Piscataway Library eNewsletter Vol 9 Issue 4


Please note: Both branches of Piscataway Public Library will be closed Sunday, December 24 and Monday December 25, as well as Sunday, December 31 and Monday, January 1.

Thank You to our ESL Volunteers

The members of our ESL classes created "Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a Jar" for the ESL Volunteers as a thank you for all of their hard work. These students chose this recipe because of its popularity in America.

Create your own mix in a jar!

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar

The full recipe is available here: https://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/32260/chocolate-chip-cookie-mix-in-a-jar/

Holiday Programs at the Library

Stories Around the Christmas Tree

Saturday, December 9 @ 11:00am at Kennedy Library

Ages 3 and up and their families! A magical program filled with stories, songs and Christmas fun for everyone to enjoy! No registration is necessary.

Yuletide Carolers: An Acapella Concert

Sunday, December 10 @ 2:00pm at Kennedy Library

All Ages! The Yuletide Carolers delight audiences by evoking the memory of yesteryear with authentic Victorian costumes, harmonious voices and infectious holiday spirit. To Register, please call 732-463-1633 x6 or stop by our Information Desk!

Holiday Cupcake Decorating

Wednesday, December 13 @ 4:00pm at Kennedy Library

Grades K-5. Join the Mobile Family Success Center in spreading some holiday cheer! Follow instructions to learn to create holiday-themed designs on cupcakes.  Then enjoy your creations! No registration is necessary.

Glittering Ornaments

Thursday, December 14 @ 7:00pm at Kennedy Library

All Ages! Join us this holiday season to make you own glittering ornaments using beautiful laces, motifs, fabrics, sequence, beads, and other craft materials from India. Space is limited. To Register, please call 732-463-1633 x6 or stop by our Informatin Desk! 

Extreme Gingerbread Houses

Thursday, December 28 @ 1:00pm at Westergard Library

Grades 4-7. Build an earthquake-resistant gingerbread house in the ultimate edible engineering challenge! To Register, please call 732-752-1166 x6 or stop by the Westergard Library.

Adult Reading Challenge

In December, read a Young Adult Book. 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. 

Piscataway Public Library Foundation

engaging minds, building connections, and creating opportunities for individual and community-wide growth

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.

Please visit pwaylibraryfoundation.org if you’re interested in learning more, or to donate!

WWI Exhibit Coming to Kennedy

A traveling WWI exhibit made possible in part by a grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities will be coming to Kennedy Library this month. World War I and America is a major initiative involving public programs in all fifty states, a traveling exhibition, a multimedia website, and the publication of an anthology of writings by Americans who experienced World War I.

You will be able to view these free standing panels in our exhibit space straight ahead of the entrance. More information about the exhibit can be found here, https://www.gilderlehrman.org/programs-exhibitions


STAR Homework Club receives grant from Walmart Foundation

STAR Homework Club  provides structured time for Piscataway students in grades 6-12 to complete homework in the teen spaces at the Piscataway Public Library.

The Walmart Foundation recently awarded a $1,000 grant to the STAR Homework Club through their Community Grant Program.  This grant made it possible for the Library to provide supplies to STAR Homework Club participants, including pens, pencils, markers, paper, graphing calculators, and rulers.  These supplies are provided in addition to the expansive resources offered by the library, including print materials, research databases, and the expertise of our Teen Services Librarians.

The STAR Homework Club also offers opportunities for students in grades 9-12 to earn community service and volunteer hours as STAR Advisors, making the club a truly well-rounded experience for all students.