November 02, 2022
TOMS RIVER – To mark Aviation History Month, the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch is pleased to present historian Carol Simon Levin’s presentation, “Nobody Owns the Sky: Fascinating Stories of Forgotten Female Aviators,” 6:30 PM Tuesday, November 29. Levin will portray Elinor Smith Sullivan, who at age 16 in 1928 became the youngest licensed pilot in America. Smith achieved fame as a test pilot, and for setting speed, altitude and... Read More
November 01, 2022
TOMS RIVER – Brain games are fun ways to maintain or improve mental fitness. The Ocean County Library will offer a full menu of fascinating games in ready-to-use Playaway® Launchpad tablets for patrons at its 21 branches and reading centers. Launchpads contain puzzles, word games, number challenges, and tests of speed and logic, suitable for kids, teens, and adults. They promote cognitive health by challenging memory, reaction time, problem-... Read More
October 31, 2022
BEACHWOOD – The Ocean County Library will present award-winning entertainer and motivational speaker Chad Juros in a family-friendly show of magic, music, comedy, and audience participation, 6 PM Monday, November 21, indoors at the Mayo Park Center, Beachwood. Juros has performed at various Ocean County Library branches throughout the past decade, including an interactive show of illusions and mind-reading at OCL’s 2022 Autism Resources Fair... Read More
October 28, 2022
TOMS RIVER – After extensive efforts and consultation with avian experts, Ocean County Library believes the hawk has left the Toms River Branch. The hawk found its way into the building late Monday, October 24. The library consulted with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, who recommended avian experts to determine a method of safe rescue and removal. As a safety precaution, Library officials temporarily closed the Branch while... Read More
October 28, 2022
TOMS RIVER – Experience the emotions felt on the front lines and the home front during World War II, celebrate the legacy of women in pop music, and revel in the richness of the Great American Songbook during guitarist Ken Lelen’s Vintage Music Concert series at six Ocean County Library branches in November and December. Waretown Branch – “Midcentury Melodies,” 2 PM Thursday, November 3; 112 Main Street, (609) 693-5133. Registration... Read More
October 28, 2022
SURF CITY – New Jersey is home to nearly 300 monuments that commemorate World War I, the point of origin for what we now call Veterans Day. Historian Erik Burro’s photo exhibit of the memorials, ”Legacy of Remembrance,” will be on display throughout the month of November in the Ocean County Library Long Beach Island Branch. Additionally, Mr. Burro will discuss the significance of the statuary and the origins of his exhibit, 2 PM Friday,... Read More
October 27, 2022
BRICK TOWNSHIP – Enjoy patriotic American songs that span generations, learn about their place in US history, and honor men and women in uniform during the Libby Prison Minstrels’ Veterans Day Celebration at the Ocean County Library Brick Branch, 1 PM Saturday, November 12. The New Jersey-based group celebrates our veterans through songs, anecdotes, and insights that bring context to music that evokes the spirit of many different conflicts in... Read More
October 21, 2022
JACKSON – Veterans Day is a time to contemplate the sufferings of people in war. Experience the effects of a dark time in America when Michèle LaRue performs Gettysburg: One Woman’s War at the Ocean County Library Jackson Branch, 2 PM Saturday, November 12. Adapted from Elsie Singmaster’s searing 1913 historical novel Gettysburg: Stories of the Red Harvest and the Aftermath, it follows fictional wife and mother Mary Bowman through 50 years,... Read More
October 20, 2022
TOMS RIVER – Have a story that needs telling? Ever hear, “You should write a book?” Well, now’s your chance. November is National Novel Writing Month. The Ocean County Library Toms River Branch will host two “write-ins” for aspiring authors. 2 PM Saturday, November 5 2 PM Wednesday, November 16 Join other scribes, age 18 and up, and cheer each other on during the informal writing sessions. Aspiring and professional writers of all... Read More
October 20, 2022
TOMS RIVER – Kindness can take many forms, and its effects can last a lifetime. “A World of Kindness,” paintings by Ocean County families to show what warmth and goodwill mean to them, will be on display throughout the month of November at the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch. The Ocean County Family Support Organization is the originator of the exhibit in the Second-Floor Gallery. Families have translated the experience of acts of... Read More