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  • risingkatrina

    Hope After the Hurricane
    with Author Kathleen Koch
    Thursday, October 23 at 7 PM
    Library Headquarters, Manalapan 

  •       ghost

    Your Ghost Story:
    Spooky Tales by Traveling Literary Theater
    Thursday, October 23 at 7 PM
    Ocean Township Library

    *Not suitable for young children


  •       deluca

    Rat Pack Flashback Concert
    with Dave DeLuca
    Saturday, October 25 at 2 PM
    Howell Township Library

  • renaissance

    Medieval Tales: A Renaissance Faire
    Saturday, October 25 from 10 AM to 4 PM
    Library Headquarters, Manalapan
    Fun for the whole family!


  • flanders

    Red Poppies in Flanders Fields
    A World War I discussion
    by Dr. Judith L. Johnston
    Monday, October 27 at 7 PM
    Library Headquarters, Manalapan 

  • huntersraid

    Civil War Documentary screening
    Hunter's Raid: Defending Hearth and Home
    Thursday, October 30 at 7 PM
    Library Headquarters, Manalapan

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November is Jazz Month!

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Nick RolfeCelebrate more than 40 years of Jazz at the Monmouth County Library in November!

Library Commission Chair Renee Swartz invites all of Monmouth County, young and old, to celebrate this eclectic art form through the contrasting styles of the featured musical groups, during November is Jazz Month. These free concerts are held at Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726. 

Three concerts will be offered this month:

The Nick Rolfe Quartet
2 PM. Sunday, November 2
Nick Rolfe, New York Soul Pianist, is a highly versatile musician, currently playing with various R&B, jazz, gospel, and funk groups in and around NYC.  He has received critical acclaim for performances in support of his albums The Remedy, The Mind Of An Evolutionary and A History of Things To Come, as well as his work as a highly sought-after pianoplayer/keyboardist for other artists. The Nick Rolfe Quartet will feature vocalist Zaia Rolfe.

Houston Person Quartet
2 PM Sunday, November 23
The Father of Acid Jazz turns 80 this month! Celebrate Houston Person's birthday with him...Live!  Grooving a growling tenor sax, Houston is truly a stylemaker.
A veteran of more than 75 albums as a player, bandleader and longtime partner of Etta James, he continues to teach and reach - through Jazz - into every musical genre.

Claudio Roditi Brazilian Jazz Quartet
2 PM Sunday, November 30
This Grammy-nominated, Rio-born trumpet and flugelhorn player has been on the US jazz scene since 1970, and has played with everyone from Mario Bauza and Herbie Mann to Tito Puente and McCoy Tyner. Today, Roditi will share his original warm and lyrical compositions with us, some found on his recent release, Simpatico.

For more information please call 732-431-7220 X7222. 

Hope After the Hurricane: Disaster Lessons Learned

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What happens when you lose everything? And what happens when everyone around you does too? Award-winning journalist and author Kathleen Koch explores these questions in an examination of human resilience that springs from a deeply personal assignment - covering the destruction of her hometown by Hurricane Katrina.

Koch wrote Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered after her town of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi was hit full force by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Her stories of Katrina will have special resonance with residents who lived through Superstorm Sandy at the Jersey Shore seven years later.

Koch will speak at a special program, Hope After the Hurricane: Disaster Lessons Learned, at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters on Thursday, October 23 at 7 PM. Library Headquarters is located at 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726.


Get thee to Medieval Tales, A Renaissance Faire at Library Headquarters!

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knightHear ye, hear ye! Hurry thine selves to Medieval Tales, A Renaissance Faire, at ye olde Library Headquarters in Manalapan on Saturday, October 25 from 10 AM to 4 PM! 

Fun for squires and maids, lads and lasses of all ages! This event is co-sponsored by The Society for Creative Anachronism, and will be held rain or shine.

Enjoy a full day of continuous entertainment! Forget your cares and take a step back in time. Get into the Renaissance spirit and come in costume. Enjoy demonstrations of sword and armor fights, fencing, archery, stone carving and more. Face painting and craft workshops will also be offered.

Weather permitting, activities will take place both inside and outside the Library. No registration is needed.

Library Headquarters is located at 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726. Call the library at 732-431-7220 for more information.

Red Poppies in Flanders Fields: A WWI discussion

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flandersIn Flanders fields, the poppies blow,
between the crosses, row on row...

As part of the Monmouth County Library's continuing programs to mark the centennial of World War I, Dr.Judith L. Johnston will present a lecture on the early days of the war and its effect on the homefront in Britain.

Entitled Red Poppies in Flanders Fields:Understanding British Enthusiasm for War in 1914, the discussion will be held on Monday, October 27 at 7 PM at Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726. The lecture takes its name from an iconic WWI poem written by Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian Army doctor during the Ypres campaign.


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