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Ocean County Library

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About Us:

The Ocean County Library connects people, builds community and transforms lives through the power of information and the power of stories.  We are essential to our community today more than ever. Public libraries support lifelong learning, sustainable communities, and economic development. The library serves as a portal of knowledge and strengthens civic involvement.  It increasingly provides content that is digital in nature, as well as supporting our residents’ desire for personal growth.

Ocean County Library is located at the beautiful New Jersey Shore, a major tourist destination on the East Coast near New York City and Philadelphia. We have 21 library locations to serve a population of 575,397 residents in the 32 municipalities that comprise our service area. Each year, the library circulates over 4.3 million books, answers over 2.5 million reference questions, provides over 11,500 programs and activities for children, young adults, adults and families, and has over 3 million visits to our library system.


Upcoming Events at Ocean County Library

What Is Early Intervention

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2023 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Little Egg Harbor Branch Library
Little Egg Harbor Twp, NJ
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Fall in Love with Dakota & Elle

Thursday, Feb 2, 2023 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Little Egg Harbor Branch Library
Little Egg Harbor Twp, NJ
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Sankofa Stories By Master Storyteller Shirley Johnson

Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Point Pleasant Borough Branch
Point Pleasant Boro, NJ
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Sankofa Stories By Master Storyteller Shirley Johnson

Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ocean County Library - Barnegat Branch
Barnegat, NJ
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Toms River Shore Memory Cafe

Monday, Feb 6, 2023 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Toms River Branch
Toms River, NJ
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Fall in Love with Dakota and Elle

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2023 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Ocean County Library - Berkeley Branch
Bayville, NJ
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Autism, Early Childhood Development, And Early Literacy

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2023 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Ocean County Public Library
Toms River, NJ
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Friends Adventure : Bread – Is It Part Of Your Future

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Stafford Branch Library
Manahawkin, NJ
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Estate Planning, Wills and Probate

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Jackson Branch Library
Jackson, NJ
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Guild Theatreworks presents 'Love Letters' A Play By A.R. Gurney

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Toms River Branch Library
Toms River, NJ
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International Pizza Day for Teens

Thursday, Feb 9, 2023 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Toms River Branch
Toms River, NJ
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Harlem Grooves

Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Brick Branch Library
Brick, NJ
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Recent News

February Art Exhibit, Ocean County Library Toms River Branch

The Ocean County Library Toms River Branch is pleased to present an exhibit, “Art and Photography by Lorraine Pretty,” throughout the month of February. The Ocean County resident’s display will be showcased in the Branch’s…

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'Of Land and Sea': February Art Exhibit

‘Of Land and Sea’: February Art Exhibit at Ocean County Library Toms River Branch – Local vistas captured on canvas by Ocean County artist Errol “Bud” Sylvester will be on display throughout the month of February at…

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Ocean County Library To Honor Black History Month, Presidents’ Day With American Historical Theatre

TOMS RIVER – In honor of Black History Month and Presidents’ Day, the American Historical Theatre will re-create three notable Americans, whose lives spanned three centuries, at the Ocean County Library. Appearances will take place at…

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Ocean County Library News - New Year, New Discoveries

New Year, New Discoveries Await at The Ocean County Library The year 2023 gleams with promise for patrons of the Ocean County Library, where new programs, innovations, and plans mean new ways of “Connecting People…Building…

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Ocean County Library Holiday Schedule

Ocean County Library Announces Year-End Holiday Schedule All Ocean County Library branches and reading centers will be closed Saturday, December 24, Sunday, December 25, and Monday, December 26. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday,…

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'Vibrant Empath Art,' Ocean County Library Toms River Branch

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library Toms River Branch is pleased to present Shore-based artist Amanda Santomenna’s exhibit, “Vibrant Empath Art,” in the McConnell Gallery throughout the month of December. Visitors will view…

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Ocean County Library - New Literacy Services for Neurodiverse Youngsters

Ocean County Library Federal Grant to Provide Literacy Support for Neurodiverse Children Under Age 5 Toms River – A program that will provide literacy-based services for the neurodiverse community, from birth to age 5, is being launched at…

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Ocean County Library Announces Delayed Opening on December 2, 2022

