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Mar 02, 2021

March 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 spring. It’s time for a refreshed update on your favorite pastimes, so if you are looking for some great gardening tips, spring styles for your home and wardrobe, information on Irish heritage and culture and a new springtime read, you’ll find it all at this friendly historic library.

The staff and management of the Oceanic Free Library sends a sincere thank you to everyone who donated to the 2020 Annual Appeal. They are so grateful for the ongoing support of this great community, especially during these uncertain times.

They are also pleased to share that they will be adding additional hours as the library moves closer to normal. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday, the library will be open from 10 am to 5 pm. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays will remain on the 10 am to 2 pm schedule until further notice. The library is not yet open at night.

The library is also continuing contactless curbside pickup. 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.

If you’re looking for a great title, check out the 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. Each month, the actress has been choosing a fiction selection that features a strong female character in all ages/races/nations/backgrounds who tackles challenging circumstances. The 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, carvings, just to name a few. Twenty percent of sales goes directly to support the library.

This month you will find Maas Designs, the handmade jewelry creations by Fair Haven’s Mary Maas. Maas works primarily with semi-precious beads and metal wires to create her unique, elegant and unexpected designs. When she is not in her studio, Maas can be found participating in her local garden club, volunteering as an EMT, or dabbling in interior design and photography.

You will also find the artwork of local artist Jennifer McCarthy. Her work includes acrylics, watercolor and mixed media. McCarthy’s recent inspirations come from volunteering at Habitat Restore in Asbury Park and assisting with local art events and community building. She is also well-known for her pet portraits, and she donates a portion of each commissioned portrait to local pet charities and the SPCA.

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