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Sunday January 1, 2017 -  Sunday December 31, 2017
     Book and Short Story Discussions; Author Talks!  
    Contact: Reference Staff   Your Branch   
   

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    Location: All Branches

Friday May 26, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Hebrew  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Dr. Nelly Segal will lead discussion on Amnon and Tamar from 2 Samuel, Chapter 13.

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

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

Books are available at LIbrary Headquarters' Circulation Desk.

 

    Location: Headquarters

Monday June 5, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Next Chapter Book Club  
    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 6, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

RUTH WARINER was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turn a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. After Ruth’s father?the man who had been the founding prophet of the colony?is brutally murdered by his brother in a bid for church power, her mother remarries, becoming the second wife of another faithful congregant.

In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where Ruth’s mother collects welfare and her stepfather works a variety of odd jobs. Ruth comes to love the time she spends in the States, realizing that perhaps the community into which she was born is not the right one for her. As she begins to doubt her family’s beliefs and question her mother’s choices, she struggles to balance her fierce love for her siblings with her determination to forge a better life for herself.

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
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Book Discussion: Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson  
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Book discussion of Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson. A captivating and heartwarming story of an unusual mother and son, and the intrepid young woman who finds herself irresistibly pulled into their unforgettable world.

    Location: Ocean Township

Wednesday June 7, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

Woman in Cabin 10

By Ruth Ware

 

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.






 

  Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday June 8, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER Series Discussion Group  
    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 & TV Series Discussion.

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
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

RUTH WARINER was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turn a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. After Ruth’s father?the man who had been the founding prophet of the colony?is brutally murdered by his brother in a bid for church power, her mother remarries, becoming the second wife of another faithful congregant.

In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where Ruth’s mother collects welfare and her stepfather works a variety of odd jobs. Ruth comes to love the time she spends in the States, realizing that perhaps the community into which she was born is not the right one for her. As she begins to doubt her family’s beliefs and question her mother’s choices, she struggles to balance her fierce love for her siblings with her determination to forge a better life for herself.

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

    Location: Colts Neck

Saturday June 10, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM From Amistad to the White House: Teachable Moments from 1839 to Within My Lifetime  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Meet author Kay Harris and participate in a lively discussion as she shares her journey through the landmark sites of the Civil Rights Movement where she relived the major events of the African-American struggle for equality.  Beginning with the involuntary passengers of the Amistad in 1839, to retracing the great strides of progress achieved during the Civil Rights period, to the election of our first African-American President, including "Teachable Moments" through President Obama's last months in office.

Kay Harris's journey is punctuated with personal reflections of how our nation has evolved, as well as the challenges yet to be met. She captures the emotion, spirit and mood of the times, and challenges us to embrace the "teachable moments" that confront us in our communities and our nation. For those who grew up during the Civil Rights Era, From Amistad to the White House brings to the forefront many of the back stories that may have been forgotten, and shares how the stories intertwine from one event to the next.

Part of the Women and Words series at Eastern Branch

    Location: Eastern Branch
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Book Talk: Gas Money by Troy Lewis  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Come meet author Troy Lewis as he discusses his book Gas Money a heartwarming, honest narrative that shows how the everyday people we come in contact with can shape our lives forever.  Packed with much humor, lots of inspiration and occasional sadness, the collection of true stories captures the perspective and imagination of a six-year-old black boy growing up in 1960s Virginia and his soul-searching journey over the next five decades.

    Location: Wall Township

Sunday June 11, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Out of the Ashes Came Hope  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Join us as Gilda Rogers, author, educator, communty activist and historian, discusses her book "Out of the Ashes Came Hope", the memoir of Monsignor William J. Linder, founder of New Community Corporation in Newark. The book is an inspiring and timely volume that illuminates the work of Monsignor Linder and the remarkable mission of New Community to help residents of inner cities improve the quality of their lives to reflect individual God-given dignity and personal achievement.  

