Piscataway Library eNewsletter Vol 9 Issue 1

Please note: Kennedy Library will resume Sunday hours, 1-5pm, starting Sunday, September 10

Local Social Issues Initiative

Piscataway Public Library and IEEE are Seeking Ideas

The Piscataway Public Library and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) have partnered to work on a local-for-local initiative, collaborating to find a technological solution to a socio-economic issue that is important to your Piscataway community.

To identify the issue that the team will address, we need suggestions from local residents. The Piscataway Public Library, volunteers from local IEEE members and staff,  and Piscataway residents will then assemble and choose one of the suggestions and work towards a solution. The goal is to provide a technological solution with a strong emphasis on sustainability so that once it is in place it should be useful and relevant for years to come. 

We are looking for ideas from YOU, the residents of Piscataway, on local issues we can consider working on!

By participating, you will also be entered into a drawing to receive a small gift.

This electronics submission form is available at : http://bit.ly/L4LIdeaCall

Deadline for submissions is 9/15/2017. If you wish to provide multiple suggestions, please fill out a separate form for each idea. Be as clear as possible defining the problem. Do not be concerned if you cannot think of how technology may help -- that is where we come in!!

Makers and Tinkers

This summer the library had two STEM based programs happening simultaneously, Teen Maker Institute for teens in grades 6-12 and Tinker Camp for students in grades 3-5.

During Teen Maker Institute, teens learned about woodworking, soldering, hydraulics,and robotics. They built Hydraulic Powered Cars, Electric Stroboscopes, Telegraphs, LED Watches and more.

Our younger students spent the summer in Tinker Camp learning about pneumatics, energy, machines, and circuits.

At the end of both of these sessions, students were invited to a Maker Exhibition where they got to display their projects for friends and family.

Teen Maker Institute is sponsored by a grant from the Cognizant "Making the Future" initiative. Tinker CAMP was generously funded by a PSEG Sparks grant

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!

September is Library Card Sign up Month

If you are a Piscataway resident, you are eligible for a free library card. Having a library card allows you to check out books, dvd's, music, ebooks, museum passes, science kits, and  also gives you access to extended time on our computers. So join the rest of the crowd and get your library card today! All you need is a photo ID and proof of address in order to get a card. And don't forget, having a library card also gives you access to our 31 other member libraries!

"This September, crimefighting DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, will team up with the American Library Association (ALA) to promote the value of a library card. As honorary chairs, DC’s Teen Titans will remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning."

NEW to the Piscataway Teen Spaces

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.

Pre-registration is NOW OPEN for Fall 2017 STAR Participants. 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.

Passport Day

Thinking about traveling abroad? Is your current Passport about to expire? If yes, then come to our Passport Day! A Postmaster will be on-site to handle renewals and new applications alike.

Stop by Kennedy Library on Saturday, September 30 at 10:00am for Passport Day. (No registration necessary)

For information on what documentation to bring and associated fees, please visit: https://www.usps.com/international/passports.htm

Adult Reading Challenge continues into the Fall!

For September, read any book that hit the New York Times Bestseller's list during the 1990's.

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! 

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!

Support the Piscataway Public 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

Summer Reading Recap


Children's Summer Reading Club wrapped up on August 14 with the annual Carnival. Due to the rain, it was held inside the library but still attracted over 800 attendees! There was face painting, games, and prizes. The Children's Department thanks the Friends of the Library for their continued support and all of the businesses that helped make Children's Summer Reading a success! 


This summer the teens partcipated in a Scavenger Hunt and an outdoor Water Event, they also learned how to crochet and how to paint with light! Teen Summer Reading Club ended on August 11 with the 3rd annual After Hours Nerf War. The teens had a blast running through the library while it was closed. They played capture the flag with nerf guns and enjoyed pizza and prizes. 

The Library will be celebrating National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 26 with voter registration materials being made available at both our branches. Stop by our Voter Registration Table or the Information Desk for help. 

"National Voter Registration Day is a national holiday celebrating our democracy. It was first observed in 2012 and has been growing in popularity every year since. Held on the fourth Tuesday of September, National Voter Registration Day will be observed on Tuesday, September 26th this year. The holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). It is further supported by the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED)."

Click here for more information on National Voter Registration Day