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Join us every 3rd Friday 12pm-1pm for our Crafting Circle!

Love crafting but don’t have time to work on your projects?  Please join us at the State Library on the third Friday of each month for a Crafting Circle.

The group is free-form, meaning you may bring whatever project you’re currently creating and enjoy the company of other crafty folks.

We meet from 12pm – 1pm in the level 5 meeting room at the State Library.

Please contact Regina Fitzpatrick with any questions, 609-278-2640 x162 or RFitzpatrick@njstatelib.org.

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Genealogy made easy at the State Library

Would you like to delve into your family history but aren’t sure how or where to look? The State Library’s Genealogy Libguide offers great information to help you start your genealogical journey.

Visit the Genealogy Libguide and find general information, reference worksheets, links and descriptions of resources available at the State Library, State Archives and the County Clerk’s and Surrogate’s Offices. It helps you start with the basics and makes it easy.

If you like the personal touch, our Genealogy librarian Regina Fitzpatrick is willing to help you. You can contact her by clicking on the “email me” in the Genealogy Librarian area of the front page of the Libguide.  By phone she can be reached at 609-278-2640 ext. 162.

So, take that first step as you look into your own genealogy and visit the Genealogy LibGuide on the New Jersey State Library website.

2017 SWAT Team of Library Transformers – Deadline to apply: February 1, 2017

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. In 2010 the State Library first created a “SWAT Team of Library Transformers,” a group of experienced New Jersey Library Directors who have vast stores of talent to share with you.  Thanks to an arrangement between NJSL and the team members’ home libraries, these consultants will be available to offer their expertise regarding your proposed project.  They will support and inspire you and be available for periodic consultations throughout the duration of your endeavor.

To learn more about this program and submission guidelines, click here.

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, including:

  • Types of Business Ownership
  • Registering your Business
  • Reporting Business Income
  • Meeting Employer Responsibilities
  • Understanding Sales and Use Tax
  • and…Your Questions

The size of the workshops is being kept small to enable attendees to ask questions about their specific situations and get the answers they need.

For a list of participating libraries and workshop dates, visit: http://www.njstatelib.org/TaxationUniversity

Difficulty reading text on a web page? Try sitecues!

sitecues

svg-accessibility-5-638Do you have difficulty reading text on a web page? Would you like the text larger or have it read to you? Sitecues® by AiSquared is easy-to-use software designed to both magnify and read text on a web site. This is a simple tool particularly helpful to those with low vision or with reading disabilities. The New Jersey State Library is pleased to announce that we added sitecues® to our web site to provide a more effective way to explore the State Library’s services.

To get started using sitecues®, look for the sitecues® badge at the top of the web site:

Magnification of Text

  • To increase the size of text: Use your mouse to slide the zoom bar to the right. You will notice that your cursor will also increase in size.
  • To decrease the size of text: Use your mouse to slide the zoom bar to the left.

Reading of Text

With sitecues®, you can select text to be read to you as you move through a web page.

To use the speech, select text that you would like to be read and press the spacebar. Your text will pop up in a reader box and will be read to you:

  • If you want to keep reading up or down the page, use your arrow keys.
  • If you want to stop reading after text is read to you, press the space bar again, press escape, or select the reading icon.

Enjoy your web browsing experience and read on!