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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

Dance Performance: 'Spanish Tapas'

Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Toms River Branch Library
Toms River, NJ
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Dive Into YA Lit: Meet Julie Murphy

Thursday, Sep 30, 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Toms River, NJ
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Children's Specialized Hospital: An Overview of Autism Services

Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Toms River, NJ
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Recent News

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

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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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Share Ocean County Library Experiences During SnapShot Day 2021

TOMS RIVER – What’s your fondest Ocean County Library recollection of 2020? Share your stories, thoughts, and photos throughout February, as libraries statewide observe SnapShot Day. The annual celebration by the New Jersey State…

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Ocean County Library AnnouncesFree Virtual Health Management Workshops

TOMS RIVER–The Ocean County Library is partnering with the Ocean County Office of Senior Servicesand Meals on Wheelsin free, interactive virtual health management workshops for individuals aged 60and upwho cope with diabetes or chronic…

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Ocean County Library’s 'Take and Make' Projects: Portable, Useful and Fun

Toms River, NJ -- Ocean County Library projects for adults, teens, and children are available to take home with you in a “Take & Make” project. “Take & Make” projects are designed to be useful, novel and…

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Ocean County Library January 22 Delayed Opening

TOMS RIVER–The Ocean County Librarywill have a delayed opening Friday, January 22 for its annual Staff In-Service. Branch hours of operation on January 22ndwill be: Toms River, Berkeley, Brick, Jackson, Lacey, Lakewood, Manchester, Barnegat,…

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Talk Football with Keith Elias During Ocean County Library’s Live Chat

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library invites you to sit in on a live virtual interview with former New York Giants star running back Keith Elias, 6 PM Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Registrants planning to use more than one device should…

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Ocean County LibraryAnnounces Online Book ClubT

TOMS RIVER–Registration is under way for the January 7 launch of Ocean County Library’s new One Book OCL Online Book Club, a free online forum for book discussions. Ocean County Librarycardholdersand non-cardholdersare eligible to take…

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Ocean County Library Christmas and New Year's Hours

TOMS RIVER, NJ – All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. All branches will also be closed Friday, January 1, New Year’s Day. The following…

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Ocean County Library To Be Closed for Thanksgiving Day

Toms River, NJ -- All branches of the Ocean County Library will close at 5 PM Wednesday, November 25 and will remain closed Thursday, November 26 in observance of Thanksgiving. The Barnegat, Brick, Jackson, Lakewood, Manchester, Stafford and Toms…

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Ocean County Library to Expand Hours of Operation

Toms River, NJ - At its October meeting, the Ocean County Library Commission approved revised, expanded operating hours for the Library’s 21 branches. The new schedules take effect Monday, November 9, and continue through May 31, 2021. The…

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Ocean County Library’s FanNation 2020: A Full Week of Virtual Geek

The Ocean County Library presents FanNation 2020, its largest yet – seven straight days, more than 20 free events and programs – and for the first time, all virtual from Monday, November 16 through Sunday, November 22. The fun includes: …

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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 3, in observance of Election Day Patrons are welcome to access the Library’s catalog, digital resources and databases at…

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Ocean County Library Launches NEA Big Read Activities in October 2020

Toms River, NJ -- Ocean County Library connects its community to Appalachia in October, through the “Big Read” spotlight on the award-winning Burning Bright by Ron Rash. The Ocean County Library and the Toms River Regional School…

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Ocean County Library Online Autism Resources Center

Toms River, NJ - Families and individuals seeking help in autism-related mattersnow have a thorough database of support organizations through the Ocean County Library website. The OCL Autism Resources Center offers links to groups that specialize…

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Ocean County Library Adds Scholastic Library Publishing to Digital Resources

Toms River, NJ -- The Ocean County Library System has added four Scholastic Library services to its expansive list of digital resources. Scholastic Library Publishing provides digital nonfiction resources for learners of all ages. Their intuitive…

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Ocean County Library Adds Local Newspapers to Website

Toms River, NJ - Want to catch up on local doings in your favorite Ocean County newspaper, but haven’t got a copy handy? They’re now as close as your computer, laptop, pad or mobile device through the Ocean County Library website. The…

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Ocean County Library Closed for Labor Day 2020

