Stafford Leader

‘Arsenal for Democracy’ Is Friends’ Monthly Program

Feb 08, 2019

Stafford Branch,

Ocean County Library

129 North Main St. (Route 9)

Manahawkin (609-597-3381)

In honor of the upcoming Presidents Day holiday, the Friends of the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library monthly adventure program will present “FDR: An Arsenal for Democracy” on Friday, Feb. 15, at 10:30 a.m. The presentation is a New Jersey Council for the Humanities Grant Public Scholars Project program.

Neill Hartley, a first-person interpreter, will portray Franklin Delano Roosevelt as he prepares to give his “Arsenal for Democracy” speech, which was given on Dec. 29, 1940. He has just been re-elected to an unprecedented third term in office. But the world is in a crisis, as Nazi Germany has blazed the path of destruction across Europe, and America may soon be drawn into war.

Call to register for the program.

Next month’s adventure program features children’s author Steve Hochman on Wednesday, March 6, at 3:30 p.m. He will provide facts about how he writes books and illustrates them with the help of schoolchildren.

The String of Purls knit and crochet group meets on Saturdays, Feb. 16 and March 2, at 10:30 a.m.; Thursday, Feb. 21 and March 7, at 1 p.m;  and Wednesday, Feb. 27, at noon. For beginners, bring size 9 knitting needles and light-colored 4-ply cotton or acrylic yarn. To crochet, bring the same yarn, and size “I” crochet hook.

The American Association of University Women book discussion group holds its next meeting on Monday, March 4, at 11 a.m. The topic is The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict.

The branch celebrates Youth Art Month on Tuesday, March 5, at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 2 to 5 are invited to create self-portraits, which will be displayed at the branch.

The next Brain Games session is March 6 at 1 p.m. Older adults are invited to participate in a range of mental exercises designed to keep their minds sharp.

The branch holds a blood drive on Thursday, March 7, from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. To make an appointment, contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROS (1-800-733-2767) or online at

The Pine Shores Art Association holds a reception for Carol Neugebauer, Joyce Ecochard, Brax Serrano, Leslie Williams, Elaine Burnett and Ilomay Pedicini on Monday, March 11, at 6 p.m. Their paintings will be on display in March and April. At 7 p.m., Professor Kate Nearpass Ogden will discuss “Art Forgery and Stolen Art.”

Mah jongg buffs get together for games every Friday beginning at 12:30 p.m. Participants should bring current-year game cards and sets.

The English conversation group meets Sundays from 3 to 4 p.m. and Mondays from 11 a.m. to noon. The group is an opportunity for members of the community who are learning to speak English to practice their skills.

The Tuesday book discussion group gets together on Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. The subject is America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie.

The Teen Advisory Board meets on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. Members can earn community service credit and build leadership skills as they assist the teen librarian in planning and running programs.

The branch is closed for Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 18.

— Eric Englund

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