Archive for December, 2013

Ocean County Library presents two Human Trafficking programs

TOMS RIVER  –  Ocean County Library will present two programs about human trafficking in January and will discuss ways that individuals can halt its spread.

The Barnegat Light Area Branch and the Northern Ocean County Branch of the American Association of University Women have chosen to campaign against and raise awareness about human trafficking by sponsoring these programs. 

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery whose victims include men, women and children of all ages and ethnicity.  It is also a first-degree crime with a penalty of 20 years to life in prison.

There are two types of human trafficking: labor trafficking where people are forced to work for no pay; and sex trafficking.

Because of its geographical location, New Jersey has the potential to be a major entry, transit and destination for human trafficking. And because of the Super Bowl in February, many law enforcement officials fear an increase in sex trafficking in New Jersey.

New Jersey has passed a stringent new law that will aid law enforcement in the apprehension and conviction of those persons caught engaging in it, and have created a Human Trafficking Task Force and website to educate the public in ways to identify and help victims.

Learn more about human trafficking at these two Ocean County Library locations:

7 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 15 at the Long Beach Island branch, 217 S. Central Avenue, Surf City, NJ  08008. Their telephone number is 609-494-2480. The speakers will be Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove and Vilma Applegate, president of the Barnegat Light Area Branch of the AAUW.

6 p.m. Thursday Jan. 23 at the Toms River branch, 101 Washington St., Toms River, NJ  08753. Their telephone number is 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514. Senior Assistant Prosecutor Roberta DiBiase will speak at that session.

The program is free but people must register to attend. Register by telephoning the branch or on the library’s website .

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is January 11, 2014.

Waretown: Say Cheese!


Jennifer Klein, registered dietician with ShopRite of Manchester, and Waretown branch’s new  manager Erin, welcomed a roomful of enthusiastic students ready to nosh and learn about cheese.  A variety of cheeses from different categories were made available, along with explanations and recommendations on storage, presentation, and pairings.  At the end of the hour, attendees became better informed cheese consumers and satiated turophiles. 


Barnegat performer brings Jane Austen to life at Toms River Branch


Trish Chambers of Barnegat portrays English novelist Jane Austen during a program held on Dec. 16 at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library. The event marked the 238th birthday of Jane Austen.

Trish Chambers of Barnegat portrays English novelist Jane Austen during a program held on Dec. 16 at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library. The event marked the 238th birthday of Jane Austen.

TOMS RIVER  – For an author who just turned 238, Jane Austen is doing rather well.

Barnegat resident Trish Chambers brought the noted English writer back to life just in time for her birthday on Dec. 16 in a program at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library.

Austen was born in 1775 and died on July 18, 1817. The English novelist’s work of romantic fiction, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature.

Chambers portrayed Austen wearing a period costume and spoke to an audience of nearly 40 people about the realities of English Society at the time of Austen’s life.

Austen’s realism, biting irony and social commentary earned her historical importance among scholars and critics alike. The author lived her entire life as part of a close family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. Austen was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading.

Chambers noted that Austen lived in a world of contradictions where English society embraced freedom of speech but often burned the books of those authors whose message they disagreed with.

“They hated the French and yet they embraced French fashion. It was a time where the British really did feel superior to everyone else,’’ Chambers said.

Chambers said that the steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer.

Austen’s artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years into her thirties. Her major novels were released from 1811 to 1816 and includes “Sense and Sensibility” (1811), “Pride and Prejudice” (1813), “Mansfield Park” (1814) and “Emma” (1816).

She wrote two additional novels, “Northanger Abbey” and “Persuasion” that were both published after her death in 1818. Austen began to write a novel called “Sanditon”, but she died before it was completed.

Her works were first published anonymously and brought her little personal fame. She received few  positive reviews during her lifetime. After the publication of her nephew’s “A Memoir of Jane Austen” in 1869 her popularity began to grow.

By the 1940s she had become widely accepted in academia as a great English writer and the emergence of a Janeite fan culture.

Trish Chambers writes and produces various historical presentations that deal with business and life situations that effect women and business professionals at various stages of their careers. She presents historical programs that include The Civil War, Black History, and women’s studies.

sm-Jane Austen Trish Chambers closeup

The Ocean County Library has many Jane Austen books, audio-books and DVDs about the life of the English author and the work she produced in the early  1800s.

The Ocean County Library has many Jane Austen books, audio-books and DVDs about the life of the English author and the work she produced in the early 1800s.

A healthier you in 2014

Does your New Year mean a resolution or two for a better, healthier you?

Experts from Meridian Health will present an informative lecture on good health, nutrition and exercise Monday Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. at Ocean County Library’s Manchester branch, 21 Colonial Drive.

Free health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass index and pulse will be available for free but people must register in advance for a limited number of openings.

Register by telephoning the branch at 732-657-7600 or by visiting the library’s website .

Learn to deal with stress, find relief strategies at OCL program

Stress, that internal reaction a person experiences from trying to cope with one’s environment or interpersonal relationships, has been demonstrated to make a person sick and even lead to health complications that can kill.

Ocean County Library will present a program by Khadi Madama about managing stress, keeping up morale, and remaining motivated in these challenging times.

Madama, a self-described stress relief advocate, said, “Stress will make you old, stress will injure you and make you sick and stress will kill you if you don’t get a hold of an easy to use means, both on the job and off, to manage it. Stress relief is the new gold and your life may depend on it.”

Her relief program, “Being Successful and Stressed,” has been used by a branch of the U.S. Navy’s Fleet and Family Services as part of their suicide prevention program, as well as for relieving the stress of the families of deployed military.

She was also the host of the television show “Yours Truly, Yoga,” a twice-weekly, 30-minute program that aired between 1996 and 2000.

Madama will speak at the following library branches:

Toms River, 101 Washington St. 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514, 7 p.m. Mon. Jan. 6.

Jackson, 2 Jackson Dr. 732-928-4400 7 p.m., Mon. Jan. 13.

Lacey, 10 E. Lacey Rd. 609-693-8566, 7 p.m. Tue. Jan. 14

Pt. Pleasant Borough, 834 Beaver Dam Rd., 732-295-1555,  7 p.m. Tue. Jan. 30 .

These programs are free and open to the public but registration is required. To register, telephone the branch or go to the library’s website and click on News & Events.

Manchester branch to screen “The Lone Ranger” Jan. 8

MANCHESTER – The Manchester branch will screen the film, “The Lone Ranger”  Wednesday January 8 at noon, 3 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. See this popular action/adventure/western on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!  

Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice. The idealistic Reid rides with his brother and fellow Texas Rangers in pursuit of the notorious Butch Cavendish. Ambushed by the outlaw and left for dead, Reid is rescued by Tonto at the insistence of a mysterious white horse and offers to help him to bring Cavendish to justice. Becoming a reluctant masked rider with a seemingly incomprehensible partner, Reid pursues the criminal against all obstacles. However, John and Tonto learn that Cavendish is only part of a far greater injustice and the pair must fight it in an adventure that would make them a legend.  The cast includes Johnny Depp

This PG13-rated movie is part of the library’s Feature Film Series. It is 149 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

Manchester Teen Advisory Board Meeting Jan. 6th

MANCHESTER – Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to the monthly meeting of the Manchester Branch Library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) on Monday, January 6 starting at 6:00 pm. Participants can earn community service while volunteering at the library! Help plan future teen activities at the library, decorate the Teen Zone, and assist the library staff with projects as needed.

Please register for this free teen program! Call (732) 657-7600 or go online to

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

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