Archive for November, 2010

Ba-ba-booey at Li-li-library!

Longtime Howard Stern radio proudcer Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate was the special guest at an author visit at the Toms River branch on November 19.

Library Commissioners Bonnie Peterson and Henry Mancini with Gary Dell' Abate

Gary was discussing his recently released autobiography They Call Me Baba Booey, which gives a hilarious, painful, poignant, and eye-opening glimpse of the life of the radio personality.

Click here for some more pictures of the event.

Lakewood’s 3rd annual community dinner

The Lakewood branch hosted its third annual community dinner Nov. 18, the Thursday before Thanksgiving.

Each year the number of people participating grows. In 2008 we had about 60 people attend. Last year it was near 160. This year the dinner fed well over 200 people.

The Kiwanis Club of Jackson has helped the past two years by providing a donation for supplies and drinks, help in serving the food, and provided much of the food. (Three turkeys, 50 pounds of mashed potatoes, 30 pounds of sweet potatoes, a ham, several varieties of vegetables, and desserts.)

Enjoy the photos on Flickr:

Robin to the Rescue!

Robin Romance, Point Borough,  rescued our Waretown staff (Eileen Tomczuk) from a mountain of donated plastic shopping bags.  She led our group of sixteen crocheters through a creative journey.  Final destination; a draw-string gift bag that required some pre-sorting, fine scissor work, and approximately 20-30 bags! 

Harvest Craft and Stories at Point Pleasant Boro

The children of the Point Pleasant Borough branch enjoyed making a turkey during the Harvest Craft and Stories program with children’s librarian, Miss Robin.

Barbara Taylor Bradford and Friends…Stafford Friends!!

On November 11, the Friends of the Stafford Branch of Ocean County Library held a very special luncheon at the Captain’s Inn of Forked River that featured  New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford!

Barbara spoke to a crowded audience on a variety of topics, ranging from her latest book Playing The Game to her early career as a journalist in Britain, as well as answering questions about her literary inspirations.

Picture here from left to right are Friend of the Stafford Branch Membership Chairperson Virginia Schwing-Dzura, Stafford branch manager Chris Rodas, Barbara Taylor Bradford and Ocean County Library Director Susan Quinn.

Check out some more photos from the event here!

Odessa Klezmer Band @ JAX!

Ed Goldberg and the Odessa Klezmer Band returned to Jackson for some Klezmirim fun! We were filled to capacity with 90 patrons . Many of Jackson’s senior communities came out  to enjoy the happy foot-dancing music that originated amongst the Jewish populations of Eastern Europe.  The Klezmer band has been in existence since 1984 and they have played at numerous fairs, weddings, gypsy affairs, libraries, bar mitzvahs and even at city hall!

Veterans benefits @ Waretown

Our Veterans Benefits program filled our meeting room and parking lot to capacity. Mr. John Dorrity, Director of the Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau, managed to deftly field numerous concerns and questions regarding veterans’ issues.  Many participants came to this program with a long history of frustrating encounters with administrative bureaucracy, yet after attending this program they left with either a clear answer or hope for a final solution.  Despite the seriousness of many of these issues humor, camaraderie and respect abounded.   

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