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Applying for Financial Aid for College

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2:00PM-4:00PM
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 as she walks you through the steps of this process. Register with Alaina at the Sayreville Library by calling 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Love Letters: Looking Back on Some of the Greatest Notes of Love History Has to Offer

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2:00PM-3:30PM
letters Valentine’s Day may have been the beginning of writing touching love notes for posterity, but as with anything, some of the most precious love notes have been lost to history. However, there are many beautiful and heartfelt love letters that have survived. In an era when time was plentiful, the choice of words was treasured, and pen and paper were precious. These love letters contain touching stories of deep love, hidden and forbidden love, and the roots of power. Whether you have lived enough to remember writing love notes or you only know how to use a keyboard, come experience a nostalgic time via love letters and written marriage proposals from Abigail Adams to letters of powerful men who revealed their lust for power to their paramours. Included is a highlight of a “Not Tonight” letter to Napolean from Josephine. To register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org, call 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or register online now!

About the Presenter: This program is presented by Terry Antoniewicz, a calligrapher and historian of written documents. She has given programs on all aspects of writing through the ages as well as the history of handwriting across North America. You may find a touching word or two for your own Valentine love letter.

Inspirational African-American Inventors

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 6:30PM-7:30PM
inventors From the inventor of the traffic light to the Real McCoy, African-Americans have made important contributions to the lifestyle we have today. Come learn about these amazing inventors and their inventions in this informative presentation by Rochelle Christopher. About the Speaker: Rochelle Christopher, owner of Victorian Vanities, is a dynamic, energetic, independent historian and speaker. Specializing in 19th and 20th century history, Ms. Christopher and her staff have created a program that will be more memorable and fascinating. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Need Affordable Health Insurance? Get Answers!

Tuesday, Feb. 10 & Thursday, Feb. 12, 4:00PM-8:00PM
Join us for this two-day opportunity to learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace. Sponsored by the Family Resource Network. Do You Need Affordable Health Insurance? You can get free in-person help with a trained professional. Between November 15, 2014 and February 15, 2015 you can apply for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, which allows you to compare plans and apply online. If you would like further assistance with discovering what options maybe available to you during Open Enrollment, FRN has trained navigators to answer your questions and assist you in applying. Navigators can also help you with exemptions to the marketplace, appeals and NJ Family Care Applications (Medicaid). A representative will be available on Tuesday, February 10 from 4PM-8PM in the Library's Lobby and on Thursday, February 12 from 4PM-8PM in the Library's Meeting Room to assist you! No registration required. What To Bring To Your Appointment:Social Security number (SSN), Document number (if you’re an eligible immigrant who wants health coverage), Birth date, Paystubs, W-2 forms, or other info, about your income, Employer’s phone number, Policy/member numbers for any current health coverage. Learn More! HealthCare.gov OR 1-800-318-2596.

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Classic Country & Rock Love Songs: A Concert by Nina Et Cetera

Friday, Feb. 13, 2:00PM-3:00PM
Join the duo Nina Et cetera for this Valentine's Day Concert featuring songs of lust, mischief, murder, mayhem, love faithful, faithless, eternal, or fleeting! You will recognize hits by Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Elvis, Ray Charles and lots of others. The instrumentation includes Nina on vocals, guitar, harmonica, as well as Tim on bass and percussion. The program includes a sprinkling of anecdotes which highlight the diversity and rich history of American Music! To register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org, call 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or register online now!

New Computer Classes

A Beginner’s Guide to Google & Google Products-Wednesday, Feb 18, 6:00PM-8:00PM
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. Contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

A Beginner’s Guide to Windows 8 *NEW DATE AVAILABLE*-This Event Scheduled for Monday, Jan. 26 Postponed Due to Weather Is Now Scheduled for Thursday, Feb 26, 6:00PM-8:00PM!
For everyone who still remains befuddled by Windows 8, come down and even bring your device if you are able to so that you can walk away with a better understanding of this system. Previously registered students were re-registered. For more info, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Motivational & Inspirational Workshops for 2015

Meditation for the Busy Lifestyle-This Event Scheduled for Monday, Jan. 26 Postponed Due to the Weather Is Now Scheduled for Monday, Feb. 2 from 7:15PM-8:30PM! *FULL WITH NO WAITLIST!
Meditation has been scientifically proven to activate the relaxation response, and as a result, almost every health condition improves. 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, you will learn how to calm your mind and body through simple meditation and breathing techniques. Even the busiest of lifestyles can fit these simple techniques into their daily routines! Start reaping the benefits of meditation today! Important Information: Attendees should bring a mat or towel and water. Chairs will be provided for those who cannot get down on the floor. A medical waiver must be signed at the beginning of class. About the Instructor: Denise Morgan is a Professional Yoga Instructor, Shaman, Lightworker, Medium, Certified Personal Trainer, and Exercise Instructor.

