Five programs at Stafford



MANAHAWKIN –   Born in Ontario, Canada in 1934 to French-speaking Catholic Parents, the Dionne quintuplets were at least two months premature, and together they weighed less than 14 pounds.

Rosemary Molloy will talk about their tragic story at the Stafford Library on Thursday, Feb.7, at 10:30 A.M. They are the first identical quintuplets known to survive 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. 



MANAHAWKIN –   The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library is presenting the program Brain Games on Wednesday, Feb. 6th from 1:00-2:30 PM, and again on Friday, Feb. 22 from 11:00 AM  – Noon.  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 host the program – String of Purls – Knit/Crochet Group on Thursday, Feb. 7th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, and Saturday, Feb. 16th 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 February: the 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd 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 will be showing the family movie Paranorman on Saturday, Feb. 16th at 2:00 PM.   A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. Animated.  Rated PG. 


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