BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Public Library’s Poetry Jam Cabaret continues on Wednesday, April 28, featuring performances by local poets who will showcase their own work or offer their interpretations of classic and contemporary pieces.

The free online event, which is being held in celebration of National Poetry Month, is part of a 10-session series of poetry reading, open to a wide range of individuals — from high school and college students to adults of all ages.

Each participant will have up to five minutes to discuss and perform their poem during the open-mic session, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Zoom.

To become a performing poet, advance registration is required and can be made by clicking here to complete an online form.

To be part of the online audience, click here to register and obtain the login information.

As a preview to the Belmar Public Library’s upcoming Poetry Jam Cabaret, watch Belmar library aide David Cupoli’s riveting performance of “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Lord Tennyson.



Belmar Public Library: Growing Beyond the Book Shelves

The Poetry Jam Cabaret is the latest offering by the Belmar Public Library to be added to its growing roster of alternatives to in-person resources, as the library building remains closed due to the coronavirus. Here’s a rundown:

E-Street curbside pickup service allows library patrons to pick up their selections or have documents copied, faxed or printed in a contactless way.

The 24/7 Virtual Library continues to expand its digital offerings, available ’round-the-clock for easy access. There’s Flipster for magazines, Hoopla for movies, comic books and TV shows, for classical music, Rosetta Stone to learn a language, and so much more.

“Storytime with Miss Peggy,” a continuing video series that features storyteller Peggy O’Connor with library aide David Cupoli and Winston, the library's canine assistant, making regular co-host appearances. 

Participation in New Jersey’s Inter-Library Loan Program offers access to the collective resources of hundreds of libraries throughout New Jersey, including an extensive research and reference database.

A wide array of services and materials for individuals with visual and print impairments are available at no cost through a partnership with the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center and National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress.

AuthorTime is a livestream series that features a local author who offers an informal, yet informative presentation about their work. In addition to being interviewed, the author also takes questions from online attendees. All webinars are posted on the library’s website and YouTube channel.

Open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade, the Youth Art Appreciation Program is a series of virtual offerings that combine an art history lesson with a live-instruction art session focusing on a well-known artist. 

For more information on any of these programs and services, including how to get a Belmar Public Library card, visit its website by clicking here, email or call 732-681-0775.


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