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Art Exhibit: Artwork of Melissa Hood

Toms River Branch The Ocean County Library is pleased to announce that it will host the Artwork of Melissa Hood. The collection, which will be displayed in the McConnell Gallery during July, consists of Fluid Acrylic and mixed media paintings. Melissa Hood has a M.A. Studio Art from NYU. She has had numerous solo exhibits Idiosyncrasies, Point Pleasant NJ, North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, Plattsburg NY, LARAC, and Glenn Falls NY along with various group exhibitions. She currently teaches at Ocean County Vocational Technical School. Melissa states, “My work is a two-step process of pouring paint and then painting images and designs over the pours. I focus on horses, sea life and nature for inspiration.” Artwork of Melissa Hood is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library at (732)349-6200 ext. 5112, or visit our website at www.theoceancountylibrary.org. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Adults. Saturday, July 21, 2018.

Art Exhibit: Transcentent Mystery of Creation by Barbara Clair Howard

Toms River Branch The Ocean County Library is pleased to announce that it will host Transcendent Mystery of Creation, a month-long exhibit by Barbara Clair Howard. The collection, which will be displayed in the 2nd Floor Gallery during July 2018, consists of Watercolor paintings and collages. Barbara Clair Howard is a retired Marriage and Family Therapist; she considers herself a lifelong artist and has formal training in many aspects of art. She has taught watercolor classes in Ocean County College and the YMCA. Barbara states, “I am basically a water colorist; however, I include collaging, acrylics and pen and ink in my renderings, I enjoy landscapes, barns and lighthouses, and people as subjects of my paintings. My artistic world revolves around dreaming, planning and creating my visions.  I find beauty in the simple and the ugly.” Transcendent Mystery of Creation is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library at (732)349-6200 ext. 5112, or… Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Adults. Saturday, July 21, 2018.

Geography Jam

Toms River Branch Join us for some creative map making with a 3-D globe craft! Registration required; begins July 7. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 8-12. Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Drop In Craft

Stafford Branch Crafting fun for kids and their caregivers. All ages. Drop-in. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Family. Age Range: All ages. Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

LEGO® Play

Island Heights Branch We’ll supply the LEGO® bricks for imaginative free play. Branch Location: Island Heights Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Age Range: Ages 1½ - 8. Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

String of Purls–Knit/Crochet Group

Stafford Branch Needle art lovers whether you’re just learning or already know how, join our group to knit, crochet, embroider, crewel and needlepoint. For beginners, bring size 10 knitting needles and light-colored 4 ply worsted yarn. To crochet bring the same yarn and a size “I” crochet hook. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Adults. Age Range: Ages 10 and up. Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Documentary Saturday

Barnegat Branch Michael Jackson's This Is It: a behind-the-scenes look at Jackson’s concert tour, which would never come to fruition after his tragic death. (PG) 111 min. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Icon: Movie. Saturday, July 21, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:40 PM.

Book Sale - Stock Up on Summer Reading

Toms River Branch The Friends of the Ocean County Library - Toms River will be hosting a pop-up paperback sale outside the library. Stock up on your summer reads while supporting the library.  All proceeds from the sale go to support library activities and programs. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Friends Event. Audience: Kids. Teens. Adults. Tweens. Family. Saturday, July 21, 2018, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Afternoon Movie: Love & Mercy

Little Egg Harbor Branch Behind the fun fun fun of The Beach Boys was the fascinating and genius singer/songwriter Brian Wilson. Love & Mercy presents an unconventional portrait of the iconic Wilson -- portrayed by two actors, Paul Dano in the '60s and John Cusack in the '80s -- and examines his musical brilliance, personal voyage and ultimate salvation. (PG-13) 122 min. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Teens. Adults. Saturday, July 21, 2018, 2:00 PM – 4:15 PM.

Make a Rainstick

Long Beach Island Branch Make and decorate your own rainstick with Debbie Hadley from Wild Jersey. Ages 7 – 12. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Age Range: 7 - 12. Icon: Art. Saturday, July 21, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Slime Making

Manchester Branch Ages 7-12 Stop by and learn how to make slime!  Please register each child separately and please notify staff if you have food allergy concerns.. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 7-12. Saturday, July 21, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Gaming/Videojuegos

Lakewood Branch Play video games. Children must be appropriate ages to participate in the programs. Late arrivals will hinder the ability to complete the activity within the time allotted. Attendees more than 10 minutes late will be turned away. Thank you. Juega videojuegos. Los niños deben tener la edad appropiada para participar en los programas. Las llegadas tardes obstaculizarán la capacidad para completar las actividades dentro del tiempo asignado. Participantes que lleguen más de 10 minutos tarde no serán permitidos. Gracias. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Age Range: 6-12/Edades 6-12. Saturday, July 21, 2018, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Scavenger Hunt #6

Plumsted Branch Weekly Drop-in scavenger hunt for all ages. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: All Ages. Sunday, July 22, 2018 – Saturday, July 28, 2018.

Art Exhibit: Artwork of Melissa Hood

Toms River Branch The Ocean County Library is pleased to announce that it will host the Artwork of Melissa Hood. The collection, which will be displayed in the McConnell Gallery during July, consists of Fluid Acrylic and mixed media paintings. Melissa Hood has a M.A. Studio Art from NYU. She has had numerous solo exhibits Idiosyncrasies, Point Pleasant NJ, North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, Plattsburg NY, LARAC, and Glenn Falls NY along with various group exhibitions. She currently teaches at Ocean County Vocational Technical School. Melissa states, “My work is a two-step process of pouring paint and then painting images and designs over the pours. I focus on horses, sea life and nature for inspiration.” Artwork of Melissa Hood is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library at (732)349-6200 ext. 5112, or visit our website at www.theoceancountylibrary.org. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 23, 2018.

Art Exhibit: Transcentent Mystery of Creation by Barbara Clair Howard

Toms River Branch The Ocean County Library is pleased to announce that it will host Transcendent Mystery of Creation, a month-long exhibit by Barbara Clair Howard. The collection, which will be displayed in the 2nd Floor Gallery during July 2018, consists of Watercolor paintings and collages. Barbara Clair Howard is a retired Marriage and Family Therapist; she considers herself a lifelong artist and has formal training in many aspects of art. She has taught watercolor classes in Ocean County College and the YMCA. Barbara states, “I am basically a water colorist; however, I include collaging, acrylics and pen and ink in my renderings, I enjoy landscapes, barns and lighthouses, and people as subjects of my paintings. My artistic world revolves around dreaming, planning and creating my visions.  I find beauty in the simple and the ugly.” Transcendent Mystery of Creation is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library at (732)349-6200 ext. 5112, or… Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 23, 2018.

Email by Appointment

Toms River Branch Book a one-on-one session to set up a new email account or learn more about the features of your existing email. Please call 732-349-6200 and press option 4 to schedule your appointment. Note: Free email services now require a cell phone number to register or recover a lost password. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 23, 2018.

July Displays

Berkeley Branch 7/1 – 7/31 Meeting Room Art: Ocean County Arts High School Traveling Art Exhibit from the Arts and Education Center Display Case: Vintage License Plates courtesy of Christopher Biele. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Kids. Teens. Adults. Tweens. Family. Monday, July 23, 2018.

