When you are out shopping for that special someone, holiday or birthday, stop by the Main Library at the Gift Shop and William Wendell Razim Used Book Store. We have unique gifts for the entire family.
William Wendell Razim pioneered the concept of educating the public on health matters by producing and hosting, Science for the People, broadcast from 1950 to 1959 on WEVD-AM, which, at the time, was a non-profit radio station in New York City. Originally, Mr. Razim approached the new broadcast medium, television, and was refused by all New York stations, as well as New York radio – all, of course, except one. His decade-long efforts all were voluntary.
For that contribution to the public’s understanding of science, William Wendell Razim’s biography is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World 2003, 20th Edition, 21st Century Editions.
His last contribution benefits the public, as well. William Wendell Razim donated his entire library of books and recordings to the Jersey City Free Public Library. Amassed over nearly 40 years, the eclectic collection includes books on history, philosophy and the complete works of literary greats such as Shakespeare, Steinbeck, Hemingway and Faulkner, as well on subjects of personal interest such as cooking. Of course, there are books on science, many of which delve into the abilities of the mind to expand its intellectual and memory powers.
His vast collection of books, CDs, audiotapes and vinyl recordings, and VHS videotapes serve as start-up inventory to stock the shelves of the now-dedicated William Wendell Razim Used Book Store.
William Wendell Razim was born in Union City, NJ on September 8, 1916, and lived most of his life in Jersey City. He is a 1942 graduate of New York University, with a post-graduate Certificate in Meteorology that was earned in 1943. Throughout his long career, Mr. Razim was a chemistry professor, as well as a technical writer and educational consultant, with avocations in botanical science and music. He served honorably in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1942-1945 as a 2nd Lieutenant. Currently, Mr. Razim had been a resident of the Castle Hill Health Care Center in Union City at the time of his passing on December 16, 2005.
The Gift Shop & William Wendell Razim Used Book Store is a project of the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, Inc. All profits go to the Foundation, which, in turn, provides funding for the Library’s capital improvement projects. All donations of items in good condition can be made by contacting Library Director Priscilla Gardner at 201-547-4788.