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summer reading
Adult Summer Reading Club Rules & Registration

From June 30-August 29! Registration Opens June 30th!
Read ANY book or listen to any audiobook of your choosing between June 30-August 29. For each book you read, tell us about the book by completing a book review form OR by posting your review on our Facebook page. Each book review will count as one entry into our weekly drawing held every Friday, AND as a point for the Grand Prize-a Kindle Fire HD! See the Summer Reading page for more detailed rules, to register, to see the winner of the week, and genre and list recommendations!

Kids' Summer Reading Club Rules & Registration

From June 29-August 16! Registration Opens June 21 @ the Kickoff Event!
Both readers and pre-readers can participate! Kids read as they or a parent track their reading on a log provided by the library! Bring the log to the library each week so we can record how much time you read and for every 20 hours that you read, you may choose a free book from the prize cart! Every Friday, the library will also raffle prizes! See the Summer Reading page for more detailed rules!

Going, Going, Gone! What the Next Generation Won’t Remember
old things

Monday, Aug. 4, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Since the year 2000, we’ve gained iPhones, GPSs, Twitter, Facebook, and many other services and devices. However, we’ve also lost some things that we’ve grown up with. In Going, Going, Gone, Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta will take a walk down memory lane and talk about products that are either on their way out the door, or absolutely obsolete. Some may actually surprise you! Items included are: VHS tapes, phone booths (and making phone calls in general!), travel agents, bookstores, newspapers and classified ads, wristwatches, maps, dial-up Internet, encyclopedias, CDs, landline phones, film cameras, yellow pages and address books, and handwritten letters. Which of these items do you miss? Christiano-Mistretta will also jolt your memory remembering some cool products of yesteryear such as the typewriter, the record player, and Polaroid cameras. Come share your views in this interactive lecture! Audience participation is greatly encouraged.

About the Presenter: Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta has been writing professionally since 1995. She’s a self-employed award-winning writer, and public speaker. Her work has appeared in The Paterson Press, Westfield Alternative Press, Millburn-Short Hills Alternative Press, South Orange Alternative Press, Maplewood Alternative Press, Suburban Essex, The Patch, The Montclair Times, The Jersey City Independent, Skinny News, NJ Health & Fitness, The Aquarian Arts Weekly, The West Sider, The Chelsea Clinton News,, Tattoo Review, Punk Magazine, and Exit, to name a few. Maryanne’s first book On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist is available on Amazon. Her second book, Love Cats, will be published early 2015. Maryanne lives in Union County, New Jersey, with her husband and cat, Derick. Her website is:

All ages are welcome! For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at, or register online now.

Cooking for Your Health! A 3-part Cooking Series

Select Mondays Throughout the Summer!
The way we eat can have a major impact on disease prevention as well as successfully battling diseases with which many people have already been diagnosed. In this interactive cooking series, medical expert Susan Naam will take you through different recipes and cooking techniques that can help combat cancer and diabetes. The final part of the series will explore veganism, its benefits, and how to transition to this lifestyle. Students will walk away with information to help them live longer, healthier lives all while enjoying an interactive cooking class and tasting delicious, healthful dishes. Each class will take place at Sayreville Public Library on the following dates. Sign up for just one or all of the classes!

Eating to Fight Diabetes-Monday, July 21, 6:30PM-8:00PM. FULL! WAIT LIST NO LONGER AVAILABLE!
Exploring Veganism-Monday, August 25, 6:30PM-8:00PM. FULL! WAIT LIST NO LONGER AVAILABLE!

Adults only, please. For more information, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex.25 or email her at

Digital Photography Summer Series

Select Tuesdays Throughout the Summer!
Well-known NJ photographer Walter Choroszewski brings his expertise, humor and “techie-know-how” for a series of Digital Photography Classes sponsored by the Friends of the Sayreville Library! Each class will take place at Sayreville Public Library on the following dates. Sign up for just one or all of the classes!

Getting to Know Your Digital Camera-Tuesday, July 22, 6:30PM-8:00PM. Register now!
I Took the Shot ...Now What?-Tuesday, August 12, 6:30PM-8:00PM. Register now!
Photo Tips for Better Pics-Tuesday, August 26, 6:30PM-8:00PM. Register now!

Ages 12+ are welcome to attend! For more information, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex.25 or email her at

FULL! WAIT LIST NO LONGER AVAILABLE! Shamanic Meditation Journeying Circle

Monday, July 28, 7:15-8:30PM
Venture on a Shamanic Meditation Journey at the Sayreville Public Library! You will be open to a non-ordinary reality and experience altered states of consciousness. A shamanic journey is a form of meditation considered to be an “out of body” experience. This allows you to obtain insights not available to you in everyday awareness. The Shamanic Meditation Journey helps you to connect with insights for healing, but also to enable you to receive answers to the questions you have in your life. You will reach increased levels of awareness regarding “Life’s Purpose” and the challenges that are holding you back. This is an alternative to hypnotherapy.

