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.   

SEE (Special Eyes on the Environment) at Toms River

The Toms River Branch is hosting a special exhibit “SEE (Special on the Environment) featuring photography by participants in the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities Adult Program at Toms River throughout the month of November.

SEE is an innovative photography program designed for persons with disabilities. The mission is to have the participants capture images of the beauty and blemishes of the environment.

On November 10, the participants were invited to a special reception hosted by the library. The featured speaker was Ross Lewis, who started the program.

The SEE program was also funded by the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

Books & Booktalks for Teens with Jennifer Hubert

Learn about the “Best of the Best” Teen Books from 2010 and how to write and deliver booktalks to teens that will keep ‘em hanging and dying to read the book!

Thurs Dec 2nd 4-6pm  Mancini Hall, Toms River Branch

For librarians and educators.  Please register at click on “program calendar” or by calling 732-349-6200

Feel free to bring a snack –coffee, tea and water will be provided

Professional Development Certificates will be provided.  Ocean County Library is a registered NJ Dept of Education Professional Development Provider.

Jennifer Hubert Swan is the author of the highly regarded website Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists for teens, which has been online since 1998. In 2007, she published a book by the same name for teachers and librarians. Jennifer professionally reviews young adult literature for Booklist and Kirkus Reviews and has served on the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults selection committee, the Michael L. Printz Award committee and the Alex Awards.  Currently, Jennifer is the Middle School Librarian and Library Department Chair at Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School.

Neil Sedaka packs Mancini Hall

Neil Sedaka, pop singer, songwriter, and poet filled Mancini Hall Sunday November 7, to promote the children’s book “Waking Up is Hard to Do” that he provides the lyrics for.

Sedaka whose career has spanned more than 50 years has written many songs for himself and others rewrote his signature 1962 #1 hit song “Breaking Up is Hard to Do”. The book and CD contains two more songs written and sung by Sedakad “Lightnin’ Jim” and “Sing.”

Waiting to get book autographed beore the show


Neil Sedaka signs his book Waking up is Hard to do for Bonnie Peterson


Neil poses with Trina Dattolo and her daughter

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