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    Author Talk: Leah Vincent
    Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood
    Sunday, May 4 at 2 PM
    Library Headquarters, Manalapan 

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    Donate to the
    Monmouth County Food Drive

    all through April and

    Register to win a Sony eReader!

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    Poets Live!
    Celebrate National Poetry Month
    Saturday, April 19 at 1 PM
    Eastern Branch, Shrewsbury






    Sponsored by ASPEN


    Autism Awareness Month:

    NJ Supports Program

    Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 PM

    Library Headquarters, Manalapan 


    with Dr. Dawn Apgar, Deputy Human Services Commissioner


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    5-Minute Organizing Ideas for a Fresh Start!
    with de-cluttering coach Jamie Novak
    Thursday, April 24 at 7 PM
    Library Headquarters, Manalapan

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    Poetry Slam Workshop for Teens
    Saturday, April 26 from 1 to 3 PM
    Ocean Township Library
    Call library at 732-531-5092 to register

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    Bill Brown and Retro Smooth in Concert
    Saturday, April 26 at 2 PM
    Howell Township Library

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Turn the page on hunger! Win an eReader at the Monmouth County Library

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foodriveTurn the page on hunger in April! Help fill the pantry shelves at the FoodBank of Monmouth and OceanCounties by donating food items at the Monmouth County Library in April -- and participate in a free drawing to win an eReader.

The Monmouth County Library is proud to be once again a part of the county-wide Food Drive throughout the month of April to benefit the FoodBank, said Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County Library.

"The Monmouth County Library has long been an active supporter of local food drives as a way of honoring National Library Week, which falls during April," Burry said. "Our Library patrons have always been unfailingly generous in answering the call to help the less fortunate, and we look forward to another successful food drive to aid the FoodBank."

"It is hoped that everyone who comes into the Library during the month of April will donate something to the county Food Drive to enable the FoodBank to provide much needed assistance to our neighbors in need," said Renee B. Swartz, chair of the Monmouth County Library Commission. "As another aspect of the Library's responding to the needs of the community, the Library Commission will sponsor drawings for 15 eReaders, one at each branch and two at Headquarters and Eastern Branch at the completion of the food drive. Our promotion of eReaders will help our patrons become more familiar with the highly popular technology of eBooks."sony

Last year the Monmouth County-wide Food Drive collected 20,488 pounds of food (more than 10 tons), which was part of the 8.5 million pounds the FoodBank has distributed to approximately 260 emergency feeding programs within Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

"For the past eight years, the Monmouth County Library has been dedicated to assisting the local community food banks in their efforts to feed the hungry while celebrating National Library Week," said Acting Library Director Judi Tolchin. "This year's efforts will truly embrace the National Library Week theme - "Lives change @ your library®."

Read more to see how you can donate and enter the free drawing!


Cut Me Loose: Author Talk by Leah Vincent at Library Headquarters

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leahvincentCome to Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan on Sunday, May 4 for a compelling discussion by author Leah Vincent.

Vincent will speak about her gripping memoir Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood. The talk will begin at 2 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan 07726.

Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, a fundamentalist sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. As the daughter of an influential rabbi, Leah and her ten siblings were raised to worship two things: God and the men who ruled their world.

But the tradition-bound future Vincent envisioned for herself was cut short when, at 16, she was caught exchanging letters with a male friend, a violation of religious law that forbids contact between members of the opposite sex. Vincent's parents were unforgiving. Afraid, in part, that her behavior would affect the marriage prospects of their other children, they put her on a plane and cut off ties.

Cast out in New York City, without a father or husband tethering her to the Orthodox community, Vincent was unprepared to navigate the freedoms of secular life. She spent the next few years using her sexuality as a way of attracting the male approval she had been conditioned to seek out as a child, while becoming increasingly unfaithful to the religious dogma of her past.


Got Spring cleaning? Get organized with Jamie Novak!

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It's time for spring cleaning! Clutter-busting guru and author Jamie Novak returns to the Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan to help us all get started with our spring cleaning and de-cluttering.jnovak

On Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m., Jamie will reveal insider tips and tricks to getting it all done in half the time during her live program: 5 Minute Organizing Ideas for a Fresh Start!

Jamie will help us prepare personalized organizing plans, and offer the motivation to put it into place. Learn to take bite-sized chunks out of your jumbled collections with Jamie's sage, practical and humorous advice.

Jamie has shared her organizing and de-cluttering tips on HGTV and Better TV, has been an on-air guest with QVC, and been featured in an organizing-related series on News 12. She also hosts her own weekly internet radio show Once-a-Week Organizing with Jamie.

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

Honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Library

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nickysfamilyIn honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, a special screening of the documentary Nicky's Family will be held on Monday, April 28 at 2 p.m. at Library Headquarters at 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan.

This documentary tells the nearly forgotten story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II.

Winton, now 104 years old, did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His exploits would have probably been forgotten if his wife, 50 years later, hadn't found a suitcase in the attic full of documents and transport plans.

Producers Matej Minac and PatrikPass set out to show the unique phenomenon that has emerged from Winton's story, how his courageous acts many years ago continue to influence people from all over the world and motivate them to do good.

Nicky's Family has earned rave reviews from audiences and critics around the world, winning over 30 awards - including 14 audience awards from the U.S.

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