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Monday March 15, 2021 -  Thursday April 8, 2021
     Do You Want to Become a United States Citizen? Free Virtual Citizenship Classes  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220x7222   
   

Join Free Virtual Citizenship Classes

Co-Sponsored by the Monmouth County Library, Catholic Charities and Literacy NJ Monmouth

Open to all New Jersey residents. Green Cards are required.

U.S. Citizenship is a 12-week class that prepares its participants for the citizenship test. Students will learn U.S. history, civics, and vocabulary; and will have the chance to practice for their interview. Students will also meet with an immigration attorney who can help with the N-400 application. Please use details below to sign up for classes which will be held:

  • Thursdays, April 8 through June 24 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • To register, contact Jhanna Even at 732-702-1895 or jeven@literacynj.org 

 

    Location: ONLINE

Monday March 29, 2021 -  Sunday April 4, 2021
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel for notifications of all our special events!
 

Monday: Biscuit in the Garden by Alyssa Satin Capucilli; read by Miss Danya
Craft: Butterfly suggested supplies: construction paper, popsicle stick, crayons, markers, glitter

Tuesday: Bunny's Book Club by Annie Silvestro; read by Miss Laura
Craft with Miss Katy: 3D Bunnies: suggested supplies: bunny template, patel color construction paper, scissors, glue stick, markers/crayons

Wednesday: April Foolishness by Teresa Bateman; read by  Miss Jodi
Craft: Jack in the Card    suggested supplies: 6x7 piece of any color construction paper, 7x1 piece of any color construction paper, markers/crayons, print out of jester head (see template), scissors, markers/crayons

Thursday: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick by Lucille Colandro; read by Miss Katy
Craft: Bunny Puppet. suggested supplies: Pink, white and black construction paper, lunch bag - white if possible, crayons or markers, scissors, glue.

Friday: All Monmouth County Libraries will be closed, however, Virtual Library stays open 24/7 MonmouthCountyLib.org

We wish all celebrating  a Happy Easter.(Thursday's program will be available thru Monday noon)

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf
    Location: ONLINE

Thursday April 1, 2021
     Do You Want to Become a United States Citizen? Free Virtual Citizenship Classes  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220x7222   
   

Join Free Virtual Citizenship Classes

Co-Sponsored by the Monmouth County Library, Catholic Charities and Literacy NJ Monmouth

Open to all New Jersey residents. Green Cards are required.

U.S. Citizenship is a 12-week class that prepares its participants for the citizenship test. Students will learn U.S. history, civics, and vocabulary; and will have the chance to practice for their interview. Students will also meet with an immigration attorney who can help with the N-400 application. Please use details below to sign up for classes which will be held:

  • Thursdays, April 8 through June 24 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • To register, contact Jhanna Even at 732-702-1895 or jeven@literacynj.org 

 

    Location: ONLINE

Thursday April 1, 2021 -  Friday April 30, 2021
     .Book Mark Design Challenge for National Library Week  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Celebrating National Library Week! Monmouth County Library "Welcome to the Library" Bookmark Design Challenge!

Calling all artists! To celebrate National Library Week, the Monmouth County Library is looking for artists of all ages to help design our next bookmarks. Show us what you love about the library with your awesome artwork!

Please submit your designs as a JPEG file to MonCoLibrary2021@gmail.com with the subject line "Bookmark Challenge" for the opportunity to be featured on our next printed bookmarks!*

Artwork categories include Grades K-4; Grades 5-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult. If you need help submitting your design, scanners and computers are available and free to use at your local library branch. Bring a USB drive to save your file. 

Entries will be accepted April 1 through April 30. Check your local library branch for the printed bookmarks  in mid-May.

Entry Guidelines:

- Limit one entry per person or group

- Entries may not include licensed characters or any other copyrighted art or logos

- Email submissions should include artist's first name, home library branch and grade level

- Design could be vertical or horizontal and must fit final size as example shown (on our website)

Looking for a design idea? Try a coloring book-style black and white image!

*Upon submission, all entries become property of Monmouth County Library and may be reproduced for distribution and shared on the Library's website and social media sites. 

    Location: All Branches

Thursday April 1, 2021 -  Friday April 30, 2021
     A Day in the Life of a Quaranteen - Submit an article for Volunteer Hours!  
    Contact: Teen Programming     mclteen@monmouthcountylib.org
   

An ongoing event, A Day in the Life of a Quaranteen asks for a written documentary of your life during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Entries can be essays, poems, journal entries, or written song describing your life, thoughts, and feelings about COVID-19. One to two submissions will be displayed in our quarterly teen newsletter.  One volunteer hour is possible per article for participants. Your article will need to be approved by a library staff member before you will be given service hours.  Articles need to follow the guidelines to be approved, and may be sent back to you if anything is missing.  

Age: Must be between grades 7-12

Library Card: Must have a valid Monmouth County Library Card. 

Service Hours Given: 1 hour per article submission upon library approval. 

Limit of two submissions per person. 

Submission: Please submit your article through this Google Form

Attention Parent/Guardian: It is highly recommended that your teen is responsible for all correspondence regarding the Teen Volunteer Program; starting with the review submission process and continuing throughout their volunteer service. This program strives to prepare your child for his/her first job. We feel that the more responsibility that volunteers have in the successful execution of completing their service, the better prepared he or she will be to apply for jobs and enter the workforce. When at all possible, please ask your teen to call, email, organize, and initiate!  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

    Location: ONLINE

Thursday April 1, 2021 -  Friday April 30, 2021
     English as a Second Language Virtual Classes  
    Contact: Literacy NJ Monmouth   732 702 1895   jeven@literacynj.org
   

Do you Want to Speak English? Learn  the language to help you at work, at home, and in the community. 

Free English as a Second Language virtual classes or one-on-one tutoring will be offered through Literacy NJ Monmouth throughout the year. 

Open to adults 18 years and older. Please contact Program Director Jhanna Even at 732 702 1895 or at jeven@literacynj.org

*Available to Monmouth County residents only

    Location: ONLINE

Thursday April 1, 2021 -  Friday April 30, 2021
     Teen Book Review Society (TBR) - Earn Volunteer Hours by Reviewing Teen Books  
    Contact: MCL Teen Programming     mclteen@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Earn community service credit  by reviewing teen books! The Monmouth County Library is looking for teens in grades 7-12 who would be willing to read a teen novel and write a brief review.

Age: Must be between grades 7-12 

Books: Must be of appropriate reading level. You can check out books from MCL (either virtually or physically).

Hours Given: 1 hour per book 

Limit of books per month -  4

Length:  Min 100 Words, Max 300 Words

Specific Information:

Written reviews should include a short paragraph summarizing the book, no spoilers, please! The next paragraph should be a critical evaluation of the book of your choosing and include your personal response with specific examples to support praise or criticism. The review should be spoiler-free, thorough, and engaging. 

Submission: Submit your review using our Google Form here.

Review Gallery:  Upon submission and staff approval, your review will become part of our review gallery.  Visit our review gallery here

Your review will need to be approved by a Library staff member before you will be given service hours credit. Book reviews need to follow the guidelines above to be approved and may be sent back to you if anything is missing.

Attention Parent/Guardian: It is highly recommended that your teen is responsible for all correspondence regarding the Teen Volunteer Program; starting with the review submission process and continuing throughout their volunteer service. This program strives to prepare your child for his/her first job. We feel that the more responsibility that volunteers have in the successful execution of completing their service the better prepared he or she will be to apply for jobs and enter the workforce. When at all possible, please ask your teen to call, email, organize, and initiate!  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Please note that the books in our teen sections cover a wide range of ages and vary in content and maturity level. Parents and/or guardians have the right and responsibility to determine their own children’s access to library resources. 

    Location: ONLINE

Thursday April 1, 2021
   1:00 PM Experience Virtual Knitting and Crocheting with the Knit Wits!  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220x7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

“Meets” the first and third Thursdays of each month at 1:00 pm.

Let’s get down to the knitty gritty.  All ages, genders, and skill levels are welcome to join these enjoyable and instructive meetings. Led by knitter extraordinaire Camille Scala.

Sessions will be conducted on Cisco Webex and are free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the conversation. The link will be emailed the day before the program between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at 12 noon.

    Location: ONLINE

Thursday April 1, 2021 -  Sunday April 4, 2021
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel for notifications of all our special events!
Thursday: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick by Lucille Colandro; read by Miss Katy

Craft: Bunny Puppet. suggested supplies: Pink, white and black construction paper, lunch bag - white if possible, crayons or markers, scissors, glue.

Friday: All Monmouth County Libraries will be closed, however, Virtual Library stays open 24/7 MonmouthCountyLib.org

We wish all celebrating  a Happy Easter.(Thursday's program will be available thru Monday noon)

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf
    Location: ONLINE

Thursday April 1, 2021 -  Sunday April 4, 2021
   5:00 PM Virtual Yoga All Weekend (no registration needed)  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Yoga to De-Stress and Relax Series  includes Breathing, Stretching and Movement Unwind, improve flexibility, and relax your mind with Yoga. Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Sound suggests three sequences to help de-stress your body and your mind. 

Series will free-cycle throughout the month and  may be found on Weekend beginning on Thursdays (after 5pm) through Sunday evenings.

Link into this  Weekend's session here: Yoga Breathing  with Relaxation

You may also access the sessions via  the Library's Website. 

