Ocean County Library: Connecting People, Building Community
Ocean County Library Officers
Ocean County Library Commission - 2007
This seven member group is responsible for the budget and policies.
Eleanor E. Hyres, Chair
Joseph J. Harding, Vice Chair
Susan L. Hutler
James F. Malone
Henry J. Mancini
James T. Mullins
Damian G. Murray
Ocean County Library Administration Team - 2007
Library Director - Elaine H. McConnell
Chief Librarians - Valerie Bell, John Glace, and Christine Matteo
Joseph Cahill, Facilities Manager
James Ellis, Human Resources Director
Jessica Lynch, Senior Accountant
Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders - 2007
John C. Bartlett, Jr.
John P. Kelly
James F. Lacey
Gerry P. Little
Joseph H. Vicari, Library Liaison
Growth and Expansion
In order to meet the needs of our growing community
the Ocean County Library System expanded in 2007
and plans to continue to develop in the future.
The library answered the needs of the growing
Whiting area of Manchester by opening the
Whiting Reading Center, a location that is convenient
to several retirement communities.
The reading center has brought out new customers
who did not use the library’s services in the past.
In its first year the reading center has issued
1,607 new library cards and had a circulation of
nearly 70,000 items. Attendance at the reading center
Ocean County Library has long expressed an interest in expanding
the Brick branch to meet the area’s growing population. In 2007
The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Library
Commission hired Dennis Kowal Architects to design the expansion.
We will work closely with the township to enhance the area and
better serve our customers.
In Toms River a replacement steeple was placed atop the
belfry and a coffee shop was opened to meet the many requests
from customers for a refreshment station. The coffee shop
has also become a gathering spot for business people and
high school students.
Ocean County Library received two of