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Mercer County Library System Virtual Events for March 2021

MCL's library branches are now open to the public with a hybrid service model, limited occupancy, services, and hours of operation. Please see www.mcl.org for more details. At this time, our Hollowbrook branch will be participating in Curbside Pick-Up only. Go to the Hollowbrook Branch page on our website for more information.

We will continue to offer virtual programming through a combination of prerecorded videos, online programs and contests, live virtual events, and some limited outdoor events at our branches. Check out what we have planned on our online event calendar.

Please feel free to e-mail me with questions about any of our virtual events.
 
Julia Cuddahy
Reference Librarian
Lawrence Headquarters Branch 
of the Mercer County Library System
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(609) 883-8292
 
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CALENDAR LISTINGS:
 

Mercer County Library System March 2021 Virtual Events List for Adults

 

Monday Meditation

Mondays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Relax, refocus, and rejuvenate. Take a moment to regain the peace lost during our busy days. Facilitated by Hightstown Branch staff member, Leena, who is a 12-year practitioner of Rajyoga meditation.

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

 

Understanding Social Security

Monday, March 1, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Social Security is the single most common element of most Americans' retirement plans. But it's also one of the least understood. Contrary to popular belief, it is not as simple as hitting a magic age and having checks arrive in the mail. (For example, did you know that there are 567 ways for a couple to claim Social Security?) It is important to plan ahead. This workshop provided by William M. Greenfield of Wealth Bridge Advisory, LLC, will review how the program works and how and when you should utilize your benefits. Claiming strategies, spousal benefits, survivor benefits, and more will be reviewed.

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

 

Let's Talk! Adult ESL Discussion Group

Tuesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

If you already know some English and want to improve your speaking and comprehension skills, please join librarian Elka Frankel for some practice sharing your thoughts and ideas with others in the group. Each week we will discuss a particular topic (to be announced the week before) together with relevant vocabulary, grammar and idioms.

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

 

Crochet, Knit & Chat

Tuesday, March 2, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

Fridays, March 5 & 19, 2:00 PM - 3:00 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  hopeprogs@mcl.org

 

Feminism through the Decades

Tuesday, March 2, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Feminism isn't about burning bras - it's about equality. Kick off Women's History Month by taking a look back at how the United States' past three women's movements paved the way for today's feminist movement. Presented by Colleen Murphy, editor and local volunteer who graduated from The College of New Jersey's Women in Learning & Leadership and Women's & Gender Studies programs in 2016. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library, Friends of the Ewing Library, Friends of Lawrence Library, and Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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, March 2 & 16, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/

 

Ready, Set, Garden!

Wednesday, March 3, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Margaret Pickoff, County Horticulturist, will provide a helpful overview of early spring tasks in the garden, such as soil testing, pruning, fertilizing, and seed starting.

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

 

Current Events Chat

Wednesday, March 3, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

One of our librarians will moderate a thoughtful discussion of current events. All adults are welcome. No preparation is necessary; the librarian will reveal the topic at the top of the discussion. Feel free to bring along a cup of coffee or tea!

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

There are 9 spaces available.

 

Library Drawing Party w/ Julia 

Wednesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 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  hopeprogs@mcl.org 

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/

 

Adult Coloring

Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 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. Feel free to share your finished pieces with us!

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/

 

Unsung Heroines: The Role of Women in the American Civil War

Thursday, March 4, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This program provides a comprehensive, one hour review of the heroic and awesome accomplishments made by women, both North and South. It covers their role as administrators, journalists, nurses, spies and combatants in an age when women were expected to stay home. These remarkable women defied the culture of their time, surpassed all expectations and provided enormous support to the war effort. Sadly, they never received proper historical notice. This program reveals the enormity of their contributions and sacrifices. Presented by Civil War expert Martin Mosho, who has studied the Civil War for over 50 years and toured many of the most famous battlefields. He is a member of a prominent Civil War society and a retired instructor of Mercer County Community College. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

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

 

Saturday Night @ the Movies: 

Experience the thrill of watching a movie on a Saturday night at home, but not alone! Borrow the featured title from our Hoopla catalog with your Mercer County Library card and watch it together in the virtual company of your community. Feel free to share your thoughts and impressions in the comments section under the Facebook posting. We would love to hear from you! CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/ 

Saturday, March 6, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Rebel (2018) -- This is a thrilling PBS documentary about Loreta Janeta Velazquez, an educated Cuban born teenager, who at the outset of the American Civil War fought as an officer in the battle of First Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh, and served as a secret agent for the Confederacy. By 1863, Velazquez was spying for the Union. She chafed against the gender and race restrictions of her time, and her 1876 memoir, A Woman in Battle, caused a sensation.

Find Rebel on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11387682

Saturday, March 13, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Served Like a Girl (2017) -- A powerful documentary about female veterans who create a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of homeless women veterans by entering into a "Miss Veteran America" competition, while bringing to light moving events in their own lives in a quest for healing and hope.

