Four Press releases from Stafford

June 29, 2010

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT: Francine Everson (609) 597-3381
feverson@theoceancountylibrary.org

CREATIVE WRITING GROUPS

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library’s Creative Writing Groups will meet on the following Wednesdays: July 21st from 1:00 – 2:30 PM; and July 28th from 1:30 – 3:00 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.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. Please register in person, by calling the branch at (609) 597-3381, or online at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org. If you have any questions, call the branch for specific information.

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

MEET THE AUTHOR – KAREN KELLY BOYCE

MANAHAWKIN – Karen Kelly Boyce – author of A bend in the road: a year’s journey through breast cancer – will be at the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library on Wednesday, July 21st at 7:00 PM. The same week that the author received the initial printing of her first novel, she also received the diagnosis of breast cancer. Her book chronicles her thoughts and experiences as a cancer patient and cancer survivor. She shares her fears, anger, and the peace she found while fighting for recovery; as well as the blessings of the inspirational people she met, the life-saving diet she found, and the empowerment that her faith, prayer and meditation gave her.

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 (609) 597-3381, in person, or visit our website at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

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

MASTER GARDENER SERIES:
PLANTS THAT ATTRACT BUTTERFLIES AND HUMMINGBIRDS

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will present the program: “Plants That Attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds” on Thursday, July 22nd, at 7:00 PM. Marion Goldberg – a Master Gardener and a member of the Master Gardener Association of Ocean County – will identify plants that are compatible with our zone and that best invite butterflies and hummingbirds into our area, as well as their requirements, placement in your yard, and how to care for them. A team of master gardeners will be on hand from 6:00 – 9:00 PM to answer your gardening questions and analyze any dead, dying, or diseased cuttings you may wish to bring in. Use the services the Master Gardeners are bringing to southern Ocean County.

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 library for specific information.

CONTACT: Francine Everson
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, July 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. 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 http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org

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Three Press Releases from Manchester

June 24, 2010

CONTACT: Wendi Smolowitz, (732) 657-7600, ext. 4113
wsmolowitz@theoceancountylibrary.org

Writers’ Circle to Meet at Manchester Branch Library

MANCHESTER –The Manchester library’s Writer’s Circle will be holding their semi-monthly meetings on Tuesdays, July 6 and 20 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. During our meetings, we critique each other’s works and discuss issues pertinent to authorship. Participants can receive answers to questions about the writing and publication processes. Learn the steps involved in copyrighting a written work and how to go about finding an agent. Find out how others cope with writer’s block and get feedback on your manuscript before sending it to a publisher.

This program is open to the adult public, free of charge. No need to register in advance.

The Manchester branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Twp. For more information call 732.657.7600 or go online to http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

CONTACT: Joanne Lefand, (732) 657-7600 ext. 4522
jlefand@theoceancountylibrary.org

MANCHESTER LIBRARY HOSTS KNITTERS/CHROCHETERS GROUP

MANCHESTER – “Chicks with Sticks” is a knitting and crocheting group for all levels of expertise that meets at the Manchester Library on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 2 pm and additionally, every Wednesday night at 7 pm. Join us to share ideas and patterns as we work on projects, assist one another and form friendships.

Beginners are welcome. There are always experienced people willing to teach! Just bring a pair of #8 straight needles and a ball of yarn to learn knitting. To learn crocheting, bring an H or J hook plus a ball of yarn.

No registration is required for this free program. The Manchester branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Twp. Call 732-657-7600 for more information. Ask for Joanne Lefand.

CONTACT: Wendi Smolowitz, (732) 657-7600, ext. 4113
wsmolowitz@theoceancountylibrary.org

QUILTING BEE TO MEET AT
MANCHESTER LIBRARY

MANCHESTER – The Manchester library’s Quilting Bee will hold its semi-monthly meetings on Fridays July 9 and 23 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. During our meetings, we work on both individual and group projects. We share ideas, techniques, and patterns. In the process, through our conversations as we work, friendships are forged. Those wishing to learn how to quilt will have the opportunity to learn from experienced artists while experienced quilters will have the chance to pass on their skills. Bring your sewing machines and join us! New members are always welcome!

