August is packed with events at both the Avalon Free Public Library and Avalon History Center including a children’s behind the scenes museum tour, the return of the Bay Atlantic Symphony, ice cream, author visits and more! Enjoy Monday Fundays, Teen Tuesdays, LEGO Club, Story Time, video games, author lectures, concerts and so much more. A full calendar of events can be found at www.avalonfreelibrary.org.

WEEKLY CHILDREN’S EVENTS

Mondays

Monday Funday, 10am* (Unless indicated), Avalon Free Public Library & Avalon History Center

Aug. 5 – The Franklin Institute Visits the Library

Aug. 12 – Behind the Scenes at the Museum: Then & Now

Aug. 19 – Monday FunNIGHT: Family Astronomy Program, 7pm*

Aug. 26 – Book Bingo

 

Tuesdays

Story Time, 10am

 

Teen Tuesdays, 11am* (*Unless indicated)

Aug. 6 – Mindstorms with Jon Gibson

Aug. 13 – Book Talk and Giveaway

Aug. 20 – Open Mic Night, 6pm*

Aug. 27 – Art Workshop: Decorative Tiles

 

Wednesdays

LEGO Club, 10am

 

Thursdays

Story Time, 10am

 

Fridays, August 2nd & 9th

Video Games, 11am

 

FEATURED PROGRAMMING

Tuesday, August 6

6pm

Escape Room Challenge for Adults

Join us for an exciting escape adventure and use clues, puzzles, and strategy to complete the mission. Registration is required by calling 609-967-7155 or stop by the circulation desk.  Ages 18 years or older.

Wednesday, August 7

6pm

Author Talk: Martin Smith

  1. E. (Martin) Smith is the nonfiction author of “Philadelphia Big 5,” a book that traces the lore and history behind Philadelphia’s Big 5, an informal basketball league formed in 1955 that includes five of the area’s most prestigious colleges: LaSalle University, Temple University, Saint Joseph’s University, Villanova University, and the University of Pennsylvania. A book signing will follow the lecture.

 

Tuesday, August 13

6pm

Women’s Suffrage in New Jersey

In 1776, New Jersey adopted its first Constitution which gave women who owned property the right to vote.  In 1807, the legislative enactment revoked this right.  For the next one hundred and thirteen years, the women of New Jersey would fight to regain their voting rights.  From Antoinette Blackwell to Alice Paul, learn about the women who led the fight.

Wednesday, August 14

6pm

Author Talk: Frank Watson

Dr. J. Francis (Frank) Watson is a member of the clergy and nonfiction author of “The Ghosts of Duffy’s Cut.” Watson spoke here in 2016 and returns this summer to speak about the latest book he co-authored, “Massacre at Duffy’s Cut: Tragedy & Conspiracy on the Pennsylvania Railroad,” that reveals the tragedy, mystery and discovery of what really happened at Duffy’s Cut. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Friday, August 16

Noon

Ice Cream Social
Summer Reading Club is over! (Sob!) Help us wrap up a great summer with ice cream, music, and fun for all ages! Avalon’s Own Sundae Best will be sponsoring and scooping ice cream at the Avalon Library, and we’ll be hosting Zoom Balloons and their energy-packed show! This event is for Summer Reading program participants of all ages and their families. Be sure to turn in your log by Friday, August 9 for the chance to win a prize!

Saturday, August 17

7pm

Bay Atlantic Symphony presents Passion and Fire

Led by Bay Atlantic Symphony’s Music Director Jed Gaylin, Passion and Fire features Schumann’s Cello Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat op. 55. Led by Music Director Jed Gaylin, the Bay Atlantic Symphony is celebrating its 13th Symphony by the Sea season in Avalon. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.

Wednesday, August 21

6pm
Author Talk: Christine Scarpa

Join us for a visit with local author Christine Scarpa as she shares details from her debut novel, “One Loose String.”

Friday, August 30

10am

Family Comedy Show

Come join us as we close out the summer with the “A Man and a Dog” Family Comedy Show! Fun for kids (and their caregivers) of all ages! Location: 39th Street Tennis Building.