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Adult Summer Programs at the Library

The Summer Sounds concert series occurs every Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:15 pm, June 20-August 1. There will be no show on July 4. These are free family-friendly outdoor concerts ranging from Irish classics to Rockabilly jams. In the event of inclement weather, the show will move inside. Picnics are welcome outside, and we encourage you to bring chairs or a picnic blanket. No registration required.
Technology Time: iPad Basics will be held July 6 and August 3 from 3-4 pm. Bring your iPad for an overview of the functions of this popular device, including how to download and enjoy eBooks and audiobooks. No registration required.


IRA Planning Workshop will be held July 6 from 7 - 8:30 pm. See how IRAs can fit into your overall retirement plan. Kevin Lynch of the Society of Financial Awareness will be presenting. Registration suggested.


Get a Move On: Fitness Fun for Adults with Special Needs will be held July 13 and August 10 from 5 - 6 pm. Get a move on! For adults (18+) with special needs to make friends and maybe even break a sweat! Registration and a parent/guardian waiver is required in order to attend this program. A parent or guardian should remain in the library during the program. Let an SCLSNJ staff member know in advance if any special accommodations are needed.


New Jersey's Colonial Architecture, presented by local author David Veasey, will be held July 20, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Sandwiched between Philadelphia and New York City, New Jersey often doesn't get due credit for its contributions to colonial and early American life, including its rich and diverse architectural heritage.
Enjoy reading and talking about what you've read? Join a book discussion group at the Mary Jacobs branch.


Morning Fiction Book Discussion Group will be held July 11, 10 - 11 am, discussing Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. On August 8 from 10 - 11 am, China Dolls by Lisa See will be discussed.


The Good Yarn Book Discussion Group has canceled the meeting for July. The next meeting will be August 1 at 7 p.m. Bring needles and yarn to work on your knitting while discussing a good book. For August, Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson will be discussed.


The American History Book Discussion Group will meet August 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Share your love of American history with other history buffs. This quarter, discuss The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Science in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum.


For more information, visit at 64 Washington Street in Rocky Hill or call 609-924-7073. For a complete list of upcoming Library programs and additional information about SCLSNJ visit SCLSNJ.org. 

July and August at SCLSNJ’s Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch

 

Summer Reading Challenge

Enter. Read. Win. Patrons of all ages can participate in SCLSNJ’s Summer Reading Challenge from June 19- August 19. Read books, comics, magazines, audiobooks, e-books, with your family, required summer reading - it all counts toward the challenge. Every time you read, record the day into your online account. Visit SCLSNJ’s Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch and teen volunteers will help you track your progress. If you’re on-the-go this summer, track your progress at: SCLSNJ.org/SummerReading.

Throughout the summer, earn prizes at reading milestones (12, 24, 36 and 48 days) and enter a variety of raffle drawings. Bonus prizes and tickets can be earned for attending programs, completing Level Up activities, writing book reviews, and participating in contests. If you reach all of your milestones, you’ll be entered to win an iPad Mini 2 through SCLSNJ’s golden ticket promotion.

 

All Ages Programs

Sing, dance and join the fun at our musical family events. Alex & the Kaleidoscope visits on July 6 at 10 a.m. Turtle Dance Music provides a sensory-friendly music, bubble and comedy show on July 21 at 10 a.m. Learn about the musical world of science, sound and sustainability during Library Bash on July 27 at 6:30 p.m. (sponsored by the Rocky Hill Township Clean Communities Grant.)

Love animals? See them up close at the Mary Jacobs branch. Meet a horseshoe crab, diamondback terrapin, and a small shark brought to you by the Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium on July 13 at 2 p.m. Live mammals from around the world will visit on July 19 at 2 p.m. courtesy of Eyes of the Wild. Hear a fun story about Chief, a full-sized Appaloosa who lives at Hope’s Promise Farm, then meet a miniature therapy horse on August 3 at 2 p.m.

