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Can you believe it’s June? We can’t, but we’re ready to get outside and start enjoying summer!   Here are some fun lists of ideas of things you and/or your family can do this summer in the great state of New Jersey.

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And obviously check out our calendar and see what’s going on at the library!

We also want to share this great link that we threw up on our Facebook and Twitter pages last week.  It has a bunch of outdoor activity ideas to get your kids outside, and the supplies come from the dollar store!

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This month’s movies are McFarland, USA and Kingsman.

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Friday, June 5 from 2:00 – 4:15 pm join us for McFarland, USA.

A movie inspired by the 1987 true story, McFarland, USA follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

Rated PG for thematic material, some violence and language; 2 hours and 9 minutes. Registration is requested; sign up today!

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Friday, June 19 from 2:00 – 4:15 pm join us for Kingsman

Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Rated R (for sequences of strong violence, language and some sexual content); 2 hours and 8 minutes.  Registration is requested; sign up today!

 

Don’t forget to check out our other great events this month.

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Now that your little ones are becoming more independent are you considering entering or returning to the workforce?

Job Search for Moms is packed full of useful, practical ideas to get you started on a career change or job search. This training, based on Nancy Anderson’s book, presents the tools and techniques needed to plan, prepare, and launch your career plan-including career assessment, networking, resume preparation, and interviewing techniques.

Job Search for Moms author and presenter Nancy Anderson is a solution-driven training & development leader with over 25 years experience in human resources, learning & development, and relationship management in the pharmaceutical, finance, and insurance industries.

Join us Wednesday, May 13 from 7 – 8:30 pm, to learn strategies on getting back into the job pool.

 

Registration is required; sign up today!

 

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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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