Dr. Gravity visits the Jackson branch

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Having trouble finishing your summer reading? Take a lesson from Dr. Gravity and inspire your own curiosity. Dr. Gravity uses his eyes, his heart, and his head to make learning an adventure. It’s like Dr. Gravity says, “A lot of curiosity will get you from this [the beginning of a book] to that [the end of a book].
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John Sebastian to sing at the LBI branch 8/9

John Sebastian performed at our Jackson branch last August.

John Sebastian performed at our Jackson branch last August.

The Ocean County Library’s Long Beach Island branch, 217 S. Central Ave, Surf City, will host an outdoor concert featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian Saturday Aug. 9 at 7 p.m.
The concert is free and open to the public. Chairs will not be available so bring your own lawn chairs.
Sebastian will play songs that span four decades.
He is best known for his group The Lovin’ Spoonful that played a major part in the mid-60s rock revolution. The band’s first seven singles charted to the Top 10 with their mix of rock, blues, country and folk.
During the band’s hay-day they were known for their unique “roots music” sound in such classics as “Do You Believe in Magic” and “Summer in the City.” Sebastian left the group in 1968 and gave a solo performance at the Woodstock music festival in 1969.
Since then he has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians ranging from The Doors to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
In 1976 his song “Welcome Back” became a number one single and was the theme to the television sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter.” The song and Sebastian were introduced to a new generation of fans in 2004 when the song was incorporated into the rapper Mase’s hit single “Welcome Back.”
Sebastian was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Lovin’ Spoonful in 2000.
His induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame hasn’t slowed him down. Whether the stage is at Carnegie Hall or a folk festival in some far-flung locale, he is still out there spreading his gospel of American roots music.

Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs visit Pt. Pleasant Beach

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The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs visited Point Pleasant Beach July 16th. Fifteen children and 12 adults braved the rainy day to come in to the library to read to a variety of licensed therapy dogs, including golden retrievers and a pair of border collie siblings. The program brought in experienced and beginner readers. It was harder to tell who enjoyed the program more, the dogs, the children, or the adults!
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Family wellness, health screenings at TR library July 29

TOMS RIVER – Laverne Williams from the Mental Health Association in NJ and representatives from Community Medical Center will speak about the importance of health and wellness for the entire family at the Toms River library branch, 101 Washington St.

A library representative will also share information about available health-related resources.

Free health screenings, including glucose and cholesterol readings, will be offered. Light refreshments will be served.

The program, Promoting Emotional and Physical Wellness, will begin 6 p.m. Tues. July 29 in Mancini Hall.

Register for this free program by telephoning the library 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514, or go to the library’s website http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

OCL Friends to host Mahjong tournament

TOMS RIVER – The Friends of the Ocean County Library will host a Mahjong tournament fundraiser Wed. Sept. 10 in Ocean County Library’s Toms River branch, 101 Washington Street.

Registration for the event is $40 per player and is limited to the first 80 players who sign up. Payment is due by Aug. 29. Fliers with registration forms are available at all 21 Ocean County Library locations and on the library website http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

The tournament is an all-day event. Sign in for registered players is 8:30 a.m. and play begins promptly at 9:30 am. Included in the admission is a continental breakfast and luncheon.

Prizes will be awarded for the first, second, and third place winners. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Ocean County Library.

Questions about the tournament can be directed to Marie Goione, President of the Friends of the Berkeley Library @ 732-269-8210.

Ice cream, Sparks & a Toms River celebration

Sparks and a new friend.

Sparks and a new friend.

People from throughout Ocean County converged on Main Street in Toms River Saturday afternoon for the twelfth annual Ice Cream Festival, and they had a great time.

People were able to vote on their favorite ice cream flavor and participate in an ice cream eating contest.

They not only enjoyed hundreds of gallons of ice cream, they were also treated to musical performances by local bands and disc Jockeys. Inflatable rides and games kept the kids entertained and vendors displayed handcrafted items and sold snacks.

Sparks, the Ocean County Library mascot, circulated through the crowd, promoted the library’s programs and ushered people in to view the headquarters branch.

The next Downtown Toms River event, Harvest Arts Festival, will be held 11:30 a.m. Saturday Sept. 18. For more information go to their website http://www.downtowntomsriver.com .

Waretown’s whacky Jester Jim wows ‘em

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Jester Jim had his entire Waretown audience in a perpetual state of LOL!

One person laughed so hard her sides ached and another thought she was just short of entering a state of hyperventilation.

Jim included both children and adults in his program. He was never at a loss for props, either for juggling or using them in some creative and hilarious way. The use of toilet paper and a plunger provoked one of the biggest laughs from the audience.

Before his performance, he even took the time to teach a few of our SAIL volunteers how to juggle.
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