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F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Summer Reading 2014
All Locations
Monday, Jun. 2,
Summer Reading 2014

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on all the books you’ve been wanting to read.

Register, starting June 2nd; and track your books, starting June 17th,  at our Summer Reading website.

From traditional print to audiobooks to eBooks OCL has it, check us out!

 



F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
"Making Waves" @ MAKER CAMP in the Toms River Library
Toms River Branch
July 7th thru August 15th
Making Waves @ MAKER

For Teens 12-18
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
July 7th thru August 15th

What is a maker?
Someone who makes things!
Anyone can be a maker


Click for Schedule



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Soviet and Russian Composers – A Perspective
Island Heights Branch
Saturday, Jul. 26, 11:00 am
Register Online or call 732-270-6266.
International concert violinist David Podles illustrates the pure elation and profound complexity of Russian/Soviet music. David, originally from Latvia, performs music from Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Glinka & Korsakov.



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Visit with Harper A. Brooks, author of "His Haven, The Redemption Series - Book One"
Lacey Branch
Saturday, Jul. 26, 2 pm
Register Online or call 609-693-8566.
Visit with Harper A.
This book is taking the vampire romance genre by storm!  Come meet Harper A. Brooks, the author of this exciting series.  If you are a fan, you won't want to miss this author event! For teens and adults.


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East Meets West
Upper Shores Branch
Tuesday, Jul. 29, 6:00-8:30 pm
Register Online or call 732-793-3996.
East Meets West
For Children & Families.  We have two amazing acts one great night!  Be amazed by Master Chinese Paper Cutter Hou-Tien Cheng and the unique shadow puppetry of Ron Sopyla with tales from around the world. Sponsored by the Friends of the Upper Shores Branch.

Please register each person individually for this program; adults can enter A for age.


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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged): All 37 plays in 90 minutes!
Brick, Toms River, Manchester, Barnegat, and Jackson

The Complete Works o
All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! The Toms River High School South Thespian Troupe presents a fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Join this hilarious troupe of young men as they irreverently weave their way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride! 
***FREE Admission

*Performed at 5 Branch Locations during the Summer

WEDNESDAYS
Aug. 6th
Toms River Branch @ 6:30 pm

Aug.13th
Barnegat Branch @ 6:30 pm

THURSDAYS
July 31st
Brick Branch Branch@ 6:30 pm

Aug. 7th
Manchester Branch @ 6:30 pm

Aug. 14th
Jackson Branch @ 6:30 pm
Sponsored by Toms River Regional School System in partnership with Ocean County Library . Connecting People, Building Community and Transforming Lives..


F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Morris Museum Dinosaurs
Brick Branch
Thursday, Jul. 31, 10:30 am
Register Online or call 732-477-4513 .
Morris Museum Dinosa
Ages 5 to 8 - Study the giants that inhabited the earth millions of years ago, students will examine fossils and models. Through observation and comparison, they will learn to identify various characteristics of dinosaurs and how they lived.
Aligns with the NJ Core Content Curriculum Standards:
Science 5.1 A, 5.1 D, 5.3 E, 5.4 B

http://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/standards/5/index.html
This program will also be held at:
Dinosaurs!
Plumsted Branch
Tuesday, Jul. 15, 10:30 am
 


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Awesome Dinosaur Hunter
Toms River Branch
Friday, Aug. 1, 6:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Awesome Dinosaur Hun
Awesome Dinosaur Hunter
David Engel (priate school fame) is on a dinosaur hunt! 

Juggling, interactive fun, and magic.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Toms River Library

After Hours Family Program
 


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Be a Magician
Island Heights Branch
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-270-6266.
Learn magic tricks with Debby Pease and amaze your family and friends!Ages 8+. REGAligns with NJ Core Content Curriculum Standards:Visual and Performing Arts 1.3.Chttp://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/standards/1/1-3.htm



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John Sebastian Live at the Library!
Long Beach Island Branch of the Ocean County Library
Saturday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m.
John Sebastian Live
Join us for a free outdoor concert with Rock N’ Roll Hall of Famer, John Sebastian!From his days with The Lovin Spoonful and hits like “Darling Be Home Soon”, “Do You Believe in Magic”,“Nashville Cats”, “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind” and “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice” to solohits like the theme from “Welcome Back Kotter”.SPECIAL GUEST: Don DixonPlease bring lawn chair or blanket for comfortable seating.


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Our Healthy Show - Fit4Kids
Beachwood Branch
Monday, Aug. 11, 6:30 pm
Registration required, begins Jul 28.
Super Heroes Muscle Man Mike, and puppets Soccer Sue & Baseball Bobby deliver a one-two punch filled with knowledge, laughter, smiles, exercise and unforgettable memories! Children are engaged, entertained and taught about how to keep their body healthy!   Ages 2 - 8.  Please register.

Aligns with NJ Core Content Curriculum Standards:
Comprehensive Health & Physical Education 2.1.A, 2.6.A
http://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/standards/2/index.html
 



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Amazing V – Fizz, Boom, Shaboom!
Island Heights Branch
Monday, Aug. 11, 7:00 pm
Registration required, begins Jul 28.
The Amazing V brings science fiction to life in a show packed with colorful comedy magic, great music and tons of audience participation. Ages 5+. REGAligns with NJ Core Content Curriculum Standards:Visual and Performing Arts 1.3.P.A.1, 1.3.P.A.5, 1.3.P.C.4, 1.4.P.A.5, 1.4.P.A. 6, 1.4.P.A.7, 1.4.8.A.6http://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/standards/1/1-4.htm



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WREP - When Radio Entertained People!
Toms River Branch
Monday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
WREP - When Radio En
Join us in our make believe radio studio for live vintage radio plays read by live actors with vinatege sound effects!
Our features include "You Can't Take it With You" and "Life or Riley".


