Dreaming of Dior-Fashion Program May 3, Toms River 7pm

April 20, 2010


Contact: Scott Rodas, Program Coordinator


(732)349-6200 x5912



Dreaming of Dior with Author Charlotte Smith

at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library.

Join us at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library (101 Washington St) on Monday, May 3, at 7 pm, for an inside look at a book for any woman who knows a dress can hold a lifetime of memories!

Charlotte Smith had already had more than her fair share of fabulous dresses and adventures. She lived life to the fullest in London, Paris and New York before falling in love with Australia and making it her home. Then she discovered that she had inherited a priceless vintage clothing collection from her American Quaker godmother, Doris Darnell.

When the boxes started arriving, they were filled with more than three thousand pieces dating from 1790 to 1995, from Dior and Chanel originals to a dainty pioneer dress.   But, when she unearthed her godmother’s book of stories, the true value of what she had been given hit home. This wasn’t merely a collection of beautiful things; it was a collection of lives. Women’s lives. Tiny snapshots of our joys and disappointments, our entrances and exits, triumphant and tragic. 

Charlotte will discuss the book, and show several of the dresses at the library program.

For more information, or to register for the event, contact the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library at 732-349-6200, or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org

TR to host 3rd annual FlowerFest

March 11, 2010

Ocean County’s only flower festival will be held Saturday March 27 at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street.

The third annual FlowerFest will begin 11 a.m.

Exhibitors from the Master Gardeners of Ocean County, Barnegat Bay Estuary Project, The Butterfly Charities, Deep Cut Bonsai Society, Jersey Shore Rose Society, Master Composters and various garden clubs will be on hand to discuss their specialties.

Sanford Skolnick from Skip’s Florist will demonstrate how to create floral displays like the pros in “The Art of Floral Arranging and the Care of Flowers” seminar.

Horticulturist and nursery manager Mildred Eckley will answer all types of gardening questions during a Q&A session.

Debbie Hadley of Wild New Jersey will present “Make your Backyard a Wildlife Habitat.”

Members from the Toms River Garden Club will teach people how to create tiny floral arrangements out of recycled products.

Stacey Kofka from A Blossom Shop will teach children about flowers and give them an opportunity to take home a beautiful bouquet they can create. Children will also be able to play “Barnegat Bay Memory and Nature Twister” and participate in other gardening-type crafts.

A slideshow exhibit of images from local artist and photographers will be displayed in the library lobby.

Floral arrangements, donated by local florists and garden clubs, will be raffled off at the end of FlowerFest.

Downtown Toms River will partner with the library to present FlowerFest.

“We’re delighted to partner with Downtown Toms River to present this event,” said Principal Librarian Carol Zsiga. “Our local businesses have very generously contributed so much to the community and they have great enthusiasm for this event.”

FlowerFest is free and open to the public. More information about the event can be found online at http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by phone at 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514.

Daisy Martinez coming back to Toms River

March 10, 2010

NEWS Contact: Scott Rodas, Program Coordinator (732) 349-6200 ext. 5912 srodas@theoceancountylibrary.org

Why eat dull when you can eat delicioso?

Meet Daisy Martinez- Host of the Food Network’s Viva Daisy! at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library! Daisy Martinez, host of the Food Network’s Viva Daisy! will visit the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library (101 Washington St) on Monday, March 29, at 7 p.m.

Growing up in her mother’s and grandmother’s kitchens, Daisy Martinez became an expert in traditional Latin-American cuisine, and will be at the library to share the inside info as to how she “Daisifies” those classics dishes, as well as many new dishes from her travels across Spain, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Argentina.

To Daisy, food is about bringing family together, and so she peppers her latest book, Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night: Bringing Your Family Together with Everyday Latin Dishes with anecdotes and family vacation photos. Each recipe is as much about the memory the flavors recall as the love that goes into preparing the dish; for her, the succulent grilled meats of a parrillada bring back memories of a Christmas spent floating in a pool in Argentina, while the flaky, gooey vegetable potpie recalls an extravagant dinner party in the Dominican Republic.

As a busy mother of four, Daisy lives the time crunch every day and has crafted her recipes to be quick, adaptable, and easy to understand. She deftly demystifies the ingredients of the Latin-American kitchen, explaining everything from the spectrum of color in plantains to the degrees of heat in chiles.

