Stafford Leader

Actress Portrays Eleanor Roosevelt at Stafford Library

Mar 10, 2017

Stafford Branch,

Ocean County Library

129 North Main St. (Route 9)

Manahawkin (609-597-3381)

The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library celebrates Women’s History Month with “Eleanor Roosevelt: The Early Years” on Saturday, March 11, at 2 p.m. Rene Goodwin, an actress who co-owns an entertainment company in Philadelphia, will portray Roosevelt.

Goodwin said she will present Roosevelt in 1935 when she was campaigning for a second term for her husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

“And while on the campaign, she shares about her life,” said Goodwin. “She had a difficult childhood, losing both parents at an early age. It made her prone to depression.”

Goodwin said young Eleanor was insecure and starved for affection, and she considered herself the “ugly duckling.”

“However, she later believed that one’s prospects in life were not totally dependent on physical beauty, no matter how plain a woman may be,” Goodwin said. “If truth and loyalty are stamped upon her face, all will be attracted to her. Eleanor had many difficult challenges growing up, but she didn’t let them stand in the way of achieving success.”

Roosevelt died in 1962 at age 78, outliving her husband by 17 years. Her post-First Lady accomplishments included becoming the first chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and the first United States representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

“From Young Ladies to Empowered Women” is the title of a panel discussion scheduled Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. The program is non-political in nature and will cover a variety of topics, including raising young women (also from a father’s perspective), dealing with career and workplace, professional reputation and other issues facing young women today. The goal is to have a practical discussion with solid advice for those who attend.

Panelists include Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove (R-9th); Rory Wells, assistant county prosecutor; and Meghan Gross, president of Gem Strategic Communications and executive vice president of Grayling PR. Light refreshments will be served.

The Friends of the Library are planning a bus trip to the Boardwalk Hall Pipe Organ in Atlantic City on Wednesday, May 3. The bus leaves from the parking lot across the street from the branch at 8:45 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m. The cost is $58 per person; the registration deadline is Monday, April 10.

Built by Midner-Losh Organ Co., the organ is the largest in the world as measured by the number of pipes.  Participants will be given a detailed history and tour through areas of the building normally closed to the public.

Also included is lunch at the Crab Trap. Entrée choices are crab cake, filet mignon or herb-grilled chicken.

For tickets, call Barbara Liberti at 609-597-8801 or Dianne Mann at 609-488-2157. Checks made out to the Friends of the Stafford Library can be dropped off at the library.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Ocean County Master Gardeners will set up shop on Mondays, March 13 and 27, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The March 13 event features a talk on how to plan, prepare, and plant your vegetable garden, covering layout, seasonal rotation, seed catalogs and packets, soil testing, soil preparation and planting. “Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies to Your Garden” is the subject for the March 27 talk. Both programs begin at 2:30 p.m.

Also on March 27, the Pine Shores Art Association holds a reception at 6 p.m. for artists Mike Lipton, Carol Neugebauer, Danny Ng, Chuck Sulkowski, Olga Choulindina and Casey Bell. All have works exhibited at the branch.

At 7 p.m., Stockton University Professor Kate Nearpass Ogden will present “The Art of Photography” featuring Ansel Adams and Annie Liebowitz.

The String of Purls knitting/crochet group meets on Saturdays, March 18 and April 1, beginning at 10:30 a.m. For beginners, bring size 10 knitting needles and light-colored, 4-ply worsted yarn. To crochet, bring the same yarn and a size “I” crochet hook.

Also on March 18, the film “Sully” will be shown at 2 p.m.

On Saturday, March 25, at 2:30  p.m., the Centenary Stage Co. will perform “Miss Nelson Is Missing” as part of the month-long Stages Festiavl sponsored by the N.J. Theater Alliance. Miss Nelson can’t control her crazy classroom because she’s just too nice. But when she disappears, her substitute is the no-nonsense Viola Swamp. With the big test approaching, the kids suddenly realize how much they miss their Miss Nelson ... and they’ll do anything to get her back.

Brain Games meets on Wednesday, April 5, at 1 p.m. Older adults are invited to try out numerous mental exercises to help keep the mind sharp.

“Spring Into Good Health” is the topic of the next Friends Adventure program for April 6 at 10:30 a.m. Jennifer Klein, ShopRite dietitian, will guide the audience through the maze of nutritious meals for good health for those with specific needs.

All branches are accepting donations of gently used prom dresses for the library system’s eighth annual prom dress giveaway later in April. The giveaway provides dresses, free of charge, to all teens looking to attend formal school functions.

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

Need help with using the internet? The technology room on the lower level has numerous courses available, for beginners up to experienced computer users. Check the front desk for times and dates. The room is open for public use on Monday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

— Eric Englund

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