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Waves of YA - A Young Adult Literacy Podcast

System Programming Waves of YA is a podcast focused on Young Adult Literacy where we discuss various genres, topics, and trends in Young Adult Literature.  Check Out the latest episodes:  Casual Gay Reads, A Teen's Look At Books, Narrating YA with audiobook narrator, Michael Crouch . Branch Location: All Locations. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Virtual Program. Audience: Teens. Adults. Friday, December 9, 2022. For more info visit padlet.com.

"Nature at it's Best"

Barnegat Branch Catherine LeCleire shares her printmaking and silkscreen art through November and December. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Friday, December 9, 2022.

Drop-in Craft: Animal Crafts

Jackson Branch Drop by and make some fun crafts in the Children’s Department. All Ages.   NO REGSITRATION REQUIRED. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Family. Friday, December 9, 2022, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Craft Corner for Adults

Lacey Branch Get Crafty and create a Holiday Ornament. Please register. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Audience: Adults. Friday, December 9, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Weathering Winter

Manchester Branch Be ready for the cold and ice with these tips and tricks for staying safe and healthy when winter whips through. From signs of frostbite to preventing frozen pipes, this program will help you prepare for the worst of winter. Please Register. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Seniors/Older Adults. Audience: Adults. Friday, December 9, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

CANCELLED - Lil Builders Club

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Drop in for some open block building with your little one. Ages 0-6 years old. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: STEM/STEAM. Audience: Kids. Friday, December 9, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Baby's First Stories

Stafford Branch Let’s get together with rhymes, movement, and stories. Little ones up to 18 months are welcome with a caregiver. Please register. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Friday, December 9, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Preschool Storytime

Barnegat Branch Come for stories, songs, and a craft. Ages 3 – 5. Themes: 12/9: Shapes 12/16: Winter Sign-up once for this 2 week series. Begin registering November 25th. . Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Program. Audience: Kids. Friday, December 9, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Arty Party

Toms River Branch Registration required; begins November 25  Please register each child individually. Join us for our monthly preschool art program, featuring holiday themed crafts. Dress for a mess. Ages 3 – 5. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Friday, December 9, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Letters to Santa Drop-In (Children/Families)

Brick Branch Children & Families: Join us between 10-11am to create your letter to Santa.  A Form letter will be provided that you can fill out and decorate. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Family. Friday, December 9, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Preschool Pals

Long Beach Island Branch Ages 3-5 Stop by the Long Beach Island branch for Preschool Pals Storytime on December 9 at 12pm. We will read some stories, and work on a fun craft together. A parent and/or guardian must be present with the child for the duration of the program. Registration will open two weeks prior. Registration is required for attendance. Ages 3 - 5 with caregiver. REG. Pleas register each child individually. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Audience: Kids. Friday, December 9, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Mah Jongg

Stafford Branch Come play Mah Jongg! Please bring your current year gaming cards and game sets. Drop in. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Program. Diversity. Audience: Adults. Friday, December 9, 2022, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

Quilting Bee

Manchester Branch Quilters of all levels are welcome to meet and work on their currents projects. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Friday, December 9, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

OC Purls Knitting Group

Upper Shores Branch Bring your knitting projects to the library and enjoy some conversation while you knit! Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Friday, December 9, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Easy Crafts for Adults

Sparks's Lab Makerspace Easy Crafts for adults are held once a month. Every month we will do a different craft to help you release stress and be creative. Come join us! Please register. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Adults. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Friday, December 9, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

CANCELLED - Sensory Space Open

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

CANCELLED - What is Money Anyway?

Little Egg Harbor Branch Learn the values of the different paper and coin money, what a bank account is, and much more. Ages 5 -7. REG. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Audience: Kids. Friday, December 9, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Dewey Decimal System Day

Lakewood Branch Come to the Teen Zone to make your own Dewey the cat craft and learn about how the Dewey Decimal System works. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Friday, December 9, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Homework Help/Ayuda con las Tareas

Lakewood Branch Does your student need assistance with their homework? We can help Monday - Thursday 3 pm - 6 pm and Friday 3 pm - 4:45 pm for ages 4 - 12. We assist children with school assigned homework in many subject areas such as math, reading, writing, social studies, and science. In order to accommodate all students, homework help may not always be one-on-one. Homework help is not tutoring and is not reading help.  ¿Necesita ayuda con los deberes de su hijo? Nosotros podemos ayudarle lunes - jueves 3 pm - 6 pm y viernes 3 pm - 4:45 pm para edades 4 - 12. Ayudamos a los niños en muchas áreas como matemáticas, lectura, escritura, esudios socilaes y ciencias. Con el fin de dar cabida a todos los estudiantes, ayuda con las tareas no siempre puede ser uno-a-uno. Ayuda con las tareas no es tutoría y no es ayuda leyendo. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Friday, December 9, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:45 PM.

Afternoon Dungeons and Dragons

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Audience: Teens. Tweens. Friday, December 9, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Upper Shores Book Discussion Group

Upper Shores Branch This month, we will be discussing our November read: The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Audience: Adults. Friday, December 9, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Jingle Bell Wreath Door Hanger

Barnegat Branch Spread some holiday cheer and assemble this jingle bell wreath door hanger for you home.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Barnegat Library. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Friday, December 9, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Watch & Create: Snowman Cards

Stafford Branch Learn how to make a fun winter greeting card in this virtual episode of Watch & Create: Snowman Cards. Supplies to create a card can be picked up at the Stafford Branch as supplies last. Ages 3-12. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Virtual Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

Winter Solstice Lantern Drop-In

Toms River Branch Create a glowing mini winter solstice lantern.  Best for ages 5-11. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

EWE Knit and Crochet

Barnegat Branch EWE Knit and Crochet - Drop in with your own supplies and introduce yourself to a friendly group. This group meets at the Barnegat Branch at 1pm every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, and at 10pm every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Audience: Adults. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

CANCELLED - Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space **Sensory Space hours today have been cancelled** Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds, and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library. Time spent in the space will be limited to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first serve basis. Caregiver must be present. Hours subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Shazia Zaman

