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Wednesday August 22, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Book Talk: Sportalk, The Book: In the Presence of Greatness by Howie Marlin  
    Contact:    732-683-8980   
   

Local author Howie Marlin has written and published a book based on his 15 year career as host of the cable TV show Sportalk.  The show ran from 1981 to 1996 and featured in-depth one-on-one interviews with some of the legendary sports figures of our time. 

Come learn how the book came about and listen as Howie shares the nostalgic, heartwarming, and sometimes tragic stories as the great and not-so-great athletes recall their careers. 

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. 

    Location: Eastern Branch
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Women of Words Book Club  
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month.

This month's selection is The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

The true story of the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo during WWII who saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.

Copies of the books are available at the Circulation Desk

    Location: Howell

Thursday August 23, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bookbites. A Book Club for Adults  
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

Vintner's Daughter by Kristen Harnisch

This riveting tale of betrayal, retribution, love, and redemption, Kristen Harnisch’s debut novel immerses readers in the rich vineyard culture of both the Old and New Worlds, the burgeoning cities of late nineteenth-century America and a spirited heroine’s fight to determine her destiny.

"A young French woman, determined to pursue her dreams, shows resourcefulness and endurance as she journeys from her home to America in a novel set in the late 1800s…the plot is engaging and well-paced. Wine aficionados and fans of romance and historical fiction will drink this in.”—Kirkus Reviews
 

 

 

 

    Location: Hazlet

Tuesday August 28, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM History Book Discussion (rms 4/5)  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220 x7222   
   

Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney

"Brilliantly captures the drama of January 1961. ... Three Days in January is the BEST book on Eisenhower to appear in a very long time.” — DAVID EISENHOWER, Director, the University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Public Service, and author of Eisenhower: At War, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History

Books are limited but available at Circulation Desk

    Location: Headquarters

Wednesday August 29, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet: A Short Story Book Club  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

"The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" (1898) by Stephen Crane (A western short story)  Jack Potter, a Texas Marshall, returns to the town of Yellow Sky with his new bride.

 

    Location: Marlboro

Tuesday September 4, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.

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: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood  
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Book discussion of Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood.

It's 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Captivating and disturbing, 

Copies of book available at Circulation Desk.

    Location: Ocean Township

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

Sing Unburied, Sing by Jesym Ward
Thirteen- year- old Jojo is trying to understand what it means to be a man. He doesn’t lack in fathers to study, chief among them his  grandfather, Pop. But there are other men who complicate his understanding: his absent father, Michael, who is being released from prison; his absent grandfather, Big Joseph, who won’t acknowledge his existence; and the memories of his dead uncle, Given, who died as a teenager.
 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday September 6, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.

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 September 8, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Spanish (rm7)  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Bebe Renard will lead discussion on the book The Spy by Paul Coelho

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 September 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 September 13, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER TV & Book Series Discussion (rm 4/5)  
    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 September 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

Thursday September 20, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Book Discussion: Shelter  
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

Howell Library Book Club will discuss "Shelter" by Jung Yun, which The New Yorker called an "absorbing, suspenseful debut." 

Poor financial decisions finally are catching up with Gillian and Kyuong Cho.Yet a few miles away Kyuong's parents live in luxury to the extent that he can hardly stand to be in his parents' company.  An act of violence sends the elder Chos into their son's home, and Kyuong struggles with balancing his dreams for his own family against the lack of affection he received as a child.

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

    Location: Howell
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Thursday Morning Book Discussion: The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso  
    Contact:    732-431-7220 X7222   
   

Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbours. One is black, one white. Both are successful women with impressive careers. Both have recently been widowed. And both are sworn enemies, sharing hedge and hostility which they prune with a zeal that belies the fact that they are both over eighty.

But one day an unforeseen event forces the women together. And gradually the bickering and sniping softens into lively debate, and from there into memories shared. But could these sparks of connection ever transform into friendship? Or is it too late to expect these two to change?

    Location: Headquarters
   3:00 PM Wall Book Club: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Twelve year old Anna Kerrigan accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she derives is crucial to the survival of her father and family.  Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war.  Anna works as the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad.  One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have vanished.

 

    Location: Wall Township

Monday September 24, 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 September 26, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet: A Short Story Book Club  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

"Representing T. A. Buck" (1915) by Edna Ferber  Emma Mc Chesney, a divorced traveling saleswoman, uses ingenuity and business wiles in her encounters with sly predatory salesmen.

    Location: Marlboro
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Women of Words Book Club  
   

Meets the fourth Wednesday evening of every month the library is open.

This month's selection is Local Girls by Caroline Zancan, a story about three local girls who have a life changing night when they discover a movie star at their favorite local haunt.

Contact:  732-938-2300

    Location: Howell

Thursday September 27, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bookbites / A Book Club for Adults  
    Contact:    732-264-7164   
   

The Temporary Bride by Jennifer Klinec

The Temporary Bride is a beautifully written window into a world few of us have entered: contemporary Iran in all its complexity. Its sprawling cities and street-side eateries come to life, but most vivid is the portrait of ordinary Iranians: cooking, sharing , living in a world where Westerners are unwelcome.  A book for travelers - of the world and the senses.

 

    Location: Hazlet

Saturday September 29, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Chinese (CMR 1/CMR 2)  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Shanshan Ming will lead discussion on The Return  by Sun, Zhonglun

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 1, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Holmdel Library Book Club  
    Contact: Holmdel Library   732-946-4118   
   
Join us for an evening of collaborative discussion with a Book of The Month! Books available at Circulation Desk, at no charge, with your library card. 
 
