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New Jersey State LibraryOctober 20, 2016


Video Created for Sesame Street with Maplewood Library as the setting.

Being local parents, who use their local library, the two filmmakers wanted the video, called The Library Song, to be about going to the library.  They planned each scene, wrote an original song, had it performed professionally and created some characters to animate in the video.  They filmed it in the Children’s Room early one morning in August. It’s a catchy tune to add to the small repertoire of library songs, and has a real kids-eye view of a local New Jersey Library.

Visually Impaired Readers are Learning from Libraries

October is Blindness Awareness Month, and the State Library’s TBBC has joined forces with state agencies and organizations focused on serving New Jersey’s visually impaired, to enhance access to assistive technology across the state. Check out the TBBC write up featured online at Healthy Aging® Magazine.

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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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.

Small Business Workshops Now Available 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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MentorNJ In-Person Networking Event 

Wednesday, November 9th, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Monroe Township Library. Registration is limited. Secure your spot!

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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.

Deadline Approaching – Grant Opportunity for Public and School Library Partners

The New Jersey State Library and LibraryLinkNJ are pleased to announce the Mobile Mini-Makerspace Kits for Public and School Library Partners grant opportunity. Through this competitive grant program, NJSL and LLNJ will help fund three mobile mini-makerspace kits for joint use by a partnering public library/branch and public school library (Kindergarten – Grade 8) at a maximum amount of $7,500 per award. Read more…

The application deadline is November 1, 2016. The complete grant guidelines and application are available on the New Jersey State Library’s website:

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: 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.

Disaster Response & Recovery Resources for Collecting Institutions

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) offers free emergency response assistance to cultural organizations impacted by natural disasters. Please help ensure that staff members are aware of these resources.

Information on disaster recovery and salvage for impacted collections can be
found online at

A free mobile application provides the same salvage guidance offered in the
award-winning “Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel.” You can download
the application by visiting

The National Heritage Responders, a team of trained conservators and
collections care professionals, are available to provide advice on the phone
via a free 24-hour hotline at 202.661.8068

National Heritage Responders are also available on conduct on-site assessments and provide guidance on salvage. Call the hotline (202.661.8068) to request assistance.

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