9.21.2017

Old Bridge, NJ – Sept. 21, 2017 –  The Old Bridge Public Library will welcome four New Jersey authors this fall, discussing diverse topics ranging from Rutger’s history, to baseball, to NJ land ownership and poetry.

Leading off the series on Sat. Oct. 7th at 2pm will be a discussion by Dr. Paul G. Clemens about his book, Rutgers Since 1945.  Clemens, a Rutgers History Department Faculty member, will present various changes in the University since its founding, and in particular, events after 1945. In the 1940s, Rutgers was a small liberal arts college for men. Today, it is a major public research university, a member of the Big Ten and of the prestigious Association of American Universities. Clemens chronicles this remarkable transition, with emphasis on the eras from the cold war, to the student protests of the 1960s and 1970s, to the growth of political identity on campus, and to the increasing commitment to big-time athletics.

Next, on Wed. Oct. 11th at 7pm, author, journalist, speaker and broadcaster Dan Schlossberg will discuss his latest volume, The New Baseball Bible. The book covers topics including: baseball beginnings, rules and records, umpires, game strategy, equipment, ballparks, famous faces (i.e., Hank Aaron vs. Babe Ruth), managers, executives, trades, the media, big moments in history, superstitions and traditions. Schlossberg weaves in facts, figures, and famous quotes, and provides stats and images, many of them never previously published. In addition to over 25,000 articles about baseball, Schlossberg has authored and co-authored 38 books, and is one of the country’s premier baseball experts. 

On Sat. Nov. 4th at 2pm, land and title expert Joseph Grabas will discuss his book, Owning New Jersey, which takes a close look at the stories behind property records. Grabas explains how a “wild west” mentality began in 1664 along the Jersey shoreline.  During the next 200 years, land rights were transferred by purchase, force and deception, and land riots, border wars, property disputes, and legal loopholes are reflected in legal documents. Grabas has spent 36 years exploring the state archives, and has found Lenape chiefs, orphans, silk merchants and war heroes in the records books, and tells their fascinating, often poignant or funny stories in the pursuit of happiness and property rights. Founder of the Grabas Institute for Continuing Education, Grabas is also founding Trustee of the New Jersey Land Institute.  He is a Commissioner on the Monmouth County Historical Commission, a visiting lecturer at Monmouth University and serves on the NJ Tidelands Resource Council.

Rounding out the series will be S. Dot James, also known as Steve Morris, on Sun. Nov. 5th at 2pm, who will discuss his debut book, Never Told Sonny. The memoir contains a collection of poetry that narrates James’ trials and tribulations in heartbreak, depression and enlightenment. James takes readers on a journey to his earlier days where soul searching was his first priority. He is a storyteller and producer based in New Jersey.

Each author will have copies of their books available for purchase following their presentations.

The Old Bridge Public Library was recently voted one of the three Best Public Libraries in Middlesex County by the readers of the Home News Tribune. The Library is open seven-days-a-week and is located at 1 Old Bridge Plaza at the corner of Rt. 516 and Cottrell Road in the Municipal Center. More information about these and other Library programs can be found at www.oldbridgelibrary.org or by calling 732-721-5600 x5033. The satellite Laurence Harbor branch is located at 277 Shoreland Circle; phone: 732-566-2227.

 

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