All branches of the Ocean County Library are closing at 5:00pm today, Wednesday, June 7th, due to air quality conditions.

The Whiting Reading Center and the Tuckerton Branch are currently experiencing an issue with their phone lines.
To contact the Whiting Reading Center or Tuckerton Branch, please call the Toms River Branch at 732-349-6200 and ask the operator to forward your call to the Whiting Reading Center or Tuckerton branch.
June 07, 2023
SURF CITY – Celebrate the first day of summer with the Ocean County Library Long Beach Island Branch, during its Pajama Party in the Park, Bayview Park in Brant Beach, 7 PM Wednesday, June 21. Gather around our Children’s Librarian for an all-ages story time, and create a crafted item as a keepsake of the outdoor fun. Actual PJs are not required, but they’re fun! The Pajama Party in the Park is free and open to the public. No registration... Read More
June 05, 2023
LITTLE EGG HARBOR – Throughout the month of June, the Ocean County Library Little Egg Harbor Branch is pleased to display photographs of Southern Ocean County’s natural splendor, and the creatures that inhabit it, by local artist Kate Sanchez. Kate, the Branch’s Youth Services Librarian, said that she has been smitten with the outdoors since childhood. By high school age, she began to preserve the beauty of her surroundings in photos. Now,... Read More
June 01, 2023
TOMS RIVER – In celebration of Pride Month, the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus (NJGMC) will perform a live concert, 2 PM Saturday, June 24, at the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch. The chorus will perform a selection of familiar tunes, classic favorites and new songs. NJGMC is an inclusive, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer aggregation from communities in and near New Jersey. Its concerts, recitals, and other community outreach efforts are... Read More
May 31, 2023
LACEY TOWNSHIP –  The Ocean County Library Lacey Branch is pleased to mark Pride Month with a special presentation that highlights primary health care services tailored to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQA+) community. “Locally Proud” will take place at 6:30 PM Thursday, June 22. The program will be offered by the Promoting Respect, Outreach, Understanding and Dignity (PROUD) Center of... Read More
May 26, 2023
TOMS RIVER – Ceramic items add beauty to any living space, and they’re great gifts as well. Teens can create ceramic replicas of sea life in the Makerspace of the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch, 3 PM Tuesday, June 20. All materials will be provided for this unique one-hour program for young adults aged 13 to 18. Create and decorate a colorful ceramic fish, and take your masterpiece home after it’s been fired in the kiln. The... Read More
May 25, 2023
JACKSON TOWNSHIP – The Ocean County Library Jackson Branch is pleased to present an exhibit of airbrushings and paintings by Toms River artist Steve Moran throughout the months of June and July. Meet Steve during the Artist’s Reception, 2 to 4 PM Saturday, June 24. Steve’s extensive portfolio of oil and acrylic paintings includes images of people, wildlife and marine life, florals, still life, and landscapes. In addition to canvas, his work... Read More
May 25, 2023
TOMS RIVER – In honor of Juneteenth, the Ocean County Library will present a live program by noted storyteller Michelle Washington Wilson, “When the Cavalry Came to Call.” The presentations will take place at the OCL Jackson Branch, 2 PM Saturday, June 17, and at the OCL Waretown Branch, 4 PM Monday, June 19. Ms. Wilson will relate stories and poems that celebrate African American Emancipation and honor the sacrifices made to attain it.... Read More
May 24, 2023
TOMS RIVER – Author-photographer Jamie Beck, whose extended hiatus in France produced the New York Times best-seller An American in Provence, will appear in the Ocean County Library’s Virtual Author Talk series, 2 PM Thursday, June 15. An American in Provence is Beck’s account of her five-year stay in the storied French countryside, its contribution to her personal growth, and her evolution as a writer and photographer. Equal parts... Read More
May 23, 2023
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library Toms River Branch is pleased to present the “New Jersey Piece of Paradise P.O.P. Art Show” by Jersey Shore-based artist André Russell throughout the month of June. The exhibit in the Branch’s Second Floor Gallery consists of fine art pieces, created by reconstructing original photographs through the half-tone print technique. The Brookdale Community College honors graduate developed the “Pieces of... Read More
May 22, 2023
JACKSON TOWNSHIP – The Ocean County Library Jackson Branch is pleased to feature township resident Ceil Smolowitz’s minimalist art exhibit of painted stones. “Painted Rocks” will be on display throughout the months of June and July. “The Rock Lady” relates that her art grew from a pastime to a charity fundraising vehicle. “My daughter-in-law [OCL Librarian Wendi Smolowitz] came to me after she was asked to do a craft class,” Ceil recalled. “... Read More