Piscataway Library eNewsletter Vol 8 Issue 9

Please note: Piscataway Library will be closed on Sunday, May 14 for Mother's Day and Saturday, May 27; Sunday, May 28; and Monday, May 29 in recognition of Memorial Day.

The Piscataway Public Library and Piscataway Rotary Club invites you to a Memorial Day Family Event on Monday, May 29, 2017 at Quibbletown Park immediately following the parade.

Learn about our community’s current and past Veterans, support current members of the Armed Forces, and participate in events fun for the whole family.

This event will be free to attend. Attractions include storytimes for children, face painting, music, thank-a-veteran letter station, team challenges for teens, crafts, games, and food!

Summer of Make

If your child is interested in science, technology, engineering, robotics, and other STEM related topics then Piscataway Library is the place to be this Summer 2017! We have fantastic and immersive programs going on that will be sure to provide a fun learning experience for those in grades K-12.

Teen Maker Institute 

The Summer of MAKE : Teen Maker Institute is our new and revamped summer workshop program for those entering grades 6-12 operated in conjunction with the Piscataway Library Teen Services Department. This new program is designed to provide a much deeper and immersive making and STEM experience for those who are accepted into the program! This program will consist of two groups of 15 teens. Each group will complete 12 projects over a 6-week period from June 28th - August 4th on Wednesdays and Fridays. One group will attend Wednesday and Friday mornings from 11am-1pm and the other group will attend Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 2-4pm. To be a part of this unique experience, teens will have to apply for acceptance into the program. As always, projects made during this program will all be make and take home. 

We will begin accepting applications on May 8 using the following formhttps://goo.gl/forms/AdReSRTnnV4xEda82

We will then hold two group interview sessions to determine which 30 teens will be accepted into the program. Projects for the Teen Maker Institute will include making your own digital watch, light painting, solar charger, hydraulic powered car, birdhouse, and more!

There is no residency restriction for this program.

Tinker Camp

Tinker CAMP is our revamped STEM program workshop series for those entering grades K-5, operated in conjunction with the Piscataway Library Children's Services Department. Children will have the opportunity to make and take various age-appropriate projects for K-2, and grades 3-5. Examples of projects include pizza box circuits, slime, paddleboats, balancing robot, windmill and more!  Check http://piscatawaylibrary.org/miy for the registration date.

Registration will be taken by visiting or calling the Children's Department at 732-463-1633 x7. These workshops are ONLY open to Piscataway residents

Note : For Tinker CAMP, your child(ren) may only register for up to 2 programs in order to allow as many children as possible to be able to take advantage of these workshops. Tinker CAMP is generously funded by a PSEG Sparks grant. 

Summer Reading


Open to children from birth through those entering Grade 6. Visit Kennedy or Westergard and register starting June 20. Summer programs include Lunch with the Librarian, a Live Animal Show, a Pirate Show, drop-in crafts, and more!, Also, don't forget about the Summer Reading Carnival at the end of the summer! We are looking forward to a fun filled time.


For teens entering Grades 7-12. Registration begins June 20 at both Kennedy and Westergard. Complete a fun checklist that will get you reading and doing something new. Summer programs include a scavenger hunt, locked room challenge, crocheting, light painting, and more! Teens who participate in Summer Reading are eligible to attend our End of Summer Reading After Hours Nerf War. Join in on the fun and win some cool prizes along the way.

Teen to Tween ESL

Teen to Tween ESL is a one-on-one tutoring session where teens in grades 9-12 tutor tweens in grades 3-6 to help strengthen his/her English skills.

Sessions will run for 1 hour on 5 different Mondays during the summer. The dates and times are provided when filling out an application.

  • Teens entering Gr. 9-12 who are interested in volunteering can fill out an application at the Kennedy Information Desk. You must be able to attend a 1 hour orientation on Wednesday, June 28 at 5:30pm.
  • Tweens entering Gr. 3-6 who are interested in receiving one-on-one ESL tutoring can fill out an application at the Kennedy Information Desk (tweens do not need to attend an orientation)

Questions? Contact Mo at mdonohue@piscatawaylibrary.org. (For Piscataway residents only)

Piscataway Street Fair

Piscataway Township will be hosting their 26th annual Street Fair on Saturday, May 13, from 10:00am-4:00pm at Piscataway Town Hall.

This is a great community event where you can find out about different organizations and businesses in Piscataway, play games, and enjoy food!

