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Take Home Storytime Kits

Brick Branch Are you missing stortytime?  We know we are!!  Stop by the Brick Library's children's department and pick up a take home storytime kit.  Each kit includes 3 books and a themed coloring sheet.  The only thing you'll need is some crayons to complete the coloring sheet. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Family. Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Take & Make for Adults: Make a Hex Nut Bracelet

Manchester Branch Stop by the Manchester Branch and take home a Hex Nut Bracelet kit. Learn how to create a chic and stylish bracelet using hex nuts and yarn. This inexpensive and easy-to-make bracelet makes a great, unique gift for men and women! First come first served while supplies last. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Ed's Art

Barnegat Branch Ed's Art Ed Rennar shares his pastels of varied subjects. On exhibit for the month of September. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Family. Adults. Teens. Tweens. Kids. Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Blind Date a Book, Hispanic Heritage Edition

Jackson Branch Stop by the Teen Zone at the Jackson Branch and find your next read! Books will be wrapped and have a few key words to help you decide if this book is right for you. Unwrap the book when you get home and start reading. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Hispanic Heritage Month. Audience: Teens. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

Take & Make: A is for Autumn

Island Heights Branch Drop by the library for an educational take-home craft for toddlers and preschoolers.  We'll learn about the letter "A" today, since it's the first day of Autumn. One per child, available while supplies last. Branch Location: Island Heights Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Canceled - Mother Goose Time

Lacey Branch Sorry, this even has been canceled. Rhythm, rhyme, music and movement for babies up to 18 months and their caregivers.  Registration is required and begins on September 8th. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Program. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Canceled - Toddler Storytime

Little Egg Harbor Branch Toddler themed storytime, songs and craft. Please register. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM.

Welcome, Fall!

Stafford Branch ​Join us for stories, songs, and fall fun. Geared toward children ages 1-5. Registration begins on 9/8 at 9 am; please register all attendees using the guest feature.  This program is weather permitting and will be held outdoors. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Preschool Storytime: It's Fall!

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Preschool Storytime: It's Fall! Come celebrate the first day of autumn with stories and songs on our outdoor patio.  Please note that chairs will not be provided, but you are welcome to bring a towel to sit on.Ages 3-6 REG​. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

CANCELLED - Preschool Storytime

Upper Shores Branch Join us for stories and a craft. Ages 3-5 Please Register Please register each child separately. If you are unable to attend, please let the branch know as a courtesy to our staff and other participants. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Book Cafe 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. This event is a weekly program. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Diversability. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Take and Make: Shamballa Bracelets

Lakewood Branch Learn how to make a shamballa bracelet out of knotted cords and beads. Ages 12 – 18. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Mah Jongg Club

Waretown Branch Beginners welcome! Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 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, September 22, 2021, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

Introduction to Mah Jongg

Brick Branch Learn to Play American Mah Jongg. The course consists of the fundamentals; the tiles and their function, to the Charleston and the National Mah Jongg League rules, the terminology and using the current year card, to striving for the winning hand. NO Mah Jongg experience or knowledge is required and a practice Mah Jongg set is provided for the duration of this four week class. Upon completion you will be confident and knowledgeable to join a game of Mah Jongg and have sparked new friendships! Please register as space is limited. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Friends of the Jackson Library Open House

Jackson Branch Meet the Friends and learn about the Friends' mission and contributions. Desserts and beverages will be available.  Sponsored by the Jackson Friends of the Library. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Teen and Tween Take & Make: Fall Garland

Long Beach Island Branch Stop by the Library to pick up a craft to welcome the first day of fall.  Provided by the Long Beach Island branch on 9/22 at 1:30pm. Available while supplies last, subject to date/time change. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Open Play – Joseph H. Vicari Sensory Space

Toms River Branch Open play in the new Sensory Space where you can engage with stimulating, tactile, or calming interactive products available to children with a variety of special needs. Ages 6-12. Caregiver must be present.  Please register. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM.

Jennifer Sands: 9/11 and My Spiritual Journey

Berkeley Branch To commemorate Patriot Day and the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, author Jennifer Sands will share her spiritual journey after 9/11, following the death of her husband in the tragic event. Sands is the author of three books, A Tempered Faith, A Teachable Faith, and A Treasured Faith. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Hispanic Heritage Food Festival

Toms River Branch Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with Jennifer Klein, ShopRite’s Dietitian. Jennifer will show you how to prepare a healthier version of Chiles Rellenos (stuffed chili pepper) and Mexican Street Corn Salad On the day of the event please join us with the link provided below Ocean County Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Hispanic Heritage Food Festival Time: Sep 22, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87594198975 Meeting ID: 875 9419 8975 One tap mobile +13017158592,87594198975# US (Washington DC) +13126266799,87594198975# US (Chicago) Dial by your location         +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)         +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)         +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)         +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)         +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)         +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)         +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) Meeting ID: 875 9419 8975 Find your local number:… Branch Location: Virtual. Type of Event: Hispanic Heritage Month. Virtual Program. Informational Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Open Play – Joseph H. Vicari Sensory Space

Toms River Branch Open play in the new Sensory Space where you can engage with stimulating, tactile, or calming interactive products available to children with a variety of special needs. Ages 6-12. Caregiver must be present.  Please register. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM.

CANCELLED - Homework Help

Lakewood Branch Free homework help after school Monday - Thursday 3-6 pm and Friday 3-4:45 pm during the public school year. Sit with a library staff member to help with homework for those 5-12 years old. This is not one-on-one tutoring or reading help. All children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the library.  Ayuda gratuita con la tarea después de la escuela de Lunes a Jueves de 3 a 6 pm y Viernes de 3 a 4: 45 pm durante el año escolar. Siéntese con un miembro del personal de la biblioteca para ayudar con la tarea de sus niños de 5 a 12 años. Este programa no es tutoría individualizada, ni ayuda con la lectura. Todos los niños menores de 8 años deben estar acompañados por un adulto en todo momento mientras estén en la biblioteca. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Welcome Fall Take & Make - All ages

Plumsted Branch Stop by the Plumsted branch to welcome fall with Take & Make crafts for kids, teens, and adults. Supplies limited. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Friends Event. Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Paint Party to Go: Pumpkins!

Manchester Branch Celebrate the first day of autumn by painting your own ceramic pumpkin. Paint Party to Go Kits are located in the Manchester Branch Teen Zone. Available while supplies last. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Video Games/Videojuegos

Lakewood Branch Play video games. Ages 6-14. Entretengase jugando videojuegos. Edades 6-14. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Teen Drop-in Gaming

Barnegat Branch All types of games, from Video to Board. Also Chess Club! Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Appy Hour

Toms River Branch Join us for this monthly program to learn several apps for your devices that will help you connect, protect, and have fun. Only free apps available on both Android and Apple devices will be shared. Ocean County Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Appy Hour Time: Sep 22, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88142819708 Meeting ID: 881 4281 9708 One tap mobile +13126266799,88142819708# US (Chicago) +16468769923,88142819708# US (New York) Dial by your location         +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)         +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)         +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)         +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)         +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)         +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)         +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 881 4281 9708 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbiFLD1s79. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Informational Program. Virtual Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. For more info visit theoceancountylibrary.org.

Good Readers Book Discussion Group

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch My Antonia by Willa Cather. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Take Home Storytime Kits

Brick Branch Are you missing stortytime?  We know we are!!  Stop by the Brick Library's children's department and pick up a take home storytime kit.  Each kit includes 3 books and a themed coloring sheet.  The only thing you'll need is some crayons to complete the coloring sheet. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Family. Thursday, September 23, 2021.

