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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!

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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)!

 

 

Upcoming this month at FTPL:

Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, young adult Yarn Club, beginner yoga, adult chess, probate a will, intro to origami, and our summer reading program!  Have you registered for an event or summer reading yet?  Check out our adult, young adult and children’s calendars and “spark a reaction” today!

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We are very please to have the Nature Tracker’s Club exhibit in our main entrance display in the lobby!  This club is a group of 7-13 year olds who learn about endangered animals in a creative environment.  One of the involved children was very enthusiastic about not only the project but getting to express herself creatively.  If you’re interested in the type of things they do, please check out their website. Don’t forget to check out their exhibit the next time they come in!