Enjoying Your Photography

December 1, 2014

On Friday, December 19 at the Manchester Branch Library starting at 2:00 pm, Harvey Katz will offer guidance in making your photographs shine by choosing the right frames and display techniques as well as the computer photo editing programs you use!

Please register for this free workshop that is open to both teens and adults! Call (732) 657-7600 or go online to http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Township.

Library closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday

March 7, 2013

TOMS RIVER –   All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Good Friday, March 29 and Easter Sunday, March 31.

With the exception of the Upper Shores branch in Lavallette and the Bay Head Reading Center, both undergoing repairs because of Superstorm Sandy, all branches will be open Saturday.

With the exception of the Upper Shores branch and the Bay Head Reading Center, all branches will resume normal business hours Monday, April 1.

Visit the library’s Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org for 24/7 access to the library’s databases.

OCL presents Osteoporosis 101 at 4 branches

February 26, 2013

TOMS RIVER –  Four branches of the Ocean County Library will host Osteoporosis 101 with a bone density screening in March and April.

The Center for Healthy Aging, in cooperation with the Pharmacy Department at Kimball Medical Center, an affiliate of the Barnabas Health System, will discuss the nature and risk factors of osteoporosis, its warning signs and its symptoms. They will also examine the dos and don’ts of osteoporosis medications.

 The workshop will be followed by free bone density screenings.

 Osteoporosis is the weakening of a person’s bones and it affects men and women of all ages and races.

 The programs begin at 2 p.m. and will be held at:

  • the Jackson branch, 2 Jackson Dr., Tues. Mar. 5, (732) 928-4400;
  • the Manchester branch, 21 Colonial Dr., Mon. Mar. 11, (732) 657-7600;
  • the Toms River branch, 101 Washington St., Wed. April 17, (732) 349-6200;
  • the Stafford branch, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, Tue April 30, (609) 597-3381.

Light refreshments will be provided.

The workshops and screenings are free and open to the public, but registration is required. You can register on the library’s Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by telephoning the branch.

‘Tween Craft @ Stafford

November 14, 2012

The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will hold a craft for tweens on Monday, December 3rd, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Participants will learn to cut, fold, and glue paper boxes.  These small, colorful containers are easy to personalize and make great gift boxes.  Dress appropriately for a potentially messy craft.


This program is free and open to tweens ages 9 to 14.  The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin.  Space is limited, so please register online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by phone at 609-597-3381

LBI library branch hosts John Sebastian at Jug Band Music documentary

July 9, 2012

TOMS RIVER – The Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library (217 S. Central Ave, Surf City) invites music enthusiasts to examine the origins and trace the journey of a unique American musical genre as they present a free screening of “Chasing Gus’ Ghost,” a documentary film about the history of jug band music, on Saturday, July 14, at 7 p.m.

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director, Todd Kwait, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian (from The Lovin’ Spoonful), who appears in the film and was involved in its planning.

“Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost” grew out of director Kwait’s chance introduction to jug band music when he attended a performance of Sebastian’s J Band in 2005. Sebastian is best known as the chief songwriter for ‘60s band the Lovin’ Spoonful but before that, he was a founding member of the seminal Even Dozen Jug Band.

Along with his cohorts Maria and Geoff Muldaur, the late Fritz Richmond, Paul Rishell, Annie Raines and Jimmy Vivino, Sebastian saw his J Band as an opportunity to reintroduce the genre to audiences who might have forgotten its whimsical charms amid the raucous beats and screaming guitars of the rock and roll years.

Kwait’s film traces the origins of jug band music, while also offering a poignant glimpse of the last days of jug player extraordinaire Richmond (the foremost jug/washtub player in the world) who convinced the filmmaker to end the film with the band’s journey to the Yokohama Jug Band Festival in Japan.

Photographs by Catherine Sebastian, including touching portraits of her husband John and the late Fritz Richmond, documented the making of the film. They will be displayed at the branch during the screening.

For more information, go to the library Website www.theoceancountylibrary.org or http://bit.ly/MgDBXG .

Food for Fines begins Monday

July 6, 2012

Swap your Food for Fines at the library

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library will partner with the Ocean County Health Department to offer library customers a way to take care of their overdue library charges and help the community through the Food for Fines program.

The library will accept non-perishable, non-expired food during the week of July 9th through the 15th in exchange for 50 cents per item, up to a total of $20, towards removing the customer’s overdue fines.

Credit goes towards overdue items only and will not be applied towards collection replacement fees.

