Temporary Hours:
Toms River, Barnegat, Berkeley, Brick, Jackson, Lacey, Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor, Long Beach Island, Manchester, Plumsted, Point Boro, Stafford and Upper Shores branches will be open:
Monday through Thursday 10am – 2pm, and 3pm to 7pm
Friday and Saturday 10am – 2pm

Bay Head, Beachwood, Island Heights, Point Beach, Tuckerton, Waretown and Whiting branches will be open:
Monday 10am – 2pm, and 3pm – 7pm
Tuesday through Saturday 10am – 2pm

Due to an issue with our telephone provider, branch locations may not be reachable by telephone.

The Stafford Branch will close at 6:00PM on Monday 10/19/20 for building maintenance.

October 20, 2020 Library Commission Meeting Notice

  • Leah on the Offbeat

    By Becky Albertalli (YA Albe)

    Leah Burke is perched on the precipice of change in the final months of senior year, before everyone in her diverse friend group scatters off to become their college selves. With prom and graduation around the corner, senior Leah struggles when all of her friends start fighting.


  • Rabbit & Robot

    By Andrew Smith (YA Smit)

    Stranded aboard the lunar cruise ship Tennessee, Cager Messer and his best friend, Billy, both sixteen, are surrounded by insane robots while watching thirty simultaneous wars turn Earth into a toxic wasteland.


  • Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It

    By Kerry Winfrey (YA Winf)

    Months out from having a procedure to correct her underbite, Jolie becomes paralyzed with the fear that she could die under the knife, so she and her best friends, Evelyn and Derek, decide to make a “Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It (Which Is Super Unlikely, but Still, It Could Happen)” list.


  • Broken Things

    By Lauren Oliver (YA Oliv)

    It's been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. The only thing is, they didn't do it. On the anniversary of Summer's death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again.


  • Spliced

    By John McGoran (YA McGo)

    Sixteen-year-old Jimi Corcoran and Del, her genetically altered best friend, fight for survival in a near-future society that is redefining what it means to be human.


  • The Summer of Us

    By Cecilia Vinesse (YA Vine)

    Told from two viewpoints, Rae, Aubrey, Clara, Jonah, and Gabe travel through Europe by train for ten days, working through their relationships just before setting off in different directions for college.


  • This is Where the World Ends

    By Amy Zhang (YA Zhan)

    Next-door neighbors, polar opposites, and best friends Micah and Janie hide their friendship from their classmates, but when Janie goes missing, everything Micah thought he knew about his best friend is colored with doubt.


  • Little Do We Know

    By Tamara Ireland Stone​​​​​​​ (YA Ston)

    Told from two viewpoints, neighbors and former best friends Hannah and Emory, seventeen, must face what caused their rift after Hannah saves the life of Emory's boyfriend, Luke.


  • Swing

    By Kwame Alexander (YA Alex)

    Noah and his best friend Walt want to become cool, make the baseball team, and win over Sam, the girl Noah has loved for years. When Noah finds old love letters, Walt hatches a plan to woo Sam. But as Noah's love life and Walt's baseball career begin, the letters alter everything.


  • Those Girls

    By Lauren Saft​​​​​​​ (YA Saft)

    Eleventh grade at Greencliff, an all-girl school near Philadelphia, is momentous for long-term best friends Alex, Mollie, and Veronica, as the secrets they are keeping from each other about boyfriends, eating disorders, and more begin to undermine their relationships.


  • The Wicker King

    By Kayla Ancrum (YA Ancr)

    Best friends August and Jack struggle to cope as one spirals into madness.


  • Not If I Save You First

    By Ally Carter (YA Cart)

    Six years ago Maddie lived in Washington D.C. with her father, a Secret Service agent assigned to the President's family. Her best friend was Logan, the President's son. After her father was wounded, the two of them moved to a remote cabin in Alaska and Logan never replied to her letters-- but now he has suddenly turned up on her doorstep, and, while she has no attention of forgiving him for his silence, she soon realizes that first she has to save him from the winter wilderness and the men who are pursuing him.


  • Run

    By Kody Keplinger (YA Kepl)

    Bo Dickinson is a seventeen-year-old girl from a bad family, but she is also over-protected, legally blind, and Agnes Atwood's best friend. When Bo calls in the middle of the night, desperate to get out of town, Agnes helps her to steal the Atwoods' car and the two girls go on the run, even though Agnes is not sure exactly what they are running from.


  • Neighborhood Girls

    By Jessie Ann Foley​​​​​​​ (YA Fole)

    Wendy Boychuck knows that her junior year will be a nightmare of shame after her father is convicted and imprisoned for extreme police brutality. But when she is accepted as the fourth bestie of superficially popular Kenzie, she gladly joins that circle, thinking they will shield her from the confrontations of being the daughter of a ruthless cop. Wendy abandons her true best friend and takes on a false new image to fit in.









    Goodbye, Stranger

    By Rebecca Stead (YA Stea)

    As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her best friends, curvacious Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend--or more than friend--Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since she barely survived an accident at age eight: "What is my purpose?"








    We’ll Fly Away

    By Bryan Bliss​​​​​​​ (YA Blis)

    Toby and Luke are best friends, bound by a goal of leaving their hometown for Luke's wrestling scholarship, but a series of events during their senior year will test their resolve.