    Location: ONLINE

Friday April 2, 2021
     Good Friday - Library Closed  
    Contact:      mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

All Monmouth County buildings are closed.

While all our branches are closed today, our website is open 24/7 to read, renew, request, research. Tap our app for events and information!  

We look forward to connecting with you in person and on social media sites. 

On Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter, our global address is @MonCoLibrary. 

    Location: All Branches

Saturday April 3, 2021
     Do You Want to Become a United States Citizen? Free Virtual Citizenship Classes  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220x7222   
   

Join Free Virtual Citizenship Classes

Co-Sponsored by the Monmouth County Library, Catholic Charities and Literacy NJ Monmouth

Open to all New Jersey residents. Green Cards are required.

U.S. Citizenship is a 12-week class that prepares its participants for the citizenship test. Students will learn U.S. history, civics, and vocabulary; and will have the chance to practice for their interview. Students will also meet with an immigration attorney who can help with the N-400 application. Please use details below to sign up for classes which will be held:

  • Thursdays, April 8 through June 24 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • To register, contact Jhanna Even at 732-702-1895 or jeven@literacynj.org 

 

    Location: ONLINE

Monday April 5, 2021
     Do You Want to Become a United States Citizen? Free Virtual Citizenship Classes  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220x7222   
   

Join Free Virtual Citizenship Classes

Co-Sponsored by the Monmouth County Library, Catholic Charities and Literacy NJ Monmouth

Open to all New Jersey residents. Green Cards are required.

U.S. Citizenship is a 12-week class that prepares its participants for the citizenship test. Students will learn U.S. history, civics, and vocabulary; and will have the chance to practice for their interview. Students will also meet with an immigration attorney who can help with the N-400 application. Please use details below to sign up for classes which will be held:

  • Thursdays, April 8 through June 24 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • To register, contact Jhanna Even at 732-702-1895 or jeven@literacynj.org 

 

    Location: ONLINE
     English as a Second Language Virtual Classes  
    Contact: Literacy NJ Monmouth   732 702 1895   jeven@literacynj.org
   

Do you Want to Speak English?

Learn  the language to help you at work, at home, and in the community.

Free English as a Second Language virtual classes or one-on-one tutoring will be offered through Literacy NJ Monmouth.

Open to adults 18 years and older.

Please contact Program Director Jhanna Even at 732 702 1895 or at jeven@literacynj.org

*Available to Monmouth County residents only

    Location: ONLINE
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website (no registration needed)  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE

Monday April 5, 2021 -  Friday April 9, 2021
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!
 

Monday: This is the Glade Where Jack lives or How a Unicorn Saved the Day by Carey F Armstrong-Ellis; read by Miss Jodi
Craft: Unicorn (suggested supplies: Construction paper: gray or white and pink, crayons/markers, glitter, glue, craft stick, googly eyes, ribbon (optional), unicorn template click here)

Tuesday: Duck, Duck, Dinosaur by Kallie George; read by Miss Steph
Craft: Silly Duck (suggested supplies: 2 pieces of yellow construction paper, 1 piece of orange construction paper, glue, marker, scissors)

Wednesday: Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae/Guy Parker—Rees; read by Miss Katy
Craft: "G" is for Giraffe (suggested supplies: Giraffe template click here Yellow, blue and brown construction paper; Yarn; Sticker Eyes; Glue; Scissors)

Thursday: Rain! by Linda Ashman; read by Miss Steph
Craft: Rainy Day Umbrella (suggest supplies: construction paper (any color), glue stick, scissors, cupcake holder, cotton balls, markers/ crayons OPTIONAL: school glue, googly eyes)

Friday: We're Going on a Picnic by Pat Hutchins; read by Miss Danya
Craft: Picnic Basket (suggested supplies: brown, red, purple, green construction paper glue crayons and markers)

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE

Tuesday April 6, 2021
     Do You Want to Become a United States Citizen? Free Virtual Citizenship Classes  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220x7222   
   

Join Free Virtual Citizenship Classes

Co-Sponsored by the Monmouth County Library, Catholic Charities and Literacy NJ Monmouth

Open to all New Jersey residents. Green Cards are required.

U.S. Citizenship is a 12-week class that prepares its participants for the citizenship test. Students will learn U.S. history, civics, and vocabulary; and will have the chance to practice for their interview. Students will also meet with an immigration attorney who can help with the N-400 application. Please use details below to sign up for classes which will be held:

  • Thursdays, April 8 through June 24 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • To register, contact Jhanna Even at 732-702-1895 or jeven@literacynj.org 

 

    Location: ONLINE
   10:30 AM WISE Wellness Initiative for Senior Education  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

WISE: Wellness Initiative for Senior Education

Presented by Samantha White of FCS for Family & Children’s Services of Monmouth County Co-sponsored with the Monmouth County Library

Increase your knowledge regarding how bodies age, how the aging process affects the ability to metabolize alcohol and medications, and how to recognize the early signs and symptoms of depression.

WISE participants will learn information which may improve health behaviors related to lifestyle choices, health care empowerment, and modify use of participation and over-the-counter-medications.

Join us for an enlightening program offering six virtual lessons that cover a wide range of topics.

This free program will occur via Zoom on the following Tuesdays at 10:30 am:

  • April 6 –   Understanding the Changes Associated with Aging will focus on the heightened awareness of the risk of depression among seniors 
  • April 27 –   Aging Sensitivity will focus on the awareness of the advantages of growing older
  • May 4 –     Valuing Cultural and Generational Diversity  will focus on the awareness of the assumptions people commonly make about various cultural groups and how they affect social interaction
  • May 18 –   Medication and the Older Adult will focus on improved ability to relate critical information to health care providers and ask important questions relevant to medication use
  • June 1 –   Substance Misuse, Addiction, and Older Adults will focus on improved ability to identify factors that place older adults at risk for substance abuse and protective factors that can help prevent it
  • June 15 –  An Enhanced Quality of Life will focus on awareness of our personal values and how they influence the way we think and act. 

These sessions will be conducted on Zoom and are free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend; each date has its own individual registration. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access this date’s discussion. The link will be emailed the business day before the program between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at noon.

 

    Location: ONLINE
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!
 
Tuesday: Duck, Duck, Dinosaur by Kallie George; read by Miss Steph

Craft: Silly Duck (suggested supplies: 2 pieces of yellow construction paper, 1 piece of orange construction paper, glue, marker, scissors)

Wednesday: Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae/Guy Parker—Rees; read by Miss Katy
Craft: "G" is for Giraffe (suggested supplies: Giraffe template click here Yellow, blue and brown construction paper; Yarn; Sticker Eyes; Glue; Scissors)

Thursday: Rain! by Linda Ashman; read by Miss Steph
Craft: Rainy Day Umbrella (suggest supplies: construction paper (any color), glue stick, scissors, cupcake holder, cotton balls, markers/ crayons OPTIONAL: school glue, googly eyes)

Friday: We're Going on a Picnic by Pat Hutchins; read by Miss Danya
Craft: Picnic Basket (suggested supplies: brown, red, purple, green construction paper glue crayons and markers)

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE
   6:30 PM A Novel Idea Book Discussion:The Duke and I  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, the Bridgerton Series Book 1

Love is in the air as we begin a three-part exploration of Julia Quinn’s romance series centering on the Regency- era family, the Bridgertons, now an enormously popular Netflix series.

In Book 1, The Duke and I, Daphne Bridgerton and the dashing Duke Simon Basset concoct a scheme to take the pressure off Daphne’s husband hunt.  The plan works like a charm, at first.  But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London's elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule.

Moderated by Stephanie Laurino, Library HQ 

The books are real; the discussion is virtual. Place the selection on hold; pick up in person or use the Library's door-side service. Remember to check the Library website for current service hours. Limited eBook availability via monmouth.overdrive.com

Book Discussions will be conducted on Cisco Webex and are free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the discussion. The link will be emailed the day before the program between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at noon.

 

    Location: ONLINE

Wednesday April 7, 2021
   10:30 AM A Novel Idea Book Discussion: The Duke and I  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, the Bridgerton Series Book 1

Love is in the air as we begin a three-part exploration of Julia Quinn’s romance series centering on the Regency- era family, the Bridgertons, now an enormously popular Netflix series.

In Book 1, The Duke and I, Daphne Bridgerton and the dashing Duke Simon Basset concoct a scheme to take the pressure off Daphne’s husband hunt.  The plan works like a charm, at first.  But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London's elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule.

Moderated by Stephanie Laurino, Library HQ 

The books are real; the discussion is virtual. Place the selection on hold; pick up in person or use the Library's door-side service. Remember to check the Library website for current service hours. Limited eBook availability via monmouth.overdrive.com

Book discussions  will be conducted on Cisco Webex and are free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the discussion. The link will be emailed the day before the program between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at noon.

    Location: ONLINE
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!
 
