Author Talk at Ocean County Library

May 2014


Ocean County Library
2 Jackson Drive
Jackson, NJ 08527

What: Author Talk
When: June 18, 2014, 7:00 pm
Where: Jackson Branch, Ocean County Library
Contacts: Meagan Toohey/Michael Smith, 732-928-4400            

Author Talk with Dr. Frank Spinelli:
How he overcame childhood trauma to become a leading voice on preventing abuse

JACKSON, NJ – The Ocean County Library is pleased to welcome, Dr. Frank Spinelli, author of Pee-Shy, for an author talk and book signing on June 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library. Joining the author, health professionals from the St. Francis Counseling Center in Long Beach Island, will be on-hand for any customers who have questions about sexual abuse.

Dr. Spinelli’s memoir is based on his real-life struggles to overcome childhood trauma, the book has been praised by Whoopi Goldberg, among others, for its courage, honesty and piercing insight on the heartbreaking subject of childhood sexual abuse.

A native of Staten Island and the son of Italian-born parents, from the age of 11, Spinelli endured two years of molestation at the hands of his Scout Leader. Although he eventually went to college, earned his medical degree and set up a successful practice in Manhattan, the effects of his past trauma continued. Being abused also caused him to develop paruresis, a condition which renders the individual ‘pee-shy’.

As an adult, Spinelli found the courage to open up about what had happened to him, seek help, and even face his abuser in court. His new book chronicles this difficult but inspiring journey to a happy, successful life – and relationship – in New York.

Dr. Spinelli now uses his platform as a leading doctor, author and commentator to raise awareness among parents about the risks of childhood sexual abuse, and help them find ways to approach this important topic with their children to keep them safe.

This is a “Year of the Reader” program. For more information, please contact the Jackson branch of the Ocean County Library at 732-928-4400, or visit our website at To register online please visit,