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Nutrition for Weight Management Made Simple

One of the most popular New Years Resolutions is to loose the weight…and keep it off.  Yet, for so many people, it is difficult to find the time to dedicate to keep that resolution.  Nutrition is a key component to healthy living and an easy way to change our approach to weight loss.  John Wojciechowski, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, will teach you everything you need to know about nutrition in practical, non-scientific terms in order to lose fat predictably and consistently.  He will review the exact process used to determine what and how much you need eat in order to achieve your personal weight management goals.

John Wojciechowski is the owner of Metabolic Functional Fitness in Hamilton, NJ. He is a former Division I athlete with 32 years of strength training experience and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  He is also the author of Better Body Basics, a book that discusses the four areas of physical transformation; mindset, training, nutrition and recovery.


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Understanding Credit

Please join us as the Credit Union of New Jersey talks about all things credit and credit-related.  They will cover the following topics:

  • The benefits—and costs—of credit cards
  • The different types of credit
  • The difference between your credit report and credit score
  • How to figure your credit limit
  • How to build a good credit history


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10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that can oftentimes be written off in the early stages as old-age related conditions.  However, being able to identify early signs of Alzheimer’s can better prepare individuals and their families on how to handle all the stages of the disease.  Please join us as the Alzheimer’s Association will cover the following topics:

  • Typical age-related changes
  • Common signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Tips for how to approach someone about memory concerns
  • The importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis
  • Possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process
  • Helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources


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“So, You Think You Know Trenton” Quiz Challenge

Do you know your Trenton history?   What about restaurants, Janet Evanovich, pork roll, home town heroes, or manufacturing?  Finally, all your Trenton smarts will pay off!  Compete in this lunch time trivia challenge, presented by Eric Maywar from the City of Trenton’s Division of Economic Development, for bragging rights and the title of 2019 King/Queen of Trenton!  Individuals and teams welcomed.


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Introduction to Proposal Writing

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher?

This introductory class will provide you with an overview of the basics of writing a grant proposal for foundation funding.

It will include:

  • The basic elements of a grant proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no


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How to Manage Debt

Debt and credit impact our lives in many ways, from determining what we can afford to interest rates on loans.  Managing your debt effectively can open financial doors and is a great indicator of your financial health.  Please join us as the Credit Union of New Jersey will discuss debt management, including:

• The different kinds of debt
• The benefits and costs of credit
• The warning signs you have too much debt
• How to improve your credit report and score
• How to tackle your debt and avoid pitfalls
• How to rebuild good credit
• How to stay out of debt


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Exploring Languages with Pronunciator

In honor of Learn a Foreign Language Month, the NJSL will be offering an informational session on using Pronunciator.  Pronunciator is a language learning program that covers 80 languages that can be learned in any of 50 languages.   Whether you want to learn a new language or just familiarize yourself with a few phrases for a trip abroad, Pronunciator can help.  The database includes courses for each language including different types of drills, quizzes, audio lessons, pronunciation analysis, and phrase books.  Customize your courses to learn what you want and how you want.  This class will show you how to get started with Pronunciator and introduce you to the features available at your fingertips.

*Seating is limited so please only register if you can attend*

Please note: In order to use Pronunciator, you must be a New Jersey State Library authorized user (State employee or Thomas Edison State College staff member or student).  To get a New Jersey State Library card, you can apply online.  Contact the Reference Department with any questions.


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Autism NJ Resources and Services Program Recap

Thank you to Dr. Suzanne Buchanan, Executive Director of Autism NJ, for speaking about how Autism NJ serves the Autism community through a wide variety of ways and initiatives.  Founded in 1965, Autism NJ has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those effected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, including children, parents, and caregivers.  Autism NJ is one of the leading Autism groups in the state leads the way to lifelong individualized services provided with skill and compassion.  New Jersey has the highest rate of Autism in the country, 1 in 34 children, which can be attributed to Autism NJ and other groups’ efforts to help professionals better identify and diagnosis children at younger ages.

Autism NJ aims to serve the greater Autism community through 4 service pillars:

  • Awareness
  • Information
  • Training
  • Public Policy

Autism NJ constantly collaborates with community groups such as libraries, religious organizations, and service organizations to spread the word about Autism as well as share resources and services available to those affected by the condition.  They offer a Helpline, 1-800-4AUTISM, which serves more than 2,000 people per year.  Additionally, their website, https://www.autismnj.org, provides a wealth of information.