 

Preschool & School-Age Programs

New program alert. Attend Miss Katie presents Stories, Puppets & Songs - a fun puppet storytime for kids and early literacy tips for parents. This program is best for ages 1-5 but all are welcome to join on July 7 and 28, and August 4 at 10 a.m.

Miss Pat returns for guitar sing-alongs on July 8 and August 12 at 10:30 a.m. (ages 1-4) and Tuesdays in July and August at 10:30 a.m. (ages 1-3). This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library.

Have serious fun with The Little Gym. Through gymnastics and music, children grow confidence, strength, and agility while gaining physical skills. Join an age-appropriate free demo session and experience The Little Gym way. Sessions will be held on July 14 and August 25 at 10 a.m. (ages newborn-2 years) and at 10:45 a.m. (ages 3-6). An SCLSNJ Parental Waiver and Consent Form is required for these programs.

 

School Age & Tween Programs

Help prevent the summer slide with Reading Buddy, a program in which teen volunteers partner with children entering grades K-4 for 15 minutes of shared reading time. Reading Buddy sessions are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - noon. Visit the youth services desk for additional details.

Are you an avid comic reader? Meet up with other fans at our Kids & Comics program for students entering grades 5-8. Explore a new theme at each Friday session from 2-3 p.m.: July 7 - Anime & Manga; August 18 - Heroes & Villains; August 25 - Girls Rule.

Put on your chef’s hat and make some tasty treats during Kids Cook. Make granola bars on July 11 and frozen treats on August 15. Kids entering grades K-2 are scheduled for 2-3 p.m. and kids entering grades 3-6 are scheduled for 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Students entering grades 3-5: Do you love science and tinkering? Become a mad scientist on Wednesdays, July 12 and 26 from 4-5 p.m. and explore the science concept of the day through hands-on learning activities and experiments. Presented in partnership with Montgomery High School student, Kruti Gupta. Join in various team building exercises that encourage you to think outside the box during our STEM Challenge programs on July 14 and August 4 at 2-3 p.m.

 

Teen Programs

The Mary Jacobs branch invites teens entering grades 7-12 to Make a Difference to their community while having fun. Throughout the summer, there will be various opportunities to craft, paint, and more while earning community service hours. Create custom art pieces to help decorate Safe & Sound Somerset during the Paint & Snack program on July 17 at 6-8 p.m. On July 31 at 6-7 p.m., learn to crochet or knit a rectangle that will be contributed to a Warm Up America afghan blanket. Love origami? Add to our 1,000 Paper Cranes on August 7 at 6-7 p.m. and we will donate your creations to Cranes for Cancer, a project to uplift the spirits of patients. On August 21 at 6-7 p.m., design and create a patch for the Patch Project and Capes for Kids, organizations that provide superhero capes to children in shelters across the country.

Teens entering grades 6-12: Robodyssey returns to the Mary Jacobs branch on July 18 from 2-4 p.m. for How to Talk to a Robot. Teens will work collaboratively to program autonomous mobile robots. Get professional, hands-on tutorials during our Stage Fighting and FX Makeup Magic program on August 1 at 2-3:30 p.m.

Explore new STEM concepts during our Pop-Up Makerspace: a fun and interactive learning environment for students entering grades 5-9. Montgomery High School student and Monty Makerspace member, Sid Vadaparty, provides instruction on the Basics of Arduino and Using Sensors. These programs will be held on August 16 and 23 at 2-3:30 p.m. Bring your own laptop.

For more information or to register, visit at 64 Washington Street in Rocky Hill or call (609) 924-7073. For a complete list of upcoming Library programs and additional information about SCLSNJ visit SCLSNJ.org.

 

Adult Programs

The Summer Sounds concert series occurs every Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:15 p.m., June 20-August 1. There will be no show on July 4. These are free family-friendly outdoor concerts ranging from Irish classics to Rockabilly jams. In the event of inclement weather, the show will move inside. Picnics are welcome outside, and we encourage you to bring chairs or a picnic blanket. No registration required.

Technology Time: iPad Basics will be held July 6 and August 3 from 3-4 p.m. Bring your iPad for an overview of the functions of this popular device, including how to download and enjoy eBooks and audiobooks. No registration required.

