Old Bridge, NJ – May 1, 2018 – The Old Bridge Public Library will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the central branch building with a wide array of programs, concerts and special events during the month of May, many featuring a 1990s theme.

During the official anniversary week, which runs from Saturday, May 19th to Friday, May 25th, the Library will offer giveaways, prizes and refreshments for visitors, and will host an anniversary ceremony on Saturday, May 19th at 1:30pm.  The ceremony will feature appearances by local township officials who will preside over the burial of a time capsule in the garden.

“The Library staff has worked hard to develop interesting, entertaining and nostalgic programs to commemorate our rich history,” noted Library Director Nancy Cohen. “In addition to our regular array of classes, story times, concerts and lectures, we’ll be ‘supersizing’ our programming to include even greater offerings for all ages, and there will be many unique displays, decorations and giveaways to enjoy as we reminisce about the past 25 years.”

Among the programming highlights are:

Wednesday, May 16 at 7pm:  Film Screening: Nightmare Before Christmas.  This interactive screening will feature audience participation, costumes, sing-alongs, snacks, and spooky décor in honor of the 25th anniversary of the film’s release.

Saturday, May 19th at 2pm: Solo Performance by Tony Pileggi: Singer/musician Pileggi will kick-off the official anniversary week festivities with his renditions of popular rock, country and folk tunes from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Saturday, May 19th at 2:30pm: Fantastic Fossil Program. Hosted by an educator from the Insectropolis Museum, this session will allow participants to view fossils from around the world, create a craft and learn strategies to find their own fossils right here in New Jersey.

Sunday, May 20th at 2pm:  25th Anniversary Magic Show with Steve Woyce.   Guests of all ages will enjoy a festive party atmosphere as Woyce returns to the Library to regale the crowd with tricks and illusions.

Wednesday, May 23rd at 7pm:  1990s Trivia Night. The Library’s regular Trivia Night will feature a 1990s theme this month. Patrons can form their own teams of two to six people, or be placed on a wild card team when they arrive. Light refreshments will be served and small prizes awarded. This event is open to all ages.

Thursday, May 24th at 7pm: Teen Cupcake Wars.  Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to compete to see who can decorate the most creative cupcake with a 25th anniversary theme. Registration is required, either online or by phone.

Thursday, May 24th at 7pm: All Shook Up Concert.  Singer/guitarist Dave DeLuca will entertain with his renditions of Elvis’ early hits.

Friday, May 25th at 7pm: Jurassic Jubilee.  This event will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the blockbuster film Jurassic Park.  The dinosaur-themed bash will feature games and activities for the whole family.

Patrons are encouraged to check the Library’s website – www.oldbridgelibrary.org – for a complete, up-to-date schedule of events.

The Old Bridge Public Library has consistently been 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 is available 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.