Miller Branch, 2nd Floor
Phone: (201) 547 - 6907
Library Director, Priscilla Weaver-Gardner
A department of the Jersey City Free Public Library, the Community Awareness Series (CAS) presents music concerts, especially jazz and gospel, to the public; hosts in-person forums on current events; and offers music lessons for children, young adults, and adults. CAS was initiated in 1977 at the Miller Branch Library, in cooperation with the Spirit of Life Ensemble.
CAS presents monthly programs at the Miller Branch, as well as some programs within the Jersey City public schools, providing cultural performances and workshops to students. The department documents many of its programs on video on its YouTube channel.
Over its 40 years in service, the wide scope of the Community Awareness Series has changed, but CAS proudly continues to present jazz and gospel performances, two mainstays of African-American culture, and cultural and educational programs to students, especially music education.