Monmouth County Public Library Headquarters

MANALAPAN – The sky’s the limit in what the Monmouth County Library is offering throughout the month of August, with programs ranging from an introduction to the heavens to how to correct landscape design mistakes at home.

The Library, with its headquarters at 125 Symmes Drive and branches in Shrewsbury (Eastern Branch) Allentown, Atlantic Highlands, Colts Neck, Hazlet, Holmdel, Howell, Marlboro, Ocean Township, Oceanport, Wall, and West Long Branch, continues to offer free programs for all on the library’s website. The Upcoming Events category on the website, www.MonmouthCountyLib.org, includes information and dates of all upcoming events, as well as information on how to register and access each of the individual programs.

In addition, all library branches are open, with varying days and hours and that information is also available on the website. Membership in the library is free to all residents of the municipalities with branches or member libraries.

Programs available online include Debbie LaGattuta, a Rutgers University Master Gardener, who will present a program Thursday, Aug. 5 at 3 p.m. on how to avoid common landscape design mistakes. The program highlights the most common mistakes for both design and plants and how to avoid them. The gardener will also include tips on basic design concepts and planting shrubs and trees in addition to smaller plants to create a unique landscape.

On Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 10:30 a.m., Naturalist Jim Peck will be presenting once again in time for the Aug. 12-13 predicted Perseids Meteor Shower.


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Peck presented the program earlier in the season and The Sky by Day and by Night will cover topics and information about the moon, planets, stars and constellations. Peck  also speaks on sky objects, artificial satellites and how the sun travels across the sky.

Two virtual literature and writing programs are presented in August, with Robyn Miller of the library headquarters staff moderating a program on Interior Chinatown by Charles  Yu on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 10:30 and Jeanmarie Kantor of the Headquarters staff moderation Louise Penny’s All the Devils are Here on Thursday, Aug. 19, also at 10:30.

Chef Rob’s cooking programs continue to be a popular attraction throughout the summer, with three planned for August presentations. The programs will be Aug. 2, Aug. 9 and Aug. 16, and all are at 7 p.m.. Programs including cooking Key Lime pie chillers, brownies and cookie dough, and watermelon salsa.

Mike Norris, PhD., will once again present his Armchair Art Tour of the Middle Ages  and what could be found on dining tables during that period as well as the rules for the ceremonies surrounding festivals. That program will be presented Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug 12 at 10:30 a.m., and once again Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m., Historian Barry Singer will present the Battle of Brooklyn, a fascinating look at the largest battle of the Revolution, just six weeks after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Singer’s talk will include the battle at the Gowanus Bay and Flatbush, as well as other forts in Brooklyn Heights.

The ever popular Virtual appraisal program by appraiser Michaeel Ivankovich will be on Thursday., Aug 12 at 6:30p.m. with registration beginning Monday, Aug. 2, and a limitation to 30 on the number of items which can be appraised.

Healthy Habits for Eye Health will be presented Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 10:30.a.m by Sharese Porter, PhD., MPH, CHES and senior program coordinator supervisor at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Burlington and Monmouth counties. Dr. Porter’s program will highlight nutrients that support healthy eyes, and other protections for aging eyes.

“Once again, I am grateful and appreciative for the hard working and innovative staff within our Monmouth County Library,” said Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the library for the Monmouth County Board of Commissioners. “Between the abilities of the technical staff at the library and the innovation of the literary staff, the Monmouth County Library has provided a summer full of fun, entertainment, education, novelty, and investigations into many areas of the unknown. Our branch libraries continue to provide their services for all our members as well, and it is easy to see why the Monmouth County Library has been deemed the best in the state.”

For information on all the programs, how to access them, and registration if necessary, visit www.MonmouthCountyLib.org, or connect @MonCOLibrary.


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