IRA Planning Workshop will be held July 6 from 7-8:30 pm. See how IRAs can fit into your overall retirement plan. Kevin Lynch of the Society of Financial Awareness will be presenting. Registration suggested.

Get a Move On: Fitness Fun for Adults with Special Needs will be held July 13 and August 10 from 5-6 p.m. Get a move on! For adults (18+) with special needs to make friends and maybe even break a sweat! Registration and a parent/guardian waiver is required in order to attend this program. A parent or guardian should remain in the library during the program. Let an SCLSNJ staff member know in advance if any special accommodations are needed.

New Jersey's Colonial Architecture, presented by local author David Veasey, will be held July 20, 7-8:30 p.m. Sandwiched between Philadelphia and New York City, New Jersey often doesn't get due credit for its contributions to colonial and early American life, including its rich and diverse architectural heritage.

Enjoy reading and talking about what you’ve read? Join a book discussion group at the Mary Jacobs branch.

Morning Fiction Book Discussion Group will be held July 11, 10-11 a.m., discussing “Brooklyn” by Colm Toibin. On August 8 from 10-11 a.m., “China Dolls” by Lisa See will be discussed.

The Good Yarn Book Discussion Group has canceled the meeting for July. The next meeting will be August 1 at 7 p.m. Bring needles and yarn to work on your knitting while discussing a good book. For August, “Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid” by Bill Bryson will be discussed.

The American History Book Discussion Group will meet August 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Share your love of American history with other history buffs. This quarter, discuss “The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Science in Jazz Age New York” by Deborah Blum.

For more information, visit at 64 Washington Street in Rocky Hill or call (609) 924-7073. For a complete list of upcoming Library programs and additional information about SCLSNJ visit SCLSNJ.org.  

Teen Programs at the Library

The Mary Jacobs branch invites teens entering grades 7-12 to Make a Difference to their community while having fun. Throughout the summer, there will be various opportunities to craft, paint, and more while earning community service hours. Create custom art pieces to help decorate Safe & Sound Somerset during the Paint & Snack program on July 17 at 6 - 8 pm. On July 31 at 6 - 7 p.m., learn to crochet or knit a rectangle that will be contributed to a Warm Up America afghan blanket.


Love origami? Add to our 1,000 Paper Cranes on August 7 at 6 - 7 pm and we will donate your creations to Cranes for Cancer, a project to uplift the spirits of patients.


On August 21 at 6 - 7 pm, design and create a patch for the Patch Project and Capes for Kids, organizations that provide superhero capes to children in shelters across the country.


Teens entering grades 6-12: Robodyssey returns to the Mary Jacobs branch on July 18 from 2 - 4 pm for How to Talk to a Robot. Teens will work collaboratively to program autonomous mobile robots.


Get professional, hands-on tutorials during our Stage Fighting and FX Makeup Magic program on August 1 at 2-3:30 p.m.


Explore new STEM concepts during our Pop-Up Makerspace: a fun and interactive learning environment for students entering grades 5 - 9. Montgomery High School student and Monty Makerspace member, Sid Vadaparty, provides instruction on the Basics of Arduino and Using Sensors.


These programs will be held on August 16 and 23 at 2 - 3:30 pm. Bring your own laptop.For more information or to register, visit at 64 Washington Street in Rocky Hill or call 609-924-7073. For a complete list of upcoming Library programs and additional information about SCLSNJ visit SCLSNJ.org.
 

Preschool & School-Age Programs at the Library

New program alert. Attend Miss Katie presents Stories, Puppets & Songs - a fun puppet storytime for kids and early literacy tips for parents. This program is best for ages 1 - 5 but all are welcome to join on July 7 and 28, and August 4 at 10 am.


Miss Pat returns for guitar sing-alongs on July 8 and August 12 at 10:30 am . (ages 1-4) and Tuesdays in July and August at 10:30 am (ages 1-3). This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library.


