Piscataway Library eNewsletter Vol 9 Issue 2


Friends 2017 Fall Books Sale

October 25 - October 29, Kennedy Library

  • Wednesday, 10/25: 6:30-8:30pm, Preview Night
  • Thursday, 10/26: 10:00am-8:30pm, Book Sale
  • Friday, 10/27: 10:00am-4:30pm, Book Sale
  • Saturday, 10/28: 10:00am-4:30pm, Bag Sale
  • Sunday, 10/29: 1:00pm-4:30pm, Bag Sale

Preview Night is specially held for Friends members. Not a member? Visit either Kennedy or Westergard Library to pick up an application. The Friends of the Library are an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to supporting the Piscataway Library system.

National Friends of the Library Week

October 15-21, 2017

We thank our Friends of the Library for all their support. The Friends have provided new carpet for Kennedy and Westergard, new furniture, funds for programming, and much more! Support the Friends by becoming a member! Your annual membership is tax deductible, and you can sign up with an individual membership for as low as $5.00 a year. All members receive a copy of the Friends of Piscataway Public Library Newsletter as well as access to Friends' Nights at our two book sales each year. A membership of $25 or more entitles you to have a book gift-plated in your honor.


Sunday, October 8, 2:00pm

“American Radicals and the Great War: World War I and the Battle between Victorian and Modern Values.”

Join us as Rutgers Professor Dr. Beryl Satter presents this talk about the effects of the Great War at home, including perspectives on changing societal values and norms during that time.  

A discussion will follow the presentation. Refreshments will be served.

For more information and to register for these programs, visit or call the Kennedy Library at 732-463-1633 x6.

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.

Community Food Drive

October 16 - October 20

Join the Piscataway Rotary in the collection of food and monetary donations to support our local food bank, FISH Inc.

Rotary will be collecting food items, including non-perishable canned foods, shelf-stable milk, cereals, instant potatoes, rice, personal care items, household cleaning products, pet food. Donation bins can be found outside of Shop and Stop on October 22 & 29 and at both branches of Piscataway LibraryPiscataway Town Hall and at partnering local businesses. 

Monetary donations are much needed as well.

For a tax deductible donation, please write the check to Fish, Inc. Mail to:
Piscataway Rotary
PO BOX 1205
Piscataway, NJ 08855
Re: Rotary Community Food Drive

If your business or organization would like to partner with Piscataway Rotary on our Community Food Drive, please contact our President, Nalaka Dias, nalaka@kanmarc.com.

Participating Partners: L'Oreal USA, Super Stop and Shop, Hapag Lloyd, Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School (Piscataway), Piscataway Township, Piscataway Public Library, Provident Bank, Liberty Mutual, Financial Resources Federal Credit Union,  Grace Alliance Church: 240 Stelton Rd

Visit www.piscatawayrotary.org for more information


Please join us on Saturday, October 14 at 3:00pm for Halloween Staries with Master Storyteller Charles Kiernan.

This program will take place in the Westergard Teen Room. No registration is necessary.


Adult Reading Challenge 

For October, read a book that will scare you (fiction or nonfiction).  

For recommendations, check out our ARC Booklist at any branch or online at piscatawaylibrary.org/readingchallenges . Don't forget, a prize is awarded each month! 

How it works:

  • 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. 

Murder & Mayhem at the Old Doom Mansion

Friday, October 27, 6pm at Westergard

Teens in grades 6-12 can join us for this very special after hours as we try to uncover the truth about what happened to Dr. Doom! Can you successfully solve the mystery? 

Please register at Westergard Library’s Information Desk or by calling 732-752-1166 x6. Limited spots available.


The Kennedy and Westergard Teen Spaces have been transformed into spaces equipped for out of school learning for teens in grades 6-12. From the hours of 2:00-5:00pm, Monday through Friday, and 12:30-3:00pm on half days, the teen spaces will be used for homework purposes. Participants will receive access to valuable library resources including research databases to assist with homework and other school projects. 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.

Meeting of the Minds Workshops

  • Mindmapping: Wednesday, October 11 from 6:00-8:00pm
  • VisionBoard / Forecasting: Wednesday, December 13 from 6:00-8:00pm

Meeting of the Minds Workshops are interactive sessions that introduce creative leadership techniques designed for business owners, managers, or individuals looking to initiate a project of their own in the future.

Mind mapping is an easy to learn technique that builds effective structuring right along with leaders hand-on participation and collaboration. It is a proven and extremely successful method to develop a number of life’s essential skills while retaining more information, increasing productivity and tapping into inner creativity.

Free and open to all! If you would like to register, please call 732-463-1633 x6​ or stop by the Kennedy Information Desk! 

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Steel Drum Performance

Saturday, November 4 at 2:00pm

Come enjoy the fun and unique musical soundscape of the steel drum performed by Sherwin Thwaites!

With over 20 years experience and a repertoire of over 350 songs, Mr. Thwaites plays a variety of genres including Top 40, Soul, R&B, Oldies, and Caribbean.

To register, please call Kennedy Library at 732-463-1633 x6​ or stop by our Information Desk!