SHREWSBURY - Photographer Debora Bruno, whose award winning art has appeared in colleges, art guilds and alliances, county and law offices, will greet visitors at a reception Saturday, May 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the library. The photographer uses her skills behind the camera to capture scenes in both color and black and white, from architecture to personalities and life styles.

“From Peddler to Philanthropist: The Story of the German Jews in Monmouth County,” is the featured exhibition in the main lobby display cases this month. On exhibition in several other libraries in the past, the exhibit tells the stories of German Jews who settled in Monmouth County, bringing their culture and lifestyles with them while building communities, synagogues and businesses. The exhibit also depicts the wealthy German-Jewish financiers and industrialists who summered here in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The book club will discuss Shilpi Gowda’s book, “The Golden Son,” at its meetings on Tuesday, May 16 at 10a.m. and Wednesday, May 17 at 2 p.m. The novel by the author of former international best seller “Secret Daughter” focuses on the emotions and values of a family when two childhood friends are challenged by balance, expectations, and family wishes in contrast to their own.

Movies, independent, new release and classics, are also on tap several days a week at the library, together with classes in English, job and career assistance, computer use, health care and business and finance.

First Fridays for Seniors features a variety of events and activities, with The Big Band Era the highlighted attraction this Friday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to noon. All programs are open to the public and there are no fees.

The library is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. It will be closed Sunday, May 14 in observance of Mother’s Day and Sunday and Monday, May 28 and 29 honoring Memorial Day.

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