Archive for June, 2013

Summer Reading Kick Off At The Toms River Branch

Summer Reading Kick Off at the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch

The children’s summer reading program is underway, as the Summer Reading Kickoff event took place at the Toms River branch on June 28. There were games, prizes, a visit from the Philly Pretzel Factory, and an animal exhibit. Children and their families spent the day in a courtyard outside the Toms River branch, taking part in the fun.

You can view more pictures from the event here.

Pineland Bounty and Survival


Carmen Corradino, a Tom Brown Wilderness Survival School instructor, amazed our Waretown audience with her knowledge of Pineland bounty.  For example, she demonstrated nine different ways to use the common pine as edible sustenance and medical relief.  Numerous common, regional plants were also revealed from her “shopping bag” of goodies.   Her experience of living grid-less in the wilderness was truly admirable.  Her daily needs were all supplied by what she had found in the environment.  From constructing a wigwam and A-frame (which, by the way, survived both hurricanes Irene and Sandy) to sewing her own practical wardrobe of naturally available pelts, Ms. Corradino was truly an inspiration in living a balanced life with nature.     




Henna, Hair Chalking, & Glitter Tattoos

The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library is holding a temporary body decoration program on Friday, July 26th at 1 pm.  Mehndi henna is an exotic, non-permanent body art that lasts as long as a few weeks.  Parental permission in the form of a signed waiver is required to participate.  Henna will stain fabrics.  Hair chalking creates a bright hair color that will wash right out.  Glitter tattoos use body-safe glue and glitter to create a shimmery design on the skin. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for a potentially messy craft.

This program is free and open to teens in grades 7-12.  The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin.  Please register online at or by phone at 609-597-3381.

Anime Club at the Stafford Branch

The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library is holding a meeting of the Anime and Manga Club at 6 pm on Thursday, July 25th.  Teens are invited to watch anime, discuss old favorites and new releases, share fan art, and learn about Japanese culture.

This program is free and open to teens in grades 7-12.  The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin.  Information about the event can be found online at or by phone at 609-597-3381.

Magic show & summer reading at TR


Ray Franklyn performed a magic show for children and their families June 24 at the Toms River branch.

 Several from the crowd, transitioning from being entertained to becoming the entertainment, were drafted to participate in some of the stunts. But it was all in fun and everyone enjoyed the show.

This was Toms River’s first children’s event for the 2013 summer reading program.




4 programs from Manchester



MANCHESTER – The Manchester Branch Library will screen the film, “Stand Up Guys” on Wednesday, July 3, at 12:00 noon, 3:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 pm. See this popular comedy on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!  

A pair of aging stickup men (Al Pacino and Christopher Walken) try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment – to kill his comrade.

This R-rated movie is part of the library’s Feature Film Series. It is 95 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. Call 732-657-7600 for more information or go online to



MANCHESTER – At the Manchester Branch Library, learn how to use your Kindle Fire to borrow books from the Ocean County Library on Friday, July 5 at 10:00 am.

Call (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, an email account username and password, plus log in information for an account that you’ve set up prior to this free, adult workshop.




MANCHESTER – On Monday, July 8 at 10:00 am, at the Manchester Branch Library, learn how to create beautiful gardens, even where space is limited! Dorothy Lawrence of the Master Gardeners of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Ocean County office will show you how to beautify your home and patio with the simple technique of container gardening. Please register online at or call 732.657.7600. This free event is part of the library’s adult summer reading program for this year, “Groundbreaking Reads.”




MANCHESTER – At the Manchester Branch Library on Monday, July 8 at 1:00 pm, Lo Anne Mayer will talk about her book, Celestial Conversations: Healing Relationships after Death. The book deals with journaling as a method of working through unresolved conflicts with someone who has passed away. Copies of the book will be available for participants to purchase and have signed by the author.

Please register for this free adult program! Call (732) 657-7600 or go online to 

NJ Gay Men’s Chorus to perform at TR library

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.

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