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Sneak Preview: The Road to Vahalla

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vahallaThe Monmouth County Library Headquarters will host another sneak preview of a Civil War documentary on Thursday, July 31 at 6 PM.

The Kansas-Missouri Border War was a bloody precursor to the Civil War. View the documentary The Road to Valhalla at Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726, and then discuss the film with director Ken Spurgeon. This program is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association.

When the Civil War erupted in 1861, it was a shock to many Americans. It was not a shock to the people of the Kansas-Missouri border. They had been at war since 1854, fighting over whether Kansas would be a free state or a slave state. The Road to Valhalla documents the effects of the Kansas-Missouri Border War and the role Kansas played.

The film is scheduled to premiere in October. For more information on this free event, please call 732-431-7220 x7222.

Doo-Wop at the Library!

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newdimsGet ready for a crash course in Doo-Wop this July at Library Headquarters in Manalapan!

Understanding Doo-Wop
Thursday, July 24 at 2 PM
Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726
732-431-7220 x7222 
Learn about the history, music and the people that made Doo-Wop the sensation of city sidewalks in the 1950s. Hear the music and learn about the stories behind the songs and groups. John Ench has taught Doo-Wop at Rutgers University and Brookdale Community College.

Doo-Wop Concert by The New Dimensions Band
Wednesday, July 30 at 7 PM
Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726
732-431-7220 x7222 
The New Dimensions Band and Singers Linda, Marilyn and Kristal will be covering songs from the classic Doo-Wop Era, blending rich harmonies and masterful orchestrations to the music that brings back yesteryear.

Next Stage Ensemble returns to Library Headquarters

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libationThe Next Stage Ensemble players return to Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan in August to tackle a classic Greek tragedy on Thursday, August 7 at 7 PM.

The Libation Bearers is the second in a trilogy written by the Greek playwright Aeschylus, concerning the return of the Greek King Agamemnon from the Trojan War, his murder, and the revenge exacted by his children, Orestes and Electra.

This free performance will be held at Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726. Next Stage Ensemble, a division of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Summer Professional Training Program, was created to nurture the work of early career actors and to train them in ensemble-based performance techniques.

For more information, please call the Library at 732-431-7220 x7222.

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Monmouth County Library honored for The Big Read

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Freeholder recognition for Big Read award

 

The Monmouth County Library's 2013 program, The Big Read, was recognized by the New Jersey State Library with an award for multicultural programming.

The Monmouth County Library was one of three New Jersey libraries honored with this award "for conducting outstanding multicultural programs to engage cultural and ethnic communities in meaningful and effective partnerships" according to New Jersey State Librarian Mary Chute. The award was announced during a breakfast at the New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference, on June 4.

The Monmouth County Library was proud to partner with The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Chhange) at Brookdale Community College for The Big Read.

The book that Chhange selected for The Big Read discussion was A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines, which takes place in the segregated South and is the tale of a man who is incarcerated and executed for a crime that he did not commit.

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Join a Summer Reading Club!

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Create some great chemistry with your local Library this summer! Summer Reading Clubs for all ages are open throughout the Monmouth County Library, and run through August 9.

This year, Summer Reading Clubs will take on a science theme: Fizz Boom Read! for Children; Spark a Reaction for Teens, and Literary Elements for Adults. Throughout the summer at the Library, you'll find great programs teaching kids about construction, robotics and chemistry, and book discussions and lectures for adults with a science twist.

The Summer Reading Clubs are online and on-the-go! Click on http://www.monmouthcountylib.org/sr.htm  to register for Summer Reading and log your reading. On your mobile device, you can go to: http://nj.evanced.info/monmouth/sr/homepage.asp

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