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Come Celebrate with Us

The New Jersey Center For The Book will be celebrating the 350th Anniversary of the Great State of New Jersey on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, from 11-4:30 PM with an eye toward literacy.   Besides showcasing its 12 grant winning NJ libraries from around the state, the NJCFB will be hosting an authors’ and illustrators’ alley.

The program would begin with guest speaker world-renowned artist sculptor and founder of The Grounds for Sculpture Seward Johnson and a presentation by the Library of Congress from 1-2 PM, preceded and followed by author and exhibit visits by the attendees. A crowd of more than a thousand people is expected to attend, mostly made up of young families. Two auditorium spaces will be presenting programs throughout the afternoon. There will also be an area for craft demonstrations, book art displays, and educational workshops.

Some of the authors and illustrators who will be greeting the public and selling their books will be Dan Gutman, Pat Brisson, E. B. Lewis, Tom Yeserski, Michael Dooling, Diane Goode, Wil Mara, Trinka Hakes Noble, Doris Ettlinger, Linda Bozzo, Margery Cuyler, Dr. William Truran, Dr. Vanita Braver, Lisa Falkenstern, Leeza Hernandez-Stelzer, Dar Hosta James, Tara Lazar, Gordon Thomas Ward, Kevin Woyce, Donna Zappala, Felicia Zekauskas and Peter Maloney.

In addition to the displays offered by the grant-winning libraries, exhibits from other New Jersey libraries, New Jersey Historical Society, New Jersey Department of the Humanities, and groups such as the New Jersey lacemakers will be featured.

 
Seward Johnson

Seward Johnson, Guest Speaker


Seward Johnson, celebrated sculptor, initially became widely known for his sculptures depicting people engaged in every day activities.  More than 450 of Johnson's life-size cast bronze figures have been featured in private collections and museums in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, as well as prominent places in the public realm such as Rockefeller Center, Pacific Place, Hong Kong, Les Halles in Paris, and Via Condotti in Rome.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art of Washington, D.C. introduced Johnson’s Impressionist-inspired series entitled Beyond the Frame with a solo museum exhibition.  This body of work, consisting of elaborate tableaux that allow viewers to walk into the scenes of Impressionist paintings, went on to New York’s Nassau County Museum, Florida’s Cummer Museum of Art, and Museum of Art & History at the Custom House in Key West.  The show is continuing to tour museums throughout the U.S. 

Johnson is often recognized for his most dramatic work -- the 70' aluminum giant entitled The Awakening.  This sculpture was selected for the International Sculpture Conference & Exhibition and is currently sited along the Potomac River at National Harbor in Washington, DC.  This work was profiled in LIFE magazine, Time Magazine and has become a “must see” destination in the nation’s capitol.  Additional castings of this work are now at Chesterfield Arts in Missouri, and in Viterbo, Italy.  In recent years, Seward Johnson’s monumental scale sculptures have captured the attention of the international media and a global audience.  Among these are the 26 foot tall Forever Marilyn with her skirt blowing upwards defying the stainless steel and aluminum materials.  Also, the iconic “kiss” sculpture depicting the moment in Times Square when the sailor and nurse embraced in celebration of the conclusion of World War II, Johnson’s Unconditional Surrender. 

For more information about artist Seward Johnson see www.sewardjohnson.com or www.sculpturefoundation.org

Seward Johnson and sculpture
 
Letters about Literature 2014 New Jersey
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May 13, 2014 -  Tuesday - Letters about Literature 2014 Reception

at The Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

We had a wonderful time at the reception which was held at the beautiful Grounds for Sculpture, 126 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619. Check back here within the next two weeks for more pictures. 

 

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William Allen Middle School Recipients in

front of the Seward Johnson Center.

From left to right - Katie Holmbeck, Devyn Monahan, Luke Lenny, Emily Klein, Annie Wixted and Margaret Valora, teacher.

 

New Jersey’s Letters about Literature Winners and Honorable Mentions

Level I Grade 4-6

First Place:  Saffie Payne,  Grade 6, South Orange Middle School

Second Place: Arielle Nogueira, Grade 6, Deerfield School, Mountainside

Level 2 Grade 7-8

First Place:  Simona Vigodner, Grade 8, Lewis F. Cole Middle School, Fort Lee

Second Place: Sophie Kambour, Grade 8, Medford Memorial Middle School, Medford

Level 3 Grade 9-12

First Place:  Su Jin Lee, Grade 10, Dream Acts Academy, Cresskill

Second Place: Jason Baretz, Grade 11, Northern Vally Regional High School

 

Level 1

Honorable

Mentions:

Troy

Krajain

Bobby’s Run School, Lumberton

Rohan

Patel

Bobby’s Run School

Grace

Keane

Borough School, Morris Plains

Nathaniel

Kolmodin

Deerfield School, Mountainside

Arielle

Nogueira

Deerfield School

April

Calish

Edgar Middle School, Metuchen

Jackson

Costello

Edgar Middle School

Megan

Shen

Edgar Middle School

Sara

Chesnick

Kellman Brown Academy, Voorhees

Kristen

Rass

 

Teddy

Deng

Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart

Isabella

DePaola

Readington Middle School, Whitehouse

Bowie

Shreiber

Readington Middle School

Allison

Vandal

Readington Middle School

Logan

Prokopik

Readington Middle School

Jesse

Tareco

Readington Middle School

Michael

Waters

Readington Middle School

Kylie

Hampton

Readington Middle School

Marco

Pelosi

Readington Middle School

Luca

Tonelli

Readington Middle School

Danny

Miller

Readington Middle School

Hudson Rose

Hassler

South Orange Middle School

Saffie

Payne

South Orange Middle School

Ethan

Goldman

South Orange Middle School

Lavanya

Jasra

St. Helena School, Edison

 

Level 2

Honorable

Mentions:

 

David

 

 

 

 

 

 Chen

 

 

 

 

 

