Archive for January, 2013

Four @ the Manchester branch

MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH SOUL FOOD COOKING PROGRAM FOR TEENS

 

MANCHESTER – Jennifer Klein, a registered dietician employed by ShopRite of Manchester, will show students in grades 7 through 12 how to cook soul food dishes with a healthy twist at the Manchester library branch Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m.

She will demonstrate easy recipes that you can try at home and will provide samples for everyone to taste.

 

Please register for this free teen program. Telephone (732) 657-7600 or go online to http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

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

 

MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY TO SHOW

“TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE”

 

MANCHESTER – The Manchester library branch will screen the film, “Trouble with the Curve” Wednesday, February 13, at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. See this popular drama on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!  

Gus (Clint Eastwood) is a baseball scout. The team he works for thinks he should retire. His friend, Pete (John Goodman), asks Gus’s estranged daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams) to go with him to make sure Gus is okay on his last scouting trip to North Carolina. While there Gus runs into Johnny (Justin Timberlake), a scout from another team who was a promising player Gus once scouted. Johnny and Mickey take an interest in each other.

This PG13-rated movie is part of the library’s Feature Film Series. It is 111 minutes long. Although registration is not required, early arrival is recommended.

 

MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY TO PRESENT WORKSHOP, “BRAIN GAMES: KEEPING YOUR MIND SHARP

MANCHESTER –Rebecca Bari from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield will give an interactive presentation about brain health at the Manchester library branch Friday, February 15 at 11 a.m.

She will discuss daily, routine activities, such as eating healthy, getting enough rest, and exercising that can be done to keep our “master computers” in its best working order as we age. She will also demonstrate games and exercises to stimulate different areas of the brain to help preserve memory.

The program is part of the library’s “Chapters of Health” series and is open to the adult public, free of charge. Please register online to www.theoceancountylibrary.org or call (732) 657-7600.

 

MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY TO HOST TAX TALK

MANCHESTER – Learn how the new healthcare laws and property damage from super storm Sandy may affect your tax return at the Manchester Library branch Friday, February 15 at 1 p.m.

Representatives from H & R Block will discuss these issues and answer any tax related questions you have.

Please register for this free adult program. Telephone (732) 657-7600 or go online to http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org. 

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A roundup of OCL programs celebrating National Black History Month

ImageTOMS RIVER –   February is recognized in the United States as National Black History Month and it is celebrated by Ocean County Library with special programs, crafts, films and concerts.

The theme for this year’s national celebration is “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.”

Vocalist Leticia Walker will present a musical tribute to the “Sirens of Song” Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn and Billie Holiday at Manchester, 21 Colonial Dr., Sat. Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.

Take a musical journey across the US as vocalist Kati Beddow Brower and guitarist Bo Pezzullo tour four distinct types of rhythms of the Blues that emerged from different regions of the country. The concert will be held at the Tuckerton branch, 380 Bay Av., Monday Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

Pianist Fred Miller returns to the Jackson branch, 2 Jackson Dr., Wed. Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. with his program about music from the Harlem Renaissance.

Arrested Development’s bassist, Isaiah “Za” Williams will discuss the power of Hip Hop and the positive impact that musicians can have on their community at the Toms River branch, 101 Washington St., Thur. Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

Historical-actor and author Noah Lewis will portray Pennsylvania’s Revolutionary War hero Ned Hector at four branches. Hector, a free black man and teamster for the Continental army, saved a large cache of arms during the 1777 battlefield of Brandywine.

The programs will be held at:

  • Lakewood, 301 Lexington Av., Wed. Feb. 6 at 4 p.m.
  • Stafford, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, Wed. Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Little Egg Harbor, 290 Mathistown Rd., Mon. Feb. 25 at 4 p.m.
  • Waretown, 112 Main St., Mon. Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.

The Ned Hector programs are sponsored in part with funding from an OceanFirst Foundation Arts and Cultural Grant and the Ocean County Library Foundation.

