Chairperson:  Michael R. Beck, Esq.
Vice-Chairperson: Douglas J. Hull, Esq.
Secretary: Kathryn Oles
Treasurer: Elaine H. McConnell


Thank you to Our Donors!


Officers were elected at the Annual Meeting of the Ocean County Library Foundation on Thursday, July 18, 2019, in the Franklin H. Berry Jr. Board Room of the Toms River Branch.

Officers elected to a one-year term are:

  • Michael R. Beck, Esq., Chair
  • Douglas J. Hull, Esq., Vice Chair
  • Kathryn Oles, Secretary
  • Elaine H. McConnell, Treasurer

2019-20 marks the 19th year for the Foundation and plans are underway for a variety of partnerships and programs to celebrate both the Foundation and the Ocean County Library.

Your support enabled the Ocean County Library Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, to Provide English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at the library through a major $25,000 multi-year grant provided by the OceanFirst Foundation.

Fund multicultural programs throughout the library system thanks to a $5,000.00 2019 Arts & Cultural grant from the OceanFirst Foundation.

Hosted the 3rd Annual Links with the Masters Mini-Golf Event in February 2019. Planning is currently underway to have this event again in 2020.

The Ocean County Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization established in 2001, to enhance the services and opportunities offered to all Ocean County Library users. We support and believe in the Ocean County Library’s Mission of “Connecting People, Building Community, and Transforming Lives”. The Foundation undertakes a variety of fund-raising and grant – writing activities, using our skills at raising both private and public funds to provide support for non-traditional library programs and services not covered by tax dollars or budget. The Library Foundation is committed toward the goal of enhancing all library services, programs, and facilities to foster an appreciation and awareness of the Ocean County Library in the community.

Currently twelve (12) members of the community serve on the Foundation Board. Current board members are:

  • Michael R. Beck, Esq., Chair
  • Douglas J. Hull, Esq., Vice Chair
  • Kathryn Oles, Secretary
  • Elaine H. McConnell, Treasurer
  • John K Dougherty, Ed.D.
  • Michele Eventoff
  • James F. Fosbre, Jr.
  • Mary O. Malagiere
  • Angela Palumbo
  • Jonathan Z. Petro, Esq.
  • Patricia Siciliano
  • Barbara York


Susan Quinn, Director of the Ocean County Library, serves on the Foundation as an ex officio member.  Ruthanne Scaturro, Ocean County Library Commission serves as Library Commission Liaison to the Foundation.  Franklin H. Berry, Jr. serves as the Foundation Counsel.

John K. Dougherty

James F. Fosbre, Jr.

Michael R. Beck, Esq.

Mary O. Malagiere

Elaine H. McConnell

Kathryn Oles

Jonathan Z. Petro, Esq.

Patricia Siciliano

Douglas J. Hull, Esq.

Not Pictured: Michele Eventoff, Angela Palumbo, and Barbara York.