SHREWSBURY – A diverse month of activities at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library begins Feb. 28 when Dr. Vivian Kominos will speak on Women’s Hearts, explaining and proving that women are not just small men.

The Eve of March program will be followed on Thursday, March 7, with photographer Joseph Meacham discussing his work, “Effigy: Ghosts of Asbury Park”  and on March 14 with a poetry presentation highlighting immigration.

“The variety of programs offered at Eastern Branch, and all of the Monmouth County libraries is indicative of how the library system offers something for everyone,” said Monmouth County Library Commission Chair Renee B. Swartz. “From health to local history to poetry readings that put a human face on the crisis at the nation’s border are programs offered in addition to games, gardening, employment counseling and so much more both on line and inside the walls of the library.”

Dr. Kominos, a cardiologist and integrative medicine physician, will highlight the statistics of heart disease in women and how the disease is different between the sexes. The physician will also explain how to recognize symptoms and understand what every woman can do to prevent the disease  and lead  a healthier life.  Her talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. No prior registration is needed.

The physician is board certified in both Integrative Medicine and Cardiology and has practiced cardiology for 30 years. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and is a speaker and educator for her peers, medical students and residents, nurses, allied health professionals and the community. Her practice is located in West Long Branch.

Kominos will be joined by registered dietician and nutritionist Nikki Yelton, who will offer nutrition tips and information on healthy food choices, and Roxanne Smith, senior care counselor at Arbor Terrace, Shrewsbury, who will provide healthy snacks and recipe cards.

Meacham will be at the library Thursday, March 7 at 11:00 am to discuss his work on the history of Asbury Park, primarily from 1955 to 1980, showing images that reflect the time the city became a ghost town in the mid-1970s.  His photography of the changing scene of the resort city will be on display throughout the month. The photographer/public speaker also invites the audience to identify people depicted in his works and become part of the story. Meacham will be featured at an art reception Sunday, March 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the library.

Poetry readings from two collections by Christopher Bogart will be featured at 7 p.m. on March 14, when Bogart will be joined by Jesse Bridges and Jose Palma reading poetry that gives testament to the suffering migrants have faced in their native lands, the trials they faced on their trip north, and the challenges they face in their new homeland.

Bogart, a retired educator and founder of Jersey Shore Poets, organizes annual public poetry readings during National Poetry Month. His March 14 presentation will mark his fourth annual appearance at the Shrewsbury Library.

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