Archive for February, 2010

Great concert @ library

The Ocean County Library teamed up with four local bands and the American Red Cross Friday evening and hosted a benefit concert for the Haitian earthquake relief fund.

The concert raised more than $1,000. All the proceeds were donated to the Red Cross for their relief efforts in Haiti.

Members of Rock and Roll bands The Roustabouts, The Angeltones, and Strictly 60s, along with Celtic folk-rockers The Snakes sang during the three-hour concert.

The members of the groups donated their performances for the fundraiser.

The fundraiser was conceived by Principal Library Assistant Maria Colon, Manchester branch, and her husband Carlos, leader of The Roustabouts.

“We are thankful for this opportunity to bring the community together to raise funds and help the victims of this tragedy,” said Susan Quinn, Director of the Ocean County Library.

“As always, we very much appreciate the support of the Ocean County Library Commissioners who have enabled us to perform this valuable community service,” she said.

The January 12th earthquake devastated Haiti. In a mid-February report, its government estimated that nearly one-quarter million people died, more than 300,000 were injured and over a million people are homeless. Food, water, shelter and medical care are presently Haiti’s greatest concerns. Nations from around the world have pitched in to support the relief efforts.

Photos, top to bottom:  The Angeltones and their saddleshoes; The Snakes; Strictly 60s; and The Roustabouts.

The Kids On The Block come to the Barnegat Branch

On February 17th, the Barnegat Branch hosted a visit from The Kids on the Block, an educational puppet troupe established in 1977. The puppet show highlighted children with disabilities and focused on the “can-do” spirit! Local preschoolers and two classes from the Lillian M. Dunfee Elementary School attended the program, which was sponsored by Ocean County Library’s own Diversability Focus Team.

Playaway has arrived!

Ocean County Library customers can now borrow audio books in a new format, Playaway.
Playaway arrived at select Ocean County Library branches February 17. Adult titles are housed at the Toms River, Stafford and Point Pleasant Borough branches. Children’s titles are located at the Manchester and Berkeley branches.
All Playaway titles are available for request and can be barrowed for up to two weeks.
Playaway is an audio book in a preloaded digital format similar to a MP3 player. Unlike the MP3 player, the recording cannot be altered by the user. It is compact, smaller than a deck of playing cards, light weight.
All that is required for use by customers is an AAA battery and headphones.
Playaway can be heard through headphones or any I-Pod compatible speakers or listening system.
“Playaway’s simple functionality and immediate usability allow our customers to enjoy the audio version on many bestselling books,” said collections department Supervising Librarian Scott Wolpert.

6-week Citizenship prep classes a success

The Upper Shores Branch has completed a six-week U.S. Citizenship Preparation Series. Five prospective citizens attended the classes, and one of those has already passed his citizenship test! Two more have applied and are currently awaiting test dates. Thanks to Alma Perez-Neary, Principal Library Assistant, for leading this successful program. The group enjoyed it so much that they have arranged to continue Tuesday night meetings in the form of an English Conversation Group to continue building their English language skills.

Dr. Freeze performs as Michael Jackson in Manchester

Dr.Freeze Pics

Manchester library didn’t let the snow storm stand in the way of our Black History Month Celebration. 145 people braved the weather to watch Dr. Freeze perform his Michael  Jackson impersonation.   Dr Freeze danced to all of MJ’s favorites with lots of audience participation which made the night  fun for all.

Dr Freeze changed clothes for each number he did with his agent entertaining the crowd with Michael Jackson trivia in between.

Cd’s were sold with half the contributions going towards Haiti Relief. This was one of my favorite programs, the audience had so much fun. The kids and adults alike gave their best MJ Moves. It was pretty funny and very entertaining. 

Dr Freeze changed clothes for each number he did with his agent entertaining the crowd with Michael Jackson trivia in between.

Cd’s were sold with half the contributions going towards Haiti Relief. This was one of my favorite programs and the audience had so much fun. The kids and adults alike gave their best MJ Moves. It was  very entertaining.

Mr. Freeze entertains at Lacey

Dr. Freeze, a Michael Jackson impersonator from Philadelphia, entertained the Lacey Branch on Thursday, February 4, with the music and moves of the “King of Pop”.

TJ Wheeler performance at Point Pleasant Borough

On January 16, the Point Pleasant Borough Branch reopened after being closed for renovations with a standing room only show celebrating Martin Luther King’s Birthday with – TJ Wheeler’s “Hope, Heroes and the Blues” The program offered stories about different blues musicians, blues songs and the African-American origins of blues and jazz music.

The program was sponsored by the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation.

American Girl Mardi Gras @ PP Boro

Miss Robin of the Point Pleasant Borough Branch along with Joanne Grandits of Berkeley hosted a very successful American Girl Mardi Gras Party on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at the Pt. Borough Branch.

Smith demonstrates African influence in contemporary cuisine

Ian Smith, a Culinary Instructor at OCVTS, presented a delicious program on African Influences on Contemporary American Cuisine, at the Little Egg Harbor Library, Wednesday, February 03, 2010. Mr. Smith used recipes from Delilah’s Everyday Soul by Delilah Winder as starting points for developing his own spicy vibrant dishes. Program attendees described the program as “Excellent!” and “very informative.” Everyone enjoyed sampling Mr. Smith’s Chicken Gumbo and Sweet Potato Soup. The program was sponsored by the Friends of the Little Egg Harbor Library.

Queen Bess Takes to the Sky

Upper Shores was flying high during a moving live history portrayal of the life of Bessie Coleman, first Black female pilot.  Two performances provided more than 125 attendees a Black History Month celebration to be remembered.  Thanks to Ocean County Library Administration for funding this event.

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