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The Young Adult August calendar is now available online! Check it out and sign up for some of our great events now, before they fill up.  We have tie die, book bingo, jewelry making and more!

Have you met your summer reading goals yet? If not, maybe you should check out some of these retellings of classic and/or fairy tales.  There are many more not on these lists, can you name any?

14 YA Retellings of Literary Classics

162 YA Retellings of Classic Literature and Fairy Tales

11 Adult Classic Retellings

Fairy Tale Retellings

 

 

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Come join us for the Family Film Cafe showing of The LEGO Movie on Tuesday, July 22 at 7-8:45 PM.

Bring your own picnic supper or just a dessert to snack on as you enjoy this film on our large screen.
Please register so that we can set up a table for your group.  A parent must be with child at all times during the film.
If you print your tickets, you may bring them directly to the program, which will be held in the Community Room.
We know that’s a bit far away and that you just can’t get enough LEGOs however, so enjoy these great dioramas of Libraries and Bookstores!   What can you come up with? Share your LEGO designs with us!

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The Fourth of July has passed, and that means summer has truly started.  You may already be sick of the pool, although we doubt it, but just in case you want to vary your routine a bit, why not try one of the “Free and Almost Free Places” for fun in New Jersey (and some in nearby states)?  This site has 50 places/activities listed, and there are more in the comments.  Check it out and see what other places or lists you find on your own!

Don’t forget to take advantage of our great free summer programs too… check out our adultyoung adult and children’s calendars!

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summertime

This week (and every week this summer) we have tons of great programs both at the main library and the Franklin Park branch!

In the Children’s department we have puppet shows (every Monday at 2:30 PM this summer), learn to play chess (every Monday at 6:30 pm this summer), legos, a magic show, scrapbooking, the Muppets from Space movie, and much more!  Our Children’s department has two programs a day, every day, Monday – Friday throughout the summer.  Come enjoy!

Young Adults aren’t left out.  This week “what’s an abacus?” and “young adult book bingo” are happening with great activities and prizes! The YA Yarn Club at the Franklin Park branch also starts this week, so break out the knitting and crochet!

Our adults have chess club, bobbin lacemaking, the Summer Concert series, free movies (Lone Survivor and The Grand Budapest Hotel for July), computer classes on Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint, and more this month!

Get all the details on these great programs and find out if you need to register at the appropriate calendar (links above).  You’ll also be able to see where the event is held, at the Main or Franklin Park branch.

Come in, engage in one of our fantastic programs, and let us know what you think!

Stay connected: Facebook, Twitterblog and Summer.

technology-outdoors

It’s summer, and that means it’s time to get dirty.  While we have lots of books about hiking, exploring, how to navigate and identify things in the woods from insects to trees to snakes, sometimes all you have is a smartphone.  There are lots of great apps for outdoor learning out there, and here are some lists to get you going (there are far more than what we’ve found, we’re sure).  From Commonsensemedia.org, Open Education, and the User Generated Education blog.  The image above is taken from EEWeek.org which is a great website about outdoor learning you should explore.

You may want to also try Project Squirrel, Nature Sound Map, and Geocahing or Opencaching.

Have fun this summer and don’t forget you can find out more about all the cool stuff you discover in the library!  And don’t forget that books you read on birds, foxes and bugs count towards summer reading (and go well with our science and discovery theme)!