Calendar listing: Mercer County Library System, January 2022

The Mercer County Library System announced the following in person and virtual events and programs:

Virtual Adult Programs for January 2022

 

Cannabusiness (Cannabis Business) Information Session 

Thursday, Jan. 6, 6 p.m.

Learn about the history of the medical marijuana program in New Jersey, the summary of the rules and regulations that were released by the Cannabis Regulatory Commission, and what residents can expect when/with legal adult cannabis use in the State.

 

Apps, Tools, and Tips: Efficiency in 2022

Monday, Jan. 10, 6 p.m.

Join Olga St. Pierre to learn tips on how to work smarter, not harder. From the office to the kitchen, we’ll cover how to can time and reduce stress.

 

 

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Thursday, Jan. 13, 10:30 a.m.

In addition to providing relaxation from daily stress, massage has many benefits beyond the spa. Learn how massage is applied to treat neuromuscular dysfunction; support the immune system; allay anxiety and soothe mood disorders; and other applications. This brief presentation will explain how massage therapy is appropriate for many conditions; how to prepare and what to expect from a massage therapist; and how to maximize the benefits of massage therapy.

Presented by Cynthia Sinicropi-Philibosian, LMBT practicing since 1982.

This program is part of Penn Medicine Princeton Health’s Community Wellness Program.

 

 

The Music of the Civil Rights Movement

Thursday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.

Take a musical tour of Civil Rights history in America. John Clark, music historian, will cover the historical relevance and back stories of 1950s and 1960s anthems and songs that were popular through the Civil Rights Movement.

 

 

Plant-based Diets Save Hearts and Homes: Small Actions, Big Changes 

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 1 p.m.

The effects of eating more plant-based foods far exceed the well-known nutritional benefits on one’s health. Research shows that eating a more plant-based diet can also lower carbon footprint and global warming. The aim of this session is to discuss why and how to eat more plant-based foods.

 

 

Declutter in 2022: Maximize Your Storage and What to Store Where

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2 p.m.

Join best-selling author and organizing humorist Jamie Novak for this program about what to keep and where to keep it. She’ll share storage tips to maximize the storage space. Then join Jamie for a tiny tidy up, live.

 

 

Avoiding Securities Fraud

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m.

Arlene Ferris-Waks, director of Investor Education, NJ Bureau of Securities, Office of NJ Attorney General, provides information to make investors proactive financial consumers. Avoiding Securities Fraud includes an overview of the various types of investment scams and teaches investors to recognize the red flags of investment fraud.

A Q&A period will follow the formal presentation.

 

 

Email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register to receive the link to any of the programs listed above.

 

 

In-Person Adult Programs for January 2022

Indoor Résumé Review
Monday, Jan. 3, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Twin Rivers Branch, 276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor
The librarian will review résumés for content, grammar and presentation and offer feedback on recommended changes. Bring a printed copy of your résumé.

Appointments are limited and registration is required.

 

The Short of It: Toni Cade Bambara (Indoors)

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2 p.m.

Hopewell Branch, 245 Pennington-Titusville Road, Pennington

Join a discussion group that focuses on the short story. This month, read Toni Cade Bambara’s stories, “The Lesson,” “Raymond’s Run,” and “Gorilla, My Love”.

Registration is required. Call 609-737-2610 or e-mail hopeprogs@mcl.org.

 

Indoor Visual Story Tellers 

Thursday, Jan. 6, 6:30 p.m.

Twin Rivers Branch, 276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor

 

Bring in something treasured, interesting, or just odd that others would like to see and hear about. Meet with the group to talk about the object, and what makes it special.

 

Indoor Knitting, Crochet, Et cetera!

Fridays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2–3:30 p.m.

West Windsor Branch, 333 North Post Road, Princeton Junction

 

New Year, New Project! Bring in a project and have a cozy afternoon with other fiber folk.

Registration is required, space is limited.

 

 

Indoor Drum Circle

Fridays, Jan. 7 and 21, 3–4 p.m.

