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Healing Meditation Group for Family & Friends of Those Affected by Cancer *NEW*

Thursday, Apr. 2 & 23 from 1:00PM-2:00PM
Are you a caregiver or have a loved one affected by cancer? You can reap the benefits of meditation in a comforting and empathetic environment in this new group designed just for you. Refresh your mind and body through simple and nourishing meditation exercises, and find insight through a guided journey by Wellness Professional Denise Morgan. Take time for you in by giving your mind and body the TLC it so deserves. Note: When you register, you are signing up for BOTH dates listed. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

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!

Free Diabetes Self-Management Series!
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Thursday, Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7 & 14 from 10:00AM-12:15PM
Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc. (HQSI), a member of the Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, is partnering with the Sayreville Public Library to provide free diabetes education as part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program. The EDC program is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The program offers free workshops that are open to people with diabetes, their family members and caregivers. The free workshops follow the Diabetes Self-Management Program created by the Stanford School of Medicine. Workshops help individuals learn how to manage their own health and are designed to help participants take control of their diabetes and change their life. Participants will learn about diabetes and its risks, the role of diet and exercise, how to deal with pain and fatigue, managing medications, the importance of doctor exams, maintaining willpower and much more. The six-week workshop series will be offered here and is VERY LIMITED so sign up now! For more information or to register for these workshops, contact Alaina Dowd, Adult Services Librarian, at (732) 727-0212 ext. 25 or alainad@lmxac.org.

Visit www.qualityinsights-qin.org to view a schedule of available workshops, or to learn more about HQSI’s participation in the Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network. About Quality Insights: Quality Insights is the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network is a collaboration between the West Virginia Medical Institute, its Quality Insights of Pennsylvania and Quality Insights of Delaware affiliated companies, Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc., and eQHealth Solutions. Quality Insights partners with health care providers across the network to bring about widespread, significant improvements in the quality of care they deliver. Our goal is better care, better health and lower costs.

Blood Drive

Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2:30PM-7:00PM
Every two seconds someone needs blood. Some people need regular transfusions to live. Save a life today and donate blood! Every donor gets a complimentary non-fasting Glucose and Cholesterol test. To donate, you must: weigh at least 110 lbs., bring an ID, eat a meal one hour prior to donation, and drink plenty of water prior to donation. Located in the Meeting Room. This blood drive is organized by Community Blood Services. If you have any questions, call 866-228-1500 or visit them on the web at www.communitybloodservices.org.

Garden Like a Pro Series

The Good Guys We Can’t See-Restoring Your Soil For a Healthy Garden: Part II-Saturday, Apr. 4, 12:30PM-1:30PM
Expert gardener Marleny Franco will educate individuals on the importance of healthy soil and how you can restore your soil chemical-free by utilizing microbes.  Microbes, found in healthy soil and in healthy animals including humans, are able to digest organic matter. This means that your soil will now be able to provide all of the necessary macro and micronutrients, your plants will grow to be filled with minerals and vitality, the food you harvest will be healthier, tastier, and more diversified, and your intestinal microbes will wildly applaud your new and healthier diet. You can achieve all of this while creating a more ecologically balanced earth! For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Making & Fertilizing with Compost Tea & Compost: Part III-Saturday, Apr. 11, 12:30PM-1:30PM
One of the best ways to get nutrients to your plants and to restore your soil is by fertilizing with compost tea.  It offers a safe way to feed your garden all year long and you only need to apply it once every two to three weeks. You can’t over fertilize with tea!  Expert gardener Marleny Franco will educate individuals on the importance of compost tea and composting, the different kinds of teas, how they are made, and how the process works. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Selling Your Stuff on Amazon & eBay

Tuesday, Apr. 28, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Learn the basics of buying and selling on Amazon and eBay! This beginners level course will cover how to both buy and bid on items using both services. You will also learn how to setup accounts on both services and post items for sale to start selling your stuff! This course will also cover how to use PayPal to accept payments. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Are You Still Uninsured? You Can Get Free In-person Help with a Trained Professional

Tuesday, Apr. 14 & May 12 from 3:00PM-7:00PM
Are You Still Uninsured? You can get free in-person help with a trained professional. Assistance will be provided for Enrollment for Medicaid by NJ Family Care and Children's Health Insurance. Located in the Lobby. What is Special Enrollment? Special Enrollment is time outside of the open enrollment period during which you and your family can sign up for health coverage because you have experienced certain life events. Generally, you qualify for special enrollment period 60 days following certain life events that involve a change in family status. What is a Qualifying Life Event? Life Events that may qualify an individual for SEP: Adoption, Foster Care or Birth of Child; Marriage; Gain of citizenship, national or lawfully present status; Permanent address change that provides new choices for QHP; And there are MORE situations that may apply for you. Some consumers can apply for coverage year round without having to qualify for special enrollment including: Individuals who qualify for NJ FamilyCare or Small employers through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). Have Questions? Want to know if you can still get insurance? Call: 1-800-355-0271. To minimize wait times we encourage you to call ahead for an appointment!

Career & Business Workshops for 2015
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FREE Online Language Learning from Your Library! Find Out How You Can Sign Up Today!-Tuesday, Apr. 14, 1:30PM-2:30PM
Why pay for expensive language-learning software or subscriptions when the library has access to an excellent, free online service available 24/7 via your own computer from your local Library? The Sayreville Library is happy to offer unlimited access to Transparent Language, a powerful language learning system just like the Rosetta Stone that uses flashcards to teach you a set of words or phrases. It is the fastest possible way to lock foreign words and phrases into your long-term memory. Transparent Language features unlimited use from the comfort of your home computer, personal progress tracking, pronunciation analysis, & over 80 foreign languages 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 it! Whether you want to learn a new language for fun or for business, this product is for you! To register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org, call 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or register online now!

SCORE’s QuickBooks on the Cloud-Tuesday, Apr. 7, 6:00PM-8:00PM
This workshop provides basic training in the use of QuickBooks accounting software on the cloud. Through a lecture and demo format, you’ll get an overview of how to effectively use QuickBooks from the perspective of a small business owner. It will approach the subject as a sales process, including how to track customers, sales, income, expenses, deposits, payments, etc. This is an interactive session and participants are encouraged to bring a fully charged laptop to benefit from this experience. There is a limit of a nine user licenses that may be shared and users may download a free online version of the software if and when available at Intuit.com. Registration is done through the SCORE site here.

Heed Your Calling - Discovering Your True Purpose-Tuesday, Apr. 21, 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.

Learn to Crochet 4-Part Series

Wednesdays, Apr. 8, 15, 22, & 29 from 6:00PM-8:00PM-FULL! LIMITED WAITLIST AVAILABLE
One stitch at a time and before long, your first masterpiece is done. Getting started with crocheting is the key! With this beginners class, you will learn enough to become excited for future projects to come. Have you had a desire to learn how to crochet but never started? Watch your knowledge of the craft grow by learning how to make a chain, basic stitches, and picking out and finishing your first project tips in this 4-part series. The following supplies need to be purchased prior to the first day of class: Size H crochet hook and one skein of worsted weightyarn - light solid color (no varigated, black or white). Registration is limited to 10 adults! To register, you must contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 x 25 or alainad@lmxac.org. Sayreville cardholders get first preference. DO NOT SIGN UP IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND ALL 4 PARTS.

Tax Information

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.

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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.

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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The Theory of Everything on Friday, Apr. 24, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Synopsis: Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of: time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science. Rated PG-13. 124 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, Apr. 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 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, Apr. 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, Apr. 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, 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, Mar. 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-TBA!
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-Monday, Mar. 30, 6:00PM-8:00PM *NEW DATE*
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.

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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, 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.