May 2021: Virtual Services & Events @ Hackensack’s Johnson Public Library | #socialmedia | #children


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FOR ADULTS

Motivation During Job Searching
Monday, May 3, 1-2pm


Discuss how to get motivated and most importantly, stay motivated. Be prepared to have fun and get involved as this is an interactive workshop.  Workshop presented by employment skills trainer Joyce Mandel.  Register here: https://tinyurl.com/jplmotivation

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Spring Yoga Workshop
Wednesdays, May 5-June 16, 11am-12pm (No class May 19)


This open level yoga class on the library lawn will help you breathe deeper, get stronger, and feel more relaxed. Registration is for all 6 sessions.  Class taught by certified instructor, Lateefah Fleming of empowerFIT Wellness in Hackensack.  No prior experience necessary.  Please bring a yoga mat and a sense of humor.  Wear comfortable clothes.  Masks worn over the nose and mouth are required at least until you get set up on your mat.  Register here: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7697364

YA Books for Adult Readers Book Club
Saturday, May 8, 11am-12pm


We’ll discuss The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee.  The book is available on Libby/Hoopla or can be requested through the BCCLS Catalog.  New members are always welcome!  Email keri.adams@hackensack.bccls.org for Zoom information.

Job Searching During a Pandemic
Monday, May 10, 1-2pm


Get ready for your new job! In this interactive role playing workshop you will learn job search tips including the most common job hunting mistakes, ways to conduct a job search, telephone interview tips, Internet job sites, and especially, how to network during a pandemic.  Teens looking for their first job are also welcome to attend.  Workshop presented by employment skills trainer, Joyce Mandel.  Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/jpljobsearch

Tell Me a Story – Storytelling Hour for Adults
Thursday, May 13, 7-8pm


Explore the art of storytelling during this special event on Zoom.  Please register if you plan to attend – whether you plan to tell a story or just appreciate others’ stories!  This program may be recorded and shared on social media.  Register here: https://tinyurl.com/jplstorymay2021

Hackensack Creates…Outdoors – Stenciled Tote Bags
Wednesday, May 19, 1-2:30pm


Meet on the library’s front lawn to decorate tote bags using shaving cream, paint, and stencils.  Masks worn over nose and mouth and physical distancing are required for this event.  Please register by Monday, May 17: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7696918

Hackensack Creates…Virtually – Stenciled Tote Bags
Wednesday, May 19, 6:30-8pm


Meet online to decorate tote bags using shaving cream, paint, and stencils.  You will need an expired credit card or other old plastic card to spread the shaving cream.  Please register by May 17th: https://tinyurl.com/jplhcMay2021

Just the Facts: the Nonfiction Only Book Club – on Zoom!
Saturday, May 22, 10-11am


We will discuss: The Splendid and the Vile: a Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson.  Please read at least 200 pages of the book to participate in the discussion.  Questions?  Contact Kate, (201) 343-4169, kathryn.cannarozzi@hackensack.bccls.org

Open Mic Night Featuring Rich Reiter and Brad Winchell
Thursday, May 27, 6:30-9pm


Enjoy great entertainment or share your talent. In this hybrid event, join us for an opening concert at 6:30pm live on our front lawn and streaming over Zoom featuring the beautiful original compositions of Brad Winchell and the supportive sax and flute of Richard Reiter.   To attend this event VIRTUALLY, register here: https://tinyurl.com/jplomVirtualMay2021.  To attend this event IN-PERSON, register here: https://tinyurl.com/jplomMay2021.  Performers, please keep content rated R and under.  5 minutes maximum for each performer.  This event may be recorded and shared on social media.  If attending in-person, advance registration is required and limited to Hackensack residents only unless the maximum attendance (30 guests) is not reached.  Please bring your own chair or blanket if attending in-person, and masks worn over nose & mouth and physical distancing required.

