July 26, 2021
TOMS RIVER – Fans of the contemporary mythic novels Dragon Warrior and The Fallen Hero can enjoy a virtual chat with creator Katie Zhao in the Ocean County Library’s “Dive Into YA: It’s Not Just for Teens” series, 6 PM Thursday, August 12.  The discussion series aims to show how real issues, vivid writing, diverse characters and imaginative concepts propel Young Adult literature beyond traditional age categories.  The Michigan... Read More
July 02, 2021
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 crochet enthusiasts will pass the time in the branch gazebo, weather permitting. In case of rain, the session will move to the branch’s meeting room.  Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill level. Newcomers... Read More
July 02, 2021
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library will feature Elizabeth Lim, creator of the bestselling “The Blood of the Stars” duology, in its ongoing “Dive Into YA: It’s Not Just for Teens” virtual author chats, 6 PM Thursday, July 22.  The discussion series aims to show how real issues, vivid writing, diverse characters and imaginative concepts propel Young Adult literature beyond traditional age categories.  The New York-based writer’s... Read More
July 01, 2021
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library has become fine-free as of July 1, 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. Eliminating overdue fines will further that mission by removing barriers to the Library's resources. “Going fine-free provides wider access and enjoyment of the Library’s resources,” said Ocean County Commissioner... Read More
June 25, 2021
TOMS RIVER – 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 July 7.  New Jersey Audubon Society member Susan Puder, founder of the Southern Ocean Birding Group at Tuckerton Seaport, will share her knowledge as a wildlife photographer and environmental activist. New... Read More
June 24, 2021
TOMS RIVER – Hear stirring songs and stories that symbolize more than a century of American heritage when the Libby Prison Minstrels perform an Ocean County Library virtual concert, 7 PM Tuesday, July 13.  The New Jersey group will don historically-accurate period garb and explore America’s 19th Century through the nation’s most treasured musical works of the era.  Richmond, Virginia’s Libby Prison held Union Army detainees in... Read More
June 22, 2021
TOMS RIVER – Award-winning historian and writer Erica Armstrong Dunbar will take viewers deep into the life of civil rights icon Harriet Tubman during her keynote discussion of the Ocean County Library’s “Tell Your Tale” virtual series, 2 PM Saturday, July 10. The Rutgers history professor authored the newly-published She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman. She won the 2018 Frederick Douglass Book Award for Never Caught: The... Read More
June 18, 2021
TOMS RIVER – All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Monday, July 5, for Independence Day, observed. We encourage our customers to use the Library’s online resources, databases, eBooks, eMagazines, video and audio streams and digital classes. They are available continuously at www.theoceancountylibrary.org.
June 18, 2021
TOMS RIVER – Ocean County native Megan McCafferty, creator of the best-selling “Jessica Darling” series, will take part in the Ocean County Library’s “Dive Into YA: It’s Not Just for Teens” virtual author chats, 6 PM Thursday, July 8. The discussion series aims to show how real issues, vivid writing, diverse characters and imaginative concepts propel Young Adult literature beyond traditional age categories. Ms. McCafferty published two... Read More
June 16, 2021
TOMS RIVER – Meet six local and national storytellers, and learn how to weave narratives of your own, in OCL’s “Tell Your Tale” virtual series.  The presentations supplement the Library’s “Tails & Tales” Summer Reading Program.  “Where Did Toms River Come From?” - 2:30 PM Thursday, June 24. Toms River Township Historian J. Mark Mutter describes how the remote village became a municipality, and why its creation is unique in... Read More