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Title: Jersey City Free Public Library - News & Events
Post by: MA on 01-26-2009, 08:36am
From today's Jersey Journal. Hopefully the alleged smell (,76.msg743.html#msg743) is gone.

The grand re-opening of a magical place
Monday, January 26, 2009

Follow the yellow brick road to the magical forest and you'll find yourself in the story corner of the renewed Bonetti Children's Room at the main branch of the Jersey City Free Public Library, 472 Jersey Ave.

The Children's room, which originally opened in 2002 but spent the majority of 2008 under renovation, re-opened last Thursday. Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini and Councilwoman Viola Richardson came out to support the library's achievement.

Children squirmed outside the room waiting for the ribbon cutting ceremony to finish. After the bow broke, kids ran straight past the brand new computers to the back of the room where they saddled rocking horses, climbed on the wooden circle block, played with balloons and, yes, picked up a few books.

The room originally opened in 2002 when the late Jersey City Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham dedicated it in memory of Vincenzo Domenico Bonetti II. Last week, the Bonetti family attended the re-grand opening. Vincenzo passed away when he was 2 years old, but he already knew three languages. His mother and father, Stefania and Roberto, spoke highly of the former mayor for the dedication.

"He told us he would do this because our son was special and had a good heart and that this was the perfect person to represent this room," Stefania said.

Now the room shines even brighter as a result of architect Helena Ruman's vision. Director of the Library Priscilla Gardner said she's very pleased with the renovations.

"We took out steps, lightened it up, put shelves around the outside," she said, explaining some of the renovations. "My favorite part is the yellow brick road that leads to the forest."

The square vinyl flooring is designed in "colorful patterns to reflect the children's use of the space," Ruman said. Yellow squares are scattered about forming the yellow brick road." This combined with the periwinkle walls, green and yellow chairs and other bright colors creates a light hearted and playful ambiance.

"Our son will always be in this special room and it's the same special place in our hearts," said Stefania.

Most of 2008 and $240,000 went towards revamping the room. The renovations consist of new electrical work, lighting, flooring and furniture - including a new circulation desk that Gardner and her staff praised last week. In addition, Ruman refinished all original woodwork and created a new story-telling space that features a wall mural, solid color silhouettes of trees and animals, designed by an artist from within her architecture firm.

"It's a perfect place. They can elevate from this children's room and expand (to the rest of the library), it's a good building block," Richardson said.

The mayor and deputy mayor congratulated the library on its success and emphasized the importance of reading.

"The most beneficial tool to be independent and productive in our society is reading," Healy said. "It's still the most important thing. If you can't do that then you can forget about the computer and technology."

In addition to the ceremony, Jersey City artist Hugh Harrison read part of "Langues de Chat," a book he illustrated and recently donated to the library. Kids gathered around Harrison in the story area and listened to the story about cats delivering mail in Belgium.
Title: Casino night and silent auction @ Michael Anthony's for Library Foundation
Post by: shahaggy on 08-20-2009, 01:41pm
Enjoy a night out -- without the hassle of driving long distance -- at a beautiful waterfront restaurant with magnificent views of the NY Skyline, with the excitement of Atlantic City...

Casino Night / 6th Annual Fundraiser & Silent Auction
Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, Inc.

Thursday, September 17 @ 6 p.m.

Michael Anthony's, 502 Washington Blvd., Jersey City

TICKETS: $100 / CONTACT: (201) 547-4508

PAYABLE TO: Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, Inc., ATTN: Priscilla Gardner, Executive Director, 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302.
Title: Digital Bookmobile to Demo E- & Audiobooks, Tue., Oct. 13!
Post by: LibPRLady on 10-08-2009, 04:18pm
For the first time in New Jersey, the Digital Bookmobile  -- on its National Tour, and presented by -- will make an appearance, to inform the public about, and to demonstrate, the digital downloads that are yours for the taking through the Jersey City Free Public Librarys valid library card.  This all-day presentation is offered to the public FREE,  and will be available on Mercer Street, one of side streets near the Jersey Avenue-located Main Library. Tuesday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

While digital downloads of audiobooks and e-books have been available to Jersey City library patrons since 2008, the process may still be mysterious to many.

