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Monday November 19, 2018
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Black Box Writers Workshop  
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Cultivate the courage to share, develop new work, or fine-tune your existing work in a friendly workshop environment. Black Box meetings are a great way to network with other aspiring writers.

    Location: Ocean Township
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 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 7:00 pm to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour. Books are provided by the library.

We are also looking for Volunteers who would like to help facilitate the meetings.  If interested, please contact Kim Avagliano at the library, 732-683-8980.  

Space is limited; please register by calling 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Tuesday November 20, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Book Discussion: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

This singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, the story journeys through the Mississippi's past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power-and limitations-of family bonds. 

 

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

"USA" Noir Stories

The stories we will be discussing are grouped by themes and have been selected from the following: "True Grit", "American Values",

"Road Rage" & "Home Security" and range across the continental United States.  

"Our Eyes Couldn't Stop Opening" by Megan Abbott will be discussed.

    Location: Headquarters

Wednesday November 21, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Book Discussion: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

This singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, the story journeys through the Mississippi's past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power-and limitations-of family bonds. 

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Monday November 26, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 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 7:00 pm to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour. Books are provided by the library.

We are also looking for Volunteers who would like to help facilitate the meetings.  If interested, please contact Kim Avagliano at the library, 732-683-8980.  

Space is limited; please register by calling 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Wednesday November 28, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Women of Words Book Club  
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

The book club meets the fourth Wednesday of every month that the library is open.  Copies of the books are supplied by the library. 

Please join us for this month's selection:   Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin, a story about two boys in the 70's, one black, one white, who form an unlikely freindship which eventually ends.  A murder occurs and the white boy is suspected, but what does the black boy know?

    Location: Howell

Monday December 3, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 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 7:00 pm to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour. Books are provided by the library.

We are also looking for Volunteers who would like to help facilitate the meetings.  If interested, please contact Kim Avagliano at the library, 732-683-8980.  

Space is limited; please register by calling 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Tuesday December 4, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

In 1916, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the U.S. government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code-breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the "Adam and Eve" of the NSA, Elizebeth’s story, incredibly, has never been told.

Fagone unveils America’s code-breaking history through the prism of Smith’s life, bringing into focus the unforgettable events and colorful personalities that would help shape modern intelligence.

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

 

    Location: Colts Neck
   2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Book Discussion: Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade  
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Book discussion of Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade

In this stunning new historical novel inspired by true events, Kim van Alkemade tells the fascinating story of a woman who must choose between revenge and mercy when she encounters the doctor who subjected her to dangerous medical experiments in a New York City Jewish orphanage years before.

Copies of book available at Circulation Desk.

    Location: Ocean Township

Wednesday December 5, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

 AUTHOR CALL-IN
All Grown Up by Jamie Attenberg
Who is Andrea Bern? When her dippy therapist asks the question, Andrea knows the right things to say: she’s a designer, a friend, a daughter, a sister. But it’s what she leaves unsaid—she’s alone, a drinker, a former artist, captain of the sinking ship that is her flesh—that feels the most true.  When Andrea’s niece finally arrives, born with a heartbreaking ailment, the Bern family is forced to reexamine what really matters.

 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday December 6, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Author Event: Meet Gregory Andrus  
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Meet Gregory Andrus, author of the book Portaits of the Jersey Shore: Everyone Has a Story. An author Q&A and book signing will follow the presentation.

These are real stories, from real people, from the real Jersey Shore. They are stories of hope, of struggle, of kindness, of heartbreak and of redemption.

Author Gregory Andrus shares how he went from a homeless alcoholic to finding purpose and a second chance at life.

    Location: Ocean Township
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

In 1916, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the U.S. government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code-breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the "Adam and Eve" of the NSA, Elizebeth’s story, incredibly, has never been told.

Fagone unveils America’s code-breaking history through the prism of Smith’s life, bringing into focus the unforgettable events and colorful personalities that would help shape modern intelligence.

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

 

    Location: Colts Neck

Saturday December 8, 2018
   9:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Monmouth Writer's Critique Group  
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

The Monmouth Writer’s Critique Group meets the second Saturday of every month the library is open.  Useful feedback is shared during a series of critique sessions.  If you would like to share your own work for constructive feedback, see www.monmouthwriters.com for details of what to expect, as well as format/printing instructions.  Priority will be given to those who follow the straightforward submission guidelines.

