Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Friends of Trenton Free Public Library is collaborating with Building Better Communities and Elements of the Community, Inc. to provide the Trenton community with access to the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program. The temporary benefit will help lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, from 2:15 pm – 4:30 pm, staff from the two community partners will be at the library to help patrons apply for the tablets with Free WIFI. Eligible patrons or households will receive the tablet onsite. A one-time $20 activation fee will be required. Valid State ID required; Must also bring one of the following documents: SNAP FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM MEDICAID (NOT MEDICARE) SSI (NOT SSD) VA PENSION BENEFIT FEDERAL PUBLIC HOUSING (FPHA) FREE & REDUCED LUNCH PROGRAM SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM FEDERAL PELL GRANT SECTION 401 LOSS OF INCOME OR LAYOFF SINCE FEBRUARY 29, 2020 Questions about the event, CALL 609-922-1722 Click here to register For more information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, please visit https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.

Laughter Yoga

April 14th is International Moment of Laughter Day! Join us for a 1 hour laughter yoga session at the library. The session consists of simulated laughter exercises with gentle breathing techniques. With prolonged intentional laughter, one can exhale more carbon dioxide, which oxygenates the cells of the body and brain which results in multiple health benefits. Laughter yoga improves, mental, emotional, and physical health at the same time. Some Health Benefits of Laughter Yoga Releases happy body chemistry: Laughter yoga allows the body to release natural happy hormones that promote a sense of well-being and relieve stress. Decreases anger, anxiety, and depression : When we’re in a difficult situation or in a disagreement with another person, seeing the humor in it can help. Specifically, laughter defuses anger, conflict, and self-blame. Eases distressing emotions: Laughter counteracts feelings of anxiety and sadness. Moreover, it helps us release other intense emotions, such as grief. Relaxes and revitalizes: Along with reducing stress, laughter also increases our energy levels. Therefore, we can stay focused more easily. Changes your perspective: Laughter helps us access another point of view. Moreover, we begin to see something in a new, less scary way when we can laugh about it. In addition, humor helps us take things less seriously. Reduces stress: When we laugh and smile, cortisol levels decrease. Cortisol is also known as the stress hormone, so lower levels are better for our mental health. Therefore, laughter increases our stress resilience. Positive Experience:  Laughter Yoga Brings more joy and fun into our life: This one is self-explanatory

Board of Trustees Meeting

The Trenton Free Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 14 at 6 pm at the library. The meeting will be hybrid to allow meeting in person for those who are comfortable and a Zoom link for those who are not or are unable to attend in person. Open to the public Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84194871110?pwd=bCtxNFpVVXBkZ0RrSDdQU1pjdkVIQT09 Meeting ID: 841 9487 1110 Passcode: 727919 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kF6SIuImn  

All About Comic Books (Virtual)

Virtual Event

Renowned comic book guru/filmmaker Scott "Diablo" Marcano will share the history of the genre (including graphic novels and manga), how comic books are made, and how to get started as an artist or writer in the industry! For kids, teens, and lovers of comics of all ages. Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZrUi2ozFR3-sAQ6Xcntawg After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  

Play: Cement Hands by Thornton Wilder

Always Love Lucy Theatre is proud to present Cement Hands by Thornton Wilder (Directed by Saima HuQ, MPH) Cement Hands represents “Avarice” in Wilder’s projected cycle on The Seven Deadly Sins. "Diana Colvin, 21, rich and “the finest girl in the world,” is engaged to marry Roger Osterman, 27, very rich and “the finest young fellow in the world.” With the help of a mystified waiter, Diana’s uncle (her lawyer and guardian) sets up a play within a play to make sure Diana knows what she is getting into: marriage to a supreme tightwad who can give away millions to charity, but can’t leave a tip. The action–full of high-jinks as well as a serious message–takes place in a fancy New York City hotel." - Wilder: The Official Website of the Wilder Family www.thorntonwilder.com Thornton Wilder began writing Cement Hands in 1958 and stopped in 1960. It was not performed publicly until April 1997. Cast: Evan Joslyn as Roger Osterman, Roni Banerjee as Edward Blake, Radha Singh as Paul, the waiter, and Jennifer Kim as Diana Colvin

Trenton Book Fair

The Friends of the Trenton Free Public Library will host Trenton Book Fair on Sunday, April 24, from 1 pm - 4 pm. This is a Trenton/Local Authors' event to showcase local talent. Authors are tabling and selling their books. Visitors will be able to engage with the authors. There will be 20+ Trenton authors, and authors who have written about Trenton who will participate in the book fair. Click HERE to see the list of the participating local authors. Also, join us for a special session at 2 pm with a guest speaker, Kassahun Checole Kassahun Checole founded Africa World Press/Red Sea Press in 1983 and is still the President and Publisher. He previously taught at Rutgers and El Colegio de Mexico. He has won numerous awards. In business since 1983, the mission of the press is to provide high-quality literature on the history, culture, and politics of Africa and the African Diaspora. The press is based in Trenton and has published over 3,000 books, and currently publishes 40-60 books per year. The Friends of the Trenton Free Public Library thank the following vendors for sponsoring refreshments for the event. Royal Cake Creations: 9 Willow St, Trenton NJ Italian Peoples Bakery: 63 Butler St, Trenton NJ Starbucks (Trenton): 102 Warren St, Trenton NJ Halo Farm: 970 Spruce St, Trenton NJ

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Adult Book Club

We will meet on every fourth Monday at 6 pm in the reading room. Selections range from beloved classics to modern favorites. Please call (609) 392-7188 ext. 34 to register.  

