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F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Celebrate Diwali
Island Heights Branch
Friday, Oct. 24, 3:30 pm
Register Online or call 732-270-6266.
Learn about the Hindu Festival of Lights and make a colorful Rangoli design. Ages 6 – 12. REG



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Dying To Do Letterma
Dying To Do Letterman with Steve Mazan
Toms River Branch
Friday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
We All Have Dreams Dying to do Letterman is a hilarious, heart-felt, award-winning feature-length documentary that proves one thing: dreams matter. When 35 year old stand-up comedian Steve Mazan learned he had cancer, and might only have five years to live, he dedicated his life living his dream: performing comedy on The Late Show with David Letterman. This documentary chronicles his five-year journey, as he races his own ticking clock to achieve a nearly impossible goal. Hilarious, heart-breaking, and ultimately inspirational, Steve’s journey brings a brand-new perspective to living with cancer. This is a story that proves it’s not how much time you have, it’s what you do with it. As Steve says, ‘If you stop chasing your dreams, you’re already dead.’ Steve’s Motto Live your dream, or die trying. Can you think of a better way to spend the rest of your life?

Sponsored by the OceanFirst Foundation and the Ocean County Library Foundation

"Dying To Do Letterman" will be screened Friday, October 24 at 7 pm in the Toms River Branch. 


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Digital Memory Media
Digital Memory Media
Waretown Branch
Saturday, Oct. 25, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Do you have photos, slides, 8mm or 16mm film, or VHS tapes? Aging, humidity, acidification, not to mention accidental damage, can ruin a lifetime of treasured memories. Stop by the Waretown Branch on Saturday, October 25th between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm and drop off your personal collections. Digital Memory Media (DMM) will professionally convert your media to DVD's. Sponsored by Friends of the Library of the Waretown Branch.


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Swinging Saturday: S
Swinging Saturday: Sammy Galvez’s Son de Tres!
Toms River Branch
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2:00pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Join us for some swinging Latin music! Formed in 2000 by Sammy Galvez, the Son de Tres brings together some of today’s finest Latin musicians.  Collectively, the trio’s resume reads like a who’s-who of New York’s latin music scene.  Its members have played with Robert Torres, Tito Nieves, Jose Fajardo, Johnny Pacheco…. and the list goes on.  If it’s dancing you want, the Son de Tres can deliver; they play Latin dance music in the style of Marc Anthony, Juan Luis Guerra, El Gran Combo, and all the legendary latin bands.  Also, the genre of merengue, bachata, cumbia, bolero, and salsa.


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Visualizing the Past
Visualizing the Past: Maps and Genealogy
Toms River Branch
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Maps and related records are a great resource for the family historian.  They can help you to visualize your ancestor in a particular place and time, as well as solve research problems. Learn how to locate and make use of a variety of maps in your ancestral search.  This program is for ages 12 and up.  It will be held in the Wheeler Room on the 2nd floor. Sponsored by Ocean County Genealogical Society.


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Friends Adventure –
Friends Adventure – What Happened to Amelia Earhart?
Stafford Branch
Thursday, Nov. 6, 10:30 am – 12 pm
Register Online or call 609-597-3381.
Mark Allen, a member of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, will talk about the disappearance of Amelia Earhart in the South Pacific in 1937. Sponsored by Friends of the Stafford Library.


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Redhawk Native Ameri
Redhawk Native American Arts Council
Jackson Branch
Thursday, Nov. 6, 7:00pm
Register Online or call 732-928-4400.
In Celebration of Native American Heritage Month, three performing artists will share Native American dance, music, art and history to educate and foster a positive image of our nation’s first culture. Sponsored by Redhawk Native American Arts Council .


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Veterans Day Celebra
Veterans Day Celebration
Toms River Branch
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 11:00am
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Join us for a day of celebration and thanks to Veterans of all ages. This Patriotic event will include notable local Veterans, Township Historian Mark Mutter, entertainment and refreshments. Our program will begin directly after the Toms River Veterans Day parade.


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Film Screening: Hear
Film Screening: Heartbreak & Healing After Sandy
Toms River Branch
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7:00pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Local filmmaker Sandra Levine explores the tremendous progress made and daunting challenges remaining in northern Ocean County's recovery two years after Superstorm Sandy.


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Stress Busters: the
Stress Busters: the Holiday Edition
Stafford Branch
Thursday, Nov. 13, 1 pm – 3 pm
Register Online or call 609-597-3381.
Learn how to take the stress out of the holidays. Health care providers will be available on a one-on-one basis after the talk. Door prizes. Sponsored by Ocean Mental Health Services. Sponsored by Ocean Mental Health Services.


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Music of the Great W
Music of the Great War & Beyond - a WWI Centennial Observation Concert
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Nov. 13, 7:00pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
The Irish/Celtic band, Clan Suibhne (pronounced "Sweeney") will give a glimpse of The Great War as captured in song and lyrics from the British Isles. The performance will include songs, poems, and a wide array of musical instruments such as the Great Highland bagpipes, tenor banjo, harmonica, guitar mandolin, and accordian as well as a slide presentation of artifacts and photos from WWI.


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Mazie Brews a Busine
Mazie Brews a Business
Waretown Branch
Saturday, Nov. 15, 11 AM
Register Online or call 609-693-5133.
As many fans of the television series Downton Abbey know, women's roles played a signigicant part in the show and in post-Edwardian society. Historic interpreter, Maureen O'Connor Leach, plays Maizie Stanton, a 1925 matron who is planning to start her own business operating a Tea Room. Dressed in a fashionable tea frock of the era, she speaks in her own candid voice about her plans and the challenges she faces as she joins the Tea Room Craze and ventures outside her traditional role. Please join us for a cup of tea, sandwiches, and sweets. Please register. Sponsored by The program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Waretown Friends of the Library.


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Conscious Awareness
Conscious Awareness
Toms River Branch
Monday, Nov. 17, 7:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Develop your conscious awareness and learn about your true self as Robert Holbrook, Director of Technology and Facilitator at The Monroe Institute shares insights and techniques. Sponsored by Ocean County Library Cultural Competence Training Committee.


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Memory Loss: Lecture
Memory Loss: Lecture and Screenings
Stafford Branch
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 9:30 am – 1 pm
Register Online or call 609-597-3381.
If you or a loved one is experiencing increased forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, or difficulty performing familiar tasks, you will benefit from this informative talk. Memory screenings follow the talk. Sponsored by Meridian Health. Sponsored by Meridian Health.


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An Evening with Pete
An Evening with Pete Wagula
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Nov. 20, 6:30
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Local favorite bottleneck guitarist Pete Wagula returns with and acoustic performance featuring his "live loops" that "fill the room with sound and myriad imageries."  An experienced musician, Pete has been performing since the '80's, studied with jazz great Tal Farlow, and written for Guitar Player Magazine.


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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.


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.
Friends of the Libra
Friends of the Library Meeting
Beachwood Branch
12/13, 1/3, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2, 6/6, 9/5, 10/3, 11/7, 12/5, 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.
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.
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