Stafford Township Library Association


Board Members

Nora DeRosa

Joan Gigstad

Barbara Liberti

Jo Shinn
Corresponding Secretary

Joanne Assini
Recording Secretary

Latest News

December 4, 2014

The 2015 Officers of the Friends of the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library were sworn in on December 4, 2014.

Pictured left to right: Jo Shinn (Corresponding Secretary), Joanne Assini (Recording Secretary), Barbara Liberti (Treasurer), Joan Gigstad (Vice-President), Nora DeRosa (President)

November 7th, 2014

The Stafford Friends sponsored an entertaining family program at the Stafford Branch called “Eyes of the Wild: Mammal Mania” on Friday, November 7th, 2014. Thirty children and twenty-one adults saw a live chinchilla, hedgehog, woodchuck, Arctic Fox (pictured) and a wallaby. They learned about their habitats and behavior in a fun, entertaining program.

September 17, 2014

The Stafford Friends hosted a lecture on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, by Carl Jablonski, President of the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society, about the Hindenburg disaster. Mr. Jablonski gave a highly informative talk and brought artifacts that survived the crash of the Hindenburg including a fork, spoon, wine goblet, and piece of the blimp’s framing. 64 people attended the program.

2014 Officers (left to right)
Jo Shinn – Corresponding Secretary
Rosalie Torry – Vice President
Nora DeRosa – President
Joanne Assini – Recording Secretary
Barbara Liberti - Treasurer


The Friends of the Stafford Library accepted a Proclamation from Stafford Township in celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week, which ran from October 18-24, 2014. Mayor John Spodofora and Councilman Henry Mancini honored their efforts on behalf of the library. Accepting the proclamation are: Anita Bowman, Barbara Liberti, Joan Gigstad, Councilman Mancini, Mayor Spodofora, Friends President Nora DeRosa, Barbara Ferrell, Jo Shinn, and Stafford Branch Manager Chris Rodas.


The RB Express performed at the Stafford Branch on Saturday, September 21, 2003. They took the audience of 90 people on a walk down memory lane, singing popular doo wop hits from the 1950's. This concert was co-sponsored by the Stafford Friends.

2013 Stafford Friends Officers

2013 STAFFORD FRIENDS OFFICERS: Left to right:  President Nora DeRosa, VP of Membership Barbara Ferrell, Treasurer Barbera Liberti, Recording Secretary Joanne Assini, and Corresponding Secretary Jo Shinn.  Not pictured: VP of Programs Doreen Trento

On May 30, 2012, Stafford Friends (from left Barbara Ferrell, Nora DeRosa, Mary Ann Boyler, Barbara Liberti and Marion Gwynn) packed 30 boxes of books, soon to be en route to Africa, through the Subayo Foundation in New York City.

At their December 1, 2011 meeting the Stafford Friends installed their 2012 slate of officers.

L to R: Mary Ann Boyler-Corresponding Secretary, Joanne Assinni-Recording Secretary, Barbara Liberti-Treasurer, Barbara Ferrell-VP of Membership and Nora DeRosa-President

The Stafford Friends co-sponsored several wonderful programs at the branch this fall. On October 29, 2011 actress Elaine Bromka presented "Tea for Three" a play she wrote which portrays Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford. PHOTO CAPTION: Elaine Bromka performs "Tea for Three"

The Friends also sponsored "Who's Who at the Zoo" on November 10th. Live animals from the Philadelphia Zoo visited, along with Devon the zookeeper. Kids of all ages learned about macaws, porcupines and other exotic creatures.

On September 8th, the Friends of the Stafford Branch hosted a program featuring a visit from Alice Roosevelt Longworth, President Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter. Actress Kim Hanley, brought this colorful character to life before a packed house.

Stafford Mayor John Spodofora joined Ocean County Library Commissioners Henry Mancini and Sal Baglio in a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the recently refurbished Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library. The event, co-sponsored by the Friends of the Stafford Branch, took place at the library on Saturday, June 25th.

Assisting with the ribbon cutting at the re-opening of the recently renovated Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library were: Anne Bungo (President, Friends of the Stafford Library); Chris Rodas (Stafford Branch Manager); Susan Quinn (Ocean County Library Director); John Spodofora (Stafford Township Mayor); Henry Mancini (Stafford Township Councilman and Ocean County Library Commissioner); and Sal Baglio (Ocean County Library Commissioner).

The Friends of the Stafford Library welcomed a visit on February 3rd from Abigail Adams (played to perfection by Kim Hanley). A big crowd of 85 people enjoyed this living reenactment of one of American history’s most esteemed women.

In the photo, Friends Program Chairwoman Nora DeRosa welcomes Abigail to the Stafford Library.

At their December 2010 meeting, the Stafford Friends installed new officers (L-R) Mary Ann Boyler, Anne Bungo, Rosalie Torry, Doreen Trento, and Joan Gigstad.

On November 11, the Friends of the Stafford Branch of Ocean County Library held a very special luncheon at the Captain’s Inn of Forked River that featured New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford!

Barbara spoke to a crowded audience on a variety of topics, ranging from her latest book Playing The Game to her early career as a journalist in Britain, as well as answering questions about her literary inspirations.

Best selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford

Picture here from left to right are Friend of the Stafford Branch Membership Chairperson Virginia Schwing-Dzura, Stafford branch manager Chris Rodas, Barbara Taylor Bradford and Ocean County Library Director Susan Quinn.

The Stafford Friends book sale, held on the last Thursday of every month, is a "Can't Miss" event. Buyers will find bargains galore! MaryAnn Boyler and Marion Gwynn do a great job every month handling the sale.
The sale runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

On March 4th, 2010, the Stafford Friends hosted a talk given by Thomas Fagan, a diver who has explored shipwrecks off the Jersey Shore.

The Stafford Friends helped kick off the branch’s 20th anniversary this year with a Magic Show featuring Bruce Bray on Saturday March 13th, 2010.


The room was packed with children who had a great time laughing at Bruce’s jokes and experiencing his fun magic tricks.


Everyone had a wonderful time, thanks to the Stafford Friends!




Officers 1


Past President Joan Coughlin swears in Co-President Claire Deluccia, while Gerri Gallagher looks on.

Officers 2

Past President Joan Coughlin swears in Co-President Gerri Gallagher, while Claire Deluccia looks on.

Officers 3

The Slate of Officers for 2009
Co-President Gerri Gallagher, Corresponding Secretary MaryAnn Boyler, Treasurer Rosalie Torry, Recording Secretary Joan Gigstad, and Co-Presdient Claire Deluccia.

The Friends recently hosted a lively program presented by veterinarian Dr. Steve Wurst, owner of the Barnegat Animal Clinic. He shared stories of his experiences over the years of caring for pets of all kinds.

Stuffed Animals

Floor cushions for the Children's Room, purchased by the Friends.

Tuesday Adventure programs bring visitors and
Joe Kelly shares his passion for Lighthouses.


The Friends donated a star magnolia tree in memory of Friends President Pat Bulger, who passed away this year. The stone bench was donated by Pat's family. The stone was donated by Kathi and Steve Frampton, of Little Mill Rocks.

Wii Demonstration

Senior Library Assistant Jill Ingraham demonstrates the Wii system purchased by the Stafford Friends, displayed on a 50" screen which they also purchased for the Stafford Branch. Wow!



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