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On Thursday, December 14, Biblioteca Criolla received a very special visitor: Papá Noel, Santa Claus! Nearly 125 community members, including 69 children, stopped by to see Santa and have their picture taken with Jolly Old San Nicolás! Santa’s lively entrance delighted the children, but not as much as the chance to sit down with him and deliver a Christmas wish list face-to-face!

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One of our favorite ways to get into the holiday spirit is by enjoying fabulous holiday meals with our family and friends! A special display to celebrate Holiday Cooking at Cunningham features a reading list and several books that help patrons learn more about traditional favorites, or explore new culinary territory. Books are available with recipes for big gatherings, low-budget get-togethers, cultural cuisines, special diets, and more. Whatever you are cooking and eating this holiday season, don’t forget to add a healthy dash of love to all your dishes!

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On Friday, November 24, 2017, over 200 people gathered at Miller Branch Library for a Thanksgiving weekend tradition: a rousing evening of R&B music, live on stage! This year’s lineup of four showstopping performers lit up the stage: King of Latin Soul Joe Bataan; the sensational Soul Generation featuring Cliff Perkins; the sweet harmonies of PRIME; and classic R&B songster Tony Riley!

This concert has been a fixture of the Thanksgiving weekend, going strong for 26 years, featuring local performers who always deliver artistry, energy, and all the crowd-pleasing favorites.

Headliner Joe Bataan’s set was full of his special blend of boogaloo, doo-wop, and Latin soul, and his nine-piece band brought the thunder on classics like “Gypsy Woman,” “Subway Joe,” and “Ordinary Guy.”

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The Jersey City Free Public Library was honored to accept a donation of books from the Consul General of the Philippines, in a special ceremony at Five Corners Branch Library on Friday, October 20, 2017.

In honor of Filipino American History Month, which is observed in October each year, the Five Corners Branch Library partnered with the Consulate General of the Republic of the Philippines to expand the Library’s collection of books about the history and culture of the Philippines. Books by noted historian Ambeth Ocampo on the national hero José Rizal, as well as bilingual Filipino-English children’s books, were included in the donation.

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