Colts Neck Library Programs

All programs are free and open to the public.


Poetry Work/Play Shop

Saturday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy a creative afternoon and discover your private muse with moderators Flora Higgins and Evelyn Hampton. No experience necessary; we will provide prompts, atmosphere, encouragement, and tools. You can be humorous or serious, and compose in any form or genre of your choosing. If you prefer not to write a poem, just be a “listener” – listeners are half of the poem! Write a structured or freeform poem, or pen a silly pun, Poetry can be serious, or sometimes just for fun. Comedy, tragedy, or in between…write whatever you choose. Join the poetry workshop and discover your own muse as you explore the joys of expression through poetry!

Book Discussion: The Painter by Peter Heller

Monday, November 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 10 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (Note change in date due to the Election Day holiday.)

After having shot a man in a Santa Fe bar, the famous artist Jim Stegner served his time and has since struggled to manage the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. Now he lives a quiet life…until the day that he comes across a hunting guide beating a small horse, and a brutal act of new violence rips his quiet life right open. Pursued by men dead set on retribution, Jim is left with no choice but to return to New Mexico and the high-profile life he left behind, where he’ll reckon with past deeds and the dark shadows in his own heart.

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.

Take Control of Your Finances (Workshop)

Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Are you the person responsible for the family or individual finances?  The financial world can be intimidating, especially if it’s a sudden or a new responsibility. Paul Orosz from Primerica Financial Services will guide you on using smart money management techniques and teach you to plan for your future. Whether you’re a recent college graduate, a person enjoying retirement, or saving for your child’s education, you’ll receive valuable information and develop skills that will enable you to be more comfortable in your role.

Mr. Orosz has worked as a financial representative throughout the tri-state area for the past 11 years. His background consists of organizing financial solutions and setting up game plans where he specializes in retirement savings, college planning, debt elimination, and income protection. He has helped hundreds of families in these different areas through seminars, workshops, and individual consultations. His certifications include Life Producer, Series 6, Series 63, and Debt Solution. Registration is not required for this program, but seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Live Performance: “In The Rest Room at Rosenblooms”

Saturday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Join Linda Turash and her group as they perform a live reading of “In the Rest Room at Rosenblooms,” a live contemporary comedy that reveals the hopes, dreams, and fears of three elderly ladies who spark their lonely lives by meeting daily in the rest room lounge of an outdated downtown department store, and the crazy/touching events that occur the day one of them is supposedly threatened. There’s Myrah, with a fighting spirit that totters into the absurd; Violet, a leftover from the days of elegance; and Winifred, a wisp of a woman who wanders in and out of reality. A steady stream of bizarre events occur as the ladies seek to protect Winifred from being taken away by her sister Clare, leading to a blockade of the rest room and a final triumph over those who would threaten their fragile freedom.

Registration is not needed for this event but seating is first-come, first-serve.

Afternoon at the Movies: “Indignation” (R) (2016)

Wednesday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Passion ignites culture clash in this provocative coming-of-age story, based on the best-selling novel by Philip Roth. Marcus, a student from New Jersey, arrives at a small conservative college in Ohio. He becomes infatuated with his classmate, Olivia. The mutual attraction sparks a torrid encounter with consequences no one ever could have imagined. He puts his family’s best-laid plans and his own beliefs to the ultimate test. Starring Sarah Gadon and Logan Lerman. 111 minutes.

Remembering Pearl Harbor: Lecture

Friday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m.

Join us for the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor as Dr. James Kane reflects on this very eventful time in history. It was, at the time, the largest naval attack force ever assembled: 33 Japanese ships, including six aircraft carriers, 350 attack aircraft, and the most skilled naval aviators of that era. On December 7, 1941 at 6:30 a.m., on a peaceful, tropical Sunday morning in the central Pacific, the task force came into the wind 220 miles north of the Island of Oahu, in the Territory of Hawaii, and launched its surprise attack. By 10:00 a.m., it was over. The attack on Pearl Harbor left chaos in its wake: much of our American Pacific fleet damaged,  several battleships sunk (including Arizona with 1177 brave sailors and Marines entombed), more than 2,400 Americans dead (some of whom were civilians), hundreds more wounded,  aircraft destroyed on the ground – and it plunged America into World War II. This fast-paced, one-hour program will tell that haunting story in lecture, slides of the actual attack, and audio presentation. A must-see for all Americans as we near the 75th anniversary of that fateful, tropical morning in the Pacific.

Dr. Kane is a former teacher, prep school headmaster, principal and, for 25 years, a superintendent of schools. He presently is a professor of history at William Paterson University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and a doctor of education from New York University. Dr. Kane is a graduate of the Officers Candidate School, United States Marine Corps, at Quantico, Virginia, and holds the rank of Captain, USMCR.

Winter Wonderland Concert: Performed by Dave DeLuca

Friday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and time again to be dazzled and delighted with first-rate musical merriment as Dave DeLuca performs the very best holiday favorites. “Winter Wonderland” is a feel-good family-oriented event filled with yuletide whimsy and winter wonder that celebrates the magic of the holiday seasons through songs such as “Let it Snow,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Dominick the Donkey.”

Dave DeLuca is a New Jersey native, an accomplished singer, songwriter, musician, and recording engineer who has been performing for over 40 years. He is also a member of the Songwriter’s Guild of America, and has had songs published by BMI. Registration is not needed for this event, but seating is first-come, first-served basis.

FOR CHILDREN (Story Time Sessions)

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

Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Family Storytime – Ages 2 and up (with parent/caregiver). Siblings welcome.

Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m.

Afterschool November Special Children’s Events

Registration required for programs in-person, by phone, or online at

Can A Squirrel Find A Nut? – All ages

Wednesday, November 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy a story and make a craft about these backyard critters.

The “Angry Birds” Movie – All ages

Monday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Seeing this hilarious movie will make your day off from school even more enjoyable. Feel free to bring a snack from home. No registration necessary.

Rainbow Turkey – All ages

Wednesday, November 9 at 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate Thanksgiving by making a colorful craft.

Read to Peaches the Therapy Dog – All ages

Wednesday, November 16 at 4:00 p.m.

Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. Bring your favorite book or choose one from the shelves!

LEGO® Club – All ages

Wednesday, November 23 at 4:00 p.m.

Hear a LEGO® story and make your own LEGO® creation. Save a memory of your design on Mom or Dad’s smartphone.

Bonfire Craft – All ages

Wednesday, November 30 at 4:00 p.m.

This creation will warm you up on a cold autumn afternoon!


The library will be closed on Tuesday, November 8 for Election Day; Friday, November 11 for Veterans Day; Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving Day and November 25.

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Colts Neck Library

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(732) 431-5656