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Berkeley hosts student art exhibit & reception

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The Berkeley branch hosted “Art Through the Seasons” last night and students from the Berkeley elementary schools displayed their artwork throughout the library. The artwork will remain on display throughout April.

The branch also held an artists’ reception last night. The students’ families were able to appreciate their child’s artwork.  Some of the children also gave a dance and song performance. 

The event was sponsored by the Berkeley Township art teachers and the Berkeley Township Education Association. The event was held in loving memory of our friend and art teacher Karen Ratushny. 

Those schools included the Bayville School, H & M Potter, Clara B. Worth, and the Berkeley Township Elementary School. 

About 563 people attended this event.

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“Radical Reptiles” travel from Cattus Island to the Berkeley library

Krystal Smida, a naturalist from Cattus Island park, exhibited a corn snake to children at the Berkeley library branch.

Krystal Smida, a naturalist from Cattus Island park, exhibited a corn snake to children at the Berkeley library branch.

TOMS RIVER – Resident reptiles of Cattus Island County Park visited children at Ocean County Library’s Berkeley branch, 30 Station Rd., Bayville on Friday August 1.

 

Krystal Smida, a naturalist from Cattus Island brought preserved and live animals native to Ocean County to teach children about their habitat, diet, anatomy and how to protect the environment. After children learned about the different species they examined a live box turtle, mud turtle, terrapin turtle, and a corn snake.

 

Cattus Island will present “Radical Reptiles” at the Tuckerton branch, 380 Bay Ave., 609-296-1470 on 2 p.m. Monday August 11.

 

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 www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

Learning to sign through song at the Berkeley library

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Parents and children, ages 5 years and below, learned American Sign Language while singing and dancing at the Berkeley branch of the Ocean County Library on Friday July 18th.

Cristen Gallin, a certified Teacher of the Deaf at Monmouth Regional High School, taught American Sign Language using songs, dancing, stories, and nursery rhymes. Children active in the class learned the signs related to food, family, animals, daily routines, and manners.

The resources that correspond with Cristen’s class, such as “Signing Times” with Rachel Coleman, are located in local library branches. The class provided a hands-on multisensory lesson for children to learn sign language at an early age.

The next “Come Sign with Cristen” class will be held at the Berkeley branch, 30 Station Rd., 10:30 a.m. Friday July 25.

The programs are free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch 732-269-2144 or go to the library’s website http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”
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Lumiri Tubo will sing @ Lacey & Berkeley branches

Upstate New York actress and vocalist Lumiri Tubo will perform musical concerts at the Lacey Branch (10 E. Lacey Rd., Forked River) Wednesday July 16 and the Berkeley Branch (30 Station Rd., Bayville) the following evening. Both concerts will begin 7 p.m.

She has earned her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Ohio State University and leads workshops for children of all ages. She has appeared in such diverse theatrical productions as “The King and I,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” and “The Rainmaker.”

John Hoglund, a reviewer for Backstage magazine, said her diverse vocal style “ranges from Anita Baker to Alberta Hunter.”

The concerts are free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the Lacey branch 609-693-8566 or the Berkeley branch 732-269-2144, or go to the library’s website www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

US Citizenship prep classes @ Berkeley

The Berkeley branch of the Ocean County Library, 30 Station Rd., will offer a series of eight-weekly classes for eligible immigrants seeking United States citizenship.

Classes will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. beginning Tuesday April 15 and are for adults ages 18 and above. The test itself is not administered as part of the class.  The test for U.S. citizenship is only administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

To be eligible for U.S. Citizenship students must possess a permanent residence card (commonly called a ‘green card’) for five years (3 yrs. if married to a U.S. citizen) and be able to speak English, as well as meet other qualifications.

Subjects to be covered in the class include “Introduction to the Naturalization Process,” “U.S. History,”  “Reading and Writing Readiness,” and help with the “Application for Naturalization.”

More information about the class and registration can be found at the library’s website www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by telephone at 732-269-2144. Registration is required because of the limited class size. 

This program is supported by the Ocean County Library’s Diversity Committee.

Cooking healthy & tasty soul food meals

ShopRite of Manchester dietician Jennifer Klein.

ShopRite of Manchester dietician Jennifer Klein.

ShopRite of Manchester dietician Jennifer Klein was busy cooking up a soul food favorites during her Feb. 11 visit to the Berkeley Branch Library. She’ll be visiting several branches this month and next, preparing healthy and tasty meals. Her next visit is to the Little Egg Harbor Branch at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18. Her program, part of OCL’s extensive observance of Black History Month concerns how to cook healthy soul food.

Fun had by all at library’s annual Family Fun Day

Ocean County Library Mascot Sparks the dragon, demonstrates some motor skills as he dances to the ‘Hokey Pokey’ during Family Fun Day at the Berkeley branch of the Ocean County Library on the afternoon of Feb. 1.

Ocean County Library Mascot Sparks the dragon, demonstrates some motor skills as he dances to the ‘Hokey Pokey’ during Family Fun Day at the Berkeley branch of the Ocean County Library on the afternoon of Feb. 1.

BERKELEY –  The laughter of children as they walked beside a large magenta dragon, a volunteer reading a story to a group of youngsters and the clatter of a contest wheel were among the sounds heard during a special event on Feb. 1.

The Berkeley branch of the Ocean County Library held its annual Family Fun Day from 1 to 3 pm throughout the building. The event was sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Library.

Marie Goione, who serves as president of the Friends group, said that “this event has been going on since 1999. We have 15 members of our organization helping out today. This is a very popular event that also includes help from the library staff and Teen Advisory Board members.’’

The Friends members held a bake sale during the day and sold bags of books for only $4 and children’s books for a dollar each. All funds brought in were used toward defraying the cost of the program which included games, prizes, an exercise program with Sparks, the library system’s popular dragon mascot, face painting and story time sessions.

“The Bayville area has five nursery schools and we have always received great cooperation from the school system in getting the message out about this event,’’ Goione said.

“Everyone pitched in and helped out,” Branch Manager Christina Estlow said. “I want to thank all our staff and the volunteers that were involved.’’

Sparks provided two lessons of motor skills with exercise and a bit of dancing.

Many children were seen holding balloon animals or prizes they won inside the branch’s meeting room which featured a variety of games.

Five-year-old Dean Palermo enjoyed having his face painted at a station based in the children’s section of the library.

“We’ve come out to this before and he always enjoys it. A lot of the parents who come with their children enjoy it to,’’ his father Luke Palermo, Berkeley, said.

Dean Palermo, 5, of Berkeley shows off his face painting as he stands beside his dad Luke Palermo during Family Fun Day which drew a large crowd to the Berkeley branch of the Ocean County Library on the afternoon of Feb. 1.

Dean Palermo, 5, of Berkeley shows off his face painting as he stands beside his dad Luke Palermo during Family Fun Day which drew a large crowd to the Berkeley branch of the Ocean County Library on the afternoon of Feb. 1.


Every child left with at least one prize.

Every child left with at least one prize.


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