June 2012

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Summer Reading Clubs Help NJ Kids

Libraries in New Jersey host summer reading clubs where people of all ages are invited to read for prizes and attend special events and activities.  These programs are fun and educational, but many also provide safe, supervised activities for children in areas of NJ where such opportunities are few and far between. 

Participating in summer reading has been proven to significantly combat “summer learning loss” and help close the achievement gap.  Last year, over 140,000 children were enrolled in summer reading clubs across the state. 

This year, NJ libraries will build events and programs around the themes “Dream Big” for children, “We Own the Night” for teens and “Between the Covers” for adults.  Learn more…

Three Cheers For Teen Volunteers!

Teen volunteers are the heart of many New Jersey libraries.  Every summer and throughout the school year, countless young adults take time out to shelve books, assist in programs, provide homework help and find other ways to give back to their community through the library.   

At the Paterson Free Public Library, a “Dream Team” of teen volunteers will be helping librarians prepare craft bags and more for the library’s true city-wide summer reading program.  The program, a grant-funded effort in conjunction with Paterson Reads, is estimated to reach over 1,000 children through outreach programs in the community.  Learn more…

 Celebrate Audio Books!

Just in time for summer road trips, libraries are celebrating audio book month! 

No matter what age you are, everyone loves to listen to a good yarn - audio books are a great way to pass the time in the car with the whole family, on a commute, or even while making dinner at home.  Learn more…

Making Cents @ Your Library

Residents of Burlington County and neighboring communities are becoming smarter with their money by participating in the Burlington County Library System’s (BCLS) “Making Cents” initiative.  BCLS has launched this project, targeting adults in Burlington County, to promote sound money management and financial education to the community.  Customers can use the new Making Cents website to find educational links based on their stage in life or key financial topics, as well as attend “Making Cents” financial education programs offered at BCLS libraries.  Learn more…



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