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F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Friends of the Staff
Stafford Branch
Last Thursday of every month from 9 am to 1 pm
The Friends of the Stafford Library host a book sale the last Thursday of every month from 9 am to 1 pm. Come in and browse for great Books at great bargains for a worthy cause.

Book and Bake Sale on May 21, 2015 from 9 am - 1 pm.

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Ocean County Today:
All Locations
Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2015.

Diverse Family?  Love the Library?  We want you!

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 szaman@theoceancountylibrary.org or ask for a paper form to fill out at any service desk.

Sponsored by The Ocean County Library’s Cultural Competence Training Team.
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Concert with The Ang
Stafford Branch
Saturday, May 30, 2 pm – 3 pm
Celebrate pop music from the 1950’s by listening to the flawless harmonies of The Angeltones. The Angeltones are one of the most sought-after female vocal groups in the tri-state area. They have a distinctive style, and have perfected the harmonies of pop songs that we know and love from the 1950s. Some of the songs they will be performing were originally recorded by the Ronettes, the Marvelettes, the Chiffons, Doris Troy, the Shirelles, the Shangri-Las, the Crystals, and Little Eva, to name a few.
Join us for a walk down Memory Lane with The Angeltones.
Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Stafford Library. REG
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Swinging Saturday: T
Toms River Branch
Saturday, May 30, 2pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
In the 1950’s, the Hi-Fives had Doo Wop hits like Dorothy, Lonely, Just a Shoulder to Cry Onand even made an appearance on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand show.  They are back to relive the fun, the music and the memories.  Bring your dancing shoes! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library.
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Toms River Friends t
Toms River Branch
Wednesday, Jun. 10, 7:45am

This great trip to the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia includes
  • motor coach transportation
  • a 90 minute guided tour of the museum’s highlights (additional time on your own at the museum after the tour)
  • luncheon aboard the world’s oldest and largest 4-masted tall ship--The Moshulu at Penns Landing
  • a visit to historic “Old City” and Shane’s Confectionary, the oldest candy store in the country
  • additional time on your own in the “Old City” to visit other shops and attractions
  • all gratuities.  


The cost of this trip is $86 per person.

The deadline to register for this trip is May 20th.
To register for this trip, or for more information, please call Maria at 732-270-4625.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Cancelled: Meet Elli
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Jun. 25, 7 p.m.
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Wonder of Wonders: A
Toms River Branch
Monday, Jun. 29, 7 p.m.
Registration required, begins May 25.
In the half-century since its premiere, Fiddler on the Roof has become a supremely potent cultural landmark, beloved by audiences the world over. Now, in a history as captivating as its subject, award-winning drama critic Alisa Solomon traces how and why the story of Tevye the milkman, the creation of the great Yiddish writer Sholem-Aleichem, was reborn as blockbuster entertainment and a cultural touchstone, not only for Jews and not only in America.

It is first a story of the theater, as Solomon follows Tevye from his humble appearance on the New York Yiddish stage, through his adoption by leftist dramatists as a symbol of oppression, to his Broadway debut and his starring role in a major Hollywood picture. And it is a cultural story, of a show that spoke to the deepest conflicts and desires the world over: the fraying of tradition, generational tension, the loss of roots. Entertaining and original, Wonder of Wonders reveals the profound legacy of a show about tradition that itself became a tradition.
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Double Feature Film
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Jul. 9, 7 p.m.
Registration required, begins Jun 8.
Join is for a special double feature screening of the classic “Dog Day Afternoon” followed by the award-winning independent film documentary, “The Dog”
In 1972, John Wojtowicz attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to pay for his lover's sex change operation. The act resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later Al Pacino portrayed his crime in Dog Day Afternoon. The film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz (who pronounced his name "Woto-wits"). Drawing upon extraordinary archival footage, the film shuffles between the 1970s and the 2000s. We gain a historic perspective on New York's gay liberation movement, in which Wojtowicz played an active role. In later footage, he remains a subversive force, backed by the unconditional love of his mother Terry, whose wit and charm infuse the film. How and why the bank robbery took place is recounted in gripping detail by Wojtowicz and various eyewitnesses.
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Instamatic Karma: Ph
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Jul. 16, 7 p.m.
Registration required, begins Jun 15.
John Lennon is the most famously photographed Beatle—everyone from Iain MacMillian to Annie Lebowitz took iconic images of him—but there have never been pictures of him like those taken by May Pang, Lennon’s girlfriend from 1973 to 1975. In INSTAMATIC KARMA, they’re collected for the first time. 

With very few exceptions, these photos are that rare thing: never-before-seen images of an icon.  The photos here show Lennon in a variety of settings: at work, at play, at home, and away. They show a playful Lennon, a casual, unguarded Lennon; they’re the kind of photos one lover takes of another.

May has written rich captions to accompany her photos--taken together, they tell a simple story of the time May and Lennon spent together; a time, according to legend, when Lennon was unhappy and unproductive, estranged from his family and bandmates. Pang’s photos clearly tell another story—they show Lennon clowning around, working on his hit album “Walls and Bridges”, embracing old friends and family, hanging out in their apartment on Manhattan’s East 52nd Street, relaxing in the country in upstate New York or spending peaceful days swimming in the waters of Long Island.
The photographs in INSTAMATIC KARMA are both color and black & white, casual Polaroids and more composed shots.  Each one is an intimate glimpse into a fascinating time in John Lennon’s life.
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Meet Susannah Marren
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Jul. 23, 7 p.m.
Registration required, begins Jun 29.
Author SUSANNAH MARREN is originally from Long Beach Island, New Jersey. She currently lives in Manhattan with her family and still spends her summers on the Jersey Shore. Between the Tides is her first novel.

