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Apply for the 2018 Best Practices in Early Literacy Award

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:22pm

The New Jersey State Library is accepting applications for the annual Best Practices in Early Literacy Award. The award honors up to four outstanding public libraries that currently provide exemplary literacy programs for children from birth to six years, their families and caregivers. The award provides a $1,000 honorarium, a certificate, and promotion of the winning library as a model program for other libraries. The winning libraries will be honored during the State Librarian’s Breakfast at the 2018 NJLA Conference at Harrah’s in Atlantic City.

To apply, please complete and submit the application form after consulting the award guidelines.

In 2017, the Best Practices in Early Literacy, Multicultural Program and Innovative Partnerships Awards were all included in one brochure called the New Jersey State Library Awards. Please visit the following webpage and click on New Jersey State Library Awards for more information about the 2017 winners or Best Practices in Early Literacy for the previous years’ winners.

Those who applied last year but did not win can re-apply with the same program as long as it was held within the past two years. Libraries who have won twice previously are not eligible to apply. Please contact Sharon Rawlins, Youth Services Specialist, NJ State Library, at srawlins@njstatelib.org, 609-278-2640 ext. 116 if you have any questions


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The Mercer Magic & the Rise of Car Racing

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:00am

“Cars brought us out of the ‘tyranny of horses’,” said Clifford Zink, as he opened his presentation on his book Mercer Magic: Roeblings, Kusers, the Mercer Automobile Company, and America’s First Sports Car for his Jan. 10 author talk at the State Library. “Cars allowed people to be more independent, go places fast and not need to clean up the street.” Although driving those early cars was much more exciting, it was also vastly more dangerous, with nothing protecting riders in case of a crash.

Zink discussed the history of the Mercer automobile, which was built in Trenton at the beginning of the 20th century, with the overall history of the beginnings of car racing. With 500 start-up car companies vieing for the consumer dollar, manufacturers participated in races to show how much better, faster, durable their cars were compared to other models. The failures on the race course brought about better engineering, handling and durability. The cars raced on dirt roads, through streets and at horse tracks. The Vanderbilts build the Long Island Motor Parkway just for racing. 

The Mercer Magic was America’s first sports car. Designed in 1910 by Finley Porter, the  Monk, as it was called, won 47 races in 1911, going up against the biggest names in European manufacturers. It was raced across the country in the days when car design was at the center of American technological innovation. The Mercer was conceived by Washington A. Roebling II, heir to the bridge-building dynasty, who raced in the premier contests of early U.S. auto racing, including Indianapolis and the Grand Prize of America. Zink’s book covers the remarkable story from the founding of the company through the development of the Mercer Raceabout; Mercer’s multi-year racing campaign that achieved national success winning the American Grand Prize in 1914; and the surviving Mercers in notable private collections, like Jay Leno’s, and automobile museum.

In photo right, Gene Kelly drives a Mercer in the movie “Singing in the Rain.”

At its Annual Meeting in Hershey, in March 2017, the Society of Automotive Historians gave Mercer Magic: Roeblings, Kusers, the Mercer Automobile Company, and America’s First Sports Car its Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot Award for Outstanding Book of 2015. Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot is the maker of the world’s first true automobile.

Zink is an historic preservation consultant based in Princeton and an historian specializing in architectural, industrial, engineering and landscape history. He received an M.S. in historic preservation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He received the 2011 John A. Roebling Award from the Society for Industrial Archeology’s Roebling Chapter for an outstanding contribution to documenting or preserving the industrial heritage of the greater New York-New Jersey area, and has received several awards for his books, including the 2012 New Jersey Author’s Award in popular non-fiction from the N. J. Studies Academic Alliance for The Roebling Legacy. He has served as consulting curator at the Roebling Museum, and wrote and directed its orientation film, Roebling Stories. His latest book is entitled The Eating Clubs of Princeton about the row of privately maintained and operated undergraduate eating clubs and the history behind them.


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Historical NJ Newspapers Now Available in Digital Format through Library of Congress National Digital Newspaper Program

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:40am

Perth Amboy Evening News, from 1903 to 1922, selected as the first of three NJ newspapers to be digitized and made available online

Front page of Perth Amboy Evening News, June 20, 1906.

The New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project is pleased to announce that the Perth Amboy Evening News, from 1903 to 1922, will be the first New Jersey newspaper to be digitized and made publicly available through the Library of Congress Chronicling America website. Part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, the New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project is a collaboration between Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey State Archives, and the New Jersey State Library. The project is supported by a $186,204 grant that was awarded in August 2016 from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers from all 50 states.

