MANALAPAN – An action and music-packed weekend is planned for May 6 and 7, with a major highlight a celebration of American music and Heroes of New Jersey at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters on Sunday, May 7.

“The first weekends in spring are always a festive time,” said Renee Swartz, Chair of the Monmouth County Library Commission.  “The Monmouth County Historical Commission stages its magnificent Weekend in Old Monmouth featuring so many wonderful historic sites and museums in Monmouth County” she continued. “Combining this historic event with music, a tribute to heroes of Monmouth County, and an opportunity to meet with local authors who have kept the actions of these earlier Americans alive gives families a wonderful advantage to enjoy, learn, and simply have fun together.” 

Booklets from the Historical Commission listing the specific historic sites on tour and their hours and addresses will also be available at Manalapan as well as other branches of the county library system.

The music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will come alive at the library headquarters, 125 Symmes drive, at 2 p.m., when the Jersey Four bring their songs, dress and choreography of the famed and beloved American favorite on stage.  Ten musicians make up the Jersey Four, which features a horn section, keyboards, as well as four different singers performing those iconic songs of the Frankie Valli era. This year will also feature one original member of the Four Season band. 

Beginning at 1 p.m., authors and historians Joe Bilby, Randy Gabrielan, Rick Geffken and Joe Grabas will be available at the library for conversations on how their books came to be, as well as book signings. Bilby, who is also a volunteer at the New Jersey National Guard Museum in Sea Girt, has written several books on the role of New Jersey and Garden Staters in World War I; Gabrielan is a prolific author on New Jersey and New York as well as serving as Monmouth County Historian; Geffken’s first book, Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore is a new release and features stories and photos on many early amusement parks, with Sandlass Beach at Sandy Hook featured. Grabas, a member of the Monmouth County Historical Commission with Gabrielan, is author of Owning New Jersey, and is a nationally recognized Title Professional and frequent lecturer on land title, real estate and slavery history in New Jersey. He is a Past President of the  Land Title Association, a member of the Tidelands Resource Council, and director of the Grabas Institute for Continuing Education.

“The Monmouth County Library can take justifiable pride in its practice of offering a variety of recreation, education and entertainment to attract people of all ages and interests,” Swartz pointed out, “the May 7 music and history event is just one more example the library truly is the heart of the community.”

No reservations are necessary for the May 7 music and history program at the library headquarters, and the program is offered at no cost.  Anyone wishing further information on this program or all the events taking place throughout the library can visit www.monmouthcountylib.org