Find Served Like a Girl on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11978095

Saturday, March 20, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Unsung Heroes (2014) -- Unsung Heroes: The Story of America's Female Patriots is an inspirational saga of unrecognized courage and sacrifice that touches every community in the nation. Through rare photographs, archival materials, personal memorabilia and on-camera interviews, this documentary produced by Academy Award® Winner Ron Howard illustrates the enormous accomplishments and profound sacrifices of our female patriots.

Find Unsung Heroes on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11282307

Saturday, March 27, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Legend: The Bessie Coleman Story (2018) -- Bessie Coleman (1892 - 1926), a young woman who arose from the poverty of the Texas cotton fields, became the first African-American woman to earn a civil aviator's license. She barnstormed around the country, thrilled audiences and inspired later generations. This is the story of her remarkable personality.

Find The Legend: The Bessie Coleman Story on hoopla -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12192160

 

Conversation Café

Mondays, March 8 & 22, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at MCLS' virtual Conversation Café to discuss a thought provoking topic. At the beginning of each Conversation Café, a question will be posted on our Facebook page. Once the question is posted, feel free to join in on the conversation and let us know what you think. An MCLS librarian will be online from 3:30-4:30pm for each Café to facilitate and participate in the chat. Please remember Conversation Café is hosted on MCLS' public Facebook page. We kindly ask participants to share responses in a polite and respectful manner.

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

https://www.facebook.com/mclsnj/ 

 

MCL Tuesday Book Club: Normal People by Sally Rooney 

Tuesday, March 9, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

Join us on Facebook for our monthly virtual book group. This month we will discuss Normal People by Sally Rooney.

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

 

Citizenship Exam Practice

Tuesday, March 9, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesday, March 24, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Are you working toward U.S. Citizenship? Effective December 1st, 2020 there is a new - harder - civics test as part of the naturalization interview. Make an appointment for a practice interview session with an MCLS staff member to go through all three sections of the test: reading, writing and the civics questions. This practice session will give you a good idea of what will happen during the interview and how well prepared you are. Please have pencil and paper available for the writing portion of the test. Use our online booking system to sign up for a 25-minute appointment. Appointments are normally scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m., or the fourth Wednesday of the month, 2-3:30. You will receive an email confirmation with additional instructions once your request is submitted.

Registrants are encouraged to verify their computer's compatibility with GoToMeeting. Visit https://support.goto.com/meeting/system-check to perform a fast system check.

CONTACT: Mercer County Library System  hopeprogs@mcl.org

 

Do Diets Work?

Wednesday, March 10, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Fad diets draw us in with their promises of shedding pounds easily, but few people actually see positive long-term results. Join Heather Bainbridge, EdM, MA, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist with Princeton Medical Center, for this informative program and learn how to: modify your eating habits and expectations in a healthy way, no matter what diet you choose; recognize common dieting pitfalls and food triggers; and develop strategies to empower you to succeed.

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

 

Women Justices of the Supreme Court

Thursday, March 11, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

It took 191 years after the founding of the Supreme Court for the first woman to be allowed to become part of that august body. Four magnificent women have achieved the position of Supreme Court Justice, with the recent addition of a fifth Amy Coney Barrett. Join Trish Chambers in a fascinating introduction to these accomplished jurists. Meet Sandra Day O'Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Learn how their unique personalities and determination enabled them to break the glass ceiling to take their place in history, as they vote to clarify the intentions of the founding fathers regarding the United States Constitution. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

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

 

What's Cooking @ MCLS

Fridays, March 12 & 26, 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Join MCLS Staff as they share recipes from books in our collection or a tried and true favorite!

Watch What's Cooking @ MCLS video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

 

Monday Morning Book Club -- Moment of Lift: Empowering Women Change the World

Monday, March 15, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This month's title is Moment of Lift: Empowering Women Change the World by Miranda Gates.

Summary: A timely call to action for women's empowerment by the influential co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation identifies the link between women's equality and societal health, sharing uplifting insights by international advocates in the fight against gender bias. -- Provided by Publisher

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 

 

The Irish in the Civil War

Tuesday, March 16, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The American Civil War is Ireland's forgotten conflict. In 1860, about 1.5 million Irish were living in the United States. During the American Civil War, some 150,000 Irish men fought in the Union Army and about 20,000 joined and fought with the Confederacy. Although there is no exact figure for the Irish fatalities, it is presumed to be in the thousands. Sadly, the contributions and experiences of the great number of Irish soldiers remain relatively unknown. Join historical reenactor and lecturer Michael Jesberger for a presentation on these "Sons of Erin" who played a major role in the American Civil War. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

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

 

Reclaiming Our Voice: New Jersey's Role in the Fight for Women's Suffrage

Thursday, March 18, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Carol Simon Levin portrays Lillian Feickert, New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association President from 1912-1920, to tell the story of the role of New Jersey women in the long struggle for women's suffrage.

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 

 

Monday Night Book Group: A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark

Monday, March 22, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

All are welcome to read and discuss this month's book, A Far Cry From Kensington, by Muriel Spark.

