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Friday January 1, 2016 -  Friday December 30, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping Book & Short Story Discussions; Author Talks! Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220   
   

For a complete listing of discussions about literature and writing, please click here:

Book Discussions    
    Location: All Branches
Saturday April 30, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM They, Too, Sing America: A reading of the poetry of African Americans Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Flora Higgins and Betty Neals will introduce to the audience a selection of African American poets and recite their works.  Paul Laurence Dunbar will be their featured poet. 

Attendees are invited to bring their favorite poems by African Americans to read and share.  

Betty H. Neals taught Creative Dramatics in the East Orange Public Schools for many years, and is also a professional actress.  After her retirement, she increased her poetry writing and participation in poetry readings and workshops.

Flora Higgins has organized many poetry readings and workshops at the Newark Public Library and the Monmouth County Library.  She reads a lot of poems and has written poetry, also.  A retired librarian, she currently teaches English at Brookdale Community College.  

    Location: Eastern Branch
Monday May 2, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Next Chapter Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Make friends, talk about books, and read and learn in a relaxed community setting.  The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers an opportunity for adults and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to participate in a weekly book club.  The group meets Mondays at 6:30 pm to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour. Books are provided by the library.

Space is limited; please register by calling Beth Miller at 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
Tuesday May 3, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book3 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

When Amaterasu Takahashi opens the door of her Philadelphia home to a badly scarred man claiming to be her grandson, she doesn’t believe him. Her grandson and her daughter, Yuko, perished nearly forty years ago during the bombing of Nagasaki. But the man carries with him a collection of sealed private letters that open a Pandora’s Box of family secrets Ama had sworn to leave behind when she fled Japan. She is forced to confront her memories of the years before the war: of the daughter she tried too hard to protect and the love affair that would drive them apart, and even further back, to the long, sake-pouring nights at a hostess bar where Ama first learned that a soft heart was a dangerous thing. Will Ama allow herself to believe in a miracle? 

This book discussion will be moderated by Colts Neck Librarian Stephanie Laurino. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend, however registration is preferred.  Stop by or call the library to reserve your copy of the book today.  

    Location: Colts Neck
 
lib_bookflipping 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Book Discussion: Life We Bury by Allen Eskens Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Armed with a class assignment to interview a stranger and write a biography, college student Joe Talbert meets Carl Iverson at the local nursing home.  Carl has been medically paroled to the home, after spending 30 years in prison for rape and murder. Joe cannot reconcile Carl’s valor in Vietnam with the despicable acts of the convict and throws himself into uncovering the truth.

Copies are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Ocean Township
Wednesday May 4, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement

Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize, this novel set in rural Mexico is about  Ladydi Garcia Martínez, who is  part of a community decimated by drug traffickers, government agricultural policies and illegal immigration. An affecting portrayal of women, it is a story of friendship, family, and determination.
 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
Thursday May 5, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Author Frank Kozusko visits Atlantic Highlands Library Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-291-1956   
   

Frank Kozusko, author of the following two books: Can Penguins Fly? which is a children's book, and Boomer Bounce, Poems on a Generation will be at the Atlantic Highlands Library. Frank is a retired professor from Hampton University in Virginia and a retired US Navy submarine officer and nuclear engineer.  He will discuss his books as well as his journey to becoming a writer.  

Please contact the Library for any additional questions.

 

    Location: Atlantic Highlands
 
lib_book3 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

When Amaterasu Takahashi opens the door of her Philadelphia home to a badly scarred man claiming to be her grandson, she doesn’t believe him. Her grandson and her daughter, Yuko, perished nearly forty years ago during the bombing of Nagasaki. But the man carries with him a collection of sealed private letters that open a Pandora’s Box of family secrets Ama had sworn to leave behind when she fled Japan. She is forced to confront her memories of the years before the war: of the daughter she tried too hard to protect and the love affair that would drive them apart, and even further back, to the long, sake-pouring nights at a hostess bar where Ama first learned that a soft heart was a dangerous thing. Will Ama allow herself to believe in a miracle? 

This book discussion will be moderated by Colts Neck Librarian Stephanie Laurino. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend, however registration is preferred.  Stop by or call the library to reserve your copy of the book today.  

    Location: Colts Neck
Monday May 9, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Next Chapter Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Make friends, talk about books, and read and learn in a relaxed community setting.  The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers an opportunity for adults and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to participate in a weekly book club.  The group meets Mondays at 6:30 pm to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour. Books are provided by the library.

