May 27, 2020
TOMS RIVER – Social distancing requirements stemming from COVID-19 mean a new, creative way for teens to earn summer community service hours through the Ocean County Library. The Service and Achievement in the Library (S.A.I.L.) Challenge 2020 is entirely in cyberspace.Online applications will be accepted through June 28. The program begins June 29 and ends August 15. Teens who have completed Grade Seven or higher can volunteer time and talents... Read More
May 19, 2020
TOMS RIVER – Want to navigate the Ocean County Library’s online services? Seeking wholesome video fun for toddlers? How about becoming an adept hand crafter, or finding reading recommendations? Subscribe to OCL’s YouTube channel and you’re “Shore to View” all of these things and more.Subscribing is quick, easy and free, and it opens up an ever-growing world of instructional and entertaining videos, from kid-friendly sing-alongs to step-by-step... Read More
May 18, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library’s newest interactive and instructional programs and videos pop up regularly on its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. But when do they appear? OCL’s weekly schedule makes it easy to find your favorites.New engaging, educational and entertaining posts appear each week. The Facebook and Instagram schedule includes:Sparks’s Lab STEAM Challenge – Saturdays, 10 AM. Create a robot online and play a game with... Read More
May 11, 2020
TOMS RIVER – Teens with a love of mystery and a knack for clues have fun awaiting them at the Ocean County Library web page. The new Escape Room and Scavenger Hunt are the Library’s first-ever virtual adventure projects, and are great skill-builders.The games are the product of a digital collaboration by Young Adult librarians and teen volunteers of multiple branches.Galaxy Travels Escape RoomPlayers are stowaway spies aboard an interstellar... Read More
May 08, 2020
TOMS RIVER – Parents and caregivers taking a pivotal role in their children’s education at home have a deep reservoir of support in the Ocean County Library’s online learning services, free with a valid Library card. They include:Temporary Virtual Library Cards – Access to tens of thousands of eBooks, video and audio streams, news sources, magazines and databases,Educational Resource Information Center – Ebsco® databases and suggested lessons... Read More
May 07, 2020
TOMS RIVER – How well is your town responding to the 2020 US Census?  It’s easy to find out with the new Census Response tool.Response rates are updated daily. To view your municipality’s response rate, visit, and follow the prompts on the right-hand side of the page.It is not too late to respond to the 2020 Census. You can respond online at, by phone at 844-330-2200, or by... Read More
May 06, 2020
TOMS RIVER – On every scholastic level, teachers rapidly adapting their lesson plans to meet the challenges of distance education can turn to the Ocean County Library’s digital storehouse of services, now and in the future. The support systems include:Temporary Virtual Library Cards – Receive access to tens of thousands of eBooks, video and audio streams, news sources, magazines and databases,.Digital Resources – Explore databases and suggested... Read More
May 05, 2020
TOMS RIVER – With tele-teaching thrust into the foreground for the rest of the academic year in New Jersey, the Ocean County Library has a wide educational safety net in Brainfuse®, LearningExpress Library 3.0®, and Universal Class®,free with a valid permanent or temporary Library card. Brainfuse® services include:HelpNow – Free, live, one-on-one tutoring for elementary, secondary and college students in core subjects. Services are also offered... Read More
May 01, 2020
TOMS RIVER – Dazzling illustrations and gripping, relatable story lines give graphic novels their popularity. The Ocean County Library and hoopla® give teens and adults a new way to enjoy new and landmark graphic novels together, instantly and digitally.The first-ever hoopla® Graphic Novel Book Club features Runaways, Vol. 1: Pride and Joy, by Brian K. Vaughan, with illustrations by Adrian Alphona, as its initial Spotlight Selection.The... Read More
May 01, 2020
TOMS RIVER – Crafty Ocean County Library patrons will find new inspirations inside the OCL website during May. Creativebug has added seven weeks’ worth of new home crafting classes. Holders of valid Ocean County Library cards can access them for free.New this month is the May Daily Challenge, featuring crafting performed by Creativebug’s own team of experts.Creativebug contains more than 1,000 award-winning video classes, conducted by top... Read More