Welcome to our Adult Services Department
Adult Classes

English Classes -   Thurs. @ 6 pm
Computer Classes - on hiatus.  We have many wonderful self-guided tutorials available for those seeking to learn and/or better their computer skills.

 

Bridge Club

 Tuesdays 1-4pm, Thursdays 6-7:30pm

 

Mah Jong

Wednesdays 11am-1pm

 

Book Clubs 
Nonfiction Book Club - Main Library

Third Thursday of each month 1:30-3:00pm

Upcoming selection:

 

November 20:                 "Inventing a Nation" by Gore Vidal

December 11th:              "The Myths of Happiness"

                                               by Sonja Lyubormirsky

January 15:                       "Duel with the Devil" by Paul Collins

February 19:                     "Some of My Best Friends are Black"

                                              by Tanner Colby

March 19:                          "Out of Order" by Sandra Day O'Connor

April 16:                             "Q:The Autobiography" by Quincy Jones

May 14:                               "My LIfe in Middlemarch"

                                                by Rebecca Mead

 

ELBERON BOOK CLUB - Elberon Branch Library
First Wednesday  of each month at 6:30pm

Friends of the LBPL Monthly meeting follows Book Club. 

Upcoming Selections:

October 1st:             "The Lifeboat" by Charlotte Rogan

November 5th:         "The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman

December 3rd:          Friends of the LBPL Annual Holiday Gathering

 

Our Adult Collection is located on the main and lower level. From adult programming to services that include free notary, job search help, internet/computer use, adult classes and more, the Long Branch Free Public Library is an up to date, modern library that values traditional service and superior customer service.

    Main Floor: 
         Popular Fiction, New Non-Fiction and Large Print
         World Languages

         New Movies, Audiobooks & Music

         Meeting Room - (click here for more information)

         Technology & Career Center        

         Local History Room

         Notary Service*

   Lower Level:

         Programs & Events  (click here for more info)

         New Teen Zone!
         Magazines & Newspapers
         Notary Service*

         Fax and Copying Services - fees apply
         12 public internet computers (ages 12+) & 1 typewriter
         Microfilm machine, photocopier and fax machine.​​​​​​​​​​
         (fees may apply, please ask for help at the reference desk)

 

 

*Notary service is provided free of charge, please bring a valid ID and do not sign paperwork to be notarized until you are in the presence of Notary.  You may call

ahead to ensure Notary will be available.

 

 

Reference Librarian Janet Birckhead suggests the following resources:

November's Reference Resource

A History of Monmouth County

by Frank Ellis

Ellis’ one-volume A History of Monmouth County was originally published  in 1885.  It is a work of great value to those interested either in the history of our county or in genealogy.  In the front of the book, there is a list of biographies and a list of illustrations.  Names are listed alphabetically.  The use of Ellis’ work for genealogical purposes was greatly enhanced by the creation of the Ellis Index by Norma Lippincott Swan, which was published in 1969.  The Ellis Index is an alphabetical list of the names of people and places covered by Ellis.  While Ellis’s own list of biographies runs approximately two pages, the Ellis Index is 247 pages.   Whether your family is descended from a prominent Monmouth County family or you are simply interested in the early history of Monmouth County, you will find a wealth of information in Ellis’ and Swan’s works.  The Ellis Index took more than a decade to compile, since it was created before the advent of computers.  Amazing!  Copies of A History of Monmouth County and the Ellis Index are available for use in the library.  One copy is kept in the Local History Room, but another located in the Adult  Services Department on the lower level.

If you are interested in history rather than genealogy, read on for an overview of what A History of Monmouth County contains.  Chapter 1 gives the location, boundaries, and features of Monmouth County and chapter 2 covers archeology and paleontology.   The history of European exploration, conquest, and governance of the county appears in chapter 3.  Chapter 4, entitled “The Indian Occupation,” backtracks to cover the sighting of the Dutch vessel “The  Half Moon”, by the Lenape.  This ship, belonging to the Dutch East India Company, sailed along the Monmouth County shore, past Sandy Hook, and landed in the bay.  Excerpts from a journal kept by Robert Juet, a member of  the crew, are included in the chapter. 

 

Chapter 5, which is entitled “Early Settlements and Land Titles,” is continued in chapter 6.   The Provincial Revolt, which began in 1664, is covered by chapter 7.  Chapter 8 discusses the organization of the county and includes the Monmouth Civil List, a list of those who held office in the county of Monmouth and of Monmouth County residents who held important state or national offfices.  Monmouth County’s role in the American Revolution is covered in chapter 9 and continued in chapters 10 and 11.  Chapter 12 discusses Monmouth County’s involvement in the War of 1812, the Mexican War (1846-1848), and the Civil War.  It includes list of those who died or were discharged.  The early court system is discussed in chapter 13, “The Bench and Bar of Monmouth County.”  Chapter 14 is entitled “The Medical Society, Bible Society, and Agricultural Society of Monmouth County.”  The title of chapter 15 is “Internal Improvements – Population.”  It includes information on railroads.  The rest of the book covers specific towns in Monmouth County.  Ocean Township and Long Branch are discussed in chapter 26.

 

 

 

October's Reference Resource

 

COMIC CON: 40 YEARS OF ARTISTS,  WRITERS, FANS & FRIENDS

Are you a fan of comics and comic books?  Do you love superheroes?  Do you have a passion for popular culture?  Then October is a big month for you!  The New York Comic Con begins October 9.  Whether you plan to attend or not, take a look at Comic Con: 40 Years  of Artists, Writers, Fans & Friends.  Published in 2009, the book covers the history of Comic Con from the 1970s, when it began in San Diego, to the 2000s.  The foreword was written by notable science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury.  There are articles on Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Sergio Aragones, Jim Lee, and other illustrators.  Additional articles cover Comic Book Expo, Comic Con publications, the official T-shirt, and notable guests of each decade.  The appendices discuss a wide variety of comic industry awards. 

The Long Branch Free Public Library has a reference copy of this title.  Reference books have to be read in the library, but we have another copy that can be borrowed, if you have a library card in good standing.  You will find the circulating copy in the Quiet Study Room, where the oversized books are shelved.  Ask the staff member at the Adult Services desk on the lower level to help you locate this book.  Enjoy the trip down memory lane with your favorite artists!