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


Friends of Upper Shores Library

Celebrating 20 years of Growth

Serving the island from Mantoloking to South Seaside Park

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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.


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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
  • Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow w/ Neill Hartley
  • The Roustabouts
  • Flavian’s Mind Reading Game Show
  • Mr. Saturday Night w/Warren Schein
  • …and so much more!


Children’s Summer Programs 

Some Major Hits

  • Kit’s Interactive Theater
  • The Lizard Guys
  • Flow Circus
  • Picirillo Science telling
  • 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 Bullet Friends of Upper Shores: Some of the Many Gifts

  • 2018: Card Tables
  • 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 Bullet Help support our Mission with Upper Shores Library.

We look forward to welcoming you to Friends.


Friends of Upper Shores Executive Board

Deborah Fitzpatrick, President

Debora Antonucci, Vice President, Membership Chair

Clem Boyers, Treasurer

Gail Ashby, Secretary

Elisa De Nicholas, Fundraising Chair

Anne Schneider, Corresponding Secretary


 Members at Large & Committee Members

 Georgia Calderaro, Lavallette

Gail Storm Stefanelli, Lavallette

Jean Green, Brick, Mantoloking Representative

Judy Ward, Brick, Mantoloking Representative

Mary Haight, Toms River Twp. (Ortley, OB to Normandy)

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

David Laggini, Seaside Heights

Sandra Lazzaro, Seaside Heights

Barbara McCarthy, Seaside Park

Maryellen Garlick, Seaside Park


Navigation Bullet Membership

Annual membership options include:

January - December

Individual membership, $10.00

Family membership, $15.00

Patron membership, $50 and up


July - June

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 Bullet Meetings

General membership meetings are held four times per year. Please visit the Upper Shores Library for dates and times.


Navigation Bullet Additional Information

Contact Upper Shores Library, 732-793-3996.

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Navigation Bullet Upcoming Events

Friends of Upper Shores trip to QVC
May 7, 2019 8:45am-6pm
Meet at Kmart/TR Fitness Parking Lot
Call Lisa DeNicholas 973-851-6683



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