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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, January 29, 2020.

Art Exhibit: Central Regional Students

Berkeley Branch Throughout the month of January, Central Regional students will present their art work. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Kids. Teens. Adults. Tweens. Family. Icon: Art. Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

Inspire your Heart with Art

Jackson Branch Dress to make a mess. Free Program. Please register. Registration begins Wednesday, January 15th at 9 am. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Family. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.

Toddler Storytime Moon and Stars

Manchester Branch Ages 1-4 Story time just right for your toddler!  Children are welcome with a caregiver to listen to short stories, sing nursery rhymes and play with friends.  Program is followed by open play time and bubbles.  Please register for one session as space is limited.  Please register each child separately. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 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. Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 10:00 AM.

Send Valentine’s Greetings to a Child in the Hospital

Jackson Branch All are welcome to drop-in to design a card for a child in the hospital. Cards will be sent to Cards for Hospitalized Kids (CFHK), an internationally recognized charitable organization. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Kids. Teens. Adults. Tweens. Family. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Little Egg Harbor Branch Make a difference and donate blood. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

Library Playdate

Waretown Branch Come join us for open playtime at the library! For ages 5 & under with a caregiver. Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

OCL Puppet Show Players Present: Turtle and Tortoise are not Friends

Toms River Branch Registration required; begins January 15th As little hatchlings, Turtle and Tortoise decided that they could never be friends.  Why? Because they are so different. But maybe they’ve got it all wrong! This puppet show is based on Mike Reiss’ Turtle and Tortoise are Not Friends. Ages 2 and up, Please register each child individually. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Inspire your Heart with Art

Jackson Branch Dress to make a mess. Free Program. Please register. Registration begins Wednesday, January 15th at 9 am. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Family. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Toddler Storytime Moon and Stars

Manchester Branch Ages 1-4 Story time just right for your toddler!  Children are welcome with a caregiver to listen to short stories, sing nursery rhymes and play with friends.  Program is followed by open play time and bubbles.  Please register for one session as space is limited.  Please register each child separately. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Soup Storytime

Upper Shores Branch Ages 1-5. Celebrate National Soup month with a scrumptious storytime all about soup. Please notify us of any food allergies prior to registering for the program. Please register each child individually, include the child’s complete first and last name and age.  Enter email (optional) only once per family for program updates. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 10:30 AM.

Open Play

Barnegat Branch Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

English Conversation Group

Beachwood Branch Stop in and talk about current events and other subjects in an informal setting. Branch Location: Beachwood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Tween Homeschool Hangout

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Join us for our homeschool hangout for tweens. Every month, we will complete a craft or project and explore some of the library's resources. REG. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. STEM/STEAM. Audience: Tweens. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

JOB FAIR - U.S. Census Workers Needed

Lakewood Branch Workers needed!  Every 10 years a census is taken in order to count everyone living in the US. It's imperative that everyone of every background, religion, immigrant status, seniors, young children, etc.) be counted so local municipalities can receive funding for important services for all.  No personal information will be shared with government entities. More census workers are needed!  Workers who represent different communities are needed to help.  Make your own schedules and work for $20+/hour.  Must be 18 or over and if not a citizen, have a green card.  Bilingual (Spanish/Russian/Yiddish, etc.) speakers are also needed. Assistance available for those who need help on a computer - applications are online only.  Please arrive .5 hr before the Fair ends so you have enough time to fill out your application. Other dates for this Job Fair are: Monday, 1/20: 4 - 9 pm Saturday, 2/1: 12 -  5 pm Sunday, 2/16: 1 - 5 pm Call 732-363-1435 ext. 2100 for more info about Job Fairs Info about census:  ww… Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. Informational Program. Jobs/Careers. Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 12:00 PM – 5:00 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, January 29, 2020, 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Fulfill of Monmouth/Ocean VITA Tax Aide Program

Toms River Branch Free tax preparation help for households with annual incomes of $54,000 or less, or individuals earning $30,000 or less. Visit theoceancountylibrary.org/events for dates and times. By appointment only. Call 2-1-1 or schedule online at www.fulfillnj.org. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

English Conversation Group

Lacey Branch Practice English in an informal setting. No registration required. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Mah Jongg Club

Waretown Branch Beginners welcome! Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Drop-In Puzzle Time

Plumsted Branch Drop by to celebrate Puzzle Day with one of our fun puzzles. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Teen Volunteer Day

Brick Branch Help the library, earn service hours, have fun! Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Tweens. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM.

Afterschool STEAM

Long Beach Island Branch Join us for creative crafts, engaging experiments, and awesome activities chosen to strengthen late childhood social, mental, and fine motor development! This STEAM based program gives children an opportunity to learn together through play. Homeschoolers are always welcome. Dress for a mess. Please register children only. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Program. STEM/STEAM. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 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: Program. Audience: Teens. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Feature Film - Angel Has Fallen

Manchester Branch A Secret Service agent is accused of being complicit in an assassination attempt on the President. He struggles to evade his colleagues and the FBI while attempting to uncover the identity of the real perpetrators. (R) 121 min. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:01 PM.

