Archive for April, 2011

Treasured Angels Art Show at the Barnegat Branch

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Ocean County Library Barnegat branch is a partner with the Treasured Angels Preschool in the New Jersey Strengthening Families Initiative.  On April 28, the branch hosted the third annual Treasured Angels Art Show, which attracted more than 100 visitors.

For some pictures of the art show, click here.

Two press releases from Stafford

Apr. 25, 2011

CONTACT: Francine Everson (609) 597-3381


MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library’s Creative Writing Group will meet on Tuesday, May 10th from 10:30 AM – Noon. What is creative writing? It’s an expression of the writer’s thoughts and emotions, rather than merely conveying information. If you love to write in any form – fiction, screenplays, etc., – this is a chance to meet others with the same passion. Share ideas and information, with the option of bringing in a one-page sample of your work with some copies for others to read. The group is limited to five participants so register early.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. This program is free and open to the public. Please register in person, by calling the branch at (609) 597-3381, or online at If you have any questions, call the branch for specific information.

CONTACT: Francine Everson, 609-597-3381 April 25, 2011


MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library is hosting the program: Poetry with Gemma on Thursday, May 12th from 2:30 – 4:00 PM. Published author Gemma, who has written hundreds of poems covering all kinds of topics, will bring her expertise to other poetry enthusiasts. This program welcomes all poets who would like to share their poetry with others for valuable feedback, impressions, and commentary. Please bring in some copies of your work, which will be returned to you before you leave.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. This program is free and open to the public. Please register in person, by calling the Stafford Branch at (609) 597-3381, or visit the library’s website at

Barnegat to offer prep classes for US Citizenship

The Barnegat branch of the Ocean County Library, 112 Burr St., will offer a six-week series of classes to help people prepare for the US Citizenship test.

The teacher will help students understand the following:

  • The benefits and responsibilities of citizenship
  • Eligibility for naturalization
  • Help filling out application for naturalization

Students will receive a copy of the citizenship test. Each session students will go over questions and will go over how to spell and write English words and sentences. Knowledge of the English language is the most important part of passing the test!

The program is free but registration is required- you are signing up for all six sessions to be held Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. starting May 10th  and ending June 14th.

Preparación para la ciudadanía de Estados Unidos

Este curso de seis semanas se diseña para ayudar a estudiantes a pasar la prueba para la ciudadanía de los Estados Unidos. El instructor ayudará a estudiantes a entender estos factores:

  • Las ventajas y las responsabilidades de la ciudadanía
  • Elegibilidad para la naturalización
  • Ayuda en completar la hoja de la naturalización

 Information about the event can be found online at or by phone at (609) 698-3331

Plant swap at Barnegat branch

The Barnegat branch of the Ocean County Library, 112 Burr St., will host the Barnegat Garden Club’s plant swap Saturday May 7.  Bring in your plant and trade it for a new one, or up to five.  Plants can be dropped off at 10 a.m. and the swapping begins at 11.

All plants must be labeled, healthy and securely wrapped.  A free table will be available for donations of small tools, seed packets, books and small gardening decorations.

This program is free an open to the public.  No registration is required.

For more information call the branch at (609) 698-3331 .

Man to Man: Face 2 Face continues in Lakewood

The Lakewood branch hosted the fourth session in its “Man to Man: Face 2 Face/The Law & You” program Monday, April 18th.  30 people attended.

Our presenters were Sgt. Milton Alexander; Senior Correction Officer A. Booker; and Senior Correction Officer W. Booker from Rahway Prison.  

In both photos Sgt. Milton Alexander is standing in the center;  SCO A. Booker is the other man on the left and SCO W. Booker is the woman on the right. 

The presenters gave a “Scared Straight” type of program and explained what life in jail is exactly life.

Lakewood’s Kids & Teens Have Talent

Lakewood’s Kid & Teen Talent Show was held on Wednesday, April 6th.  45 people attended and kids and teens played instruments, danced, and performed magic tricks.  Winners recieved BlueClaws tickets, movie tickets, and free passes to bowl at Ocean Lanes.

Talent & speakers highight FilmFest 2011

More than 200 people enjoyed the work of local filmmakers at the fifth annual Ocean County Library Film Fest held at the Toms River branch April 15th and 16th.

 Friday night honored the work of 10 Ocean County high schools. From nearly 100 entries, thirty-four exceptional high school films were screened.  Twelve received awards in categories ranging from best commercial to best visual effects.

 Tony Mandille, a local prosthetic and makeup artist, gave an explosive demonstration of horror movie special effects to the audience. Young movie makers were inspired by the do-it-yourself style of Mandille’s techniques, which can easily be replicated for their next film project.

 Tony Mandille’s work has been featured in films, television and theatre. In addition, he has held the title of makeup supervisor for Great Adventure’s famous Freight Fest since 1999.

 Saturday’s event was an opportunity for local adult film makers to present their work to film enthusiasts. Twelve films were viewed and discussed in an open forum that was lead by each director. A highlight of the evening included a conversation between Glenn Kenny, chief film critic at MSN, and Jim Uhls, the screen writer of “Fight Club.”

 The two speakers candidly discussed Jim Uhls’s works and his upcoming projects. Audience members then took part in a Q&A session with both guests.

 The evening concluded with the presentation of awards for exceptional film making in the adult category.  Jim Uhls graciously provided a meet and greet and photo opportunity for attendees.

 The Ocean County Library’s grassroots Film Festival grows each year more local film makers participate and submit their movies. 

 Ocean County Film Festival is sponsored through partnership of Ocean County Library, Kiwanis clubs of Ocean County and the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

 A slideshow of photos taken at the festival can be viewed at: 

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