Space is limited; please register by calling Beth Miller at 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
Thursday May 12, 2016 Go To Top
rec_swords.GIF 7:00 PM  -  8:20 PM OUTLANDER Book & Series Discussion Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220 x7222   
   

Outlander Book Series is multi-categorical:  Historical Fiction. Men in Kilts. Romance. Adventure. Mystery. SciFi. You may know and love the television series in which a determined heroine falls back in time to 18th Century Scotland. Now, dive into the books themselves and join our Outlander Book & Discussion Series.  

Continuing with Author Diana Gabaldon's second Outlander book, Dragonfly in Amber Outlander, the group will share your thoughts, questions, and feelings about this multi-genre, epic work - and maybe even a few words about the show. You may love it, ya ken.

Please check with our Circulation staff as a limited number of books are available.

 

    Location: Headquarters
       
 
lib_book3 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Meet the Author Marco Manfre Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 Ext7222   
   

Returning to the Lion’s Den: Life in an Organized Crime Family is the deeply complex, fast-moving story of an idealistic young man, Daniel Montello, who allows himself to become enmeshed in the life of a local criminal enterprise. When Daniel is 18 years old, because his family is faced with crushing financial problems, he begins working as an errand boy and clean-up person at the Huntington Social Club, a storefront in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn that is used by the De Luca crime family. That poorly thought-out decision dramatically alters the trajectory of Daniel’s life and radically affects all of those who care about him.

Returning to the Lion’s Den is set in the same Brooklyn neighborhood and deals with similar themes: family, love, loss, betrayal of trust, and local traditions and values. Returning to the Lion’s Den opens a window onto the sights and smells of a gritty urban neighborhood and tells the story of a crime family’s gradual transition from “the way things have always been done” to how the next generation of mobsters plans on operating in the future.

Although Returning to the Lion’s Den is a work of fiction, as the story unfolds, it reveals a wealth of accurate, well-researched information about the history and the actual workings of modern-day crime families. Readers have described it as a modern-day Godfather with elements of Donnie BrascoWiseguy, and The Valachi Papers.

Local writer Marco Manfre is the author of three novels, The Outcast Prophet of Bensonhurst (2012), Returning to the Lion’s Den: Life in an Organized Crime Family (2013), Blue Blue Sea(2014) and a biography, From Darkness Into Light: The Biography of a Holocaust Survivor Family(2015). He has just completed a crime/mystery novel, The Bomb Shelter Confession: A Detective Butler Mystery. It will be available at some point in late April or early May. He is a retired educator. Brooklyn-born, he lived in Manalapan for 31 years, and presently resides in Jackson.

    Location: Headquarters
Monday May 16, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Next Chapter Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Make friends, talk about books, and read and learn in a relaxed community setting.  The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers an opportunity for adults and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to participate in a weekly book club.  The group meets Mondays at 6:30 pm to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour. Books are provided by the library.

Space is limited; please register by calling Beth Miller at 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
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Tuesday May 17, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Discussion: I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-81898   
   

A novel of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas’s great romance. The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris to be an artist would be easy and she is beginning to doubt herself. But she is introduced to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever.

    Location: Eastern Branch
 
lib_book3 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Telling Tales - An Adult Short Story Program Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: V. Stevens   732-431-7220x7222   
   

"A Tree, a Rock, a Cloud" by Carson McCullers

The Sounds of the South

A transient stops at an all-night cafe and explains to the owner and a paperboy how the science of love helped him to recover after his wife left him. 

    Location: Headquarters
Wednesday May 18, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Book Discussion: I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-81898   
   

A novel of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas’s great romance. The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris to be an artist would be easy and she is beginning to doubt herself. But she is introduced to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever.

    Location: Eastern Branch
 
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Book Discussion: I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-81898   
   

A novel of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas’s great romance. The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris to be an artist would be easy and she is beginning to doubt herself. But she is introduced to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever.

    Location: Eastern Branch
Thursday May 19, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Senior Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Contact:  732-938-2300

Seniors are invited to join this book discussion club which meets every third Thursday of the month. 

