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Virtual Programs for September 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 adult programs for September 2021 below. Click here for our full calendar of events.

Special Events

A Beautiful Introduction to Telescopes – Wednesday, 9/22 at 7pm via Zoom.

Explore some amazing space images produced by humankind’s best telescopes, and discover just how telescopes actually work in a fun and visually-appealing presentation by the Franklin Township Astronomy Club.

The Franklin Township Astronomy Club is an open and inclusive club which promotes both the science and joy of astronomy and its related activities. Membership is free. Visit for details on public observing events and programs. Please click here to register.

Fighting Fraud: Protect Yourself Against Common Scams – Friday, 9/24 at 2pm via Zoom.

Don’t get scammed! Please join us as a representative from the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs tells us how to avoid falling for common scams.

From the IRS phone scam to lottery and sweepstakes scams, to the so-called grandparent scam, it appears that imposter frauds and other criminal scams are more active than ever – and are preying on potential victims in New Jersey through phone calls, emails, and other means. Learn about these common scams so you don’t fall for them! Please click here to register.

Oh Deer! presented by the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center – Thursday, 9/30 at 7pm via Zoom.

Deer are everywhere! Discover the world of deer biology and all of the fun facts that make them one of the most interesting animals we regularly see in our backyards. Learn about the interactions deer have with their predators, their habitat, and humans. Presented by a naturalist from the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center. Please click here to register.

Health & Fitness Programs

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia – Tuesday, 9/14 at 7pm via Zoom.

 Attendees of this program will learn:

  • The relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • What happens in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s
  • The risk factors for the disease
  • The three general stages of the disease
  • The FDA-approved treatments that available for some symptoms
  • The most up-to-date information on where Alzheimer’s research is currently
  • Helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources

The program is appropriate for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, caregivers, and anyone who wants to better understand Alzheimer’s and dementia. This program is presented by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter. The Alzheimer’s Association’s educational programs are build on four key components: education, guidance, empowerment, and recognition. Please click here to register.

Meditation – Thursday, 9/23 at 7pm via Zoom.

Are you interested in trying meditation to reduce stress or calm your mind? Come try a guided mindfulness meditation session. The process focuses on non-judgmental awareness of our thoughts and actions to achieve relaxation and calm. Please click here to register.

Arts & Crafts Programs

Virtual Sit n’ Knit – Wednesday, 9/29 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. Please click here to register.

Career Resources

Successfully Managing Stress – Wednesday, 9/15 at 10am via Zoom.

Today’s workforce is experiencing job burnout and stress due to unemployment in epidemic/pandemic proportions. People are stressed out, insecure and fearful of the future. The demands of financial stress, combined with the demands of home, have become too much for people to handle. This workshop explores the causes of such stress and suggests general and specific stress management strategies that people can use daily. 

How You Will Benefit:

  • Understand that stress is a positive, unavoidable part of everyday life
  • Recognize the symptoms that tell you when you have chronic stress overload
  • Identify those situations in your life that cause you the greatest stress
  • Identify those actions which add to your stress

What Will be Covered:

  • Defining Stress and How It Affects Us?
  • The Underlying Causes of Stress
  • Building a Solid Foundation
  • Mental Strategies
  • Time Management Tips
  • Drainers and Fillers
  • Change the situation and actions that can be changed
  • Deal better with situations and actions that cannot be changed
  • Create an action plan to help reduce and manage stress 

The webinar will be presented by Jan Goodman, Community Outreach Specialist for the Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Services. Please click here to register.

Using Virtual Resources to Plan Your Career – Tuesday, 9/21 at 7pm via Zoom.

The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board, serving Hunterdon and Somerset counties, is part of a national system of government professionals working to connect community members to searchable sources of information needed to plan first career steps or transition to new careers.

During Using Virtual Resources to Plan Your Career, 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.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (408) 650-3123

Access Code: 477-060-989


FTPL Virtual Book Club – Saturday, 9/11 at 11am
Join us for a librarian-led discussion of This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger. “If you liked Where the Crawdads Sing, you’ll love This Tender Land…This story is as big-hearted as they come.” — Google Books. Click here to register.

Everything Else

English as a Second Language Class – Wednesdays in September at 3pm
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 confidence speaking English. Click one of the following dates to register: 9/15 | 9/22 | 9/29

Pet Loss Support – Sunday, 9/19 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

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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