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Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at the Monroe Township Public Library!

All events are open to the public. Registration required where noted.

"Down by the Riverside" - Live Performance

Meeting Room
Feb 3, 2:00 p.m.

Registration required. Call 732-521-5000 or Click to view event.
Professional actor, Reginald Brown is back by popular demand to perform "Down by the Riverside". This one-man play is based on Richard Wright's short story by the same name.

Java for Juniors

Program Room
Feb 4, 2 pm to 3 pm (1/7, /1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/11, 3/18)

Registration required. Call 732-521-5000 or Click to view event.
Explore Java computer programming in one hour in-library sessions. Learn the basics of computer programming and Java, as well as how to use code in real applications.

No prior computer or programming knowledge is required to attend this program.
Attendees are asked to bring their own laptop computers.
The library has a limited amount of laptops for use during this program, on a first come, first served basis.

Open to ages 9 to 13 years old.
Registration required.


Led by teen volunteers Aarya R. and Shiven P.
Students are expected to attend all twelve sessions

Mother Goose

Program Room
Feb 5, 11:00 a.m.

For ages 18 – 36 months. Enjoy nursery rhymes and songs. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Please take a number at the Youth Services Desk (numbers available 30 minutes prior to program start). Registration is not required. 

Make a Sock Snowman

Children's
Feb 6, 4:30 p.m.

For children ages 5 & up. Make a snowman...out of a sock! This event will run on a first come, first served basis. There will be tickets at the Youth Services Desk beginning 1/2 hour prior to the program's starting time. 

Manga Drawing for Teens

Zoom (virtual)
Feb 7, 6p - 7pm (Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, & 28, 6 pm)

Registration required. Call 732-521-5000 or Click to view event.
Local teenager Nyssa has been teaching drawing classes in the Manga style for over three years.
Join her via zoom every Tuesday in February for a virtual art lesson.

Check out some of her work at  Click to view event

Register  Click to view event for any/all of the classes

Book Bingo

Program Room
Feb 8, 6:00 p.m.

Come play a few rounds of Bingo and win free books!
For children ages 5 & up.
No registration required. 

Virtual Author Talk: Lana Harper

Zoom (virtual)
Feb 9, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a magical evening with New York Times bestselling author Lana Harper as she discusses the enchanting third installment of her immensely popular The Witches of Thistle Grove series, Back in a Spell
Click to view event.

Schools for the Colored

Zoom (virtual)
Feb 10, 2:00 p.m.

Registration required. Call 732-521-5000 or Click to view event.
Join us for a lecture on Zoom with Wendel White, an award-winning photographer and Distinguished Professor of Art and American Studies at Stockton University. Professor White will discuss historical photographs of locations and buildings where schools for the colored stood within southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. These images represent the architecture and geography of America’s educational apartheid as part of the African American experience in education.

This program is part of a series of library events in honor of Black History Month.

Registration with an email is required.
 

Java for Juniors

Program Room
Feb 11, 2 pm to 3 pm (1/7, /1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/11, 3/18)

Registration required. Call 732-521-5000 or Click to view event.
Explore Java computer programming in one hour in-library sessions. Learn the basics of computer programming and Java, as well as how to use code in real applications.

No prior computer or programming knowledge is required to attend this program.
Attendees are asked to bring their own laptop computers.
The library has a limited amount of laptops for use during this program, on a first come, first served basis.

Open to ages 9 to 13 years old.
Registration required.


Led by teen volunteers Aarya R. and Shiven P.
Students are expected to attend all twelve sessions

Make a Paper Circuit Valentine's Day Card

Activity Room
Feb 12, 1:00 pm

Registration required. Call 7325215000 or Click to view event.
Make a paper circuit Valentine’s Day card that lights up an LED light. 
For children ages 9 to 17. Registration required. This is an In the Library program. Call, visit Youth Services, or go online to register beginning Tuesday, January 24th at 9:30 a.m.

Valentine's Day Party

Activity Room
Feb 13, 4:30 p.m.

For children ages 6-9. This event will run on a first come, first served basis. There will be tickets at the Youth Services Desk beginning 1/2 hour prior to the program's starting time.  

Manga Drawing for Teens

Zoom (virtual)
Feb 14, 6p - 7pm (Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, & 28, 6 pm)

Registration required. Call 732-521-5000 or Click to view event.
Local teenager Nyssa has been teaching drawing classes in the Manga style for over three years.
Join her via zoom every Tuesday in February for a virtual art lesson.

Check out some of her work at  Click to view event

Register  Click to view event for any/all of the classes

Chess Club

Program Room
Feb 15, 6:00 p.m.

Open to children ages 8 & up. This is an in person event only. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Please take a number at the Youth Services Desk (numbers available 30 minutes prior to program start). Registration is not required. 

Make Beeswax Sushi Candles

Activity Room
Feb 16, 5:00 pm

Registration required. Call 7325215000 or Click to view event.
Learn to make Beeswax Sushi Candles.
For children ages 9 to 17. Registration required. This is an In the Library program. Call, visit Youth Services, or go online to register beginning Tuesday, January 24th at 9:30 a.m.

York and the American Dream

Meeting Room
Feb 17, 2:00 p.m.

Registration required. Call 732-521-5000 or Click to view event.
This is a live performance by professional actor Marvin Jefferson. Mr. Jefferson portrays York, the enslaved person of William Clark of the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition. York served as an "unofficial" and member of the Corps of Discovery and as instrumental in the expedition's eventual success. Come and hear his story.

