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

Resume Remedy
The Resume Remedy is a handy and easy to fill out form you can use to send all your details to a JPL librarian to be formatted into a stellar resume. Don't fumble around on your smartphone any longer! Please allow three business days to receive your shiny new resume.  Service limited to Hackensack residents.  Fill out a form here: johnsonlib.org/resumeremedy

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Citizenship Mock Interviews by Phone Available by Appointment
Do you want to practice for your Citizenship interview? Citizenship Mock Interviews by phone are available by appointment.  Call Michelle at 551-286-8244 between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday - Saturday or email michelle.ferreira@hackensack.bccls.org


Zumba on Zoom
Tuesdays, May 5-June 9, 7-8 p.m.
Shake it up with JPL during this fun and calorie burning workout. Yes, Zumba is dancing, but enthusiasts will also tell you that it is a great way to get full body and cardio exercise. Certified Zumba instructor Krista Bremer will guide you through what it takes to Zumba on Zoom!
The series continues through June 9. You only need to register once and you can attend as many sessions as you like. Click the link below to register on Zoom.
Questions? Email cathy@johnsonlib.org or call 201-343-4169 x22

Crafting with Cathy
Wednesdays at 12 p.m.
This video series is designed to engage your creative side - using things you probably already have on hand. Join us on facebook.com/JohnsonPublicLibrary 
or Instagram: instagram.com/johnsonpubliclibrary/ 

Online Meditation Session
Fridays, May 8-June 12, 12:30-1:20 p.m.
Jasmine Bilali, certified Holistic Life & Wellness Coach will lead this weekly meditation series. The benefits to meditation are many. According to the Mayo Clinic "Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health."  To register for this series held on Zoom, please click the link below. You only need to register once and can attend as many sessions as you like.
For more on Jasmine see her website at https://jasminebilali.com/
Questions? Email cathy@johnsonlib.org or call 201-343-4169 x22

Zentangle Pencil Art Webinar
Tuesday, May 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Join Barbara Frieberg once again, this time to learn how to create Zentangle. Participants will learn about Zentangle art and how to make different patterns to complete their own Zentangle inspired design. Registration is limited and Hackensack residents will be given priority. Please sign up by Saturday, May 9.  This program will be held on Zoom - please register here:
Questions? Email cathy@johnsonlib.org or call 201-343-4169 x22.

Virtual Open Mic Night
Thursday, May 28, 7-9pm
Open Mic Night is online this month and featuring YOU!  Feeling a little bottled up lately? Missing your usual outlets or audiences for your creativity? Even if you would just like to provide a supportive listening ear for other performers, please join us for this special version of our monthly Open Mic Night. This month we will also have an amazing featured performer: international fingerstyle guitar champion Mark Sganga! Mark weaves a rich tapestry of beautiful melody, dynamic rhythm, & imaginative improvisation. He has played opposite the legendary Taj Mahal, Les Paul, John Oates, Phil Keaggy, and more and recorded with Herbie Hancock among other greats.  Listen to his music and more at: marksganga.com 

Open mic: 7 pm-8:20 p.m.
Featured performer: 8:20 p.m. - 9 p.m.
We will be running the event via Zoom so click the link below to register. You will receive an email with a link so you can join at the start time.  Be aware that this event will be recorded and possibly shared on social media. Hope to see you there!
Questions? Email cathy@johnsonlib.org or call 201-343-4169 x22

Virtual Fit To Be Lit Book Club Discussion
Friday, May 29, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Come join us on Zoom for a fun and lively discussion of some of today's best Literary Fiction!  This month's selection is News of the World by Paulette Jiles. In the aftermath of the American Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this morally complex, multi-layered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.
If you're new to Zoom, it's easy to download and join a meeting for free.
News of the World is available for free on Hoopla with your library card: hoopladigital.com/title/12455975
Don't have a library card but want one? Apply for a digital card here: https://www.bccls.org/digitalcards.php
Please email Melina Halpin with questions or to register at: melina.halpin@hackensack.bccls.org

Veterans Benefits Webinar
Friday, May 22, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Learn all about your VA Benefits from a representative of the Department of Veteran Affairs. Vet Center services include Readjustment Counseling, Marital and Family Counseling, Substance Abuse Information and Referral, Sexual Trauma Counseling and Referral, Referral for Benefits Assistance, Job Counseling and Referral, Community Education and Liaison with Community Agencies, and Bereavement Counseling.  The information session will be followed by Q&A so make sure to have your questions ready!  A representative of the Department of Veteran Affairs will be available to answer questions.  Questions? Email cathy@johnsonlib.org or call 201-343-4169 x22.  To join on Zoom, go to: us02web.zoom.us/j/84850373523 

Wellness Bingo
Friday, May 29, 5 - 6 p.m.
Join us for a family-friendly night of Bingo!  Attendees will enjoy general health and wellness tips from local first-year medical students while working towards scoring a BINGO!  The winner will receive a small prize.  This program was made possible through a collaboration with the dedicated students of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.
This program will be held via Zoom - email hackjuv@hackensack.bccls.org to participate.

