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F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Social Media/Digital
Toms River Branch
Thursday, Jan. 29, 6:30 pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Attention all businesses! Do you want to know how you can meet the challenges of marketing your business via social media and the internet? Then this program is for you.

Social Media and digital marketing are challenges for small business owners to understand and leverage. A Local business owner will cover the use of online channels to increase customer engagement/satisfaction and revenue and ways for consumers and business owners to have a meaningful and beneficial relationship online. Please Register.


 
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Why Does My Dog Do T
Stafford Branch
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2 pm – 3 pm
Register Online or call 609-597-3381.
Have you ever wondered why your dog follows you all over the house, barks at the mail man even though he sees him every day at the same time, or runs to the front door and barks or jumps on visitors?  Please join us for an interesting and fun presentation called, "Why Does My Dog Do That?"  Paul will discuss the basic motivations behind canine behavior so you can better understand your own dog, whether it be a five pound terrier or a one hundred and fifty pound mastiff.  Questions focused on understanding canine behavior will be happily addressed.
   
 Please do not bring your dog to this program.    
 
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Island Heights Branch
Monday, Feb. 9, 7:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-270-6266.
Dr. Daisy Century of the American Historical Theatre will present a living history presentation of 19th Century entrepreneur and early civil rights advocate Madame CJ Walker. Walker revolutionized the hair care and cosmetics industry, becoming America’s first, female, self-made millionaire. As a member of the NAACP, she was instrumental in their efforts to make lynching a federal crime. This 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.
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Bang! Life After Dea
Lacey Branch
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2:00 pm
Register Online or call 609-693-8566.
Bishop's Kid Productions presents, "Bang!  Life After Death", a new stage play written by nationally reknown playwright Kenneth G. Craddox. In a time where we continuously work to secure a safe future for our children, Mr. Craddox tells a story of a young man who faces choices, and how these choices can ultimately affect his young life. This is an excellent presentation in addressing issues such as anti-violence, and is being called a "definite message and eye opener for our youth."

This program is also held at the Brick Branch of February 18 and at the Jackson Branch of February 21.
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Jazz Virtuoso Brian
Toms River Branch
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2:00 pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200.
Enjoy an afternoon of American standards and original compositions with jazz guitarist, composer, and  educator Brian Betz.
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Justice is a Black W
Lacey Branch
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2:00 pm
Register Online or call 609-693-8566.
We are privileged to be screening this award-winning biographical film which tells the story of Constance Baker Motley, civil rights activist, state senator, lawyer, judge and Borough President of Manhattan.  We are also pleased that the writer of this documentary, Susan Bailey, originally from Toms River, will be joining us for a Q & A session after the screening. This film won, among other awards, the Best Documentary Feature award at the St. Tropez International Film Festival in 2013.
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Harlem Grooves: Lege
Lakewood Branch
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2:00pm
Register Online or call 732-363-1435.

     Join us for this live multimedia extravaganza featuring musical performances, live narration and integrated video from Key Arts Productions!
     It’s the "Roaring Twenties" and Harlem becomes the new center of Black culture and artistic expression.  Writers Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston compose fascinating stories of Black life in America, while Jazz greats Cab Calloway and "The Duke" fill the airwaves and streets with red hot rhythms during the height of the Jazz Age.
     Harlem Grooves celebrates a blossoming of African American culture, particularly in the creative arts, and an extremely influential movement in African American literary history.  Embracing literary, musical, theatrical and visual arts, participants laid the groundwork for all later African American literature and had an enormous impact on subsequent Black consciousness worldwide.  While the Renaissance was not confined to the Harlem district of New York City, Harlem attracted a remarkable concentration of intellect and talent and served as the capital of this cultural awakening and awareness.

Sponsored by OCL’s Library Foundation - celebrating Black History and OCL’s 90th Anniversary.
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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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Island Heights Branch
Monday, Mar. 16, 6:30 pm
Registration required, begins Mar 2.
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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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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Pine Shores Art Asso
Stafford Branch
Monday, Mar. 30, 6 pm, Lecture – 7 pm
Registration required, begins Mar 2.
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.
Friends of the Staff
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.


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

 
Wednesday Evening Bo
Stafford Branch
Every first Wednesday of the month starting at 7 pm
The Wednesday Book Discussion group meets at the Stafford Library the first Wednesday evening of every month at 7:00 pm. You are welcome to join the discussion. Come to the circulation desk to pick up your books.


Titles and meeting dates for 2015 are:
The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman, 1/7
House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, 2/4
Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro, 3/4
Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, 4/1
And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, 5/6
Grayson by Lynne Cox, 6/3
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, 9/2
 
Tuesday Book Discuss
Stafford Branch
Every second Tuesday of the month starting at 1 pm
The Tuesday Book Discussion group meets at the Stafford Library the second Tuesday of every month at 1:00 pm. You are welcome to join the discussion. Come to the circulation desk to pick up your books.

The titles and meeting dates for 2015 are:
A Widow's Story by Joyce Carol Oates, 1/13
Broken For You by Stephanie Kallos, 2/10
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet by Jamie Ford, 3/10
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, 4/14
When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson, 5/12
Everything Nice by Ellen Shanman, 6/9
The Writing on My Forehead by Narfisa Haji, 7/14
Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman, 8/11
One on One Computer
Beachwood Branch
By Appointment Only
Sign up for a one-on-one class with a staff member who will teach you the basics of using your eReader, how to access eLibraryNJ for free books or for computer help.
Please call the branch at 732-244-4573 to set up an appointment.
Ewe Knit & Crochet
Barnegat Branch
All Skill levels invited!

2nd Tuesday of the Month @ 10am - 12pm  
           
3rd Thursday of the Month @ 10:15am - 12:15pm

4th Saturday of the Month @  1pm - 3pm
Knitting Meetup
Toms River Branch
Thursdays at 6pm
Like to knit?  Like to talk?  Pack up your yarn and knitting needles and join us for an informal weekly knitting meetup group upstairs. 
English Conversation
Beachwood Branch
Wednesdays,12/10, 12/17, 12/30, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 9:00 -10:00 am
New to speaking English?  Join us and talk about current events and other subjects.  New members welcome.
Friends of the Libra
Beachwood Branch
12/5, 1/2, 2/6, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1, 6/5, 9/4, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4, 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.
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