All branches of the Ocean County Library, with the exception of the Bay Head and Whiting Reading Centers, will have a delayed opening at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 for the Annual Staff In-Service Training.
All branches will resume regular hours Saturday, Dec. 14.

The Little Egg Harbor Branch will be closed until further notice for electrical repairs. More Information.

  • Lawn Boy

    By Jonathan Evison (Fic Evis)

    Mike Muñoz is a young Mexican American not too many years out of high school--and just fired from his latest gig as a lawn boy on a landscaping crew. Things start to change for Mike, and after a raucous, jarring, and challenging trip, he finds he can finally see the future and his place in it.

     


  • Green

    By Sam Graham-Felsen (Fic Grah)

    David is one of the few white kids in his middle school, and friendless until Marlon Wellings sticks up for him in the school cafeteria. They become friends, but cracks gradually form in their relationship, and Dave starts to become aware of breaks he's been given--and Mar has not.

     


  • She Rides Shotgun

    By Jordan Harper (Fic Harp)

    Eleven-year-old Polly McClusky is shy, too old for the teddy bear she carries with her everywhere, when she is unexpectedly reunited with her father, Nate, driving a stolen car. Pursued by enemies Nate made in jail, they go on the run.

     


  • Things We Have in Common

    By Tasha Kavanagh (Fic Kava)

    A high school misfit who desperately wants to fit in notices a strange, sinister-looking man stalking the most popular girl in the school, and develops a relationship with him despite her resolution to use him to become a hero.

     


  • Every Heart a Doorway

    By Seanan McGuire (Fic McGu)

    Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping out of this world and emerging somewhere... else. Sometimes, they come back. The children at the Home for Wayward Children are all seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

     


  • Circe

    By Madeline Miller (Fic Mill)

    Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.

     


  • Spinning Silver

    By Naomi Novik (Fic Novi)

    A retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale. Miryem’s family are moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one--until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed, but an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood.

     


  • Home After Dark

    By David Small (Fic Smal)

    Thirteen-year-old Russell Pruitt, abandoned by his mother, follows his father to dilapidated 1950s Marshfield, California where he is forced to fend for himself against a ring of malicious bullies.

     


  • The Book of Essie

    By Meghan MacLean Weir (Fic Weir)

    A novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the emotionally stirring, wildly captivating story of the seventeen-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family's hit reality show, and the secret pregnancy that threatens to blow their entire world apart.


  • All Systems Red

    By Martha Wells (SF Well)

    On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied 'droid--a self-aware SecUnit that refers to itself (though never out loud) as "Murderbot." When a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

     


  • The Clockwork Dynasty

    By Daniel H. Wilson (SF Wils)

    Peter and Elena, two human-like mechanical beings, are brought to life under the watchful guise of Peter the Great. Their struggle to serve in the court of the czar while blending in, and to survive, will take them across Russia, Europe, and, ultimately, across the centuries to modern day.