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Teen Movie Matinee

Lakewood Branch Come watch a movie every weekday over the summer during lunch. Movies to be determined. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Audience: Teens. Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

Drop in CD Fish Craft

Barnegat Branch Grab a free craft kit to work on in the Library, or to take home, while supplies last. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

Summer Canasta Open Play

Upper Shores Branch Come to the Upper Shores Branch every Tuesday morning throughout the summer to enjoy a game of canasta during our open play time. Players must bring their own cards and game sets. Please note: Players are required to register for each individual session as our meeting room space is limited. . Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Book Café For Adults with Special Challenges

Berkeley Branch Select your favorite books and relax and share with friends. Call ahead to reserve your group’s favorite titles. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Audience: Adults. Icon: Book Discussion. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Stitch It Club

Lacey Branch Come knit, crochet, sew, or embroider with fellow stitch it members. Share leisurely conversation & tips. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Kids Boredom Busters

Long Beach Island Branch Stop by the Long Beach Island Branch on July 5 at 10am for an activity packet to bust your boredom. Available on a first-come first-served basis while supplies last. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Read & Weed

Stafford Branch Join us and our community partners at the Stafford Community Garden at Manahawkin Lake for stories and songs. Please bring a chair, blanket, or towel to sit on. Drop-in.* Storytime will be followed by activities with our community partner, the Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean. *In the case of inclement weather, contact the Stafford Branch Library at 609-597-3381 for more information. Community Garden Address: 50 W Bay Ave, Manahawkin, NJ 08050. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Offsite. Audience: Kids. Family. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Art Chat

Tuckerton Branch Meet and speak with local artists. Bring your own work for feedback. Branch Location: Tuckerton Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

CANCELLED - Family Yoga (Ages 5 & Up)

Brick Branch Ages 5 & Up: Round up the family and join us for a relaxing morning of yoga.  Please bring your own mats or towels and dress in comfortable clothing.  Namaste! Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Family. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Teen Job Series: Intro

Lakewood Branch Learn important skills to find your first job. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Blood Pressure Clinic

Long Beach Island Branch Free monthly blood pressure screening from 11 am - 12 pm the first Tuesday of every month performed by the Long Beach Island Health Department. Walk-ins welcome. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Baby & Me

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Please join us for songs, music, rhymes, and stories. Up to 18 months with caregiver.  Program registration is REQUIRED since we are unable to accept walk-ins at this time. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Waretown Writer's Group

Waretown Branch Join other writers of all skill levels to explore your skills in this informal and fun discussion. Meet new people as you get and give feedback and share ideas with others. New members always welcome! Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Movies for Adults with Special Challenges

Berkeley Branch Individuals and day programs for adults with special needs are welcome to enjoy a movie in our meeting room. The audience will select their film on the day of the showing. REG. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM.

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

Brick Branch Stop by to celebrate Harry Potter's (Early) Birthday. Tweens will make wands, celebrate their houses, and more. Ages 7 - 12. REG Please register every child separately. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

LEGO® Free Play and Movie

Lacey Branch We provide the LEGOs®...you provide the imagination.   Build whatever you like while watching a LEGO movie.  For families.  No registration required. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: STEM/STEAM. Movie. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Horseshoe Crabs: Living Fossils at Our Beaches

Little Egg Harbor Branch Join staff from the Wetlands Institute in this interactive session exploring the history and importance of horseshoe crabs to human health and the Delaware Bay ecosystem. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Little Egg Harbor Branch. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Program. Informational Program. Audience: Family. Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Teen & Tween Program: Live Animal Talk with Cattus Island County Park

Manchester Branch Kick off the summer by meeting native Ocean County turtles and snakes. Learn about the biology and conservation of reptiles and gain an appreciation of these fascinating creatures. Presented by Cooper Environmental Center at Cattus Island County Park. Open to Tweens and teens aged 10-18. Please register every individual separately. . Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

CANCELLED-Adult Craft and Relax: Miniature Button People

Plumsted Branch CANCELLED- Join us for our relaxing afternoon of crafting and music. This month we are creating miniature button people. 18+. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Mr. Scott the Music Man

Upper Shores Branch An  interactive music and movement show designed for children. Mr. Scott The Music Man has been energizing and educating audiences all across New Jersey and beyond for over 20 years. Join us for a special event with fitness, comedy, high energy, and zany fun! Registration is required. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Audience: Kids. Family. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Open Hours

Sparks's Lab Makerspace Sparks's lab will be open for self-led use of eligible equipment during these hours. Hours subject to change, check Sparks’s Lab online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Makerspace Filters: Building. Drop-in. Sewing. Beginner. Intermediate. Advanced. Paper Craft. 3D Printing. Icon: Art. Maker. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Wildlife of the Barnegat Bay Area

Toms River Branch Come join us in welcoming Pola Galie from the Natural Resource Education Foundation as she presents about wildlife in the Barnegat Bay area. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Informational Program. Program. Audience: Teens. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Bottle Cap Fish Art/Arte de pezes

Lakewood Branch Have fun creating fish from bottle caps. Ages 3 – 12. Diviertete creando arte de pescado con tapas de botella. Edades 3-12. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Let’s get Together: Garden Time

Little Egg Harbor Branch Hear a fun story about gardens and the bugs that live in them before planting seeds and designing your own flower pot.  Dress for a mess!!! Ages 2+. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Teen Crafts: Bad Art Night

Upper Shores Branch Use our craft and art supplies to make your very own "disaster-piece"! No talent necessary! For ages 12 & up. Please register. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Program. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Jackson Evening Book Discussion

Jackson Branch The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Anime Club for Adults

Lakewood Branch Join us for anime viewing in our computer lab. Ages 18+. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

English Conversation Group

Little Egg Harbor Branch Practice English in an informal, friendly setting. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Teen Board Game Night

Stafford Branch Enjoy board games with friends old and new. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Audience: Teens. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Book Cafe

Barnegat Branch Book Café Come share your new favorite read, and hear from fellow book lovers. New members welcome. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Friends of the Berkeley Library Book Bundle Sale

Berkeley Branch Looking for some beach reads? Get a bundle of paperbacks- 4 books for just $1!  All proceeds will go to support the Friends of the Berkeley Library. Sale will run while supplies last. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 6, 2022 – Monday, August 1, 2022.