 

Any questions contact Rick:  rkelsten@gmail.com

    Location: Howell

Monday December 10, 2018
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Black Box Writers Workshop  
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Cultivate the courage to share, develop new work, or fine-tune your existing work in a friendly workshop environment. Black Box meetings are a great way to network with other aspiring writers.

    Location: Ocean Township
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 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 7:00 pm to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour. Books are provided by the library.

We are also looking for Volunteers who would like to help facilitate the meetings.  If interested, please contact Kim Avagliano at the library, 732-683-8980.  

Space is limited; please register by calling 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Thursday December 13, 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

Monday December 17, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 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 7:00 pm to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour. Books are provided by the library.

We are also looking for Volunteers who would like to help facilitate the meetings.  If interested, please contact Kim Avagliano at the library, 732-683-8980.  

Space is limited; please register by calling 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Tuesday December 18, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Book Discussion: Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

When Isabel meets Edward, both are at a crossroads: he wants to follow his late wife to the grave, and she is ready to give up on love. Thinking she is merely helping out her friend, Edward's daughter--who lives far away and asked her to check in on her nonagenarian dad in New York--Isabel has no idea that the man in the kitchen baking the sublime roast chicken and light-as-air apricot souffle will end up changing her life.

 

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

"USA" Noir Stories

The stories we will be discussing are grouped by themes and have been selected from the following: "True Grit", "American Values",

"Road Rage" & "Home Security" and range across the continental United States.  

Loot by Julie Smith will be discussed.

    Location: Headquarters
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM History Book Discussion  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220 x7222   
   

 The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia by Andrei Lankov

This discussion will be moderated by James Nosuchinsky. 

"The book, an engaging blend of scholarship, reportage and memoir, offers striking details about daily life in a country reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984."  The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)

Books are available at theHQ Circulation Desk. 

    Location: Headquarters

Wednesday December 19, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Book Discussion: Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

When Isabel meets Edward, both are at a crossroads: he wants to follow his late wife to the grave, and she is ready to give up on love. Thinking she is merely helping out her friend, Edward's daughter--who lives far away and asked her to check in on her nonagenarian dad in New York--Isabel has no idea that the man in the kitchen baking the sublime roast chicken and light-as-air apricot souffle will end up changing her life.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Thursday December 20, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Howell Book Club  
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany's defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband's ancestors and plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband's brave co-conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows.

Copies of the book are available for check out at the circulation desk.

    Location: Howell
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Thursday Morning Book Discussion: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett  
    Contact:    732-431-7220 X7222   
   

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.
 

    Location: Headquarters
   3:00 PM Wall Book Club: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking, when she meets Raymond a bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office everything changes.  When she and Raymond save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living.

 

    Location: Wall Township

Tuesday January 8, 2019
   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: Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo  
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Book discussion of Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo.

Taking place in Nigeria, it's the story of Yejide and Akin--a young married couple who are experiencing fertility issues. When the in-laws’ solution is a second wife, they conspire separately to save their relationship, with devastating consequences. The couple’s efforts to disentangle their true desires from the ones tradition and society have foisted upon them is what imbues Stay with Me with unexpected power and heart. 

Copies of book available at Circulation Desk.

    Location: Ocean Township

Thursday January 10, 2019
   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.

Beginning in February, we will be reading Drums of Autumn, which is also the focus of the upcoming series.  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 January 17, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Thursday Morning Book Discussion  
    Contact:    732 431-7220 X7222   
   

Alice Network by 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  story of courage and redemption.

 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Headquarters

Thursday January 24, 2019
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bookbites/A Book Club For Adults  
   

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.

    Location: Hazlet

Tuesday February 5, 2019
   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 February 7, 2019
   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 February 28, 2019
   12:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Book Bites ~ A Book Club for Adults  
    Contact: Reference Staff    732-264-7164   
   

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein tells the story of the scientist Victor Frankenstein, who, driven by an obsession with the secret of

life, animates a monstrous body.  The results are disastrous, bringing woe to the monster and to Frankenstein and his loved ones.

    Location: Hazlet

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