Discussion of Lakewood’s Orthodox Community to be held in Pt. Pleasant Boro

November 30, 2010

The Point Pleasant Borough branch of the Ocean County Library, 834 Beaver Dam Road, will present the program “Heart of the Stranger” Monday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m.

The program will be led by Ocean County College professor Ali Botein-Furrevig who will read excerpts from her new book and discuss the customs and laws that define the Orthodox Jewish community in Lakewood.

Lakewood is home to a large Orthodox Jewish population.  It hosts Beth Medrash Govoha, one of the largest rabbinical colleges in the world.

 This program is free and open to the public.  Please register online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org or call (732) 295-1555.

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Dinner and a Movie: New Movies Series at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library

November 30, 2010

 Toms River – Bring your dinner and come see a feature film at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library.

On every other Wednesday the library will host a film series called Dinner and a Movie. You bring the snack or dinner, and we’ll supply the film.

This month’s movies include Jim Carrey who plays four separate roles in this updated version of the Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol.”   The other selection, “Eat Pray Love,” takes you along on a newly divorced woman’s journey played by Julia Roberts, around the world discovering the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali.

More information about these programs can be found on the Calendar of Events at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org. This program is free and open to the public. Please register in-person, by phone 732-349-6200 or 609-971-9514, or online at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org.


PP Boro to host blood drive 12/15

November 19, 2010

The Point Pleasant Borough Branch of the Ocean County Library, 834 Beaver Dam Road, will host a Red Cross blood drive  Wednesday, December 15 from 2: 00 – 7:00 p.m.

Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate.

Please call the branch to make an appointment at 732-295-1555 or schedule an appointment online at http://www.redcrossblood.org/makedonation.


Toms River library to host holiday concerts

November 18, 2010

TOMS RIVER—Area residents can get in the holiday spirit at two special concerts held at the Ocean County Library Toms River branch (101 Washington St.

The Eirc Mintel Quartet will perform selections from “A Charlie  Brown Christmas” on Mon. Dec. 13. Mintel is a highly respected jazz musician, having performed at the White House in 2008 for President Bill Clinton, as well as having held several concerts at Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center and regularly performing live on XM Satellite Radio.

This concert will feature the music of Vince Guaraldi that was in the quintessential holiday television special “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. Debuting in 1965, the program has delighted audiences every year, with its whimsical music and poignant story of Charlie Brown searching for the true meaning of Christmas.

Singer-songwriter Christine Lavin is performing at a special holiday concert and program on Thurs. Dec. 16. An accomplished musician, Lavin has recorded twenty solo albums and has been a regular program host on XM Satellite radio.

Lavin will be performing songs from her recently released album “Just One Angel”, which includes an eclectic collection of holiday songs, both reverent and irreverent.

Both concerts start at 7 pm, and are free and open to the public. Registration is required, by calling 732-349-6200 or going online to www.theoceancountylibrary.org


Learn baking secrets at the Ocean County Library

November 18, 2010

TOMS RIVER—Does the thought of holiday baking stress you out?

Pastry chef Nick Malgieri will be at the Ocean County Library Toms River branch (101 Washington St.) on Monday, December 6 at 7 pm to discuss (and offer samples from) his new book “BAKE!”

“BAKE” is a collection of over 30 essential baking techniques and 125 recipes that take all the intimidation out of baking. Malgieri shares the easiest ways to learn the essentials of baking.

Malgieri, a former Executive Pastry Chef at famed restaurant Windows on the World, is an acclaimed baker. He was inducted into the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America in 1996. His career spans thirty years, and he has written ten books . 

His recipes have been featured in several publications, including the New York Times, Family Circle and the Washington Post. Malgieri has also appeared on television cooking programs with Julia Child and Martha Stewart.

Following the program, Malgieri will answer questions and sign copies of his books.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required by calling 732-349-6200 or going online to www.theoceancountylibrary.org


Ocean County Library collects “Books for Kids” for “Sparks Best Friends Forever” Club

November 18, 2010

TOMS RIVER—Throughout the holiday season, Ocean County Library is holding a book drive to collect new children’s books to be distributed throughout the library’s “Sparks Best Friends Forever Reading Club” program.

All twenty one locations of the Ocean County Library are accepting new book donations from the community through December 31.

Named after the library’s mascot, the “Sparks’ Best Friends Forever Reading Club” program partners with the State of New Jersey’s Children and Family Services Ocean County divisions to provide books for children and families who service the organization.

“This program continues the library’s mission of ‘Connecting People, Building Community.’  We can help children and teens enjoy reading by providing them with books,” said Marilyn Bass, Volunteer Coordinator

Since the “Sparks Friends Forever Club” program started in August 2008, the library has collected and distributed over 4,250 books that were donated by the community.

For more information, call the Ocean County Library at 732-349-6200.


Five Press Releases from Stafford

November 17, 2010

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT: Francine Everson, 609-597-3381
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, Dec. 2nd from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, and Saturday, Dec. 18th 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. There is no need to register. If you have questions, call the branch at (609) 597-3381, or visit our website at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org

PRESS RELEASE

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 Toy Story 3 on Saturday, December 4th at 2:00 PM. Andy is preparing to depart for college, leaving his loyal toys troubled about their uncertain future. Rated G.

The feature film Elf is scheduled for Saturday, December 11th at 2:00 PM. After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. Rated PG.

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

PRESS RELEASE

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

DECORATION SWAP

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will host a holiday Decoration Swap on Wednesday and Thursday, December 8th and 9th throughout the day. The idea is to “go green” and swap a holiday decoration for one that you have but no longer cherish, for something more to your liking. Tables will be set up in the lower lobby for display. This is a great opportunity to clean out and organize your holiday ornaments, garlands, lights, and the like. Decorations may be dropped off beginning Monday, December 6th.

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 contact the library at (609) 597-3381, or visit the library’s website at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org

PRESS RELEASE

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

INSULATION: SAVING MONEY ON HEATING YOUR HOME

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library is presenting: Insulation: Saving Money on Heating Your Home on Thursday, December 9th from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Alper Senman – an inspector with Terminix – will show you how to save up to 32% on your energy bills this winter with insulation. Official statistics estimate that the average home wastes hundreds of dollars worth of energy a year. Much of this is preventable by addressing the areas where heat escapes from our homes and by putting in place some simple solutions. As we make the transition into winter and begin using our heating more and more, there really is no better time to make those improvements.

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.

PRESS RELEASE

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

THE BED BUG EPIDEMIC

MANAHAWKIN – The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library will present the program: The Bed Bug Epidemic on Thursday, December 9th from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. Alper Senman – an inspector with Terminix – will explain how to keep these pests from invading your home, and what to do about it if they do. Across the country, bed bug infestations are becoming so common that exterminators can barely keep up. The bugs have nothing to do with cleanliness. They are small parasitic insects, can live up to a year without feeding, and live by feeding exclusively on the blood of warm-blooded animals. Their preferred habitat is houses, especially beds where people sleep. They are nocturnal for the most part, and can feed unnoticed on their hosts.
The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. This program is free and open to the public. Please register either in person, by phone, or online. For more information contact the library at (609) 597-3381, or visit the library’s website at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org