MANVILLE: Plum Run String Band to play Tuesday at library

Library Happenings column

   Manville Public Library is looking for community members who would like to join the Friends of the Manville Library Committee.
   This committee will promote the library’s programs and collections, raise funds for special library projects and encouraging a lifelong love of reading and learning. Call Barbara Forbes at 908-722-9722.

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   Free concert: Plum Run String Band, an acoustic group playing the best of traditional and contemporary bluegrass music, as well as music from our country’s history, will perform free at the library on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 7-8:30 p.m. The public is invited. Light refreshments will be served.
   The band features dynamic vocals and instrumentation including banjo, fiddle, guitar, and bass.
   This program has been made possible, in part, by funds from the state Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and administered by Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program.
   Make truffles: Beautiful candies make great gifts (or snacks!) Teens can learn how to make these elegant and yummy candies as gifts or snacks at the Manville Public Library on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m.
   We will demonstrate how to make vanilla and chocolate truffles with a variety of flavorful decorations. All materials and instruction will be provided for free, and you can take home everything you make.
   Register on the Somerset County Library website at or in the Manville library, so that sufficient ingredients can be provided. Questions? Call 908-722-9722.
   Pie basket raffle: Participate in a free raffle ticket for a Thanksgiving pie basket, simply by checking out any item until Nov. 26.
   Books, music CDs, movies, magazines, or audiobooks are available to anyone with a library card. Also, books and music may be downloaded, free of charge, to an e-reader or computer. Museum passes, which provide free admission for two to six people at several area museums, may be borrowed as well.
   Screenprinting: From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, the Printmaking Center of New Jersey will teach teens the art of screen printing in a free workshop at the Manville library.
   All materials will be provided. Permanent inks will be used, so participants are advised to dress accordingly.
   Register on the Somerset County Library website or by calling the Manville library.
   Kids’ chess tournament: Manville Public Library will host a kids’ chess tournament from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.
   Players of all skill levels are invited to an open chess tournament for kids and teens. Anyone age 7 and older can particpate, and each participant will play at least two games. Pairings will be created in two categories; players under age 10 and players age 10 and older.
   Prizes will be awarded to the best players, and refreshments will be served.
   Display case: Do you have a hobby or collection that you would like to exhibit in the display case at the library? Call Barbara at 908-722-9722.
Game night: Students in grade 6 and older are invited on Fridays, Nov. 8 and 22, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. No registration is required.
   Graphic Novel Book Club: On Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Community Room the group will discuss “Kingdom Come.” All adults are welcome. Sign up if you plan on attending.
   Book club: The Hungry Readers Book Club normally meets from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. The next meeting will be Nov. 11. For information, call Beverly Ball at 908-722-3057.
   Craft night: All ages are invited Thursday, Nov. 21, to attend from 5:45- 7:45 p.m. in the Community Room. Bring in a glue gun, if you have one. Please register online.
   Storytime: Sessions will be held Nov. 12, 19, and 26 from 11 a.m.-noon in the Community Room. Leaders will share a seasonal story and songs, followed by an age-appropriate craft. Children must be 3 ½ by Aug. 31, 2013. Registration is required online or at the library.
   Chess classes: The library offers free classes for all ages. Call Henry at 908-458-5324 to schedule a class. All are welcome. Register on line or at the library.
   Crochet Club: Join the club from 6-7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Community Room. Experienced or not, you will be welcomed. Bring your own needles and yarn.
   Regular hours: Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
   Go online: For information about library programs or to register, visit
   Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
   Book sale: The library’s book sale continues. Buy the donated and surplus books to help support the library. Hardcover books cost 50 cents, softcovers 25 cents or by the bag for $2.
   Circulation policy: As of Oct. 1, any library items that used to circulate for 28 days will now circulate for 21 days.
   Should there be more than four holds on the title/item, the system will automatically circulate it for 14 days instead.
   At the same time, the number that any item can be renewed is increasing from twice to three times. If there are holds on the item, it won’t be able to be renewed. Call library for further information.
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