Wednesday: Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae/Guy Parker—Rees; read by Miss Katy

Craft: "G" is for Giraffe (suggested supplies: Giraffe template click here Yellow, blue and brown construction paper; Yarn; Sticker Eyes; Glue; Scissors)

Thursday: Rain! by Linda Ashman; read by Miss Steph
Craft: Rainy Day Umbrella (suggest supplies: construction paper (any color), glue stick, scissors, cupcake holder, cotton balls, markers/ crayons OPTIONAL: school glue, googly eyes)

Friday: We're Going on a Picnic by Pat Hutchins; read by Miss Danya
Craft: Picnic Basket (suggested supplies: brown, red, purple, green construction paper glue crayons and markers)

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE
   6:45 PM  -  8:00 PM Lost and Found Virtual Bereavement Group  
    Contact: Programming Dept.    732-431-7220x7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Join us for a Virtual Bereavement Group meeting at 6:45pm on the First and Third  Wednesdays of each month. 

When you experience the loss of a loved one, navigating through the maze of emotion, making ordinary decisions, and finding a new rhythm to every day can be stressful and overwhelming. These workshops, led by Beth Stamp, support facilitator, may provide an opportunity to share experiences, feelings, and new ideas for moving forward.

Sessions will be conducted on Cisco  Webex and are free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the discussion. The link will be emailed the day before the program between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at 12 noon.

Any questions?  Please email mcl@monmouthcountylib.org

Public Notice and Disclaimer: While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact through our Library services.
For more information on Monmouth County's Social Media Policy, please follow this link: https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy 
For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link: https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf
    Location: ONLINE
   7:00 PM Gardening for Teens with Rutgers Master Gardener  
    Contact: Teen Programming      mclteen@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Interested to  learn about easy to grow houseplants and vegetables? Join certified Rutgers Master Gardener Judy Lipman for a fun teen-friendly gardening class!

The Master Gardeners are dedicated to educating the citizens of Monmouth County by offering exciting and informative horticultural presentations.

Session will be conducted on Zoom and is  free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attendRegister below to receive emailed information on how to access the conversation. Registration closes on Tuesday, April 6 at noon; the zoom link will be emailed the same day between 3:00 and 4:00 pm

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

    Location: ONLINE

Thursday April 8, 2021
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website  
    Contact: Programming      mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!
 
Thursday: Rain! by Linda Ashman; read by Miss Steph

Craft: Rainy Day Umbrella (suggest supplies: construction paper (any color), glue stick, scissors, cupcake holder, cotton balls, markers/ crayons OPTIONAL: school glue, googly eyes)

Friday: We're Going on a Picnic by Pat Hutchins; read by Miss Danya
Craft: Picnic Basket (suggested supplies: brown, red, purple, green construction paper glue crayons and markers)

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE
   3:00 PM Hummingbirds: Rutgers Master Gardener Virtual Presentation  
    Contact: Programming   732 431 7220 ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Hummingbirds: A Rutgers Master Gardener Virtual Program 

Presented by Ann Sherwood, Rutgers Master Gardeners

Certified Master Gardener, Ann Sherwood, will present a discussion on one of the smallest and most fascinating bird species on Earth. Join us to learn more about the life cycle and ecosystems of the hummingbird.

The Master Gardeners are dedicated to educating the citizens of Monmouth County by offering exciting and informative horticultural presentations.

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Sessions will be conducted on Webex and are free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the discussion. The link will be emailed Wednesday, April 7 between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at 12 noon.

 

    Location: ONLINE

Thursday April 8, 2021 -  Sunday April 11, 2021
   5:00 PM Weekend Yoga to De-Stress and Relax (no registration needed)  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Yoga to De-Stress and Relax Series  includes Breathing, Stretching and Movement Unwind, improve flexibility, and relax your mind with Yoga. Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Sound suggests three sequences to help de-stress your body and your mind. 

Series will free-cycle throughout the month and  may be found on Weekend beginning on Thursdays (after 5pm) through Sunday evenings.

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Link into this  Weekend's session here:  Yoga for Relaxation: Stretching 

You may also access the sessions via  the Library's Website. 

    Location: ONLINE

Thursday April 8, 2021
   7:00 PM Virtual Program: Information On Vaccines for COVID-19  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Presented by Dr. Jay Kostman, John Bell Health Center Medical Director

This Virtual program will present information on vaccines for COVID-19 including how they were developed, how they are being used, their effectiveness and how they are tolerated.

Dr. Jay Kostman received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from Yale University.  After completing his Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases training at Temple University in Philadelphia, he spent time on the faculty at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Temple University and then at the University of Pennsylvania where he was the Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for 15 years.  His areas of expertise include HIV infection and Hepatitis C virus infection in which he has led regional and national research efforts.  Since 2015, he has been the Medical Director of the John Bell Health Center in Philadelphia, developing clinical programs for the underserved population, including directing a COVID-19 testing program in underserved areas in Philadelphia.

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

This session will be conducted on Zoom and is free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the discussion. The link will be emailed the day before the program between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at 12 noon on April 7.

 

    Location: ONLINE

Friday April 9, 2021
     Staff using Room 6  
    Contact: Programming      
     Staff using Room 6  
    Contact: Programming      
   10:30 AM Author Talk: Family Tree: Rooted in Survival Holocaust Remembrance Day  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext 7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day "Yom HaShoah"
 
Join Author and Educator Rebecca Freimann as she talks about her never-before-told- true story of three family branches and their struggles to survive the horrors of the Holocaust.  After spending years researching, Rebecca documents her family's accounts in first-person voices, as they are separated from one another and must find the will to survive on their own.  
 
Rebecca Freimann is a middle school special education teacher, who has also spent several years teaching Holocaust Studies to young adults.  Her inspiration for writing Family Tree: Rooted in Survival came after conducting eight years of family research.  Her family stories were never passed down, were never before told.  As she learned her family's fates, she realized that many followed their own paths and had different stories to tell.  She wanted to share all these stories and return the stolen voices to her family members. 
 
 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Session will be conducted on ZOOM and is free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the discussion. The link will be emailed on April 8 between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at noon.

For Librarian curated Holocaust Remembrance Day Resource List, please use this LINK

    Location: ONLINE
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE

Friday April 9, 2021 -  Sunday April 11, 2021
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!
 
Friday April 9 through Sunday April 11
 We're Going on a Picnic by Pat Hutchins; read by Miss Danya

Craft: Picnic Basket (suggested supplies: brown, red, purple, green construction paper glue crayons and markers)

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE

Sunday April 11, 2021
   2:00 PM Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Premieres on the Library Website  (link here) on Sunday, April 11 at 2pm.

Will be Available to view through Friday, April 30

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE

Monday April 12, 2021
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE
     English as a Second Language Virtual Classes  
    Contact: Literacy NJ Monmouth   732 702 1895   jeven@literacynj.org
   

Do you Want to Speak English?

Learn  the language to help you at work, at home, and in the community.

Free English as a Second Language virtual classes or one-on-one tutoring will be offered through Literacy NJ Monmouth.

Open to adults 18 years and older.

Please contact Program Director Jhanna Even at 732 702 1895 or at jeven@literacynj.org

*Available to Monmouth County residents only

    Location: ONLINE
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE

Monday April 12, 2021 -  Sunday April 18, 2021
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!
 

Monday: We're Different, We're the Same by Bobbi Jane Kates (From Sesame Street YouTube)
Craft: Big Bird (suggested supplies: construction paper (yellow, red, blue, pink) black marker or crayon, glue, scissors, small paper plate)

Tuesday:  Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas; Read by Miss Danya
Craft: Bunny Ears Hat (suggested supplies: construction paper crayons, glue and tape)

Wednesday: "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," said the Sloth by Eric Carle; Read by Miss Steph (featuring ASL)
Craft: Snail (suggested supplies: construction paper (1 sheet of green, 1 sheet color of your choice), scissors, markets, glue stick)

Thursday: The Library Book by by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark; Read by Miss Jodi
Craft: Color your own Fancy Bookmark (suggested supplies: card stock or card board, crayons/markers, glitter, stickers, glue/ and or tape, template (optional) click here)

Friday: Perfect Pigeons by Katherine Battersby; Read by Miss Katy
Craft: Create Your Avatar (suggested supplies: construction paper, crayons/markers, scissors.glue, hair and accessories template Click here, cereal or cracker box)

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE

Monday April 12, 2021
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Teens: Girls Who Code: Creating Chatbots in Python and learning about APIs  
    Contact: MCL Teen Programing   732-946-4118   mclteen@monmouthcountylib.org
   

In this activity, girls will get to explore basic computer science concepts in Python. You will be creating your very own chatbot - a computer program that makes you feel like you are chatting with a real person! You have probably used a chatbot before when using your Amazon Alexa or Siri on your Apple device. First, we will have you brainstorm the goal of your chatbot. Ask yourself, what do you want to accomplish? Second, you will choose some yes or no questions and draft responses for each answer. We will be using Repl.it coding platform to write and run our Python code. We will also be using Twitter and Weather site APIs to receive information and use it in your program. And, at the very end of our session we will want you to share your project! Good luck and have fun!!

Grades 6-12 | Registration Required

Please note! This class is a four part series, when registered for the first one you are automatically registered for the entire session.  The dates are April 12th, April 19th, April 26th, and May 3rd from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  

This program is presented by software engineers and coding enthusiasts from iCIMS.Sessions are conducted on the Library’s Zoom platform, with Library staff in attendance. Program will be presented in four parts; participants agree to attend all sessions. Access to Repl.it is required, as well as personal accounts on Twitter.com and Weather.com. All teen programs are free and virtual. All programs will be presented on the Library’s Zoom platform, unless otherwise stated. Registration is required and closes the day prior to the event. Access link is emailed the business day prior to the program. Questions? Please email us at mclteen@monmouthcountylib.org. 