Dessert and a Movie: Spider-Man: Far From Home

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. (PG-13) 129 min. Please register. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Meet the Mayor

Stafford Branch Meet the Mayor of Stafford Township. Come and chat with Mayor Greg Myhre in an informal setting. Drop-in. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Teen Drop in Gaming

Barnegat Branch Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Trivia Night

Toms River Branch Bring your friends and family and put your brains together.  Questions are for elementary and up, and all are family friendly. Groups may consist of 6 people or less. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Teens. Adults. Tweens. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Bookagami

Berkeley Branch Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while learning how to transform an old book into art. Grades 7 – 12. REG. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Teens. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Bad Art Night

Brick Branch Come to our very first BAD ART NIGHT! Here's a chance to relax and make something awful.   Failure is okay here.  Actually, failure is rewarded.  You use our materials and your own creativity (or lack of it) to paint, glue, or craft some really horrendous art.  After 45 minutes, we'll have a gallery showing of all the bad art created.  The one who creates the worst art piece will receive a very tacky award for being the worst of the worst.   Have some fun doing something different.  For adults only. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

CANCELED - CANCELED Still Waiting for a Job Offer? Get a New Perspective, Show a New Perspective

Jackson Branch Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Informational Program. Jobs/Careers. Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Teen Craft Club

Barnegat Branch Create your unique one of a kind snowflake to hang in the Library. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

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, January 30, 2020.

Baby and Me

Toms River Branch Registration required; begins January 16th Join us for songs, rhymes and stories for you and your baby. Ages 0-12 months with caregiver, Please register each child individually . Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Mah Jongg Open Play

Brick Branch Mah Jong, Mahjong, Mahjongg no matter how you spell it, come and enjoy.  All play levels welcome.  Bring your current card and set. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Preschool Storytime Moon and Stars

Manchester Branch Ages 3-6 Join us for stories, songs, and activities perfect for your preschooler.  Please register each child separately. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

OCL Puppet Show Players Present: Turtle and Tortoise are Not Friends

Beachwood Branch As little hatchlings, Turtle and Tortoise decided that they could never be friends.  Why? Because they are so different. But maybe they’ve got it all wrong! This puppet show is based on Mike Reiss’ Turtle and Tortoise are Not Friends. Ages 2 and up. Branch Location: Beachwood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Mindful Me Storytime

Stafford Branch In this storytime we’ll practice being mindful with books, songs, and stretches, followed by sensory activities. Ages 2 – 5. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Winter Storytime

Plumsted Branch Children up to 5 and their caregivers. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 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: Audience: Adults. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 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, January 30, 2020, 1:00 PM – 3:30 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. Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

DIY Heart-Shaped Gift Baskets and Bags

Manchester Branch Create custom packages for small Valentine’s Day gifts using cardstock, ribbon, chenille stems and plastic straws! The only tools needed to make a basket or bag of any size up to 12” x 12” are a pencil, scissors, glue and a hole-punch. Any other decorations are up to the artist! We will be making two projects. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Fall Prevention

Waretown Branch An overview of possible dangers in your home and learn how to decrease your risk of falling. Presented by the Ocean County Health Department. Registration begins on Thursday, January 9th. Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Homework & Chill

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch After school homework and chill space for teens. Homework supplies, snacks, and other resources will be provided. Ages 11 - 18. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Tweens. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Tween Thursday

Island Heights Branch Branch Location: Island Heights Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Tweens. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 3:30 PM – 4:30 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, January 30, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

CANCELED - LEGO Mindstorms with MATES Robotics

Brick Branch Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. STEM/STEAM. Audience: Kids. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Escape Room

Manchester Branch Ages 6-12 Work together to use the clues and unlock the box to escape. Please register each child separately. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Teen Paint Party

Stafford Branch Paint supplies will be provided for you to create your own canvas art piece. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. STEM/STEAM. Audience: Teens. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

3D Printing Tutorial

Toms River Branch This workshop will cover the basics of 3D printing, giving you the information you need to get started in this exciting new technology. We will cover the process of 3D Printing and use an easy-to-learn application to customize a 3D printed product. This two part series requiring basic mouse and computer skills. January 16th: Part 1 Introduction to 3D Printing January 30th: Part 2 3D Design and DIY Prints Register once for both sessions. Registration required. Registration begins on December 19, 2019. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. STEM/STEAM. Audience: Adults. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

U.S. Census: What Does Toms River, Ocean County Census Data Show?

Toms River Branch Want to know more about Toms River and Ocean County? A United States Census data specialist will demonstrate how to get information using the Census Bureau website’s American Community Survey tool. Bring your laptop for a hands-on experience. This is part 1 of 3 Census programs. Please register. Registration begins on January 2, 2019. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Teen Drop-In Community Service

Little Egg Harbor Branch Calling all teens! Do you need community service hours? Drop in to do some volunteer work! No registration required. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

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. Friday, January 31, 2020.

