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Monday August 29, 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 September 6, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book3 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

At the age of thirty-five, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne has left her philandering husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium—with her three children and nanny in tow—to study art. It is a chance for this adventurous woman to start over, to make a better life for all of them, and to pursue her own desires.  Not long after her arrival, however, tragedy strikes, and Fanny and her children repair to a quiet artists’ colony in France where she can recuperate. Emerging from a deep sorrow, she meets a lively Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson, ten years her junior, who falls instantly in love with the earthy, independent, and opinionated “belle Americaine.”
           
Fanny does not immediately take to the slender young lawyer who longs to devote his life to writing—and who would eventually pen such classics as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In time, though, she succumbs to Stevenson’s charms, and the two begin a fierce love affair—marked by intense joy and harrowing darkness—that spans the decades and the globe. The shared life of these two strong-willed individuals unfolds into an adventure as impassioned and unpredictable as any of Stevenson’s own unforgettable tales.

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 House at Riverton by Kate Morton Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

This debut page-turner from Australian Morton recounts the crumbling of a prominent British family as seen through the eyes of one of its servants. At 14, Grace leaves home to work for her mother's former employers at Riverton House. She observes their comings and goings and is privy to the secrets she will spend "a lifetime pretending to forget." But when a filmmaker working on a movie about the family contacts 98-year-old Grace to fact-check particulars, the memories come swirling back.

    Location: Ocean Township
Thursday September 8, 2016 Go To Top
rec_swords.GIF 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER Book and 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: Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

At the age of thirty-five, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne has left her philandering husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium—with her three children and nanny in tow—to study art. It is a chance for this adventurous woman to start over, to make a better life for all of them, and to pursue her own desires.  Not long after her arrival, however, tragedy strikes, and Fanny and her children repair to a quiet artists’ colony in France where she can recuperate. Emerging from a deep sorrow, she meets a lively Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson, ten years her junior, who falls instantly in love with the earthy, independent, and opinionated “belle Americaine.”
           
Fanny does not immediately take to the slender young lawyer who longs to devote his life to writing—and who would eventually pen such classics as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In time, though, she succumbs to Stevenson’s charms, and the two begin a fierce love affair—marked by intense joy and harrowing darkness—that spans the decades and the globe. The shared life of these two strong-willed individuals unfolds into an adventure as impassioned and unpredictable as any of Stevenson’s own unforgettable tales.

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
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
Monday September 12, 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 September 14, 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   
   

   Dictionary of Mutual Understanding: A novel
                         By Jackie Copleton 
 

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 40 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.

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
Thursday September 15, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Senior Book Club: H is for Hawk Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

Helen MacDonald’s story of adopting and raising one of nature’s most vicious predators has soared into the hearts of readers worldwide. Fierce and feral, her goshawk Mabel’s temperament mirrors Helen’s own state of grief after her father’s death.  Together, raptor and human “discover the pain and beauty of being alive” (People).

    Location: Howell
 
lib_book_pencil 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Book Discussion:The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220x7222   
   

A profound, startling, and beautifully crafted debut novel, The Sympathizer is the story of a man of two minds, someone whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties. In dialogue with but diametrically opposed to the narratives of the Vietnam War that have preceded it, this novel offers an important and unfamiliar new perspective on the war: that of a conflicted communist sympathizer. 

It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong. The Sympathizer is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s astonishing novel takes us inside the mind of this double agent, a man whose lofty ideals necessitate his betrayal of the people closest to him. A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today. 

    Location: Headquarters
 
lib_book3 3:00 PM Wall Book Club: Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Carrying Albert Home: the Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator

Elsie Lavendar and Homer Hickam (the father of the author) were high school classmates in the West Virginia coalfields, when Homer asks for her hand in marriage, she heads for Orlando where she meets Buddy Ebsen. Elsie returns home to marry Homer after Buddy leaves for New York. Elsie is reminded of her carefree days with Buddy because of his unusual wedding gift: an alligator named Albert she raised in the only bathroom in the house.  When Albert scared Homerr by grabbing his pants, he give Elsie an ultimatum:? Me or that alligator!?

    Location: Wall Township
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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
Sunday September 18, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book_quill 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Encontrado en la Traducción: Celebrando Poesía en Español e Inglés Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

En honor del Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana la Biblioteca del Condado de Monmouth presenta un programa de poesía bilingüe. Participe en una lectura de poemas escritos en español y traducidos al inglés.  Los poemas serán leídos en los dos idiomas.  También se explorará las dificultades que aparecen durante el proceso de traducción.  Se invita al público a traer sus propios poemas originales o poemas favoritos en español, y también la traducción en inglés.

Los poemas serán leidos en español por Sue Bove y Norma WokasLos poemas serán leidos en inglés por Flora Higgins y Evelyn Hampton.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
 
lib_book_quill 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Found in Translation: Celebrating Poetry in Spanish & English Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Found in Translation: Celebrating Poetry in Spanish & English

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Monmouth County Library is presenting a bilingual poetry program. Please join us for a reading of poems written in Spanish and translated into English. All 

poems will be read in the two languages. We will also explore the challenges of the translation process. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own work or a favorite Spanish language poem and its translation.

Poems in Spanish will be read by Sue Bove and Norma Wokas.  Poems in English will be read by Flora Higgins and Evelyn Hampton

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
Monday September 19, 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 September 20, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Discussion: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

Upon arriving at Yale, Jeff Hobbs became fast friends with the man who would be his roommate for four years.  Robert Peace's life had been rough, living in poverty with his mother in 1980s Neward, his father in jail.  But he was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier.  It didn't. In an honest rendering of Robert's relationships in two fiercely insular worlds, Hobbs encompasses the most enduring conflicts in America.    

    Location: Eastern Branch
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
 
lib_bookflipping 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Book Discussion: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

Upon arriving at Yale, Jeff Hobbs became fast friends with the man who would be his roommate for four years.  Robert Peace's life had been rough, living in poverty with his mother in 1980s Neward, his father in jail.  But he was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier.  It didn't. In an honest rendering of Robert's relationships in two fiercely insular worlds, Hobbs encompasses the most enduring conflicts in America.    

    Location: Eastern Branch
 
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Book Discussion: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

Upon arriving at Yale, Jeff Hobbs became fast friends with the man who would be his roommate for four years.  Robert Peace's life had been rough, living in poverty with his mother in 1980s Neward, his father in jail.  But he was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier.  It didn't. In an honest rendering of Robert's relationships in two fiercely insular worlds, Hobbs encompasses the most enduring conflicts in America.    

    Location: Eastern Branch
Thursday September 22, 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   
   

Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache#1) by Louise Penny

Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal and yet a world away.  Jane Neal, a long-time resident of Three Pines, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul this holiday season...and is soon certain that Jane died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

 

 

 

    Location: Hazlet
 
misc_smiley 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   
   

Author, Guy Cash Fleming, will be at the Atlantic Highlands Library to share his book For the LOVE of Sea Glass - A Love Story.  He will be discussing his book as well as displaying the beautiful sea glass jewelry that he created.  All of his jewelry is made with genuine sea glass and Sterling silver.

Registration is Required.  Please contact the Atlantic Highlands Library.

 

 

    Location: Atlantic Highlands
Monday September 26, 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 September 27, 2016 Go To Top
lib_sherlock_holmes.GIF 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 x5487   
   

Crime and Mystery Short Stories

"Too Many Crooks" by Donald E. Westlake

"Too Many Crooks" features career criminal John Archibald Dortmunder, whose brillance at planning capers is only surpassed by his abundance of bad luck. 

 

    Location: Headquarters
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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
Monday October 3, 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 October 4, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book3 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Florence Gordon by Brian Morton Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

Meet Florence Gordon: blunt, brilliant, cantankerous and passionate, feminist icon to young women, invisible and underappreciated by most everyone else. At seventy-five, Florence has earned her right to set down the burdens of family and work and shape her legacy at long last. But just as she is beginning to write her long-deferred memoir, her son Daniel returns to New York from Seattle with his wife and daughter, and they embroil Florence in their dramas, clouding the clarity of her days with the frustrations of middle-age and the confusions of youth. And then there is her left foot, which is starting to drag.

