Archive for April, 2010

Dreaming of Dior- Fashion Program at Toms River May 3, 7pm


Contact: Scott Rodas, Program Coordinator

(732)349-6200 x5912


Dreaming of Dior with Author Charlotte Smith

at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library.

Join us at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library (101 Washington St) on Monday, May 3, at 7 pm, for an inside look at a book for any woman who knows a dress can hold a lifetime of memories!

 Charlotte Smith had already had more than her fair share of fabulous dresses and adventures. She lived life to the fullest in London, Paris and New York before falling in love with Australia and making it her home. Then she discovered that she had inherited a priceless vintage clothing collection from her American Quaker godmother, Doris Darnell.

 When the boxes started arriving, they were filled with more than three thousand pieces dating from 1790 to 1995, from Dior and Chanel originals to a dainty pioneer dress.   But, when she unearthed her godmother’s book of stories, the true value of what she had been given hit home. This wasn’t merely a collection of beautiful things; it was a collection of lives. Women’s lives. Tiny snapshots of our joys and disappointments, our entrances and exits, triumphant and tragic. 

 Charlotte will discuss the book, and show several of the dresses at the library program.

 For more information, or to register for the event, contact the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library at 732-349-6200, or visit

Budding artists bloom in the library

As part of the Month of the Young Child, the Ocean County Library, Toms River Branch has formed a community partnership with the Ocean Affiliate of NAEYC. During April our local preschools & child care centers have the opportunity to display their students’ artwork for all to see throughout the children’s section of the library, atrium & entrance.

The Budding Artists’ Gallery had its grand opening on Tuesday, April 6th at 6:30 pm. Many families dropped by to see just how talented & inspiring our young artists are! Children from 14 schools are participating in the event, including Beachwood Nursery School, Hilltop Nursery School and Toms River Nursery School – some from as far away as Cassville Nursery School in Jackson. Drop by to see this wonderful display.

Check the link below for photos of the artists’ reception.

RefWorks workshop

The RefWorks Committee hosted its inaugural Reference Providers’ Workshop on Thursday, March 25th.  Attendees met to discuss strategies for excellent Reference service,  to share information on OCL’s subscription electronic databases, and to learn tips to search effectively within Polaris.  The next workshop for Reference Providers will be held on Wednesday, October 6th.

Photos can be viewed at

Soul Food dining @ Jackson

A couple of hundred people attended the five-hour Soul Food Saturday, Mar. 27 at the Jackson branch.

Besides the fine food cooked by Zarita and members of the Kiwanis Club of Jackson (Dan and Vicky Black, Fran Polito & Larry Meegan) participants were able to enjoy friendship, comedy, story-telling, singing and dance – all based on the African-American culture.

The menu included sweet potatoes, catfish, whiting (steaks and whole), ribs, chicken (grilled and fried), corn bread, green beans, potato salad, peach cobbler and breakfast items.  Zarita even mixed up two huge batches of her sweet tea.

Thanks to all who helped serve the food.  And a special thanks to Zarita for organizing the event, for doing just about all the cooking (on nearly no sleep), and even pitching in with the entertainment, singing and rallying the participants as they all enjoyed themselves.

A slideshow of photos can be viewed at

2010 FlowerFest @ TR

OCL’s third annual FlowerFest was a huge success.  This year the library partnered with the Downtown Toms River Business Improvement District.  Hundreds of customers enjoyed the beautiful floral displays created by the OCL staff and Skip’s Florist, the many gardening programs like the Bonsai demonstration and “Flowers for Kids,” a host of exhibitors from all over Ocean County and raffle prizes galore!

View for a slideshow of photos from FlowerFest.

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