The library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th to celebrate the 4th of July.  We will also be closed on Sundays during July and August.  Regular Sunday hours will resume in September.

Summer has arrived, bringing with it plenty of sunshine, ice cream, and lots of time to read. Be sure to sign up for a summer reading program – there’s one for adults, too –and add winning fun prizes to the list of summer delights. July 2 is the first day to check in.

Summer reading programs mean looking for lots of things to read.  Would you like a way to learn what's new from the comfort of home?  Sign up for NextReads newsletters. Follow the link from the library home page or from the elibrary menu and choose the topic or genre you are most interested in (or more than one!). Every month or two you will get a list of five to ten books that you will want to read next. We focus on new material, but each newsletter also includes a selection of other titles you may have missed.

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Since you will be coming in often to report your summer reading, enjoy some great programming at the same time.  There is something for everyone.

The Monday night movie on July 2 (6:30) tells the true story of three brave Americans who foiled a terrorist act on a train headed to Paris.  Because we are closed Wednesday, the repeat showing will be on Thursday, July 5 at 12:30.

All English conversation groups will be meeting this week. There is a class Monday morning at 10:30, Monday evening at 7:00 (last session) and Tuesday afternoon at 1:00.  Morning and afternoon sessions will continue through the month of July. 

Storytimes resume the first week of July at 10:30 on Tuesday and Thursday, and Babytime on Friday. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, children can stay after storytime to enjoy our puzzles and games until 12:30.  Wednesday morning sessions of Time for 2s and 3s start on July 11.

Come Saturday, July 7 at 10:00 for Storybook STEM: Digging for Dinosaurs.  The program combines the science of paleontology and fossils with stories and a fun activity. It's a must for all dino lovers ages 5 and up.   Please let us know if you will be attending.

We are stating a Reading Buddies Program this summer.  On Mondays from 6:30 until 7:30, children entering 1st grade and up can practice reading to willing listeners— there might be one with four legs.  This will be happening every Monday through August 13. Please sign up so we know how many will be coming. Call the Children's Room for more information or to volunteer.

From 3:00 until 6:00 on Tuesday, July 3, join us for some Family Game time.  Players of all ages will enjoy old favorites or learn to play a new favorite board game. There will be another session on Friday, July 6, from 1:00 to 5:00.  Both programs are open to all families and do not require registration.

The Chess club is meeting on Saturday, July 7 at noon.  Players ages 6 and up of all skill levels are welcome.  We will match you with an appropriate opponent.

The Lego Builders' club meets on Thursday, July 5 at 3:00.   We'll supply a big assortment of Legos; kids of all ages supply the creativity. There is no need to register for this club. Additionally, there will be a drop in discussion on homeschooling. Learn about setting up a schedule while the children are busy with Legos.

On Thursday evening, creative kids will have another chance to shine.  Children ages 6 and up can come at 6:30 on July 5 to make CD sun catchers.  We will supply all the materials, but space is limited. Please register for this program.

To round out the creative week, on Friday, July 6 at 3:30, kids of all ages can learn to make a tote bag out of a t-shirt. It’s a fun, useful and attractive way to recycle old clothing. Please sign up in advance; each participant needs to bring a shirt. At the same time, you can learn about and experience the ancient art of mendhi, painting designs on the skin with henna. 

Adults have a chance to get crafty at a crochet class on Saturday, July 7 at 10:00. Beginners are welcome. When you sign up, you will get a list of supplies needed.

At the end of the month, Patricia Dahl will be leading another fun filled “crafternoon” on Saturday, July 28 at 1:30.  You’ll be making a decorative wine bottle.  Space is limited so registration is required.

For people who are interested in money (and who isn’t?), there will be a Financial Literacy course offered on July 12 at 7:00.  Rodney Jackson, financial coach, entrepreneur and business builder, will cover topics such as how to get out of debt and how to save for retirement or your child’s college education.  He’ll also help you understand insurance and plan for your financial future.  This is an interactive workshop that will include a financial review and analysis. Please register in advance.

Did you know that more than 50 Doo Wop groups come from New Jersey? Whether you remember this great music from the 1950s or are new to its appreciation, you'll enjoy the multimedia presentation by Doo Wop historians Charlie and Pamela Horner on Saturday, July 14 at 2:00.  You'll hear the fascinating stories behind some of the better-known groups, as well as plenty of music and video clips to sing along with.  Sign up now so you don't miss out.

There's a lot more happening in July.  You can look forward to learning yoga and flower arranging. Some of the classes will be chair yoga, an excellent way for senior citizens to begin. You can get more information and register at the front desk.

Already on the schedule for August are another musical program and an "armchair art tour" featuring Georges Seurat. You'll be able to register for all of them when you come in with your summer reading reports.

We’re looking forward to a great summer filled with reading, learning and lots of visits to the library!

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