Mental illness program at TR branch

November 4, 2009

What: NAMI-NJ “Living with Mental Illness” program

When: Monday, Nov 30 @ 6 p.m.

Where:  Toms River branch, 101 Washington St.

 Mental illness program at TR library branch


TOMS RIVER –   The Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street, will host the National Alliance on Mental Illness program “In Our Own Voice – Living with Mental Illness” Monday Nov. 30 6 p.m.

 Volunteers from NAMI-NJ will discuss their experiences of living with and recovering from mental illness, particularly depression.  The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss this serious, and often stigmatizing, condition.

 The program is free and open to the public.  Information and registration for the program can be found at the library’s Web site or by speaking to an operator at (732) 349-6200.

OCL resumes English conversation groups

October 19, 2009


CONTACT:   Marilyn Bass, 732-349-6200, ext. 5535


 English conversation groups at the library

TOMS RIVER –   Ocean County Library continues to promote literacy by offering conversation groups to people who are just learning to speak English.

The free program is offered at many branches of the Ocean County Library, including Barnegat, Berkeley, Brick, Little Egg Harbor, Long Beach Island, Manchester, Point Pleasant Borough, Toms River, Tuckerton and Upper Shores in Lavallette. 

The classes are designed to give people learning English an opportunity to practice their skills, to meet other people and to learn about their new community.

Information about the conversation groups can be found at any of the branches, at the library’s Web site, or by telephone (732) 349-6200 ext. 5535.

Registration is encouraged but not required.

Healthy Eating From Around the World

October 8, 2009

Pat D’Andrea ph 732-363-1435 ext 2511

Margaret Greenan ph 732-363-1435 ext 2512

What: Healthy Eating from Around the World

Where: Lakewood Branch of the Ocean County Library

When: Wednesday October 14 @ 7pm

Healthy Eating from Around the World

Lakewood: On Wednesday, October 14 at 7pm the Lakewood branch of the Ocean County Library will offer Healthy Eating from Around the World.

Join us for a look at how the dietary habits of people from other cultures affect their health and longevity. Along with a food tasting there will be books and websites available.

The Lakewood branch is located at 301 Lexington Ave., Lakewood, NJ. Registration is not required. For further information call the branch 732-363-1435 ext 2300.

Author/sociologist McCormick to discuss breast cancer & the environment at TR

October 1, 2009

What: Author Sabrina McCormick to discuss prevention tactics for breast cancer

When: Sunday Oct. 11 @ 2 p.m.

 Where: Toms River branch

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

Author, sociologist to discuss breast cancer prevention

TOMS RIVER – Author Sabrina McCormick will speak at the Toms River library branch (101 Washington St.) about environmental links to breast cancer Sunday Oct. 11 at 2 p.m.

McCormick’s book, “No Family History: The Environmental Links to Breast Cancer,” makes a case for linking exposure to everyday products such as cosmetics and toiletries, hormones in food, household cleaners and pesticides to the increased incidence of breast cancer. It urges women, advocates and policymakers to focus on prevention by reducing one’s exposure to those environmental factors.

She also takes the big business of breast cancer that has developed recently to task. She claims that while dollars continue to pour into the search for a cure, companies that profit from this, including some pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies, may be contributors to the environmental causes of breast cancer.

Those profits, she argues, drives public focus on the cure rather than prevention, and she concludes that is the wrong approach.

McCormick earned a doctoral degree from Brown University. She specializes in environmental and medical sociology.

She is a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. She has also directed and produced the independent feature-length documentary “No Family History.”

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information or to register go to the Web site or call (732) 349-6200.

Manchester Library To Show “He’s Just Not That Into You”

September 23, 2009

MANCHESTER The Manchester Library will screen the film “He’s Just Not That Into You” on Wednesday, October 14th, 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!

Individual scenarios depict the romantic misadventures of nine people in their twenties and thirties. In each of the situations, one person in a relationship is more enamored with their partner than that person is with them. The common thread is Gigi (played by Ginnifer Goodwin), a young woman who repeatedly misinterprets the signs that men give her about their level of interest in her.

This movie is rated PG-13. It is part of the library’s Feature Film Series.  Registration is not required.

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

Lincoln’s Constitution contributions

September 22, 2009

What:             Lincoln’s Constitution: The Gettysburg Address and Constitutional Interpretation

When:            Tuesday, 13 October 2009, 6:30 pm

Where:          Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ

CONTACT:   Valerie Haeder, 732-349-6200, ext. 5111



Lincoln’s Constitution: The Gettysburg Address and Constitutional Interpretation

TOMS RIVER – Two hundred years after Abraham Lincoln’s birth, the world is still talking about his legacy.  He is best known for preserving the Union during America’s Civil War and emancipating slaves.  But Lincoln’s impact on the United States as we know it goes far beyond that.

Please join the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch (101 Washington Street) on Tuesday, 13 October 2009 at 6:30 pm for an evening of entertainment and insight as we explore President Lincoln’s effect on the Constitution.

At Gettysburg, Lincoln tackled the nation’s unfinished business in extending liberties to more Americans.  Despite all the rights guaranteed in the Constitution, slavery—an institution expressly acknowledged in Article I—contradicts the freedoms people of today believe inherent to that document.  Shortly after the Civil War, three new amendments were added to the Constitution: Amendment 13 abolished slavery; Amendment 14 gave citizenship to anyone born in the country; and Amendment 15 allowed for greater suffrage.

Professor Paul G.E. Clemens, of Rutgers University, will discuss Lincoln’s contributions to those Constitutional changes as well as the power of his speech at Gettysburg.  How was the Constitution interpreted before the Civil War?  What did Lincoln say to change people’s understanding of the Constitution?  Lincoln’s legacy affected the United States government’s most important document, and we’ll learn why.

Following Professor Clemens’ remarks, Ms. Diane Lingsch will present “A Delicious Legacy: Lincoln’s Favorite Dishes”, a feast for the brain and the taste buds.  In this program, participants will learn about President Lincoln’s favorite foods as well as Civil War era fare that remains popular today.

This program is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

“Lincoln’s Constitution” is free and open to the public.  Please register by calling 732-349-6200 option 4, or visiting our website at