June 09, 2022
June at the Oceanic Free Library
By Lori Draz
The Oceanic Free Library (OFL) welcomes summer to the shore. It’s time to plan for a fun summer, and you’ll find delicious recipes for outdoor entertaining and cocktails, page-turning titles for summer reading, vacation info and more in one cool and quiet space of this friendly library, voted “Most Loved Library 2022” by Hulafrog for the fourth consecutive year.
They have plenty of copies of all the books on the summer reading list available for area schools: Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, Deane-Porter, Forrestdale School, and Holy Cross.
The Ocean of Possibilities Book Club is underway. Visit the library’s Beanstack site or register online with the Beanstack app and start reading to win super cool programs and rewards for all ages. There are smart prizes for all ages, and adults are encouraged to have fun too. The Beanstack link is MonmouthCountyLib.Beanstack.org or the OFL website.
A three-session “Kids Learn to Knit” session is coming soon! The summer program for girls and boys is being finalized and will be taught by the experienced Friday Knitters group. Check the library for more details.
The Friday Knitters adult group continues to meet weekly at 2 p.m. All levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome.
Library staff are also pleased to announce that a new men’s book club is in the works. Contact the library for more details.
From Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22, the library will feature a new summer enrichment camp for students in grades 7-11 called “Politics And Debate Forum” led by historian Greg Caggiano. He teaches at Brookdale Community College on various American history topics and is a frequent lecturer at the Oceanic Free Library. Young debaters and aspiring politicians will love this intense week-long course in the art of debating and thinking critically. Students will examine global and national political issues today and throughout history. The class is limited to 12 to ensure a small student-instructor ratio. For more information and to register, call 732-842-2692.
The OFL is delighted to welcome Leah Zilbergeld as the new Permanent Children’s Librarian. They also thank Dawna McClendon for her service as Acting Principal and wish her well as she returns home as Children’s Librarian at the Eastern Branch Library in Shrewsbury.
Zilbergeld has more of these fun, take-and-make, home craft kits available at the front desk on the first and 15th of every month. Each bag of personally assembled kits contains all the parts you’ll need to make a fun DIY at home and a link for virtual story time and instructions. First come, first served – one bag per child.
Zilbergeld invites you to story time for babies and toddlers on Tuesdays from 10:15 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. or from 11:15 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. Preschool and Family Storytime is 2-2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Registration is required for each StoryTime session. Walk-in visits will not be permitted as session sizes are limited to 10 children per session. Masks are recommended but not mandatory for children over 2 years old. All unvaccinated companions must wear masks. Every Tuesday from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the library hosts fun in-house programs for children.
As always, each month also features the works of local artists who exhibit and sell a wide range of artwork. There’s always something new and unique, and 20% of sales go directly to support the library. This month, Doreen Catena of DORdesign will bring home product designs made from recycled and vintage materials. You will also become addicted to paintings by Matthew Rummler, “Fish Art”, and handmade jewelry by Josey Martin. In July, Marcie Shrewsbury will bring her paintings and sculptures. She will be joined by Tara Bennett’s seaside-inspired watercolors on driftwood and golden seashell trinkets. Don Zubritsky’s custom beach signs from HandMadeByMe stay in the wake of the shoreline.
The library’s summer Saturday hours begin July 2 and continue through the weekend after Labor Day. Saturday hours will be 9 a.m. to noon. Regular hours remain: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The library will be closed on Monday July 4th.
OFL is not currently accepting book/DVD donations, but you can donate your items to the Better World Books Bin, located in the West Long Branch Home Depot parking lot.
Visit OceanicLib.org or call 732-842-2692. The Oceanic Free Library is located at 109 Avenue of Two Rivers, Rumson.