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Interested in learning a relaxing drawing style?   Come learn Zentangle! Monday, March 30 from 7-8pm in the Community Room.  This is an adults only program and space is strictly limited. Registration is required, so sign up now!

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.
Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.
Here are some of the benefits others have enjoyed from practicing the Zentangle Method:
  • Relaxation
  • Simple and quick access to mindfulness
  • Non-verbal journalling
  • Insomnia (Improved sleep by creating Zentangle art before bedtime)
  • Self-esteem
  • Inspiration
  • Panic attacks (For fear of flying, creating Zentangle art during takeoff and landing)
  • Modify behavior
  • Being part of a supportive and fun community
  • Create beautiful works of art
  • Nurture and develop creative abilities
  • Relieve stress
  • Improve eye/hand coordination
  • Develop/rehabilitate fine motor skills
  • Team building and group focus
  • Therapy
  • Anger management
  • Addiction therapy tool
  • Diet aide
  • Early artist development and appreciation
  • Increase attention span and ability to concentrate
  • Home schooling
  • Brainstorming
  • Problem Solving
  • Design inspiration
  • Stretching and warm-up for artists
Certified Zentangle instructor Mimi Topping has been a New Jersey certified art teacher for 18 years and served for 10 years as an art therapist for psychiatric and chemical dependency rehabilitation. She conducts workshops for schools and organizations across the State and presents at professional showcases throughout the area.
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Mobile

Have a smartphone? A tablet? Some other cool device that downloads apps?  If the answer is yes, you should download Bookmyne today!  Bookmyne is a mobile app that allows catalog searching, placing holds, barcode scanning and more!  You can learn more about it here.  We like it because the new version is easy to use and simple.

You will need your Library Card Number and PIN to register.

Below are the QR codes that you can scan and download with a QR scanner.  Or you can click on “Android” or “Apple” and it will take you to the respective app store, where you can also download it.

Bookmyne ANDROID:

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Bookmyne APPLE:

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Once you’ve downloaded the app, “Find Library” and do a nearby or name search (Franklin Township Public Library).  Then “create account” and use your library card and PIN number.  Then you can view and change your holds, view your fees and checkouts, search the catalog and place holds!

To place a hold, search for the book you want via barcode, title, author or subject.  The title will come up and check the box next to the title after you’ve made sure it’s the right copy (regular vs large print for instance).  Once you’ve checked the box there will be a box on the bottom of the screen that says “Place hold?”.  Press it and you’re done!

Flyers are available at the Reference Desk for you to take home too.

 

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This is an easily readable novel in verse, and the staffer who read this absolutely loved this version of the Shakespeare authorship question and wishes it were true.

“On May 30th, 1593, a celebrated young playwright was killed in a tavern brawl in London. That, at least, was the official version. Now let Christopher Marlowe tell you the truth: that his ‘death’ was an elaborate ruse to avoid his being hanged for heresy; that he was spirited across the channel to live on in lonely exile, longing for his true love and pining for the damp streets of London; that he continued to write plays and poetry, hiding behind the name of a colourless man from Stratford — one William Shakespeare.

With the grip of a thriller and the emotional force of a sonnet, this extraordinary novel in verse gives voice to a man who was brilliant, passionate, mercurial and not altogether trustworthy. The son of a cobbler who rose so far in Elizabethan society that he counted nobles among his friends and patrons, a spy in the Queen’s service, a fickle lover and a declared religious sceptic, he was always courting trouble. When it caught up with him, he was lucky to have connections powerful enough to help him escape.

Memoir, love letter, settling of accounts and a cry for recognition as the creator of some of the most sublime works in the English language, this is Christopher Marlowe’s testament — and a tour de force by an award-winning poet: provocative, persuasive and enthralling.”– Taken from Goodreads.com

 

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It’s National Reading Month!  Even though Winter Reading ends today, we want to encourage you to keep reading, especially since spring officially starts tomorrow (despite the snow)!  If you haven’t started our Read Harder Challenge, it’s a great time to start (find flyers at Circulation and Reference).

Don’t know where to start? We offer a variety of reading recommendations:

- Staff Pick Bookmarks (located at the Circulation and Reference desks) These change frequently and are always stocked

- Staff Pick of the Week : blog post and added to our Facebook and Pinterest albums (one for 2014 and one for 2015)

- We’re encouraging everyone (staff included) to participate in a reading challenge.  This year, we picked Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge.  We made flyers for it that you can find at Circulation and Reference.  This challenge has a support group on Goodreads.com

-Check out our Pinterest Book Recommendations board – we’ve posted tons of lists of all kinds. There is definitely something you’ll love here!

-We have a book recommendation page where you can get newsletters on your favorite types of books sent straight to your email

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You may or may not have heard that author Terry Pratchett died this past Thursday at the age of 66.  A wonderfully imaginative author, he is best known for his Discworld novels.  We recommend one of his books as this week’s Staff Pick.  A couple staff favorites are Small Gods and Good Omens (with Neil Gaiman).   You can see what we have available in the catalog.

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