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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

Monday March 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

Saturday April 1, 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 Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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 April 2, 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 The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

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 April 3, 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 April 4, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert’s life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics. But it didn’t get easier. Robert carried with him the difficult dual nature of his existence, trying to fit in at Yale, and at home on breaks.

A compelling and honest portrait of Robert’s relationships—with his struggling mother, with his incarcerated father, with his teachers and friends—The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace encompasses the most enduring conflicts in America: race, class, drugs, community, imprisonment, education, family, friendship, and love.

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: Shakespeare Saved My Life  
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Discussion of Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates.

    Location: Ocean Township

Wednesday April 5, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator
By Homer Hickam
Carrying Albert Home is the funny, sweet, and sometimes tragic tale of a young couple and a special alligator on a crazy 1,000-mile adventure. With down-home charm, Homer Hickam’s tale is ultimately a testament to that strange and marvelous emotion called love.



 

  Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday April 6, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert’s life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics. But it didn’t get easier. Robert carried with him the difficult dual nature of his existence, trying to fit in at Yale, and at home on breaks.

A compelling and honest portrait of Robert’s relationships—with his struggling mother, with his incarcerated father, with his teachers and friends—The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace encompasses the most enduring conflicts in America: race, class, drugs, community, imprisonment, education, family, friendship, and love.

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 April 10, 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 April 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

Monday April 17, 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 April 18, 2017
   10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Discussion: The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich  
    Contact:    866-941-8188   
   

Beautiful Ida Chagall, the only daughter of Marc Chagall, is blossoming in the Paris art world beyond her father's controlling gaze.  But her newfound independence is short-lived.  In Nazi-occupied Paris, Chagall's status as a Jewish artist has made them all targets, yet his devotion to his art blinds him to their danger. 

 

 

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

"Short Stories Thru the Decades"

"Cathedral" (1983) by Raymond Carver

In Raymond Carver's story, "Cathedral", the story tells of how a close outside relationship can threaten a marriage by provoking insecurities, aggravating communication barriers, and creating feelings of invasion of privacy.  The husband in the story is given the gift of seeing the cathedral through a blind man's eyes.  Although the title suggests that the story is about a cathedral, it is really about two men who come together and share a vision and realize it is he who is blind. 

 

    Location: Headquarters

Wednesday April 19, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Book Discussion: The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich  
    Contact:    866-941-8188   
   

Beautiful Ida Chagall, the only daughter of Marc Chagall, is blossoming in the Paris art world beyond her father's controlling gaze.  But her newfound independence is short-lived.  In Nazi-occupied Paris, Chagall's status as a Jewish artist has made them all targets, yet his devotion to his art blinds him to their danger. 

 

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Thursday April 20, 2017
   10:30 AM Book Discussion: Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa  
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

Over the course of one life-altering afternoon, the fates of seven people will change forever when a throng of protestors are determined to shut down Seattle.

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

    Location: Howell
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Discusion: Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist  
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

by Sunil Yapa

Over the course of one life-altering afternoon, the fates of seven people will change forever when a throng of protestors is determined to shut down Seattle.

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

    Location: Howell
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Thursday Morning Book Discussion: The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle  
    Contact:    732-431-7220 X7222   
   

Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people—an aging ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover—as they careen towards an explosive confrontation. 

 

On a vacation cruise to Central America with his wife, seventy-year-old Sten Stensen unflinchingly kills a gun-wielding robber menacing a busload of senior tourists. The reluctant hero is relieved to return home to Fort Bragg, California, after the ordeal—only to find that his delusional son, Adam, has spiraled out of control.

Adam has become involved with Sara Hovarty Jennings, a hardened member of the Sovereign Citizens’ Movement, right-wing anarchists who refuse to acknowledge the laws and regulations of the state, considering them to be false and non-applicable. Adam’s senior by some fifteen years, Sara becomes his protector and inamorata. As Adam's mental state fractures, he becomes increasingly schizophrenic—a breakdown that leads him to shoot two people in separate instances. On the run, he takes to the woods, spurring the biggest manhunt in California history.

