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Free Programs at New Dorp Library: March 2013

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March is full of sayings! Some people talk about the month as though it's an animal, giving it characteristics (like the "proud" lions that represent NYPL). Some call March a lamb — soft and innocent — while others throw insults at poor old March. They call it Madness. March Madness — what a terrible thing to say! I've never seen March go mad! Julius Caesar teaches us to beware of the Ides of March — March 15 — but if you're at the Library, you won't have much to worry about!

Take part in a picture book time, play your favorite games in the Teen Cafe, or jump into an exercise class like Zumba!

For Children:

Picture Book Time
For ages 3 and up
Enjoy hearing books read aloud, finger plays, action rhymes and coloring.
Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.
March 6, 13, 20 & 27
No preregistration is needed.

Baby Rhyme Time
For ages birth through 17 months, and their caregiver.
Friday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m.
Bring your baby to an interactive program featuring simple books, songs and movement.
Preregistration is required and starts 1 week before.

Preschool Program
For ages 2½ to 5 years and their caregiver.
Wednesday, March 13, at 11:00 a.m.
Enjoy books, finger plays, action rhymes, and coloring.
Preregistration is needed and will start 1 week before.

Movement Fun!
For ages 4 to 9 years. Thursday, March 21, at 4:00 p.m.
Move your body using scarves, dance, and action rhymes. Enjoy the rhythm!
No preregistration needed.

Free Family Movies
Free family movies will be shown on Saturdays, at 2:00 p.m.
March 2nd – Cinderella, March 9th – E.T. and March 30th – Dragons: Riders of Berk
Children may take home a free coloring sheet of the movie character.

Free Math and Reading Tutoring
Math tutoring: for children Pre-K to 8th grade
Reading tutoring: for children: Pre-K to 3rd grade levels
Presented by Staten Island Technical High School volunteers,
Tuesdays, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Special Program:

The Hobbit
Thursday, March 28th 4 pm
First come, first served
The cherished tale of a home-loving little Hobbit who finds himself on an adventure he could never have imagined! On the way he meets elves, trolls, a wizard and a dragon... and ssssomething ssstrange called a Gollum. Presented by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company. For ages 4 and older.

For Teens:

Teen Café Remixed
March 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Come join us for fun in the community room. Play your favorite games on the PS3 and the Wii. Come hang out with your friends! You can bring your snacks, soda, coffee, homework, iPod. Check out a laptop and browse the internet! For ages 12-18.

Teen Club
March 3/6, 3/20
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Your two favorite programs – Teen Art & Anime Club have combined !! Talk Anime and Draw Manga or Talk Manga and don't draw Anime. It's up to you. For ages 12 to 18.

Teen Advisory Group
March 8th 2 - 4 pm
Here is the opportunity you have been waiting for!
Come join our new Teen Advisory Group and get hands on experience volunteering for the Library. Earn Community Service hours by attending our monthly meetings and giving us your input!
What's happening in your world? What's the hottest book, movie, or cd right now? What programs does the library need?
This is a great way to meet new friends and really get involved in what goes on here at the New Dorp Library. Ages 12-18 

Special Program:

Write it your way!
March 6th 2 p.m. Ages 12- 18
Got a tale to tell? Wondering how to get the stories in your head out on the page? Work with Community Word Project to develop your story and share it with your friends. Learn how to craft narratives, sketch scenes and build your own book! For ages 12 to 18 years old.

For Adults:

Adult Knitting and Crochet Club
Saturdays, March 2 and 16, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. - noon
Participants must supply their own yarn, needles, small scissors, and the pattern you want to work on.

Knitting Group (in Spanish)
Monday, March 4 and 11, 2013 at 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Participants must supply their own yarn, needles, and hooks.

Stay Well Exercise Program
Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2013 at 1:00-2:00 p.m.
The Stay Well exercise program is geared for all seniors, ranging from the fit to those with disabilities. The curriculum includes aerobic exercises as well as routines designed to enhance balance, build muscle strength and aid in the performance of the tasks associated with daily living. Classes end with stress reduction exercises. Classes normally run 40 - 50 minutes and are held once a week.

Writing Workshop
Tuesdays, March 5 and 12, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Creative Nonfiction/Fiction/Poetry Writing Workshop
With Ellen Aug Lytle. This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc., through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Job Recruitment
Friday, March 8, 2013, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Job Recruitment with Workforce 1
Please bring multiple copies of your resume, photo ID and dress professionally.

Adult Social
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Friday Afternoon Social at the Library
Come with your friends and enjoy listening to oldies music, playing

Special Program:

Financial Planning Association of New York Pro Bono Committee - Sandy Disaster Financial Relief Program
March 1st 2- 4 pm
The New York Public Library is partnering with The New York Chapter of the Financial Planning Association, a professional organization comprised mostly of Certified Financial Planners, lawyers, insurance professionals, and other financial advisors.
Their services are free of charge and there will be no attempt to sell any products or services.

  1. Use home has been significantly impaired or damaged;
  2. Business owner whose place of business has been significantly impaired;
  3. Loss of work as a direct result;
  4. Suffered a direct or indirect financial loss;
  5. Incurred medical and/or other significant expense (e.g., alternative housing); or
  6. A family member has been injured or died.

Volunteers will provide advice in the following areas:

  • Providing guidance to gain more control over their finances: Assessing what financial decisions have to be made now, soon, and later
  • Identifying resources for needed services and relief assistance (e.g., FEMA, SBA)
  • Tips to prevent fraudulent services
  • Budgeting / managing increased expenses (e.g., alternative living, clothing, medical)
  • Debt management
  • Tax relief and guidance
  • Estate planning

No registration required.

To pre-register for any program, please call 718-351-2977.

These are just a few of the many programs New Dorp Library offers — look at the online calendar for more programs! Bookmark this blog post and the online calendar, or print it out and share it with a friend!

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