OCL ranked #1

Ocean County Library was ranked #1 of all attractions in Toms River by tripadvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g46870-d4221147-r226339077-Ocean_County_Library-Toms_River_New_Jersey.html

Also kudos to Pt. Pleasant Beach & Upper Shores.

“Love this library”

Reviewed September 2, 2014

Although my library is a small branch…I love the visit the library on Washington Street, smell the books and visit the stacks There are large meeting rooms, DVDS galore, and books books and more books. And what other library do you know of that has a coffee shop in an attached old church Go just to visit.  Visited July 2014

“I’m there every week!”

Reviewed September 2, 2014

I love Point Pleasant Beach’s little red library! I not only take out books, but CDs that I save to my car’s computer! What a savings. It is so convenient to choose and reserve your books, etc. online and then just pick them up! This place is a GEM. Visited August 2014

“So helpful. Great with Kids!”

Reviewed August 31, 2014

Ocean County Library is a terrific place to take your kids for book browsing, computer use, or scheduled events. Downtown is terrific but all staff are fabulous – they have branches all over – Lavallette branch is a great place to visit in the summer. Visited August 2014

“Great Local Library”

Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is way beyond what you would expect from a local library. Spacious, welcoming, with an art exhibit and even a dunkin donuts in the entrance area. Great way to have your morning coffee, Visited March 2014

“This is my family’s second home!”

Reviewed April 29, 2014

We’re all readers, so I feel like we almost live at the library. This library offers so much–great selection of books and magazines, of course, but also books on cd & e-books, art displays, social meeting groups (writers, knitters, people learning to speak English), and great community programs. My daughter grew up doing crafts, learning sign language, meeting sled dogs & puppeteers at this fabulous community center. And the reason for all of this is the wonderful people who work here! The librarians are friendly, well-informed helpful people who feel like extended family. Visited April 2014

State tax form to offer optional library donation

TOMS RIVER –  People will now be able to make a donation in support of the local library when they file their income taxes thanks to a bill signed by Governor Chris Christie September 10.

Taxpayers will be able to indicate on their New Jersey gross income tax return that a portion of their income tax refund or an enclosed contribution is to be deposited in the “Local Library Support Fund.”

The NJ Department of the Treasury has established an account for the voluntary contributions.

The act takes effect immediately and applies to taxable years commencing on or after January 1, 2015.

The funds that are collected will be distributed by the State Librarian according to a formula developed by law.

The current State Librarian is Mary Chute.

The preprinted version of the law can be found here: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/A1500/1314_R1.HTM.

Learn to prevent bullying of people with developmental disabilities


TOMS RIVER –  Bullying is an aggressive act of one person or group who is perceived to be stronger against a weaker or more compliant person.

It can occur at any time, in any place, and at any age. People deserve to live free from harassment and abuse.

Two branches of the Ocean County Library will host “Together we are Stronger than Bullying,” a program developed by the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities.

The program will emphasize the bullying committed against people with developmental disabilities and outline the efforts that are used to stop it.

“The program is useful for everyone,” said Lisa Ferrara, chairperson of the library’s Serving Adults with Special Challenges Programming Workgroup. “Whether it is individuals with disabilities, their families, peers or caregivers, it is everyone’s job to stand up to bullying.”

“Sometimes bullying stems from a lack of tolerance or a failure to understand a disability,” she said. “By educating people of all ability levels we will have fewer people  who are likely to bully and more people who will advocate and stand up for those with disabilities.”

Frank Latham, NJCDD’s coordinator for youth leadership programs, will lead the programs.

Classified with a learning disability, Latham brings both a professional and personal experience with disabilities into his program. He has a unique insight into the struggles of students with disabilities.

The programs will be held:

11 a.m. Thursday Oct. 2 in Mancini Hall at the Toms River branch, 101 Washington St., 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514;

6 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 21 at the Little Egg Harbor branch, 290 Mathistown Rd., 609-294-1197.

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

Feel better. Develop new skills. Volunteer fair in Toms River Tuesday

TOMS RIVER –  With the many news stories about crises and disasters that one learns about each day, have you ever wondered where you can go to volunteer to help others?

Local agencies and organizations are looking for your help. Ocean County Library’s Toms River branch, 101 Washington St., will provide you a chance to connect with those groups at a volunteer fair and show how you can use your talents to assist your community.

The fair will be held 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 23.

Various talents and skills are needed from volunteers and many organizations will provide training.

Volunteer opportunities include clerical and office assistance, computer and technology skills, crafts, construction, tutoring, fundraising, and participating in advocacy and educational events.

Volunteering helps a person feel good about him- or herself. It is a great way to learn a new skill and it adds a new dimension to a person’s job or school resume.

The fair is free and open to the public.

Manchester branch seeks Idol contestants

MANCHESTER  The Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr., will present a “Diversity Idol Talent Show” to celebrate Intergenerational Day and Diversity Month 1 p.m. Saturday October 11.

The branch is looking for contestants, ages 8 and up, that enjoy singing and want to share their talent with the community.

Songs chosen for one’s performance should represent any aspect of diversity, such as ethnicity, gender, or race. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the competition.

Refreshments will be provided during the judging period.

Interested in participating? Stop by the branch’s service desk before Sept. 26 to obtain complete information and to sign up.

No registration is required to attend the show as a spectator.

Manchester police discuss kid’s online safety

MANCHESTER  – Representatives from the Manchester Township Police Department will discuss cybercrimes against minors 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 starting at the Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr.

They will discuss how to know if your child is at risk and what to do to keep them from falling victim to Internet predators and other criminals. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the session.

In addition, a representative from the Department of Public Safety will be present to help residents enroll in the NIXLE emergency notification system.

This presentation is open to all ages, free of charge. It is the fifth of a six-part program series “Staying Safe in Manchester Township.” People who attend all six sessions will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Registration is required. Pre-register for each session individually online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org or call 732-657-7600.

Exploring the Orthodox Jewish Community

TOMS RIVER – Lauren Roth and Ben Heinemann will present a program about the religion, culture and lifestyle of the Orthodox Jewish community 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 7 at the Toms River library branch, 101 Washington St.

An audience Q&A period will follow the presentation.

This program is sponsored in partnership with the Ocean County Human Relations Commission.

Lauren Roth, MSW, LSW is a graduate of Princeton University and a marriage and parenting therapist in private practice in Lakewood. She writes the weekly “Dear Dr. Lauren” column for Ami Magazine.

Ben Heinemann is a business owner in Lakewood and a member of the Vaad at the Beth Medrash Gevohah Yeshiva. He is 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 call the branch at 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514 or visit our webpage at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org .


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