Taking Place in the Lobby of the Library Wednesday, 9/3-Saturday, 9/6!
The Friends of the Library will be hosting a Blowout Book Sale for the first time in the Lobby! There will be an amazing book clearance with non-fiction collectibles priced to sell! Don't miss this great opportunity! The sale schedule is as follows: Wednesday, 9/3 from 1PM-7PM, Thursday, 9/4 from 1PM-7PM, Friday, 9/5 from 11AM-4PM & Saturday, 9/6 from 11AM-4PM.
The Grand Prize Winner of the Adult Summer Reading Club will be announced the 2nd week of September! Thank you to everyone who participated! See the Summer Reading page to see Week 9's winner and to eventually see who the Grand Prize Winner of the Kindle Fire HD will be!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Wednesdays, September 10, 17, 24 & October 1, 6:00PM-7:30PM!
Keep it simple as you learn and build your skills in the art of knitting! This beginner's course in knitting is a great stress reliever, plus you get to use what you make in this series of four classes. Knit a scarf OR dishcloth while learning a combination of three different stitches. Learn how to cast on, bind off, make fringes, and about different knitting tools and tips. The following supplies need to be purchased prior to the first day of class: Size 8 knitting needles, 2 skeins of worsted weight yarn (for a scarf) or 1 skein of worsted weight 100% cotton (for a dishcloth). Registration is limited to ten adults! Serious registrants only! Only register if you can attend ALL FOUR SESSIONS! To register for the series, you must contact Alaina at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-727-0212 ex. 25. Sayreville cardholders are given first preference.
Monday, September 15, 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 email@example.com or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. 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!
About the Instructor:Dr. Colleen Georges 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, provides career and life coaching services, and writes résumés for clients across the professional spectrum. 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, is a NJ Licensed Professional Counselor, and holds over a dozen certifications in career and life coaching, résumé writing, job search, positive psychology, and positive parenting. 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. View a video of Dr. Georges here.
Thursday, September 18, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Join author Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta as she shares her experience writing her book, On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist. Her book is a fun, upbeat memoir about a girl who loves music and life in general. This book talk is perfect for writers and music enthusiasts alike as Maryanne takes attendees on a journey through her writing and publication process in addition to her own personal anecdotes which have been woven into this fantastic book. Maryanne paints a vivid picture of being a teenager in the 1970s and young woman in the 1980s -- and the punk, new wave and rock scene from a young fan's viewpoint. Life truly comes together for Maryanne once she creates a career for herself reporting on the music she loves, writing for publications such as The Aquarian Arts Weekly, music.com and Punk magazine. Unlike other music memoirs, there is no downward spiral into drugs and addiction. Nor is it a groupie "tell all." On the Guest List is simply a compilation of mostly happy memories straight from the pages of Maryanne's diaries -- and of course, her heart. This event will take place during the Creative Writing Group, but everyone is welcome to attend! For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25 or firstname.lastname@example.org or register online now!
Monday, September 22, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Dr. Colleen Georges will share strategies for using social media such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to uncover potential job opportunities, brand yourself as an expert in your field, and be found by recruiters and hiring managers.
About the Instructor: Dr. Colleen Georges 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, provides career and life coaching services, and writes résumés for clients across the professional spectrum. 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, is a NJ Licensed Professional Counselor, and holds over a dozen certifications in career and life coaching, résumé writing, job search, positive psychology, and positive parenting. 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. View a video of Dr. Georges here. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25 or email her at email@example.com. You may also register online now!
Back for the Fall of 2014!
The groups are back for Fall, 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. The Sayreville Library registration date was on 8/28 from 10AM-1PM, but there will also be registration on the testing date of 9/11 from 10AM-2PM. Registration will be from 10:30AM-2PM, whereas the test will be from 10AM-2PM. This Conversation Group is one of many that learners may be placed into. For more information about this process, contact Literacy New Jersey at (732) 906-5456 or (800) 848-0048, or email Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit their site here. Please view the flyer here for full details!
