Archive for May, 2013

Russian romantic concert at the Barnegat branch

TOMS RIVER –  Flutist Inna Gilmore and pianist Elizaveta Kopelman will present Russian romantic musical concerts at the Barnegat branch (112 Burr St.) Tuesday May 28 at 7 p.m. and feature the music of Rachmaninov, Valisenk and Lyadov.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Both musicians were born and raised in Russia.

Inna Gilmore holds degrees with honors from Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory. She is a Haynes flute artist and has won awards and international competitions in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Boston and New York City. Her debut at Carnegie Hall in 2008 was highly praised.

Gilmore came to the US to pursue an advanced degree with a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Elizaveta Kopelman studied at the Central School of Music in Moscow with Dina Parachina and with Arnaldo Cohen at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she won numerous prizes and awards.

She has appeared at major venues and festivals throughout the UK and Europe including critically acclaimed debut recitals at the Purcell Room (1996) and Wigmore Hall (1998).

In February 2002 Elizaveta performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the New York Chamber Symphony at the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.  She has given live broadcasts for both BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.  

Prerparing to reopen our Bay Head Reading Center


The Ocean County Library system is busy rebuilding the last two of its branches that were damaged during Superstorm Sandy and is on schedule to have services restored to all its customers during this summer.

The Bay Head Reading Center, 136 Meadow Av., is receiving its final touchups and furniture and materials will be delivered during the next three weeks.

The Library’s Facilities Department, led by Joseph Cahill and assisted by students from the Ocean County Vocational School’s Brick Center, performed the work.

“We are working diligently to reopen the reading center the week of Memorial Day with the goal of having our library staff back in the building on May 28th,” said Library Director Susan Quinn. “That will be followed by a grand reopening celebration for the public Saturday June 1st.”




NJ Gay Men’s Chorus to perform at TR library

TOMS RIVER –  In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library will host the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus Saturday June 22.

Steven A. Russell, director of the chorus, presents the hour-long concert of Broadway, traditional and original songs. It  will begin at 2 p.m.

The New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus regularly performs throughout New Jersey, the United States and Canada.  It is a member of the GALA Choruses, an international association of Gay and Lesbian Choruses.

The concert is free but registration is required.  To register telephone the operator at (732) 349-6200, or go to the library’s Web site and click on the “Events and News” icon.

Residents to share TR history

Ocean County Library will present a discussion about the history and people of early- and mid-20th century Toms River Saturday June 1 in the Toms River branch.

Local journalist and long-time Toms River resident Don Bennett will moderate “Toms River Talks: A Living Oral History Event.”

The panelists include Barbara Carlino, Oscar Cradle, Manuel Hirshblond, Dave Johnson, Ferd Klebold, Rev. Larry Mattox and Mary Lou Sutton.

The panelists, who grew up, lived, worked and played in Toms River, will discuss events they witnessed that helped shape Toms River into the town it has become.

Do you have questions about some of the quirky characters that inhabited the county seat? Ever wonder how Toms River has changed since the Garden State Parkway opened it up fifty years ago? Or maybe you have some stories of your own to tell.

Join the fun with your questions and answers. The two-hour discussion will begin at 2 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public. Please note that it will be video recorded and archived so that future generations will be able to access these insights into Toms River history. It may also appear on the Internet.

Seating is limited so register by calling the operator at (732) 349-6200 or online at the library Web site , then click on the events icon.

3 events at Manchester



MANCHESTER – The Manchester library branch will screen the film, “The Guilt Trip” on Wednesday, May 29, at three new times: noon, 3 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. See this popular comedy film on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!  

As inventor Andy Brewster (Seth Rogan) is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, a quick stop at his mom’s (Barbara Streisand) house turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with her along for the ride.

This 95-minute, PG13-rated movie is part of the library’s Feature Film Series. 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



 MANCHESTER – Learn how to use your Nook Tablet to borrow books from the Ocean County Library at the Manchester branch Thursday, May 30 at 2 p.m.

 Telephone (732) 657-7600 or go online to to reserve your seat! In addition to signing up in advance, it is very important that you bring an Ocean County library card number and an email account username and password that you’ve set up prior to this free, adult workshop.