Toms River, NJ -- All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Monday, September 7, 2020 in observance of Labor Day. All branches will resume temporary hours Tuesday, September 8. Patrons are welcome to visit the Library’s website,…

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Ocean County Library Adds World Book eBooks to Catalog

Toms River, NJ - As part of its Educational Initiative, the Ocean County Library has added the World Book eBooks Suite to its digital materials. World Book eBooks enhance learning for grades K through 12 with more than 2,500 illustrated titles in…

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OCL’s RBDigital Catalog Moving to Libby

Toms River, NJ -- Ocean County Library patrons who enjoy the RBdigital® selection of audiobooks will find their favorite titles in a new location, starting August 18. The catalog will join the OverDrive® collection of audiobooks, ebooks and…

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Be Counted Where It Counts! Ocean County Library to Host U.S. Census Staffers

Toms River, NJ - Ocean County residents who have yet to fill in their U.S. Census forms, or who have questions about the contents, have a chance to speak directly with Census representatives at various Ocean County Library branches during August. …

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Download Free Music, Videos With Your Ocean County Library Card

Toms River, NJ - Your valid Ocean County Library card will be your passport to a world of free music, videos and audiobooksthrough theFreegal streaming and downloading service beginning Monday, August 10. Provided by Virginia-based Library Ideas,…

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Ocean County Library Partners in Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Webinar

Toms River, NJ - The Ocean County Library will collaborate with the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey in a free webinar about preventing substance abuse in children and teens, 1 PM Tuesday, July 14. Registration is under way for the 30-minute…

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Ocean County Library Welcomes Patrons Back July 6

Toms River, NJ - Thank you Ocean County Library customers for your continued patience and support during this extraordinary time. As you miss the library, we miss you as well! We are excited to share with you our plans for reopening the library. …

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Ocean County Library: Developing Guidelines to Provide Services

Toms River, NJ -- Managers and staffers of the Ocean County Library are busy getting ready to resume services. Ocean County Library would like to thank our customers for your continued patience and support during this extraordinary time. As you…

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Ocean County Library System Undergoes Maintenance

Toms River, NJ - The Ocean County Library System, including streaming services, digital downloads and accounts, will be unavailable from 6:00 PM Monday, June 15, through 9:00 AM Thursday, June 18, due to necessary system maintenance. We apologize…

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Ocean County Library System Undergoes Maintenance

Toms River, NJ - The Ocean County Library System, including streaming services, digital downloads and accounts, will be unavailable from 6:00 PM Monday, June 15, through 9:00 AM Thursday, June 18, due to necessary system maintenance. We apologize…

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Ocean County Library Compiles Online Teen Guide to Social Justice

Toms River, NJ - In light of current events, the Ocean County Library’s Teen Services staffers have assembled an online Teen Guide to Social Justice. The guide offers links to relevant print, eBook and video items available for free through…

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Ocean County Library S.A.I.L. Challenge Goes Virtual for 2020

Toms River, NJ - Social distancing requirements stemming from COVID-19 mean a new, creative way for teens to earn summer community service hours through the Ocean County Library. The Service and Achievement in the Library (S.A.I.L.) Challenge 2020…

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You’re 'Shore to View' Fun and Learning on OCL’s YouTube Channel

Toms River, NJ -- Want to navigate the Ocean County Library’s online services? Seeking wholesome video fun for toddlers? How about becoming an adept hand crafter, or finding reading recommendations? Subscribe to OCL’s YouTube channel and…

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Ocean County Library’s Social Media Schedule Lets You Be First to Know the Latest

Toms River, NJ - The Ocean County Library’s newest interactive and instructional programs and videos pop up regularly on its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. But when do they appear? OCL’s weekly schedule makes it easy to find your…

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Ocean County Library Takes Teens 'Inside' in its First Virtual Adventures

Toms River, NJ -- Teens with a love of mystery and a knack for clues have fun awaiting them at the Ocean County Library web page. The new Escape Room and Scavenger Hunt are the Library’s first-ever virtual adventure projects, and are great…

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Ocean County Library Supplies Parents, Caregivers With Online Educational Tools

Toms River, NJ -- Parents and caregivers taking a pivotal role in their children’s education at home have a deep reservoir of support in the Ocean County Library’s online learning services, free with a valid Library card. They include:…