It has been 50 years since the rebellion of 1967 tore through Newark's Central Ward in response to years of racially targeted discrimination, economic disinvestment, political disenfranchisement, and police brutality -- issues that resonate in today's political climate.   

Gilda Rogers is an award-winning journalist and the co-chair of Citizens for a Diverse and Open Society, a community group that meets monthly to work on improving race relations and to promote tolerance and respect for all cultures.  Ms. Rogers was recently named the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year by the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission.  She is also the co-chair of the T. Thomas Fortune Project Committee.  

Part of the Women and Words series at the Eastern Branch

    Location: Eastern Branch

Monday June 12, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Next Chapter Book Club  
    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 15, 2017
   10:30 AM Book Discussion: Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett  
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

Margaret and John marry in 1960s London despite John’s severe depression.  The story follows the legacy of a father’s pain on the life of his family, told in alternating points of view of all five members of the family.

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

    Location: Howell
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Discussion: Imagine Me Gone  
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

by Adam Haslett

Margaret and John marry in 1960s London despite John's severe depression. The story follows the legacy of a father's pain on the life of his family, told in the alternating points of view of all five members of the family.

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

    Location: Howell
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Thursday Morning Book Discussion: Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast  
    Contact:    732-431-7220 X7222   
   

In her first memoir, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the “crazy closet”-with predictable results-the tools that had served Roz well through her parents' seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed. 


While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies-an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades-the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care. 

An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storyteller. -

    Location: Headquarters
   3:00 PM Wall Book Club: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

by Katherine Boo

The dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century's great, unequal cities Annawadi a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees fortune in the recyclable garbage of richer people. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a rural childhood, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to good times.

 

    Location: Wall Township
   7:00 PM  -  8:25 PM Creative Writers' Group  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x7222   
   

 If you have an interest in writing and you care to share your work, the  Creative Writers' Group meets every third Thursday of the month at 7 o'clock at the Monmouth County Library-Headquarters. Our goal is simply to offer constructive criticism and support to fellow writers. These sessions are free and open to the public. If you are interested in reading something to the group, choose a piece that is under 1500 words.

    Location: Headquarters

Monday June 19, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Next Chapter Book Club  
    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
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM It Takes Guts to be a Teen  
    Contact:    866-941-8188   
   

Dr. Barbara Holstein, author, positive psychologist and filmmaker, will introduce and screen her two short award winning films "Falling in Love, A Coming of Age Selfie Film" and "The Truth, A Short Film" based on her two books for girls, tweens and teens: "The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween" and "Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen".  

Following the screenings, she will discuss with the audience many of the core topics brought up in the films, and lead a lively talk and Q&A around related subjects such as becoming a filmmaker and issues girls in the audience may be facing. 

Dr. Barbara Holstein is an author, filmmaker and motivational speaker committed to empowering young women to strive for more and have the confidence to succeed and be happy. "Falling in Love, A Selfie Film," stars Brick Township teen Megan Brown, and won the Runner-Up Award for Best Short New Jersey Film in early March at the Brightside Tavern Shorts Film Festival in Jersey City. The same film is an official selection for the Hang On to Your Shorts Film Festival in Asbury Park on May 21. Also chosen for the Asbury Park festival is her short film, "The Truth, A Short, Short Film," which tells in two minutes the real life feelings and issues of a teenager who hears her parents talking about something that she should have been told. Both films are up for awards.
Holstein's books will be available for signing and purchase.  More information can be found at http://www.TheTruthForGirls.com.

Part of the Women and Words series at the Eastern Branch

    Location: Eastern Branch

Tuesday June 20, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Book Discussion: When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Isla is a lonely girl who moves to Hobart with her mother and brother to try to better their lives. It’s not really working until they meet Bo, a crewman on an Antarctic supply ship, the Nella Dan, who shares stories about his adventures with them—his travels, bird watching, his home in Denmark, and life on board the ship. Isla is struggling to learn what truly matters and who to trust, while this modern Viking is searching to understand his past and to find a place in this world for himself. Though their time together is short, it is enough to change the course of both their lives.

