Are you ready for Halloween? Your library is a great place to find last minute costume and decorating ideas. You'll also be able to find the spookiest ghost stories and horror movies if you want a good scare. Check out some Frankenstein or vampire movies for a frightful movie fest!
Speaking of scary—would you like to learn more about the Jersey Devil? On Saturday, November 5 at 1:00 pm, Angus Gillespie, a professor of American Studies at Rutgers University, brings together different reports of this legendary creature in a talk illustrated by photographs, drawings, and maps. Hear the story of Mother Leeds who cursed her thirteenth unborn child, wishing she had never married Daniel Leeds. She got her revenge on Mr. Leeds that night when she gave birth to the devil's child, who now lurks in the Pine Barrens of South Jersey. To hear the rest of the story, register now for this exciting program.
This weekend you can hear about the Treasures of Sicily in a lecture and slide presentation given by local professor, author, and Italian culture expert Santi Buscemi. The guided tour is on Sunday, October 30 at 2:00 pm.
On Thursday, November 3 at 6:30 pm, the library is hosting a presentation by the Parents of Autistic Children of NJ. Representatives from POAC NJ will offer a workshop on "Hidden Dangers: How to Keep Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Safe." This important and possibly life-saving event is open to the enitre community.
Later in November you can look forward to "Apples: Dumplings, Cider and Jack" (Saturday, November 12 at 1:00 pm) when Judith Krall-Russo will elaborate on the treasures grown in New Jersey's orchards from colonial times until today, and the delicious foods and beverages that can be made from this versatile fruit. You'll also want to register for to hear singer Dave DeLuca give tribute to the songs of the Rat Pack – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. on November 13 at 2:30 pm.
November also brings story times, book clubs, and, of course, Monday Night at the Movies (with repeats on Wednesdays at 12:15). There are several new clubs and programs for children. Be sure to check out the children's calendar available at the library and on our website.
Sometimes there are so many events and so much physical material available to share with you we forget to mention the electronic resources you have access to. You can find all the links on the library website. The librarians are always thrilled to help you learn how to download ebooks, music and more.
Have you looked at Zinio lately? It offers electronic issues of your favorite magazines to be read on your smartphone, tablet of computer. If you download the reader for PCs and Macs or the app (available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire) you can read offline, too. Currrent and back issues of over 20 titles are waiting for you. Once you've downloaded an issue, it's yours to keep.
Electronic resources are one way the library still serves you even when the building is closed. Remember that the library will be closed Tuesday, November 8 for Election Day, and Friday, November 11 for Veterans' Day.