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Yung Royalty Dance Group

A local dance group, the Yung Royalty’s, flew across the stage with hip-hop aplomb. There was a range of ages, from child to teen, and it was hard to know who was better – the girls or the boys! Any which way, the Yung Royalty’s provided great entertainment.

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Charles Cook Sr. & Jr.

Mr. Charles R. Cook, Jr. has been interacting in the Art of Storytelling for over 35 years, first in the educational arena, including various school districts, colleges, and the National Education Association and the New Jersey Education Association conferences. He also worked with churches; performing arts organizations – Walt Whitman Center, libraries – in Philadelphia, Newark and Jersey City; senior organizations; juvenile justice (New Jersey and Philadelphia); community outreach programs; and various other community-based organizations.

Presenting poetry with his father, Charles R. Cook Sr. is a privilege that shines brightly from son to father. This dynamic duo light up the stage with their poetry and presence.

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Kevin Powell Book Launch

Acclaimed author and Jersey City-native Kevin Powell came home to Jersey City, with a special book signing of his new memoir, THE EDUCATION OF KEVIN POWELL, which details his powerful life story and his growing into manhood in post-Civil Rights America.  Both the Greenville Branch Library and P.S. #34 are featured significantly in Powell’s memoir.

The book signing event, part of the Jersey City Free Public Library’s commitment to expanded programming for residents, drew nearly 50 people on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Sloane Square, 150 Bay Street. WORD Bookstore, a partner in the homecoming event, worked in conjunction as a bookseller of the memoir.

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Marion Branch Library Receives $3,000 from Jersey City-Native Dr. Ainissa G. Ramirez

An avowed and self-described “science evangelist” whose life goal for children and young adults is to “Make. Science. Fun.” has donated $3,000 to the Marion Branch, 1017 West Side Avenue, of the Jersey City Free Public Library.

World renowned materials research scientist and Jersey City-native Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. recently received the Andrew Gemant Award from the American Institute of Physics (AIP), from which she personally received $5,000 and $3,000 to further public communication of physics to her designated institution of choice. Dr. Ramirez named as grant recipient the Marion Branch Library, where she spent many hours reading and learning as a child.

“Dr. Ramirez has distinguished herself in her chosen field of science. We are so proud of her, and happy that she has chosen her childhood reading hideaway – the Marion Branch Library – as the designated non-profit organization of her award,” said Library Director Priscilla Gardner.

The recent West Bergen Branch Library renovation, though much-needed, was on a much-smaller scale than the major renovation that the Main Library has been currently undergoing, for disabled accessibility and overall interior improvement on all four floors. A storefront library, Marion Branch also is in need of an upgrade. For more information on donating to the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, Inc., please scroll down the library homepage to the GoFundMe.com link. www.jclibrary.org

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