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Virtual Programs for May 2021

The library is hosting online events and programs that you can attend from home! In addition to our regular monthly events, we’ve listed several standout programs for April 2021 below. Click here for our full calendar of events.

Basic English as a Second Language (ESL) Class – Tuesdays at 2pm via Zoom.

A free, basic ESL conversation group led by an experienced, NJ-certified ESL teacher. Offered to ESL students who have a basic working knowledge of English and wish to gain more confidence speaking English alongside other students. The group is not appropriate for people who cannot speak basic English. 

Registration is required. Please click one of the following dates to register: 5/11 | 5/18 | 5/25

Using Virtual Resources to Plan Your Career – Friday, 5/14 at 3pm via Zoom.

During a virtual presentation, board staff will present an overview of some of the sometimes-overlooked national and state resources job seekers can use to identify opportunities that can lead to lifelong success. The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board, serving Hunterdon and Somerset counties, connects community members to a host of free services designed to help job seekers on a successful career pathway. 

Registration is required. Please click here to register.

Virtual Book Club Meeting: ‘The Alice Network’ by Kate Quinn – Saturday, 5/15 at 12pm via Zoom.

Join us for a meeting of the FTPL Virtual Book Club! No library card is required to become a member. Our selection for May 2021 will be The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, which is available in print at the library and in eBook and Audio format on Hoopla. Register by joining the Facebook group or register on our calendar by clicking here.

Pet Loss Support – Sunday, 5/16 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.

A Photographic History of the Statue of Liberty – Tuesday, 5/18 at 6:30pm via Zoom.

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, after more than twenty years of planning, fund raising, and construction. Kevin Woyce will explain how she was built and what she symbolizes, and introduce some of the people involved in her creation, including sculptor Frederic Bartholdi, engineer Gustave Eiffel, architect Richard Morris Hunt, and newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. The program ends with brief histories of Ellis Island and Liberty State Park. The slide show includes Woyce’s original photographs of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Liberty State Park, and New York City, plus vintage images of historic people, places, and events. 

Registration is required. Please click here to register.

Workforce Wednesdays: Defeating Unconscious Bias – Wednesday, 5/19 at 10am via Zoom.

Let’s face it, everybody has some unconscious bias. This is not in the context of talking about a preference for Mexican food or an inclination toward the color blue. The focus here is on those inflexible beliefs about whole categories of people that keep us from seeing others accurately, from making fair and appropriate decisions, and from building the kind of harmonious relationships that make our lives more successful.

In this webinar, Jan Goodman, the Community Outreach Specialist for the Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center, will address the hidden biases that can affect us all, and offer five simple, actionable and memorable strategies to enhance workplace productivity and innovation.

Registration is required. Please click here to register.

Concert: The Levins present a Literary Musicale – Sunday, 5/23 at 2pm via Zoom.

LITERARY Musicale: The Levins, celebrate the lives and works of select poets and authors through music -from Shakespeare to Dickens, Hafiz to Hesse, Dorothy Parker to Maya Angelou and even a nod to great writers of classic science fiction.  It’s a light-hearted romp celebrating literary giants through original music and humor with ample opportunities to sing along. 

This personal and inviting presentation has been developed and produced by award winning, NY-based singer-songwriters and performers, The Levins. Ira and Julia have creatively adapted their full-time profession as touring musicians by offering their presentations in video format that is both educational and entertaining.

Registration is required. Please click here to register.

Virtual Sit n’ Knit or Crochet – Wednesday, 5/26 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. Please click here to register.

Make the Most of Your Library Card – Wednesday, 5/26 at 6pm via Zoom.

Did you know you can access streaming movies, music, magazines, and more, all with your library card? Join our programming librarian as she details and explains how to access some of the resources available to you with your card, including Hoopla, Kanopy, Libby, and more. She will also answer your questions about the library and listen to your suggestions for future programs.  This program is recommended for Franklin Township resident cardholders only, as many of the resources we will discuss are only available to resident cardholders.

Registration is required. Please click here to register.

Have any questions about any of these programs? Leave a comment below or call the Reference Desk at 732-873-8700 ext. 111.

Thanks for reading,
-George, FTPL

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