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Guitar Lessons with Miss Reena at the Marion Branch

Children in the Marion Branch enjoy different type of activities throughout the year.  This FREE program is teaching children the basics of guitar playing by staff member Renee Campbell.   Marion staff members are dedicated to servicing the area residents with the best of Library services

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Bonky the Elf Visits the Bonetti Children's Room

Bonky the Elf visited the Bonetti Children’s Room on December 11, 2013, and brought her bag of tricks to entertain over 150 children and adults. She performed magic, creating delightful laughter throughout the audience. When reading the children’s story, Keeping Christmas, Bonky the Elf created a different kind of magic, enrapturing little minds and hearts (including the adults!) with Christmas glee. Amazingly, Bonky the Elf performed for nearly one hour, to the enchantment of everyone. Merry Christmas!

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Celebrating Dia de los Muertos at Biblioteca Criolla

Celebrating Día de los Muertos at Biblioteca Criolla by Encouraging Peaceful Actions

Biblioteca Criolla, the Spanish language department at the Main Library, was honored to join in the first annual city-wide celebration of “Día de los Muertos Jersey City,” which is invested in cultural arts, community wellness, creative healing and the promotion of peace – in response to the recent upsurge in violence in the area. This programming was held from Friday, November 1 through Thursday, November 7, with Criolla’s program being held on the last day.

Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” is a Latin-American tradition that began in Mexico. It celebrates life and death, viewing it as a transition to a higher level of consciousness, while honoring those who have passed. Día de los Muertos is celebrated on November 1, in direct correlation with the Christian celebrations of “All Saints Day,” and on November 2, “All Souls Day.”

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Bonnie the Magic Lady Performed to Captivated Children

Biblioteca Criolla hosted a special program titled “Miss Bonnie the Magic Lady Harvest Celebration” for our Story Hour patrons Tuesday, October 29, 2013.

The children were mesmerized by the unique talents of Bonnie Corcia, the Magic Lady. Miss Bonnie used her puppets to capture the attention of not just the children, but of all adults present.  With simple humor, The Magic Lady and her colorful puppets shared elementary concepts such as the alphabet to educate subtly. Seasonal songs and movement added to the children’s enthusiasm as the young audience became involved in participation. The children were also treated to a photo-taking session with Miss Bonnie and the staff of Biblioteca Criolla.

A packed attendance, totaling 48 children and 32 adults, was comprised of children from day care centers and walk-in mommies and nannies.

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