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Saturday August 19, 2017

 

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September 2017 Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Programs

Most programs require registration. For further information, call 609-924-7073 or visit SCLSNJ.org.

The branch will be closed on September 4, 2017.

Preschool Programs
Toddler Sing with Pat (ages 1-3)
Sept. 12, 19 & 26 at 10:30 am
Crafts for Little Hands (ages 2-6) Sept. 13 at 10 am
Playgroup (ages newborn-24 months) Sept. 29 at 10 am

School-Age Programs
Lego Challenge (grades 1-6)
Sept. 5 at 5 pm
Reading Buddy (grades K-4)
Sept. 9 & 30 at 10 am
Sept. 14, 21 & 28 at 5 pm
Chess (grades 1-6)
Sept. 18 at 5 pm
STEAM Series: Basic Engineer (grades 3-6)
Sept. 19 at 5 pm

Saturday Programs
Volunteer Opportunity: DIY Family Craft (grades 7-12)
Sept. 2 at 10:30 am
DIY Family Craft: Hot Air Balloon (All Ages)
Sept. 2 at 10:30 am
Volunteer Opportunity: Reading Buddy (grades 7-12)
Sept. 9 & 30 at 10 am
Reading Buddy (grades K-4)
Sept. 9 & 30 at 10 am
Sing Along with Pat (ages 1-3)
Sept. 16 at 10:30 am
Monty Makerspace Fair (All Ages) Sept. 23 at 1 pm

Teen Programs
First Look Books (grades 6-12)
Ongoing
Volunteer Opportunity: DIY Family Craft (grades 7-12)
Sept. 2 at 10:30 am
Sept. 20 at 6 pm
Volunteer Opportunity: Lego Challenge (grades 7-12)
Sept. 5 at 4:45 pm
Volunteer Opportunity: Reading Buddy (grades 7-12)
Sept. 9 & 30 at 10 am
Sept. 14, 21 & 28 at 5 pm
College Application Process: Everything You Need to Know About the PSAT, New SAT and ACT (grades 9-12 & parents/caregivers)
Sept. 11 at 7 pm
MAKE a Difference: Warm Up America! (grades 7-12)
Sept. 12 at 6 pm
Volunteer Opportunity: Chess (grades 7-12)Sept. 18 at 4:30 pm
Volunteer Opportunity: STEAM Series (grades 7-12)
Sept. 19 at 4:30 pm
"Sew"cial Jr.: Basic Sewing Techniques (grades 5-8)
Sept. 21 at 5 pm
Monty Math Club (grades 6-8)
Sept. 25 at 5:30 pm

All Ages
Stories, Puppets & Songs
Sept. 1, 8, 15 & 22 at 10:30 am
DIY Family Craft: Hot Air Balloon
Sept. 2 at 10:30 am Sept. 20 at 6 pm
Monty Makerspace Fair
Sept. 23 at 1 pm
Banned Books Week Challenge Sept. 25, 30

Programs for Adults
A Good Yarn Book Group
Sept. 5 at 7 pm
Gmail Basics Sept. 7 at 10 am
Technology Time: iPad Basics
Sept. 7 at 3 pm
Tuesday Morning Page Turners Sept. 12 at 10 am
Fall Migration of Native Birds
Sept. 13 at 7 pm
Get a move on! Special needs fitness Sept. 14 at 5 pm
Beginner Snapchat
Sept. 14 at 7 pm
English Conversation Group
Sept. 15, 22 & 29 at 12 pm
Basic Microsoft Excel
Sept. 18 at 10 am
Basic Microsoft Word
Sept. 21 at 7 pm
19th Century Life in Montgomery Sept. 26 at 7 pm
Getting Fiscally Fit
Sept. 28 at 7 pm
 

