• The New Jersey Center for the Book has lost a valuable member of the Board when Dagmar Finkle passed away in May of 2023 in Savannah, Georgia where she recently moved. Dagmar began her career as a physical education and health teacher, and after attending Rutgers, the State University, she was certified as a school library media specialist. Dagmar was read more

  • The 2023 Library of Congress’s National Book Festival celebrating “Everyone Has a Story,” on Saturday, August 12, 2023 at the Convention Center in Washington D.C., was a big success, attracting a larger crowd than in 2022.  All of the 54 Centers for the Book selected a children’s book and one for an adult audience to represent their state or territory read more

  • After 23 years as Founding Chair of the New Jersey Center for the Book, Renee Swartz is stepping down. The Center’s Board of Directors hosted a luncheon in her honor on July 19th to thank her for her leadership, dedication, and extraordinary service over these 23 years. In 2001 New Jersey was not one of the 43 states that had a read more

  • The NJ Center for the Book presented its Miss Rumphius Award for 2022 to Kate Davis, Youth Services Librarian at the Jersey City Free Public Library for her program “Fun Fridays". The award was presented at a reception during the NJ Library Association’s annual spring conference. “Fun Fridays” focused on how the JCFP library could support student learning during the read more

  • The Omicron chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Science Honor Society, at Rutgers University and the LIS Department at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information (SC&I) co-sponsored their Fall Lecture and MI Colloquium, which was held virtually over Zoom on November 11, 2021. The inspiring talk featured Jason Broughton (MLIS, MPA), who discussed the importance read more

  • As with all organizations over this year, the Covid-19 pandemic has made it impossible to plan for and hold new in-person programs. But with recent progress to contain the virus and new CDC recommendations, the New Jersey Center for the Book is excited to announce that it is celebrating its 20th year anniversary by presenting our Literary Landmark award to read more

  • The 20th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival celebrated American Ingenuity with presentations by more than 120 celebrated authors historians, and poets. About 25,000 people attended the virtual event held on September 25-27, 2020. Some of the featured authors at the virtual Festival included Jason Reynolds, Colson Whitehead, Amy Tan, Sandra Cisneros, and John Grisham. Some of the most read more

  • Beta Phi Mu Omicron Chapter and the Library and Information Science Department at SC&I present What Makes it Legit: Teaching Digital Verification to Spark News Literacy Learning. Using recent examples of social media rumors and misinformation, John Silva and Miriam Romais from the News Literacy Project will dive into the tools and skills LIS professionals need to verify the authenticity of read more

  • The NJ Center for the Book was pleased to honor six individuals with its Literary Lion award for 2019 at its Board meeting on November 6, 2019. These individuals were recognized for their service and advocacy for literacy and literacy programs across the state and beyond. Below are excerpts from their awards. Photo left to right: Anne Ciliberti, Cathy Picarello, read more

  • On Saturday, August 31st, The New Jersey Center for the Book exhibited in the Parade of States at the 2019 National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress, at the Convention Center in Washington, DC. Tens of thousands of people visited New Jersey’s exhibit. Many picked up the educator’s guide that accompanied the book I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg read more