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More than 10 tons of food collected in April! Thanks to all our generous patrons!
The final tally is in! The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties reports that the 2013 Monmouth County Food Drive (which includes the Library's Food For Fines) collected 20,448 pounds of food during the month of April. That's more than 10 tons!
Thanks to everyone who donated to the Library's Food for Fines program! All the food donations will go to support the more than 200 charities that the FoodBank serves.
The Library's highly successful Food for Fines program first ran in 2006 as a way to commemorate National Library Week. In just one week in April 2011, the Library collected more than six tons of food items for local food pantries.
"The Library's Food For Fines program began seven years ago as a most useful and active way to commemorate National Library Week," said Freeholder Lillian Burry, liaison to the Library. "The Library's resounding success in 2011 served as the inspiration for last year's county-wide Food Drive to benefit the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties."
In 2012, in conjunction with other Monmouth County departments as part of National County Government Month, the Library expanded its Food for Fines program for the entire month of April. The month-long food drive last year brought in a total of more than 11 tons of food throughout the county. The Library continued its month-long Food for Fines drive again this year.
Astronomy for Everyone!
Come learn about the night sky on Monday, May 20 at Library Headquarters in Manalapan, as astrophysicist Kevin Manning lectures on Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe.
Manning, a former consultant with NASA, has always been passionate about astronomy, and wants to share the excitement! Learn about the size and scale of the universe, the stars, and other celestial wonders using hands-on activities and assorted visuals.
After the indoor presentation and tutorial, step outside to view celestial objects in the night sky, such as rings of Saturn, and craters on the Moon, weather permitting. If possible, please bring binoculars.
Library Headquarters is located at 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726. Please call 732-431-7220 x7222 for more information.
Catch a concert this weekend at the Library
Come to the Monmouth County Library for a free concert this weekend!
Festive Flutes: Suites for the Sweet
Saturday, May 18 at 1 PM
Wall Township Library, 2700 Allaire road, Wall 07719
The spring concert includes pieces from Suite in C by Haydn, Peer Gynt Suite 1 by Grieg, the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky, Carmen Suite by Bizet, Pink Panther Suite by Mancini and more. The Festive Flutes are under the direction of Marjorie Koharski, founder, who is a member of The Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, Manalapan Symphony Orchestra, and The Elysion Winds.
Jazz Concert: Carol Fredette & Trio
Sunday, May 19 at 2 PM
Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726
Jazz vocalist Carol Fredette returns to Library Headquarters, backed by an experienced trio. Ms. Fredette, who regularly performs at New York City's Birdland and Iridium, has been described as "one of the few true jazz singers one the scene today." Her recordings include In The Shadows, an intimate duo gem with long-time collaborator Steve Kuhn; And Then It Happened, a collection of original songs written and produced by David Matthews; and Everything I Need, which won the Blue Chip CD Award from Jazz Educator's Journal.
Library Commission Chair Renee B. Swartz named Community Champion of the Arts
Congratulations to Monmouth County Library Commission Chair Renee B. Swartz, who was just named Community Champion of the Arts by the Monmouth County Arts Council!
Ms. Swartz was named Community Champion of the Arts in recognition of her support of the teen artists of the Monmouth Teen Arts Festival. The award was given both for the acquisition of the Identity Art Installation at the Eastern Branch Library, and the ongoing efforts to promote teen education initiatives within the Monmouth County Library System.
The Monmouth County Library acquired Identity in January. The collage of 12 canvases individually painted and lettered was created at the 2012 Teen Arts Festival, sponsored by the Arts Council in collaboration with Brookdale Community College. The collage had been displayed throughout 2012 at the Eastern Branch Library and now will part of the Library's permanent collection.
The Monmouth County Arts Council established the Arts Education Awards to honor those individuals, schools, administrators and organizations that support great arts education and the Arts Council's mission of enriching the community by inspiring and fostering the arts.
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