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F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Explore Career Opportunities
10:00am-11:30am
Monday, Sep. 22, 10:00am-11:30am
Register Online
Learn about career opportunities in Hospitality, Business, Education and more!



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Canceled: Effective Doctors’ Visits Presented by Horizon Blue to You
Lacey Branch
Monday, Sep. 22, 12 pm
Register Online or call 609-693-8566.
Unfortunately this program has been canceled.
Learn what types of questions to ask your doctor during an office visit and what documents to bring with you



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Volunteer Fair
Toms River Branch
Tuesday, Sep. 23, 2:00-6:30 pm
Meet with a variety of local organizations that are looking for your help. Many different talents and skills are needed and many organizations provided training to volunteers.  Find an organization that is a perfect match for you.



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Gospelfest 2014
Toms River Branch
Saturday, Sep. 27, 12:00-4:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Gospelfest 2014
Ocean County Library celebrates Gospel Music Month. Come and enjoy a day of Gospel music presented by Local and Statewide choirs, soloists and Praise and Worship teams. Included will be Arts Ministries such as dance, mime, Spoken Word and Dramatic presentations. Sponsored by the Friends of the Toms River Library.


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Friends of the Library Book Sale
Island Heights Branch
Saturday, Sep. 27, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Friends of the Island Heights Library will hold a book sale between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm. Selection includes children’s and adult titles. Sponsored by Friends of the Island Heights Library.



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Vision Screening
Lacey Branch
Tuesday, Sep. 30, 1-4 pm
Register Online or call 609-693-8566.
Vision Screening
Optometrist Tara Kirk, O.D., will be here with a Spot Vision Camera, screening for abnormal prescriptions, eye alignment and pupil size.  Immediate printout of results.  Ages 6 months and up.  Drop in. 
Sponsored by the Toms River Visionary Lions Club.


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Sizzlin’ Salsa! Dance Party w/Swing Sabroso!
Upper Shores Branch
Tuesday, Sep. 30, 6:30-9 pm
Register Online or call 732-793-3996.
Sizzlin’ Salsa
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and
Join us for an evening of fun. Dance to the rhythms of the North Jersey Band with a Salsa Dura sound! (or just come & listen!)

6:30-7 pm: Latino light fare
7-9 pm: Ray Rodriguez y Swing Sabroso

Ray Rodriguez y Swing Sabroso will also be performing at:
September 29, 2014, 7pm, Brick.
October 14, 2014, 7 pm, Point Pleasant Beach. 
Oct. 15, 2014 7:00 pm,  Stafford.  


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Cuban Blues: Time in a Cuban Prison
Toms River Branch
Tuesday, Sep. 30, 7:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Cuban Blues:  Time i
Gordon Hesse’s life was rather ordinary until he ended up in solitary confinement in a Cuban prison, was placed on house arrest in a mansion, expected to be shot by a firing squad, got thrown back into prison, started a riot, and was freed for telling his first lie. Join us to hear about his adventures.


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19th Century NJ Photographs
Lacey Branch
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 7:00 pm
Register Online or call 609-693-8566.
Presenter: Gary Saretzky of the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the NJ Council for the Humanities.  Of the more than 3,000 professional photographers active in NJ before 1900, most worked in large cities, but some had studios in smaller towns including Toms River and Lakewood.  This slide lecture will provide an overview of NJ photographers in the 19th Century, followed by a discussion of several significant photographers who worked for part of their careers in Ocean County.



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Meet Eva Mozes Kor Author of “Surviving the Angel of Death: The True Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz”
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Meet Eva Mozes Kor A
Eva Kor survivor of the Holocaust, forgiveness advocate, and public speaker. will be here to recount her experiences as a Holocaust survivor.

Eva was born in 1934 in the tiny village of Portz, Romania. Her family lived under the spectre of the Nazi takeover of Germany and the everyday experience of prejudice against the Jews. In 1944, her family was packed into a cattle car and transported to the Auschwitz death camp.

After 70 hours without food or water, Eva and her family emerged onto the selection platform at Auschwitz. She soon realized her father and two older sisters were gone. She never saw them again. Soon after, Eva and her twin sister Miriam were forcibly taken from their mother, whom they also never saw again. The two became part of a group of children used as human guinea pigs in genetic experiments under the direction of Nazi scientist Dr. Josef Mengele.

Approximately 1500 sets of twins—3000 children—were abused, and most died as a result of these experiments. Eva herself became deathly ill, but through sheer determination, she stayed alive and helped Miriam survive.

Approximately 200 children were found alive by the Soviet Army at the liberation of the camp on January 27, 1945. The majority of the children were Mengele twins. Eva and Miriam were among them. Eva and Miriam no longer had anyone in the world except each other.

Eva went on to live in Israel, studying agriculture and attaining the rank of Sergeant Major in the Israeli Army Engineering Corps. She eventually married and had two children, later becoming a US citizen.

