Manasquan River Group of Artists display of original pastel, watercolor, and oil paintings.
On display in the Terner Gallery.
The Colts Neck branch of the Monmouth County Library system has a Flag Disposal Box located in the lower level lobby. Proper disposal of the American flag is a sign of respect. It honors our history, the people who fight to protect our freedom and is an homage to the reverence for our great nation. When a flag is worn, tattered, ripped or soiled beyond repair, it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country and should be retired and disposed of properly.
Please drop off flags during library hours.
VYSHYVANKY Embroidery of Ukraine
Join us for stories, songs, rhymes, crafts, special guests, and more!
Monmouth County Library- Ocean Township Branch
Baby Storytimes for Ages 10 months to 2 years:
Mondays, from 11:30 am - 12:00pm (No Storytime December 24 and 31)
Wenesdays, from 9:30 am- 10:00 am (No Storytime December 26)
Toddler Storytimes – Ages 2 to 3 1/2 years old (With Parent/Caregiver)
Mondays, from 10:30 am - 10:50 am (No Storytime December 24 and 31)
Wednesdays, from 9:30 am - 10:00 am (No Storytime December 26)
Preschool Storytime & Craft – Ages 3 1/2 to 5 years old
Mondays, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm (No Storytime December 24 and 31)
Wednesdays, 11:30 am - 12:00 am (No Storytime December 26)
Enhanced Early Literacy, Learning Enrichment and Social Engagement with certified, professional, caring Children's Librarian is
Free at Monmouth County Library!
NO fees, NO registration, NO card needed! Call for information. Caregivers need to be in attendance.
Check out our other programs, which are free, although we may request registration, in order to have ample materials for attendees!
Check out the #TBT Pop-Up Spot for different TotallyBrilliantThings (from contests to coloring to challenges) all month long!
Don't miss out - Activities only available while supplies last!
Intended for Grades 3-7
An unofficial gathering for chess lovers - beginners to advanced - every Saturday morning that the library is open. Chess sets supplied. Please join us!
Your opportunity to get great deals on used books, audios, DVD's, music and more.
(Monday, December 10-15, $1 Bag Sale)
*NEW START TIME -- 9:30 AM*
Join us as Daniele Parisi returns for this eleven-week series of Restorative Yoga. These 60-minute sessions are held on Saturday mornings from October 6 through December 15, 2018. Keep yourself feeling well and balanced as we move into the cooler months.
Please wear comfortable clothing that will allow for a good range of motion. It is recommended to BYOM (bring your own mat), however some spare mats will be available for those who may not have them.
Space is limited; Registration is required for each session you plan to attend.
This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Monmouth County Library.
Learn to play chess and "Go". Play a game with others, from beginners to champion-level players.
Meeting room space available most Saturdays when the Library is open.
Please check the Library's online calendar, or call 732-431-7220 x7222.
Traveling Lantern Theatre brings to life the holiday tale of a mean, penny-pinching loner who turns into a caring, generous person.
You may even become a participant in this lively dramatization of the classic story!
Event will be held in the Lower Gallery Meeting Rooms. No registration required.
A family theatrical performance presented by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company. Free Admssion by
ticket only: tickets may be picked up in-person. Ages 4 and up.
Through centuries of art, much of it now in East Coast museums, we'll explore how a Turkish bishop evolved into one of Christianity's most beloved saints. Then in American artwork we'll see Nicholas change again -- into Santa Claus.
Presented by Michael Norris, Ph.D., proprietor of Armchair Art Tours. With a background in the classics and art history, Mike spent 20 years as a museum educator at the Cloisters Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This program is made possible with support from the Monmouth County Library and the Friends of Howell Library.
The Peforming Arts Ensemble of Red Bank present excerpts from the Nutcracker Ballet. All ages welcome.
No registration required but space is limited.
Come hear Annie read her new book, The Christmas Tree who Loved Trains. Listen as she tells how she came up with the idea and make a craft. Regiatration required below. Ages 4 and up.
Winter -- when the days are short and the nights are long. This is the perfect time to bring family and friends together for warm festivities. Learn about the history, customs, and foods of various winter celebrations, including Victorian Christmas, Hanukkah, Ancient Rome's Saturnalia and the Winter Solstice. Discover how current and ancient cultures celebrate the winter months.
Presented by Judith Krall-Russo. Light refreshments included.
This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of Monmouth County Library.
Storytime for ages 2-3 1/2. Siblings Welcome.
Design a silly sweater using a hodgepodge of crafting supplies.
No registration needed. Ages 2 and up with parent/caregiver
Storytime and playtime for ages 10-23 months (Siblings Welcome!)
Come and play Mah Jongg! Bring your set. Mondays throughout the month, when the Library is open.
Come play Bridge! Join us in the Meeting Room. Participants need to know how to play the game and game sets will be provided.
All are welcome!
Meets every Monday the library is open from 1:00-4:00 pm. Bring your game and join us!
Ages 2 and up
Create a winter wonderland as seen through a frosty window!