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch What does it mean to meditate? What is mindfulness? Join us in quiet time for self-care to experience and embody mindfulness through a guided meditation. Learn the art of present moment awareness and reclaim peace, clarity and the simple pleasure of slowing down. Learn about mindfulness and its many benefits. This practice will offer an opportunity to work with different mindfulness tools such as breath, body awareness, sensations and sounds. This is a compassion based practice, please bring an open heart and be ready to relax and rejuvenate. Followed by Q&A. Open to new and experienced practitioners. Space is limited; registration is required.  About the Instructor, Shazia Zaman is a certified Mindfulness Meditation instructor and practitioner. She trained with two contemporary Mindfulness Masters from the Buddhist tradition, Dr. Jack Kornfield and Dr. Tara Brach. Shazia is also certified with the International Mindfulness Teachers Association as a professional instructor. She is a certified Reiki Master… Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

CANCELLED - Open Hours

Sparks's Lab Makerspace Sparks's lab will be open for self-led use of eligible equipment during these hours. Hours subject to change, check Sparks’s Lab online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Makerspace Filters: Building. Drop-in. Sewing. Beginner. Intermediate. Advanced. Paper Craft. 3D Printing. Icon: Art. Maker. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Chair Yoga for Adults

Island Heights Branch Loosen up for the holidays- join us for simple yoga movements from the comfort of a chair. Please wear comfortable clothing. Registration required; one name per line. *A waiver form must be signed before the start of the program*. Branch Location: Island Heights Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

The Art of Natural Fragrance: Create your own scent

Lacey Branch Join perfume enthusiast, Megan Ruisch, for this engaging hands-on DIY program, where participants will learn how to blend natural ingredients and create their own fragrant balm.  This program is for adults age 18+. Please register, seating limited. Registration begins November 26. This program is not recommended for those with asthma, allergies, or skin sensitivity. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

3D Fun / 3D Divertido

Lakewood Branch Make a 3D flower Hacer un 3D flor. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Feature Film " Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris " (2022)

Brick Branch An English domestic servant who falls in love with a couture Dior dress, decides she must buy one of her own. After she raises the funds, she sets off to Paris on a journey that will change the course of her life. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

The Strictly 60's Band

Long Beach Island Branch Musical tribute to the 1960's with the holidays thrown in.  The music includes many artists like Elvis, Dion, Beach Boys, 4 Seasons, and Beatles to name a few and we incorporate music with trivia, musical facts, and an interactive sing along in all our shows.  Please Register. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Concert. Audience: Adults. Family. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

CANCELLED - Open Hours

Sparks's Lab Makerspace Sparks's lab will be open for self-led use of eligible equipment during these hours. Hours subject to change, check Sparks’s Lab online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Makerspace Filters: Building. Drop-in. Sewing. Beginner. Intermediate. Advanced. Paper Craft. 3D Printing. Icon: Art. Maker. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Virtual Author Talk with Fredrik Backman: Bestselling Author of A Man Called Ove

All Virtual Programs Register here: https://libraryc.org/theoceancountylibrary/22320/register Join us for an online chat with bestselling author Fredrik Backman as we discuss his outstanding body of work, including his breathtaking new novel, The Winners, the third installment of the Beartown series.  In the beautifully written Beartown—which inspired the HBO series of the same name—a small town obsessed with the local junior hockey team is rocked by a shocking act of violence. As accusations and rumors fly, the town must grapple with its identity as never before. The series continues and tensions rise when it’s rumored that the Beartown hockey team will be disbanded in Us Against You. The entire future of the team and the town hinges on an upcoming game that could change everything forever. Finally, the series comes to an evocative conclusion with The Winners. The Winners return to the close-knit, resilient community of Beartown for a story about first loves, second chances, and last goodbyes. In the two years since the events… Branch Location: Virtual. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Audience: Adults. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit libraryc.org.

Qigong for Health and Vitality

Toms River Branch Qigong is an ancient self-healing system that increases and balances your internal energy. Learn and experience Qigong principles and techniques to calm your nervous system, reduce stress and chronic tension, build strength and stamina, optimize your health, and elevate your mood. During this class we will explore breath, healing sounds, gentle movements and stances, visualization, meditation, and self-massage to optimize your health. Please wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing and flat soled, flexible, non-skid shoes. Feel free to bring water to drink and a journal for notes. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Adults. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

Chair Yoga with Belle

Stafford Branch Join Yoga Instructor Belle Burns for chair yoga, a very gentle yoga practice, where we stay seated in a chair for most of the hour long practice. You are assisted through various gentle stretches from head to toe with focus on the breath and mindfulness. We may get up for a few minutes to do some gentle, chair assisted stretches. This practice is very gentle and easy on beginners for all body types. You will need to sign a waiver to participate. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Program. Seniors/Older Adults. Audience: Adults. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

CANCELLED - Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space **Sensory Space hours today have been cancelled** Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds, and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library. Time spent in the space will be limited to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first serve basis. Caregiver must be present. Hours subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Saturday, December 10, 2022, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds, and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library. Time spent in the space will be limited to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first serve basis. Caregiver must be present. Hours subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Sunday, December 11, 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Cancelled: English Conversation Group

Stafford Branch Cancelled: A local volunteer will assist non-native English speakers to practice conversational English. Talk about current events and more. New members welcome. Drop-in. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Informational Program. Audience: Adults. Sunday, December 11, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Baby, It's Cold Outside! YA Winter Romance Reading Challenge

Toms River Branch Teens! Find the "Baby, It's Cold Outside" book display in the Teen Zone throughout the month of December (the one with the pink box on top!) to pick up a young adult (YA) romance book from the display. Grab a sheet to review and rate your book, then drop it in the box at the top of the display. You'll be entered to win a cozy winter headband handmade by one of our teen librarians. All submissions due by December 31st. Happy reading! Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Teens. Monday, December 12, 2022.

Cooking with Miss Joanne

Berkeley Branch Miss Joanne shares new recipes that you can make with your family. January: February March April May Check out 2021 Recipes below.  December: November: October: September: August: July: June: May: April: March: February:  January. Branch Location: Virtual. Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. STEM/STEAM. Virtual Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Family. Monday, December 12, 2022.

A Riddle Each Week

Manchester Branch This is a passive program that will take place in the Teen Area.  A riddle will be posted in the Teen Area. Once you write your answer on a piece of paper, you can submit it to the Children's Desk librarians and, if it's correct, you will receive a piece of candy. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Monday, December 12, 2022 – Friday, December 16, 2022.

