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Celebrate New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary at the Monmouth County Library

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Catch great author talks and family fun programs as the Monmouth County Library marks New Jersey's 350th Anniversary.

Library branches have planned historical programs to appeal to all ages! Coming up this month: 


Telling HerStories: Bridge Builder in Petticoats
Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 PM
Howell Township Library, 318 Old Tavern Road, Howell 07731
Come learn about Emily Warren Roebling and her role in building the BrooklynBridge at a special Howell Township Library family program. Carol Levin of Telling HerStories will appear in costume as Emily Warren Roebling and tell her story. The presentation will include a lantern slide show.


The Jewish Newport on the Jersey Shore:
The History of the German Jews of Monmouth County
Wednesday May 28 at 2 PM
Eastern Branch, 1001 Route 35, Shrewsbury 07702
Presented by the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County.
The first permanent Jewish communities in Monmouth County were established by German-Jewish immigrants arriving in the mid-1800s. By the end of the Civil War, sizeable numbers of these businessmen and their families were well established in and around Keyport, Red Bank, Long Branch and Freehold. Jewish hoteliers and other tradesmen catering to summer visitors were also a visible presence along the
Atlantic coastline.

Mediæval Bæbes help raise money for Sandy relief at Monmouth County Library

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The British vocal group The Mediæval Bæbes enchanted a crowd of more than 350 at Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan on October 3 and helped raise $1,845 for Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.

The proceeds from the Library's Concert for the Renaissance of the Jersey Shore will go directly to the Monmouth County Long-Term Recovery Group.

"We are very thankful for the incredible work that is still being done to help victims of Sandy by the many volunteer groups, like the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group. Without their tireless efforts, many residents here would be completely without hope," said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, Library Liaison, who attended the concert.

Watch our video here, and read on for more info!



New Jersey Library Association presents checks to three Monmouth County Libraries

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Branch Managers with NJLA checks

New Jersey Library Association officials presented checks of $1,942 each to three Monmouth County libraries damaged in Superstorm Sandy: Oceanport, Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach.

In a ceremony at the Oceanport Library on Wednesday, Sept. 25, NJLA executive director Patricia Tumulty and NJLA president Eileen Palmer gave the checks to Monmouth County Library officials, including Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, Library liaison, and Monmouth County Library Commission Chair Renee B. Swartz.
"We are touched by all the people who donated to our libraries damaged by Sandy, and we thank them for their generosity," said Freeholder Burry. "We all know how much the residents in Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach and Oceanport value their libraries, and the money will be put to good use."


The Walker Art Center Internet Cat Video Festival comes to Library Headquarters

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Walker Cat Video scene

Calling all kitty comedians and feline thespians! Enter the Monmouth County Library's cat internet video contest!

The Monmouth County Library is thrilled to present the internationally-renowned Walker Art Center Internet Cat Video Festival at Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, on Saturday, Sept. 21. To add some Monmouth County cats to the screening, the Library will sponsor its own A*CAT*emy Internet Cat Video contest!

Click here for a link to the entry form. Deadline for nominations is August 21.

Some guidelines for entries:

  • All submissions must be publicly available on YouTube or Vimeo.
  • Please carefully copy the URL of your video on the entry form.
  • Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes.
  • You may enter more than one video, but you need to fill out an entry form for each video.
  • You must be a resident of Monmouth County. Monmouth County employees are not eligible for the contest.
  • Please nominate your video for a specific category.
Click here to access the entry form for more details.

The top Monmouth County cat videos will be shown on Saturday, Sept. 21 during the screenings of The Walker Art Center Internet Cat Video Festival. Screenings are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Please pick up your free tickets for the screenings beginning August 10 at Library Headquarters for the Sept. 21 event.

Then join us at Library Headquarters on Sunday, Sept. 22, when the top three winners of cat video contest will be announced at the Pawsitively Animals Fair in an A*CAT*emy Awards ceremony! The animal fair will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, please call the Library at 732-431-7220 x7222.
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Oceanport branch reopened July 1 after Superstorm Sandy repairs

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First Patron at Oceanport

The Oceanport branch of the Monmouth County Library reopened on Monday, July 1, eight months after sustaining extensive flood damage during Superstorm Sandy.

"The Monmouth County Library Commission is pleased that the Oceanport branch will be back up and running after suffering such a devastating blow last October in Superstorm Sandy," said Renee B. Swartz, chair of the Library Commission. "We know the library plays a vital part in the Oceanport community and residents have missed their library terribly."

Library patrons can check out books and DVDS and pick up their holds at the refurbished library. Children's story times will also resume the week of July 1.

The branch will begin its usual hours on July 1. The library is open 1 to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. In addition it is open 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The new branch manager will be Katie Kenny.

"The Board of Freeholders would like to thank the officials of Oceanport for their tireless efforts to help put the Oceanport branch back together physically, and also thank the residents of Oceanport for their patience in waiting to get their library back." said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Library. "We are glad that this reminder of Sandy's devastation in the area has finally been rectified."

For more photos of the re-opening, visit the Library's Facebook page!

Oceanport inside


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