Prior to this digitization project, historical newspapers held by the New Jersey State Archives were only searchable through an onsite microfilm reader. The New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project has taken microfilm of the newspapers, scanned and digitized select pages, and made them publicly available online, ensuring that researchers can more easily uncover historical New Jersey information. The Chronicling America website provides access to these digitized historic materials, offering dynamic interactivity, magnification and navigation. Upon the project’s completion, 100,000 pages of New Jersey newspapers will be available through the site.

According to project director and Rutgers University digital archivist Caryn Radick, “learning the processes for producing high quality digital images from microfilm was a steep learning curve but the results are gratifying, making New Jersey’s historical newspapers available to people anywhere in the world.”

Front page of Perth Amboy Evening News, January 10, 1905.

“Caryn Radick and her team are to be commended for the excellent and timely work they have done on this project,” says Joseph Klett, the New Jersey State Archivist and member of the advisory board. “Full-text searching will be much more accurate because of their attention to detail and insistence on producing the best scanned images possible.”

“These papers will be tremendously beneficial to genealogists and local historians as well as scholars doing textual analysis,” notes Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian and member of the advisory board.

The New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project advisory board includes archivists, librarians, museum directors, historians, journalists, and educators from across the state. The Perth Amboy Evening News, which covered Middlesex County and ran daily from 1903 to 1959, except for Sundays and holidays, is the first digital release of the three historical newspapers chosen by the board. The Jersey City Evening News (1889 to 1906) will be the next paper to be scanned, followed by the West-Jersey Pioneer (later the Bridgeton Pioneer) from 1851 to 1917, which are expected to be completed by the Fall of 2018.

“On January 10th we will hold a small celebration to mark this launch, which will include comments from Congressman Pallone, and Eleni Glykis, director of the Perth Amboy Library, will attend. We’re busy preparing round two of the grant application so that we can continue to provide access to New Jersey’s history,” says Radick.

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Registration Is Now Open for New Directors Training February 2018

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 11:27am

The next annual New Directors’ Orientation will be held on February 21 and 28, 2018, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the New Jersey State Library’s Talking Book and Braille Center (2300 Stuyvesant Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08618).

The workshop will feature essential information for new library directors in the following areas:

  • Overview of New Jersey State Library services focusing on how we can help serve you in your new position as Library Director.
  • NJ Library Law
  • Purchasing Basics
  • Strategic Planning
  • Managing Library Staff
  • Budgets and Financial Reporting
  • Public Relations and Your Library
  • Working with Trustees and Friends

This is a singular opportunity for new directors to learn the basics about their responsibilities, and to network with other new directors throughout the state. Mary Chute, State Librarian, will be in attendance, as well as other State Library staff who can answer your questions about our services and help you learn about our various departments.

Registration begins at 9:00 am on February 21.  The State Library will be providing a continental breakfast and lunch. Please register HERE.

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Patriots Week Program Focuses on NJ Hessians

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 2:06pm
Peter Lubrecht

Patriots Week 2017 in Trenton could be the coldest since General George Washington crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Eve in a Nor’easter to win the Battle of Trenton over the British and their Hessian allies, who were the topic of discussion for the NJ State Library’s program as part of the week’s festivities on Dec. 27.

Before a full house, author Peter Lubrecht discussed the Hessians that helped fight for Britain during the Revolutionary War. Sprinkled with a good dose of humor, his entertaining presentation give some insight as to why they were fighting and how they got here. Stories of their exploits still circulate in New Jersey, from the headless Hessian of the Morristown Swamp to the mysterious Ramapo Mountain people. Lubrecht helped navigate the myths of Hessian troops in New Jersey, separating fiction from fact, especially regarding the Battle of Trenton.

“Writers have Washington winning because the soldiers were drunk, but the German soldiers would not have been drinking on Christmas Eve; more likely it was because of a Nor’easter that hit. It froze the guns of those on duty and reduced visibility so they could not see Washington’s 2400 troops come ashore,” he explained.

Lubrecht came to write the book because of a fascination with family history and genealogy that has to do with American and German history. This fascination led to his curiosity about the strange German mercenaries in the “tin hats” who came with the British during the Revolution. His research took him to Germany where he visited the city where the German troops were housed before importing to America. He then visited the town with the port from which the German troops left their home country. Returning to the U.S., Lubrecht researched and followed the Hessian map and the movements they took through New York and New Jersey during the Revolution. “A lot has been lost, because those who deserted changed their names so they would not be shot,” he said.