Virtual Fit To Be Lit Book Club
Friday, May 28, 11am-12pm


Discuss some of today’s best literary fiction!  This month’s selection is The Leavers by Lisa Ko.  Email Melina Halpin with questions or to register at: melina.halpin@hackensack.bccls.org

Virtual Veterans’ Benefits Q&A
Friday, May 28, 2:30-3:30pm


Learn all about your VA Benefits from a representative of the Department of Veteran Affairs. The info session will be followed by Q&A so make sure to have your questions ready!  No need to register – join us on Zoom here: https://tinyurl.com/jplveterans2021

Virtual ESL Conversation Class 
Mondays at 4pm; Wednesdays at 10:30am – No class May 31


This Zoom class (high intermediate to advanced English level) can help you get comfortable speaking English in a social setting by learning new vocabulary and pronunciation. Register here:

Monday: https://tinyurl.com/ESLMondaysMay2021

Wednesday: https://tinyurl.com/ESLWednesdaysMay2021

After registering you will receive more information about this class.  Questions?  Contact Michelle Ferreira, 551-286-8244 (9am-5pm ) or email michelle.ferreira@hackensack.bccls.org 

FOR TEENS
Questions?  Contact Keri Adams, YA Librarian, at keri.adams@hackensack.bccls.org or 201-343-4169 x30.

Teen Tuesday: Make Your Own Lightsaber
Tuesday, May 4, 3:30-5pm for grades 7-12


In honor of May the 4th, we’ll make decorative lightsabers outside on the library’s front lawn. Supplies limited to the first ten attendees. Masks and social distancing required. Registration recommended but not required: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7643558

Teen Tuesday: Among Us Video Game Tournament
Tuesday, May 11, 3:30-4:30pm for grades 5-8


Work to fix your spaceship while also trying to figure out who is the imposter who is attempting to “murder” everyone.  Download the app for free to your tablet or phone before the event begins. Registration required for the Zoom link: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7643532

Teen Tuesday: Game Night
Tuesday, May 18, 7-8pm for grades 7-12


Play fun online games that will leave you laughing!  The event works best with an extra device as the game cannot be played on your school Chromebook. Registration is required so we can send you the Zoom link: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7643536

Teen Tuesday: Perler Beads
Tuesday, May 25, 3:30-5pm for grades 7-12


Join us in making Perler Bead designs.  We will be outside on the library lawn.  Masks and social distancing required. Registration recommended but not required: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7643577

FOR CHILDREN
Please contact Mari Zigas, Head of Children’s Services, with any questions at

mari.zigas@hackensack.bccls.org or 201-343-4169 x14.


The Children’s Department is currently open for 30-minute browsing and quick pick-ups. Programs will be offered virtually and on the lawn.

Grab & Go Activity Kits
Available for pick-up at the Circulation Desk during library hours – for all ages


Pick up a different set of activity kits every week! We will have free take-home crafts for all ages. Supplies will be available on a first come, first served basis. Materials for STEM craft kits are generously sponsored by Lightbridge Academy.

JPL Kids on Goodreads

See staff reviews on children’s books and keep up with what we’re reading! We would love to see what books you’re reading at home, too! https://www.goodreads.com/jplkids

Teen Tuesday: Among Us Video Game Tournament (Grades 5-8)
Tuesday, May 11, 3:30-4:30pm for grades 5-8


Work to fix your spaceship while also trying to figure out who is the imposter who is attempting to “murder” everyone.  Download the app for free to your tablet or phone before the event begins. Registration required for the Zoom link: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7643532

Barks & Books: Read with Brady on Zoom
Saturday, May 15th, at 11am for grades K-6


Come hang out with our therapy dog, Brady on Zoom.  Read him a book and see him get a treat!  Registration required: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7382647

Game Day on the Lawn
Saturday, May 22nd, from 11am-1pm for all ages


Tabletop and lawn games will be spread apart for children to enjoy safely. Space is limited. A face covering is required at all times and must cover your nose & mouth at the event, and participants must practice physical distancing. No registration required. Rain date: May 29th.  This event is generously sponsored by Lightbridge Academy.

Crafternoon on the Lawn
Mondays at 3:30pm for grades 3-6 – on the lawn (we will not be meeting on May 31st)


Explore different crafts every week with Mr. Gavin!  Supplies available on a first come, first served basis. A face covering is required and must cover your nose and mouth at the event at least until you get set up on your spot, and participants must practice physical distancing. No registration required. Program is weather permitting.  An instructional video for this craft will be available at the same time on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnsonPublicLibrary/ and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnsonpubliclibrary/. 

