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Crafting Circle

NJSL Crafting CirclePlease join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for an informal crafting circle where participants can work on their project in the company of other craft enthusiasts.  Share patterns, tips, and tricks or just enjoy a relaxing hour away from the office or home.  There is no fee to participate and no registration is required.

May 7-Author talk with Jim Wright on the High Mountain Preserve

On Tuesday, May 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room, the New Jersey State Library will present a talk with Jim Wright on New Jersey’s High Mountain Park Preserve. The talk will include nature shots, aerial photography and archival images. As a bonus, Wright will talk about the secretive Wild Turduckens that live near the summit.

The High Mountain Park Preserve is one of the largest tracts of forested land in New Jersey’s Piedmont Region. With great views of Manhattan, the 1,260-acre preserve, located in Passaic County, offers great spots to hike and enjoy nature.

Author/photographer Jim Wright has written four coffee table books, Jungle of the Maya, Hawk Mountain, In the Presence of Nature, and The Nature of the Meadowlands. For the past 10 years, Jim has written “The Bird Watcher” column for The Bergen Record. He has also written an interactive e-book about Duke Farms’ Bald Eagles and three nature-oriented e-books. In his spare time, Wright also serves as deputy marsh warden of the Celery Farm Natural Area and maintains a nature blog for that area. His photography appears regularly in publications including nature calendars and on nature blogs. Additionally, he serves on the board of the New Jersey chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

Please feel free to join us at this free event. All are welcome. RSVP is appreciated to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.

Crafting Circle

NJSL Crafting CirclePlease note: because of a holiday on the third Friday, we are having the Crafting Circle on the fourth Thursday, April 25. In May, the date is again the third Friday. During this time, we have an informal crafting circle where participants can work on their project in the company of other craft enthusiasts.  Share patterns, tips, and tricks or just enjoy a relaxing hour away from the office or home.  There is no fee to participate and no registration is required.

April 10-Author talk on the History of New Jersey State Parks

Please join us on Wednesday, April 10th during National Library week to hear about the History of New Jersey’s State Parks.  The talk is with author and photographer Kevin Woyce from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room.

Some of New Jersey’s most exciting history can be found in our more than two dozen state parks. Some park names remind us of our Lenape heritage, others remind us we were the “Crossroads of the American Revolution” and those with abandoned forges still speak of our first great industry. From the top of New Jersey’s highest mountain to our last undeveloped beaches, discover the stories of our parks: who called them home in the past, what happened in and around them, and how and why they were preserved for generations of visitors.

Please feel free to join us at this free event. All are welcome. RSVP is appreciated to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.

Explore PolicyMap

PolicyMap - NJ outline

Check out PolicyMap, a new
digital resource Research Library Spotlightoffered through the New Jersey State Library. Tell a compelling story using maps and data. Support your stakeholders who need location-based information to find local solutions, create new initiatives, prepare grants, or respond to community needs and demands. This service is available for remote access to state employees and Thomas Edison State University staff and students, as well as being available for use onsite in the library to any patron or visitor.

Using data from a variety of sources along with easy to use online mapping tools, researchers can compile customized maps pertaining to demographics, real estate, health, jobs, education and more.

 

 

 

A number of quality of life data sets and data points are also available, which can provide a more intricate profile of communities. Users can generate results that contain state-to-state comparisons or localized results based on counties, zip codes or even census tracts.

 

Data can be layered with up to 3 different data sets. Data points can also be added to give a larger snapshot of local situations.

 

 

In addition to the data sets offered through PolicyMap, users can also upload their own data in order to create customized results. Once a map is created, it can be saved or downloaded or shared with others.

 

PolicyMap provides a variety of training resources including walk through tutorials on popular features. A downloadable (pdf) primer with a summary of all the product’s features is available in addition to recorded webinars that you can watch at your own pace. Ongoing free, live webinars provide guided assistance on particular features.

PolicyMap is a powerful tool that can help drive decisions based on real data, in real places. If you have questions about PolicyMap or other resources available through the State Library’s Research Library, call or visit us. Email Reference Services at refdesk@njstatelib.org or call (609) 278-2640 x 103.

To contact our Law Library email us at reflaw@njstatelib.org or call (609) 278-2640 x 102. Come visit the State Library at 185 W. State Street in Trenton, between the State House and State Museum.

Crafting Circle

NJSL Crafting CirclePlease join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for an informal crafting circle where participants can work on their project in the company of other craft enthusiasts.  Share patterns, tips, and tricks or just enjoy a relaxing hour away from the office or home.  There is no fee to participate and no registration is required.

NJ Tales-March 12 author talk with Gordon Thomas Ward

Please join us on Tuesday, March 12 from noon to 1 p.m., in the Level 2 Reading Room for an author program with historian, singer, songwriter Gordon Thomas Ward entitled New Jersey Tales.

This performance, which includes stories, projected images, and live music, contains some of the very best songs, stories, and ghostly tales that this Grammy-balloted musician, New Jersey troubadour, popular author, celebrated storyteller, and ghost researcher has to offer.

