks Discussion w/ Jennifer 

Thursday, October 8, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

We invite you to join us on MCLS' Facebook page for a discussion of a TED Talk with Jennifer from our administration department. At 7:00 pm, we will post the link to a TED Talk video and start the discussion on Facebook. For those who are new to them, TED Talks are short, powerful, and engaging talks that span a variety of subjects. "Do Schools Kill Creativity?", "The Power of Introverts", and "The Danger of a Single Story" are just a few of the impactful talks that TED offers.

Please join us to discuss this month's TED Talk -- "How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over".

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org 

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj 

 

The History of US Presidential Elections and New Jersey 

Sunday, October 11, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

Lecture about the history of US Presidential elections and how New Jersey voted. Emphasis will be all elections from 1912 to the present discussing the candidates, the issues, the campaigns, and the results. Brian Armstrong, a Political Science major from American University in Washington, DC, is a collector of US presidential election memorabilia and will show some of his favorite campaign buttons and other items during the presentation.

Co-sponsored with the Lawrence Historical Society.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: Mercer County Library System  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org 

 

Crochet, Knit & Chat 

Tuesday, October 13, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 

Join the conversation while starting a new project or continuing your work in progress. Discuss past projects, and share tips and ideas. All hook and needle crafters are welcome!

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org 

 

Who Really Elects the President?: The Workings of the Electoral College 

Tuesday, October 13, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

Have you ever wondered about how the Electoral College actually works? How many votes does each state receive? How someone comes to be an elector? In the early days of the Republic, the Founding Fathers designed this political process as a way to manage an unruly public and, if needed, overturn the election results. So has it worked in the way it was intended? In this program, participants will learn about the history of the Electoral College and how it works through the account of Frank Argote-Freyre, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Kean University, Department of History.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library, Friends of the Ewing Library, Friends of the West Windsor Library, Friends of the Hickory Corner Library and the Robbinsville Township Library Advisory Committee.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org 

 

MCL Tuesday Book Club: Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton 

Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

Join us on Facebook for our monthly virtual book group. This month we will discuss Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton. The eBook and audiobook are available in hoopla.

Please Note: If you haven't already, please submit a request to join the group prior to the discussion.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org 

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj 

 

Medicare Information Session 

Thursday, October 15, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM 

Cathy Forbes of New Jersey State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) covers Medicare basics including eligibility, enrolling, Medicare Parts A, B, C, Medicare prescription drug coverage and costs.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: Mercer County Library Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org 

 

Monday Morning Book Club: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett 

Monday, October 19, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 

This month's title is The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.

Summary: Danny and his older sister Maeve, thrust out of their beloved home and into poverty by their stepmother, try to build a future but find they must first confront their past. "Patchett leads us to a truth that feels like life rather than literature." ~ The Guardian

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program. 

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org 

 

Lawrence: Love It or Leave It, The Millham Secession and Other Dissatisfactions 

Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

In 1882 Lawrence lost half its population when Millham, the South Lawrence neighborhood on the Trenton border, seceded to form its own township. Millham's declaration of independence capped several decades of dynamic growth that was largely ignored by the North Lawrence farmers who ran the township. Today Millham is part of Trenton's North Ward. Presented by Dennis Waters, a member of the Mercer County Library Commission, as well as a former Lawrence Township Historian and member of the Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Historical Society.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: Mercer County Library Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org 

 

Gardening Book Group: Barkskins by Annie Proulx 

Wednesday, October 21, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

Join us in reading and discussing works of fiction or non-fiction having to do with gardening, plants, nature, or the land. All are welcome to discuss Barkskins by Annie Proulx.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: Mercer County Library Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org 

 

Living on the International Space Station 

Monday, October 26, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

Share in the adventure of how astronauts live and work in space! Discover how the absence of gravity affects the human body and what we can do about it. See breathtaking pictures of the Earth from this orbiting laboratory. Presented by Paul Cirillo, a volunteer outreach "Ambassador" for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as well as a member of the New Jersey Astronomical Association, which operates the largest public observatory in New Jersey.

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program.

CONTACT: Mercer County Library System  hopeprogs@mcl.org 

 

Bucket List Book Club: Home and Lila by Marilynne Robinson 

Friday, October 30, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM 

This month's titles is Home and Lila both by Marilynne Robinson.

Summary of Home: The second novel in the Gilead Trilogy tells the story of Jack, the prodigal hell-raising son of Reverend Broughton, home after 20 years to make peace with his father. "Rich and resonant...Giliad and Home fit with and around each other perfectly...both are books of such beauty and power." Emily Barton, Los Angeles Times

Summary of Lila (third book in the Gilead Triology): After a life on the run, Lila steps inside the small-town Iowa church of reverend John Ames for shelter from the rain and finds herself a new life. "Gorgeous writing, an absolutely beautiful book." David Ulin, Los Angeles Times

Registration with an email is required, so we can send you a link to connect through GoToMeeting. You will receive the link approximately 24 hours before the program. 

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  609.737.2610  hopeprogs@mcl.org 

 

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