Archive for December, 2014

Small business social media marketing @ TR

TOMS RIVER –  Those businesses that know how to use social media in their marketing strategy have shown they have an advantage over those that don’t.

Want to know how you can meet the challenges of marketing your business via social media and the Internet? Ocean County Library’s Toms River branch, 101 Washington St., offers a program just for you 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 29.

Local business owner Scott Barnett will cover the use of online channels to increase customer engagement, satisfaction and revenue, and demonstrate ways for consumers and business owners to have a meaningful and beneficial relationship online.

The program is free and open to the public but registration is required. For more information or to register telephone the branch 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514 or go to the library’s website , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

OCL seeking prom dress donations

BARNEGAT  – All branches of the Ocean County Library will begin collecting gently used gowns and formal dresses January 5, 2015 for its annual Prom Dress Giveaways.

Dresses can be both long and short styles for teens and can include bridesmaid’s dresses and cocktail dresses. Donations of shoes, handbags and accessories are also welcome.

To donate the items simply deliver them to any one of our 21 locations in Ocean County. Donations will be accepted until April 27.

The annual event provides dresses to middle school and high school aged students at no charge so they can attend their school’s graduations and dances.

This year the Prom Dress Giveaways will take place at the following library branches:

Lakewood, Saturday March 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Barnegat, Tuesday March 31, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Wednesday April 1, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Little Egg Harbor, Wednesday April 22, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Thursday April 23, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Manchester, Tuesday April 28, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Toms River, Thursday April 30, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Friday May 1, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturday May 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Information about the Prom Dress Giveaway can be found online at

Downton Abbey books author Jessica Fellowes to speak at Friends fundraiser Jan. 24

TOMS RIVER –  It is the most watched PBS drama series in history after more than 26 million people in the US tuned in during the program’s eight-week broadcast season in photo And now, local fans of the PBS drama series “Downton Abbey” will have a chance to share in all its Edwardian glory during a Friends of the Ocean County Library fundraising event in January.

The Friends will present Jessica Fellowes, author of the Downton Abbey Companion Books, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday Jan. 24 in the library’s headquarters branch, 101 Washington St., Toms River.

Jessica Fellowes is the niece of Lord Julian Fellowes, creator and writer of “Downton Abbey.”

She has written three official companion books to the Emmy-award winning show, including her latest, “A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey: Seasonal Celebrations, Traditions and Recipes,” that was released October 28, 2014. The book features behind-the-scenes details, sumptuous on-set photographs, historical recipes, seasonal celebrations and traditions, as well as a review of the characters and plotlines, many of which were inspired by her family, she said.

She will share her insights and the tips she has gleaned from the show during the Jan. 24 presentation.

Tickets for the fundraiser are available at two price levels. The $35 general admission will include a presentation and book signing by Jessica Fellowes.  The $75 VIP ticket includes the presentation and book signing as well as an author reception, light refreshments, and priority seating during her presentation.

Copies of all three of her books will be available for sale at the event.

Ticket supplies are limited. A ticket order form is available at the library’s website . For more information check the Ticket FAQs on the website or telephone any branch.

“Tickets make a great holiday present,” said Judy Macaluso, Supervising Librarian and a Liaison to the Friends Steering Committee.

Raffle tickets for baskets prepared by the library Friends will also be sold at the branches and the drawings will be held during the event. People can also support the event by purchasing a Downton Abbey 2015 Page-a-Day Calendar for $12. The calendars will be sold at eleven branches (Jackson, Lacey, Little Egg Harbor, Toms River, Upper Shores, Waretown, Berkeley, Long Beach Island, Manchester, and Point Pleasant Borough.)

A complete listing of the day’s events will soon be available on the website. Period dress is encouraged for those attending the event but it is not required.

“The Ocean County Library is so very appreciative of all the hard work our branch Friends groups do all year to support us,” said Valerie Bell, Assistant Director of Public Services. “For this special fundraiser all of our branch Friends groups have come together to make this event possible.”

is viewed by people in more than 200 countries, according to the Yahoo! TV webpage. ITV, which operates the largest commercial family of channels in the UK, has estimated approximately 120 million people around the world have watched the program. ITV, along with Carnival Films, produces the series.

The series is set in the fictional Yorkshire country house Downton Abbey.  It follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants during the reign of King George V.  The first series episodes opened at the end of the Edwardian era in 1912 with news of the family heir’s death aboard the RMS Titanic. The fourth series covers the six-month period between February and August 1922.

The series fifth-US season will premiere on PBS’ Masterpiece Sunday January 4, 2015 and filming of the sixth season will begin soon after, according to ITV and Carnival Films.

OCL closed Dec. 24 & 25; Jan. 1

TOMS RIVER –  All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Wednesday Dec. 24 and Thursday Dec. 25.  The branches will reopen their normal business hours Friday Dec. 26.

All branches of the Ocean County Library will close 5 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 31 and remain closed Thursday Jan. 1, 2015.  The branches will reopen their normal business hours Friday Jan. 2.

The library’s website and its databases will be available throughout that time.

Breakfast with Santa @ TR


On Monday, December 10th,  TRYS held a Breakfast with Santa program.  30 children had Christmas stories read to them, ate a delicious pancake breakfast, and sang Christmas Carols!  Santa made a special appearance during the Christmas carols, and children were able to take a picture with him.  They left with a little goodie bag and a huge smiles on their face.


Stafford hosts Bill Kirchen’s Honky-Tonk Concert.


We had over 150 people here Monday night for the Bill Kirchen’s Honky-Tonk Concert.

Bill’s holiday show  featured seasonal songs from Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Country; forgotten classics from the golden age of music such as Red Simpson’s “Truckin’ Trees For Christmas” and Hank Snow’s “Reindeer Boogie”, Commander Cody songs like “Daddy’s Drinkin’ Up Our Christmas”, Christmas tunes from Chuck Berry, Merle Haggard, Elvis and much more. The concert celebrated an American musical tradition where country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, and the Western swing of Texas and California honky tonks.

Eric Englund of “The Sandpaper” wrote a superb article about it: .See page 26.

A special thank-you goes to Scott Rodas for arranging this for Stafford.

Manchester library to host stress reduction seminar

MANCHESTER, NJ – The Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr., will present “Stress and Relaxation” 2 p.m. Monday, December 29.

Health professionals from the Center for Healthy Aging at Monmouth Medical Center’s Southern Campus will talk about the causes of stress and the impact it can have on one’s health. They will offer relaxation techniques to combat the effects of stress.

This free program is part of the library’s “Chapters of Health” series and is open to the adult public, free of charge. Please go online to or call 732-657-7600 to register.

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