Diwali Celebration (Five Corners Branch)
Live Entertainment 2018
Well, they say all good things must come to an end... even if we don't want them to! On Friday, November 23, 2018, an appreciative crowd of more than 200 community members gathered at Miller Branch Library for the final Evening of Live Entertainment - the Jersey City Free Public Library Director's annual Day-After-Thanksgiving concert. This was the 27th year of the event, as well as the last, because Director Priscilla Gardner will be retiring in 2019 after 50 years of service to the Jersey City Free Public Library.
The evening was a roaring success, with musical performances by PRIME, Men of Worship, Soul Generation featuring Cliff Perkins, and Joe Bataan and his entire orchestra. All the performers lit up the stage, and had the audience singing along and dancing in the aisles. It was truly a night to remember for all present, especially because of the many moving tributes to Director Gardner for her decades of dedication and service to the Library.
The Evening of Live Entertainment has its origins in the talent shows for Lincoln, Dickinson, and Snyder High School students that Director Gardner began hosting 35 years ago at Miller Branch Library. PRIME has been performing at Miller Branch Library for almost 30 years, and Soul Generation for 21! Joe Bataan has graced the Miller stage for over 15 years. Many other performers, such as the late Tony "Showtime" Riley, Force MD's, TruSol, and The Persuaders, have also performed at various times over the years. The annual Evening of Live Entertainment is a chapter in the history of the Jersey City Free Public Library that will be remembered for many years to come. We congratulate Director Gardner on her many achievements and her upcoming retirement from the Library!
Renaming of Greenville Branch to Earl A. Morgan Branch
Tales of Our Cities 2018
The Jersey City Free Public Library was proud to host Tales of Our Cities, Jersey City's Tenth Annual Book Festival, on Sunday, September 23, 2018 in the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza. The annual Book Festival is the time when we celebrate Jersey City's stories and the authors who tell them! This year, our incredible lineup of local authors and performers included former Assemblyman and Freeholder Louis Manzo, with his debut novel An Irish Lullaby, local historian David Goodwin's Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street, and Leona Beasley, author of Something Better than Home - a 2018 Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Gray skies and an early fall chill didn't stop community members from coming to the festival throughout the day to enjoy the many author talks and interactive activities for children of all ages. From hilarious mystery stories to searing personal narratives, from Bollywood and Hip-Hop to slam poetry and superheroes, there was something for everyone at this year's Book Festival!