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Hawaiian Luau Fundraiser 2017

Every year, Jersey City marks its calendar for the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation’s end-of-summer bash! On Thursday, September 21, more than 100 Library supporters gathered at PJ Ryan’s Squared to enjoy the hospitality of our 50th state at our Hawaiian Luau Fundraiser. Two lucky winners went home with the spoils from our 50/50 Raffle and Salad Bowl Raffle. Live music was provided by Eamonn Ryan Band, and attendees enjoyed delicious food and drinks while dancing the night away the Hawaiian way. All proceeds from the event benefit the ongoing renovation of Jersey City’s Main Library.

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Tales of Our Cities 2017

Tales of Our Cities, the Jersey City Free Public Library’s 9th Annual Book Festival, is one of the most anticipated events of the end of summer in Jersey City, featuring local authors, kids’ activities, and food trucks. This year we were fortunate to have with us two prominent Jersey City writers: activist and commentator Haroon Moghul, author of the new memoir How to Be a Muslim, and musician and actor Val Emmich, whose debut novel The Reminders is making a huge splash. Festival-goers were treated to readings and signings by more than a dozen local authors with new work, plus fun children’s activities like henna, face painting, storytime, and more. Great food was also on hand from food trucks Muttley Royale and Cubano X-Press, the Milk Sugar Love ice cream cart, and healthy cooking demonstrations for kids from Bambino Chef.

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Black & White Ball

On May 18, 2017, more than 300 gathered to support the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation at the 14th Annual Black & White Ball and Silent Auction Fundraiser. The event, held in the elegant Gallery at Liberty Prime on Montgomery Street in Downtown Jersey City, brought out Jersey City’s stars to raise funds for the ongoing renovations of the Main Library. Dress for the event was black-tie optional, with many guests going all-out to impress in a fabulous black-and-white ensemble. Attendees enjoyed a pasta station and other light fare, unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks, and live music provided by the Eamonn Ryan Band. Attendees also had the chance to bid on incredible Silent Auction items such as a brand-new television, a home audio sound bar, a designer handbag, and wine baskets, as well as major gets like a complimentary one-night weekend stay at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City, including breakfast buffet for two, or a 3-month membership to BASE Fitness Jersey City, including a 60-minute massage and much more. One very lucky winner also took home a Michael Kors watch, the proceeds of a 50-50 raffle, and a “salad bowl” full of “greens” including cash and scratch-off tickets.

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Scholar Tim Lawrence, author of Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983

More than 50 community members gathered at Biblioteca Criolla on Monday, May 1, 2017 for an evening of history, music, and conversation. Scholar Tim Lawrence, author of Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983, shared his deep knowledge and passion about New York’s dance and party scene in the tumultuous and productive years of the early 1980s – a time and place that left an indelible mark on our region and on popular culture throughout the world. The evening’s soundtrack was provided by Wyse Rodriguez and Saint Sanchez of Soulful Cypher, a Jersey City organization that produces free events for DJs, poets, spoken word artists, and dancers. Refreshments were generously provided by PJ Ryan’s Squared.

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