This month, facilitator Marie Tracy will lead us in a talk about The Silent House by Orhan Pamuk.  
 
 
 
 
    Location: Holmdel
   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 October 2, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Frankenstein by Mary Shelly  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

Join us as we read Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. This year marks its 200th anniversary. Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking classic—begun as a ghost story for friends—is a potent blend of science fiction and horror that has inspired countless movie and other adaptations. Nothing, however, equals the depth and beauty of Shelley’s original, which remains as relevant as ever. In his arrogance, Dr. Victor Frankenstein dreams of discovering the very secret of life…and he succeeds, bringing a new creature into existence. But should man ever play God—and if he does, what does he owe his creation?

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

    Location: Colts Neck

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

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
When Margaret's fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression in 1960s London, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans despite what she now knows of his condition, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him.

 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday October 4, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Frankenstein by Mary Shelly  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

Join us as we read Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. This year marks its 200th anniversary. Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking classic—begun as a ghost story for friends—is a potent blend of science fiction and horror that has inspired countless movie and other adaptations. Nothing, however, equals the depth and beauty of Shelley’s original, which remains as relevant as ever. In his arrogance, Dr. Victor Frankenstein dreams of discovering the very secret of life…and he succeeds, bringing a new creature into existence. But should man ever play God—and if he does, what does he owe his creation?

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 October 5, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Hebrew room 5  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Dr. Nelly Segal will lead discussion on The Extra by A.B. Yehoshua

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 October 11, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Russian (Rm 5)  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Raisa Silver will lead discussion on the book The Mirror by Ekaterina Rozdestvenskaya

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
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER TV & Book Series Discussion (rm 4/5)  
    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 October 15, 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 October 16, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Book Discussion: Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

At any given monment in other people's houses, you can find...repressed hopes and dreams...moments of unexpected joy...someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband...

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Wednesday October 17, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Book Discussion: Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

At any given monment in other people's houses, you can find...repressed hopes and dreams...moments of unexpected joy...someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband...

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Thursday October 18, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Howell Book Discussion  
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Follows a Viet Cong agent spying on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life in Los Angeles in 1975.

"A profound, startling, and beautifully crafted debut novel, The Sympathizer is the story of a man of two minds, someone whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties. In dialogue with -- but diametrically opposed to -- the narratives of the Vietnam War that have preceded it, this novel offers an important and unfamiliar new perspective on the war: that of a conflicted communist sympathizer."  -- from the publisher

This debut novel was the winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Copies of the book are available at the library's circulation desk for this discussion.

    Location: Howell

Saturday October 20, 2018
   3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Arabic (rm 7)  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Dr. Hashem Sherif  will lead discussion on Season of Migration by Al Tayeb Saleh

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 22, 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 October 24, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet: A Short Story Book Club  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

"Cathedral" (1983) by Raymond Carver   A working-class man muses over an impending visit from an old friend of his wife's, a blind man whose disability makes him uncomfortable.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday October 25, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bookbites / A Book Club for Adults  
   

The House Girl by Tara Conklin

This stunning debut novel of love, family and justice follows Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in a Manhattan law firm, as she searches for the "perfect plaintiff" to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillons of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves. 

 

    Location: Hazlet

Monday October 29, 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

Sunday November 4, 2018
   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Italian (Rm 7)  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Joanne Bisagna Villafane and Raffaella Wiener will lead discussion on the book To Each His Own by Leonardo Sciascia

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 5, 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

Thursday November 8, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM OUTLANDER TV & Book Series Discussion (rm 4/5)  
    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 November 12, 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 14, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet: A Short Story Book Club  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

"The Open Window" (1914) by HH. Munro (Saki) from the collection: Beasts & Super Beasts  A gentleman with a severe nervous ailment visits the country hoping to find peace of mind conducive to a cure. 

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday November 15, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Thursday Morning Book Discussion: Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer  
    Contact:    732-431-7220 X7222   
   

How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel in eleven years - a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy. 

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

 

    Location: Headquarters
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bookbites/A Book Club For Adults  
   

Architect's Apprentice by Elif Shafak

Compellingly written, illuminated by a sincere vision of justice, equality, and self-transcendence, The Architect's Apprentice is far more than a story of love, striving, and adventure.  It is one of those very rare novels with the power to enlighten and transform its readers for the better.

 

    Location: Hazlet

Monday November 19, 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 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

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

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

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

Monday December 10, 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

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

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

Wednesday January 2, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

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: Marlboro

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

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

Wednesday February 6, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

Grace by Paul Lynch
Early one October morning, Grace's mother snatches her from sleep and brutally cuts off her hair, declaring, "You are the strong one now." With winter close at hand and Ireland already suffering, Grace is no longer safe at home. And so her mother outfits her in men's clothing and casts her out. When her younger brother Colly follows after her, the two set off on a remarkable odyssey in the looming shadow of their country's darkest hour.


 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Wednesday March 6, 2019
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

Bachelor Girl by Kim  Van Alkemade: AUTHOR PHONE-IN
New York in the Jazz Age is filled with possibilities, especially for the young and single. Yet even as Helen embraces being a “bachelor girl”—a working woman living on her own terms—she finds herself falling in love with Albert, even after he confesses his darkest secret. When Ruppert dies, rumors swirl about his connection to Helen after the stunning revelation that he has left her the bulk of his fortune, which includes Yankee Stadium. But it is only when Ruppert’s own secrets are finally revealed that Helen and Albert will be forced to confront the truth about their relationship to him—and to each other

 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

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