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Christmas Party Toy Giveaway 2011

Success breeds success! The Greenville Branch Library held its second annual Christmas Party Toy Giveaway on December 22, 2011 so the community and Jersey City children could share a bit of holiday cheer together, and from the photos, it’s clear everyone was infused with Christmas Spirit!

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New Jersey Room Returns 220 Year Old Book to Library of Virginia

Lost & Found:

Lost – Court Records, Stafford County, VA, prepared October 1791
– By NJ Room, Jersey City Free Public Library

Witness – The Return of this 220-year-old Volume to its rightful owners, the Virginia State Archives, on Thursday, October 20
Volume taken on March 30, 1863
by Capt. W.A. Treadwell, 4th NY Regiment as Spoils of Civil War

New Jersey wasn’t a battleground state during the Civil War, yet a surprising ‘find’ by the New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library brings the Civil War into local focus, up front and center, during this 150th commemorative year of that war’s beginning.

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Summer Jam 2011


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.

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A Tale of Our City 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!)

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