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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 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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Red Poppies in Flanders Fields: A WWI discussion

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flandersIn Flanders fields, the poppies blow,
between the crosses, row on row...

As part of the Monmouth County Library's continuing programs to mark the centennial of World War I, Dr.Judith L. Johnston will present a lecture on the early days of the war and its effect on the homefront in Britain.

Entitled Red Poppies in Flanders Fields:Understanding British Enthusiasm for War in 1914, the discussion will be held on Monday, October 27 at 7 PM at Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726. The lecture takes its name from an iconic WWI poem written by Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian Army doctor during the Ypres campaign.

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Fun for all ages at the Library in October!

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Come to the Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan this October for great family fun for all ages!sirsknight

Library Headquarters will feature two special family-oriented Saturdays: the annual Fall Family Fun Day on October 18 and a Renaissance Faire on October 25.

Fall Family Fun Day will feature a puppet show, a special storytime and a music concert, for ages 4 and up:

  • At 11 AM,  The Paper Moon Puppet Theatre from Atlantic highlands will present Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a modern re-telling of the children's classic starring a rock-and-roll loving Little Bear and a feisty Goldie.
  •  At 1 PM, Robert Rivest performs The Alphabet Show storytime. Take an awesome A to Z journey of illusion and movement. Meet fun characters and stretch yourimagination!
  •  At 3 PM, celebrate the harvest season by singing and dancing along with award-winning musician Patricia Shih and her sidekick Stephen Fricker.

All events are free and no registration is needed.

Then, on October 25 from 10 AM to 4 PM., the Monmouth County Library, in collaboration with The Society for Creative Anachronism, present Medieval Tales: A Renaissance Faire.

Enjoy a full day of continuous entertainment! Forget your cares and take a step back in time. Get into the Renaissance spirit and come in costume. Enjoy demonstrations of sword and armor fights, fencing, archery, stone carving and more. Face painting and craft workshops will also be offered.

All ages are welcome and no registration is needed.

Library Headquarters is located at 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726. Call the library at 732-431-7200 for more information.

View "Four Score and 12: A Historical Retrospective of the Monmouth County Library" on October 11

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mclbookmobileArchives and History Day will  pay homage to the Monmouth County Library on Saturday, October 11, with a special screening of the video Four Score and 12: A Historical  Retrospective of the Monmouth County Library.

Archives and History Day takes place for 9 AM to 5 PM, at Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726. The screening will take place during the plenary session, which begins at 11 AM.

In 1922, the residents of Monmouth County approved a public referendum establishing a "county free library'' – thereby creating the Monmouth County Library, which began operations in January of 1923.

Come take a journey through the history of the Monmouth County Library -- from the time of traveling bookmobiles and lending stations to the current Library boasting 13 branches, 14 member libraries and more than a quarter million cardholders. Four Score and 12: A Historical Retrospective of the Monmouth County Library is narrated by Renee B. Swartz, Monmouth County Library Commission Chair.

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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.

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