Take and Make: A Pirate’s Life for Me/Una vida de pirata

Lakewood Branch Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day. Ages 4 – 12. Celebra el día de hablar como piratas. Edades 4 – 12. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Thursday, September 23, 2021.

Toddler Take & Make: My Shapes

Toms River Branch Have fun identifying different shapes and learning fine motor skills with a fun, toddler-themed take-home craft kit. Children and their families are invited to the Toms River Branch to pick up a Toddler Take & Make craft kit. Kits will be available beginning September 23 at 9:00 am. This take home craft will be available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Recommended for children ages 2-4. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Thursday, September 23, 2021, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

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. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, September 23, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Adult Take & Play: Puzzle Packs

Long Beach Island Branch Pick up a pack of puzzles to ponder and keep your brain active.  Provided by the Long Beach Island Branch on 9/9 at 10 am, while supplies last, subject to change. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Audience: Adults. Thursday, September 23, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Storytime at Home: Interactive Book Bundles

Long Beach Island Branch Pick up a "Storytime at Home" Book Bundle at the Long Beach Island Branch. Bundles are available for a wide variety of topics, including both fiction and nonfiction books, a list of songs and rhymes, and an interactive activity page. This "grab and go" item is meant to be taken as a set. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Audience: Kids. Thursday, September 23, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Toddler Tales

Waretown Branch Join us for storytime, songs, and play. Best for ages 1 to 3. Out of an abundance of caution, this event will be taking place outside. Please bring towels, blankets, or chairs for sitting. The event will take place on the back lawn of the Waretown Branch Library. Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Thursday, September 23, 2021, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Outdoor 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, September 23, 2021, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Visit with NJ Reentry Corporation (NJRC)

Toms River Branch Are you looking for employment? Are you on probation or parole? Have you maxed-out? The New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC) can help! The NJRC helps formerly  incarcerated persons to find employment and more. Visit with a representative from NJRC in the library today. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, September 23, 2021, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Hispanic Heritage Month Watercolor Craft

Toms River Branch Kits will be available on Thursday,  September 23 starting at 1pm at the Toms River Branch.    This take-home craft will be available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Please be mindful and only take one kit per person.    A ‘How to’ video presentation for watercolor art using water-based markers is available on OCL’s YouTube page. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Hispanic Heritage Month. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Thursday, September 23, 2021, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Mah Jongg

Berkeley Branch Weekly play on Thursdays for experienced players of Mah Jongg, starting on 9/23 and continues weekly every month. Players must bring their own set and current card. Register one time, for all sessions.  *There will be no Mah Jong on Thursdays 10/21, 10/28, 11/4. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, September 23, 2021, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Cancelled Afternoon Book Discussion

Toms River Branch The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, September 23, 2021, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Chicks with Sticks - Knitting and Crocheting Group

Manchester Branch Love to knit or crochet, come to our meeting room and join others with the same passion. Bring your yarn, needles, hooks and current projects. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, September 23, 2021, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Teen Calm Room

Toms River Branch Join us for the Teen Calm Room in our new Sensory Space that's available to teens with a variety of special needs. In our room you can engage with stimulating, tactile, or calming interactive products, participate in a craft, and enjoy videos. Caregiver must be present and registered. Ages 12 - 18. Please register. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Thursday, September 23, 2021, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Overview of Programs and Services that are offered by the Office of Senior Services

System Programming Learn about Programs and Services for Older Adults such as Free Legal Assistance, Property Tax Relief, Long-Term Support Services, Prescription Assistance, Medicare, Home Energy Assistance and so much more. Presented by Maria LaFace director of the Office of Senior Services. This is a 1-hour virtual Zoom presentation including a Q&A. Please register by noon September 22nd and a Zoom Link will be sent via email to join the presentation.   Ocean County Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Join Zoom Meeting, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85283464680, Meeting ID: 852 8346 4680, One tap mobile, +13017158592,85283464680# US (Washington DC) 13126266799,85283464680# +US (Chicago), Dial by your location,         +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC),         +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago),         +1 646 876 9923 US (New York),     . Branch Location: Virtual. Type of Event: Informational Program. Program. Virtual Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, September 23, 2021, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Turtles of New Jersey

Toms River Branch From woodlands to the coastline, you can find various species of turtles throughout New Jersey. In this presentation, we will cover common species of turtles that live within different NJ habitats, and the amazing adaptations they have to survive in each. We will also review what you can do to help conserve these important reptiles. Presented by Kaitlin Gannon, Education Coordinator from the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve On the day of the program please use the link below Ocean County Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Turtle species of NJ Time: Sep 23, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83409463694 Meeting ID: 834 0946 3694 One tap mobile +13126266799,83409463694# US (Chicago) +16468769923,83409463694# US (New York) Dial by your location         +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)         +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)         +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)         +1 408 638 0968 US (S… Branch Location: Virtual. Type of Event: Informational Program. Virtual Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, September 23, 2021, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

CANCELLED - Homework Help

Lakewood Branch Free homework help after school Monday - Thursday 3-6 pm and Friday 3-4:45 pm during the public school year. Sit with a library staff member to help with homework for those 5-12 years old. This is not one-on-one tutoring or reading help. All children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the library.  Ayuda gratuita con la tarea después de la escuela de Lunes a Jueves de 3 a 6 pm y Viernes de 3 a 4: 45 pm durante el año escolar. Siéntese con un miembro del personal de la biblioteca para ayudar con la tarea de sus niños de 5 a 12 años. Este programa no es tutoría individualizada, ni ayuda con la lectura. Todos los niños menores de 8 años deben estar acompañados por un adulto en todo momento mientras estén en la biblioteca. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Thursday, September 23, 2021, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Preschool Storytime: Hispanic Heritage

Tuckerton Branch Books, songs, and finger-plays exploring Hispanic/Latino culture and themes. Note: Storytime will be held outdoors, weather permitting. For children ages 3-5. REG. Branch Location: Tuckerton Branch. Type of Event: Hispanic Heritage Month. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Thursday, September 23, 2021, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Bedtime Storytime

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Bedtime Storytime ​Wear your PJs and bring your special "sleep buddy" to bedtime storytime on our outdoor patio. Please note that chairs will not be provided, but you are welcome to bring a towel to sit on.Ages 2-6 REG. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Thursday, September 23, 2021, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM.

CANCELLED - Music Practice Jamboree

Barnegat Branch Kids and tweens can bring their sheet music and instruments to practice in a casual setting and make friends. Please register. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: STEM/STEAM. Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Thursday, September 23, 2021, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Take Home Storytime Kits

Brick Branch Are you missing stortytime?  We know we are!!  Stop by the Brick Library's children's department and pick up a take home storytime kit.  Each kit includes 3 books and a themed coloring sheet.  The only thing you'll need is some crayons to complete the coloring sheet. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Family. Friday, September 24, 2021.

Take & Make: Fantasy Creatures Yarn Art

Jackson Branch Pick up a crafty kit at the Jackson Branch to create at home. Younger children will need help from a caregiver to complete the crafts. Kits may require scissors, glue, or tape to complete these projects. This take-home craft will be available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Please be mindful and take only one kit per child. Sponsored by the Jackson Friends of the Library. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Program. Friends Event. Audience: Kids. Family. Friday, September 24, 2021.

Dewey Have the Answer?

