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Meet Your Neighbors! Celebrating Indian Heritage

Saturday, Oct. 4, 1PM @ the Senior Center, 423 Main St. Sayreville
Don’t miss our 5th annual “Meet Your Neighbors” celebration! This year we will focus on Indian heritage! Join us for a spectacular FREE event about the Hindu festival Diwali, the Festival of Lights! Seema Moondra of Enjoy, Explore India will present a beautiful, informative program on this ancient Hindu festival that celebrates the spiritual victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair. Seema is an excellent storyteller who weaves elements of music, visual art and fun into her traditional stories! Guests will also be treated to a breathtaking dance performance by Shree Hari Entertainment! Beautiful costumes and themes of diversity and community are woven throughout the dance program, which features dances from many regions of India. Everyone will be served special Diwali dessert sweets, candies and crackers. Children will complete a Diwali craft, prizes will be raffled and EVERYONE will take home a special Diwali keepsake from the event! Bring your friends and family, as there is so much for everyone to enjoy! Register SOON, as space is limited. Register online here or call 732-727-0212, ext. 26. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

A Beginner’s Guide to Windows 8

Monday, Oct. 6, 6PM-8PM
The Sayreville Public Library will be offering its first ever class on Windows 8! 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 can also register online now!

Classic Hollywood Romance: On Screen & Off

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 6:30PM-8PM
Film expert, Walter Choroszewski, takes us to the roots of American Cinema from the Silent Screen era through the Golden Age; he reviews some of the best Romantic Movies ever made with stories of the on-screen celebrity couples and their off-screen love lives. He'll showcase Hollywood's longest marriages and contrast with some of the shortest and most unusual romances. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Sayreville Public Library. Contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex 25 or alainad@lmxac.org to register. You can also register online now!

Apples - Dumplings, Cider and Jack-FULL! LIMITED WAITLIST AVAILABLE

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2PM-3:30PM
Apples, a fruit brought to the United States by the Dutch, found a perfect home in the Garden State. Many varieties were grown in the rich New Jersey soil, some of which can still be found in our state's orchards. Discover why the apple was so important to early Americans and what role New Jersey played in the growth and production of apple products such as apple cider and applejack. Learn about some of the different varieties of apples and what food and beverages are made from this versatile fruit. Join us for this lecture by food historian, Judith Krall-Russo. Apple treats will also be served! Contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex 25 or alainad@lmxac.org to register. You can also register online now!

A Beginner’s Guide to Google & Google Products

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6PM-8PM
The Sayreville Public Library will be offering its first ever class on Google and all of its many products! Many people are familiar with Google as a way to search for information easily and quickly, but did you know that Google has over 100 products that can make your life easier? Come explore and learn about some of the more popular tools in this new class. Contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex 25 or alainad@lmxac.org to register. You can also register online now!

Making Your Résumé & Cover Letter Work!

Monday, Oct. 20, 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. Register online now! View a video of Dr. Georges to learn more about her!

Author Visit: Beverly Samuelson, Author of "Eyes of Greed"

Monday, Oct. 20, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Join the Books & Bites Book Club today as author, Beverly Samuelson, joins them to discuss her work, "Eyes of Greed." All are welcome to join to meet the author, hear her talk about her work, and have a lovely afternoon with light refreshments. Note: the meeting will start at the special time of 2PM instead of 1PM. Book Club members do not need to register.About the Book: The story takes place in a small seaside town in New Jersey. It begins innocent enough with a town celebration. The story turns to murder among other sinister events over a period of time. The events tell of how a life of greed destroyed a family and how murder took control. Leaving one to understand the danger and result of fraud and corruption in government and what could take place even in a small town. How the lure of money will turn even the most innocent into a pawn for masters of corruption and stealing their souls so that their work of evil can prevail. Read more about the author here! 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!

“Murder, Mystery and Magic!” Whodunit with a Magical Twist

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:00PM-8:00PM
Come join us here for magician Mark Zacharia's "Murder, Mystery and Magic!" Whodunit with a Magical Twist. In the role of inspector, Mark Zacharia will turn the library into a crime scene and with the help of several audience members use magic to unravel clues and discover whodunit! You'll die laughing! Ages 12+ are welcome, but this event is definitely more suited for adults. Contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex 25 or alainad@lmxac.org to register. You can register online now!

The College Search Process 101

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2PM-4PM @ the Sayreville High School
Does the prospect of selecting a college and going through the admissions process seem overwhelming? Is the terminology confusing? High school sophomores and juniors and their parents should attend this seminar to hear an experienced professional demystify the steps needed to complete a successful search. Join Barbara Wichinsky, M.Ed., former Director of Guidance and Independent Consultant for this helpful workshop. While this event is sponsored by the Sayreville Library, this event will be held at Sayreville War Memorial High School’s cafeteria. Registration should be done through Alaina at the Sayreville Library at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or email her at alainad@lmxac.org. You can also register online now!

JOB OPENING: PART-TIME SECURITY GUARD

Sayreville Library seeks a part-time security guard. Under direction, the guard patrols the grounds, building, and other areas of the library to provide protection to persons gathered therein from harm and to guard and protect public property against fire, theft, vandalism, and illegal or unauthorized entry. Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to command the authority necessary to implement the library visitor code of conduct. Training and work-related experience a plus. A 15-20 hour per week schedule includes weekday evenings and weekends. Hourly salary range $12.37-$20.67. To apply go to www.sayreville.com and click on Employment opportunities, or email becky@sayreville.com to request an application.

