Library Event News

MARCH

We started off the month celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss at our March 3 Story Time & Craft. Using red Solo cups and paper plates, we made fabulous Cat in the Hat hats!
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At our all-ages Mardi Gras Party on Shrove Tuesday, March 4 at 3 PM, we donned beads, made masks, and gobbled up a truly fabulous traditional King cake donated by Keyporter Thomas Drake, owner of Chef Mercenaries Inc! Then Monday, March 17 brought us St. Patrick’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with a crazy costume contest? Prizes were awarded as we ate Irish soda bread and sipped bright green and frothy shamrock soda (a mixture of lemon lime soda and lime sherbet)! Free Tax Help continued through  March and was available to low- and moderate-income taxpayers of any age through the AARP Tax-Aide program.

FEBRUARY

We ended January with a bang! That is, the bang of Chinese New Year! Li of Nemo Restaurant in Keyport, donated delicious dumplings that we enjoyed while learning which animal we were in the Chinese zodiac. We colored calendars, decorated pages for the Year of the Horse, and took home tattoos of our animals!

Free Tax Help began in February at the Keyport Public Library for low- and moderate-income taxpayers of any age through the AARP Tax-Aide program. The program ran every Wednesday and Thursday from 10:15 AM to 2 PM and continues in March. For more information, visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.

Because of the tax program, Story Time & Craft moved to every Monday morning at 10:45 AM.  We made bird feeders out of toilet paper rolls spread in Crisco and dipped in bird seed, generously donated by Stop & Shop of Keyport. We read Frederick by Leo Lionni and created little mice out of pipe cleaners and sweet gum pods, and we colored Valentine decorations.

After school On February 10, we made creative Valentine Cards for those we loved using glitter, glue, stickers, markers and more! Pokemon Card Trading Club was held the first Tuesday of the month, and Lego Club was held the second Tuesday of the month. Some of the LEGO creations have been just outstanding, and we now have an equal number of girls and boys in our LEGO Club!

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Perhaps the highlight of the month was our very special Meet The Authors Night, on February 4. It featured readings and book signings from two renowned Keyport authors: Nuray Aykin, writer of Pomegranates And Grapes; and Lizz Dinnigan, who just released I Have Sand In My Arm. Interestingly, both books were written as legacies to the authors’ sons, yet with quite different approaches. Nuray shared the nostalgia and sensory experiences of her early life in Turkey and Buffalo, NY; while Lizz recounted hilarious tales from the early years of her two sons. Nuray took us on a sentimental journey, while Lizz made us laugh, and it proved to be an inspiring and heartfelt night for both authors and audience.

JANUARY

It’s cold outside and you’re stir crazy? Then come to the library! For adults we’ll help you keep those New Year’s resolutions with three programs focusing on the body, spirit and mind. First, learn how several Keyporters (each taking a different path) lost weight and got healthy in an honest and motivating panel discussion. Then nurture your spirit in a Meditation Circle led by Keyporter Heather Brady of Essential Massage & Bodywork on January 28 at 7 PM. Finally, feed your mind on Tuesday, February 4 at 7 PM with a Meet The Authors Night featuring readings and book signings from two renowned Keyport authors: Nuray Aykin, writer of Pomegranates And Grapes; and Lizz Dinnigan, who just released I Have Sand In My Arm. Check our events calendar as we finalize these informative and inspiring programs.

For kids, Pokemon Card Trading returns on Tuesday, January 7 at 3PM. And Lego Club also returns on Tuesday, January 14 at 3PM.

The Bi-Lingual Homework Club starts afresh on Wednesday, January 8 from 3 to 5 PM and will be held weekly thereafter. Hosted by bi-lingual librarian Cylvia Beck, with another two adult volunteers, the Club offers guidance to anyone looking for homework help, with a special focus on assisting students with grammar homework who may not have native English speaking caretakers at home. This is a free, weekly event. All we need are participants!

Another weekly event Story Time & Craft will be held every Thursday morning at 10:45 AM. Come hear a seasonal tale and instill an early love of reading (and the Library!) in your child. Grayson, Connor, Lucia, Lauren, Vera, and Connie are just some of the nice friends you may meet! Check the Events calendar for all the details!

DECEMBER

December was busy, busy, busy for everyone and the Library was no exception! We celebrated a historic early Hanukkah with Desserts & Dreidels on December 3, spent the half day on December 4 having Loom Fun, created Winter Fairies after school on December 11, held our first ever meeting of the Lego Club on December 17, and of course had our usual Thursday fun at Story Time. The Library was also thrilled to participate in the Keyport Central School Holiday Festival, and the Candlelight Historic House Tour. Come to our Children’s Section to view the gorgeous hanging snowflakes made by Keyport children at the School Festival! Will you spot yours?!

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NOVEMBER

The Keyport Public Library is pleased to announce that Keyport kids and their parents sent 80 holiday cards to service members, veterans, and their families through the Red Cross Holiday Mail For Heroes program! Over 30 children and their parents wrote and decorated cards at the November 12 event held at the Library. The cards were distributed at military installations, veterans hospitals, and more at home and abroad by Red Cross volunteers. Good work Keyport!

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Pokemon Card Trading was held for the first time in November. About 10 children traded cards, battled, played games, and ate cookies donated by Jersey Shore Subs & Soup at this after-school program.
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OCTOBER

Though October seems long ago now, we had such fun, we still want to write about it. We made not one, but TWO pumpkin fairy houses out of natural materials in our beautiful Library garden.
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We had a visit from a real fairy (special thanks to volunteer Brianna Quigley and My Fairy Tale Dream), crafted little fairies to take home, and enjoyed treats donated by several moms including Keyport’sLilly Piccadilly.
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Keyport Girl Scout Brownie Troop 868 helped lend a festive fall feel in October by painting pumpkins donated by Stop & Shop to line the Library walkway. We also had wonderful Halloween craft and story time days with each class in the ENTIRE first and second grades at Keyport Central School!
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For the adults, we spent spooky nights with Jersey Shore Ghost Tours and heard a WONDERFUL presentation on Edgar Allen Poe by local expert and Keyporter Genevieve Kelly.
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In October we also had a visit from Digna Diaz, a bi-lingual certified application counselor that helps people navigate the new health insurance options at HealthCare.gov. For those who missed her at the Library, she can be reached at the Keyport Primary office on 35 Broad Street for individual appointments by calling 732-888-4149.