Virtual ESL Conversation Class 
Tuesdays at 4pm; Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Virtual ESL conversation classes through Zoom are offered to those who are in a high intermediate to advanced English level. This class is designed to help you get comfortable speaking English in a social setting by learning new vocabulary and pronunciation. This class will be held via Zoom. Please register in advance using our online calendar: bccls.libcal.com/calendar/hackensack/
After registering you will receive more information about this class. 
Questions?  Contact Michelle Ferreira, 551-286-8244 (between 9am - 5pm) or email michelle.ferreira@hackensack.bccls.org 

Questions?  Email Mari Zigas, Head of Children’s Services, at: mari.zigas@hackensack.bccls.org

JPL Kids on GoodReads
Follow the Children's Department on Goodreads to see staff reviews and keep up with what we're reading! We would love to see what books you're reading at home, too!
Digital Scavenger Hunt for Kids
Any day, any time for children of all ages
Kids! Join us in this digital scavenger hunt for things to do and find! Once JPL is back open, bring your checked-off sheet to the Children’s Department and get a prize. We can’t wait to see everyone back at the library!  Download the sheet here: bccls.libcal.com/event/6629364

Stay At Home Reading Challenge for Kids
For children of all ages
Download your Bingo sheet (bccls.libcal.com/event/6641518) and start reading!  When you get BINGO (5 boxes in a row in either direction), turn this sheet in within seven days after the library reopens for a prize!  All reading counts—books, audiobooks, ebooks, etc. Those that fill out all the boxes will be entered into a raffle.  Questions? Contact hackjuv@hackensack.bccls.org.

Read a Chapter a Night with Ms. Mari Online
Every night at 7 p.m. for grades 3-6.
Join Ms. Mari for a reading on Facebook and Instagram.  We'll read one chapter each night, so join us each night to continue the story!
April 20-May 10: The Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander.
May 12-22: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - This book is available on Hoopla for free with your library card if you want to borrow a copy and follow along!
Join us on Facebook: facebook.com/JohnsonPublicLibrary 
or Instagram: instagram.com/johnsonpubliclibrary/ 

Marvelous Mornings with Ms. Mari
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 11am for ages 5 and under
Join Ms. Mari online for this special story time for babies and toddlers featuring fun songs and a picture book!
Join us on Facebook: facebook.com/JohnsonPublicLibrary/ 
or Instagram: instagram.com/johnsonpubliclibrary/ 

Mr. Gavin's Extravaganza of Family Fun
Monday, May 11, 18, 25 at 4pm for all ages
Join Mr. Gavin from the Children's Department as he walks you through fun activities for you and your family to do at home together! 
May 11 - Learn the basics on how to knit. By the end of it, you'll be able to knit yourself a scrunchie, a scarf, a bracelet, or a blanket!
May 18 - Make homemade pretzels! *Parental assistance is advised.*
May 25 - He will show you how you can make balloon animals at home!
Find this program on Facebook: facebook.com/JohnsonPublicLibrary/ or Instagram: instagram.com/johnsonpubliclibrary/.  
Questions? Contact Mr. Gavin at hackjuv@hackensack.bccls.org.

Show and Share for Kids
Wednesday, May 20 at 3:30 p.m. for ages 3-6
Do you have a favorite toy? Book? Pet? A favorite thing in general? Bring to our virtual Show and Share and let's enjoy our favorite things together!  Caregivers: please email hackjuv@hackensack.bccls.org for the Zoom invite. This event will be a closed program and monitored by Children's Department staff.  Questions? Contact Mari at mari.zigas@hackensack.bccls.org.

Digital Bilingual Story Time with Ms. Gladys 
Wednesdays, May 13-27 at 11am for ages 5 and under
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: facebook.com/JohnsonPublicLibrary 
or Instagram / O Instagram: instagram.com/johnsonpubliclibrary/ 

Virtual Graphic Novel Book Club for Kids
Thursday, May 21 at 4pm for grades 3-6
Both readers who are new to the genre and lifelong comics and graphic novel fans are invited to join us via Zoom (accounts are free!) for a virtual book club with Mr. Gavin! We will be discussing Jerry Craft's New Kid, available for free on Hoopla with your library card. Don't have a library card but want one? Apply for a digital card here: https://www.bccls.org/digitalcards.php
Please email Mr. Gavin at hackjuv@hackensack.bccls.org to participate. 


The library is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Library staff are working remotely and are available Monday-Saturday to answer questions & provide some assistance via email and phone.  

You can reach us by phone at 201-343-4169

Monday - Wednesday: 9am-1pm
Thursday: 5-9pm
Friday: 1-5pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm

You can also continue to email us anytime at: help@johnsonlib.org 

For further updates, visit johnsonlib.org/covid-19/