April 2012

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"What New Jersey libraries are doing for you!"

 National Library Week, April 8-12, 2012

This April, libraries across the country are celebrating National Library Week, an annual observance sponsored by the American Library Association since 1958.  In New Jersey, libraries are striving to show how much “you belong at your library” through a variety of special events, such as Roselle Park Public Library’s “Drop Everything and Read” event for kids, featuring Library board members, Roselle Park’s mayor, and other local leaders.  Many libraries are also offering fine amnesty programs, like Willingboro Public Library, which will run a “Food for Fines” campaign to help local food pantries.  Learn more…

Tax Help Available @ Your Library

Several libraries around the state, from Atlantic City to Wayne, are doing their part to take the stress out of tax season by partnering with the AARP to provide tax help for low and middle income residents, particularly those over 60.  Each year, qualified “Tax-Aide” volunteers help almost 30,000 individuals in New Jersey prepare standard returns and answer tax related questions, free of charge.  Learn more…

 Friends Donate Over $100,000 to Library

"Friends" groups are a critical source of support for many libraries, and no organization knows that better than the Wyckoff Public Library.  According to the Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes Patch, the library received “an early house warming gift” for their newly renovated space, when the Friends of the Wyckoff Public Library, “officially handed off more than $105,000 to help the library purchase furniture and technology."  Learn more…

Spotlight on...Oak Tree Elementary School Library, Monroe Township, NJ

This past January, U.S. Representative Rush Holt visited the school library at Oak Tree Elementary in Monroe Township to promote the SKILLs Act, legislation he has introduced in Congress in an effort to strengthen support and funding for school libraries.  Thanks to their focus on developing literacy, information searching and technology skills, school libraries like Oak Tree have proven to help students succeed in school.  Learn more…