2014 Multicultural Program Award

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NJ State Library Recognizes Three Libraries for Multicultural Programming

June 9, 2014 by Gary Cooper


New Jersey State Librarian Mary Chute honored three New Jersey libraries for conducting outstanding multicultural programs to engage cultural and ethnic communities in meaningful and effective partnerships during a breakfast at the New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference, on June 4.

“As State Librarian, I am extremely pleased to recognize our award recipients,” said Chute. “These programs are exceptional examples of libraries developing partnerships and delivering exceptional comprehensive cultural programming and promotion to their communities.”

Winning libraries were:

Monmouth County Library for their The Big Read program,

Ocean County Library for their African-American Family Reunions, History & Genealogy program,

Willingboro Public Library for their African Immigrants in New Jersey – A Celebration program.

Each library received a $1000 award presented by Mimi Lee, Adult, Urban & Diversity Services Consultant for the NJ State Library.

Valerie Bell, Mary Chute, Susan Quinn, Bahiyyah Abdullah, Judy Macaluso, Mimi Lee






Ocean County Library: Valerie Bell, assistant director, Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian, Susan Quinn, director; Bahiyyah Abdullah, president of the Toms River Area NAACP; Judy Macaluso, supervising librarian branch services, Mimi Lee, Adult, Urban & Diversity Services Consultant.

Mary Chute, Christine Hill, Paulette Williams, Mimi Lee






Willingboro Public Library: Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian, Christine Hill, acting director, Paulette Williams, program manager, Mimi Lee, Mimi Lee, Adult, Urban & Diversity Services Consultant.