Mary Jacobs Library Adult Programs

A Good Yarn Book Discussion Group: Sept. 5, 7 pm.
Bring needles and yarn and discuss a good book while knitting. This month we will be discussing The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Visit the reference desk or call (609) 924-7073 for questions or assistance getting a copy of the book.
Gmail Basics: Sept. 7, 10 am..
Create a Gmail account and learn how to send, reply to and forward emails, attach and view received documents, search your email and more.
Technology Time: iPad Basics: September 7, 3 pm.
Bring your iPad and join us for an overview of the functions of this popular device, including how to download and enjoy eBooks and audiobooks.
Tuesday Morning Page Turners book discussion group: Sept. 12, 10 am..
This month we will be reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.
Fall Migration of Native Birds: Sept. 13, 7 pm.
Plainsboro Preserve Director Nancy Fiske discusses the amazing phenomenon of autumnal bird migration. Learn more about your local feathered friends.
Get a move on! Special Needs Fitness: Sept. 14, 5 pm.
Get a move on. Come to the library for a chance for adults (18+) with special needs to hang out, make friends, and maybe even break a sweat.
Beginner Snapchat: Sept. 14, 7 pm.
Learn how to use this messaging app. Bring your smartphone or iPad. You will also need your app store log-in ID and password to download the app to your device.
English Language Conversation Hour: Every Friday at noon, Sept. 15 - Nov. 10.
Practice speaking English in a friendly setting. Basic English skills required. Hosted by the Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County. No registration required.
Basic Microsoft Excel: Sept. 18, 10 am..
Learn basic functions of Excel while working with spreadsheets, data entry and manipulation, sample budgets, and more. Basic computer skills including use of a mouse is required.
Basic Microsoft Word: Sept. 21, 7 pm.
Learn introductory features of Microsoft Word while creating, formatting, and editing different types of documents.
19th Century Life in Montgomery as reflected in municipal documents: Sept. 26, 7 pm.
Learn about Montgomery Township in the 1800s. The population was a few thousand people, there was no municipal building, the unpaved roads and the bridges were maintained by the residents, and most of the residents were involved in farming. Learn about Township Committee meetings (the committeemen used to meet at local taverns), road returns, road openings, changes to Montgomery's civil boundaries over the century, the welfare system, and maybe even a few property seizures. The event is sponsored by the Van Harlingen Historical Society.
Getting Fiscally Fit: Sept. 28, 7 pm.
Learn how to get your finances in the best shape ever. Kevin Lynch, a retirement and estate planning specialist, is speaking as a member of the Society for Financial Awareness (SOFA), a not for profit educational speaker's bureau whose mission is to promote financial literacy.
For more information or to register, visit 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.
 

Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Preschool Programs

Miss Pat returns for guitar sing-alongs on Tuesdays, September 12, 19, and 26 at 10:30 am (ages 1-3). This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library.


Dress for mess and attend Crafts for Little Hands on September 13 at 10 am (ages 2-6).


Come play with toys, dance to music, and make new friends at Playgroup on September 29 at 10 am (ages newborn-24 months).


For more information or to register, visit 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. 

Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Teen Programs

Get a head start on the college application process during the free presentation Everything You Need to Know About the PSAT, New SAT and ACT on September 11 at 7 p.m. Students in grades 9-12 and their caregivers will discover the early steps of college and test prep, how to effectively choose colleges, strategies to increase chances for acceptance, and scholarships/financial aid. Presented by Susan Alaimo, founder and director of S.A.T. Smart.


The branch needs reliable teen volunteers in grades 7-12 to provide assistance during our programs. Duties include: set-up, hands-on interaction during the program, and clean-up of the room. Teen volunteers must be attentive, enthusiastic, and able to assist the library staff as needed. Volunteers must have great social skills and should have previous experience with children. Community service hours will be awarded for participation. DIY Family Craft on September 2 at 10:30 a.m. and September 20 at 6 p.m. Lego Challenge on September 5 at 4:45 p.m. Chess on Monday, September 18 at 4:30 p.m. STEAM Series on Tuesday, September 19 at 4:30 p.m.


Previous Reading Buddy volunteers and teens in grades 7-12 with an interest in teaching or leadership opportunities are encouraged to register for Reading Buddy. Volunteers will partner with children in grades K-4 for 15 minutes of shared reading time. Sessions are available on Thursdays, September 14, 21, and 28 at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays, September 9 and 30 at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Teens in grades 7-12 can MAKE a Difference during Warm Up America! on September 12 at 6 p.m. Crochet or knit a rectangle that will be contributed to a Warm Up America! afghan blanket. Community service hours will be awarded for participation.


For more information or to register, visit 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. 

Mary Jacobs Library All Ages Programs

Stories, crafts, music and tech for all ages at the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch. The Stories, Puppets & Songs series continues on Fridays, September 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 10:30 am. Miss Katie presents an interactive puppet storytime for kids and early literacy tips for parents.


Work on a DIY Hot Air Balloon craft on September 2 between 10:30 am. to Noon or September 20 between 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Saturday Sing Along with Pat will be held in the Sun Room on September 16 at 10:30 am.


Special event alert: Monty Makerspace Fair on September 23 between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visit our tech petting zoo presented by Michael Shen, Kevin Liu, and Eric Zeng of the Monty Makerspace Club. Tinker with a Laser Cutter, 3-D Printer, and more.


Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week from September 25 to 30. "Get caught" browsing our book displays for a chance to win a prize.


For more information or to register, visit 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.
 

September Mary Jacobs Library School-Age & Tween Programs

Looking for additional literacy support for your child? Reading Buddy is a program in which teen volunteers partner with children in grades K-4 for 15 minutes of shared reading time. The purpose of Reading Buddy is to help your child read with confidence and nurture their love of reading in a fun, interactive environment. Sessions are available on Thursdays, September 14, 21, and 28 between 5 pm. to 6:30 pm. and on Saturdays, September 9 and 30 between 10 am. and 11:30 am.


Full STEAM ahead at the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch. Get your STEM brains working at Lego Challenge on September 5 at 5 pm. (grades 1-6) and at Chess on September 18 at 5 pm. (grades 1-6).
Fuse together art and science during STEAM Series: Basic Engineer on September 19 at 5 pm. (grades 3-6).


Learn basic sewing techniques on a project of your choice at "Sew"cial Jr. on September 21 at 5 pm. (grades 5-8).


Monty Math Club (MMC) returns for the new school year on September 25 at 5:30 pm. (grades 6-8). MMC is for those who want to improve their problem solving skills and build a solid mathematical foundation through fun and challenging math problems.


For more information or to register, visit 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.
 

Anne and Charles Lindbergh – Couple for an Age

 

Local East Amwell historian Jim Davidson returns to Hopewell on Wednesday, September 13th and Wednesday October 4th with a two part talk covering the life and times of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, two of the most accomplished, popular, pestered, and tragic figures of the twentieth century. Each talk will be held at the newly reopened Hopewell Theater at 7:00pm as part of the Hopewell Public Library's Wednesday Night Out series. Each talk will be accompanied by a powerpoint presentation with dozens of period photographs. This series is free and open to all.

 

Part One on September 13th will chronicle the early life of Charles Lindbergh, his epic flight across the Atlantic Ocean in May of 1927, with his accolades and triumphs. Anne Morrow’s early life and writing career will be discussed culminating in when she first met Charles in Mexico during Christmas of 1927, where her father was the American Ambassador. Their marriage in 1929 and early flights together will be discussed as well as their journey to the Sourland Mountains to build their first house – Highfields. Discussion will lead to that fateful night of March 1, 1932 when their first born, Charles Jr. was kidnapped from his crib, setting off the greatest manhunt in history.

 

Part Two on October 4th will cover the search for the Lindbergh baby and the “Trial of the Century” in Flemington NJ. The talk will include Charles’ work with Nobel Prize winner Alexis Carrell on a perfusion heart pump, the Lindbergh’s flight to England to get away from the press, and Charles's affection with Nazi Germany and involvement with the America First movement. Anne’s prolific writing career later in life as well as her affair with her doctor will be discussed. Charles writing the Pulitzer Prize winning Spirit of St. Louis will be reviewed. After Charles’ death in 1974 and Anne’s death in 2001 the world would find out that Charles’ had three secret families in Germany, resulting in seven illegitimate children.

 

Growing up in Flemington, Jim Davidson’s life has been intertwined with that of Charles Lindbergh. Early on he began collecting Lindbergh memorabilia and now has one of the largest national collections. Trained in history at Muhlenberg College and later Lehigh University for graduate work, he taught history at Hunterdon Central High School in Flemington. But local history has been his main love. As the East Amwell historian he writes a monthly history article for a local newsletter, and gives numerous local history and Lindbergh talks. Recently he worked on the Arcadia Press book entitled “East Amwell”. His biggest challenge however was working with Mark Falzini on the first ever pictorial history of the Lindbergh Kidnapping and Trial. Their finished work “New Jersey’s Lindbergh Kidnapping and Trial” was published in 2012. Mr. Davidson and his wife live across from Highfields, the Lindbergh Estate on Lindbergh Rd.

 

The Hopewell Theater is at 5 South Greenwood Ave. in Hopewell borough. The Hopewell Public Library's Wednesday Night Out lecture series is usually held at 7:00pm on the first Wednesday of each month at the Hopewell Train Station. Speakers include local authors, environmentalists, artists, and experts. For more information contact the library at 466-1625, facebook, or the library website at redlibrary.org.