AVALON, N.J. – The Avalon Free Public Library and the Avalon History Center remain open with limited services, and continue with virtual programming through April via video conferencing and digital links. Library and History Center operating hours are listed below. Visits to both facilities will be limited to 20 minutes, masks are required to enter and there will be a limited occupancy to support social distancing. In addition to browsing for materials, patrons will also have access to public computers, scan/fax and copier service for sessions limited to 15 minutes.
Below please find highlighted programming through April. Participants can register ahead of time to receive the event link. A full calendar of events can be found at www.avalonfreelibrary.org.
Avalon Free Public Library – Operating Hours
Monday through Friday, 10am-6pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10am-1pm
Avalon History Center – Operating Hours
Monday through Friday: 10am-4pm
Knitting Social Hour – Mondays, 3pm
Join fellow knitters virtually to chat and share your knitting ideas via Zoom. Registration is required.
Story Time – Tuesdays, 10am
Join Miss Linda for a virtual story time! Stories and songs for children of all ages. This program will be made available via a link on the website and social media the morning of the event.
Highlighted VIRTUAL Programming
History Center Lecture: History of the Wedding Dress
Saturday, April 3, 1pm
When we think of wedding dresses, we think of white lace, veils and walking down the aisle in front of friends and family, but these are relatively recent traditions. Learn about the changing history of wedding fashion from the 15th century to today in this program about the long and surprising history of the wedding dress. Registration is required.
Art Workshop: Concertina Gardens
Wednesday, April 7, 1pm
with Paige Cunningham. Create a multi-layered garden scene using a variety of mediums including charcoal, pencil, oil pastels, inks, watercolors, stencils and real leaves. First creating a background with loose abstract lines and shapes, then working towards the foreground adding leaf prints, collage, animals and fun details to complete your concertina garden scene. Registration is required.
Genealogy Workshop: U.S. Census
Thursday, April 8, 2pm
with Casey Zahn. This workshop examines the U.S. Census and how your ancestors were enumerated. By perusing census data, information about your family can be obtained and help you further your genealogical research. This program will be presented remotely via Zoom Meeting. Registration is required.
Garden Lecture: Pots with Pizzazz
Saturday, April 17, 1pm
with Jana Milbocker of Enchanted Gardens. Jana is a garden designer and author and will be showing participants how jazzy containers are the “jewelry” of a garden, elevating it from “good” to “great” ! Learn how to brighten shady spots with pops of color, create focal points for vistas and welcoming entry gardens with stunning container groupings. From whimsical to grand, these pots with pizzazz from private and public gardens will inspire and teach you to design your own potted masterpieces! This program will be held remotely via Zoom Meeting. Registration is required.
Online Tech Help
Wednesday, April 21, 2pm
Do you need help with your smartphone? Attend this open forum workshop to have your questions answered by Sean Farrell via Zoom webinar. Registration is required.
Genealogy Workshop: Beginning Your Family Research
Monday, April 26, 5pm
with Casey Zahn. Researching your family history can be quite challenging if you don’t know where to look. You may have heard a story about your grandparents but aren’t certain how to discover the truth behind the story. The fun of researching your family is not just finding the documents, it’s the new stories that you uncover! Learn how easy it is to research your family in this workshop. This program will be held remotely via Zoom Meeting. Registration is required.
History of Motown
Wednesday, April 28, 2pm
Author Kit O’Toole will discuss how Motown began as the first black-owned label in 1959, reached widespread national success, and would substantially transform music and culture. This lecture explores the evolution of the label, from its beginnings through its 1960s heyday featuring acts like the Supremes, the Four Tops, and the Temptations. The 1970s brought political statements, youthful pop, and disco, while the 1980s ushered in funk and smooth R&B. Through multimedia presentations and discussions, Kit will cover all of these eras, enhancing understanding of Motown’s history and enduring legacy. Registration is required.