MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The following Spotlight Events are scheduled at the Middletown Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown.

Jersey City Revisited: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Friday, October 3; 11 am)
As part of our N.J. 350 celebration, please join us for a nostalgic walk down memory lane with a video visit of all the old great places of Jersey City. Local historian and Jersey City native Randall Gabrielan will be your armchair tour guide and discussion leader.

The War of the Worlds Radio Performance (Saturday, October 4; 2 pm)
Experience the excitement of a live radio broadcast as Raconteur Radio performs The War of the Worlds at the Middletown Township Public Library on Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 2 p.m.

Based on H.G. Wells' novel, The War of the Worlds tells of the Earth's invasion by aliens. Orson Welles famously adapted the work into a radio dramatization in 1938, which caused panic when unsuspecting listeners mistook the fictional account for a real invasion.
Raconteur Radio stages theatrical presentations of classic and original radio plays (and pop culture parodies) for live audiences in a variety of venues throughout the tri-state area. Productions feature theatrical lighting, costumes, vintage commercials, and extensive sound effects.
The performance will last approximately one hour, with a question and answer period to follow. Free tickets will be available at the library beginning October 22.

Got Chickens? A Mini-seminar for Starting Your Own Backyard Flock (Sunday, October 5; 2 pm)
Keeping backyard poultry has skyrocketed in recent years. This mini-seminar addresses the many issues that new flock owners may face, and provides reliable sources of information for future questions. Topics include care and feeding; illnesses; proper coop size and placement; predator control; choosing the right breeds for your needs; hatching chicks; introduction of new birds; proper handling; attending poultry shows; biosecurity; and much more.
The two-hour program is for adults only. Live birds will be on hand for demonstration.

"All I Want Is a Job!" with Mary Gatta (Wednesday, October 22; 7 pm)
Local author Mary Gatta went undercover, posing as a client in a New Jersey One-Stop-Career Center. One-Stop-Career Centers are supposed to be a New Jersey unemployed worker's go-to resource on the way to re-employment. But how well do these centers function? Drawing together tales from the frontlines, Mary Gatta makes discoveries and recommendations for shifts in workforce policy.

The Underground Railroad in New Jersey with Dr. Linda Epps (Wednesday, October 29; 7 pm)
As our commemoration of the 350th anniversary of New Jersey—as well as the 150th anniversary of the Civil War—come to a close, attend this fascinating presentation about the escape system that helped slaves escape to freedom, including a discussion of Monmouth County Underground Railroad landmarks.

Visual and Performing Arts:
Movie Mondays (2:30 pm each Monday):
Go local with movies filmed in New Jersey: 10/6: Station Agent (2003), 10/13: On the Waterfront (1954), 10/20: A Beautiful Mind (2001), 10/27: Being John Malkovich (1999).

Artist Reception: Suzanne Ritger (Saturday, October 11; 2 pm)

10th Anniversary Concert: The Cobra Brothers (Sunday, October 19; 7 p.m.)
The Library presents the Cobra Brothers, a four piece band that performs a wide variety of music covering funk, R&B, jazz, rock and country styles.

Language Arts:
American Sign Language Instruction (Sundays at 1 pm)
Conversational Spanish Group (Mondays at 7 pm)
The Noble Writers (Wednesdays at 10 am)
Writing Critique Group (Wednesdays at 7 pm)
Russian for Beginners (adults only) (Thursdays at 7 pm)
New Jersey Ghost Organization Reading (Sunday, October 26; 2 pm)
Join us for this spooky New Jersey book reading in celebration of Halloween and NJ350. Readings include pages from NJGO's latest publication, Folklore of the New Jersey Shore. Haunted artifacts will be on display! Books will be available for perusal and purchase!

Computer Classes:

BCUG: Microsoft Word (Thursday, October 2; 7 pm)
Facebook (Wednesday, October 8; 11 am)
Get the most out of this massively popular social media site. Learn what to look for when reviewing your settings, separate your personal & professional lives, create likeable content, and more! Space is limited; register at mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700 ext. 320.
BCUG: QuickBooks (Monday, October 13; 7 pm)
Word: Intermediate (Tuesday, October 14, 7 pm)
Use Word to write letters, reports, and many other kinds of documents. We'll dig into the nitty gritty of formatting documents to please even the most demanding client. Plus lists, charts, and tables; graphics; creating styles; and more. Space is limited; register at mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700 ext. 320.

Hoopla! (Saturday, October; 11 am)
Hoopla is here! Find out how easy it can be to stream movies, music, and more to your computer, tv, and mobile devices! Bring your gear and we'll get you started. Space is limited; register at mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700 ext. 320.
Email Basics (Friday, October 24, 11 pm)
Are you new to email? Want to learn more? In this gentle introduction, find out how online communication works and how to send effective messages. NOTE: This class is designed for those who have little or no internet experience. Space is limited; register at mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700 ext. 320.
LinkedIn (Wednesday, October 29, 11 am)
Learn how to use this popular business social networking site to make contacts and find jobs. Space is limited; register at mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700 ext. 320.


Book Clubs:
20somethings (Thursday, October 2; 6 pm & Thursday, October 16, 6 pm.):
First Friday (Friday, October 3; 9:30 am): The Valley of Amazement, by Amy Tan
Mystery Book Club (Wednesday, October 8; 10 am): Murder in Thrall by Anne Cleeland
Sci-Fi Book and Movie Discussion (Thursday, October 16; 5:30 pm): The Gimatria of Pi, short story by Lavie Tidhar. Pi (1998).