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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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Give a Pig a Pancake
Waretown Branch
Saturday, Mar. 7, 11:00 AM
Register Online or call 609-693-5133.
Give a Pig a Pancake -The New Jersey Theatre Alliance and Centenary Stage Company present a play about a young girl who accommodates the demands of a quirky piglet after eating pancakes. Their adventure is just beginning as they take a bubble bath, tap dance, take a photo, mail a letter, build and decorate a tree house, and of course, go back for more pancakes!  All ages welcome.

Aligns with Core Content Curriculum Standards *CCSS: 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 3.4, 3.5 

Please register.
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Stone Soup and Other
Stafford Branch
Saturday, Mar. 7, 2 pm
Register Online or call 609-597-3381.

Produced by the Pushcart Players. Presented by The New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival.  www.njtheatrealliance.org and www.stagesfestival.org This is made possible by the support of the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. All ages welcome.

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Lacey Branch
Saturday, Mar. 7, 2:00 pm
Register Online or call 609-693-8566.
This presentation provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities as parents of children with special needs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Parents begin to identify dreams and goals for their children, understand laws and learn advocacy strategies that will help them help their children reach those goals. Parents of classified children, and children who may not yet be classified, will benefit from this training.
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Saving Face - Film
Toms River Branch
Monday, Mar. 9, 10:00 am
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the OCL Cultural Competence Training Committee is proud to present ‘Saving Face’, winner of the Academy Award for best documentary. The film presents a realistic view of women’s struggle for justice in Pakistan. Learn about Pakistan, its culture and the changing social and political dynamics in the face of some very determined and incredibly strong women. Film screening 40 minutes followed by Q&A.

Sponsored by OCL Cultural Competence Training Committee.
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Market Your Business
Toms River Branch
Wednesday, Mar. 11, 11:00 am
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Can a website really help me grow my business? Learn the key features of a successful website and how to get your business to show up when searched online and attract new business.  Light lunch will be provided to business owners attending.
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Toms River Multigene
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Mar. 12, 7:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Join us for a wonderful performance of contemporary and classic selections. 
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Island Heights Branch
Monday, Mar. 16, 6:30 pm
Register Online or call 732-270-6266.
New Kid is the story of an immigrant family from a fictitious place called “Homeland.” When the family arrives in America, they discover a new culture and unexpected prejudice against Homelanders. This performance explores issues of moving to a new place, being the outsider and making and keeping friends. Topics of racism, prejudice, peer pressure and conflict resolution are presented in an age-appropriate manner. Presented by George Street Playhouse as part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival. Appropriate for Grades K – 6. Performance will be held at the Island Heights Grade School. REG
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Harold Lloyd- Celebr
Toms River Branch
Monday, Mar. 16, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.

Join us for a special evening celebrating 100 Years of  the Comic Film Legend HAROLD LLOYD! 

We will feature a screening of Lloyd's silent classic FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE

with  LIVE music by  Ben Model, one of the nation's leading silent film accompanists.

 

Photo:©2011 The Harold Lloyd Trust

 

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NJ Makers Day
Toms River Branch
Saturday, Mar. 21, 10:00-3:00
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
OCL is proud to announce that on Saturday, March 21, 2015, we will join over 80 libraries and community groups from across New Jersey to celebrate and share “maker culture”.  
This inaugural NJ Makers Day celebrates the enthusiasm and interest in the culture of making and creating.  This free festival will feature hands-on learning experiences for teens and adults by Google Hangouts, Robotics clubs, and local artisans for a fun day of collaboration.
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NJ Maker Day
Toms River Branch
Saturday, Mar. 21, 10 am - 3 pm.
OCL is proud to announce that on Saturday, March 21, 2015, we will join over 100 libraries and community groups from across New Jersey to celebrate and share “maker culture”.  
This inaugural NJ Makers Day celebrates the enthusiasm and interest in the culture of making and creating.  This free festival will feature hands-on learning experiences for teens and adults by Google Hangouts,Coding Classes, Minecraft, Legos,3D Printers, Adrino Boards, Lil Bits,  Robotics clubs, and local artisans for a fun day of collaboration. Whether you are an adult, teen or child interested in STEM technology  and the wave of the futureor just like to Tinker and Make stuff  please drop of and check out the FUN!!

Above activites featured at two OCL branches!  Toms River and Jackosn! 
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NJ Makers Day
Jackson Branch
Saturday, Mar. 21, 10 am - 3 pm
OCL is proud to announce that on Saturday, March 21, 2015, we will join over 100 libraries and community groups from across New Jersey to celebrate and share “maker culture”.  
This inaugural NJ Makers Day celebrates the enthusiasm and interest in the culture of making and creating.  This free festival will feature hands-on learning experiences for teens and adults by Google Hangouts,Coding Classes, Minecraft, Legos,3D Printers, Adrino Boards, Lil Bits,  Robotics clubs, and local artisans for a fun day of collaboration. Whether you are an adult, teen or child interested in STEM technology  and the wave of the futureor just like to Tinker and Make stuff  please drop of and check out the FUN!!

Above activites featured at two OCL branches!  Toms River and Jackosn! 
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Jazz Singer Maggie W
Stafford Branch
Saturday, Mar. 21, 2 pm – 3 pm
Registration required, begins Mar 7.
Maggie sings songs in the style of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Sarah Vaughan. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Stafford Library.
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The Secret Life of H
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Mar. 26, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Since his death eighty-eight years ago, Harry Houdini’s life has been chronicled in books, in film, and on television. Renowned magic expert William Kalush will join us to discuss the man behind the myth, and a life based on deception.

Drawing from millions of pages of research, he will discuss the passions that drove Houdini to perform ever-more-dangerous feats, his secret life as a spy, and a pernicious plot to subvert his legacy.

In his book, The Secret Life of Houdini, Kalush traces the arc of the master magician’s life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame—his legacy later threatened by a group of fanatical Spiritualists led by esteemed British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

William Kalush is the founder and Executive Director of Conjuring Arts Research Center in Manhattan, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of magic and its allied arts. He is a lifelong student of sleight of hand, magic and its histories. His intense research into the roots of magic and the conjuring arts make him a sought after historian. He works closely with a number of magicians to produce stage and television shows based on historic sleight of hand techniques.
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Swinging Saturday: K
Toms River Branch
Saturday, Mar. 28, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Listen to the “funky Pied Piper of jazz flute” play some soul favorites like Ooh Child and some brand new hits including his trademark tune Foreign Funk. This remarkable musician is not to be missed!  Sponsored by the Toms
River Friends of the Library. 
Sponsored by Sponsored by theToms River Friends of the Library.
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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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Friends Adventure –
Stafford Branch
Thursday, Apr. 2, 10:30 am
Julia’s ability to prevail over adversity inspires and motivates all.
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Island Heights Branch
Monday, Apr. 6, 7:00 pm
Registration required, begins Mar 23.
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.
Registration required, begins Mar 9.

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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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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