TR branch to hold youth art exhibition, repection in March

Ocean County Library’s Toms River branch, 101 Washington St., will host its annual Youth Art Month exhibition during March 

The exhibition will include work by students in the Toms River Regional School District’s elementary, intermediate and high schools.

An artists’ reception will be held 6 p.m. Monday March 9 at the branch. Everyone is welcome to attend this free reception. Registration is not required.

Library staff from the Young Adult and Youth Services departments, along with members of the Youth Advisory Board, will be on hand to greet and assist visitors.

Learn to borrow ebooks from Ocean County Library

MANCHESTER – Learn how to use your Nook Tablet to borrow books from the Ocean County Library, 2 p.m. Friday March 6 at the Manchester branch, 21 Colonial Dr.

Call 732- 657-7600 or go online to to reserve your seat. In addition to signing up in advance, it is very important that you bring an Ocean County Library card number plus logins for a Barnes & Noble account and an email account, both of which you’ve set up prior to this free, adult workshop.

From Page to Screen: a book club meets in Manchester

MANCHESTER – The Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr., will host its monthly program, “From Page to Screen: A Book and Film Discussion” 1 p.m. Thursday March 5.

The group meets the first Thursday of each month to discuss an assigned book and view a film adaptation of that title.

March’s pairing is a religious mystery that starts with a murder inside the Louvre museum in Paris. It uncovers clues that are found in Da Vinci paintings and lead to a secret society that has existed for 2,000 years. The clandestine group has been guarding information that, if revealed, would shake the foundations of Christianity.

The book, “The Da Vinci Code” was written by Dan Brown and is his second title featuring symbologist, Robert Langdon. The movie version will be screened at the library on March 5 and stars Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou and Jean Reno. It is rated PG-13 and has a runtime of 149 minutes. The director is Ron Howard.

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

Manchester branch to host antique appraisal fair

MANCHESTER– On Saturday, March 7 you can bring your antiques to the Manchester library branch from noon to 3 p.m. to find out how much they’re worth. Marilyn and Dan Melega, owners of M & M Antique Enterprises, Inc. will be on hand to do appraisals free of charge.
Please register for this free program that is open to all ages. Call (732) 657-7600 or go online to
The Manchester branch is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Township.

Martha Washington program @ 3 OCL branches

TOMS RIVER –  In her Grande Dames of the American Revolution series, actress and historical re-enactor Maggie Worsdale will present a program about Martha Washington.

The presentation, to be held in three Ocean County Library branches, is part of the library’s National Women’s History Month recognition.

Martha Dandridge Custis Washington was called Lady Washington by American soldiers who fought in the Revolution because of her kindness to them and concern for their health during the war.

The presentations will be held:

2 p.m. Saturday March 7 at the Point Pleasant Borough branch, 834 Beaver Dam Rd., 732-295-1555,

7 p.m. Monday March 9 at the Beachwood branch, 126 Beachwood Blvd., 732-244-4573, and

7 p.m. Thursday March 26 at the Brick Branch, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., 732-477-4513.

The programs are free to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch or go to the library Web site: , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

Library Friends to host 2nd Mahjong tournament

Registration for last Fall's tournament filled quickly. Don't miss out!

Registration for last Fall’s tournament filled quickly. Don’t miss out!

TOMS RIVER –  The Friends of the Ocean County Library will host a Mahjong tournament fundraiser Wed. April 15 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 April 1.  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.  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.

SCORE business startup seminar @ Toms River branch

TOMS RIVER  – Thinking of opening your own business, but don’t know where to start?

Members of the Ocean County Chapter of SCORE #150, a nonprofit association of volunteer business counselors, can help.  Local business owner and member Glenn Harris will present a free seminar on the mandatory keys for success in starting your own business 6:30 p.m. Monday March 2 at Toms River.

Topics to be covered include competence in the industry or field, persistence, minimum requirements in writing a business plan, competition and financial literacy.

This program is free and open to the public but registration is required.   Register in-person, by telephone 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514 or online at .


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