Lainie Smith Morris is perfectly content with her life in New York City: she has four children, a handsome surgeon husband, and good friends. This life she has built is shattered, however, when her husband Charles announces he has accepted a job in Elliot, New Jersey, and that the family must relocate. Lainie is forced to give up the things she knows and loves.

Though Charles easily adapts to the intricacies of suburban life, even thriving in it, Lainie finds herself increasingly troubled and bored by her new limited responsibilities, and she remains desperate for the inspiration, comfort, and safety of the city she called home. She is hopelessly lost--until, serendipitously, she reconnects with an old friend/rival turned current Elliot resident, Jess. Pleased to demonstrate her social superiority to Lainie, Jess helps her find a footing, even encouraging Lainie to develop as an artist; but what looks like friendship is quickly supplanted by a betrayal with earth-shattering impact, and a move to the suburbs becomes a metaphor for a woman who must search to find a new home ground in the shifting winds of marriage, family, career, and friendship.
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The Forgotten Fiftie
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Jul. 30, 7 p.m.
Registration required, begins Jun 29.
From the pages of Look, the magazine that defined the fifties, comes a photographic portrayal of the dynamic era that sparked a transformation in America’s political and cultural identity. From the Red Scare incited by Joseph McCarthy to the election of John F. Kennedy as president in 1960, the 1950s heralded some of the most striking and clashing aspects of twentieth-century America: the Korean War and I Love Lucy; the Bunny Hop and Brown v. Board of Education; bikinis and UFOs; Disneyland and the polio vaccine; Elvis and Allen Ginsberg; the Invisible Man and Roman Holiday; Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy.

The evocative images in this volume—many never before published—chart a contradictory decade, transcending what we have come to know as "the age of Ozzie and Harriet." Provocative and endearing, best-selling journalist James Conaway will be here to discuss his entertaining and highly readable year-by-year survey that will certainly resonate with a generation that came of age in the 1950s but also prove compelling to younger audiences who identify with that hopeful yet uneasy epoch.
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Let’s Go Crazy
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m.
Registration required, begins Jul 20.
From the former senior editor of Rolling Stone and author of The Holy or the Broken, called “thoughtful and illuminating” by The New York Times, a new book on the unlikely coming-to-be of Prince’s now legendary album.

Purple Rain is a song, an album, and a film—each one a commercial success and cultural milestone. How did this semi-autobiographical musical masterpiece that blurred R&B, pop, dance, and rock sounds come to alter the recording landscape and become an enduring touchstone for successive generations of fans?

Purple Rain is widely considered to be among the most important albums in music history and often named the best soundtrack of all time. It sold over a million copies in its first week and blasted to #1 on the charts, where it would remain for a full six months and eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide. It spun off three huge hit singles, won Grammys and an Oscar, and took Prince from pop star to legend.

Coinciding with the thirtieth anniversary year of Purple Rain’s release, acclaimed music journalist Alan Light takes a timely look at the making and incredible popularizing of this once seemingly impossible project. With impeccable research and in-depth interviews with people who witnessed Prince’s audacious vision becoming a reality, Light reveals how a rising but not yet established artist from the Midwest was able not only to get Purple Rain made, but deliver on his promise to conquer the world.
Wednesday Evening Bo
Stafford Branch
Every first Wednesday of the month starting at 7 pm (except July and August)
The Wednesday Book Discussion group meets at the Stafford Library the first Wednesday evening of every month at 7:00 pm. The group does not meet in July or August. You are welcome to join the discussion. Come to the circulation desk to pick up your books.

Titles and meeting dates for 2015 are:
Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, 4/1
And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, 5/6
Grayson by Lynne Cox, 6/3
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, 9/2
Tuesday Book Discuss
Stafford Branch
Every second Tuesday of the month starting at 1 pm
The Tuesday Book Discussion group meets at the Stafford Library the second Tuesday of every month at 1:00 pm. You are welcome to join the discussion. Come to the circulation desk to pick up your books.

The titles and meeting dates for 2015 are:
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, 4/14
When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson, 5/12
Everything Nice by Ellen Shanman, 6/9
The Writing on My Forehead by Narfisa Haji, 7/14
Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman, 8/11
One on One Computer
Beachwood Branch
By Appointment Only
Sign up for a one-on-one class with a staff member who will teach you the basics of using your eReader, how to access eLibraryNJ for free books or for computer help.
Please call the branch at 732-244-4573 to set up an appointment.
Ewe Knit & Crochet
Barnegat Branch
All Skill levels invited!

2nd Tuesday of the Month @ 10am - 12pm  
3rd Thursday of the Month @ 10:15am - 12:15pm

4th Saturday of the Month @  1pm - 3pm
Knitting Meetup
Toms River Branch
Thursdays at 6pm
Like to knit?  Like to talk?  Pack up your yarn and knitting needles and join the Jersey Shore Ewes on the 2nd floor of the branch for an informal meetup group. 
Little Egg Harbor Branch
Tuesday 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 609-294-1197.
New to speaking English? Join us each week and talk about current events and other subjects. New members welcome. Please register.
Friends of the Libra
Beachwood Branch
12/5, 1/2, 2/6, 3/6, 4/10, 5/1, 6/5, 9/4, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4, 10:00 am
The Friends are an essential link between the library and the public.  They plan programs and fundraisers for specific library needs.  New members are always welcome, please join.
Toms River Branch
4th Thursday of the month at 2:00 pm (except November when they will meet on the 3rd Thursday)
1/22/15     The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
2/26/15     Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
3/26/15     The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
4/23/15     Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
5/28/15     The Round House by Louise Erdrich
6/25/15     The Painted Girls by Cathy Buchanan

No Meetings in July and August

9/24/15     The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
10/22/15    Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
11/19/15    Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth       
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