*Space is limited; register for each program in-person, by phone, or online
Ages 3 to 5 years
Registration begins November 19.
Directed by Spike Lee
Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier
From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning Get Out.
135 minutes; (c) Focus Features
Grades K and up only, please!
Monday, December 3
Session 1 from 4:00 - 4:45 pm
Decorate a sweet treat with a frosty, winter theme. Learn how to decorate a cupcake like a professional and take your treat home to enjoy!
Allergy note: Please let the librarian know of any food allergies in advance.
Read to the Bunnies presented by the local 4H Clubs - Grades K and up
This session is for practicing reading skills. Please bring your own book or choose from our collection to share with the rabbits.
Registration required beginning November 19.
Tweens! - Grades 3 - 5
Digging up Dinosaurs with WILD Jersey
Monday December 3 at 5pm
Be a paleontologist for a day! Excavate real dinosaur fossils from a mock rock! You’ll identify and label your fossil, then take it home to keep.
Registration required online http://bit.ly/1Nds5NS, in-person, or by phone.
Session 2 from 5:00 - 5:45 am
Come and play bridge! Monday evenings when the library is open.
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 7:00 pm to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour. Books are provided by the library.
We are also looking for Volunteers who would like to help facilitate the meetings. If interested, please contact Kim Avagliano at the library, 732-683-8980.
Space is limited; please register by calling 1-866-941-8188.
SCORE (The Service Corps of Retired Executives) provides free, and confidential, counseling for owners and would-be owners of small businesses. Appointments are available on Monday evenings throughout the month.
An appointment is required, visit http://www.businessdevcenter.org/mentor/ or call 732-775-0525 ext. 241
Do you want to speak English? Come and join the Beginning English conversation classes:
If you have a question about this class or any Library Program, please call our Reference Librarians at 732 431 7220 x 7222.
Join us on Tuesdays for an afternoon of knitting and crocheting . All skill levels are welcome
Storytime for ages 2 - 3 1/2 Stories, songs and crafts.
In 1916, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the U.S. government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code-breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the "Adam and Eve" of the NSA, Elizebeth’s story, incredibly, has never been told.
Fagone unveils America’s code-breaking history through the prism of Smith’s life, bringing into focus the unforgettable events and colorful personalities that would help shape modern intelligence.
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.
After breaking up with her boyfriend, a woman meets the reclusive rocker with whom her ex was obsessed.
Director: Jesse Peretz. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne, Chris O'Dowd
(C) Lions Gate Films, Inc. 105 minutes
Thanks to the Friends of the Monmouth County Library for their support of this program.
Ages 2 to 3 1/2 years old (With Parent/Caregiver)
Listen to bells ring in snowy weather and this craft will jingle all the way!
No Registration Required.
This documentary paints a portrait of the life and work of children's entertainer Fred Rogers, star of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." A former minister, Mister Rogers creatively communicated themes of empathy and acceptance.
Starring Fred Rogers, Francios Clemmons, and Yo-Yo Ma
A woman discovers her boyfriend comes from the most wealthy, prominent family in Singapore. Along the way, she must stand up to his judgmental mother, who wants nothing more than to break them up.
Director: Jon Chu Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu
(C) Warner Bros. 120 minutes
Book discussion of Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade
In this stunning new historical novel inspired by true events, Kim van Alkemade tells the fascinating story of a woman who must choose between revenge and mercy when she encounters the doctor who subjected her to dangerous medical experiments in a New York City Jewish orphanage years before.
Copies of book available at Circulation Desk.
Slime without the ooze? Mix up a batch that’s as fluffy and puffy as marshmallows!
Grades K and up. Registration required.
Storytime for ages 3 1/2 - 5.
Just one coat could make the difference in a person's life this winter.
For one evening Monmouth County Library Headquarters will be collecting new or gently worn CLEAN winter coats in any
size, from infants to adults.
Donated items will be delivered to 180 Turning Lives Around (Women & Children) & a Local Homeless Shelter.
This program is sponsored by the Teen Steering Committee of the Headquarters Manalapan library.
Make a tied fleece blanket that is perfect to snuggle and keep you warm. They're easy for teens to make and also make perfect holiday gifts.
You can create a pillow or a blanket. The best part is how easy they are to make! You don't need to pull out the sewing machine, and can be
made in about an hour! No sewing experience is necessary at all. You can make this project to give as a holiday gift or the library will donate
it to a local nursing home.
Registration is required. Optional: you can bring along a small used couch pillow and create your pillow this way or make a pillow using
Directed by Michael Mayer
Starring Elisabeth Moss, Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening, Brian Dennehy, Mare Winningham
Tony Award–winning Broadway heavyweights Stephen Karam and Michael Mayer team up for this splendid screen adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic tragicomedy of incredibly complicated love triangles. Famed Russian actress Irina brings her son Konstantin (a budding playwright) out to her brother’s estate to enjoy a pleasant holiday in the country. Konstantin becomes infatuated with Nina (a neighbor), much to the dismay of young Masha (the farmer’s daughter). But Nina is in love with Boris, while Boris is currently dating Irina—you get the idea; it’s a swooning lovesick mess. Featuring a divinely lush setting and an absolutely perfectly-cast ensemble of stars, The Seagull is a hilarious and heart-wrenching saga that poetically explores the nature of family, fame, art, and love.
