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100 Years and Counting: Heights Branch Library Centennial Celebration

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, the community gathered at Heights Branch Library to celebrate One Hundred Years and Counting in service at 14 Zabriskie Street. Patrons and staff shared old and recent memories of the branch; many of those present remembered when the branch was called the Hudson City or even just the "Zabriskie Street" Branch. Local historian Dennis Doran presented information about how the Heights neighborhood has changed in the past 100 years. Heights Branch Manager Mary Quinn and New Jersey Room librarian John Beekman researched the history of the branch, which Ms. Quinn shared with those present.

Ward B Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey presented the Heights Branch with a City Council Resolution honoring the branch's centennial; Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano did the same with a Freeholder Board Resolution. Also in attendance at the celebration were Ward D Councilman Michael Yun, former Assemblyman Sean Connors, Board of Trustees Treasurer Al Anton, and Library Director Priscilla Gardner.

The Library wishes to thank Stop & Shop for generously donating catering for the event, as well as Dulce de Leche for the delicious and beautiful anniversary cake! The Library is also grateful for the contributions of several other Heights neighborhood businesses, including Andrea Salumeria, Blimpie, Dunkin Donuts, Gino's Pizzeria, Renato's Pizza Masters and Vinnie's Pizzeria.

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Masquerade Ball & Last Dance Picture Gallery

On Thursday, May 16, 2019, the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation celebrated the career of Library Director and Library Foundation founder Priscilla Gardner at the 16th Annual Foundation Fundraiser.

The fundraiser, titled, “Masquerade Ball & Last Dance,” was a celebration of Gardner’s 50-year career with the goal of raising necessary funds for capital improvements to the Main Library, including the restoration of the historic Tiffany glass window and monumental marble staircase.

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West Bergen Grand Reopening

On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, the Jersey City Free Public Library held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the Grand Reopening of a critical facility on the West Side: the West Bergen Branch Library.

The West Bergen Branch Library, formerly located at 476 West Side Avenue, was closed in August of last year after a series of facility issues that were not addressed by the property owner made the location unsafe for patrons and staff. With the support of Ward B Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey and Hudson County Freeholder Bill O’Dea, a new location was identified in the neighborhood at 546 West Side Avenue. The new West Bergen Branch Library is housed on the ground floor of a newly constructed building on the corner of West Side and Lexington Avenues. During the branch closure, patrons were provided with free shuttle bus service to the Miller and Morgan Branches.

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Reference Grand Reopening

On Monday, April 29, 2019, the Jersey City Free Public Library held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the Grand Reopening of a critical facility in the Main Library: the Reference Department.

As the first major project of the third and final phase of the Main Library’s ongoing renovations, the Reference Department underwent a complete upgrade. The intricate plasterwork and ceiling details were carefully restored and repainted in beautiful blues, yellows and earthy reds. The department was completely refurnished with new shelving, new light fixtures were installed, and an electrical upgrade brings power supply directly to the restored original oak reading tables.

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