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The Days of Summer in NJ Photo Contest

Submit Your Photo August 1 - September 30 (Just Extended!)
The theme of the contest is "The Days of Summer in NJ." We are looking for striking digital images that celebrate the beauty and excitement of what it is like to experience summer in New Jersey. Be creative and have fun! Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. The Sayreville Public Library 2014 Digital Photo Contest is open to ALL photographers at least 18 years of age, except employees of the library and the immediate families of such employees. The contest is open to Sayreville Library cardholders only. One submission per person. All pictures must be submitted via email to Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org.

The winner of the contest will receive a Photography Prize Package including: the books The Unforgettable Photograph, What's Your Exit?, and The Real Jersey Shore, as well as some photography tools of the trade including a LensPen New DSLR Pro Camera Cleaning Kit, a Mango Spot® Best Camera Lens Thermos, and a Domke 19-Inch Protective Wrap for camera parts. The winner's photo will also be featured on display in the Library, on the library's website, official Facebook and Twitter pages, and in the library's electronic newsletter. A 2nd place winner, 3rd place winner, and three honorable mentions will also be awarded. The photographers who receive these categories will also be displayed in the library.

READ THE FULL GUIDELINES HERE! If you have a question, please contact Alaina Dowd, Adult Services Librarian & Program Coordinator at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or email her at alainad@lmxac.org.

The Adult Summer Reading Club Winner Is...

The Grand Prize Winner of the Adult Summer Reading Club is Chelle Martin! Thank you to everyone who participated! She has won a Kindle Fire HD. It was a great Summer Reading Club for 2014!

The Sayreville Day Raffle Drawing Winner Is...

Kelly Falk! Thank you to everyone who participated! She has won a blue-ray DVD player and a goodie basket filled with treats for a movie night in! Thank you to everyone who visited us!

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Do You Like What We Do? Consider Taking Two Minutes to Vote For the Sayreville Library as the Best Public Library in Middlesex County!

The Home News Tribune is calling upon its readers to vote for everything they love in Middlesex County, from coffee shops to pizza places, and even public libraries! Consider voting for the Sayreville Public Library in the Best of the Best Reader's Choice Contest of Middlesex County of 2014! To vote, go to MyCentralJersey.com/votehn and click on People & Services, and then Public Library. Type Sayreville Public Library into the box. Thank you!

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 2014 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!

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Heaven Is For Real on Friday, September 26 at the NEW TIME OF **12:00PM-2:00PM**
Synopsis: The true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near-death experience. He recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth. Adults only, please. Rated PG. 99 minutes. Register now!

Flowers in the Attic on Friday, October 24 at the NEW TIME OF **12:00PM-2:00PM**
Synopsis: A gothic story of four siblings who, after the death of their father, are torn from a peaceful life and subjected to abuse resulting from a dark family secret. Abandoned by their mother and forced to endure unimaginable treatment living in the attic of their grandparents' mansion, the children form their own family unit. But as the oldest boy and girl come of age, they are entrapped by their family's sordid past as they try to survive and escape the harsh living conditions. Not Rated. 90 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, October 9 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 NEW, 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!

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The Contagious Optimism Wellness Group

Next Meeting: Saturday, October 25, 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 may also register online here. 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!

The Moms Helping Moms Support Group

***New Schedule***The Last Monday of Every Month from 6:30PM-8:00PM. Next Meeting: Monday, October 27, 6:30PM-8:00PM!
Moms Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, working mom, or work-at-home mom, or a mom who is married, single, or separated, we know that motherhood is a constant juggling act. Sometimes all that multi-tasking can raise stress levels, put a strain on family relations, and leave moms needing some extra support and guidance. And, who better to provide that support than fellow moms who understand these challenges first-hand. The Moms Helping Moms Support Group is a place where you can talk about the stresses you are facing, both the big and small ones, in the company of fellow moms who can offer an unbiased ear, ideas, resources, and overall emotional support. The group is facilitated by Dr. Colleen Georges, a work-at-home mom who is also a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Life & Career Coach, and Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator.View a video of Dr. Georges to learn more about her! Register now!

About Dr. Colleen Georges: Dr. Georges is a Certified Comprehensive Positive Psychology Coach, a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Specialist, a NJ Licensed Professional Counselor, and most recently, a Certified Positive Discipline Counselor. For more information, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex.25 or email her at alainad@lmxac.org. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for making the Moms Helping Moms Group possible!

Scrabble Club

The 1st & 3rd Friday of Every Month, 1:30PM-3:30PM. Next Meetings: Friday, October 3 & 17 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, October 16 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! For more information, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. No registration required. For more information, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or email her at alainad@lmxac.org. View Full Schedule!

Computer Classes

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!

NEW! A Beginner’s Guide to Windows 8-Monday, Oct. 6, 6PM-8PM
NEW! A Beginner’s Guide to Google & Google Products-Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6PM-8PM
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-Monday, Oct. 20, 6PM-8PM
Email for Beginners-Monday, Oct. 27, 6PM-8PM
Microsoft Word for Beginners-TBA!
Microsoft Word for Intermediate Users-Discontinued due to funding.
Microsoft Outlook for Beginners-TBA!
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 alainad@lmxac.org, call her at 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You must contact and speak with Alaina to register for computer classes.

Information About the ESL Conversation Groups

Now that registration and testing are completed for the Fall series, the Sayreville class is now full. Literacy NJ will no longer be accepting anyone into the program until possibly January. They will make that determination based on attendance from the Fall session. If you are interested in this program, please fill out this form and fax it to the Literacy NJ office at 732-635-2000 and they will follow up with you. 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. Forms are also available at the Reference Desk for pickup.

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.healthcare 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.