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Healing Meditation Group for Family & Friends of Those Affected by Cancer *NEW*

Thursday, Apr. 2 & 23 from 1:00PM-2:00PM
Are you a caregiver or have a loved one affected by cancer? You can reap the benefits of meditation in a comforting and empathetic environment in this new group designed just for you. Refresh your mind and body through simple and nourishing meditation exercises, and find insight through a guided journey by Wellness Professional Denise Morgan. Take time for you in by giving your mind and body the TLC it so deserves. Note: When you register, you are signing up for BOTH dates listed. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Selling Your Stuff on Amazon & eBay

Tuesday, Apr. 28, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Learn the basics of buying and selling on Amazon and eBay! This beginners level course will cover how to both buy and bid on items using both services. You will also learn how to setup accounts on both services and post items for sale to start selling your stuff! This course will also cover how to use PayPal to accept payments. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Rat Pack Flashback--the Music of Dino, Frank & Sammy!
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Saturday, May 2, 2:00PM-3:00PM
Travel back in time to the days when the Rat Pack ruled the night, as Dave DeLuca performs his one-man tribute to the swingin' sounds of the iconic Las Vegas trio - Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Frank Sinatra. Dave's show the Rat Pack Flashback features classic songs from the Great American Songbook, such as "Ain't That A Kick In The Head," "That Old Black Magic," and "Summer Wind," all sung in the style of the men who made them famous - the Rat Pack! About Dave: A lifelong New Jersey native, Dave DeLuca has been a professional musician since 1977. In 1989 he placed first in the annual ASCAP New Songwriter's Competition in New York City and subsequently joined the Songwriter's Guild Of America. After several stints playing guitar and bass and singing in several rock and punk groups throughout NJ and NYC, including the acclaimed hard blues band "Wild Life," he switched gears and became a jazz/pop singer. In 2011 Dave beat out several hundred hopefuls and won a starring role in the Count Basie Theatre's annual Sinatra Birthday Bash, where he was accompanied by the Red Bank Jazz Orchestra led by Maestro Joe Muccioli. In addition to the Rat Pack Flashback, Dave has created several other shows including the Star-Spangled Songbook - a patriotic tribute to the composers and lyricists whose body of work is known as the Great American Songbook - a DVD of which is currently in production for PBS. For more information or to register, contact Alaina Dowd, Adult Services Librarian, at (732) 727-0212 ext. 25 or alainad@lmxac.org or register online now! Ages 12+up!

Special Computer Workshops for Spring

Windows 8 for Beginners-Monday, May 4, 6:00PM-8:00PM
For everyone who still remains befuddled by Windows 8, come down and even bring your device if you are able to so that you can walk away with a better understanding of this system. Contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex 25 or alainad@lmxac.org to register. You may also register online!

Understanding Your Android Tablet or Phone-Monday, May 18, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Did you recently get a tablet or phone that has an Android system and feel overwhelmed and intimidated? Android is an operating system for mobile phones and tablets, in much the same way that PCs run Microsoft Windows as their operating system. It's maintained by Google, and comes in a few different versions. You can download apps, play games, send email, browse the Internet, listen to music, read books, and more all on your Android device! Let tech gadget guru, Hank Loch, 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 are invited to come. Apple products will NOT be discussed. Participants should bring their devices. If you are unsure if your device is an Android 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. Folks who have iPads or iPhones are invited to join us at a different class scheduled for Saturday, June 13 at 2PM!** Register with Alaina by calling 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

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The Restorative and Health Benefits of Honey Bee Products

Saturday, May 9, 1:00PM-2:30PM
Apitherapy, the medical use of honey bee products such as honey, pollen, propolis, beeswax, royal jelly, and bee venom therapy (BVT) will be explored by beekeeper, farmer, and health enthusiast, Dr. Petrusia Kotlar. She will discuss the benefits of these gifts from the honey bee on human health and vitality. She will also bring a variety of samples, honey comb, honey, and other products for the audience to try! About the Speaker: Dr. Petrusia Kotlar is a healthcare provider, specifically a chiropractor in practice for 30+ years. She is also a member of the American Apitherapy Society and a beekeeper as well. You can read more about her and apitherapy at her website www.thehealthyhive.com. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Career & Business Workshops for Spring

Heed Your Calling - Discovering Your True Purpose-Tuesday, Apr. 21, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Have you ever thought about what are you called to do with your skills and gifts? Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” This is your true purpose. There is some work that each of us was born to do. It was planted in us before we were born. It's our calling...our reason for being here. Our mission in life is to find it and pursue it. In this talk, Terrence Seamon will guide you through a series of exercises that will lead you in the direction of greater clarity around your calling, your purpose, and the work you were meant to do. With this insight, you will be able to design your own personally branded value proposition. Don’t miss an evening where you can expand your network, make new friends, share knowledge with your peers, and hear highly relevant and beneficial insights and perspectives from experts in the marketplace. Please note that at 6PM, the room will be open to invite guests to network, followed by Terrence's talk beginning at 6:30PM, concluded with more networking and discussion at 7:30PM. To register, contact Alaina by phone at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now! Read more about the speaker by clicking here.