With searing wit, sophisticated intelligence, and a tender respect for humanity in all its flaws, Brian Morton introduces a constellation of unforgettable characters. Chief among them, Florence, who can humble the fools surrounding her with one barbed line, but who eventually finds there are realities even she cannot outsmart. 

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
Thursday October 6, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book_signing 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Local Authors @ the Atlantic Highlands Library Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-291-1956   
   

Local authors, Leo Cervantes and Yolanda Navarra Fleming, will discuss and sign copies of their new book, Chilangos in the House: The True Story of a MexiCAN.   Side note: Leo Cervantes is the owner and chef of the popular restaurant Chilangos Mexican Restaurant in Highlands.  His book is an inspiration for anybody who is looking to achieve the American Dream. 

Please contact the Library for information.

 

    Location: Atlantic Highlands
 
lib_book3 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Florence Gordon by Brian Morton Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

Meet Florence Gordon: blunt, brilliant, cantankerous and passionate, feminist icon to young women, invisible and underappreciated by most everyone else. At seventy-five, Florence has earned her right to set down the burdens of family and work and shape her legacy at long last. But just as she is beginning to write her long-deferred memoir, her son Daniel returns to New York from Seattle with his wife and daughter, and they embroil Florence in their dramas, clouding the clarity of her days with the frustrations of middle-age and the confusions of youth. And then there is her left foot, which is starting to drag.

With searing wit, sophisticated intelligence, and a tender respect for humanity in all its flaws, Brian Morton introduces a constellation of unforgettable characters. Chief among them, Florence, who can humble the fools surrounding her with one barbed line, but who eventually finds there are realities even she cannot outsmart. 

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
Tuesday October 11, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Book Discussion: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Ove is a lovably miserable neighborhood curmudgeon. After his wife dies and he is forced to retire from his job, Ove decides he's ready to leave the world behind. But every time he tries to off himself, he's interrupted by his neighbors. Ove continuously pushes his demise from one day to the next, and, as time passes, these characters slowly weave themselves into his life, offering him a chance at rebirth.

    Location: Ocean Township
Thursday October 13, 2016 Go To Top
rec_swords.GIF 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER Book and 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_book_quill 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Book Signing Event Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-291-1956   
   

Author and Artist, Tova Navarra, will be at the Atlantic Highlands Library to discuss her book,
New Jersey Artists Through Time.  (For additional information, the artist’s book is on Amazon.)
Reservations are required.  Please contact the Atlantic Highlands Library.
 

    Location: Atlantic Highlands
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
Monday October 17, 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 October 18, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Discussion: Dietland by Sarai Walker Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you're fat, to be noticed is to be judged.  Or mocked.  Or worse.  With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girl's magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery.  Plum finds herself falling down a rabbit hole and into an underground community of women who live life on their own terms.  There Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with her past, her doubts, and the real costs of becoming beautiful.  As Plum grapples with her personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot.  The consequences are explosive. 

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
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lib_sherlock_holmes.GIF 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   
   

Crime and Mystery Short Stories

The Shoeshine Man's Regrets by Laura Lippman

Tess Monaghan and Whitney Talbot witness an altercation between a boorish restaurant patron and a shoeshine man.  When it is discovered that the mild mannered shoeshine man is wanted for a murder that occurred 40 years in the past, a friend of Tess's asks her to investigate and the case turns out to be full of surprises.

    Location: Headquarters
Wednesday October 19, 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 Wright Brothers

By David  McCullough

In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers’ story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.

  Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
 
lib_bookflipping 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Book Discussion: Dietland by Sarai Walker Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you're fat, to be noticed is to be judged.  Or mocked.  Or worse.  With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girl's magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery.  Plum finds herself falling down a rabbit hole and into an underground community of women who live life on their own terms.  There Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with her past, her doubts, and the real costs of becoming beautiful.  As Plum grapples with her personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot.  The consequences are explosive. 

