Lakewood Friends to host flea market 10/3&4

September 25, 2009

CONTACT: Pat D’Andrea ph 732-363-1435 ext 2511 

Margaret Greenan ph 732-363-1435 ext 2512

What: Flea Market

Where: Lakewood Branch of the Ocean County Library

When: Saturday October 3, 10am-4pm- Sunday October 4, 1pm-4pm

LAKEWOOD – A flea market sponsored by the Friends of the Lakewood branch of the Ocean County Library, 301 Lexington Av., will be held at the branch on Saturday October 3, 10am-4pm and Sunday October 4, 1pm-4pm.  Household items, toys, games and other items will be available.  All proceeds will benefit the Friends in support of library programming.  Donations of items 2 days prior to the sale are welcome.  No books please.

For further information call the branch 732-363-1435 ext 2111.

Friends of the Lakewood Branch Flea Market

September 24, 2009

Lakewood – A flea market sponsored by the Friends of the Lakewood Branch of the Ocean County Library will be held at the branch on Saturday October 3, 10am-4pm and Sunday October 4, 1pm-4pm.

Household items, toys, games and other items will be available. All proceeds will benefit the Friends in support of library programming. Donations of items 2 days prior to the sale are welcome. No books please.

The branch is located at 301 Lexington Ave., Lakewood NJ. For further information call the branch 732-363-1435 ext 2111.

Meet Sesame Street’s “Gordon”

September 24, 2009

CONTACT: Cathi Finnen,Branch Manager
Karen Monahan, PR Liaison

Meet Sesame Street’s “Gordon” Saturday, October 17 at 10 A.M.
Join us for plenty of fun and music as Roscoe Orman, TV’s “Gordon” from Sesame Street, stops by the Point Pleasant branch of the Ocean County Library (834 Beaver Dam Road) for a special show for the whole family.

Self Defense for Women and Girls – Don’t Be a Target!

September 23, 2009

JacksonOn Saturday, October 10th, 10:00am-12:00pm, Jackson Library is offering a valuable program for girls 12 years and older who want to learn to protect themselves from street attacks and personal assaults using leverage techniques for self-defense. Daughter and mother pairs are welcome too. College-bound teen girls should take advantage of this opportunity to prepare for personal safety.  This two-hour class will be taught by renowned black belt instructor Walter Miller. Class size is limited.

This program is free and open to the public. Please register in-person, by phone 732-928-4400, or online at

Contemporary Latin American ‘Boom’ Narrative/ One Book NJ Program

September 23, 2009

TOMS RIVER –  Octavio De la Suaree, Ph.D., Professor of Languages & Cultures at William Patterson University will present “Contemporary Latin American ‘Boom’ Narrative” a lecture focusing on contemporary Latin American narrative writers transforming today’s literary scene. Emphasis will be on authors Isabel Allende, Luisa Valenzuela, Elena Poniatowska, Laura Esquivel among others, with discussion of their various contributions and their influence’

The “Boom Period” in Latin American Literature usually refers to the span from the 1950s to the 1970s in which Latin American Literature attained publicity that it had not known before. The boom had its beginning in the 1960s and made possible to speak of political, fantastic themes, among other topics.

Important authors in the “boom” included Julio Cortazar, Manuel Puig, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa, Jose Donoso, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The “boom” brought about a new genre of writing coined “magic realism” or “magical realism,” because these Latin American novels tended to blend magic and dream-like features with an attentiveness to everyday reality.

This program is in conjunction with One Book New Jersey’s 2009 Adult Selection, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning Novel by NJ author Junot Diaz.

One Book New Jersey is presented by the New Jersey Library Association in collaboration with and funded by the New Jersey State Library, which is responsible for the coordination, promotion, and funding of the New Jersey Library Network. One Book New Jersey receives notable support and participation from the Public Relations Committee, the Readers Advisory Roundtable, the Children’s Services Section, and the Young Adult Section.

To register for this FREE program, visit our website, or call 732-349-6200.

Manchester Library to Host Nutrition Seminar for Seniors

September 23, 2009

MANCHESTER– On Tuesday October 13th at 2:00 pm at the Manchester Library, Ron Hyland will share nutrition and exercise tips to help seniors keep fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Ron Hyland is the Fitness Director for Keswick Pines in Whiting and a frequent speaker throughout the community on topics pertaining to senior health and wellness.

This program is open to the adult public, free of charge. Please call 732.657.7600 or go online to to register. The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Twp.

Manchester Library To Show “He’s Just Not That Into You”

September 23, 2009

MANCHESTER The Manchester Library will screen the film “He’s Just Not That Into You” on Wednesday, October 14th, at 2:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 pm. See this popular romantic comedy on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!

Individual scenarios depict the romantic misadventures of nine people in their twenties and thirties. In each of the situations, one person in a relationship is more enamored with their partner than that person is with them. The common thread is Gigi (played by Ginnifer Goodwin), a young woman who repeatedly misinterprets the signs that men give her about their level of interest in her.

