MANALAPAN, NJ - Several branches of the Monmouth County Library will hold special children’s programs in November as part of this year’s One Book, One Community.

One Book, One Community is meant to unite Monmouth County through community discussion, literacy, education, and local arts events all centered around one book. This year the stories of the beloved children’s author Eric Carle will be featured, including A Very Hungry Caterpillar.

This annual program has been led each year by the Two River Theatre, which features a play based on the One Community book. This year, three Eric Carle stories --The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Mixed Up Chameleon and Little Cloud will be performed at the Theater in Red Bank on December 19 through 22.

The Monmouth County Library has been proud to participate in this event. This year, the following One Book, One Community children’s programs will be held at Library branches in November:

Eric Carle’s Hungry Caterpillar & More
4:15 p.m. Wednesday, November 12
Wall Township Library, 2700 Allaire Road, Wall Township 07719
Join us for some special stories from Eric Carle, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  For grades K and up.

Family Fun Saturday
11 a.m. Saturday, November 15
Eastern Branch, 1001 Route 35, Shrewsbury 07702
Join us for a story and craft about The Mixed up Chameleon by Eric Carle. For ages 3 and up and family members. Families attending will be eligible to win a 4-pack of tickets to The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favorites at the Two River Theatre in December. Please register at library or call 1-866-941-8188.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Favorite Food Survey
Monday, November 17 – Wednesday, December 3
West Long Branch Library, 95 Poplar Avenue, West Long Branch 07764
What's your favorite caterpillar food? Enter our survey for a chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to the Two River Theater’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites, presented by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. One entry per library visit. Contest runs November 17 - December 3, 2014.  One lucky winner will be selected at random from all entries.

Caterpillars, Clouds and Other Eric Carle Fun!
3:15 p.m. Thursday November 20
Atlantic Highlands Library, 100 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands 07716
(732) 291-1956
For children ages 4 and up. Join us for a celebration of Eric Carle stories, a craft, and a chance to win a free family four-pack of tickets to see The Very Hungry Caterpillar at Red Bank’s Two River Theater.

Curling Chameleons
4:15 p.m. Monday, November 24
Library Headquarters, 125 Symes Drive, Manalapan 07726
732-431-7220 x7226
Craft for those in grades K and up. Participants will be eligible to win a family 4-pack of tickets to the Two River Theater’sproduction of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites.  Please register at library or call 732-431-7220 x7226.

Check the Library’s website at for more One Book, One Community programs in December!