Sparks @ annual BlueClaws game

Sparks leads the kids from Ocean Inc. Head Start around the BlueClaws stadium warning track.

Sparks leads the kids from Ocean Inc. Head Start around the BlueClaws stadium warning track.

Sparks and several library staff members took part in the annual baseball game that celebrates the children who participate in Ocean Inc. Head Start.

This year’s game was played under great, but windy, conditions Monday April 14. And the home team won!

Thanks BlueClaws.

Kids love Sparks!

Kids love Sparks!

Representatives from Ocean Inc. ShopRite, the Ocean County Health Department and OCL joined in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

Representatives from Ocean Inc., ShopRite, the Ocean County Health Department and OCL joined in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

BFFs Sparks & Buster enjoy a good party!

BFFs Sparks & Buster enjoy a good party!

It was a windy day at the BlueClaws game.

It was a windy day at the BlueClaws game.


Friends of the Toms River Branch Celebrate National Library Week


From left to right front: Jeri Georger, Maria Lind-Hansen (Secretary), Anne Shaw Burgan (President), Karen Roselli (Hospitality Chair); back: Mary Lou Bierwirth, Nancy Gardner (Treasurer), Elaine Devens


On April 17, the Friends of the Ocean County Library  Toms River Branch hosted a special luncheon for Ocean County Library staff to commemorate National Library Week and National Library Workers Day!


“We have the best library friends! Everything was delicious! Thank you so very much,” said Public Information assistant Gina Conti.



Ocean County Freeholders Proclaim National Library Week


Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari presented Ocean County Library Director Susan Quinn with a proclamation on behalf of the Ocean County Library for National Library Week at the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders Meeting on April 16, 2014!



MANCHESTER – A six-week course will be offered at the Manchester branch that is designed help individuals with chronic conditions overcome daily challenges and maintain an active and fulfilling life.

“Take Control of your Life” will begin Thursday May 1, run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and offer fun and practical classes. Trained peer leaders will teach new ways to manage the symptoms of chronic pain and fatigue, overcome depression, manage anger and stress, improve communication skills, increase energy and become stronger in mind and body. Information about healthy eating, weight management, decision making, fall prevention and sleeping better will also be included.

The goals of this workshop are to make a person more active, confident and feel less alone with his or her illness.

This free program is part of the library’s “Chapter of Health” and is open to all adults. Space is limited to 20 people so registration is mandatory. Sign up once for all six sessions online at or telephone 732-657-7600.

The Manchester branch is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Township.

Refreshments will be provided.

LBI branch to reopen this month

TOMS RIVER –The Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library is expected to reopen by the end of this month. The branch has been closed for roof and interior ceiling repair work since Feb. 10.

The branch, located at 217 S. Central Ave. Surf City closed in February after an inspection by library facilities staff and the County Architect revealed damage to a section of the interior ceiling due to a roof leak.

The branch was previously scheduled for roof replacement and a contract was awarded in December 2013.

Ocean County Library Director Susan Quinn said the roofing project is now completed and interior ceiling work is underway.

New siding will also be added to the building before it reopens.

“We look forward to summer 2014 and know that people will enjoy using this beautiful library facility for their summer vacation reading,’’ said Quinn.

Long Beach Island Branch Manager Linda Feaster said, “We are looking forward to getting back. Our customers have missed having the branch open and we’ve missed providing them the many services and programs we offer and that they expect from us.’’

Ocean County Library permits card holders to borrow or return materials and enjoy library programs at any of the system’s branches.

Customers can also access many library resources from their home through the library’s website or by calling 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514.

Long Beach Island branch customers may pick up requested items at the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library located at 129 N. Main Street. The branch can be reached at 609-597-3381.

The book drops located at the Long Beach Island branch will remain available for the return of items.

Ocean County Library celebrates National Library Week 2014

TOMS RIVER -  Ocean County Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a celebration of the impact of libraries, librarians and library workers in the community that starts April 14.  

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the centers of their communities, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  

“During National Library Week we recognize that public libraries truly are the heart of the community. At the Ocean County Library we believe there is the opportunity to connect people, build community and transform lives through exceptional library experiences,” said Ocean County Library Director Susan Quinn.

“Our library staff is dedicated to customer service and creates a friendly and welcoming environment that supports our residents’ desire for lifelong learning, personal growth, civic engagement, sustainable communities, and economic development,” Quinn said.

In addition, public libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. 

 “With 21 branches and reading rooms that can be easily accessed by all of our citizens and visitors, the Ocean County Library serves as a centerpiece for our communities,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Library system.

“The Ocean County Library offers something for everyone. Whether you are simply looking for the perfect book for recreational reading, or if you need help finding a job and want to brush up on your resume writing skills, or you would like to attend a concert, the list of services and programs offered by the Ocean County Library is long and provides something for everyone,” he said.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them.  Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

“I am very proud of the Ocean County Library under the leadership of Director Susan Quinn, the Library Commission and the staff of professionals that make a difference every day to our residents,” Vicari said.

“From the technological advances to the welcoming atmosphere at each of the branches, the library allows everyone to tap into one of our most important life tools – the power of information,” Vicari added.

The Ocean County Library has also just released its first mobile app—My OCL—which allows customers to access library services and information from their smartphone or tablet. The device can be downloaded from

“Now you can take the Ocean County Library with you and check out books, information, events, digital downloads and more wherever you go with our new mobile app My OCL,” said Quinn.

Funding for My OCL came from the library system as well as LibraryLinkNJ, who provided partial funding through the New Jersey Libraries-On-The-Go Project 2013-2014.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.


Manchester to screen “All is Lost” April 30

MANCHESTER – The Manchester branch will screen the film, “All is Lost” Wednesday, April 30 at noon, 3 p.m. and again at 6 pm. See this popular action/adventure/drama on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!  

After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face. Robert Redford is the only cast member.

This PG13-rated movie is part of the library’s Feature Film Series. It is 106 minutes long. Although registration is not required, early arrival is recommended.

The Manchester branch is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Township. Call 732-657-7600 for more information or go online to


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