Mario Kart tournament at OCL

December 1, 2010


CONTACT: Scott Walker (732) 349-6200, ext. 5914

Teens that are too young to drive can still fulfill their virtual need for speed at Ocean County Library Mario Kart tournament.

Does your teen have the winter blahs or cabin fever? Bring them to one of nine library locations in January and February for the Mario Kart Wii tournament.

The event is for teens ages 12 -18 and registration is required and each player may only register for one qualifying round. Players are encouraged to bring their Wii Wheels and Classic Controllers

Nine branches will host qualifying rounds, and the top players from each location will get to compete in our “Tournament of Champions” at the Toms River Branch on Saturday, February 26th.

Qualifying Rounds –
Lakewood – Wednesday Jan.5 – 6:30 P.M.
Berkeley – Saturday Jan.8 – 1 P.M.
Lacey – Saturday Jan 22 – 1 P.M.
Jackson – Wednesday Jan 26 – 6:30 P.M.
Point Pleasant Borough – Thursday Jan.27 – 6:30 P.M.
Manchester – Saturday Jan 29 – 2 P.M.
Toms River – Wednesday Feb 2 – 6:30 P.M.
Little Egg Harbor – Saturday Feb 5 – 2 P.M.
Barnegat – Thursday Feb 17 – 7 P.M.
Tournament of Champions” Toms River Feb 26, 1 – 4 P.M.

For more information please contact Ocean County Library at or by phone at (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514

Barnegat Library will host a Wimpy Kid event to celebrate the publication of Jeff Kinney’s latest book

November 9, 2010

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth – A Wimpy Kid Event

Barnegat Library will host a Wimpy Kid event to celebrate the publication of Jeff Kinney’s latest book.

Barnegat, NJ, November 9, 2010 – On November 17 at 3:30pm, the Barnegat Branch of the Ocean County Library will host a fun program based on the bestselling series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Youth services librarian, Lisa Taylor plans games, giveaways and a prize raffle to celebrate the newest book in the series, The Ugly Truth. The program is open to children in grades 4 and up. Registration is required, and is available by phone 609 698-3331, at the library, or online at The library is located at 112 Burr Street, Barnegat.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is written by Jeff Kinney.  The first book was published in 2007 and became a New York Times best seller.  Book 4, The Last Straw, was released in January of 2009 and became the bestselling book in the nation. Book 5, The Ugly Truth will be released today.

King Brings Bling to Barnegat

July 2, 2010

CONTACT: Givane Hayes 609-698-3331

King Brings Bling to Barnegat

Tuesday, July 20th 7pm Barnegat – New Jersey native Aliya S. King’s fiction debut Platinum is sure to be one of this summer’s hottest reads.
Alex Maxwell is busy planning her wedding to up and coming rapper Birdie and ghostwriting the memoir of notorious hip-hop home wrecker Cleopatra “Cleo” Wright, when she’s given an assignment to delve into the lives of entertainment’s new royalty, hip-hop wives. As a seasoned entertainment writer Alex knows that all that glitters isn’t gold, and she gets to know the wives Alex gets to see all the little cracks in the perfect life facade they’ve each created; creating questions about the future of her own relationship. Alex is forced to exam everything she knows as she deals with the conflict of loyalty she feels to the new friendships she’s building and maintaining her journalistic integrity.
Join Aliya for a reading and signing at the Barnegat Branch of the Ocean County Library, 112 Burr St. Barnegat, NJ 08005, on Tuesday, July 20th at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public, to register call (609) 698-3331 or visit the library’s website:

Award-winning novelists Virginia DeBerry & Donna Grant to speak @ Barnegat

March 31, 2010

Connecting People … Building Community

101 Washington St., Toms River, NJ 08753-7625

Telephone: 732-349-6200

Susan Quinn, Director

March 31, 2010





What: Award-winning novelists Virginia DeBerry & Donna Grant to speak @ Barnegat

When: Tuesday April 13 @ 7 p.m.

Where: Barnegat library branch, 112 Burr Street – (609) 698-3331

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


“Uptown” authors to visit “Downtown” Barnegat


TOMS RIVER –   Good friendships endure.  Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant have been friends for 25 years and for 20 years they have teamed up to collaborate on several writing projects, including the launch of a magazine and authoring six best-selling novels about contemporary African-American themes. 

They will speak about their newest novel “Uptown” Tuesday April 13 7 p.m. at the Barnegat library branch, 112 Burr Street.  It is their only Philadelphia-area stop during the book’s introduction tour.

DeBerry and Grant met when they were vying for the same modeling assignments.  Their modeling careers led to the opportunity to launch “Maxima,” a fashion and lifestyle magazine for plus-size women.  They then began collaborating on their first novel, “Tryin’ to Sleep in the Bed You Made.”

Their novels have been Essence Bestsellers, won Merit Awards for Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association as well as a Book of the Year Award from the Blackboard Bestseller List/African American Booksellers Conference-Book Expo America.

They have formed a production company and begun work to bring two of their novels to the screen.

Their latest novel, “Uptown,” is the story of Avery Lyons who returns to New York City after 20 years working for the U.S. Foreign Service, and the conflict with her cousin Dwight, a land developer who has big plans to create a luxury high-rise development.  The plans, that will change the face of Harlem forever, depends upon him securing the property, which Avery has recently inherited.

The program is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.  To register or to obtain more information go to the library’s Web site or telephone the branch (609) 698-3331.


January 11, 2010

In a performance provided by Young Audiences of New Jersey, the Phoenix Woodwind Quintet will perform “Peter & the Wolf” at the Barnegat library branch, 112 Burr Street on Thursday, February 25th at 7 p.m.

Accompanied by an actor/storyteller who uses masks and mime, the instruments of the quintet are the “voices” that tell the story of Peter and his animal friends.

“The Phoenix Woodwind Quintet’s musical telling of this timeless tale is a wonderful introduction to instrumental music,” Laurence Capo, director of Young Audiences said. “Children learn how music creates moods and the difference between melody and accompaniment.”

Young Audiences of New Jersey brings the arts to New Jersey children from all backgrounds, enhancing their formal education with dance, music, theater, literature and visual arts.  Each year, our teaching artists advance the education of more than 500,000 New Jersey school children, pre-k to 12th grade, through artist residencies, performance-demonstrations and workshops.

Community arts programs and professional development for teachers are also provided by Young Audiences’ professional staff.

Young Audiences of New Jersey is this state’s leading arts education resource and one of the 34 nationwide chapters that together constitute the country’s foremost arts education provider, Young Audiences, Inc., recipient of the National Medal of Arts.  The more than 4000 programs provided annually by Young Audiences of New Jersey are fully or partially funded with support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State; The Robert Wood Johnson, Jr. Charitable Trust; The Prudential Foundation; Merck & Co., Inc.; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Merrill Lynch & Co. Foundation, Inc.; The J. Seward Johnson Sr. Charitable Trusts; and The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation.

This program is free and open to the public.  Register online at the library’s Web site or by telephoning the operator at (609) 698-3331.