Daisy Martinez is the host of the Food Network’s Viva Daisy! and author of the cookbooks Daisy Cooks!, which was an IACP nominee and winner of Best Latino Cookbook in the World by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, and DAISY: MORNING, NOON, AND NIGHT. She is also a regular columnist for Every Day with Rachel Ray, and Siempre Mujer magazine.

For more information, or to register for this program, contact the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library at 732-349-6200, or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org

Scott Rodas Program Coordinator Ocean County Library 101 Washington St. Toms River, NJ 08753

Library to host Haitian benefit concert

February 1, 2010

TOMS RIVER – The Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington St., will team up with four local bands and present a benefit concert to raise donations for the relief of Haitians who were injured and dispossessed during the January 12th earthquake.

It is estimated more than 3 million Haitians are in need of assistance.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in Mancini Hall at the Toms River branch Friday Feb. 19. Tickets will be sold at the door for a suggested donation of $15.

All funds raised at the concert will be donated to the International Red Cross.

Each of the bands will donate their performance for the benefit.

The bands performing include:

“The Roustabouts,” a six-member group which sings classical Rock ‘n Roll;

“The Angeltones,” four-women a cappella group which sings Doo-Wop melodies;

“Strictly 60s,” who sing songs from the peace and love generation; and

“The Snakes,” who will sing Celtic folk rock songs.

“We are thankful for this opportunity to bring the community together to raise funds and help the victims of this tragedy,” said Susan Quinn, Director of the Ocean County Library.

“As always, we very much appreciate the support of the Ocean County Library Commissioners who have enabled us to perform this valuable community service,” she said.

More information about the concert can be obtained by calling the library operator at (732) 349-6200 or from the library Web site http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

The American Red Cross name is used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, individual or political position. For more information about the American Red Cross call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or Email info@usa.redcross.org .

Sesame Street comes to Washington Street

November 10, 2009

Everyone who fondly remembers learning the alphabet and numbers from Sesame Street, including parents and grandparents of today’s Sesame Street kids,  are invited to take part in a fun-filled celebration, and a look behind the scenes at 123 Sesame Street on Friday, December 4, 7 pm, at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library (101 Washington St).

 Louise Gikow, author of Sesame Street: A Celebration of 40 Years of Life on the Street will visit to take part in the celebration, along with original Sesame Street cast member, Bob McGrath (“Bob”), and Roscoe Orman , who has portrayed “Gordon” since 1974.   Actress and puppeteer Fran Brill (who has worked on Sesame Street since 1970, the first female puppeteer hired by Jim Henson (outside of wife Jane Henson) and best known for performing “Prairie Dawn” and “Zoe”, will also appear.

 Gikow’s book, Sesame Street: A Celebration of 40 Years of Life on the Street is a book as lively, energetic, and appealing as the television show it chronicles.  Readers are treated to an inside look at every aspect of Sesame Street. Beginning with the initial idea for the show and the creation of the pilot episode and moving through its evolution over four decades, Sesame Street provides an insider’s view of all of the delightful Muppet and human characters, as well as the writers, directors, producers, and all the other creative people who continue to make learning fun for generations of kids.

Step behind the scenes and learn how the Muppets are built, how they move, how they speak, and what they think and feel. Did you ever wonder what Big Bird looked like in the first season of the show? Would you like to see the puppeteers behind (and under!) the set performing their roles? How about a picture of Bert being built? All of that and more, including facsimiles of the show’s pioneering scripts and some of Jim Henson’s original sketches, are included in this revelatory and adoring celebration. The 1,500 photographs—both in front of and behind the camera—come directly from the archives of the Sesame Workshop, and many of them have never before been published.

“Cousin Brucie” to speak @ TR branch

October 22, 2009

Radio personality “Cousin Brucie” Morrow will be at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library (101 Washington St.) Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. to discuss that turbulent time when musical styles shifted radically, kids didn’t trust anyone over thirty, and everything seemed possible.

There was nothing short of a cultural revolution, beginning with the seeds of rebellion sown by black R&B artists in the 50s and escalating through the British invasion, surfer sounds, Motown soul, heavy metal, punk rebellion, and beyond.

