Archive for June, 2008

LEH Library Rocks!

YA Librarian Arlene Stinziano hosted a music concert at the LEH branch on Saturday, June 21, 2008. The free show featured several young artists: Opposition, a fast introspective, ramble inspired anarcho folk performer from Phoenixville, PA; D. Scaavenger, a folk-punk performer from Little Egg Harbor; I Heart Dog, a straight edge folk-punk performer from Hamilton, NJ; and everyone except me, an acoustic guitar performer from Central Jersey.

Chiari Awareness at the LEH Branch

Little Egg Harbor branch held a Chiari Awareness program on Thursday, June 26, 2008. Dr. Paulo Bolognese, Deputy Director of The Chiari Institute, North Shore Hospital, Long Island, NY, presented an overview of Chiari Malformation via live video conference from his office in Long Island, NY. Attendees were able to ask questions and gain information about the condition from Dr. Bolongnese.

For more information about Chiari Malformation, please visit the American Syringomyelia Alliance Project website, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website,

Sparks Fan Mail

Sparks was happy to get some fan mail! Sparks received a thank you letter and picture from a child in his fan club, and Sparks wanted to share it with you!

Point Boro Summer Reading Kickoff 6/18/08

On June 18, 2008, Miss Robin and Sparks held a kick off party for local children to celebrate the summer reading program. Children enjoyed a story, snacks and a dragonfly craft.

Teen Harpist at LEH Branch

Little Egg Harbor hosted a Harp Concert on Saturday June 14, 2008 featuring local teen, Jacqueline Hartley.

The concert brought out an enthusiastic crowd of all ages. Jacqueline performed reels, jigs, ballads, and an original composition. During the performance, Jacqueline explained the nuances of the harp and described the elements of each piece of music.

Jacqueline Hartley won first place in the Celtic Harp at the Comhaltas Fleadh Cheoil – MidAtlantic Region of North America this past April. She will go on to a global competition in August 2008 in Tullamore, Ireland.

Library Turned Into “Halo” Battleground

NEW EGYPT—Video games are not just for kids, and that point was driven home during the Plumsted branch of the Ocean County Library’s first Halo 3 tournament held June 16.

The library’s meeting room was set up with multiple Xbox 360 video game consoles, that allowed up to eight participants to compete against each other at the same time. Approximately twenty people participated in the video game challenge.

The tournament was the idea of library assistant Andrew Montanez. This was the first library video game program designed for adults, a departure from the usual video game programs for children and teenagers.

The event was successful in attracting a demographic that doesn’t usually visit the library—20 year old men.

“I thought this was fantastic, since this age and gender group is hard to get into the library, much less participating in a program,” said Branch manager Lara Fletcher.

“We plan on holding future tournaments with the hope that we will have a larger turnout.”

Halo 3 is part of a science fiction video game series that super soldiers against an army of alien invaders. This latest installment was the best selling video game of 2007, selling over 8.1 million copies in three months. The game earned more than $125 million in sales during its first day of release, a figure that is comparable to a successful movie’s opening weekend.

Hancock County Library says thanks

Our friends at the Hancock County Library expressed their gratitude to our staff for our efforts in supporting them in the Hurricane Katrina relief project.

Here is their letter from HCL Executive Secretary Mary M. Perkins and a token of appreciation from their Library Foundation.

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