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2 Upcoming Special Events @ the Library: National Night Out (8/4) & Library Foundation Fundraiser (9/17)

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   July 21, 2015 – When it comes to celebrations, the Jersey City Free Public Library jumps in with gusto!

For the second year in a row, the Bookmobile will participate in National Night Out, a community-police awareness event held annually on the first Tuesday of August. This year, on Tuesday evening, August 4, the Bookmobile will be stationed at Arlington Park, with Bookmobile staff members Kizzie Rock and Don Taylor welcoming the public, discussing library system programs and offering applications for library cards – ‘knowledge, for free’.

When you know summer is almost over… Come to the End of Summer Bash on Thursday, September 17, from 6 to 10 p.m., held at the brand new establishment, P.J. Ryan’s Squared – 4 PATH Plaza – at the Journal Square Transportation Center in Jersey City. Tickets cost $20, which include food, drinks and live music. Parking is available in the lot of the McLaughlin Funeral Home, 625 Pavonia Avenue.

Tickets are available for purchase in the Director’s office, Main Library, 472 Jersey Avenue, 3rd Floor, Jersey City, N.J. 07302. The End of Summer Bash is the 12th annual fundraiser of the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, Inc., whose officers are Michael A. Ryan, Chairman and Joseph Panepinto Jr., Treasurer; with members: Roselyn Jackson, Alma Burnett, Anthony Gardner, Melissa Banks, Jermaine Pharmes and Executive Director Priscilla Gardner. All proceeds help fund the ongoing major renovations to the historic Main Library.

The Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, Inc. was established on January 27, 2004 by Library Director Priscilla Gardner to support the mission of the library: to provide services and materials for the education, enrichment and entertainment of the people of Jersey City.

The Library Foundation is chartered in Jersey City as a 501(c)(3) organization to receive charitable gifts. Benefactors can contribute to the foundation with gifts of cash, property, securities or real estate, trust arrangements, bequests in wills and by naming the foundation as beneficiary of a life insurance policy. The Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation hopes to encourage individuals and organizations to make financial contributions to the Foundation to assure that the library can continue its exceptional service far into the future.

First staged in 1984, National Night Out – ‘America’s Night Out against crime’ – was introduced by the National Association of Town Watch, a non-profit, crime management association, and designed by Matt A. Peskin, executive director of the National Association of Town Watch.

In Peskin’s words, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence; National Night Out does represent the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many neighborhoods safer places throughout the year. It is a night to celebrate safety and crime prevention successes and to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days.”

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Upcoming Events

21 Aug 2017
Book Club
21 Aug 2017
Movie (chidlren)
22 Aug 2017
Family Movie Night
23 Aug 2017
Chicks with Sticks
23 Aug 2017
Crochet and Knitting
24 Aug 2017
Movie (adults)


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