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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!

Asian Tea Experience served up at LEH

Judith Krall Russo served up tea at the Little Egg Harbor branch.

Judith Krall Russo served up tea at the Little Egg Harbor branch.

Thirty-nine people attended the Asian Tea program at the Little Egg Harbor branch Saturday, May 2nd. While guests tasted Japanese sweets using chop sticks [nori cookies, sesame bars, sour apple candies, sugar glazed rice cookies and mochi], costumed presenter Judith Krall Russo described a Japanese tea ceremony where matcha tea was heated, whisked, then served to guests in disposable espresso cups. A Chinese tea ceremony followed with two types of tea and almond pocky, or fortune cookies, for tasting.

Thanks to the Friends of the Little Egg Harbor branch for providing the program and refreshments from the Asian Supermarket in Pleasantville, to SerendipiTea for the Oolong and Genmachi teas, Habitat for Humanity for the loan of tea cups and pots, Lisa Ferrara’s TAB young adults for the butterfly origami at each place setting, and Pinelands Regional Junior High School students for the book display cranes in nests and flowers in boats origami.

Patrons were pleased with the program, taste testing, book display and chance to exchange experiences. At least six adults joined the Friends!

Dave DeLuca celebrates Sinatra @ Little Egg Harbor

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Dave Deluca drew in a crowd of 80 Frank Sinatra fans for the Friends of the Little Egg Harbor Library General Membership Meeting on Tuesday.

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Little Egg Harbor Township Police Detective Maino was also on hand to tell audience members about the Portable Medicine Drop Box.

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Martial arts/dance fusion at Little Egg Harbor library branch 5/5

TOMS RIVER –  The New York City-based BALAM Dance Theatre will present an evening of martial arts and dance 6 p.m. Tuesday May 5 at the Little Egg Harbor library branch, 290 Mathistown Rd.

The dance company’s artistic director Carlos Fittante and principal dancer Toshinori Hamada will perform in traditional costumes.

The BALAM Dance Theatre joins diverse dances and historical periods from around the world with the opulence and aura of Balinese theatre. It appeals to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  Its artistry and movement fused with athletic and detailed skills are enhanced by eclectic music, striking masks, vibrant costumes and fantasy stories.

They will perform four dances during their program:

  • Baris, a Balinese warrior dance set to gamelan music that primarily uses percussive instruments;
  • the Japanese Noh Theatre dance “Yashima”;
  • the Baroque dance solo “Entrée de Apollon,” published in 1701;
  • “El Vito,” a Spanish Escuela Bolera dance solo celebrating the allure of the bullfighter.

They will also present a special feature, a demonstration of Iaido, a Japanese wood sword technique, with audience participation.

The programs is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch 609-294-1197 or go to the library website: www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

Martial arts/dance fusion at Little Egg Harbor library branch

Toshinori Hamada will perform with the BALAM Theatre Company May 5 at the Little Egg Harbor branch.

Toshinori Hamada will perform with the BALAM Theatre Company May 5 at the Little Egg Harbor branch.

TOMS RIVER –  The New York City-based BALAM Dance Theatre will present an evening of martial arts and dance 6 p.m. Tuesday May 5 at the Little Egg Harbor library branch, 290 Mathistown Rd.

The dance company’s artistic director Carlos Fittante and principal dancer Toshinori Hamada will perform in traditional costumes.

The BALAM Dance Theatre joins diverse dances and historical periods from around the world with the opulence and aura of Balinese theatre. It appeals to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  Its artistry and movement fused with athletic and detailed skills are enhanced by eclectic music, striking masks, vibrant costumes and fantasy stories.

They will perform four dances during their program:

  • Baris, a Balinese warrior dance set to gamelan music that primarily uses percussive instruments;
  • the Japanese Noh Theatre dance “Yashima”;
  • the Baroque dance solo “Entrée de Apollon,” published in 1701;
  • “El Vito,” a Spanish Escuela Bolera dance solo celebrating the allure of the bullfighter.

They will also present a special feature, a demonstration of Iaido, a Japanese wood sword technique, with audience participation.

The programs is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch 609-294-1197 or go to the library Web site: www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”  Registration begins April 6.

Volunteer lawyer group offers assistance at LEH library

TOMS RIVER –  The Little Egg Harbor branch of Ocean County Library, 290 Mathistown Rd., will host Volunteer Lawyers for Justice: Disaster Response Program 10 a.m. to noon during Mondays in December.

The volunteer group will help people determine if they have legal issues that arose because of Superstorm Sandy. Based upon those determinations the group can offer free legal counsel and brief services.

