All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25. They will reopen their normal business hours Wednesday, Dec. 26.
All branches will close at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31. All branches will also be closed Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. All branches will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 2.

  • Night of the Living Deed

    By E.J. Copperman (M Copp)

    While converting an old house into an inn at the Jersey Shore, Alison Kerby comes across two resident ghosts who not only claim to have been murdered, but also insist they need her help to figure out who killed them. This is the first book in the author’s Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries series.


  • Remarkable Women of the New Jersey Shore: Clam Shuckers, Social Reformers and Summer Sojoumers

    By Karen L. Schnitzpahn (974.9 Schn)

    History is everywhere along the Jersey Shore, from the lighthouses that dot the coast to the Victorian grandeur of Cape May. Less visible are the stories of the women who helped shape that past. Schnitzspahn chronicles intriguing stories of remarkable Jersey Shore women.


  • Tilt a Whirl

    By Chris Grabenstein (M Grab)

    The peaceful, fictional town of Sea Haven, New Jersey is turned upside down when a wealthy businessman’s dead body is discovered on the Tilt-A-Whirl at a local amusement park. Military police officer John Ceepak, back from Iraq, has recently become part of the Sea Haven Police Department in this first book in the author’s John Ceepak Mystery series.


  • The Tides of Barnegat

    By F. Hopkins Smith (Fic Smit)

    The original text and images are expertly duplicated in this reissue of a definitive early 20th century seaside tale that takes place right here in Ocean County. The Victorian style of author F. Hopkinson Smith depicts the ever changing moods of the sea and the people who live along its coast in this vivid depiction of Jersey Shore life in 1906.


  • Steel Pier, Atlantic City: Showplace of the Nation

    By Steve Liebowitz (974.985 Lieb)

    Atlantic City’s Steel Pier was at one time the epicenter of entertainment along our country’s East Coast. This book takes us back to that wondrous time of great innovation, commerce, and showmanship unique to this era at the Jersey Shore.


  • Shore Stories: An Anthology of the Jersey Shore

    (810.8 Shor)

    The Trenton Times said of this book, “It is hard to imagine a reader who will not find something to delight in, and that pleasure will not be restricted to those familiar with the Jersey Shore.” Take a trip from Sandy Hook to Cape May through story, photos, and verse. Enjoy works by such artists as Robert Pinsky, John McPhee, and Frank Finale.


  • The Real Jersey Shore: The Jersey Shore by Jersey Photographers

    (917.494 Real)

    This book is the end result of an online photography contest. Local photographers sent in their photos and members of the community voted to determine which ones would make it into the book.


  • Pirates of New Jersey: Plunder and High Adventure on the Garden State Coastline

    By Mark Donnelly (974.9 Donn)

    The Jersey Shore was rife with pirates who sailed the Atlantic in search of treasure from Colonial times until the end of the Revolutionary War. Learn about well-known buccaneers like Capt. William Kidd and Blackbeard as well as some less famous adventurers.


  • Lifeguards of the Jersey Shore

    By Michael Fowler (797.0289 Fowl)

    From 298 unique, never before published photographs and captivating text comes a fascinating look at how and why modern ocean lifeguarding developed on the Jersey Shore, from Sandy Hook to Cape May.


  • Before He Finds Her

    By Michael Kardos (Fic Kard)

    Everyone in the quiet Jersey Shore town of Silver Bay knows the story: on a Sunday evening in September 1991, Ramsey Miller threw a blowout block party, then murdered his beautiful wife and three-year-old daughter. But everyone is wrong. The daughter got away. Now she is nearly eighteen and tired of living in secrecy.


  • Surviving Sandy: Long Beach Island and the Greatest Storm of the Jersey Shore

    By Scott Mazzella (363.3494 Mazz)

    Superstorm Sandy was an epic storm, the greatest natural disaster in the Jersey Shore's recorded history. This full-color book includes 256 photographs from the height of the storm, the aftermath, and the recovery.


  • Jersey Shore Food History: Victorian Feasts to Boardwalk Treats

    By Karen L. Schnitzpahn (641.59749 Schn)

    Everyone knows that a trip down the shore is not complete without saltwater taffy, pork roll, and other favorite treats. But did you know that the Jersey Shore foods we love today have evolved from a long history dating back to Victorian times? This book takes readers on a delectable journey from Sandy Hook to Cape May.


  • Haunted Jersey Shore: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Garden State Coast

    By Charles A. Stansfield Jr. (133.1 Stan)

    With stories of Civil War specters, swashbucklers and treasure, loves lost at sea, and legendary creatures like the Jersey Devil, this book offers an engaging glimpse into the eerie past of the Jersey Shore.


  • Golden Light: The 1878 Diary of Captain Thomas Rose Lake

    By James B. Kirk II (B Lake)

    A log recorded by New Jersey sea captain Thomas Rose Lake tells of a year onboard the vessel Golden Light. The diary survived one hundred years before falling into the hands of an English teacher and historian James B. Kirk, II. Completed by his son, James B. Kirk III, this book presents an intriguing tale of another time.


  • A Fair Maiden

    By Joyce Carol Oates (Fit Oate, CD Fic Oate)

    After being approached by a sophisticated older man while working as a nanny in the fictional Jersey Shore town of Bayhead Harbor, sixteen-year-old Katya Spivak decides to model for his latest work of art before figuring out that he may have something else in mind for her. Towns such as Atlantic City and Cape May are discussed throughout this deeply disturbing tale.