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Mercer County Library System Virtual and In-Person Events for November 2021

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.  

If you no longer wish to receive e-mails from us, please let us know to remove you from the list. Also, please feel free to e-mail me with questions about any of our 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:

 

In-Person Adult Programs for November 2021

Create a Red-Hot Resume (Indoors)

Wednesday, November 3, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

A one-on-one workshop for building a resume and conducting an effective job search. Four 30-minute individual appointments. Presented by volunteer Paul Martinetti, MD who has led numerous workshops at TCNJ's career center. 

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

 

Wednesday Film Festival: "Men in Black"

Wednesday, November 3, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

Men in Black (1997): (Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Fiorentino). Rated PG-13; 98 minutes

A top-secret agency that deals with extraterrestrials must stop an intergalactic terrorist from causing a galactic disaster. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

 

Diwali and Threshold Art
Wednesday, November 3, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-448-1330
For Diwali, learn to create beautiful threshold art to welcome good fortune to your home. The designs are traditionally known as Rangoli, Alpana, Kolam etc. Using a template of dots, sidewalk chalk, and colored sand, we will create colorful floral and geometric patterns by our library's entrance and sidewalk.  
Registration is required.  

 

Indoor Film Discussion: "The Father" (2020)

Wednesday, November 3, 7:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

Join librarian Jamie Anderson and share your thoughts and impressions of the film "The Father" starring Anthony Hopkins, a 2021 Academy Award winner for the role of an Alzheimer's patient who refuses his daughter's help. There will not be a film screening in the library, but you can borrow the DVD from our collection and watch the film in a place convenient for you, then come to the library for the in-person discussion. 

Registration is required. Call 609-883-8292 or e-mail lawprogs@mcl.org for more information.

 

Indoor Film Screening: "Me Before You"

Thursday, November 4, 6:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

Me Before You (2016): (Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin). Rated PG-13; 110 minutes

Meet Louisa (Lou) Clark – an accidental caregiver who becomes a life-changer in this story of compassion and bittersweet romance. Based on the bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes.

Registration is required. Call 609-883-8292 or e-mail lawprogs@mcl.org for more information.

 

Conversation Café (Indoors)

Thursday, November 4, 6:30 pm

Twin Rivers Branch

276 Abbington Drive

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-443-1880

Join us at the library to discuss a thought-provoking topic.  This month our conversation starter will be, "If you could learn the answer to one question about your future, what would that question be?"  

Registration is required, and we will observe physical distancing.

 

Sports Book Club (Outdoors) – The Impossible First

Thursday, November 4, 7:00 pm

Hopewell Branch

245 Pennington Titusville Road

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 Impossible First by Colin O'Brady.

Registration is required.

 

Outdoor Drum Circle

Friday, November 5 & 19, 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 Chianese in a relaxed outdoor setting next to the library's building. Drummers of all levels of experience are invited to participate. Bring your own drum(s), bells, percussions. Bringing your own folding chair is encouraged. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required. Call 609-883-8292 or e-mail lawprogs@mcl.org for more information.

 

Indoor Paint-a-Canvas for Adults

Saturday, November 6, 10:00 am

Hightstown Memorial Branch

114 Franklin Street

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 required at www.mcl.org. 

 

Crafts for Grown-ups

Wednesday, November 7, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

Has the last year made you feel that your world has gotten very small? We can beat that – a galaxy you can hold in your hand. It's inspired by the little galaxy ball in Men in Black, which just happens to kick off the return of our Wednesday Film Festival. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is required, space is limited. 

 

Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body (Indoors)

Monday, November 8, 6:30 pm

Hopewell Branch

245 Pennington-Titusville Road

Pennington, NJ 08534

609-737-2610

November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. Join us at the Hopewell Branch to sit on this virtual program with Nicolette Vasco, Program Coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter, as she presents Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body. Attendees will learn the importance of taking care of themselves as they age, as well as strategies to age well in the following areas: 1) Cognitive Activity, 2) Physical Health and Science; 3) Diet and Nutrition; and 4) Social Engagement. 

Registration is required.

 

U.S. Citizenship Prep Workshop (Indoors)
Monday, November 8, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive 

East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-443-1880
Are you interested in becoming a U.S. citizen or already working towards citizenship? Then stop by on the second Monday of each month for our Citizenship Preparation sessions. Determine if you are eligible to become a U.S. citizen, learn about the Form N-400 and what you will need to apply for naturalization, and practice for the reading, writing, and civics tests you will need to pass during your interview. 

Registration is required, and we will observe physical distancing. 

 

The Short of It: Louise Erdrich (Outdoors)

Wednesday, November 10, 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 celebrate National Native American Heritage Month as we read Louise Erdrich's stories, "Fleur," "The Shawl," and "American Horse."
Registration is required.

 

Alzheimer's Awareness Month Film Screening (Indoors)

Friday, November 12, 2:00 pm

Ewing Branch

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

Away From Her (2007): (Julie Christie, Michael Murphy, Gordon Pinsent). Rated PG-13, 110 minutes

A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man, Aubrey, a wheelchair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home.

