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Aug 01, 2022

Upcoming Events at the Monmouth County Library

By Lori Draz

Spend a few cool, quiet minutes expanding your knowledge and interests as you attend one or more of the many interesting virtual programs being presented by the Monmouth County Library. Here are just a few of the terrific topics you can delve into.  

Thursday, Aug. 18 at 10:30 am – Who Tells Your Story? A Virtual History Book Discussion 

The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss. Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the 19th Amendment, 12 have rejected or refused to vote, leaving Tennessee as the last state needed. The opposing forces include politicians, liquor companies, railroad magnates and people who don’t want black women voting. There are also the “Antis” – women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the moral collapse of the nation. They all converge in a boiling hot summer for a vicious face-off replete with dirty tricks, betrayals and bribes, bigotry, Jack Daniel’s and the Bible. 

Registration is required for this discussion, moderated by Jeanmarie Kantor. 

Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 10:30 am – Love to Read: A Virtual Book Discussion

“The Mozart Code” by Rachel McMillan follows Lady Sophia Huntington Villiers who is no stranger to intrigue, as her wartime work with Alan Turing’s Bombe Machines at Bletchley Park attests. Now, as part of Simon Barre’s covert team in post-war Vienna, she uses her inimitable charm and code name Starling to infiltrate the world of relics and uncover vital information that could tilt the stakes of the mounting Cold War. When she is charged her with finding the death mask of Mozart, Sophie wonders if there is more than the composer’s legacy at stake and looks for answers in Prague.

Registration is required for this discussion, moderated by Stephanie Laurino.

Friday, Sept. 2 at 2 pm – Altha Morton & The Sentimental Journey Big Band: In-Person Concert 

Journey back to the heyday of Swing as this 17-piece Big Band brings to life the great female vocalists of the 20th century including Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, Barbra Streisand and many others. Altha Morton has sung all over the East coast, opening for Johnny Cash and performing at the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame celebration in New York City. Co-sponsored by the Music Performance Trust Fund. 

Doors open at 1:30 pm. Seating is first come/first seated – no registrations needed (no saving seats).

Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 pm – Historically Speaking: A Virtual Lecture Series with Dr. Stanley Blair 

Hello from Bushy Hollow: Henry Morford’s New Monmouth, Middletown NJ, c. 1838. Dr. Stanley Blair’s live Zoom presentation explores the fictional town based on New Monmouth, Middletown in the 19th century. In 1863, Middletown resident Henry Morford published his popular compilation of humorous stories, “Sprees and Splashes: or Droll Recollections of Town and Country,” which he maintained were true accounts of events that either happened to him or someone he knew. The book describes Middletown life and locations, providing a fun and intimate time portal to the past. 

This free session requires advance registration for a Zoom link. 

Register for these and many other programs at under Upcoming Events.