Tuckerton Library Assn. hosts open-house event

(Left to right)  Pham Condello of Teen Services, Tuckerton Branch Manager and OCL Librarian of the Year Toni Smirniw, Assistant Director Valerie Bell,  OCL Director Susan Quinn, Sue Marshall, president of the Tuckerton Library Association, and Barnegat Branch Manager Gigi Hayes.

(Left to right) Pham Condello of Teen Services, Tuckerton Branch Manager and OCL Librarian of the Year Toni Smirniw, Assistant Director Valerie Bell, OCL Director Susan Quinn, Sue Marshall, president of the Tuckerton Library Association, and Barnegat Branch Manager Gigi Hayes.

TUCKERTON –  Members of the Tuckerton Library Association opened the doors of the historic Tuckerton Branch of the Ocean County Library for the group’s annual open house on April 23.

The event celebrated the many programs and services provided by the branch and brought further public awareness of those services.

The evening’s program began with a talk by Beverly Thomes, who was curator of the Toy and Miniature Museum in Delaware.

Thomes shared stores of her passion and knowledge of dolls, toys and dollhouses. This was a passion that she shared with her mother who helped operate her doll and toy museum.

“I was glad to share this passion with her. I feel blessed,’’ Thomes said before a packed audience in the branch’s meeting room.

The museum operated from 1994 to 2007, Thomes said. She recalled a special invitation to bring some of her dollhouses to Tokyo thanks to an invitation from the Tokyo Gas and Electric company who was hosting a special program about homes of different time periods and cultures.

In addition to dolls and dollhouses, Thomes said the museum had a collection of more than 700 mini vases and 20 miniature replicas of Noah’s Ark with 300 hand carved wooden animals.

Present at the evening’s festivities were OCL Director Susan Quinn, Assistant Director Valerie Bell, Judy Macaluso of Branch Services, Pham Condello of Teen Services, Tuckerton Branch Manager and OCL Librarian of the Year, Toni Smirniw and Barnegat Branch Manager Gigi Hayes.

The Library Association which drew a large turnout of their membership coordinated the night’s program.

The association provided refreshments including a variety of sandwiches, cakes, fruit platters, vegetable tray and beverages.

“This was a wonderful night and it brought so many people who support and enjoy this library together,’’ Smirniw said.

For more photos check out our Flickr album at https://www.flickr.com/photos/oceancountylibrary/sets/72157644149281317/

Members of the Tuckerton Library Association gather during their annual open house program on April 23.

Members of the Tuckerton Library Association gather during their annual open house program on April 23.

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Beverly Thomes, past curator of the former Toy and Miniature Museum in Delaware, shows off a doll house from her collection during the Tuckerton Branch’s Open House held on April 24.

Beverly Thomes, past curator of the former Toy and Miniature Museum in Delaware, shows off a doll house from her collection during the Tuckerton Branch’s Open House held on April 23.

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