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 www.theoceancountylibrary.org.  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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