Behind the Beautiful Flowers  by Katherine Boo

Annawadi is a settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to propser, Annawadians are filled with hope.  Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees a fortune beyond counting in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away.  But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Howell
 
lib_book3 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Thursday Morning Book Discussion: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 X7222   
   

When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer—Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood—she’d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk’s fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T.H. White's chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor. Projecting herself “in the hawk's wild mind to tame her” tested the limits of Macdonald’s humanity and changed her life.

 Heart-wrenching and humorous, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, with a parallel examination of a legendary writer’s eccentric falconry. Obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator.

    Location: Headquarters
 
lib_bookflipping 3:00 PM Wall Book Club: The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century ago. The stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core and force her to make an impossible choice.

    Location: Wall Township
 
lib_book_signing 7:00 PM  -  8:25 PM Creative Writers' Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
   

 If you have an interest in writing and you care to share your work, the  Creative Writers' Group meets every third Thursday of the month at 7 o'clock at the Monmouth County Library-Headquarters. Our goal is simply to offer constructive criticism and support to fellow writers. These sessions are free and open to the public. If you are interested in reading something to the group, choose a piece that is under 1500 words.

    Location: Headquarters
Saturday May 21, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Meet the Author: Troy Lewis Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Troy Lewis, author of the book Gas Money, will share slides and stories with the audience. Gas Money is a heartwarming, honest narrative that shows how the everyday people we come in contact with can shape our lives forever.  Packed with much humor, lots of inspiration and occasional sadness, the collection of true stories captures the perspective and imagination of a six-year-old black boy growing up in 1960s Virginia and his soul-searching journey over the next five decades. 

Gas Money takes the reader from one stop to the next on a trip that will leave you pondering the similar characters and circumstances that shaped your own life.

Troy Lewis was born and raised in the tiny town of Saluda, Virginia (where the population has doubled to 769 since his departure in 1974).  He currently resides in New Jersey and enjoys writing.  Gas Money is his first foray into the literary world.

Troy and his book, Gas Money, have been featured on C-SPAN Book TV, Steve Adubato's One-on-One PBS TV program, radio, various newspapers and a review in The Huffington Post.  Since the launch of his Gas Money book, Troy has had numerous public appearances and speaking engagements.  He is a dynamic speaker who shares his inspirational stories with schools, libraries, fund-raisers and book clubs.

    Location: Eastern Branch
 
lib_book_bunch1 3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Arabic Language Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Mrs. Manal Stephan will lead a discussion on  The Road  by Naguib Mahfouz.

Part of the award-winning series: Literature of World Languages: A Public Forum for Multilingual Book Discussions.

Books are read and discussed in Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Russian and Spanish languages.

Books are available at LIbrary Headquarters' Circulation Desk.

    Location: Headquarters
Sunday May 22, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Russian Language Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Ulyana Solomko leads us in a disuccussion on Tale of Chipollino by Gianni Rodari

Part of the award-winning series: Literature of World Languages: A Public Forum for Multilingual Book Discussions.

Books are read and discussed in Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic, Italian, Russian and Spanish languages.

Books are available at LIbrary Headquarters' Circulation Desk.

    Location: Headquarters
Monday May 23, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Next Chapter Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Make friends, talk about books, and read and learn in a relaxed community setting.  The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers an opportunity for adults and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to participate in a weekly book club.  The group meets Mondays at 6:30 pm to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour. Books are provided by the library.

Space is limited; please register by calling Beth Miller at 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
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Wednesday May 25, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short 'N Sweet: A Short Story Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

Her Letters by Kate Chopin - An upper-class married woman tries to rid herself of a bundle of love letters before her death.  

Published April 11, 1895

    Location: Marlboro
 
anim_dog1 4:00 PM  -  4:45 PM Kids! Reading to a Certified Therapy Dog Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-222-5993   
   

Reading to a Certified Therapy Dog
Grades K and up
Wednesday, May 25 at 4:00 pm
Improve your reading skills and make a
new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog.

    Location: West Long Branch
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Women of Words Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Contact:  732-938-2300

The book club meets every 4th Wednesday of the month when the library is open, except November and December.

Join us as we discuss 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window  by Jonas Jonasson

Confined to a nursing home and about to turn 100, Allan Karlsson, who has a larger-than-life back story as an explosives expert, climbs out of the window in his slippers, and embarks on an unforgettable adventure involving thugs, a murderous elephant, and a very friendly hot dog stand operator.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk

 

    Location: Howell
Thursday May 26, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookpurple 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bookbites: A Book Club for Adults Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson

Once We Were Brothers is the compelling tale of two boys and a family that struggles to survive in war-torn Poland. It is also the story of a young lawyer weho must face not only a powerful adversary, but her own self-doubts. 

