New Jersey Library Champions: The Latest en Cara McCollum, Miss New Jersey 2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-champion-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/celebrity_nj_library_champions/cara_mccollum_miss_new_jersey_2013" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail-90x90 imagecache-linked imagecache-thumbnail-90x90_linked"><img src="" alt="Miss New Jersey 2013 Cara McCollum" title="NJ Library Champion Cara McCollum, Miss New Jersey 2013" width="90" height="90" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail-90x90"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Twenty-year-old Princeton University student Cara McCollum captured the title of Miss New Jersey on Saturday night, June 15, 2013, in Ocean City. She was competing as Miss Island Resort. With her win, she received an $11,000 scholarship and a place in the Miss America pageant on September 15. The Arkansas native is a strong advocate for youth literacy. During her year-long reign as Miss NJ she plans to postpone her final year at Princeton, where she studies journalism, to take on her duties as Miss New Jersey.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:44:00 +0000 Gary Cooper 227 at N.J. libraries allow food, cash donations to cover overdue fees <p>Libraries are finding a way to help people feel good about resolving fines on overdue books.</p> <p>Just donate food or cash to a local food pantry and the fine, or part of it, will be wiped clean.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 01 Dec 2010 17:48:08 +0000 Nancy Dowd 215 at Assemblywoman Linda R. Greenstein <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-champion-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/celebrity_nj_library_champions/assemblywoman_linda_r_greenstein" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail-90x90 imagecache-linked imagecache-thumbnail-90x90_linked"><img src="" alt="photo of NJ Library Champion Linda R. Greenstein" title="NJ Library Champion Linda R. Greenstein - click to see more" width="90" height="90" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail-90x90"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Linda Greenstein has been serving in the General Assembly since January 2000. She was educated at Vassar, Johns Hopkins University, and the Georgetown University Law Center and is a specialist in disability law. Prior to her current position, she was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Community Health Law Project and has served as a Deputy Attorney General in Trenton and as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 27 Jul 2010 14:40:32 +0000 atschanz 209 at Interlibrary Loan Convenient, Economical and Progressive <p></p><P><SPAN class=notranslate>I grew up in New Jersey but later lived over 20 years on the west coast. While in San Francisco, I was able to make use of the entire branch system, searching for materials on the internet and having them sent to my local branch. When I moved back to NJ five years ago, I was so glad to see that Morris County had developed a similar system for member libraries. I have a Jefferson card but actually am able to use the Dover library much more conveniently. The Dover staff have been wonderful (as have those at Jefferson when I go there).</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> access for all Wed, 30 Jun 2010 18:24:57 +0000 Gary Cooper 208 at My Library is a Special Friend <p></p><P><SPAN class=notranslate>Things have hit home for us as my husband just lost his job because of sudden heart illness. The increase in food prices has also hit hard. Now they are shorting us of their product with reduced sizes of familiar items, even sugar. <SPAN class=notranslate>The library has been my rock for all my life, especially now. The library has been my unspeaking friend through all the trial and tribulations of my existence. I think I was reading in the womb and it taught me to be able to read without a lot of light, which any bookworm will tell you they have mastered!!</span></span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> supplementing family budgets Wed, 30 Jun 2010 18:18:26 +0000 Gary Cooper 207 at Job Search Help is Essential <p></p><P><SPAN class=notranslate>At this time I'm employed in a lower-paying field than usual (and am in a temporary job). So, some of my bills are simply not being paid on time. I'm also buying more discounted food. I'm looking for a new job to start by the end of June. (and hope to find one on my own rather than having to rely on the state of NJ for economic assistance, if at all possible). <SPAN class=notranslate>I use the computers&nbsp;at my library&nbsp;every day to search for a new job. I've also gone to a parenting workshop and some other workshops. Maria, Bloomfield</span></span></p> supplementing family budgets Wed, 30 Jun 2010 18:15:25 +0000 Gary Cooper 206 at Libraries Help Conserve Resources <p></p><P><SPAN class=notranslate>Sharing books helps in gaining knowledge. We will save forests by not printing the same book for each individual person in world. One copy could be used by many people and each one save a lot of money, even for the&nbsp;govt. Jagruti, Green Brook</span></p> enhancing quality of life Wed, 30 Jun 2010 18:12:24 +0000 Gary Cooper 205 at Interlibrary Loan a Valuable Service <p></p><P><SPAN class=notranslate>During the past few years, I have checked out many, many self-help books related to natural health and healing. Being unemployed right now, I am very grateful to not have to spend money buying these books. Most of them have been obtained through the interlibrary loan service. Losing that service would be devastating to me! Claire, Nutley</span></p> enhancing quality of life Wed, 30 Jun 2010 18:07:31 +0000 Gary Cooper 204 at Unemployed Need Library Services <p></p><P>&nbsp;I have lost my Job as main breadwinner for my family due to mergers and cutbacks. We have lost over 2/3'rds of our income while our property taxes and energy costs have jumped. No vacation this year, no more buying anything that is not on sale. We never go out to dinner or a movie, and no purchases are being made in any non-essentials. <SPAN class=notranslate>Our library has helped my wife tremendously in researching graduate schools, and for me in researching companies (using Reference USA) that I feel I could help.