Ocean County Historian Tim Hart will present a 3-part series about the lives and contributions of black soldiers at the Lacey branch, 10 E. Lacey Rd., Forked River, Wednesdays  Feb. 6  and Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 20 at 6 p.m.

Lorraine Stone, dressed in historical costumes, will speak about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad at:

  • Berkeley branch, 30 Station Rd., Sat. Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
  • Little Egg Harbor, Tue. Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.
  • Plumsted, 119 Evergreen Rd., New Egypt, Wed. Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.

Stone will also give dynamic readings of works from African American poets such as James Weldon Johnson, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes Sat. Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Pt. Pleasant Borough branch, 834 Beaver Dam Rd.

Teens will learn about the culture of African cooking and share samples Thur. Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. and share the poetry of Maya Angelou, then create their own poetry, Thur. Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Both programs will be held at the Lacey branch.

Teens will also learn about George Washington Carver and his accomplishments and discoveries about peanuts, soybeans, and sweet potatoes at Berkeley Tue. Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Children will hear stories and create crafts centered around Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Island Heights Fri. Feb. 15 at 3:45 p.m.

Other children’s programs include creation of a collage as they celebrate the art of Romare Bearden at Beachwood, 126 Beachwood Blvd., Mon. Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m.; and a lesson at Lacey Thur. Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. about George Crum who created the potato chip. Kids will then make their own homemade potato chips.

The Toms River branch and the Toms River NAACP will present their annual food tasting, dancing and music program Sat. Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. Norman Taylor, New Jersey’s representative to the 2011 and 2012 International Blues Challenge, will perform.

“Bi-Okoto, Engage, Educate and Entertain through African Culture” will take visitors on a journey from NJ to Africa as it presents the cultures, languages and history of the continent through authentic songs and folk stories. People will learn songs, dance, various greetings and basic West African music rhythms that they will be able to perform. The programs will be held at Lakewood Wed. Feb. 20 and Stafford Thur. Feb. 21. Both programs will begin at 7 p.m.

More information about these and other programs can be found at the library’s Web site

www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

Revolutionary War dramatization at 4 OCL branches

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TOMS RIVER –   The Ocean County Library will present actor and author Noah Lewis in his portrayal of Edward “Ned” Hector, a black Revolutionary War soldier, in four library locations during February.

This dramatization of Hector’s participation in the Battle of Brandywine (Pennsylvania) will appear Wednesday Feb 6 at the Lakewood branch (301 Lexington Av.) at 4 p.m. and the Stafford branch (129 N. Main St., Manahawkin) at 7 p.m.

He will also appear on Monday Feb. 25 at the Little Egg Harbor branch (290 Mathistown Rd.) at 4 p.m. and the Waretown branch (112 Main St.) at 7 p.m.

Ned Hector’s courageous actions remain one of our nation’s oft-forgotten yet most significant historic incidents.

He was a teamster and artilleryman with Colonel John Proctor’s 3rd Pennsylvania Artillery Regiment.  His unit was positioned near Chadd’s Ford, Pa. Late in the afternoon of September 11th, 1777 the British and Hessians began to overrun the American positions on the east side of Brandywine Creek and the order was given to abandon the guns, wagons, and horses and “save yourself”.

Hector is reported to have said, “The enemy shall not have my team; I shall save my horses and myself.” He then grabbed up a stack of abandoned weapons, threw them into his wagon and escaped with his wagon – the only salvage from his company.

Hector was never granted a pension as were many Continental soldiers. Finally, years after his service, a “grateful” Pennsylvania Legislature granted him a donation of $40 for his heroics.

Following the Revolutionary War, Hector remained in the Norristown area where he died in 1834 at the age of 90.

These programs are free and open to the public.  For more information or to register for them go to our Website www.theoceancountylibrary.org or telephone the operator at (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.

