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Holiday Happenings at the Monmouth County Library

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holidaynoteGet in the holiday spirit at the Monmouth County Library! All through the month of December there will be concerts and family-friendly programs sure to please all ages.


Tower Bell Choir
 Saturday, December 6 at 11 AM
Hazlet Township Library, 251 Middle Road, Hazlet 07730
Kick off the holiday season with a delightful performance by the Tower Bell Choir of The First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank. For the whole family.

The Warm Hearted Country Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 6 at 2 PM
Wall Township Library, 2700 Allaire Road, Wall Township 07719
The Warm Hearted Country Carolers will be performing a free concert of Christmas  music in addition to some of their Classic Country selections. Be sure to come out and ring in the holiday season! For the whole family.

The Mrs. Claus Holiday Performance!
 Wednesday, December 10 at 4:15 PM
Wall Township Library, 2700 Allaire Road, Wall Township 07719
Join Kitty Jones of Kit's Interactive Theatre as she portrays Mr. Claus and share Yuletide cheer by participating in stories, songs and dance! For the whole family. Please pick up your free tickets at the Children's Desk beginning December 1.

The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 13 at 11 AM
Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726
A Nutcracker Musical Adventure presented by Touch the Music, for ages 4 & up, including parents/caregivers. Enjoy hearing the story and music from Tchaikovsky's famous holiday ballet,then experiment with playing REAL, child-sized, orchestral instruments heard on the musical track. Tickets are required for children and adults; free tickets are available at the
Children's Desk starting Thursday, November 20.

Billy Lawlor Trio Holiday Jazz Concertbillylawlor
Saturday, December 13 at 2PM
Howell Township Library, 318 Old Tavern Road, Howell 07731
Howell Library Presents:the 5th Annual Home for the Holidays Concert with the Billy Lawlor Trio, with Billy Lawlor - Piano & Vocals;Tommy LaBella – Saxophone; and Gary Mazzaroppi-Bass. Join us for the jazz trio's wonderful renditions of your holiday favorites to put you in the mood to celebrate!

Radio Style Live Performance: Miracle on 34th Street
Thursday, December 18 at 7 PM
Colts Neck Library, 1 Winthrop Drive, Colts Neck 07722
Saturday, December 20 at 2 PM
Eastern Branch, 1001 Route 35, Shrewsbury 07702
Join us as Nine Theatricals presents a radio style live performance of the heartwarming classic Miracle on 34th Street. This story is about a charming old man who works at the Macy's department store during the holiday season and truly believes that he is Santa Claus. The Nine Theatricals troupe will not only entertain you in 1940's radio style but also be dressed in period fashion and throw in some singing.

The Festive Flutes Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 20 at 1PM
Wall Township Library, 2700 Allaire Road, Wall Township 07719
There will be music in the air as The Festive Flutes perform a medley of holiday favorites for their annual stop at Wall Library. So relax from the holiday hustle & bustle and enjoy the group known as "the flute ensemble of the Jersey Shore" as they perform classical, traditional and modern favorites in the main library area.

The Way They Were: A salute to the men and women of WWII at Library Headquarters

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wecandoitJoin us at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters on Sunday, November 16 at 2 PM for a special celebration of the role played by New Jersey's men and women during World War II.

Learn about the war effort at Camp Evans, where the military tested new weapons, and the women who worked there during the war in The Way They Were: NJ Men and Women Fighting World War II Their Way.The afternoon will close with a special tribute to Frank Sinatra and the music of the WWII era.

Monmouth County was the WWII home of radar, the invention that saved democracy. Men and women of all races helped win the Radar War by innovating and engineering the equipment needed to defeat the mighty armies, navies and air forces of the Axis Powers.

Fred Carl, founder and COO of the Information Age Learning Center (InfoAge) at Camp Evans will speak about the history of radar.

Prof. Susan Douglass of Monmouth University will talk about her collection of the oral histories of the women who worked at Camp Evans.

Zach Alexander and Trio will perform the music that was the soundtrack on NJ's men and women during World War II. Zach is one of the finest interpreters of the music of Frank Sinatra, and has appeared as a featured performer on the historic Count Basie Theatre Stage with the Red Bank Jazz Orchestra for the Sinatra Tribute Gala.zach

Library Headquarters is located at 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan 07726. For more information on this program please call the Library at 732-431-7220, x7222.


Thrill to Raconteur Radio’s War of the Worlds at Monmouth County Library!

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wellesCome hear the radio play about alien invaders that gripped a nation back in 1938!

Arts Horizons, New Jersey's leading non-profit arts-in-education provider, will sponsor a free performance of The War of the Worlds: A Stated Radio Play, presented by Raconteur Radio, at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters on Wednesday, November 5, at 7 p.m.

Library Headquarters is located at 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726.

Set in Grover Mills, NJ, the play is a loose adaptation of the classic H. G. Wells' novel, and begins as a musical performance intermittently interrupted by news flashes about strange explosions on Mars and the landing of a hostile alien spacecraft on Earth.

Originally narrated by broadcast bad boy Orson Welles, (pictured above) this provocative program first unsettled radio listeners on Oct. 30, 1938, when the simulated bulletins suggested to many contemporaneous listeners that an actual alien invasion was currently in progress.

The performance will feature period costumes, theatrical lighting, vintage commercials, Golden Age radio equipment and hundreds of sound effects. The production stars Michael Jarmus, Thom Boyer, Laurence Mintz, and Alex Dawson from Raconteur Radio, a Metuchen-based theatre company dedicated to reviving and animating communities through cultural programming.


Library Commission Chair Renee B. Swartz honored at Archives and History Day

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Renee Swartz at Archives DayThroughout the last four decades, Renee B. Swartz has been a true library champion and advocate – as she unceasingly guided the development of the Monmouth County Library, founded the New Jersey Center for the Book, and served both the New Jersey State Library and the School of Communications, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University.

Monmouth County officials gathered at Monmouth County Archives and History Day on October 11 to pay tribute to Swartz's remarkable public service career. Freeholder Director and Library Liaison Lillian G. Burry presented Swartz with a special proclamation from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders honoring her years of dedicated service and declaring October 11, 2014, as "Renee Becker Swartz Day." Freeholder Deputy Director Gary J. Rich, Sr. and Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French, also in attendance, congratulated Swartz on her accomplishments.

The tribute was highlighted by the screening of a special video on the history of the Monmouth County Library, and by the singing of the National Anthem by Eliana Swartz, Renee Swartz's granddaughter who is a student at the Red Bank Regional High School's Visual and Performing Arts Academy. Library Commissioners Grace Abramov, Don Burden and James Gray joined in the celebration.

The video Four Score and Twelve: A Historical Retrospective of the Monmouth County Library, 1922-2014, followed the development of the Monmouth County Library from the
time of traveling bookmobiles and lending stations to the current Library which boasts 13 branches, 14 member libraries and more than a quarter million cardholders. Swartz, who narrated the video, was also its executive producer.


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.


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