Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Blogging Blues... and REALLY COOL STUFF AT MAPL!

I am a fan of blogs.  There are some that I read occasionally, a few that I try to keep up with regularly... I like the idea of having a blog myself to post about library goings-on, but when it comes down to it, I'm terrible about keeping up with it. I apologize to those of you who might be interested in reading my blog (okay, that would be my dad and maybe a handful of others) and are continually disappointed when you see that my last post was made months ago. I will continue to try harder. My latest plan is to put "DO BLOG POST" on my calendar at least once a month. Let's see if that helps.

I hope that you are enjoying your summer so far. We have seen SO much activity at the library and have had numerous wonderful programs.  Last night, we hosted our first ever Open Mic Night.  It was a big success for our first time -- we had 25 guests and 11 performers and I think that everyone involved had a really great time!  My thanks to those brave souls who got up in front of our modest crowd and performed.  (See some highlights below.)  We hope to see you at an upcoming event soon! Have a great August! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Thank you!

Many thanks to those of you who completed our survey this spring!  The data collected is currently being reviewed, and will be included in our Strategic Planning process as we determine the direction that the Library should take over the next several years.  Your input is very important to this process! Once we have some clear goals, we will be sharing with you the results of our work and yours.  

Friday, April 10, 2015


The Matawan Aberdeen Public Library is currently undertaking a strategic planning process to set goals and make plans for the future of our library. We are seeking input from members of both communities to help us make decisions about the direction the library should take.

Visit our website,, to complete our online survey (or go to the direct link: – it will only take about 10 minutes of your time, but your comments and suggestions will be invaluable to us. If you do not have access to a computer, stop by the library to complete the survey on one of ours, or to pick up a paper copy. The survey will be open until April 30. 

Since our last strategic plan was put in place, we created a space for teens, our lower level meeting area was fully renovated, many wonderful new electronic resources have been made available, and new and varied programs for children, teens and adults have been offered. Your input will help us to continue to provide resources and services that our community members seek. 

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Congratulations to our award-winning ESL teachers!

Last night, at the Pines Manor in Edison, Michele Meany and Mary Kissane, the founders of our ESL conversation courses, were honored with certificates of appreciation at the LMx Awards Reception. 

Several years ago, Michele and Mary saw a need in our community and have been offering free ESL conversation courses to our patrons since 2009 to fill that need. The course is held for eight weeks in the spring, and eight weeks in the fall and community members from all different backgrounds, ages, and levels of English fluency have benefited from them. The ladies are both retired teachers with Master degrees in English and Education, and they have recruited other teachers along the way to assist them. Michele and Mary are known for going above and beyond, and outside of classes, they have helped people study for citizenship exams, they helped a doctor pass his English proficiency test so that he could enter a U.S. medical residency program, and they even taught at a church so that parishioners would have easier access. These two ladies are such an asset to our library, to our Friends group (in which they are also active), and to the wider community. We wanted to honor them with these certificates to let them know just how much all that they do is appreciated.

Michele, Mary and I were joined by Ruth Prata, another ESL teacher volunteer, and MAPL staff members Laura Beyer and Jill Stafford at the Awards Reception.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy National Friends of Libraries Week!

Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration! United for Libraries are coordinating the ninth annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 19-25, 2014. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to recognize all that our Friends do for us here at MAPL and to send them a huge THANK YOU!  

In these tough times of budget cuts and increased expenses, our public library (like most others in New Jersey) is struggling to maintain the level of resources and services that our community has come to expect and depend upon.  The Friends, through their book sales and other fundraising efforts, support the library by supplementing our operating budget.  We are so fortunate to have this very dedicated group working hard to provide us with things like the Museum Pass Program, refreshments and tee shirts and prizes for summer reading, and even program sponsorship.  On December 12th at 7pm, we will be hosting a string trio from Rutgers for an After-Hours Holiday Music Event.  The Friends are very graciously providing funding to support this performance, and light refreshments, as well.

The Friends are currently trying out a new fundraiser - they will soon be selling 2015 Book Lover's Page-A-Day calendars.  The cost of each calendar is just $7 and they will be available for purchase at the library's circulation desk.  The calendar is a great holiday gift idea for the book lover in your life!

Many thanks, again, to our fabulous Friends!  If you are interested in joining, applications are available in the library next to the Circ desk, and more information can be found at

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer Reading is Almost Over!

I hope that you've all had a wonderful summer so far and that you've had the opportunity to attend some of our fantastic programs, and read all of those summer reading books in between trips to the pool or the beach or the backyard sprinkler!

Our summer reading program is coming to a close this Friday, but don't miss out on Finisher's Day -- there will be lots of last-chance prizes up for grabs, and Brian Richards will be here to amaze you with his magic! Bring the whole family -- this Friday, 8/8, from 6:30-8:30pm.  I hope to see you then!

Hope you enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Are You Signed Up For the Summer Reading Club? It's not too late!

While it is true that we are nearing the half-way point of our summer reading program, it is not too late to sign up, read, read, read and win some prizes!  There are also fantastic events coming up for kids, teens and adults!

In the children's room, the FIZZ, BOOM, READ! summer program is in full swing with more than 400 kids already participating.  There is still space for this Sunday's puppet show: No More Litter in Oz which is being sponsored by the Aberdeen Recycling Department -- why not join us?  Registration is easy; just go to our website with your library card handy or give us a call!

Tonight we are featuring a wonderful Argentinian singer, Danisa Fagan, at our After-Hours Music event for adults and families.  Just give us a quick call to register: 732-583-9100. 

Were you wishing there were more chances to get raffle tickets for our fantastic gift baskets for adults this summer?  Now you can earn more tickets by completing the quizzes located next to the weekly raffle prizes.  Make sure you turn them in by 5pm on Sundays!

Our Halfway Mark event is coming up on Friday, July 18th from 6:30-8:30pm.  It's a great night out for families featuring balloon hats, ice cream, a fun craft, and a family robot construction project!  Best of all -- it's all FREE!

Teens: don't think we've forgotten about you!  We have a Teen Lock-in scheduled for Friday, August 1st -- there are still spaces available, but make sure to register soon!   We'll be making edible pancake art and marshmallow catapults, playing Wii and making crafts - don't miss it!

I hope to see you here at MAPL this summer!