TOMS RIVER – All Ocean County Library branches and reading centers will have a delayed opening of 1 PM on Friday, December 2, 2022 for the Library’s annual Staff In-Service Training. Patrons are welcome to use the Library’s online…

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Ocean County Library to Offer Brain-Stimulating Playaway Launchpad Tablets

Toms River, NJ - 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.…

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OCL Toms River Branch and the Hawk

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…

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Ocean County Library : Ken Lelen, Vintage Concert Series

Guitarist Ken Lelen to Evoke 20th Century Memories at Six Ocean County Library Branches 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…

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Ocean County Library - November Programs Of Special Note, OCL Toms River Branch

TOMS RIVER – Kindness can take many forms, and its effects can last a lifetime. “A World of Kindness,” paintings by Ocean County families to show what warmth and goodwill mean to them, will be on display throughout the month of…

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"Now and Then," Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch

Robert Organes Art Exhibit October Feature at Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch BARNEGAT – The Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch is pleased to present “Now and Then,” an exhibit of paintings by local artist Robert…

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Ocean County Library Toms River Branch To Present ‘Whiskers And Wishes’ By Gregory Oborne In October

Feel the friskiness of felines, as interpreted by New Jersey artist Gregory Oborne. His exhibition, “Whiskers & Wishes,” will be on display throughout the month of October at the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch. The display…

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Ocean County Artists' Guild Showcase Coming to Ocean County Library Toms River Branch

Ocean County Artists’ Guild Showcase Coming to Ocean County Library Toms River Branch – The Ocean County Library Toms River Branch is pleased to present “Expressions,” a display by members of the Ocean County…

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Find Out ‘The Secret’– Doug Wonder’s Magic for Adults At Ocean County Library Point Pleasant BoroBranch

POINT PLEASANT–Let your inner child romp inside the marvelous world of magic. Doug Wonder will beyour guide to “The Secret,” 6:30 PM Tuesday, October 4, at the Ocean County Library Point Pleasant Borough Branch. Attendees will…

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Ocean County Library Now Offers Wall Street Journal Online

TOMS RIVER – The Wall Street Journal is the newest addition to the Ocean County Library’s expanding digital database. WSJ.com is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to holders of valid Ocean County Library cards. The program…

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Ocean County Library Upper Shores Branch to Present ‘Dorothy Quincy Hancock : Witness to a Revolution’

LAVALLETTE – Gain a unique perspective on the birth of our nation, when the Ocean County Library Upper Shores Branch presents historical interpreter Kim Hanley’ in, “Dorothy Quincy Hancock: Witness to a Revolution,” 2 PM…

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Ocean County Library to Present Acclaimed Violinist Dr. David Podles at Five Branches

Ocean County Library to Present Acclaimed Violinist Dr. David Podles at Five Branches TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library is pleased to present world-renowned concert violinist Dr. David Podles, at five branches during September, October…

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Ocean County Library - Library Card Signup Month

Sample Ocean County Library Services During Library Card Sign-up Month September is Library Card Signup Month across the nation. The Ocean County Library joins with the American Library Assocation (ALA) in encouraging residents to availe…

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Constitution Day Program, Ocean County Library Toms River Branch

Ocean County Library Toms River Branch Presents “David Brearley, 1745-1790: NJ Signer of the Constitution” TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library Toms River Branch will mark Constitution Day by hosting Thomas H. Pyle’s…

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Storywalk Inspires Bonding And Purpose At Ocean County Library Stafford Branch

More than 175 children and adults shared a love of reading and community support in Storywalk®, during July and August through a partnership of the Ocean County Library Stafford Branch and the Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean. Attendees…

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Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch - September Programs

Family Fun, Facts and Flicksfor FallatOcean County Library Barnegat Branch BARNEGAT – Enjoy the change from summer to autumn at the Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch, where programs for all ages and interests fill the September calendar.…

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"Pastel Interpretations," Ocean County Library Toms River Branch

TOMS RIVER – Enjoy pastel landscapes of local sites that you might already know. New Jersey artist Scott Molnar’s exhibit, “Pastel Interpretations of Ocean County,” will be on display throughout the month of September at the…

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Ocean County Library - New Perspectives

