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The History of the Ziegfeld Girls

Tuesday, Jun. 16, 6:30PM-8:00PM
ziegfeld The Ziegfeld Follies ran from 1907-1931. Florenz Ziegfeld glorified the American girl and made her a symbol of the modern independent woman. She was instrumental in bringing women to the center of society. The Ziegfeld Girl became an American Institution. Marty Schneit will reveal the history, secrets, and stories of popular personalities associated with the Ziegfeld Follies such as Irving Berlin, Anna Held, Justine Johnston, Ann Pennington, Peggy Hopkins Joyce, Fanny Brice, Joseph Urban and Ruth Etting. The following songs will be a part of the lecture: My Man, Love Me or Leave Me, and A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at, or register online now! About the Speaker: Marty Schneit is a licensed New York City Tour Guide. He has lectured at the New York Public Library, The 92nd Street Y, National Council of Jewish Women, The Institute of Judaic Studies, and the HealthOutreach program of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Adult Summer Reading Club Kickoff!

Saturday, Jun. 20, 1:00PM-3:00PM
To kick off the Adult Summer Reading Club, we are inviting Sayreville adults to join us for a delicious AND fun event where you get to show your flair for the arts in a very special way! Paint on chocolate...with chocolate, all while learning about how to pair wine & chocolate. Best part of this class? There’s no homework and you can eat your mistakes! Elyissia A. Chinchilla, the main Chick-in-Charge of the company 2 Chicks with Chocolate, will teach this fun class where you get to learn about chocolate and wine pairings, sample chocolate, and create a work of art with a literary twist completely made of chocolate! This is purely for fun, so do not be scared off if you do not consider yourself to be an artist. The only set of requirements? You must love chocolate and reading! Light refreshments and prizes will also be a part of this fun event!

Attendees will automatically be signed up for the Sayreville Library’s Adult Summer Reading Club and receive the Summer Reading Starter kit. This low-maintenance reading club allows participants to read as much or as little as they want to, and pick what they want to read! Rules for participating in this club will follow shortly. The club will start June 20 and end August 14.

This is an event that has very limited space, so sign up early and reserve your spot! Registration starts May 20. Adult, Sayreville Library cardholders only! For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25 or email her at Guests may also register online as of May 20! Registration for the Summer Reading Club will begin June 20 at the party and continue throughout the summer in case you cannot make this event.

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.

The Art of the Personal Essay: A Two-Part Seminar on Essay Writing

Thursday, Jun. 18 & 25, 2:00PM-4:00PM
quill In the realm of literature, the novel reigns supreme. Poetry is still practiced, to an extent, but the literary vehicle of personal expression par excellence, the personal or informal essay, is rather neglected. There is a good reason for this. Such an essay is difficult to write, and one can never be sure of one's audience. When done properly, the personal essay is an unforgettable and sometimes life-changing reading experience; when done shabbily ... well, it is just a waste of time. Those who wish to translate their ideas or experiences into glorious, singing, unforgettable prose are welcome to join this seminar. In this two-part seminar with Edward Moore, S.T.L., Ph.D., he and attendees will examine a few of the finest essays ever written, by true literary giants -- Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Ernest Hemingway. We will pay attention to the manner in which these masters of literary art took rather mundane personal experiences and raised them to the level of art on par with the finest novels or poems. Participants need not be advanced writers, but advanced writers are welcome. The point is to breathe life into an art-form requiring some resuscitation.

***The first part of this seminar will take place at the regularly scheduled Creative Writing Meeting on Thursday, June 18th at 2PM. Members and non-members are welcome to attend! Adults only, please. The second part will take place on Thursday, June 25th at 2PM. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or register online now! Members do not need to register***

About the Instructor: Edward Moore S.T.L., Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy at St. Elias Seminary and Graduate School (Hamilton, VA) and author of several books and numerous articles, notably Origen of Alexandria and St. Maximus the Confessor (Boca Raton: Universal Publishers 2005); "Gnosticism" in The Cambridge History of Philosophy in Late Antiquity (Cambridge University Press 2010); and a book of poems, Thus Spoke the Earth-Strider (2015 Academia edu). His professional home page containing several free downloads of his articles, essays, poetry and reviews is here:

Career & Business Workshops for the Summer

Job Search & Networking Techniques-Wednesday, Jun. 17, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Job searching and résumé expert Dr. Colleen Georges will share her tips for successfully searching for a job in this tough job market. To register, contact Alaina at or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online now.

Acing the Interview-Tuesday, Jun. 30, 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. To register, contact Alaina at or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online now.

*NEW DATE* Making Your Résumé & Cover Letter Work for You-Tuesday, Aug. 4, 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.* To register, contact Alaina at or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online now.

Free Couponing Event!

Thursday, Jun. 25, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Learn how to super save at this FREE couponing Workshop! Learn: to save 60-100% off regular prices, to find coupons, to organize them, & to cut your budget. This event is sponsored by the Jewish Renaissance Foundation Family Success Center. For more information, call 732-638-5063.

Special Computer Workshops

Tips & Tricks For Beginner Computer Users & Searching the Internet for Beginners-Monday, Jun. 1, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Did you recently get an iPad or iPhone that was made by Apple and feel overwhelmed and intimidated? Apple products have their own iOS system, in much the same way that PCs runWe are happy to offer this course that will shed light on some computer basics such as: How do I do a basic search on the Internet? How do I copy and paste? What is software? What is hardware? How do I use folders? How do I navigate through my computer's files and folders? How do I email pictures to my friends and family? And many other topics not covered in our beginners classes! Prerequisites: First preference goes to Sayreville patrons who have not taken this class before. You must know how to use the mouse already to take this class. To Register: For more information or to register, email Alaina at, or call her at 732- 727-0212 ext. 25. Adults only, please.

Understanding Your Apple iPad or iPhone-Saturday, Jun. 13, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Did you recently get an iPad or iPhone that was made by Apple and feel overwhelmed and intimidated? Apple products have their own iOS system, in much the same way that PCs run Microsoft Windows as their operating system. You can download apps, play games, send email, browse the Internet, listen to music, and more all on your Apple device! Let tech gadget guru, Karlton Utter, 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 should NOT come. You should attend the Android event on Monday, May 18. Participants should bring their devices. If you are unsure if your device is an Apple 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.** Register with Alaina by calling 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at, or register online now!

For more class offerings, see below!

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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, or register below!

Into the Woods on Friday, May 29, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Synopsis: A modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel, all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. Rated PG. 125 minutes. Register now!

Gone Girl on Friday, Jun. 26, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Synopsis: On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits, and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? Rated R. 149 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, June 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 View Full Schedule!

Scrabble Club

The 1st & 3rd Friday of Every Month, 1:30PM-3:30PM. Next Meetings: Friday, June 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 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, June 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 or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. No registration required. View Full Schedule!

The Contagious Optimism Wellness Group

Next Meeting: Saturday, May 30 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 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 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 April, but classes will be back in May!

NEW! A Beginner’s Guide to Windows 8-TBA!
NEW! Understanding Your Android Tablet or Phone-TBA!
NEW! Understanding Your Apple Tablet or Phone-Saturday, June 13, 2:00PM-4:00PM Register online now!
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.
Computer Basics & Using the Internet-Monday, June 1, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Email for Beginners-TBA!
Microsoft Word for Beginners-Monday, June 8, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Microsoft Word for Intermediate Users-Discontinued due to funding.
Microsoft Outlook for Beginners-Monday, June 29, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Microsoft Excel for Beginners-Monday, June 15, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Microsoft Powerpoint for Beginners-Wednesday, May 27, 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.


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!

Tax Information

Tax Forms
The library has limited federal tax forms. Due do the budget cuts resulting from Congressional Legislation, the IRS will not be supplying instructional booklets this year. Contact the IRS directly via phone, go to an office, order forms by mail, or download them from their site here. The State continues to not supply forms or instructions to us as well due to budget cuts. Contact the State directly via phone, go to an office, or download them from their site here.


Health Coverage & Your Federal Income Taxes
Your 2014 health coverage may affect your income taxes. You’ll provide additional information when you file your 2014 federal income tax return. You may have to complete one or two new tax forms. You may have to get a health coverage exemption or pay a fee with your tax return. For assistance with this, visit In addition, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted a new fact sheet for consumers about health coverage and federal income taxes as well as specific information on different types of exemptions. The fact sheet can be found here.

Information About the ESL Conversation Groups

The groups are back, 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 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. 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.