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When people discuss the social and economic shifts of recent years, they describe the growth of the “sharing economy.”  If you don’t need a car full-time, you can share ownership and use a Zipcar whenever you need to drive. If you aren’t using your spare bedroom, you can rent it out via AirBnB.  Use of resources is shared, often using the Internet to facilitate.

Libraries are the original shared economy.  You don’t need to own every book on your “To Be Read” list—you can borrow them, return them and get more. (An added benefit:  you don’t need to own more bookshelves.) Do you like to read magazines now and then, or different titles every month? The library has lots of subscriptions to share, and we even offer comfortable chairs to sit in while you’re reading!  You don’t have to buy video games, because you can borrow some and play others through OnePlay, using nothing more than your library card.

The Internet is certainly a big help for the sharing of library materials.  Use our web site to reach OnePlay or to borrow ebooks and audios through elibrarynj.  You can search our catalog to find out what books, movies, and games we have, and you can reserve them at the same time. There is no longer a fee for placing reserves – we are working to correct the website and you will not be charged. 

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In addition to having so many resources to share, the library is the place for learning and having fun at our many and varied programs. This coming week brings two special craft programs for adults. On Thursday, December 14 at 7:00pm, Patricia Dahl will be helping participants complete a wooden snowman. They'll be adding paint, felt and their own holiday flair to a piece of upcycled stockade fencing and take home a cute decoration.  Space is limited, so sign up today.

On Saturday, December 16 at 1:30pm, join us for a fun-filled "Crafternoon." Ms. Dahl will be helping adults make more snowmen, this time using grapevine wreaths. If you have scissors, bring them along to cut out patterns and materials.  Both craft programs are free but registration is required.

The children's room is getting into the holiday spirit with a holiday sing-along featuring everyone's favorite, Mr. Kurt. Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30pm, the program room at the library will be humming with holiday songs, silly songs, and silly holiday songs for the delight of children of all ages. There's no need to sign up in advance – just bring your best singing voice.

There will also be a musical program for older and more otaku (obsessed with manga) patrons. Come to the Anime Club's karaoke party on Friday, December 15, at 3:30pm. Kids ages 9 and up will gather to compete for the crown of Karaoke King or Queen.

If science is your thing, in addition to or instead of music, December 10 at 2:00pm is a Super Science Sunday program.  This week’s focus is geology—in particular, volcanoes.  Join author Geoff Cook as he talks about the research he did for his book. You’ll also make an erupting volcano.   Please register for this free program. 

Learn basics of coding at our Coding Dojo on Wednesday, December 13, 3:30 pm.  Students ages 10 and up will bring their own laptops and complete some simple coding projects.  Space is limited, so please sign up to reserve a seat and to learn more.

We are adding a second English conversation group to the schedule.  It meets every Tuesday at 1:00 pm.  Like the Monday morning group, all levels of English learners are welcome to come on either day or to both.  Please sign up at the front desk. 

Pizza and Pages, a book club for young adults in grades 7 and up, meets Thursday, December 21 at 7:00pm.  There will be pizza to enjoy as you discuss Enchanted by Alethea Kontis.  Ask for a copy of the book at the references desk.

There’s more going on at the library than can fit into one column.  There wasn’t space to mention Spanish/English storytime, or table top gaming, or the movies and programs occurring every day during the school vacation.  Check out the calendar online or in person.

We hope to see you at the library as you take part in its sharing economy.



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