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 

 

The Working Women of World War II: Rosie and Beyond

Tuesday, March 23, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Storyteller Madge Powis (Garden State Storytellers) will provide insight into the contributions of women during World War II. One such story will be that of her own Aunt Helen, who worked as a welder. Her stories will be aided by photographs and memorabilia.

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 

 

Literary Book Club

Wednesday, March 24, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join Reference Librarian, Nita Mathur from our West Windsor Branch for a live virtual book discussion. Visit MCL's Events page for this month's title.

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 

 

Cunard Steamships and the Quest for the Perfect Coal

Wednesday, March 24, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

At the turn of the 20th century, North Atlantic steamers were prodigious consumers of coal, and not just any coal would do. Moving this precious fuel from the mountains of Appalachia to the docks of Manhattan was a huge undertaking, with great fortunes made and lost in mining and railroads. Dennis Waters tells the story of the search for the perfect coal and how it powered the fleet of the fabled Cunard Line during the Gilded Age.

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

 

The Rescue of Trenton Transit Co. #288

Thursday, March 25, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

J.R. May presents on the Trenton Trolley #288 Project. This trolley was found embedded in a Hamilton home that was being demolished. It was rescued and is in the process of being restored. The program will include information about: finding the car, the history of the car, moving of the car, efforts to develop drawings of the missing elements of the car and opportunities for the public to volunteer to assist with the effort. Co-sponsored with Hopewell Valley Historical Society and The Hopewell Museum.

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 

 

Tuesday Night Book Discussion: The Golden Cage by Camilla Lackberg

Tuesday, March 30, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

All are welcome to discuss this month's title, The Golden Cage, by Camilla Lackberg. 

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

 

 

Mercer County Library System March 2021 Virtual Events List for Children

 

Picture Book Arts & Crafts Club 

March 1 - 31

Join Miss Elena on MCL's YouTube channel to read a St. Patrick's Day story and do a rainbow-themed craft together! The video's corresponding craft supply kits are available for pick-up at the West Windsor Youth Services Desk. Kits will be available until March 31 (while supplies last). Suggested for kids, ages 4-8.

CONTACT: West Windsor Youth Services  609-275-8901 

 

Bilingual Storytime w/ Miss Liz: Women's History Month

Tuesday, March 2, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Join us for a special Bilingual Story Time program about Women's History Month. Learn English & Spanish through interactive children's activities led by MCLS' Youth Services Librarians. Bilingual Storytime includes more than stories. Weekly videos include nursery rhymes, crafts, games, and more! Suggested for children, ages 2 and older.

Miren un video espeical esta semana con cuentos bilingues sobre el Mes de La Historia de La Mujer. Aprendan inglés y español a través de actividades interactivas para niños dirigidas por las bibliotecarias de MCLS. La hora de cuentos bilingües incluye más que cuentos. Los videos semenales incluyen rimas, canciones, actividades, juegos y más. Recomendado para niños de 2 años y mayores.

Watch Bilingual Storytime video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

Miren el video de La Hora de Cuentos Bilingües de ésta semana en el canal de MCLS en YouTube cuando se estrena a las 10:00 a.m. todos los martes!

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

 

Read Across America w/ MCLS' Youth Services Librarians

Tuesday, March 2, 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

March 2nd is National Read Across American Day! This is a special day to encourage the love of reading and the joy found in books. To celebrate, the youth services staff of the Mercer County Library System have teamed up to read a very fun and entertaining book called The NOT So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora. We hope you enjoy it and we hope to see you in our "not so quiet" libraries soon! Watch MCLS' Youth Services Librarians Read Across America on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

 

Biography Shorts for Kids

Tuesdays, March 2, 9, 16 & 23, 4:30 PM

Join us for our new video series called Biography Shorts for Kids. This month we will celebrate Women's History Month by taking a quick look at the lives of those who have had a significant impact on history. We will also look at what materials are available from the library so that you can learn more about people you have found interesting! Watch the series on MCLS' YouTube channel.

 

LEGO® Challenge

Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2:30 PM

Every week we will create a new LEGO challenge for you to create! Then we invite you to share a photo of your creation with us on social media. Each LEGO challenge will be posted on MCL's facebook and twitter pages.

 

"Create a..." Challenge

Sundays, March 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2:30 - 3:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to design a unique craft using common household items? If so, you will love our weekly "Create a..." Challenge! Each craft challenge will be posted on MCL's facebook and twitter pages. 

 

Women's History Month Who Is/Who Was Trivia

Wednesday, March 24, 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Test your knowledge about famous women from the past & present featured in the "Who Was..." biography series in this trivia video. Play for fun or give yourself one point for each correct question! Then share your new knowledge with friends and family.

Watch Women's History Month "Who Is/Who Was" Trivia video on MCLS' YouTube channel!

CONTACT: MCLS Staff  hopeprogs@mcl.org

 

Mercer County Library System March 2021 Virtual Events List for Teens

 

Women's History Month: Trivia for Teens/Tweens

Thursday, March 4, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for a live, virtual Kahoot! trivia session. Show off your Women's History knowledge and learn some interesting facts!  Suggested for ages 9 -14.

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

 

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