Cookie Storytime (Ages 2+)

Brick Branch Ages 2+: Join us for cookie stories and a craft.  Please register each child individually and not all on the same line. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Monday, December 12, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Holiday Safety Tips for Seniors

Berkeley Branch Stop by and learn tips to keep you safe this holiday season. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Seniors/Older Adults. Audience: Adults. Monday, December 12, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Mah-Jongg Mondays

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

Adult Movie Kit: Willow

Long Beach Island Branch 1 PM- WILLOW (1988), Action/Adventure/Drama, Rated PG, 2 hr 6 min. A young farmer is chosen to undertake a perilous journey in order to protect a special baby from an evil queen. Starring: Warwick Davis and Val Kilmer. Take Home Movie. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Monday, December 12, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Knitting and Crocheting at the Beach

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels welcome. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Monday, December 12, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Monday Movie at Barnegat

Barnegat Branch Top Gun: Maverick (PG-13) 131 min. Starring Tom Cruise Drop-in. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Adults. Monday, December 12, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Advanced French Club

Brick Branch Join us at the Brick Branch and speak French with other French speakers in the community! Intermediate and Advanced speakers welcome. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. Audience: Adults. Monday, December 12, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Seasonal Sing Along

Manchester Branch Join us in singing various festive and holiday tunes during these cold, winter days. Please Register. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Concert. Program. Seniors/Older Adults. Audience: Adults. Monday, December 12, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Homework Help/Ayuda con las Tareas

Lakewood Branch Does your student need assistance with their homework? We can help Monday - Thursday 3 pm - 6 pm and Friday 3 pm - 4:45 pm for ages 4 - 12. We assist children with school assigned homework in many subject areas such as math, reading, writing, social studies, and science. In order to accommodate all students, homework help may not always be one-on-one. Homework help is not tutoring and is not reading help.  ¿Necesita ayuda con los deberes de su hijo? Nosotros podemos ayudarle lunes - jueves 3 pm - 6 pm y viernes 3 pm - 4:45 pm para edades 4 - 12. Ayudamos a los niños en muchas áreas como matemáticas, lectura, escritura, esudios socilaes y ciencias. Con el fin de dar cabida a todos los estudiantes, ayuda con las tareas no siempre puede ser uno-a-uno. Ayuda con las tareas no es tutoría y no es ayuda leyendo. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Monday, December 12, 2022, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Adult Crafternoon

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Join us and create a holiday ornament or gift topper. Please Register. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Audience: Adults. Monday, December 12, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Cardboard Gingerbread Houses

Jackson Branch Test your creativity and engineering skills by constructing a gingerbread house using cardboard. Ages 8 – 14. REGISTRATION REQUIRED  Please fill out one form per each child to be registered. . Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. STEM/STEAM. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Family. Monday, December 12, 2022, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

TAB (Teen Advisory Board)

Brick Branch Gain valuable leadership skills and earn community service hours. Limited space available. Registration required. Grades 6-12. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Monday, December 12, 2022, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM.

Teen Board Game Afternoon

Beachwood Branch Teens can stop by the library, hang out, and play board games. Please register. Branch Location: Beachwood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Monday, December 12, 2022, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Pickin' at Point

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Bring your acoustic instrument and a song to share at this drop-in acoustic jam session. No registration required. Call the Point Pleasant Beach Branch with questions: 732-892-4575. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Monday, December 12, 2022, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds, and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library. Time spent in the space will be limited to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first serve basis. Caregiver must be present. Hours subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Monday, December 12, 2022, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Drop-in Tech

Lakewood Branch Bring your computer questions to our staff, no appointment required. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Monday, December 12, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Snow Flake Craft / Manualidades con copos de nieve

Lakewood Branch Make snowflakes. Hacer copos de nieve. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Monday, December 12, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Painting Lesson with Lil Monsters Art

Tuckerton Branch Join artist and teacher Jamie Jarka of Lil Monsters Art for a painting lesson. All materials are included.  REG. Branch Location: Tuckerton Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Monday, December 12, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Beginner Chair Yoga

Toms River Branch Join us for a session of beginner level chair yoga led by certified yoga instructor, Belle Burns. Registration is required for this program.  This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ocean County Library - Toms River. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Adults. Monday, December 12, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Drop-in Video Games for Kids

Toms River Branch Play video games and make some new friends. Ages 4 – 12. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Monday, December 12, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Teen Hot Chocolate Bomb and Mug Making

Toms River Branch Teens! Learn how to make your own hot chocolate bombs and customize a ceramic mug using the Cricut Mug Press. You will leave with a finished mug and hot chocolate bombs for gifting or keeping. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Monday, December 12, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Knit-Chat-Chain

Jackson Branch Join our fellow hook and needle enthusiasts and create a variety of items to donate to various charitable organizations, as well as work on your own projects. Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels are welcome. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Monday, December 12, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

CANCELLED - English Conversation Group - Monday nights

Lakewood Branch This program is for you if you've learned some English and want to practice speaking it with other English language learners.  Improve your accents, learn new vocabulary and American slang and become familiar with people from other cultures. Come any Monday night and practice with native English speakers and other people from a variety of countries.  We have friendly, informative meetings.  Everyone is welcome!  No registration is necessary. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. Audience: Adults. Monday, December 12, 2022, 6:30 PM.

Christmas Craftapalooza

Manchester Branch Ages 4-12. Celebrate the holiday season with snacks, crafts, and music! Please register as space is limited. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Monday, December 12, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Nutcracker in a Nutshell

Waretown Branch Nutcracker in a Nutshell condenses the classic ballet into a 30 minute performance. REG. Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Monday, December 12, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Databases For Small Business Owners

Jackson Branch If you are a small business owner, entrepreneur or job seeker come to this database class. This presentation will cover some of Ocean County Library's legal and business databases available to library customers with an active Ocean County Library card.  Databases included are Gale Legal forms, Business Plans, Foundation Directory Professional and online access to business publications. Learn how to get information on demographics and marketing data using Reference Solutions formerly ReferenceUSA  to better assess your target business market. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Informational Program. Program. Audience: Adults. Monday, December 12, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

NGXB: Rockin’ the Hits on 88 Keys

Plumsted Branch Pianist and arranger, NGXB,  loves to give the rock n roll experience on all 88 keys.   His concert features classic hits and standards from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.  NGXB is often compared to Liberace by many, as he performs all of his solo piano arrangements with little or no singing throughout the act and has a dynamic stage presences and personality.  He is the winner of PBS’s “Celebration of Music” in Greater Leigh Valley Philadephia and has performed in many large venues throughout the east coast. Please register each participant individually. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration as a courtesy to our patrons, staff presenters. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Audience: Adults. Family. Monday, December 12, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

