Archive for September, 2014

Calling all Foodies to Little Egg Harbor

calling foodies

Manchester invites you to review this past baseball season, predict the World Series matchup

MANCHESTER – Baseball fans will connect 2 p.m. Monday October 13 at 2 p.m at the Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr., to recap the 2014 Major League Baseball season and review the predictions we made back in April.

You are invited to share your thoughts about the last stages of the pennant race and which team will become this year’s world champions of baseball! Giveaways!

We will discuss burning questions like: Is Kershaw better than Koufax? Are the Orioles on the verge of winning it all? Do the Tigers have the best rotation since the 1970 Orioles?

This program is free and open to teens and adults. Go online to our website or call 732-657-7600 to register.

Teens: scavenger hunty & refreshments @ Manchester 10/13

MANCHESTER –  The Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr., will host a scavenger hunt to celebrate Teen Read Week Monday October 13 for teens ages 12 to 18.

The events begin at 6:30 pm with refreshments.

Teen Read Week is a national reading incentive campaign sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. The scavenger hunt is designed to help participants learn about the library.

Register in advance for this free program online at our website or call 732-657-7600.

Learn to use Facebook @ Manchester

MANCHESTER –  The Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr., will offer a two-hour interactive class showing beginners how to use the popular social networking website “Facebook” Monday, October 13 starting at 11 a.m.

Participants will be shown how to set up a new account, login, add friends, and adjust their privacy settings. The instructor will also demonstrate how to share posts and photographs and will be available to answer questions at the end.

Telephone 732-657-7600 or go online to

This program is part of a series at the Manchester library branch’s “Getting to Know Social Media.” Be sure to check out the rest of the series in the coming months to learn about Twitter and LinkedIn.

Catherine LeCleire artist reception @ Little Egg Harbor

Catherine LeCleire Invite-- UPDATED

Fred Miller’s Lecture in Song: All Over the Map

Pianist, singer, and narrator Fred Miller will perform his “Lecture-in-Song: All Over the Map,” a 60-75 minute musical/anecdotal international travelogue of American Popular Song circling the globe, throughout the Ocean County Library this fall.

Miller will be performing at the following branches and locations:

  • Manchester (21 Colonial Drive): 2:00 p.m., October 2, 2014
  • Plumsted (119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt): 3:30 p.m., October 7
  • Litle Egg Harbor (290 Mathistown Road):  2:00 p.m, October 28
  • Brick (301 Chambers Bridge Road): 2:00 p.m., November 8
  • Jackson (2 Jackson Drive): 2:00 p.m., November 25

This program is free and open to the public. Registration for the program is now open. Please register in-person, by phone 732-349-6200 or online at under Calendar of Events.

“How Connie Got Her Rack Back” Author Constance Bramer Hosts Book Talk At The Ocean County Library

How Connie Got Her Rack Back” author Constance Bramer is speaking at three Ocean County Library branches this October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Bramer herself is a survivor of breast cancer. Her book chronicles her struggle and recovery from the disease, and how her sense of humor often helped her through the ordeal. Since recovering, she has become an advocate for breast cancer outreach and awareness. Proceeds from the sale of her book go to aid research. More information about her like, book and outreach can be found at

In addition to Bramer, representatives from Meridian Health Care will be sharing the latest information about the disease and treatment options.

The program will be at the following Ocean County Library branches:

  • Manchester branch (301 Chambers Bridge Road), Saturday, October 4, 10 am, 732-657-7600
  • Lacey branch (10 East Lacey Road, Forked River), Saturday October 4, 12:30 pm, 609-693-8566
  • Brick Branch (301 Chambers Bridge Road), Saturday October 4, 3 pm, 732-477-4513

These programs are free and open to the public. To register, call the hosting Ocean County Library branch or go online to

“Dying to do Letterman” comedian Steve Mazan comes to the Ocean County Library

TOMS RIVER—Comedian and subject of the documentary “Dying to do Letterman” Steve Mazan will speak at the Ocean County Library Toms River branch (101 Washington Street) Friday, October 24 at 7 pm.

Mazan comes from the famous San Francisco scene that produced comedy legends such as Robin Williams and Dana Carvey. In his decade-plus career, Mazan has done stand-up everywhere from clubs and colleges across the country to corporate events, cruises, and many television shows. He even won an Emmy for his work writing on The Ellen Degeneres Show.

His clean and clever comedy landed him on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “The Bob & Tom Radio Show”, Sirius/XM Radio and more. He’s even done audience warm-up for shows such as “Deal or No Deal”. But of all the performances Steve has done, he is most proud of his eight trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to perform for our troops. He’s also the subject of the award-winning documentary “Dying to do Letterman.”

When Mazan learned he had cancer, and might only have five years to live, he dedicated himself to living his dream: performing comedy on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

The documentary chronicles his five-year journey, as he races his own ticking clock to achieve a nearly impossible goal. Hilarious, heart-breaking, and ultimately inspirational, Mazan’s journey brings a brand-new perspective to living with cancer.

This program is sponsored by the OceanFirst Foundation and the Ocean County Library Foundation.

To register for this free program, call the library at 732-349-6200 or visit the library’s website at

OCL to host 3 POAC programs this fall

TOMS RIVER –  Ocean County Library will host three programs about autism at several of its branches this fall.

The programs are presented by Parents of Autistic Children and funded through a Youth Services Commission Grant for the library’s Tools for Teens series.

Professional Development Certificates will be available to participants.

The programs are free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. More information about these and other POAC programs is available at .

“Hidden Dangers – Keeping Children with Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities Safe in the Community, School and at Home” presents issues related to safety, emergency preparedness and crisis intervention.  It will offer concrete suggestions and strategies that can be applied immediately to increase their safety and decrease risk.

In addition each participant will also receive a free safety kit that includes many important resources and tools.

The program, designed for parents, family members and professionals who work with children and adults with autism and other special needs, will cover:

  • Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Safety Issues
  • Sexuality and Personal Safety
  • Internet Safety
  • How to address wandering
  • Bullying
  • Behavioral interventions including social stories, activity schedules, visual cues, and more
  • School and Transportation Issues
  • Resources for ongoing support and assistance
  • Physical modifications to the home and classroom.

The program will be offered at 6:30 p.m. at the following branches:

Toms River, 101 Washington St., Monday Sept. 29

Manchester, 21 Colonial Dr., Tuesday, Oct. 28

Pt. Pleasant Borough, 834 Beaver Dam Rd., Monday Nov. 24.

The “Teaching Functional Communication Skills – How to Teach your Child to Ask for the Things They Want” workshop will demonstrate how incorporating analysis of verbal behavior and understanding how to capture and contrive motivation promotes the development of communication.

Parents and caregivers will be given the following:

  • The technical definition of “positive reinforcement” & strategies for identifying their child’s reinforcers
  • An explanation of each of B.F. Skinner’s verbal operants
  • Criteria for determining if a child would benefit from an augmentative communication system
  • Guidelines for selecting functional “mand” targets
  • Teaching, prompting, & error-correction procedures to be utilized when conducting “mand” training.

The workshop will be presented 7 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 1 at the Plumsted branch, 119 Evergreen Rd., New Egypt.

“Teaching Daily Living Skills to Children and Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder” is an introductory level workshop designed for parents and educators who are new to teaching or interacting with children with autism.

Daily life skills such as hygiene, dressing, and household chores can be challenging for families of children with autism. This workshop will help participant utilize the principles of applied behavior analysis to teach adaptive life skills in the home, with the primary goal being to foster independence.

Participants will:

  •  Learn ways to improve student’s self-help skills
  • Learn to develop and use task analysis for teaching self-help skills
  • Learn how to collect data on self-help skills
  • Receive information about adaptive behavior assessments
  • Receive information on how to determine which skills to teach

The workshops will begin 6:30 p.m. at:

Little Egg Harbor branch, 290 Mathistown Rd., Thursday Oct. 16

Berkeley branch, 30 Station Rd., Monday Oct. 20.

TR Library Friends seeking book donations

The Friends of the Toms River Library are asking for books, CD’s, and media donations for our Book Sale scheduled for November 6-8th. The materials should be in PRISTINE condition. We cannot accept material in poor condition, textbooks, encyclopedias, old computer books, magazines, abridged or condensed books or phonograph records. Material can be dropped off at the library during open hours. Your help in making the Book Sale a success is appreciated.

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