Cranberries have been an important crop for New Jersey since the 19th century. Native Americans were using cranberries as food, medicine, and dyes long before the European settlers arrived. Learn the history of these tart berries and why they were so important. We will also explore New Jersey’s contribution to their cultivation with food historian Judith Krall-Russo. Early American recipes will be discussed. Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Library Meeting Room. This program is free and suitable for all ages. Registration is recommended but not required. Register online, in person, or by calling (732) 842-0690 x111. Click on the image below to download a printable flyer. This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of New Jersey Council for Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In continuing celebration of the library's 80th anniversary and the reopening of the Local History Room, join us on Saturday, September 23 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. for Genealogy 101. Whether you are a beginning genealogist or have found your way deep into your family tree, there is always more to discover and learn! You will learn how to begin your genealogy research by: (1) writing down what YOU know about your families, (2) discovering information from the documents and family papers that you possess, (3) reaching out to relatives, (4) learning to deal with family myths & secrets. The speaker will discuss different ways to organize your research & your office. You will also learn to read different handwriting and to deal with the "mizspeleng of whords &knames." Many research tips will be discussed including “what & where to research.” You will also be encouraged to “think like a genealogist!” This program is presented by Beverly Seward Yackel. She is a past president of the Monmouth County Genealogy Society and a member of their education committee and speakers bureau. For more information contact the Local History Room at (732) 842-0690 x119 or Reference at x111. Registration is not required for this FREE Adult program. Click on the image below to download a printable flyer.
Wondering what to do this weekend? Beat the heat and summer boredom while supporting the most remarkable place in town! Members of the Friends of the Library are now eligible to reserve & check out museum passes for 4 days at a time. Available passes include the Monmouth Museum, Grounds for Sculpture, and the Newark Museum. Membership in the Friends is a yearly minimum donation of $15. Visit the Friends page for more information. Click here for details on our museum pass program.
The "Let's Talk About Race" series continues on September 27, 2017. This month's meeting will screen the film I Am Not Your Negro, followed by discussion with special guest moderator Timothy Clark. Join us for illuminating discussion. Refreshments will be served. Registration is recommended but not required: online, in person, or by calling Reference at (732) 842-0690 x111. Please note that due to the length of the film, this meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. to allow time for discussion. Click on the image below to download a printable flyer.