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.
Tuesdays 1-4pm, Thursdays 6-7:30pm
Third Thursday of each month 1:30-3:00pm
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.
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
January 7th: "The Astronaut Wives Club" by Lily Koppel
February 4th: "The School of Essential Ingredients"
by Erica Bauermeister
March 4th: "We Were Liars" by E. Lockhart
April 1st: "My Name is Mary Sutter" by Robin Oliveria
May 6th "The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri
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.
Popular Fiction, New Non-Fiction and Large Print
New Movies, Audiobooks & Music
Meeting Room - (click here for more information)
Technology & Career Center
Local History Room
Programs & Events (click here for more info)
New Teen Zone!
Magazines & Newspapers
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:
December's Reference Resource
THE FOLKLORE OF AMERICAN HOLIDAYS
Would you like to know about different Christmas traditions that have developed in different states or traditions that were common 50 or 100 years ago? Do you need a recipe for potato latkes for Hanukkah or Hanukkah riddles for your kids? Are you wondering what Posadas are? Do you need to know the history of Mardi Gras or St. Lucy’s Day? For the answers to all of these questions and lots more, consult The Folklore of American Holidays.
This volume, published in 1987, describes itself as “a compilation of more than 400 beliefs, legends, superstitions, proverbs, riddles, poems, songs, dances, games, plays, pageants, fairs, foods, and processions associated with over 100 American calendar customs and festivals.” The emphasis in this book is on folklore. In the Preface, the editors state, “Whether the festival has arisen from ancient practices, is a fresh attempt to celebrate an older festival which has been disregarded for a time, or has been artificially created by a law, a Chamber of Commerce decision, or a political or ethnic group that wishes to strengthen its sense of identity, the editors have included it . . . only if we have been able to see it as an integral part of the social habits of Americans at large or of a regional, occupational, or ethnic group within the nation. . . .” Despite its long history, there are only a few pages on Labor Day because, as the editors state, “Labor Day, even though it has spawned its share of annual beauty contests, strawberry fests, and county fairs, really has no folk ties whatsoever. Only where an established folk tradition . . . has attached itself to Labor Day does the celebration qualify for inclusion in this book.” No doubt for similar reasons, there is no entry for Veterans’ Day. However, there are two listings for Memorial Day in the index, one under May 30 and another under “Graveyard Cleaning and Decoration Day,” whose date is given as “Summer, Especially July.” Here you will find folk customs from Texas, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
Although there is a table of contents, the book is arranged in chronological order. Entries range from less than half a page to dozens of pages. The majority of entries are for religious holidays from various religious traditions, but holidays celebrated by different ethnic groups (such as Emancipation Day, Juneteenth, St. Patrick’s Day, Columbus Day, or St. Lucy’s Day) are also included. Local or regional celebrations, such as Hurricane Supplication Day, and college traditions, such as Bryn Mawr’s Lantern Night or Brown University’s Carberry Day, are also included. Have you ever heard of Buzzard Day, Shad Planking, Miner’s Union Day, or Captain Brady Day? They are all here! The section on Christmas is the longest, running 34 pages, and includes the text of the rhyme “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and other rhymes.
The indices include a subject index, an ethnic and geographic index, and an index of song titles and first significant lines. Serious students of folklore will appreciate the index of collectors, informants, and translators and the index of motifs and tale types, but most of us will ignore those.
This reference book is truly a browser’s delight! Ask the staff member at the Adult Services desk on the lower level to help you locate this book. Find a seat and make yourself comfortable, while you lose yourself reading about the traditions of the holidays you celebrate or skim until you encounter a holiday or a tradition you have never heard of. Reference books must be read in the library.
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.