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Tuesday September 2, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book3 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Ocean Township Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the curse that has haunted his family for generations.  Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize.

Copies of the book are available at the front desk.

    Location: Ocean Township
Friday September 5, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_bunch1 10:00 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 Love on the Shore by Michal Govrin 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.

    Location: Headquarters
Saturday September 6, 2014 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   
   

Today, we will discuss Li dai Huzu wangchao zhi minzu zhengce by Liu, Xueyao.  Our moderator will be Mrs. Susan Yeh.

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.

    Location: Headquarters
Tuesday September 9, 2014 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban’s backyard.

Anyone who despairs of the individual’s power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan’s treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five schools—especially for girls—that offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth. As it chronicles Mortenson’s quest, which has brought him into conflict with both enraged Islamists and uncomprehending Americans, Three Cups of Tea combines adventure with a celebration of the humanitarian spirit.

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
Wednesday September 10, 2014 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners: The Son by Philipp Meyer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, reviewers have called The Son, a contender for the great American novel.  The Son is a multigenerational story of power, blood, land, and oil that follows the rise of one Texas family, from  the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the to the oil booms of the 20th century.


Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
Thursday September 11, 2014 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban’s backyard.

Anyone who despairs of the individual’s power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan’s treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five schools—especially for girls—that offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth. As it chronicles Mortenson’s quest, which has brought him into conflict with both enraged Islamists and uncomprehending Americans, Three Cups of Tea combines adventure with a celebration of the humanitarian spirit.

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 13, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_signing 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Monmouth Writers Critique Sessions Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

Moderator: New Jersey author, Jon Gibbs

Useful feedback can go a long way to help you become a better writer, but how do you separate the helpful from the unhelpful? Join us for a series of monthly critique sessions. If you’d like to share your own work for constructive feedback, see www.monmouthwriters.com for details of what to expect, as well as format/printing instructions. Priority will be given to folks who follow the straightforward submission guidelines.  

Critique Sessions:  meet the 2nd Saturday, February - October

Call the library to register: 732-938-2300

www.monmouthwriters.com    
    Location: Howell
Tuesday September 16, 2014 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Discussion: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-81898   
   

Relegated to the status of schoolteacher and friendly neighbor after abandoning her dreams of becoming an artist, Nora advocates on behalf of a charismatic Lebanese student and is drawn into the child's family until his artist mother's careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal.

    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:    732-431-7200   
   

O. Henry Prize Stories

The next 4 sessions we will be sampling contemporary short stories that have all been selected as the The O. Henry Prize Stories.

Mermaids by Deborah Eisenberg

"Mermaids" uncovers the unseemly side of adult behavoir as viewd through the eyes of a child.

http://tinyurl.com/lpfvbxl

    Location: Headquarters
Wednesday September 17, 2014 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Book Discussion: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-81898   
   

Relegated to the status of schoolteacher and friendly neighbor after abandoning her dreams of becoming an artist, Nora advocates on behalf of a charismatic Lebanese student and is drawn into the child's family until his artist mother's careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal.

    Location: Eastern Branch
 
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 The Light Between Oceans by M.L.Stedman 

A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Howell
 
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Book Discussion: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-81898   
   

Relegated to the status of schoolteacher and friendly neighbor after abandoning her dreams of becoming an artist, Nora advocates on behalf of a charismatic Lebanese student and is drawn into the child's family until his artist mother's careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal.

    Location: Eastern Branch
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Thursday September 18, 2014 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.

Peace Pilgrim: walking her talk against hate – Merry Brennan 

Author Merry Brennan will lead the discussion of her biographical novel about a remarkable New Jersey woman who changed lives.

Imagine giving up everything you own and walking across the country … for 28 years? Welcome to the story of Mildred Lisette Norman, AKA Peace Pilgrim. She was born on a poultry farm in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey the oldest of three children from German immigrant parents. Starting in 1953, with only the clothes on her back and no money, she crossed the U.S. seven times on foot, spreading her message of peace in schools, churches, jails, truck stops or wherever the road took her. She lived off the land and the kindness of those she met. She slept outdoors, in bus stations, in parked cars and, once, on the front seat of a fire engine in Tombstone, Arizona. Whenever she ran into trouble – physical or verbal – her sole response was love. Peace Pilgrim touched tens of thousands of lives, one step at a time.

