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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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Prom Dress Giveaway
Ocean County Library at 5 of our branches
Lakewood- Sat. March 28 / Barnegat - March 31- April 1,/ Little Egg Harbor - April 22 & 23/ Manchester- April 28, / Toms River Branch - April 30 - May2/ Check article for times.

The high school prom is often one of the most memorable moments in a teen’s life.
To make sure every teen has a chance to attend, the Ocean County Library is having a prom dress giveaway.
Dresses will be made freely available to middle school and high school aged students attending graduations and dances. Limit is one dress per person. Dresses include long gowns and short cocktail dresses plus there are also shoes and accessories available.
The Prom Dress Giveaway for Teens takes place at the Lakewood Branch on Saturday, March 28th. If you are unable to attend this event there will be other Teen Prom Dress Giveaways at the Barnegat Branch, Tuesday, March 31st and Wednesday, April 1st,Little Egg Harbor Branch, Wednesday, April 22nd & Thursday, April 23rd, Manchester Branch, Monday, April 28th, and Toms River Branch, Thursday, April 30th thru Saturday, May 2nd.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call a member of the Toms River Teen Services Team at 732 349 6200 ext. 5201 or Jeannie Collacott, Teen Service Coordinator at mcollacott@theoceancountylibrary.org
 

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Pinelands Photograph
Toms River Branch
Tuesday, Apr. 21, 6:30pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Enjoy the beautiful work of the Pinelands Photography Group in both the McConnell and Upstairs Art Galleries and learn more about the art of capturing the beauty of the New Jersey Pinelands.  Here is the itinerary for the evening:

6:30-7pm: Q&A in the galleries with Pinelands Photography Group members.  Refreshments in McConnell gallery.
 
7:00pm: Using Photography as a Tool for Art and Illustration
Ever wonder if artists use photographs for their work? It is actually a bit more complex than just reproducing a photograph in watercolor, oil, or colored pencil.  Learn about this process from an artist who has had her work published, Pinelands Photography Group member Elayne Leighton. 
 
7:30pm: Beauty of the Barrens
The beauty of the New Jersey Pinelands and the diverse subject matter that attracts the photographer's eye will be explored by Pinelands Photography Group member Ann-Marie Woods.


Please note that the Pinelands Photography Group exhibit is running throughout the month of April, but this evening affords attendees a chance to speak with the artists.
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Family Bonding: Teac
Toms River Branch
Tuesday, Apr. 21, 6:30 pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.

ALL Teens who register and attend with family memebers will receive a free crockpot!  Great interactive session for teens and their families of Ocean county who lived though the trauma of Super Storm Sandy. Teens and family members can reduce stress brought on by traumatic events by engaging in positive activities.  One of the best ways to accomplish this is by breaking bread together at the family dinner table.  Presented in collaboration with St. Barnabas Health Center and Shoprite by Pearlmutter, this fun night of interactive programming will teach teens how to engage in family meals by learning crock pot cooking.

Tuesday, April 21st @ 6:30 pm in the Bishop Building at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library.

ALL families who participate will be given a FREE Crockpot.

*Teens must be registered and accompanied by family members*

Presented by Barnabus Health Institute for Prevention & Soprite of Pearlmutter
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Prom Dress Giveaway
Little Egg Harbor Branch
Wednesday, April 22nd & Thursday, April 23rd from 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Register Online or call 609-294-1197.
The Little Egg Harbor Branch will be giving away gently used dresses to middle school and high school students. Dresses, both long and short, may be used to attend prom, graduation, a dance, or other school event. There is a limit of ONE free dress per student. Accessories will also be available. Registration is preferred.
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Patsy’s Italia
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Apr. 23, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Patsy’s Restaurant, so famous for its classic Neapolitan Italian food that Frank Sinatra used to fly his favorite dishes from its kitchen to his gigs, has had three chefs since it was founded in 1944: Patsy, his son Joe, and his grandson Sal Scognamillo.  The three passed down family recipes, invented great new twists on beloved classics, and emphasized giving their diners—many of them celebrities—exactly what they wanted to eat. 
 
Patsy's executive chef and co-owner, Sal Scognamillo, will be here to introduce us to his NEW big,warm, beautiful Italian cookbook with some samples of deliciious recipes.

We will also feature some swingin' entertainment by singer George Pettignano!

Be here for a night of fun, food, and merriment!
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Swinging Saturday: S
Toms River Branch
Saturday, Apr. 25, 12:00pm-3:00pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.

