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”


Reflections on Justice: Art & Politics in the Work of Ben Shahn in TR library branch

October 11, 2010

The Ocean County Library will present a series of programs “Art and Politics in the Work of Ben Shahn” on Oct. 20th and Oct. 25th at the Toms River branch, 101 Washington Street, Toms River.

Long time New Jersey resident Ben Shahn recorded in paint and on film a broad swath of America’s social landscape, ranging from the Great Depression to the Civil Rights Movement.

A program for teens will be held on Wed Oct 20 at 6:00 p.m. They will view the film “Ben Shahn: Passion for Justice” and discuss how historical images in print and film influence their opinions.

Two programs for adults are scheduled on Monday, Oct 25. “Ben Shahn: A Passion for Justice” will be shown at 5 p.m.

It will be followed at 7 p.m. by “Reflections on Justice: Ben Shahn,” a lecture and discussion presented by Geraldine Velasquez Ed.D., Professor of Art at Georgian Court University.

These programs are funded by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in support of the NJCH’s Humanities Festival Grant theme “Reflections on Justice”.

This program is free and open to the public. Register in-person by telephone (732) 349-6200 or online at http://www.oceancountylibrary.org.


One press release from Manchester branch

October 8, 2010

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

MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY TO HOST PERFORMANCE BY THE LAKEWOOD MAENNERCHOR AT OKTOBERFEST

MANCHESTER, NJ – The Manchester Branch Library will be celebrating Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 30, beginning at 2:00 pm. Live music will be provided by the Lakewood Maennerchor whose mixed chorus will be performing traditional German songs. This singing society, founded in 1928, consists of German Americans that want to keep their important cultural tradition of “singing joyfully with friends” alive.

There is no registration for this free program. All ages are welcome to attend.

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


Eight Press Releases from Mnachester branch

October 4, 2010

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT: Jolene Smith, 732.657.7600
jsmith@theoceancountylibrary.org

Manchester Library to Offer Brain Joggers

MANCHESTER, NJ – On Monday, October 18, the monthly Brain Joggers class will be held at the Manchester Library from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Inspired by the book, Mind Your Mind by Beatrice and Sara Seagull, Brain Joggers is designed to stimulate 9 areas of the brain that need exercising through the use of fun games and puzzles.

This program is open to the adult public, free of charge. Please register online at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or call 732.657.7600. 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 BRANCH LIBRARY TO SHOW, “JAFFA”

MANCHESTER – The Manchester Library will screen, “Jaffa” on Wednesday, October 20, 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!

In the heart of the Israeli city of Jaffa, Reuven’s garage is a family business. His daughter Mali and his son Meir, as well as Toufik, a young Palestinian, work there. No one suspects that Mali and Toufik have been in love for years. As the two lovers are secretly expecting a child and are planning to marry, tension builds between Meir and Toufik.

The dialogue is in Hebrew 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.

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT: Christina Estlow, (732) 657-7600, ext. 4300
cestlow@theoceancountylibrary.org

MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY TO HOLD
OPEN HOUSE FOR HOME SCHOOL FAMILIES

MANCHESTER- On Thursday, Oct. 21 at 1:30 pm the Manchester Branch Library will be hosting “Home School Connect” a program for families who are already home schooling or are thinking about home schooling. Participants will learn about useful library resources, available community support, plus the many children’s programs that the library offers that could benefit them. Most importantly, home schooling families will have the opportunity to meet other home schooling families. While parents are connecting, there will be crafts and a scavenger hunt to keep the kids busy. Also, there will be a book swap so families can bring and exchange with other families books they are no longer using.

Please register in advance for this free program by calling the Manchester Branch Library’s Youth Services Department at 732-657-7600 extension 4300 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.

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT: Jolene Smith, 732.657.7600
jsmith@theoceancountylibrary.org

MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY TO PRESENT
“LIVE MORE, WEIGH LESS”

MANCHESTER, NJ – On Saturday, October 23 at 2:00 pm, at the Manchester Branch Library, Cindy Brown will discuss weight management. She will tell you how to drop pounds safely by adding more food to your diet rather than by eating less. She will also explain why obesity is such a problem in the US, why diets usually fail, and the benefits of using a coach to assist you in your weight loss efforts. Cindy Brown is a certified health and wellness coach with M.O.V.E. Health & Wellness in Toms River, NJ.

This program is open to the adult public, free of charge. Please go online to http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or call 732.657.7600 to register.

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 BRANCH LIBRARY TO HOST BOOK CAFE

MANCHESTER – On Monday, October 25, the Manchester branch library will be holding its monthly book café from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Join us as we discuss what we’ve been reading, play literary games, and enjoy light refreshments. Share with others 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: Donna Risner, 732.657.7600
drisner@theoceancountylibrary.org
MANCHESTER BRANCH LIBRARY TO CELEBRATE
DIVERSITY MONTH WITH ISLAMIC HISTORY TALK

MANCHESTER, NJ – On Monday, October 25 at 2:00 pm at the Manchester Branch Library, local resident, Mimi Al – Torey will speak about the history of Islam and its contributions to human civilization. She will explore with the audience Islam’s birth and changes brought to the Arabian Peninsula and beyond as the religion spread worldwide. Mimi will illustrate her talk with Islamic folklore and will provide food to sample.

This program is part of the library’s celebration of Diversity Month. Please register for this free adult program online at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or call 732.657.7600.

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
“IRON MAN 2”

MANCHESTER – The Manchester Branch Library will screen the film, “Iron Man 2” on Wednesday, October 27, at 2:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 pm. See this popular action/adventure on a large screen without paying the admission fee of a movie theater!

With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) faces pressure from the government, the press, and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, Stark, along with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, must forge new alliances and confront powerful enemies in this sequel to the first “Iron Man.”

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.

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT: Wendi Smolowitz, 732.657.7600 ext. 4113
wsmolowitz@theoceancountylibrary.org

Jewish Book and Film Discussion Club
to Meet at Manchester Branch Library

MANCHESTER, NJ – The Manchester Branch Library’s Shalom Book and Film Discussion Club will meet on Friday, October 29 from 11 am to 1 pm. It focuses on Jewish themed literature and movies. Dr. Ali Botein-Furrevig, an English professor at Ocean County College and lecturer on all aspects of Yiddish culture throughout Ocean and Monmouth counties is the group leader. She also led our previous Let’s Talk about It: Jewish Literature series.

Being discussed at the October meeting is the book, The Saturday Wife by Naomi Ragen. Delilah just wanted to be part of the in-crowd. She marries Chaim, a sincere rabbinical student who is content to take over his grandfather’s congregation in a crumbling Bronx neighborhood but the materialistic Delilah pushes Chaim to take a position in a wealthy Connecticut congregation. Once they arrive, she finds herself in way over her head, trying to please the demanding, hypocritical members of the new congregation. The adventures of Delilah and Chaim provide a cautionary tale about the difficulties faced by those attempting to maintain traditional values while struggling with the temptations of the outside world. Ragen tells this story with insight and humor, vividly illustrating the consequences of lashon hara (gossip).

This program is open to the adult public, free of charge. However, space is very limited so it is necessary to register in advance 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 Twp.