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Swinging Saturday: Sonny & Co.
Toms River Branch
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2:00pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Bring your dancing shoes for a LIVE concert by Sonny and Company! Old School R&B Band performing artists from Michael Jackson to Earth, Wind & Fire- they will be playing all your favorite grooving hits!

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Concert:  Grupo Wara
Concert: Grupo Warachando
Lakewood Branch
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-363-1435.
Grupo Warachando is a Latin Band with 5 musicians that sounds like there's 10. To keep the crowd moving they mix it up and play a little bit of everything (Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Bolero, Cumbia, Cuban music and much more.). The band members have deep-rooted latin flavor and play well-known songs with their own twist to them and a wide spectrum of styles.  Their instruments include Bongo, Congas, Bass, Guitar, Maracas and Guira.

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Bill Kirchen’s
Bill Kirchen’s Honky Tonk Holiday!
Stafford Branch
Monday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 609-597-3381.
Forget the Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah. They’re so overdone. For a taste of real holiday cheer, nothing says joy to the world and peace on earth like Bill Kirchen singing Daddy’s Drinkin’ Up Our Christmas. Bill and Too Much Fun make a stop on their annual Honky-Tonk Holiday Tour at The Ocean County Library in Manahawkin on Monday, December 8. Featured is a sleigh-full of rarely heard holiday numbers from the blues, rock ’n’ roll and honky tonk bags. Silent Surfin’ Night? You bet. Truckin’ Trees for Christmas? Of course. Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy? Oh yeah. And so many more. Let the joy be unrefined!

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Business Loans Semin
Business Loans Seminar with SBA and SCORE
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Dec. 11, 7:00 PM
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Are you ready to start your own business? Grow and expand you own business? Break into Federal Government contracting? This seminar presented by the Small Business Administration(SBA) in partnership with SCORE organization and the Ocean County Library will cover business loan programs information. Please RegisterSponsored by Small Business Adminstration, Ocean County SCORE .

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Harry Potter Yule Ba
Harry Potter Yule Ball
Brick Branch
Friday, Dec. 12, 6:30 pm
Register Online or call 732-477-4513 .
Don your dress robes and join us for this magical celebration. Events include quidditch pong, horcrux hunt, wand decorating, butterbeer station, and much more! Muggles welcome.

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Anime Nation 2014
Anime Nation 2014
Toms River Branch
Friday, Dec. 12, 6:00 PM.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Get ready for a colossal Anime event! We are featuring TWO Voice Actors this year who have been providing voices to some of your favorite characters in some of your favorite Anime!

Greg Houser is proud to have been in Anime titles such as "Evangelion", "Shiki", "Tales of Vesperia", "One Piece", and "Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians". Greg doesn’t just work on Anime, he has also provided vocal talent for companies such as AstraZenica, DuPont, Lockheed Martin, CBS, Honda of America, and the NBA, among others.

Bill  Rogers is best known for his work in “Gravitation” (Touma Seguchi), “Boogiepop Phantom” (Yamamoto), “Genshiken” (Tanaka Souichiro), “The Third” (Kevin) and “Ikki Tousen” (Gakushuu). He can also be heard on Saturday mornings as the voice of Brock in “Pokémon”, (as well as over 40 creatures that appear in the show).
In the world of video games, Bill has lent his voice to the X-Box game “Bullet Witch”. On the Wii console he voiced cartoon legend Heathcliff in “Heathcliff: Fast and the Furriest” as well as supplying the voices for Red, Yellow and other fun characters in the “m&m Adventure” and “m&m Kart Racing”. He has also voiced various Pokémon in the game “Poképark” and it’s sequel “Poképark: Wonders Beyond”. But fans best know him as the legendary Lucario in the smash hit “Super Smash Bros. Brawl”.

FREE event but PLEASE register! Doors open at 5:30 PM. You MUST be registered to attend. Walk-ins only as space allows! The library is closed this evening but parents are welcome to hang out in the magazine lounge.
Cosplay Runway, Anime e-Gallery & Raffle prizes and more!

Free parking in the back of the library after 6 pm.
Sponsored by the OCL Anime Clubs and TRIN & TRHS North Anime Club. Please check us out on FACEBOOK at OCLTEEN..

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Holiday Concert with
Holiday Concert with The Warm Hearted Country Carolers
Stafford Branch
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2 pm
Registration required, begins Nov 29.
The Carolers will play country and bluegrass holiday favorites. The 6-member band features guitars, mandolin, harmonica, drums and vocals. Join us to get into the holiday spirit. Open to all ages.

