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

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

    Location: All Branches

Wednesday September 20, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Book Discussion: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising half-caste children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery.

    Location: Eastern Branch

Thursday September 21, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Club: The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The quest to crack an ancient code  
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The quest to crack an ancient code by Margalit Fox

This true intellectual detective story follows the quest to unlock one of the great secrets of human history -- the decipherment of Linear B, an unknown script from the Aegean Bronze  Age.

    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

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

Monday September 25, 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 September 26, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Telling Tales - An Adult Short Story Program  
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
   

International Short Stories  "The Elephant Vanishes" by Haruki Murakami (Japan)

"The Elephant Vanishes" is a short story by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, included ina short story collection of the same name.  Murakami is known for his calm delivery of prose writing and his inside depiction of the Japanese world view.

This particular short story focuses on the protagonist's personal reaction to the presence - and then disappearance - of an old elephant in his hometown.  The elephant was a refuge from a defunt zoo, and the town council agreed to take on the elephant and provide for it, including food and a keeper.  

    Location: Headquarters

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

Thursday September 28, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Thursday Morning Book Discussion News of the World by Paulette Jiles  
   

News of the World is an adventure story, filled with danger and incident; a western, meticulously researched and rendered; and a two hundred-page prose poem with poetry’s usual virtues of compression, resonance, beauty, and power. Set in post-Civil War Texas, the chaos of that place and time are vividly depicted, even as the story remains primarily one of character. Paulette Jiles has shown how rich and deeply imagined the historical novel can be.

It is 1870, North Texas, rainy and cold. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels from town to town giving readings from the latest newspapers, bringing the news of the world to isolated towns on the Texas frontier. In Wichita Falls, he is asked to return a captive girl to her relatives near San Antonio, 400 miles to the south. The old man and the ten-year-old start out on a hazardous journey, no less risky because the girl considers herself now a Kiowa and does not have the slightest desire to return. Bandits and Comanche raids and violent weather make as many difficulties as the ten-year old girl who can’t speak English, eats with her hands and knows how to use a revolver. In the end, he finds he must return her to relatives who don’t want her, even though he and the girl have become trusting friends. A story of courage and honor and the truth that these two things are often the possession of even the unlikeliest people.    

    Location: Headquarters
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Book Bites -A Book Club for Adults  
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet. So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio.  Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue.  But when Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbiling them into chaos.  A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing. Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husband and wives struggle, all their lives to understand one another.  

    Location: Hazlet

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

Monday October 2, 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 October 3, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. PoeThe Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.

Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

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: Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner  
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

An account of the author's coming-of-age in a polygamist Mormon cult living on a farm in Mexico as one of over forty children, and her eventual escape.

    Location: Ocean Township

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

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

 

  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: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. PoeThe Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.

Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

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 12, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER TV & Book Series Discussion  
    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.

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.

During October, November and December they will cover Gabaldon's The Scottish Prisoner.  

Please check with our Circulation staff as a limited number of books are available.

 

 

    Location: Headquarters
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Lost Amusement Parks Of The North Jersey Shore  
    Contact:    732-291-1956   
   

Author, Rick Geffken, will be at the Library to discuss his recently published book, Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore.  This book brings together rarely seen images from the Library of Congress, local historical societies, and private collections to document how the Jersey Shore became the most famous vacation and recreational destination in the coastal United States.  The remarkable details in these pictures capture a simpler way of life in our country, when families took their children to boardwalks to savor candy apples, salt water taffy, hot dogs and hamburgers, popcorn, and, of course, the rides.  Please contact the Atlantic Highlands Library for information.
 

    Location: Atlantic Highlands

Saturday October 14, 2017
   9:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Monmouth Writers  
   

Contact:  732-938-2300

If you would like to share your own work for constructive feedback, go to www.monmouthwriters.com for details of what to expect, as well as format/printing instructions.  Priority will be given to folks who follow the straightforward submission guidelines.  For more information email Rick: rkelsten@gmail.com

 

    Location: Howell

Monday October 16, 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 October 17, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Telling Tales - An Adult Short Story Program rM 7  
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
   

"International Short Stories"

"Moving House" by Pawel Huell (Poland)

In Pawel Huell's story "Moving House" the reader is treated to the story of a young Polish boy who pays a visit to his German neighbor.  Such a visit is forbidden to the boy, but the beautiful music played by the German Lady next door bewitches him.  In Polish History, Germany became an aggressive and betraying neighbor while Russia offered salvation.  Nevertheless, for Poles one's friends one day could easily be one's enemies the next.

