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Summer 2021 Youth Art Program is Here!!!

Six Week Olympic Themed Series of Projects for children in grades K-6








The Belmar Public Library presents a springtime musical event:

The Beach Music Rock Band Kids
of Beach Music Studios
Saturday May 22 at 12 Noon
Watch for free LIVE on our Facebook page:

or join us on the Library Front Lawn in a socially distanced manner to enjoy the show in person!





AuthorTime with Carol Van Den Hende

Thursday, May 6, 2021

7 pm on Zoom





The Poetry Jam Cabaret

Bi-weekly LIVE Open Mic Poetry on Zoom

Where local poets perform original, classic and contemporary poetry

to enthused audiences!

Next Poetry Jam Cabaret is Wednesday, May 12, 6 pm


For details on performing poetry or how to watch poets in action,










Spring 2021 Youth Art Appreciation Program

with Dawn Lisko


Live Instruction art sessions via Zoom for Kids in Grades K-6!


The Spring Youth Art Program will focus on some of the great artists of history:


Friday 4pm - March 19 - Henri Matisse

Friday 4pm - April 9 - Vincent Van Gogh

Friday 4pm - May 7 - Claude Monet

Friday 4pm - June 4 - Pablo Picasso


For details and registration CLICK HERE----->YOUTH ART PAGE<-----




AuthorTime Webinar with Belmar's own Merry Brennan as she discusses her new book:

Eye Rolls & Awe - A National Park Road Trip with Teens


To watch the AuthorTime Webinar

and learn more about Merry and her book, CLICK HERE








Announcing new Services for the Visual and Print Impaired!


The Belmar Public Library has partnered with the NJ State Library Talking Book and Braille Center and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped to provide our community patrons access to library materials at NO COST DELIVERY designed specifically for those with print impairments.


CLICK HERE To learn more about these great new services



Belmar Public Library is now participating in the


as part of our relationship with the

NJ State Library and LibraryLinkNJ, the NJ Library Cooperative


Effective immediately, books, DVDs and audiobooks that we do not have in our collection may now be requested and borrowed from other libraries around New Jersey.

This will give our patrons access to the collective resources of NJ Libraries through the Belmar Library.

If you need a title that we do not have, and it is more than 6 months since its release, we can search for and request to borrow that title from one of hundreds of libraries throughout NJ.

Please note that New Releases less than 6 months old cannot be requested through this service.

Requests may take as long as 2-3 weeks before the item is received.

Once received, you will have the usual amount of time to enjoy it before returning it:

Books and Audiobooks: 2 weeks

DVDs: 2 days

We will handle all the request and fulfillment aspects of getting the title you want.

There are no fees or costs to the patron for using this service.

All you have to do is enjoy it and return it!!!

For more information, CALL US AT 732-681-0775 or visit our website:






Announcing the Belmar Public Library YouTube Channel!




In the future we will be generating some great content, from Storytimes, informational videos on Library Services and about our community, so stay tuned!

Check out our Video Theater here on site for links to all the videos as well.


Check out our first video, the first of our weekly series Storytime with Miss Peggy, as our own Peggy O'Connor reads Clifford's Birthday Party by Norman Bridwell to all the kids!






Announcing E-Street Pickup!

Belmar Public Library's contactless curbside pickup service


E-Street Pickup hours will be 9 am - 4 pm, Mondays thru Fridays


You can now request books, Audiobooks and DVDs from the Belmar Public Library and get them through a contactless method of curbside pickup!


For details and instructions on how to start getting books, audiobooks and DVDs while the Library is still closed, Click the E-Street Pickup Link above!

For the safety and well being of all our patrons and employees, the Library is closed to the public for the duration of the COVID-19  virus outbreak.


To get the latest COVID-19 announcements and notices for the

Borough of Belmar, please click the link below:

Belmar COVID-19 button






We invite you to take advantage of all our digital online services at our 24-7 Virtual Library.  You can check out e-books and audiobooks, get free 72 hour Access Passes to the NY Times  and more.  Keep checking back as we will be adding more great digital services and resources in the days ahead.


If you currently have books or media checked out, we encourage you to hold on to them for now.  All due dates, fines and deadlines for returning checked out items are waived until the Library re-opens.  If you must return them, please use the Book Dropbox at the front of the Library. 




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All Library related inquiries and requests may be sent to library@belmar.com, or you may call (732)681-0775 during normal business hours.


Mission Statement: The Belmar Public Library will work with the community to provide materials, information, technology and opportunities to educate, enrich and entertain people of all ages and backgrounds.

Vision Statement: The Board of Trustees and Library staff work together to promote and encourage a lifelong love of reading and learning. We celebrate the diversity of our community and promote understanding of our differences.

Values Statement: The Board of Trustees, Library staff and volunteers of the Belmar Public Library recognize the following shared values:

  • We recognize that people are important and we celebrate their diversity;
  • We will act with fairness, honesty and integrity;
  • We will inform and educate our community of the services and programs of the Library;
  • We will treat our patrons, colleagues and volunteers with dignity and respect.

Adopted by the Library Board of Trustees on December 12, 2011



Mark Walsifer - Mayor

David Hallman - Superintendent, Belmar Elementary School

 -Danielle Arnold - Superintendent's Alternate

President- Sharon Russell-Fowler 

Vice President- Johanna Roper-Robinson

Secretatry - Patricia Hutchinson

Bruce Blattner, Darleen Havens, Charity Scordato, William Young



On August 11, 1911 a group of ladies met at the home of Miss Louise Phillips. She and her friends were greatly interested in giving to young people the highly organized activities that could be obtained through a Public Library. With this goal in mind the ladies got together and opened the First Belmar Library on September 23, 1911. During the first year the library grew so rapidly that on May 1, 1912 it had to be moved to a larger building. As interest became greater it finally was decided that even this space was too small.

The Belmar Public Library as it now stands was opened to the public on December 4, 1914. The building is Colonial in style and Edward Tilton of New York was the architect. The plans for the Library were thought to be so excellent by the Carnegie Corporation that they adopted them as the standard for future libraries all over the Country.

In 1935 a portrait of Andrew Carnegie was presented to the Library by the Carnegie Corporation. It is a copy of the portrait painted by Luis Mora. One was given to each of the Carnegie Libraries in the Centennial.

- "Belmar In Retrospect" by Grace Trott Roper


LIBRARY FEES - *All Late Fees are waived during the Pandemic*

Belmar Residents are welcome to join the Library by showing two proofs of residency.
Membership for non-Belmar Residents: $25.00
Replace a Library Card: $1.00
Late Books: 5 cents per book, per day
Late DVDs: $1.00 per DVD, per day
Copies: 20 cents per B&W page; 50 cents per color page
Fax: $2 for the first page; $1 for every page thereafter
Computer Printouts:  20 cents per B&W page; 50 cents per color page




Upcoming Events

Author Caridad Pineiro discusses her latest book via zoom
06/17/21 - 7:00 PM

Poetry Jam Cabaret
06/23/21 - 6:00 PM

Grand Reopening and Pat Roddy LIVE IN CONCERT
06/24/21 - 9:00 AM

Poetry Jam Cabaret
07/07/21 - 6:00 PM

Youth Art Summer Program with Dawn Lisko
07/13/21 - 4:00 PM

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