Rose Pero (left) and Lynn Jacobs (center) receive their Nook from from Foundation Chair Joseph Guzzardo.
In celebration of the library system’s 85th anniversary, the Ocean County Library Foundation has purchased and presented electronic readers to eight lucky library customers.
The winners all qualified for the drawing by answering questions about the library’s history. The questions ranged from general information about the system to specific questions about the branches.
Four of the winners picked up their e-reader, the Nook, at the Dec. 16th foundation meeting. The four were Rose M. Pero, Lynn Jacobs, Samantha Wilber, and Jess Jannsch.
The Nook was chosen because it is WiFi-ready and customers can download written and audio books available through the library.
“I never win things and this was a big surprise,” said Rose M. Pero, Toms River.
Pero, who visits the library at least three times each week, considers herself an eclectic reader that reads many mystery novels.
Lynn Jacobs, Lanoka Harbor, visits the Lacey branch at least twice a week. She enjoys reading historical novels, mysteries and nonfiction.
“I’ve always loved to read,” she said, “and I’m excited to try something news. This is a way for me to keep up with the new technology.”
Sixth-grader Samantha Wilber, Island Heights, has been visiting the library since she was a toddler, participating in many of the library’s children programs. She enjoys reading series books, especially The Clique series, whose main characters are four teen-aged girls attending a private school. She was excited to receive her Nook.
“It is on a lot of classmate’s Christmas list,” she said.
It was also on Jesse Jannsch’s list. Jannsch, New Gretna, also enjoys reading books series, and his love of reading was instilled in him by his mother, he said. Winning the Nook was a complete surprise, he added.
Ocean County Library marked its 85th-anniversary Sept. 19 and will continue the celebration throughout the year.
The library, “Connecting People, Building Community,” serves the more than half-million residents of Ocean County with books, electronic media, entertainment and informative programs.
Last year the library circulated nearly 5 million items. It has more than 350,000 library cardholders
The library received The National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. IMLS chose Ocean County Library as one of the nation’s five best libraries in 2007.
The library was also received the nationally-recognized John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award, presented by the American Library Association, for the library’s “Hurricane Katrina-Partners in Caring” project. Ocean County Library employees conducted several events to raise funds for food and supplies for the Hancock County, Mississippi libraries. The staffs of both library systems established special bonds that helped them offer emotional support during the cleanup and recovery from the hurricane.
People can visit any one of the 21 locations or its Website www.theoceancountylibrary.org for a complete listing of programs, library news, electronic databases, and virtual tours of its branches.
Jesse Jannsch (left) receives his Nook from OCL Foundation Chair Joseph Guzzardo.
Samantha Wilber (left) receives her Nook from OCL Foundation Chair Joseph Guzzardo.