July 07, 2023
SURF CITY – Hey kids, how about a new teddy bear, handmade by you? Adults, we know that you like plush toys, too. There will be workshops for each at the Ocean County Library Long Beach Island Branch, 11 AM for children, 2 PM for adults, Saturday, July 29. Debbie Pease of Premier Picnics & Parties will help you to build your new soft best friend, special gift, or new member of your plush toy collection. All materials will be provided... Read More
July 07, 2023
TOMS RIVER – Erika Sánchez, whose Crying in the Bathroom: A Memoir is a Goodreads Choice Award nominee, will bring her candor and earthy humor to the Ocean County Library’s Virtual Author Talk series, 4 PM Tuesday, July 25. Crying in the Bathroom, available at the Ocean County Library, won raves from Time, Booklist, LitHub, the Chicago Tribune and Shelf Awareness in 2022. In wry, poignant, and honest terms, Sánchez illustrates the conditions... Read More
July 07, 2023
TOMS RIVER –  Teens, join us for the biggest party of the summer! “Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!” will be held in Mancini Hall of the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch, 3 PM to 4:30 PM, Friday, July 28. There will be lots of activities, including a Sorting Quiz to determine your House, plus wands, potion necklaces, and pygmy puffs to make. Some edible treats might contain potential allergens. According to the series by J.K.... Read More
July 07, 2023
TOMS RIVER –  Ocean County Library’s Toms River Branch will be temporarily closed due to a catastrophic failure of the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system. The Library anticipates reopening to the public on Wednesday, July 12. In the event of a delay in reopening the building, there will be updates available on our website and via social media. Materials on hold for customers will be extended through Monday, July... Read More
July 06, 2023
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library is pleased to present “HeartBeats: Drumming for Adults,’ a fun and empowering interactive program to be offered at six OCL branches: Monday, July 24: 11 AM, Upper Shores Branch, 112 Jersey City Avenue, Lavallette, (732) 793-3996. 2 PM, Point Pleasant Borough Branch, 834 Beaver Dam Road, (732) 295-1555. Tuesday, August 1: 2 PM, Tuckerton Branch, 380 Bay Avenue, (609) 296-1470. 6 PM,... Read More
July 03, 2023
POINT PLEASANT BEACH – Enjoy live music under the midsummer stars. The Ocean County Library Point Pleasant Beach Branch is pleased to present Kevin Kelley and Friends at the borough Band Shell, Arnold Avenue near Baltimore Avenue, 7 PM Monday, July 24. The Ocean County-based guitarist and his band will deliver an eclectic mix of hot rock, cool jazz, bright pop and deep blues in a performance for all ages, sponsored by the Friends of the Point... Read More
June 27, 2023
TOMS RIVER – Award-winning psychologist Ethan Kross, whose study of constructive introspection produced 2021’s national best-seller Chatter, will discuss his research in the Ocean County Library’s Virtual Author Talk series, 1 PM Thursday, July 20. Chatter, subtitled The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters and How to Harness It, captured  Nonfiction Book of the Year awards from Amazon and Behavioral Scientist, was named INC’s Business and... Read More
June 26, 2023
SURF CITY – Prepare to be wowed, and learn a little magic to amuse your friends. Get a front row seat for “Magic Lessons with the Amazing V!” at the Ocean County Library Long Beach Island Branch, 6 PM Wednesday, July 19. A longtime Ocean County favorite, The Amazing V will entertain youngsters and their families with his interactive performance, and will illustrate how some of his crowd-pleasing sleight-of-hand maneuvers are done. When he... Read More
June 23, 2023
TOMS RIVER – Best-selling novelist Charles Soule will discuss his new futuristic mystery The Endless Vessel with fans during his Ocean County Library Virtual Author Talk, 2 PM Saturday, July 15. The Endless Vessel, available at the Ocean County Library, employs science, history, and drama to analyze the value and fragility of human spirit. The setting is a dystopian world in which an insidious malaise known as “The Grey” is bringing life to a... Read More
June 22, 2023
TOMS RIVER – Ever wanted to learn to play “Dungeons & Dragons,”® but didn’t know how to start? As part of our Adult Summer Reading Program theme, “All Together Now,” the Ocean County Library will present a “Dungeons & Dragons” crash course at six branches:  Long Beach Island Branch, 217 South Central Avenue, Surf City, (609) 494-2480, 6:30 PM Wednesday, July 12 Manchester Branch, 21 Colonial Drive, (732) 657-7600, 6:30 PM... Read More