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

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

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

Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson

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

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

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

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

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

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

 

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

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

Books are available at LIbrary Headquarters' Circulation Desk.

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

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

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

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Copies are available at the Circulation Desk

    Location: Ocean Township
 
misc_trowel 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Poetry In The Garden at The Colts Neck Community Garden Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

The Colts Neck Community Garden is beginning a new series entitled, "Poetry in the Garden." The only limiting factor is your imagination! Write a poem, bring a favorite poem** , write a short story, bring a favorite short story, bring a photo and tell a story, act out your favorite poem....the possibilities are endless. Bottom line, share what your feel comfortable sharing and/or simply come to listen and enjoy the company. All ages are welcome and encouraged. We will meet at the garden every first Tuesday of the month at 7:00PM.  Our first meeting will be June 7th.

If time permits and the heart is willing, we could all enjoy a short nature walk afterwards, maybe even a night hike with a fire at the end.  We can't have a real fire, but there are ways of creating a fire without a flame. You'll have to come to discover the secret.

**Poetry books can be found in Section 811 or J811 (childrens). Sponsored in conjunction with The Friends of the Colts Neck Library

    Location: Colts Neck
Thursday June 9, 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
       
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lib_book3 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

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

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

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

    Location: Colts Neck
 
lib_book_signing 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Meet the Poet: Tyesha S. Rice Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 X 7222   
   

Join Tyesha S. Rice as she shares some of her poems on empowered women journeying in faith. The Power of Witnessing His Word is Tyesha's first book. She will read some of her poems and speak about her writing process. Enjoy intriguing dialogue, challenging inquiry, and delightful engagement with this local poet.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Tyesha S. Rice is a Christian poet from Aberdeen, New Jersey with centering in diligence and service. She has earned a B. A. in Religion from Douglass College of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and a M. Div. degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. 

 

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

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

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

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
Thursday June 16, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Senior Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

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

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs                   

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

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

The Sounds of the South

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join us as we discuss Faith Club  by Ranya Idliby

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

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk

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

Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Published in 1904

    Location: Marlboro
Tuesday July 5, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book3 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two brothers—bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio—changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe that the age of flight had begun, with the first powered machine carrying a pilot.

Orville and Wilbur Wright were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity. When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education and little money never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off, they risked being killed.

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
 
misc_trowel 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Poetry In The Garden at The Colts Neck Community Garden Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

The Colts Neck Community Garden is beginning a new series entitled, "Poetry in the Garden." The only limiting factor is your imagination! Write a poem, bring a favorite poem** , write a short story, bring a favorite short story, bring a photo and tell a story, act out your favorite poem....the possibilities are endless. Bottom line, share what your feel comfortable sharing and/or simply come to listen and enjoy the company. All ages are welcome and encouraged. We will meet at the garden every first Tuesday of the month at 7:00PM.  Our first meeting will be June 7th.

If time permits and the heart is willing, we could all enjoy a short nature walk afterwards, maybe even a night hike with a fire at the end.  We can't have a real fire, but there are ways of creating a fire without a flame. You'll have to come to discover the secret.

**Poetry books can be found in Section 811 or J811 (childrens). Sponsored in conjunction with The Friends of the Colts Neck Library

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

The Promise: A Novel
By Ann Weisgarber 

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

 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
Thursday July 7, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book3 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two brothers—bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio—changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe that the age of flight had begun, with the first powered machine carrying a pilot.

Orville and Wilbur Wright were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity. When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education and little money never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off, they risked being killed.

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 July 19, 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 x7222   
   

Crime and Mystery Short Stories

"The Whimper of Whipped Dogs" by Harlan Ellison

"The Whimper of Whipped Dogs" is the story of a woman brutally murdered in a courtyard while residents watched, not one responding to her cries for help, not even calling the police.  The story concerns the aftermath and the decision the young woman protagonist, one of the watchers, makes at the end of the story.

    Location: Headquarters
Thursday July 21, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book_pencil 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Book Discussion: The Distant Marvels by Chantal Acevedo Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-7220 X7225   
   

The story of a lifetime told in the eye of a hurricane.

Maria Sirena tells stories. She does it for money—she was a favorite in the cigar factory where she worked as a lettora—and for love, spinning gossamer tales out of her own past for the benefit of friends and family. But now, like a modern-day Scheherazade, she will be asked to tell a story so that eight women can keep both hope and themselves alive.