CANCELLED - English Conversation Group

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Local volunteer Mary Turbek will assist non-native English speakers practice conversational English. New members are always welcome. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Monday, December 12, 2022, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Hand & Foot Card Games

Upper Shores Branch Come to the Upper Shores Branch on Tuesday mornings to enjoy a game of Hand and Foot. Players must bring their own cards and game sets. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Toddler Time

Long Beach Island Branch Ages 1-3 *Foot coverings (shoes, socks, or slippers) must be worn by all children. Stop by the Long Beach Island branch for Toddler Time on December 13 at 9:30am. We will read some stories and sing some songs together. A Parent and/or Guardian must be present with the child for the duration of the program. Registration will open two weeks prior. Registration is required for attendance. Please register each child individually. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library.  Time spent in the Space will be limited up to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Caregiver must be present.  Hours subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Request Materials Online

Lakewood Branch Learn how to request titles not in our catalog. Library card required. Mouse skills required. Registration required. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Brain Games: Keeping the Mind Sharp

Manchester Branch Horizon BC/BS's interactive, fun presentation discusses our brain as the "master computer" and the important topic of brain health. There are routine maintenance activities we can do on a daily basis that helps to keep this master organ healthy and in best working order, even as we age.  Diet, physical exercise and proper rest will be touched upon.  There will also be games and exercises played that stimulate and exercise different areas of our brain to help increase our memory.  A strongly exercised brain can help keep our memory strong. REG. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Seniors/Older Adults. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Preschool Storytime: Winter is coming

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Come join us for stories, songs and a craft. Ages 3-6. REG. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Santa Claus Storytime

Barnegat Branch Holiday themed stories and songs followed by a visit from Santa Clause. Enjoy refreshments sponsored by The Friends of the Barnegat Library. Recommended for ages 2+.  Please register for this program beginning November 29th. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Program. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Hot Chocolate Storytime

Brick Branch Join us for stories, crafts, and fun. Ages 2+. REG-  Please register each child individually . Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Family. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Craft for Adults with Special Challenges: Hot Cocoa Mug Ornaments

Lacey Branch Get into the holiday spirit by creating your own decorative ornament with instructor Linda Higley.  Craft is sponsored by the KearnyBank Foundation Grant and is for adults with special challenges. Please Register. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Baby & Me

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Please join us for songs, music, rhymes, and stories. Up to 18 months with caregiver.  Program registration is REQUIRED since we are unable to accept walk-ins at this time. . Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Movies for Adults with Special Challenges

Berkeley Branch Individuals and day programs for adults with special needs are welcome to enjoy a movie in our meeting room. The audience will select their film on the day of the showing. REG. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM.

Craft for Adults with Special Challenges: Hot Cocoa Mug Ornaments

Lacey Branch Get into the holiday spirit by creating your own decorative ornament with instructor Linda Higley.  Craft is sponsored by the KearnyBank Foundation Grant and is for adults with special challenges. Please Register. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

CANCELLED - Jackson Afternoon Book Discussion - CANCELLED

Jackson Branch Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Writer's Group

Manchester Branch Bring your poetry, essays, and short stories. The Writer's Group critiques each other's works and provides feedback. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels: Adult Craft and Relax

Plumsted Branch Learn how to dip and decorate your own holiday chocolate covered pretzels. All supplies provided. Adults 18+. Seating limited. Please register each participant individually. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration as a courtesy to our patrons, staff presenters. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Embroidered Greeting Cards

Barnegat Branch Learn how to embroider your own paper cards for a fun homemade gift with local artist, Linda Johnson. All supplies provided. Adults 18+. Seating limited. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Open Hours

Sparks's Lab Makerspace Sparks's lab will be open for self-led use of eligible equipment during these hours. Hours subject to change, check Sparks’s Lab online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Makerspace Filters: Building. Drop-in. Sewing. Beginner. Intermediate. Advanced. Paper Craft. 3D Printing. Icon: Art. Maker. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds and equipment to create a calming experience while using the library.  Time spent in the Space will be limited up to 30 minutes and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Caregiver must be present.  Hours subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Learn to Use Facebook®

Brick Branch Learn to like, post, and upload photos on Facebook®. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Computer/Technology Classes. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Craft in America – Holiday Film and Discussion

Jackson Branch Embrace familiar and new winter celebrations as part of our American experience with the handmade. Celebrate cultural and religious customs and get inspired to discover your own creativity. Craft in America is a PBS Series. Film available from Access Video on Demand database. 2013 (TV-PG) 53 min. Discussion 15 min. Please Register. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM.

Homework Help/Ayuda con las Tareas

Lakewood Branch Does your student need assistance with their homework? We can help Monday - Thursday 3 pm - 6 pm and Friday 3 pm - 4:45 pm for ages 4 - 12. We assist children with school assigned homework in many subject areas such as math, reading, writing, social studies, and science. In order to accommodate all students, homework help may not always be one-on-one. Homework help is not tutoring and is not reading help.  ¿Necesita ayuda con los deberes de su hijo? Nosotros podemos ayudarle lunes - jueves 3 pm - 6 pm y viernes 3 pm - 4:45 pm para edades 4 - 12. Ayudamos a los niños en muchas áreas como matemáticas, lectura, escritura, esudios socilaes y ciencias. Con el fin de dar cabida a todos los estudiantes, ayuda con las tareas no siempre puede ser uno-a-uno. Ayuda con las tareas no es tutoría y no es ayuda leyendo. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Holiday Water Bottles

Long Beach Island Branch Decorate a water bottle for yourself or someone special in a winter motif. All supplies provided by the Long Beach Island Library on December 13 at 3 pm. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Sip & Swap

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Tired of all the coffee mugs in your home? Bring a mug to swap and try our dueling hot chocolate recipes. Please register. . Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Audience: Adults. Teens. Tweens. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Paws for Reading

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Practice your reading skills in the company of gentle therapy dogs. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Make a Snow Globe / Hacer un Glovo de nieve

Lakewood Branch Fun and easy craft Divertido y fácil manualidad. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Tuesday Movie: The Muppet Christmas Carol

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch The Muppets' version of the Dickens holiday classic about a miser who's visited by three ghosts features Kermit the Frog as the penny-pincher's hardworking and loyal employee. (G) 85 min. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Audience: Family. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

Open Hours

Sparks's Lab Makerspace Sparks's lab will be open for self-led use of eligible equipment during these hours. Hours subject to change, check Sparks’s Lab online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Makerspace Filters: Building. Drop-in. Sewing. Beginner. Intermediate. Advanced. Paper Craft. 3D Printing. Icon: Art. Maker. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Meet the Mayor