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
 
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Book Discussion: Dietland by Sarai Walker Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you're fat, to be noticed is to be judged.  Or mocked.  Or worse.  With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girl's magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery.  Plum finds herself falling down a rabbit hole and into an underground community of women who live life on their own terms.  There Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with her past, her doubts, and the real costs of becoming beautiful.  As Plum grapples with her personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot.  The consequences are explosive. 

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
Thursday October 20, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Senior Book Club: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Harold Fry, recently retired, has his routine upset when one morning he receives a letter from a woman he hasn’t heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessey is in hospice and writing to say goodbye. In yachting shoes and a light coat, Harold is determined to walk the 600 miles to say goodbye to Queenie in person, believing Queenie will live as long as he walks.

    Location: Howell
 
lib_book3 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Thursday Morning Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732=431-7220 X7222   
   

There will be no meeting of the Thursday Morning Book Discussion in October.  The next meeting will be on November 17 when we will be discussing Half of a Yellow Sun.

    Location: Headquarters
 
lib_book3 3:00 PM Wall Book Club: When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Berkeley, California, 1942, a woman sees a sign in a post office window, returns to her house, and matter-of-factly begins to pack her family’s possessions. Like thousands of other Japanese Americans they have been reclassified, virtually overnight, as enemy aliens and are about to be uprooted from their homes and sent to a dusty internment camp in the Utah desert.

    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
Monday October 24, 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 October 26, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book3 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet: A Short Story Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

“The Yellow Wall-paper” (1892) by Charlotte Perkins Gillman

A woman confined to an upstairs bedroom of a summer home secretly journals her experience while her physician husband is convinced that she will quickly recuperate from what he considers a temporary illness.  

    Location: Marlboro
 
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
Thursday October 27, 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   
   

Arcadia by Lauren Groff

In the fields of western New York State in the 1970s, a few dozen idealists set out to live off the land, founding a commune centered on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House.  Arcadia follows this romantic utopian dream from its hopeful start through its heyday.

    Location: Hazlet
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Monday October 31, 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
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
Monday November 7, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book3 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Painter by Peter Heller Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

NOTE CHANGE IN DATE due to Election Day Holiday!

After having shot a man in a Santa Fe bar, the famous artist Jim Stegner served his time and has since struggled to manage the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him.  Now he lives a quiet life. . . until the day that he comes across a hunting guide beating a small horse, and a brutal act of new violence rips his quiet life right open. Pursued by men dead set on retribution, Jim is left with no choice but to return to New Mexico and the high-profile life he left behind, where he’ll reckon with past deeds and the dark shadows in his own heart.

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 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 November 10, 2016 Go To Top
rec_swords.GIF 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER Book and 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: The Painter by Peter Heller Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

After having shot a man in a Santa Fe bar, the famous artist Jim Stegner served his time and has since struggled to manage the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him.  Now he lives a quiet life. . . until the day that he comes across a hunting guide beating a small horse, and a brutal act of new violence rips his quiet life right open. Pursued by men dead set on retribution, Jim is left with no choice but to return to New Mexico and the high-profile life he left behind, where he’ll reckon with past deeds and the dark shadows in his own heart.

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 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
Monday November 14, 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 November 15, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Discussion: The Door by Magda Szabo Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

An unsettling exploration of the relationship between two very different women.  Magda is a writer, educated, married to an academic, public-spirited, with an on again-off again relationship with Hungary's Communist authorities.  Emerence is a peasant, illiterate, impassive, abrupt, and seemingly ageless.  She is Magda's housekeeper and she has taken control over Magda's household, becoming indispensable to her.  And Emerence, in her way, has come to depend on Magda.  They share a kind of love -- at least until Magda's long-sought success as a writer leads to a devastating revelation. 

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
 
lib_sherlock_holmes.GIF 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   
   

Crime and Mystery Short Stories

A Really BAD Day by Camilla Lackberg

A heart-rending story about bullying, where Patrik Hedstrom's unintentional interventions saves the day.

