Archive for August, 2013

Bringing up children: Tips for Terrific Parents

Dr. Crystal Kuykendall will present “Tips for Terrific Parenting” Thursday Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. In Ocean County Library’s Toms River branch, 101 Washington St.

A former teacher, Kuykendall has a Doctorate in Educational Administration.

The presentation will provide insight on some of the causes of underperformance, underachievement, poor discipline, apathy, anger and rage in many “at-risk” youth.

She will also provide strategies that can be used by school officials, parents and care givers to meet the academic and social student needs of today’s youth.

Kuykendall will offer tips that can enable students to develop responsible behavior, improve self-discipline, and set up long- and short-term goals.

The program, designed for parents, educators and professionals who work with adolescents, is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required.

To register telephone the library operator at (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514 or visit the Web site .

The Ocean County Library is a registered NJ Department of Education Professional Development Provider. Professional development certificates can be provided following the presentation.

OCL closed Labor Day; resumes Sunday hours 9/8

All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day.

All branches of the Ocean County Library will resume normal branch hours on Tuesday Sept. 3.

As always, the library Web site,  and its databases will be available during that time.

Three library branches will resume Sunday hours. The Lakewood, Toms River and Stafford branches will be open 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays beginning Sept. 8.

 For further information please contact Ocean County Library at  or call (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.

“A Bottle in the Gaza Sea” Movie Screening

The Manchester Library will screen, “A Bottle in the Gaza Sea” on Wednesday, September 18, at 12:00 noon, 3:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 pm. See this popular foreign drama film on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater! 

17-year-old Tal has emigrated from France to Jerusalem with her family. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws it into the sea near Gaza, where he is carrying out his military service. A few weeks later, Tal receives an e-mail response from a mysterious “Gazaman,” a young Palestinian named Naim. Thus begins a turbulent but tender long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change.


The dialogue is in French, Arabic, and Hebrew with English subtitles and is 99 minutes long. It is part of the library’s monthly Foreign/Independent Film Series.  Registration is not required. This program is open all ages although it is geared toward adults.

The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Township. For more information call 732.657.7600 or go online to

Get Nook Help At Your Library

At the Manchester Branch Library, learn how to use your Nook Tablet to borrow books from the Ocean County Library on Tuesday, September 17 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 plus logins for a Barnes & Noble account and an email account, both of which you’ve set up prior to this free, adult workshop.

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

Win Prizes And Play Bingo At The Manchester Library

On Monday, September 16 at 2:00 pm, Bingo games at the Manchester Branch Library will be back by popular demand! Play to win prizes while making new friends in the library’s comfortable meeting room.

This program is open to adults, free of charge. Please register online at or call 732.657.7600.

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

Library Screens Oblivion

The Manchester Branch Library will screen the film, “Oblivion” on Wednesday, September 11, at 12:00 noon, 3:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 pm. See this popular science fiction adventure on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!  

Jack (Tom Cruise) is one of the few remaining drone repairmen assigned to Earth, its surface devastated after decades of war with the alien Scavs. He discovers a crashed spacecraft with contents that bring into question everything he believed about the war. It may even put the fate of mankind in his hands.

This PG13-rated movie is part of the library’s Feature Film Series. It is 124 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

National Library Card Sign Up Month At The Ocean County Library

Ocean County Library joins public libraries throughout the United States this September by participating in the American Library Association’s National Library Card Sign-Up Month.

The month of September was chosen for National Library Card Sign-Up month, because families nationwide are preparing for the beginning of the new school year. Like public library users nationwide, Ocean County Library cardholders are used to checking out educational materials, accessing technology and getting assistance from reference staff.

However, the role of public libraries is ever evolving and Ocean County Library goes beyond traditional library services.

Ocean County Library offers its customers a variety of materials besides books, including the latest video games, movies on DVD and Blu-Ray, and even eBooks that can downloaded from home.

The library also regularly hosts special events and programs that are free to the community, ranging from children’s craft and story times to author lectures featuring New York Times Best Selling authors.

This summer Ocean County Library even featured Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful and rock-and-roller Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze at two outdoor concerts, attracting hundreds of people.

To encourage library card registration, all new Ocean County Library cardholders will be entered into a drawing at their local branches for prize packages. Previous library cardholders who are able to recruit new registrants will also be entered into those raffles.

Registration for a library card can be done at any Ocean County Library location. The requirements are proof of Ocean County residence (such as a government issued form of identification) and parental permission (if the registrant is under twelve years old).

Thanks to reciprocal borrowing agreements, Burlington County Library and Monmouth County Library cardholders are able to register for an Ocean County Library card. In order to register, they need to show their library card and an additional form of identification.

Prize winners will be notified on or around October 1.

For more information on how to register for a library card, contact any Ocean County Library location or go online to

Upper Shores is now Open 4 Business!


Dozens of times this morning in our Lavallette branch one could hear, “Welcome back! We missed you.”

Neighbors calling out to our staff.  Our staff seeing people they haven’t seen since Superstorm Sandy struck the Jersey Shore. It was a fun time and a time of great reunions.

About 20 people greeted Branch Manager June when she opened the doors at 10 a.m.

One boy said, “We’re so glad you’re back” as he scurried past her to look over the reconstructed branch. Yes, he was excited.

The Upper Shores branch in Lavallette is open

Monday, Thursday & Friday: 10 am – 5 pm

Tuesday & Wednesday 10 am – 9 pm

Saturday 10 am – 1 pm

Stop by and visit.

And get ready for our Grand Reopening of the branch with entertainment and refreshments 10 am Saturday Sept. 7.

Welcome back!








Juan Pablo is a big hit in Jackson


Great piano performance. Humorous anecdotes. And a little song and dance.

Cuban-born Juan Pablo Subirana performed before 65 people at the Jackson branch Wednesday night playing Latin American tunes and American show tunes.  He donned his top-hat and cane and danced, then danced later with his “girlfriend.”

After his 60-minute concert  Juan Pablo very graciously took the time to counsel a shy piano student in how he played certain cords in his performance.

Juan Pablo will perform three more times in Ocean County Library branches:

Brick, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd. 2 p.m. Thursday

Manchester, 21 Colonial Drive 2 p.m. Friday

Toms River, 101 Washington St. 2 p.m. Saturday.

Each of those three concerts are free of charge.

He will also play in the Strand Theater in Lakewood on Sunday. Call the theater for price and time information.





MANCHESTER –  People in their 20s and 30s are invited to the Manchester library branch Monday Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. to learn how to master their money and create wealth.

Kathy Nolan, who coauthored “The Ultimate Success Guide: the World’s Leading Experts Reveal their Secrets for Success in Business and in Life,” will show people how to develop good saving and spending habits while they are still young.

This free program is open to teens and adults but registration is required. To online to or telephone (732) 657-7600 to register.

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

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