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The Friends of the Sayreville Library are currently accepting donations of books, notepads and greeting/note cards.
Museum Passes: Sponsored by the Friends of the SPL

Great news! The Sayreville Library circulates passes for the Grounds for Sculpture, the Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum, and as of July 1, the Battleship New Jersey.

Now booking through September. October reservations open August 1st. Details on the program may be found here!

Thanks to all those who support the Friends and their initiatives!

Please visit the Friends' Facebook page for details on their Bunco Night fundraisers. Upcoming Bunco night: Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 PM.

On Display in Our Meeting Room for July: 2017-2018 Middlesex County Arts High & Middle School Traveling Art Exhibit

"Meet Sayreville" Photography contest participants, please email jlarsen@lmaxc.org or hlee@lmxac.org to arrange pickup of your entries.

Mark your calendar: Our next blood drive will be Monday, September 10th.

Adult Summer Reading!

This year's theme is "Libraries Rock!" Stop in to register for this year's adult summer reading program any time before July 27th.

The Fiddle in America

RESCHEDULED: Now Monday, October 29, 6:30PM
Until the early twentieth century, the fiddle was the centerpiece of American folk music and folk culture. In this interactive session, Dr. Michael Backes explores the origins and history of American fiddle music—covering a range of styles and modes of expression—and raises along the way big questions about musical tradition and music making.

Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project, which brings the humanities to locations throughout our state, allowing participants to exchange ideas and explore challenging subjects with nuance and complexity.

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

Open Mic Night

Wednesday, July 25, 6:30PM (new date, same time)
Are you a poet, short story writer, singer/songwriter? Join us for open mic night!

The Ground Rules:1) How many sets depends on number of artists who turn out. This event has a stated end-time. Singer/songwriters receive 2 songs per set. Spoken word artists receive 5 minutes per set. Sign-ups for presentation order will begin at 6:15 PM. 2) No epics - anything longer than 5 minutes counts as two songs. 3) ALL FORMS MUST BE "TV CLEAN", no hate speech. Use judgement about foul language - Please notify staff if your piece uses foul language, as it will NOT be allowed when minors are present (you may be asked to present later in the evening and a brief announcement may be made before your performance). The library reserves the right to deny a performance based on the above. 4) Audience: no heckling!

This event is free and open to the public.

"Hit the Roof" concert

Thursday, July 26, 6:30PM
With a taste of some of the twentieth century's most important musical movements, Hit the Roof reinvigorates old songs with a new twist. The duet of keyboardist and drummer start off with ragtime-stride, then on into the era of swing and boogie-woogie. The band takes a slower approach to the blues, but then heads into a rock n' roll frenzy, all the while explaining the history and icons behind the movements.

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

Friday Movie Matinees!

"Isle of Dogs" Friday, July 27 @ 1:00PM

This 2018 stop-motion animated film written, produced and directed by Wes Anderson is set in a dystopian near-future Japan.  A group of dogs help a young boy searching for his dog after the whole species is banished to an island after a canine-flu outbreak. Rated PG-13. 101 minutes.

No registration required!

Watch a movie and meet fellow movie enthusiasts! This matinees is for teens and adults. Popcorn will be provided, please do not bring outside food. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for making the Movie Matinees possible!

Adult Craft Night

Monday, July 30, 6:00PM
Join us for Adult Craft Class led by Master Crafter Theresa Chuntz! Craft: Felt Tissue Holders

Class begins promptly at 6:00 - no crafters will be admitted after 6:15. Attendees use this time to relax, so please make other arrangements for children. This event is free and open to the public, but registration here is required.

What is Jazz?

Thursday, August 9, 6:30PM
Branford Marsalis once said, “What is jazz? It, It’s almost like asking, What is French? Jazz is a musical language. It’s a musical dialect that actually embodies the spirit of America.” Sometimes called “America’s Classical Music,” the tradition and history of the genre embodies the essence of freedom and democracy. From its origins within the slaves songs, to the advent of the blues, Dixieland, Swing, Bebop, and other styles, jazz exhibits how each individual (through his/her independence) must function within the framework of a group to better serve the entire community. In this session, through music and discussion, participants will explore jazz and why it matters.

Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project , which brings the humanities to locations throughout our state, allowing participants to exchange ideas and explore challenging subjects with nuance and complexity.

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

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

Technology classes are on haitus for the summer. 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.

Monthly Clubs

Mindfulness Meditation

1st and 3rd Mondays, 6:30PM
Next Meeting: Monday, August 6th.
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, August 9.
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, July 20
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, August 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, call 732-727-0212 ext. 25. No registration required. View Full Schedule!

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The Contagious Optimism Wellness Group

Next Meeting: Tuesday, August 7, 6:30PM.
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

We are not currently hosting 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.