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Apr 15, 2021

April at the Oceanic library

By Lori Draz

Acclaimed local artist Mike Quon created a painting to honor the 100th anniversary of the library.

The Oceanic Free Library (OFL) celebrates home improvement, spring cleaning and sprucing up, fresh flavors and flowers. If you are looking for some great gardening tips, spring styles for your home and wardrobe, some new recipes and a great new read, you’ll find it all at this friendly historic library. 

The staff and management of the Oceanic Free Library send a sincere thank you to everyone who supported OFL through the recent Cups & Cakes Bakery Fundraiser! It was a sweet success, and all purchases were appreciated by the library and Denise Kelleher. 

They also thank library patron Glen Baird for his generous gift that allowed them to give the fish tank received a much-needed makeover. Thanks to Baird, the little fishies are getting along swimmingly in their colorful new surroundings and can’t wait to show them to you.   

For a big bundle of at home fun, get your “Take and Make” Craft Kits, available at the front desk.  Twice a month, Children’s Librarian Miss Jackie will send over personally assembled kits. Each bag contains all the pieces you’ll need to make a fun craft at home and a link for Virtual Story time and instructions.  First come, first served. One bag per child.

Don’t forget, every Tuesday at 2 pm, its Kids Virtual Story and Craft Time for Children sponsored by the Monmouth County Library. Visit to view the many available virtual children’s programs. The Monmouth County Library is also home to more than 2,000 magazines available, in several languages, all free with your Oceanic Free Library or MCL card. 

The OFL staff is in the spring cleaning mood, and they’re weeding out their entire collection. You’ll find lots of books, DVDs and Audio/CD books for just $1 each – or make an offer. There are selections for all ages and genres, and all proceeds support the day-to-day operations of OFL.  

If you’re looking for a great title, check out the library’s new REESE’S BOOK CLUB collection where you will find more than 25 of Reese Witherspoon’s book selections for both adults and young adults. These titles were picked from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine! Book Club which features a strong female character in all ages/races/nations/backgrounds who tackles challenging circumstances. The REESE’S BOOK CLUB collection will now have a permanent place on OFL’s website where you can see this month’s featured title and all the other books on a variety of current topics. 

Due to popular demand, Broeck Steadman’s “Rumson Honey” is for sale year-round. Patrons can place orders for Steadman’s Homemade Sourdough Bread throughout the year as well! 

As always, each month also features the works of local artists each month who display and make available for sale a vast array of art. Each month you’ll find something new, like watercolors, jewelry, handmade soaps and jams, and carvings, and 20 percent of sales goes directly to support the library. This month, you will find paintings on canvas and glass by artist Jim Sanford. You will also find the shore-inspired Seaglass Designs by C/Jewelry from jewelry maker Carol Johnson. Coming in May, fine artist Margaret Nitka will feature her acrylics and watercolors. Joining her will be Beverly Hertler with her fine art and crafts.

The library is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 5 pm and from 10 am to 2 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. No night hours yet.

Due to your popular response, contactless curbside pickup is now a permanent feature. You can reserve titles by emailing or by calling 732-842-2692.  Your selections will be tagged with your name and placed in plastic bags on a table at the back door of the library. Please no book donations at this time. Visit or call 732-842-2692. The Oceanic Free Library is located at 109 Avenue of Two Rivers, Rumson.