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Friends of the Upper Shores Library

Friends of the Upper Shores Library
Ocean County Library – Upper Shores Branch
112 Jersey City Avenue, Lavallette, NJ 08735

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 Our Mission is to:

Bring additional residents and visitors into the library so they can realize
“This is a great place!”

Encourage the use of the library by supporting its programs with additional funding.

Sponsor programs that are attractive to children, teens and adults year round.

Focus on expanded programs and attractive features during active summer months.

Provide capital gifts to the library to assist the Upper Shores Library Branch in delivering content, programs and activities.

Navigation BulletFriends Support Programs & Events

Programs attended by over 2,000 children, teens & adults

Adult Programs throughout the Year

A Few of the Best

  • Fred Miller’s Lectures-in-Song
  • Eleanor Roosevelt: a Portrayal
  • A Touch of Sinatra
  • Jennifer Mylod & the Boys of County O’Cean
  • Mummer’s New Year Celebration
  • Traveling Literary Theater
  • Alborado Spanish Dance
  • Johnny Petillo’s Doo-Wop & Rat Pack Show
  • Albert Horner’s Pinelands: A Visual Journey
  • Oceanaire’s Barbershop Chorus
  • December Holiday Open House
  • The Roustabouts
  • Flavian’s Mind Reading Game Show
  • …and so much more!

Children’s Summer Programs

Some Major Hits

  • Kit’s Interactive Theater
  • The Lizard Guys
  • Flow Circus
  • Picirillo Sciencetelling
  • Mr. Scott the Music Man
  • Dinoman
  • East Meets West
    • Chinese Paper Cutting w/ Hou-Tien Cheng
    • Shadow Puppetry w/ Ron Sopyla
  • Circus Minimus

…and so much more!

Navigation BulletFriends of Upper Shores: Some of the Many Gifts

  • 2016: Picnic Table for library staff use
  • 2015:  Library’s 20th Anniversary - Card tables and a personalized 6’ tablecloth with Friends and Library logos
  • 2012:  Vizio large screen LCD TV & Blu Ray Player
  • 2011:  Portable PA system w/ wireless microphone
  • 2010: Library’s 15th Anniversary - Storybook Wall Art: Rapunzel
  • 2009:  Reading Garden!  A major addition!
  • 2007:  Outdoor benches
  • 2005:  Library’s 10th Anniversary - Digital Projector for Library  Movies, Guest Memberships for Seasonal Workers
  • 2004: Technology Package –Camera, DVD Player, Wireless Microphone
  • 2003:  Bronze Bench


  • 2002:  Sound System
  • 2001 & prior: Pop-Up “Upper Shores Library” tent, “Friends of Upper Shores” canvas banner and many gifts since the Library was founded in 1995.

Thanks, Friends, for everything!

Join us today.

Navigation BulletHelp support our Mission with Upper Shores Library.

We look forward to welcoming you to Friends.


Friends of Upper Shores Executive Board

Dagmar Finkle, President

Bev Sullivan, Vice President, Membership Chair

Clem Boyers, Treasurer

Deborah Fitzpatrick, Secretary

Elisa De Nicholas, Fundraising Chair

Anne Schneider, Corresponding Secretary

2015 – 2016 Members at Large & Committee Members

Joe Romano, Lavallette

Georgia Calderaro, Lavallette

Jean Green, Brick, Mantoloking Representative

Judy Ward, Brick, Mantoloking Representative

Joyce Kaskow, Toms River Twp. (Ortley, OB to Normandy)

William Kevish, Toms River Twp. (Ortley, OB to Normandy)

Sandra Lazzaro, Seaside Heights

Vacant, Seaside Heights

Barbara McCarthy, Seaside Park

Maryellen Garlick, Seaside Park

Navigation BulletMembership

Annual membership options include:

January - December

Individual membership, $10.00

Family membership, $15.00

Patron membership, $50 and up

June - May

Business Patron, 25.00 and up

Download Membership Application Pdf File

Support Friends of Upper Shores Library (a nonprofit group of volunteers)
Visit the library at 112 Jersey City Ave.,
Lavallette or call 732-793-3996 about membership, programs for children & adults or to make a donation.

Navigation BulletMeetings

General membership meetings are held four times per year.

Navigation BulletAdditional Information

Contact Upper Shores Library, 732-793-3996.

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Navigation BulletUpcoming Events

Check back as events are posted throughout the year.
Also check the Town Events page for additional events. 

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