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Tablet with Free WIFI

The Friends of Trenton Free Public Library is collaborating with Building Better Communities and Elements of the Community, Inc. to provide the Trenton community with access to the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program. The temporary benefit will help lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, from 2:15 pm – 4:30 pm, staff from the two community partners will be at the library to help patrons apply for the tablets with Free WIFI. Eligible patrons or households will receive the tablet onsite. A one-time $20 activation fee will be required. Valid State ID required; Must also bring one of the following documents: SNAP FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM MEDICAID (NOT MEDICARE) SSI (NOT SSD) VA PENSION BENEFIT FEDERAL PUBLIC HOUSING (FPHA) FREE & REDUCED LUNCH PROGRAM SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM FEDERAL PELL GRANT SECTION 401 LOSS OF INCOME OR LAYOFF SINCE FEBRUARY 29, 2020 Questions about the event, CALL 609-922-1722 Click here to register For more information about the Affordable Connectivity Program, please visit www.fcc.gov/acp

First Friday Art Opening: Zoe Lavatelli Leach’s “Death Ark of Divine Fauna”

Join us at the library for Trenton's First Friday on May 6th! We will have the art opening for Zoe Lavatelli Leach's "Death Ark of Divine Fauna" in the Mezzanine Gallery, starting at 5pm. The show will run through May 25th, and can be viewed during regular library hours. Artist's Statement: The works created are playful while being macabre, as they use the darkness and beauty of an animal skull as content for many aspects of expression. In more than one way, they dwell in the tension of "in-betweens" -- formally, they contain both representation and abstraction, while the imagery straddles the duality of "high art" and "low-brow" kitsch or cliche. Zoe Lavatelli Leach, born in Dallas, TX, was immersed in art from a young age, growing up in a family of artists in Buffalo, NY. She currently resides in Trenton, and uses primarily oil paint, watercolor, and mixed media on canvas and paper. She obtained a BFA from The Cooper Union, and has both formally and informally studied various disciplines outside the art field. The study and practice of Buddhism has been particularly influential, with its focus on existential questions, and the impermanent nature of reality forming the basis for both the content she engages and the painting process itself.

Panel Discussion: Make Us Visible NJ (via Zoom)

Virtual Event

Members of Make Us Visible NJ speak about the organization and its successful effort to mandate teaching Asian American and Pacific Islander history in New Jersey's public schools. Via Zoom. This program is being offered virtually via Zoom. Please register HERE Make Us Visible NJ is a coalition of students, parents, educators and community members who advocated for the inclusion of AAPI history in the K-12 curriculum of New Jersey public schools. MUVNJ Board Members Dr. Kani Ilangovan, NYU Professor Ying Lu, New Jersey educator Sima Kumar and student advocate Christina Huang will discuss how they led a statewide coalition that advocated for the passage of the AAPI Curriculum Bill, which mandates the inclusion of AAPI history in New Jersey public schools, and the bill establishing the Department of Education Commission on Asian American Heritage. Dr. Kani Ilangovan is the founder and a board member of Make Us Visible NJ. She is also a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and mother. As a psychiatrist, she sees the lifelong impact of racial trauma and the physical and mental toll on children and our communities. She is so thankful to the NJ legislature and Governor Murphy for signing the AAPI Curriculum Bill into law and establishing the DOE Commission on Asian American Heritage. Thousands of people collaborated to get the AAPI Curriculum bill and DOE Commission on Asian American Heritage passed. It was a massive mobilization effort and she is so grateful to the 60+ allied organizations who advocated for this cause. Ying Lu, Associate Professor at NYU Steinhardt of Culture, Education and Human Development. She is the director of Education Studies (a BA program) at NYU Steinhardt. She is a Faculty Senator on NYU Faculty council, and a member of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Faculty Council. She is a very active member of MUVNJ and a founding board member. Her other community engagement includes Board Member of the YingHua International School, Advisor at the Parents and Children Club (a nonprofit organization serving Chinese diaspora community in NJ and surrounding area). Sima Kumar is a Make Us Visible NJ board member, a New Jersey educator and mother who moderated an interdisciplinary exploration of Asian American and Pacific Islander experiences in the United States with poet Alison Roh Park and documentary filmmaker Angel Velasco Shaw. She also published an article in NJEA Review called Asian American in America’s Literary Heritage that explored the origins of […]

Adult Book Club

The adult book club will meet Monday 23 at 6 pm in the Reading Room. Everyone is welcome - both new and returning readers. Please call (609) 392-7188 ext. 34 to register. In May, we are reading "A Drug Fueled Life: The Bird, The Frog, and the Boss" by John Perlow. His book is a venture of seeking redemption from the influence of drugs.