Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Friday, July 2nd @ 1:30PM Free Moving Screening: The Informant, starring Matt Damon, Melanie Lynskey and Scott Bakula. In this drama based on a true story, a high-ranking executive, Mark Whitacre, at Archer Daniels Midland joins forces with the FBI to bring down both his company and the entire food industry. He uncovers a large price-fixing scam and decides to become an informant but ends up doing more jail time than his corrupt bosses. Rated R. 109 minutes. 2009.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A First Friday Musical Event with George Wirth, Friday July 2nd at 6:30 p.m. Local singer songwriter George Wirth, who recently won the award for Best Male Songwriter at the Jersey Acoustic Music Awards, is widely hailed for the unique narrative sense of his songs. This live concert is free and open to the public and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be available.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Make a splash and water your mind this summer with the Old Bridge Public Library's Summer Reading Clubs for Adults, Teens and Children. Read attend programs and write reviews and become eligible for fabulous prizes! For more information, please call (732) 721-5600 ext. 5033.

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A good time was had by all during the Library's Summer Reading Kickoff Party, featuring reading club signups, a Luau and music from The Wag.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

On Wednesday July 7th at 7:00 p.m. the Library presents an Introduction to Herbal Medicine: Meet Virginia Ahearn, a practitioner and teacher of herbal medicine. Let her show you some safe ways to incorporate herbal medicine into your life. For more information, please call (732) 721-5600 ext. 5033 or e-mail Dorothy.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Old Bridge Public Library offers a regular calendar of programming for senior citizens. Each Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. the Library offers a Senior Friday program such as a movie, lecture or an arts program. These programs are all free and open to the public and no registration is required. The Library also offers three reading groups for adults and seniors that engage in regular monthly book discussions. Other Library groups of interest include the Library’s Craft Club and the Ladies Night Out Book Discussion group. The Library also has a large selection of large print and audio-books that are available for borrowing, and an optical reader in the Senior Spaces section of the Library to enlarge text of books for easier viewing and reading. For more information on Senior events and programs at the Library, please contact Senior Spaces Librarian Timothy Horras at (732) 721-5600 ext. 5033 or e-mail him.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Library will be closed on Friday, June 18 for Staff Development Day. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Teen Writers: Get Published! Love to write? Want to improve your craft and learn about new opportunities for teen writers? Teens, grades 6-12, are invited to join the Teen Writing Group, one of the latest additions to the Youth Services department’s ever-expanding programming lineup. Headed by Librarian Lynn Mazur, who has a background in book publishing, the group welcomes all genres and its members share a common goal—to get published! Contests and publishing opportunities are shared and discussed at each meeting, and members are encouraged to pursue opportunities that fit their writing. The members also discuss and practice different brainstorming strategies and writing exercises. Those who are comfortable sharing their work participate in peer review sessions, allowing the aspiring authors to get feedback on their writing. Meetings conclude with free writing sessions, giving the group time to work on whatever projects they want. In addition to attending general meetings, the members of the Teen Writing Group are also working on setting up events, including a Poetry Reading Night, complete with a coffeehouse like atmosphere, and a town-wide writing contest. More information on these events will be available in the coming months. On Friday, July 30th at 7 PM the group will be hosting a Publishing Professionals Panel. Have you ever wondered what kind of work goes into having a book published? This is your opportunity to find out! Book publishing professionals from Simon & Schuster will be talking about their day-to-day responsibilities in the publishing industry and will be available to answer any questions you may have. The dates for our upcoming meetings are as follows: Monday, June 14th at 7 PM; Monday, July 12th at 7 PM; Friday, July 30th at 7 PM (Publishing Professionals Panel); Monday, August 9th at 7 PM; and Monday, August 23rd at 7 PM. Don’t forget to bring a pen and a notepad! Interested in joining the Teen Writing Group’s email list? Email Lynn for more information or call (732) 721-5600 ext. 5028. (by Youth Services Librarian Lynn Mazur)

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Notice: Our ability to share library materials depends on a state-funded library delivery system. Funding has been eliminated in Gov. Christie's 2011 budget. While we understand the State's fiscal challenges, funding for these valuable statewide library services programs was not reduced, but completely eliminated. Without restoration of this funding LMxAC libraries will not be able to send materials to each other in support of the "holds" feature in our online catalog. This feature will be modified on June 30, 2010 to allow patrons to place holds ONLY on those items owned at their home library. We regret the necessity of this change and hope that funding will be restored. For the latest details on funding for statewide library programs go to

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Summer Reading @ The Library: The Old Bridge Public Library will offer a wide range of activities for all ages as part of the 2010 Summer Reading Club. This summer’s theme is related to water, perfect for a community close to the shore. The Children’s Department’s theme will be “Make a Splash at Your Library” while the teens “Make Waves at the Library” and adults are encouraged to “Water Your Mind at the Library.” By registering for the Summer Reading Club, you will be eligible for fabulous prizes! Read a book, watch a movie or attend one of the Library’s many programs and then write a review of it. Tell us what you liked (or what you didn’t) and your review will be posted on the Library’s Summer Reading blog and you’ll be entered to win a weekly prize. All entries will also go into a pool for the grand prize. Keep those reviews coming—the more you turn in, the more chances you have to win! The festivities will commence on Saturday, June 26 with the Summer Reading kickoff Luau featuring a live concert for all ages from the pop music band The Wag and a fun craft project for kids. Adults and teens will be able to register for the Summer Reading program on the Library’s web site or in person. Parents can register children in person at the Library. Arrrgh, matey! We will wrap up the summer with a special Library wide Pirate Spectacular in late August don’t miss it! Thank you to the Friends of the Old Bridge Library and local businesses for their support of our Summer Reading programming.

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Monday, June 07, 2010

Saturday, June 26 @ 1:30 p.m. Welcome Summer @ The Library with a free concert from The Wag Band. An upbeat four piece band, The Wag feature vocal harmonies at the forefront of their sound. Their unique style varies from blues to pop to rock.

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Friday, June 04, 2010

The Friends of the Old Bridge Public Library will sponsor its annual book sale during regular Library hours, June 5-11, at the Old Bridge Main Library, located at the intersection of Route 516 and Cottrell Road. Items available for sale will include hard cover and paperback books for adults, teens and children, music, videos and more. All sales are final. Proceeds from the sale will be used to support library programming and equipment. For more information, call (732) 721-5600, ext. 5033. Send comments to: OBPL

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

June 4 @ 1:30 p.m. This week's Senior Friday movie will be Up in the Air starring George Clooney.

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The Old Bridge Public Library has recently acquired books in Korean to add to its collection of world language material. The books include both fiction (works by famous Korean authors as well as translations of popular works originally in other languages) and nonfiction (religion, family, health, education and more). Our new Korean books join the Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Russian, Italian and Spanish language books in our World Language Collection, located next to the "living room" area. Stop in and browse!

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