Open Play Date

Brick Branch Ages 1 – 3 - Children and their parents are invited to play with age appropriate toys. Drop in. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: Ages 1 – 3. Monday, July 23, 2018, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Bubble Bonanza

Berkeley Branch Play with all kinds of bubbles outside on our patio. Make gigantic bubbles and craft your own bubble wand. Rain date is Friday, 7/27. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Family. Monday, July 23, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Rainbow Rocks Tea Party

Jackson Branch Dress up as your favorite My Little Pony or Equestria Girl Character for this rocking tea party. Please alert us to any allergies when registering. Registration Begins on July 9th at 9am. . Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 3 – 6. Monday, July 23, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

OCL Puppet Show Players presents Children Make Terrible Pets

Little Egg Harbor Branch What happens when a young bear finds a boy in the woods and she wants to keep him for a pet?  This puppet show is based on Peter Brown's Book - Children Make Terrible pets. Registration required. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Family. Age Range: Ages 2 and up. Monday, July 23, 2018, 10:30 AM.

Reading Buddies/Amigos de lectura

Lakewood Branch Reading assistance that matches a teen (finished sixth grade) with a kid. This is not a remedial reading program. Kids going into 1st – 4th grades. Registration Required. Please register each child individually. Children must be appropriate ages to participate in the programs. Late arrivals will hinder the ability to complete the activity within the time allotted. Attendees more than 10 minutes late will be turned away. Thank you. Asistencia de lectura guiado por adolescentes (terminaron el sexto grado) con un niño. No es un programa de lectura correctiva. Para niños que se encuentren en 1er a 4to grado. Favor de Registrarse. Por favor registre cada niño individualmente. Los niños deben tener la edad appropiada para participar en los programas. Las llegadas tardes obstaculizarán la capacidad para completar las actividades dentro del tiempo asignado. Participantes que lleguen más de 10 minutos tarde no serán permitidos. Gracias. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 1st – 4th grades/1er a 4to grado. Monday, July 23, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Astronaut Training Camp

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Let your little ones explore space and beyond with this fun, interactive program. Presented by the S.A.I.L teens Please Register. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: Ages 3-8. Monday, July 23, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

English Conversation Group

Stafford Branch English Conversation Group Practice your English speaking skills. All welcome. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 23, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Sciencetellers Present "Wild West: The Mystery of the Golden Piano"

Stafford Branch Grab your spurs and journey with us to the Wild West, where a legendary bank-robbing outlaw is back in town, about to strike again.  Volunteers from the audience will help us explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, combustion, air pressure, inertia and more. All ages. Please register. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Family. Age Range: all ages. Monday, July 23, 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Adult Craft: T-Shirt Produce Bags

Lacey Branch Adult Craft: T-Shirt Produce Bags Take your old T-Shirts and recycle them into fancy produce bags you can use whenever you go food shopping. Please bring your own T-Shirt. Beginner crafters welcome. Please register. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 23, 2018, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM.

Stitch at the Beach

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Bring your needles and yarn and join our Knitting group. All skill levels welcome.  Please register. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Age Range: Adults. Monday, July 23, 2018, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Monday Movies

Barnegat Branch 7/2: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG-13) 152 min. 7/9: Thor: Ragnarok (PG-13) 130 min. 7/16: The Greatest Showman (PG) 105 min. 7/23: Coco (PG) 109 min. 7/30: Murder on the Orient Express (PG-13) 114 min. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Icon: Movie. Monday, July 23, 2018, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Your Medications: An Overview

Plumsted Branch This presentation will demonstrate reading a medication label, and interpreting the label’s meaning. It will also review generic medications, formularies and tiers which are often a part of most prescription plans.  As safety is always a concern, storage and disposal of medications as well as safety tips and resources will be reviewed. Available in Spanish. Free screenings by a registered nurse will be available following the program. Included: health and wellness information, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose screenings. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 23, 2018, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

RCE Ocean County Master Gardeners Diagnostic Clinic

Stafford Branch RCE Ocean County Master Gardeners Diagnostic Clinic The Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Ocean County Master Gardener team will be available to answer any questions you may have. Bring in your dying or diseased cuttings for diagnosis and remedies. The Master Gardeners will be at the library throughout the summer so be sure to check our calendar for these dates and times. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 23, 2018, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Musical Mondays: Les Miserables

Berkeley Branch Join us every Monday for a great musical movie. Please register for each week  Les Miserables:  A French ex-convict pursued by an unforgiving police officer, takes in an orphaned girl. 2012 (PG-13) 158 min. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Icon: Movie. Monday, July 23, 2018, 2:00 PM – 4:28 PM.

Edible Campfires

Brick Branch Children/Families - We’ll make campfires with different kinds of food and sit around them telling ghost stories. Please register each child individually; include the child's complete first name, last name, and age. Enter email (optional) only once per family. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Age Range: Children/Families. Monday, July 23, 2018, 2:00 PM.

Healthy Smoothies

Jackson Branch Learn to prepare healthy smoothies with Giavonna Carbonello, Registered Dietitian with the Perlmutter Family ShopRites. Registration is required and opens on July 5, 2018. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Adults. Age Range: Adults 18+. Monday, July 23, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Building Smoothies

Long Beach Island Branch Cool off and enjoy samples as Amy shows you how to make a variety smoothies using unique ingredients. Ages 10 through adult. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Family. Age Range: 10 and up. Monday, July 23, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Mermaid Storytime

Manchester Branch Ages 4-9 A story and a craft with a real mermaid! Please register each child separately. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 4-9. Monday, July 23, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Google Chrome Basics

Brick Branch Learn basic browsing tips, customization, bookmarking, and adjusting privacy settings. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 23, 2018, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Maker Monday: Weird Art

Lakewood Branch "Every Monday get creative with a new weird art project". Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Teens. Age Range: 12-18. Monday, July 23, 2018, 2:30 PM.

Movie Mondays/Lunes de pelicula

Lakewood Branch Watch a “G” or “PG” rated film.  Children must be appropriate ages to participate in the programs. Late arrivals will hinder the ability to complete the activity within the time allotted. Attendees more than 10 minutes late will be turned away. Thank you. Ven a ver una pelicula clasificada "G" o "PG". Los niños deben tener la edad appropiada para participar en los programas. Las llegadas tardes obstaculizarán la capacidad para completar las actividades dentro del tiempo asignado. Participantes que lleguen más de 10 minutos tarde no serán permitidos. Gracias. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Family. Age Range: All ages/Todas las Edades. Monday, July 23, 2018, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Tween Maker Monday

Lacey Branch Every Monday we’ll have a fun new craft to try! Ages 11-18. Please register. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Teens. Tweens. Age Range: Ages 11-17. Monday, July 23, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Board Game Afternoon

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Paly some of our board games, or bring your own. Teens and families are welcome. Please register. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Teens. Adults. Age Range: Teens and Families. Monday, July 23, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Sciencetellers: Wild West Show

Upper Shores Branch Ages 5+. Grab your spurs and journey with us to the Wild West, where a legendary bank-robbing outlaw is back in town, about to strike again. Volunteers from the audience will help us explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, combustion, air pressure, inertia and more. Sponsored by the Friends of the Upper Shores Branch.  Please register each child individually; include the child's complete first name, last name, and age. Enter email (optional) only once per family. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: Ages 5+. Monday, July 23, 2018, 3:00 PM.

