Posts Tagged 'Ocean County Library Plumsted branch'

Gangwise Project: protecting our youth

TOMS RIVER  –  Three branches of the Ocean County Library will present “The Gangwise Project: What our Community Needs to Know.”

Presented by Edwin Torres, a retired State law enforcement Lieutenant and juvenile gang expert, attendees will learn the general warning signs of gang affiliation. He will also discuss why kids join gangs and offer a brief history of modern gangs.

Torres will give advice for parents and teens to avoid gangs and report on local gang activity. He will also tell where parents can go for help if they know their child is involved with a gang.

The program will be held:

  • Wednesday, May 27 at Plumsted, 119 Evergreen Rd., New Egypt, 609-758-7888
  • Monday, June 1 at Waretown, 112 Main St., 609-693-5133
  • Tuesday, June 2 at Jackson, 2 Jackson Dr., 732-928-4400

The program is suitable for teens, ages 12 and up, their parents, and other interested adults such as educators, clergy and people who work with youth.

The programs are free. Registration is required. Telephone the branch or go to the library’s Web site .

Sign-in for each program begins at 6 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Earth Day Celebration @ Plumsted

The Plumsted branch held its annual Earth day celebration April 13th. This year the celebration placed special emphasis on the theme of restoring the shore after Superstorm Sandy.

As always there were many information tables from local environmental and community groups such as the Barnegat Bay Partnership, Ocean County Master Gardeners, Girl Scouts, the Plumsted Township Environmental Commission/Plumsted Youth for Nature and the Environment, and many more.

In addition to the educational resources there were games and crafts for the children as well as a bake sale, a visit from Sparks, and the Tails and Scales program. Tails and Scales featured an Island Beach State Park Natural Educator presenting live animals and educating participants about the park.

Attached is a link to the Plumsted Branch’s Flickr account for all the pictures taken at the event.

Plumsted celebrates its volunteers


The Plumsted branch was happy to appreciate all of our volunteers during National Volunteer Week! Volunteers from the 12+ Program at the New Egypt High School visit the library weekly to help support their community while building life skills. In honor of their service they were presented with certificates of appreciation, enjoyed some light refreshments and honed their technology skills by using their school iPads or logging on to the library’s public computers. Thank you to all of the volunteers that support our branches and communities throughout Ocean County! 

PJ storytime @ Plumsted


Plumsted’s Teen Advisory Board hosted a Pajama Storytime to celebrate spring on March 20th. TAB members read stories to children ages 3-8. The children also enjoyed a Springtime Look-and-See game and a butterfly craft. Everyone sprung into the spirit of spring!


Gingerbread houses constructed @ Plumsted


On December 15th Plumsted TAB hosted its annual Make A Gingerbread House program.  The children were delighted to construct and decorate their own gingerbread house using graham crackers, icing and assorted candies. Everyone got into the holiday spirit and had a very sweet time. 



Plumsted becomes site of Jedi training

On Monday June 25th an intergalactic affair took place at the Plumsted Branch of the Ocean County Library to kick off the 2012 Summer Reading. Over 100 Jedi knights in training swarmed the branch over the course of the day by decorating the Plumsted base with stars and spaceships. Some came dressed for the occasion in costume and participated in training games, used the force to complete a scavenger space hunt, made Chewbacca and Yoda crafts, and prepared pretzel light sabers with icing. Of course, many Star Wars books were displayed and checked out while some patrons took a break from the many activity stations to watch “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

Plumsted TAB leads dino storytime & crafts

On Wednesday March 21 the Plumsted branch TAB held a special Pajama Story Time for children aged 3 to 8. The TAB teens read stories and helped with a craft related to the theme of Dino Stories, where the children made dinosaur eggs.  The teen volunteers also decorated the meeting room with dinosaurs and a cave.

Of course, everyone wore their PJ’s and some even brought their favorite stuffed animals, just like a real sleepover!

Bessie Coleman remembered at Plumsted branch

Dr. Daisy Century portrayed aviator Bessie Coleman at a Plumsted program.

On Wednesday, February 29, the Plumsted branch hosted an American Historical Theatre presentation of Bessie Coleman. It was an outstanding one-woman show starring actor/teacher Dr. Daisy Century. Dressed in an authentic bomber’s jacket, boots, and scarf, Century performing as Bessie Coleman was a moving portrayal of the first African-American woman to become a licensed pilot and the first American to hold an international pilot’s license.

Plumsted hauntings

Wednesday October 26th was a great night for a fright when Plumsted’s Teen Advisory Board hosted its annual Haunted House to a full patch of little pumpkins. Children and their parents partook in the sights and frights to get in the Halloween spirit with the customary games, candy and picture taking with Sparks in their costumes. Some more out of the ordinary Halloween themed attractions that put the Haunted House over the top were crafts like pumpkin painting with pumpkins donated from Hallock’s U-Pick Farm along with mask making and cupcake decorating. Overall the event was fang-tastic night for all and a great way for all to get in the spirit!


Islam and modern culture

Mimi Al-Torey spoke at the Plumsted branch Monday, Oct. 24, about a topic that is very important to her: Islam and its impact upon civilization.

Beginning with a 10-minute clip from the 1977 film “The Messenger”( starring Anthony Quinn) that portrayed the sufferings and persecutions of early Muslims, she shared many books and research materials with the audience.  She also shared a pot of spiced Arabic coffee.

Mimi spoke about her life and explained the traditions that one follows to be a practicing Muslim in America.  She also spoke about the effects Muslims exerted throughout modern history, contributing to such diverse fields as literature, philosophy, mathematics, science, medicine, the arts, architecture, chemistry, aeronatics, cartography, astronomy and modern surgery.

Throughout her presentation she fielded questions from the audience, spoke about how diversity enriches lives, and promoted the importance of open-mindedness.

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