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F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Friends of the Staff
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.

Special Saturday Book Sale on Arpil 11, 2015 from 10 am - 2 pm.


Book and Bake Sale on May 21, 2015 from 9 am - 1 pm.


 
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Ocean County Today:
All Locations
Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2015.

Diverse Family?  Love the Library?  We want you!

The Ocean County Library is seeking diverse families in Ocean County to help us create a traveling photo display called Ocean County Today: Our Families.  We invite diverse families to participate in a family photo shoot at their local library, and share why they love OCL.  Participating families will get a free copy of their photo.  The display will travel to all OCL branches and serve as a visual representation of our mission, “Connecting People – Building Community – Transforming Lives.”  If you family is diverse and interested, please email szaman@theoceancountylibrary.org or ask for a paper form to fill out at any service desk.


 
Sponsored by The Ocean County Library’s Cultural Competence Training Team.
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Pine Shores Art Asso
Stafford Branch
Monday, Mar. 30, 6 pm, Lecture – 7 pm
Register Online or call 609-597-3381.
Professor Kate Nearpass-Ogden, PhD., of the Richard Stockton College of N.J. presents "American Artists, Impressionists – Whistler, Cassatt and Chase." The reception features the paintings of Paul Hartelius, Mary Sinacore, Pat Shepherd, Tom Troyano and Charles Murray.
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What’s in Your
Toms River Branch
Tuesday, Mar. 31, 6:30 pm

This program has been canceled. 


If you are looking for a site to drop off unused prescription drugs, please visit the Ocean County Board of Health: http://www.ochd.org/Prescription-Rx-Drop-Off-Boxes-in-Ocean-County/445/


In a recent survey, 3,000 Ocean County students reported that it is “easy” or “very easy” to get prescription medications from medicine cabinets.  Learn how you can protect your grandchildren, family and friends from the epidemic of prescription drug and heroin addiction by safely storing and disposing of your medications. 


  Sponsored by the Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention in partnership with the Center for Healthy Aging at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus and the Ocean County DART Coalition. .
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Friends Adventure –
Stafford Branch
Thursday, Apr. 2, 10:30 am
Register Online or call 609-597-3381.
Julia’s ability to prevail over adversity inspires and motivates all.
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Island Heights Branch
Monday, Apr. 6, 7:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-270-6266.
Rosie the Riveter is the story of the women who sustained our nation and her troops during WWII. Rosie and her sisters changed America forever, not only by their work during the war, but also by expanding the presence of women in the workplace, the arts and professions. This presentation, part of the celebration of Ocean County Library’s 90thAnniversary, explores how they proved their capabilities by stepping into the places of the men who went to war and how they paved the way for the feminist revolution.  Performed in costume. REG
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Meet Todd Harra, co-
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Apr. 9, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.

Join Todd Harra, fourth-generation undertaker and co-author of the critically acclaimed, and hugely popular, Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt.

Todd will be here to share many of the stories from the collection of quirky, fascinating, and humorous anecdotes from funeral directors across the United States that are featured in his latest book, Over Our Dead Bodies: Undertakers Lift the Lid.  

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Friends of the Staff
Stafford Branch
Saturday, Apr. 11, 10 am - 2 pm
The Friends of the Stafford Library will host a book sale on Saturday April 11, 2015 from 10 am - 2 pm. Come in and browse for great Books at great bargains for a worthy cause.
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Rosie the Riveter &
Waretown Branch
Saturday, Apr. 11, 11 am
Register Online or call 609-693-5133.
Registration required, begins Mar 13.
Rosie the Riveter is the story of the women who sustained our nation and her troops during WWII. Rosie and her sisters changed America forever, not only by their work during the war, but also by expanding the presence of women in the workplace, the arts and professions. Performed in costume and Sponsored by OCL Adult System Programming in celebration of Ocean County Library’s 90th Anniversary. Sponsored by OCL Adult System Programming.
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WREP When Radio Ente
Toms River Branch
Sunday, Apr. 12, 2:00 p.m.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Join us in our make-believe radio studio for a trip back in time for a live performance of “The Shadow” and “Arsenic and Old Lace” with live actors and real sound effects.
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Autism Awareness Wor
Toms River Branch
Monday, Apr. 13, 10:00 am
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Learn about Autism through this two hour workshop specially designed for community service providers.  The workshop will cover signs and symptoms of autism, treatment options, educational issues, and real life coping strategies.  It is intended to help community services providers understand autism so they can include individuals with ASD in their programs and services. Presented by professionals in the field who are also parents of young adults with autism.

Instructor: Simone Tellini, Director of Program Development, POAC Autism Services

Sponsored by OCL Cultural Competence Training Committee.
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A Mahjong Tournament
Toms River Branch
Wednesday, Apr. 15, 8:30am

Tournament to be held at Mancini Hall in the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library.  Entry fee is $40.00.  Registration deadline is April 1st, 2015.  All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Ocean County Library.

