Archive for June, 2011

Stafford Mayor and Ocean County Library Commissioners Celebrate Stafford Branch Re-Opening


Assisting with the ribbon cutting at the re-opening of the recently renovated Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library were: Anne Bungo (President, Friends of the Stafford Library); Chris Rodas (Stafford Branch Manager); Susan Quinn (Ocean County Library Director); John Spodofora (Stafford Township Mayor); Henry Mancini (Stafford Township Councilman and Ocean County Library Commissioner); and Sal Baglio (Ocean County Library Commissioner)


Commissioners Henry Mancini and Sal Baglio in a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the recently refurbished Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library. The event, co-sponsored by the Friends of the Stafford Branch, took place at the library on Saturday, June 25th.

The branch had been closed for two weeks during the remodeling that included  installation of new carpeting, repainting of all public and office spaces, and electrical improvements to accommodate increasing laptop users.

The public is invited to drop by to see the “new” library” during the summer hours of Monday 9 am – 9 pm, Tue 9 am – 5 pm, Wed 9 am – 9 pm, Thurs 9 am – 9 pm, Fri 9 am – 5 pm and Sat 9 am – 5 pm.

You can view more pictures from the opening here.

Richard Prestholdt presents Lewis & Clark

Historian Richard Prestholdt opened the Ocean County Library’s “Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country” program series Saturday with a discussion of the Corps of Discovery’s importance and his personal stories from the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Mo.

Prestholdt is Vice President of the Lewis and Clark National Heritage Trail.  He was dressed as George Gibson, one of the Corps’ enlisted soldiers and one of the “nine men from Kentucky” who first signed on.

The Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Mo. recreated the four-year long Lewis and Clark expedition with its own four-year journey using copies of the boats the original Corps of Discovery used.  Each night the St. Charles group would set up camp just above the riverbank.

“The campsites were primitive with modern conveniences,” he said.

The St. Charles expedition launched its party August 31, 2003 in Pittsburgh.  It ended in Astoria, Oregon.  Prestholdt participated in their trip a total of 40 weeks.

During its four year journey the St. Charles group visited about 440 towns and participated in their anniversary programs that marked the original expedition’s layovers.  Along the way the St. Charles group spoke to about 2 million school children, telling them about Lewis and Clark.

Ocean County Library is also sponsoring more than a dozen other Corps of Discovery related programs over the next eight weeks.  The programs are free and open to the public.

Ocean County Library is one of only 23 libraries across the country to host the exhibit.  The exhibit, organized by the Newberry Library and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, has toured the country since October 2007 and will end its national tour this coming April.

The exhibit was made possible by a major gran from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Additional Support for the program came from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, Ruth C. Ruggles and the National Park Service.  The lead corporate sponsor was the Sara Lee Foundation.

Photos from Saturday’s program can be viewed here.

Dee Payne retires from OCL


After 22 1/2 years with Ocean County Library, 20 of them at the Toms River branch, Dee Payne is retiring.

Dee has spent the last 13 years as a supervisor and has work in all the library departments but one, and many of the branches, too.

She has also served as a shop steward for 22 years.

Dee will be missed, but as she says, she only lives 1 1/2 miles away so we can expect to see her visiting often.

Best wishes Dee.

Photos of her farewell gathering can be seen here.

Playtivity at the Little Egg Harbor branch

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Playtivity performed at Little Egg Harbor Library on Monday, June 27th.  Children and adults participated by playing drums, rhythm egg shakers, tambourines and many other percussion instruments.  Children were encouraged to play various rhythms, dance the Conga, sing songs from Africa and conduct the group.  It was a great musical adventure for all. You can view more photos from the event here.

Three Press Releases from Stafford branch


CONTACT: Francine Everson (609) 597-3381


MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library’s Creative Writing Group will meet on Wednesday, July 20th 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 If you have any questions, call the branch for specific information.


CONTACT: Francine Everson, 609-597-3381 June 24, 2011


MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will host the program – Tech. Buddies: Electronic Devices Demystified, on Tuesday, July 19th, and Thursday, July 21st from 1:00 – 3:00 PM each day. Is your smartphone, I-Pad, e-reader, etc., leaving you baffled? Don’t know how to upload your photo onto Facebook? Team up with a teen volunteer who will help with these questions so that you can feel more comfortable and confident with your device. Don’t forget to bring it with you.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. This program is free and open to the public. If you have questions, feel free to call the Stafford branch. Please register either in person, or call the branch at (609) 597-3381, or visit our website at


CONTACT: Francine Everson, 609-597-3381 June 24, 2011


MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library is hosting the program: Poetry with Gemma on Thursday, July 14th 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

Beat the drum and dance with Playtivity

Eleven branches of the Ocean County Library will host “Playtivity” for children as part of its annual Summer Reading Program.


The Summer Reading Program encourages students and adults to read during the summer.  This year’s theme of recommended titles in the program is “One World, Many Stories.”


Playtivity is for children of all ages and their families are welcome to attend. 


Children will learn listening skills, feel great about themselves as they develop self-confidence from performing on instruments from different cultures, and hearing stories about their world.


Created by Craig Norton and Virginia Anderson, the program utilizes performance to inspire creativity in everyone who participates.


The programs are free but registration is required.  Contact the branch to register, or go to the library’s Website to register.


The program will be held at the following branches:

Monday, June 27, 1 p.m. Lakewood

Monday, June 27, 4 p.m. Little Egg Harbor

Monday, June 27, 6:30 p.m. Stafford

Tuesday, June 28, 10:30 a.m.  Manchester

Tuesday, June 28, 2 p.m.  Berkeley

Tuesday, June 28, 4 p.m. Lacey

Wednesday, June 29, 1 p.m. Upper Shores (Lavallette)

Wednesday, June 29, 3 p.m. Pt. Pleasant Boro

Wednesday, June 29, 7 p.m. Toms River

Thursday, June 30, 10 a.m. Jackson

Thursday, June 30, 2 p.m. Barnegat

Minimalist cooking author at TR branch

When two Australian mothers wrote a cookbook to save themselves time and money, and get them OUT of the kitchen, they had no idea that it would make them international bestsellers!

Cookbook author Kim McCosker, sans her co-author Rachael Bermingham, was at the Toms River branch Thursday June 23 discussing and sharing food samples from their book, “4 Ingredients.”

It has sold more than 2 million copies and consistently sits near the top of the bestseller lists in both Australia and the UK.

The pair has said their cookbook’s success rides on people relating to the four ingredient concept.  It helps people get great food on their table fast, it doesn’t compromise on taste, and it used ingredients that are already found in most kitchen cabinets or refrigerators.

They are the first to admit that they are not professional chefs but everyday people, career women, mothers and wives who try to be the best they can be for the people they love.

Their book contains more than 400 recipes that range from breakfast, to lunch, to dinner and everything in between.

A slideshow of photos from the event can be found at

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