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N.J. libraries allow food, cash donations to cover overdue fees

Libraries are finding a way to help people feel good about resolving fines on overdue books.

Just donate food or cash to a local food pantry and the fine, or part of it, will be wiped clean.

Acknowledging the tough economy, "Food for Fines" drives have proliferated in recent years in libraries across the state and nation, said Patricia Tumulty, executive director of the New Jersey State Library Association.

From The Huffington Post: Opportunity and Access: The Power of Today's Public Libraries

By Paul LeClerc - President, The New York Public Library

Anyone who hasn't been living on the far side of the moon knows and acknowledges that success today depends on information: access to it and the skills to exploit it.

And it's been recognized, at least since the time of Jefferson--who said that information is the currency of a democracy--that a more just society is founded on the notion that its people will have free access to information.

Sky Blue Soccer Team brings World Cup Fever to Piscataway Library

On June 23, 2010, soccer fans gathered at the Piscataway John F. Kennedy Public Library with members of the Women's Soccer Team Sky Blue FC to watch the United States/Algeria FIFA World Cup match.

Photos and video: Zach Parise visits NJ State Library!

During his visit to the NJ State Library on Tuesday, May 25, Parise, NJ Devil forward and Olympic Silver Medalist, read a story to the children from the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf. Parise, a New Jersey Library Champion, also received a letter from New Jersey’s First Lady Mary Pat Christie, showed the children his Silver Medal and posed for pictures with fans under the large Zach Parise banner which hangs from the State Library building. Also on hand for the kids were Devils’ mascot N.J. Devil and Trenton Devils’ mascot Scorch.

Meet Zach Parise on May 25 at NJ State Library, Trenton

 Devils Forward/Library Champion Zach Parise to Read to Students, Tuesday, May 25


WHEN:Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 12:30-2:00 PM.

WHERE:New Jersey State Library, 185 West State Street, Trenton, NJ.

WHO:Devils’ forward Zach Parise.

WHY:Promoting importance of reading to New Jersey students.

NJ State Library Pennies for Peace Campaign Collects 1,400,000 Pennies

On Wednesday, April 14 at the New Jersey State Library, Trenton, Norma Blake, NJ State Librarian, was joined by librarians and school children from around New Jersey, to present a check for $14,000 to Laura Andersen public relations manager for the Central Asia Institute, and Fozia Naseer, from the Azad Kashmir area of Pakistan.

Trenton Thunder Fans Get A.J. Burnett Library Champion Posters on Opening Night

It was a beautiful night for baseball as the Trenton Thunder opened the 2010 season hosting the NY Yankees World Series Trophy and the NJ State Library which gave fans a poster of Library Champion Yankee A.J. Burnett. Young and old alike also stepped up to get their picture taken by the A.J. Burnett banner. The State Library gave out over 1,000 posters encouraging fans to Become a NJ Library Champion at and win tickets to events at the Izod Center.

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NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center Takes Kids to “Touch” the Circus

On Friday, May 14, the kids who use the NJ State Library Talking Book and Braille Center and their parents got an up-close circus experience on a visit to the Barnum & Bailey Please Touch Funundrum at the Sun Center, Trenton. The children met the performers, got to pet the animals, juggled with the clowns, and play with some larger-than-life props. More photos

New Jersey Devil Heats up Trenton

The New Jersey Devil's Mascot checked out NJ Devil Comes to the State Librarythe larger than life banner of All Star hockey player and Olympic silver medalist Zach Parise which hangs on the NJ State Library building. Parise is a NJ Library Champion promoting the importance of reading and literacy.

See more photos here.

U. budgets student comments, concerns


Associate Professor of Library Sciences Daniel O’Connor said the governor’s proposed merger of the University, Thomas Edison State College and the New Jersey State Library would be a disaster. O’Connor said the governor’s proposed budget eliminates funding for the state library, which leaves the University footing its bill. If the University decided not to fund the state library and dismantled the facility, it would face public uproar,O ’Connor said.

McCormick said the University is eyeing the possible absorption with due diligence.


How libraries are facing Christie's budget cuts

From an article by James Osborne, Philadelphia Inquirer: With around 27,000 volumes and a single location, the Audubon Public Library is one of New Jersey's smaller libraries. A resident interested in an academic text or the early work of an obscure novelist would have to request the volume through the state's interlibrary loan system.

Third of Americans use library computers

MSNBC reports that a third of Americans — about 77 million people — use public library computers to look for jobs, connect with friends, do their homework and improve their lives, according to a new study released Thursday.

It confirms what public libraries have been saying as they compete for public dollars to expand their services and high-speed Internet access: library use by the general public is widespread and not just among poor people. Read the full article at MSNBC

How Deeply Can We Afford to Cut Library Budgets?

We are reaching the point where residents without e-mail and internet access will be disconnected and disenfranchised from much of society. As local governments conclude their spring budget deliberations, they must ask, "How much can we afford to cut the libraries?"    Full article in the  Huffington Post

NJ Proposes 74% Cuts in State Library Aid, State Library Faces Merger

Disproportionate cuts in state support would jeopardize $4.5M in federal aid

PRINCETON: Libraries chafed by Christie cuts

Posted from "Area libraries expect to feel the pain of Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed $10.4 million cut in state library funding as part of the $28.9 billion budget plan for 2011 he unveiled last month. The 74 percent cut in funding would impact access to databases, virtual aid, continuing education, and interlibrary loans that is provided to libraries across the state, according to a letter State Librarian Norma Blake sent last month to library directors statewide.

Severe Funding Cuts Threaten Library Services Throughout NJ

Fact Sheet About Library Funding

Many of our members have heard about the proposed cuts to NJSL and TBBC, and are asking questions about what it means and what they can do. Following are the facts about what is cut in the Fiscal Year 2011 draft budget.

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