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FOR ALL AGES

Happy Trees: Cherry Blossom Craft
Tuesday, March 23, 6:30-7:30pm

Join the social work intern, Valerie, and craft beautiful cherry blossom trees in anticipation of spring.  Craft kits will be available for pick up starting March 15.  You will need glue (all-purpose craft glue or hot glue should work best).  Register here: https://tinyurl.com/jplhappytrees  Questions? Email vfp7@scarletmail.rutgers.edu or call 201-343-4169 x22.

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FOR ADULTS

Debt Collection Defense
Thursday, March 11, 2-3pm

Want to know how to get some relief from debt collectors? Myra Metzger, a lawyer at Northeast NJ Legal Services will discuss credit card law suits and collection suits on medical bills.  Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/jpldebtdefense

Tell Me a Story - Storytelling Hour for Adults
Thursday, March 11, 7-8pm

Explore the art of storytelling during this special event on Zoom.  Please register if you plan to attend - whether you plan to tell a story or just appreciate others’ stories!  This program may be recorded and shared on social media.  Register here: https://tinyurl.com/jplstorymarch2021

YA Books for Adult Readers Book Club
Saturday, March 13, 11am-12pm

Join us for our virtual meeting!  We'll be discussing Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand.  New members are always welcome!  Email keri.adams@hackensack.bccls.org for Zoom information.

Hackensack Creates...Virtually - Crepe Paper Daffodils
Wednesday, March 17, 6:30-8pm

Meet online to put together Crepe Paper Daffodils.  Register by March 15. After you receive your confirmation email you can pick up your craft kit at the library beginning on March 8.  You will need scissors and craft glue or hot glue.  Register here: https://tinyurl.com/jplhcmarch2021

Open Mic Night
Thursday, March 25, 7-9pm

Enjoy great entertainment mixed with stimulating conversation, or share your talent. We will run the event via Zoom - register here: https://tinyurl.com/jplomMarch2021.  You will receive an email with a link so you can join at the start time.  Performers, please keep content rated R and under. This event will be recorded and possibly shared on social media.

Virtual Fit To Be Lit Book Club
Friday, March 26, 11am-12pm

This month's selection is Miss Iceland by Audur Ava Olafsdottir.  Please email Melina Halpin with questions or to register at: melina.halpin@hackensack.bccls.org

Virtual Veterans’ Benefits Q&A
Friday, March 26, 2:30-3:30pm

Learn all about your VA Benefits from a representative of the Department of Veteran Affairs. The info session will be followed by Q&A so make sure to have your questions ready!  No need to register - join us on Zoom here: https://tinyurl.com/jplveterans2021

Just the Facts: the Nonfiction Only Book Club - on Zoom!
Saturday, March 27, 10-11am

We will discuss: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.  Please read at least 200 pages of the book if you wish to participate in the discussion.  Questions?  Contact Kate, (201) 343-4169, kathryn.cannarozzi@hackensack.bccls.org

Virtual ESL Conversation Class 
Mondays at 4pm; Wednesdays at 10:30am

This Zoom class (high intermediate to advanced English level) can help you get comfortable speaking English in a social setting by learning new vocabulary and pronunciation. Register here:
Monday: https://tinyurl.com/ESLMondaysMarch2021
Wednesday: https://tinyurl.com/ESLWednesdaysMarch2021

After registering you will receive more information about this class.  Questions?  Contact Michelle Ferreira, 551-286-8244 (9am-5pm ) or email michelle.ferreira@hackensack.bccls.org 

Talk with the Social Work Intern
Mondays, 9am-5pm; Tuesdays, 12-8pm (January 4 - April 20)

A Partnership with Rutgers School of Social Work.  The social work intern can provide an ear or help with specific services including finding community resources, assisting with managing emotions and developing coping skills, relaxation techniques, resume building and job search, college information and resources, career or life planning, time management, and discussion groups-by age/gender/topic.  Meetings by appointment over the phone or Zoom. To learn more or sign up for a session, contact Cathy at cathy@johnsonlib.org or call 201-343-4169 x22.

Gallery: Abstract Art by Betty DeMarco
February-March 2021

Betty DeMarco is an abstract painter, and uses all the elements of art to express instinctively what she cannot express verbally.  Her work can be metaphorical, political, or just a place to look and visit for a while.