Discovering Your Soul’s Purpose-Tuesday, Feb. 10, 6:30PM-8:00PM
goals Every Soul has a purpose - a unique path and a divine contribution to make to the world. When you discover your Soul's purpose, your heart sings and you feel as though you have finally "come to life." This program will explore ways to remove self-imposed barriers, clarify your Soul's purpose, and put it into powerful words. Michele Granberg leads you through a 5 step process that helps you allow your true path to unfold. Please bring a journal or notebook. About the Presenter: Michele Granberg is a life coach, healer and workshop facilitator for over 14 years. Visit www.MicheleGranberg.com for more about her. Contact Alaina by phone at 732-727-0212 ex. 25 or email alainad@lmxac.org to register, or register online now!

Strength Training for Beginners-Wednesday, Feb. 18, 12:30PM-1:30PM
Start your fitness routine off on the right foot, and learn the basics of strength training to ensure a strong foundation. This strength training class is a great place to start if you are new to working out because it covers all the essential moves, leaving no muscle untouched. In this introductory class, you will learn simple strength training techniques that you will be comfortable working into your daily routine. Important Information: Please note that attendees should bring two water bottles to use as weights during the class and a mat. A medical waiver must be signed at the beginning of class. About the Instructor: Denise Morgan is a Professional Yoga Instructor, Shaman, Lightworker, Medium, Certified Personal Trainer, and Exercise Instructor. Limited availability so register early! Must be 18 or older. For more info, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Yoga for the Busy Lifestyle-Monday, Feb. 23, 7:15PM-8:30PM
Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years with close to 11 million Americans enjoying its health benefits. It has been linked to improved posture, stress reduction, increased strength and flexibility, and even improved concentration and focusing ability! In this introductory class, you will learn how to calm your mind and body through simple yoga techniques. Even the busiest of lifestyles can fit these simple techniques into their daily routines! Start reaping the benefits of yoga today! Important Information: Attendees should bring a mat or towel and water. Chairs will be provided for those who cannot get down on the floor. A medical waiver must be signed at the beginning of class. About the Instructor: Denise Morgan is a Professional Yoga Instructor, Shaman, Lightworker, Medium, Certified Personal Trainer, and Exercise Instructor. Limited availability so register early! Must be 18 or older. For more info, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Tax Season Events & Information
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Maximize Your Tax Refund!-Tuesday, Feb. 17, 6:30PM-8:00PM
ouldn't you like to maximize your tax refund? Glenn Bartram of Accredited Tax and Financial Services LLC will walk you through the process of filing the federal tax refund. Even if you think you know what you are doing, you may be missing new deductions that could save you money. Please note: This is a group presentation. Glenn will not give individuals one-on-one assistance. To register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org, call 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or register online now!

The Impact of the Affordable Health Care Act on Your 2014 Taxes-Tuesday, Feb. 24, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Join Glenn Bartram of Accredited Tax and Financial Services, LLC of East Brunswick, NJ to learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act for individuals, families, and small businesses as it relates to the bottom dollar impact on taxes. Questions on deductions, and taxes, faced by individuals, and small employers will be answered. To register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org, call 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or register online now!

Tax Forms
The library has limited federal tax forms. Due do the budget cuts resulting from Congressional Legislation, the IRS will not be supplying instructional booklets this year. Contact the IRS directly via phone, go to an office, or download them from their site here. The State continues to not supply forms or instructions to us as well due to budget cuts. Contact the State directly via phone, go to an office, or download them from their site here.

Movie Matinees

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. prideprejudice Thank you to the Friends of the Library for making the Movie Matinees of 2015 possible! For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25 or 12, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register below!

Pride & Prejudice on Friday, Feb. 27, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Synopsis:The story is based on Jane Austen's novel about five sisters - Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia Bennet - in Georgian England. Their lives are turned upside down when a wealthy young man (Mr. Bingley) and his best friend (Mr. Darcy) arrive in their neighborhood. Rated PG. 129 minutes. **For this movie matinee, delicious sweets of the era will be served and a prize will be given away any fan of Jane Austen would appreciate!** Register now!

Career & Business Workshops for 2015

SCORE’s Improve Your Online Marketing with Analytics-Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Many small businesses don’t recognize the value of marketing because they often view it as an expense rather than a bottom line contributor. To overcome this, it’s critical to measure the effectiveness of your marketing programs, to identify what works, and focus more of your investment in those areas. This seminar will explore how any small business can incorporate analytics to optimize its marketing efforts. To register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org, call 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or register online now!