Upper Shores Branch Have a great question about what it’s like working at a library? Do you want to know some insider tips to do a great storytime, program, or event? Every wonder how the Dewey Decimal system works? We have the answers! Click HERE to submit your question(s)* and listen out for it in an upcoming podcast.  *Please note that not all questions may be answered or answered in the order they are received. Branch Location: All Locations. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Friday, September 24, 2021.

Open Play – Joseph H. Vicari Sensory Space

Toms River Branch Open play in the new Sensory Space where you can engage with stimulating, tactile, or calming interactive products available to children with a variety of special needs.  Ages 3-5. Caregiver must be present.  Please register. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Program. Audience: Kids. Friday, September 24, 2021, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM.

Kids Take & Make: Happy Birthday Jim Henson!

Long Beach Island Branch Stop by the LBI Library to pick up a craft in celebration of the birthday of the late Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, Sesame street, and so much more!  Provided by the Long Beach Island branch on 9/24 at 10am. Available while supplies last, subject to date/time change. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Friday, September 24, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

CANCELLED - Toddler Tunes

Long Beach Island Branch Stop by the LBI Library for Toddler Tunes. This is an interactive program for toddlers and parents/guardians. We will sing some songs and get our bodies moving! Ages 1-3. Registration will open two weeks prior to the event. REG required. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Friday, September 24, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Open Play – Joseph H. Vicari Sensory Space

Toms River Branch Open play in the new Sensory Space where you can engage with stimulating, tactile, or calming interactive products available to children with a variety of special needs. Ages 3-5. Caregiver must be present. Please register. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Program. Audience: Kids. Friday, September 24, 2021, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM.

Friends of the Waretown Library Book Sale

Waretown Branch Come down to the Friends of Waretown Library book sale for books for all ages.  All funds go to the Friends of the Waretown Library. Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Audience: Family. Adults. Friday, September 24, 2021, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Chess Club

Manchester Branch Bring your chess sets and play in our large print area. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Friday, September 24, 2021, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Take & Make: Bracelet Making

Sparks's Lab Makerspace Stop by the Spark’s Lab to pick up a Take & Make: Bracelet Making kit. Kits will be available to pick up outside of Sparks’s Lab on the second floor of the library. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Toms River Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Type: MakerSpace Program. Icon: Maker. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Friday, September 24, 2021, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Mah Jongg

Stafford Branch Come play Mah Jongg! Please bring your current year gaming cards and game sets. Seats limited. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Friday, September 24, 2021, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

OC Purls Knitting Group

Upper Shores Branch Bring your current knitting projects to the library and enjoy some great company while you knit! Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Program. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Friday, September 24, 2021, 12:30 PM – 2:30 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, September 24, 2021, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Friday Fun/Viernes de diversión

Lakewood Branch Family craft on Fridays. Manualidades para divertirse con su familia. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Family. Friday, September 24, 2021, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM.

Canceled - Homeschool Art Explorers

Lacey Branch Sorry, this event has been canceled. We'll be sharing The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock and creating our own works of art inspired by Kandinsky's art. All age children are welcome to participate with caregiver assistance but the activities will be geared to children ages 5 and up.  Registration is required and begins on September 10th. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Homeschool Program. Audience: Kids. Friday, September 24, 2021, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Active Shooter Awareness

Waretown Branch The Ocean Township Police Department will give a presentation on active shooters, how to respond in a crisis, and demonstrate tactics for these scenarios. Please register. Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Friday, September 24, 2021, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Anime Club for Adults

Lakewood Branch Enjoy a discussion about anime series and popular anime club activities in this virtual meet up. Link to come. Branch Location: Virtual. Audience: Adults. Friday, September 24, 2021, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

CANCELLED - Homework Help

Lakewood Branch Free homework help after school Monday - Thursday 3-6 pm and Friday 3-4:45 pm during the public school year. Sit with a library staff member to help with homework for those 5-12 years old. This is not one-on-one tutoring or reading help. All children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the library.  Ayuda gratuita con la tarea después de la escuela de Lunes a Jueves de 3 a 6 pm y Viernes de 3 a 4: 45 pm durante el año escolar. Siéntese con un miembro del personal de la biblioteca para ayudar con la tarea de sus niños de 5 a 12 años. Este programa no es tutoría individualizada, ni ayuda con la lectura. Todos los niños menores de 8 años deben estar acompañados por un adulto en todo momento mientras estén en la biblioteca. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Friday, September 24, 2021, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Take & Make: Tween Crafternoon

Plumsted Branch Stop by the Plumsted branch to pick up a kit. Ages 8 – 12. Supplies Limited. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Tweens. Friday, September 24, 2021, 3:30 PM.

Take Home Storytime Kits

Brick Branch Are you missing stortytime?  We know we are!!  Stop by the Brick Library's children's department and pick up a take home storytime kit.  Each kit includes 3 books and a themed coloring sheet.  The only thing you'll need is some crayons to complete the coloring sheet. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Family. Saturday, September 25, 2021.

Sensory Space Open

Toms River Branch Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Saturday, September 25, 2021, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

CANCELLED - LEGOS® & DUPLOS® with a Movie

Long Beach Island Branch Come in for an afternoon movie with free-play at the Long Beach Island Library. This event will be held on September 25 at 12pm. While we play e will be watching Raya and the Last Dragon (rated PG) 114min. Raya is a warrior who sets out to discover the last dragon in a realm called Lumandra, and has a whirlwind adventure full of friendship. 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. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Program. Audience: Kids. Family. Saturday, September 25, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

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. Saturday, September 25, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Friends of the Waretown Library Book Sale

Waretown Branch Come down to the Friends of the Waretown Library book sale for all ages.  All funds go to the Friends of the Waretown Library. Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Audience: Adults. Family. Saturday, September 25, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

Paws for Reading

Stafford Branch Practice reading alongside beautiful, gentle therapy dogs. Please Register. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Saturday, September 25, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Sensory Space Open

Toms River Branch Stop by the Sensory Space to reduce stress and anxiety while using the library.  While in the Space, you can engage with stimulating, tactile and calming interactive products.  Time in the Space will be limited up to 30 minutes and availability is on a first come, first serve basis.  Caregiver must be present.  Please stop by the Sensory Space Office to make arrangements. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Saturday, September 25, 2021, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Saturday Afternoon Movie: Land

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Following an unsettling experience in the wilderness, a grieving woman named Edee Mathis ventures deep into a remote region of Wyoming to pursue a fresh start, hoping to shift her perspective on the meaning of her life and reconcile her distress with her determination to continue living. (PG-13) 90 min. REG. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Program. Audience: Adults. Saturday, September 25, 2021, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

CANCELLED- Drop-in video games for kids

Toms River Branch Play video games with friends Ages 4-12. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Saturday, September 25, 2021, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Take Home Storytime Kits

Brick Branch Are you missing stortytime?  We know we are!!  Stop by the Brick Library's children's department and pick up a take home storytime kit.  Each kit includes 3 books and a themed coloring sheet.  The only thing you'll need is some crayons to complete the coloring sheet. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Family. Sunday, September 26, 2021.

September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World Poster Exhibit

Toms River Branch To observe the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Ocean County Library is honored to host the educational poster exhibit on the events of September 11, 2001 created by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, “September 11, 2001: the Day that Changed the World.”  Developed by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum for public library display, it has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11.   The exhibit will be available at the following locations for the month of September:   Barnegat Branch, Berkeley Branch, Jackson Branch, Lakewood Branch, Little Egg Harbor Branch, Manchester Branch, Point Pleasant Beach Branch, Stafford Branch, Toms River Branch a… Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Teens. Adults. Monday, September 27, 2021.

