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Genealogy Workshops

An Introduction to Basic Genealogy Research-Saturday, Oct. 1, 2:00PM-3:30PM
Genealogy is one of the three most popular hobbies in America year after year. More and more people are setting off on a journey to trace their roots and discover the lives of their ancestors. Why not join them and be the family history detective in your clan? Join genealogist and author Maureen Wlodarczyk for her program and learn about using Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, online newspaper archives, military research sources, and doing DNA testing to aid in your search on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 2:00-3:30pm at the Sayreville Library. Helpful handouts will be provided to attendees. Who do you think you are? 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!

Genealogy: It’s Not a Tree or a Chart – It’s a Story!-Saturday, Oct. 8, 2:00PM-3:30PM
A family tree chart is only the first step in learning the story of your ancestors. Join genealogist and author Maureen Wlodarczyk to learn how to breathe life and dimension into your family tree to tell a story of the real daily lives and experiences of your ancestors - the places they lived, the neighborhoods and churches so integral to their lives, their jobs, economic conditions, social environments, military service and more. Context is everything in truly knowing the people who came before you and made your life possible! 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!

Blood Drive

Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2:30PM-7:00PM
Did you know less than 5% of the population donates blood yet 80% will need it at some time in their lives? Or that every 2.5 seconds someone needs blood? It could be a friend, a family member, or maybe even you. Stop by today and donate blood in the Library's Meeting Room. Sponsored by Community Blood Services.

Social Media Workshops
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Twitter for Beginners & Beyond!-Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Social media expert Ms. Deborah Bailey will be here to offer a beginners' crash course on all things Twitter! This will be a live, hands-on demonstration to cover everything from starting your own account, "tweeting," posting photos, and managing your security settings. Perfect for newbies who may have started an account, but don't know what to do next! Come with your questions and get ready to learn how you can stay connected and engaged with your friends using Twitter! 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!

Pinterest for Beginners & Beyond!-Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Social media expert Deborah Bailey will be at the Sayreville Public Library to offer a beginners' crash course on all things Pinterest! This will be a live, hands-on demonstration to cover everything from starting your own account, "pinning" to boards, sharing pins with friends and family, and how Pinterest can be used in both your personal and professional lives. Perfect for newbies who may have started an account, but don't know what to do next! Come with your questions and get ready to learn all things Pinterest-related! 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!

Back to School!

Applying for Financial Aid for College-Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Without financial aid, the cost of attending college would be beyond the reach of most families. Trying to understand the terminology, the types of aid available, and how to get through the process of applying for financial aid can be daunting. High school juniors and seniors and their parents should attend this seminar to hear an experienced professional clarify the process so they can obtain the aid they need to attend college. Join Barbara Wichinsky, M.Ed., former Director of Guidance and Independent Consultant. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Miracles
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 2016 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!

Miracles from Heaven on Friday, Sept. 30, 1:00PM-3:00PM
Synopsis: Based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy discovers her ten year old daughter Anna has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter's healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident and falls three stories, a miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired. Adults only, please. Rated PG-13. 104 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, Oct. 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 alainad@lmxac.org. View Full Schedule!

Scrabble Club

The 1st & 3rd Friday of Every Month, 1:30PM-3:30PM. Next Meetings: Friday, Oct. 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 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, Oct. 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 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 September 24 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.

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ESL Conversation Group-FALL 2016

Want to Join the Fall Adult ESL Conversation Group @ the Sayreville Public Library? 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. The group will meet on Tuesdays, 9/20/16–12/20/16 from 6:00PM-8:00PM. Note: This group is NOT for people who have little to no understanding of English. In order to attend this conversation group you MUST ATTEND this registration date. Stop by at the Sayreville Library’s Registration Date on Tuesday, 9/13 anytime between 5:00PM–7:30PM! If you have a question OR cannot make the above registration date and want to see what other dates are available at other facilities, call the office at 732-906-5456 or email Melissa Bernstein at mbernstein@literacynj.org You can also visit their site here.

Wireless Printing Is Here!

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

Current Computer Class Schedule-Classes will be back in September!

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. Our regular computer classes will return in September! We have also added some new social media classes starting in August. See dates below! Please use the online classes all year-round here!

Microsoft Word for Beginners-Monday, Sept. 26, 6:00PM-8:00PM OR Tuesday, Nov. 8, 6:00PM-8:00PM
NEW! Twitter for Beginners & Beyond!-Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6:30PM-8:00PM Register now!
A Beginner's Guide to Google, Google Products & Android-Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6:00PM-8:00PM Regsiter now!
Microsoft Powerpoint for Beginners-Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6:00PM-8:00PM
NEW! Pinterest for Beginners & Beyond!-Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6:30PM-8:00PM Register now!
Safe Computing Practices-Mon., Oct. 17, 6:00PM-8:00PM Register now!
Microsoft Outlook for Beginners-Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Microsoft Excel for Beginners-Mon., Oct. 31, 6:00PM-8:00PM
NEW! Instagram for Beginners & Beyond!-TBA!
NEW! LinkedIn for Beginners & Beyond!-TBA!
A Beginner's Guide to Windows 10-TBA!
NEW! Facebook for Beginners & Beyond!-TBA!
How to Access & Organize Your Digital Photos-TBA!
Understanding Your Apple Tablet or Phone-TBA!
Computer Basics & Using the Internet-TBA!
Selling Your Stuff on Amazon & eBay-TBA!
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.

 
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.