Classical Piano Concert At The Manchester Branch

On Saturday, December 6, award winning pianist, Misuzu Tanaka will perform “A Journey to Early German Romanticism” at the Manchester Branch Library starting at 11:00 am. Selections she will be performing include Schumann’s Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor Op.14. She will also be playing Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109 and his Rondo a capriccio “Rage over the Lost Penny” in G Major, Op. 129.

This program is open to all ages, free of charge. There is no pre-registration. For more information go online to 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.

Manchester Branch Library To Host Seminar To Help Seniors Sleep Better

On Friday, December 5 at 2:00 pm seniors are invited to the Manchester Branch Library to learn the secrets of getting a good night’s rest after the age of sixty. In the program, “Sweet Dreams for Seniors” health coaches from the Center for Healthy Aging at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus will offer tips to help you get the rest you’re missing. The presentation will also help you decide if you should speak to your physician about having a sleep study to diagnose potential sleep disorders.

The program is part of the library’s “Chapters of Health” series and is open to the adult public, free of charge. Please register online at 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.

Manchester Library To Present Old-Time Radio Show Re-Enactment

MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY TO PRESENT

OLD-TIME RADIO SHOW RE-ENACTMENT

On Monday, December 8 at 7:00 pm, the NINE Theatricals performing group will present a special 1940s radio style performance of the classic story “Miracle on 34th Street” about a charming old man who works at the Macy’s Department Store during the holiday season. The man really believes he’s Santa Claus and brings wonderful changes to people around him.  The performers will be dressed in period fashion and will also throw in some singing!

There is no registration for this free program that is open to all ages. For more information visit the library’s website at 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.

“No Country For Old Men” at the Manchester Branch

On Thursday, December 4 the Manchester Branch Library’s monthly program, “From Page to Screen: A Book and Film Discussion” will take place, starting at 1:00 pm. The group meets the first Thursday each month to discuss an assigned book and view a film adaptation of that title.

The subject of December’s meeting is a crime thriller set in rural Texas. Llewelyn Moss discovers the remains of several drug runners who have all killed each other in an exchange gone violently wrong. Rather than report the discovery to the police, Moss decides to keep the two million dollars he found with the bodies. This puts the psychopathic killer, Anton Chigurh on his trail. As Chigurgh dispassionately murders innocent bystanders as well as nearly every rival in his pursuit of the money Moss desperately attempts to keep one step ahead. Meanwhile, Sherrif Ed Tom Bell blithely oversees the investigation even as he struggles to face the sheer enormity of the crimes he is attempting to thwart. The book, No Country for Old Men was written by Cormac McCarthy. The movie version that will be screened at the library on December 4 stars Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin. It is rated R and is 122 minutes long. Ethan and Joel Coen are the directors.

Although there is no pre-registration for this free adult program the book is available for immediate pickup at the Manchester Branch Library so it can be read ahead of time. For further information call (732) 657-7600 or go online to www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

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

PT. Pleasant Boro’s Wall of Library Love

Px Branch Manager Melissa shows off the branch's Wall of Library Love.

Px Branch Manager Melissa shows off the branch’s Wall of Library Love.

During this past summer the staff at the Point Pleasant Boro asked their library visitors to jot down what they liked about the library on a three inch post-it note.  Toddlers to teens to adults of all ages shared what they thought about books, reading, and the Point Pleasant Boro Branch.  At the end of the summer, more than 500 post-it-notes were assembled in a 10 foot by 8 foot wall display. 

Each note was a unique expression of the person who created it. Some notes were filled with intricate drawings, imaginative cartoons, and quotes from favorite books. Some were humorous while others expressed sincere gratitude. Some celebrated reading and libraries in general while others focused on small things. Programs such as  “reading to the dogs” “Lego night” “anime club” “SAIL” “crafts” “music” and “mah jong” were all considered as favorites.  A toddler wrote about  ”story time with miss robin” while an older person reflected “The library has been wonderful!  Such a resource! As a senior, they have been so helpful.” 

Many notes expressed praise for the “accommodating” “friendly” “helpful” “awesome” staff who “treats me like a friend” and “makes me feel at home”. There were tales of romance “This is the place where I met  my current honey”  and wealth “I found a nickel here once” and adventure “I read because one life isn’t enough”.  

Each post-it note told an individual story but collectively the display told an even bigger one about how libraries creates communities and inspire lives.

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Happy 25th anniversary Pt. Pleasant Boro branch

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Ocean County Library’s Point Pleasant Boro branch celebrated its 25th anniversary Saturday with a day filled with programs and entertainment. And there was a wee bit of cake to sweeten the day!

The Friends of the Point Pleasant Boro Library also provided treats for people who stopped by to visit.

The branch was decorated with reminders of the 80’s. Teens created displays and in the back of the branch was a wall full of post-it notes with messages telling why our customers love their library.

The celebration began with Mr. Scott the Music Man presenting a family concert. Mr. Scott has enough energy to light up a small city and like the Energizer Bunny he just seems to go on and on and on…

Cake was served at noon and then two crafts were held: teens made Minecraft-themed  cupcakes with Jenni of Jennicakes, and children made their own window-clings with Miss Robin.

There were also games and prizes for the kids.

The Strictly 60’s Band wrapped up the celebration with a concert of Golden Oldies, belting out hits straight from the 60s!

A sign in the Children's Department welcomed people to Pt. Pleasant Boro's 25th anniversary party!

A sign in the Children’s Department welcomed people to Pt. Pleasant Boro’s 25th anniversary party!

Mr. Scott had the kids up & moving during his family concert.

Mr. Scott had the kids up & moving during his family concert.

Friends of the Pt. Pleasant Boro Library greeted people to the party and provided some refreshments.

Friends of the Pt. Pleasant Boro Library greeted people to the party and provided some refreshments.

Library Commission Chair Sal Balgio joined with Library Director Susan Quinn, branch staff and members of the library's Friends group to celebrate the anniversary.

Library Commission Chair Sal Baglio joined with Library Director Susan Quinn, branch staff and members of the library’s Friends group to celebrate the anniversary.

The branch staff!

The branch staff!

Dan stepped up and offered to help distribute the cake!

Dan stepped up and offered to help distribute the cake!

The cake!

The cake!

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Jenni of Jennicakes and teens created Minecraft-themed cupcakes.

Jenni of Jennicakes and teens created Minecraft-themed cupcakes.

Jackson Writers Group hosted book fair

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The Jackson Writers Group hosted a book fair Saturday, Nov. 15.  Ten local authors spoke about their books and read a portion from their works.

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