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JUNE 2024

Cultural Culinary Tasting
Wednesday, June 19
10:30 - 11:30 am

Join us for a Juneteenth culinary tasting!

What Is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration honoring the official end of slavery in the United States. The Emancipation proclamation, by executive federal order, proclaimed that all slaves were free, in 1863. But, the Civil War was not ended and rebel states, such as Texas, refused to obey the order. It was on June 19, 1865, when General Gordon Granger led thousands of federal troops into Galveston, Texas announcing that all those enslaved had been freed. By withholding this information, powerful slaveholders had condemned their chattel to two additional years of confinement.

June nineteenth, the date of Granger’s arrival became the target date for Juneteenth celebrations in Galveston, soon spreading to African American communities throughout the state and eventually the nation.

Dowdell Library is excited to share these online virtual health / financial literacy programs in collaboration with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and RWJBarnabas Health. If you are interested in these online events, please register by emailing

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a public service provided by The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health system.

Submissions are now open for the Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize! 
Click the link below to enter the contest

From the Archives @ Dowdell Library

Salt Water Day Parade off North Stevens Avenue
Circa Turn of the Century, early 1900's


Small Business & Job Resources

 Business Source Elite

Small Business Reference Center

Regional Business News

Reference Solutions

Stop in the Library and pick up your free New Jersey 2024 Official Travel
Guide and check out what the Garden State has to offer!



Table of Contents

New @ Dowdell
Spotlight on New Books
Digital Library
Small Business & Job Resources
Coming Soon
Contact Us

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
10 a.m. to 8 p.m

Wednesday, Friday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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

Contact Us
(732) 721-6060 Telephone
(732) 721-1054 Fax


We’re upgrading our systems
in a big way!

We’re making it easier to search the library catalog, find new materials, and improve your library experience.

The new catalog is more intuitive and user friendly, and will make it easier than ever to find what you’re looking for, manage your account, and to discover new things along the way!

Stay tuned for more details. 

Check out our mobile app, LMxPRESS PLUS, which features a more streamlined look and provides faster and more accurate access to your library account and the holdings of the LMxAC member libraries.

Search all LMxAC member libraries for your favorite books, movies, music, and more. Download and connect to digital content, and stay in touch with your library’s community through social media feeds and event calendars.


  • Place holds on items across all LMxAC member libraries and choose your pickup location.
  • Manage your library account: view holds, checkouts, and renew items.
  • Store a digital copy of your library card on your device so you always have it with you.
  • Check your favorite library’s social media feeds.
  • See upcoming library events on each member library’s calendar.
  • Access digital content offered by individual libraries.

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Reserve Upcoming Releases

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 
for more information. 

Click here to view
past exhibits

   How do I ... ?

Support the Dowdell 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.


Improve on tests for High School, College, Graduate School and U.S. Citizenship.

Help for resumes, job searches and Microsoft Office training. 

Vocational test prep for Nursing, Law Enforcement, Public Safety, Teaching exams and more.

Create an account with a username and password to keep track of your progress.

Provides high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted, easy to understand, free and in both English and Spanish. Anytime, anywhere, on any device for FREE.

Click on the image above and enter your 9 digit library card number to begin searching!

Explora is easy-to-use and provides reliable online content aimed at various demographics with ease.

Explora Primary

Explora Middle School

Explora High School

Explora For Public Libraries

Instantly borrow media, eBooks & comics to enjoy on your computer, tablet, phone & TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded for offline enjoyment later.

Apple Store

Google Play Store

Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more from your local library for free! 

Apple Store

Google Play Store


South Amboy Citizen Newspaper
Years 1910-2000

South Amboy Sayreville Times 
October 18, 1991 - Present 

St. Mary's/Cardinal McCarrick Yearbooks 
South Amboy/Hoffman High School Yearbooks 

New Jersey Digital Highway

Online Research Available 24/7.  To search click below

To search all JERSEYCLICKS categories and or CONSUMER REPORTS, click below. Once you find an article, enter your whole library card number starting with for full text access.

Reference Solutions is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on
U.S. businesses (59 million) and U.S. residents (310 milliion). 

Reference Solutions makes it faster and easier to find new
business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers,
conduct market research and much more.

Discover your family history and genealogy and begin your family history journey.


Downloadable content, 
24 hours / 7 days a week.

Latest Overdrive Advantage
eBook Additions

Attia, Peter

Calamity of Souls
Baldacci, David

Princess of Las Vegas
Bohjalian, Chris

It Had to Be You
Clark, Mary Higgins

One of Us Knows
Cole, Alyssa

Every Single Secret
Dodd, Christina

Good Husband
Frech, Steve

Still See You Everywhere
Gardner, Lisa

Chaos Agent
Greaney, Mark

Hart, Emilia

Just For the Summer
Jiminez, Abby

She's Not Sorry
Kubica, Mary

Wild Side
Michaels, Fern

Tourist Season
Novak, Brenda

#1 Lawyer
Patterson, James

Murder Inn
Patterson, James

Preston, Douglas

After Annie
Quindlen, Anna

Toxic Prey
Sandford, John

Truth About the Devlins
Scottoline, Lisa

Expiration Dates
Serle, Rebecca

Summer We Started Over
Thayer, Nancy

Other Half
Vassell, Charlotte

Advantage titles provides South Amboy residents additional access to new eBooks added every month! 
Visit the link below to get started with eBooks 


Small Business
& Job Resources

An online community to help you with your job search, connect you with other people who are (or have recently been) looking for jobs and interact with a volunteer coaching network.

A Helping Hand for Homeowners in Need 
If you have experienced a financial hardship and an increase in housing related expenses associated with the coronavirus pandemic that created a risk of mortgage delinquency, mortgage default, foreclosure or property tax lien, the Homeowner Assistance Fund may be able to help.
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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