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Jul 18, 2022

Upcoming Events at the Monmouth County Library

By Lori Draz

The Monmouth County Library System has a big and diverse assortment of programs and lectures, so stay cool and enjoy! Here are just a few of some of the fun and interesting events.

A reminder to all readers and listeners of books, the 2022 Summer Reading Clubs, “Oceans of Possibilities,” continues through Monday, Aug. 15. Keep logging in the books that you have read or listened to, and earn great prizes. For more information, visit your local branch or the library’s website at 

Everyone is welcome to join the library on Zoom for upcoming free adult programs.  

Murder, They Wrote Virtual Mystery Book Discussion 

Thursday, July 14 at 10:30 am 

“Lady in the Lake” by Laura Lippman by the revered New York Times bestselling author is a novel about a middle-aged housewife turned aspiring reporter who pursues the murder of a forgotten young woman in 1960s Baltimore. 

Registration is required to join the discussion that will be moderated by Jeanmarie Kantor, Headquarters.

Historically Speaking: A Virtual Lecture Series   

Wednesday, July 20 at 7 pm – Love, Death and Betrayal: The Story of Anna and Vito Genovese

If you like stories about mobsters, then you won’t want to miss this one, presented by Historian John Barrows, the Monmouth County Historical Association and co-sponsored by the Monmouth County Library. 

Get the story of feared gangster Vito Genovese and his wife, Anna, before the new mini-series begins. John Barrows, editor of, spent two years researching to present the local perspective on Anna and Vito that you won’t get from TV.

Both were married with children when they fell in love, but they had to be together, no matter what. She was the ultimate mafia wife, but also different from women of her time. He was the most terrifying gangster in America, but she was not afraid. When she became a woman scorned, she faced the mafia’s ultimate penalty for violating the southern Italian code of silence. They lived in Monmouth County twice, which he loved and she loathed. 

Zoom registration is required.

A Novel Idea: Virtual Book Discussion

Wednesday, July 27 at 10:30 am

“The Nature of Fragile Things” by Susan Meissner follows Sophie Whalen, who is so desperate to get out of a New York tenement that she answers a mail-order bride ad and agrees to marry a man in San Francisco she knows nothing about. Then one evening, a stranger at the door sets in motion a transforming chain of events. The fates of three women intertwine on the eve of the devastating earthquake, thrusting them onto a perilous journey that will test their resiliency and resolve and, ultimately, their belief that love can overcome fear.

Registration is required for this discussion, moderated by Ragini Chaturvedi.

Register for all programs at under Upcoming Events.