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Dr. Ainissa G. Ramirez came to visit the Marion Branch early on Monday, December 30, 2013, before she was to do a lecture at the Liberty Science Center. In her youth, she lived in the Marion section, and the Marion Branch Library was the library she would come to as a child after school. As Dr. Ramirez was telling this to Marion Branch manager Dolores Reyes, she was so inspired and humbled by her story and visit, knowing full well that other children will be inspired too, regarding the story of Dr. Ramirez. Dolores had secretly wished and fantasized that someday a celebrity would come in unexpectedly, like Angelina Jolie or Brad. But the visit by Dr. Ramirez surpassed that secret wish!

This wonderful visit from Dr. Ramirez made the light bulb above Dolores’ head shine brightly for a future possible program at the Marion Branch, which could be titled, Crash My Library? :D This would be an opportunity for those who have been inspired by the Jersey City Free Public Library, to come in unannounced, bringing in a short story of how the library inspired them. I will then take a picture of that visitor outside in front of the library.

Read more: Making Science Fun with Dr. Ainissa G. Ramirez

Children in the Marion Branch enjoy different type of activities throughout the year.  This FREE program is teaching children the basics of guitar playing by staff member Renee Campbell.   Marion staff members are dedicated to servicing the area residents with the best of Library services

Read more: Guitar Lessons with Miss Reena at the Marion Branch

Bonky the Elf visited the Bonetti Children’s Room on December 11, 2013, and brought her bag of tricks to entertain over 150 children and adults. She performed magic, creating delightful laughter throughout the audience. When reading the children’s story, Keeping Christmas, Bonky the Elf created a different kind of magic, enrapturing little minds and hearts (including the adults!) with Christmas glee. Amazingly, Bonky the Elf performed for nearly one hour, to the enchantment of everyone. Merry Christmas!

Read more: Bonky the Elf Visits the Bonetti Children's Room

Celebrating Día de los Muertos at Biblioteca Criolla by Encouraging Peaceful Actions

Biblioteca Criolla, the Spanish language department at the Main Library, was honored to join in the first annual city-wide celebration of “Día de los Muertos Jersey City,” which is invested in cultural arts, community wellness, creative healing and the promotion of peace – in response to the recent upsurge in violence in the area. This programming was held from Friday, November 1 through Thursday, November 7, with Criolla’s program being held on the last day.

Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” is a Latin-American tradition that began in Mexico. It celebrates life and death, viewing it as a transition to a higher level of consciousness, while honoring those who have passed. Día de los Muertos is celebrated on November 1, in direct correlation with the Christian celebrations of “All Saints Day,” and on November 2, “All Souls Day.”

Read more: Celebrating Dia de los Muertos at Biblioteca Criolla