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May 02, 2017

May at the Oceanic Library

By Lori Draz

May is full of wonderful things, like Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and the return of outdoor activities like gardening and sports. Learn more about them all at the Oceanic Library. Their programs for all ages continue, along with many very entertaining Totally Awesome Tuesdays for grades K and up. All programs are held at 3:45 p.m. Registration is mandatory and parents must remain in library. Come on out and join in the fun.

Thursday, May 11 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Cupcake Wars! It’s the return of one of the most popular events of the year. This is always a packed house, as young bakers show off their skills to create a tasty and unique cupcake for bragging rights. This sweet event is limited to 20 entries only and fills up quickly, so don’t delay! Registration opens May 1 online at or at the front desk of the library. Trophies and bragging rights are awarded to first, second, third, and honorable mention in two categories: Best Tasting and Most Creative. This is open to ages 8-16 (under age 8 with a parent) and no professional bakers, please. Once again, Denise Kelleher and Jodi Wooley of Cups & Cakes will be back to judge. There will also be a special presentation on the latest decorating tools by Kim Megill of Wilton Cake Decorating and light refreshments will be served. The registration fee is $25 and includes a donation to the library. Spectators are free.

Starting Tuesday, May 30 – Tween-agers: Book in The Bottle Challenge for grades three through six. Guess the exact title of the book in the bottle for your chance to win a Comic Con 2016 prize. You have two weeks to guess.

Tuesday, June 6 – Kickoff Party for Summer Vacation Reading Party: “Tall Ships & Pirate Tales,” presented by Sciencetellers! The Vacation Reading Club starts on June 1 for all ages.


Special May Programs

Tuesday, May 9 – Pot a Plant for grades K-7. The Rutgers Master Gardeners advise you to dress for mess as you learn how to pot a plant and the secrets of successful gardening. Limited seating. Registration is mandatory.

Tuesday, May 16 – Food Fight! for grades K-3. Find out what happens when the lights go out at night in the kitchen and create a non-edible craft. Limited seating. Registration is mandatory.

Tuesday, May 30 – Bombs Away! for tween-agers in grades 3-6. Create an effervescent shower or bath using simple organic ingredients. Please alert your librarians of any food allergies. Limited seating. Registration is mandatory.


For the Younger Crowd

Tuesdays from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. – Bubbly Babies for ages 10 to 23 months (with a parent/caregiver). You and your baby will enjoy stories, music, finger games, and playtime.

Tuesdays from 10:45 to 11:05 a.m. – Toddler Story Box for ages two to three and a half years (with a parent/caregiver). Join in for interactive stories and songs.

Tuesdays from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. – A Step Up for ages two to five years (with a parent/caregiver). Hear exciting stories, make fun crafts, and meet new friends. Parents/caregivers must remain in the library while children are in the program.


For Adults

Fridays at 2:00 p.m. – Knitting. Come try a new skill in 2017 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, with 6:30 p.m. lesson and 7:00 p.m. play. Reservations are a must, due to space limitations. Please call Mr. Jack Gross directly at (908) 618-2724.

Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. – Book Club. 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 of the programs, so please visit or call (732) 842-2692 for all the details.

The Oceanic Free Library is located at 109 Avenue of Two Rivers, Rumson.