Gallery: Ordinary Moments by Philip Smallwood
February-March 2021

In recognition of Black History Month, award winning artist Philip Smallwood's original watercolors are on display.  What happens when ordinary moments become the landscape of life's wondrous tapestry?  Lifescapes - a powerful form of visual storytelling. 

 

FOR ADULTS & TEENS

The Immortal Sunflower - Poetry Reading by Sophia Falco
Tuesday, March 30, 7-8pm

Sophia Falco, poet and author, will give a brief talk and read poetry from her chapbook, The Immortal Sunflower, among others in honor of World Bipolar Day.  Please register for the talk here: https://tinyurl.com/jplpoetry

 

FOR TEENS
Questions?  Contact Keri Adams, YA Librarian, at keri.adams@hackensack.bccls.org or 201-343-4169 x30.

Teen Tuesday: Murder Mystery
Tuesday, March 2, 3:30-5pm for grades 7-12

Someone has been murdered...and it's up to you to figure out who the killer is.  Watch as the mystery unfolds and ask questions as you act like a detective. This event is open to all students in Grades 7-12.  Registration required: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7530112

Teen Tuesday: YA Game Night on Zoom
Tuesdays, March 9 & 23, 7-8pm for grades 7-12

Play fun online games that will leave you laughing!  Registration required.
Register here for March 9th: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7530102
Register here for March 23rd: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7530105

Teen Spring Break Reading Challenge
Friday, March 26 - Friday, April 24 for grades 7-12

Spring break is coming up and we're challenging you to read!  Tell us about any book you finish from March 26-April 23 and be entered to win a $10 Target Gift card & a book!  Request a book at bccls.org or email help@johnsonlib.org with your book title/author & library card #.  Read an ebook from eBCCLS or something from home.  Teens in Grades 7-12 who live or attend school in Hackensack are eligible. Submit books to: http://www.tinyurl.com/JPLTeenSpringBreak

 

FOR CHILDREN & TEENS

Virtual Guitar Classes
Saturdays, March 6-April 24 for ages 8-18
Beginner: 10-10:45am; Intermediate: 11-11:45am

New participants must register at the beginner level before advancing.
Beginner registration: https://tinyurl.com/jplbeginnerguitar
Intermediate registration: https://tinyurl.com/jplintermediateguitar

Questions?  Contact Michelle at 201-343-4169 ex. 34 or michelle.ferreira@hackensack.bccls.org

Teen Tuesday: Among Us Video Game Tournament
Tuesday, March 16, 3:30-4:30pm for grades 5-8

Work to fix your spaceship while also trying to figure out who is the imposter who is attempting to “murder” everyone.  Registration required: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7530099

 

FOR CHILDREN
Please contact Mari Zigas, Head of Children’s Services, with any questions at mari.zigas@hackensack.bccls.org or 201-343-4169 x14.
The Children’s Department is currently open for quick pick-ups only. All programs will be offered virtually.

Grab & Go Activity Kits
Available for pick-up at the Circulation Desk during library hours - for all ages

Pick up activity kits every week! We have free take-home crafts for all ages, along with coloring sheets & crayons and STEM activities. Supplies available on a first come, first served basis.

JPL Kids on Goodreads
See staff reviews on children’s books and keep up with what we're reading! We would love to see what books you're reading at home, too!  Check it out here: https://www.goodreads.com/jplkids.

Dr. Seuss Trivia on Zoom
Tuesday, March 2nd, at 6pm for grades K-6

Read Across America Celebration Part 1: Join us for a special Kahoot trivia game based on all things Dr. Seuss! Registration required: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7517634

Dr. Seuss Escape Room on Zoom
Tuesday, March 9th, at 6pm for grades K-6

Read Across America Celebration Part 2: Join us for a special virtual escape room based on all things Dr. Seuss! Registration required: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7517636

Dr. Seuss Movie Night on Zoom
Tuesday, March 16th, at 6pm for grades 6 and below

Read Across America Celebration Part 3: Join us for a viewing of a Dr. Seuss movie and a game of bingo! Registration required: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7517637

Makers Day Challenge for Kids
March 12th-19th for grades 6 and below

Let’s celebrate NJ Makers Day together! Beginning on March 12th, pick up a surprise activity kit at the library and build something using just the supplies in the kit. Take a picture of your creation and email it to jplkids@johnsonlib.org by 8pm on March 18th to be entered to win a $25 gift card of your choice. No two kits will be the same! The winner’s creation will also be featured on the library’s social media pages on March 19th. No registration is required.