Toms River Artist Community’s“New Perspectives”Coming to Ocean County Library Toms River Branch TOMS RIVER–The Ocean County Library Toms River Branch is pleased to present “New Perspectives,” a multimedia…

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Ocean County Library - National Library Card Sign-up Month

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. We at the Ocean County Library consider you to be a valuable partner in the community that we share. We encourage you to show your support for education and literacy in a quick, simple way. Send a…

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"People and Places," Ocean County Library Toms River Branch

Ocean County Library Toms River Branch to Feature Lucille Rielly’s “People and Places” during August TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library Toms River Branch is pleased to present “People and Places,” an exhibit…

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Revel In Barbara Kraemer's “Vacation Memories” At The Ocean County Library Toms River Branch

TOMS RIVER – Transport yourself to exotic corners of the world, right in Toms River. The Ocean County Library Toms River Branch is pleased to present “Vacation Memories,” an exhibit by renowned shore artist Barbara Kraemer,…

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Discover Local Art At The Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch will exhibit artwork by local artist, Marty Mayo, throughout the month of August. Mayo specializes in mixed-media illustrations, caricatures, and collages. His art, featured in…

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Ocean County Library - 'All About Birds' with Susan Puder, four OCL branches

TOMS RIVER – Which species of our feathered friends flock to the Jersey Shore and the Pinelands from season to season each year? Join award-winning author-photographer Susan Puder and learn “All About Birds” at four Ocean County…

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Todd Meredith Unplugs For Acoustic Shows At 4 Ocean County Library Branches

Toms River – Todd Meredith, one of the Jersey Shore’s busiest musicians, will play crowd-pleasing tunes and take requests during a string of live summer and autumn acoustic concerts at four Ocean County Library branches: Stafford…

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Hour Of The Wolf Photography Exhibit At Ocean County Library Toms River Branch In July

The Ocean County Library Toms River Branch is pleased to host Hour of the Wolf Photography, by Chris Straut, in its 2nd Floor Gallery during the month of July. The exhibit will feature a wide array of portraits, including cosplays, concert…

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July Art Exhibit, Ocean County Library Toms River Branch

Ocean County Library Toms River Branch to present “Paintings and Pours” by Jenna M. Yurga in July TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library Toms River Branch is pleased to host “Paintings and Pours: My Return to Art,” by…

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Celebrate Bastille Day Under the Guillotine with J.C. Sutton at Ocean County Library Tuckerton Branch

The Ocean County Library Tuckerton Branch is pleased to host award-winning author J.C. Sutton, 2 PM Thursday, July 14. The Tuckerton resident will sign copies of her new novel Under the Guillotine: A Tale of Two Royals. Under the Guillotine…

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Celebrate Summer With 'Watercolor Moments' At Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch

The Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch is pleased to present “Watercolor Moments,” a celebration of spring and summer by shore artists Barbara Kraemer, Judith Schimmel, and Karen Wachter, throughout July. Barbara Kraemer, a mainstay…

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June Art Exhibit, OCL Barnegat Branch

BARNEGAT – Watercolor creations by longtime Ocean County resident Frank Folinus will be on display throughout June at the Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch. A visitor to the county since 1955, and a full-time resident since 1972, Frank…

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Images Student Art Show 2022, OCL Toms River Branch

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library Toms River Branch is pleased to host Images Student Art Show 2022, by the Ocean County Vocational Technical School, throughout June. The collection, which will be displayed in the 2 nd Floor Gallery,…

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'We Refuse To Be Enemies,' Ocean County Library Toms River Branch

Sabeeha Rehman and Walter Ruby, authors of We Refuse to be Enemies, will highlight their message of solidarity against intolerance in a live program, 6 PM Wednesday, May 25, at the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch.? Subtitled How Muslims and…

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Ocean County Library Joins Libraries Statewide In Offering NJHealthConnect At YourLibrary

The Ocean County Library System is proud to join libraries throughout New Jersey in helping to increase free access to quality health care. NJHealthConnect@YourLibrary will be available through September 30, 2022. iPads that are pre-loaded with…

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Ocean County Library - Railroads of Ocean County

POINT PLEASANT BEACH – Ocean County’s once-vast rail transit system belongs to yesteryear, but its remnants can be seen to this day. And nostalgia for the days of Ocean County rail travel remains alive and well in the minds of many…

