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Diabetes primer to be presented @ 3 OCl branches in April

TOMS RIVER –  Nearly 30 million Americans, more than nine percent of the country’s population, have diabetes, according to Monmouth Medical Center.

Do you know if you have it?

The Center for Healthy Aging, in cooperation with the Pharmacy Department at Monmouth Medical Center’s Southern Campus, will present the basics of diabetes with Certified Diabetes Educator Irene McNamara at three Ocean County Library branches in April.

She will discuss the signs and symptoms of diabetes as well as its prevention and treatment options.

Attendees who have fasted for two or more consecutive hours will have the option of having a complimentary blood glucose screening.

Light, healthy refreshments will be provided.

The programs are free but registration is required. To register, telephone the branch or go to the library’s website  They will be presented at these library branches:

2 p.m. Monday April 13 at Jackson, 2 Jackson Drive, 732-928-4400,

10 a.m. Tuesday April 14 at Brick, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., 732-477-4513,

2 p.m. Monday April 20 at Manchester, 21 Colonial Drive, 732-657-7600.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When a person has diabetes his or her body either does not make enough insulin or cannot use its own insulin as wall as it should, resulting in a buildup of sugar in one’s blood.

It can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) in 97 Minutes!

TOMS RIVER – Ocean County Library will present a fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays in “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” performed by The Toms River High School South Thespian Troupe.
Join this hilarious troupe of talented young men as they irreverently weave their way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride: all 37 Plays in 97 Minutes!
The Toms River High School South Thespian Troupe models the tradition of a Shakespearean Elizabethan traveling theatrical company, bringing its work into the community and touring with minimalistic setting, lighting and only three actors who will perform multiple roles.
The production will be performed at five library branches throughout the summer from July 31 through August 14. All members of the public are welcome to attend these free performances.
Performances will be held at the following branches:
Brick, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., 732-477-4513 Thur. July 31
Toms River, 101 Washington St., 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514 Wed. Aug. 6
Manchester, 21 Colonial Dr., 732-657-7600, Thur. Aug. 7
Barnegat, 112 Burr St., 609-698-3331 Wed. Aug 13
Jackson, 2 Jackson Dr., 732-928-4400 Thur. Aug. 14.
The programs are free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch or go to the library Web site: , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.” All performances begin promptly at 6:30 pm and there is no reserved seating.

Nightingale & Barton to visit 3 OCL branches

Linda Turash Productions will present “A Visit with Clara Barton and Florence Nightingale” at three Ocean County Library branches as Women’s History Month begins.

The program will tell people about Barton and Nightingale’s life. Culling from their personal correspondence and journals, their characters will discuss personal experiences, trials they faced and their roles in American history.

The programs will be presented 7 p.m.  at:

Island Heights, 121 Central Av., Monday March 3, 732-270-6266

Jackson, 2 Jackson Dr., Thursday March 6, 732-928-4400

Plumsted, 119 Evergreen Rd., Monday March 10, 609-758-7888.

The programs are free but registration is required. Telephone the branch or visit the library website, click on the “Events and News” menu then click the “Calendar of Events” icon to register.

Juan Pablo is a big hit in Jackson


Great piano performance. Humorous anecdotes. And a little song and dance.

Cuban-born Juan Pablo Subirana performed before 65 people at the Jackson branch Wednesday night playing Latin American tunes and American show tunes.  He donned his top-hat and cane and danced, then danced later with his “girlfriend.”

After his 60-minute concert  Juan Pablo very graciously took the time to counsel a shy piano student in how he played certain cords in his performance.

Juan Pablo will perform three more times in Ocean County Library branches:

Brick, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd. 2 p.m. Thursday

Manchester, 21 Colonial Drive 2 p.m. Friday

Toms River, 101 Washington St. 2 p.m. Saturday.

Each of those three concerts are free of charge.

He will also play in the Strand Theater in Lakewood on Sunday. Call the theater for price and time information.




Pirate School was in session

Bumbling pirate Billy Bones single-handedly captured the attention of dozens of kids and their parents yesterday at the Ocean County Library’s Jackson, Upper Shores (Lavalette) and Pt. Pleasant Beach branches with Pirate School. Classes were presented in sword safety (mandatory for all swashbucklers) and pirate history, mixed with a bunch of one-liners (Why do seagulls live at the ocean? If they lived at the bay they’d be baygulls. <groan> 🙂

50 kids attended the Jackson school and the school was as much fun for parents as it was for kids.  Great time was had by all.

To view a slideshow of photos from the Jackson program go to our Flickr account

OCL partnering with AARP for free tax help

OCL partnering with AARP for free tax help

Six branches of Ocean County Library will partner with AARP from February 1 through mid-April and offer free one-on-one counseling and assistance to help individuals prepare basic tax forms.

AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service. It is available to taxpayers with low- and moderate-incomes and gives special attention to people age 60 and older.

Eligibility: Seniors 60+ and those with low to moderate income. Seniors will be given priority since it is sponsored by AARP.

