In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the library will be closed Sunday, January 14 and Monday, January 15. 

Please join us for a special Black History Month presentation about Dr. King on Saturday, February 3 at 2:00 pm. Martin Luther King was one of the world's greatest orators, as well as a pastor, activist, and humanitarian. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work combating racial inequality through the use of nonviolent civil disobedience. In the first-person living history program, Martin Luther King Jr.: A Man of Conscience, Dr. King will be portrayed by actor and historian Keith Henley. This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and produced by the American Historical Theatre. Please register in advance--you won’t want to miss this unique event.

Another special event coming up is the library’s second annual Super Smash Brothers tournament.  Do you think you are the best at this game? Are you between the ages of 7 and 18? Come and battle it out on Saturday, January 20 from 1:30 to 4:30 and see who will be declared victorious! The console we will be playing on is the Wii-U and the only controllers allowed are Wii remote with Nunchuks and Game Cube controllers. Some controllers will be provided, but if you have your own, please put your initials on it and bring it with you. You must sign up in the children’s room, where you will also find a copy of the complete rules.

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January is also filled with meeting of clubs and regular programs.  The Chess Club meets on two Saturdays this month, January 13 and 27 at 11:30.  Players ages 6 and up of all playing abilities, beginner to advanced, are welcome. Come and be matched into a friendly game.

Older readers (grades 7 and up) might like to join the new young adult book club, Pizza and Pages.  Yes, there will be pizza.  The pages this month come from your choice of two books:  Fever 1793 by L.H. Anderson and/or Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Read one or both of these books with the theme of survival, and discuss them (while eating pizza) on Thursday, January 18 at 3:30. Copies of the books may be picked up at the adult reference desk; pizza will be provided at the club meeting. Have I mentioned that there will be pizza?

The Anime Club meets on Friday, January 19 at 3:30.  Join other enthusiasts to watch anime movies and enjoy some Japanese snacks. The program is for children ages 10 and older.

Learn the basics of computer programming at the Coding Dojo. The next meeting is Wednesday, January 24 at 3:30.  Bring your laptop and learn coding through fun games and tasks.  The program is for children ages 10 and up. Space is limited so please register.

The library now offers two bilingual story times.  Come on Mondays at 1:30 for Chinese and English stories and songs, presented by Miss Kitty.  On Sunday, January 21 at 2:30, Miss Jaylene will be leading a Spanish/English program.  These are great programs both for children who speak Chinese or Spanish, and for those who want to learn. 

In addition to these and our regular storytimes, there will be a special Pajama Party storytime on Wednesday, January 24 at 6:30.  Put on your PJs and bring a stuffed animal with you.  After the stories, you will go home to your bed but your toy will stay overnight.  We’ll be taking photos – when you come in on Thursday to pick them up, you will be able see what mischief they got into when the library was closed!

Because the library is closed on January 15, there will be no Monday movie this week and no repeat performance on Wednesday.  Join us next week for a film about an unexpected historical friendship between two very different people.

Do not forget about our regular English Language Conversation groups.  If you, or someone you know, is learning to speak English, join one or both of these groups.  One meets Mondays at 10:30 (next meeting is January 22) and the other meets on Tuesdays at 1:00.  Learners of all levels are welcome. 

This month and every month, the library is the place to be. Come and pick up calendars for kids’ and adult programming, and you will be amazed at everything that is going on.  We hope to see you soon!