Hobo Pie
Local string band Hobo Pie provided a virtual performance for Ocean County Library's Music of Appalachia Program in conjunction with Toms River: NEA Big Read. And for anyone who might be wondering, YES- that's High School North's own supremely talented Karla Ivarson on the far right.

Oct. 29, 2020-- For its Toms River: NEA Big Read series of programming, Ocean County Library recently hosted Music of Appalachia. The Appalachian theme is based on the setting of Burning Bright, this year’s NEA Big Read selection for Toms River Regional Schools.

The program, which took place Oct. 26, featured a virtual performance by local string band Hobo Pie. Dozens of virtual attendees enjoyed the performances and learned more about the origins and themes of Appalachian music.

OCL is also conducting a Beanstack Challenge in conjunction with Toms River: NEA Big Read, and it’s not too late to join! You can earn state badges while doing fun activities related to the themes of Burning Bright. Learn more about the Beanstack Challenge here.

Ocean County Library is the district's primary partner for Toms River: NEA Big Read. The 2019 program (which was postponed from last school year to this fall) culminates Nov. 10 with a virtual keynote presentation by author Ron Rash.

OCL Big Read book display
OCL's NEA Big Read book display has been an eye catcher. "We have noticed a lot of customers stopping at our display and reading the informational board and the books," said OCL librarian for Teen Services Laura Kostiha.

Hobo Pie
Carl Baron, Barb Johnson, and Karla Ivarson comprise Hobo Pie, which performed Appalachian music in honor of the book Burning Bright and the Toms River: NEA Big Read month-long literacy program.