Two lives, two worlds, and sixty years all on course to collide in a fast-paced legal thriller. 

    Location: Hazlet
Friday May 27, 2016 Go To Top
ent_filmproj 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Books 2 Blockbusters Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Set during the waning days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic in 1960, this extraordinary novel tells the story the Mirabal sisters, three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands. - Goodreads

    Location: Headquarters
 
lib_book_bunch1 10:30 AM  -  1:00 PM Hebrew Language Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

 

Moderator Dr. Nelly Segal will lead a discussion on Bridegroom of Blood by Hazaz, Haim.

Part of the award-winning series: Literature of World Languages: A Public Forum for Multilingual Book Discussions.
Books are read and discussed in Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic, Italian, Russian and Spanish languages.

Books are available at LIbrary Headquarters' Circulation Desk.

    Location: Headquarters
Wednesday June 1, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner’s masterpiece, The Sound and the Fury, tells the story of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature in a unique narrative style. This book is considered one of the greatest novels of the 20th century.
 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
Thursday June 2, 2016 Go To Top
ent_manga_girl.GIF 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Author to Speak @ the Atlantic Highlands Library Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-291-1956   
   

Teresa  Irizarry, the author of the book Rekindled will be at the Atlantic Highlands Library to discuss her book, as well as her journey in becoming an author.  Rekindled is a historical novel highly recommended by Blue Ink for the readers of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Geraldine Brooks' Caleb's Crossing.  Incidentally, two of Rekindled’s characters are the grandparents of a figure in Stacy Schiff's The Witches: Salem 1692, Cotton Mather.  Additional questions, please contact the Library.
 

    Location: Atlantic Highlands
Sunday June 5, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Meet the Author: Mary Lou Irace Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Local author Mary Lou Irace will do a reading, presentation and signing of her new book.  Out of My Dreams is a story of love, loss, and the things we leave behind. A chance encounter on a city street forces Tara Fitzpatrick to examine her life where she will stumble upon a family secret, find love, and discover the power of human connections.

The 28 year-old computer research analyst prefers logical solutions to problems. So when her mundane life is turned upside down after her hometown is devastated by the act of a deranged man, Tara embarks on a quest to discover why a series of unexplained events are happening to her.

Are unresolved issues from her childhood to blame or is a man from her past attempting to send messages through her to his grieving wife? While questioning what is real or imagined, Tara’s journey will open her mind as well as her heart and a surprising discovery will come to light in a place Tara could have never predicted herself. All she has to do is pay attention to the signs.

Author Mary Lou Irace is a former college administrator who earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology at Rosemont College and a Master of Science in Education at Monmouth University.  After raising a family, she decided to start a new career as an author.  This is her first novel.  She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.

    Location: Eastern Branch
Monday June 6, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Next Chapter Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Make friends, talk about books, and read and learn in a relaxed community setting.  The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers an opportunity for adults and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to participate in a weekly book club.  The group meets Mondays at 6:30 pm to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour. Books are provided by the library.

Space is limited; please register by calling Beth Miller at 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
Tuesday June 7, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book3 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

In 1919, Rachel Rabinowitz is a vivacious four-year-old living with her family in a crowded tenement on New York City’s Lower Eastside. When tragedy strikes, Rachel is separated from her brother Sam and sent to a Jewish orphanage where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research. Subjected to X-ray treatments that leave her disfigured, Rachel suffers years of cruel harassment from the other orphans. But when she turns fifteen, she runs away to Colorado hoping to find the brother she lost and discovers a family she never knew she had.

Though Rachel believes she’s shut out her painful childhood memories, years later she is confronted with her dark past when she becomes a nurse at Manhattan’s Old Hebrews Home and her patient is none other than the elderly, cancer-stricken Dr. Solomon. Rachel becomes obsessed with making Dr. Solomon acknowledge, and pay for, her wrongdoing. But each passing hour Rachel spends with the old doctor reveal to Rachel the complexities of her own nature. She realizes that a person’s fate—to be one who inflicts harm or one who heals—is not always set in stone.

This book discussion will be moderated by Colts Neck Librarian Stephanie Laurino. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend, however registration is preferred. Stop by or call the library to reserve your copy of the book today.