Celebrating the 40’s with the Big Band sounds of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Ella Fitzgerald featuring vocalist Miss Rene Bailey who sang with Louis Armstrong.  Bring your Dancing Shoes you don’t want to miss it. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Sponsored by Friends of the Toms River Library.
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Concert – Carnaby St
Stafford Branch
Saturday, Apr. 25, 2 pm – 3 pm
Register Online or call 609-597-3381.
The Carnaby Street Band plays music of the ‘60s British Invasion bands such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermits, the Moody Blues, the Kinks, the Hollies, the Who, and the Bee Gees, along with these other ‘60s artists:  Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and the Monkees, to name a few. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Stafford Library. Please register.
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Prom Dress Giveaway
Manchester Branch
Tuesday, Apr. 28, 4-8
Register Online or call 732-657-7600.
The Manchester Branch will be giving away gently used dresses to middle school and high school students. Dresses, both long and short, may be used to attend prom, graduation, a dance, or other school event. There is a limit of ONE free dress per student. Accessories will also be available. Registration is preferred.
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Hear History Come Al
Toms River Branch
Wednesday, Apr. 29, 11:00 am
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
In commemoration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month and OCL 90th celebration era of the 1940’s, meet two Japanese Internment survivors Mr. Hitoshi Frank Ono and Mr. Masaru Edmund Nakawatase.  Not only will they share their life stories with us, but also their photos, yearbooks and other mementoes from the past.
 
During World War II over 127,000 United States citizens were imprisoned. Their crime? Being of Japanese ancestry. Learn about the Executive Order 9066 signed by President Roosevelt condemning Japanese Americans to internment camps as a ‘justified wartime necessity.’
  Sponsored by OCL Cultural Competence Training Committee.
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Surviving Steffi
Lacey Branch
Wednesday, Apr. 29, 7:00 pm
Register Online or call 609-693-8566.
Presented by author Evelyn Rauch, her moving book tells about her mother’s suicide, hidden past and experience as a Holocaust survivor.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Lacey Library. Sponsored by Friends of the Lacey Library.
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Read, Sculpt, Share:
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Apr. 30, 5pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
This competition is open to residents of Ocean County from the ages of 12-18
Sculpt a book into art and Win a Prize!!
Cut, fold, glue.... whatever you like as long as the main material is a book. The library can provide a used book for this project to registered contestants.

Scupltures are due by April 30, 2015 and all entries will be on display for the month of May.

Winners will be announced mid-May.
Prizes:
1st Place- $25 Barnes and Noble gift card & $25 art supplies gift card
2nd Place- $25 Barnes and Noble gift card & $10 art supplies gift card
3rd Place- $25 Barnes and Noble gift card


For a full list of guidelines, please come to the Information Desk, upstairs in Toms River or call 732-349-6200 ext 5203.  Toms River has discarded books that you can sculpt.  Just ask the staff on the 2nd floor Info Desk. Check out Pinterest or You Tube for ideas!
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The Instigators - Bi
Lacey Branch
Saturday, May 2, 2 pm
Register Online or call 609-693-8566.
Come and rock to the sounds of duo Bill McLeod and Chuck Eherman.  They will be on our main floor playing a fun mix of country, rock, and blues.  Whether you pull up a chair and clap along or get up and dance you will enjoy this hour of music! 
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An Evening of Guitar
Waretown Branch
Monday, May 4, 7:00 pm
Register Online or call 609-693-5133.
Pete's performance will blend roots blues, classic jazz and originals featuring live looping and bottleneck guitar.  Material from his last two CDs "Seventeen" and "The Other Side" will be spotlighted.  Please register
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RACE: My Story & Hum
Toms River Branch
Tuesday, May 5, 7:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
An author book talk. Join us as Lauren Nile shares her personal experiences growing up in 1950’s and 60’s segregated New Orleans. Learn about racial history and steps to heal and transcend hate. Ms. Nile is an author, keynote speaker, trainer and licensed attorney. Book signing to follow. Sponsored by Ocean County Library Cultural Competence Training Committee.
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Celebrating Wellness
Toms River Branch
Wednesday, May 6, 5:30pm
The Mental Health Board of O.C. and the Mental Health Awareness Committee of O.C. will honor community members.  20 Mental Health Organizations will provide resources & answer questions.  All ages welcome.  Light refreshments will be provided.
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George M. Cohan Toni
Toms River Branch
Thursday, May 7, 7:00pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Chip Deffaa’s award-winning musical “George M. Cohan Tonight!” packs 40 songs into 95 fast moving minutes to tell the story of the quintessential song-and-dance man. You’ll hear “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy.” The performer, Jon, has appeared in London in “42ndStreet,” “A Chorus Line,” “The Sound of Music,” and “Cats.”  This program is part of the Ocean County Library’s 90thanniversary celebrating the decade of the 1920’s.
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Spend an Afternoon w
Lacey Branch
Monday, May 11, 2:00 pm
Register Online or call 609-693-8566.
Fran Docherty recreates the life of 84 year old George Burns. Fran is supported by the musical and vocal talents of Kevin Mucchetti, pianist extraordinaire.
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How Does Your Garden
Toms River Branch
Monday, May 11, 6-8 PM
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Join the Rutgers Master Gardeners for a variety of presentations and exhibits on home gardening and how to make your garden bloom!
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