 MANCHESTER  – The Manchester branch will host a reception for local artist Patty Maselli Saturday June 1 at 2 p.m..

 Maselli’s acrylic and oil paintings will be on display in the meeting room of the library throughout most of June. Drop in during the reception and meet the artist and  listen to her discuss her work. Refreshments will be served.

 There is no registration for this free event.

 Interested parties are also invited to stop by to view the exhibit during the library’s regular business hours whenever the meeting room is available until it is removed June 24. Telephone the library (732-657-7600) to check on its availability.

Earth Day Celebration @ Plumsted

The Plumsted branch held its annual Earth day celebration April 13th. This year the celebration placed special emphasis on the theme of restoring the shore after Superstorm Sandy.

As always there were many information tables from local environmental and community groups such as the Barnegat Bay Partnership, Ocean County Master Gardeners, Girl Scouts, the Plumsted Township Environmental Commission/Plumsted Youth for Nature and the Environment, and many more.

In addition to the educational resources there were games and crafts for the children as well as a bake sale, a visit from Sparks, and the Tails and Scales program. Tails and Scales featured an Island Beach State Park Natural Educator presenting live animals and educating participants about the park.

Attached is a link to the Plumsted Branch’s Flickr account for all the pictures taken at the event.

Insights into Mary Todd Lincoln’s pain and triumphs

TOMS RIVER –  Ocean County Library will present “Pass My Imperfections Lightly By-Mary Todd Lincoln’s Journey” in eight branches.

Actor Linda Turash will allow the audience to share an intimate 1876 evening with Mary Lincoln as she reflects on the triumphs and tribulations of Lincoln’s life and demonstrate her resilience in the face of her grief.

Turash, as Mary, will share memories ranging from her courtship with Mr. Lincoln and her support of his political ups and downs, to her bereavement of their sons’ deaths and her husband’s violent assassination.

Mary will also recount the praise and criticism of her First Lady’s role in the White House.

Those reflections will continue with scandals of her life after the assassination, including her involuntary commitment to an asylum and her subsequent release.

The program will provide insight into yet another side of the Lincolns’ extraordinary role in American history.

The programs will be held at the following branches:

Manchester, 21 Colonial Dr., Sat. May 11 at 2 p.m.

Berkeley, 30 Station Rd, Bayville, Tue. June 4 at 7 p.m.

Little Egg Harbor, 290 Mathistown Rd., Wed. June 5 at 7 p.m.

Island Heights, 121 Central Av., Mon. June 10 at 7 p.m.

Plumsted, 119 Evergreen Rd., New Egypt, Wed. June 12 at 7 p.m.

Beachwood,126 Beachwood Blvd., Mon. June 24 at 7 p.m.

Tuckerton, 380 Bay Av., Mon. July 1 at 7 p.m.

Pt. Pleasant Borough, 834 Beaver Dam Rd., Wed. July 17 at 7 p.m.

These programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Contact the branch or register online at .

Deep Cut Bonsai Society introduces teens to the art of bonsai


On Monday, the Berkeley branch hosted the Deep Cut Bonsai Society for a bonsai workshop aimed at teens who are interested in this art form. Mark, Bill and Josh, members of the society,  brought plants for nine teens and showed them how to start their very own bonsai. The kids got right into it, getting their hands dirty and creating beautiful bonsai. Both teachers and students had a great time and we look forward to continuing to grow and mold our new bonsai.

The program was sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Library.


Plumsted celebrates its volunteers


The Plumsted branch was happy to appreciate all of our volunteers during National Volunteer Week! Volunteers from the 12+ Program at the New Egypt High School visit the library weekly to help support their community while building life skills. In honor of their service they were presented with certificates of appreciation, enjoyed some light refreshments and honed their technology skills by using their school iPads or logging on to the library’s public computers. Thank you to all of the volunteers that support our branches and communities throughout Ocean County! 

OCL closed Friday May 17 for Staff Development Day

TOMS RIVER –   All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Friday May 17 for its annual Staff Development Day.

The library’s databases and Web site will be available during that time.

All branches will resume their normal business hours Saturday May 18.

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