Piscataway Puzzle Contest

The results are in!

You all worked so hard to put together our community puzzles and after 7 were completed, we asked you to vote for your favorite.

   Winning Puzzle          Runner Up


 The winning puzzle will be glued and preserved for display at the library. In the meantime, stop by Kennedy to see all the great puzzles that have been completed. And don't worry, we still have an ongoing puzzle on the table at Kennedy for you to work on!

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

Volunteering at the Library

Teen Opportunities

Summer Reading Club Volunteers: The Children's Department  is looking for young Piscataway residents, aged 11-17 years, to help with this summer's Children's Summer Reading Club.  If you have 2 hours a week to give over the summer, please come to one of these MANDATORY hour-long orientations.  You do not need to fill out an application or sign up ahead of time.   You must attend one of the following training sessions to volunteer this summer: 

Thursday, May 25 - KENNEDY - 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 31 - WESTERGARD - 7:00pm 
Tuesday, June 6 - KENNEDY - 7:00pm

Teens Teach: The Teen Department interested in hosting you and your skill as a tutorial on our website! If you are good at magic, gardening, playing an instrument, knitting, sewing, etc. and would like to create an online tutorial, click here to fill out the form!  (For Piscataway residents only)

Adult Opportunities

The Adult Department is always looking for volunteers to help with small tasks around the library. If you are interested in helping, fill out a volunteer application at either Kennedy or Westergard Library. You can also fill out the application online.

We will be hosting our 2nd Trivia Night on Monday, May 22 from 7:00-8:15pm at Kennedy Library. Come prepared with a team or come alone and meet new people. The questions are varied so that everyone has a good chance of getting questions correct. Trivia Night is open to anyone high school age and up.

Register at the Kennedy Library Information Desk or call 732-463-1633 x 6.

Healing at the Library

Introduction to Chinese Medicine

 Tuesday, May 9, 7:00pm at Westergard

Hear about acupuncture and its healing effects including some of the common complaints it can heal. Register at Westergard Library's Information Desk or by calling 732-752-1166 x6

Tong-Gong Healing Art of Moving Meditation

Thursday, May 11, 7:00pm at Kennedy
Brought to you by the generosity of the Friends of Piscataway Library.

Learn all about "your physiological, psychological and spiritual well-being. Your mind, body and spirit connection and achieving the optimal state of balance between them." Register at Kennedy Library's Information Desk or by calling 732-463-1633 x6.

Essential Oils: Be Toxin Free

Thursday, May 25, 7:00pm at Westergard
Learn how to make non-toxic home and beauty products. Have you ever looked at the ingredients label of your cleaning or beauty products and was shocked by the toxins inside? Swap these toxic products with safe, effective and all natural Essential Oils. Marie D'Urso will teach you how! Register at Westergard Library's Information Desk or by calling 732-752-1166 x6

Art-in-the-Round: Millefiori beads 

Sunday, May 7, 1:30-4:30pm at the Kennedy Library

Join us for our final installment of our Art-in-the-Round series. Artist Jeannette Kinsler will demonstrates how to make millefiori canes and beads from polymer clay. 

Funding for this series has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.

Rutgers Day

The staff at the library absolutely love interacting with you beyond our four walls. This past Saturday, April 29,  we had the pleasure of attending  Rutgers Day at Busch Campus. We had over 500 visitors at the table which is the busiest we've been out of the 4 years we have attended! We think the beautiful weather might have had something to do with it but we also think it was the fun building and making we offered at the table.

In the morning we offered Button Making to anyone who stopped by the table, and in the afternoon we did Straw Building. Which, if you have never done at the library before, is extremely addicting and you can build some awesome creations! If you missed us at Rutgers Day this year, you can find the library table at the Piscataway Street Fair on Saturday, May 13. We look forward to seeing you there!

Help the library, shop on AmazonSmile

Did you know Amazon will give back a percentage of your purchases to a non-profit organization of your selection? It's called AmazonSmile. You can help support the Friends of the Piscataway Public Library by setting up your AmazonSmile account, and then using it to make Amazon purchases. Amazon will donate 0.5% of all your AmazonSmile eligible purchases to the Friends. All funds raised by the Friends are donated back to the Library to support programming, facility upgrades, and more!

How to donate:

  1. Visit smile.amazon.com and log in with your current Amazon username and password
  2. In the search box type The Friends of the Piscataway Public Library Inc and click "select"
  3. Start shopping!