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Storytime is an 8-week, progressive program for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Registration required

24 months and younger – 9:45 am

4 to 6 years – 10:15 am

2 to 3 years – 11 am

Ⓐ C.A.L.L.: Art and Architecture of Rome.  Part 3:  Renaissance

Mondays, January 6, 13, 20 & 27 – 11 am to 12:30 pm

Rita Keane, Associate Professor of Art History at Drew University, and Margaret Kuntz, Professor of Art History at Drew University, will present this four-part course.  The course will consider the art and architecture of the city of Rome from its origins to the seventeenth century.  We will discover a history of Rome through the study of its monuments and how works of art and architecture reflected and created ideological currents (political, religious, and social) in the ancient, medieval, Renaissance and Baroque city.  A fee of $40 will be charged for the series or $10 per individual class.

Library Cinema: The Lion King (PG, 118 min.) – 2 pm

Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa.  But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival.  Scar, Mufasa's brother -- and former heir to the throne -- has plans of his own.  The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile.  Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.  Come and join us for this movie on the big screen!  Bring a mat or a pillow to get comfortable.  We’ll provide the movie and popcorn.



Registration required

24 months and younger – 10 am

2 to 3 years – 10:30 am


Mahjong Lessons and Club

Wednesdays, January 8, 15, 22 & 29 – 1 to 3 pm

New players:  Would you like to learn how to play Mahjong?  Here is your chance to learn from three experienced players.  Class size is limited to 12, and the class is now full.  We are planning to offer it again in the future, so check back with us soon!  Experienced players:  If you are already a Mahjong player and are looking for somewhere to play and partners to play with, come with your own set and card and enjoy the game!  Experienced players can sign up here.

Gen Y Networking Group – 7 pm

Gen Y Networking Group is a forum dedicated to job searching, networking, and career development.  The group is open to all job seekers.

Keep This, Toss That for a Clutter-Free Year – 7 pm

Professional organizer and author Jamie Novak will present a workshop on getting organized this winter.  You will learn simple strategies to get things together after the holidays, how to clear the closets, get the top of your table back and more.


Jumpin’ Jamie Music and Puppet Show – two sessions at 10 or 10:45 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers

Meet Jumpin’ Jamie and his puppet friends for songs and games!

Ⓐ English as a Second Language (ESL) – 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Thursdays, January 9 through February 27

For those wanting to improve their English language skills, we have started our next cycle of ESL classes.  The 8‑week program is conducted by LEARN Associates and volunteer tutors.  Students are divided into small groups by skill level.  Books and other learning materials are provided.  The program is free – all you need is a commitment to learn!  Register online, in person, or call 973‑635-0603.

Chess for Kids

Thursdays, January 16 through February 20

This winter’s classes are led by Class A player Max Farberov.

Registration required.

Group 1 – 4 to 4:45 pm           Limit:  12 children

Players with little or no experience with chess.

Group 2 – 5 to 5:45 pm         Limit:  16 children

Players who can finish a game with checkmate.

Cinema214: The Addams Family (PG, 86 min.) – 7 pm

Members of the mysterious and spooky Addams family -- Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester, and Grandmama -- are readily preparing for a big visit from their even creepier relatives.  But trouble soon arises when shady TV personality Margaux Needler realizes that the Addams' eerie hilltop mansion is standing in the way of her dream to sell all the houses in the neighborhood.  Refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library


Watercolor Painting – 10:30 am to 12 pm

Thursdays & Fridays, January 24, 31; February 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21

Back by popular demand, Peggy Dressel will teach a course in watercolor painting.  This series of 8 lessons will cover the basics of watercolor, such as picking a palette, how to mix colors, value and different water color techniques.  You do not have to know how to draw to take this course.  A demonstration will be given at each class.  A fee of $80 will be charged for the course.  In addition, students will need to purchase supplies.  The list of supplies will be provided on the library’s website and at the library.

Video Game Club – 3 to 4:45 pm

Grades 6 to 12

NEW: Nintendo Switch is here!  Stop by to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch on the big screen!  Feel free to bring your own Joy-Cons or Switch Pro controller and play with friends.


Drop-In Storytime – 11 to 11:30 am

For children of all ages.  No registration required.


Legopalooza! – 2:30 to 4 pm

For children of all ages

Build your own LEGO creation from our enormous collection of LEGOs.  Creations will be put on display in the Children’s Room.