CANCELED - JOB FAIR - U.S. Census Workers Needed

Lakewood Branch Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. Informational Program. Jobs/Careers. Program. Audience: Adults. Friday, January 31, 2020, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Fulfill of Monmouth/Ocean VITA Tax Aide Program

Toms River Branch Free tax preparation help for households with annual incomes of $54,000 or less, or individuals earning $30,000 or less. Visit theoceancountylibrary.org/events for dates and times. By appointment only. Call 2-1-1 or schedule online at www.fulfillnj.org. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Friday, January 31, 2020, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Hot Chocolate Hangout

Toms River Branch It’s National Hot Chocolate Day. Warm up with a cup of cocoa and add your own toppings. Ages 12 to 18. First come, first served. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Teens. Friday, January 31, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Access Video on Demand

Brick Branch Streaming documentaries, educational films, or helpful how-to videos are Another benefit of having an OCL library card. Come learn about Access Video on Demand. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Friday, January 31, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Stitch in Time

Brick Branch We invite you to take some time for yourself. Meet new people and make friends. Bring your crochet, knitting or crafting needles and your craft. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Adults. Friday, January 31, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

31 Useful Websites You Should Know About

Manchester Branch In this information-packed, fun workshop our library staff will share many great and useful websites that we love and you will too. We will show you some of our favorites including unusual travel destinations, helpful consumer information, self-help & inspirational, fix-it tips, money-savers, and some just all out fun websites. You will be sure to leave with some sites you want to explore further and also share with your friends and family. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Friday, January 31, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Toddler Art

Berkeley Branch Develop your fine motor skills while making a fun craft.  Dress to make a mess. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Kids. Friday, January 31, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Cuddly Koalas Storytime

Brick Branch We'll enjoy some koala stories & make a koala craft. Ages 3-5. REG.Please register each child individually. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Friday, January 31, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Toddler Art Explorers

Lacey Branch A variety of art and sensory activities for children ages 19 - 36 months with a caregiver. Please register, beginning on January 17th, and don't forget to "Dress for a Mess" or bring a smock! Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Friday, January 31, 2020, 10:30 AM.

Toddler Art

Upper Shores Branch Ages 1-5. A different theme each week, come explore, craft and create! Leave the clean up to Ms. LB.  Please dress to make a mess. Please notify us of any food allergies prior to registering for the program. Register once for the whole series. Session 1: Friday, Jan. 10 Session 2: Friday, Jan. 17 Session 3: Friday, Jan. 31 **Please note, there is NO SESSION on Friday, Jan 24.**. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Kids. Friday, January 31, 2020, 10:30 AM.

Chess Club

Manchester Branch Every Friday, in the library’s Community Corner, chess-lovers of all levels are invited to play in a relaxed, uncompetitive atmosphere. Meet people who share your love of the game, and teach the skills to new players. No registration required. Participants are encouraged to bring their own chess boards. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Adults. Friday, January 31, 2020, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Mah Jongg

Stafford Branch Play Mah Jongg at the library. Please bring the current year game card, and game sets. Mah Jongg originated in China and has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity. Many people are realizing the intellectual challenge it poses, and are drawn to the beauty and excitement of the game itself. Experience is helpful. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Audience: Adults. Friday, January 31, 2020, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

Friday Afternoon Movie: Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Long Beach Island Branch Based on the runaway bestseller, Where'd You Go, Bernadette is an inspiring comedy about Bernadette Fox (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett), a loving mom who becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Bernadette's leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.  (PG-13). 109 min. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Icon: Movie. Friday, January 31, 2020, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Games for Adults

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Bring a friend and have fun playing the popular tile game Mah Jongg and other games.  All skill levels welcome. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Friday, January 31, 2020, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Sparks's Lab Open Hours

Toms River Branch Sparks's lab will be open for self-led use of eligible equipment during these hours. Subject to change. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Teens. Adults. Tweens. Family. Type: Open Hours. Friday, January 31, 2020, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Friday Afternoon Drop-In Craft

Brick Branch Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Friday, January 31, 2020, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

OC Purls

Upper Shores Branch Knitting group:  bring your own materials. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Icon: Maker. Friday, January 31, 2020, 1:30 PM.

Friday Films in the Atrium

Toms River Branch Come and enjoy an afternoon movie. This week's film is: Baseball clips to celebrate the birthday of Jackie Robinson. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Friday, January 31, 2020, 2:00 PM.

Saving for Retirement

Berkeley Branch Begin planning your retirement today. Learn budget and savings strategies so you can enjoy your golden years with peace of mind. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Informational Program. Program. Audience: Adults. Friday, January 31, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Friday Fun/ Viernes de diversión

Lakewood Branch Family fun craft. 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. Viernes de divertidas manualidades para la familia. 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: Family. Friday, January 31, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Escape Room: DC Comics Arkham Asylum

Lakewood Branch Can you escape Arkham Asylum? Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Friday, January 31, 2020, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Paws for Reading

Brick Branch Practice your reading skills in the company of gentle therapy dogs. Ages 6 & up. REG. Please register each child individually. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Family. Friday, January 31, 2020, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Souper Bowl: Great Soups and Appetizers for Game Day

Jackson Branch Learn to make great soups and apps with Jennifer Klein, Registered Dietitian with the Perlmutter Family ShopRites. Important: 1. Register each person separately. When you fill out the online registration form, it only counts for ONE SEAT. 2. Please be aware that your registration holds your space for 5 minutes after the scheduled start of the program. After that time, your spot may be given to a customer who is waiting. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Informational Program. Program. Audience: Adults. Friday, January 31, 2020, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Nintendo® Switch Gaming Club