Adult Take and Make: Welcome Fall Mini-Wreath

Berkeley Branch Celebrate the coming of autumn with mini wreaths.  You'll need glue or 2 sided tape.  While supplies last. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Monday, September 27, 2021.

September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World Poster Exhibit

Berkeley Branch To observe the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Ocean County Library is honored to host the educational poster exhibit on the events of September 11, 2001 created by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, “September 11, 2001: the Day that Changed the World.” Developed by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum for public library display, it has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11. The exhibit will be available at the following locations for the month of September: Barnegat Branch, Berkeley Branch, Jackson Branch, Lakewood Branch, Little Egg Harbor Branch, Manchester Branch, Point Pleasant Beach Branch, Stafford Branch, Toms River Branch and… Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Audience: Adults. Monday, September 27, 2021.

Take & Make Weekly Craft

Berkeley Branch Stop by the Berkeley Branch each week for a different craft to make at home. Feel free to share pictures of your completed projects on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Virtual. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Virtual Program. Audience: Kids. Monday, September 27, 2021.

Muppets Take Home Craft

Brick Branch Children/Families: Celebrate Jim Henson's birthday with a Muppets take home craft. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Family. Monday, September 27, 2021 – Saturday, October 2, 2021.

Take Home Storytime Kits

Brick Branch Are you missing stortytime?  We know we are!!  Stop by the Brick Library's children's department and pick up a take home storytime kit.  Each kit includes 3 books and a themed coloring sheet.  The only thing you'll need is some crayons to complete the coloring sheet. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Family. Monday, September 27, 2021.

September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World Poster Exhibit

Jackson Branch To observe the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Ocean County Library is honored to host the educational poster exhibit on the events of September 11, 2001 created by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, “September 11, 2001: the Day that Changed the World.”  Developed by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum for public library display, it has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11.   The exhibit will be available at the following locations for the month of September:   Barnegat Branch, Berkeley Branch, Jackson Branch, Lakewood Branch, Little Egg Harbor Branch, Manchester Branch, Point Pleasant Beach Branch, Stafford Branch, Toms River Branch a… Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Adults. Monday, September 27, 2021.

September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World Poster Exhibit

Lacey Branch To observe the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Ocean County Library is honored to host the educational poster exhibit on the events of September 11, 2001 created by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, “September 11, 2001: the Day that Changed the World.” Developed by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum for public library display, it has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11. The exhibit will be available at the following locations for the month of September: Barnegat Branch, Berkeley Branch, Jackson Branch, Lakewood Branch, Little Egg Harbor Branch, Manchester Branch, Point Pleasant Beach Branch, Stafford Branch, Toms River Branch and t… Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Adults. Monday, September 27, 2021.

September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World Poster Exhibit

Lakewood Branch To observe the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Ocean County Library is honored to host the educational poster exhibit on the events of September 11, 2001 created by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, “September 11, 2001: the Day that Changed the World.” Developed by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum for public library display, it has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11.   The exhibit will be available at the following locations for the month of September: Barnegat Branch, Berkeley Branch, Jackson Branch, Lakewood Branch, Little Egg Harbor Branch, Manchester Branch, Point Pleasant Beach Branch, Stafford Branch, Toms River… Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Family. Monday, September 27, 2021.

September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World Poster Exhibit

Little Egg Harbor Branch To observe the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Ocean County Library is honored to host the educational poster exhibit on the events of September 11, 2001 created by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, “September 11, 2001: the Day that Changed the World.” Developed by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum for public library display, it has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11. The exhibit will be available at the following locations for the month of September: Barnegat Branch, Berkeley Branch, Jackson Branch, Lakewood Branch, Little Egg Harbor Branch, Manchester Branch, Point Pleasant Beach Branch, Stafford Branch, Toms River Branch and… Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Family. Monday, September 27, 2021.

September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World Poster Exhibit

Manchester Branch To observe the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Ocean County Library Manchester Branch is honored to host the educational poster exhibit on the events of September 11, 2001 created by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, “September 11, 2001: the Day that Changed the World.” Developed by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum for public library display, it has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. This 14-poster exhibit includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11. For more details about the exhibit, where memorials to 9/11 are located in Ocean County and other events at Ocean County Library throughout September to observe Patriot Day, please visit https://theoceancountylibrary.org/patriot-day. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Informational Program. Audience: Adults. Monday, September 27, 2021.

Take & Make for Kids: Leafy Hedgehog Craft

Manchester Branch Stop by the Manchester Library to pick up a hedgehog craft to make at home. All you need is glue and something to color with. Available from 9/27- 10/2, while supplies last. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Audience: Kids. Family. Monday, September 27, 2021.

Worldly Sweets: Madeleines from France

Manchester Branch Watch and learn how this popular French cake found its place in history. Also, learn how to make this simple recipe using just milk, flour, eggs, and sugar. To watch the video, click on the link below: https://youtu.be/IVBJ0Cq8xfo. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Virtual. Type of Event: Diversity. Audience: Adults. Monday, September 27, 2021.

September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World Poster Exhibit

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World Poster Exhibit To observe the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Ocean County Library is honored to host the educational poster exhibit on the events of September 11, 2001 created by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, “September 11, 2001: the Day that Changed the World.”  Developed by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum for public library display, it has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11.   The exhibit will be available at the following locations for the month of September:   Barnegat Branch, Berkeley Branch, Jackson Branch, Lakewood Branch, Little Egg Harbor Branch, Manchester… Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Monday, September 27, 2021. For more info visit theoceancountylibrary.org.

Kids Mystery Take & Make

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Drop by the Point Boro Branch and pick up a Mystery Take & Make. Ages 3+ While supplies last. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Monday, September 27, 2021.

STEM Take & Make: Ramp Walker

Tuckerton Branch Build a simple “robot” that can walk down a ramp. For ages 5-12. All materials provided, while supplies last. Branch Location: Tuckerton Branch. Type of Event: STEM/STEAM. Audience: Kids. Monday, September 27, 2021.

Take & Make ABC: R

Tuckerton Branch Work on pre-literacy and small-motor skills with the Tuckerton Library. Each participating child will have a Progress Animal on our wall. Pick up an ABC Animal project each week, work on it at home, and come back in to put progress stickers on your Progress Animal. A new letter will be released each week from June 1 to Nov 22. Ask for letters you missed. This week: R Rabbit. Branch Location: Tuckerton Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Monday, September 27, 2021.

September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World Poster Exhibit

Upper Shores Branch To observe the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Ocean County Library is honored to host the educational poster exhibit on the events of September 11, 2001 created by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, “September 11, 2001: the Day that Changed the World.” Developed by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum for public library display, it has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11. The exhibit will be available at the following locations for the month of September: Barnegat Branch, Berkeley Branch, Jackson Branch, Lakewood Branch, Little Egg Harbor Branch, Manchester Branch, Point Pleasant Beach Branch, Stafford Branch, Toms River Branch and… Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Monday, September 27, 2021.

September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World Poster Exhibit

Barnegat Branch September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World Poster Exhibit, To observe the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Ocean County Library is honored to host the educational poster exhibit on the events of September 11, 2001 created by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, “September 11, 2001: the Day that Changed the World.” Developed by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum for public library display, it has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11.   The exhibit will be available at the following locations for the month of September: Barnegat Branch, Berkeley Branch, Jackson Branch, Lakewood Branch, Little Egg Harbor Branch, Manchester… Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Monday, September 27, 2021. For more info visit theoceancountylibrary.org.