Peter Lubrecht has a Ph.D. in Educational Theatre from New York University, and a Masters Degree in English and Drama Theory from NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. He studied with the late Lowell Swortzell the founder of the Educational Theatre Program at NYU, as well as with Nellie McCaslin, the Creative Dramatics pioneer, and the late Stephen Palestrant, noted theatre historian and set designer. He presents internationally and nationally on youth theater, historical Shakespeare productions from the actor’s point of view, theatrical pedagogy, research, writing, and youth and school productions. He is an avid researcher with an interest in historical theater and has lectured locally on the Civil War and 19th Century American Theatre.

He has acted in many dramas and musicals. His experience includes years of award winning high school, community and professional theatre productions. Lubrecht is currently an adjunct professor of English, speech and theatre at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem PA. Prior to that he was with Lehman University Graduate School, Lincoln Center (Performing Arts in the English Classroom), Jersey City University, Bergen, Morris and Passaic community colleges, and finished his high school career as a drama teacher at the Cecily Tyson School of Performing Arts.

He has written four books: NJ Hessians, Liebe Kück – the story of a World War I German soldier, New Jersey Butterfly Boys in the Civil War and Germans in New Jersey.

For more on Patriots Week go to http://www.patriotsweek.com


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Latest new book list gives New York Times non-fiction books

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 2:20pm

Looking for something in the nonfiction category and wondering how to vet it?  The New York Times bestseller list is always one that is known for it’s quality.  We’ve put together for you the State Library’s latest holdings from the New York Times bestseller list in the non-fiction category.  You can find the list of the latest additions to our collection by clicking here.  Good reading.

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Becoming a Wizard of Recovery: water, mold and bugs – oh my!

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:41pm
Instructor Tom Clareson of LYRASIS shows how to properly wrap a wet book.

In six sessions during October and November 2017, the NJ State Library and the NJ Cultural Alliance for Response (NJCAR) presented a series of disaster preparedness training workshops for librarians and others who work at institutions where publications, artifacts, photos or artwork are housed. The two-part workshops were held at locations strategically located in north, central and south Jersey. The workshops were designed to help New Jersey’s small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve their humanities collections and note the significant risk to the state’s cultural heritage materials from natural disasters and other types of emergencies.

Taught by Tom Clareson, senior consultant for Digital and Preservation Services at LYRASIS, the workshops focused on risk assessment, disaster plan development, salvage priorities and salvage methods, and wet material recovery.

During the first session, attendees learned how to create a draft disaster plan or revise an old one; the elements of risk assessment; and what is needed in an Incident Command System. During the second session, Clareson discussed establishing salvage priorities and demonstrated recovery techniques for water damage on a variety of material, and how that damage, if not addressed, would lead to mold and insect issues.

From left: Jennilee Bukley, Dana Combs, Jayson Kelly assess wet material for recovery.

After lunch, it was hands-on exercise time as students got to practice setting salvage priorities, recovery techniques and proper recording of materials.

NJCAR empowers New Jersey’s cultural communities to preserve their valuable assets and sustain operations before, during and after disasters strike. The alliance is comprised of a network of organizations, associations, agencies and individuals dedicated to safeguarding the state’s cultural heritage.

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Partners Convene to Discuss Improving Health Literacy in Diverse Communities

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:46am
Members of the panel: Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD, assistant professor of Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Pennsylvania, Robert Mackes, executive director, Health Sciences Library Association of NJ, Kate Flewelling, executive director National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic.

From nurses and social workers to librarians and parents of special needs children, hundreds of people, as diverse as the communities the serve, came together at the Holiday Inn National Conference Center, East Windsor, on Dec. 5 to discuss the health and literacy challenges experienced by diverse populations and communities, and initiate networking and collaboration to form better partnerships.

The conference’s overall goal was to show the importance of these partnerships in order to improve access to culturally and linguistically appropriate information, resources and programs for meeting health promotion and disease prevention objectives.

Following a keynote address by Cynthia Baur, Ph.D., endowed chair of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, School of Public Health, University of Maryland College Park, on “Building Relationships to Create Health Literacy Partnerships and Healthy Communities,” attendees heard from panelists who successfully implemented and used community partnerships to promote health literacy.

Mary Kearns-Kaplan, adult outreach services coordinator, NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center

The conference included a Poster Session featuring programs from 8 agencies, including the NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center, and exhibits by 11 non-profit organizations, such as the East Brunswick Public Library, and health care provider Horizon NJ Health.