Beck Middle School, Cherry Hill

Raelynn

Li

Brooklawn Middle School, Parsippany

Marc

Hoeltge

Central Middle School, Parsippany

Shivankar

Vajinepalli

Central Middle School

Dunya

Monamed

Central Middle School

Nicholas

Kwan

Columbia Middle School, Berkeley Heights

Sans

Yuksel

Columbia Middle School

Cassidy

Gregory

F. W. Holbein Middle School, Mount Holly

Hetal

Lad

Iselin Middle School

Elizabeth

Barash

Lewis F. Cole Middle School, Fort Lee

Jamie

Han

Lewis F. Cole Middle School

Simona

Vigodner

Lewis F. Cole Middle School

Joshua

Yoon

Lewis F. Cole Middle School

Leah

Ginion

Medford Memorial Middle School

Sophie

Kambour

Medford Memorial Middle School

Elizabeth

Denehy

Oak Knoll School, Summit

Kaela

Colyar

The Pennington School

Ryan

Totaro

The Pennington School

Amanda

Innamorato

Pequannock Valley MS, Pompton Plains

Siret

Mann

Pond Road Middle School, Robbinsville

Andrew

Laberee

Renaissance Homeschool, Medford

Emma

McTague

The Oak Knoll, Summit

Nicholas

Micheletti

The Pennington School

Emily

Raisner

Thomas Jefferson Middle, Fair Lawn

Katherine

Holmbeck

William Allen Middle School, Moorestown

Emily

Klein

William Allen Middle School

Luke

Lenny

William Allen Middle School

Devyn

Monahan

William Allen Middle School

Annie

Wixted

William Allen Middle School

 

Level 3: 

Honorable

Mentions

 

Bhaamati

 

 

 

 

 

Borkhetaria

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic HS,

Jersey City

Su Jin

Lee

Dream Acts Academy, Cresskill

Emily

Ortega

High Tech High School, North Bergen

Vivian

Qiang

High Technology HS, Lincroft

Marina

Nagib

Infinity Institute, Jersey City

Jessica

Oudhnarine

Infinity Institute

Laura

Foley

Kingsway Regional HS, Woolwich

Kiera

Hood

Kingsway Regional HS, Swedesboro

Allyson

Link

Kingsway Regional High School

Jessica

Li

Livingston High School

Claudia

Lu

Newark Academy, Livingston

Jason

Baretz

Northern Valley Reg HS, Old Tappan

Olivia

Condoleo

Northern Valley Regional High School

Charlie

Sklow

Northern Valley Regional High School

Caitlin

Ubl

Northern Valley Regional High School

Su Jin

Lee

Northern Valley Regional High School

Aaron

Acosta

Northern Valley Regional High School

Nicole

Hatano

Northern Valley Regional High School

Rebecca

Bonifacio

Northern Valley Regional High School

Julia

Heckelman

Summit High School

Emily

Chin

Summit High School

Jai

Padalkar

Summit High School

Ronzo

Cabogay

Toms River High School North

David

Casadonte

Toms River High School North

Brandon

Gayanilo

Toms River High School North

Rebecca

Hansson

Toms River High School North

Jeong

Song

Toms River High School North

Faith

Hoatson

Toms River High School North

Jena

Kapp

Toms River High School North

 

Click here to read Saffie Payne's winning Level I letter to Ellen Hopkins.

Click here to read Simona Vigodner's winning Level II letter to Ruta Sepetys.

Click here to read Su Jin Lee's winning Level III letter to Amy Tan.

 
Miss Rumphius 2014

The Miss Rumphius Award

NJ Center for the Book Seeks missrumphiusAward Nominees

Do you know a creative school librarian, media specialist, or public librarian?

The New Jersey Center for the Book is currently seeking nominations for its Miss Rumphius Award. 

Based on the title character of Barbara Cooney’s wonderful book, Miss Rumphius, which won the National Book Award in 1983, this award honors librarians, school media specialists, and educators who are stellar in spreading ideas and literacy. 

The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, September 26, 2014. The nominee must be employed in New Jersey as a professional librarian or certified educator, and must have developed creative activities using Internet resources for learning and literacy.  The activity should be collaborative, innovative, and able to be replicated by other librarians and educators.

The nominee must be willing to help produce his or her program for other classrooms and/or libraries. A monetary amount of $200.00 and a NJCFB Miss Rumphius Award certificate will be presented to the recipient at the New Jersey Association of School Librarians Fall Conference (NJASL) at Ocean Place Resort and Spa, Long Branch, NJ on Sunday, October 26, 2014.

The nomination shall include: the full name of the nominee and the place of employment; shall describe the activity or program in complete detail; shall describe the setting in which it takes place; shall indicate the collaborative aspects; shall indicate the innovative aspects of the program or activity and indicate how it can be replicated; shall include the full name and title of the nominator with address, email, phone number and fax number; shall include a letter of support from an administrator, from a former or current student, from a client or patron, or from a member of the staff..

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, September 26, 2014. Either mail or PDF files are acceptable for submission. 

Send to/Questions:      Carol Phillips, 51 Winton Road, East Brunswick, NJ  08816

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Miss Rumphius Award Winners

2007 Jacqueline E. Gould, Clearview Regional School

2008 Michelle Marhefka, Clearview Middle School

2010 Dana Sheridan, Cotsen Children's Library, Princeton University

2011 Kim Zito, Crossroads Middle School, South Brunswick

2012 LaDawna Harrington, Millburn High School, Millburn, NJ

 
Literary Celebration at Newark Public Library

 

New Jersey Center for the Book

Statewide Literary Celebration 

for the 350th Anniversary Year of the State of New Jersey

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. 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.

 

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Trinka Hakes Noble at Newark Public Library

 

New Jersey’s awarding winning children’s author of The Legend of the Jersey Devil and The People of Twelve Thousand Winters, Trinka Hakes Noble was present and available to autograph books purchased. 

 To the children’s gleeful smiles a visit by George Washington, re-enactor Bill Agress, delighted everyone with tales of the crossing of the Delaware and the important role that New Jersey played in the Revolutionary War.  The Navesink Maritime Historical Association discussed maritime programs that teach wooden boat building and boat handling skills plus showcased the importance of books, writers and libraries for historical research.  The New Jersey Center for the Book featured displays of their many programs including information on Letters about Literature and previous National Book Festival Pavilion of the States displays including this year’s 2013 theme celebrating New Jersey’s 350th Birthday which featured Trinka Hakes Noble’s book The Scarlet Stocking Spy. https://www.njcenterforthebook.org/images/news_events/NPL350/george.jpg George Washington re-enactor Bill Agress

 


In the early afternoon This is New Jersey: 350 Years of Garden State History gallery tour was offered in the third floor gallery. This display is titled after one of John T. Cunningham’s books and includes excerpts from his books.  This display will be on view during regular library hours until December 2014.