Lacey Branch Join us as the Lacey Branch hosts Meet the Mayor with Lacey Mayor Mark Dykoff. During this event you will be able to ask questions directly to the mayor in an informal setting.  Held every second Tuesday of the month from 6pm-7pm. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Informational Program. Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

TAB: Teen Adivsory Board

Lakewood Branch Have fun and make new friends while earning community service hours volunteering!! Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Painting Lesson with Lil Monsters Art

Little Egg Harbor Branch Join artist and teacher Jamie Jarka of Lil Monsters Art for a painting lesson. All materials are included. Ages 9 - 17. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Blending Fun With Amy – Winter Smoothies

Manchester Branch For ages 6-12. Blending Fun with Amy as our culinary guide, children and tweens will learn to make healthy winter-themed smoothies using fresh ingredients.  There will be a chocolate mint flavor and more to delight your taste buds. There will be a blending demo, taste testing, guessing games, take home recipes and more! Food may contain potential allergens. Registration is required, please register each child or tween individually. Register online, in-person at the Manchester Children's Desk or call (732) 657-7600, option 6 to register. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Upper Shores Branch Gain valuable leadership skills and earn community service hours. Ages 12 – 18.   Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Audience: Teens. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Concert with Ken Lelen: "She Did it Her Way"

Toms River Branch Join vintage guitarist and singer, Ken Lelen, as he celebrates the lives, romances, careers and hit songs of female vocalists and recording artists such as Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Shore, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday and others. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Concert. Program. Seniors/Older Adults. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Young Artist's Studio

Toms River Branch Registration required; begins November 29, Please register each child individually. Join us for our monthly art program, featuring ornaments. Ages 6 – 12. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Teenz Paint Party

Jackson Branch Come paint along with an art instructor from Carazy Paint Studio. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Teens. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting

Stafford Branch Gain valuable leadership skills and earn community service hours. Ages 12 – 18. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Audience: Teens. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Evening Book Discussion - Please Register

Toms River Branch Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christi Lefteri Please register for this meeting. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

English Conversation Group

Brick Branch Practice English conversation and talk about current events and more. Drop-in. All are welcome. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Anime Club for Adults

Lakewood Branch Anime Club for Adults Join us for anime viewing in our computer lab. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Cancelled: 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, December 13, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Holiday Program with Flute and Guitar

Little Egg Harbor Branch Celebrate the holiday season with a festive flute and guitar concert. Flutist Marjorie Koharski and guitarist Keith Calmes will perform a variety of holiday music including classical selections, international carols, and holiday standards. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Concert. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Art Exhibit: Pastel Interpretations

Upper Shores Branch New Jersey artist Scott Molnar’s exhibit, Pastel Interpretations of Ocean County, will be on display throughout the month of December in the Upper Shores Meeting Room. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Audience: Adults. Family. Wednesday, December 14, 2022.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds and equipment to create a calming experience while using the library.  Time spent in the Space will be limited up to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Caregiver must be present.  Hours subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

English Conversation Group

Toms River Branch New to speaking English? Join us and talk about current events and more. New members welcome. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. Program. Informational Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Book Cafe for Adults with Special Needs

Berkeley Branch ​Select your favorite books and relax and share with friends. Call ahead to reserve your group's favorite titles. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Craft for Adults with Special Challenges

Brick Branch Registration opens Wednesday November 30th. Registration is required as materials are limited. To ensure an accurate count of registrants, please register only those individuals who will be making a craft (caregivers do NOT need to register).  Please call the Brick Library at (732) 477-4513, option 4 to register. Thank you! Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Mother Goose Time

Lacey Branch Rhythm, rhymes, music and movement for babies up to 18 months and their caregivers.  Please register, beginning on November 30th, for this three week session being held on December 14th, 21st and 28th. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 10:00 AM.

Elf Storytime and Craft

Toms River Branch Registration required; begins November 30. Please register each child individually.  Listen to stories about Santa’s elves and participate in a fun craft. Ages 3 – 5. . Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Baby & Me

Berkeley Branch Rhythm, rhyme, music and movement for babies up to 12 months with caregiver. This is designed for babies not yet walking. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Baby & Me

Island Heights Branch Join us for stories, rhymes, and simple movements. Ages 0 - 12 months. Please register one baby per line. Branch Location: Island Heights Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

Baby & Me

Upper Shores Branch Join us for songs, stories, and hands-on activities. Recommended for babies up to 18 months with a caregiver. Please register each child individually. Parent/caregiver does not need to register. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Preschool Storytime: Hanukah and Christmas Cheer

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Please join us for songs and stories that celebrate Hanukah and Christmas. Ages 3 – 6.  Program registration is REQUIRED since we are unable to accept walk-ins at this time. . Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Mah Jongg Club

Waretown Branch Beginners welcome! Branch Location: Waretown Branch. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Virtual Author Talk with Nicole Eustace

All Virtual Programs Register here: https://libraryc.org/theoceancountylibrary/20900/register You’re invited to explore early-American history during an online afternoon conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning historian Nicole Eustace as she discusses her 2022 award winning book Covered With Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America. On the eve of a major treaty conference between Iroquois leaders and European colonists in the distant summer of 1722, two white fur traders attacked an Indigenous hunter and left him for dead near Conestoga, Pennsylvania. Though virtually forgotten today, this act of brutality set into motion a remarkable series of criminal investigations and cross-cultural negotiations that challenged the definition of justice in early America. In Covered with Night, Dr. Eustace reconstructs the crime and its aftermath, bringing us into the overlapping worlds of white colonists and Indigenous peoples in this formative period. As she shows, the murder of the Indigenous man set the entire… Branch Location: Virtual. Type of Event: Author/Book Event. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. For more info visit libraryc.org.

