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February 20th – Talk to observe African-American History Month

Please join us on February 20th from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room to hear a talk on The Unique Legacy of the Manual Training and Industrial School.

Writer and historian, Dr. Connie Goddard will talk about the School and its role in developing African-American youth. Borrowing freely from ideas about education articulated by Booker T. Washington, John Dewey, and W.E.B. DuBois, the Manual Training and Industrial School, Bordentown, N.J., may well have been the only state-supported boarding school for African-American students in the nation. Founded in 1886 by a group of black ministers and taken over by the state a decade later, it thrived until Brown v. Board of Education made its continued existence unconstitutional and some of its practices dated. During the first half of the 20th century though, it offered a unique educational experience that combined academics, preparation for work, and for contributions to the community.

Dr. Goddard, writer and historian of education, has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago; she has taught history and composition at Mercer County Community College, The College of New Jersey, and two state prisons, as well as in Chicago and Romania. Her scholarly interests focus on schooling in colonial America and during the Progressive Era. Currently she is writing about the Chicago’s eminent educator and Dewey colleague Ella Flagg Young, including the latter’s intellectual and pragmatic sympathies with both Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois.

If you plan to attend this free talk, please RSVP to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172. For other information on events and classes at the State Library visit www.njstatelib.org.


Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors

Ever wonder if those war stories about your ancestors are true?  Did your family play a role in America’s fight for Independence?  Were your ancestors in America during the second half of the 18th century?  Please join us in celebrating National Family History Month with an informational session on these topics presented by Katherine Ludwig, librarian at the David Library of the American Revolution located in Washington Crossing PA.   She will present  information on the David Library’s rich and diverse collections, how to use them, and how to go about conducting your research.  Her talk will focus on using the Library’s resources to research family history during the colonial and revolutionary periods.  Please join us for this exciting and highly educational program.


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Dementia Conversations

Don’t wait to have difficult conversations. Invite family, friends, employers and health care professionals to form a care team, communicate with each other, and help you and the person with changes in functioning.  Dementia Conversations is an education workshop offered by the Alzheimer’s Association. This program will offer helpful tips to assist families with difficult conversations related to dementia, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.

Topics covered will include:
• Tips for having difficult conversation around some of the most common issues that arise regarding Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
• The need to plan ahead and build a care team that communicates well in order to reduce the stress that can accompany a disease like Alzheimer’s.
• Connecting with helpful resources to enhance quality of life for everyone involved.
• Hearing from people who are dealing with similar issues.

Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association serving the Greater New Jersey Region

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Women and Money: Are You Covered?

Join us for this Lunchtime Learning session titled Women and Money: Are You Covered?

This seminar is for women of all ages who want to take control of their personal finances, prepare for life’s uncertainties, and develop a personal action plan. Please note that this program runs from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm.

Presented by the Credit Union of New Jersey.



Sept. 13-Free program: The Fighting Man in the Great War

Please join us on September 13th for the first of four talks to celebrate the 100th anniversary of
World War I.

Reenactor and military collector John Niemiec will discuss a brief history of the events that led to the “war to end all wars” and will display examples of the uniforms and equipment of U.S. and German combatants, along with other memorabilia of the conflict.

Niemiec grew up hearing the stories of veterans of the Great War and reading about the exploits of doughboys and early military aviators, sparking a life-long fascination with the Great War. In his early 20s he began collecting WWI artifacts and uniforms, outfitting himself, and displaying his collection at “soldier shows,” historic sites, and schools.

An active reenactor since 1962 when a high school teacher involved him in a Civil War artillery unit, Niemiec has since expanded into many time periods including the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, WWII and most recently, Ancient Rome.

John served in the US Navy and Marines from 1965 to 1970, including a 13-month tour in Viet Nam. He has recently retired from a 35 year career with the New Jersey Department of Revenue.

All are welcome to this free program; RSVP is appreciated to: Cindy Warrick at mailto:cwarrick@njstatelib.orgor 609-278-2640 ext. 172.







Get Ready for Summer eBook Reading with Overdrive eBooks from the New Jersey State Library

Bring your eReader, smartphone, tablet, or laptop for help signing up for the library’s free eBook lending service.  Different apps and software will be showcased for how to download, save, and read eBooks on different devices.   By the end of the class you should be ready to read eBooks all summer on your device! Please note: Only New Jersey State Employees have access to this service.


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