Take & Make for Kids: Hispanic Heritage Month

Barnegat Branch Grab a free craft kit to take home while supplies last. Each week will feature a different theme. This week's theme is Hispanic Heritage Month. Drop in. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Hispanic Heritage Month. Program. Audience: Kids. Family. Monday, September 27, 2021.

September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World Poster Exhibit

Stafford Branch To observe the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Ocean County Library is honored to host the educational poster exhibit on the events of September 11, 2001 created by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, “September 11, 2001: the Day that Changed the World.” Developed by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum for public library display, it has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11. The exhibit will be available at the following locations for the month of September: Barnegat Branch, Berkeley Branch, Jackson Branch, Lakewood Branch, Little Egg Harbor Branch, Manchester Branch, Point Pleasant Beach Branch, Stafford Branch, Toms River Branch and… Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Adults. Monday, September 27, 2021, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Knit-Chat-Chain Volunteer

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, September 27, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Kids Take & Make: Straw Rockets

Long Beach Island Branch Stop by the Library to pick up an outer space themed craft.  Provided by the Long Beach Island branch on 9/27 at 10am. Available while supplies last, subject to date/time change. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Monday, September 27, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Fabulous Fall Fabric Feathers- Postponed

Manchester Branch Create a unique wall hanging that will brighten up your home during any season! No sewing is involved. Most of the work on this project will be accomplished by strategically pulling out threads to simulate the shape of a feather. To tie your piece together and further decorate it, you will be attaching strings with glue, stringing on colorful beads and hanging the feathers from pieces of wood. Please register and bring with you a pair of scissors capable of cutting medium weight fabric. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Monday, September 27, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Take & Make Monday

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Pick up a craft kit to complete at home. Crafts may require some basic household items such as glue, scissors or crayons. All other supplies will be provided in the kits. Kits will be available for pick up starting Monday September 27th at 10am. For ages 3-6.  Available while supplies last. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Virtual Program. Audience: Kids. Monday, September 27, 2021, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

Monday Movies: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

Berkeley Branch The audience is invited to bring drinks, snacks or lunch.  The world’s most lethal odd couple – bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) – are back on another life-threatening mission. Still unlicensed and under scrutiny, Bryce is forced into action by Darius’s even more volatile wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek).   (R) 118 min. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Icon: Movie. Monday, September 27, 2021, 12:30 PM – 2:45 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. Audience: Adults. Monday, September 27, 2021, 12:30 PM – 2:30 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, September 27, 2021, 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM.

Adult Movie Kit: Rocketman

Long Beach Island Branch Get a free bag of goodies to take home to watch the movie. Provided by from the Long Beach Island Branch 9/20/21 at 1 pm, while supplies last, subject to change, potential allergen. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Audience: Adults. Monday, September 27, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Movie Monday - 9/27: Just Mercy, PG-13, 136 minutes

Barnegat Branch 1 pm, Mondays Monday Movies 10/4: Nomadland (R) 108 min. 10/11: News of the World (PG-13) 118 min. 10/18: No movie (Flu Vaccination Clinic 10 am-1 pm) 10/25: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (R) 118 min. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Audience: Adults. Monday, September 27, 2021, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

CANCELLED - Movie Matinee: Rocketman

Long Beach Island Branch Movies are back in person, ask a friend and come on over to the Long Beach Island Library on Monday Sept 27 at 1:30 pm to see Rocketman (2019), Biography/Drama/Music, starring Taron Egerton, Rated R, 121 min.  A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.  Please Register. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Monday, September 27, 2021, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

CANCELLED - Homework Help

Lakewood Branch Free homework help after school Monday - Thursday 3-6 pm and Friday 3-4:45 pm during the public school year. Sit with a library staff member to help with homework for those 5-12 years old. This is not one-on-one tutoring or reading help. All children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the library.  Ayuda gratuita con la tarea después de la escuela de Lunes a Jueves de 3 a 6 pm y Viernes de 3 a 4: 45 pm durante el año escolar. Siéntese con un miembro del personal de la biblioteca para ayudar con la tarea de sus niños de 5 a 12 años. Este programa no es tutoría individualizada, ni ayuda con la lectura. Todos los niños menores de 8 años deben estar acompañados por un adulto en todo momento mientras estén en la biblioteca. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Monday, September 27, 2021, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Azucar/Azucar

Lakewood Branch Create a sugar-painting portrait of Celia Cruz and learn about her famous trademark shout "Azucar." Ages 5+. Crea un retrato de Celia Cruz con azucar. Aprende sobre su famoso grito “Azucar”. Edades de 5 en adelante. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Monday, September 27, 2021, 5:30 PM – 6:30 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, September 27, 2021, 6:30 PM.

Tuckerton Library Book Group

Tuckerton Branch The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. Please call the Tuckerton Library to arrange for a copy of the book. Branch Location: Tuckerton Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Monday, September 27, 2021, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Take Home Storytime Kits

Brick Branch Are you missing stortytime?  We know we are!!  Stop by the Brick Library's children's department and pick up a take home storytime kit.  Each kit includes 3 books and a themed coloring sheet.  The only thing you'll need is some crayons to complete the coloring sheet. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Family. Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

Teen Take & Make: Fall Leaf Door Hanger

Brick Branch Pick up a Fall Leaf Door Hanger craft kit at the Brick Branch. This take-home craft will be available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

Adult Take and Make: Hojalata (Tin) Art

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch This adult craft is based on a form of Mexican folk art commonly referred to as Hojalata, the Spanish word for tin. This craft will be available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Ages 18+. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

Take & Make: Migrating Monarchs

Stafford Branch In honor of award-winning Mexican-American children's book author and illustrator Yuyi Morales, create a beautiful monarch butterfly as illustrated in her Pura Belpre Medal winning book, Dreamers / Soñadores. You can read and listen to several of Morales' works via hoopla. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Author/Book Event. Hispanic Heritage Month. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

Kids Take & Make: Hojalata, Mexican Tin Art

Upper Shores Branch Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by picking up a Take & Make kit to create your own piece of Mexican Tin Art using household products. Ages 5-12. Available while supplies last, first come first served. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Diversity. Hispanic Heritage Month. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Family. Icon: Hispanic Heritage Month. Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

Creativebug Digital Class: Monogrammed Leather Keychain

Sparks's Lab Makerspace With this digital class by Creativebug, learn how to make a professional looking custom leather keychain using the Cricut Maker. Amber from Damask Love shows how easy it is to use the Cricut Design Space to create your layout. She then shows how to cut out precise leather shapes on your Cricut Maker and assemble the keychain with embroidery floss and leather glue.    This quick and stylish project is perfect for anyone learning how to work with leather on their Cricut machine.  Click on the link provided, enter your library card number, and start creating! When you are finished, take a photo of your creation and share it on Instagram with #SparkssLabAtHome. Branch Location: Virtual. Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Toms River Branch. Audience: Adults. Teens. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Tuesday, September 28, 2021. For more info visit www.creativebug.com.

