Old Bridge, NJ –  Feb. 27, 2020 – The Old Bridge Public Library will celebrate Women’s History Month with live presentations and screenings throughout the month. Highlights include:

The Girls in the Band:  Mon. March 9th @7pm. This award-winning documentary film tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, history-making journeys from the late 30s to the present day. The first-hand accounts of the challenges faced by these talented women provide a glimpse into decades of racism and sexism that have existed in America.

An Evening Celebrating the 19th Amendment: Wed. March 11th from 6-8pm. The Library will host a two-part program in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. At 6pm, there will be a screening of: Perfect 36: When Women Won the Vote. This short documentary chronicles the dramatic vote to ratify this Amendment, and the years of debate about women’s suffrage that preceded it. The film explores the final throes for the Amendment’s passage, which were heated, controversial and colorful — and the pivotal role played by the state of Tennessee.

Then, at 7pm, Sharon M. Hallanan will present: Votes for Women. Hallanan, an active member of the NJ State Bar Foundation’s Speakers Bureau, will present a fascinating peek in to the history of the 19th Amendment, highlighting New Jersey’s own Alice Paul, who was instrumental in advocating for its passage. The importance of voting rights in general will also be discussed.

Founding Mothers of Democracy: Thurs. March 26th @7pm. This program will highlight the Revolutionary Women that made significant contributions — from the Battlefields to the White House — in the founding of America. It will be presented by Walter Choroszewski, who is known for his photography and public speaking on behalf of New Jersey, and is associated with the “New Jersey and You: Perfect Together!” campaign. 

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 (temporarily closed) is located at 277 Shoreland Circle; phone: 732-566-2227.


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