“Blue To You” Van Comes To The Manchester Branch

On Friday, September 19 Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield’s “Blue to You” van will make its quarterly stop at the Manchester Branch Library from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. You will be able to learn about local wellness activities and initiatives and use the van’s touchscreen TVs to look up healthcare information and watch informative videos. If a nurse is available, wellness checks for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and BMI can also be provided. Additionally, Horizon members will be able to meet with a company advisor concerning recent claims, billings, or other account issues. All this plus more will be offered right from the “Blue to You” van in the parking lot on a first come, first serve basis.

At 10:00 am, staff from the van will give a talk in the library’s meeting room, “Managing Diabetes; Taking Control.” The presentation will provide a comprehensive overview as well as a summary of the disease, its causes, symptoms and associated complications. Participants will learn the importance of diet, exercise, and blood sugar management for controlling diabetes. They will also be given helpful tips for interpreting food labels to determine whether or not a food is good for a diabetic to eat and how to incorporate it into their daily meal plan.

The “Blue to You” service is being offered as part of the “Chapters of Health” program series and is the result of a partnership between Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield and the library. It is open to the adult public, free of charge. You do not have to be a Horizon subscriber to take advantage of the van’s educational and wellness offerings.

The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Township. For more information call 732.657.7600.

“Cesar Chavez” Screening At The Manchester Branch

On Thursday, September 18 in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Manchester Branch Library will offer a special showing of “Cesar Chavez” at 1:00 pm followed by a discussion of the film.

Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, the movie tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual’s ability to change the world. The cast includes: Michael Peña, America Ferrera John Malkovich and Rosario Dawson. This biographical film is rated PG-13 and has a runtime of 101 minutes.

This program is open to adults, free of charge. There is no pre-registration. For more information go online to http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or call 732.657.7600.

The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Township.

Learn Windows 8 At The Manchester Branch

On Monday, September 15 from 10:00 am to12:00 noon at the Manchester Branch Library, learn how to use the latest version of Microsoft Windows that includes new features plus some that are accessed differently from earlier editions. This class is for anyone that has recently acquired a new desktop, notebook or tablet computer that runs Microsoft Windows 8 as its operating system or is thinking about buying any of these. If you already own one, bring your Windows 8 laptop or tablet for hands-on training.

Please pre-register for this free adult program! Call (732) 657-7600 or go online to http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org. For anyone that would like to attend this class but find the date or time inconvenient, it will be repeated on Tuesday October 14 at 2:00 pm and Friday, November 14 at 10:00 am. Please sign up for only one session.

The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Township.

Coming this fall at the Stafford Branch: Films, fun and history

The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library has some exciting movies, a historical program and an event aimed at helping you keep your mind active this fall.

The branch will be screening the film “Divergent” at 2 p.m. on Sept. 13. The 140 minute PG-13 rated film concerns a world divided by factions based on virtues. The lead character, Tris, learns she’s divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy other divergents, she must find out what makes them dangerous before it’s too late.

The branch will be showing the family movie “Heaven Is For Real” at 2 p.m. Sept. 27. A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. The 99 minute film is rated PG. No registration is required for these film programs.

The Stafford branch will present the program “The Hindenburg Disaster” at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17.
Carl Jablonski, who serves as president of the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society will talk about the German airship tragedy that took place on May 16, 1937, and claimed the lives of 35 of the 97 men and women on board, plus one member of the ground crew.

This famous airship accident will feature photographs, news-reels, and a radio broadcast. The accident effectively ended commercial passenger service in rigid, lighter-than-air crafts. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Stafford Library.

Exercise your mind at the Stafford branch during a program called “Brain Games” at 1 p.m. Oct. 1.
The program will run until 2:30 p.m. is aimed at helping people keep their mind active. Your brain responds to intellectual stimulation by being fit and in good condition.
People consistently express their fears about decreasing mental ability such as loss of memory, difficulty in concentrating and inability to adapt to new situations.
As is the case with physical exercise to keep your body in shape, doing mental exercises stimulates different parts of your brain and helps retain mental acuity.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. Registration is required for these two programs. You can register in person, or call 609- 597-3381. You can also register by visiting http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org

Myths Versus Realities: Exploring the Orthodox Jewish Community

Lauren Roth, MSW, LSW, and Ben Heinemann will offer an engaging presentation about the religion, culture and lifestyle of the Orthodox Jewish community at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library on Tuesday, October 7 at 6:00 pm. An audience Q&A period will follow the presentation. This program is sponsored in partnership with the Ocean County Human Relations Commission.

Mrs. Roth is a graduate of Princeton University and a marriage and parenting therapist in private practice in Lakewood, NJ. She is the weekly “Dear Dr. Lauren” columnist for Ami Magazine. Mrs. Roth and her husband, Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth, are the parents of six children.

Mr. Heinemann is a business owner in Lakewood and a member of the Vaad at the Beth Medrash Gevohah Yeshiva. He is heavily involved in community affairs and is a facilitator in bringing together various ethnic and racial groups in a town of diversity.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration begins September 8. For information or to register, please call 732-349-6200 or visit our webpage at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org

Free parking is available daily after 6:00 pm plus all day Saturday and Sunday in the top and middle levels of the Toms River Parking garage located behind the library or all levels, anytime in the Ocean County Parking garage on Hooper Ave.

Mel Torme remembered at Stafford Thursday night

Warren Schein sang songs made popular by Mel Torme during a performance at the Stafford branch.

Warren Schein sang songs made popular by Mel Torme during a performance at the Stafford branch.

The classic sound of Mel Torme was heard during a program held on Aug. 28 at the Stafford Branch. The audience was quite receptive to the program called “Warren Schein Sings Mel Torme Songs.”  Warren proved to be a polished performer in both his singing and stand-up comedy. Frank Sanchez who accompanied him on piano was also excellent and the two of them worked very well together.


Oceanaires bring barbershop quartet music to Stafford Branch

Members of The Oceanaires performed at the Stafford branch.

Members of The Oceanaires performed at the Stafford branch.

The Oceanaires Barbershop Quartet performed at the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library on the evening of Aug. 26. The group is celebrating their 56th year of performing this year.

They brought their special brand of singing to large crowds at OCL’s Upper Shores and Jackson locations earlier this summer and drew an audience of  43 people in Stafford.

The 23 Oceanaires members sang such favorites as “My Coney Island Baby”, the theme from “Cabaret”, “Under the Boardwalk”, and many others during the night. 

During performance breaks they explained a bit of the history of barbershop singing and how it has evolved through the years.

Members lamented that interest has dropped over the decades and many chapters have disappeared.

The Oceanaires, which is the local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, will perform next at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29 at the Long Beach Island Branch. To register for this program call 609-494-2480.



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