Boat Parade
July 1981

Toddler Magnet Fun
Mondays   1-2 pm
Build with colorful magnetic shapes while listening to fun music!
Toddler Stay & Play
Wednesdays   1-2 pm
Parents! Engage in fun activities and creative learning with your toddler!

Move N' Groove Toddler Playdate
Fridays   10:30-11:30 am
Hear stories and music and meet your neighbors in this fun storytime!

Thursdays, December 6 & 13
3:30-4:30 pm 

MIY Winter Snowman using marshmallows, pretzel sticks, and M&M's


Thursdays, December 6 & 13
4:30-5:30 pm

MIY Marshmallow Bridges using marshmallows and toothpicks


Fridays, December 7 & 14
3:30-4:30 pm 

Cocoa Peppermint Cookies
Wednesdays, December 5 & 12
4-5 pm 

Unwind from the holiday rush and decorate your own holiday inspired cookies while listening to festive music.

Monday, December 10
6-7:30 pm 

Discover the process of selecting the most appropriate care setting; providing an overview of the options and highlighting factors to consider when choosing this new home.
Register online or call the library at 732-721-6060


Mondays & Wednesdays 
12 - 2 pm

6:30 - 8 pm

 Stop by with your tech questions and
become savvy using your device! 


 Consumer Reports is a nonprofit organization providing unbiased
product ratings and reviews. 1985 to the present are available online.
Click the image above to access. 

MIY Make it Yourself Technology
Handcrafts & Creative Kits
Culinary Studio

3D Printer Magic

Ages 10-100

3:30-4:30 pm

                                  December  5     Snowflakes
                                  December 12    Snowman
                                  December 19    Stars
                                  December  26   Polar Bears

Stop by and work on your knitting projects,
or get help starting a project!

Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.
6 - 8 pm  

Learn a language with Rosetta Stone!

                                                         December 10                                   

Support the Library Foundation

Ongoing Fundraiser:
#StartWithaSmile when Amazon donates to the Dowdell Library Foundation Inc. This is a great way to donate to the Dowdell Library Foundation! Amazon will donate .5% of all purchases to the Foundation. Help support the Library! 
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

Meet your neighbors!
Be the first to know what's happening at the library. 
Help through the gift of your time or a donation!
New Jersey Digital Highway 

Click on the image above to visit New Jersey Digital Highway.

The NJ Digital Highway is a place for New Jersey and culture, from the collections of cultural heritage institutions. Dowdell Library is part of the NJ Digital Highway and has shared many of its historical artifacts and memorabilia online. 

Use the search term "South Amboy" to bring up the results page, which is full of fun and fascinating South Amboy history!  

Search The Historical 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.

Need help preparing your taxes? 
 Registration for FREE tax preparation assistance will begin in January.
Individuals earning less than $64,000
are eligible to sign up for this valuable service. 


Monday, January 21 
2-4 pm 

Put your wits to the ultimate test! Groups of ten participants will work collaboratively through a devilish sequence of clues, riddles, puzzles, and scavenger hunt-style challenges to find their way out of Sadie's Studio!

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December Is...
Sadie's Studio
3D Printer Magic
Job & Career Resources
Coming Soon
New Jersey Digital Highway
Contact Us

Click here to see our complete 
calendar of events.


Monday, Tuesday,

10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, Friday 
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

12:00-4:00 pm 

Holiday Closings

Monday, December 24
 Tuesday, December 25

New Year's
Monday, December 31
Tuesday, January 1



Reserve Your New Book 

Click on the image above to
find out what titles are on
the latest Spotlight. 

Calling All Collectors

Do you have a unique collection? If so, please consider sharing it with us! 

The Dowdell Library has a great area for display: The Davidoff Exhibition Area. We also have two display cases that can accommodate smaller items. 

Please contact the Dowdell Library 732-721-6060

for more information. 


Toddler Magnet Fun

1-2 pm

Toddler Stay & Play

1-2 pm 

Move N' Groove
Toddler Playdate

10:30-11:30 am

Challenge yourself to create a design based on a chosen theme each month!
   How do I ... ?

Need Homework Help??
Explora is easy-to-use and provides reliable online content 
for elementary and secondary
school students.

Elementary School

Secondary School 

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.
Curate your own film festival with the power of your Dowdell Library card.

Thousands of movies available instantly and commercial free!  

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.
 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.
Looking For
 Job Resources? 

Join #workschat on Twitter Wednesdays at noon EST!
This live chat sponsored by the NJ State Library is dedicated to connecting jobseekers to library resources. #workschat occurs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from noon to 1pm ET. To participate in #workschat, follow along with 
@NJWorks on Twitter.

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.

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.

Books and Audiobooks

Downloadable content, 
24 hours / 7 days a week.

Latest Overdrive Advantage
eBook Additions

New eBooks added every month

Paradox - Coulter, Catherine
Shadow Tyrants - Cussler, Clive
Lilac Girls - Kelly, Martha Hall
Unwanted Guest - Lapena, Shari
Princess - Patterson, James
Feared - Scottoline, Lisa
Pieces of Her - Slaughter, Karin
Death of Mrs. Westaway - Ware, Ruth

Advantage titles provides South Amboy residents additional access to New eBooks added every month! 

RBdigital 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 account, it will stay there unless you wish to delete it.
The Davidoff Exhibition Area

Click above to view the latest exhibits on display. Want to display your collection? Contact us! 
 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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