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May Art Exhibit, Ocean County Library Upper Shores Branch

LAVALLETTE – The Ocean County Library Upper Shores Branch will proudly present Seascapes & Ocean Life, watercolor and acrylic paintings by local artist Joan Tozzi Ablahani, throughout the month of May. Ms. Ablahani depicts the grandeur of…

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May Photography Exhibit, Ocean County Library Toms River Branch

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library is pleased to host Creative Photography, by Rob Rielly, throughout May in the 2nd Floor Gallery of the Toms River Branch during May. It consists of traditional and digital photographs, created through a…

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May Art Exhibit, Ocean County Library Toms River Branch

TOMS RIVER – In recognition of May 20 as global Endangered Species Day, the Ocean County Library is pleased to host Endangered Species, by Barbara Kraemer and Suzi Hoffman, throughout May in the McConnell Gallery. The aim of the multi-media…

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It’ll Be Boo-tiful At the Ocean County Library Lakewood Branch During The Halfway To Halloween Teen Bash

Lakewood – Why wait another six months for scary season? If you’re between ages 12 and 18, don a chillingly good costume and celebrate during the Halfway to Halloween Teen Bash at the Ocean County Library Lakewood Branch, 2 PM Monday,…

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Canine Companions Presentation, Ocean County Library 2022 AutismResources Fair

TOMS RIVER – Individuals and families interested in the raising, training and availability of service dogs can learn about it during a webinar by Canine Companions, 6:30 PM Monday, May 2, as part of the Ocean County Library's 2022 Autism…

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Financial Wellness Seminar, Ocean County Library Jackson Branch

See the New Shape of Financial Wellness At the Ocean County Library Jackson Branch JACKSON – The Ocean County Library Jackson Branch is pleased to present a live financial wellness workshop by Robert Salmon, Mortgage Consultant and Sales…

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Sparks B.B.F. Reading Club Toiletries Drive

TOMS RIVER – Many Ocean County children in need will have fresh personal-care and toiletry items, thanks to generous county residents who have responded overwhelmingly to the Ocean County Library’s Sparks B.F.F. Reading Club collection…

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Racial Education Virtual Presentation - Ocean County LibraryTuckerton Branch

TUCKERTON – The Ocean County Library Tuckerton Branch will present a virtual seminar by Stockton University Professor Donnetrice Allison, Ph.D., “Racial Education, Self-Care and Unmasking Micro-Aggressions,” 7 PM Monday, April 18.…

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Ocean County Library - Tuckerton Branch, Open House

TUCKERTON – Award-winning environmental expert William J. Lewis, author of New Jersey’s Lost Piney Culture, will speak at the Tuckerton Library Association’s annual Open House, 7 PM Wednesday, April 13, at the Ocean County Library…

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Ocean County Library: National Library Week, April 3-9

TOMS RIVER – “Connect with Your Library” is the theme of National Library Week, April 3 – 9, 2022. The Ocean County Library invite patrons and visitors to explore the many advantages of connecting with OCL, at its 21 branches…

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Ocean County Public Library: Special Edition Library Cards - The Child

Online, Broadcast, Print Producers/Reporters/Editors, Officials and Colleagues Attached is information regarding special-issue Ocean County Library cards, featuring the image of “Baby Yoda,” also called “Grogu” or…

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Ocean County Library 2022 Autism Resources Fair: Music for Autism

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library 2022 Autism Resources Fair is privileged to present two virtual performances by Music for Autism. The Fair’s inaugural program will be a concert by versatile performer Stephane Duret, of the Tony…

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Ocean County Library Pete Wagula Concert Berkeley Branch

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP – The Ocean County Library Berkeley Branch is proud to present the return of Jersey shore guitarist Pete Wagula in a live performance of acoustic blues, jazz, and bottleneck guitar, 2:30 PM Saturday, March 26. Wagula’s…

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Ocean County Library Toiletries Drive Expansion

Ocean County Library Stafford Branch Added to Toiletry Drive Collection Centers TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library announces an expansion of its designated collection centers in its month-long toiletry drive for Ocean County children in…

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Ocean County Library 2022 Autism Resources Fair

