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NJHS celebrates National Library Week All Month Long

2003-03-26

The official end of National Library Week on April 12, 2003 marks just the beginning for The New Jersey Historical Society (NJHS), home to one of the nation’s most extensive collections of New Jersey History.

This year, NJHS joins the American Library Association and libraries across the country in encouraging our users to learn more about the exciting range of new and traditional resources available, as well as highlighting the vital role of librarians – the ultimate search engines.

From April 12, 2003 through April 28, 2003, NJHS is offering a variety of library-related events, which will kick off with an Open House and special Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the library’s collections on April 12, 2003 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The open house is part of a citywide Community Arts Day, which offers activities for both families and adults at various cultural institutions throughout downtown Newark.

As the American Library Association (ALA) turns its focus on academic and research libraries this year, NJHS is proud to open its doors and highlight its wide array of materials, ranging from city directories and rare books to unique maps and historic photographs from the colonial era to the present.

Although the library is generally open to the public five days a week, the behind-the-scenes tour will be a special treat for regular library-goers, said Chad Leinaweaver, Director for the Library. “This is an area that people normally wouldn’t get to see,” said Leinaweaver. “The behind-the-scenes tour will show off where the collections are stored, how they’re stored and how the collections are preserved. Our goal is to show how libraries are more than just a place to house materials, we also actively collect, record and preserve for generations to come.”

National Library Week 2003 marks the third year of The Campaign for America’s Libraries, a multi-year public education campaign sponsored by the ALA and libraries across the country to speak loudly and clearly about the value of libraries and librarians in the 21st century. More than 10,000 libraries in all 50 states are being reached by @ your libraryä, The Campaign for America’s Libraries.

All additional activities at NJHS are Open and Free to the public:

Monday, April 14

4 to 6 p.m.

Reception and Book Signing

Putting the Children First: The Changing Face of Newark’s Public Schools

Edited by Jonathan G. Silin and Carol Lippman, this book documents the seven-year collaboration between Newark Public Schools and Bank Street College of Education to restructure early childhood education in Newark. Meet some of the people who made it happen.

Wednesday, April 16

12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Researching Genealogy

Join library director Chad Leinaweaver as he talks about the genealogical resources at your disposal in NJHS’ library, including printed sources and an extensive manuscript collection. The workshop is designed for beginners, and will also focus on genealogical resources that also can be found in other libraries throughout the state.

Monday, April 28

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Wine and Cheese Reception and Book Signing
Newark
Written by noted historian and author John Cunningham, this third edition has been updated to include two new chapters on Newark from 1988 to the present. Publication of this book was funded in part by a grant from Independence Community Bank.

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