This movie is rated PG-13. It is part of the library’s Feature Film Series.  Registration is not required.

The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Twp. Call 732-657-7600 for more information.

Lincoln’s Constitution contributions

September 22, 2009

What:             Lincoln’s Constitution: The Gettysburg Address and Constitutional Interpretation

When:            Tuesday, 13 October 2009, 6:30 pm

Where:          Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ

CONTACT:   Valerie Haeder, 732-349-6200, ext. 5111



Lincoln’s Constitution: The Gettysburg Address and Constitutional Interpretation

TOMS RIVER – Two hundred years after Abraham Lincoln’s birth, the world is still talking about his legacy.  He is best known for preserving the Union during America’s Civil War and emancipating slaves.  But Lincoln’s impact on the United States as we know it goes far beyond that.

Please join the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch (101 Washington Street) on Tuesday, 13 October 2009 at 6:30 pm for an evening of entertainment and insight as we explore President Lincoln’s effect on the Constitution.

At Gettysburg, Lincoln tackled the nation’s unfinished business in extending liberties to more Americans.  Despite all the rights guaranteed in the Constitution, slavery—an institution expressly acknowledged in Article I—contradicts the freedoms people of today believe inherent to that document.  Shortly after the Civil War, three new amendments were added to the Constitution: Amendment 13 abolished slavery; Amendment 14 gave citizenship to anyone born in the country; and Amendment 15 allowed for greater suffrage.

Professor Paul G.E. Clemens, of Rutgers University, will discuss Lincoln’s contributions to those Constitutional changes as well as the power of his speech at Gettysburg.  How was the Constitution interpreted before the Civil War?  What did Lincoln say to change people’s understanding of the Constitution?  Lincoln’s legacy affected the United States government’s most important document, and we’ll learn why.

Following Professor Clemens’ remarks, Ms. Diane Lingsch will present “A Delicious Legacy: Lincoln’s Favorite Dishes”, a feast for the brain and the taste buds.  In this program, participants will learn about President Lincoln’s favorite foods as well as Civil War era fare that remains popular today.

This program is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

“Lincoln’s Constitution” is free and open to the public.  Please register by calling 732-349-6200 option 4, or visiting our website at

Library to examine teen stress and anger

September 22, 2009



 What: Teen stress and anger programs

When: Oct. 6 at the Brick branch

              Oct. 7 at the Toms River branch

 CONTACT:   Larry Meegan, 732-349-6200, ext. 5906


TOMS RIVER –   Ocean County Library will host two programs about stress and anger in teens’ lives and how they can deal with it before it adversely affects them

Licensed clinical psychologist and certified substance abuse counselor James J. Crist will examine how stress effects teens in school and at work, and their relationships with family and friends during his “Teens and Stress” workshop. 

Left untreated, stress can also cause serious health problems. 

He will discuss the causes of stress in teens and present coping strategies they can use to overcome it.

“Teens and Stress” will be held at the Brick branch Tuesday Oct. 6.  A session with Crist and teens only will begin at 6 p.m.  One with adults only will begin at 7 p.m.

Crist will address teens’ anger management issues Wednesday Oct. 7 at the Toms River branch in a workshop based upon his book, “Mad! How to Deal With Your Anger and Get Respect.”   A teens-only program will begin 6 p.m. and an adult-only program will begin at 7 p.m.

The workshop will help teens understand how anger affects their body and their interpersonal relationships.  He will present tools and strategies to help them control their anger and avoid poor decisions and actions.

These programs are free and open to the public.  Registration is required.  For more information or to register, go to the Web site or call (732) 349-6200.

Toms River Italian Folkloric Group “Arlecchino” to Perform at Toms River Library in Honor of Columbus Day

September 22, 2009

WHAT: Free Performance of Traditional Italian Folk Song & Dance – A Columbus Day Celebration

WHEN: Friday, October 9, 2009, 1:00pm

WHERE: Toms River Library, 101 Washington Street

 CONTACT: Colleen Goode, 732-349-6200 x5101

 Italian Folkloric Group “Arlecchino” to Perform at Toms River Library in Honor of Columbus Day TOMS RIVER

 Kick up your heels! Celebrate Columbus Day in style with a rousing performance by Italian musical troupe Arlecchino (Harlequin). On Friday, October 9th at 1:00pm, Arlecchino will be welcomed by local and international dignitaries at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street. Immediately following the ceremony, the group will entertain county residents with traditional Italian folk songs and dances. Founded in 1949 by Sir Alfonso Orlando, and based in Bergamo, Italy, the group of approximately 30 musicians and dancers has been invited to Toms River by the Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee. The troupe’s repertoire and customs—including songs sung in dialect and accompanied by traditional instruments—have been handed down from one generation to the next. The internationally acclaimed group has appeared on television and periodically performs at fundraising events benefiting charitable institutions and nursing homes. For more information about this free program, please call the library at 732-349-6200 or register online at # # #