Intermediate Chess

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Learn tips and techniques in this fun-filled class. For ages 10 and up. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Teens. Tweens. Age Range: 10 and up. Monday, July 23, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Hotel Transylvania

Beachwood Branch Get ready for Hotel Transylvania 3 by watching the first film. Enjoy games, a snack, and a craft. All ages welcome. (PG) 92 min. Branch Location: Beachwood Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Family. Monday, July 23, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Evening Film: Soul Surfer

Jackson Branch A teen attempts a comeback at championship surfing after losing an arm in a shark attack. Based on a true story. Rated: (PG) 106 min. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 23, 2018, 6:00 PM.

Investing on Long Beach Island

Long Beach Island Branch All are welcome. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 23, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Dessert & a Movie: 12 Strong

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch A U.S. Special Forces unit learn to fight on horseback as part of a mission in Afghanistan to strike back against the Taliban. Based on a true story. (R) 130 mins. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 23, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

The Art of DJing

Stafford Branch Learn the basic skills of a professional DJ with the Music in Motion DJ Team. This workshop will help develop creativity; musical talent; and mathematical and public speaking skills while teens have fun mixing music, selecting songs, and engaging audiences. Please register. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Teens. Age Range: 12-18. Monday, July 23, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Sciencetellers Present “Wild West: Mystery of the Golden Piano”

Waretown Branch Explore the science behind chemical reactions, combustion, and more! Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Age Range: Ages 5-12. Monday, July 23, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Read to the Dogs

Jackson Branch Pick your favorite book and read to one of the Reading Therapy Certified dogs. Please register in person at the Children's desk for one 15 min time slot. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 5 and up. Monday, July 23, 2018, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM.

Girls Club

Toms River Branch Registration required; begins Monday, July 9th. Come hang out with the club! Ages 8-12. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 8 - 12. Monday, July 23, 2018, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

The Yarn Dolls

Berkeley Branch Knit or crochet with the Yarn Dolls.  Bring along your unfinished projects. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 23, 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Cattus Island: Live Animal Talk for Teens!

Island Heights Branch Join a naturalist from Cattus Island County Park as they dispel the myths and fears of reptiles. Come see live snakes and turtles as we discuss the characteristics and conservation of these native species. Branch Location: Island Heights Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Program. Audience: Teens. Monday, July 23, 2018, 6:30 PM.

Knit-Chat-Chain Volunteers

Jackson Branch Are you tired of knitting and crocheting alone?  Would you like to learn to knit or crochet?  Join our fun group of hook and needle experts.  If you are new to the craft we will teach you new skills.  Come make new friends, have a few laughs, brush up on an old skill or learn a new one.  Bring your UFOs (UnFinished Objects).  Everybody is welcome.  Patterns are available.  We have recently donated to Your Grandmother's Cupboard, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, and MMSC. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 23, 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

English Conversation Group - Monday nights

Lakewood Branch This program is for you if you've learned some English and want to practice speaking it with other English language learners.  Improve your accents, learn new vocabulary and American slang and become familiar with people from other cultures. Come any Monday night and practice with native English speakers and other people from a variety of countries.  We have friendly, informative meetings.  Everyone is welcome!  No registration is necessary. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. Audience: Adults. Monday, July 23, 2018, 6:30 PM.

Mah Jongg

Plumsted Branch Join us for all of the fun and informative Mah Jongg sessions. All beginners through advanced are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Age Range: Adults. Monday, July 23, 2018, 6:30 PM.

Magical Underground Presented by the Amazing V

Tuckerton Branch This program is packed with colorful, comedic magic and tons of audience participation. This is one program that mixes geology and rock music and will have children and families excited about digging into a good book. REG. Branch Location: Tuckerton Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Family. Age Range: All Ages. Monday, July 23, 2018, 6:30 PM.

Make a Rainstick presented by WILD Jersey

Lacey Branch Make and decorate your own rainstick with Debbie Hadley from WILD Jersey. For ages 7 - 12.  Please register, beginning on July 9th. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Age Range: Ages 7 - 12. Monday, July 23, 2018, 7:00 PM.

Art Exhibit: Artwork of Melissa Hood

Toms River Branch The Ocean County Library is pleased to announce that it will host the Artwork of Melissa Hood. The collection, which will be displayed in the McConnell Gallery during July, consists of Fluid Acrylic and mixed media paintings. Melissa Hood has a M.A. Studio Art from NYU. She has had numerous solo exhibits Idiosyncrasies, Point Pleasant NJ, North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, Plattsburg NY, LARAC, and Glenn Falls NY along with various group exhibitions. She currently teaches at Ocean County Vocational Technical School. Melissa states, “My work is a two-step process of pouring paint and then painting images and designs over the pours. I focus on horses, sea life and nature for inspiration.” Artwork of Melissa Hood is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library at (732)349-6200 ext. 5112, or visit our website at www.theoceancountylibrary.org. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

Art Exhibit: Transcentent Mystery of Creation by Barbara Clair Howard

Toms River Branch The Ocean County Library is pleased to announce that it will host Transcendent Mystery of Creation, a month-long exhibit by Barbara Clair Howard. The collection, which will be displayed in the 2nd Floor Gallery during July 2018, consists of Watercolor paintings and collages. Barbara Clair Howard is a retired Marriage and Family Therapist; she considers herself a lifelong artist and has formal training in many aspects of art. She has taught watercolor classes in Ocean County College and the YMCA. Barbara states, “I am basically a water colorist; however, I include collaging, acrylics and pen and ink in my renderings, I enjoy landscapes, barns and lighthouses, and people as subjects of my paintings. My artistic world revolves around dreaming, planning and creating my visions.  I find beauty in the simple and the ugly.” Transcendent Mystery of Creation is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library at (732)349-6200 ext. 5112, or… Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

Email by Appointment

Toms River Branch Book a one-on-one session to set up a new email account or learn more about the features of your existing email. Please call 732-349-6200 and press option 4 to schedule your appointment. Note: Free email services now require a cell phone number to register or recover a lost password. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

CANCELED - Ancestry® Library Edition for Beginners

Toms River Branch Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

English Conversation Group

Toms River Branch New to speaking English? Join us and talk about current events and other subjects. New members welcome. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 10:00 AM.

Introduction to the Internet

Jackson Branch Learn how to create and format a document.  Topics will include writing text, changing the size and color of words, printing, and more! Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Excel II

Lakewood Branch Use Excel® to perform mathematical and logical functions, work with multiple sheets, and format cells. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Makey Music Fun

Long Beach Island Branch Can you make music using circuits, a laptop, and snacks? Anything’s possible with Makey Makey. Ages 7+. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Teens. Tweens. Age Range: 7 and up. Icon: Music. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

TechTopic: Hoopla

Barnegat Branch Learn how to use the hoopla for free with your library card to access movies, TV shows, music, comics, eBooks, and audiobooks from your smart phone or computer. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Teens. Adults. Tweens. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Mermaid Storytime

Toms River Branch Registration required; Begins July10th Meet and greet a real mermaid.  She’ll read mermaid stories, and do a fun craft. All ages. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Family. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

eLibraryNJ for Kindle

Brick Branch Browse and borrow free eBooks for your Kindle. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Punk Rock Storytime

Brick Branch Children/Families - Rock out with punk rock stories, games and crafts. Please register each child individually; include the child's complete first name, last name, and age. Enter email (optional) only once per family. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: Children/Families. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 10:30 AM.

