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As usual, a lot is happening here this month!  Our Winter Reading programs kick off on January 15 (keep an eye out for updates).  It’s a great way to kick off our 2015 Read Harder Challenge as well (flyers at Circulation and Reference).

Always check our Adult and Children’s calendars for our complete lineup of great events!

Crochet for Beginners is every Sunday at 1:30 PM, please come to all four sessions and you must provide your own materials.

Beginner Yoga and Adult Chess are Monday nights

Franklin Park has a Crafting Circle every Wednesday, but times vary so check ahead.

Open Mic is January 8 at 6:30

Jewelry: Old is New is being held January 12 and 26 at 6:45 pm.  You can only sign up for one class!

January 23 we will be showing Get On Upa film about James Brown.  Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Boseman is joined in the drama by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd.  138 minutes; Rated PG-13 (for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations)

There’s more of course, like computer classes and children’s programs, or leaning how to knock out clutter.   Check out our calendars for all our info! And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all our updates and news.

Join us on Saturday, January 10th for a discussion of The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.  Meetings take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room.  New members always welcome!

After four har13158800rowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast.  To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.  Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind.  A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately.  But Isabel insists the baby is a ‘gift from God,’ and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy.  When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world.  Their choice has devastated one of them. (Publisher’s Description)

Limited copies available at the Reference Desk.  For more information about bookclubs and bookclub kits at FTPL please visit: bookclubs.

 

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Tucker Tale’s Presents Punch & Judy Puppet Show on Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 7- 7:30 PM in the Community Room.  The best known heroes of the puppet stage are coming! Suitable for ages 5 years to adult.  Please register!

Gordon James is coming to do a seasonal Jazz concert on Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 7-8:15 PM in the Community Room. Enjoy an evening of seasonal music to wake up your holiday spirit and welcome the winter season. Trumpeter, flugelhornist, vocalist, band leader, composer, arranger and recording artist Gordon James leads a group of veteran musicians during this upbeat jazz concert for adults and older children. (You can also check out Gordon’s webpage.)

Take a peek at our Calendar and the Children’s Calendar to see all our fantastic events! Make sure you check which events you need to register for on the calendars.  Also check the calendars for event locations.

Don’t miss what’s happening at FTPL! We’re on Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and now Pinterest

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Franklin Township Public Library supports the Books to Keep initiative run by the Libraries of Middlesex County.  We have a book donation bin and addressed envelopes you can take home and mail a donation.  These items are located at the Circulation Desk, next to the Staff Pick bookmarks.  If you wish to donate a book, please donate only new children’s books.

Since 1990, Books to Keep has been connecting children with books in a unique way. As an outreach project of the Libraries of Middlesex, Books to Keep raises funds to purchase thousands of new books to distribute to children throughout the county at holiday time. Working in partnership with day care centers, shelters, Head Start, soup kitchens, and over 40 other social programs and service clubs, over 10,000 books were distributed this past year alone.

Books to Keep is preparing for another successful year. The joy of having books of our own is so much a part of our lives and the lives of our children. We all have our favorite titles which may have become dog-eared and practically memorized. Not having any books in the home at all is the reality of many children in Middlesex County. Books to Keep is committed to changing that reality.

Our participating Middlesex County librarians personally encourage reading and library use with story programs in English and Spanish at over 25 county wide distribution locations. After the story program the children receive a new book to begin their home libraries and encourage their love of reading.