Contact Garima Joshi for more information at gjoshi@vljnj.org or (862) 229-4550.  Walk-ins are welcome.

Common legal issues related to Superstorm Sandy include:

  • Insurance
  • FEMA
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues
  • Contract Disputes
  • Grants
  • Bankruptcy/Foreclosures.

Bring the following items with you when you speak with the volunteers:

  • Correspondence with FEMA
  • Leases and correspondence with landlords
  • Insurance policies and correspondence with insurers
  • Mortgages and recent mortgage statements.

Mrs. Claus Holiday Celebration @ Little Egg Harbor

The Kitty Jones Interactive Theatre performed Mrs. Claus Holiday Celebration  at the Little Egg Harbor Library Thursday Dec. 8.  The interactive holiday show featured many of the audience members as part of the show.   President of T.A.B. Hadeel and Vice President Abdullah, along with fellow T.A.B. members Marcus and Chris, were Sugar Plums. Many of the children and adults also participated in other roles dancing and singing throughout the play.  Everyone was filled with the holiday spirit and enjoyed participating and watching the performance. 

Patrick Rodgers present Sendak program

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The Little Egg Harbor Library is hosting the Maurice Sendak exhibit “In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak” October 26 – December 16, 2011. The branch is one of 35 sites selected to receive the exhibit.

The “In a Nutshell” exhibit was developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from The Charles H. Revson Foundation, The Righteous Persons Foundation, The David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life.

Patrick Rodgers, Traveling Exhibitions Coordinator of The Rosenbach Museum and Library, presented The Nutshell Sendak as the opening event of the exhibit on November 2.  His program was sponsored by the Friends of the Little Egg Harbor branch.

From “Wild Things” to “Really Rosie,” Maurice Sendak’s picture books have captivated children and adults alike for more than 60 years.  Rodgers’ lecture  explored the motivations behind some of the illustrator’s artwork, featuring recent interview footage with Sendak that is as intriguing and humorous as his picture books.

LEH Halloween Parade

 

Little Egg Harbor hosted the annual Halloween Parade  Thursday, October 20th.  The parents, grandparents and caregivers came to the library to join in the Halloween fun.  There were many creative costumes and make-up this year.   We had everything from Cookie Monster to a pirate, princesses, vampires and even a scuba diver.  The children started out the day with a scavenger hunt in the children’s area then paraded around the library into the meeting room where there were games and refreshments.  Miss Michelle, dressed as Snow White, was in charge of the Plinko Game.  Everyone had a great time!

Philly Rock ‘n Roll icon coming to LEH

Entertainment icon Jerry Blavat will talk about his 58 years in Rock ‘n Roll and discuss his autobiography “You Only Rock Once: My Life in Music” Tuesday Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Ocean County Library’s Little Egg Harbor branch, 290 Mathistown Rd.

 Blavat debuted as a dancer on the television program “Original Bandstand” hosted by Bob Horn.  At 16 he was the road manager for Danny and the Juniors, a top Doo Wop group.

 Since then it has been a colorful life, from his life-long friendships with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Don Rickles, to his entertainment career as a radio Disc Jockey and television personality, performer, entertainer, producer, and nightclub owner.

 Blavat personified the Philadelphia Rock ‘n Roll music scene.  In 1960 he started his own radio show on WCAM (AM) in Camden.  In 1965 he produced and hosted his own television show, “The Discophonic Scene,” on the CBS Philadelphia outlet WCAU-TV. From 1967 to 1970 it aired on WFIL-TV and was nationally syndicated.

 He shunned the British Invasion, rejected “format radio” so he could always work independently.

 Blavat has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “The Mike Douglas Show,” “The Joey Bishop Show,” “The Mod Squad” and “The Monkeys.”  He also appeared in feature films including “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Baby, it’s You,” and “Cookie.”

 He has remained a music fixture in Philadelphia, delivering a high-energy radio program throughout the Middle America region that includes his Margate nightclub “Memories” and regular radio shows on 88.5 FM WXPN in Philadelphia; 92.1 FM WVLT in South Jersey; and 98.3 WTKU in Atlantic City.

 Blavat is currently involved with PBS on their Doo Wop specials.  He is the area’s host when the show air locally over WHYY-TV.

His work has been recognized by his peers and he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1998); The Philadelphia Music Alliance’s Hall of Fame (1993); and the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia’s Hall of Fame (2002.)

 The library program is free and open to the public.  For more information telephone the branch at (609) 294-1197 or visit the library’s Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org .


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