Innovative and fun programming will be guaranteed this November. Join us for our annual Book & Media Sale and get a head start on your holiday shopping.  Participate in our Guessing Jar Contest for both children and adults. We also have a Sewing Workshop and UPDATED Sadie Studio offerings such as Squishy Lights, Weave Looms, and a Laser Maze. Stop in to read to our Book Buddy Olaf, and attend our fun history program to find out quirky and wonderful facts about South Amboy.  

Yes! we are open Election Day for normal business hours Tuesday, November 8   10 am - 8 pm.

November 1 - 28
Donations are still being accepted,
please bring your gently used items to the Library. 

Great prices on books and media! Come stop by and see what's for sale. Makes great holiday gifts, or a treat for yourself. 
Make a Holiday Table Runner
@ Your Library

Monday, November 14  
6:30 - 8 pm 

Join Mary Rager as she presents a sewing workshop using amazing Singer sewing machines.  Samples will be on display!
Meet the Library's Friendly
& Gentle Book Buddy Dog - Olaf

Friday, November 18  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!
Weird and Wonderful
South Amboy

Tuesday, November 29  
6:30 - 8 pm

The Library will open its archives to the treasures within!
Hear quirky and weird facts about South Amboy
Guessing Jar Contest
For All Ages!

Drop in to participate in our Guessing Jar Contests.
The person with the closest answer will win a prize!

One entry per person. Good luck!
Buying Holiday Gifts?
Check Out Consumer Reports Online!

Did you know that the Library has access to Consumer Reports online? 

Click on the JerseyClicks icon from our homepage. Scroll down the different subjects to General and click on Academic Search Premier. Then search under publications and type in Consumer Reports. Stop in and let us show you the step-by-step process.

Click on the image above to access JerseyClicks

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 1:30 - 2:30 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 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
for adults and seniors.

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

Every Tuesday and Thursday in November 


Here's some of the Children's Staff's favorite Picture Books. Please check Hoopla and eLibraryNJ for online versions of these titles. 

Mrs. Marlowe's Mice - Frank Asch
Mr. Maxwell's House - Frank Asch
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - Judi Barrett
A Visitor For Bear - Bonny Becker
I'm Bored - Michael Ian Black
Mars Needs Moms! - Berkeley Breathed
Goodnight Moon- Margaret Wise Brown
Stellaluna- Janell Cannon
The Hungry Caterpillar- Eric Carle 
The Very Busy Spider- Eric Carle
Gilbert the Hero - Jayne Clarke
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type- Doreen Cronin
Olivia- Ian Falconer
Mother Bruce - Ryan T. Higgins
Naughty Mabel - Dan Krall
Pete the Cat- Eric Litwin 
Bad Baby - Ross MacDonald
Pardon Me! - Daniel Miyares
The Kissing Hand- Audrey Penn
Curious George- H.A. Rey
Chick 'N' Pug - Jennifer Sattler
Where the Wild Things Are- Maurice Sendak
No, David!- David Shannon
The Giving Tree- Shel Silverstein
The Polar Express- Chris Van Allsburg
Chester - Melanie Watt
The Stone Lion - Margaret Wild
Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus- Mo Willems
I Am a Story - Dan Yaccarino
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 meet every other month.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, November 1 at 7 pm at the Library.

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.
If you enjoyed Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them,
try these which are fantasy fiction titles featuring magical beasts.  

Peter & the Secret of Rundoon  By: Dave Barry
Circus Mirandus  By: Cassie Beasley
The Witches  By: Roald Dahl
Which Witch? By: Eva Ibbotson
Savvy By: Ingrid Law
Secrets of the Dragon By: Brandon Mull
Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures  By: Jackson Pearce
 The Mark of Athena  By: Rick Riordan

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
  • Kindle Tales  
    • Monday's at 4 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 
      • Squishy Lights, Little Bits,
        Snap Circuits, Kinetic Sand
  • Pokémon Catch Them All!
    • Mondays at 3 pm
  • Turkey Cookie Decorating
    • Thursday, November 17  3-4 pm
  • Meet the Library's Friendly
    & Gentle Book Buddy Dog - Olaf
    • Friday, November 18  3-4:30 pm
Programs For Teens
  • Pokémon Catch Them All!
    • Mondays at 3 pm
  •  MineCraft & 
    • Tuesdays 2:30 - 7:30 pm
    • Saturdays 12:30 - 3:30 pm
  • MIY Sadie's Studio 
    • Thursdays 3 pm 
      • Rainbow Looms, Laser Maze, Squishy Lights,
        Recycled Paper Bead Bracelets, and Magnetism Kit
  •  Wii U / Xbox 360 
    • Friday November 4  3-4:30 pm
  • 3D Pen
    • Friday, November 4, 18 and 25 from 3-4:30 pm 
  • Turkey Cookie Decorating
    • Thursday, November 17  3-4 pm
  • Meet the Library's Friendly
    & Gentle Book Buddy Dog - Olaf
    • Friday, November 18  3-4:30 pm
  • Weird and Wonderful
    South Amboy
    • Tuesday, November 29   6:30 - 8 pm
Programs For Adults
  • Sadie's Studio
    3D Printer Drop in Workshops
    • Mondays 5:30 pm
    • Tuesdays 1:30 pm & 6:30 pm
    • Thursdays 6:30 pm
  • Zen Coloring 
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays at
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Make a Holiday Table Runner @ Your Library
    • Monday, November 14   6:30 - 8 pm
  • Weird and Wonderful
    South Amboy
    • Tuesday, November 29   6:30 - 8 pm

Monday, December 5 
4 - 8 pm
Join us as we kick off the holiday season with this fun and festive event. 
4-6 pm -- MIY (Make It Yourself) fun!   All Ages
6-8 pm -- Enjoy holiday festivities with music, door prizes and refreshments!
Millennial Singles Cooking Class
Tuesday, December 13  6:30 - 8 pm
Ages 18-34

Join us for a hands on cooking class and learn how to turn simple ingredients into fast and delicious meals on the griddler! We’ll be making delicious sandwiches and even a tasty dessert.
Space is limited, so please call us to reserve a spot 732-721-6060
or email 

Here are some city wide holiday events
taking place to get you in the holiday spirit. 

Wednesday, November 30th at 6 pm
South Amboy City Hall – North Broadway

Tours of decorated homes and historical sites 

Friday, December 16 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
To register for one of the tours or enter the home decorating contest,
contact Jaclyn Kelly at 732-525-5965 by the middle of November.

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New @ Dowdell
Holiday Closing
3D Printing Classes
November Is...
Fantastic Beasts &
Where To Find Them Read-a-likes
November Programs
Coming Soon
City Wide
Holiday Events
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 Closing

Thursday, November 24 

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! 
Starting Wednesdays
in November
 at 10:45 am

Kindle Tales
Join in as we listen, view and share various stories through the 
Amazon Kindle's.
Watch as stories come to life in this weekly program. 
Mondays and Wednesdays 4 pm
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!

November Theme:

December Theme: 


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“What in the world would we do without our libraries?” - Katherine Hepburn
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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