MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The following programs will be held in November at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Rd, Middletown:


American Sign Language

1 p.m. Sundays in November

Teens Sarah and Phoebe teach American Sign Language in the group study room on Sundays. No registration required.


We treat each of our patients as part of the family at Atlantic Highlands Animal Hospital. We offer top-quality surgical and dental treatments for cats and dogs. For the best pet care in the Atlantic Highlands, NJ, call us at (732) 291-4400. https://www.atlantichighlandsvet.com


Movie Mondays

2:30 p.m. Mondays in November

The Middletown Township Public Library will show the following “movies with a twist” as part of its Movie Mondays series:

            11/4 – No Way Out (1987, R; 114 minutes)

            11/11 – The Sting (1973, PG; 129 minutes)

            11/18 – Body Heat (1981, R; 113 minutes)

            11/25 – Primal Fear (1996, PG; 129 minutes)

Conversational Spanish

7 p.m. Mondays in November

Come and learn to speak the beautiful Spanish language in an informal, conversational setting.  Please register online at mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700 x320.


The Noble Writers

10 a.m. Wednesdays in November

The Noble Writers is a writing group for women. They meet every Wednesday morning in the New Jersey History Room. This group is self-led.  All are welcome to join; no registration is required.


Neighbors helping Neighbors

7 p.m. Wednesdays in November

10 a.m. Thursdays in November

Neighbors helping Neighbors is for anyone in career transition, unemployed, underemployed, and recent college graduates in business, non-profit and education fields.  All are welcome.

Fostering a pay-it-forward and accountability meeting model, it is for anyone re-entering the job market, struggling small business owners and anyone looking for part-time or volunteer work.

For more information contact [email protected], or visit www.nhnusa.org.

Conversational English

7 p.m. Thursdays in November

An informal setting for persons for whom English is not their primary language. The goal is to become comfortable with English by interacting with others. For more information, contact Brigitta Graf at (732) 758-8050.


Cupcake Art for Teens

7 p.m. Thursdays in November

Professional Wilton cake decorating instructor Nancy Pechinski will teach a three week course of cupcake art classes; all materials are provided.  The skills and lessons build each week, so attendance at each class is highly recommended.

Space is limited, and registration is required.  Participants must be between 12 and 18 years old.  Register online at mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700 x320.

A Cupcake Wars contest will take place on Thursday, December 5th, and will be open to all teens.  Up to 20 contestants will compete for total cupcake mastery!


Book Discussion Group

9:30 a.m. Friday, November 1

The Book Discussion Group will discuss Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter.  Coffee will be served at 9 a.m., and discussion will start at 9:30 a.m.  All are welcome.

To reserve your copy of this month’s selection, go to www.mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700 ext. 320.


Teen Art Club

4 p.m. Friday, November 1

4 p.m. Friday, November 15

Local teen Caroline runs this popular art club program. It meets in the library’s Teen Zone. Many forms of art are explored; please bring a drawing pad and pencil. All teens are welcome!

Digitize Your Family Photos Library Fundraiser

11 a.m. Saturday, November 2

Do you have family photos, slides, 8mm or 16mm film or VHS tapes just lying around?  Local digitization company Digital Memory Media will visit the library on Saturday, November 2nd, from 11am to 2pm to discuss digitization options for your family treasures.

Stop by the Middletown Township Public Library and drop off your personal collections, and DMM will professionally convert your media to DVDs.  20% of the proceeds will benefit the Middletown Township Public Library.

Go beyond static genealogy with a living record that you can share for years to come!

For more information, please visit www.dmmem.com

This event is part of the “Celebrate Your History” series that is running during Middletown’s 350th anniversary.


 “Come As You Aren’t” After-Halloween Party for Teens

7 p.m. Monday, November 4

Have fun at our After-Halloween Party for teens! There will be a photo booth so costumes are welcome but not mandatory. We’ll have food, fun and games. Special thanks to Spirit Halloween of Middletown for the “booth” and other decorations.

Please register so we have enough for all at www.mtpl.org.  Attendee must be between the ages of 12 Years and 18 Years old.


Photoshop 1 & 2

7 p.m. Tuesday, November 5

7 p.m. Tuesday, November 19

Learn the basics of Photoshop. Session I will review the many options available in the Tool Bar.  Session II will review the functions of the Text Menu.

Photoshop is not installed on the library computer lab’s laptops. Participants are encouraged to bring their own installed copies to follow along with the explanations. Attendance at both sessions is recommended.

