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The Biblioteca Criolla of the Jersey City Free Public Library offered classes in crocheting during the months of October and November of 2010, and in February, 2011, attracting many women who were interested in learning. The accompanying photos were taken during the February 11th class.

Read more: Crochet Lessons @ Biblioteca Criolla


Library Foundation Fundraiser – “Summer Jam” –

Held at Michael Anthony’s After a Whirlwind of Changes – & Still Well-Attended & Successful!

“Jammin – 1) Chillin out / Hangin out, 2) Listening to music, 3) Means to chill out and relax, 4) Hanging out playing music / Generally having a bit of a laugh, 5) Casually playing an instrument (usually a guitar) with another person, and 6) When you hang around somewhere with your friends.”

That full definition from the Urban Dictionary is all anyone needs to know about jammin, the slang use of the word jammin’ from Jamaican patois. “Summer Jam,” the annual fundraiser from the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, embodies all that’s relaxed and fun, where library staff members let their proverbial hair down and party with library supporters from all over!

Summer Jam,” held on Thursday evening, September 29, two weeks after its original date of September 15, at Michael Anthony’s instead of Library Foundation Chairman Mike Ryan’s latest incarnation of P.J. Ryan’s, now located at 292 Barrow Street (at corner of Mercer Street). Due to Hurricane Irene and the supremely soggy weather for weeks on end, opening of the establishment had been delayed.

Read more: Summer Jam 2011

4th Annual A Tale of Our City, Jersey City’s Book Festival, Presents 21 Authors –
The Most Ever!

A Mix of Established & New Writers, plus Entertainment Featured on Saturday, 9/10

“Nor rain… Nor rain… Nor rain…” There isn’t any reason to continue with that age-old statement on postal carriers’ perseverance, because not one…not two…but three torrential downpours interrupted this year’s book festival. Postal carriers would be proud of Jersey City’s tenacity!!!

In spite of all that rain, Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and the Municipal Council, the Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Jersey City Free Public Library did proudly present A Tale of Our City, Jersey City’s 4th annual book festival, on Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., which was held at the beautifully Victorian and historic Van Vorst Park, across the street from the Main Library, 472 Jersey Avenue (at Montgomery Street).

Singer/songwriter Chrissy Roberts saved the day, in her impromptu (and brilliant!) idea to gather festival-goers under the safety of the gazebo, where she entertained them with several songs. The fun was palpable, with children – and adults! – joining in the audience participation. (Check out the videos of her performances!)

Read more: A Tale of Our City 2011

Miss New Jersey, whose platform is literacy, came to the Jersey City Free Public Library to promote adult literacy on Wednesday, September 22nd.

Ashleigh Udalovas is making literacy the calling card of her tenure as Miss New Jersey 2010. Staying from 2 to 4 p.m., she appeared at library with members of the Jersey City Library Literacy Program, and lingered to speak with the children participating that afternoon at the Bonetti Children’s Room. Literacy shared information about their program from the side of both tutors and students, which was much appreciated by the reigning Miss New Jersey.

“There are few things more important to success in America today than literacy,” said Udalovas, 22, who is pursuing degrees in Spanish and in education at Rowan University. “To a child, literacy is the door to rooms full of knowledge about this world and its history; and it is a road to worlds of imagination. To an adult, literacy creates opportunities for further education, and it clears the way to social and professional advancement. Literacy helps to put everything we value, within our reach.”

Read more: Miss NJ Visits the JCFPL