SHREWSBURY, NJ - The Monmouth County Library is proud to once again participate in the One Book, One Community program! This year, our activities will center on Kenneth Grahame’s classic, The Wind in the Willows.
The One Book, One Community program is designed to unite the Monmouth County community through discussion, literacy, education, and local arts events all centered around one book. Nine Monmouth County Library branches will be holding children’s story and craft programs centered on the book, beginning in November.
As in the past, the Two River Theater in Red Bank will be hosting a performance based on the book chosen for the program. A family musical, A Wind in the Willows Christmas, will be performed at the theater from Dec. 7 through Dec. 29.
Participants at all Library-sponsored programs will be eligible to win tickets to the Two River Theater Company’s production of A Wind in the Willows Christmas.
Participating Library branches include: Eastern Branch Library in Shrewsbury, Library Headquarters in Manalapan, Allentown, AtlanticHighlands, Colts Neck, HowellTownship, OceanTownship, Oceanport and West Long Branch.
The following are events planned at the Library branches participating in One Book, One Community program:
Wind in the Willows Favorite Character Vote
November 6 through 30
West Long Branch Library, 95 Poplar Avenue, West Long Branch 07764
Cast a vote for your favorite Wind in the Willows character and be eligible to win tickets to a performance of A Wind in the Willows Christmas. Choose a mask of your favorite character to design at home. See which animal is the favorite of West Long Branch!
Winter In The Woods: A Wind in the Willows Special
4:15 p.m. Thursday, November 7
Ocean Township Library, 701 Deal Road, Ocean Township 07712
A film, story and craft program.
LEGO® Storytime Club
3:45 p.m. Wednesday, November 20
Eastern Branch, 1001 Route 35, Shrewsbury 07702
A Wind in the Willows special LEGO storytime. Listen and then make a LEGO® creation. For grades K and up. Please register at library by calling 1-866-941-8188.
A Wind in The Willows Afternoon
3:15 p.m. Thursday, November 21
Atlantic Highlands Library, 100 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands 07716
Celebrate the opening of A Wind in the Willows Christmas at the Two River Theatre Company with a story and craft program. For ages 4 and up. No registration required.
Large Jumping Toads & Toad Puppets
4:15 p.m. Monday, November 25
Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726
Two fun paper crafts about Mr. Toad in Wind in the Willows for grades K and up! Please register at library by calling 732-431-7220 x7226.
Wind in the Willows Movie
4 p.m. Wednesday December 4
Colts Neck Library, 1 Winthrop Drive, Colts Neck 07722
Come join us for a Wind in the Willows afternoon. There will be a movie, craft and a drawing to win tickets to the show at the Two River Theatre in Red Bank. Please register at library by calling 732-431-5656. For all ages.
Wind in the Willows Day
Thursday December 5
Oceanport Library, Monmouth Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue, Oceanport 07757
Join us at the library for a day filled with stories and crafts for all ages centered around The Wind in the Willows. Story times are as follows:
10 a.m. -- Toddler Storytime (for ages 2 to 3 ½, with parent or caregiver).
11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Family Storytime (all ages with parent or caregiver).
Wind in the Willows Movie
4 p.m. Thursday December 5
Allentown Public Library, 16 S. Main Street, Allentown
Come join us for a Wind in the Willows afternoon. There will be a movie, craft and a drawing to win tickets to the show at the Two River Theatre in Red Bank.. For all ages.
Wind in the Willows Family Storytime
11 am Saturday, December 7
Eastern Branch,1001 Route 35, Shrewsbury 07702
Come hear an excerpt from the Wind in the Willows and make a family craft to take home. For ages 2 and up. Please register by calling 1-866-941-8188
One Book One Community: Film Showing
4 p.m. Monday, December 9
Howell Township Library, 318 Old Tavern Road, Howell 07731
Come view this 2009 Disney movie classic about the adventures of Rat, Mole and Mr. Toad!
For more information on programming at the Monmouth County Library, please visit our webpage at www.monmouthcountylib.org