September will be busy at the Jersey City Free Public Library

JERSEY CITY – A very full menu of programs and events is planned for September at the Jersey City Free Public Library.
The library’s 8th annual book festival, “Tales of Our Cities 2016,” gets underway Sunday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine at Van Vorst Park in Downtown Jersey City. Readings will be delivered by 26 authors, and the day will include activities for children and food trucks.
For other activities during the month, here’s a schedule under specific interest headings. For more information visit the website,


Bonetti Children’s Room, Main Library, 1st floor, 472 Jersey Ave., (201) 547-4519, and Cunningham, 275 Martin Luther King Drive, (201) 547-4555, September is library card sign-up month. Register for your first free library card and receive a special bag for your library books.
Also at Cunningham, for children, Curious George Crafts, Thursday, Sept. 15 at 3:30 p.m. Please register ahead. Space is limited. Curiosity Day will be Sept. 17 at 11 a.m., celebrate 75 years of Curious George.
At Greenville, 1841 Kennedy Blvd., (201) 547-4553, Thursday, Sept. 1 at 3:30 p.m. Labor Day Arts and Crafts, and Thursday, Sept. 15 at 3:30 p.m., Back to School Arts and Crafts.
At the Heights branch, 14 Zabriskie St., (201) 547-4556, Friday, Sept. 30 at 3:30 p.m. Hispanic Heritage Craft. Please register. Limit of 30 children.
At Marion, 1017 West Side Ave., (201)547-4552 – Monday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m., Back to School Craft.
At West Bergen, 476 West Side Ave., (201) 547-4554, for children and young adults, Friday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m., Grandparents Day Craft. Also celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Friday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m.


At Cunningham, Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. ‘Let’s Go Bingo’ Saturday. Please register ahead.


The Miller Branch Library Teen Center is at 489 Bergen Ave., (201) 547-4551, and was founded to enrich the lives of Jersey City teens by offering a comprehensive program to include quality leisure, social, and educational services in the form of both drop-in and organized activities for parents and teens ages 13-18.
Chess Club Mondays and Thursdays, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Q&A Chess Coach will be available. For more detailed information, e-mail:


Jersey City Library Literacy Program, 1st floor, 472 Jersey Ave., (201) 547-4518, for age 16 and up: Classes in Basic Literacy and Citizenship for ESL Conversational English speakers. The Literacy Program provides one-on-one basic reading instruction for Hudson County residents 18 years and older. Volunteer tutors work with students ranging from non-readers through the eighth grade level. The program also offers citizenship, English as a Second Language, math, public speaking, and writing classes, and TASC high school diploma test preparation classes. Intermediate and advanced. ID, income verification and address proof required.
At Cunningham, for all ages, ‘By Hook or By…’ knit and crochet club with Jean Hartzog. Saturdays Sept. 10 and 24 at 1 p.m.
At the Five Corners branch , 678 Newark Ave., (201) 547-4543, for children, young adults, and adults, on the last Saturday of each month: Knitting for Good. Students will learn how to make a striped bookmark for themselves and a scarf which will be donated to the homeless of Jersey City. Knitting needles and some yarn will be provided. Or, you can bring your own worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn). Class size is extremely limited. Pre-Registration is required. Oct. 29, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17, 10 – 11:30 a.m. All children (ages 8-11) must be accompanied by an adult who can help them. Adults do not need to know how to knit before attending the class.
Also at Greenville, for everyone, Wednesdays Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 3:30 p.m.: Crocheting and Knitting.
At Marion, for everyone, “Crash My Library” is an opportunity for those who have been inspired by the Jersey City Free Public Library or any library to come in unannounced and share your story of how your library has inspired you.
Also at Miller, for adults, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Wednesdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Basic Skills Computer Classes. Instructor: David Stevenson. Learn everything from turning a computer on to basic navigation of the web. Laptops are welcome. Class schedule and registration at the Miller Computer Learning Resource Center (2nd floor). Space is limited, so sign up early. For everyone, Basic Spanish Made Simple. Mrs. Vilma Gomez instructs, Wednesdays at 4 – 6 p.m.
for Adults: Basic French Made Simple. Harley Mathieu instructs other Saturday at 2 – 4 p.m.
Fridays, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., take a tour of the Miller Branch Library to learn more about the building and its services. Reservations required for tours. Daycare centers, school programs, organization.
For Young Adults: Free-Teens every Wednesday, from 5 – 7 p.m. Stop at Miller Branch to learn more, and register.
At the Pavonia branch, 326 Eighth St., (201) 547-4808, for adults, Monthly Book Club on Monday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. Discussion of “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande.
At the West Bergen branch, for women: ‘Chicks with Sticks’ Crochet Club, Wednesdays Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 11 a.m.


