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Celebrating Youth Art in Ocean Township

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Youth Art Month is celebrated nationally in March each year and is designed to educate the community as to what is being taught in the visual arts curriculum, helping to emphasize the value of art education for all students. Across the country, events will occur throughout the month at the national, state, county and local levels to celebrate the talent students possess. As part of this observance the Ocean Township Library and Terner House Gallery will be the site of the Ocean Township School District’s Youth Art Month Exhibit during the entire month of March, according…

Neptune Library Hosting Holiday Bake Sale

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Friends of the Neptune Library is hoping to tempt the community with the sweet treats of the season as they hold their first annual Friends of the Library Holiday Bake Sale. Set for Sat., Dec. 19 from 10 am to 2pm, the sale will be held in the Library Lobby with goodies galore and all of the proceeds going to the Mayor’s Book Club, according to Amanda LeMay, Reference Intern and organizer of the event. “This is the first time we are holding a bake sale at the library. We have been looking into different…

Need Homework Help? Try the Asbury Park Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Asbury Park children have plenty to look forward to this fall at the Asbury Park Library, according to Linda Keane, Children’s Librarian and Program Coordinator. The “Craft Lady,” Miss Irene Boles-Petry is back again to continue with her monthly session of stories, snacks and seasonal crafts. Boles-Petry is a regular favorite among the children who “enjoy her creativity,” Keane said. The program is for ages kindergarten and up with pre-registration required. Space is limited to the first twelve children. The next session is Wednesday, October 14 at 3:15pm. The following sessions will be Wednesday, November 4…

Heroes and Their Stories at the Ocean Township Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Does your child have a hero? The Ocean Township Library is hosting its summer reading program with the theme “Every Hero Has a Story.” The program centers on heroes who include superheroes and local heroes such as police officers and firefighters. All of the programs for the summer are based on the Collaborative Summer Reading theme, according to Kate Benedict, Monmouth County Children’s Librarian at the Ocean Township Library as well as the Little Silver branch. “Ocean Library has a large community of summer vacationers that use the library also. I have been told that they…

Make Your Own Soaps and Learn to Tie Dye at Neptune Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL With the school year finally complete, thoughts of summer activities for the older kids, in particular the tween and teen set, are on the minds of parents and caregivers alike. There are plenty of programs available for younger children but those in the double digit years may feel left out of the mix. But not at the Neptune Public Library where this summer there are several scheduled activities for kids in sixth through twelfth grades. The list includes Tie Dyeing, Soap Making, a Super Hero Design course, and DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Bath Bombs, all of which are…

Summer is Time for Reading at Asbury Park Public Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL For many children, the end of the school year and the beginning of the summer season translates into three months of no reading, no writing and no arithmetic. But for Linda Keane, children’s librarian at Asbury Park Library, summer break shouldn’t represent a book-free one. She believes quite the contrary and supports “the time in which kids get the chance to fall in love with reading.” “Summer vacation is when children have this chance. Studies have shown that children who are allowed to choose books they really like are the ones who both read the most…

Family Fun Day at Neptune Church

  By DENISE HERSCHEL West Grove United Methodist Church in Neptune is holding it’s second annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expected to be a part of the afternoon’s festivities are pony rides, face painting, a photo booth, carnival type games and live music by the praise band New Song. Also included is picnic style food such as hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks. In addition, there will be also be wellness screenings for diabetes and blood pressure by Neptune Rehab. All of the activities and food are free with the public…

Write a Poem, Win a Prize; Neptune library sponsoring contest

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The month of April has been designated as National Poetry Month and as part of the celebration Neptune Library is sponsoring a poetry contest for township residents in grades six through twelve. The theme of this year’s contest, “Libraries Are a Place of Unlimited Possibilities,” is in conjunction with National Library Week, April 12 – April 18. “We have held a poetry contest in the past with success. We want students to be creative with their poems and to incorporate this year’s library theme into their poems. Libraries are a place where knowledge is gained,” said…

Art Exhibit and Wine Tasting Raises Funds for Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL It’s been a decade since Bradley Beach artist and Friends of the Bradley Beach Library President Joan Cicchi had an idea — showcase local artists work at a library exhibit to the public while raising funds for the library. Thirty artists and 100 attendees were involved in that first show in 2005. Now 10 years later, more than 60 artists and 300 people are expected to be a part of the annual Bradley Beach Library Art Exhibit and Wine Tasting event at the library on Sun., March 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. “The art show…

Now at the Bradley Beach Library: Zen Meditation Program

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Bradley Beach Library has offered reading groups, support groups, and now it has added a Zen Meditation group. Introduced several months ago, the weekly group has developed a following with anywhere from five to 10 individuals regularly attending. Sharlene Edwards, assistant library director, said the idea to begin such a group was the brainchild of Bradley Beach resident and library patron Elaine Held who took her Buddhist vows about seven years ago. “Elaine approached me about bringing her Zen Meditation group here. She agreed that it would be free and open to the public. I…

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