New Jersey Makers Day
New Jersey Makers Day is almost here. The 3rd Annual NEW JERSEY MAKERS DAY (NJMD) will happen on March 24, 25 & 26! 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.
Most Loved Library of 2017
Piscataway Public Library was named one of the most loved libraries of 2017 according to hulafrog, a national network of local community guides for parents. Through hulafrog you can also view our upcoming events.
Saturday, April 1, 9:30am
We are accepting applications for Piscataway resident high school students in grades 9-12 for our 2017 Build it Better Design Challenge.
During the competition students will be divided into teams and local experts will guide the teams through essential stages, including planning, designing, building, and marketing. Final products will be evaluated by a panel of judges, and the members of the winning team will each receive a $100 scholarship.
Registration is limited to 25 participants. Please register online by visiting piscatawaylibrary.org/content/build-it-better or calling 732-463-1633 x6. Lunch will be provided for participants at this all-day event.
This competition, including scholarships, is made possible by a generous donation from Piscataway resident George Tsacnaris, and in partnership with ManufactureNJ, Rutgers University & Soldering Sunday.
LMxAC Shared Calendar
The new LMxAC shared calendar is now live! This calendar highlights events happening throughout LMxAC member libraries and is available to all patrons. To view the events calendar, click here.
"LMxAC and its member libraries strive to promote lifelong learning and strengthen our communities through a variety of programs. We believe in the freedom to read, learn, discover, and share ideas."
Small Business Workshop
On March 10 from 1:00-2:00pm, Kennedy Library will be hosting the Small Business Workshop to educate local business owners and entrepreneurs about starting and registering businesses in the state. This workshop includes:
- Types of Business Ownership
- Registering your Business
- Reporting Business Income
- Meeting Employer Responsibilities
- Understanding Sales and Use Tax
- and…Your Questions
This program is made possible by The New Jersey State Library and the New Jersey Division of Taxation’s Taxation University. To register please call 732-463-1633 x6.
Local Makers Market
We invite you to join us on Sunday, March 26 from 1:00-4:00pm for our first NJ Makers Day Local Makers Market at the Piscataway Public Library! This event is FREE and open to the public no matter where you are from!
We will be featuring local makers and creators who will be exhibiting and selling their products and creations of all kinds. It is a great way to learn about how these artists and artisans go about their craft, as well as take home some unique and custom products locally made right here in Piscataway!
Support Your Library
Click on the image below to learn more about supporting NJ libraries through your state tax form!
Items to Borrow!
In addition to headphones, both branches of the library now have bicycle locks and phone chargers for loan. These items are intended for in-house loan only, so will be due back the same day that they are borrowed, but they can be very useful to you while you are visiting the library building. We also offer some great resources that you can take home, including large 8.5x10 magnifiers (that can fit over the page of a book, magazine or newspaper), Kill a Watt EZ (a tool to measure how much energy you are using for specific devices in your home), and museum passes.
Your votes are in! 2016 Best Books
The Libraries of Middlesex Consortium invited you to vote for the best books you read in 2016 and the results are in! Click here for a full list of the winners.
Want more book recommendations? The library offers pre-printed booklists for readers of all ages.
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 either branch to update your account!
Your library is ready to help you get started accessing all of our electronic collections. Our Techie Tutor is also 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 can offer help with eLibrary, OverDrive, hoopla, and Zinio.
Check out the complete listing of computer and technology classes at Kennedy and Westergard: piscatawaylibrary.org/technologytraining.
WE HAVE WIRELESS PRINTING!
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.