win this beautiful quilt in the Friends of the Library Spring Raffle

Spring is on its way! That means you can put the snow shovel away—but it also means that time is running out if you want a chance to win the beautiful, spring-themed quilt that the Friends of the Library are raffling off. Tickets cost $5 each and are available at the library.  You must be 18 or older to participate. The drawing will be held at 6:00 PM on Monday, March 20; the winner need not be present to win. All proceeds benefit the library.

The Friends are also planning a book sale for May and are now accepting donations of gently-used books, CDs and DVDs. Books should be in good condition (not dirty, yellowed or water-damaged) and CDs and DVDs need to be in good shape as well (not scratched or cracked). Please do not bring in textbooks or encyclopedias. Donations can be brought in any time the library is open.

There are plenty of exciting events planned for March. This weekend (March 11) the library is offering the first of its Lincoln Center Local programs. Lincoln Center Local brings exclusive free screenings of Lincoln Center’s finest performances directly to your neighborhood.

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On Saturday, you will be able to enjoy the San Francisco Ballet performing Romeo and Juliet. With its passionate choreography, spine-tingling swordsmanship, and celebrated score by Sergei Prokofiev, this colorful and emotional retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet has packed houses around the world. The show begins at 1:00 pm. 

You can look forward to additional Lincoln Center Local programming this year, including the Heritage Blues Trio and more.  There is no need to register for these screenings.

March 12 will be a Super Science Sunday.  Get ready for the Bird Brain Edition of this popular program for children ages 9 and up. Come join us to connected with nature, become junior scientists, and learn all about birds. The adventure starts at 3:00 pm; registration is required.

On Wednesday, March 15, at 4:00, a second English conversation group begins. It joins the group that meets on Mondays from 10:30-12:30. Both groups welcome speakers of all languages. The only requirement is that you want to practice your English skills in a fun, informal setting. Please sign up at the reference desk if you are interested.

There are many other events you will want to sign up for.  On Sunday, March 19 at 2:00 Carol Simon Levin will be presenting the story of the Women Air Force Service Pilots of WWII. During World War II, more than one thousand women volunteers completed the WASP military pilot training program. Learn the story of the amazing WASPs through the eyes of Ann Baumgartner Carl, the Jersey girl who trained as a WASP, became the only American woman to test-fly experimental planes during the war, and the first American woman to fly a jet airplane.

Adults who are looking for the chance to relax, tone their bodies and stretch will want to sign up for chair yoga with instructor Christine Iannitto Cancela. This introductory class will include gentle yoga positions that are very basic and suitable for all ages and figures. All yoga will be done while sitting in a chair so there will be no extensive movement. Space is very limited; sign-up for each session begins three weeks before the class. The first session is on Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 pm and registration has begun.

April brings programs on Teddy Roosevelt and Duke Ellington, along with more chair yoga and the screening of another Lincoln Center performance. For more information and to sign up, come into the library and speak to any one of the friendly staff members.

The Library now hosts seven book clubs for everyone from 6 to 96. You can find out which one is right for you and what’s under discussion this month by checking the website or asking at the front desk.  There are plenty of copies of all the books and new members are always welcome. We’ll also help you find whatever you are reading for your own book club.

There are some new storytimes being added to the usual schedule.  Everyone in the family can enjoy Saturday stories this month on March 11 and 18 at 11:00. Stories and crafts are planned for all ages.

The next Chinese language storytime is on Tuesday, March 21 at 3:30. This session will be held primarily in Mandarin, but children who have had no exposure to Chinese are encouraged to attend. Ms. Kitty and Ms. Suzy give a short explanation of each song and story in English and everyone has been having fun learning some Mandarin words and songs.

The month ends with another session of our Special Needs Sensory Storytime on Sunday, March 26 at 3:30. This program is designed to be an inclusive event for children with special needs of all ages from preschool to young adult. It is presented in a way to make participants more comfortable than they might be at a standard storytime. Contact the Children’s room for more information.

Come join us for NJ Makers Day. On Friday March 24 at 3:30 kids age 7 and up can make a cool candy catapults. All supplies will be provided. Please register in advance.

There will be a special family event for Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors on Saturday, March 25 at 10:00. Join us as we learn about the festival through stories, crafts, dance and music. If weather permits, we will move part of the event outside so we can celebrate in the traditional way -- with a small amount of dry powdered color and/or water -- so please dress appropriately. A plain white T-shirt is recommended, but playing with colors is optional.  You will enjoy the event even if you want to stay dry.

The calendar is packed with events for this month – but you’ll still have time to enjoy books, movies and magazines that you check out form your library. We hope to see you soon!

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