Attached is information regarding the Ocean County Library’s annual Autism Resources Fair, consisting of live and virtual programs and events which will begin in April and continue into May. Telescoped information will be arrive in subsequent…

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'The Fast and Victorious Games' by Brain Wash Game Shows

Re: Brain Wash Game Shows, “Fast & Victorious,” Ocean County Library Stafford & Manchester Branches Attached is information regarding “The Fast and Victorious Games” by Brain Wash Game Shows, live presentations that…

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Ocean County Library’s Sparks Reading Club Toiletry Drive Will Help Children in Need

TOMS RIVER – Members of the Ocean County Library’s Department of Homebound and Volunteer Services ask for your help as they collect donated toiletry items for Ocean County children in need, March 1 through March 31. The Library is…

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Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch to Host Carol Stauffer’s Seasons of Life Photo Exhibit

BARNEGAT – The Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch is pleased to present Seasons of Life, an exhibit of inspirational, nature-centered photographs by Ocean County resident Carol Stauffer, throughout March. The exhibit encompasses the four…

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The Great Backyard Bird Count, OCL Toms River Branch

Date: 02-08-2022 To: Online, Broadcast, Print Producers/Reporters/Editors, Officials and Community Colleagues From: Tom Mongelli, Ocean County Library Public Relations Re: The Great Backyard Bird Count, OCL Toms River Branch Attached is…

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The Ocean County Library at Virtual Early Stage Memory Cafes Now Accepting Registrants

TOMS RIVER – Registration is under way for Virtual Early Stage Memory Cafés @ The Ocean County Library, for sessions that will begin in March. The popular program, administered by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey,…

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OCL Upper Shores Branch, February Art Exhibit

Attached is information regarding an exhibit by local artist Linda Hejduk at the Ocean County Library Upper Shores Branch in Lavallette. “Watercolors and Acrylics of the Jersey Shore” remains on display throughout February. We hope…

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Volunteers Sought for Memory Cafés at the Ocean County Library

Toms River, NJ – The search is under way for compassionate, sociable volunteers to facilitate Memory Cafés @ The Ocean County Library, a collaboration of the Library and the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter. …

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Ocean County Library Jackson Branch To Feature Art by Sue Kolb and Robert Jenkin

Renowned Jackson Township artists Sue Kolb and Robert Jenkin will return to the Ocean County Library Jackson Branch in January, to stage an exhibit that will remain on display through March. Both artists have exhibited in the Jackson Branch,…

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"Winter Wonderland," OCL Barnegat Branch

BARNEGAT – See the beauty of frigid days and frosty nights, throughout January and February, at the Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch. More than a dozen Pine Shores Art Association notables are transforming it into a “Winter…

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Ocean County Library Announces Christmas and New Year’s Closures

Toms River, NJ -- All branches and reading centers of the Ocean County Library will be closed on Friday, December 24, and remain closed on Saturday, December 25, in observance of Christmas. All Library branches and reading centers will be…

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Ocean County Library Announces Stafford Branch Upgrades

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP – The Ocean County Library Branch on North Main Street, here, has undergone recent maintenance upgrades under the library’s 2021 maintenance program. “We have covered just about every area of the branch under…

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Creators, Collectors, Curio Connoisseurs: Display Your Wares at OCL Jackson Branch

Toms River, NJ - Are you an artist in search of a display venue? Have a collection of themed artifacts? Do friends marvel at knickknacks at home? Share them with your neighbors at the Ocean County Library Jackson Branch. The Branch is organizing…

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Ocean County Library to Host Holiday Performance by Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library will host a live performance by the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre, 6 PM Thursday, December 9 in the Toms River Branch. The holiday showcase will feature joyful Christmas songs and unique festival…

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Ocean County Library December 3 Delayed Opening

TOMS RIVER,NJ – All Ocean County Library branches and reading centers will open at 1 PM Friday, December 3, for annual Staff In-Service Training. We encourage our customers to use the Library’s online resources, databases, eBooks,…

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Ocean County Library To Be Closed on Thanksgiving Day

Toms River, NJ – All branches of the Ocean County Library will close at 5 PM Wednesday, November 24 and will remain closed Thursday, November 25 in observance of Thanksgiving. The Barnegat, Brick, Jackson, Lakewood, Manchester,…

