Ice Skating Around the Great Beds Lighthouse on the Raritan Bay
As the days grow shorter, and the weather turns colder, it's a great time to stop by and see what's new at the Dowdell Library. Come join us for our Holiday Open House full of holiday cheer and refreshments. We also have lots of MIY activities which include using the 3D Printer, 3D Pen, Jewelry Making, etc! 

For those creative kids and teens, stop by for the Cupcake Decorating Contest during winter break and see who can decorate the most festive looking cupcake. It will be a sweet time for all! 

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!
To our Library Friends,                                                                                           
We have great plans for the upcoming year! Please join us for the 3D snowflake contest, the Library’s 103rd anniversary celebration, the culinary soup competition, the robotics program for young adults, the adult tea party, an astronomy program for the solar eclipse, assorted 3D printer programs, as well as an old-fashioned Christmas party.  Connect with your library by subscribing to the monthly eNewsletter or logging into our web site
All the best!                                                                       
Elaine R. Gaber                                                
Old Fashioned MIY Holiday Arts & Crafts

Holiday Bracelets
Thursday, December 1 & 15  4-5 pm
Wednesday, December 7  3-4 pm

Holiday Necklaces
Monday, December 12 & 19  3-4 pm

Greeting Cards
Thursday, December 8  3-4 pm

Millennial Singles Cooking Class
Tuesday, December 13  6:30 - 8 pm
For Millennials Ages 18-34

Join us for a hands on cooking class and learn how to turn simple 
ingredients into fast and delicious appetizers and desserts!
Space is limited, so please call us to reserve a spot 
732-721-6060 or email 
Meet the Library's Friendly
& Gentle Book Buddy Dog - Olaf

Monday, December 19   3-4:30 pm

Meet Olaf (Great Pyrenes Breed)! when he visits the library.  
Community members of all ages are invited to drop in to meet him!

Parent & Toddler Storytime
Join us for stories and music in
this revamped Storytime session!
 at 10:45 am

FREE Introduction 3D Printing 
Tuesdays at 6:30 pm
All Ages
In this class you will learn what 3D printing is all about, using the 3D printer safely, and websites/ resources that will show you how to design your own 3D models. 

Each participant will be able to choose 1 of 8 objects for us to print which may be picked up at a later date.

Registration is required. Please email or call us     732-721-6060
Drop in MiY 3D Printer

Every Monday 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Every Tuesday 2:30 - 3:30 pm and 
6:30 - 7:30 pm

Every Thursday 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Watch our 3D Printer in action!
New designs and creations every week! 
 Zen Coloring 

Zen Coloring Relaxation Sessions will take place
at the Dowdell Library from 1-2:30 pm
for adults and seniors.

Relax and enjoy this stress-free activity with friends
and familiar faces. 

Every Tuesday and Thursday in December 

Pearl Harbor Day
December 7, 1941

Crossword Puzzle Day
December 21

Food Crossword Puzzle
Support the Library Foundation
The Dowdell Library Foundation, Inc. was established to enhance financial support for the Sadie Pope Dowdell Public Library of South Amboy, NJ with private funding through grants and donations.

We accomplish our mission through fundraising and your contributions, which enable us to increase library capabilities, resources and services for the community. The Dowdell Library Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and all gifts are tax deductible and qualify for matching grants from many employers.


Join the Friends
of the Dowdell Library

The Friends of the Library will meet again in the Spring.  
Joining the Friends has a lot of benefits, and they no longer require any dues! Click on the image above to learn more about the Friends.

Learn a language with Rosetta Stone. This vital resource includes 30 languages to meet a range of cultural interests. 

Learning is structured around core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and also includes focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and more.

Community members can also take advantage of available mobile apps that enable learners to reinforce their language learning wherever they may be. 

Click on the image above
to access Rosetta Stone.

Adult Fiction Selections
Visions of Sugar Plums - Janet Evanovich
Christmas Visitor - Thomas Kinkade
Trading Christmas - Debbie Macomber 
Proposal For Christmas - Linda Lael Miller
Miracle on the 17th Green - James Patterson

Adult Non-Fiction Selections
Fa La La La Felt - Amanda Carestio
Kwanzaa - Eric Copage
Christmas All Through the House - Gooseberry Patch
Flight of the Reindeer - Robert Sullivan 
Holidays and Celebrations - Taste of Home

Childrens Fiction Selections
One Candle- Eve Bunting
Dream Snow- Eric Carle
Olivia Helps with Christmas- Ian Falconer
K is for Kwanzaa- Juwanda Ford
Spot's Magical Christmas- Eric Hill
Happy Hanukkah Curious George- Emily Meyer
The Night Before Christmas- Clement Moore
Seven Candles for Kwanzaa- Andrea Pinkney 
How the Grinch Stole Christmas- Dr. Seuss
The Polar Express- Chris Van Allsburg
Merry Christmas Gus!- Jacklyn Williams
Bear Stays Up For Christmas- Karma Wilson
How do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?- Jane Yolen

Looking For A Job?
These Resources Can Help

The New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJCAN) is an Internet-based delivery system for accurate, comprehensive, current, and relevant occupational, post-secondary school and financial aid information. NJCAN contains the latest national, New Jersey and
local labor market data and projections.

NJCAN also includes information on:

  • Job interview preparation
  • Resume and cover letter creation
  • How to keep a job
  • Self-employment
  • Military occupations

NJCAN is designed to support lifelong career exploration, and career planning and decision-making through easy to use, straightforward search and sorting utilities, and an online portfolio for saving information from all system components.

Job and Career Accelerator allows you to create resumes and cover letters, learn interviewing techniques, and prepare for related exams. Access millions of job listings.

