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Thursday May 24, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bookbites. A Book Club For Adultsl  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-264-7164   
   

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined-an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel.  

 

    Location: Hazlet

Friday May 25, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Hebrew (rm 4/5)  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Dr. Nelly Segal will lead discussion on David and Bathsheba,  2 Samuel, 11-12

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 May 30, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet: A Short Story Discussion Club  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

"Roman Fever" (1934) by Edith Wharton

Two middle-aged women return to the same vacation spot where they met more than 20 years ago. Truths begin to emerge about the past.

 

    Location: Marlboro

Monday June 4, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Creative Writing Group  
    Contact: Reference Desk   (732) 946-4118   
   

This small, friendly group invites you to join them to exercise your writing skills. Each week we choose a new writing “prompt”. We write for 20 minutes incorporating that prompt, and then we each read our own short text aloud.

    Location: Holmdel
   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 Distant Marvels by Chantel Acevedo
 
    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 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 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Tuesday June 5, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

    

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades.

When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice

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: Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran  
    Contact:    732-531-5092   
   

Lucky Boy presents two very different American stories, tied together by the fate of a child. When Soli Castro-Valdez leaves her small Mexican village for the United States, she endures the difficult journey but arrives pregnant and undocumented. Meanwhile, Kavya Reddy, whose parents immigrated to the US from India, is living a more peaceful life with her dot.com-employed husband in Berkeley. Unable to have a child, Kavya becomes a foster parent—and when Soli winds up in immigrant detention, her son Ignacio winds up with Kavya. But the story has just begun.

    Location: Ocean Township

Wednesday June 6, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  2:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


CLASSIC BOOK AND A MOVIE
Oscar Wilde’s only full-length novel The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published in 1890 and is the classic tale of the moral decline of its title character, Dorian Gray. The 1945 movie starring George Sanders, Donna Reed and an Academy Award performance by Angela Landsbury will be shown immediately after the discussion. Bring a light snack or lunch.

 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Book Talk: Banana George!  
    Contact:    732-683-8980   
   

Join us for this fascinating book talk on Banana George! Don't Wait for Life to Happen, Make it Happen!, presented by authors Robin and Georgia Blair.  This is their heartfelt effort to present an overview of their dad's extraordinary life.  Banana George (George Blair) was a world renowned barefoot water skier and snowboarder.  His book takes you from his start as a young man figuring out the direction of his life through the Depression, his devotion as a father, his fascination with innovation, his cleverness and success in business and his eagerness to share his passion with others.  

Come learn about this famous and fearless local resident and senior superstar!

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Thursday June 7, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

    

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades.

When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice

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 June 11, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Creative Writing Group  
    Contact: Reference Desk   (732) 946-4118   
   

This small, friendly group invites you to join them to exercise your writing skills. Each week we choose a new writing “prompt”. We write for 20 minutes incorporating that prompt, and then we each read our own short text aloud.

    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 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 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Thursday June 14, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Russian (Rm7)  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

Moderator Raisa Silver will lead discussion on the book The Austrian Fruits by Anna Berseneva

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  
    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.

Over the next few months, the group will be reading Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon.  The group is discussing Part 6 in June and Part 7 in July.

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 June 18, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Creative Writing Group  
    Contact: Reference Desk   (732) 946-4118   
   

This small, friendly group invites you to join them to exercise your writing skills. Each week we choose a new writing “prompt”. We write for 20 minutes incorporating that prompt, and then we each read our own short text aloud.

    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 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 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Tuesday June 19, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Book Discussion: The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

A fiercely 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 -- an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives. 

 

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

Intoxicating Stories

In the Rue de l'Arrivee by Jean Rhys

In the Rue de l'Arivee, a poor Frenchman is kind to a broke and despairing Englishwoman who concludes, "only the hopeless are starkly sincere and ...only the unhappy can either give or take sympathy--even some of the bitter and dangerous voluptuousness of misery.

 

 

    Location: Headquarters

Wednesday June 20, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Book Discussion: The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

A fiercely 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 -- an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives. 

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Thursday June 21, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Howell Libary Book Club: Ginny Moon  
   

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny Moon is exceptional. Everyone knows it, especially her new adoptive parents. They all love her, even if they don't quite understand her. What they don't know is that Ginny has found her birth-mother on Facebook, and is determined to get back to her— even if it means going back to a place that was extremely dangerous. Because Ginny left something behind and she's desperate to get it back.

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

    Location: Howell
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Thursday Morning Book Club Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann  
    Contact:    732-431-7220 x 7222   
   

From David Grann, best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history. In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. 

As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

 
 
 
    Location: Headquarters
   3:00 PM Wall Book Club: Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

A young couple on the brink of marriage-the charming Veblen and her fiancé Paul, a brilliant neurologist-find their engagement in danger of collapse.  Along the way they weather everything from each other's dysfunctional families, to the attentions of a seductive pharmaceutical heiress, to an intimate têtê-à-têtê with a very charismatic squirel.

