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      Disclaimer: read at your own risk! 😂 There are so many other places to read at our branches- we have tables, small study spaces, comfy chairs, and more! Stop by to check out all of our book nooks (though we do ask that you please refrain from trying out these suggestions… especially the last one 🤢🤣). Which place was your favorite? 

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      Our next Sensory Bin Saturday program will be held on March 23 at 11 am.
Join us once a month for a new, fun sensory bin activity. Next month we will be doing a Spring theme!  New participants will receive a bin when they attend. 
Registration is required.
      We are bookworms!  #parsippanylife #publiclibraries #parsippanylibrary #ParLib #library #parsippanny #parsippanynjmoms #parsippanymoms #parlib #parsippany #parsippanynj #library📚 #mainlibraryalliance
      Bring your friends and Drop in between 10:30 and 11:30 to play with Play-Doh, Legos, and blocks! 🟩🔵🔻🤩

✨Saturday, February 24th @ 10:30 AM✨

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      All are welcome!  For more information and to register to attend, please visit: https://bernardsvillelibrary.org/events/program/monthly-evening-bookclub/
      Time to read!  #parlib #parsippanynj #mainlibraryalliance #parsippanylibrary #Parlib #parsippanymoms #ParLib #publiclibraries #library #reading #readinggoals
      The library will be closed Monday, February 19 in observance of Presidents Day.  Did you know Ulysses S. Grant's cottage in Long Branch was his official summer White House? President Garfield also summered in Long Branch; he was shot on his way in 1881 and died there. Source: "Presidential Visits to New Jersey: A History" by Peter Zablocki, which is available to check out.
      DNA testing for genealogical purposes has exploded in recent years, allowing people new ways of connecting with relatives and busting brick walls in their trees. Please join us as Tracie Boyle, case manager at Ramapo College’s Investigative Genetic Genealogy Center, discusses the IGG process. 

For more information and to register: https://zurl.co/KicI 

Please note: Registrations must be received by 5PM on February 20th in order to receive the Zoom link.
      Spotlight on one of Chatham’s own: Robert C. Hurt! Robert grew up in Chatham and went through the entire public school system here before moving onto the California Institute of Technology, where he earned his PhD. He currently works at Scripps Research in La Jolla, California, and was one of the lead researchers in the main article published in July 2023’s issue of “Nature Biotechnology.” If you’re interested in reading more, a copy will be kept for reference – just ask at the Information Desk! 🔬🧫 #librariesofinstagram #njlibraries #chathamborough #chathamtownship #chathamnj #naturebiotechnology #research
      The Wharton Public Library will be closed on Monday, February 19th in observance of President's Day.  We will reopen on Tuesday, February 20th at 10 AM.
      Join us for our first Reading Party, a cozy night out for book lovers. Bring a book, enjoy an hour of quiet reading time, and then chat with other book lovers. Comfy seating, soft music, and a cozy atmosphere will be provided. And don’t forget to stop by the coffee and hot chocolate bar! Whether you’re engrossed in the latest bestseller or rediscovering a classic, the Reading Party is a place to enjoy your latest read in the company of other book lovers. 

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      Parachutes, Scarves and Bubbles...oh my!  Our Bouncing Babies class is always a ton of fun!  Registration for the next session opens on February 21st!  This class always fills up fast, so mark your calendar!
      Join us for popcorn and a movie! This month we are watching: Trolls Band Together (PG)
Running time: 91 minutes 🍿🎬

✨Friday, February 23rd @ 6:00 PM✨

✅To register please visit us at whartonlibrary.org or call us at 973-361-1333.

#movienight #NJLibrary #familyfun #childrensprograms #libraryprograms #njlibrariesbuildcommunities #whartonnj #whartonpubliclibrary
      Snow day? Not today! We are open until 5. ❄️
      Due to the inclement weather today's Saturday Storytime will be CANCELLED.  Thank you for your understanding and stay safe!
      In observance of Presidents’ Day, all locations will be closed, 
SUNDAY FEB. 18th & MONDAY, FEB. 19th.

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      🤯 Did you know? You can keep your library card on your phone! 🤩 Download the MAIN Library Alliance App, enter your barcode/pin, and never have to worry about rifling through your wallet again!

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      Game Afternoon at the Lake Hiawatha Branch has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 24! See you then for board games and videogames!

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      On Valentine's Day, Hermie visited Garden Terrace Nursing Home, Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center, and Juniper Village at Chatham to deliver all of the beautiful valentines created by children last week at the library. Thank you to all who participated! You helped spread love and smiles to our senior friends in the community. 💕  #librariesofinstagram #njlibraries #chathamborough #chathamtownship #chathamhermie #hermiethehermitcrab #chathamnj #valentines #spreadloveandsmiles
      📣BIG NEWS! 📣 Starting February 21st, we’re starting an After School Gaming Club! 🕹✨ Swing by the library after school for some gaming fun!

