South Brunswick Library Announces April Events

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calendarSOUTH BRUNSWICK — The South Brunswick Public Library, located at 110 Kingston Lane in Monmouth Junction, has announced its schedule of programs and events for April.

 

Book Clubs

Monday Night Book Club

Monday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Local History Room

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

Coffee & Conversation Book Club

Wednesday, April 10 at 1:30 p.m.

Program Rooms 1A & 1B.

Meets the second Wednesday of each month. 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 preparing taxes in the library on Mondays from 10:30 am to 3 p.m. on April 1 and April 8 in Program Room 1A/1B. Appointment required. Tax preparation is free with special attention to helping low- to moderate-income seniors, although all ages and income levels are welcome. Make an appointment at the Senior Center and bring a photo ID and last year’s tax return.

SCORE Small Business Seminar

Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. – Topic TBA – Check the website for The Princeton Chapter of SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Businesses) at http://www.scoreprinceton.org for most current seminar schedule and to register.

Ongoing – 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. To make an appointment or for more information, call 1-609-393-0505 or visit http://www.scoreprinceton.org.

South Brunswick Living Rich (Without Spending a Lot of Money) Club

Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. Program Room 1B. Meets the first Thursday of each month. This club is an information sharing spot for anyone who enjoys finding ways to save money without sacrificing lifestyle. The topic on April 4 will be Spring into Savings! Get ready for spring and summer with these cheap home maintenance ideas. And mark your calendars for a special Living Rich Club presentation on emergency preparedness called “Be Prepared” on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. Check out the Club’s blog at sbpldeclutterclub.blogspot.com.

Be Prepared – Presented by the Living Rich Club

Tuesday, April 30 from 7 to 8:45 p.m.

Having gone through Super Storm Sandy, we are all more aware of how important it is to Be Prepared! The folks who bring you the Living Rich Club have prepared a program on Emergency Preparedness. Enrich your peace of mind with ideas for dealing with emergencies, large and small, and other stuff life tosses your way.

College & Career

Effective Resume Writing

Tuesday, April 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 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: April 27 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Doug Schorpp, Registered Investment Advisor from Schorpp Capital Management (330 Milltown Rd., Suite East 12, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, 1-732-387-2056, ext. 21) will give a seminar on college financial planning. Registration is requested however, walk-ins are always welcome.

Computers & Technology

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 1-732-329-4000, ext. 7286 or go to the date of the class on the online Event Calendar to 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 a little one-on-one time with our staff.

Basic PC Skills

Wednesday, April 3, from 12:30 to 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 to the hard drive and floppy disk, highlighting text, copying and pasting etc. Mouse skills are helpful but not necessary.

Internet Basics and Beyond

Friday, April 5, from Noon – 1:30 p.m. Learn the parts of a URL, how to evaluate websites, and information about security and passwords. Find out how to formulate and use effective searches. Use Find, Print, Google News and Images. Learn to use popular websites, including the Library’s. Prerequisite: Basic PC Skills Class or equivalent experience using Windows and the mouse.

Twitter Basics

Tuesday, April 9, from 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.

Intermediate Microsoft Word

Wednesday, April 10, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Do you know the basics of Microsoft Word but want to learn about more in-depth features? The Intermediate 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.

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 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.

Exhibits

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 present by bother the Library and SB Schools.

Health & 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.

Next session: Beginner Yoga is 5 classes for $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.

Dates are: April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; and May 6. The cost is $70. Class size is limited; register early starting on March 18.

The six-class Back Care Yoga course will teach effective strategies to safely and naturally bring relief from back stiffness and pain, and teach ways to prevent future pain by improving the health and mobility of your back and spine today. This class is appropriate for people with a history of back problems and pain, and also for people who wish to prevent future back problems. No yoga experience necessary. This class is not a substitute for medical guidance or treatment from a doctor or chiropractor, but rather a compliment to it. 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.

Dress in comfortable exercise clothes and bring a large towel and a yoga “sticky” mat with you to class. The room is often cool so please bring a sweat shirt.

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

Next Session: Dates: April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2 and 9. The cost is $66. Registration begins March 21.

This class is appropriate for all levels of yoga experience EXCEPT brand new beginners. Please be familiar with sun salutations before attending class. Asana variations will be presented so that students have options in working at their individual level. This class explores asana alignment, vinyasa flow, pranayama, meditation, deep relaxation (savasana), and basic yoga philosophy.

Poetry Readings

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

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, 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, 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, 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

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

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 Peru to Brazil, exploring places like Machu Picchu, Easter Island and Rio de Janeiro.  Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

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). Popcorn/snacks will be served.

April 2 – 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. The fee that he demanded for his return performance negatively affected the budget for action sequences and special effects, making this film dull in comparison to others. Connery did play Bond again in the aptly-named Warner Brothers production Never Say Never Again in 1983, a remake of Thunderball.

All 23 “official” Eon Production Bond films will be shown twice a month through December 2013 on the first and third Tuesday of each month. 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.

Indian Independent 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, April 27 at 1 p.m. – Pancham Remixed.

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 Festival

All films have English subtitles.

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, Ty Simpkins, Martijn Lakemeier, and Yorick Van Wageningen. Netherlands, 2008.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Admission is free.

Other Programs:

Daphne Powell Memorial Concert Series

Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. – The Jersey Follettes. The Jersey Follettes is a professional, vocal performance group of talented young women with notable music and vocal abilities. For more details, visit jerseyfollettes.com.

 VSA Reader’s Theater

Saturday, April 13, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

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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