Book Discussion: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

October 1, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & October 3, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

As the townspeople grapple with their problems, both mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life; sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition: its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.

This book discussion will be moderated by Colts Neck Librarian Stephanie Laurino. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend; however, registration is preferred. Stop by or call the library to reserve your copy of the book today.

Concert: I Wrote the Songs: The Music of Berlin, Porter, & Gershwin

October 5 at 2:00 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of music and memories presented by entertainer and educator Phil Bruschi! In American musical history, only a small number of song writers are responsible for the majority of songs in “The Great American Songbook.” The major songwriters who stand out as legends in the 20th-century music world of popular standards are Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and George and Ira Gershwin. Their songs are still being recorded by today’s recording artists such as Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, and Michael Buble. Songs like “Always,” “White Christmas,” “Night & Day,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” and “Our Love Is Here to Stay” will continue to be recorded years from now because these songs have staying power.

Teacher and performer Phil Bruschi showcases the musical careers of these great songwriters while performing some of these classic songs. Join Phil for an informative and entertaining program as you learn about these talented composers and stroll down memory lane.

Afternoon at the Movies: What Maisie Knew (2013) (R) 98 minutes

October 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Business/Finance Program

Join us at the library from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 for Neighbors Helping Neighbors. This cost-free

program and peer-led volunteer support group is for those who are actively looking for work and would like to begin or reinvigorate their job search. Anyone in career transition, recent college grads, laid-off workers, unemployed or underemployed professionals, persons re-entering the job market, struggling small business owners, and retirees looking for part-time or volunteer work are invited to attend. This program is held in the large meeting room downstairs.

Find the Best Fit College for You

October 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Stressed about finding the right college? Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions a student can make, but it doesn’t have to be stressful! The experts from C2 Education are here to help simplify the college search. Join us at the Colts Neck Library for our live seminar to:

•              Understand how to find a college that fits you

•              Learn how to create your perfect college list

•              Create a road map to find and get into your dream school

Speaker Benjamin Yun is the director of Digital Learning at C2 Education. He has helped students get into prestigious schools such as Columbia, Cornell, Princeton, and University of Pennsylvania, and was recently honored with the C2 Education Award for Excellence. He has trained hundreds of C2 teachers throughout the country, hosts education seminars and workshops, and leads academic initiatives for C2 Education. Please call the library at (732) 431-5656 to register for this event.


No Storytime on October 7 or 14

Library Babies – Ages 2 and under (with parent/caregiver)

Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 to 10:20 a.m.

Terrific Twos and Threes – Ages 2-3½ (with parent/caregiver) Siblings welcome!

Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m.

Preschool Story and Art Program– Ages 3½-5

Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

September Special Children’s Events

*Please sign up in person or by phone*

Fire Truck Visit– All ages

October 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate National Fire Prevention Month through stories, learning about fire safety, meeting a real firefighter, and seeing a fire truck.

Pig Out On Reading with our Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pig and More! – All ages

October 9 at 4:00 p.m.

Join us as we welcome special guests the “Eyes of the Wild” Wallaby Tales Traveling Zoo!  Mammals from around the world will be

featured in this “paw-sitively” exciting live animal program. Meet our pot bellied pig, too!

Spooky Canine Read to a Therapy Dog – Grades K and up

October 16 at 4:00 p.m.

Have your children read a Halloween themed book to our therapy dogs

Halloween Snow Globes – Grades K and up

October 23 at 4:00 p.m.

Snow globes aren’t just for Christmas. Make a ghoulish Halloween-themed snow globe.

Movie: Monsters University (G) 2013

October 30 at 3:00 p.m.

The library will be closed on October 14 in observance of Columbus Day.


Colts Neck Library

1 Winthrop Drive

Colts Neck, NJ 07722

(732) 431-5656