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> supplementing family budgets Wed, 30 Jun 2010 18:05:03 +0000 Gary Cooper 203 at Library Job Search Resources are Vital to Job Seekers <p></p><P><SPAN class=notranslate>I lost my job last year so the sacrifices are many. I can not afford to pay for the services my local library and other nearby libraries are providing. While I am out of work I have been doing volunteer work to stay active in my community. My family has basically cut out every luxury and we are now falling behind on our bills. Without the library services my job search will be severely hindered. <SPAN class=notranslate>I attend many job search related networking groups sponsored by the libraries in the area including county libraries.</span></span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> supplementing family budgets Wed, 30 Jun 2010 18:00:07 +0000 Gary Cooper 202 at Interlibrary Loans Helped Stretch My Education Budget <p></p><P><SPAN class=notranslate><SPAN class=notranslate>My father was unemployed for more than a year, and as a full time student, I couldn't afford to buy textbooks for many of my courses. </span>My library helped me by requesting the textbooks from other NJ libraries who had them, which helped get through the semester. Steven, Englewood</span></p> supplementing family budgets Wed, 30 Jun 2010 17:57:04 +0000 Gary Cooper 201 at From The Huffington Post: Opportunity and Access: The Power of Today's Public Libraries <p><strong><em>By Paul LeClerc - President, The New York Public Library</em></strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 25 Jun 2010 15:47:46 +0000 Nancy Dowd 199 at Sky Blue Soccer Team brings World Cup Fever to Piscataway Library <p>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.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> NJ Library Champions NJSL Piscataway Sky Blue Soccer Fri, 25 Jun 2010 15:08:32 +0000 Nancy Dowd 198 at Photos and video: Zach Parise visits NJ State Library! <p>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.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Zach Parise Fri, 04 Jun 2010 16:11:16 +0000 Nancy Dowd 193 at Library is a Respite from Everyday Challenges <p></p><P><SPAN class=notranslate>Recently my family has had to cut down on extra expenses, such as home internet access, phone service and basic cable. Even after we stopped using these extras, we still had to cut down on the amount of food we were able to purchase monthly. It's still very hard for us to make ends meet. I've even decided to stop my pursuit of higher education so I can work a second job to help my family further. <SPAN class=notranslate>The public library has helped me deal with the hard times my family is going through.</span></span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> supplementing family budgets Thu, 20 May 2010 17:36:17 +0000 Gary Cooper 191 at Meet Zach Parise on May 25 at NJ State Library, Trenton <p>&nbsp;<strong>Devils Forward/Library Champion Zach Parise </strong><strong>to</strong><strong> Read to Students, Tuesday, May 25</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 1in;"><strong>WHEN:</strong>Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 12:30-2:00 PM.</p> <p style="margin-left: 1in;"><strong>WHERE:</strong>New Jersey State Library, 185 West State Street, Trenton, NJ.</p> <p style="margin-left: 1in;"><strong>WHO:</strong>Devils’ forward Zach Parise.</p> <p style="margin-left: 1in;"><strong>WHY:</strong>Promoting importance of reading to New Jersey students.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> NJ Devils Nj Library Champion Zach Parisie Thu, 20 May 2010 16:59:07 +0000 Nancy Dowd 190 at NJ State Library Pennies for Peace Campaign Collects 1,400,000 Pennies <p>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.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 17 May 2010 20:21:51 +0000 Nancy Dowd 189 at Trenton Thunder Fans Get A.J. Burnett Library Champion Posters on Opening Night <p>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 <a href="" title=""></a> and win tickets to events at the Izod Center.</p> <p><a href="">More Photos</a></p> Mon, 17 May 2010 20:16:14 +0000 Nancy Dowd 188 at NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center Takes Kids to “Touch” the Circus <p>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 &amp; 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. <a href="">More photos</a></p> Mon, 17 May 2010 20:13:25 +0000 Nancy Dowd 187 at Library Use and Appreciation Spans Generations <p></p><P><SPAN class=notranslate>I am a library student and part time worker. I have always used the library to borrow books, movies and to use the internet for business an d pleasure. My son has attended story hour since he was 3. He is now 5. The Read to Rover and summer reading and crafts were one of the highlights of summer activities. My son has enjoyed reading to Rover and the many story times. He also enjoyed the movies and Kurt Gallagher. <SPAN class=notranslate>We are not dining out, and we are reading and watching movies at home.