Racial Disparity Picture Gallery
Nearly 50 community members came to Greenville Branch Library on the evening of Tuesday, March 7, 2017 to participate in a discussion on Racial Disparities in New Jersey’s Juvenile Justice System. After hearing from three distinguished panelists, the attendees engaged in a lively discussion about the issues. Andrea McChristian, associate counsel at New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and author of the report “Bring Our Children Home: Ain’t I a Child” presented findings from her report. She was joined by Retha Onitiri, also of NJISJ, who spoke about what community organizations are doing to address the disparities they have found, as well as local activist Amy Albert, a staff attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services and the founder and chair of Jersey City’s Haven Adolescent Community Respite Center, which is a program that helps young people at risk of entering the formal judicial and penal systems.
What Will Make a Person Strong
About 120 Jersey City fourth- and fifth-graders gathered in the Barack H. Obama Auditorium at the Greenville Branch Library on Friday, February 17, 2017 to attend a workshop entitled “What Will Make a Person Strong?”. The workshop, led by Barbara Allen and Robert Murphy of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, weaved together themes of community, interpersonal relationships, and civil rights with film, music, and interactive presentations. This is an annual workshop that is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Greenville Branch Library and the team of Allen and Murphy in honor of Black History Month.
Criolla Hosted Tim Murphy, author of CHRISTODORA, in Well-Attended Presentation on Dec. 5
On Monday, December 5, 2016, Biblioteca Criolla was the proud host for writer Tim Murphy, author of his new book CHRISTODORA. His debut novel follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. The book recounts the heartbreak wrought by AIDS, illustrates the destructive power of hard drugs, and brings to life the ever-changing city itself.
Mr. Murphy read passages from his book and provided an insight to one of the main characters in the book, Mateo, and how this character battles his own demons and searches for his own identity. We heard Mr. Murphy read phrases in Spanish, which gave the audience an opportunity to ask questions and get involved in conversation. The author wanted to keep it simple and his easy-going approach to this book read was what the audience needed and wanted. Nineteen people were in attendance, including Library Board President Curt Harris; Mayor’s Alternate Board Member Sonia Araujo, former Assistant Library Director (retired); and a representative from Mr. Murphy’s publisher.
At the end of the presentation, the author signed copies of his books and took pictures. Refreshments were served. Special thanks go to Cecile Tropel and Mario Kaczmar, whose assistance was indispensable.
Criolla Christmas Story Hour
Christmas Cheer Came in Early December at the Criolla Preschool Story Hour
Over 45 children (not counting parents and nannies) converged on Criolla’s main room on Tuesday, December 6th to see our special visitor from the North Pole…SANTA. You should’ve heard the squeals of delight! Santa made his dramatic entrance, making it even more special for the children. After three songs that the children know by heart, with their singing and dancing, they were delighted by a Christmas story told by Ms. Iliana Vasquez, PT. Then, they all got to sit, talk to and take pictures with Santa. Every child was given an award for “Buen Oyente” (Good Listener) for their participation throughout the story hour sessions.
Biblioteca Criolla holds story hour and craft sessions for walk-in patrons and neighboring day care centers. Tuesdays and Thursdays regular story hour sessions are sought out by parents who want to keep their children interested in learning Spanish. The children listen carefully to the animated stories told by Mr. W. Delgado and Ms. Vasquez. The children are active participants and are very eager to raise their hands to answer questions posed by our storytellers.
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