Fantastic Beast- Tournament of Houses

Children's Room (Lower Level) 120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ, United States

Ages 8-18 April 14th 4pm-6pm Test your Magizoologist skills and compete for prizes and bragging rights!

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  

Knitting Club *CANCELED*

Ever wanted to make your own clothes? Or want a space to continue your own knitting project? Led by two of our TAG Volunteers, learn the basics of knitting every other Saturday at 2 PM. For ages 9-18.

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.  

DIY Seed Bombs – Young Adult

Young Adult Lounge (First Floor) 120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ, United States

Celebrate Earth Day by creating a DIY seed bomb that is able to be planted anywhere!

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

Revolutionary Conversation

Trenton Free Public Library will transform into a “living museum” featuring students from Sprout U School of the Arts sharing the perspectives of African Americans on the Revolutionary War and its meaning for enslaved people during a free community event. This free event is funded by a community history grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities to the Old Mill Hill Society. Volunteers include community activists such as Marc McKithen, Algernon Ward, Crystal Feliciano, and Kenneth Miles; educators such as Rebecca Franco-Martin, Laurie Budrewicz, Nina McPherson, and Danielle Miller-Winrow, as well as neighborhood volunteers. The committee’s goal is sharing stories not typically included in traditional Anglo versions of the Revolutionary War in a way that not only entertains and educates children, but also engages teens and adults in exploring issues of equality and freedom. The event will feature: Characters sharing their stories while engaging visitors in discussions about choices they faced and actions they took. Free copies of “Answering the Cry for Freedom” while supplies last at the event. Q&A with author Gretchen Woelfle Arts/crafts activity for young children All current COVID-19 safety protocols must be followed, Masks are required in the library and COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots are strongly encouraged. Issues to be explored were selected based on a public survey in July 2021 and a virtual "community conversation" live streamed on the TFPL Facebook page.

Knitting Club

Ever wanted to make your own clothes? Or want a space to continue your own knitting project? Led by two of our TAG Volunteers, learn the basics of knitting every other Saturday at 2 PM. For ages 9-18.