The Press Room
Michele M. Dupey, MLIS
Public Information Officer
Jersey City Free Public Library
472 Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center
NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center: Special Easy-to-Use Equipment for the Print Disabled
Now Available at the Library
JERSEY CITY, N.J. November 8, 2012 – This past month – October – was Blindness Awareness Month, and we lost that last couple of days due to Hurricane Sandy. Yet, there is no better way to bring attention to this most vital of our five senses than to offer people who are visually impaired an easier way to enjoy their favorite book from their local library.
The Jersey City Free Public Library has now partnered with the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) to provide portable [audiobook players]. TBBC’s services, known as the “Outspoken Library,” serve New Jersey residents (children, teens and adults) who cannot read standard print or who cannot hold a book or turn the pages of a book due to a physical impairment, a reading disability or a vision impairment. Anyone who has difficulty reading standard print or holding a book or turning the pages of a book may be eligible. There is no cost for the service. Each branch of the Jersey City Public Library is offering this accessible reading service.
The technology is digital, but the player has a very simple design, with large buttons that speak to you. Once a person is certified as eligible, the equipment is sent directly to the person’s home.
Amnesty Week Extended Until Main Library Re-Opens
JERSEY CITY, N.J. November 15, 2012 – While in recovery from Hurricane Sandy, the Jersey City Free Public Library acknowledges that its loyal patrons are in recovery too.
Therefore, fine amnesty will be extended the full duration of the Main Library’s closing.
All fines, library materials (books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and damaged books are now forgiven during this time period of Main Library emergency closure. Library Administration requests that all library materials be returned, and they will be credited to the borrower without any fines.
Amnesty Week had been designated for this week only (Saturday, November 10 – Saturday, November 17) prior to the devastation experienced at the Main Library from Hurricane Sandy.
December 2012 at the Jersey City Free Public Library
Next Library Board Meeting
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m.
Miller Branch Library
489 Bergen Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07304
All Programs @ Main Library Subject to its Re-Opening
* Bonetti Children’s Room, Main Library, 1st Floor, 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-547-4519 – For Children & Families: Acoustic Guitars. / Featuring: Bob Albrecht & Sam Oliver. Come & enjoy a variety of children’s songs! / Presented by: Bonetti Children’s Room & the Community Awareness Series, a department of the Jersey City Free Public Library. / Tuesday, December 11 @ 4 p.m.
Bookmobile to be In Front of Main Library for 1 Hour While Closed due to Storm Repairs
JERSEY CITY, N.J. November 14, 2012 – Hurricane Sandy left her mark on the Main Library in Jersey City in the most lingering way: Receding waters in the basement left destruction in its wake amidst typical developing problems such as mold. Hence, the need for $1.4 million in repairs, according to Helena Ruman Associates, the architectural firm for the Jersey City Free Public Library.
To the rescue: The Bookmobile!
Starting tomorrow, Thursday, November 15th, the Bookmobile will be stationed in front of the Main Library (472 Jersey Avenue) for one hour each day, Monday through Friday, from 4 to 5 p.m.
Five Corners Branch Library CLOSED for rest of day (Friday, October 26) for Plumbing Repairs
JERSEY CITY, N.J. October 26, 2012 – The Five Corners Branch, 678 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, is now closed to the public for the duration of today, Friday, October 26, due to repairs regarding a plumbing problem.
Five Corners will open to the public on Saturday, October 27, 2012, keeping Regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Main Library Closed
The Main Library & all branches will be closed Wednesday, December 24 & Thursday, December 25, 2014 for the Christmas Holiday.