    Location: ONLINE

Tuesday April 13, 2021
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE
   10:30 AM MEDICARE for Newbies: A Virtual Workshop  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Happy Birthday! You are eligible for Medicare... now what do you do?

If your knowledge of Medicare is limited and you are eligible this year, Samantha White, SHIP Coordinator from Family & Children’s Services of Monmouth County will present the information you need to know to make a thorough and informed decision. 

Since 1909, Family and Children's Service is Monmouth County's oldest private nonprofit social service agency. FCS offer diverse programs and services that provide compassionate care, intervention and education to support people during challenging times in their lives.

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

This session will be conducted on Zoom and is free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the conversation. The link will be emailed Monday, April 12  between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at 12 noon.

    Location: ONLINE
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!
Tuesday:  Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas; Read by Miss Danya

Craft: Bunny Ears Hat (suggested supplies: construction paper crayons, glue and tape)

Wednesday: "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," said the Sloth by Eric Carle; Read by Miss Steph (featuring ASL)
Craft: Snail (suggested supplies: construction paper (1 sheet of green, 1 sheet color of your choice), scissors, markets, glue stick)

Thursday: The Library Book by by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark; Read by Miss Jodi
Craft: Color your own Fancy Bookmark (suggested supplies: card stock or card board, crayons/markers, glitter, stickers, glue/ and or tape, template (optional) click here)

Friday: Perfect Pigeons by Katherine Battersby; Read by Miss Katy
Craft: Create Your Avatar (suggested supplies: construction paper, crayons/markers, scissors.glue, hair and accessories template Click here, cereal or cracker box)

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE
   7:00 PM Pencil Shavings and Eraser Crumbs: Copy-editing at The New Yorker  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

A Virtual Program from Kate Norris, Copy Editor  at The New Yorker

What is copy-editing and how does it work at The New Yorker? Why does the magazine spell “reëlection” with a diaeresis? Kate Norris, who has worked at The New Yorker for more than 30 years, will talk about what goes into producing a publication renowned for its editorial standards for almost a century, touching upon some of its remarkable and idiosyncratic staff. She will then answer questions about language and grammar. Attendees may ask questions through chat, while Library staff moderates the conversation.  Program will not be available for repeat viewing.

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

This session will be conducted on Zoom and is free of charge; it will not be rebroadcast. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the discussion. Registration will close at noon on April 12; the link will be emailed between 3:00 and 4:00 pm.
 
    Location: ONLINE

Wednesday April 14, 2021
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE
   10:30 AM A Virtual Film Discussion in Celebration of Earth Day  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

NOVA: Decoding the Weather Machine  (2018) (PG) 1 hour and 53 minutes

The Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change is a pilot program of the American Library Association

Moderated by Donna Mansfield, Eastern Branch

Watch the film first, at your leisure, and then join a virtual discussion to share your thoughts!**

This session will be conducted on Zoom and is free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the conversation. The link will be emailed Tuesday, April 13 between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at noon. This film is available to view for free with your Library card on Access Video on Demand.

In this two-hour documentary, NOVA cuts through the confusion around climate change - disastrous hurricanes, widespread droughts and wildfires, withering heat, and extreme rainfall - to discover why scientists overwhelmingly agree that human activity is changing our climate, as well as how and when it will affect us through the weather we experience. Join scientists from around the world on a quest to better understand the workings of the weather and the climate machine we call Earth, as we discover how to be resilient – and even thrive - in the face of enormous change. 

**FILM ACCESS  - Watch the film through PBS: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/decoding-the-weather-machine/ or on Access Video on Demand with your valid Library Card: https://avod.infobase.com/p_Login.aspx?e=9&wID=17440&b=1

    Location: ONLINE
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!
 

Wednesday: "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," said the Sloth by Eric Carle; Read by Miss Steph (featuring ASL)
Craft: Snail (suggested supplies: construction paper (1 sheet of green, 1 sheet color of your choice), scissors, markets, glue stick)

Thursday: The Library Book by by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark; Read by Miss Jodi
Craft: Color your own Fancy Bookmark (suggested supplies: card stock or card board, crayons/markers, glitter, stickers, glue/ and or tape, template (optional) click here)

Friday: Perfect Pigeons by Katherine Battersby; Read by Miss Katy
Craft: Create Your Avatar (suggested supplies: construction paper, crayons/markers, scissors.glue, hair and accessories template Click here, cereal or cracker box)

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE
   7:00 PM Poetic Universal Wit and Wisdom for National Poetry Month  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

April is National Poetry Month   

Hear lyrical universal wit and wisdom as poets write of love, nature, the passing of years, their gods, and their gardens.

Poetry read by poet and author Flora Higgins. 

This session will be conducted on Zoom and is free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the discussion. The link will be emailed the business day before the program between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at noon.

 

    Location: ONLINE

Thursday April 15, 2021
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE
   10:30 AM Murder, They Wrote Book Club: Keeper of Lost Causes  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Murder, They Wrote Book Discussion: Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Carl Mørck was one of Denmark's best homicide detectives. Then a hail of bullets destroyed the lives of two fellow cops, and Carl blamed himself. A promotion to Department Q is the last thing he expects, until he discovers it's a department of one. With nothing but a stack of cold cases for company one keeps nagging at him: the vanishing of a liberal politician five years ago.  But she isn't dead yet, and Carl might have a chance to redeem himself.  The Keeper of Lost Causes introduces American readers to this top-notch Nordic Noir series. 

Moderated by Jeanmarie Kantor, Library HQ

The books are real; the discussion is virtual. Place the selection on hold; pick up in person or use the Library's door-side service. Remember to check the Library website for current service hours. Limited eBook availability via monmouth.overdrive.com

Book Discussions will be conducted on Cisco Webex and are free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the discussion. The link will be emailed the day before the program between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at noon.

    Location: ONLINE
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE
   1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Experience Virtual Knitting and Crocheting with the Knit Wits!  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220x7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

“Meets” the first and third Thursdays of each month at 1:00 pm.

Let’s get down to the knitty gritty.  All ages, genders, and skill levels are welcome to join these enjoyable and instructive meetings. Led by knitter extraordinaire Camille Scala.

Sessions will be conducted on Webex and are free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the conversation. The link will be emailed the day before the program between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at 12 noon.

    Location: ONLINE
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!
Thursday: The Library Book by by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark; Read by Miss Jodi

Craft: Color your own Fancy Bookmark (suggested supplies: card stock or card board, crayons/markers, glitter, stickers, glue/ and or tape, template (optional) click here)

Friday: Perfect Pigeons by Katherine Battersby; Read by Miss Katy
Craft: Create Your Avatar (suggested supplies: construction paper, crayons/markers, scissors.glue, hair and accessories template Click here, cereal or cracker box)

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE

Thursday April 15, 2021 -  Sunday April 18, 2021
   5:00 PM Virtual Evening Yoga to De-Stress and Relax (no registration needed)  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Yoga to De-Stress and Relax Series  includes Breathing, Stretching and Movement Unwind, improve flexibility, and relax your mind with Yoga. Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Sound suggests three sequences to help de-stress your body and your mind. 

Series will free-cycle throughout the month and  may be found on Weekend beginning on Thursdays (after 5pm) through Sunday evenings.

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Link into this  Weekend's session here:  Yoga for Relaxation: Movement 

You may also access the sessions via  the Library's Website. 

    Location: ONLINE

Thursday April 15, 2021
   7:00 PM Historically Speaking, A Virtual Lecture Series  
    Contact: Programming Dept     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Historically Speaking, A Virtual Lecture Series 

Presented by the Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA). Co-Sponsored by the Monmouth County Library 

Joe Zemla presents Beneath the Floorboards:Whispers of the Enslaved from Marlpit Hall

Please join us for an evening with MCHA Associate Curator, Joe Zemla, for a discussion on the enslaved African Americans who lived and worked at Marlpit Hall, the circa 1756 home once owned by the Taylor family of Middletown. In addition to original archival documents, recently discovered artifacts help tell the fuller story of 

Those who inhabited the home’s second-story slave quarters, which have remained largely unaltered since the 18th century. Cultural beliefs, protective rituals, and representations of clandestine defiance of their forced condition are unveiled with these fragments, purposefully chosen and concealed centuries ago.

Register below and join us on the third Thursday of each month at 7pm for a virtual lecture presented by Monmouth County's most interesting and well-respected historians! 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

This series of programs is virtual, presented via Zoom, and is free of charge.  Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the discussion. The link will be emailed the business day before the program between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at noon on 4/14/21. 

 

    Location: ONLINE

Friday April 16, 2021
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE
     Staff using Room 6  
    Contact: Programming      
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE

Friday April 16, 2021 -  Sunday April 18, 2021
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!
 

Friday: Perfect Pigeons by Katherine Battersby; Read by Miss Katy
Craft: Create Your Avatar (suggested supplies: construction paper, crayons/markers, scissors.glue, hair and accessories template Click here, cereal or cracker box)

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE

Saturday April 17, 2021
     .Book Mark Design Challenge for National Library Week  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Celebrating National Library Week! Monmouth County Library "Welcome to the Library" Bookmark Design Challenge!

Calling all artists! To celebrate National Library Week, the Monmouth County Library is looking for artists of all ages to help design our next bookmarks. Show us what you love about the library with your awesome artwork!

