Mount Laurel Library Virtual Newsletter

July 2020


When will the library open?

The Library will reopen the building to the public on Monday July 13th. We are excited to be open again, but we will have new procedures to ensure the safety of the Library staff and the public.

  • We will reopen with limited hours and services.

           Monday – Friday 10AM – 6PM
           Saturday 10AM – 4PM
           Sunday closed

  • Contactless curbside pickup will continue to be available.
  • Safety protocols limit the building's capacity, so we are asking everyone to restrict their visit to 30 minutes or less. Seating will be limited and social distancing is required.
  • Computer usage will be limited to 30 minutes per day per customer. Our ability to safely provide computer assistance will be limited.
  • Face masks will be required for everyone.
  • Food and beverages will not be allowed inside the Library.
  • Safety protocols require that all returns be placed in the outside book drops. No late fees will be charged during this time.
  • Book donations are not be accepted at this time.


Curbside Pickup - Video tutorial

The library will continue to offer contactless curbside pickup for items you have requested. 

Here’s how it works:

1. Place item(s) on hold either by using our online catalog or by calling the library 856-234-7319 option 4.

2. When items you have requested are ready, we will notify you by email, text or phone.

3. Go to the library with your library card number and follow the signs to park in one of the designated parking spots for our Contactless Curbside Pickup.

4. Text “Check In” to 856-245-0430 and you will be asked to respond with your name, library card number and parking spot number.

5. If you are unable to send a text message, you may call 856-234-7319 option 3 for assistance.

6. While you are waiting for us to bring your items out, please turn off your car, open your trunk or an unoccupied backseat window.

7. We will check out your items, put them in a bag with your receipt, and bring them out to your car

Curbside Pickup will be available:

Monday – Friday 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM

Curbside Pickup may be cancelled, or hours adjusted, due to inclement weather.


Our building may be closed, but our virtual resources are always open! Mount Laurel Library cardholders have access to music, movies, ebooks, online classes and much more! There are new services added and increased access to our most popular services.

Get a library card from home! Simply fill out the form on our home page to get started. 

Have a question?
Reference staff are available to answer questions via email and chat and by phone 856-234-7319.

Circulation staff are available to help with account questions via            email and phone 856-234-7319.

                               Monday - Friday 10AM-6PM, Saturday 10AM-4PM


Check Out Our Virtual Events

The library has a Virtual Events page that collects our videos, articles, crafts, and activities all in one convenient place! Find it at:

Irv on Film
This weekly column by Irv Slifkin, host of the Foreign Film series and a teacher at Temple University, covers movies and entertainment with an emphasis on interesting recommendations. Find it on the Virtual Events page.

Paul On Poetry
Paul Howe writes about poems and poets, their significance, and includes links to videos of interesting readings. Find it on the Virtual Events page.

Arts…and Howe!
In this weekly column, Paul shares news about the arts, from music to painting, film to dance, and much more. Find it on the Virtual Events page.

Beginners' Martial Arts
Wednesday, July 8  6PM
Wednesday, July 22 6PM

Harman Ransi, blackbelt in Goju-style karate, teaches an all-levels martial arts class focusing on dynamic stretching and drills, for adults and seniors. No prior experience required. This program will be conducted on Zoom. Registration required. You will receive a link to the meeting a day prior to the event.

Chair Yoga
Tuesday, July 21  12PM
Chair Yoga involves gentle yoga exercises that can be done while seated in or supported by a chair. This class will teach the basics guided breathing, simple physical stretches, and meditation. The yoga exercises are safe and accessible for all levels. This program will be conducted on Zoom. Registration required. You will receive a link to the meeting a day prior to the event.

Film Forum
Join Paul Howe for a discussion of these films, which you can view beforehand, via the Kanopy streaming service, using your library card.  Registration is required, separately, for each event.  The discussions will be conducted on Zoom. You will receive a link to the meeting a day prior to the event.

Mostly Martha
Monday, July 13  7PM - register here
Martha is a perfectionistic German chef who drives her coworkers crazy until a charming sous chef joins the restaurant, and the scene is set for comedy and – would you guess? – romance!

Gloomy Sunday
Sunday, July 26  3PM - register here
Based on an urban legend surrounding a real hit song in Europe, in the 30s, this film tells of the love of three men for a beautiful restaurant hostess in Budapest.

Virtual Movie Club
Foreign Film Presenter and writer, Irv Slifkin, hosts a fun, interesting discussion for experts and beginners.  Some examples are available on Kanopy for each topic, but the conversation may include other films as well. Separate registration is required for the talks.  They will be conducted on Zoom. You will receive a link to the meeting the day prior.