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Friends Annual Psychic Fair
Upper Shores Branch
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1-4pm & 5-8pm
Friends Annual Psych
Make an appt. with the psychic of your choice! $20 donation per fifteen minute session. 50% of all proceeds go to the Friends! Psychics: Kassandra, Ginny Stern, Mary Ann Kreamer, Mariann Buonadonna & Joan Titsworth. Call Teddy to reserve your spot! 732-830-3363
Daizy Patch Jewelry will be on the premises again this year for your browsing pleasure! A percentage of all jewelry proceeds will go to the Friends too! Join in the fun!


F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Music Around the World With The Morris Museum
Tuckerton Branch
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 3 pm
Register Online or call 609-296-1470.
Music Around the Wor
What can we use to make music besides our voices? Experience a multi-sensory exploration of music by seeing, hearing and touching instruments from around the world, and learn a little bit about the culture that created each instrument. Presented by the Morris Museum for children ages 5 and up.

Aligns with NJ Core Content Curriculum Standards:
Visual & Performing Arts 1.1.B, 1.2.A, 1.3.B, 1.4.A

http://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/standards/1/index.html
Science 5.2.C, 5.4.G
http://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/standards/5/index.html
Social Studies 6.1.B
http://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/standards/6/6-1.htm

The program is also at:
Little Egg Harbor Branch
Monday, Jul. 28, 2 p.m.
 
 
Music around the World
Manchester Branch
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 10:00 am
 
 


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Preserve Your Visual Memories
Upper Shores Branch
Thursday, Aug. 14, 12 noon-4 pm
Preserve Your Visual
Sandy receipts fading? PRESERVE 'EM-you will NEED them!
Do you have photos, slides, VHS tapes, 8/16 mm film, old family movies, or photo albums you want to preserve?  
Bring your personal items to our library  on August 14 between 12-4 pm to be digitally converted to DVD!  Digital Memory Media professionals will be on site to handle your order and answer all of your questions.  Completed orders returned within 2-3 weeks.  **Friends of Upper Shores Fundraiser Sponsored by Friends of Upper Shores.


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Six Degrees of the Bracelet: Vietnam’s Continuing Grip with Author John Siegfried
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Six Degrees of the B
Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that everyone is at most six steps away from, or connected to, any other person on Earth.While the Vietnam War was raging, silver bracelets were created to raise awareness of, and show support for, American servicemen who were prisoners of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA). After the war, black bracelets were produced to pay homage to any of our armed forces killed in action (KIA). The orange bracelet is more recent and symbolizes all those, living and deceased, who have suffered from diseases, combat wounds, and post-traumatic stress resulting from their Vietnam service. These bracelets honor the memory and sacrifice of our troops--one of the central goals of this book. While the Vietnam War was raging, silver bracelets were created to raise awareness of, and show support for, American servicemen who were prisoners of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA). After the war, black bracelets were produced to pay homage to any of our armed forces killed in action (KIA). The orange bracelet is more recent and symbolizes all those, living and deceased, who have suffered from diseases, combat wounds, and post-traumatic stress resulting from their Vietnam service. These bracelets honor the memory and sacrifice of our troops--one of the central goals of this book. You will be riveted by the indescribable stories told by veterans, about veterans, and for veterans, and by the families of the lost or still missing MIAs. More than 3,400,000 men and women served in Southeast Asia. Although close to 60 percent of all Vietnam veterans who served in-country are no longer alive, the families of all these veterans will continue to be affected by the Vietnam War for generations. This book illustrates the misery and despair experienced by both soldiers and victims of this visceral war, but also the exhilaration of combat, and the camaraderie felt, during their respective tours, to present day. The understanding of warfare, combined with the appreciation of all the elements derived from combat, is necessary to better comprehend the effects of battle on those who have sworn to protect our country. Even if our soldiers did not incur flesh wounds, they may have suffered irreparable damage to their emotions, their psyche, and their soul. We civilians may never know or be able to comprehend the degradation caused to their human spirit and the violence and brutality they encountered. We need also to continue to support these men and women in the aftermath of their courageous service.


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Balloon Animal Workshop
Island Heights Branch
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2:00 pm
Registration required, begins Aug 7.
Debby Pease will teach how to make balloon animals and swords in this hands-on workshop. Ages 8+. REG



F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
The Acoustic Musicians’ Guild
Beachwood Branch
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 7:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-244-4573.
The Acoustic Musicia
Join us for a great evening of traditional, folk rock and contemporary music performed by the local artists of the Acoustic Musician's Guild. The Acoustic Musicians Guild is a group of like-minded artists performing, sharing, and promoting advancement of acoustic music and musicians in New Jersey. There will be 5 or 6 performers of acoustic music.

The location of the performance will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the intersection of Rt. 9 & Rt. 166, Beachwood.   For all ages.  Please register by calling 732-244-4573 or www.theoceancountylibrary.org.


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Swinging Saturday: RB Express
Toms River Branch
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2pm
Registration required, begins Aug 16.
Dance and singalong with this Rock, Pop, & Soul retro band exemplifying the tight harmonies and rhythms of the early street corner groups.  The RB Express has performed with such artists as Frankie Lymon's Teenagers, Little Anthony and The Imperials, The Tokens, Larry Chance and The Earls, The Passions, The Dimensions, Richard Street's Temptations Review, Felix Cavaliere and The Young Rascals, The Happenings, Lou Christie, The Angels, and even made appearances in the movie, "The Old Man and the Seymore", and on television with "Fox and Friends". Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.



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