All branches of the Ocean County Library will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22. All branches will be closed Thursday, November 23 for Thanksgiving.
On Friday, November 24, the Barnegat, Brick, Jackson, Lakewood, Manchester, Stafford, and Toms River branches will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All branches will reopen Saturday, November 25.

  • Plant Craft: 30 Projects That Add Natural Style to Your Home

    By Caitlin Atkinson (635.965 Atki)

    Atkinson presents step-by-step projects that will help you infuse your home with the beauty of the natural world. You’ll discover ways to connect with nature, even within the confines of a city, by making a little indoor garden of your own.

     


  • Baking for Beginners: Step-by-Step, Quick and Easy

    Editor Gina Steer (641.815 Baki)

    A delightfully vintage-feel baking cookbook with everything a new baker needs, including explanations of essential ingredients and equipment, basic techniques and recipes, plus key culinary terms and handy conversions, followed by over 90 easy-to-follow recipes.

     

     


  • Furniture Makes the Room: Create Special Pieces to Style a Home You Love

    By Barb Blair (684.1 Blai)

    Knack Studio founder Barb Blair is famous for her “knack” with furniture: spotting classic pieces and transforming them into modern showstoppers. In this inspiring book, Blair goes beyond the nuts and bolts of furniture refinishing to show how to style rooms with each customized piece.

     


  • Mandala for the Inspired Artist: Working with Paint, Paper, and Texture to Create Expressive Mandala Art

    By Marisa Edghill (745.5 Edgh)

    Learn how to create your own beautiful mandalas using a variety of tools and mediums. One part inspiration, one part how-to, Mandala for the Inspired Artist is full of unique and inspirational prompts, exercises, and approachable step-by-step projects that are perfect for crafters of any skill level.

     


  • The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard That Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity

    By Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn (595.799 Frey)

    Frey and LeBuhn provide everything you need to know to create a stunningly colorful, vibrant, healthy garden that helps both the honeybee and native bees. Just a few simple changes to your garden will make your yard a welcoming habitat for nature’s most productive pollinator.

     


  • Knit Your Own Pet

    By Sally Muir (746.432 Muir)

    This book is aimed at new knitters. This book contains clear step-by-step instructions for all the basic knitting stitches, as well as hints and tips to get you started and build confidence.

     


  • Learn to Paint in Acrylics: With 50 Small Paintings

    By Mark Daniel Nelson (751.426 Nels)

    This unique book is a complete course in acrylic painting, built up from key techniques. As the reader progresses through the sections of the book, the author demonstrates each technique with the creation of a mini painting. By the time the reader has worked through to the end, they will have an amazing collection of 50 mini paintings on board, paper, or canvas that will be a testament to their skill and creativity. 

     


  • The Art of Paper Flowers: Creating Realistic Blossoms From Ordinary Papers

    By Bobby Pearce (745.5943 Pear)

    They’re easy to make, lovely to look at, and they’ll never wilt! Paper is one of the most versatile materials. With a pile of colored sheets, a pair of scissors, and The Art of Paper Flowers, you can create gorgeous bouquets to give away or keep for yourself.

     


  • The Crafter's Guide to Patterns: Create and Use Your Own Patterns for Gift Wrap, Stationary, Tiles, and More

    By Jessica Swift (745.4 Swif)

    Designing your own unique patterns and hand-printing them is fun and rewarding, whether you want to personalize a tote bag or make custom packaging. This comprehensive, user-friendly guide is filled with advice, step-by-step tutorials, and inspiration to get you started.

     


  • Painting in Watercolor: the Indispensable Guide

    By David Webb (751.422 Webb)

    Watercolor is an exquisite medium, but an unforgiving one, and there is nothing that will dampen enthusiasm more quickly than the lack of a good result. The essential techniques, detailed explanations, and demonstrations in this book will educate and encourage beginner to experienced artists so that they too can obtain results and have fun in the process.

     


  • The Complete Guide to Raising Chickens: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

    By Tara Layman Williams (636.5 Will)

    You will find comprehensive information on understanding how to raise your new flock, no matter if you live in the city or on a small farm. You will learn how to understand chickens and how to decide which breed to purchase depending on your needs, as well as where to purchase your chickens and how to handle them.


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