Programs For Children
  • Holiday Open House  
    • Monday, December 5  4-8 pm
  • Parent & Toddler Storytime - New!
    • Wednesdays, 10:45 am   Join us for stories and music in
      this revamped Storytime session! 
  •  MiY - Sadie's Studio   
    • Wednesdays, 3 pm 
      • Holiday Bracelets, Rainbow Loom
  • Cupcake Decorating Contest     
    • Wednesday, December 28  1-3:30 pm
  • Meet the Library's Friendly
    & Gentle Book Buddy Dog - Olaf
    • Monday, December 19  3-4:30 pm
Programs For Teens
  • Holiday Open House  
    • Monday, December 5  4-8 pm
  • MineCraft & 
    • Tuesdays 2:30 - 7:30 pm
    • Saturdays 12:30 - 3:30 pm
  • MIY Sadie's Studio 
    • Thursdays 3 pm 
      • Holiday Bracelets, Greeting Cards,                                   Snap Circuits, Button Maker
  •  Wii U 
    • Fridays, December 9 & 16  3-4:30 pm
  • 3D Pen
    • Fridays, December 2, 9 & 16  3-4:30 pm
    • Thursday, December 22  3-4:30 pm
  • Cupcake Decorating Contest      
    • Wednesday, December 28  1-3:30 pm
  • Meet the Library's Friendly
    & Gentle Book Buddy Dog - Olaf
    • Monday, December 19  3-4:30 pm
Programs For Adults
  • Holiday Open House  
    • Monday, December 5  
      • 4-6 pm  Sadie's Studio!
      • 6-8 pm  Holiday Cheer!
  • Sadie's Studio
    3D Printer Drop in Workshops
    • Mondays 5:30-6:30 pm
    • Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 pm & 6:30-7:30 pm
    • Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm
  • Zen Coloring 
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
      1-2:30 pm
3D Snowflake Contest
 Jan 2-Feb 28

Create a snowflake using a 3D pen, or 3D printer.
Categories Ages 5-10 & 11-17. Judges will decide which
3D Printer and 3D Pen snowflake is the best. The most creative
will win a prize. Snowflakes will also be exhibited in our Showcase!
JCP&L Home Safety Program
Tuesday, January 24   6:30 pm

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New @ Dowdell
Holiday Closings
Sadie's Studio
December Is...
Season's Readings
Coming Soon
Contact Us

Click here to see our complete 
calendar of events.

Monday, Tuesday,
& Thursday 

10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Wednesday & Friday 
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Open Saturdays
Labor Day Through Memorial Day

12 pm - 4 pm

Sunday - Closed
Holiday Closings

Friday, December 23 - Monday, December 26

Saturday, December 31 - Monday, January 2

Reserve Your New Book 

Click on the image above to
find out what titles are on
the latest Spotlight. 
   How do I ... ?

Hoopla Is HERE!!! 

Free Downloadable Materials. No Wait List!
Available 24/7
With more then 200,000 streaming and downloadable movies, TV shows, complete music albums, audiobooks, comics, eBooks, and more, Hoopla is a wonderful digital service that you can access on your computer
or download
to a portable device.
Hoopla selections range from Hollywood blockbusters to
best-selling artists and authors as well as niche and hard-to-find selections.
The service allows you the freedom to experience, explore and enjoy what you want, when you want, and where you want FREE with your Sadie Pope Dowdell
Library card!

Library patrons are eligible to receive up to five 
free downloads per month by going to and clicking on the Hoopla icon on the library’s web page.  All hoopla titles are available 24/7 
with no holds. 
Movies & TV shows – most can be borrowed for 3 days (72 hours). A few titles can be borrowed for
2 days (48 hours).

Music can be borrowed
for 7 days.

Audiobooks can be borrowed for 21 days.

eBooks can be borrowed for 21 days.

Comics can be borrowed for 21 days.

Information @
your library
24 hours /
7 days per week

Search for novels, Find businesses and health providers. Look for jobs and find legal information.

Click the image above to start your research. 
Need volunteer hours?  Volunteers help make the Library an inviting place by working on projects, straightening up the shelves, etc. 

Please inquire
at the Library.

Thanks for helping make Dowdell
the best Library. 
Parent & Toddler 

Join us for stories and music in
this revamped Storytime session! 
 at 10:45 am
Books and Audiobooks

Downloadable content, 
24 hours / 7 days a week.

Zinio is a way to get access to over 100 magazines online.

New Issues - The online version of our magazines show up for checkout the same day that the print copies are delivered.

No Waiting List - Unlike the print magazine, if we carry the digital version then it’s available to you. 

No Due Date - Once it’s checked out to your Zinio account it will stay there unless you wish to delete it.

Digital Café
Stop by for assistance accessing and using downloadable and
streaming materials on your device OR smartphone. 
Learn how to access:  

eBooks and eAudio
Music, Movies,
eBooks, eAudio
Rosetta Stone
Learn a Language
Current Magazines

12 - 2 pm
6 - 7:45 pm

Search Our Extensive Archives

The Sadie Pope Dowdell Library is excited to
present digital versions
of the South Amboy Citizen and South Amboy-Sayreville Times. 

Click here to
access the archives.


Challenge yourself to create a design based on a chosen theme each month!

December Theme: 


January Theme: 


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“I always get lost in the library,' he said, 'no matter how many times I go.
In fact, I think I get lost there more, the more that I go.
Like it's getting to know me and revealing new passages.” 
― Rainbow Rowell
The Davidoff Exhibition Area
 The Dowdell Library is located off John T. O'Leary Boulevard
and adjacent to the South Amboy Middle / High School.

Our mailing address is:
100 Harold G. Hoffman Plaza 
South Amboy, NJ 08879
(732) 721-6060 Telephone
(732) 721-1054 Fax


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