Archive for November, 2012

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!

Tween Craft: Paper Boxes

The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will hold a craft for tweens on Monday, December 3rd, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Participants will learn to cut, fold, and glue paper boxes. These small, colorful containers are easy to personalize and make great gift boxes. Dress appropriately for a potentially messy craft.

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.

3 programs at Manchester

Seasonal Affective Disorders (S.A.D.) seminar


MANCHESTER – Health coaches from Kimball Hospital’s Center for Healthy Aging will present a program about Seasonal Affective Disorders Tuesday Nov. 20 at 2 pm at the Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Drive.


Speakers will explain the causes, symptoms and treatments for feelings of increased depression as the amount of daylight decreases and the weather turns inclement in winter. Following the discussion, general wellness screenings and light refreshments will be offered.


The program is part of the library’s “Chapters of Health” series and is open to the adult public, free of charge.


Register online at or call (732) 657-7600.

Manchester Branch Library to Host Nutrition Seminar for Seniors


MANCHESTER  – Ron Hyland will share nutrition and exercise tips to help seniors keep fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle Tuesday Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. in the Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr., Tuesday Nov. 27 at 2 p.m.

Hyland is the Fitness Director for Keswick Pines in Whiting and a frequent speaker throughout Ocean County on topics pertaining to senior health and wellness.

This program is free of charge and open to the adult public. Call (732) 657-7600 or register online .





MANCHESTER – The Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr., will screen the film, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m. and 6 pm.


See this popular romantic comedy on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!


A look at love through the eyes of five interconnected couples (including mothers-to-be played by Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez) experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby. They all come to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn’t always deliver what’s expected.


This 113-minute, PG13-rated movie is part of the library’s Feature Film Series.  Although registration is not required, early arrival is recommended.


Meeting Sandy’s challenge

Ocean County Library has met the challenges posed by Hurricane Sandy, thanks to the commitment of its staff and administrators and the tenacity of building maintenance department. Lakewood and Barnegat were the first branches to open and followed by 13 more over the next couple of days.

PR went to the open branches Thursday, Friday and Saturday and photographed our library in action.  Here is a link to our Flickr account with those photos:

Addressing seasonal affective disorder

TOMS RIVER –   Winter and the holidays. The days are getting shorter.  Demands on a person increase to the point where they can seem overwhelming. Depression sets in. What’s a person to do?

Perhaps the Ocean County Library can help.

The library and The Center for Healthy Aging at Kimball Medical Center will present “S.A.D.,” a 25-minute discussion on seasonal affective disorder at six branches in November and December.

After the program, health coaches from The Center will also provide general health screenings for people who would like to participate.

Light refreshments will be provided.

The presentations will be held at:

Jackson, 2 Jackson Dr., Wed. Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.

Manchester, 21 Colonial Dr., Tue. Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.

Point Pleasant Borough, 834 Beaver Dam Rd., Tue. Nov. 27 at 11 a.m.

Stafford, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, Tue. Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.

Toms River, 101 Washington St., Tue. Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.

Plumsted, 119 Evergreen Rd., New Egypt, Mon. Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

The presentations are free and open to the public. Registration is required.  Visit the library’s Web site or telephone the operator at (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514 to register.

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