Meetings are usually held on the second and fourth Friday of each month. There is no need to register for this free adult program! For more information, please 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.


TV genealogist talks about family secrets, genealogy @ TR

June 23, 2010

Genealogist and television personality Megan Smolenyak will speak at Ocean County Library’s Toms River branch (101 Washington St.) Thursday July 8 at 6:30 p.m.

 Smolenyak, one of the researchers who appears on the NBC network’s “Who Do You Think You Are?”  and author of two books, will talk about “Cases That Made My Brain Hurt.”

 Recent episodes of the show have investigated the ancestry of such celebrities as Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Broderick, Spike Lee and Emmitt Smith.

 The show personalizes the celebrity’s family history, uncovering secrets and long-lost relatives.  And along the way it records the raw emotions they feel as their stories unfold.

 Smolenyak, who has written a companion guide to the series, is a genealogical adventurer who loves to solve mysteries.  Since 1999 she has worn many hats in the family history world.  She created RootsTelevision.com and founded UnclaimedPersons.org, a volunteer group that assists coroners and medical examiners.

 The program is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.  For more information or to register check the library Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org or telephone the operator at (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.

 Copies of her books, “Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History” and “Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree” will be available for purchase. 

 The program is cosponsored by the Ocean County Genealogical Society and the Leisure Village West Genealogy Club.


Five Press Releases for Manchester

June 23, 2010

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT: Joanne Lefand, (732) 657-7600 ext. 4522
jlefand@theoceancountylibrary.org

MANCHESTER LIBRARY TO SHOW
“LEAP YEAR”

MANCHESTER – The Manchester Branch Library will screen the film, “Leap Year” on Wednesday, July 7, 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!

When their four-year anniversary passes without a marriage proposal, Anna (Amy Adams) decides to invest in an Irish tradition that allows women to propose to men on February 29th. When she follows her boyfriend to Dublin for this purpose, her plane is diverted so she enlists the help of a surly Irish innkeeper, Declan (Matthew Goode), to taxi her to Dublin to pull off the proposal in time. However, she makes a connection with Declan and begins to question whether she wants to go ahead with her original plan.

This PG-rated movie is part of the library’s Feature Film Series. Although registration is not required, early arrival is recommended.

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

CONTACT: Maria Colon, 732.657.7600 Ext. 4524
mcolon@theoceancountylibrary.org

MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY TO
CELEBRATE THE 1970’S DECADE

MANCHESTER, NJ – On Saturday, July 10 the Manchester Branch Library will host a two-part musical tribute to the 1970’s. At 2:00 pm, Neal and Joel from the band “Strictly 60’s” will sing and play hits from the 70’s. Following the performance, “DJ Lou” will MC an hour of 70’s karaoke starting at 3:00 pm.

This program is open to all ages, free of charge. There is no registration. For more information 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 Twp.

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT: Joanne Lefand, (732) 657-7600 ext. 4522
jlefand@theoceancountylibrary.org

MANCHESTER LIBRARY TO SHOW
“NINE”

MANCHESTER – The Manchester Branch Library will screen the film, “Nine” on Wednesday, July 14, at 2:00 pm and again at 6:00 pm. See this popular musical drama on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!

Arrogant, self-centered movie director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) faces a double crisis: he has to shoot a film for which he can’t write the script, and his wife of twenty years may about leave him if he can’t pay more attention to the marriage. As his chaotic profession steadily destroys his personal life, Guido must find a balance between creating art and succumbing to its obsessive demands.

This PG13-rated movie is part of the library’s Feature Film Series. Although registration is not required, early arrival is recommended.

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

CONTACT: Joanne Lefand, (732) 657-7600 ext. 4522
jlefand@theoceancountylibrary.org

MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY TO SHOW,
“THE WIND JOURNEYS”

MANCHESTER – The Manchester Library will screen, “The Wind Journeys” on Wednesday, July 21, at 2:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 pm. See this popular foreign film on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!

Ignacio is an elderly musician, traveling through northern Colombia playing his accordion, which according to superstition once belonged to the devil. When his wife passes away, Ignacio makes a final trip to return the accordion to its rightful owner, kept company by a restless young teenage fan who seeks to learn the magic and mystery of music. Together the two of them learn what life and their country has to offer.