Sign in at 8:30am, play begins promptly at 9:30am.

Prizes will be awarded--Limit to 100 participants.  Continental Breakfast and Luncheon will be served.

Free all day parking at the Ocean County Parking Garage, a four block walk. 

Questions: call Marie Goione, 732-269-8210.

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Student Film Festiva
Toms River Branch
Saturday, Apr. 18, 6-9pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Join us for our annual viewing of the works of up-and-coming student filmmakers! With everything from commercials to stop-motion and horror films to comedies, this is not an event to be missed!
Teens and Adults welcome.
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Island Heights Branch
Monday, Apr. 20, 7:00 pm
Registration required, begins Apr 6.
Filmmaker Thomas Balmes offers an adorable glimpse at the first phase of life in this film following four newborn babies through their first year of life. Ponijao, Bayar, Mari and Hattie were born in Namibia, Mongolia, Japan, and California, respectively. By capturing their earliest stage of development on camera, Balmes reveals just how much we all have in common, despite being born to different parents and raised in different cultures.
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Pinelands Photograph
Toms River Branch
Tuesday, Apr. 21, 7pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Come and enjoy the beautiful art of the Pinelands Photography Group in both the McConnell and Upstairs Art Galleries.  Stay for some delicious refreshments and learn more about the art of capturing the beauty of the New Jersey Pinelands.

Please note that the Pinelands Photography Group exhibit is running throughout the month of April, but this evening affords attendees a chance to speak with the artists.
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Patsy’s Italia
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Apr. 23, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Patsy’s Restaurant, so famous for its classic Neapolitan Italian food that Frank Sinatra used to fly his favorite dishes from its kitchen to his gigs, has had three chefs since it was founded in 1944: Patsy, his son Joe, and his grandson Sal Scognamillo.  The three passed down family recipes, invented great new twists on beloved classics, and emphasized giving their diners—many of them celebrities—exactly what they wanted to eat. 
 
Patsy's executive chef and co-owner, Sal Scognamillo, will be here to introduce us to his NEW big,warm, beautiful Italian cookbook with some samples of deliciious recipes.

We will also feature some swingin' entertainment by singer George Pettignano!

Be here for a night of fun, food, and merriment!
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Concert – Carnaby St
Stafford Branch
Saturday, Apr. 25, 2 pm – 3 pm
Register Online or call 609-597-3381.
The Carnaby Street Band plays music of the ‘60s British Invasion bands such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermits, the Moody Blues, the Kinks, the Hollies, the Who, and the Bee Gees, along with these other ‘60s artists:  Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and the Monkees, to name a few. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Stafford Library. Please register.
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Hear History Come Al
Toms River Branch
Wednesday, Apr. 29, 11:00 am
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
In commemoration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month and OCL 90th celebration era of the 1940’s, meet two Japanese Internment survivors Mr. Hitoshi Frank Ono and Mr. Masaru Edmund Nakawatase.  Not only will they share their life stories with us, but also their photos, yearbooks and other mementoes from the past.
 
During World War II over 127,000 United States citizens were imprisoned. Their crime? Being of Japanese ancestry. Learn about the Executive Order 9066 signed by President Roosevelt condemning Japanese Americans to internment camps as a ‘justified wartime necessity.’
  Sponsored by OCL Cultural Competence Training Committee.
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Read, Sculpt, Share:
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Apr. 30, 5pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Sculpt a book into art!
Cut, fold, glue.... whatever you like as long as the main material is a book. The library can provide a used book for this project to registered contestants.
This competition is open to residence of Ocean County between the ages of 12-18.

Scupltures are due by April 30, 2015 and all entries will be on display for the month of May.

Winners will be announced mid-May.
Prizes:
1st Place- $25 Barns and Noble gift card & $25 art supplies gift card
2nd Place- $25 Barns and Noble gift card & $10 art supplies gift card
3rd Place- $25 Barns and Noble gift card

For a full list of guidelines, please come to the Information Desk, upstairs in Toms River or call 732-349-6200 ext 5203
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I’m an Artist-
Toms River Branch
Monday, May 11, 7:00 pm
Registration required, begins Apr 27.
I’m an Artist is a heartwarming documentary about young adults with physical, emotional and mental disabilities, and the dedicated teacher that helps them create their own art work.  I’m an Artist has been featured internationally and on PBS.

The heart of the film lies with the students’ art teacher who displays unwavering enthusiasm for her students. Through her guidance, she helps them gain self-confidence and self-acceptance as they express themselves artistically.

Don’t miss this inspiring documentary about the power of art and the creative potential to be found in children and young adults with special needs.
Please register.
 
Note to educators:  Ocean County Library is a Professional Development Provider registered with the NJ State Department of Education.  If you have received approval from your district, you may receive a Professional Development Certificate for participation in this event.
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