About the Presenters: Presenter Denise Morgan is a Shaman, Lightworker, Paranormal Investigator, Intuitive, Teacher, Medium, Yoga Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer, and Exercise Instructor. Master Joseph is a Shaman, Integrative Energy Healer, Lightarian Reiki Master, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Intuitive, Teacher, Paranormal Investigator, and Musician.

Adults only, please. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at, or register online now. Please bring a blanket with you if you plan on sitting on the floor and wear comfortable clothing. Chairs will also be available for those who would prefer to sit.

Yoga for Back Health
yoga back pain

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 12:00PM-1:00PM
Is your back in desperate need of some tender loving care? If so, enjoy this yoga session tailored to improving the health of your back! 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 the health of your back, it is not recommended for people with serious medical conditions. Most of the yoga will be done on the floor. Attendees should bring a mat or towel and water.

About the Presenter: Denise Morgan is a Professional Yoga Instructor, Shaman, Lightworker, Paranormal Investigator, Intuitive, Teacher, Medium, Certified Personal Trainer, and Exercise Instructor.

Ages 18+ are welcome! For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at, 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 2014 possible! For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25 or 12, email her at, or register below!

mr banks August

Saving Mr. Banks on Friday, July 25 at the at the NEW TIME OF **12:00PM-2:00PM**
Synopsis: When P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Walt Disney's desire to bring her beloved character, Mary Poppins, to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario's concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers reflects back on her difficult childhood in 1906 Australia. Adults only, please. Rated PG-13. 125 minutes. Register now!

August: Osage County on Friday, August 29 at the NEW TIME OF **12:00PM-2:00PM**
Synopsis: The dark, hilarious, and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Rated R. 121 minutes. Register now!

Stitchers & Knitters Anonymous Craft Club
woman knitting

The 2nd Thursday of Every Month, 6:30PM-8:00PM. Next Meeting: Thursday, July 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 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: Tuesday, July 29 at 6:30PM!***Please note that the group typically meets on Saturdays at 10:30AM during the year, but in the Summer, the group will meet on Tuesday, 7/29 & 8/26 at 6:30PM.***
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 You may also register online here. 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!

The Moms Helping Moms Support Group

***New Schedule***The Last Monday of Every Month from 6:30PM-8:00PM. Next Meeting: Monday, July 28, 6:30PM-8:00PM!
Moms Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, working mom, or work-at-home mom, or a mom who is married, single, or separated, we know that motherhood is a constant juggling act. Sometimes all that multi-tasking can raise stress levels, put a strain on family relations, and leave moms needing some extra support and guidance. And, who better to provide that support than fellow moms who understand these challenges first-hand. The Moms Helping Moms Support Group is a place where you can talk about the stresses you are facing, both the big and small ones, in the company of fellow moms who can offer an unbiased ear, ideas, resources, and overall emotional support. The group is facilitated by Dr. Colleen Georges, a work-at-home mom who is also a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Life & Career Coach, and Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator.View a video of Dr. Georges to learn more about her! Register now!

About Dr. Colleen Georges: Dr. Georges is a Certified Comprehensive Positive Psychology Coach, a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Specialist, a NJ Licensed Professional Counselor, and most recently, a Certified Positive Discipline Counselor. For more information, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex.25 or email her at Thank you to the Friends of the Library for making the Moms Helping Moms Group possible!

Scrabble Club

The 1st & 3rd Friday of Every Month, 1:30PM-3:30PM. Next Meetings: Friday, July 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 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, July 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! 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

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!

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 for Beginner Computer Users-Wednesday, July 16, 6:00PM-8:00PM
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-Wednesday, July 23, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Microsoft Excel for Beginners-Wednesday, July 30, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Microsoft Powerpoint for Beginners-Wednesday, August 6, 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, call her at 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You must contact and speak with Alaina to register for computer classes.

ESL Conversation Groups!

Back for the Fall of 2014!
The ESL Conversation Group helps individuals 18 years or older speak English with more confidence and ease! People attending this group should already have a basic understanding of the English language. Focus will be on pronunciation, accent reduction, American idioms, and conversation skill development. The groups are done for the summer, but will be back in the fall of 2014! If you need ESL assistance in the meantime, contact a librarian by calling 732-727-0212 ex. 12 or by emailing

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!
Boopsie logo

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.