Skip to main content

New Jersey State LibraryNovember 16, 2016


Now scheduling Spring 2017 Small Business Workshops taught by Taxation University 

The New Jersey State Library is working with the New Jersey Department of Treasury’s Division of Taxation to connect local business owners and entrepreneurs with vital information through their libraries. The Small Business Workshops are taught by staff from the Taxation University, an outreach and training unit within the Division of Taxation. The free workshops will cover basic information about starting a business. If you are interested in hosting a session, the New Jersey State Library will assist with coordinating and promoting the event. Contact Andrea Levandowski at the New Jersey State Library to learn more and to schedule an event at your library at or 609-278-2640 x190.

JerseyConnect Offering Free SSL Certificates for any Library Hosting their Website with Them 

An SSL certificate will allow your website to use HTTPS, encrypting the data being sent to/from your website so it can’t be read by a third party. This protects patrons by ensuring their information stays private. To request an SSL certificate for your domain or for more information contact JerseyConnect via their Helpdesk at or call 866-468-7043.

National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Grants Available – Deadline Jan. 26, 2017

NEA Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Approximately 75 non-profit organizations in communities of varying sizes across the country will be selected to participate in NEA Big Read from September 2017 through June 2018.

Sports Talk a Special Feature on TBBC’s Audiovision

Fred Brand, director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Thomas Edison State University, has been a volunteer reader for Audiovision since 2014. In Feb. 2015, he kicked off Fred Brand’s Grandstand: It’s All in the Game, Buddy, bringing sports talk and guests, like the Trenton Thunder General Manager Jeff Hurley, to Audiovision subscribers.

Applications Now Open for SWAT Team Library Transformation Project

The New Jersey State Library is happy to announce the 2017 “SWAT Team,” once again offering public libraries an opportunity to transform an area within the interior space of their buildings. Deadline to apply: February 1, 2017.
Read more…

Site Registration for NJ Makers Day 2017 is now Open

On Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, 2017, schools, museums, libraries, small businesses and other locations all across NJ will host live presentations, demonstrations, workshops and other hands-on interactive making experiences. Last year’s NJMD drew more than 60,000 visitors to over 250 sites across NJ to connect and engage in hands-on interactive programs, activities, demonstrations and experiences. There is no cost associated with becoming a participating site. Early Bird registration for NJ Makers Day ends Nov 19th. Don’t miss out on any discounts and sponsorships, free professional development, contests, and other incentives we will be offering. If you have not already, and will be participating, register today!  Read more…

Register here…

Registration Open for LibraryLinkNJ’s TechFest 2017

Two dates at two locations, with at least six Table Talks and one in-depth presentation at each event. 2017 dates & locations are:

  • Parsippany Public Library: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017,
  • Gloucester County Library System, Mullica Hill Branch: Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
These popular half-day workshops are designed for everyone working in libraries. Cost is $15.00.
  • Registration is limited at each event.
  • Register now to secure your spot for either date and location.
  • Topics will vary between locations.
Go to for details and registration.

Help Promote Statewide Poster and Video Contest to Raise Awareness About Youth Immunizations

The Protect Me With 3+ contest, in its fifth year, challenges New Jersey middle school and high school students to create informational posters and videos. Finalists’ submissions are put onto the Protect Me With 3 website in March and their peers vote for the top three winners. The awards ceremony is set for April 2016.
  • Middle school students (grades 5-8) can create one 8.5×11 poster using facts about one vaccine.
  • High school students (grades 9-12) can create one 8.5×11 poster using facts about one vaccine OR create a 30-second video about why vaccinations are important to them.

The top three posters and videos win awesome prizes, and the chance for their work to be seen by the public during statewide awareness activities.  A prize for the classroom with the most eligible submissions in each of the poster and video categories will also be awarded.

Participating is as easy as 1-2-3! This video and infographic explain exactly how to enter the contest.
Please print out this flier and share these links with your community.

The New Jersey State Library is on

Join the New Jersey State Library’s online book club on! Back in June we held an informal webinar that focused on using the popular social networking site for readers. Check out the video here to walk through the basics of setting up an account, explore different features and facets of the service, as well as be introduced to the New Jersey State Library’s Goodreads page and online book group.

Send your small business and entrepreneurship announcements to the NJ State Library

Beginning in September, @NJGrowsBiz on Twitter is being relaunched with a new focus.  Libraries across New Jersey are doing amazing work to support the businesses and entrepreneurs in their communities.  From classes and special events to innovative partnerships and resources, libraries are providing the tools for businesses to thrive.

Through @NJGrowsBiz, the State Library will communicate the value of libraries to the business and entrepreneur community as well as connect libraries with ideas for programs and services for their own patrons.
If you are hosting an event, launching a new service, or promoting your existing endeavors, email details to Andrea Levandowski: You can also send news articles, photos from events, blog entries or other items to share your library’s impact on businesses and entrepreneurs. Contact Andrea with any questions or for more information.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on LinkedInPin on PinterestShare on RedditShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrEmail this to someone

Leave a Reply