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Mercer County Library System Virtual and In-Person Events for May 2022

 

Virtual Adult Programs for May 2022

 

Mahjong! How a Chinese Game Shaped Modern American Culture

Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 pm

How does the Chinese parlor game mahjong fit into the American historic landscape? In what ways did this game foster the

development of Jewish American and Chinese American identities across the country? Professor Annelise Heinz charts a complex cultural journey. This talk follows the history of one game to explore how, in their daily lives, individuals create and experience cultural change. Presented by Annelise Heinz is an assistant professor of history at the University of Oregon. Please register to receive link via 609.737.2610 or hopeprogs@mcl.org

 

All Buttoned Up: Mosaics by Helene Plank
Tuesday, May 10, 2:00 pm
Button artist, Helene Plank, will be talking about her intricate works of art using only buttons and beads. Her designs include detailed gradations of color and texture based solely through her selection of individual beads and buttons. Helene's mosaics are influenced by artist Georges Seurat and his technique of optical blending. Please register to receive link via 609.737.2610 or hopeprogs@mcl.org

 

Wills, Probate & Estate Planning
Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 pm
Wills & Estate Administration can be very complex. Having some information before you begin can help you through the process. This evening's program will cover topics, such as handling probate during COVID, getting your Estate Planning documents done when you can't go into a law office, and avoiding unnecessary expenses and saving your family money. Please register to receive link via 609.737.2610 or hopeprogs@mcl.org.
 
Uh Oh, I Can't Go

Thursday, May 12, 2:00 pm

Constipation is a very common problem. Every adult around the world at least have one episode of constipation. 4 million American have chronic constipation and 33% adults over 60 have complaint of severe constipation. Dr. Iram Fatima Shah who is a Pelvic Wellness Rehab Coordinator for Center for Pelvic Wellness Penn Medicine Princeton Hospital will join us virtually to shed light on what is constipation, and what can we do to manage this problem. This program is part of Penn Medicine Princeton Health's Community Wellness Program. Please register to receive link via 609.737.2610 or hopeprogs@mcl.org

 

Yayoi Kusama: The Moment is Imminent

Monday, May 16, 7:00 pm

At age 92, contemporary Japanese painter and sculptor Yayoi Kusama is having a moment— today she is one of the world's most popular and recognizable artists. Her Infinity Mirrors immersive experience installations took the world by storm in the 21st Century, but she has been making vibrant and innovative art for decades. Her artistic practice is rooted in her lifelong fascination with the natural world, inspired by her intimate engagement with the colors, patterns, and life cycles of plants and flowers. This talk will discuss her long and productive life and examine her extraordinary work. Presented by Janet Mandel. Ms. Mandel taught in New Jersey's public schools for 32 years, educating students in English, art history, and World Languages and Cultures. Please register to receive link via 609.737.2610 or hopeprogs@mcl.org.

 

What the World Needs Now: More Empathy

Tuesday, May 17, 7:00 pm

Lynne Azarchi, Executive Director of Kidsbridge Youth Center, will lead this webinar designed for Parents, Caregivers, and Educators about how to nurture empathy in children. She will be joined by Danielle Yansick, Kidsbridge Education Director, who will show how empathy and mental health are related. She will share ways for both children and adults to better regulate their emotions and find joy through the use of calming techniques, simple movements, and ideas for self-care. Lynne Azarchi is the recent author of The Empathy Advantage -- a useful guide for instilling kindness and respect.  Please register to receive link via 609.737.2610 or hopeprogs@mcl.org.

 

Hava Nagila: How a Song Defines a People

Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 pm

The song "Hava Nagila" is instantly recognizable; musical shorthand for anything Jewish, a happy party tune that you dance to at weddings, bar mitzvahs and even at Major League Baseball games. It carries with it an entire constellation of history, values and hopes for the future. In its own believe-it-or-not way, "Hava Nagila" encapsulates the Jewish journey over the past 150 years. It also reveals the power of one song to express and sustain identity, to transmit lessons across generations and to bridge cultural divides and connect us all on a universal level. Includes performances by many artists. Presented by lecturer, historian, and composer, Jeff Kampf of Life Long Cognition.  Please register to receive link via 609.737.2610 or hopeprogs@mcl.org.

 

In-Person Adult Programs for May 2022

 

Make a Spring Greeting Card 

Monday, May 2, 11:00 am

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

Presented by Alicia Vincelette of Inked Edge Paper Art. Use rubber stamped images and interesting folding and layering techniques to create a one-of-a kind greeting card! This is a hands-on class where you'll use various tools to create a card that can be used for Mother's Day or whatever occasion you'd like. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Registration is required.

