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April 01, 2021
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library’s Autism Resources Fair 2021 offers a free, family-friendly concert with Mr. Bobby, Music Therapist, at 10 AM Saturday, April 10. Bobby Davis is a board-certified music therapist working in the South Jersey area, as well as virtually. He offers individual and group music therapy that provides a fun and interactive musical experience. The multi-instrumentalist earned a degree in music therapy at... Read More
March 25, 2021
TOMS RIVER – Have you always wanted to join a book club, but couldn’t find the time? The Ocean County Library extends an invitation to enroll in the free One Book OCL Online Book Club, and take part wherever you need to be. The next novel under discussion, through May 20, is The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn. Goodreads calls The Alice Network “an enthralling new historical novel.” It centers on two women in 1947 London - one an... Read More
March 24, 2021
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library will feature a virtual workshop about autism-related support programs and services available through the State of New Jersey, 6:30 PM Thursday, April 8. “Navigating the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities Service System” will be presented by Nkechi Okoli, Senior Coordinator of the state agency’s Transition to 21 Education as part of the Library’s Autism Resources Fair 2021. The... Read More
March 23, 2021
TOMS RIVER – During April, the Ocean County Library marks National Poetry Month with virtual programs that encourage self-expression in verse through art. “Poems Inspired by Paintings” consists of three virtual “stanzas” that will connect aspiring poets to renowned wordsmiths. “How to Use a Painting to Inspire Your Poetry,” 7 PM Monday, April 5. In a live Zoom event, Jeanne Sutton, Laura Maschal, Alise Versella, and Sue Cummings read... Read More
March 22, 2021
BRICK TOWNSHIP – The National Mah Jongg League’s 2021 Card has some new twists for players. Learn the ins and outs during the Ocean County Library’s one-day, virtual Mini Mah Jongg Boot Camp, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM Monday, April 12. How have the rules changed? Which hands and sections are new? Are there “tricky” hands, or more concealed ones? What’s essential about the North, East, West and South winds and dragon combinations? Noted Mah... Read More
March 21, 2021
Barnegat – The Ocean County Library’s Barnegat Branch is closed until Wednesday, March 24 for cleaning after an employee tested positive for Covid-19. All necessary steps have been taken to ensure the safety of our staff and the public. Items currently on hold at the Barnegat Branch will be extended for their patrons’ convenience. Please contact any Branch of the Ocean County Library for assistance. Ocean County Library’s online programs,... Read More
March 18, 2021
TOMS RIVER – Best-selling authors who specialize in writing for young adults will appear in a new series of virtual Ocean County Library programs beginning in April.“Dive into YA: It’s Not Just for Teens” will feature award-winning and imaginative masters of humor, horror, suspense, mystery, non-fiction, and romance tales.The series includes:Crystal Maldonado, whose debut novel is Fat Chance, Charlie Vega, 6 PM Thursday, April 8.Sandhya Menon,... Read More
March 18, 2021
TOMS RIVER – All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed in observance of Good Friday, April 2.All branches remain temporarily closed on Sundays.We encourage our customers to use the Library’s online resources, databases, eBooks, eMagazines, video and audio streams and digital classes. They are available continuously at www.theoceancountylibrary.org.
March 17, 2021
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library will mark Autism Awareness Month in April with the return of its Autism Resources Fair, and this year it’s a month-long event. Interested families and individuals can take part in free virtual programs, and pick up free, sensory-friendly “Take & Make” crafts at 19 Library branches. “Trivia for Teens,” packed with little-known facts about music, media, and the Ocean County Library, will be... Read More
March 16, 2021
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library is initiating a system that will allow for quicker, more efficient customer service than ever before. Lending items are being adapted to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).Toms River Headquarters Branch will begin the RFID project on Wednesday, March 17. This project will continue throughout the system.During RFID tagging, some sections of the library may be unavailable for browsing. Materials in these... Read More