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Adult Summer Reading Club Signup!

Starts Saturday, Jun. 20-Friday, August 14
books Enjoy this time of year by taking in the sights of the summer, but don't forget to bring a book along wherever you may be venturing off to! To further motivate you, what if those reads could win you a----Kindle Fire HD 6! Read ANY book or listen to any audiobook of your choosing between June 20-August 14. For each book you read, tell us about the book by completing a book review form OR by posting your review on our official 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 6! To spice things up this year, there will be special bonus points you can earn throughout the summer! The more you read, the more chances you'll have to win the Weekly Prize and the Grand Prize. The person who has the most points at the end of the summer will win the Kindle Fire HD 6!

To register and see the detailed rules, go here! After you read the rules, feel free to download printable review forms here should you choose to submit your reviews in-person in the Lobby.


Winner for Week 5: KATHY ANTONITIS! She has won A Mystery Lover’s Gift Package including a Mystery Jigsaw puzzle game, Edgar Allen Poe temporary tattoo set, crime scene socks, The Heist by Janet Evanovich, The Last Policeman" by Ben Winters, & The Pharm House by Bill Powers! Congrats!

Genre of the Week 6: BRITISH AUTHORS! Read any of the recommended titles by British authors HERE OR ANY other title by a British author of your choice to earn 2 points for each review submitted! All other genres read will get 1 point for each review submitted. Week 6 starts 7/24 at 5PM (now!) & ends 7/31 at 5PM. Good luck!

Prize for Week 6: A Tribute to All Things British Gift Package! Win a British Authors notecard set, Jane Austen magnet, Romeo & Juliet magnet, Queen Elizabeth pen, Instant British Accent spray, Shakespeare candy, book print nail decals, & Mr. Tea and black tea set. ENTRIES DUE BY 7/31 at 5PM FOR THIS PRIZE!

New Book Sale Location with Special Summer Sale Prices

Come visit the Friends of the Library's relocated book sale in the alcove next to the library's lobby for their "Summer Stock Up Sale." All paperbacks $.25. New books added daily!

FREE Digital Magazines From Your Library! Find Out How You Can Sign Up Today!

Wednesday, Jul. 29, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Why pay for expensive print or digital magazine subscriptions when the library has access to an excellent, free online service available 24/7 via your own computer from your local Library? The Sayreville Library is happy to offer unlimited access to Zinio, the world's largest newsstand. Zinio offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse from your library's collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download. This probably all seems too good to be true, but all you need is a Sayreville Library card for access and to setup a Zinio account! Come learn about this amazing product the Library has purchased for the community and see if you can benefit from it! Whether you want to access magazines for work or for leisure, this product is for you! To register, contact Alaina at, call 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or register online now!

Career & Business Workshops for the Summer

Making Your Resume & 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 resume 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 resume. To register, contact Alaina at or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online now.

Enrollment Periods (SEP) for Medicaid and NJ Family Care and Children's Health Insurance Programs

Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 4:00PM-7:00PM
Are You Still Uninsured? You can get free in-person help with a trained professional. Assistance will be provided for Enrollment for Medicaid by NJ Family Care and Children's Health Insurance. What is Special Enrollment? Special Enrollment is time outside of the open enrollment period during which you and your family can sign up for health coverage because you have experienced certain life events. Generally, you qualify for special enrollment period 60 days following certain life events that involve a change in family status. What is a Qualifying Life Event? Life Events that may qualify an individual for SEP: Adoption, Foster Care or Birth of Child, Marriage, Gain of citizenship, national or lawfully present status, Permanent address change that provides new choices for QHP, & there are MORE situations that may apply for you! Some consumers can apply for coverage year round without having to qualify for special enrollment including: Individuals who qualify for NJ FamilyCare or Small employers through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). Have Questions? Want to know if you can still get insurance? Call: 1-800-355-0271. To minimize wait times we encourage you to call ahead for an appointment!

