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Criolla Christmas Story Hour

Christmas Cheer Came in Early December at the Criolla Preschool Story Hour

Over 45 children (not counting parents and nannies) converged on Criolla’s main room on Tuesday, December 6th to see our special visitor from the North Pole…SANTA. You should’ve heard the squeals of delight! Santa made his dramatic entrance, making it even more special for the children. After three songs that the children know by heart, with their singing and dancing, they were delighted by a Christmas story told by Ms. Iliana Vasquez, PT. Then, they all got to sit, talk to and take pictures with Santa. Every child was given an award for “Buen Oyente” (Good Listener) for their participation throughout the story hour sessions.

Biblioteca Criolla holds story hour and craft sessions for walk-in patrons and neighboring day care centers. Tuesdays and Thursdays regular story hour sessions are sought out by parents who want to keep their children interested in learning Spanish. The children listen carefully to the animated stories told by Mr. W. Delgado and Ms. Vasquez. The children are active participants and are very eager to raise their hands to answer questions posed by our storytellers.

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Greenville Story Hour Halloween Party (2016)

The Greenville Branch celebrated Halloween on the actual day, Monday, October 31, with its Fall 2016 Preschool Story Hour children dressed in their costumed finery. From Minnie Mouse and Disney Princesses…to a Spiderman (or two) and a Ninja Turtle… You’ve got to check out the photos!

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8th Annual Tales of Our Cities Book Festival

Internationally Known… Jersey City’s Own…

Kevin Powell

Wow’d the Crowd at the 8th Annual Tales of Our Cities Book Festival

on Sunday, September 25, 2016


It was a grand homecoming for native son Kevin Powell, who headlined the Jersey City library’s eighth annual book festival, Tales of Our Cities 2016, whose life reflects an intellectual and emotional triumph over abject poverty, and the ills inherent in such a life beginning.

With a perfect autumn day in the offing (blue skies, sunshine, cool breeze), Van Vorst Park provided the lush verdant backdrop for the hundreds of festival attendees on Sunday, September 25th. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., where authors from as far as Florida (M.C. Bechum, THE GLASS FORTRESS) and the greater Jersey City area (Kevin Powell, now a Brooklyn, N.Y. resident, THE EDUCATION OF KEVIN POWELL. A BOY’S JOURNEY INTO MANHOOD) spoke from their hearts the words they wrote. Tales of Our Cities 2016 was produced by the Jersey City Free Public Library, in conjunction with the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Steven Fulop and the Jersey City Municipal Council.

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Doubling Down on Double Dutch – What a way to fly!

The Greenville Branch Library, along with the Cunningham, Five Corners and Miller branches, gave an incredible opportunity to willing participants of the 2016 Summer Reading Program (SRP) to find out what it’s like to fly – by doing Double Dutch.

The Jersey City H.O.N.E.Y. Bees came flying in to the side area of the Greenville Branch on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, and captured the imagination of library employees and SRP-ers alike, when demonstrating their outstanding Double Dutch jump rope skills.

H.O.N.E.Y. (Helping Others Now by Empowering Yourself) is a mentorship organization established in Jersey City that uses the sport of Double Dutch to positively influence at-risk youth ages 5 – 17 to develop confidence and life skills to deal with the day-to-day stress of urban living. They have reintroduced the traditional urban sport of Double Dutch to city youth to encourage fitness, teamwork and conflict resolution.

These 80 photographs are a representation of what it’s like to move at double-time (and there were so many more!). When viewing the photos, the H.O.N.E.Y. Bees are wearing yellow t-shirts, where you’ll see such jump roping skill. But most of all… Look at the facial expressions of the jumpers, whether or not they are Jersey City H.O.N.E.Y. Bees. You’ll see ecstatic joy in flying through fast-twisting two strands of rope…and immense satisfaction for having done so!

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