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SOUTH BRUNSWICK — The South Brunswick Public Library has announced its March and April calendar of events. For more information, call  1-732-329-4000. The library is located at 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction

Book Clubs

Monday Night Book Club

Monday, March 4 and April 1 – 7:30 p.m.  Local History Room

Meets the first Monday of each month.  In March, discuss Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff.  In April, discuss The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

 

Coffee & Conversation Book Club

Wednesday, March 13 and April 10 – 1:30 p.m.  Program Rooms 1A & 1B.  Meets the second Wednesday of each month.  In March, discuss Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis.  In April, discuss Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin.

To obtain a copy of a book, place your request at the Information Desk.  Allow at least two weeks for Interlibrary Loan processing.

Business & Finance

AARP TaxAide Program

Volunteers from the AARP Foundation TaxAide program will be in the library on Mondays -10:30 am to 3 p.m. on 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 and 4/8 in Program Room 1A/1BAppointment required.  Tax preparation is free with special attention to helping low- to moderate-income seniors, although all ages and income levels are welcome.  Please make an appointment through the Senior Center -732-329-4000, ext. 7670 and bring a photo ID and last year’s tax return.

 

Mastering the Skills of Negotiation – March 26 -6:30 p.m.

A free seminar by The Princeton Chapter of SCORE.    Using the book Getting to Yes, this seminar will focus on ways to avoid traps and unnecessary delays.  Presented by Milton Grannatt, PhD, a retired negotiator with 25 years experience negotiating with more than 50 successful transactions in the pharmaceutical industry.  For more information, visit www.scoreprinceton.org.

 

SCORE Small Business Seminar – Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. – Topic TBA – Visit www.scoreprinceton.org for most current seminar schedule and to register.

 

Business Counseling by Appointment.  The Princeton Chapter of SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Businesses) conducts one-on-one counseling sessions on alternating Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. in the Local History Room.  Please call 609-393-0505 or visit www.scoreprinceton.org.

 

South Brunswick Living Rich (Without Spending a Lot of Money) Club Thursday, March 7- Feeding the Piggy.  April 4 -Spring into Savings. At 7 p.m. Program Room 1B.  Save money without sacrificing lifestyle.  Visit he Club’s blog at sbpl-livingrichclub.blogspot.com

 

Be Prepared! - Brought to you by the leaders of the Living Rich Club – Kathy and Jolly David.  Tuesday, April 30 from 7 to8:45 p.m. 

We should all be prepared in any emergency situation.  When Hurricane Sandy hit, a lot of people might have been caught off guard.  Enrich your peace of mind with these ideas for dealing with emergencies, large and small, and other stuff life tosses your way.

 

Computers and Career

Effective Resume Writing

Tuesday, March 19 and April 16, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Program Room 1A & 1B.  A strong resume is the best way to begin to find a new job.  Learn how to write an effective resume and get an overview of all the free resources available at the Library that can help with your job search. Seating is limited. Registration is required.

 

College Planning Seminar

Saturday: March 2 and April 27, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Doug Schorpp, Registered Investment Advisor from Schorpp Capital Management (330 Milltown Rd., Suite East 12, East Brunswick, NJ08816, 732-387-2056, ext. 21) will give a seminar on college financial planning. Registration is requested however, walk-ins are always welcome.

 

The Library offers many free computer and technology classes.  Most meet in the Computer Training Room, unless otherwise noted.   Seating is limited; registration required for all computer classes.  To register, call 732-329-4000, ext. 7286 or register online at  http://www.sbpl.info/all-events.

Computer Q & A.  Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Computer related questions? Stop by the Information Desk for one-on-one time with our staff.

Using Gmail – Friday, March 1, Noon – 12:45 p.m.  Explore the many capabilities of your Gmail account.  Prerequisite: Must already have a Gmail account.

Basic PC Skills – Wednesdays, March 6,  and April 3,  12:30 -2 p.m.   This class is designed for people who are completely new to computers. Some topics covered are: parts of the computer, icons, how to save, copying and pasting etc.

Internet Basics and Beyond – Fridays, March 8 and April 5, Noon – 1:30 p.m.  Learn the parts of a URL, how to evaluate websites, and about security and passwords, and  how to do an effective search using popular websites, including the Library’s.  Prerequisite: Basic PC Skills Class or equivalent experience using Windows and the mouse.

Intermediate Microsoft Word – Wednesday, March 13, and April 10, 1 – 2:30 p.m.  This Class will cover template formatting, pictures, text, and page appearance.  This class will be taught using Microsoft Word 2002 but more current versions will be discussed. Pre-requisite:  Basic Microsoft Word Class or equivalent knowledge with Word.

Twitter Basics – Tuesday, April 9,  1:30 – 2 p.m.  Learn the basics of how to use the social media tool Twitter:  how to “tweet”, use hashtags, and retweet.   Follow twitter feeds from your friends, experts, favorite celebrities and breaking news.  Program Room 1A/1B.

ESL

English Conversation Group, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Local History Room.  This walk-in group is for those who already speak some English but want to develop their conversation skills in a social setting.  Come prepared with a topic for discussion.   Bring photos or mementos to share.

Basic ESL Class, Wednesdays, March 6 through April 24 at 10:30 a.m. in Program Room 1B. This class is taught by Lorraine Jackson, a certified ESL instructor.  It is for adults who want to improve their English language speaking skills.  The instructor is certified by Literacy Partners of New Jersey.  Registration required at the Information Desk.

Throughout March and April the Library will host exhibits related to South Brunswick Reads … Fairy Tales – Told, Retold and Twisted.  This is a community-wide reading program presented by both the Library and SB Schools.

Defensive Driving

Points Reduction Program – Registration and fee required

Saturday, March 16 from 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Registration deadline March 11.   This driving program is offered by the Defensive Driving Institute of New Jersey and taught by retired police lieutenant/police academy driving instructors. Participation makes you eligible for a point reduction and insurance discount.  Pre-registration and advance payment required. The cost to attend is $55 or $65 depending on your enrollment.  Forms can be downloaded from www.sbpl.info or ask at the Information Desk. Make checks payable to: The Friends of the S.B. Library.  Send the completed form and check by March 11 to: Outreach Services, South Brunswick Public Library, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852.  For more information, call 732-257-2967 or e-mail fixaticket@aol.com.  A pizza lunch will be provided.  A sweater or light jacket is suggested as the meeting room can be cool.

Health and Fitness

YOGA For adults and teens over age 14

Dress in comfortable exercise clothes and bring a yoga “sticky” mat, and a large towel or small blanket. No exercise mats please.  Bring a sweat shirt as the room is often cool.

Beginner Yoga* –  Mondays, 7 – 8:30p.m.

• 4-class session – $44.  Dates are: Feb. 25; March 4, 11, and 18. Registration started Feb. 11.

 5 class session –  $55.  Registration begins April 29.  Dates are: May 13, 20; June 3, 17, and 24. 

This class offers an introduction to foundational yoga postures (asana) inspired by sun and moon salutations, safe alignment principles, breathing practice (pranayama), deep relaxation (savasana), and basic yoga philosophy. No experience required and students new to yoga are encouraged to attend.

 

Monday Night Back Care Yoga* – Mondays, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

• 6-class session – $70.  Dates are:  April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; and May 6.    Class size is limited to 20 people; Registration begins March 18.

The six-class Back Care Yoga course will teach effective strategies to safely and naturally bring relief from back stiffness.  Class should NOT be attended if you are experiencing an acute flare-up of pain, and in some cases a doctor’s permission may be required before participating in this class to assure your safety and well-being.

 

Mixed-Level Yoga* –  Thursdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

• 6-class session – $66.  Dates:  April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2 and 9. 

Registration begins March 21.

• 5 class session – $55. Dates:  May 16, 23, 30, June 13 and 20. 

Registration begins May 2.

This class is appropriate for all levels of yoga experience EXCEPT brand new beginners. Please be familiar with sun salutations before attending class. This class explores asana alignment, vinyasa flow, pranayama, meditation, deep relaxation (savasana), and basic yoga philosophy.

 

Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong* – 

Free Introductory Class,

Wednesday, March 13, 7 – 8 p.m. 

Program Room 2 (Octagon)

Attend this free introductory class to help you decide if Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong are right for you.

Registration required;  space is limited.

6-class Session – $60.  Registration required.

Wednesdays, March 20 through April 24, 7 – 8 p.m. 

Program Room 2 (Octagon)

Tai Chi classes taught by local Tai Chi instructor Jimmy Lee.  The $60 fee is due at the time of registration.  Students must register for the entire six weeks; no refunds. Sign up at the Information Desk; space is limited.

 

Vaccination Clinic

Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Program Room 1A/1B

Medical personnel from Rite Aid Pharmacy, in cooperation with the South Brunswick Health Department, will offer the Tdap vaccine, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis.  To get more information, or to register, go to the South Brunswick Township website at http://www.sbtnj.net/ and click on the Health Dept tab along the top menu bar or go directly to the registration site at http://registry.i-info.com/SBT/Tdap

 

Vegetarian Quick Start

Thursday, March 21, 7 – 8:45 p.m.  

Program Room 2 (Octagon)

Sue Rose will focus on how to make quick and easy vegetarian meals using different cooking methods, information on what to shop for along with menus and recipes. Explore basic nutrition and how vegetarianism can enhance physical and spiritual well-being. At the end, try a simple meditation technique.

 

*For programs with a fee, pay with cash or checks made payable to  The Friends of the South Brunswick Library.

 

Poetry Readings

Meets the third Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m., unless otherwise noted.  Program Room 2 (Octagon).

Sunday, March 17: Richard O’Brien and Mark Hillringhouse

Sunday, April 21: Kathe Palka and Linda Arntzenius

For more information about featured poets, visit the Arts Commission website at http://www.sbarts.org.

The South Brunswick Arts Commission, in partnership with the South Brunswick Public Library, offer Poetry Readings each month. The readings are given by some of New Jersey’s best known poets, followed by an open reading by audience members. Admission is free, but a donation of canned goods for the local food pantry is encouraged.

Social

Central Jersey (Geek) Culture Appreciation

Sunday, March 3 and Saturday, March 23 at 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 7 and Saturday, April 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Program Room 2 (Octagon)

A group of friendly, open-minded, mostly 20 and 30-somethings whose interests include Buffy to Doctor Who, comic books to Lord of the Rings, Cranium to Dungeons and Dragons, and more.  If you have a geeky interest, this is the place to be!  Activities include board games, video games, movies, field trips, and discussions.  Meets at the Library the first Sunday and fourth Saturday each month.  For more information see www.meetup.com/central-jersey-geek-culture-appreciation .  (Content available to members only, but membership is free and open to all).

The South Brunswick MOMS

(Moms Offering Moms Support)

Thursday, March 7 and April 4 at 10 a.m.

Meets the first Thursday of each month.  For more information about the MOMS Club, an International non-profit organization.  Contact the current president by e-mailing sbrunswickmoms@yahoo.com.  Children are encouraged to attend with parent.

South Brunswick Knit and Crochet Club

Anyone age 12 and older; Mondays at 7 p.m.  Program Room 1A

A needle arts group for all abilities; open to anyone interested in knitting and crocheting in the company of other enthusiasts.  For more information, E-mail: sblknitncrochet@aol.com.

Quilting with Friends

Wednesday, March 27 and April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Program Room 1A

Quilters and other crafters will enjoy this social group the last Wednesday of each month.  Bring along your quilting or sewing projects to work on while enjoying the company of others.   Led by quilter Shirley Osipov.

Lunchtime Learning

Enjoy live or broadcast lectures on the third Wednesday of every month during your lunch hour.  Bring a brown bag lunch.  Coffee, tea and dessert will be provided courtesy of The Friends of the South Brunswick Library.

Simon Schama’s Power of Art – a BBC documentary series that features eight works of art that exploded on to an unsuspecting world.  Simon Schama, British historian and art historian and University Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University, narrates this popular eight-part series.

 Wednesday, March 20 at 12:30 p.m. – Featured artist: Picasso – Key Artwork: Guernica (1937).

Wednesday, April 17 at 12:30 p.m. – Featured artist: Rothko – Key Artwork: Black on Maroon (1958).  This is the final segment in this series.

Coming soon:

A new 10-part documentary series, Around the World in 80 Treasures: A Quest for Mankind’s Greatest Achievements, written and presented by architectural historian Dan Cruickshank for the BBC, will begin May 15.  In the first segment, Cruickshank travels from Peruto Brazil, exploring places like Machu Picchu, Easter Island and Rio de Janeiro. Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

Parenting

 Introduction to Early Intervention Services for Parents and Caregivers of Children from Ages 0-3

Wednesday, April 24 from 7 to 8 p.m.

This workshop introduces participants to the services and supports provided by the New Jersey Early Intervention(EI).  EI is a system of supports and services provided to children birth to three years of age who have developmental delays or disabilities.  The goal of Early Intervention is to partner with families to assist in meeting the developmental and health-related needs of children.  Determination of a child’s Early Intervention services is based on the individual needs of the child and family.  Contact: Children’s Desk   732-329-4000 x7285   schan@sbpl.info.  Workshop provided by New Jersey Early Intervention.

Bookmobile

For the current Bookmobile schedule please stop by the library or visit http://www.sbpl.info/bookmobile/schedule.  Look for a new schedule after March 30.

Movies

James Bond Classic Film Series

A different Bond film will show the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. (Movie starts at 6 p.m. on April 2).  A full schedule of the films and dates can be found on the library website at www.sbpl.info.  Light snacks will be served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

March  5 – Goldfinger (1964) – This was the third film in the Bond series and Sean Connery’s third time playing James Bond.  This film introduced one of the most iconic images in cinematic history – the gold-painted body of slain beauty Jill Masterson.

March 19 – You Only Live Twice (1967) – Starring Sean Connery. This fourth film in the series was rated the third most popular by the editors of 50 Years of James Bond based on the box-office success.

April 2 – at 6 p.m. – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) – Starring George Lazenby in his only Bond appearance.  Actor Telly Savalas stars as Blofeld.  Due to the extended length of this film it will begin at 6 p.m. instead of 6:30 p.m.

April 16 – Diamonds are Forever (1971) – Sean Connery returns for one last appearance as James Bond in an “official” Bond franchise film.

Feature Film – Life of Pi

Wednesday,  March 20, 2013

6:30 PM until 8:45 PM

This film is based on the bestselling novel by Yann Martel. Directed by Ang Lee and starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain, the film is the winner of the 2013 Golden Globe award for Best Original Score and has been nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Indian Film Series  Shows the last Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. in Meeting Room A/B.  Films will be followed by a discussion. Filmmakers will be present whenever possible. Popcorn will be served.

Saturday, March 30 – Aakhir Kyon

Saturday, April 27 – Pancham Remixed- An unending journey

Sponsored by RomAsia Bank in Monmouth Junction.  Hosted by South Asia Arts   Association of NJ, a non-profit committed to promoting South Asian Arts and Culture.

International Film FestivalAll films have English subtitles. Admission is free.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. 

Angel-A (France. 2005, Rated R, 91 mins.) In Arabic & French.  When a down-on-his-luck gambler tries to drown himself, he winds up rescuing a gorgeous and mysterious blonde. As they set out on a mission across Paris, he discovers that his smart, spontaneous, sexy companion may really be heaven-sent.

Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. and

Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Winter in Wartime ( In Dutch with English Subtitles, 102 minutes.) Directed by Martin Koolhoven Starring Patrick Wilson and Ty Simpkins and Martijn Lakemeier and Yorick Van Wageningen Netherlands, 2008.

Concerts

DAPHNE POWELL MEMORIAL CONCERT SERIES

      Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

 Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m.  – Angeltones® 

THE ANGELTONES® is a four-member, all-female oldies group located in central New Jersey.  They are quickly becoming New Jersey’s favorite female oldies group. They have been performing in many exciting venues in the Tri-State area and all over the United States, even as far away as Hawaii! For more information visit www.angeltones.com.

Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m. – Jersey Folletes

THE JERSEY FOLLETTES is a professional, talented VOCAL performance group unique to New Jersey.  The group is made up of talented young women with incredible music and vocal abilities. April 28 at 2 p.m.  For more information visit jerseyfollettes.com.

Family Programs

Poison Awareness and Prevention:  Home safety with Trooper Turtle. Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m. Program Rooms 1A, 1B and Program Room 2 (for all ages)

The Trooper Turtle is coming for an afternoon of informative and educational program fun with a skit and interactive activities to learn how to identify/prevent poisoning and how to respond in the event of a poisoning.  For children and parents and teens.

Trooper Turtle is a poison prevention committee from the American Pharmacist Association at the Rutger’s University School of Pharmacy. 

VSA Reader’s Theater  Saturday, April 13, 1 – 4:30 p.m.  for all ages.  VSA New Jersey, The State Organization on Arts and Disability, will hold its annual Reader’s Theater.  All are invited to share and applaud in these students’ success.

 


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