The Jersey Tomato: Facts, Fun & Folklore of NJ’s Favorite Fruit

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2:00PM-3:00PM
Did you know that tomatoes were once considered poisonous---and it was a New Jerseyean who decided to prove everyone wrong? Now everyone loves a Jersey tomato! Discover where the tomato originated from and why it became one of New Jersey’s favorite crops. Find out about the time in history when New Jersey was known for their tomato packing industry and what happened to that industry. You will also learn about heirloom varieties and modern hybrids, as well as the fun folklore attached to this fruit. Light refreshments will be served. Presented by Food & Tea Historian, Judith Krall-Russo. Adults only, please. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online now!

diner book The History of Diners in New Jersey: Author Talk & Book Signing

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 6:30PM-8:00PM
The Sayreville Public Library will host New Jersey author and historian Michael Gabriele for a program on his book, The History of Diners in New Jersey. Join us for a lively and fascinating discussion of this book as Gabriele explores the grand 100-year history of New Jersey’s diner business. You will also have the opportunity to purchase his book and get it signed by the author! New Jersey is renowned as the “diner capital of the world,” a title that refers to the vast number of diners that operate in the state (an estimated 600—more than anywhere else). Diners serve as landmarks and friendly, familiar beacons on Garden State byways, highways and cities. They are signature structures in New Jersey’s built landscape. More than just inviting places to consume hamburgers, French fries and coffee, diners have become an essential part of the Garden State’s culture, commerce, history and mythology. They are iconic examples of American industrial design during the 20th century and have come to symbolize the fascination with “retro” culture. These topics and more will be discussed! Read more about the author here. Adults only, please. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online now!

Pet Wellness Series

Pet Communication with Michele Granberg-Wednesday, Aug. 12, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Do you love animals and live with them? Wouldn't it be wonderful to communicate with your furry companions? Telepathic communication with animals is a natural ability that we all possess but have "misplaced." This talk offers simple exercises for opening our hearts and minds to communication. You'll learn several methods for two-way exchanges with animals - both "hearing" as well as projecting our thoughts to them. Please bring a notebook as well as a photo of your pet and/or an object that belongs to them. Learn to develop an even closer bond with your pets. Contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex 25 or to register. You may also register online now! Ages 12+ up. About the Presenter: Michele Granberg, MA, CHT, "Soul" Owner of the Center of Relaxation & Healing in Plainsboro, NJ, holds a Masters in Counseling & Psychology, and has worked in mental health and social service agencies for over 20 years with various populations. Currently, she is a teacher, healer, and life coach in private practice for over 14 years.

What May Be Bugging Your Pet? All About Parasites Inside & Out-Wednesday, Aug. 26, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Join Dr. Chiosi from Sayrebrook Veterinary Hospital for this event for all ages where he will discuss the various parasites that could potentially affect our pets. He will also spend time answering your questions at the end of this event, so bring your questions! Read more about Sayrebrook Veterinary Hospital at or To register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25,, or register online now!

Meet the Right Man-Finding Your Path to Love: Author Talk & Book Signing

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 6:30PM-8:00PM
The Sayreville Public Library will host New Jersey author Kimberly Houghtaling for a program on her book, Meet the Right Man: Finding Your Path to Love. Join us for a lively and fun discussion of this book as Houghtaling explores the most direct path to love and happiness by sharing some ideas and techniques from her book. It will be a fun evening that is meant to be informative, lighthearted, and entertaining! You will also have the opportunity to purchase her book and get it signed! Stop wasting time with the wrong men. If finding the right man is what you want, this book has everything a single girl needs to stay on track. Today’s dating scene may seem different, but “the game” is the same. Avoid being played for a fool. Finding the right man means redefining what you want. Know the difference between a bad date and a dating rut. This book offers a modern approach to traditional dating etiquette with proven techniques that can be applied to any dating environment, including the Internet. See how easy it is to transform the things you want into the things you have. Be careful what you wish for---many of these ideas and techniques are based on neuroscience, which means when it comes to love and happiness, attitude is everything. These topics and more will be discussed! Read more about the author here. Adults only, please. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online now!

Shamanic Meditation Journeying Circle
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Wednesday, Aug. 19, 6:30PM-8:00PM
A shamanic journey is a form of meditation considered to be an “out of body” experience. When you venture on a Shamanic Meditation Journey, you will be open to a non-ordinary reality and experience altered states of consciousness. 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. Come experience this unique journey with Denise Morgan, Shaman Practitioner, Lightworker, Reiki Master, Certified Personal Trainer, Yoga and Group Exercise Instructor. Special Notes About This Event: Adults only, please. Please bring a mat or blanket to use because it is ideal to do this event while laying on the floor. Chairs will be provided for those who are not able to get down on the floor. Please indicate your need for a chair when registering. Guests who arrive later than 6:35PM will not be let into the event. This event will be starting promptly and requires complete concentration from the attendees. Guests who arrive late disrupt this process and affect the quality of the event. Thank you for your cooperation! For more information or to register, contact Alaina at or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online now!