In the Dragon's Lair

Lacey Branch We'll be sharing some dragon stories and lore and creating magical dragon's eggs.  For ages 5 - 8.  Please register, beginning on July 10th. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Age Range: Ages 5 - 8. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 10:30 AM.

Friends of the Little Egg Harbor Branch Meeting

Little Egg Harbor Branch New members are always welcome. Join us and support your local library. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Friends Event. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Rock Hard Fitness

Plumsted Branch Join us for a martial arts fitness program designed to get kids ages 6-12 moving and having fun. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 6-12. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Rock & Roll Storytime

Stafford Branch Stories, music, dancing, and a craft. Ages 2-6. Please register. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 2-6. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

OCL Puppet Show Players Present: Children Make Terrible Pets

Tuckerton Branch What happens when a young bear finds a boy in the woods and she wants to keep him for a pet? This puppet show is based on Peter Brown’s Children Make Terrible Pets. Ages 2 and up. REG. Branch Location: Tuckerton Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Family. Age Range: Ages 2 and up. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 10:30 AM.

Book Discussion - Commonwealth

Lakewood Branch Written by acclaimed, bestselling author Ann Patchett, Commonwealth tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives. Copies of the book are available at the information desk. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 11:00 AM.

Parachute Playtime

Waretown Branch Parachute fun. Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Age Range: Ages 4 and up. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Campfire Storytime

Jackson Branch An afternoon storytime around the campfire. Please alert us to any allergies when registering. Registration Begins July 10th at 9am. . Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 3 – 6. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Adult Writers Group

Long Beach Island Branch All are welcome. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Tech Buddies

Brick Branch Need help using your cell phone? Tablet? The Internet? Come in for a one-on-one 30 minute tutorial with a teen volunteer in the device of your choice. Call or visit the reference desk to make your appointment. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

Yosi "Friends Around the World"

Manchester Branch Family Play along with Yosi!  First, join us to decorate your own paper plate maraca.  Then, use your maraca to play along with Yosi as he performs his multicultural, interactive and educational concert filled with songs, humor, dances and musical instruments from around the world!  Please register each child separately. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: Family. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Tech Buddies

Toms River Branch Need help to program your phone? Not sure what your new tablet can do? Want to get library books on your ereader? Our teen volunteers can help you with all these problems and more! Spend a half hour with a teen volunteer who will help you navigate your technology problems. Drop by the computer lab for help; no need to register. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Rhythm and Drums

Beachwood Branch Join music educator Julie Bunucci for a drum circle complete with games, songs, and rhythm fun. A variety of drums provided for all participants to use. Ages 5 – 12. Branch Location: Beachwood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: Ages 5- 12. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Adult Craft: Rock Painting (2 pm session)

Berkeley Branch 2 pm or 6:30 pm Please choose only one session when registering. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Library. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Icon: Maker. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Magical Underground Presented by the Amazing V

Island Heights Branch This program is packed with colorful, comedic magic and tons of audience participation. This is one program that mixes geology and rock music and will have children and families excited about digging into a good book. Branch Location: Island Heights Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Teens. Adults. Tweens. Family. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 2:00 PM.

Sewing Camp: Sewing 101

Jackson Branch Learn the basics of hand sewing, simple embroidery, and how to use a sewing machine. Ages 11 – 18. Registration begins July 9th. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Age Range: Ages 11 – 18. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Lacey Branch Tips on how to buy fruits and vegetables at a low cost, how to plan home meals and how to save money on food commonly consume at home.  Free Screenings by a registered nurse will be available following the program. Included: Health and Wellness information, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings.  Please register. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

RCE Ocean County Master Gardeners - Extending veggie growing season

Stafford Branch extending veggie growing season REG. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Informational Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Adult Craft

Barnegat Branch Make a patriotic wreath from clothespins. Please register. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Reading Buddies/Amigos de lectura

Lakewood Branch Reading assistance that matches a teen (finished sixth grade) with a kid. This is not a remedial reading program. Kids going into 1st – 4th grades. Registration Required. Please register each child individually. Children must be appropriate ages to participate in the programs. Late arrivals will hinder the ability to complete the activity within the time allotted. Attendees more than 10 minutes late will be turned away. Thank you. Asistencia de lectura guiado por adolescentes (terminaron el sexto grado) con un niño. No es un programa de lectura correctiva. Para niños que se encuentren en 1er a 4to grado. Favor de Registrarse. Por favor registre cada niño individualmente. Los niños deben tener la edad appropiada para participar en los programas. Las llegadas tardes obstaculizarán la capacidad para completar las actividades dentro del tiempo asignado. Participantes que lleguen más de 10 minutos tarde no serán permitidos. Gracias. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 1st – 4th grades/1er a 4to grado. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Beginning Pinterest

Stafford Branch C – 7/24, 2:30 am, Tuesday Beginning Pinterest Interested in learning Pinterest, now is your chance. REG. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Teen - TableTop Tuesdays

Berkeley Branch Teens, every Tuesday is tabletop Tuesdays!  Come in after school and play your favorite board games in the teen zone!  Bring your own games or select from our collection.  Don't forget to tell your friends. 3p.m. - 8:30p.m. at Berkeley Library. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Age Range: 12-18. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

The Lizard Guys

Upper Shores Branch Ages 5+ w/adult. Silly Billy from The Lizard Guys will educate and entertain with his live animal presentations of lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs and more.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Upper Shores Branch.  Please register each child individually; include the child's complete first name, last name, and age. Enter email (optional) only once per family. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Teens. Tweens. Age Range: Ages 5+ w/adult. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 3:00 PM.

Summer STEM: Sharknado!

Waretown Branch Celebrate Shark Week with a Sharknado STEM project. Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: Ages 7 and up. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Community Quilt Drop-In

Toms River Branch Ocean County Reaching Across Faith Traditions (RAFT) invites residents to contribute to a community quilt that symbolizes the beautiful diversity of our county. Come to the library’s MakerSpace on Tuesday nights (5 – 7 pm) or Wednesday mornings (11am - 12 pm). RAFT will provide a fabric swatch; participants will bring other supplies with which to create the story of their unique background. A limited number of patches are available, so don't delay. Artistic skills are not required! An unveiling ceremony of the finished quilt will be held at the library on October 23rd at 6:30pm in Mancini Hall. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Icon: Maker. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

RPG Night

Toms River Branch Play in new worlds as characters you create! Each month play a new role playing game. Beginners welcome! Limited space available. Be sure to register! This month play in the fantasy landscape of Dungeons & Dragon 5th edition. . Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Age Range: 12 - 18. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Gmail 101

Brick Branch Come and learn the basics of Gmail, including how to create an e-mail account, how to compose an email, how to print, and how to access various folders. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Make It: Healthy Cooking/Crea: Cocina saludable

Lakewood Branch Learn how to prepare a healthy meal with a licensed nutritionist. Registration Required. Please register each child individually. Children must be appropriate ages to participate in the programs. Late arrivals will hinder the ability to complete the activity within the time allotted. Attendees more than 10 minutes late will be turned away. Thank you. Aprende a preparar una comida saludable con un nutricionista certificado.  Los niños deben tener la edad appropiada para participar en los programas. Las llegadas tardes obstaculizarán la capacidad para completar las actividades dentro del tiempo asignado. Participantes que lleguen más de 10 minutos tarde no serán permitidos. Gracias. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Teens. Tweens. Age Range: 8-16/Edades 8-16. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

The Amazing V

Little Egg Harbor Branch Magical Underground Presented by the Amazing V.  The program is packed with colorful, comedic magic and tons of audience participation.  This is one program that mixes geology and rock music and will have children and families excited about digging into a good book. Registration required. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Family. Age Range: All ages. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 6:00 PM.