98 minutes; (c) Sony Pictures Classics
The class is held on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8:20pm.
The Fall 2018 Schedule is October 16, October 23, October 30, November 13, November 20, November 27 and December 4.
We ask that you register for this class, so that we will have materials for everyone attending. To register, you can call our Reference Desk (732 431-7220 x7222)
If you have a question about this class or any Library Program, please call our Reference Staff at 732 431 7220 x 7222
Do you want to speak English? Come and join the English conversation classes:
All classes are free and meet on the following Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:20 pm.
If you have a question about this class or any Library Program, please call our Reference Librarians at 732 431 7220 x7222.
Run by Literacy Volunteers of America--Monmouth County Tutors. For adults 18 years and older. No children, please.
A representative from the Surrogate's Office will be at the Library to provide you free and confidential help with all probate matters. Please schedule an appointment by calling 732-431-7330 x7336.
This peer led volunteer support group is for those who are actively looking for work and would like to begin or re-invigorate their job search. Anyone in career transition, recent college grads, laid-off workers, unemployed or underemployed professionals, persons re-entering the job market, struggling small business owners, and retirees looking for part time or volunteer work are invited to attend. Group members assist each other in techniques and suggestions to improve job search, offer support, and help with personal and professional networking to find a position. Additional resources are available in the library's Career Information Center.
All Grown Up by Jamie Attenberg
Who is Andrea Bern? When her dippy therapist asks the question, Andrea knows the right things to say: she’s a designer, a friend, a daughter, a sister. But it’s what she leaves unsaid—she’s alone, a drinker, a former artist, captain of the sinking ship that is her flesh—that feels the most true. When Andrea’s niece finally arrives, born with a heartbreaking ailment, the Bern family is forced to reexamine what really matters.
Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.
Ages 0-7 Years
Enjoy a whimsical performance of favorite stories-turned songs!
*Space is limited; register in-person, by phone, or online http://bit.ly/1MtUiPI
Get together with others interested in this challenging game.
Game in session when the Library is open.
Four lifelong friends' lives are changed forever after reading "50 Shades of Grey" for their monthly book club. Stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen. 1 hour 44 minutes. (C) Paramount Pictures
School-age storytime - children will draw as they listen to a story and end up with a surprise picture. Children in Kindergarten and up. Registration required. Parents, please register each child using your email and phone contact info.
Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus as you hear stories and make a craft.
Kids! Feliz Navidad! – A Special Bilingual Holiday Storytime - All ages
December 5 at 4:00 pm
Colorín Spanish Immersion Program presents a holiday storytime using fun games, songs, stories and crafts!
Have fun coloring and decorating special gift wrapping paper!
Ages 4 and up! Celebrate Hanukkah with a special craft and storytime. SPACE IS LIMITED, ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED at: http://bit.ly/1JRTwHa
Grades K and Up
Craft a cute holly necklace that you can wear throughout the month!
Ages 3 to 6
Come in out of the cold and celebrate the start of winter with Snapology! Young students will build fun and simple models using LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks in this creative and imagination-filled workshop!
Space is limited; registration required beginning Tuesday, November 20.
Stories and crafts for grades K and Up. Snacks served. Please let the Librarian know if your child has food allergies.
Confused about whether or not you need life insurance? Want to know how it might fit into your life and retirement planning? Learn about the different types of life insurance, how to choose the right one (if needed), how pricing is determined, and who pays the bill. Come and get all of your questions answered.
Presented by Les Taylor, Insurance Agent with Bankers Life in Tinton Falls.
Monmouth County Library provides meeting space as a community service. The Library does not endorse this event, the speaker(s), or the organization.
Associated with both spiritual and health benefits, we invite you to try this meditative form of exercise. T'ai Chi Chih consists of 19 stand-alone movements and one pose. T'ai Chi Chih doesn't require a particular level of physical fitness or coordination. This class is for individuals over age 18.
Dan Pienciak, an accredited International T'ai Chi Chih Teacher and Trainer, has been practicing T'ai Chi Chih since 1995, became an accredited instructor in 1997, and is certified in Seijaku, an advanced T'ai Chi Chih form.
Attend one or as many of these sessions as you would like. No registration; no specific equipment needed, just wear comfortable clothing.
Classes in Fall 2018 are: September 5, September 26, October 3, October 10, November 7 and December 5
Do you want to speak English? Come and join our English Conversation Classes. Learn the language to help you at work, at home, and in the community. Meet and speak with others who are learning English. All classes are free and meet weekly on Wednesday evenings, November 28 - December 19, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
Come learn to play bridge!
9:30 am sessions for absolute beginners. More experienced play begins at 10:30.
Taught by Pat Guadagno.
Thanks to the Friends of the Monmouth County Library for their support of this program.
Stories and songs for all ages. Playtime too!