Decades Kits: Totally 90s

Toms River Branch Are you missing the good ol' days? Try out our new Decades Kits. This month features Totally 90s. The kits are filled with popular crafts inspired by the decade, booklists, TV & movie watch lists that you can access from Hoopla, and a playlist of music carefully curated from the decade you can listen to using Freegal. Kits available for pick up in the Toms River Branch lobby. While supplies last. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

CANCELLED - Hispanic Heritage Month Storytime

Barnegat Branch Bring your child to the library for stories, laughs, and fun, and learn some Spanish words and phrases along the way. Please register. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Hispanic Heritage Month. Program. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Hispanic Heritage Month Take & Make

Plumsted Branch Stop by the Plumsted branch to pick up a kit for a storytime at home. Supplies limited. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Hispanic Heritage Month. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Upper Shores Crafters

Upper Shores Branch Bring your current craft projects in to the library and socialize with other crafters while you create! Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Program. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Outdoor 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, September 28, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

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, September 28, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Movie and Lunch for Adults with Special Needs

Berkeley Branch Individuals and day programs for adults with special needs are welcome to bring their own brown bagged lunch and enjoy a movie in our meeting room. The audience will select their film on the day of the showing. ​. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Diversability. Audience: Adults. Icon: Movie. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM.

Take & Make Inspiration Journals

Long Beach Island Branch Be inspired, write your thoughts and record your activities in a book decorated by YOU! Pick up a kit today, September 28, at 12 pm in the Long Beach Island Library.  This take-home craft will be available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last and subject to change. Please be mindful of others and only take one kit per person. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

CANCELLED - Homework Help

Lakewood Branch Free homework help after school Monday - Thursday 3-6 pm and Friday 3-4:45 pm during the public school year. Sit with a library staff member to help with homework for those 5-12 years old. This is not one-on-one tutoring or reading help. All children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the library.  Ayuda gratuita con la tarea después de la escuela de Lunes a Jueves de 3 a 6 pm y Viernes de 3 a 4: 45 pm durante el año escolar. Siéntese con un miembro del personal de la biblioteca para ayudar con la tarea de sus niños de 5 a 12 años. Este programa no es tutoría individualizada, ni ayuda con la lectura. Todos los niños menores de 8 años deben estar acompañados por un adulto en todo momento mientras estén en la biblioteca. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Storytime & Art Lesson: But I Love You More

Brick Branch Join us in celebrating local Children’s Book Illustrator for a reading of the newly published “But I Love You More” by 8 year old Scarlett Elizabeth Cawley.  Following she will give a basic drawing lesson, do silly Mad Libs related to the book, and more. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Family. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM.

Take & Make: Muñecas Quitapenas “Worry Dolls”

Sparks's Lab Makerspace Learn about Guatemalan worry dolls and make your own. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Type: MakerSpace Program. Icon: Hispanic Heritage Month. Maker. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Open Play – Joseph H. Vicari Sensory Space

Toms River Branch Open play in the new Sensory Space where you can engage with stimulating, tactile, or calming interactive products available to families with a variety of special needs. Caregiver must be present.  Please register. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Program. Audience: Family. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM.

Outdoor Program: Make a Bird Feeder

Manchester Branch Join us outside on our patio and make a bird feeder. To register, please call 732-657-7600, option 6. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM.

Open Play – Joseph H. Vicari Sensory Space

Toms River Branch Open play in the new Sensory Space where you can engage with stimulating, tactile, or calming interactive products available to families with a variety of special needs. Caregiver must be present.  Please register. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Program. Audience: Family. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 7:00 PM – 7:45 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, September 28, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Hispanic Heritage Month Reads for Adults

Toms River Branch In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, check out some great reads for adults.  To view the program, click here on September 15th.  This program will be available through October 15th, 2021. Branch Location: Virtual. Type of Event: Hispanic Heritage Month. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Take Home Storytime Kits

Brick Branch Are you missing stortytime?  We know we are!!  Stop by the Brick Library's children's department and pick up a take home storytime kit.  Each kit includes 3 books and a themed coloring sheet.  The only thing you'll need is some crayons to complete the coloring sheet. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Family. Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Mexican Mini Piñatas Take & Make/Take & Make:Mini Piñatas Mexicanas

Lakewood Branch Come to pick up a Mexican mini piñata Take & Make to honor Hispanic Heritage Month! Ages 6 – 12.  Venga a recojer un Take & Make de una mini piñata para celebrar el mes de la Herencia Hispana. Edades 6 – 12. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Hispanic Heritage Month. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Take & Make Stuffed Bag Sea Otter/Nutrias del mar

Lakewood Branch Pick up a kit to make a sea otter out of a brown paper bag and construction paper. Ages 8 – 12. Crea un nutria del mar con papel. Edades 8 – 12. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Ed's Art

Barnegat Branch Ed's Art Ed Rennar shares his pastels of varied subjects. On exhibit for the month of September. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Family. Adults. Teens. Tweens. Kids. Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Blind Date a Book, Hispanic Heritage Edition

Jackson Branch Stop by the Teen Zone at the Jackson Branch and find your next read! Books will be wrapped and have a few key words to help you decide if this book is right for you. Unwrap the book when you get home and start reading. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Hispanic Heritage Month. Audience: Teens. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

Teen Take & Make: Lighthouse Shell Painting

Stafford Branch Paint the Barnegat Lighthouse on a shell. Teens and tweens are invited to the Stafford Branch to pick up a kit starting at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, September 29th. This take-home craft will be available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

Book Cafe 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. This event is a weekly program. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Diversability. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Outdoor Preschool Storytime

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Please join us for storytime. 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, September 29, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Mah Jongg Club

Waretown Branch Beginners welcome! Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 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, September 29, 2021, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

Introduction to Mah Jongg

Brick Branch Learn to Play American Mah Jongg. The course consists of the fundamentals; the tiles and their function, to the Charleston and the National Mah Jongg League rules, the terminology and using the current year card, to striving for the winning hand. NO Mah Jongg experience or knowledge is required and a practice Mah Jongg set is provided for the duration of this four week class. Upon completion you will be confident and knowledgeable to join a game of Mah Jongg and have sparked new friendships! Please register as space is limited. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Teen and Tween Take & Make: Poetry Prompts

Long Beach Island Branch Stop by the Library to get a kit containing poetry prompts, and a pocket-notebook for writing them in.  Provided by the Long Beach Island branch on 9/29 at 1:30pm. Available while supplies last, subject to date/time change. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Tweens. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Open Play – Joseph H. Vicari Sensory Space

Toms River Branch Open play in the new Sensory Space where you can engage with stimulating, tactile, or calming interactive products available to children with a variety of special needs. Ages 6-12. Caregiver must be present.  Please register. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM.

Open Play – Joseph H. Vicari Sensory Space

Toms River Branch Open play in the new Sensory Space where you can engage with stimulating, tactile, or calming interactive products available to children with a variety of special needs. Ages 6-12. Caregiver must be present.  Please register. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM.

CANCELLED - Homework Help

Lakewood Branch Free homework help after school Monday - Thursday 3-6 pm and Friday 3-4:45 pm during the public school year. Sit with a library staff member to help with homework for those 5-12 years old. This is not one-on-one tutoring or reading help. All children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the library.  Ayuda gratuita con la tarea después de la escuela de Lunes a Jueves de 3 a 6 pm y Viernes de 3 a 4: 45 pm durante el año escolar. Siéntese con un miembro del personal de la biblioteca para ayudar con la tarea de sus niños de 5 a 12 años. Este programa no es tutoría individualizada, ni ayuda con la lectura. Todos los niños menores de 8 años deben estar acompañados por un adulto en todo momento mientras estén en la biblioteca. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Take & Makes: Teen Craft

Plumsted Branch Pick up a kit from the Plumsted branch. This month we will be creating Frida Kahlo succulent planters in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Ages 8 to 18.  Supplies limited. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Hispanic Heritage Month. Audience: Teens. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 3:00 PM.

