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Jun 09, 2022

June at the Oceanic Free Library

By Lori Draz

The Oceanic Free Library (OFL) welcomes summer at the shore. This is the time to plan a summer’s worth of fun, and you’ll find delicious recipes for outdoor entertaining and cocktails, page-turning titles for summer reading, information on vacations and more in a cool, quiet space at this friendly library, voted “Most Loved Library 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, Forrestdale School and Holy Cross. 

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 super cool programs and 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.

A three-session “Children Learn to Knit” 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 details.

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

Library staff is also excited to announce that a new book club for men is being formed. Contact the library for more details.

Coming Monday, July 18 to Friday, July 22, the library will present a new Summer Enrichment Camp for students entering grades 7 through 11 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 thinking critically. 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.

OFL is delighted to welcome Leah Zilbergeld as the new permanent children’s librarian. They also thank Dawna McClendon for her service as interim director, and they wish her well as she returns to her home base as the children’s librarian at Eastern Branch Library in Shrewsbury.

Zilbergeld 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 is 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. Masks are recommended but not mandatory for children over 2. All unvaccinated accompanying adults must wear masks. Each Tuesday from 3:45 to 4:30 pm, the library hosts 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, Doreen Catena of DORdesign will bring her home goods designs made from recycled and vintage materials. You will also get hooked on Matthew Rummler’s paintings, “Fish Art,” and the handmade jewelry of Josey Martin. Coming in July, Marcie Shrewsbury will bring her paintings and sculptures. Joining her will be 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.

The library’s Summer Saturday hours begin July 2 and continue through the weekend after Labor Day. Saturday hours will be 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. The Library will be closed on Monday, July 4.

OFL is not accepting book/DVD donations at this time, but you can donate your items to the Better World Books Bin, located in the West Long Branch Home Depot parking lot. 

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