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F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Friends of the Staff
Stafford Branch
Last Thursday of every month from 9 am to 1 pm
The Friends of the Stafford Library host a book sale the last Thursday of every month from 9 am to 1 pm. Come in and browse for great Books at great bargains for a worthy cause.

Book and Bake Sale on May 21, 2015 from 9 am - 1 pm.

F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Let’s Go Crazy
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
From the former senior editor of Rolling Stone and author of The Holy or the Broken, called “thoughtful and illuminating” by The New York Times, a new book on the unlikely coming-to-be of Prince’s now legendary album.

Purple Rain is a song, an album, and a film—each one a commercial success and cultural milestone. How did this semi-autobiographical musical masterpiece that blurred R&B, pop, dance, and rock sounds come to alter the recording landscape and become an enduring touchstone for successive generations of fans?

Purple Rain is widely considered to be among the most important albums in music history and often named the best soundtrack of all time. It sold over a million copies in its first week and blasted to #1 on the charts, where it would remain for a full six months and eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide. It spun off three huge hit singles, won Grammys and an Oscar, and took Prince from pop star to legend.

Coinciding with the thirtieth anniversary year of Purple Rain’s release, acclaimed music journalist Alan Light takes a timely look at the making and incredible popularizing of this once seemingly impossible project. With impeccable research and in-depth interviews with people who witnessed Prince’s audacious vision becoming a reality, Light reveals how a rising but not yet established artist from the Midwest was able not only to get Purple Rain made, but deliver on his promise to conquer the world.
Wednesday Evening Bo
Stafford Branch
Every first Wednesday of the month starting at 7 pm (except July and August)
The Wednesday Book Discussion group meets at the Stafford Library the first Wednesday evening of every month at 7:00 pm. The group does not meet in July or August. You are welcome to join the discussion. Come to the circulation desk to pick up your books.

Titles and meeting dates for 2015 are:
Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, 4/1
And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, 5/6
Grayson by Lynne Cox, 6/3
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, 9/2
Tuesday Book Discuss
Stafford Branch
Every second Tuesday of the month starting at 1 pm
The Tuesday Book Discussion group meets at the Stafford Library the second Tuesday of every month at 1:00 pm. You are welcome to join the discussion. Come to the circulation desk to pick up your books.

The titles and meeting dates for 2015 are:
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, 4/14
When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson, 5/12
Everything Nice by Ellen Shanman, 6/9
The Writing on My Forehead by Narfisa Haji, 7/14
Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman, 8/11
One on One Computer
Beachwood Branch
By Appointment Only
Sign up for a one-on-one class with a staff member who will teach you the basics of using your eReader, how to access eLibraryNJ for free books or for computer help.
Please call the branch at 732-244-4573 to set up an appointment.
Ewe Knit & Crochet
Barnegat Branch
All Skill levels invited!

2nd Tuesday of the Month @ 10am - 12pm  
3rd Thursday of the Month @ 10:15am - 12:15pm

4th Saturday of the Month @  1pm - 3pm
Knitting Meetup
Toms River Branch
Thursdays at 6pm
Like to knit?  Like to talk?  Pack up your yarn and knitting needles and join the Jersey Shore Ewes on the 2nd floor of the branch for an informal meetup group. 
Little Egg Harbor Branch
Tuesday 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 609-294-1197.
New to speaking English? Join us each week and talk about current events and other subjects. New members welcome. Please register.
Friends of the Libra
Beachwood Branch
12/5, 1/2, 2/6, 3/6, 4/10, 5/1, 6/5, 9/4, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4, 10:00 am
The Friends are an essential link between the library and the public.  They plan programs and fundraisers for specific library needs.  New members are always welcome, please join.
Toms River Branch
4th Thursday of the month at 2:00 pm (except November when they will meet on the 3rd Thursday)
1/22/15     The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
2/26/15     Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
3/26/15     The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
4/23/15     Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
5/28/15     The Round House by Louise Erdrich
6/25/15     The Painted Girls by Cathy Buchanan

No Meetings in July and August

9/24/15     The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
10/22/15    Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
11/19/15    Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth       
DVD Discussion Group
Stafford Branch
Every second Thursday of each month, 7 p.m.
The DVD Discussion Group meets at the Stafford Library the second Thursday evening of every month at 7:00 pm.  You are welcome to join the discussion.  Come to the Stafford circulation desk to pick up your DVD.  Each month's title is available by the first of the month.

May's Film

At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.
Point Pleasant Beach Branch
Meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 3:30 pm
Bring your imagination and have fun with our Lego collection.  Ages 5 and up.  Held on the 3rd Monday of each month.  Walk-ins welcome!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Pt. Beach Library. 
English Conversation
Point Pleasant Beach Branch
Tuesdays at 7:30 pm, January 6th - December 15th

New to speaking English? Join us and talk about current events and other subjects.  New members welcome. 

Toms River Branch
This group meets on Wednesdays at 10:00 am.
New to speaking English?  Join us and talk about current events and other subjects. New members welcome.  
January  27

February  4, 11, 18, 25

March  4, 11, 18, 25

April  8, 15, 22, 29

May  6, 13, 20, 27

June  3, 10, 17, 24
Toms River Branch
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 7:00 pm
2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm

1/13/15      Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman
2/10/15      Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
3/10/15      I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark
4/14/15      Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
5/12/15      The Submission by Amy Waldman
6/09/15      Fires in the Dark by Louise Doughty
7/14/15       Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
8/11/15       The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
9/08/15       Buddy: How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man by Brian McGrory
10/13/15     Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
11/10/15     My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
12/08/15     The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

Toms River Branch
This group meets on Tuesdays at 10 am.
New to speaking English? Join us and talk about current events and other subjects.  New members welcome. 

January  27

February  3, 10, 17, 24

March  3, 10, 17, 24, 31

April  7, 14, 21, 28

May  5, 12, 19, 26

June  2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Waretown Branch
By appointment only
We customize your lessons to help you . Just call 609-693-5133.  By appointment
Barnegat Branch
Fridays, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11 from 10am -4pm
Providing services to the community including senior services, passports,  veteran's services, consumer affairs, voter registration and parks and tourism information. Bus can be found in back parking lot.
County Connection Mobile Unit visits the Barnegat Library every 2nd Friday of the month from 10am - 4pm.
Barnegat Book Discus
Barnegat Branch
Tuesdays: February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15 at 2pm
New Members Welcome. Copies available for pick up at the branch. Book Discussion meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month @2pm
Brick Branch
2nd Tuesday of Every Month
Register Online or call 732-477-4513 .

Socialize, Share Ideas and Techniques, and Have Fun!

BYOP-Bring your own project.
For Knitters and Crochet-ers.
Meets on the 2nd Floor Chambers Bridge Lounge.

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