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IT’S A MAYORAL THING

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By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

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He may be the town’s top dog, but to the dozen or so kids who showed up Saturday to (belatedly) celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at the Red Bank Public Library, Mayor Pasquale Menna was just a thing.

Thing 1, to be exact.

Decked out in tomato-red shirts, Menna and children’s librarian Samantha Quintas portrayed the menacing characters Thing 1 and Thing 2, respectively, from the famed Seuss work, “The Cat In The Hat.”

Menna might as easily have portrayed  the Chief-In-Charge-Of-Fish, the Mayor of Who-Ville or (ahem) the Drum-Tummied Snumm. Put a tall topper on him, and he might also have been Pat in the Hat.

But, “I’m a thing, I guess,” Menna said to the children.

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NEW LIBRARIAN JUST A ‘GROWN-UP KID’

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Yes, that’s the new children’s librarian, Samantha Quintas, who added yoga classes to the program. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Samantha Quintas has a tattoo on her right wrist that reads “In Libris Libertas.” It translates from Latin as “In books there is freedom.”

You might say she was destined to be where she is today, as head of the children’s library at Red Bank Public Library. But it wasn’t a clear path to West Front Street.

Despite her love of books, Quintas, 24, wasn’t always so eager to master the Dewey Decimal system or spend hours re-stocking shelves. In fact, it was the latter that almost drove Quintas to find a different career.

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