An Introduction to Basic Genealogy Research-Saturday, Oct. 1, 2:00PM-3:30PM
Genealogy is one of the three most popular hobbies in America year after year. More and more people are setting off on a journey to trace their roots and discover the lives of their ancestors. Why not join them and be the family history detective in your clan? Join genealogist and author Maureen Wlodarczyk for her program and learn about using Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, online newspaper archives, military research sources, and doing DNA testing to aid in your search on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 2:00-3:30pm at the Sayreville Library. Helpful handouts will be provided to attendees. Who do you think you are? For more information or to register, contact Alaina at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online now!
Genealogy: It’s Not a Tree or a Chart – It’s a Story!-Saturday, Oct. 8, 2:00PM-3:30PM
A family tree chart is only the first step in learning the story of your ancestors. Join genealogist and author Maureen Wlodarczyk to learn how to breathe life and dimension into your family tree to tell a story of the real daily lives and experiences of your ancestors - the places they lived, the neighborhoods and churches so integral to their lives, their jobs, economic conditions, social environments, military service and more. Context is everything in truly knowing the people who came before you and made your life possible! For more information or to register, contact Alaina at email@example.com or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online now!
Thursdays, from Oct. 13 to Nov. 17, 10:00AM-12:30PM
Are you a person with Medicare living with diabetes or know someone who is? The Sayreville Public Library has partnered with Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network and will be offering free six-week diabetes self-management workshops as part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program. The free evidence-based workshops developed at Stanford University are highly interactive and cover a variety of topics including preventing complications, problem solving, the importance of healthy eating and portion control, exercise, medication management, communicating with healthcare providers, dealing with stress and depression, and much more. The workshops will be taking place at the Sayreville Library on Thursdays from Oct. 13, 2016 to Nov. 17, 2016, from 10:00am-12:30pm. All attendees must register by the second workshop session. Each participant (one per household) will receive a complimentary book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions at workshop session two. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online now!
A Beginner’s Guide to Google, Google Products & Android-Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Let tech expert Hank Lock walk you through Google and Android in this special class! Many people are familiar with Google as a way to search for information easily and quickly, but did you know that Google has over 100 products that can make your life easier? Come explore and learn about some of the more popular tools in this new class. Also develop an understanding of the Android operating system on many tablets and phones! It's maintained by Google, and comes in a few different versions. You can download apps, play games, send email, browse the Internet, listen to music, read books, and more all on your Android device! For more information or to register, contact Alaina at email@example.com or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online now!
Pinterest for Beginners & Beyond!-Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Social media expert Deborah Bailey will be at the Sayreville Public Library to offer a beginners' crash course on all things Pinterest! This will be a live, hands-on demonstration to cover everything from starting your own account, "pinning" to boards, sharing pins with friends and family, and how Pinterest can be used in both your personal and professional lives. Perfect for newbies who may have started an account, but don't know what to do next! Come with your questions and get ready to learn all things Pinterest-related! For more information or to register, contact Alaina at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online now!
Safe Computing Practices-Monday, Oct. 17, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Find out how to protect your computer from malicious software, use safe practices when using email, keep your computer up-to-date with the latest security and software updates, and many other tips to ensure you are being safe online! We will talk about ransomeware, best practices to not get infected, keeping important files backed up, and more! Let tech gadget guru, Hank Loch, walk you through all of this in this new class! For more information or to register, contact Alaina at email@example.com or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online now!
For more class offerings, see below!
Saturday, Oct. 15, 1:00PM-3:30PM & Sunday, Oct. 16, 1:00PM-3:30PM
Books! Movies! Music! Audiobooks! All are sold during these great sale events for excellent prices! For more information, please call (732) 727-0192. Proceeds from sales are given to the Sayreville Public Library to fund the children’s summer reading program & to fund purchases not covered within the annual budget. Your donations and purchases help aid us in our quest to provide the citizens of Sayreville with outstanding public service.
Item and Price List:
Fiction Hardcovers, Non-Fiction - $1 each
Fiction Paperbacks - $.50 each
A full bag of books - $10 (bag provided by the Friends of the Library)
A full box of books - $15 (box provided by the Friends of the Library)
Multimedia will be sold individually at $1-2 per item
NEW! Not for Profit and Teacher Appreciation on Sunday, & October 16 at 3:00PM. Books and Media FREE of charge (NFP and Teachers must provide ID).
Applying for Financial Aid for College-Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Without financial aid, the cost of attending college would be beyond the reach of most families. Trying to understand the terminology, the types of aid available, and how to get through the process of applying for financial aid can be daunting. High school juniors and seniors and their parents should attend this seminar to hear an experienced professional clarify the process so they can obtain the aid they need to attend college. Join Barbara Wichinsky, M.Ed., former Director of Guidance and Independent Consultant. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or register online now!