As he explores a father’s legacy of violence and his powerlessness in relating to his equally violent son, T. C. Boyle offers unparalleled psychological insights into the American psyche. Inspired by a true story, The Harder They Come is a devastating and indelible novel from a modern master.

    Location: Headquarters
   3:00 PM Wall Book Club: When the Night Comes by Favell Parrett  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Isla is a lonely young Tasmanian girl, who lives with her mother and brother.  Bo is a Danish sailor and a crewman on an Antarctic supply ship who shares his adventures with them.  Though Isla and Bo’s  time together is short, it is enough to change the course of both their lives.

 

    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 April 22, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Author Talk: Revelations by Liz Roberts  
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

Come out and join Liz Roberts, a freelance writer who has just published her first book, Revelations, a mystery/romance that takes place at the Jersey Shore, particularly in Keansburg. Liz has been writing for over forty years having first published at age sixteen. She has since written op ed pieces for The Asbury Park Press, Bergen Record, Newark Star Ledger, New York Times and Britain's The Guardian. She is the creator of the internationally read food blog, Foodie Pantry, and is working on a series of novels based on Port Monmouth's Spy House. 

Liz is a professor at her alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University's Teaneck/Hackensack campus, where she graduated with a BA in English Literature and an MPA in Public Administration. A concerned environmentalist, she also belongs to both Clean Ocean Action and The Raritan Baykeeper. She has participated in many beach sweeps along the Raritan Bay and has written extensively about keeping the bay waters and ocean clean. Though she was born, raised and continues to live in Saddle Brook, her true love lies here, at the Jersey Shore. 

Register below or by calling the Hazlet Library at 732-264-7164

    Location: Hazlet

Monday April 24, 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 April 26, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet: A Short Story Book Club  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

“The Doll's House” (1922) Katherine Mansfield

The Burnell family receives an elaborate doll house from a generous house guest, but when the girls decide to invite their friends over, they find themselves swept up by social trends.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday April 27, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM BookBites. A Bookclub for Adults  
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper

Eighty-three year old Etta has never seen the ocean.  So early one morning she takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots and begins walking the 3,232 kilometers from rural Saskatchewan, Canada eastward to the sea.  As Etta walks further toward the crashing waves, the lines among memory, illusion, and reality blur.

    Location: Hazlet
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bookbites: A Book Club For Adults  
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper

This 'poetic, poignant" debut features last great adventures, unlikely heroes, and a "sweet, disarming story of lasting love".

Eighty-three-year old Etta has never seen the ocean.  So early one morning she takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots and begins walking the 3,232 kilometers from rural Saskatchewan, Canada eastward to the sea.  As Etta walks further toward the crashing waves, the lines among memory, illusion, and reality blur.  

    Location: Hazlet

Friday April 28, 2017
   2:00 PM Poetry Reading  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

April is poetry month come celebrate it with the poetry readings of Joan Camp.  She will be delighting us with her original poems accompanied with live music. Join us for an afternoon of poems.

 

    Location: Wall Township

Saturday April 29, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Poets Live! A Celebration of National Poetry Month  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Jersey Shore Poets presents Poets Live!  A celebration of National Poetry Month

Featured poets Laura McCullough and BJ Ward will read from their work.  After a short break, members of Jersey Shore Poets will also share their poetry.  The day will wrap up with an open mic session where attendees may sign up to read 1 or 2 poems of their own (maximum 3 minutes, please).

Laura McCullough's recently published work The Wild Night Dress was selected by Billy Collins in the Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series.  Her other books of poems include Jersey Mercy, Rigger Death & Hoist Another, Panic, Speech Acts, What Men Want, and The Dancing Bear.  She conceived of and curated two anthologies of essays on poetry. She has had fellowships or scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Sewanee Writers Conference, The Vermont Studio Center, the NJ State Arts Council, among others. Her prose and poetry have appeared widely in places such as Michigan Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, The American Poetry Review, and Best American Poetry, among others.  She teaches full time at Brookdale Community College and teaches for the Stockton University Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway.  She is the founding editor of Mead: the Magazine of Literature and Libations.  Visit her at www.lauramccullough.org.

