Piscataway Library eNewsletter Vol 8 Issue 4

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 eLibraryOverDrivehooplaZinio and IndieFlix

Check out our complete listing of computer and technology classes: piscatawaylibrary.org/technologytraining.


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.

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

Winter Blood Drive

December is usually a very slow month for blood drives, and several blood types are currently in extremely short supply. We know that you are very busy with family gatherings, school vacations/travel and the holidays, but we hope that you can take some time to give back to others by giving blood this season! Join us at Kennedy Library on Tuesday, December 27, 1:30-7:00pm at our winter blood drive. For more information about giving, please visit http://nybloodcenter.org. All donors will receive AMC movie tickets!

In the holiday spirit, here is a message of thanks from a blood recipient that was received via Facebook: "I want to get a thank you out to Blood Services and particularly to donors or potential donors who might want to know where their donation goes. I am a cancer patient who has in the last 6 months received three infusions - once of platelets and 2 bags of blood and two additional times 2 bags of blood. Chemotherapy is hard on the bone marrow and blood cell production takes a hit, so we get weaker and weaker. The blood - which by the way came from super kind O- donors, totally improves my ability to function. So, thank you, thank you, thank you. "

Platelets are also in high demand. NY Blood Services is offering a special incentive: Make 3 platelet donations anytime through January 15, 2017 and receive a $25 gift card. Make an appointment.

What to Read Next

  • Join us in person at the Fiction Addiction discussion group's next meeting at Kennedy Library on Tuesday, December 27 at 7:00pm. Call 732-463-1633 x6 to register.
  • Tell us about three books you've read or liked to receive personalized recommendations through an easy What To Read Next form on our website (for all ages).
  • The books2share blog is maintained by our own librarians with reviews of adult fiction and nonfiction.
  • Join us for conversation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all 365 days of the year on Facebook at our Let's Talk About Books page!

Are you an aspiring writer? Each month, Kennedy Library is open to share, discuss and critique each other's writings and works with respect. Our Writers' Group meets in the Kennedy Cafe, so please feel free to bring snacks or beverages to enjoy! The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 12 at 7:00pm. Register by calling 732-463-1633 x6 or visit Kennedy Library.

Asian Calligraphy Exhibit

This exhibition showcases the latest works of artist David A. Heinlein. You can see this art exhibit throughout the month at Kennedy Library.

David has practiced Japanese calligraphy and studied it privately for about 25 years. David also worked as an English Teacher in Kyoto from 1969–1971 and in Tsuruoka from 1983–1985. David credits Piscataway Library for being a source of inspiration to create poetry and calming of the spirit in times of difficulty. David has dedicated this Calligraphy Exhibition and Sale at Kennedy Library in the memory of his mom and dad. His father was Headmaster for 24 years at Rutgers Prep, and his mother, Elizabeth Heinlein served as Literacy Volunteer at Kennedy Library and also was a Friday morning volunteer there for about six years, until the age of 92.

Check It Out @ Hoopla

Use your library card to access movies, music, ebooks, audiobooks, comics, and more! Items can be viewed on your computer or via the Hoopla app on mobile devices like Kindle, iPad, iPhone, and Android. Some content (like music and audiobooks) can be downloaded right onto your device so you don't have to use up data to access it. Plus, you have simultaneous access to the content, so you never have to wait for someone else to return it before you can view. You can borrow up to five items each month. Check out some of what's available with this list looking back on 2016.