Baby & Me

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Cuddle up with your baby and share rhymes, stories and music. Ages 6-14 mos. w/caregiver. REG. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM.

English Conversation Group

Toms River Branch New to speaking English? Join us and talk about current events and more. New members welcome. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Book Cafe for Adults with Special Needs

Berkeley Branch ​Select your favorite books and relax and share with friends. Call ahead to reserve your group's favorite titles. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Octopus Storytime

Island Heights Branch Join us for Octopus Storytime, for all things octopus! This event will be held at "Camp Walk" in Island Heights, located at Ocean Avenue and W Camp Walk. There is a covered pavilion with benches for seating. Call the Island Heights branch of the Ocean County Library for any additional information. Please register one child's name per line. Branch Location: Offsite. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Family. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Feeling Crabby

Toms River Branch Registration required; begins June 22. Please register each child individually. Stories and a craft about crabs. Ages 3 – 5. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Under the Sea Storytime (Ages 2-5)

Brick Branch Ages 2-5: Join us for some under the sea stories and craft. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Nature Explorers: Crafts and Activities

Jackson Branch Come explore and learn something new with nature-inspired crafts. Ages 6 -12 REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please fill out one form per each child to be registered. . Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Family. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Story Explorers: Swashby and the Sea

Lacey Branch We'll be sharing the book Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry and exploring a variety of crafts and activities inspired by the book. For ages 3 - 6 with a caregiver.  Please register, beginning on June 22. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Family. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 10:30 AM.

Read with a Buddy

Little Egg Harbor Branch Join the LEH Branch's SAIL teens as they help your child, Pre-K - 3rd grade, become a strong reader.  Weather permitting, reading sessions may be held outdoors.  Please Register. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Crafty Kids

Upper Shores Branch A new craft every week! Please register each child individually. Adults accompanying children do not need to register. Registration is required for each individual session. Registering for one session does not hold your place at all sessions. Recommended for ages 5 to 11. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Program. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Brain Games

Brick Branch Join us and give your brain a workout. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Preschool Storytime: Music & Movement

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Please join us for songs, stories and fun dance moves. Ages 3 – 6 years.  Program registration is REQUIRED since we are unable to accept walk-ins at this time. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Mah Jongg Club

Waretown Branch Beginners welcome! Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Mah Jongg at the Library

Little Egg Harbor Branch Please bring your current year gaming cards and game sets. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

Take Control of Your Life: Diabetes Workshop

Jackson Branch 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 1pm, Wednesdays , This 2 hour, 6-week diabetes workshop aims to improve self-management behavior, learn how to lower A1C levels, monitor blood sugar and stress levels to reduce the risks associated with diabetes. Sponsored by Meals on Wheels of Ocean County and Hackensack Meridian Health. Registration is limited, to register call 732-860-2905. Note: You must register for all 6 sessions. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Create a Butterfly Puddler

Stafford Branch Attract butterflies by creating your own butterfly puddler with a Rutgers Master Gardener. Please register each participant individually as supplies are limited. Ages 7+. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Mermaid Magnets (Teens Only)

Brick Branch Create a seashell mermaid magnet. Grades 6-12. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Teen Volunteer Hours

Plumsted Branch Join us at the Plumsted Library for this volunteer opportunity. This day may include, prepping crafts, attending a program, helping design displays etc. Sign up to volunteer with us today! This opportunity is open to teens 12-18 years of age, and prior to arriving, we must have a Teen Volunteer application on file. You will find this application on our website https://www.theoceancountylibrary.org/teens/volunteers/virtual/application. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Audience: Teens. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Ocean in a Jar Craft

Tuckerton Branch Create your own ocean scene in a jar to take home. REG. Branch Location: Tuckerton Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Family. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Cricut Class: Intermediate

Sparks's Lab Makerspace Take it to the next level and learn about image upload and how to finalize your project in Cricut Design Space. REG. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Toms River Branch. Audience: Adults. Type: MakerSpace Program. Makerspace Filters: Intermediate. Icon: Maker. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Dream Interpretation With Ro

Plumsted Branch Understanding how to use the dream state to invoke information is one of the greatest tools you can access. During this program, we will discuss how to interpret our dreams, and also how to use the dream state for purpose and transformation. Join us for a fun, interactive evening with local author and Medium, RoseMarie Rubinetti Cappiello. Please register. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Audience: Adults. Teens. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Teen Craft: Ocean Sensory Bottles

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Stop by the Point Boro branch to create an ocean themed sensory bottle. Supplies will be provided. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Gyotaku Fish Prints

Manchester Branch Registration opens on Monday, 6/20/2022. For ages 8-12. Learn the art of Japanese fish printing called Gyotaku. We’ll explore fish anatomy and how a fish’s body can tell us about its behavior. Then everyone will make their very own colorful fish prints to take home. Register at the Manchester Children's Desk or call (732) 657-7600, option 6 to register. Registration is required as space is limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Manchester Branch. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Salt Dough Ocean Friends/ Amigos del océano

