Manchester branch celebrated its 25th anniversary Friday, 4/24

Friends of the Manchester Library president Naomi Webb (left) and current branch manager Suzanne Scro welcomed people to the branch's anniversary celebration.

Friends of the Manchester Library president Naomi Webb (left) and current branch manager Suzanne Scro welcomed people to the branch’s anniversary celebration.

Manchester branch’s 25th anniversary celebration had the best of all worlds. Interaction with refreshments that were all gone in no time! Interaction between library staff and our faithful friends and customers! And finally, interaction with a great band that had them up and dancing to songs from the 60s!

Of course, people had little choice but to stand up and dance. Every seat in the branch was filled. They were standing in the aisles. A hint of that could be seen outside when you first entered the parking lot. There wasn’t a space open. People had to resort to parking in the municipal parking areas.

BJ and the Band was a hit! Non-stop music. And those people who weren’t dancing were singing along to an eclectic mix of songs we all knew by heart fifty years ago.

On hand was the branch’s first manager, Shermon Howard, one of only two people who were there on its opening day.  Shermon served as manager for ten years and was succeeded by its current manager Suzanne Scro.

Ocean County Library Director Susan Quinn and Friends of the Manchester Library president welcomed the celebrants.

The program was organized by Maria Colon.

Maria Colon (left), along with Friends president Naomi Webb, organized Friday's celebration.

Maria Colon (left), along with Friends president Naomi Webb, organized Friday’s celebration.

Shermon Howard, the Manchester branch's first manager, told about how special it was to open the doors 25 years ago.

Shermon Howard, the Manchester branch’s first manager, told about how special it was to open the doors 25 years ago.

Ocean County Library Director Susan Quinn welcomed residents to the branch's celebration.

Ocean County Library Director Susan Quinn welcomed residents to the branch’s celebration.

BJ sings one of many songs Friday from the 60s.

BJ sings one of many songs Friday from the 60s.

BJ works the crowd!

BJ works the crowd!

Some of the dancers to take to the floor during Friday's celebration.

Some of the dancers to take to the floor during Friday’s celebration.

And more dancing!

And more dancing!

Besides dancing, the audience participated by singing along with BJ & the band.

Besides dancing, the audience participated by singing along with BJ & the band.

The band!

The band!

Cake. I was told there'd be cake. (I was also told the party started at 2 p.m. Coincidence?) I heard reports that it was a very good cake.

Cake. I was told there’d be cake. (I was also told the party started at 2 p.m. Coincidence?) I heard reports that it was a very good cake.

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