Call the library for information 732-938-2300

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

 

    Location: Howell
 
misc_new_jersey_350_green.GIF 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.

Peace Pilgrim: walking her talk against hate – Merry Brennan 

Author Merry Brennan will lead the discussion of her biographical novel about a remarkable New Jersey woman who changed lives.

Imagine giving up everything you own and walking across the country … for 28 years? Welcome to the story of Mildred Lisette Norman, AKA Peace Pilgrim. She was born on a poultry farm in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey the oldest of three children from German American family. Starting in 1953, with only the clothes on her back and no money, she crossed the U.S. seven times on foot, spreading her message of peace in schools, churches, jails, truck stops or wherever the road took her. She lived off the land and the kindness of those she met. She slept outdoors, in bus stations, in parked cars and, once, on the front seat of a fire engine in Tombstone, Arizona. Whenever she ran into trouble – physical or verbal – her sole response was love. Peace Pilgrim touched tens of thousands of lives, one step at a time.

Call the library for information 732-938-2300

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

 

    Location: Howell
 
lib_bookflipping 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Thursday Morning Book Club: Down River by John Hart Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

MURDER AND MAYHEM:  Tales of violence and mystery.

A small North Carolina town is torn apart when a power company wants to buy all the farmland on the river; some residents cling to their bucolic way of life, while others see only money. Adam Chase's family has owned the largest parcel in the area for centuries, and his father has no desire to sell. But tempers flare, and a body is found on the Chase farm, with Adam as the chief suspect. Newly back after five years away, Adam is the town pariah. Complex relationships blur the lines between friend and foe, heightening the suspense in this intricate, haunting story of a family in crisis.


We meet the third Thursday of each month (unless otherwise noted) at 10:30 am and welcome new members.  Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Headquarters
 
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM Wall Book Club: The Road from Coorain by Jill Conroy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

In a memoir that pierces and delights us, Jill Conway tells the story of her astonishing journey into adulthood — a journey that would ultimately span immense distances and encompass worlds, ideas, and ways of life that seem a century apart.  She was seven before she ever saw another girl child. At eight, still too small to mount her horse unaided, she was galloping miles, alone, across Coorain, her parents' 30,000 windswept, drought-haunted acres in the Australian outback, doing a "man's job" of helping herd the sheep because World War II had taken away the able-bodied men.  Worlds away from Coorain, in America, Jill Conway became a historian and the first woman president of Smith College. From the shelter of a protective family to the lessons of tragedy and independence this is an indelible portrait of a remarkable woman's life.

The Wall Book Club welcomes new members in the Meeting Room.   Monthly selection titles are available at the circulation desk.

    Location: Wall Township
 
misc_new_jersey_350_green.GIF 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM The Dead Beat Poet Society - Poems by Robert Pinsky Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-291-1956   
   

Happy 350th birthday New Jersey! As part of the year long celebration, the Dead Beat Poet Society is going to read poems by New Jersey’s own, Robert Pinsky (who is very much alive). Born in Long Branch in 1940, Pinsky is not only a poet, but an author, essayist, critic, translator, and teacher. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1997 through 2000.

Please join us in reading and exploring selected work by this distinguished and prolific writer.

Please call the Library to register for this program.
 
 

    Location: Atlantic Highlands
 
lib_book_signing 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Monmouth Creative Writer's Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
   

Novice through expert writers and those who want to be inspired...

Join award winning creative individuals to discuss your current works in a supportive and constructive environment. Tips on getting published. (Meets monthly on the third Thursday of each month)

    Location: Headquarters
Saturday September 20, 2014 Go To Top
ent_gclef 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Author Talk: Archer Mayor, Award-Winning Mystery Writer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732 431 7220 x 7222   
   

Archer Mayor is the author of the highly acclaimed Vermont-based series featuring detective Joe Gunther, which the Chicago Tribune describes as “the best police procedurals being written in America." Mayor's 25th book in the series, Proof Positive, will be published in October and it brings Joe to Philadelphia.

