FEBRUARY’S LIBRARY EVENTS

SWEDESBORO

All GCLS branch libraries are now open to the public but with limited access. Face masks are required. 

Go to www.gcls.org to find our virtual library online. Click the classes/events tab and choose online events calendar. Click an event to enjoy Storytime, S.T.E.M. tutorials, crafting videos, cooking demos, book chats and more. You can find everything on our new YouTube Channel and on our Library Facebook page, too. Check out our selection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, Movies & TV with Hoopla and Overdrive. 

Contactless Pickup is also still available.

ADULT VIRTUAL PROGRAMS:

ShopRite Virtual Presentation – Tuesday, Feb. 9 – 7:30 p.m. Join us for a food demonstration with a registered dietician. Visit our website at www.gcls.org for more information. 

Virtual Winter Family Yoga – Wednesday, Feb. 10 – 5 p.m. – This winter, warm up with yoga, with the whole family! Join GCLS online via Google Meet! Visit our website at www.gcls.org, click classes and events tab, click online events calendar. Find this event and click on the link!

People of African Descent in the American Revolution – Monday, Feb. 15 – 7 p.m. The Museum of the American Revolution presents “The Same Principle Lives in Us: People of African Descent in the American Revolution.” Learn what the Revolution was like for Phillis Wheatley, Elizabeth Freeman, James Forten, Harry Washington and others. Visit our website at  www.gcls.org, click classes and events tab, click online events calendar. Find this event and click on the link!

The Slave Dwelling Project – Tuesday, Feb. 23 – 7 p.m.  Since 2010, Joe McGill has spent nights in slave dwellings in 25 states and the District of Columbia. The intent is to bring much needed attention to these often neglected dwellings. Learn about his adventures including the night he spent at the New Jersey governor’s mansion in Princeton, NJ! Join us by going to www.gcls.org, click classes and events tab, click online events calendar. Find this event and click on the link!

Virtual Page Turner Adult Book Club – Tuesday, Feb. 23 – 7 p.m. – Join the GCLS Swedesboro Library’s Page Turners Book Club for their monthly meeting! This month’s title is The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. Join us by going to www.gcls.org, click classes and events tab, click online events calendar. Find this event and click on the link!  

Reader’s Roundtables – Share what you’re reading and hear about other great reads!                        

Most Mondays – 7-8 p.m. – check our online events calendar for more information.

What Are You Reading? is held every Thursday from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

For all Reader’s Roundtable programs, visit our website at www.gcls.org, click classes and events tab, click online events calendar. Find this event and click on the link!  

Know Your History with Mr. Ben – Tuesdays, Feb. 16 – 3:30 p.m.  

Join GCLS’ historian, Mr. Ben, to learn about some fascinating local history! Feb. 16 will be “The Underground Railroad through Swedesboro.”  For all “Know Your History events”, go to www.gcls.org   and click on the Facebook icon. You can also find many “Know Your History” events on the library’s YouTube page, too: Go to www.gcls.org and click on the YouTube icon.

What’s Cooking with Miss Carolyn – Thursdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18, & 25 – 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Find out what’s cooking this week! Go to www.gcls.org, click classes and events tab, click online events calendar. Find this event and click on the link! You can also find many “What’s Cooking” programs on the library’s YouTube page. Go to www.gcls.org and click on the YouTube icon.

Writers’ Roundtable Online – Tuesdays, Feb. 16 – 6:30 -7:30 p.m. Join other aspiring writers online and share your work! Go to www.gcls.org, click classes and events tab, click online events calendar. Find this event and click on the link! 

Grab & Go Bags for adults once-a-month. Stop in to pick up a “Grab and Go Bag” – one per adult. Enjoy simple crafts you can do at home! Supplies are included. First come, first serve, while supplies last.

FAMILY VIRTUAL PROGRAM:

Winter Family Yoga – Wednesdays, Feb. 3 & 10 – 5 p.m. – This winter, warm up with yoga, with the whole family! Join GCLS online via Google Meet! Go to www.gcls.org, click classes and events tab, click online events calendar.  Find this event and click on the link! 

CHILDREN’S TAKE HOME ACTIVITIES 

Valentine Card Challenge – Contest runs from Feb. 1 to Feb. 27. A special prize goes to the most original Valentine – ages 4-12.  All participants receive a snack prize.  Pick up your instructional sheet at the circulation desk of the GCLS Swedesboro Library.

Take Home:  Read and Do Bags!  Patrons can check out one bag per child at the Swedesboro Library. Each bag will contain 3 library books, a coloring page, and a simple craft you can do with your child at home. Different themes will be available while supplies last. Please be sure to bring your bag to the circulation desk for checkout.

Grab and Go Bags for children – Stop in to pick up a “Grab and Go Bag” – one per child. Enjoy simple crafts you can do at home! There will be a new craft each week. Supplies are included. First come, first serve, while supplies last.  

Storytime Kits – Once a month, pick up a storytime kit. Kits will include one free book, activities, and a craft. One per family while supplies last.

CHILDREN’S VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

Winter Reading Program & Bingo – Runs through Feb. 27 – for ages 0-teens.  Go to gcls.readsquared.com. Win a line of bingo – get a prize. Complete the whole board – get another prize. Grand prizes will be awarded to one child in each age category:  0-5, 6-12, for the most books read; teen grand prizes will be chosen by random drawing.  There will be winners from each branch. Call your library for more information.

