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Michele M. Dupey, MLIS
Public Information Officer

Jersey City Free Public Library
472 Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, NJ  07302


JERSEY CITY, N.J.   November 12, 2014 – According to the Jersey City Free Public Library, the Lending Department has CLOSED IMMEDIATELY today, Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Until the construction is done outside the Lending Department’s window, the decision to close will be made on a day-by-day basis by Library Director Priscilla Gardner. “We apologize for any inconvenience,” said Assistant Library Director Sonia Araujo, who oversees the Lending Department.



Biggest Audience on November 10 for ‘Acoustic Guitars’ Program at the Heights Branch Library

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   November 12, 2014 – The Heights Branch Library, 14 Zabriskie Street, has lots to sing about, in light of the rousing success of its latest Acoustic Guitars program, hosted by Bob Albrecht and Sam Oliver. The program is presented in conjunction with the Community Awareness Series, a department of the Jersey City Free Public Library that is located at the Miller Branch.

The family-oriented program held on Monday, November 10 had a total attendance of 56 people, which included 20 adults and 36 children. The purpose of the event was for families to engage their children with basic learning games of ABCs; 1, 2, 3; and animal sounds, within a children’s music program. The targeted audience was for preschoolers, up to pre-teen years.

Read more: Biggest Audience on November 10 for ‘Acoustic Guitars’ Program at the Heights Branch Library

Relax & Enjoy an Evening of Live 70s Soul Music

Relax & Enjoy an Evening of Live 70s Soul Musicat the 28th Annual Day-After-Thanksgiving Concert held Friday, November 28th, at the Miller Branch


JERSEY CITY, N.J.   November 6, 2014 – Get ready! Soon you’ll get the chance to hear the King of Latin R&B, Joe Bataan, and local bands; Soul Generation, featuring Cliff Perkins; TruSoL and PRIME, who have enjoyed entertaining their loyal fans for many years at this special venue, the Miller Branch Library.

Joe Bataan has become a much-desired perennial act, though he joined Soul Generation and PRIME in 2006, with TruSoL having entertained in 2011. However, it’s both Soul Generation and PRIME holding the fort, so to speak, with 18 years of soul-singing for Cliff Perkins & company at the Miller Branch, and 28, for PRIME.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT – A Night to Unwind, Just for Us, the Jersey City Free Public Library’s annual Day-After-Thanksgiving concert – will be held on Friday, November 28th, between 8 – 10:30 p.m., at the Miller Branch Library auditorium, 489 Bergen Avenue in Jersey City.

Read more: Relax & Enjoy an Evening of Live 70s Soul Music


Joe Bataan

Joe Bataan

When talking rhythm ‘n’ blues and Latin influences, there is no one that compares with Joe Bataan.

Born of the street, in early 1940s Spanish Harlem to an African-American mother and a Filipino father, Joe Bataan (née Bataan Nitollano) traversed those streets, absorbing its rhythms from the Puerto Rican culture living there. The gangs, especially the Dragons, absorbed him, too, including doing a stint in prison. Joe Bataan found his muse there as well, according to an interview by Canadian music critic Errol Nazareth, with Bataan crediting a music teacher and self-improvement courses taken while in jail lockdown that helped him turn his life around.

Joe Bataan’s music has been turning people around with its infectious sound since 1965 when his first band surfaced, and then in 1967, when he began to record with Fania Records, arguably, the most important Latin music label of its time.

In fielding a question from regarding his musical creativity, Joe Bataan answered, “After listening to Show Musicals, Rock and RnB I got the idea to fuse Latin with English lyrics as an experiment. I listened to Joe Cuba, Hector Rivera and Pete Rodriguez and was inspired to do the same. Only difference was that my style had stories of life in the streets and much of my life was involved in my songs. This is why I became a street singer.”

Read more: Joe Bataan


Limited Library Services TODAY, November 7

Only NJ Room & Federal Documents departments Open

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   November 7, 2014 – Ready or not, here it is! The Main Library in Jersey City, 472 Jersey Avenue, will close five of its seven departments originally open to the public for the beginning of the construction that will make the Main Library barrier-free and accessible to people with disabilities.

The Bonetti Children’s Room, Biblioteca Criolla and the Literacy, Lending and Reference departments will be closed on Friday, November 7, 2014. Full services will be restored on Saturday, November 8.

Also, the Bookmobile is off-road today, Friday, November 7.

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