Topic:  Barbara Stanwick
Friday, July 17  7PM - register here

A few suggested films:  Meet John Doe, The Strange Love of Martha Ives, The Femme Fatale   

Topic:  Movies on Movies
Tuesday, July 21  4PM - register here

A few suggested films:  The Stunt Man, David Holzman's Diary, Son of Rambow, The  Disaster Artist, 8 1/2

Mindful Meditation
Thursday, July 9  12PM - register here

Thursday, July 23  12PM - register here
Join an experienced meditation instructor and achieve relaxation of your mind and body. This program will be conducted on Zoom. Registration required. You will receive a link to the meeting a day prior to the event.

Summer Concert:  Golden Eagle Community Band
Thursday, July 16 6:30PM
Part of the summer concert series
Location:  Laurel Acres Park
1045 South Church Street, Mount Laurel
No registration is required.

Virtual Book Talks!
Monday, July 6  2PM
What have you been reading during quarantine?  Do tell! Join us for our first Virtual Book Talk session and come prepared to share some snippets from a few of your recent (or not so recent) favorites.  We can all give each other the opportunity to "browse" titles that might be of interest.

This will be a low-key and FUN discussion! Book talks are only meant to last a few minutes and highlight the most gripping parts of the story to draw potential readers in.  Make it creative! We can't wait to hear. Registration is required.  A link to the Zoom Meeting will be emailed to you prior to the discussion.

Adult Summer Reading Program
Our annual Summer Reading Program started on June 19th so please join in festivities. Register at and log what books you read or listen to. For each book, you get a chance at the grand prize drawing: a Kindle Fire!



Kids Events


Just because the library is closed, doesn’t mean you have to miss all the fun!

It's Summer Reading Time!
Imagine Your Story as we continue our annual Summer Reading Program! Register here to track reading, earn prizes, and more!

Facebook Storytime
Tuesdays, 10:30AM

Join Miss Lindsay for a pajama storytime on Facebook filled with books, rhymes, and alphabet practice! Videos will be posted on our virtual events page too!

Saturday Together!
Saturdays, 2:30PM
Join us every Saturday on facebook for a special program for kids. Previous videos have included yoga, dancing, and crafts! Tune in to keep your mind and body active while we keep healthy at home! Videos will be posted on our virtual events page too!

Virtual Little Yogis
Wednesday, July 8 10AM

Join us for an opportunity to move, stretch, and meditate! In this program, we will work on keeping active and becoming more mindful together! This program will take place as though Facebook at the scheduled time. Ms. Lindsay is not a certified yoga instructor, but she does have experience teaching yoga to children! No registration required.

Virtual Family Music Class
Sunday, July 19  3PM
Infants, toddlers, and preschool children- along with their parents or caregivers- join together as a musical community. Activities include listening to instruments, having fun with rhymes, and singing and dancing to music of different tones and modalities. Registration is required, and a link to the Zoom webinar will be emailed to you one hour prior to the program starting. Best suited for ages 6 months-6 years.


Teen Events

Virtual Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
Tuesday, July 8   7PM
Our summer TAB meetings will be held in our Mount Laurel Library Teens Discord server: Earn volunteer time and help brainstorm future events and activities.

Teen Virtual Anime Club
Wednesday, July 15  7PM
Join our teen discord server to participate in our streaming anime and vote on which show we watch:

Teen Virtual Game Night-Sribbl
Tuesday, July 22   7PM
Join us for a game of Skribbl, an online drawing and guessing game. We will meet in our Discord server to chat during the game, and registration is required to play. Please join Discord here:

Virtual Movie Matinee - Jumanji: The Next Nevel
Saturday, July 18  7PM 
Join our Mount Laurel Library Teen Discord server for our July movie night, streaming Jumanji: The Next Level. Our Discord invite is:

Virtual Teen Book Club-The June Boys
Tuesday, July 29   7PM
Find some time to curl up with a good book then join our Mount Laurel Teens Discord server for the discussion. For July, enjoy a summer mystery. The June Boys. The book can be found digitally through Hoopla here:

Once you have your book, join us on Discord to chat and discuss the book:


   Friends Corner

   We are sorry to announce that our July Book Sale has been canceled. Our next       Book Sale is scheduled for October. We really hope we will see you all there.

   Due to the fact that we have had to cancel our last 2 book sales, we are                   extending all Friend’s memberships for 3 months. If you are not a member you can sign up
   online. Remember all money is used to supplement the Library.

   Happy Reading!


Don't forget our Pinterest page for fun craft and science ideas, plus book recommendations and more!