Old Bridge, NJ – March 2, 2016 – March programming at the Old Bridge Public Library will span a variety of areas, including art, history, business and health topics.

On Sat. March 19th at 2pm, the Library will host a lecture entitled, “D-Day: The Longest Walk.” Presented by Paul Zigo, Director of the World War II Era Studies Institute, the program will discuss Zigo’s recently published book, “The Longest Walk.” The book tells the amazing story of the 116th Infantry Regiment of the US Army’s 29th Infantry Division from D-Day, June 6, 1944, to the capture of St. Lo, France, 40 agonizing days later – the “longest walk.”  The regiment lost one-third of its 3,200 men on Omaha Beach including more than 350 on D-Day. The regiment’s devastating assault is featured in the riveting opening scene of the movie, Saving Private Ryan.  The lecture will also discuss the regiment’s achievements after landing on Omaha Beach which altered world history as the regiment turned near-failure on the invasion beaches of Normandy into a success, ultimately leading to Allied victory over Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945.

Next, the Library will present a “Honeybees and Apitherapy” program on Sun. March 20th at 2pm. Hosted by Dr. Pat Kotlar Paslawsky, a farmer, chiropractor and health enthusiast, the program will show various honeybee hive components and products. The session will also explain how these have been used to help improve human health over the years.

Then, on Wed. March 23rd at 7pm, there will be a seminar entitled, “Should You Buy a Franchise?,” hosted by SCORE. This nonprofit association is dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide; it meets at the Library monthly. Franchise advisor and professional speaker Mariel Miller of Franchise Performance Engineering will advise participants on how to best research a franchise opportunity and succeed in today’s competitive market.

Lastly, on Wed. March 30th at 7:30pm, the Library will present a hands-on art class, “The Artist’s Studio: Vincent Van Gogh.” In celebration of Youth Art Month and Van Gogh’ birthday, the session will allow participants to learn about this famous artist and his works and experiment with his style. The Library will provide all supplies, and encourages budding artists to wear old clothing. Registration is required by calling 732-721-5600 x5033 or online at www.oldbridgelibrary.org.

The Old Bridge Public Library was recently voted “Best Public Library 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 Plaza. More information about this 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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