Gordon paints musical portraits that reach out to a person’s emotions and bring the past to life while pointing to a hope-filled future. His listeners are given passports to travel mystical and historical roads. Employing his experience as a teacher, writer, paranormal investigator, storyteller, group facilitator, and radio host, his fans often comment on his knack for quickly establishing a rapport with his audiences through his words and music.

When he’s not composing songs and penning lyrics, Gordon has written prose and is the author of four published books: Life on the Shoulder, A Bit of Earth, Ghosts of Central Jersey, and Tracing Infinity. He writes a regular column for The Black River Journal magazine and hosts a podcast called An Artist’s View. He also lectures on several topics and has presented at historical societies, coffeehouses and libraries as well as for community groups and on stages. He has worked with many musicians including Eric Troyer, The Boxcar Lilies, the trio Huxtable, Christensen, and Hood, as well as David Rimelis, and Dave Shapiro. To find out more about Gordon Thomas Ward, visit his website at http://www.gordonthomasward.com/.

All are welcome to this free program; RSVP is appreciated. Please respond to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.

 

 

Feb. 19-If These Stones could talk – author talk

In recognition of African American History Month, the State Library will be having authors Elaine S. Buck and Beverly Mills talk about their book, If These Stones Could Talk.

The program will be on February 19th from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room.

Cemeteries have stories to tell. Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills found many stories behind the headstones in the Stoutsburg Cemetery, which is in New Jersey’s Sourland Mountain Region. Offering a unique window into our past, the stories you will hear, collected with diligence and devotion, consecrate the collected lives of a minority Black community in a predominantly White region.

Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills are the founders of Friday Truehart Consultants, named after Beverly’s 4th great-grandfather who was brought to Hopewell from Charleston in the 18th century by his master, Reverend Oliver Hart. His is one of the stories in the book. Both women work closely with K-12 educators from school systems interested in including African American history in their lesson plans and curriculum. They are founding members who serve on the Advisory Board of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, have been Trustees of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association for the past 35 years, and are members of the National Council of Negro Women and the Sankofa Collaborative, a resource that will ensure that material and resources relating to African American history will be readily accessible statewide to a broader and more diverse audience. Beverly Mills is the first African American woman to hold the elected position as Councilwoman, Pennington Borough, and Elaine Buck is Church Clerk for the Second Calvary Baptist Church of Hopewell, NJ.

Please feel free to join us at this free event. All are welcome. RSVP is appreciated to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.

January 23-Author Talk with internationally syndicated columnist Leslie Handler

Join us on January 23 from noon to 1 p.m. at the State Library in the Level 2 Reading Room for a talk entitled, Rats, Mice and Other Things you can’t take to the Bank.

This book is an inspirational collection of essays from humorous to simply human.  Its stories will take you from finding a mouse in the house to the mortgage crisis, from a smile to a chuckle and from a few tears to the feeling of being wrapped in a blanket sipping a warm cup of cocoa on a cold winter’s day.  That’s a lot in one book!

Leslie Handler is a 2015 Society of Newspaper Columnists award winner. She’s an international syndicated columnist with Senior Wire News Service and a frequent contributor to WHYY News, and has written for The Philadelphia Inquirer, ZestNow, Boomercafe, and The Huffington Post. Her first book is Rats, Mice and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank. Leslie currently lives smack dab between Philadelphia and New York City with husband Marty, dogs Maggie, Hazel, and Ginger, a collection of fish, said husband’s cockatoo, which she’s been trying to roast for dinner for the last 33 years, and a few occasional uninvited guests. You may follow her blog and read published essays at lesliegoesboom.com.

Please feel free to join us at this free event. All are welcome. RSVP is appreciated to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.

 

Dec. 26th – Author talk-The Road to Assunpink Creek

Please join us on December 26th from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 reading room for a Patriot’s Week program with author David Price.  The talk is based on his book, The Road to Assunpink Creek: Liberty’s Desperate Hour and the Ten Crucial Days of the American Revolution.

The author looks at the importance of the Battle of Assunpink Creek on January 2, 1777. This encounter has generally received less attention from historians than the other two engagements fought during the “Ten Crucial Days” of the American Revolution; however, an argument will be made during the talk that it was the most pivotal event of those days and perhaps of the entire Revolutionary struggle.

David Price holds degrees in political science from Drew University and Rutgers University – New Brunswick, and was a nonpartisan research analyst with the New Jersey Legislature for 31 years. He is a historical interpreter at Washington Crossing Historic Park in Pennsylvania, and conducts guided interpretive tours at this Registered National Historic Landmark and site of the Continental Army’s crossing of the Delaware River in 1776. He focuses on the “Ten Crucial Days” of the American Revolution and other historical aspects of the park.

In addition to his newest book, David is the author of Rescuing the Revolution: Unsung Patriot Heroes and the Ten Crucial Days of America’s War for Independence. He is a member of various national and local organizations relating to the Revolutionary War and lives in Lawrence Township, NJ.

This event is part of Trenton area Patriot’s Week celebration. Seating for this program is on a first come, first served basis. Once the room capacity of 75 individuals is reached, no further attendees will be admitted. If you have questions, please contact Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.