What's New at the Library
Chinese New Year Celebration
Sunday, February 7 at 2 p.m.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with music, traditional regional dances, Chinese YoYo,
calligraphy, paper cut art and more! All ages are welcome.

This program is presented by the CACA Mid-Jersey Chinese School.
Job Interviews & Networking Workshop
Tuesday, February 16 at 10 a.m.
Learn how to network and how to present your skills and personality in an interview that will land you the job. The services and training opportunities available at the One Stop Career Centers will be discussed. 

This program is presented by the Middlesex County Workforce Development Board.

Registration is required. Contact Martha Hess at mhess@ebpl.org or call 732-390-6767.
17th Annual Phyllis Noar Puppetry Festival
PetraPuppets presents:  
All Aboard! Laughing Around the World
Sunday, February 14 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available for $4 at the circulation desk.

This presentation is only for ages 3 and older.

Come enjoy this ventriloquist puppet show featuring comedy, illusions, and magic.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Library
Crabgrass Puppet Theatre presents:
The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea
Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available for $4 at the circulation desk.

This presentation is only for ages 2 and older.

This swashbuckling adventure is about friendship and cooperation.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Library
Adult Programs & Events
Coloring & Coffee for Adults
Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m.
Cookbook Challenge, Battle: Chocolate
Wednesday, February 10 at 7 p.m.
Wills & Power of Attorney
Tuesday, February 16 at 7 p.m.
The NJ Probate Law made a number of substantial changes in Probate and the administration of estates and trusts. This free seminar will cover multiple topics, including:
  • The New Probate Law and preparation of Wills
  • 2015 changes in Federal Estate and Gift Tax
  • NJ Inheritance taxes on estates over $675,000
  • Power of Attorney
  • Living Will
  • Administering the Estate/ Probate/Surrogate
Kenneth Vercammen, Esq. is the Managing Attorney at Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, PC and is the Co-Chair ABA Estate Planning & Probate Committee.

Trivia! Night

Wednesday, February 17 at 7 p.m.

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Discussion & Dessert:
"Maker Movement Goes Global"
Wednesday, February 24 at 7 p.m.
View and discuss the 4YFN keynote by Dale Dougherty, founder and Executive Chairman of Maker Media. Learn about the maker movement and the importance of creating and innovation in our world. After viewing the clip, join a casual moderated discussion on the topic over dessert.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Library
Teen Programs & Events
Combo New SAT/ACT Practice Test
Saturday, February 13 at 11 a.m.

Register here for the New SAT/ACT Practice test: http://kaplan.formstack.com/forms/ebl_act

Through this unique opportunity, students will have the opportunity to experience more than one college entrance exam in a single test. Results from each test provide a performance analysis for each exam, detailing a student's strengths and weaknesses, and can be used as an SAT and ACT score predictor prior to sitting for the actual exam. Students also receive feedback comparing their performance across the analogous test sections - for example, ACT math section vs. SAT math section. This practice test will also help students know what to expect in a test-like environment and provide a glimpse into the New SAT. Students will need to bring a calculator, two #2 pencils, a snack and water. Score results will be provided to students and families via email within 2 weeks.

Any questions should be directed to Jessica at: jschneider@ebpl.org.
Teen Alt Valentine's Day Party
Tuesday, February 16 at 7 p.m.
We're having a post-Valentines, anti/alternative Valentine's Day Party for teens age 13+! No need to have a sweetie to have fun on this holiday. Keep the love alive and continue to celebrate all types of love at this library party with crafts, games, snacks, music videos and more! (Unfortunately no pets as sweeties are not allowed at the library--but you're welcome to bring their picture!)

Sponsored by The Friends of the Library
Youth Programs & Events
Homework Help
Homework Help is back at the library and more convenient than ever! Children in grades 1-7 can now receive help with their homework 5 days a week. No appointment is necessary--just bring the assignment and our teen volunteers will be there to help. Homework Help is available:
  • Sundays 3-5 p.m.
  • Mondays 6-8 p.m.
  • Tuesdays 4-6 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.
  • Thursdays 4-6 p.m.
Friday Game Days
After a busy week, visit the library on Friday afternoons to start the weekend with board games, card games, and Nintendo Wii. Bring your own games to share or play one provided by the library. All school aged children are welcome.
Winter Reading Challenge
With the weather finally getting colder outside, our 2016 Winter Reading Challenge is really heating up. Swing by Youth Services to pick up your reading passport and collect a stamp for each different kind of book that you read: Humor, Mystery, Historical fiction, Fantasy/SciFi, Graphic novels, Realistic fiction, and Informational books.

If you can complete the challenge by reading five different kinds of books, bring your passport back to the library for a special prize. Happy Reading!
Kids Books & Crafts (grades 2+)
Saturday, February 13 at 11:30 a.m.
Tween Book Club: Fish In a Tree (Lynda Mullaly Hunt)
Sunday, February 21 at 3:00 p.m.
Book & Reading Discussion Groups
Book Discussion Group: Florence Gordon (Brian Morton)
Thursday, February 11 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.
An elderly woman, content to sit down and write her memoir, is besieged by her family members, who involve her in a variety of dramas and follies.

For more information, please call Adult Services librarian and discussion facilitator Claudia Link at 732-390-6772.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Popular Film Festival
The Intern
Tuesday, February 9 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.
USA. 2015. 121 minutes. Rated PG-13.

After accepting an internship at an online clothing company, a retired businessman becomes popular with his younger co-workers and establishes a special bond with his boss. This generation-gap comedy is directed by Nancy Meyers and stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Bridge of Spies
Tuesday, February 23 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.
USA. 2015. 141 minutes. Rated PG-13.

An American attorney is recruited by the CIA and charged with negotiating the release of a spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia at the height of the Cold War. Steven Spielberg directs this thriller starring Tom Hanks.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Free Kids Dental Care: Give Kids a Smile Day
Friday, February 5
Give Kids a Smile Day is sponsored by the NJ Dental Association, and is the largest single-day program in New Jersey to provide free dental care for children ages 12 and under who normally cannot afford care.

The Library offers computer training classes for those who want to learn the newest versions of software or want to gain basic computer skills.

All introductory classes are free, upper-level courses are $10 for EBPL cardholders, or $15 for non-cardholders.

You must register for a course to participate. Below is a list of the upcoming classes. We hope to see you there.