OCL Fall 2013 Friends Forum

sm-Learning about ereaders

(Nicole DeMatteo, principal librarian from the information department assists Clem Boyers, a member of the Friends of the Upper Shore Branch Library to learn more about EReader devices and EBooks during the program.)

The Toms River branch hosted the Fall 2013 Friends Forum Saturday Nov. 2 in the Bishop Building. The forum presented a great opportunity for leaders of the library’s Friends groups to network with their peers. The library also presented the Friends instruction how they could use their electronic readers to borrow books from OCL.

View six photos from the event on our Flickr page. Click http://www.flickr.com/photos/oceancountylibrary/sets/72157637417481864/

sm-Judy Mac

(Judy Macaluso, supervising librarian of branch services discusses library programs and author appearances during the Fall Friends of the Ocean County Library Information Exchange held on Nov. 2 at the Bishop Building in Toms River.)

Friends of the Library gather to share ideas

and learn more about OCL

Sharing ideas, seeing what the library system has been doing during the year and learning more about Ebooks and EReaders was all part of a special gathering of around 30 Friends of the Ocean County Library earlier this month.

The Friends of the Ocean County Library held its Fall Friends Information Exchange on the morning of Nov. 2 at the Bishop Building meeting room. This was the second meeting of two special sessions held each year.

The meeting was led by Judy Macaluso, supervising librarian of branch services.

Those in attendance watched a special video concerning OCL’s involvement in serving the public during Superstorm Sandy. The film was produced by Director Susan Quinn and was very well received by the group.

“It gave them a deeper appreciation of the importance the library played to customer and community post storm,’’ Macaluso said.

Mary Roberts, a member of the Friends of the Brick Library suggested that if possible, the video be screened at movie theaters in Ocean County. She said many seniors would enjoy seeing it at their adult community recreation centers.

“People should know about all the things the library did to help people after Sandy,’’ Roberts said.

“You are essential to us and we appreciate all your hard work and support,’’ OCL Assistant Director Valerie Bell told the members of the various Friends organizations.

Clem Boyers, a member of the Friends of the Upper Shore Branch Library took the opportunity to learn more about EReader devices and EBooks during the program.

Nicole DeMatteo, principal librarian from the information department assisted attendees at a display table to familiarize them with various devices and library programs on how to use them and add Ebooks to their own systems.

“I’m going away on vacation and this is perfect for reading. I learned a lot here today,’’ Boyers said.

Nicole Politi of the OCL Collections department spoke about the availability of EBooks and how OCL goes about ordering certain titles.

Members of the Friends filled out a “Bright Idea” program/fundraiser exchange sheet sharing some ideas for raising money and future events.

“One of our main goals is for us to all work together. We all need ideas and our goal is to bring these ideas forward and to share them,’’ Friends member Marie Goine said during a report of the Friends Steering Committee.

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