Archive for August, 2010

Brick celebrates 20th anniversary


The Brick Branch of the Ocean County Library celebrated its 20th Anniversary on Saturday, August 28. The day‘s festivities is included a children’s LEGOs activity, building a dream library, and a visit from Sparks.

At noon there was program with remarks by Assistant Director Valerie Bell and presentation of a Mayoral Proclamation and Town Council Resolution by Brick Township Mayor Stephen Acropolis. The governing body and the mayor declared Aug. 28 as “Brick Library Branch Day” in Bricktown.

The program ended with a special recognition of Brick Friends Life Members, Dorothy Epstein and Evelyn Klappholz and the cutting of the Anniversary Cake. In the afternoon everyone enjoyed a wonderful performance by Jim Murphy and the Pine Barons.

Throughout the day visitors viewed our time capsule and photo display and slideshow, an outdoor kite display made by our teen S.A.I.L. volunteers, and entered the raffles for seven themed gift baskets, two filled backpacks and three restaurant gift certificates.

A photo slideshow of the festivities can be viewed at the Flickr web site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22036136@N07/sets/72157624717270707/show/

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Square Dancing at Upper Shores

Upper Shores branch had a great turnout for their recent square dance program. So many folks showed up the dance floor couldn’t hold them all at once

UP square dance lyrics… Grab a book, check it out..Promenade on your way out

Little Egg Harbor Friends recieves check from Manahawkin Walmart

Joyce Salow, Little Egg Harbor Friends President, accepts a check from the Manahawkin Walmart

Joyce Salow, Little Egg Harbor Friends President, accepts a grant from Walmart (above) in the amount of $1,000 at the grand re-opening of Walmart in Manahawkin, Friday, August 27.

Penny Hughes of the Greater Tuckerton Food Pantry also accepted a check (below) from the Manahawkin Walmart. Ms. Hughes is also a volunteer at the Little Egg Harbor Branch, with the branch’s English Conversation Group.

Penny Hughes of the Greater Tuckerton Food Pantry recieves a check from Walmrt in Manahawkin

Little Egg Harbor branch hosts blood drive

Eric Vinciquarra, TAB member, and Lauren Shockley, former TAB member and LEH’s SAIL Coordinator, enjoying the canteen after their donations.

The Little Egg Harbor branch hosted a successful blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross and the Little Egg Harbor Citizen’s on Patrol on Thursday, August 26. A steady stream of generous blood donors flowed into the library to contribute to this cause. The branch exceeded its goal, of 80 donations to help fill the current blood shortage.

Lakewood SMART program concludes with a celebration


The S.M.A.R.T. Kids Summer Extension Program ran for a total of eight weeks. The program, held every day from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m., started July 1st through August 20th. Daily activities included crafts, gaming, outside physical activities, movies, and cooking. A free lunch was provided daily by the Lakewood Board of Education. Raisa Gofman, a monitor at Lakewood, taught the children a Ukrainian dance that they performed at the closing celebration. School supplies were donated by the St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Toms River and were handed out at the beach party, which ended the program.

A slideshow of photos taken by Erin can be viewed at the Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22036136@N07/sets/72157624687532327/show/

Motorcycle mavens in Waretown


Michelle Brzozowski & Alma Perez-Neary made a grand entrance onto the Waretown branch parking lot on their marvelous motorcycles. These mavens spoke of road safety, the differences in bike types, and their own personal stories. Thanks Michelle and Alma for making it fun for our young patrons to learn more about the role of motorbikes on the road.

TR Sail puppet show keeps ’em riveted


The SAIL volunteers put on a fantastic puppet show for young patrons of the library on July 15th. The stage, script , and acting were all done by the SAIL volunteers, and gave 32 patrons a show to remember.