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What Vintage Sports Cards or Memorabilia Are In Your Attic?

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2:00PM-4:00PM
memorabilia Many people have vintage sports cards and memorabilia collecting dust in their homes, but do you know the value of these items? Some of these items may have been collected as a kid and some might have been passed down from prior generations. Mr. Michael Osacky, owner of Baseballintheattic.com, will talk about vintage sports collecting in the first portion of this Sayreville Public Library event, and finish off by giving personal, verbal appraisals for guests who bring their own sports memorabilia. He focuses exclusively on memorabilia pre-1970. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or you may also register online now!

About the Presenter: Mr. Michael Osacky is the official appraiser for athletes from teams such as the Chicago Bulls and New York Yankees. He has written articles and blogs for the New York Times, Huffington Post, Kiplinger’s Magazine, American Legion Magazine, and Parade. Mr. Osacky has appraised world championship collections from former NBA and MLB athletes (Chicago Bulls and New York Yankees) and is certified by the National Association of Professional Appraisers (NAPA). He is an active collector of Pre-1970 sports cards, especially tobacco and Cracker Jack baseball cards. Michael enjoys interviewing professional sports' owners such as Tom Ricketts (Chicago Cubs), Bill DeWitt Jr (St. Louis Cardinals), George McCaskey (Chicago Bears), and Shad Khan (Jacksonville Jaguars).

*FULL! WAITLIST AVAILABLE!* Adult Craft Night-Bookmark Crafts

Thursday, Feb. 11, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Master Crafter Theresa Chuntz will lead attendees in making two different kinds of bookmarks! Simple sewing techniques will be used to make a ribbon bookmark. Paperclips and buttons will be used to make another bookmark that is as cute as a button…literally! For more information, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also get on the waitlist by clicking here!

Poetry Workshop with Joshua Ballard: Part I & Part II

Thursday, Feb. 18 & Feb. 25, 2:00PM-4:00PM
poetry Please join poet JOSHUA BALLARD for Part I of this exciting Poetry Workshop on Feb. 18 where he will cover modern poetry and writing techniques, guiding attendees through writing prompts with enthusiastic and helpful discussion. He will then return on Feb. 25 for Part II to encourage the attendees from Part I to share their own poems! Guests who want to share can, but if you are feeling bashful and just want to listen, that is okay too! Josh will then provide helpful critiques. The goal is to share poetry with one another in a safe and encouraging environment! New and experienced writers are welcome and encouraged to attend! Guests should register in this event listing to attend. You must attend Part I to attend Part II. 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!

About the Presenter: Joshua J. Ballard is a well-bearded writer and performance poet hailing from the shores of New Jersey. The only 2-time Grand Slam Poetry Champion in the history of Loser Slam in New Jersey, Joshua also represented his great state at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam. He is also the 2013 Poet Laureate of Asbury Park. Self-publisher of two original chapbooks of his poetry (2010 & 2011), a feature length spoken word album (2011), he also has a book of poetry & prose published by Piscataway House Publications in December of 2012. Joshua performed on the 2011 & 2012 National Poetry Slam teams from his home venue, and after making an appearance on a final stage in 2012, went on to coach the 2013 national team. 2013 also marked the first year the poet taught professionally as a creative writing teacher at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and returned in 2014 to teach again. Having begun his spoken word career in 2010, Joshua has since toured the nation three times and has been published in the internationally recognized The Idiom Magazine, The Pedestal, The Viking News, The Tri-City News, and had a feature length write up in The Lamplighter Magazine. Joshua hosts Loser Slam Poetry at The Count Basie Theater in Red Bank and facilitates workshops for youth and adults in New Jersey and across the country. Oft times finding himself jogging, Joshua discovers his meter through an uneven gait attributed to a broken ankle which never did heal right.

*FULL! WAITLIST AVAILABLE!* The Tea World in Africa

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2:00PM-3:30PM
Africa may not be the first place you envision when you think of tea. Most people do not realize that African teas are highly regarded and sought after. Learn about the unique taste, flavor, and aroma of tea and tisanes from Rwanda, Kenya, and South Africa. Join us as we discover the different tea cultures of various African countries. There will several African teas and tisanes to taste. Adults only, ages 18+up. Very limited availability. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or register online now!