 

Monday Afternoon Book Club: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Monday May 2, 2:00 pm

Hopewell Branch

245 Pennington-Titusville Road

Pennington, NJ 08534

609-737-2610

 

Wednesday Film Festival: Downton Abbey

Wednesday, May 4, 2:00 am – 4:00 pm 

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

Downton Abbey (2019) starring Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Allen Leech, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Brendan Coyle, Penelope Wilton. Rated PG, 122 minutes. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance, and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

 

Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month Film Screening: The Joy Luck Club (1993)

Thursday, May 5, 5:30 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

Based on the bestselling novel by Amy Tan, this film follows the story of four lifelong friends whose lives are filled with joy and heartbreak, and shows how their experiences have affected the hopes and dreams they hold for each of their children. R-rated. 139 min.

Registration is required.

 

Knitting, Crochet, Et Cetera!

Fridays, May 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2:00 – 3:30 pm 

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

What's in your tote bag? Come and show us. All hook and needle crafters are welcome! No need to register, just stop in.  

 

Indoor Adult Craft: Upcycled Bottle Lanterns
Monday, May 9, 7:00 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914
Create a colorful lantern using a bottle and fairy lights.  All materials and instructions will be provided.  Suggested for participants, ages 16 and up.
Registration is required.

 

Adult Craft: Personalized Travel Mug 

Wednesday, May 11, 10:00 am

Hopewell Branch

245 Pennington Titusville Rd

Pennington, NJ 08534

609-737-2610

Join us at the Hopewell Branch to create a personalized travel mug for yourself or as a gift for someone else! All materials will be provided.
Registration required.

 

Crafts for Grown-ups

Wednesday, May 11, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

This month we are going to make block stamps and use them to decorate a number of things. This one could get messy, you might want to bring an apron! All craft supplies are provided. For ages 18 and up. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is required, space is limited. 

 

The Short of It: Sholom Aleichem

Wednesday, May 11, 2:00 pm

Hopewell Branch

245 Pennington Titusville Rd

Pennington, NJ 08534

609-737-2610

The short story -- short in length, but full of content! This we'll month celebrate Jewish American Heritage month, reading Sholom Aleichem's short stories, "Chava," "The Haunted Tailor," and "On Account of a Hat". Copies of the stories are available at the branch's Reference/Information Desk.

 

Easing Anxiety and Stress in Your Life

Thursday, May 12, 6:45 pm

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

Presented by Carol Rickard, LCSW. Are you so anxious that you can't sleep? Is anxiety stopping you from doing things? Is it starting to take its toll and causing physical health issues? A yes to any of these is a sure sign that you need to do something about it. This workshop can help you do just that so you can feel calmer throughout your day.

Registration is required. 

 

Sports Book Club:  Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Thursday, May 12, 7:00 pm

Hopewell Branch

245 Pennington Titusville Rd

Pennington, NJ 08534

609-737-2610

 

Paint-a-Canvas for Adults

Saturday, May 14, 10:00 am

Hightstown Memorial Branch

114 Franklin St.

Hightstown, NJ 08520

609-448-1474

Together we'll be instructed step-by-step to create our own paintings in acrylics on canvas. Everyone's painting will be based on a similar design, but all will be unique. All supplies provided. Taught by art instructor, Sweety Mehta. Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

Registration is required.

 

Morning Book Club: The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore

Monday, May 16, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

Registration is required.

 

Medicare Workshop

Tuesday, May 17, 2:30­ – 3:30 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

Learn how Medicare works, whether you need to enroll in Medicare, how to enroll, and what your plan options are. Presented by Devin Rubin, co-owner of Golden Years Design Benefits.

Registration is required.

 

Protecting Our Watershed 

Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 pm

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

Did you know that Mercer County and Ewing Township are in the Central Delaware Watershed?  Please join Amanda Weigand, AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassador, to learn more about the history of the watershed and how YOU can help keep our watershed clean! Registration is required.

 

Discussing Film: Star Wars Movies

Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

Forty-five years have passed since the stunningly successful release of Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), created an irresistible fantasy world. On Wednesday, Star Wars buffs can join librarian Jamie Anderson for an informal discussion on the series and its beloved characters followed on, Thursday, May 19, by a screening of the original Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) at 5:30 pm. 

Registration is required.

 

Cook Talks: The Computerized Steamer-Broiler-Baking Oven

Thursday, May 19, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

This computerized oven steams, bakes, and broils food in automated cycles. Cooks can achieve exceptional results that normally come from using several methods. "For example, the three-step process of steaming, baking and broiling will ensure a chicken breast is juicy and tender on the inside with a golden brown exterior" (Tavola). Each computerized steamer-broiler-baking meal comes with a recipe card and a barcode to scan that automatically tells the oven when to switch between different modes. Join Donna Wolfe as she demonstrates this newest advancement in convenience cooking.

Registration is required.

