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Monday June 1, 2015 -  Thursday December 31, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping Book & Short Story Discussions; Author Talks! Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

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

Book Discussions    
Monday August 3, 2015 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 will meet on 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 August 4, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along the first-generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves.

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_book3 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Ocean Township Library Book Club (DATE HAS CHANGED to 8/11) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

The Maid's Version

Author:  Daniel Woodrell

In 1929, Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the maid for a prominent family in Missouri, chases down justice for her younger sister who was one of 42 people killed in a mysterious explosion at a local dance hall.

Copies of the book are available in the library.

Please note that the August discussion has been rescheduled from August 4 to August 11.

    Location: Ocean Township
Wednesday August 5, 2015 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   
   

Euphoria  by Lily King

One of the New York Times Book Reviews 10 Best Books of 2014, this story is set in New Guinea and is based on anthropologist Margaret Mead’s relationship with her second and third husbands, R.F. Fortune and Gregory Bateson, although author Lily King tinkers with the names and the outcomes in this atmospheric romantic fiction.

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
Thursday August 6, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along the first-generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves.

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 August 10, 2015 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 will meet on 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 August 11, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book3 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Ocean Township Library Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

The Maid's Version

Author:  Daniel Woodrell

In 1929, Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the maid for a prominent family in Missouri, chases down justice for her younger sister who was one of 42 people killed in a mysterious explosion at a local dance hall.

Copies of the book are available in the library.

 

    Location: Ocean Township
Monday August 17, 2015 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 will meet on 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 August 18, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Discussion: The Promise by Ann Weisgarber Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-81898   
   

In 1900, a talented pianist finds herself in a desperate situation and agrees to marry an acquaintance who is widowed and lives in Galveston, Texas.  

    Location: Eastern Branch
 
lib_bookpurple 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Telling Tales: An Adult Short Story Program Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 x722   
   

20 Under 40

Short Story Authors from the New Yorker Magazine

Haunting Olivia by Karen Russell

"Haunting Olivia" is the story of two brothers grieving for their lost sister by searching for whatever ghost or essence she may have left behind.

 

    Location: Headquarters
Wednesday August 19, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Book Discussion: The Promise by Ann Weisgarber Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-81898   
   

In 1900, a talented pianist finds herself in a desperate situation and agrees to marry an acquaintance who is widowed and lives in Galveston, Texas.  

    Location: Eastern Branch
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lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Book Discussion: The Promise by Ann Weisgarber Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-81898   
   

In 1900, a talented pianist finds herself in a desperate situation and agrees to marry an acquaintance who is widowed and lives in Galveston, Texas.  

    Location: Eastern Branch
Thursday August 20, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 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 Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty


Cecilia assumes she has a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband to be opened in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt.

Call the library for information 732-938-2300

Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk.

 

    Location: Howell
 
lib_book_pencil 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Family Life by Akhil Sharma Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

In his highly anticipated second novel, Family Life, Akhil Sharma delivers a story of astonishing intensity and emotional precision.

We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju play cricket in the streets, waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America. America to the Mishras is, indeed, everything they could have imagined and more: when automatic glass doors open before them, they feel that surely they must have been mistaken for somebody important. Pressing an elevator button and the elevator closing its doors and rising, they have a feeling of power at the fact that the elevator is obeying them. Life is extraordinary until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother severely brain-damaged and the other lost and virtually orphaned in a strange land. Ajay, the family’s younger son, prays to a God he envisions as Superman, longing to find his place amid the ruins of his family’s new life.

Heart-wrenching and darkly funny, Family Life is a universal story of a boy torn between duty and his own survival.

    Location: Headquarters
 
lib_bookflipping 3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Wall Book Club: The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

A historical novel from one of Britain’s most innovative writers of literary suspense, The Birth of Venus brings alive the history of Florence at its most dramatic period, telling an absorbing story of love, art, religion, and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, a heroine with the same vibrancy of spirit as her beloved city.

    Location: Wall Township
 
lib_book_signing 7:00 PM  -  8:25 PM The Monmouth 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 Monmouth 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 and bring ten copies to distribute so the group can read along.

