Award-winning novelists Virginia DeBerry & Donna Grant to speak @ Barnegat

March 31, 2010
OCEAN COUNTY LIBRARY

Connecting People … Building Community

101 Washington St., Toms River, NJ 08753-7625

Telephone: 732-349-6200

 www.theoceancountylibrary.org

Susan Quinn, Director

March 31, 2010

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

What: Award-winning novelists Virginia DeBerry & Donna Grant to speak @ Barnegat

When: Tuesday April 13 @ 7 p.m.

Where: Barnegat library branch, 112 Burr Street – (609) 698-3331

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

                        lmeegan@theoceancountylibrary.org

“Uptown” authors to visit “Downtown” Barnegat

 

TOMS RIVER –   Good friendships endure.  Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant have been friends for 25 years and for 20 years they have teamed up to collaborate on several writing projects, including the launch of a magazine and authoring six best-selling novels about contemporary African-American themes. 

They will speak about their newest novel “Uptown” Tuesday April 13 7 p.m. at the Barnegat library branch, 112 Burr Street.  It is their only Philadelphia-area stop during the book’s introduction tour.

DeBerry and Grant met when they were vying for the same modeling assignments.  Their modeling careers led to the opportunity to launch “Maxima,” a fashion and lifestyle magazine for plus-size women.  They then began collaborating on their first novel, “Tryin’ to Sleep in the Bed You Made.”

Their novels have been Essence Bestsellers, won Merit Awards for Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association as well as a Book of the Year Award from the Blackboard Bestseller List/African American Booksellers Conference-Book Expo America.

They have formed a production company and begun work to bring two of their novels to the screen.

Their latest novel, “Uptown,” is the story of Avery Lyons who returns to New York City after 20 years working for the U.S. Foreign Service, and the conflict with her cousin Dwight, a land developer who has big plans to create a luxury high-rise development.  The plans, that will change the face of Harlem forever, depends upon him securing the property, which Avery has recently inherited.

The program is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.  To register or to obtain more information go to the library’s Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org or telephone the branch (609) 698-3331.


4 press releases from Stafford

March 30, 2010

CONTACT: Francine Everson feverson@theoceancountylibrary.org

MASTER GARDENER SERIES : SEED STARTING AND TRANSPLANTING

MANAHAWKIN – The Master Gardeners of Ocean County will present “Seed Starting and Transplanting Young Plants” at the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library on Saturday, April 17th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. The first hour will be dedicated to the seed starting and transplanting young plants talk, where you will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of each method. You will also learn the major points of getting your garden started. During the remaining time, the Master Gardener team will address any questions you may have. You may also bring in dying or diseased clippings for plant diagnosis and possible remedies.

CREATIVE WRITING GROUPS

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library’s Creative Writing Groups will meet on the following days: Monday, April 19th from 1:45 PM- 3:30 PM; and Wednesday, April 21st from 1:00 – 2:30 PM. What is creative writing? It’s an expression of the writer’s thoughts and emotions, rather than merely conveying information. If you love to write in any form – fiction, poetry, screenplays, etc., – this is a chance to meet others with the same passion. Share ideas and information, with the option of bringing in a one-page sample of your work with some copies for others to read. The groups are limited to seven participants each so register early.

MOVIES AT THE LIBRARY

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will be showing the family movie: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian on Saturday, April 24th at 2:00 PM. Exhibits come to life in this sequel that’s better than the original. It’s a battle between a former night watchman and museum misfits who plan to take over the Smithsonian and the world. Rated PG. 2009.

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, April 26th, 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.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. These programs are 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 library for specific information.


Library looking for film fest entries

March 29, 2010

If you are an aspiring filmmaker, the Ocean County Library might be checking you out.

The library is accepting submissions for its third annual film festival. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday April 14.

The festival will be held at the Toms River branch, 101 Washington Street, beginning Saturday May 15th

There are two divisions in this year’s film festival: one for entrants attending high school, the second for adults.

Categories include best short feature, best documentary, best animation, best music video, best commercial and best news piece.

To submit a film, send three copies on separate DVDs, along with a completed festival entry form. All entries must be original works.

Winning entries will be screened during the festival.

The festival is cosponsored by the Ocean County Library, the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission and the Kiwanis clubs in Ocean County.

Updated information about the Film Festival and the festival entry form can be found at the library’s Web site http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org in the ”Teen Zone” section or at http://www.myspace.com/oclfilmfest .

Additional information about the festival can be found at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=284310256359 .

The Fan page can be found at http://www.facebook.com/?sk=events#!/pages/Toms-River-NJ/The-Ocean-County-Library-FILM-Festival/323583071286?ref=search&sid=1551905307.537545198..1


7th Python to perform at TR library branch

March 23, 2010

English writer and singer of comedic songs Neil Innes will perform at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street, Sunday April 11 at 2 p.m.

He has performed internationally on stage and television.

Innes has collaborated with Monty Python alums Terry Jones and Eric Idle on various projects, including the project for which he is probably best known, the loving but dead-on Beatles parody, “The Rutles.”

Innes has often been referred to as the seventh Python and is the subject of the 2008 musical documentary film “The Seventh Python.” The film, which won several awards, examines the career, music and philosophy of Innes.

Probably the most important figure in British musical comedy since the heyday of vaudeville, Innes is that rarity among musical comedians who can deliver side-splitting satire and yet write perfectly straightforward, catch pop songs, such as those he has performed with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please register online at the library’s Web site http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by telephoning the library operator at (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.