    Location: Eastern Branch
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Telling Tales. An Adult Short Story Program  
   

Short Stories Thru the Decades

"Williamsburg Bridge" (2015)  by John Edgar Wideman

Wideman is one of the nation's literary treasures, and his contribution is a dazzling, delirious achievement: as his narrator, perched on the edge of the Williamsburg Bridge, prepares for suicide, he delivers a cri de Coeur that ranges from Sonny Rollins to the Yalu River and becomes nothing less than a meditation on the extraordinary resilience of ordinary black lives in the American Century.

    Location: Headquarters

Wednesday June 21, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Book Discussion: When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Isla is a lonely girl who moves to Hobart with her mother and brother to try to better their lives. It’s not really working until they meet Bo, a crewman on an Antarctic supply ship, the Nella Dan, who shares stories about his adventures with them—his travels, bird watching, his home in Denmark, and life on board the ship. Isla is struggling to learn what truly matters and who to trust, while this modern Viking is searching to understand his past and to find a place in this world for himself. Though their time together is short, it is enough to change the course of both their lives.

    Location: Eastern Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet Book Club  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

“Life of Ma Parker” (1921) by Katherine Mansfield

A young literary gentleman opens his door to Ma Parker, his charwoman, who has experienced grief and suffering most of her life.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday June 22, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bookbites: A Book Club For Adults  
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Phaedra Patrick understands the soul. Eccentric, charming, and wise. The Curious Charms is not just for those who are mourning over love or the past.  This book will illuminate your heart.

Don't miss this curiously charming debut! In this hauntingly beautiful story of love, loneliness and self-discovery, an endearing widower embarks on a life changing adventure.

    Location: Hazlet

Monday June 26, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Next Chapter Book Club  
    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 29, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Author Reading and Book Signing: Mary Lou Irace  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Join us as author Mary Lou Irace returns to the Eastern Branch to discuss the sequel to her novel Out of My Dreams, which she presented to us one year ago.  Copies of her new novel will be available for sale and signing. The story of Tara and Evan continues in The Magic of Us.  

As they begin their married life in the Boston suburbs, things return to normal.  But as the newlyweds await the birth of their first child, another tragic event causes fate to intervene at the hands of a surprise visitor. 

Mary Lou Irace lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.  Visit her at www.facebook.com/MaryLouIraceAuthor and Twitter @MaryLouIrace

Part of the Women and Words series at the Eastern Branch

    Location: Eastern Branch

Tuesday July 11, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.

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
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Book Discussion: Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart  
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Book discussion of Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart. 

    Location: Ocean Township

Wednesday July 12, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

 A Man Called Ove: A Novel

By Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday July 13, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER Series Discussion Group  
    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 & TV Series Discussion.

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
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.

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 18, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Book Discussion: Alaskan Laundry by Brendan Jones  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

A fierce young woman who finds her way to Alaska and finds herself through the hard work of fishing, as far as the icy Bering Sea   A beautiful evocation of a place that can't help but change us and a testament to the unshakable lure of home, an unforgettable story of one woman's journey from isolation back to the possibility of love. 

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Wednesday July 19, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Book Discussion: Alaskan Laundry by Brendan Jones  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

A fierce young woman who finds her way to Alaska and finds herself through the hard work of fishing, as far as the icy Bering Sea   A beautiful evocation of a place that can't help but change us and a testament to the unshakable lure of home, an unforgettable story of one woman's journey from isolation back to the possibility of love. 

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet Book Club  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

“You Were Perfectly Fine” by Dorothy Parker (The New Yorker 1929)

In this satire on the effects and consequences of drinking, a young man learns, from the girl he was with, what happened at a party the night before. 

