Archive for July, 2008

Ocean County Library on “The Best Years”

Did you know that Ocean County Library has its own TV segment?

Ocean County Library appears on Ocean County College’s “The Best Years”, which airs on the college’s network. The monthly program showcases different services, organizations and events in the area.

The first segment was an overview of the Ocean County Library.

The second was about this summer’s reading programs for the family.

“Breaking Dawn” at the Ocean County Library

Teen fans of author Stephanie Meyer’s “The Twilight Saga” are invited to attend a special evening program at the Ocean County Library Toms River branch on Wed., July 30, starting at 6:30 pm.

The program’s activities will celebrate the upcoming release of her newest book, “Breaking Dawn”, with craft projects, prizes, a trivia contest and more.

“Breaking Dawn” is the newest book in Meyer’s “The Twilight Saga” series of books. The first three volumes have sold 6.5 million copies in the past three years. These books chronicle of teenaged Bella and her vampire boyfriend Edward.

The Jackson, Manchester and Little Egg Harbor branches of Ocean County Library will be hosting similar programs on August 2 to celebrate the release of the book.

For more information or to register for these programs, call 732-349-6200 or go online to

Insectopolis museum at Point Pleasant Boro

The Insectropolis Museum came to the Point Pleasant Boro Branch on July 15 bringing live and pinned bugs to the library. Brave kids were even allowed to touch them!

Creating ladybugs

Local children and their caregiversenjoyed “bugging out” and making ladybugs

 out of paver blocks with Children’s Librarian Robin Romance, and Senior Library Assistant Lynn Jackson at the Point Pleasant Borough Branch.

Barnegat TAB Parties Hawaiian Style

On July 16th, the Barnegat Teen Advisory Board had a luau party to wish our graduating seniors good luck in college and usher in a new year with a new executive board. Twenty-one teens came to the event to plan events for the coming year and vote in what turned out to be highly competitive election. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed snacks, music, limbo, and more courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

American DanceWheels perform/teach @ TRHS South

Five people from American DanceWheels performed multiple dances and demonstrated wheelchair ballroom dancing at a program sponsored by the Ocean County Library July 12.  The program was held at Toms River High School South.  Nearly 80 people attended the program.


American DanceWheels is an artistic organization that trains individuals with disabilities, their able-bodied partners, ballroom dance teachers, and occupational and physical therapists the art of wheelchair ballroom dancing.


Ray Leight led the dance demonstrations.  He and his partner Melinda Kremer are the first and current United States Wheelchair Dancesport competition champions and have received national recognition for their innovative style, artistry and presentation.


The American DanceWheels representatives also led a mini-lesson for four wheelchair-bound people who came to view the program.


Wheelchair Dancesport has recently been recognized as an international Paralympic Sport by the International Paralympic Committee.  Tens of thousands of people compete in wheelchair ballroom dancing internationally.


Photos from the American Dancewheels program can be seen at

The Art of Mehndi in Toms River

On Monday, July 7th, Toms River Youth Services hosted a program entitled, “The Art of Mehndi” with Swati Shah. Swati taught the students about the history of this Indian art of body painting, demonstrated how to mix it from scratch and then how to design and paint with it. Mehndi, also known as henna painting, is used in traditional Indian weddings in which the hands and feet of the bride are painted with elaborate designs. These temporary tattoos last from 1 – 3 weeks. Those who attended (plus staff and SAIL volunteers) created their own designs and either painted on their own skin or had someone else paint their design. For further info about having a program for the youth at your library, contact Nancy Voitko at (this program is recommended for ages 10 and up and parents should be aware of the temporary nature of the tattoos).

Piano dedicated at Upper Shores

Mike Vizzone, Angela Fioretti, Paul Vizzone and June Schneider at the piano dedication

Mike Vizzone, Angela Fioretti, Paul Vizzone and June Schneider at the piano dedication

About 100 friends and family of the late Linda Longo Vizzone, past deputy clerk of Lavallette, gathered at the Upper Shores branch to dedicate a piano Wednesday (July9) that was donated in her memory.




Angela Fioretti and Mike Vizzone unveil the piano donated in Linda Vizzone's memory.

Angela Fioretti and Mike Vizzone unveil the piano donated in Linda Vizzone's memory.






Vizzone’s family requested that in lieu of flowers, friends make a donation to the branch.  More then forty donations were received, said branch manager June Schneider.


The piano, a Yamaha Clavinova, is a digital baby grand piano and is the perfect gift to honor her memory, said her sister, Angela Fioretti.  Vizzone taught piano lessons in Glen Ridge before she moved to Lavallette, 30 years ago.


Vizzone’s son Mike said the library was the perfect venue for the piano.  It will be a warm and constant reminder to the many friends she had in the borough, he said.


A piano recital followed the unveiling of the piano.

Eager reader wins big at Barnegat library

Lisa Taylor at the Barnegat branch submitted a news item and photo to the Asbury Park Press online version and I wanted to show those who have not done this an example of how things look when they go right.

Check out the article at

Several other branches are successfully sending their material to .  Way to go!  And thanks for helping us get the word out.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at the PR department.


Cosplay and Suikawari with the Barnegat Anime Club



 The Barnegat Anime and Manga club got into the Metamorphosis spirit with a cosplay contest- members dressed up as their favorite anime and video game characters for a chance to win assorted anime goodies provided by the Right Stuf anime group. They also kicked the summer off in Japanese fashion with suikawari, a traditional summertime activity similar to a piñata that involves splitting a watermelon open while blindfolded and dizzy.

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