Preschool Virtual StorytimeMonday, Wednesdays, and Fridays10:30 a.m. with your favorite Librarians. Best suited for ages 3 to 5. Go to gcls.org and click on the Facebook icon. You can also find many storytimes on the library’s YouTube page, too: Go to www.gcls.org and click on the YouTube icon.

Toddler Virtual StorytimeTuesdays and Thursdays – 10:30 a.m. with your favorite Librarians – Best suited for ages 0-3.  Go to gcls.org and click on the Facebook icon. You can also find many storytimes on the library’s YouTube page, too: Go to www.gcls.org and click on the YouTube icon.

Online Pajama Storytime Mondays – 6 p.m. – best suited for ages 3-6. Wear your pajamas and get comfortable and join your favorite Librarians for a bedtime story. Find us on Facebook and YouTube.

S.T.E.M Virtual Programs – Fridays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, & 26 – 1:30 p.m. Learn a fun S.T.E.M activity to do right in your own home! Go to gcls.org and click on the Facebook icon. You can also find many of our S.T.E.M virtual programs on the library’s YouTube page, too: Go to www.gcls.org and click on the YouTube icon.

Virtual Kid’s Krafting Programs – Wednesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17, & 24 – 1 p.m. Learn how to make fun and unique crafts with most materials you already have at home! Go to gcls.org and click on the Facebook icon. You can also find many of our craft virtual programs on the library’s YouTube page, too: Go to www.gcls.org and click on the YouTube icon.

We would love for you to snap a photo of your finished crafts and share with us on our Instagram page.

Live Virtual Storytimes – check our virtual calendars, website, and newsletters for ongoing information. The times will all be at 10:30 a.m. February’s dates are Feb. 10, 15, 25.

Virtual Reading with FURever as Friends.  Sign up to read to one of our adorable therapy animals virtually.  Each child will be given a 10 minute slot. Emailbwhitfield@gcls or go to our virtual calendar to reserve your reading session: Feb. 15, 16, 22, 25 – 6:30-7 p.m.

TEENS/TWEENS

Teen Game Nights online – Let’s play some Among Us! Play on your PC or smart phone/tablet, and use our teen Discord server to chat! Make sure to have the game installed on your device!

Need to join the Discord server? Go to https://sites.google.com/gcls.org/gclsteenspace/home for more information.

Teen Twitch:  Stream and Chat – Fridays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, & 26 – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Join GCLS Teen Librarian, Paul, and other teens on twitch!  Go to www.gcls.org, click classes and events tab, click online events calendar.  Find this event and click on the link! 

Virtual Teen Writers’ Club – Monday, Feb. 8 – 7 p.m. – If you love writing, need new ideas, like sharing ideas/stories/poems, and/or learning new writing techniques and types of writing – this club is for you. We also have a literary magazine that your works can be included in! Call 856-467-0111 for more information.

Teen/Tween Virtual Book Club – Saturday, Feb. 20 – 12:30 p.m. We will be discussing Blind Spot by Laura Ellen.  This book is available on Hoopla. To join this event, go to   www.gcls.org, click classes and events tab, click online events calendar. Find this event and click on the link! 

Join our email list to stay in the know! Go to www.gcls.org.  Scroll down till you find the “Stay Connected” tab on the right hand side.

GLOUCESTER COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

All GCLS Libraries are open to the public at normal hours. All programs are virtual and can be found on our website under virtual programs. Programs are either on Google Meet, Zoom, GCLS Facebook or GCLS YouTube Channel.
Adult Programs
Readers Round Table: Thursdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25, 4 pm.
Socrates Café: Thursdays,10:30 a.m.
Writers Roundtable: Tuesday, Feb.16, 6:30 p.m.
History Book Club: Monday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m., discussing Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo by Zora Neale Hurston.
Page Turners Book Club: Tuesday, Feb. 23. 7 p.m., discussing The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.
Know Your History: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 3:30 p.m.
What’s Cooking: Thursdays, 4:45 p.m.
Black History Month Programs:
The Same Principle Lives in Us: People of African Descent in the American Revolution: Monday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Presented by the Museum of the American Revolution.
The Slave Dwelling Project: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.
DIY Hot Cocoa Bombs and Heart Healthy Foods: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Kitchen Essentials with Professional Chef Monica Glass: Saturday, Feb. 27, 1 p.m.
Virtual Tai-Chi 8-Week Series: Wednesdays, Feb. 10, 17 & 24, 1:30 p.m.
Youth Programs- All programs are virtual- please see library website for login information.
Preschool Storytime: Mondays, Feb. 8, 15 & 22, 10:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, Feb. 10 (Live), 17 & 24, 10:30 a.m.; Fridays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 (Live) & 26, 10:30 a.m.
Pajama Storytime: Mondays, Feb. 8, 15 & 22, 6 pm.
Toddler Storytime: Tuesdays, Feb. 9, 16 & 23, 10:30 am; Thursdays, Feb. 11, 18 & 25 (Live) 10:30 am.
FURever as Friends: Mondays, Feb. 15 & 22, 6:30 pm; Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6:30pm; Thursday, Feb. 25, 6:30pm.
Kids Krafting Korner: Wednesdays, Feb. 10, 17 & 24, 1 pm.
Family Yoga: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5 pm.
GCLibS.T. E. M.- Stem Programming: Fridays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 1:30 p.m.
Intro to Computer Science: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:30 pm.
Teen Programs
Teen Game Night: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 6:30 pm.
Teen/Tween Book Club: Saturday, Feb. 20, 12:30 pm, discussing Blind Spot by Laura Ellen.
Teen Writers Club: Monday, Feb. 8, 7pm.

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