    Location: Headquarters
Wednesday November 16, 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   
   

A Confederacy of Dunces
By John Kennedy Toole

This 1981 Pulitzer Prize winning novel is set in New Orleans with a wild cast of characters including protagonist Ignatius J. Reilly and his mother; Miss Trixie, the octogenarian assistant accountant at Levi Pants; inept, wan Patrolman Mancuso; Darlene, the Bourbon Street stripper with a penchant for poultry; and Jones, in space-age dark glasses. The novel serves as an outlandish but believable tribute to a city defined by its parade of eccentric denizens. The novel is considered a comic masterpiece.

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
 
lib_bookflipping 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Book Discussion: The Door by Magda Szabo Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

An unsettling exploration of the relationship between two very different women.  Magda is a writer, educated, married to an academic, public-spirited, with an on again-off again relationship with Hungary's Communist authorities.  Emerence is a peasant, illiterate, impassive, abrupt, and seemingly ageless.  She is Magda's housekeeper and she has taken control over Magda's household, becoming indispensable to her.  And Emerence, in her way, has come to depend on Magda.  They share a kind of love -- at least until Magda's long-sought success as a writer leads to a devastating revelation. 

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
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lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Book Discussion: The Door by Magda Szabo Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

An unsettling exploration of the relationship between two very different women.  Magda is a writer, educated, married to an academic, public-spirited, with an on again-off again relationship with Hungary's Communist authorities.  Emerence is a peasant, illiterate, impassive, abrupt, and seemingly ageless.  She is Magda's housekeeper and she has taken control over Magda's household, becoming indispensable to her.  And Emerence, in her way, has come to depend on Magda.  They share a kind of love -- at least until Magda's long-sought success as a writer leads to a devastating revelation. 

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
Thursday November 17, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Senior Book Club: The Life We Bury Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

College student Joe Talbert has to interview and write a biography of a stranger for an English class. He heads to a nearby nursing home where he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe’s life is ever the same. As Joe writes about Carl’s life, especially Carl’s valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of Carl as a convict. Slowly, Joe unravels the story of Carl’s conviction.  Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late?

    Location: Howell
 
lib_book3 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Thursday Morning Discussion: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 X7225   
   

With astonishing empathy and the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie weaves together the lives of three characters swept up in the turbulence of the decade. Thirteen-year-old Ugwu is employed as a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal. Olanna is the professor’s beautiful mistress, who has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos for a dusty university town and the charisma of her new lover. And Richard is a shy young Englishman in thrall to Olanna’s twin sister, an enigmatic figure who refuses to belong to anyone. As Nigerian troops advance and they must run for their lives, their ideals are severely tested, as are their loyalties to one another.

Epic, ambitious, and triumphantly realized, Half of a Yellow Sun is a remarkable novel about moral responsibility, about the end of colonialism, about ethnic allegiances, about class and race—and the ways in which love can complicate them all.

Books will be distributed at the September meeting.  There will be no meeting in October.

    Location: Headquarters
 
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   
   

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. 

Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on years of uncompromising reporting, carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century's hidden worlds-and into the hearts of  families impossible to forget

    Location: Hazlet
 
lib_book3 3:00 PM Wall Book Club: The Promise by Ann Weisgarber Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

In 1900, a young pianist Catherine Wainwright flees the fashionable town of Dayton, Ohio, in the wake of a terrible scandal. Heartbroken and facing destitution, she finds herself striking up correspondence with a childhood admirer, the recently widowed Oscar Williams. In desperation she agrees to marry him, but when Catherine travels to Oscar's farm on Galveston Island, Texas, she finds she is little prepared for the life that awaits her.

    Location: Wall Township
Monday November 21, 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
Monday November 28, 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
Monday December 5, 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 December 6, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book3 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

Reclusive literary legend M. M. “Mimi” Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she’s flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies—with a few stipulations: No Ivy-Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids. Quiet, discreet, sane.
When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she’s put to work right away—as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer’s eccentric nine-year-old, a boy with the wit of Noel Coward, the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star, and very little in common with his fellow fourth-graders.
As she slowly gets to know Frank, Alice becomes consumed with finding out who Frank’s father is, how his gorgeous “piano teacher and itinerant male role model” Xander fits into the Banning family equation—and whether Mimi will ever finish that book.