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6:00PM-8:00PM
We all know the job market is tough. Give your best first impression to potential employers by making your résumé shine. Dr. Colleen Georges will spend one-on-one time with attendees, giving each résumé an honest critique with suggestions for improvement. View a video of Dr. Georges to learn more about her! You will be assigned a 15-minute time slot. Time slots are assigned on a first come, first served basis. You need only bring a copy of your résumé and a pen. NOTE: You MUST contact us back by 12PM the day of the event when we call to confirm if you are still attending class. If you do not, your spot will automatically be given away! To register, contact a librarian at 732-727-0212 ex. 12.
Monday, Oct. 24, 7:00PM-8:00PM
Meditation has been scientifically proven to activate the relaxation response, thus improving a vast array of health conditions. Meditation can relieve anxiety, depression, asthma, fatigue, hypertension, infertility, insomnia, backaches, headaches, abdominal pain, and muscle and joint pain. The list goes on and on! In this introductory class, Denise Morgan, certified personal trainer and yoga instructor, will start the meditation process with breathing exercises and then progress into two, 20-minute meditations. One meditation will be for relaxation, and the other will be for healing. Join us on Monday, Oct. 24 from 7:00pm-8:00pm at the Sayreville Library. Must be 18 or older. For more information or to register, call 732-727-0212 ext. 12 or register online now!
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Tired of wasting money on rent? Maybe you should consider buying your first home! Homeownership has many advantages, but buying your first home requires planning and saving. To help you plan and save accordingly, you’re invited to a First-time Homebuyers Information Session presented by Paul Pernicone of AnnieMac Home Mortgage and Marie Alfano of Remax Central. To register, either register online here or call Paul Pernicone of AnnieMac Home Mortgage at 908-596-1773. You may also register online now!
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2:00PM-3:00PM
Learn how American Presidents entertained at State dinners and how they entertained personal friends and their family. Did you know that George Washington loved honey and Martha had a great fondness for cake? A favorite beverage of Garfield was tea. He even had his own recipe for tea that contained catnip! Come learn about other past presidential families and their favorite fare on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 2:00pm-3:00pm at the Sayreville Library. Light refreshments will be served. Adults only, please. For more information or to register, call 732-727-0212 ext. 12 or register online now!
Dates All Throughout the Year! Join us for our monthly movie matinees to enjoy popular movie hits on our new 84 x 84 screen and fresh popcorn from our popcorn machine! Watch a movie and meet fellow movie enthusiasts! These matinees are for adults only. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for making the Movie Matinees of 2016 possible! For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25 or 12, email her at email@example.com, or register below!
Me Before You on Friday, Oct. 28, 1:00PM-3:00PM
Synopsis: Louisa 'Lou' Clark lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year old goes from one job to the next in order to make ends meet. Taking a job at the local 'castle' she becomes caregiver and companion to Will Traynor, a wealthy young banker who became wheelchair bound in an accident. Embarking together on a series of adventures, both Lou and Will get more than they bargained for. Adults only, please. Rated PG-13. 110 minutes. Register now!
The 2nd Thursday of Every Month, 6:30PM-8:00PM. Next Meeting: Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6:30PM!
Looking to share your passion for knitting and crocheting & meet a few new crafting buddies? Enjoy this opportunity to pick up a few new tips from fellow craft addicts at this low-key club for folks who know the basics, but want to take their addiction to a whole new level! Bring your supplies and your current craft project and let the fun begin! This group is open to all residents, but adults only please. No registration required. We hope to see you there! For more information, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. View Full Schedule!
The 1st & 3rd Friday of Every Month, 1:30PM-3:30PM. Next Meetings: Friday, Oct. 7 & 21 at 1:30PM!
Join current club members at the library to play a few rounds of Scrabble. The group is very informal and simply enjoys playing for fun! The library has a Scrabble Board, but you may bring your own also. No need to sign up in advance, just show up and make new friends! If you have any questions, email Alaina at email@example.com or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. View Full Schedule!
The 3rd Thursday of Every Month, 2:00PM-4:00PM. Next Meeting: Thursday, Oct. 20 at 2:00PM!
Gather once a month to meet with other writers to bounce ideas off of one another or clear that infamous writer's block! Special guest professional writers will join the group from time to time to give advice and talk about their experiences as writers. Adults only, please. For more information, contact Alaina at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. No registration required. View Full Schedule!
Next Meeting: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10:30AM-12:00PM.
Feeling down or discouraged? Want to increase your positivity? You need...The Contagious Optimism Wellness Group! Dr. Colleen Georges, a co-author of the Bestselling book, Contagious Optimism by David Mezzapelle, will be facilitating this new monthly wellness group designed to help grow your optimism and your overall happiness. "Positive Forward Thinking" is the ability to find the silver lining in every cloud no matter how difficult yesterday or today may be. Nowadays, many people have lost confidence in themselves and the world around them due to personal hardship along with economic and political uncertainty worldwide. However, each of us possesses personal strengths and wisdom that we can draw from in order to experience our world with increased hope, kindness, and gratitude. Through the sharing of excerpts from Contagious Optimism along with group members' personal stories, plus simple yet impactful positive psychology exercises, Dr. Georges will lead group members in boosting positivity and perseverance. If you have any questions or would like to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ext. 25 or email her at email@example.com. You can also register online now! Adults only, please. To read more about Dr. Georges, click here.
