TR’s first volunteer fair a great success


Great turnout at Tuesday’s first Volunteer Fair in Toms River! More than two dozen agencies participated and many people came to learn of volunteer needs they could fill.

Thanks to Sandra Stark for organizing the fair and thank you to the media that generously promoted it.

Learn about caving at the library

TOMS RIVER –  Carolyn Zangara of Central New Jersey Grotto will present a program at three Ocean County Library branches during October that introduces the hobby of caving and will whet one’s appetite to learn more.

One does not have to travel hundreds of miles to explore caves, according to Zangara.  There are many located in New Jersey that invite people to study and appreciate them and the insights they provide about the environment.

While the program will not provide enough information to enable people to go caving on their own, it will present enough information to inspire one’s interest in exploring them.

The Central New Jersey Grotto is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 for the purpose of advancing the study, conservation, exploration and knowledge of caves. It is a local chapter of the National Speleological Society.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. at these branches:

Jackson, 2 Jackson Drive, Thursday Oct. 2, 732-928-4400.

Plumsted, 119 Evergreen Rd., New Egypt, Wednesday Oct. 8, 609-758-7888

Toms River, 101 Washington St., Tuesday Oct. 14, 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514.

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 , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

Jablonski discusses The Hindenburg disaster at Stafford program


Sixty-four people attended a program by Carl Jablonski, president of the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society, at the Stafford branch Wednesday, Sept. 17th.

The German dirigible Hindenburg caught fire as it was mooring at Lakehurst May , 1937, claiming the lives of 35 of the 97 men and women on board plus one member of the ground crew. The disaster ended  commercial passenger service in rigid, lighter-than-air crafts.

Jablonski displayed artifacts from the disaster.

The program was sponsored by the Friends of the Stafford Library.

OCL ranked #1

Ocean County Library was ranked #1 of all attractions in Toms River by tripadvisor:

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:

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 , 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.


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