Customers who do not have fines may also make donations of non-perishable food items at any Ocean County Library location.

Food collected during the Food for Fines program will be donated to the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Suggested food items include canned food, pasta, cereal and rice. Baby food and formula will not be accepted.

“Summer is the time when we see a significant drop in food donations,” said Linda Keenan, the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties Director of Development.

The library has conducted food drives in the past. In 2009 the library collected more than two tons of food.

“We hope to collect more than that this year,” said Ocean County Library Director Susan Quinn.

“The Food for Fines program is a great opportunity to help our less fortunate neighbors with our Ocean County Library turning a negative situation into a helping, positive experience,” said Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari.

“This program also provides an opportunity to focus public attention on the need to support the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. I encourage those who return their books on time to make contributions as well,” he said. 

Vicari also serves as the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders liaison to the library.

“Food for Fines gives someone the opportunity to pay their fine,” said Ocean County Health Department Public Information Officer Leslie Terjesen, “but more importantly, helps to put food on someone’s table.”

Historical Hiawatha presentation at 2 library branches

June 26, 2012

People can be forgiven if they mistake the Hiawatha of poetic lore with the historic Native American who was credited with forming the Iroquois Confederation.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “The Song of Hiawatha” presented Hiawatha as a Native American female whose sole connection to the historical figure is a common name.


The historic Hiawatha lived about 500 years ago in the area that later became New York. Along with the Prophet Daganawida, The Great Peacemaker, he created a constitution known as the Great Law of Peace that enabled the Iroquois peoples to become one of the strongest forces during America’s Colonial period.


Key to Hiawatha’s success in uniting the groups is the lesson of forgiveness.


Two branches of the Ocean County Library will present a children’s program (ages 5 to 12) based on the early life of the Iroquois hero.


Hiawatha is portrayed in the program as a curious youngster who decides to disobey his grandmother and seek a vision alone in the forest. There he finds a sacred cave and enters a magical world full of talking animals and fantastic spirits. There he also meets The Peacemaker, a wise Mohawk, who teaches him a wonderful lesson.


The Catskill Puppet Theatre uses full sets, exquisitely crafted puppets and Native American flute and drum recordings to tell how Hiawatha, with help from his friends Bear and Turtle, discovers the pathway he must follow to become a great leader.


“Hiawatha” will be presented at the Long Beach Island branch Friday July 20 at 11 a.m. and later at the Lakewood branch at 3 p.m.

The programs are sponsored in part with funding from an OceanFirst Foundation Arts and Cultural Grant and the Ocean County Library Foundation.


This program is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.  For more information or to register go to the Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org or telephone (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514. Registration for the LBI program begins July 6 and for the Lakewood program July 7.


Five press releases from Stafford

December 21, 2010


CONTACT: Francine Everson, 609-597-3381 Dec. 9, 2010


MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library is hosting a month-long series of classes on Tai Chi on all four Tuesdays in January – the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th from 2:30 – 3:30 PM. Tai Chi is a slow motion, meditative series of exercises designed to provide relaxation and health benefits. Its movements help to improve balance, coordination and mood. The instructor asks that you wear loose clothing and flat shoes or sneakers. There’s no need to register, as the first 25 people will be admitted. This series is being sponsored by the Friends of the Stafford Branch, Ocean County Library.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. This program is free and open to the public. If you have any questions, call the library for specific information at (609) 597-3381, or visit our website at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org .


CONTACT: Francine Everson 609-597-3381 Dec. 9, 2010


MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library is presenting the program Brain Games on Wednesday, Jan. 5th from 1:00-2:30 PM. Keeping your mind active improves its performance. Your brain responds to intellectual stimulation by being fit and in good condition. Older adults consistently express their fears about decreasing mental ability such as loss of memory, difficulty in concentrating, inability to adapt to new situations, etc. Just as you do physical exercises to keep your body in shape, doing mental exercises stimulates different parts of your brain and helps retain mental acuity. We’ll provide the brain games and the fun!