"Cockroaches" by Bruno Schulz (Poland)

Bruno Schulz was one of the most remarkably gifted writers from Eastern Europe in the 20th century.  Little known outside his native Poland, his work as been compared to Franz Kafka.  This short story is typical of Schulz's genius and is included in the short story book The Street of Crocodiles.

    Location: Headquarters

Thursday October 19, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Howell Library Book Club: Charmed Particles  
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

Set in a fictional prarie town, author  Chrissy Kolaya tells the intertwined stories of two families on opposite sides of a local battle when a laboratory for experiments in high energy particle physics decides to build a new superconducting supercollider. The conflict over the collider fractures the community and creates deep divides within the families of the novel.

    Location: Howell
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Book Bites -A Book Club for Adults  
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

A whip-smart, hysterical dramedy about a family in crisis after the disappearance of its brilliant, misanthropic matriarch.

Bernadette Fox is notorious.  To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15 year old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply Mom.  Then Bernadette disappears.

    Location: Hazlet
   3:00 PM Wall Book Club: House at Riverton by Kate Morton  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life, the only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford.  Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long-consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks. A shocking secret threatens to emerge; something history has forgotten but Grace never could.

 

 

    Location: Wall Township

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

Monday October 23, 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 October 24, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Book Discussion: The Longest Night by Andrea Williams  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

A young couple’s marriage is tested when they move to an army base rife with love triangles, life-or-death conflicts, and a dramatic cover-up. Based on a true story of the only fatal nuclear accident to occur in America, The Longest Night is a deeply moving novel that explores the intricate makeup of a marriage, the shifting nature of trust, and the ways we try to protect the ones we love.

    Location: Eastern Branch

Wednesday October 25, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Book Discussion: The Longest Night by Andrea Williams  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

A young couple’s marriage is tested when they move to an army base rife with love triangles, life-or-death conflicts, and a dramatic cover-up. Based on a true story of the only fatal nuclear accident to occur in America, The Longest Night is a deeply moving novel that explores the intricate makeup of a marriage, the shifting nature of trust, and the ways we try to protect the ones we love.

    Location: Eastern Branch
   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

Monday October 30, 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

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: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

NOTE: Change in date due to Election Day! 

In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads.

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
   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 November 9, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER TV & Book Series Discussion  
    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.

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.

The group plans to  cover Diana Gabaldon's Brotherhood Of the Blade in August (through Chapter 19) and finish it in September. During October, November and December they will cover Gabaldon's The Scottish Prisoner.  

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 Alice Network by Kate Quinn  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads.

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

    Location: Colts Neck

Monday November 13, 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 November 14, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Book Discussion: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

The story of Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.  Fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Book Discussion: The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob  
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

An epic, irreverent testimony to the bonds of love, the pull of hope, and the power of making peace with life's uncertainties.

    Location: Ocean Township

Wednesday November 15, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Book Discussion: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

The story of Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.  Fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Thursday November 16, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Howell Library Book Club: Midnight Watch  
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

A novel of the Titanic and the Californian

Written by David Dyer. As the Titanic sank into the Atlantic after striking an iceberg the evening of April 14, 1912, a nearby ship looked on. Second Officer Herbert Stone, in charge of the midnight watch on the SS Californian, saw the distress rockets that the Titanic fired. He alerted the sleeping captain, Stanley Lord, but Lord did not come to the bridge. When they learned the extent of the tragedy, Lord and Stone did everything they could to hide their role in the disaster, but their terrible secret was eventually revealed.

    Location: Howell
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Senior Book Club  
    Location: Howell
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Book Bites -A Book Club for Adults  
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

America's First Daughter: A novel by Stephanie Dray

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph --a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

    Location: Hazlet
   3:00 PM Wall Book Club: I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris after the Civil War to be an artist was going to be easy, but when, after a decade of work, her submission to the Paris Salon is rejected. Her father wants her to return to Philadelphia to find a husband, her sister Lydia is falling mysteriously ill, and Mary is beginning to doubt herself. One evening a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever, so begins the defining period of her life and the most tempestuous of relationships.

    Location: Wall Township

Monday November 20, 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 November 21, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Telling Tales - An Adult Short Story Program  
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
   

"International Short Stories"

The Story of the Lizard Who Had the Habit of Dining on His Wives by Eduardo H. Galeano (Uruguary)

Part fable, part allegory, this story shows the dangers of predatory behavior.  After consuming so many wives, the lizard meets his true love, but it is a case of "be careful what you wish for".

