Archive for October, 2013

New Tales, Old Haunts!

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Members of the Waretown Branch Library audience, last Monday night, were treated with new tales from old Pine Barren haunts.  Paul Evans Pedersen Jr. included personal experiences of odd phenomena, including several with the Jersey Devil.  His stories went beyond the stock legends of the Jersey Pines.  His storytelling skills incited terror. A perfect program for Halloween.  


From the Heart of a Survivor

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As each October approaches, Waretown’s Carol Johnson finds the time to create a unique Breast Cancer Awareness display.  Her message comes from a personal place of awareness and understanding, as she is a breast cancer survivor.  As each patron passes our threshold, they find Carol’s unique display promoting early detection and community support. It’s common to hear a patron’s comment suggesting the need to make a mammography appointment soon. Good job, Carol!      

OCL-TR to host North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club

The Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington St., will host the North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club Saturday Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.  

For decades the North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club has entertained audiences from different cultures, social classes and neighborhoods with their dedication to using the value of song to foster a spirit of community. 

The glee club is one of the oldest continuously-singing all-male groups in the mid-Atlantic states.

The concert is free but registration is required. Telephone the operator (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514 or visit the “Calendar of Events” section of the library’s website for more information and to register. Registration begins Nov. 14.

This program is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of an OceanFirst Foundation Arts and Cultural Grant and with funding from the Ocean County Library Foundation and the Ocean County Library.

Iraq War veteran Tanner to talk about his book, help offered to vets with Post Traumatic Stress

All war wounds are catastrophic, a unique tragedy that despite the best intentions of others must be personally overcome.


The visible wounds are often easy to spot.  The hidden ones, those that go by the catch-all phrase Post Traumatic Stress, are often deeply buried and can go undiagnosed or viewed as character flaws that one should easily shake off. But many of our veterans, without help, can’t.


Robert M. Tanner III knows about the value of such help.


Tanner, one of 23,000 Marines who was serving in Iraq in 2004, and one of 130,000 US military troops, was deployed on tour in one of the most dangerous regions of the country, Fallujah.


Tanner has documented his experiences and the story of his unit, the Delta Company Outlaws, in a book “Memoirs of an Outlaw: Life in the Sandbox.”


He will discuss his book Tuesday Nov. 12 at the Toms River branch of Ocean County Library and tell how writing to document wartime experiences was therapeutic for him. Local groups will also be on hand to provide attendees with information about resources that are available to assist veterans who are dealing with PTS-issues.


Doors open 6:30 p.m. for people seeking information about PTS support groups and other organizations that offer support for veterans. Tanner’s book discussion will begin at 7 p.m. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.


The program is free and open to the public. For more information go to the Web site or telephone the operator at (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.

Manchester to instruct how to borrow books for your Nook

MANCHESTER Learn how to use your Nook Tablet to borrow books from the Ocean County Library at the Manchester branch, 21 Colonial Drive, Friday Nov. 15 at 10 a.m..

Reservations are required for this free program. Telephone (732) 657-7600 or go online to to reserve your seat!

You will also need a Barnes & Noble account and an email account before you can participate.

Manchester branch to screen “White House Down”

MANCHESTER The Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Drive, will screen the film, “White House Down,” Wednesday November 13 at 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. See this popular action/drama/thriller on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!  

While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders. The cast includes Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

This 131 minute, PG13-rated movie is part of the library’s Feature Film Series. Although registration is not required, early arrival is recommended.

Telephone (732) 657-7600 for more information or go online to for more information.

Manchester branch will host Ruth Kaye’s “My Grandmother, My Mother & Me”

MANCHESTER  Ruth Kaye will perform her autobiographical play, “My Grandmother, My Mother & Me” Saturday Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr.

 Through lively dialog interwoven with song, Ruth tells the story of her own Jewish family from the perspective of three generations of women. She begins by portraying her grandmother in 19th century Russia. She then focuses on her mother, Leah, who marries her childhood sweetheart, survives a family crisis and learns to make a life of her own. Finally, Ruth reveals herself as an awkward young adult who blossoms into a wife, mother, and performer in this celebration of how one generation connects to another.

This free program is open to teens and adults. Registration is not required.

Horizon BCBS Blue to You Van to visit Stafford branch

MANAHAWKIN –   The Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield “Blue to You” Van will be at the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library Friday November 22nd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Horizon’s goal is to bring health and wellness information to you. 

Personnel will be available to assist both members and non-members in researching specific information and can print out that material to be taken home. They offer activities such as Wii bowling, and there will also be a raffle. Horizon members have an additional resource for face-to-face interaction for any questions surrounding their plan.

This program is sponsored by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

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

Pine Shores Art Association presents Ferdinand Leger

MANAHAWKIN –    Kate Nearpass Ogden, art history professor at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, will discuss Ferdinand Leger on Monday, November 18th at 7 p.m. at the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library.

Born in rural France in 1881, and starting out as an impressionist, Leger later became one of the major cubist painters. He is known for his bold use of primary colors and this, in combination with his attempt to create art that “everyone can understand,” became his legacy and inspired many pop artists.  

There will also be a reception beginning at 6 p.m. honoring Pine Shores Art Association artists Mary Walker Baptiste, Giorgio Bonnorumma, Lee Fricke, Paul Hartelius, Ilomay Pedicini, and Linda Saladino whose art is on display at the library. Artwork is for sale through participating artists.

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

Nine Theatricals present Vintage Hitchcock Radio Show

MANAHAWKIN   The “Vintage Hitchcock Radio Show” will take place at the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library on Wednesday, November 13th at 2 p.m.  The Nine Theatricals group will perform this 1940s style radio show reenactment of “The 39 Steps” and “The Lodger.”  Intrigue is the name of the game as murder, love and suspense consume the audience in a way that only an Alfred Hitchcock story can. Sound effects add to the excitement of the performance, and the radio “broadcast” forces you to use your imagination instead of having every scene acted out in full production.  

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

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