 The afternoon program featured the twelve New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary Grant Recipients of $500.  This grant offered public libraries the opportunity to provide free programs to the public celebrating 350 years of the state of New Jersey.  The Master of Ceremonies was Dr. Gus Friedrich, Dean Emeritus Rutgers School of Communication and Information.  The program began with the Honor Guard of the New Jersey Regiment, the “Jersey Blues” a member unit of the Brigade of the American Revolution followed by the singing of The Star Spangled Banner by Josephine Quaye. 

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Dr. Gus Friedrich

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Wilma Grey, Director of NPL

 General remarks were given by Wilma Grey, Director, of the Newark Public Library.  The keynote address was entitled: “Newark Through the Ages” delivered by Elizabeth Del Tufo, President of the Newark Preservation and Landmarks committee.
 The presentations of the Anniversary Grants were given by Dr. Betty Turock, Professor Emerita Rutgers School of Communication and Information and Past President of the American Library Association to the following libraries: Woodbury Public Library, Gloucester County; West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library, Mercer County; Bergenfield Public Library, Bergen County; Maplewood Memorial Library, Essex County; Wayne Public Library, Passaic County; Jersey City Free Public Library, Hudson County; Monroe Township Library, Middlesex County; Atlantic County Library System, Atlantic County; Parsippany Troy-Hills Public Library, Morris County; Union Public Library, Union County; Bridgeton Free Public Library, Cumberland County and Warren County Library, Warren County.
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 A reception followed the presentations of grants launching the 2014 Literary Celebration of the 350th Anniversary of the state of New Jersey.

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Maplewood Librarian

 

 
Special Grant Opportunity

 

 New Jersey 350th Anniversary Grant
for New Jersey's Public Libraries

New Jersey Center for the Book Announces Grant Recipients

The New Jersey Center for the Book is pleased to announce the twelve libraries that have been selected as recipients of its Anniversary Grants of $500.  These twelve Honor Libraries, together with those that submitted applications, will be part of the publicity and the New Jersey Center for the Book Statewide Library Initiative to commemorate the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey at the Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

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Together, we present a vibrant cross section of the vital role libraries play as the cultural and community centers for the people of our great state as we mark the contributions and the rich literary heritage of New Jersey. 

Renee Swartz
Chair and State Coordinator
New Jersey Center for the Book
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  The twelve selected Honor Libraries:

 

LIBRARY

COUNTY

Woodbury Public Library

 

Gloucester

West Windsor Branch,
Mercer County Library

Mercer

Bergenfield Public Library

 

Bergen

Maplewood Memorial Library

 

Essex

Wayne Public Library

 

Passaic

Jersey City Free Public Library

 

Hudson

Monroe Township Library

 

Middlesex

Atlantic County Library System

 

Atlantic

Parsippany Troy-Hills Public Library

 

Morris

Union Public Library

 

Union

Bridgeton Free Public Library

 

Cumberland

Warren County Library

 

Warren

 

Click to read the announcement letter sent to each recipient library director 

 

 Click here for a schedule of local presentations for Grant Winning Libraries

Click here for a schedule of local presntations for Non-Grant Winning Libraries

 The Grant Recipients and their Projects

 

Bridgeton Free Public Library 

On April 26, 2014 the Bridgeton Free Public Library will present  a program entitled “Hard Times for These American Hard Times.” This will entail a Victorian tea hosted by four characters from the book Hard Times by Charles Dickens. As participants arrive they will be escorted to one of four tables presided over by the women. The participants will spend fifteen minutes at the table, a bell will ring and they will move to the next table until they have conversed with each of the women. Each character have scripts to enable them to speak to their guests about how the hard times represented in Dickens’ novel parallel events in our own time.  

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 West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library

The West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library System caters to a very diverse community; and we make it our mission to satisfy the educational, informational, recreational and cultural needs of our diverse community.

Commemorating New Jersey's 350th anniversary we will host Dennis Waters, Lawrenceville historian, who will give a presentation about the “Pole Farm;” Clifford W. Zink, noted architectural historian, will speak about the production of the wires and ropes that make suspension bridge construction possible. The program will culminate with a radio play, entitled “The Wizard of Menlo Park” presented by Raconteur Radio. 

 

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Woodbury Public Library

The Woodbury Public Library serves all residents of Gloucester County.  The mission of the Library is to provide an environment where lifelong habits of learning, self-improvement and self-expression are encouraged.  For our project, author Kristine Bowe and illustrator Jim McHugh bring us two programs for all ages.  Ms. Bowe’s will allow participants to choose from a plot diagram and menu to create a story including many facets of New Jersey’s history, while Mr. McHugh’s program takes a more lighthearted look at some famous New Jersey figures and invites participants to make them into super-heroes featured in their own comic strip.

 
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Maplewood Memorial Library

Maplewood Ideas Festival - March 31-April 12, 2014
Maplewood Literary Award – Inaugural recipient – Judith Viorst
April 5, 2014 2pm – Awards Ceremony, Author Talk and Reception

 

In April of 2014, Maplewood Memorial Library will hold its first Maplewood Ideas Festival.  This special community event will celebrate the culmination of our Centennial year. Maplewood is a community rich in culture and creativity. It is home to many successful authors, playwrights, filmmakers, journalists and visual artists.  The Festival will highlight these talented individuals with two weeks of panels, readings and performances.    The highlight--one we hope to make an ongoing feature--will be the presentation of a Local Literary Award.  In 2014, the award will go to renowned author, Judith Viorst.  

 

 

 

Maplewood

Union Public Library

The Union Public Library serves a multicultural community of 55,000 with the Main Library and its Vauxhall Branch. This area once stood directly in the path of British and Hessian forces intent on advancing to General Washington's encampment in Morristown. To commemorate 350 years of New Jersey history, the library will present "James Caldwell: The Fighting Parson of the Revolution" a series of free public programs, exhibits and a walking tour. A half mile from where the library stands lays the site of the significant, 1780 battle of Connecticut Farms which took the life of Caldwell's wife, Hannah. He participated in the Battle of Springfield just 16 days after his wife's death.