Are You LinkedIn? Using LinkedIn and Other Social Media Sites to Get That Job!-Saturday, Feb. 21, 2:00PM-3:30PM
Join tech guru Karlton Utter as he discusses LinkedIn basics. He will also discuss how potential employers are using this, Facebook, & Twitter to hire employees. How to maintain a professional social media reputation will also be discussed. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

FREE Kaplan SAT/ACT Prep Test

Saturday, Feb. 28, 10:00AM-2:00PM
Kaplan will be offering a FREE SAT/ACT combination preparation test today! This 4 hour practice SAT/ACT combo test will show students what to expect in a test-like environment. The test is a sampling of the SAT and ACT allowing students to have the opportunity to see the scores from both tests as if they took them separately. The comprehensive score report provides a breakdown and comparison between the two exams. The test results are returned to students via email within 2 weeks of the event. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Registered students should bring a #2 pencil and a calculator. Students need to arrive by 9:45AM to check in with the proctor. Students who are late will not be admitted and will lose their spot to someone on the waitlist. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online now.

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THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone who voted! We came out as One of the Best Public Libraries in Middlesex County in the Home News Tribune's Readers Choice Awards for 2014! We are SO EXCITED! Thank you again for your votes!

Stitchers & Knitters Anonymous Craft Club
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The 2nd Thursday of Every Month, 6:30PM-8:00PM. Next Meeting: Thursday, Feb. 12 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 alainad@lmxac.org. View Full Schedule!

Scrabble Club

The 1st & 3rd Friday of Every Month, 1:30PM-3:30PM. Next Meetings: Friday, Feb. 6 & 20 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 alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. View Full Schedule!

The Creative Writing Group
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The 3rd Thursday of Every Month, 2:00PM-4:00PM. Next Meeting: Thursday, Feb. 19 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 alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. No registration required. View Full Schedule!

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The Contagious Optimism Wellness Group

Next Meeting: The Saturday, Jan. 24th Meeting Was Postponed Due to Snow! The New Date Is Now Saturday, Feb. 7 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 alainad@lmxac.org. You can also register online now! Adults only, please.

About Dr. Colleen Georges: Dr. Colleen Georges, born and raised in Sayreville, has been serving as a counselor and coach for 15 years, helping to guide individuals through self-discovery, and personal and career goal achievement. Today, she owns Colleen’s Career Creations and Life Coaching with Colleen, where she facilitates personal and professional development workshops, and provides career and life coaching services. Dr. Georges is also a faculty member at Rutgers University, where she teaches graduate-level counseling and undergraduate women’s leadership courses. She received her doctorate in counseling psychology from Rutgers University. Dr. Georges is a NJ licensed professional counselor and holds over a dozen certifications in positive psychology, positive parenting, life and career coaching, résumé writing, and job search. Her publications include co-authorship in Contagious Optimism: Uplifting Stories & Motivational Advice for Positive Forward Thinking and 101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career, and work featured in the Gallery of Best Resumes, 5th Edition. Dr. Georges has been interviewed for and quoted in key online and print media including Forbes.com and The Trenton Times. She is also mother to a four year old son, Joshua. View a video of Dr. Georges to learn more about her!

Computer Classes will be back in January 2015!

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. Also, feel free to ask about our online classes!

NEW! A Beginner’s Guide to Windows 8-Thursday, February 26, 6:00PM-8:00PM *NEW DATE*
NEW! A Beginner’s Guide to Google & Google Products-Wednesday, Feb. 18, 6:00PM-8:00PM Register online now for this special class!
Mouse for Beginners-Contact Alaina for a one-on-one appointment! Due to budget cuts, we will no longer be able to have a dedicated class.
Tips & Tricks & Searching the Internet for Beginners-TBA!
Email for Beginners-TBA!
Microsoft Word for Beginners-Monday, Feb. 9, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Microsoft Word for Intermediate Users-Discontinued due to funding.
Microsoft Outlook for Beginners-TBA!
Microsoft Excel for Beginners-Monday, Feb. 23, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Microsoft Powerpoint for Beginners-Monday, Feb. 2, 6:00PM-8:00PM
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 Mouse for Beginners. Adults only, please. To register for any of the classes, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org, call her at 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You must contact and speak with Alaina to register for computer classes.

Information About the ESL Conversation Groups

The groups are back for Winter, but there is now a new process to be a part of the learning and fun. Interested ESL learners will now 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 the learning level.For information on registration and testing dates, contact Literacy New Jersey at (732) 906-5456 or (800) 848-0048, or email Melissa at mcohen@literacynj.org. You can also visit their site here. The tutors have been instructed to not allow walk-ins since everyone now needs to register and get assessed before they can enter the program.

Information About the Affordable Care Act

The Health Insurance Marketplace is now open to help people enroll in a plan that covers essential benefits, pre-existing conditions, and more.healthcare Plus, you are also able to see if you qualify for lower costs. For more information on enrolling, visit www.healthcare.gov. The New Jersey State Library has also put together a very helpful overview of the Affordable Care Act. Visit their site to get contact information, locations of New Jersey Centers offering enrollment assistance, and much more!

Now We Go Where You Go! Introducing the New App That Allows You to Stay Connected to Us 24/7!
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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.