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SCLSNJ’s Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch programs January 2018

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

* The Library is closed on January 1 & 15.

All Ages
DIY Family Craft - Mitten Decorating Jan. 6 at 10:30 am
Jan. 17 at 6 pm
Saturday Sing Along with Pat
Jan. 13 at 10:30 am
Storytime - Stories, Puppets & Songs Jan. 26 at 10:30 am
Saturday Programs
DIY Family Craft - Mitten Decorating (all ages)
Jan. 6 at 10:30 am
Volunteer Opportunity - DIY Family Craft (grades 7-12)
Jan. 6 at 10:30 am
Saturday Sing Along with Pat (all ages) Jan. 13 at 10:30 am

Preschool Programs
Toddler Sing with Pat (ages 1-3) Jan. 9, 16, 23 & 30, at 10:30 am
Crafts for Little Hands (ages 2-6) Jan. 10 & 24 at 10 am
Pete the Cat Party - 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kick Off (ages 2-6)
Jan. 12 at 10 am
Pop-Up Storytime from Cotsen Children's Library (ages 2-6) Jan. 17 at 10 am
National Winnie-the-Pooh Day (ages 3+) Jan. 19 at 10 am
Storytime (ages 2-6)
Jan. 31 at 10 am
School-Age Programs
First Look Books Jr. (grades 2-6) Ongoing
Chess (grades 1-6) Jan.8 at 5 pm
Lego Challenge (grades K-5)
Jan. 16 at 5 pm
"Sew"cial Jr. (grades 1-6)
Jan. 18 at 6 pm
First Look Books Jr. Discussion (grades 2-6)
Jan. 30 at 5 pm
Teen Programs
First Look Books (grades 6-12)
Ongoing
Volunteer Opportunity - DIY Family Craft (grades 7-2) Jan. 6 at 10:30 am, Jan. 17 at 6 pm
Volunteer Opportunity – Chess (grades 7-12) Jan. 8 at 4:30 pm
Volunteer Opportunity - Lego Challenge (grades 7-12)
Jan. 16 at 4:45 pm
MAKE a Difference - Birthday Card Creation (grades 4-8) Jan. 22 at 5:30 pm
Monty Math Club (grades 6-8)
Jan. 22 & 29 at 5:30 pm
Lego Robotics: Build a Shelter (grades 5-8) Jan. 24 at 5 pm
Programs for Adults
Tai Chi - Meditation in Motion Jan. 4 at 7 pm
Drop-In Help: Gmail, LinkedIn & Facebook
Jan. 8 at 10 am
Tuesday Morning Page Turners Jan. 9 at 10 am
Get a move on: Special needs fitness Jan. 9 at 5 pm
English Conversation Group
Jan. 12, 19 & 26 at 12 pm
How to Pay for College: For Parents and Teens Jan. 16 at 7 pm
Movie Night - Showing: DunKirk Jan.19 at 6:30 pm
Science Fiction Book Discussion Jan. 24 at 7 pm
Microsoft Word 2016
Jan. 25 at 7 pm
Microsoft Excel 2016
Jan. 29 at 10 am
Getting Ready for PARCC - How to Use Lumos StepUp Library Database Jan. 31 at 7 pm
 

Adult Programs at The Mary Jacobs Memorial Library

Tai Chi Meditation in Motion: January 4, 7 - 8:30 pm. Learn about and practice aspects of Tai Chi such as, step, body, hands, application, gaze/eye in a one-hour class with teacher, Gang Huang. Registration is required.


Drop-In Help: Gmail, LinkedIn and Facebook: January 8, 10-11:30 am. Bring your Gmail, LinkedIn, and Facebook questions to librarian Manny Miracle. This is a first-come, first-served event. Bring your device or reserve one of the library Chromebooks before class. Registration is not required.


Tuesday Morning Page Turners: Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz: January 9, 10-11 am. This group discusses a variety of fiction and nonfiction literature. Call or visit the library for help getting a copy of the book.


Get a Move On: Special Needs Fitness: January 9, 5-6 pm. Come to the library for a chance for adults (18+) with special needs to hang out, make friends, and maybe even break a sweat! Registration is required.


English Conversation Group: Fridays beginning January 12, noon - 1:30 pm. Practice speaking English in a friendly setting. Basic English skills are required. Hosted by the Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County. Registration is required.
How to Pay for College: For Parents and Teens: January 16, 7-8:30 pm. Kevin Lynch of the Society of Financial Awareness will be hosting a workshop on options for paying for college. Registration is required.


Movie Night Showing - Dunkirk: January 19, 6:30-8:30 pm. Mary Jacobs is hosting a movie showing after hours. A World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold. Rated PG-13. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required.
Science Fiction Book Discussion - Seveneves by Neal Stephenson: January 24, 7-8:30 pm. A new book group for humans who enjoy science-fiction. Registration is required.


Getting Reading for PARCC: January 31, 7 pm. Billy Taylor and Tami Gaines from Lumos Learning will be hosting a workshop to help your child get ready for the NJ PARCC test using the Lumos StepUp Library Database.


Harlem Hellfighters - They Made Music, Art and War: February 6, 7-8:00 pm. You might know them as the ‘Harlem Hellfighters,’ but you’ll get to know the real 369th Regiment U.S. Infantry when you go beyond the legends and into the past, with Professor Jeffrey Sammons from New York University. Registration is required.