CANCELLED - TAB Orientation

Long Beach Island Branch TAB is the Ocean County Library's Teen Advisory Board. If you are a library user and would like to be more involved in library activities, stop by the TAB orientation to learn how you can contribute. Open to those in grades 6-12. Registration will be open two weeks prior to the event. REG required. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Wednesday Night Movie: All My Life

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch While eagerly preparing for their upcoming marriage, Jenn and Solomon begin to feel their plans come apart when Solomon receives a terminal cancer diagnosis. Despite the looming challenges of his illness, the couple forges ahead with their wedding, finding small moments of joy along the way. (PG-13) 93 min. REG. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

CANCELLED - TAB

Barnegat Branch TAB members will celebrate  Hispanic Heritage Month! Enjoy a nutrition lesson, handouts, and a food demo. Presented by, SNAP ED Nutrition. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Teen Drop-in Gaming

Barnegat Branch All types of games, from Video to Board. Also Chess Club! Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Dance Performance: "Spanish Tapas"

Toms River Branch In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, come see the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre perform “Spanish Tapas.” The group will perform exciting Flamenco dances, including a regional dance from Seville and two lovely dances from Ecuador and Mexico. The dances from Spain will be accompanied by a classical guitarist. Audience interaction and beautiful costumes will make this a memorable event.   Please register. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Hispanic Heritage Month. Concert. Program. Audience: Adults. Teens. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Hispanic Heritage Month Trivia

Toms River Branch Test your knowledge of Hispanic cultures and history with a Kahoot Trivia Quiz. Quiz runs September 15th through October 15th. https://kahoot.it/challenge/09283214?challenge-id=a09c1b73-6810-4645-b9ae-abc7328aeba2_1631199536097. Branch Location: Virtual. Type of Event: Hispanic Heritage Month. Audience: Adults. Thursday, September 30, 2021. For more info visit kahoot.it.

Take Home Storytime Kits

Brick Branch Are you missing stortytime?  We know we are!!  Stop by the Brick Library's children's department and pick up a take home storytime kit.  Each kit includes 3 books and a themed coloring sheet.  The only thing you'll need is some crayons to complete the coloring sheet. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Family. Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Frida Kahlo Self-Portraits Take and Make/Autorretratos de Frida Kahlo

Lakewood Branch Create your self-portrait. Ages 6 – 12.  Crea tu propio autorretrato. Edades 6 – 12. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Take & Make: Papel Picados

Lakewood Branch Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by coming to your local library to learn about and receive a kit to create your very own papel picados. Available while supplies lasts from 9/15-9/30/21. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Audience: Adults. Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Point Boro Teen Take & Makes: Ojo De Dios

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month visit the library to pick up a craft kit to create your own Ojo de Dios and learn more about this Mexican tradition. First come, first serve. Ages 12 -18.​. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Sparks’s Lab 3D Print Submissions

Sparks's Lab Makerspace Register to submit your 3D print file for October. Submitted files must be 3D object files (.obj or.stl) or formatted in Cura for Lulzbot (.curaproject.3mf) with specific dimensions. Limited capacity. Limit of 1 print per person per month. All prints must be under a 4-hour estimated print time. Prints will be completed by the end of October. Maker staff will notify you when your print is ready to be picked up at the Information Desk on the second floor of the Toms River Branch.    Once registered you will be sent an email with the steps to complete your 3D print submission. If you have any further questions please email sparksslab@theoceancountylibrary.org. If you would like to learn more about 3D printing or how to find a 3D print file, register for open hours for instruction with maker staff. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: MakerSpace Program. Makerspace Filters: 3D Printing. Icon: Maker. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Thursday, September 30, 2021.

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. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, September 30, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Haunted Toms River

Toms River Branch Join us for a virtual exploration of some of Toms River's most notoriously haunted locations! To attend, simply click this link on the day of the event: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87825559719. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Virtual Program. Informational Program. Audience: Teens. Adults. Thursday, September 30, 2021, 11:00 AM – 11:40 AM.

Mah Jongg

Berkeley Branch Weekly play on Thursdays for experienced players of Mah Jongg, starting on 9/23 and continues weekly every month. Players must bring their own set and current card. Register one time, for all sessions.  *There will be no Mah Jong on Thursdays 10/21, 10/28, 11/4. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, September 30, 2021, 1:00 PM – 4:00 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, September 30, 2021, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

CANCELLED - Homework Help

Lakewood Branch Free homework help after school Monday - Thursday 3-6 pm and Friday 3-4:45 pm during the public school year. Sit with a library staff member to help with homework for those 5-12 years old. This is not one-on-one tutoring or reading help. All children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the library.  Ayuda gratuita con la tarea después de la escuela de Lunes a Jueves de 3 a 6 pm y Viernes de 3 a 4: 45 pm durante el año escolar. Siéntese con un miembro del personal de la biblioteca para ayudar con la tarea de sus niños de 5 a 12 años. Este programa no es tutoría individualizada, ni ayuda con la lectura. Todos los niños menores de 8 años deben estar acompañados por un adulto en todo momento mientras estén en la biblioteca. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Thursday, September 30, 2021, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Dive Into YA Lit: Meet Julie Murphy - #1 New York Times bestselling author of ' Dumplin’ and  'Ramona Blue'.

Toms River Branch The Ocean County Library is excited to welcome author, Julie Murphy as part of the Dive Into YA: It’s Not Just For Teens: A Virtual Author Series. Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. After several wonderful years in the library world, Julie now writes full-time.   When she’s not writing or reliving her reference desk glory days, she can be found watching made-for-TV movies, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, and planning her next great travel adventure.   She is also the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novels Dumplin’ (now a film on Netflix), Puddin’ Ramona Blue, and Side Effects May Vary. Dear Sweet Pea is her debut middle grade novel. If The Shoe Fits is her first adult fiction novel.   Check out Julie Murphy's titles in our catalog, on OverDrive, and on hoopla,  Register to receive the Zoom link.  For a list of other authors in this series check out our webpage! This… Branch Location: Virtual. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Virtual Program. Homeschool Program. Professional Development for Educators. Audience: Teens. Adults. Thursday, September 30, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. For more info visit us02web.zoom.us.

Storytime to Go Bundles: Hispanic Heritage Month

Toms River Branch Stop by the Toms River Branch from September 15th- October 15th for picture books perfect for an at-home storytime celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Bundles are available first come first served, while supplies last. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Friday, October 1, 2021.

Friends of the Berkeley Library Book Sale

Berkeley Branch The Friends of the Berkeley Library will host a book sale from October 1st through October 30th at the Berkeley Branch. The sale will feature books, DVDs, audiobooks, CDs, and more! Sales will support the Friends of the Berkeley Library. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Audience: Family. Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Friday, October 1, 2021.

Sofrito: Latin American Base Builder

Lacey Branch Join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and watch the video, “Sofrito: Latin American Base Builder” to learn how to make sofrito. Sofrito is a base used for building flavor in Latin American cuisine. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Hispanic Heritage Month. Virtual Program. Audience: Adults. Friday, October 1, 2021.

Diversability Awareness Month Bingo

Lakewood Branch Celebrate Diversabilbiy Awareness Month by reading the books recommended on our own voices bingo page. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Diversability. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Friday, October 1, 2021.

Exploring the World of Tarot: Virtual Trivia

Lakewood Branch Complete a fun trivia game to be entered into a raffle for a tarot/oracle themed prize. Trivia is available the entire month of October, winner can arrange to pick up their prize from a branch once contacted. Link to come! Branch Location: Virtual. Lakewood Branch. Audience: Adults. Friday, October 1, 2021.

