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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.

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Double Feature Film
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Jul. 9, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Join is for a special double feature screening of the classic “Dog Day Afternoon” followed by the award-winning independent film documentary, “The Dog”
In 1972, John Wojtowicz attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to pay for his lover's sex change operation. The act resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later Al Pacino portrayed his crime in Dog Day Afternoon. The film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz (who pronounced his name "Woto-wits"). Drawing upon extraordinary archival footage, the film shuffles between the 1970s and the 2000s. We gain a historic perspective on New York's gay liberation movement, in which Wojtowicz played an active role. In later footage, he remains a subversive force, backed by the unconditional love of his mother Terry, whose wit and charm infuse the film. How and why the bank robbery took place is recounted in gripping detail by Wojtowicz and various eyewitnesses.
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Instamatic Karma: Ph
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Jul. 16, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
John Lennon is the most famously photographed Beatle—everyone from Iain MacMillian to Annie Lebowitz took iconic images of him—but there have never been pictures of him like those taken by May Pang, Lennon’s girlfriend from 1973 to 1975. In INSTAMATIC KARMA, they’re collected for the first time. 

With very few exceptions, these photos are that rare thing: never-before-seen images of an icon.  The photos here show Lennon in a variety of settings: at work, at play, at home, and away. They show a playful Lennon, a casual, unguarded Lennon; they’re the kind of photos one lover takes of another.

May has written rich captions to accompany her photos--taken together, they tell a simple story of the time May and Lennon spent together; a time, according to legend, when Lennon was unhappy and unproductive, estranged from his family and bandmates. Pang’s photos clearly tell another story—they show Lennon clowning around, working on his hit album “Walls and Bridges”, embracing old friends and family, hanging out in their apartment on Manhattan’s East 52nd Street, relaxing in the country in upstate New York or spending peaceful days swimming in the waters of Long Island.
The photographs in INSTAMATIC KARMA are both color and black & white, casual Polaroids and more composed shots.  Each one is an intimate glimpse into a fascinating time in John Lennon’s life.
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Meet Susannah Marren
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Jul. 23, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Author SUSANNAH MARREN is originally from Long Beach Island, New Jersey. She currently lives in Manhattan with her family and still spends her summers on the Jersey Shore. Between the Tides is her first novel.

Lainie Smith Morris is perfectly content with her life in New York City: she has four children, a handsome surgeon husband, and good friends. This life she has built is shattered, however, when her husband Charles announces he has accepted a job in Elliot, New Jersey, and that the family must relocate. Lainie is forced to give up the things she knows and loves.

Though Charles easily adapts to the intricacies of suburban life, even thriving in it, Lainie finds herself increasingly troubled and bored by her new limited responsibilities, and she remains desperate for the inspiration, comfort, and safety of the city she called home. She is hopelessly lost--until, serendipitously, she reconnects with an old friend/rival turned current Elliot resident, Jess. Pleased to demonstrate her social superiority to Lainie, Jess helps her find a footing, even encouraging Lainie to develop as an artist; but what looks like friendship is quickly supplanted by a betrayal with earth-shattering impact, and a move to the suburbs becomes a metaphor for a woman who must search to find a new home ground in the shifting winds of marriage, family, career, and friendship.
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The Forgotten Fiftie
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Jul. 30, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
From the pages of Look, the magazine that defined the fifties, comes a photographic portrayal of the dynamic era that sparked a transformation in America’s political and cultural identity. From the Red Scare incited by Joseph McCarthy to the election of John F. Kennedy as president in 1960, the 1950s heralded some of the most striking and clashing aspects of twentieth-century America: the Korean War and I Love Lucy; the Bunny Hop and Brown v. Board of Education; bikinis and UFOs; Disneyland and the polio vaccine; Elvis and Allen Ginsberg; the Invisible Man and Roman Holiday; Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy.

The evocative images in this volume—many never before published—chart a contradictory decade, transcending what we have come to know as "the age of Ozzie and Harriet." Provocative and endearing, best-selling journalist James Conaway will be here to discuss his entertaining and highly readable year-by-year survey that will certainly resonate with a generation that came of age in the 1950s but also prove compelling to younger audiences who identify with that hopeful yet uneasy epoch.
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Let’s Go Crazy
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m.
Registration required, begins Jul 20.
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

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