Lakewood Branch Mold starfish, shells, and other sea creatures. Ages 0 – 12. Moldee estrellas de mar, conchas y otras criaturas marinas. Edades 0 a 12 años. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Paws for Reading

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Practice your reading skills in the company of gentle therapy dogs. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Family. Kids. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Twisted Stitchers of Ocean County

Brick Branch Are you a knitter? Do you want to learn to knit? Join our group to learn or bring your own project. If you are a beginner, knitting needles and yarn will be available. If you are already a knitter, please join our group to share your expertise with others. Our group will meet on the first Wednesday of each month from 6-8pm. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Icon: Maker. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Wednesday Night Movie: Cyrano

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Nobleman, military man, and poet Cyrano de Bergerac is secretly in love with Roxanne. However, his insecurity over his dwarf stature prevents him from professing his love, especially when Roxanne confesses that she's interested in Christian, a recruit. Elated that Roxanne would like a guy like him, Christian feels anxious about speaking to her. Cyrano agrees to ghostwrite love letters for him.(PG-13) 124 mins. REG. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Teen Anime Club

Barnegat Branch Enjoy all things Anime & Manga, Watch and discuss a movie. New members are always welcome! It is usually the first Wednesday of the Month at 6:00 PM. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Teen Drop-in Gaming

Barnegat Branch Play any or all kinds of games, from Board Games, Online Trivia to Video. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Coastal Stewardship: Saving and Protecting the Barnegat Bay

Berkeley Branch Learn how to be a steward of our coastal marine resources and how to get involved with local efforts to protect and save the coastal ecosystems of the Jersey Shore. The program will focus on the Barnegat Bay and restoration efforts. For ages 11 to adult. Presented by Doug Zemeckis, Ph.D of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Kids. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Paint a Ceramic Owl

Stafford Branch Stop in for fun with paint! Paint your own ceramic owl. Please register each participant individually as supplies are limited.Ages 7+. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Friends of the Upper Shores Library Meeting

Upper Shores Branch The Friends design and manage fund raising activities to support the library. New members are welcome. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM.

PJ Party at the Park

Long Beach Island Branch All ages welcome Join the Children’s Librarian at Bayview Park in Brant Beach for stories, songs, and a craft. This is an outdoor drop-in event for children of all ages. In the case of rain, events will be held at the LBI Branch library. This is an outside/drop in event at Bayview Park in Brant Beach, LBI. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Audience: Kids. Family. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Meet the Musicians

Upper Shores Branch Join us for an evening of classical piano as accomplished pianist Dennis Kobray presents a one-man living history program on the lives, times and music of several of the most famous composers. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Program. Concert. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Google Account

Brick Branch Learn to navigate and use apps in your Google account. Must have Gmail/Google account set up prior to class. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Mah Jongg Open Play

Brick Branch Mah Jong, Mahjong, Mahjongg no matter how you spell it, come and enjoy.  All play levels welcome.  Bring your current card and set. This program is offered every Thursday from May 19, 2022 through October 20, 2022. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Mystery "Busy" Bag

Island Heights Branch Pick up a "Busy Bag" for an assortment of keep-busy activities suitable for ages 5 - 12. One per person, available while supplies last. Branch Location: Island Heights Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

SAIL Storytime

Jackson Branch Come enjoy stories and a craft led by our teen volunteers. Ages 2 - 4  REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please fill out one form per each child to be registered. . Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Program. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Family. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Bubbles & Chalk: Outdoor Messy Fun

Lacey Branch A variety of outdoor activities using bubbles and chalk. Stop in between 10 and 11:30 am and be sure to dress for a mess! Please register, beginning on June 23rd. Please note: Our rain date for this activity is Friday, July 8th. . Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. STEM/STEAM. Audience: Kids. Family. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Patriotic Puzzle Packs

Long Beach Island Branch Pick up a pack of patriotic puzzles celebrating July 4th to challenge yourself, family, and friends.  Helps maintain your brain health.  Provided by the Long Beach Island Branch on July 7 at 10 am. Available while supplies last, subject to date/time change. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Manchester Shore Memory Cafe

Manchester Branch Now in-person! Early-Stage Memory Cafes provide opportunities for persons diagnosed with early stage memory loss, and their care partner(s), to engage with peers in a relaxed, unstructured environment that promotes social engagement and support through interaction with others experiencing similar changes.  Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey in partnership with the Ocean County Library.    To register for this virtual Shore Memory Café please contact Robyn Kohn, MA, Director of Programs & Services, Alzheimer's Association - Greater New Jersey Chapter.  You can call the Alzheimer's Association at (800) 272-3900 or visit their website (www.alz.org) to register. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Virtual Program. Informational Program. Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Under the Sea Story time

Plumsted Branch Silly Stories, Songs and Crafts. Siblings Welcome. Ages 2+. REG. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Toddler Sing-a-Long

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Come sing and dance to some of your favorite songs!  Program registration is REQUIRED since we are unable to accept walk-ins at this time. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Audience: Kids. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Jellyfish Bowl Craft

Tuckerton Branch Design your own colorful take-home smiling jellyfish. REG. Branch Location: Tuckerton Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Family. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Open Hours