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. This program is geared toward adults and is free and open to the public. Please register either in person, by calling: (609) 597-3381, or by visiting our website at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org


CONTACT: Francine Everson, 609-597-3381 Dec. 9, 2010


MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will host the program – String of Purls on Thursday, Jan. 6th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, and Saturday, Jan. 15th from 10:30 – 12:30. Whether you’re just learning to knit, crochet, embroider, etc., already know how, or want to know what a “purl” is, join our group where experts will be available to answer your questions. Find that creative streak you know you have with this craft that has recently enjoyed an explosion of interest. For beginners, bring size 10 knitting needles and light-colored 4-ply worsted yarn. To crochet, bring the same type of yarn, and a size “I” crochet hook. If you’re more advanced, bring the project you’re working on. This is also an excellent way to exchange ideas.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. This program is free and open to the public. There is no need to register. If you have questions, call the branch at (609) 597-3381, or visit our website at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org

Dec. 9, 2010

CONTACT: Francine Everson 609-597-3381


MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will be showing the feature film The Social Network on Saturday, January 8th at 2:00 PM. This is a story about the founders of the social networking site – Facebook. Rated PG-13.

The family movie Oceans is scheduled for Saturday, January 22nd at 2:00 PM. This Disney film shows a variety of images of ocean creatures from all over the world. Rated PG.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. These movies are free and open to the public. Call the branch for specific information: (609) 597-3381, or visit our website at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org There is no need to register.


CONTACT: Francine Everson, 609-597-3381 Dec. 9, 2010


MANAHAWKIN – Thursday, January 13, 2011 marks the kick-off meeting of a new poetry group at the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library, and they are scheduled to meet every second Thursday of the month from 2:30 until 4:00 PM. Published author Gemma, who has written hundreds of poems covering all kinds of topics, will bring her expertise to other poetry enthusiasts. This program welcomes all poets who would like to share their poetry with others for valuable feedback and commentary. Please bring in some copies of your work, which will be returned to you before you leave.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. This program is free and open to the public. Please register in person, by calling the Stafford Branch at (609) 597-3381, or visit the library’s website at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org

PP Boro to get you ship-shape

December 7, 2010


POINT PLEASANT— Ocean County Library Point Pleasant Borough Branch is sponsoring a free health and wellness series throughout the first quarter of 2011.

The “New Year, New You Health & Wellness Series” encompasses several programs:

• A Pathway to Creating a Better Understanding of Oneself—Saturday, Jan. 8, 11am–a numerology workshop that uses numerals and letters from a person’s birth date and name to discover talents, abilities, personality traits, and trends in one’s life;

• Relaxed & Cheerful—Taking Care of Yourself Through Low Impact Yoga—Six Saturdays, Jan. 15-Feb. 19, 11am–a six-week low impact, extra-gentle yoga program where students can participate using either a chair or mat called;

• New Topics in Nutrition and Ways Improve Your Health & Bones– Thursday, Jan. 20, 7 pm–a nutritional health information program — conducted by Rutgers University Professor Susan Shapses, PhD, focused on new topics in nutrition with tips about obesity, weight loss and bone health including why there are new calcium and vitamins requirements and what it means to us, and;

• Creating Positive Self-Esteem—Tuesday, February 22, 2 pm –a mini-workshop to help attendees boost their outlook and self-esteem.

“As we begin 2011, our branch wanted to create a series of workshops that would support our community members who have set a New Year goal to improve their well being of both mind and body. We are excited to present a series of  programs that address various areas of both physical and mental wellness. This series is designed so that the public can register for individual programs or for the entire series depending on their preferences,” said Nicole DeMatteo, Ocean County Library Point Pleasant Borough Branch Manager.

To register for any of these free programs in this series go to the Ocean County Library’s website at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org and click on Events and News or call your local branch.

The programs will be held at the Ocean County Library Point Pleasant Borough branch located at 834 Beaver Dam Road, Point Pleasant.

OCL Special: Who’s Who

December 3, 2010

Ocean County residents are used to retailers having specials throughout the month of December, but not from their library.

This December, Ocean County Library is offering free access for an unlimited number of users to the Marquis “Who’s Who” database, from their Website www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

The database has access to over 1.4 million biographies, with more added each week. The service searches several volumes, including “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in the World,” “Who’s Who of American Women,” “Who’s Who in American Art,” and many more.

“Who’s Who” profiles men and women of distinction in every significant field of endeavor, including business and finance, government, journalism, art, law, science, medicine, the arts, education and more—with personal and career details not available from any other source.

Published for over 110 years, “Who’s Who” is the premier biographical resource for academic, public and corporate libraries. The biographies give a more detailed look at the backgrounds of the subject, as well as putting them into the context of their achievements.

Library users can access the database from computers at the library or from home. They only need a valid Ocean County Library card to gain access. A link is provided from the “Reference” pull-down menu on the library Website’s main page.

After December, the library will still provide online access to “Who’s Who” but it will be limited to a maximum of five users at a time.