Best-selling novelist Lescroart to appear at 2 library events

March 23, 2010

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library Foundation will host N. Y. Times best-selling author John Lescroart at two events Thursday April 22 as part of its annual Mancini Author Program. Lescroart will discuss his recently released novel, “Treasure Hunt.”

Both events are open to the public.

The foundation will host the novelist at a noon luncheon at the Quality Inn (815 Route 37) in Toms River. The cost is $35 per person and registration is required.

Please call Harry Applegate (732-349-6200, ext. 5408) to purchase tickets.

Lescroart will speak at the Toms River branch (101 Washington St.) 7 p.m. that evening. The evening speaking engagement is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Telephone the operator (732) 349-6200 or check the library’s Web site http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org to register or for more information.

Lescroart, who writes legal and crime thrillers, was born in Houston in 1948. He wrote his first novel while in college and his second a year after he graduated in 1970. But it took him 14 years, a marginal musical career and a lot of urging from his wife to send his work to a publisher.

Within six weeks of submitting “Son of Holmes” he received two offers from publishers to print the novel.

Since then his books have been translated into 16 languages and published in more than 75 countries.

“Treasure Hunt,” his 21st novel, is a sequel to “The Hunt Club” and reintroduces the reader to its main character, detective Mickey Dade.

The Mancini Author Program is presented annually in memory of the late Ocean County Freeholder James Mancini who was an advocate of the Ocean County Library.


Stafford branch hosts Mater Gardeners, brain games & Movies

March 16, 2010
OCEAN COUNTY LIBRARY

Connecting People … Building Community

129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Telephone: 609-597-3381

 www.theoceancountylibrary.org

Susan Quinn, Director

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

CONTACT: Francine Everson, 609-597-3381                                            March 16, 2010

                        feverson@theoceancountylibrary.org 

MASTER GARDENER SERIES:

 SOIL TESTING,  HELPLINE, AND PLANT DIAGNOSIS

 

MANAHAWKIN –   The Master Gardeners of Ocean County will present “Soil Testing, Helpline, and Plant Diagnosis” at the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library on Monday, April 5th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  The first hour will be dedicated to the soil testing talk, where you will learn about the importance of testing soil and how soil composition impacts your plants. You will also learn how to extract a good sample, and what information you can get from it. If you choose to, you may send your sample to the State University Agricultural program for analysis. During the remaining time, the Master Gardener team will address any questions you may have. You may also bring in dying or diseased clippings for plant diagnosis and possible remedies.   

 The Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library 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 by visiting the library’s website at www.theoceancountylibrary.org   

OCEAN COUNTY LIBRARY

Connecting People … Building Community

129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Telephone: 609-597-3381

 www.theoceancountylibrary.org

Susan Quinn, Director

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

WHAT:          Brain Games

WHEN:          Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2010

WHERE:       Stafford branch

 

CONTACT: Francine Everson                                                                    Mar. 16, 2010

                        feverson@theoceancountylibrary.org 

 BRAIN GAMES

 

 

MANAHAWKIN –   The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library is presenting the program “Brain Games” on Wednesday, April 7th 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 www.theoceancountylibrary.org    

OCEAN COUNTY LIBRARY

Connecting People … Building Community

129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Telephone: 609-597-3381

 www.theoceancountylibrary.org

Susan Quinn, Director

 

PRESS RELEASE     

 

                                                                                                                        Mar. 16, 2010

 

CONTACT:    Francine Everson, 609-597-3381

                        feverson@theoceancountylibrary.org 

MOVIES  AT  THE  LIBRARY

 

 

MANAHAWKIN –   The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will be showing the family movie: This Is It on Saturday, April 10th at 2:00 PM.  This is a compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.  Rated PG.  2009.

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


Stafford branch events, Movies, Knitting, mental health awareness

March 15, 2010
OCEAN COUNTY LIBRARY

Connecting People … Building Community

129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Telephone: 609-597-3381

 www.theoceancountylibrary.org

Susan Quinn, Director

 

PRESS RELEASE     

 

                                                                                                                        Mar. 12, 2010

 

CONTACT: Francine Everson, 609-597-3381

                        feverson@theoceancountylibrary.org 

MOVIES  AT  THE  LIBRARY

 

 

MANAHAWKIN –   The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will be showing the family movie: G-Force on Saturday, March 27th at 2:00 PM.   A specially trained squad of guinea pigs is dispatched to stop a diabolical billionaire from taking over the world.  Rated PG.  2009.

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

OCEAN COUNTY LIBRARY

Connecting People … Building Community

129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Telephone: 609-597-3381

 www.theoceancountylibrary.org

Susan Quinn, Director

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

CONTACT: Francine Everson                                                                    Mar. 12, 2010

                        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 Thursday, April 1st  from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, and on Saturday, April 17th 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.

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

OCEAN COUNTY LIBRARY

Connecting People … Building Community

129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Telephone: 609-597-3381

 www.theoceancountylibrary.org

Susan Quinn, Director

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

CONTACT: Francine Everson, 609-597-3381                                            Mar. 12, 2010

                        feverson@theoceancountylibrary.org 

 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, March 29th, 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.

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.  For more information, call (609) 597-3381, or visit our website at www.theoceancountylibrary.org