April showers and spring flowers are finally here! Enjoy these great programs at the Avalon Free Public Library and History Center. Stay tuned for author talks, motivational programming and the official launch to our summer reading program! A full calendar of events can be found at www.avalonfreelibrary.org.

Saturday, May 4


Author Talk: “Cape May County New Jersey: The Making of an American Resort Community”

Enjoy a lecture at the History Center given by Dr. Jeffery M. Dorwart, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University, and author of the book “Cape May County, NJ: The Making of an American Resort Community”. Hear and learn about the history of Cape May County from the first recorded discovery by Henry Hudson in 1609 to its emergence as the twentieth century vacation-land. Mr Dorwart will discuss the County’s earliest roots as a pioneering farming colony to its evolution into a modern resort with emphasis on Avalon’s community.  Address: 215 39th St.

Monday, May 13


Monday Matinee: “USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter”

Join us for our final spring installment of our Monday Matinee series. We will feature a matinee showing of USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter, a PBS documentary detailing the 1945 sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the expedition over 70 years later to locate the ship’s final resting place. May be of particular interest to our History Book Club attendees who have recently read “In Harm’s Way” by Doug Stanton.

Wednesday, May 16


Then, Now and Forever Workshop

Join Donna Atkins, “The Life Story Lady” for a two-hour workshop outlining your life story. Through inspiring examples, guided activities, and interactive exercises, you will learn how to delve into memories with ease. Registration is required by calling 609-967-7155 or by stopping at the circulation desk. Avalon property owners may register beginning April 17th. All others may register beginning
May 2.

Friday, May 17


Art Workshop: Felt Bird Nests

with Paige Cunningham. Create a needle felted bird’s nest using sheep’s wool, that had been cleaned, carded, and dyed. Feathers, sticks, lichen, and curly sheep locks can be added to the nests to add dimension and realistic features. Registration is required. Avalon residents may register beginning April 17th. All others may register beginning May 1st.

Friday, May 17


Author Visit: Matt de la Pena
Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels and four picture books. In 2016 he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. He has also published short fiction and essays in various newspapers and literary journals, including: Time Magazine, The New York Times, NPR.org, The Writer, and Pacific Review. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific. He’ll be presenting at the Avalon Library as part of an author visit collaboration with Avalon Elementary School.

Saturday, May 25


Summer Reading Club Kick-off

Summer Reading Club is here!  Readers of all ages can begin signing up for the Summer Reading Club this weekend. And kids can join us on Saturday, May 25 for the premiere of Book Bingo where you can win books as prizes.  Sign up now so you don’t miss a minute of the summer fun!

Saturday, May 25

Author Talk: David Langfitt

Author of “Winnabow”, a novel about a lawyer who finds herself involved with a client and a South American drug cartel, putting her trial and livelihood in jeopardy. Langfitt’s second book, the soon to be released “Kotonu”, is set in 1723 London and the Caribbean and involves an investigation into the disappearance of an entire family.

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 eleven 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.