Teen Coffee House Open-Mic

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Do you sing or play an instrument?  Come perform for your friends and family.  Ages 12-18 only, though encouraging audience members of any age are welcome. Registration is requried. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Tweens. Age Range: Ages 12-18. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Adult Craft: Rock Painting (6:30 session)

Berkeley Branch 2 pm or 6:30 pm Please choose only one session when registering. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Library. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Icon: Maker. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Juggling with Jared

Berkeley Branch Whether you want to learn how to juggle or are already a beginner or a pro come join Jared and friends for some great juggling fun. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Family. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Meet Seeing Eye Dogs

Manchester Branch Family Learn how puppies are trained in their first year to prepare them to become future Seeing Eye Dogs that guide the blind. Please register each child separately. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: Family. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Island Beach: A Sonnet in the Sands

Toms River Branch Join Gordon Hesse, author of Island Beach: a sonnet in the sands, as he presents a program of the photographic splendor and history of Island Beach. This book has just won the 2017 first-place award for non-fiction-history from the National Federation of Press Women, which is an aggregation of U.S. broadcast, journalist and writer associations.  The Judge’s comments said  “the depth of history and research was profound,” and it is “an excellent sample of in-depth …. story-telling.” Please register. Registration begins on June 26, 2018. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

English Conversation Group

Brick Branch Improve your English conversational skills in an enjoyable and casual setting. All are welcome. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7:00 PM.

Summer Swing Orchestra

Lacey Branch The SummerSwing Orchestra, under the direction of multi-instrumentalist Steve Kaplan, will be performing music from the Big Band swing era in memory of the late Executive Board Member of the Friends of the Lacey Library, Marie Mundrick. The musicians are some of the finest in New Jersey. So please join us to enjoy some of the most energetic and memorable music from the Big Bang era! This program sponsored by Friends of the Lacey Library in memory of Marie Mundrick. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Concert. Friends Event. Program. Audience: Family. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

English Conversation Group

Little Egg Harbor Branch Come and join our group and practice speaking English. Work on your accent and vocabulary. New members welcome. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Adult Book Discussion

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah The book is a firsthand account of Beah's time as a child soldier during the civil war in Sierra Leone. Beah ran away from his village at the age of 12 after it was attacked by rebels, and he became forever separated from his immediate family. He wandered the war-filled country and was forced to join an army unit who brainwashed him into using guns and drugs. By 13, he had perpetuated and witnessed a great deal of violence. At the age of 16, however, UNICEF removed him from the unit and put him into a rehabilitation program. There he was able to find his uncle that would adopt him. With the help of some of the staff he was able to return to a civilian life and get off drugs. He was then given an opportunity to teach others about child soldiers. He traveled the United States recounting his story. Please Register. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Program. Audience: Adults. Age Range: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

4 Seasons of Birding in Ocean County

Upper Shores Branch Join Susan Puder, photographer/author of New Jersey Birds and Beyond and president of the Southern Ocean County Birding Group.  Learn how to identify birds, why New Jersey is such an important state to view birds, what equipment & locations work best.  The program is for both beginning birders and those wanting to learn more about this fast growing outdoor activity. Please register online or by phone. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7:00 PM.

English Conversation Group

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Are you new to speaking English? Join our group and talk about current events and other subjects. New members welcome.  Please register. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. Program. Audience: Adults. Age Range: Adults. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Art Exhibit: Artwork of Melissa Hood

Toms River Branch The Ocean County Library is pleased to announce that it will host the Artwork of Melissa Hood. The collection, which will be displayed in the McConnell Gallery during July, consists of Fluid Acrylic and mixed media paintings. Melissa Hood has a M.A. Studio Art from NYU. She has had numerous solo exhibits Idiosyncrasies, Point Pleasant NJ, North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, Plattsburg NY, LARAC, and Glenn Falls NY along with various group exhibitions. She currently teaches at Ocean County Vocational Technical School. Melissa states, “My work is a two-step process of pouring paint and then painting images and designs over the pours. I focus on horses, sea life and nature for inspiration.” Artwork of Melissa Hood is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library at (732)349-6200 ext. 5112, or visit our website at www.theoceancountylibrary.org. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

Art Exhibit: Transcentent Mystery of Creation by Barbara Clair Howard

Toms River Branch The Ocean County Library is pleased to announce that it will host Transcendent Mystery of Creation, a month-long exhibit by Barbara Clair Howard. The collection, which will be displayed in the 2nd Floor Gallery during July 2018, consists of Watercolor paintings and collages. Barbara Clair Howard is a retired Marriage and Family Therapist; she considers herself a lifelong artist and has formal training in many aspects of art. She has taught watercolor classes in Ocean County College and the YMCA. Barbara states, “I am basically a water colorist; however, I include collaging, acrylics and pen and ink in my renderings, I enjoy landscapes, barns and lighthouses, and people as subjects of my paintings. My artistic world revolves around dreaming, planning and creating my visions.  I find beauty in the simple and the ugly.” Transcendent Mystery of Creation is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library at (732)349-6200 ext. 5112, or… Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

Email by Appointment

Toms River Branch Book a one-on-one session to set up a new email account or learn more about the features of your existing email. Please call 732-349-6200 and press option 4 to schedule your appointment. Note: Free email services now require a cell phone number to register or recover a lost password. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

Playdate

Manchester Branch Ages 1-5 Come to the library today for some fun playing with friends and our toys in the meeting room.  Little ones with a caregiver are welcome for some free play time.  Please register for one session as space is limited and please register each child separately. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 1-5. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.

English Conversation Group

Toms River Branch New to speaking English? Join us and talk about current events and other subjects.  New members welcome. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 10:00 AM.

Creative Writing Rocks at the Library

Brick Branch Ages 7 and Up - Recharge with great tips to make your expressive writing rock and roll. Please register each child individually; include the child's complete first name, last name, and age. Enter email (optional) only once per family. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Age Range: Ages 7 and Up. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Mother Goose Time

Lacey Branch Rhythm, rhyme, music and movement for babies up to 18 months with a caregiver.  Please register, beginning on July 11th. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: For babies up to 18 months with a caregiver. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 10:00 AM.

Coding II

Lakewood Branch Learn CSS basics. REG. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Playdate

Manchester Branch Ages 1-5 Come to the library today for some fun playing with friends and our toys in the meeting room.  Little ones with a caregiver are welcome for some free play time.  Please register for one session as space is limited and please register each child separately. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 1-5. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Story Time With Miss Mary Ann

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Please join us for storytime with Miss Mary Ann.  Ages 3-5 years.  Registration is required. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: Program. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 3-5 yrs. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Community Quilt Drop-In

Toms River Branch Ocean County Reaching Across Faith Traditions (RAFT) invites residents to contribute to a community quilt that symbolizes the beautiful diversity of our county. Come to the library’s MakerSpace on Tuesday nights (5 – 7 pm) or Wednesday mornings (11am - 12 pm). RAFT will provide a fabric swatch; participants will bring other supplies with which to create the story of their unique background. A limited number of patches are available, so don't delay. Artistic skills are not required! An unveiling ceremony of the finished quilt will be held at the library on October 23rd at 6:30pm in Mancini Hall. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Icon: Maker. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Computer Lab Drop-In Computer Help

Stafford Branch Stop in for any hands-on computer help you may need. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Rock Painting

Little Egg Harbor Branch Learn and practice the art of painting rocks. Registration required. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: Ages 9 - 14. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 12:00 PM.

