New Collaborators – NJCU & JCFPL – Present Art Exhibit at Five Corners Branch Library
Posters & Logos from Contest Entries
Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty
Ushering in a brand new cultural collaboration between the Jersey City Free Public Library and New Jersey City University (NJCU), a special art exhibit had hung in the picture windows surrounding the Five Corners Branch.
The Five Corners Branch Library, in conjunction with NJCU art students, presented an art exhibit of Posters and Logos from contest entries for the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, which was held in 2011 and sponsored by the National Park Service (NPS). Both competitions were open to NJCU students and alumni, having the anniversary theme: “Honor History – Envision the Future.”
The Opening Reception of the NJCU Art Students Posters & Logos Exhibit Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty was held on Monday, May 6, in the lobby, outside the Mildred H. Hunke Auditorium of the Five Corners Branch Library, 678 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. The art exhibit ran from Monday, May 6 to Wednesday, July 31, encompassing two national holidays – Memorial Day and Independence Day, with special celebratory significance since the Statue of Liberty opens again to the public on the Fourth of July. Lady Liberty was closed for repairs due to damage from Hurricane Sandy.
How does your garden grow? Find Out: Check Out the Book & Bibliography Displays at The Main Library & 9 Branches
The Jersey City Free Public Library, in special collaboration with Curious Matter Gallery, invites the public to a joint art exhibit, named, A TIME IN ARCADIA, a collection of works that gather inspiration from our botanical world.
On display at Curious Matter and the Jersey City Free Public Library is a two part collection of works by 33 contemporary artists. In addition, the library has created a bibliography featuring nearly 200 selections from the Main Library's six Departments and the Library's nine Branches.
“We dream of Arcadia. Whether it's called Eden or Shangri-la, we long for a verdant and fecund place where food comes without toil and peace fills our days. A Time in Arcadia is an exploration of plants, gardens and how we cultivate the earth,” said Raymond Mingst, co-owner of Curious Matter Gallery. “The Library loves this interactive idea. The public can see and use our beautiful books,” added Library Director Priscilla Gardner.
The Opening Reception was held on a rainy Sunday afternoon, May 19, at the Curious Matter Gallery, yet no one’s spirits were dampened! The steady stream of people viewing the botany-inspired art demonstrated art’s magnetic pull.
Jersey City Library Literacy Program Shines at LVA’s Literacy for Life Conference
Cristian Rodriguez receives award for Student Excellence
On April 20, 2013, staff, students and tutors attended the Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey annual Literacy for Life conference at Mercer County College. Cristian Rodriguez accepted an award for Student Excellence. Since joining the program in June 2012, Cristian passed his GED, obtained his driver’s license, enrolled at Hudson County Community College, obtained full-time employment, and is being trained to become a Deacon in his church. This is quite a turnaround for Cristian, whose life was headed in the opposite direction. After passing the GED, which he struggled with for a few years, his confidence escalated and he has become a productive citizen in society. Eighteen individuals represented the Jersey City Library Literacy Program at the conference.
Nationally syndicated broadcaster and author of the award-winning memoir, Most Unlikely to Succeed, Nelson Lauver spoke at the 2013 Literacy for Life Conference, and shared his keynote, “When You Get Knocked Down,” a thought-provoking and entertaining journey into the extraordinary potential within us all. Using his gift as a storyteller, Nelson shared his own story, as well as those of other “ordinary” Americans who refused to give up.
After years of struggling as a functionally illiterate adult, an amazing chance encounter and the utterance of one word – dyslexia – changed Lauver’s life. He finally learned to read and write and set out on a journey that few would have imagined.
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