Friends of the Upper Shores Library


Celebrating over 25 years of growth
Serving the island from Mantoloking to South Seaside Park

Ocean County Library – Upper Shores Branch
112 Jersey City Avenue, Lavallette, NJ 08735
732-793-3996 Link

Friends of the Upper Shores Library Mission:

To bring additional residents and visitors into the library so they can realize “this is a great place!”
To encourage the use of the library by supporting its services and programs with additional funding.
To sponsor programs that are appealing to children, teens and adults year round.
To focus on expanded programs and exciting features during the active summer months.
To provide capital gifts to the library to assist the Upper Shores Library Branch in delivering content, programs and activities.


Membership Information

Support our non-profit group of dedicated volunteers and become a member!
Download a Membership Application Pdf File

General membership (January – December)

Individual membership, $10.00
Family membership, $15.00
Patron membership, $50 and up
Business Patron, 25.00 and up (July – June)


Visit the Upper Shores Library at 112 Jersey City Avenue, or call 732-793-3996 and ask about membership, programs for children & adults or to make a donation.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Friends!

Friends of Upper Shores Executive Board

President: Jean Millerchip
Vice President: Jane Borowski
Treasurer: Alexander Jones
Recording Secretary: Deborah Fitzpatrick
Corresponding Secretary: Gale Ashby
Fundraising Chair: Patricia Brune

Friends of Upper Shores Library Meetings

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


Friends-Sponsored Programs & Events Over the Years

Adult Programs 

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 

Kit’s Interactive Theater
The Lizard Guys
Flow Circus
Picirillo Science telling
Mr. Scott the Music Man
Chinese Paper Cutting w/ Hou-Tien Cheng
Shadow Puppetry w/ Ron Sopyla
Circus Minimus

…and so much more!

Friends of the Library Gifts to the Library over the Years

2020: Cricut Machine
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! 

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.


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