The library uses Photoshop CS3, but the lessons and activities will be applicable to all recent versions of Photoshop.


NJAN Panel/Q&A on self-publishing

7 p.m. Wednesday, November 6

The Middletown Library will be hosting a New Jersey Author’s Network Panel / Q & A discussion on self-publishing today.  The panel will feature Sharon Trembley as moderator, and panelists Merry Brennan, Penelope Marzec, and Scott Mulraney (who writes as Andy Rane).

For more information about NJAN, including future events, please visit www.njauthorsnetwork.com.


Maker Session for Teens

3 p.m. Thursday, November 7

Maker session will serve as an idea lab and creation space for teens to explore their creativity and cultivate their imaginations in interactive, hands-on ways. In this way, teens are participating in the maker culture as well as in STEM activities. Students from High Tech will lead the activities, incorporating STEM. Registration appreciated but not required.


Microsoft Word Discussion Group

7 p.m. Thursday, November 7

Learn about the popular word processing software from Microsoft with facilitator Chris Ching.  No registration necessary.  This group meets on the first Thursday of every month.

Teen Manga Club

3:30 p.m. Friday, November 8

3:30 p.m. Friday, November 22

The Teen Manga Club, for ages 12-18, will meet in the community room for an anime screening and discussion. Please register at www.mtpl.org.


Conversational French

9 a.m. Tuesday, November 9

9 a.m. Tuesday, November 23

Come and learn to speak the beautiful French language in an informal, conversational setting.  All are welcome; no registration necessary.


November Art Reception

2 p.m. Saturday, November 9

The Middletown Township Public Library is hosting a reception for its November exhibit, the photographs of Arthur Krasinsky.  For more information, please visit http://www.kpiphoto.org/

Suzanne Parker Poetry Reading

2 p.m. Sunday, November 10

Local poet Suzanne Parker reads from her new collection of poems Viral.  In language that is “elegant… and uncompromising,” Parker transforms outrage and elegy into something “relentlessly tender, impossibly empathetic”.

Suzanne Parker directs the creative writing program at Brookdale Community College and is an editor for MEAD: The Journal of Literature and Libations.  Her poetry has appeared recently in Bloom, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Sierra Nevada Review, and other journals. Suzanne’s creative non-fiction is included in the travel anthology Something to Declare, published by the Univ. of Wisconsin Press.



7 p.m. Monday, November 11

Join the Brookdale Computer Users Group and accountant John Corbett for a workshop on the ins and outs of QuickBooks. Bring questions and learn how to use this popular and powerful accounting software. This group meets on the second Monday of every month.



7 p.m. Tuesday, November 12

Learn about creating presentations in this introductory class. Explore the program’s interface and discover how to make slides with text and graphics. We will use Microsoft PowerPoint to create a simple presentation.

Mystery Book Group

10 a.m. Wednesday, November 13

The Mystery Book Group will discuss The Bughouse Affair, by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini.  All are welcome.

To reserve your copy of this month’s selections, go to www.mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700 ext. 320.


Poonam Chawla Book Reading

7 p.m. Wednesday, November 13

Local author Poonam Chawla reads from her debut book The Shenanigans of Time: Related Stories of Love and Longing.

The Shenanigans of Time is an absorbing, vivid collection of interlocking stories that reveal myriad emotions – the turmoil and transcendence of childhood, parenthood, sex and love – that shape immigrant lives.

Whether it is the motelier Deven Shah and his deep seated desire to be embraced as the quintessential local only to be regarded as a foreigner by his own child, or Saya Sharma who fades in and out of her suburban life like a migratory bird, or the visiting Feroz grasping for a chance at domesticity with the volatile Rita, The Shenanigans of Time is ultimately a hymn of praise for the resilience of the human spirit and the desire for a place to call home.

Poonam Chawla was born and educated in Mumbai where she worked as a copywriter in an ad agency before she moved to the U.S.A. and began a new career in the corporate arena. She resides in New Jersey with her husband of thirty-one years and two loving children.


Sci-Fi Book and Movie Discussion Group

5:00 p.m. Thursday, November 14

The Science Fiction Book and Movie Discussion Group will view The Abyss (1989, PG-13; 139 minutes) and discuss Sphere, by Michael Crichton.  All are welcome.

To reserve your copy of this month’s selections, go to www.mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700 ext. 320.


