Read to a Therapy Dog, Tuesday, 3/5/24 @ 4PM

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 4:00 – 5:00pm
Registration required: https://ReadtoDogMarch2024.eventbrite.com 

Young readers can sign up for a 15 minute reading session with Tiny, the Therapy Dog! Studies show that children who read aloud to dogs or cats on a regular basis improve their reading skills and develop a love of reading. Tiny Dog can’t resist a good book and a cuddle, so she’s bound to love it too!
Recommended for ages 5-10.
Registration required. 

Family-Friendly Art Workshop: Discovering Your Magic, 3/16/24 @ 2:00- 3:30pm

Family-Friendly Art Workshop: Discovering Your Magic
Saturday, March 16, 2-3:30pm
Location: Pennington United Methodist Church, 60 S Main St, Pennington, NJ 08534
Registration required: https://discoveringyourmagic.eventbrite.com

Experience art as play in this family-friendly workshop! Artist Jane Zamost will help us unlock our own unique magic by letting our minds flow and the creative process to unfold with family and community. We will use an array of materials to create art that explores and celebrates what makes each one of us truly unique. Our creative journey will be our project’s goal; the end result, an added gift. Artists are welcome to work collaboratively or on their own. In collaboration with the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.

Recommended for ages 10+.

About the Instructor
Jane Zamost is a painter and mixed media artist intrigued with the healing arts and its profound effect on the human spirit.  She gained community recognition for her work when she served as Healing Arts Program Coordinator at Capital Health Medical Center. Formerly, Jane was a founder of LUX Gallery and Senior Vice President at Projects In Knowledge. Jane graduated from Rutgers University, studied at Mason Gross School of the Arts and, in London, England, the Sir John Cass School of Art and the London Polytechnic.

This event is part of the 2024 NEA Big Read – an initiative designed to broaden our imaginations and understanding of our world, our neighbors, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The featured book Circe by Madeline Miller retells a Greek story from the eponymous heroine’s point of view, giving voice to a lesser goddess Homer’s The Odyssey. We have curated a list of age-appropriate companion titles for our community’s young readers that explore traditional stories from cultures around the globe, ranging from the Greek mythology of Circe to Vietnamese legends. Please visit PenningtonLibrary.org/2024BigRead for a full calendar of events and more information.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 

New Jersey Makers Day is a celebration of maker culture across the Garden State. This all-ages event
connects individuals with libraries, schools, businesses, and independent makerspaces that support making, tinkering, crafting, manufacturing, and STEM-based learning.

In Conversation with Author Victoria Weisfeld, Recording Available

In Conversation with Author Victoria Weisfeld, Architect of Courage
Thursday, February 16, 2023 @ 7:00pm via Zoom

Local author Victoria Weisfeld discusses her book, Architect of Courage, with the Pennington Public Library.

In summer 2011, the orderly life of Manhattan architect Archer Landis is upended by the murder of the woman he loves. When, to his surprise, the authorities link her to the Arab American community, their reflexive conclusion is “terrorist.” Landis sets out to prove them wrong but is hindered by additional mysterious attacks on everyone and everything he holds dear. To overcome these tragedies—and to survive—Landis must confront prejudice, self-doubt, the limits of loyalty, and a need for redemption that transcends revenge.

About the Author
Some thirty of Victoria Weisfeld’s short stories have appeared in leading mystery magazines and anthologies, winning awards from the Short Mystery Fiction Society and the Public Safety Writers Association. Her first mystery thriller, Architect of Courage, was published June 2022 by Black Opal Books to a warm reception. She’s a reviewer for the UK website, crimefictionlover.com, and blogs at www.vweisfeld.com.

Outdoor Story Time, Wednesdays @ 11

Wednesdays, September 7 – December 14, 2022 @ 11
30 N. Main Street, Pennington, NJ 08534

No registration required. 

Bring a blanket or chair and join us on the front patio* for stories, music and more!

*Weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, we will meet inside and masks will be required. Check our website for updates!

Plant Based Recipes Series via YouTube

Presenter: Alyssa Luning, Registered Dietician/Nutritionist from RWJ Barnabas Health

Take care of yourself one day at a time…one meal at a time! Every time we eat is an opportunity to fill our lives and bodies with essential nutrients like fiber, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals like those found in plants. Learn how to boost these plant foods into breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and even dessert.

Week 1: The Basics

Handout:
The Power Of a Plant-Based Diet Vegan Starter Kit
(Includes steps to get started, recipes and meal ideas, FAQs, inspiring success stories and links to free resources)

Week 2: Breakfast

Featured Recipes:
Breakfast Tofu Scramble
Overnight Oats

Week 3: Lunch

Featured Recipes:
Chickpea Salad
Walnut and Lentil Taco

Week 4: Dinner

Featured Recipes:
Tempeh Satay
Rotini Puttanesca

Week 5: Appetizer and Dessert

Featured Recipes:
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Banana Nice Cream

About the presenter:
Alyssa Luning obtained a bachelor’s of science in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales in Providence RI in 2012 before she was accepted into Tulane University for her dietetic internship. Her first full time position was as a community nutrition & culinary educator for Whole Foods Market. Afterwards, she worked as an outpatient bariatric dietitian, obtaining her CSOWM (Board Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management).  Her curiosity later took her to Washington D.C. to work for a non-profit organization to research and promote the health benefits of a plant based diet. Once home in NJ, she worked at local hospitals as a clinical inpatient dietitian. Now, things have come full circle and she is working full time as a community nutrition & culinary educator with RWJ Barnabas Hamilton. She gets the most joy out of being a dietitian from working with patients who reverse their type 2 diabetes, as it takes such great strength and patience.

Presented in collaboration with RWJ Barnabas Health.

Recommended Reading for Adults

Summer reading isn’t just for kids – adult patrons can dive in, too! Kick off your reading this season by checking out some of our favorite new adult books, listed below. Let us know what you think by writing a book review and you will be entered to win a Kindle Fire!

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