The Avalon Free Public Library and the Avalon History Center remain open with limited services, and continue with virtual programming through October 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 October. 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 & Friday: 10am-6pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10am-4pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-1pm
Avalon History Center – Operating Hours
Monday through Friday: 10am-4pm
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.
Author Talk with George Ingram & Jim Plousis: “Jersey Lawmen – A Life on the Right Side of Crime”
Thursday, Oct. 8, 7pm
Authors James Plousis and George Ingram will discuss “Jersey Lawman: A Life On The Right Side of Crime”. The book was awarded second-best non-fiction by the Public Safety Writers Association in a National Competition. Plousis describes the exciting people, cases, and issues he’s been involved with over more than four decades–Donald J. Trump, Bernie Madoff, 9/11, Little Nicky Scarfo, Hurricane Katrina, Chris Christie, and much more. This special author event will be held via Zoom Webinar.
History Center Lecture: Halloween, A Haunted History
Saturday, October 10, 1pm
From old world harvest festivals to our modern family holiday. Along the way, presenter Kevin Woyce will discuss the origins of the Jack-o’lantern, Orson Welles’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, the first monster movies, haunted lighthouses and hotels, and much more. The hour-long slideshow is illustrated with original photographs and antique Halloween cards, advertisements, artwork, and movie posters. Registration is required for this event.
History Center Lecture: The Roaring Twenties
Saturday, Oct. 24, 1pm
From music to drinks, fashion to fads, the 20s roared with a style that couldn’t be ignored. Journey to a time long ago..and not so different from our own. This program will be presented via Zoom. Registration is required.
The Avalon Library received 5 stars in Library Journal’s national rating of public libraries, based on statistical performance data collected by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Avalon Library has received the 5-Star designation twelve times since 2009. The library is located at 235 32nd Street and provides free and open access to first-class collections, services and programs that inspire, inform and enrich the community. For more information on all library programs, please visit the library website at www.avalonfreelibrary.org.