The Jackson and Plumsted branches will be closing early at 3:30pm on Thursday, November 15 due to inclement weather.

All branches of the Ocean County Library will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21. All branches will be closed Thursday, November 22 for Thanksgiving.
Seven branches – Barnegat, Brick, Jackson, Lakewood, Manchester, Stafford, and Toms River – will be open on Thanksgiving Friday, November 23.
All branches will resume regular hours Saturday, November 24.

Artist Explores the Mystery of Creation at the Ocean County Library

June 25, 2018

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library will host the “Transcendent Mystery of Creation,” exhibit by Barbara Clair Howard during the month of July at the Toms River Branch, 101 Washington St.

Howard’s collection of art will be displayed in the second floor gallery throughout the month of July and will consist of watercolor paintings and collages.

Howard is a retired marriage and family therapist. She considers herself a lifelong artist and has formal training in many aspects of art. She has taught watercolor classes at Ocean County College and at the YMCA.

“I am basically a water colorist; however, I include collaging, acrylics and pen and ink in my renderings. I enjoy landscapes, barns and lighthouses, and people as subjects of my paintings. My artistic world revolves around dreaming, planning and creating my visions. I find beauty in the simple and the ugly,” Howard said.

For more information, contact the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library at 732-349-6200 ext. 5112, or visit


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