In the afternoon, participants were offered two sessions of nine different workshops covering a variety of topics, such as “Cultural Competence as a Determinant of Health Equity,” “Sexual Health Cultural Competency for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Providers” and “Health Information Resources for a Multilingual and Multicultural Community.”

Linda Devlin, director of the Camden County Library System, Shyamoli De, adult education/literacy coordinator for the Camden County Library System

Linda Devlin, director of the Camden County Library System, and Shyamoli De, adult education/literacy coordinator for the Camden County System, who is also director of Camden County’s Literacy Volunteers of America, detailed their unique strategy to meet the needs of students with English as a second language through their “Books and Cooks Mobile Culinary Program.” The program was created when library staff realized that Camden City is a US Dept. of Agriculture designated food desert, meaning residents have limited access to affordable, nutritious food. The mobile Books and Cooks kitchen travels among county library branch locations and other sites to meet residents in their communities.

Presenters’ handouts will be available at the NJ Statewide Network for Cultural Competence (NJSNCC) at www.nj.gov.njsncc.

The  NJSNCC’s mission is to facilitate access to equitable and quality services for individuals, families and communities through culturally and linguistically appropriate service delivery. Check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NJStatewideNetwork.


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School Librarians Convene in Long Branch for Annual Conference

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:23pm
From left: Sharon Rawlins, Liz Burns & Jen Apgar prior to the workshop, “Thumbs Up or Down? Best Books for Young Adults.”

Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch saw hundreds of New Jersey’s school librarians turn out for the New Jersey Association of School Librarians 2017 Annual Conference, with the theme “Promoting Powerful Partnerships.”

The two  day event, Nov 16 & 17, was packed with informative, practice-changing and fun professional development sessions; exhibits; authors and illustrators; and awards.

Presenting workshops from the State Library were Sharon Rawlins, youth services consultant, Liz Burns, head of youth and reader services at the Talking Book and Braille Center (TBBC), and Jennifer Apgar, youth services at TBBC.

NJ State Librarian Mary Chute, Monica Dennler, Sharon Rawlins

On Friday afternoon, NJ State Librarian Mary Chute and Sharon Rawlins presented the Jean E. Harris Progressive School Library Media Program Award to Monica Dennler, of Eastampton Community School, Eastampton Township.

See all the photos at: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMZQ8QcRdD3Aj9qhfmkDgHtMwmplPkkxNlIKy3QZDItbkEIHSTvOugfqSv55534Sg?key=STFJQkhtcm45cnllUUZmSmotODRuck1RWFBqa3JR

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New Jersey’s Vital Role in World War I

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:35pm

The New Jersey State Library’s three month commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of World War I culminated on Wednesday, November 15 with James Hockenberry discussing New Jersey’s Role in World War I: Sabotage Target and Key State in the War Effort. Hockenberry gave the last in a four lecture series on New Jersey’s role in the “War to End All Wars,” providing tidbits about the period and stories about why and how New Jersey became a main sabotage target of the Germans.

New Jersey played a key role in America’s efforts during the war. Seventy-five percent of troops sent overseas were trained here at Camp Merritt, Cresskill, and Fort Dix and shipped out of Hoboken. There was also a training center for women entering the Signal Corps.

New Jersey’s economic strength, both as a manufacturing force and shipping hub, started because of World War I, and was vital to the Allies’ success. Although proclaiming neutrality, the United States accepted the blockade of Axis countries and increased trade with the Allies. NJ supplied 40 percent of Allied material; 50 percent of all munitions. Without the United States and New Jersey, Germany would have won the war. This increased manufacturing and trade was a boon, but also had a down side. It made New Jersey a target of German sabotage, most notably the attack on Black Tom Island (now part of Liberty Park) in New York Harbor. The New York Times has described this incident as “the most destructive terrorist attack in America before 9/11.”  That explosion of 2 million pounds of explosives at the munitions plant registered 5.5 on the Richter Scale and made the Statue of Library glow orange. The talk described the events around this and other key incidents, such as the Henry Ford Peace mission, destruction of the Kingsland plant and other explosions at the Roebling plant in Trenton, and a plant in Haskell.

A career financial executive with a BA from Lafayette College and an MBA from Columbia University, Hockenberry has redirected his life to thriller writing with his planned “World War One Intrigue” series. The change has allowed him to interweave three of his long-time passions: history, literature and his German-American roots. His award winning first novel, Over Here, set in 1915-16, dramatizes the little known but extensive undeclared war Germany fought on American soil.

