About the Friends
Our library is a center for research, culture and learning.
While the library system is tax supported,
many items cannot be included in the annual budget.
The Friends of the Ocean Township Library is proud to be one of hundreds of
similar groups throughout the country that has worked over 60 years to
support and enhance our public libraries.
Who we are
The Friends of the Township of Ocean Library is an all volunteer,
member supported, nonprofit organization dedicated to
supporting and enhancing the programs and resources of
the public library in Ocean Township, NJ.
What we do
Make direct gifts of material and equipment to the library
Provide volunteer help for library events
Organize and conduct used book sales and fund raising events
Sponsor special programs and events
Help raise community awareness of the library
President: Claire Steimle
Vice President: Phyllis Fyfe
Treasurer: Harriet Cook
Recording Secretary: Vacant
Corresponding Secretary: Loretta Kessel
Historian: William Haas
Book Inventory Committee Chair: Margaret (Mickey) Manna
Great Ideas Committee Chair: Barbara Saint John
Publicity Committee: Michele Tringali,
Harriet Cook, Phyllis Fyfe, Louise Catron
Our mission is to maintain an organization of persons interested in good library services; to stimulate community interest in the facilities and service of the Township of Ocean Library and to enrich the cultural opportunities available to all citizens of the township and qualified borrowers.
Over 60 years ago, a group of friends and neighbors joined together to form the Township of Ocean Public Library Association, to provide library service to our growing community. Working with the county library, we originally had bookmobile service. The first “library” was housed in the Wanamassa fire house. Over the years the goal of this group was realized with the building of the original Library in 1966, and now with our current library dedicated in April 2006. We have dissolved the original Library Association and formed the Friends of the Ocean Township Library.