</span></span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> supplementing family budgets Mon, 10 May 2010 17:31:52 +0000 Gary Cooper 186 at The Library is One Sacrifice We Should Not Have to Make <p></p><P><SPAN class=notranslate>Seeing that I am slated to lose my job due to the budget cuts in public education, I have had to make many sacrifices. I have had to change my diet due to the rising cost of food. I have had to cut out all extra driving that is not needed for work or errands due to gas prices soaring. I have had to stop purchasing books, movies, and games because I can't afford to spend on such things. I am now unable to pay for doctor's bills. I am barely able to pay rent.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> supplementing family budgets Mon, 10 May 2010 17:25:39 +0000 Gary Cooper 185 at Interlibrary Loan too Valuable a Service to Lose <p></p><P>&nbsp;I am currently retired and my wife will be retiring on July 1, 2010. We spend more time watching movies at home and cooking together, in lieu of going to movies and restaurants. We, also plan many more day trips rather than traveling vacations using guides we loan from our library. Our staff at the Long Hill Library are extremely helpful and I have gotten much enjoyment out of many books suggested by the staff. The delivery of books from other libraries in our area is an outstanding service, saving money that would be spent on gas.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> lifelong learning Mon, 10 May 2010 16:50:27 +0000 Gary Cooper 184 at Library a FANTASTIC Resource <p></p><P>My full-time job has been cut to a single day per week. We pay our bills with partial unemployment but buy almost nothing, including clothes. We go to the doctor for emergencies only. It's been difficult. <SPAN class=notranslate>My library and its staff have been a fantastic resource in my job search and in my attempts to continue my education to increase my marketability, as well as a source of free, much-needed entertainment in the form of books, reading programs and movies.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> supplementing family budgets Mon, 10 May 2010 16:46:11 +0000 Gary Cooper 183 at Library for the Blind Helps fill Empty Hours <p></p><P><SPAN class=notranslate>My husband recently became BLIND. Without the services of the NJ State Library Talking Book and Braille Center he would have no way to fill the empty hours since he can no longer read. I do not know how anyone with a conscience can take away these services from the blind. We are senior citizens and he has so many hours that will be empty and the thoughts of this is devastating. Multiply this by the large number of Blind Persons in NJ. Bernice, Belvidere</span></p> access for all Mon, 10 May 2010 16:30:38 +0000 Gary Cooper 182 at Communities & Children Would Suffer with Library Cutbacks <p></p><P><SPAN class=notranslate>The Evesham Library has helped my family by being a place where my toddler can experience all sorts of wonderful programs and interact with his peers, other adults, and even, at times, dogs! The Evesham Library has helped me to broaden my toddler's horizons through both actual experiences, and through all of the wonderful books, children's music cds, and educational DVDs we borrow. The librarians are always helpful and friendly and so sweet that my son can't help but be comfortable there.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> vital part of communities Mon, 10 May 2010 16:28:16 +0000 Gary Cooper 181 at I Depend on Library for the Blind <p></p><P>I am visually impaired and use recorded books EVERY DAY! Jeanne, Whiting, TBBC</p> enhancing quality of life Mon, 10 May 2010 16:23:56 +0000 Gary Cooper 180 at Families Would be Cheated with Loss of Library Funding <p>The library continues to be a safe, healthy place to learn and grow. Children who are taught to read and research make better choices as adults during difficult economy times and changing social economics. In this economy, I have adjusted my living and spending budget, however the bigger loss I see is to the families that will be impacted by the loss of library funding.&nbsp; At my library, I was able to access online the listing for my long time home which I had to put up for sale due to a mistake in mortgage paperwork.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> vital part of communities Thu, 06 May 2010 19:07:19 +0000 Gary Cooper 179 at At Least We Can "Afford" to go to our Library <p>Since my father and I both lost our jobs, we have had to cut back on most things. When you are foregoing doctor visits and putting off car and home repairs, you are not even thinking about buying books and movies. Fortunately, we can get books and DVDs at our local library for free. <em>- M,&nbsp; Marlton</em></p> supplementing family budgets Thu, 06 May 2010 19:04:09 +0000 Gary Cooper 178 at Library a Source of Entertainment & Enrichment <p>With the economy the way it is, we have cut back on a lot of extras. Almost all our books are borrowed from the library. We very rarely buy books, except at the book fair at school! We attend so many of the library’s children’s programs for both entertainment and enrichment. We don't go to movies. We wait to borrow them from the library as well. <em>- Ann, Evesham </em></p> supplementing family budgets Thu, 06 May 2010 19:02:08 +0000 Gary Cooper 177 at Losing Library for the Blind & Handicapped is an Affront to the Disabled and Seniors <p>Due to physical limitations, I receive books from the <a href="">Library for the Blind &amp; Handicapped</a>. If this is taken away from me, I will have lost the “art of the word” which has been important to this 78 year old since I was a young girl. While prices are rising, my social security has remained the same as in 2009, and governments do nothing but put down more limits on the seniors pocketbooks, as well as the everyday population. <em>- Lucretia, Hackensack TBBC </em></p> enhancing quality of life Thu, 06 May 2010 18:56:56 +0000 Gary Cooper 176 at Library is Key Resource for the Unemployed <p>Being unemployed I can’t afford Internet access or even a phone at home. I am dependent on the resources at my library, such as the Internet and newspapers, to find a job. <em>- Dwight, Browns Mills</em></p> supplementing family budgets Thu, 06 May 2010 18:12:59 +0000 Gary Cooper 175 at Budget Contraints Made Our Library Even More Valuable <p>Due to budget constraints, my family cancelled the Internet and has stopped buying books, cds and DVDs. We now use library access for school assignments and to borrow books, cds and DVDs. <em>- Guadalupe, Hillsborough</em></p> supplementing family budgets Thu, 06 May 2010 18:11:08 +0000 Gary Cooper 174 at Job Search & School Work <p>&nbsp;My library’s resources help with job searches and helps with getting homework done for school. <em>- Traci, Browns Mills</em></p> supplementing family budgets Thu, 06 May 2010 18:09:11 +0000 Gary Cooper 173 at Library Resources are Vital to the Families of the Unemployed <p>Because I have been out of work on medical leave since August 2009, we had to cut back on a lot of things and Internet access was one of them. At our library, the internet and movie borrowing that is free helps with school work and other activities that we can not afford. <em>- Kimberly, Pemberton</em></p> supplementing family budgets Thu, 06 May 2010 18:07:14 +0000 Gary Cooper 172 at Unemployed & My Library is my only Option to Find Job Opportunities <p>&nbsp;I am unemployed and have no home computer. I go to the library everyday to pursue my job search on the computer, to research job opportunities and to check my e-mails. This is my only link to changing my current situation. I have no other options for computer use on a regular basis. <em>- Kathleen, Westwood</em></p> supplementing family budgets Thu, 06 May 2010 18:05:32 +0000 Gary Cooper 171 at Unemployed Need Library Resources <p>Jobless for a year, I can’t afford Internet access at home. Since most employers require an online submission of an application or resume, I would not be able to search for a job without my library’s computer and Internet access. <em>- James, Bloomfield </em></p> supplementing family budgets Thu, 06 May 2010 18:03:00 +0000 Gary Cooper 170 at We Use Computers for School <p>&nbsp;I can’t afford the Internet at my house so my family and I go the library to use the computers for research for school and to take out books. <em>- Lori, Pemberton</em></p> supplementing family budgets Thu, 06 May 2010 18:01:16 +0000 Gary Cooper 169 at A Place to Get Help With Homework <p>The library is a place where I can go for some quiet time, get help with my homework and relax. <em>- Stephanie, Browns Mills</em></p> helping teens succeed Thu, 06 May 2010 17:59:11 +0000 Gary Cooper 168 at Safe Place for Children <p>&nbsp;I am out of work and my finances are very low. The library has provided a safe place for my son and me to play and learn. <em>- Lisa, Pemberton.</em></p> supplementing family budgets Thu, 06 May 2010 17:57:13 +0000 Gary Cooper 167 at Library for the Blind & Handicapped a Godsend for my Dad <p>My father, who has severe macular degeneration, lost one of his true joys: being able to read. Thanks to the NJ State Library <a href="">Talking Book and Braille Center</a>, he has found some happiness again by being able to listen to audio books with his supplied digital player. It's been a godsend for him! We've all had to make great sacrifices during this brutal economic situation, which is incorrectly referred to as a recession, but is quite realistically a depression, but should we sacrifice our access to literature, knowledge and resources to aid the unemployed?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> enhancing quality of life Thu, 06 May 2010 17:55:22 +0000 Gary Cooper 166 at All the Information & Resources I Need Are at the Library <p>On our budget we don’t go out as much or buy a lot. With my library, I don't have to purchase books that are expensive, nor do I have to pay for the Internet. All of the information that I need is at the library. The library was very useful when I was in college. I didn't have to buy books for my research papers. I came to the library to use research databases and books. Sometimes I would even use the internet and the computer to complete projects for college. If I wasn't able to find a book at the local library I was able to get the book from another library through Interlibrary Loan.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> supplementing family budgets Thu, 06 May 2010 17:52:12 +0000 Gary Cooper 165 at Libraries are NOT Disposable to New Jersey's Unemployed <p>&nbsp;I am unemployed and could not make it without the library systems and its services. <em>- Jennifer, Princeton</em></p> supplementing family budgets Thu, 06 May 2010 17:49:06 +0000 Gary Cooper 164 at