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Recognizing Teen depression, suicide warnings and how to help

TOMS RIVER –  Four branches of the Ocean County Library will present “Recognizing Teen Depression, Suicide Warnings and how to help” in May and June.

The programs, part of the Tools for Teens series, are designed to help a person recognize and respond to signs of depression and other common behavioral concerns. Special focus will be given to risk factors and warning signs for suicide as well as resources that are available to help.

The programs start promptly at 6:30 p.m. at the following branches:

Lacey, 10 East Lacey Rd., Forked River, Monday, May 18, 609-693-8566.

Toms River, 101 Washington St., Tuesday, May 26, 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514.

Tuckerton, 380 Bay Ave., Monday, June 1, 609-296-1470.

Brick, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., Tuesday, June 9, 732-477-4513.

The programs are presented by Turning the Tides of St. Barnabas Health Center and funded through a Youth Services Commission Grant for Ocean County Library’s Tools for Teens series.

Free Continuing Education Credits are available for educators and professionals who attend this program.

The programs are free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. To register, telephone the branch, stop by the branch in person, or log onto the library website www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

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LEH hosted Hawaiian Celebration Wednesday

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Donna Majchrzak presented a Hawaiian Celebration at the Little Egg Harbor Library Wednesday, May 13 to 46 special needs students and approximately 30 adults.

Donna created a PowerPoint presentation that included pictures of a Hawaiian pineapple, rainbows, erupting volcanoes and coconut trees. Donna explained the pictures, passed around two coconuts and held up one pineapple for all the children to feel and see.

Three stories were shared including “Georgia in Hawaii: when Georgia O’Keefe painted what she pleased” by Amy Novesky, “The tale of the Three Hawaiian Pigs,” and “The Magic Shark and Rhinos Who Surf”by Julie Mammano. There was also music from Disney’s “Lilo & Stitch Island Favorites.”

The PowerPoint presentation also included Hawaiian words and pictures for the fish “ama ama” and Hukilau, a traditional dance. Everyone stood up and learned the dance along with the YouTube version of Hukilau from St. Michael’s Community in Hawaii.

At the end everyone designed their own surfboards on white oak paper. Every student and adult had received a lei when they arrived at the branch. The leis were sponsored by the Friends of Little Egg Harbor Library.

Everyone had a great time!

Chronic disease self-management program in Manchester begins 6/1

Ocean County Library’s Manchester branch, 21 Colonial Dr., will present “Chronic Disease Self-management Program” 2 p.m. Mondays during June and part of July.

The six-week program will teach participants skills to deal with the symptoms of their chronic condition and with the life role changes and emotions they experience.

The workshop will address such issues as fatigue; communicating with friends, family and health care providers; dealing with anger and depression; and designing and maintaining a healthy eating and exercise plan. Participants will also learn decision making and problem solving skills.

The goal of the program is to have people to become more confident as they go on to live active lives with self-management of their chronic health condition and realize they are not alone in dealing with their issues.

The program will begin June 1 and meet weekly for 2 ½ hours each Monday through July 6.

The programs are free and open to the public but registration is required. To register, telephone the branch or go to the library website: www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

Manchester to present Parkinson’s Disease program 5/18

Ocean County Library’s Manchester branch, 21 Colonial Dr., will present “Living an Active Life with Parkinson’s Disease” 2 p.m. Monday, May 18.

Living with Parkinson’s Disease may slow a person down but it doesn’t have to stop people, according to health and fitness specialist Ron Hyland.

Hyland will lead a seminar on how people can stay active and fit while dealing with the ups and downs of the disease. Exercise, nutrition and safety tips will be discussed.

The program is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register, telephone the branch at 732-657-7600 or go to the library website www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

Angeltones to perform a concert in Stafford

MANAHAWKIN –   Join us for a walk down Memory Lane as The Angeltones sing 50’s pop music at the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30th.

The Angeltones is one of the most sought-after female vocal groups in the tri-state area. The group has a distinctive style and has perfected the harmonies of pop songs that we know and love from the 1950’s.

Some of the songs they will perform were originally recorded by the Ronettes, the Marvelettes, the Chiffons, Doris Troy, the Shirelles, the Shangri-Las, the Crystals, and Little Eva.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Stafford Library, is free, and open to the public, but registration is required.

Register in person, by calling the branch at (609) 597-3381, or online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org.  If you have any questions, call the branch for specific information.

OCL supports public art in Toms River

Several members of the Ocean County Library Foundation were present for the unveiling of Seward Johnson’s 20 sculptures Friday. Here they are gathered around “Out of Sight,” one of two pieces on display at the Toms River branch.

Several members of the Ocean County Library Foundation were present for the unveiling of Seward Johnson’s 20 sculptures Friday. Here they are gathered around “Out of Sight,” one of two pieces on display at the Toms River branch.

The Toms River Business Development Corporation unveiled 20 sculptures by Seward Johnson this afternoon in the municipal courtyard, 33 Washington Street.

The outdoor sculptures are located throughout the downtown area.

“This extraordinary collection of Seward Johnson’s works, with it whimsical and realistic life-sized characters, will grace our streets throughout the summer,” according to a brochure by the Downtown Toms River Community Art Project.

The project was first proposed by Marshall Kern, implemented by countless volunteers and made possible by several sponsors, including the Ocean County Library Foundation.

The library and its foundation has long been a sponsor of public art with many exhibitions displayed at the headquarters branch and its 20 other locations.

A second sculpture, “No Mommy, That One” graces the lawn in front of the Toms River library branch.

A second sculpture, “No Mommy, That One” graces the lawn in front of the Toms River library branch.

The sculptures are so lifelike that one can be excused for imagining Toms River mayor Tom Kelaher  advising “Monet, Our Visiting Artist” on a landscape he is painting.

The sculptures are so lifelike that one can be excused for imagining Toms River mayor Tom Kelaher advising “Monet, Our Visiting Artist” on a landscape he is painting.

Prom gown giveaway on TV tonight

Check out tonight’s episode of “Chasing News” at 10 pm on My 9 (channel 9) and Fox 29 for a special segment concerning the Ocean County Library’s annual prom dress giveaway program.

Mancini Hall was filled with prom dresses on Friday and Saturday which were distributed for free to area teens.

Reporter Tamara Laine stopped by the Toms River Branch to meet OCL staff coordinating the project and Miss Ocean County 2015 Kyra Seeley.

Tamara interviewed Toms River Branch Manager/Chief Librarian Zarita Mattox and Berkeley Branch Manager Erin DeLucia for the segment. Erin began the distribution program six years ago when she was a Young Adult librarian in Lakewood. That first year she distributed 25 gowns. This year more than 700 gowns were given away at five OCL branches.

Tamara confirmed this afternoon that the segment will air during this evening’s show which starts at 10 pm.