Stafford Leader

Learn About Terrapins on May 23; Master Gardeners Host Two Programs

May 12, 2017
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Stafford Branch,

Ocean County Library

129 North Main St. (Route 9)

Manahawkin (609-597-3381)


Ben Wurst, habitat program manager at Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, will talk about diamondback terrapin turtles and their survival in the saltmarshes on Tuesday, May 23, 2 p.m.

Wurst will discuss the life history of terrapins and provide background on a terrapin steward project, a Conserve Wildlife venture in partnership with the Jacques Cousteau Center

“I believe that with increased awareness, education and conservation initiatives we can help reduce the chances that the population becomes endangered in New Jersey,” said Wurst, who is also involved in the New Jersey Osprey Project.

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The Pine Shores Art Association and the branch hold a reception on Monday, May 22 at 6 p.m. for artists Mike Lipton, Harriet Fink, Rosina Van Strien and Dick Tarczynsky, who have works on display in May and June.

A lecture by Lisa Festa, Georgian Court University associate professor of art history, will follow at 7 p.m. She will present “The Highlights of Chinese Art, The Qin and Han Dynasties,” which will feature Terracotta Army figures.

The String of Purls knitting/crochet group meets on Saturdays, May 20 and June 3 at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays, June 1 and June 8, at 1 p.m. All skill levels are welcome.

The Friends of the branch hold a jewelry workshop Saturday, June 3, 2:30 p.m. Each participant will learn how to make a pair of pierced earrings and a necklace with a variety of beads, charms and shells. All materials provided.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Ocean County Master Gardeners set up shop on Mondays, May 22 and June 5, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. to answer your gardening questions. People can bring diseased or dying clippings for a diagnosis. The April 22 program features a talk on landscaping your yard, while low maintenance landscaping is the topic for June 5. Both talks start at 2:30.

Also on June 5, a book discussion of Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation is scheduled at 1 p.m.

The next Brain Games session is Wednesday, June 7 at 1 p.m. Older adults are welcome to participate in a range of mental exercises designed to keep their minds sharp.

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.

After May 21, the branch will be discontinuing Sunday hours until Sept. 10. All branches are closed on Memorial Day Monday, May 29.

—Eric Englund

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