Old Bridge, NJ – Jan. 25, 2018 – The Old Bridge Public Library will present interesting historical and literary programming in February.

On Sat. Feb. 3rd at 2pm, the Library will host a program entitled: Operation Barbarossa. On June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union using the largest armed force ever assembled. More than three million troops, 600,000 vehicles, 750,000 horses, 3,580 tanks, and 1,830 aircraft were hurled against the Russians in an enormous operation code-named Barbarossa. This session will cover all aspects of the massive assault, and will be presented by Paul Zigo, a history professor, author and military historian, and founder and Director of the World War II Era Studies Institute, which is dedicated to furthering knowledge and understanding of the WW II era and its impact on history. Mr. Zigo is a graduate of Temple University and the United States Army War College and a 30-year veteran of the United States Army, retiring as a Colonel.

On Sat. Feb.17th at 1pm, there will be a presentation about the history and symbolism of Ukrainian Embroidery. Local artist Olga Kobryn will share her knowledge of this art form and how it varies from region to region. She will also discuss the contemporary use of Ukrainian embroidery in clothing design today, and explore various embroidery stitches, patterns and motifs used to decorate clothing and other items.  Following the presentation, there will be a hands-on workshop at 2:30 pm. Interested participants should know how to use a needle and thread, and must register at www.oldbridgelibrary.org or by calling 732-721-5600 x5033. Space is very limited.

On Sat. Feb. 24th at 2:30pm, the Library will present: Ulysses S. Grant: My Friendship with Lincoln.  Historian and actor Ken Serfass, an expert on the life and times of Ulysses S. Grant, brings his reenactment of Grant (as a General) to the Library. He has performed his popular lectures and stage performances across the country. During this one-hour lecture, Serfass will share intimate stories regarding this time in US history when the lives of these two men became forever intertwined. A question and answer period will follow his lecture.


On Sun. Feb. 25th at 2pm, Motivational Speaker Charles Breitweiser will share his story and poetry from his book, Inspiration of Time. At 17-years-old, a serious car accident left Breitweiser in a coma for six months, and he endured years of physical therapy to re-learn how to walk, talk and live a normal life.  To survive these painful times, he turned to poetry, and developed a philosophy of endurance and a positive attitude by learning to disregard his losses and embrace his gains.  Copies of his book will be available for purchase after the presentation.

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.


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