Jackson Thursdays 9am – 12pm by APPT Call (732) 928-4400

Lacey Tuesdays 1 pm -5pm by APPT Call (609) 693-8566

Lakewood Fridays 9am -1pm by APPT Call (732) 363-1435

Plumsted Wednesdays 1pm – 4:15pm by APPT Call (609) 758-7888

Toms River Thursdays 9am – 12pm Walk-ins (using sign-up sheet)

Upper Shores Thursdays 1030 am-2:30pm by APPT Call (732) 793-3996

The program has grown greatly since it started in 1968 with four volunteers into a nationwide program. The IRS has helped train approximately 34,600 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers. The volunteers help more than 2.6 million taxpayers file their federal, state and local tax returns each year.

The AARP Tax-Aide program is offered at approximately 6,500 locations nationwide in community and senior centers, libraries, and other locations.
For more information visit the library’s Web site or call (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.

Improve your odds at finding a job

Three Ocean County Library branches will present ten additional classes in January to assist people looking for a job.

The classes follow an original offering of courses that were sponsored through the New Jersey State Library’s Broadband Technology Opportunity Project, or BTOP.  It is funded by a $5.1 million federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant and a $1.65 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The classes will be offered at the Jackson, Lakewood and Toms River branches.

The classes will help participants learn to prepare resumes and cover letters, locate job information on the Internet, and use email and attachments during job searches.  They will also teach people basic word processing skills using Microsoft Word.

The instructors can also help people whose computer skills range from only being able to manipulate a mouse to performing advanced tasks.

One of the classes, “Basic Word and Email for Job Seekers,” will be offered in Spanish at the Lakewood branch.

In addition to sponsoring the classes, BTOP also provided funds for the libraries to purchase computers and upgrade connectivity to the Internet.

The schedule for the January classes includes:

 Wed., 1/18; 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Toms River branch, Basic Windows and Internet Explorer for Job Seekers

Thurs., 1/19; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Jackson branch, Basic Windows and Internet Explorer for Job Seekers

Fri., 1/20; 1 – 5 p.m. in the Jackson branch, Basic Email and Word for Job Seekers

Sat., 1/21; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Toms River branch, Basic Email and Word for Job Seekers

Mon., 1/23; 6 – 8 p.m. in the Lakewood branch, Using the Internet for Job Seekers

Tues., 1/24; 6 – 8 p.m. in the Lakewood branch, Using E-Mail for Job Seekers

Wed., 1/25; 1 – 5 p.m. in the Jackson branch, Using the Internet for Job Seekers

Thurs., 1/26; 1 – 5 p.m. in the Toms River branch, Basic Email and Word for Job Seekers

Fri., 1/27; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Lakewood branch, Basic Word & Email (in Spanish)  for Job Seekers

Sat., 1/28; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Toms River branch, Using the Internet for Job Seekers

Additional information for job seekers can be found at .

The programs are free and open to the public.  For more information or to register for this program go to the library’s Website or telephone the operator (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.

Please be aware that some programs may have waiting lists or may be at capacity at the time of your call. People are encouraged to register early.

Ocean County Library has additional resources to assist people in their job search.  Visit your local branch to setup an appointment with a qualified staff member.

Jackson branch celebrates 10th anniversary

Assemblyman Ronald Dancer presents Proclamation to Library Director Susan Quinn and Library Commissioner Eleanor Hyres.

The Jackson branch celebrated its 10th anniversary at 2 Jackson Drive Saturday (Nov. 5).  The event was marked by a presentation of a Joint Resolution from the New Jersey Senate and Assembly by Assemblyman Ronald Dancer to Library Commissioner Eleanor Hyres, Library Director Susan Quinn and Branch Manager Barbara Rothlein.

There were two Author’s Alleys (adults & children), fun for the children (face painting, the OCL version of Plinko, balloon sculptures, crafts and an appearance by Sparks), Master Chinese Paper Cutter Hou-Tien Cheng and an amazing juggler, Eric Geoffrey.  Ed Goldberg and the Odessa Klezmer Band also performed.

Many thanks to the Friends of the Jackson Library.

Here is a link to a slideshow of photos taken during the celebrations.


Friends of the Ocean County Library holding book and bake sales

Press Release

CONTACT: Scott Walker (732) 349-6200, ext. 5914

Friends of the Ocean County Library holding book and bake sales

Toms River – Book lovers and bargain hunters alike should plan to attend one of the upcoming Friends of the Ocean County Library book sales.

Several of the friends groups will hold book sales in April and May offering a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults. In addition to the book sale some friends groups will be holding bake sales at the same time.

The Friends support library programs, raise funds for special purposes, volunteer to perform projects, promote community awareness of libraries and advocate for library funding. As always every friends group welcomes inquires about membership and volunteering for the library.

Upcoming Friends book sales:

Little Egg Harbor – April 19- 21 – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Stafford – April 28 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Waretown – April 29 – 1p.m – 3p.m, April 30 – a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jackson – April 30 and May 7 – 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Lacey – May 4 thru May 7 – See branch for hours

For more information please go online at or call (732)349-6200 or (609)971-0514





DATE: 10/14/2008


CONTACT:  Michael Mahoney






JACKSON, NJ- The Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library invites you to learn more about the American Revolution through artwork, Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 6pm.


Historian Arthur Lefkowitz will present a color slide presentation of 18th century artistry in the form of studio-executed history paintings, portraits, illustrations, and rapidly drawn field sketches.


This program is offered through the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


The program is free and open to the public.  Registration begins November 1, 2008.  To register, visit our website at or call the Jackson Branch at 732-928-4400.

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