The programs are sponsored in part with funding from an OceanFirst Foundation Arts and Cultural Grant and the Ocean County Library Foundation.

3 programs at Manchester branch

MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY TO SHOW

“THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN”

MANCHESTER – The Manchester branch will screen the film, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. See this popular comedy/drama/fantasy on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater.  

After receiving bad news from a fertility doctor, Cindy (Jennifer Garner) and Jim Green (Joel Edgerton) try to bury their dreams of having a child by writing out all the great traits their child would have and putting them in a box in the garden. During a freak storm in the middle of the night, they awake to find a boy named Timothy, with leaves growing from his ankles, standing in their kitchen calling them mom and dad. Cindy and Jim are thrown into the midst of parenthood and over the coming months, Timothy will teach them more than they could have imagined about being parents and raising a child, no matter how he comes into their lives.

This PG-rated movie is part of the library’s Feature Film Series. It is 105 minutes long. Although registration is not required, early arrival is recommended.

The Manchester branch is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Township. Call 732.657.7600 for more information or go online to theoceancountylibrary.org.

 

MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY TO PRESENT

WORKSHOP ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

MANCHESTER   – Learn how to prepare for disasters when they strike, at the Manchester branch Monday, February 11 starting at 2 p.m, Representatives from the Center for Healthy Aging at Kimball Medical Center will show a few simple steps to minimize destruction to your home, neighborhood and business or anywhere in your community and to keep everyone safe. Light refreshments will be provided by the Center, an affiliate of the Barnabas Health Network.

The 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 www.theoceancountylibrary.org or call 732.657.7600.

 

LEARN HOW TO DOWNLOAD FREE LIBRARY BOOKS TO iPAD

MANCHESTER  – The Manchester branch will offer instruction on how to borrow books from the library on your iPad Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. You will receive instruction on installing and using the application needed to access eBooks from the Ocean County Library system.

Please register for this free adult program.

Author to discuss his “Boardwalk Empire”

TOMS RIVER –   Ocean County Library presents Atlantic City historian, author and NJ Superior Court Judge Nelson Johnson in a special program about his book, “Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City.”

The program will be held at Pinelands Regional High School, 565 Nugentown Rd., Little Egg Harbor, Saturday March 23 at 10 a.m.

The book traces the growth and allure of Atlantic City from its birth as a quiet seaside health resort, through the notorious backroom politics and power struggles, to its rebirth as the entertainment and gambling capitol.

Copies of “Boardwalk Empire” will be available for purchase.

Toms River library friends sponsor Titanic trip

The Friends of Ocean County Library’s Toms River branch will host a bus trip to “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Thursday March 14.

The trip will cost $85 and includes transportation, gratuities, admission and lunch at Positano Coast Restaurant. For more information or to make a reservation telephone Marie (732) 270-4625.

On April 14, 1912 the RMS Titanic, the world’s largest ship of its time, sank into the Atlantic after colliding with an iceberg. More than 1,500 people died.

“Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” honors the centennial anniversary of that disaster by telling the stories of 19 passengers aboard the ship and displaying more than 300 items retrieved from the wreck site.

The exhibit takes visitors on a chronological trip, from the ship’s creation to the ship’s final moments. It will also include the recreation of the ship’s social hub, The Grand Staircase, that was featured in the 1997 Academy award-winning movie.

Crafts For Teens and Tweens at the Stafford Branch

Ocean County Lirbrary Stafford branch is offering craft activities for teens and tweens this February.

The branch of the Ocean County Library will hold a craft for teens on Thursday, February 28, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. We’ll make customized felt cases for MP3 players or phones. There will be music and hot chocolate. This program is free and open to teens ages 12 to 18.

Tweens–ages 9 to 14–will get to use glue and paint to create a cool piece of 3D art Monday, February 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Dress appropriately for a potentially messy craft.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. Space is limited, so please register online at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by phone at 609-597-3381.