Piscataway Library eNewsletter Vol 8 Issue 11

Please note: Piscataway Library will be closed Saturday, September 2 - Monday, September 4 for Labor Day Weekend

Piscataway Public Library is a proud recipient of the World War I and America Grant from Library of America and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
To coincide with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, this grant enables us to bring together veterans and the general public to explore the American experience of the war and its role in shaping the contemporary world. Save the dates for the following special programs at Kennedy Library:

Writers Workshop

Saturday, July 15 & Saturday, July 22

Led by local author Bonnie Brunish, read first-hand accounts of the war by Americans who experienced it, and join us to use creative writing as a means of expression, inspired by these stories.


Sunday, October 8

Led by Rutgers Professor Dr. Beryl Satter, join a discussion of first-hand accounts of the war.  
For more information and to register for these programs, call Kennedy Library at 732-463-1633 x6.

Coming Fall 2017

The STAR Homework Club (SHC) will provide structured time for Piscataway students in grades 6-12 to complete homework after school in the teen spaces at Kennedy and Westergard Libraries. The goal of SHC is to provide students with the necessary time, space, and resources to excel in school, and also to supplement their traditional education with outside of school learning.

SHC will meet every school day, 2:00-5:00pm, at the Kennedy and Westergard Libraries in Piscataway. On half-days, SHC will meet 12:00-3:00pm. Activities will be offered 4:00-4:30pm on select weekdays, and may include crafts, STEM learning, research assistance, book discussions, college/career chats, and more.

Participants will receive access to valuable library resources including research databases to assist with homework and other school projects.

Opportunities are available for students in grades 9-12 to earn community service and volunteer hours as STAR Advisors. Volunteers will provide general assistance to Teen Services Librarians. Applications to become a STAR Advisor will open at the end of July. 

The Piscataway Cultural Arts Commission introduces its 2017 Summer Concert Series

The concerts will run Thursday nights at 7pm from July 6 - August 31 at the Columbus Park Extension Gazebo.

July 6: The Guthrie Brothers

The Guthrie’s are taking us on a journey to SCARBOROUGH FAIR with Simon&Garfunkel---so come on along!

July 13: The VooDudes

The VooDudes are back with their fabulous high-energy mix of Gulf Coast roots rock, blues and New Orleans funk groove!

July 20: Shaman the Santana Tribute Band

Love Santana and his musical style? Then you won’t want to miss Shaman!

July 27: The British Invasion

Will pay tribute to the British Invasion Years from the Beatles era. Always a Piscataway favorite!

View the full schedule here

Beyond the Brick Walls

Thanks to all who stopped by our table at the Piscataway Street Fair on Saturday, June 10. As always, we love getting the chance to talk to you outside of the library. It was a beautiful day where we talked about ESL classes, our Adult Reading Challenge, and Summer Reading.

If you happened to miss us at the Street Fair, you can stop by our table at National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1.  Our table will be set up right in front of Westergard Library where we will be supporting National Night Out's campaign to promote police and community partnerships.

Adult Reading Challenge

The rules are simple:

  • During each month, read a book that fits the chosen challenge category.
  • After finishing a read, submit an Adult Reading Challenge entry form found at our Information Desks. 
  • Each completed entry form will enter you into our Monthly Prize Drawing! Read as much as you can -- there's no limit to monthly entries!  
  • Extra monthly entries can also be earned by writing a short book review in our Piscataway Recommends notebook by the Information Desk. 
  • If you complete any of our monthly challenges, you will ALSO be entered to win our GRAND PRIZE chosen at the end of the year! Only one grand prize entry per patron. 
  • Feel free to ask a Librarian for suggestions!

Click here for more information on the Adult Reading Challenge

Summer Reading

Register today!


Open to children from birth through those entering Grade 6. 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. The last day to fill out and turn in your Raffle and BINGO games is August 12


For teens entering Grades 7-12. 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. The last day to submit your checklist is Friday, August 4.

ChapterCats Book Club

For children in grades 3-5

Tuesday, August 22 at 2:00pm.

Join us as we discuss our MYSTERY book of the month over snacks, games, and activities.  

Choose any MYSTERY book and  be ready to talk about it and have some fun.  Don't worry if you don't totally finish it.

Please register at the Kennedy Library Childrens Desk or by calling 732-463-1633 x7. Registration begins Tuesday, August 1. 

Art Talk

Jackson Pollock & Abstract Expressionism

Join us for our monthly Art Talk on Monday, July 31 with our Art Librarian, Joe. Joe will be discussing Jackson Pollock and other Abstract Expressionist artists. Pollock was famous for his drip paintings which he made by pouring and hurling paint onto the canvas.

The discussion will be completely informal, so no prior art knowledge is necessary.

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

Thursday, August 10 at 6:00pm

Jeopardy fan? Quizzo enthusiast? Come test your trivia skills here at the library! Questions will be general knowledge -- so anyone can be an expert.

Bring a team or make new friends. Prizes will be awarded to the first place team! Open to adults 16 and older. Limit 4 people per team.   

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

Show Off Your Summer Skills!