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“Mi Casa Tu Casa” performed at Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School Wednesday

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre castmembers (left to right) Allicia Rivas, Chris Kent, Jane Keitel and Michael Aquino peformed in "Mi Casa Tu Casa" Wednesday afternoon at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School.

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre cast members (left to right) Allicia Rivas, Michael Aquino, Jane Keitel, and Chris Kent  performed in “Mi Casa Tu Casa” Wednesday afternoon at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School.

The Upper Shores branch of the Ocean County Library hosted Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre’s bilingual production of “Mi Casa Tu Casa” Wednesday for children and families at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School, Seaside Heights Wednesday.

More than 200 people filled the school’s auditorium.

The four-member cast blended music and folktales where a humble mouse could charm a lovely cockroach, a young girl could find beauty in her new  home in American, and the feather of a Thunderbird could bring prosperity to a person who believes.

Musicians Michael Aquino (electric guitar) and Jane Keitel (keyboard)  accompanied storytellers Allicia Rivas and Chris Kent through the hour long program, a presentation of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s annual Stages Festival.

The annual festival brings professional theater companies to local neighborhoods in March, delighting children, families and other adults with Broadway-quality programs.

This marks the eighteenth year Ocean County Library has partnered with Stages Festival. It presented eight different productions at 13 branches this year. The programs are presented by the library free of charge.

Guitarist Chris Kent accompanies a skit as a young girl learns about diversity in her new home in America.

Guitarist Michael Aquino accompanies a skit as a young girl learns about diversity in her new home in America.

Ocean County Library Branch Manager June Schneider welcomes more than 200 people to Wednesday's performance by Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre of "Mi Casa Tu Casa."

Ocean County Library Branch Manager June Schneider welcomes more than 200 people to Wednesday’s performance by Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre of “Mi Casa Tu Casa.”

Electric guitarist Chris Kent.

Electric guitarist Michael Aquino.

Storyteller Allicia Rivas listens to a story during Wednesday's performance of "Mi Casa Tu Casa."

Storyteller Allicia Rivas listens to a story during Wednesday’s performance of “Mi Casa Tu Casa.”

According to legend, a feather from the Thunderbird will bring a person prosperity in the coming year.

According to legend, a feather from the Thunderbird will bring a person prosperity in the coming year.

Musician Jane Keitel played the keyboard during Wednesday's "Mi Casa Tu Casa" performance.

Musician Jane Keitel played the keyboard during Wednesday’s “Mi Casa Tu Casa” performance.

The humble raton (Michael Aquino, center) woos la cucaracha (Allicia Rivas, left.)

The humble raton (Chris Kent, center) woos la cucaracha (Allicia Rivas, left.)

A little dance party with the children and storytellers ended Wednesday's "Mi Casa Tu Casa."

A little dance party with the children and storytellers ended Wednesday’s “Mi Casa Tu Casa.”

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Ocean County Library thanks the cast and crew members for presenting such a wonderful performance of "Mi Casa Tu Casa" at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School Wednesday.

Ocean County Library thanks the cast and crew members for presenting such a wonderful performance of “Mi Casa Tu Casa” at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School Wednesday.

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Joni Jones to address depression management during library seminar

TOMS RIVER –  Ocean County Library’s Upper Shores branch, 112 Jersey City Ave., Lavallette, will host a seminar by Joni M. Jones 7 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 9 to discuss managing depression in the face of a personal crisis.

The seminar is designed to empower people and show them how to break a cycle that is preventing them from experiencing true happiness. It will help the participant gain insight about their problem, develop their own answers for it, and learn to channel energy toward things one does have control over.

She will primarily address Sandy-related concerns as the source of attendees’ stress, but she will also discuss other depression-induced concerns stemming from substance abuse and veteran’s issues.

Jones, a published author and motivational group facilitator, is a certified developmental disabilities nurse and board certified in psychiatric nursing. She is a certified mental health first aid instructor with more than 20 years’ experience.

She works in an inpatient unit at Riverview Hospital, Red Bank, with many Sandy affected patients in a psychiatric setting/behavioral health unit.

She is the owner of Koala Cares LLC.

