Lakewood library seeking local veterans to participate in exhibit

LAKEWOOD – As part of the annual Veterans’ Day holiday, the Lakewood branch of the Ocean County Library is planning a special exhibit this November to honor local veterans.

An exhibit will be displayed in the library’s meeting room for the entire month in remembrance of the hard work and sacrifices made by area veterans.  It will feature photographs and biographies of local men and women who have served in any branch of the US military.

The library is seeking the assistance of any veterans or their family members.  To participate, the library will be asking for a photograph of the veteran (either current or from their days in the service), as well as a brief biography.  The biography may include an overview of their time served, why they chose to serve, how their time in the military impacted them, etc.  Any photographs lent by individuals will be returned when the exhibit is over.  Individuals who would like to participate but do not want to lend a photograph should contact the library to discuss how to get involved.

To participate or get more information, please contact Jeanne Murray, Outreach Librarian, at 732-363-1435 or via email at

Joni Jones to address depression management during library seminar

TOMS RIVER –  Ocean County Library’s Upper Shores branch, 112 Jersey City Ave., Lavallette, will host a seminar by Joni M. Jones 7 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 9 to discuss managing depression in the face of a personal crisis.

The seminar is designed to empower people and show them how to break a cycle that is preventing them from experiencing true happiness. It will help the participant gain insight about their problem, develop their own answers for it, and learn to channel energy toward things one does have control over.

She will primarily address Sandy-related concerns as the source of attendees’ stress, but she will also discuss other depression-induced concerns stemming from substance abuse and veteran’s issues.

Jones, a published author and motivational group facilitator, is a certified developmental disabilities nurse and board certified in psychiatric nursing. She is a certified mental health first aid instructor with more than 20 years’ experience.

She works in an inpatient unit at Riverview Hospital, Red Bank, with many Sandy affected patients in a psychiatric setting/behavioral health unit.

She is the owner of Koala Cares LLC.


The program is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch 732-793-3996 or go to the library’s website , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

DIY: Tie Dye @ Manchester


Ocean County Library Youth Services hosted “DIY: Tie Dye” at the Manchester branch (21 Colonial Drive) on Monday, August 18.

The event featured a history of tie dying, and its stylistic differences across cultures. This was followed by attendees learning patterns of tie dye (including stripes, polka dots, spiral, donuts, bullseye, double spiral, and rainbow), and creating their own designs on t-shirts.

Learn to make sushi at the Manchester branch

MANCHESTER –Jennifer Klein will show people how to make delicious and nutritious sushi rice and California rolls at the Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr., 6:30 p.m. Thursday Sept. 4.

Jennifer Klein is a registered dietician employed by Shoprite of Manchester.

Samples from her demonstration will be available for tasting.

The free program is part of the library’s “Chapters of Health” series and is geared toward emerging adults, ages 18 to 30. Please pre-register online at or call 732-657-7600.

Manchester to start new book & movie discussion group

MANCHESTER  –  The Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr., will begin a new monthly program, “From Page to Screen: A Book and Film Discussion” starting at 1 p.m Thursday, September 4.  

The group will meet the first Thursday each month to discuss an assigned book and view a film adaptation of that title.

 The first book to be discussed, “The Perfect Storm,” was written by Sebastian Junger. In October 1991, a confluence of weather conditions came together to form a killer storm in the North Atlantic.  A commercial fishing boat, the Andrea Gail, unaware of the gravity of the situation, was caught in the storm. Tragically, the entire crew of the Andrea Gail was lost.

The book and movie depicted the bravery of these individuals when faced with 100 foot waves caused by this “perfect storm.”

The movie, which will be screened at the library on September 4, stars George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.

Although there is no pre-registration for this free adult program the book is available for immediate pickup at the Manchester branch. For further information telephone 732- 657-7600 or go online to

Manchester to host art demo with Nolan Willence

MANCHESTER – The Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr., will host Nolan Willence 4 p.m. Tue. Sept. 2 who will discuss his methods and techniques for creating colorful abstract art pieces.

He will also involve the audience in creating a painting.

Willence is a local artist whose works include abstract and non-objective paintings.

The program is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch 732-657-7600 or go to the library’s website , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”


NASA education at the Little Egg Harbor library

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Children, ages 5 to 12, learned about planets orbiting the sun at the Little Egg Harbor branch of the Ocean County Library on Thursday August 14.

Carly Sutherland, from the New Jersey NASA Education Resource Center at Georgian Court, taught planetary orbit using crafts and balls of various sizes. Children in the class learned the orbit of earth, the order of planets, and the diameter of planets through the multi-sensory lesson.

Join Sutherland and Dr. Tabor-Morris for the next installment of “NASA Education” at the Little Egg Harbor branch, 290 Station Rd., 10:30 a.m. Thursday  Aug. 21 for “Measuring the Universe” and 10:30 a.m. Thursday Aug. 28 for “Exploring Meteorites.”

The programs are free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch 609-294-1197 or go to the library’s website , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

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