as of July 1, 2020 ---
The book drop is open for you to return your books.
Curbside contactless service has begun, here's how it works:
place a hold online for your desired book(s)
wait for a call from the library to say it's available, and to set up a pick up time,
once at the library parking lot call 732-531-5092 from your car (have your library card number available),
a staff member will put your item(s) on the table outside for you to pick up.
THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED JULY 3 AND 4
IN OBSERVANCE OF Independence Day
The library building is closed
but the library services are
still available online!
Email our Ocean Branch Librarian:
phone help is available at
or chat with a librarian by going to
[click "Chat" in the lower right of your screen}
Until the building re-opens:
Book drops are now open to return your books
Curbside pickup is available
It's time for the
Summer Reading Program!
June 15 - August 15
Until the library reopens the Summer Reading Program and the monthly Reading Challenge are virtual
The Library has many digital offerings
for adults, young adults, and children
Watch the video below from the Library
for an overview of how it will work for the
Summer of 2020!
Read as many books as you like, but after you've read and logged 4 of them, you will be eligible for a prizes to be given out in September!
Please join your neighbors and friends in our Ocean Township (NJ)
community who are committed to
supporting one of our
most important cultural and educational assets
Annual membership dues are only $5.00/person
Your taxes provide the means for our beautiful library, its
comprehensive collection and
great staff - however
your contribution through the
Friends helps provide the
extras that make our library such an awesome town resource
for all ages all year round.
If you would like to help us with our mission to reach out to expand literacy, promote activities of educational value, and raise awareness of this great resource in our community,
please join us.
FOR MEMBERSHIP FORM
TO JOIN OR RENEW
Follow Miss Jackie's instructions to sign up for summer reading!
Sign up, sign in, log your reading - here are Jackie's instructions for accessing Beanstack to sign up for the Summer Reading Program.
Read about this summer's categories
and list of prizes too!
DEBBIE'S READING CHALLENGE PICKS
Debbie Bagchi, Reference Librarian
July's Reading Challenge is:
Every Child is a Story Yet to be Told
Here are some of Debbie's suggestions for this this month's challenge.
WIZARDS AND MUGGLES!
The Harry Potter Book"The Sorcerer's Stone" is now available through the library's ebook and audiobook collection, to all users without any wait.
New crafts & stories are posted every weekday at 1:45 pm - and all the craft videos are archived there! (stories are taken down after 24 hours)
More reading suggestions
Join one of these virtual book club
sessions moderated by Robyn Miller
Virtual book discussions will be conducted on Webex. Internet access is required to attend. Event access details will be emailed prior to the start of the event.
July 1, 10:30AM - The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs
Available on Overdrive here
July 15, 10:30AM - The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Available on Overdrive here
Contact: or phone1-866-941-8188
LIBRARY CARDS -
gotta have 'em
There are SO many digital offerings you can access with your library card.
If you need to apply for a library card for the first time, you can email Diana Zambrano to request a card. IMPORTANT: YOU MUST EMAIL A COPY OF YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE WITH YOUR REQUEST.
**If you have a library card and it needs to be renewed you can emailBranch Librarian Diana Zambrano and she can renew your card remotely.
Email Diana at:
The New Jersey Civic
Community Recovery Committee wants your input
This is a group of NJ Library Leaders
looking for as much participation from the public as possible on your library needs.
There are only a couple of questions.
Try to make time in your schedule
to give feedback which will help
guide decision makers on key needs of our communities.
Take the survey here
Library of Congress – By the People
Do you like history AND libraries?
Be part of both by becoming a virtual volunteer. Help the Library of Congress add notes and transcriptions to materials they have in their collection.
In 2018 the Library of Congress started a crowd sourcing project, By the People, reaching out to the public for help in transcribing archival images and documents.