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.
 

Teen Programs at the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library

Monty Math Club (MMC): January 22 & 29, 5:30 pm (grades 6-8). MMC is for students who want to improve their problem solving skills and build a solid mathematical foundation through fun and challenging math problems.


Lego Robotics Build a Shelter: January 24, 5 pm (grades 5-8). Take your Lego building to the next level.
We need 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 in the following programs: DIY Family Craft: January 6, 10:30 am & January 17 at 6 pm; Chess: January 8, 4:30 pm; Lego Challenge: January 16, 4:45 pm.


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.
 

January 2018 Preschool Programs at SCLSNJ’s Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch

Toddler Sing with Miss Pat: January 9, 16, 23 & 30, 10:30 am (ages 1-3). This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library.


Crafts for Little Hands: January 10 & 24, 10 am (ages 2-6). Dress for a mess.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kick-off: January 12, 10-10:45 am (ages 2-6). A Pete the Cat puppet show, stories, crafts, and snacks.


Pop-Up Storytime with Dr. Dana and Ms. Katie from the Cotsen Children’s Library in Princeton: January 17, 10-10:30 am (ages 2-6). Start with a picture book and end with a highly creative hands-on project to take home.


National Winnie-the-Pooh Day and A.A. Milne’s Birthday: January 19, 10-10:45 am (ages 3+). Stories, games, and fun activities.


Storytime with Miss Katie: January 31, 10-10:30 am (ages 2-6).


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. 

School-Age & Tween Programs at the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library

Get your STEAM brains working at Chess: January 8, 5 pm (grades 1-6); Lego Challenge: January 16, 5 pm (grades K-5); “Sew”cial Junior: January 18, 6 pm (grades 1-6).


First Look Books Jr.: From January 2-20, stop by the youth services desk to select an advance review copy (ARC) to read. Read your book and bring it with you to our discussion group on January 30 at 5 pm.
MAKE a Difference Volunteer Craft Opportunity: January 22, 5:30 pm (grades 4-8). Create birthday cards for the Confetti Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supplies party starter kits to children who have to spend their birthday in the hospital.


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.
 

All Ages Programs at the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library

DIY Family Craft: Decorate a Mitten: January 6, 10:30 am - noon & January 17, 6-7:30 pm.
Saturday Sing Along with Pat: January 13, 10:30-11 am. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library.


Stories, Puppets & Songs: January 26, 10:30 - 11 am. Miss Katie presents an interactive puppet storytime for kids and early literacy tips for parents.


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.
 

Explore Your Library’s Collections Easier, Faster, and with More Relevant Results Beginning December 5

SCLSNJ’s ten branches to be closed December 2, 3, and 4 for a necessary upgrade; eCollections available virtually during closure

(Somerset County, NJ: November 27, 2017) A big change is coming to the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) - a change that has been almost twenty years in the making. SCLSNJ will be upgrading their checkout and catalog system to The Library Corporations CarlX product, live for patron access beginning December 5.

“We think patrons are really going to love the new catalog system,” said SCLSNJ Director of Operations Lynn Hoffman. “People who are accustomed to shopping for products online will find it has a very familiar feel. And our Library power users will find a host of new features that will make them even better at searching the catalog.”

All SCLSNJ branches will be closed December 2, 3 and 4 for installation of the System’s new checkout and catalog system.

SCLSNJ’s new checkout and catalog system will offer easier searching yielding more relevant results, a Librarian-curated children’s catalog, innovative account management features, effortless integration with eBooks and eAudio, and an intuitive layout and user experience.

Starting at 5 p.m. on December 1 through 9 a.m. on December 5, the SCLSNJ catalog will be completely unavailable.

You won’t be able to view your library account online.
You won’t be able to search the catalog for materials.
You won’t be able to use your library card to log into online research resources and databases.

However, SCLSNJ’s eBook and eAudiobook collection will be available throughout the three day closure. Visit somerset.overdrive.com to discover and check out over 21,000 items.

"We're excited about how easy it will be to find our materials using our new checkout and catalog system from The Library Corporation. SCLSNJ has a fantastic collection, and this upgrade to our system will help us showcase all of our books, DVDs, CDs, eMaterials, and more. The search feature for finding the next book in a series is particularly useful," said East Area and Warren Twp. branch manager Lauren Ryan.

During the closure, return items as usual to your local branch. However, since no materials will be due during the closure, patrons can wait until December 5 to return all items without any fear of accruing late fines or other fees.

Any holds waiting on shelves beginning December 1 will remain on the shelf through December 7.

If you want to save your Wish Lists or Borrowing History, make sure you do so before 5 p.m. on December 1. This information will not be saved or transferred into the new system.

Visit any SCLSNJ branch for assistance, or download how-to instructions here: https://sclsnj.org/wp-content/uploads/Saving-your-Borrower-History-and-Wish-Lists.pdf.

Visit SCLSNJ.org on December 5 to view our new catalog and to log into your library account using your existing library card number and PIN. Most PINs have been set using the last four digits of your account phone number.

For more information about SCLSNJ’s new checkout and catalog system, contact SCLSNJ’s Director of Operations Lynn Hoffman at lhoffman@sclibnj.org.