Mayor is a New York Times best-selling author and a past winner of the New England Independent Booksellers Association Award for Best Fiction—the first time a writer of crime literature has been so honored.

Archer Mayor is also a death investigator for Vermont’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, a detective for the Windham County Sheriff’s Office and he has 25 years of experience as a volunteer firefighter/EMT. He is a sought after speaker for writers and book lovers and we are pleased to have him here.

http://archermayor.com/photos-videos/

    Location: Headquarters
Thursday September 25, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book3 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bookbites: A Book Group for Adults Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

"Cutting for Stone" is the complex story of the Praise family, focusing on twin brothers Marion and Shiva as they negotiate the hidden histories of their past while working hard to make medical advances for the future.  This is an unforgettable journey into one man's remarkable life, and epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beautof the work of healing others.

 

    Location: Hazlet
Tuesday October 7, 2014 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when you get caught spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to—an act that will have repercussions. It's a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he's not prepared. He now knows that a new understanding can bring not only danger and evil—but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance.

Told by resonant and evocative characters, A Land More Kind Than Home is a haunting tale of courage in the face of cruelty and the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all.

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 Book Club: The House Girl by Tara Conklin Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, this novel follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. Her research leads her to Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine. 

Copies of the book are available at the front desk.

    Location: Ocean Township
Wednesday October 8, 2014 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 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared  by Jonas Jonasson

Reluctant centenarian Allan Karlsson decides to escape from a nursing home by climbing out a window.  Karlsson’s “Forrest Gump,” like history melds with present-day adventures as readers meet a young, old man whose global influence knows no age limit. An international best-seller, this book has been described as “silly and wonderful.”


Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
 
eth_italionflag 5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Italian Language Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Today, we will discuss Short Stories in Italian edited by Nick Roberts. Our moderator will be Guido Guazzoni.

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.

    Location: Headquarters
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Thursday October 9, 2014 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when you get caught spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to—an act that will have repercussions. It's a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he's not prepared. He now knows that a new understanding can bring not only danger and evil—but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance.

Told by resonant and evocative characters, A Land More Kind Than Home is a haunting tale of courage in the face of cruelty and the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all.

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 October 11, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_signing 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Monmouth Writers Critique Sessions Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

Moderator: New Jersey author, Jon Gibbs

Useful feedback can go a long way to help you become a better writer, but how do you separate the helpful from the unhelpful? Join us for a series of monthly critique sessions. If you’d like to share your own work for constructive feedback, see www.monmouthwriters.com for details of what to expect, as well as format/printing instructions. Priority will be given to folks who follow the straightforward submission guidelines.  

Critique Sessions:  meet the 2nd Saturday, February - October

Call the library to register: 732-938-2300

www.monmouthwriters.com    
    Location: Howell
 
lib_book_bunch1 3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Hindi Language Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Today's discussion topic:  Is Hindi Dying Out?  Our moderator will be Ragini Chaturvedi.

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

    Location: Headquarters
Tuesday October 14, 2014 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Discussion: To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-81898   
   

Woolf's famously tangled modernist masterpiece about the interior lives of a well-to-do British family, and the ways in which the First World War permanently damaged European society.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
Wednesday October 15, 2014 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Book Discussion: To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-81898   
   

Woolf's famously tangled modernist masterpiece about the interior lives of a well-to-do British family, and the ways in which the First World War permanently damaged European society.

