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Joined Forces to Celebrate National Library Week 2014

by Welcoming Sugar Ray Robinson II

A motivational speaker, Sugar Ray II spoke to the boys & girls in the JC Youth Boxing Program


The Jersey City Free Public Library ushered in National Library Week (April 13-19) a little bit early this year – on Thursday, April 10, to be exact.

That’s when the Youth Boxing Program of the Jersey City Department of Recreation joined the Library in hosting a special guest speaker at one of their scheduled boxing sessions – none other than Ray Robinson II, son of the world-renowned prizefighter, Sugar Ray Robinson.

Ray II, a father of five grown children, has been a motivational speaker since he was a child of 10, when drafted by his mother Edna Mae to pinch hit for his father, when Sugar Ray wasn’t able to address a gathering at a local church in Harlem. Over the years, his message has broadened and deepened, on the many ways to stay sharp, and how to value your contributions as a human being, in spite of what life throws in your path. Upon seeing the Jersey City Recreation newsletter on Jersey City Mayor Fulop’s launching of the boxing program for girls and boys, aged eight to 18, Sugar Ray II knew he wanted to talk to them.

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BEING A YOUNG CHILD – Storyteller Julie Pasqual tops her head with her ‘rain hat’ – one of many stories told in her very animated style. Ms. Pasqual, known for her dance-like moves and absurdly funny storylines, entertained 117 people – 53 adults and 64 children, a record crowd! – at the Main Library’s Bonetti Children’s Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in celebration of the Week of the Young Child™, which is sponsored annually by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and exists to shed light on the needs of young children and their families, and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. The Week of the Young Child™ is celebrated from April 6-12 this year.

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Children Wish ‘Happy Birthday’ to Dr. Seuss with a Special Dr. Seuss Story Corner at the Bonetti Children’s Room

I see them up. I see them down. I see them all around town! Yes, I like them, celebrating Dr. Seuss! Yes, I like them, enjoying Dr. Seuss!

By now, everyone knows that Dr. Seuss’ birthday is celebrated on March 2, especially with the National Education Association’s Read Across America highlighting staged readings of Dr. Seuss’ beloved rhyming stories all across America on Monday, March 3, 2014. So it’s no wonder, that the Bonetti Children’s Room at Jersey City’s Main Library created a special story corner, honoring the incomparable Dr. Seuss, and celebrating him and his wonderful stories on March 6, during his birthday week!

Children’s Librarian Francina Stevens read several of Dr. Seuss’ books to a gaggle of giggling little gods and goddesses, interspersing those readings with singing and dancing – right out of their seats! – of songs that make the body wiggle to get those energetic charges ready to listen to more Dr. Seuss.

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