February 2015 Newsletter - The Free Public Library of Monroe


February 2015 Newsletter - The Free Public Library of Monroe
The monthly newsletter of
The Free Public Library of
Monroe Township
Won't it be wonderful when black history and native American history and
Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S.
history. - Maya Angelou
Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble
Tuesday, February 17, 7pm – 8pm
11 AM—9 PM
12 PM—5 PM
10 AM—3 PM
The Library is Closed on
The Library is closed
February 16th
For President’s Day
We are excited to welcome back
the Universal African Dance &
Drum Ensemble. As you can see
from the pictures of their 2012 visit.
This Ensemble presents a
powerful, exciting, and educational
performance the whole family can
This program is
and open to the
No registration
is required.
Seating is limited.
Bird of Paradise plant
Circulation Desk
ext. 210 or 211
Reference Desk
ext. 206
Children's Desk
ext. 204
Teen and Youth Services
ext. 208
ext. 203
Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia reginae, hails from South
Africa but has naturalized all around the tropical
world. It is in the banana family and resembles them
in leaf structure. It enjoys full sun exposure but can
take less. It's large fan shaped leaves make this
plant an imposing ornamental. It grow to 6.6 feet or
more and lends a tropical feel to any environment. It
enjoys weekly watering and a spring application of
fertilizer. The Bird of Paradise will not bloom until 35 years old and rarely blooms indoors. Try to keep it
out of high traffic areas as its leaves will split due to
rough contact.
Photograph by Myra Gross
Ref. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strelitzia_reginae
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Friends of the Library Meeting
Monday, February 2nd, 1:00PM
The Friends of the Library group is a great way to get involved in your Library & your community.
Needle Arts Group
Wednesday, February 4th & 18th, 6:30-8:30 PM
Do you knit or crochet? Like to do embroidery, needlepoint, beading, quilting or other
needlework? Bring a current project to work on in a fun and informal atmosphere. All levels of
experience are welcome. This is not a class. However, sharing of tips and experience are
encouraged. No registration required.
Bookworms Book Club
The Art of Racing in the Rain
By Garth Stein
Thursday, February 5th, 1:00PM
Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher’s soul, takes stock of his life while
recalling the sacrifices, unexpected losses, and personal struggles of his would-be race-car
driver human, Denny, in the latter’s efforts to retain custody of his daughter, Zoe. A heartwrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope - a
captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life...as only a dog could tell it.
Free Film Series
Monday, February 9th, 6:30PM
Directed by Robert Stromberg, Fiction, 2014, 97 minutes
A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the
one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.
A discussion follows the film. This series is open to adults 18 and over.
No registration required.
Creative Oxygen: Writing Group
“You want to write but don't!”
Wednesday, February 11th, 6:30-8:30PM
This is a Creative Writing Group looking for fun, creative, artistic writers who find it
hard to stay motivated to write. Join us as we encourage each other in maintaining a
writing schedule with the goal of using writing as a tool of empowerment, healing and
personal discovery. Critique sessions, writing prompts, artistic encouragement, for
writers of any genre. Registration is required.
Please call the group facilitator Theresa Moore at 856-629-7613 to register.
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Calligraphy Drop-In Studio
Thursday, February 12th & 26th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Create various projects using calligraphy & other artistic techniques. Maureen Peters
of the Philadelphia Calligraphers Society will teach these workshops. Some materials will be supplied. No prior experience is necessary. This program is free and open
to adults 18 and older. Registration is required. Call 856-629-1212 x206.
Blood Drive
On the third Thursday of every month the American Red Cross will be conducting a blood drive in the Library
Meeting Room. The date this month is Thursday, February 19th, from 2:00-7:30 PM.
For an appointment please call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Tuesday, February 24th, 6:00PM
RATED R, 2009
A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9-year-old girl who is not nearly as
innocent as she claims to be (IMDB).
