TR to host Odessa Klezmer Polka Band 11/1 @ 2 pm

October 27, 2009

The Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library (101 Washington Street) will present Ed Goldberg and The Odessa Klezmer Polka Band in a free concert Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m.

The band plays a variety of Eastern European, Latin and Middle Eastern music, including polkas and the czardas.

The band has performed since 1984 and has played at fairs and festivals, weddings and bar mitzvahs throughout the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania area. It has performed at Gracie Mansion and City Hall for NYC mayors Rudolph Guillani and Michael Bloomberg, and has toured Israel.

The band recently received the 2009 Just Plain Folks second place award for Klezmer Album Winners. Just Plain Folks is a community of more than 51,500 songwriters, recording artists and music industry professionals that provides a network of cooperation and inclusion for musicians.

Loosely translated, Klezmer means musical instrument. Jews brought this form of music with them when they migrated to the United States. Klezmer music experienced a resurgence of interest in recent years as Jewish Americans began rediscovering their roots, according to the band’s Web site.

The popular movie, “Fiddler on the Roof,” featured Klezmer music.

This program is 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.

Financial Education & Survival Training at TR branch

October 27, 2009

What: Financial FEST: Financial Education & Survival Training

When: Monday, 16 November, 7:00pm

Where: Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library

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


Financial FEST: Financial Education & Survival Training

 TOMS RIVER – Empower yourself with financial knowledge at the Financial FEST!

 On Monday, 16 November 2009 at 7:00 pm at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, financial gurus Antoinette Babek and Hollis Colquhoun will help you gain control over your finances with practical tips and advice.

 For over 25 years, Ms. Babek was a managing partner of an industrial company and was in charge of marketing, business strategy and finance.  Currently, she is an Accredited Financial Counselor and Certified Personal Finance Counselor for a nonprofit credit counseling agency. For the past three years she has counseled thousands of clients throughout the United States.

 Ms. Colquhoun is an Accredited Financial Counselor and has over twenty years of experience in the financial industry. Starting out as an institutional trader and salesperson for a Wall Street brokerage firm, she later became one of its first female partners.  She worked in the corporate bond departments of several New York firms then moved into the distressed securities market where she helped set up a new brokerage operation for one of Wall Street’s masters of value investing.  Two years ago, Ms. Colquhoun was hired by a nonprofit credit counseling agency and received certification as an Accredited Financial Counselor and as a Certified Personal Finance Counselor. Over a two-year period, she counseled thousands of clients who were drowning in debt and in need of financial guidance. She also conducted workshops on budgeting and credit for local community organizations and New Jersey State welfare-to-work programs.

 Together, they have authored Women Empowering Themselves: A Financial Survival Guide.

 To register for this free program, please call 732.349.6200 or visit

4 items from Stafford: Master Gardeners; “Pieces of April”; computer training; Knit & crochet groups

October 27, 2009


The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will present the program: “Fall – The Time To Get Your Garden Ready For Spring,” on Monday, November 9th, 2009 at 2:00 PM. TheMaster Gardener Association of Ocean County will present the program. Learn what you can do right now so that your garden will wake up refreshed and invigorated in the spring. Master gardeners have the knowledge and the tips. You will also learn how you can become a Master Gardener.


MANAHAWKIN -Join us at the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library on Saturday, November 14th at 2:00 PM for our feature film “Pieces of April,” a comedy about a woman who invites her dysfunctional family to Thanksgiving dinner. Rated PG-13. 2003.

Our family movie, “Monsters vs. Aliens,” will be held on Saturday, November 21st, at 2:00 PM. A motley group of monsters band together to fight off aliens who want to destroy the world. Animated. Rated PG. 2009.


 MANAHAWKIN – Join us at the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library  Thursday, November 19 to “Sharpen Your Computer Skills.” Learn how to navigate the Web efficientlyand Internet safety and security. Learn how to set up and retrieve folders and files, and more. You must have mouse and basic Internet skills. There will be a half hour of presentation of the material, and the rest of the time will be practical hands-on and questions. This is a perfect opportunity to build computer confidence in a world that keeps telling us to “check our website.”


MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will host the program  “String of Purls” on Saturday, November 21st at 10:30 AM. 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. Please register by calling the branch at (609) 597-3381, registering online at or in person. If you have any questions, call the library for specific information.

“Cousin Brucie” to speak @ TR branch

October 22, 2009

Radio personality “Cousin Brucie” Morrow will be at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library (101 Washington St.) Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. to discuss that turbulent time when musical styles shifted radically, kids didn’t trust anyone over thirty, and everything seemed possible.