Feature Film - Black Panther

Manchester Branch T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T'Challa's father's mistake. (PG-13) 134 min. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 12:30 PM – 2:44 PM.

Drop In Mystery Craft

Jackson Branch Our S.A.I.L. volunteers are prepping crafts for you to make. 1 pm & 5 pm. No Registration Required. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Family. Age Range: 5 – 10. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 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. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Threads Club

Plumsted Branch Join our fine handicraft group as they work on their unique projects and share skills. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Mah Jongg Club

Waretown Branch Beginners welcome. Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Age Range: Adult. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Cattus Island: Live Animal Talk for Teens

Berkeley Branch Join a naturalist from Cattus Island County Park as they dispel the myths and fears of reptiles. Come see live snakes and turtles as we discuss the characteristics and conservation of these native species. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Age Range: 12-18. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Hogwarts Summer School

Brick Branch Ages 6 and Up - Week 3: We’ll focus on Care of Magical Creatures and see how many we can find in the library. Please register each child individually; include the child's complete first name, last name, and age. Enter email (optional) only once per family. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Age Range: Ages 6 and Up. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 2:00 PM.

Summertime Lemonade Floral Arrangement

Jackson Branch Join Tracy from Whiting Flower Shoppe to create your own floral arrangement. Registration is required and opens on July 9, 2018. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Age Range: Adults 18+. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Snap Circuit Spin Art

Lacey Branch For ages 11-17. Please register. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Teens. Tweens. Age Range: Ages 11-17. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Korean Fun

Lakewood Branch Watch Korean dramas and listen to your favorite K-pop Bands. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. Audience: Teens. Age Range: 12-18. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 2:00 PM.

Rock ‘n’ Roll

Long Beach Island Branch Use your imagination to roll a masterpiece to take home. Please register children only (adults should not register themselves.). Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Tweens. Age Range: 10 - 17. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Aromatherapy for Calming

Plumsted Branch Blend essential healing oils into children’s clay. This program will provide hands-on information about healing oils for children. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Family. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Harold Shale: The Comet with No Tail

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Way out in space, far from the Earth, there’s a place called the Ort Cloud where baby comets are born. Once they learn what they are, baby comets, also called puppy comets, need to get an orbit and a tail. Take a trip through the solar system with Harold as he makes friends searching for his orbit and help Harold discover the way to get his tail. How? You’ll Find Out! An interactive storybook presentation offered by the Planetarium at the Ocean County College.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Point Pleasant Beach Branch. Please Register. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Program. Storytime. Audience: Family. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Doodle Hour

Tuckerton Branch Stop by for a relaxing afternoon of adult coloring. Branch Location: Tuckerton Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Arty Party

Barnegat Branch Come dressed to make a mess as we make art with different mediums. Ages 7+. REG. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 7+. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Radical Record Day

Stafford Branch Learn about vinyl records and record players, then make your own album art while we listen to some old favorites. Ages 5-12. Please register. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 5-12. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Sparks's Lab Drop-in Sewing

Toms River Branch Drop-in sewing at the Sparks's Lab maker space. Must have proficient sewing skills. This is a maker program for teens and adults. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Adults. Age Range: 13+. Icon: Maker. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

The Amazing V: Magical Underground Show

Upper Shores Branch Family. Presented by the Amazing V this program is packed with colorful comedic magic and tons of audience participation. This is one program that mixes geology and rock music and will have children and families excited about digging into a good book. Sponsored by the Friends of the Upper Shores Branch.  Please register each child individually; include the child's complete first name, last name, and age. Enter email (optional) only once per family. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Family. Age Range: Family. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 3:00 PM.

Feature Film - Black Panther

Manchester Branch T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T'Challa's father's mistake. (PG-13) 134 min. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 3:15 PM – 5:29 PM.

Make It: Smoothies/Crea: Batidos

Lakewood Branch Make a refreshing fruit smoothie. Registration Required. Please register each child individually. Children must be appropriate ages to participate in the programs. Late arrivals will hinder the ability to complete the activity within the time allotted. Attendees more than 10 minutes late will be turned away. Thank you. Prepara un batido de frutas. Los niños deben tener la edad appropiada para participar en los programas. Las llegadas tardes obstaculizarán la capacidad para completar las actividades dentro del tiempo asignado. Participantes que lleguen más de 10 minutos tarde no serán permitidos. Gracias. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Age Range: 8-12/Edades 8-12. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Love Your Selfie: Class for Teens

Brick Branch This workshop is designed to help teens who are facing insecurity and anxiety to build self-confidence in this image-obsessed culture. Attendees will learn: • Effective Methods to Deal with Difficult Situations • Setting Daily Intentions/Visualization • Meditation…for inner guidance & quieting the chatter of the mind • Breathwork • Yoga • Journaling. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Middle Schoolers Code

Toms River Branch Make fun projects and learn how to code. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Tweens. Age Range: 11-13. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Drop In Mystery Craft

Jackson Branch Our S.A.I.L. volunteers are prepping crafts for you to make. Family Program. No Registration Required. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Family. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Video Game Night

Lakewood Branch Open video gaming. We supply large screen TV w/HD, PS3,WiiU, XBOX360, Wii, PS4, XBOXONE. Feel free to use the games we have in stock, check out one from the shelf or bring your own from home. Set up a tournament with your friends!!!! Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Teens. Age Range: 12-18. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 5:30 PM.

Car Hunters

Brick Branch Learn to search the Internet to find the best deal on a new or used car.  We will also visit kbb.com. REG. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Pajama Storytime

Brick Branch Children/Families - Join us for a few peaceful bedtime stories, and feel free to come in pajamas and with stuffed buddies or blankets. Please register each child individually; include the child's complete first name, last name, and age. Enter email (optional) only once per family. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: Children/Families. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:00 PM.

Evening Film: Small Town Crime

Lacey Branch Evening Film: "Small Town Crime" An alcoholic ex-cop tries to solve the murder of a woman he found left for dead by the road. He probes her life and learns she was involved in a blackmail scheme, but his investigation ends up putting his family in danger. (R) 91 min Enjoy a movie on our big screen.  Bring your own popcorn.  Please register. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Ice Cream Cone Craft/Manualidad de un Cono de Helado

Lakewood Branch A colorful, paper craft ice cream cone. Registration Required. Please register each child individually. Children must be appropriate ages to participate in the programs. Late arrivals will hinder the ability to complete the activity within the time allotted. Attendees more than 10 minutes late will be turned away. Thank you. Un colorido cono de helado de papel.  Los niños deben tener la edad appropiada para participar en los programas. Las llegadas tardes obstaculizarán la capacidad para completar las actividades dentro del tiempo asignado. Participantes que lleguen más de 10 minutos tarde no serán permitidos. Gracias. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Teens. Age Range: 4+/Edades 4+. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Feature Film - Black Panther

Manchester Branch T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T'Challa's father's mistake. (PG-13) 134 min. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:14 PM.