 

Rule of Three Reading Group: Animals

Thursday, May 19, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

Named for the "rule of three" principle in writing and joke-telling, this reading group considers three pieces each month: a short story, a poem, and an essay, all connected by a theme. Join us to be introduced to new authors, new forms, and new ideas. We discuss literature in the spirit of curiosity and wonderment. This month's theme is "Animals." The story is "The Axolotl" by Julio Cortazar; the essay, "Peacock" and "Ribbon Eel" from World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil; and the poem, "The Wasp" by Francis Ponge. Sign up with your email to receive the readings digitally. You can also call the West Windsor reference desk at 609-275-8901 to arrange picking up printed copies. 

Registration is required.

 

Friday Morning Bookies: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Friday, May 20, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

 

The Home-Buying Process: From A to Z

Saturday, May 21, 10:00 – 11:00 am

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

Buying a home does not have to be complicated. In this workshop, learn about credit scores and financing; how to find first-time home-buyer programs; and much more. Learn how to create an action plan, and get excited about the prospect of owning your own home! Presented by Olga St. Pierre, a Senior Living Specialist and real estate agent of 13 years, serving clients in NJ and PA. She and her team offer relocation services and provide an extensive concierge service to help make the moving transition as smooth as possible.

Registration required.

 

DIY: Sachets

Wednesday, May 25, 2:00 pm

Hopewell Branch

245 Pennington Titusville Rd

Pennington, NJ 08534

609-737-2610

Use dried flowers and herbs to make a gift for someone else or yourself that is aromatically and aesthetically pleasing. Use sachets to scent a drawer, your linen closet, or tuck one under your pillow.

Registration required.

 

Operatic Explorations: The Princeton Festival

Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 pm 

Robbinsville Branch

42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road

Robbinsville, NJ 08691

609-259-2150

OR

Thursday, May 26, 6:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

Get an insider's glimpse of the 2022 Princeton Festival!  Festival Director, Gregory J. Geehern shares the stories, the music, the costumes, and the histories of the composers and compositions of this year's productions taking place at the Princeton Symphony Orchestra event.  He will focus on the operas Scalia/Ginsburg (Derrick Wang) and Albert Herring (Benjamin Britten), as well as the ballet chante, Seven Deadly Sins (Kurt Weill).

 

Outdoor Foreign Authors, Foreign Lands Book Club: The Promise by Damon Galgut

Thursday, May 26, 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

If weather is inclement, we will meet indoors.

Registration is required.

 

Documentary Series: Final Account (2020) 

Friday, May 27, 2:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

A filmmaker interviews three hundred wartime veterans from Germany and Austria about their experience of the Nazi regime, notably the Hitler Youth Movement. With some as witnesses and others as perpetrators, this documentary adds more layers to the largest genocide in history, the Holocaust.

PG-13. 110 min.

Registration is required.

 

 

In-Person Youth Services Programs for May 2022

 

ABC Play Time (Ages 2-5)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 & 31, 10:00 am

Hightstown Memorial Branch

114 Franklin St.

Hightstown, NJ 08520

609-448-1474

Children will explore the letters of the alphabet with their senses. It's a fun way to introduce & reinforce letters to pre-school children. Come dressed for a mess! Register for Tuesday or Thursday each week. Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

Registration is required.

 

Mother's Day Craft

Tuesday, May 3, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914
 For all ages.  Make a Mother's Day card to give to someone special.  

Registration is required.

 

Mother's Day Craft for Toddlers

Tuesday, May 3, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

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

Celebrate your mom, grandma, aunt, sister, or someone special by making a flowerpot with your picture on the flower. For toddlers ages 2-5. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

Registration is required.

 

Cinco de Mayo Story Time
Thursday, May 5, 10:00 am

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914
For ages 2 and up.  Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with stories and crafts.  

Registration is required.

 

The Bad Guys Activities!

Wednesday, May 11, 6:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8295

Celebrate the release of The Bad Guys movie based on the book series by Aaron Blabey!  Make crafts, take a quiz to see if you have what it takes to be a Bad Guy, do a puzzle, and more!  Bring your sunglasses, and be ready for some fun!  Suggested for children ages 6-11, with a caregiver. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required. 

 

Printmaking

Sunday, May 22, 2:00 pm or

Monday, May 23, 4:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8295

Etch a design into a styrofoam base.  Then add paint to print the same design as many times as you wish!  Recommended for children ages 4-12, with a caregiver to supervise.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required. 

 

Maker Monday: Build a Cardboard 3-D Structure

Monday, May 23, 6:30 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8295

Time to create!  Join us for Maker Monday and use your creativity for this hands-on project!  This month we will design a 3-D structure, build it out of cardboard, and paint it!  Dress for a mess!  For children ages 5 years old and up, with a caregiver.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required.

 

Stigma-Free Mercer

Tuesday, May 31, 4:00 pm

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

Tweens and teens are invited to listen to a story of hope and write messages on our banner.  All messages will be displayed in the library. 

Registration is required.

 

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