Location: Main Library, First Floor
Phone: (201) 547 - 4519

Department Supervisor: Francina Stevens
Chief Librarian: Hussein Odeh

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Monday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Department History:

Although young Vincenzo passed away in January 2001 at the age of two, the legacy he left belied his tender years. In recognition of Vincenzo’s life and the love he shared, then-Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham renamed the Children’s Room at the Main Library in his honor on April 18, 2002 as the Vincenzo Domenico Bonetti II Room.

Vincenzo, whose life was cut short by an unknown illness, is remembered for his acceptance of  people of all ages and races, and his impressive ability to communicate in three languages. At the time of the dedication of the Bonetti Children’s Room, Library Director Priscilla Gardner noted that Vincenzo “typifies the preschool children the Library seeks to serve.” She added that the Library “provides programs that will help Jersey City’s children develop a life-long love of reading that will enable them to lead full and rich lives in cooperation with their fellow citizens.”

Vincenzo’s parents provide the Christmas tree for the Bonetti Children’s Room every year in their son’s honor.

The Bonetti Children’s Room is a lending collection that serves youngsters up to 8th grade, providing a colorful, light-filled space for children to read, learn, play, and grow. Children’s librarians work closely with young patrons, providing programs such as story hour, arts & crafts, children’s movies, and a drop-in LEGO club.

In 2008, the Bonetti Children’s Room received a complete overhaul. The $240,000 renovation included new electrical work and lighting, refinishing of all original woodwork, and new resilient vinyl flooring in vibrant patterns. The room was completely refurnished with new child-height tables and chairs, and a new Circulation Desk. A specially designed mural was painted on the wall in the Storytelling area.


The Library encourages all parents and children to use our facilities. However, please note that adults without children are not permitted inside the Bonetti Children’s room - this is for the safety of our children.

Computers in the Bonetti Children’s Room are strictly for children to use and are filtered for their usage. Adults are to use the computers in other departments.

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Upcoming Children's Room Events

May 2017 Calendar (PDF)

Spring Preschool Story Hours (PDF)


The Jersey City Free Public Library provides Dial-A-Story for all wishing to hear bedtime stories. With this bedtime story service for children, parents and caregivers are able to “let their fingers do the walking” to the nearest telephone. Dial-A-Story offers bedtime pre-recorded stories for children, in English and in Spanish. Anyone wanting to hear a favorite children’s story – and even some new ones! – may call our specially designated phone number for: Dial-A-Story (201) 547-4604

Picture Galleries:

Mother's Day Crafts 2015 - Children's Room (2015)

Bonetti Children's Room Reaches World Record Attendance in Celebrating Week of the Young Child

Children Wish ‘Happy Birthday’ to Dr. Seuss with a Special Dr. Seuss Story Corner at the Bonetti Children’s Room

Bonky the Elf Visits the Bonetti Children's Room

Children's Room Summer Reading Program 2013

Mother of SIDS Infant Children Donates 27 Books to the Bonetti Children's Room

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