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

 

Indoor Book Club: Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett

Monday, November 15, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

The Vignes twin sisters grew up inseparable in the '60s in Mallard, Louisiana, a small town reserved for black residents with light skin. When they flee to New Orleans as teenagers, Stella discovers that she can pass as white, and so begins the fracture that will forever separate the twins. Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing.

Registration is required. Call 609-883-8292 or e-mail lawprogs@mcl.org for more information.

 

Résumé Review (Indoors)
Monday, November 15, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Twin Rivers Branch
276 Abbington Drive

East Windsor, NJ 08520
609-443-1880
Our librarian will review your résumé for content, grammar, and presentation, and offer feedback on recommended changes. Bring a printed copy of your résumé. Appointments are limited. 

Registration is required, and we will observe physical distancing.

 

Science Fiction Book Club – The Worthing Saga

Tuesday, November 16, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

After eons of decadence and stagnation, a few seed ships were sent out to save our species. Each carried human embryos, supplies, teaching robots, and one man. The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card is the story of one of these men, Jason Worthing, and the world he found for the seed he carried.

Registration is required.

 

Trivia Night (Indoors)

Tuesday, November 16, 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.

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Crafty Adults: Felted Soap

Wednesday, November 17, 2:00 pm

Hightstown Memorial Branch

114 Franklin Street

Hightstown, NJ 08520

609-448-1474

This month we'll make felted soap bars. They are soap bars wrapped in handmade felt to keep or give as special & unique gifts. Open to any skill level. All supplies provided. Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

Registration is required. 

 

Wednesday Night Book Group (Indoors) – I am Malala

Wednesday, November 17, 7:00 pm

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

Join us as we read and discuss I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.

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

 

At the Branch Cook Talks: Will It Waffle? 

Thursday, November 18, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

Cooking food on your waffle iron is not just a novelty but an innovation that leads to a great end product, all while giving the cook the bonus pleasure of doing something cool, fun, and vaguely nerdy (or giving a reluctant eater?your child, say?a great reason to dig in).

Join librarian Amelia Rodriguez as she cooks from Will It Waffle? 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron by Daniel Shumski.

Registration is required. Call 609-883-8292 or e-mail lawprogs@mcl.org for more information.

 

Card-making with Alicia

Thursday, November 18, 10:30 – 11:30 am 

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

Craft a Fall themed card that can be used for many occasions including Thanksgiving. We incorporate acetate with an interactive fold to make our design. Presented by Alicia Vincelette, and sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is required, and space is limited. 

 

An Indoor Afternoon at the Movies – "1917"

Thursday, November 18, 1:30 pm

Robbinsville Branch

42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road

Robbinsville, NJ 08691

609-259-2150

1917 (2019): (Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay). Rated R; 119 minutes

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Adult Craft: Turkey Painting

Thursday, November 18, 2:00 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914

For ages 16 and up.  Create a unique turkey painting on canvas.  All materials will be supplied.  

Registration is required and space is limited. 

 

Foreign Authors, Foreign Lands Book Club - Earthlings

Thursday, November 18, 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Hickory Corner Branch

138 Hickory Corner Road

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-448-1330

Leave the disappointment of curtailed travel behind and explore new lands, cultures, and peoples. We meet the fourth Thursday of the month. Join us this month to discuss Earthlings by Sayaka Murata. 

Registration is required.  

 

Friday Morning Bookies - Atonement

Friday, November 19, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

Atonement by Ian McEwan. In each of his novels Ian McEwan has brilliantly drawn his reader into the intimate lives and situations of his characters. But never before has he worked with so large a canvas: In Atonement he takes the reader from a manor house in England in 1935 to the retreat from Dunkirk in 1941; from the London's World War II military hospitals to a reunion of the Tallis clan in 1999. 

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Adult Craft: Acorn Leaf Napkin Rings

Friday, November 19, 10:30 am

Ewing Branch

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

Join us and make decorative fall napkin rings out of repurposed paper towel rolls. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Branch Library.

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

 

Spice Club: Cinnamon (Indoors)

Monday, November 22, 6:30 pm

Twin Rivers Branch

276 Abbington Drive

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-443-1880

From November 1 through November 20, pick up a packet of spice, information about the history of that spice, and recipes to try in the convenience of your own kitchen.  On November 22, we'll meet to discuss our thoughts and experiences with that week's spice offering.  Each Spice Club event focuses on a different spice.  

Registration is required, and we will observe physical distancing.

 

In-Person Youth Services Programs for November 2021

 

Dinosaur Scavenger Hunt

November 1 - November 30

Robbinsville Branch

42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road

Robbinsville, NJ 08691

609-259-2150

Celebrate Dino-vember with a dinosaur scavenger hunt at the Robbinsville Branch! Visit the library between November 1st and November 30th to participate in this prehistoric quest.  

 

Indoor Let's Get Literary (Grades 1-5)

Mondays, November 1 & 8, 5:00 pm; &

Monday, November 5, 10:30 am

Hightstown Memorial Branch

114 Franklin Street

Hightstown, NJ 08520

609-448-1474

Explore the world of books and reading through fun games and activities like scavenger hunts! Led by a teen Girl Scout volunteer, this program will show you all that libraries and books have to offer. 

