Archive for November, 2012

LBI returns to its regular hours

Ocean County Library’s Long Beach Island branch, 217 S. Central Avenue, Surf City, has resumed its regular open hours.

The branch will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Many of the regular programs, such as Brain Games, the writers’ group, needle workers and the Joint Council of Taxpayers’ Associations will restart in December. All children’s programs are resuming immediately. The watercolor drop-in programs will resume in January.

The special programs scheduled for December have been cancelled.

For more information telephone the branch (609) 494-2480 or visit the library’s Web site, .

Four OCL branches to assist with FEMA applications

TOMS RIVER –   Four branches of the Ocean County Library will partner with FEMA to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy beginning Monday Nov. 26 and ending Friday Nov. 30.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. FEMA teams at the library will assist people:

  • By explaining the registration process to apply for FEMA assistance.
  • Guiding people through the process.
  • Checking the status of applications already submitted.
  • Assisting in the actual application process.

The library will provide computers and warm, comfortable locations at the four branches for people to conduct their business with FEMA.

The participating branches are:

  • Stafford, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, NJ  08050. (609) 597-3381.  This branch is closest to Long Beach Island and Manahawkin.
  • Berkeley, 30 Station Road, Bayville, NJ  08721. (732) 269-2144. This branch is closest to Ocean Gate.
  • Toms River (headquarters), 101 Washington St., Toms River, NJ  08753. (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514. This branch is close to Seaside Heights, Ortley Beach and Seaside Park.
  • Pt. Pleasant Borough, 834 Beaver Dam Rd., Pt. Pleasant Borough, NJ 08742. (732) 295-1555. This branch is closest to the northern barrier island communities of Mantoloking, Bay Head, Normandy Beach and Pt. Pleasant.)

People can go to any site that is closest to where they are currently located.  No appointments are necessary.

Teen Book Club

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library has a book club for teens meeting Thursday, December 13th, from 5 – 6 pm.  Every month, we’ll read and discuss a teen novel.  The book for December is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  Pick it up at the circulation desk at the Stafford Library.  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.

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.

Movie Fun At The Stafford Branch

The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will be showing the feature film The Avengers on Saturday, Dec. 8th at 2:00 PM. Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D brings together a team of super humans to form the Avengers to help save Earth from Loki and his army. Rated PG-13.

The family movie Arthur Christmas will be shown on Saturday, Dec. 15th at 2:00 PM. On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa’s youngest son looks to use his father’s high-tech operation for an urgent mission. Rated PG.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. These movies are free and open to the public. Call the branch for specific information: (609) 597-3381, or visit our website at There is no need to register.

Holiday Decoration Swap

The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will host a Holiday Decoration Swap on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, December 4th, 5th and 6th throughout the day. The idea is to “go green” and swap a gently-used holiday decoration for something more to your liking. Tables will be set up in the lower lobby for display. This is a great opportunity to clean out and organize your holiday ornaments, garlands, lights, and the like. Decorations may be dropped off beginning Monday, December 3rd.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. This program is free and open to the public. There is no need to register. For more information contact the library at (609) 597-3381, or visit the library’s website at

Play Mah Jongg at the Stafford Branch

Play Mah Jongg at the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library on the following Fridays in December: the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th 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.

The Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, New Jersey. This program is free and open to the public. Please register by calling the branch at (609) 597-3381, registering online at , or in person.

LBI library branch opens today, Monday

Ocean County Library’s Long Beach Island branch (217 S. Central Av., Surf City) will open today (Nov. 19) and tomorrow at 10 a.m. and remain open until 5 p.m.

This marks the opening of the library’s first branch on the barrier islands since Hurricane Sandy struck New Jersey. Eighteen of its 21 locations are now open.

Library customers can access the Internet with free Wifi and recharge their electronic devices at charging stations in the library.  They can also borrow CDs,  DVDs and books.

For more information about the Ocean County Library and its branches telephone the operator at (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.

The library’s Website and databases are available 24/7 at . The Website also contains contact information and links to resources for recovery from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

OCL Thanksgiving-weekend schedule

TOMS RIVER –    All branches of the Ocean County Library will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday November 21. All branches will be closed on Thursday November 22 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

On Friday November 23 the Barnegat, Brick, Jackson, Lakewood, Manchester, Stafford and Toms River branches only will be open 9 am to 5 pm.

With the exceptions of Long Beach Island, Bay Head and Upper Shores (Lavallette), all library branches will resume normal branch hours on Saturday November 24.

The library Web site and its databases will be available during that time.

For more information please contact Ocean County Library at or by phone at (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.

3 programs from the Manchester branch



MANCHESTER  – The Manchester Branch Library Friends group will host a reception at the branch, 21 Colonial Dr., Saturday Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. to honor Annette Heyman.

Heyman’s pastel paintings will be on display in the library’s meeting room during December. The public is invited view her work, share light refreshments, meet the artist and listen to her discuss her creations during the reception.

The reception is free and open to the adult public. There is no advance registration.

Interested parties can also view this exhibit during the library’s regular business hours whenever the meeting room is available.  Call the branch  (732) 657-7600 for availability.




MANCHESTER–The Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr., will screen “How Difficult Can This Be: Understanding Learning Disabilities” Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

The film describes the challenges faced by people with learning disabilities. It will be followed by a discussion led by Leslie Rubenstein, President of the Learning Disabilities Association of New Jersey, which is sponsoring the program.

Please register for this free adult activity. Call (732) 657-7600 or go online to



MANCHESTER – The Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr., will screen the film, “People Like Us” Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. and again at 6 pm.

While settling his recently deceased father’s estate, Sam (Chris Pine) discovers he has a sister (Elizabeth Banks) whom he never knew about, leading both siblings to re-examine their perceptions about family and life choices. Sam’s mother is played by Michelle Pfeiffer. 

See this popular drama on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater.  

This PG13-rated movie is part of the library’s Feature Film Series. Although registration is not required, early arrival is recommended. For more information visit the Web page or call (732) 657-7600.

Upper Shores Friends program: Brain Wash

The Upper Shores branch celebrated National Friends of the Libraries Week Oct 24 with the Brain Wash Game Show. Eric Dasher hosted the trivia game show with video, music, facts, pop culture and puzzles. The theme? Broadway or Bust!


Jersey Strong! We’re rooting for your return Upper Shores!

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