Take & Make: Friday Fun

Manchester Branch Stop by the Manchester Branch for some Friday Fun, a different craft will be available each Friday in the month of October, November and December (except Friday, December 24).  All Take & Make crafts are offered on a first come, first serve, while supplies last basis.  Limit one per child. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Audience: Kids. Family. Friday, October 1, 2021.

Take & Make: I Love Myself Mirror

Stafford Branch In celebration of Diversability Month, pick up an I Love Myself mirror craft inspired by the book You Are Enough: A Book about Inclusion by Margaret O'Hair and Sofia Sanchez. Copies of the book are available in print at the Library and electronically via Axis360. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Audience: Kids. Friday, October 1, 2021.

Dewey Have the Answer?

Upper Shores Branch Have a great question about what it’s like working at a library? Do you want to know some insider tips to do a great storytime, program, or event? Every wonder how the Dewey Decimal system works? We have the answers! Click HERE to submit your question(s)* and listen out for it in an upcoming podcast.  *Please note that not all questions may be answered or answered in the order they are received. Branch Location: All Locations. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Friday, October 1, 2021.

Kids Take & Make: Oktoberfest Alpine Hats

Upper Shores Branch Celebrate Oktoberfest – Germany’s largest festival - by creating your own Alpine hat out of paper. Stop by the branch to pick up the materials and follow along with our tutorial on YouTube. Available while supplies last. Ages 5 – 12. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Family. Friday, October 1, 2021.

Teen Take & Make: Coffee Bean Art

Upper Shores Branch October 1 is World Coffee Day. Stop by the branch to pick up a kit to create your own art using coffee beans. Available while supplies last. Ages 12 – 18. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Friday, October 1, 2021.

Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin

Waretown Branch Stop in the Waretown Branch to guess the weight of the pumpkin without lifting it. Winner gets the pumpkin on October 24th. Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Audience: Family. Friday, October 1, 2021.

October Diversability Virtual Bookshelf

Manchester Branch Please check here on October 1st for a link to a Virtual Bookshelf featuring Books on Diversability. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Diversability. Virtual Program. Audience: Adults. Friday, October 1, 2021, 9:00 AM – Sunday, October 31, 2021, 11:00 PM.

Sensory Space Open

TR Sensory Space Stop by the Sensory Space to reduce stress and anxiety while using the library.  While in the Space, you can engage with stimulating, tactile or calming interactive products.  Time spent in the Space will be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes and availability is on a first come, first serve basis.  Caregiver must be present.  Please stop by the Sensory Office to make arrangements. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Family. Adults. Teens. Tweens. Kids. Type: Open Hours. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Friday, October 1, 2021, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Wycinanki Take & Make

Toms River Branch In honor of Polish Heritage Month, pick up a kit to create your own beautiful Wycinanki (pronounced Vee-chee-non-kee), a Polish paper art form. Use your imagination to form your own design with the paper pieces provided. While supplies last. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Friday, October 1, 2021, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Teen Take & Make: Fiber Arts - Worry Dolls

Jackson Branch It’s the start of a new school year. Don’t waste time worrying about homework and tests – make a Worry Doll. According to Guatemalan folklore, these small, colorful dolls are thought to worry for you, allowing you to sleep peacefully and awake without a care. Ages 12 – 18. Supplies are limited. Registration begins September 15th. Registration ends at 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 30th OR when all spots have been filled. All registrants will be contacted by email when their kit is available for pick-up at the Jackson Branch. Please use a valid email address when you register. We apologize but we cannot send emails to Jackson School district email addresses. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Hispanic Heritage Month. Diversity. Program. Audience: Teens. Friday, October 1, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Kids Take & Make: The Changing Seasons

Long Beach Island Branch Provided by the Long Beach Island branch October 1 at 10am. Available while supplies last, subject to date/time change. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Friday, October 1, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Sensory Storytime Take Home Kit

Plumsted Branch Pick up a storytime kit at the Plumsted branch to take home. Kit will include a story, craft, and assorted rhymes and songs based on a sensory theme. Supplies Limited. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Diversability. Diversity. Program. Audience: Kids. Friday, October 1, 2021, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Virtual Book Talk

Lacey Branch Join us to virtually chat about the latest book you read & check out what others are enjoying. Please register to receive a link to the virtual event. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Virtual Program. Audience: Adults. Friday, October 1, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Chess Club

Manchester Branch Bring your chess sets and play in our large print area. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Friday, October 1, 2021, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Mah Jongg

Stafford Branch Come play Mah Jongg! Please bring your current year gaming cards and game sets. Seats limited. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Friday, October 1, 2021, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

Friday Fun/Viernes de diversión

Lakewood Branch Family craft on Fridays. Manualidades para divertirse con su familia. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Family. Friday, October 1, 2021, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM.

Sensory Space Open

TR Sensory Space Stop by the Sensory Space to reduce stress and anxiety while using the library.  While in the Space, you can engage with stimulating, tactile or calming interactive products.  Time spent in the Space will be limited up to a maximum of 30 minutes and availability is on a first come, first serve basis.  Caregiver must be present.  Please stop by the Sensory Space Office to make arrangements. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Friday, October 1, 2021, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

CANCELLED - Homework Help

Lakewood Branch Free homework help after school Monday - Thursday 3-6 pm and Friday 3-4:45 pm during the public school year. Sit with a library staff member to help with homework for those 5-12 years old. This is not one-on-one tutoring or reading help. All children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the library.  Ayuda gratuita con la tarea después de la escuela de Lunes a Jueves de 3 a 6 pm y Viernes de 3 a 4: 45 pm durante el año escolar. Siéntese con un miembro del personal de la biblioteca para ayudar con la tarea de sus niños de 5 a 12 años. Este programa no es tutoría individualizada, ni ayuda con la lectura. Todos los niños menores de 8 años deben estar acompañados por un adulto en todo momento mientras estén en la biblioteca. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Friday, October 1, 2021, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Upper Shores Book Discussion Group

Upper Shores Branch Come join our monthly book discussion group, new members are always welcome! Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Friday, October 1, 2021, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Stitch It Club (Knitting, Crocheting, Sewing)

Lacey Branch Come knit, crochet, sew, or embroider with fellow stitch it members. Share leisurely conversation & tips. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Audience: Adults. Saturday, October 2, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 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. Saturday, October 2, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

An Afternoon of Flute and Classical Guitar

Brick Branch Marjorie Koharski, Flutist, and Keith Calmes, Guitarist, will perform an hour long program of light classical music. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Concert. Program. Audience: Adults. Icon: Music. Saturday, October 2, 2021, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

CANCELLED - Teen Movie Screening: Vintage Horror

Long Beach Island Branch Have you ever wanted to a see a classic of horror/Halloween cinema? Look no further. On Saturday October 2nd at 2pm, the Long Beach Island library will be showing the film Night of the Living Dead (Not Rated) 1hr 37min. This is a teen program intended for ages 13-18. Registration will open two weeks prior to the event. REG required. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Teens. Saturday, October 2, 2021, 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM.

"Stroll in the Piazza: Italian Music Collection”

Toms River Branch Benvenuti in Italia! Welcome to Italy! Acclaimed International Concert Violinist Dr. David Podles presents the most famous, poignant and celebrated Italian pieces from the Classical beauty of Vivaldi and Paganini to Traditional tarantellas and mazurkas PLUS Italian-American music created by immigration to the U.S. flanked by Opera greats such as Rossini and Puccini. This program will be held in-person at the Toms River branch - registration for this event is required. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Adults. Saturday, October 2, 2021, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.