Please submit your designs as a JPEG file to MonCoLibrary2021@gmail.com with the subject line "Bookmark Challenge" for the opportunity to be featured on our next printed bookmarks!*

Artwork categories include Grades K-4; Grades 5-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult. If you need help submitting your design, scanners and computers are available and free to use at your local library branch. Bring a USB drive to save your file. 

Entries will be accepted April 1 through April 30. Check your local library branch for the printed bookmarks  in mid-May.

Entry Guidelines:

- Limit one entry per person or group

- Entries may not include licensed characters or any other copyrighted art or logos

- Email submissions should include artist's first name, home library branch and grade level

- Design could be vertical or horizontal and must fit final size as example shown (on our website)

Looking for a design idea? Try a coloring book-style black and white image!

*Upon submission, all entries become property of Monmouth County Library and may be reproduced for distribution and shared on the Library's website and social media sites. 

    Location: All Branches
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE
   10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Kids! Celebrate DIA! Diversity in Action with Peacock Surprise(Virtual Program)  
    Contact: Children's Dept   732-431-7220 x7226   dromaner@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Enjoy a unique, Virtual, interactive workshop presented by Seema Moondra of Enjoy Explore India! Discover the arts and culture of India through storytelling and design your own piece of peacock artwork! Please have crayons, markers, pencil, and paper ready at home to complete the project.  Grades K and up

Join us on Zoom for this fun- filled event! Advance registration is required beginning April 3. The Zoom link  will be emailed to registered participants the day before the event.

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE

Sunday April 18, 2021
     .Book Mark Design Challenge for National Library Week  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Celebrating National Library Week! Monmouth County Library "Welcome to the Library" Bookmark Design Challenge!

Calling all artists! To celebrate National Library Week, the Monmouth County Library is looking for artists of all ages to help design our next bookmarks. Show us what you love about the library with your awesome artwork!

Please submit your designs as a JPEG file to MonCoLibrary2021@gmail.com with the subject line "Bookmark Challenge" for the opportunity to be featured on our next printed bookmarks!*

Artwork categories include Grades K-4; Grades 5-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult. If you need help submitting your design, scanners and computers are available and free to use at your local library branch. Bring a USB drive to save your file. 

Entries will be accepted April 1 through April 30. Check your local library branch for the printed bookmarks  in mid-May.

Entry Guidelines:

- Limit one entry per person or group

- Entries may not include licensed characters or any other copyrighted art or logos

- Email submissions should include artist's first name, home library branch and grade level

- Design could be vertical or horizontal and must fit final size as example shown (on our website)

Looking for a design idea? Try a coloring book-style black and white image!

*Upon submission, all entries become property of Monmouth County Library and may be reproduced for distribution and shared on the Library's website and social media sites. 

    Location: All Branches
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE

Monday April 19, 2021
     .Book Mark Design Challenge for National Library Week  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Celebrating National Library Week! Monmouth County Library "Welcome to the Library" Bookmark Design Challenge!

Calling all artists! To celebrate National Library Week, the Monmouth County Library is looking for artists of all ages to help design our next bookmarks. Show us what you love about the library with your awesome artwork!

Please submit your designs as a JPEG file to MonCoLibrary2021@gmail.com with the subject line "Bookmark Challenge" for the opportunity to be featured on our next printed bookmarks!*

Artwork categories include Grades K-4; Grades 5-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult. If you need help submitting your design, scanners and computers are available and free to use at your local library branch. Bring a USB drive to save your file. 

Entries will be accepted April 1 through April 30. Check your local library branch for the printed bookmarks  in mid-May.

Entry Guidelines:

- Limit one entry per person or group

- Entries may not include licensed characters or any other copyrighted art or logos

- Email submissions should include artist's first name, home library branch and grade level

- Design could be vertical or horizontal and must fit final size as example shown (on our website)

Looking for a design idea? Try a coloring book-style black and white image!

*Upon submission, all entries become property of Monmouth County Library and may be reproduced for distribution and shared on the Library's website and social media sites. 

    Location: All Branches
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE

Monday April 19, 2021 -  Friday April 23, 2021
     English as a Second Language Virtual Classes offered throughout the year  
    Contact: Literacy NJ Monmouth   732 702 1895   jeven@literacynj.org
   

Do you Want to Speak English?

Learn  the language to help you at work, at home, and in the community.

Free English as a Second Language virtual classes or one-on-one tutoring will be offered through Literacy NJ Monmouth.

Classes are offered hroughout the year. Open to adults 18 years and older.

Please contact Program Director Jhanna Even at 732 702 1895 or at jeven@literacynj.org

*Available to Monmouth County residents only

    Location: ONLINE

Monday April 19, 2021
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE

Monday April 19, 2021 -  Friday April 23, 2021
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!
 

Monday: When I Grow Up by Julie Chen;Read by the Author (from "Simon Kids" YouTubeChannel)
Craft: Yarn Heart with Miss Laura (suggested supplies: paper plate, scissors, yarn)

Tuesday: Earth Day-Hooray! By by Stuart J Murphy;Read by Miss Jodi
Craft: Globe in a bag (suggested supplies: paper plate, green and blue paint, gallon size zip lock, heart sticker or pink/read construction paper, tan or brown construction paper (or white to color), scissors, glue or tape)

Wednesday: Earth Gives More by Sue Fliess, Read by Miss Katy
Craft: Earth Day Windsock (suggested supplied: cardboard tube, nlue and green construction paper, colored tissue paper, pipe cleaner or yarn, scissors, glue, tape/stapler, hole punch)

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

Thursday: Miss Fox's Class Goes Green by Eileen Spinelli, Read by Miss Steph (featuring ASL)
Craft: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Superhero (suggest supplies: popsicle stick, markers, glue, string, sandwich bag OPTIONAL: googly eyes)

Friday: Perfect Square by Michael Hall, Read by Miss Danya
Craft: Shape Collage colored construction paper, glue, scissors, crayons and markers glitter if needed.

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE

Tuesday April 20, 2021
     .Book Mark Design Challenge for National Library Week  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Celebrating National Library Week! Monmouth County Library "Welcome to the Library" Bookmark Design Challenge!

Calling all artists! To celebrate National Library Week, the Monmouth County Library is looking for artists of all ages to help design our next bookmarks. Show us what you love about the library with your awesome artwork!

Please submit your designs as a JPEG file to MonCoLibrary2021@gmail.com with the subject line "Bookmark Challenge" for the opportunity to be featured on our next printed bookmarks!*

Artwork categories include Grades K-4; Grades 5-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult. If you need help submitting your design, scanners and computers are available and free to use at your local library branch. Bring a USB drive to save your file. 

Entries will be accepted April 1 through April 30. Check your local library branch for the printed bookmarks  in mid-May.

Entry Guidelines:

- Limit one entry per person or group

- Entries may not include licensed characters or any other copyrighted art or logos

- Email submissions should include artist's first name, home library branch and grade level

- Design could be vertical or horizontal and must fit final size as example shown (on our website)

Looking for a design idea? Try a coloring book-style black and white image!

*Upon submission, all entries become property of Monmouth County Library and may be reproduced for distribution and shared on the Library's website and social media sites. 

    Location: All Branches
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE
   10:30 AM Rutgers Virtual Wellness Seminar - Lighten Up the Fat  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Rutgers Virtual Wellness Seminar – Lighten Up the Fat

When it comes to food and diet, fat gets a bad "wrap." However, it is important to know there are different types of dietary fats and not all fats are bad fats.  Learn more about the importance of fat as part of a balanced and healthful diet, and how to make healthier food choices.

This program will be offered by Family and Community Health Sciences Department Educator Sharese Porter, PhD, MPH, CHES, Sr. Program Coordinator Supervisor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Burlington and Monmouth Counties.

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

This session will be conducted on Zoom and is free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the discussion. The link will be emailed Monday, April 19th between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at noon.

    Location: ONLINE
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE
   6:30 PM A Virtual Author Talk in Celebration of Earth Day  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220 X7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

A Virtual Author Talk in Celebration of Earth Day - The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland’s Buried Past and Our Perilous Future by Jon Gertner 

The Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change is a pilot program of the American Library Association

Co-sponsored by the Monmouth County Library and Moderated by Donna Mansfield, Eastern Branch

Jon Gertner discusses his new book, The Ice at the End of the World, in which he delves into the history, exploration, and investigation of Greenland’s ice sheet and its future in the era of global warming.

Jon Gertner is the author of the bestselling book The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation and a longtime contributor to The New York Times Magazine. A journalist and historian whose stories on science, technology and nature have appeared in a variety of national magazines, he is also a lecturer on technology and science history. The Ice at the End of the World details 150 years of exploration and investigation on the Greenland ice sheet, beginning in the 1880s.  The book is, in many respects, a story about the process of scientific discovery, and aims to explain how the work in Greenland, aided by an evolving array of technological tools, has led us to a profound understanding of our current climate crisis.

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

This session will be conducted on Zoom and is free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the discussion. The link will be emailed Monday, April 19 between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at noon. This book is available to borrow from your local Library branch.

    Location: ONLINE

Wednesday April 21, 2021
     .Book Mark Design Challenge for National Library Week  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Celebrating National Library Week! Monmouth County Library "Welcome to the Library" Bookmark Design Challenge!

