Piscataway Library eNewsletter Vol 8 Issue 5

We hope you all had a very happy holiday season, and we wish you the very best in the New Year! With love, from the staff at Piscataway Public Library. The library will be closing early at 1:00pm on Friday, January 13 to give time to our staff to celebrate the season together.

New Jersey Makers Day

Are you a Piscataway resident or employee of Piscataway Township who makes, crafts, or creates? Join us at the Kennedy Library to promote your business and share your talents with the entire community on Sunday, March 26, 2017, 1:00-4:00pm. There is no charge for this opportunity to network, share and sell your crafts, and participate in this component of our NJ Makers Day celebration. Please complete an online application at www.piscatawaylibrary.org/piscatawaymakers.

All community members are enthusiastically invited to save the date for the third annual NEW JERSEY MAKERS DAY! This is a statewide celebration of maker culture, tinkering and creative participation! There will be events for teens and children at both branches on Friday afternoon, activities for ALL AGES throughout the day on Saturday at Kennedy Library, and crafters sharing and selling handmade items at Kennedy Library on Sunday. Stay tuned for details about specific events.

2017 Reading Challenge

Start the year off right by stretching your reading muscles! Let us help you expand your reading horizons with our READING CHALLENGE! This fun challenge begins January 2017 and continues throughout the year.

  • Read or listen to books in any language and any format
  • Books must be read during the 2017 calendar year to qualify
  • Have fun and get out of your comfort zone! You may just discover some new favorite genres or authors!
  • Find the challenges month-by-month here: http://piscatawaylibrary.org/content/2017-adult-reading-challenge

If you'd like, as you complete each month's challenge, fill out an entry form at the Information Desk to be entered for a chance to win a small prize. If you complete all 12 challenges, you will be entered to win a grand prize at the end of the year. Write a review in the Piscataway Recommends notebook (at the Information Desk at Kennedy Library) to receive an additional entry form for that month!

Best Books of 2016

In addition to asking a librarian for recommendations or checking out our prepared printed booklists throughout the library, you can find inspiration for items to add to your "to read" pile with some of this year's round-up lists!

What do you think? Share your own favorites today!

The Libraries of Middlesex Consortium invites you to let us know the best book you’ve read in 2016, and will feature the top picks (based on number of votes) online! Anyone can participate, and you aren't limited to books published in 2016.

Tech @ Your Fingertips

We're always open at our virtual library where you have access to your account (with card and PIN) for renewals, holds, and eBooks and eAudio, plus tons of informational and other helpful resources. In addition to all of the print content we have available, your Piscataway Library card allows you access to FREE eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, digital magazines, and streaming movie service. With a valid library card, you have more titles at your fingertips than you ever thought possible. If you are being denied online access for any reason, please contact the User Services Department at either branch to learn how to update your account!

Your library is ready to help you get started accessing all of our electronic collections. In 2017, our Techie Tutor will be available at both branches to help with virtually any question about using your laptop, tablet, or smartphone at scheduled times (please remember to bring your power cord!) and we also offer help with eLibraryOverDrivehooplaZinio and IndieFlix

Check out the complete listing of computer and technology classes at Kennedy and Westergard: piscatawaylibrary.org/technologytraining.


Kennedy and Westergard Libraries have free wireless internet access 24/7, and now we also have wireless printing accessible while the library is open! You can print in black and white or color from your personal laptop, smartphone or mobile device. You will connect to select wifi networks in order to access wireless printing. Standard printing costs apply. Detailed instructions can be found here.

Help & Information for Veterans

Representatives from several veterans organizations will be at Kennedy Library on Sunday, January 8 at 2:00pm to provide help and information to veterans of all ages and their families. All are welcome to come and talk with professionals about benefits, health care, stress and other issues. If possible, bring your DD-214 with you. For further information, please call 732-463-1633! More resources for veterans can also be found online.

The Bill of Rights and You!

THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND YOU is now on view at the Kennedy Library! This new pop-up exhibit from the National Archives commemorates the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Explore the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, collectively known as the Bill of Rights, and learn how Americans have exercised those rights.

This traveling exhibit is presented in part by AT&T, Seedlings Foundation and the National Archives Foundation, and it is brought to you by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities & the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

Piscataway Library Foundation

The Piscataway Public Library Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity created to raise funds to support the programming, capital and operational needs of the Piscataway Public Library. All donations can be can be deducted from taxes under IRC Section 170. The Foundation is also eligible to receive tax deductible bequests.

Our Library Mission: Piscataway Public Library is committed to engaging minds, building connections, and creating opportunities for individual and community-wide growth.

Donate by Mail: Piscataway Public Library Foundation, Inc., 500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Donate Online: CLICK HERE

The Piscataway Public Library Foundation, Inc. is a Care2Share Affinity Program member with Investors Bank. If you have an account with Investors Bank, you can designate the library foundation as your Care2Share non-profit organization and the bank will provide funds to the Piscataway Public Library Foundation at absolutely no cost to you! Stop by your local branch or download an account enrollment form! The foundation will receive 0.25% on the average monthly balance on all checking accounts and 0.15% on the average monthly balance of all savings accounts enrolled in the program.

Questions? Want to get involved? Contact the library director: 732-463-3911 or foundation@piscatawaylibrary.org

What to Read Next

  • Join us in person at the Fiction Addiction discussion group at Kennedy Library! Call 732-463-1633 to register and request your copy of the month's read. There are two different meetings in January, both meeting at 7:00pm:
  • Tell us about three books you've read or liked to receive personalized recommendations through an easy What To Read Next form on our website (for all ages).
  • The books2share blog is maintained by our own librarians with reviews of adult fiction and nonfiction.
  • Join us for conversation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all 365 days of the year on Facebook at our Let's Talk About Books page!

Are you an aspiring writer? Each month, Kennedy Library is open to share, discuss and critique each other's writings and works with respect. Our Writers' Group meets in the Kennedy Cafe, so please feel free to bring snacks or beverages to enjoy! The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 9 at 7:00pm. Register by calling 732-463-1633 or visit Kennedy Library.

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Attention young book lovers! Join us for ChapterCats as we discuss our Book of the Month over snacks, games and activities! January's genre is MYSTERY. Choose a mystery book (a favorite, or one you're reading for the first time) and come to talk about it and have some fun! Our first meeting is on Tuesday, January 17 at 4:00pm. You are welcome even if you haven't finished the book yet. This new book group is open to readers in Grades 3-5 only. Please register at the Kennedy Children's Information Desk or call 732-463-1633 during regular library hours. Please do not leave registration information on our voicemail.

Check It Out @ Hoopla

Use your library card to access movies, music, ebooks, audiobooks, comics, and more! Items can be viewed on your computer or via the Hoopla app on mobile devices like Kindle, iPad, iPhone, and Android. Some content (like music and audiobooks) can be downloaded right onto your device so you don't have to use up data to access it. Plus, you have simultaneous access to the content, so you never have to wait for someone else to return it before you can view. You can borrow up to five items each month. Check out some of what's available with this list looking back on 2016.

Art Talk: Georgia O'Keefe

Georgia O’Keeffe is probably the most famous female artist to be produced in the United States. For seven decades she was a major figure in American art, known across the country for her signature images of flowers, animal bones, and landscapes. O'Keeffe offered women artists a self-empowering model of female independence, but her own views on feminism were quite complex and at times controversial. On Thursday, January 12, 6:30-8:30pm, we’ll be viewing a collection of O’Keeffe’s work on a slideshow projection and our discussion will be completely informal, so no prior art knowledge is necessary. If you’d like to join us, please register at the Kennedy Information Desk or call 732-463-1633.