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Meet the Library Logo winner!

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Library Logo contest winner Josh Schneider with the winning entry.

Meet the winner of the contest to design a new logo for  the Monmouth County Library! The colorful new symbol was designed by Josh Schneider of Ocean Township, who was 22 when he entered the contest.

The logo represents the bloom of knowledge fostered by libraries. Schneider said the four color panels at the bottom of the design form an "M" and the green panels represent an idea blossoming from the pages of a book.

"I wanted a fresh, abstract approach for the logo," said Schneider, who said he grew up reading books from both the Ocean Township and Eastern Branch libraries.

"My parents weren't big on television, so on a long holiday weekend we'd drive to the Eastern Branch (in Shrewsbury) and stock up on books and magazines," Schneider said. "I remember looking forward to hunkering down with a stack of books to read!"

Schneider was one of more than 100 entrants in the Library Logo Contest, which began on June 1, 2011 and ran until February 1, 2012. He will receive a $500 prize from the Friends of the Monmouth County Library.

The logo can be found on top of the Library's revamped webpage!

Monmouth County Library launches new e-Book and audiobook site

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Looking for titles for your Nook, Kindle or smart phone? Your Monmouth County library card can get you titles for free!
This January, the Monmouth County Library launched Library on the Go, your source for e-Books and audiobooks. All it takes is a valid resident Monmouth County Library card to check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere, by visiting http://monmouth.lib.overdrive.comebookforjoomla
Card holders are invited to browse the Library's collection of e-Books and audiobooks, check out titles with your library card, and download them to PC, MacĀ®, e-book readers, and many portable mobile devices.

"The Monmouth County Library is pleased to offer our patrons improved access to the latest technology of e-Books and audio books with our new service, Library on the Go," said Renee B. Swartz, chair of the Monmouth County Library Commission.  "The Library remains open online 24/7 for our patrons, your community center and corner store for the mind." 

Just one cautionary note for patrons interested in e-books: some patience is required. There may be a waiting list for popular titles, as the Library must purchase copies of e-Books, just as it does print editions. Check out more on this hot topic in this New York Times article.

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