Have serious fun with The Little Gym. Through gymnastics and music, children grow confidence, strength, and agility while gaining physical skills. Join an age-appropriate free demo session and experience The Little Gym way. Sessions will be held on July 14 and August 25 at 10 am (ages newborn-2 years) and at 10:45 am (ages 3-6). An SCLSNJ Parental Waiver and Consent Form is required for these programs. 

Preschool & School-Age Programs at the Library

New program alert. Attend Miss Katie presents Stories, Puppets & Songs - a fun puppet storytime for kids and early literacy tips for parents. This program is best for ages 1 - 5 but all are welcome to join on July 7 and 28, and August 4 at 10 am.


Miss Pat returns for guitar sing-alongs on July 8 and August 12 at 10:30 am . (ages 1-4) and Tuesdays in July and August at 10:30 am (ages 1-3). This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library.


Have serious fun with The Little Gym. Through gymnastics and music, children grow confidence, strength, and agility while gaining physical skills. Join an age-appropriate free demo session and experience The Little Gym way. Sessions will be held on July 14 and August 25 at 10 am (ages newborn-2 years) and at 10:45 am (ages 3-6). An SCLSNJ Parental Waiver and Consent Form is required for these programs.
 

All Ages Programs at the Mary Jacobs Library

Sing, dance and join the fun at our musical family events. Alex & the Kaleidoscope visits on July 6 at 10 am. Turtle Dance Music provides a sensory-friendly music, bubble and comedy show on July 21 at 10 am. Learn about the musical world of science, sound and sustainability during Library Bash on July 27 at 6:30 pm (sponsored by the Rocky Hill Township Clean Communities Grant.)


Love animals? See them up close at the Mary Jacobs branch. Meet a horseshoe crab, diamondback terrapin, and a small shark brought to you by the Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium on July 13 at 2 pm.


Live mammals from around the world will visit on July 19 at 2 pm. courtesy of Eyes of the Wild. Hear a fun story about Chief, a full-sized Appaloosa who lives at Hope's Promise Farm, then meet a miniature therapy horse on August 3 at 2. 

Summer Reading Challenge at the Library

Enter. Read. Win. Patrons of all ages can participate in SCLSNJ's Summer Reading Challenge from June 19 – Aug. 19. Read books, comics, magazines, audiobooks, e-books, with your family, required summer reading - it all counts toward the challenge. Every time you read, record the day into your online account. Visit SCLSNJ's Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch and teen volunteers will help you track your progress. If you're on-the-go this summer, track your progress at: SCLSNJ.org/SummerReading.


Throughout the summer, earn prizes at reading milestones (12, 24, 36 and 48 days) and enter a variety of raffle drawings. Bonus prizes and tickets can be earned for attending programs, completing Level Up activities, writing book reviews, and participating in contests. If you reach all of your milestones, you'll be entered to win an iPad Mini 2 through SCLSNJ's golden ticket promotion.
 

School Age & Tween Programs at the Library

Help prevent the summer slide with Reading Buddy, a program in which teen volunteers partner with children entering grades K-4 for 15 minutes of shared reading time. Reading Buddy sessions are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 - 7 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am - noon. Visit the youth services desk for additional details.


Are you an avid comic reader? Meet up with other fans at our Kids & Comics program for students entering grades 5 - 8. Explore a new theme at each Friday session from 2 - 3 pm: July 7 - Anime & Manga; August 18 - Heroes & Villains; August 25 - Girls Rule.


Put on your chef's hat and make some tasty treats during Kids Cook. Make granola bars on July 11 and frozen treats on August 15. Kids entering grades K-2 are scheduled for 2 - 3 pm and kids entering grades 3-6 are scheduled for 3:30 - 4:30 pm.


Students entering grades 3-5: Do you love science and tinkering? Become a mad scientist on Wednesdays, July 12 and 26 from 4 - 5 pm and explore the science concept of the day through hands-on learning activities and experiments. Presented in partnership with Montgomery High School student, Kruti Gupta. Join in various team building exercises that encourage you to think outside the box during our STEM Challenge programs on July 14 and August 4 at 2 - 3 pm.