Archive for September, 2012

TR Library Friends to host bus trip to Doylestown

TOMS RIVER –  The Friends of the Toms River Library will host a bus trip to the Fonthill Castle and Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pa., a visit to the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, with a lunch and two-hour stop at Peddler’s Village Thursday, Nov. 15.

The cost is $92 per person.

Lunch will be held at the Cock ‘n Bull Restaurant in the village and is included in the cost of the trip.

The bus will leave from the Rt. 37 Toms River Foodtown at 8 a.m. The bus will arrive back in Toms river approximately 7:15 p.m. 

The all-concrete Fonthill Castle was built by archaeologist, ceramist and scholar Henry Chapman Mercer in the early 1900 as his home and showplace for his collection of tiles and prints.

The museum depicts everyday life during the 18th and 19th centuries and includes 40,000 object documenting the lives and tasks of early Americans.

For more information telephone Karen Roselli at (732) 864-0286.

OCL appreciates its Friends

All 21 locations of the Ocean County Library will join together and celebrate National Friends of the Library Week, Oct. 21-27.

Most branches have a Friends of the Library group that provides supplemental equipment, supplies and programs.  They are actively engaged in promoting the library to the community and fundraising to support its activities.

The headquarters branch of the library, Toms River, will host a forum for the Friends members Tuesday Oct. 2. The semi-annual forum will give the groups an opportunity to network, to share their success stories as well as problems they encounter, and offer instruction.

This year Jennifer Doderer, the library’s training coordinator, will discuss the elements of conducting a successful meeting, including a review of procedure, controlling discussions, and encouraging member participation.

The forum’s keynote speaker will be Susan Quinn, Ocean County Library Director.

“Friends are vital to the success of the library,” said Judy Macaluso, Supervising Librarian and liaison to the Friends groups. “We appreciate their dedication and all their hard work.”

The Friends are always looking for community-minded people to assist them as they help the library.  Check with your local branch for more information.

5 Manchester programs



MANCHESTER, NJ– On Saturday, October 13 a Holistic Health Fair will take place at the Manchester Branch Library from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Learn about alternative healthcare options available in this area including aromatherapy, massage, yoga and meditation, nutrition, and service and therapy dogs, and more!

This event is part of the library’s “Chapters of Health” series and is open to the adult public, free of charge. There’s no need to register. For more information go 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, NJ– At the Manchester Branch Library on Tuesday, October 16 starting at 11:00 am, find out from the National Council on Aging how simple strategies and additional benefits can help you survive these difficult times and increase your economic security. In the same program, representatives from Alcoeur Gardens will tell you how to recognize the symptoms of dementia and talk about the latest treatments and care giving options available.A light lunch will be served.

This event is part of the library’s “Chapters of Health” series and is open to the adult public, free of charge. Space is limited so please make sure to register- online at or call 732.657.7600.




MANCHESTER, NJ– At the Manchester Branch Library on Friday, October 19 at 2:00 pm, representatives from “Canine Companions for Independence” will give an informative presentation about service dogs. This national, non-profit organization trains dogs to assist people with tasks of daily living, such as picking up objects, opening doors, carrying things, or pulling wheelchairs. They also train dogs to assist people who are hearing impaired, as skilled companions for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities and as facility dogs that work with professionals in educational or healthcare settings.

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




MANCHESTER – The Manchester Branch Library will screen the film, “Frost/Nixon” on Monday, October 15, at 2:00 p.m. See this popular historical drama on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!  

For three years after being forced from office, disgraced US President Richard Nixon (Frank Langella) remained silent. But in summer 1977, the former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting David Frost as his television confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman. Likewise, Frost’s team harbored doubts about their boss’ ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits ensued.

This R-rated movie is part of the library’s October Presidential Film Festival. It is 122 minutes long. Although registration is not required, early arrival is recommended.



MANCHESTER – The Manchester Library will screen, “In Darkness” on Wednesday, October 17, at 2:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 pm. See this popular foreign drama film on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater! 

This is the true story of Leopold Soha who risks his own life to save a dozen people from certain death. Initially only interested in his own good, the thief/burglar hides Jewish refugees for 14 months in the sewers of the Nazi-occupied town of Lvov.

