Dan Wilensky author of Musician!

October 27, 2010

Point Pleasant Borough Branch of the Ocean County Library will present “Dan Wilensky” author of Musician on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm.

 Dan Wilensky has toured and record with artists such as Ray Charles, Joan Baez, Santana, and many more. Dan will be here to read from his book Musican! A Practical Guide for Student:

Music Lovers, Amateurs, Professionals, Superstars, Wannabees, and Has-Beens!  

Please register online – www.theoceancountylibrary.org or call 732-295-1555. The Point Pleasant Borough Branch library is located at 834 Beaver Dam Road, Point Pleasant, NJ.


Ocean County Library ranked “Four Stars” by Library Journal

October 26, 2010

For 85 years, Ocean County residents have recognized the impact of the Ocean County Library on the community. Thanks to a recent library trade journal, libraries across the country can see the impact that Ocean County Library has on its community.

Ocean County Library has been named a four-star library by the library magazine Library Journal in their October 2010 issue.

The Library Journal Index of Public Service ranked 7,407 public libraries and systems throughout the United States. Ocean County Library is one of the 258 libraries nationwide that earned a star ranking.

The rankings are based on statistical data including circulation of materials, program attendance, Internet usage and annual customer traffic. The rankings are based on a study by the Institute of Museum and Library Services from 2008. The study shows the increase of usage and importance of public library service since the onset of the recession.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

“Each and every day at the Library we work for the greater good of the public with no expectation of recognition beyond the hope that we served the people in our community to the best of our ability,” said Library Director Susan Quinn.

“Our staff is dedicated to providing the residents of Ocean County with excellence in library services and customer service at all times, and especially during very difficult economic times,” said Quinn.

This was the first time that Ocean County Library received a star ranking from Library Journal.

Ocean County Library was the seventh highest ranked library in the category for library systems its size. Ocean County Library was also the only library from the northeastern United States to receive a star ranking in its category.

The category is traditionally dominated by library systems from the Midwest and West. Ocean County Library is ranked with some of the country’s best libraries, including Cleveland Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Denver Public Library, Seattle Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, Salt Lake City Public Library and San Jose Public Library.

Five other New Jersey libraries received star rankings from Library Journal in their respective categories: Mercer County Library, Lawrenceville; Somerset County Library, Bridgewater; Avalon Free Public Library, Princeton Public Library and Bernardsville Public Library.

“I would like to thank the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Ocean County Library Commission, the Ocean County Library Foundation, our Friends of the Libraries groups, our customers and staff, and the many organizations and community groups whom we have partnered with,” said Quinn.

“They have helped us achieve the recognition that we are not only the best library system in the state of New Jersey—but one of the best library systems in the entire nation,” she said.


Ocean County Library ranked “Four Stars” by Library Journal

October 20, 2010

Ocean County Library ranked “Four Stars” by Library Journal

TOMS RIVER—For 85 years, Ocean County residents have recognized the impact of the Ocean County Library on the community. Thanks to a recent library trade journal, libraries across the country can see the impact that Ocean County Library has on its community.

Ocean County Library has been named a four-star library by the library magazine Library Journal in their October 2010 issue.

The Library Journal Index of Public Service ranked 7,407 public libraries and systems throughout the United States. Ocean County Library is one of the 258 libraries nationwide that earned a star ranking.

The rankings are based on statistical data including circulation of materials, program attendance, Internet usage and annual customer traffic. The rankings are based on a study by the Institute of Museum and Library Services from 2008. The study shows the increase of usage and importance of public library service since the onset of the recession.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

“Each and every day at the Library we work for the greater good of the public with no expectation of recognition beyond the hope that we served the people in our community to the best of our ability,” said Library Director Susan Quinn.

“Our staff is dedicated to providing the residents of Ocean County with excellence in library services and customer service at all times, and especially during very difficult economic times,” said Quinn.

This was the first time that Ocean County Library received a star ranking from Library Journal.

Ocean County Library was the seventh highest ranked library in the category for library systems its size. Ocean County Library was also the only library from the northeastern United States to receive a star ranking in its category.

The category is traditionally dominated by library systems from the Midwest and West. Ocean County Library is ranked with some of the country’s best libraries, including Cleveland Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Denver Public Library, Seattle Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, Salt Lake City Public Library and San Jose Public Library.

Five other New Jersey libraries received star rankings from Library Journal in their respective categories: Mercer County Library, Lawrenceville; Somerset County Library, Bridgewater; Avalon Free Public Library, Princeton Public Library and Bernardsville Public Library.

“I would like to thank the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Ocean County Library Commission, the Ocean County Library Foundation, our Friends of the Libraries groups, our customers and staff, and the many organizations and community groups whom we have partnered with,” said Quinn.

“They have helped us achieve the recognition that we are not only the best library system in the state of New Jersey—but one of the best library systems in the entire nation,” she said.


Two press releases from Stafford branch

October 19, 2010

CONTACT: Francine Everson 609-597-3381 Oct. 15, 2010
feverson@theoceancountylibrary.org

BRAIN GAMES

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library is presenting the program Brain Games on Wednesday, Nov. 3rd 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 http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org

CONTACT: Francine Everson, 609-597-3381 Oct.15, 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, Nov. 4th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, and Saturday, Nov. 20th from 10:30 – 12:30. 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 http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or in person. If you have any questions, call the branch for specific information or visit our website.


LEND A HAND PROJECT

October 18, 2010

Point Pleasant Borough Branch 834 Beaver Dam Road – Ocean County Library

If you can crochet or knit we can use your skills! We will be donating hats, scarves, mittens and gloves in adult and children sizes to various local charities. Completed items may be dropped off from October 16th through December 4th. Patterns and yarn will be available.

Call 732-295-1555 for further information.


Tucker’s Tales Puppet Theater at Barnegat

October 14, 2010

Just in time for Halloween, October 28 at 6:30pm Tucker’s Tales Puppet Theater presents “The Galtee Piper,” an ancient Celtic tale of a simple-mined piper’s encounter with Ireland’s legendary creatures on All Hallows Eve. A great show for kids (5 and up), teens, and adults! Program is free, but registration is required.

Tucker’s Tales Puppet Theater has performed on cruise ships, at folk festivals and libraries, and at the Smithsonian Institution. Don’t miss your chance to see them in Barnegat!

The Barnegat Library is located at 112 Burr Street, Barnegat
Register by phone 609 698-3331, at the Barnegat Library, or online at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org


Check it out! OCL location videos online

October 13, 2010

Virtual tours of all 21 Ocean County Library locations are now available to view on the web site from the comfort of your home computer.

“It’s a great way for customers to check out a location before they visit or go on a “green” tour of all 21great locations,” said Scott Walker, Public Information Assistant, who prepared the tours. “They can view all the resources the system has to offer without ever leaving their home,”

 People can access the tours from the library’s web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org. Click on the “About us” link on the top left side of page, click on “Branches” from the pull down menu and select the location you want to tour.  Click on “take the virtual tour of this branch”