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Play Super Smash Bros. Mario Kart 8 and other Nintendo® Switch games. Please register and list each person individually. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Friday, January 31, 2020, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Lacey February Exhibit: Love & Rock-n-Roll

Lacey Branch Drop by and view the artwork of Artist Marty Martinez as he presents his exhibit "Love & Rock-n-Roll".  This exhibit focuses on how love and Rock-n-Roll come together in a vibrant vision of color. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Kids. Teens. Adults. Tweens. Family. Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Art Exhibition: the photography of Barbara Whelan

Manchester Branch All are welcome to stop by the Manchester Branch Library meeting room and view the photography of local artist, Barbara Whelan. Her photography will be on display throughout the month of February. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Kids. Teens. Adults. Tweens. Family. Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Cow Parade Collection

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Cow Parade Collection featured in our large display case by Kathy Bartsche. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Kids. Teens. Adults. Tweens. Family. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 12:00 AM – Saturday, February 29, 2020, 11:59 PM.

DIY Tween Craft

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Grab a kit to bring home and create a fun craft. First come, first served. Ages 8- 12. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Tweens. Saturday, February 1, 2020.

Point Pleasant Borough High School Student Art

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Point Pleasant Borough High School Student Art on display in our meeting Room. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Kids. Teens. Adults. Tweens. Family. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 12:00 AM – Saturday, February 29, 2020, 11:59 PM.

Point Pleasant Library Legos Club Collection

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Point Pleasant Library Legos Club Collection featured in our small display case. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Kids. Teens. Adults. Tweens. Family. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 12:00 AM – Saturday, February 29, 2020, 11:59 PM.

Art Exhibit: Greenbriar Art Council

Waretown Branch The Greenbriar Art Council displays their works throughout the month of February in the Meeting Room. Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Kids. Teens. Adults. Tweens. Family. Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Knitting and Crocheting

Lacey Branch The first Saturday of every month, @ 9:30 am.  Come join in - bring your yarn and needles or hooks, and make some new friends while you knit!  All skill levels welcome. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Fulfill of Monmouth/Ocean VITA Tax Aide Program

Toms River Branch Free tax preparation help for households with annual incomes of $54,000 or less, or individuals earning $30,000 or less. Visit theoceancountylibrary.org/events for dates and times. By appointment only. Call 2-1-1 or schedule online at www.fulfillnj.org. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

One-on-One Computer Instruction

Beachwood Branch Call the Branch to schedule a private computer class with our Librarian.0. Branch Location: Beachwood Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 10:00 AM – Saturday, February 29, 2020, 1:00 PM.

FulFill of Monmouth/Ocean VITA Tax Aide Program

Lakewood Branch Fulfill offers free personalized tax preparation by IRS certified tax professionals for households with dependents with annual incomes of $56,000 or less, or individuals earning $35,000 or less. Walk-ins welcome, but to reduce wait times, call for an appointment at 2-1-1 and press "27" at prompt, call (732) 643-5888 or schedule yourself at http://www.fulfillnj.org under "Get Help". Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Informational Program. Audience: Adults. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Drop-In STEM Saturday Snow Lab

Manchester Branch Ages 6-12 Stop by to see this month’s STEM Station project that will help you work on your Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math skills. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: STEM/STEAM. Audience: Kids. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Drop-In Craft

Plumsted Branch Children ages 2 and up and their caregivers can stop by for a craft. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Black History Month. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

String of Purls-Knit/Crochet Group

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. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Adults. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Drop-in LEGO Play

Island Heights Branch Build with the Library's LEGO blocks. Ages 3 and up. Branch Location: Island Heights Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Chess Classes with LEH Chess Club

Little Egg Harbor Branch Introductory chess classes are being offered to children ages 7 and older. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Teens. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Maker Travel Series: Italy

Toms River Branch Italy-themed green screen photo and craft. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Teens. Tweens. Family. Type: MakerSpace Program. Makerspace Filters: Drop-in. Icon: Maker. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

JOB FAIR - U.S. Census Workers Needed

Lakewood Branch Workers needed!  Every 10 years a census is taken in order to count everyone living in the US. It's imperative that everyone of every background, religion, immigrant status, seniors, young children, etc.) be counted so local municipalities can receive funding for important services for all.  No personal information will be shared with government entities. More census workers are needed!  Workers who represent different communities are needed to help.  Make your own schedules and work for $20+/hour.  Must be 18 or over and if not a citizen, have a green card.  Bilingual (Spanish/Russian/Yiddish, etc.) speakers are also needed. Assistance available for those who need help on a computer - applications are online only.  Please arrive .5 hr before the Fair ends so you have enough time to fill out your application. Other dates for this Job Fair are: Monday, 1/20: 4 - 9 pm Wednesday, 1/29: 12 - 5 pm Sunday, 2/16: 1 - 5 pm Call 732-363-1435 ext. 2100 for more info about Job Fairs Info about census:  w… Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. Informational Program. Jobs/Careers. Program. Audience: Adults. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Black History Month Scavenger Hunt

Plumsted Branch Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Black History Month. Audience: Kids. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 12:00 PM – Saturday, February 29, 2020, 1:00 PM.

