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Michele M. Dupey, MLIS
Public Information Officer

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

Celebrate Black History Month!!!

Coming to 3 Library Branches:

reg e gaines

Jersey City-Native & Tony Award-Winning Author of

“Bring in da Noise/Bring in da Funk”


JERSEY CITY, N.J.   January 23, 2014 – Quick! You have three tries to get it right!

On February 14, 19 & 22, the Jersey City Free Public Library will shine from the light from its native son, reg e gaines, who will perform at the Lafayette, Miller and Greenville branches, respectively, in celebration of Black History Month.

Reg e gaines, best known for his Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Bring in da Noise/Bring in da Funk, has been performing in various programs his entire career, including poetry/ theater performances and workshops, guest speaking events, and public readings. Gaines is well qualified in the spoken word and stage arts. His peers have awarded him with accolades reserved for the finest of performers and writers. His list of achievements includes being a two-time Tony Award/ Grammy Award nominee, yet reg e gaines’ most laudable achievement is that he is in his absolute element when working with people. He has designed and facilitated programs, commanded the stage with an electric presence, and engaged both staff and patrons alike with an improvisational ability that had people asking about him for months afterward. Reg e gaines is a truly dynamic performer capable of taking the reins and driving the show. He speaks with authority about the arts in a non-performing context, with a commitment to the arts, service, and the cultivation of creativity. Gaines is a strong supporter of public libraries (in his hometown, Jersey City, and his current hometown, San Diego) and is utterly enthusiastic about working with the community in an effort to bring the arts into focus, especially in regards to young people.

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History Hunters: Aceti Family of Jersey City Donates 5 Archival Ledgers from 19th Century

Trick or treat! No, this isn’t a library Halloween trick… It’s a treat, especially for history buffs.

The New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library received a special donation on Tuesday, October 22nd when five archival ledgers from the 19th century were donated by the Aceti family’s five siblings – Peter Jr., Harry, Robert, Jerome and Michael – who were all born and raised in Jersey City.

BACKGROUND: Jerome Aceti (grandfather of the five brothers) gave the five ledgers to his son, Peter Aceti Sr., at age 15 (65 years ago, in 1948, after World War II). Peter had no idea from where the books had come; only that his father was in construction, as a mason. Historically, books and other paper items were stored in walls as a rudimentary form of insulation prior to modern-day fiber glass insulation. The influx of soldiers coming home from the war produced many home-buyers, using the G.I. Bill for purchase. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that a mason working on these homes would find history in the walls as insulation.

Read more: History Hunters: Aceti Family of Jersey City Donates 5 Archival Ledgers from 19th Century

Two Popular Bank Employees Read to Children

Two Popular Community Bank Employees Read to Children at Several Upcoming Library Story Hours

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   October 18, 2013 – Who says people in banking only care about numbers?!

Two bank managers from Popular Community Bank, located at 1 Journal Square Plaza in Jersey City, came to read to children today who attended the Wednesday morning story hour at the Vincenzo Domenico Bonetti II Children’s Room at the Main Library, which holds story hours on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Ana L. Sanchez, sales and service associate at Popular Community Bank, read first – Color Surprises, a pop-up book, by Chuck Murphy. Indira Lachhu, assistant branch manager at the Journal Square branch, read Baby’s Colors (Karen Katz’s Brand-New Baby) by Karen Katz. Both used children’s books that taught as well as entertained.

Children attending the bilingual story hours at Biblioteca Criolla (4th Floor, Main Library), 472 Jersey Avenue) will be able to hear stories read on Thursdays, October 24 & 31, at 10:30 a.m., with bank storyteller Ana Sanchez also having read Los Duendes Y El Capatero by Margarita Robleda Moguel on Thursday, October 17.

Read more: Two Popular Bank Employees Read to Children


Jersey City Library Receives $1,500...

Jersey City Library Receives $1,500 as part of the NJ State Library Distribution ofBristol-Myers-Squibb Anti-Trust Settlement Grant


JERSEY CITY, N.J.   October 11, 2013 – Who wouldn’t like an additional $1,500 to spend?

The Jersey City Free Public Library found itself in that position when fielding a request by the

New Jersey State Library to apply for the settlement funds from the Bristol-Myers-Squibb anti-trust lawsuit.

According to Deputy State Librarian Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer of the New Jersey State Library, “These funds became available based upon a settlement reached by numerous State Attorneys General against Bristol-Myers-Squibb. A cash settlement was made to the State of New Jersey in the amount of $157,690.81. After consultation with the New Jersey State Library, the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice submitted a proposed New Jersey distribution plan, which was approved by the Court and which provides that program to eligible public libraries for the purchase of books or other durable materials relating to the treatment, diagnosis and greater understanding of ovarian cancer, breast cancer, Kaposi’s Sarcoma and non-small cell lung cancer.

Read more: Jersey City Library Receives $1,500...

October 2013 at the Jersey City Free Public Library

Next Library Board Meeting


Tuesday, October 8, 2013 @ 5:30 p.m.

Glenn D. Cunningham Branch Library

275 Martin Luther King Drive

Jersey City, NJ 07305


Special Programs:

* Bonetti Children’s Room, Main Library, 1st Floor, 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-547-4519 – For Children (Grades 5-8): Book Discussion Group. / “7 Weeks of Book Discussion Fun!”  Join in reading and discussing a good book. / Every Thursday & Friday, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. / Beginning: Thursday, October 3 /

Ending: Friday, November 15. / Registration required.

* Biblioteca Criolla, Main Library, 4th Floor, 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-547-4541 –Para Niños: ¡¡¡En celebración del Mes del la Herencia Hispana!!! Martes @ 10:30 a.m. / Octubre 1: Centos Folclóricos, Canciones y Poesia / Octubre 8: Centos Folclóricos, Canciones y Juegos / Octubre 15: Centos Folclóricos, Canciones y Manualidades Por favor registrarse. / Para Niños: ¡¡¡Celebración de la Cosecha!!! Martes @ 10:30 a.m. / Octubre 29: La Maga, Ms. Bonnie. Por favor registrarse.

* Biblioteca Criolla, Main Library, 4th Floor, 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-547-4541 – For Children: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!!! Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m. / October 1: Latin American Folktales, Songs & Poetry / October 8: Latin American Folktales, Songs & Games / October 15: Latin American Folktales, Songs & Crafts / Please register. / For Children: Harvest Celebration!!! Tuesday @ 10:30 a.m. October 29: Bonnie the Magic Lady. /  Please register.

* Federal Documents, Main Library, 4th Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07305, 201-547-4517 – For Adults:

Naturalization and Citizenship Information Session. / For: Legal Permanent Residents (“Green Card” holders) and others interested in the official naturalization and citizenship process. / Presented by: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. / Tuesday, October 1 @ 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. / Please RSVP. Seating is limited. Light refreshments.

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