The Digital Bookmobile is disabled-accessible, and will only be in Jersey City on Tuesday, October 13.  The Digital Bookmobile gives everyone the chance to see how its done how simple it is -- and to see the vast array of programming, which includes current films not available anywhere else.
Title: Re: Digital Bookmobile to Demo E- & Audiobooks, Tue., Oct. 13!
Post by: shahaggy on 10-09-2009, 03:09pm
thanks LibPRLady but those hours are really inconvenient for oh I dunno pretty much everyone with a stardard job where you work from 9-5.  Get back to us when you guys schedule an event open to people that work normal hours.  ::)  ???  :-\
Title: Re: Digital Bookmobile to Demo E- & Audiobooks, Tue., Oct. 13!
Post by: MA on 10-12-2009, 09:18am

Digital Bookmobile coming to Jersey City
Monday, October 12, 2009

The Jersey City Free Public Library will host a Digital Bookmobile, in which book lovers can explore the library's download service in a 74-foot tractor trailer tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Library card holders can check out digital titles at any time from any computer by visiting the library's Web site. Tomorrow's event is aimed at demonstrating to the public how to access the library's digital collection and promoting the library's free downloading service.

"It's just a convenience," said Victor Enriquez, network administrator at the library, who spearheaded the digital library. "You don't have to rush back to the library to return an item."

After digital titles are downloaded they can be transfered to mobile devices. After the lending period (between seven and 21 days), titles automatically expire. The digital library currently has 985 titles, Enriquez said.

Library card holders can lend the eBooks, audio books and videos free of charge.

Roughly 300 people currently use the digital library, Enriquez said, a number he likes to see grow to at least 1,500.

The Digital Bookmobile is an 18-wheel tractor-trailer owned by OverDrive Inc., a company that provides digital media services.

The trailer will be outside the Main Library, 472 Jersey Ave.
Title: Old Jersey City photos on screen at Five Corners library - January 27, 2010
Post by: MA on 01-26-2010, 08:57am

Old Jersey City photos on screen at Five Corners library tomorrow afternoon
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Want to know what it was like when Grove Street in Downtown Jersey City was filled with milkmen and vegetable peddlers rather than coffee bars and boutiques? Here's your chance.

The Five Corners branch of the Jersey City Free Public Library is hosting a slide show of historic Jersey City tomorrow, 1 p.m., 678 Newark Ave.
"I Remember When" presents photos of old Jersey City by Leon Yost with narration by LaVerne Ben-Mansel and Bob Leach.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (201) 547-4543.

Title: Jersey City Chosen To Help Launch Early Literacy Program
Post by: jcgov on 01-29-2010, 10:40am
Jersey City has been chosen, along with six other cities statewide, to help launch an early literacy program, which will be run in partnership with the Jersey City Free Public Library and the New Jersey League of Municipalities. Jersey City will be receiving 750 books, for ages four and under. Seventy-five of the books will also be bilingual. Read more (
Title: Public Libraries to Stay Open as Cooling Centers During Weekend Heatwave
Post by: jcgov on 07-24-2010, 11:15am
Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy, the Jersey City Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and the Jersey City Free Public Library
announce sites for residents to beat the heat this weekend. Check locations and times here (

See Sprinkler locations and times here. (

See City Pool locations and times here. (
Post by: MA on 08-09-2010, 09:04am
Branch closings, layoffs etc.
Monday, August 09, 2010

Jersey City Library Director Priscilla Gardner is feverishly working on a plan to keep the library system alive. With a 17.5 percent cut in state aid and $1.7 million less from Jersey City this year, things are looking grim.

The library laid off 36 part-time staff and security guards, and closed two branches during the last budget cycle in an effort to curb costs. The main branch on Jersey Avenue reduced its extended night hours from five days to two. But more cuts lay ahead.

"Now we're going to have to close branches, we're going to have to reduce more hours and we're going to have furlough days at the library just like the city is having furloughs," she said.

Gardner said city officials told her last week she will have $6 million to run the library's 10 branches. That's down from $7.7 million last year and far below the $8 million she requested. "We cannot make it on this budget," she said.

The library employs 115 full-time staff and some could lose their jobs under a plan Gardner is devising. Gardner declined to give details on the furloughs, layoffs or service reductions saying she first wants to give her proposal to the City Council. Any staffing reductions would have to be approved by the state Civil Service Commission.

Gardner, who has been with the library for 41 years, said she has seen demand for the library grow from 40,000 registered users to 189,357 as of Friday. She said that demand is even higher during the tough economy when people rely on the library to provide free access to best selling novels and movies. The library also serves as a place for students to research and job hunters to seek help.