Author Visit: Kate Ranta

Lacey Branch Author Kate Ranta is returning to her childhood home in Lacey Township to share her story of turning tragedy into triumph. She has written a book, Killing Kate, and will be on hand for a book reading, signing, and Q&A.  Please Register. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Program. Audience: Adults. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Pinkalicious Day/Día de Pinkalicious

Lakewood Branch Celebrate Pinkalicious with fun activities.  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. Celebra el día de pinkalicious con actividades divertidas.  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. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Arm Chair Travel: Egypt

Long Beach Island Branch Bernadette Callanan will share her photographs and experiences from her recent travels in Egypt. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Art Reception: the photograpy of Barbara Whelan

Manchester Branch All are welcome to attend the art reception of local artist, Barbara Whelan. Her photography will be on display in the Manchester Branch Library meeting room throughout the month of February. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Program. Audience: Kids. Teens. Adults. Tweens. Family. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Gentle Yoga and Mindfulness with Jennifer Schwester

Upper Shores Branch Participants should bring a yoga mat with them or can participate in a chair.  All poses will be modified.  Class will run for approximately one hour. Please register online or by phone. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 2:00 PM.

Art Exhibit: Drawings "From the Past" by Rita Clemens (McConnell)

Toms River Branch The Ocean County Library is pleased to announce that it will host Drawings “From the Past” a month-long exhibit by Rita Apsegaite-Clemens. The collection, which will be displayed in the Toms River Branch’s McConnell Gallery during February, consists a variety of artwork. Rita Apsegaite-Clemens is a professional artist who was born in Lithuania. She has always had a passion for drawing and watercolor. Rita has studied at Kaunas College of Art and Vilnius Art Academy of Fine Art in Lithuania. Some of her illustrations have been published in Home magazine and were awarded 2nd place for Logo design. Rita has continued her studies in computer graphics and photography at Ocean County College. She currently is a graphic designer, photographer and art teacher. Rita states, “The artwork presented in the exhibit is a project from my past. Drawings that I created when I was traveling in Europe. They include architectural drawings and landscape drawings from Lithuania. The exhibit also includes variety of artwork… Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Adults. Monday, February 3, 2020.

Art Exhibit: Faces by Anthony Cuttitta (2nd Floor Gallery)

Toms River Branch The Ocean County Library is pleased to announce that it will host Faces, a month-long exhibit by Anthony Cuttitta. The collection, which will be displayed in the 2nd Floor Gallery in the Toms River Branch during February, consists of street portrait photography. Anthony Cuttitta has recently relocated to Toms River. Originally from Lodi New Jersey, a small Italian community in Bergen County, he had resided in the Pocono Mountains for the past 30 years. His work has been shown in So-Ho in the Burg Gallery, Sweet Cream’s Café and Monroe Street Gallery in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Anthony has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has worked as a Psychotherapist for over 35 years. Anthony states,” I’ve always has a strong curiosity about people and their behavior in social environments, The photographs in this show represent a visual expression of my desire and attempt to explore people in their environment." Faces is free and open to the public. An art reception has been scheduled for Saturday, February… Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Adults. Monday, February 3, 2020.

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, February 3, 2020.

Bridge Group

Stafford Branch All are welcome. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Monday, February 3, 2020, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Baby and Me

Toms River Branch Registration required; begins January 20 Join us for songs, rhymes and stories for you and your baby. Ages 0-12 months with caregiver, Please register each child individually . Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Monday, February 3, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Preschool Storytime

Lacey Branch Stories, songs and rhymes followed by a simple craft. For ages 3 - 5 with a caregiver. Please register, beginning on January 20th, for this two-week session being held on February 3rd and 10th. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Program. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Monday, February 3, 2020, 10:00 AM.

Bridge

Little Egg Harbor Branch Bridge is a fun and challenging game to be enjoyed by players of all ages. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Monday, February 3, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Fantastic Fishing Derby

Brick Branch We’ll have a fishing contest to see who can catch the most fish. Ages 3 – 5. REG. Please register each child individually. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Monday, February 3, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Parachute Play

Jackson Branch Join us for a fun parachute play with two parachutes. Free program. Please register.  Registration begins Monday, January 20th at 9 am. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Monday, February 3, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Mother Goose Lapsit

Little Egg Harbor Branch Rhythm, rhyme, music and movement for children up to 17 months with parent/caregiver. Please register. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Monday, February 3, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

OCL Puppet Show Players Present: Turtle and Tortoise are Not Friends

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch As little hatchlings, Turtle and Tortoise decided that they could never be friends.  Why? Because they are so different. But maybe they've got it all wrong! This puppet show is based on Mike Reiss' Turtle and Tortoise are Not Friends. Ages 2 and up. REG. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Family. Monday, February 3, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Rosa Parks Storytime

Upper Shores Branch Ages 1-5. Rosa Parks changed the world all because of a bus ride. We will celebrate her with stories, songs and a craft. Please register each child individually, include the child’s complete first and last name and age.  Enter email (optional) only once per family for program updates. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Black History Month. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Monday, February 3, 2020, 10:30 AM.

