PHOTO: Atlantic Highlands Borough Hall. The building houses municipal offices and police station as well as the local branch of the Monmouth County Library. (photo Allan Dean)
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Three and a half years after assuming the position as Director of the local Branch of the Monmouth County Library system, Jane Reynolds says the library at Borough hall is as busy and active as ever.
The local library became a branch of the county system in 2011, with Marilyn Scherfen continuing as librarian for another year before her retirement. Reynolds, who had been children’s librarian and is a graduate of the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, then became director, a position she has held since. A local resident, Reynolds had been active with the local school system and had worked part time at the library.
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The expanded library opened in the newly renovated and expanded Borough Hall in April, 2012, and a variety of programs, activities, new releases, and community activities keep it a busy place, the director said.
While The Murder House by James Patterson is a popular book for readers these days, and Patterson’s books for kids, including IFunny TV and House of Robots are popular among the younger set, even non-readers find the library the place to be for entertainment, activity, learning, and helping others. Quilts for Kids, a non-profit organization that creates quilts for children in hospitals, meets at the library regularly…the next meeting is at noon on Monday, Jan. 11. Knitting classes are held on Jan. 23 and Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon, for children, teens, and adults, and the Dead Beat Poets Society, an active group of readers who frequently act out their books and poems under discussion, meets Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. and encourages new membership. The Society discusses a variety of books at their meetings, all of which are available at the library.
The library is open every day but Sunday, from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. All residents of Atlantic Highlands can join the county library system at no charge.