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Shane Smith
Public Information Officer

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

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   November 17, 2014 – The Bookmobile is off-road for the full week (Monday, November 17 to Friday, November 21, 2014).

All books and other library materials due this week will be accepted at the Main Library and all nine branches of the Jersey City Free Public Library. If you cannot come to any of those places during this week, your fine will be forgiven the next time the Bookmobile is scheduled at your stop.

“We apologize for any inconvenience,” said Assistant Library Director Sonia Araujo, who oversees the Bookmobile.

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Port authority’s DEIS on Cross Harbor Freight Program Available for Viewing

at Main Library; Five Corners & Greenville Branches

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   November 13, 2014 – The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) has sent the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the Cross Harbor Freight Program to the Reference Department (2nd Floor) at the Main Library (472 Jersey Avenue) in Jersey City, and two of its nine branches – Five Corners (678 Newark Avenue) and Greenville (1841 Kennedy Boulevard) – for viewing by the public.

Comments are encouraged by the public, interested individuals and organizations, and Federal, State, and local agencies by the PANYNJ and its partner, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), for their planning of a Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement, of which currently is in draft form.

Two other places in Jersey City to view the Draft Environmental Impact Statement are: City Clerk, City of Jersey City, 280 Grove Street, Jersey City; and Hudson County Economic Development Corporation, 830 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City.

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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.

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December 9th Board Meeting ON

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   November 10, 2014 – The Board of Trustees of the Jersey City Free Public Library have cancelled their November Board meeting, which would have been scheduled for Tuesday, November 18, and held at the Five Corners Branch, 678 Newark Avenue.

Meetings resume for the Jersey City Free Public Library Board of Trustees on Tuesday, December 9th, with its meeting to be held at the Miller Branch Library, 489 Bergen Avenue in Jersey City, at 5:30 p.m.

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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.”

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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.