Mah Jongg Day

Sunday, Feb. 21, 1:00PM-3:00PM
The Friends of the Sayreville Public Library will hold a Mah Jongg Game Day in the Young Adult Room at the Library. The program is free of charge and open to experienced players and individuals who are interested in learning how to play. Mah Jongg sets and cards will be available for use by all players. For more information call Elaine at 732-727-0192.

Wills & Power of Attorney Seminar

Monday, Feb. 22, 6:30PM-8:00PM
will Join Kenneth Vercammen, Esq. at Sayreville Public Library on Monday, February 22 from 6:30 to 8:00PM for a free seminar to help you figure out all the basics of wills, power of attorney, and much more. The NJ Probate Law made a number of substantial changes in probate and the administration of estates and trusts in New Jersey. This helpful seminar will cover the new Probate Law and preparation of wills; 2015 changes in Federal Estate and Gift Tax; NJ Inheritance taxes on estates over $675,000; power of attorney; living wills; and administering the estate/probate/surrogate. Each attendee will receive complimentary informational material. 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!

About the Presenter: Kenneth A. Vercammen is a trial attorney in Edison, NJ. He is co-chair of the ABA Probate & Estate Planning Law Committee of the American Bar Association Solo Small Firm Division. He is a speaker for the NJ State Bar Association at the annual Nuts & Bolts of Elder Law & Estate Administration program. He is author of the American Bar Association’s book “Wills and Estate Administration.” Ken Vercammen, Esq. and volunteer attorneys of the Middlesex County Estate Planning Council provide Legal Rights Seminars to hundreds of seniors, business owners and their employees, unions, clubs and non-profit groups.

Special Computer Workshops for 2016

Safe Computing Practices-Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Find out how to protect your computer from malicious software, use safe practices when using email, keep your computer up-to-date with the latest security and software updates, and many other tips to ensure you are being safe online! Let tech gadget guru, Hank Loch, walk you through all of this in this new class! Register now!

A Beginners Guide to Windows 10-Tuesday, Mar. 1, 6:00PM-8:00PM
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 this system. Register now!

For more information or to register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. For more class offerings, see below!

"Garden Like a Pro" Series

Planning Your Garden: Part I-Saturday, Feb. 27, 11:00AM-12:30PM
Making a garden plan has an impact on the production of your garden. Designing the garden to create balance and beauty are important steps which will be discussed in this first part of the “Garden Like a Pro” Series! Expert gardener Marleny Franco will discuss how complementary plantings can increase production and help control pests, strategies for picking your plants, plant placement, crop rotation and the best way to make your garden experience joyful and relaxing. Guests will have an opportunity to design their spring, summer and fall gardens at this event with the help of a pro! 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! Read more about Common Problems with Growing Key Vegetables & How to Prevent Them: Part II and The Good Bugs and Bad Bugs in Your Organic Garden: Part III.

About the Presenter: Kenneth A. Vercammen is a trial attorney in Edison, NJ. He is co-chair of the ABA Probate & Estate Planning Law Committee of the American Bar Association Solo Small Firm Division. He is a speaker for the NJ State Bar Association at the annual Nuts & Bolts of Elder Law & Estate Administration program. He is author of the American Bar Association’s book “Wills and Estate Administration.” Ken Vercammen, Esq. and volunteer attorneys of the Middlesex County Estate Planning Council provide Legal Rights Seminars to hundreds of seniors, business owners and their employees, unions, clubs and non-profit groups.

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Career & Business Workshops for 2016

Interviewing Techniques for Today’s Job Market-Tuesday, Feb. 23, 10:00AM-11:00AM
Learn everything there is to know about the interview process! An expert will discuss how to effectively prepare for the interview process, as well as how to follow up appropriately post-interview. Find out what employers expect from you and what skills and behaviors you need to demonstrate during the interview to ensure that you stand out from the crowd! The presentation will also cover resumes, how to avoid some common resume missteps, and how you can get yours positively reviewed. Register now!

