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 , 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

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 .

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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Learning to sign through song at the Berkeley library

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Parents and children, ages 5 years and below, learned American Sign Language while singing and dancing at the Berkeley branch of the Ocean County Library on Friday July 18th.

Cristen Gallin, a certified Teacher of the Deaf at Monmouth Regional High School, taught American Sign Language using songs, dancing, stories, and nursery rhymes. Children active in the class learned the signs related to food, family, animals, daily routines, and manners.

The resources that correspond with Cristen’s class, such as “Signing Times” with Rachel Coleman, are located in local library branches. The class provided a hands-on multisensory lesson for children to learn sign language at an early age.

The next “Come Sign with Cristen” class will be held at the Berkeley branch, 30 Station Rd., 10:30 a.m. Friday July 25.

The programs are free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch 732-269-2144 or go to the library’s website , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”
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Teen, Tween August projects offered at Manchester

MANCHESTER – The Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr., has science-themed activities scheduled throughout August in keeping with this year’s national teen summer reading theme, Spark a Reaction.

4:30 p.m. Tuesday August 5: Shark Week Crafts- ages 12 to 18. Make your own “Jaws” party hat.

11 a.m.Friday August 8: Light Painting- ages 12 to 18. Learn about this fascinating technique of photography.

6:30 p.m. Tuesday August 12: Pokémon Club- ages 11 to 16. Do battle in video games, trade cards, and talk about all things Pokémon! With your parents’ permission, of course. Bring your DS and other games.

1 p.m. Wednesday August 13: Teen Book Chat- ages 12 to 18. Bring a book that you recently read that you enjoyed or found interesting so you can tell the rest of the group about it. It can even be something from your school summer reading list!

2 p.m. Monday August 18: Tie Dying- ages 11 to 16. In addition to making something, you will find out about the history of this craft as it evolved from different cultures.

5 p.m. Tuesday August 19: Magic Workshop- ages 11 to 16. Magician Debbie Pease will teach you tricks to stump your family and friends!

2 p.m. Tuesday August 26: Teen Movie Afternoon- ages 12 to 18. The film will be determined by the attendees. Popcorn will be provided.

10:30 a.m. Friday August 29: Art with Friends- Various crafts for those with special needs. Open to kids, tweens and teens.

Registration is required for these free programs. To register, telephone 732-657-7600 or go online to

For the craft/maker projects, all raw materials will be supplied by the library. For more information, contact Elaine Menken, the Teen Services Librarian at the branch.


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