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My Library's Summer Reading Program Got My Son to Read

How is your library helping you in these tough economic times? Tell us your story.

I have been bringing my son to the library since he was five years old. His reading level was a little low when he got into the upper grades, but he enjoyed coming to the library to get books and take part in the summer reading program that was offered. He won an award for 100 hours of reading which lit up his eyes. That encouraged him to want to read more. Now, his reading level is where it should be for his grade and he enjoys coming to the library to get books and has used the internet to gather information for projects My hours have been cut at my job, so we have had to cut back on certain things we all enjoy, one of those being home internet service. But I can always rely on the community libraries free service of being able to use the internet for job searches and school. It is helpful to children and adults who go to school who need help with assigned projects or need to do research papers. This free service is a great thing for children who otherwise would not have access to the internet service because their parents are not able to afford a computer or the Internet. I think we need to find a better solution to New Jersey’s budget problem without sacrificing the many services that are offered by our community library system that we have all come to rely on at some point during this hard economic times. - Dierdre, Browns Mills


I started Neighbors-helping-Neighbors a free support and networking group in the River Edge library back in January 2011, without the libraries help we would not have been able to hold meetings that have now grown to weekly meetings in over 16 libraries, we have 250+ people looking for work attending our meetings and we have had 34 success stories since Jan.
We know that our program works because it is based in the local libraries and the computers and resources avaiable are a tremendous help to all our members.

we continue to open programs in any libraries interested in hosting our weekly meetings.

John R. Fugazzie, NhN founder and group leader.

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