    Location: Headquarters
Monday August 24, 2015 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 will meet on 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 August 26, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Women of Words Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

Join us as we discuss  Bellman & Black   by Diane Setterfield

William visits the grave of his wife and runs into the mysterious Mr. Black with whom he enters into a Faustian bargain saving his daughter and resulting in the development of a funeral emporium.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Howell
Thursday August 27, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bookbites: A Bookclub for Adults Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washinton's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans.  The sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936. 

 

    Location: Hazlet
 
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Evening Book Club: Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-291-1956   
   

Please view the link to the Atlantic Highlands Evening Book Club Blog    http://ahlebc.blogspot.com/

The book schedule for 2015 (dates and books) appears in the right hand column as you scroll down (underneath "Get Blog Updates Via Email!")

If you have any further questions, please contact the Atlantic Highlands Branch.

 

    Location: Atlantic Highlands
Monday August 31, 2015 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 will meet on 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 September 1, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book3 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Ocean Township Library Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

A Thousand Acres

Author:  Jane Smiley

A successful Iowa farmer decides to divide his farm among his three daughters.  When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will.  This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes long-suppressed emotions.

Copies of the book are available in the library.

    Location: Ocean Township
Tuesday September 8, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.

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
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Wednesday September 9, 2015 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   
   

Rooftops of  Tehran: A Novel by  Mahbod Seraji


 Life looks pretty good to 17-year-old Pasha Shahed and his friend Ahmed from the rooftops of Tehran in 1973 in this debut novel by Mahbod Serajii. Pasha, the novel’s narrator focuses on two key periods in his life: the summer and fall of 1973, when his life is going rather well, and the winter of 1974, when he’s incarcerated in a grim psychiatric hospital. This coming- of- age novel examines the human cost of political repression.

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
Thursday September 10, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.

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
Saturday September 12, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book_signing 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM From Heart to Head to Poem and Back: A Poetry Writing Workshop Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

“Poetry is an emotion that has found its thought and that thought has found words.” Robert Frost

Perhaps you have written many poems. Perhaps just a few. Perhaps somewhere in between. In any case, we invite you to a poetry writing workshop where you will receive inspiration, encouragement, and the joy of interacting with other poets. You will also have fun as you hone your craft and treat your inner muse to an enjoyable afternoon.

The facilitators are Evelyn Hampton and Flora Higgins. Evelyn grew up on a farm in Colts Neck and in rural Tinton Falls, where she acquired a great appreciation and reverence for the peaceful beauty of nature and the comfort of small-town living in an era of bygone simplicity.  She is inspired to take pen to paper by everyday living and the restorative power of music, poetry, and human connections. She's been published in the Monmouth Review, served several terms as an advisor and Open Mic judge, and also participated in the Long Branch Poetry Festival.  Everything is a story, unless, of course, it’s a poem. - EMH

Flora Higgins has organized poetry readings at the Newark Public Library and the Monmouth County Library. Retired from full time librarianship, she now teaches English at Brookdale Community College and works part time at Bankier Library at Brookdale, and the Monmouth County Library in Manalapan. She teaches Classical Literature at SCAN and tutors several students privately. Her poetry has been published in Still Crazy, Shepard, The Asbury Park Press, The Newark Review, Spouts, and a few collegiate literary journals.

Registration is not needed for this program.

    Location: Colts Neck
 
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   
   

Today our moderator, Mrs. Pinkie Wu, will lead A Discussion on Yan Geling's Novels.

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

Today our moderator, Ragini Chaturvedi, will lead A Discussion on Dating & Marriage Tension in Indo-American Homes.

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
Thursday September 17, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 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 Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner


The Compson family tragedy features some of the most memorable characters in literature. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character's voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner's masterpiece and one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

Call the library for information 732-938-2300

Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk.

 

    Location: Howell
 
lib_book_pencil 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Book Discussion: Redeployment by Phil Klay Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732 431 7220 x7222   
   

From former marine captain and Iraq veteran Phil Klay, a brilliant and hard-hitting collection focusing on the complexities of  life for soldiers on the front lines and after. Phil Klay’s Redeployment takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing. Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

Books will be available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Headquarters
 
lib_bookflipping 3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Wall Book Club: No Ordinary Time: Home Front in World War II, Part I by Doris Kearns Goodwin Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History, No Ordinary Time is a monumental work, a brilliantly conceived chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United States.
With an extraordinary collection of details, Goodwin masterfully weaves together a striking number of story lines—Eleanor and Franklin’s marriage and remarkable partnership, Eleanor’s life as First Lady, and FDR’s White House and its impact on America as well as on a world at war. Goodwin effectively melds these details and stories into an unforgettable and intimate portrait of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt and of the time during which a new, modern America was born. 

