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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.

Read more: Philippines History Books Donations

According to breastcancer.org, about 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Although more than 40,000 American women are expected to die from breast cancer this year, survival rates are very high if this cancer is detected and treated in the early stages. Get educated about breast cancer at the Cunningham Branch Library! A special display for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Cunningham features a reading list and several books that encourage patrons to learn more about this deadly and all-too-common disease. Books are available to help those who are struggling with a recent diagnosis, those living in remission, and those who want to know how they can support a friend or family member with the disease.

Read more: Breast Awareness (Glenn D. Cunningham Branch)

On the evening of October 11, 2017, about 50 community members gathered to remember the life and legacy of the late Mayor and State Senator Glenn D. Cunningham. The Library unveiled a special permanent exhibit of Mayor Cunningham’s library and personal effects. The exhibit is on display in the Main Library, on the landing of the third floor and in the New Jersey Room. Cunningham, the first African-American Mayor of Jersey City, a State Senator, a U.S. Marshal, and a dedicated police officer, was and is a true Jersey City legend, and the Library is proud to host this permanent exhibit to honor his memory and keep his legacy alive for the people of the city.

Read more: Reception Honoring Mayor/State Senator Glenn D. Cunningham

On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, Biblioteca Criolla was the proud host of a special program in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The keynote speaker was Masiel Valentín, Esq., General Counsel of the Immigration and American Citizenship Organization; she spoke in English and Spanish about her experiences as a Latina and the outlook for immigrants in the current times.  A traditional folk band, Orquídea de Oro, showcased music and dance from different regions of Colombia, with a special song performed by band director Nurys Capello. Artist Wendy Vargas, a patron of Biblioteca Criolla since the age of 12, presented her new artworks in the exhibit “Bloom.” Ms. Vargas presented Biblioteca Criolla with a painting for its permanent Art Collection. 

Read more: Criolla Hispanic Heritage 2017