Hockenberry provided an interesting handout on the “59 Things You Didn’t Know about World War I” that he compiled.

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Congratulations New Jersey – Library Construction Bond Act Passed!

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 4:42pm

The New Jersey State Library is pleased to announce that the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act passed on Tuesday, November 7th, providing $125 million for a variety of construction, renovation and improvement projects designed to equip libraries to serve their 21st century customers.

Read the full press release here.

The passing of the Library Construction Bond Act would not have been possible without the contributions of our General Assembly, Senate and statewide organization supporters, residents who advocated on behalf of New Jersey public libraries and voted in favor of this bond issue, and the tireless work of our New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) and “NJ Libraries Build Communities” team.

New Jersey State Librarian Mary Chute, along with the staff of the New Jersey State Library, send their warmest congratulations to the staff and members of NJLA for their successful campaign to pass the Library Construction Bond Act, which passed by a 60 percent approval margin with New Jersey voters.

Certainly, most special congratulations to Patricia Tumulty, Executive Director of NJLA, and to Chris Carbone and Jeanne Marie Ryan, Co-Chairs of the Ballot Initiative Task Force, for their tireless commitment to develop champions in the legislature to sponsor the bill; their visits to other legislators to encourage them to support the bill; and finally, their outreach to the people of NJ who ultimately made the difference in casting their votes.

State Library staff look forward to working with NJLA, the library community, Thomas Edison State University, as well as other involved departments of state government, to ensure that the library construction bond program is run effectively and efficiently.


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Experienced NJ Library Directors Convene at Summit

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 1:34pm
From left: Deb Messling, Phillipsburg Library, Carolyn Reed, East Orange Library, Michelle Malone, Belleville Library, C.L. Quillen, Spotswood Library, ask Library Law questions of Attorney Michael Cerone.

The NJ Public Library Directors Summit for experienced library directors was held on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at the Holiday Inn, East Windsor. Hosted by the NJ State Library and LibraryLinkNJ, topics included Library Law with attorney Michael Cerone, an update of the Technology Infrastructure Study with consultant Carson Block, and a hilarious expose’ of Facility Management challenges with Michael Gannon. The conference concluded with Susan Quinn, Ocean County Library, Cindy Czesak, Paterson Public Library, and Michael Maziekien, Kenilworth Public Library, discussing how to “Communicate Effectively with your Community’s Officials and Organizations.”

Michael Gannon

At the beginning of the summit, attendees were asked to fill out a badge indicating what they were an expert in, followed by networking discussions.

See all the photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/njlibraryevents/with/24076384298/

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Youth Services Forum 2017

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 1:09pm
Tara Lazar with beard

The Annual Youth Services Forum, Libraries Evolve, sponsored by the NJ Library Association, NJ State Library and NJ Association of School Librarians, was held on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan. Keynote address was given by children’s book author Tara Lazar (7 Ate 9: : The Untold Story; Way Past Bedtime; and others). She did a book signing after her session.

Billed as a day of hot topics and issues in library services for children and young adults, presentations included Carol Phillips and Eileen Palmer discussing “Free Speech, Inclusion, Diversity and Intellectual Freedom;” Anna Coats discussing “Junior Journalists,” an enrichment program for grades 3-5; and Lisa O’Shaughnessy and Marissa Lieberman discussing game show and escape room challenges.

Later sessions included Shaunterria Owens showing “How to use low-cost tech to create multimedia storytelling,” Jen Schureman and Pham Condello discussing the interactions between “Teens & Librarians,” and Matthew Murphy, Jennifer Breuer, Carissa Schanely and Lynn Pascale sharing their experiences using the Mobile Mini-Makerspace Kits obtained through a grant from the State Library.

For a description of the programs, go to: https://njla.org/sites/default/files/2017%20YOUTH%20SERVICES%20FORUM%20PROGRAM%20CHOICES.pdf

See all the photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/njlibraryevents/albums/72157661871841068

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Library Construction Bond Act

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:03am

On Nov 7, 2017 the residents of New Jersey will vote on the NJ Library Construction Bond Act.  The bond, if passed, would provide $125 million in funding for library construction projects throughout New Jersey.

This investment into New Jersey’s economy would help the construction industries and small businesses, as well as provide an opportunity for libraries to upgrade their facilities so they can best serve their customers’ needs.