Mah Jongg at the Library

Little Egg Harbor Branch Please bring your current year gaming cards and game sets. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

Italian Cultural Society of LBI

Long Beach Island Branch “Secondo Mercoledi' (Wednesday)”. Sponsored by the Italian Cultural Society of LBI. REG. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Diversity. Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Winter Ornaments for Adults

Manchester Branch We will be making seasonal decorations using paper and other basic supplies. Since nearly everyone is pressed for time and money during this time of year, the focus is on crafts that are easy, fast and inexpensive to complete. Towel roll snowflake ornaments, paper trees and mason jar band wreaths are crafts that will be included.  Participants must bring their own scissors. Please register. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Learn to Folk Dance

Stafford Branch Come join us and learn traditional dances from around the world. This fun class will introduce you to the richness and variety of international music and dance from countries such as Norway, Mexico, Slovakia, India, and more! These traditional dances are easy to learn, and no dance experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. You will need to sign a waiver to participate. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Homework Help/Ayuda con las Tareas

Lakewood Branch Does your student need assistance with their homework? We can help Monday - Thursday 3 pm - 6 pm and Friday 3 pm - 4:45 pm for ages 4 - 12. We assist children with school assigned homework in many subject areas such as math, reading, writing, social studies, and science. In order to accommodate all students, homework help may not always be one-on-one. Homework help is not tutoring and is not reading help.  ¿Necesita ayuda con los deberes de su hijo? Nosotros podemos ayudarle lunes - jueves 3 pm - 6 pm y viernes 3 pm - 4:45 pm para edades 4 - 12. Ayudamos a los niños en muchas áreas como matemáticas, lectura, escritura, esudios socilaes y ciencias. Con el fin de dar cabida a todos los estudiantes, ayuda con las tareas no siempre puede ser uno-a-uno. Ayuda con las tareas no es tutoría y no es ayuda leyendo. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Present Wrapping Workshop

Lakewood Branch Learn how to wrap presents and make bows.  Bring your own gifts to wrap. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Cricut® Class

Sparks's Lab Makerspace Learn the basics of using the Cricut® Maker™ machine and Cricut® Design Space Software. All ages. REG. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: MakerSpace Program. Icon: Maker. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Teen Volunteer Hour

Jackson Branch Earn a community service hour. Learn about the Library. Effect positive change. Ages 12 – 18. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Audience: Teens. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Gingerbread House Decoration

Lacey Branch We'll supply pre-made simple houses which you can customize with loads of candy and icing. For ages 6 - 12. Space is limited. Registration is required and begins on November 30th.  Please register each child individually.  An email address is not required for each child's registration.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Lacey Library. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 4:30 PM.

Family Game Club

Lakewood Branch Explore the library's collection of tabletop games for gamers of all ages. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Family. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Make with Michelle: Beaded Snowflakes

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Stop by the Point Boro branch to create beaded snowflakes for the winter holidays. Supplies will be provided. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds, and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library. Time spent in the space will be limited to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first serve basis. Caregiver must be present. Hours subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Essential Oils

Berkeley Branch Many essential oils have antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibiotic properties. They often also transfer very pleasurable, sensory experiences within minutes, because of their fragrances and restorative natures, making them impactful on our brain chemistry, emotional well-being, and spiritual wellness. Participants will receive a “take home” sample. The oils used are from Young Living. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Family Movie Night / Noche de cine familiar

Lakewood Branch Watch a “G” or “PG” rated film Mire una película clasificada como "G" o "PG". Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Family. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Holiday Concert with The Waterview Singers

Long Beach Island Branch A family-friendly event, this concert will include many of your favorite holiday songs and Christmas carols. In addition to the full ensemble performing throughout, members of the group will sing solos, duets and small combos. The audience will be invited to join in singing some of the season’s most well-known carols. You’ll be sure to leave full of holiday cheer. The concert is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Please register. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Type of Event: Concert. Audience: Family. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.)

Barnegat Branch Gain valuable leadership skills and earn community service hours. This meeting will be our holiday party. Drop-in. Open to teens aged 12 – 18. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Teen Game Night

Barnegat Branch Come into the library to play video, board and card games. Drop in. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Audience: Teens. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

DIY Holiday Ornaments (Teens Only)

Brick Branch Join us to make a variety of holiday ornaments. Ages 13-18. Please register. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Audience: Teens. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Elvistory--King of Vegas 1970-1972

Jackson Branch Award-Winning Elvis-Storian and Elvis tribute performer George “Ruben” Castillo takes you back to the early 70s.  While the war in Vietnam still rages on, with tragedies at home and abroad, the world is undergoing tremendous changes from the way we look and dress, to how we feel government is misleading us. Elvis music from his Grammy Award-winning gospel album He Touched Me, as well as highlights from his concerts movies That's The Way It Is and Elvis: On Tour will be showcased. Appropriate for older teens and adults. REG. Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Concert. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Acoustic Concert with Todd Meredith - New Date!

Little Egg Harbor Branch After spending a decade living in New York City as an actor/musician, Todd Meredith moved to the Jersey Shore, where he has enjoyed performing at numerous Long Beach Island venues and in the surrounding area for the past five years.  He played Buddy Holly in the national tour of THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY musical back in 2015.  When he's not acting in shows or performing acoustic covers at his favorite local joints, he can be found performing around the country and on cruise ships with his band, The Rave-Ons. During his solo acoustic shows, Todd loves taking requests and prides himself in playing a large variety of rock, pop, and country music from all decades.  Whether you like quiet, relaxing background music or raucous, danceable acoustic covers, Todd is happy to abide. (Rescheduled from September 13, 2022.). Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Concert. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Together this Holiday: a Seasonal Performance by Dakota & Elle

Upper Shores Branch Join Dakota & Elle for an evening of holiday favorites including O Holy Night, Winter Wonderland, The Christmas Song, and more!  Dakota & Elle are a classically trained tenor and soprano duo who sing Broadway, classical, and contemporary music. They both trained with Juilliard graduate and world-renowned vocal instructor, Steven Schnurman. Their ethereal voices are often compared to the likes of Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman.  Registration is required for this event. Sponsored by the Friends of the Upper Shores Branch. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Chocolate Making for Teens

Barnegat Branch Melt and pour chocolate into molds. Enjoy your creations or give them as a gift. Open to teens aged 12-18. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Program. DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Friends of the Upper Shores Library Holiday Book Sale

Upper Shores Branch Our annual Holiday Book Sale is taking place throughout the month of December. Come find some great deals on bestselling books for your holiday shopping! All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Upper Shores Library. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Friends Event. Audience: Adults. Thursday, December 15, 2022.

Decoration Swap

Stafford Branch Bring in your gently-used decorations and swap them for something more to your liking. Items will be in the upstairs lobby during the month of December. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library.  Time spent in the Space will be limited up to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Caregiver must be present.  Hours subject to change, check the Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Shake, Rattle, & Read Storytime

Toms River Branch Registration required; begins December 1.  Please register each child individually. Build important early learning skills together with stories, songs, playtime and more.  Ages 12 months – 3 years with a caregiver. . Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Mah Jongg Open Play

Brick Branch Mah Jong, Mahjong, Mahjongg no matter how you spell it, come and enjoy.  All play levels welcome.  Bring your current card and set. This program is offered every Thursday from May 19, 2022 through January 26, 2023. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Audience: Adults. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Toddler Time

Lacey Branch Stories, rhymes, music and movement for children ages 19 - 36 months with a caregiver.  Please register, beginning on December 1st, for this two-week session being held on December 15th and 22nd. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Program. Storytime. Audience: Kids. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 10:00 AM.