Barks & Books: Read with Brady on Zoom
Saturday, March 20th, at 11am for grades K-6

Come hang out with our therapy dog, Brady on Zoom.  Read him a book and see him get a treat! Registration required: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7382645

Crafternoon
Mondays at 3:30pm for grades 6 and below

We will explore different crafts every week with Mr. Gavin that you can do from home!  Supplies for the craft will be available for pick-up in activity kits every Monday morning on a first come, first served basis. Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnsonPublicLibrary/ or Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnsonpubliclibrary/

Music & Movement on Zoom
Tuesdays at 12pm for ages 3-5

Sing and dance at your favorite music and movement time for children and their caregivers! Registration required: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7517586

Story Time with Ms. Mari
Wednesdays at 10am for ages 5 and below

Join Ms. Mari online for this special story time for babies and toddlers featuring fun songs, finger plays, flannel activities and stories! Every week we will explore a new letter and practice early literacy tips. Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnsonPublicLibrary/ or Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnsonpubliclibrary/

Reading Buddies
Wednesdays from 4-5pm for grades K-4

Practice reading skills with one of our teen volunteers on Zoom for 30 minutes! You can read to your volunteer or your volunteer can read to you!  Registration required: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7517602.  If you are in 7th-12th grade and want to volunteer, please fill out a Teen Volunteer Sign-Up Form: https://forms.gle/cYG86646Pp9YYEMk6

Bilingual Story Time with Ms. Gladys
Thursdays at 10am for ages 5 and below

Have fun with Ms. Gladys with songs and a story in both English and Spanish!  ¡Escuche cuentos y un libro en español y en inglés!  Join us on Facebook / Únase a nosotros en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnsonPublicLibrary or Instagram / o Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnsonpubliclibrary/

Kahoot Trivia on Zoom
Thursdays at 3:30pm for grades K-2

Each week we will gather together to play a different game with our families. Kahoot Trivia, Bingo, and much more! Registration required: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7517612

Baby Lap Time on Zoom
Fridays at 11am for ages 0-2

Join us as we combine stories, songs and rhymes for infants and babies! Registration required: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7517618

 

SPECIAL SERVICES

Book Fix
Get personalized reading recommendations from a JPL Librarian - for all ages!  Fill out a form at http://johnsonlib.org/bookfix and you’ll receive a list of suggestions in 2-3 business days.

Lectura Personalizada
¿Buscando su próxima lectura? Complete este formulario para obtener recomendaciones personalizadas de un bibliotecario de JPL: http://johnsonlib.org/bookfix  Lectura Personalizada le enviará un correo electrónico con los títulos que coinciden con sus intereses y preferencias.

Resume Remedy
Send your details to be formatted into a stellar resume within three business days.  Limited to Hackensack residents.  Fill out a form here: http://johnsonlib.org/resumeremedy

Citizenship Mock Interviews by Phone
Available by appointment

Do you want to practice for your Citizenship interview? Call Michelle at 551-286-8244 between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday - Saturday or email michelle.ferreira@hackensack.bccls.org

Virtual One-On-One Tech Help
Available by appointment

Schedule an appointment for a half-hour of personalized tech help! Limited to Hackensack residents. Email cathy@johnsonlib.org or call 201-343-4169 x22 to schedule a session.

Ayuda Técnica Individual Virtual
Disponible con cita previa

Programe una cita individual para obtener media hora de ayuda personalizada. Este servicio está limitado a los residentes de Hackensack. Envíe un correo electrónico a michelle.ferreira@hackensack.bccls.org o llame al 201-343-4169 x34 para programar su sesión. 

Servicio al Cliente Por Teléfono
Servicio al cliente en Español está disponible por teléfono Lunes a Viernes de 9am a 5pm. Por favor llame al 551-286-8244.  

 

LIBRARY HOURS

JPL staff continue to offer library services in safe, physically distant ways.  In addition to phone & email support, the library is open for holds pickup.

Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 12 - 8pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm 
Thursday: 12PM - 8pm
Friday: 9AM - 5PM
Saturday: 9AM - 1PM
Sunday: CLOSED

Please call the library at 201-343-4169 or email help@johnsonlib.org for questions and assistance.  For more information, please visit: http://johnsonlib.org/covid-19/