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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.

Rising from Katrina won the Independent Publishers Gold Medal for Best Nonfiction in the Southeast Region and honorable mention for Book of the Year in the regional category from ForeWord Reviews.

In writing the book, Koch drew on her 18 years as a correspondent for CNN, where she not only covered the White House, Pentagon, Capitol Hill and State Department, but aviation and just about every disaster imaginable.

Call Library Headquarters at 732-431-7220 x7222 for more information.

Meet the Author: Nomi Eve at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters

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nomieveCome hear an impressive new voice in fiction, as author Nomi Eve visits Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan on Sunday, October 5 to read from her new novel, Henna House.

The program will begin at 2 PM at Library Headquarters, which is located at 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan 07726

Eve's first book, The Family Orchard, was a Book-of-the-Month club main selection and nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. Eve has a masters degree in fiction writing from Brown University and has worked as a writer for The Village Voice and New York Newsday. She currently is a lecturer in the creative writing program at Bryn Mawr College.

Her newest book, Henna House, is an intimate family portrait that moves across the panorama of history. An evocative and stirring novel, the story centers on a young woman living in the fascinating and rarely portrayed community of Yemenite Jews of the mid-20th century.

From the traditions of the Yemenite Jews, to the far-ranging devastation of the Holocaust, to the birth of the State of Israel, Henna House offers an unforgettable coming-of-age story and a textured chronicle of a fascinating period in the 20th century. Only a handful of Jews remain in Yemen today. In Henna House, Eve explores the rich traditions and  customs of the now forgotten and once vibrant community of Yemenite Jews with spirit and warmth..

For more information on this program, please call 732-431-7220 x7222.

Eastern Branch hosts Digital Bookmobile in Sandy outreach effort

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As part of ongoing outreach efforts to communities still recovering from Superstorm Sandy, the Digital Bookmobile National Tour will visit the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library on Tuesday, October 7.

The Digital Bookmobile (www.digitalbookmobile.com) will showcase the Monmouth County Library's free eBook service Library on the Go! at the Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury on Tuesday, October 7 from 1:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

Readers of all ages are welcome to this free event, and are encouraged to bring their electronic devices with them for download instructions and assistance. The Eastern Branch Library is located at 1001 Route 35 in Shrewsbury 07702.

One of our member libraries, Sea Bright, remains closed after being devastated by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The building for another member library, Monmouth Beach, remains closed, but librarians are offering limited library services at the Monmouth Beach Municipal Center. The Library's Oceanport branch has been relocated, after flooding damage from Sandy forced the closure of Oceanport Borough Hall, where the branch was located.

"We are pleased to welcome the Digital Bookmobile to the Eastern Branch, where residents of many of the Sandy-affected communities can gather to learn more about the downloadable eBook services the Monmouth County Library has to offer – technology that allows to you to access books and information on your personal electronic device," said Judi Tolchin, Acting Director of the Monmouth County Library System.

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Tradition! Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof

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fiddlerThis year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Broadway opening of Fiddler on the Roof, the first  Broadway play to surpass 3,000 performances. Fiddler is noted for its music and its depiction of family life in Russia and the struggle of people to maintain their traditions.

Come celebrate Fiddler at 50 as the Monmouth County Library Headquarters presents Tradition! A Musical Celebration of 50th Anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof on Sunday, September 21 at 2 p.m. This special celebration is free and open to all.

Violinist David Podles will showcase all the styles of Jewish musical genre that inspired the music in Fiddler and discuss how each genre directly influenced the music in the show. He will play pieces beginning with ancient Hebrew Nigun, to European Jewish music, to Freilehs used in Klezmer, which is music for celebration and dancing.

Singer Maggie Worsale of the Traveling Literary Theater will perform some of the songs from Fiddler with her accompanist, renowned pianist John Colianni. Worsdale has a voice that defies categorization -- jazz, Broadway standards and novelty songs are all part of her repertoire.

Colianni has been the pianist for many notable bands, singers and orchestras, including Mel Torme, Woody Allen, Lionel Hampton, Les Paul at NYC'S Iridium Cafe, as well as his owngroup, The John Colianni Quintet.

Library Headquarters is located at 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726. Call 732-431-7220 x7222 for more information.

Try the new Monmouth County Library mobile app!

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Now you can take the Monmouth County Library wherever you roam with the Library’s free app! The MonCo Library app is now available for download.

Need to renew that book? With the new app, you can do it from your smart phone or tablet. Search for titles, use research databases, check on upcoming programs – all that and more is just a screen touch away!

Log on to www.monmouth.boopsie.com and download the MonCo Library app to the device of your choice. The app is free and available for mobile devices running Apple IOS, Android, Windows phone and Amazon Kindle with tablet.

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