Interested in Genealogy? The State Library has great resources

Have you seen the ads about finding out who you are and you say, “I want to, but where do I start?” Use the Genealogy research guide at the State Library to help.  This Genealogy guide clearly shows you how to take the first steps and subsequent ones to finding out about your own personal history.  It tells you about useful print resources we have, basic information and what’s available to you at the State Library, the State Archives and NJ County offices. There’s a nice note from the Genealogy Librarian to encourage you to take that first step.  She is willing to assist you as you use State Library resources.  Another thing we have coming up in the Genealogy area is free classes.  On January 28 from noon to 1 p.m. N.J. State Library presents It’s Elementary My Dear Watson: solving Mysteries with Genetic Genealogy and on February 7 the class offered is Organizing (and Staying sane with) your genealogy.  So don’t be confused, there’s help available at the State Library. Take advantage of it and you’ll be on your way to being a researcher in your own genealogy.  For help and assistance, contact our reference desk at or 609-278-2640 ext. 103.

December Crafting Circle is CANCELED! Please join us on the 3rd Friday in January, noon-1pm.

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






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.

BARD Express is Here!

Logo for BARD Express which is a B in Braille

BARD Express offers TBBC members an easier way to download books from a Windows PC to a USB device via the Braille and Audio Reading Download site (BARD).  BARD users can find BARD Express on the BARD Main Page under “Additional Links.”  Questions?  Call TBBC at 800-792-8322.

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: