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Everyone had fun at OCL Friends second mahjong fundraiser

Left to right: Bernice Zeldin (Toms River), Diane Handerhan and Gail Natali (both of Lacey), and Pat Terranova (Middlesex County) are all ready and eager to get the tournament started.

Left to right: Bernice Zeldin (Toms River), Diane Handerhan and Gail Natali (both of Lacey), and Pat Terranova (Middlesex County) are all ready and eager to get the tournament started.

Don’t walk into a mahjong tournament and expect it to be ghostly silent with only the clacking sounds of tiles being lifted then rapidly discarded if they do not fit into a person’s plan.

Instead you will hear mostly business-like conversations as a person announces the selected tile to the other three players seated around the game table.

And those murmured conversations, which can build up to a loud buzz, filled Ocean County Library’s Mancini Hall in Toms River Wednesday as 80 people competed in a mahjong tournament, the second within a year. The tournament was a fundraiser held by the Friends of the Ocean County Library.

“We’ve gone and captured the subculture of mahjong fans,” said Marie Goione, one of the event’s organizers. “They’ll go anywhere where there’s a mahjong game.”

The proceeds from the tournament will go to Ocean County Library.

The Ocean County Library Friends and the Friends groups that are found at many of OCL’s 21 locations raise money, donate equipment and sponsor special programs that the library’s budget cannot afford.

The $40 entry fee allowed participants to play in two sessions of three games each. Six prizes were awarded to the high scorers. Organizers also provided players a Continental breakfast and a lunch.

“Mahjong is very popular,” said Goione. Five library branches host mahjong games on a regular basis, including Lacey, Stafford, Upper Shores in Lavallette, Berkeley and Manchester.

She also offers free lessons to beginners twice a year at the Berkeley branch.

“Many area women play,” she said, “but not many men. The men who play are usually there as part of a couple.”

“Win, lose or draw, I’m guaranteed to be the highest scoring male player here,” said Dennis Taylor, Berkeley, who was there with his wife Maria. Dennis was the lone male participant in Wednesday’s tournament.

He finds the game is a mixture of skill and luck, and he finds the more he plays and practices, the luckier he gets. A rookie in September’s tournament, he handily beat last year’s scores Wednesday.

Dennis Taylor, Berkeley, was the lone mal participant in Wednesday's tournament. Yes, only 1.25% of the players were male - Dennis.

Dennis Taylor, Berkeley, was the lone male participant in Wednesday’s tournament. Yes, only 1.25% of the players were male – Dennis.

Joanne Bourne (left) was the director who made all the rulings on questions from the mahjong gamers, and Marie Goione, a member of the Friends of the Ocean County Library who organized the tournament.

Joanne Bourne (left) was the director who made all the rulings on questions from the mahjong gamers, and Marie Goione, a member of the Friends of the Ocean County Library who organized the tournament.

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Every tournament has a director, one whose rule is final. Wednesday’s director was Joanne Bourne, owner of Four Seasons Mah Jongg Tournaments, Lakewood. Like last year, she volunteered her time to make this tournament a success.

Tournament director Joann Bourne tallies up the scores to determine the six winners at Wednesday's mahjong fundraiser tournament. Her company organizes weekend and multiday tournaments ranging from Piscataway down to Atlantic City and west to Lancaster, Pa. She volunteered her time to direct this tournament.

Tournament director Joann Bourne tallies up the scores to determine the six winners at Wednesday’s mahjong fundraiser tournament. Her company organizes weekend and multiday tournaments ranging from Piscataway down to Atlantic City and west to Lancaster, Pa. She volunteered her time to direct this tournament.

Assistance by volunteers was vital for the event’s success. More than a dozen people pitched in to help run the tournament.

“People want to be involved in things they’re passionate about,” said Suzanne Scro, supervising librarian and branch manager of the Manchester branch. “They buy into a project and want to share it with the community, thereby setting an example by promoting the value of our library.”

Winners of the first round were (left to right) Debbie Sklar, Rose Balzano and Miriam Lubinsky.

Winners of the first round were (left to right) Debbie Sklar, Rose Balzano and Miriam Lubinsky.

Winners of the second round included (left to right) Barbara Celano and Pat Terranova. Second place winner Mary Ann Barbato was not available for the family.

Winners of the second round included (left to right) Barbara Celano and Pat Terranova. Second place winner Mary Ann Barbato was not available for the family.

It takes volunteers, lot of dedicated volunteers, to make a fundraiser a success.

It takes volunteers, lot of dedicated volunteers, to make a fundraiser a success.

Seated left to right: Narnegat residents Cathy Ryans, Rita Rilbin, ChryAnn Ferrarese and Eileen Person were the first group ready for play.

Seated left to right: Narnegat residents Cathy Ryans, Rita Rilbin, ChryAnn Ferrarese and Eileen Person were the first group ready for play. “We’re all avid readers and we support the library,” said Ryans.

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Stafford presents author Julia Spencer 4/2

MANAHAWKIN –   The Friends of the Stafford Library will present Julia Spencer, author ofLooking Through A Keyhole: a Memoir,” at the Stafford library branch 10:30 a.m. Thursday April 2.

Julia will discuss her vision loss and her ability to prevail over its challenges. She will also talk about how her guide dog has changed her life, especially by enhancing her mobility and increasing her safety in travel.

The limitations from her vision loss does not restrain the vibrant energy and independence of this remarkable woman. Join us for this motivating talk.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin.

The program 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.

Library Friends to host 2nd Mahjong tournament

Registration for last Fall's tournament filled quickly. Don't miss out!

Registration for last Fall’s tournament filled quickly. Don’t miss out!

TOMS RIVER –  The Friends of the Ocean County Library will host a Mahjong tournament fundraiser Wed. April 15 in Ocean County Library’s Toms River branch, 101 Washington Street.

Registration for the event is $40 per player and is limited to the first 80 players who sign up. Payment is due by April 1.  Fliers with registration forms are available at all 21 Ocean County Library locations and on the library website www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

The tournament is an all-day event.  Sign in for registered players is 8:30 a.m. and play begins promptly at 9:30 am.  Included in the admission is a continental breakfast and luncheon.

Prizes will be awarded.  All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Ocean County Library.

Questions about the tournament can be directed to Marie Goione, President of the Friends of the Berkeley Library @ 732-269-8210.

TR Library Friends to sponsor Cape May holiday bus trip

TOMS RIVER –  The Friends of the Toms River Library will host a bus trip to “Cape May Christmas” Tuesday Dec. 9.

The trip includes a three-course luncheon and a tour of The Southern Mansion, Cape May’s largest Bed and Breakfast. There will be plenty of free time to spend at The Washington Street Mall, Cape May’s popular shopping area. There will also be a Holly Trolley tour of the holiday lights and decorations of this historic city.

The bus will leave the Route 37 Foodtown shopping center, Toms River, at 10:30 a.m.

The cost of the trip is $82 per person and includes all gratuities. The registration deadline is Tuesday Nov. 18. Telephone Lynne at 732-240-2736 to register of for more information.

LEH library Friend honored by NJ Library Association

TOMS RIVER –  The New Jersey Library Association recognized Joyce Salow by presenting her its Library Service Award for Individual Contribution Tuesday June 3.

Salow is the President of the Friends of the Little Egg Harbor Branch. She is a retired school librarian.

The accolade was presented during the association’s Honors and Awards Reception at its annual convention in Atlantic City. The nomination was made by Little Egg Harbor Branch Manager Kelly Ann Pennell.

Ocean County Library Assistant Director Valerie Bell, who served as branch manager of the Little Egg Harbor branch earlier in her career, spoke about Salow’s more than 18 years of service to the branch and library system.

In accepting the award, Salow spoke about how much the branch and community meant to her over the years.

“Mrs. Salow and the Friends played an important advocacy role in the founding of the Little Egg Harbor Branch in the early years of our county system,” said Ocean County Library’s Director Susan Quinn.

TR library friends to host book sale June 5-7

TOMS RIVER –  The Friends of the Toms River Library will hold their annual Summer Book Sale in Mancini Hall at the Toms River branch, 101 Washington St.

 

The booksale will be open:

Thursday June 5 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.;

Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

 

The book sale will give people an opportunity to purchase holiday gifts and to gather books for winter reading.

 

Each hardback cover and non-fiction paperback book will cost $1. Fiction paperback books will cost 50 cents each.  Children’s books will cost a quarter each.

 

The funds that are raised by The Friends will be used to purchase materials for the library and to sponsor several of its programs.

Manchester library friends to meet 6/10

MANCHESTER  –  The Friends of the Manchester Branch Library will hold their general meeting at the library, 21 Colonial Dr.,  10 a.m. Tuesday, June 10.

The meeting will include an informative presentation by Master Gardener Mary Townsend who will discuss the best choices for beautifying your home with potted plants and dish gardens and teach you how to care for them.

You do not have to be a member of the Friends to attend this program. It is open to all adults, free of charge, and there is no pre-registration.

Refreshments will be provided.


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