Cuba, 1963. Hurricane Flora, one of the deadliest hurricanes in recorded history, is bearing down on the island. Seven women have been evacuated from their homes and herded into the former governor’s mansion, where they are watched over by another woman, a young soldier of Castro’s new Cuba named Ofelia. 

The Distant Marvels is a family saga, a love story, a stunning historical account of the struggle against oppressors, and a long tender plea for forgiveness smf finally, a life-affirming novel about love that lasts a lifetime and the very art of storytelling itself.

    Location: Headquarters
 
lib_book3 3:00 PM Wall Book Club:Euphoria by Lily King Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Inspired by events in the life of revoluntionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, this is the story of three young, gifted anthropologists of the 1930's caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives.

    Location: Wall Township
 
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
       
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Wednesday July 27, 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   
   

"The Looking Glass" by Anton Chekov – Does a mirror reveal a young woman’s future or her worst fears?

Published 1885

    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 End of Your Life Book Club  by Will Schwalbe

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

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk

    Location: Howell
Thursday July 28, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookpurple 12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Book Bites - A Book Club for Adults Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

State of Wonder : A Novel by Ann Patchett

Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett returns with a provocative assured novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest.  Infusing the narrative with the same ingenuity and emotional urgency that pervaded her acclaimed previous novels Bel Canto, Taft, Run, The Magician's Assistant, and The Patron Saint of Liars, Patchett delivers an enthrallingly innovative tale of aspiration, exploration, and attachment in State of Wonder-a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love.

    Location: Hazlet
Tuesday August 2, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book3 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Girl Who Wrote In Silk by Kelli Estes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

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

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
 
misc_trowel 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Poetry In The Garden at The Colts Neck Community Garden Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

The Colts Neck Community Garden is beginning a new series entitled, "Poetry in the Garden." The only limiting factor is your imagination! Write a poem, bring a favorite poem** , write a short story, bring a favorite short story, bring a photo and tell a story, act out your favorite poem....the possibilities are endless. Bottom line, share what your feel comfortable sharing and/or simply come to listen and enjoy the company. All ages are welcome and encouraged. We will meet at the garden every first Tuesday of the month at 7:00PM.  Our first meeting will be June 7th.

If time permits and the heart is willing, we could all enjoy a short nature walk afterwards, maybe even a night hike with a fire at the end.  We can't have a real fire, but there are ways of creating a fire without a flame. You'll have to come to discover the secret.

**Poetry books can be found in Section 811 or J811 (childrens). Sponsored in conjunction with The Friends of the Colts Neck Library

    Location: Colts Neck
Thursday August 4, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book3 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Girl Who Wrote In Silk by Kelli Estes Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

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

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

AUTHOR CALL-IN

A Reunion of Ghosts: A Novel
 By Judith Claire Mitchel

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

 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
Thursday August 11, 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
       
Wednesday August 17, 2016 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short 'N Sweet: A Short Story Book Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

"The Lady or the Tiger" by Frank R. Stockton - The princess holds the key to determine the fate of her lover. Will she be persuaded by love or jealousy?

Published in 1882

    Location: Marlboro
Wednesday August 24, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Women of Words Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

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

Join us as we discuss Ship of Brides  by Jojo Moyes

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

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk

    Location: Howell
Thursday August 25, 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   
   

The Distant Marvels by Chantel Acevedo

Chantel Acevedo's The Distant Marvels is an epic adventure tale, a family saga, a love story, a stunning historical account of armed struggle against oppressors, and a long tender plea for forgiveness.  It is, finally, a life-affirming novel about the kind of love that lasts a lifetime and the very art of storytelling itself. 

    Location: Hazlet
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
       
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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
Thursday September 15, 2016 Go To Top
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
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
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 Penney

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
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   
   

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

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

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

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

Books are available at LIbrary Headquarters' Circulation Desk.

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

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

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

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

Books are available at LIbrary Headquarters' Circulation Desk.

    Location: Headquarters
Wednesday October 26, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Women of Words Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

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

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

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

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk

 

    Location: Howell
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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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
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
       
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
Tuesday November 15, 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

A Really BAD Day by Camilla Lackberg

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

    Location: Headquarters
Thursday November 17, 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   
   

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
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
       
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
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