Both branches of Piscataway Public Library will be closed Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25, as well as Saturday, December 30 and Sunday, January 1. The library will be open regulour hours throughout the week during the month of December. From our library family to yours, we wish you a happy, safe, secure and healthy season!
Fun for the Family
'Tis the season for thinking of others, taking joy in loved ones, and relaxing amidst the stress (and sometimes difficult times). Here are some options to get yourself out of the house (or to make your house more comfortable) this month!
- Winter Activities for Families in Middlesex County -- This particular list is from early 2016, but lots of great ideas to get outside as a group. Includes great recommendations for all ages, without or without kids! NJ Kids on the Go also shares some December activities, including holiday displays throughout the area like the Hugs for Brady Foundation's Holiday Light Show.
- Museums! Just in time, Kennedy Library has additional FREE museum passes to offer. With a library card, borrow free passes for Grounds for Sculpture, Morris Museum, The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, and now the Garden State Discovery Museum! First come, first serve; find full details online.
- De-clutter your kitchen, make a meal plan, and create an easy holiday menu -- Sound impossible? Westergard Library is hosting this timely program with the popular expert on all-things organizing, Jamie Novak, on Thursday, December 8 at 7:00pm.
- The Frugal Friends Coupon Club meets monthly at Kennedy Library the second Wednesday of the month. It's all about sharing coupons and money-saving ideas and learning some tips from others. (Next meeting is December 14 at 7:00pm.)
- The coldest season is a great time for picking up a skill or learning something new! Your library card gives you access to some awesome tools for learning new languages, like Rosetta Stone. Don't wait to do something you've always wanted to do. Start your New Year right!
- Sharing books (with kids and adults alike) is something that we all know is extremely beneficial, emotionally and intellectually. Last month was National Picture Book Month, so there are lots of lists highlighting some of the best books and authors to share aloud: http://picturebookmonth.com
This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Friends of the Library! We're hoping to have our highest membership year in 2016, and invite you to help us reach our goal! Your annual membership is tax deductible and individual membership starts as low as $5.00 a year. All members receive a copy of the Friends of PPL Newsletter, as well as access to Friends' Preview 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.
Apply for membership online or in person at either of our branch libraries. Those interested in actively volunteering with the Friends of Piscataway Library should indicate that on the membership application, or reach out to a member of the Friends Executive Board by calling 732-463-1633. The Friends are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to supporting the Piscataway Library system. Here's just some of the many ways that the Friends make a difference each year:
- Advocates for community support for the library
- Augments book and media budgets
- Sponsors concerts, artists, speakers and other programs for all ages, including Summer Programs
- Purchases items that the library cannot otherwise secure, like heavy-duty printing and poster-making machines, new flooring and furniture, our grand piano, and more
Most recently, the Friends of the Library were able to provide almost $37,000 for new carpeting at Westergard Library. All major improvements planned for 2016 have now been completed!
In late November, there was a special ribbon cutting to celebrate the reopening of an improved Westergard Library. Pictured are Kate Jaggers, Head of User Services at the library; Library Director James Keehbler; Mayor Brian Wahler; Maggie Serpico, President of the Friends of PPL; Anne Gordon, Piscataway's Public Information Officer; and Allen McGinley, the library's Associate Director
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 the User Services Department at either branch to learn how to update your account!
Your library is ready to help you get started accessing all of our electronic collections. In January, our Techie Tutor will be 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 also offer help with eLibrary, OverDrive, hoopla, Zinio and IndieFlix.
Check out our complete listing of computer and technology classes: 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.