Monmouth County Library will present programs during December


The Monmouth County Library is bringing in December and the holiday season with
gardens, chocolate and music, for fun and recreation, as well as book and film discussions, a touch of history and options for cable television for the serious-minded.

“I continue to congratulate the director and staff of the Monmouth County Library System,” said Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry, the freeholder liaison to the library commission.

“Even in these difficult times and with people searching for ways to stay healthy and safe, our library continues to provide the recreational and educational opportunities that help allay stress,” Library Commission Chairman Frank Wells said.

With libraries still on limited programs and options for indoor visitation, the staff has created numerous virtual programs available to all, according to a press release.

On Dec. 3 at 3 p.m., Irene Wanat of the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County
will present a program through an interactive virtual presentation on how to create colorful foliage displays in the outdoor garden to ensure a variety of colors in each of the four seasons.

The Master Gardeners’ mission is to educate residents on the importance and enjoyment of gardening of all types and does so through numerous programs available through the library, according to the press release.

The Dec. 3 program will be conducted on Webex and advance registration is required along with internet access. Visit the library’s website at, go to Upcoming Events for registration information and receive an email explaining how to access this event.

A change of pace is offered on Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. when Sharese Porter, senior program
coordinator supervisor for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, will conduct a seminar on Zoom exploring the health benefits of chocolate and also highlight some of the history, current
status and future of chocolate as a health food.

A question and answer period will follow the talk, which is available by registering on Eventkeeper on the site.

Howell High School students will present “One Voice,” a virtual holiday concert on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. The program will include a cappella music by students, comprising Rebel Remix, Reverb and Rebelation, a trio of award winning high school singers who have performed and been lauded in numerous venues. Clicking the link on the Monmouth County website will give individuals access to viewing the concert, according to the press release.

Joel Iserson and Arthur Ehrlich will present a program about options to cable television on Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m., suggesting options for replacing cable packages within the home, and offering an understanding of options that concentrate on individual needs and interest, according to the press release.

Registration for the Webex presentation is available at the library’s Upcoming Events list at

On Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., local author Rick Geffken will present profiles of some of the people
featured in “To Preserve and Protect,” a recently released book from the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office which highlights historians in Monmouth County, both living and deceased. Registration for this program is also available on the library’s Upcoming Events list.