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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!

Career & Business Workshops for 2015

SCORE’s Legal & Tax Considerations in Forming a Small Business-Tuesday, Jan. 6, 6:00PM-7:45PM
This seminar is an introduction to the practical matters involved in selecting a legal form for your business. The seminar leader will discuss the most common legal forms in use today, the pros and cons of each, and how to select and establish the form most suitable for your existing or intended business. Speaker Bio: Benjamin T. Branche is an attorney who specializes in Tax, Trusts & Estates, Real Estate, and Business Law and currently practices with the law firm Szaferman Lakind of Lawrenceville, NJ. Mr. Branche has been admitted to the Bar in NJ, PA, MD and D.C. and has extensive business practice experience with companies big and small. He’s served as a trusted advisor to privately held companies, professionals, entrepreneurs, and individuals providing advice and consultation on commercial business transactions, commercial financing, joint ventures, real estate, leases, acquisitions & mergers, choice of entity, and general business planning. To register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org, call 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or register online now!

Let a Professional Polish Your Résumé-Thursday, Jan. 8, 6:30PM-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! To register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25 or 12. 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 Alaina back by 12PM the day of the event when she calls to confirm if you are still attending class. If you do not, your spot will automatically be given away!

Making Your Résumé & Cover Letter Work for You-Monday, Jan. 12, 6:30PM-8:00PM
If you currently have a resume that you feel is not getting you the interviews you desire then this workshop is for you! Join Dr. Colleen Georges as she shares critical tips with you to ensure your cover letter and résumé sparkle. *Please note that this is not the same as the on-on-one critique sessions. This is a general overview of what to include in a cover letter and résumé.* View a video of Dr. Georges to learn more about her! To register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org, call 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or register online now!

Tablets & eReaders for New Users (and Getting FREE ebooks!)

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Did you get an eReader or tablet as a present this past holiday season and feel overwhelmed and intimidated? Let tech gadget guru, Karlton Utter, help you get started with your device by discussing the basics! Most importantly, find out how you can save oodles of cash by borrowing ebooks from the library instead of buying them from big retailers! Participants should bring their devices. **Please note that this is not a one-on-one class, but rather an introductory lecture meant to highlight some of the basic features of devices.** Register with Alaina by calling 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Motivational & Inspirational Workshops for 2015

Setting Positive Goals & Keeping Them in 2015-Wednesday, Jan. 14, 6:30PM-8:00PM
goals Ready to look ahead to 2015 and make it a great year? We all set new years resolutions, but most are inadvertently forgotten or ignored. How can we make 2015 a year of fun and achievement? Join Michele Granberg to move past fears and blocks to achieving almost any goal. Learn how to write goals that are realistic, measurable and attainable. Discover ways to follow our goals with actions while staying motivated and inspired along the way. Bring a journal or notebook and a few goals in mind. Start 2015 with passion, focus and a strategic plan. 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!

Discovering Your Soul’s Purpose-Tuesday, Feb. 10, 6:30PM-8:00PM
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!

A Healthier You for 2015

Yoga for Aches and Pains-Wednesday, Jan. 21, 12:30PM-1:30PM
Is your body in desperate need of some tender loving care? If so, enjoy this yoga session tailored to improving the aches and pains experienced by your body! Learn how simple yoga moves and poses can provide some relief from the pain many of us suffer from on a daily basis. Important Information: Please note that while this is intended to improve aches and pains, it is not recommended for people with serious medical conditions. 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!

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Meditation for the Busy Lifestyle-Monday, Jan. 26, 7:15PM-8:30PM
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. 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!

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!

Life at an Edwardian Manor Inspired by the TV Show "Downton Abbey"

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2:00PM-4:00PM
downton cast The critically acclaimed TV Series Downton Abbey has renewed popular interest in the Edwardian era when King Edward VII reigned in the United Kingdom. It was a time of great disparity between the haves and the have-nots. Wealthy aristocrats owned huge manor houses and reveled in luxury, leisure, and extravagant entertaining. The rich expected their every whim to be indulged and all their daily needs to be fulfilled by the lower class of domestic servants. This “Golden Age,” which was a reaction to the Victorian era (and actually began in the late 19th century), perched on a shaky foundation as the winds of change brought a time of greater social mobility within the rigid British class system. Come learn about this fascinating time and the people who lived in it. Though you don't have to be a Downton Abbey fan to enjoy this program, devoted fans may take more notice of certain details in the show after attending. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character from Downton Abbey! Delicious sweets of the era will be served, and a prize will be given away any fan of the show will appreciate! Very limited seating! For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Friends of the Sayreville Library Book Sale!

Saturday, Jan. 17, & Sunday, Jan. 18, 1:30PM-3:30PM
Buy a Bag of Books for Only $10 or a box of books for $15! (bag/box provided by the Friends of the Library) Books! Movies! Music! Audiobooks! All are sold during these great sale events for excellent prices! Organized by the Friends of the Library. 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.

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!

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. 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!

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Jersey Boys on Friday, Jan. 30, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Synopsis: The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. Rated R. 134 minutes. Register now!

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!

Stitchers & Knitters Anonymous Craft Club
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The 2nd Thursday of Every Month, 6:30PM-8:00PM. Next Meeting: Thursday, Jan. 8 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!

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The Contagious Optimism Wellness Group

Next Meeting: Saturday, Jan. 24 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!

Scrabble Club

The 1st & 3rd Friday of Every Month, 1:30PM-3:30PM. Next Meetings: Friday, Dec. 19 (no meeting on Dec. 5 due to library early closing) 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, January 15 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!

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-Monday, January 26, 6:00PM-8:00PM Register online now for this special class!
NEW! A Beginner’s Guide to Google & Google Products-TBA!
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-Wednesday, January 21, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Email for Beginners-TBA!
Microsoft Word for Beginners-TBA!
Microsoft Word for Intermediate Users-Discontinued due to funding.
Microsoft Outlook for Beginners-TBA!
Microsoft Excel for Beginners-Monday, January 12, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Microsoft Powerpoint for Beginners-TBA!
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.