For more information, visit: http://njlibrariesbuildcommunities.org




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Dueling Mothers of World War I

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 2:57pm

Dr. Lisa Mastrangelo, professor of English at Centenary University, began her presentation Women of Peace and Preparedness: The Use of Motherhood and Maternalism in World War I, stating that “we don’t know much about the women of World War I because there were fewer than in World War II.” Quite a bit fewer as it turns out: 33,000 mostly nurses and clerks in World War I; 350,000 women in World War II. In spite of that, and her statement, she was able to share a considerable amount of information about the activism of women, not directly involved in the war, during that period.

Her presentation made clear the meaning of its title: that there were two factions of women, women of peace and women of preparedness. The former defined motherhood as essentialism (to protect the country and its sons from war); the latter defined motherhood as patriotic (supporters of the country and its troops). Both groups were very active in giving speeches, parades, writing songs and editorials, hosting parties. Oddly, many of the women involved in the Peace Movement didn’t have children to protect from war. However, they were avid supporters of President Woodrow Wilson, whose campaign slogan, “He kept us out of war,” helped him defeat Charles Evan Hughes in 1916.

Once that slogan had to be cast aside, many individuals and organizations in the peace movement faded, with the Preparedness Movement growing. The 4 Minute Men/4 Minute Women group rose in support of Wilson’s changed stance and the war effort. They gave four minute speeches encouraging the buying of war bonds, war stamps and conservation, especially in movie theaters. It was sort of like today’s Twitter. The speeches were constrained to four minutes to coincide with the amount of time it took to change a movie reel at intermission.

The final installment of the State Library’s series on the 100th Anniversary of World War I will be on Nov. 15 at noon with author James Hockenberry discussing New Jersey’s Role in World War I.


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Small Business Workshops from Div. of Taxation at your Library

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:35am

The New Jersey State Library is working with the New Jersey Division of Taxation’s Taxation University to bring business training to local libraries.  Workshops started in October at libraries across New Jersey to educate local business owners and entrepreneurs about starting and registering businesses in the state.  Sessions take about 100 minutes:

How to Start a Small Business in New Jersey

The Fundamentals of New Jersey Sales Tax

Construction Trades and New Jersey Tax

Online Businesses and New Jersey Tax

Photography and New Jersey Tax

For more information, schedule and to register go to:



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Talking Book & Braille Center Fall Festival

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:43am
From left: Vicky Kumar and Patricia Moura, of Old Bridge, with Eve Posner demonstrating Orcam.

The biennial Fall Festival hosted by the NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center was held at The Grounds for Sculpture on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The event began with a continental breakfast with vendors exhibiting services and technology products for those with visual impairments. That was followed by art workshops and walking tours of the grounds.  See all the photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/njlibraryevents/albums/72157687399452330.

Claudia Schreiber teaching Creating Art Using Your Mind’s Eye workshop.

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Research Your Past During National Family History Month

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 8:37am

In 2001, Congress first passed a resolution, introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, creating Family History Month. Hatch wrote, “By searching for our roots, we come closer together as a human family.” Family history enthusiasts continue to celebrate National Family History Month every October. It has grown and evolved on a national stage, with community groups, historians, storytellers, and genealogical and historical societies promoting and celebrating National Family History Month as way to commemorate each family’s rich and deep history.

The programs weave together the importance of sharing and capturing family stories and histories, which inspires families and communities to connect in real and meaningful ways. Events, like the ones being hosted by the NJ State Library during the month of October, are essential to educating and to encouraging families to research their histories and share their stories. All of these classes will be held in the State Library’s 5th floor meeting room, 185 West State St., Trenton, from noon to 1 p.m.

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, Regina Fitzpatrick, genealogy librarian, will tell stories gleaned from her own research about residents from long ago. Forbidden romances, lost relatives, pirates, even criminal activity are some of the things she will share about those folks unearthed from her genealogy digs.

The following Wednesday, Oct. 18, Katherine Ludwig, librarian at the David Library of the American Revolution, Washington Crossing, PA, will tell how to use the resources at the David Library to research family history from the colonial and revolutionary periods.

Researching Your Civil War Ancestors will be covered on Tuesday, Oct. 24, with Jon Bozard, reference assistant at the NJ State Archives. Bozard will discuss the military records available at the archives, what information can and cannot be expected to be found there, and what information might be available at other places, including the National Archives.

John Klett, director of the NJ State Archives and genealogist, will look toward the future of genealogical studies through what DNA testing, such as is offered by Ancestry.com, can reveal about a person and solve some genealogical mysteries. This program takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

To register for any or all of these classes go to the NJ State Library event calendar at http://www.njstatelib.org/event/

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