Playdate

Manchester Branch Come to the library today for some fun playing with friends and our toys in the meeting room. Ages 6m-6 with a caregiver are welcome for some free play time. Please register each child separately. Register online, in-person at the Manchester Children's Desk or call (732) 657-7600, option 6 to register. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

I Spy Winter Sensory Bin

Stafford Branch Drop in and search through a winter sensory bin to see what you can find. Ages 2 +. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Homeschool Makers: MakeDo Creations

Jackson Branch Come make cool cardboard creations for the Library’s Make-do kit. Ages 8 – 12.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED  Please fill out one form per each child to be registered. . Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Homeschool Program. Program. STEM/STEAM. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Family. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Bouncing Babies / Bebés Saltarines

Lakewood Branch Join other caregivers for stories, songs, and play time. Escucha cuentos, canta y juega con tu bebé. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Preschool Storytime

Upper Shores Branch Join us for storytime and a craft. Recommended for ages 3-5. Please Register each child individually. Parent/caregiver does not need to register. Branch Location: Upper Shores Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Toddler Sing-a-Long

Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch Come sing and dance to some of your favorite songs!  Program registration is REQUIRED since we are unable to accept walk-ins at this time. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Beach Branch. Audience: Kids. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Mah Jongg Mavens & Masters

Lacey Branch Have you always wanted to learn how to play Mah Jongg?  Do you already know?  Either way, come join us! Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Audience: Adults. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Mah Jongg

Berkeley Branch Weekly play on Thursdays for experienced players of Mah Jong every month. Players must bring their own set and current card. Register one time, for all sessions. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

String of Purls - Knit/Crochet

Stafford Branch Want to learn to knit and crochet? Join our group to learn, or bring your project with you. For beginners, bring size 9 knitting needles and light-colored 4-ply cotton or acrylic yarn. To crochet, bring the same yarn, and size "I" crochet hook. Drop in. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

DIY Non-Edible Gingerbread House

Sparks's Lab Makerspace Come design, build and decorate your own non-edible gingerbread house! Materials will be provided. Ages 13+. REG. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: MakerSpace Program. Makerspace Filters: Building. Icon: Art. Maker. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library.  Time spent in the Space will be limited up to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Caregiver must be present.  Hours subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Homework Help/Ayuda con las Tareas

Lakewood Branch Does your student need assistance with their homework? We can help Monday - Thursday 3 pm - 6 pm and Friday 3 pm - 4:45 pm for ages 4 - 12. We assist children with school assigned homework in many subject areas such as math, reading, writing, social studies, and science. In order to accommodate all students, homework help may not always be one-on-one. Homework help is not tutoring and is not reading help.  ¿Necesita ayuda con los deberes de su hijo? Nosotros podemos ayudarle lunes - jueves 3 pm - 6 pm y viernes 3 pm - 4:45 pm para edades 4 - 12. Ayudamos a los niños en muchas áreas como matemáticas, lectura, escritura, esudios socilaes y ciencias. Con el fin de dar cabida a todos los estudiantes, ayuda con las tareas no siempre puede ser uno-a-uno. Ayuda con las tareas no es tutoría y no es ayuda leyendo. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Tween Crafternoon: Clay Charms

Stafford Branch Join us for a relaxing afternoon craft. This month we'll make and paint clay charms. Please register. Registration opens 3 weeks before the event. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Tuckerton Branch Gain valuable leadership skills and earn community service hours. Ages 12-18. REG. Branch Location: Tuckerton Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Jackson Friends of the Library Meeting

Jackson Branch Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Friends Event. Audience: Adults. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Paper Plate Angel Craft/ Ángel Artesenal Con Platos de Papel

Lakewood Branch Create an angel with paper plates Crea un ángel con platos de papel. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Fandom Films

Manchester Branch Teens will gather in the Meeting Room in order to watch films from different fandoms. Please notify staff of potential food allergies before registration. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: FanNation. Movie. Program. Audience: Tweens. Teens. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds, and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library. Time spent in the space will be limited to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first serve basis. Caregiver must be present. Hours subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Crafty Kids / Niños Creativos

Lakewood Branch Mitten monsters Mostros de guantes. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Teen Game Night

Little Egg Harbor Branch Play familiar and new games, just for teens. Ages 12 -18. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Family Movie Night

Barnegat Branch The Grinch (PG) 2018, 90 min. Drop in BYOP: Bring your own popcorn! Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Movie. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Family. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Night Crafting for Adults

Brick Branch We will be making a ribbon pine cone ornament. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Holiday Escape Room

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Test your skills in our festive Holiday Escape Room where players work to discover the magic code.   Ages 7 – 12. REG. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: STEM/STEAM. Audience: Tweens. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Berkeley Branch Gain valuable leadership skills and earn community service hours. Branch Location: Berkeley Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

TAB (Teen Advisory Board)

Brick Branch Gain valuable leadership skills and earn community service hours. Limited space available. Registration required. Grades 6-12. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Drop-In Gaming for Adults

Little Egg Harbor Branch Join community members for a fun and friendly evening of board games and card games. Chat with others about your favorite game or play an exciting game provided by the library. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Adult Writer's Group

Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch Explore your writing skills in a fun, friendly, informal setting. Branch Location: Pt. Pleasant Boro Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Adults. Thursday, December 15, 2022, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Hannukah Packet Take & Make

Lakewood Branch Come to the Children's Desk for a take home packet celebrating Hannukah. While supplies last. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Friday, December 16, 2022 – Monday, December 19, 2022.

"Nature at it's Best"

Barnegat Branch Catherine LeCleire shares her printmaking and silkscreen art through November and December. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Exhibits/Displays. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Friday, December 16, 2022.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library.  Time spent in the Space will be limited up to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Caregiver must be present.  Hours subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Friday, December 16, 2022, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Drop-in Hanukkah Craft

Brick Branch Drop by for a craft to celebrate Hanukkah. Ages 2+. Branch Location: Brick Branch. Audience: Kids. Friday, December 16, 2022, 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 December 2nd, for this two-week session being held on December 16th and 23rd. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Audience: Kids. Friday, December 16, 2022, 10:00 AM.