 
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Bergenfield Public Library

 

Thanks to funds provided by the New Jersey Center for the Book Grant, the Bergenfield Public Library will exhibit “Dear Bergenfield: Greetings from World War II” a collection of letters, V-Mail and greeting cards from local servicemen stationed throughout the U.S. and abroad. The Library will host an oral presentation in connection with the exhibition display on April 6, 2014 to bring the stories of these letter writers alive. Students, veterans, public officials and community leaders will read a selection of the correspondence aloud, providing a compelling account of the home front effort and young New Jerseayans that fought the Second World War.

 
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Wayne Public Library

Wayne Public Library’s 350th Anniversary of the State of New Jersey Celebrations

In early spring (we are still negotiating the exact date) the Wayne Public Library and the Wayne Historical Commission will hold a Dutch Colonial tea at the HighSocieTea House.  The tea party will feature teas from that time period and Dutch sweets made from authentic Dutch recipes.

 

There will be lesson plans handed out to the middle school social studies teachers which will highlight The Dutch Colonial influence on the history of New Jersey.

On November 6, 2014 a program for adults will take place at the Main Library and will feature the Dutch Colonial influences in both Wayne, NJ and New Jersey History.  The program will be a PowerPoint presentation with actual artifacts from the Schuyler-Colfax house followed by a question and period.

 
 
 
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Atlantic County Library

The Atlantic County Library System celebrates New Jersey’s 350th anniversary with two events.  Judy Courter will present her book Fred and Ethel Noyes of Smithville, N.J.: The Artist and the Entrepreneur.  The Noyes’ creation of Smithville and the Noyes Museum of Art made a great impact to South Jersey’s culture and economy.

 

Dr. Richard V. Porcelli will discuss his book Naval Air Station about naval pilots during World War II.  The air station, now a part of the FAA, contributes to the nation’s Homeland Security.

 

A bibliography will be prepared and local history books will be purchased.

 

 

 Atlantic County

 

Parsippany Library

 

NJ Center for the Book Grant

Date of Proposed Event: May 2014

 

Brief Description of the Event:  The Parsippany Library will host a celebration of Parsippany's past for   children, teenagers, and adults.   The Parsippany Historical and Preservation Society and the Mount Tabor Historical Society will loan items to the library for a historic exhibit that will include Native American artifacts, furniture, clothing, jewelry, and photographs.  These items will provide a visual portrayal of Parsippany through the centuries. Volunteers from the town's historical organizations will act as docents to guide visitors through the exhibit. This event will be held during National Historic Preservation Week .

 

As part of this program, teens and adults will have the unique opportunity to create a time capsule that will preserve their present memories. Children will be invited to create a time capsule with symbols that represent their life at school, home, and play.  They will be asked to write a letter describing life in Parsippany now and how they think the town will change in 50 years.  This activity will help children realize the importance of history and remembering our past while looking forward to the future of New Jersey.

 

The grant funds will be used to purchase children’s materials on New Jersey history.  These materials will aid the children in completing their school assignments while raising historical awareness with their families.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parsippany

Jersey City Free Public Library

On October 11, 2014 The New Jersey Room will celebrate New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary as it celebrates its own 50th Anniversary. The Library had acquired the vast collection of the Hudson County Historical Society (1908-mid-1950s) as well as the collection of William Richardson, Jersey City official historian until his death in 1937. With these two collections and a small collection already in the Library’s Reference Department, it was decided a department devoted exclusively to New Jersey history was called for and, thus, established in 1964. It boasts hand-written documents as well as printed material dating to the 1600s. New Jersey historian Jim Madden and his co-author, from central New Jersey, Joe Bilby, will be on hand to discuss their book published by the History Press chronicling NJ’s first 350 years, with a special emphasis on Jersey City and Hudson County events.

 
 
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Monroe Township Public Library
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Angus Kress Gillespie, Ph.D.
Professor of American Studies, Rutgers University
The New Jersey Turnpike

Through a series of compelling, sometimes frightening and often humorous anecdotes, Gillespie conveys the flavor of a massive turnpike-what is looks like, what it feels like, what it smells like, what it means. Based on his award-winning book, Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike, co-authored with Michael Aaron Rockland, Gillespie tells about the physical characteristics of the road. The engineers, who built it, in the spirit of their time, were seeking efficiency at the expense of aesthetics and the environment. The Turnpike is quite possibly American's most important road, certainly its most traveled. Here the Turnpike is described not only as a physical artifact but as an emblem of American ideas and values.

 

 

 

 
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Warren County Library 

 

 

A Celebration of Warren County’s Agricultural Heritage

In honor of the 350th anniversary of New Jersey’s founding, the Warren County Library is planning a program that will acknowledge the role of agriculture in the development of the area, noting various ways this diverse field has changed over time while continuing to be an integral part of the Warren County community.  On May 31st we will hold a day-long exhibition featuring activities for all ages.  Because some of the activities will be held outdoors, June 7th has been set as a rain date.  The event will include the following activities:

·         Farm Showcase:  County farms will be invited to put up table displays showcasing their history and / or products.  This will include an invitation to a group dedicated to restoring and preserving a historic farmstead in the county.

·         Display of antique tractors and farm equipment

·         Livestock petting zoo

·         A local author will speak about his research into the history of local farms.  He has compiled a DVD that can be shown on a loop throughout the day.

·         A representative from the Barn Quilt Association of New Jersey to speak about the barn quilt project, several examples of which are located in Warren County.  We are also planning to add a barn quilt to one of our branch libraries that is housed in a former farm market building.  If possible, that barn quilt will be on display that day before being moved to its permanent home.

·         Exhibit of photographs taken by county residents and featuring activities related to agriculture in Warren County.

·         Fun activities for young children such as large animal cut-outs in which they can pose for photos, and a farm-themed storytime.

·         Our featured book display for the month of May will focus on New Jersey, i.e. events that have taken place here, New Jersey authors, books with a New Jersey setting, etc.

·         In honor of Walt Whitman’s birthday on May 31st, a reading of selections from Leaves of Grass will take place outdoors on the grass.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 On behalf of the New Jersey Center for the Book I thank the Selection Committee:.   

