Come join us for Monday Night Movies!  On Monday, October 15 at 6:30 PM, get ready to run for your lives. This week’s showing will take you back to Isla Nublar with Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) as they try to rescue the dinosaurs from an impending volcanic eruption.  But things don’t always go as planned, as we have learned from the previous movies in this series.  This movie is rated PG-13.  If you cannot make it to the Monday night showing, there is a second screening on Wednesday, October 17 at 12:30 PM.

Before you get too excited about Monday’s movie, don’t forget to stop by this weekend!  On Saturday, October 13 from 10 AM – 1 PM, the library is having its annual Fall Festival.  This takes place behind the library in the parking lot.  There will be pumpkin painting, so bring your own pumpkin (and a box to bring it home in!), and we will provide the rest of the supplies.  A special guest reader will be stopping by at 11 AM for Scarecrow Storytime, and this year, there will be a petting zoo.  Green Meadows Farm will be here 11:30 AM – 1 PM with some friendly animals.  There will also be games, crafts, and photo ops.  We hope to see you there!

Local author Garland Wright II will be at the library on Sunday, October 14 at 2:30 PM to read his book Chimpsee Makes the Perfect Mistake.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.  This is intended for ages 7 and up.  

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Are you curious about homeschooling and seeing if it would work for your family?  Are you a homeschooling parent who would like to meet others in the community?  Are you a seasoned homeschooler who is willing to share your experience?  Then please join Ms. Stella Monday, October 15 at 3:30 PM to discuss all things homeschooling.  There will be another meeting Monday, October 29 at 3:30 PM.

Please join Ms. Jailene at 6:30 PM on Monday, October 15 for Spanish Storytime.  This storytime is bilingual, and children are not expected to know Spanish to be able to enjoy the program.  More Spanish Storytimes will be at 6:30 PM on Monday, October 22 and Monday, October 29.  

On Tuesday, October 16 at 3:30 PM, join Ms. Mija for a Drive-in Movie.  Bring a cardboard box big enough for your child to fit in, and we will provide the rest so you can make it look like a car!  At 4 PM sharp, the movie will start.  Depending on the ages of the children who come, an age-appropriate Halloween movie will be shown.  No registration is required.

Get back to basics with an afternoon of tabletop gaming!  Card games, strategy, dice, role-playing, and board games- you get to choose!  Tabletop gaming will be held Wednesday, October 17 at 3:30 PM, and it is intended for ages 10 and up.

Thursday, October 18 is a very busy day for the Children’s Department!  At 3:30 PM, there will be Lego Club with Ms. Stella and Italian Storytime with Ms. Maria.  As with Spanish Storytime, children do not need to know Italian to enjoy the program.  Also at 3:30 PM will be Pizza and Pages: Young Adult Book Club.  This is intended for students in 7th grade and up.  Please join us for some pizza as we get to know each other and pick the books we will be reading for future meetings.  At 6:30 PM, there will be a Kidcraft where children ages 5 and up can learn how to make a pet monster!  Space is limited, so please call (908) 754-7885 ext. 4 to see if there is still room to register.

On Friday, October 19 at 3:30 PM, join us for the first Anime Club meeting of the school year!  This club is intended for ages 10 and up.  No registration is required.

On Saturday, October 20 at 11:30 AM, stop by for Chess Club for ages 6 and up.  Beginners to advanced players are welcome.  

Also on Saturday, October 20, there will be another Armchair Art Tour at 2 PM.  Join Dr. Michael Norris as he discusses Paul Gauguin.  Unappreciated until after his death, French post-Impressionist artist Gauguin is now recognized for his experimental use of color and Synthetist style that were distinctly different from Impressionism. Moving from Peru to Paris to Tahiti, Gauguin mastered sculpture, pottery, and painting in a variety of styles. Please note that the final talk in this series will be on Paul Cézanne on November 10.  Registration is required so please call the Circulation Desk at (908) 754-7885 ext. 2 to register.

Super Science Sunday is back!  On Sunday, October 21 at 2:30 PM, children ages 8 and up are invited to register for this month’s program to learn about earthquakes and structural integrity.  The challenge will be to build a structure strong enough to withstand a simulated Jell-O earthquake.  Register by calling the Children’s Department at (908) 754-7885 ext. 4 or by stopping in the Children’s Room.

All of the regular storytimes are also happening this week.  Storytime for ages 3 and up will be Tuesday at 10:30 AM and Wednesday at 6:30 PM, while storytime for 2’s & 3’s will be Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 AM.  Babytime for children under 2 will be Friday at 10:15 AM and 11:15 AM.  There will also be Puzzles & Games on Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 AM (right after storytime!).  Starting in November, there will also be Babytime on Saturdays at 10 AM, as well as a Special Needs Storytime at 11:30 AM on the first Saturday of each month.  

Library hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10 AM – 9 PM, Tuesday and Friday 10 AM – 6 PM, Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday 1:30 PM – 5 PM.  We hope to see you soon!