Old Bridge, NJ – Aug. 29, 2017 – The Old Bridge Public Library will offer two special programs in September that explore New Jersey’s unique history.

On Sat. Sept. 16th at 11am, the Library welcomes author and blogger Beth Lennon, aka Mod Betty, and her Retro Roadmap program. Attendees will discover all the distinct vintage treasures that the Garden State has to offer. The session will explore how to find New Jersey’s best retro movie theaters, restaurants and other nostalgic roadside attractions. Lennon started retroroadmap.com in 2009, a travel site that guides readers to lunch counters, old-time amusement parks, mom-and-pop motels, and other American retro road-tripping destinations. Lennon also produces Retro Roadmap Roadbooks, a series of travel guides/journals featuring special vintage places.

On Sun. Sept. 17th at 2pm, there will be a Submarine Warfare Along the New Jersey Shore presentation. New Jersey played a pivotal role in the early development of the submarine.  From early vessels being tested during the 18th century to World War II U-boat offensives off of the Jersey coast, author Joseph G. Bilby will reveal fascinating information about the history of submarines in the state.  His latest book, A History of Submarine Warfare Along the Jersey Shore, will also be available for purchase. Bilby was born in Newark, NJ and has authored, co-authored or edited over 400 articles and 15 books on New Jersey and military history.  He currently serves as Assistant Curator of the New Jersey National Guard and Militia Museum in Sea Girt, NJ.  In 2011, he received the Jane G. Clayton Award for contributions to Monmouth County (NJ) history and an award of merit from the New Jersey Historical Commission for his contributions to the state’s military history.  Some of his other books include 350 Years of New Jersey History: From Stuyvesant to Sandy, Asbury Park Reborn, and Hidden History of New Jersey at War.

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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