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The Stafford branch celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month Wednesday, Oct. 15th, with an evening of food and music. Ray Rodriguez y Swing Sabroso’s distinctive style (Salsa Dura) got people dancing and singing along from the very first notes to the last. Ray has become a favorite of ours.

Much of the evening’s success was due to the efforts of the St. Francis ESL teachers Peggy Fagans, Diane Rafter and Barbara Bishop, and their students. We commend their students for preparing such excellent authentic cuisine that was representative of their countries. It truly was a feast and we received so many compliments on it.

The Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (M.A.T.E.S.) Spanish Club and their teacher Daniel Wellner attended. This was their third year, and for the first time we welcomed Mrs. Hoops and her Spanish Club from All Saints Regional Catholic School.

We were also happy to see many of our community members there. We issued library cards and made the library and the township of Stafford a more welcoming place to our newer residents. This event was an excellent opportunity for people to get to know others from different cultures and across all ages.

Many thanks go to those responsible for the funding of this fabulous Fiesta: The Friends of the Stafford Library, Ocean Acres Civic Association, and The Ocean County Library System Programming Committee.

¡Hasta el próximo año!


Judy Macaluso to speak at NJSL forum Mon. 10/27

The 6th Annual Adult Services Forum: Sponsored by the New Jersey Library Association, the New Jersey State Library, and LibraryLinkNJ will take place the Monmouth County Library Headquarters on Monday, October 27th from 9 am to 3:30 pm. This year’s theme is “Advocacy, Marketing and More”.

Learn how the award winners have used their resources, staff skills, and community building to provide relevant library services and programming to their ever-changing multilingual and multicultural communities.

Speakers include our own Judy Macaluso, Supervising Librarian for Branch Services, speaking about “African-American Family Reunions, History & Genealogy.”

Please visit adultservicesforum.info for a full description of programs. Online registration is available here: www.njla.org/content/adult-services-forum-2014

Manchester to form Canasta Club in November

MANCHESTER The Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr., is forming a Canasta Club with meetings to take place every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon.

The first meeting will be held Nov. 6. All levels of skill, including beginners, are welcome.

There is no pre-registration for this free, adult activity. For more information telephone 732- 657-7600 or visit the library’s website: http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

Manchester to host Seasonal Affective Disorder program 11/3

MANCHESTER – The Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr., will host a program about seasonal affective disorders 2 p.m. Monday Nov. 3.

Health coaches from the Center for Healthy Aging at the Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus will explain the causes, symptoms and treatments for feelings of increased depression as the amount of daylight decreases and the weather turns inclement in winter.

Following the discussion, general wellness screenings will be offered.

The program is part of the library’s “Chapters of Health” series and is open to adults and teens, free of charge. Please register online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org or telephone 732-657-7600.

Manchester to host artist Joan Weiss with a reception

MANCHESTER –  The Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr., will host a reception for artist Joan Weiss 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 1.

The public is invited to attend this free reception and listen to her discuss her works. Refreshments will be served. Registration is not required.

Her acrylic and oil paintings will be on display in the branch’s meeting room throughout most of November.

Interested parties can stop by to view the exhibit during the library’s regular business hours whenever the meeting room is available. It is recommended that people call before stopping by to affirm the exhibit will be open that day. The paintings will be removed around Nov. 26.

For more information telephone the branch 732-657-7600 or go online to http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

Pretty in Pink

sm-Pretty in Pink county photo

Ocean County recognized Oct. 15 as Pretty In Pink Day to help raise awareness and educate about the importance of early detection through mammograms and clinical breast exams at regular intervals in order to lower breast cancer death rates.

For more than a decade, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders has joined with the Ocean County Health Department in collaboration with the Ocean County Cancer Coalition and the Long Beach Island Health Department in recognizing Oct. 15, as Ocean County’s Pretty in Pink Day.

On Oct.15 everyone was encouraged to wear pink as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Participating in a proclamation presentation from the Board of Freeholders recognizing the day were from left to right Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, Leslie Terjesen, Ocean County Health Department, Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Health Department, Dana O’Connor, Long Beach Island Health Department and Susan Quinn, Director of the Ocean County Library.

TR Library Friends to sponsor Cape May holiday bus trip

TOMS RIVER –  The Friends of the Toms River Library will host a bus trip to “Cape May Christmas” Tuesday Dec. 9.

The trip includes a three-course luncheon and a tour of The Southern Mansion, Cape May’s largest Bed and Breakfast. There will be plenty of free time to spend at The Washington Street Mall, Cape May’s popular shopping area. There will also be a Holly Trolley tour of the holiday lights and decorations of this historic city.

The bus will leave the Route 37 Foodtown shopping center, Toms River, at 10:30 a.m.

The cost of the trip is $82 per person and includes all gratuities. The registration deadline is Tuesday Nov. 18. Telephone Lynne at 732-240-2736 to register of for more information.


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