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
By becoming a Friend of the Library
you help to provide the extras that
make our library such an awesome
town resource for all ages all year around.
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.
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Additional donations are
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The library building is open with
limited (25%) capacity and limited hours,
Monday - Thursday, 1-9 pm,
Friday, 1-5 pm
Saturday 9am-5 pm
LIBRARY IS CLOSED
MONDAY OCTOBER 11
in observance of Columbus Day
Tues, Wed., Thurs., 9am-1pm
Through the book return slot only,
do not bring inside the library
You will be allowed into the building for short
browsing, to pick up requested material and
to use a computer by appointment only
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE REOPENING?
BEFORE YOU COME,
READ THESE IMPORTANT FAQS
AS ALWAYS - REFER TO THE COUNTY LIBRARY
WEBSITE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION
ON OPENINGS, PROGRAMS AND EVENTS:
PLEASE NOTE: ALTHOUGH WE APPRECIATE
YOUR KIND INTENTIONS,
THE FRIENDS CANNOT ACCEPT ANY
BOOK DONATIONS AT THIS TIME.
Join a virtual
book club session!
Virtual book discussions are continuing in August and will be conducted on Webex.
Internet access is required to attend. Event access details will be emailed prior to the start of the event.
Click the title to access the link
to the book on the Library's Overdrive
October 7, 2020
by Elizabeth McCracken
Moderated by Rebecca Gokberk
October 22, 2020
Virtual History Book Club
The Library Book
Moderated by Jeanmarie Kantor
The books are real; the discussion is virtual. Place a hold and pick up the selection at your local branch. No eBooks available.
Sessions will be conducted on Webex.
Reference Staff 732-431-7220x7222
For more information or to register:
Contact or phone1-866-941-8188
DEBBIE'S READING CHALLENGE PICKS
Debbie Bagchi, Reference Librarian
The October Reading Challenge Theme is:
Horror and Mystery
Here are some of Debbie's suggestions for this this month's challenge.
More reading suggestions
Goodreads October picks
Or.... travel to another galaxy! Goodreads is offering a list of 100 great sci-fi books!
Found a title, author, series that you love and want to read more? Search similar books and quotes here at whatshouldIreadnext.com (free for simple searches)
See Top Ten picks from librarians nationwide at Library Reads.
CNN's list of EPIC books to read while in quarantine.
Read with Jenna. Follow Jenna Bush Hager as se shares her picks and reviews of her favorite books
These book carts were a recent purchase by the Friends to help the staff stage and organize books that have been returned and require 72 hours quarantine, before going back into circulation.
just for teens
The Library is offering just-for teens virtual activities and resources.
Find titles for young adults
Learn Java Script
Write your own Novel - join Emerging Writers
Showcase your art in a virtual teen art show
See flyer for more details
Check out more teen related virtual events!
"Point of View
Virtual Movie Discussions"
The Monmouth County Library is now offering
Point of View Virtual Movie Discussions.
You simply watch the film at your leisure
and then join a virtual discussion.
Sessions will be held on
Tuesdays in September and October at 2 p.m.
Here is a list of the films and the date for each discussion
September 29, 2020
- "At Your Own Risk" (2018) (PG) moderated by
October 13, 2020
-- "Dream Killer" (2019) (NR)
October 27 -- "Nothing But The Truth" (2008) (R)
moderated by Kristen Harvey.
You can watch , At Your Own Risk, and
Dream Killer for free on Access Video on Demand with
your library card:
You can watch Nothing But The Truth for free with
commercials on Tubi at:https://tubitv.com/movies/462750/nothing_but_the_truth
or place a hold on a DVD at our library branch.
To register use this link to the County EventKeeper and click the Register box at the bottom of the film listing.
Library services are
still available online!
Email the 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}
Enjoy an Online
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.
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!
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)
Town news, events, contacts, recreational activities, important links and much more always available on the
Township of Ocean Cultural Arts Committee
The September art show has canceled.
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 open on Sundays
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.
Have fun watching “Hometown Histories” -interviews with locals who lived our history.
Enjoy the Curator’s Cabinet and learn about curious items in the collection
Search for and learn about historical homes or structures in our town
If you stop by our library this month, be sure to check out the exhibit case which features a new display highlighting Women's Right to Vote, marking the 100th anniversary of this hard fought achievement. The display is courtesy of The Township of Ocean Historical Museum. You can find more information about this "The Vote For Women Exhibit", now in the Richmond Gallery, online at currently-in-richmond-gallery-virginia.html
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!
Also you won't want to miss the Museum's Historic Happenings Blog which lists history related activities around the State!
Drawing from their extensive archives, PBS and NJTV have put together a website with educational resources for students. and links to social studies and history videos, suitable for grades 6-12 but interesting for all ages.
There are sections on Equality and Rights (including the suffrage movement), Innovations and Industry, Resources and Geography, Wartime New Jersey, and even a section to edit your own historical video.
Learn the English language to help you at work, at home, and in the community.
virtual classes or one-on-one tutoring offered through
Literacy NJ Monmouth beginning September 14.
Please contact Program Director Jhanna Even at 732.702.1895 or at
Open to adults 18 years and older
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
EXPLORE THE AMAZING LIBRARY OF CONGRESS DIGITAL COLLECTIONS HERE
Virtual Bereavement Group
When you experience the loss of a loved one navigating through your emotions, making decisions, and finding a new daily rhythm can be both stressful and overwhelming.
Beth Stamp, support facilitator,
offers workshops which can help.
Join a virtual meeting any Wednesday at 6PM.
Lost and Found Bereavement Support
meets Wednesdays, 6:45pm.
For login information contact: the Library
Reference Staff 732-431-7220x7222 or email to:
Read Monmouth County's great local paper, The Asbury Park Press, with your library card -- Just follow the simple steps in this video to begin keeping up on all the happenings in and around the county: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j7yInhMfF0
Easily search the largest historical newspaper database online. NewspaperArchive contains tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1607 to present from all over the world
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.
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 or to schedule a Telehealth appointment
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.
FOR SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWERS DON'T FORGET TO CHECK THE MONMOUTH COUNTY LIBRARY'S
The librarians and library staff are doing a fantastic job of providing innovative online programs, information, instruction and even virtual children's story hours and craft time!
Looking to explore a new career or enhance your skills?
The Library offers Lynda.com (now LinkedIn Learning) to help anyone learn business,software, technology and creative skills.
There's a video library of engaging, top quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.
Includes online video software and technique training courses for a number of disciplines: 3D, video, business, photography, web design, graphic design, and more.
First time users should
select “Create a Profile”. Before proceeding
please set up a 4 digit PIN for your library card
ALL 2020 Book Sales
have been canceled
PLEASE NOTE: ALTHOUGH WE APPRECIATE YOUR KIND
INTENTIONS WE CANNOT
ACCEPT ANY BOOK DONATIONS
AT THIS TIME.
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.
Unfortunately the baskets will not be available until further notice due to the protocol for controlling the COVID-19 pandemic since they are considered high-touch areas.
THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND OF THE OCEAN TOWNSHIP
Fun (and important) Facts About the Ocean Library
252,000 books were circulated (borrowed) in 2019!
22,995 electronic books were borrowed!
In December 2019 alone, the library had 8,584 visitors!
And... no surprise here... from February through April ebook usage increased 34%
WHAT A COMMUNITY RESOURCE
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 more information about the library, complete listings of other branches, and links to the library catalog and available online resources go to: