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Tales of Our Cities 2018

The Jersey City Free Public Library was proud to host Tales of Our Cities, Jersey City's Tenth Annual Book Festival, on Sunday, September 23, 2018 in the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza. The annual Book Festival is the time when we celebrate Jersey City's stories and the authors who tell them! This year, our incredible lineup of local authors and performers included former Assemblyman and Freeholder Louis Manzo, with his debut novel An Irish Lullaby, local historian David Goodwin's Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street, and Leona Beasley, author of Something Better than Home - a 2018 Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Gray skies and an early fall chill didn't stop community members from coming to the festival throughout the day to enjoy the many author talks and interactive activities for children of all ages. From hilarious mystery stories to searing personal narratives, from Bollywood and Hip-Hop to slam poetry and superheroes, there was something for everyone at this year's Book Festival! 

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Escape to Margaritaville Picture Gallery

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, more than 100 community members and friends of the Jersey City Free Public Library gathered to celebrate at the Library Foundation's annual end-of-summer bash. This year, guests enjoyed an "Escape to Margaritaville" at PJ Ryan's Squared. The delicious food and drink generously provided by Foundation Chairman Michael Ryan was perfectly paired with music by the inimitable DJ Bobby Brown. Everyone danced the night away and caught up with neighbors, all while raising funds for the ongoing renovations of the Main Library. Winners of the 50/50 and salad bowl raffles went home with big smiles, and it was a special moment when Library Director Priscilla Gardner and Foundation Board Trustee Melissa Banks-Shillingford were joined by Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro and Library Board Trustee Rebecca Symes to draw the winning tickets. All in all, a beautiful evening - but somehow we still can't seem to find that lost shaker of salt...

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Books and Badges

On Thursday, July 19, 2018, over 300 youngsters gathered at Cunningham Branch Library for a Books & Badges event, presented as part of the Jersey City Police Department’s CHAT 4 Change program. Children made special bookmarks, were treated to a special story hour with police officers, and even got to experience the thrill of talking into a police car’s loudspeaker! All students also received a tour of the Library to learn about all it has to offer. The Library is proud to partner with the JCPD to encourage summer reading! Along with the Jersey City Free Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, events like these give young students an opportunity to learn and grow all summer long.

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