About the Group: This ESL Group will help individuals 18 years or older speak, read, and write English with more confidence and ease! People attending this group should already have a basic understanding of the English language. This group is NOT for people who have little to no understanding of English.
Dates: Tuesdays, 9/20/16-12/20/16 from 6:00PM-8:00PM (dates subject to change).
How to Register: Interested ESL learners need to attend a registration date to register with the organization Literacy New Jersey, be tested by them, and then be placed into a class/group that is appropriate for their learning level. The tutors of this group have been instructed to not allow walk-ins since everyone now needs to register and get assessed before they can enter the program.
The Next Registration Date Is: Please contact the Literacy NJ office to see what dates are available at other facilities OR pick up an Interest Form at the library that should be filled out and given to a librarian who will then send it to the Literacy NJ office.
Contact Information: If you have a question OR want to see what other registration dates are available at other facilities, call the office at 732-906-5456 or (800)848-0048 or email Melissa Bernstein at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also visit their site here.
Print from your own device or computer while in the library or even outside of the library! Depending on your device, there are a few different ways to take advantage of this new service. See the Detailed Instructions here for more information or talk to a librarian!
The Library offers basic level computer courses all year to help everyone embrace technology--not run from it! Do you have a family member or friend who needs to learn how to use a computer? Maybe you yourself could benefit from a beginners course? Let the library help! The Sayreville Public Library offers FREE basic computer instruction many months out of the year. Our regular computer classes will return in September! We have also added some new social media classes starting in August. See dates below! Please use the online classes all year-round here!
A Beginner's Guide to Google, Google Products & Android-Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6:00PM-8:00PM Regsiter now!
Microsoft Powerpoint for Beginners-Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6:00PM-8:00PM
NEW! Pinterest for Beginners & Beyond!-Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6:30PM-8:00PM Register now!
Safe Computing Practices-Mon., Oct. 17, 6:00PM-8:00PM Register now!
Microsoft Outlook for Beginners-Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Microsoft Excel for Beginners-Mon., Oct. 31, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Microsoft Word for Beginners-Tuesday, Nov. 8, 6:00PM-8:00PM
NEW! Instagram for Beginners & Beyond!-TBA!
NEW! Twitter for Beginners & Beyond!-TBA!
NEW! LinkedIn for Beginners & Beyond!-TBA!
A Beginner's Guide to Windows 10-TBA!
NEW! Facebook for Beginners & Beyond!-TBA!
How to Access & Organize Your Digital Photos-TBA!
Understanding Your Apple Tablet or Phone-TBA!
Computer Basics & Using the Internet-TBA!
Selling Your Stuff on Amazon & eBay-TBA!
Mouse for Beginners-Discontinued due to funding. Call 732-727-0212 ex. 21 for a one-on-one session with a librarian.
Email for Beginners-Discontinued due to funding. Call 732-727-0212 ex. 21 for a one-on-one session with a librarian.
Microsoft Word for Intermediate Users-Discontinued due to funding. Try our online classes here instead!
Registration Policies & Class Prerequisites: First preference goes to Sayreville patrons who have not taken these classes before. You must know how to use the mouse and keyboard to take all of the above classes except for the one-on-one Mouse for Beginners. Adults only, please. To register for any of the classes where there is not an option to register now, contact Alaina at email@example.com, or call her at 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You must contact and speak with Alaina to register for most of the computer classes.
Understanding Your Commitment: While these classes are free to you, it costs the library money to offer them. When you register for a class, please take your commitment seriously and notify Alaina as soon as you can if you can no longer attend. Once registered, Alaina will contact you a few days before class to re-confirm that you still plan on attending. If Alaina requires that you call her back to re-confirm, you MUST contact Alaina back by 12PM the day of class to hold onto your spot. If you do not confirm with her by then, your spot be given to someone on the wait list.
The App Is Called Boopsie--It's Fun to Use and Fun to Say!
The Sayreville Library has recently launched a mobile app to put the library at your fingertips. From any mobile phone connected to the Internet you can instantly tap into library resources, anytime, anywhere. You can search the library catalog, check your account, ask a question, find events and more. The app even offers a feature called BookLook that allows scan an ISBN barcode anywhere you are to see if the library owns the title. If you're at a bookstore you can just scan the ISBN, see if we own it and if we do place a hold on it right from your phone. To access the library's mobile app, search "Boopsie for Libraries" in your device's marketplace and download the app. Once the app is installed, open it and search "Libraries of Middlesex." The Sayreville Library will be within the LMxPRESS group of libraries.