"They don't have computers, they can't afford computers," she said of many library users. "They come in, they use the computers, they use the Internet. They're searching for jobs."
Title: Jersey City library is cutting back on hours
Post by: MA on 09-09-2010, 09:27am
Jersey City library is cutting back on hours, with most branches open only two Saturdays through end of year
Thursday, September 09, 2010

The Jersey City Free Public Library is scaling back hours and closing most of its branches on Saturdays due to budget cuts.

Library Director Priscilla Gardner says more service cuts could be in the offing pending possible further layoffs and furloughs, noting that a staff reduction plan submitted to the state Civil Service Commission awaits approval.

The city is expected to provide the library $6 million this year, down from $7.7 million last year.

The Main Library, at 472 Jersey Ave., which had been open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., is now closing at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The library will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Gardner said hours at other branches have been staggered to minimize the impact on library patrons. Those libraries will be closed on Saturdays with the exception of two Saturdays between now and the end of the year when each of the branches will be open.

The Glenn D. Cunningham Branch, at 275 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; with Saturday hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 9 and Nov. 20.

The Miller Branch at 489 Bergen Ave. will be open the same hours at the Cunningham branch, but with Saturday hours Sept. 25 and Dec. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Five Corners branch, at 678 Newark Ave., and Pavonia Branch, at 326 Eighth St., will be open Monday from noon to 8 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Five Corners will have Saturday hours Oct. 16 and Nov. 27 and Pavonia will have Saturday hours Oct. 2 and Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Heights Branch, at 14 Zabriskie St., will be open Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Saturday hours Sept. 18 and Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Greenville Branch, at 1847 Kennedy Blvd., will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; Tuesday, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and will be open this Saturday and Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Lafayette, West Bergen and Marion neighborhood libraries will remain open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Title: Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James to Speak @ Miller Branch, Sat., 3/15
Post by: LibPRLady on 03-14-2014, 03:16pm
Former Newark Mayor SHARPE JAMES will be at the Miller Branch Library, 489 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City, on Saturday, March 15, from 1 -4 p.m., for a book-signing and presentation of his new book, Political Prisoner.


Not to be missed!!!

Sharpe James
was elected mayor of his adopted city, Newark, New Jersey in 1986. He served for an unprecedented twenty years. As Mayor, Sharpe helped to move his beloved city from "urban blight to urban bright." After retiring in 2006, Sharpe was accused of crimes against his beloved city that he did not commit. He was indicted, arrested and convicted of these crimes receiving a sentence of twenty-seven months in a federal prison. While incarcerated, Sharpe wrote his memoir. Political Prisoner is a poignant story of a poor boy from Florida who rose to become a prominent politician in the state of New Jersey.

Sharpe James
was born in rural Jacksonville Florida, but moved to Newark, NJ with his mother and older brother when he was a young boy. After completing high school and college, Sharpe was drafted into the US Army where he served in Germany. Following his honorable discharge Sharpe attended graduate school at the University of Washington. When he returned to Newark, Sharpe taught school in the Newark Public School District and Essex County College. He married his current wife, Mary, and became father to their three sons. Sharpe was drafted into politics by the organizers of the Black and Puerto Rican Convention. His entrance into politics was strictly the communitys choice. He served sixteen years as a councilman, twenty as Mayor of Newark while simultaneously serving nine years as a state senator. Sharpe is a renowned athlete, and remains active in swimming, tennis, and boating. He continues to live in his beloved Newark, NJ.
Title: Re: Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James to Speak @ Miller Branch, Sat., 3/15
Post by: MA on 03-14-2014, 03:32pm
Title: Jersey City's 115-year-old Main Library getting major facelift
Post by: MA on 10-27-2014, 01:29pm
Jersey City's 115-year-old Main Library getting major facelift (
By Patrick Villanova | The Jersey Journal
on October 24, 2014 at 2:32 PM, updated October 26, 2014 at 6:22 PM

The 115-year-old Main Library in Jersey City is getting a top-to-bottom overhaul that library officials say will guarantee the historic building's service to the public for the next 100 years.

The renovation will be split into two main phases of construction, which will be completed over the next five years, said library architect Helena Ruman. In addition, there will also be several smaller projects, including the replacement of the building's aluminum windows.

"The construction will be phased, so only small areas on each floor will be separated and that's where the construction will be done," Ruman said, adding that most of the services in the building will remain available to the public during the renovations.

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