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F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Summer Reading 2014
All Locations
Monday, Jun. 2,
Summer Reading 2014

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on all the books you’ve been wanting to read.

Register, starting June 2nd; and track your books, starting June 17th,  at our Summer Reading website.

From traditional print to audiobooks to eBooks OCL has it, check us out!

 



F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
"Making Waves" @ MAKER CAMP in the Toms River Library
Toms River Branch
July 7th thru August 15th
Making Waves @ MAKER

For Teens 12-18
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
July 7th thru August 15th

What is a maker?
Someone who makes things!
Anyone can be a maker


Click for Schedule



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Soviet and Russian Composers – A Perspective
Island Heights Branch
Saturday, Jul. 26, 11:00 am
Register Online or call 732-270-6266.
International concert violinist David Podles illustrates the pure elation and profound complexity of Russian/Soviet music. David, originally from Latvia, performs music from Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Glinka & Korsakov.



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Visit with Harper A. Brooks, author of "His Haven, The Redemption Series - Book One"
Lacey Branch
Saturday, Jul. 26, 2 pm
Register Online or call 609-693-8566.
Visit with Harper A.
This book is taking the vampire romance genre by storm!  Come meet Harper A. Brooks, the author of this exciting series.  If you are a fan, you won't want to miss this author event! For teens and adults.


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Morris Museum Dinosaurs
Brick Branch
Thursday, Jul. 31, 10:30 am
Register Online or call 732-477-4513 .
Morris Museum Dinosa
Ages 5 to 8 - Study the giants that inhabited the earth millions of years ago, students will examine fossils and models. Through observation and comparison, they will learn to identify various characteristics of dinosaurs and how they lived.
Aligns with the NJ Core Content Curriculum Standards:
Science 5.1 A, 5.1 D, 5.3 E, 5.4 B

http://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/standards/5/index.html
This program will also be held at:
Dinosaurs!
Plumsted Branch
Tuesday, Jul. 15, 10:30 am
 


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Awesome Dinosaur Hunter
Toms River Branch
Friday, Aug. 1, 6:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Awesome Dinosaur Hun
Awesome Dinosaur Hunter
David Engel (priate school fame) is on a dinosaur hunt! 

Juggling, interactive fun, and magic.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Toms River Library

After Hours Family Program
 


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Be a Magician
Island Heights Branch
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-270-6266.
Learn magic tricks with Debby Pease and amaze your family and friends!Ages 8+. REGAligns with NJ Core Content Curriculum Standards:Visual and Performing Arts 1.3.Chttp://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/standards/1/1-3.htm



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Amazing V – Fizz, Boom, Shaboom!
Island Heights Branch
Monday, Aug. 11, 7:00 pm
Registration required, begins Jul 28.
The Amazing V brings science fiction to life in a show packed with colorful comedy magic, great music and tons of audience participation. Ages 5+. REGAligns with NJ Core Content Curriculum Standards:Visual and Performing Arts 1.3.P.A.1, 1.3.P.A.5, 1.3.P.C.4, 1.4.P.A.5, 1.4.P.A. 6, 1.4.P.A.7, 1.4.8.A.6http://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/standards/1/1-4.htm



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WREP - When Radio Entertained People!
Toms River Branch
Monday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
WREP - When Radio En
Join us in our make believe radio studio for live vintage radio plays read by live actors with vinatege sound effects!
Our features include "You Can't Take it With You" and "Life or Riley".


