A news article from CNN Health indicates that knitting and other types of crafting can “help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain… It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging”.

Sound good? Find knitting books in the Catalog. You can also do subject searches for books on “crochet”, “drawing”, “sewing”, “handicraft”, “quilting”, and many more!

If you want to be creative in a structured setting you could always sign up for one of our classes like jewelry making, yarn club, bookclub, bobbin lacemaking… or one of the other great programs we offer.

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On Monday May 12 and 19, the Libray is holding a free class on Microsoft’s Excel 2007 at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (both days) in the Community Room.

Learn the basics of this popular software program designed for storing, organizing and manipulating data. This class will discuss the parts of a spreadsheet, including columns, rows and cells. Participants will create a basic spreadsheet during class.

You must be able to use a mouse and be familiar with basic computer concepts such as opening, closing, and resizing windows before taking this class.

Class size is strictly limited, and registration is required. PLEASE NOTE: This class is the same on both days. Registrants will be limited to one of two sessions.

Please sign up here for May 12 and here for May 19.

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It’s the end of National Poetry Month.  What did you read?  Did you keep up with the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day website?  Or did you check out Poetry 180 run by Billy Collins while he was the Poet Laureate? Or maybe you found a new poet or read some of your favorites.  Did you try a novel in verse?

Or if you are in grades 3-12 did you share your poems with other poets at Poet-to-Poet?  You can still email your poems to poet2poet@poets.org with your name and which poem/poet inspired you  today!  Some will be posted on the website in May!

Let us know what you did!

If someone checked out the novel in verse we recommended before, try again, they’re all well worth the read!

-The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber (secret identities, faked murder, and enough drama for at least three Shakespeare plays)

-Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge (modern true stories behind fairy tales)

-Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski (a topsy-turvy modern Romeo and Juliet tale)

-After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy (two high school seniors getting through their last semester)

-The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones (a novel of middle age, motherhood, marriage and mayhem)

… the list goes on.  Try something new this month and tell us if you like it.

 

Find Novels in Verse and Poetry books in the Catalog.

 

Don’t forget, we have a great selection of poetry year round.  Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog via WordPress.

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This month, a new assessment test has been testing in several states that will replace state mandated assessments of student’s learning in English literacy and mathematics.  For NJ, this will replace the NJ ASK and replace it with the PARCC.  The PARCC, which stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is computer based and a new format for students to learn.  The new test is currently being field tested, and will have another round of field testing in May.  It is supposed to replace state tests in 2015, so this is the last year your student will take the NJ ASK.

NJ Spotlight has written an article about it that helps explain April’s field test and some of the concerns with the test.  More information on the test itself and practice exams for your child can be found at PARCC’s website.

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On Monday, April 28 and Saturday, May 3, the Library is holding a free class on Microsoft’s Power Point 2007 at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (both days) in the Community Room.

Learn the basics of this popular slide-based presentation program. During this class, students will create a fun presentation while becoming familiar with the general tools of the program.

Although this class will cover only the basics, registrants must be able to use a mouse and be familiar with basic computer concepts such as opening, closing, and resizing windows in order to attend.

Space is strictly limited and registration is required. PLEASE NOTE: This class is a repeat of the one offered on Monday, April 7th.  Registrants will be limited to one of two sessions.

Please sign up here for April 28 and here for May 3rd.

 

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