Music & Movement on the Lawn
Tuesdays at 12pm for ages 3-5 – on the lawn


Sing and dance at our music and movement time for children and their caregivers! Due to limited space, spots will be given out on a first come, first served basis. A face covering is required and must cover your nose and mouth at the event at least until you get set up on your spot, and participants must practice physical distancing. Please bring a mat or towel. No registration is required. This program is weather permitting.

Crafternoon
Mondays at 3:30pm for grades 3-6 (there will be no video posted on May 31st)


Explore different crafts every week with Mr. Gavin that you can do right from home!  Supplies for the craft will be available for pick-up in activity kits every Monday morning on a first come, first served basis. Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnsonPublicLibrary/ or Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnsonpubliclibrary/.

Story Time with Ms. Mari
Wednesdays at 10am for ages 5 and below


Join Ms. Mari online for songs, finger plays, flannel activities and stories! Explore different pairs of opposites. Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnsonPublicLibrary/ or Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnsonpubliclibrary/.

Reading Buddies on Zoom
Wednesdays from 4-5pm for grades K-4


Practice reading skills with one of our teen volunteers on Zoom for 30 minutes! You can read to your volunteer or your volunteer can read to you!  Registration required: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7648959.  If you are in 7th-12th grade and want to volunteer, please fill out this Teen Volunteer Sign-Up Form: https://forms.gle/cYG86646Pp9YYEMk6

Bilingual Story Time with Ms. Gladys
Thursdays at 10am for ages 5 and below


Have fun with Ms. Gladys with songs and a story in both English and Spanish! Every week we will be exploring a new theme. ¡Escuche cuentos y un libro en español y en inglés! Cada semana exploraremos un nuevo tema. Join us on Facebook / Únase a nosotros en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnsonPublicLibrary or Instagram / o Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnsonpubliclibrary/

Kahoot Trivia on Zoom
Thursdays at 3:30pm for grades K-2


Each week we will gather together to play different trivia games on Kahoot!  Registration required: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7585409

Baby Lap Time on Zoom
Fridays at 11am for ages 0-2


Join us as we combine stories, songs and rhymes for infants and babies!  Registration required: https://bccls.libcal.com/event/7585418

SPECIAL SERVICES

Virtual One-On-One Tech Help
Available by appointment


Schedule an appointment for a half-hour of personalized tech help!  Email cathy@johnsonlib.org or call 201-343-4169 x22 to schedule your session.

Ayuda Técnica Individual Virtual
Disponible con cita previa


Programe una cita individual para obtener media hora de ayuda personalizada. Envíe un correo electrónico a michelle.ferreira@hackensack.bccls.org o llame al 201-343-4169 x34 para programar su sesión. 

Book Fix

Get personalized reading recommendations from a JPL Librarian – for all ages!  Fill out a form at http://johnsonlib.org/bookfix and you’ll receive a list of suggestions in 2-3 business days.

Lectura Personalizada

¿Buscando su próxima lectura? Complete este formulario para obtener recomendaciones personalizadas de un bibliotecario de JPL: http://johnsonlib.org/bookfix  Lectura Personalizada le enviará un correo electrónico con los títulos que coinciden con sus intereses y preferencias.

Citizenship Mock Interviews by Phone
Available by appointment


Do you want to practice for your Citizenship interview? Call Michelle at 551-286-8244 between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday – Saturday or email michelle.ferreira@hackensack.bccls.org

Servicio al Cliente Por Teléfono

Servicio al cliente en Español está disponible por teléfono Lunes a Viernes de 9am a 5pm. Por favor llame al 551-286-8244.  

LIBRARY HOURS

JPL staff continue to offer library services in safe, physically distant ways.  The library is open for browsing, computer appointments, and hold pickups.

Monday: 9am – 5pm

Tuesday: 9am – 8pm

Wednesday: 9am – 5pm 

Thursday: 9am – 8pm

Friday: 9am – 5pm

Saturday: 9am – 1pm

Sunday: CLOSED

JPL will be closed Monday, May 31st for Memorial Day.

Please call the library at 201-343-4169 or email help@johnsonlib.org for questions and assistance.  For more information, please visit: http://johnsonlib.org/covid-19/





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