Los niños en los Grados 1 - 5 aprenderán cómo utilizar la biblioteca y cuales libros son adecuados para ellos a través de juegos divertidos. 

Se requiere registración.  Registration required at www.mcl.org. 

 

Indoor Sugar Skull Suncatcher (ages 3+ years)

Monday, November 1, 6:30 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos!  Use your creativity to make a scratch art sugar skull suncatcher.  Recommended for ages 3 years and up, with a caregiver. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Fossil Dig for Kids

Thursday, November 4, 2:00 pm;

Friday, November 5, 10:00 am

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914
For ages 5-12.  Celebrate Dinovember by learning about fossils and digging for some real fossils you can bring home. 

Registration is required and space is limited.

 

Indoor Tween/Teen Paint-A-Canvas (Ages 10-14)

Friday, November 5, 3:00 pm

Hightstown Memorial Branch

114 Franklin Street

Hightstown, NJ 08520

609-448-1474

While schools are closed for the NJEA Teachers' Convention, why not join local art instructor, Mrs. Mehta, for this indoor step-by-step painting class? Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

Registration required at www.mcl.org. 

 

Indoor ABC Play Time (Ages 2-5)

Tuesdays, November 9, 16, 23 & 30, 10:30 pm

Hightstown Memorial Branch

114 Franklin Street

Hightstown, NJ 08520

609-448-1474

Children will explore the letters of the alphabet with their senses. This will be a fun way to introduce and then reinforce letters to pre-school children. Each family unit will have a station at which to play. Come dressed for a mess! Sponsored by the Hightstown Library Association.

Registration required at www.mcl.org. 

 

Baby Yoda Tea Lights (ages 6-11 years)

Wednesday, November 10, 3:30 pm (Outdoor) or 6:30 pm (Indoor)

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

Paint a Baby Yoda (aka Grogu) tea light / night light decoration!  Perfect for fans of The Mandalorian and Star Wars.  Join us at our outdoor afternoon or indoor evening session! Suggested for children, ages 6-11 years, youngest with a caregiver. In case of inclement weather, the outdoor 3:30pm program will be moved indoors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Quilled Thanksgiving Turkeys (ages 6+ years)

Monday, November 15, 4:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

Quilling is a type of paper craft that uses thin, rolled-up strips of paper to create beautiful 3-D collages.   In this program, join Miss Molly to make a Thanksgiving card or wall hanging featuring a quilled turkey. Recommended for children ages 6+, with a caregiver. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Tween/Teen Thanksgiving Lantern Jar Craft

Sunday, November 21, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

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

Join Miss Chetna for a Tween/Teen craft. Supplies are limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Library.

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

 

Indoor Gratitude Jar Craft for Kids (ages 4+ years)

Tuesday, November 23, 2:00 pm;

Wednesday, November 24, 2:00 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914

For ages 4 and up.  Get in the Thanksgiving spirit by decorating a gratitude jar.  

Registration is required and space is limited. 

 

Virtual Adult Programs for November 2021

 

We Are Still Here:
The History and Continuing Culture of New Jersey's Indigenous Tribal Communities

Thursday, November 4, 7:00 pm

November is National Native American Heritage Month. Rev. Dr. J. R. Norwood Jr. is a tribal historian who served as the Principal Justice of the Tribal Supreme Court and Councilman-at-Large for the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation in South Jersey. He will offer a presentation on the history and current work of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape, the largest American Indian Tribe in New Jersey, followed by a question-and-answer session. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Hopewell Branch Library, Friends of the West Windsor Library, the Hightstown Library Association and the Friends of the Lawrence Library. Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive link to program. 

 

Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body

Monday, November 8, 6:30 pm 

November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. Join Nicolette Vasco, Program Coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter, as she presents Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body. Attendees will learn the importance of taking care of themselves as they age, as well as strategies to age well in the following areas: 1) Cognitive Activity, 2) Physical Health and Science; 3) Diet and Nutrition; and 4) Social Engagement. Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive link to program.

 

What's Next for Human Space Travel?

Wednesday, November 10, 7:00 pm

Presented by Paul Cirillo of the New Jersey Astronomical Association. Learn about the upcoming human space programs planned by the United States, China, Russia and four U.S. commercial companies. Find out what's in store for space stations and gateways, moon bases, a journey to Mars and even space tourism will be presented. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Branch Library. Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive link to program.

 

Diabetes -- What's New?

Tuesday, November 16, 3:00 pm

November is American Diabetes Month. Join us for an informative session presented by diabetes clinicians and certified diabetes educators Louise Gross, RN, and Sandra Byer-Lubin, MD, RD, CDE, from the Princeton Medical Center Diabetes Management Program, to learn new information about diabetes. This progarm is part of Penn Medicine Princeton Health's Community Wellness Program. Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive link to program.

 

Medicare Information Session

Wednesday, November 17, 10:30 am

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. Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive link to program.

 

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