Calling all artists! To celebrate National Library Week, the Monmouth County Library is looking for artists of all ages to help design our next bookmarks. Show us what you love about the library with your awesome artwork!

Please submit your designs as a JPEG file to MonCoLibrary2021@gmail.com with the subject line "Bookmark Challenge" for the opportunity to be featured on our next printed bookmarks!*

Artwork categories include Grades K-4; Grades 5-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult. If you need help submitting your design, scanners and computers are available and free to use at your local library branch. Bring a USB drive to save your file. 

Entries will be accepted April 1 through April 30. Check your local library branch for the printed bookmarks  in mid-May.

Entry Guidelines:

- Limit one entry per person or group

- Entries may not include licensed characters or any other copyrighted art or logos

- Email submissions should include artist's first name, home library branch and grade level

- Design could be vertical or horizontal and must fit final size as example shown (on our website)

Looking for a design idea? Try a coloring book-style black and white image!

*Upon submission, all entries become property of Monmouth County Library and may be reproduced for distribution and shared on the Library's website and social media sites. 

    Location: All Branches
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE
   10:30 AM A Novel Idea Book Discussion:Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220x7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

After one night's deadly mistake, a man will go to any lengths to save his family and his reputation. Waking Lions is a gripping, suspenseful, and morally devastating drama of guilt and survival, shame and desire.  

Moderated by Beth Miller, Eastern Branch

The books are real; the discussion is virtual. Place the selection on hold; pick up in person or use the Library's door-side service. Remember to check the Library website for current service hours. Limited eBook availability via monmouth.overdrive.com

Book Discussions will be conducted on Cisco Webex and are free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the discussion. The link will be emailed the day before the program between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at noon on 4/20. 

    Location: ONLINE
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!
 

Wednesday: Earth Gives More by Sue Fliess, Read by Miss Katy
Craft: Earth Day Windsock (suggested supplied: cardboard tube, nlue and green construction paper, colored tissue paper, pipe cleaner or yarn, scissors, glue, tape/stapler, hole punch)

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

Thursday: Miss Fox's Class Goes Green by Eileen Spinelli, Read by Miss Steph (featuring ASL)
Craft: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Superhero (suggest supplies: popsicle stick, markers, glue, string, sandwich bag OPTIONAL: googly eyes)

Friday: Perfect Square by Michael Hall, Read by Miss Danya
Craft: Shape Collage colored construction paper, glue, scissors, crayons and markers glitter if needed.

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE
   6:45 PM  -  8:00 PM Lost and Found Virtual Bereavement Group  
    Contact: Programming Dept.    732-431-7220x7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Join us for a Virtual Bereavement Group meeting at 6:45pm on the First and Third  Wednesdays of each month. 

When you experience the loss of a loved one, navigating through the maze of emotion, making ordinary decisions, and finding a new rhythm to every day can be stressful and overwhelming. These workshops, led by Beth Stamp, support facilitator, may provide an opportunity to share experiences, feelings, and new ideas for moving forward.

Sessions will be conducted on Webex and are free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the discussion. The link will be emailed the day before the program between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at 12 noon.

Any questions?  Please email mcl@monmouthcountylib.org

Public Notice and Disclaimer: While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact through our Library services.
For more information on Monmouth County's Social Media Policy, please follow this link: https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy 
For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link: https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf
    Location: ONLINE

Thursday April 22, 2021
     .Book Mark Design Challenge for National Library Week  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Celebrating National Library Week! Monmouth County Library "Welcome to the Library" Bookmark Design Challenge!

Calling all artists! To celebrate National Library Week, the Monmouth County Library is looking for artists of all ages to help design our next bookmarks. Show us what you love about the library with your awesome artwork!

Please submit your designs as a JPEG file to MonCoLibrary2021@gmail.com with the subject line "Bookmark Challenge" for the opportunity to be featured on our next printed bookmarks!*

Artwork categories include Grades K-4; Grades 5-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult. If you need help submitting your design, scanners and computers are available and free to use at your local library branch. Bring a USB drive to save your file. 

Entries will be accepted April 1 through April 30. Check your local library branch for the printed bookmarks  in mid-May.

Entry Guidelines:

- Limit one entry per person or group

- Entries may not include licensed characters or any other copyrighted art or logos

- Email submissions should include artist's first name, home library branch and grade level

- Design could be vertical or horizontal and must fit final size as example shown (on our website)

Looking for a design idea? Try a coloring book-style black and white image!

*Upon submission, all entries become property of Monmouth County Library and may be reproduced for distribution and shared on the Library's website and social media sites. 

    Location: All Branches
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE
   10:30 AM Short and Sweet: A Virtual Short Story Discussion: I Stand Here Ironing  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732-431-7220 x 7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

"I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen 

A mother examines her own life while reflecting on the years of parental challenges she faced with her daughter.
A PDF of the story will be emailed after registration.
 
Moderated by Mary Patterson, Hazlet Branch
 
Sessions will be conducted on Webex and are free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive an emailed PDF of the Story and information on how to access the conversation.  The link will be emailed the day before the program between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at noon on 4/21. 
    Location: ONLINE
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

Thursday: Miss Fox's Class Goes Green by Eileen Spinelli, Read by Miss Steph (featuring ASL)
Craft: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Superhero (suggest supplies: popsicle stick, markers, glue, string, sandwich bag OPTIONAL: googly eyes)

Friday: Perfect Square by Michael Hall, Read by Miss Danya
Craft: Shape Collage colored construction paper, glue, scissors, crayons and markers glitter if needed.

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE

Thursday April 22, 2021 -  Sunday April 25, 2021
   5:00 PM Virtual Evening Yoga to De-Stress and Relax (no registration needed)  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Yoga to De-Stress and Relax Series  includes Breathing, Stretching and Movement Unwind, improve flexibility, and relax your mind with Yoga. Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Sound suggests three sequences to help de-stress your body and your mind. 

Series will free-cycle throughout the month and  may be found on Weekend beginning on Thursdays (after 5pm) through Sunday evenings.

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Link into this  Weekend's session here: Yoga for Relaxation: Stretching 

You may also access the sessions via  the Library's Website. 

    Location: ONLINE

Thursday April 22, 2021
   6:30 PM America's National Parks with Historian Mary Rasa  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Presented by former Sandy Hook Park Ranger and Museum Curator Mary Rasa

Celebrate Earth Day by exploring the founding and history of the National Parks.  Learn about insider tips on park visits and about parks within a two hour drive.

Mary Rasa is a historian who worked as a museum curator and park ranger for the National Park Service for 16 years.  She holds a BA in Historic Preservation and a Masters in Library Science. She has conducted over one thousand programs for audiences, from school children to academic and professional conferences, seniors groups and historical societies.

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

This session will be conducted on Zoom and is free of charge.  Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the program. The link will be emailed Wednesday, April 21 between 3pm and 4pm, after registration closes at noon.

 

    Location: ONLINE

Friday April 23, 2021
     .Book Mark Design Challenge for National Library Week  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Celebrating National Library Week! Monmouth County Library "Welcome to the Library" Bookmark Design Challenge!

Calling all artists! To celebrate National Library Week, the Monmouth County Library is looking for artists of all ages to help design our next bookmarks. Show us what you love about the library with your awesome artwork!

Please submit your designs as a JPEG file to MonCoLibrary2021@gmail.com with the subject line "Bookmark Challenge" for the opportunity to be featured on our next printed bookmarks!*

Artwork categories include Grades K-4; Grades 5-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult. If you need help submitting your design, scanners and computers are available and free to use at your local library branch. Bring a USB drive to save your file. 

Entries will be accepted April 1 through April 30. Check your local library branch for the printed bookmarks  in mid-May.

Entry Guidelines:

- Limit one entry per person or group

- Entries may not include licensed characters or any other copyrighted art or logos

- Email submissions should include artist's first name, home library branch and grade level

- Design could be vertical or horizontal and must fit final size as example shown (on our website)

Looking for a design idea? Try a coloring book-style black and white image!

*Upon submission, all entries become property of Monmouth County Library and may be reproduced for distribution and shared on the Library's website and social media sites. 

    Location: All Branches
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE

Friday April 23, 2021 -  Sunday April 25, 2021
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!

Friday: Perfect Square by Michael Hall, Read by Miss Danya

Craft: Shape Collage colored construction paper, glue, scissors, crayons and markers glitter if needed.

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE

Saturday April 24, 2021
     .Book Mark Design Challenge for National Library Week  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Celebrating National Library Week! Monmouth County Library "Welcome to the Library" Bookmark Design Challenge!

Calling all artists! To celebrate National Library Week, the Monmouth County Library is looking for artists of all ages to help design our next bookmarks. Show us what you love about the library with your awesome artwork!

Please submit your designs as a JPEG file to MonCoLibrary2021@gmail.com with the subject line "Bookmark Challenge" for the opportunity to be featured on our next printed bookmarks!*

Artwork categories include Grades K-4; Grades 5-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult. If you need help submitting your design, scanners and computers are available and free to use at your local library branch. Bring a USB drive to save your file. 

Entries will be accepted April 1 through April 30. Check your local library branch for the printed bookmarks  in mid-May.