·       Betty Turock, Committee Chair, Professor and Dean Emerita Rutgers
   SCI, Past President, ALA 

·       Gus Friedrich, Dean Emeritus, Rutgers SCI

·       Wilma Grey, Director, Newark Public Library

·       Marianne Gaunt, Vice President for Information Services and University
   Librarian, Rutgers University

 

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Participating Libraries

 

Atlantic County Library System

Belleville Public Library

Bergenfield Public Library

Bernardsville Free Public Library

Bloomingdale Free Public Library

Bridgeton Free Public Library

Chester Library

Clark Public Library

Cranbury Public Library

Dover Free Public Library

East Brunswick Public Library

Elizabeth Public Library

Fort Lee Public Library

Franklin Township Library

Glen Ridge Library

Glen Rock Public Library

Jersey City Public Library

Kenilworth Public Library

Lawrence Headquarters, Mercer County Library

Lincoln Park Public Library

Long Branch Free Public Library

Maplewood Memorial Library

Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library

Middletown Township Public Library

Monmouth County Library

Monroe Township Library

Morristown & Morris Township Library

 

 
  

 

Mount Laurel Library 

Newark Public Library

North Arlington Public Library

Nutley Public Library

Oradell Public Library

Parsippany Troy-Hills Public Library

Pennington Public Library

Piscataway Public Library

Ridgefield Park Public Library

Ringwood Public Library

Robbinsville Branch, Mercer County Library

Sayerville Free Public Library

South Brunswick Public Library

South Orange Public Library

Springfield Free Public Library

Trenton Free Public Library

Union Public Library

Warren County Library

Warren Township Library

Washington Township Public Library

Wayne Public Library

Weehawken Free Public Library

West Caldwell Public Library

West Deptford Public Library

West Windsor Branch, Mercer County Library

Westville Public Library

William E. Dermody Free Public Library

Woodbury Public Library

 

 NJMapThe New Jersey Center for the Book is pleased to announce an exciting 2014 initiative to support the yearlong statewide celebration of the 350th anniversary of the founding of the State of New Jersey. We invite you to participate and to make this a showcase to include all 350 public library members that are now part of the state network of the New Jersey Center for the Book and to become active participants in this celebration.


The NJCFB is sponsoring a grant program that offers public libraries the opportunity to apply for $500 grants to allow them to provide free programs to the public celebrating 350 years of the state of NJ. This grant includes hosting an emerging or established New Jersey author/illustrator, or hosting an exhibition of historical relevance to that library’s area of the state.

The New Jersey State Library is partially funding this initiative to encourage your library’s participation and to make it possible for the public libraries of the state to plan for this most significant historical event. This announcement is being posted now to give ample time for planning participatory events for the patrons of our state’s libraries.

commonsThe grant program is open to all public libraries in the state. The New Jersey Center for the Book, through a mailing from the State Library, is sending grant applications via email now, with a deadline for return of the grant submissions by October 1, 2013. Please indicate the date you have selected for your program to avoid conflicts with other libraries.

Announcement and public notice of 12 winning entries from the 350 honorary public libraries of the state of New Jersey will be posted on the NJCFB website and listservs on October 30, 2013.


The NJCFB will partner with Grounds for Sculpture at a statewide daylong literary festival at which the 12 grant winning libraries will be featured. Saturday, October 18, 2014 is the date for this event. In addition, all other library entries will be part of an exhibit. All libraries that participated will be listed in the publicity and public relations efforts that the NJCFB circulates throughout the state of New Jersey during the calendar year 2014.shore

The New Jersey Center for the Book is looking forward to the participation of all 350 honorary public libraries that have become a part of the NJCFB statewide network. It will be a significant opportunity for New Jersey’s libraries to partner with the Center for the Book in celebrating 350 years of our great state of New Jersey.

Best wishes,

Renee Swartz
Founder and Chair, NJ Center for the Book

                       

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Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies

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Our Newest Literary Landmark
Dedicated on October 23, 2013

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In addition to being the world’s largest collection of jazz-related materials, the Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS) can add yet another distinction to its name. The New Jersey Center for the Book (NJCFB) has designated IJS a New Jersey literary landmark. The NJCFB is the state chapter of the national Center for the Book, which is headquartered at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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The designation seeks to honor New Jersey’s rich literary history by focusing on special locations or institutions. Past designees have included the Walt Whitman House in Camden, the Newark Public Library, the Paterson Public Library, the oldest continually functioning library in the state, and the Joyce Kilmer tree at Rutgers University.

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The Institute of Jazz Studies is the world’s foremost general collection related to the history and study of jazz, used by researchers from around the world. In addition to the extensive collection of books and journals, there are more than 100 dsdistinct archival collections, including personal papers, music manuscripts, and memorabilia, belonging to jazz greats from Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Lester Young to Roy Eldridge, Abbey Lincoln and Mary Lou Williams, as well as musical scores, and more than 100,000 sound recordings, from cylinders to digital media. IJS has been consulted by researchers and writers for more than 150 books written on the subject of jazz over the last 30 years, as well as major documentaries on the subject, including Ken Burns’ PBS documentary series Jazz and numerous other PBS and NPR documentaries. IJS has also regularly provided research assistance for a range of other media outlets.

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IJS was the sixth awardee in the eleven years that the NJCFB has been in operation. The celebration included an official ceremony to mark the designation with Renee Swartz, chair and coordinator of NJCFB, presenting the award.

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The Literary Landmark designation program was held on Wednesday, October 23 at 1:30 p.m. in the Dana Room, Dana Library, Newark.  The Literary Landmark ceremony was followed by a concert by jazz artist pianist and singer Daryl Sherman by two other musicians.  The concert concluded with a Q and A with Daryl, which is customary for the many concerts programs at the IJS.  A reception for all concluded the event.  The concert also celebrated the opening of an exhibition at the Dana Library on the history of the IJS curated by IJS archivist Tad Hershorn.  

 

Thanks to all for their participation in this very special event
to honor a great New Jersey Institution !

 

 

  

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Marianne Gaunt, Rutgers Vice
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Dr. Betty Turock, Board Chair Renee Swartz, Jeanne E. Boyle, Interim
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Dr. Todd R. Clear, Interim
Chancellor, Rutgers-Newark 

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The NJCFB’s mission is to “celebrate books, libraries and the diverse literary heritage of New Jersey.” The broad collections at IJS pay tribute to national and local jazz musicians and offer a rich history of jazz that has produced much scholarship.

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The NJCFB is housed at the School of Communication and Information, on Rutgers New Brunswick campus. The National Center for the Book program began in 1977 and now has chapters in all 52 states and territories.

 

 

 

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JUST FOR TEENS !

 Check out a great collection of books
for young adults about jazz compiled
especially  for this occasion
by Sharon Rawlins

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Teachers --
The Smithsonian Institution has resources for your students' introduction to jazz!

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In this music activity, students will learn how to listen to and appreciate authentic jazz recordings by listening to fifteen recordings by jazz greats and reading brief introductions that discuss the relevance of the songs as well as how to listen to them.

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Click to visit the Smithsonian's jazz reource for teachers

 
 
 
 
Library Champion Award 2012

Renee Swartz, Chairperson of the New Jersey Center for the Book, received the New Jersey Library Champion of the Year Award for 2012 at the New Jersey Library Association Conference in Atlantic City which was held at the Revel Resort from June 4 to June 6.

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New Jersey Center for the Book State Reception

Certificates of Recognition at 2012 NJLA Conference

On Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. during the NJLA Conference, the New Jersey Center for the Book hosted a reception to honor the 344 public libraries in the state of New Jersey by awarding them a certificate of honorary membershjip in the New Jersey Center for the Book. The reception was held in the perfunction area outside Ovation Hall at 11:00 am on Tuesday, June 5th.

A personal invitation was sent to every library director.

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Mission and History


New Jersey Center for the Book

The State Affiliate of the Library of Congress’

Centers for the Book

2001 ~ 2014

 

The New Jersey Center for the Book's mission is to celebrate books, reading, libraries, and the diverse literary heritage of New Jersey and to provide multiple ways to highlight avenues for literacy in the Garden State.

 

NJCFB/Library of Congress NJ Literary Landmark Designations

2002  Newark Public Library

2004  Paterson Public Library

2006  Rutgers University Joyce Kilmer Tree

2009  Walt Whitman House, Camden, NJ

The New Jersey Center for the Book commemorated Walt Whitman's contribution to American letters and to New Jersey’s literary history by designating the Walt Whitman House in Camden a New Jersey Literary Landmark.  The ceremony took place on Friday, November 13, 2009, from 11:00am to 2:00pm, on the Rutgers University Camden campus, attended by 1000, a collaboration of educators, library professionals, public officials, students and the general public.

http://www.njcenterforthebook.org/content/view/122/

 

2013  Institute of Jazz Studies, John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers Newark

Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies

The purpose of this program was to showcase the world class Jazz Institute at the Dana Library in Newark, NJ, attended by over 300 to emphasize music literacy and to bring attention to the world-class research center and music library.

http://www.njcenterforthebook.org/content/view/198/

 

 2014   Declaring the New Jersey Audubon Cape May Bird Observatory a Literary Landmark on October 25, 2014  

Honoring Peter Dunne, author, lecturer and founder of the Cape May Bird Observatory and the legacy of environmental writers from the Cape May area. 

 

Events

*2001  NJCFB INAUGURATION  Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and   showcasing NJ's own Floyd Cooper, renowned children's book illustrator

2002-2013  National Book Festival, Pavilion of the States, Washington, D.C. – Library of Congress Partner

2007 A Stellar Science Spectacular

The purpose of this collaboration with the famed Liberty Science Center of NJ, was to bring national attention to the need for a more prominent place for science literacy in the curriculum development. More than 300 New Jersey educators, librarians and school administrators participated in the Stellar Science Spectacular at Liberty Science Center September 25, 2007.

http://www.njcenterforthebook.org/content/view/24/


2010  Science is FUNdamental!  Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan

The purpose of this event was to place a sustainable interest on the focus of the continuing importance of science literacy to have a more prominent significance in national curriculum development.   The New Jersey Center for the Book collaborated with The Robotics Club of New Jersey, representatives from Camp Evans, a national telecommunications site located in New Jersey, local physics and math teachers. This was a follow-up to the Liberty Science Center collaboration in science that took place in 2007. There were over 1,000 attendees.

http://www.njcenterforthebook.org/content/view/154/

2011  NJCFB’s 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, New Brunswick

 

2012  Food for Thought ~ Food as Science, Food as Culture, Food as Career: What’s on Your Plate?

Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan

 

The purpose of this program was to stress the importance of nutrition literacy as a national forum for the general public, educators, librarians and public officials, attended by 1150.

http://www.njcenterforthebook.org/content/view/182/


 

2013  *Entertainment & Symposium on the History of Jazz and the prominence of this national jazz institution ~ Institute of Jazz Studies, John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers Newark 

 

2014   Launch of the NJCFB 350TH State of New Jersey Anniversary Celebration - January 18, 2014 - held at Newark Public Library (Partnering with the Newark Public Library, the New Jersey Historical Commission, and the 350 Public Libraries in the State of New Jersey. See NJCFB website (http://www.njcenterforthebook.org) and Newark Public Library Press Release (http://www.npl.org/Pages/ProgramsExhibits/PressReleases/NJ350pr.pdf).

 

2014   NJCFB statewide literary celebration of the 350TH Anniversary of the State of New Jersey,  October 18, 2014 - Showcasing twelve NJ grant winning honor libraries, NJ authors, musical  entertainment, and a day-long program in formation followed by a reception at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ. Open to the public.

 

Participation

2010 - National Book Festival Pavilion of States, Washington, D.C.

2011 - National Book Festival Pavilion of States, Washington, D.C. 

2012 - National Book Festival Pavilion of States, Washington, D.C.

2013 - National Book Festival Pavilion of States, Washington, D.C.  

2014 - National Book Festival Pavilion of States, Washington, D.C.  (August 30, 2014)

 

Writer's Craft

2003  Literary Map of New Jersey, Bernardsville Public Library, NJ

Literary Map of New Jersey November 13, 2003 at the historic Bernardsville Public Library.

