Old Bridge Public Library
1 Old Bridge Plaza
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
732-721-5600 x5033




This Week at Your Library: July 17



Vote for Old Bridge Public Library!


Dear Library Member ,

It's that time of year again -- time to vote for the best Public Library in Middlesex County in the Home News Tribune's annual "Best of  the Best" Reader's Poll! The Library is very pleased to have been selected as either the "Best" or "One of the Best" libraries in recent years.  We hope we have earned your vote again this year.  Please show your support for the Old Bridge Public Library and the many resources and services we offer for your varied needs. Just click on the logo above, which will take you to the online ballot, then scroll down to the "Public Library"  category and write in our name. Voting will continue until August 11th, and paper ballots will also appear in the Sunday and Wednesda y print editions of the Home News Tribune . You may also vote in the Library.  Thank you in advance for your support!

One of the reasons for our recognition and reputation  is our extensive arsenal of online resources. This week, I'd like to highlight Universal Class , an online learning platform  which offers over 500 courses taught by real instructors. Each course has a live instructor whom students may communicate with through email.  Courses are available 24/7 in a wide variety of areas including computer skills, bookkeeping, real estate, web development, home schooling, crafts, beauty, cooking and nutrition.  These are non-credit courses which are offered for personal enrichment and are a great way to gain skills and valuable information about subject(s) that may interest you. Please click on the logo to take you directly to the Universal Class site; you will then be instructed to enter your library card number to access the courses.
Have a spectacular week. See you in the Library!

Library Director

Chronic Disease Self-Management
Tuesday, July 18,

This free six-week workshop series  begins July 18 th  and ends August 22 nd .  It is designed for those suffering from, or caring for someone, with chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis or diabetes.  The sessions will allow participants to learn how to manage symptoms, communicate effectively with doctors, facilitate daily tasks, and will provide tips on healthy diet and exercise. The course is offered through the Middlesex County Office of Health Services and one-time registration is necessary by calling the Library at 732-721-5600 x5033 or clicking here. (note: the start-date for the program was changed from the previously-announced July 11th to the 18th)
Meet the Mayor Storytime and Craft
Tuesday, July 18,  7pm

Come meet Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry as he serves as guest reader in our new "Around the Town" Storytime series. We will also create a craft that ties into the stories being read.
Wednesday, July 19,  6pm

Snapchat is an enormously popular photo messaging app. Users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients for up to 10 seconds, after which they will be hidden from the recipient's device and deleted from Snapchat's computers. Learn about this new way to share your life, on your terms.
Irish Harpist Michael Rooney 
Wednesday, July 19,  7p m  

Join us for a very special live concert by well-known Irish Harpist Michael Rooney. A Senior All-Ireland Harp champion, Rooney was raised in County Monaghan, Ireland. In addition to performing, he is a tutor, composer, and producer of Irish music. He was a recipient of the 2017 Gradam Ceoil Composer of the Year award, which acknowledges excellence in traditional Irish music, and has recorded and toured with The Chieftains. Don't miss this opportunity to experience a rare US performance by this renowned musician!
Virtual Concert: Alicia Keys
Thursday, July 20,  6:30pm
Our next Qello streaming concert will feature  Alicia Keys' Storytellers Filmed in 2012, this concert captures an intimate performance by Keys and the back stories of some of her biggest hits including Fallin', No One and Girl on Fire. Come for the whole concert, or just stay for a few of your favorite songs.
Random Fandom: Superheroes
Thursday, July 20, 7pm
Kids in grades 6-12 are invited to help us celebrate fandoms throughout the summer. This week will feature games, activities, prizes, and music from favorite superheroes including Guardians of the Galaxy, Wonder Woman, and more.    
InQuire Science: Coral Reef CSI
Sunday, July 23rd, 2:30pm

Do you dream of exploring the coral reefs? Learn about the unique environment of the coral reefs and hear about the effects from human actions. Have an opportunity to do some hands-on activities to investigate the health of the reefs as well. The session will be presented by Amy Penney from the Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium. Geared for ages 10 to adult.

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     10am:   Pre-School Playtime - All Ages  

       1pm:   Bridge Club

    6-8pm:  Tech Buddies

  6:30pm:   Adult Craft Club

       7pm:    Maker Monday: Painting Party (grades 4-6) (registration required)                    (event is full; sign up for waitlist)    



10am:   0-24 Months Storytime

10am:   Canasta

11am:   2 & 3 year old Storytime

  1pm:  Chronic Disease Self-Management (registration required) 

4:30pm: Miss Pham's Storytime (LH)

   6pm:  Movie Night: Tangled (LH)

   7pm:  Library Hero Storytime and Craft: Meet the Mayor

    10am:   0-24 Months Storytime
   10am:   Mahjong
   11am:   2 & 3 Year Old Storytime
     4pm:   Minecraft Club (grades 4-6) (registration required) 
     6pm:   Snapchat
6:30pm:  Chess Club
     7pm:  Irish Harp Concert: Michael Rooney
     7pm:  Intro to 3D Printing (registration required) (class is full; sign-up for




     11am:  Family Storytime

      1pm:   Adult Craft Club

      1pm:   Scrabble Club

  4:15pm:  Make and Create (grades K-3)

  6:30pm:  Virtual Concert: Alicia Keys
       7pm:  Random Fandom: Superheroes (grades 6-12)


  10:30am:  Adult Craft: Coloring
      11am:  Family Storytime 
    1:30pm:  Friday Film:    Good Will Hunting (R)  
   3:30pm:  Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting and Project 
   6:30pm:  Teen/Adult Drop-in Sewing Workshop    

     11-1pm:  Tech Buddies
        11am:  Family Storytime
  11:30am:  Kids Dance Party
      12pm:   LEGO Lab
         2pm:   Family Movie: Power Rangers (LH)
   2:30pm:    InQuire Science: Coral Reef CSI (ages 10+)

Pictured above is a library tent at the Farm Security Administration (FSA) mobile camp for migratory farm workers in Odell, Oregon, September 1941.  This is an example of a working library that served Americans displaced by the dust bowl, moving to work in war industries, or following the crop season.
                                                    Image courtesy of the  Library of Congress.