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New Jersey State LibraryNovember 3, 2016

 

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.
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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!

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Eighth Annual Adult Services Forum

The Eighth Annual Adult Services Forum:  “Brick and Click: Training and Development for Library Leadership,” sponsored by The State Library and The New Jersey Library Association, was held on Oct. 24 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan, with Tonya Garcia, NJLA’s Librarian of the Year, delivering the keynote address.

Annual Youth Services Forum

The Annual Youth Service Forum: Libraries Without Walls, a day of hot topics and issues in library services to children and young adults, sponsored by the NJ State Library, the NJ Library Association and the NJ Association of School Librarians, was held on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Monroe (Middlesex County) Public Library with over 150 librarians in attendance. Keynote speaker was Lourdes Tango.

The American Dream Literacy Initiative

With a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the American Library Association (ALA) and its Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) is launching the fifth round of American Dream grants to public libraries to expand services to adult English language learners. Applications are now being accepted through November 15, 2016.
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Tell the FCC to Connect the Future of Education. Fix Business Data Services (BDS)

A note from the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition:

On Thursday SHLB will be launching a new campaign to push the FCC to fix and improve their Business Data Service (BDS) proposal. Originally, the FCC had promised to help schools, libraries and health facilities lower broadband prices, and increase access to faster advanced broadband networks. But at the last minute, the FCC BDS proposal changed, focusing only on old networks. These edits cut off anchor institutions that rely on advanced Ethernet service, and are seeking to grow to gigabit service. We only have a few short weeks, and are looking for education champions at the FCC. Thursday we will launch a new VIDEO and a new hashtag #NOBufferBrains to help drive attention to this campaign. We need your help to spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, and via your Email lists. Read more…


Small Business Workshops Going On at Select Libraries Across the State

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. Eighteen libraries are hosting Small Business Workshops 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.

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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 Goodreads.com

Join the New Jersey State Library’s online book club on Goodreads.com! 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.

Save the Dates: LibraryLinkNJ Fall and Spring Membership Meetings

  • Wednesday, Nov. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Monroe Township Library (Middlesex County).
  • Thursday, June 8, 2016, Noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Forsgate Country Club, Monroe.

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: alevandowski@njstatelib.org. 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.

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