Category Archives: Library Event

Ocean County Library Offers Free Professional Skills Online through

The Ocean County Library offers online professional business courses for all skill levels on through the library’s website, is an online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills with streaming video on over 3,600 topics taught by recognized industry experts, through engaging, top-quality courses.

This service is free to all Ocean County Library cardholders and is available 24 hours a day on any device with an internet connection.

For information about call the library at 732-349-6200 or visit, click Resources and Databases.


Start 2018 with Ocean County Library’s Adult Winter Reading

All branches of the Ocean County Library will host the annual winter reading program for adults. The program will run Jan. 1 to Feb. 28.

Participants will read a minimum of five books from different pre-selected categories, including nonfiction, book to movie, science fiction, or an adult or young adult title of their choice.

Branches will each have one prize bag and the library system grand prize will be a Kindle Fire tablet. Participants may submit one entry form for every five books read. Entry forms will be available at the branches.

For more information, check with you local library branch.

Ocean County Library to Host SCORE Business Workshops

Several branches of the Ocean County Library will host business workshops by SCORE of Ocean County, each with a different focus.

SCORE fosters vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. Their vision is for every person to have the support necessary to thrive as a small business owner. Continue reading Ocean County Library to Host SCORE Business Workshops

Toms River Library to Host Forum on Safe Investing and Fraud Prevention

Learn how to be a safe investor and protect yourself against fraud during the program “Investment Fraud – Protect Yourself” at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 at the Toms River Library, 101 Washington St.

A representative from the New Jersey Bureau of Securities will be presenting the program. The New Jersey Bureau of Securities is charged with protecting investors from investment fraud, and regulating the securities industry in New Jersey.

This agency also registers securities offered or sold in New Jersey and oversees the firms and individuals selling securities or providing investment advice to state residents. The Bureau also assists residents become informed investors and promotes financial literacy.

The program is free but registration is required. Register online at or call 732-349-6200.

Waretown Library – January Calendar of Events

Meeting Room Within View – Harriet Fink WatercolorsHarriet uses pencils and acrylic along with watercolors to capture both land and seascapes and how humans relate to them.


Tuesday, January 9, 10:30 am   

Toddler Storytime  – Join us for stories and a craft!  Ages 2-5.  Please register.

Monday, January 15, 7:00 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Drop-in Craft – Celebrate the life of Dr. King with a craft.  Ages 2-8. Continue reading Waretown Library – January Calendar of Events

Barnegat Library to Offer Holiday Choir Performance

If music gets you into the spirit of the holiday season, then don’t miss this free holiday concert, “Barnegat High School Holiday Choir Performance” from

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, December 21. Hosted by the Ocean County Library’s Barnegat Branch, 112 Burr Street.

The award winning Barnegat High School Select Choir will perform a delightful arrangement of traditional holiday carols, under the direction of Ms. Natalie Pinto-Altonjy and will showcase some of the area’s finest young voices.

All ages are welcome to attend the free program, but registration is required. To register call the Barnegat Branch at 609-698-3331 or visit

December Programs at Lacey Township Library

12/1 – 12/31

Meeting Room Art

Ocean County Arts High School Traveling  Art  Exhibit.

One-on-One Computer Instruction

Assistance with computers, library resources, eReaders and tablets. Available by appointment only. Please call 609-693-8566.

Month of December

Lacey’s Children’s Programming For a complete list of children’s programming, please visit our website or visit the branch for our monthly calendar.

12/1, 1 pm, Friday

Lunchtime Film: Christmas in Connecticut

A housekeeping-magazine columnist, as part of a promotional stunt, welcomes a returning war hero into her country estate; the only problem is she’s a klutz in the kitchen. Continue reading December Programs at Lacey Township Library

Author Nancy Jo Sales Discusses the Impact of Social Media on Young People

Award winning author Nancy Jo Sales recently visited the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library to discuss her book, “American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers.” She also spoke about the dangers young people may encounter if they misuse social media platforms.

Sales, an award-winning journalist and author, has written for Vanity Fair, New York, Harper’s Bazaar, and many other publications. She is known for her reporting on youth culture, crime and profiles of pop-culture icons.

In researching her latest book, released in 2016, Sales said, “I think the book is a little ahead of the curve in how it brings the problem to light. When I first started working on the book people were still saying social media was good and that everything was fine. They were saying that young people were just chatting with their friends.” Continue reading Author Nancy Jo Sales Discusses the Impact of Social Media on Young People