Feature Film

Stafford Branch Only the Brave Rated PG-13. 133min. Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters who risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Learn to Play King of New York®

Barnegat Branch Learn to play this popular tabletop game with staff from Trotta’s Hobbies in Barnegat. Ages 10+. Please register. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Adults. Tweens. Age Range: Ages 10+. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Teen Drop-In Gaming

Barnegat Branch Play Wii® WiiU® XBox360® card games and board games. Drop in, ages 12 – 18. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Program. Audience: Teens. Age Range: Ages 12 - 18. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Let's Rock! Children's Drop-in Geology Program

Toms River Branch Rocks and minerals are endlessly fascinating.  Drop-in to look at some special specimens! Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 0 -12. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Shakespeare Revealed

Toms River Branch Did Shakespeare truly write the works credited to him? Christy A. Schmidt will explore authorship theories along with other mysteries in art and literature. She will also sign copies of her novel, Treasure, on which this program is based. Registration required. Registration begins on June 27, 2018. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Rhythm and Drums

Berkeley Branch Join music educator Julie Bunucci for a drum circle complete with games, songs, and rhythm fun. A variety of drums will be provided for all participants to use. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Age Range: 5 - 12. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

4H Yoga for Kids

Jackson Branch 4-H Yoga for Kids is a fun way to stay active indoors, learn new ways to stretch, and have fun. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat if you have one. If not, one will be provided. Run in collaboration with Ocean County 4-H. Please Register. Registration Begins July 11th at 9am. . Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 6 – 12. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

All About Autism

Jackson Branch A Discussion and Support Group for Caregivers. Will meet at the Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library.Teen volunteers will run supervised activities for your children who are 12 or under.  When you register, please let us know whether you will be bringing your child. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Diversability. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Basic Car Maintenance

Little Egg Harbor Branch Learn how to change a flat tire, check the oil, jump start your car and more. Please register. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Get Your Knit On: Knit Night

Little Egg Harbor Branch Join us for a knitting night at the library, for beginners and fanatics looking for inspiration and camaraderie. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Tween Team Challenge: Geology Emergency

Stafford Branch Join a team dedicated to solving problems in an awesome way.  This month we will race against the clock to sort out a mixed-up rock exhibit. Ages 9-14.  Please Register. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Tweens. Age Range: 9 - 14. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Teen Song Trivia

Plumsted Branch Join us for some musical memory fun just for teens. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Adult Writers Group

Barnegat Branch Hone your craft with like-minded adult writers. Published and unpublished writers in any genre are welcome. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Book Discussion

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Dear Life The Good Readers club will discuss Alice Munro book. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Art Exhibit: Artwork of Melissa Hood

Toms River Branch The Ocean County Library is pleased to announce that it will host the Artwork of Melissa Hood. The collection, which will be displayed in the McConnell Gallery during July, consists of Fluid Acrylic and mixed media paintings. Melissa Hood has a M.A. Studio Art from NYU. She has had numerous solo exhibits Idiosyncrasies, Point Pleasant NJ, North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, Plattsburg NY, LARAC, and Glenn Falls NY along with various group exhibitions. She currently teaches at Ocean County Vocational Technical School. Melissa states, “My work is a two-step process of pouring paint and then painting images and designs over the pours. I focus on horses, sea life and nature for inspiration.” Artwork of Melissa Hood is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library at (732)349-6200 ext. 5112, or visit our website at www.theoceancountylibrary.org. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Art Exhibit: Transcentent Mystery of Creation by Barbara Clair Howard

Toms River Branch The Ocean County Library is pleased to announce that it will host Transcendent Mystery of Creation, a month-long exhibit by Barbara Clair Howard. The collection, which will be displayed in the 2nd Floor Gallery during July 2018, consists of Watercolor paintings and collages. Barbara Clair Howard is a retired Marriage and Family Therapist; she considers herself a lifelong artist and has formal training in many aspects of art. She has taught watercolor classes in Ocean County College and the YMCA. Barbara states, “I am basically a water colorist; however, I include collaging, acrylics and pen and ink in my renderings, I enjoy landscapes, barns and lighthouses, and people as subjects of my paintings. My artistic world revolves around dreaming, planning and creating my visions.  I find beauty in the simple and the ugly.” Transcendent Mystery of Creation is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library at (732)349-6200 ext. 5112, or… Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Email by Appointment

Toms River Branch Book a one-on-one session to set up a new email account or learn more about the features of your existing email. Please call 732-349-6200 and press option 4 to schedule your appointment. Note: Free email services now require a cell phone number to register or recover a lost password. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Waddler Time

Toms River Branch Registration Required, Registration Starts July 12th Interactive stories, songs and more for you and your little one.  Ages: 12 – 23 months with caregiver. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 12 - 23 months. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Open Play Mah Jongg

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: Teens. Adults. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Teens Take Over: Drop in Crafts

Lacey Branch Our teen summer volunteers are preparing some fun crafts for kids of all ages.  No registration required. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Age Range: Families. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Stranger Things Escape Room

Long Beach Island Branch Tweens look out for the Demogorgon and work with our party to escape the Upside Down. Ages 9-12. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Age Range: 9 - 12. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Mystic Drumz "The Legend of Marshmallow Island"

Manchester Branch Ages 2-12 Larry the Frog and friends go off in search of Marshmallow Island and the legendary dance party that takes place there.  Featured instruments include Nigerian Talking Drum, Brazilian Quica, Vibraslap, Flextone, Chinese Gongs and more. Performed by Mystic Drumz.  Please register each child separately. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 2-12. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Book Discussion - The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Beachwood Branch New members are welcome to this monthly book discussion group. Pick up your copy at the circulation desk. Branch Location: Beachwood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Gongs, Rattles and Drums

Jackson Branch Make Asian– inspired musical instruments in our maker space. Registration Required. Registration begins July 12th at 9am. . Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 9 – 12. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Macramé Surfer Anklet

Upper Shores Branch Ages 10+. Try something new and learn how to macramé.  We supply the materials you bring your creativity! Please note this program runs 2 hours long.  Please register each tween/teen individually; include a complete first name, last name, and age. Enter email (optional) only once per family. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Tweens. Age Range: Ages 10+. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Preschool Build It

Island Heights Branch Join us in using different materials to build towering creations Only the child or children participating in the program need to be registered. Branch Location: Island Heights Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: Ages 3 - 5. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 11:00 AM.

Mindfulness Meditation: On Letting Go

Jackson Branch Learn the gentle art of ‘Letting Go,’ and resting in presence through guided meditation. Practice involves informational teachings and sitting in silence. Followed by Q&A. Open to Novice and skilled practitioners. Comfortable clothes required. Seating is limited.  Registration opens on Friday, June 15th at 9 am. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM.

