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’.
The $3,000 donation to the library system helps boost the Summer Reading Program 2012, and the children’s areas of all nine branches and the Bonetti Children’s Room and Biblioteca Criolla at the Main Library, with the distribution as follows: $1,500 – SRP 2012; $200 – Cunningham, Five Corners, Greenville, Heights, Miller, and Bonetti Children’s Room; and $100 – Criolla, Lafayette, Marion, Pavonia, and West Bergen.
Library Director Priscilla Gardner added $200 more so the distribution was equal amongst the department and branches. “These monies can be used to do whatever each children’s area wishes. There aren’t enough words of gratitude for this generous gesture by Councilman Fulop and his two friends. Not only the Library, but the children of Jersey City, thank you!”
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