UNION, NJ -  Union Public Library (UPL) has many exciting events planned for adults in February at both the Main Library (MN) and Vauxhall Branch (VH) that there’s sure to be something for everyone. All programs are free and open to the public. Check us out!

Keep This, Toss That: Book Signing and Talk 

Jamie Novak, a professional home organizer with over 20 years of experience and author of the bestseller Keep This, Toss That, will be signing copies of her newly updated and expanded book and speak about how to organize and declutter your home for a fresh start in the New Year.  A signed copy will also be raffled off. Reservations required, please call 908-851-5450 x3.

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Sat., 2/1/20, 2-3:00pm, MN 

Connect Explore Discover: Learning Express

Learn how to access online tutorials for elementary through adult students on everything from math to the path to citizenship, GED to college prep exams, career resources, computer and Internet basics, popular software tutorials, and specific career information. Please bring your mobile device and Union Public Library card. No reservation required. Presented by UPL Staff.

Mon., 2/03/20, 1:30-2:30pm, VH

LinkedIn to Success

Learn about what makes a great LinkedIn profile and how to customize it to find your next job, generate leads, connect with important influencers online and much more. Led by Life and Career Coach, Melissa Carvalho. Reservations required, please call 908-851-5451.

Mon., 2/3/20, 6:30-7:30 pm, VH 

Tues. Movie @2 (Adults)

Watch a movie with friends. Please call 908-851-5450 x3 for movie title. No reservations required.

Tues., 2/4/20, 2-4:00pm, MN

Chair Exercise Class

Get nimble with our wonderful instructor, Natalia Belyakova, a former professional dancer who has performed all over the world. No experience is necessary, no reservations required.

Wed., 2/5/20, 11:15am-12:15pm, MN 

Keyboard & Mouse Basics 

This hands-on class will cover tips and tricks for beginners learning the basics of the keyboard and mouse. Limited to 8 participants. Reservations required, please call 908-851-5450 x3. Computers provided. Presented by UPL Staff.

Thursday, 2/6/20, 11am-12pm VH 

Friends of Union Public Library Meeting

Come learn what the Library is all about and take part in making it even better.

Thurs., 2/6/20, ⋅7:00-8:30pm, MN

Meditation

Instructor Bindu Bhatt has practiced meditation for over 3 decades and looks forward to sharing her insights with you. No experience necessary, no reservations required.

Thurs., 2/6/20, 11:30am-12:30pm, MN

Musicals for Lovers (Movie Musicals Lecture #2)

In this second installment of a series of lectures about the History of Movie Musicals, sponsored by the Friends of the Union Public Library and BCB Bank, scholars Sam and Candy Caponegro will speak about romantic musicals. Fall in love with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers, Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald, and Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. Reservations required, please call 908-851-5450 x3. 

Sat, 2/8/20, 2-3:00pm, MN 

Romantic Envelope Craft for Adults 

Learn to make decorative envelopes out of doilies and wrapping paper for Valentine’s Day!  These envelopes are a great way to hold a gift certificate, a cookie, or a letter for your loved one. Presented by Leda Young, UPL Staff Member. Space is limited to 10 participants. Reservations required, please call 908-851-5450 x3.

Mon., 2/10/20, 6:30-7:30pm, MN 

Tues. Movie @2 (Adults)

Watch a movie with friends. Please call 908-851-5450 x3 for movie title. No reservations required.

Tues., 2/11/20, 2-4:00pm, MN

Shoprite: Heart Healthy for Valentine’s Day 

Join Shoprite Retail Dietitian Kelsey Pezzuti for tips on foods that are heart healthy. Reservations required, please call 908-851-5450 x3.

Tues., 2/11/20, 4:30pm-5:30pm, MN 

Black History, Oral History, and Your Family's Story 

Oral histories are crucial to African-American history because so much history has been erased. Dr. Katie Singer from Rutgers University-Newark will provide a brief introduction and offer examples from local oral history collections. She will then lead a short workshop for participants interested in recording their own family's oral histories. Reservations required, please call 908-851-5451.

Wed., 2/12/20, 6-7:30pm, VH

Microsoft Windows Basics 

This class is intended for individuals who are new to computing or want to brush up on their basic skills. Participants will be introduced to basic computer terminology and given a general introduction on the basics of Windows operating system. Limited to 8 participants. Reservations required, call 908-851-5450 x3. Computers provided. Presented by UPL Staff.

Thur., 2/13/20, 11:00am-12:00pm VH 

Meditation

Instructor Bindu Bhatt has practiced meditation for over 3 decades and looks forward to sharing her insights with you. No experience necessary, no reservations required.

Thurs., 2/13/20, 11:30am-12:30pm, MN

Writer’s Support Group 

Are you looking for feedback on the book you’re working on, trying to overcome writer’s block, or determine your personal writing style?  Join our group of writers whose mission is to encourage, support and promote authorship. No reservations required.

Thurs., 2/13/20, 7-8:00pm, MN

Sew It! @ The Library: Boxy Market Pocket Tote 

Learn how to sew in this fun three-hour workshop and make a tote bag to bring home! All supplies provided and no experience necessary. Presented by Ellen Brown. Limited to 10 participants, reservations required, please call 908-851-5450 x3.

Sat, 2/15/20, 10:00am-1:00pm, MN

Beating the Winter Blues 

Don’t let the season get you down! Between the darkness and the cold many people find it hard to feel fully themselves in the winter.  Learn how to feel more energized, happier and healthier and, if necessary, where to go for extra help. Reservation required, call 908-851-5450 ext.3. Presented by Mental Health Association of New Jersey

Sat., 2/15/20, 3pm-4pm, MN.