Business Structure and Entrepreneurship Q & A -Tuesday, May 5, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Having the knowledge and resources on how to start a business is critical to the new entrepreneur. This Q & A session will help you get all of your questions answered as well as provide you with a step-by-step process on how to get your organization started. At this workshop you will learn:Legal structuring of a business, a guide through the NJ Business Portal, getting a Federal ID, registering for taxes with the NJ Department of Revenue, the basics and importance of a business plan, an overview of financial funding for your small business. At the end of this Q & A discussion, all your questions will be answered and you will have the basic understanding of how to do business in the state of New Jersey. Registration can be done through the SCORE site here.

Let a Professional Polish Your Résumé-Wednesday, May 6, 6:00PM-8:00PM
We all know the job market is tough. Give your best first impression to potential employers by making your résumé shine. Dr. Colleen Georges will spend one-on-one time with attendees, giving each résumé an honest critique with suggestions for improvement. To register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25 or 12. You will be assigned a 15-minute time slot. Time slots are assigned on a first come, first served basis. You need only bring a copy of your résumé and a pen. NOTE: You MUST contact Alaina back by 12PM the day of the event when she calls to confirm if you are still attending class. If you do not, your spot will automatically be given away!

Making Your Résumé & Cover Letter Work for You-Wednesday, May 13, 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 alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online.

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Quitters Always Win: the Top 10 Things You Need to Quit to Enjoy Life!

Wednesday, May 13, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Increase your happiness, confidence, and enjoyment for life at work, school, home, and everywhere you go! Darren Ventre, motivational speaker and author, will teach powerful life messages to help you unlock the key to your own happiness. He will share the top 10 things you need to quit to enjoy the bigger things in life. Darren’s energetic seminar creates an unpredictable atmosphere and proves to those that anything is possible. Start enjoying life today! About the Speaker: Darren Ventre is a motivational speaker, author and a mental skills coach, who motivates people of all ages around the country with his message, "There is no neutral in life; we either hold back or go all out!” He is the author of the book Quitters Always Win: 99 Behaviors You Need to Quit. Darren teaches powerful life messages through meaningful props, re-enacting movie scenes, performing magic, recites inspirational poems and has been seen walking on glass. He currently hosts motivational seminars and has spoken at prestigious locations like The Borgata, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Verizon Wireless Headquarters, Seton Hall University, Rutgers University, and many more. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Italian-American Festival @ Sayreville Senior Center

Saturday, May 16, 1:00PM
Meet your neighbors! Celebrate Italian-American Heritage, Part 6 in our Diversity Series, sponsored by a grant from Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission (MCCHC). Fun entertaining and educational for the whole family! Enjoy a gourmet olive oil tasting accompanied by a fresh Italian breads and vote for your favorite! Musical entertainment by Sayreville's own Patsy Palma. Patsy graduated cum laude from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2008 with a BM in Music Education (Vocal). He has been seen performing throughout the NJ/NY area singing at festivals, weddings, restaurants, and theatres. Special guest Maria Mazziotti Gillian, a celebrated author and poet. will share sotries and poems about growing up as an Italian-American in Patterson, NJ. Register online now!

Spring Organizing! What to Keep & What to Toss

Tuesday, May 19, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Join us for a humorous look at the common challenges to getting organized. Be prepared to smile as one or more of these excuses hit home. This event is perfect for savers and sentimentalists. Learn what to shred, what to keep, and where to keep it! Walk out of the event motivated to tackle those piles you have been avoiding. About the Speaker: Jamie Novak is an organizing specialist and author of Keep This Toss That as seen on HGTV and QVC and most recently a home blogger for Martha Stewart Whole Living. Find out more about her at her website www.JamieNovak.com. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, 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 alainad@lmxac.org, or register below!

The Theory of Everything on Friday, Apr. 24, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Synopsis: Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of: time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science. Rated PG-13. 124 minutes. Register now!

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!

Are You Still Uninsured? You Can Get Free In-person Help with a Trained Professional

Tuesday, May 12 from 3:00PM-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. Located in the Lobby. 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; And 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!

Stitchers & Knitters Anonymous Craft Club
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The 2nd Thursday of Every Month, 6:30PM-8:00PM. Next Meeting: Thursday, May 14 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, May 1 & 15 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, May 21 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, Apr. 25 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.

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 Forbes.com 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-Monday, May 4, 6:00PM-8:00PM Register online now!
NEW! Understanding Your Android Tablet or Phone-Monday, May 18, 6:00PM-8:00PM 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.
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-Monday, May 11, 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 alainad@lmxac.org, call her at 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You must contact and speak with Alaina to register for computer classes.

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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!

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.

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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 www.healthcare.gov/taxes. 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 mcohen@literacynj.org. 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 www.healthcare.gov. 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.