January Library Programs


Our GCLS libraries are holding indoor programming with social distancing required. Click on our online events calendar for more information. Keep checking our website for current updates.

Check out our Youtube page for past recorded storytimes, STEM & craft videos, & more. Go to www.gcls.org.  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.


Page Turner’s Adult Book Club – Tuesday, Jan. 25 – 7 p.m. Join us for our monthly book club. This month’s selection will be When Time Stopped by Arianna Neumann. Due to social distancing requirements, space is limited. Be sure to register at www.gcls.org.  


Readers Roundtable 

Weekly on Thursday afternoons:  Thursdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 – 4 p.m. Visit our website at  www.gcls.org, click classes and events tab, click online events calendar.  Find these events 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. We would love for you to snap a photo of your finished crafts and share with us on our Instagram page.



January’s Challenge – Ages 4-12 – Jan. 3-31 – Lots of animal friends are hiding in the library. Can you find them all?


Tuesdays, Jan. 11, 18, & 25 – One class at 10:30 a.m. and one class at 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 12, 19, & 26 – One at 10:30 a.m. and one class at 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the same program so please only choose one of the days to come. Space is limited. Be sure to register each adult and child. Mask wearing is recommended. A take-home craft will be provided.

Tiempo de Cuentos Bilingüe – Jueves, 20 de Enero, 2022 – 10:30 a.m. Únete a nosotros para nuestra hora de cuentos bilingüe con Miss Vesna y Miss Terri. El espacio es limitado.  Cada adulto y niño debe ser registrado.  Se recomienda el uso de máscaras.  Para registrarse vaya a www.gcls.org.

In-Person Reading with FURever as Friends – Sign up to read to one of our adorable therapy animals. Each child will be given a ten-fifteen-minute time slot. Find the dates on our virtual calendar and call the library you want to visit to schedule an appointment.

Logan Library – Tuesdays Jan. 18 – 6:30-7:30 – Public Area

Swedesboro Library – Now on Mondays! Jan. 24 – 6:30-7:30 – Public Area

Mullica Hill Library – ThursdayJan. 13 & 27 – 6:30-7:30 – Public Area

Make a Paper Roll Snowman – Thursday, Jan. 13 – 4 p.m. Best suited for ages 9-12. Join us in making adorable snowmen. Space is limited so be sure to register early. Go to www.gcls.org.

Literacy Buddies – Are you interested in having homework or reading help for your child? Is your teen interested in helping a child? We provide weekly one-on-one help. Call 856-467-0111 if interested. This program is currently a virtual one.


Take Home:  Read and Do Bags! Patrons can check out one bag per child at the Swedesboro Library. Each bag will contain 2 to 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.

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


Teen Writers’ Club – Monday, Jan. 10 – 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 started a literary magazine that your works can be included in. Call 856-467-0111 for more information. Go to www.gcls.org to register. Due to the need for social distancing, space will be limited.

Teen/Tween Book Club – Saturday, Jan. 8 – 12:30 p.m. Join us for our monthly book club. This month we will be discussing Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick. Selections were chosen by the past year’s teens. Go to www.gcls.org to register. Due to the need for social distancing, space will be limited.

Paint your favorite character on glass – Monday, Jan. 31 – 7 p.m. Find a picture of your favorite character to print out – you’ll trace that character onto glass and paint it. The finished product will be a framed painted picture. Space is very limited. Go to www.gcls.org to register.

Anime Club – Are you interested in getting our Anime Club going again in the fall? Email tcarlton@gcls.org.

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.

All GCLS libraries will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


Check out our website at www.gcls.org for the latest list of events.

For any questions, call us at: (856) 241-0202.

January Virtual/Hybrid Events:

Socrates Café: Thursdays, Jan. 13, 20, & 27, 10:30 a.m. Join us as we pose questions and exchange our thoughts on subjects selected by the group. No formal education in philosophy is needed. Just bring a questioning and open mind. This is a hybrid program.

History Book Club: Monday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m. This month we will be reading “Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History” by Erik Larson. Facilitated by Ben Carlton. This is a hybrid program.

ASK BEN: The Wisdom and Witticisms of Benjamin Franklin, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 3:30 p.m. A video presentation on the GCLS website about one of our most beloved Founding Fathers. “Ben” will attempt to answer your questions in the spirit of Benjamin Franklin. Send your inquiries to Ben via email at bcarlton@gcls.org and he will answer your question(s) during the next program.

New Year, New You! Positive Psychology Program: Monday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m. New year, new you! Do you have some life changes you want to make but aren’t sure how to go about starting? Let Marie Simpson the Positive Psychologist help you on your journey! This is a virtual program. Please see our online Calendar for sign-up and Zoom link at: https://www.gcls.org/calendar/logan

January In-Person Events

Quilting & Sewing Club: Tuesday, Jan. 11, & 25, 1 – 3 p.m. Learn to quilt or sew! Beginners and experienced quilters welcome. Experienced quilters are free to bring their project and quilt with some new friends. Beginners will learn everything they need to know to begin.

Scrapbooking: Wednesday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. Instructor Sandi will show you the basics of scrapbooking. Please bring photos and embellishments. Paper will be provided. Limit of 10 participants. Please register at: https://www.gcls.org/calendar/logan

Board and Card Games: Thursdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20, & 27, 1 p.m. Have a fun time playing board games. A variety of games played each week. It’s a great way to spend the afternoon!

Mindfulness Meditation – 12 Week Series: Thursdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20 & 27, 6 p.m. Mindfulness Meditation with Dr. Pavani Gunda, M.D. (Internal Medicine). Join Dr. Gunda for this 12-week series into Mindfulness Meditation. Please register for this event as space is limited to six participants. Registration can be found online at: https://www.gcls.org/calendar/logan

Ceramic Snowman Bowls: Tuesday, Jan. 18 & Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m. Paint a ceramic snowman bowl and we will have it fired and ready to pick up in two weeks. Must register for a time slot as there are limited supplies.

Youth Programs

Storytime with Miss Heather: Mondays, Jan.10, 24 and 31, 10:30 a.m. & Fridays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10:30 a.m. Join us for songs and stories and receive a craft to take home. Registration is

required; limited to 8 families.

Movement Storytime: Wednesdays, Jan. 12, 19 and 26, 10:30a.m. We will be incorporating yoga poses and action movements during our stories. Please bring a yoga mat or towel. Registration required; limited to 8 participants.

FURever As Friends: Tuesday, Jan. 18, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. A group of volunteers bring their specially trained therapy dogs to the library for children to read. Registration and one-time permission slip required.

Snowman Canvas Painting: Monday, Jan. 10, 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 11, 6:30 p.m. This program is limited to 8 participants per session. Advance registration is required. Examples and all supplies will be provided. Ages 8 – 12 welcomed.STEAM for Homeschoolers: Friday, Jan. 21, 1 p.m. This new program is designed for homeschool families with children in grades 1st – 5th. We will be offering various Winter-themed activities that incorporate STEAM. Registration required; limited to 12 families

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