In 1984, Eva founded CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors). The group runs the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, Indiana, and helps provide Holocaust educational materials to schools.
 


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Fall Festival-Family Magic Show!
Toms River Branch
Friday, Oct. 3, 6 PM
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Fall Festival-Family
Come and be dazzled by the amazing magician Ken Northridge!  This Family Magic Show promises tons of audience participation, and Ken will have the audience both laughing and amazed at the tricks he performs!

After Hours Family Program.

Please Register all those attending.


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How Connie Got Her Rack Back - visit with author Constance Bramer
Lacey Branch
Saturday, Oct. 4, 12:30 pm
Register Online or call 609-693-8566.
How Connie Got Her R
If you or someone you know is dealing with breast cancer, you will not want to miss author Constance Bramer as she shares her own personal journey through diagnosis, treatment and reconstruction.  Ms. Bramer tells her story with courage and humor that will both inspire and make you laugh. 
There will also be a representative from Meridian Health at each branch before and during this program to provide breast health literature, general cancer information, and some pink giveaways.
This is a Chapters of Health program for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This program will be held on Saturday, October 4th at the following locations:

Manchester - 10 am
Lacey - 12:30 pm
Brick - 3 pm

Please see individual listings to register.


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Talk of the Town – Director John Columbus
Island Heights Branch
Monday, Oct. 6, 7:00 pm
Registration required, begins Sep 22.
Thomas A. Edison/Black Maria Film Festival Founder and Director Emeritus John Columbus will present a program of short films primarily made in his formative years (1970s – 1980s) as an independent filmmaker. The program will include 6 works ranging from whimsical narratives to a personal memoir, Corona, about the Jersey Shore, catharsis and redemption. Corona is a later work that was exhibited in the Documentary Fortnight Series at MoMA as well as several film festivals nationally and abroad. REG



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Myths vs. Realities: Exploring the Orthodox Jewish Community
Toms River Branch
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 6:00pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Myths vs. Realities:
Learn about the religion, culture and lifestyle of the Orthodox Jewish Community from Lauren Roth, MSW, LSW and Ben Heinemann, member of the Vaad at the Beth Medrash Gevohah Yeshiva. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Sponsored by the Ocean County Library in partnership with the Ocean County Human Relations Commission.


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Film Screening and Reception: Girl Rising, hosted by Kayce Jennings- widow of the late Peter Jennings
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Oct. 9, 6:00pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Film Screening and R
“Girl Rising” is a groundbreaking feature film that spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. The film captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives. Come and be inspired by this unique film and the truly remarkable stories of these exceptional girls- hosted by Kayce Jennings, widow of the late Peter Jennings.


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Fall Into Winter Book and Bake Sale
Beachwood Branch
Saturday, Oct. 11, 9 am - 12 pm
Fall Into Winter Boo

Rain or Shine. All proceeds will benefit the Beachwood Branch Library.

Sponsored by Friends of the Beachwood Library.


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Storytime Puppet Show – The Three Little Tamales by Eric A. Kimmel
Island Heights Branch
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 10:30 am
Registration required, begins Oct 1.
You may be familiar with the story of the Three Little Pigs but this story is all about three tasty tamales. They don’t want to be eaten so they run away and build houses of their own. What they don’t know is that big bad wolves like to eat tamales just as much as little piggies. Ages 2+. REG



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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration with Ray Rodriguez y Swing Sabroso Band
Stafford Branch
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6 pm
Register Online or call 609-597-3381.
Hispanic Heritage Mo

Food tasting begins at 6 pm and the band begins at 7 pm. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Stafford Library and the Ocean Acres Civic Association.

Ray  Rodriguez y Swing Sabroso will also be performing at:
September 29, 2014, 7pm, Brick.
Sept. 30, 2014, 7 pm, Upper Shores.
October 14, 2014, 7 pm, Point Pleasant Beach. 
 



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Maker Faire
Toms River Branch
Saturday, Oct. 18, 12-4pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Maker Faire

Back by popular demand!!!  Celebration of DIY culture at the library!!
Those who attended the past 2 years are begging for more!  A celebration of technology, crafts and the DIT culture! Packed with FREE activities and FABULOUS demonstrations for the family. .Learn how to make balloon animals, slime, silly putty, fold design napkins, recycle crafting! Come visit our Robot Room, Chemistry Cove, 3D printers, Makey Makeys and more!
Maker Faires are held across the country to foster creativity, technology, do-it-yourself culture. Come to the Ocean County Library and celebrate curiosity & innovation!  Geared toward Ages 8 and up but all ages welcome.



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South Jersey Ghost Research
Island Heights Branch
Monday, Oct. 20, 7:00 pm
Registration required, begins Oct 6.
Are you intrigued with paranormal investigation? Join us for an informational lecture presented by South Jersey Ghost Research. The lecture will consist of videos, photo displays, equipment displays and demos, audio samples and a Q&A. REG
 



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