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St. Patrick’s Day Concert with Ian Gallagher

Thursday, Mar. 5, 1:00PM-2:00PM
Irish Kids Come and join us for this special afternoon concert to celebrate St. Patty's Day! Ian Gallagher, Irish singer and musician, will be performing some of your favorite Irish classics, as well as some you may have never heard of before! This is a very interactive concert, so be prepared to have fun as Ian talks with the audience about the history of Ireland and the songs being performed. Don't forget to wear your green! To register, contact Alaina by phone at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now! Ages 12+ up.

About Ian: Ian is a favored entertainer of many celebrities having performed at parties hosted or attended by LiamNeeson, Gabrial Byrne, Ellen Barkin, Mary Higgins Clark, and Frank McCourt to name just a few! He has a very fine voice deeply imbued with his Irish roots. Ian is not only a guitarist and singer, but an all-around entertainer who has a personal touch to his shows which always put a smile on the faces of his audience.

Career & Business Workshops for 2015

Heed Your Calling - Discovering Your True Purpose-Tuesday, Mar. 3, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Have you ever thought about what are you called to do with your skills and gifts? Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” This is your true purpose. There is some work that each of us was born to do. It was planted in us before we were born. It's our calling...our reason for being here. Our mission in life is to find it and pursue it. In this talk, Terrence Seamon will guide you through a series of exercises that will lead you in the direction of greater clarity around your calling, your purpose, and the work you were meant to do. With this insight, you will be able to design your own personally branded value proposition. Don’t miss an evening where you can expand your network, make new friends, share knowledge with your peers, and hear highly relevant and beneficial insights and perspectives from experts in the marketplace. Please note that at 6PM, the room will be open to invite guests to network, followed by Terrence's talk beginning at 6:30PM, concluded with more networking and discussion at 7:30PM. To register, contact Alaina by phone at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now! Read more about the speaker by clicking here.

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FREE Online Classes from Your Library! Find Out How You Can Sign Up Today!-Tuesday, Mar. 10, 6:30PM-7:30PM
Why pay for expensive classes when excellent, free online classes are available 24/7 via your own computer from your local Library? The Sayreville Library is happy to offer Universal Class, an online educational service dedicated to providing the highest quality online courses to our Sayreville residents! There are over 500 courses to choose from! Courses can qualify for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and sometimes even college credit! Some of the most popular classes taken by patrons currently include: Excel 2013, Adobe Photoshop 101, HTML, SQL, CSS, Grant Writing, Writing a Business Plan, Quickbooks, and Medical Billing & Coding to name a few! You could even take a class in bartending or cooking! There are so many to choose from! This probably all seems too good to be true, but all you need is a Sayreville Library card for access and that is it! Come learn about this amazing product the Library has purchased for the community and see if you can benefit from the amazing courses being offered to make you more competitive in your career field or even get you started on a totally new career path! To register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org, call 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or register online now!

Job Search Techniques: Resumes, Interviewing & What Employer’s Expect-Tuesday, Mar. 17, 10:00AM-12:00PM
This workshop will give you the guidance and tools to help you get a job. Learn effective techniques in resume writing, improving your interviewing skills and finding out what employers expect in job seekers. This event is presented by Garret Gega, Job Developer of the Middlesex County Department Of Workforce Development. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

FREE Kaplan SAT/ACT Prep Test-*FULL! LIMITED WAITLIST ONLY!*

Saturday, Feb. 28, 10:00AM-2:00PM
Kaplan will be offering a FREE SAT/ACT combination preparation test today! This 4 hour practice SAT/ACT combo test will show students what to expect in a test-like environment. The test is a sampling of the SAT and ACT allowing students to have the opportunity to see the scores from both tests as if they took them separately. The comprehensive score report provides a breakdown and comparison between the two exams. The test results are returned to students via email within 2 weeks of the event. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Registered students should bring a #2 pencil and a calculator. Students need to arrive by 9:45AM to check in with the proctor. Students who are late will not be admitted and will lose their spot to someone on the waitlist. 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.

