Point Pleasant Borough to close for renovations

December 22, 2009

CONTACT:   Scott Walker, 732-349-6200, ext. 5914

                        swalker@theoceancountylibrary.org

Point Pleasant Borough branch to close for renovations

TOMS RIVER–   The Point Pleasant Borough branch of the Ocean County Library will be closed Monday January 4 through Friday January 15 for carpet replacement and renovations. The branch will re-open Saturday January 16 for the T. J. Wheeler performance.

Point Pleasant Borough branch customers may pick up requested items at the Point Pleasant Beach branch, 710 McLean Ave. Branch hours at the Point Pleasant Beach branch differ from those at the Point Pleasant Borough branch and customers are encouraged to call (732) 892-4575 for branch hours.

Customers are invited to use any of the system’s other 20 locations.  The library Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org  and its databases will be available 24/7.

For further information please contact Ocean County Library at www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by phone at 732-349-6200.


OCL presents 6 “Tools for Teens & Adults” workshop

December 21, 2009

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

lmeegan@theoceancountylibrary.org

Library to host 6 “Tools for Teens & Adults” workshops

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library will present six unique workshops designed to equip teens as they deal with issues that trouble them while they mature into adults.

The “Bullying and Girl Cliques” workshops, led by Fran Miceli, will be held at the Lacey branch, 10 E. Lacey Road, Thursday Jan. 21; and at the Jackson branch, 2 Jackson Dr., Thursday Jan. 28.

Sign-in for each session begins at 5:30 p.m. A “teens only” program begins at 6 p.m., and an “adults only” program begins at 7 p.m.

Miceli, with over 30 years experience counseling teens and teaching college students, will focus on defining the three roles of bullying: the bully, the victim and the witness. She will discuss the strategies adults can take in working with people in those roles. She will also discuss the seven roles in a girl’s clique and how girls can cope with those situations.

Miceli will also present “Triple A: Adolescents, Anger and Addiction,” a workshop that explores the link between the three and focusing on the risk factors that trigger an anger response and addiction as a solution in teens.

“Triple A” will be held Thursday Feb. 11 at the Little Egg Harbor branch, 290 Mathistown Road.

Sign-in begins at 5:30 p.m. Separate programs for teens and adults will begin at 6 p.m.

“The Real Deal on Dating Violence-What Teens and Parents Should Know” workshop, led by Karen Gillespie, will be held at three branches. Sign-in for each session begins at 5:30 p.m. The “teens only” program begins at 6 p.m., and an “adults only” program begins at 7 p.m.

Gillespie, a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor, coordinates a teen dating abuse program.

Her workshop will address the seriousness of dating abuse and the myths that are associated with it. Teens and parents will learn about the warning signs of dating abuse and the resources available for help.

The workshop will be held at the Berkeley branch, 30 Station Road, Monday Jan. 11; the Toms River branch, 101 Washington Av. Wednesday Feb. 17; and the Stafford branch, 129 N. Main St., Wednesday Mar. 24.

Paula Rodriguez Rust, sociologist and member of the N.J. Special Task Force on Bullying, Cyberbullying Awareness and Prevention, will discuss the legal and personal consequences that result from posting personal information and photographs on social media networks.

In her “Cyber-Consequences: Protect Yourself and Your Future” workshop, she will also discuss inappropriate cell phone photo text messaging.

Many people have found that their plans for college and employment have been dashed because of inappropriate personal messages that were placed on the Internet.

The sessions will be held at the Lakewood branch, 301 Lexington Av., Monday Feb. 1; at the Point Pleasant Borough branch, 834 Beaver Dam Rd., Thursday Feb. 18; at the Toms River branch Wednesday Feb. 24; and at the Barnegat branch, 112 Burr St., Tuesday Mar. 23.

Sign-in for each session begins at 5:30 p.m. and the two-hour workshop begins for teens and adults at 6 p.m.

Joseph Califano, past Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, will present “How to Raise a Drug Free Kid: the Straight Dope for Parents” at the Toms River branch Monday, Mar. 8. Sign-in begins at 5:30 p.m. and the “adults only” session with Califano begins at 6 p.m. in Mancini Hall. A teen session will be held 6 p.m. in the Hometown Dairy Room.

Dr. Jerome Bubrick, a clinical director at the Child Study Unit of Hackensack University Medical Center and leading cognitive behavioral specialist with the NYU Medical Center School of Medicine, will discuss treatment of anxiety and depression in teens. He will also discuss teen obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders and how adults can help with those issues.

The “Teen Depression/Anxiety/OCD” workshop will be held at the Toms River branch Wednesday, Mar. 24. Sign-in for each session begins at 5:30 p.m. An “adults only” program begins at 6 p.m. A “teens only” program, with a film provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Jersey, will also begin at 6 p.m.

Professional Development Certificates will be provided.

The workshops are free and open to the public. Registration for each of the workshops is required.

The “Tools for Teens and Adults” workshops are presented in partnership with the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders; the O.C. Youth Service Commission; the O.C. Department of Health; the Superior Court of New Jersey, Ocean County Probation and Juvenile Supervision division; O.C. Library; the Municipal Alliance Project; and the N.J. Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.


Framing 101 @ Waretown

December 11, 2009

PRESS RELEASE

Waretown branch Library

Monday, February 22 @ 7pm

Enhance Your Art Through Framing

Are you an artist or collector concerned with displaying your items at their best? Do the myriad choices of frame type, mats, and width leave you unsure and frustrated? Is it safer to pick one or two general styles to give consistency to one’s works? How would shadowboxes and other display techniques enhance your collectibles? Let Joan Field, award winning owner of Decor Picture Framing, show you how to best display your artwork and collectibles.