BJ Ward is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems 1990-2013.  His poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, The New York Times, The Normal School and The Sun.  He is the recepient of a Pushcart Prize and two Distinguished Artist Fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts.  His website is www.bj-ward.com.  He is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Warren County Community College. 

Jersey Shore Poets is a poetry writing group that meets once a month at the Eatontown Library.  They always welcome new members.  For more information on the group, email Chris Bogart at jerseyshorepoets@gmail.com.

 

 

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Monday May 1, 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 May 2, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Longest Night by Andria Williams  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

In 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. Then, on his rounds, Paul discovers that the reactor is compromised, placing his family and the entire community in danger. Worse, his superiors set out to cover up the problem rather than fix it. Paul can’t bring himself to tell Nat the truth, but his lies only widen a growing gulf between them.Lonely and restless, Nat is having trouble adjusting to their new life. She struggles to fit into her role as a housewife and longs for a real friend. When she meets a rancher, Esrom, she finds herself drawn to him, comforted by his kindness and company. But as rumors spread, the secrets between Nat and Paul build and threaten to reach a breaking point. 

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.

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 May 3, 2017
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
By Roz Chast
A 2014 National Book Award finalist, Roz Chast brings her humor to the topic of aging parents, through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents. Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.




 

  Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday May 4, 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 Gods of the Steppe by Andrei Gelasimov

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
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Longest Night by Andria Williams  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

In 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. Then, on his rounds, Paul discovers that the reactor is compromised, placing his family and the entire community in danger. Worse, his superiors set out to cover up the problem rather than fix it. Paul can’t bring himself to tell Nat the truth, but his lies only widen a growing gulf between them.Lonely and restless, Nat is having trouble adjusting to their new life. She struggles to fit into her role as a housewife and longs for a real friend. When she meets a rancher, Esrom, she finds herself drawn to him, comforted by his kindness and company. But as rumors spread, the secrets between Nat and Paul build and threaten to reach a breaking point. 


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.

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 May 6, 2017
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Arabic  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Dr. Hashem Sherif will lead discussion on Thartharah Fawqa  by Naguib Mahfouz

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 May 8, 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 May 11, 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

Monday May 15, 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 May 18, 2017
   10:30 AM Book Discussion: The Widower's Tale by Julia Glass  
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

Retiree Percy Darling has his routines disrupted when he permits a locally-beloved preschool to take over his barn. The author spins a captivating tale about a man who can no longer remain aloof from his community, his grown daughters or the precarious joy of falling in love.

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

    Location: Howell
   3:00 PM Wall Book Club: H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Recounts how the author, an experienced falconer grieving the sudden death of her father, endeavored to train for the first time a dangerous goshawk predator as part of her personal recovery.

    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 May 22, 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 May 25, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bookbites: A Book Club For Adults  
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

The Accidental Empress: A Novel by Allison Pataki

A New york Times bestseller, The Accidental Empress is the love story of "Sisi" the Austro-Hungarian Empress and wife of Emperor Franz Joseph is "captivating, absorbing, and beautifully told".

"Allison Pataki brings to life one of the most enigmatic, intelligent, and stunningly beautiful woman ever to have graced a court in Europe.  A remarkable novel about a truly remarkable empress!"

    Location: Hazlet

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

Tuesday June 6, 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

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:  
    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 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
   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 June 20, 2017
   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 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 Bookclub for Adults  
   

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
   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

Tuesday July 11, 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

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:  
    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 July 19, 2017
   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 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 August 1, 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

Thursday August 3, 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 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

Thursday August 17, 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

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

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

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
   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 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

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

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

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

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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