The dialogue is in Polish, Ukranian, Yiddish and German with English subtitles. The movie is 145 minutes long and is R-rated. It is part of the library’s monthly Foreign/Independent Film Series.  Registration is not required.

Susan Orlean to speak at 2 OCL branches Oct. 22nd

She has been around the world, several times, reporting about people who are a little bit different, a little bit quirky.  She has entertained us and her writings have reminded us of life’s little joke: the more we are different, the more we tend to be alike.

And now Susan Orlean, journalist and book author, will present her latest book, “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend,” her definitive biography of the canine movie-star, at the Ocean County Library’s Manchester branch (21 Colonial Dr.) Monday Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Toms River branch (101 Washington St.)

The programs are free and open to the public.  They are sponsored by the Ocean County Library Foundation.

Registration is required. Telephone the Manchester branch (732) 657-7600 or the Toms River branch (732) 349-6200, or visit the library’s Web site .

Rin Tin Tin, was rescued from a French World War 1 battlefield and adopted by Lee Duncan. The dog went on to become a matinee idol in the 1920s and 1930s, starred in 23 movies and was reportedly nominated for best actor in the Academy Award’s first competition in 1929.

Rin Tin Tin died in August 1932 but others took his lead in short films, and radio and television shows.

Orlean, a staff writer for New Yorker Magazine since 1992, has also written “The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession,” “The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People,” and “My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere.” She has also co-edited “The Best American Travel Writing 2007,” and “The Best American Essays 2005.”

Effa Manley, The Newark Eagles, and baseball

Effa Manley loved baseball. But she never dreamed that one day she would own a baseball team. She never thought that she would end up in the Baseball Hall of Fame. And she had no idea that anyone would be so interested in her life that someone would write a book about her.

But it did happen. And Audrey Vernick, author of “She Loved Baseball: the Effa Manley Story,” will tell about Effa’s role in the history of baseball, specifically African American baseball, at Ocean County Library’s Toms River branch, 101 Washington St., Thursday Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

Manley battled the racial and sexist stereotypes that were common in the mid-20th century.

Women had no place in professional baseball. Neither did “negroes.”

She became aware of racial prejudice as a youngster. As a child she was criticized by a school principal for playing with “those Negroes” who were, in fact, her darker-skinned siblings.

As an adult in New York City she organized the “Citizens League for Fair Play”, demanding that business owners hire more blacks.

With her husband, she formed the Brooklyn Eagles (later becoming the Newark Eagles) as part of the Negro National League where she handled the team’s business and worked to insure that the players were never forgotten.

She wrote numerous letters to the National Baseball Hall of Fame that resulted in the induction of black players into the Cooperstown institution in 1962. Former Brooklyn Dodge Jackie Robinson was the first, elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.

Then,in 2006 Effa Manley was the first woman to be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Vernick will tell Manley’s story at the final “Pride and Passion: the African American Baseball Experience” program in Ocean County.

Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience, a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life.

This program is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.  For more information or to register go to the Web site or call (732) 349-6200.

Ocean County Library Celebrates Diversity Month

In October, the Ocean County Library celebrates the different heritages and people through Diversity Month. To celebrate, the library will be holding several programs though the month of October.

The Toms River branch will host a special Columbus Day performance featuring La Takkarata, a folk music and dance group from Fragneto Monforte in Italy, Fri. October 5 at 1 pm. This program is sponsored by the Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee.

New Jersey’s premier Spanish dance company the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre will perform several styles of dance from Spain, including flamenco, regional and classic, at the Manchester branch (21 Colonial Dr.) October 8 at 3 p.m. They will performing the rhythmic dramas “El Amor Brujo’ and “Tribute to Garcia Lewis.”

This program is sponsored in part by an OceanFirst Foundation Arts and Cultural Grant and the Ocean County Library Foundation.

Families can come to the Little Egg Harbor branch (290 Mathistown Rd.) to learn about percussion and rhythm with Arts Forward on October 13 at 2 p.m.. This interactive program teaches African, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean drumming and music. The session is sponsored by the Friends of the Little Egg Harbor Library.