Lawrence Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville

 

Join an in-person drum circle led by popular long time facilitator Ange Chianese. Drummers of all levels of experience are invited to participate. Bring your own drum(s), bells, percussions or use one from the library.

Registration is required. Call 609-883-8292 or e-mail lawprogs@mcl.org.

 

Indoor U.S. Citizenship Prep Workshop
Monday, Jan. 10, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Twin Rivers Branch, 276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor

Anyone interested in becoming a U.S. citizen or who is already working towards citizenship can stop by on the second Monday of each month for Citizenship Preparation sessions.

Determine if you are eligible to become a U.S. citizen, learn about the Form N-400 and what you will need to apply for Naturalization, and practice for the reading, writing and civics tests you will need to pass during your interview.

Registration is not required.

 

 

 

Indoor Morning English Conversation Group

Tuesdays, Jan. 11 and 18, 10 a.m. to noon

West Windsor Branch, 333 North Post Road, Princeton Junction

Practice English through informal conversation with other ESL learners and Reference Librarian Elka Frankel. Must have basic knowledge of English.

Registration is required, space is limited.

 

Indoor Novel Narrators

Tuesdays, Jan. 11 and 25, 7–8 p.m.

Hickory Corner Branch, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor

Join Novel Narrators, where participants will take turns reading aloud. Hickory Corner librarian and read-aloud enthusiast Chip McAuley will facilitate the readings. The first book  will be “The Hobbit” by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Crafts for Grown-ups

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 10–11 a.m.

West Windsor Branch, 333 North Post Road, Princeton Junction

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

Make a star trivet with wooden beads.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is required, space is limited.

 

Indoor Wednesday Film Festival

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2–4 p.m.

West Windsor Branch, 333 North Post Road, Princeton Junction

 

Eighteen-year-old Jesminder’s parents want her to be a nice, conventional Indian girl. But she just wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham. For Jess, that means kicking a ball around the local park with the lads until she’s spotted by Jules, who invites her to join the local women’s team.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Conversation Café

Thursday, Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m.

Twin Rivers Branch, 276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor

East Windsor, NJ 08520

This month the conversation starter will be “How have your goals changed over the course of your life?”

 

Sports Book Club (Indoors)

Thursday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.

Hopewell Branch, 245 Pennington-Titusville Road, Pennington

Pennington, NJ 08534

This month’s book is “The NFL’s Top 100” by James Buckley, Jr.

Registration is required. Call 609-737-2610 or email hopeprogs@mcl.org.

 

Annual Book Sale (Indoors)

Saturday, Jan. 15 through Saturday, Jan. 22, during library hours

Hopewell Branch, 245 Pennington-Titusville Road, Pennington

Pennington, NJ 08534

 

Stop by the library for the annual book sale, sponsored by the Friends of Hopewell Branch Library.

Book sale is open during library hours.

Proceeds go toward funding programs at the Hopewell Branch Library.

 

Indoor College Funding Info Session

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 6:30–8 p.m.

Hickory Corner Branch, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor

East Windsor, NJ 08520

Learn how to get the most money possible in financial assistance for child’s college education costs.

Presented by Kevin Simme, president of College Funding Alternatives, Inc.

Registration is required.

 

Indoor Movie & TV Discussion Club

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7–8 p.m.

Lawrence Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike. Lawrenceville

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

 

Talk popular movies and television with Reference Librarian Jamie Anderson in an open and informal discussion.

Registration is required. Call 609-883-8292 or e-mail lawprogs@mcl.org.

 

Indoor Spice Club: Star Anise

Thursday, Jan. 20, 6:30 p.m.

Twin Rivers Branch, 276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor

 

From Jan. 3-17, 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 Jan. 20, the group will meet to discuss their thoughts and experiences with that week’s spice offering.

Each Spice Club event focuses on a different spice.

