The Declaration of Independence, issued by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, publicly proclaimed 13 of Great Britain's colonial provinces in North America to be independent, sovereign states,
๏ปฟand formally styled their union โ€œThe United States of America.โ€ 
After the American Revolution, the Declaration became one of the most important American state papers, cited repeatedly by political leaders, activists, and commentators in the United States and in the wider world.*
Virtual Program
Saturday, July 10 โ€ข 2 pm

As part of the Ocean County Library Adult Summer Reading series, writer, historian, and professor, Erica Armstrong Dunbar will tell the story of her most recent book, She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman.
Summer Reading 2021
Summer Reading is in full swing, but it's not to late to join in on the fun!
Megan McCafferty
Thursday, July 8, 2021, 6 โ€“ 7pm

Join in for a virtual conversation with Megan McCaffertyNew York Times bestselling author who originally hails from Bayville in Ocean County! Megan is renowned for the Jessica Darling series. Her sequel series Jessica Darling's It List was made into a film and can be viewed on Netflix or on Hoopla, The listing of her books can be found here
Elizabeth Lim
Thursday, July 22, 2021, 6 โ€“ 7pm

Join in for a virtual conversation with Elizabeth LimNew York Times and USA Today bestselling romance/fantasy author. Elizabeth is best known for the critically-acclaimed and bestselling The Blood of Stars duology. Her latest Six Crimson Cranes novel is set in a beautifully realized world which brings to mind Chinese and Japanese folklore, and is brimful with unusual magic. A listing of her books can be found here
 Branch Hours

Toms River, Berkeley, Brick, Jackson, Lacey, Lakewood, Manchester Branches:
Monday through Thursday 9am - 9pm Friday and Saturday 9am - 5pm;

Barnegat, Little Egg Harbor, Point Pleasant Borough and Stafford Branches:
Monday 9am - 5pm, Tuesday through Thursday 9 am - 9pm,
Friday and Saturday 9am - 5pm;
Long Beach Island and Upper Shores Branches:
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am - 5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 9am - 9pm;

Beachwood, Island Heights, Plumsted, Point Pleasant Beach, Tuckerton and Waretown Branches, Bay Head and Whiting Reading Centers:
Monday 10 am - 9pm, Tuesday through Friday 10 am - 5pm, Saturday 10 am - 2pm.

All Locations will be Closed Monday, July 5th
๏ปฟin observance of Independence Day.
[Ocean County Library], [101 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753],

*Sadosky, Leonard J. โ€œDeclaration of Independence.โ€ The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History, Princeton University Press, 2009. American History, Accessed 3 June 2021.