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Westfield Memorial Library Presents NJ's Role in WW I and The Belle Tones


WESTFIELD, NJ - On Thursday, June 1 at 7 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present “NJ’s Role in World War I” and on Saturday, June 3 at 2 p.m., The Belle Tones musical trio will perform. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I, Joseph Bilby will speak about New Jersey's role in the "Great War." He will discuss the sacrifices made by New Jersey soldiers, to the contribution of New Jersey's industrial might, to Hoboken's vital role as the major American embarkation point, to sabotage by German agents in New Jersey itself.

Bilby is a celebrated author and historian of New Jersey.

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Often called the Twenty First Century Andrews Sisters, The Belle Tones celebrate music's great girls groups with class, panache and fun. They have performed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia at fairs, conventions, VFW halls, VA Hospitals, state theaters, country clubs, parades, and sporting events such as the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Red Bulls.

They have sung for radio, 55+ Residencies, The Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge, and with Joe Piscopo from Saturday Night Live. They sing and dance their way from the 1920s, 1940s, and beyond, particularly patriotic songs.

The programs are free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to the 43 libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Visit and click on the “About Us” tab to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908-789-4090 option 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library — the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and closed on Sunday for the summer beginning May 28. The library is also closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day and Friday, June 2 for a staff education day.

For more information call 908-789-4090, visit the library’s website at, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”

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