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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. 

wizardChildren’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.

March is a great month to come to the library and reacquaint your family with our children’s programs.  Make sure to stop by our Children’s Book Fair held on Saturday, March 28th at the Library’s Headquarters at 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan.  The fun starts at 1 pm and runs through 4 pm.  This year’s Fire and Ice theme welcomes children of all ages to spend the afternoon in a magical kingdom, experience the Sciencetellers’ Dragons and Dreams show, see a live penguin, do crafts and meet NJ author Leeza Hernandez!

If you can’t make it in March, 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!

 

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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.

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.

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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.

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