Jakes Branch County Park Comes to OCL

TOMS RIVER ā€“ Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood, will give kids the opportunity to experience nature from the comfort of six Ocean County Library branches this summer.

The programs range from the lowly earthworm and the vital job it performs to maintain the soil and improve our agriculture to an exhibit featuring trees and their importance to our environment. Some programs will allow kids to make a seedling pot and assist nature in the birth of a tree.

Jakes Branch County Park programs will take place at:

Island Heights branch, 121 Central Ave., (732) 270-6266, Thursday July 11 at 2 p.m.;

Manchester branch, 21 Colonial Dr., (732) 657-7600, Friday July 19 at 11 a.m.;

Lakewood branch, 301 Lexington Avenue, (732) 363-1435, Wednesday July 24 at 2:30 p.m.;

Stafford branch, 129 N. Main Street, Manahawkin, (609) 597-3381, Monday August 5 at 11:30 a.m.; and

Tuckerton branch, 380 Bay Ave., (609) 296-1470, Monday August 5 at 2 p.m.

Jakes Branch County Park will also host a boys club Wed. July 10, and a girls club Wed. July 17 at the Toms River branch, 101 Washington St., (732) 349-6200. Both club meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Registration is required for all programs. To register, telephone the branch or go to the library Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

These programs are free and open to the public.

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