The library will be closed on Sunday, January 20 and Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Come in any day we are open to find movies and books about Dr. King, his work, and the history of the civil rights movement in the United States.

All the usual story times will be meeting the rest of the week: stories and a craft for children ages 3 to 6 at 10:30 am on Tuesday and 6:30 pm on Wednesday; Time for 2s and 3s at 10:30 am Wednesday and Thursday. Babytime is for toddlers and infants 2 and younger. There are 2 sessions on Friday, at 10:15 am or 11:15 am. There is also a Babytime session on Saturday at 10:30 am. Stay until 12:30 on Tuesday or Thursday to play with our games and puzzles.

There are two bilingual story times for young language learners this week. Thursday brings Italian stories at 3:30 pm. Chinese-English story time is at 1:30 pm on Saturday for ages 5 to 7. Registration is never required for story times.

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This Wednesday, January 23, at 7:45 pm there will be a meditation class for children ages 7 to 12. Join Ms. Aimee as she teaches practical methods to handle challenging situations. Children will improve their focus and attention, as well as learning to self-regulate emotions and reduce stress.

The LEGO club will meet on Thursday, January 24, at 3:30 pm. Builders of all ages should bring their creativity; we’ll supply the bricks.

Adult English Language Learners are invited to join the ESL conversation groups.  One meets Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 pm and the other on Mondays (except when the library is closed) from 10:30 am until 12:30. All levels are welcome at these relaxed groups.

If you would like to volunteer to help English learners, please contact Eve Pasternak at the library. It’s both rewarding and fun!

The Friends of the Library have their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, January 24 at 7:00 pm. This very important group assists the library by staging the annual book and bake sale, candy bar sales, and other fundraising efforts. Their generous support enables our Museum Pass Program and other important projects.  New members are always welcome.

The library becomes a makerspace this week with two creative programs. The tween craft program on Friday, January 25 at 3:00 pm to make glow-in-the-dark SLIME! Kids 10 and up must register to take part in the ooey, gooey fun.

Adults and teens age 14 and older are invited to join the crochet class on Saturday, January 26 at 10:00 am. Make something beautiful and functional out of simple, easy-to-learn stitches. When you register, you will learn what materials to bring.

Have you ever said to yourself, ''One of these days I'm going to stop and read that'' as you drove by a historic marker? Ken Magos doesn't just stop and read those signs, he delves deeper into these stories with the help of local experts & historians, uncovering rare details about these unique locations, individuals, and events. He then presents his findings on the NJTV program Drive By History. He’ll be at the library on Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 pm to screen some segments from the third season and talk about New Jersey history with guest host Richard Veit. Please sign up in advance for what promises to be a fascinating program.

There will be more to read about next week, because February is also packed with special events.  We want you to come to the library again, and again, and again ….