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Happy Summer!  Happy Reading!

Children’s Room Summer Reading Club Kick-off Party will be held Tuesday, July 5th at 4:00!  Crafts, games, stories and more.  All are welcome to kick off summer reading at  this free program! 


The library is now offering a homebound service which brings reading materials right to the doors of home-bound Long Branch residents. Library staff will deliver books to those who are homebound due to an illness or disablity. Patrons will choose their own titles or have staff choose for them using a reader profile. For more information and to find out how to sign up for this service please call or email Librarian Kate Angelo at (732) 222-3900 ext. 2270 or


Dr. Diane Cypkin Returns to Elberon!

If you recognize  the songs “You’ll Never Know,” “Chattanooga Choo  Choo,” “I Only Have Eyes for You,” “Forty-Second Street,” “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby,” and “That’s Amore,”  then you are already familiar with the work of songwriter Harry Warren!  Though his is not a household name,   the many songs he penned are his treasured legacy.  Dr. Diane Cypkin will present a program on “The Unknown Master of Melody-Harry Warren”

Tuesday, July 12th at 7:00pm at Elberon Branch Library, 168 Lincoln Avenue, Long Branch


Church of the Seven Presidents: A Centennial Program

Don’t miss Long Branch Historical Museum Association President Jim Foley’s program, “The Church of the Seven Presidents.  If you’ve driven past this historic site and wondered what its story was or if you’re already acquainted with it but would love to know more, here’s a great opportunity to see one of its stewards bring this special building to life. Light Refreshments served.

Wednesday, July 13th at 7pm at the Main Library


“Architecture at the Edge: the Jersey Shore”, A Nathan Fishman Legacy Program, will be presented at the Elberon Branch Library Tuesday,  July 19th at 7:00pm. 

Summer Food Service Program for Children!

Kids under 18 will be able to get lunch (free!)  at the Long Branch Public Library this summer!  The Library will be offering a Summer Food Service Program for children beginning June 27th and ending August 26th. The food for this program is provided by the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The Summer Food Service Program is a federal program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services. Lunches will be distributed Monday-Friday from noon until 2pm and all children are eligible. Please call Nekesha Marshall at (732)222-3900 ext. 2310 with any questions! 



The Joy of Journaling with Kimberly Leatherdale

Learn-and practice-the benefits of keeping a journal with this free program.  See what taking time for self-reflection can do for you.  Join us as we move through exercises and information led by Kim Leatherdale, a counselor and relationship expert.

Monday, August 8th, 7PM Main Library




 Summer Reading Lists


We have summer reading books for students of all ages!  You may come in to the library to choose your summer reading titles OR call us (with your library card number) to place titles on hold OR place holds yourself online and let us contact you when your book is ready for pick-up!  Children 10 and under may get their library cards from the Children’s Room with a parent/guardian present.  Children 11 and older may get a library card on their own as long as they bring proof of age/residency with either a school ID or correspondence from their school with their name and address on it. 

100 Things - Monthly Centennial Collection

Each month the library collects items for various organizations. This month we will be collecting travel sized toothpaste to donate to the Ronald McDonald House!  There is a collection box near the circulation desk of the Main Library.


If you have a food memory connected to Long Branch and would like to share is to it may be included in our Centennial Cookbook, please email Tara Sullivan at We're especially interested in all food/restaurant/recipe associations people have with Long Branch. Whether it is a dish served by a long-gone business or a food you've just discovered in town, let us know!



As part of its yearlong Centennial anniversary celebration, the Long Branch Free Public Library is sponsoring a program about Long Branch and Monmouth County called the “Jewish Newport of the Jersey Shore.”


Jean Klerman, a member of the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, will trace the assimilation of the Jewish immigrants from their first documented arrival in Monmouth County as early as 1716. At that time Jewish immigrants were peddlers, selling their wares door-to-door. If they became successful, they established local businesses on the County’s Main Streets.   But it wasn’t until the influx of German-speaking Jewish immigrants during the Civil War-era that the first permanent Jewish communities sprang up in Monmouth County.

Wednesday, June 29th, Main Library, @ 7:00pm in the Community Room.





Adult Stretch Yoga every Thursday at 5pm

Mah Jongg every Wednesday at 11-1pm @ Main Library

Bridge-Tuesdays 1-4, Thursdays 6-7:30

​Free Blood Pressure Screenings @ Main Library
      1st MONDAY of every month, 3:00-4:00pm, provided by
      the City Of Long Branch Health Department & the VNA of NJ

​​​​​Non Fiction Book Club @ Main Library
        2nd Thursday of every month, 1:30pm

Learn English Class
         Schedule will be announced soon...

         All books and resources are free. ​

Family Film days @ Main. See calendar for schedule 
         (elementary school aged children with an adult)​

Tablet Tuesday - last Tuesday of every month

Bring your device to the Technology Center at the Main Library 
to learn how to borrow free ebooks and audiobooks through eLibraryNJ.  Your devices should be charged and ready to use but please bring all chargers and cords with you.  You will need your passwords for your Apple and/or Amazon accounts. 
If you do not have accounts, we can help you register.

​Elberon Book Club:
Elberon Book Club Meets the 1st Wednesday of every month, 6:30pm

"Friends of the LBPL" group meets immediately afterward.


January 6th       Me Before You by Jojo Moyes              Elberon


February 3rd    Terminal City by Linda Fairstein          Main

March 2nd         The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott     Elberon

April 6th             The Paris Wife by Paula McLain         Main

May 4th               The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton        Elberon

June 1st              Annual Friends of the Library Program

July 6th                The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith MAIN

August 3rd         A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of

                                  Robert "Believe it or Not!" Ripley   ELBERON

September 7th  The Ship of Brides by JoJo Moyes at MAIN

October 5th        The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin at MAIN

November 2nd   Some Luck by Jane Smiley at MAIN


Non-Fiction Book Club:
Meets in the Community Meeting Room at the Main Library the third Thursday of each month (unless otherwise indicated).

Upcoming selection:

January 21st A Savage Harvest:A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest by Carl Hoffman.  With a title like that, how can you resist reading this book?

February 18th        Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

March 10th            Under the Magnolia by Frances Mayes

April 14th               Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

May 19th                The Professor & the Madman by Simon Winchester

June 16th               The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming

No meetings are held in July and August.