6th Grade Book Club
Chat & Chew
We are starting a new book club to be held here at the Library. If you are in 6th grade and enjoy reading and chatting about books, this club is for you.
Our first meeting will be held on April 5th in the Library’s main reading room. Snacks will be served!
Registration required, please.
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 introduces 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.
At Kemmerer Library we will be upcycling old books to give them a second life as fun, useful objects: bowls, post-cards, folded book projects, and much more. Join us for some creative tinkering in the downstairs multi-use room. All ages are invited to attend and make!
Altered book projects for kids: Pop-Up Postcards, secret keepsake box, fun buttons
Altered book projects for adults: Paper bowl (2-day project), folded book
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.
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!
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
Daytime Book Group
Join our new, lively book group to discuss our February pick: The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck. In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief’s son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man.
No registration required. All are welcome.
The Gift of Failure
Parenting Book Club
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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.
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