Sensory Space

Long Beach Island Branch Ages 6months & up welcome *Foot coverings (shoes, socks, or slippers) must be worn by all children. Come to the Long Beach Island branch to engage in sensory friendly activities. We will enjoy unstructured play with a variety of stations. These games and activities will help build gross motor skills, strengthen cognitive development, and inspire free thinking creativity. Be sure to wear clothing you don't mind getting messy. Registration opens two weeks prior to the event. Registration is required. Branch Location: Long Beach Island Branch. Audience: Kids. Friday, December 16, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Drop-in Hanukkah Craft

Manchester Branch Stop by the Manchester Library to make a Hanukkah craft. Available while supplies last. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Friday, December 16, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Drop-In Pebble Art

Plumsted Branch Children and their caregivers can drop in to make pebble art ornaments, or table decorations, in the kid's zone. Ages 2+. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Kids. Friday, December 16, 2022, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Preschool Storytime

Barnegat Branch Come for stories, songs, and a craft. Ages 3 – 5. Themes: 12/9: Shapes 12/16: Winter Sign-up once for this 2 week series. Begin registering November 25th. . Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Storytime. Program. Audience: Kids. Friday, December 16, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Winter Wonderland

Toms River Branch Registration required; begins December 2, Please register each child individually. Join us for our annual holiday party, featuring a special guest. Ages 2 – 5. Food will be served; please contact us regarding potential allergens. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Friday, December 16, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Holiday Shrinky Dink Ornaments (Children/Families)

Brick Branch Children & Families: We'll decorate Shrinky Dinks for whichever holiday you celebrate.  Please register each child individually.  . Branch Location: Brick Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Family. Friday, December 16, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Babytime

Jackson Branch Engage with your baby in an interactive program. Ages 0 – 18 months. REGISTRATION REQUIRED  Please fill out one form per each child to be registered. . Branch Location: Jackson Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Family. Friday, December 16, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

HomeSchool Art- Gingerbread House Making

Plumsted Branch Please Join us for our monthly Homeschool art program, we will be making and decorating gingerbread houses. Please Register each participant individually. 6+. Branch Location: Plumsted Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Friday, December 16, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Mah Jongg

Stafford Branch Come play Mah Jongg! Please bring your current year gaming cards and game sets. Drop in. Branch Location: Stafford Branch. Type of Event: Program. Diversity. Audience: Adults. Friday, December 16, 2022, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

Homeschool Book Club

Lacey Branch A Long Walk on a Short Day by Gary D. Schmidt and Elizabeth Stickney.  In this short chapter book a boy and his father leave home on a snowy winter day and enter into a series of trades with neighbors in the hopes of returning home with a brown-eyed cow for Mama.  Best for ages 5 and up. Stop into the branch to register and check out the book, beginning on December 1st.    We'll meet on Friday, December 16th to talk about your thoughts on the book and share some activities related to the story. Branch Location: Lacey Branch. Type of Event: Program. Homeschool Program. Audience: Kids. Family. Friday, December 16, 2022, 2:00 PM.

Calming Coloring

Manchester Branch Coloring is a great method of stress relief for adults! Spend a relaxing afternoon creating art, listening to soothing music and relaxing with like-minded adults at the library! Coloring sheets and simple crafts are provided along with crayons, markers and pens. Alternatively, you can bring your own coloring projects and coloring tools. For even more de-stressing, we offer aromatherapy and therapy animals when available. This program meets once per month, on the third Friday from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Branch Location: Manchester Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Audience: Adults. Friday, December 16, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

CANCELLED - Rhythm and Sound

Barnegat Branch Join us for a concert as Rhythm N' Sound Perform Classic Standards, Doo-Wop, Rock N' Roll, Motown, Disco, and Classic Rock... A "Musical Revue” featuring music from the 40's to the 80's with a Holiday twist! Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Audience: Adults. Icon: Music. Friday, December 16, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Sensory Space Open

Sensory Space Visit the Sensory Space on the 2nd floor for special lighting, sounds and equipment to create a calming experience while using the Library.  Time spent in the Space will be limited up to 30 minutes and availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Caregiver must be present.  Hours subject to change, check Sensory Space online calendar prior to arriving. Branch Location: Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: Open Hours. Type of Event: Autism Resources. Diversability. Friday, December 16, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Homework Help/Ayuda con las Tareas

Lakewood Branch Does your student need assistance with their homework? We can help Monday - Thursday 3 pm - 6 pm and Friday 3 pm - 4:45 pm for ages 4 - 12. We assist children with school assigned homework in many subject areas such as math, reading, writing, social studies, and science. In order to accommodate all students, homework help may not always be one-on-one. Homework help is not tutoring and is not reading help.  ¿Necesita ayuda con los deberes de su hijo? Nosotros podemos ayudarle lunes - jueves 3 pm - 6 pm y viernes 3 pm - 4:45 pm para edades 4 - 12. Ayudamos a los niños en muchas áreas como matemáticas, lectura, escritura, esudios socilaes y ciencias. Con el fin de dar cabida a todos los estudiantes, ayuda con las tareas no siempre puede ser uno-a-uno. Ayuda con las tareas no es tutoría y no es ayuda leyendo. Branch Location: Lakewood Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Friday, December 16, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:45 PM.

Cricut® Creative Crafting

Sparks's Lab Makerspace Have experience with the Cricut® Design Space software? Come and create something of interest to you on the Cricut® machine. Can create labels and decals for t-shirts, thermal water bottles, mugs and more! Previous experience with the Cricut® software and machine is encouraged. All ages. REG. Branch Location: Sparks's Lab, Toms River Branch. Toms River Branch. Audience: Kids. Tweens. Teens. Adults. Family. Type: MakerSpace Program. Icon: Maker. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Friday, December 16, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

DIY Snow Globes

Barnegat Branch Design a piece of artwork, then watch glitter and “snow” fall around your creation. Open to teens aged 12-18. Branch Location: Barnegat Branch. Type of Event: Program. Audience: Teens. Friday, December 16, 2022, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Tween Art Club

Little Egg Harbor Branch All art skill levels welcome. Dress for a mess. This month we will be celebrating Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. Ages 9 - 12. Branch Location: Little Egg Harbor Branch. Type of Event: DIY/Craft/Maker. Program. Audience: Tweens. Friday, December 16, 2022, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM.