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Michele M. Dupey, MLIS
Public Information Officer

Jersey City Free Public Library
472 Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, NJ  07302

January 2013 @ the JCFPL

January 2013 at the Jersey City Free Public Library

Next Library Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 8, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m.

Five Corners Branch Library

678 Newark Avenue

Jersey City, NJ 07306


Special Programs:

* Bonetti Children’s Room, Main Library, 1st Floor, 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-547-4519 – For Children & Families: Wiggle & Giggle Storytime! Featuring: Wiggle & Giggle Storytime is a 20-minute story time for little listeners with extra energy! Dance and giggle and learn something new with stories and rhymes picked just for little ones. / Wednesdays in January @ 11 a.m.

* Five Corners, 678 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306, 201-547-4543 – For Adults: Free Law Workshop. / Presented by: Omojola & Associates, PC. TOPICS: Foreclosure Defense * Bankruptcy * Immigration Law * Q&A after presentation. / Light refreshments. / Monday, January 14 / 5 – 7 p.m.

Read more: January 2013 @ the JCFPL


Bookmobile Outreach

Want the Library to Come to YOU?

Schedule the Bookmobile for a Stop!

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   December 18, 2012 – If you’ve ever wondered how the Bookmobile gets from one stop to another, now is your chance to sign up the mobile library branch for your school, preferably if it does not have a library within the building, organization, senior citizens housing, or business area. The Bookmobile provides service to locations that do not have a library branch within walking distance.

If interested, please contact the Bookmobile staff at (201) 547-5666, or Assistant Library Director Sonia Araujo at (201) 547-4549 and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Scheduling deadline is Monday, January 14, 2013.

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 for all information on the Library, including all press releases in The Press Room. As of today, Tuesday, December 18, 2012, the Jersey City Free Public Library has 221,967 valid card members.


Re-Opens to the Public on Monday, 12/17

JERSEY CITY, N.J.  December 11, 2012 – ‘There’s no place like home’.

That’s what Library Director Priscilla Gardner and all Jersey Avenue employees dispersed throughout the library system have been feeling ever since the Main Library was closed due to damages from Hurricane Sandy.

The Main Library sustained major flooding in its basement and opened only for one-and-a-half days before needing to remain closed due its poor air quality born of mold and E. coli contaminants. The basement areas were flooded with up to five feet of deep-sea water, mixed with sewerage from backed up sewers in Downtown Jersey City.



NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center

NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center: Special Easy-to-Use Equipment for the Print Disabled

Now Available at the Library


JERSEY CITY, N.J.   November 8, 2012 – This past month – October – was Blindness Awareness Month, and we lost that last couple of days due to Hurricane Sandy. Yet, there is no better way to bring attention to this most vital of our five senses than to offer people who are visually impaired an easier way to enjoy their favorite book from their local library.

The Jersey City Free Public Library has now partnered with the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) to provide portable [audiobook players]. TBBC’s services, known as the “Outspoken Library,” serve New Jersey residents (children, teens and adults) who cannot read standard print or who cannot hold a book or turn the pages of a book due to a physical impairment, a reading disability or a vision impairment.  Anyone who has difficulty reading standard print or holding a book or turning the pages of a book may be eligible. There is no cost for the service.  Each branch of the Jersey City Public Library is offering this accessible reading service.

The technology is digital, but the player has a very simple design, with large buttons that speak to you.  Once a person is certified as eligible, the equipment is sent directly to the person’s home.

Read more: NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center

Amnesty Week Extended Until Main Library Re-Opens

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   November 15, 2012 – While in recovery from Hurricane Sandy, the Jersey City Free Public Library acknowledges that its loyal patrons are in recovery too.

Therefore, fine amnesty will be extended the full duration of the Main Library’s closing.

All fines, library materials (books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and damaged books are now forgiven during this time period of Main Library emergency closure. Library Administration requests that all library materials be returned, and they will be credited to the borrower without any fines.

Amnesty Week had been designated for this week only (Saturday, November 10 – Saturday, November 17) prior to the devastation experienced at the Main Library from Hurricane Sandy.

Read more: Amnesty Week Extended Until Main Library Re-Opens


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