Thursday, March 27, 2014

So much for keeping up with my blog...

My apologies to those of you who look for new postings from me (Dad) -- my hopes to do a better job keeping this blog updated seem to have flown out the window.  I think I can safely blame it on the weather this time.

As was outlined in my last post, the library has seen some budget cuts for this year, so in between storms, I have been very busy speaking to community groups, building relationships with local businesses, and seeking out donations and grant opportunities.  At the same time, I have been trying to promote all of the exceptional resources and services we offer here at MAPL.  

Did you know that MAPL offers...

...downloadable music, ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines?

...small group and one-on-one computer classes, and an eReader Hour?

...volunteer opportunities for teens in the summer?

...wonderful storytimes for babies through 5 year-olds and programs for kids of all ages?

...a fantastic selection of books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks, CDs, Playaways, and MP3s?

...a long list of business resources available through our website? showings and regular club meetings for every interest (books, genealogy, knitting, pinochle, scrabble, mahjong, etc.)?

... online language learning and in-person ESL classes?

...After-Hours music programs?

And of course, much, much more.  AND it's all free with your library card!!!

Help me to spread the word -- tell everyone you know how great your local library is, and encourage your friends and family to get a library card.  

Here's hoping that spring comes soon -- and decides to stay for awhile!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year! Announcing some changes at MAPL...

I hope that you all enjoyed the holiday season and weathered last week's storm without too much trouble. 2014 has already started out as an adventure!

Here at MAPL, we are weathering our own storm -- at the center of which is a reduced budget for this calendar year.  For several years now, we have had to tighten up our belt, cut back where we can, while always trying to maintain excellent service and resources for our patrons.  Unfortunately, this year, the cuts (on top of previous years' cuts) were too deep, and we've had to take more drastic measures.

Starting on January 1, our fines have increased.  The general fines that were 5 cents previously have risen to 10 cents, and our 10 cent fines have risen to 20 cents.  We will maintain Rapid Reads fines at 25 cents and DVD fines at $1.00.

Starting this Wednesday, on January 8th, the library will close at 6pm - instead of 9pm as was our schedule in the past.  Please keep in mind that we are still open every weekday at 9am,  we are open on Monday and Thursday evenings until 9pm, and we are open on weekends as well: Saturdays, 9-5, and Sundays, 12-5.

Unfortunately, the above are necessary changes so that we can provide the level of service that our patrons expect.  If you would like to assist us by making a donation to the library, please don't hesitate to contact me at (732) 583-9100 or

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

December Events!

How is it possible that it is already late November, there is talk of snow, and Thanksgiving is in two days?! I'm not sure where the time has gone, but since we are nearing December, I wanted to make sure that you are all aware of our upcoming Festival of Giving activities.

In December, we will continue our annual Food For Fines program -- we will waive late fines in exchange for non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Matawan Food Pantry.  (Sorry, these donations do not cover lost or damaged materials or lost card fees.)  Non-perishable food items include canned goods, pasta, peanut butter, etc. and must not be past the expiration date.  Toiletries such as diapers, toothpaste, deodorant, and laundry detergent will also be accepted.

The Children's Department will once again host the Mitten Tree: new mittens, gloves, hats and scarves will be collected for children and adults in need from Monday, December 2 - through Thursday, December 19.

The Woman's Club of Matawan will again have their Giving Tree on display to collect books for the Clinton Street After-School Program, we will be collecting food donations at our Holiday Harp Concert on Friday, December 13th, and there are other activities planned for children, tweens and teens.

More information can be found on our website: or by stopping by the library.

Also in December, think about being a World Book Night giver!  

On April 23, 2014, (Shakespeare's birthday) 25,000 volunteers will go out on one day and give a half million specially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers across America. Apply to be a book giver by Jan. 5. Go to, read up on the guidelines and list of books, and then apply!  The Matawan Aberdeen Public Library will be an official book pick-up site.

I will do my best to update this blog in a more timely fashion, but in the meantime, I do want to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Congratulations to our Kindle Paperwhite winner!

Sierra Z. was one of 254 entrants in our Kindle Paperwhite raffle at Aberdeen Day on September 21st -- she was surprised and excited to learn that her name was drawn and she was the lucky winner!

If you were unable to attend Aberdeen Day, you missed our table, or you were one of the other 253 raffle entrants, you're in luck! We will be at Matawan Day on Saturday, October 12th from 12-5pm (we'll be right in front of our building on Main Street) and we will have another Kindle Paperwhite to raffle off.  Hope to see you then!

It is thanks to the generosity of our Friends of the Library that we are able to make such fantastic prizes available -- we appreciate their donation of the two e-readers. 

Whether you win a Kindle, or already have an e-reader at home, don't forget that we offer FREE downloadable ebooks from our website for people of all ages and interests (starting with Sesame Street ebooks!).  We also host an e-Reader Hour on Saturdays from 2-3pm -- Skyler, one of our ace tech assistants, will help you with any e-reader related questions you might have.  Bring in your device, or he can show you what to do on ours.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Come See Us at Our Open House!

Just a reminder that tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 24th from 6-8pm, we will be celebrating the completion of our basement renovation with an Open House at the library.  All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served.  I look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Come Visit Our Table at Aberdeen Day!

When you're making your way around all of the Aberdeen Day participants and activities at the high school on Saturday afternoon (12-4pm), don't forget to visit me at the MAPL table!  I will have tons of great information about all of our resources and programs, as well as lollipops and other giveaways.  You can also enter a FREE raffle to win a Kindle Paperwhite -- Amazon's newest offering in eReaders.  The Kindle is kindly being provided by the Friends of the Library, and there will be a Friends member with me to answer your questions about membership in their fine organization.  I'm looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Open House at the Library!

Please join us as we celebrate the end of our renovation project with an
Open House at the library! 

The event will take place on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013, from 6-8pm
in the library's new meeting space
on the lower level. 

All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served.
 We look forward to seeing you then.