Click here for more detail about the project
To roll up your sleeves and get right to work go here
OR.....Enjoy an Online Daily Book Club -- Receive chapters from popular books from the genre of your choice in your email everyday -- Monday through Friday. The Online Book Club sends you a portion of a book that takes about 5 minutes to read. Each Monday begins a new book and by Friday you'll have had the chance to read two or three chapters -- enough for you to decide if it is a book you'd like to finish. Available genres include Business, Classics, Fiction, Mystery, Nonfiction, Romance, Teens, Thrillers, and more. All it takes is your email address and five minutes a day to find a new book.
NEW! NEW! NEW!
EBSCO, a major content provider to libraries worldwide, has opened up their searchable full text databases to all during this coronavirus pandemic.
Access is unlimited to all of these databases:
Find more information by accessing this page through the NJ State Library.
ALL 2020 Book Sales
have been canceled
PLEASE NOTE: ALTHOUGH WE APPRECIATE YOUR KIND
INTENTIONS WE CANNOT
ACCEPT ANY BOOK DONATIONS
AT THIS TIME.
Township of Ocean Cultural Committee
The opening of the art show in the Terner Gallery featuring works of artist Linda Alston has been postponed and will be featured in next year's schedule on July 21, 2021. Watch for more news about this cultural event.
Township of Ocean Historical
The museum is reopening on Sundays beginning on
July 12th through August 30th
from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The museum will NOT be open
Labor Day weekend.
FACE MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED OF ALL STAFF AND VISITORS.
NO MORE THAN SIX GUESTS WILL BE PERMITTED INSIDE AT ONE TIME.
Hand sanitizer will be available for visitors.
The Museum has added a new feature to its website - check out the new "Museum At Home" offerings that you can view and enjoy from the safety of your home. View here.
Be ready when the library opens for a new collaborative offering for book groups.
The Library is offering "Book-Group Kits" on topics related to exhibits on
display at the Township of Ocean Historical Museum.
Choose a title from the Library's list
Pick up your books at the Library
Arrange a date to meet as a group at the museum
Hold your meeting at the Museum, complete with a tour of the related exhibit if you wish.
Here's a link to the Historical Museum website to check out their exhibits for ideas!
Scroll to bottom of this page for even more links
to the online library services and resources, the catalog, ebooks
and audiobooks, and databases for research.
The Library is Offering Universal Class!
Universal Class offers over 500 online continuing education classes with CEU certification documents upon completion. There are courses in business and finance, Science, Careers, Crafts and hobbies, homeschooling, teacher resources, law, writing, math, test prep, computer training and applications, web development and much more.
This is a great resource - take advantage of it!
Fun tip! See Diana's instructional YouTube video and o sneak peek of the Calligraphy class!
Congratulations Friends member
One of the lucky bookmark entries for the April Monmouth Countly library book mark design challenge, Ann's winning design will be printed and distributed once the library reopens.
Pilot Program Begun!
Friends of the Library recently purchased six rolling and handled shopping baskets to help carry your items to the check-out desk. Please have a look at the baskets once the library re-opens and give your honest feedback about them to the library staff. Thanks!
THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND OF THE OCEAN TOWNSHIP
The Friends of the Township of Ocean Library is an all volunteer, member supported,
nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing the programs
of the public library in Ocean Township, NJ, a branch of the Monmouth County Library system.
FOR SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWERS DON'T FORGET TO CHECK THE COUNTY LIBRARY'S
The librarians are providing innovative online programs, information, and even doing children's story hours!
Ocean Twp. Human Services
If you or someone you care about is struggling emotionally, counselors are available to talk on the phone and discuss resources available.
If you have any other needs during this time of quarantine, please feel free to call. The
Department of Human Services staff is available via telephone, 732-531-2600, Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:30 p.m. to respond to your questions and concerns.
Fun (and important) Facts About the Ocean Library
252,000 books were circulated (borrowed) in 2019!
22,995 electronic books were borrowed!
In December alone, the library had 8,584 visitors!
And... no surprise here... from February through April ebook usage increased 34%
WHAT A COMMUNITY RESOURCE
For more information about the library, complete listings of other branches, and links to the library catalog and available online resources go to: