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Virtual Programs for February 2021

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.

Concert: Silver Fox Songs – Love, From Jazz to Soul – Sunday, 2/7 at 2pm via Zoom.

This special edition of the Silver Fox Songs Series showcase FROM JAZZ TO SOUL, features a collection of jazz and soul favorites from the 1930s through the 1990s that honors the supreme human emotion — LOVE. From romantic to universal love, there’s something for everyone be it new love, old love, tried love, or true love.

Registration is required. Please click here to register.

Persuade, Don’t Preach: Restoring Civility Across the Political Divide – Wednesday, 2/10 at 7pm via Zoom.

Join Karen Tibbals for an interactive presentation as she explains the concepts behind her latest book, Persuade, Don’t Preach: Restoring Civility Across the Political Divide, and how you can implement them in your everyday life.

Karen Tibbals is an author and speaker with a mission to bring people together. She has studied consumer behavior for years and holds an MBA in Marketing and an MA in Religion, which gives her a unique perspective. Her latest book, Persuade, Don’t Preach: Restoring Civility Across the Political Divide presents the latest social psychology research in a way this useful and helpful.

Registration is required. Please click here to register.

NCNW Raritan Valley: Black Excellence – Saturday, 2/13 10am via Eventbrite.

“The National Council of Negro Women -Raritan Valley, Franklin Township Public Library and Piscataway Public Library proudly present ‘Black Excellence’ with keynote speaker Sylvia Cyrus, Executive Director of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (Founders of African American History Month).

The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW), a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, is a council of national African American women’s organizations and community-based sections. Founded in 1935 by Mary McLeod Bethune, the NCNW mission is to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. NCNW fulfills this purpose through research, advocacy, and national and community-based services and programs on issues of health, education, and economic empowerment. The Raritan Valley Section of NCNW primarily serves Somerset and Middlesex Counties. 

Registration is required. Please click here to register.

Making Your Job Search Work for You – Tuesday, 2/16 at 2pm 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.

Workforce Wednesdays: The Art of Effective Communication – Wednesday, 2/17 at 10am via Zoom.

(Rescheduled from January) Communication is important in all aspects of our lives, including in the workplace. Workshop participants will understand a working definition of communication and review communication models and their key elements. We will apply Myers Briggs personality assessments to develop effective communication skills. Investigate different styles of communicating, learn how tolerance for disagreement affects effective communication, and learn new tools for effective communication.

Topics discussed include identifying your Myers Briggs Personality Type, culture, gender, active listening, paraphrasing statements, nonverbal messages, handling conflict, being assertive without being aggressive, communication preferences, and communication models.

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

Registration is required. Please click here to register.

Pet Loss Support – Sunday, 2/21 at 1:15 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.

Virtual Sit n’ Knit or Crochet – Wednesday, 2/24 at 2:30pm.

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. Please click here to register.

Public Health Panel: Your COVID-19 & Vaccine Questions Answered – Wednesday, 2/24 at 7pm via Zoom.

Join us for a virtual information session organized with researchers from Rutgers University. This virtual session will feature a panel of speakers, including Mayor Kramer and other local public health experts, answering your questions about vaccinations and other issues around COVID-19 in our community.

We have planned this to be an opportunity for robust community-based information sharing that will be helpful to you and your loved ones as we navigate through this ever-evolving pandemic. If you’d like to ask any questions in advance of the program, please fill out this form.


Thanks for reading,
-George, FTPL

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