The purpose of this event was to celebrate the completion of a literary map discovered in the archives of the Historical Society dating from 1958. Professor Emerita and retiring Associate Dean Betty Turock of SCILS chaired this project with John Cunningham, a prominent New Jersey historian. The event was held on November 13, 2003, at the historic Bernardsville Public Library with Amy Schapiro, New Jersey author, discussing her celebrated biography, Millicent Fenwick: Her Way. This collaboration was with the historic Bernardsville Public Library in honoring Sen. Millicent Fenwick.  The map was framed and distributed to 50 libraries around the state.

http://www.njcenterforthebook.org/content/view/57/

 

2003  9th Annual NJ Book Arts Symposium: Styles of Collecting, Styles of the Book, John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers, Newark 

 

2004  NJ Writers, a series of Teacher Workshops, Princeton Public Library

The purpose of this series of three teacher workshops at the Princeton Public Library for young writers K – 3, was a  collaboration to polish their skills in their creativity in curriculum development for this age group. CEU credits awarded at conclusion of program.  Program designed and conducted by Bev Gallagher (New Jersey Teacher of the Year, 2000) and attended by 52 teachers and librarians.

 

2005  NJ Notable Books, 1995-2005

2005  Creative Writing and Artwork from Youth in the New Jersey Juvenile Justice System  New Jersey State Library, Trenton. 

Program showcased the state-wide exhibit that launched a traveling program around the state, featuring keynote speaker Mary T. Previte, Assemblywoman for Legislative District 6 for four terms and the Administrator of the Camden County Youth Center.  The purpose was to focus attention on the need to encourage literacy in this population. The purpose was to focus attention on the need to encourage literacy in this population.

http://www.njcenterforthebook.org/content/view/46/

 

2006  Celebration of NJ Authors:  Book Arts Panel Discussion, Rutgers Award for Distinguished Literature for Children and Young Adults to author Jim Murphy, Alexander Library, Rutgers

2007  An Evening of Poetry with David Tucker, winner of the Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize for Poetry and a 2007 Library of Congress Witter Bynner Fellow, Writer's House, Rutgers

 

Awards

 

2003  Senate Resolution No, 121, State of New Jersey, 210th Legislature

Designates week of May 12 through May 18, 2003 as "Center for the Book Week" in New Jersey

See: ftp://www.njleg.state.nj.us/20022003/SR/121_I1.HTM

 

Literary Lion Award  (see below)

 

Miss Rumphius Award to honor librarians, school media specialists and educators for the spreading of ideas and literacy, and perpetuating excellence in the librarian profession. Named in honor of Caroline B. Cooney's book, Miss Rumphius.

  • 2007  Jacqueline E. Gould, Clearview Regional High School, Mullica Hill
  • 2008  Michelle Marhefka, Clearview Middle School, Mullica Hill
  • 2010  Dana Sheridan, Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University
  • 2011  Kim Zito, Crossroads Middle School, South Brunswick Township
  • 2012  LaDawna Harrington, Millburn High School, Millburn

 

 

Rutgers Award for Distinguished Literature for Children and Young Adults

  • 2006 Jim Murphy, Alexander Library, Rutgers University Libraries
  • 2011 Walter Dean Myers, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University

 

Recognizing excellence in the library profession in NJ:

 

Academic

2005-2012  Beta Phi Mu International Library Honor Society/NJCFB Annual Lecture and reception honoring academic excellence, Alexander Library, Rutgers University

 

Education and Symposia

Developing programs and symposia for continuing education and professional development CEU credit for library professionals and educators.

2004  NJ Writers a series of Teacher Workshops, Princeton Public Library

2007  Liberty Science Center  Stellar Science Spectacular

2008  Newark Public Library  Showcasing Information Literacies: New Dimensions 2008

The purpose of this celebration was the rededication of the Newark Public Library as a Literary Landmark by the New Jersey Center for the Book, another stellar spectacular, Showcasing Information Literacies: New Dimensions 2008 was attended by 850 enthusiastic educators, administrators, and librarians.

http://www.njcenterforthebook.org/content/view/14/


Program: http://www.njcenterforthebook.org/images/news_events/Oct22Program.pdf 


 

Leadership

Literary Lion Award crafted to recognize NJ's groundbreaking inspiration and leadership statewide and nationally for the library profession.

 

2006  Gus Friedrich, Dean Emerita, Rutgers SCILS

2007  Eleanor Horne, Vice President of the Educational Testing Service Social Investment Fund

2008  Wilma Gray, Director, Newark Public Libraries, bringing skills and imagination to her leadership role in the urban environment

2009  Dr. Betty Turock, Dean Emerita, Rutgers SCILS, Past President ALA

2010  Hon. Renee B. Swartz, Trustee Emerita National Board Institute of Museum and Library Service,  Chair, NJCFB, Monmouth County Library Commission and NJ Advisory Council.

2011  Honorable Riletta Cream, Retired Camden County Freeholder and educator

2012  Marianne Gaunt, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Rutgers         University, Past President of the National Association of Research Libraries

2013 Pat Morris, Executive Director, NJ Connections

 

2012 Verizon Library Champion in the State of New Jersey Award

Presented to Renee B. Swartz at the New Jersey Library Association Conference, Atlantic City

 

Letters About Literature

 

The Library of Congress/NJCFB 50 State National Reading/Writing Competition for students in grades 4-12. Annual program state-wide throughout the New Jersey School System, with over 4,000 young people entered each year.  Annual reception held to present the Governor’s Certificates to honor each year’s 75 finalists.

 

Receptions hosted by:

2003  Educational Testing Service, Princeton

2004  Educational Testing Service, Princeton

2005  Educational Testing Service, Princeton

2006  Drumthwacket, Princeton, the Governor's Official Residence

2007  National Semi-Finalist & Level III Winner [1 of 3 Semi-Finalists Nationally]; Winants Hall, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

2008  National Honorable Mention & Level III Winner [1 of 6 Honorable Mentions Nationally]; Winants Hall, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

2009  National First Place Winner & Level III First Place Winner [Chosen 1st of 60,000 entries in the U.S.! Winning $10,000 for his Municipal Library]; Winants Hall, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

2010  Level III National Honor Winner; Drumthwacket, Princeton; First Lady Mary Pat Christie, Officiating

2011  New Jersey Teacher of the Year Award; Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton

2012  Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

2013  Garden for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ 

 2014  Letters About Literature Awards Program, May 13, 2014   Arrive after 2 PM, Program 3 - 5 pm

Governor certificates of merit awarded to 75 Library of Congress talented young writers of the state of New Jersey. Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ. 

