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    Meet the Author: Nomi Eve
    Discussing Henna House
    Sunday, October 5 at 2 PM
    Library Headquarters, Manalapan

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    A Family's Journey by Kevin Walsh
    Thursday, October 1 at 7 PM
    Library Headquarters, Manalapan

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

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    What's on Your Plate?
    Family Nutrition Session
    Thursday, October 2 at 6:30 PM
    Atlantic Highlands Library

    Please call library at 732-291-1956 to register

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    It's a Long Month:
    Living on a Fixed Income
    Friday, October 3 at 11 AM
    Eastern Branch, Shrewsbury

    A First Friday for Seniors program!

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    Services for Job Seekers:
    Intro to the Division of Workforce Development
    Wednesday, October 7 at 1 PM
    Eastern Branch, Shrewsbury 

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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 ( 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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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.

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.

Watch how the Library grew!

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.

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