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.

Two Stafford teen programs

Teen Book Club

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library has a book club for teens meeting Thursday Nov. 8th, from 5 – 6 pm.  Every month, we’ll read and discuss a teen novel.

Teens who love to read can enjoy the opportunity to talk about great teen novels, and for teens who struggle with reading assignments, this is a no-pressure environment to practice thinking critically about books.

The book for September is The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci.  Pick up a copy at the circulation desk.

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.


Teen Gamers’ Zone

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will host an open game night on Monday Nov. 5th, from 5-8 pm. We’ll have video games and board games set up – come check out what we have, or bring your own to share. Card games, roleplaying games, and miniature games are also welcome. No mature-rated games.

This program is free and open to teens in grades 7-12.

Ocean County Library Holds Holistic Health Fair

Are you one of the many people who have turned to holistic health care and alternative medicine? According to the World Health Organization, approximately between 65 to 80 percent of the population has turned to non-traditional health care.

To help find out about health treatments that are available to cure a wide area of ailments, Ocean County Library is hosting two holistic health fairs this October.

The holistic health fair will be held at the Point Pleasant Borough branch (834 Beaver Dam Road) on October 20 and the Barnegat branch (112 Burr Street) on October 27. The health fairs are on Saturdays, starting at 2 pm.

The branches will feature exhibitors on the following topics:

Point Pleasant Borough branch: yoga, massage, therapy dogs, holistic healing, massage, chiropractics, labor coaching, holistic cancer care

Barnegat branch: yoga, labor coaching, holistic healing, massage, nutrition, therapy dogs.

The holistic health fairs are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the hosting library branch.

5 programs in Stafford



 MANAHAWKIN –   Born in Ontario, Canadain 1934 to French-speaking Catholic Parents, the Dionne quintuplets were at least two months premature and together they weighed less than 14 pounds.

They are the first identical quintuplets known to survive their infancy and live to adulthood. They were put by an open stove to keep warm, and against all expectations, they survived their first weeks.

To protect the infants from germs, kidnappers, and a father known to have considered exhibiting them for money, they were taken from their family and placed under the government’s guardianship.

A hospital was built across the road from their family’s farmhouse for their exclusive use. The hospital became Quintland and the sisters’ home for years after. Their parents, made unwelcome, became irregular visitors. The five sisters became the nation’s biggest tourist attraction.

Rosemary Molloy will talk about their tragic story at the Stafford branch Thursday Nov. 1 at 10:30 a.m.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin.  This program is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library. 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.



 MANAHAWKIN –   The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will host the program – String of Purls – Knit/Crochet Group on Thursday, Nov. 1st from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, and Saturday, Nov. 17th from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Whether you’re just learning to knit, crochet, embroider, etc., already know how, or want to know what a “purl” is, join our group where experts will be available to answer your questions.  Find that creative streak you know you have with this craft that has recently enjoyed an explosion of interest. For beginners, bring size 10 knitting needles and light-colored 4-ply worsted yarn. To crochet, bring the same type of yarn, and a size “I” crochet hook. If you’re more advanced, bring the project you’re working on. This is also an excellent way to exchange ideas.




 MANAHAWKIN –    Play Mah Jongg at the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library on the following Fridays in November: the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th from 1:00-4:00 PM.  Please bring the current year game card, and game sets. Mah Jongg originated in China and has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity. Many people are realizing the intellectual challenge it poses, and are drawn to the beauty and excitement of the game itself. Experience is helpful.



 MANAHAWKIN –   The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library is presenting the program Brain Games on Wednesday, Nov. 7th from 1:00-2:30 PM.  Keeping your mind active improves its performance. Your brain responds to intellectual stimulation by being fit and in good condition.  People consistently express their fears about decreasing mental ability such as loss of memory, difficulty in concentrating, inability to adapt to new situations, etc.  Just as you do physical exercises to keep your body in shape, doing mental exercises stimulates different parts of your brain and helps retain mental acuity. We’ll provide the brain games and the fun! 



 MANAHAWKIN –   The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will be showing the   feature film The Hunger Games on Saturday, Nov. 10th at 2:00 PM.  Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match. Rated PG-13.

The family movie The Pirates! Band of Misfits will be shown on Saturday, Nov. 17th at 2:00 PM. Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the Year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Rated PG.

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