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May 18, 2022

Upcoming Events at the Oceanic Free Library

By Lori Draz

The Oceanic Free Library (OFL) celebrates mothers, Memorial Day and the spirit of spring flowers and growth. Get some inspiration and unwind at this friendly library, voted “Most Loved Library 2022” by Hulafrog for the fourth year in a row.  

The Two River Bridge Club returns this month. There is a 6:30 pm lesson and 6:45 pm play. Contact Lisa Walsh for seat reservations at

Hot Off The Press, a three-session “Children Learn to Knit” summer program for girls and boys, is being finalized and will be taught by the experienced Friday Knitters Group. Check the library for details.   

Bottoms up on Thursday, June 2 at 7 pm when historian Greg Caggiano will take you on a boozy journey through the history of liquor. You will learn about alcohol’s earliest roots in the world’s earliest civilizations and even the Bible. Journey through time, ending with what people are drinking today. Caggiano will discuss the Founding Fathers’ drinking habits, the mystique of absinthe, the health benefits of a gin and tonic, and why there are so many different whiskeys. Following the talk, head over to Murphy’s Tavern, a historic speakeasy for an afterparty. A complimentary drink ticket and appetizers are included in the $30 lecture price. Seating is limited to guests over 21 years old, so register now by calling 732-842-2692.  

On Thursday, June 9 from 1 to 3 pm, Kim Megill will hold an Adult Cake Decorating Class for ages 16 and up. This is a more advanced class, themed “Beautiful Buttercream Flowers.” Attendees will learn to work with the tools to make roses, daisies, pansies and more. Kim Megill has more than 25 years of experience as a professional cake decorator. She holds a baking and pastry degree from The Culinary Institute of America and has taught more than 4,000 students the art of decorating. The fee is $40, and class size is limited to eight.

The library staff is pleased to welcome tutors back to OFL. Teachers with Summer Book Clubs are welcome as well. Call to register for table space. There is an annual fee of $50. 

Grab your needles and put them to work at the Friday Knitters which meets every week at 2 pm. All levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome. 

Interim Children’s Librarian Dawna McClendon has more of those at-home “take and make” craft kits, available at the front desk on the first and 15th of every month. Each personally assembled kit 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.

McClendon 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. Sorry, drop-ins will not be admitted as session size is limited to 10 children per session. All unvaccinated adults must wear masks.

Each Tuesday from 3:45 to 4:30 pm, the library hosts fun In-House Children’s Programs. On May 24, it’s the LEGO® Workshop! Build LEGO® creations after sharing a story. On May 31, listen to castle stories and create a catapult.

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, you’ll find the handwoven beaded jewelry by craftsman Diane Cypser and the ocean-inspired décor stylings by Rich and Lisa Mulford of Moon Tide Treasures.

Comin in June, 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. 

The library will have Summer Saturday hours from June 19 and 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.

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

The library will be closed Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 28 to Monday, May 30.

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