What Employers Expect & How to Search for a Job in 2016-Tuesday, Mar. 22, 10:00AM-11:00AM
Outstanding work readiness skills, excellent customer service skills, accomplished team player—these are all phrases used continuously by employers when asked what they seek in an employee. What do those phrases actually mean and how do you showcase these traits in an interview? And how does social media play a part in the job search now? This presentation will shed light on what employers expect in 2016, as well as review social media job search techniques, networking techniques, sector specific approaches, and other trends to help you secure the job you really want. Register now!

Presented by Garret Gega of Middlesex County Workforce Development Board (WDB) and Office of Workforce Development. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25.

Woman in Gold
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!

Woman in Gold on Friday, Feb. 26, 1:00PM-3:00PM
Synopsis: Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann, starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt's famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg, she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court. Adults only, please. PG-13. 109 minutes. Register now!

Wireless Printing Is Here!

Print from your own device or computer while in the library or even outside of the library!

Do I Need a Library Card to Print? No! You will use your email address as your ID when prompted to print and when picking up the jobs at a Print Release Station.

How Long Do I Have to Pick It Up? Print jobs are held by the system until the end of the business day.

What Can I Print? Letter-size, single-sided jobs can be printed. This printing service supports over 100 file formats, including: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Visio, Adobe PDF, JPEG, & TIFF to name a few. Access the full list here.

How Much Does It Cost and How Do I Pay? $.10 per page for black and white/$.25 per page for color. As of January 1, 2016, all black and white pages will cost 15 cents and color pages will cost 35 cents. The printers take coins (no pennies), $1 bills and $5 bills. No credit/debit cards.

How? Depending on your device, there are a few different ways to take advantage of this new service. See the Detailed Instructions here for more information or talk to a librarian!

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

Thursdays, Feb. 4-Apr. 14, 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

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, Sept. 22-Dec. 22 & Jan. 12-May 31, 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: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:00PM-8:00PM. After this date has passed, 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 mbernstein@literacynj.org. You can also visit their site here.

Stitchers & Knitters Anonymous Craft Club
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The 2nd Thursday of Every Month, 6:30PM-8:00PM. Next Meeting: Thursday, Feb. 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 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. 5 & 19 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 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, 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, Feb. 27 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. To read more about Dr. Georges, click here.

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. Please note that at this time, there will NOT be any computer classes until January 2016. Please use the online classes all year-round here!

Microsoft Word for Beginners-Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:00PM-8:00PM *FULL! WAITLIST NO LONGER AVAILABLE!* OR Tuesday, Mar. 29, 6:00PM-8:00PM
NEW! Safe Computing Practices-Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6:00PM-8:00PM Register online now!
NEW! A Beginner's Guide to Windows 10-Tuesday, Mar. 1, 6:00PM-8:00PM Register online now!
Microsoft Excel for Beginners-Tuesday, Mar. 8, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Microsoft Powerpoint for Beginners-Tuesday, Mar. 22, 6:00PM-8:00PM
NEW! How to Access & Organize Your Digital Photos-TBA!
Understanding Your Android Tablet & Phone-TBA!
Understanding Your Apple Tablet or Phone-TBA!
Computer Basics & Using the Internet-TBA!
A Beginner's Guide to Google & Google Products-TBA!
Microsoft Outlook for BeginnersTBA!
Mouse for Beginners-Discontinued due to funding. Call 732-727-0212 ex. 21 for a one-on-one session with a librarian.
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 Intermediate Users-Discontinued due to funding. Try our online classes here instead!

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.

 
Do You Have Any Unwanted 2016 Calendars?

Please donate any extra, unwanted 2016 calendars to the Friends of the Library. You can drop them off at the Front Desk. Questions? Email them at friendsofsayrevillelibrary@gmail.com.

Newly Retired or Retirees: Looking to Become Involved with Our Community?

Join the Friends of the Sayreville Library. We welcome new members and their ideas. For more information, click here.

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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.