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Getting into College Workshops & Practice Testing Schedule

Applying for Financial Aid for College-Saturday, Feb. 6, 2:00PM-3:30PM
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. REGISTER FOR THE NEW DATE HERE!

Kaplan’s NEW SAT Practice Test-Saturday, Feb. 6, 10:00AM-1:00PM-*FULL! NO WAITLIST AVAILABLE!*
THE SAT® IS CHANGING. WILL YOU BE READY? Take Kaplan’s free New SAT Practice Test and find out! Get a practice run of the NEW SAT! Through this unique opportunity, students will take a fully-proctored exam and will learn what to expect in a test-like environment. Practice test scores from this event can serve as an SAT score prediction for the student, prior to having to sit for the actual exam. This practice test will take approximately 4 hours. Students will need to bring a calculator, two #2 pencils, a snack and water. Students and their families will receive their score results by email from Kaplan within 2 weeks. 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.

IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THESE EVENTS: Please register EVERYONE who plans on coming----we need to ensure there are enough seats for all attendees. All attendees will need to re-confirm their attendance when they receive their reminder call from Alaina two days before the event. If guests do not re-confirm by 12PM the day before the event, their spot will go to someone on the waitlist. Attendees who are late are not guaranteed entry into the event.

For more information or to register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25.

What Vintage Sports Cards or Memorabilia Are In Your Attic?

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Many people have vintage sports cards and memorabilia collecting dust in their homes, but do you know the value of these items? Some of these items may have been collected as a kid and some might have been passed down from prior generations. Mr. Michael Osacky, owner of Baseballintheattic.com, will talk about vintage sports collecting in the first portion of this Sayreville Public Library event, and finish off by giving personal, verbal appraisals for guests who bring their own sports memorabilia. He focuses exclusively on memorabilia pre-1970. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or you may also register online now!

About the Presenter: Mr. Michael Osacky is the official appraiser for athletes from teams such as the Chicago Bulls and New York Yankees. He has written articles and blogs for the New York Times, Huffington Post, Kiplinger’s Magazine, American Legion Magazine, and Parade. Mr. Osacky has appraised world championship collections from former NBA and MLB athletes (Chicago Bulls and New York Yankees) and is certified by the National Association of Professional Appraisers (NAPA). He is an active collector of Pre-1970 sports cards, especially tobacco and Cracker Jack baseball cards. Michael enjoys interviewing professional sports' owners such as Tom Ricketts (Chicago Cubs), Bill DeWitt Jr (St. Louis Cardinals), George McCaskey (Chicago Bears), and Shad Khan (Jacksonville Jaguars).

*FULL! WAITLIST AVAILABLE!* Adult Craft Night-Bookmark Crafts

Thursday, Feb. 11, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Master Crafter Theresa Chuntz will lead attendees in making two different kinds of bookmarks! Simple sewing techniques will be used to make a ribbon bookmark. Paperclips and buttons will be used to make another bookmark that is as cute as a button…literally! For more information, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You may also get on the waitlist by clicking here!

The Tea World in Africa

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2:00PM-3:30PM
Africa may not be the first place you envision when you think of tea. Most people do not realize that African teas are highly regarded and sought after. Learn about the unique taste, flavor, and aroma of tea and tisanes from Rwanda, Kenya, and South Africa. Join us as we discover the different tea cultures of various African countries. There will several African teas and tisanes to taste. Adults only, ages 18+up. Very limited availability. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25, or register online now!

Friends of the Sayreville Library "Souper" Bowl

Starting Saturday, Jan. 16 @ the Book Sale & Continuing until Feb. 7
Please help celebrate the “Souper Bowl” and donate a can of soup! All donations will be collected until February 7th and donated to Sayreville Care & Share Food Bank.

Special Computer Workshops for 2016

Safe Computing Practices-Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Find out how to protect your computer from malicious software, use safe practices when using email, keep your computer up-to-date with the latest security and software updates, and many other tips to ensure you are being safe online! Let tech gadget guru, Hank Loch, walk you through all of this in this new class! Register now!

For more information or to register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25. For more class offerings, see below!

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Career & Business Workshops for 2016

Interviewing Techniques for Today’s Job Market-Tuesday, Feb. 23, 10:00AM-11:00AM
Learn everything there is to know about the interview process! An expert will discuss how to effectively prepare for the interview process, as well as how to follow up appropriately post-interview. Find out what employers expect from you and what skills and behaviors you need to demonstrate during the interview to ensure that you stand out from the crowd! The presentation will also cover resumes, how to avoid some common resume missteps, and how you can get yours positively reviewed. Register now!

What Employers Expect & How to Search for a Job in 2016-Tuesday, Mar. 22, 10:00AM-11:00AM
Outstanding work readiness skills, excellent customer service skills, accomplished team player—these are all phrases used continuously by employers when asked what they seek in an employee. What do those phrases actually mean and how do you showcase these traits in an interview? And how does social media play a part in the job search now? This presentation will shed light on what employers expect in 2016, as well as review social media job search techniques, networking techniques, sector specific approaches, and other trends to help you secure the job you really want. Register now!

