Friends of the Island Library, Inc.



President: Judy Bouton

Vice President: Gina Ciccone

Treasurer: Dennis Dziuma

Corresponding: Kathy McCaffrey

Recording: Marianne Green

Board Members and
Committee Chairs

Booksales: Jackie Stockton & Carol Dunn

Bulletin Board: Kathy McCaffrey     

Hospitality: Marie Cooper           

Mailing: Lois Fox        

Newsletter: Jim Curley

Programs: Bernadette Callanan

Publicity: Gina Ciccone

Scholarships: Kathy McCaffrey

Special Friends

Margaret Hawke                            
Judy Heuberger
Phyllis Karp
Phyllis Milder
Nancy Petralia
Rita Willard


Latest News

Read the latest Friends Report

Read the Friends Report, January 2012 online here!

Eleanor Smith Memorial Scholarship

The Friends of the Island Library will award a $1,000.00 scholarship for one time only to a resident of Ocean County, or an employee of the Ocean County Library, to pursue her/his Masters’ Degree in Library Science.
Deadline to apply: March 31, 2012
Click here for more information and application form.

The Friends of the Island Library meet on the 2nd Monday of each month, except August and December, at 10:00 a.m. at the Long Beach Island Branch.

Friends’ Events

Brain Games
January through May
1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 1:00 p.m.

Writers’ Group
January through April
1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.

November through April
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 1:00 p.m.

Friends’ Book Sale
May 3-5, 2012

Thursday & Friday 9am-4pm; Saturday 9am-noon

Friends’ Special Event!

All the following programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Island Library.

March 14, 10:00am, Wednesday
The History of Irish Story Telling
Ireland has a long tradition of story tellers, seanachies, derived originally from the lack of a written language prior to the arrival of St. Patrick. Our program will start with the earliest stories and follow with examples from the major periods of Irish storytelling, finishing with Irish humor from today. Dick Noble, the self-proclaimed Senchai Cois Fharraige, Seaside Seanachie, has kissed the Blarney Stone, even though he didn't feel he had to. He is currently on the Executive Board of the Irish American Cultural society of South Jersey and edits their monthly newsletter. Please register.

April 11, 10:00am, Wednesday
A Tear From a Stone: The Titanic Tragedy
April 15, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. This tragedy hit the parish of Addergoole, County Mayo, Ireland especially hard. Jim Curley, first-generation Irish American and a relative of one of those lost, will present an overview of Irish immigration from the time of the Great Hunger (mid-19th C), with particular attention to the 14 people from Addergoole who were in Titanic’s 3rd class. He will conclude with news of how their descendants in Ireland are marking this anniversary. Presented by the Friends of the Island Library in partnership with Amergael of LBI. Please register.

April 16, 7:00pm, Monday
Our Gang Presents!
Join us for an evening of song from our local community theater. The evening’s performance will feature some of your favorite Broadway songs, including selections from the upcoming performances of Peter Pan and Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Performers will be introduced by Sherry Schnepp, Artistic Director, Our Gang Players. Please register.

May 21, 7:00pm, Monday
Vignettes of Hank Williams
Hank Williams had a profound influence on American music. Learn about this country music legend from one of New Jersey’s own legends, Old Time Country Music Hall of Famer Jim Murphy. Jim is a mainstay at Albert Hall in Waretown, in the heart of the Pinelands. Murphy has a keen interest in Hank Williams, and has written and recorded a musical biography of his life. Jim will be bringing a fiddler along to accompany his guitar, so join us for music, stories and lots of fun! Please register.

Please contact the Long Beach Island Branch of the Ocean County Library at 494-2480 to register for each program.



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