SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- As part of the World War I and America series, the Scotch Plains Public Library will host many interesting lectures, discussions, and films in the months of October and November.  The series commemorates the centennial of American involvement in World War One and explores the ongoing experience of veterans who have served in our lifetimes.

Most New Jersey residents went willingly to war in 1917, but some did not. On Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m, Mark Lender, retired chair of the History Department at Kean University, will explore the home-front experience of New Jersey, with a special focus on the tension between the civil liberties of those who opposed American participation in the conflict and the military needs of a country at war.

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The Scotch Plains Public Library is one of only four New Jersey institutions to have received a World War I and America grant. This grant, along with a generous gift from the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Service League, enables us to offer original programming to commemorate the centennial of American involvement in World War One, and to explore the ongoing experience of veterans who
have served in our lifetimes.

Presented by The Library of America, World War I and America is a two-year initiative in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

The aim of World War I and America is to bring veterans and their families together with the general public to explore the continuing relevance of the war by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it firsthand.

For more information, go to http://www.scotlib.org/2017/worldwarone, email library@scotlib.org, call (908) 322-5007 x 204 or stop by the Reference Desk. The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Ave., one block from Park Ave. in the center of town.