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Meet Literary Sensation Darcie Little Badger in Ocean County Library’s 'Dive into YA' Virtual Series

TOMS RIVER – Acclaimed Lipan Apache writer Dr. Darcie Little Badger, author of the new novel A Snake Falls to Earth, will take part in the Ocean County Library’s “Dive into YA: It’s Not Just for Teens” virtual dialog…

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Ocean County Library Stafford Branch to Undergo Cleaning

Stafford – The Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library will undergo cleaning beginning Tuesday, November 2. Beginning Election Day, Tuesday, November 2, the upper level of the Stafford Branch will be cleaned and will reopen on Wednesday,…

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Ocean County Library November Virtual Series to Support and Guide Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Toms River – During November, the Ocean County Library and the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter will mark National Family Caregivers Month witha free virtual series to help caregivers prepare for Alzheimer’s…

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OCL Toms River Branch to Feature European Canvas by Suzi Hoffman and Mary Walker-Baptiste

Image included Toms River, NJ - The Ocean County Library is pleased to announce that it will host European Canvas, an exhibit by Suzi Hoffman and Mary Walker Baptiste, in theToms River Branch’s McConnell Gallery during November and December.…

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Here’s A Geek Week Sneak Peek - OCL’s FanNation 2021 Begins November 8, 2021

Enjoy games, crafts, celebrity chats, and contests for a full week during the Ocean County Library’s FanNation 2021, Monday, November 8 through Sunday, November14. Registration for events is under way at…

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Libby Prison Minstrels to Salute Veterans at Ocean County Library Brick Branch - October 18, 2021

BRICK TOWNSHIP – The Ocean County Library Brick Branch invites you to celebrate women and men in uniform, past and present, during its Veterans Day Celebration with the Libby Prison Minstrels, 2 PM Sunday, November 6. The New Jersey group…

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Ocean County Library To Be Closed Election Day

Toms River, NJ - All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Tuesday, November 2, in observance of Election Day. We encourage our customers to use the Library’s online resources, databases, eBooks, eMagazines, video and audio…

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New Jersey’s IbiZoboi To Be Featured In Ocean County Library’s 'Dive Into YA' Author Discussions

Toms River, NJ - Award-winning author, editor and educator IbiZoboi, whose novel Pride is in development as a mini-series, makes a virtual appearance in the Ocean County Library’s “Dive Into YA: It’s Not Just for Teens”…

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Master Challenges of Aging During Ocean County Library Virtual Program

Toms River, NJ - Learn about aging-related physical, cognitive and mental health changes, and effective ways to manage them, during an Ocean County Library virtual program at 12 PM Tuesday, October 5. “Older Adults – Health and…

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Ocean County Library Welcomes Greg Neri To Young Adult Author Series

Toms River, NJ -- Award-winning author Greg Neri, whose Ghetto Cowboy is now a film starring Idris Elba, will discuss his literature and life during the Ocean County Library’s “Dive Into YA: It’s Not Just for Teens” virtual…

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See Full Range of Ocean County’s Senior Services In Ocean County Library’s Virtual Program

Toms River, NJ -– Discover the extensive array of support programs available through the Ocean County Office of Senior Services during an Ocean County Library virtual presentation at 2:30 PM Thursday, September 23. The county…

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Ocean County Library to Participate in September-11 Memorial and Museum’s Education Exhibition

Ocean County Library to Participate in 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s Education Exhibition September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library is honored to participate in September 11, 2001:…

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You Can Star in the Ocean County Library’s ‘Library Card Signup Month’ Video

Toms River, NJ – This September, the Ocean County Library will be celebrating Library Card Sign-up Month by supporting the goal of the Education Initiative - putting a library card in the hand of every student and to better serve the…

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Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch Displays Art by Marty Mayo Through August

BARNEGAT – Throughout the month of August, the Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch displays selected art works by Marty Mayo. The Ocean County artist creates mixed media illustrations, caricatures, and collages inspired by everyday people,…

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Ocean County Library Branches To Be Closed September 6, 2021

Ocean County Library Branches To Be Closed September 6 TOMS RIVER – All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Monday, September 6, in observance of Labor Day. We encourage our customers to use the Library’s online…

