Archive for May, 2011

Three Press Releases from Stafford

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT: Francine Everson, 609-597-3381
feverson@theoceancountylibrary.org

POETRY WITH GEMMA

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library is hosting the program: Poetry with Gemma on Thursday, June 9th 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 http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT: Francine Everson (609) 597-3381
feverson@theoceancountylibrary.org

CREATIVE WRITING GROUP

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library’s Creative Writing Group will meet on Wednesday, June 15th from 1:00 – 2:30 PM. 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 http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org. If you have any questions, call the branch for specific information.

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT: Francine Everson, 609-597-3381
feverson@theoceancountylibrary.org

ELDER LAW SEMINAR

MANAHAWKIN – Scott M. Hanula, a certified elder law attorney and member of the National Elder Law Foundation, focuses on the special needs and problem areas of the senior population. He will talk about Medicaid, Medicare, protecting home and family assets from long-term care costs, and essential estate planning documents at the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library on Tuesday, June 21st at 2:00 PM. He will also explain the new Medicaid regulations, estate administration, guardianships, probate, and more. Generally, most people are unclear as to what they need to do, and they are unaware of what the ramifications are for not planning properly. Learn what you need to do to avoid any pitfalls. There will be time for questions.

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 http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org

Library updates OC women’s directory

The Ocean County Library will present its updated “Ocean County Women’s Organizations & Community Resource Guide” June 1 and it is available free and online at the library’s Website http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

The guide provides contact information from dozens of local organizations that provide assistance to women.

Those services include health, nutrition and childcare; education scholarship; veteran’s assistance; volunteer and employment opportunities; business support and networks; and contact information to social groups.

Access to the guide is available online and can be open from computers in the library or a remote location. There is no charge for accessing the guide. The library will not provide printed copies of the guide.

The guide will be updated one more time during the summer. To be included in it contact the library by August 1, 2011. Please remember the directory and its information are publicly available on the Internet.

Adding information to the directory is free and easy. Use the online form at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org/women.htm . Information can also be updated by telephoning the Toms River branch at (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514, then press “four” for reference services.

Four Press Releases from Manchester

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT: Joanne Lefand, (732) 657-7600 ext. 4522
jlefand@theoceancountylibrary.org

MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY TO SHOW
“THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT”

MANCHESTER – The Manchester Branch Library will screen the film, “The Kids Are All Right” on Monday, June 13, at 2:00 p.m. See this popular drama on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!

Teen siblings of lesbian parents with an unknown sperm donor seek out and find their biological father. When they attempt to bring him into the family that their two mothers built for them, the household will never be the same again as family relationships get continually re-defined.

This R-rated movie is a special presentation in recognition of Gay Pride Month in June. Registration is not required but early arrival is recommended.

The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Twp. Call 732-657-7600 for more information or go online to theoceancountylibrary.org.

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT: Joanne Lefand, (732) 657-7600 ext. 4522
jlefand@theoceancountylibrary.org

MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY
TO SHOW, “NURSE. FIGHTER. BOY”

MANCHESTER – The Manchester Library will screen, “Nurse. Fighter. Boy” on Wednesday, June 15, at 2:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 pm. See this popular independent drama on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!

A late summer night brawl causes three fates to be forever intertwined. Silence, a past his prime fighter who now fights illegally to survive, ends up in the care of nurse, Jude. Jude is a single mother descended from a long line of Jamaican caregivers. Her son Ciel, delves into music conjuring dreams for his mother.

The film is Canadian so the dialogue is in English. It is part of the library’s monthly Independent/Foreign Film Series. It is 93 minutes long. Registration is not required. This program is open all ages although it is geared toward adults.

The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Twp. Call 732.657.7600 for more information.

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT: Jolene Smith, 732.657.7600
jsmith@theoceancountylibrary.org

MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY TO TEACH GENEALOGY

MANCHESTER, NJ – On Thursday, June 16, the Manchester Branch Library will offer the class, “Genealogy Basics: Researching Your Family History” at 2:00 pm. Instructor Bob Breen will teach you how to get started tracing your family tree.

This program is open to the adult public, free of charge. Please go online to http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or call 732.657.7600 to register.

The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Twp.

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT: Alice Parfitt, 732.657.7600
aparfitt@theoceancountylibrary.org

Manchester Branch Library to Teach Class On

MANCHESTER, NJ – On Thursday, June 16 at 7:00 pm, and Monday, June 20 at 10:00 am, the Manchester Branch Library will offer a class to make job hunters aware of library databases and online resources that will help them in their search. These include “Career Transitions” and “Job Accelerator” which assist with every phase of the process of landing a job from building a resume to locating available positions to sending out applications. Also being demonstrated in this lecture style setting will be the “Workforce NJ” website of the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development- another powerful job finding tool.

This program is open to the adult public, free of charge. Please call 732.657.7600 or go online to http://www.oceancountylibrary.org to register.

The Manchester Branch Ocean County Library .

2011 Mancini Author Program – Lawrence Block


New York Times best-selling author Lawrence Block spoke at the 2011 Mancini Author Program May 23.

The program held in Mancini Hall in Toms River branch is named after the late Freeholder and library advocate James Mancini.

Block spoke about his latest novel “A Drop of the Hard Stuff” about NYPD detective Matthew Scudder. Mr. Block entertained questions from audience members on his writing career, other novels, and the characters in is works.

OCL Friends Spring Forum

“The voices of the people are critical in support of their libraries,” said Pat Tumulty, and the Friends of the Library are in a unique position to get that message to local legislators.

Tumulty, Executive Director of NJLA, spoke at the annual Friends Spring Forum May 19th in Mancini Hall about advocacy.