Due to the number of pages, the Wall Book Club will be reading the first half of this book in September and the second half in October.*
 

    Location: Wall Township
 
lib_book_signing 7:00 PM  -  8:25 PM The Monmouth 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 Monmouth 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 and bring ten copies to distribute so the group can read along.

    Location: Headquarters
Friday September 18, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Hebrew Language Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Today, we will discuss Favours and Pleasures by Noa Yedlin with Moderator Dr. Nelly Segal

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
Thursday September 24, 2015 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   
   

The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes

The year is 1946 and all over the world, young women are crossing the seas in the thousands en route to the men they married in wartime - an unknown future.  In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other brides on an extraordinary voyage to England, aboard the HMS Victoria, which also carries not just arms and aircraft but 1,000 naval officers and men.  Rules of honor, duty, and separation are stricly enforced, from the aircraft carrier's captain down to the lowliest young stoker.  But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined in ways the Navy could never have imagined.   

    Location: Hazlet
 
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Evening Book Club: Middletown, America by Gail Sheehy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-291-1956   
   

Please view the link to the Atlantic Highlands Evening Book Club Blog    http://ahlebc.blogspot.com/

The book schedule for 2015 (dates and books) appears in the right hand column as you scroll down (underneath "Get Blog Updates Via Email!")

If you have any further questions, please contact the Atlantic Highlands Branch.

 

    Location: Atlantic Highlands
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Friday September 25, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Books 2 Blockbusters Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
   

Join us as we discuss popular books that have been made into a film and will be coming to a theater near you!

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen.  At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein.  Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts, but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness.  Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frnakenstein.

    Location: Headquarters
Tuesday September 29, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookpurple 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Telling Tales: An Adult Short Story Program Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
   

20 Under 40

Short Story Authors from The New Yorker Magazine

September 29th

An Honest Exit by Dinaw Mengestu

The story is told in the first person by a professor of English who father fled Ethiopia for America.  The teacher in the story sees the irony in his teaching English literature and composition to young Americans.  He seems a decent enough teacher but his connection to his students has always been just professional.  Then one day he begins to tell his students the story of how his father left Ethiopia for Sudan and ended up years later in America.

    Location: Headquarters
Wednesday September 30, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Women of Words Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

Join us as we discuss  Fault In Our Stars  by John Green   

At 16, Hazel Grace Lancaster, a three-year stage IV-cancer survivor, is clinically depressed. Her doctor sends her to a weekly support group where she meets Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer survivor, and the two fall in love.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Howell
Sunday October 4, 2015 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   
   

Today, Moderator Ulyana Solomko lead the discussion on Y.Tomin's Carousels over the City

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
Tuesday October 6, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book3 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Ocean Township Library Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care 

Author:  Cris Beam

Who are the children of foster care? What, as a country, do we owe them? Cris Beam, a foster mother herself, spent five years imersed in the world of foster care looking into these questions an dtracing firsthand stories.

Copies of the book are available in the library.

    Location: Ocean Township
Wednesday October 14, 2015 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 Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936  Berlin Olympics  by Daniel James Brown

This is the true story of  nine young Americans (including coxswain Bob Moch) who made up the team in the Husky Clipper that would eventually edge to victory by six-tenths of a second ahead of the Italians in the Olympics at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
Thursday October 15, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 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.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles


In 1938, twenty-five-year- old Katey Kontent, armed with a formidable intellect, bracing wit, and cool nerve, embarks on a journey from a secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York City society in search of a brighter future.

Call the library for information 732-938-2300

Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk.

 

    Location: Howell
 
lib_bookflipping 3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Wall Book Club: No Ordinary Time: Home Front in World War II, Part II by Doris Kearns Goodwin Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History, No Ordinary Time is a monumental work, a brilliantly conceived chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United States.
With an extraordinary collection of details, Goodwin masterfully weaves together a striking number of story lines—Eleanor and Franklin’s marriage and remarkable partnership, Eleanor’s life as First Lady, and FDR’s White House and its impact on America as well as on a world at war. Goodwin effectively melds these details and stories into an unforgettable and intimate portrait of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt and of the time during which a new, modern America was born.