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Historical Holiday Tunes
Toms River Branch
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 7:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Classical guitarist George Simonovich returns play a wide selection of holiday tunes spanning from the 14th through the early 19th century

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Friends Downton Abbey Holiday Bus Trip
Upper Shores Branch
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 8:15 am departure
See the Costumes of Downton Abbey!!  $61 includes RT Bus, exhibit admissions, guided tour of the Dupont Mansion decorated for Yuletide.  Experience a country estate Christmas for yourself!
Lunch is on your own @ the Garden Cafe with lots of lovely affordable choices.  Self guided exhibition galleries including Costumes of Downton Abbey and The Diligent Needle Exhibit
Visit the Winterthur Museum website for more information...
Bus leaves Upper Shores @ 8:15 am. Approx. return time: 5:45 pm

Please call the library to register @ 732-793-3996. OR call Teddy @ 732-830-3363. Money due upon sign-up. Checks payable to: Friends of Upper Shores

  Sponsored by Friends of Upper Shores.

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Victorian Tea Fundraiser
Island Heights Branch
Saturday, Jan. 3, 11:30 am
Registration required, begins Dec 20.
Join us for a traditional Victorian Tea, complete with homemade baked goods and door prizes. Barbara Morreau, Heather Zbikowski and Samantha Purdon from the Ocean County Historical Society will guide us in proper tea etiquette and explain the history of Victorian Tea. Tickets are $12 and must be purchased upon registration. Feel free to come dressed in Victorian attire and if you have a special tea cup, please bring it with you. Sorry, no refunds. Sponsored by Friends of the Island Heights Library. .

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Why Does My Dog Do That?
Stafford Branch
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2 pm – 3 pm
Registration required, begins Jan 17.
Have you ever wondered why your dog follows you all over the house?  Have you ever wondered why your dog barks at the mail man even though he sees him every day at the same time?  Have you ever wondered why your dog runs to the front door and barks, or jumps on visitors?  Please join us for an interesting and fun presentation called, "Why Does My Dog Do That?"  We will discuss the basic motivations behind canine behavior so you can better understand your own dog, whether it be a five pound terrier or a one hundred and fifty pound mastiff.  Questions focused on understanding canine behavior will happily be addressed.

Knit at the Beach
Knit at the Beach
Point Pleasant Beach Branch
Every second Monday at 1pm
Register Online or call 732-892-4575.
Come join in! Bring your yarn and needles, and make some new friends while you knit! All skill levels welcome.

The group meets the second Monday of each month at 1pm.
Open Mic Night
Open Mic Night
Toms River Branch
First Wednesday of each month, 7pm (6:30 sign up for performers)
Acoustic entertainment hosted by local musician Domenick Carino. New & experienced musicians, comedians, spoken word artists are invited to share a song or three.  Bring the family!  All ages encouraged to perform.
Knit Wits
Beachwood Branch
Fridays, 12/20, 1/17, 2/21, 3/21, 4/25, 5/23, 6/20, 7/18, 8/15, 9/19, 10/17, 11/21, 12/19 10:00 am
Learn from scratch, refresh skills or try some new techniques.  All skill levels.  No registration necessary.

Friends of the Staff
Friends of the Stafford Library Meetings
Stafford Branch
Every third Thursday of the month from 9:30 am to 12 pm (except for July and August. December meeting date moved to 12/4/14 10 am - 12 pm.)
The Friends of the Stafford Library host a meeting every third Thursday of the month from 9:30 am to 12 pm, except for the months of July and August.

December 2014 meeting date changed to Thursday December 4, 2014  10 am - 12 pm.

Join the friends to contribute to a worthy cause. Sponsored by Friends of the Stafford Library.
Friends of the Staff
Friends of the Stafford Library Book Sale
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.

Wednesday Evening Bo
Wednesday Evening Book Discussion Group at the Stafford Library
Stafford Branch
Every first Wednesday of the month starting at 7 pm
The Wednesday Book Discussion group meets at the Stafford Library the first Wednesday evening of every month at 7:00 pm. You are welcome to join the discussion. Come to the circulation desk to pick up your books.

Titles and meeting dates for 2014 are:
Every Last One by Anna Quindlen, 11/5
Game Change by John Heilemann, 12/3

Titles and meeting dates for 2015 are:
The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman, 1/7
House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, 2/4
Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro, 3/4
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
Tuesday Book Discussion Group at the Stafford Library
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 2014 are:
The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean, 10/14
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, 11/11
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake, 12/9

The titles and meeting dates for 2015 are:
A Widow's Story by Joyce Carol Oates, 1/13
Broken For You by Stephanie Kallos, 2/10
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet by Jamie Ford, 3/10
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
Evening Book Discussion
Toms River Branch
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7pm

11/11/14    The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
12/09/14    Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
1/13/15      Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman
2/10/15      Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
3/10/15      I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark
4/14/15      Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

One on One Computer & eReader help by Appointment
Berkeley 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 to set up an appointment. 

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