 

The program is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch 732-793-3996 or go to the library’s website www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

Upper Shores branch reopened Saturday, Sept. 7

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More than 150 people attended the grand reopening of the Ocean County Library’s Upper Shores branch Saturday, Sept. 7th.

“Less than a year after Superstorm Sandy, all of our library branches are now open,” said Library Director Susan Quinn as she welcomed people to the reopening.  And while she acknowledged many people took part in rebuilding the branches, it was the support of Freeholder Jospeh H. Vicari that made much of it happen so quickly.

Freeholder Vicari, a strong supporter of the Ocean County Library and its mission of “Connecting People, Building Community” said his instructions were, “Just get it done.” He said he didn’t care what it took, he said, the library is vital to the community and the community needed it if things in Ocean County were to return to normal.

He presented a proclamation from the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognizing the library’s accomplishments.

“Thanks for getting it done so quickly,” said Lavallette Mayor Walter G. LaCicero. “It’s been nothing but a benefit to the community, bringing us together.”

“We are back,” said Mary Ann McKee, President of the Friends of the Upper Shores Library, “and we are back as one mind for a strong Ocean County Library.”

“You don’t realize how many friends you have until something like Hurricane Sandy strikes,” said Patricia A. Tumulty, executive director of the New Jersey Library Association and its Rebuilding New Jersey’s Libraries Fund.

“There was an outpouring of love. People called and wanted to help,” she said. “Then donations came in to the NJLA from all over the country. They wanted to connect, to help.”

She presented two checks from the fund to Library Director Quinn to be used for the Lavallette branch and the Bay Head Reading Center that returned to service several weeks earlier.

Following the ribbon cutting, people enjoyed refreshment and listened to music from the rock band Strictly 60s.

Photographs of the event can be found on the library’s Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oceancountylibrary/sets/72157635425196952/  

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Upper Shores is now Open 4 Business!

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Dozens of times this morning in our Lavallette branch one could hear, “Welcome back! We missed you.”

Neighbors calling out to our staff.  Our staff seeing people they haven’t seen since Superstorm Sandy struck the Jersey Shore. It was a fun time and a time of great reunions.

About 20 people greeted Branch Manager June when she opened the doors at 10 a.m.

One boy said, “We’re so glad you’re back” as he scurried past her to look over the reconstructed branch. Yes, he was excited.

The Upper Shores branch in Lavallette is open

Monday, Thursday & Friday: 10 am – 5 pm

Tuesday & Wednesday 10 am – 9 pm

Saturday 10 am – 1 pm

Stop by and visit.

And get ready for our Grand Reopening of the branch with entertainment and refreshments 10 am Saturday Sept. 7.

Welcome back!

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Upper Shores opening news on APP video

The Asbury Park Press interviewed Library Director Susan Quinn, Joe Cahill and Mary Jo Provencal for a video about the August 24 Upper Shores branch opening.  To view the video, copy & paste http://www.app.com/videonetwork/2577650467001/Upper-Shores-Library-to-reopen-after-Sandy

OCL presents “The 3 Bears” @ Seaside Park Elementary School

The Ocean County Library will present “The Three Bears” Thursday Aug. 15 at 4 p.m. at the Seaside Park Elementary School, 313 S. W. Central Av.

Jean Prall Rosolino will perform this one-woman show that is an all-new take on the classic story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children in the audience, ages 3 to 5, will play the role of “Baby Bear” during the show.

“It is a great way for the kids to still be involved with the library even while it (the Upper Shores branch, Lavallette) is still closed,” said Glynis Wray, system coordinator of Youth Services at the Ocean County Library. “It ties in perfectly to summer reading.”

This program is being held off-site while the construction at the Upper Shores branch in Lavallette is being completed. The branch is set to open Aug. 24.

This program is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register, visit the library’s website at www.theoceancountylibrary.org or telephone the library at (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.

This program is funded through a grant from the Puffin Foundation. 

ALMOST THERE!

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We are almost there. Our Upper Shores branch, Lavallette, will re-open Saturday August 24 to offer partial service to the public. We will offer full service public services in the fall.


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