The New Jersey Center for the Book creates and celebrates rich and diverse cultural communities by partnering with a variety of public and private entities to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the state’s significant literary heritage.
The New Jersey Center for the Book advances a dynamic literary agenda by creating and championing initiatives that highlight public pride in New Jersey’s literary landmarks and by sponsoring programs and awards that recognize excellence in literacy.
The book consists of eight chapter installments to be posted weekly. Each chapter is written by a well-known New Jersey author – Pat Brisson, Wil Mara, Wendy Mass, Jim Murphy, Trinka Hakes Noble, Margie Palatini, Pamela Swallow, and Joshua Tiprigan. Illustrations have been contributed by well-known New Jersey illustrators – Robert Blake, Leeza Hernandez, Gerald Kelley, Trinka Hakes Noble, Margie Palatini, Scott Rawlins, Karen Romagna, and Lena Shiffman.
Our main characters are a children’s librarian and his book club, consisting of six curious, inventive and adventurous young readers – the “New Jersey Trackers.” Each chapter’s setting is a prominent New Jersey location and literary landmark. The Trackers travel around the state in a bookmobile, stopping at each location to search for clues and signs that help solve a mystery.
The family morning session programs and activities offered a variety of activities for children. “The Mythmakers,” Richard Stillmand and Gerald Fierst, performed a fun-filled journey of stories and songs that captured the highlights of New Jersey’s history.
The New Jersey Center for the Book and The Newark Public Library presented a program in celebration of New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 11am to 4pm at The Newark Public Library.
This program is funded in whole or in part by the New Jersey State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency that grows and sustains a "Nation of Learners" because lifelong learning is critical to success.