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An Apple for the Teacher: Ocean County Library Online Educational Aids

Toms River, NJ - On every scholastic level, teachers rapidly adapting their lesson plans to meet the challenges of distance education can turn to the Ocean County Library’s digital storehouse of services, now and in the future. The support…

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Is Your Community 'All In?' 2020 Census Digital Response Tool Has the Data

Toms River, NJ -- How well is your town responding to the 2020 US Census? It’s easy to find out with the new Census Response tool. Response rates are updated daily. To view your municipality’s response rate, visit…

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Ocean County Library Online Learning Support

Toms River, NJ - With tele-teaching thrust into the foreground for the rest of the academic year in New Jersey, the Ocean County Library has a wide educational safety net in Brainfuse®, LearningExpress Library 3.0®, and Universal Class,free…

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Ocean County Library, Hoopla Launch Online Graphic Novel Book Club

Toms River, NJ -- Dazzling illustrations and gripping, relatable story lines give graphic novels their popularity. The Ocean County Library and hoopla® give teens and adults a new way to enjoy new and landmark graphic novels together, instantly…

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Ocean County Library’s Digital News Database Keeps Readers Current and Aids in Research

Toms River, NJ -- The Ocean County Library provides cardholders with America’s News, a fully searchable news resource collection compiled and furnished by NewsBank. America’s News provides online access to nearly 3,500 local, regional…

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Ocean County Library Chat/Text is Back: Live, Real-Time Answers for Your Questions

Toms River, NJ -- Want the title of your favorite author’s newest book? Have a question about Ocean County Library services? OCL’s live, real-time Chat/Text service has resumed on a modified schedule, to accommodate patrons during social…

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Ocean County Library Rolls Out Dual Reading Challenges Online

Toms River, NJ - Social distancing matters, but it doesn’t interfere with dual reading competitions for Ocean County Library card holders: The Cabin Fever Challenge and the 2020 Teen Reads Challenge are as close as your computer or mobile…

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Ocean County Library Launches Online Autism Resource Reference Guide

Toms River, NJ -- Individuals and families concerned with the impact of COVID-19 on autism related services now have a comprehensive list of agencies and organizations that are providing facts and support, right in the Ocean County Library website. …

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National Library Week Extra: Ocean County Library Digital Partners Broaden Offerings

Toms River, NJ - Reinforcing National Library Week 2020’s slogan, “Find Your Way at the Library,” partners of the Ocean County Library have expanded free online resources. That means extra helping hands for students and teachers…

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Ocean County Library’s Social Media Reach Brings New Dimension to National Library Week

Toms River, NJ - “Find Your Way at the Library” is the theme of National Library Week 2020, and the Ocean County Library’s social media outlets and website are increasingly helping visitors find their way to a wealth of digital…

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Support in Times of Crisis Theme of Ocean County Library Video

Toms River, NJ -- The theme “Find Your Way at the Library,” were chosen to symbolize National Library Week 2020 long before anyone foresaw the impact of COVID-19. Libraries, through cyberspace, are offering people figurative shelter and…

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Ocean County Library Enhanced Digital Services

Dear Print, Broadcast, Telecast, and Online Editors and Producers, Officials and Colleagues, Attached is a revised version of a press release sent earlier this date, regarding the Ocean County Library's broadened digital services. Please replace…

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Ocean County Library Enhanced Digital Services Stay Open 24 Hours a Day

Toms River, NJ -- The Ocean County Library aims to serve their community, anywhere they need to be. While its 21 branches are temporarily closed, the Ocean County Library enhances services around-the-clock through their “ 22nd and 23rd…

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All Ocean County Library Branches to Remain Closed Due to New Jersey Executive Order

The Ocean County Library will temporarily close to support the proactive measures being taken by the state of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety Division of New Jersey State Police of Emergency Management Administrative Order No. 2020-3.…

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Ocean County Library Closing All Branches from March 15 – 29 due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) State and National Emergencies

Toms River – The Ocean County Library system will close beginning Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 29 out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our library staff and customers during the declared state and national emergenciesdue…

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Ocean County Library Responds to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Concerns with Abundance of Caution