 

    Location: Wall Township
   7:00 PM  -  8:20 PM Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore by Rick Geffken  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 ;7220 x7242   
   

Join author Rick Geffken as he presents his new book Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore which brings together rarely seen images from the Library of Congress, local historical societies, and private collections to document how the Jersey Shore became the most famous vacation and recreational destination in the coastal United States. The remarkable details in these pictures capture a simpler way of life in our country, when families took their children to boardwalks to savor candy apples, salt water taffy, hot dogs and hamburgers, popcorn, and, of course, the rides.

    Location: Headquarters

Friday June 22, 2018
   2:00 PM Book Talk:On Heaven's Doorstep: God's Help in Times of Crisis by Andrea Rodgers  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Andrea will discuss her new book On Heaven's Doorstep: God's Help in Times of Crisis-True Stories from a First Responder based on her experiences as a 30+ year volunteer with the Spring Lake First Aid and Emergency Squad.  She will also describe cerebrovascular accidents (strokes), including types and their effects, risk factors, warning signs, and how to decrease the risk of having a stroke.

 

    Location: Wall Township

Monday June 25, 2018
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Creative Writing Group  
    Contact: Reference Desk   (732) 946-4118   
   

This small, friendly group invites you to join them to exercise your writing skills. Each week we choose a new writing “prompt”. We write for 20 minutes incorporating that prompt, and then we each read our own short text aloud.

    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 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 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Tuesday June 26, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM History Book Discussion: The Mantle of Command  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220 x7222   
   

The Mantle of Command:  FDR at War, 1941-1942 by Nigel Hamilton 

FDR has frequently been underestimated as a military leader, yielding, in the historical imagination, to George Marshall and winston Chruchill.  Nigel Hamilton attacks this, portraying a president with the reins of war fully in his hands. - H.W. Brands

Books will be available at the Library Headquarters Circulation Desk.

Moderated by Paul Zigo, WW2 Era Institute 

    Location: Headquarters

Wednesday June 27, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet: A Short Story Book Club  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

 

"There Will Come Soft Rains" (1950) (Sci-Fi) by Ray Bradbury   "There Will Come Soft Rains" is the story of a computer-controlled smart house, the only house on earth to survive the nuclear blast in Allendale, California in 2016.

    Location: Marlboro
   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 Be Frank with Me by Julia Clairborne Johnson

After falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scheme, a reclusive literary legend is flat broke.  Now she must write a new book for the first time in decades.  To ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress.

Copies of the books are available at the Circulation Desk

    Location: Howell

Thursday June 28, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Bookbites. A Book Club For Adultsl  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-264-7164   
   

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

Jamaica Inn is a riveting, classic novel of romantic suspense only the brilliant mind of Daphne du Maurier could conceive.  Set in Cornwall where a young orphan, Mary, is sent to live with Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss who are the landlords of the Jamaica Inn.  Mary soon realizes that her Uncle's Inn is the base of a gang of ship wreckers who lure ships to their doom on the rocky coast.

 

    Location: Hazlet

Monday July 2, 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 Rosie Project by Graeme Simison.
 
    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 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 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Monday July 9, 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 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 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Tuesday July 10, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Midnight Watch by David Dyer  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

DATE CHANGE DUE TO HOLIDAY!

As the Titanic and her passengers sank slowly into the Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg late in the evening of April 14, 1912, a nearby ship looked on. Second Officer Herbert Stone, in charge of the midnight watch on the SS Californian sitting idly a few miles north, saw the distress rockets that the Titanic fired. He alerted the captain, Stanley Lord, who was sleeping in the chartroom below, but Lord did not come to the bridge. Eight rockets were fired during the dark hours of the midnight watch, and eight rockets were ignored. The next morning, the Titanic was at the bottom of the sea and more than 1,500 people were dead. When they learned of the extent of the tragedy, Lord and Stone did everything they could to hide their role in the disaster, but pursued by newspapermen, lawyers, and political leaders in America and England, their terrible secret was eventually revealed. The Midnight Watch is a fictional telling of what may have occurred that night on the SS Californian, and the resulting desperation of Officer Stone and Captain Lord in the aftermath of their inaction.

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 11, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
A National Book Award finalist, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters—strong  women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis--survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.


 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday July 12, 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
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Colts Neck Library Book Club: The Midnight Watch by David Dyer  
    Contact:    732-431-5656   
   

DATE CHANGE DUE TO HOLIDAY!

