Archive for May, 2009

Waretown Founder’s Day

This year’s Founders Day found Sally Harrison and Beau Irwin manning the OcFounders Dayean County Library booth.  Visitors were treated to various OCL giveaways, along with helpful insights to our programs and new computer system.  The weather and atmosphere proved to be very friendly. 

Asian Pacific Heritage Month at the Brick Branch!


The Brick Teens celebrated Asian Pacific Heritage Month with two different, but very informative and entertaining celebrations.  The Brick TAB created an “Asian Awesomeness” program for the lovely children, to teach them about Asian culture.  The kids made dragon boats to race, traditional Chinese lanterns, participated in the Chopstick Cheerio Races and indulged in Asian cuisine.  

dragon boat racer



Anime Extravaganza at Brick Branch

On May 14, the Brick TAB in conjunction with the Brick Memorial High School, put on their annual Anime Extravaganza, complete with Cosplay, Dance Dance revolution, LARP (Live Action Role Playing) and of course the ever popular, traditional Japanese Food corner.

Pham sent these photos in to show what the event was like:

1st place cosplay winner

The first place winner in the cosplay contest.

2nd place cosplay winnersThe second place winner in the cosplay contest.

3rd place cosplayThird place winner in the cosplay contest.

fave costumeHonorable mention goes to this anime fan, who came up with a perfect last minute costume.


ddr with ghostly mistThe video game “Dance Dance Revolution” was also super popular at the program.

Baseball author, Matt Silverman, meets Met fans at Barnegat branch

Matt Silverman webOn Thursday night, May 21, about twenty local Mets fans were treated to a visit by sports author, Matt Silverman. Silverman is the author of numerous baseball books including “100 Things Mets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die,” and “Shea Good-bye: The Untold Story of the 2008 Season,” which he co-wrote with former Mets star, Keith Hernandez. Silverman talked books and baseball for about an hour, also taking some time to sell and autograph copies of his books.Matt Silverman web2

Beachwood honored by OC Arc

Beachwood has something to brag about! We just received a letter from The Arc, Ocean County Chapter, stating the Beachwood branch has been selected to receive the Distinguished Community Service Award. This award “is given to recognize an organization that has performed an outstanding service on behalf of people with developmental disabilities in Ocean County.” The branch was nominated by Nikki Harbach, one of the residence workers at the Anchor Group Home. For several years she has regularly brought some of the group home residents to the library. They have participated in library programs and the staff always talks with them when they are here, making them feel welcome.

The awards presentation begins 6 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2009 at the Quality Inn of Toms River. Several of us will be in attendance.

To the staff – I am very proud of each and every one of you. This is truly evidence of our connection with the community and our commitment to making sure that everyone walking through the doors gets treated equally and with respect. To receive an award like this is humbling honor. My thanks and appreciation go out to all of you.

To Sally and Jeri,
Nikki Harbach mentioned in her nomination form that the residents participated in the programs before my time here at Beachwood. I just wanted to extend congratulations and thanks to both of you because your dedication here as branch managers played such an important part in making a difference in those gentlemen’s lives.

Nicole DeMatteo

Upper Shores celebrates Older Americans Month

small-Older Americans Month 027Upper Shores celebrated Older Americans Month with the talented residents of Leisure Village West in a program conceived by Irene and David Wolff. This amazing group of singers entertained us with vocal renditions from America’s most beloved musicals.

The Still family shares Dr. Still’s legacy

small-still familyWilliam Still, the great, great-nephew of Dr. William Still, told stories of his ancestors and Dr. Still, who was the son of emancipated slaves, during a program at Manchester about the Underground Railroad. Pastors from local Manchester churches were in the audience and learned about herbs and plants Dr. Still used to cure illnesses. William also shared slave narratives from hundreds of letters collected by Dr. Still.small-still

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