We will be closed Monday, February 20, in observance of Presidents’ Day
Fresh Start Financial Tune-Up
Reset your outlook to “worry free”
Ash Rajan of Janney Montgomery will host a workshop covering some of the biggest worry-factors for Americans, aged 45 and over. With 28 years of experience as a Wall Street specialist, Ash is ideally equipped to answer the questions: “Am I saving enough money for my retirement?” and “Will social security and my IRAs and 401(K) suffice for my retirement needs?”
Refreshments will be served. Registration required, please.
Art4All — Acrylics for Beginners
Revisit your inner artist!
Barbara Gerson of Art4All Studio is ready to teach a second series of 6 painting with acrylics workshops for beginners here at the Library. A trained art teacher, Barbara runs a successful art program for all ages out of her studio in Somerville. We are thrilled that she will make the journey to Harding in the coming weeks.
The cost for 6 sessions is $60. Participants are asked to bring their own paint brushes and 3 canvases. We supply easels, paint, and palettes.
Registration required, please. We need at least 8 participants to start the series.
Assessing Forest Health in NJ
Presentation by Dr. Jay Kelly
Dr. Kelly, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Raritan Community College, will present a lecture on:
  1. New Jersey forest health and trends
  2. The impact of deer and invasive plant species
  3. The food web for pollinators, birds, and other local wildlife provided by native trees and plants Why non-native plants often don’t feed wildlife
  4. How citizens can help ensure their community’s forest ecological health
Dr. Kelly’s fascinating presentation, based on multiple forest studies in the Raritan watershed, is oriented to home owners, municipal officials, and citizens involved with land use policy.
Refreshments and Q&A after the presentation.
Registration required, please.
Memoir Writing by Storytelling
With Mary Kenny and Markie Burke
Back by popular demand! Do you have a story to tell but don’t know where to begin? This is your chance to learn from two masters of the craft of telling a story. No experience necessary – just bring pad and paper. Registration required, please.
The newest club in town for kids in Gr.3-5!
This 4 week program is designed to encourage growing tweens to ‘be their best’ through making healthy food choices, staying active, learning about body care, and considering the environment – all in the most fun way with lots of hands-on activities!
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Session 1: #BHealthy! A visiting nutritionist will help to brainstorm ideas and guide the kids through making and enjoying a healthy snack.
Session 2: #BFit! Kids can learn to wave, pop, glide, rock and lock in this Hip Hop dance class!
Session 3: #BeeHappy! In our very own mini ‘spa lab’ kids can explore making some body care products such as lip balm, using beeswax from the Kemmerer Library’s beehives.
Session4: #BCreative! In this crafting class, we will make an eco-friendly craft (to be determined)
Sign-up for all 4 classes with 1 registration
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.”
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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.
LEGO Robotics for Kids
Educators from Bricks 4 Kidz are set to offer an introductory Robotics program for children in grades 3-5 featuring all the fun of building with LEGO bricks, PLUS the challenge of computer programming. Each one hour hands-on class explores science and engineering by focusing on motorized creations with weekly themes such as Inventions, Life Science, and Technology. The workshops are designed to foster creativity and collaborative problem solving.
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At the end of each session, students are encouraged to get creative and modify their designs. The class is fun, hands-on, and educational.
Snacks available 15 minutes before class begins!
Participant fee for 6 sessions: $35. Registration required, please.
Daytime Book Group
Join our new, lively book group to discuss our February pick: The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis by Elizabeth Letts. In the chaotic last days of the war, a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers finds a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world’s finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine—an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food.
No registration required. All are welcome.
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.
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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!