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Saturday November 18, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Poetry Hour  
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

This is an opportunity for attendees to share favorite or original works, followed by discussion or silent reflection, if one chooses. Facilitated by Joe Bove. 

    Location: Ocean 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 (Rm 7)  
    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

Sunday December 3, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Author Presentation - Jake Ruddiman  
    Contact: Reference Staff   609-259-7565.   
   

Professor Jake Ruddiman (Wake Forest University), author of "Becoming Men of Some Consequence:  Youth and Military Service in the Revolutionary War" will share stories and insight about this momentous period of American history.  His book was listed as one of the "100 Best American Revolution books of all time" by the Journal of the American Revolution. 

This special event is sponsored by the Allentown Public Library Association. 

To reserve your spot, please register online, in person or call 609-259-7565.

Library building will be open for this special event only. Limited Library Services may be  available. Please call Reference Staff  for more information.

    Location: Allentown

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: Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

Taipei, February 28, 1947: As an uprising rocks Taiwan, a young doctor is taken from his newborn daughter by Chinese Nationalists, on charges of speaking out against the government. Although he eventually returns to his family, his arrival is marked by alienation from his loved ones and paranoia among his community. Years later, this troubled past follows his youngest daughter to America, where, as a mother and a wife, she too is forced to decide between what is right and what might save her family—the same choice she witnessed her father make many years before. A stunningly lyrical story of a family and a nation grappling with the nuances of complicity and survival, Green Island raises the question: how far would you go for the ones you 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: 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: Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

Taipei, February 28, 1947: As an uprising rocks Taiwan, a young doctor is taken from his newborn daughter by Chinese Nationalists, on charges of speaking out against the government. Although he eventually returns to his family, his arrival is marked by alienation from his loved ones and paranoia among his community. Years later, this troubled past follows his youngest daughter to America, where, as a mother and a wife, she too is forced to decide between what is right and what might save her family—the same choice she witnessed her father make many years before. A stunningly lyrical story of a family and a nation grappling with the nuances of complicity and survival, Green Island raises the question: how far would you go for the ones you 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 December 9, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM 30 Shades of Dead Sisters in Crime 30th Anniversary Anthology  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220 x7222   
   

Join us to help some of the Sisters in Crime authors celebrate their Anthology: 30 Shades of Dead, published for their 30th Anniversary. Twelve different authors wrote short stories for this work, some of whom are  scheduled to visit with us today.  They are Christine Clemetson, Chelle Martin, L.A. Preschel, Kristina Rienzi, Roberta Rogow, Yvonne Ventresca.  Copies of the Anthology, and individual author's books will be for sale before and after the program.  Discussion will be followed by Q&A. 

Sisters in Crime is a supportive group with 3600 members in 50 chapters world-wide, offering networking, advice and support to mystery authors. They are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our affection for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. Sisters in Crime was founded by Sara Paretsky and a group of women at the 1986 Bouchercon in Baltimore.  

 

    Location: Headquarters

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  -  12:00 PM Thursday Morning Book Discussion Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi  
    Contact:    732-431-7220 X7225   
   

Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. 
 
Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.

    Location: Headquarters
   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.

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

 

 

    Location: Headquarters

Thursday January 25, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Book Bites ~ A Book Club for Adults  
   

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus

One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world.  Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime.  Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.  

    Location: Hazlet

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

Thursday February 22, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Book Bites ~ A Book Club for Adults  
   

Like the golden threads of a scarf sprinkled with marigolds, Susan Meissner weaves two unspeakable New York tragedies - The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and 9/11 - into a shimmering novel of love and acceptance.  Meissner's heroines, Clara and Taryn, live a century apart, but their stories are connected not just by a bright scrap of fabric but by love lost.  A compelling novel, A Fall of Marigolds turns fate into a triumph.

    Location: Hazlet

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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