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    Monmouth County Library is closed

    January 1, 2015


    With an early closure at 5:00 pm

    On December 31, 2014


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    The Monmouth County Library is closed

    Thursday, December 25 and

    will close at 5 PM on Wednesday, December 24        


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    West Long Branch is currently closed until further notice.

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    Holiday Concert

    Tim McLoone & The Shirleys

    Sunday, December 21 at 2 PM

    Headquarters, Manalapan

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    Take the Library with you wherever you roam!

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                                                                                                                                                        Click here to see some of the Best Books Of 2014


Join the Library’s OnLine Book Clubs and start receiving chapters from popular books in your email.
Monday through Friday you’ll get a portion of chapter. 

After 2 or 3 chapters from a book, we’ll start sending you a new one. If you want to check the book out, visit the library.


whats-nextUse What's Next™: Books in Series Database when you want to find out what book is
next in a series.You can enter the title of the book, the author or the name of the series and get a
list of the books in that series in order.

The What's Next ™ : Book in Series Database is developed and maintained by the Kent District Library (KDL)  in Michigan.



Tell BookSeer the last book you read or a book that you particularly liked and it displays others you might enjoy. 
All you need to do is enter the name of the title and BookSeer works its magic and you will get a list of books that you might enjoy. BooksSeer is fun, visual and provides some pretty good choices.




NovelistPlus is a great site that helps you identify new books to read. If you like a particular author, you can find read-alikes, other books that are share the same characteristics of the recent book that you enjoyed.  You can also find reading lists and award-winning titles.

 Check out Monmouth County Library at Pinterest. Pinterest is a social networking site and we have "pinned" some of our favorite books there.  We have also listed the book discussions groups in the library and information about what they big-p-buttonare discussing, and the date, time and location of that discussion. The big "P" icon on the home page next to our Facebook and Twitter icons will take you there. You do not need a Pinterest login to see what is posted.  Just click on the link,you can go straight to the board and see what is posted this month. 


bookbrowse BookBrowse is a great place to read reviews, find out what is coming soon or recently published.

Overbooked is another great resource for finding your next great book.  It was established in 1994 and includes lists of books coming soon and snippets of reviews from Kirkus and Library Journal.

bookpage BookPage is a great site for finding out what is coming soon.   It includes interviews, list of books coming out, recommendations and even book trailers.

Reading Lists

If you liked Fifty Shades of Grey

If you liked the Stieg Larsson books

If you like Mad Men

If you are interested in books about food and farming

New Jersey Authors

Biographies of Things

Find it at the Monmouth County Library

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We can help you find it!

We have a lot to offer at the Monmouth County Library. We  have events throughout our branches.  We also have events for teens and children. Find more information abot these events on webpages for teens and children for more information.

You can easily find this information and more using our new mobile app.  You can download it here.  You can access your library account, put books and DVDs on hold, check the hours at our branches and follow our events using this app. 

We have eBooks and audiobooks availabe to download to your eReader or mobile device from our Library on the Go. You need to have a resident library card to use this service.

We have plenty of databases to help you with your research for work, school or home.  Click here to find out what is available.  You can learn a foreign language, trace your family tree, find out more about stocks and investments, read newspapers and find literary criticism that be used for school projects or general interest.  Many of these databases can be used at home if you are a library cardholder and of course, they can be used at your local branch.  

What should you read next? Find it here or at Novelist Plus under our Research tab or ask your local librarian.

There is also a Career Center Center at the Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury and there are plenty of online resources if you are trying to find a job or a new career.

Come in and visit your local branch. Get a library card, find out what books and DVDs are available. Keep up with our happenings and see photos by following us on Facebook. Check out our YouTube page for video clips from our concerts and programs.  Follow us on Pinterest  to find out what books we like and what books are being discussed at our branches.

Hope to see you at the Monmouth County Library.  We are here to help you find it (whatever you need).


Try the Monmouth County Library mobile app!

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Now you can take the Monmouth County Library wherever you roam with the Library’s free app! The MonCo Library app is now available for download.

Need to renew that book? With the new app, you can do it from your smart phone or tablet. Search for titles, use research databases, check on upcoming programs – all that and more is just a screen touch away!

Log on to and download the MonCo Library app to the device of your choice. The app is free and available for mobile devices running Apple IOS, Android, Windows phone and Amazon Kindle with tablet.

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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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