Tues. Movie @2 (Adults)

Watch a movie with friends. Please call 908-851-5450 x3 for movie title. No reservations required.

Tues., 2/18/20, 2-4:00pm, MN

Chair Exercise Class

Get nimble with our wonderful instructor, Natalia Belyakova, a former professional dancer who has performed all over the world. No experience is necessary, no reservations required.

Wed, 2/19/20, 11:15am-12:15pm, MN 

Internet Basics 

If you are new to the web or are looking to improve your Internet skills, this class has you covered! Become Internet savvy on how to browse smartly. Limited to 8 participants. Reservations required, please call 908-851-5450 x3. Computers provided. Presented by UPL Staff.

Thurs., 2/20/20, 11:00am-12:00pm, VH

Meditation

Instructor Bindu Bhatt has practiced meditation for over 3 decades and looks forward to sharing her insights with you. No experience necessary, no reservations required.

Thurs., 2/20/20, 11:30am-12:30pm, MN

Estate & Asset Planning 

Learn strategies and tools to protect your savings and remain in control of your assets. This presentation will cover estate planning, trusts & estates, long term care, special needs, wills and probate, asset preservations, and adult guardianship.  Reservations required, please call 908-851-5450 x3.

Presented by Milvidskiy Law Firm.

Thur., 2/20/20, 4-5:00pm, MN

Off the Shelf Book Discussion

February’s pick is The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson. New members are always welcome. Books are available at the Main Library. 

Thurs, 2/20/20, 7:00-8:30pm, MN 

Heart Health Fair 

Come to the heart health fair! Learn about cardiovascular disease in women from leading cardiologist, Rachana Kulkarni, MD. and enjoy multiple tables with information about heart disease, healthy cooking and other heart healthy-related exhibits. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations preferred. Please call 908-851-5450 x3. Presented by The Links Raritan Valley (NJ) Chapter and Dress for Success – Morris County. 

Sat., 2/22/20, 10:00-11:30am., MN

Newark Swings: History of Jazz in New Jersey 

Learn about New Jersey’s rich jazz scene over the years with Barbara Kulka, a local author who has written three books on the history of jazz in Newark. Live music by Carrie Jackson brings this rich history to life including the music of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and other popular singers. Reservations required, please call 908-851-5450 x3.

Sat, 2/22/20, 2-4:00pm, MN

Connect Explore Discover

Learn how to access UPL’s digital resources! Please bring your mobile device and Union Public Library card. No reservation required.

Mon., 2/24/20, 1:30 pm, VH

Hilton Readers Book Discussion 

New members are always welcome. February’s pick is Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Books are available at the Vauxhall Branch. Reservations required, call 908-851-5451.

Mon, 2/24/20, 6-8:00 pm, VH

Gain The Competitive Edge to Start or Grow Your Business 

Starting or growing a business? Gain the competitive edge with business and marketing research.  Learn how to use ReferenceUSA, a free digital database for UPL patrons. Reservations required.  Please call 908-851-5450 x3. Presented by Bill Logue, ReferenceUSA.

Tues., 2/25/20, 10:30-11:30am, MN 

Union County Aging Service Kiosk 

Union County’s mobile Aging Service Kiosk (ASK) provides residents, their families and caregivers with a convenient, friendly way to find out about services for the aging. Staffed by professionals with the Union County Department of Human Services Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection. No reservations required.

Tues., 2/25/20, 11:30am-1:30pm, MN

Tues. Movie @2 (Adults)

Watch a movie with friends. Please call 908-851-5450 x3 for movie title. No reservations required.

Tues., 2/25/20, 2-4:00pm, MN

Create a Vision Board: Manifesting Your Dreams/Goals 

Create a vision board to identify your clear attainable short term and long term goals regarding wealth, career, relationships, travel and health. Reservations required, please call 908-851-5451.

Wed., 2/26/20, 6-8:00 pm, VH

Email Basics 

Learn the essentials of email, including proper email etiquette. Limited to 8 participants. Reservations required, call 908-851-5450 x3. Computers provided. Presented by UPL Staff.

Thursday, 2/27/20, 11:00am-12:00pm, VH 

Meditation

Instructor Bindu Bhatt has practiced meditation for over 3 decades and looks forward to sharing her insights with you. No experience necessary, no reservations required.

Thurs., 2/27/20, 11:30am-12:30pm, MN

Thursdays@2 Movies 

Watch a movie with friends. Please call 908-851-5450 x3 for movie title.       

No reservations required.

Thurs., 2/27/20, 2-4:00pm, MN  

Millennial Book Club 

This new book club is for millennials or anyone who feels like a millennial at heart! At the first meeting, we will select a book to discuss at next one. Reservations required, please call 908-851-5450 x3.
Thurs., 2/27/20, 7:30-8:45pm, MN

The Color Line on the Baseball Diamond 

America’s favorite pastime was not always integrated. This multifaceted presentation about black baseball in America and New Jersey includes a robust conversation with veteran Negro Leaguer Jim Robinson, a reading of the iconic baseball poem “KC at the Bat”, selections from the documentary “Before You Can Say Jackie Robinson and more.  Presented by Lawrence Hogan, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of History at Union County College and funded by New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Reservations required, please call 908-851-5450 x3.

Sat., 2/29/20, 2-3:00pm, MN 

Union Public Library is located at 1980 Morris Avenue, with a Vauxhall Branch located at 123 Hilton Avenue, Vauxhall.  For more information, contact the Main Library at (908) 851-5450 or visit their website at www.uplnj.org.