OCL provides forum for teens recovering from Superstorm Sandy

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(Courtney Powitz and Matthew Sycle, thespians from Toms River High School South, read quotes of teen Sandy survivors during a Nov. 4 program at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library.)

Teens came together to remember the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and how it impacted their lives on Nov. 4 at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library.

A Young Adult program called “Remembering Sandy: A multimedia event of film and oral histories” drew a crowd of more than 30 people to the library’s atrium that evening.

Senior Librarian Nancy Marino said that during this past summer, the Ocean County Library Young Adults team “has been asking teens about what happened before, during and after the storm as part of an oral history project.’’

Marino said the purpose of the oral history project was to make sure that teen voices were heard and that their stories would be preserved for future generations.

“Everyone’s story is important,’’ Marino said. “It is an ongoing project.  We are still collecting stories which will ultimately be put into a book that will be presented to the Wheeler Room for inclusion in that collection.’’

The program held on Nov. 4 was the culminating event of the first phase of the project and featured the sharing of oral histories.

The presentation contained selected quotes from those interviews. It was a compilation of the teens’ feelings, fears and hopes.

Their stories will be included in the Ocean County Library’s Telling Sandy Stories: Through the Eyes of Teens Oral History project.

Courtney Powitz and Matthew Sycle were the main readers.  They are thespians from Toms River High School South.

Students Alexa Ramlall and Amber Kingsley read segments from their own stories.

Nicole Mogarte also read some segments during the program and participated in the oral history project.

Ruba Abdul-Raziq and Rand Abdul-Razig read a poem by teen writer Jewel DiSalvo . Jewel’s  house was flooded in the Silverton section of Toms River Township.

A documentary by teen filmmaker Marc Wittig was shown during the beginning of the program.

Wittig produced the film at Central Regional High School in Berkeley Township as an assignment for his television production class.

Teen Services Coordinator Pham “Pam” Condello said she was pleased with the outcome of the program and the enthusiasm shown by the teens who participated in it.

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(Senior Librarian Nan Marino addresses Teens during “Remembering Sandy: A multimedia event of film and oral histories.”)

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