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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.  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 a schedule of local presentations for Grant Winning Libraries

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

 

 

 

 

 
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
President for Information
Services and University Librarian 

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Dr. Betty Turock, Board Chair Renee Swartz, Jeanne E. Boyle, Interim
Director, Dana Library      

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Dr. Gus Friedrich, Dean
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MASTER OF CEREMONIES
 

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Dan Morgenstern, Former
Director, Institute of
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Vincent Pelote, Interim
Director, Institute of
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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.

 

 

 

Click to visit the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies Website

 

 

 

 

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

 
 
 
 
Chloe Rosen featured in School Nutrition Magazine

The following article, written by Chole Rosen, appeared in School Nutrition Magazine's June/July 2013 issue. Chloe was a featured speaker at the Monmouth County Library/ New Jersey Center for the Book day-long program entitled, "Food for Thought: What's on Your Plate? Food as Science, Food as Culture, Food as Career, Food as Community Service," on March 4, 2012. She is also one of the twenty members of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Youth Advisory Board of the National Heart Association, in conjunction with the Clinton Foundation and First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative to improve the nutrition of the U.S. population's youth.

Lizeth E. Sánchez, Program Manager for the Youth Advisory Board and Youth Leadership, at Alliance for a Healthier Generation, commented on Chloe's article, "Fantastic writing, thank you for taking time to write and share with thousands your perspective."

Chloe

 Click to read the article in School Nutrition Magazine


 
Letters about Literature 2014

 

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May 13, 2014 - Letters about Literature 2014 Reception

 

The judging is done and the first and second place winners and the honorable mentions are being informed.  They will be sending back permission slips and then their names will be posted here.  The reception will be at the beautiful Grounds for Sculpture, 126 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619.   All the first and second place winners and all the honorable mentions along with their parents, grandparents, grandparents, teachers, and administrators are invited.

 

 


The Letters about Literature contest is simple:

posterWrite a personal letter to an author whose work (either fiction or nonfiction) changed your view of the world or yourself.

You have to send your entry in with an official entry blank.  Go to http://read.gov/letters/   and click on Rules and Guidelines at the end of the first paragraph.  Make sure that you put an email address so that we here in New Jersey can contact you.

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That first paragraph has part of the winning letter from New Jersey author Joshua Tiprigan.  Maybe next year, your letter will be posted on the read.gov site!

What do you have to do to win like Joshua:
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Select and reflect! Select a fiction or nonfiction book you have read and about which you have strong feelings. Explore those feelings and why you reacted the way you did during or after reading the author’s work. Consider these questions when writing your letter:

·       What did the book show you about your world that you never noticed before?

·       What did you realize about yourself as a result of reading this book?

·       Why was this work meaningful to you?

·       How do you know the author’s work influenced you?

Then:

Art2Write a persuasive letter stating your opinion and supporting that opinion with specific details.  A letter is less formal than an essay or research paper. Write honestly and in your own voice, as if you were having a conversation with the author. Those are the best letters to read and the most fun to write! Keep in mind these two tips:

Correspond, don’t compliment! Your letter should inform rather than flatter the author. All FAN letters will be eliminated! 

Do not summarize the book’s plot! The author wrote the book and knows what happened. What the author doesn’t know is how the book affected you and why it did so. Only YOU can explain that unique relationship you experienced while reading the book.

 

Fill out the Official Entry Blank (make sure you put an email address where we can reach you) and submit your letter to:

Letters About Literature
Competition Level (Indicate level 1, 2 or 3)
P.O. Box 5308
Woodbridge, VA 22194

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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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Renee Swartz Honored

Renee Swartz, Chairperson of the New Jersey Center for the Book, has been honored by the Monmouth County Arts Council as a Community Champion of the Arts.

The Monmouth County Arts Council established the Arts Education Awards Showcase to honor Leaders in Arts Education, Community Champions of the Arts, and Community Arts Education Leaders in Monmouth County, those individuals, schools, administrators and organizations that support great arts education and the Art Council’s mission of “enriching the community by inspiring and fostering the arts.”

Renee will be recognized for her dedication to the arts at the annual Arts Education Awards Showcase and reception on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the new Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation.

Congratulations, Renee, from all your friends at the New Jersey Center for the Book!


 
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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