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Six Degrees of the Bracelet: Vietnam’s Continuing Grip with Author John Siegfried
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Six Degrees of the B
Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that everyone is at most six steps away from, or connected to, any other person on Earth.While the Vietnam War was raging, silver bracelets were created to raise awareness of, and show support for, American servicemen who were prisoners of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA). After the war, black bracelets were produced to pay homage to any of our armed forces killed in action (KIA). The orange bracelet is more recent and symbolizes all those, living and deceased, who have suffered from diseases, combat wounds, and post-traumatic stress resulting from their Vietnam service. These bracelets honor the memory and sacrifice of our troops--one of the central goals of this book. While the Vietnam War was raging, silver bracelets were created to raise awareness of, and show support for, American servicemen who were prisoners of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA). After the war, black bracelets were produced to pay homage to any of our armed forces killed in action (KIA). The orange bracelet is more recent and symbolizes all those, living and deceased, who have suffered from diseases, combat wounds, and post-traumatic stress resulting from their Vietnam service. These bracelets honor the memory and sacrifice of our troops--one of the central goals of this book. You will be riveted by the indescribable stories told by veterans, about veterans, and for veterans, and by the families of the lost or still missing MIAs. More than 3,400,000 men and women served in Southeast Asia. Although close to 60 percent of all Vietnam veterans who served in-country are no longer alive, the families of all these veterans will continue to be affected by the Vietnam War for generations. This book illustrates the misery and despair experienced by both soldiers and victims of this visceral war, but also the exhilaration of combat, and the camaraderie felt, during their respective tours, to present day. The understanding of warfare, combined with the appreciation of all the elements derived from combat, is necessary to better comprehend the effects of battle on those who have sworn to protect our country. Even if our soldiers did not incur flesh wounds, they may have suffered irreparable damage to their emotions, their psyche, and their soul. We civilians may never know or be able to comprehend the degradation caused to their human spirit and the violence and brutality they encountered. We need also to continue to support these men and women in the aftermath of their courageous service.


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Balloon Animal Workshop
Island Heights Branch
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2:00 pm
Registration required, begins Aug 7.
Debby Pease will teach how to make balloon animals and swords in this hands-on workshop. Ages 8+. REG



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The Acoustic Musicians’ Guild
Beachwood Branch
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 7:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-244-4573.
The Acoustic Musicia
Join us for a great evening of traditional, folk rock and contemporary music performed by the local artists of the Acoustic Musician's Guild.
The location of the performance will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the intersection of Rt. 9 & Rt. 166, Beachwood.   For all ages.  Please register by calling 732-244-4573 or www.theoceancountylibrary.org.


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Swinging Saturday: RB Express
Toms River Branch
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2pm
Registration required, begins Aug 16.
Dance and singalong with this Rock, Pop, & Soul retro band exemplifying the tight harmonies and rhythms of the early street corner groups.  The RB Express has performed with such artists as Frankie Lymon's Teenagers, Little Anthony and The Imperials, The Tokens, Larry Chance and The Earls, The Passions, The Dimensions, Richard Street's Temptations Review, Felix Cavaliere and The Young Rascals, The Happenings, Lou Christie, The Angels, and even made appearances in the movie, "The Old Man and the Seymore", and on television with "Fox and Friends". Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.



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Volunteer Fair
Toms River Branch
Tuesday, Sep. 23, 2:00-6:30 pm
Meet with a variety of local organizations that are looking for your help. Many different talents and skills are needed and many organizations provided training to volunteers.  Find an organization that is a perfect match for you.



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Gospelfest 2014
Toms River Branch
Saturday, Sep. 27, 12:00-4:00 pm
Registration required, begins Sep 13.
Gospelfest 2014
Ocean County Library celebrates Gospel Music Month. Come and enjoy a day of Gospel music presented by Local and Statewide choirs, soloists and Praise and Worship teams. Included will be Arts Ministries such as dance, mime, Spoken Word and Dramatic presentations. Sponsored by the Friends of the Toms River Library.


Open Mic Night
Toms River Branch
First Wednesday of each month, 7pm (6:30 sign up for performers)
Open Mic Night
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 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
Friends of the Libra
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
Knit Wits
Learn from scratch, refresh skills or try some new techniques.  All skill levels.  No registration necessary.
 
Afternoon Book Discussion JANUARY SWITCHED TO 1/30/14
Toms River Branch
2pm on the 4th Thursday of the month except November. No December meeting.
1/30/14    The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
2/27/14    The bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
3/27/14    The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
4/24/14    The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
5/22/14    Half-Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
6/26/14    Their Eyes Are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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