The Ocean County Library is closely following the recommendations of our County, State, and National health organizations about the coronavirus (COVID-19) because the safety of our library customers and staff is our first priority. Beginning…

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Help Your Preschooler’s Interactive Skills Grow At the Little Egg Harbor Library

Little Egg Harbor Twp, NJ - Parents and caregivers of children age 1 – 3 are invited to bring their youngsters to “1, 2, 3, Grow With Me – Family Place,” 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Mar. 4, 11, 18, and 25 at the Ocean County…

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Sparkling Satire for Women’s History Month at Ocean County Library

Toms River, NJ -- As part of its Women’s History Month celebration, the Ocean County Library will host MichèleLaRue in “Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffragist Satire” at five branches during March. “Someone…

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12th Annual Prom Dress Drive Under Way At All Ocean County Library Branches

Toms River – February marks the kickoff of the Ocean County Library’s 12th Annual Prom Dress Drive. All branches are accepting gently-used or new prom dresses and tuxedos during regular business hours through Friday, Mar. 13. The drive…

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Ocean County Library Foundation Presents 4th Annual 'Links with the Masters' Fundraiser

Toms River, NJ -- Ocean County Library’s Toms River Branch, 101 Washington St., will be transformed into a miniature golf course during a two-day fundraiser by the Ocean County Library Foundation. The 4th annual “Links with the…

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Little Egg Harbor Branch to Reopen After Electrical Repairs on January 20, 2020

Little Egg Harbor, NJ -– The Ocean County Library System continues to make progress on the Little Egg Harbor Branch’s electrical repairs. These repairs are a result of a power surge from a transformer located on the perimeter of…

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Frank Grasso Photography Display at Ocean County Library

Barnegat – The Barnegat Branch of the Ocean County Library will exhibit the art of local photographer Frank Grasso throughout the month of January 2020. Grasso, a retired carpenter and Barnegat resident, has taken many photos in the…

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Museum Pass Program Coming to Ocean County Library

Toms River, NJ -- The Ocean County Library is excited to launch our Museum Pass Program at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2. The Museum Pass Program provides the opportunity to visit a variety of cultural and educational attractions in the area for free.…

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Embargo Restricts Public Libraries EBook Purchases

Toms River– Beginning November 1, Macmillan Publishers will restrict public libraries to the purchase of only one copy of a new eBook title following its release, after which the publisher will impose an eight-week embargo. “Ocean…

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Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Exploring Water’s Environmental And Cultural Impact Coming To Toms River

Toms River– From above, Earth appears as a water planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital resource for life. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and more. It inspires art and music. Ocean…

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Six Ocean County Library Branches to Extend Hours in 2019

Toms River, NJ -- In an effort to have our buildings more accessible to the public, The Ocean County Library Commission approved to extend the hours of operation for six branches during their meeting on December 11, 2018. The schedule change, listed…

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OCL Puppet Players Present 'The Bad Seed'

OCL Puppet Players Present 'The Bad Seed' He’s rude, he’s crude. He’s got no friends. He’s just baaaad. Can he change? Children will find out in April and May, as the OCL Puppet Players present Jory John’s “The…

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Leap Language Barriers with Pronunciator at the Ocean County Library

Toms River, NJ -- If you plan to travel abroad, if you’re new to the US, or if you just want to increase your language fluency, the Ocean County Library creates a bridge for diversity with Pronunciator, the world’s largest digital,…

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Ladies of Country Music Coming to the Ocean County Library

TOMS RIVER - The Ocean County Library will present “Ladies of Country Music with Elaine and the Cimarron Sky Band” at four branches. Celebrate Women’s History Month as the band will perform the classic country songs of singers…

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Master Gardeners To Offer Tips At Ocean County Library Branches

TOMS RIVER - The Ocean County Library willhost a series of programs featuring Master Gardeners, trained and certified by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County. They will provide a wide range of horticultural information and gardening…

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Ocean County Library Will Be Closed Feb.20 for Presidents Day

All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Monday February 20 in observance of Presidents Day. All branches of the Ocean County Library will reopen Tuesday February 21. We encourage our customers to use the library’s online…

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Seasonal Affective Disorder Discussion at the Ocean County Public Library

