5 programs @ Stafford


 MANAHAWKIN –   The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will present the program Brain Games on Wednesday, March 6th from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

People consistently express their fears about decreasing mental ability such as loss of memory, difficulty in concentrating, inability to adapt to new situations, etc.  Keeping your mind active improves its performance. It responds to intellectual stimulation by being fit and in good condition. 

Just as you do physical exercises to keep your body in shape, doing mental exercises stimulates different parts of your brain and helps it retain mental acuity. We’ll provide the brain games and the fun! 

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin. This program is geared toward adults and is free and open to the public. Please register either in person, by calling: (609) 597-3381, or by visiting our website at www.theoceancountylibrary.org   



MANAHAWKIN   –   The Friends of the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will host “June Merrifield – Artist and Musician” on Thursday March 7th, at 10:30 a.m. 

Merrifield will demonstrate how her art and music talents inspire her as she paints. She will demonstrate various watercolor techniques while encouraging the audience to “pick up a brush and see where it takes you.”

Art in its many forms is recognized as significantly benefiting the body, mind and spirit through its creative process. The painting she creates will be matted, framed and raffled off.  


MANAHAWKIN –   The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will host the program String of Purls – Knit/Crochet Group on Thursday, March 7th from 1 to 3 p.m., and Saturday, March 16th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Whether you’re just learning to knit, crochet, or embroider, or if you already know how, then 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 –   The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will show the feature film “Premium Rush” on Saturday March 9th at 2 PM.

A\In this movie a routine delivery for one of New York’s agile and aggressive bicycle messengers turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan.  It is rated PG-13. 

The family movie “Frankenweenie” will be shown Saturday, March 23rd at 2 p.m.

After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life – with just a few minor adjustments. Animated.  Rated PG. 


MANAHAWKIN –   Keavy Franzoni, from The Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners of Ocean County will present “Landscaping Your Yard,” Monday, March 11th at 2:30 p.m. at the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library.

Learn how to assess your site and develop a plan based on sun, partial sun, or shade, as well as level of maintenance, water needs, multi-season interest, and where to place ground cover or a lawn.  There will be a Q&A session before and after the talk. 

The Master Gardener team will be at the library from 1:30 to 4 p.m.  Bring in your dying or diseased clippings for a plant diagnosis and possible remedy. 


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