Sparks's Lab Makerspace Sparks's lab will be open for self-led use of eligible equipment during these hours. Hours subject to change, check Sparks’s Lab online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Makerspace Filters: Building. Drop-in. Sewing. Beginner. Intermediate. Advanced. Paper Craft. 3D Printing. Icon: Art. Maker. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Mah Jongg Mavens & Masters

Lacey Branch Have you always wanted to learn how to play Mah Jongg?  Do you already know?  Either way, come join us! Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Mah Jongg

Berkeley Branch Weekly play on Thursdays for experienced players of Mah Jong, starting on 9/23 and continues weekly every month. Players must bring their own set and current card. Register one time, for all sessions. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

LBI Poets Studio

Long Beach Island Branch Whether you are an accomplished poet or a new one, wish to write or to hone a poem, our monthly workshop will inspire you. To attend this virtual event please contact Sue Cummings via email scummings817@comcast.net .  This group meets the 1st Thursday of every month from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.  You may also join the program in-person at the LBI Library in the meeting room each month. Our Prompt for June is to write a poem, silly or serious, using at least three of the following silly sounding words. As a Bonus Challenge make up a few silly-sounding words of your own, whose meaning might be deduced from their context. Silly Sounding Words heebie-jeebies, willies, jitters, meemies, yankee doodle, collywobbles, rollie pollie, cowabunga, goobledygook, bumfuzzle, everywhen, bumbershoot, titter, whippersnaper, lollygag, bamboozle, cattywampus, schmooze, widdershins, dollop, fuddy-duddy, hodgepodge, wishy-washy, lickety-split, ill-willie, flibbertigibbet, namby-pamby, kibitz, scalawag, skedaddle, whirligig, williwaw,… Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Virtual Program. Program. Audience: Adults. Family. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Twisted Stitchers of Ocean County

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Are you a knitter? Or do you want to learn to knit? Join our group to learn, or bring your project with you. If you are a beginner, knitting needles and yarn will be available for you.  If you are already a knitter, please join our group to learn from others who might be more experienced than you and to share your expertise with those who are less experienced.  The group leader will also make you aware of opportunities to knit for various charities. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

String of Purls - Knit/Crochet

Stafford Branch Want to learn to knit and crochet? Join our group to learn, or bring your project with you. For beginners, bring size 9 knitting needles and light-colored 4-ply cotton or acrylic yarn. To crochet, bring the same yarn, and size "I" crochet hook. Drop in. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Bridge Club

Upper Shores Branch Join our weekly Bridge group to play the card game comprised of bidding, memory & communication. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library.  Time spent in the Space will be limited up to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Caregiver must be present.  Hours subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Live Animal Talk Presented by Cattus Island County Park

Brick Branch Please join a Naturalist for a very informative opportunity to learn more about the fascinating turtles and snakes that live in our communities. You will have the opportunity to observe live reptiles during this captivating session. Space Limited. REG * Ages 5-12 *Please register every child separately. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Family. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM.

SAIL Messy Art

Jackson Branch Come enjoy some messy crafts led by our teen volunteers Dress for a mess Ages 4 - 6 REGISTRATION REQUIRED  Please fill out one form per each child to be registered. . Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Family. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Great American Standards

Upper Shores Branch The talented Gary Evans returns to entertain us at the piano with his delightful music on the first Thursday of each month. Requests are welcome! Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Concert. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Read with a Buddy

Little Egg Harbor Branch Join the LEH Branch's SAIL teens as they help your child, Pre-K - 3rd grade, become a strong reader.  Weather permitting, reading sessions may be held outdoors.  Please Register. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Audience: Kids. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Paws for Reading/Lee con los perros

Lakewood Branch Practice reading with certified therapy dogs. Ages 5 –9. Please register. Practica la lectura con perros de terapia certificados. De 5 a 9 años. Por favor regístrese. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Gaming Club

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Spend the afternoon playing Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. or one of our many board games. Board games and Nintendo Switch will be supplied, or you may bring your own. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Read to a Therapy Dog

Plumsted Branch Sign up for a 15 minute time slot to read with a therapy dog.  Please call 609.758.7888 to register. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Perfume to Go: DIY Fragrance for Teens

Toms River Branch In this two-hour class teens will learn all about different types of fragrances then design their own personalized scent using essential oils and an oil/beeswax base to make a solid perfume balm they can take home. Not recommended for those with allergies, sensitivities, or asthma. Space is limited, please register! Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Spa Shower Steamers (Teens Only)

Brick Branch Join us in person to make these fragrant steamers that melt in the shower. Grades 6-12. REG. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Audience: Teens. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Paws for Reading

Jackson Branch Practice your reading skills in the company of gentle therapy dogs.  Bring your favorite book or select one at our branch before your reading time starts.  This program offers 4 different time slots of 20 minutes per kid.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  To register please call the Children's department at 732-928-4400 Ext. 3809 to select your preferred time slot.  Paws for reading will also take place on the following dates: 7/7 7/13 7/21 7/27 8/3 8/11 8/17 8/25 8/31. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Diversability. Program. Audience: Kids. Family. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:20 PM.

