Adult Programs

Adult Summer Reading Program

This year’s Adult Summer Reading Program theme, Literary Elements, aims to show how science is a part of our everyday lives and makes for interesting reading.

Registration will begin June 16 through June 30, 2014 and is only open to Mt. Olive and Netcong residents who are 18 years of age and older. Registrants can participate beyond the registration dates, but the earlier you get started, the more chances you have to read, and the more entries you’ll have to win an assortment of great prizes.
Please register at the Reference Desk in the Adult area at the Library.

We have several additional free programs this year, which are open to the public. Registration is encouraged and greatly appreciated. You can register by CLICKING HERE or by calling 973-691-8686 ext. 100 or 112.

The programs are as follows:

July 10, 11:30am - Energy Sources and their Impact on the Environment: Susan Williams and Greg Gorman of the Skylands Group, NJ chapter of the Sierra Club, will give a talk and video presentation on the issues of fracking, fossil fuels and alternative energy.

July 21, 6:30pm - Zinio “How To” Program: Join Mt Olive Public Library Director, Lyn Gebhard, as she demonstrates how to get free magazines onto your digital device from the library! Bring your device to this workshop please, and learn everything there is to know about the Zinio collection!

July 23, 7-8 pm - Highlands Rediscovered: Erica Van Auken of the New Jersey Highlands Coalition will present a film about preserving this important region. A brief question and answer session will follow.

July 28, 6pm - Healthy Eating Is Easier Than You Think: Do you want to eat healthier and live a healthier life, but don’t know where to start? Join certified health coach and physicians assistant Megan McGrane, who will show you why it’s easier than you think and give ten tips that will jump start your healthy lifestyle

July 29, 7-8 pm - Water Resources/Green Resources: Rutger’s University Outreach
Director, Pat Rector, will discuss water, green infrastructure, storm water management, rain gardens and barrels, as well as climate change.

July 30, 6:30pm - Touring the Universe: Centenary College Astronomy professor, Karl Hricko and Gil Jeffer, both of the United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, will give a presentation about space and our involvement with it, from early beginnings to the present and beyond. Telescopes, probes, orbiting and other galaxies will be highlighted.

TBA - Library Director, Lyn Gebhard, will demonstrate how to download e-books.

There are many programs and events for the adult community of Mt. Olive Township to enjoy at the library. Book discussion groups, a writer's group and even a knitting group!

Upcoming Programs
Healthy Eating
Job Search Program


Ongoing Programs

Book Discussion Groups:Pick up your copies at the library today.

Morning Book Club:Tuesday, June 17th @ 11:00am in the Gathering Room
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

Classics Club:Tuesday, May 27th @ 7:30pm in the Gathering Room
A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway

Evening Book Club:Wednesday, June 25th @ 7:30pm in the Gathering Room
Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard of Bingen, by Mary Sharratt


Writers Group: The goal of the group is to provide an open, constructive atmosphere for writers to discuss their work with people of similar interests and to learn about the writing/publishing world.

- Writers of all levels and interests can attend the group meetings.
- Anyone with an interest in writing is welcomed to join the group.
- You don't have to be published or have written anything to join the group.
- Ideally we will strike a balance between blind acceptance of everything and unconstructive hurtful criticism, which will not be tolerated.
- This will be "your" group, so suggestions regarding how you would like to proceed, are welcomed.

Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 7:00-8:00pm.
Please contact Cindy LaPenna for details. 973-691-8686


Knitting & Crocheting Group: First and Third Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:00pm.
All levels of expertise are welcome. Bring your own project or help us make a blanket for Project Linus by bringing in a pair of knitting needles (size 8).
Ever tried knitting before? If you would like to learn the basics please bring a pair of knitting needles (size 8) and yarn to the meeting.