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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!

Which Tablet or eReader Is Right For You?

Monday, Dec. 1, 6:00PM-7:30PM
Want to purchase a tablet or eReader this holiday season for yourself or for a gift? Come to this workshop to get an overview of the big name tablets & eReaders out there now so that you will be better able to figure out which tablet is the perfect fit for you! To register, contact Alaina at, call her at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or register online now!

Winter Holidays

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Winter---the days are short and the nights are long. This is the perfect time to bring family and friends together for warm festivities. Learn about the history, customs, and foods of various winter celebrations including Christmas, the Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Twelfth Night. Discover how current and ancient cultures celebrate the winter months. Presented by Food & Tea Historian, Judith Krall-Russo. Ages 16 & up. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at, or register online now!

Books to Keep Book Drive

NOW-December 8th!
It's that time of year again, folks! Help us help the disadvantaged children throughout the county by donating a NEW book today! Books to Keep is an outreach project of the Libraries of Middlesex in which funds are raised to purchase thousands of new books to distribute to disadvantaged children at holiday time. Helping out is simple! Purchase a NEW book between now and December 8 and place it in the gift box in the Children's Room. If you wish to make a monetary donation, please see a children's reference librarian. Let's make this another successful year! Thank you!

Acing the Interview

Monday, Dec. 15, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Join Dr. Colleen Georges as she discusses critical interview tips to ensure that you impress your potential employers. She will also provide answers to some of those tricky interview questions. View a video of Dr. Georges to learn more about her! To register, contact Alaina at or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online.

Photo Contest Results!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our "Days of Summer in NJ" photo contest! It was extremely difficult to pick the winners! Below is the listing of the top 3 winners, plus honorable mentions. In order from 1st-3rd place are the winners' photos below!

1st Place: Liza A. Fazio 2nd Place: Chelle Martin Tied for 3rd Place: RoseMarie Quackenbush & Alexis Steeber
Honorable Mentions: Jeanette Bukowski, Mohiyudeen Bajal, Roger Delaney, Michelle Finn, & Shripal M. Shah

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Blood Drive

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2:30PM-7:00PM
Every two seconds someone needs blood. Some people need regular transfusions to live. Save a life today and donate blood! To donate, you must: Weigh more than 120 lbs., know your SS# & have a photo or signed ID, eat a meal one hour prior to donation, & drink plenty of water prior to donation. Located in the Meeting Room. This blood drive is organized by the Blood Center of New Jersey. If you have any medical related questions, call 973-676-4700 ex132 or 198 Mon.-Fri. 9AM-3PM.

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 2014 possible! For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25 or 12, email her at, or register below!

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The Grand Budapest Hotel on Friday, November 21, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Synopsis: The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune. Register now!

Winter's Tale on Friday, Friday, Dec. 12, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Synopsis: Synopsis: Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, follow a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. Rated PG-13. 118 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, Dec. 11 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 NEW, 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 View Full Schedule!

The Contagious Optimism Wellness Group

Next Meeting: January date coming soon!
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 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 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 or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. View Full Schedule!

The Creative Writing Group

The 3rd Thursday of Every Month, 2:00PM-4:00PM. Next Meeting: Thursday, Dec. 18 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! For more information, contact Alaina at or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. No registration required. For more information, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or email her at 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-TBA!
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-TBA!
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-TBA!
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, 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

Literacy NJ will be accepting new students into the ESL program starting December 2, 4-8PM. Please visit them that day to register and get tested. If you are interested in this program but cannot make it that day, please fill out this form and fax it to the Literacy NJ office at 732-635-2000 and they will follow up with you. 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. Forms are also available at the Reference Desk for pickup. If you have questions, contact 732-906-5456.

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 Plus, you are also able to see if you qualify for lower costs. For more information on enrolling, visit 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.