Dawn Dayton is a certified yoga teacher who specializes in gentle beginner yoga and believes yoga is for everyone.
Please join us every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month for a morning of relaxation.
In the early 20th century, an aging actress and her beau visit the bucolic estate of her elderly brother. Drama - Based on the play by Anton Chekov. Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, Annette Bening. 1hr. 38 mins.
(C) Sony Pictures Classics
Join the fun while helping others. Items will go to local charities and hospitals. Bring a crochet hook or knitting needles; yarn will be provided for you. All skill levels welcome.
In the early 20th century, an aging actress and her lover visit the estate of her elderly brother.
Directed by: Michael Mayer Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Saoirse Ronan, Michael Zegen
98 minutes ©Sony Picture Classics
SHIP is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) with volunteer counselors to help those with questions regarding Medicare, whether you are a long-time member or just joining.
SHIP Volunteer Counselor's schedule is coordinated through RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Services Program) a division of Family & Children’s Service of Monmouth County. This agency's direct phone number is 732 728 1331.
No appointment is needed at Library Headquarters location, just walk-in for first come, first served information on the first and third Thursdays of each month.
A young woman falls for a new-to-town charmer, whom she comes to realize is the suspect of several local murders.
Starring: Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, and Geraldine James.
(c) Lion's Gate Films, Inc.
Directed by John Landis
Starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Jamie Lee Curtis
Upper-crust executive Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and down-and-out hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) are the subjects of a bet by successful brokers Mortimer (Don Ameche) and Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy). Winthorpe, an emploee of the Dukes, is framed by the brothers for a crime he didn't commit, with the siblings then installing the street-smart Valentine in his position. When Winthorpe and Valentine uncover the scheme, they set out to turn the tables on the Dukes.
116 minutes; (c) Paramount
Teens this month will be celebrating a Japanese Christmas tradition - eating KFC chicken! While Christmas in the U.S. may bring up visions of sugarplums
and holiday hams, in Japan a certain fast-food staple takes center stage - KFC (Kentucky Friend Chicken).
Over the last four decades, KFC has managed to make friend chicken synonymous with Christmas in the country.
Registration is required. Please advise us if you have any food allergies.
Traveling Lantern Theatre group presents Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”, the story of Scrooge, a nasty, mean, snarling old geezer with no care for anything other than his money. Geared towards kids and highly interactive.
All Ages. No registration required.
Make some paper crafts to decorate your home!
Ages 3 to 7. Share a winter holiday story, then build a favorite festive snowman with white LEGO® bricks. Melina Stock from Bricks 4 Kidz will lead children in this STEM activity. Call, stop in or sign up online http://bit.ly/1U702RS beginning November 26.
Join us for a special session of reading to a trained therapy dog!
Registration is required beginning Thursday, November 15.
Come in from the cold and join the fun as you listen to a story or two and free build with LEGO® bricks.
No registration needed.
All ages, genders and skill level are welcome at these enjoyable and instructive meetings. Participants are asked to bring their own needles and an open mind. Coordinated by Sarita Pathak. (Meetings are held on the first and third Thursday of every month when the library is open.)
Upper-crust executive Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and down-and-out hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) are the subjects of a bet by successful brokers Mortimer (Don Ameche) and Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy). Winthorpe, an employee of the Dukes, is framed by the brothers for a crime he didn't commit, with the siblings then installing the street-smart Valentine in his position. When Winthorpe and Valentine uncover the scheme, they set out to turn the tables on the Dukes.
Meets the first Thursday of every month.
Unfortunately, This Program has been canceled.
Meet Gregory Andrus, author of the book Portaits of the Jersey Shore: Everyone Has a Story. An author Q&A and book signing will follow the presentation.
These are real stories, from real people, from the real Jersey Shore. They are stories of hope, of struggle, of kindness, of heartbreak and of redemption.
Author Gregory Andrus shares how he went from a homeless alcoholic to finding purpose and a second chance at life.
Please join us as we learn about the Monmouth County Office on Aging.
Colleen Smith, Field Representative and Caregiver Specialist, will give us an overview of the Office on Aging, and present valuable information about Medicaid, Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving (JACC), the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), and Project Lifesaver. She will also talk about who the Office on Aging works with.
Light refreshments served
Come and play Mah Jongg! Bring your set. Fridays throughout the month.
This month The Castoffs will meet the 1st, 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month
The Monmouth Writer’s Critique Group meets the second Saturday of every month the library is open. Useful feedback is shared during a series of critique sessions. If you would 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 those who follow the straightforward submission guidelines.
Any questions contact Rick: email@example.com
English In Action Conversation Classes are designed for adults, 21 years of age or older, who have a basic understanding of English and are already able to read and write in English. This program gives students an opportunity to practice speaking in English in a friendly, supportive environment and allows them to learn American idioms and appropriate ways of conversing.
This program, sponsored jointly by the Monmouth County Library - Atlantic Highlands Branch and the English Speaking Union (ESU) of Monmouth County, matches English-speaking tutors with students whose native language is not English. The program is modeled after the popular English in Action Conversation program offered by the ESU head office in New York City.