The dialogue is in Spanish with English subtitles. It is part of the library’s monthly Independent Film Series. Registration is not required. This program is open all ages although it is geared toward adults.

The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Twp. Call 732.657.7600 for more information.

CONTACT: Joanne Lefand, (732) 657-7600 ext. 4522
jlefand@theoceancountylibrary.org

MANCHESTER LIBRARY TO SHOW
“THE LAST STATION”

MANCHESTER – The Manchester Branch Library will screen the film, “The Last Station” on Wednesday, July 28, at 2:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 pm. See this popular biography/ drama on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!

Set in the last tumultuous years of his life, it illustrates famed Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things. Caught in the middle of a struggle between his wife and his leading disciple, he attempts to flee from home, unsuccessfully because he is too ill. While he believes he is dying alone, unbeknownst to himself, over one hundred reporters are camped outside his door awaiting hourly updates on his condition.

This R-rated movie is part of the library’s Feature Film Series. Although registration is not required, early arrival is recommended.

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


Library closed July 5

June 21, 2010

Ocean County Library closed for Independence Day

All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Monday July 5 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

As always, the library Web site, http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org and its free databases will be available during that time.

All branches of the Ocean County Library will resume normal branch hours on Tuesday July 6.

For further information please contact Ocean County Library at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by phone at (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.


Tech Buddies can answer your hi-tech questions

June 14, 2010

Need to program your cell phone?  Having trouble with your digital camera?  Want to reconnect with friends and family online?  Teenagers are the experts in the latest ways to keep in touch – and they can help you get started! 

Volunteer teen Tech Buddies will be available by appointment every Monday, July 12 through August 16, from 2:00-3:00 p.m., in the Toms River library’s computer lab.  Tech Buddies can help with basic technology questions, like:

  •  My niece told me I should join Facebook – how do I get started? 
  • I have a new cell phone and I’m having trouble re-entering the names and numbers.  Is there an easier way?  (Bring your list of contacts with you.)
  • If I take a picture with my cell phone, can I print it out?

 Take advantage of these unique opportunities to connect with friends and family and with the teen volunteers in your community.

 The Toms River Library is located at 101 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ.  To make an appointment for this free program call 732-349-6200 or visit our website www.theoceancountylibrary.org.


Three press releases from Manchester

June 11, 2010

CONTACT: Joanne Lefand, (732) 657-7600 ext. 4522
jlefand@theoceancountylibrary.org

MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY TO HOST BOOK CAFE

MANCHESTER – On Monday, June 28 the Manchester branch library will be holding its monthly book café from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Join us as we discuss what we’ve been reading, play literary games, and enjoy light refreshments. Share with others about good books that you’ve recently read and pick up suggestions of what to read next.

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

For more information about this free adult program call 732.657.7600 or go online to http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT: Wendi Smolowitz, (732) 657-7600, ext. 4113
wsmolowitz@theoceancountylibrary.org

LEARN ABOUT WATER SAFETY FOR DOGS
AT THE MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY

MANCHESTER – At the Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, June 29, discover how to have a fun and safe summer with your best friend! Experienced dog trainer, Jean Perciaccanto will dispel the commonly held belief that all dogs are naturally good swimmers. She will then tell you how to protect your pet around pools, on the beach, and when riding in boats.

Please register for this event as part of Manchester Branch’s Adult Summer Reading Program by calling (732) 657-7600 or by going online to http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

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

CONTACT: Joanne Lefand, (732) 657-7600 ext. 4522
jlefand@theoceancountylibrary.org

MANCHESTER LIBRARY TO SHOW
“INVICTUS”

MANCHESTER – The Manchester Branch Library will screen the film, “Invictus” on Wednesday, June 30 at 2:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 pm. See this popular drama on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!

The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team (Matt Damon) to help unite their country. Believing he can bring his racially and economically divided country together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies his underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run for the 1995 World Cup Championship match.

This PG13-rated movie is part of the library’s Feature Film Series. Although registration is not required, early arrival is recommended.

The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 21 Colonial Drive in Manchester Twp. Call 732-657-7600 for more information or go online to http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org.