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Summer 2019

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Toddler STEAM Tales
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 
1-2 pm 

Hear an interactive story followed by hands on sensory learning with our STEAM maker kits.


6:30-7:30 pm
July 11 -- Starfish 
August 8 -- Spoon Holder

New to 3D printing? Discover how the 3D printer works, and watch it make a fun object. 


Monday through Friday
12 - 2 pm

6:30 - 7:30 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

1 pm

Watch the 3D printer in action as it prints a new object each week! 

                                                   July 3 - Eagle
                                                   July 10 - Starfish
                                                   July 17 - Martians
                                                   July 24 - Rocket
                                                   July 31 - Astronaut
                                                   August 7 - Moon
                                                   August 14 - Minions
                                                   August 21 - Party Hats
                                                   August 28 - Dragons

Drop in to chat and knit or learn how!

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

Fourth of July



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

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.
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.


September 2-30
Every time you check out materials, enter the National Library Card Sign Up Month Raffle. At the end of the month, a lucky winner will be awarded a gift card! One entry per person/ per day 

All Ages! 



September 22-28 
Can you guess the banned book title with only emoji pictures to guide you? Everyone who participates is eligible to win a prize! One entry per person. 

Kids and Teens! 

    Table of  

Welcome to Middle Ground
July/August 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,
& Thursday 

10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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

Closed through
Labor Day

Holiday Hours
Wednesday, July 3
10 am - 3 pm

Fourth of July

Labor Day
Monday, September 2




Reserve Your New Book 

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

Feeling stuck in the middle?
Seek out Middle Ground!

Located next to our adult media collection, this new assortment of books is specifically curated for readers in grades four through nine who want something a little more sophisticated than children's literature but a bit simpler than YA. 

Each title is also screened to ensure content and themes are age-appropriate.

Check it out during your next visit!

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. 


Toddler STEAM Tales
Monday, Wednesday,
and Thursday

1-2 pm

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

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.

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.

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.
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

Run Away - Coben, Harlan
Justified Murder - Deveraux, Jude
Look Alive Twenty-Five - Evanovich, Janet
A-List - Jance, J.A.
18th Abduction - Patterson, James

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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