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A Letter from the Library Director

A letter regarding after-school behavior was recently added to the Bomber Backpack. A copy may be accessed here.

The Friends of the Sayreville Library Book and Regifting Sale

April 21 and 22, 1:00-3:30PM

Visit the Friends of the Sayreville Library Facebook page here!

Book donations will be accepted through April 18th. They are also accepting donations of notepads, 2018 calendars, and greeting/note cards.
Museum Passes: Sponsored by the Friends of the SPL

Great news! The Sayreville Library now circulates passes for the Grounds for Sculpture and the Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum. Details on the program may be found here! Thanks to all those who support the Friends and their initiatives!

"Meet Sayreville" Photography Contest

Entries accepted until **updated** May 4th
Show off your photography skills and help us decorate the renovated meeting room! This contest is open to residents of Sayreville above age twelve (12) who hold a valid Sayreville library card. Please read the contest rules and download the entry form .

Adult Craft Night - Bubble Magnets

Wednesday, April 25, 6:00PM
Registration begins Monday, April 9th!
Join us for Adult Craft Class led by Master Crafter Theresa Chuntz! Class begins promptly at 6:00 - no crafters will be admitted after 6:15. This same craft will be offered again in May!
Due to popularity, a unique Sayreville Library card number is required for registration - please do not register multiple people on the same card. If you'd like to register for a library card, please stop by our circulation desk. LMXAC library users will be accommodated only if space permits.

Registration here is required.

Your Garden: Preventing Common Problems

Saturday, April 28, 1:00PM
Gardening can have its challenges but knowing some simple secrets will make you a better and more successful gardener. Local garden expert Marleny Franco can help! Find answers to pertinent questions: Why won’t your lettuce germinate? Why you are not getting root development but only leaves? How do I get maximum tomato production? And more!

This event is free and open to the public, but registration here is suggested.

Tabletop Game Night

Tuesday, May 8, 6:30PM
Join us for a teen/adult tabletop game night! Don't expect Monopoly or Clue, "Game Master" Colin will have some new and interesting games for you to try. We suggest attendees be over the age of 12.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration here is suggested.

Jamie Novak: What to do With All the Stuff!

Tuesday, May 15, 6:30PM
If you can't see your table under all the papers and have boxes of photographs to sort, then run don't walk to this de-cluttering comedy show! Join Organizing Humorist and bestselling author Jamie Novak as she shares her laugh-out-loud funny approach for what to do with all the stuff!

This event is free and open to the public (not just Sayreville residents), but registration here is suggested.

Technology 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 times throughout the year. Please use the online classes year-round here!

Inrtoduction to G-Suite: Wednesday, April 18, 6:30PM. This event is free and open to the public, but registration here is suggested.

May classes TBA!

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. Adults only, please.

Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite Classes for all levels may be accessed year-round online through our partner, Universal Class. - Try our online classes here!

Mouse for Beginners- Call 732-727-0212 ex. 21 for a one-on-one session with a librarian.
Email for Beginners- Call 732-727-0212 ex. 21 for a one-on-one session with a librarian.

Friday Movie Matinees Are Back!

"The Post" Friday, April 27 @ 1:00PM

The Post (2017) depicts the true story of attempts by journalists at The Washington Post to publish the Pentagon Papers, classified documents regarding the 30-year involvement of the United States government in the Vietnam War. It stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, and was directed by Stephen Spielberg. Rated PG-13. 2 hours.

No registration required!

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 possible!

Monthly Clubs

Mindfulness Meditation

1st and 3rd Mondays, 6:30PM
Next Meeting: Monday, May 7.
Sponsored by RWJ Barnadas Health! Practicing Mindfulness on a regular basis can help one handle the stresses and challenges of daily living more effectively. No meditation experience required!

This event is free and open to the public, but registration here is suggested.

Stitchers & Knitters Anonymous Craft Club
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The 2nd Thursday of Every Month, 6:30PM-8:00PM.
Next Meeting: Thursday, May 10.
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! View Full Schedule!

Scrabble Club

The 1st & 3rd Friday of Every Month, 1:30PM-3:30PM.
Next Meeting: Friday, April 20 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! View Full Schedule!

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The Creative Writing Group

The 3rd Thursday of Every Month, 2:00PM-4:00PM.
Next Meeting: Thursday, April 19 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, call 732-727-0212 ext. 25. No registration required. View Full Schedule!

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The Contagious Optimism Wellness Group

Next Meeting: Saturday, May 12, from 10:00AM-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 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. For more information call 732-727-0212 ext. 25. You can also register online now! Adults only, please. To view a video about Dr. Georges please click here.

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ESL Conversation Group

About the Group: 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. This group is NOT for people who have little to no understanding of English.

We are not currently hosting Spring 2018 classes.

How to Register: Interested ESL learners 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 their learning level. The tutors of this group have been instructed to not allow walk-ins since everyone now needs to register and get assessed before they can enter the program.

Contact Information: If you have a question OR want to see what dates are available at other facilities, call the office at 732-906-5456 or (800)848-0048 or email Melissa Bernstein at mbernstein@literacynj.org You can also visit their site here.

We've digitized our SWMHS yearbook collection!

Thanks to a partnership between the Sayreville Library, the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Committee, and The Friends of the Sayreville Library, digital scans of ALL the SWMHS Yearbooks 1942 - 2016 are available 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!

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.