Java for Juniors

Program Room
Feb 18, 2 pm to 3 pm (1/7, /1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/11, 3/18)

Registration required. Call 732-521-5000 or Click to view event.
Explore Java computer programming in one hour in-library sessions. Learn the basics of computer programming and Java, as well as how to use code in real applications.

No prior computer or programming knowledge is required to attend this program.
Attendees are asked to bring their own laptop computers.
The library has a limited amount of laptops for use during this program, on a first come, first served basis.

Open to ages 9 to 13 years old.
Registration required.


Led by teen volunteers Aarya R. and Shiven P.
Students are expected to attend all twelve sessions

Family Movie

Program Room
Feb 19, 11:00 a.m.

Join us for popcorn and a movie screening of Disney's Soul
This movie is rated PG (Parental Guidance) and runs for 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Library Closed

All Locations
Feb 20,

Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Program Room
Feb 21, 6:30 p.m. (Tuesdays, January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, September 19,October 17, November 21, December 12)

Device Advice: Session C

Conference Room
Feb 22, 4-4:45 p.m.

Registration required. Call 732-521-5000 or Click to view event.

Need some Tech Help? Register for a one-on-one 45-minute session to get advice about your device. This session can be used to receive assistance with using your phone, tablet, laptop or any mobile technology device.
 
Here are some things with can assist with:
Navigating our website and online resources
How to use an iPad, tablet, kindle, smartphone, laptop or other device
Download books and media on your device
How to access your email account

Any questions, please call 732-521-5000 or email Ray Shirley at Click to view event

Learn to Sew: Drawstring Bag

Conference Room
Feb 23, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Registration required. Call 732-521-5000 or Click to view event.

Learn how to sew a drawstring bag! Class is 2 hours.
Students must take the Meet Your Sewing Machine class or have prior machine sewing knowledge to take this class. Ages 18 and over.
**Students must bring 1 fat quarter of fabric and 1 yard of ribbon to class.**
(A fat quarter measures approximately 18" x 22")
Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, January 3 at 9:30 a.m.

Friday Afternoon Movie

Program Room
Feb 24, 2:30 pm (04/28/2023, 05/26/2023, 06/23/2023, 07/28/2023, 08/25/2023, 09/22/2023, 10/27/2023, 11/17/2023)

2023 is the year of comedies. Join us for some laughs from some of the most popular movies of their time. 

February 24- The Sting- The iconic duo, Paul Newman and Robert Redford, play two grifters looking to pull off the ultimate con!

April 28- Best in Show-  A mockumentary that examines the fierce and ruthless competition between show dogs and their owners

May 26-  A Night at the Opera- The Marx Brothers turn an operatic performance into chaos in their efforts to promote their protégé’s romance with the leading lady.

June 23- The Princess Bride- A grandfather tells the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his one true love.

July 28- Big- After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself in the body of an adult.

August 25- TBD

September 22- TBD

October 27- TBD

November 17- TBD

Kids in the Kitchen

Activity Room
Feb 25, 2:00 p.m.

Registration required. Call 7325215000 or Click to view event.
Join Miss Tara for some cooking in our activity room. This month we will be making heart shaped pizzas!
Ages 5-12.

Book Swap and Snack

Activity Room
Feb 26, 3pm

Registration required. Call 7325215000 or Click to view event.
Are your bookshelves at home getting full? Do you want to share some of your favorite books with others? Join us for a fun book swap and chat about our favorites.  
You bring the books, I'll bring the snacks!

Teens only, 12-19.

AARP Tax Preparation

AARP
Feb 27, 11:15 a.m.

Registration required. Call 732-521-5000 or Click to view event.

Specially trained AARP volunteers will provide free assistance beginning early in February to taxpayers filing their annual income tax returns. Appointments are required. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Each taxpayer will need to pick up a pre-appointment packet, provided by AARP. Packets will be available at the Reference Desk for taxpayers who have already scheduled their tax preparation appointment. All forms in the Packets must be completed BEFORE the scheduled appointment.

This year we will be going back to In Person* Tax Preparation. The taxpayer(s) will bring their tax documents to the Library at their scheduled appointment time. The volunteer will interview the taxpayer(s) and review all of their documents to determine if they are within AARP’s scope before starting the return. The taxpayer(s) will be required to stay with the counselor during tax return preparation and with a second counsellor who will do a Quality Review of the tax return.  You should be prepared to stay for up to three hours. Please note, for joint returns, both spouses must be present during the entire tax return preparation and the Quality Review processes.

Please note: We are sorry, but this year we will not be able to do any out of state Tax Returns (i.e., New York and Pennsylvania). So, if you live in NJ but work in NY or PA or are required to file an out of state return for any reason, you will need to go to a paid preparer.

*Start date, method of preparation and COVID protocols to be followed may be subject to change.*

Hunters of the Sky

Meeting Room
Apr 1, 2:30 pm

Registration required, begins Mar 8. Call 732-521-5000 or Click to view event.
Come meet raptors, learn their characteristics and why they are an important part of the ecosystem.
This program is in cooperation with the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge.
This is a family friendly program. Registration is required.

A Natural History of Thompson Park (Session 1)


Apr 5, 1:00pm

Registration required, begins Mar 7. Click to view event.
Join a Middlesex County Parks Naturalist for a walking tour of Thompson Park to learn about its plants and animals.

*Please dress for the weather and conditions and plan to walk about a mile. Raindate is Wednesday April 12 at the same time. 
Due to space constratints, please register for one session. 

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