Piscataway Library eNewsletter Vol 8 Issue 10

Please note: Piscataway Library will be closed on Sundays during the Summer starting Sunday, June 18 and will resume after Labor Day.

We will also be closed Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Summer Reading

Registration for Children and Teen Summer Reading Club begins Tuesday, June 20!


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.

2017 Adult Reading Challenge

We are halfway through our reading challenge this year and we are looking forward to the summer months to read, read, read! If you have joined us since January, you know the rules, but if you want to join in on the fun now, there are a few simple rules to remember:

  • You can include books in any language and any format.
  • As you complete one month's challenge, fill out an entry form at the Information Desk to be entered for a chance to win a small prize each month. If you complete all 12 challenges, you will be entered to win a grand prize at the end of the year. 
  • Books must be read in the 2017 calendar year to qualify for entry.
  • If you also write a review of the book in the Piscataway Recommends notebook near the Information Desk you will receive an additional entry form for that month. 
  • Feel free to ask a Librarian for suggestions or use any of our prepared booklists.
  • Have fun and get out of your comfort zone! You may just discover some new favorite genres or authors!

The reading challenge for the upcoming months:

June - Read a science fiction book
July - Read a book set in the summer (fiction or nonfiction)
August - Read a thriller
September - Read a NYT bestseller from the 1990's (fiction or nonfiction)
October - Read a book that will scare you (fiction or nonfiction
November - Read a book translated into English (fiction or nonfiction)
December - Read a Young Adult Book

We hope you enjoy this challenge! Remember, we are here to help if you'd like suggestions!

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.

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. 

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. Similiar to previous summers, teens will create projects and get to take them home.

Memorial Day Family Event

The Piscataway Public Library and Rotary Club organized their first annual Memorial Day Family Event at Quibbletown Park on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. We had free food and drinks, as well as music, games, story time, face painting, crafts, and a scavenger hunt (just to name a few). We also collected food and supplies for Veterans through Community Hope and had a Thank-A-Vet Veteran Letter Station.

We also asked guests to honor loved ones who had served or were currently serving by planting flags near the entrance of the event and had a moment of silence to remember those who died fighting for our freedom.

Thanks to our event sponsors: Striker Realty, Saker ShopRites, Provident Bank, Investors Bank, REA Agency Realty, Financial Resources Federal Credit Union, Pepsi, Binksy Home Service, and Liberty Mutual. An even bigger thanks to all those who came out and had a fun filled day with us. We are looking forward to next year.


The Piscataway Township Street Fair has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 10, 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 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

A "See You Soon" to Our Two Retirees

Join us in wishing Patty and Mary a bitter-sweet goodbye as they embark on the next, best part of their lives: retirement! 

Both Patty and Mary have worked at Piscataway Public Library for over 30 years and they will be missed dearly. We held a staff lunch to celebrate all the hard work they have done over the years for not just the library, but for the public as well. Congratulations to them both!

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!

Piscataway Township Document Shredding

Take advantage of the "SHRED IT & FORGET IT"  free mobile community paper shredding event held by the Piscataway Township Clean Communities & Recycling Program.

This event will take place on Saturday, June 17 at Quibbletown Park from 9:00am to 12:00pm or until the truck is full.

Celebrate Audiobook Month

Do you love listening to Audiobooks? For the month of June, LMxAC is asking patrons to submit a photo of their favorite place to listen to audiobooks.

Throughout June, everyone who submits a photo will be entered in a random drawing for a gift card. (Please include your last name in the filename of the photo you send.)

Introduction to Etsy

Led by Rebecca Rodriguez of Dirtsa Studios of Somerset, NJ.

Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00pm at Kennedy Library

Join Rebecca for an overview of how to get set up on Etsy and the basics of making sure your products can be found by cutomers. Rebecca is a certified Etsy Craft Entrepreneruship Teacher having been trained by an Etsy education specialist (http://www.etsy.com/craftentrepreneurship/teachers) and she will be coming to the library to share her skills, knowledge, and entrepreneurial spirit with the community.

To register for this program, visit Kennedy Library's Information Desk or call 732-463-1633 x6.

Calling all writers!

The Library Writers Group is meeting Monday, June 12 and Thursday, June 22 at 7:00pm at the Kennedy Library.

Join the groups and share, discuss and critque other's writings and works with respect. The group is led by local resident and artist Bonnie Brunish. Feel free to bring snacks or beverages to enjoy.

To register visit the Kennedy Library's Information desk or call 732-463-1633 x6.

In 2015, The American Library association marked June as GLBT Book Month , a "nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. "

For a list of award winning books that are the core of GLBT collections, check out Stonewall Book Awards, Rainbow Books, and Over the Rainbow Books.