The Teen Advisory Board of the Plumsted branch (119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt) will host an evening of international desserts on Wed., Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their own international sweets to share.

These programs are just a small selection of the Diversity Month Programs that the Ocean County Library is hosting for Diversity Month. They are all free and open to the public.

To register, visit the library’s website or telephone (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.

Traditions of India dance program to be held in 2 library branches

TOMSRIVER –   Indian dance, born in Hindu temples more than 2,000 years ago, is movement, mime, and music in equal measures. 

In a special program, choreographer and performer Ramya Ramnarayan, along with her dancers, will present “Traditions of India” Wednesday Oct. 10 at the Ocean County Library’s Barnegat branch and its Upper Shores branch in Lavallette.

Adorned in beautiful costumes, jewelry, and makeup replicating a temple structure, the dancers will evoke the emotions and complex rhythmic patterns of Indian dance that bring a mystical view of the universe to life.

“Traditions of India” will begin at 4 p.m. at the Barnegat branch (112 Burr St.)  and 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Shores (112 Jersey City Av., Lavallette.)

This program is made possible through an OceanFirst Foundation Arts and Cultural Grant and the Ocean County Library Foundation.

This program is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.  For more information or to register go to the Web site or call (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.

Upper Shores celebrates Lavallette’s 125th anniversary

The Upper Shores branch hosted veterans who served on the USS LaVallette (DD-448), a destroyer that fought during WW2, and their families during the borough’s anniversary celebration this past weekend.

The branch also showcased the artwork of George S. Eisenberg who served aboard the LaVallette. He chronicled his life aboard the ship through 360 drawings and paintings.  Some of his artwork will be on display at the branch September and October.

The destroyer, commissioned in July 1942, saw action during the invasion of North Africa then moved on to the Pacific theater, participating in the battle for Guadacanal and the bombardment in the Leyte Gulf.

3 programs @ Manchester



MANCHESTER– Rebecca Bari from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield will present “Table for One: A Guide for Shopping and Cooking” at the Manchester library branch Tuesday Oct. 9 @ 2 p.m. 

She will discuss the planning, organizing and strategies for your trip to the supermarket. She will also show you how to scale down recipes to decrease the quantity plus how to store and effectively utilize leftovers so that you have extra meals on hand that are tasty and nutritious without spending all your time in the kitchen. Rebecca will provide recipe cards for participants as well as food samples made from the cards.

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.



MANCHESTEROnTuesday October 9,starting at 5:30pm Dr. Lawrence Hogan will present “The House that Ruth Built and Pop Opened: Negro League Baseball at Yankee Stadium” at the Manchester library branch.

He will discuss the history of Negro League baseball from 1930 through 1961 at Yankee Stadium, focusing on the historic opening of the Stadium to Negro League play on July 5, 1930. The history of Negro League baseball at Yankee Stadium will be placed into the context of the development of Negro League baseball from the post reconstruction era to its appearance at Yankee Stadium. Dr. Lawrence will share video and exhibit materials. A player from the Negro League will also be joining the program.

This event is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is open to adults, free of charge. Please go online to or call 732.657.7600 to register.



MANCHESTER– Tarot card readings will be available for $20 per session at the Manchester library branch Thursday, October 11 from 4 to 8:30 pm.

Sponsored by the Manchester Branch’s Friends group, all proceeds from the event will benefit the Manchester branch.

Please register in advance by going online to or call 732-657-7600.

Teen Read Week: Teen Favorites Contest @ Stafford

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will celebrate Teen Read Week™ (October 14-20, 2012) with a special program on Thursday, October 18th, at 7 pm.  Teens are invited to come represent their favorite books in a competition for a variety of prizes.  Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstore across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, It Came from the Library, which dares teens to read for the fun of it!

Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun and encourage teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books and magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more — and become regular library users. It is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.  Teen Read Week™ is held annually during the third week of October. An updated list of sponsors and supporting organizations can be found at the Web site,

This program is free and open to teens in grades 7-12.  The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin.  Please register online at or by phone at 609-597-3381.

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