There was nothing short of a cultural revolution, beginning with the seeds of rebellion sown by black R&B artists in the 50s and escalating through the British invasion, surfer sounds, Motown soul, heavy metal, punk rebellion, and beyond.

Morrow’s newest book, “Rock & Roll… And the Beat Goes On,” teems with archival photography, posters, album covers, record labels, newspaper articles, magazine covers, poems, quotes and more. His greatest artists of the era are also featured, along with their top 250 songs and an amazing array of sidebars and stories about the history and background of rock and the world the way it was.

A veritable legend in broadcast history, Bruce “”COUSIN BRUCIE”” Morrow is the only on-air personality in New York City to have a street named after him. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988 and Broadcasting & Cable’s Hall of Fame in 1990.

His autobiography, “Cousin Brucie: My Life in Rock and Roll Radio,” was a bestseller, as was his classic, “Doo Wop: The Music, the Times, the Era.” ”

“Cousin Brucie”” recently signed another long-term contact with Sirius XM Radio so listeners can groove with their favorite DJ three times a week.

This program is 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.

Westminster Jubilee Singers to perform at TR branch

October 22, 2009

CONTACT: Chris Barnes, Public Relations, (732) 349-6200, ext. 5907


What: Westminster Jubilee Singers from Rider University will perform

When: Saturday, Nov. 14 @ 2 p.m.

Where: Toms river branch, 101 Washington Street.

Westminster Jubilee Singers to perform at Toms River library branch

TOMS RIVER—The Westminster Jubilee Singers will fill the Ocean County Library’s Toms River branch (101 Washington St.) with its diverse repertoire of song during a free concert Saturday Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.

The choir will present a wide range of African-American music including spiritual, gospel and folk tunes. It will also sing secular works by songwriters Duke Ellington, Patti Labelle and Quincy Jones, and composers like George Gershwin and Robert Shaw.

Westminster Jubilee Singers is a multicultural, multiracial and interdenominational choral ensemble composed of students from Rider University’s Westminster Choir College.

The singers are led by J. Donald Dumpson, a member of the Sacred Music faculty at Westminster Choir College and minister of music at Bright Hope Baptist Church, Philadelphia.

“We will present a moving celebration of choral pieces and solo performances that will lead you to tears of joy,” he said.

The ensemble has performed extensively throughout the country, including featured performances at the Apollo Theater in New York City, Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra, and the Music Educator Association’s National Convention in Kansas City.

To register for this free concert, telephone the Toms River branch at 732-928-4400 or go online to

This series is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of the OceanFirst Foundation Arts and Cultural Grant and with funding from Ocean County Library and the Ocean County Library Foundation.

Partnering organizations for this event include the Ocean County College Office of Multicultural Services, Georgian Court University and the NAACP, Toms River branch.

OCL resumes English conversation groups

October 19, 2009


CONTACT:   Marilyn Bass, 732-349-6200, ext. 5535


 English conversation groups at the library

TOMS RIVER –   Ocean County Library continues to promote literacy by offering conversation groups to people who are just learning to speak English.

The free program is offered at many branches of the Ocean County Library, including Barnegat, Berkeley, Brick, Little Egg Harbor, Long Beach Island, Manchester, Point Pleasant Borough, Toms River, Tuckerton and Upper Shores in Lavallette. 

The classes are designed to give people learning English an opportunity to practice their skills, to meet other people and to learn about their new community.

Information about the conversation groups can be found at any of the branches, at the library’s Web site, or by telephone (732) 349-6200 ext. 5535.

Registration is encouraged but not required.

JAckson: Getting into the college of your choice

October 14, 2009






CONTACT:    Freda Lehman


 Program at Jackson Library: “Accepted: Getting Into Your First Choice School

 JACKSON– Ambitious high school students, and their parents, will want to carefully plan a strategy for gaining admission to selective colleges and universities and getting up-to-date information will help. Come to the Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library for Accepted: Getting Into Your First Choice School, on Thursday, November 12th at 7:00pm. The workshop is designed to show students and parents what college admissions officers expect from applicants’ high school experiences. Topics covered include a variety of admissions policies and the key factors used by admissions officers when deciding which students to accept. This program is presented by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions.

 This program is free and open to the public.  Registration for the program begins Oct. 12. Please register in-person, by phone 732-928-4400, or online at