The dates for the Fall 2018 session are: Sept 15, Sept 29, Oct 13, Oct 27, Nov 3, Nov 17, Dec 8, Dec. 15 (8 classes).
To join the program as a volunteer tutor, for either Fall or Spring sessions, please call to register at the Atlantic Highlands Library
In case of inclement weather, please check the Library's website: www.MonmouthCountyLib.org
Learn to play chess and "Go" Play a game with others, from beginners to champion-level players.
These jazz performers’ wonderful renditions of your holiday favorites are sure to put you in the mood to celebrate the season. Billy Lawlor, a keyboardist, vocalist & entertainer, has been a mainstay on the Jersey Shore music scene since the ‘70s as leader of the Billy Lawlor Band. Joining Billy will be Gary Mazzaroppi on upright bass and Tommy Labella on saxophone.
This Howell Library holiday tradition is made possible through the support of the Friends of Howell Library. The Friends will provide light refreshments after the concert.
Pianist/Singer/Narrator Fred Miller presents an overview of the work of Irving Berlin. Berlin´s themes are universal and immediately recognizable, those experiences all humans have in common: joy, sorrow, hope, despair, zany humor, bewilderment, love and loss, all in simple song. From the rough-and-ready world of ragtime to the ultimate elegance and sophistication of Hollywood, Irving Berlin was, is, and always will be the quintessential American songwriter.
Join us as the Monmouth Civic Chorus Caroling Corps returns to the Eastern Branch to perform classic holiday songs to get you in the spirit of the season.
Happy Holidays from the Library Commission and Staff
and the Friends of the Monmouth County Library!
It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year and Tim McLoone & The Shirleys, with the Atlantic Coast Band, will visit Library Headquarters to celebrate the community's holiday spirit.
Join us for this fun and festive concert.
We thank the Friends of Monmouth County Library for co-sponsoring this Concert and maintaining our Concert Grand Piano.
Entrance doors open at 12:30pm. Seats are available on a first come, first-served basis. We request that participants do not hold or reserve seats for others. Library staff reserves a number of seats for a limited time for family/friends of performers.
Listen to a winter story and build a beautiful snowflake magnet!
No registration needed. Grades PreK-3
Grow a Crystal presented by Debbie Hadley from WILD Jersey – Grades 1 – 5
Design your own snowflake or other shape, and then soak it in a special growing solution.
CANCELLED FOR TODAY and UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Cultivate the courage to share, develop new work, or fine-tune your existing work in a friendly workshop environment. Black Box meetings are a great way to network with other aspiring writers.
Library Commission Meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month, September through June, except where noted.
December 11 Commission Meeting
A woman grapples with running her mother's villa while also expecting her first child and worries that she won't be able to handle everything on her own, so she enlists two of her mother's friends for assurance, help and guidance.
Starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth
A retired CIA Black Ops operative seeks vengeance for his long-time friend's murder at any cost. His relentless vigilante campaign takes him as far as Turkey, where he saves a girl who was kidnapped from her mother in America.
Director: Antoine Fuqua Cast: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman
(C) Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. 121 minutes
Library Headquarters is the Election Site for Manalapan Districts 6, 14, 17 & 26
Work in groups or individually to create your own LEGO® designs based on this month's theme: Fairly Odd Tales!
LEGO® bricks will be provided by the library.
Grades K and up. Registration is required.
Come improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog.
Bring your favorite book or pick one from our shelves. Registration required. Parents, please
register each child using your email and phone contact info. Grades K and up.
Find out about financing, affordability, a realtor's role, and the home buying process, learn all the basics you need to know to purchase your first home.
Presented by Jenna Cavadas-Fonseca Realtor Associate of Ward Wight Sotheby's International Realty.
Monmouth County Library provides meeting space as a community service. The Library does not endorse this event, or the speaker(s), or the organization.
De-Stress through gentle yoga, breathing & meditation:
No mats or equipment needed.
Space is limited; please call the library or go online to register.
Led by Dhan Goboori, of the Art of Living Foundation
This Workshop will help you learn the basics of LinkedIn:
Presented by the Career Connections staff. For more information call Career Connections at 732-683-8980 Ext. 8901
This program is made possible through a grant from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The Jersey Job Club gives you the tools and support you need to find a job through Career Connections.
The Friends of Howell Library (FOHL) meets the second Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. at the library, 318 Old Tavern Road, Howell.
Visitors to the meeting and new members are welcome!
An exploration of the the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers. (Documentary)
Stars Joanne Rogers, Betty Aberlin, David Bianculli. 1 hour 34 minutes. (C) Focus Features
The Friends of the Howell Library meet once a month to help raise money to support the needs of our township library.
Please join us!
School-age Holiday Stories from Around the World... Grades K and up. Registration required. Parents, please
register each child using your email and phone contact info.
WildJersey's Debbie Hadley will tell us about local birds and show us how to make a treat that they will love!
Peanut butter will be used. An alert to those with peanut allergies.
