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Virtual Programs for November 2020

The library is now hosting online events and programs that you can attend from home! The events listed below will be held via Zoom video call. For instructions on how to join a Zoom call, please click here.

Make Your Job Search Work for You – Friday, 11/6 at 11am via Zoom.

Need help searching for a job? This workshop offers strategies for the job search process, including tools and resources available through the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board. Participants will walk away knowing:

  • What their job search is telling them
  • Strategies for making sure they don’t get stuck in the search process
  • How to create a targeted plan for a successful search

Presented by Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board Director Paul Grzella. 

Registration is required. Please click here to register.

Tai Chi for Beginners – Saturday, 11/7 and Saturday 11/21 7:00-8:00pm via Zoom

Dr. Gang Huang, the founder of ‘Seeking Tai Chi,’ will be teaching Tai Chi classes for those who have little or no Tai Chi experience.

The focus will be on fundamentals that aim to improve strength, balance, coordination, and inner piece to lead to healthy living. It is not necessary to attend previous classes to benefit from a Tai Chi for Beginner session. This will be a perfect opportunity to get to experience authentic Tai Chi training which is also referred to as ‘Meditation in Motion.’

Registration is required. Please click one of the following dates to register: 11/7 | 11/21

Concert: Homegrown String Band – Sunday, 11/8 at 2pm via Zoom.

A family of musicians collaborating in organic fashion with a unique repertoire of original and traditional music, the Homegrown String Band™ brings an American folk tradition into the twenty-first century. Comprised of husband and wife plus daughter, this dynamic trio utilizes an eclectic palette of instruments to add their own musical DNA to an American tradition. 

 Come listen to songs by the likes of The Carter Family, The Delmore Brothers, and Jimmy Rodgers, along with a tasty sprinkling of original material inspired by the rural American string band and folk tradition of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. The Homegrown String Band™ will take you on a musical journey from ancient ballads of the British Isles to blues and bluegrass of the twentieth century.

Registration is required. Please click here to register.

Lost Amusement Parks of the Jersey Shore – Tuesday, 11/10 at 7pm via Zoom.

Author and historian Rick Geffken will share rarely seen images from the Library of Congress, local historical societies, and private collections that tell the story of Jersey Shore Amusement Parks ofdays gone by. 

Rick Geffken has written numerous articles on various aspects of New Jersey history for local newspapers, magazines, historical societies, and newsletters. Rick has presented historical papers at the New Jersey History & Historic Preservation in 2014 and 2015. He has participated in Symposia for the Navesink Maritime Historical Association, and has appeared on the New Jersey Cable TV show, Family Historian, Rick wrote the Hidden History of Monmouth County with Muriel Smith; The Story of Shrewsbury Revisited, 1965-2015 with Don Burden; Highland Beach, Gateway to the Jersey Shore, 1888-1962 with Chris Brenner; and Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore with George Severini. His latest book, due for publication in May 2020, with Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, is To Preserve & Protect, Profiles of people who recorded the history and heritage of Monmouth County, New Jersey. Rick Geffken expects to publish Slave Stories from New Jersey in late 2020.

Rick retired from a career with Hewlett-Packard; owned and operated several small businesses; taught secondary school mathematics; and was an Adjunct Professor at Ocean County Community. A retired U.S. Army officer and Viet Nam veteran, he holds a BS in Economics from St. Peter’s University, a Secondary Teaching Certificate from Monmouth University, and an MA in Social Sciences from Montclair State University.

Registration is required. Please click here to register.

Chair Yoga – Thursday, 11/12 at 11am via Zoom.

Open to all levels of practice and abilities, this gentle class focuses on an exploration of basic yoga poses and how to connect them through attention to breathing, alignment and mindfulness. Although much of the class will be done seated in a chair, the option to practice standing poses to improve balance, strength and flexibility are also included. Expect lots gentle stretching to bring movement to the joints and muscles. This class is perfect for stress relief and overall well-being.

Registration is required. Please click here to register.

Make and Take Craft for Adults: Card Making Kit – Library Pickup from Sunday, 11/15 to Saturday 11/21 During Normal Hours

We’ll give you everything you need to create four greeting cards at home!The kit will include: sample photos and instructions, 4 blank cards and envelopes, adhesive, stamped messages, and a variety of embellishments in different colors: papers, ribbons, and more! Everything is pre-cut, so no additional supplies are needed unless you choose to use them.Pick up at the library any time we’re open from November 15-21. Please specify if you want to pick up at our Demott Lane or Route 27 Franklin Park Branch.

Pet Loss Support – Sunday, 11/15 at 1:15pm via Zoom.

Pet parents who have lost a pet, or anticipate a loss, gather to share stories and memories with like minds and hearts. The Friends of Nikki Pet Loss Support Group was founded 3/8/01 and has been serving the community for over 19 years.

For more information, contact Donna Kahora at 732-246-2124 or at

Registration is required. Please click here to register.

Workforce Wednesdays: Transition and Change – Wednesday, 11/18 at 10am via Zoom.

Times of transition hold both challenges and opportunities. What are you really committed to in this moment?

Tony Robbins once said, ‘Quality questions create a quality life.”

• Is your behavior consistent with what you are committed to? • Are you present and engaged in your own life? • Are you satisfied with your choices? • Would you like to make better choices in the future? Our life is made up of decisions. When we ask the right questions it heightens our awareness and allows us to see more clearly.

The strategies and philosophies that will be presented in this workshop provide attendees with tools that self-empower. The workshop is designed to help you achieve your personal best both professionally and personally. It’s a point of view that is based on choice. Self-empowerment feeds our unconscious mind to make conscious choices that allow us to be successful.

Speaker: Jan Goodman, Community Outreach Specialist for Greater Raritan One-stop Career Center Training Services.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Zumba Gold Chair + Chair Pilates – Wednesday, 11/18 at 2:30pm via Zoom.

Join instructor Laura Fechter for this fun combo exercise class in a chair! Come ready to sweat, and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong.

Zumba incorporates easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on range of motion and coordination. Zumba Gold Chair is perfect for active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba class that recreates the original moves at a lower intensity.

Chair Pilates is a mind-body class based on Pilates principles, using the chair for support and balance as well as various fun props, and incorporating breathing, stretching and strengthening for the whole body!

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Virtual Sit n’ Knit or Crochet – Wednesday, 11/18 at 2:30pm via Zoom.

Join us virtually for knitting and crocheting! If you’re experienced fiber enthusiast, or just beginning your fiber journey, bring along your creations for some show and tell.  All levels are welcome. Open to adults and teens. 

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Thanks for reading!
-George, FTPL

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