Free concerts, prizes and special “gnome” activities await Summer Reading participants at the Monmouth County Library this year!

MANALAPAN, NJ - Summer reading clubs for all ages begin on June 1 throughout the Monmouth County Library, and run through August 12. As a special treat, the Children’s Department will kick off its program with a round of free concerts by Jersey Shore sensation Yosi Levin at the end of June.

The Summer Reading Clubs are online and on-the-go this year! Visit the Library website at www.monmouthcountylib.org and click on the link to register and log your reading beginning June 1. On your mobile device, you can go to:

http://nj.evanced.info/monmouth/sr/homepage.asp

The Summer Reading Clubs are divided into Children’s, Teens and Adults. Each program has a travel theme: “One World, Many Stories” for the Children’s Summer Reading, “Gnoming Around” for Teens and Young Adults, and “Novel Destinations” for Adults.

For school age children, the goal is to log eight hours of reading. For teens, the goal is 800 pages. For adults, the goal is four books. Reach the goal – and receive a prize from your library branch! Children who are not yet reading independently can join the Read-To-Me-Clubs at each branch to receive prizes.

Each participant registers online with the branch library of their choice. Prizes can be picked up at the branch where you registered.

Special end-of-summer celebrations for summer reading participants will be held at most Library branches in August. Check with your local branch for events.

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The Monmouth County Teen and Young Adult Program has selected a “Gnoming Around” twist on the national “You Are There” Summer Reading program theme. Each of the library’s 13 branches received a statue of a gnome as a mascot. There will be different contests throughout the summer involving this mascot – including naming the gnome, an On the Road with the Gnome “Where’s Waldo” type of game, and gnome trivia.

For children, the Friends Around the World with Yosi Summer Reading concerts will be held at 12 Library branches.  These free concerts are family-friendly and open to all ages; however some branches, due to limited space, require that tickets be picked up prior to the event. Please call your branch to enquire.

The concert schedule is as follows:

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 23

ALLENTOWN LIBRARY at 3:30 p.m.

16 S. Main Street, Allentown

609-259-7565

MONDAY, JUNE 27

HOLMDEL LIBRARY at 11:30 a.m.

4 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel

732-946-4118

HOWELL TOWNSHIP LIBRARY at 3:30 p.m.

318 Old Tavern Road, Howell

732-938-2300

OCEAN TOWNSHIP LIBRARY at 6:30 p.m.*

701 Deal Road, Ocean

732-531-5092

*Tickets are required; call the library for details.

TUESDAY, JUNE 28

MARLBORO LIBRARY at 3:30 p.m.*

1 Library Court, Marlboro

732-536-9406

*Tickets are required; call the library for details.

LIBRARY HEADQUARTERS at 6:30 p.m.

125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan

732-431-7226

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29

WEST LONG BRANCH LIBRARY at 1 p.m.*

95 Poplar Avenue, West Long Branch

732-222-5995

*Tickets are required; call the library for details.

EASTERN BRANCH LIBRARY at 3:30 p.m.*

1001 Route 35, Shrewsbury

732-683-8979

Oceanport Branch families are welcome!

*Tickets are required; call the library for details.

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 30

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS LIBRARY at 1 p.m.

To be held at the Masonic Lodge, 14 E. Garfield Ave,

Atlantic Highlands

732-291-1956

HAZLET LIBRARY at 3:30 pm*

251 Middle Road, Hazlet

732-264-7164

*Tickets are required; call library for details.

WALL TOWNSHIP LIBRARY at 6:30 pm

2700 Allaire Road, Wall

732-449-8877

FRIDAY, JULY 1

COLTS NECK LIBRARY at 3:30 pm

1 Winthrop Drive, Colts Neck

732-431-5656

For more information, please visit the Library website at www.monouthcountylib.org