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Jersey City, NJ  07302
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Library to Help Homeless Through One Woman’s Personal Appeal

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   November 3, 2014 – If you’re looking for a kind and giving way to usher in the 2014 holiday season, the Jersey City Free Public Library has something – and someone’s story – that will warm your heart.

Damaris Aviles and her family are lifelong residents of Jersey City. Recently, she came to speak with Patricia Vega, manager at Biblioteca Criolla, about an idea she has. “I have the desire and hunger to help the unfortunate because of personal experience,” Ms. Aviles said, who has spent long periods of time in shelters, though in the states of Iowa and Rhode Island where her shelter experience was considered pleasant.

While walking in the summertime with her daughter, who was 12 at the time, both came upon a woman in a cardboard box thought for dead. When one foot began to move, Damaris approached the woman, and found out it was her sister.

Read more: Library to Help Homeless Through One Woman’s Personal Appeal

 

Main Library Renovations to Start in Late October 2014

Main Library Renovations to Start in Late October 2014 Ushering in Disabled Accessibility When Completed

With its cornerstone set in 1899, the 115-year-old Main Library in Jersey City will be getting a top-to-bottom overhaul over the next five years, guaranteeing this historic building’s service to the public for the next 100 years.

Residing in the heart of the Van Vorst Historic District, the Main Library, by all accounts, is a community asset that is an architectural masterpiece, designed by architects Brite and Bacon. Its grand opening to the public occurred with pageantry in 1901.

According to the Library’s architect, Helena Ruman, AIA, there will be two phases of construction, owing to ongoing funding procurement. Phase I starts with creating barrier-free access to the Main Library’s building and facilities. The work will start with construction of a new entrance that will allow wheelchair-bound patrons to access the building at grade level. Public and staff restrooms on the first floor will be altered and improved with consideration for a barrier-free access. A new elevator shaft will be constructed from the basement to the fourth floor, in the rear of the building large enough to accommodate individuals with disabilities, and a sprinkler system installed in the basement.

Read more: Main Library Renovations to Start in Late October 2014

Ward F Councilwoman Coleman ‘Wows’ as Guest Storyteller

Ward F Councilwoman Coleman ‘Wows’ as Guest Storytellerat the Bonetti Children’s Room Story Hour on Monday, October 6

If the answer is, “Anything Dr. Seuss!” Then, what’s the question?

That’s the answer given by Ward F Councilwoman Diane Coleman when Bonetti Children’s Room Librarian Francina Stevens asked what books she wanted to read when scheduling a guess visit during Fall 2014 Preschool Story Hour on Monday, October 6th.

A mother of four children, Councilwoman Coleman was a natural, reading with an animated voice and an enthusiasm to read to Jersey City children at the Main Library. Not only did she read three Dr. Seuss titles – Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! and I Wish That I Had Duck Feet – but the Councilwoman participated in all the sing-along activity. It was clear she enjoyed every last shaking of her hands and stomping of her feet!

Read more: Ward F Councilwoman Coleman ‘Wows’ as Guest Storyteller

 

WARD F COUNCILWOMAN COLEMAN TO BE GUEST STORYTELLER AT THE BONETTI CHILDREN’S ROOM STORY HOUR

WARD F COUNCILWOMAN COLEMAN TO BE GUEST STORYTELLER  AT THE BONETTI CHILDREN’S ROOM STORY HOUR

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   September 30, 2014 – If the answer is, “Anything Dr. Seuss!” Then, what’s the question?

That’s the answer given by Ward F Councilwoman Diane Coleman when Bonetti Children’s Room Librarian Francina Stevens inquired of her choices of reading material for the Councilwoman’s upcoming storytelling debut on Monday, October 6 at 11 a.m.

Each fall and spring, the Jersey City Free Public Library, through the Vincenzo Domenico Bonetti II Children’s Room at the Main Library and all nine branches, conduct special story hours for preschool children and their parents/caretakers. This is a happy time for child-adult bonding with the printed word – where stories are not only read, but many times, acted out with physical choreography, singing and interactive play with the audience. Interspersing the storytelling, the children sing songs such as The Hokey Pokey, If You’re Happy and You Know It, and Shake Your Sillies Out.

Read more: WARD F COUNCILWOMAN COLEMAN TO BE GUEST STORYTELLER AT THE BONETTI CHILDREN’S ROOM STORY HOUR

The Bookmobile OFF-ROAD TODAY, September 25

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   September 25, 2014 – The Jersey City Free Public Library regretfully reports the Bookmobile will be off-road today, Thursday, September 25, due to unforeseen circumstances. The Bookmobile expects to be on the road again on Friday, September 26. Library patrons can bring back any materials to the Main Library and all branches. If you need to wait for the Bookmobile, you will not incur any fines during the time the Bookmobile is off the road. “We apologize for any inconvenience,” said Chief Librarian Hussein Odeh.

For the latest on programs, events, and special announcements please follow the Library on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jersey-City-Free-Public-Library/121162594579991), Twitter (JCFPL_NJ) or Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/jerseycityPL) at Jersey City Free Public Library. Visit us on the web at www.jclibrary.org for all information on the Library, including all press releases in The Press Room. As of today, September 25, 2014, the Jersey City Free Public Library has 180,826 valid card members. This cumulative number is now much lower than previous counts because these are fully verified as valid Jersey City library card members.

 

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