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Photo Contest Results!

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!

Celebrate NJ's 350th Birthday @ the Library with These Special Events!

Cinema & Television: The New Jersey Connection on Thursday, Nov. 6, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Celebrate our beloved New Jersey by joining us 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 that 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. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sayreville Public Library! For more information, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or email her at alainad@lmxac.org. Register online now!

About the Presenter: 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 NJ350th “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.

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New Jersey 350 - Children's Program on Monday, Nov. 10, 6:00PM
Children are invited to celebrate New Jersey's 350th anniversary with us! There will be two activities: a craft for children between the ages of 3 & 5 and a game of bingo for children in Grades 1-5. Please check the library's website for details and to register. Registration is required and begins on October 20. For more information, contact Leah at 732-727-0212 ex. 5, or email her at lkloc@lmxac.org. Register online now!

New Jersey Movie Film Festival on Various Dates Throughout November---See Details Below!
In honor of New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary, Sayreville Public Library will host a special movie marathon highlighting films which were made or set in New Jersey. Join us for the fun and fresh popcorn! For more information, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or email her at alainad@lmxac.org. You can also register below.

Double Feature NJ Film Day 1 Wednesday, Nov. 12, 4pm & 6pm

4pm: Garden State starring Zach Braff & Natalie Portman
Synopsis: Andrew has been away from home for ten years when he returns for his mother's funeral. Nothing has changed, and the tension between him and his father still exists. He meets a young woman who helps give him the courage to open his heart. Rated R. 102 min. Register now!

6pm: A Beautiful Mind starring Russell Crowe & Jennifer Connelly
Synopsis: The true story of a troubled Princeton mathematician who is able to overcome years of suffering from schizophrenia to win the Nobel Prize. Rated PG-13. 136 min. Register now!

Double Feature NJ Film Day 2 Tuesday, Nov. 18, 4pm & 6pm

4pm: Jersey Girl starring Liv Tyler & Ben Affleck
Synopsis: Ollie is a big-city publicist who has the life he's always wanted, until things take an unexpected turn. But just when he thinks his life has hit rock bottom, a sexy, no-nonsense video store clerk enters his life. Rated PG-13. 110 min. Register now!

6pm: American Hustle starring Christian Bale & Bradley Cooper
Synopsis: Brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, along with his partner, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent. He pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Rated R. 138 min. Register now!

The Jersey Joke: Its Long and Complicated History (+ Cake Too!) on Thursday, Nov. 13, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Join us for this special lecture and for some birthday cake as we celebrate NJ's 350th birthday! New Jersey has long been the whipping boy of New York City and suffered from something of an inferiority complex. Rarely has a Saturday Night Live episode or a Woody Allen movie spared New Jersey. But, ironically, beginning in 1975, when Bruce Springsteen appeared simultaneously on the covers of both Time and Newsweek magazines and continuing with the fame The Sopranos brought to New Jersey (ironically, positive rather than negative) New Jersey has been enjoying something of a renaissance and the Jersey joke has been in decline. Indeed, given the realization that New Jersey has been a veritable engine of inventive and artistic prominence (Edison and Einstein in the first instance, Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, and Frank Sinatra in the second) it has, lately become “cool” to be from New Jersey.

Join us for this lecture give by Michael Aaron Rockland, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Department of American Studies, Rutgers University and bring your NJ pride! For more information, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or email her at alainad@lmxac.org. You can also register online now!

Photo Contest Results!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our "Days of Summer in NJ" photo contest! It was extremely difficult to pick the winners! Below is the listing of the top 3 winners, plus honorable mentions. Within the next week, we will be posting all of the photos online on our site, our Facebook & Twitter accounts. Congratulations to all of the winners!

1st Place: Liza A. Fazio 2nd Place: Chelle Martin Tied for 3rd Place: RoseMarie Quackenbush & Alexis Steeber
Honorable Mentions: Jeanette Bukowski, Mohiyudeen Bajal, Roger Delaney, Michelle Finn, & Shripal M. Shah

Poetry Workshops (2 Parts)
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Thursday, 11/13 & 11/20, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Join Poet Laureate of Asbury Park Joshua J. Ballard in his return to Sayreville Library for a two-part poetry workshop. Joshua is a two-time Grand Slam Poetry Champion of Loser Slam Poetry, where he currently hosts and performs. Joshua is co-founder of Artists For Change, an arts-based non-profit. Joshua has toured the nation several times performing spoken word poetry and facilitating workshops. Attendees will read, critique, and discuss the works of influential poetry. We will cover advance writing techniques, write poetry and share with one another in a safe and encouraging environment. Read more about Josh at: www.artistsforchange.co and www.facebook.com/loserslam.

Ages 18+ up! For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex.25 or email her at alainad@lmxac.org. Creative Writing Group members are automatically pre-registered, but this series is open to everyone! By registering, you are signing up for both dates! Register online now!

Applying for Financial Aid for College

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2:00PM-4:00PM @ the Sayreville High School
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 as she walks you through the steps of this process. **While this event is sponsored by the Sayreville Library, this event will be held at Sayreville War Memorial High School. 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 Search & Networking Techniques

Monday, Nov. 17, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Job searching and résumé expert Dr. Colleen Georges will share her tips for successfully searching for a job in this tough job market. View a video of Dr. Georges to learn more about her! To register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also register online now!

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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The Grand Budapest Hotel on Friday, November 21, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Synopsis: The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune. Register now!

Winter's Tale on Friday, Friday, Dec. 12, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Synopsis: Synopsis: Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, follow a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. Rated PG-13. 118 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, November 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 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, November 15, 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!

Scrabble Club

The 1st & 3rd Friday of Every Month, 1:30PM-3:30PM. Next Meetings: Friday, November 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, November 13 AND 20 this month 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, Nov. 24, 6PM-8PM
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-DATE CHANGE! Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6PM-8PM
Microsoft Word for Intermediate Users-Discontinued due to funding.
Microsoft Outlook for Beginners-TBA!
Microsoft Excel for Beginners-Monday, Nov. 3, 6PM-8PM
Microsoft Powerpoint for Beginners-Monday, Nov. 17, 6PM-8PM
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.