As the Titanic and her passengers sank slowly into the Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg late in the evening of April 14, 1912, a nearby ship looked on. Second Officer Herbert Stone, in charge of the midnight watch on the SS Californian sitting idly a few miles north, saw the distress rockets that the Titanic fired. He alerted the captain, Stanley Lord, who was sleeping in the chartroom below, but Lord did not come to the bridge. Eight rockets were fired during the dark hours of the midnight watch, and eight rockets were ignored. The next morning, the Titanic was at the bottom of the sea and more than 1,500 people were dead. When they learned of the extent of the tragedy, Lord and Stone did everything they could to hide their role in the disaster, but pursued by newspapermen, lawyers, and political leaders in America and England, their terrible secret was eventually revealed. The Midnight Watch is a fictional telling of what may have occurred that night on the SS Californian, and the resulting desperation of Officer Stone and Captain Lord in the aftermath of their inaction.

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 July 16, 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 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 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Tuesday July 17, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Book Discussion: The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbors.  One is black, the other white.  Both are successful women with impressive careers.  Both have recently been widowed, and are living with questions, disappointments, and secrets that have brought them shame.  And each has something that the woman next door deeply desires.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Wednesday July 18, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Book Discussion: The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbors.  One is black, the other white.  Both are successful women with impressive careers.  Both have recently been widowed, and are living with questions, disappointments, and secrets that have brought them shame.  And each has something that the woman next door deeply desires.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Thursday July 19, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM Howell Libary Book Club: Lincoln in the Bardo  
   

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

February 1862. President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt to hold his boy’s body. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance while struggling for the boy’s soul. Winner of the Mann Booker Prize

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

    Location: Howell
   3:00 PM Wall Book Club: Alaskan Laundry by Brendan Jones  
    Contact:    732-449-8877   
   

Tara Marconi has made her way to the "The Rock", a remote island in Alaska governed by the seasons and the demands of the world of commercial fishing.  She hasn't felt at home in a long time- her mother's death has created an insurmountable rift between her and her father, in the majestic, mysterious, and tough boundary-lands of Alaska she begins to work her way up the fishing ladder, from hatchery assistant all the way to King crabber. 

    Location: Wall Township

Monday July 23, 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 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 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Wednesday July 25, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Short & Sweet: A Short Story Book Club  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

 

"The Necklace" ("La Parure") (1884) by Guy De Maupassant   Madame Mathilde Loisel 's life is upended when she loses a borrowed piece of jewelry.

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

Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month.

This month's selection is The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens.

A college student has to interview a stranger for a writing assignment for an English class.  With deadlines looming, he heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject.  He meets Carl Iverson, a dying Vietnam veteran and convicted murderer, and nothing in his life is ever the same.

Copies of the books are available at the Circulation Desk

    Location: Howell

Thursday July 26, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Book Talk & Signing: Furlong to Heaven by Will Palat  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-5656   
    Location: Colts Neck

Monday July 30, 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 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 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Tuesday July 31, 2018
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Write Your Memoir Five Minutes at a Time  
    Contact:    732-938-2300   
   

Unlike autobiography, memoir is based on the idea that everyone has a story to tell, a story that matters. Writing memoir asks that one awaken and be guided by empathy towards oneself and others. In this way, memoir prompts a journey of self-discovery that enables writers to gain insights into their past. Through lessons in the craft of memoir, the exploration of editorial revisions, and invaluable writing suggestions, participants learn how to develop a writing practice and continue their writing life beyond the session,

This program is being presented by Edvige Giunta, Ph.D., professor of English at New Jersey City University. Dr. Giunta has taught memoir workshops since 1997, guiding many writers through the writing journey. She has published several books on Italian American literature and culture and was featured in The New York Times and RAI. Her memoir, essays, poems, translations, and flash nonfiction have been published in many anthologies and journals.

This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

    Location: Howell

Monday August 6, 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 Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead.
 
    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 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 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Wednesday August 8, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wednesday Morning Page Turners  
    Contact:    732-536-9406   
   

Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman
A hilarious and poignant new novel about four families, their neighborhood carpool, and the affair that changes everything.

 

Limited number of books available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Marlboro

Thursday August 9, 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 August 13, 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 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 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Tuesday August 14, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Book Discussion: My Father's Paradise: A son's search for his family's past by Ariel Sabar  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

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, dedicating his career to preserving his people's traditions.  Ariel wanted nothing to do with his father's strange immigrant heritage -- until he had a son of his own.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Wednesday August 15, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Book Discussion: My Father's Paradise: A son's search for his family's past by Ariel Sabar  
    Contact:    1-866-941-8188   
   

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, dedicating his career to preserving his people's traditions.  Ariel wanted nothing to do with his father's strange immigrant heritage -- until he had a son of his own.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Monday August 20, 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 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 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

Wednesday August 22, 2018
   7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Women of Words Book Club  
   

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

Monday August 27, 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 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 1-866-941-8188.

 

    Location: Eastern Branch

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

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 Black grandfather, Pop. But there are other men who complicate his understanding: his absent White father, Michael, who is being released from prison; his absent White 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

Saturday September 8, 2018
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Literature of World Language Book Discussion in Spanish  
    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

Thursday September 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

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

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

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

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 (Rm7)  
    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  
    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

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

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

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

Thursday November 8, 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

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 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

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