All branches of the Ocean County Library are collecting gently used gowns and formal dresses for its annual Prom Dress Giveaways. Dresses can be both long and short styles for teens and can include bridesmaid’s dresses and cocktail dresses. Donations of shoes, handbags and accessories are also welcome.
To donate the items simply deliver them to any one of our 21 locations in Ocean County. Donations will be accepted until April 27. The annual event provides dresses to middle school and high school aged students at no charge so they can attend their school’s graduations and dances.
The Ocean County Library is seeking diverse families in Ocean County to help us create a traveling photo display called Ocean County Today: Our Families. We invite diverse families to participate in a family photo shoot at their local library, and share why they love OCL. Participating families will get a free copy of their photo. The display will travel to all OCL branches and serve as a visual representation of our mission, “Connecting People – Building Community – Transforming Lives.” If you family is diverse and interested, please email email@example.com or ask for a paper form to fill out at any service desk.
Sponsored by The Ocean County Library’s Cultural Competence Training Team.
Give a Pig a Pancake -The New Jersey Theatre Alliance and Centenary Stage Company present a play about a young girl who accommodates the demands of a quirky piglet after eating pancakes. Their adventure is just beginning as they take a bubble bath, tap dance, take a photo, mail a letter, build and decorate a tree house, and of course, go back for more pancakes! All ages welcome.
This presentation provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities as parents of children with special needs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Parents begin to identify dreams and goals for their children, understand laws and learn advocacy strategies that will help them help their children reach those goals. Parents of classified children, and children who may not yet be classified, will benefit from this training.
In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the OCL Cultural Competence Training Committee is proud to present ‘Saving Face’, winner of the Academy Award for best documentary. The film presents a realistic view of women’s struggle for justice in Pakistan. Learn about Pakistan, its culture and the changing social and political dynamics in the face of some very determined and incredibly strong women. Film screening 40 minutes followed by Q&A.
Sponsored by OCL Cultural Competence Training Committee.
Can a website really help me grow my business? Learn the key features of a successful website and how to get your business to show up when searched online and attract new business. Light lunch will be provided to business owners attending.
New Kid is the story of an immigrant family from a fictitious place called “Homeland.” When the family arrives in America, they discover a new culture and unexpected prejudice against Homelanders. This performance explores issues of moving to a new place, being the outsider and making and keeping friends. Topics of racism, prejudice, peer pressure and conflict resolution are presented in an age-appropriate manner. Presented by George Street Playhouse as part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival. Appropriate for Grades K – 6. Performance will be held at the Island Heights Grade School. REG
A vibrant blend of music and folktales for the entire family. The universal elements of Latin American folklore open the door to a wide range of world cultures in this bilingual production that takes us on a unique journey through time, place and imagination. Una mezcla bilingüe de música y cuentos para toda la familia. Los musicos y cuentistas serán guías en este viaje atraves del tiempo, lugares y la imaginación. NOTE: Performance will be held at the Hugh J Boyd Elementary School/1200 Bay Blvd./Seaside Heights. Sponsored by New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival.
Since his death eighty-eight years ago, Harry Houdini’s life has been chronicled in books, in film, and on television. Renowned magic expert William Kalush will join us to discuss the man behind the myth, and a life based on deception.
Drawing from millions of pages of research, he will discuss the passions that drove Houdini to perform ever-more-dangerous feats, his secret life as a spy, and a pernicious plot to subvert his legacy.
In his book, The Secret Life of Houdini, Kalush traces the arc of the master magician’s life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame—his legacy later threatened by a group of fanatical Spiritualists led by esteemed British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
William Kalush is the founder and Executive Director of Conjuring Arts Research Center in Manhattan, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of magic and its allied arts. He is a lifelong student of sleight of hand, magic and its histories. His intense research into the roots of magic and the conjuring arts make him a sought after historian. He works closely with a number of magicians to produce stage and television shows based on historic sleight of hand techniques.
Listen to the “funky Pied Piper of jazz flute” play some soul favorites like Ooh Child and some brand new hits including his trademark tune Foreign Funk. This remarkable musician is not to be missed! Sponsored by the Toms River Friends of the Library. Sponsored by Sponsored by theToms River Friends of the Library.
Professor Kate Nearpass-Ogden, PhD., of the Richard Stockton College of N.J. presents "American Artists, Impressionists – Whistler, Cassatt and Chase." The reception features the paintings of Paul Hartelius, Mary Sinacore, Pat Shepherd, Tom Troyano and Charles Murray.
Rosie the Riveter is the story of the women who sustained our nation and her troops during WWII. Rosie and her sisters changed America forever, not only by their work during the war, but also by expanding the presence of women in the workplace, the arts and professions. This presentation, part of the celebration of Ocean County Library’s 90thAnniversary, explores how they proved their capabilities by stepping into the places of the men who went to war and how they paved the way for the feminist revolution. Performed in costume. REG
Join Todd Harra, fourth-generation undertaker and co-author of the critically acclaimed, and hugely popular, Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt.
Todd will be here to share many of the stories from thecollection of quirky, fascinating, and humorous anecdotes from funeral directors across the United States that are featured in his latest book, Over Our Dead Bodies: Undertakers Lift the Lid.
Rosie the Riveter is the story of the women who sustained our nation and her troops during WWII. Rosie and her sisters changed America forever, not only by their work during the war, but also by expanding the presence of women in the workplace, the arts and professions. Performed in costume and Sponsored by OCL Adult System Programming in celebration of Ocean County Library’s 90th Anniversary. Sponsored by OCL Adult System Programming.
Learn about Autism through this two hour workshop specially designed for community service providers. The workshop will cover signs and symptoms of autism, treatment options, educational issues, and real life coping strategies. It is intended to help community services providers understand autism so they can include individuals with ASD in their programs and services. Presented by professionals in the field who are also parents of young adults with autism.
Instructor: Simone Tellini, Director of Program Development, POAC Autism Services
Sponsored by OCL Cultural Competence Training Committee.