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- Director's Choice Book Club - Second Friday of every month. 9am for coffee; the discussion starts at 9:30am. Books are available at the Borrower Services desk. New members are always welcome.
- Mystery Book Group - Meets at 10am on the second Wednesday of every month to discuss and recommend mystery novels. Call 732-671-3700, ext. 325 for more information.
- Science Fiction Book Group - Meets on the second Thursday of every month at 5:30pm. Includes movie showing and books discussion. Books are available at the Borrower Services desk. New members are always welcome.
- Non-Library Book Groups - Several outside book groups use the library as a resource. For a list of groups the library provides books for, please click here.
- Quickbooks Class - John Corbett teaches a beginning Quickbooks class on the second Monday of every month from 7 - 8:30pm. Classes will meet in the Computer Lab.
- SCORE - Wednesday evenings by appointement. SCORE counseling for new business owners. Are you running are planning to open your own business? SCORE members offer free one-on-one advice Wednesday evenings by appointment only. Call 732-671-3700, ext. 320 or stop by the Reference Desk to schedule your appointment with a volunteer business counselor from the Monmouth County Chapter of SCORE.
Knit with Joan
Every Tuesday at 12:30pm you are invited to join an informal knitting circle led by volunteer and expert knitter Joan Corby. No prior experience necessary - if you have never knitted, bring a skein of dark-colored synthetic yarn and a pair of no.8 or no. 10 needles. Joan will get you started. If you are an expert knitter, bring a project of problem to share with the group.
Come enjoy an evening on music at the library. Classical concerts, open mics, and holiday themed concerts take place throughout the year. Please check the events calendar for concert schedule.
Monday Night Movie Series - Come in on Monday nights to enjoy a movie on the big screen in our air-conditioned Community Room! Some classics, some new movies. Check the events calendar for listings.
Family Movies - Movies the whole family can enjoy. Family movies occur throughout the year, but not on a regular schedule. Please check the events calendar for showings.
Computer Classes-are held in the lab, room for 18 adults . These classes are geared for the novice, included are pc basics, introduction to Internet, e-mail and more. You may register at the reference desk or by calling the library at 732 671-3700 ext. 320 or 321. See the full calendar of classes.
Computer Tutoring - One-on-one computer help is avaiable, by appointment only, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Call the Reference Desk at 732-671-3700, ext. 320 to schedule a free computer help session.
Brookdale Computer Users Group (BCUG) - BCUG has a full schedule of workshops around Monmouth County. Some classes meet at the Middletown Public Library. Library users are invited to attend these very helpful informal workshops for free. If you are not a regular attendee, please call the Reference Desk and leave your name. 732-671-3700, ext. 320.
Workshops offered at Middletown Library on a monthly basis:
1st Thursday - Word Processing
4th Tuesday - PC Roundtable
Registration is required for all Children's Programs. Please go to the Children's Help desk or call at 732-671-3700, ext. 340.
For Children ages 0-23 months with and adult. “Mother Goose” is an early language, literacy, and social experience for infants and toddlers with their parents and caregivers. Children will sit on their grown-ups' laps to share songs and rhymes and to participate in a brief book sharing experience. Afterwards, we’ll have a social time with toys and books. This first group experience porvides infants and toddlers with an opportunity to learn to enjoy being with other children and to participate in parallel play. “Mother Goose” also fosters the development of body awareness, fine motor coordination, and language skills.
Terrific 2's and 3's
For Children ages 2-3 years with and adult. Terrific twos and threes are growing in so many ways! With their grown ups’ assistance, they are now ready to attend programs that are structured from start to finish, to follow the plot of short stories, to understand simple informational books, and to participate in arts and crafts activities. "Terrific 2's & 3's" classes pave the way for later formal education. Children learn that they can thrive in a structured class environment, continue to refine fine motor skills, and are exposed to concepts and activities relatind to reading, writing , math, science, and the visual arts.
For Children ages 2-3 years with an adult. Toddler Sing-a-Long is a social and language experience for two and three year olds with an adult. At this age, children enjoy singing familiar songs and reciting familiar rhymes. In doing so, they build confidence and reinforce developing language skills. In addition, two and three year olds are increasingly interested in their peers; sing-a-longs are group activities that are well matched to their developmental level. During the sing-a-longs, children and their grown-ups sit together in a circle while a member of the Children’s Department staff leads the group in singing and reciting common songs and nursery rhymes.
Act It Out
For Children ages 4-5 years with an adult. “Act It Out” is an interactive class that gives children a new way to experience a story—by acting it out. A staff member from the children's department will read a book to the children and then rehearse acting out that story. Afterwards, the parents/caregivers and siglings are called in the room, and the children put on a short play for them. Classes like these which focus on children taking an active role in the reading experience serve as a bridge between listening to stories and reading independently. Other educational objectives addressed in "Act It Out" include developing sequencing skills and learning to cooperate to achieve a group goal (in this case, putting on a play).
Fantastic 4's and 5's
For Children ages 4-5 years with an adult. Fantastic fours and fives are growing smarter every day! Their attention spans, language skills, and intellectual abilities have increased to the point that they are ready to explore themes on an in depth level, enjoy longer, more complex books, participate in group discussions with their peers, and put more thought and care into "projects" such as arts and crafts activities. “Fantastic 4’s & 5’s” classes address a variety of topics important to early childhood education including early literacy and math skills.
PICTURE BOOK BINGO
The classic favorite with a literary twist. Children ages 4-6, along with their parents, are invited to play while we learn about different authors, book covers and titles.
Tween Writing Group - Are you a writer in grades 4-8? The Write Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 4pm. At our meeting, members write, get to know other writers, share writing (optional), learn about writing, and work on getting ready to share our work with the community. New members are always welcome.
For more information, please contact Jennifer Salt at firstname.lastname@example.org
School Aged Programs
For Children in grades K-5. Children in grades K-5 spend a lot of their time in formal education, but there is still room in their lives for visiting the Library and attending Library programs. Our programs for elementary school children offer a fun approach to high interest topics. Grades K-5 is a wide range. Each child is able to take whatever topic we are presenting and carry out the activities at their own skill and comfort levels. “Picture This” is a school aged art program that features a different artist in each session. Children apply what they learn about the artist and his\her work to create their own masterpiece in the style of the featured artist. Other school aged programs focus more on crafts than fine arts, allowing children to experiment with different techniques.