TOMS RIVER - Ocean County Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a celebration of the impact of libraries, librarians and library workers in the community that starts April 14.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the centers of their communities, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.
“During National Library Week we recognize that public libraries truly are the heart of the community. At the Ocean County Library we believe there is the opportunity to connect people, build community and transform lives through exceptional library experiences,” said Ocean County Library Director Susan Quinn.
“Our library staff is dedicated to customer service and creates a friendly and welcoming environment that supports our residents’ desire for lifelong learning, personal growth, civic engagement, sustainable communities, and economic development,” Quinn said.
In addition, public libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.
“With 21 branches and reading rooms that can be easily accessed by all of our citizens and visitors, the Ocean County Library serves as a centerpiece for our communities,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Library system.
“The Ocean County Library offers something for everyone. Whether you are simply looking for the perfect book for recreational reading, or if you need help finding a job and want to brush up on your resume writing skills, or you would like to attend a concert, the list of services and programs offered by the Ocean County Library is long and provides something for everyone,” he said.
Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.
“I am very proud of the Ocean County Library under the leadership of Director Susan Quinn, the Library Commission and the staff of professionals that make a difference every day to our residents,” Vicari said.
“From the technological advances to the welcoming atmosphere at each of the branches, the library allows everyone to tap into one of our most important life tools – the power of information,” Vicari added.
The Ocean County Library has also just released its first mobile app—My OCL—which allows customers to access library services and information from their smartphone or tablet. The device can be downloaded from http://ocl.boopsie.com.
“Now you can take the Ocean County Library with you and check out books, information, events, digital downloads and more wherever you go with our new mobile app My OCL,” said Quinn.
Funding for My OCL came from the library system as well as LibraryLinkNJ, who provided partial funding through the New Jersey Libraries-On-The-Go Project 2013-2014.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.