Archive for July, 2012

Raptor Rapture Falconry with live birds

Bill Ponder spoke discussed the royal sport of falconry at several OCL branches in July and August. Ponder spoke about hawks, falcons and other mighty birds of prey. Here he is in the Berkeley branch speaking to about 50 children and adults.


Jedi Training across the System: in a branch not so far away…

Panniken Moonjumper, master of intergalactic fun and adventure, led children spread throughout the Ocean County Library system in the ways of the Jedi.

Comic antics, magical mayhem, light saber lessons and a visit from a furry alien sidekick were all part of the curriculum.

Children were encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character.



Behind the scenes @ Carlo’s Bakery


The LBI branch hosted Elizabeth White, head decorator for Carlo’s Bakery on TLC’s “Cake Boss” shared her insights from the television show and served up some of her great creations for children and adults.  Audience participation also played a part in her presentation, learning some tips and techniques about cake decorating.



Plumsted becomes site of Jedi training

On Monday June 25th an intergalactic affair took place at the Plumsted Branch of the Ocean County Library to kick off the 2012 Summer Reading. Over 100 Jedi knights in training swarmed the branch over the course of the day by decorating the Plumsted base with stars and spaceships. Some came dressed for the occasion in costume and participated in training games, used the force to complete a scavenger space hunt, made Chewbacca and Yoda crafts, and prepared pretzel light sabers with icing. Of course, many Star Wars books were displayed and checked out while some patrons took a break from the many activity stations to watch “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

Watch “Prairie Love” At The Library

The Manchester Library will screen, “Prairie Love” on Wednesday, August 15, at 2:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 pm. See this popular independent comedy film on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!

As a mysterious drifter travels across the wintry North Dakota prairie, he finds a man lying unconscious in the middle of the road and stops to lend a hand. After defrosting, the man explains that he’s on his way to meet his pen-pal girlfriend for the first time, as she’s being released from prison. Desperate for a girlfriend of his own, the drifter sees this as an opportunity to change his lonely existence, and hatches a plan to steal his new companion’s identity, forever changing the destinies of all three people.

The dialogue is in English and is 80 minutes long. It is part of the library’s monthly Foreign/Independent Film Series. 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 Township. For more information call 732.657.7600 or go online to

Manchester To Host A “Joyful Heart Tea”

At the Manchester Branch Library on Monday, August 13 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, find out the latest information on heart health from experts from Meridian Cardiovascular Network while enjoying traditional tea service and heart healthy delights.

The program is part of the library’s “Chapters of Health” series and is open to the adult public, free of charge. Please register online to or call 732.657.7600.

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

Manchester Library To Host Program Honoring Dogs

Calling all dog lovers to the Manchester Branch Library on Tuesday, August 14 at 2:00 pm to “Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer!” We will be having several activities related to our favorite four legged friends including a dog treats “cooking” demonstration and a trivia contest. There will be a special surprise guest, prizes and more.

Please register for this free program which is being offered as part of this year’s adult summer reading program with a book theme: ‘Between the Covers.” Call (732) 657-7600 or go online to Sorry, but this event is limited to humans only!

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

Manchester Branch Seeking Artists

Are you an artist looking for a venue for showing off your talents? The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library is seeking local artists to display their work on the walls of the library’s meeting room. Each month, the Friends of the Manchester Branch Library sponsor an exhibit of drawings, paintings, photographs or a combination of thereof by artists from the surrounding area.

Interested parties should phone Wendi at 732.657.7600 Ext. 4113 or email her at for more details.

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

Meet Television Weather Man and Author Bill Evans At The Ocean County Library

Ten time Emmy Award winning WABC-TV chief meteorologist and New York Times best-selling author Bill Evans will speak about his two latest books at the Ocean County Library Toms River branch (101 Washington Street) Saturday, August 4 at 7 pm.

Evans will discuss his latest science-based thriller “Blackmail Earth.” Combining real world science and global politics, he creates a world where criminal organizations use weather changes for nefarious purposes.

The meteorologist will also share his first children’s book “It’s Raining Fish and Spiders,” a book specifically written for middle-grade students, addressing weather myths and facts. It also includes simple and fun weather experiments that can be performed at home.

Extensively researched, fact-filled, and packed with charts, tables, illustrations, and amazing photographs, “It’s Raining Fish And Spiders” is an entertaining and educational great for anyone interested in weather, science and the natural world.

In addition to his books, Evans will also tell his most exciting personal stories of being a television meteorologist, including flying with hurricane hunters and tornado chasers, playing basketball against New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing, and water-skiing down the Hudson River

This program is free and open to the public. To register, call the library at (732) 349-6200 or online at

Explore The African-American Baseball Experience At The Ocean County Library

“Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience,” a national traveling exhibition that chronicles the remarkable history of baseball’s Negro leagues and the challenges and successes of African-American baseball players, goes on display at the Ocean County Library’s Toms River branch (101 Washington Street) from August 15 – September 28.

Legendary players like Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, James “Cool Papa” Bell and Satchel Paige barnstormed around the country for decades, thrilling audiences with a fast-running, power-hitting style of play.

Several New Jersey players from the league, including Larry Doby (who broke the color barrier in the American League 11 weeks after Jackie Robinson‘s Brooklyn Dodgers debut), Monte Irvin, Ray Dandridge, Leon Day and John Henry “Pop” Lloyd, are all enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Effa Manley, the owner of the Newark Eagles, was the first woman inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The Toms River branch hosts two special events to accompany the exhibit. A special reception will be held on Saturday, August 18 at 2 pm opens the exhibition.

The library will also screen the award-winning documentary “Before You can say Jackie Robinson: Black Baseball in America in the Era of the Color Line” Tuesday, September 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Both programs, as well as the exhibit, are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

“Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience”, a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, New York, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, Chicago.

The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name on permanent display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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