Have you ever felt as though you had a case of the winter blues? The Center for Healthy Aging at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus will present “S. A. D.”, a discussion on seasonal affective disorder. As the days become shorter, join us…

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Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary to be Remembered at Ocean County Library

Ocean County Library will commemorate the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor during a special remembrance program 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 7 in its Toms River Branch, 101 Washington Street. “As we come together to commemorate the…

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Celebrate National Native American Heritage at Ocean County Library

Toms River -  Ocean County Library will celebrate the many cultures of America’s indigenous population as it recognizes National Native American Heritage Month in November. For a look at the contemporary issues Native Americans face, the…

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Ocean County Library is Closed for Labor Day on September 5, 2016

Toms River, NJ -- All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Monday, September 5 for Labor Day. They will reopen Tuesday, September 6. We encourage our customers to use the library’s online resources including databases, ebooks,…

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Ocean County Library-Food for Fines campaign

TOMS RIVER – In honor of its 90th anniversary and in accordance with its mission of “connecting people, building community and transforming lives,” the Ocean County Library is launching a “Food for Fines” campaign throughout September. …

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Labor Day Closing and the Resumption of Sunday Hours

All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day. All branches of the Ocean County Library will resume normal branch hours on Tuesday Sept. 8. As always, the library…

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Ocean County Library Closed for Memorial Day

Toms River, NJ - All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Sunday, May 24 and Memorial Day, May 25, 2015. All branches will resume their normal business hours Tuesday, May 26. The library’s…

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Ocean County Library Hosts Program On Basic Rights In Special Education

Toms River, NJ -- The Ocean County Library Lacey branch is partnering with the Statewide Parents Advocacy Network (SPAN) New Jersey to host a program on basic rights in special education.   This program provides families with an introduction to…

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Ocean County Library Seeks Submissions For Ninth Annual Film Festival

Toms River, NJ - The Ocean County Library is seeking submissions from high school filmmakers for the ninth annual Student Film Festival. Submissions cover a wide variety of categories, including music video, short feature, news, animation and…

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Affordable Care Act Assistance From Ocean Health Initiatives at OCL

TOMS RIVER -  Health insurance open enrollment starts Nov. 15 and bilingual (Spanish and English) assisters from Ocean Health Initiatives will be available at select Ocean County Library branches to answer your questions about the Health Insurance…

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'Dying to do Letterman' Comedian Steve Mazan Comes to the Ocean County Library

Toms River, NJ -- Comedian and subject of the documentary “Dying to do Letterman” Steve Mazan will speak at the Ocean County Library Toms River branch (101 Washington Street). Mazan comes from the famous San Francisco scene that produced comedy…

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Fred Miller’s Lecture in Song: All Over the Map

Pianist, singer, and narrator Fred Miller will perform his “Lecture-in-Song: All Over the Map,” a 60-75 minute musical/anecdotal international travelogue of American Popular Song circling the globe, throughout the Ocean County Library this fall.…

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Ocean County Library Closed for Election Day

All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 5. They will resume regular business hours Nov. 6. As always, the library Web site, www.theoceancountylibrary.org and its databases will be available during that…

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'Dia!' Celebration At The Ocean County Library

Ocean County Library will join in the fun of “Dia!”, a national American Library Association program, that celebrates diversity, children and literacy, and presents it to families through books, stories and programs during April and…

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OCL Presents Stages Festival At 10 Branches

New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s “Stages Festival” will present seven programs at 10 Ocean County Library branches in March. These programs will mark the 16th anniversary of the library’s partnership with the Alliance. The…

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OCL To Host Storm Recovery Expos

Toms River, NJ -- Ocean County Library will partner with the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and host “Beyond Sandy: The Storm Resource Expo,” two expos that will present resources to area residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. …

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Ocean County Library-16 Branches Resume Normal Hours

Toms River, NJ -- Most branches of the Ocean County Library will be open during their normal business hours with the following exceptions: Beachwood; Point Pleasant Borough; Upper Shores (Lavallette); Bay Head; and Long Beach Island. The open…

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Susan Orlean to Speak at 2 OCL Branches

TOMS RIVER, NJ---She has been around the world, several times, reporting about people who are a little bit different, a little bit quirky. She has entertained us and her writings have reminded us of life’s little joke: the more we are different,…

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