 

Communications

 

2013 - Launched a Social Media initiative in addition to other communication and outreach tools, to better serve our 355 public libraries, academic community, political officials and citizens across the State, with a presence on Facebook and Twitter, and initiating our own statewide listserv and web based email marketing tool.


Partnerships

2012 - NJCFB Ceremony/Presentation of Certificates of Honorary Membership at a reception for the 344 Public Libraries of New Jersey at the NJLA Conference, Revel Hotel, Atlantic City. This inaugurated a powerful literary force for the New Jersey Center for the Book in the state of New Jersey.

2013 – NJCFB sponsored a grant program for public libraries to be a part of the NJCFB 350th Literary Celebration of the state of New Jersey offering $500 for each winning library for free programs to the public celebrating 350 years of the state of NJ during the 2014 calendar year. 

                      Fifty-six libraries submitted applications from all parts of the state. The 12 winning libraries were selected and others who wish to participate will showcase at the Grounds for Sculpture Reception on October 18, 2014.

 

            NJCFB Grant Winners

Atlantic County Library System, Bergenfield Public Library, Bridgeton Free Public Library, Jersey City Free Public Library, Maplewood Memorial Library, Monroe Township Library, Parsippany Troy-Hills Public Library, Union Public Library, Warren County Library, Wayne Public Library, West Windsor Branch, Mercer County Library, Woodbury Public Library. 

 

ClClick here for a listing of all partners.

 

2014 - NJCFB 350TH State of New Jersey Anniversary Celebration

                        On January 18, 2014, the NJCFB launched an event at the Newark Public Library (Partnering with the Newark Public Library, the New Jersey Historical Commission, and the 350 Public Libraries in the State of New Jersey.  Program featuring NJ authors in a lecture series for all ages).

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. 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.  New Jersey’s awarding winning children’s author of The Legend of the Jersey Devil and The People of Twelve Thousand Winters, Trinka Hankes Noble was present and available to autograph books purchased.  To the children’s gleeful smiles a visit by George Washington, re-enactor Bill Agress, delighted everyone with tales of the crossing of the Delaware and the important role that New Jersey played in the Revolutionary War.  The Navesink Maritime Historical Association discussed maritime programs that teach wooden boat building and boat handling skills plus showcased the importance of books, writers and libraries for historical research.  The New Jersey Center for the Book featured displays of their many programs including information on Letters about Literature and previous National Book Festival Pavilion of the States displays including this year’s 2013 theme celebrating New Jersey’s 350th Birthday which featured Trinka Hankes Noble’s book The Scarlet Stocking Spy.

In the early afternoon This is New Jersey: 350 Years of Garden State History gallery tour was offered in the third floor gallery. This display is titled after one of John T. Cunningham’s books and includes excerpts from his books.  This display will be on view during regular library hours until December 2014.

         The afternoon program featured the twelve New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary Grant Recipients of $500.  This grant offered public libraries the opportunity to provide free programs to the public celebrating 350 years of the state of New Jersey.  The Master of Ceremonies was Dr. Gus Friedrich, Dean Emeritus Rutgers School of Communication and Information.  The program began with the Honor Guard of the New Jersey Regiment, the “Jersey Blues” a member unit of the Brigade of the American Revolution followed by the singing of  The Star Spangled Banner by Josephine Quaye.  General remarks were given by Wilma Grey, Director, of the Newark Public Library.  The keynote address was entitled: “Newark Through the Ages” delivered by Elizabeth Del Tufo, President of the Newark Preservation and Landmarks committee. The presentations of the Anniversary Grants were given by Dr. Betty Turock, Professor Emerita Rutgers School of Communication and Information and Past President of the American Library Association to the following libraries: Woodbury Public Library, Gloucester County; West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library, Mercer County; Bergenfield Public Library, Bergen County; Maplewood Memorial Library, Essex County; Wayne Public Library, Passaic County; Jersey City Free Public Library, Hudson County; Monroe Township Library, Middlesex County; Atlantic County Library System, Atlantic County; Parsippany Troy-Hills Public Library, Morris County; Union Public Library, Union County; Bridgeton Free Public Library, Cumberland County and Warren County Library, Warren County. A reception followed the presentations of grants launching the 2014 Literary Celebration of the 350th Anniversary of the state of New Jersey.

 

Click here for schedule of local presentations by grant winners.

Click here for schedule of local presentations by non-grant winners.

 

 

 
A Year in the Life of the Center, 2011
  

The Essence of a Year in the Life of the

New Jersey Center for the Book

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by Pat Morris

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The New Jersey Center for the Book completed its tenth year as a vibrant organization under the extraordinarily capable direction of the chair, Renee B. Swartz, and succeeding in its mission to provide multiple ways to highlight avenues for literacy in the Garden State.

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What teachers tell us about
Letters about Literature

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"The day I asked for volunteers to read their letters aloud in class was the kind of day teachers need from time to time; it confirmed why I teach and why I love to teach language arts! I would not have traded places that day with anyone on earth, for I cannot imagine a more poignant moment than that. Thank you for sponsoring this wonderful contest!”

—Cita Smith, Tuscaloosa Academy, Tuscaloosa, AL

There was a 'buzz' in the air when we lived out our LAL days! They were excited to share their opinions and talk to the author. . . . I now encourage mys tudents to read books in a new light. It has enhanced my curriculum, becoming a major part of it. LAL gave reluctant reders a purpose and anew perspective.

--Library Science Teacher from Hazleton, PA

"I cannot begin to tell you how rewarding this experience is. My class grew so much as they analzyed their lives, their hearts, and the wonderful books they have read. I have taught over 20 years and this is my 16th year in 6th grade. By far, this is one of the best, most meaningful things I have ever done with kids. Just to go through the challenge of writing these letters changes lives! I excitedly look forward to doing this as long as I am teaching in the classroom.

Sincerely, Mrs. Dale Johnson, Utah

Without the impetus of the LAL program, I probably wouldn't ask my students to reflect on the texts they read in such a personal manner. I'd prep them for their standardized testing, and be sure they could defend interpretations of literature using appropriate rhetorical strategies, and I might have a class of brilliant academic writers. What the LAL program does for my students is remind them that literature is, at its heart, an expression of the human condition, frequently an expression of things they may be feeling or have already felt.

Pat Marshall, Porta HS, Petersburg, IL

 

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