Morrow’s newest book, “Rock & Roll… And the Beat Goes On,” teems with archival photography, posters, album covers, record labels, newspaper articles, magazine covers, poems, quotes and more. His greatest artists of the era are also featured, along with their top 250 songs and an amazing array of sidebars and stories about the history and background of rock and the world the way it was.

A veritable legend in broadcast history, Bruce “”COUSIN BRUCIE”” Morrow is the only on-air personality in New York City to have a street named after him. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988 and Broadcasting & Cable’s Hall of Fame in 1990.

His autobiography, “Cousin Brucie: My Life in Rock and Roll Radio,” was a bestseller, as was his classic, “Doo Wop: The Music, the Times, the Era.” ”

“Cousin Brucie”” recently signed another long-term contact with Sirius XM Radio so listeners can groove with their favorite DJ three times a week.

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

Westminster Jubilee Singers to perform at TR branch

October 22, 2009

CONTACT: Chris Barnes, Public Relations, (732) 349-6200, ext. 5907 cbarnes@theoceancountylibrary.org


What: Westminster Jubilee Singers from Rider University will perform

When: Saturday, Nov. 14 @ 2 p.m.

Where: Toms river branch, 101 Washington Street.

Westminster Jubilee Singers to perform at Toms River library branch

TOMS RIVER—The Westminster Jubilee Singers will fill the Ocean County Library’s Toms River branch (101 Washington St.) with its diverse repertoire of song during a free concert Saturday Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.

The choir will present a wide range of African-American music including spiritual, gospel and folk tunes. It will also sing secular works by songwriters Duke Ellington, Patti Labelle and Quincy Jones, and composers like George Gershwin and Robert Shaw.

Westminster Jubilee Singers is a multicultural, multiracial and interdenominational choral ensemble composed of students from Rider University’s Westminster Choir College.

The singers are led by J. Donald Dumpson, a member of the Sacred Music faculty at Westminster Choir College and minister of music at Bright Hope Baptist Church, Philadelphia.

“We will present a moving celebration of choral pieces and solo performances that will lead you to tears of joy,” he said.

The ensemble has performed extensively throughout the country, including featured performances at the Apollo Theater in New York City, Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra, and the Music Educator Association’s National Convention in Kansas City.

To register for this free concert, telephone the Toms River branch at 732-928-4400 or go online to www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

This series is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of the OceanFirst Foundation Arts and Cultural Grant and with funding from Ocean County Library and the Ocean County Library Foundation.

Partnering organizations for this event include the Ocean County College Office of Multicultural Services, Georgian Court University and the NAACP, Toms River branch.

Meet the Authors of The New Vampire’s Handbook at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library Being turned into a vampire is the easy part.

October 8, 2009

NEWS Contact: Scott Rodas, Program Coordinator (732) 349-6200 ext 5912 srodas@theoceancountylibrary.org

Meet the Authors of The New Vampire’s Handbook at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library Being turned into a vampire is the easy part.

Actually becoming a vampire is far more difficult! In today’s world of vampire-obsessed pop culture, misinformation abounds. A newly turned vampire who looks to movies and novels for answers to everlasting life’s questions will inevitably be reduced to a smoldering pile of dust.

The Vampire Miles Proctor, editor of The New Vampire’s Handbook (along with some of his human friends,) will be at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library (101 Washington St) on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 pm to provide reliable information and proven strategies for leading your best and bloodiest existence!

In this definitive guide, the newly turned will find • a head-to-toe look at your vampiric body: how to harness your new powers to dispatch mortal enemies and maintain your fangs. • methods for luring prey, faking your way through meals, approaching other vampires, and creating a four-hundred-year financial plan • tips on acting your “age,” behaving appropriately if you see a human you knew decades ago, and dealing with epic vampire feuds • essential advice for blending in with the masses, from finding a coven to avoiding the media (and mirrors) to staying on top of the latest fashion trends • the joy of scrapbooking.

 Plus helpful online resources, a glyph guide, renovation instructions for emergency lairs, a Ruling Families directory, nightly mantras, and personal anecdotes from The Vampire Miles Proctor’s nearly five hundred years of experience.

For more information, or to register for this library program, contact the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library at (732) 349-6200, or visit http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org