Kids! Holiday Cupcake Decorating - Ages 5 and up
December 12 at 4pm
Limited to 15 participants!
Get creative with Le Petit Chef and decorate a winter-themed cupcake for a sweet holiday treat to take home and enjoy!
Join us for an art story followed by printing with bubble wrap!
No registration needed. Ages 4 and up
Join us for a story or two followed by LEGO© free-building. SPACE IS LIMITED, ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED at: http://bit.ly/1JRTwHa
Combine creative thinking, experimentation, paint, and string to create captivating works of art!
Grades 3 - 5. Registration required.
Back by popular demand! Join Kitty Jones of Kit’s Interactive Theater portray Mrs. Claus for this interactive play and share in the good cheer of the Yuletide season. Take part in stories, sing holiday songs, and dance with Sugarplum Fairies! Great fun for the whole family!
Please choose ONE performance time either 4:15 pm OR 7:00 pm
Space is limited. Free tickets are required and will be available from November 27 – December 11.
"Ain't no mountain high enough" for Sudha Pamidimukkala! Sudha is a Monmouth County resident, a mother, and the first Indian to solo Denali in Alaska (the highest mountain in North America at 20,308 feet) and the only Indian woman to solo Aconcagua in Argentina (the highest mountain in the western hemisphere at 22,841 feet).
She will present slides of her mountaineering adventures and share her passion for the outdoors, especially the mountains. Join us as she tells her inspiring story and shares her experiences in these beautiful places, as well as the hardships she had to face.
The Monmouth County Library Teen Advisory Board meets monthly at Headquarters in Manalapan.
All those between 13 and 18 may earn Community Service Hours by joining this great group.
Come out and meet new friends, have a snack and share your ideas for teen programming, teen collections, and more.
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson
Directed by: Jeff Tomsic
A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.
A woman is forced to drive her estranged, marijuana-dealing father from Portland to Los Angeles after he’s been kicked out of a nursing home. Drama Starring: Vera Farminga, Christopher Plummer, Lewis MacDougall 1 hr. 44 mins.
Yoga creates a sense of peace as we move our bodies into a beautiful slow flow sequence leading to a meditation. Join us as Sharon Calder, a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, teaches you the ability to gain the union between movement and breath. You will feel inspired and energized, along with a sense of calmness and peace.
Please bring a yoga mat, water bottle and small towel.
Registration is required as each session can only hold 10 participants. Please call the library at 732-431-5656, stop in to reserve your slot or register below. If you cannot make the session we ask that you call the library to cancel so we may fill your spot with someone on the waitlist.
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Starring Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, Charles Bickford, Porter Hall, Gabby Hayes, Anthony Quinn, Helen Burgess
In this Western from renowned director Cecil B. DeMille, Wild Bill Hickok (Gary Cooper) is caught in the midst of a battle between Indians and General Custer's troops. Having secured the release of Calamity Jane (Jean Arthur) from her Native American captors, Wild Bill aims to settle a score with the greedy gun merchant who armed the Indians. With the help of Buffalo Bill Cody (James Ellison), he gets his man -- but pays a price in the process.
113 minutes; (c) Paramount
Based on the bestselling novel, this contemporary romantic comedy follows a native New Yorker to Singapore to meet her boyfirend's family.
Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, and Lisa Lu
(c) Warner Bros.
Debbie Hadley of WildJersey will show us how to make a delicious treat for our feathered friends!
Peanut butter will be used. Peanut allergy sufferers please be advised.
Ages 8 to 11.Build a skier out of LEGO® technic bricks and make it move. Learn, build, and play with Melina Stock from Bricks 4 Kidz at this special tech workshop. Call, stop in or sign up online http://bit.ly/1U702RS beginning December 3.
The Monmouth County Library does not advocate for or endorse the viewpoints of the speakers or their organizations.
Please note this is not a class for students. This is an information session by an independant tutoring service.
Join us as Ivy Masters Center presents an information-packed seminar on the SAT and ACT exams. Topics include the importance of these tests and how they have changed recently, strategies for better scores, and how universities use reported scores. SAT 2 subject tests and PSAT/National Merit Scholarships are included. Registration is requested by calling us at 732-431-5656, stopping into the library or registering below.
Be Ready: Saturday, August 25 is the first SAT.
Take this class and Crunch the Math Section.
Walk in, Bring questions, Take notes.
All Free, no card needed.
Presented by Mike Carlin, Math professor and SAT/Math tutor.
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 & TV Series Discussion.
This is the space to 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.
Come in out of the cold for some pizza, hot chocolate, cookies and a movie – The Polar Express! Come in your pajamas!
Hosted by the Bayshore Family Success Center.
Director Robert Zemeckis
(c) Warner Brothers
Registration required. Please call the Library at 732-291-1956 or stop by in person to register.
*Please alert us to any allergies or sensitivities to products or foods that your child may have.
This month The Castoffs will meet the 1st, 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.
Join us for an afternoon concert of live guitar music by students of Charlie (of Charlie's Band fame) featuring a variety of songs.