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Volunteers Sought for Memory Cafés at The Ocean County Library

Toms River – The search is under way for compassionate, sociable volunteers to facilitate Memory Cafés @ The Ocean County Library, a collaboration of the Library and the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey. …

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Enjoy Crocheting Outdoors at Ocean County Library Jackson Branch

JACKSON– Meet new friends, share some laughs and turn yarn into useful, decorative items in the great outdoors during the Ocean County Library Jackson Branch’s “Crochet Meet in Nature,” 10 AM Tuesday, July 13. Knitters and…

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Farewell to Fines: Ocean County Library Eliminates Daily Overdue Fines

TOMS RIVER–The Ocean County Library has become fine-free as of July1, by action taken at the Ocean County Library Commission’s June 15 meeting. The Library's mission is to connect people, build community, and transform lives.…

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Ocean County Library Virtual Concert

Hear stirring songs and stories that symbolize more than a century of American heritagewhen the Libby Prison Minstrels perform an Ocean County Library virtual concert, 7 PM Tuesday, July 13. The New Jersey groupwill donhistorically-accurateperiod…

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Be a Brilliant Bird Watcher Through Ocean County Library’s Virtual Series

Toms River, NJ -- Become acquainted with your feathered friends, find out how they live and learn how to help them survive during “Bird Watching Essentials,” a series of one-hour virtual programs on six consecutive Wednesdays beginning…

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OCL 'Tell Your Tale' - Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Fascinating Facts about Harriet Tubman to Highlight OCL’s ‘Tell Your Tale’ Virtual Series Award-winning historian and writer Erica Armstrong Dunbar will take viewers deep into the life of civil rights icon Harriet Tubman…

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OCL 'Dive Into Ya' to Feature Megan McCafferty

Ocean County Library’s “Dive into YA” Virtual Author Series To Welcome New Jersey’s Megan McCafferty Ocean County native Megan McCafferty, creator of the best-selling “Jessica Darling” series, will take part in…

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Ocean County Library Announces Expansion of Operating Hours

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library Commission announced on Tuesday, May 18 an expansion of the library system’s hours of operation effective Tuesday, June 1. Toms River, Berkeley, Brick, Jackson, Lacey, Lakewood, Manchester Branches:…

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Ocean County Library Branches To Be Closed Memorial Day

TOMS RIVER – All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Monday, May 31st in observance of Memorial Day. We encourage our customers to use the Library’s online resources, databases, eBooks, eMagazines, video and audio…

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Ocean County Library’s 'Dive into YA' Virtual Series To Feature Author-Screenwriter Steve Sheinkin

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library will introduce award-winning historical adventure author and screenwriter Steve Sheinkin to attendees of his virtual chat, 6 PM Thursday, May 27. The program is part of the Library’s ongoing…

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Ocean County Library Branches To Be Closed May 14 for Staff Development

TOMS RIVER– All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Friday, May 14, for the Ocean County Library’s annual Staff Development Day. Overdue fines will not accrue on materials during this time. We encourage our customers…

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Ocean County Library to Cease Item Quarantines

Toms River, NJ -- In accord with updated guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and in consultation with the Ocean County Health Department (OCHD), the Ocean County Library will discontinue quarantining of books and…

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Ocean County Library Brick Branch to Present Virtual Mah Jongg Lessons

Learn how to play the American Mah Jongg, in the comfort of your home. The Ocean County Library Brick Branch will present “Mah Jongg for Beginners,” a four-part virtual program starting at 10 AM Monday, May 3. The workshops will…

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Ocean County Library Autism Resources Fair 2021: Learn to Overcome Developmental Disabilities in Adult Life

TOMS RIVER – As part of its Autism Resources Fair 2021, the Ocean County Library will present a workshop about the impacts of mental health in mainstream society at 6:30 PM Thursday, April 29. “Autism, Mental Health and Cultural…

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Ocean County Library Continues Free Virtual Health Management Workshops

Toms River, NJ -- The Ocean County Library, Ocean County Office of Senior Services and Meals on Wheels are accepting new registrants for free, interactive virtual health management workshops. Continuous registration is open for the six-week…

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Dr. Temple Grandin to Deliver Virtual Keynote For Ocean County Library’s Autism Resources Fair 2021