Open Hours

Sparks's Lab Makerspace Sparks's lab will be open for self-led use of eligible equipment during these hours. Hours subject to change, check Sparks’s Lab online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Makerspace Filters: Building. Drop-in. Sewing. Beginner. Intermediate. Advanced. Paper Craft. 3D Printing. Icon: Art. Maker. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library.  Time spent in the Space will be limited up to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Caregiver must be present.  Hours subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Dream Interpretation with RoseMarie Rubinetti Cappiello

Toms River Branch Do you ever wonder what your dreams are telling you? Understanding your dreams is an invaluable tool to connect more deeply to your intuition. Medium & author, RoseMarie Rubinetti Cappiello, will help you to understand your dreams and activate a deeper understanding of oneself. Registration is required for all guests. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Informational Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Monkey Fist Knot Necklaces

Little Egg Harbor Branch Learn some knot tying techniques and create your own necklace with the monkey fist knot. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Teens. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Open Mic Night

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Join Dennis "The Heavy Metal Poet" Townsend for Open Mic Night. Acoustic musicians and spoken word artists are welcome. Performance list sign ups begin at 6pm. Performances start at 6:30pm. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Roswell UFO Green Screen Photos

Little Egg Harbor Branch Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Roswell incident, a possible UFO sighting in Roswell, New Mexico, with green screen photos. Pose in front of extraterrestrial alien backgrounds for a fun evening of out of this world photography. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 7:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Adult Writer's Group

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Explore your writing skills in a fun, friendly, informal setting. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 7, 2022, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Beach Vibes Candle

Lakewood Branch Use household items to make a beach themed candle. Link will be live July 8th. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Audience: Teens. Friday, July 8, 2022.

Friends of the Upper Shores Library "Christmas in July" Book Sale

Upper Shores Branch Our "Christmas in July" Pop-up Book Sale is taking place throughout the month of July, while supplies last. Come find some great deals on bestselling books for your next beach read! All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Upper Shores Library. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Friends Event. Audience: Adults. Friday, July 8, 2022.

Summertime Art exhibit

Barnegat Branch Barnegat's Summertime art exhibits features three unique artist, Karen Wachter, Judith Schimmel, and Barbara Kraemer. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Friday, July 8, 2022.

Bonk

Stafford Branch An exciting, interactive music program with drums and percussion from around the world. Ages 4-12. Please register. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Friday, July 8, 2022, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library.  Time spent in the Space will be limited up to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Caregiver must be present.  Hour subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arrival. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Friday, July 8, 2022, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Take Control of Your Life: Diabetes Workshop

Toms River Branch This 2 hour, 6-week diabetes workshop aims to improve self-management behavior, learn how to lower A1C levels, monitor blood sugar and stress levels to reduce the risks associated with diabetes. Sponsored by Meals on Wheels of Ocean County and Hackensack Meridian Health. Registration is limited, to register call 732-860-2905. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Adults. Friday, July 8, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Tween Art Club

Little Egg Harbor Branch All art skill levels welcome. Dress for a mess. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. STEM/STEAM. Program. Audience: Tweens. Friday, July 8, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Toddler Time

Long Beach Island Branch Ages 1-3 Stop by the Long Beach Island branch for Toddler Time on July 8 at 10am. We will read some stories and sing some songs together. A Parent and/or Guardian must be present with the child for the duration of the program.  Registration will open two weeks prior. Registration is required for attendance. Please register each child individually. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Friday, July 8, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Paws for Reading

Upper Shores Branch Practice your reading skills in the company of gentle therapy dogs! Recommended for ages 3 to 12. Please register each child individually.  Registration is required for each individual session. Registering for one session does not hold your place at all sessions. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Audience: Kids. Friday, July 8, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Read, Rock, & Rhyme

Toms River Branch Registration required; begins June 24. Please register each child individually. Let's get moving with songs and stories.Geared toward children ages 18 months – 5 years; siblings welcome. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Friday, July 8, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Toddler Time

Berkeley Branch Play with your little one as we share stories, rhymes, songs, and dance. Please register. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Friday, July 8, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM.

Fabulous Fishy Lanterns (Ages 6 & Up)

Brick Branch Ages 6 & Up: Join us as we make some fishy paper lanterns. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Friday, July 8, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Beach in a Box

Manchester Branch Registration opens on Monday, 6/20/2022. For ages 5-8. We’re bringing the beach inside! Touch and see lots of marine artifacts, including shells, egg cases, seahorses, and more. We’ll learn about unique animals that make their home at the Jersey shore. Register at the Manchester Children's Desk or call (732) 657-7600, option 6 to register. Registration required as space is limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Manchester Branch. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Friday, July 8, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Bonk! Drums for Kids

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Join us for an exciting, interactive music program with drums and percussion from around the world. Ages 4-12. REG. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Friday, July 8, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Homeschooling STEAM Academy for Teens

Sparks's Lab Makerspace Visit our Sparks’s Lab and learn all about robotics, 3D printing, DIY projects, and more!  This program is for homeschooling teens, ages 12 to 18. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Toms River Branch. Audience: Teens. Tweens. Type: MakerSpace Program. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. STEM/STEAM. Friday, July 8, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Mah Jongg

Stafford Branch Come play Mah Jongg! Please bring your current year gaming cards and game sets. Drop in. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Program. Diversity. Audience: Adults. Friday, July 8, 2022, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

Quilting Bee

Manchester Branch Quilters of all levels are welcome to meet and work on their currents projects. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Friday, July 8, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

OC Purls Knitting Group

Upper Shores Branch Bring your knitting projects to the library and enjoy some conversation while you knit! Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Friday, July 8, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Friday Fun/Viernes de Diversion

Lakewood Branch Family craft. Ages 0 – 6.  Manualidades para toda la familia.  Edades 0-6. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Family. Kids. Friday, July 8, 2022, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Dungeons & Dragons

Long Beach Island Branch Ages 13-18 Join us at the Long Beach Island Library for Dungeon & Dragons on July 8 at from 1:30pm-4:30pm. This campaign will be held over five sessions, and is open to players from beginner-advanced. For the first session we will focus on the basics before moving on to the story. By signing up for this first session you are committing to the following four, as the game takes place over a period of time. The following sessions will be held on July 15, August 12, August 25, and September 2. Registration is required. Ages 13-18. Please register each person individually. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Audience: Teens. Friday, July 8, 2022, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Sea Animal Scratch Art Drop In

Brick Branch Drop by the Teen Zone to make a Sea Animal scratch art dangle. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Friday, July 8, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Clay Creations

Lacey Branch We'll supply a block of air-dry clay and some sculpting tools and see what you create. For ages 6 - 12.  Registration is required and begins on June 24th.  Please "dress for a mess" or bring a smock. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Kids. Friday, July 8, 2022, 2:00 PM.

