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    Medieval Tales: A Renaissance Faire
    Saturday, October 25 from 10 AM to 4 PM
    Library Headquarters, Manalapan
    Fun for the whole family!

     

  •       deluca

    Rat Pack Flashback Concert
    with Dave DeLuca
    Saturday, October 25 at 2 PM
    Howell Township Library

  • flanders

    Red Poppies in Flanders Fields
    Dr. Judith Johnston discusses World War I
    Monday, October 27 at 7 PM
    Library Headquarters, Manalapan 

  •         taichi

    T'ai Chi Chih
    with Instructor Daniel Pienciak
    Wednesday, October 29 at 7 PM
    Library Headquarters, Manalapan

     

  • huntersraid

    Civil War Documentary screening
    Hunter's Raid: Defending Hearth and Home
    Thursday, October 30 at 7 PM
    Library Headquarters, Manalapan

  •       crochet

    Crochet for a Cause
    Thursday, October 30 at 1 PM
    Hazlet Township Library

    Please call library to register at 732-264-7164

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Thrill to Raconteur Radio’s War of the Worlds at Monmouth County Library!

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wellesCome hear the radio play about alien invaders that gripped a nation back in 1938!

Arts Horizons, New Jersey's leading non-profit arts-in-education provider, will sponsor a free performance of The War of the Worlds: A Stated Radio Play, presented by Raconteur Radio, at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters on Wednesday, November 5, at 7 p.m.

Library Headquarters is located at 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726.

Set in Grover Mills, NJ, the play is a loose adaptation of the classic H. G. Wells' novel, and begins as a musical performance intermittently interrupted by news flashes about strange
explosions on Mars and the landing of a hostile alien spacecraft on Earth.

Originally narrated by broadcast bad boy Orson Welles, (pictured above) this provocative program first unsettled radio listeners on Oct. 30 1938, when the simulated bulletins suggested to many contemporaneous listeners that an actual alien invasion was currently in progress.

The performance will feature period costumes, theatrical lighting, vintage commercials, Golden Age radio equipment and hundreds of sound effects. The production stars Michael Jarmus, Thom Boyer, Laurence Mintz, and Alex Dawson from Raconteur Radio, a Metuchen-based theatre company dedicated to reviving and animating communities through cultural programming.

This intergenerational program for children, adults, and seniors of all ages is part of Arts Horizon's Creative Spirits program which provides older adults with participatory, hands-on social and creative engagement in the performing, literary and visual arts in senior centers, assisted and independent living facilities and nursing homes throughout the tri-state area.

This program is generously funded by the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and the Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life Improvement.

For more information on this program, please call the Library at 732-431-7220 x7222. 

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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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Try the new 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 www.monmouth.boopsie.com 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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Monmouth County Library honored for The Big Read

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Freeholder recognition for Big Read award

 

The Monmouth County Library's 2013 program, The Big Read, was recognized by the New Jersey State Library with an award for multicultural programming.

The Monmouth County Library was one of three New Jersey libraries honored with this award "for conducting outstanding multicultural programs to engage cultural and ethnic communities in meaningful and effective partnerships" according to New Jersey State Librarian Mary Chute. The award was announced during a breakfast at the New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference, on June 4.

The Monmouth County Library was proud to partner with The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Chhange) at Brookdale Community College for The Big Read.

The book that Chhange selected for The Big Read discussion was A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines, which takes place in the segregated South and is the tale of a man who is incarcerated and executed for a crime that he did not commit.

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