All branches of the Ocean County Library are closing at 5:00pm today, Wednesday, June 7th, due to air quality conditions.

The Whiting Reading Center and the Tuckerton Branch are currently experiencing an issue with their phone lines.
To contact the Whiting Reading Center or Tuckerton Branch, please call the Toms River Branch at 732-349-6200 and ask the operator to forward your call to the Whiting Reading Center or Tuckerton branch.
Reading Buddies


Teen Buddy + Kid Buddy = Summer Reading Fun!

Are you too old for summer camp,
but too young to work?

The Ocean County Library can help!

Thanks for your interest in our Reading Buddies program! For 2023 Reading Buddies will return in a new form! The 2023 version of Reading Buddies still allows a Teen Buddy in the S.A.I.L. program and a Kid Buddy (in grades kindergarten through third grade) to develop a relationship through reading, but with a twist.

Effective 2023, the Kid Reading Buddies no longer need to fill out an application. They can simply register for a session at their local branch through our Event Calendar, similar to registering for a storytime.

The day of the session, the Kid Buddy will partner with an available Teen Buddy and choose a book from a display or cart curated by the Teen Buddies. They will take turns reading and then do a craft!

Teen Buddies interested in participating in Reading Buddies need to apply and be registered for a S.A.I.L. program at their local branch. The following branches may either require Reading Buddies as part of the S.A.I.L. program or offer it as a choice.

As 2023 is a pilot year, this program is only available at select branches: Barnegat, Berkeley, Brick, Island Heights, Jackson, Lacey, Little Egg Harbor, Long Beach Island, Manchester, Point Pleasant Borough, & Stafford.