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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 inspired and relax in 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 lesson at 6:30 p.m. and a play at 6:45 p.m. Contact Lisa Walsh for seat reservations at [email protected]

Hot Off The Press, a three-session “Kids 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 more details.

On Thursday, June 2 at 7 p.m., historian Greg Caggiano will take you on a boozy journey through the history of alcohol. You will discover the first roots of alcohol in the first civilizations of the world and even in the Bible. Travel back in time and finish with what people are drinking today. Caggiano will discuss the drinking habits of the founding fathers, the mystique of absinthe, the health benefits of a gin and tonic, and why there are so many different whiskeys. After the conference, head to Murphy’s Tavern, a historic speakeasy for an afterparty. A ticket for a free drink and appetizers are included in the conference price of $30. Seating is limited to guests over 21, so register now by calling 732-842-2692.

On Thursday, June 9 from 1 to 3 p.m., Kim Megill will host a cake decorating class for adults ages 16 and up. This is a more advanced course, themed “Beautiful Buttercream Flowers”. Participants will learn to work with the tools to make roses, daisies, pansies and more. Kim Megill has over 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 over 4,000 students the art of decorating. The fee is $40 and class size is limited to eight.

Library staff are happy to welcome tutors back to OFL. Summer Reading Club teachers are also welcome. Call to register for table space. There is an annual fee of $50.

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

Acting Children’s Librarian Dawna McClendon has more of these take-home and DIY craft kits available at reception on the first and 15th of every month. Each personally assembled kit comes with all the parts you’ll need to make a fun DIY at home and a link for virtual story time and instructions. First come, first served – one bag per child.

McClendon invites you to Story Time for Babies and Toddlers, Tuesdays from 10:15-10:35 a.m. or 11:15-11:35 a.m. Preschool and Family Story Time is 2-2 p.m. 30 a.m. on Tuesdays. Registration is required for each StoryTime session. Sorry, drop-ins will not be accepted as session sizes are limited to 10 children per session. All unvaccinated adults must wear masks.

Every Tuesday from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the library hosts fun in-house programs for children. May 24 is the LEGO® Workshop! Build LEGO® creations after sharing a story. On May 31, hear castle stories and create a catapult.

As always, each month also features the works of local artists who exhibit and auction a wide range of artwork. There’s always something new and unique, and 20% of sales go directly to support the library. This month, you’ll find hand-woven beaded jewelry by artisan Diane Cypser and ocean-inspired decor styles by Rich and Lisa Mulford of Moon Tide Treasures.

In June, Doreen Catena of DORdesign will bring home product designs made from recycled and vintage materials. You will also become addicted to paintings by Matthew Rummler – “Fish Art” and handmade jewelry by Josey Martin.

The library will have hours of operation on summer Saturdays starting June 19 and throughout the weekend after Labor Day. Saturday hours will be 9 a.m. to noon. Regular hours remain: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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 through Monday, May 30.

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

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