Mermaid Story Time/ Hora del cuentos: Sirenas

Lakewood Branch Enjoy an ocean themed story time read by a mermaid. Ages 4 – 12. Disfruta de un cuento sobre el océano leído por una sirena. Edades 4 a 12 años. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Friday, July 8, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Rainbow Fish Craft

Tuckerton Branch Design a dazzling rainbow fish from upcycled CD's. REG. Branch Location: Tuckerton Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Family. Friday, July 8, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library.  Time spent in the Space will be limited up to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Caregiver must be present.  Hours subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Friday, July 8, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Bonk! Drums for Kids

Beachwood Branch Join us for an exciting, interactive music program with drums and percussion from around the world.  Please register. Branch Location: Beachwood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Friday, July 8, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Afternoon Dungeons and Dragons

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Audience: Teens. Tweens. Friday, July 8, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Children’s Take and Make: Cactus Craft

Stafford Branch Pick up a cactus craft to create at home. Ages 5+. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Saturday, July 9, 2022.

Dungeons & Dragons (Ages 10-17)

Brick Branch Ages 10-17:  Are you new to Dungeons & Dragons or just looking to join a new campaign?  This is the program for you!  We'll start by building our characters and then jump into an adventurous campaign.  This program will take place on 7/9, 7/16, 8/6,8/13, 8/20.  Please register each person individually. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Saturday, July 9, 2022, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library.  Time spent in the Space will be limited up to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Caregiver must be present.  Hours subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Saturday, July 9, 2022, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Playtime Fun

Berkeley Branch Drop-in anytime between 10 am –11:30 am to play with our toys, socialize with other kids, and more! This is a great place for parents and caregivers to make new friends and have fun. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Saturday, July 9, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

LEGOS® & DUPLOS®

Long Beach Island Branch All ages welcome Come in on July 9 at 10am for an afternoon movie with free-play at the Long Beach Island Library. While playing we will be watching a the movie Sing 2, (PG) 112 min. This event is for children and families. All children 8 and under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian for the duration of the program. Registration will open two week prior to the event. REG required. Please register each child individually. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Kids. Family. Saturday, July 9, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Ocean Mosaic Craft

Manchester Branch Registration opens on Monday, 6/20/2022. For ages 6-12. Join us in the Children's Department between 10am- 12 pm to cut paper pieces to make a magnificent sea themed mosaic to take home. Register at the Manchester Children's Desk or call (732) 657-7600, option 6 to register. Registration is required as space is limited. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Saturday, July 9, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Ewe Knit and Crochet

Barnegat Branch EWE Knit and Crochet - Drop in with your own supplies. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Adults. Saturday, July 9, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Mermaid Tales

Waretown Branch Come and hear a storytime from a local mermaid. Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Program. Audience: Kids. Saturday, July 9, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Shark Week Water Bottle Craft

Sparks's Lab Makerspace Create a shark-themed sensory shaker bottle. Caregivers must be present. While supplies last. All ages. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: MakerSpace Program. Icon: Maker. Type of Event: Autism Resources. DIY/Craft/Maker. Saturday, July 9, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM.

Rhythm N' Sound Musical Concert

Brick Branch Get your groove on with Rhythm N’ Sound. Enjoy a Saturday afternoon with professional entertainers who perform music that include Classic Standards, Doo-Wop, Rock N’ Roll, Motown and Classic Rock. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Concert. Program. Audience: Adults. Icon: Music. Saturday, July 9, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Saturday Movie

Little Egg Harbor Branch Join us at Little Egg Harbor Library for an afternoon movie at 2:00 pm. Please call the branch at 609-294-1197 for the film title, rating, and other details. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Icon: Movie. Saturday, July 9, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

New Jersey Shipwrecks

Barnegat Branch Travel the storm-tossed surf with local author Margaret Buchholz as she explores the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” -- a name bestowed upon the state’s treacherous shoals and inlets. Come explore the history of the early Jersey Shore when it was a wild frontier of uninhabited and shifting sandbars, and learn about the development of the U.S. Coast Guard from its 1848 origin as the Lifesaving Service, through illustrations, photographs, and readings from the harrowing memories of survivors and observers.Margaret Buchholz Bio: Margaret Thomas Buchholz is co-author of “Great Storms of the Jersey Shore” (1993), which The New York Times called “one of the best documented compendiums ever published of what it meant to be there.” She edited “Shore Chronicles: Diaries and Travelers’ Tales from the Jersey Shore 1764-1955” (1999). She is the author of “New Jersey Shipwrecks: 350 Years in the Graveyard of the Atlantic” (2004), which won the Foundation for Coast Guard History award, “Island Album: Photographs and Memories… Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Audience: Family. Saturday, July 9, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library.  Time spent in the Space will be limited up to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Caregiver must be present.  Hours subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Saturday, July 9, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Ocean of Possibilities Drop-in Craft for Kids

Beachwood Branch Stop by the Beachwood Branch and take home a free craft celebrating this year's summer reading theme, Oceans of Possibilities. Branch Location: Beachwood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Kids. Monday, July 11, 2022.