Presented by Garret Gega of Middlesex County Workforce Development Board (WDB) and Office of Workforce Development. For more information or to register, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org or call 732-727-0212 ex. 25.

Woman in Gold
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!

Woman in Gold on Friday, Feb. 26, 1:00PM-3:00PM
Synopsis: Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann, starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt's famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg, she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court. Adults only, please. PG-13. 109 minutes. Register now!

Wireless Printing Is Here!

Print from your own device or computer while in the library or even outside of the library!

Do I Need a Library Card to Print? No! You will use your email address as your ID when prompted to print and when picking up the jobs at a Print Release Station.

How Long Do I Have to Pick It Up? Print jobs are held by the system until the end of the business day.

What Can I Print? Letter-size, single-sided jobs can be printed. This printing service supports over 100 file formats, including: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Visio, Adobe PDF, JPEG, & TIFF to name a few. Access the full list here.

How Much Does It Cost and How Do I Pay? $.10 per page for black and white/$.25 per page for color. As of January 1, 2016, all black and white pages will cost 15 cents and color pages will cost 35 cents. The printers take coins (no pennies), $1 bills and $5 bills. No credit/debit cards.

How? 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!

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Real Life ESL: a New Conversation Group by the Sayreville Public Library

Thursdays, Feb. 4-Apr. 14, 10:30AM-12:00PM
Want to improve your English speaking skills while also learning about American culture and customs? Join this new, FREE conversation group to practice your English in a friendly environment! The library invites adults who already have some basic knowledge of English but want to become more confident in their ability to have a conversation, especially in day-to-day situations. This group is fun, interactive, and a great way to meet people going through the same process! For more information or to register, fill out a registration form at the Library, contact Alaina at 732-727-0212 ex. 25, email her at alainad@lmxac.org, or register online now!

Information About the Fall ESL Conversation Group by Literacy New Jersey

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. These individuals can still contact the Literacy NJ organization and see if they can be placed at a different location for basic classes.

Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 22-Dec. 22 & Jan. 12-May 31, 6:00PM-8:00PM

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.

The Next Registration Date Is: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:00PM-8:00PM. After this date has passed, please contact the Literacy NJ office to see what other dates are available at other facilities OR pick up an Interest Form at the library that should be filled out and given to a librarian who will then send it to the Literacy NJ office.

Contact Information: You may contact Literacy New Jersey at (732) 906-5456 or (800) 848-0048, or email Melissa at mbernstein@literacynj.org. You can also visit their site here.

Stitchers & Knitters Anonymous Craft Club
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The 2nd Thursday of Every Month, 6:30PM-8:00PM. Next Meeting: Thursday, Feb. 11 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, Feb. 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 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, Feb 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, 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. 27 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. To read more about Dr. Georges, click here.

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. Please note that at this time, there will NOT be any computer classes until January 2016. Please use the online classes all year-round here!

NEW! How to Access & Organize Your Digital Photos-TBA!
Understanding Your Android Tablet & Phone-TBA!
NEW! A Beginner's Guide to Windows 10-TBA!
Microsoft Excel for Beginners-TBA!
Microsoft Powerpoint for Beginners-Monday, Feb. 8, 6:00PM-8:00PM *FULL! WAITLIST NO LONGER AVAILABLE!*
Microsoft Word for Beginners-Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:00PM-8:00PM*FULL! WAITLIST NO LONGER AVAILABLE!*
NEW! Safe Computing Practices-Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6:00PM-8:00PM Register online now!
Understanding Your Apple Tablet or Phone-TBA!
Computer Basics & Using the Internet-TBA!
A Beginner's Guide to Google & Google Products-TBA!
Microsoft Outlook for BeginnersTBA!
Mouse for Beginners-Discontinued due to funding. Call 732-727-0212 ex. 21 for a one-on-one session with a librarian.
Email for Beginners-Discontinued due to funding. Call 732-727-0212 ex. 21 for a one-on-one session with a librarian.
Microsoft Word for Intermediate Users-Discontinued due to funding. Try our online classes here instead!

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 except for the one-on-one Mouse for Beginners. Adults only, please. To register for any of the classes where there is not an option to register now, contact Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org, or call her at 732-727-0212 ex. 25. You must contact and speak with Alaina to register for most of the computer classes.

Understanding Your Commitment: While these classes are free to you, it costs the library money to offer them. When you register for a class, please take your commitment seriously and notify Alaina as soon as you can if you can no longer attend. Once registered, Alaina will contact you a few days before class to re-confirm that you still plan on attending. If Alaina requires that you call her back to re-confirm, you MUST contact Alaina back by 12PM the day of class to hold onto your spot.  If you do not confirm with her by then, your spot be given to someone on the wait list.

 
Do You Have Any Unwanted 2016 Calendars?

Please donate any extra, unwanted 2016 calendars to the Friends of the Library. You can drop them off at the Front Desk. Questions? Email them at friendsofsayrevillelibrary@gmail.com.

Newly Retired or Retirees: Looking to Become Involved with Our Community?

Join the Friends of the Sayreville Library. We welcome new members and their ideas. For more information, click here.

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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!

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.