Archive for March, 2010

Thanks For Thirty Great Years

After 39 years as a Children’s Librarian (working 30 years at OCL) staffer Susan Good is retiring.  The staff celebrated on March 31, 2010, by dressing up in Susan’s signature suspenders, ties, and blue jeans.

Flappers cause…well, a flap @ Barnegat

Ladies (and Gentlemen) enjoyed Barnegat Branch’s and Barnegat Recreation’s Women’s History Program on March 27th. The subject was the Flapper Era. With standing room only, all enjoyed a power point presentation, a fashion show, tea, raffles and pleasant conversation . Rave reviews were heard all week.

Spring Fling @ Waretown

Our Spring Fling Swing audience not only enjoyed the music of Fred Guarino and Friends, but also took advantage of our mobile dance floor.  Along with Irish ditties and big band melodies, the band challenged the audience to name a tune that they weren’t able to play.  No one was able to stump the band, keeping the band’s impeccable record untouched.

Calendar Girls @ Upper Shores

The Friends of the Upper Shores Library sponsored another awesome show last night. The Calendar Girls, Senior Dance Company preformed here for a SRO (Standing Room Only) crowd! The audience was wowed by their beautiful costumes and technical tapping, singing and comedy.

Victorian Magic @ Barnegat

On Wednesday, March 17th magician Robert Aberdeen gave a free presentation of his “Victorian Magic” performance as a part of the second annual Family Week at the Theatre and the Stages Festival. Mr. Aberdeen delighted a full house of all ages with his sleight of hand tricks and even explained how some of the classic magic tricks are performed.

Special thanks to the program’s co-sponsor, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, for making this free program available to the library.

Railroad program right on track @ Waretown

It seems that experts on the subject of Ocean County railroad history were on both sides of the speaker’s podium during this program.  Enthusiasm, insights, and information flowed freely until the wee hours of our branch’s closing hour (9pm).   German Georgieff, Chief Naturalist at the Wells Mills County Park, took our wall-to-wall audience members down the dusty rails of the Tuckerton, New Jersey Central, and Pennsylvania Railroads.  People were amazed to find what could possibly lay in their own backyards.    Heads up, rail enthusiasts!  The Park will be offering van tours focusing on those concealed rails, and structural remnants.

The spinning wheel & American history @ Waretown

In the midst of this past weekend’s furious storm, a few brave souls gathered to attend Niki Giberson’s program on colonial wool spinners and their role in American history.

Niki and her husband own and operate the Swan Bay Folk Art Center in Port Republic. Along with the experience of demonstrating fiber arts for 30 years and running her business, Niki brought to this program a wealth of information on America’s traditional crafts.

While dressed in period costume, she deftly demonstrated how wool was spun and used in many forms

You’ll find additional information about her in Bob Birdsall’s book “People of the Pines”.