Baby & Me

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Please join us for songs, musics, rhymes and stories. Up to 18 month with a caregiver Please register and list each person individually. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: Program. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Monday, February 3, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

AAUW Discussion Group

Stafford Branch 10/7/19 - America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray 11/4/19 - How the Light Gets in by Louise Penny 12/2/19 - Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance 1/6/20 - The Book that Matters Most by Ann Hood 2/3/20 - Girl waits with gun by Amy Stewart 3/2/20 - The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore 4/6/20 - The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Audience: Adults. Monday, February 3, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

English Conversation Group

Stafford Branch Practice your English speaking skills in a friendly group environment. All welcome. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Informational Program. Program. Audience: Adults. Monday, February 3, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Make and Take Valentine Craft

Lacey Branch A drop-in craft program for adults with special challenges and their caregivers.  This program made possible by a grant from the KearnyBank Foundation. No registration needed. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Monday, February 3, 2020, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM.

Floral Watercolor Painting

Jackson Branch Are you ready for Spring yet? Create a beautiful watercolor painting of tulips with easy step by step directions, taught by a professional artist and teacher. All materials will be provided. Perfect for beginner and intermediate levels. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Monday, February 3, 2020, 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM.

Mah Jong Mondays!

Upper Shores Branch Feel free to come & observe the fascinating game of Mah Jong! Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Monday, February 3, 2020, 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM.

Games with Friends

Long Beach Island Branch Adults are invited to join in a variety of entertaining activities that are fun and stimulate your brain. Refreshments. This program may contain potential food allergens. Inquire for details.Sponsored by the Friends of the Island Library. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Friends Event. Program. Audience: Adults. Monday, February 3, 2020, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Monday Movies

Barnegat Branch Monday Movies 2/3: Downton Abbey (PG) 122 min. 2/10: Rambo: Last Blood (R) 89 min. 2/24: Blinded by the light (PG-13) 115 min. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Monday, February 3, 2020, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Monday Movies: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Berkeley Branch Oscar Month Bring lunch or a snack to enjoy while watching movies.  Allergens might be present.  Register for each movie separately. This 2019 movie has been nominated for this year's ceremony. An actor and his stunt double struggle to keep pace with the evolving entertainment industry in 1960's Los Angeles. (R) 162 min. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Icon: Movie. Monday, February 3, 2020, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Maker Monday

Lakewood Branch Get creative with a new project every other week. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Monday, February 3, 2020, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Color Me Calm

Manchester Branch Stop in for a calming coloring session. Ages 12-18. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Monday, February 3, 2020, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Kids Makers Club: Heart Art

Lacey Branch Mixed-media art based on the work of Jim Dine.  For ages 6 - 12.  Registration begins on January 20th. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. STEM/STEAM. Audience: Kids. Monday, February 3, 2020, 4:30 PM.

Geek Treats

Toms River Branch Recreate food from your favorite fandom! Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Monday, February 3, 2020, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Sparks's Lab Open Hours

Toms River Branch Sparks's lab will be open for self-led use of eligible equipment during these hours. Subject to change. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Teens. Adults. Tweens. Family. Type: Open Hours. Monday, February 3, 2020, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Teen Craft Night: DIY Zen Garden

Beachwood Branch Create your own Zen Garden in recognition of the Lunar New Year. Ages 12 – 18. Branch Location: Beachwood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Monday, February 3, 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting

Stafford Branch Gain valuable leadership skills and earn community service hours. TAB members assist the teen librarian, plan and run programs, and contribute to making Stafford Library's teen services department the best it can be.  Pick up an application at the library, on our website, or email cnieddu@theoceancountylibrary.org for more information. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Monday, February 3, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Free PG Movie: The Art of Racing in the Rain© 20th Century Fox

Tuckerton Branch Based on the best selling novel by Garth Stein, this is a heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo. PG (109 min.) REG. Branch Location: Tuckerton Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Teens. Adults. Monday, February 3, 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Waretown Branch The Teen Advisory Board members play an active role in our library, gain valuable leadership skills, and earn community service hours. New members are always welcome. Ages 12 to 18. Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Monday, February 3, 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Girls Club

Toms River Branch Come hang out with the club! Ages 8-12 Registration required; registration begins on January 20. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Monday, February 3, 2020, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

So You Want to Write a Romance Novel

Toms River Branch Join author, Carol Lee Mahler, from Soul Mate Publishing as she talks about the writing industry, the romance genre, and the steps it takes to get published. Registration required. Registration begins on January 6, 2020. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Monday, February 3, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:00 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. Audience: Adults. Monday, February 3, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Monday Night Craft For Adults

Brick Branch Join us for a  "very Valentine" craft.  We will be making an origami rose ring. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Monday, February 3, 2020, 6:30 PM – 7:30 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, February 3, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Prose & Ink Writer's Group

Jackson Branch Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned veteran, the Jackson Writers' Group will help you get your manuscript in shape. All genres welcome. Please bring several print copies of 3-5 pages of a work in progress for constructive critique. Walk-in's welcome. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Audience: Adults. Monday, February 3, 2020, 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, February 3, 2020, 6:30 PM.