 “It is not easy to be a Friend, to be an advocate,” she said, “but it is so important and necessary.  You are the connectors to the community and legislators.  Think of different ways to include them.”

Library Director Susan Quinn, Assistant Director Valerie Bell, and Judy Macaluso, Suzanne Scro, and Heather Andolsen told of ways Friends could generate greater enthusiasm for the library and its services.

Sometimes people connect with others directly and solicit their support, but sometimes that simple, seemingly inconsequential contact yield fruits years, even decades later.

 “There are all different ways we impact people,” said Tumulty, “and we’ll never know how much we help them.”

Forum participants later divided into groups to brainstorm for advocacy opportunities and learned of the two Public Library Association’s six-week Webinars based upon library advocacy.

 The OCL Friends Steering Committee participated in the planning for the event and assisted that day.

Librarian Karla Iverson also told the participants in Ocean County Library’s exciting new online resource, Universal Class, that offers over 500 courses for adult instruction.  The courses can be used to improve a person’s  job skills, instruct people as they start a new hobby, or enrich their lives with lessons on literature,  history, and the social sciences.

Universal Class is available, free of charge, to holders of OCL library cards.

A slideshow of the forum can be viewed at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oceancountylibrary/sets/72157626790011868/show/

Individual photos from the event can be viewed at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oceancountylibrary/sets/72157626790011868/

Two Press Releases from Stafford branch

Press Release

CONTACT: Courtney Nieddu, 609-597-3381
cnieddu@theoceancountylibrary.org

Paper Cranes for Japan

MANAHAWKIN – On Monday, June 6th, from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm, the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library invites teens to come in and make paper cranes to support Japan. Don’t worry if you’ve never folded a paper crane before – instruction will be provided!
This program is free and open to teens ages 12-18. No registration is necessary. The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main Street in Manahawkin. Information about the event can be found online at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by phone at 609-597-3381.

Press Release

CONTACT: Courtney Nieddu, 609-597-3381
cnieddu@theoceancountylibrary.org

Teen Fiction Café

MANAHAWKIN – On Thursday, June 9th, the Stafford Branch is holding a fiction café. We will discuss not just books, but also movies, television shows, video games, and anything else that tells a story.
This program is free and open to teens ages 12-18. No registration is necessary. The Stafford Branch is located at 129 N. Main Street in Manahawkin. Information about the event can be found online at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by phone at 609-597-3381.

Four Press Releases from Manchester

Press Release

CONTACT: Jolene Smith, 732.657.7600
jsmith@theoceancountylibrary.org

MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY FRIENDS GROUP
TO SPONSOR JUNE ART EXHIBIT AND RECEPTION

MANCHESTER, NJ – On Saturday, June 4, The Friends of the Manchester Branch Library will host a reception to take place at the Manchester Branch Library starting at 2:00 pm to honor local photographer, Jeff Sayre whose photos will be on display in the library’s meeting room throughout the month of June. The public is invited to drop in to see his work, share light refreshments, and meet Mr. Sayres who will discuss his craft.

The reception is open to the adult public, free of charge. There is no advance registration.

Interested parties are also permitted to stop by to view this exhibit during the library’s regular business hours whenever the meeting room is available. To this end, calling the library beforehand at 732.657.7600 is recommended.

The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Twp.

Press Release

CONTACT: Joanne Lefand, (732) 657-7600 ext. 4522
jlefand@theoceancountylibrary.org

MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY TO SHOW
“MORNING GLORY”

MANCHESTER – The Manchester Branch Library will screen the film, “Morning Glory” on Wednesday, June 8, at 2:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 pm. See this popular comedy on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!

When hard-working TV producer Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is fired from a local news program, her career begins to look as bleak as her love life. Stumbling into a job at “Daybreak” (the last-place national morning news show), she attempts to revitalize the show by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford). Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover lighter news items like celebrity gossip and weather, let alone work with his new co-host, Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton). As Mike and Colleen clash, Becky’s blossoming love affair with fellow producer, Adam Bennett (Patrick Wilson) begins to unravel. Soon Becky is struggling to save her relationship, her reputation, her job and the show itself.

This PG13-rated movie is part of the library’s Feature Film Series. It is 102 minutes long. Although there is no registration, early arrival is recommended.

The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Twp. Call 732-657-7600 for more information or go online to theoceancountylibrary.org.

Press Release

CONTACT: Wendi Smolowitz, 732.657.7600 ext. 4113
wsmolowitz@theoceancountylibrary.org

Manchester Branch Library’s Jewish Book and Film
Discussion Club to Hold Meeting

MANCHESTER, NJ – The Manchester Branch Library’s Shalom Book and Film Discussion Club that focuses on Jewish themed literature and movies, will meet on Friday, June 10 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Dr. Ali Botein-Furrevig is the group leader. She is an English professor at Ocean County College and lecturer on all aspects of Yiddish culture throughout Ocean and Monmouth counties.

The subject of June’s discussion is a book by Lucette Matalon Lagnado: The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family’s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World. The title refers to the author’s description of her journey from Cairo to Paris to New York during the years between World War II and Gamal Abdel Nasser’s rise to power in Egypt.

This program is open to the adult public, free of charge. However, space is very limited so it is necessary to register in advance by calling 732.657.7600 or by going online to http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Twp.

Press Release

CONTACT: Wendi Smolowitz, (732) 657-7600, ext. 4113
wsmolowitz@theoceancountylibrary.org

RHYTHM & BLUES BAND TO PLAY AT
THE MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY

MANCHESTER – The Manchester Branch Library will host a concert by the local rhythm & blues band, “Dem Guyz” on Saturday, June 11 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon with talented musicians who perform at venues throughout Ocean County.

All ages are welcome and there is no need to register for this free program! For more information, please call (732) 657-7600 or go online to http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Township.