Archive for February, 2014

Joint Base representatives visit OCL’s Bishop Building for Ocean County Tourism and Business Development program


TOMS RIVER – Representatives from Ocean County and the Joint Base of McGuire – Dix – Lakehurst gathered Feb. 27 for an Ocean County Tourism and Business Development program held at the Ocean County Library’s Bishop Building.

The event that drew around 80 people involved a partnership with the Ocean County Library.

Leaders of the Joint Base, that includes facilities of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and U.S. Navy in areas of Ocean and Burlington counties, spoke about its mission and its impact on the community.

Among the honored guests present were Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy, Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher and Seaside Park Mayor Robert Matthies.

Ocean County Library Director Susan Quinn and Assistant Director Valerie Bell represented the library system.

“I learned some interesting facts at this evening’s event about the Joint Base,’’ Quinn said after the program. “The Joint Base is the largest employer in southern NJ and the second largest in the state.’’

Quinn noted that those present from the Joint Base were pleased to learn about “the wide variety of library services and programs that OCL provides as the largest library system in the state.”

Representatives of the Joint Base took the opportunity to promote its upcoming open house and air show scheduled for May 10 and 11.

The event that will feature free admission and free parking was described as a thank you to the tri-state region that supports the Joint Base throughout the year.

Headlining this year’s event will be the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The U.S. Army Golden Knights, GEICO Skytypers and other scheduled performers will also entertain crowds during the two day show.

For information about the event visit


The development of African American characters in the comics


OCL’s own Chris Barnes leads a discussion about African American characters in comics during a Black History Month program held on Feb. 20 at the Lacey Branch of the Ocean County Library.

The well attended program centered on how African American characters evolved from stereotypes to fleshed out personalities. Barnes discussed the evolution of characters like Ebony White from the classic comic book series “The Spirit” in the 1940s and how he had changed to his modern day counterpart. He also discussed the development of black superheroes such as Marvel Comics Power Man and DC Comics Black Lightening among many others during the hour long program.  Barnes also touched on African American artists and writers who helped bring African American characters to mainstream popularity. The program concluded with a comics trivia quiz which also covered many of the topics he discussed during the night.

Nightingale & Barton to visit 3 OCL branches

Linda Turash Productions will present “A Visit with Clara Barton and Florence Nightingale” at three Ocean County Library branches as Women’s History Month begins.

The program will tell people about Barton and Nightingale’s life. Culling from their personal correspondence and journals, their characters will discuss personal experiences, trials they faced and their roles in American history.

The programs will be presented 7 p.m.  at:

Island Heights, 121 Central Av., Monday March 3, 732-270-6266

Jackson, 2 Jackson Dr., Thursday March 6, 732-928-4400

Plumsted, 119 Evergreen Rd., Monday March 10, 609-758-7888.

The programs are free but registration is required. Telephone the branch or visit the library website, click on the “Events and News” menu then click the “Calendar of Events” icon to register.

I think that I shall never see, anything frightening like a ZOMBIE!

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Lions and Tigers and Bears…you wish!

More than 70 people watched, mesmerized, as special effects artist Tony Mandile, owner of Anatomy FX and the creative genius behind 6 Flags fright fest, transformed Teens into the ultimate little monsters – ZOMBIES!

Tony revealed the secrets of that transformation and they ate it up, figuratively speaking of course.

UPDATE. Tony will present his “Special Effects Workshop for Teens” 6:30 p.m. Monday March 24 at the Brick branch. The program is free but registration is required. To register telephone the branch 732-477-4513 or go to the libray’s website , select the “Events & News” pull down menu and then “Calendar of Events.”

To view photos from the program click on


2014 NAACP Black History Month program @ Toms River


The Toms River branch of the NAACP h eld their annual Black History Month program Saturday Feb. 22 at OCL’s Toms River branch.  The program presented bluesman Derek Pierre (sponsored by the Friends of the Toms River Library), ‘NSTEP from Toms River North High School and a soulfood tasting.

Photographs from the event can be seen on our Flickr page


TR library friends will present award-winning play

The Friends of the Toms River Library will sponsor Nora and Delis Ephron’s play, “Love and Loss and What I Wore,” Wednesday March 26 at 7 p.m.

The play, performed by the Guild Theatre Works and based by on a 1995 novel by Ilene Beckerman, is a series of monologues exploring female wiles, worries and insecurities in their memories of family and friends. The ensemble piece about clothes and memory covers all the important subjects: mothers, prom dresses, buying bras, hating purses and why we only wear black.

The play has won a number of awards, including 2010 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience as well as the 2010 Audience Award for Favorite New Off-Broadway Play.

It has been performed in eight countries on six continents.

The play will be presented free of charge at the Toms River branch’s Mancini Hall, 101 Washington St. Registration is required.

To register telephone the library operator at 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514 or visit the library’s website  and click on “Events and News” then “Calendar of Events.”

Getting Ready for College

Are you or your child heading to college and asking ……Where do I start? … When do I apply? …Can I afford this? …What tests do I take? SATs or ACTs?

Come to the Toms River library branch, 101 Washington St., 7 p.m. Monday March 17 to get practical information and advice on how to navigate the college application process. Andrea Mendez of Kane Counseling will answer your questions regarding applications, financial aid and the college entrance process.


Mendez, who has personally tutored and taught more than 500 students for college exams, will talk about the differences between the SAT vs. the ACT and how to select the better test for your high schooler.  She will advise you on “what to do when,” and at which point during the high school career your student should register, study for, and take college entrance exams.


Other topics will include:

  • the differences between “safety, target and reach schools;
  • how to start (and finish!)  the financial aid process;
  • how to compose a resume and gather recommendations.   


The program is free but registration is required. Telephone 732-349-6200 or visit our website  to register.  All attendees will have the opportunity to win a free hour of SAT or ACT tutoring worth $130. Mendez will stay after the program to answer additional questions.   


For more information contact the Toms River Teen Services Team at 732-349-6200 ext 5203.

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