SHREWSBURY –Women as healers in one war and as pilots in another will be the highlights of two separate programs at the Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch during March.

A WASP Takes Wing, the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II will be presented by Carol Simon Levin on Saturday, March 4 at 2 p.m.  Women Healers in the Civil War will be presented by Sandra Moss, MD, Saturday, March 11, at 2 p.m   

WASP, the Women Airforce Service Pilots, were the first women in history trained to fly American military

 Simon will highlight the story of one of these heroines,  Ann Baumgartner Carl, the Bernardsville woman who trained as a WASP and went on to become the only American women to test-fly experimental planes during World War II. She was also the first American woman to fly a jet airplane. The program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Monmouth County Library.  A youth services librarian and author as well as a storyteller and singer, Simon presents a program designed to engage and be enjoyed by all ages.

Moss, a general internal medicine practitioner in central New Jersey, also holds a masters degree in the history of medicine. The author of three books about medical history within New Jersey, Moss has also completed papers for national medical history organizations and given adult education courses on medical history topics. A past president of the Medical History Society of New Jersey, she is also past president of the American Osler Society.

Her program will focus on women from both the North and South during the Civil War and the physician will highlight such known personages as Louisa May Alcott, Clara Barton and Dorothea Dix, as well as lesser known women, both black and white, who volunteered as nurses, war matrons, physicians, or agency workers for the US Sanitary Commission. The program will depict the hardship, prejudice and personal trials of the women both in hospitals and on ships, as well as tell stories about women who traveled to battlefields to tend to their own husbands/

There is no fee for either program, and registration in advance is not necessary. To learn more about these and all programs within the Monmouth County Library system, visit www.monmouthcountylib.org.