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Greenville Story Hour

On Thursday, May 17, Greenville Branch Library hosted a very special awards ceremony to recognize some of the most dedicated participants of the Spring Story Hour season.

One day during Story Hour, Senior Assistant Librarian Deyana Hopson was telling the students of New Life Dream Academy about a recent time she had gone bike-riding, and she learned that none of the youngsters had a bike to call their own. After thinking about it for a few days, Ms. Deyana decided to take action.

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Criolla Spring Story Hour Celebration

Biblioteca Criolla capped off its 2018 Spring Story Hour series with a special awards ceremony held on Tuesday, May 15. Criolla hosted 63 children and 47 adults to celebrate another successful Story Hour season.

This year’s Tuesday and Thursday Spring Story Hours have grown exponentially, so we added a new session to specifically accommodate newborns to age 2: “Bebé Rockero | Baby Rock.” We are happy to continue serving three neighboring day care centers, as well as stay-at-home parents and caretakers with eager children that come faithfully to Biblioteca Criolla.

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A Celebration of Filipino Culture

On Thursday, May 17, 2018, the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation proudly hosted its 15th Annual Gala Fundraiser and Silent Auction: A Celebration of Filipino Culture. Close to 200 supporters of the Library gathered in the Skyline Room at the New Jersey City University School of Business to party for a great cause. In addition to raising funds for Library programming, this year’s celebration also honored the heritage and contributions of Jersey City’s Filipino and Filipino-American community.

The Honorable Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr. – the first Asian-American elected to public office in Jersey City – led up the distinguished Host Committee, and activist Shirley Capaldo served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Guests feasted on a contemporary menu inspired by traditional Filipino cuisine, provided by local culinary sensation Dale Talde – including a very special kamayan table for VIP guests. The history of Jersey City's Filipino community was told through images from the Jersey City Free Public Library's New Jersey Room. Filipino American fiction writer David Lat and activist and attorney Cecilia Aranzamendez celebrated the joy of reading and shared personal stories about the importance of libraries. The Filipino School of New York & New Jersey delighted the crowd with a performance of traditional Filipino dances. Everyone cut a rug to the sweet sounds of DJ Kevlove, and treated their sweet tooth with desserts provided by Milk Sugar Love. The beautiful floral centerpieces were provided by Casa Mona.

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Sayantani DasGupta: The Serpent's Secret

What happens when a regular New Jersey girl finds out she’s an Indian princess and sets off on an interdimensional adventure? You get hooked on your favorite new fantasy series, that’s what! On Saturday, March 3, young readers and their families came to Five Corners to meet Sayantani DasGupta, author of The Serpent’s Secret, the exciting new middle-grade novel that’s based on Bengali folktales. Dr. DasGupta read a selection from the book, talked about her love of Bengali folktales and immigrant families that inspired her to write the story, discussed the upcoming sequel, and more. She was joined in conversation by Shehnaaz Jagasia, of Jersey City’s own Shehnaaz Dance Academy. Refreshments were generously provided by Sri Ganesh Dosa House. There’s always something exciting happening at your local library!

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