Jaspal by Kirpal Singh (Singapore)

"Jaspal" is a short story written by the famous scholarly author, Dr. Kirpal Singh.  The story plot begins with the person named Jaspal sitting in a restroom, thinking about his happy-go-lucky childhood memories of India.  The story is written in a very light and humorous way, yet touching the very sensitive topic of racism, classicism, and difference in thought between different generations, in Singapore. 

    Location: Headquarters

Monday November 27, 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

Monday December 4, 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 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
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Book Discussion: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter  
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

This is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and is rekindled fifty years later in Hollywood.

    Location: Ocean Township

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

Monday December 11, 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 December 14, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER TV & Book Series Discussion  
    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.

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.

The group plans to  cover Diana Gabaldon's Brotherhood Of the Blade in August (through Chapter 19) and finish it in September. During October, November and December they will cover Gabaldon's The Scottish Prisoner.  

Please check with our Circulation staff as a limited number of books are available.

 

 

    Location: Headquarters

Monday December 18, 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 December 19, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Book Discussion: News of the World by Paulette Jiles  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people.

    Location: Eastern Branch
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Telling Tales - An Adult Short Story Program  
    Contact:    732-431-7220   
   

"International Short Stories"

The Keeper of the Virgins by Hanan Al-Shaykh (Lebanon)

Hanna Al-Shaykh's, "The Keeper of the Virgins" follows an unnamed dwarf in a world that pities or scoffs at him.  The dwarf meanders about his life, immersed in study, reflection and writing.  Each day, he leaves his family home afoot and makes the two-hour trip to the convent with the hope of catching a glimpse of Georgette, a woman from who he has developed a keen sense of companionship that lived within its walls.  This is a story of desire and longing, and its attainment is always at a remove.  The longing is what matters, and only the dwarf obtains the wistful sense of what happens when the thing desired is obtained.

    Location: Headquarters

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
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Book Discussion: News of the World by Paulette Jiles  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people.

    Location: Eastern Branch

Thursday December 21, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Howell Library Book Club: Blazing World  
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

Author Siri Hustvedt presents the  provocative story of artist Harriet Burden, who, after years of having her work ignored, ignites an explosive scandal in New York's art world when she recruits three young men to present her creations as their own. When the shows succeed and Burden reveals her triumph, she is betrayed by one of the men, Rune.  Burden and Rune find themselves in a charged and dangerous game that ends in his bizarre death.

    Location: Howell
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Senior Book Club  
    Location: Howell
   3:00 PM Wall Book Club: Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

In 1917 Beatrice Haven sneaks out of her uncle’s house and leaves her newborn baby at the foot of a pear tree and watches as another woman claims the infant as her own.  Beatrice is the unwed daughter of a wealthy Jewish industrialist and a gifted pianist bound for Radcliffe, she plans to leave her shameful secret behind and make a fresh start. Ten years later, with Prohibition in full swing Bea returns to her uncle’s house only to be introduced to Emma Murphy, the headstrong Irish Catholic woman who has been raising her abandoned child Lucy Pear.

    Location: Wall Township

Wednesday January 3, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

I Always Loved You : A Novel  by Robin Oliveira
When  Mary Cassatt moves to Paris after the Civil War, she never thought it would be easy. But after her work is rejected a decade later,  and her family wants her to return to America, Mary’s fierce determination wavers. As she begins to doubt herself, a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever. So begins the defining period of her life and the most tempestuous of relationships
 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday January 11, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER TV & Book Series Discussion  
    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.

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.

The group plans to  cover Diana Gabaldon's Brotherhood Of the Blade in August (through Chapter 19) and finish it in September. During October, November and December they will cover Gabaldon's The Scottish Prisoner.  

Please check with our Circulation staff as a limited number of books are available.

 

 

    Location: Headquarters

Wednesday February 7, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

The Opposite of Everyone: A Novel  by Joshilyn Jackson
An independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel . It’s an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives.

 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Wednesday March 7, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

My Father’s Paradise: A  Son’s Search for His Family’s Past by Ariel Sabar
In a remote corner of the world, forgotten for nearly three thousand years, lived an enclave of Kurdish Jews so isolated that they still spoke Aramaic, the language of Jesus. To these descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel, Yona Sabar was born.  Yona's son Ariel grew up in Los Angeles, where Yona had become an esteemed professor. Ariel wanted nothing to do with his father's strange immigrant heritage-until he had a son of his own. Ariel Sabar brings to life the ancient town of Zakho, discovering his family's place in the sweeping saga of Middle-Eastern history. This powerful book is an improbable story of tolerance and hope set in what today is the very center of the world's attention.


 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

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