November 09, 2022
TOMS RIVER – All branches and reading centers of the Ocean County Library will close at 5 PM Wednesday, November 23, and remain closed through Thursday, November 24, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. The Barnegat, Brick, Jackson, Manchester, Lakewood, Stafford and Toms River branches will reopen Friday, November 25. All branches will resume normal operating hours Saturday, November 26. Patrons are welcome to use the Library’s online... Read More
November 07, 2022
TOMS RIVER – George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River led to three quick victories that changed the Colonies’ fortunes in the War for Independence. Historical interpreter Tom Maddock will chronicle “Ten Crucial Days of the American Revolution” at the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch, 2 PM Wednesday, November 30. Maddock, a member of the Friends of Washington Crossing Park, will describe events as they occurred from the... Read More
November 04, 2022
BARNEGAT – The Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch is pleased to present Catherine LeCleire’s intriguing interpretations of the great outdoors, “Nature at Its Best,” November 11 through December 31.  The silkscreen specialist has exhibited throughout the world. Her works reside at William Paterson University, Lafayette College, Printmaking Center of New Jersey, Brooklyn Museum, West Virginia’s Huntington Museum of Art, and Baku Museum... Read More
November 03, 2022
JACKSON – Kick off your festive season with “Swinging Jazz and Holiday Favorites” by Deb Lyons and John Bianculli, 2:30 PM Thursday, December 1, at the Ocean County Library Jackson Branch. Enjoy heart-warming cold-weather favorites such as “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Winter Wonderland,” and standards like “Dream A Little Dream of Me” and “Cheek to Cheek.” Deb Lyons is familiar to theatergoers for her starring role in the... Read More
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