Learn about local Black History from our four part YouTube video series: Our Voices--South Toms River and Manitou Park. Enjoy these videos from the comfort of your own home or come in to the library to use one of our computers.
Interested in your family history? Information might be found in your own home as well as online. Sources such as census, passenger manifests and naturalization records will also be discussed. Marie Varrelman Melchiori, a Certified Genealogical Record Specialist & Lecturer of Melchiori Research Services, will be the featured speaker.
This program has been moved from the Long Beach Island Branch to the Stafford Branch.
Stafford Branch 129 North Main Street Manahawkin, NJ 08050 609-597-3381
Join us for a special talk and booksigning with bestselling author Lily Koppel. Her book, The Astronauts Woves Club, will be available for sale at the event, and light refreshments will be served.
As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons. Annie Glenn, with her picture-perfect marriage, was the envy of the other wives; platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK's favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a secret. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. Many became next-door neighbors and helped to raise each other's children by day, while going to glam parties at night as the country raced to land a man on the Moon.
As their celebrity rose-and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives-they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than fifty years. THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.
Lily Koppel is the New York Times bestselling author of The Astronaut Wives Club and The Red Leather Diary. She has written for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the Daily Beast, the Huffington Post, and Glamour. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two spacey rescue dogs, Ozzy and Lucky. Visit her website www.astronautwivesclub.com, follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/lilykoppel and join her on Facebook at facebook.com/lilykoppelauthor.
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Terry Sylvester started his musical career at the famous 'Cavern Club' Liverpool in the early 1960's, his first group 'The Escorts', appeared at the 'Cavern Club' with 'The Beatles' on many occasions. When 'The Beatles' played at the 'Cavern Club' for the last time on the 3rd August 1963, Terry & 'The Escorts' were hand picked by 'The Beatles' to share the stage with them.
In 1965 Terry joined the 'Swinging Blue Jeans'. Terry got his big break in December 1968, when he was asked to replace Graham Nash in 'The Hollies', his first single with them, 'Sorry Suzanne' reached # 3 in the UK charts, & his first album 'Hollies Sing Dylan' went to # 1. In 1969 they recorded 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother', with Elton John playing piano, the song became their biggest hit, & to this day still remains an anthem for those who help others less fortunate than themselves. More hits followed including the 1972 US # 1, 'Long Cool Woman, In A Black Dress', & the 1974 worldwide smash hit 'The Air That I Breathe'.
Terry has been awarded 4 Platinum, 9 Gold, & 6 Silver discs so far in his career. In March 2010 he was inducted into the 'Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame', he's only the 5th Liverpool born musician to enter the Hall, the other 4 are 'The Beatles'. Terry will be joined by one of America’s premier original, independent bands, The Cryers.
The Cryers have been performing since 1991, throughout the U.S.A. & Canada, as well as their home base of NJ/NY. The band's sound is based deep within the roots of Rock 'n Roll. It features a solid beat, captivating harmonies, and powerfully written songs. Along with their original material, the band performs tunes from the vast archives of Rock 'n Roll, breathing new life into timeless classics as well as contemporary songs from the cutting edge. Sid Bernstein, the man responsible for bringing the Beatles to America, called this band “Magical!” In addition to their own performance schedule, The Cryers can be seen performing Top 40 hits with headlining acts such as Denny Laine founder of The Moody Blues and original member of Wings, Terry Sylvester formerly of The Hollies and Ian Mitchell of The Bay City Rollers. The band has toured or performed with many notable musicians, including The Pete Best Band, Laurence Juber, world class fingerstylist and former Wings lead guitarist, Jefferson Starship, Chad & Jeremy, Peter & Gordon, Indie singer/songwriter Vienna Teng, Joey Molland of Badfinger, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Billy J. Kramer, Connie Francis, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Tokens, Bobby Lewis, The Platters, The Coasters, The Drifters and more
Harriet Tubman escaped the bonds of slavery and devoted her life to helping others do the same, leading more than 13 rescue missions through the network of safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. Lorraine Stone, dressed in clothing patterned from the era, will present Tubman’s story. Actress, Performance, Poet, Dancer and Storyteller Lorraine Stone is a New Jersey Native with an extensive repertoire, frequently performing for the Dunbar Repertory Company and her own performance group, Wisdomkeeper. Please Register
Local attorney/memorabilia collector, William L. Huneke, speaks on different aspects of police work: the ladder used by the kidnapper and how luck had a role in solving the crime. Artifacts shown: Lindbergh’s early life, marriage, kidnapping and trial.
Thunderbird Indian Dancers:Preserving Culture & Traditions of American Indian People
Enjoy the beauty of American Indian tradition in a multicultural event for everyone, ages 5-105! Dressed in full feathered and beaded regalia, New York’s oldest American Indian dance company will drum their way into our hearts with traditional music, stories & dances.
In 1992, at age 14, Ocean County native Holly Smith was lured to Atlantic County, NJ where she was forced into a sex trafficking ring. She details her story, along with the facts and issues surrounding human trafficking, in her new book, Walking Prey. Holly will be on hand to share her experience and discuss the current state of this horrendous crime.