Art Club Paper Flowers

Manchester Branch Ages 6-12 Join us for a monthly craft. This month we will be making paper flowers. Please register each child separately. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Monday, February 3, 2020, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

LEGO ® Club

Plumsted Branch Children ages 3 and up with their caregiver can come play with our LEGOS ®. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Monday, February 3, 2020, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Soothing Sugar Scrubs

Island Heights Branch Registration required; begins January 20th. ​Ingredients will be supplied to make a sugar scrub to take home.  Adults. Branch Location: Island Heights Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Adults. Monday, February 3, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Valentine Songs

Long Beach Island Branch Reminisce about those good old days with Dennis Linde and Michael Corliss, who will perform love songs made popular by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and other icons of the past. Sponsored by the Friends of the Island Library. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Concert. Audience: Family. Icon: Music. Monday, February 3, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

SAT Tips & Tricks

Waretown Branch Get inside info from a high school teacher/SAT tutor about how to tackle the test with confidence! Find out how you can do your best to prepare, learn about resources to help you feel ready, and ask questions about what is worrying you the most about the upcoming SATs! Registration will be open on Thursday, January 2nd. Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Adults. Monday, February 3, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Art Exhibit: Drawings "From the Past" by Rita Clemens (McConnell)

Toms River Branch The Ocean County Library is pleased to announce that it will host Drawings “From the Past” a month-long exhibit by Rita Apsegaite-Clemens. The collection, which will be displayed in the Toms River Branch’s McConnell Gallery during February, consists a variety of artwork. Rita Apsegaite-Clemens is a professional artist who was born in Lithuania. She has always had a passion for drawing and watercolor. Rita has studied at Kaunas College of Art and Vilnius Art Academy of Fine Art in Lithuania. Some of her illustrations have been published in Home magazine and were awarded 2nd place for Logo design. Rita has continued her studies in computer graphics and photography at Ocean County College. She currently is a graphic designer, photographer and art teacher. Rita states, “The artwork presented in the exhibit is a project from my past. Drawings that I created when I was traveling in Europe. They include architectural drawings and landscape drawings from Lithuania. The exhibit also includes variety of artwork… Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

Art Exhibit: Faces by Anthony Cuttitta (2nd Floor Gallery)

Toms River Branch The Ocean County Library is pleased to announce that it will host Faces, a month-long exhibit by Anthony Cuttitta. The collection, which will be displayed in the 2nd Floor Gallery in the Toms River Branch during February, consists of street portrait photography. Anthony Cuttitta has recently relocated to Toms River. Originally from Lodi New Jersey, a small Italian community in Bergen County, he had resided in the Pocono Mountains for the past 30 years. His work has been shown in So-Ho in the Burg Gallery, Sweet Cream’s Café and Monroe Street Gallery in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Anthony has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has worked as a Psychotherapist for over 35 years. Anthony states,” I’ve always has a strong curiosity about people and their behavior in social environments, The photographs in this show represent a visual expression of my desire and attempt to explore people in their environment." Faces is free and open to the public. An art reception has been scheduled for Saturday, February… Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

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, February 4, 2020.

AARP Tax Aide Program

Toms River Branch Free Tax Preparation Help. Volunteers from the AARP will help individuals prepare simple returns. Eligibility: Seniors (60+) and those with low-to-moderate incomes. By appointment only. Please call 732-392-6784 to schedule an appointment. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM.

Winter Toddler Funtime

Brick Branch Stories, songs, & other fun. Registration is for 3 weeks & starts on 1/21. Ages 1 – 2. REG. Please register each child individually. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 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. Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 10:00 AM.

Tea Tuesdays

Berkeley Branch Warm up with a cup of tea and a good book, and delight in life’s simple pleasures. Tea and fixings will be supplied. We encourage you to bring your own mug or thermos. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Toddler Storytime

Plumsted Branch Toddlers ages 18 – 36 months and their caregivers. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Facebook® for Beginners

Stafford Branch Learn how to create your profile, interact with your news feed, post photos, and control your privacy and notification settings. ​If you do not have a Facebook account, please arrive 15 minutes early to set one up.​ Please Register. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Happy Hearts Storytime

Toms River Branch Happy Hearts Valentine’s Day Storytime Ages 3 - 5 years Join us for songs, stories and a fun craft Please register 1 child at a time Registration Required, Registration Begins Jan. 21, 2020. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Toddler Time

Berkeley Branch Play with your little one as we share stories, rhymes, songs, and dance. Ages 1 - 2. REG. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

Search Engine Showdown: Duckduckgo vs Google

Brick Branch Learn about the search engine Duckduckgo and how it compares to Google. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Dance with Me

Jackson Branch Simple steps and lots of fun. Free program. Please register. Registration begins Tuesday, January 21st at 9 am. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Toddler Time

Tuckerton Branch Stories, rhymes, music, and movement geared for children ages 18-36 months. REG. Branch Location: Tuckerton Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Blood Pressure Screening

Long Beach Island Branch Free blood pressure screening by the Long Beach Island Health Department. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Preschool Snowy Day Celebration

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Come celebrate the Caledcott Award winning story. First published in 1962, this now-classic book broke the color barrier in mainstream children’s publishing. Ages 3 - 6. REG. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Black History Month. DIY/Craft/Maker. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 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 writing session. Meet new people as you get and give feedback and share ideas with others. New members always welcome! Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Homeschool Open Lab