Entry Guidelines:

- Limit one entry per person or group

- Entries may not include licensed characters or any other copyrighted art or logos

- Email submissions should include artist's first name, home library branch and grade level

- Design could be vertical or horizontal and must fit final size as example shown (on our website)

Looking for a design idea? Try a coloring book-style black and white image!

*Upon submission, all entries become property of Monmouth County Library and may be reproduced for distribution and shared on the Library's website and social media sites. 

    Location: All Branches
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE

Sunday April 25, 2021
     .Book Mark Design Challenge for National Library Week  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Celebrating National Library Week! Monmouth County Library "Welcome to the Library" Bookmark Design Challenge!

Calling all artists! To celebrate National Library Week, the Monmouth County Library is looking for artists of all ages to help design our next bookmarks. Show us what you love about the library with your awesome artwork!

Please submit your designs as a JPEG file to MonCoLibrary2021@gmail.com with the subject line "Bookmark Challenge" for the opportunity to be featured on our next printed bookmarks!*

Artwork categories include Grades K-4; Grades 5-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult. If you need help submitting your design, scanners and computers are available and free to use at your local library branch. Bring a USB drive to save your file. 

Entries will be accepted April 1 through April 30. Check your local library branch for the printed bookmarks  in mid-May.

Entry Guidelines:

- Limit one entry per person or group

- Entries may not include licensed characters or any other copyrighted art or logos

- Email submissions should include artist's first name, home library branch and grade level

- Design could be vertical or horizontal and must fit final size as example shown (on our website)

Looking for a design idea? Try a coloring book-style black and white image!

*Upon submission, all entries become property of Monmouth County Library and may be reproduced for distribution and shared on the Library's website and social media sites. 

    Location: All Branches
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE

Monday April 26, 2021
     .Book Mark Design Challenge for National Library Week  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Celebrating National Library Week! Monmouth County Library "Welcome to the Library" Bookmark Design Challenge!

Calling all artists! To celebrate National Library Week, the Monmouth County Library is looking for artists of all ages to help design our next bookmarks. Show us what you love about the library with your awesome artwork!

Please submit your designs as a JPEG file to MonCoLibrary2021@gmail.com with the subject line "Bookmark Challenge" for the opportunity to be featured on our next printed bookmarks!*

Artwork categories include Grades K-4; Grades 5-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult. If you need help submitting your design, scanners and computers are available and free to use at your local library branch. Bring a USB drive to save your file. 

Entries will be accepted April 1 through April 30. Check your local library branch for the printed bookmarks  in mid-May.

Entry Guidelines:

- Limit one entry per person or group

- Entries may not include licensed characters or any other copyrighted art or logos

- Email submissions should include artist's first name, home library branch and grade level

- Design could be vertical or horizontal and must fit final size as example shown (on our website)

Looking for a design idea? Try a coloring book-style black and white image!

*Upon submission, all entries become property of Monmouth County Library and may be reproduced for distribution and shared on the Library's website and social media sites. 

    Location: All Branches
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE

Monday April 26, 2021 -  Friday April 30, 2021
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!

Monday: A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henke; read  by the author (from Harper Kids YouTube)
Craft: Elephant Bookmark with Ms. Danya. Suggested supplies: colored construction paper, glue, markers, scissors

Tuesday: Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn; read by Miss Steph
Craft: Tulip Garden Suggested supplies: construction paper in blue, green and another color, scissors, glue, markers, 

National Superhero Day

Wednesday: How to be a Super Hero by Sue Fliess; read by Miss Jodi
Craft: Superhero Cape  Suggested supplies: construction paper (multiple colors), glue, crayons/markers, glitter or stickers  

Thursday: What We'll Build by Oliver Jeffers; read by Miss Katy
Craft: Home Sweet Home Suggested supplies: construction paper invarious colors,  glue, scissors,crayons or markers, ruler

Friday: That is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems; read by Miss Danya
Craft: Colorful Bird  Suggested supplie: colored construction paper, glue, scissors, crayons and markers, feathers

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE

Tuesday April 27, 2021
     .Book Mark Design Challenge for National Library Week  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Celebrating National Library Week! Monmouth County Library "Welcome to the Library" Bookmark Design Challenge!

Calling all artists! To celebrate National Library Week, the Monmouth County Library is looking for artists of all ages to help design our next bookmarks. Show us what you love about the library with your awesome artwork!

Please submit your designs as a JPEG file to MonCoLibrary2021@gmail.com with the subject line "Bookmark Challenge" for the opportunity to be featured on our next printed bookmarks!*

Artwork categories include Grades K-4; Grades 5-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult. If you need help submitting your design, scanners and computers are available and free to use at your local library branch. Bring a USB drive to save your file. 

Entries will be accepted April 1 through April 30. Check your local library branch for the printed bookmarks  in mid-May.

Entry Guidelines:

- Limit one entry per person or group

- Entries may not include licensed characters or any other copyrighted art or logos

- Email submissions should include artist's first name, home library branch and grade level

- Design could be vertical or horizontal and must fit final size as example shown (on our website)

Looking for a design idea? Try a coloring book-style black and white image!

*Upon submission, all entries become property of Monmouth County Library and may be reproduced for distribution and shared on the Library's website and social media sites. 

    Location: All Branches
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE
   10:30 AM WISE Wellness Initiative for Senior Education  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

WISE: Wellness Initiative for Senior Education

Presented by Samantha White of FCS for Family & Children’s Services of Monmouth County

Co-sponsored with the Monmouth County Library

Increase your knowledge regarding how bodies age, how the aging process affects the ability to metabolize alcohol and medications, and how to recognize the early signs and symptoms of depression.

WISE participants will learn information which may improve health behaviors related to lifestyle choices, health care empowerment, and modify use of participation and over-the-counter-medications.

Join us for an enlightening program offering six virtual lessons that cover a wide range of topics.

This free program will occur via Zoom on the following Tuesdays at 10:30 am:

  • April 27 – Lesson Two: Aging Sensitivity
  • May 4 – Lesson Three: Valuing Cultural and Generational Diversity
  • May 18 – Lesson Four: Medication and the Older Adult
  • June 1 – Lesson Five: Substance Misuse, Addiction, and Older Adults
  • June 15 – Lesson Six: An Enhanced Quality of Life

These sessions will be conducted on Zoom and are free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend; each date has its own individual registration. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access this date’s discussion. The link will be emailed the business day before the program between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at noon.

    Location: ONLINE
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!

Tuesday: Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn; read by Miss Steph

Craft: Tulip Garden Suggested supplies: construction paper in blue, green and another color, scissors, glue, markers, 

National Superhero Day

Wednesday: How to be a Super Hero by Sue Fliess; read by Miss Jodi
Craft: Superhero Cape  Suggested supplies: construction paper (multiple colors), glue, crayons/markers, glitter or stickers  

Thursday: What We'll Build by Oliver Jeffers; read by Miss Katy
Craft: Home Sweet Home Suggested supplies: construction paper in various colors,  glue, scissors,crayons or markers, ruler

Friday: That is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems; read by Miss Danya
Craft: Colorful Bird  Suggested supplie: colored construction paper, glue, scissors, crayons and markers, feathers

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE
   7:00 PM NJ Shipwreck Series:The John Minturn Storm of 1846  
    Contact: Programming    732 431 7220 ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

New Jersey Shipwreck: The John Minturn Storm of 1846  

A Virtual Program presented by author and historian Thomas G. Clark

In 1846, the nor'easter John Minturn arrived in all its fury of February14th pounding the East Coast from the Carolinas to Maine. But special punishment appeared to be reserved for New Jersey. Nine vessels would be thrown upon the shore and scores of deaths were recorded.  The John Minturn Storm nor'easter of 1846 claimed countless lives and nine vessels.

The story of the disaster is retold in Tom Clark's book, Undiminished Violence, which narrates the unfortunate circumstances and poor decision-making that gave the storm its name.

Thomas G. Clark grew up grew up surfing the Atlantic, and was always interested in what was down below the surface. Tom has written 5 books, is Trustee on his Library's Friends Board and on Maryland Writers' Association, has started and run numerous book clubs, and is currently CFO for Georgetown Law School.   

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

This session will be conducted on Zoom and is free of charge.  Registration and internet access are required to attend.  Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the conversation. Registration closes at noon on April 26, and the access link to the program will be emailed between 3 and 4pm that day.

    Location: ONLINE

Wednesday April 28, 2021
     .Book Mark Design Challenge for National Library Week  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Celebrating National Library Week! Monmouth County Library "Welcome to the Library" Bookmark Design Challenge!

Calling all artists! To celebrate National Library Week, the Monmouth County Library is looking for artists of all ages to help design our next bookmarks. Show us what you love about the library with your awesome artwork!

Please submit your designs as a JPEG file to MonCoLibrary2021@gmail.com with the subject line "Bookmark Challenge" for the opportunity to be featured on our next printed bookmarks!*

Artwork categories include Grades K-4; Grades 5-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult. If you need help submitting your design, scanners and computers are available and free to use at your local library branch. Bring a USB drive to save your file. 

Entries will be accepted April 1 through April 30. Check your local library branch for the printed bookmarks  in mid-May.

Entry Guidelines:

- Limit one entry per person or group

- Entries may not include licensed characters or any other copyrighted art or logos

- Email submissions should include artist's first name, home library branch and grade level

- Design could be vertical or horizontal and must fit final size as example shown (on our website)

Looking for a design idea? Try a coloring book-style black and white image!

