The Press Room
Michele M. Dupey, MLIS
Public Information Officer
Jersey City Free Public Library
472 Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Mother of SIDS Infant Children Donates 27 Books to the Bonetti Children's Room
JERSEY CITY, NJ May 16, 2012 – “In lieu of flowers and mass cards, Matthew’s family asks that you donate your favorite children’s book in Matthew’s memory to the Jersey City Free Public Library.”
It was a small gesture, lovingly placed in the obituary of their son, Matthew Angelo Scarpa, when he suddenly died on January 3, 2012. Born on September 29, 2011, and only three months, four days old when he passed, this infant made a difference in his parents’ lives, who have now shared that sunshine with others.
Dignora Aquino and Sgt. Michael J. Scarpa of the Jersey City Police Department are also the parents of four children – WilliamGaius Christopher, Raffaele Charles, Marissa Vera, and Gianna Rose – whose fifth child, Matthew, was known for his radiant smile.
“That selfless gesture from Matthew’s parents now benefits all Jersey City children who come to the Bonetti Children’s Room at the Main Library,” said Library Director Priscilla Gardner. The books have a commemorative label placed in them, so parents, caregivers and children can know of Matthew:
Former Mob ‘Insider’ Jon D’Amore to Present His Novel “The Boss Always Sits in the Back” at the Five Corners Branch on Monday, May 21st
JERSEY CITY, NJ April 25, 2012 – In the realm of ‘you can’t make this up’, Union City-native Jon D’Amore has written a novel depicting the true story of mob influence in Las Vegas, “funneling millions of dollars out of Las Vegas and saving the New Jersey Don from 40 years in prison. “The Boss Always Sits in the Back” is a humorous, suspenseful retelling of actual events that led to the demise of the mob in New Jersey.”
A natural storyteller, Jon D’Amore started writing when he was 10 years old, and began the guitar lessons that launched his musical career. Both writing and music were his main career focuses, except for that youthful dalliance, at the encouragement of his Godfather, Jerry D’Amore. “Jon’s life took a turn after Jerry invited Jon to Las Vegas for his 22nd birthday, where he unsuspectingly, then willingly, became part of a scam that has never been revealed before, yet changed the laws of casino gambling forever…but not before it funneled millions into the New Jersey underworld. / As an insider with no mob ambitions, Jon became a trusted ear and learned of the life and death manipulations that made friends and relatives from his world disappear. When the smoke cleared, Jon was one of the few left standing. The others were either dead or in prison.”
2 Performance Artists Request & Receive Weeded Books from Library for Art Installation Honoring The Book
JERSEY CITY, NJ April 4, 2012 – Performance artists Ruben Millares and Antonia Wright recently came to the Main Library in Jersey City to abscond with 14 boxes of books that were weeded from the library branches’ collections. The use for the books can raise an educated eyebrow…
They came in search of books for their art installation at the Fountain Art Fair, which was held in mid-March in New York City. From Miami, both artists have been doing this installation of books as a “homage to the book, a celebration” and a commentary on how reading in libraries has gone digital.
Look Who Supports the Jersey City Free Public Library?
JERSEY CITY, NJ March 5, 2012 – Black History Month 2012 went out with the thunder of Red Tails, as Tuskegee Airman Lt. Calvin J. Spann addressed the SRO audience of over 300 people at the Miller Branch Library, 489 Bergen Avenue in Jersey City, on Wednesday evening, February 29th. It was there, at the end of the program, when Lt. Spann proudly held up the Jersey City Free Public Library card.
For the latest on programs, events, and special announcements please follow the Library on Facebook or Twitter at Jersey City Free Public Library. Visit us on the web at www.jclibrary.org. As of today, March 5, 2012, the Jersey City Free Public Library has 210,449 valid card members.
Winner of Councilman Fulop’s Christmas Contest with Newark & Roselle, Jersey City Library Helps Its Programs
JERSEY CITY, NJ February 23, 2012 – Having dealt with program funding cuts for several years, the Jersey City Free Public Library has Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop, Newark Councilman Anibal Ramos and Roselle Mayor Janel Holley to thank, because of a contest they created in Christmas 2011.
These elected officials, friends for years, each contributed $1,000 for a friendly bet on whose city had the best Christmas decorations. One Facebook page, countless uploaded photos of decorated homes, and many ‘likes’ later, Jersey City was deemed the winner, with the most uploaded photos. Local freelance photographer Richard McCormack’s photo won for the most ‘likes’.
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