So, you want to be a Software Engineer?

System Programming Do you have a passion for technology and desire to solve problems in creative ways? Are you wondering how you might turn this into a career? Join us as Principal Software Engineer, John Crepezzi shares his experience and what it takes to thrive in the career.  Link will be available July 11th. Branch Location: All Locations. Virtual. Type of Event: Virtual Program. Audience: Teens. Monday, July 11, 2022.

Cooking with Miss Joanne

Berkeley Branch Each month Miss Joanne will share a new recipe that you can make with your family. January: February March April May Check out 2021 Recipes below.  December: November: October: September: August: July: June: May: April: March: February:  January. Branch Location: Virtual. Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. STEM/STEAM. Virtual Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Family. Monday, July 11, 2022.

Kids Take & Make Monday: Handprint Fish Puppets

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Stop by the Point Beach Branch and pick up a craft kit. Crafts may require some basic household items such as glue, scissors or crayons. Ages 3+. Available while supplies last. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Audience: Kids. Monday, July 11, 2022.

Oh Crab! It's Monday Kids Craft

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Stop by the Point Boro Branch and pick up a Jewel Mosaic Crab Craft. The kit contains everything you need. Ages 3+. While Supplies last.​. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Monday, July 11, 2022.

Drop in Crab Craft

Barnegat Branch Grab a free craft kit to work on in the Library, or to take home, while supplies last. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Monday, July 11, 2022.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library.  Time spent in the Space will be limited up to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Caregiver must be present.  Hours subject to change, check the Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Monday, July 11, 2022, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Meet a Fire Fighter

Little Egg Harbor Branch Meet a member of Mystic Island Vol Fire Co. Station 72 as they share with us the tools they use to keep us safe during an emergency. Ages 2 - 5. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Audience: Kids. Monday, July 11, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Toddler Playdate

Manchester Branch Registration opens on Monday, 6/27/2022. Ages 1-4. Come to the library today for some fun playing with friends and our toys in the meeting room.  Toddlers with a caregiver are welcome for some free play time. Register at the Manchester Children's Desk or call (732) 657-7600, option 6 to register. Registration required as space is limited. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Monday, July 11, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

RCE Ocean County Master Gardeners Diagnostic Clinics

Stafford Branch The Master Gardener team will help answer questions you may have. You may also bring in an insect or plant sample for ID, diagnosis and remedies. Drop-in between 10am - 12pm. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Informational Program. Audience: Adults. Family. Monday, July 11, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Storywalk® at the Stafford Community Garden

Stafford Branch Join us at Stafford Community Garden for our Storywalk®  in partnership with the Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean. Weather permitting, the story can be read all week at the park. Take-home craft kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 am on 7/11/2022.  In the case of inclement weather, call the Stafford Branch at 609-597-3381 for more information.  The Stafford Community Garden is located at 50 W Bay Ave, Manahawkin, NJ 08050.  The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Offsite. Audience: Kids. Family. Monday, July 11, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Shells, Scales, & Froggy Tales

Toms River Branch Registration required; begins June 27. Please register each child individually. A Naturalist from Cattus Island will lead us in a fun program about reptiles and amphibians featuring a story, games, a craft, and live reptiles.Ages 4 – 12. . Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. DIY/Craft/Maker. STEM/STEAM. Audience: Kids. Monday, July 11, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Awesome Alligators (Ages 2-5)

Brick Branch Ages 2-5: Join us for storytime and craft.  Please register each child individually and not all on the same line. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Monday, July 11, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Teen Job Series: College Essay Writing

Lakewood Branch Learn important skills to find your first job. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Monday, July 11, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Polka Dot! In Concert with Ron Albanese

Upper Shores Branch Ron Albanese, the Polka Dot, a.k.a. the “King of Kiddie Rock `n’ Roll” entertains children with a high energy and interactive music and comedy show. Sing, dance, and laugh along with the Polka Dot! Sponsored by the Friends of the Upper Shores Branch. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Concert. Program. Audience: Kids. Family. Monday, July 11, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Snowmen in the Sand

Long Beach Island Branch Ages 9-12 Celebrate winter in July at the Long Beach Island branch on July 11 at 11am. We will be making snowmen decorations out of craft materials commonly found on the beach. This activity is geared towards the specified age group based on their skill and ability level. Supplemental materials will be provided for any younger sibling who are unable to participate in the main craft. Registration will open two weeks prior to the event. Registration is required. Ages 8-12. Please register each child individually. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Audience: Tweens. Kids. Monday, July 11, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Mah-Jongg Mondays

Upper Shores Branch Come play Mah Jongg at the library! Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 11, 2022, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Knitting at the Library

Little Egg Harbor Branch Join us for knitting at the Library. Relax and chat with other yarn enthusiasts, work on your knit or crochet projects, and swap patterns. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 11, 2022, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Adult Movie Kit: Megan Leavey

Long Beach Island Branch MEGAN LEAVEY (2017), Biography/Drama/Action, Rated PG-13, 116 min.  Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.  Take home the kit and check out a copy of the movie to watch at home. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 11, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Monday Movies at the Barnegat Branch

Barnegat Branch Enjoy a free movie every Monday at 1:00 pm. No registration required. Bring a snack if you'd like! July 11th Redeeming Love PG13, 95 min. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 11, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Friends of the Ocean County Library - Toms River Meeting