This program is intended for adults ages 18 and up. Teens are welcome with permission
slip signed and dated by parent or guardian. TEENS Please visit the Reference Desk for a
permission slip. If you do not have a permission slip you may be asked to show ID at the
door. Persons who are unable to provide either permission slip or ID, will not be allowed
entry. Parents are advised to preview the film.
The Bookmarks
The Invention of Wings
By Sue Monk Kidd
Tuesday, February 24th, 7:00PM
The story follows Hetty “Handful” Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of
the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is
given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. “The Invention of Wings”
follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of
Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and importantly, am abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to
go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and
Attention Collectors!
Do you have a collection you’d like to showcase at the library and share with the community? We are
looking for collections to fill our display case for a month at a time. In January we featured a collection
of bird figures and books. We are looking for
Contact Martha at 856-629-1212 ext 202
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Valentine’s Day Craft: DIY Canvas Tote Bag
Tuesday, February 3rd 6:00PM– 8:00PM
For ages 13-19 years old. Enjoy snacks, candy, and watch ―10 Things I Hate About You.‖
while you decorate a canvas tote bag in Valentine's Day style. Keep it for yourself or give it
to a friend.
TEEN WRITER'S GROUP—Last Call for this Group!
Tuesday, February 10th, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Write. Share. Review. Chat. Ages 13-18; Non-Residents are welcome.
For more details email [email protected]; call 629-1212 ext 208
Saturday, February 14th, 10:30AM-2:00PM
Join other teens in our Technology Lab and take a FREE practice exam that will give you an assessment of what areas to
work on for the SAT test. The database we use also includes lessons and practice problems tailored to the student’s needs.
Must have a valid Monroe Township Library card. Bring your library card & a calculator. Registration required; Space
Limited, email [email protected]. THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER IS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12th @5PM
YUGIOH Tournament
Saturday, February 28th Noon – 2:00pm
No sign up necessary, n00bs welcome! Ages 13 –19.
The schedule is as follows:
18-36 months: Tuesdays at 11:15 AM from Jan. 20th to March 10th
3-6 Years: Thursdays at 11:15 AM from Jan. 22nd to March 12th
We'll enjoy stories, games, crafts, films, and songs. Older and younger
siblings are welcome. No signups are required--just show up at your age
group. (Please remember that the 18-36 month age group must have an
adult with them in the Story Room at all times.) We hope to see you there to
warm up with some great stories!
Tween Study Hall
Tuesday, February 3rd, 3:00-5:00 PM
Need a quiet place to study? Bring your laptops, tablets, books and whatever else you might need to study with to our
meeting room. Beverages provided.
Lego Night
Wednesday, February 4th, 7:00 PM
Ages 4 and up welcome to build with our Lego! Signups required.
Pop-up Valentine Card
Saturday, February 7th, 11:30 AM
Ages 8-13 are invited to make a pop-up card for that special someone. Please sign up by Thursday, Feb. 5th.
Valentine Cupcake
Friday, February 13th, 2:00 PM
Channel your inner "cake boss" and decorate your own Valentine cupcake! Ages 7 and up. You must sign up by
Wednesday, Feb. 12th.
Karaoke for Tweens
Wednesday, February 18th, 7:00 PM Ages 8-13 are welcome to sing along with the lyrics on the screen in our meeting
room! Refreshments provided. Please sign up by Monday, Feb. 16th.
Penguin Storytime and Craft
Saturday, February 21st, 11:30 AM--Penguin Storytime and Craft. Ages 4 and up are invited to hear some icy stories and
do an adorable penguin craft. Please sign up by Thursday, Feb. 19th.
Movie Night: Disney’s Pinocchio
Wednesday, February 25th, 6:30 PM "When you wish upon a star/Makes no difference who you are..." This week marks
the 75th anniversary of one of Disney's greatest masterpieces, Pinocchio. All ages are welcome to join us at this sing-along
showing! (But keep in mind, some scenes are quite scary.) No signups required. Popcorn provided.