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

(No nonfiction book club meetings July and August)

 

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

Friends of the LBPL Monthly meeting follows Book Club. 

 

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:

July Reference Resource of the Month

GRAY'S ANATOMY                                    

Before you check out the Long Branch Free Public Library’s Database of the Month for July, you might want to consult Gray’s Anatomy, our Reference Source of the Month.  No, we’re not talking about the TV series!  The TV series took its title from a book written by Henry Gray.  Its actual title is Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical, but it is more commonly known as Gray’s Anatomy.    

According to a book review of Ruth Richardson’s Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Making of Gray’s Anatomy in the Nov. 13, 2008 issue of “The Economist,” in nineteenth- century Great Britain, “resurrectionists” made their living by removing corpses from grave-yards and selling them to anatomy schools.  Believing that it was necessary for doctors to  have an understanding of anatomy, the authorities looked the other way.  That is, until two “resurrectionists” actually resorted to murder.  William Hare confessed and testified for the state against his partner, William Burke, who was executed in 1829.  Against the backdrop of scandal, Parliament passed the Anatomy Act in 1832.  This permitted hospitals and workhouses to hand over for dissection bodies left unclaimed for two days.   This law provided a reliable supply of corpses so that those studying medicine could gain an understanding of human anatomy.

In 1855, Henry Gray, a surgeon at St. George’s Hospital in London decided to write a beautifully illustrated but affordable anatomy textbook.  Gray wrote the text and hired Henry Vandyke Carter to illustrate the book.  According to the review of Richardson’s book, Gray’s Anatomy  filled the gap between collector’s items and the cheaply and poorly made anatomy textbooks commonly available at the time. 

Medical historians know much more about Henry Carter than they do about Henry Gray.  Carter’s diaries survived.  None of Gray’s personal papers survived, after Gray died of smallpox at the age of 34. 

Carter’s superb illustrations changed the way we imagine humans beneath the skin.  Gray’s Anatomy has been in print continuously since 1858.    It has been used by generation after generation of doctors, nurses, and other medical practitioners.  Take a new look at this classic reference that may have been made possible by a law designed to put grave robbers  out of business.