Archive for October, 2011

Toms River Branch Celebrates Halloween

Halloween Party 

Ocean County Library Toms River Branch held its annual Halloween costume show! Trick or Treaters got to show off their awesome Halloween costumes!

Darth Vader and Minnie Mouse
We got an answer to the age old question, what do Darth Vader and Minnie Mouse have in common; they both love candy!

Cat and Agent P

This cat and Phineas and Ferb’s Agent P. look like they’re ready to solve any mystery!

Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

On Saturday, October 28, 2011, families at the Ocean County Library Upper Shores Branch enjoyed the Sugar Skull Workshop, celebrating El Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead. Enjoy this sampling of festive sugar skulls created at the branch!

Teen Program: Youth Stages – Glee Club

On Monday, November 21st, at 6pm, the Ocean County Library Stafford Branch is excited to present Youth Stages!  This group of actors/educators will draw the audience into the show.  Work with the performers to put together a set and act as a member of the Glee Club!

The Stafford Branch is located at 129 N. Main Street in Manahawkin. This program is free and open to teens ages 13-18.  Please register online at or by phone at 609-597-3381.

Emerging Adults Life Skills: Football Season

On Tuesday, November 22nd, from 2 – 3:30 pm, the Ocean County Library Stafford Branch (129 North Main Street, Manahawkin) is presenting a program on understanding and surviving football season, even if you’ve never watched a game before. Come to the library for a crash-course in the basics of the game and the structure of a football season. If you are a football fan, join us and share your knowledge. Enjoy snacks and meet new people.

This program is free and open to adults ages 18 – 28. The Stafford Branch is located at 129 N. Main Street in Manahawkin. For more information, find us online at or call us at 609-597-3381.

Waretown’s branch presents all you wanted to know about eReaders….

Waretown’s branch presents all you wanted to know about eReaders….

Here’s a great opportunity to get your hands on a variety of portable devices that read eBooks. This program will give the audience an opportunity to determine the perfect device for one’s individual needs. There’s much to be considered when choosing an eReader, different font and ink variables, or backlighting? How about the screen size, or that some offer multiple screens? What about system compatibility? Are you confident in your knowledge of these readers? Saturday, November 5 at 11am is your chance to become a wiser consumer. Two very knowledgeable representatives from Best Buy will be on hand for all of your questions.

Visit The World Of Maurice Sendak At The Ocean County Library Little Egg Harbor Branch

Ocean County Library Little Egg Harbor Branch (290 Mathistown Road) celebrates the life of famed author/illustrator Maurice Sendak by hosting the nationally touring exhibit In A Nutshell: The Worlds Of Maurice Sendak.

Sendak is best known as the illustrator of more than 100 picture books including Where The Wild Things Are and In The Night Kitchen. Born to Polish immigrants in Brooklyn, Sendak’s body of work mixes elements of his heritage with his experiences growing up in 1930s New York.

This exhibit shows the how his own family’s history, his Jewish identity and American culture were a combined influence on his works.

To celebrate the opening of In A Nutshell, exhibit curator Patrick Rodgers of the Rosenback Museum and Library in Philadelphia will discuss the life of and work of Sendak on Wednesday, November 2 at 6:30 pm.

This lecture explores the motivations behind the illustrator’s artwork, featuring recent interview footage with Sendak that is as intriguing and humorous as his art. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Little Egg Harbor Library.

In addition, the Little Egg Harbor branch is screening Spike Jonze’s film adaptation of “Where The Wild Things Are” on Tuesday, December 13 a 6 pm.

For more information, contact the Little Egg Harbor branch at (609) 693-5133. This exhibit and related programs are free and open to the public at the branch through December 16, 2011.

In A Nutshell is curated by Patrick Rodgers of the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, and developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. 

The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life.

Scarecrows at library branches

While there aren’t any corn mazes or hay rides at the local branches of Ocean County Library, they are being populated by scarecrows.

The ambassadors of fall, made by the Girl Scout troops of the Jersey Shore Council, began appearing in branches the week of October 10th. Each scarecrow is designed and built by one of the more than 650 scouts from 70 troops and will remain in the branches until just before Thanksgiving.

“This scarecrow project provides scouts with an opportunity to be creative while doing a service. The public will see a Miss USA scarecrow, spooky Halloween scarecrows and even a Tinkerbelle scarecrow among many other themes. The girls did a great job!” said Marilyn Bass, Cadette Troop Leader in Waretown.

“Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore has enjoyed a wonderful partnership over the years with the Ocean County Library and we are grateful for the opportunity to brighten up the library this fall,” said Bass.

Here’s the link to the slide show of photos

Cancer Fair @ Manchester a great success!

I love working at the library. For 22 years I have had the most incredible mentors and trainers that enable me to provide great customer service on a daily basis. It’s what I love to do.

In June 2010 I encountered a shock that affects so many of us here in America. I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Going through treatment made me realize that there are so many resources out there, so much help that took me through a journey with compassion, support and an approach that give me a great understanding that I am not alone.

I met Sherrie Laniado,  a social worker at the Community Medical Cancer Center, during one of my treatments. She took me into her office to see how I was doing.  Talking to her I expressed how I have a goal to help others with cancer, that I work at the library and I would love to spread the word.  She was the right person to talk to, the person who does outreach in our community to educate and help those who are suffering. We brainstormed and put together a Cancer Fair to provide a great balance of vendors to help those with cancer.

We held that cancer fair October 15 the Manchester Branch of the Ocean County.

We had a great mix of vendors, which included American Cancer Society, New Jersey Health, Prostate Support Group, Bra and Girdle Factory of Lakewood, Toms River Fitness, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Jacqueline Wilentz Breast Center, Shop Rite, Wellness Center of Toms River, Community Medical Cancer Center, and NJ CEED.  Jazz music was provided by Derrick Pierre of Lakewood.  Refreshments were provided by Shop-Rite and customers were able to try a Reiki experience.  With the help of the Manchester library staff, the day was a success and together we were able to make someone’s journey a little easier to endure.


Here is a link to a slideshow of photos taken during the cancer fair:

Four upcoming programs at Stafford branch

Press Release

CONTACT: Francine Everson, 609-597-3381


MANAHAWKIN – Anna Salibello will be teaching a series of exercise classes designed especially for mature adults at The Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library on Mondays at 1:00 PM on October 31st and November 7th . Maximize your body’s ability to strengthen and heal through non-aerobic exercise while sitting and standing. Increase muscular strength, flexibility, balance, range of motion, self-esteem, stamina and reduce the appearance of aging. These classes benefit anyone interested in staying fit, and will also benefit those with arthritis and osteoporosis.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. This program is free and open to the public. There is no need to register, as the first 25 people will be admitted. If you have any questions, call the library for specific information, (609) 597-3381, or check our website at

Press Release
CONTACT: Francine Everson 609-597-3381


MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will be showing the feature film African Cats on Saturday, November 12th at 2:00 PM. This is a documentary on lions and cheetahs and how they raise their cubs in the wild. Rated G.

The family movie Rango is scheduled for Saturday, November 26th at 2:00 PM. Rango is a chameleon who winds up in the town of Dirt – a Wild West town in need of a sheriff. Rated PG.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. These movies are free and open to the public. Call the branch for specific information: (609) 597-3381, or visit our website at There is no need to register.

Press Release

CONTACT: Francine Everson (609) 597-3381


MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library’s Creative Writing Group will meet on Wednesday, November 16th 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.

Press Release

CONTACT: Francine Everson (609) 597-3381 October 24, 2011


MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library is hosting the program: Literary Moments on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM. Budding writers will read their work to an audience, for a maximum of 5 minutes per person. You do not have to have been part of the Creative Writing or Poetry groups to attend, and there will be no critical feedback; this is simply a time for literary appreciation of your peers. You may read your poetry or excerpts from larger works, such as novels, screenplays, prose, essays, etc.

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

Manchester branch hosts vision challenged author

Press Release
CONTACT: Sabrina La Spata, (732) 657-7600 ext. 4300


MANCHESTER– On November 11 at 11:00 am, local author Julia Spencer will talk to children and caregivers about her experience of going blind. She has recently published a memoir, Looking Through A Keyhole which records her struggles as she copes with losing her vision. She tells of her hopes and fears and how she overcame adversities. Her story is very inspirational to anyone experiencing a life-altering condition. Accompanying Ms. Spencer to the event will be her guide dog, “Irene” for everyone to meet.

Please register for this free family program online at or call 732.657.7600.

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

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