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October In person/Virtual Events at MCLS

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.

 

In-Person Adult Programs for October 2021

 

Outdoor Drum Circle

Friday, October 1, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Friday, October 15, 1:00 pm – 2:00 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.

Indoor Knitting, Crochet, etcetera! 

Fridays, October 1, 15, 22, & 29, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462

Just a reminder that while we might refer to this as the Knitting Group, that's just the shorthand for any fabric art you want to bring to the library. Needlepoint, mending, weaving, spinning  - whatever! Bring yarn, thread, and hook or needles, to start or continue your project. All adults are welcome, whatever your skill level!  

Registration is required, space is limited. 

 

Artists' Choice Art Show (Indoors)

Thursday, October 7, 3:30 pm

Hopewell Branch

245 Pennington Titusville Rd

Pennington, NJ 08534

609-737-2610

Hopewell Valley Senior Center invites you to join us for the opening of the Artists' Choice Art Show. Tour the beautiful art painted by our Hopewell Valley senior art group, while mingling with the artists, as well as other guests.

Registration is required.

 

Sports Book Club (Outdoors)

Thursday, October 7, 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 Sooley by John Grisham.

Registration is required.

 

Crafts for Grown-ups (Indoors) 

Wednesday October 13, 10:00 – 11:00 am  

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462
 Circle Weaving: We are going to be weaving on an embroidery hoop loom. Circle weaving can be one of the easiest kinds of weaving and we have a little project that you can complete in class! Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is required. 

 

The Short of It: Junot Diaz (Outdoors)

Wednesday, October 13, 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 the tail end of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) as we read Junot Díaz' stories, "The Sun, the Moon, the Stars" and "Fiesta, 1980".

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Poetry Circle: Fall Poems

Wednesday, October 13, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

Watching the leaves turn from green to all varieties of gold, yellow and red is magical. Autumn not only brings nice weather and spectacular views, but also gives us opportunities to celebrate Harvest and life. Come and join our discussion on great autumn poems by Rainer Maria Rilke, John Keats, Dongpo Su, William Butler Yeats, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Jacques Prevert, Richard Wilbur, Carl Sandburg, Maggie Smith, Sharon Olds, Elsie N. Brady, to learn how these poets use language to capture this season's change, beauty and sentiment. Sharon, a librarian for the Lawrence Branch, will lead the discussion.

Registration is required.

 

Outdoor Adult Craft: Pumpkin Decorating

Thursday, October 14, 2:00 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914
 For ages 16 and up.  Use a variety of materials to decorate a small pumpkin.  All materials will be provided. 

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Book Club: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings

Monday, October 18, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

Forced to flee from the drug cartels in the Mexican city of Acapulco, bookstore owner Lydia and her eight-year-old Luca find themselves instantly transformed into migrants who have to endure the dangerous road to the United States in this page-turner filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity.

Registration is required.

 

Trivia Night (Indoors)

Tuesday, October 19, 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 Cook Talks: Simple Slow Cooker and One Pot Recipes

Thursday, October 21, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

When the leaves start to change and tang of fallen persimmons is in the air, I long to get the slow cooker out and make barbecued pulled pork, my mama's Swiss steak, pork chops over sauerkraut, apples and potatoes or beef stew. Join Donna Wolfe on October 21st to explore autumn cooking.

Registration is required.

 

Friday Morning Bookies

Friday October 22, 10:00 am

West Windsor Branch

333 North Post Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

609-799-0462
 Part of the joy of reading is discovering new worlds – this month we will explore the world of Philip Pullman's La Belle Sauvage (volume 1 of the Book of Dust). 

When Malcolm finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust, he finds himself embroiled in a tale of intrigue featuring enforcement agents from the Magisterium, a woman with an evil monkey daemon, and a baby named Lyra.

The Times UK) named Pullman one of the "50 greatest British writers since 1945"

Registration is required.

 

Spice Club:  Nutmeg (Outdoors)

Monday, October 25, 6:30 pm

Twin Rivers Branch

276 Abbington Drive,

East Windsor, NJ 08520

609-443-1880

Stop by the library from October 1, through October 23, to pick up a packet of spice, recipes, and information about the history of that spice to try in the convenience of your own kitchen.  On October 25, 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.

 

English Conversation Group

Tuesday October 26, 10:00 am

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.

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Program: The True Story of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Wednesday, October 27, 7:00 pm

Ewing Branch
61 Scotch Road

Ewing, NJ 08628
609-882-3148

The residents of Sleepy Hollow believed the Headless Horseman to have been a Hessian. The Hessians were soldiers from Northern Germany who were leased from German princes to fight for the British in the Revolutionary War. Although six German princes rented out their troops to the British, the Hessians, from Hesse-Kassel in Hesse were the most numerous and most important, making up about 17,000 of the 30,000 total troops sent. Join Historical Reenactor and lecturer Michael Jesberger for a program on one of America's oldest short stories based on real events that took place in the Hudson Valley of New York during the American Revolution. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ewing Branch Library. 

Registration is required.

 

Greeting Card Making Class (Indoors)

Friday, October 29, 10:30 am

Hopewell Branch

245 Pennington-Titusville Road

Pennington, NJ 08534

609-737-2610

Card making is the craft of hand-making greeting cards. Use rubber stamped images, as well s folding and layering techniques, to create a unique greeting card that can be used for an upcoming birthday, anniversary or for whatever occasion you'd like. Presented by Alicia Vincelette of Inked Edge Paper Art. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hopewell Library.

