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- First Friday Book Club - First Friday of every month. 9am for coffee; the discussion starts at 9:30am. Books are available at the Borrower Services desk. New members are always welcome.
- Mystery Book Group - Meets at 10am on the second Wednesday of every month to discuss and recommend mystery novels. Call 732-671-3700, ext. 325 for more information.
- Science Fiction Book Group - Meets on the second Thursday of every month at 5:30pm. Includes movie showing and books discussion. Books are available at the Borrower Services desk. New members are always welcome.
- Non-Library Book Groups - Several outside book groups use the library as a resource. For a list of groups the library provides books for, please click here.
Noble Writers Group - The Noble Writers is a writing group for women. They will meet every Wednesday at 10am in the New Jersey History Room. This group is self-led.
Writing Critique Group - The Writing Critique Group is open to everyone. They will meet every Wednesday at 7pm in the New Jersey History Room. This group is self-led.
Red Bank Writers Group - The Red Bank Writers is open to everyone. They will meet the first Monday of each month at 7pm in the Community Room. This group is self-led.
- Quickbooks Class - The Brookdale Computer Users Group teaches a beginning Quickbooks class on the second Monday of every month from 7 - 8:30pm. Classes will meet in the Computer Lab.
- SCORE - Wednesday evenings by appointement. SCORE counseling for new business owners. Are you running are planning to open your own business? SCORE members offer free one-on-one advice Wednesday evenings by appointment only. Call 732-671-3700, ext. 320 or stop by the Reference Desk to schedule your appointment with a volunteer business counselor from the Monmouth County Chapter of SCORE.
Every Tuesday at 12:30pm you are invited to join an informal knitting circle. No prior experience necessary - if you have never knitted, bring a skein of dark-colored synthetic yarn and a pair of no.8 or no. 10 needles. If you are an expert knitter, bring a project of problem to share with the group.
Every Tuesday at 12:30pm you are invited to join an informal Scrabble. No prior experience necessary. New members are always welcome.
Come enjoy an evening of music at the library. Classical concerts, open mics, and holiday themed concerts take place throughout the year. Please check the events calendar for concert schedule.
Monday Afternoon Movie Series - Come in on Monday afternoons to enjoy a movie on the big screen in our air-conditioned Community Room! Some classics, some new movies. Check the events calendar for listings.
Family Movies - Movies the whole family can enjoy. Family movies occur throughout the year, but not on a regular schedule. Please check the events calendar for showings.
Computer Classes-are held in the lab, room for 18 adults . These classes are geared for the novice, included are pc basics, introduction to Internet, e-mail and more. You may register at the reference desk or by calling the library at 732 671-3700 ext. 320 or 321. See the full calendar of classes.
Computer Tutoring - One-on-one computer help is avaiable, by appointment only. Call the Reference Desk at 732-671-3700, ext. 320 to schedule a free computer help session.
Brookdale Computer Users Group (BCUG) - BCUG has a full schedule of workshops around Monmouth County. Some classes meet at the Middletown Public Library. Library users are invited to attend these very helpful informal workshops for free. If you are not a regular attendee, please call the Reference Desk and leave your name. 732-671-3700, ext. 320.
Workshops offered at Middletown Library on a monthly basis:
1st Thursday - Word Processing
4th Tuesday - PC Roundtable
Registration is required for all Children's Programs. Please go to the Children's Help desk or call at 732-671-3700, ext. 340.
For Children ages 0-23 months with and adult. “Mother Goose” is an early language, literacy, and social experience for infants and toddlers with their parents and caregivers. Children will sit on their grown-ups' laps to share songs and rhymes and to participate in a brief book sharing experience. Afterwards, we’ll have a social time with toys and books. This first group experience porvides infants and toddlers with an opportunity to learn to enjoy being with other children and to participate in parallel play. “Mother Goose” also fosters the development of body awareness, fine motor coordination, and language skills.
Terrific 2's and 3's
For Children ages 2-3 years with and adult. Terrific twos and threes are growing in so many ways! With their grown ups’ assistance, they are now ready to attend programs that are structured from start to finish, to follow the plot of short stories, to understand simple informational books, and to participate in arts and crafts activities. "Terrific 2's & 3's" classes pave the way for later formal education. Children learn that they can thrive in a structured class environment, continue to refine fine motor skills, and are exposed to concepts and activities relatind to reading, writing , math, science, and the visual arts.
Fantastic 4's and 5's
For Children ages 4-5 years with an adult. Fantastic fours and fives are growing smarter every day! Their attention spans, language skills, and intellectual abilities have increased to the point that they are ready to explore themes on an in depth level, enjoy longer, more complex books, participate in group discussions with their peers, and put more thought and care into "projects" such as arts and crafts activities. “Fantastic 4’s & 5’s” classes address a variety of topics important to early childhood education including early literacy and math skills.
School Aged Programs
For Children in grades K-5. Children in grades K-5 spend a lot of their time in formal education, but there is still room in their lives for visiting the Library and attending Library programs. Our programs for elementary school children offer a fun approach to high interest topics. Grades K-5 is a wide range. Each child is able to take whatever topic we are presenting and carry out the activities at their own skill and comfort levels.