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.
Location: Main Library, First Floor
Phone: (201) 547 - 4519
Department Supervisor: Francina Stevens
Chief Librarian: Hussein Odeh
Helpful Sites for Children
Brought to you by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Curious World is designed to prepare kids for kindergarten. Tiny tots learn not only math and reading readiness skills, but also social skills. A super cool feature is the flashcards you can customize by your child's age and subject area you want him to learn. Just select criteria from a pull down menu, and enjoy activities that can be done anywhere, any time.
You watched PBS as a kid, and now your little ones can hop online with some of the same friends you remember, like Elmo and Curious George. Of course, there are new friends, too, such as Peg + Cat. Select games by character, difficulty level or latest available. The site also has a huge library of printables for your child's educational enrichment.
Has your child ever asked you a question like, "What are baby penguins called?" Well, National Geographic Kids has the answer! Kids can watch videos, play games, and best of all, learn about animals, nature and the world around them. You know, in case you don't know everything!
Kids in preschool through Grade 8 will love Funbrain, a site that makes developing math, reading and literacy skills fun. Check out games like Math Baseball and Grammar Gorillas. Kids can even read books on the go.
This site offers 24-hour television programming for little ones—because who hasn't been up at 3 a.m. with a child? In addition to always accessible educational shows, kids can play games, listen to songs and more. There's a monthly subscription fee that depends upon which platform your child will be viewing on—Kindle, iPad, etc.—and what features you plan to use.
Agnitus is all about the tangible learning experience. In a world where kids are told not to touch things, the Agnitus app says, "Yes! Please touch!" Kids can trace numbers, learn about size relationships, colors, consonants, read books and more, all on a tablet. A free trial is available online.
Are you sick of reading the same ol' boring stories to your kids? Then check out FarFaria, an app that offers unlimited storybooks for bedtime or any time. You can buy a monthly or yearly subscription to the site and then read to your child's heart's content.
BrainPOP's animation brings learning concepts to life for individuals or entire classrooms. Kids learn about historical events, science and even the stock market, all with the help of a plucky robot and his friends.
Learning takes place in the kitchen, too, according to Spatulatta. Kids can learn cooking basics and try out new recipes built around the type of meal and favorite ingredients.
Other Helpful Links
Code Studio is the most popular coding platform in K-12 education.
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