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F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Island Heights Branch
Saturday, Jan. 3, 11:30 am
Join us for a traditional Victorian Tea, complete with homemade baked goods and door prizes. Barbara Morreau, Heather Zbikowski and Samantha Purdon from the Ocean County Historical Society will guide us in proper tea etiquette and explain the history of Victorian Tea. Feel free to come dressed in Victorian attire and if you have a special tea cup, please bring it with you. Tickets are $12 and must be purchased upon registration. Please stop by the Island Heights Branch or call us at 732-270-6266 for more information.  Sorry, no refunds. Sponsored by Friends of the Island Heights Library. .
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The Friends of the O
Toms River Branch
Saturday, Jan. 24, 11:30 am-3:30 pm
Celebrate the new season of Downton Abbey with companion book author, Jessica Fellowes.  Tickets are available at two levels:  $35 for General Admission including the author presentation & booksigning  OR $75 VIP Ticket  including the above PLUS a Reception with the author, light refreshements, & priority seating for the presentation and booksigning.  Go to our website for more information:
http://theoceancountylibrary.org/
Click on the red banner for details, or call or stop by your local branch. 

*VIP tickets are limited--purchase yours today!

NOTE:  Booksigning open to the general public @ 2:45 pm
 
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Why Does My Dog Do T
Stafford Branch
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2 pm – 3 pm
Registration required, begins Jan 17.
Have you ever wondered why your dog follows you all over the house?  Have you ever wondered why your dog barks at the mail man even though he sees him every day at the same time?  Have you ever wondered why your dog 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?"  We 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 happily be addressed.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Island Heights Branch
Monday, Feb. 9, 7:00 pm
Registration required, begins Jan 26.
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
Registration required, begins Jan 14.
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."
 
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Justice is a Black W
Lacey Branch
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2:00 pm
Registration required, begins Jan 21.
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.
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.

December 2014 meeting date changed to Thursday December 4, 2014  10 am - 12 pm.

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 2014 are:
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake, 12/9

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
Berkeley 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 to set up an appointment. 
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. 
FREE VIP Coupon Book
Jackson Branch
Saturday, Nov. 1,

Show your Library Card at the Jackson Premium Outlets between November 1, 2014 and January 1, 2015 and receive a FREE VIP Coupon Book valued at $5 and worth hundreds of dollars in additional savings at participating stores.

You MUST bring your library card to the information desk located in the food court at the Jackson Premium Outlets to receive your free coupon book. This promo is open to all library cardholders!


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.
Toms River Branch
Wednesdays, November19, and 26; (No meeting on Dec. 24) Wednesdays, December 3,10, 17, 31

Are you 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.
Toms River Branch
4th Thursday of the month at 2:00 pm (except November when they will meet on the 3rd Thursday)
10/23/14     Dear Life by Alice Munro
11/20/14     My Beloved World By Sonia Sotomayor

No Meeting in December  2014

1/22/15     The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
2/26/15     Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
3/26/15     The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
4/23/15     Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
5/28/15     The Round House by Louise Erdrich
6/25/15     The Painted Girls by Cathy Buchanan

No Meetings in July and August


9/24/15     The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
10/22/15    Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
11/19/15    Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth       
Toms River Branch
Tuesdays, November 25; Tuesdays, December 2, 9, 16, 23,and 30
New to speaking English? Join us and talk about current events and other subjects. New members welcome.
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