*Upon submission, all entries become property of Monmouth County Library and may be reproduced for distribution and shared on the Library's website and social media sites. 

    Location: All Branches
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE
   10:30 AM A Novel Idea Book Discussion: American Dirt  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Lydia Quixano Pérez runs a bookstore in Acapulco, Mexico, where she lives with her husband, Sebastián, who is a journalist, and their son, Luca. But her life will soon be turned upside down as she and her son have to flee Acapulco, setting them on a journey they will share with countless other Central and South Americans-turned migrants. The much anticipated publication of this book sparked controversy, criticism and praise.

Moderated by Robyn Miller, Library HQ

The books are real; the discussion is virtual. Place a hold and pick up the selection at your local branch. Limited eBook availability: https://monmouth.overdrive.com.

Session will be conducted on Webex and is free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the discussion. The link will be emailed the day before the program between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at noon on 4/27. 

    Location: ONLINE
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website (registration not necessary)  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!

National Superhero Day

Wednesday: How to be a Super Hero by Sue Fliess; read by Miss Jodi
Craft: Superhero Cape  Suggested supplies: construction paper (multiple colors), glue, crayons/markers, glitter or stickers  

Thursday: What We'll Build by Oliver Jeffers; read by Miss Katy
Craft: Home Sweet Home Suggested supplies: construction paper invarious colors,  glue, scissors,crayons or markers, ruler

Friday: That is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems; read by Miss Danya
Craft: Colorful Bird  Suggested supplie: colored construction paper, glue, scissors, crayons and markers, feathers

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE

Thursday April 29, 2021
     .Book Mark Design Challenge for National Library Week  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Celebrating National Library Week! Monmouth County Library "Welcome to the Library" Bookmark Design Challenge!

Calling all artists! To celebrate National Library Week, the Monmouth County Library is looking for artists of all ages to help design our next bookmarks. Show us what you love about the library with your awesome artwork!

Please submit your designs as a JPEG file to MonCoLibrary2021@gmail.com with the subject line "Bookmark Challenge" for the opportunity to be featured on our next printed bookmarks!*

Artwork categories include Grades K-4; Grades 5-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult. If you need help submitting your design, scanners and computers are available and free to use at your local library branch. Bring a USB drive to save your file. 

Entries will be accepted April 1 through April 30. Check your local library branch for the printed bookmarks  in mid-May.

Entry Guidelines:

- Limit one entry per person or group

- Entries may not include licensed characters or any other copyrighted art or logos

- Email submissions should include artist's first name, home library branch and grade level

- Design could be vertical or horizontal and must fit final size as example shown (on our website)

Looking for a design idea? Try a coloring book-style black and white image!

*Upon submission, all entries become property of Monmouth County Library and may be reproduced for distribution and shared on the Library's website and social media sites. 

    Location: All Branches
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE
   10:30 AM Rebroadcast of America's National Parks with Historian Mary Rasa  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Presented by former Sandy Hook Park Ranger and Museum Curator Mary Rasa

This  is a rebroadcast of an earlier live presentation. On April 29 at 10:30am, please use this link to view the program. 

Explore  the founding and history of the National Parks.  Learn about insider tips on park visits and about parks within a two hour drive.

Mary Rasa is a historian who worked as a museum curator and park ranger for the National Park Service for 16 years.  She holds a BA in Historic Preservation and a Masters in Library Science. She has conducted over one thousand programs for audiences, from school children to academic and professional conferences, seniors groups and historical societies.

 

    Location: ONLINE
   10:30 AM The Reel Movie Discussion: A Virtual Program - Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) (PG-13)  
    Contact: Programming staff    732-431-7220x7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Watch the film first, at your leisure, and then join a virtual discussion to share your thoughts! To reserve a physical copy of the film, please call your local branch to place a hold. Pick up in person or use the Library’s door-side service. Remember to check the Library website for current service hours.

This session will be conducted on Cisco Webex and is free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the discussion. The link will be emailed Monday, April 28 between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at noon. This film can also be viewed through select streaming platforms.

Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) (PG-13) – Headstrong farmer Rosemary Muldoon has her heart set on winning her neighbor Anthony Reilly's love. The problem is, Anthony seems to have inherited a family curse, and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer. Stung by his father Tony's plans to sell the family farm to his nephew, Anthony is jolted into pursuing his dreams in this comedic, moving and wildly romantic tale, set in the beautiful Irish countryside. Starring Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, Jon Hamm, and Christopher Walken.

Drama/Romance – 1 hour and 43 minutes

©Bleecker Street

Moderated by Kristen Harvey, Library HQ

    Location: ONLINE
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!

 Thursday: What We'll Build by Oliver Jeffers; read by Miss Katy

Craft: Home Sweet Home Suggested supplies: construction paper invarious colors,  glue, scissors,crayons or markers, ruler

Friday: That is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems; read by Miss Danya
Craft: Colorful Bird  Suggested supplie: colored construction paper, glue, scissors, crayons and markers, feathers

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE

Friday April 30, 2021
     .Book Mark Design Challenge for National Library Week  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Celebrating National Library Week! Monmouth County Library "Welcome to the Library" Bookmark Design Challenge!

Calling all artists! To celebrate National Library Week, the Monmouth County Library is looking for artists of all ages to help design our next bookmarks. Show us what you love about the library with your awesome artwork!

Please submit your designs as a JPEG file to MonCoLibrary2021@gmail.com with the subject line "Bookmark Challenge" for the opportunity to be featured on our next printed bookmarks!*

Artwork categories include Grades K-4; Grades 5-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult. If you need help submitting your design, scanners and computers are available and free to use at your local library branch. Bring a USB drive to save your file. 

Entries will be accepted April 1 through April 30. Check your local library branch for the printed bookmarks  in mid-May.

Entry Guidelines:

- Limit one entry per person or group

- Entries may not include licensed characters or any other copyrighted art or logos

- Email submissions should include artist's first name, home library branch and grade level

- Design could be vertical or horizontal and must fit final size as example shown (on our website)

Looking for a design idea? Try a coloring book-style black and white image!

*Upon submission, all entries become property of Monmouth County Library and may be reproduced for distribution and shared on the Library's website and social media sites. 

    Location: All Branches
     Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Available to view through Friday, April 30  with this link!

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in traditional style. 

Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Internet access is required to attend. Please click on the Library's website for access through the end of April 2021. 

    Location: ONLINE
   10:30 AM Meet the Author: Lillian G. Burry - A Virtual Program  
    Contact: Reference Staff   732 431 7220 ext7222   mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Monmouth County Commissioner Lillian G. Burry has released her first book, A Tour of Historic Colts Neck. This guide for individuals, who want to visit the 13 historic sites that have been designated in the township, includes a brief history of each location and photos from historic and current scenes. This book is presented by the Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee.  A longtime resident of Colts Neck, Ms. Burry served on the Township Committee and as mayor, as well as helped create historic preservation committees. 

Burry holds a degree in political science and history, graduated cum laude from Wagner College;  is the recipient of the M.Claire French Award for her leadership in historical preservation; and was the Person of the Year by the Monmouth County Historical Association.  

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner, without written presenter permission, is strictly prohibited.

Session will be conducted on Zoom and is  free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the conversation. The link will be emailed the day before the program between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at 12 noon.

    Location: ONLINE
   11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Virtual Yoga for Wellness on Library's Website (registration not needed)  
    Contact: Reference Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   

Energize yourself midday with Yoga!  Master Yogi Steven Russell of Becoming Yoga suggests three sequences to help invigorate, focus and activate your brain and body.

Each virtual session is about 30 minutes; this program is free, no library card needed. 

 All Library programs and concerts are protected by copyright law; recording in any manner is strictly prohibited.

Series changes throughout the month and  may be found HERE and/or on   the Library's Website weekdays between 11am and 2pm 

 

    Location: ONLINE

Friday April 30, 2021 -  Sunday May 2, 2021
   2:00 PM Kids! Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children  
    Contact: Children's Staff     mcl@monmouthcountylib.org
   
Joyful Stories and easy crafts are shared each day with your family! New Story/Craft added each day at 2pm 
This series was created by the Children's Librarians, as we miss our littlest patrons! While our in person story times are not possible, we will be sending extra special stories and easy-to-do-crafts directly to your homes. Suggested supplies for crafts are listed below.
Weekdays, a NEW Storytime Link opens, offering stories, new crafts and some special programs! Everything is available on the Library's YouTube channel: @MonCoLibrary
There is always a story & craft posted for your family to enjoy   https://bit.ly/MonCoLibraryStoryCraftTime  is the direct link.   
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, and You Tube Channel (MonmouthCountyLibrary)  for notifications of all our special events!

Friday: That is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems; read by Miss Danya

Craft: Colorful Bird  Suggested supplies: colored construction paper, glue, scissors, crayons and markers, feathers

Public Notice and Disclaimer  While taking part in any virtual program you may be using a third party website link. By clicking on the third party website link, you will leave the Monmouth County Library's website and enter a website not operated by us. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact with through our Library services.  For more information on Monmouth County's  Social Media Policy,  please follow this link:   https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?Id=1836#SocialMediaPolicy  For more information on the Library's Policy on Internet Use, please follow this link:  https://monmouthcountylib.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/internet.pdf

    Location: ONLINE

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