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
Thursday December 8, 2016 Go To Top
rec_swords.GIF 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER Book and 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: Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

Reclusive literary legend M. M. “Mimi” Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she’s flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies—with a few stipulations: No Ivy-Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids. Quiet, discreet, sane.
 When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she’s put to work right away—as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer’s eccentric nine-year-old, a boy with the wit of Noel Coward, the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star, and very little in common with his fellow fourth-graders.
 As she slowly gets to know Frank, Alice becomes consumed with finding out who Frank’s father is, how his gorgeous “piano teacher and itinerant male role model” Xander fits into the Banning family equation—and whether Mimi will ever finish that book.

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 December 12, 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 December 14, 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   
   

Dietland
By Sarai Walker

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls’ magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. Only then can her true life as a thin person finally begin. Part coming-of-age story, part revenge fantasy, Dietland is a bold, original, and funny debut novel that takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight loss obsession—from the inside out, and with fists flying.

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
Thursday December 15, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Senior Book Club: Plainsong Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

A heartstrong story of family and romance, tribulation and tenacity, set on the High Plains east of Denver. From unsettled lives emerges a vision of life, and of the town and landscape that bind them together – their fates somehow overcoming the powerful circumstances of place and station, their confusion, curiosity, dignity and humor intact and resonant.

    Location: Howell
 
lib_book3 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Thursday Morning Book Club: The Dictionary of Mutual Understanding Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 Ext7225   
   

The Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton is a heart-wrenching debut novel of family, forgiveness, and the exquisite pain of love
 
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?

    Location: Headquarters
 
lib_book3 3:00 PM Wall Book Club: Fair Fight by Anna Freeman Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Enter the world of female pugilists and their patrons in the late eighteenth century Bristol, Ruth’s future looks bleak until she catches the eye of Mr. Dryer a rich Bristol merchant and enthusiast of the ring.  He trains Ruth to be a boxer; soon she rules the blood-spattered sawdust at the infamous Hatchet Inn. When Mr. Dryer takes an interest in training her husband Tom, it is Mr. Dryer’s wife who poses a proposition to Ruth.

 

    Location: Wall Township
Monday December 19, 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 December 20, 2016 Go To Top
lib_sherlock_holmes.GIF 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   
   

Crime and Mystery Short Stories

Delmonico by Daniel Handler

Delmonico is an artful variation on the "locked-room mystery" that pays homage to Hollywood noir.

 

    Location: Headquarters
Sunday January 1, 2017 -  Sunday December 31, 2017 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping Book and Short Story Discussions; Author Talks! Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Reference Staff   Your Branch   
   

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

Book Discussions    
    Location: All Branches
Wednesday January 25, 2017 Go To Top
lib_book3 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet: A Short Story Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

“A Pair of Silk Stockings” (1897) by Kate Chopin

A woman receives a small windfall and begins to struggle with how to spend it. 

    Location: Marlboro
Wednesday February 15, 2017 Go To Top
lib_book3 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet: A Short Story Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

“The New Dress” (1924) by Virginia Wolf

A middle-aged, lower-class woman is consumed by feelings of inferiority and inadequacy brought on by the new dress she wears to a high society evening party.

 

    Location: Marlboro
Wednesday March 22, 2017 Go To Top
lib_book3 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet: A Short Story Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

March 22

“The Hunger Artist” (1922) by Franz Kafka

An artist starves himself for extended periods of time for the amusement of audiences during a time when public fasting is out of fashion.

    Location: Marlboro
Wednesday April 26, 2017 Go To Top
lib_book3 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet: A Short Story Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

“The Doll's House” (1922) Katherine Mansfield

The Burnell family receives an elaborate doll house from a generous house guest, but when the girls decide to invite their friends over, they find themselves swept up by social trends.

    Location: Marlboro
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