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Filled with magic, necromancy, ‘zombies’, a talking cat, and a teenage girl having to save her father and well, the world.  This is a wonderful adventure and the beginning of the Abhorsen trilogy, although Sabriel can be read as a standalone novel.  Perfect for young and old readers, this has been one of our staffer’s favorites for over a decade.

“Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.

With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen trilogy, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn’t always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

Game of Thrones fans will love the New York Times bestselling Abhorsen series. Sabriel, the first installment in the trilogy, launched critically acclaimed author Garth Nix onto the fantasy scene as a rising star.

Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Abhorson, is missing, and Sabriel must cross into that world to find him. With Mogget, whose feline form hides a powerful, perhaps malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, Sabriel travels deep into the Old Kingdom. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life and comes face-to-face with her own hidden destiny. . . .”–Taken from Amazon.com

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WOMANINGOLD

July 24 : 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Join us for our showing of The Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.

This is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court, and forces her to confront difficult truths about the past along the way.
Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and brief strong language; 1 hr. 50 min.

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July 15,  7 – 8:30 PM

Take a musical tour through sunny Italy, brought to life by a string quartet from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra!
Featuring everything from traditional tarantella dances to the soaring beauty of music by Puccini, Mascagni and Rossini, the ‘Una Festa Musicale Italiana’ program will transport you to a land where speech is like singing and melody flows like wine.
Resources for Education And Community Harmony (REACH) is an outreach program of the NJSO designed to bring the excitement of live music to all of New Jersey’s diverse communities. With the orchestra’s overall mission in mind  this program was created in 1998 to engage our communities by offering original programs created by-and featuring-members of the NJSO.
This event is filled to capacity, so please plan to arrive on time, as seating is not guaranteed. If you can’t make it and have a spot reserved, please call us and let us know so others can attend: 732 – 873 – 8700
 Please note: This is an adult program, but teens and older children are welcome to attend with an adult. This program is NOT APPROPRIATE for young children or infants.
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Two women plus 10 instruments equals one good time, as Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton play a wide variety of ethnic folk music, including selections that range from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer freilachs, haunting Gypsy melodies, and exotic Balkan dance tunes. Throughout their performance, Simple Gifts puts their own distinctive stamp on traditional tunes, creating some of the finest arrangement in folk music today.
Registration is requested. Please plan to arrive on time, as seating is not guaranteed.
Please note: This is an adult program, but teens and older children are welcome to attend with an adult. This program is NOT APPROPRIATE for young children or infants.

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This week’s staff pick is weird but really good (reportedly).   Hawkins has been repeatedly hailed as a cross between Neil Gaiman and Joe Hill, and the genre-bending The Library at Mount Char definitely reflects that.    This is a novel where you won’t know what’s going on immediately, but it’s an excellent ride into the unknown.  Part horror, part sci fi, part fantasy, and part mystery as we don’t know what’s going on and are trying to piece it all together, The Library at Mount Char is a darkly funny horrific fantasy that will leave you wanting more from Scott Hawkins.

“Carolyn’s not so different from the other human beings around her. She’s sure of it. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. She even remembers what clothes are for.

After all, she was a normal American herself, once.

That was a long time ago, of course—before the time she calls “adoption day,” when she and a dozen other children found themselves being raised by a man they learned to call Father.

Father could do strange things. He could call light from darkness. Sometimes he raised the dead. And when he was disobeyed, the consequences were terrible.

In the years since Father took her in, Carolyn hasn’t gotten out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient Pelapi customs. They’ve studied the books in his library and learned some of the secrets behind his equally ancient power.

Sometimes, they’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.

Now, Father is missing. And if God truly is dead, the only thing that matters is who will inherit his library—and with it, power over all of creation.” — Taken from Goodreads.com


The Library at Mount Char

Scott Hawkins

Published: Jun 16, 2015 by Crown
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We now offer a limited number of passes to Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ!  Grounds for Sculpture features 42 landscaped acres with a constantly evolving collection of contemporary outdoor sculptures.

Passes are available on a first-come, first-served bases at the Adult Reference Desk at the Demott Lane location (main library). Passes cannot be reserved in advance. We recommend calling ahead to see if any are available.  Passes must be checked out from and returned to the Adult Reference Desk.  They cannot be dropped off in the overnight book drop.

You may check out 1 pass, which will let up to 4 people enter Grounds for Sculpture.  You can only check out a pass once every 30 days.

The checkout period is 4 days, and passes cannot be renewed.

The museum passes are free to borrow (unless returned late or lost). The overdue fine for museum passes is $10.00 per day, up to the full replacement cost ($405.00 as of 3/17/2015). If not returned within 14 days after the due date, the museum pass will be presumed lost and borrowers will be charged the full replacement cost ($405.00 as of 3/17/2015).

Please visit the Services section of the Library’s website or stop by the Adult Reference Desk during business hours for additional program details.

We are working on procuring passes for other museums, but we currently only have passes for Grounds for Sculpture.

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