Momouth County Library

MANALAPAN – Saints, Santa and Ghosts are all being highlighted by the Monmouth County Library in its ongoing presentation of holiday programs available at the library’s website without  cost or library membership.

     Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 6 :30 p.m., Dr. Michael Norris, a former museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will once again present an Armchair Art Tour exploring how a Turkish bishop became one of Christianity’s most beloved and well known saints, Nicholas. The presentation and explanations are by way of centuries of art from around the world. Artwork years later in the United States changed the pious bishop into the jolly chubby Santa Claus and Dr. Norris will explain the cultural impacts of noted figures through a variety of art  works.

     Norris earned an undergraduate degree inn classics from the University of California at San Diego and both his masters and PhD in Art History at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He spent 20 years at the Cloisters Museum as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has lectured on trips all over the world.

   For the Armchair Art Tour, access the library’s website at 6:30 Dec. 22 at or @MonCoLibrary.

   Thursday, Dec. 23, Leanna Renee Hieber will present once again a historic journey through holiday traditions in the mid-19th century introduced by Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” that brought ghost stories into the Christmas season.


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       Hieber is an author, actress and ghost tour guide whose degree in theater focuses on 19th century. She has performed around the country in classical theater and adapting 19th century literature to the stage. She  has starred in Shakespearean literature presentations as well as film and television shows.

    Her presentation is being rebroadcast by registration only, which closes at noon Wednesday. Dec. 22.  E-mailed information will be sent with information on how to access the program. Contact [email protected] for further information.   

   The New Jersey Symphonic Youth Orchestra virtual performances are available on the library’s website now through Thursday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. Musical Director Ringer is conductor of the orchestra.

   For information on these and all the programs available virtually visit the Library’s Upcoming Events page at

   The main library and all its branches remain open at varying times , capacity and services. Visit the website to see the availabilities of each branch.

  All branches and headquarters will be closed from Friday, Dec. 24, through Sunday, Dec. 26, for the Christmas holiday,  and will also be closed on New Year’s Eve, Friday. Dec. 31.

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