 

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

Woolf's famously tangled modernist masterpiece about the interior lives of a well-to-do British family, and the ways in which the First World War permanently damaged European society.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
Thursday October 16, 2014 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Thursday Morning Book Club: Claire of the Sea Light by Edwige Danticat Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Ordinary Lives

Claire is an enchanting child born into love and tragedy in Ville Rose, Haiti. Claire's mother died in childbirth, and on each of her birthdays Claire is taken by her father, Nozias, to visit her mother's grave. But on the night of Claire's seventh birthday she disappears. As Nozias and others look for her, painful secrets, haunting memories, and startling truths are unearthed among the community of men and women whose individual stories connect to Claire, to her parents, and to the town itself. .


We meet the third Thursday of each month (unless otherwise noted) at 10:30 am and welcome new members.  Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Headquarters
 
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM Wall Book Club: In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Set during the waning days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic in 1960, this extraordinary novel tells the story the Mirabal sisters, three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands. Everyone knows of Las Mariposas - "The Butterflies."  Now, three decades later, Julia Alvarez, also a daughter of the Dominican Republic and long haunted by these sisters, immerses us in a tangled and dangerous moment in Hispanic Caribbean history to tell their story in the only way it can truly be understood - through fiction.  In this brilliantly characterized novel, the voices of all four sisters - Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa, and Dede - speak across the decades, to tell their own stories and describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo's rule.  The Butterflies were extraordinary women.

The Wall Book Club welcomes new members in the Meeting Room.   Monthly selection titles are available at the circulation desk.
 

    Location: Wall Township
 
lib_book_signing 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Monmouth Creative Writer's Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
   

Novice through expert writers and those who want to be inspired...

Join award winning creative individuals to discuss your current works in a supportive and constructive environment. Tips on getting published. (Meets monthly on the third Thursday of each month)

    Location: Headquarters
Sunday October 19, 2014 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, we will discuss  Son of the Regiment by  V. Kataev.

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.

    Location: Headquarters
Tuesday October 21, 2014 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   
   

 O. Henry Prize Stories

The Ceiling by Kevin Brockmeier

First Prize O.Henry Winner of 2002. "The Ceiling" is a story about domestic life.  A husband must come to terms with the mysterious estrangement of his wife and the diminishment of his marriage even as the world itself is diminished, irrevocably.

http://tinyurl.com/2pgdtj

 

    Location: Headquarters
Wednesday October 22, 2014 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 Rules Of Civility by Amor Towles

Twenty-five-year- old Katey Kontent, armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, embarks on a journey from a secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Howell
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Thursday October 23, 2014 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.

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

One of Charles Dickens's most fascinating novels, Great Expectations follows the orphan Pip as he leaves behind a childhood of misery and poverty after an anonymous benefactor offers him a chance at the life of a gentleman. From the young Pip's first terrifying encounter with the convict Magwitch in the gloom of a graveyard to the splendidly morbid set pieces in Miss Havisham's mansion to the magnificently realized boat chase down the Thames, Great Expectations is filled with the transcendent excitement that Dickens could so abundantly provide.

Call the library for information 732-938-2300

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

 

    Location: Howell
 
lib_book3 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bookbites: A book Club For Adults Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen's classic - into the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry-eyed kitchen maid, into the gritty daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars - and, in doing so creates a vivid, fascinating, fully realized world that is wholly her own.

    Location: Hazlet
Saturday October 25, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_signing 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Monmouth Writers Critique Workshops Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

Moderator: New Jersey author, Jon Gibbs

Useful feedback can go a long way to help you become a better writer, but how do you separate the helpful from the unhelpful? Workshops focus on three important skills every writer should acquire:

  1. The ability to provide useful feedback for others
  2. The ability to seek (and accept) feedback
  3. The ability to distinguish between useful and not so useful feedback.

If you’d like to share your own work for constructive feedback, see www.monmouthwriters.com for details of what to expect, as well as format/printing instructions. Critique workshops will take place on the 4th Saturday of February, June and October

Call the library to register: 732-938-2300

www.monmouthwriters.com    
    Location: Howell
Sunday November 2, 2014 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:    732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Today, we will discuss  Spring with a Broken Corner by Mario Benedetti with Moderator Fidelia San Miguel.

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.

