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Did you know? AARP Tax Aide is available at the Monmouth County Library

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taxesDid you know the AARP Foundation offers free income tax preparation at the Monmouth County Library?  The AARP Foundation through its trained Tax-Aide volunteers offers free preparation for simple Federal and NJ tax returns only.  This service is offered at three of our branches: the Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury, Headquarters in Manalapan and the Wall Township branch. This service is available on a first-come, first-served basis only.  No appointments are available.  A limited number of returns are prepared each session.  

Please note that all taxpayers must be present when their tax return is prepared.  If filing a joint return, both taxpayers must be present.  Because of the changes to the tax laws, new documents are required this year. Tax Aide starts February 2nd in Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury, February 8th at Wall Township Branc and February 18th at Headquarters in Manalapan. You can download our flyer or call your local branch for more information about specific times, locations and required forms.

Learn Business and Software Skills with lynda.com

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lyndabarDid you want to upgrade your business and technical knowledge?  You can do this from home with lynda.com. The Monmouth County Library is pleased to offer our cardholders expanded access to lynda.com, an online service which provides online instruction on a variety of  business and software topics.  Normally, this service is available only as a paid subscription but as a Monmouth County Library cardholder in good standing you can use this service for free from any Internet-supported computer. To get free access, you must log on through the Monmouth County Library's access here.  The first time you access lynda.com, you must create a profile, after that, you can use your library card number and the password that you created.  But you must always access lynda.com through the Library's website which is found under Databases for Articles, Digital Reference Books and Online Learning.

Once you set up your profile you are ready to get started.  You can view the video on how to create a playlist and look for classes that interest you. New courses are added often and you can easily search for topics and even instructors that you like.

Once you have created your account, you can customize it to allow you manage your course history, playlists and Certificates of Completion.  Certificates of Completion can be upload to your own LinkedIn profile. lynda.com hosts over 3,000 courses supported by over 130,000 videos.  The courses cover a multitude of topics ranging from business courses, web design, multimedia and software including Microsoft Office and the Adobe Suite of products.  You can use lynda.com on a PC, Mac or smartphone that is connected to the Internet.

Find out more about lynda.com on this video and get started with lynda.com

Manalapan Music Muster: The Civil War in song

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On Saturday, May 16 at 11 am, the Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan will be the site for the Manalapan Music Muster: The Civil War in Song. Saturday will be a day devoted to Civil War music and history.  Dr. David Martin, author of over 20 books on the Civil War will deliver the keynote address on the importance of music to the war effort and to the people at home.  Rich Mendoza of the Libby Prison Minstrels will emcee this very special event as seven musical groups take the atage to perform music of the Civil War.

The musical groups include the Libby Prison Minstrels, the Susquehanna Travellers, the Irish Volunteers Civil War Band, Steve Ball and Lisa Williams, Jed Marum, Helen Beedle and Joe Becton.  Weather permitting, the Library will also be the site of a Civil War encampment with living historians in authentic period Civil War uniforms who answer questions about the battles, the solder's preparations, their food, their daily lives and how the music help create camaraderie among the soldiers.

This program is co-sponsored by the the NJ Civil War Heritage Association and made possible by a grant from the NJ Council for the Humanities. The program begins at 11am and runs until 4 pm.  For more information, call the Library at 732-431-7220 Ext. 7222.

Did You Know? Children's Services at the Monmouth County Library

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Did you know that the Monmouth County Library offers more than just storytimes for children?  We offer children’s DVDs at all of our branches; downloadable magazines for children available through our new offering, Flipster; and digital resources to help children do their homework and other projects for school.  We offer special programs such as LEGO® Clubs, crafts, Read to a Therapy dog, and plenty more.  And, the storytimes are pretty special, too, as we customize them for babies under age 2 (siblings are welcome), for toddlers, pre-K kids, and family groups.  Each of our branches has a children’s librarian, and you can find a schedule of activities on our website under Children.

We have many online databases for children that can be used in the library, or from home (with a valid library card).  These include the DK Eyewitness books, Facts on File with reference material covering history, science, health, literature and an atlas, Tumblebooks with read-along picture books, and Searchasaurus with magazine articles, dictionary, and encyclopedia.  Kids can also learn a world language using Kidspeak for 6-year-olds and up; eleven languages are taught through animations, puzzles and songs. 

Children’s eBooks and audiobooks can be downloaded from our Library on the Go to a tablet or eReader.  They are available with a valid resident library card.

Several of our libraries have Early Literacy Stations that offer an all-in-one touchscreen computer intended for children ages 2 to 8.  These stations are not connected to the Internet so this offers a safe and secure learning environment for your child.  You can find them at the Library’s Headquarters in Manalapan, Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury, Hazlet Township, Ocean Township, Marlboro and Howell branches.

You can always find something exciting for your children and yourself at the Library.  Check out our website and call your local branch for more information. Come to the Monmouth County Library for books, eBooks, electronic magazines, research tools and fun!  You can find it all at the Library!

Allentown Library

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On Sunday, March 8, Allentown celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the incorporation of their Library Association.  The Allentown Library Association is a non-profit organization which owns and operates the historic building that currently houses the Allentown Library.  The Allentown Library is a branch of the Monmouth County Library system and has been since it joined in 1965. Allentown has had a library in one form or another since 1874 when several residents got together and were looking for a place to gather to read and share books.  

Current and past members of the Library Association, their families and members of the community attended.   Freeholder Lillian Burry presented a proclamation from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders that declared Sunday, March 8, 2015 “Allentown Library Day.”  Renee B. Swartz, Chair of the Monmouth County Library Commission presented Library Association president Roxanne Robinson with a citation from the Monmouth County Library Commission recognizing the significant contributions the Library Association has made to the Allentown Library. 

 Lifelong friend of the Allentown Library Joan Ruddiman spoke about the history of the library and the visionary people who started and kept the library going since its inception. The Library moved into its current home in a former church in 1974.  The Allentown Post Office is hand-canceling mail for the rest of the month with a special Allentown Public Library stamp in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Library Association.

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