Toms River Branch Sparks's lab will be open for self-led use of eligible equipment during these hours. Subject to change. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Teens. Tweens. Family. Type: Open Hours. Icon: Maker. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Homeschool Happenings: Garrett Morgan's Traffic Light

Brick Branch Homeschool Happening. Ages 5 – 12. REG. Please register each child individually. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Homeschool Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Preschool Storytime

Plumsted Branch Children ages 3 – 5 and their caregivers. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Adult Writers Group

Long Beach Island Branch Join other writers to explore your skills in this informal session. Meet new people as you get and give feedback and share ideas with others. New members of all skill levels are welcome. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Informational Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Winter Painting

Toms River Branch Adults only.   NOTE:  Please wear old clothes. We will create a multimedia snow scene using paper cutouts and acrylic paints on heavy poster board. Please register for only one session. Registration required. Registration begins on January 21, 2020. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Lunar New Year Lanterns

Lacey Branch Join us in creating a version of a Chinese lantern to celebrate the Lantern Festival. Please Register. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Writers Circle

Manchester Branch During our meetings we critique each other’s works and discuss issues pertaining to authorship. Participants can receive answers to questions about the writing and publication processes. Learn the steps involved in copyrighting a written work and how to go about finding a agent. Find out how others cope with writer’s block and get feedback on your manuscript before sending it to a publisher. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Adult Crafternoon: Alma Thomas Painting

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Join us as we create paintings inspired by Alma Woodsey Thomas, an African-American Expressionist painter best known for her colorful abstract paintings. Please register. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Black History Month. DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Digital Magazines

Brick Branch The library has multiple ways to read digital magazines for free. Learn what RBdigital, Flipster, and Overdrive have to offer. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Tarot Tuesdays

Lakewood Branch Learn, share, and discuss all things tarot. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

Black History Month: And Still I Rise - Part 1

Stafford Branch Viewing of PBS docuseries Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise - Out of the Shadows. ​Begins with the Selma marches and the Watts riots and discusses the rising call for Black Power and the change in American culture. 56 min. Drop in. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Black History Month. Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Fulfill of Monmouth/Ocean VITA Tax Aide Program

Toms River Branch Free tax preparation help for households with annual incomes of $54,000 or less, or individuals earning $30,000 or less. Visit theoceancountylibrary.org/events for dates and times. By appointment only. Call 2-1-1 or schedule online at www.fulfillnj.org. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Teen Volunteer Session

Toms River Branch Earn community service hours by helping out your library. Ages 12-18 ONLY. Registration is required. Volunteer application is required. If you are new to volunteering at OCL, please bring a guardian signed application with you. Application found here: http://bit.ly/TeenVolunteerAppOCL. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Teens. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Handprint Wreath/Corona de Manos

Lakewood Branch Have fun creating a wreath with handprints.  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. Diviértete creando una corona de tus manos. 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: Black History Month. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Inclusion on Screen: Community Conversations on Race, Representation and Popular Culture

Toms River Branch This two-part series invites participants to explore the origins, history and evolution of racial stereotypes and dehumanizing caricatures of African-Americans in U.S. popular culture through the work of groundbreaking documentary filmmaker Marlon Riggs. Part One will feature Ethnic Notions (1987) Both evenings will feature a film screening and post-film community conversation designed to facilitate an examination of the ways in which the past, present and future of equity, diversity and inclusion are expressed in popular culture. Each event will be hosted by educator and media literacy advocate Claude Taylor of Monmouth University. An open and honest dialogue is encouraged which generates enlightening and informative exchanges. Please register. Registration begins on January 7, 2020. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Black History Month. Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Libby

Brick Branch Libby is one of OCL's most popular digital material. Libby gives all lovers of books the chance to read or listen to their favorite authors on the go via their electronic device. With this class, learn how to use the Libby app to get eBooks and audio books on your tablet or smartphone. Must have a library card to sign-up for Libby! REG. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Teen Paint Party

Jackson Branch Jean-Michel Basquiat, an influential African American artist, achieved critical success in the 1980s. His paintings transported graffiti from the outside of buildings and trains to inside NYC’s toniest galleries. Using his work as inspiration, you will create a graffiti canvas. Ages 12 – 18. Registration begins January 20th. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Black History Month. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting

Lakewood Branch Gain leadership skills and earn community service hours. Ages 12 – 18. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Winter Painting

Toms River Branch Adults only.   NOTE:  Please wear old clothes. We will create a multimedia snow scene using paper cutouts and acrylic paints on heavy poster board. Please register for only one session. Registration required. Registration begins on January 21, 2020. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:00 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, February 4, 2020, 7:00 PM.

Evening Book Discussion - Jackson Branch

Jackson Branch The Boys in the Boat  by Daniel James Brown Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

English Conversation Group

Little Egg Harbor Branch Practice English in an informal, friendly setting. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Burr Street Book Cafe

Barnegat Branch A – 2/4, 7 pm, Tuesday Burr Street Books A monthly book café. Enjoy coffee and dessert while discussing the book of your choice with other avid readers. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:00 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. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM.