The Neptune Public Library welcomes the chance to provide local authors with space for meeting library customers, signing books, and talking about their work. Book talks and signings are an important to the cultural, historic and literary health of a community and are therefore welcomed as part of the library’s scope of programming.
Authors may be offered space in a meeting room or in public areas in the adult services area. Space may then be reserved at no cost, subject to the Neptune Public Library’s Meeting Room Policies. The Library will determine if space is available and which space is to be used. This selection will be based on public service needs and other activities scheduled.
The Library will provide space, tables and chairs if needed. It will also post flyers advertising the event and will include it in the library newsletter, provided adequate notice is given and space permits. Food may be served but requires pre-approval from a Director. Visiting authors should not plan on staff being available to monitor displays or assist with refreshments or sale of materials, remove materials or clean-up spaces.
The Neptune Public Library bears no obligation for marketing an author’s work. Authors are fully responsible for promoting their work.
Authors may display, sell, and sign books. Presenters should not plan on the Library acting as a sales agent, nor should the author expect the library to purchase books in bulk to sell for the author.
Authors are welcome to discuss their work with interested library customers. They may not interfere with regular Library activities or display materials which are not appropriate for a public venue serving all age groups.
Authors are encouraged to make arrangements for book signing events at least two months in advance by contacting the Director of Program. With notice, book signing events will be added to the library’s online program calendar.
Authors are welcome to provide the library with a sign or flyers to put out before the event. A disclaimer is to be displayed in all public forum areas stating that the availability of handouts does not imply endorsement of the author/organization or its views by the Library or the Township of Neptune.