Staying home this weekend? For those of you who did, here are seven events to help you enjoy the weekend in Middlesex County. 

Distant barking of the dogs

Monroe library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe

July 6, 1 p.m.

As part of its POV Documentary Film Series, the Monroe library will show “Distant Barking of Dogs.” Set in Eastern Ukraine on the frontline of the war, this film follows the life of 10-year-old Ukrainian boy Oleg throughout the course of a year.

Aliens: Escape from Earth

Plainsboro library, 9 Van Doren St., Plainsboro

July 6, 1 p.m.

Actors will present an action-packed adventure – “Aliens: Escape from Earth” — that includes visitors from outer space and uses science experiments to create special effects. In the second half of the program, volunteers from the audience will help re-create the special effects by participating in the experiments. Recommended for school-aged children. Registration not required. Doors open approximately 10 minutes before event.

18th century ice cream making

Metlar-Bodine House Museum, 1281 River Road, Piscataway

July 6, 2 p.m.

Culinary historian Susan McLellan Plaisted will demonstrate how to make 18th century ice cream on July 6 from 2-4 p.m. at the Metlar-Bodine House Museum, 1281 River Road, Piscataway.

Being with bees mystery

South Brunswick library, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction

July 6, 3 p.m.

Participants are tasked with solving a bee-wildering mystery during this interactive mystery-solving event while also learning about the important role bees have in the ecosystem.

Big Men

Monroe library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe

July 7, 10:30 a.m.

As part of its POV Documentary Film Series, the Monroe library will show “Big Men.” The world of international oil deals are on display with the quest for oil in Ghana by Dallas-based Kosmos. Official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Gen X 1989

Monroe library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe

July 7, 1 p.m.

Richard Brief, retired director of Exxon’s industrial hygiene, will discuss the Exxon Valdez incident that happened on March 24, 1989, for the library’s Gen X 1989 series highlighting significant events that happened when the library opened for its anniversary celebration. When the Exxon Valdez ran aground, it spilled nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound in Alaska. Brief will talk about what happened and measures taken.

A Silent Voice

South Brunswick library, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction

July 7, 2 p.m.

The library will show the anime film “A Silent Voice.” The movie follows the poignant and moving story of Shoya Ishida, a school bully, and Shoko Nishimiya, a young girl with a hearing disability. Their story begins in sixth grade when Shoko transfers to Shoya's elementary school and quickly finds herself bullied and isolated due to her hearing disability. Years later, the tables turn, and Shoya finds himself the victim. "A Silent Voice" depicts the struggles and challenges of adolescence alongside coming-of-age outside the norm."

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