The Library will be closed Monday, January 16
in observance of Martin Luther King Day
New Jersey Makers Day
Upcycling: Create, Make, Take Home!
The Library is looking forward to hosting its first ever event as official NJ Makers Day event sponsor.
NJ Makers Day is designed to be a statewide event that celebrates, promotes, and in many cases may introduce maker culture, as well as the values associated with making, tinkering and STEM-based learning. In 2016, NJ Makers Day drew over 40,000 individual attendees to more than 230 participating sites across all 21 counties in the state.
Kemmerer Library’s focus will on upcycling, specifically upcycling old books to give them a second life as fun, useful objects: bowls, post-cards, folded book projects, and much more. All ages are invited to attend and make!
Morning Book Group
Join our new, lively book group to discuss our December pick: Nutshell by Ian McEwan. “With Nutshell, Mr. McEwan has performed an incongruous magic trick … A smart, funny and utterly captivating novel … A small tour de force that showcases all of Mr. McEwan’s narrative gifts of precision, authority and control, plus a new, Tom Stoppard-like delight in the sly gymnastics that words can perform.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
No registration required. All are welcome.
Football Card Trading Club
New for kids in 2017: the Football Card Trading Club (FCTC)!
Each of the 5 sessions will include football related activities, crafts, snacks and trading, culminating in a frenzy of football fun at the ‘Gaga Superbowl Party’ on February 2! Participants are encouraged to bring their own football cards but rookies welcome since cards can be provided.
FCTC is at capacity. No more registrations accepted.
Junior Garden Club
Winter Bird Feeders
The New Vernon Garden Club is sponsoring monthly workshops for children (K-6th Grade) through hands-on gardening, floral design, nature conservancy and wildlife appreciation.
This month, each participant will create winter bird feeders using pine cones. Registration requested, please.
Native Wildflower Meadows
Let’s Get Real with Landscape Expert, Larry Weaner
Demand for native meadows, particularly as alternatives to lawn, is increasing and yet few types of landscape plantings are more misunderstood than native meadows, with failures often resulting from inadequate planning and the use of poorly adapted plants. Better results can be achieved when the design reflects the ecological character of naturally occurring meadows. More than one-year wonders, meadow plantings modeled on actual meadow communities provide long-term, easily managed landscapes that harbor a myriad of birds and butterflies, and provide color and texture throughout the year. This presentation discusses meadow design, implementation and management strategies using a series of case studies ranging in age from three to ten years.
Registration required, please. Refreshments will be served.
The Gift of Failure
Parenting Book Club
Dates and Times:
Join Kathleen McClay and Barbara Thomas for a 5 session reading of Jessica Lahey’s “The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.”
Modern parenting is defined by an unprecedented level of overprotectiveness: parents who rush to school at the whim of a phone call to deliver forgotten assignments, who challenge teachers on report card disappointments, mastermind children’s friendships, and interfere on the playing field. As teacher and writer Jessica Lahey explains, even though these parents see themselves as being highly responsive to their children’s well being, they aren’t giving them the chance to experience failure—or the opportunity to learn to solve their own problems.
Refreshments will be served. Registration requested, please.
The Highlands Rediscovered
Documentary Film Screening
Join Sean Gilson of the NJ Highlands Coalition for refreshments and documentary film detailing the history and importance of the Highlands Region, source of clean water for more than half of New Jersey’s population. Harding Township lies within the Highlands Region and is dependent on its forests to cleanse the rain that ultimately becomes our clean drinking water.
After the screening of the film, Sean will be available to answer questions about the Highlands and New Jersey’s water supply.
A light lunch will be served, and registration is requested, please.
The NEAT Method
Start the New Year in a tidy home!
Join Jennifer Ferriso and Erika Downes as they introduce the audience to the NEAT Method, a revolutionary method for organizing your life and home. The NEAT Method recognizes that life gets hectic and that maintaining an organized home can be a challenge. NEAT designs solution that is not only effective but also sustainable. Once your life is clutter-free and well arranged, you will have a new appreciation for the happiness that comes from living the NEAT life.
Refreshments will be served. Space is limited so registration is required, please.
Peter and the Wolf
With members of New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Children and their families can look forward to a real winter treat with this special performance of Prokofiev’s beloved masterpiece by a quartet of NJSO members. Look forward to an engaging program of storytelling and delightful music.
Refreshments will be served. Space is limited so registration is required, please.