    Location: Colts Neck
 
lib_bookflipping 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Book Discussion: The Beekeeper's Lament by Hannah Nordhaus Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honeybees Feed America

Recounts the experience of John Miller, one of the country’s foremost migratory beekeepers, who, despite mysterious epidemics that threaten the American honeybee population – and the nation’s agribusiness – forges on and moves ahead in a new natural world.

Copies are available at the Circulation Desk

    Location: Ocean Township
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Thursday June 9, 2016 Go To Top
rec_swords.GIF 7:00 PM  -  8:20 PM OUTLANDER Book & Series Discussion Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220 x7222   
   

Outlander Book Series is multi-categorical:  Historical Fiction. Men in Kilts. Romance. Adventure. Mystery. SciFi. You may know and love the television series in which a determined heroine falls back in time to 18th Century Scotland. Now, dive into the books themselves and join our Outlander Book & Discussion Series.  

Continuing with Author Diana Gabaldon's second Outlander book, Dragonfly in Amber Outlander, the group will share your thoughts, questions, and feelings about this multi-genre, epic work - and maybe even a few words about the show. You may love it, ya ken.

Please check with our Circulation staff as a limited number of books are available.

 

    Location: Headquarters
       
 
lib_book3 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

In 1919, Rachel Rabinowitz is a vivacious four-year-old living with her family in a crowded tenement on New York City’s Lower Eastside. When tragedy strikes, Rachel is separated from her brother Sam and sent to a Jewish orphanage where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research. Subjected to X-ray treatments that leave her disfigured, Rachel suffers years of cruel harassment from the other orphans. But when she turns fifteen, she runs away to Colorado hoping to find the brother she lost and discovers a family she never knew she had.

Though Rachel believes she’s shut out her painful childhood memories, years later she is confronted with her dark past when she becomes a nurse at Manhattan’s Old Hebrews Home and her patient is none other than the elderly, cancer-stricken Dr. Solomon. Rachel becomes obsessed with making Dr. Solomon acknowledge, and pay for, her wrongdoing. But each passing hour Rachel spends with the old doctor reveal to Rachel the complexities of her own nature. She realizes that a person’s fate—to be one who inflicts harm or one who heals—is not always set in stone.

This book discussion will be moderated by Colts Neck Librarian Stephanie Laurino. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend, however registration is preferred. Stop by or call the library to reserve your copy of the book today.

    Location: Colts Neck
Monday June 13, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Next Chapter Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Make friends, talk about books, and read and learn in a relaxed community setting.  The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers an opportunity for adults and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to participate in a weekly book club.  The group meets Mondays at 6:30 pm to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour. Books are provided by the library.

Space is limited; please register by calling Beth Miller at 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
Thursday June 16, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Senior Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Contact:  732-938-2300

Seniors are invited to join this book discussion club which meets every third Thursday of the month.

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs                   

A heartfelt, and riveting biography of the short life of a talented young African-American man who escapes the slums of Newark for Yale University. 

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Howell
 
lib_book_red 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 X7222   
   

This acclaimed book by first-time author Atticus Lish tells the story of Zou Lei, orphan of the desert, who migrates to work in America and finds herself slaving in New York's kitchens. She falls in love with a young man whose heart has been broken in another desert. A new life may be possible if together they can survive homelessness, lockup, and the young man's nightmares, which may be more prophecy than madness. 

    Location: Headquarters
 
lib_bookflipping 3:00 PM Wall Book Club: Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

This true story describes the work of an English professor who taught Shakespeare in a prison for ten years and became an important influence on one prisoner, Larry Newton, who is serving a life sentence without parole.

    Location: Wall Township
 
z_cust_dfl_open_book 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Poetry Night @ the Atlantic Highlands Library Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-291-1956   
   

Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare, the Dead Beat Poets Society will be performing a stage reading of the following play: A Midsummer Night's Dream.  All are welcome to participate.  Please Bring Your Own Book.  Reservations are required.  Please contact the Library.

    Location: Atlantic Highlands
Monday June 20, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Next Chapter Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Make friends, talk about books, and read and learn in a relaxed community setting.  The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers an opportunity for adults and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to participate in a weekly book club.  The group meets Mondays at 6:30 pm to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour. Books are provided by the library.

Space is limited; please register by calling Beth Miller at 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
Tuesday June 21, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Discussion: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Elfrieda, a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, and happily married: she wants to die.  Yolandi, divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men as she tries to find true love: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive.  But Elf's latest suicide attempt is a shock: she is three weeks away from the opening of her highly anticipated international tour.  Can she be nursed back to "health" in time?  Does it matter?  As the situation becomes ever more complicated, Yoli faces the most terrifying decision of her life. 

    Location: Eastern Branch
 
lib_book3 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Telling Tales - An Adult Short Story Program Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: V. Stevens   732-431-7220   
   

"A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor

The Sounds of the South

Flannery O'Connor is seen by 21st century critics as one of the most significant American fiction writers of the last century and a master of short fiction. Her writing is distinguished by a striking mix of humor, violence, and religious themes. 

"A Good Man is Hard to Find" is O'Connor's most famous story. In it, a grandmother, her son Bailey, and his family plan a short vacation to Florida. However, the unnamed grandmother would rather go to Tennessee. She uses news of the Florida escape of a notorious killer, the Misfit, to try to get her way, but fails. The grandmother's attempt to manipulate her son, her insistence on dressing well so that people will know she is a lady, and her superficial interactions with her grandchildren are quite funny, but also reveal the woman's pride, pettiness, and self-centeredness. 

    Location: Headquarters
Wednesday June 22, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Book Discussion: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Elfrieda, a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, and happily married: she wants to die.  Yolandi, divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men as she tries to find true love: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive.  But Elf's latest suicide attempt is a shock: she is three weeks away from the opening of her highly anticipated international tour.  Can she be nursed back to "health" in time?  Does it matter?  As the situation becomes ever more complicated, Yoli faces the most terrifying decision of her life. 

    Location: Eastern Branch
 
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Book Discussion: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Elfrieda, a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, and happily married: she wants to die.  Yolandi, divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men as she tries to find true love: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive.  But Elf's latest suicide attempt is a shock: she is three weeks away from the opening of her highly anticipated international tour.  Can she be nursed back to "health" in time?  Does it matter?  As the situation becomes ever more complicated, Yoli faces the most terrifying decision of her life. 

    Location: Eastern Branch
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misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Women of Words Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Contact:  732-938-2300

The book club meets every 4th Wednesday of the month when the library is open, except November and December.

Join us as we discuss Faith Club  by Ranya Idliby

Traces how three American women of different faiths worked together to understand one another while identifying the connections between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and openly discussing the issues that divided them.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk

    Location: Howell
Thursday June 23, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookpurple 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bookbites: A Book Club for Adults Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill 

Kidnapped from Africa as a child, Aminata Diallo is enslaved in South Carolina but escapes during the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan she becomes a scribe for the British, recording the names of blacks who have served the King and earned their freedom in Nova Scotia. But the hardship and prejudice of the new colony prompt her to follow her heart back to Africa, then on to London, where she bears witness to the injustices of slavery and its toll on her life and a whole people.

    Location: Hazlet
Monday June 27, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Next Chapter Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Make friends, talk about books, and read and learn in a relaxed community setting.  The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers an opportunity for adults and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to participate in a weekly book club.  The group meets Mondays at 6:30 pm to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour. Books are provided by the library.

Space is limited; please register by calling Beth Miller at 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
Wednesday June 29, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short 'N Sweet: A Short Story Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

Eveline by James Joyce - Will a young woman’s only chance for love be foreshadowed by a family promise?

Published in 1904

    Location: Marlboro
Wednesday July 6, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

The Promise: A Novel
By Ann Weisgarber 

In this work of historical fiction, Catherine Wainwright flees Dayton, Ohio, in the wake of a terrible scandal and agrees to marry a recently widowed, childhood admirer on Galveston Island, Texas. Catherine’s sudden arrival comes as a great shock to the household. As relationships begin to be revealed, the most powerful hurricane in Texas history descends upon the island.

 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
Wednesday July 27, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Women of Words Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Contact:  732-938-2300

The book club meets every 4th Wednesday of the month when the library is open, except November and December.

