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Sep 09, 2021

September 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) is there to help as you head back to school with great educational tools and fun activities too. Relax with a great new book, browse and buy at their art show gallery, get some fall decorating tips, and take a break at this friendly, historic library. 

The Oceanic Free Library celebrates its 100th anniversary at the Seabright Lawn Tennis and Cricket Club in Rumson. The eagerly anticipated fundraising event, rescheduled from last year, is a 1920s-themed garden cocktail party will feature live music, cocktails, heavy appetizers and a celebration of the history of this beloved library, all set on the beautiful grounds of the historic tennis club. The event also recognizes honorees William and Karen Hyatt and Ed Pomphrey. 

Pomphrey is a fourth-generation Rumson resident, enthusiastic library supporter and board member. He has generously served as building caretaker for many years. The reprint edition of William Henry Meeker’s “His Book” is a gift to the library from Ed and Sarah Pomphrey in remembrance of their beloved son, Edwin Austin Pomphrey.

William Hyatt served on the Library Trust as board member and president for more than 25 years, contributing his time and wise advice. Karen Hyatt started the Association Board more than 35 years ago and served as chair to several major fundraising events. Both as individuals and a couple, they have remained dedicated to the library. 

The ACBL Sanctioned Two River Bridge Club is once again meeting at the library and the sessions start promptly with lessons at 6:30 pm and play beginning at 6:45 pm. The next meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 5. Registration is required, so contact Lisa Walsh by emailing

The Friday Knitters and The OFL Book Club leaders are planning on returning this fall. Please stay posted to attend. 

Also coming soon are the Kid’s Cartooning and Manga Art Classes with Rumson resident Alexa James. James is a graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and The School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is a professional artist and teaches at various centers and private clients. Details to follow.

The popular KIDZART programs for grades one through four will be returning Thursday, Oct. 7. Classes run from 4 to 5 pm, so mark your calendar for Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28, and Nov. 4, 11 and 18. Also starting on Oct. 7 is the new seniors’ art class. Classes will run from 10:30 am to noon on the same Thursday dates at the KIDZART programs. Learn to paint and draw, with no experience necessary. Register through, email Tresse DeLorenzo at or call 732-872-2357.

“Take and make” craft kits continue to be available at the front desk. On the first and 15th of every month through the end of 2021, Children’s Librarian Miss Jackie will send over personally assembled kits. Each 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. 

Live Zoom Storytimes are back with Miss Jackie as well. Baby and Toddler Storytime are held Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11 am. Preschool and Family Storytime are Tuesdays from 2 to 2:30 pm.

In-House Children’s Programs resume Tuesday, Sept. 14. Registration is mandatory for every StoryTime session. Drop-ins will not be admitted as session size is limited to eight children. Masks are recommended but not mandatory for children over 2. All un-vaccinated accompanying adults must wear masks. There will be two morning programs (same program in each session).

Don’t miss the library’s book sale! The library staff has weeded hundreds of old titles on all kinds of topics, priced on average at just $1 each (or make an offer). These books are in near-perfect condition and sell quickly, so check the sale tables every two weeks for new items.

As always, each month also features the works of local artists who display and make available for sale a vast array of art. You’ll always find something new, like watercolors, jewelry, handmade soaps and jams, and carvings, and 20 percent of sales goes directly to support the library. In September, shop for beautiful jewelry from Brenda Jogan, The CrossEyed Beader, and delicious Horseshoe Honey, local honey from Blackpoint Horseshoe. Coming in October, Catherine O’Keefe shares her elegant watercolor art, and Mary Leather returns with her always sold-out handmade soaps, graphic arts and pottery.

For contactless curbside pickup, 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. 

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