Toddler Stories and Songs

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Stories and songs for 18 - 36 months.  Registration is required. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: Program. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 18 - 36 months. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Pop Up Movie: The Greatest Showman

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. (PG) 105 min. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Computer Lab Drop-In Computer Help

Stafford Branch Stop in for any hands-on computer help you may need. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Stranger Things Escape Room

Long Beach Island Branch Teens look out for the Demogorgon and work with our party to escape the Upside Down. Ages 12-17. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Age Range: 12 - 17. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Mah Jong Mavens & Masters

Lacey Branch Have you always wanted to learn how to play Mah Jong?  Do you already know?  Either way, come join us! Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

An Afternoon of Mah Jongg

Berkeley Branch For Mah Jongg Mavens: If you have your own set, please bring it along. Registration required only for first visit. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Library. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Friends Event. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

"Ewe" Knit & Crochet

Barnegat Branch Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Mystic Drumz: “The Legend of Marshmallow Island”

Barnegat Branch Larry the Frog and friends go off in search of Marshmallow Island and the legendary dance party that takes place there. Featured instruments include Nigerian Talking Drum, Brazilian Quica, Vibraslap, Flextone, Chinese Gongs and more. Performed by Mystic Drumz. Ages 2 – 12. REG. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Concert. Program. Storytime. Audience: Family. Age Range: 2- 12. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Microsoft Word 2

Jackson Branch Our advanced Word class is back!  Learn how to insert page numbers, headers and footers, tables, text boxes, clip art, and other features into your document.  Participants must have some experience using Microsoft Word. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Drop-in Tech Hours

Lakewood Branch Have a computer question? Need help with a resume? Meet with one of our staff members, no appointment required. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Rube Goldberg Build

Little Egg Harbor Branch Work as a team to create an intricate, complicated, pointless machine that does basically nothing. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Age Range: Grades 7-12. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Chicks with Sticks - Knitting and Crocheting Group

Manchester Branch Are you passionate about knitting or crocheting? From beginner to expert, bring your yarn, needles, hooks and crurrent projects. Make friends while sharing ideas and patterns. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

LEGO® Builders Club

Stafford Branch We supply the bricks, you bring the ideas! Ages 5-12. Please register. Only the child or children participating in the program need to be registered. PLEASE REGISTER EACH PARTICIPATING CHILD SEPARATELY. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Age Range: Ages 5-12. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Button Tree Art

Tuckerton Branch Make a beautiful tree using colorful buttons. Ages 10 and up. REG. Branch Location: Tuckerton Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Tweens. Age Range: Ages 10 and up. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 2:00 PM.

Eyes of the Wild

Toms River Branch Learn about protecting animals and the environment and meet some rescued wildlife presented by Eyes of the Wild.  Behaviors, habitats, adaptations, survival strategies and relationships with humans will be introduced.  This program focuses on the life stories of each unique animal, their often humorous personality, fun facts, anecdotes and animal eye-views. Please note this program is for teens ages 11-17 only! Please register. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Tweens. Age Range: Ages 11 - 17. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Value Line® Investment Survey Online and Morningstar® Investment Research Center

Toms River Branch Learn about the features Value Line® Investment Survey Online and Morningstar® Investment Research Center have to offer you. These financial resources are accessible for free in the library and at home. Value Line® provides access to the weekly Investment Survey and Investment Survey-Small & Midcap Edition of over 1700 public companies. Morningstar® offers similar tools for evaluating and learning about stocks, bonds, ETFs and other market investments. Computer skills are a prerequisite to attending this class. Registration required. Registration begins on July 12, 2018. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

Pokemon™ Trading Card Swap

Brick Branch Ages 6 and Up - Bring your Pokemon™ trading cards and trade or swap them with other Pokemon™ enthusiasts. Please register each child individually; include the child's complete first name, last name, and age. Enter email (optional) only once per family. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Age Range: Ages 6 and Up. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 2:30 PM.

Sewing Camp: Infinity Scarf

Jackson Branch Perfect your sewing machine skills and make a simple yet stylish infinity scarf. Ages 11 – 18. Registration begins July 9th. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Age Range: Ages 11 – 18. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

Sea Shell Picture Frames/Marcos de conchas del Mar

Lakewood Branch Make a picture frame with painted sea shells.  Children must be appropriate ages to participate in the programs. Late arrivals will hinder the ability to complete the activity within the time allotted. Attendees more than 10 minutes late will be turned away. Thank you. Crea un marco de fotos usando conchas del mar pintadas.  Los niños deben tener la edad appropiada para participar en los programas. Las llegadas tardes obstaculizarán la capacidad para completar las actividades dentro del tiempo asignado. Participantes que lleguen más de 10 minutos tarde no serán permitidos. Gracias. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 8-12/Edades 8-12. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Tween Minecraft

Berkeley Branch Please register if you’d like to use a branch laptop. Ages 10 – 12. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Tweens. Age Range: 10 - 12. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Mystic Drumz: “The Legend of Marshmallow Island”

Waretown Branch Concert with instruments including Nigerian Talking Drum, Chinese Gongs and more! Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Age Range: Ages 2-12. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Paws for Reading

Lacey Branch Practice reading alongside gentle, beautiful therapy dogs. Please register, beginning on July 12th. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Age Range: For beginning readers. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Sew Cute!

Lakewood Branch Use your needle craft skills and learn how to sew a pillow. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Age Range: 12-18. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 5:30 PM.

Adult Knitting Meetup

Toms River Branch Like to knit?  Like to talk?  Pack up your yarn and knitting needles and join the Jersey Shore Ewes for an informal meetup group.  The group meets on the 1st floor, outside the Green Room. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Minecraft

Berkeley Branch Teens, play Minecraft at the library.  Limited Laptops available or if you have a Minecraft account, bring your own laptop/portable device and join in the fun or use our XBOX ONE! To reserve a laptop, please register as soon as possible (7 Available). Ages 12-18. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Teens. Age Range: 12-18. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Gaming/Videojuegos

Lakewood Branch Play video games. Children must be appropriate ages to participate in the programs. Late arrivals will hinder the ability to complete the activity within the time allotted. Attendees more than 10 minutes late will be turned away. Thank you. Juega videojuegos . Los niños deben tener la edad appropiada para participar en los programas. Las llegadas tardes obstaculizarán la capacidad para completar las actividades dentro del tiempo asignado. Participantes que lleguen más de 10 minutos tarde no serán permitidos. Gracias. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Age Range: 6-12/Edades 6-12. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

*CANCELLED* Robodyssey: Circuits on Paper

Manchester Branch This program has been cancelled - A hands-on-workshop for tweens and teens creating interactive art with LED circuits. You will learn the art of circuit design and current flow. Create your own original illuminating artwork to take home. Ages 10 - 16. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Teens. Tweens. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Kids Crafty Crafter - Kool Aide Tie Dye

Toms River Branch Registration Required; begins July 12, 2018 Ages 8-12 Get Your Gove On and create a Kool-Aid® Tie Dye shirt.  You bring the shirt we provide the Kool Aide. It’s also a good idea to wear old clothes. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Age Range: 8-12 years. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Night Crafting for Adults

Brick Branch This month we will be making a crisscross, beaded bracelet. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

CANCELLED - Jackson Writers Group

Jackson Branch Cancelled: This group will no longer be meeting at the Jackson Library For all writers, published or not, who want to share their work. . Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:30 PM.

Ozobot™ Open Play

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Drop in and learn about basic coding and robotics with Ozobots™. Ages 7 – 12. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Age Range: 7-12. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Eyes of the Wild

Lacey Branch Learn about protecting animals and the environment, and meet some rescued wildlife. Presented by Eyes of the Wild. For teens ages 11 and up. Please Register. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Age Range: Ages 11-18. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

DIY Teen: Storage Crate Foot Stools

Stafford Branch Transform a storage crate into a foot stool.  All supplies will be provided.  Ages 12-18.  Reg. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Teens. Age Range: 12-18. Thursday, July 26, 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.