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It’s finally starting to feel like spring!  We know a lot of you will be doing your spring cleaning soon (or maybe you already have), and might be going through your books as well.   If you’re thinking of donating them, please bear in mind our guidelines for donation when you’re boxing them up.

  • You must bring books you are donating to the Circulation Desk during normal business hours.  Out of consideration for others, we request that you do not drop donations in the book returns or leave them in bags and boxes outside the library.
  • A form letter for tax purposes is available upon request; however the estimated valuation of the donation is the responsibility of the donor.

 We will only accept books that meet the following conditions:

  1. Materials must be in good physical condition (no water damage, mildew, underlining or highlighting).
  2. Paperback books must have covers intact.
  3. Fiction books will generally be accepted if in good condition.
  4. Non-fiction books must be relevant and should not be more than 5 years old.
  5. DVDs, Spoken Word Audio CDs, Children’s Books and Music CDs will be accepted.

The library will not accept:

  1. Materials that are mildewed, moldy, dirty, dried out, damp or musty smelling.
  2. Textbooks, medical or legal texts and workbooks that accompany textbooks.
  3. Encyclopedias.
  4. Magazines, including National Geographic.
  5. VHS and cassette tapes.
  6. Reader’s Digest condensed books.
  7. Games and puzzles.

Remember, books that cannot be donated can be recycled along with your household recycling.  Recycling old books helps the environment, however you should do this from home.  The Library is not responsible for recycling unacceptable donations and it will be the patron’s responsibility to remove these donations from the Library.

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This month’s movies are St. Vincent and Night Crawler.  Registration is requested.

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St. Vincent : April 10, 2-3:45 pm

Maggie, a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year old son, Oliver. Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, Vincent, a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair. Together with a pregnant stripper named Daka, Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine – the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart.
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including sexual content, alcohol and tobacco use, and for language; 1 hour, 42 minutes.

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Night Crawler : April 24, 2-4 pm

Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.

Rated R for violence including graphic images, and for language; 1 hour, 57 minutes.

 

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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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JOHNADAMS

Come see My Wife, Abigail Adams this Wednesday, March 11 at 7pm to see a live performance about Abigail Adams, and how she defied her times.

Dressed in the clothes he wore as the Second President (1797-1801), John Adams will discuss his views of history and society and describe how his wife Abigail defied the sexist convention of her time that married women could not own property while using her financial expertise to make the Adams family prosperous.
This humorous and inspiring live performance is geared towards adults and middle school and older students. This program is not appropriate for young children.

Registration is requested; sign up today.

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For the second year in a row, our Children’s Department has won the Best Practices in Early Literacy Award!   Last year our Scribble Time program won the prize, this year our Reading Connection program won!

We are extremely proud of our Children’s Department, and receiving this award two years in a row shows that we are justified in that.  Congratulations to our staff!

Franklin Township Public Library is dedicated to providing great content for all ages, and we’re extraordinarily pleased that some of our programs are getting such wonderful attention.  We are here for you, our community, and hope you’ll come in soon to take advantage of some of the great services and programs that we offer.  Take a peek at our Children‘s and Adult Calendars to find what interests you.

Reading Connection is a program seeking to develop phonemic awareness and language arts skills through hands on activities that include math, science, writing, crafts and movement.  A letter of the alphabet is chosen for each program and all activities feature that letter.  We begin with a story like Caps for Sale for the letter C, followed by songs and book discussion.  We then have activity stations, where there are vocabulary words and directions to acquaint children with following printed directions, and making the connection between the printed word and subsequent actions.

 

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