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 Vincenzo Domenico Bonetti II Room

Vincenzo Domenico Bonetti II


Vincenzo, whose life was cut short by an unknown illness, is remembered for his acceptance of  people of all ages and races, and his impressive ability to communicate in three languages. At the time of the dedication of the Bonetti Children’s Room, Library Director Priscilla Gardner noted that Vincenzo “typifies the preschool children the Library seeks to serve.” She added that the Library “provides programs that will help Jersey City’s children develop a life-long love of reading that will enable them to lead full and rich lives in cooperation with their fellow citizens.”

Vincenzo’s parents provide the Christmas tree for the Bonetti Children’s Room every year in their son’s honor.

The Bonetti Children’s Room is a lending collection that serves youngsters up to 8th grade, providing a colorful, light-filled space for children to read, learn, play, and grow. Children’s librarians work closely with young patrons, providing programs such as story hour, arts & crafts, children’s movies, and a drop-in LEGO club.

In 2008, the Bonetti Children’s Room received a complete overhaul. The $240,000 renovation included new electrical work and lighting, refinishing of all original woodwork, and new resilient vinyl flooring in vibrant patterns. The room was completely refurnished with new child-height tables and chairs, and a new Circulation Desk. A specially designed mural was painted on the wall in the Storytelling area.