✨ Wednesdays @ 3:30 PM✨

✨This program is for 4th-8th graders.✨

No registration required.
      Thank you all so much for your generous sock donations so far!

Brandon’s Heart and Sole collects new men’s, women’s, and children’s socks for those in need. We are still collecting donations until the end of the month!

#charity #donations #socks #parsippanynj #parsippanylibrary #library #njlibrary
      The Bright Star Theater Co. is coming to the Bernardsville Library! 

 During this production we will learn about Black History Heroes, Soldiers, and Spies; and how these brave Black Americans made history in some of the most dramatic ways possible. Discover the Tuskegee Airmen, Buffalo Soldiers, Mary Elizabeth Bowswer, and many more! 

Open to children in Grades 4+ and adults.  Registration is required: https://zurl.co/zunF 

This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Library.
      Happy belated Valentine's Day and Happy Library Lovers' Month! Lake Hiawatha's Children's Department is thrilled to announce that we have some new books to fall in love with. There is a wonderful mix of replacements of popular titles, award winners, and brand new books. We hope you will love them as much as we do!

#parlibcats #lakehiawathanj #parsippanynj #newbooks
      Chat about books you have read and enjoy a hot cup of coffee on a cold winter day.
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      Are you new to the field of grantseeking?  Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.  You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including:

-Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
-What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
-How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.

This is presented on ZOOM from the New Jersey State Library. Please register online at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rKZeCl-AQeGCSul4hBvSZw#/registration
      Do you believe in love at first chapter? We do!  #bookworm #library #parsippanylibrary #booklover #parsippanynj #njlibrary #librarylove #njlibraries #libraries #book #booksbooksbooks #libraries #parsippanylibrary #parsipannylibrary #ParLib #parsippany #parsippanylife #librarylife #parsippanylife #librarylife #parsippanylife #parsippany #parsippanytroyhillsnj #publiclibraries #librariesoftheworld #mainlibraryalliance #parsippanymoms #library📚 #parlib #parsippanny
      Happy Valentine's Day! Lake Hiawatha's Children's Department is thrilled to announce that we have some new books to fall in love with. There is a wonderful mix of replacements of popular titles, award winners, and brand new books. We hope you will love them as much as we do!

#parlibcats #lakehiawathanj #parsippanynj #newbooks
      Take a look at our wish list.
      Hop on over to the library for a Leap Day scavenger hunt!  There are 11 frogs hidden around the children's area, can you find them? 🐸💚🔎

Come down to the library now through the end of the month to try your luck and win a small prize!
      🥰😍 Happy Valentines Day! Thanks for making over ✨90✨ Valentines for Falafel- he’s so excited to see them all displayed at HQ for the rest of Love Your Library Month! ❤️
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      Join us tomorrow, Thursday, February 15th at 1:00PM!
      Happy Valentine's Day! Our adult craft program was held on Monday night and the participants created Valentine Mason Jars.
      It’s What’s New Wednesday and today also happens to be Valentine’s Day!⁣
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Romance is a hugely popular genre - take a look at some of our NEW romance titles. We also have a display dedicated to this popular genre. Do you like to read romance? If not, what’s stopping you? ⁣
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      Teens and Tweens, grab a friend and come down to the library for another fun Games & Snacks Night! 🕹🍿🍪

✨Friday, Feb 16th @ 6PM 

✨To register: Call the library at 973-361-1333

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      Are you looking for a place to have fun and meet new friends while keeping your mind sharp and maintaining your competitive edge?

Why not come to the library to play Rummikub? Even if you have never played the game before (or not in a long time), we will teach you.

Please register online at: https://hackettstownlibrary.org/event/rummi-klub/2024-02-28/
      Library Love Letters! Please tell us what you love about the library! #parlib #parsippanny #parsippanytroyhillsnj #parsippanylibrary #parsippanylife #parsippanynjmoms #parsippanynj #libraries #parsippanymoms #librariesofinstagram #librarylife #library #parsippany #publiclibraries #library📚 #ParLib #mainlibraryalliance #librarylove #valentinesday
      Free Blood Pressure Check on Wednesday, February 14 
1:30-2:30 pm
The first five participants will receive a Valentine's Day treat.
      💕 Part 2! Be sure to check out part 1 to see how this awesome box was made. We hope you’re sweet on us! Happy Valentine’s Day from the HCLS. Machines Used: 1) 3D Printer (to make shapes for chocolates), 2) Vacuum Former, 3) Laser Cutter! 💗 Do you want to see more videos with multiple Makerspace machines featured?

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      ❄Due to the inclement weather, we will be CLOSED today - February 13. We expect to reopen at 9:30 am on Wednesday, February 14, and will post an update if anything changes. ☃
⚠️The library catalog continues to be down, but you can still access digital content through Libby, hoopla, and Kanopy! Visit our website for more information. 

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