One of the most impactful services they provide are referral lists for a wide variety of services, including legal and financial services, medical care, governmental services, and education-related services.  Additionally, they will work with parents and caregivers to identify the individual needs of someone with Autism to better identify the types of care and services that person needs.  For a membership fee, they will review IEPs (Individual Education Plans) to ensure that those plans are in accordance with federal, state, and local policies.

Autism NJ approaches their information sharing mission from the evidenced-based intervention perspective, which means that they will only recommend what has been proven effective for the greatest number of people with Autism.  While there are many claims circulating about causes and treatments for all aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Autism NJ only focuses on those that are backed by sound science and substantiated results, ensuring that they are providing the best information for their constituents.

Autism NJ is constantly working with state lawmakers to ensure the needs of people diagnosed with Autism as well as their support structure are recognized and addressed through state law.  They have been influential in the passage of the Statewide Transition Plan, Medicaid Fee-for-Service, and increasing the insurance age cap from 21 to 26.  Autism NJ focuses is public policy initiatives in 4 areas:

  • Funding
  • Fee-for-Service Transition
  • Workforce Development
  • Severe Challenging Behavior.

If you would like more information about how Autism NJ can better serve you, someone you know, or your community, please visit their website, https://www.autismnj.org, or contact them at information@autismnj.org or 1-800-4AUTISM.  For a copy of the presentation, please visit https://www.njstatelib.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Autism-NJ-Resources-and-Services.pdf.

Autism New Jersey Resources and Services

New Jersey has the highest rate of autism in the nation (1 in 34) with often devastating effects on the individual, his/her family, and society. Fortunately, treatment can be life changing.

With more than a combined four decades of clinical and policy experience, Autism New Jersey Executive Director, Dr. Suzanne Buchanan, and Public Policy Director, Eric Eberman, will provide an overview of autism, individuals’ and families’ challenges, privately- and publicly-funded services and resources, and recommendations to increase community acceptance and meaningful change. The presenters will welcome the audience’s questions.


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How to Find New Jersey State Publications Online

What are State publications?

State publications are defined as public documents appearing as reports, directories, statistical compendiums, bibliographies, newsletters, bulletins, state plans, brochures, periodicals, committee minutes, transcripts of public hearings, maps and other documents produced for the public.

Why do we collect State publications?

By statute, the State library is a depository library for State of New Jersey publications, both print and digital.

All State officers, departments, commissions, committees, or agencies issuing annual reports or special reports required by law to be submitted to the Governor or to the Legislature of this State, and other State publications of a general informational character, where such reports are printed and electronically produced, shall file with the New Jersey State Library for purposes of permanent public access and distribution one electronic copy and six printed copies.  In cases where such reports are made in electronic form only, one electronic copy and one printed copy shall be submitted to the State Library for preservation and permanent reference use. State officers, departments, commissions, committees and agencies shall designate an individual to act as a liaison to the State Library.

NJ Statute 52:14-25.1, amended 1957, c.99, s.1; 1967, c.162, s.1; 2011, c.184, s.6.

Read more about the State Documents collection.

Searching for Documents

You are always welcome to email the State Library Information Center for assistance finding State documents.  We will attempt to locate the document and work with you on methods to obtain access.

For researchers who are self-service, we have two search interfaces.

All documents in our collection (print-only, scanned print, and born-digital) can be located using Horizon. Horizon records include a link to the scanned copy in the repository.

For documents not yet available in our repository, you can use Horizon to see if a print copy was deposited at the State Library.

Tips for Searching Horizon

screenshot of Horizon catalog NJ Documents search Begin your search with Horizon if you know the publication title or want to browse by department (or other entity). Use dropdown menu to choose a title keyword search or author keyword.

You can limit your search results to the New Jersey Documents collection.

Who is the author? The Department, agency, or entity is listed as the author, not the individual who wrote the document. The caveat is that government entities’ names and responsibilities change over time.  Part of the art of locating documents is determining the history of who was responsible for that function at the time.

Was the information published elsewhere? If you cannot find the report listed under the division or agency name, it might have been part of a department or parent agency’s annual report.

When in doubt, ask us. Our Documents librarians are skilled at tracking down obscure materials. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you cannot find what you expected.

Tips for Searching the NJ State Publications Digital Library

Our repository is growing at an exponential rate and its functionality is under development.  New files are added daily.

