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F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Vision Screening
Vision Screening
Lacey Branch
Tuesday, Sep. 30, 1-4 pm
Register Online or call 609-693-8566.
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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Cuban Blues: Time in a Cuban Prison
Toms River Branch
Tuesday, Sep. 30, 7:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
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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NJCDD Presentation:
NJCDD Presentation: Developmental Disabilities and Bullying
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Bullying can occur at any time, in any place, and at any age; whether at home, school, a place of worship, or in the workplace. All people deserve to live in a world free from harassment and abuse.
 
Come learn about issues surrounding developmental disabilities, bullying, and the anti-bullying movement.
This program is presented by the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. 
Please register.   
The Ocean County Library and the Serving Adults with Special Challenges Programming Workgroup is committed to providing quality program opportunities for adults with disabilities in our community. 
For information about this program or other programs for adults with disabilities,
please contact Lisa Ferrara at (609) 294-1197 ex. 7029.


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Meet Eva Mozes Kor A
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.
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
Fall Festival-Family Magic Show!
Toms River Branch
Friday, Oct. 3, 6 PM
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
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 R
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.
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
Register Online or call 732-270-6266.
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:
Myths vs. Realities: Exploring the Orthodox Jewish Community
Toms River Branch
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 6:00pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
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 R
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.
Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls’ education.  Join us to watch this groundbreaking feature film that spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls from around the globe who were 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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Columbus Day Celebra
Columbus Day Celebration
Toms River Branch
Friday, Oct. 10, 12:00pm
Join us for the Welcome Ceremony of the Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee's weekend of events honoring Christopher Columbus and Italian culture with a Folkloric group coming all the way from Genova Italia: Amixi De Boggiasco e Del Golfo Paradiso.  This internationally acclaimed folk group from the Eastern region of Liguria will perform traditional songs and dances of their region of Italy.  The Welcome Ceremony will also include speeches from local and visiting dignitaries. Sponsored by the Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee, Inc..


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

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 Mo
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.

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

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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Ghost
Ghost
Stafford Branch
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7 pm - 8 pm
Register Online or call 609-597-3381.
Mentalist “Amore” brings you unexplained events and demonstrations from the Victorian era. Witness a recreation of a 19th century séance, experience a first-hand account of the Spirit Cabinet, and have your questions answered by the “Mystic Oracle.” A special guest from the “other side” will assist during the performance. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Stafford Library. Please register. 


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Leisure Time and New
Leisure Time and New Jersey’s Black Society
Toms River Branch
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:00pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.

Join Dr. Lawrence Hogan and Dr. Walter Greason to explore the ambitions and challenges faced by African-Americans in the pursuit of recreational and social activities in the 20th Century including Shady Rest- the first golf and country club for African-Americans and the Negro Motorist Green Book. Books will be available for purchase. This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.



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Celebrate Diwali
Island Heights Branch
Friday, Oct. 24, 3:30 pm
Registration required, begins Oct 10.
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 Thursday, October 23 at 7 pm in the Toms River Branch. 


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