Archive for October, 2012

Brick branch reopens Saturday

Ocean County Library’s Brick branch (301 Chambers Bridge Road) will reopen tomorrow, Saturday, at noon.

The branch, which was closed for five months while undergoing a $1.2 M renovation to the 22-year old building, included expansion of public meeting areas by approximately 3,000 sq. feet, replacement of the carpeting and installation of additional computers.

The reopening will be marked with a celebration that includes a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon, music by the Richard Reiter Swing Band, refreshments by the Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s culinary arts program, and a performance by the library’s Puppet Show Players.

Tours of the branch will be hosted by library staff. Sparks, the library mascot, will entertain the children.

The opening will also include a demonstration of e-readers.

The public is invited to attend the grand reopening.

The library also announces The Brick Express location in the Town Hall Shopping Center, 990 Cedar Bridge Ave, will shut down permanently at 5 p.m. this evening. All materials on hold can be picked up at the main branch after noon tomorrow.

2 programs coming to Manchester


MANCHESTER –  Alan Aronoff will present an in-depth overview of his book, Diet Success Strategies: 67 Ways to Take Control of Your Food and Your Life at the Manchester branch Monday, November 5 at 2 p. m..

His book explains that diets often fail because people can’t stick with them long enough to create new eating habits and achieve the desired results. Rather than offering more suggestions about what to eat and what not eat to lose weight, Aronoff tells you how to stay on a diet.

This program is part of the library’s “Chapters of Health” series. It is open to the adult public, free of charge. Please register online at or call (732) 657-7600.

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



 MANCHESTER – On Friday, November 16 at 2 pm the Manchester branch will present Leon “Lee” Gromowa.

Lee will share his experiences fighting in the Vietnam War with the US Marines 3rd Division from 1968 to 1969 in the DMZ and Khe Sanh area.

Mr. Gromowa, a resident of Ocean County is speaking in commemoration of Veterans’ Day.

This program is open to the adult public, free of charge. Please register online at or call (732) 657-Gromowa7600. 

OCL recognized by NJ Theatre Alliance Monday

The New Jersey Theatre Alliance presented the Ocean County Library with its Community Recognition Award Monday for the library’s participation in the Alliance’s program.

The library has been a venue partner for The Stages Festival since the program’s inception, said John McEwen, Executive Director of the Alliance, and has hosted about ten Alliance productions each year.

Ruth Fost, Producing Artistic Director of the Pushcart Players and Alliance trustee, presented the award to Supervising Librarian Glynis Wray.

In accepting the award, Wray said, “We believe in the strength of words.  And just as history is brought to life by reading good novels, ideas are developed in the crucible of the theater where characters experiment with concepts, test them on each other and create a philosophy, for good or bad, which can become the basis for one’s life.”

“Ocean County Library is proud to be a part of that adventure these many years and look forward to continued participation in your program,” she said.

The New Jersey Theatre Alliance is a statewide nonprofit service organization dedicated to promoting, developing and nurturing professional theatre.

Rin Tin Tin’s bio shared at OCL by Susan Orlean


Author and journalist Susan Orlean spoke at two OCL programs yesterday (Manchester and Toms River) about her latest book, “Rin Tin Tin.”

The biography of cinema’s early matinee idol took her a decade to write. It was the surprises she uncovered as she conducted her research that made the project special for her and kept her searching for more information about a dog she was fond of while she was a child.

Orlean found Rin Tin Tin was a metaphor for the change in American culture during the 1920s and 30s.

“Following World War I the world was ready for a hero,” she said during the program in Manchester. Rin Tin Tin, with his daring performances and an authenticity that mimicked what people aspired to be, filled that need.

Rin Tin Tin was rescued from a French World War I battlefield when he was three days old by Lee Duncan. Rin Tin Tin made his movie debut in 1922 when he stepped in for a reluctant wolf in “The Man From Hell’s River.”

Nicknamed “The Mortgage Lifter” because of his star drawing power, he went on to star in 18 additional movies for Warner Brothers.

However, as popular as he was, the movie studio retired him when movies took a major evolutionary leap and produced “talkies,” movies with sound and dialogue. Duncan and Rin Tin Tin took to the road and performed in vaudeville and movie shorts.

Rin Tin Tin died in August 1932 at the age of 13.

Since his death there has been a succession of Rin Tin Tins from his blood line that have appeared in film and television.

Lee Duncan died September 20, 1960.

For Orlean and much of the nation, the love affair with Rin Tin Tin has not died. The dog actor is still popular with people.  

Tween Craft: Sweet Tooth Pouches

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will hold a craft for tweens on Wednesday, November 14th, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Participants will create a fun and colorful pouch out of candy wrappers.  All materials will be provided.

This program is free and open to tweens ages 9 to 14.  The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin.  Space is limited, so please register online at or by phone at 609-597-3381.

Stafford swings!

Stafford hosted the Ray Rodriquez y Swing Sabroso Wednesday, Oct. 10th. We had about 175 people here from the M.A.T.E.S. High School, the St. Francis ESL classes, and from the community in general.

People were dancing in the aisles!

Please take a look at the slideshow of photos from the program:


4 programs coming to Manchester


MANCHESTER– Manchester Branch Library is looking for adult volunteers to help keep the books in their correct order on our shelves. This is a good opportunity for people with busy or variable schedules because you can put in your time whenever the library is open. We only require that you are able to follow instructions, work independently, and make a commitment of at least six months.

Please contact Wendi at 732.657.7600, extension 4113 for more information and/or to sign up. You will be asked to attend one, 2-hour training and information session. The choices of times are Wednesday, November 7 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm or Tuesday, November 27 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

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




MANCHESTER – On Thursday, November 1 staff from Best Buy in Manahawkin will be on hand at the Manchester Branch Library from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm to help you with your decisions about purchasing an e-reader. They will explain the differences between the Kindle, Nook, and iPad. You will also have the opportunity to try out each of these devices and participate in a raffle for a gift card. Please note that this workshop is designed for individuals who are considering buying an e- reader. It is not a class for teaching those already owning such devices how to use them. Technological assistance for devices will not be offered.

Please register for this free adult event: online at or call (732) 657-7600.




MANCHESTER, NJ– OnSaturday, November 3, the Manchester Branch Library Friends group will host a reception to take place at the library starting at 2:00 pm to honor members of the Crestwood Artists Guild whose paintings done in various styles and mediums will be on display in the library’s meeting room throughout the month of November. The public is invited to drop in to see the display, share light refreshments, meet the artists and listen to them discuss their creations.

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.  Calling the library beforehand at 732.657.7600 is recommended.




MANCHESTER – The Manchester Branch Library will screen the film, “Girl in Progress” on Wednesday, November 7, at 2:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 pm. See this popular comedy/drama on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater! 

As single mom Grace (Eva Mendes) juggles work, bills, and her affair with a married doctor (Matthew Modine), her daughter, Ansiedad (Cierra Ramirez) plots a shortcut to adulthood after finding inspiration in the coming-of-age stories she’s reading for school.

This PG13-rated movie is part of the library’s Feature Film Series. It is 93 minutes long. Although registration is not required, early arrival is recommended.

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