A Walk in the Pines: Stories of the Pine Barrens

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Join us for a fascinating discussion of the infamous Pine Barrens by historian, Rochelle Christopher. Learn about the people, places, folklore, and eco-systems of this vast area of South Jersey! Other topics include: the silver mines, Robin Hood of the Pines, the orchids found only in the Pine Barrens, Christmas in the Pine Barrens, and of course, the Jersey Devil! About the Speaker: Rochelle Christopher, owner of Victorian Vanities, is a dynamic, energetic, independent historian and speaker. Specializing in 19th and 20th century history, Ms. Christopher and her staff have created a program that will be more memorable and fascinating. Register with Alaina by calling 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at, or register online now!

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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!

Still Alice on Friday, July 31, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Synopsis: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Rated PG-13. 101 minutes. Register now!

Movie Matinee Showing of Jaws & Mary Lee the Shark Party on Friday, Aug. 28, 12:00PM-2:00PM
About This Event Mary Lee, the shark who has been popularly visiting the Jersey Shore this summer, has inpsired this showing of this award-winning film! To celebrate the film and Mary Lee, we will have special shark-themed snacks today! Help us pay homage to the movie that has made the American Film Institute's list, won an Oscar and Golden Globe, and been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress! Synopsis: When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town's chief of police, a young marine biologist, and a grizzled shark hunter embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Adults only, please. Rated PG. 124 minutes. Register now!

Information About the Fall ESL Conversation Group

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: Interested patrons can stop by the library on Tuesday, September 1 anytime between 3:00PM–7:30PM. If they cannot make the above registration date and want to see what other dates are available at other facilities, they need to contact the office.

After September 1, they may either contact the Literacy NJ office directly to start this process 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. This Interest Form will be out on September 2nd when September 1st passes.

Contact Information: If patrons have additional questions, direct them to Literacy New Jersey at (732) 906-5456 or (800) 848-0048, or email Melissa at You can also visit their site here.

Defensive Driving Institute of New Jersey Official Point & Insurance Reduction Program

Wednesday, Sept. 23, & Thursday, Sept. 24 from 6:30PM-9:30PM (You must attend both sessions if registering)
The Friends of the Library will be offering the Defensive Driving Institute of New Jersey Official Point & Insurance Reduction Program. The course offered is the New Jersey State Safety Council’s Program which is approved by the State of New Jersey. This will be taught by a retired police lieutenant/police driving academy driving instructor. This will be located in the Sayreville Public Library Meeting Room. Refreshments will be provided.

Eligibility for 2-Point Reduction: Currently have 2 or more motor vehicle points on driver’s license, points may not be reduced below zero, may take course once every 5 years.
Eligibility for 5% mandatory insurance discount: Must have fewer than 4 motor vehicle points before course, may take the course once every 3 years.

2-Point Reduction=$65
5% Insurance Discount=$55

Registration & Cancellation Policy: Pre-registration with advanced payment are required no later than September 16. Class size is limited. If you give fewer than 7 days’ notice of cancellation, you will not be granted a refund unless your place can be filled from a waitlist.

Registration & Payment Instructions: Pick up a form at the library OR download it here. Make checks payable to The Friends of the Sayreville Public Library. Return the check, along with completed bottom portion of form in an envelope addressed to:
The Friends of the Sayreville Public Library
1050 Washington Road
Parlin, NJ 08859

Questions? For more information, please call 732-727-0212.

Stitchers & Knitters Anonymous Craft Club
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The 2nd Thursday of Every Month, 6:30PM-8:00PM. Next Meeting: Thursday, Aug. 13 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, Aug. 7 & 21 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, Aug. 20 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: *SPECIAL DATE* Wednesday, August 26 from 6:30PM-8:00PM!
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, 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 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-TBA!
NEW! Understanding Your Android Tablet or Phone-TBA!
NEW! Understanding Your Apple Tablet or Phone-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.
Computer Basics & Using the Internet-TBA!
Email for Beginners-TBA!
Microsoft Word for Beginners-TBA!
Microsoft Word for Intermediate Users-Discontinued due to funding.
Microsoft Outlook for BeginnersTBA!
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.

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.


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.