Google Docs

11 a.m. Friday, November 15

Google Docs is a free web-based office suite offered by Google. You can use it to create and edit documents online while collaborating with other users. Google Docs is an alternative to Microsoft Office, and includes word processing, spreadsheet and presentation abilities, among others. Since it is online, you can access your files from any internet-connected computer.


International Games Day

2 p.m. Saturday, November 16

Celebrate International Game day at the library with board games, Wii games, and vintage Atari video games, and lots more!  This event is for teens and tweens, ages 12 and up.  Registration is appreciated, but drop-ins are welcome.  Register at www.mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700 x320.


Susan E. Davis Book Talk

2 p.m. Saturday, November 16

Susan E. Davis, author of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Animals: A Guide for the Consumer will read from her book and discuss her work with animals.


Cookbook Club

7 p.m. Monday, November 18

We will discuss recipes of various ethnicities.  Open to anyone who enjoys cookbooks and cooking.


National Memory Screening Day

9 a.m. Tuesday, November 19

National Memory Screening Day is November 19.  Meridian Health and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America are joining forces to offer free memory screenings.  If you or a loved one is experiencing increased forgetfulness or trouble concentrating, performing familiar tasks, or recalling familiar words, you may benefit from a memory screening.

Stephen Schwartz, M.D., will present a lecture on the connections between memory and mental functioning at 9 a.m.

Memory screenings will be available from 9:30 a.m. until noon.  Registration is required.  For more information or to register, please call (800) 560-9990.

For more information about National Memory Screening Day, please visit www.nationalmemoryscreening.org.



11 a.m. Wednesday, November 20

Learn about Twitter, an easy and quick way to communicate online, find  and share the best of the web, and much more.

Library Board Meeting

7 p.m. Wednesday, November 20

The Middletown Township Public Library’s Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, November 16, 2013, beginning at 7 p.m.


Winter Holidays with Food Historian Judith Krall-Russo

2 p.m. Sunday, November 24

Winter—when the days are short and the nights are long. This is the perfect time to bring family and friends together for warm festivities. Learn the history, customs, and foods of various winter celebrations, including, Victorian Christmas, Hanukkah, Ancient Rome’s Saturnalia and the Winter Solstice.

Food Historian Judith Krall–Russo has enjoyed a lifelong love of foods, especially embracing the rich agriculture of her home state, New Jersey. Also a tea expert and historian, she began studying the customs and traditions of this universal beverage 30 years ago.  Ms. Krall-Russo is a regular lecturer and seminar organizer across the state.

For more information, please visit www.teafoodhistory.com.


PC Roundtable

12 noon Tuesday, November 26

The Brookdale Computer Users Group Workshop holds its monthly PC Roundtable.  Discuss your computer problems with the experts!  This is a group discussion for intermediate and advanced users; no instruction is provided.




Monday Writing Workshop

7 p.m. Monday, November 25

Join us as we begin a creative writing workshop. Do you write memoirs, personal essays, or fiction (short stories, novellas, YA fiction and novels)? Writers of all levels are welcome to bring something to the first meeting – up to 3 pages, double-spaced, indicating the genre.

Registration is required. Please register via the library’s event calendar: http://is.gd/wVzmhR.



7 p.m. Tuesday, November 26

LinkedIn is a popular online social network, aimed at professional networking.  In this class you will create a profile, network with others, and share your expertise with the world.

Apps for Fun & Work

11 a.m. Saturday, November 30

Explore the world of smartphone and tablet apps.  We’ll recommend popular apps for both work and fun.  Extend your device’s abilities and get the most from your smartphone or tablet.


Dave Cicirelli: Fakebook

2 p.m. Saturday, November 30

Middletown native Dave Cicirelli will read from his memoir Fakebook: A True Story. Based on Actual Lies.

This hilarious, irreverent, and profoundly honest memoir explores our cultural obsession with social media and dares to ask: Who is the real “you” and what is the story you tell others?

At age 26, Dave Cicirelli found himself at a crossroads. While his friends on Facebook appeared to have lives of nonstop accomplishments, his early adulthood felt disappointingly routine. So one October morning, Dave announced on Facebook that he was dropping everything and heading west. Many thought him brave–or crazy.

No one guessed he was lying.

Clever, funny, and surprisingly candid, Fakebook is a true memoir of our digital age. It explores what the old ideas of reputation and relationships mean in our new world of constant connection and ultimately asks: How do you draw the line between your virtual self and who you really are?

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