MANALAPAN, NJ – Preserving family photos and a tour of the Monmouth County Archives at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters are highlights of National Preservation Week celebrated by libraries throughout the country from April 24-April 31.

Monmouth County archivist Gary D. Saretzky will head the presentation, offered for genealogists, family historians, and record keepers of all varieties on Wednesday, April 27, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Dr.

Types of photo albums to use, whether photos should be removed from old albums, and ways to caption and store photo prints will be some of the topics covered in the discussion. Attendees are also invited to bring up to three photos or documents to the session to be digitally copied by professional archivists.

Following the program, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Archives, located on the lower level of the Library Headquarters, a division of the Office of the County Clerk. The Archives preserves, organizes and provides access to hundreds of years of Monmouth County government records of enduring historic value. They include deeds, court cases, naturalizations, and numerous other subjects. The Archives are open for research Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Researchers can call ahead for an appointment at 732-308-3771 ext. 7.

The April 27 program is offered to all without charge. Persons planning on touring the Archives must register in advanced by calling 732-308-3771, X3771

Preservation Week was endorsed by the American Library Association after a 2005 national survey of the condition and preservation needs of the nation’s collections whose more than 4.8 billion items are held by a variety of U.S institutions, with libraries holding the most, approximately 63 percent or three billion items. Items include manuscripts, photographs, prints and drawings, maps, paintings, and decorative arts, as well as moving images and sound recordings that capture performing arts, oral history, and other records of creativity and history. Preservation Week is aimed at encouraging libraries and other places of historic repose to connect communities through events, activities and resources to preserve personal and shared collections.