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Aug 09, 2019

August 2019 at the Oceanic Library

By Lori Draz

Oceanic Free Library

The staff of the Oceanic Library hopes you are enjoying a tremendous summer. As you start to prepare for the start of the school year, the Oceanic Library is a cool, quiet place to complete your summer reading. There are also many and entertaining events and programs for all ages, along with many entertaining Totally Awesome Tuesdays for grades kindergarten and up. All programs are held at 3:45 pm. Registration is mandatory. Parents must remain in library.

If you still have summer reading assignments to complete, the library has multiple copies of the required books for grades six through 12. Students in Deane-Porter, Forrestdale and Rumson Country Day School, they have more than 2,700 books that are leveled and a list of the Guided Reading and Lexile Measure books in the permanent collection.

Shop the Gallery all month. Get an original gift from The Gallery in the Library. Shop and support local artists; 20 percent of all sales support the library. August’s artists are paintings by Kathleen Beausoleil and the jewelry designs of Mary Ellen Maas.

Tuesdays, Aug. 13, 20 and 27 at 3:45 pm. The Crafty Ladies of the Friday Knitters club (Theresa Caracappa, Nanette Reis and a special guest) will offer three free lessons called Learn to Knit for Boys and Girls ages 9 and up. Students must be able to attend all three lessons and registration is a must.  They will be notified of the yarn size and needle they will need to bring. Use school colors, team colors or any combination you like. Their younger siblings can attend the weekly Children’s Program at the same time.  And yes adults who want to join are more than welcome!

For Children

Tuesdays from 10:15 to 10:40 am – Bubbly Babies: Ages 10 months to 2 years (with a parent/caregiver). You and your baby will enjoy stories, music, finger games and playtime.

Tuesdays from 10:45 to 11:05 am – Totally Toddlers: Ages 2 to 3.5 years (with a parent/caregiver). Join in for interactive stories and songs.

Family Storytime from 2 to 2:30 pm – Hear exciting stories, make fun crafts and meet new friends. Parents/caregivers must remain in the library while children are in the program.

Kids Unplugged series – For kids ages 5 to 11. Events run 3:45 to 4:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.  Registration is required for all programs; call or stop in to sign up!

Tuesday, Aug. 13 – Aliens: Escape from Earth! Celebrate your out-of-this-world reading by helping ScienceTellers rescue a family of aliens from the clutches of a crazy scientist! It’s an action-packed, interactive adventure! Registration required; call or stop in to sign up!

Tuesday, Aug. 20 – I Spy: Explore your surroundings for treasure using a retractable telescope!

Tuesday, Aug 27– LEGO® Workshop: Free-build LEGO® creations after sharing a story!

Tuesday, Sept. 3 – Color of the Sun: Design a stained “glass” suncatcher and change the sun’s rays to any colors you’d like!

For Adults

Fridays at 2 pm – Knitting: Come try a new skill and make something warm and wonderful at the Friday Knitters Group. All levels of knitters (and crocheters) are welcome, and free help is available. Make that hat and scarf set you’ve always wanted to, or knit for charities! Drop in, it’s free.

First Tuesday of the month – Bridge Club: Bridge players come join the Two River Bridge Club. ACBL sanctioned. 6:30 pm lesson and 7 pm play. Reservations are a must, due to space limitations. Please call Jack Gross at 908-618-2724.

Fourth Thursday of the month at 2 pm – Book Club: This month’s title TBA.

Plus if you’re looking for something to read, come in and check out the staff recommendations at the “round table” of books. All genres!

Registration is required for some programs so visit or call 732-842-2692.
The Oceanic Free Library is located at 109 Avenue of Two Rivers, Rumson.