*  Due to the number of pages, the Wall Book Club will be reading the first half of this book in September and the second half in October.*
 

    Location: Wall Township
 
lib_book_signing 7:00 PM  -  8:25 PM The Monmouth 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 Monmouth 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 and bring ten copies to distribute so the group can read along.

    Location: Headquarters
Tuesday October 20, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book3 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Telling Tales - An Adult Short Story Program Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 x7222   
   

20 Under 40: Short Story Authors from The New Yorker Magazine

Gryphon by Charles Baxter

The story is set at School in rural Five Oaks, Michigan, where each day is much like another.  Soon, the routine is disrupted by a substitue teacher, Miss Ferenzi. Her manner of teaching is unusual as she tells marvelous stories instead of giving formal lessons.

    Location: Headquarters
Thursday October 22, 2015 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   
   

The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nexbit

The Wives of Los Alamos is a novel that sheds light onto one of the strangest amd most monumental research projects in modern history, and a testament to a remarkable group of women who carved out a life for themselves, in spite of the chaos of the war and the shroud of intense secrecy.

    Location: Hazlet
Sunday October 25, 2015 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: Reference Librarian   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Today, Moderator Raffaella Weiner leads the discussion on  Italo Calvino's Marcovaldo or Seasons in the City.             .

This book discussion is 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
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Wednesday October 28, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Women of Words Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

Join us as we discuss  First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom

Widower Sully Harding arrives back in his hometown of Coldwater, MI, just months before the mysterious phone calls start occurring. The calls, from deceased family members or acquaintances, are made to a few select members of this small community.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Howell
Thursday October 29, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Evening Book Club: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-291-1956   
   

Please view the link to the Atlantic Highlands Evening Book Club Blog    http://ahlebc.blogspot.com/

The book schedule for 2015 (dates and books) appears in the right hand column as you scroll down (underneath "Get Blog Updates Via Email!")

If you have any further questions, please contact the Atlantic Highlands Branch.

 

    Location: Atlantic Highlands
Friday October 30, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Books 2 Blockbusters Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
   

Join us as we discuss popular books that have been made into a film and will be coming to a theater near you!

Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Toibin

This latest from Tolbin (The Master) begins in the southwestern Ireland town of Enniscorthy during the early 1950's, where dutiful daughter, doting sister, and aspiring bookkeeper Eills Lacey lives with her mother and older sister, Rose.  Her brothers have long since left Ireland to seek work in England, and Eills herself soon departs for Brooklyn, NY.  Once there she attempts to master living and working in a strange land and to quell an acute and threatening loneliness.  Initially friendless and of few means, Eillis gradually embraces new freedoms.  She excels in work and school, falls in love, and begins to imagine a life in America.  When tragedy strikes in Enniscorthy, however, Eills returns to discover the hopes and aspirations once beyond her grasp are now hers for the taking.  Toibin conveys Eill's transformative struggles with an aching lyricism reminiscent of the mature Henry James and ultimately confers upon his readers a sort of grace that illuminates the opportunities for tenderness in our lives.

    Location: Headquarters
Monday November 2, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book3 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Ocean Township Library Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

The Intuitionist 

Author:  Colson Whitehead

This marvelously inventive, genre-bending, noir inflected novel, set in the curious world of elevator inspection, portrays a universe parallel to our own, where matters of morality, politics, and race reveal unexpected ironies.

Copies of the book are available in the library.

    Location: Ocean Township
Sunday November 8, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Spanish Language Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Reference Librarian   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Today's book discussion, The Carpenter's Pencil by Manuel Rivas  is 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
Tuesday November 17, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book3 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Telling Tales - An Adult Short Story Program Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
   

The American Embassy by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

20 Under 40

Short Story Authors from The New Yorker Magazine

In "The "American Embassy", a woman has lost her son to soldiers as a result of her journalist husband's anti-government article.  She is waiting in line at the U.S. embassy to seek political asylum in the U.S. While in line, she reminisces about her marriage, her son, and the events leading to her son's death.  When it finally comes time for her to be interviewed by a U.S. embassy employee, she is unable to recount the political events leading up to her son's death.  She feels she would be using her son's death to her own advantage.