Festive Flutes will be making their annual stop at the Wall Library for a medley of holiday favorites. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and enjoy an afternoon of classical, traditional, and modern favorites in the main area of the library.
Ages 3-5 years
Registration is necessary.
World War I Centennial Film, Lecture and Discussion Series
Today's film is PBS Home Video: American Experience: Influenza 1918.
This series is hosted by Neil O'Connor and Martin Spindel. Each film will have a brief introduction and be followed by a Q & A.
Our thanks to the Friends of the Monmouth County Library for their support of this program.
Directed by Jon M. Chu
Starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh
Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. She's also surprised to learn that Nick's family is extremely wealthy and he's considered one of the country's most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse -- Nick's disapproving mother.
120 minutes; (c) Warner Brothers
Discover a vortex and centripetal force.
Grades K - 2
Join us for some crafty fun for grades 3-6.
Make Your Own Handmade Pottery with WILD Jersey
December 17 at 5pm
Create a traditional Lenape-inspired pot constructed out of rolled coils of clay. Limited to 20.
When Isabel meets Edward, both are at a crossroads: he wants to follow his late wife to the grave, and she is ready to give up on love. Thinking she is merely helping out her friend, Edward's daughter--who lives far away and asked her to check in on her nonagenarian dad in New York--Isabel has no idea that the man in the kitchen baking the sublime roast chicken and light-as-air apricot souffle will end up changing her life.
"USA" Noir Stories
The stories we will be discussing are grouped by themes and have been selected from the following: "True Grit", "American Values",
"Road Rage" & "Home Security" and range across the continental United States.
Loot by Julie Smith will be discussed.
Toddler craft: Twirly Spiral Tree. Children will listen to a story then make a craft. Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. Registration required.
Parents please register each child using your email and phone contact info below..
The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia by Andrei Lankov
This discussion will be moderated by James Nosuchinsky.
"The book, an engaging blend of scholarship, reportage and memoir, offers striking details about daily life in a country reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984." The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)
Books are available at theHQ Circulation Desk.
Charles Dickens writes "A Christmas Carol" after finding inspiration in the people around him and his own desire to be a better person. His novella helps transform Christmas from a minor holiday into a celebration of goodwill.
Starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, and Jonathan Pryce
104m. (c) Bleeker Street Media
A Year Long Film Series Depicting America's Era of Prohibition
A joint endevour co-sponsored by The Township of Ocean Historical Museum & the Ocean Township Branch of the Monmouth County Library
Starring: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, and Karen Morley.
Action/Crime/Drama–93 minutes (c) United Artists
Ethan Hunt and his team must stop a nuclear attack while on the run from a CIA agent tasked with taking them out.
Director: Christopher McQuarrie Cast: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Thames, Simon Pegg
(C) Paramount 147 minutes
The reindeer are on their way; make a cute puppet and a snack for their arrival!
Practice reading aloud to a certified therapy dog who really listens! Bring your favorite book or borrow one of ours.
Grades K and up. Registration required.
Directed by Andrew Bujalski
Starring Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, Dylan Gelula
Lisa is the last person you'd expect to find in a highway-side 'sports bar with curves', but as general manager at Double Whammies, she's come to love the place and its customers. An incurable den mother, she nurtures and protects her girls fiercely, but over the course of one trying day, her optimism is battered from every direction. Double Whammies sells a big, weird American fantasy, but what happens when reality pokes a bunch of holes in it?
90 minutes; (c) Magnolia Pictures
Kids! Gymboree Stay-and-Play – Ages 5 and under
December 19 from 10:00 - 10:30 am and 10:45 - 11:10 am
Music and movement class for babies and toddlers
Top Notch Resumes 2 Advanced: A Free Jersey Job Club Workshop
Your resume is your primary marketing tool in your job search: It's your brochure, advertisement and brand: Your resume is you on paper! It provides an opportunity to capture an employer's attention by making a positive first impression. This workshop will build on the topics covered in the Top Notch Resumes I - Basic Workshop. In addition to the different resume formats and basic layouts, participants will see the advantages of targeting custom resumes for a specific employer, job openings and/or industry. Topics will also include how to detail accomplishments, achievements, and develop an effective summary/profile. A discussion on using a professional cover letter and references are reviewed as well.
This program is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
The Jersey Job Club gives you the tools and support you need to find a job. To find a good job in challenging times, successful job seekers look for opportunities to get an edge. The Jersey Job Club gives you that edge through New Jersey Career Connections.
Children will listen to a story then make a craft. Ages 2 - 5 with an adult. Registration required. Please register below. Parents, please register each child using your email and phone contact info.
Join us for an hour of live music by Charlie's Band featuring a variety of musicians, instruments, and song selections from the Great American Songbook as well as some smooth jazz and Latin sounds. This month, vocalist Sandy Sasso will join Charlie's Band. Take a mid-week break with us at the library.
A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas. Stars Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet. 1 hour 41 minutes. (C) Warner Bros.
Yasaka has just been released from prison and is hired by his old friend Toshio at his workshop. While working for Toshio, Yasaka begins to meddle in his life. Directed by: Koji Fukada. Starring: Tadanobu Asano, Mariko Tsutsui and Taiga.