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday July 20, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Discussion: Station Eleven  
   

One snowy night, a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time -- from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains --  this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

Copies of this book are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Howell
   3:00 PM Wall Book Club: Traitors Wife: the Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

by Allison Pataki

A riveting historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold, the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind America’s most infamous act of treason...Everyone knows of Benedict Arnold and his co-conspirator, Major John Andre but few know of the integral third character in the plot: a charming young woman who not only contributed to the betrayal but orchestrated it.  The story is told from the perspective of Peggy’s maid, whose faith in the new nation inspires her to intervene in her mistress’s affairs even when it could cost her everything.

    Location: Wall Township
   7:00 PM Book Talk: The Magic of Us by Mary Lou Irace  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

In this sequel to Out Of My Dreams, continues with Tara and Evan As they begin their married life in the Boston suburbs, things return to normal after the revelations brought to light from Tara's extraordinary ability. But as the newlyweds await the birth of their first child, another tragic event causes fate to intervene at the hands of a surprise visitor. Follow the couple as they experience the joys and challenges of parenthood. Unexpected circumstances will strengthen bonds and test boundaries. And loved ones will seek to bridge the gap between the present and memories of the past. Life will come full circle for Tara and her family as they discover that home is more than just a house, and that everyday life is magic enough.

Join Mary Lou Irace as she discusses her latest book The Magic of Us.

    Location: Wall Township
   7:00 PM  -  8:25 PM Creative Writers' Group  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x7222   
   

 If you have an interest in writing and you care to share your work, the  Creative Writers' Group meets every third Thursday of the month at 7 o'clock at the Monmouth County Library-Headquarters. Our goal is simply to offer constructive criticism and support to fellow writers. These sessions are free and open to the public. If you are interested in reading something to the group, choose a piece that is under 1500 words.

    Location: Headquarters

Tuesday August 1, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

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.

As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Meanwhile Asha, a woman of formidable ambition, has identified a shadier route to the middle class. With a little luck, her beautiful daughter, Annawadi’s “most-everything girl,” might become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest children, like the young thief Kalu, feel themselves inching closer to their dreams. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects people to one another in an era of tumultuous change, 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.

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

    Location: Colts Neck

Thursday August 3, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

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.

As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Meanwhile Asha, a woman of formidable ambition, has identified a shadier route to the middle class. With a little luck, her beautiful daughter, Annawadi’s “most-everything girl,” might become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest children, like the young thief Kalu, feel themselves inching closer to their dreams. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects people to one another in an era of tumultuous change, 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.

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 9, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

Here I am: A Novel

by JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER

Unfolding over four weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the very meaning of home?and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear.

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday August 10, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER Series Discussion Group  
    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 & TV Series Discussion.

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 August 15, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Book Discussion: Shelter by Jung Yun  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Kyung and his wife, Gillian, have always lived beyond their means. Now their decisions have caught up with them, and Kyung is anxious for his family's future: all he wants is to provide the home that was denied him to their son. When his parents become victims of a violent home invasion, the dynamic suddenly changes, and Kyung is compelled to take them in. As the carefully established distance between Kyung and his parents collapses, he must reckon with his childhood, even as the life that he has built begins to crumble. 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Wednesday August 16, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Book Discussion: Shelter by Jung Yun  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Kyung and his wife, Gillian, have always lived beyond their means. Now their decisions have caught up with them, and Kyung is anxious for his family's future: all he wants is to provide the home that was denied him to their son. When his parents become victims of a violent home invasion, the dynamic suddenly changes, and Kyung is compelled to take them in. As the carefully established distance between Kyung and his parents collapses, he must reckon with his childhood, even as the life that he has built begins to crumble. 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Thursday August 17, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Senior Book Club  
    Location: Howell
   3:00 PM Wall Book Club: Longest Night by Andria Williams  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

1959, Nat Collier moves with her husband, Paul, and their two young daughters to Idaho Falls, a remote military town. An Army Specialist, Paul is stationed there to help oversee one of the country’s first nuclear reactors—an assignment that seems full of opportunity. Based on a true story of the only fatal nuclear accident to occur in America, this is the story about a young couple whose marriage is tested when they move to an army base rife with love triangles, life-or-death conflicts, and a dramatic cover-up.

