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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.

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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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Greenville Story Hour Halloween Party (2016)

The Greenville Branch celebrated Halloween on the actual day, Monday, October 31, with its Fall 2016 Preschool Story Hour children dressed in their costumed finery. From Minnie Mouse and Disney Princesses…to a Spiderman (or two) and a Ninja Turtle… You’ve got to check out the photos!

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8th Annual Tales of Our Cities Book Festival

Internationally Known… Jersey City’s Own…

Kevin Powell

Wow’d the Crowd at the 8th Annual Tales of Our Cities Book Festival

on Sunday, September 25, 2016


It was a grand homecoming for native son Kevin Powell, who headlined the Jersey City library’s eighth annual book festival, Tales of Our Cities 2016, whose life reflects an intellectual and emotional triumph over abject poverty, and the ills inherent in such a life beginning.

With a perfect autumn day in the offing (blue skies, sunshine, cool breeze), Van Vorst Park provided the lush verdant backdrop for the hundreds of festival attendees on Sunday, September 25th. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., where authors from as far as Florida (M.C. Bechum, THE GLASS FORTRESS) and the greater Jersey City area (Kevin Powell, now a Brooklyn, N.Y. resident, THE EDUCATION OF KEVIN POWELL. A BOY’S JOURNEY INTO MANHOOD) spoke from their hearts the words they wrote. Tales of Our Cities 2016 was produced by the Jersey City Free Public Library, in conjunction with the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Steven Fulop and the Jersey City Municipal Council.

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