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Discussion on Understanding Nonverbal Communication via The Great Courses

Friday, October 29, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

The Great Courses are now available on hoopla for Mercer County Library members. Do you want to understand the mysteries of body language? Join us for a discussion on Understanding Nonverbal Communication by The Great Courses. This course is presented by Dr. Mark G. Frank, recorded for The Great CoursesAccess Understanding Nonverbal Communication at https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11716650. Watch as many episodes as you like, on a time convenient for you, then join a lively in-person discussion facilitated by librarian Andrew of the Lawrence Branch. Sign up for hoopla today! Visit www.hoopladigital.com or find it in your app store!

Registration is required.

 

In-Person Youth Programs for October 2021

 

Outdoor Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub (ages 6-11)

Wednesday, October 6, 6:30 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

This homemade pumpkin spice latte sugar scrub is perfect for fall!  Not only does it smell great, it has a variety of beneficial nutrients for your skin.   The sugars help exfoliate dead skin cells while the vitamin e oil and almond oil nourish dry skin. Mix one up today in a cute container for yourself or a gift for someone special. Recommended for ages 6-11, with an adult to supervise. Please bring your own chairs or blanket. In case of inclement weather, this program will be moved indoors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required.

 

Ken the Magician Family Magic Show, Outdoor (ages 2-10)

Sunday, October 17, 1:00 pm

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

Outdoor family magic show including humor, audience participation and musical routines! Suggested for children, ages 2-10 years, with a caregiver. Please bring your own seating. In case of inclement weather, this program will be canceled or rescheduled. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required.

 

Outdoor Pumpkin Decorating for Kids

Wednesday, October 20, 2:00 pm

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914

For 2 and up.  Use a variety of materials to decorate a small pumpkin.  

Registration is required.

 

Outdoor Mini Scientists: Halloween Science (ages 2-5)

Saturday, October 23, 11:00 am

Lawrence Headquarters Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

609-883-8293

Learn more about chemistry! Join us for a fun, hands-on science program! For ages 2-5 years, with an adult to supervise. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

Registration is required.

 

Outdoor Halloween Storytime and Parade for Kids

Friday, October 29, 10:00 am

Hollowbrook Branch

320 Hollowbrook Drive

Ewing, NJ 08638

609-883-5914

For all ages.  Halloween stories, songs and crafts followed by a Halloween parade with treats.

Registration is required.

 

Virtual Adult Programs for October 2021

 

Paying for College without Going Broke

Monday, October 4, 7:00 pm

Teens (ages 14+) and their caregivers will explore the complex world of need-based and merit based financial aid. Caregivers and students will learn strategies for lowering their EFC (Expected Family Contribution), the new FAFSA rules, and tips for optimizing college admissions and scholarships. This program is led by financial and academic experts from My College Planning Team. Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive link to program. 

 

Meet the Real James Bond, Birdman of Mystery

Wednesday, October 6, 7:00 pm 

Jim Wright, long-time "Bird Watcher" columnist for The Record and other New Jersey newspapers, will speak about his latest book, The Real James Bond, the story behind the world's greatest identity theft and the noted naturalist/adventurer at its heart. Featured are the genuine James Bond's iconic Birds of the West Indies, his solo Caribbean expeditions -- and his enduring connection to Ian Fleming. Jim Wright's books include The Nature of the Meadowlands, Jungle of the Maya, and Hawk Mountain. In his spare time, he spies on birds and serves as a marsh warden at the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library. Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive link to program.

 

Medicare Information Session

Thursday, October 7, 10:30 am OR

Tuesday, October 19, 6:30 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. Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive link to program. 

 

The Street Where You Live: How Lawrence Became a Suburb 1900-2000

Thursday, October 14, 7:00 pm

Like many sleepy farming communities in New Jersey, Lawrence Township underwent a profound transformation during the 20th century as many thousands of acres of farmland were subdivided into housing tracts. From 1900-2000 Lawrence's population increased almost twenty-fold. Join us to learn how the Lawrence of then became the Lawrence of now - and hear the fascinating stories behind many of the town's best-known neighborhoods, like Eldridge Park, Nassau Estates, Colonial Lake, and Darramoor. Presented by Dennis P. Waters, Mercer County Library Commissioner and former Lawrence Township Historian. Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive link to program.

 

Breast Cancer Information Session

Wednesday, October 20, 7:00 pm

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Join Mary Kiensicki, RN CBCN a Breast Health Navigator with Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. Mary has been with Penn Medicine since 2007 and works closely with the breast surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and ancillary staff to help guide patients with disease of the breasts during their diagnosis, treatment and into survivorship. Learn about breast cancer risks, signs and symptoms, prevention and available treatments. Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive link to program.

 

Princeton Graveyard Virtual Tour

Thursday, October 21, 1:00 pm

Get into the Princeton spirit with a virtual tour of Princeton Cemetery, referred to as the "Westminster Abbey of the United States." Hear the fascinating stories, accompanied by images of the final resting places, of many of Princeton's prominent citizens, including a U.S. president, vice president, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Presented by Eve Mandel, Director of Programs and Visitor Services for Society of Princeton (HSP). Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive link to program.

 

Gun Safety: Be SMART Heading into the Holidays

Wednesday, October 27, 7:00 pm

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is around the corner. If you're visiting family or friends this year, there's one important thing you need to add to your holiday checklist: talking about responsible gun storage. Gun ownership is a personal decision, but responsible storage is a public safety issue. Be SMART for Kids is an educational campaign created by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to protect children by promoting responsible gun ownership and reducing child gun deaths. The campaign focuses on education and awareness about unintentional injuries or deaths of children caused by unsecured firearms. Please email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive link to program.

 

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