(C) Film Movement - 2 hours
In Japanese with English subtitles
Thanks to the friends of the Monmouth County Library for their support of this program.
Two women troubled with guy problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love. Starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Jude Law.
138 minutes Columbia Pictures (c)
Use ink and string to make unique art designs. Perfect to give away as presents for the holidays.
School-age Craft: Light-up Trees. Children in Kindergarten and up. Registration required. Parents, please
register each child using your email and phone contact info.
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to our therapy dog.
Bring your favorite book or choose one from our shelves.
Kids! Winter LEGO® Fun! - Ages 5 and up
December 19 at 4:00 pm
BUILD A SPIN ART MACHINE OUT OF LEGO® BRICKS!
You’ll work hands-on to build and then create your own work of art. Learn, build and play with Bricks 4 Kidz this holiday season!
Please choose ONE session. No registration needed.
Session 1 from 4:00 - 4:25 pm
Session 2 from 4:35 - 5:00 pm
Come in and read a favorite story to a canine friend. The dogs will love listening to you!
Ages 4 and up! Come meet Miss Jackie! Ocean Township's new children's librarian! Then, listen to festive stories and decorate a tasty, holiday treat to take home and enjoy. *As food product will be involved, please make the library aware of any food allergies your child may have, and plan to bring an alternative product* SPACE IS LIMITED, ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED at: http://bit.ly/1JRTwHa
Read a book, discuss it, and make a Lego creation.
When you experience the loss of a loved one, navigating through the maze of emotion, making ordinary decisions and finding a new rhythm to everyday can be stressful and overwhelming. These workshops, led by Beth Stamp, support facilitator, may provide an opportunity to share experiences, feelings and new ideas for moving forward, Beyond Bereavement.
Open and free for all to attend.
Thanks to the friends of the Monmouth County Library for their support of this program.
Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany's defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband's ancestors and plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband's brave co-conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows.
Copies of the book are available for check out at the circulation desk.
One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.
Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.
Children will listen to a story then make a craft. Ages 31/2 to 5 without an adult. Registration required. Please register below.
Parents, please register each child using your email and phone contact info.
A bullied teen experiences a turning point summer in which he learns to stand up for himself.
Starring: Judy Greer, Donald Sutherland, Luke Wilson
Directed by: Jim Loach
©Lions Gate Films
Samuel Alabaster, a well-to-do pioneer, traverses the Wild West with Parson Henry to rescue his kidnapped fiancee. Crime/Drama/Western Starring: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Forster, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner 1 hr. 53 mins.
Directed by Sydney Lanfield
Starring Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Darwell, William Frawley, Fred Clark
Lively Bob Hope caper based on a Damon Runyon story. Hope plays the titular con artist whose betting mistake leaves gangster Moose Moran $10,000 out of pocket. Given until Christmas to come up with the cash, he goes into scamming overdrive.
91 minutes; (c) Paramount
Winsome, screwball love story based on contemporary fictional master Nick Hornby's book. Annie (the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan) has an unlikely transatlantic romance with the once revered, now faded, singer-songwriter, who happens to be Duncan's musical obsession.
Starring: Chris O'Dowd, Rose Byrne, and Ethan Hawke
Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking, when she meets Raymond a bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office everything changes. When she and Raymond save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living.
Santa will be visiting the library to read a story, so stop by to give him your wish list and make an ornament.
Join us for an afternoon of construction and creativity!
Grades 3 and Up
Decorate a beautiful ornament for the season!
*Space is limited; register in-person, by phone, or online at: http://bit.ly/1Sp8w4W
Join us for an evening of holiday cheer and celebrate the holidays as LT Productions presents a variety show celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah. The show will include songs, poetry, comedy and much much more.
Reservations are not required for this event but seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.
Family Movie Saturday: All Aboard the Polar Express! Families will watch the movie while enjoying a cup of
hot chocolate. Afterwards we'll make a craft. All ages welcome. No registration required.
**Note: Please alert us to any food allergies.
A couple met on a magical night, fell in love, and separated, convinced that one day they would end up together. Stars John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven. 1 hour 30 minutes. (c) Miramax
A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Starring: Glenn Close, Christian Slate, Max Irons
Directed by: Bjorn Runge
©Sony Picture Classics
Sophie Sheridan is preparing for the grand re-opening of her mother’s hotel while expecting her first child. She enlists the help of her mother’s friends to give her guidance.
Musical/Romance Starring: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard 1 hr. 54 mins.
A father spirals down an unnerving internet rabbit hole to find his missing daughter in this hyper-modern thriller. Their seemingly idyllic family life in San Jose unravels as he makes increasingly disturbing discoveries.
Starring: John Cho, Debra Messing, and Joseph Lee.
(c) Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Fine tune your reading skills by demonstrating how well you can read!
All ages welcome to come celebrate the New Year with stories, a craft and balloons! Registration required. Parents,
please register each child using your email and phone contact info.