Toms River Branch The Friends design and manage fund raising activities to support the library. New members are welcome. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Friends Event. Program. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 11, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Adult Craft: Crafted Flowers

Berkeley Branch Create a lovely bouquet of flowers from book pages and felt. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 11, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Super Shrinky Dinks

Brick Branch Children/Families: Join us as we make Shrinky Dink jewelry. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Monday, July 11, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Tween Maker Monday

Lacey Branch Join us for a fun maker activity!  Ages 11+ Registration is required and begins on June 27. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Program. STEM/STEAM. Audience: Tweens. Monday, July 11, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Movie Monday/Lunes de Peliculas

Lakewood Branch Watch a “G” or “PG” rated film. All ages.  Ven a ver un pelicula clasificada "G" o "PG". Para todas las edades. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Kids. Family. Monday, July 11, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Tween Craft: Seahorse Magnets

Manchester Branch Decorate a wooden seahorse magnet using paint and other art supplies. All materials provided. Open to tweens aged 10-14. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Tweens. Monday, July 11, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library.  Time spent in the Space will be limited up to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Caregiver must be present.  Hours subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Monday, July 11, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Jellyfish Storytime

Island Heights Branch Join us for Jellyfish Storytime, for all things jellyfish! This event will be held at "Camp Walk" in Island Heights, located at Ocean Avenue and W Camp Walk. There is a covered pavilion with benches for seating. Call the Island Heights branch of the Ocean County Library for any additional information. Please register one child's name per line. Branch Location: Offsite. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Family. Monday, July 11, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Acrylic Painting Basics

Jackson Branch Learn four simple painting techniques using acrylic paint. Supplies will be provided. REG. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 11, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Teen Board Game Afternoon

Beachwood Branch Teens can stop by the library, hang out, and play board games, including Scrabble™ chess, and Connect Four™. Drop in. Branch Location: Beachwood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Monday, July 11, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Dungeons and Dragons Club

Plumsted Branch Join the adventure at Dungeons and Dragons club! Whether you are an experienced player or new to the game you are welcome! This is a brand-new club we are looking to build. Heroic deeds, role play, and fantasy adventures abound. We are also looking for a Dungeon Master to lead this storytelling adventure. Ages 12-18. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Audience: Teens. Monday, July 11, 2022, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Make Your Own Button/Haz tu propio botón

Lakewood Branch Make your own Ocean of Possibilities button. Ages 5 – 12. Haz tu propio botón Océano de posibilidades. De 5 a 12 años. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Monday, July 11, 2022, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Introduction to World Geography & Culture Online

Brick Branch ​See the earth differently through World Geography & Culture Online. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 11, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Free Family PG Movie: The Sandlot ©20th Century Fox

Tuckerton Branch A comical story about nine neighborhood friends that conquer a summer of fun-filled challenges and firsts. (PG) 101 min. Branch Location: Tuckerton Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Family. Monday, July 11, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Blue Ocean Soap Making for Teens

Toms River Branch Create your own blue glycerin soap and fill it with sea creature figurines, shells, and more in this hands-on workshop. A fun and easy introduction to soap making! Sea creature figurines, shells, and seaweed will be provided, and you are also welcome to bring your own small ocean treasures to work with. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Monday, July 11, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Yoga with Belle

Toms River Branch Join us for a series of beginner level yoga sessions led by certified yoga instructor, Belle Burns. Bring a yoga mat or cushion and wear comfortable clothing. Registration is required. This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Ocean County Library - Toms River. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 11, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Bedtime Stories

Berkeley Branch Come in your pjs for calming bedtime stories. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Monday, July 11, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM.

Knit-Chat-Chain

Jackson Branch Join our fellow hook and needle enthusiasts and create a variety of items to donate to various charitable organizations, as well as work on your own projects. Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels are welcome. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 11, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

CANCELLED - English Conversation Group - Monday nights

Lakewood Branch This program is for you if you've learned some English and want to practice speaking it with other English language learners.  Improve your accents, learn new vocabulary and American slang and become familiar with people from other cultures. Come any Monday night and practice with native English speakers and other people from a variety of countries.  We have friendly, informative meetings.  Everyone is welcome!  No registration is necessary. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 11, 2022, 6:30 PM.

Celebrating the Jersey Shore

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Travel with local author Margaret Buchholz "down the shore" as she illustrates the shore experience over the decades. As fresh as their experiences are to the visitors, most activities are timeless — the fundamental attractions of the seashore resonate throughout history. Margaret Thomas Buchholz is co-author of “Great Storms of the Jersey Shore” (1993), which The New York Times called “one of the best documented compendiums ever published of what it meant to be there.” She edited “Shore Chronicles: Diaries and Travelers’ Tales from the Jersey Shore 1764-1955” (1999). She is the author of “New Jersey Shipwrecks: 350 Years in the Graveyard of the Atlantic” (2004), which won the Foundation for Coast Guard History award, “Island Album: Photographs and Memories of Long Beach Island” (2006) and “Josephine: From Washington working Girl to Fisherman’s Wife” (2012). In 2016 she edited “Long Beach Island Reader,” and in 2018 “Long Beach Island Chronicles,” both collections of writings about LBI. Her essays about the… Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 11, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Acoustic Musicians Guild

Waretown Branch An evening of acoustic popular music. All ages. By various artists. Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Audience: Family. Monday, July 11, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

English Conversation Group

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Local volunteer Mary Turbek will assist non-native English speakers practice conversational English. New members are always welcome. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 11, 2022, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.