Middletown Public Library Presents

Black & White Masquerade Gala

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Gala Tickets

Join us for the Middletown Township Library Black and White Masquerade Gala!

October 28th, 2022 @ Jacques Reception Center, 500 Palmer Ave., Middletown N.J. at
7 PM: Open and Cash Bar, Dinner, Music, Dancing and Awards. Attire: Cocktail or Black and White. Masquerade Mask Suggested. Tickets $125 per person. Tables are available 10 people per.

Gala Sponsorships

Middletown Township Free Public Library Gala Sponsorships : Please provide Contact Name, Number and Email for the Level of Sponsorship of Interest.

If interested in Gala Sponsorships, please review and fill out the form below. 

♦Monetary donations are tax deductible within the limits of the law. We are a 170(C) (1) government entity. No goods or services of any value were or will be provided to the donor Free Public Library of the Township of Middletown, in the County of Monmouth*1921 designation (aka) Middletown Township Free Public Library.

Gala Fundraiser

Founded in 1921, the Middletown Township Public Library is the heart of the community. For over 100 years, the library has evolved to meet the changing needs of the township. Today, over 10,000 people visit the library for many different reasons a month. The library is planning an internal re-design to allow for additional program spaces, group and individual study areas, updated technology spaces, and increasing spaces for the public to sit quietly at their leisure. Money raised from the annual gala enhances the library space and services for the Middletown Township community.


The library is currently working on the planning stages of the re-design and will have schematics available for public viewing later in 2022.

*Monetary donations to the Free Public Library of the Township of Middletown in the County of Monmouth are tax-deductible within the limits of the law. We are a 170©(1) government entity. No goods or services of any value were or will be provided to the donor by the Free Public Library of the Township of Middletown, the County of Monmouth, exchanged for this gift. All monetary donations are acknowledged with a thank you letter from the director that should be kept for your tax records. Naming Rights are available. Contact handolsen@mtpl.org for these opportunities.

Library History

The newly formed free library opened its doors on June 4, 1921. Circulation for 1921-22 was 34,864 items. Middletown Township Public Library was the first New Jersey library to provide service with a Model A bookmobile to the 40-square-mile rural community of less than 6,000 residents.

Actually, our library history goes back even a little further, after only a slightly hesitant start as two independent libraries (Navesink, established in 1914; Middletown, 1916), the Middletown Township Library appeared as a full-grown entity in June 1921. Middletown provided a pioneering model for rural library service nearly two years before Monmouth County voters approved the establishment of a county library. Below is the budget for 1921. Notice the postage and car maintenance budgets! They are very close to the actual building budget! In 1921 Middletown Township Library operated one of the first “book wagons” or bookmobiles to travel around the countryside and also would mail books to our rural community. If we compare 1921’s postage budget dollar value to 2020’s postage budget dollar value, we spend 48% less on postage today!

Contact Us

Have any questions about the Gala? Call 732-671-3700 ext. 354 or e-mail us at handolsen@mtpl.org