 

Indoor Friday Morning Bookies

Friday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. to noon

West Windsor Branch, 333 North Post Road, Princeton Junction

Read “Mrs. March” by Virginia Feito.

“A 21st Century Highsmith, Virginia Feito conjures the unforgettable Mrs. March, an Upper East Side housewife whose life is shattered by her husband’s latest novel. In this astonishing debut, the venerable but gossipy New York literary scene is twisted into a claustrophobic fun house of paranoia, horror, and wickedly dark humor.”

Registration is required.

 

 

 

Indoor Book Club: “His Truth Is Marching On:  John Lewis and the Power of Hope” by Jon Meacham

Monday, Jan. 24, 10–11 a.m.

Lawrence Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville

A biography about the life and accomplishments of John Lewis, U.S. Congressman and civil rights activist, who fought for justice in America from the 1950s to his death on July 17, 2020.

He was prominent in the civil rights movement to end legalized segregation in the United States and served in many capacities, including a leading role in organizing the 1963 March on Washington.

Registration is required. Call 609-883-8292 or email lawprogs@mcl.org.

 

 

Trivia Night (Indoors)

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m.

Hopewell Branch, 245 Pennington-Titusville Road, Pennington

 

Join an evening of family-friendly trivia. Questions are geared toward adults, but kids 10 and over are welcome to participate.

Play alone or form a team of up to five adult members.

Include team name and number of team members when registering.

Registration is required. Call 609-737-2610 or e-mail hopeprogs@mcl.org.

 

Indoor Cook Talks: Preparing Dumplings for Chinese New Year 

Thursday, Jan. 27, 10–11:30 a.m.

Lawrence Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville

 

The Year of the Tiger begins on Feb. 1 with the Lunar New Year. In China, tigers symbolize power, energy, courage and personal strength.

Dumpling (Jiǎozi) is a classic lucky food for Lunar New Year. It can be made to look like Chinese silver ingots which signifies prosperity. Cooking dumplings together brings good fortune, family togetherness, and successful teamwork.

Join Reference Librarians Sharon Wang and Donna Wolfe to celebrate the Year of the Tiger as they demonstrate how to make Chinese dumplings from scratch.

Registration is required. Call 609-883-8292 or e-mail lawprogs@mcl.org.

 

Indoor Foreign Authors, Foreign Lands Book Club

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Hickory Corner Branch, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor

Discuss “Human Acts” by Han Kang.

 

Indoor Documentary Series: Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

Friday, Jan. 28, 2–4 p.m.

Lawrence Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville

Join a documentary screening of “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.” (Rated-R, 118 minutes)

This documentary explores the life, career and legacy of the late Anthony Bourdain. It charts his initial rise to national fame with the publication of his 2000 memoir, his globe-trotting culinary adventures as a travel show host, to his death by suicide in 2018 at the age of 61.

Registration is required. Call 609-883-8292 or e-mail lawprogs@mcl.org.

Indoor Sudoku for Beginners

Monday, Jan. 31, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Hickory Corner Branch, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor

Learn the basics of solving a Sudoku puzzle.

All adults are welcome.

Registration is required.

 

In-Person Youth Programs for January 2022:

Indoor STEM Skiing Challenge

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 3:30 or 6:30 p.m.

Lawrence Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville

Join Miss Jen and create a skier out of foil and popsicle sticks, then race him down wax paper slopes.

A fun activity to do in preparation for the Winter Olympics in February.

For ages 6-11 years old.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required.

Indoor Window Stars

Sunday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. or Monday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m.

Lawrence Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville

 

Use translucent kite paper to fold window stars with Miss Molly.

For children ages 5-12, with a caregiver to supervise.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required.

 

Indoor ‘Frozen’ Party

Monday, Jan. 31, 10:30 a.m.

Lawrence Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville

Sing Elsa’s “Let It Go” and other ‘Frozen’ songs while making several themed crafts. Each registrant will receive a small treat to take home.

Costumes are welcome.

For all ages, youngest with a caregiver.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Registration is required.