Somerset County Library System announces August programs


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The Somerset County Library System New Jersey has scheduled both in-person and virtual programs throughout August at its Hillsborough branch, 379 S. Branch Road.

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In-Person Programs

Read to a Therapy Dog (grades K-4): 10:30-11:30 a.m. outside in the gazebo behind the library.

  • Aug. 4: Register at
  • Aug. 18: Register at

    For more information, call 908-458-8420.

Family Storytime – Stories at Castle Park (families with children): 10-10:30 a.m.

Discover a storytime outside at Castle Park.

  • Aug. 5: Register at
  • Aug. 12: Register at
  • Aug. 19: Register at
  • Aug. 26: Register at

What to Watch Next for adults: Aug. 5, 10:30-11 a.m.

Discuss what’s popular to watch on TV, streaming services and DVDs.

This program will take place outside at Castle Park.

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All About Animals Trivia for adults: Aug. 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Discover how much you know about animals, both fact and fiction, myth and reality.

This program will take place indoors, in program room AB.

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Virtual Programs for All Ages

Butterfly Program, Aug. 12, 2-2:45 p.m.

Explore the world of butterflies.

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The Zanimal Show, Aug. 18, 2-2:45 p.m.

Meet the animals from favorite stories.

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Virtual Programs for Children, Tweens, and Teens

Mythological Mondays: Unicorn Rescue Society, grades 2-4, Aug. 2, 2-2:45 p.m.

Explore and share adventures based on the world of the “Unicorn Rescue Society” books by Adam Gidwitz.

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Explore Art: Create Your Own Paint By Numbers, grades 1-5, Aug. 4, 3-4 p.m.

Use different media to create outstanding works of art.

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Understanding the College Essay, grades 9-12, Aug. 4, 5-6 p.m.

Explore the expectations for college essays, the common application, and some of the most common questions.

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Meet the Author: Sharee Miller, grades K-4, Aug. 6, 3-4:15 p.m.

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Passport to Reading, grades K-3, Aug. 6, 5-5:30 p.m.

Read and discuss books set in countries outside of the United States.

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Mythological Mondays: Minotaur, Sphinx, and Cyclops, Oh My!, grades 3-5, Aug. 9, 2-2:45 p.m.

Discover and share graphic novels.

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Bilingual English/Spanish Storytime, ages 3-7 years with their caregivers, Aug. 10, 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Discover stories and songs in a mix of English and Spanish.

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Speaking of Stories: People Who Help, grades 2-4, Aug. 10, 2-2:45 p.m.

Learn about human helpers of animals and create animal toys for a local shelter.

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STEAM: The Night Sky, grades K-5, Aug. 11, 4-5 p.m.

Explore the science behind the moon and the stars.

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Learning Lab: Animal Adaptations, grades K-5, Aug. 12, 3-4 p.m.

Tinker, create and experiment.

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Elephant and Piggie: Animal BFFs, grades K-2, Aug. 13, 11-11:30 a.m.

Discover an interactive program that fosters early literacy skills through books, songs and activities.

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STEAM: Insect Symmetry, grades 1-4, Aug. 16, 4-4:45 p.m.

Explore the wide variety of life found in the bug world.

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Book Club: Fantastical Worlds of Animals, grades 4-6, Aug. 17, 2-2:45 p.m.

Explore fantastical worlds where animals have human traits and their own exciting adventures.

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Art Workshop: Facial Expressions, grades 6-12, Aug. 18, 5-6:30 p.m.

Learn how to capture emotion in the face.

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Music and Movement With Miss Linda, ages 3-6 with their caregivers, Aug. 20, 10:30-11 a.m.

Discover interactive songs featuring letters, numbers, shapes and more.

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American Sign Language Storytime, ages birth to 5 years old with their caregivers, Aug. 31, 10:30-11 a.m.

Explore American Sign Language vocabulary, speech and expression.

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Virtual Programs for Adults

Meet the Author: Paul B. Skousen, Aug. 2, 7-8 p.m.

Digitally connect with the author of “The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.”

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The Story of Flounder Brewing, presented by Jeremy “Flounder” Lees, Aug. 3, 7-8 p.m.

Learn the story of how the brewery grew.

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Unblock Your Writer’s Block, Aug. 4, 6-7 p.m.

Use prompts, exercises and challenges to get your creative juices flowing.

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The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Archives, Aug. 5, 7-8 p.m.

Learn about the fire, it’s consequences, and the treasure trove of archival photographs, documents, oral histories and artifacts.

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Shipwrecked, presented by Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Aug. 9, 7-8 p.m.

Learn of the shipwrecks off the coast of New Jersey, spanning from 1776-1943.

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What’s Next for Human Space Travel?, presented by Paul Cirillo, Aug. 10, 7-8 p.m.

Learn about planned human space programs from around the world.

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The Food Mood Connection, presented by Wendy Bonilla, Aug. 11, 7-8 p.m.

Learn how to create a healthier relationship with food by helping you to make connections between emotions and food choices.

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The S.S. United States: Fastest Ship in the World, Aug. 18, 7-8 p.m.

Learn about the ship’s creation and career with Jason Scappaticci.

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Meet the Author: Joseph A. Grabas, Aug. 19, 7-8 p.m.

Digitally connect with the author of “Owning New Jersey- Historic Tales of War, Property, Disputes and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

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Finding Work/Life Balance in 2021, presented by Karen Sammer, Aug. 23, 7-8 p.m.

Discover practices that can help balance your time.

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Amazing New Jersey: People and Places of the Garden State, Aug. 25, 7-8 p.m.

Presented by Rick Geffken.

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Unexpected Beauty in Troubled Times, presented by David Anderson Ward, Aug. 27, 2-3 p.m.

Explore the photography from a local photographer that includes landscapes, long exposures, wildlife, the New York City Skyline, flowers, and more.

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Going Against the Archival Grain: Pop Culture Archives, Aug. 30, 7-8 p.m.

Discover recently developed popular culture-based collections at Rutgers University’s Special Collections and University Archives that focus on voices and communities outside archival norms.

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