Archive for August, 2014

Mel Torme remembered at Stafford Thursday night

Warren Schein sang songs made popular by Mel Torme during a performance at the Stafford branch.

Warren Schein sang songs made popular by Mel Torme during a performance at the Stafford branch.

The classic sound of Mel Torme was heard during a program held on Aug. 28 at the Stafford Branch. The audience was quite receptive to the program called “Warren Schein Sings Mel Torme Songs.”  Warren proved to be a polished performer in both his singing and stand-up comedy. Frank Sanchez who accompanied him on piano was also excellent and the two of them worked very well together.

 

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Oceanaires bring barbershop quartet music to Stafford Branch

Members of The Oceanaires performed at the Stafford branch.

Members of The Oceanaires performed at the Stafford branch.

The Oceanaires Barbershop Quartet performed at the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library on the evening of Aug. 26. The group is celebrating their 56th year of performing this year.

They brought their special brand of singing to large crowds at OCL’s Upper Shores and Jackson locations earlier this summer and drew an audience of  43 people in Stafford.

The 23 Oceanaires members sang such favorites as “My Coney Island Baby”, the theme from “Cabaret”, “Under the Boardwalk”, and many others during the night. 

During performance breaks they explained a bit of the history of barbershop singing and how it has evolved through the years.

Members lamented that interest has dropped over the decades and many chapters have disappeared.

The Oceanaires, which is the local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, will perform next at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29 at the Long Beach Island Branch. To register for this program call 609-494-2480.

 

OceanFirst Foundation presents OCL a grant

Left to right: OCL Foundation Treasurer Jonathan Petro; Patricia Siciliano, Vice President of OceanFirst Bank Foundation and member of the OCL Foundation Board; Library Director Susan Quinn; OCL Foundation member Ben Keogh; and OCL Foundation President Mary Malagieri.

Left to right: OCL Foundation Treasurer Jonathan Petro; Patricia Siciliano, Vice President of OceanFirst Bank Foundation and member of the OCL Foundation Board; Library Director Susan Quinn; OCL Foundation member Ben Keogh; and OCL Foundation President Mary Malagieri.

TOMS RIVER –  The OceanFirst Foundation presented the Ocean County Library Foundation a $2,500 Good Neighbors Grant Aug. 13 at the library’s headquarters, 101 Washington St., Toms River.

The grant will be used to support future programs such as the Aug. 9  John Sebastian outdoor concert at the Long Beach Island branch. The free concert drew more than 600 people.

“The Ocean County Library appreciates the support of the OceanFirst Foundation’s Good Neighbor Grant to increase awareness in the community of the many arts and cultural program that are available to residents at the public library,” said Ocean County Library Director Susan M. Quinn.

“We are honored to have received this generous grant from the OceanFirst Foundation,” said foundation president Mary Malagiere. “It enables our Library Foundation to continue its support of the Library’s efforts to bring excellent programming for all ages to all communities and branches of the Ocean County Library System.” 

The Ocean County Library Foundation is an independent 501 (c) 3 charitable organization.

The Great Debate: Star Wars vs. Star Trek @ Barnegat

TAB (Teen Advisory Board) member Herbert Kaszimir, 14, Barnegat, at left joins S.A.I.L. (Service and Achievement in the Library) Coordinator Alberto Torres, 19, Barnegat in moderating a forum that focused on Star Trek and Star Wars on Aug. 21 at the Barnegat Branch.

TAB (Teen Advisory Board) member Herbert Kaszimir, 14, Barnegat, at left joins S.A.I.L. (Service and Achievement in the Library) Coordinator Alberto Torres, 19, Barnegat in moderating a forum that focused on Star Trek and Star Wars on Aug. 21 at the Barnegat Branch.

Mr.  Spock versus Obi-Wan Kenobi, phasers versus light sabers and Borg spheres versus the Death Star, all points of debate between teens who took part in an Aug. 21 program called “The Great Debate: Star Wars versus Star Trek.”

While there was no definitive answer during the teen program held at the Barnegat Branch, those involved seemed to enjoy exploring the question.

S.A.I.L. (Service and Achievement in the Library) Coordinator Alberto Torres, 19, and TAB (Teen Advisory Board) member Herbert Kaszimir, 14, both of Barnegat, moderated the forum that focused on the two famous science fiction franchises.

Daniel Marchena, 11, and Ethan Applegate, 12, are Barnegat residents who frequent the library. They are Star Wars fans. Both were in that corner of the spectrum when it came to what science fiction saga was the best.

Allison Truax, 13, and Rachel Vaughn, 14, are Barnegat residents who were steadfast in their view that Star Trek far surpasses Star Wars.

“I like Spock,’’ Allison said.

Ethan felt the character of Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi of Star Wars fame had superior mental powers that surpassed those of Spock the popular Vulcan character from Star Trek.

Barnegat Branch Manager Gigi Hayes weighed in on the famous prop weapons of both series, she preferred Star Trek’s phasers over Star Wars light sabers.

“A phaser has different settings. It can do more,’’ Hayes said.

The debate ended in a draw. It was concluded that both sagas, which exist on film and television in a galaxy, far, far away will undoubtedly live long and prosper. Members of both sides of the issue received prizes such as Star Wars and Star Trek mugs provided by the library.

The Barnegat Branch will host another pop culture event next month with “Whedon Night.” That adult program set for 6 p.m. Sept. 23 will focus on the shows and films of Joss Whedon. Whedon produced “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’’ “Angel,” “Firefly,” “Doll House” and the blockbuster Marvel Comics based motion picture, “The Avengers.”

Fans of Whedon’s work are invited to discuss his past and future projects. Registration is required. To register call 609-698-3331 or visit http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

Allison Truax, 13, of Barnegat, at left, joins Rachel Vaughn, 14, of Barnegat in defending their favorite science fiction saga, Star Trek during a program held at the Barnegat Branch on Aug. 21.

Allison Truax, 13, of Barnegat, at left, joins Rachel Vaughn, 14, of Barnegat in defending their favorite science fiction saga, Star Trek during a program held at the Barnegat Branch on Aug. 21.

Ethan Applegate, 12, Barnegat at left, joins fellow Star Wars fan Daniel Marchena, 11, Barnegat for a forum that debated the issue of which science fiction franchise, Stars Wars or Star Trek was best. The forum was held on Aug. 21 at the Barnegat Branch.

Ethan Applegate, 12, Barnegat at left, joins fellow Star Wars fan Daniel Marchena, 11, Barnegat for a forum that debated the issue of which science fiction franchise, Stars Wars or Star Trek was best. The forum was held on Aug. 21 at the Barnegat Branch.

Barnegat Branch Manager Gigi Hayes holds up a Star Trek mug,which was among the prizes presented to participants of the “The Great Debate: Star Trek vs. Star Wars” during a program held at the Barnegat Branch on Aug. 21.

Barnegat Branch Manager Gigi Hayes holds up a Star Trek mug,which was among the prizes presented to participants of the “The Great Debate: Star Trek vs. Star Wars” during a program held at the Barnegat Branch on Aug. 21.

 

Toms River to host Volunteer Fair 9/23

TOMS RIVER – Meet with a variety of local agencies and organizations that are looking for your help at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library at a Volunteer Fair Tuesday September 23 from 2 pm – 6:30 pm.

Various talents and skills are needed from volunteers and many organizations will provide training to novices. Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to:

Clerical/ office

Computer and technology

Crafts

Construction

Tutoring

Fundraising

Advocacy and educational events

The program is free and open to the public. For information, call the branch 732-349-6200 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org and click the “Events/ Calendar” tab.

Lakewood library seeking local veterans to participate in exhibit

LAKEWOOD – As part of the annual Veterans’ Day holiday, the Lakewood branch of the Ocean County Library is planning a special exhibit this November to honor local veterans.

An exhibit will be displayed in the library’s meeting room for the entire month in remembrance of the hard work and sacrifices made by area veterans.  It will feature photographs and biographies of local men and women who have served in any branch of the US military.

The library is seeking the assistance of any veterans or their family members.  To participate, the library will be asking for a photograph of the veteran (either current or from their days in the service), as well as a brief biography.  The biography may include an overview of their time served, why they chose to serve, how their time in the military impacted them, etc.  Any photographs lent by individuals will be returned when the exhibit is over.  Individuals who would like to participate but do not want to lend a photograph should contact the library to discuss how to get involved.

To participate or get more information, please contact Jeanne Murray, Outreach Librarian, at 732-363-1435 or via email at jmurray@theoceancountylibrary.org.

Joni Jones to address depression management during library seminar

TOMS RIVER –  Ocean County Library’s Upper Shores branch, 112 Jersey City Ave., Lavallette, will host a seminar by Joni M. Jones 7 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 9 to discuss managing depression in the face of a personal crisis.

The seminar is designed to empower people and show them how to break a cycle that is preventing them from experiencing true happiness. It will help the participant gain insight about their problem, develop their own answers for it, and learn to channel energy toward things one does have control over.

She will primarily address Sandy-related concerns as the source of attendees’ stress, but she will also discuss other depression-induced concerns stemming from substance abuse and veteran’s issues.

Jones, a published author and motivational group facilitator, is a certified developmental disabilities nurse and board certified in psychiatric nursing. She is a certified mental health first aid instructor with more than 20 years’ experience.

She works in an inpatient unit at Riverview Hospital, Red Bank, with many Sandy affected patients in a psychiatric setting/behavioral health unit.

She is the owner of Koala Cares LLC.

 

The program is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch 732-793-3996 or go to the library’s website www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”