Tuesday, September 23, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Celebrate our beloved New Jersey by joining fellow film and TV enthusiasts for this wonderful lecture by Walter Choroszewski! Walter is New Jersey Proud and celebrates the state’s historic contributions to American cinema and television—from Edison’s Black Maria Studio to the numerous Jersey-born artists who have starred on the big and little screens. Walter showcases New Jersey as the Birthplace of Silent Film and he covers NJ’s popularity as a location for movies and Reality TV. Thank you to the Friends of the Sayreville Public Library who are sponsoring this event.
About the Instructor:Walter Choroszewski has been a leading advocate of Jersey pride since 1980 when he was commissioned to photograph the state for a book project. NEW JERSEY A Scenic Discovery, which launched his photographic career and link to the Garden State. He has since published eighteen photographic books; his most recent book, Hunterdon In My Heart, celebrates Hunterdon County’s tercentenary 2014. Choroszewski’s book, NEW JERSEY A Photographic Celebration, was selected for the Official NJ 350th “101 GREAT NEW JERSEY BOOK LIST” under art and poetry. Choroszewski’s photographs were the inspiration for creating the iconic state tourism campaign: "NEW JERSEY & You: Perfect Together!" Walter was the primary photographer of the campaign through the 1980s and 90s and was awarded the first New Jersey Photo Journalism Award by Governor Thomas Kean in 1989. In addition to state tourism, Choroszewski’s photographs of New Jersey were widely published in calendars, magazines, textbooks and as covers for Bell Atlantic’s telephone directories. His fine art prints and murals of New Jersey are found in corporations, hospitals in many private collections. For over thirty years Walter has also promoted New Jersey through his public speaking and popular school programs. “NEW JERSEY Celebrate Your State” and “Timeline New Jersey” received an Award of Recognition from the New Jersey Historical Commission in 2011. Walter maintains an active lecture schedule with presentations to New Jersey schools, libraries and organizations. Walter and his wife Susan live in the village of South Branch in Somerset County. If you have a question, please contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at email@example.com, or register online now!
Monday, September 29, 7:15PM-8:30PM
Experience the basics of yoga, breathing, and meditation in this beginners level yoga class.
About the Instructor: Denise Morgan is a Professional Yoga Instructor, Shaman, Lightworker, Paranormal Investigator, Intuitive, Teacher, Medium, Certified Personal Trainer, and Exercise Instructor. Important Information: Please note that while this is a beginners level class, attendees should plan on getting on the floor to do various yoga moves. This class is not recommended for people with serious medical conditions. Attendees should bring a mat or towel and water. Ages 18+ are welcome! For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or register online now!
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!
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 email@example.com, or register below!
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!
The 2nd Thursday of Every Month, 6:30PM-8:00PM. Next Meeting: Thursday, September 18 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. View Full Schedule!
Next Meeting: Saturday, September 27, 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 email@example.com. 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!
***New Schedule***The Last Monday of Every Month from 6:30PM-8:00PM. Next Meeting: Monday, September 29, 6:30PM-8:00PM!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for making the Moms Helping Moms Group possible!
The 1st & 3rd Friday of Every Month, 1:30PM-3:30PM. Next Meetings: Friday, September 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 email@example.com or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. View Full Schedule!
The 3rd Thursday of Every Month, 2:00PM-4:00PM. Next Meeting: Thursday, September 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! For more information, contact Alaina at firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com. View Full 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!
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 for Beginner Computer Users-Wednesday, September 3, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Internet for Beginners-TBA!
Email for Beginners-TBA!
Microsoft Word for Beginners-Wednesday, September 10, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Microsoft Word for Intermediate Users-Discontinued due to funding.
Microsoft Outlook for Beginners-TBA!
Microsoft Excel for Beginners-Wednesday, September 17, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Microsoft Powerpoint for Beginners-Wednesday, September 24, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call her at 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You must contact and speak with Alaina to register for computer classes.
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!
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.