    Location: Headquarters
Monday November 3, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book3 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Ocean Township Book Club: One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Based on actual historical events, this tale is the poignant story of May Dodd's journey west. Committed to an insane asylum by her blueblood family for an affair with a man beneath her station, May finds that her only hope of freedom is to participate in a secret government program whereby women from the "civilized" world become the brides of Cheyenne warriors.

Copies of the book are available at the front desk.

    Location: Ocean Township
 
lib_book3 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Ocean Township Book Club: One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Based on actual historical events, this tale is the poignant story of May Dodd's journey west. Committed to an insane asylum by her blueblood family for an affair with a man beneath her station, May finds that her only hope of freedom is to participate in a secret government program whereby women from the "civilized" world become the brides of Cheyenne warriors.

Copies of the book are available at the front desk.

    Location: Ocean Township
Wednesday November 5, 2014 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners: The Lowland: a novel by Jhumpa Lahiri Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri sets this novel in India and America. It is the story of two brothers joined by tragedy, a brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country in revolt, and eternal love.


Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
Tuesday November 18, 2014 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Discussion: The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-81898   
   

Recounts how the author and his mother read and discussed books during her chemotherapy treatments, describing how the activity involved a wide range of literary genres, furthered their appreciation for literature, and strengthened their bond. 

    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   
   

O'Henry Prize Stories

Mirrors by Caroll Shields

This story concerns a couple who have long spent their summers in a vacation house without a single mirror.  Readers will enjoy the symbolic use of the mirror and how it is weaved through the whole story.

http://tinyurl.com/awaxg

    Location: Headquarters
Wednesday November 19, 2014 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Book Discussion: The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-81898   
   

Recounts how the author and his mother read and discussed books during her chemotherapy treatments, describing how the activity involved a wide range of literary genres, furthered their appreciation for literature, and strengthened their bond. 

    Location: Eastern Branch
 
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 Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo 

This book jolts the reader's consciousness with the opposing realities of poverty and wealth in a searing visit to the Annawaldi settlement, a flimflam slum in the city of Mumbai, India, perched along the modern highway leading to the airport and almost within a stone's throw of new, luxurious hotels.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Howell
 
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Book Discussion: The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-81898   
   

Recounts how the author and his mother read and discussed books during her chemotherapy treatments, describing how the activity involved a wide range of literary genres, furthered their appreciation for literature, and strengthened their bond. 

    Location: Eastern Branch
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Thursday November 20, 2014 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.

Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life. Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

Call the library for information 732-938-2300

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

 

    Location: Howell
 
lib_bookflipping 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Thursday Morning Book Club: The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Ordinary Lives

Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the mother of three young boys, works as the maid for a prominent citizen and his family in West Table, Missouri. Her husband is mostly absent, and, in 1929, her scandalous, beloved younger sister is one of the 42 killed in an explosion at the local dance hall. Who is to blame? Mobsters from St. Louis? The preacher who railed against the loose morals of the waltzing couples? Or could it have been a colossal accident? Alma thinks she knows the answer-and that its roots lie in a dangerous love affair. 


We meet the third Thursday of each month (unless otherwise noted) at 10:30 am and welcome new members.  Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Headquarters
 
lib_book3 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 19th Wife: A Novel by David Ebershoff

The 19th Wife is the international bestselling novel by David Ebershoff. Inspired by the life of Ann Eliza Young, the novel intertwines a historical narrative with a modern-day murder mystery.

 

    Location: Hazlet
 
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM Wall Book Club: Palisades Park by Alan Brennert Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Growing up in the 1930s, there is no more magical place than Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey, the roar of the Cyclone roller coaster and the lure of the world’s biggest salt-water pool. But a family of dreamers doesn't always share the same dreams, and then the world intrudes: the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, perils like fire and race riots in the park.  Yet they are all drawn back to each other—and to Palisades Park—until the park closes forever in 1971.  Alan Brennert (Moloka'i), known for transforming historical events into great fiction, takes us back to a time when life seemed simpler—except, of course, it wasn't.

