mc library eastern branch

mc library eastern branchSHREWSBURY  – The Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan, Eastern Branch on Route 35 and all the other branches in the county wide system celebrate  National Reading Group month in October with book  clubs, speakers, morning chats and poetry highlighted at various locations.

     Book Clubs in Colts Neck, West Long Branch, and Wall are featuring true stories, both heart breaking, breathtaking and in the case of Notes on Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World, critical of how Americans see themselves versus how others, particular in the Middle East, view us and our ways of life That discussion is Thursday, Oct. 3  at 4 p.m. at the West Long Branch library.

   Heartbreaking but warm, since, and with a satisfactory ending, is the Colts Neck selection of The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row,   the true story of an Alabama man wrongfully sentenced to death in the electric chair for a murder he did not commit, but for which he served 30 years before being pardoned.  It’s a story of losing and regaining faith, forgiveness, making friends, and frustration. Discussion on this book will be Oct. 1 at 10:30 a.m. and Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at Colts Neck

   Lighter, entertaining, and full of history about the Gilded Age is The Gilded Castle,’


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 the  story of the nation’s largest home, the Biltmore, and the American Royalty who called it home. Visitors to the Wall Book Club will discuss this popular book Oct. 17 at 3 p.m.

     Author Muriel J. Smith will address the Allentown library audience on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at  7 p.m.., speaking on her latest book, Hidden History of Monmouth County, written with co-author Rick Geffken and featuring a compilation of short stories on various people, places and events in Monmouth County over the past 300 years. Pre-registration is required for this talk and can be made by calling the library at 609-259-7565.

     Eastern Branch Library is featuring a discussion of the novel, Stay with Me, by Ayobami Adebayo on Tuesday, Oct. 15  at 10 a.m. and again the following day at 2 p.m. The story is provocative and strong, detailing customs in Nigeria about polygamy, then importance of having children, and the impact of parents with desires so strong for grandchildren they break up marriages.

     Book discussions are also taking place at the Ocean Township branch on Oct. 1  at 2:30,    the Marlboro Branch Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m., the Hazlet branch, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., Headquarters in Manalapan Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m., and Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m. Howell Branch. Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m.,  and the Hazlet branch  Thursday, Oct. 2 4 at noon.

    Membership or attendance is welcome at any of the book clubs, including the specialty clubs on thrillers,  history adult books, and Russian books.

      Poetry  of the romantic era will be presented Oct. 18  at `0 a.m. at the Headquarters library featuring Poet Flora Higgins, and the Memoir and Fiction writing group will meet at the Ocean Township branch Monday,. Oct. 21, at 6 p.m.

    For more information on the Monmouth County Library and all of its branches, visit

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