    Location: Wall Township
   7:00 PM  -  8:25 PM Creative Writers' Group  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x7222   
   

 If you have an interest in writing and you care to share your work, the  Creative Writers' Group meets every third Thursday of the month at 7 o'clock at the Monmouth County Library-Headquarters. Our goal is simply to offer constructive criticism and support to fellow writers. These sessions are free and open to the public. If you are interested in reading something to the group, choose a piece that is under 1500 words.

    Location: Headquarters

Wednesday August 23, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet Book Club  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

“Rope” (1928) by Katherine Anne Porter

Acrimony between a husband and wife escalates when a coil of rope and forgotten coffee become the object of their frustration. 

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday August 24, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM BookBites- A Book Club for Adults  
   

 

When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett

Between the coasts of Tasmania and Antarctica the lives of a lonely girl, a gentle man, and a red ship intersect. Their stories unfold in short, evocative vignettes that capture emotional time and space as well as bring the physical spaces to life. The girl, Isla, lives with her Mum and little brother, just getting by without many resources or even love to spare. The arrival of the Nella Dan and the ship's steward, Bo, briefly opens a window into another world, one of contrasts between the cold stillness of ice and busy heat of mess halls. The skill and insight that earned Parrett's debut novel, Past the Shallows, critical acclaim have created another moving account of the depth of ordinary lives. (Library Journal, starred review)

    Location: Hazlet

Tuesday September 5, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club:  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

 

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

    Location: Colts Neck

Wednesday September 6, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

The Accidental Empress
  by  Allison Pataki
 In 1853, the Habsburgs are Europe’s most powerful ruling family and young, rich Emperor Franz is ready to marry. Fifteen-year-old Elisabeth, “Sisi,” Duchess of Bavaria, arrives at court with  her older sister, the emperor’s  fiancee.   Pataki , with rich period detail and complex characters gives us a look into one of history’s most intriguing royal families
 

  Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday September 7, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club:  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

 

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

    Location: Colts Neck

Friday September 15, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Hebrew  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Dr. Nelly Segal will lead discussion on Judas by Omos Oz

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 21, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Senior Book Club  
    Location: Howell
   3:00 PM Wall Book Club: Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Born in Alabama, Paula Vauss spent the first decade of her life on the road with her free-spirited young mother, Kai, an itinerant storyteller who blended Hindu mythology with southern oral tradition to re-invent their history as they roved. Now, a fiercely independent divorce lawyer Paula learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother.

    Location: Wall Township
   7:00 PM  -  8:25 PM Creative Writers' Group  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x7222   
   

 If you have an interest in writing and you care to share your work, the  Creative Writers' Group meets every third Thursday of the month at 7 o'clock at the Monmouth County Library-Headquarters. Our goal is simply to offer constructive criticism and support to fellow writers. These sessions are free and open to the public. If you are interested in reading something to the group, choose a piece that is under 1500 words.

    Location: Headquarters

Saturday September 23, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Author Talk and Book Signing: Matthew John Benecke  
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

Come to the Hazlet Library for a book signing and reading by local author, Matthew John Benecke! Matthew is the author of the Kosmogonia series of speculative fiction novels including the apocalyptic thriller, The Lion in the Desert, and its sequels, The Walking Ghosts and The Metamorphoses. He is also the writer of Beer & Fitness: The Practical Guide to Exploring Craft Beer and Improving Physical and Mental Fitness and the popular craft beer blog, The Beer Whisperers.

Register online or by calling the library at 732-264-7164.

    Location: Hazlet

Wednesday September 27, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet Book Club  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

“Rules of the Game” (1989) by Amy Tan

A Chinese- American girl learns from her mother the art of invisible strength, a strategy for winning arguments and respect from others.

