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Jul 19, 2022

July at the Oceanic Free Library

By Lori Draz

The Oceanic Free Library (OFL) is a perfect place to enjoy some cool fun as summer at the shore is in full swing. Catch up on your summer reading, find some new recipes for outdoor entertaining and cocktails, and take a quiet break from it all at this friendly library, voted “Most Loved Library” in 2022 by Hulafrog for the fourth year in a row.  

They have many copies of all the Summer Reading List books available for local area schools: Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, Deane-Porter Elementary School, Forrestdale School and Holy Cross Academy. 

The Ocean of Possibilities Reading Club is underway. Visit the library’s Beanstack site or register online with Beanstack app, and start reading to earn rewards for all ages. There are nifty prizes for all ages, and adults are encouraged to join in the fun too. The Beanstack link is or on the OFL website.

The Summer Reading Club will have a Conclusion Party with Eyes of the Wild on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 3:15 pm. Library staff is also excited to announce that the Women’s Book Club had its initial meeting on June 23. Future meeting dates/times and titles will be announced. The new Men’s Book Club is also setting up their future meeting times and titles. Visit the library website or call OFL for latest updates. 

The adult Friday Knitters Group continues to meet every week from 2 pm. All levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome.

The Two River Bridge Club meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm for a lesson and promptly at 6:45 pm for game play. 

Coming Monday, July 18 to Friday, July 22, the library will present a new Summer Enrichment Camp for students entering seventh through 11th grade called “Politics and Debate Forum” conducted by historian Greg Caggiano. He lectures at Brookdale Community College on various American history topics and is a frequent speaker at the Oceanic Free Library. Young debaters and aspiring politicians will love this week-long, intense power course on the art of debating and critical thinking. Learn to research topics, formulate opinions, interact and disagree respectfully, and see multiple sides of the same story. Students will examine global and domestic political issues of present day and throughout history. Class is limited to 12 to ensure a small student-instructor ratio. For more information and to register, call 732-842-2692.

Leah Zilbergeld, the new permanent children’s librarian, has more of those at-home, fun “take and make” craft kits, available at the front desk on the first and 15th of every month. Each personally assembled kits 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.

Zilbergeld invites you to Baby and Toddler Storytime on Tuesdays 10:15 to 10:35 am or 11:15 to 11:35 am. Preschool and Family Storytime runs from 2 to 2:30 pm on Tuesdays. Registration is mandatory for every StoryTime session. Drop-ins will not be admitted as session size is limited to 10 children per session. All unvaccinated accompanying adults must wear masks.

Each Tuesday from 3:45 to 4:30 pm, the library hosts some super fun In-House Children’s Programs. 

As always, each month also features the works of local artists who display and make available for sale a vast array of art. There’s always some new and unique, and 20 percent of sales goes directly to support the library. This month, Marcie Shrewsbury brings her paintings and sculptures. Joining her are the seashore-inspired watercolor paintings on driftwood and gilded shell trinket dishes of Tara Bennett. Keeping in the shore groove are the customized beach badge signs of Don Zubritsky of HandMadeByMe. Coming in August, give your kitchen a lift with custom engraving and handmade bamboo cutting boards and utensils from Regina Funaro of ShoreCUTERIE Designs. Also, Daniel Natale will be bringing his beautiful oil paintings on canvas.

The library’s Summer Saturday hours now through the weekend after Labor Day are from 9 am to noon. Regular hours remain: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm.

Visit or call 732-842-2692. The Oceanic Free Library is located at 109 Avenue of Two Rivers, Rumson.