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Our Schools Brochure

The Our Schools Sayreville Public Schools Information Guide 2015-2016 is no longer available in print as per the Sayreville Board of Education. You may access this guide here for your convenience.

Last Chance Paperback Sale by the Friends of the Library!

Summer is coming to an end and so is the paperback book sale at the Everyday Book Store in the Library! Last few days...sale will end Sept 12. Stock up now for the cold winter months.

Managing Stress with Practical Stress Busters

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Does stress dominate your life? Stress is an inevitable part of modern life so it is essential to master effective coping skills. With the right approach, we can cultivate happiness, peace, balance, and stress-free living. This program will examine stress and explore various tools and strategies. Topics to be covered are: What is stress? What causes stress? What is stress management? The mind/body connection and the power of a positive attitude, and simple tools that can be used to combat stress such as breathing techniques, meditation, affirmations, guided imagery, and more! Learn to become a champion over stress! Instructor's Biography: Michele Granberg, MA, CHT holds a Master of Arts in Psychology & Counseling. She is a certified hypnotherapist in private practice. Her professional experience in the social services and mental health fields spans 25 years. Please visit www.michelegranberg.com. To register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online now!

The Great Closet Cleanout
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Tuesday, Sept. 15, 6:30PM-8:00PM
If you need to wear a hard hat to open your closet doors for fear of things toppling out then you need to join Jamie Novak for this one night event! Join Jamie for a laugh and to learn how to easily transform your closets. No more saying, “Where did this come from?” or “I’ve been looking for this!” You’ll learn: how to make more storage space in the closets you have, how to make your closets function for you & the five things every closet needs. Discover the key to deciding what to keep and what to toss and solve common closet challenges, all while having a good laugh about the silly things we keep and why! Learn to let go for good! About the Speaker: Jamie Novak is an organizing specialist and author of Keep This Toss That as seen on HGTV and QVC and most recently a home blogger for Martha Stewart Whole Living. Find out more about her at her website www.JamieNovak.com. 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!

Medicare: Getting Started

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Do you have questions about Medicare? Want to find the health plan types with the most flexibility? Come join us for our Medicare 101 Workshop, a great way to get to know your Medicare health plan options. You will learn important facts about Medicare so that you can make the right choice upon eligibility. We will cover the different parts of Medicare (A, B, C, D and Medicare Supplements) in a way that is easy to understand. The topic will include: the four parts of Medicare- A, B, C and D, how and when to enroll, Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C), Medicare Supplements (Medigap), & how prescription drug plans work (Part D). The right Medicare plan can help you save on your health care costs and provide the coverage you need. However, there are many different options and choosing the plan that is best for you can be a confusing decision. This presentation will provide you with the facts you need to choose the best plan for you. The event is free of charge, open to the general public, and strictly for educational purposes. No plan-specific benefits or details will be shared. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored and presented by certified Medicare consultants from Family Focus Financial Group. 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!

Author Talk with Deborah A. Bailey

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Ever feel blocked because you've run out of ideas? Sometimes the best way to clear writers' block is to try something new. Author Deborah A Bailey will discuss how she was inspired to write a paranormal romance called Hathor Legacy: Outcast and share tips on how you can create characters, settings, and descriptions for your story idea. This discussion will take place at the regularly scheduled Creative Writing Meeting on Thursday, September 17 at 2PM. Members and non-members are welcome to attend! Adults only, please. About the Author: Deborah A Bailey's Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance novels include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat. Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers' Conference, and her work has been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun. Balancing her love for writing romance novels with non-fiction, she's written three personal/professional development books, and various articles for online publications including, DailyWorth.com, More.com and CNN.com. She's host of Women Entrepreneurs Radio ™ , a weekly internet radio talk show where she provides candid discussions with today's top entrepreneurs, authors and industry experts. After earning her B.A. degree in English from Douglass College, she earned an A.A.S. in Advertising and Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology. For more information about her, visit her site here. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. Register online now! Members of the Creative Writing Club do not need to register.

Special Computer Classes for Fall
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A Beginners Guide to Windows 8 & 10, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6:00PM-8:00PM-For everyone who still remains befuddled by Windows 8 and wants to learn all about the new Windows 10, come down and even bring your device to follow along so that you can walk away with a better understanding of these systems. Contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex 25 or alainad@lmxac.org to register. You may also register online!

Understanding Your Android Tablet or Phone, Monday, Sept. 28, 6:00PM-8:00PM-Did you recently get a tablet or phone that has an Android system and feel overwhelmed and intimidated? Android is an operating system for mobile phones and tablets, in much the same way that PCs run Microsoft Windows as their operating system. 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! Let tech gadget guru, Hank Loch, help you get started with your device by discussing the basics so that you can start enjoying it! Folks who have devices by manufacturers like Samsung, Google, Sony, Asus, and Amazon are invited to come. Apple products will NOT be discussed. Participants should bring their devices to follow along. If you are unsure if your device is an Android device, call Alaina and she can help you figure it out! **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. Folks who have iPads or iPhones are invited to join us at a different class in the process of being scheduled!** Contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex 25 or alainad@lmxac.org to register. You may also register online!

Career & Business Workshops for Fall

Let a Professional Polish Your Résumé, Wednesday, Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 18 & Dec. 9 with time slots ranging from 6:00PM-7:45PM-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. Registration for each session opens up a month prior to the event date! Please DO NOT contact us before then to register. When it opens, 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!

