Mount Laurel Library Virtual Newsletter

May 2020


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:

Monday - Friday 10AM-7PM, Saturday 10AM-5PM, Sunday 12NOON-5PM

Circulation staff are available to help with account questions via email.


Check Out Our Virtual Events

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

New Column: 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.

Virtual Concert: Brian Betz
Sunday, May 17  2PM

Brian Betz, guitarist and composer, hosts a solo jazz show through the library's website. Brian is a guitarist, composer, and two time winner of the Betty Carter International Jazz Competition. He's regularly performed at the library's concert series. No registration required. A link to the show will be posted on the Virtual Events page the day of the concert.

Mindful Meditation
Thursday, May 14  12PM - register here

Thursday, May 28  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.

Virtual Book Chat
Tuesday, May 19 7:00pm

Registration required here, a Zoom link will be emailed to you a day before the event

Join us for the Mount Laurel Library's first ever virtual book discussion via Zoom! We will be discussing The Mountains Sing a new book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Nguyen Phan Que Mai.You can look forward to engaging in a lively discussion, or if you prefer just sit back and hear about a new book. Contact the library by email if you have any questions before the event For a summary of the book, visit our Virtual Events page. You can check out a digital copy in ebook or audio with Hoopla using your library card:


Staff Recommends
We asked staff, "What book or movie had you been meaning to read/watch that you finally got to during quarantine?"

Adrian, Adult Services - Wanderers, by Chuck Wendig. I’d been meaning to read this fat SF epic about a world ravaged by a bizarre plague ever since it came out last year—and what better time when stuck inside avoiding a bizarre plague? It has cool ideas, interesting characters, and great action.  

Phyllis, Circulation - I just finished the book Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate. I've wanted to read it for the last few years.  It's historical fiction, based on a corrupt orphanage that operated in Tennessee that until 1950. A family is torn apart by betrayal.  It’s a fabulous and quick read.  I couldn't put it down.

Marianne, Tech Services - The Esther Anointing, by Michele McClain-Walters. It's about becoming a woman of prayer, courage, and influence. I liked it because it showed how Esther from the Bible was willing to risk her life to further God's plan, and how that attitude and courage can still relate to today's modern woman, to use our skills and talents to bring glory to God.

Lindsay, Youth Services  - decided that quarantine would be the perfect time to check out some of the Oscar nominated films she’d been meaning to watch, like Lady Bird! However, she instead decided to watch 13 Going On 30 for the tenth time.

Kelly, Adult Services - Finally listened to Educated by Tara Westover while cooking and baking too much! It's on all the "must read" lists for a reason. Really good. I've also been streaming some Queen and DePeche Mode on our concert service, Quello, while working from home. Some classic Bette Davis films on on my to do list as well.

Kids Events


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

Facebook Storytime

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!

Virtual Read Alouds
Fridays, 10:00am

Join Miss Dawn for virtual Read Alouds! Check our virtual events page or follow us on facebook to view new Read Alouds as they're posted.

Saturday Together!
Saturday, 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 Science Tellers: Aliens
Saturday, May 16  2-3PM
This event will be performed LIVE through Zoom. Registration is required, and a link to the program will be emailed to you one hour prior to it starting.

 “Science and stories, together!” Join us for a virtual show of a ScienceTellers program called “Aliens: Escape From Earth!” Get swept away in a zany, out-of-this world adventure. Along the way learn all about chemical reactions, air pressure and more! The performer will answer questions, conduct polls/quizzes, and even teach a science experiment you can do at home.

Family Music Class
Sunday, May 24th 3:00pm
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.



Friends Corner

As we all know the Library is still closed to take out books but we are extremely lucky that we can still use the library to take out digital resources. The Friends have given money to supplement the fees for Kanopy, hoopla, RBDigital streaming film services and Overdrive.

You too can be a Friend of the Library. All you have to do is go on the library web site go to the link “Become a Friend”.

Remember the Library will not be accepting any donations of books or other items until further notice.


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