Bonetti Children’s Room, Family Game Nights, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Five Corners, for children and young adults, Fun Fridays at 3 – 4:30 p.m. Connect4, Jenga, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, Uno, Trouble Sorry.
Five Corners, for children , young adults and adults, on the last Saturday of each month, Knitting for Good. Pre-Registration is required for classes Oct. 29, Nov. 19, and Dec. 17.
For all ages, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Five Corners, for children (grades K-3): Read to Ella! Come read your favorite stories to Ella, a very friendly Golden Retriever and a certified therapy dog. She will be accompanied by her trainer, Patricia Redden. Adults must accompany children under 8 years old and are expected to remain in the library during programs. Children learn to read see a dog as a non-threatening, non-critical listener.
Greenville, for children and families: Family Night Board Games. Tuesday Nights only 6 – 7 p.m.
Marion, for everyone: Crash My Library.


Cunningham, Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. for children Sept. 10, “Hotel Transylvania 2.” For families, Sept. 24, “McFarland USA.”
Five Corners, for adults, Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Sept. 7, “Lady in the Van.” Sept. 14: “Spotlight.” Sept. 21: “The Danish Girl.” Sept. 28: “Room.”
Five Corners, for young adults, Friday at 1 p.m. “Last Summer Video.” Sept. 2: “Fifth Wave.” For children, Saturday Sept. 3 at 2 p.m., “The Jungle Book.”
Five Corners, 678 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07306, 201-547-4543 – for everyone, an Indian Culture Film Series, Saturdays in September at 1 p.m. Sept. 10: “Barsaat: A Sublime Love Story.” Sept. 17: “Anjaana Anjaani.” Sept. 24: “Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela.”
Greenville, for families, Tuesday nights at 6 p.m., September only. “Zootopia.” “The Book Thief.” “If I Stay.” “Teen Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
Greenville, for children, Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m. September only. Movies TBD.
Heights, for adults: Thursdays at 1 p.m. Sept. 1: “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.” Sept. 8: “45 Years.” Sept. 15: “Mother’s Day.” Sept. 22: “Miracles of Heaven.” Sept. 29: “Money Monster.”
Heights, for children, Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. Sept. 10: “Zootopia.” Sept. 24: “The Jungle Book.”
Marion, for all ages, Fridays at 3 p.m. For adults, Sept. 9: “The Finest Hours.” For young adults: Sept. 23: “Eddie the Eagle.” For children, Sept. 30: “Zootopia.”
Pavonia, for children, Fridays at 3 p.m. Sept. 2: “Toy Story 3.” Sept. 30: “The Land Before Time: A Journey of the Brave.”
Pavonia, for adults, Mondays at 4 p.m. Sept. 12: “Dallas Buyers Club.” Sept. 26: “Green Room.”
West Bergen, for adults, Fridays at 11 a.m. Sept. 2: “27 Dresses.” Sept. 9: “Limitless.” Sept. 16: “My Sister’s Keeper.” Sept. 23: “When In Rome.” Sept. 30: “Something Borrowed.”

West Bergen, for children and young adults, Fridays at 3 p.m. Sept. 2: “Kung Fu Panda 2.” Sept. 16: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.” Sept. 30: “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.”


Bonetti Children’s Room: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays – 11 a.m. (Family Story Time)
Thursdays and Fridays – 10 a.m. (Class Visits Only Advanced Scheduling)

Cunningham Branch: Tuesdays and Thursdays – 10:30 a.m.
Five Corners Branch: Tuesdays and Fridays – 10:30-11:30 a.m. (0-3 years)
Wednesdays – 10:30-11:30 a.m.(Class Visits Only Advanced Scheduling)

Greenville Branch: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – 10:30 a.m.

Heights Branch: Tuesdays and Fridays – 10:30 a.m.
Mondays – 10:30 a.m.(Class Visits Only Advanced Scheduling)

Lafayette Branch: Tuesdays and Thursdays – 10:30 a.m.

Marion Branch: Tuesdays and Thursdays – 10:30 a.m.

Miller Branch: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays – 10:30 a.m.

Pavonia Branch: Wednesdays – Class Visits Only (Advanced Scheduling)
Thursdays – 11 a.m. (All Ages)

West Bergen Branch: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – 10 a.m.

Biblioteca Criolla: SPANISHBilingual Story Hour
Tuesdays and Thursdays – 10:30 a.m.

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