  • Our repository search includes all OCR text of scanned documents. Searching the repository directly is useful when your terms are highly specific, such as a municipality, personal name, or specific act.
  • Use quotation marks around your search terms or you will be flooded with results.
  • Use Boolean operators in your search like NOT, AND, OR (capitalized).
  • You can also browse by department (or “sub-community”). Each department page includes a brief summary of its history and name changes which can help you construct a search.
  • After your initial search, you can limit results by date issued (lower left column). This usually displays by decade.  After you select a decade, you’ll have the option to narrow your search further by year.

On the web

In some cases, New Jersey documents held outside the State have been digitized by universities and research libraries as part of a mass scanning project.  You will find many State documents in public repositories like HathiTrust and Internet Archive.  When we identify these copies, we do our best to link to this content as well as our own digitized copies.  Some examples in our New Jersey Historical Laws, Constitutions and Charters collection include:

We also host several highly popular legacy transcription projects on our website as Digital Collection Highlights. These are also available as scanned documents.

On state websites

Some entities publish reports, documents, and public information on their websites and social media.  When we locate documents not yet in our collection, we download them, catalog them in Horizon, and add them to our repository.

Introduction to Finding Grants

Are you new to the field of grant seeking?  Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory class.  This class will cover the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, and you will have an opportunity to do some hands-on funding research using the Foundation Directory Online Professional database.

*Registration is limited to 16 participants.  Please register only if you can attend*


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Interview Tips and Tricks Program Recap

The interview is the final stage to finally getting that new or dream job.  Your resume impressed, now it’s your chance to convince them that you are the best person for the job.  However, the interview process can be daunting and it’s important to be confident and well-spoken.  The following tips will help you build your interview skills and are applicable to any interview situation, from a preliminary phone interview to a formal panel interview.

First and foremost, it is important to prepare for your interview through a variety of ways.  You should have an understanding of your career goals so that you can effectively communicate them to others.  Also, be prepared to discuss everything in your resume and cover letter because you never know what questions will be asked of you.  Before the interview, look up some common interview questions and practice how you would answer.  Practicing your answers allows you to come up with appropriate responses and remain confident throughout the interview.  Check to make sure your social media presence is clean and appropriate as some employers may look to see what you are posting before deciding whether to extend an interview.  Avoid embarrassing or compromising pictures and stay away from public posts on controversial topics, such as politics or religion.

One of the most overlooked aspects of preparing for an interview is to research the company or organization.  By understanding more of the company’s values or goals, you can tailor your interview answer to align with them and find important information that you may want to ask about in the interview.  Look for mission statements, press releases, or strategic plans on their website or check out Glassdoor or LinkedIn for more information you can use to better inform your answers and career decisions.

Some of the most popular interview questions you should be familiar with are:

  • Tell me about yourself
  • What are your strengths/weaknesses
  • Where do you see yourself in ___ years
  • Tell me about a time when…

Being prepared to answer these questions with thoughtful and appropriate responses will set a positive tone for the interview process and demonstrate your confidence in your own abilities.  Let’s take a look at 2 methods to help us answer the different types of interview questions we may encounter.

The SHARP Method is designed to help you craft answers to more general or information questions, such as tell me about yourself or what are your strengths/weaknesses.   SHARP stands for:

S – Specific
H – Honest
A – Appropriate
R – Relevant
P – Positive

When asked about yourself, use the SHARP method to discuss your previous position(s) that are applicable to the field or career, talk about specific duties or accomplishments, and avoid negative critiques of former employers or supervisors.

For more situational questions that ask you how you handled a situation or need to elaborate on a specific outcome, use the SOAR Method.  SOAR stands for:

S – Situation
O – Obstacle
A – Action
R – Result

Clearly identifying each of these components in your response will demonstrate your ability to identify problems, weigh your options, and come to a reasonable solution to the obstacle.  These questions are designed to test your critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and are a great way to bring in experiences from other jobs that may not be related to the career or job your are currently in or applying for.  There are no “right” answers to these questions, so use positive examples from your past that highlight your qualifications.

It is important to point out that there are questions that employers are NOT allowed to ask you.  These relate to:

  • Martial status
  • Race, religion, national origin
  • Sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation
  • Disability or pregnancy
  • Current or previous salary/benefits (NJ specific)

If an interviewer attempts to ask you any of these questions, politely decline to answer and shift the focus back onto the job and your qualifications as a candidate.  Additionally, you should not ask about salary in the interview unless it is disclosed by the interviewer.  If you wish to know the salary of a position, you can inquire with the HR department, which may disclose that information, or check Glassdoor, through which current and former employees may post their salary and other useful information about the employer.

To obtain a copy of the presentation, please visit https://www.njstatelib.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Interview-Tips-and-Tricks.pdf.