Please register. These programs are free and open to the public. Please register online at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by calling 609 693-5133


Waretown presents Negro League Baseball @ Yankee Stadium

December 11, 2009

PRESS RELEASE

Waretown branch Library

Saturday, February 20 @ 11am

The House That Ruth Built and Pop Opened! Negro League Baseball at Yankee Stadium

Lawrence Hogan Ph.D., Professor of History, Union County College, presents the history of Negro League baseball from 1930 through 1948 at America’s most historic ballpark, Yankee Stadium. His focus will be on the historic opening of the Stadium to Negro League play on July 5, 1930, for a doubleheader that is arguably the most significant game ever played at the fabled Yankee Stadium. An array of exhibit and video material will enrich your experience.

This program is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. These programs are free and open to the public. Please register online at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by calling 609 693-5133


Publishers to lead diversity workshop @ TR

December 11, 2009

What: Publishers to lead diversity curriculum workshop

When: Tuesday Jan. 12 @ 4 p.m.

Where: Toms River library branch

CONTACT: Larry Meegan, 732-349-6200, ext. 5906 lmeegan@theoceancountylibrary.org

NJ publishers to lead diversity curriculum workshop

TOMS RIVER – Just Us Books publishers Wade and Cheryl Hudson will present practical suggestions to provide multicultural materials to students during a workshop at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library Tuesday Jan. 12 at 4 p.m.

During the workshop, “Building a Curriculum of Diversity,” they will also discuss using those materials to enhance curriculum standards and to support and celebrate cultural differences.

Participants in the workshop will learn how to examine learning materials for authenticity and how to encourage students to use those lessons at school and at home.

The Hudsons started their publishing house in 1988. Their mission was to produce children’s books that reflected the diversity of Black history, heritage and experiences.

Their first book, “AFRO-BETS ABC,” sold 5,000 copies within three months. Since then each has written nearly 20 books for children.

Both they and their company have earned industry honors including the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award for illustration in 2008.

Just Us Books is one of the nation’s few Black-owned publishers and is the only one exclusively dedicated to producing Black Children’s books.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Call the operator at (732) 349-6200 or visit our Web site http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org to register.

Professional development certificates will be available to participants.


6 press releases from Stafford

December 10, 2009

CONTACT: Francine Everson, 609-597-3381 Dec. 4, 2009 feverson@theoceancountylibrary.org

STRING OF PURLS – KNIT AND CROCHET GROUP

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will host the program – “String of Purls” on Saturday, December 19th from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, on Thursday, January 7th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, and on Saturday, January 16th from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

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.

JOURNEY TO WELLNESS

MANAHAWKIN – The “Journey to Wellness” – presented by the Mental Health Association of New Jersey – will be at the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library on Monday, December 28th, from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. It provides an environment of support to individuals who are experiencing mental health and/or substance abuse concerns.

This peer-run, self-help center empowers individuals having problems with alcohol, drugs, stress, anxiety, depression, etc., to achieve and maintain their wellness, and realize their full potential.

This is a non-profit organization, all discussion is confidential, and no fees are involved. No appointment is necessary.

TAI CHI

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library is hosting a month-long series of classes on Tai chi on the four Tuesdays in January – the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th from 2:00 – 3:00 PM.

Tai chi is a slow motion, meditative exercise that provides relaxation and health benefits. The type of Tai chi to be taught at the library is referred to as sun style, which is good for 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.

MOVIES AT THE LIBRARY

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will be showing the following movies.

The Feature Film will be Julie & Julia on Saturday, January 9th at 2:00 PM. Rated PG-13. 2009.

Our Family Movie – Up – will be shown on Saturday, January 23rd at 2:00 PM. Up is a computer-animated adventure that takes a balloon salesman on a trip to a land that’s full of surprises. Rated PG. 2009.

MASTER GARDENER SPEAKER PRESENTATION

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will present the program: “Caring for house plants and holiday season plants,” on Wednesday, January 13th, at 7:00 PM.

Mary Townsend – a master gardener and a member of the Master Gardener Association of Ocean County – will address all types of house plants and provide expert information on their care. Don’t know what to do with that poinsettia or amaryllis you got over the holidays? This program is for you. Master gardeners have the knowledge and the tips. You will also learn how you can become one.

SHARPEN YOUR COMPUTER SKILLS

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library is offering the program “Sharpen Your Computer Skills” every Thursday evening in January: the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th at 7:00 PM.

Learn how to navigate the Web efficiently, learn about 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.”

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 http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or in person. If you have any questions, call the branch for specific information.


2 library branches to host citizenship prep classes

December 1, 2009

Two branches of the Ocean County Library will offer a free, six-week course to eligible immigrants who are seeking United States citizenship.

Part of the naturalization process includes successfully completing a test administered by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service.

The six-week course helps prepare immigrants to take that test.

In order to participate in the classes and take the examination a person must:

• Read, speak and write English;

• Have been a permanent, lawful resident (“Green card”) for five years, or three years if married to a US citizen.

The classes will be held at the Upper Shores branch (112 Jersey City Avenue, Lavallette) Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 5, 2010. For information about registration call (732) 793-3996.

The classes will also be held at the Lacey branch 10 E. Lacey Road, Forked River) Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning January 20, 2010. For information about registration call (609) 693-8566.

Subjects to be covered during the six sessions include introduction to the naturalization process; US history; reading and writing readiness; and a review of the application for naturalization.