    Location: Marlboro

Saturday September 30, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Chinese  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Shang-Yi Lu will lead discussion on Have Book, Will Travel  by Zhan Hongzhi

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

Tuesday October 3, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club:  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

 

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 October 4, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
By J.D. Vance
Former marine and Yale Law School graduate,  J. D. Vance tells the real story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you grow up in a poor Rust Belt town. A moving memoir with humor and colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels.

 

  Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday October 5, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club:  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

 

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

    Location: Colts Neck

Thursday October 19, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Senior Book Club  
    Location: Howell
   7:00 PM  -  8:25 PM Creative Writers' Group  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x7222   
   

 If you have an interest in writing and you care to share your work, the  Creative Writers' Group meets every third Thursday of the month at 7 o'clock at the Monmouth County Library-Headquarters. Our goal is simply to offer constructive criticism and support to fellow writers. These sessions are free and open to the public. If you are interested in reading something to the group, choose a piece that is under 1500 words.

    Location: Headquarters

Saturday October 21, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Spanish  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Katherine Rittenbach will lead discussion on the book "Las lagrimas de San Lorenzo" by Julio Llamazares

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 25, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet Book Club  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

“To Hell with Dying” (1973) by Alice Walker

A bond of faith between children and a warm-hearted old man bring love, life and healing.  

    Location: Marlboro

Wednesday November 1, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

Shelter
By Jung Yun
Debts and bad decisions are catching up with Kyung Cho and his wife Gillian, while a few miles away, his parents, Jin and Mae, live in the town’s most exclusive neighborhood. When an act of violence leaves Jin and Mae unable to live on their own, the Chos find themselves living under the same roof forcing old feelings of guilt along with a terrible and persistent question.

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday November 2, 2017
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Russian  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Raisa Silver will lead discussion on the book The Women of Lazarus by Marina Stepnova

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

Saturday November 4, 2017
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Arabic  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Ms. Manal Stephan will lead discussion on The Bridges of Constatine  by Ahlem Mosteghanemi

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 November 5, 2017
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Italian  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Joanne Bisagna Villafane will lead discussion on the book Secrets of Italy by Corrado Augias

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

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

Books are available at LIbrary Headquarters' Circulation Desk.

 

    Location: Headquarters

Monday November 6, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club:  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

NOTE: Change in date due to Election Day! 

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

    Location: Colts Neck

Thursday November 9, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club:  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

 

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

    Location: Colts Neck

Thursday November 16, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Senior Book Club  
    Location: Howell
   7:00 PM  -  8:25 PM Creative Writers' Group  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x7222   
   

 If you have an interest in writing and you care to share your work, the  Creative Writers' Group meets every third Thursday of the month at 7 o'clock at the Monmouth County Library-Headquarters. Our goal is simply to offer constructive criticism and support to fellow writers. These sessions are free and open to the public. If you are interested in reading something to the group, choose a piece that is under 1500 words.

    Location: Headquarters

Tuesday December 5, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club:  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

 

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 December 6, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

Chillbury Ladies’ Choir: A Novel
By Jennifer Ryan
In the early days of World War II, with the men are away fighting, the women of Chilbury village defy the Vicar’s edict to close the choir and instead “carry on singing,” calling themselves the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. An ensemble story that shuttles from intrigue to romance to the heartbreaking matters of life and death, Ryan’s debut novel illuminates the strength and spirit of the women on the home front.

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday December 7, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club:  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

 

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 December 20, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Short & Sweet: A Short Story Book Club  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

"The Haunted Boy" (1955) by Carson McCullers

A young boy is deeply concerned when he returns from school to find that his mother, whose mental health has recently been unstable, is not at home.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday December 21, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Senior Book Club  
    Location: Howell
   7:00 PM  -  8:25 PM Creative Writers' Group  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x7222   
   

 If you have an interest in writing and you care to share your work, the  Creative Writers' Group meets every third Thursday of the month at 7 o'clock at the Monmouth County Library-Headquarters. Our goal is simply to offer constructive criticism and support to fellow writers. These sessions are free and open to the public. If you are interested in reading something to the group, choose a piece that is under 1500 words.

    Location: Headquarters

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