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Dixieland Jazz Concert by the Florian Schantz Jazz Combo

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2:00PM-3:00PM
Come and join us for this special afternoon concert by the Florian Schantz Jazz Combo, led by their 13 year old bandleader, Florian Schantz! The band will be performing a Dixieland Jazz program that is a balance of live music and educational content for the whole family. The Florian Schantz Jazz Combo will discuss music, instruments, techniques, musicians and composers from the early Jazz era. The program will focus on the “hot jazz era” in the early 20th century with selections such as the Wolverine Blues, Ain’t Misbehavin’, the St. Louis Blues and the Tiger Rag. This is a very upbeat program you will be sure to enjoy! About the Band: Florian Schantz is from Westfield, NJ and is a very unique bandleader who has broken away from the pack and moved in his own direction musically. Florian started playing trumpet, cornet and Flügelhorn at age 6 and had already formed his own jazz combo at the age of 9. Now 13 years old, he and the Florian Schantz Jazz Combo have played all across NJ and NY, delivering informative and entertaining programs for audiences of all ages. The band features Rup Chattopadhyay on trombone and tuba, Florian’s sister Margaret Schantz on trumpet and Flügelhorn, Cory Ackerman on drums, and Lowell Schantz on guitar. Although the band plays many different genres of music, their specialty is in early “hot jazz” and Dixieland. To register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online now! Well-behaved children are welcome to come, but this event is intended for ages 12 +up.

Kaplan’s NEW PSAT Practice Test

Saturday, Sept. 19, 10:00AM-1:00PM
THE PSAT® IS CHANGING. WILL YOU BE READY? Take Kaplan’s free New PSAT Practice Test and find out! Get a practice run of the PSAT! Through this unique opportunity, students will take a fully-proctored exam and will learn what to expect in a test-like environment. Practice test scores from this event can serve as an PSAT score prediction for the student, prior to having to sit for the actual exam. This practice test will take approximately 4 hours. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Registered students should bring two #2 pencils, a calculator, a snack and water. 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. Students and their families will receive their score results by email from Kaplan within 2 weeks. Recommended for high school students. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Kaplan’s NEW SAT Practice Test

Saturday, Oct. 17, 10:00AM-1:00PM
THE SAT® IS CHANGING. WILL YOU BE READY? Take Kaplan’s free New SAT Practice Test and find out! Get a practice run of the SAT! Through this unique opportunity, students will take a fully-proctored exam and will learn what to expect in a test-like environment. Practice test scores from this event can serve as an SAT score prediction for the student, prior to having to sit for the actual exam. This practice test will take approximately 4 hours. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Registered students should bring two #2 pencils, a calculator, a snack and water. 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. Students and their families will receive their score results by email from Kaplan within 2 weeks. Recommended for high school students. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now! You may also register for the February 2016 date of this practice test here!

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Real Life ESL: a New Conversation Group by the Sayreville Public Library

Thursdays, Sept. 17-Dec. 3 from 10:30AM-12:00PM
Want to improve your English speaking skills while also learning about American culture and customs? Join this new, FREE conversation group to practice your English in a friendly environment! The library invites adults who already have some basic knowledge of English but want to become more confident in their ability to have a conversation, especially in day-to-day situations. This group is fun, interactive, and a great way to meet people going through the same process! For more information or to register, fill out a registration form at the Library, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Information About the Fall ESL Conversation Group by Literacy New Jersey

The Fall ESL Conversation Group is back again and will start September 22nd. Here is everything you need to know below!

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. These individuals can still contact the Literacy NJ organization and see if they can be placed at a different location for basic classes.

Dates: Tuesdays, September 22-December 22 from 6:00PM-8:00PM.

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: The registration date here has past, but please contact the Literacy NJ office to see what other 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: You may 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.

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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!

The Age of Adaline on Friday, Sept. 25, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Synopsis: After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever. Adults only, please. Rated PG-13. 121 minutes. Register now!

Stitchers & Knitters Anonymous Craft Club
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The 2nd Thursday of Every Month, 6:30PM-8:00PM. Next Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 10 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, Sept. 4 & 18 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, Sept. 17 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: Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10:00AM-12:00PM *SPECIAL MEETING TIME*
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. SPECIAL NOTE FOR SEPTEMBER'S MEETING: September's meeting is the two year anniversary of the group! Congratulations to the group leader Dr. Colleen Georges and all of the group members! All are welcome, but please note that for September's meeting, the group will meet at 10AM instead of the normal 10:30AM start time!

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, resume 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!

Current Computer Class Schedule

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! Please note that there will NOT be any computer classes in August, but classes will be back in mid-September!

NEW! A Beginner's Guide to Windows 8 & 10-Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6:00PM-8:00PM Register now! OR Wednesday, Oct. 14, 6:00PM-8:00PM Register now!
Understanding Your Android Tablet or Phone-Monday, Sept. 28, 6:00PM-8:00PM Register now!
Understanding Your Apple Tablet or Phone-TBA!
A Beginner's Guide to Google & Google Products-TBA!
Mouse for Beginners-Discontinued due to funding. Call 732-727-0212 ex. 21 for a one-on-one session with a librarian.
Computer Basics & Using the Internet-Monday, Sept. 21, 6:00PM-8:00PM
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 Beginners-Monday, Oct. 5, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Microsoft Word for Intermediate Users-Discontinued due to funding. Try our online classes here instead!
Microsoft Outlook for BeginnersTBA!
Microsoft Excel for Beginners-Monday, Oct. 19, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Microsoft Powerpoint for Beginners-Monday, Oct. 26, 6:00PM-8:00PM

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 alainad@lmxac.org, 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.

 
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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!

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.