    Location: Headquarters
Wednesday November 18, 2015 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   
   

Blazing World  by Siri Hustvedt

Named one of the New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books of the Year,  Publishers Weekly’s Best Fiction Books of 2014, NPR Best Books of 2014  and  Kirkus Reviews Best Literary Fiction Books of 2014, Siri Hustvedt tells the story of artist Harriet Burden, who, after years of having her work ignored, starts a scandal in New York’s art world when she recruits three young men to present her creations as their own.
 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
 
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Women of Words Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

Join us as we discuss  Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline 

Kline's latest novel weaves contemporary and historical fiction into a compelling story about loss, adaptability, and courage.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Howell
Thursday November 19, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 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.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin


Eilis Lacey emigrates from southwest Ireland to New York. She attempts to master living and working in a strange land and to quell an acute and threatening loneliness. Initially friendless and of few means, Eilis gradually embraces new freedoms, excels in work and school, and falls in love.

Call the library for information 732-938-2300

Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk.

 

    Location: Howell
 
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   
   

The Collector of Dying Breath. A Novel of Suspense by M.J.Rose

This mesmerizing gothic tale zigzags from the violent days of Catherine de Medici's court to twenty-first century France.  Fiery and lush, set against deep, wild forests and dimly lit chateaus, The Collector of Dying Breaths illuminates the true path to immortality: the legacies we leave behind, "Reincarnation, poison, magic, astrology and deft descriptions of the whys and wherefores of the facinating world of fragrances waft their way through this tale of greed, love lost and regained, and the passionate search for immortality in a lush story sure to please."-Historical Novel Society.

    Location: Hazlet
 
lib_bookflipping 3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Wall Book Club: Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel by Nancy Horan Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

From New York Times bestselling author of Loving Frank, comes her much-anticipated second novel, which tells the improbable love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny.

    Location: Wall Township
 
lib_book_signing 7:00 PM  -  8:25 PM The Monmouth 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 Monmouth 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 and bring ten copies to distribute so the group can read along.

    Location: Headquarters
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Tuesday December 1, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book3 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Ocean Township Library Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Everything I Never Told You

Author:  Celeste NG

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.... So begins the story of a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, the child who was to fulfill the dreams they themselves were not able to pursue.

Copies of the book are available in the library.

    Location: Ocean Township
Thursday December 3, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Evening Book Club: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-291-1956   
   

Please view the link to the Atlantic Highlands Evening Book Club Blog    http://ahlebc.blogspot.com/

The book schedule for 2015 (dates and books) appears in the right hand column as you scroll down (underneath "Get Blog Updates Via Email!")

If you have any further questions, please contact the Atlantic Highlands Branch.

 

    Location: Atlantic Highlands
Wednesday December 9, 2015 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 Rosie Project: A Novel  by Graeme Simsion

Brilliant but socially inept professor Don Tillman designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner. Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities he is looking for, but Don easily disqualifies her. He is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. Eventually Don is forced into the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.
 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
Tuesday December 15, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Telling Tales - An Adult Short Story Program Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
   

The Lost Order by Rivka Galchen

20 Under 40

Short Story Authors from the New Yorker Magazine

This short story is taken from the book: American Innovations. Characters in these stories all have dilemmas that hinge on misunderstanding, secrecy and the general perplexity and mortification of being a human.  In "The Lost Order", an out-of-work lawyer, prone to idle fantasy and introspection, halfheartedly ventures out to find her husband's lost wedding ring.

    Location: Headquarters
 
lib_bookpurple 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Telling Tales:An Adult Short Story Program Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
    Location: Headquarters
Thursday December 17, 2015 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 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 Memory of Running   by Ron McLarty


Smithy Ide is a really nice guy, but he's also an overweight, friendless, womanless, hard-drinking, 43-year-old self-professed loser with a dead-end job.  When Smithy's entire family dies, he embarks on a transcontinental bicycle trip to recover his sister's body and rediscover what it means to live.

Call the library for information 732-938-2300

Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk.

 

    Location: Howell
 
lib_book_signing 7:00 PM  -  8:25 PM The Monmouth 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 Monmouth 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 and bring ten copies to distribute so the group can read along.

    Location: Headquarters
Thursday January 21, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Wall Book Club: All the Light We Cannot See by Antony Doerr Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

A blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is a deeply moving novel from an award-winning writer.

    Location: Wall Township
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