New Computer Classes
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A Beginner’s Guide to Windows 8 *NEW DATE AVAILABLE*-This Event Scheduled for Monday, Jan. 26 Postponed Due to Weather Is Now Scheduled for Thursday, Feb 26, 6:00PM-8:00PM!
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. Previously registered students were re-registered. For more info, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Appy Hour: Cool Apps for Your Mobile Devices-Monday, Mar. 16, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Have you recently purchased a smart phone or tablet and are not sure where to begin? Does the world of apps overwhelm and confuse you? Join us for Appy Hour! During this program, hosted by tech guru Karlton Utter, he will be recommending some top apps for you to manage your social media, notes, email, documents, news, games, pictures, and so much more. He will also be going live on some of the apps to see how they work. There is so much more you can do with your devices than play Candy Crush. Bring your questions and get ready to have fun! In the spirit of Appy Hour, we will also have light appetizers! For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

For other computer class offerings, click here.

Tax Information
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Tax Forms
The library has limited federal tax forms. Due do the budget cuts resulting from Congressional Legislation, the IRS will not be supplying instructional booklets this year. Contact the IRS directly via phone, go to an office, order forms by mail, or download them from their site here. The State continues to not supply forms or instructions to us as well due to budget cuts. Contact the State directly via phone, go to an office, or download them from their site here.

Health Coverage & Your Federal Income Taxes
Your 2014 health coverage may affect your income taxes. You’ll provide additional information when you file your 2014 federal income tax return. You may have to complete one or two new tax forms. You may have to get a health coverage exemption or pay a fee with your tax return. For assistance with this, visit www.healthcare.gov/taxes. In addition, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted a new fact sheet for consumers about health coverage and federal income taxes as well as specific information on different types of exemptions. The fact sheet can be found here.

The College Search Process

Saturday, Mar. 28, 2:00PM-4:00PM
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 informative workshop. Registration should be done through Alaina at the Sayreville Library at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now! PLEASE REGISTER EVERYONE WHO PLANS ON ATTENDING TO ENSURE WE HAVE ENOUGH SEATING!

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 2015 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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Pride & Prejudice on Friday, Feb. 27, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Synopsis:The story is based on Jane Austen's novel about five sisters - Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia Bennet - in Georgian England. Their lives are turned upside down when a wealthy young man (Mr. Bingley) and his best friend (Mr. Darcy) arrive in their neighborhood. Rated PG. 129 minutes. **For this movie matinee, delicious sweets of the era will be served and a prize will be given away any fan of Jane Austen would appreciate!** Register now!

The Hundred-Foot Journey on Friday, Mar. 27, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Synopsis: Hassan is a culinary ingenue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, his family settles in a quaint village in the south of France. They plan to open an Indian restaurant, that is, until Madame Mallory, the owner of a classical French restaurant, gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant so near her own escalate to all out war; until Hassan's cooking talent and love for Mme. Mallory's assistant, Marguerite cannot be ignored. Rated PG. 122 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, Mar. 12 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, Mar. 6 & 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! 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, Mar. 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, 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, Feb. 28 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.

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!

Current Computer 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 months out of the year. Also, feel free to ask about our online classes! Please note that there will NOT be any computer classes in April, but classes will be back in May!

NEW! A Beginner’s Guide to Windows 8-Thursday, February 26, 6:00PM-8:00PM *NEW DATE* Register online now for this special class!
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-Wednesday, Mar. 11, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Email for Beginners-TBA!
Microsoft Word for Beginners-Wednesday, Mar. 25, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Microsoft Word for Intermediate Users-Discontinued due to funding.
Microsoft Outlook for Beginners-Wednesday, Mar. 18, 6:00PM-8:00PM
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.

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THANK YOU!

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!

Information About the ESL Conversation Groups

The groups are back for Winter, 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.For information on registration and testing dates, contact Literacy New Jersey at (732) 906-5456 or (800) 848-0048, or email Melissa at mcohen@literacynj.org. You can also visit their site here. 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.

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. 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.