Stafford Leader

Local Councilman Discusses His Historical Novel at Stafford Library

Aug 11, 2017

Stafford Branch,

Ocean County Library

129 North Main St. (Route 9)

Manahawkin (609-597-3381)

After a summer break, the Friends of the Stafford Library Thursday Adventure program returns on Sept. 7, 10:30 a.m. with an appearance by local author Alan R. Smith.

The current Stafford Township Council president will discuss his book titled Enchantments of the Haglady: Ancient Lands, Wonders, Adventures. The historical fiction explores the dream world of a young girl, and a young boy’s struggle to survive, as each overcome heartbreak, misfortune, and calamity through their strength of character and a belief in themselves.

The book walks the line between historical time-travel and fantasy, as it explores the travels of the two orphans, a girl from the 21st century, and a boy from the 11th century, who grow strong in spite of their tragedies. They meet on the docks of Venice just before the First Crusade. The enchantments will transport the reader to ancient lands of pirates, shipwrecks, a kidnapping, an emperor and empress, a princess, a first infatuation that crosses over centuries, and the always present and mysterious Haglady.

A retired U.S. Marines colonel, Smith served as a corporal in Vietnam and later as a colonel in Iraq. He received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service and the State of New Jersey Meritorious Service Medal for Public Service.

He serves as volunteer emergency management coordinator for Stafford. He also volunteers as a board member for the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Red Cross.

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The branch holds one of several planning programs in anticipation of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. On Friday, Aug. 18, people can paint a solar eclipse. Materials will be provided.

The String of Purls group meets on Saturday, Aug. 19, and Thursday, Sept. 7, 1 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. For beginners, bring size 10 knitting needles and light-colored, 4-ply worsted yarn. To crochet, bring the same yarn and a size “I” crochet hook.

“Beauty and the Beast” is the next Family Film, Saturday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. This 2017 version stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans.

The next Brain Games session is Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. Older adults are invited to participate in a wide range of mental exercises designed to keep their minds sharp.

On Sept. 6 at 6 p.m., the film “The Zookeeper’s Wife” will be shown.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Ocean County Master Gardeners set up shop on Monday, Sept. 11, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. to answer your gardening questions. People can bring diseased or dying clippings for a diagnosis.

Also on Sept. 11, the Monday book discussion group will delve into Last Days of Dogtown at 12:30 p.m.

Jeff Wilhelms, a Rutgers University sociology professor, will discuss “Immigration: Facts and Fiction” on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. Join an interactive information session on immigration led by Wilhelms. Bring your questions and a willingness to engage in a conversation to separate fact from fiction about our immigrant neighbors.

The branch hosts a weekly, one-hour English conversation group on Mondays starting at 11 a.m. It is geared for members of the community who are learning to speak English to practice their skills in a non-pressured setting.

Mah jongg buffs get together for games every Friday beginning at 12:30 p.m. Participants should bring current year game cards and sets.

The branch is closed for Labor Day, Sept. 4. Beginning Sept. 10, the branch resumes school year Sunday afternoon hours from 1 to 5 p.m.

— Eric Englund

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