October At Colts Neck Library

All programs are free and open to the public. The library will be closed on Monday, October 10 for Columbus Day.


Book Discussion: Florence Gordon by Brian Morton

Tuesday, October 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 6 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Meet Florence Gordon: blunt, brilliant, and cantankerous feminist icon to young, invisible, and underappreciated women. At 75, Florence has set down the burdens of family to start working on her long-deferred memoir, when her son Daniel returns to New York from Seattle with his wife and daughter. They embroil Florence in their dramas of middle-age and the confusions of youth. And then there is her left foot, which is starting to drag. With searing wit, sophisticated intelligence, and a tender respect for humanity in all its flaws, Brian Morton introduces a constellation of unforgettable characters.

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.

Caregivers of Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group

Every Tuesday, beginning October 4 at 7:00 p.m.

The library ushers in this brand new support group for caregivers of senior citizens who are veterans, widowers, or experiencing life-altering changes and those affected with Alzheimer’s/Dementia disease. These diseases are life-changing for both those who are diagnosed and those close to them. This support group will provide a place to connect with other caregivers who truly understand what you are going through. Exchange practical information on caregiving problems and possible solutions, talk through challenges and ways of coping, share feelings, needs, and concerns, and learn about resources available in your community. Facilitated by Kat Verdi of Help My Parent Advisors. (www.help.myparentsadvisors.com)

As Time Goes By: Live Concert Performance

Friday, October 7 at 1:30 p.m.

Performer Phil Bruschi takes you back into the days of old Hollywood movies from the American Film Institute. Mr. Bruschi provides highlights from each of the films, some movie trivia, as well as the songwriters, recording artists, and actors who sang each song. Registration is not needed, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Matisse vs. Picasso – The Great I-Can-Do-Anything-Better-Than-You Rivalry (Lecture)

Sunday, October 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Art historian Frederick T. Dixon presents this lecture on the rivalry of artists Matisse and Picasso. Each knew the other was doing something he could not do himself, and their creative obsession with each other shows how competition stimulates growth and flashes of genius. Mr. Dixon, also the author of the monumental work 700 Years of Art History: Pre-Renaissance to Modernism, will be signing discounted copies of his book after the presentation. He and his wife, Martha Dixon, were trained docents at the Barnes Foundation for a decade, and they have appreciated, studied, and collected art far longer. This program is free and there is no registration needed.

Afternoon at the Movies: “Money Monster” (2016) (R) 99 minutes

Wednesday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m.

In the real-time high-stakes thriller, financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor who has lost everything forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today’s fast-paced, high-tech global markets. Starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Jack O’Connell.

College Planning Workshop

Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Current high school and their families will learn how to maximize your potential for financial aid, how to lower your out-of-pocket costs, why the FAFSA and your EFC are critical to the college financial aid process, and how SAT/ACT scores translate into financial aid dollars. Students are welcome to attend. Contact (732) 224-1496 or www.CollegeFundingAssociates.com for reservations.


(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.


Please call the library to register for the programs listed below.

Fire Truck Visit – All Ages

Wednesday, October 5 at 4:00 p.m.

In celebration of National Fire Prevention Month, Colts Neck firefighter David Mann will teach you about fire safety and show you a real fire truck,

Sheep Love To Eat! – All Ages

Wednesday, October 12 at 4:00 p.m.

Lamb Chop tells her story and shares a sheep craft with you.

Read to Misty and Peaches, The Therapy Dogs – All ages

Wednesday, October 19 at 4:00 p.m.

Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog.

Halloween Tricks and Magic – Grades 3 – 6

Wednesday, October 26 at 4:00 p.m.

Ray Franklyn performs spook-tacular magic tricks and welcomes audience participation. Attend if you dare!

The Colts Neck Library is located at 1 Winthrop Drive in Colts Neck. Call (732) 431-5656.