The Wall Book Club welcomes new members in the Meeting Room.   Monthly selection titles are available at the circulation desk.

    Location: Wall Township
 
lib_book_signing 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Monmouth Creative Writer's Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
   

Novice through expert writers and those who want to be inspired...

Join award winning creative individuals to discuss your current works in a supportive and constructive environment. Tips on getting published. (Meets monthly on the third Thursday of each month)

    Location: Headquarters
Tuesday December 2, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book3 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Ocean Township Book Club: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress Rhoda Janzen Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Not long after Rhoda Janzen turned forty, her world turned upside down. Needing a place to rest and pick up the pieces of her life, Rhoda packed her bags, crossed the country, and returned to her quirky Mennonite family's home, where she was welcomed back with open arms and offbeat advice.

Copies of the book are available at the front desk.

    Location: Ocean Township
Tuesday December 9, 2014 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   
   

O. Henry Prize Stories

The House Behind a Weeping Cherry by Ha Jin

This is a story about the world of exploitation, helplessness, and forbidden hope.  The plot is a love story about a factory worker and a prostitute who maintain a cheerfulness as they rise above the enormous difficulties of their lives.

http://tinyurl.com/mmfj3te

 

    Location: Headquarters
Wednesday December 10, 2014 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 All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel  by Fannie Flagg

After marrying off her daughters, Sookie Poole is looking to spending time with her husband and her beloved birds. But she receives an envelope with old documents which will turn her world upside down. Sookie finds the courage to accept and take pride decisions she has made about her life. Kirkus calls this book “ a charming story … just the right blend of history and fiction.”

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
Tuesday December 16, 2014 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Discussion: The Dinner by Herman Koch Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-81898   
   

Meeting at an Amsterdam restaurant for dinner, two couples move from small talk to the wrenching shared challenge of their teenage sons' act of violence that has triggered a police investigation and revealed the extent to which each family will go to protect those they love.

    Location: Eastern Branch
Wednesday December 17, 2014 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Book Discussion: The Dinner by Herman Koch Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    1-866-941-81898   
   

Meeting at an Amsterdam restaurant for dinner, two couples move from small talk to the wrenching shared challenge of their teenage sons' act of violence that has triggered a police investigation and revealed the extent to which each family will go to protect those they love.

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

Meeting at an Amsterdam restaurant for dinner, two couples move from small talk to the wrenching shared challenge of their teenage sons' act of violence that has triggered a police investigation and revealed the extent to which each family will go to protect those they love.

    Location: Eastern Branch
Thursday December 18, 2014 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.

Down River – John Hart

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life. Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

Call the library for information 732-938-2300

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

 

    Location: Howell
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lib_bookflipping 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Thursday Morning Book Club: Someone by Alice McDermott Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Ordinary Lives

Someone is a fully realized portrait of one woman’s life in all its complexity.  Marie’s first heartbreak and her eventual marriage; her brother’s brief stint as a Catholic priest, subsequent loss of faith, and eventual breakdown; the Second World War; her parents’ deaths; the births and lives of Marie’s children; the changing world of her Irish-American enclave in Brooklyn—McDermott sketches all of it with sympathy and insight. This is a novel that speaks of life as it is daily lived; a crowning achievement by one of the finest American writers at work today.


We meet the third Thursday of each month (unless otherwise noted) at 10:30 am and welcome new members.  Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Headquarters
 
lib_bookflipping 7:00 PM Wall Book Club: Rules of Civility: a Novel by Amor Towles Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve. With its sparkling depiction of New York’s social strata, its intricate imagery and themes, and its immensely appealing characters, Rules of Civility won the hearts of readers and critics alike.

The Wall Book Club welcomes new members in the Meeting Room.   Monthly selection titles are available at the circulation desk.

 

    Location: Wall Township
 
lib_book_signing 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Monmouth Creative Writer's Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
   

Novice through expert writers and those who want to be inspired...

Join award winning creative individuals to discuss your current works in a supportive and constructive environment. Tips on getting published. (Meets monthly on the third Thursday of each month)

    Location: Headquarters
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