Archive for January, 2015

Manchester to host Bill McLeod Duo concert 2/7

MANCHESTER –  The Bill McLeod Duo will perform at the Manchester branch 2 p.m. Saturday Feb. 7

The two musicians will entertain their audience with classic rock and roll and blues hits.  

There is no pre-registration for this free program. It is open to all ages.

Go online to or telephone 732-657-7600 for more information.

The Manchester branch is located at 21 Colonial Drive.

Working out the Winter Blues @ Manchester in February

MANCHESTER –  Fitness expert, Ron Hyland will lead a 2-part presentation, “Working out the Winter Blues,” at the Manchester branch in February:

He will teach you how to be active and keep your weight down while remaining safe from the cold and inclement weather.

In the first session  Tuesday Feb. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m., participants will learn strength training, flexibility and breathing exercises they can to do at home. Balance and safety tips for walking on snow and ice will also be provided.

In the second class, 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 17, will focus on maintaining healthy eating habits while stuck in the house. Properly balancing proteins, carbohydrates and fats will be discussed.

The program is part of the library’s “Chapters of Health” series and is open free of charge to the adult public. Register online at or telephone 732-657-7600.

The Manchester branch is located at 21 Colonial Drive.

Learn to use your Kindle Fire @ Manchester

MANCHESTER – Learn how to use your Kindle Fire to borrow books from the Ocean County Library at the Manchester branch 2 pm Friday February 6.

Call (732) 657-7600 or go online to to reserve your seat! In addition to signing up in advance, it is very important that you bring an Ocean County library card number, an email account username and password, plus log in information for an account that you’ve set up prior to this free, adult workshop.

The Manchester branch is located at 21 Colonial Drive.

Stories & imagination will teach and entertain families

TOMS RIVER –  Storyteller Michelle Washington Wilson will present “Stories and Songs to Stir your Soul” at 11 Ocean County Library branches during February.

The fifty-minute program for children and families will weave original and traditional folk music through a sequence of stories from South Jersey and stitch them together like a comfortable handmade quilt on a chilly day, she promised.

Wilson’s program will introduce young audiences to poetry, fiction, myths and history across diverse cultures and time periods. The folk tales, tall tales, fairy tales and poems and fables are suitable for all ages. And she will encourage the audience to participate to help stir their imagination and enrich the event.

“It’s a great way to utilize memory, speech, and the imagination,” she said. “The stories I share bring the group into the stories and they leave with new stories on their hearts and minds.”

The program aligns with the NJ Core Content Curriculum Standards: Visual and Performing Arts.

Wilson will present “Stories and Songs to Stir you Soul” at the following locations:

Stafford, 7 p.m. Mon. Feb. 2, 609-597-381

Berkeley, 6:30 p.m. Tue. Feb. 3, 732-269-2144

Lacey, 6 p.m. Wed. Feb. 4, 609-693-8566

Barnegat 6:30 p.m. Thur. Feb. 5, 609-698-3331

Island Heights, 3:30 p.m. Fri. Feb. 6, 732-270-6266

Tuckerton, 6 p.m. Mon. Feb. 9, 609-296-1470

Beachwood, 10:30 a.m. Tue. Feb. 10, 732-244-4573

Pt. Pleasant Beach, 6 p.m. Tue. Feb. 17, 732-892-4575

Waretown, 10:30 a.m. Thur. Feb. 19, 609-693-5133

Manchester, 6 p.m.  Mon. Feb. 23, 732-657-7600

Toms River, 6:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 25, 732-349-6200.

The programs are free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch or go to the library’s website , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

Storytelling is very popular in other parts of the country and Wilson takes pride in keeping that tradition alive in New Jersey.

She has honed her craft since she was 12-years old while competing in local storytelling contests. She earned a BA in Speech Communication and Theater Arts Education from Monmouth University.

She has more than 10 years’ experience with federally funded literacy programs and she is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Atlantic Cape Community College.

“Lucky Lindy” worked hard to successfully cross the Atlantic

TOMS RIVER –  After a 33-hour nonstop flight that began in New York the morning of May 20, 1927 and successfully ended the following day in Paris, Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Others had tried the dangerous flight before Lindbergh’s attempt, several died in their attempt at fame and the $25,000 Orteig prize awaiting the successful aviator.

Being the first to cross the ocean in his “Spirit of St. Louis” made Lindbergh an instant and lifelong celebrity. It also earned him the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor.

Neill Hartley will present two performances of “The Spirit of Lindbergh,” a fully staged one-act play that will share insights of the planning that went into the flight. He will also discuss the changes Lindbergh made so that the Ryan monoplane had a sufficient amount of fuel and the plane would not be out of balance as it burned off the fuel.

It will become apparent during the play that his nickname, “Lucky Lindy,” was a misnomer. Lindbergh did not rely upon luck to get him across the ocean but spent hundreds of hours reengineering and redesigning the airplane.

Following the presentation Hartley will answer questions about Lindbergh, the flight, and the “Spirit of St. Louis.”

Hartley will present his play at two locations:

7 p.m. Monday Feb. 9 at the Brick branch, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., telephone 732-477-4513

7 p.m. Monday Feb. 23 at the Long Beach Island branch, 217 S. Central Ave., telephone 609-494-2480.

The programs are free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch or go to the library’s website , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

Neill Hartley is a professional actor who has performed with many local and regional theaters. He is on the theater faculty of the University of Arts in Philadelphia, Pa.

Robert Henne’s art show to display his realism and imagination at Toms River

TOMS RIVER – Selected works by Robert Henne will be displayed in the McConnell Gallery at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library throughout February.

A reception will be held on Thursday, February 5 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.  Visitors are invited to join the artist in the gallery for light refreshments and a viewing of his exhibit.

Originally from Ewing, NJ, Henne has resided in Toms River since 1992.  Prior to coming to the shore, he exhibited extensively in juried shows in central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.

Since moving to Ocean County he has used the ocean and beach environment to further inspire his highly original portrayals. His work has been seen at the Ocean County Artists’ Guild, Virginia Perle Art Gallery, Jane Law Gallery on LBI, the SoHo Gallery in downtown Toms River, the Ocean County Library, and various other venues.

Henne’s work consists of oil and acrylic paintings created with vibrant colors, sharp edges, and a strong theme or viewpoint.

“Be ready to be engaged,” said Henne.  “Whether I’m doing a realistic or imaginative portrayal, I strive to infuse each work with strong visual impact.”

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.  For more information contact the branch at 732-349-6200 or visit its website at .

OCL Commission held its reorganization meeting Jan. 20

Attorney John C. Sahradnik, left, swore in returning Commissioner Bonnie R. Peterson, center, to a new 3-year term. Ocean County Library Director Susan Quinn, right, holds a bible.

Attorney John C. Sahradnik, left, swore in returning Commissioner Bonnie R. Peterson, center, to a new 3-year term. Ocean County Library Director Susan Quinn, right, assisted.

The Ocean County Library Commission held its reorganization meeting for 2015 Tuesday Jan. 20 at the headquarters branch, 101 Washington St., Toms River.

Its first order of business was to swear-in returning commissioner Bonnie R. Peterson, Seaside Park, to a new three-year term.

The board elected Sal Baglio, Manahawkin, as its chairperson and Peterson as its vice chairperson.

Commissioner Ruthanne Scaturro, Brick, will serve as liaison to the Ocean County Library Foundation.

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