The Press Room
Michele M. Dupey, MLIS
Public Information Officer
Jersey City Free Public Library
472 Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
HURRICANE SANDY UPDATE: MAIN LIBRARY’S AIR QUALITY PASSES MUSTER
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.
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.
December 2012 at the Jersey City Free Public Library
Next Library Board Meeting
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m.
Miller Branch Library
489 Bergen Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07304
All Programs @ Main Library Subject to its Re-Opening
* Bonetti Children’s Room, Main Library, 1st Floor, 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-547-4519 – For Children & Families: Acoustic Guitars. / Featuring: Bob Albrecht & Sam Oliver. Come & enjoy a variety of children’s songs! / Presented by: Bonetti Children’s Room & the Community Awareness Series, a department of the Jersey City Free Public Library. / Tuesday, December 11 @ 4 p.m.
Bookmobile to be In Front of Main Library for 1 Hour While Closed due to Storm Repairs
JERSEY CITY, N.J. November 14, 2012 – Hurricane Sandy left her mark on the Main Library in Jersey City in the most lingering way: Receding waters in the basement left destruction in its wake amidst typical developing problems such as mold. Hence, the need for $1.4 million in repairs, according to Helena Ruman Associates, the architectural firm for the Jersey City Free Public Library.
To the rescue: The Bookmobile!
Starting tomorrow, Thursday, November 15th, the Bookmobile will be stationed in front of the Main Library (472 Jersey Avenue) for one hour each day, Monday through Friday, from 4 to 5 p.m.
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