Archive for December, 2012

Gingerbread houses constructed @ Plumsted


On December 15th Plumsted TAB hosted its annual Make A Gingerbread House program.  The children were delighted to construct and decorate their own gingerbread house using graham crackers, icing and assorted candies. Everyone got into the holiday spirit and had a very sweet time. 



Tween Craft: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi Rolls

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will hold a craft for tweens on Monday January 14th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Participants will make sweet and tasty sushi rolls with bread, peanut butter, and jelly.  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.

Beyond Sandy: Storm Resources Expo


Ocean County Library’s Stafford and Toms River branches hosted two storm resources expos Dec. 17 & 18.  Agencies and other groups set up informational tables to tell residents what could be done to assist them in the aftermath of the hurricane.  Great turnout and thank you to the staff for putting such a needed resource together so quickly.





OCL: Connecting People


Ocean County Library has provided meeting space for governmental agencies to present their message to area residents about what they can provide people who were impacted by October’s Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath.

On November 19th three groups were set up around the Toms River campus to tell people about food assistance from the state, registration for FEMA services, and planning for rebuilding the Jersey Shore.



Kids helping kids by giving the gift of literacy


Woodcrest Rocks!

Students from the Woodcrest Elementary School, Cherry Hill, collected and donated 3,000 books to the Ocean County Library for distribution to area children who lost their own books during Hurricane Sandy in October.

Six boxes were delivered by the library to the Salvation Army and three boxes to Children’s Home Services.

The project was organized by teachers Tara DiBattista and Suzanne Gulbins and conducted over five-weeks by the school’s First Marking Period Student Council.

During each marking period the school performs a project for the “larger” community.

Thank you so much for your generosity!


TR library Friends to hold booksale Jan 10-12

The Friends of the Toms River Library will hold their annual Winter Book Sale in Mancini Hall at the Toms River branch, 101 Washington St. January 10-12.

The booksale will be open:

Thursday Jan. 10 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.;

Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11 & 12, between 9 am and 4 p.m.

Each hardback cover and non-fiction paperback book will cost $1. Fiction paperback books will cost 50 cents each.  Children’s books will cost a quarter each.

Other media items (CDs, VHS tapes and DVDs) will be available for $1 each.

“This is a wonderful time to gather great books for winter reading,” said Anne Burgan.

The funds that are raised by The Friends supplement the library’s budget and will be used to purchase materials for the library and to sponsor several of its programs.

2 Manchester branch programs:

“New Year, New You”

MANCHESTER, NJ– Start off the year right at the Manchester library branch on Tuesday, January 8 at 10 am. Experts from Meridian Health will give a presentation about nutrition, exercise and good health. They will also offer free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass index, and pulse.

This free program is part of the library’s “Chapters of Health” series and is open to the adult public, free of charge. Please register online at or call 732.657.7600.



MANCHESTER – The Manchester Branch Library will screen the film, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” on Wednesday, January 9, at 2:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 pm. See this popular science fiction drama/romance on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!  

An asteroid is on a collision course towards Earth and in three weeks the world will come to an end. A man (Steve Carell) finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently throws a wrench into his plan.

This R-rated movie is part of the library’s Feature Film Series. It is 101 minutes long. Although registration is not required, early arrival is recommended. 

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


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