Toms River, NJ -- World-renowned autism advocate, animal scientist, educator, and author Dr. Temple Grandin will deliver the virtual keynote address of the Ocean County Library’s Autism Resources Fair, 2 PM Saturday, April 17. Through…

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MLB Season Forecast Inaugurates Ocean County Library Podcast Series

MANCHESTER– A lively dialog about the 2021 Major League Baseball season kicks off the Ocean County Library’s exciting new podcast series, “OCL Sound Waves.” The Library’s podcasts can be heard on Spotify, Anchor by…

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Ocean County Library Autism Resources Fair 2021 - Features Virtual Fun with Mr. Bobby, Music Therapist

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library’s Autism Resources Fair 2021 offers a free, family-friendly concert with Mr. Bobby, Music Therapist, at 10 AM Saturday, April 10. Bobby Davis is a board-certified music therapist working in the…

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Crystal Maldonado Virtual Chat Inaugurates Ocean County Library Young Adult Author Series

TOMS RIVER – Author Crystal Maldonado, whose debut novel Fat Chance, Charlie Vega met with wide acclaim this year, will lead off the Ocean County Library’s new “Dive Into YA: It’s Not Just for Teens” virtual discussion…

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New OCL Online Book Club Discussion: The Alice Network

Toms River, NJ -- Have you always wanted to join a book club, but couldn’t find the time? The Ocean County Library extends an invitation to enroll in the free One Book OCL Online Book Club, and take part wherever you need to be. The…

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Ocean County Library Autism Resources Fair 2021: Learn How to Tap into New Jersey State Support Programs

Toms River, NJ -- The Ocean County Library will feature a virtual workshop about autism-related support programs and services available through the State of New Jersey, 6:30 PM on Thursday, April 8. “Navigating the New Jersey Division of…

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Paintings Pair with Poetry In Ocean County Library Virtual Programs

Toms River, NJ -- During April, the Ocean County Library marks National Poetry Month with virtual programs that encourage self-expression in verse through art. “Poems Inspired by Paintings” consists of three virtual…

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Learn National Mah Jongg League’s New Card During Ocean County Library Virtual Workshop

BRICK TOWNSHIP – The National Mah Jongg League’s 2021 Card has some new twists for players. Learn the ins and outs during the Ocean County Library’s one-day, virtual Mini Mah Jongg Boot Camp, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM Monday, April 12.…

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New Ocean County Library Series 'Dive into YA: It’s Not Just for Teens'

Best-selling authors who specialize in writing for young adults will appear in a new series of virtual Ocean County Library programs beginning in April. “Dive into YA: It’s Not Just for Teens” will feature award-winning…

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Ocean County Library Announces Good Friday Closure

TOMS RIVER – All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed in observance of Good Friday, April 2. All branches remain temporarily closed on Sundays. We encourage our customers to use the Library’s online resources,…

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Ocean County Library Autism Resources Fair 2021

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library will mark Autism Awareness Month in April with the return of its Autism Resources Fair, and this year it’s a month-long event. Interested families and individuals can take part in free virtual…

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Ocean County Library Adds New Technology to Enhance Patron Services

TOMS RIVER, NJ – The Ocean County Library is initiating a system that will allow for quicker, more efficient customer service than ever before. Lending items are being adapted to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). Toms River…

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Ocean County Library Happenings for March 2021

Click Here to view the Ocean County Library Happenings for March 2021.

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Ocean County Library Virtual Program Celebrates Black History Month

Toms River, NJ -- Celebrate Black History Month with the Ocean County Library and the Toms River Area NAACP, during a virtual production by the Bright Star Touring Theatre, beginning 12:00 Noon Saturday, February 27. Let It Shine: The American…

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Ocean County Library Virtual Program To Address Alzheimer’s Disease And Other Dementias

TOMS RIVER–The Ocean County Library will facilitate a virtual presentation regarding practical, therapeutic and care-related planning on behalf of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, 3 PM Wednesday, March 10. …

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Ocean County Library To Be Closed For Presidents’ Day

TOMS RIVER–All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Monday, February 15th for Presidents’ Day. We encourage our customers to use the Library’s online resources, databases, eBooks, eMagazines, video and audio streams…

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