OCL appreciates its Friends


TOMS RIVER  – All 21 locations of the Ocean County Library will join together and celebrate National Friends of the Library Week, Oct. 20-26.

Most branches have a Friends of the Library group that provides supplemental equipment, supplies and programs for their branch.  They are actively engaged in promoting the library to the community and fundraising to support its activities.

The headquarters branch of the library, 101 Washington St. Toms River, will host a forum for the Friends members Saturday Nov. 2 9:15 a.m. until noon. The semi-annual forum will give the groups an opportunity to network, to share their success stories as well as any problems they encounter, and offer instruction.

The library friends will also have an opportunity to “test drive” several eReader devices during the forum.

“Friends are vital to the success of the library,” said Judy Macaluso, Supervising Librarian and liaison to the Friends groups. “We appreciate their dedication and all their hard work.”

The Friends are always looking for community-minded people to assist them as they help the library.  Check with your local branch for more information.


Upcoming Friends of the Library fundraisers include:

Saturday Oct. 19 at Waretown (112 Main St.) and Wednesday Oct. 23 at Upper Shores (112 Jersey City Ave., Lavallette) people can have their analog memories (VHS tapes, 8 or 16 mm movies, photographs and slides) saved in a digital format (DVD.) Telephone the branch for more information and prices.

The Berkeley friends (30 Station Rd.) will host a psychic fair Wednesday Oct. 23 from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  The cost for a 15-minute reading is $20. Early registration is recommended and space is limited.

The Toms River friends will host a bus trip to Kykuit (The Rockefeller Estate) and Phillipsburg Manor, two Sleepy Hollow restorations in the historic Hudson River Valley, Wednesday Oct. 30. Telephone Lynne (732) 240-2736 for prices and to make a reservation.

Three friends groups will also host book sales:

Beachwood, Saturday 10/26 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (and baked goods)

Waretown, Saturday 10/26 1 to 3 p.m.

Toms River, 3 days beginning Thursday Nov. 7.

Check the library website www.theoceancountylibrary.org for a complete listing of Friends’ events.


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