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Library offers chance to get up close to bugs and retiles

CONTACT: Scott Walker, 732-349-6200, ext. 5914

Library offers chance to get up close to bugs and retiles

TOMS RIVER- Snakes and creepy crawly insects invade Ocean County Library…… but don’t call the exterminator. Learn the real story about reptiles, bugs and slimy creatures with two programs at Ocean County Library

Toms River herpetologist Allen Both from Reptiles Kingdom will separate bug fact from reptile fiction with two fun and informational programs giving people a chance to see things they usually don’t get to see.

“Reptiles of the World” and “Creepy, Crawly and Slimy” will be at several branches of Ocean County Library in October.

These programs are free and open to the public. Please register online at or call (732)349-6200 or (609)971-0514\

Reptiles of the World
Lakewood Branch, 301 Lexington Ave, Mon. Oct 17 at 5:30 pm
Point Pleasant Beach Branch, 710 McLean Ave, Tue. Oct 18 at 6:30 pm
Toms River Branch, 101 Washington St; Mon. Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm
Creepy Crawly and Slimy
Long Beach Island Branch, 217 S Central Ave, Surf City, Wed. Oct 19 at 7 pm
Barnegat Branch, 112 Burr St, Thur. Oct 20 at 6:30 pm
Jackson Branch, 2 Jackson Dr, Sat. Oct 22 at 1 pm
Manchester Branch, 21 Colonial Dr, Thurs. Oct 27 at 6:30 pm


Lakewood hosts 2 parties in 1

SMART Kids had another blast for springtide, throwing a party with St. Patrick’s Day and Easter rolled into one before the renovations began.

After their homework, they were seated to feast on a traditional Irish meal: corned beef with cabbage, courtesy of Miss Jessica and her family’s delectable cooking. After they decided whether they wanted soda bread or ice cream for dessert, the children colored dozens of eggs vibrant shades of robin’s egg blue, gold, turquoise, and tulip pink.   Once their brilliant eggs dried, they put them in origami baskets brimming with candy. The children enjoyed themselves and it was just in time for their break- and ours!

The children got to guess how many jellybeans were in a jar, and Nicole got the closest. She got to take home all 872 of them!

The kids worked hard over almost two months for stickers by doing worksheets and reading books. The staff pitched in to give them something extra special: four boxes full of toys, wallets, jewelry, hairpieces, and lanyards for their perusal- depending, of course, on how many stickers they earned. Many of them earned more than twenty so they took home some sizeable prizes!

All of the SMART Kids staff: Lindsay O’Connell, Jessica Olivio, Elias Vazquez and Marguerite Webb pitched in to buy the prizes, make the baskets, decorate the room, and prepare the food for the party.”

We’re back on track after the renovations here and love the new Lakewood look. It’s a positive environment and it’s a great refresher for the kids in the downtime before summer. Come pay our branch a visit!

Gospel Under the Lakewood stars

Nearly 60 people gathered outside the Lakewood branch Tuesday evening for Gospel Under the Stars.  The program featured three church gospel groups and four soloists accompanied by four local musicians.


Neighbors turned out and appreciated the praise music that lasted into the night.


Refreshments were served afterwards.

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