Join us as we discuss End of Your Life Book Club  by Will Schwalbe

The inspiring story of a son and his dying mother, who form a "book club" that brings them together as her life comes to a close.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk

    Location: Howell
Wednesday August 10, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

AUTHOR CALL-IN

A Reunion of Ghosts: A Novel
 By Judith Claire Mitchel

A National Jewish Book Award finalist,  three damaged but witty sisters who share an apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side—decide it’s time to close the circle of the family curse which stretches back a century to their great-grandfather, a brilliant scientist whose professional triumph became a terrible legacy. A Reunion of Ghosts is the final chapter in the lives of these three women, one that is intertwined with the story of the 20th century itself.

 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
Wednesday August 24, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Women of Words Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Contact:  732-938-2300

The book club meets every 4th Wednesday of the month when the library is open, except November and December.

Join us as we discuss Ship of Brides  by Jojo Moyes

A post-WWII story of the war brides who crossed the seas by the thousands to face their unknown futures in 1946. World War II has ended and all over the world, young women are beginning to fulfill the promises made to the men they wed in wartime.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk

    Location: Howell
Friday September 9, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 10:30 AM  -  1:00 PM Hebrew Language Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Dr. Nelly Segal will lead a discussion on Ana Min Al-Yahud by Almog Behar.

Part of the award-winning series: Literature of World Languages: A Public Forum for Multilingual Book Discussions.

Books are read and discussed in Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, Russian and Spanish languages.

Books are available at LIbrary Headquarters' Circulation Desk.

    Location: Headquarters
Saturday September 10, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Chinese Language Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Dr. Pen Chiang will lead a discussion on Big Data by Professor Victor Mayer-Schonberger.

Part of the award-winning series: Literature of World Languages: A Public Forum for Multilingual Book Discussions.
Books are read and discussed in Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic, Italian, Russian and Spanish languages.

Books are available at LIbrary Headquarters' Circulation Desk.

    Location: Headquarters
Wednesday September 21, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short 'N Sweet: A Short Story Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

A Dead Woman’s Secret by Guy de Maupassant - Is it possible to grieve after a devastating secret is revealed?

Publication date: Circa 1885

    Location: Marlboro
Wednesday September 28, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Women of Words Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Contact:  732-938-2300

The library meets every 4th Wednesday of the month when the library is open, except for November and December.

Join us as we discuss This Beautiful Life  by Helen Schulman

This is a powerful exploration of the blurring boundaries of privacy and the fragility of self, a tour de force of modern life that will have readers debating their assumptions about family, morality, and the sacrifices and choices we make in the name of love.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk

 

    Location: Howell
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Saturday October 15, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Arabic Language Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Mrs. Manal Stephan will lead a discussion on Spirits Rebellious by Gibran Kahlil Gibran

Part of the award-winning series: Literature of World Languages: A Public Forum for Multilingual Book Discussions.

Books are read and discussed in Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic, Italian, Russian and Spanish languages.

Books are available at LIbrary Headquarters' Circulation Desk.

    Location: Headquarters
Sunday October 16, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Russian Language Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Mrs. Ulyana Solomko will lead a discussion on Emil Lonneberga by Astrid Lindgren

Part of the award-winning series: Literature of World Languages: A Public Forum for Multilingual Book Discussions.

Books are read and discussed in Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic, Italian, Russian and Spanish languages.

Books are available at LIbrary Headquarters' Circulation Desk.

    Location: Headquarters
Wednesday October 26, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Women of Words Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Contact:  732-938-2300

The book club meets every 4th Wednesday of the month when the library is open, except November and December.

Join us as we discuss Pearl That Broke Its Shell  by Nadia Hashimi

In Kabul in 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school and rarely leave the house, and their only hope lies in the ancient custom of "bacha posh," which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk

 

    Location: Howell
Sunday November 6, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Italian Language Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Mrs. Raffaella Weiner will lead a discussion on Heart by Edmondo De Amicis 

Part of the award-winning series: Literature of World Languages: A Public Forum for Multilingual Book Discussions.
Books are read and discussed in Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic, Italian, Russian and Spanish languages.

Books are available at LIbrary Headquarters' Circulation Desk.

    Location: Headquarters
Saturday November 12, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Spanish Language Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

 Moderator Vilma Firce will lead discussion of  El francotirador paciente (The Patient Sniper) Por/By Arturo Pérez-Reverte

Part of the award-winning series: Literature of World Languages: A Public Forum for Multilingual Book Discussions.

Books are read and discussed in Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic, Italian, Russian and Spanish languages.

Los libros están disponibles en el mostrador de circulación.Books are available at LIbrary Headquarters' Circulation Desk.

    Location: Headquarters
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